Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
June 26, 2022

Russia Is Running Out Of [Whatever The Media Claim]

The main stream media have no problem with contradicting their own reporting:

> [S]ome C.I.A. personnel have continued to operate in the country secretly, mostly in the capital, Kyiv, directing much of the vast amounts of intelligence the United States is sharing with Ukrainian forces, according to current and former officials.

At the same time, a few dozen commandos from other NATO countries, including Britain, France, Canada and Lithuania, also have been working inside Ukraine. <

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Another such scheme:

There are only a few 'western' sources who have a grip on reality:

> The expenditure of cruise missiles and theatre ballistic missiles is just as massive. The Russians have fired between 1,100 and 2,100 missiles.
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The initial stockpile in February 2022 is unknown, but considering expenditures and the requirement to hold substantial stockpiles back in case of war with NATO, it is unlikely that the Russians are worried. In fact, they seem to have enough to expend operational-level cruise missiles on tactical targets. The assumption that there are 4,000 cruise and ballistic missiles in the Russian inventory is not unreasonable. This production will probably increase despite Western sanctions. In April, ODK Saturn, which makes Kalibr missile motors, announced an additional 500 job openings.  <
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This 'Russia is running out of ...' thingy is by the way a recurring scheme:

Yeah, sure!

Now cope with this and guess again what someone is is running out of:

> Speaking near the frontline, south of the city of Severodonetsk, company commander Oleksandr said a core of experienced soldiers who had been fighting together since 2018 have been lost.

"My unit was 100% made up of professional soldiers who have a lot of experience. Now, 80% are incapacitated from serious injuries or death," he says.

In comments which will alarm those backing Ukraine in its four-month long war with Russia, he says he does not know how long his unit can sustain such losses. <

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Just enjoying the first post

Posted by: Cyberhorse | Jun 26 2022 7:59 utc | 1

I moved to the UK from Asia 6 years ago. After listening to president Putin 's speech in mid December I realized I'd made a tragic mistake. I resigned when the SMO was launched and I've just finished 3 month notice. I'm looking forward to getting away from this sham democracy, indeed a society being willfully destroyed by its elite. It is so sad to see, and worse still, the pain it brings me to see just how few British people see what's going on. I truly hope my home country of Thailand picks China over the west. All indications is that they will. Indeed all ASEAN bar possibly the Singaporeans will make the right decision. My advice to all my British friends - sell up, get the fuck out of Dodge before it blows....and you become half as 'wealthy' as you are today.

Posted by: Markus | Jun 26 2022 8:01 utc | 2

US and NATO lack capability to supply a long war

As weapons inventories dwindle, there’s little chance the West today can build a surge hardware-making capacity

The long and short of it is that, while the US and NATO can fight a short conflict, neither can support a long war because there’s insufficient equipment in the now-depleted inventory and the timelines to build replacement hardware are long.

Despite a history of having done so before, starting in 1939, there is little chance that the US today can put in place a surge capacity, or that it any longer knows how to do so if it is even feasible.

Based on those circumstances alone – and there are additional, compelling reasons – the US and NATO should be thinking about how to end the war in Ukraine rather than sticking with the declared policy of trying to bleed Russia.

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Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 8:05 utc | 3

Its Like the chinese "at what Cost ? " thing :)

Posted by: hal9000 | Jun 26 2022 8:08 utc | 4

"Fucks to give [the West]" is the one thing Russia apparently ran out of, because they no longer give any.

Posted by: nom de derriere | Jun 26 2022 8:14 utc | 5

Hey RHS. Miss your posts. But, I totally understand if you don't feel the need to post all the time. Enjoy the SF weather, dude.

Posted by: nom de derriere | Jun 26 2022 8:19 utc | 6

It leaves me aghast to see what an Empire of Lies the western politics and their embedded media have become. And that this is actually working. Here in Germany I used to vote for the Greens some 20 years ago. They arose from the Peace Movement and from environmental protection. Now they have turned to be the most aggressive and politically most destructive party of all. And their sheeple-followers are well-intended people who strive for the good but they fail to see, that they are actually encouraging the exact opposite. It's disgusting.

Posted by: Jinpa | Jun 26 2022 8:19 utc | 7

Russia has a huge arsenal of Soviet era weapons in storage designated for the Warsaw Pact countries to fight a war with NATO.
It’s also hugely resource rich.
Western journalists are fed part of the information they collect by W intelligence agencies, and right wing think tanks that set the worldwide news agenda with a manufactured spin.
Corporate media selectively publish in order to maintain the narrative set by the intelligence agencies.
But our own propaganda can come back and bite us in the arse.
This is what has happened, we previously had been sanctioning the weak and the poor nations this recipe for punishment worked, we were deluded in thinking it would work for Russia.
Deluded because the Russian economy was wrongly portrayed as smaller than Italy,
And the Russian nothing more than a gas station.
Paid media omitted the truth that Russia had the worlds leading arms industry and the best engineers. What the journalists were silent about that Western Europe economic engine only worked with Russian raw materials.
We are also being lied about the causes of the war, mis truth breeds mistrust and hysteria and that’s what can trigger nuclear Armageddon

Posted by: Jaffa Levy | Jun 26 2022 8:20 utc | 8

If Russia runs short of weapons, it can always use some left behind by retreating Ukrainians. A couple of these were described in a recent tweet by a French National Rally election candidate who is also a former army officer:

"Russia has recovered, among other things, two of the first six Caesar howitzers sent by France [to Ukraine]! They were in perfect working order. The Ukrainians withdrew [from their positions] so quickly that they did not have time to either destroy or booby-trap them!"

The Uralvagonzavod Russian defense lab which is studying the Caesars also sent its regards to the French president.

"[We] send out gratitude to President Macron for [the] gifted howitzers. We can't say that they are good howitzers, nothing like our MSTA-S [NATO codename: M1990 "Farm"]. Nonetheless, we will find a good use for them. Please send more for disassembly!" Uralvagonzavod wrote.


(web page blocked in many countries but cached by Google)
https://sputniknews.com/20220625/thank-you-macron-french-politician-slams-ukraine-for-abandoning-howitzers-to-russian-forces-1096655685

Posted by: Brendan | Jun 26 2022 8:36 utc | 9

Western media running out of breath: https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Unseren-Medien-geht-der-Atem-aus-7153957.html

Posted by: Kon | Jun 26 2022 8:37 utc | 10

Posted by: nom de derriere | Jun 26 2022 8:14 utc | 5

Right on.

Posted by: Patroklos | Jun 26 2022 8:43 utc | 11

"Far from the battlefield, Moscow’s generals fight a falling birth rate"

From the FT, but may be behind paywall, but the title alone leads to many interpretations. However, I trust the Russian Generals are up to solving the problem by personal effort and sacrifice. I am not so sure that some of the older ones still can - even if they would want to.

https://www.ft.com/content/a72aa22a-6583-4600-ac45-0c685f8c986a

Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 26 2022 8:50 utc | 12

:-) ... thanks, Patroklos.

Posted by: nom de derriere | Jun 26 2022 8:51 utc | 13

Russia is running out of trust and patience with the West, and that's a good thing.

Posted by: TEP | Jun 26 2022 9:10 utc | 14

Indeed all ASEAN bar possibly the Singaporeans will make the right decision.

