Three international provocations thanks to the US and its provocateurs

Some points to ponder:

Trump poll: lowest popularity since 1946 but 96% of his voters would do it again.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-trump-100-days-honeymoon-regrets-poll/story?id=46943338

Only 4% figured out that Trump was not the peace president?

Or have they not figured out how dangerous his warlike policies are?

Our thanks to Irina for the contribution below.

QUOTE: “Just a couple of hours later, president Poroshenko phoned the US State Secretary, demanding the introduction of international forces in Ukraine.

That is what the Kiev regime is ready for to get Western troops to «protect» them. If it happens, I am afraid, Russia will respond.”

My comment: I am appalled at my countrymen and how easily they fall for false pretexts to start wars. I would have sworn that the Bush war in Iraq would be the fake war to end all fake wars. Surely American could see a pattern here, right? But no, the suckers are hungry for deceit. They have a pathological need to be suckered into yet another senseless war that we can’t afford, to “make America great again”! They seem unable to accept the US as getting along with the rest of the world. We must be the bullies. So that is what was meant by “great again.” The fake story of Assad gassing his own people was swallowed whole by most of Trump’s voters, 96% of whom would vote for him again even after his murderous attack on the long-suffering Syrian people, whose Christian population has been reduced by close to 70% thanks to US intervention. Now comes Poroshenko with his fake accusation that the Russian speakers in the east have attacked the OSCE group when that very group knows full well that it was the Kiev regime or its out-of-control renegade supporters who attacked them! Don

Today, a car of the OSCE patrol was hit by a mine in the LPR [Lugansk People’s Republic, one of the 2 Russian speaking republics – Don]. One employee was killed, another three wounded. Naturally, Ukraine accused the LPR of mining all roads. 

However, when an investigation team arrived at the site, the Ukrainian side opened fire on it. [Remind you of Trump refusing to allow an official investigation into the accusation of Assad “gassing his own people”? We can’t spoil the narrative with the truth, can we? Don]

Just a couple of hours later, president Poroshenko phoned the US State Secretary, demanding the introduction of international forces in Ukraine.

That is what the Kiev regime is ready for to get Western troops to «protect» them. If it happens, I am afraid, Russia will respond. [I suspect they may. Then all bets are off. Hard to say with a loose cannon in the WH. The only silver lining is that in Syria, Trump hit once and then stopped and declared victory over the “beautiful-baby killers.” Maybe that is his MO. Don]

As for Poles, they will not blame Russia for anything, they will just take back lands that they consider theirs, under the pretext of protecting Poles in Ukraine. Western Ukrainians, by the way, might be quite willing to be seized as they will «enter Europe» in such a way. Some of their politicians have long been saying that central and, especially, south-eastern Ukraine is a burden for them.

Here is the next Donbass blog https://novorossia.vision/en/opinion/priamaia-liniia-glavy-dnr-s-zhiteliami-ukrainy-zakonoproekt-ob-otmene-vsekh-zakonov-ussr-otkaz-mezhdunarodnogo-suda-oon-v-ud/

[I know, the following paragraph is somewhat personal, but I wanted you all to know that Crimea is a great vacation spot, and right now, ridiculously cheap. I was there in the early 70s. Don]

I know some places in the Crimea as I spent their every summer in my childhood, and then even more with my son. Towns on the Southern Coast are great, so if you are planning to go their. I dare say that you will not be disappointed.

End of Irina’s email

Are you keeping count of Western provocations?

I am still reeling from the impact of the poll showing that most Trump voters by far would do it all over again. They don’t see it coming. Bush redux.

From the above, you are reminded of provocations in Ukraine and Syria. Now here comes Afghanistan:

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/385696-us-afghanistan-chaos-mother-terrorism/

PS: This just came in:

The great Western cover-up:

http://russia-insider.com/en/russia-investigation-syria/ri19674?utm_source=Russia+Insider+Daily+Headlines&utm_campaign=0f027da9bc-Russia_Insider_Daily_Headlines11_21_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c626db089c-0f027da9bc-179866425&ct=t(Russia_Insider_Daily_Headlines11_21_2014)&mc_cid=0f027da9bc&mc_eid=ca023753e8

 

Putin adviser Glazyev: US aggression can be stopped only by ditching dollar

I saw this in an online Russian language newspaper to which I subscribe (link at bottom). I was unable to find an English language report, so I decided to send you a translation.

This is not exactly my own translation. It is only my edited version of a rather good google translate rendition. You can use google translate to read the rest if you want. Mind you, some of the sentences were badly rendered and would have been misleading without my edit, but my hat is generally off to Google on their excellent software.

Don Hank

Glazyev: US aggression can be stopped only by ditching the dollar

Sergey Glazyev. Photo: expert.ru

The only way to stop the US aggression is to get rid of dollar dependence. This was announced today, April 21, by presidential adviser Sergei Glazyev on the margins of the Yalta International Economic Forum (YAEF).

