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May 25, 2022

Ukraine Propaganda - BBC Tries To Sell Telegram Rumors That Make No Sense

Do they really think that the people are dumb enough to believe such shit?

Russian media: retired Russian major general killed in skies over Ukraine


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Which 'Russian media' one might asks:

A [Russian] fighter has been shot down in the skies over Ukraine, and Kanamat Botashev, a retired Major General of the Russian Air Force, was killed.

Source: Russian edition of BBC with reference to Botashov's three former subordinates

Details: Subordinates who had kept in touch with Botashev after leaving the service agreed to comment on condition of anonymity for reasons of personal safety.

Oh, the 'Russian media' is in fact the Russian language site of the BBC World Service which is financed and directed by the British government's Foreign Office. The same BBC World Service which since March has suspended its operation in Moscow and which had its its website blocked in Russia.

That BBC World Service will surely have reliable sources for making such nonsense claims:

One of Botashev's former colleagues confirmed that a retired general was carrying out missions in a Su-25 aircraft in Ukraine.

In one of the Russian Telegram channels, this participant reported on Botashev's death ...

'Russian Telegram channels' are anonymous and also widely used by Ukrainians. They are often unreliable.

The picture above is somewhat curious too. Its resolution is too low to read the name patch of the pictured officer who does totally not look like 63 year old retired man.

The plane the Ukrainians allegedly shot down was a Su-25 ground attack aircraft. Why then is the 'retired Major-General Botashev', should he actually exist, pictured in front of an Su-34, a supersonic fighter-bomber. According to Tineye the photo was first published on May 23 by a news site in Tbilisi, Georgia. There is no metadata in the picture and I am unable to find any caption for it.

The whole story makes absolutely no sense:

It is unclear how the 63-year-old retired general found himself at the controls of the Su-25 in Ukraine.
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Botashev commanded a regiment of the Guards Air Base in Voronezh. His military career came to an end in June 2012, when he was accused of crashing a Su-27 fighter near Petrozavodsk. The general asked his friend-colonel to let him fly a Su-27, a flight permit he did not have.

So the dude was kicked out of the military? He hasn't flown military planes for 10 years? Somehow he steals an Su-25, which he probably did not know how to fly, and gets shot down over Ukraine? Yeah, that makes totally sense ...

What will the BBC World Service editors try to sell us next? Bridges?

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Jacob Dreizin has a new video out. Nothing new for people already following Telegram channels or with a modicum of military knowledge.

The Snowball Effect
https://thedreizinreport.com/2022/05/25/the-snowball-effect/

In this video, the Dreizin Report explains in detail the tactical and psychological components of the Ukraine’s latest failures in the Donbass. Among other things, you will receive a crash course in static defense planning. Most enjoyably, we start the video with several minutes of highlighting a certain other talking head’s “borrowing” of Dreizin Report material.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 21:22 utc | 101

Pepe ventures an interesting prediction:

The imminent loss of Severodonetsk and Lysichansk will ring serious alarm bells in Washington and Brussels, because that will represent the beginning of the end of the current regime in Kiev.

Really, how so? I thought the fall of Azovstal represented "the beginning of the end" -- but it seemed to resolve on a suspended 7th (perhaps until trials of captured Azov terrorists). Pepe's statement raises my eyebrows for a couple of reasons:

1) Just prior, Pepe observes "Ukraine, within its current borders, is already a thing of the past." But you can't anticipate a country's demise and eat it too.

2) The phrase "serious alarm bells" is ominous, but clarity on this impending turning-point is lacking.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 25 2022 21:22 utc | 102

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 25 2022 21:22 utc | 100

Mariupol was a city. The current failures of Ukraine are on the main defensive line that's been there for eight years. As Dreizin mentions in his video I referenced above, the city of Dnipro, way back near the Dnieper River 100km away, has been instructed to prepare four defensive lines, because they can see the writing on the wall, as Dreizin says. If the Donbass defensive line collapses, as is likely, that's all there is between Donbass and Dnipro. And after that collapses, that's all there is between there and Kiev (more or less). So the capture of various linchpin cities in Donbass presages the collapse of the entire front.

Also, as Dreizin says, the fall of Mariupol has a psychological effect on the remaining Ukrainians. No one saved the "crack" Azov Battalion. Now they all think, "Who's gonna save me?" That's how armies crumble.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 21:29 utc | 103

You could go mad trying to debunk all this. And do western media audiences care? I recall the daily briefing scene from Full Metal Jacket. SOP for these shills. I follow some good twitter accounts, MoA and watch Mercouris et al. for my Ukie-updates. Stay away from MSM, it will cause fist-clenching rage.

Posted by: Patroklos | May 25 2022 21:35 utc | 104

karlof1@21

Ludicrous CNN news aka lies: In a CNN interview, US congressman @RepMcCaul used a pic of an Asian man (Vietnamese deputy PM) walking out of Zelensky's speech as proof that China doesn't support Ukraine.

Seriously worried for ordinary American citizens and people around the global, who are subjected to this type dumb US politicians and lying media that can influence and destroy our life and this world......

Posted by: lulu | May 25 2022 21:36 utc | 105

Comment from Donbass Insider Telegram channel on the grain shipment issue and how that is going to force some action in and around the Black Sea...

Cereal geopolitics
By @rqnst (summary)

“Lithuania imagined itself becoming an exporter of Ukrainian cereals. His idea is to receive the grain by train and then export it through the port of Klaipeda. Initially, tests are carried out to study the feasibility of the project.

It has just received its second test train, containing a volume of 1,300 tons of cereals. For an economic sector where volumes are in the millions of tonnes, that means nothing.

The profitability of the project leaves something to be desired... The train had to change axles twice [according to @infranews they don't change the axles, they rearrange the containers and platforms], at the Polish-Ukrainian border and at the Polish-Lithuanian border, which considerably increased travel time. The train reached its destination in 8 days. To achieve the desired amount of grain, the rail flow must be uninterrupted, which would be difficult even in times of peace.

The export of grain through the Danube ports is also inefficient. The volumes transported by truck are even lower than by rail.

Therefore, we again come to the conclusion that in order to successfully plunder Ukraine, access to Ukrainian seaports is extremely important for the Western oligarchy. Only in this way is it possible to export grain in the relevant quantities.

Thus, there will be a desperate battle for access and control of Ukraine's seaports. A month ago we wrote that the Battle of Odessa will be no less important than the Battle of Donbass, and we can add that the battles for Serpents' Island will continue. »
https://t.me/rqnst/4342
https://t.me/infranews/14133

Well, if it "fucks" the Western oligarchs (I use the term dear to one of their representatives), it is all the more interesting

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 21:36 utc | 106

karlof1 @ 52 -- kudos for introducing a reference to the Dune books in a thread ... if an interest has been sparked, there is a free version 0f 'Dune,1984' on Youtube that will provide a taste of the storyline ..... WARNING -- avoid the newer verison as it is very badly done

Posted by: chet380 | May 25 2022 21:37 utc | 107

@Joe6pack 95
That's true. It's almost impossible to get balanced view about this war. So you start from pro Russian channels, turn to pro Ukrainian and then try to guess what actually might be happening there.

Posted by: AmigoS | May 25 2022 21:38 utc | 108

For the latest coordinated Westen (dis)info war againt China, watch how their lies and insinuation are brilliantly dissected: US Targets UN Visit to Xinjiang China With Today's "WMD" Lies

Posted by: lulu | May 25 2022 21:46 utc | 109

cbc headline - from a wire service article - Russia launches fresh offensive, wants sanctions relief to free up Ukraine food supply routes -

this is what they feed the sheeple... lying is perfectly okay and considered the norm...

