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28 February 2022

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Don Bessee

Yup creepy grampa joe is bought and paid for -

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2022/03/03/ron-johnson-president-biden-is-dramatically-seriously-compromised/

;-)

Don Bessee

Now piracy, vlads crew will see generally bad outcomes in the long run. Just imagine trying to hold Ukraine, thats going to take 3 time the troops vlad has there. Conscripts are not down with this bullshit.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/two-cargo-ships-hit-by-explosives-off-ukraine-following-reports-of-russia-using-vessels-as-a-human-shield/ar-AAUz5Ew?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

;-)

scenes

I think I had a comment go into the memoryhole. No biggie as anything I type has minimal value.

Here's the links from that.

https://www.osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/analyses/2022-03-02/russias-war-against-ukraine-day-6

https://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/ukraine-conflict-update-14

https://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/russian-offensive-campaign-assessment-march-3

scenes

George, could you check your spam folder?

Dunno what is happening there, maybe it's the links. The cynic in me sez that it's just part of the full-court press by MSM on Ukraine, there's scads of censorship going on right now. More likely it's just an oddly written spam rule.

scenes

re: moi@7:30AM

I'll try yet another link and see what happens.

http://www.dupuyinstitute.org/blog/2022/03/04/the-russo-ukrainian-war-2022-day-9-ground-actions/

Bill Tozer

The Adulation of a Murderous Thug: well, shoot howdy. Being a Putin Cuddler-Little Rockerman Lubber- Saudi Crown Prince (the artist formerly known as MBS) boot licker comes with the territory, duh. Like Storms Troopers and White Nationalists and Racists and Fascists, it all comes with broad brush. I did notice we have been called every day in the book except Marxists, Socialists, and Commie Bastards. Odd.

Since Biden is a….er….Since Putin is a murderous thug, then why is Biden calling for him to help with the new and better Iranian Nuke Deal? Hey, Vlad, can you help a brother out over here with the Mullah Mullahs?

‘Amid Ukraine crisis, Biden partnering with Russia to revive Iran deal, thwart US opponents: experts’

https://justthenews.com/government/security/amid-ukraine-crisis-biden-partnering-russia-revive-iran-nuclear-deal
———————-
Biden’s Dangerous Iran Deal

As the world is focused on Ukraine, President Biden is on the cusp of another catastrophic foreign-policy failure — this one, in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. It would be bad enough had Biden simply revived the disastrous Obama-era deal. But his negotiators are somehow managing to make it substantially worse.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/03/bidens-dangerous-iran-deal/

Biden licked the sandals of those who toss gays off rooftops. Old Joe showers adulations on murderous thugs. Xi is well pleased with Joe buttering him up as well.


scenes

Good video.

https://twitter.com/redmanjustine/status/1499180156325445640

scenes

a not-bad series of twitter threads.

https://threadreaderapp.com/user/kamilkazani

It's nice how the internet has torn down a lot of the moats for opinion piece writers.

(can you tear down a moat? probably the wrong direction.)

fish

Posted by: scenes | 04 March 2022 at 09:22 AM

Always enjoy the post Soviet looting stories.......may they serve as a valuable guide to how to survive and prosper when it happens here.

scenes

"Always enjoy the post Soviet looting stories"

Dmitry Orlov has made something of a cottage industry out of books relating to the Soviet collapse and how to apply those lessons.

So..I looked him up to see what he has to say lately.

He gives a pro-Russian case here, worth a listen. At least while youtube still allows it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_PAubHe48I

Bill Tozer

What Buck's take on Urkaine so far.

https://fb.watch/bxrhqM902z/

scenes

This is interesting.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/04/microsoft-stops-new-sales-in-russia-amid-ukraine-invasion

Given how much software is essentially subscription based or phoning home for updates/patches, why would any sane country depend on foreign commercial software for anything important?

To me, one of the great surprises of the modern era is the tendency for large companies (or their employees) to run both a domestic and foreign political policy. You can see why countries used to be interested in nation-based steel or airlines.

scenes

Computers. Part два.

"As the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to escalate, the Russian government on Thursday released a massive list containing 17,576 IP addresses and 166 domains that it said are behind a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks aimed at its domestic infrastructure.

Some of the noticeable domains in the listing released by Russia's National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents (NCCCI) included the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and websites of several media publications such as the USA Today, 24News.ge, megatv.ge, and Ukraine's Korrespondent magazine."

https://thehackernews.com/2022/03/russia-releases-list-of-ips-domains.html

CIA/FBI? True? If so, is that an act of war? No doubt Microsoft is viewed as an arm of the US government by the Russians.

I would suggest double-ordering coffee this week.

Barry Pruett

My Russian friends at this moment are scrambling to make connections with people in the West as fast as they can through any forms of communication as possible, as they fear Putin is shutting them out from the world again

Don Bessee

No surprise here -

https://currently.att.yahoo.com/news/poland-arrests-spanish-national-suspected-091038892.html

;-)

Barry Pruett

Getting crazy in Ukraine. NATO folks talking about a no fly zone in Ukraine. Seems like a huge escalation. Didn’t watch the SOTU. Did Biden even try to explain why Ukraine is in our national interests?

Don Bessee

We know the teaching profession if rife with hard lefties but this one is way too much! And it was ok to work for vlad before? -

Virginia teacher suspended after reportedly making pro-Russia comments amid war with Ukraine

teacher writes for Russian state newspaper Pravda

https://www.foxnews.com/us/virginia-teacher-suspended-russia-comments

;-)

Don Bessee

This is a joke right!?! Talk about undermining confidence! -

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/03/04/white-house-sending-kamala-harris-to-europe-to-reassure-nato-allies/

;-)

Don Bessee

So it looks like team creepy grampa joe is happy to make vlad rich and now caving to those mutha mullahs so they pump oil and get rich too funding the hydra of terror. Even Elon Musk knows it wrong and is willing to take a hit to his biz to spare Americans pain and stop paying jillions to evil. Now creepy grampa joe is back to the basement -

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/elon-musk-calls-for-u-s-increase-in-oil-gas-production-to-combat-russia-despite-negative-effect-on-tesla

;-)

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BarryP: "NATO folks talking about a no fly zone in Ukraine."

