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February 28, 2022

Disarming Ukraine - Day 5 | Money War On Russia - Day 1

Historian Anne Morelli has summarized Arthur Ponsonby's classic book Falsehood in War-Time as this:

  1. We do not want war.
  2. The opposite party alone is guilty of war.
  3. The enemy is inherently evil and resembles the devil.
  4. We defend a noble cause, not our own interests.
  5. The enemy commits atrocities on purpose; our mishaps are involuntary.
  6. The enemy uses forbidden weapons.
  7. We suffer small losses, those of the enemy are enormous.
  8. Recognized artists and intellectuals back our cause.
  9. Our cause is sacred.
  10. All who doubt our propaganda are traitors.

h/t Bernd Neuner

As an example I offer you yesterday's Policy statement by Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

The above are what you hear and see in current 'western' news. It is not reality.

The U.S. and its proxies in the EU and elsewhere have put up very harsh sanctions on Russia to damage its economy.

The final intent of this economic war is regime change in Russia.

The likely consequence will be regime change in many other countries.

This war is waged at a financial size that is unprecedented. The consequences in all markets will be very significant to extreme. But experience from Iran shows that such financial wars have their limits as the targeted country learns to survive. Moreover Russia is in a much stronger position than Iran ever was and is better prepared for the consequences.

The rubel fell some 30% today but Russia's central bank immediately more than doubled its interest rate to 20%. It is willing to fight inflation before it is really sets in. How much of Russia's investment and consumption depends on imports from the 'west'? Can't most of it not be replaced by imports from China?

All energy consumption in the U.S. and EU will now come at a premium price. This will push the EU and the U.S. into a recession. As Russia will increase the prices for exports of goods in which it has market power - gas, oil, wheat, potassium, titanium, aluminum, palladium, neon etc - the rise in inflation all around the world will become significant.

'Western' central banks are still at practical 0% interest rates and will be reluctant to increase those as that will cause a deeper recession. This makes it likely that inflation in the 'western' world will increase at a higher rate than Russia's.

Germany's crazy move to add $120 billion to defense spending (up from some $40 billion p.a.) will within a few years create a strong military imbalance in Europe as Germany will then dominate all its neighbors. This is unnecessary and historically very dangerous. The shunning of economic relations with Russia and China means that Germany and its newbie chancellor Olaf Scholz have fallen for the U.S. scheme of creating a new Cold War. Germany's economy will now become one of its victims.

On February 4 Russia and China declared a multipolar world in which they are two partnering poles that will counter the American one. Russia's move into the Ukraine is a demonstration of that.

It also shows that the U.S. is unwilling to give up its supremacist urges without a large fight. But while the U.S. over the last 20 years has spent its money to mess up the Middle East, Russia and China have used the time to prepare for the larger conflict. They have spent more brain time on the issue than the U.S. has.

The Europeans should have acknowledged that instead of helping the U.S. to keep up its self-image of a unipolar power.

It will take some time for the new economic realities to settle in. They will likely change the current view of Europe's real strategic interests. 

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Some tactical observations:

This map shows the ground taken by Russian military over the first days.


Source - bigger

This map shows the likely current intent of the Russian forces.


Source - bigger
  • There are 12 to 15 brigades of Ukrainian forces (blue) at the Donbas front. If the Russian's (red) move fast enough they can cut those off from the rest of the country or bomb them while they try to escape on the only big road between those two pincer arrows.
  • After a lull Russia has reintroduced Su-34 fighters to Ukraine. They will attack Ukrainian troop concentrations.
  • The Russian elements north of Crimea have taken two important bridges and crossed the Dnieper towards the west. This opens the way to Odessa further west as well as for a march northward towards Kiev on the western side of the Dnieper.

Posted by b on February 28, 2022 at 14:01 UTC | Permalink

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Posted by: Arioch | Mar 1 2022 13:30 utc | 541

Thanks for that tech tip, useful. It seems that particular link has been saved once today, but is not readable yet. Handy, instead of creating files locally. thanks again.

