Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Neo-Colonialism and Neo-Liberalism, Intelligence Analysis, and More

Watch a lot of media outlets and over and over again and you hear the terms 'Neocolonialism' and 'Free Trade' from time to time. Until fairly recently, I wasn't entirely aware of what exactly this meant and how it came to be. As indicated in my last post, up until a certain point wealth was distributed rather evenly throughout the world. Then 'colonialism' happened and the wealth gap between geographical regions began to diverge. If you examine some graphs what's most interesting for me is that the gradient/rate of growth at the  final inflection point is basically identical across most regions during the industrial age which means that if the population growth is relatively stable across regions the only reason why the Western countries shot ahead of everyone was because of larger populations.

Thereafter, larger and larger empires began to emerge but in order to not get in each other's way they had to come up with ways of maintaining their wealth and grow it and countries broke free of colonialism.


There continued to remain the problem if greed though. Look at it carefully and it seems obvious that if they were also looking at this issue then neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism offer the perfect answers. Basically, we would no borders, open up trading barriers and whoever trades best builds up what is in effect a corporate, global empire without ncessarily having to resort to militaristic measures.
CrossTalk - Neo-Colonialism In Africa
Noam Chomsky - Neoliberal assault led to significant decline in democracy
Africa Post-Colonial Development - Fatoumata Waggeh at TEDxGallatin
Are we seeing a wave of neo-colonialism in Africa
Neoliberalism and The Globalization of War - Michel Chossudovsky on GRTV
Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
The Connection Between the Drug War In Mexico and Neoliberal Policies
The Debate - France Neo-Colonialism
US Politics 2.0 - NeoColonialism
Welcome to Neo-Colonialism...

- the world is complicated. If you think you know everything you probably don't (At times, I've looked back at the history of the Cold War and it seems as though it almost started off via an accident). The only thing you can be sure of is that you don't know everything and that if you try and build an empire you'll be forever in a 'doom loop' whereby you are forever trying to control resources but also maintain the happiness of those within your empire at the same time
Cenk Uygur - The Zeitgeist Movement Interview TYT
Zeitgeist’s Peter Joseph on Wealth Illusion, Structural Violence & The Fear of Truth
World War 3 Between America and China - Full Documentary
Tariq Ali - The Twilight of Democracy, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015
Tariq Ali - Socialism, Capitalism, Democracy
Tariq Ali - Capitalism and Democracy - Economic Crisis and Democratic Deficit
Tariq Ali on 'Russian Revolution and the Future of Socialism'
Tariq Ali - What is imperialism
Global Empire - Paralysis in Spain
The Julian Assange Show - Noam Chomsky & Tariq Ali (E10)
The Extreme Centre - How the Neoliberal Project Has Reshaped the World, Tariq Ali, SOAS
The World Today - Ukrainian Complexities
- one of the things which always runs through the back of your mind is if paradise as espoused in the end chapters of most religions involves everyone getting everything that they want it makes it hard to reconcile how people can be religious and capitalist at the same time? The other great irony of this is that despite what people say most people believe in the idea of 'capitalism' but have strong 'socialist tendencies' throughout the world. Look at Europe, South America, Cuba, United States,  Russia, Australia, NZ, etc... There is no bastian of genuine 'capitalism' left? I also fail to see how we can not end up in another potential global conflict if we use this particular version of 'capitalism' that we currently have? Finite resources for infinite growth just doesn't fit. As I've said previously the only obvious solution is space but we lack viable, inexpensive propulsion options at the moment
Peter Joseph and Cenk Uygur - The Zeitgeist Movement Interview TYT
Zeitgeist’s Peter Joseph on Wealth Illusion, Structural Violence & The Fear of Truth
Abby Martin Interview with Peter Joseph, Nov. 15th 2013 [ The Zeitgeist Movement ]
Third Industrial Revolution _ Dave Lucas _ ZDay 2015 London
Peter Joseph on Abby Martin's 'Breaking the Set', March 21 2013
Impacts of Income Inequality on Human Health _ Martin Wilkinson _ ZDay 2015 London
Political Science: Modern Foundation of Politics(Yale)
- I always wondered why we didn't learn a lot of history at school. It becomes obvious that the reasons for war are often awkward. Most of the time countries just try to find a resolution and at some point hope to forget about things. Hence, the strangeness in terrotorial conflict resolution in various parts of the world
Australia at War - Japanese Attacks on Australia WW2
Australian Army in World War II
United States enters World War I
World War II Part 1 - Crash Course US History #35
World War II Part 2 - The Homefront - Crash Course US History #36
Great Britain in World War 2 - Know Your Ally - Britain _ US Documentary on the British People in WW2
Japan's War in Colour _ 2004 Documentary with never seen before films
THE GERMAN INVASION OF RUSSIA - Military History - World War II
Untold Stories of World War II - National Geographic Documentary
World War 2 documentary history channel Full Length New HD 2015 _ History HD Channel
World War 2 Germany VS Russian  Documentary
World War II - Attack on Pearl Harbor. Watch Full Documentary in Color
World War II  - Strange Allied Weapons ( World War 2 Documentary )
WW1 History - WW1 Explained (WW1 Documentary)
[Nuclear] - NUCLEAR WORLD WAR 3 - National Geographic Documentary
Newly nominated Japanese defense minister turns blind eye to Nanjing Massacre

If you've been watching the news you would have seen a lot of stuff about what the intelligence community does. The following courses/lectures cover multiple countries. Most services cover slightly different areas owing to different needs and requirements:
PSSL6243: Intelligence and Strategic Analysis
Special Operators and Intelligence Analysts - the 21st Century’s Lead Warriors
How to Get Hired as an Intelligence Analyst
Intelligence Analysis - Continuity and Change
Reducing Uncertainty - Intelligence Analysis and National Security, with Dr. Thomas Fingar
VASS 2012 - Chris Baber - Intelligence Analysis and Sense-making - a practical exercise
Why is WMD Intelligence Analysis Problematic
World Leading Intelligence Analysis - Analyst's Notebook 8.5
- at times, it becomes very clear how frustrated how some intelligence professionals are...
Full Event - Organizing and Managing Intelligence Analysis to Fight Terrorism
- constrast this against what WikiLeaks says that they do. Never really got into the whole WikiLeaks thing earlier (didn't have the time)...
Assange on 'US Empire', Assad govt overthrow plans & new book 'The WikiLeaks Files' (EXCLUSIVE)
Jeremy Scahill And Julian Assange Discuss The Most Important Documents  Released By WikiLeaks
Nuclear War 2016 - Putin's Dire Warning
#PayToPlay - Clinton faces corruption scandal after links between donors & State Dept exposed
CrossTalk - Scapegoating Russia
Julian Assange Special - Do Wikileaks have the email that'll put Clinton in Prison (EP 376)
Keiser Report - Great Period of Instability (E950)
Julian Assange talks Geopolitics, Hillary Clinton and  TPP, TTIP, TISA .
Julian Assange Drops BOMBSHELL on Hillary Clinton
Julian Assange  - we have proof that the Clinton camp is rigging the election,we will release it soon
Australian police and Defence Force used infamous Hacking Team, Wikileaks reveals

Random Stuff:
- sometimes you don't know whether you should admire these guys or poke fun at them. Great sport for those who need an adrenaline rush (wingsuit)...
Dream Lines IV - Wingsuit proximity by Ludovic Woerth & Jokke Sommer
Best of Wingsuit Proximity Flying 2013
Best of Wingsuit Proximity Flying 2014
Best of Wingsuit Proximity Flying 2015
GoPro - Red Bull Stratos - The Full Story
Felix Baumgartner's supersonic freefall from 128k' - Mission Highlights
Felix Baumgartner Space Jump World Record 2012 Full HD 1080p [FULL]
GoPro - Wingsuit Pilot Jeb Corliss on His Crash and Recovery
- with all of the the online threats nowadays it should make sense that there are online scanners
- apparently Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are evil? LOL
- just run them through scenarios. Allies should have a chance to run things by them as well via consular/diplomatic staff? I think the consensus is that Trump hasn't really figured things out 100% yet and that while Clinton has a 'team' around her there are still things that need to be ironed out?
- as I've stated previously this is just too bizarre for words now. I would just make the assumption that all of their computers are compromised now
- Google having a go at building AI based music apparently as well
- spooks seem to get up to some ridiculous stuff from time to time? Spend enough time on online forums and you'll figure out that there are online trolls for various countries. Seem quite educated despite the impression that is given by some of the press. Funny thing is that I once recalled how journalists said that there isn't much money to be made in investigative journalism. Looking at some of what is online I beg to differ. If what you write meets the 'interests' of a particular nation or 'corporate entity' it feels like you could make some extra money from time to time (this reminds me of a computer game magazine I read a long time ago. When it first started it was fairly unbiased. Over time, it gradually become more biased. I'm guessing it gave in to corporate 'values'?)? Not so sure how it would go down with potential parents in laws or spouses though?
Even subversion is a rights issue for Western media
Rights of defendants in subversion case protected
Chinese Media is Totally Not Making Inappropriate Content _ China Uncensored
Russian Strategy for Fighting Upcoming Ground Wars
High Speed Race in Moscow - Posh FSB Boys Show Off and Get Nailed to the Wall
- if you are still are a student (or have access to your old account) the following development pack may be useful
FREE for Students: JetBrains Professional Developer Tools (Worth $649 US)
- apparently, people in the former USSR did have a sense of humour after all
Reagan tells Soviet jokes
- interesting films if you weren't already aware about what the whole Snowden affair was about and how it came into being
- if you don't need it why enable it (ipv6.disable as a kernel parameter)
- software to simulate mouse cursor movement periodically to stop idle states from kicking in your computer (free too)
- lots of solutions out there for firewall management on Linux. More than likely, you'll have to cook up your own toolset at some point (for the final Perl script link you'll need to change the spaces to 'tab' characters in the various 'conf' files and may need to make some code changes to get things going)
Generating Firewall Rules with Perl
- some stuff regarding development of some of the Russian military's latest aircraft (like others though, am not sure how accurate they are)
Russia Pak Da Stealth Bomber Simulation [1080p]
«Небо подвластно сильным»
- first impression of Boris Johnson is that he's good natured but gaffe prone. On deeper inspection a bit smarter then you'd expect
Boris v Dave - The history of their rivalry - BBC Newsnight
Boris Johnson - The Man Behind The Personality
- watch speeches of Hilary versus that of Bill Clinton and Obama. Un-natural and very awkward at times
‘America is great because America is good’ - Deep thoughts of Hillary Clinton
Gun issue, temperament - Reasons why MSM thinks Trump 'should go'
‘Am I not speaking English’ Reporters grill State Dept over Clinton emails
- at times I wonder who exactly is reading this blog? Use micro-drones in combination with long range mind reading drones (both ideas which I've previously wondered about and am aware that they are experimenting with) and you could have the potential to at least limit the damage from terrorist attacks? The only worry for me is that this is abused? For instance, what's the difference between a rebel uprising, terrorist attacks democratic protests, etc... and how would you 'codify' it?