“The more aggression from Americans, the sooner they will bring matters to the final dollar collapse, because the only way for victims of American aggression to stop this aggression is to get rid of the dollar. As soon as Russia and China defeat the dollar, US military power will come to an end,” he said.

At the same time, commenting on the policies of the new US president, Glazyev noted that Donald Trump acts in accordance with the expectations of the American ruling elite.” I had no illusions that he would change politics. First, American aggressiveness in the world is due to the desire to preserve American hegemony in a situation where they have already lost leadership to China in terms of the economy. In addition to the military cudgel, the US has no other ways to get everyone to use the dollar. Therefore, they are conducting a hybrid war with the whole world in order to unload the burden of their debts onto other countries, to keep everyone in the dollar and to weaken those territories that they do not control,” Glazyev said.

According to him, “in this light, anti-Russian hysteria and growing Russophobia are a long-term factor associated with the specific interests of the American ruling elite.” “Objectively, they are conducting the global hybrid war, and subjectively this war is directed against us. And then the war, as is always the case when the global leader is changed, is waged for control over the periphery. During the First and Second World War, England played the role of the provocateur to preserve world leadership. Now America is doing the same. Trump is the spokesman for these interests,” concluded Glazyev.

As reported by EADaily, the third Yalta International Economic Forum is taking place in Crimea from April 20 to 22, at which no less than 1500 people have arrived – approximately 400 participants more than a year ago. One of the most important achievements of the organizers of the forum was the expansion of international participation – delegates from 46 countries are taking part in the YIEF. This is 20 more than a year ago.

Read more: https://eadaily.com/en/news/2017/04/21/glazev-ostanovit-agressiyu-ssha-mozhno-tolko-izbavivshis-ot-dollara?utm_source=push

Sergey Glazev is an adviser to President Putin. Don Hank

Resurrection Day on the road to Damascus

Resurrection Day on the Road to Damascus

By Don Hank

On this Easter Sunday morning, even as our government prepares for war against the Damascus government, I could not help but remember that it was Paul who, in his early persona as Saul of Tarsus, was stopped short on his march to Damascus to persecute the early Christians. We are Saul on the road to Damascus and the Lord is Jesus. Nothing has changed. The story has been ongoing for 2 millennia.

The Damascus Road: Saul Converted (Acts 9)

Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”

Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.[a] It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”

Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

The Satanic States of America (SSA), which, like Jerusalem in the story above, imagines itself to be a moral authority, is now headed like Saul to Damascus, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, to take out President Bashar al-Assad, the only man standing between the US-funded terrorists and the Christian population that has so far escaped the murderous onslaught of Washington, DC. Like Saul, before he became Paul, we are on the road to Damascus, Syria, to persecute and kill Christians.

What will the Lord do now? Have faith, my friends. It is all we have now and it is sufficient.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all our Orthodox brothers and sisters around the world, both those in the region where Christianity was born and those in the land that stands between persecuted Christians and the Satanic States of America, a blessed Resurrection Day!

I was in a Coptic Egyptian church in Lancaster County, PA, several decades ago when the presiding priest had the congregants stand at the end of the service, shake hands with each other and say to each other: He is risen!

God bless you all. He is risen!

In Christian Love,

Don Hank

 

 

Our fear is killing us. Part 2

Begin email from JB, with whom I had been discussing Assad:

 

This should answer question re Assad being a war criminal. Plenty of damning evidence.

 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/04/06/syria-president-bashar-assad-war-criminal/100116828/

McCain and Graham are senators, not country dictators, and any of their opinions require support by a majority of Senators to lead to actions.  Further, you may disagree with their views on strategy and tactics, but both are veterans with views that should at least be considered.

 http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2014/09/18/alleged-isis-photo-controversy-engulfs-sen-john-mccain/

But there the Breitbart linked above reports on McCain and supports the accusations that McCain has supported terrorists and terrorist sympathizers:

QUOTE:

Patrick Poole, an esteemed national security reporter and expert on radical Islam for PJ Media, has reported that the Free Syrian Army’s commanders have admitted in public to working alongside ISIS. [McCain has supported the Free Syrian Army—Don Hank]

 Earlier JB had said that the only sites that asserted that McCain had met with terrorists were fake news sites.

The problem for JB and other dogs wagged by the tail in the White House is that Breitbart has been embraced by Trump. So, since Trump has named a Breitbart operative to his inner circle, pretending this is fake news is claiming that Trump has been duped.

Another quote:

Rogers–McCain’s communications director–went on the record to multiple media outlets to say he didn’t know who he was meeting with.

So McCain didn’t know these fighters that he supported wholeheartedly with your cash but he insists that they were not members of terrorist groups. Sure. Well, then, if he didn’t know them, he could naturally vouch for their not being terrorists, couldn’t he?

So my question for JB and his ilk is: in view of the above, why should McCain’s views “be considered,” even though he is a veteran – particularly since most veterans don’t trust McCain. After all, they are veterans too and should their views not be considered?