Posted by: Paco | Mar 1 2022 15:41 utc | 601

Posted by: bevin | Mar 1 2022 14:56 utc | 585

By this you assume that France's "force de frappe" isn't already subservient to Germany's interests. I wouldn't. Macron has been pretty much in lockstep with Brussels and Germany so far, finishing what his two predecessors started, the wholesale of France's industrial manufacturing and research to financial groups.

Posted by: Lemming | Mar 1 2022 15:45 utc | 602

Posted by: Sushi | Mar 1 2022 15:37 utc | 600

Not to worry about that base in Ochakov built by the brits and their cousins. Yesterday in Telegram I saw a clip of the wrecked place, seems it was hit by a sizable missile, Iskander probable, the whole thing was wrecked. The flow in Telegram is beyond my control, hard to find now.

Posted by: Paco | Mar 1 2022 15:47 utc | 603

Posted by: Sushi | Mar 1 2022 15:37 utc | 600

Here it is, easier to find stuff with browsers.

https://anna-news.info/raketnym-udarom-unichtozhen-shtab-postroennyj-ssha-v-ochakove/

Its a long walk around the place, the guy speaking is something, HQ built by amerikosy he says, but it was a British base.

Posted by: Paco | Mar 1 2022 15:51 utc | 604

I just saw this posted on Facebook:

"ATTENTION (please share widely): In their effort to prepare for what looks like a wider war, YouTube in partnership with the EU, has now initiated what can only be described as information warfare measures on behalf of NATO - by blocking ALL videos from Russia’s RT channels (one of YT’s largest content producers in the history of that platform) in Europe and in UK too (who were supposedly ‘out of Europe’ aka Brexit), as well as an EU order blocking RT and Sputnik content across Europe, although they never once identified a single piece of alleged false information on RT’s channels, not one.

They just flicked that switch.

Hundreds of thousands of videos & documentaries going back to 2007 are now blocked. Their rationale is that this needs to be done in order to “stop Russia from influencing the public.”

Posted by: spudski | Mar 1 2022 15:56 utc | 605

@604 There are 2 of these bases. Ochakov and Beryansk. Neither are currently functioning.

See Perimetr's post #347 from yesterday.

https://english.pravda.ru/news/hotspots/150435-ochakov_base_destroyed/

Posted by: dh | Mar 1 2022 16:00 utc | 606

@Dr. George W Oprisko | Mar 1 2022 14:40 utc | 575

>>The enemy is withdrawing troops from Donbass to Dnepropetrovsk with heavy losses
>>The Armed Forces of Ukraine are withdrawing from the Lugansk region in an organized manner, but with heavy losses
Can't this be prevented by cratering roads, and destroying bridges? Doesn't sound like Ukie forces are in a position to do combat-engineer work currently.

Like others, I found it baffling to hear that the Mariupol garrison had been reinforced with fresh arrivals from Lvov. With Russian combat aviation now picking up apparently, such nonsense will probably come to an end.
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@WJ | Mar 1 2022 13:46 utc | 546

>>Russia about to hit several targets in Kiev. Sending warning in
>>advance to Ukrainians living near targets. SBU and 72nd
>>Pyschological warfare centers targeted.
At the risk of sounding bloodthirsty, is this the way to go about it? This is not a fuel dump or a tank workshop. Once you've committed to wage war, isn't it the people working there you have to take out of the equation ASAP? Guess the Ukie side can't believe their luck with Russia making mistakes like this.

Posted by: Ma Laoshi | Mar 1 2022 16:01 utc | 607

Nations are picking sides at the UN by staying neutral which seems chicken shit to me but what do I know.

That said, it is nice to read that Pakistan has joined Brazil, India, China and ???

Those nations represent lots of humans but then we don't really have democracy, do we?

All wars are bankers wars. Maybe we will start talking about the bankers during this war....it sure would be nice....grin

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 1 2022 16:12 utc | 608

Posted by: comandante | Mar 1 2022 15:25 utc | 593


Looks like Russians are getting spanked in Kharkov. Acording to Southfront ...

We must be reading two different versions of SouthFront then, because by all accounts except CNN the Russian forces are mopping up in Kharkov.