Some quotes in the recent media:
- Turnbull is right that the UN secretary-generalship is not the most important matter before the government.

It's not an especially powerful job, certainly not the "leader of the world" as some reporters have misunderstood it.

 The secretary-general is the chief administrative officer of the UN and answers to the force-wielding Security Council; he does the council's bidding. He can raise matters for the Council but cannot decide any.

He, or she, could be an effective mediator and problem-solver in a limited way on the rare occasions where the great powers are actually interested in solving problems.The fate of the world doesn't depend on the choice. But the fate of Australia, in many ways, does depend on the Turnbull government and how the prime minister interprets his mandate. An anxious PM tip-toeing in fear of upsetting his most restive members is not a leader who will make difficult choices in the national interest.

We can only hope that this is an aberration, not a precedent, for a new term of government.
- There have long been reports that the ongoing delays with the commissioning of the Admiral Gorshkov frigate have to do with defects in its air defense systems. These were thought to be primarily related to problems with integration of the Poliment Redut air defense missile system. The Poliment system was designed to be Russia’s answer to AEGIS, with four phased array antennas that are able to track 16 targets at the same time. The Redut system consists of four or eight vertical launch systems that launch three types of missiles. The 9M100 is the short-range missile, with a range of up to 15km. The 9M96M is the medium-range missile, with a range of 40-50km. Finally, the 9M96 long-range missile is supposed to have a range of up to 150km.

It now appears that the Redut’s problems are much more serious than just integration. Arecent report notes that the Ministry of Defense has stopped trials of the system because of continuing problems with the 9M96 long-range missile. Specifically, the missiles appear to fail after three seconds of flight. Some reports indicate that the Redut system works well hitting targets up to 40km away, but fails in the long range. The implication is that the short and medium range missiles work well, but the long range missile does not. Nevertheless, this may be an improvement over previous results, as trials of the Redut system on the Steregushchiy class corvettes in 2014 showed that they were only able to hit targets at distances of up to 15km because the medium-range Furke-2 radar system was not functioning properly.

Instead of further trials, the problems will now be sorted out by an inter-agency commission, a sure sign that the problems are serious and are not expected to be fixed any time soon. The problems stem from issues at the design bureau, which is reportedly not up to the task of designing a missile with the requirements provided by the Defense Ministry. The Fakel machine design bureau, which is developing the missiles is supposedly in relatively poor condition, using technologies and equipment left over from the Soviet period.

Redut systems are supposed to be installed on both the Admiral Gorshkov frigates and the Steregushchiy class corvettes. The corvettes that have been commissioned so far with partial Redut systems that are not able to strike long-distance targets. It looks like the Russian military is now facing a choice regarding how long it is willing to wait to commission the already long-delayed first ship of the Admiral Gorshkov frigate class. So far, the Defense Ministry has not been willing to commission the frigate without a fully functional air defense system, though this may change as the delays grow longer.
- Embarrassing debuts aside, the T-14 looks like it has far superior defensive features compared to its predecessors. Like a Victorian lady, the Armata comes with layers of defensive petticoats designed to ward off unwelcome attention.

First of all, there is the Afganit Active Protection System, which boasts both hard and soft kill capabilities, set in motion by four or five advanced millimeter-wavelength AESA radar panels covering every aspect of the tank, providing warning of approaching projectiles.

‘Soft kill’ defenses seek to coyly misdirect missiles. Four multispectral smoke grenade dischargers can launch counter-measures that not only visually shroud the tank, but also mask the vehicle’s infrared signature and block targeting lasers and radars. The optically-guided TOW doesn’t care about the latter, but if the operator can’t see the tank then there’s a better chance of missing, especially if the tank moves. The countermeasures also work in theory against top-attack missiles, particularly if they aren’t manually guided like the TOW.

Next up, we have the ‘hard kill’ element that swats down impertinent missiles that don’t take no for an answer. The Afganit’s radar system automatically turns the turret turns towards incoming projectiles so that the active-kill system can engage. Five discharge tubes on each side of the turret can shoot rockets aimed at the incoming projectile. The Afganit system is untested in action, but other hard-kill systems such as Trophy have proven effective against missiles in combat.

As for top-attack missiles like TOW-2B, well…the Afganit doesn’t look like it’s designed to shoot upwards.

If the soft and hard kill systems don’t do the trick, then the Armata explodes…that is, it explodes its Relikt explosive reactive armor. The Armata’s radar times the detonation of an reactive-armor brick just before the enemy missile or shell hits, supposedly well enough in advance to neutralize tandem charge warheads. Is that how things would actually work? Only one way find out! Rebels in Syria captured footage of a Syrian T-90 tank appearing to survive the impact of a TOW missile thanks to its older Kontakt-5 explosive reactive armor.

What if our stalwart TOW missile manages to evade all of these defenses? Will it manage to pierce its way into the Armata’s armored heart?

In terms of conventional armor, the Armata is still believed to be a slightly less well protected than an M1A2 Abrams or Leopard 2 judging by its weight of around fifty to sixty tons. (For comparison, an M1 weighs seventy tons). A maximum thickness of 1200mm to 1400mm RHA equivalent versus HEAT warheads has been claimed in Russian sources for the ceramic armor plates. That seems effective against the TOW-2A’s 900 millimeters of RHA penetration, but there’s no telling how even the armor protection is across the turret and hull—(there’s some speculation the turret will be notably more vulnerable) and whether those figures are accurate. In any case, the TOW-2B will still likely find the top armor vulnerable.

Finally, we must consider Armata’s unmanned turret. While an unmanned turret poses some difficulties—including the risk of blinding the crew if the sensors are knocked out—it does mean that there’s a good chance that the crew can survive a hit to the turret. Even if the turret is put out of action and the tank needs to withdraw for repairs, keeping flesh-and-blood crew alive is the name of the game for modern, professional militaries. A tank can maximize the chance it will take any hits on the turret by deploying in a hull-down position—that is, with only the turret peeking above the crest of a hill.

So, how good are the TOW-2A’s chances? Against a wire-guided system, the T-14’s soft kill system will work if the Armata’s radars are effective and the crew is quick enough to move the tank to a new position while the missile is in flight. The active-kill system, however, might have a good chances of taking out the missile if it’s as good as it’s cracked up to be. Relikt ERA will likely further complicate the missile’s chances of penetrating. Even without that, whether the TOW-2A’s shaped charge can penetrate the frontal armor is looking dicey. The bottom line is multiple missiles might be required for one to get through.
- Cyberwarriors working for Moscow and other regimes are already poking and prodding at our networks, so there's little reason to think Trump's words were all that damaging in themselves. But it's a good opportunity to talk about the state of state-sponsored hacking, and to offer a reminder that the United States is just as active in this space as the next government.

The U.S. approach to this digital battleground is pretty advanced. For example: Did you know that the military uses its submarines as underwater hacking platforms?

In fact, subs represent an important component of America's cyber strategy. They act defensively to protect themselves and the country from digital attack, but — more interestingly — they also have a role to play in carrying out cyberattacks, according to two U.S. Navy officials at a recent Washington conference.

"There is a — an offensive capability that we are, that we prize very highly," said Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, the U.S. Navy's program executive officer for submarines. "And this is where I really can't talk about much, but suffice to say we have submarines out there on the front lines that are very involved, at the highest technical level, doing exactly the kind of things that you would want them to do."

The so-called "silent service" has a long history of using information technology to gain an edge on America's rivals. In the 1970s, the U.S. government instructed its submarines to tap undersea communications cables off the Russian coast, recording the messages being relayed back and forth between Soviet forces. (The National Security Agency has continued that tradition, monitoring underwater fiber cables as part of its globe-spanning intelligence-gathering apparatus. In some cases, the government has struck closed-door deals with the cable operators ensuring that U.S. spies can gain secure access to the information traveling over those pipes.)

These days, some U.S. subs come equipped with sophisticated antennas that can be used to intercept and manipulate other people's communications traffic, particularly on weak or unencrypted networks.

"We've gone where our targets have gone" — that is to say, online, said Stewart Baker, the National Security Agency's former general counsel, in an interview. "Only the most security-conscious now are completely cut off from the Internet." Cyberattacks are also much easier to carry out than to defend against, he said.