I posted up a few of those.

Hey, when MicrosoftNSAFacebookCIATwitterGoogle wants you to go to war, by golly you go to war.

This did crack me up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo3qmYWSNbc

Oh well, like James Kunstler sez:

"The reader may ask: why does this blog appear to take Russia’s side in the current conflict against the US and our supposed allies? Answer: Why would you trust a government (ours) and its captive news media after years of their blatant lying and tyrannical over-reach? These parties appear to be at war against their own people, that is, against us — certainly more than Russia is. Especially in the historic moment when all our mendacious “narratives” are being exposed as false? Russian Collusion? Indictments underway and more to follow. Covid-19? A mega-crime of mass homicide spawned by a matrix of pharmaceutical racketeers, corrupt government officials, and accomplice news organizations. Stolen elections? Don’t, for Gawd’s sake, even try looking at the slime trail of evidence. I won’t bother listing the many transgressions of Wokery against our culture and history. And all of a sudden, it appears a lot of American citizens have had enough of being fucked around. I’m with them."

https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/no-more-russian-dressing-for-you/

Bill Tozer

Just because…..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZFqO4oHt3o

Bill Tozer

‘For The Love Of God, Send A Serious Person’: Meghan McCain Begs Biden Admin Not To Send Kamala Harris To Rally Allies On Ukraine’

“I believe the actual office of the Vice Presidency is serious and should be respected,” she explained, adding, “I believe given the gravity of what is going on in Ukraine, a more capable diplomat should be sent to negotiate. She can barely get through an interview with Charlamagne — I stand by my words.”

“Also a lot of you pearl clutching in the media about my criticism of Vice President Harris have enjoyed slandering my Senator @kyrstensinema in a completely unprofessional, disgusting and vile fashion — so spare me the pearl clutching about the decorum of criticizing politicians,” she continued.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/for-the-love-of-god-send-a-serious-person-meghan-mccain-begs-biden-admin-not-to-send-kamala-harris-to-handle-ukraine

https://i1.wp.com/www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2022/03/IMG_2923.png?

scenes

It's generally a good article, but I found this notion interesting:

"But that seems to tell only part of the story. Arguably, the lethal weapon in Russia’s arsenal of responses has been identified by the head of the Center for Economic Research of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements (IGSO), Vasily Koltashov: the key is to confiscate technology – as in Russia ceasing to recognize US rights to patents.

In what he qualifies as “liberating American intellectual property,” Koltashov calls for passing a Russian law on “friendly and unfriendly states. If a country turns out to be on the unfriendly list, then we can start copying its technologies in pharmaceuticals, industry, manufacturing, electronics, medicine. It can be anything – from simple details to chemical compositions.” This would require amendments to the Russian constitution."

"Follow the money: how Russia will bypass western economic warfare"
https://thecradle.co/Article/columns/7385

Bill Tozer

Scenes @ 9:04 am

However this all plays out, Russia will still be back in the UN and showing up to the G-7 meetings, and part of any geo-political discussions within a couple of years.
While diminished since the breakup of the former USSR, Russia is still a major player on the world scene. Just the land mass covering 7 time zones, a major nuclear power, the vast oil and gas reserves…..with all the condemnation of Putin, it does not change a thing. I predict the world wide voice to give Putin a time-out and sent to bed with out his supper will be just a relatively temporary thang.

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BillT@9:47AM

I mostly come up with a conclusion and a question.

Conclusion: The merger of corporate, government, and media/communications interests in the West is now complete. Their near-instantaneous pivot on this matter shows a solidarity that you didn't see during Iraq, Balkans, Afghanistan, to some extent even WWII. The internet accelerates the purposeful forming of public opinion. There's no telling what it will be next.

Question: Will everything go back to George's US hegemony once the Russians settle down? or will this look like the beginning of a solid break into a multi-polar world in terms of all the substrates, financial, communications, semiconductors/computers, monetary policy, manufacturing, commodities? Too early to tell, but a big deal. The US might have to learn how to make shoes again.

Microsoft is now a canonical example. Any country who is not a US client state is utterly foolish to integrate their products into your own country's systems.

My own guess is that the more thoroughly the US is embedded into your business, the uglier it is to escape. It's like building a dyke higher and higher against an inevitable flood, when it does happen, it'll be a doozy.

Bill Tozer

“…. it’ll be a dozy.” ‘Whoa Nelly, the dam is busting’. You could hear the parts falling in place this week at a exponentially rate.

Well, as you said, it sure makes geography a lot simpler. Now is the time to look away from the Urkranian-Russian noise and see what others pieces and giving off that clicking sounds are other pieces fall into place.

As far as the topic goes, I thought the Ukraine being fast tracked to joining the EU was a big story. An attack on Ukraine is an attack on the European Union.

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just a side thought.

I was thinking about all the Ukraine flag virtue signalling going on right now on various social media, which got me to thinking really how far back graphic-design-on-banners really goes and how people (well, men) will die for the things.

There must be something in primate brains that this hits at a really base level. It seems even stronger than the MONKEY SHINEY! attraction to gold or polished hand tools. Is there a DNA attraction to flags?

George Rebane

scenes 123pm - That's an interesting question. As a young man drawn to the military, I was definitely in some semblance of awe to flag totems and what they represented. For me that response was stimulated by both Old Glory and the Estonian tri-color (blue-black-white). I carried, marched under, and saluted Old Glory countless times. And as a teen-ager attending Estonian national celebrations where the Estonian flag was also displayed, sometimes along with the other Baltic flags, I felt a special pride when I was chosen to carry the Estonian flag in the honor guard. Talking about it with my peers, both in the military and national-ethnic celebrations, stated they felt the same. Maybe we males have some evolved ur-affinity for vertical totems that symbolize our tribe, declare our membership, and display it to all the gathered.