Markus | Jun 26 2022 8:01 utc | 2

Singapore will always do what's right for money. They lean towards the west for now because their economy is aligned to the west and the west will be splashing money around as it drowns. They'll come around when the time is right for them. They have always been and always will look out for themselves. Will there be a price to pay? Time will tell.

Its Like the chinese "at what Cost ? " thing :)

hal9000 | Jun 26 2022 8:08 utc | 4
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too scents | Jun 26 2022 8:05 utc | 3

Again, projection at its finest. I wonder when they come out of these pieces they considered they are actually giving out info about themselves unintentionally...

"Fucks to give [the West]"

Posted by: nom de derriere | Jun 26 2022 8:14 utc | 5

Beat me to it! Touché

Posted by: A.L. | Jun 26 2022 9:14 utc | 15

Follow up to post #9: More weapons for use by the Russian side were reported today.

Foreign-manufactured armament (unused Javelin and NLAW man-portable air defence systems) abandoned during the withdrawal of Kiev regime's armed groups have been detected in an improvised storage deployed in a residential building.
(...)
All the captured armament will be issued to the militia of Donbass for continuing liberating Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics.

Posted by: Brendan | Jun 26 2022 9:19 utc | 16

It doesn't matter if U.S. Intelligence tells you wrongly that the enemy is running out of ammunition, as long as U.S. Intelligence doesn't run out of imagination.

Joe Tzu

Posted by: Leuk | Jun 26 2022 9:26 utc | 17

I understand from Corporate Media that Russia is running short on weapons but is very grateful to Members of NATO such as UK, US, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Estonia........for fresh deliveries of equipment via Ukrainian intermediaries

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Jun 26 2022 9:33 utc | 18

Russia Is Hours Away From Its First Foreign Default in a Century

After months of teetering on the edge of default, Russia is now just hours away from a dramatic moment in the financial battle that the US and others have waged against the Kremlin over its invasion of Ukraine.

A grace period on about $100 million of missed bond payments -- blocked because of wide-ranging sanctions -- ends on Sunday night. There won’t be an official declaration, and Russia is already disputing the designation, but if investors don’t have their money by the deadline, there will be an “event of default” on Monday morning, according to the bond documents.

The blowback is landing squarely at the feet of investment bank CDS holders.

Investment banks ask OFAC to allow operation with CDS in Russia

The Credit Derivatives Committee (the Credit Derivatives Determination Committee, CDDC) is in discussions with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury about the possibility of temporarily allowing trading in credit default swaps (credit default swaps, CDS) on Russian government bonds. About this on Friday, June 24, writes Bloomberg, citing external sources familiar with the discussion. Committee members include Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and other mainstream investment banks.

Sanctions break markets. Who could have known?

Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 9:34 utc | 19

I'm looking forward to getting away from this sham democracy, indeed a society being willfully destroyed by its elite.

I concur. It is remarkable that in 1964 the Con Party decided it could never have an Old Etonian leader again and elected for first time Heath - Grammar School; Thatcher - Grammar School; Major - Grammar School; Howard - Grammar School. - then back to Eton with Cameron, Johnson

The society is cliqueish and shuts out the talents that had opportunity in 1960s.........it is a terrible society

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Jun 26 2022 9:42 utc | 20

At the same time, a few dozen commandos from other NATO countries, including Britain, France, Canada and Lithuania, also have been working inside Ukraine.

That puts a new spin on the revelation that the man who was set to become head of the army in Canada, then became metoo'd in the resulting scrutiny and supposedly resigned from the armed forces was reported to have gone to Ukraine as a supposedly private volunteer or mercenary... A man, it must be added that the Russians have claimed to have captured during the Azovstal siege. Though these are only rumours with the Russians not making a big deal of it if true which would make sense if true, however, you don't want to intensify the situation in terms of direct conflict between Russian and NATO forces, even if they captured a serving US general as is also claimed, they likely would use these leverage quietly behind the scenes.

It was a bold strategy to avoid the rape charges, heading to fight in Ukraine, let's see if it pays off for him Cotton. Given his seniority and his subsequent actions, one wonders how detached from the Canadian military he really is. One can further presume that being made head of the army in Canada requires being bilingual (Despite his surname his first name is Trevor and he speaks English with no trace of an accent from his first language being French) which no doubt would come in handy working with the French commandos mentioned.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/retired-canadian-general-under-police-investigation-for-alleged-sexual-misconduct-is-now-in-ukraine

Trevor Cadieu left the Canadian military on April 5, according to the Department of National Defence. He travelled to Ukraine shortly after with the intention to volunteer for that country’s military which is battling a Russian invasion, multiple defence sources confirmed to this newspaper.

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Senior Canadian military leaders were briefed about Cadieu’s decision to travel to Ukraine, according to sources.

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But Cadieu’s alleged victim said she cannot believe that an individual under police investigation was allowed to leave the country. “I find it shocking,” the woman, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution, said in an interview with this newspaper Thursday. “What is going on here?”

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She alleged the Canadian Forces hid Cadieu’s retirement from the public. That retirement was only revealed by CBC on Wednesday.

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Cadieu, in a statement to the CBC, portrayed his decision to retire from the Canadian military as being for the best. “I have opted to release (from the Canadian military) and am exploring other opportunities to contribute to the greater good,” he noted.

How could a guy like that just leave the country? He is a high profile public figure under investigation for rape. (Albeit in 1994) I suspect this was the terms offered to him to make this all go away. There are rumours the Russians have taken him prisoner at Azovstal and he hasn't been heard from since. Not unlike the serving US general, Coultier, for that matter. But the Russian government and military have made no statements.

The suggestion from Pentagon leakers that there are Canadian commandos in play certainly puts the presence of the man who was only months ago in line to be the next head of the army there in a very different light.

Posted by: Altai | Jun 26 2022 9:44 utc | 21

Baltic countries versus Russia. What equipment will we find in their armed forces? (in Polish)
How long will these countries will withstand? Even, with few NATO forces in their countries?

Posted by: ostro | Jun 26 2022 9:45 utc | 22

nom de derriere | Jun 26 2022 8:19 utc | 6 & Patroklos | Jun 26 2022 8:43 utc | 11

Good call.
RSH and karlof1 are two posters who post a lot because they have a lot to give.
Other voluminous posters should get a life and stop trying to correct everyone else or control the conversations.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jun 26 2022 10:18 utc | 23

"We don't care about the separatist proposals"

The French channel France 2 published the content of the conversation between Macron and Putin 4 days before the start of the special operation

The French president began the conversation bluntly: "I would like you to first tell me your vision of the situation and, perhaps, directly, as we both usually do, tell me about your intentions."

"What can I say? You can see for yourself what is happening," the Russian president replied, adding: "In fact, our dear colleague, Mr. Zelensky, is not doing anything (to implement the Minsk agreements). He's lying to you."

Next, the owner of the Kremlin accused his French counterpart of wanting to "revise the Minsk agreements" and asked to take into account the peace proposals of the separatists. Macron retorted: "I don't know where your lawyer studied law. I just look at the texts and try to apply them."

Putin expressed regret that the separatists are not being heard. "We don't care about the separatist proposals," the French president said, adding that they are not provided for by the agreement. But he offered to act as a mediator and hold a meeting of all parties. "I will demand this from Zelensky immediately."