One of America's premier hacker subs, the USS Annapolis, is hooked into a much wider U.S. spying net that was disclosed as part of the 2013 Edward Snowden leaks, according to Adam Weinstein and William Arkin, writing last year for Gawker's intelligence and national security blog, Phase Zero. A leaked slide showed that in a typical week, the Navy performs hundreds of so-called "computer network exploitations," many of which are likely the result of submarine-based hacking.

"Annapolis and its sisters are the infiltrators of the new new of cyber warfare," wrote Arkin and Weinstein, "getting close to whatever enemy — inside their defensive zones — to jam and emit and spoof and hack. They do this through mast-mounted antennas and collection systems atop the conning tower, some of them one-of-a-kind devices made for hard to reach or specific targets, all of them black boxes of future war."
- Pugachev’s bank, Mezhprombank  (International Industrial Bank, IIB), lost its Central Bank licence in October 2010, and was declared bankrupt the following month.  At that time Central Bank auditors and the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA) estimated the deficiency in the bank’s accounts amounted to Rb70.1 billion (then $2.3 billion).  Rb32 billion of that ($1.05 billion) had been loaned by the Central Bank and disappeared.  In the subsequent Russian, UK and Swiss court records, about $700 million in US-denominated cash has been tracked into Pugachev front companies, trusts and bank accounts. There were Euro-denominated transfers in parallel. The assets identified by the DIA to the London courts as under Pugachev’s control in mid-2014 were valued at £1.17 billion ($1.93 billion).  That’s almost equal to the sum of the bank’s deficiency.

Pugachev, the control shareholder, was investigated by the Russian authorities for fraud and embezzlement in 2011, and he left the country that year. He wasn’t indicted until 2013, but the Moscow courts initially refused to confirm the charges and an international arrest warrant was withdrawn.  The indictment was revised, and a new warrant issued in mid-2014. By then Pugachev was living in London, Monaco, and Nice with his wife.
- Particularly, Russian experiences in Ukraine—where both sides are using upgraded Soviet-built tanks and anti-tank weapons—have shown that despite the best active, reactive and passive armor available, a tank will eventually be penetrated. “We discovered that no matter how skillful the crew, the tank would get up to ten hits,” Pukhov said during a luncheon at the Center for the National Interest in Washington, D.C.—which is the foreign policy think-tank that publishes The National Interest—on July 26. “Even if you have perfect armor—active, passive. In one case it will save you from one hit, in another case from two hits, but you’ll still get five hits and you’re done. That’s why now you’re supposed to have some kind of Tank 2.0.”

The Tank 2.0, as Pukhov describes it, is not the T-14 Armata—which despite its advanced unmanned turret and active protection systems—is still a more or less a conventional tank design. “I know Russians are thinking about this new tank and this tank is not Armata,” Pukhov said. “It’s what we call among us Boyevaya Mashina Podderzhki Tankov [Tank Support Fighting Machine]—but in fact it’s not a Podderzhki Tankov, but which can protect itself. So there is a serious debate about it.”

Later, during a one-on-one interview at the Center the same day, I asked Pukhov to elaborate on the Tank 2.0 concept. Pukhov said that traditionally, infantry has protected tanks—particularly in built up urban areas—but given the speed of modern armored vehicles, that is no longer possible in many cases. But while during previous eras tanks were more or less protected against weapons like rocket propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles, the latest generation of those weapons can punch through even the toughest armor.

As an example, Pukhov cited a particular battle in Eastern Ukraine where—even when operating under ideal conditions—a tank force fighting under the banner of Kremlin-backed separatist forces was all but annihilated by rocket-propelled grenades. If even a small force of anti-tank missile-equipped infantry could decimate a tank column, the take-away for the Russians was that they needed to rethink the entire concept of the tank. “That’s why we have the concept of the Tank 2.0,” Pukhov said. “We have a prototype of this machine that’s called the fighting vehicle to support tank attack—Terminator.”
- The future of produce is ugly. Twisted, blemished, mutated and deformed, to be specific.

That's because an increasing number of grocery chains and crop-sharing services have begun stocking and distributing fruits and vegetables that were once deemed unfit for sale based solely on appearance. To be clear, these goods aren't damaged or rotten or distasteful. If a chef chopped them up and served them in a soufflé, most would never know the difference. Their banishment from shelves was purely produce prejudice.

In recent years, a small number of eco-conscious consumers have begun buying imperfect produce, often at discounted prices, in an effort to chip away at the planet's staggering level of food waste.

Now, the buy-ugly movement has been thrust into the mainstream. Walmart, the planet's largest retailer with more than 4000 produce-selling stores, announced last week that it plans to sell less-than-pretty apples in 300 stores in Florida. This builds on an ugly-potato program the retail behemoth launched in Britain this year.
Consumers' vanity contributes to the world's waste epidemic. No matter how you slice it, tons of edible food are thrown away every year. The US Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that 40 per cent of food grown and produced in the world's largest economy each year goes uneaten. More fruit and vegetables are wasted than any other food category, with 52 per cent being lost rather than consumed.
- In testing, the F-35B has proved to be “phenomenally successful,” showing that it can easily destroy the most advanced enemy aircraft defenses and fighters, Davis said. In fact, F-35B pilots made a demonstration of the aircraft’s capabilities last month more challenging than Davis had asked for because they did not feel it was difficult enough, he said.

“I watched how they went and did this with two airplanes with pylons and two without,” Davis said. “It was a work of art. That’s not the way my brain works but that is the way their brains are working.”
Four F-35Bs from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron

In little more than five minutes, the F-35Bs destroyed the targets and a surface-to-air-missile site using pictures from a forward air controller that were relayed to the aircraft through the cloud cover, he said.

Davis rebutted critics who claim the F-35B is “too much technology for the Marine Corps,” explaining the Marines’ mission is to be able to fight anywhere at any time against anybody.

To drive his point home, Davis recalled a conversation he had with retired Marine Lt. Gen. Frank Petersen Jr., the Marine Corps’ first African-American aviator and general officer. The two met before Petersen died in August.

“I said: Well, some people think we’re getting too much technology,” Davis said. “He goes: ‘I was shot down in Korea and I was shot down in Vietnam; never once did I think I had too much technology. Go tell them they’re idiots.’”
- Here is the real reason for the methodology change: according to Reuters "the inclusion of the word “Neither” is capturing Soft Trump supporters who, if given such an option, prefer not to make a choice. Here it is important to note that the soft supporter phenomenon also affects Clinton, but to a much lesser degree."

As a result, the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll - pre Friday evening - had Trump 40.2%, Clinton 38.5%, but, on a "pro forma" basis, eliminating "Neither" from the "Neither/Other" answer produced a different result. In that case, Clinton was ahead, 40% to 36%.

In other words, the real reason for the "tweak" was to push Hillary back in the lead simply due to a change in the question phrasing methodology.

With the first new poll under the new polling "approach" due to be released last night, we predicted that it would show a dramtic rebound for Hillary, just as Trump was picking up steam, and in doing so changing the entire frontrunner narrative from the ground up. 
- Conflict and war in 2035 cannot be understood by the simple identification of a set of individual trends and conditions. Instead, the intersection and interaction of many discrete trends and conditions will ultimately change the character of future conflict and illuminate the reasons why the Joint Force may be called on to address threats to U.S. national interests. In fact, conflict in 2035 is likely to be driven by six specific and unique combinations of trends and conditions.

Each of these Contexts of Future Conflict creates a troubling problem space for the Joint Force. They include:
1. Violent Ideological Competition. Irreconcilable ideas communicated and promoted by identity networks through violence.
2. Threatened U.S. Territory and Sovereignty. Encroachment, erosion, or disregard of U.S. sovereignty and the freedom of its citizens from coercion.
3. Antagonistic Geopolitical Balancing. Increasingly ambitious adversaries maximizing their own influence while actively limiting U.S. influence.
4. Disrupted Global Commons. Denial or compulsion in spaces and places available to all but owned by none.
5. A Contest for Cyberspace. A struggle to define and credibly protect sovereignty in cyberspace.
6. Shattered and Reordered Regions. States unable to cope with internal political fractures, environmental stressors, or deliberate external interference.

Each context includes elements of both contested norms and persistent disorder. However, their relative importance will vary depending on the objectives of potential adversaries and the capabilities available to them. Dissatisfaction with the current set of international rules, norms, and agreements will cause revisionist actors to make their own – and attempt to enforce them. Meanwhile, the loss of legitimacy or strength by governing authorities will permit other actors to effectively employ coercion and violence in pursuit of power or to further their beliefs.
- WikiLeaks is not only competing for readers’ attention but also for relevance in the eyes of hackers and whistleblowers around the world who have other choices of how to distribute documents, he says.

"In an odd sort of way, WikiLeaks is also competing for a global share of hackers and insiders who are releasing data," he says. "And, I think, what’s better to do that than to hit an American news cycle."

And at the same time, if reports of Russian involvement are correct, the organization appears to have found a new source for documents: state-sponsored hackers looking to influence politics abroad.

"I think this is actually sending a message loud and clear to other governments out there that they can have an impact on some adversarial government or ally," says Nigam.
- Today, the organisation has again used the columns of Fairfax Media, which appears to be a willing partner in spreading the bureau's spin, to try and justify the demand for names.

Nowhere is the fact that mainstream media is in lockstep with the government better illustrated. Indeed, when Fairfax caught out Kalisch for lying, it put its own spin on the revelation by headlining the article, "Census: The ABS has been quietly holding on to our names for years". A small publication like iTWire called the lie for what it was.

