What if Trump Were Running Against Putin? The Struggle to Sell Clinton as a Democratic Inevitability.

Uncle Volodya says, "And thus I clothe my naked villainy With odd old ends stol'n out of holy writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.”

Uncle Volodya says, “And thus I clothe my naked villainy, with odd old ends stol’n out of holy writ; and seem a saint, when most I play the devil.”

The fortuitous discovery of perhaps thousands of emails exchanged with Hillary Clinton’s private email server, recovered from the computer belonging to sexual cluster bomb Anthony Weiner and his estranged missus – Clinton Chief of Staff and vice-chair of her election campaign Huma Abedin – has once again interrupted the manufactured momentum of Clinton inevitability. First and foremost, it reemphasizes the transient nature of Clinton’s understanding of ‘truth’; she clearly did not turn over to the FBI all emails on the server which were not of a personal nature. Or perhaps it is the concept of ‘personal’ with which she has an imperfect understanding, so that it includes ‘things which might get me in trouble’.

Several sites have attempted to make sense of this election campaign, which is noteworthy as it pits perhaps the two most despised people in America against one another for the increasingly tawdry prize of President of the United States. Let me say that again – the only thing unusual in these times of negative campaigning and character assassination is that a popular candidate has not emerged – it remains to be determined only who is less hated. Anyway, of those sites, the best I have seen can be found at the Archdruid Report (thanks, Cortes); poignantly entitled, “The Last Gasp of the American Dream”, it is at pains to explain – among other things – that the claim this is the most important election in American history is simply a flailing attempt to lend some dignity and appearance of deliberation to a process that has become nine parts entertainment mixed with one part immature graduation kegger. There’s an old military parable which is a cruder analogy of “You can’t put lipstick on a pig”, and it’s, “You can’t buff a turd”.  It is, frankly, impossible to invest the ongoing election process in America with anything like dignity, and it is instead increasingly apparent to uncomfortable Americans and gobsmacked internationals that it is a desperate contest by a serial liar to prevent an interloper from outside the insular American political class from occupying the highest office. The Clinton campaign’s subtext that repudiating Clinton is spitting in the face of women everywhere is a cheap trick – no further demonstrations are necessary to prove women can do anything men can do which does not require superior upper-body strength, and there are a few women who can do even that. Speaking in the broadest and most general terms, there are some fields in which women are a little better than men, and some in which they generally do not perform as well. But there are virtually none women just can’t do, and it should be clear that gender has nothing to do with a natural ability to assume the office of president.

Having led in with that, we’re going to change direction a little. Things here generally have a Russian angle, and this is no exception. We’ve all seen the ludicrous accusations that Russia is backing Donald Trump, and is inveigling to rig the election for him – might even tamper with the votes counted by voting machines which are not connected to the internet, while Moscow feeds Trump a steady stream of hacked emails it steals from honest politicians, which begs the question of how they could be incriminating if that were the case. But that’s not the angle I want to look at, either. Nope – what I’d like to review today is the unremitting demonization and public vilification of Donald Trump, in the framework of America’s political dissections of how autocratic and savage Russia treats its political opposition. So what I’d like you to imagine is that Donald Trump is running against Vladimir Putin, for the presidency of the Russian Federation.

In 2007, onetime chess champion and part-time aggrieved political dreamer Garry Kasparov told the New York Times that the Russian government led by Vladimir Putin had blocked his presidential run by putting the word out that nobody in Moscow was allowed to rent a building to him, so that he and his unregistered political organization could hold a nominating convention, without which he could not register as a candidate. Since those who own such buildings in Moscow take their rental orders directly from the Kremlin, it is impossible to imagine they just don’t like Kasparov and don’t want to rent to him; no,  “It was clear that there had been an order from above to prohibit us from gathering anywhere.” Couldn’t have had anything to do with his holding Bosnian citizenship at the time and living in New York.

What would the New York Times think, I wonder, about an article in Russian activist media which suggested Garry Kasparov was a threat to Russian national security because of a comment he had made about another politician’s dangerous access to classified information, owing to his inability to control his sexual appetites? An article which went on to say that since Garry Kasparov had had a number of affairs and bragged about them, he was in effect admitting that he himself was a national security risk? That’s the article RedState published on Donald Trump. Who was the politician he assessed had dangerous access to privileged information? Anthony Wiener. Was Trump right? You tell me.

In 2014, Russian real-estate lawyer and self-professed anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was arrested for breaking the conditions of his house arrest by appearing at a demonstration. The Washington Post was openly admiring of his chutzpah. When he was given a suspended sentence with no jail time for a fraud conviction, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke called the Moscow court decisions a “disturbing development designed to punish and deter political activism.” The following year, the daring political activist sawed off his ankle bracelet and announced he would not comply with the conditions of his house arrest, and he was fined the equivalent sum of $10.00 for destroying state property. Barbarism!!

I wonder what those publications would think about an article in the Russian press which announced that Alexei Navalny might be sent to prison for three years because the registration on his private jet had expired three months before. An article that managed to work in the opinion that Alexei Navalny was an odd colour. I suspect they might scream as if they were being microwaved alive.

Look, you get it. The American press demands the coddling of opposition politicians in Russia to the extent that the ruling government must almost help them win, while at home a standard prevails which mocks and reviles the political opposition in everything from ads for underwear which will let women menstruate on a picture of Trump’s face to articles which announce the dropping of a rape lawsuit against him as if it were affirmation of his guilt.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. If national pride is ever justifiable or excusable it is when it springs, not from power or riches, grandeur or glory, but from conviction of national innocence, information, and benevolence. Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters.” Once the possibility of holding influential public office in the United States of America uplifted, inspired. Now, as the character of Colonel Nathan Jessup spits in “A Few Good Men”, politics is a punchline.

That might not be so hard to understand if America did not have such lofty democratic demands of its enemies.


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1,649 Responses to What if Trump Were Running Against Putin? The Struggle to Sell Clinton as a Democratic Inevitability.

  1. kirill says:


    Banderastani compardors in Kiev keep flushing Ukraine’s economy down the toilet faster and faster.

  2. Moscow Exile says:

    Stoltenberg worried about the viability of his cushy number:

    Now is not the time for the US to abandon Nato – nor should its European allies go it alone

    We face the greatest challenges to our security in a generation. This is no time to question the value of the partnership between Europe and the United States.

    (And I need the money!)

    • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

      The whore doesn’t get to tell the John how it’s going to be

      • Fern says:

        A beautifully classic line, Pavlo, one I wish I’d thought of myself. Also I love how Stoltenberg talks about how the few thousand NATO troops cannot compare with the tens of thousands of Russian troops ‘just over the border’, otherwise known as the Russian Federation. Highly aggressive of the Russians to maintain their own army…within the borders of er, well, Russia. Please God (or Trump) remove these war-mongering loonies. The world would be an infinitely safer place sans NATO.

    • Patient Observer says:

      I do think that the Russians are coming and the globalists have good reason to be fearful. But for the rest of us, it’s a good thing. They will come with new ideas (or maybe ideas forgotten in the West) on how people and nations should get along. They will come with new technologies and a vigorous culture. They will bring new perspectives on spirituality and the common good. Yeah, the globalists should be pooping bricks.

  3. Moscow Exile says:

    Sound the alarm, Britannia!

    Trump Putin alliance sparks diplomatic crisis

    Britain is facing a diplomatic crisis with the US over Donald Trump’s plans to forge an alliance with Vladimir Putin and bolster the Syrian regime.

    In a significant foreign policy split, officials admitted that Britain will have some “very difficult” conversations with the President-elect in coming months over his approach to Russia.

    I don’t think it will be difficult for the US president-elect to tell the UK government where to go.

    • marknesop says:

      Donald Trump’s plans to forge an alliance with Vladimir Putin and bolster the Syrian regime. When did he ever say he had any such plans? But now they are a fact in being, thanks to the Torygraph. Britain has evolved into an expert panicker.

  4. marknesop says:

    Hmmmmm….what’s going on here, I wonder?

    • Cortes says:

      McLaren being set up for slice and dice treatment, I’d say.

      Good to see the fearless whistleblowers Stepanovs being looked after too.

      • marknesop says:

        I certainly hope McLaren is being set up, because he is such a cocky prick that it would be great to see him riding for a fall. But how would he be discredited without also discrediting the fearless Stepanovs? He only has, more or less, the three witnesses; the Stepanov turncoats and Grigory Rodchenkov. It would be fairly easy to fob it all off on Rodchenkov, since he was the criminal mastermind of the whole scam. But how to protect the testimony of the Stepanovs?

        Whatever the case, it will be interesting to see McLaren’s ‘Final Final Absolute Wrap-Up’ report when it comes out. Because it is sure to be challenged. I hope he gets his ass handed to him. And keeping the Russians away from Rio appears to have solved nothing except for giving the west a short-term political triumph – it is acknowledged to have been a hotbed of drug cheating.

  5. Moscow Exile says:

    In St. Petersburg:

    First a memorial plaque to Mannerheim: now, after its removal, one to Kolchak:

    and the protesting has already started:

    Kolchak — war criminal

    Now they have raised a memorial plaque to the officially recognized criminal Kolchak. Zabaykalsky district military court in 1999 issued the verdict: “Kolchak did not stop the terror against the civilian population and persons who have committed crimes against peace and humanity are not subject to rehabilitation”. To subsequent repeated claims made by disgruntled admirers of Kolchak the reply has not changed. Thus, in 2007, the prosecutor’s office of the Omsk region, which studied archival materials on the activities of the Supreme Ruler of Russia,Alexander Kolchak, found no grounds for his rehabilitation.

    See: Выходят доски на парад. Маннергейм, Колчак…

    Memorial plaques come out on parade: Mannerheim, Kolchak …

    • Moscow Exile says:

      In this building from 1906 until 1912 lived the outstanding Russian officer, scientist and researcher Aleksandr Vasilevich KOLCHAK

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      These idiots never learn, do they? Here you are!

      Took the people just 3 days to “deface” yet another plaque which honours a big hero from “Russia That We Have Lost”.

      Moral of the Story: No, you can’t retroactively win the Civil War if you already lost it nearly a century ago.

  6. Moscow Exile says:

    Isn’t that the world famous St. Petersburg ball-bag nailer who’s protesting?

    • yalensis says:

      By the gods, it is him! Petr Pavlensky!
      If so, then he is on the correct side of the barricades, this time around, and has redeemed himself at last.
      Proof that a significant trauma to the scrotum can result in a more clear-thinking brain.

      • Moscow Exile says:

        You mean he’s a bollock-brains?

        • Moscow Exile says:

          Goddam Reds fight back!!!!!

          In this house lived Kolchak A. V. — war criminal and executioner

          See: Как “реабилитировали” Колчака

          How Kolchak was “rehabilitated”

          • yalensis says:

            Governor Tuleev on why Admiral Kolchak should not be rehabilitated, because of what he and his people did to the local miners:

            В июне 1918 года Кольчугинский рудник заняли белогвардейцы. Они установили на шахтах 14-часовой рабочий день, запретили деятельность профсоюзов и ввели ряд других жестких мер, порабощающих шахтеров. Все это вызывало возмущение в горняцкой среде. В марте 1919 года произошло восстание шахтеров рудника. Повстанцы захватили почту, телеграф, железнодорожную станцию, обезоружили местный военный гарнизон и провозгласили власть Советов. Но советская власть продержалась в Кольчугине всего сутки (22 часа). Восстание было жестоко подавлено колчаковцами. Памятник поставлен в том самом месте, где находилась колчаковская тюрьма. Здесь допрашивали и пытали повстанцев. Замученных до полусмерти, их увозили на подводах в Камышанский лог, а там расстреливали или закапывали живыми. Жертвами массовых расправ стали более 600 человек, включая ни в чем не повинных женщин и подростков. В память о тех трагических событиях был установлен обелиск. А в 2013 году руководство шахты имени Кирова и угольной компании приняло решение создать мемориальный сквер, центром которого стал памятник погибшим землякам. “Очень правильно, что в Ленинске-Кузнецком воспитывается уважение к истории родного города и края, которая тесно переплетена с историей угольной отрасли Кузбасса”, – добавил губернатор.