Posted by: james | May 25 2022 21:50 utc | 110

From the Colonel Cassad Telegram channel... Not sure what this means, if anything... The report makes it sound as if there has been a major air attack.

Huge forces of the Russian Aerospace Forces passed over Lugansk towards the front, powerful explosions thundered

The correspondent of "Russian Spring" (http://rusvesna.su/) from the capital of the LPR reports that he sees this for the first time, a lot of combat aircraft and helicopters swept over the city. They went in several waves. Soon, deafening explosions thundered in the distance, windows and even the walls of houses trembled. At this time, air raid sirens are roaring in Ukraine.
t.me/RVvoenkor

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 21:53 utc | 111

chet380 @105--

Thanks for your reply, but I didn't mention Dune by Frank Herbert; what I mentioned was the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov. They are vastly different works, although they share the central theme of Empire. What I find fascinating is Azimov's age when he initially began writing the series and the temporal context within which he wrote. Asimov also produced what's known as the Robot Series which comprise a total of 43 works. Altogether, that's 50 works by the most prolific writer in American history.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 21:59 utc | 112

This was posted on Telegram half an hour ago:

‼️ 🇷🇺 Huge forces of the Russian Aerospace Forces passed over Lugansk towards the front, powerful explosions thundered

The correspondent of "Russian Spring" from the capital of the LPR reports that he sees this for the first time, many combat aircraft and helicopters swept over the city. They went in several waves. Soon, deafening explosions thundered in the distance, windows and even the walls of houses trembled.
At this time, air raid sirens are roaring in Ukraine.

https://t.me/swodki/103536

Is this an airborne operation into the Ukrainian rear, like the one at Gostamel Airport near Kiev? If so, what is the target?

Posted by: Petri Krohn | May 25 2022 22:02 utc | 113

"Nato claiming immunity on bombing Serbia with depleted Uranium shells... due to an agreement with the country's government of 2005, Serbian lawyer Srdjan Aleksic told RIA Novosti."

Republicofscotland | May 25 2022 19:35 utc | 81
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LOL, the Serbian govt immunizes NATO from war-crimes violations of international law; well that and the rules based international odor, the final get out of jail free arbiter. That's the ticket.

Posted by: Doug Hillman | May 25 2022 22:02 utc | 114

Posted by: Roger | May 25 2022 19:35 utc | 82

Yoon's election is disturbing. At the same time, not all that surprising as ROK was nearly trashed by JPCOA "secondary sanctions" even before The Pandemic. Pendulum swing to reactionaries is like a law of nature or something. But I suspect, his term won't be smooth, because he won't be able to redeem US status chits he's gambling with. That simply isn't how US rolls turnips off the truck. Besides, US is too tight with JP and that won't fly as "national security" for long.

Prompted by Zakharova, I chuckled, being reminded of an item that won't endear "the five" (US, AU,CA, NZ, JP) to APEC or ASEAN, hell, anyone on PacRim. Wang's 25 May presser.

Global Times: US Senator Michael McCaul recently said to CNN that the Chinese delegation to the World Economic Forum did not stand in ovation for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy after his video speech and instead walked out of the venue. But the photo the Senator presented as proof turned out to be a picture of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai and his delegation according to some media. And the photo was later confirmed by Vietnam. I wonder what is China's comment?

Wang Wenbin: The Chinese delegation has issued a statement for clarification. During President Zelenskyy's speech, the Chinese delegation was not at the venue as they were meeting with Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency. We urge the US Senator to make a correction, and stop spreading disinformation.

So crude. Visiting the APEC site throws "the five" into stark, rude relief among majority (KR, PH, ID, SG, VN, CN, CN-hk, CN-tw, RU, TH, MX, PE, CL, BN, PG, MY). That performance dismissed lingering anticipation of cooperation. COVID-19 recovery is the number one job priority. Ukraine's sob story didn't register at. all. on the agenda. And evidently neither did a whiff of FDI.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 25 2022 22:06 utc | 115

btw ‘Not a dumping ground’: Pacific condemns Fukushima water plan, but FUKUS' UN pals will green-light it anyway.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 25 2022 22:14 utc | 116

OT: Veteran Australian diplomat speaks out against war danger - John Lander.

He points out, the U.S. strategy is clear:"Arm Taiwan to the hilt, conduct a vilification campaign against China to make it the aggressor in the eyes of the world, encourage Taiwan to [...] separate itself from China and thus instigate a war".

"... ramping up the China threat" is a "repetition of the yellow peril, which was a repetition of the white Australia policy". "

Posted by: lulu | May 25 2022 22:24 utc | 117

@ Patroklos 102
You could go mad trying to debunk all this. And do western media audiences care?
Russia has been extremely weak in countering the US line and telling the world what is really happening, and why. I understand that all the MSM wouldn't publish it, but some would. No, all we hear is Blinken's "unprovoked invasion" and not a whisper of "provoked war promotion" of the US . . .et cetera . .Russia needs to learn the importance of information management, and winning hearts & minds.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 25 2022 22:35 utc | 118

I'm surprised no efforts been made to tie in the immensity and falsity of the Establishment Narrative with yesterday's tragic event at Uvalde, Texas. I found out when I began viewing the pregame show for the Warriors-Mavericks Conference Finals game which showed Warrior coach Steve Kerr go ballistic about the event and the 50 US Senators holding up the passage of a basic background check law that would stem some of the shootings. Kerr's anger was clearly his Network moment which was uncut--a spectacular feat given the fake crap we're fed on a daily basis. But of course, no one attempted to make the obvious connection between that terroristic shooting and the Outlaw US Empire's Imperial Policy that results in the deaths of massive numbers of innocents. Indeed, I told my wife that the reason the Senators won't allow a vote on that timid law is because ensuring the needless deaths of innocents is what they--and the Empire they serve--do for a living. Those twenty people are just as useless in their eyes as all the Ukrainians killed so far. A better use of the Glass Dome would be to place it atop the Capitol building during a joint session of Congress so they can slowly be suffocated. One genuine news item reported thusly:

"The latest mass shooting marked at least the 212th in 2022, according to data compiled by US nonprofit site the Gun Violence Archive. Total deaths caused by gun violence in 2022 have already reached over 17,000, after the gun violence claimed about 45,000 lives in 2021, according to the website."

212 mass shootings in 144 days for an average of 118 deaths per day, which is at least a slightly smaller number of KIAs than last year, but then that's no solace for anyone, and we've yet to enter the height of the killing season.

Aside from those Senators and their kin, the other group that will be pleased is the Eugenics promoters like the Davos bunch.

But as Kerr derisively said, we'll have a moment of silence and go right back to business as usual, which is the business of trying to enslave the world, a connection Mr. Kerr sadly isn't aware of, although I can't really fault him for that since he's blinded by the same lies as most Americans.

So, return to enjoying your Victory Gin, cooked cabbage with sausage, and the Telescreen, and make sure to reserve two minutes at the top of every hour for the next week to aim your hatred at Russians for causing all the mass shootings in the USA--for everything's Putin's fault, right?

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 22:36 utc | 119

btw ‘Not a dumping ground’: Pacific condemns Fukushima water plan, but FUKUS' UN pals will green-light it anyway.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 25 2022 22:14 utc | 113

Don't know if anyone caught it but Oliver Stone gave a clickbait interview about Putin recently and spent the first half unrelatedly spinning an argument for Nuclear energy.