In the Fairfax article today, the ABS says the collection of names was helpful to determine the lifespans of Aborigines. But then why it does need the names of all and sundry?

Ever since its name collection scheme was criticised, the ABS has been shouting itself hoarse and trying to convince the populace that it can provide adequate security for the data it collects.

But in the face of repeated data leaks all over the world - the most recent example was the leak of emails from the US Democratic National Committee that led to the resignation of its chairperson - such statements cannot be taken even at face value.

The danger in this kind of overreach is that Australians, who are well known for giving authorities the metaphorical finger in this kind of situation, may react adversely and provide false data in the census. Or else, they may boycott the census altogether.
- Politics is the art of the possible. It should be about listening, figuring out what can be achieved, and then progressing towards a better future. Today it's become diminished. People squabbling over personal ambition and placing their own desires at the forefront. Then others, less equipped to understand what's really going on, fall in behind their hero's or seek to kick goals by perverting the political process and reducing everything to a partisan political scoreboard.
- The Tu-214R is the most modern Russian ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) aircraft.

Equipped with sensors to perform ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) and SIGINT (Signal Intelligence) missions as well as with all-weather radar systems and electro-optical sensors that produce photo-like imagery of a large parts of the ground the special mission aircraft, the aircraft can fly multiple intelligence gathering missions: it can intercept and analyse signals emitted by targeted systems (radars, aircraft, radios, combat vehicles, mobile phones etc) while collecting imagery that can be used to identify and pinpoint the enemy forces, even if these are camouflaged or hidden.

Built by KAPO (Kazan Aircraft Production Association) and flown from the company’s airfield in Kazan, the Tu-214R registered RA-64514, serial number 42305014, the second of the two examples of this kind of aircraft built under contract with Russia’s Ministry of Defense (the other being serialled RA-64511), deployed to Latakia airbase in Syria, between Feb. 15 and 29, 2016.

Interestingly, RA-64514 has not finished with Syria yet: on Jul. 29, the aircraft flew from Moscow to Syria, where it landed at 3.23AM LT, as the Flightradar24.com ADS-B tracking show.

The aircraft, that features the same types of external bulges of other very well-known intelligence gathering planes, as the U.S. RC-135 or the Israeli B-707 with the Phalcon system, along with minor differences with the first operative Tu-214R, RA-64511, serial number 42305011, will probably spy on Daesh while testing some of its onboard sensor packages: the aircraft is believed to be still under development and the Syrian battlefield has already been used as a real testbed for new weapons systems by the Russian Aerospace Forces since Moscow started the air war in Syria back in October 2015.

Actually, there is someone who believes the Tu-214R spyplane and other systems deployed by the Russians to Syria might be used to collect data that might be used to “characterize” the F-22’s signature at specific wavelengths.

According to an article published by Sputnik News, Maj. Jahara ‘Franky’ Matisek of the US Air Force, for instance, Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound) and S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) anti-aircraft systems were deployed to Syria specifically to spy on the F-22, whose role imply a certain interconnection with other assets.

According to Matisek, these anti-aircraft systems could be “sniffing” the emissions of the F-22s and other NATO aircraft could be used to “[improve] tracking algorithms, air defense capabilities, and [enhance] the understanding of coalition weapons that are engaging in close air support and precision air strikes.”

Anyway, Syria aside, the spyplane has been pretty active in Europe as well: on Jul. 5, the aircraft flew an interesting mission along the borders of Finland, Estonia and Latvia, similarly to what happened on Jun. 18, 2015, when the aircraft flew from Kazan to Crimea and back, closely following the border between Russia and Ukraine (a mission profile that caused some concern back then).

As already explained, this kind of aircraft usually loiters/circles in a friendly or uncontested airspace at high altitude and at safe distance (but within range of the onboard sensors) from the target(s) of interest or along the border of the enemy country.
- Russian scientists in cooperation with the national space agency are developing a magnetic 3D bioprinter that will allow production of living tissue in the micro-gravity conditions of the International Space Station.

The unique technology will be developed in partnership between the United Rocket and Space Corporation, part of the Roscosmos and 3D Bioprinting Solutions, a resident of the Skolkovo Innovation Center.

“The development of a magnetic bioprinter will allow printing tissue and organ constructs which are hypersensitive to the effects of space radiation – sentinel-bodies (eg, thyroid gland) – for biomonitoring of the negative effect of cosmic radiation in the conditions of a prolonged stay in space and for the development of the preventive countermeasures,” 3D Bioprinting Solutions said in a press release after signing a contract with the space corporation on Monday.

The scientific team hopes to send the “unique” technology to the ISS by 2018. Scientists envision that in the long term the newly designed bioprinter could potentially be used to correct astronauts’ damaged tissues and organs during long space flights. In addition, the company says the new technology could be used on Earth for the “faster” printing of human tissue and organs to save people’s lives.

Announcing the new partnership, the United Rocket and Space Corporation’s Director General, has called the endeavor “one more step” that will aid “human exploration of other planets.” His colleague, the managing partner of the 3D Bioprinting Solutions, Youssef Hesuani believes that the technology will offer a “unique opportunity” to pursue “new approaches in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.”
- The prosecution believes that starting from at least 2006, Chun established connections in China, including at least one with a “Chinese Official,” which he failed to report to the FBI. In 2011, the 46-year-old started sharing US secrets with the Chinese.

“On multiple occasions prior to his arrest in March 2016, Chun collected sensitive FBI information and caused it to be transmitted to Chinese Official-1 and others, while at the same time engaging in a prolonged and concerted effort to conceal from the FBI his illicit relationships with these individuals,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

The court believes that Chun downloaded an organizational chart of the FBI and sent it to the “official”. The IT worker also stands accused of taking pictures of a sensitive area, with details about surveillance technologies used by the FBI. Prosecutors claim that in 2015, Chun told an undercover FBI agent posing as a potential buyer of US secrets that he would be willing to help pass sensitive information for a certain payment.

According to the criminal complaint, Chun also told an FBI agent that he had used the cash received from his Chinese connection to pay for prostitutes and cover some travel expenses.

“Americans who act as unauthorized foreign agents commit a federal offense that betrays our nation and threatens our security. And when the perpetrator is an FBI employee, like Kun Shan Chun, the threat is all the more serious and the betrayal all the more duplicitous. Thanks to the excellent investigative work of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, the FBI succeeded in identifying and rooting out this criminal misconduct from within its own ranks,” Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said at Monday's hearing.

Chun is scheduled to be sentenced in December and could potentially face 10 years behind bars.
- There’s been a lot of mystery around the purpose of the female orgasm in the science community, as it’s not essential to reproduction. But US researchers now say they’ve found its evolutionary origin. Sounds like time well spent.

While its function has left biologists baffled “for centuries,” researchers from Yale University and the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, now believe that our female ancestors only released an egg after achieving an orgasm, which is still the case for other mammals, including cats, rabbits and camels.
- More from the WSJ op-ed: “The state-of-the-art technological research coming out of Skolkovo raised alarms among U.S. military experts and federal law-enforcement officials. Research conducted in 2012 on Skolkovo by the U.S. Army Foreign Military Studies Program at Fort Leavenworth declared that the purpose of Skolkovo was to serve as a “vehicle for world-wide technology transfer to Russia in the areas of information technology, biomedicine, energy, satellite and space technology, and nuclear technology.”Moreover, the report said: “the Skolkovo Foundation has, in fact, been involved in defense-related activities since December 2011, when it approved the first weapons-related project—the development of a hypersonic cruise missile engine. . . . Not all of the center’s efforts are civilian in nature…”

“The FBI believes the true motives of the Russian partners, who are often funded by their government, is to gain access to classified, sensitive, and emerging technology from the companies. The [Skolkovo] foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research development facilities and dual-use technologies with military and commercial application.”
- Lockheed is building three models of the F-35 Lightning II for the US military and 10 countries that have ordered them: Britain, Australia, Norway, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, the Netherlands, Israel, South Korea and Japan.

But the program, launched in 2001, has been dogged by huge cost overruns and technical problems that blew out its budget by nearly 70%. Britain slashed its orders and the decision of Australia’s Howard government in 2002 to buy the jet fighter has been heavily criticised as hasty and ill-judged as cost increases, delays and doubts about its capability have mounted up.

Problems with the fighter jet have included issues with the radar software and increased risk of neck injury to lower-weight pilots when they ejected from the aircraft. The jet was also reportedly out-performed by the ageing F-16 fighter in a mock dogfight.

Industry and US defence officials have said they are working hard to continue driving down the cost of the new warplanes to $85m per plane by 2019, as well as the cost of operating them.

“The U.S. Air Force decision to make the 15 F-35As ... combat-ready sends a simple and powerful message to America’s friends and foes alike – the F-35 can do its mission,” said the program’s chief, Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan.
- In all but cases of moral failings, commanders must assume responsibility for their subordinates — not “deflect criticism by throwing lower echelons under the bus.”
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is studying new methodologies to assess the economic contribution from industries seen as part of the "new economy", ranging from biotech firms to online retailers, a deputy head of China's statistics bureau said in speech published on Sunday.

The rise of some new and high-growth industries has brought challenges to evaluating a country's economic growth.

Xu Xianchuan said free services provided by internet companies had contributed to the country's gross domestic product, in comments carried on the Shanghai Securities Journal website.

Such services were underestimated, leading to lower official GDP numbers, he added.

Xu's comments come as China is due to release second-quarter GDP figures on July 15. The veracity of China's statistics is frequently called into question by investors.