            In June 1918 the White Guard occupied the Kolchugin mine. They established a 14-hour working day in the mine shafts, they outlawed trade unions and introduced a series of other draconian measures which ended up impoverishing and enslaving the miners. All of this sparked resistance in the mining community. In March 1919 the miners rose up in armed rebellion. The rebels seized the post office, telegraph station, railroad station; they disarmed the local garrison and proclaimed the government of the Soviets. But the Soviet government only lasted around 22 hours in Kolchugin. The rebellion was brutally crushed by Kolchak’s men.
            There is a monument in the place where the Kolchakovites kept prisoners. Here they interrogated and tortured the rebels. Then carted the half-dead victims to the Kamyshansk hamlet, where the prisoners were either shot or buried alive. Over 600 people were killed in these mass repressions, including some women and teenagers who were not guilty of anything. In memory to these tragic events, an obelisk was erected….

      • cartman says:

        It doesn’t look like the same guy.

      • marknesop says:

        What must his mother think, poor woman?

        • Jen says:

          Mrs Pavlensky must be thinking his hem-stitching is not bad and he would be good at embroidery if he practised more and gave up his performance art.

  7. Moscow Exile says:

    First snow in Lvov ….

    It has carried on all night and all morning and it’s not going to stop.

    Well, you had better turn up the gas then!!

    See: Первый снег

  8. Moscow Exile says:

    Как и в прошлый раз

    Just like last time
    Nov. 13th, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Our strategic partners arrived, got drunk, pissed on the Freedom Monument, fucked prostitutes, gave some smacks in the gob and left.


    State police have reclassified the case of a recent beating of a Latvian by a British soldier from an administrative to a criminal one, but the defendant left the country immediately after the incident in a Riga McDonald’s and is out of reach of Latvian justice. For the same reasons and under similar circumstances, a member of the US military slipped away after causing a serious accident in Latvia, according to a Russian LTV7 channel programme, “A Private matter”.

    As Rus.lsm.lv has already written, Axel Aizkalns, the young man who was beaten by the British person at a McDonald’s in the very centre of Riga, has been dismissed from hospital after having had surgery. The bridge of his nose had been broken. Although doctors ascertained that he had suffered concussion, Axel well remembers what happened: “All of them were terribly drunk. And just saying “drunk” is an understatement”.

    Under Stalin the Soviet government, the soldier would have already been felling trees at a GULag forest …

  9. Moscow Exile says:

    Who ate all the pies?

    And 69?


    • et Al says:

      The stuff of nightmares. Unless you need someone to fill the goal mouth.

    • Cortes says:

      Vat69 by the looks of it.

    • marknesop says:

      That’s quite a set of moobs Saak has jiggling merrily under his shirt – very impressive. And that’s probably hummingbird water in the bottle. He must be shooting for being taller than Putin even when he’s lying on his back.

      • Fern says:

        Thanks, Mark. I’ve just nearly ruptured a kidney laughing……

        • yalensis says:

          Somebody needs to explain to me what “hummingbird water” is.

          • marknesop says:

            Hummingbird food, in liquid form, like you put in the feeders; it is mostly sugar. Our neighbour, back in Nova Scotia when I was much younger, discovered some in the refrigerator of his home. Since it was in a commercial juice pitcher (Tang), he assumed it was for human consumption, and drank the lot. Shortly thereafter, he was overcome with energy; he simply could not sit still. He went out and got their ride-on mower going, and cut the grass. Then he cut the neighbour’s grass. Then he loaded the mower onto the truck and drove out to their cottage at the seashore, where he cut the grass there, including driving over their exterior LED accent lights and chopping them to bits.

            Mind you, he was a diabetic – it might not affect everyone the same way.

      • Jen says:

        Perhaps Saakashvili’s ambitions are loftier than being taller than Putin. Put a fuchsia-pink dress and a red and purple turban on him and he’ll be a dead ringer for Maria Vladimirovna of the House of Romanov.

  10. Moscow Exile says:

    Почему тоталитарная власть личную преданность ставит выше всякого таланта?

    Why does totalitarian rule place loyalty above any kind of talent?

    “It’s amazing why in an era of totalitarianism the level of official art always falls through the floor. Is it really that impossible to have an aesthetically advanced ruler ?

    But that’s not the point”, says Makarevich.

    “The fact is that totalitarian rule places personal loyalty above any kind of talent.
    And mediocrity of all kinds understands that this is its real (and only) chance to outdo talent.
    A talented person — even if he approves of the policy of the authorities – well, he doesn’t go around waving a flag: he will just carry on doing his own thing.

    But mediocrity will run around in the front rows with little flags.

    And for this the government will give it a candy from the shelf in the shape of a state order..

    • kirill says:

      Sure thing there. Tell me my eyes are lying. I see lots of competent professionals in charge in Russia today. I can use the success of various large projects as a perfect metric for this. The Sochi Olympics and associated infrastructure development, the Vostochny Cosmodrome, the revamping of Russia’s defense industry. The nearly total elimination of the petty criminality by cops and bureaucrats that flourished under Yeltsin (the “palpable humanitarian” and “democrat”).

      I will take “tyrant” Putin and his “minions” any day over the whores who run Canada and most of NATO. These whores serve corporate interests and gouge me with taxes for expenses they created themselves. Their three-bid contracting to the private sector is an utter joke that allows billions of dollars to be siphoned out of the taxpayers pockets through simple collusion. At the municipal level the massive windfall from property values has been squandered (the mill rate never did drop as promised back in the 1990s to offset the property value increase, it has always hovered close to 1%, so there is a real windfall here).

      Canada and NATO are a species of totalitarianism. The bulk of the proles believes everything that the mass media dishes out. And the mass media is clearly goose-stepping to a specific agenda and sings exactly the same song at the same time on any geopolitical incident. Even the US with Trump defeating Hillary, the mass media preferred candidate, there is unlikely to be any real change. Pence is a neocon and the Republican party is owned by neocons who will constrain Trump. The US president does not have the power to override the Congress and the Senate. This does not make the system democratic. It makes it easier for the special interests to frustrate any leader who could win and follow through on giving a voice to the masses.

    • marknesop says:

      What horseshit. Makarevich is just looking for attention. The Beatles were honoured for their contribution to global music – in short, for their talent. Were they made government ministers? Of course not. What does totalitarian rule have to do with it? Makarevich obviously does not understand what totalitarian rule really is, which is unfortunate, because if he really lived under such rule we would not have to listen to him. He’d be in jail.

    • Patient Observer says:

      Gwad, that is stupid. He is sort of right about yes-men and group think but isn’t that the specialty of the US and EU by their serial incompetence in everything from foreign policy to weapon systems?

      Regarding modern art, I visited that museum in Balboa Spain. The building was interesting but much of the art was simply placing two object not normally associated with each other in close proximity if not mashed up. Let me try:
      – piano and a bathtub
      – piles of wood with a sewing machine inside
      – spilled cans of paint on a canvas
      – automobile and baby carriage.
      Nothing of which that could be called inspirational, thought provoking or pleasing to the eye.

      One piece of art that I saw and liked were cardboard boxes with protruding heads and arms (to me it symbolized fake people hiding behind fashion or other prepackaged styles). That piece would fall under the thought provoking measure of art. But as a deplorable, I have no artistic sense.

      • yalensis says:

        Well, some day hopefully the world will return to more objective criteria for judging the worth of art. In every other human endeavour, products are rated according to the complexity of elements used. The types of elements differ according to the type of art.
        For example, in music: the complexity of melodies, harmonies, number of notes used, etc.
        In figure skating: the number and complexity of jumps and spins that one can squeeze into a 3-minute program.
        In tap dancing (another random example), the number and complexity of clicking-tap patterns that one can squeeze into a fast-footwork sequence.

        Only in painting has it devolved to where someone can simply take or create something that has no complexity at all and uses a minimum of elements.
        In the past, works were judged by the complexity of colors, shades, angles, etc.
        Hopefully the world will return to that someday, and then it will be possibly to set objective standards as to whether something is good or bad.

        • Jen says:

          Actually a lot of formal compositional music (the successor to “classical music”) created these days stresses dissonant chords and tones, repetition of chord sequences (this is basically what modern minimalist music is) and constant improvisation. Harmony is not commonly used. Found sounds (recordings made of everyday noises) or field recordings of environmental background noise can feature quite a lot, especially in music known as musique concrete (concrete music: it’s a French invention dating back to the 1950s). Music compositions can also be specific to one place because of that location’s specific acoustic qualities or other features (for example it might be a cave near the sea and the music incorporates the sounds of the waves and their echoes inside the cave) and so can’t be replicated in other venues. In addition to that, musicians make use of laptops as instruments in themselves, to compose music and to store sounds that might come in handy to include in compositions or inspire them.

          • Moscow Exile says:

            And you don’t have to learn to play a musical instrument, which takes a long time and is so b-o-o-o-o-ring (and hard), so you can just arse around with slides and knobs and become a sound “engineer” or DJ.

            Self expression, innit?

            • yalensis says:

              Yeh! Who has the time to take piano or violin lessons any more?
              I’ll just grab a pot and bang on it with a spoon – voila, I’m a musician!

              • Moscow Exile says:

                This attitude is reflected in the belief that a popular singer of whatever genre can, with just a little practice, make the transition to an opera singer:

                • yalensis says:

                  Well, in Jenkins defense, she DOES have a good voice.
                  It’s just that being a successful opera singer requires more than just a good voice, and more even than being able to sing bel canto..
                  There is extensive training involved in multiple disciplines, it’s not just about being able to sing an aria or cavatina in isolation.

              • Jen says:

                The odd thing is that if you’re after a genre of music that demands technical playing skills and the ability to write and play music with complex musical structures, heavy metal (which originally arose in working class environments in the Midlands region of Britain with bands like Black Sabbath in the late 1960s / early 1970s) can offer all those. Part of the reason that heavy metal has become part of mainstream culture in countries like Finland, Norway and Sweden is that these are the very countries that require young people to learn music and be able to play a musical instrument well from early primary school into junior and middle high school level; the result is teenagers who have no trouble picking up guitars and drums and being able to play and compose music almost right away because they already have a solid grounding in music theory.

                This is actually a recording of Finnish death metal band (Mirror of Madness) made up of pre-teen boys performing live in 2005. They’re playing a song called “Appelsiinijaffaa”. The band is currently on hold.

                • Moscow Exile says:

                  Very many children here, including my own, have, as part of their formal schooling, l music studies. Very many also have instrumental skills. My children have to study сольдфеджио [sol’fedzhio], namely solfège.

                  They bloody hate it — because it’s not easy!

                  My 8-year-old daughter took a test in solfège last week. She got a 4+.

                  Such a musical education in Russian schools results, perhaps, in this:

                  String quartet, Moscow metro:

                  Probably professional musicians earning a little extra — or maybe unemployed.

                  Here’s a sextet performing in the underpass between Aleksandrovskiy Sad and Biblioteka imeni Lenina metro stations:

                  And here are some more metro musicians, probably professionals:

                  Last year, after my son had been asking me for some money, I told him to go play his guitar on the metro. So he did. He came back with over 1,000 rubles.

                  He plays classical guitar, by the way. He also bashes away at an electric monster. Oh, and he also plays the oboe.

                  But he sings bloody russkiy rep!!!!!!!

      • Cortes says:

        Bilbao, PO.

        Otherwise I agree wholeheartedly. My post last night is AWOL, but was along the lines of

        Mrs C and I are estranged but it really rips my knitting that “conceptual art” by clowns who couldn’t draw a straight line with a ruler get such attention and remuneration when properly talented artists have to bumble along. No patronage but the hollow consolation that some rich fuck will pick up their work for a pittance and ensure for investment purposes that it gets due recognition long after they’re dead.

        • Patient Observer says:

          Yes, I saw the error of my ways but IT WAS TOO LATE! We had dinner at the home of our rep who is truly a gracious and thoughtful man. I expressed a somewhat mild view of my reaction to the Bilbao museum. His college age daughter, however, was visibly angered by my lack of appreciation for modern art.

        • marknesop says:

          I’m pretty sure I read that; it’s not in the spam filter, anyway. I’ve just emptied it, and it was full of submissions from my old friends Steel Buildings and School Bell Systems, and some individual whose name is just a random string of letters and numbers who thinks I might be in the market for a Hermes bag which is probably a Hong Kong knock-off. I say that with respect; their versions can be really, really good. You’d have to really know your stuff to not get fooled, and if you were the original buyer you would know good knock-offs ain’t cheap.

  11. kirill says:

    Most art is shit. I could care less about the feelings and personal views of some artist and their attempt to inject this crap into my brain. What the art community considers talent I consider cheap improv. Please give me more blank canvasses, “Voice of Fire” flags, pieces of meat shaped into human shapes, excrement supposedly of the artist packaged in tin cans, and ad nauseam.