I've just seen an entire battalion of UF (Azov?) go up in a ball of fire:

https://southfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/0.mp4?_=3


Posted by: Arch Bungle | Mar 1 2022 16:12 utc | 609

Abe @505--

Getting rid of NATO is just one aspect of the newly minted Putin Doctrine, which I've begun to examine here. But NATO isn't the only institution to be targeted for elimination--all the old institutions are on the chopping block. The alternative is for the West to be cast adrift from the rest of the world as it's no longer needed for anything.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2022 16:23 utc | 610

On the sanctions front, it will be interesting to see how much authority the Too Big To Jail Banks have. After committing the greatest document fraud in history and crashing the economy, they escaped prosecution under Obama completely.

JP Morgan is warning against sanctions craziness because they see how it could backfire into an alternative financial system that excludes the US.

Russia could also amend their constitution to trash patent and copyright protection of offending nations.

It will be interesting to see if Biden agrees to an Iran deal over the objections of the Senate and Israel. Iran will demand every detail to be followed, step by step and the US hates that. OTOH, could the US learn a lesson about what they did in Ukraine and get trustworthy?

Posted by: Eighthman | Mar 1 2022 16:24 utc | 611

This is what the West is defending.


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FMhR1XvWUAQF4Rf?format=jpg&name=small

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Mar 1 2022 16:31 utc | 612

@Arch Bungle | Mar 1 2022 16:12 utc | 609

That looked just like an airliner crashing into the Pentagon audit office on 9/11 2001 -- just after Donald Rumsfeld announced "We cannot track 2.3 TRILLION dollars" financial control issue the day before on 9/10.

I guess the Russians must have copied that plane design as well. A new type of hit & disappear stealth technology. (/sarc)

Posted by: imo | Mar 1 2022 16:32 utc | 613

@611 Another bad day for JPM....

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/JPM?p=JPM&.tsrc=fin-srch

Posted by: dh | Mar 1 2022 16:33 utc | 614

A excellent article in how the USA has inadvertently begun de-Dollarising in which the Dollar will no longer be the default currency.


https://thesaker.is/follow-the-money-how-russia-will-bypass-western-economic-warfare/

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Mar 1 2022 16:34 utc | 615

Interesting poem by Prilepin, since it does not follow a classic rhyme form it will be quite readable with machine translation. He's in the sanction list. How terrible Limonov is not around, he was from Kharkov, his insights would've been the definite ones, too bad, rest in peace Eddie.

https://t.me/epoddubny/8290

Posted by: Paco | Mar 1 2022 16:36 utc | 616

Okay, I'm hoping to comment alot as we head into the eye of the storm. This thread is A1++, so maybe b can repeat the falsehood in war intro, update with news on the ground and call it Part II. I (humbly) suggest you repeat the intro to this thread again and again and carry it forward with every new thread, because it can't be overstated at this time, with the utter one-sided narrative and mind-numbing disgrace being brought to us by the media.

Let me start with this for now: I'm really pleased to see that Russia's knocked out the television tower in Kiev, although it's still standing, but channels are not functioning. However, the Ukes have a contingency in place to recover broadcasting capacity which probably requires cyber measures to crash it. I don't know; I'm just saying.

The more discomfort civilians feel; the more they will consider the exit corridor which is safer for them.

Also, the media everywhere is brazenly encouraging Kiev civilians to risk their lives and be the sacrificial pawns in their upcoming war porn marathon and to be the pawns of US NATO.

What's happening is so appalling; I'll get more into it later. We must fight back!

Posted by: Circe | Mar 1 2022 16:37 utc | 617

Bravo to reaching the 600 mark - even so, not being a techie myself (and not having room for it in the brain) if I am unable to post due to restrictions, my spirit will be here, and I will lurk as much as I can - be aware of lurkers and as the site continues I will always be here...otherwise, letting a last little poem I wrote a few days ago be me:

The ship of the world
Sails through space
Like a teardrop
Suspended above a vast ocean

Passengers all,
Why do we war?
The Captain, God love Him,
Loves you.

