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Saturday
Nov052016

No Joke: The United States Just Committed an Act of War Against Russia

I am not sure what Obama is thinking, but the US has committed an Act of War against the Russian Federation. Is he preparing for President Clinton's planned war? Is Obama trying to force a future President Trump into a war? When someone does something catastrophically dumb, it is hard to piece together the motivation. 

The US Government, in a planned leak to NBC, said that they have ALREADY accessed Russian military and domestic systems. 

U.S. military hackers have penetrated Russia's electric grid, telecommunications networks and the Kremlin's command systems, making them vulnerable to attack by secret American cyber weapons should the U.S. deem it necessary, according to a senior intelligence official and top-secret documents reviewed by NBC News.

I know when I said that a war was planned the response of many was "yeah, right."  The war has already started. Hopefully it won't escalate. 

Here is the official Russian response:

Question: How would you comment on the reports that US military hackers have penetrated Russia’s telecommunications networks and electric grid?

Maria Zakharova: Regarding the recent media reports that US military hackers have penetrated Russian’s telecommunications networks and electric grid, as well as “the Kremlin’s command systems”, we expect a response from the US authorities, including the White House and the Department of State with a legal assessment of the reports.

The absence of an official reaction from the US Administration will signify the existence of state cyberterrorism in the United States, and in case the threats related via the US media are executed, Moscow will have full authority to bring charges against Washington.

The US has sponsored terrorism directly and indirectly though Saudi Arabia for years. Now they have decided to cut out the middle man and become terrorists themselves. 

Here is Stefan Molyneux's explanation: 

Molyneux exagerates the Soros connection to the voting machine company. It is a Soros ally that owns it, and for whatever reason these machines are supposedly not being use in this election. 

Tuesday
Nov012016

Hillary Clinton: Dangerous as Hell

On our recent trip to Russia, as we ate at Top Burger, the manager heard me speak English to my wife. He asked my wife to ask me, "Why does America hate us?" I was somewhat taken aback, but my response was that the people did not, but the government was doing odd things. This seemed to satisfy him. 

You will not get through a Russian dinner without a toast. While this was totally random, our friends in Russia were even more concerned. At various dinners with them the consensus was that if Clinton is elected, it would mean war. These were mostly retired military men, which included two colonels, one in the paratroops and one in what used to called the NKVD, think border patrol, but with tanks. There was also a retired Brigadier General who fought in Chechnya. These are not weak men. I would not categorize them as afraid, but they were very concerned. 

I hope they are wrong, but as you will see from these clips, they are not alarmists. 

Clinton on a no-fly zone in Syria. 

Note that she will not shoot down the first or second, but will shoot down the third. 

Here is her debate statement. 

So she will negotiate with someone she just called a war criminal. She will talk to Putin, whom she has compared to Hitler. Is she really this dumb? I honestly don't know. 

In a private speech to, of course, Goldman Sacs, she said this:

"They’re getting more sophisticated thanks to Russian imports. To have a no-fly zone you have to take out all of the air defense, many of which are located in populated areas.  So our missiles, even if they are standoff missiles so we’re not putting our pilots at risk—you’re going to kill a lot of Syrians,” she said. “So all of a sudden this intervention that people talk about so glibly becomes an American and NATO involvement where you take a lot of civilians."

This speech is a little obsolete as the Russians now have two S-300 anti-aircraft systems in the area. These are extremely sophisticated. Since Russian advisors are embed in the Syrian army, an attack on Syria is also an attack on Russia. Russia has said that they will respond accordingly. 

Obama's Joint Chief of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., said this:

The "deer in the headlight" look of Sen. Wicker is priceless. Sen. McCain is as gruff as usual. Whenever I see his grim face, I think of McGruff, the crime dog. 

Note that a no-fly zone would require approval of the UN and the US Congress. UN approval is impossible, and Congressional approval is unlikely. If she is telling the truth about her plans, a huge assumption considering her history of lying, she won't bother to get approval. We live in a weird world where we hope a presidential candidate is lying. 

So we have a madwoman who might just be president next year. Not a mad woman you say? Have a look:

Note that she is laughing about the brutal death of Gaddafi, who was sodomized with a bayonet. She is also, in a bizarre parody of Julius Caesar, claiming responsibility for it. 

So we have a presidential candidate, who as I write is slightly ahead in the polls, who is corrupt, who accepts bribes disguised as speaking fees, who is reckless with our nation's security, who proposes to go to war with Russia, and who cackles like a mad woman over the brutal death of an enemy. 

Wonderful. 

Tuesday
Oct182016

It Just Ain't Right

When you visit a foreign country there are things that just aren't right. Often it is hard to put into words, it's just a feeling. "It just ain't right." Here in Russia it is the Snickers bars. You can get the normal candy you expect, but instead of peanuts, you can also get hazel nuts.  It just doesn't taste right. Objectively, I would say it's superior, but it seems weird. The price seems odd too, 75 cents for a double Snickers bar. I need to be careful that I don't eat too many.

I had to count twice before I would believe it, but here in Russia eggs are sold in packages of ten. "It just ain't right." Obviously, this does not matter in the least. Following the customs of the ancient Babylonians, who did not use a base ten numbering system, but divided everything into 12's, is not followed in Russia. But yet even though it does not matter, it jars the psyche.

Population density is quite different here. I am in a city of about 100,000. It is not designed with the auto in mind, even the more modern apartments. Most people do not have autos. They ride the bus. For 17 roubles, about 25 cents, you can ride to the center of town. Instead of the expected suburbs, we are living in, and surrounded by, 5-story apartment blocks. Why 5 stories? In Russian law, if an apartment has more than 5 stories you have to have an elevator. 

Yes, here in Russia we walk to the store, we have our own bags, and when we travel to visit my wife's friends, we will travel by train. "It just ain't right." Intellectually, this seems far superior, but it just doesn't feel right.

I remember seeing a couple in Walmart in Branson, Missouri. I immediately thought, they are Russians.  I listened closely, and sure enough they were. How did I know? I am not sure, but the woman's heels were higher, her makeup heavier, they were thinner, and they were dressed too nice. They did not feel right.

No, this blog post is not a travelog. I am writing about the election and Donald Trump. I thought that Trump was not electable. While the Trump sex tape hurt his election chances, this no longer seems to be true. He might actually be elected. I underestimated the banality and unattractiveness of Clinton. But a far more important factor is that things just do not seem right. I see it everywhere I go. I expect it here in Russia, but I don't expect it in my home country. I have an unease I can't put into words. I feel alienated from my own society. Others must feel it as well. How else can one explain the fact that a reality show TV star is this close to being elected president?

"It just ain't right."

 

Friday
Jun172016

New Cold War

As NATO troops, including Germans, mass on the Russian border, the question is asked why? Here is the answer. 

Sunday
Feb282016

Ukrainian Maiden Documentary

The documentary I posted last week was rather obvious in its viewpoint. This documentary was produced by the French Canal+ TV. The place I took the video from described the video this way:

Movie itself has been produced by high ranking agents of Kremlin inside of French Canal+ TV channel.

I found this rather humorous as the video was against the presence of Neo-Nazis in the Ukrainian government and the documentary only reported what was already well known. I do not think I would describe French television as a hotbed of pro-Russian activity. But yes, all documentaries are propaganda. As might be expected, this documentary was not well received by the Ukrainian government.

If you want to know who was the main driving force behind the Ukrainian revolution, watch this video.