    What is worthwhile for me is, for example, art by Tom Thompson. His impressionism is remarkable when you experience the landscapes he painted. It is clear he managed to catch the dynamic lighting, the wind and the mood of the living scene on a 2D canvass. This ain’t your sex and violence schlock artistry that is common today.

    • Cortes says:

      Mrs C is a talented artist and it pisses me off the amount of attention and patronage directed at the sort of “artist” who couldn’t draw a straight line with a ruler. The decades long attempt to invest “conceptual art” with value is a clear indication of decadence in my book.

    • kirill says:

      No loss for Russia. Loss for Greece. So expect Obummer to get the middle finger. He is now lamer than a lame duck so why would Greece even listen to his edicts?

  12. et Al says:

    AINOnline: Russian Carriers Benefit From Moscow Sheremetievo Expansion

    Russian flag carrier Aeroflot and compatriot cargo operator Volga-Dnepr Group stand to become the main beneficiaries of the ongoing expansion of Moscow-Sheremetievo Airport (SVO), according to the head of the airport administration, Mikhail Vasilenko. The construction program calls for an increase in annual capacity from 35 million today to 80 million passengers in 2026. The airport expects to serve 33.6 million this year….

    More at the link.

  13. Moscow Exile says:

    Ukraine and Russia hit by extreme cold snap and heavy snow

    Cold weather has killed 37 people in Ukraine so far this month as temperatures reached minus 23 Celsius in parts of the former Soviet republic. Night temperatures are expected to drop to -28C in northern, central and eastern Ukraine this week. The cold snap followed heavy snowfall which left some areas covered with as much as 53 cm (21 inches) of snow. Cars were blocked for 18 kilometres (11 miles) overnight on Saturday on the main road between the capital Kiev and Lviv, officials said.

    Picture: REUTERS/Marian Striltsiv

    Снегопад в Украине: уже 430 населенных пунктов обесточены
    Snowfall in Ukraine: already 430 settlements have suffered power cuts
    13 Nov 2016 17:50

    Today, November 13, 430 settlements were de-energized because of bad weather — tweeted Gennady Zubko, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services.

    “As a result of bad weather and because of power transmission protection systems coming into operation, 430 settlements in 9 regions have had power cuts”, he wrote.

  14. yalensis says:

    Forgive me if somebody already posted this, it’s very interesting.
    “Hillary dies a Gaddafi-like death” — oh, if only she could be prosecuted for what she did to Gaddafi. Unfortunately, I reckon that will never happen, I make a 100% certain prediction that Obama will proactively pardon her for all of her sins and crimes, on his way out of office.

    Nonetheless, this couple of pundits make an extremely interesting more practical point, namely:
    All of the states in which the insurance premiums for Obamacare went up, voted for Trump in the electoral college.
    The point is that working people and poor people voted for Trump.
    It shows the level of their desperation that think a Republican who will build his team from establishment neo-cons, can protect their interests and rebuild the American economy.
    Like I said before, a vote for Trump was just a Hail-Mary pass from a dying nation.

  15. Drutten says:

    It’s pretty interesting, all of what’s going on everywhere. The red baiting thing seems to have backfired, maybe people aren’t as stupid as I thought.

    It’s much too early to say anything about what Brexit and Trump will mean in the long run for world peace (and Johnson has famously turned 180 degrees on everything regarding Syria for example, once he got into office), but there is finally a shimmer of hope out there, I’d say.

    Today, the highly corrupt pro-European GERB lost out in the Bulgarian presidential elections, and Radev, the “pro-Russian” candidate won. He’s not really all that “pro-Russian” but he’s received that label anyway just for having professed decent relations with Russia rather than all the shit slinging we’ve seen so far. That’s the label you get, that’s the Orwellian state of affairs today, but clearly it doesn’t work anymore. Also, Bulgaria has Russia to thank for its very existence and has shared a rather deep cultural bond with Russia for God knows how long, and that has made Borisov seem like a real backstabbing cunt in a whole lot of ways.

    At the very same time, the so called “pro-Russian” candidate in the Moldovan elections also won. It’s the same story there, the “pro-EU” people are corrupt on an absolutely stellar level (just check out the banking scandal over there) and they have messed up Moldova beyond recognition. Now they finally say that it has to stop, and that there’s no point in antagonizing Russia just to please Brussels (and Washington, by extension) either, for that matter. A country like Moldova simply can’t afford to let itself be used as a pawn in that way.

    Oh, and I read that Obama ordered US airstrikes on JFS in Syria, finally. He’s now desperately trying to clean up the mess before Trump can walk in and highlight what a fucking disaster it’s been, that’s my guess.

    • Cortes says:

      Agree on all bar the final paragraph. Under cover of “protection of the legacy” ( what fucking legacy?) and showing what he’d have done in absence of the neocons, he’s really burying evidence of the total subordination of the “rebels” to the dictates of the various agencies of the indispensable nation.

  16. Good news for Russia in Bulgaria: Rumen Radev is about to win the presidential election. Boyko Borisov has promised to resign if Radev wins…

  17. Patient Observer says:

    A while back we were speculating when western Aleppo would be taken back from the Jihadists. It may be sooner that later:


    Another even stronger indicator that such a big attack is indeed coming is that there are reports that Russia’s heaviest bombers – its TU160 supersonic and its TU95 subsonic bombers – are being loaded with cruise missiles in preparation for a major strike.

    The main focus of the coming attack seems to be the Al-Qaeda controlled town of Khan Tuman near Aleppo, which following its capture by Jihadi fighters in May has become the main base for the Al-Qaeda led Jihadi offensives against south west Aleppo.

    However the fact that the Syrian military is calling on the Jihadis in eastern Aleppo to surrender as well may be a sign that the Syrian army is planning to launch an attack on them there as well.

    Also, the above story reports that the Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has been conducting practice sorties over Syria to develop coordination with Russian aviation assets already in Syria. Practice makes perfect. I hope that this means the final offensive to reclaim all of Aleppo and surrounding territories will begin shortly and quickly reach a successful conclusion.

    Of course, Trump will be blamed for emboldening Russia if not being in collusion with Putin himself. But the deplorables may end up cheering the Russians on as Russophobia may have been exorcised to some degree in a majority of Americans by Trump.

    • kirill says:

      Sounds like good news. The scum needs to be dislodged from the Aleppo Governorate and not just the east Aleppo enclave. NATzO hysterical propaganda would have everyone believe that Russia is about to launch a major bombing attack on the east Aleppo enclave. This is obvious rubbish. Bombs would be ineffective in east Aleppo and what is needed is street by street ground level combat to get rid of the terrorists. But I am sure that the NATzO MSM will be trying to claim that Russia is bombing the east Aleppo enclave once the attack starts.

      • Patient Observer says:

        Precision weapons will take out the concentrations of Jihadists and weapons. Although they say that armor is not good to bring into urban warfare if the T-90s can withstand TOW hits which video evidence seems to confirm then this may be a way to maximize Jihadist martyrdom while sparing civilians.

        I posted this sometime ago regarding thermobaric warheads on Russian cruise missiles. The explosions look like miniature nukes.

        What appears to be thermobaric explosions are shown at 6:00.The shock wave took about 10 seconds to reach the camera giving a distance of at least two miles. The fireball could have been several hundred feet across or more.

        • kirill says:

          They are impressive, but east Aleppo is a hostage situation so bombs are not going to have the right “optics”. Maybe precision strikes on al-Nusra clusters in east Aleppo, but such clusters would have to be created by the SAA with ground level fighting. In the rest of the governorate there are juicy terrorist targets that such thermobaric bombs should be used on with wild abandon.

  18. kirill says:

    How’s that pillow taste in your mouth as you bite hard on it, Jihadi Julian?

  19. Moscow Exile says:

    Banderastan Minister of the Interior Avakov is under criticism because of his appointment of a 24-year-old woman, Anastasia Deev, to the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, namely she’s his second-in-command.

    In his defence, Avakov has written in Facebook that Deev is fluent in several foreign languages, sociable, hard-working and Patriotic.

    The Minister stressed that the functions his № 2 are to maintain communications with foreign partners of Kiev and the Ministry of the Interior, project management and office coordination.

    Avokov has also commented on candid photos of Deev published by “Komsomolskaya Pravda in the Ukraine“.

    According to the head of the interior Ministry, the woman has the right to private photos and those who criticize her for this are being hypocritical.

    Avakov has listed the main advantages of the new Deputy Anastasia Deev

  20. Moscow Exile says:

    Zakharova on Obama’s latest demand:

    MSM: “Obama has asked Greece to close its ports to Russian ships”.

    Is there no limit to this? Obama, for example, could well ask that Pushkin be closed to pigeons or planks to nails.

    Friends, what else can Obama ask to be closed ?

    As regards Pushkin, she’s referring to this

  21. Moscow Exile says:

    So now you know ….

    All of this has happened because of the FSB … and the FBI!

  22. Moscow Exile says:

    Plaques to Mannerheim and Kolchak?

    Then how about this plaque to an “outstanding civil servant”?

  23. et Al says:

    Put down any food you may be holding, any drink and prepare an unobstructed run for the bathroom as I bring you a brand new piece by the Lazarus of Ed, Mark Galeotti predicting the future!

    Foreign Policy: Watch Out Vladimir: There’s a New Putin in Town

    The Russian president has gotten a lot of mileage out of his “craziest man on the world stage” shtick. In a Trump White House, he may have met his match.

    By Mark Galeotti November 13, 2016

    The constant temptation, when dealing with Russia, is to assume the other guy is much smarter than we are. From the European migrant crisis to Brexit to Donald Trump’s surprise victory this week, there have been those who see Vladimir Putin’s hand at work and, as a result, assume he has always been three steps ahead. The truth is that he was probably as surprised as anyone else at the results of the U.S. presidential election on Wednesday. And not entirely in a good way…

    Yes kids, every cliché every inverted factoid, every dribble from a patient in a persistent vegetative coma is expertly brought together here by Galeotti in another turd de force that would make his spiritual propaganda godfather, Ed ‘Not Dead Yet’ Lucas – Prince of Estonia, proud.

    It’s always been fairly clear to me that the whole Trump presidential campaign has been a reality entertainment show deliberately engineered for shock and awe, and not much else. How can it be that so many clever people project that campaign as exactly what is going to happen? In a way, I am quite happy to watch these people collectively loose their minds as they are doing it so openly and in public, preserved forever on the internet to be reminded of at will.

    As you all know, I’m a Bernie Sanders fan, but that aside, all I can say about Trump now is to judge him on what he actually does, not what he says or, as we have discovered during the election campaign, what the Pork Pie News Networks have deliberately misinterpreted him as saying. Speaking of lefties, Jezza has just said that tensions along the border with Russia should be removed by ‘demilitarizing the border’ between Russia & NATO*. I’m not quite sure what exactly he means by this for Russia, but such a reasonable comment has been met by a Conservative spokesman as Jezza being weak on defense blah blah blah.

    One last thought (or two), what of MH17? Is there any reason left for the US to sit on its ‘evidence’ – i.e. what Kerry said a couple of days after the event that the US saw it all? Does Trump owe the establishment to quietly let it slide or just put it out there and rub their faces in it? To me it seems that if Trump wants a proper working relationship with Russia, it has to be fairly comprehensive as piecemeal will not cut it or bring any long term benefits to both. It it is piecemeal, then that gives hope to the russophobic assholes of the establishment & their ‘experts’ (see Galeotti above), but if it is comprehensive they they’ll just have to put their energies in to something else. Does anyone think there may be US-Russia summit within 18 months? I feel that 2017 will be another rock ‘n’ roll year, but for very different reasons.

    * http://www.independent.co.uk/news/jeremy-corbyn-nato-demilitarised-russia-europe-putin-a7414651.html

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      Well, I tried to avoid the subject, because it’s not my right to judge such things… and because, I admitt, freely, as a foreigner some things could possibly be unknown or misunerstood by me, but!.. Speaking of Trump I never for once believed in his rhetoric and election promises. It appears to me, that in the USA the electorat believed in everything that he said. And that made some shit bricks and stage quasi, barbie-sized Maidans across the country, while the others were (or still are) either in drinking binge or turning up their own racist rhetoric up to 11.