Peace, all.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 1 2022 16:43 utc | 618

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Mar 1 2022 7:41 utc | 457

@Seer, #411:

Geez, you missed the point badly. The point was to put money into MIC pockets. Uncle Sam and NATO vassals would front that money, after taking their cuts. Ukraine owes that money of course, but as you said how are they going to pay? Why, they could default, Uncle Sam/NATO vassals would just write off that debt on account of their taxpayers' annual offerings. Why should Uncle Sam/NATO vassals sweat? They would just get fat on their cuts, as usual.

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I think that my point missed the target (in your mind). Sorry...

I was being a bit tongue-in-cheek. It's a question that needs to be put out there as a challenge: all roads lead to the dead-end of a terminated NG transit fee contract. The obvious answer is that Ukraine would never have the ability to pay alms (yes, that's "alms") out of its own pockets to NATO [the NATO god]. Now, the money, of course, doesn't go to the NATO office but to, mostly, US arms manufacturers, but it's essentially club dues (that's what Trump was bitching and moaning about- NATO members not paying enough into the arms god that is the US). Yes, money will be made available to make it look like a legit transaction, if Ukraine were to become a NATO member that is.

Thinking in terms of "Cecil Rhodes" might be a better angle in that he was forcing markets open for exploitation all in the name of "advancement" (of course, the greatest "advancement" was for the wealthy). NATO is a similar mechanism/market, it's constantly expanding in order to fuel "growth." And then there's the [US] arms industry money recycling project that is Israel...

As someone who is in the US and has been anti-war/pro-peace for decades (an activist) I assure you and others that I am very aware of how the racket works.

Posted by: Seer | Mar 1 2022 16:47 utc | 619

YouTube in English:
Standing ovation as Zelensky tells European Parliament to ‘prove you are with' Ukraine [text title] Nobody will break us [title on the first frame

YouTube in Russian
No more resistance on the southern front [huge advance, 50% of the distance to Dniester (i.e. to the boundary with Moldova covered, Ukrainian army does not attempt to block, effective "no driving zone"]

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 1 2022 16:49 utc | 620

ScottinDalles @ 587; Now that, is a excellent post.

Posted by: vetinLA | Mar 1 2022 16:56 utc | 621

@malenkov | Mar 1 2022 14:32 utc | 567

It ought to be in some honestly nonaligned country and preferably one that has suffered greatly from imperialist powers or has somehow managed to wriggle out from under their control. In most of these countries, alas, suitable infrastructure would have to be created out of next to nothing (sorry, Luang Prabang) or would be just too déclassé for pampered diplomats (sorry, Africa). How about Ho Chi Minh City? In my ideal world that HQ would be in Gaza…

Luang Prabang would get my vote! The bombing of Laos was the most horrible thing, more than all WWII bombings put together I believe. They even bombed the megalithic Plain of Jars.

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 1 2022 16:58 utc | 622

Someone mentioned the idea of turning back the clock to the previous status quo ante; that's not going to happen as the newly formed and emerging Putin Doctrine is about constructing new institutions and arrangements, not about reforming the old, broken and hostile institutions. This is a development few as yet know about or understand. The demand for the removal of all Outlaw US Empire nukes from Europe is part of that doctrine. The beginnings of the new doctrine have been around for several years and was again announced with vigor just prior to the Olympic Games in the China-Russia Joint Declaration on International Relations Entering a New Era and the Global Sustainable Development (its full title) as I explain in my initial article exploring the new doctrine. Some will recall my noting and including the Manifesto present in the Declaration when I commented upon it when it was published.

There's no doubt that Russia and China are in this together; they stated they're going to change the system. The West's in complete denial that its days as Top Dog are now over. The Multipolar World has no desire to issue diktats to the ancien regime, but if it fights instead of accepting its new status, then it will be told how to behave in no uncertain terms. Yes, the shoe will now be on the other foot. As we move forward, all that will become clearer. Here is the critical observation posed in a question to one of the authors of the Putin Doctrine I cite in my essay:

"As you know, the most radical way to revise the existing rules and, in general, the existing system of the world order is war. At the same time, only it can give an idea of the true balance of forces."

