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It is not the freshest news. But it is still breaking, people are still absorbing it ,and it all till needs context.

The filthy greedheads and the doomed can't have exclusive rights to this news territory. The insane and the loyal opposition must have their say as well.

My take - the Russian armada is going to bomb the living fuck out of Aleppo.  Not so much to help Assad as to show they can still break shit, and still matter in one of their few areas of influence outside of Russia. 

Sebostabol/Crimea alreadytaken and those pieces are swatted off the chess board.
Then they will pass through the Suez canal to a favorite area of contemporary interest - the south china sea, to dock at the "chinese" island. 
They will refit at Vizag (a top indian navy base), go hover around the "chinese" island in the spratleys, maybe some commando/fast boat/SEAL type training with the chinese there. then they go right by the senkaku islands on the way to vladivostick for winter.
just to show the world the BRICS aint nobody to fuck with. 
Turkish PM Erdogan just "cleaned house," by firing about 40,000 people in government and shooting a
few hundred security, military and intelligence staff accused of being Gulen supporters.  some probably were, some probably were not, and Gulen's infleunce is not as profound as the govt makes it out to be. but he just bought himself 5 more years of unchallengable rule. and the ability to flip turkey out of NATO into the BRICS. I think it is very possible and could happen suddenly if it does.
Then much of eastern europe NATO (esp former ussr/Warsaw Pact) all quit too - because it is a stupid antiquated instiution that has not had a rational strategic reason of existence since the fall of the Berlin wall.  nato is not world's army the blue hats in the UN are.
Timing - Putin put them at sea when he knew he would have a four month window of no real response from usa because of the  elections.
They will have proved they are back as a true blue sea navy, anf kicked some ass, and shored up crucial geostrategic along the way.
I feel no portence of WWIII but instead feel this is a macho country saying "we be back motherfucka!"
and the advanced cyber and ground/space/ship-to-shore warfare eqpt of china, russia (less so india) is getting really good, and hits all the achilles heels of nato/USSA, efficiently, cheaply, and on the button.

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"Sweeden????"  Cripes dude.  Don't leave yer scrivner behind!  

It was pretty glorious to be inSapmi land with the Sami....even though the air was filled with the sounds of snowmobiles from recreational Europeans. Reminded me a bit of the feeling I got when we visited Hawaii - we are colonialist here.

That was a pay to play thing. But we are looking for ways to bring people with us to residencies. Still trying to find the money to remount DBS. 

"Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."   Some other fat guy said that. Then he reached for his Browning. Cos he had both. And didn't have to kiss anybody's foot for SNAP coupons.

"How do we measure the effectiveness of our program?" You should have asked that before the GWOT(tm). Oh yeah... I remember now: "...freedom isn't free." How about: "...justice is more than just us?"   

It's been going on forever: if we do social programs, we won't be safe from the nignog-nasties. It's really getting *quite* old. Especially to peeps who rememberLBJ's gunz and butterzzzzzzzz... (mah fellow murkins...)   

would say, would tell, would speak, would cry, would scream
if only I could, if only I dared. Generations have fled.
Sheffield was my father's home as a child, his father and grandfather steelworkers, before that miners and hard workers of stern kinds. his mother had a little shop selling sweets and tinned fruit amongst other marvels. He loved the hills above all, and my mother and brother. All gone. Indigenous people of these fair and dear islands, their dust scattered on top of a high hill.

Just down the road is Rotherham.

Check this link out... only if you're brave.  WARNING:  the video gave me an acid flashback.  

hmm, interesting red shape behind the tree at the bottom of the garden, moved east close to the roof tops, a hot air balloon too low. I was shouting, get up, get up, but they didn't. The little flare didn't raise them and after a minute or so the whole thing subsided and disappeared into the area where my daughter lives, so I phoned her and woke her up. It is Good Friday morning again, and I am feeling guilty that I let the little ones see the scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian, when Brian and his companions in crucifixion are singing "Always look on the bright side of life."
Did the balloon crash? Perhaps. It was too early, everyone was asleep. So, there you have it.

Here is yesterday's news from the chaps in Portsmouth:

Too bad 'The Portsmouth Chaps' don't have a wider audience. It's nice to experience a thorough examination of global politics presented in such a calm manner without the typical hysterics associated with western media. 

Unfortunately, this is typical of what's being reported in America's news media...

I'm truly embarrassed to be an American. I feel no allegience to the country or sympathy for people that live here. It's a ship of fools headed for the rocks.

rendered speechless here by dint of popular repression

reprimanded gently by Mama, that they told her I said

there are people in prison for telling the truth.

And what am I to say about the Easter Bunny?

Barrel bombs are fine but chemical weapons is a "red line".  Oh the logic of killing escapes me.

Vanessa Beeley is someone I trust to tell the truth, and here is her report on the latest atrocity committed by 'rebels'.
and Here's an excellent edition of UK Column News from last September which remains immensely relevant


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