Macron finally came to the goal of his call — to convince Putin to agree to a meeting with American President Joe Biden in Geneva to attempt de-escalation at the summit. Putin did not show much enthusiasm, even less enthusiasm was aroused by the idea of setting a date: "To tell the truth, I was going to go play hockey (...) I'm talking to you now from the gym. First of all, we need to prepare this meeting." Emmanuel Macron eventually got him to agree in principle. Immediately after the call, the Elysee Palace announced a future Biden Putin summit, which never took place. And four days later, the SVO began.

Posted by: noame | Jun 26 2022 10:20 utc | 24

@ostro #22

Since the induction into NATO and the EU the Baltic states have become high on the idea that the bigger countries serve to give them development funds, places to emigrate to and defend them for no reason. And rather than being grateful they are seeking to exploit this at a time when these assumptions should be at their most uncertain. I still remember the passive-aggressive song from Lithuanian at the Eurovision where they gripe that (Outside the neoliberal infected Ireland and Britain and Denmark who at the time had a very pro-NATO Atlanticist gov) the other countries had put in place a 5 year moratorium on the right to work from the newly admitted countries from 2004. (One that at the time, 2010, had already expired)

I still remember the line "Yes sir we are legal we are, but not as legal as you! No Sir we're not equal no, though we are both from the EU". As if the massive emigration to Britain and Ireland (Which was a significant part of why Brexit happened, something continental Europeans don't understand because intra-EU migration is so low for them partly because the biggest wave was diverted to the British Isles by these different policies) that helped to pump up their housing speculation bubbles with cheap labour and reduced wages and housing pressures just didn't happen. They had the gall to enter the song in 2010, after the crash.

Having seen what happened to Georgia when it's government made the miscalculation that NATO would be compelled to help them when they started a war with Russia over Ossetia and now what happened to Ukraine, you'd think stock in NATO would be at all time lows. But if you assume that Russia had for no reason other than a colonial desire to recapture it's former imperial lands, you'll do the opposite of what is needed and in Macbeth-like style bring about the very thing you strive to avoid. Even worse, you're helping to push the US and NATO into a situation where they'll have to push the boundaries more and more and risk nuclear war in order to save face.


They may be deluded by Lithuanians being so common in London but for the rest of the powerful countries in Europe and the US, Lithuania doesn't register. Take Estonia and leave the rest to another union, an enlarged Visegrád Group, it's time they stop being a hassle for the real EU.

https://genius.com/Inculto-eastern-european-funk-lyrics

Posted by: Altai | Jun 26 2022 10:24 utc | 25

"My unit was 100% made up of professional soldiers who have a lot of experience. Now, 80% are incapacitated from serious injuries or death," he says.

His comrade the ghost confirms the story:

"I am dead now, can't fight."

The medium sweats heavily but continues to bring us this breaking report:

"I thought: I'm already dead, I have nothing to lose. So I tried picking the rifle again, from my own dead body - to no avail. Ghost fingers pass right through."

His living comrade nods in agreement while the lamps flicker intensely.

"Then I tried to spot for our artillery but it's very confusing, I kept seeing soviet and german units going in both directions at once, I think I even saw some ottomans, it is very difficult to properly designate a target under these conditions. And when I try to relay the coordinates, the artillery crews start making the sign of the cross, cover their ears and pray"

While our medium catches her breath, the still living soldier confirms:

"We don't have any training or equipment appropriate for this sort of challenge. And even direct battle experience in the realm of the living doesn't translate so well to post-mortem operations. The spirit is willing, but the ectoplasm is thin and and unstable."

After our medium regains her composure, the ghost soldier continues:

"I went to Bandera and he's fucking pissed. He said 'of course you're losing, you're taking orders from a jew'. I told him that the undead warriors thing is not as hot as it sounds, he said it's our fault because our blood and spirit have become dilute with every sort of filth from the poles, jews and moskals; and that true ukrainian undead warriors would be flipping moskal tanks into the air with their minds"

"The west has to send exhumed muskets or medieval swords for our undead soldiers to stand a chance. Maybe cannons from a sunken ship. Or at least some MKULTRA trained psychics for proper battlefield coordination. As it is, there's very little we can do to support our living brothers in battle."

The medium suddenly convulses and snaps out of the trance, a streak of blood running down her nose.

"You know I don't get paid enough for this shit, right? - I need a fucking smoke."

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 26 2022 10:34 utc | 26

"Imagination is more important than progress."
-Joe Bidenstein


(Thanks, Leuk, for the idea.)

Posted by: nom de derriere | Jun 26 2022 10:36 utc | 27

Posted by: Kon | Jun 26 2022 8:37 utc | 10

telepolis seems to come back to sensible mode by now. Today there was Sanctions against Russia: The Top Ten failures (German) No real news to the regular guests here, except a spoiler for the last point, #10: Russian Oligarchs:


But even if the oligarchs were caught with their yachts - their loss is not the problem for them, but the unbalanced wives. This is how Business Insider reported it.

According to the report, the EU sanctions do not really scratch any Russian oligarchs. What really hurts them is the wife who gets on your nerves, but you can't send her to the yacht for a few weeks.

Sadly enough, TP is a niche publication, it will take long, maybe too long, until all the top 10 enter MSM.

Posted by: TomD | Jun 26 2022 10:40 utc | 28

Bojo is getting stressed. Told Macron peace in Ukr must not happen. I wonder if he travels so often to Kiev to get good powders from Zelly, an expert just like Hunter

Posted by: rk | Jun 26 2022 10:56 utc | 29

The Biden administration banned the import of Russian small arms ammunition last August. That leaves a lot of spare capacity for other uses.

Posted by: jhill | Jun 26 2022 11:09 utc | 30

Rather than talking about who’s winning or losing you have to ask why they (the west) are lying.

Ukraine is being controlled by the pentagon. They need Ukraine to fight on and to encourage foreign mercenaries to join.

No one is going to fight and give their life to a losing war so it’s important to them to keep the lie going to keep the fight going.

Posted by: Dg45 | Jun 26 2022 11:16 utc | 31

Bojo is getting stressed. Told Macron peace in Ukr must not happen. I wonder if he travels so often to Kiev to get good powders from Zelly, an expert just like Hunter

Posted by: rk | Jun 26 2022 10:56 utc | 29

The question remains why the fuck ever should the french president take tips from Bozo, or from the UK in general given the recent developments in EU/UK relations.

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 26 2022 11:16 utc | 32

Posted by: Dg45 | Jun 26 2022 11:16 utc | 31

I can see the Russkies going all "this suits us" at this, so long as they're actually chopping them into long pig cuts on the battlefield.

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 26 2022 11:18 utc | 33

@ 32

Seems to me there are ranks among the slaves. When Ukr called Schlitz an offended sausage it was clear Schlitz is a slave below Ukr level. Micron seems to be a slave over Schlitz but under Bojo. Whole EU are slaves below UK, they will take all crap from UK with no comments.

Posted by: rk | Jun 26 2022 11:36 utc | 34

Rather than talking about who’s winning or losing you have to ask why they (the west) are lying.

Posted by: Dg45 | Jun 26 2022 11:16 utc | 31

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Fear of a massive debt default keep the war lies (and inflation) going.

Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 11:42 utc | 35

According to the RT article
Britain, US, Japan and Canada to ban new imports of Russian Gold t/b announced at G7 Leaders' Summit.
Denying Russian Au access to formal international markets, possible because London enjoys a monopoly in metals trade.
the $15 billion in Russian gold that arrived in London last year made up 28% of UK gold imports.

https://www.rt.com/business/557835-russia-gold-trading-g7-sanctions/

what does this mean to Russia.. ? what does this mean to the
major stock markets?

Posted by: snake | Jun 26 2022 11:45 utc | 36

Pretty detailed updates at t.me/s/rybar -- both the RF MoD daily, and from the telegrammer's own network. Scroll up for multiple posts on events of the 25th, in the various active zones.

Again RF air/arty/rocket strikes were at an increased level compared to typical May/June. In the past week it seems they've turned the heat up another notch.

Posted by: ptb | Jun 26 2022 11:48 utc | 37

Russia is running out of enemies to destroy..

Posted by: UnCòpÈra | Jun 26 2022 11:51 utc | 38

London enjoys a monopoly in metals trade.

what does this mean to Russia.. ? what does this mean to the
major stock markets?

Posted by: snake | Jun 26 2022 11:45 utc | 36

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The LME is past its use by date. A failed exchange.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2022-03-14/big-take-how-the-nickel-market-broke-in-just-18-minutes

All a market needs to function is participants. London is neither a monopoly or monopsony.

Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 11:52 utc | 39

It looks like the US is running out of ideas and the old familiar strategy paralysis battles have set in.

https://harpers.org/archive/2022/07/what-comes-after-the-american-century/

Other more agile powers will learn lessons.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 26 2022 11:55 utc | 40

@36 ... refusing to buy RF gold

Doesn't mean much, other than closing a loophole on an alternative payments method, and the short term pleasure of disrupting existing contracts.

Biggest metals customers by far, incl gold are - no surprises - Asia. And commodities are totally fungible.

I think it's more a move to harass the Chinese/HK owned London Metals Exchange (most of whose physical stocks anyway have been in Asia for a good while).

Keep it up and the trading will simply move entirely to HK or Shanghai.

Posted by: ptb | Jun 26 2022 11:57 utc | 41

@37
And they've destroyed multiple mercenary bases in Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Lviv. Idiots sent from France, Poland, Germany, USA ran from Severodonetsk last night, leaving all weapons behind

Posted by: rk | Jun 26 2022 11:59 utc | 42

@Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 8:05 utc | 3

Despite a history of having done so before, starting in 1939, there is little chance that the US today can put in place a surge capacity, or that it any longer knows how to do so if it is even feasible.

I tell another big factor why the US can never duplicate what it did in 1939 before or after. Most Americans are FAT! In fact, some 36.5% of them are MORBIDLY OBESE! Another 32.5 are OVERWEIGHT. Almost 70% of Americans are FAT! Who knows what it is now in 2022 after all that lockdown. It's hard even to get around a factory with all that weight hanging on one's body, let alone do productive work like Rosie the Riveter did in WW2!

Oh, all those manufacturing factories are now in China! I am talking about the suppliers to the US arms industry. Building warships? Ain't gonna happen at the rate that China is doing.

Posted by: Sam Smith | Jun 26 2022 12:01 utc | 43

@39 LME nickel incident

that was also a result of sanctions, with a large speculator getting blown up, and shutting down the financialized trade of the metal for a while. In the end I think they agreed to undo some of the damage.

On the physical side tho, I'm aware (work) of some european suppliers of precision electromagnetic components already had to scramble to source high purity Nickel for use in specialty magnetic stainless steels . . . forced to give up Ru supplier, but minute variations in impurities from the existing alternative affect key properties and testing all the way up the chain - metal, alloy, part, subassembly, system module ... had to be repeated

Posted by: ptb | Jun 26 2022 12:07 utc | 44

Thanks, b. It's fun to watch the acrobatic displays of the collective West and its propaganda megaphone.

Posted by: Steve | Jun 26 2022 12:11 utc | 45

#----Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Jun 26 2022 9:42 utc | 20

Networking was THE buzz-word, in my time at university (medio 2000). As they did Marx, they did Bourdieu, -for themselves. The boot-lickers.

Posted by: Anne Brit | Jun 26 2022 12:16 utc | 46

about the suppliers to the US arms industry

Posted by: Sam Smith | Jun 26 2022 12:01 utc | 43

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Manufacturing dominance ...

... was ==> https://www.asme.org/about-asme/engineering-history/landmarks/71-alcoa-50000-ton-hydraulic-forging-press

... is ==> https://www.gasparini.com/en/blog/world-largest-hydraulic-presses/

As needed for the forging of superalloys required in hypersonic ramjets.

The big presses have long waiting lists of eager customers.

Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 12:22 utc | 47

Biden is down to reading one or two-line bullet points on note cards because he is so feeble-minded. Biden cannot make decisions on his own. He's controlled by CIA mostly, I suspect.

Nuland, Blinkey and Sullivan seem to share the same destructive goals as CIA. So they're on the same page.

Puppeteers must accompany Biden at all times, to prevent him from major gaffes or physically falling down.

Austin "Powers" is still just a Raytheon warmonger for profit.

Perhaps the state of the fatass US Military aligns with the condition of "the big guy who gets his cut".

Posted by: Chaka Khagan | Jun 26 2022 12:27 utc | 48

NASA and friends were buying lots of Russian Rocket engines for years because they couldn't make their own up to par. I wonder if they're still buying them.

Posted by: Chaka Khagan | Jun 26 2022 12:30 utc | 49

US Army Drops Requirement for High School Diploma Amid Recruiting Crisis
The Army is tossing its mandate for potential recruits to have a high school diploma or GED certificate to enlist in the service, in one of the most dramatic moves yet in the escalating recruiting crisis hitting the entire Defense Department.
The service announced that individuals may enlist without those previously required education certifications if they ship to basic training this fiscal year, which ends Oct. 1.
Recruits must also be at least 18 years old and otherwise qualify for a job in the active-duty Army.
They also must score at least a 50 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, an SAT-style quiz to measure a potential recruit's academic ability.
A 50 on the test is a relatively low score, with 31 being the minimum to qualify for service. Combat arms jobs such as infantrymen and cavalry scouts need only minimal scores to serve, while admin work such as a human resources specialist or public affairs require scores of 100 or higher.
Previously, the Army would allow people to enlist if they hadn't finished high school yet at the age of 17 with parental consent.
Those recruits typically wouldn't ship to basic training until they completed school.
The change follows another shift in policy this week when the service relaxed its tattoo rules, allowing potential recruits to enlist with tattoos on their hands and neck, which previously needed waivers.
The Army and its sister services have scrambled this year, offering increasingly generous benefits and policy tweaks in an effort to improve recruiting numbers.
The Army has hit 40% of its recruiting goals this year, with the struggle to fill the ranks seemingly so grim the Defense Department reduced its planned total force size because prior recruiting goals were out of reach.
Those challenges come amid a low unemployment rate and a competitive civilian job market, with employers offering increased wages and benefits even for entry-level jobs.
-- Steve.Beynon@military.com. @StevenBeynon.
>Related: Army Relaxes Tattoo Rules as It Scrambles for New Recruits
>Read Next: Inflation Bonuses for Troops Make it into Sweeping Defense Bill

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jun 26 2022 12:40 utc | 50

Now that the western media have told me that Russia is running out of everything and is facing an embarrassing end of the war in Ukraine(and I assume decolonization and partition in line with the rules-based order that brings peace, freedom, justice, truth, equality and prosperity to all followers) I am waiting to hear - what China is running out of.