The West rejected the "soft" approach, so change will be made via war.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2022 17:03 utc | 623

@ 617

Ditto for me Juliania. The ocean of tears is a compassionate matrix that can deliver peace. Thanks for your poem.

Posted by: suzan | Mar 1 2022 17:04 utc | 624

It's a shame the coward Yanukovich did not show the same gumption as the comedian. I hate being an armchair general but Putin is also to blame for not having intervened during the 2014 Maidan, and then subsequently not fully supporting Motorolla, Givi and all the other hardcore warriors he had available.
The Ukrainians took full advantage of the time to train and harden themselves versus Moscow.
A quick victory would have irrevocably weakened Biden, caught Europe by surprise and spared the world this level of convulsion.
Ok now everyone can kick my ass and tell me how wrong I am. LOL!!!!

Posted by: Fernando Martinez | Mar 1 2022 17:06 utc | 625

Apparently the russkies have fucked up a TV tower in Kiev.

Posted by: Misotheist | Mar 1 2022 17:07 utc | 626

I strongly suggest the media, USNATO and world politicians and diplomats stop trying to get into Putin's head, when the neon sign reads: No vacancy.

Putin is otherwise occupied with denazifying and demilitarizing a country, Ukraine, that USNATO purposely weaponized to bring down Russia and its leader, Putin. It was intended as a mission and USNATO has turned it into WAR, and continues to escalate needlessly.

And for all the diplomats who stood up and turned their backs walking out of the room when Lavrov was speaking: Quit with the irresponsible CANCEL culture routine!

You are solely responsible for any and all unnecessay escalation.

Posted by: Circe | Mar 1 2022 17:09 utc | 627

one of the most troubled news today from russian sources: zelenski will still be president?? wtf??

https://t.me/denatofication/274

Posted by: denazi | Mar 1 2022 17:15 utc | 628

@ Norwegian | Mar 1 2022 16:58 utc | 621

I hear ya! Heck, my in-laws are from the Plain of Jars. My only regret about moving the UN HQ to LP would be the destruction of so much gorgeous countryside to accommodate the infrastructure needs. On the other hand, there's no shortage of gorgeous countryside in the Lao PDR; the people are friendly; the government stable (yes, corrupt, but the people do seem to believe, by and large, in their country and their revolution) -- and the country could sure use the cash. One of the reasons I'm so thrilled about the new Vientiane-LP highway and China-sponsored rail line . . .

Posted by: malenkov | Mar 1 2022 17:21 utc | 629

Sushi, Ethanol is likely a net loss, moving away will have no effect; may improve environment and actually result in a slight net energy gain. Further, it can't be added to pipelines lest it corrode them; it's a real pain, it only exists as a sop to the US farmer.


Misotheist, a lot of huffing and puffing, no substance; I know exactly who I'm talking to, you like Ayn Rand, don't cha?

Posted by: ScottinDallas | Mar 1 2022 17:22 utc | 630

"There's no doubt that Russia and China are in this together; they stated they're going to change the system. The West's in complete denial that its days as Top Dog are now over. The Multipolar World has no desire to issue diktats to the ancien regime, but if it fights instead of accepting its new status, then it will be told how to behave in no uncertain terms. Yes, the shoe will now be on the other foot. As we move forward, all that will become clearer. Here is the critical observation posed in a question to one of the authors of the Putin Doctrine I cite in my essay:"

"As you know, the most radical way to revise the existing rules and, in general, the existing system of the world order is war. At the same time, only it can give an idea of the true balance of forces."

The West rejected the "soft" approach, so change will be made via war.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2022 17:03 utc | 622

YES, but, the vast majority of Americans don't get it, because they watch MSM "news"

Posted by: vetinLA | Mar 1 2022 17:22 utc | 631

The woke universe is going fold in on itself when they realize Justin Trudeau hangs with nazis. Actual real life nazis.
There has to be a photo of JT in an SS outfit somewhere.