Here I quote from the article linked to by JB:

Tuesday’s chemical attack that killed at least 86 people, including 27 children, is the latest in a series of atrocities linked to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“Linked to” is pregnant with meaning. Yet it means little, because JB apparently has not asked himself WHO did the “linking.” The answer to that question is: the same people who linked Trump to the Kremlin and who linked Russia to a document leak that was said, by Craig Murray, the leaker to Wikileaks, to have come from a disgruntled Bernie Sanders voter. This linker was the CIA and its puppets, about 17 “intelligence” agencies in all, none of whom would dare to disagree with their lying boss. Why do I call the CIA a liar? Because this same Wikileaks exposed another info dump showing that the CIA has software that can simulate a Russian “hack” even when there is no hack. This special software inserts Russian-looking code into documents and pretends they are Russian hacks. But of course, the CIA said they never use this software. And many Trump bots believe this rot now that Trump sides with these characters. Voters sided with Trump for the right reasons but are now mesmerized by his personality and following him for the wrong reasons.

The United Nations previously accused his government of committing war crimes against the Syrian people during a brutal six-year-long civil war that continues without end.

Yes, the UN did accuse Assad and Russia of crimes in Syria, as documented here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/01/un-details-assad-and-putin-s-war-cirimes-in-aleppo.html

But what JB and others forgot is that the US-backed Iraqi forces were also accused of horrific crimes, so if Assad is to be tried for crimes, how about the US and its ally? Oh dear, we aren’t supposed to think like this, are we JB?

Here are other actions Assad has been accused of taking that have triggered global condemnation:

Chemical weapons

In 2013, Assad’s military launched a nerve gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus that killed hundreds of people.

But this allegation is competently rebutted by this report:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-un-mission-report-confirms-that-opposition-rebels-used-chemical-weapons-against-civilians-and-government-forces/5363139

On December 13, [2013] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signed identical letters to the UN General Assembly and Security Council, stating:

“I have the honour to convey herewith the final report of the United Nations Mission to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic”

The letter of transmittal was signed by Professor Ake Sellstrom, Head of Mission, and Dr. Maurizio Barbeschi, signing for the WHO component.

On page 21 of this 85 page report is stated:

“Khan al Asal, 19 March 2013:  111.  The United Nations Mission collected credible information that corroborates the allegations that chemical weapons were used in Khan al Asal on 19 March 2013 against soldiers and civilians.”

Page 22:

“Jobar, 24 August 2013:  113.  The United Nations Mission collected evidence consistent with the probable use of chemical weapons in Jobar on 24 August on a relatively small scale against soldiers…”

Emphasis mine. No rational person would suggest that Assad would kill his own soldiers. So where did these chemical weapons come from? Read on.

Page 114, this assessment is based on the following:

According to Seymour Hersh, December 19 (published in The London Review of Books),

“Already by late May, the senior (US) intelligence consultant told me, the CIA had briefed the Obama administration on al-Nusra and its work with sarin, and had sent alarming reports that another Sunni fundamentalist group active in Syria, al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI), also understood the science of producing sarin.  At the time, al-Nusra was operating in areas close to Damascus, including Eastern Ghouta.  An intelligence document issued in mid-summer dealt extensively with Ziyaad Tarriq Ahmed, a chemical weapons expert formerly of the Iraqi military, who was said to have moved into Syria and to be operating in Eastern Ghouta.  The consultant told me that Tariq had been identified ‘as an al-Nusra guy with a track record of making mustard gas in Iraq and someone who is implicated in making and using sarin.’  He is regarded as a high-profile target by the American military.”

This would support the Russian Ambassador’s claim, following the Security Council consultations of December 17, 2013 that:  “Why would the Syrian government use chemical weapons on August 21?  To cross the red line drawn by Washington and invite a missile strike upon itself?  Why would the opposition use chemical weapons?  Exactly because of the red line.  To provoke foreign military intervention in the Syrian conflict…The Russian team’s analysis concluded that ‘home-made’ sarin was used near Aleppo on March 19.  It stated that the Sarin was likely delivered by a crudely made missile.  The team also named the particular opposition group most likely behind the attack.  At the time, the Syrian government immediately requested an international investigation of the March 19 incident, but then the United Kingdom and France all of a sudden recalled a Homs case, that had not bothered them for 3 preceding months, while the US started insisting on the need to investigate ‘all incidents.’  Why did those who accused the Syrian government of this act do their utmost to derail or at least delay such investigation?”  The dragging UN probe was interfered with by the tragic events in Ghouta on August 21.  “As our experts concluded, sarin used on August 21 was of approximately the same type as the one used on March 19, though of a slightly better quality.  It means that over a few months, opposition chemists somewhat improved the quality of their product.”

More from JB-linked article:

Under international pressure, he agreed to a plan to destroy his chemical weapons stockpiles. Since then, however, his regime has been linked [again, by whom? Don] to attacks using chlorine, which is more easily made from industrial sources. Most countries ban the storage or use of chemical weapons. Nerve gas is suspected in this week’s attack.