It's not that I'm firmly against nuclear energy, but its BS to say as Stone did that its basically far less damaging than coal by deaths related to Nuclear meltdowns. And that Fukushima is no big deal since no one died.

Apart from him being a good director is he someone who knows what he is talking about?

I don't know if there is balanced research out there. I am well aware of the research done by the fervently anti nuke people, I was and potentially still am one of them depending on the circumstances. I will never understand N Reactors being situated near food production or the ocean or major river systems. I am aware of the need for water supply for cooling, but this should be done safely rather than expediently.

Obviously both China and Russia have NP, do they do it safer or cleaner than western countries? Or is it that the "democracies" are so corrupt that we don't maintain our NP infrastructure and hence these accidents are more likely? I've heard there have been many more nuclear accidents in the US than have been revealed.

Posted by: K | May 25 2022 22:38 utc | 120

Just because I make great flicks doesn't mean I know shit when it comes to the real world.

Posted by: Oliver Stone | May 25 2022 22:40 utc | 121

@ Petri Krohn 110
Is this an airborne operation into the Ukrainian rear, like the one at Gostamel Airport near Kiev? If so, what is the target?
This an assault on Severodonetsk, the LPR capitol. When it is captured the Luhansk republic belongs to Russia.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 25 2022 22:42 utc | 122

K @117--

Odd, uncle tungsten at the end of the previous thread commented thusly:

Oliver Stone is interviewed by Lex Fridman and keeps his cool and on message.

Fridman, a USA citizen of Ukrainian origins is out to get Putin so pathetically obvious that Stone uses the forum to lay out the facts. A 2 hour interview with the great Oliver Stone.

This is good just to hear Stone set out the case against Ukraine and the USA.
Fridman hardly gets a point. GOOD as he clearly isn't deserving of one.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 22:45 utc | 123

Perhaps somebody in the future will pound the US policy which is to arm Taiwan and otherwise stay out, when they compare it to the failure in Ukraine using the same strategy. . .and maybe not, considering that war is a racket with profits in dollars and losses in lives.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 25 2022 22:49 utc | 124

This is good just to hear Stone set out the case against Ukraine and the USA.
Fridman hardly gets a point. GOOD as he clearly isn't deserving of one.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 22:45 utc | 120

I didn't get to the Putin part as I was so disgusted by the first segment.
Is it a caser of a bit of truth mixed in with a bit of spin? I don't know, maybe he genuinely belives Nuclear is safe.

I was really just asking the question since I am no expert just instinctively wary of anything that has a half life longer than some of our current nations have existed.

Posted by: K | May 25 2022 22:53 utc | 125

“Adrian Zenz is at it again” <--- Debunking his lies point by point after reading of his latest 51-page "WMD leaks" by Andy Boreham(安柏然), Aussie who lives in China and speaks fluently Chinese:

Posted by: lulu | May 25 2022 22:58 utc | 126

My theory about US gun violence is that most of the mass shootings are intentional as part of the domestic shock doctrine.

It makes no sense otherwise given the stats from all other countries whether they have domestic access to guns or not.

Yes in part with a terrorist foreign policy it is inevitable that it would be mirrored at home, but even so I think it's more intentional than consequential.

It definitely keeps the country in fear, I mean what's up with shooters choosing to kill kids ? Only the most violent mafia gangs do that for retribution. And it keeps the country divided. And it keeps the NRA rich and in control. Shock doctrine 101.

I recall reading that some research showed that at least half of mass shooters have ties to or are ex servicemen.

In my observation one of the worst lies of Empire is that extreme violence is just human nature. Obviously it is a capacity of humans but it is definitely not normal.

Posted by: K | May 25 2022 23:05 utc | 127

Posted by: Petri Krohn | May 25 2022 22:02 utc | 110

Thanks. I tried posting that several times but the filter hates me again - under both identities.

RSH

Posted by: CharlesLutherThanos | May 25 2022 23:17 utc | 128

YouTube has suddenly disappeared the full version with transcripts of the Pyatt-Nuland phone call. The Empire is using all of its tentacles to silence dissent and to clean up the evidence of its crimes. Anyone following the Julian Assange case will know that this is exactly the outcome desired when embarrassing information and proof of illegal activity on the part of FUKUS/NATO is in the public sphere.

https://consortiumnews.com/2022/05/25/nuland-pyatt-tape-removed-from-youtube-after-8-years/

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 25 2022 23:18 utc | 129

In my observation one of the worst lies of Empire is that extreme violence is just human nature. Obviously it is a capacity of humans but it is definitely not normal.

Posted by: K | May 25 2022 23:05 utc | 124

further to my above to underscore the theory:

apparently the latest shooter announced it on facebook.

recently a friend of mine a young woman, had her account hacked and some extreme porn was posted. FB immediately and without recourse suspended her account with a 30 day appeal period for which there is no actual process then the account and all history will be deleted. She obviously has no history of any such activity. And yet a person can post that they are going to commit murder and nada!

Such behaviour from FB shows exactly who they work for even that such atrocities can be livestreamed with impunity.

Posted by: K | May 25 2022 23:26 utc | 130

Well, what do you know? Youtube may be late, but they never let evidence of US perfidy remain on their platform.

Nuland-Pyatt Tape Removed From YouTube After 8 Years
https://consortiumnews.com/2022/05/25/nuland-pyatt-tape-removed-from-youtube-after-8-years/

The most complete version, with subtitles, suddenly was made unavailable on Wednesday. The tape provides the smoking gun of U.S. involvement in 2014 Kiev coup. (Read the transcript).

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 23:29 utc | 131

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 25 2022 23:18 utc | 126

Sigh... Someone beats me to it again... :-)

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 23:30 utc | 132

Posted by: lulu | May 25 2022 22:58 utc | 123

I'm not sure if you're a PRC or what... I'm overseas senior... in freaking americun..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZI5E7kSZlc

To understands why China's Xinjiang are not Racist or Genocide....... Malaysia’s Laws Are Racist: ? Here’s How... Stumble across this vid in TicTok...pretty good real racism and still exist in Malaysia and much of Asia especially India... today... If there are Malaysians or PRC here... please confirmed the vid is real..!!

Malaysia got their independent in 1957 and Singapore in 1961, It's first PM was Tunku Abdul Rahman (a prince from the State of Kedak).... wife a Chinese... I further believe he was the only qualify Malay and Oxford trained lawyer at that time.... his party UMNO with three components... Malay (UMNO), Chinese (MCA) and Indian MIC)...

Posted by: JC | May 25 2022 23:34 utc | 133

@ Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 25 2022 23:18 utc | 126

Joe Lauria did alarm me when I read the article today, but I soon saw that audio of the Nuland/Pyatt phone call is still available online, in some cases as YouTube files, some with photography included.

So I commented that Lauria's article raised my awareness that the version that has been removed is likely the one with photographs of Nuland and John McCain posing and smiling with Ukrainian Nazi leadership, with Tyahnybok.

After all these years, why remove it now? Maybe it’s because the Asovstal prisoners may now be forced to testify to Nazi atrocities in the Ukraine civil war.

All these years, the smiling photographs were meant to soften the impact of American support for Nazis. Maybe now the photos are a liability.

Posted by: Linda Wood | May 25 2022 23:40 utc | 134

K @ 124; Australia figured it out years ago, weapons of war don't belong in the public's hands.