Posted by: Macmuir | Mar 1 2022 17:24 utc | 632

@ denazi | Mar 1 2022 17:15 utc | 627

Keeping Z as president might -- might -- not be a bad thing. I have no way of crawling inside his head, but if he was at all sincere in his campaign promise of a rapprochement with Russia, and morphed into Poroshenko 2.0 under pressure (certainly the Azovites aren't all that devoted to the notion of a Jewish president?), then he might prove remarkably pliant.

I'd rather see him strung up after a war crimes trial, but I'm going to defer to the wisdom of the Russian victors on this matter.

Posted by: malenkov | Mar 1 2022 17:25 utc | 633

Today's Global Times editorial supports the new Putine Doctrine, but if you don't know what it is you won't be able to see that support.

"China also supports Europe and Russia in their efforts to hold dialogue on an equal footing over the European security issue, uphold the notion of indivisible security, and eventually form a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism." [My Emphasis]

It also condemns the Outlaw US Empire from the beginning with another slick political cartoon and at several points in the text:

"Washington is the 'special responsible party' for the Ukraine crisis, and the US-led NATO holds tight the key to its solution. As former US congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said in an interview, 'Biden can very easily prevent a war with Russia by guaranteeing that Ukraine will not become a member of NATO.' What she said was totally true, but the US mainstream media, unfortunately, not only selectively ignored such truth, but also deliberately exploited and consumed the suffering of the Ukrainian people.

"Warfare is not a game for children. It is time to stop Washington's public opinion war in the troubled situation, as the opinion war does not serve any purpose other than to encourage new confrontations....

"The US-led NATO is a product of the Cold War, and the Russia-Ukraine crisis, in essence, is a wound re-created in Europe by the coffin board of the Cold War. Europe is standing at the crossroads of war and peace, and the representatives of Russia and Ukraine have sat down at the negotiating table. All parties should have more patience, try hard to create conditions for reconciliation, rather than turning the negotiations into another battlefield for selfish gain. Washington, in particular, should shoulder the 'special responsibility,' instead of continuing to be the source of chaos." [My Emphasis]

The editorial also noted:

"At the same time, the emerging powers, including India, Brazil and Argentina, did not follow the US "condemnation," but issued rational and pragmatic voices. These voices represent the views of a significant part of the international community, only simply ignored by Western media." [My Emphasis]

IMO, it's easy to see what the UNGA result will be provided Russia is allowed to explain its case for invoking Article 51, for I see no way the Outlaw US Empire can rebut it as the facts are all on Russia's side--and its clearly the facts the Empire wants to bury through its "public opinion" campaign, of Psy Op as it's called elsewhere.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2022 17:26 utc | 634

Circe @ 627 said;

"And for all the diplomats who stood up and turned their backs walking out of the room when Lavrov was speaking: Quit with the irresponsible CANCEL culture routine!"

"You are solely responsible for any and all unnecessay escalation."

You bet, C. This whole situation could have been avoided, but for the criminal hubris of NATO.

Posted by: vetinLA | Mar 1 2022 17:29 utc | 635

vetinLA @631--

Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately, it's not "the vast majority of Americans" that matters as they don't make policy. If they did, we would be doing what we are presently.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2022 17:30 utc | 636

I've heard the term "great reset" used colloquially referring to Covid, but are we seeing that term applying to the resetting of things globally?

I for one, hope so. Past time for a "multi-polar" global alliance, that works for all of humanity..

Posted by: vetinLA | Mar 1 2022 17:39 utc | 637

@635 Zelensky might be a completely different person after his handlers have moved back to Galicia.

Posted by: dh | Mar 1 2022 17:54 utc | 638

Dear karlof1,

just a few comments re your post 625...

The Putin Doctrine, that was Monday's speech then, wasn't it?

"There's no doubt that Russia and China are in this together"
Well, I hope so.

"As you know, the most radical way to revise the existing rules and, in general, the existing system of the world order is war. At the same time, only it can give an idea of the true balance of forces."
Who said that? Please tell me.