Barrel bombs

Assad’s military has regularly used these improvised explosives against rebels. But the regime has used them in cities where their destruction is indiscriminate. The bombs are packed with explosives and shrapnel that cause wide areas of damage and commonly are dropped from helicopters. The Syrian Network for Human Rights said in a report that the Syrian regime helicopters dropped nearly 13,000 barrel bombs in 2016, killing hundreds of civilians, including children.

The implication of the above is that US bombs do not kill civilians, but in fact, the US is accused by the British monitoring group Airwars of killiing 1500 civilians in March alone. 

Just as I thought I was finished with this commentary, this came in:

http://russia-insider.com/en/third-straight-month-us-killed-more-civilians-syria-number-sohr-makes-russia/ri19599

 

Does Russia have us outgunned? Part 5

Does Russia have us outgunned? Part 5

translation by Don Hank

Fighter-bomber “Sukhoy” Su-34

http://inosmi.ru/military/20170302/238812175.html

2017, 3-18 Does Russia pic 1

The Su-34 is a bomber that the Russian Air Force has used, for example, in Syria.

© RIA Novosti, Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation | Go to the photobank

Departure of the first group of aerospace aircraft from the airbase Khmeimim to the points of permanent deployment in the territory of Russia

The aircraft is used primarily to destroy targets on the ground.

It carries a crew of two, and has a flight range of 4,500 km. The maximum air speed at sea level is1,400 km per hour. At an altitude of 11 thousand kilometers, the aircraft can accelerate to 1,900 km per hour. The maximum flight altitude is 17,000 m, and the maximum takeoff weight is 44.4 tonnes. [tonnes means metric tons—Don]

The aircraft’s armament consists of air-to-air missiles, guided missiles to destroy ground targets, medium-range missiles, guided and unguided bombs.

According to Jorgen Elving, a number of Su-34 planes are located in the Baltic region.

“The military unit there, according to available information, has 24 Su-34 planes. It is reported that by 2020, from 150 to 220 Su-34s will be supplied to the Russian air force and will replace the Su-24. Su-34s have been used in Syria,” says Jorgen Elving.

According to Jane’s Defense Weekly, Russia has at least eight Su-34 planes in Syria.

Below we will discuss one of the most modern landing assault ships in Russia.

Landing ships

Russia has several large landing ships of the 775 Minsk Class, ie, the Kaliningrad, the Korolev and the Alexander Shabalin.

© RIA Novosti, Igor Zarembo | Go to the photobank

The large landing ship (LLS) Kaliningrad in the military harbor of Baltiysk

The ships are armed with 57 mm artillery guns, one 76.2 mm battery and several antiaircraft missile units, two of which are 30 mm caliber.

A battalion of marines with combat vehicles can be loaded on the ship.

“These ships are quite old, but at the moment we are working on one new landing ship, the Ivan Gren, is under development, is now being tested and will be put into service by the Russian Navy later this year.” Initially, six such ships were to be built, but now it has been decided to hold it at only two, “- said Jorgen Elving.

Next is a Soviet-era submarine, which will soon be replaced by more submarines.

Non-nuclear submarines of the “Kilo” class

The crew of the Soviet “Kilo” class subs consists of 57 sailors and officers. The sub has a surface speed of 10 knots and  subbmerged speed of 17 knots. On average, the submarine can dive to 240 meters. “Kilo” class subs can remain submerged for up to 45 days. Armament consists of six torpedo tubes, and up to 18 torpedoes or 24 mines can be taken on board.

Russia has two non-nuclear submarines of the Kilo class in the Baltic Sea – Vyborg and Dmitrov. The latter is currently docked, according to Jorgen Elving.

Now we come to the submarine used in the Barents Sea.

The “Borey” class – Russia’s new supersubs

2917, 3-18 pic 2

The “Borey” is a nuclear submarine intended to replace the famous submarine of the Akula design, the largest ever created. The “Borey” is much smaller than its predecessor, but it is more difficult to detect, and it is much more maneuverable. Submerged, this submarine can travel at a speed of 30 knots, while its surface speed is 15 knots. The Borey has an OK-650 nuclear reactor, the same type used in Soviet submarines since the early 1980s. It carries a crew of 107 sailors and officers, and can dive to about 450 meters.

© RIA Novosti, Ildus Gilyazutdinov | Go to the photobank

The submarine “Vladimir Monomakh” has arrived at its permanent base on Kamchatka

The sub, 170 meters in length, is equipped with ballistic missiles that can carry both tactical and strategic nuclear warheads. It is equipped with 12-meter missiles of the RSM-56 Bulava type. Reportedly, problems were encountered during the tests with the “Bulava.” For example, they exploded in the water when fired in the submerged position. The theoretical range of the missiles is 8,000 km, and the accuracy radius is 350 meters.