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George@2:14PM

A vexillum is a pretty obvious example, although the ones you see are fancy schmancy modern notions of what they looked like. Also, for some reason, Roman reenactors seem to really like the Praetorian Guard get-up. I guess it's like how movie Nazis wear Hugo Boss black uniforms.

I'm thinking further back than the Romans. No doubt there was standardized livery or banners associated with parts of the Egyptian or Assyrian army, but for the life of me I don't know what it would be.

Something about good graphic design gets men to ramp up in-group loyalty and personal bravery. an odd thing. I'm thinking that there's some sort of physical thing in the brain that's being tapped, in the way that slot machines are addictive.

Bill Tozer

Scenes: The flag. When the flag is captured……it’s in our DNA.

Wikipedia does not due the story justice. Not at all. Cortes was down to five hundred hungry and exhausted men, facing thousands upon thousands of the enemy gathered to annihilate the Spanish Conquistadors on the Otumba Plain.

Long story short. With things looking bleak, Cortez ordered his horsemen to attack the commanders and their leader to capture the flag. Once the flag fell, the Aztecs lost the will to fight, we’re routed, and Cortex lived to fight another day

“Spanish success was also thanks to Cortés' strategy; he had instructed his troops to strike primarily at the captains and leaders of their opponent. Cortés himself recognized the Aztec leader Matlatzincatl for his rich armor, headdress, and flag. He correctly assumed that defeating their leader and capturing their flag would result in the defeat of the Aztecs.” It was one of the most underdog victories against an overwhelming force in military history. The flag.

Don Bessee

While some people are really resisting enriching vlad the creepy grampa joe and the socialist greens are happy to pay vlad and the terror hydra mutha mullahs. Then doing everything to end good paying energy jobs and stealing grandmas pin money -

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/dockers-at-merseyside-refinery-refuse-to-unload-russian-oil/ar-AAUCsXj?ocid=msedgntp

That was nice to hear, but the real test is not words, but deeds. And as for deeds, it seems that the Biden administration is operating on a kind of green autopilot, still acting as though the Russian invasion hasn’t happened—and so it’s not doing much. Overall, the Biden plan is still think green, with little true regard for the changed world situation.

To illustrate, just two days after Biden’s speech, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen hosted a “best practices roundtable” to talk about . . . climate change. Yellen’s speech showed zero acknowledgement that Russia had attacked Ukraine on February 24. Instead, at that March 3 event, she prattled along: “Our entire Department—and our entire Administration—know how vital your partnership is in the fight against climate change.”

Recalling last year’s global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland (you know, the confab to which all the big shots and eco-glitterati took their personal jets, as they always have and always will), Yellen added:

Last fall I had the chance to travel to COP26 in Glasgow, where I saw firsthand the global community’s resolve to tackle climate change; and, of course, climate change is a big, global problem that requires big, global solutions. We need multilateral agreements like the Paris Agreement. We need international fora like COP.

During her speech, this top-tier cabinet official made no mention of “Russia,” “Ukraine,” or “Putin.” Nor did she use the word “production,” as in, more energy production.

https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2022/03/05/pinkerton-joe-biden-wages-world-war-e-while-putin-wages-war-in-ukraine/

;-)

Don Bessee

Hey thats an insult to dipsticks -

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cartoons-slideshow

;-)

Don Bessee

While the original enthusiasm to share mig 29's the war crimes have caused the nato east to fear giving up their front line aircraft but there are other ways.

We can continue to flood our air assets to the threatened nato east flank. The new model is we give them F16's to replace the mig 29's. and bridge the gap with even more of our latest planes. Can do easy.

https://news.yahoo.com/white-house-weighs-three-way-000147123.html

;-)

Don Bessee

Footnote @830 Folks like the valiant Poles also fly F16s and have trained air worriers SWEET!

:-)

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I'd be surprised if any military planes are given to the Ukrainians, but we'll see.

It's quite a ramp-up in NATO involvement (a large one), it's hard to simply dump a plane on someone regardless of whether they've flown a similar model, the Russians would simply go all-in on destroying them on the ground along with the facilities. Katie bar the door if the Ukrainians attacked anything in Russia.

I think it's best not to view this as a war but as a set of negotiations. The Ukrainians are sacrificing facilities, human lives, money, to better their position at a bargaining table. The slight chance of the Russians backing off (regime change?) is a tactic being used to keep the West in the game.

YMMV.

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as an aside, it wouldn't surprise me if the mere threat of fighter plane transfer won't cause all of the Ukrainian-held airstrips to be disappeared now.

https://twitter.com/BNONews/status/1500458584991318018?cxt=HHwWhIC-6cPI2dIpAAAA

That's the funny thing about strategy. Seemingly brilliant moves always have a countermove. Sometimes the fastest way to an objective is the slowest way.

Bill Tozer

Nothing heavy or provocative, but if we do a no-fly zone, then we own the Russo-Ukraine War. High stakes poker, but a no-fly zone is not something I would advocate.

Biden is in no mood to have the USA stop purchasing 500,000-600,000 barrels of oil each day from Putin. Billions of dollars a weeks flows from up to Russia . The WH is twisting arms to get some vocal Dem lawmakers to back off calling for an oil boycott of Russia.

The situation on the ground is always fluid. The mood of the American people is always fluid. Still, if we take a position of a no-fly zone, we will be doing something we never did during the Cold War.

‘Putin slithered into Ukraine as Biden dithered’

https://nypost.com/2022/03/05/putin-slithered-into-ukraine-as-biden-dithered/

George Rebane

Things to consider about the Ukrainian air war - for years a standard use of cruise missiles has been as runway busters with a special warhead. Countering that, all AFBs have fast response runway repair machinery and crews. Russia, no doubt, has neutralized most (all?) Ukrainian runways. All second-tier country air forces have extensive plans to use their highways and neighboring facilities as back-up 'air bases'. To the extent Ukraine is flying, it's flying off its highways that support camouflaged nearby facilities. C-130s do an excellent job of using highways to transport things, even in 0-0 WX. Getting old Warsaw Pact nations to switch from MIGs and Sukhois to western military aircraft is long overdue. Giving the MIGs to Ukraine now would be an excellent time to start this switchover - the message to Putin would be clear along many dimensions. The transfer would be easy, and Ukraine claims to have the people to fly and maintain them once the new paint job dries. This has to be done better sooner than later when/if Putin is allowed to go for his second round of conquest.