There'll always be wackos. By banning weapons of war, at least the death rates will decline. Here in the U$A owning guns is a religion, not just a 2nd amendment right.

No politician will change that..

Posted by: vetinLA | May 25 2022 23:43 utc | 135

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 22:45 utc | 120

Stephen Kotkin: Putin, Stalin, Hitler, Zelenskyy, and War in Ukraine - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a7CDKqWcZ0

After announcing in the intro that he plans to travel to both Russia and Ukraine and that due to the Oliver Stone episode, he is fearful for his safety in Ukraine and as a result of this particular episode, he is fearful for his safety in Russia because ...Putin, Lex sets out to "balance" the record in the wake of the Oliver Stone interview.

In a similar manner to Jordan Peterson having Frederick Kagan on his show to explain to his audience the "real" story about Ukraine, this interview is more melodrama than a historical rendition and it is execrable, even by current standards.

Posted by: eyeswideshut | May 25 2022 23:51 utc | 136

These may not be the precise pictures that were shown with the YouTube audio file of the Nuland/Pyatt phone call, if that was the one that has been removed. But something similar was included with a version that I can't find online today.

https://miro.medium.com/max/1228/1*HFAAI-N7fYP2f1dfVHP52A.jpeg

Posted by: Linda Wood | May 25 2022 23:53 utc | 137

ros@81. i live in canada, we suffer chrystia & justin & while we can hope neither has signed such documents undoubtedly they have, both students under klaus.

Posted by: emersonreturn | May 25 2022 23:55 utc | 138

This post was going to be about the change in editorial content in the MSM but will definitely tag tomorrow, have read brought the thread and have decided to answer , not comprehensively , about Nuclear Power - is it safe?

Yes it can be very safe.
And No, it can be seriously unsafe.
If you are making weapons grade material as the reason for a particular type of reactor then intrinsically it’s not safe.

It always depends on its design. E.g If you are using gas cooled rather than pressurised water again they have pros and cons.
China are the only ones able to make the containment vessels now it seems.

Mostly the problems are about the waste fuel and radioactive equipment during operation that can render the vessels and pipes themselves, radioactive for a long time. Not good for biological cells.
But there are mini reactors on subs and aircraft carriers and even some super duper ones on space craft. The smaller the better in my opinion.

The spent fuel lasts a long time and can be effectively ‘stored’ in geologically secure very deep mines. Fukushima and others built as they are, are prone to such chaos as geological faults and tsunamis never mind a exceptional weather event or a catastrophic bombardment!

There will be plenty of contaminated water from these reactors which are still damaged and not accessible; just like the famous one in Ukraine! The concrete dome over it needs periodic rebuilding as radioactivity destroys that too. Robots can not survive very long inside to make much repair as they get zapped. Until material tech improves we are forced to keep shovelling under ever new layers of concrete for centuries perhaps! The decommissioning and transportation of all that is a guaranteed contract for such a period of time. It can’t be a ‘private’ operation as it will always be funded by government.

The stuff that leaches into the grounds and seas is not healthy, at least in the sea the heavier long lived elements sink to the bottom and will likely not get involved in the food chain ... we’ll soon see in the Japanese , Artic and North American waters what effect its having.

And there is always the always nearly there fusion version - which seems to have such complex mechanics - just to make a steam generator! I wouldn’t bet against non-nuclear new technology
either. the hydrogen fuel cell types for instant generation at all scales!

Posted by: DunGroanin | May 26 2022 0:08 utc | 139

Here's an observation by Oleg Karpovich, Vice-Rector for Research of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation from this article, "Washington's Old Methods; dominance through fascism", that was linked to Patrushev's:

"Today, one of the most important tasks of the Russian special military operation is precisely to liberate not so much the territories as the consciousness of the people inhabiting them from the destructive effects of propaganda, which the citizens of Ukraine were pumped into in an almost continuous mode."

I agree with that 100%. It's the denazification part of Ukraine's liberation, and it will take generations. The very sad reality is Ukraine isn't the only nation whose people need liberating.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 26 2022 0:08 utc | 140

In my observation one of the worst lies of Empire is that extreme violence is just human nature. Obviously it is a capacity of humans but it is definitely not normal.

Posted by: K | May 25 2022 23:05 utc | 124

You should definitely read "Humankind" by Rutger Bregman – excellent book on this exact topic.

Posted by: zet | May 26 2022 0:11 utc | 141

I didn't get to the Putin part as I was so disgusted by the first segment.

People can have epic blind spots about some things and wise insight about others. There is even a lot to learn from people who seem very wrong about everything!


WRT to recent US shooting tragedy and the reactions to it: the dynamics of a country where the government faces legitimacy issues… I don’t know how to put it very eloquently so I’ll try the shortest way to describe the vibe: power vacuum = worst possible actors.


Posted by: Rae | May 26 2022 0:11 utc | 142

K @122 & 124--

Thanks for your replies. I don't have time to compose a proper reply now, but will provide one later.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 26 2022 0:13 utc | 143

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 17:01 utc | 20
Profe,
My first 3D movie was —The Bubble. A good metaphor for the glass dome you talk about. You may have seen it. Cheap, but fun.
Only if a bubble could be installed on some individuals. Now, there is an idea. Well, come to think of it, there already are some, that live their entire lives, in bubbles, aren’t there?
Anyway, thanks, I’m still laughing my Azof.

Posted by: Sakineh Bagoom | May 26 2022 0:13 utc | 144

@Petri Krohn | May 25 2022 22:02 utc | 110

Perhaps they are intending to destroy portions of the east army before they can retreat. Perhaps they hope that now they can convince the UAF command that they are serious - that if Zelensky keeps up with his antics Russia will mobilize, declare war, and crush Ukraine. Strategically, unless they get a surrender, they need to take Odessa and the Black sea coast, Dnipro, and Kharkiv to secure the Russian speaking region of Ukraine and eliminate the economic viability of what Kiev controls. They cannot afford to take months to do this and expect public support in Russia to remain supportive while the West continues to throw fuel on the fire through Poland in my opinion. If they can get the east army to capitulate very soon, the forces that would like to remove Zelensky may be able to move, installing a government that is capable of negotiation with Russia.

The sit report posted at Military Summary for today has some interesting speculation.

I believe the Russians must capitalize on the capturing of Azov at Azovstal and cleaning of Mariupol and quickly degrade the will of the east army to fight. They must change the calculus in Kiev, raise the stakes. Slow and steady will lead to a choice between a costly frozen conflict or mobilization and full on war - dangerous for Russia, dangerous for the world.

Posted by: the pessimist | May 26 2022 0:39 utc | 145

Posted by: Linda Wood | May 25 2022 23:40 utc | 131

When taken as part of the overarching purge that's been happening, I'm sure the other versions will soon be to follow that one down the memory hole. Now might be a good time to get an MP3 or other format of the call for posterity. Could you please share some of your links? I am going to pick the most complete version w/ best audio quality and save it to a USB drive.

RSH - Don't be too hard on yourself, you're usually first with most stuff!

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 26 2022 1:02 utc | 146

They ran out of current generals being killed so they moved to retired.

Posted by: Goldhoarder | May 26 2022 1:06 utc | 147

It is kind of like the 700 or so 2nd in commands of ISIS the US military killed

Posted by: Goldhoarder | May 26 2022 1:07 utc | 148


JC@130
There is no doubt that the 1948-1956 "Emergency" (so called by the British to avoid triggering insurance clauses in effect during wars) an uprising against British colonial rule was characterised by the use of Malaya's racial divisions to defeat the "Chinese" Communists.
The strategy which leaned heavily on the use of the Malays as military allies was held to have worked well and those responsible for it, including Sir Robert Thompson, were employed in Saigon by the US government to advise on similar tactics in Vietnam.