      As the ancient philosopher Eyor Dedonki said – “Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment”. I never believed for a moment that Trump will “build a wall” ™. For the same reason why I never for a moment believed in Obama’s promise to close the Gitmo. Because it’s all part of the political horse trading. You must make crazy/unrealistic promises with the explicit purporse to ditch them in order to make the other side more cooperative. And Trump made a lot of such “wild” promises. The question now – on what will he spend them?

      • yalensis says:

        (1) “barbie-sized Maidans”
        (2) “Eyor Dedonki”

        I demand this man be given the Nobel Prize in Literature!

        • Lyttenburgh says:

          “I demand this man be given the Nobel Prize in Literature!”

          Eh, the same great author also wrote: “If you don’t expect gratitude you’ll seldom be disappointed.”

      • Northern Star says:

        “as a foreigner some things could possibly be **unknown or misunerstood** by me”

        No…No…That would be the State Department..The WH…The Congress ..The Pentagon and the CIA….

      • ucgsblog says:

        Eh, not really. Most of the electorate knew that he wasn’t going to build the wall. He did flip flop on a single policy within Obamacare, which the media is now presenting as flip-flopping on all of Obamacare. He appointed Priebus as Chief of Staff, but Priebus has been largely neutral in the election. He told the racists and sexists to STFU, but that was expected. So he hasn’t really strayed much from his agenda.

        • Northern Star says:

          “He told the racists and sexists to STFU”…

          Because he hired Bannon…and there will be more to follow….

          a racist police state oligarchy can’t be built in a day!!!!

          • ucgsblog says:

            Do you think that Trump will create a racist police state oligarchy?

            • Northern Star says:

              Ummm…Read rhe links about Bannon I posted earlier (infra)…
              So Yeah!!!!! (in answer to your question)
              BTW…How will the ALT-Right strident anti-semitic rhetoric going to coexist with Israhellbeing Murica’s BFF in the ME?? LOL!!!!
              Also..If they do manage to get some serious anti-semitic pogroms underway here (‘Murica)…
              What wil nuke armed Israhell do?? LOL…LOL!!!!

              I don’t see how appointments of racist nutjob pieces of garbage (in my opinion) like Bannon or Giuliani can be interpreted in any other way….
              I posted links on Giuliani on this very threa a couple of days ago..if one takes the racism out of it..he is STILL ‘certfiable” !!!!

              • yalensis says:

                It is certainly true that the ALT-RIGHT are white supremacists.
                I have been commenting about these misanthropes for a long time.
                They gird themselves with the pseudo-science of HBD (“Human Bio-Diversity”), a fundamentally racist philosophy which distorts real science for political gain.
                Of which Breitbart and his followers are proponents.
                These people are also primitive Jew-haters, as anybody can see for themself just scanning the comments on blogs of Unz, Breitbart, and their ilk.

                These people also look down on women (they have another philosophy called “Alpha Male Supremacy”) and it goes without saying that they hate homosexuals, whom they always refer to as “faggots”.
                That’s all true.
                I don’t so care so much that David Duke and the Klan celebrated Trump’s victory — Trump cannot be held responsible for those who support him, any more than a stalkee is responsible for their stalker’s affection.
                And yet, Trump is certainly responsible for those he appoints to government office.
                And if one of them walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then…. (etc.)

                • Northern Star says:

                  “And yet, Trump is certainly responsible for those he appoints to government office.
                  And if one of them walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then…. (etc.)”

                  Yup….We learned from the jews in GPW about the perils of “going gently”…

                  Nobody in this MF (“Murica) is going gently..not the jews..blacks..Latinos..women..gays..
                  et cetera…we may indeed go…but we will be accompanied ..

                • saskydisc says:

                  While I disagree with hbd and the alt right, I think you are misrepresenting them. For example, they tend to be anti-neoliberal. Also, while their genetic claims are often ill-posed, e.g. with regards to IQ and crime, their position is merely an extrapolation from mainstream positions, given the epidemiology of various pathologies. The current science of epidemiology, with its pretense of measuring individual dose through a single sample of a proxy variable that is coupled to the underlying variable through an ODE, is the problem.

                • yalensis says:

                  Well, I had to look up ODE , and I can’t claim to understand the mathematics behind this.
                  But from a political/ideological POV it seems pretty clear to me that the alt-RIGHT has set out to demonize African-Americans.
                  They started out with their IQ studies, “proving” that Africans (on average) have lower IQ’s than Europeans.
                  And that part may even be factual, but so what? Is an individual with a 100 IQ significantly inferior to an individual with a 110 IQ? What about other attributes, other talents, other contributions?
                  I always felt that in a true meritocracy, the smart people, whatever their race, can perform the functions in society which smart people are good at; and the dumber people can perform up to their capacity as well. If dumb people end up in charge, then it behooves them to hire smart people to do the difficult work.

                  The alt-RIGHT types started softening up the American audience, with their B.S. propaganda blogs like Unz and Breitbart, getting people used to the idea that African-Americans are supposedly inferior intellectually.
                  Then took it one step further, arguing that genetically, certain groups are not only dumb, but also criminal by nature.
                  I think the political end-game (at least in these peoples minds) is restore Jim-Crow segregation in the U.S. and to take civil rights away from certain groups, not just blacks but also Mexicans. Who also supposedly have lower IQ’s, due to their non-European genetic heritage.

                  In other words, these HBD “scholars” are not operating on the basis of love for pure science alone, although they claim they are only interested in objective facts.
                  They have a political agenda which anybody with eyes in their skull can clearly see.

                • saskydisc says:

                  The genetics argument is an algebraic consequence of the (bad) epidemiology. For the relevant ODE, see a recent comment that I made here to Karlin. If you don’t have enough of a calculus background to understand what is going on, let it suffice that the lead in the blood, without additional poisoning, drops by a factor of two every 35 days, and therefor under sporadic and single event poisoning, one typically measures a small fraction of the initial poisoning, with up to three orders of magnitude variation, thus causing gross underestimation of population poisoning.

                  As for Breitbart, did they ever get on the HBD bus? I’ve not had a look in a long time. As for Unz, he seems to be curious but uncommitted, and mainly provides a forum for those who claim a genetic basis, as well as for those who don’t—e.g. Razib Khan’s views seem to be that the intergroup IQ difference is greater than what can be accounted for on the basis of genes, thereby leaving the door open to environment. Karlin himself acknowledges at least malnutrition as relevant (outside USA), and if pressed would probably acknowledge iodine. He never did respond to my linked comment, so I don’t know whether he acknowledges the gross underestimation of lead poisoning e.g. in NHANES III. Ultimately, the question of race, in the causation of IQ and crime, should be a scientific question, but it is mainly a political question; my own intuition is that the vast majority of the variation is environmental.

                  As for measurements, the IQ and crime disparities are real enough, and they have devastating effects on communities. Even without the crack sentencing disparity, there is a huge effect, with depressed academic and other achievement, and thuggery is a massive problem. Among black youth, the problem has largely been addressed, although the cleanup has resulted in additional poisoning of the current 20-30 year old group, due to neighbourhood contamination with lead oxide dust (non-enforcement of federal LEADSAFE regulations) in the early 90s. You are letting your distaste for the HBD presentation of the facts cloud your interpretation of the facts. The same situation is likely true in Europe with Gypsies, although among them it is likely lead-based cosmetics.

                • Jen says:

                  @ Saskydisc: I recall also discussions on Anatoly Karlin’s blogs of the effects of cultural traditions like marriages between first cousins and marriages between men and their brothers’ daughters (ie, nieces) on IQ in Middle Eastern societies and other countries where Middle Eastern cultural influences have been long-lasting. I remember the topic was originally raised by the blogger HBDchick. That such traditions continue in societies where Islam is often the main religion (even though I’ve been told the Qu’ran explicitly forbids marriage between a man’s daughter and his brother) has always been a puzzle. I’ve heard though that laws governing incest in the state of Rhode Island actually allow that type of consanguineous marriage – it’s a Jewish tradition – and historically many areas now regarded as part of the Islamic heartland (the Arabian Peninsula, the Near East, Egypt, northern Africa) had populations who were Jewish, Christian or believers in now-extinct Semitic religions who would have practised that custom.

                  Also many areas in Africa and Asia where average IQ has been lower than the average IQ in the rest of the world are areas where malaria has long been endemic, and people who have had malaria as children may have some brain damage that affects their intelligence. Other chronic diseases, especially if combined with poverty and malnutrition, can have a similar result.

                • saskydisc says:

                  I wonder what the institutional support was/is for niece marriage…

                  Malaria is interesting. It used to be endemic in much of the world (see in particular the 1900 vs 2011 map), and may have played a role in keeping out protestant missionaries from the Flemish areas. It was a problem in England and Italy as well. I also read that the disease was an old-world disease, brought to the Americas either from Europe or west Africa.

        • Cortes says:

          Hopeful Irish construction workers seem to think there’ll be work available (spoof):


  24. et Al says:

    Moon of Albama: Why Polls Fail

    Today I discussed the U.S. election with a friend who studied and practices statistics. I asked about the failure of the polls in this years presidential election. Her explanation: The polls are looking at future events but are biased by the past…

    …Many people who usually vote for the Democratic ticket did not vote for Clinton. The “not Clinton” progressives, the “bernie bros” and “deplorables” who voted Obama in the last election stayed home, voted for a third party candidate or even for Trump. The pollsters did not anticipate such a deep change….

    Much more at the link.

    So, General Klinton & her staff who run the Democratic Party won the battle to beat Bernie Sanders to become demonic presidential nominee, but lost the war to be President because they shat all over their own voters. Klueless Klinton Krew. As any fule ‘no, being a successful strategist has long been beyond Killary’s grasp. It seems that the penny still hasn’t dropped.

    • kirill says:

      Many of the polls such as those run by CNN were outright distortions. They had gross sampling biases. For example in one of these CNN polls the number of Democrats sampled as almost 2 to 1 against Republicans. So the result was dialed via sampling.

  25. Russian MIG-29 crashed in the Mediterranean Sea. Pilot ejected safely.


  26. Northern Star says:

    Trump is beginning to ACT like a ‘Hitler’ , reassuring jews that there is nothing to worry about…
    Everything is (will be) ‘Wunderbar’!!!!
    If he continues along this trajectory..Civil War is back on the table….

    “Bannon knows that in the game of thrones, you win or die. And he certainly doesn’t intend to die. He’ll kill everyone else before he goes.”

    “Bannon said: “We think of ourselves as virulently anti-establishment, particularly ‘anti-‘ the permanent political class.”
    “After his military service, Bannon worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department.[10] In 1990, Bannon and several colleagues from Goldman Sachs launched Bannon & Co., a boutique investment bank specializing in media. ”

    Hilarious…He’s just like Klllary..a lying hypocritical POS…!!!!

    • shargash says:

      Bannon is slime, but Bannon is not president.

      As for the Jews, it is silly to think they have anything to worry about from Trump. One of his closest advisors (and one of the people in the world that is closest to him) is his daughter, Ivanka. From Wikipedia:

      “She was raised Presbyterian, but before her wedding, in July 2009, after studying with Rabbi Elie Weinstock from the Modern Orthodox Ramaz School, she had an Orthodox conversion to Judaism and took the Hebrew name “Yael”. She describes her conversion as “amazing and beautiful journey” and that her father supported her studies from day one, due to his respect for the Jewish religion. She attests to keeping a kosher diet and observing the Jewish Sabbath, saying in 2015: “We’re pretty observant… It’s been such a great life decision for me… I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity. From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls.” She sends her daughter to kindergarten at a Jewish school in New York City. Ivanka says that “It’s such a blessing for me to have her come home every night and share with me the Hebrew that she’s learned and sing songs for me around the holidays.” She visited the Ohel (grave of the Lubavitch Rebbe), a popular pilgrimage site, shortly before her father’s election.”

      There is a lot of anti-Trump hysteria out there right now. I hope it dies down, so we can engage with Trump’s real defects, not imaginary ones.

      • Northern Star says:

        Trump cannot function as POTUS in a vacuum..the people he puts in positions of power will de facto exercise influence over him and his subsequent decisions. As you know often throughout history crucial decisions by powerful and seasoned leaders were absolutely the result of advice and counsel from their subordinates:
        “According to his account, when General Henry Eugene Navarre, supreme commander of French forces in Indochina, found that French troops were surrounded by the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam at Dien Bien Phu, he sent urgent and desperate requests to Washington for immediate military support. During discussions of the request in the Eisenhower Administration, Admiral Arthur W. Radford, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs, recommended the use of tactical nuclear weapons.
        **However, Radford withdrew the proposal as a result of strong objections by Army Chief of Staff General Matthew Ridgeway.***
        What if Ridgeway had been a use nukes zealot like Nixon, who also advocated to use tac nukes to assist the French??
        More recently, what if some very powerful people-military and civilian- had told GWB that the contemplated Operation Iraqi Freedom was a really really fucked up bad idea???
        What if Killary had told Obama NOT to fuck with Syria or Libya??
        The appointments of Trump are harbingers of possibly increasingly concrete manifestations of racist and/or fascist policies.