I have not been able to follow Team Biden's logic for literally any of the responses they exhibit and/or claim in this war. To me they seem to operate in the space somewhere between incompetent and insane.

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" All second-tier country air forces have extensive plans to use their highways and neighboring facilities as back-up 'air bases'. "

I've run into that as a concept in Nordic countries.

Given what maintenance and fuel hogs modern aircraft are, the interesting part is the facilities beyond a long flat spot to land, perhaps mobile. Those are the natural things to target. No doubt, it's an area that Russian-design airplanes are bound to be better at being more fixable and more able to deal with debris. Camouflaged facilities are just another item on the Spetsnaz punch list.

Given the complexity of these beasts, including things like software or special techniques in fabrication, one step you make with buying F-35s is permanent client-state status to the US. Given the timelines involved, these purchase/gifts are expected to last for some time, an often faulty assumption of permanence in relationships is involved.

As the Moore's Law of Weapons continues, each system costs 2x the last one, you almost have to give up sovereignty to get the good stuff.

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BillT: " if we do a no-fly zone, then we own the Russo-Ukraine War."

Well, it sure is a quick way to learn all about theater nuclear weapons.

Check out 'escalate to de-escalate'.

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"'I have not been able to follow Team Biden's logic for literally any of the responses they exhibit and/or claim in this war."

Just what is 'Team Biden'? It's hard to tell from the outside. Maybe it's just Dr. Jill making sure that hubby has his favorite pudding cups.

From my uneducated comfy chair, I mostly blame the bureaucracy, State Department and Defense, for getting the world here to begin with. It's the same people who ran a coup against Trump and are more in control of the big machine again. Sometimes playing 'Risk' give you poor results.

This whole situation should never have occurred to begin with.

George Rebane

Team Trump was tightly circumscribed and did not extend into the agencies and bureaucracies which fought and undermined his policies tooth and nail. Team Biden is not; it extends way beyond his cabinet and supportive department heads, many of whom serve in legacy positions.

Bill Tozer

Obama’s third term. Same folks, different year.

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re: GeorgeR@11:42AM

It sounds to me like Biden represents The State to the people, while Trump tried to stand for the people against The State...at least the people not in The State's pocket.

If you think about it, it's an area the Founders really missed. Setting up co-equal branches of government was a smart move, hopefully you reach a point of equilibrium. In addition, the power of corporations or media were never really viewed as an issue at the time (feed me some writings from the mid 18th century if I'm wrong).

The metastasizing of bureaucracy, corporations, media, especially when they link arms, gives you a thing that can easily overpower President/Congress/Court, with no control loop.

Hope everyone likes their war. It might fizzle, it might be amazing.

Don Bessee

Creepy grampa joe baffles the left and vlad getting desperate -

https://www.foxnews.com/media/abcs-jonathan-karl-baffled-biden-sanctioning-everything-but-russian-oil-extraordinary

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russia-is-recruiting-syrian-fighters-to-aid-in-the-ukraine-invasion-and-help-take-kyiv-report/ar-AAUHO2P?ocid=msedgntp

;-)

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DonB: "We can continue to flood our air assets to the threatened nato east flank. The new model is we give them F16's to replace the mig 29's. and bridge the gap with even more of our latest planes. Can do easy. "

Like many of those news articles, it's not true. Put it in the same bin as the guys on the island telling the Russian navy to pound sand and getting blown up.

"‼️FAKE NEWS‼️
Unfortunately you are spreading misinformation with quotation from 27/02/22.

Poland won't send its fighter jets to #Ukraine as well as allow to use its airports. We significantly help in many other areas."

https://twitter.com/PremierRP_en/status/1500345167211114497

Don Bessee

But...

NATO members have a "green light" to send fighter jets as part of their military aid to support Ukraine against the Russian invasion, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday.

"That gets a green light," Blinken said in an interview with CBS News' "Face the Nation."

"In fact, we're talking with our Polish friends right now about what we might be able to do to backfill their needs if in fact they choose to provide these fighter jets to the Ukrainians," Blinken added

https://www.foxnews.com/world/nato-countries-green-light-send-fighter-jets-ukraine-blinken

;-)

Don Bessee

This could be posted in a few different places, but it seems like a best fit here. No experienced grifters ever miss a humanitarian crisis. THERE BACK!!! Cankles and slick willey -

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/03/06/clinton-global-initiative-reactivated-long-hiatus/

;-)

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DonB: "NATO members have a "green light" to send fighter jets"

I get it.

The Europeans countries (ie. Poland) have been told by their boss, the US, that they can send planes.

Poland says they're not going to do it.

It's a bullshit story unless something changes.

Don Bessee

While creepy grampa joe is buying oil from vlad and caving to the mutha mullahs and begging to enrich them our friends ask why, why are even talking to criminals like venezuela and the rest!!!??

The kanucks want to know as do us paying 5 bucks a gallon to enrich the scum of the earth and not create high paying jobs here? Must be so many socialists in power now. *$*#)&Y -

We are the solution, not Venezuela and others," Savage told Reuters, an apparent reference to U.S. sending a delegation to Caracas last week to discuss an easing of U.S. oil sanctions.

She also said it was "unconscionable" for any nation to be buying Russian crude oil or refined products in light of its invasion of Ukraine.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/alberta-oil-solution-u-energy-021110674.html

;-)

Don Bessee

@749 Given the situation I too would be reticent to give up high performance fighters until there is an absolute guarantee of fast arriving air power to protect me from vlad. That they are pushing it like that Sunday political TV and the fact we have a shit load of F16s makes it viable.

I am all in favor of implementing a full panoply of active efforts to thwart vlad from even thinking about the poles and Baltics. A near Reforger level effort of gear but mainly air power and lots of multi use defensive interceptor systems.

The idea that vlad is bringing syrians into the mix says a lot about the state of vlads conscripts.