During the Second World War Malaya was occupied by the Japanese and it was then that the ill treatment -very bad indeed- of those with Chinese ethnicity was begun. At the same time the Japanese retained the Sultans and Princes of the nine states as puppet rulers, their British advisors being replaced by Japanese officers.
Tungku Abdul Rahman was indeed the son of the Sultan of Kedah state on the west coast and his political movement, which discriminated in favour of Malays, traditionally agriculturalists and seamen, did have both a Chinese section, the Chinese being descendants of coolies imported for plantation and mining work and Indians, also imported as cheap labour and mainly Tamils.

The political reality was that while the Malayan Communist Party- which had fought a long guerrilla war against the Japanese occupation- was undoubtedly inspired by the campaigns of the Peoples Liberation Army it was an independent and indigenous organisation of real strength in all communities and of serious credibility. A contingent of its militants had marched through London in the Victory Parade in, I think, 1946.

Across south east asia the anti-Japanese resistance found themselves, after 'victory' facing colonial governments sponsored by the US and cooperating with those who had collaborated in the war.

The racism that still exists in law at least in Malaysia was introduced by the imperialists, Japanese and British.
Finally it should be recalled that the reason that Britain hung on so desperately to its Malay possessions was that it needed the foreign exchange (dollars) that rubber and tin earned to repay the Lend Lease debt, they were middlemen in a chain of usury. Similar stories could be told of Vietnam and Indonesia as well as Korea.

Posted by: bevin | May 26 2022 1:08 utc | 149

RE: the Nuland Pyatt call at YouTube. Note the frequency of views in 2022. There was a rapid sustained 'spike' prior to it being taken down.

https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV9J6sxCs5k">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV9J6sxCs5k">https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV9J6sxCs5k

Now I'm going to see if one of the captures somehow managed to get the whole video.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 26 2022 1:10 utc | 150

Sorry about that strangely garbled link. In any case the Wayback Machine displays a graphical representation of how many views a page receives in a given time period. Just before that version was taken down, there were a TON of views. No coincidence I'm sure.

I did find a decent version of the Pyatt Nuland call which I have downloaded and saved.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSxaa-67yGM

Also there's what I think is a full transcript still up at BBC.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26079957

I expect that may disappear in short order as well, so I've saved it to PDF. Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but in this unprecedented media/social media blackout, I guess I can't be too safe.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 26 2022 1:18 utc | 151

@karlof1
345
I posted as below on the previous Ukraine comments but everyone is now posting on this thread so I reposted:

@watcher 179
Do you remember at the beginning of Trump's presidency, Ivanka visited China with her daughter and the little girl sang a Chinese song for them? The press was big at the time and then, never ever mentioned again. It remember thinking that it was not the Trumps who opposed China at all but just the PTB who would not allow

Posted by: HelenB | May 26 2022 1:20 utc | 152

K | May 25 2022 22:38 utc | 117

DunGroanin | May 26 2022 0:08 utc | 136

Re: Nuclear energy

A while ago I read a series of 6 articles providing an overview of the sector, and in particluar the new types of reactors with their pros and cons. I had the impression that the most promissing new reactors were rather safe. The adress below also links to the first 5 articles I you fancy the long read.

Link to Asia Times

Posted by: htyul | May 26 2022 1:24 utc | 153

Gonzalo Lira's latest videos. The first two are implicitly directed at Scott Ritter based on the topics although he doesn't mention Ritter by name... YMMV. I haven't listened to the third one.

2022.05.25 Why $40 Billion Means Nothing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nuw-VPqx704

2022.05.25 There Will Be No Insurgency In Ukraine Against Russia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPkJaxQLi2A

2022.05.25 Everyone Is Positioning Themselves For The Incoming Ukrainian Disintegration
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NSczlMgd4c

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 26 2022 1:28 utc | 154

The BBC photo of the pilot was published on May 5, 2017 here:

http://www.elbrusoid.org/articles/military/485427/

It’s an interview with Major-General Kanamat Botashev.

Back in 2013, TASS reported that he was accused of multiple violations:


*** MACHINE TRANSLATION ***

PETROZAVODSK, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Air Force Major General Kanamat Botashev, accused in the crash of the SU-27 fighter jet near Petrozavodsk on June 28, 2012, was suspended from flying in 2011 for a similar violation. As it was revealed today during the third day of the court hearing in the general's criminal case, in December 2011 Botashev was flying the SU-34 aircraft without proper clearance and without the necessary qualifications. After this incident he was completely suspended from flying, ITAR-TASS was told by the Petrozavodsk garrison military court in charge of the case.


Source: https://tass.ru/arhiv/606071

Sputnik in the same year reported the following:

A former Russian Air Force general was given a four-year suspended sentence and fined 5 million rubles ($160,000) by a court-martial on Wednesday for causing the crash of a Sukhoi Su-27UB fighter jet last year in Russia’s Karelia region.

https://sputniknews.com/20130424/Ex-General-Gets-Suspended-Sentence-for-Crashing-Fighter-180822379.html

Posted by: HeyHeyHey | May 26 2022 1:30 utc | 155

@ Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 26 2022 1:18 utc | 148

Thank you pointing out the frequency factor! Here are few Nuland/Pyatt phone call links that I saw and heard today:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XwAcbZGDXww

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i__GPdwz3Sw

https://www.nbcnews.com/video/audio-of-leaked-nuland-conversation-162208835907

Posted by: Linda Wood | May 26 2022 1:33 utc | 156

@ HeyHeyHey | May 26 2022 1:30 utc | 152

good catch.. thanks!

Posted by: james | May 26 2022 1:33 utc | 157

LMAOOOOOO!
BBC = BRITISH BULLSHIT CORPORATION

Posted by: Kay | May 26 2022 1:37 utc | 158

Report by head of research and development of Austrian Military Academy on successful Ukrainian artillery tactics explaining why the progress in Donbass is so slow.

Ukrainian software engineers developed an app by means of which forward deployed observers or drone operators can convey target coordinates to artillery via Starlink satellites (which is very hard to jam) and have fire on target within minutes.

The Ukrainians have copied a Russian system of homing munitions.
This often allows them to score a hit with the first shot.

The Russians have the same capabilities which means that an artillery position can expect counterfire in minutes. The Ukrainians have adapted by spacing their artillery pieces farther apart. Claims the Russian have not similarly adapted (shows picture claimed to be Russian howitzers spaced closely and hidden in trees, interpreted as proof the Russians are feeling the heat).

Claims Ukrainians are concentrating their artillery fire on supply convoys, attempted river fordings. Claims two Russian BTGs annihilated by Ukrainian artillery when trying to cross river.

This war shows how underappreciated artillery has been. We will see a revival of artillery, which can be made to have a reach of in excess of 100 miles (the Austrians have made such pieces and sold them to Saddam Hussain, in the event they proved irrelevant).

Funny story: before NASA decided on rockets to get satellites into orbit, cannon was also a solution which was studied. An American genius (forgot the name) developed the cannon to such a degree that continent to continent fire seemed to be within reach. This is a very serious technical challenge. As soon as rocket technology was decided upon, he was promptly fired.

Now out of a job he went around to find someone interested in continent spanning artillery. The first ones interested were the
Austrians (VOEST Alpine) but scaled down the cannon to a range of 100 miles. Next were the Arabs and then of course Israel.
He is believed to have been killed by the Mossad.