      • Jen says:

        I hope Ivanka Trump’s enthusiasm for Judaism doesn’t lead to her following some of these ultra-Orthodox groups like the Lubavitcher Chabad too closely. This group has had more than its fair share of scandals: there’s been an ongoing court case in Australia over a cover-up of sexual abuse at some Lubavitcher schools, and there was an incident in New York in 1991 when a motorcade carrying the then Rebbe Menahem Schneerson hit two boys in a black neighbourhood and one child died. The riots that followed resulted in the death of an Australian Jewish man and another man mistaken for a Jew.

        Schneerson was prominent in public life within and outside the Lubavitcher community and some of his followers believed he was the Messiah and expected him to resurrect when he died in 1994. He was pals with Binyamin Satanyahu and supported Israel and the IDF in whatever they did. His grave is probably the one that Ivanka Trump visited.

  27. Northern Star says:

    @ ME ,Yalensis ,Lyttenburgh,kirill et.al.

    This site apperas to contain some seriously fascinating and informative stuff
    But then again you guys probably know about it…

  28. ucgsblog says:

    A letter that’s been circulating on Social Media in the US:

    Dear Democrats and Liberals,
    I’m noticing that a lot of you aren’t graciously accepting the fact that your candidate lost. In fact you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those of us who voted for Trump.
    Some of you are apparently “triggered”. Because you are posting how “sick” you feel about the results.
    How did this happen you ask.
    You created “us” when you attacked our freedom of speech.
    You created “us” when you attacked our right to bear arms.
    You created “us” when you attacked our Christian beliefs.
    You created “us” when you constantly referred to us as racists.
    You created “us” when you constantly called us xenophobic.
    You created “us” when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.
    You created “us” when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.
    You created “us” when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.
    You created “us” when you attacked our flag.
    You created “us” when you confused women’s rights with feminism.
    You created “us” when you decided to make our children soft.
    You created “us” when you attacked our way of life.
    You created “us” when you decided to let our government get out of control.
    “You” created “us” the silent majority.
    And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up.
    And we did it with ballots, not bullets!!!

    • Northern Star says:

      You created “us” when you attacked our freedom of speech.
      (Review footage of protesters-often women- beaten at a Trump rally by thugs)
      You created “us” when you attacked our right to bear arms. (OK)
      You created “us” when you attacked our Christian beliefs.
      (Xtian Fundies whining about alleged lack of religious tolerance..Hilarious)
      You created “us” when you constantly referred to us as racists. (Yup)
      You created “us” when you constantly called us xenophobic. (Yup)
      You created “us” when you told us to get on board or get out of the way. (Whatever)
      You created “us” when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating. (Get back to us when you dumbfucks can’;t afford life saving health care..available in single payer nations..Ohh..that’s right you won’t be able to!!))
      You created “us” when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.
      (No…The “‘Murican Corporate Oligarch super rich did that)
      You created “us” when you attacked our flag. (Lame)
      You created “us” when you confused women’s rights with feminism.
      (You confused us when you conflated women’s rights with feminism..although most of us are too stupid to grasp the subtleties involved)
      You created “us” when you decided to make our children soft. (Huh??)
      You created “us” when you attacked our way of life. (Lame)
      You created “us” when you decided to let our government get out of control.
      ( It is the fascist government agencies that you fawningly support that are out of control)
      “You” created “us” the silent majority.
      (Ummmm…Killary DID win the popular vote)

      • yalensis says:

        “Oh, you burned my precious Amurican flag, you evil doers!”
        “You turned my babies into soft-hearted faggotty SWJ’s!” [thanks to Karlin for that meme]

        As for healthcare, what these people actually needed was the expansion of Medicare as a selectable option for citizens of all ages. Instead of what Obammy did, which was a bail-out of the corrupt medical insurance industry.

        For the rest of it.
        Hilarious self-victimology of the Sarah Palin-brand righties.

        • Northern Star says:

          “As for healthcare, what these people actually needed was the expansion of Medicare as a selectable option for citizens of all ages. Instead of what Obammy did, which was a bail-out of the corrupt medical insurance industry.”

          Bingo!! Yalensis…Bingo!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • yalensis says:

            You’d be surprised how much I know about health/medical insurance in the U.S.!
            Obama could have kept the entire Medicare infrastructure in place, with all its foibles, but a system which every hospital and every doctor knows by heart.
            All he had to do was make one tiny tweak: Eliminate the age limit of 65.
            A couple of lines of code in the computer system.

            Instead, Bammy went for this massive boondoggle which had to be constructed out of baling wire and duct tape, and which never worked. And all because the insurance companies helped fund his campaign!
            I mentioned in a previous comment that the swing states which elected Trump were those same states where the Obamacare premiums had just gone up! As every smart person had predicted they would. Making even Obamacare unaffordable for many families.

            Meanwhile, the alt-righties who support Trump, hope that he does away with government health insurance altogether. They would prefer to see poor and working families literally dying in the streets without access to medicine or doctors.

            • ucgsblog says:

              That won’t work. Here are the issues with Healthcare that your plan won’t fix:

              – Power of big pharmaceutical companies to purchase patents and vastly increase drug prices. All of patent medical law needs reform.
              – Costs of tort litigation insurance. Medical tort law needs reform.
              – Cost paid to hospitals; right now there’s no standard practice costs for hospitals, meaning that a procedure in a hospital that costs $15,000 could cost $5,000 in a hospital 10 miles away. Hospitals also have access to their client’s financial records, so they know how much clients can pay, and can, (and I know at least 3 instances when it happened,) bill accordingly.
              – Medical school is expensive. Doctors need to pay back loans. Who really pays those costs? The patients.
              – Power of the labs to form an Oligarchy and overcharge for simple things, like blood test analysis.
              – Industry of denying claims; yep, we have adjusters whose sole role is to figure out how little they can pay. They get bonuses for denying those who are insured, medical claims. They’re well compensated.
              – Triage regulations. Ever wonder why the ER takes so long? That’s what happens with lawsuits and over regulation. So unless you enter the hospital in an ambulance, you’re waiting.
              – Ambulance fees. Who pays for the ambulances? Our taxes, so why are their ambulance fees? Why, that’s because of the ambulance – hospital contracts.
              – Illegal immigrants who have no safety net, but the hospitals have to treat them. Who pays for that? The patients with the money!
              – A focus on treatment rather than preventative care. An ounce of prevention might be worth a pound of cure, but that ounce doesn’t quite generate as much for the medical industry as that pound…

              • Northern Star says:

                Duly noted..We’ll take this under advisement
                AMA/BigPharma ‘Caring Consortium’

              • Jen says:

                I’d be curious to know which country or countries you think provide the best model of national healthcare that the US might follow if it were to completely overhaul its system and all sides of politics pledged to support a new system and the insurance industry and pharmaceutical companies agreed not to interfere in its design, structuring and implementation. Thanks.

                • Patient Observer says:

                  Oh, Canada?

                • ucgsblog says:

                  Canada’s would be the easiest to implement, so I’d use that as a basis. I’d also pass laws, such as:

                  – Drug companies cannot charge prices higher than the average price charges by drug companies in the rest of the World for the equivalent drugs.
                  – Limit Tort Litigation Recovery to $1 million, adjusted for inflation since 2010
                  – Mandate universal prices for crucial services that hospitals cannot increase; they can charge less, but not more.
                  – Free tuition to those who qualify – so that they pay nothing for medical school.
                  – Mandate standardized pricing for blood work and other vital medical laboratory procedures.
                  – Destroy the “Medical Claim Adjusting Industry” – everyone is fully covered, taxpayers pay for it all. And it would still be cheaper than what most of us pay in taxes and as health insurance, and yeah, Canada’s system works here.
                  – Reform Triage Laws, using Silicon Valley efficiency techniques. Uber has more data than some hospitals, and that shouldn’t be the case.
                  – Eliminate Ambulance fees.
                  – Provide Medical Tax Credits to those who follow a healthy lifestyle.
                  – And last but not least: heavily fine those who are exploiting illegal immigrant labor. “Oh, Jose is like family to you? That’s so awesome! Why don’t you start paying Jose a living wage, and pay for his insurance needs? What? I thought you said he’s like family to you!”

                  That’s just to address the stuff I mentioned. A lot more stuff like that is needed to reform US Healthcare.

                • Lumpy Gravy says:

                  Cuba, of course.

                • Jen says:

                  Thanks guys, very interesting information.

              • Northern Star says:



                RICO time??? Price fixing…Racketeering….Massive drug payola….
                “Liability for a RICO violation requires that a person be involved in an enterprise that operates through a pattern of racketeering activity. This raises a couple of issues that will prove important to anyone defending or pursuing a RICO case. First, a controversy may arise as to what will satisfy the element requiring an enterprise. Corporations, partnerships, and other businesses will surely qualify as enterprises. But what about informal organizations, like street gangs? ”
                “(D) any offense involving fraud connected with a case under title 11 (except a case under section 157 of this title), fraud in the sale of securities, or the felonious manufacture, importation, receiving, concealment, buying, selling, or otherwise dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act), punishable under any law of the United States ”

                • ucgsblog says:


                  “Total for Pharmaceuticals/Health Products: $186,215,379
                  Total Number of Clients Reported: 338
                  Total Number of Lobbyists Reported: 1,261
                  Total Number of Revolvers: 754 (59.8%)”


                  “Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed to pay a record $2.3 billion settlement to resolve criminal and civil liability for illegally promoting certain pharmaceuticals, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.”


                  “GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay a fine of $3 billion to resolve civil and criminal liabilities regarding its promotion of drugs, as well as its failure to report safety data.”

                  “Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay a $2.2 billion fine to resolve criminal and civil allegations relating to the prescription drugs Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor.”

                  “Eli Lilly was fined $1.42 billion to resolve a government investigation into the off-label promotion of the antipsychotic Zyprexa.”

                  “Abbott was fined $1.5 billion in connection to the illegal promotion of the antipsychotic drug Depakote.”


                  The industry makes $547,820 million, or more than half a trillion with just the top 25 companies. So go ahead and bring the RICO case. You even have a great target – Martin Shkreli. Just keep in mind the sums I mentioned earlier, and the $548 billion they made in 2014.

              • yalensis says:

                Well, these are all good points too ucgsblog. A lot of reforms are needed in the American healthcare industry.
                Realistically, it is not possible to overhaul the entire system in one fell swoop.
                Change needs to be implemented incrementally.
                A start would have been removing the 65-age criterion for Medicare-eligible.
                That would be a relatively simple yet far-reaching change. I am not saying it would solve all problems right away without additional changes.

                I say this as somebody who just spent the last 3 years working on a massive project which employed thousands of people and cost untold millions of dollars, just to replace a single computer system in a single hospital network in a backwater community in the U.S.

                In the end, it’s all about the computer code. He who can change the system with the least number of changes to the basic computer code — seems silly, but that’s the quest for the Holy Grail nowadays.

            • marknesop says:

              A lot of people would like to see government health insurance gone and are fond of describing it as ‘the welfare tit’ – until they need it. Hardly anyone regardless their income can afford medical care for, say, a child who is discovered to have a serious illness which will keep them hospitalized for months and then likely will require frequent outpatient care. Does that happen completely at random, and often? It surely does.

      • ucgsblog says:

        Erm, atheist groups are known to target smaller Christian groups with lawsuits. A baker was sued for refusing to bake a cake for a Gay Wedding. She was perfectly willing to serve the couple, just not at the wedding. In California we had a lawsuit over a cross in a park. Atheists threatened a lawsuit over a seal. Look, I get that there are people with no life out there, but why are they bringing the rest of us into their insanity, with constant lawsuits. There’s actually a concept known as “Freedom from Religion” – what the heck? Can you imagine someone arguing about “Freedom from Speech” in America? But it’s ok to do it to religious folk! And yes, that includes Muslims, who had to fight to build a Mosque in New York. They should’ve just said it was a Scientology Center…

        The “my way” or the highway rhetoric from Clinton supporters on the campaign was sickening. When Bush was called a warmonger for Iraq, that was fine. When Clinton was called a warmonger for Iraq and Libya, the Clintonites went on the offensive, often throwing around crap like “if she was a man, she wouldn’t be a warmonger!”