;-)

George Rebane

Poland will switch from MIGs to western military aircraft, you can bet the ranch on it. They have no worry about always having a capable air force against Russia. The EU, NATO, and the US will never let the Russian sphere reach the Oder again.

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Russia’s attack on Ukraine: day 8
https://www.osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/analyses/2022-03-04/russias-attack-ukraine-day-8

Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 6
https://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/russian-offensive-campaign-assessment-march-6

Ukraine Conflict Update 16
https://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/ukraine-conflict-update-16

pre-war
https://www.csis.org/analysis/scenario-analysis-ukrainian-insurgency

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"Poland will switch from MIGs to western military aircraft, "

That I believe, maybe just in time for manned fighters to lose their luster. Of course, the all-drone fighter force might be like fusion, always 20 years from now. The key thing here is 'western'. I can't imagine why any European realists would really want to go all-in on US systems.

You know, it could be that Russia is just the thing to bind the EU together. Otherwise I'd expect it to blow apart over time due to immigration and the massive cultural and language inconsistencies.

George Rebane

scenes 841pm - Agree that Russia is the most likely glue that will finally bind Europe into a functional political unit (perhaps on the Swiss model).

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re: Polish Air Force.

Just looked it up. (Very)Roughly a third of each F-16 (50ish), MiG-29 (30ish), Su-22 (30ish). (Su-22? Jeesh, old school).

No doubt Lockheed-Martin is licking their chops on potential sales of the worlds most expensive airplane. Does it show in the stock price? Lemme look....yup.

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re: moi@9:12PM

Come.to.think.of.it.

A great deal of F-35 secret sauce is bound to be software and integration into each other and other weapons systems. It isn't like a modern fighter is some guy with a handful of controls shooting at the other guy.

You buy (the first one is free though) an F-35 and you get to talk to US-designed platforms in space, air, ground, water. We'll make a package deal for everything from satellites to MREs.

Now, here's the brilliant part. We sell it all on a subscription basis. Your entire military is dependent on US sourced and designed tech (aside from a few side deals) but it's all available at a low low monthly price. Somewhere deep in the users agreement is our ability to turn it all off, but don't worry about that.

scenes

morning Russian update.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_WpSXsWs80

"Groups of troops of the Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics, with the fire support of the Russian Armed Forces, continue offensive actions.

The units of the People's Militia of the Donetsk Republic are successfully developing an offensive in the city limits of Mariupol from the north-western and eastern directions.

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation strike at the objects of the military infrastructure of Ukraine. On March 6, the airfield of the Ukrainian Air Force in Vinnytsia was disabled by high-precision long-range weapons.

Fighter aircraft and air defense of the Russian Aerospace Forces shot down three more Ukrainian Su-27 fighters and three unmanned aerial vehicles in the air.

In total, for yesterday and incomplete today, the Ukrainian Air Force lost 11 combat aircraft and 2 helicopters.

Almost all combat-ready aviation of the Kiev regime has been destroyed.

At the same time, we are reliably aware of Ukrainian combat aircraft that previously flew to Romania and other border countries.

Please note that the use of the airfield network of these countries to base Ukrainian combat aircraft with subsequent use against the Russian armed forces can be regarded as the involvement of these states in an armed conflict.

Russian high-precision long-range weapons and military equipment of Ukraine are being put out of action.

The Kiev regime of nationalists forces employees of enterprises of the military-industrial complex of Ukraine to restore damaged military equipment for subsequent deployment to combat areas.

As part of the task of demilitarizing Ukraine, the Russian armed forces will defeat Ukrainian enterprises of the military-industrial complex with high-precision weapons.

In order to avoid a threat to the lives of employees of enterprises of the Ukrainian defense industry, we warn in advance about planned strikes on such objects.

We call on the staff of the Ukrainian defense industry plants not to be led by the Kiev regime of nationalists and to leave the territories of their enterprises.

During a special military operation, the facts of the Kiev regime's emergency cleanup of traces of a military biological program funded by the US Department of Defense implemented in Ukraine were revealed.

We have received documentation from employees of Ukrainian biological laboratories on the emergency destruction of especially dangerous pathogens of plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera and other deadly diseases on February 24.

Now the documents are being analyzed by Russian specialists of the radiation, chemical and biological protection troops.

It is obvious that with the beginning of a special military operation, the Pentagon had serious concerns about the disclosure of conducting secret biological experiments on the territory of Ukraine.

The documents received confirm that the development of biological weapons components was carried out in Ukrainian biological laboratories, in the immediate vicinity of the territory of Russia.

In order to prevent the disclosure of facts of violation by the United States and Ukraine of Article 1 of the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons, the Ukrainian Ministry of Health sent an instruction to all biological laboratories on the emergency liquidation of stored stocks of dangerous pathogens.

In the near future we will present the results of the analysis of the received documents.

Some of them, in particular, the instruction of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine on the destruction of pathogens and acts of destruction in the Poltava and Kharkiv biological laboratories, we are publishing right now: "

scenes

...and the game deepens.

" China Says Russia Is Its Main ‘Strategic Partner,' Share ‘Iron Clad' Friendship
Russia endorsed China's view of Taiwan as an “inalienable part of China," while China backed Russia in opposing the further enlargement of NATO "

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/china-says-russia-is-main-strategic-partner-share-iron-clad-friendship-despite-war/2992012/

fish


Posted by: scenes | 07 March 2022 at 07:09 AM

It is obvious that with the beginning of a special military operation, the Pentagon had serious concerns about the disclosure of conducting secret biological experiments on the territory of Ukraine.

The documents received confirm that the development of biological weapons components was carried out in Ukrainian biological laboratories, in the immediate vicinity of the territory of Russia.


Of course, the question one needs to ask who is sponsoring those labs sited conveniently in the CIA's Eastern European playground?


World Ending: Anthony Fauci hardest hit.....

Paul Emery

Bill writes in his blog:


"We have received documentation from employees of Ukrainian biological laboratories on the emergency destruction of especially dangerous pathogens of plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera and other deadly diseases on February 24.