This idea would be interesting for China. They need to only reach Taiwan and maybe Japan. Rocket assisted, homing munitions are a whole lot cheaper than missiles. I think this is a very interesting area of mil-tech research.

Posted by: bottle | May 26 2022 1:42 utc | 159

I get the impression that Snake Island is in a theoretically valuable position but also is very vulnerable - I suppose due to isolation and exposure.

Posted by: jared | May 26 2022 1:44 utc | 160

My wife just got a cute little yellow envelope in the mail from an organization called Project Hope soliciting donations for Ukraine. Yeah right. There's a scam for everything in the USA. So I looked up their executive compensation. Get dafuq outta here!

1. Thomas Kenyon, M.D. $415,652
2. Alan Weil $406,419
3. Rabih Torbay $347,437

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 26 2022 1:44 utc | 161

The American behind the super guns was Gerald Bull, see Wikepedia entry of "project HARP" in the 60s where a cannon lifted a projectile to an altitude of 180km. Includes a picture of the cannon. It's big, but not that big.

This might be good enough to reach Japan from North Korea if the projectile is designed accordingly.

Posted by: bottle | May 26 2022 1:55 utc | 162

That rocket man's name was Gerald Bull.

Posted by: Lysias | May 26 2022 1:58 utc | 163

"My theory about US gun violence is that most of the mass shootings are intentional as part of the domestic shock doctrine."

K | May 25 2022 23:05 utc | 124
_____

Yes, the destruction of American society is proceeding apace. It's not only gun violence Hollywood abetted, but the 1619 Project, Critical Race Theory, open borders (only Ukraine's are sacred), LGBTQWERTY+ (Gruff), BLM, defending police, election fraud, economic dispossession, etc. The country is undergoing systematic disintegration, by design.

Posted by: Doug Hillman | May 26 2022 2:09 utc | 164

Alexander Mercouris' video from today takes on Scott Ritter's "doom-and-gloom" analysis - by name - and basically, in line with what I, Martyanov and Larry Johnson have said, albeit very much more politely - trashes it.

In his opinion, he has seen no evidence of a Ukrainian buildup either in western Ukraine or in NATO countries. Further, he parses the $40 billion aid package, as others have, and points out that it's more like $6 billion - and maybe not even that. He covers other aspects as well. He's not a military person, as he frequently says, but he's obviously listened to others like Martyanov and Johnson and done his own logical thinking. Well worth the 46-minute listen.

Russia 'Cuts off" Severodonetsk, Eyes Zaporozhye, As Ukraine Says Plans Counteroffensive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7twYFs9vPfM

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 26 2022 2:15 utc | 165

Western media eventually devolves any headline into nonsense.

Posted by: Cadence calls | May 26 2022 2:21 utc | 166

Gerald Bull, and he was a Canadian. He owned a defense firm at one time that was astride the US/Canada border.

He was imprisoned for 6 months by the US government for helping another branch of the US government do some illegal arms trade with South Africa and became rather embittered.

He was "shot five times in the head and back at point blank range while approaching the door of his apartment in Brussels", widely thought to be Mossad.

There are a couple of books out there about him, I read one (Arms and the Man, I think it was).

Posted by: Billb | May 26 2022 2:23 utc | 167

Honestly, from the depths of my shattered heart, people of MoA: Look around you, this might be the least stupid corner of the universe remaining, and we're surrounded.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 25 2022 20:07 utc | 86


Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you [cue the cowbell!] . . .

Posted by: malenkov | May 26 2022 2:33 utc | 168

All of these things blamed for school shootings and other mass killings in Scamerica are happening in other Western countries and Australia and New Zealand. America has a multi-faceted problem with violence.

1) A culture and a history that glorifies violence in the very day-to-day essence of living life, the more violent and awe inducing the better (different from a country that *consumes* American culture in the form of movies, video games, etc.) - They don't have the types of mass shootings we do. For America violence is more than a spectacle - and it's definitely that - but is accepted as a valid means of taking that which isn't yours or gaining fame and notoriety.

2) A culture that believes in the use of lethal force to solve problems where they feel threatened. And when one himself has a gun and encounters another person without a gun in a tense situation, including violent ones, he feels that if his gun is taken from him it'll be used against him and therefore everything is a potential life threatening encounter and it's a perpetual Catch 22 or snake eating its own tail. This applies equally in cases such as Kyle Rittenhouse as to the gangland bloodletting in Chicago among the Black community. You have to neutralize any potential threat rather than take the chance of being beat up and embarrassed (and in extremely rare cases beaten to death). YOUR life is ALWAYS on the line and ALWAYS should take priority despite your ability or training to defuse situations (same obviously applies to the cops).

3) A government that prioritizes violence or the threat of it as a means to accomplish what other countries do via diplomacy, and a history proving we're probably not usually bluffing

4) An unaccountable police state both on the national and international levels, going down to the local police and the doctrine of qualified immunity. Throw in a court system whose judges routinely find in favor of violators of the 4th Amendment (privacy) and very rarely dare to comment on the 2nd Amendment despite that when the Constitution was written, people were using difficult to aim and reload musket type arms. These courts RARELY find in favor of a regular person defending himself or his home against....the police, unless maybe he's white, but even then rarely.

5) An atrocious mental health system that many if not most private insurers don't even cover and a history of defunding mental health services going back to the 60s. It's also a system that attaches a stigma to mental health problems including addiction which is criminalized instead of treated for the disease it is. Especially if you're poor or a poor or middle class minority.

6) A glorification of guns. Don't even try to argue with me if you haven't been to at least 3 gun shows in your life.

7) A broken late stage capitalist economy that has been financialized to the point of collapse whenever some Internet celebrity makes a tweet.

8) A society in which we are taught from a very early age that our 'superiors' are never held to account for their crimes which ruin millions of lives both at home and abroad. Powerful politicians and the uber-wealthy, along with police forces both domestic and foreign, are nearly never investigated, let alone tried, convicted and punished for crimes like wrecking the world's economy, stealing from taxpayers, committing war crimes (Julian Assange rots in jail and faces a Supermax for having exposed them) or supporting foreign regimes who are known to commit crimes against humanity and war crimes (Saudi Arabia and Ziostan for two examples). This fosters a climate of hopelessness - UNLESS - one does whatever it takes, including screwing anyone over in the process - to get rich.

Finally

9) Too many guns in the wrong hands, period. And by that I include the cops.

https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/who_inflicts_the_most_gun_violence_in_america_the_u.s._government_and_police_forces_short

The major early school shootings happened against a backdrop where the culture wars were nowhere near the same as today, so I'm not buying the LGBTQWXYZ/Woke stuff as having much to do with school and other mass shooters. If anything it's the other way around, i.e., the El Paso, Buffalo, Charleston, Pittsburgh and other shootings have been perpetrated by white kids for specific grievances including racist beliefs. You might say well this happens because of the culture war woke stuff, but it's been happening since the country was founded. White Americans have always killed Black Americans in groups, only recently by the standard of being a 200+ year old country has there started to be accountability for that either and if someone says otherwise they're lying.

Posted by: Crimea River | May 26 2022 3:18 utc | 169

The whole scene is perfectly surreal. America is struggling to deliver baby formula to its newborns. Inflation is skyrocketing. Gas costs $7 a gallon. Similar supply and energy crises grip Europe. And yet the trans-Atlantic political class is seriously comfortable with the prospect of a two-front war with Russia and China. The feebler the West becomes in hard material terms—the more its political economy shifts toward financial extraction and useless apps—the deeper its internal cultural rot, and the more aggressive and unhinged it becomes on the world stage.