Posted by: JB | Jun 26 2022 12:40 utc | 51

Chaka Khagan | Jun 26 2022 12:27 utc | 48
|~ Puppeteers must accompany Biden at all times, to prevent him from major gaffes or physically falling down.~|
And even then, it’s impossible to avert disaster.
Here’s another take on that “toe clips” bicycle mishap.
It seems Joe went off script and off piste to sniff a child.
https://rumble.com/v1958bv-new-video-surfaces-revealing-the-disturbing-reason-biden-actually-crashed-h.html

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jun 26 2022 12:44 utc | 52

@Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 12:22 utc | 47

The last paragraph of your second link proves my point:

The heavyweight champion, of course, is Chinese: a machine with the incredible power of 80,000 tons is in operation since 2013 for the giant Erzhong Group in the province of Sichuan. As tall as a 10-storey building, its use is very confidential: it seems to be used to build parts for military aircraft, like its titanic sisters. To give an idea of the power of this machine, with its 780,000 kN it could easily lift an entire cruise ship. As often happens, larger does not mean better: it is not the most technologically advanced press in the world. It was built by adapting old USSR projects from the 1980s, and is currently underused due to competition from the other giants we mentioned.

That was then, what is it now in China? One indication of China's ever increasing technological progress is the size of her tunnel borers. Not to mention the almost assembly-line production of her ever sophisticated aircraft carriers. 003 was just launched on June 17, 2002. 001 was launched in 2012.

To put China's technology in perspective, in 1980 the so-called "Father of China's Aircraft Carrier" was permitted to board an American aircraft carrier. BUT he couldn't touch anything. There's a famous picture of Liu Huaqing standing on his tippy toes as he tried to get a better view of some piece if equipment!

And now today? 004 and 005 are in the works. Soon to be followed by 006 and 007! China's 007 is definitely designed to kill, shaken or stirred!

Posted by: Sam Smith | Jun 26 2022 12:57 utc | 53

@53

China Erzhong is equipped with more than 6600 major manufacturing machine tools, equipments, and facilities. It can produce 900 tons of high purity liquid steel at one time, with the capability to pour 600 ton high quality ingots to supply 400 ton forgings and 500 ton castings.

Their big press has been tested to 110kt, >135% of its rated capacity ==> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b72R7_cBX2E

...

Russia also has several > 50kt presses.

Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 13:08 utc | 54

@Stonebird #12

The most critical kinds of tactical problems are the ones that will take a generation and half to be felt.

Although it does beg the question. How long do they intend to fight this war with Russia?

Posted by: Altai | Jun 26 2022 13:11 utc | 55

@49
As far as I know they've included that in sactions, so no more engines. They have a stock for a few more flights and that's it. Sanctions for themselves but good for Elon's profit. EU space agency did the same for some projects and now I read they're trying to get back in business, they don't have the technology to finish them alone.

Posted by: rk | Jun 26 2022 13:13 utc | 56

"Running out" is a psyop to get Western people to accept the idea of "things running out" and more austerity. That's how these ceremonial feasts work.

Posted by: sippy the shot glass | Jun 26 2022 13:13 utc | 57

It is impossible to believe that Russia can survive with all the things of which it is running out. It had so many things going for it back in the USSR - though even then it was the west's number one enemy.

When Paul McCartney, later the establishment's Sir Paul, still had fire in his soul he could sing its praises. Today he can only wave a flag on behalf of fascist Ukraine.

https://johnplatinumgoss.com/2022/06/26/beatles-time-to-let-go/

Posted by: John Goss | Jun 26 2022 13:14 utc | 58

I am waiting to hear - what China is running out of.

Posted by: JB | Jun 26 2022 12:40 utc | 51

Patience, China is running out of patience.

Posted by: Ricardo Ramirez | Jun 26 2022 13:15 utc | 59


The "Running out" psyop is gentler than the more frightening "depleted" which may be more accurate.

Depletion indicates permanence - a permanent loss of a resource.

Ukrainian soldiers are being depleted.

But the term "running out" is preparing us plebes - for said increased austerity and decreased availability of everything. For pysops the requisite repetition of the term is key. A persistent drum beat.

Of course, this problem, which the powers that be are inflicting on us, will not apply to the Blinkens, Nulands, et al.

They'll always have plenty in their bunkers. DUMB's - Deep Underground Military Bases.

Posted by: Chaka Khagan | Jun 26 2022 13:27 utc | 60

@59 Ricardo Ramirez
Indeed

Posted by: ptb | Jun 26 2022 13:28 utc | 61

Sadly enough, TP is a niche publication, it will take long, maybe too long, until all the top 10 enter MSM.

Posted by: TomD | Jun 26 2022 10:40 utc | 28

No, I start to enjoy my daily google news feed, truth is coming up everywhere.

Posted by: njet | Jun 26 2022 13:28 utc | 62

Canadian Special Forces Operating in Ukraine, NYT Says

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/canadian-special-forces-operating-in-ukraine-new-york-times-reports

"The Liberal government is strongly supportive of Ukraine. Some NATO officials view the war as an opportunity to either force regime change in Russia or to severely weaken that country militarily. NATO's plan to send billions of dollars in weapons to Ukraine has meant a windfall for mainly American defence firms..."

Posted by: John Gilberts | Jun 26 2022 13:30 utc | 63

Regime change and weakening is coming, but not in Russia

Posted by: rk | Jun 26 2022 13:32 utc | 64

@TEP 14
Russia is running out of trust and patience with the West, and that's a good thing.

You're late. Lavrov already said in that infamous BBC interview 10 days or so ago, Russia HAS run out of patience with the West, and if Johnson & Truss want to bring Russia to it's knees as they say, let them try, pretty please...

Posted by: DEC | Jun 26 2022 13:32 utc | 65

To be knighted, like Billy Shears and Reginald Dwight, is to be made a staunch defender of the war machine and the status quo. Even while performing and or participating in limited hangout psyops.

Bono is also a knight, of course.

Posted by: Chaka Khagan | Jun 26 2022 13:35 utc | 66

@ Ricardo Ramirez | Jun 26 2022 13:15 utc | 59
Patience, China is running out of patience.
Taoism teaches patience, a Chinese virtue.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 26 2022 13:40 utc | 67

Telfs-Buchen, Austria (CNN)Allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to succeed in his invasion of Ukraine would have "absolutely catastrophic" consequences for the world, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned in a CNN interview on Sunday.

Speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union" hours after Russian missiles hit Kyiv, shattering what had been relative calm in the Ukrainian capital, Johnson urged Americans, Britons and others in the West to maintain resolve in punishing Moscow, despite the effect the war has had on global oil prices.
"I would just say to people in the United States that this is something that America historically does and has to do, and that is to step up for peace and freedom and democracy," Johnson said. "And if we let Putin get away with it, and just annex, conquer sizable parts of a free, independent, sovereign country, which is what he is poised to do ... then the consequences for the world are absolutely catastrophic."
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What BoJo cannot fathom is that Putin is more than 80% of all citizens of Russian Federation, and maybe Belarus and also Kazachstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and so on...and, also mot of Asia, Africa and South America.