Now the documents are being analyzed by Russian specialists of the radiation, chemical and biological protection troops."

Can you provide some documentation to support this rumor?

fish

Posted by: Paul Emery | 07 March 2022 at 08:00 AM


Bill writes in his blog:


"We have received documentation from employees of Ukrainian biological laboratories on the emergency destruction of especially dangerous pathogens of plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera and other deadly diseases on February 24.

Now the documents are being analyzed by Russian specialists of the radiation, chemical and biological protection troops."

Can you provide some documentation to support this rumor?


"Bill" writes in his blog.....?


Bone lazy and clueless!


And for the love of god stop pretending to be a "newsman".....you look as stupid as Pelline when you do!

fish

Posted by: Paul Emery | 07 March 2022 at 08:00 AM


Bill writes in his blog:



????

scenes

re: Paul Emery@8:00AM

A bit of googling, but here's some words on it. The documents I've seen scans of were in Russian of course, I'll try to track those down.

https://seavstack.substack.com/p/biolabs-in-ukraine?s=r
https://thewashingtonstandard.com/1-day-after-reporting-on-us-biolabs-in-ukraine-us-embassy-scrubs-all-ukraine-bioweapon-lab-docs-from-website-video/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2022/02/25/fact-check-claim-us-biolabs-ukraine-disinformation/6937923001/ (FACT CHECK!)

Is it Russia's equivalent to WMDs or USS Maddox? True? False? Partly true? Dunno.

It's probably safe to assume that a lot of what you hear is bullshit. Getting bored with Trump, BLM, , transgender rights, COVID, main-stream media is on to beating the Russia war drums. The US defense establishment evidently wants to go to war and push the Europeans more in their orbit, the Russian leadership want to show itself in a good light, the folks running Ukraine are running a worldwide propaganda campaign, the Chinese appear interested in putting together an anti-US coalition.

It's all good.

It's the web of a thousand lies, but we are well on our way to an internally consistent internet filled with whatever the official position is.

Paul Emery

Pardon me

That quote is attributed to scenes.

scenes

fish: " Of course, the question one needs to ask who is sponsoring those labs sited conveniently in the CIA's Eastern European playground?"

I expect that it's quite difficult to tell an offensive lab from a defense-oriented one. It's certainly a game you don't want countries (or even universities) playing as building a world-ending bug is likely a lot easier than putting together a nuclear explosives program. Plus you often get the benefits of plausible deniability, like (maybe) the Chinese.

Check out Ken Alibek's book on Biopreparat sometime. It takes a special kind of mind to not only work on things like weaponized smallpox, but delivery systems. Lots of thinking about proper refrigeration systems for storage and missile dispersal for instance. Nasty stuff.

fish

Posted by: scenes | 07 March 2022 at 08:25 AM



Links that absolutely will not be clicked by our intrepid local reporter.....


No fun doing the homework.....! The only emotional satisfaction comes from the rush of "high dudgeon" that makes Punch's wrinkled old heart beat a tick faster.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/in_high_dudgeon

scenes

Paul: "Can you provide some documentation to support this rumor?" "That quote is attributed to scenes. "

As usual from Paul, it's ready, fire, aim.


That 'quote' is attributed to the Russian Defense Ministry given in a youtube briefing which I put up.

It's a thing that he said. I was nice enough to put up a translation.

While it might be only partly true (or not at all), I'm not sure that an official communication from a government is properly called a 'rumor'.

If you like, turn on the closed captions with auto-translate to English.

fish

<>Posted by: scenes | 07 March 2022 at 08:34 AM


Indeed! I recall a story I heard probably 20 years ago now (60 Minutes, Discovery channel maybe) that demonstrated that a biofermenter suitable to cook up a whole host of unpleasantness (bacterial.....viral is a different animal from a production and delivery standpoint) could be had, including monitoring and control (even easier today), with drying and dispersal prep equipment for less than the cost of setting up a small volume microbrewery. The entire proof of concept was set up in a two car garage somewhere in New Mexico IIRC.

I'm kind of surprised it hasn't been done already.

scenes

fish@845AM

From the wayback machine.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/sci_tech/highlights/010117_mousepox.shtml

Bill Tozer

German Chancellor: Russian Energy ‘Essential’ For European Way Of Life, No Sanctions

https://www.dailywire.com/news/german-chancellor-russian-energy-essential-for-european-way-of-life-no-sanctions

Has anyone mentioned that the Ukrainians are only 32% fully vaccinated? Shocking. Isolate them! By comparison, Russians are 50% vaccinated.

Oh, which side to choose. The 50% vaxxed, of the selfish heathens next door? We, as Americans, cannot possibly support a unvaccinated nation. They are a threat to us all. Did you see all those Grandma killers huddled together, packed in shelters like sardines with only 10% wearing masks? They are the true threat to the global community. I hope no nation receives those death carriers. Isolate them now. It’s for the children.

WTF. Do those Ukrainians who only care about themselves think everyplace is like our southern border? Isolate them in place. Sham them. Ostracize them and cast them in jail like the Canadian truckers.

Ok. Sarcasm switch off.

Bill Tozer

“Bill writes in his blog:”

Sorry Paul. My blog is subscription only and you can’t get through the paywall. However, it would not surprise me that you have tried and failed…cheapskate.

Paul. Best to stick at something you are better suited for. You can’t even make it through your first comment without doing a face flat straight off on the muddy starting gate. Perhaps you should take your microphone and go interview your friends….again and again. They always will come through for you in a pinch, former news director. And you always come through in a pinch for them, oh cable runner.

Paul Emery

Scenes

I question your wisdom in drawing attention to what is in essence Russian propaganda.

It gives fodder to the shrillbillies that I don't consider you to be.

fish has already linked Fauchi's name to the story

Bill Tozer

@ 9:55 am

Boy, Paul, do you lead with the chin or what? You are the same subhuman that for five years drew attention to what is in essence Russian-DNC propaganda. Strike the word essence. You yourself, Paul Emery, drew attention to what has been proven DNC-Russian propaganda.