The government has set a growth target of 6.5-7 percent for 2016, though some analysts believe real growth levels are already much weaker.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Neuroscience in PSYOPS, World Order, and More

One of the funny things that I've heard is that people from one side believe that people from another side are somehow 'brainwashed' into believing what they do. As we saw in out last post there is a lot of manipulation and social engineering going on if you think about it, http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com/2016/07/social-engineeringmanipulation-rigging.html We're going to examine just exactly why the connection seems to be so strong though and how to break through. You may need some further background though so there will be extra links as usual:
- at the very core of this we do things that make us feel good. In fact, most of our socio-economic systems are based around doing some act in order to again something in return. Nowadays, this means basically capitalism and society. At a psychological level though what has happened is that we're conditioned to believe in a particular system over time. Think about this, when we went to school and learnt a particular version of history, science, religion, etc... we were awarded for understanding why it was superior. This continues into adulthood where we're monetarily rewarded for doing basically the same thing
- what this means for our neurochemistry and the way our brains work isn't obvious because most people specialise into particular fields of speciality and often with no-medical background. Basically, there is a change in our brain chemistry, an increase in certain feel-good neurotransmitters and hormones, etc... Like the original Pavlonian experiments (with dogs) I'm guessing that we've also suffered the side effects of this. Even without being given feedback for given stimuli people can still continue to believe in a system in spite of not being provided with a reward/feedback. Whether this is by accident or design is the obvious question?
Neurotransmitters of the human body
Dopamine's effects on learning and memory - Eric Marr at TEDxCCS
Neuroscience 201-1 - Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience 
- this takes me to our next point most of the time we 'break' when something is wrong with what we see whether it is our socio-economic system, religion, etc... Over time, people riot, spies turn, and so on... Fundamentally, what happens though is that our brain chemistry changes which means we no longer feel good about our environment which results in altered behaviour. The clear brilliance of this is if it were intended it's the ultimate form of mind control. People don't even realised that they are under the spell of PSYOPS until something drastic happens to break the chain (for instance, disillusionment amongst those who have long term illness, unemployment, go to wars on questionable grounds, etc...)
- ironically, this can be facilitated which is basically what the original German Nazi MK ULTRA and equivalent US (including 'enhanced interrogation'), Russian, and other country's programs figured out. Basically, you sleep deprive people, ply them with drugs, torture them, etc... until you think that they are 'broken' and then you try to get them to do what you want. Anyone who is trained or has enough background in these areas know that the results can be extremely volatile/variable though. False memories, aversion to pain, false confessions, etc... It can literally go anywhere (though they wouldn't continue with this practice unless people were getting results?)?
- the reason why people have become more 'subdued' over time is probably because there are so many alternative avenues for pleasure nowadays. They can drown their sorrows, seek pleasure in so many different ways, food, drink, drugs, sports, etc... Basically, it becomes much more difficult to break them down if they are already at such a high 'peak' (in spite of things not being too great environmentally). Moreover, based on some of the evidence that I've seen a lot of what is in our environment makes it even more difficult to 'break down'. For instance, experiments have proven that there isn't too much of a difference between what junk food does to our brain chemistry and what long term drug addiction can do it. (As an aside, I think this is the key difference and why capitalism will win out unless it's flaws are explained. Capitalism may provide you with more rapid development but at a cost (crashes, time, quality of life, etc...) that you only figure out much later). Remove exposure to some of these aspects and perspectives may change (or else increase exposure while in your presence which explains why 'marketing' has become increasingly more aggressive over time)?
Super Size Me - YouTube
The Century of the Self (Full Documentary)
- there's obviously a flip side to all of this. If you know how it works you can also reduce the chances of you bring 'broken'. As has been discovered by people in defense proper sleep can have a drastic impact upon your brain chemistry, as can diet, fitness, etc... At times, it makes me wonder whether or not some people are more easily radicalised/turned/broken simply based on these factors alone? Would simply fiddling around with a person's diet/brain chemistry (to just make them healthier not necessarily to 'control them') make them less likely to turn? This is particularly the case if the medication we're prescribing people for existing conditions makes people's lives worse (reduced cognition, reduced motor function, etc...) which means that they don't take it anymore?
Detoxification Explained with Dr  Jack Tips
Cleansing & Detoxification - Brenda Watson
- irony is that mental health care options have become worse as economic growth has worsened. Even if people (or family and friends want to admit them for professional care) they can't (or don't have any options). The irony is that seemingly as has been mentioned previously there is a heap of money parked off shore but don't really have the ability or genuine desire to bring it back (question mark because am honestly unsure what the truth is here)?
- the problem with the world nowadays is that most of the time people don't have the time to figure or are interested to find out the truth. The only real way to figure out whether people or organisations is to look at their entire history. Are certain unusual/awkward actions deliberate or accidental? Are there things which can be easily proven (or not) which can allow you to guage whether or not they genuine? As stated in my last post if you want to know the truth you need to figure out to remain passive at all times. Ask the most neutral question that you possibly can and assess the answer based on the results that you can find (notwithstanding biased search engines, media PSYOPS, etc...). Also understand that a lot of people are probably just a victim of circumstances. Sometimes, they have to make a decision and the only choices that they have aren't great. Factor in the fact that the 'lives' of countries are much longer than that of people and you can see how complicated things can become
How did the Western countries become so powerful?
- in geo-politics 'ally' basically means following orders in spite of how awkward it may appear at times. Countries do really silly things (especially in hindsight). You won't understand how veterans/refugees hold certain opinions without further background. Looking back at things it's clear that a lot of politicians and public certain have 'slowed down' (for instance, Kissinger seemed much more vibrant back then)
Cold War - Vietnam  [E11_24]
Cold War Series
- a few blog posts ago I wondered whether the Western world was turning into the USSR. If you knew just exactly how many gimmicks we had to come up with to keep things going you'd find it funny as well as distressing. There have been some former members of the USSR who have noticed the same thing apparently. Just like in the West though there are those among them who have a very extreme perspective  of what the West is, what is wrong with it, etc... After a while, it becomes obvious a lot of people in the 'establishment' appear so paranoid. If you're viewing raw intelligence constantly (mixed in with dis-information, multiple perspectives, etc...) that's going to be your perspective of the world permanently (to normal people they'll appear overly paranoid). For me, the most interesting case are those who were former members of the intelligence community who went into politics (Putin, Bush, etc...). Both coy to an extent but if you push them in the wrong way, if they feel manipulated into making an unwise decision, etc... they will push back hard which makes them appear 'thuggish' at times
Collapse of the Titans
Dmitry Orlov - Russia's Patience Is Wearing Thin (Incomplete Audio)
'American Liberalism Must be Destroyed' – Alexander Dugin at Texas A&M University, April 29, 2015
The Balkanization of America
Political Scientist Igor Panarin Predicts 2010 would see U.S split into six Pieces
The Kremlin's Goal, Divide the USA
Igor Panarin & the Balkanization of the United States
Who destroyed the Soviet Union
`There will be civil war in US in 2009`
Keiser Report - Crisis of Capitalism (Summer solutions series E942)
Dmitry Orlov: The US Is Sleepwalking Towards A Nuclear Confrontation
Dmitry Orlov - Seizing the Mid-Collapse Moment
- there's no doubt that the US is weakening relative to the rest of the world. If there is to be a transition it could be a disaster if not managed properly. If honest with ourselves if China was that much of a threat surely we'd just stop trading with them? There are other options as others have mentioned (downstream but perhaps not upstream)
- basically, if the US are going to try something the Russians will try the exact same back against them
I am not your friend, I am the President of Russia
- this is part of the problem. Even if there has been election tampering (internal and/or external) the silly thing is that most people aren't realising that basically the primary job has been done. A lot of commentators are saying the same thing. Both candidates feel like they lack preparation. Common criticism of both candidates is that they lack reason, judgement, facts. Worrying thing is that by the time either candidate hits office they may not have the time to figure things out. Note how narrow the perspective of some people are? If you spend enough time watching the think tank circuit of (insert arbitrary country name here) you'll notice a 'tunnel vision' type effect owing to (accident or design) impact of society http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/social-engineeringmanipulation-rigging.html
'CrossTalk' Trump vs. Clinton
Trump vs. Clinton - anger vs establishment _ Quadriga
Hannity 5_27_16 Full - Newt Gingrich - Trump Vs Clinton Will Change Everything
O'Reilly Factor 5_19_16 FULL - Trump vs Clinton on the Issues
Hannity 7_12_16 Full - Obama Wrong, Hannity Pissed! Trump vs Clinton
Sam Harris on Donald Trump vs. Hilary Clinton (June 15 2016)
Progressives worst nightmare. Trump vs Clinton
- both candidates could be unclean? Allegations out there that Trump is supported/funded by Russia and that there are also Chinese and Russian connections with Clinton. Guess it doesn't really matter as long as their policies aren't compromised? Then there is financial backing that for which there is a lot of public debate about as well
‘They have a history of corruption’ - Clinton Cash documentary author Peter Schweizer
Donald Trump (R) - Top Contributors, federal election data
CrossTalk on Trump - Siberian Candidate
DUGIN'S GUIDELINE -Trump and Clinton the battle will be bloody
Michael Millerman - Who is Alexander Dugin
Aleksandr Dugin - Pussy Riot's Global Blackmail
Alexander Dugin - 'Putin vs Putin' (Arktos, 2014) – Promo
Vladimir Posner Interviews Alexander Dugin
The Age of Authoritarianism (and How to Combat it)
- this is the crux of it. You can fake data to make it look like things are going great but if people having genuine problems there will still be civil unrest 
- incredibly negative and desperate campaigns. Difficult to watch and listen to sometimes. I don't want to feel sorry for them. I would want a reason to vote for (either of) them
- one of the things I've been wondering about this was why didn't they consider fake radio broadcasts (with body double) and takeover via local radio broadcast station? Also, why hasn't there been greater research methods into alternate take down methods? For instance, I'm aware that there has been research into non-lethal methods using physical shock, sound, etc... to knock out a people within a perimeter unconsciousness? Practicality, cost, legal issues, etc? Also, am aware that the Russians and US have both been working on biological weapons for covert operations for decades. Tiny drones disguised as insects (already prototyped) that administer the 'medication' to 'neutralise' terrorist threats? Practicality? In the case of people suffering 'psychotic episodes' wonder whether it's possible to aerosolise medication and just push it through the ventilation system prior to talking to them or else taking action to increase chances if success?

