Bleeding Russia White
Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine stands as one of the more ill-advised military moves in history – right up there with Varios leading 3 legions through the Teutoberg Forest and Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. Much of this is lensed in the harsh glow of looking at the situation after the fact. Russia, like China, has no friends or allies. The unprovoked attack on Ukraine gave everyone who hates Russia a chance to stick a finger in the Bear’s eye, especially because the Bear is so vulnerable and the Russian Army turned out to be very hollow. CDRSAL has a good article on the Czech armament program. The Poles are arming, Eastern Europeans are sending their Russian junk to Ukraine, and are arming with Western weapons that seem to work a lot better. The Russian export market shrank to 0. NATO is expanding with Finland and Sweden and Turkey is being what its name suggests.
Production lines on American and European weapons are shallow for a number of reasons. One of them is that without a genuine war requiring consumption, this military hardware becomes obsolete very quickly. An interesting exception is the JDAM where an iron bomb (snake eye) is fitted with an inexpensive guidance device making it a smart bomb. Ukraine is stressing this system. This Reuters article deals with it (h/t Claudio).
No matter what, the opportunity to reduce the Russian threat has an appeal. Putin explained to the world that the Russians ARE a threat. Not so much anymore in the conventional sense.
And there is China
China, smug in its situation in the world, is far less smug these days since its equipment mirrors that of Russia in many ways. Their navy is large but unblooded. Their army might be able to take Taiwan, but how would PR China deal with the aftermath of the invasion? Would the US become involved in the military defense of Taiwan? Likely. Would it go nuclear? Who knows?
China knows that they could likely get away with invading Eastern Russia (like a termite army) and stripping the place of resources. The Russians might use a few of their precious nukes on the Chinese but would it stop them? Chinese philosophy: Just a couple hundred million fewer Chinese mouths to feed. They wouldn’t need the big belt road project if they could gorge themselves on Siberia, much closer to home.
* Shortages – Why do these exist given ongoing needs?
* Leverage on Twitter – In a New York Times op-ed, the former head of trust and safety at Twitter, Yoel Roth, wrote Twitter under Musk’s leadership is at risk of being removed from Apple and Google’s app stores if they fail to follow guidelines:
“Failure to adhere to Apple’s and Google’s guidelines would be catastrophic, risking Twitter’s expulsion from their app stores and making it more difficult for billions of potential users to get Twitter’s services. This gives Apple and Google enormous power to shape the decisions Twitter makes,” Roth said. He explained, “as I departed the company, the calls from the app review teams had already begun.”
* BRM Explores Moral Collapse – In Canada, doctors can kill children without advising parents. The sanctity of life or lack thereof poses a number of questions. If the child’s life has no value, what of the doctor’s life that killed the child?
* The WHO Renamed Monkeypox to ‘Mpox’ because the term “monkey” refers to African males and Africa. Eminent democrat politician Robert (Beto) O’Rorke is neither a negro nor an African and he contracted Monkeypox. So how is that racist beyond Beto being a fake Mexican? True, it’s a disease that has affected chiefly African men who have sex with other men. But it doesn’t mean that somebody like Beto couldn’t contract the disease that originally came from African men having anal intercourse with monkeys. I think that the name Monkeypox should stand.
* History — In answer to a question — DRJIM, Woodsterman, and Old NFO will recall – our old blogging friend, Opus #6 (holding the AT-4, right). It was she who first suggested that I start a blog. At first, I didn’t really want to and had no particular interest in social media. Of course, that is ancient history now. I met Opus #6 through a (now late) friend at Mensa back when I spoke at Mensa conventions.
* I’m a little offended that the Democrats couldn’t come up with a laundering scheme that is more sophisticated than:
-US Foreign Aid goes to Ukraine.
-Ukraine invests in $FTX.
-$FTX donates back to the Democrat Party.
Come on, Jack. Use a little creativity when you’re constructing a laundering scheme that doesn’t rely on the same sleazy little queer bun-boy males that you use to bundle votes and as bag men for campaign cash.
* “Consumers can already find foods like salted ants on Amazon and cricket powder protein bars in grocery stores.” The Washington Post advised Americans Sunday that instead of a traditional season dinner, which now is unaffordable for a quarter of families, they should instead look to eating bugs.
* Michelle (Mitch) Obama has been on the rubber chicken circuit complaining that racism, sexism (and possibly transphobia) could stand in the way of succeeding Old Pedo Joe as President. Anger management has become a big part of its life.
“There ain’t no busses running from the bank to Mandalay…”
For those of you sailors and marines who spent time in Southeast Asia or visited Olongapo outside Subic, at some point in time you observed a small, pretty, Asian woman performing sex acts with her vagina that had to be seen to be believed. One of those acts entailed the woman inserting a whole banana (unpeeled) into her pussy and then pushing it out sliced.
The drink had been Bintang Beer, an Indonesian beverage made from filthy fermented socks. When I started the crawl it had been dry but the air was heavy and fresh. A storm would hit soon. When it began to rain, I ducked into the first shelter I came across, a back alley movie theater playing the War Wagon in Thai with Vietnamese subtitles.
After the film, I sheltered from the sheeting rain outside. The vibe was Blade Runner with sparking electricity from power poles and lines with steam coming off them. A noodle cart shaped like a sampan did a brisk business. The rain didn’t keep people inside. They leaned together under umbrellas, ran along sidewalks, and I watched the action. A couple disappeared into an underground nightclub with the music blaring. Shore Patrol in a jeep roared past with a whip antenna swinging.
The streetwalkers ran in small packs. They were all well below my pay grade. They were all battalion Beckys – familiar with the goings on at Subic Bay. Hot dogs down a hallway.
It’s just an impression – and may end up as the beginning of a story. There I was.
Of course, it’s not there anymore. None of it. Bulldozed and paved over. There ain’t no busses running from the bank to Mandalay… (Kipling)