Posted by: ostro | Jun 26 2022 13:45 utc | 68

Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 9:34 utc | 19

The blowback is landing squarely at the feet of investment bank CDS holders

———————

Sounds like the beginning of musical chairs. Very reminiscent of AIG in 2008. Except this time I doubt that the FED can bail them out.

The FED has the stock market and real estate overinflated. The USD is devaluing both in worth and power. And the US military/ security power is being successfully challenged.

I would think that the US govt would unfreeze Russia’s reserves and then Russia would probably honor its interest payments. Another example of backtracking on sanctions.

Likely to be more successful Biden did impose sanctions on school lunches for food insecure children if their schools don’t adopt LGBT curriculum.

Posted by: financial matters | Jun 26 2022 13:51 utc | 69

The London Metal Exchange is actually owned by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited


Posted by: Anonymous | Jun 26 2022 13:53 utc | 70

Russia….won’t be running out of tunnels in Odessa….
Extract from military.com
Soviet tunnels and Ukraine
……Many of the tunnels being utilized today in Ukrainian efforts to defend the country were built in the Cold War-era, when the United States routinely engaged in overflights of Soviet territory.
To counteract the significant air and satellite advantage held by the United States and NATO, the Soviet military dug underground passages under major population centers.
These subterranean systems offered a certain amount of shelter for the civilian population in the event of a nuclear attack and allowed for the movement of military forces unobserved by the ever-present eyes in the sky.
These same tunnels serve to connect much of the industrial infrastructure in Mariupol today – and have become a major asset for the outnumbered Ukrainian forces.
Other Ukrainian cities have similar systems, some dating back centuries.
For example, Odesa, another key Black Sea port, has a catacomb network stretching over 2,500 kilometers. It began as part of a limestone mining effort and to date, there is no documented map of the full extent of the tunnels.
In the event of a Russian assault on Odesa, the local knowledge of the underground passages might prove to be an extremely valuable asset for the defenders.
The fact that more than 1,000 entrances to the catacombs have been identified should surely give Russian attackers pause before commencing any attack upon the city – just as the tunnels under a steelworks in Mariupol forced Putin to rethinks plans to storm the facility.
>…This article is republished from The Conversation 

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jun 26 2022 13:56 utc | 71

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss have said that Vladimir Putin's path to the negotiating table runs through the battlefield.

. . .It is therefore imperative that the G7 and NATO this week demonstrate that their commitment to Ukraine will never be surpassed by Putin’s determination to seize it. That means increasing and speeding up their supply of heavy weapons, continuing to sanction all those colluding in Putin’s war, and cutting off imports of Russian energy completely.

Every weapon delivered will help the people of Ukraine repel Russian forces, retake cities currently under fire like Sievierodonetsk and those controlled by Russia like Kherson. Every sanction will help starve Putin’s war machine of funding and save more innocent civilians from further barbarism. That is why the UK is at the vanguard in supplying heavy weapons.

The people of Ukraine will forever remember what the UK did in its darkest hour. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 26 2022 14:00 utc | 72

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jun 26 2022 13:56 utc | 71

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Morlocks!

Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 14:09 utc | 73

From b's link The Return of Industrial Warfare - https://www.rusi.org/explore-our-research/publications/commentary/return-industrial-warfare

"The winner in a prolonged war between two near-peer powers is still based on which side has the strongest industrial base. A country must either have the manufacturing capacity to build massive quantities of ammunition or have other manufacturing industries that can be rapidly converted to ammunition production. Unfortunately, the West no longer seems to have either."

"Presently, the US is decreasing its artillery ammunition stockpiles. In 2020, artillery ammunition purchases decreased by 36% to $425 million. In 2022, the plan is to reduce expenditure on 155mm artillery rounds to $174 million. This is equivalent to 75,357 M795 basic ‘dumb’ rounds for regular artillery, 1,400 XM1113 rounds for the M777, and 1,046 XM1113 rounds for Extended Round Artillery Cannons. Finally, there are $75 million dedicated for Excalibur precision-guided munitions that costs $176K per round, thus totaling 426 rounds. In short, US annual artillery production would at best only last for 10 days to two weeks of combat in Ukraine. If the initial estimate of Russian shells fired is over by 50%, it would only extend the artillery supplied for three weeks."

"The US is not the only country facing this challenge. In a recent war game involving US, UK and French forces, UK forces exhausted national stockpiles of critical ammunition after eight days."

"Unfortunately, this is not only the case with artillery. Anti-tank Javelins and air-defence Stingers are in the same boat. The US shipped 7,000 Javelin missiles to Ukraine – roughly one-third of its stockpile – with more shipments to come. Lockheed Martin produces about 2,100 missiles a year, though this number might ramp up to 4,000 in a few years. Ukraine claims to use 500 Javelin missiles every day."

"The expenditure of cruise missiles and theatre ballistic missiles is just as massive. The Russians have fired between 1,100 and 2,100 missiles. The US currently purchases 110 PRISM, 500 JASSM and 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles annually, meaning that in three months of combat, Russia has burned through four times the US annual missile production. The Russian rate of production can only be estimated. Russia started missile production in 2015 in limited initial runs, and even in 2016 the production runs were estimated at 47 missiles. This means that it had only five to six years of full-scale production."
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It looks like Russia started preparing its military for confrontations long ago, while the puppets in the West have been downsizing.

Did the West ignore their build up? Or did intel fail in their calculations? Either way, leaderships bluster is resulting in massive failures on all fronts. The only souls paying a dreadful price for these leaders failures are Ukrainians - civilians and military alike.

Posted by: Helen | Jun 26 2022 14:10 utc | 74

What kuleba and trussy said is hilarious. Imagine it said by Mr Bean and that is what it is

Posted by: rk | Jun 26 2022 14:10 utc | 75

The news headlines are full of a Russian "blockade" -- ships laden with wheat are not allowed by Russia to depart. etc.
>Russia ‘turning wave of food crises into tsunami’ by blocking grain exports
>How Ukraine Can Undercut Putin's Food and Grain Export Blockade
>EU Calls Russia’s Blockade of Ukranian Grain a War Crime

That's just silly. Russia has denied it.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Western sanctions against Moscow must be lifted before Russian grain could be delivered to international markets.
"President (Vladimir) Putin said that in order for Russian grain volumes to be delivered to international markets, direct and indirect sanctions against Russia must be lifted," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.
He said the sanctions, which the West imposed in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, were affecting shipping insurance, payments, and access to European ports." . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 26 2022 14:18 utc | 76

I find the perplexity of pundits to Ukraine's suicidal use of troops amusing. The military use?: there is none. The political use?: there is little to none. One could make 'an 11th Dimensional Chess' use: the clever liberation of Zelensky from his 'Rabid Nationalist Kidnappers'... but I don't buy it.

What I will buy are two very obvious uses, one being petty wickedness, the other being abominable wickedness. The first is the sphere of Criminality & Theft. The criminal & thievery use: delaying tactics to steal more loot (so, so many missing! with no collected bodies, why can't they still be on the payroll until found?). Criminals that are not deep thinkers will freeze up and sacrifice anyone lower than themselves to buy time in craven desperation while simultaneously looting whatever they can. It explains the brisk weaponry black market, currying favor with external contacts and snapping up wealth while doing it.