A perfect take on the current US position, by Sohrab Ahmari. He thinks Biden's statements about Taiwan etc. are not gaffes, but more a reflection of the emerging Washington consensus.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/author/sohrabahmari/

Posted by: Roger | May 26 2022 3:23 utc | 170

article from larry johnson - LET’S TALK GAME CHANGERS IN UKRAINE AND THE FUTURE

Posted by: james | May 26 2022 3:24 utc | 171

also--
>Child wounded by apparent negligent discharge of gun in Lemon Grove
>Mom charged after gun goes off in student's backpack, 7-year-old boy is grazed by bullet at Disney Magnet School
>Gun laying around the house handled by 9-year-old when it went off and hit 4-year-old
>Child critically injured after shooting himself in head with gun, police say
>Dallas man arrested in fatal shooting of boy, 11, after gun goes off

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 26 2022 3:30 utc | 172

Polling Data
Direction of Country
Wrong Track 70.6%

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 26 2022 3:36 utc | 173

indian punchline - Ukraine after 90 days of war

Posted by: james | May 26 2022 3:38 utc | 174

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 18:10 utc | 46

Here's a picture of Lavrov and friends from that event. I love this picture. Lavrov really appears to be at ease.

https://twitter.com/mfa_russia/status/1529469322753613824

Posted by: Seer | May 26 2022 3:48 utc | 175

bottle @ 156

Those Starlink satellites must be effective if China is adding them to their battle doctrine...
China military must be able to destroy Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites if they threaten national security: scientists

Nothing is indestructible in the universe including the universe itself but I like the hyperbole.

Posted by: circumspect | May 26 2022 3:50 utc | 176

India, a friend of Russia, is a bellwether on US Asia policy as the US tries to hold other countries to US laws
. .Today's news May 25
New Delhi: Elizabeth Rosenberg, the assistant secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the US Department of Treasury, is coming to India Thursday to talk to officials and private industry about American sanctions as President Joe Biden’s administration wants India to limit its purchases of Russian oil, the department said. Rosenberg will be in New Delhi and Mumbai through Thursday, news agency Reuters reported, quoting a treasury spokesperson official. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 26 2022 3:52 utc | 177

Larry Johnson on the drones. Ukraine has been able to keep small drones in the air. Cheap - under $1000 and at least until the failed bridging operation rely on missiles to destroy them. Ukraine was able to keep drones in the air at the bridgehead. It is only since then anti drone electronic warfare guns and detection are being seen with the Russian side.

The Harpoon-3 system. https://twitter.com/CvetkovicDejan1/status/1527524158564929536

This is the Rex-1 https://twitter.com/ArmyRecognition/status/1064404604279013376
Apparently it was deployed in 2018 but I saw the first pic of one in Ukraine just in the last day or so.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 26 2022 3:59 utc | 178

@ circumspect 173
China military must be able to destroy Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites if they threaten national security: scientists

The Quad, a grouping consisting of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, has just announced a maritime domain awareness partnership that will provide a new stream of data from commercial satellites to countries across the Indo-Pacific.
The Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness smartly addresses several regional concerns. Illegal fishing takes away a vital source of food and income from people across the Indo-Pacific. Smuggling threatens law enforcement efforts across the region. And illicit activities by China’s maritime militia in the South China Sea undermine regional security. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 26 2022 3:59 utc | 179

All this talk of Ukraine, and mass shootings.

Has nobody here noticed that Imran Khan has taken Islamabad to Defcon 1?

Seriously: it looks like Pakistan is rapidly moving towards civil war. Khan is demanding wholly new elections, and Islamabad is in flames.

This could well be the most significant shift in Centeal Asia in the last 100 years-- the end of the last vestiges of The Raj, replaced by CCP reason.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | May 26 2022 4:04 utc | 180

Also: Doug Hillen is clearly a pro-Nazi moron.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | May 26 2022 4:06 utc | 181

. . .Hindustan Times
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called for the sacking of US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia, Donald Lu for his "sheer arrogance and bad manners". The ousted PM accused the American diplomat of threatening Pakistan's former ambassador to the US Asad Majeed as he doubled down on his claim of “foreign conspiracy” behind the regime change, Dawn reported citing Khan's interview with CNN.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman alleged that Lu had warned of “consequences” if Pakistan National Assembly fails to remove Imran through a no-confidence vote. Khan also claimed the threat triggered a chain of events that resulted in his ouster and the conspirators joining to launch their conspiracy.
"Imagine telling the ambassador of a country of 220 million people that you get rid of your Prime Minister," Imran Khan said in the 23-minute interview aired on American television show. . . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 26 2022 4:12 utc | 182

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | May 26 2022 4:04 utc | 177

I did see that mentioned on one of the Telegram channels.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 26 2022 4:17 utc | 183

Posted by: bevin | May 26 2022 1:08 utc | 146

Thanks bevin very educational and well written..... wishes more MoA understand about Asians, it will be even more important when China lead the world... I attended Chinese school after the war, and had to carry an abacus... in college I used a German-made slide rule and now I can't even count....

I posted the vid here after sharing it with my Ozzie's niece and she too believes China's racism and genocide. Her mom from Malaysia study nursing in Ozzie.... M'sia after independent, Chinese were bared from University of M'sia or nursing school.... beside Singapore..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZI5E7kSZlc

Posted by: JC | May 26 2022 4:27 utc | 184

Posted by: Crimea River | May 26 2022 3:18 utc | 166
Posted by: Don Bacon | May 26 2022 3:30 utc | 169

Thanks for both posts, it seems that the US really never grew beyond the wild west. And the gun lobby is determined to keep it that way. It is so sad to hear about children having access to guns, having loaded guns in kids backpacks. It is mind blowing.

Posted by: k | May 26 2022 4:32 utc | 185

@Bacon, RSH:

Telegram has been a game-changer, for me. I got kicked off Twitter and Facebook back in 2016, and have been regularly purged after every attempt to get back on (half-hearted attempts, tho).

The NATO/F/uk/US is truly in such a rapid decline that it warms the aorta of this old man's diseased heart.

I just hope I outlive my mother, bless her heart.

Not my father, tho.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | May 26 2022 4:32 utc | 186

RSH, Thierry Meyssan also departs from "Ritter's 'doom and gloom'". He notes the much smaller budget allocation to actual weapons reaching Ukraine followed by the already evident black market dissipation of said weapons. Russia's win is all but a foregone conclusion. Key excerpts:

A new war is being prepared for after the defeat in the face of Russia

The war in Ukraine is a trompe l’oeil. Behind the appearances of the unity of NATO and its consolidation by new members, several big players run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. In reality, all those who are not blinded by their own propaganda know that their side is going to lose and is already planning other enemies on other battlefields. Washington is making the best of a bad situation and using Russian pressure to close ranks.
...
Even if Russia is wise enough to not celebrate its victory too loudly, as it did in Syria, it will be seen as the failure of the greatest military force in history, NATO. A victory without appeal, since the Atlantic Alliance was physically involved in the fight, while it stood around the battlefields in Syria. Many of Washington’s vassal states will try to break free. It is likely that their civilian leaders will remain mentally oriented toward the West, while their military leaders will turn more quickly toward Moscow and Beijing. In the years to come, the cards will be reshuffled. It will not be a matter of shifting from alignment with Washington to alignment with the new victors, but of creating a multipolar world where everyone is responsible for themselves. What is at stake is not a redefinition of zones of influence, but the end of the mentality establishing a hierarchy between peoples.

https://www.voltairenet.org/article217016.html

Posted by: Doug Hillman | May 26 2022 4:34 utc | 187

a general question:
can anyone explain how Starlink or any communication satellite can be used militarily, aside from navigation and positioning?