In addition, the “Borey” class is equipped with Vyuga (blizzard) missiles, which protect it from enemy submarines and surface ships. They can be loaded with a non-atomic explosive or carry small tactical nuclear warheads. In addition, the “Borey” has many smart torpedoes.

Since the submarine uses an atomic engine, its service time is unlimited, which theoretically means that the Borey can stay on the job for many years.

The Russian fleet ordered ten submarines of the Borey class. Three of these are currently in service.

Due to its size, the Borey is primarily adapted to work in the open sea and is not intended for the Baltic region, where it could run aground because of the relatively shallow depth.

Olle Ohlsén Pettersson

How to learn a foreign language

by Don Hank

There are lots of forums and sites for discussion of foreign languages. My favorite is the professional translator site proz.com. But there are not many sites that discuss language learning in general. Nonetheless, there are tricks that can save you time and teach you a new language rather quickly.

Best methods for learning a new language on your own

First, I recommend buying the Rosetta Stone program for the language of your choice.

RS has most of the world’s languages in its inventory although as a rule of thumb, if the language has a small number of speakers, you will not find it. Regrettably, therefore, Finnish and Hungarian are not included in their list of about 30 languages.

I recommend you acquire both Rosetta Stone (RS) plus a good grammar for the language of your choice. Rosetta Stone makes learning interesting by using photos of people in various language situations. It is therefore a very quick way to gain an inroad into the language.

But RS has its limitations, which its developers apparently do not, or refuse to, own up to. Which is why they do not include explanations, including grammar sections, in their course.

This is because the RS method is based on what we called the audio-lingual method back when I taught French and German in high school. This method attempts to teach you by the same method you learned your native language as a small child. But the developers of the method forgot at least three things:

1—You are no longer a small child.

2—But even if you were, a child learns by hearing hundreds of sentences and phrases every day for years. Virtually every sentence or phrase, including single words, is an example of a pattern, ie, a grammatical or idiomatic pattern. But a student in a language class will not get to hear even a fraction of that number of patterns during his language program. In order for the child to learn a grammatical pattern, for example, he or she must hear snatches or whole sentences of standard speech almost around the clock. Eventually, after hearing hundreds of instances of the pattern in question, he can start speaking more or less correctly, both grammatically and idiomatically correctly. But a 3-level Rosetta Stone course is simply too limited for the learner to deduce the main rules of grammar and other speech patterns needed to speak correctly. In order to learn the rules of grammar and other recurring patterns of the language, he would need many times more examples than any course can afford him.

3—A child learns language much more easily than the average adult because he/she does not generally suffer from a common malady of adult learners, ie, what we call “interference.” Interference is the tendency to confuse the speech patterns of his native language with those of the new language he is trying to learn. Just a simple example: In French, if you want to say “I like beer,” you need to use the definite article, roughly equivalent to our word “the.” Hence, “I like beer” is said in French: “J’aime la bière,” which if we rendered it literally, ie, word for word, would be: “I like the beer” in English, but it would not mean that. It would mean to a native French speaker, “I like beer.” The new learner would likely have a tendency to say “J’aime bière,” which would grate on the ears of any native speaker of French. His tendency to use this incorrect pattern comes from his native English interfering with the French. This is only one of myriads of examples of the kind of interference encountered by all learners of foreign languages.

Therefore, as you have gathered from the above, Rosetta Stone courses are simply too short to get a complete knowledge of the language, and the course comes free of any explanation of what the speakers that you hear as you take the course are saying. For example, a series of words will be heard but the photos do not always suggest the individual meanings of these words. This is frustrating to the new learner. And worse, when the sentences become more abstract, the photos can only provide a rough idea of the exact meaning.

But in the case of Rosetta Stone, thankfully, there is a solution in most cases, and that is, to go to this web site:

https://secure.rosettastone.com/us_assets/documentation/English_(American)_1_Course_Content.pdf

and print out the unit or level of whatever language you are studying.

Caveat: in a few cases, the RS English course does not match up 100% with the corresponding foreign language text. However, this is rare. I have used RS for Arabic and Korean and have encountered only a few differences in the text.

You can use RS for a month or two without much need for a grammar text. However, once you get into the higher levels you will want to know why the speakers are saying what they say. Grammar is the key to this. Get yourself a decent grammar and conversation book to supplement your course.

I urge readers who are learning or have learned foreign languages, to post in the forum at the bottom of this article.

There is a lot to talk about.

Part 2 will discuss learning more-complex sentences and learning to read serious articles, eg, from online newspapers.

I have posted this article in two versions, one at this part of the site and one at the “pages” section. If you look at the top of each article, you will see a box with a black background and white print. In the second line down you will see the words Foreign Language. You can click on that and bring this article and subsequent ones up at any time. You can also bookmark it. You may want to come back often to the forum section and post your remarks or questions about languages that you or your friends or children are learning.

Part 3. Does Russia have us outgunned?