I don’t question your wisdom. You don’t have any.

Cast Paul outside the gates with the other lepers.

scenes

"I question your wisdom in drawing attention to what is in essence Russian propaganda. "

I thought it would be interesting to see their official releases.

Sadly, you live in a country which finds it reasonable to censor to the same extent that the Russians appear to. There's not much Russia news out there anymore.

I guess that if all Ukrainian-sourced news is true and all Russian-sourced news is propaganda it can be a life simplifier. I admit that it's fun getting on the war train, but it's hard to get off.

scenes

"what is in essence Russian propaganda. "

To the rest of RR.

It's *all* propaganda.

It's damned hard to find anything written by a person that isn't leading you to a desired location in a heavy-handed fashion.

Bill Tozer

“Fauchi's name?” Who dat? That dude has gone MIA.

FINDING FAUCI
We don’t want to find the fallacious Dr. Fauci, but it makes sense to note his mysterious disappearance. It is evidence like the dog that didn’t bark in the Sherlock Holmes story “Silver Blaze.”

Debra Heine collects the observations of his disappearance — “Has anyone seen Science? Is he missing?” — in the American Greatness column “Once a Cable News Darling, Dr. Fauci Now Relegated to Local TV and YouTube Broadcasts.”

One can infer the reason. It has something to do with “Science” (i.e., politics). Heine observes:

Perhaps not coincidentally, Fauci’s disappearance seems to coincide with polling that shows Americans are fed up with COVID-Mania and ready to move on.

Democrat polling firm Impact Research last week advised fellow Dems to put the kibosh on the hysteria and pretend they fixed the problem ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

“Declare the crisis phase of Covid over and push for feeling and acting more normal,” the memo instructed Democrats. “Because of President Biden and Democrats, we CAN safely return to life feeling much more normal – and they should claim that proudly.”

Now, back on topic…..

https://i0.wp.com/www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2022/03/Screen-Shot-2022-03-06-at-6.14.37-PM.png?

fish

Posted by: Paul Emery | 07 March 2022 at 09:55 AM

fish has already linked Fauchi's name to the story



Wow.....I didn’t think I’d be able to use this (or variation thereof) so soon after scenes dropped his.


Humor.....do you speak it MF’er!?!

fish

Watch the democrats use this as an excuse to get what they've really wanted.......


House To Hold Imminent Vote On Ditching Trade Relations With Russia & Belarus, Including Oil Imports


....$10.00/gallon gas!

Of course, I could be wrong....they are sending their master negotiator, the "Pride of Scranton", and five time winner of the Punch Emery "Man of Integrity" award to wheedle the Saudis for more oil.

I'm sure this economy crushing oil supply pinch will be fixed in a jiffy! After all Shotgun Joe is the only one who went toe to toe with Putin......


https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/house-hold-imminent-vote-ditching-trade-relations-russia-belarus-including-oil-imports

scenes

$10/gallon gas? Sure, why not. Aside from avoiding pissing off voters in a few swing states, I'd say that a large majority of the US ruling class sees no reason not to make gasoline impossibly expensive. Get them cars off the road and all.

Now, here's a wonderful idea I just ran into.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ukraine-russia-humanitarian-no-fly-zone

The Humanitarian No-Fly Zone.

Well, that'll last a good fifteen minutes or so. You might as well just run the Polish cavalry into Kaliningrad to stick a flag on their post office and see what happens.

George Rebane

BTW, the weapon systems 'subscription model', mentioned by Mr scenes above, has long been in effect, and it has been very profitable. The Pentagon copied it from the software industry that annually collects a tribute from licensees for minor improvements timed for the out-years. I've been such a loyal contributor as a Matlab licensee (for almost 40 years) the last 20 of which a license renewal was a must, else they'd turn everything off.

Bill Tozer

$10/gallon gas? Sure, why not.

The EcoNazis have been pushing for higher prices at the pump to get folks to drive their internal combustion engines less for decades. Like, much much less until outlawed.
There is absolutely nothing going on here that is not a dry run for the GND. COVID was a test run, now it’s the continuation of the battle over fossil fuel. Perfect timing. When all is said and done, it’s $10/gallon for gas, sure why not? But now might not be the right time to make the switch.
There is too much consuming of oil going on out there. Quick, buy electric tanks.

‘Biden Admin Courts Venezuela, Iran, and Saudi Arabia for Oil While Ignoring U.S. Producers’.

https://bongino.com/biden-admin-courts-venezuela-iran-and-saudi-arabia-for-oil-while-ignoring-u-s-producers

Talk about Adulation of the Murderous.


scenes

In terms of subscriptions, I was thinking of really pushing the envelope. More lethal = more money.

Perhaps a series of micro-payments. Every time the mortar fires a bit of money changes hands.

Once it's all in place, a bidding system is implemented. The enemy could outbid you for use of a radar system and shut it down.

Given just how interconnected all this stuff will become (and is already), the surefire way to become a vassal of another country is to buy into their architectures.

Maybe someone will think about opensourcing it all.

fish

Note here how the Sacramento Valley Fishwrap omits any mention that the incident at McClatchy was .....tah dah.....another Hate Hoax™ committed by a black student.....who absolutely hasn't been suspended, expelled, or prosecuted.


“And then the question will be what the next steps are relative to suspension, expulsion, potential juvenile prosecution, or whatever the appropriate next steps will be.”

School staff painted over the graffiti as soon as it was discovered, according to district officials.

Support services have been offered to students and staff “traumatized by this racist incident.” “It is appalling that anyone would target a school with racist graffiti and subject students, staff and families to messages of hate,” Superintendent Jorge A. Aguilar said in a news release last month.

The vandalism at Abraham Lincoln closely followed an incident at C.K. McClatchy High School in which a student scrawled the words “colored” and “white” over white fountain, referencing racist polices from the segregation-era.


https://www.sacbee.com/news/equity-lab/representation/article259150843.html

fish

Sorry.....supposed to have been in the "Sandbox".

scenes

moi@10:05

"It's *all* propaganda."