The second is the sphere of Lies, Vindictiveness, & Murder. Plausible deniability operations need discreet liquidation when plans go sour. Idiots tattoed with affiliation evidence on themselves -- they gotta go, and if in pieces and fine red mist all the better. Someone hates Ukrainians for failing their planned asset worth, so pure, unadulterated liquidation delays consequences, hides further bodies of proof (literally), and silences in-deep witnesses to anything worse. And if it is done by the enemy's hands costing them resources and not your own expense, while possibly causing the enemy any losses, better and better still.

Every surrender is a PR inconvenience. If the number of bodies of proof singing songs of one's villainy is low enough the bad faith argument of fear, uncertainty, and doubt exculpating your own greater maleficence just might be bought by enough fools. And the best part is your motivation hides so neatly behind typical low brow criminal panic. The clever psychopath (born, manipulative) uses the common sociopath (made, impulsive) to project power with plausible deniability.

Pray for more Ukrainian surrenders, as that may save their land's reconstruction and help the Russian courts nail these evils with the revelatory sunlight they truly deserve.

Posted by: JR whenDallasdreamt | Jun 26 2022 14:20 utc | 77

@ Goss

After listening to a demo recording of “Strawberry Fields” without the orchestral elements, I wonder whether their body of work — if stripped of those contributions from other people — would be as dated and no more prominent than other music from the 60’s. For instance, what would “Eleanor Rigby” be without those strings?

Anyway, agree with your post.

Posted by: dfg | Jun 26 2022 14:23 utc | 78

Chaka Khagan @ 66

Bono is also a knight, of course

"Go and boil your bottoms, son of a silly person! Ah blow my nose at you, so-called “Bo-no-no”! You and all your silly English Knnnnnnnn-ighuts!!!"

A true man of Chivalry: John Lennon returned the MBE in protest at Britain's involvement in a civil war

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-37787297

"I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts."

Lennon, along with the other members of The Beatles, initially accepted the MBE when it was awarded in the Queen's 1965 birthday honours, but later returned it in 1969.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Jun 26 2022 14:23 utc | 79

@Jinpa | Jun 26 2022 8:19 utc | 7

Here in Germany I used to vote for the Greens some 20 years ago. They arose from the Peace Movement and from environmental protection. Now they have turned to be the most aggressive and politically most destructive party of all.
Infiltrating the pacifist movement took a lot of effort for the Westen European military intelligence services. To make work easier, they organized the "green" parties themselves. Most socialist movements and labor unions had already been co-opted shortly after the end of world war two. See also under "GLADIO".
And their sheeple-followers are well-intended people who strive for the good but they fail to see, that they are actually encouraging the exact opposite. It's disgusting.
The contemporary form of class warfare in the west is based on attacking and incapacitating the minds of the general population. Upper tier politicians, bureaucrats, journalists and media personalisties are the waffen SS of this class war. Its generals are the owners of the industrialized media, the oligarchs and the "philantropists". And Blackrock owns (a fair share of) them all.

Posted by: Lurk | Jun 26 2022 14:27 utc | 80

Here is something Russia is NOT running out of: deep analysis, understanding and vision.

I strongly urge all to read this recent Sergey Glazyev speech. It is very long (about 11 pages of Google Translate, but it is absolutely worht it). I hesitate to post it here because of lenght.
You will never read something like this in trans-Atlantic space. If it exists, it is deeply buried somewhere.

https://russtrat.ru/analytics/16-iyunya-2022-0010-10743

Posted by: JB | Jun 26 2022 14:31 utc | 81

@Helen | Jun 26 2022 14:10 utc | 74

It looks like Russia started preparing its military for confrontations long ago, while the puppets in the West have been downsizing.

Did the West ignore their build up? Or did intel fail in their calculations? Either way, leaderships bluster is resulting in massive failures on all fronts. The only souls paying a dreadful price for these leaders failures are Ukrainians - civilians and military alike.

It's not unlikely that the policy makers in the West started believing the disinfo their masters have been feeding to the Western public. Certainly the widespread and rampant use of "social drugs" (cocaine) among Western elites cannot have had a positive contribution to the soundness of their judgement.

Posted by: Lurk | Jun 26 2022 14:38 utc | 82

snake | Jun 26 2022 11:45 utc | 36

No Russian gold. Less "coverage" for paper gold. (Which you shouldn't own as it is manipulated right to the bottom of the page where your bit is mentioned). There will be less to take real delivery of.

It breaks the London "market" first, unless you want to just speculate with no safety net.
****

Altai | Jun 26 2022 13:11 utc | 55

Yikes, "tactical" pregnancies and births. Does one get promotion by natural selection or by effort?
****

Arganthonios | Jun 26 2022 10:34 utc | 26

Maybe they come back again as in the "Lord of the Rings".
Lovely piece of semi-reality for a sunday. Made my day.
*****

Reading around the edges of the "news" today, the extension of missile hits to Kiev, and also within 20 km of the Polish border. Plus the use of high altitude bombers. Plus the change of the old guard (Generals) and the vist of Shoigu to NovoRossiya today, where he handed out medals and did a PR show of him telling what's what to the assembled military minions. Suggests that tactics will change from now on. The Russians choose the General who will be the most effective for a given set of circumstances. It also suggests that the "envelope" now includes all of Ukraine (including the west), and a wish to hit any incoming arms and men as quickly as possible. ie. more accent on the air for now, to be followed later by .....? Now includes the whole of West Ukraine in future calculations.

Snake island, which is gaining in importance for control of the sea and arms smuggling from Roumania, was noted by the quantity of nearby French, Italian and US spy planes either over Roumania or over the Black Sea.
****

Putin's method of being nice to prisoners and helping locals regain a bit of normalcy, is paying off now. Even The Chechens are nicer to ordinary prisoners as they feel sorry for them!
***

The wandering path of a two seater plane SP-SAAS, ostensibly "training" exactly along the southern border of Kalingrad this morning - before being "approached" by another plane RA 2489 G "doing the rounds" within the enclave shows just how close things can get. IF the 2-seater had a large camera and connections, then the area visible from it would have been very large. Used to be called "doing a shifty" when I was a kid.
*

On the same subject: The Lithuanian object is to gain "surveillance" of cargoes going into and out of Kalingrad by NATO and the US. Before this, all the trains were sealed and the passengers shut in while crossing the Gap. These would not be allowed to stop.


Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 26 2022 14:43 utc | 83

It looks like Russia started preparing its military for confrontations long ago, while the puppets in the West have been downsizing.

Did the West ignore their build up? Or did intel fail in their calculations? Either way, leaderships bluster is resulting in massive failures on all fronts. The only souls paying a dreadful price for these leaders failures are Ukrainians - civilians and military alike.

Posted by: Helen | Jun 26 2022 14:10 utc | 74

Western honchos periodically become completely blinded by their own delusions of superiority and wealth.
To the extent that they can be said to not be permanently locked in such a sate, that is.

But you know, investor boards, think-tanks and media ops don't churn out munitions, as much as some western airheads would like to believe they do.

Nazis were also unpleasantly surprised by railroads, factories, aircraft and tanks sprouting everywhere like mushrooms.

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 26 2022 14:45 utc | 84

In the past 24 hours the Russians struck many targets in Kiev. Western MSM is crying out its indignation over "Putin hitting civilian targets with cruise missliles".

Did the Russian strikes finally start to target the Western military liaison operatives holed up in Kiev?