        The problem with healthcare in the US deserves its own thread, but Obamacare did not fix it; Obamacare made it worse, especially in the rural communities. The laws in schools are fundamentally retarded. A kid was suspended for giving a friend Advil. Another kid suspended for bringing in a paper gun. I could go on and on. A girl was expelled from college for trying to look gangsta in a L’Oreal mask. How many examples do you need? Look at all of the new “child safety laws” which force kids to leave in a bubble. And when they enter the Real World, they’re fucked, so they pick up the drugs. In cities it’s crack, in farmvilles it’s meth.

        Hillary didn’t win jack shit. She got a plurality of the popular vote. She didn’t win it, since winning implies getting the majority. How many Johnson votes would’ve gone to Trump if it was based on popular vote, in a safe state? Of course the biggest issue is the attack on the way of life, which is all too real. I encourage you to read this, in order to understand where they’re coming from: http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-trumps-rise-that-no-one-talks-about/

        “Nothing that happens outside the city matters!” they say at their cocktail parties, blissfully unaware of where their food is grown. Hey, remember when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans? Kind of weird that a big hurricane hundreds of miles across managed to snipe one specific city and avoid everything else. To watch the news (or the multiple movies and TV shows about it), you’d barely hear about how the storm utterly steamrolled rural Mississippi, killing 238 people and doing an astounding $125 billion in damage. But who cares about those people, right? What’s newsworthy about a bunch of toothless hillbillies crying over a flattened trailer? New Orleans is culturally important. It matters. To those ignored, suffering people, Donald Trump is a brick chucked through the window of the elites. “Are you assholes listening now?”

        On racism: “what I can say, from personal experience, is that the racism of my youth was always one step removed. I never saw a family member, friend, or classmate be mean to the actual black people we had in town. We worked with them, played video games with them, waved to them when they passed. What I did hear was several million comments about how if you ever ventured into the city, winding up in the “wrong neighborhood” meant you’d get dragged from your car, raped, and burned alive. Looking back, I think the idea was that the local minorities were fine … as long as they acted exactly like us.”

        “They’re getting the shit kicked out of them. I know, I was there. Step outside of the city, and the suicide rate among young people fucking doubles. The recession pounded rural communities, but all the recovery went to the cities. The rate of new businesses opening in rural areas has utterly collapsed.”

        ^ That, I’d say, is known as destroying their lives. Also this:

        “In a city, you can plausibly aspire to start a band, or become an actor, or get a medical degree. You can actually have dreams. In a small town, there may be no venues for performing arts aside from country music bars and churches. There may only be two doctors in town — aspiring to that job means waiting for one of them to retire or die. You open the classifieds and all of the job listings will be for fast food or convenience stores. The “downtown” is just the corpses of mom and pop stores left shattered in Walmart’s blast crater, the “suburbs” are trailer parks. There are parts of these towns that look post-apocalyptic.

        I’m telling you, the hopelessness eats you alive. And if you dare complain, some liberal elite will pull out their iPad and type up a rant about your racist white privilege. Already, someone has replied to this with a comment saying, “You should try living in a ghetto as a minority!” Exactly. To them, it seems like the plight of poor minorities is only used as a club to bat away white cries for help. Meanwhile, the rate of rural white suicides and overdoses skyrockets. Shit, at least politicians act like they care about the inner cities.”

        And the rural folk are called a “basket of deplorables” and other names. If you want to fight racism, a battle that is Noble and Honorable, you have to understand the nuances between racism and hopelessness. The wizard-wannabe idiots are a tiny fringe. The “deplorables” are a huge part of rural America. If you alienate them, you’re helping the idiots mentioned above.

        • Cortes says:

          On the suits vs small businesses, it’s the obverse of the RC cases.

          With the RC church, there’s a unified fund for pillaging (compare and contrast with the church of Billie Joe Bob n the Righteous Thinkers, members 17). Prospects of a rainy day fund from the Righteous Thinkers? You tell me.

          Any cases vs Walmart? Home Depot? Other major chains? Geddoutahere! Crushed in a nanosecond. All that remains is attacks on independent traders without major league legal teams. Prospects of winning vs the big guns? Against the little guys once you have triggered MSM interest? Great PR and fuck all else.

          • ucgsblog says:

            That’s the thing – you have a genuine defense fund that’s geared towards settling the case. It’s not that Walmart or Home Depot don’t get sued – it’s that they settle, and they give you roughly half of what you’d get if you go to Court. But if you do, they’ll drive up the costs so much so, that you’d wish you settled in the first place. A small business doesn’t have that luxury.

            It’s similar with Churches. If you sue Televangelists, they have armies of lawyers ready to be deployed, and they’ll add spin doctors. So if you sue them over some bullshit, they will make your organizations so unpopular, that you wished it didn’t exist. If you sue them over a real cause, they’ll settle. See above.

            However, small Churches don’t have that luxury, and are likely to back away under the threat of lawsuit. Thankfully now America’s Christians are coming together to produce massive boycotts of those who fund the bullshit lawsuits. So it’s slowly changing for the better.

            Actually, on that note, I should mention that someone from Chick Fil A’s top tier executives, maybe even the CEO, donated to some cause that some liberals did not like. So they called for a boycott of Chick Fil A on Day X. Chick Fil A never did more business in their History, than they did on Day X. Some liberals were stunned. That should’ve been a wake up call, but they love their slumber.

        • yalensis says:

          I don’t condemn the “deplorables”. And there is definitely a lot of stupid shit going on out there, nobody can deny that. The American kreakles for sure turned everybody against them with their nonsensical antics.

          It’s just that movements like the tea-baggers and so on, while tapping into “deplorables rage”, are also basically fascist movements which, in the end, serve the interests of big business. Just like the kreakles do!

          Both sides are deluded pawns.

  29. et Al says:

    Independent: Government rejects MPs’ call to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia over alleged war crimes

    Dr Liam Fox, Boris Johnson, Sir Michael Fallon, and Priti Patel issued a joint rejection

    The Government has rejected calls by two parliamentary committees for it to stop the sale of British bombs to Saudi Arabia’s armed forces in Yemen.

    Saudi forces have been widely accused of committing war crimes during the campaign in the country, where reports on the ground suggest they have blown up international hospitals, funerals, schools, and weddings.

    Despite the reported incidents and the worsening humanitarian situation in the country since the bombardment began, the UK has signed off £3.3 billion in arms sales to the country since the start of the offensive….

    What’s not to like about supping from the Wahabbi cup?

  30. kirill says:


    Another BS ranking for the NATzO MSM to use as “proof” of their narratives.


    Can you reach Facebook and Twitter from inside Russia? Are any youtube videos censored in Russia?

    Remember the Home Depot website that ME could not reach? Freescum Louse is using IP bans of Russian address from within NATzO to claim that Russia is censoring access to these sites.

    • Northern Star says:

      For those who may not know about the House of Freedom:
      “For example, Freedom House described the Rhodesian general election of 1979 as “fair”, but described the Southern Rhodesian 1980 elections as “dubious”,[64] and
      *** it found El Salvador’s 1982 election to be “admirable”.***
      The Death Squads were given time to vote..More on El Salvador:
      “Freedom House is supposedly an NGO (non-governmental organization). Actually, it is NOT AN NGO, because its funding comes from the U.S. government and it acts as an adviser and stooge for the U.S. government and empire. It’s very easy for Freedom House to condemn this or that dictator or to sound alarms against genocides or to promote itself with objectives such as “bolstering civil society; worked to support women’s rights; sought justice for victims of torture; defended journalists and free expression advocates; and assisted those struggling to promote human rights in challenging political environments.”
      Anyone can set themselves up as morally righteous on any number of causes, but where did Freedom House stand on the U.S. attack on Iraq? How can Freedom House defend itself against the charge that it is a cover organization for promoting revolutions in countries where the U.S. government decides it wants to see revolutions?”

      • Patient Observer says:

        I had a general knowledge of the above but the details are very helpful. Besides, any NGO with the pretentious name of “Freedom House” has a high probability of being as fake as a television evangelist.

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      “Can you reach Facebook and Twitter from inside Russia? Are any youtube videos censored in Russia?”

      Yup! Although, I’m not registered in any of the social networks – neither foreing nor Russian. And these… “good people”… are telling me that the Net Freedom in Russia is the same as in post-failed-putsch Turkey?


      Okay, who still thinks that these bunch of ass-clowns are worthy of any attention/money?

  31. Cortes says:

    If it’s true that VVP and DJT share certain values then perhaps a shudder of trepidation is being experienced on Wall Street and other parts:


    • marknesop says:

      What prevents politics from being truly exciting – to say nothing of inspirational – are its dreary sameness the world over, and its propensity for attracting those who want to be wealthy without working or displaying any talent which might justify wealth.

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      Oh, fucking, yeeeeaaaahhhhh!

      Plox, made my year – grab Siluanov and Nabiulina as well! I know, that asking for Chubais is too much – basterd sold his nonexistent soul to the Dark Powers for protection from any harm.

      • Lyttenburgh says:

        Proofpic that despite serving the Regime Ulyukayev was handshakable:

      • Moscow Exile says:

        And Serdykov together with his floozy Vasileeva as well!

        Thieving bastards!

        • Moscow Exile says:

          Although they can’t arrest her again, I think, because she has already been tried and done a very short stretch in a remand prison (with special privileges, of course) after having been under “house arrest” for ages in her luxury Aladdin’s Cave of an apartment, situated in the most expensive area of real estate in central Moscow.

          A woman I work with swears blind that Yevgenia Nikolaevna is cousin to Medvedev’s wife.

          Evgenia Nikolaevna Vasileeva graduated in law from St. Petersburg university. She then immediately became head of a large construction enterprise. Then she became an adviser to the First Deputy Mayor of Moscow, Vladimir Resin. In 2009 she was appointed as adviser to the deputy administrator of the Russian presidential administration, Alexander Beglov. Then she moved into the MoD, at “Oboronservis”, the MoD real estate dept., where there were huge opportunities of making loadsa lolly!!!

          After the scandal at the MoD broke and she had been arrested, during a search of her luxury apartment there were found antiques, unique works of art, magnificent jewelry and more than three million rubles.

          Evgenia Nikolaevna had led a bohemian life, surrounding herself with luxury and was rolling in money. In an investigation made by the newspaper ƒ “Komsomolskaya Pravda” it was specified that during the search of her apartment there were found 51,000 jewels and 19 kgs of gold. The woman also owned several other apartments, including an elite 13-room apartment in the centre of Moscow.

          During the investigation, it was established that her salary was 5 million rubles! To this sum were monthly increases in the form of “awards” of 1.5-2 million rubles.

          She had an army of housemaids and, when under house arrest, she appealed to the court that she be allowed to cohabit with Serdyukov. He was only allowed to visit her.

          Everything came to an end in May 2015: Vasileeva was sentenced to 5 years in prison at a “standard regime” open prison ( a “colony’). But, having already been under house arrest for 2.5 years, it was expected that she would do little more than 2 years at pre-trial detention centre No. 6.

          Evgenia Nikolaevna Vasileeva was granted parole on 25 August 2015.

          She had been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment on May 5 of the same year.

          She is a lucky person, isn’t she!

          Fuck all happened to Serdykov, apart from the fact that he was slung out of the MoD. He soon found a nice job, though.

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      It’s getting better and better!

      Our dear and beloved Anders ASSlund compared Ulyukayev’s arrest to Nemtsov’s murder!


      • Lyttenburgh says:

        Well-well! Look who’s sad now!

        I think Mark Feygin should defend poor Ulyukayev [nods].

        • Moscow Exile says:

          He’s also accused of accepting bribes.

          Sounds criminal, you stupid berk!

        • marknesop says:

          Unbelievable. He is alleged to have been caught in the act of taking a substantial bribe in a sting operation. But it ‘sounds political’. I guess what that means is that when someone whose life is politics is arrested for anything, it’s political. Sure is nice to have the benefit of a university education, isn’t it?

          These things probably would happen a lot less often if Moscow would just run proposed arrests past the US State Department first, perhaps a panel of expert analysts like Mark Galeotti, Anders Aslund and Mike McFaul, to see if leaving the culprits undisturbed would be preferable to arresting them because their activities constituted much-needed liberal seasoning to the national political stew.