"constructing new institutions and arrangements, not about reforming the old, broken and hostile institutions."
I would welcome that very much. However, I can only regard Lavrov's approach to speaking at Geneva ("Oh, but I definately have to speak there!") as pointing in the other direction. I really can't help it, it seemed like a pretty repulsive (to me) gesture of subservience, complicity, weakness and cluelessness. What with him (the most senior diplomat) being barred, but not protesting it, but accomodating for it! I wish I wouldn't feel that way.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Mar 1 2022 17:55 utc | 639

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.>/I? -- Buckminster Fuller

Seems that Russia and China are doing just that. Russia is rear-guarding militarily while China is rear-guarding economically (backstopping Russia).

Posted by: Seer | Mar 1 2022 18:18 utc | 640

Russian nuclear submarines have sailed off for drills in the Barents Sea near the Arctic and mobile missile launchers are roaming Siberia.

The drills come days after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's nuclear forces put on high alert.

https://twitter.com/AP/status/1498717854736302084

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After US and EU put escalatory round after escalatory round in motion over the last days, Russia ups the ante. This either leads to a nuclear incident or to a solution. Unfortunately, I think the West is only listening to Putin, when he comes with nukes. Before that, playing tricks contues.

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Mar 1 2022 18:29 utc | 641

The Russia-Chinese policy seems to be a variant of the "Bad cop - good cop" routine. Played out for the REST OF the world. Russia is standing up to the West's/US military subterfuges and the Chinese represent stability, future prosperity and progess.

The attitude of the "rest" of the world (the majority of it's population) is convincingly on the Russian side or waiting. They may have to remain silent - as none of them has the force or size necessary to visibly change things.
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The "Muslim" world is totally silent. Their own citizens are not exactly sure of their own elites. Some are frankly hostile to them (as in Bahrain). However, the traditional attitude of "westies" towards them is of insufferable superiority and that they are incapable of getting on with each other. (Helped on by the likes of the CIA) They have now been shown a way out - the BRI, which is going to be taken away from them if the "grand Satan and assorted demons" wins.

South America idem. Having had experience of the "Rule of the strongest" they may not say anything, even going so far as to pay lip service to US commands, but their future prosperity could be improved by the BRI.

Africans in general are also victims of Western greed and manipulation.

So the Russia-China duopoly is now the rest of the worlds best hope to be heard and taken seriously.
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Note that the "Elites and owners" of countries are NOT the same as the people. Even they, must not be happy to see how their own fortunes could be stolen by the US/London mafia. The seizing of Russian assets and reserves by the US should reduce the trust other countries leaders may have on leaving long term Gold and other reserves on US territory or within reach of the rapacious hand of the "Ruless" (rule-less non-International order).

Posted by: Stonebird | Mar 1 2022 18:41 utc | 642

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2022 16:23 utc | 612

Yes, dismantling NATO is just one of many thing on Russia's list of things to do. I can't have even slightes idea what are all the things there (I expect lot of surprising strategic/economic issues that will tip the scales back to normal), so I can only sit and watch what will future bring.

Posted by: Abe | Mar 1 2022 19:09 utc | 643

Ides of March...

Watch out for these important dates (whether the clues will be given on the 2nd and 3rd we'll soon enough know, but for sure on the 16th):

https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/2022-march.htm

Hardship ahead for the US and Western peoples: not the SOBs that helped create the mess (hopefully other countries will keep out such vermin, force them to face the music in their own countries).

Posted by: Seer | Mar 1 2022 19:13 utc | 644

The 'Anonymous' hacker group's website has been taken down by the Russian 'KILLNET' hackers whodared the US lackeys to bring it up
HAHAHAHAHHHHhh
«Анойнмус😍 сисси бегут за юбками своих матерей! Правила KILLNET Не связывайтесь с русскими

'Anoynmous😍 sissies running for their mothers' skirts!
KILLNET rules
Do not mess with the Russians

Posted by: Recon404 | Mar 1 2022 21:05 utc | 645

Posted by: Recon404 | Mar 1 2022 21:05 utc | 647

Since when do "Anonymous" have a website? it's supposed to be a decentralized outfit with no clear targets.