Over and over again of late people have been praising the our 'Rules Based Order'. I wanted to check just exactly how many rules countries adhere to and what share of the global burden each of them takes:
- signed international UN Human Rights treaties by country. I guarantee that you'll be surprised by some at the top and the bottom
- another strange one given the recent trouble in the South China Seas. Some of those countries involved have not ratified UNCLOS or are choosing the way they want to interpret it
- refugee instake by country. Most of the developing coutries are taking the burden (though more developed countries contribute to foreign aide)?
Refugee population by country or territory of asylum
- foreign aide. Once again, you'll be surprised by some of those at the top especially when it comes to comparing relative size to their economy
- peacemaker and humanitarian contribution. You'll be surprised by some of the countries doing the heavy lifting? Most of the developing coutries are taking the burden (though more developed countries contribute to foreign aide)?
- disputes count at the WTO. Developed nations at the top (though they engage in more trade generally?)
wto dispute count by country
- UN financing. Makes a little more sense (US in particular a long way ahead of the pack) but if you look there are some unusual ones at the top as well. Not countries that you'd expect funding such a large proportion of UN operations
- tax evasion seems to be rampant. In fact, in some countries
tax evasion by country
- you'll be surprised by who comes up on top with regards to justice
justice index by country
- people say that global values are mostly Western. Things have moderated definitely but people still very much cling on to their national and religious values
- in spite of what is often said only very few countries are classified 'fully democratic'. Once again, you'll never guess who's on top. In fact, there are strange countries in strange positions in many places. One of the obvious ironies of demanding liberal democracies everywhere is that people may not want it? Imagine you had the greatest king, tzar, emperor, ruler, etc... of all time. Would you still demand democracy?
- making more sense. Developed countries back on top
- depending on the source you'll hear heaps of stuff about terrorist activity reducing drastically after one particular event or another. It's not like that. Moreover, it is on the public record that a lot of these organisations have questionable credentials and reputations. As has been demonstrated by WikiLeaks and straight out public acknowledgement many countries have been engaged in covert activities in the past and at present
- heaps of rumors around but never been entirely clear how you profit from war (for me)?
stolen wealth world war by country
stolen wealth war by country
BBC Panorama - Daylight Robbery
Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (2006)
How to Profit Off War - Iraq, Afghanistan and Big-Money Special Interests (2003)
Iraq For Sale - The War Profiteers • FULL DOCUMENTARY FILM • BRAVE NEW FILMS
Keiser Report - Food Stamp Army (E134)
- some theories out there which say that Western wealth comes down to 'colonialism'. Without this, the world's wealth would have been much more 'balanced'? Also some theories (came up during search) regarding Hitler, Mao, etc... being British agents? Even if proven it's still very strange especially given the fact that Britain lost their empire as a consequence of WWI and WWII (though it's clear that the UK handed over the reigns to the US after WWII)?
why is the united states so much richer than other countries
2016 - OBAMA'S AMERICA Dinesh D'Souza's Movie with Glenn Beck on GBTV
2016: Obama's America (2012)
2016 film
How the West Re-colonized China
Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Rothschilds & British Royal Family Connections
Hitler British Agent - Queen Elizabeth - Prince Philip - Rothschild - Clinton - Illuminati
How Corporate America Supported Nazi Germany - Jacques Pauwels
- contributors to world health. You'll be really surprised by the one on top over the period of 1976-2015. Rest are sort of what you'd expect
- go through WADA figures over the years. You'll be surprised at some of the 'leaders' in this particular area. It's not who you would think (I've heard one theory which says that rich countries have access to the latest performance enhancing drugs which means that they wouldn't necessarily be detectable using current techniques. Surely, this would be dealt with via retro-active testing?)?
- interesting that the US tended to be late to the fight in both World Wars but is now 'expected' to act as a global peace keeper? A lot of what is often said doesn't make sense? You'll be surprised by who profited and lost most (both via GDP, equipment, troop numbers, etc...) by both World Wars (not trying to trivialise anything. It's just that now some things seem to get passed over? I've known soldiers from different sides of the equation, soldiers who came back safe, others who came back injured, civilians who were stuck in the middle of a conflict, others who escaped it, people who were fundamentally against it or for a particular intervention, people whose countries have been under genuine existential threat, people who have gone to concentration/re-education camps and have stayed in them for multiple decades, etc...)
The economics of World War II: an overview*
- contributors to global economy growth. Usual countries you'd expect
- have some strange countries who are non-signatories
- most new dispute numbers in favour of developed countries but most trade occurs between these countries
problem and resolution
- disputes reasonably spread out here
world bank disputes by country
- there is favouritism and re-writing of rules
- use of vetoes at UN is headed up by the usual suspects
- list of war crimes. Problem here is that the UN is corrupt. countries will trade favours with one another to obstruct certain proceedings, to push forward their own agendas, etc...
http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com/2016/03/psychological-warfaremind-control-more.html- land annexations
- works until it doesn't. they want MMT to work hence the PSYOPS but in reality it still doesn't make any sense if you examine it from a mathematical perspective. you're going to either gradually stagnate or else you'll collapse
- happiness index by country. Not entirely relevant but I wanted to see
- more surprises with regards to crime rankings by country
crime index by country
- once, again you'll be surprised by who leads the way in terms of free and fair elections
- you what won't be surprised by who is the outright leader in defense spending. You will be surprised by who is leading with regards to percentage spending on GDP though. The other thing you need to factor in is defense treaties/pacts and coalitions built in response to specific events. Wasn't easily find a collated list of defense treaties based on country alone...
defense spending by country
Military expenditure (% of GDP)
defense treaties by country
- this isn't entirely relevant but I wanted to know why if which countries had been involved in most the most wars, why there are so many NATO bases all over the place, etc... Obviously, this isn't clear cut. The big problem with this one is that countries have taken on various colonial, humanitarian, and peacekeeping, etc... roles over time
which countries have been involved in the most wars
why are there so many nato bases all over the world
US Spending Over $150 Billion Annually On Overseas Military Bases

Random Stuff:
- updated Ableton MIDI script for Launchpad MK2 out already if required
Launchpad95: Instrument, Scales, Step Sequencer, Device Ctrl
- making money in media difficult now apparently
- sometimes seems ridiculous. Wouldn't be surprised if they were somehow some form of state involvement
- always wondered about where and how to hide bike motors. Apparently, quite powerful nowadays
- it makes sense why people couldn't take him seriously as a possible Prime Ministerial candidate. In spite of his silliness (reminds me a George W. Bush), he's likely to bring goodwill to Britain
The Best of Boris Johnson
Funniest Interview with Boris Johnson (not to be missed!)
Jeremy Paxman interviews Boris Johnson at the Tory Party Conference
- so many gimmicks now in an effort to save 'capitalism'. Other obvious gimmicks include changing the way things are valued to (by de-facto) create inflation, helicopter money/coupons, debt jubilee, wealth re-distribution, etc... Other growth source is 'space' (and obviously the 'sea' as well which explains a lot of what China, Russia, and the US have been engaging in a lot of of late)? The most obvious source is mining the moon... Doubt we have viable, cheap enough, technology to do so? The one interesting thing about me for capitalism is how often it 'crashes' or that you require one person to suffer relative to another and the interplay between religion and modern society. It's for that reason alone that you have to find the current global economic stagnation interesting. Curious thing for me is the way we calculate value versus the way it works in our environment. Life begets life, new ideas, and so on. In our way of life it feels as though we try to stop things at time
- drivers for Steinberg Cubase system
MI4 on Win7 64
- some useful free music resources here
- this is one of the frustrating aspects of the Internet now. As a content creator and consumer you hate it and love it. Even if you try to do things legitimately all the time the fact is with the Internet the way it is you just don't know. Think about all of the documents and files that are on the public Internet (especially music and video) that probably shouldn't be up there? I know that there is work being done on this but have to wonder how much content that is on display should be on display?
- not sure whether this was quoted out of context? Bizarre that the EU can't have a military based on what UK wants? Surely cost savings would help them a bit? At times, it feels like countries make trade offs between trade and defense but sometimes things go askew?
Scrapping NATO EU looks to create own military to face off against external threats
- alternate method to dealing with stealth and BVR combat, forces behind enemy lines or long range bombardment. Funny thing is that back during the 'Cold War' the USSR had data in almost real time regarding some of the West's most advanced technologies. They just didn't care or didn't have the money to implement them. You have to wonder whether it's still the same? Modern warfare dictated by sensor game? If I knew I could never compete straight up against a near peer threat I would be looking to sensor blinding, denial of service style attacks, overloading, decoys, unconventional/hybrid warfare, etc... Whether defending or attacking it makes things a lot cheaper especially they can't tell the difference between real threats and decoys. Obviously, bigger problems if your missile defense system can't detect the difference as opposed to expendable drones. One thing I've noticed with new Russian weapons is that they always break down at a public event? At times, it feels like it's 'staged'?
The F-35 could be Over Syria by Fall.
- spoke about this concept earlier on this blog. Cheap, expendable drones that are to be controlled by ground troops or else a 'mother ship/aircraft' of some form
LCASD - the drone everyone's been clamoring for
- when these things happen you wonder whether or not it's more the fault of the animal or humans?
- for some strange reason I think they'll have more than enough time to correct things if/when it actually needs to be deployed?
- search engines are ubiquitous nowadays. On particular topics and in particular regions search engine rigging is really obvious. You can search for something and something completely unrelated can turn up and if you know enough about PSYOPS you understand why this is the case. What I'm wondering about is how much of an economic advantage rigging provides (if it is done)?