“Does Russia have us outgunned?” Part 3

New missiles, airplanes and troops

http://inosmi.ru/military/20170302/238812175.html 

2017, 3-16 russian troops on parade

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the military sphere was subjected to considerable budget cuts. The ships and submarines rusted in the ports, and the planes did not take off. But with the arrival of Vladimir Putin, the army again began to receive funds for new weapons and large-scale exercises.

This year, Russia’s strategic missile forces will receive 41 new ballistic missiles. At the same time, the air force will have 170 new aircraft, the army will have 905 tanks and combat vehicles, and the fleet will receive 17 new ships. This was reported by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

During 2017, three new units of the Russian strategic nuclear forces will also receive new ballistic missiles, Shoigu said. Each unit will operate with up to 10 missiles.

The growing number of new weapons has led to the need to hire new personnel. Shoigu said that the Air Force now needs 1,300 new pilots and they will be added in 2017.

The Russian military is operating in Syria on the side of the regime, and the Russian side has used the conflict to test new weapons under stress conditions.

Thanks to he Russian Armed Forces modernization project, the country’s million-man military potential now approximates the Western potential, primarily with regard to standard types of weapons, communication technologies and drone technologies.

Shoigu reports that the armed forces now have two thousand drones, while in 2011 there were only 180. He also mentioned that Russia has deployed radar systems to monitor its border along its entire length.

The minister said that the military will deploy three new infantry divisions in the west, south-west and east of the country (the Pacific Ocean). The Western Division will be active near Sweden. The situation will be more tense from a geopolitical standpoint with Russia’s deployment of troops in the Pacific region. The Kuril Islands have been a contentious issue since the Second World War: both Russia and Japan claim these territories.

The deployment there of the Russian infantry division will not exactly reduce the tension. Earlier, the Russians deployed anti-ship missiles there to protect the coast.

Next on our list is an invisible submarine in the Baltic Sea.

Translated by Don Hank

RUSSIAN ECONOMY ADVANCES – DESPITE SANCTIONS AND SABOTAGE

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Despite western sanctions, fake news about the Russian economy and attempts to sabotage Russian fund-raising, Russian capitalism goes from strength to strength. Russia is now no more corrupt than the USA! The Eurozone meanwhile suffers a collapse in its share of world trade, external and internal mass migrations, mass unemployment and high debt. The UK…
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Putin addresses new ambassadors

I just heard from my Scientologist friend about my article on banned psoelytizing in Russia. He sent me these links. I had said I could not find mention of God in the site on Scientology. I did not intend to mislead anyone. The first of these links does indeed discuss God.

Our thanks to this friend, who wishes not to be named.

Don
Specifically about God
http://www.scientology.org/faq/scientology-beliefs/what-is-the-concept-of-god-in-scientology.html

Scientology religion
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Scholarly recognitions
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The latest fake story from US intel

The new fake news story from US intel

 

Don Hank

The latest msm reports about the supposed Russian hacking are all focused on a side issue and their aim is to deceive you through a subtle ruse.

A prime example is the report of a new statement by the sneaky intel director, who sounds as if he is on Trump’s side but if you read the below-linked article, you see he is still pretending the Russians have been proven to be the hackers responsible for the DNC email leaks. This news of the slightly modified statement is being reported enthusiastically by naive conservatives who fail to notice that the main part of the fake narrative is still in place, namely, the fake story that the Russians were proven to have done the hacking. I showed yesterday, based on the flimsy justifications they gave for their ant-Russian narrative, that they absolutely have no evidence against Russia. Their stated “evidence” reflects the exact same tactic used by a UK “court” (which was not really a court of law) that did an investigation of Litvinienko’s death and after a lengthy probe, finally issued the verdict that Litvienienko was “probably” murdered by Putin. Guess what? There is no such thing as a verdict of “probably” in the jurisprudence of any country in the world! They might as well have simply said “we really really want to believe it was Putin because we hate his guts since he refuses to bow to the Washington hegemon.”

The reporters and the politicians they quote are all still speaking as if the Russians definitely did the hack but are conceding only a minor point — ie, that they may not have affected the election. Yet the allegation that the Russians did it is not proven, not even close. The most likely version is that the hack was an inside job while the entire msm is pushing the story that it was the Russians.

But now, they are focusing on whether the hacking affected the elections, and the new fake story will be that, well, yes, the Russians did it and this is proven (it’s not, of course, as I have shown) but we can’t prove that it affected the elections or that the Russians wanted to affect the elections. This is a more sneaky way of lying to the public and if the public falls for it, the elites win.

This new fake story makes the Establishment seem fair even though in reality they are still the same old deceivers, perpetrating a fraud for which they should be indicted in a court of law.

So why are they doing this? Because their main objective is no longer to un-elect Trump (they’d like to but can’t) but rather to discredit the Russians so that Trump cannot fully implement his plan to establish good relations with them. They will falsely claim that Putin has deceived a good-hearted but naive Trump.

This way the Neocons and Neo-liberals think they can continue to smear Putin and Assad and continue with their plans to destroy Syria and the rest of the Middle East, including the few Christians who are left. Because they expect the public to buy the story that Russia did do the hacking but that the hacking did not necessarily affect the election.