Posted by: Lemming | Mar 1 2022 21:51 utc | 646

The chief public prosecutor, Igor Stříž, has warned that public support for the Russian aggression against Ukraine expressed at demonstrations or on social networks can currently be considered a criminal offense. He warned citizens to respect freedom of speech and not to exceed its limits. Under Czech law support for crimes against humanity or genocide are punishable by up to three years in jail. At the same time, Stříž added that the legal assessment of such acts is very complicated.

Posted by: Passerby | Mar 1 2022 23:11 utc | 647

Interesting:
"On March 1, numerous unmanned reconnaissance drones of the Russian Armed Forces were observed in the skies over Ukraine, especially near Kharkiv. The question arises why the Russians actually neglected this element of aerial reconnaissance in the previous 5 days, after they reached full air supremacy. Apparently, the answer lies in the incompetence of some of the Moscow carpet generals, who had achieved the command positions in the military operation against Ukraine through intrigues seeking for upcoming awards and promotions.
Gross mistakes in the first 5 days of the war on the part of the Russian command in a number of directions are noted by both Russian and American military experts. For example, it is hard to imagine the logic of the senior commander, who on February 27th ordered a platoon with 4 light armored vehicles, separated from the main forces and without prior reconnaissance to go deep into the city area of Kharkiv in order to take and protect the transport ring. As a result, the grouping was destroyed and one soldier was taken prisoner. There were many such examples during the first 5 days of the operation, especially in the Kharkiv direction, somewhat less in the Kherson and Sumy areas.
However, on March 1 the situation objectively changed. In addition to the use of drones for reconnaissance, rear and supply columns of the Russian Armed Forces began to move with combat guards. The movement of Russian armored vehicles, both on the march and in urban areas with infantry on armor, was noted.

The presence of the Russian Air Force’s strike aircraft in the skies of Ukraine has increased. Coordination and interaction between various units of the Russian Armed Forces has intensified. Artillery is used wherever possible. The accuracy of missile and air strikes has increased. The Russians began striking military facilities that they had apparently previously planned to seize relatively undamaged, such as the Kharkiv aviation and tank military academies, the infrastructure, hangars and warehouses of the largest military airfield near Kharkiv.

The reaction of Russian servicemen to provocative actions on the part of civilians and especially members of the so-called territorial defense forces, consisting of civilians without military uniforms, has also changed significantly. Kiev had previously urged civilians to actively resist the Russian occupation by forcefully throwing Molotov cocktails at Russian vehicles, blocking roads, launching surprise attacks, approaching under the guise of peaceful intentions, etc. Until March 1, Russian servicemen had orders to avoid retaliating to civilian provocations in every possible way, up to and including the consequences of criminal prosecution."

Source: https://southfront.org/war-in-ukraine-day-6-russia-changed-tactics-and-succeeded-huge-casualties-and-humanitarian-disaster-video-18/

Posted by: Mikkael | Mar 2 2022 9:15 utc | 648

i think you may be right as well..

Posted by: james | Mar 20 2022 16:05 utc | 26

"Nazis shouldn't be called Nazis, it hurts their feelings"

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As for the Nazi troll we have somehow picked up, I suspect that particular one might be trying to get our host in trouble with the German government. Now that the official position of the German government is support for Ukro-Nazis I am not sure how that would work these days, though.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 20 2022 18:51 utc | 50

"MoA community is already nazi, I want to help them become more nazi"

"I'm not a nazi because I'm apolitical, but if I was political I would be a nazi. Again, MoA commenters are already nazis, I just want them to become proper nazis"

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What about pseudobiological quackery? (This is a tame example!)

And praise of dirty bombing? (Liking dirty bombs must rank quite high in the "I'm a sociopathic piece of shit" list)

Posted by: Misotheist | Mar 20 2022 14:13 utc | 6

Hallo All, agin. Took an extra day away from MoA to do some more digging.

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 20 2022 19:48 utc | 58

Posted by: Misotheist | Mar 20 2022 22:59 utc | 649

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