Can satellites actively interfere with technology down below or in space for that mater ?

Posted by: K | May 26 2022 4:35 utc | 188

P.S.: Just in case anyone was wondering, I got bumped for calling out #Russiagate as a Psyop and suggesting that Trump wasn't as bad as the Dems were hollering.

Also, I have always despised Trump along with any idiot who supported him.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | May 26 2022 4:37 utc | 189

Re: Nuclear energy

A while ago I read a series of 6 articles providing an overview of the sector, and in particluar the new types of reactors with their pros and cons. I had the impression that the most promissing new reactors were rather safe. The adress below also links to the first 5 articles I you fancy the long read.
https://asiatimes.com/2020/02/tomorrows-nuclear-reactors-small-but-beautiful/

Posted by: htyul | May 26 2022 1:24 utc | 150

Thank you :)

Posted by: K | May 26 2022 4:38 utc | 190

Posted by: Crimea River | May 26 2022 3:18 utc | 166

I wholly agree with all your points.
I want to add some point to that.

1. Delinquency and bullying would always happen in school grounds, school faculties have responsibility to address them but they will never be able to eradicate the issue without strict interference and breach of privacy to the students daily conduct.
This happened everywhere no matter the country but in US guns would be easily accessible to even these minors.

2. American cultural racism breed all sorts of different counter/revenge—racism based off mutual distrusts and historical grievances.

Posted by: Lucci | May 26 2022 4:39 utc | 191

Posted by: Doug Hillman | May 26 2022 4:34 utc | 184

Thanks for the link. Looks like he thinks two-thirds of the weapons allocated to Ukraine are actually going to Africa for the next bust-up there. Wish he'd post links to something to back that up. It wouldn't surprise me if that's true, as both the neocons and Ukraine are corrupt. I can see Ukraine selling the weapons to arms merchants in eastern Europe who in turn divert them with fake End User Certificates elsewhere.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 26 2022 4:45 utc | 192

May 23-DOD
In just over a month, the Ukraine Defense Contact Group has proven its worth with donations and deliveries to the embattled country, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said after a virtual meeting with leaders of the group.
. . .but so what...
General Austin ought to know that wars are not won or lost by "donations and deliveries" but by boots on the ground. It's people who make the difference, not their gear. . .but we shouldn't expect too much from generals, should we.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 26 2022 4:52 utc | 193

In this exclusive video interview of CNN's Becky Anderson with Imran Khan of May 23 you can here him in his own words on US regime changes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K8fqdUIOmQ

Posted by: Antonym | May 26 2022 4:58 utc | 194

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | May 26 2022 4:04 utc | 177

I was wondering how that coup was working out, I knew Imran Khan wasn't going quietly into the night. I've got information overload syndrome or something. I'm heartened that he is fighting, while worrying about a civil war in a nuclear power. Interesting fucking times.I haven't seen much on the situations in Bolivia and Ecuador and Venezuela, either--last I read the US was trying to persuade Venezuela to sell it some oil, I hope they said no.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 26 2022 5:15 utc | 195

I hope China supports Khan; I don't know how the traditional hostility between India and Pakistan will play into this. It seems unlikely that Modi would support the US side in this.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 26 2022 5:17 utc | 196

Interesting analysis by Rybar Telegram channel on the internal political situation in Ukraine in the light of the failing war...

Zelensky's team uses martial law to clean up the political field

Yesterday, the SBU summoned Arsen Avakov, Oleksandr Turchynov and Arseniy Yatsenyuk for interrogation in the "coal case". It is connected with the supply of coal from the DPR and LPR, and it is in this episode that the ex-president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is threatened with an article for treason.

None of them showed up at the SBU as expected. Turchynov even stated that he was at the forefront and was ready to testify "in one of the trenches."

Why is this happening right now?

All those who received summons for interrogation are somehow connected with Poroshenko and are in opposition to Zelensky, whose team squeezed out even the unsinkable Avakov from the post of head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. However, the President of Ukraine wants to finally get rid of possible opposition and, under the pretext of martial law, simply send all competitors to jail.

In the West, they look at this decision through their fingers: they did not react in any way either to Poroshenko's accusations of treason, or to the agendas of the former political oligarchy. There are no plans to intercede for them in the EU or the USA.

Zelensky needs to overcome the negative trend of falling ratings, which began after the surrender of Azov in Mariupol. As we already wrote (https://t.me/rybar/33079), against this background, the struggle to find traitors and the struggle and accusations of past politicians for all sins is a chance to temporarily distract the Ukrainian audience from failures on the battlefield.

And there really is a reason for excitement: adviser to the head of the presidential office Mykhailo Podolyak (https://ukranews.com/news/858436-ukraina-deblokiruet-chernoe-more-esli-partnery-peredadut-mlrs-sistemy-podolyak) and Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba (https://www.pravda.com.ua/rus/news/2022/05/24/7348289/) stated that the situation at the front is extremely bad for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Earlier, Aleksey Arestovich also admitted that in the Donbass, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are “not doing very well” -slovom.html)".

The Ukrainian authorities are already realizing that the reality is far from bravura statements about victorious offensives and a “campaign to the Crimea.” Judging by the call (https://iz.ru/1339329/2022-05-24/eks-gossekretar-ssha-kissinger-prizval-ukrainu-poiti-na-ustupki-rossii) of Henry Kissinger to make concessions to Russia, such conversations are not public are coming to the West.

The current Kyiv authorities guess that in the future their sponsors may simply bet on more suitable persons. Therefore, already now Zelensky and his team are striving to clean up the entire political field in order to become indispensable and avoid an early transformation into waste material.
#politics #Ukraine
@rybar

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 26 2022 5:23 utc | 197

@pretzel:

Yeah, I have high hopes for Khan, as well. I reckon he's one of the few players in Pakistan who's capable of taking on the CIA, which is clearly the force behind the Biden administration and currently afflicting Pakistan.

The War in Afghanistan has always been a proxy aimed at curbing China. Failure there made Pakistan even more important. India's lukewarm participation in the Quad has pushed that importance even higher while Khan himself seems disinclined to engage in anti-India shenanigans and rather more interested in China and the BRI/OBOR. Nothing could be worse for US/uk's Eurasian strategy.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | May 26 2022 5:39 utc | 198

@ k 187 - Also regarding nuclear energy. I am reading Superfuel by Richard Martin about thorium fueled liquid salt reactors. As a lifelong anti-nuclear individual, it is changing my mind. Liquid floride thorium reactors, LFTRs, seem like they could be promisimg. They proved themselves at the Osk Ridge National Lab in the 60s. It seems like were shelved because they don't create plutonium for weapons manufacturing.

Posted by: lex talionis | May 26 2022 5:40 utc | 199

I'm just chiming in to voice my full-throated endorsement/promotion of nuclear energy.

It really is the only, truly sustainable green energy available. People who oppose it are either brainwashed or propagandists in the employ of the Rockefellers, Kochs, Bushes, Cheneys, and other affiliated monkey scum.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | May 26 2022 5:47 utc | 200

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