The only way this despicable plan can be thwarted is for the public not to buy this nonsense.

You can help by forwarding this article, including my article proving that the accusers do not have a case against Russia: http://laiglesforum.com/analysis-shows-us-intel-agencies-inventing/4034.htm

Meanwhile, while the intel agencies and their partners in the DNC have no evidence at all to back up their fairy-tale about Russian hackers, according to the WSJ, the state of Georgia has solid evidence – namely, a US government IP address left at the hack site — that does prove the US government hacked their voter data base. Now that’s evidence. And that is the MO of our current government.

Analysis shows US intel agencies invented “Russian” hack story

Analysis show US intel agencies invented “Russian” hacking story

Don Hank

Please forward a link to this article far and wide. The DNC is using the phony story debunked below to influence the electoral college. They could steal the election and plunge us into another 4 years of Obama on steroids.

Countless bytes have been expended trying to show why the story about Russians hacking the DNC is false. However, most omit the most relevant details and fail to analyze the statements by these agencies, which simply do not bear a moment’s scrutiny.

USA Today says Hillary was right about 17 agencies swearing on a stack of Korans that the Russians are responsible for the hacking of the DNC’s emails.

QUOTE:

On Oct. 7, the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement on behalf of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The USIC is made up of 16 agencies, in addition to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

“The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there [where is his evidence? Don Hank]. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”

So there you have it. Now why would 17 Obama-loyal agencies lie?

Perhaps because deceit is what they are being paid for. They’re spies, silly.

Here is what ZeroHedge said:

 

QUOTE:

The “17 agencies that actually confirmed” it was the Russians? Well it turns out that was one guy, namely DCI James Clapper: the head of US intelligence. The same man who committed perjury before congress after his NSA surveillance program was leaked [Hank’s emphasis].  He issued a statement that included the phrase:

We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.

The very next sentence is also of interest:

Some states have also recently seen scanning and probing of their election-related systems, which in most cases originated from servers operated by a Russian company. However, we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government.

 

So these “17 agencies have 2 unrelated sets of justifications for their conclusions, namely:

methods and motivations, as mentioned in the USA Today quote, and

scope and sensitivity as mentioned in the ZeroHedge quote.

For those who haven’t noticed that this has all the earmarks of statements made by professional liars who think we’re high school dropouts, let’s analyze these “justifications.”

1–methods: Since Wikileaks is responsible for divulging the leaks, only they could possibly be in a position to know the methods used to do the hacks. Further, the agency does not tell us what the methods were. So this is simply another way of saying “we are making this up as we go.”

2–motivations: This is irrelevant because the Russians are by no means the only group that might be highly motivated to hack DNC emails. Half of US voters and hundreds of groups in the US and elsewhere would be so motivated, so there is no selection factor here that would point specifically to the Russians.

3–scope of the [hacking] efforts: There was a vast cache of emails, it is true. However, these all could have come from a single server or a very small number of servers. Once a hack is successful, one can tap into a large trove of  information with very little effort. So “scope” is not relevant. Any hacker anywhere could have done this. Wikileaks is known for the vast scope of its efforts. In fact, since there is no real proof of Russian involvement in hacks, there is no way anyone could know the scope of  typical Russian hacking efforts in order to make a comparison.

4–sensitivity of the [hacking] efforts: What sensitivity? This is sufficiently vague that no one can really know what is meant. Is Clapper referring to the fact that the hacked information is sensitive? If so, then this too is totally irrelevant because almost all hackers are seeking sensitive information, not just the Russians.

But all of this smoke screen is intended to cover the only relevant detail, namely, the fact that the source of this information is irrelevant and does not change the two relevant facts:

The DNC is not denying that the hacks are real and accurate. This is absolutely amazing because it is the most relevant fact for voters and is being obfuscated by the imaginary Russian involvement.

The hacked information is damning to the Clintons and would, of course, influence anyone to reconsider voting for Hillary because, based on this information, she clearly is a shady character who belongs in the Big House and not in the White House.

Please disseminate this. The DNC is using the phony “evidence described above to influence the electorate college in an effort to steal the vote.

PS: Now there is a new story and all the major msm outlets, including Fox News (eg, Tucker Carlson), are carrying it: The new, completely fake, story is that the Russian hack story is proven (when the above analysis shows it is not) but the real issue is whether or not the hacked information affected the election. Why are they floating this new story? Because they know it is too late to un-elect Trump, but they think they can convince the public that the Russians are not worthy to be our allies. This is intended to derail Trump’s plans to make friends with the Russians and hence, peace in the Middle East.

It will only work it YOU the public buy the fake story.

Another rah rah moment in American history

Trump victory: another rah rah moment

by Don Hank

I wonder if you will recall that the GW Bush wars were started by rah rah talk, as when Dubbya stood at ground zero and, with his arms draped around two NY firemen, proclaimed “the people who knocked down these buildings are going to hear from us.”