Case in point.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/06/zelenskys-famous-quote-need-ammo-not-ride-not-easily-confirmed/

Bill Tozer

Biden administration appeals to Supreme Court to stop unvaccinated Navy SEAL deployments

https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/biden-administration-appeals-supreme-court-stop-unvaccinated-navy-seal

My question has been answered: Where is Putin going to find battle hardened fighting men? Why, from Syrian and Nicaragua and Cuba, of course. Russia wants to build a new landing strip in Cuba. Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister, as well as Iran. Syria would have some fighters that have seen a lot of action and would be less hesitant to worry about incidental causalities.

Bill Tozer

New map of Ukraine.

Russia’s Latest Military Maneuvers Suggest A Long, Destructive Battle For Ukraine

https://thefederalist.com/2022/03/07/russias-latest-military-maneuvers-suggest-a-long-destructive-battle-for-ukraine/

The HBO movie Enemy AT The Gates as been going through my mind daily for 10 days straight. Its a sniper duel set in the Battle of Stalingrad. It wasn’t block by block, it was often building by building, with the Germans in one part of a building and the Russians in another part. If Russia wins by bombing, Ukraine will be destroyed. And if Ukraine resists and urban warfare ensues, Kiev and Ukraine will also be destroyed.

Enemy at the Gates was a good movie for a HBO product back in the day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMvTR012Dmg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aQVsqQcFxg

Don Bessee

@311 Starting to sound like a Tom Clancy novel.

;-)

Don Bessee

When it comes to the facts about energy policy the wh sounds like they are pravda -

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/psaki-claims-keystone-xl-pipeline-would-make-no-difference-in-rising-gas-prices

;-)

Don Bessee

What the socialist greens are lying, i am shocked, shocked i say! Not -

The Biden administration has repeatedly pointed to the number of approved but untapped drilling permits on federal land when questioned about how U.S. production can rise, and what the federal government can do to help.

“There’s a fundamental misunderstanding of the administration as to how the process actually works,” Sommers said in an interview on the sidelines of the conference.

“Just because you have a lease doesn’t mean there’s actually oil and gas in that lease, and there has to be a lot of development that occurs between the leasing and then ultimately permitting for that acreage to be productive,” he said. “I think that they’re purposefully misusing the facts here to advantage their position.”

https://news.yahoo.com/biden-administration-misusing-facts-oil-203140624.html

;-)

Don Bessee

It looks like its been hard for the socialist dems to not look like vlads helping Ukraine -

Hacking Away

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cartoons-slideshow

;-)

Bill Tozer

My, my. Talk about doing a 180. I can hear Roberta hollering now at next year’s winter skies. “$120.00 a night! I can’t afford this! Damn solar system.”

Headline reads:
Biden Announces Ban On Russian Oil Imports In Bid To Hold Putin ‘Accountable’

https://www.dailywire.com/news/biden-announces-ban-on-russian-oil-imports-in-bid-to-hold-putin-accountable

Well, excuse me for thinking only of myself and loved ones, but the headline should read

Biden Announces Ban On Russian Oil Imports In Bid To Hold Public Accountable’

scenes

"On Wednesday, the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of condemning Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and demanding immediate withdrawal, with 141 out of the 193 members nations voting in favor of the resolution. Five nations voted against it, including Russia itself, Belarus, North Korea, Syria, and Eritrea. The remaining 35 countries abstained from the vote.

Among the abstaining members was the South Asian country of Bangladesh. As a result of that decision, Lithuania reversed a previous decision from earlier in the week to send over 440,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Bangladesh, according to a report from Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT). This was confirmed to LRT by a spokesperson for Lithuanian prime minister Ingrida Šimonytė."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/vaccine-delivery-canceled-to-country-that-did-not-condemn-russia/ar-AAUKbha

scenes

BillT: "Biden Announces Ban On Russian Oil Imports In Bid To Hold Public Accountable’"

You do have to wonder about a strategy that is based on complete Russian capitulation.

Fighting to the last Ukrainian is a tough gig, but someone has to do it.

scenes

This should be interesting.

https://ria.ru/20220308/putin-1777185533.html

Basically, Putin put in place a ban on exporting certain products and raw materials until Dec 31. List is TBD. No doubt chosen for maximum differential in effect.

Bill Tozer

Headline reading. Seems to be a lot about the price of a barrel of oil. Sticker shock cometh. If inclined, headline scrolling, stay to the right….

https://news.grabien.com/

Don Bessee

Its happening -

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland is ready to deploy all its MIG-29 jets to Rammstein Air Base in Germany and put them at the disposal of the United States, and urges other NATO members that own planes of that type to do the same, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday

"The authorities of the Republic of Poland...are ready to deploy – immediately and free of charge – all their MIG-29 jets to the Rammstein Air Base and place them at the disposal of the Government of the United States of America," the ministry said.

"At the same time, Poland requests the United States to provide us with used aircraft with corresponding operational capabilities. Poland is ready to immediately establish the conditions of purchase of the planes," it added.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/poland-ready-place-mig-29-191348949.html

;-)

scenes

Now here we go, a bit more in the way of negotiations. (everything is a negotiation. blowing up places, causing civilians to evacuate, boycotts. It's pretty real for these people, not the big Super Bowl game that it is in the US).

"WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Volodymyr Zelensky said he is no longer pressing for Nato membership for Ukraine, a delicate issue that was one of Russia's stated reasons for invading its pro-Western neighbour.

In another apparent nod aimed at placating Moscow, Zelensky said he is open to "compromise" on the status of two breakaway pro-Russian territories that President Vladimir Putin recognised as independent just before unleashing the invasion on Feb 24.

"I have cooled down regarding this question a long time ago after we understood that... Nato is not prepared to accept Ukraine," Zelensky said in an interview aired Monday night on ABC News."

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/in-nod-to-russia-ukraine-says-no-longer-insisting-on-nato-membership

My guess is that the Russians will demand that the Ukrainian government backs down on a policy of re-taking Crimea, joining NATO, starting up a nuclear program. I couldn't tell you how that is concretely carried out, promising to not do things is a sketchy business.

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