          • Jen says:

            If you bully an energy company to give you $2 million for writing a favourite report for it during a due diligence process for that company’s proposed 50% takeover of another energy company, I would say that sounds as much political as it is criminal.

            Mike McFaul will eventually come to see that Ulyukaev’s action is criminal as well, perhaps after a spell in the wilderness somewhere. Maybe six months in Alaska would be enough to clear his head.

        • yalensis says:

          Люли, люли, люленьки,
          Люли, люли, Люлюкаев.
          Где вы, где вы, гуленьки?
          Бай бай, Люлюкаев.

          [Traditional Russian lullaby]

      • Moscow Exile says:

        “Качественный поворот в российской политике сравнымый с убийством Бориса Немцова.”

        A qualitative turn in Russian politics comparable with the murder of Boris Nemtsov.

        What the fuck is he rambling on about?

  32. Jen says:

    News over at Fort Russ that Donetsk republican leader Alexander Zakharchenko has revealed the names of two Ukrainian officials involved in Motorola’s assassination:

    So the Kiev regime (specifically the SBU) had a hand in organising Motorola’s murder.

  33. Patient Observer says:

    It’s official, it is time to panic. The world has been pushed by Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump to the brink of peace.


    Loved the line!

    • marknesop says:

      Me, too. I think the author is doing a lot of extrapolating, though, with very little hard evidence to go on. I’m confident there is not going to be anything like the love feast described between Russia and the USA, and I devoutly hope Russia has learned not to trust America for at least a generation. America does not like to enter into relationships in which it is not the dominant partner, and it takes only an election for the leader you trusted to be gone and some cold-faced prick in their place who is probing for vulnerabilities quicker than you can say “How did that happen?”

      Intriguing hypothesis there, too, about Germany importing perhaps thousands of military-age Arab immigrants for possible later use as mercenaries. I’m afraid I doubt that, too, if only because it is unarguably against international law, so that only the USA feels free to ignore it.

      • Patient Observer says:

        Yes, I too try to temper my optimism. This time next year should be a good waypoint to determine the true direction of the US regarding Russia and the world.

  34. Moscow Exile says:

    Yulia Vladimirovna according to her submitted income statement

    So here they are: the results of Maidan!
    Anna Gopko. In 2014 she was complaining that it was difficult for her to rent an apartment in Kiev on a deputy’s salary. In 2016, it turns out that she has eight apartments.

    See: Гопко, Анна Николаевна
    Gopko, Anna Nikolaevna

    По собственному свидетельству: «я всегда зарабатывала больше 20 тысяч гривен в месяц — это была зарплата с учетом уплаты всех налогов». Согласно декларации Анны Гопко, в собственности её семьи находится 8 квартир.

    Мы не против евроинтеграции, но давайте не будем идеализировать Евросоюз. Там тоже есть бюрократия, коррупция (сент. 2014).

    У нас (на Украине), как на Востоке, так и на Западе — одни и те же проблемы: коррупция в ЖЭКах, городских больницах, детских садах, проблема милиции, которая бьёт, проблема суда, который требует взятки.

    According to her own testimony: “I have always earned more than 20 thousand hryvnia per month: these were wages subject to all taxes”. According to Anna Gopko’s declaration, her family’s property consists of 8 apartments.

    “We are not against European integration, but let’s not idealize the EU. There is also a bureaucracy, and corruption” (Sept. 2014).

    “We (in the Ukraine), both in the East and in the West, have the same problems: corruption in the housing department, municipal hospitals, kindergartens; a problem with a police force that beats up people; a problem with courts that demand bribes.

  35. Moscow Exile says:

    The arrest of Ulyukayev will cause tectonic shifts in the entire system of economic management

    The Minister of Russian Economic Development, Alexei Ulyukayev, has been detained by the Investigative Committee of Russia on suspicion of receiving a large bribe. In an interview with “Komsomolskaya Pravda”, Doctor of Economics Nikita Krichevsky has spoken about what this might mean for the country’s system of economic governance.

    “…This will cause tectonic shifts in the entire state management system of the economy and finance. In the course of “insights”, Ulyukayev will throw the spotlight on many details of the economic life of our country: the game with the ruble in the interests of Western speculators; control over the placement of “hot money”; the “killing off” of many banks; privatization transactions, manipulation of statistical facts in the interests of particular companies and much more”, said Krichevsky.

    In addition, the Doctor of Economic Sciences said that Ulyukayev’s temerity as regards the acceptance of a bribe can be explained by the mentality possessed by people like him, who have been trying to enrich themselves in high office and “earn money for old age”. Krichevsky also expressed confidence that the investigation has exhaustive documentary evidence of Ulyukayev’s guilt.

    Another academic commentator says in KP that this arrest is a powerful stop signal to “liberals”.

    Yet another says in a KP interview:

    — I believe this [arrest] is a consequence of Trump’s victory! The immunity and impunity of our liberals, who have had global “protection” in the shape of Obama-Clinton, has come to an end! Honestly, I didn’t expect that events would develop so quickly after the election in USA. As they say, “First to go!” I hope that following Ulyukayev other senior liberals will be shown the “exit”.

    — You have been a long-standing principled critic of the now former Minister, Ulyukayev. In “Komsomolskaya Pravda” you have spoken a lot about him.

    — I have known this gentleman since the end of 1992, He already had a certain reputation then amongst the liberals,

    — What kind of reputation?

    — To put it mildly, this person was associated with not quite the correct financial transactions, though the amounts were small.

    — And his appetite has grown to $2 million!

    — This is also a small amount for a person at ministerial level. But the liberal hen pecks grain by grain! I hope the investigation will reveal all these “seeds of grain”.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Officially charged.

      Reported 2 hours ago.

      Clearly innocent then.

      And the kreakl bloggers are already using the “arrested in the middle of the night, just as Cheka did” meme

      • Moscow Exile says:

        In the case of Rosneft-Ulyukayev, there are still too many questions. An objective investigation is imperative.


        He doesn’t think the Investigative Committee of Russia is objective enough?

        Who does he suggest undertake the investigation then — “objectively”?

        The FBI?

        • Moscow Exile says:

          I tell you who could do it “objectively!

          He’s good at it as well, you know, investigating corruption in high places — or so many of his pals say so.

          One of his pals is Kudrin, in fact.

          Know whom I mean?

          Why this bloke:

          “Heads will roll” Lyosha, of course!

      • saskydisc says:

        Well, clearly it is time that Russia adopt western democratic norms. None of this middle of the night arrest business. In a democracy, surprise arrests occur at 4 am (read the comments as well). Bloody regime…

  36. Patient Observer says:

    Russia air and missile strikes are back!


    Russian Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser has begun combat operations in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.

    “Today, we started a major operation to launch massive strikes on Daesh and al-Nusra Front targets in the Idlib and Homs provinces [in Syria],” Shoigu said at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with the ministry’s leadership and defense enterprises.



    Russian Admiral Grigorovich frigate targeted terrorists in Syria with Kalibr cruise missile strikes, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.

    The NGO faux whining about Aleppo will increase but in a few months they may lose their chief audience and facilitator.

    • Patient Observer says:

      Additional details on the Russian air and cruise missile strikes:


      At a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the top leadership of the Russian Armed Forces, Shoigu said the following:

      Today at 10:30 and 11:00 we launched a large-scale operation against the positions of Islamic State and Al-Nusra [terrorist groups] in the provinces of Idlib and Homs.

      The main targets of the strikes are warehouses with ammunition, [terrorist] gatherings and terrorist training centers, as well as plants for the production of various kinds of weapons of mass destruction.

      We are talking factories, not mere workshops, more specifically the plants for the production of all sorts of rather serious means of mass destruction. Clearly, this is a well-established industrial production, these are the targets for today’s strikes. And they will continue.

  37. Trump’s military aide threatens Russia and says that “Russia would back down in face of military force”:


    • Erika says:

      If Trump picks Giuliani is because he needs someone he can trust to clean up the State Department.

      • Jen says:

        My impression is that Donald Trump is planning or at least thinking of running the government as a business, choosing people as cabinet secretaries on the basis of past experience and on what they would bring to the position, as opposed to choosing cabinet secretaries because they have been loyal yes-people (as Hillary Clinton would have done)

        News that Trump might work 4 days a week as President, or at least work the same work week as Congress does, would suggest he plans on running a lean government. At present the prevailing attitude among Washington insiders and the corporate media is that Trump is not really that interested in being President and isn’t committed to the job 24/7. A counter-argument that could be put forward is that the Presidency doesn’t (and shouldn’t) define the office-holder’s life and the Clintons themselves are an example of what can happen if the Presidency consumes their lives: it can damage the individuals and in Hillary Clinton’s case, cut her off so much from ordinary people that it disqualifies her from becoming President herself. If it’s Trump’s intention to reform the political culture in Washington and make it more accountable to the public, and bring the Presidency closer to the public, then defining the maximum limits of the position on his time and sticking to them, perhaps through delegating roles and functions to his cabinet secretaries, is one path to reform.

    • Moscow Exile says:

      Like when Russia backed down when faced by the might of Saakashvili’s US trained warriors after Georgia had been egged on by the USA to poke the bear?

      And did the mighty US military come riding in 7th Cavalry style when Russia “invaded Georgia” whilst chasing the martial Georgians back towards Tbilisi?

    • Patient Observer says:

      Another quote from the referenced article:

      The [Giuliani] comments could put Mr Giuliani at odds with the president-elect, who has criticised Barack Obama for allowing relations with Russia to deteriorate and promised on the campaign trail to cut a “great deal” with the Kremlin.

      Mr Trump said he was looking forward to a “a strong and enduring relationship with Russia” after speaking to Vladimir Putin for the first time on Monday night.

      As Erika suggested, Giuliani’s main function could be to root out the corruption in the DOS; a herculean task for sure. The military types will prevail in any talk of confrontations.

  38. et Al says:

    It’s interesting to see Boris ‘Doris’ Johnson as a political operator. He is currently saying quite nice things about Trump “a liberal guy from New York” amongst other things, clearly preparing himself as Theresa ‘Arbeit Macht’ May’s successor and a credible UK partner for Trump.

  39. Patient Observer says:

    I thought the headline said that Bozo was named woman of the year but it was worse, much worse.


    Since there is surely a shortage of both women, and clickbait fodder, Bono has become the first man to be named “Woman of the Year.” The U2 singer, who is biologically male and identifies as such, accepted Glamour Magazine’s award at an all-star bash in Los Angeles.

    • Jen says:

      Best comment there was from Eagleson:
      “… Bono wouldn’t decline an award given to him by a zoo for being the animal of the year.”

      • yalensis says:

        This confirms my hunch that we are living in a parallel universe!
        Something was definitely ruptured in the space-time continuum….
        Please wake me up when Reality starts to make sense again!

    • Jen says:

      The elephant in that venue where Bono received Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award must surely have been Hillary Clinton.

    • Cortes says:

      He’s definitely been the cunt of the year for a long time so this is a logical development.

  40. ucgsblog says:

    He graduated at the bottom of his class, successfully got shot down in the Nam, and lobbied for Iraq, a war that cost thousands of American lives, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives, and trillions of dollars, and now he’s back to promote his favorite activity when he’s not involved it in: warfare. Johnny “Rotten Judgement” McCain: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/us/politics/donald-trump-transition.html?_r=0

    “Senator John McCain issued a blunt warning on Tuesday to President-elect Trump and his emerging foreign policy team: Don’t try another “reset” with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. During the campaign, Mr. Trump described Mr. Putin as a strong leader and suggested that the United States and Russia might join forces in fighting the Islamic State. Mr. Putin congratulated Mr. Trump on his election in a phone call on Monday and discussed working together to combat terrorism and resolve the crisis in Syria, according to the Kremlin’s account. That was too much for Mr. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who cautioned the incoming administration not to be taken in by “a former K.G.B. agent.” …”When America has been at its best, it’s when we’ve stood w/ those fighting tyranny- that’s where we must stand again” McCain tweeted… “The Obama administration’s last attempt at resetting relations with Russia culminated in Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and military intervention in the Middle East,” Mr. McCain, the newly re-elected Arizona Republican, said in a statement.”

    Got it everyone? Obama’s reset in 2008 caused Ukraine in 2014. Because as we all know, nothing really happened between 2008 and 2014. There was coup in Ukraine, no Arab Spring, nothing.

    “At the very least, the price of another ‘reset’ would be complicity in Putin and Assad’s butchery of the Syrian people,” he added. “This is an unacceptable price for a great nation. When America has been at its greatest, it is when we have stood on the side of those fighting tyranny. That is where we must stand again.”