Quotes from recent media:
- The highest court in the Russian Far Eastern region of Kamchatka has ordered the cancelation of an earlier ruling recognizing a 1942 Disney cartoon depicting Donald Duck’s adventures in Nazi Germany as ‘extremist material’.

The ruling in question was passed by the city court of Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky in 2010. Back then the judge gave a six-month suspended sentence to a local resident for distributing extremist materials over the internet. The propaganda included the Oscar-winning animation ‘Der Fuehrer's Face’ that the accused called ‘Donald Duck and Fascism’ in Russian and because of this the film has been included in the Russian federal list of banned extremist materials.

When prosecutors discovered this fact they filed a cassation with the regional court explaining that the video is a classic Walt Disney cartoon made within the framework of an anti-Nazi propaganda campaign. They also wrote that the film contains no calls to extremism - on the contrary, it depicts Nazi ideology in satirical and mocking forms.

The court agreed with this statement and also ruled that the film’s characters are not promoting violence against anyone.

‘Der Fuehrer's Face’ - also known under the title ‘Donald Duck in Nutzi Land’ - was created in the United States in 1943 and in the same year its director, Jack Kinney, received the Academy Award for best animated short.

Current Russian law bans any public calls for extremism or attempts to humiliate people and provides that such actions should be punished with up to five years in prison. This applies to internet posts as well as mass media publications. Decisions on the subject are made by regional courts, but once something is recognized as extremism anywhere in the country, this material is included in the federal list of banned information.
- One of the UK's newest nuclear-powered submarines has docked in Gibraltar after a collision with a merchant vessel during a training exercise.

The Royal Navy said it has launched an immediate investigation after HMS Ambush was involved in the "glancing collision" while submerged off the coast of the British territory.

There is "some external damage" but no crew members were injured, it added.

The Astute-class attack submarine's nuclear reactor was undamaged.
- It was 47 years ago that NASA won the space race against the Soviet Union, and Apollo 11 astronauts first walked on the Moon.

And now American companies have pitched a series of new plans that would see the country finally return to the lunar surface... this time, alongside the Russians.

The collaboration between the two countries isn't entirely surprising - Russia and America have been working together in space since their association on the International Space Station (ISS) first began in 1993.

But with the ISS scheduled to plummet to its watery grave in 2024, the two countries' space agencies have been preparing to part ways and focus on new projects.

For NASA, that focus is getting humans on Mars by the 2030s, and the US space agency has made it abundantly clear that it has no intention of returning to the Moon anytime soon - unless the Russian space agency Roskosmos or the European Space Agency (ESA) takes the lead.

But while NASA might not be interested in the Moon specifically, a lot of its plans for getting to Mars involve the area around the Moon (known as cislunar space).

For example, step two of the three-step plan involves capturing an asteroid and putting it in orbit around the Moon, so that a crew on board the Orion spacecraft can explore it in the 2020s.
- NSW Labor has labelled a children's book that highlights the benefits of the government's multi-billion dollar re-development of the Bays Precinct in central Sydney as "propaganda" and demanded it be withdrawn from the state's classrooms.

The picture book, pushed into schools by the NSW government's property development arm, UrbanGrowth, also comes with a teacher's guide on educating students about the project that will encompass the Ultimo, Rozelle, Pyrmont and Glebe foreshore.

"It's a big picture, very visual, colourful book," says Belinda Thompson, the schools manager for UrbanGrowth NSW in a video promoting the resource.

The video also features UrbanGrowth's public relations specialist, Holly Langler, giving a lesson to children in a public primary school.

The book does not give alternative voices who might be concerned by the development or to those who work in the area such as maritime contractors.

On Thursday, Labor leader Luke Foley called for the withdrawal of the resource. "This government propaganda push is what you would expect to occur in a third-world banana republic," he said.

It is the second school-based public relations initiative from the Baird government in the past year after it awarded a $2 million contract to Elton Consulting to spruik a rail line to primary and secondary children titled: "How the Sydney Metro Northwest will change their communities for the better".
- France has formally demanded that Microsoft stops collecting private user data and tracking browsing habits. Should the corporation fail to fulfill the request within three months, it risks facing further sanctions and paying fines of up to €150,000 ($165,000).

On Wednesday the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) issued a formal statement in which it said that Microsoft had three months to polish its privacy policy and bring it into compliance with the French data protection legislation.

“It has been decided to make the formal notice public due to, among other reasons, the seriousness of the breaches and the number of individuals concerned (more than ten million Windows users on French territory),” the CNIL said in a statement.

The issue of Microsoft infringing on users’ privacy was raised in France after the corporation launched its latest Windows 10 operating system a year ago. CNIL then began a series of online investigations which “revealed many failures” including the collection of “irrelevant or excessive (user) data.”
- Few fighter planes have managed to be so beloved and yet boast such an unfavorable combat record as the MiG-29. Of course, this is in large part because the Fulcrum was usually fielded by less developed countries against Western opponents that were more numerous, better trained, and better organized.

Setting the tune of things to come, in the Fulcrum’s first confirmed aerial combat, two Syrian MiG-29 were shot down by Israeli F-15s in 1989. There are reports Israeli fighters shot down another two Syrian MiG-29s in 2001.

During the Gulf War, five Iraqi MiG-29s were shot down by American F-15s. However, a Fulcrum did successfully hit an F-111 and a B-52 bomber with missiles, though both aircraft managed to return to base.

Fulcrums also took a beating in the Ethiopian–Eritrean border conflict of the late 1990s, which featured more evenly matched opponents. Russian mercenaries flew alongside Ethiopian pilots, while Ukrainians supported the Eritrean Air Force. In all, four Eritrean MiG-29s were shot down by Ethiopian Su-27s. In exchange, the Eritrean Fulcrums shot down a Su-25, a MiG-21 and an unidentified fighter (possibly a MiG-23). Over multiple engagements, Flankers and Fulcrums exchanged over two-dozen R-27 missiles at long range for only a single hit. Instead, most of the victories were scored in short-range dogfights using AA-11 missiles.

Sixteen MiG-29s of the Serbian Air Force opposed NATO’s bombing campaign over Kosovo in 1999. Deployed at medium altitude, where they were exposed to hostile radar, five were shot down by F-15s and F-16s without scoring any victories in return.

MiG-29s have also performed ground attack missions in the former Yugoslavia, Moldova, South Sudan, Sudan and Ukraine.

Russian Fulcrums have been involved in a few incidents over the years. In 1989, Soviet defector Alexander Zuyev absconded with a MiG-29 and flew it to Turkey in an incident involving a cake full of sleeping pills, a shootout with a security guard and a failed strafing run. A MiG shot down a Georgian drone in 2008 in an incident preceding the Georgian–Russian war. Ukraine claims a Fulcrum shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 over Eastern Ukraine in 2014.
- The US will send a Navy warship to visit New Zealand for the first time in more than three decades, ending a long-running disagreement with Wellington over nuclear-weapons policies, as rising security jitters in Asia spur the two nations to boost military ties.

Following talks between US Vice President Joe Biden and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Thursday, the countries announced that a US warship would visit a New Zealand port for its navy’s 75th anniversary celebrations in November. Mr. Key said he would make a formal decision to allow the visit in “a number of weeks,” bypassing the country’s longstanding non-nuclear policy and lifting an obstacle to full strategic co-operation between the two countries.

Former New Zealand Labour Prime Minister David Lange in 1984 effectively banned US warships from visiting New Zealand with a policy that required them to declare they weren’t carrying nuclear weapons. The US military has always insisted on ambiguity about the presence of nuclear weapons on American vessels.

While the decision delighted anti-nuclear peace activists at the time, it angered Washington and Australia, which both viewed the decision as a breach of obligations under the 1951 ANZUS treaty binding the three countries as strategic allies.

The US responded by suspending treaty obligations to New Zealand on September 17, 1986, characterising the country as “a friend, but not an ally.”

While New Zealand continued to support the US and other allies by providing troops and military equipment in Afghanistan and Iraq, the suspension largely remained in place until 2008, when then-US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice referred to New Zealand as “a friend and ally” on an official visit.
- A consortium of major German companies has offered an over €2 billion investment in the Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway, Kommersant daily reported citing its sources.

According to them, officials from Russian Railways (RZD) met with the head of Siemens Russia and CIS Dietrich Meller this month. They discussed the possibility of €1.5 billion investment in the railway construction with an additional €700 million for the purchase of rolling stock. Siemens along with Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Bahn and other major companies are part of the German Initiative Group consortium.

Siemens has said it is ready to provide an enhanced version of the high-speed Sapsan train for the new railway.

The Moscow-Kazan route is planned as part of a network of high-speed lines to be built by the time Russia hosts the football World Cup in 2018.