Posted by: Lurk | Jun 26 2022 14:45 utc | 85

@ Melaleuca 71

for Odessa, not quite: the labyrinth is enormous but you can hardly survive in it for long; it's wet and pretty dangerous, easy to get lost in (for ever) as well. Not to be compared with the Azovstal bunkers that had electricity and water supplies and were constructed to live in. Some infantry could hide underground in Odessa for a short time but they would never be able to mount a real guerilla warfare.
Small parts have been cleaned up though and you could visit them before the war (eg https://leodessa.com/odessa-catacombs-tour/ ). Most of it is a damp and dark hole however!

Posted by: anton | Jun 26 2022 14:46 utc | 86

@ Lurk | Jun 26 2022 14:45 utc | 84
. . .on Kyiv attack, from SouthFront
Russian missiles hit the facilities of the military machine-building plant Artyom. The military plant was damaged. . .The Russian military has previously warned the Kiev regime that the strategically-important military facilities including in the Ukrainian capital will be targeted if the Armed Forces of Ukraine deployed in the Donbass region do not stop attacks on civilians in the city of Donetsk and nearby settlements.. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 26 2022 15:00 utc | 87

Arganthonios | Jun 26 2022 10:34 utc | 26

"Maybe they come back again as in the "Lord of the Rings".
Lovely piece of semi-reality for a sunday. Made my day."

Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 26 2022 14:43 utc | 82

Thanks!!

When I read "80% are incapacitated from serious injuries or death" I couldn't shake off how incredibly absurd the idea of "incapacitated from death" is.

Come on, Sergeant Vyacheslav Oleksandrovich Shevchenko is not "incapacitated from death", VYACHA IS DEAD, FINISHED, GONE, KICKED THE BUCKET. No more Sergeant. He quit smoking for good. Pushing daisies. Taken to the farm to play with all the other Sergeants.

So I couldn't help but run away with this idea.

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 26 2022 15:14 utc | 88

Posted by: JB | Jun 26 2022 14:31 utc | 80

Thanks for that link, with a title like that sure it's going to be a good read.

"Russia is fighting for the preservation of humankind"

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 26 2022 10:34 utc | 26

Ese guión es digno de una corrala. Salud.

Posted by: Paco | Jun 26 2022 15:17 utc | 89

Posted by: Paco | Jun 26 2022 15:17 utc | 88

Es que menudo pedo mental lo de "incapacitado por muerte" 😂

...no te jode? 😂😂😂

Es de esas cosas que lees y mentalmente escuchas el tocadiscos de saltar.

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 26 2022 15:29 utc | 90

@Don Bacon | Jun 26 2022 15:00 utc | 86

https://twitter.com/GeromanAT/status/1541034347976867840/photo/1

Does that impact site look like a residential building housing ordinary Ukraininians or does it look more like fancy appartments/offices housing US/NATO liaison officers? (Nota bene, source of that picture is warmonger extraordinaire Carl Bildt.)

Posted by: Lurk | Jun 26 2022 15:53 utc | 91

@Chaka Khagan | Jun 26 2022 12:30 utc | 49

NASA and friends were buying lots of Russian Rocket engines for years because they couldn't make their own up to par. I wonder if they're still buying them.

As far as I know that's the RD-180 engines that ULA (Unitel Launch Alliance) is using, and the Russian's are not going to provide them to the US anymore.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jun 26 2022 16:07 utc | 92

"The change follows another shift in policy this week when the service [US Army] relaxed its tattoo rules, allowing potential recruits to enlist with tattoos on their hands and neck, which previously needed waivers."

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jun 26 2022 12:40 utc | 50

Preference given to potential recruits whose tattoos include a Wolfsangel or variant thereof?

Posted by: David Levin | Jun 26 2022 16:15 utc | 93

David Levin @ 92
Would Dmitry Utkin qualify?
https://twitter.com/sameralatrush/status/1365746097117921288?lang=en

Posted by: Joe6pack | Jun 26 2022 16:24 utc | 94

too scents @ 19

Its chump change. I suspect defaults have been averted up to now due to the big boys wanting their money. It is nothing more than a talking point.

Southfront has a video of Ukie soldiers stealing a washing machine. Apparently in their retreat their trucks are loaded with loot and not ammunition. In another headline, Russians steal washing machines.

No wonder they leave so much ammo and weapons systems behind. They got it backwards. The washing machines you buy after you secure total victory. Until then, the ammo is what is important.

Posted by: circumspect | Jun 26 2022 16:29 utc | 95

Posted by: Joe6pack | Jun 26 2022 16:24 utc | 93

Probably not since the tatoos are not big enough, here a few samples of what really qualifies for USA and Britain allies and partners.

https://youtu.be/OfLCVJI7-lQ

Posted by: Paco | Jun 26 2022 16:38 utc | 96

From Glazyev's article, machine translation:

And, since we are at the forefront of a hybrid war, we can really assume that the war with the West is for the fate of humanity. And the West today has no image of the future. Universal chipization, artificial intelligence and dehumanization, LGBT, the destruction of the family, the cessation of all forms of human identity is an image of death, not the future. This is what the West brings us. Since we are in direct confrontation with it, we can assume that we are really fighting for the preservation of humanity.

Posted by: Paco | Jun 26 2022 16:45 utc | 97

It's like the first day of kindergarten.

“We have to stay together, because Putin has been counting on, from the beginning, that somehow NATO and the G-7 would splinter, but we haven’t and we’re not going to,” Biden said during a pre-summit meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who holds the G-7′s rotating presidency and is hosting the gathering.
As the G-7 leaders sat down for their opening session of the summit on Sunday, they took a light-hearted jab at Putin. Johnson could be heard asking whether he should keep his jacket on, adding, “We all have to show that we’re tougher than Putin.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chimed in: “A bare-chested horseback ride.” . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 26 2022 17:20 utc | 98

"Some C.I.A. personnel have continued to operate in the country secretly, mostly in the capital, Kyiv, directing much of the vast amounts of intelligence the United States is sharing with Ukrainian forces, according to current and former officials."

Before the special operation, the CIA shared the same office as the SBU in Kiev. Odds are the CIA and SBU are still co-habiting, being the Nazi buddies they are.

Posted by: ArfurMo1984@gmail.co | Jun 26 2022 17:30 utc | 99

Posted by: Melaleuca | Jun 26 2022 13:56 utc | 71

They obviously failed to read their own writing which noted that it was the Russian who built those tunnels. Anyone who thinks that the Russian's don't have all the engineering plans "back home" really aren't all the bright!

Posted by: sippy the shot glass | Jun 26 2022 13:13 utc | 57

"Running out" is a psyop to get Western people to accept the idea of "things running out" and more austerity. That's how these ceremonial feasts work.

EXACTLY! Repetition. One could almost make the argument that Russia (knowingly/complicit or not in the "plans") is helping (again, knowingly/complicit or just a tool used by the West to achieve) to rain down austerity on the West. Let's face it, the West is based on exactly NOTHING [any more] and is massively in debt. Sooner or later this reality would come along...

Posted by: too scents | Jun 26 2022 11:42 utc | 35

Fear of a massive debt default keep the war lies (and inflation) going.

HOUSE OF CARDS, and there's a windstorm/hurricane brewing...

Posted by: Seer | Jun 26 2022 17:51 utc | 100

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