    So remember, if Iraqis die by the hundreds of thousands – Birthpangs of Democracy. By pure coincidence, the top three donors to McCain’s Campaigns:

    Defense Electronics
    For-profit Education
    Misc Defense


  41. Patient Observer says:

    In case no one has seen this Trump ad:

    Its probably one of the finest political speeches from a major US politician.

  42. yalensis says:

    Apparently Steve Bannon made his personal fortune coat-tailing on talented Jews, including Jerry Seinfeld (from whose TV show Bannon continues to receive royalties) and Goldman-Sachs Wall Street bankers.
    All the while this Deplorable Goy apparently nursing a Uriah Heep type grudge against his Jewish betters:

    In sworn affidavits, Bannon’s ex-wife Mary Louise Piccard, who claimed he choked her, said he refused to send his twin daughters to an elite Los Angeles private school because too many “whiny brat” Jewish students were enrolled there. Bannon has denied this. The late Andrew Breitbart, the site’s namesake, reportedly called Bannon the “Leni Riefenstahl of the Tea Party movement,” referring to the German director and Nazi propagandist.

    Well, those who call Bannon a Leni Riefenstahl are probably overestimating his talent. Leni was a Nazi cunt, but at least she knew how to direct and edit a film.

  43. Patient Observer says:

    Here is a “joke’ from a soon-to-b-released David Letterman “humor” book:

    A local teacher was suspended for working that “joke” into homework assignment. I think termination should be next. BTW, an Iraqi (Muslim) women works in our engineering department and is regarded as the kindest, most helpful and effervescent person in the company. That is one reason for my contempt for that a-hole teacher.

    Oh, almost forget, Letterman is a jerk, slime ball and opportunistic predator. My top ten list for Letterman starts and ends with “Go Fuck Yourself”.

    • Patient Observer says:

      Hope that the image shows up this time:

    • Patient Observer says:

      The list is entitled “Top Ten Talents of the Contestants in the Miss Iraq Pageant”

      The list revolves around terrorism, stupidity, Islam and hate. Gee, I wonder why Letterman did not pick on, say, Saudi Arabia? Wait, that would be politically incorrect.

      • yalensis says:

        Dear Patient Observer:
        The image didn’t show up, but I am pretty sure I know what you’re talking about.
        Absolutely, people like Letterman are cowardly swine. They amass their fortunes by making fun of those whom the political establishment deems are okay targets. Like Iraqi women, Russians, etc.
        I saw some similar shit on shows like Bill Maher. The only laughable thing about these guys is that they think they’re funny. They also think they’re “edgy”. They are about as edgy as a bowl of jello.

  44. Moscow Exile says:

    BBC hypocrisy knows no bounds!

    Russian Economy Minister Ulyukayev charged with $2m bribe

    The arrest was big news on Russia’s state-run TV channels.

    However, sources told the Novaya Gazeta website that Mr Ulyukayev himself did not take any money, contradicting earlier reports, and there was no video footage of his arrest. [Novaya Gazeta said that? Well what a surprise! — ME]

    The economy ministry described the arrest as “strange and surprising”.

    Show of state strength or payback? By Sarah Rainsford, BBC News, Moscow

    News of the minister’s arrest sparked a mixture of shock and bewilderment.

    A stream of commentators on state TV have been telling viewers that this means that no-one is untouchable, or above the law. Even ministers.

    So on one level, the FSB operation is a clear show of state strength. A message to senior officials and far beyond.

    But elsewhere there are doubts, and questions about the possible politics behind this.

    Alexei Ulyukayev is a well-known economic liberal, with a career dating back to the turbulent market reforms of the 1990s.

    He’s against increasing state-control of the economy and opposed the Bashneft privatisation deal which was led by a close and powerful ally of President Putin.

    So some suggest this could be a dramatic form of payback. More effective, than simply sacking him.

    Others see a symbolic blow to the liberal camp in government.

    [my stress]

    State TV! State TV! State TV!

    D’ya hear me? — State TV!!!!!!!

    Unlike the British Broadcasting Corporation, of course.

    • Lyttenburgh says:

      “The arrest was big news on Russia’s state-run TV channels.”

      Yesterday RBK economic channel (pro-liberast independnet one) could not shut up – they were talking only about this. Ekho Moscvy was histerical, as if it was not the crook arrested, but Lucavichev rabbi robbed and killed in his synagogue.

      “News of the minister’s arrest sparked a mixture of shock and bewilderment.”

      Mainly a good cheer and hope that other liberal ministers will soon follow in his steps.

      “Alexei Ulyukayev is a well-known economic liberal, with a career dating back to the turbulent market reforms of the 1990s.”

      So… to become a “liberal victim of the Regime” instead of “Regime’s lackey” you must steal lots of money and get caught?A-okey!

      It’s also charming when the article uses the tired cliche “some think” or “some people consider this” as a way of legitimizing their own speculations.

    • Lyttenburgh says:


    • Moscow Exile says:

      The arrest was big news on Russia’s state-run TV channels” — BBC.

      Or so the BBC Moscow correspondent must have told them in London, making no mention of other news sources, as all in Russia are “state-run”, of course.

      And that’s where all those dumb Russkies get all their news, namely through “state-run TV”, just as previously their only source of news in the USSR was “Pravda”.

      Everyone in the West knows that!

      Certain folk there, such as Senator McCain, even think that is still the case now.

      Of course, the BBC Moscow correspondent knows nothing of the Liberal wailing and gnashing of the teeth in the likes of such news media such as RBK and Ekho Moskvy.

      But hang on a minute!

      Doesn’t the BBC mention Novaya Gazeta above?

      Is that rag “Kremlin controlled” like all the rest, or is it an exception to a hard and fast rule that the omnipotent Dark Lord controls everything in Russia, sort of like this:

      • Moscow Exile says:

        Surprisingly “consistent” audience: first screaming that the bloody anti-people regime is mired in corruption and does not send the “untouchable” ministers to gaol. But when they grab hold of a minister by his arse, they howl about “the year 1937” and “repression”.

        See: Плач ярославен*

        * refers to the journalists’ hysterics over the closure of a Russian school in Tel Aviv.

        See: О чем плач наших Ярославен?

        • Lyttenburgh says:

          “* refers to the journalists’ hysterics over the closure of a Russian school in Tel Aviv.”

          It’s actually more deeper and refers to the “cry of Yaroslavna” part of the epic poem “The Word of Igor’s host”. Igor is captured by the Cumans, his host is vanquished, and he is presumed dead by anyone. His wife, Yaroslavna, than has a teary monologue wondering aloud about her hubby’s fate and asking various elements of nature (tsk – how pagan of her! 😉 ) to find whether he lives or no.

          Kids in school still study “The Word of Igor’s Host” and, sometimes (I don’t know about now – ask your children) are made to learn the “Cry pf Yaroslavna” by heart. Thus, due to severa enerations of Soviet/Russian schoolchildren exposed to it, the expression became a “winged phrase”.


          Liked Micky McFail’s face on this picture:

          • yalensis says:

            Obligatory musical interlude: Yaroslavna’s Weeping Aria:

          • yalensis says:

            P.S. – to add to Lyt’s educatory comment:
            The image of Yaroslavna standing on the wall of the town of Putivl and appealing to the elements to bring her word of missing hubby — that image is stamped into the soul of every Russian.

            Meanwhile, unbeknownst to her, hub is having the time of his life in the Cuman camp – surrounded by singers, dancers, and gorgeous slave girls!

            P.P.S. – here are the verses from the Old Russian, containing “Yaroslavna’s Plaint” , as the she appeals to the Wind, the Dnipr River, and to the Sun itself:

            Ярославна рано плачетъ въ Путивлѣ на забралѣ, аркучи:
            «О, вѣтрѣ вѣтрило! Чему, господине, насильно вѣеши?
            Чему мычеши хиновьскыя стрѣлкы на своею нетрудною крилцю на моея лады вои?
            Мало ли ти бяшетъ горѣ подъ облакы вѣяти, лелѣючи корабли на синѣ морѣ?
            Чему, господине, мое веселіе по ковылію развѣя?».

            Ярославна рано плачеть Путивлю городу на заборолѣ, аркучи:
            «О, Днепре Словутицю! Ты пробилъ еси каменныя горы сквозѣ землю Половецкую.
            Ты лелѣялъ еси на себѣ Святославли носады до плъку Кобякова.
            Възлелѣй, господине, мою ладу къ мнѣ, а быхъ не слала къ нему слезъ на море рано».

            Ярославна рано плачетъ въ Путивлѣ на забралѣ, аркучи:
            «Свѣтлое и тресвѣтлое слънце! Всѣмъ тепло и красно еси!
            Чему, господине, простре горячюю свою лучю на ладѣ вои? Въ полѣ безводнѣ жаждею имь лучи съпряже, тугою имъ тули затче».

          • Moscow Exile says:

            Got you!

            What are our Yaroslavnas crying about (this time)?

            When I searched for the explanation of the expression, I found “Yaroslavnas” wailing about a Tel Aviv school closure, but this time these “Yaroslavnas” are wailing big time because this time these “Yaroslavnas” are big-time Russian liberal losers who just love to wail!

            • yalensis says:

              Yeah, any time somebody whines about anything, you can call it a “Плач Ярославны” and be considered a true wit.
              Here, by the way is a beautiful modern rendering of Yaroslavna’s plaint.

              And here, as a bonus treat, is Yaroslavna’s longer plaint from a bit later in the opera. The melody which starts around 1:50 minutes in, is one of the most haunting and beautiful melodies ever created, IMHO.

              This melody is reprised prominently in the famous Overture to the work as a whole and is probably familiar to many people.

              • Northern Star says:

                Yalensis …Have you done an Avalanche thread on this genre of music?? :


                Sorry….I lost track of your blog….

                • yalensis says:

                  Well, I write occasional opera reviews on my blog, when I get a chance to see a new show at the Met.
                  I would have loved to do a review of Prince Igor, one of my personal faves.
                  Unfortunately, when the Met put this on a couple of seasons ago, it turned out to be a stupid kreakl production. The “genius” Russian director set these 12th century events during WWI and yet it was also a parable of the Yeltsin era. Trying to make some political point about the breakdown of society and a’that. Grotesquerie ensued.
                  The singers were great, but the staging and direction was horrendous. The kreakl director even managed to ruin the one show-stopping song and dance number which everybody in the audience looks forward to with great anticipation, namely the Polovtsian Dances!

                  Some people will go and sit through the whole opera just for that one musical number, and they ruined it for those people! The directors put the corps dancers in a poppy field so you could only see their heads and upper torsos. You couldn’t see their feet dancing. Most of the time you couldn’t even see them at all, except every now and then a dancer would pop into the air like a gopher, and then disappear again.

            • yalensis says:

              More bonus treats!
              While Yaroslavna is crying her eyes out on the walls of Putivl, her no-goodnik brother, Prince Galitsky is carousing with his posse and plotting to take over Igor’s throne:

            • yalensis says:

              Meanwhile, in the Cuman camp, a captive Prince Igor is serenaded by the emotionally needy Khan.
              Khan brags about his ruthlessness, and yet appeals to Igor to form a military alliance.
              Igor is under-impressed with the Khan’s protestations of friendship.
              Note the last part of the aria that starts around 1:52 minutes: “Uzhas seyal….” (“I sowed terror…”)
              This is the true test of a bass singer, if he can get down to the lowest notes on the words “moi bulat” (“my trusty steel”).
              It is said that even Chaliapin was not able to reach that lowest note on the word “bulat”, and they had to move it up one or two notes for him.

  45. et Al says:

    Harpers Magazine via Antiwar.com: The New Red Scare

    Reviving the art of threat inflation

    By Andrew Cockburn

    “Welcome to the world of strategic analysis,” Ivan Selin used to tell his team during the Sixties, “where we program weapons that don’t work to meet threats that don’t exist.” Selin, who would spend the following decades as a powerful behind-the-scenes player in the Washington mandarinate, was then the director of the Strategic Forces Division in the Pentagon’s Office of Systems Analysis. “I was a twenty-eight-year-old wiseass when I started saying that,” he told me, reminiscing about those days. “I thought the issues we were dealing with were so serious, they could use a little levity.”…

    While I do have some quibbles with the piece (RuAF pilots are getting much more than 90 hours a year flight time & equipment is overrated and unaffordable in any decent numbers), it is pretty solid.

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