China has already expressed an interest in funding the Russian project, saying it will put in up to $6 billion. Beijing considers the Moscow-Kazan project not only as an investment, but also as a way to boost communication and trade with Russia and Europe.

The joint Russia-China investment in the railway is about $15 billion.
- For those who haven’t spent time in China’s thriving cities, it can be hard to imagine how digitally connected they are. This is no longer the China of the 1990s, a nation of shoe factories and fake bags, not cutting-edge apps.

Outsiders tend to know one thing about China’s Internet: It’s blocked — no Facebook, Twitter or Google. They imagine a country languishing behind a digital Iron Curtain, waiting, frozen in time, for the fall of the Web’s Berlin Wall.

The United States wants to believe that the scourge of censorship thwarts online innovation, but China is challenging the idea in ways that frighten and confound.

“There’s this strange belief that you can’t build a mobile app if you don’t know the truth about what happened in Tiananmen Square,” said Kaiser Kuo, who recently stepped down as head of international communications for Baidu, one of China’s leading tech companies, and hosts Sinica, a popular podcast. “Trouble is, it’s not true.”

The truth is that behind the Great Firewall — the system of censorship designed to block content that could challenge the Chinese Communist Party — China’s tech scene is flourishing in a parallel universe.
- Right now, the U.S. government is responsible for about a third of all the government debt in the entire world.  Fortunately the financial world continues to lend us gigantic mountains of money at ridiculously low interest rates, but if that were to ever change we would be in an enormous amount of trouble very rapidly.

For instance, if the average rate of interest on U.S. government debt simply returns to the long-term average, we would very quickly find ourselves spending more than a trillion dollars a year just in interest on the national debt.

And as the Baby Boomers age, our “unfunded liabilities” threaten to absolutely swamp us.  By the year 2025, it is being projected that “mandatory” federal spending on “unfunded liabilities” such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare plus interest on the national debt will exceed total federal revenue.  What that means is that we will spend every penny we bring in before a single dollar is spent on the military, homeland security, paying federal workers, building roads and bridges, etc.

In recent years the Federal Reserve has also had a “buy now, pay later” mentality.

While Obama has been in the White House, the size of the Fed balance sheet has grown by about two and a half trillion dollars.  The goal has been to artificially pump up the economy, but when the Federal Reserve creates money out of thin air it is actually a tax on all of us.  The purchasing power of every dollar that we will spend in the future has been diminished thanks to the Fed, but most Americans don’t understand this.

What most Americans want is for someone to “fix things” in the short-term, and not much consideration is ever given to the long-term damage that is being done.
- No matter who takes the U.S. presidency, the odds of a naval war with China remain low — at least in the near future. The two nations are simply too intertwined to rush headlong into conflict. A Chinese state-run paper rightly points out that “only maniacs would start a war between China and the U.S.”

But nationalistic bluster is intensifying in both countries. And each year, an increasing number of warships, missiles and drones are brought to the sea to jockey for supremacy.

The sea is primed for an unintended event — a drone shot down, a game of chicken between warships gone too far — that would demand extraordinary tact from a future U.S. president seeking to avoid war.

As China’s state-run Global Times puts it: “An accidental gunshot might put policymakers in both countries under huge pressure from public opinion, which could unexpectedly escalate the situation and lead to a grave crisis
- Gillard said: “Kevin’s operating style was dysfunctional. It was a great pity. Kevin is a highly intelligent man. If you wanted to talk to someone over dinner about the geopolitics of the region for the next 20 years, then you couldn’t have a better companion than Kevin Rudd. But Kevin’s fatal flaw was that he couldn’t delegate, he couldn’t manage his time, he couldn’t plan strategically as opposed to plan tactically.

“Under pressure he was a great prevaricator. His reaction to not being able to decide was to ask for more and more briefs and more and more paperwork that would never get read. Then he felt the pressure more and more; there was more paper and more chaos. It would get worse, not better.”

Gillard would joke about Rudd’s operational dysfunction. She would take home 200 briefs on the weekend. The system began to look to her. “I was clearing briefs and correspondence in a routine way,” she says. “People would say: ‘Have you done all those briefs? It’s only 11am.’ It was as though I’d turned water into wine.”

Senate leader Chris Evans said: “Julia spent the first two years of government running around cleaning up the mess, day after day. She was not given enough credit for that.”

This was a highly unsatisfactory modus operandi, guaranteed to strain personal relations and lead to trouble. It meant Gillard lost respect for Rudd.

Greg Combet was promoted under both Rudd and Gillard. He offers a practical yet alarming view of Rudd’s style: “You’d have to say the government had become dysfunctional. Rudd’s approach to governing was the real reason he was replaced. That’s not often appreciated.

“Rudd failed in his management of his colleagues on any assessment. He tried to take it all on himself. He was terrified of leaks and wanted to keep everything tight; colleagues were not engaged, cabinet processes were not followed. The SPBC system (the strategic priorities and budget committee, or “gang of four”, consisting of Rudd, Gillard, Swan and finance minister Lindsay Tanner) led to very poor process.

“Ministers were travelling around from city to city trying to get an audience with the SPBC; as a minister that’s where you had to go. So Rudd would have a full day in one city, then all the SPBC members, all the public servants, the deputy secretaries, the advisers would be rushing out to buy underpants and toothbrushes because they were now staying the night, then we’d decamp the next day to yet another city in the hope of getting in, waiting all the time for huge decisions to be taken.”
- Recent attacks suggest an evol­ution of a new type of terrorist: someone not previously on the counter-terrorism authorities’ radar but who is socially, emotionally or mentally unstable and susceptible to rapid radical­isation. The government is also deeply concerned about terrorists using fast-evolving technology including encryption to hide their communications from police and security agencies.
- Australia's largest ever investment boom of $200 billion into Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) during the past decade has crashed spectacularly, and left the Federal Government with little or no revenue to show for it.
Key points

Australia's gas is now being exported to Asia at close to the cost of production, leaving investors with marginal returns and raising the prospect some coal seam gas projects may be mothballed.

"We are on the cusp of becoming the biggest gas or LNG exporter in the world," energy analyst Greg Houston told 7.30.

But the collapse of the gas price means that there will be little or no financial benefit.

"The crash is a slow-moving train wreck, if you like," Mr Houston said.

"The price has dropped by 75 per cent.

"That's a huge financial hit to the people who have made this investment."

Long-term contracts for Australian gas have been pegged to the price of oil, which has meant the recent steep fall in the oil price has also hit LNG exports.
- At the end of the Cold War, funding for the Soviet Navy collapsed. The fifth Kirov was cancelled, the first suffered damage and was never repaired, and construction of the fourth (Pyotr Velikiy) was delayed. In a move characteristic of the turbulent politics of twentieth-century Russia, all four existing and incomplete Kirovs acquired new names.

Currently only Pyotr Velikiy, the last of the four ships, remains in active service. But unlike some of the white elephants of the Soviet period, the Russians have found a good use for her. The Russian Navy has used Pyotr Velikiy heavily, showing the flag around the world to demonstrate the continued  relevance of Russian seapower. She even conducted antipiracy operations for a time off Somalia, perhaps one of the greatest mismatches between mission and capability in recent memory.

Over the years, rumors have persisted regarding the return of the three other Kirovs to service.  The Russian Federation finally decided, in 2015, to begin a thoroughgoing refit of Admiral Nakhimov, third ship in the class, and the only besides Pyotr Velikiy to receive significant post–Cold War maintenance.  The refit will amount very nearly to a full reconstruction on lines similar to the rebuilds of battleships during the interwar period. Nakhimov will receive major upgrades in radars and electronics, as well as the addition of a Vertical Launch System to replace her existing array of SSMs. This will serve to make her a far more modern, capable unit.  When Nakhimov leaves refit in 2018,Pyotr Velikiy is scheduled to receive the same treatment over a three-year period.

The other two ships will likely never return to service. Kirov (later Admiral Ushakov) suffered a reactor accident in 1990 and was never fully repaired. Frunze (now Admiral Lazarev) entered reserve in 1994, and is reputedly in very poor material condition.

The Kirovs fulfilled, and continue to fulfill, a very real role for Russian seapower. They can threaten U.S. assets, while also providing an impressive, prestigious platform for the display of Russian maritime prowess. They demonstrate that the large surface ship model that went out of style at the end of World War II can nevertheless result in a formidable collection of weapons, depending on the configuration of those systems. Assuming that the refits ofNakhimov and Pyotr Velikiy continue to go forward, we can anticipate continuing to see these ships in Russia service for decades.
- Federal Court Justice Anthony North slammed the business and its operators in his judgment last year.

“It is immoral to seek to harness the fears and anxieties of men suffering from ED [erectile dysfunction] or PE [premature ejaculation] for the purpose of selling medical treatments,” Justice North said.

“To target the patient’s vulnerability in this way is to use an unfair tactic and that is a possible marker of unconscionable conduct”.

He took aim at sales tactics used to convince men to sign up for treatment, which the court learned of thanks to millions of recorded telephone calls.

“Sales people used high-pressure selling techniques by telling men that their penis would shrink and they would suffer psychological impotence if they did not agree to the treatment,” Justice North said.

The men were told they would get a refund if the treatment failed, but were not told that they must try all treatment options — including injecting the drug into their penises.
- COTTON: Vladimir Putin was a KGB spy and he never got over that. He does not have America's best interests at heart and he does not have any American interests at heart. I suspect, after this week, when Donald Trump is the nominee and he begins to receive classified briefings, similar briefings to what I receive as a member of the Intelligence Committee, he may have a different perspective on Vladimir Putin and what Russia is doing to America's interests and allies in Europe and the Middle East and Asia.