So ask yourself: Did “the people who knocked down these buildings” really hear from us? Now every American who experienced that moment lived through the wars that followed. But remember that the “people who knocked down these buildings” were mostly Saudis because it was they who founded and funded – together with the US Deep State – Al-Qaeda. But instead of declaring war on the Saudis, our real enemy, we attacked the enemies of our enemy, the Taliban (which had around that time plotted to oust the Saudi royals) and Saddam, who ran a secular type government with little or no emphasis on Shariah and even had a Christian in his cabinet. The Saudis hate secular leaders and the US helps them eliminate them. (Here is a clue as to why we are so obliging to them: http://laiglesforum.com/how-the-petrodollar-perpetuates-islamic-terror-2/3315.htm).

Thus, absurdly, Dubbya was aiding and abetting the “people who knocked down these buildings” and killed up to 3000 Americans.  And he and his Neocon pals had to know that the Christians and other large groups would leave Iraq in droves if we “won,” and that chaos would ensue, forcing the US to occupy.

And how about that Afghanistan? What a great victory! Rah rah. Not. US and allied troops are still there and the carnage is heart-wrenching – for all but the arms industry and its financiers.

Thus we can state with confidence that, facing the TV cameras at ground zero that day, George W. Bush was thumbing his nose at a bleeding America. (This fits in perfectly with Bush’s cover-up of the Saudi role in 9-11 as reported subsequently by the Washington Post ).

Now with that deception in mind, you will note the unbridled euphoria over the Trump election. Rah rah. Millions of Americans were relieved that we would now have peace.

And in fact, we might.

But we might not either.

Yes, Donald Trump had promised he would cooperate with Russia. The prospect of peace that this signaled is one important reason many Democrats crossed over to vote for him, for example.

But what many of us have forgotten is the eerily similar rah rah moments of the Bush years and what rah rah moments usually mean in our great country. The greatness often lies solely in the rah rah, not in the situation on the ground, in the aftermath, our bleeding hearts and pocket books.

Some exceptionally alert observers are already pointing out that Trump has picked two rank Neocons for his cabinet, who have both warned about “Russian aggression” in Ukraine, despite the fact that it was the US and Europe who started and supported the bloody coup in Kiev for the obvious purpose of goading Russia into a defensive action that could be spun by our media into “aggression.”

Trump’s presumptive defense secretary has warned that the Russian “aggression” in Ukraine is “worse than we think.” This is a lie, as you know if you follow the web site that provides regular sitreps on the conflict in E. Ukraine. Bookmark this site and go there at least once a week. If enough Americans did, our “leaders” would not dare arm the Kiev fascists. Even, if you followed the OSCE’s regular Ukraine reports, you would also know the aggressor is Kiev’s troops (many of which are fascists, eg, the Azov Battalion) that the US government supports.

But Mattis is not the only one beating the war drums against the country Trump promised to “cooperate with.” Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick for CIA director, recently returned from a trip to Kiev, and after fruitful discussions with the Neo-Nazis there, says that “Putin’s aim is to take over Ukraine” (Mike would have fit in nicely in a Clinton cabinet) , implying that Russia wants to attack Ukraine militarily. If that were true, Putin would have done the job a long time ago before NATO had deployed troops all over Eastern Europe, including 30,000 at the Russian borders (reminding Russians of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa that destroyed much of Russia and killed millions of Russians). No one is saying that a Ukraine thoroughly disgruntled with US and EU lies, like the false promise to let the country join the EU, might not voluntarily ally itself with Russia. It would be hard to paint that as Russian aggression, but recent anti-Russian (hence racist) drivel from the Western msm shows that no lie is too big for the warmongering elites to manage.

The latest E. Ukraine (Novorossia is the real name) sitrep shows that the Neo-Fascist sympathizers the US government supports in Kiev are now recruiting Lumpenproletariat, common thugs, with promises of free land, stolen from Russian speakers.

Now we are at another crossroads, another rah rah moment in American history. The euphoria over the Trump victory is great. Many are willing to go along with anything this leader wants. Like Bush, the Evangelicals have anointed him as God’s servant. The chessboard is arrayed exactly as before.

The question is: will you forget the lessons that Dubbya taught us and say to yourself: this time is different and the rah rah heralds a better world? Or will you recognize the rah rah moment for what it is: a time for you to say “not this time!”?

Postscript:

Writing for a news and opinion site is an endless job, as it should and must be. Since this was written, Trump is reportedly eyeing shifty arch-Neocon Mitt Romney for the position of Secretary of State.

So what’s wrong with that you ask? Here is a video featuring Mitt saying “Russia is our worst geopolitical foe” who always “lines up with the world’s worst actors”, among whom he counts Assad, the most pro-Christian leader in the Middle East, who is fighting for  his country’s life against Al-Qaeda and ISIS, groups that are armed and trained by our “ally” Saudi Arabia.

Trump has said he will cooperate with the same Putin that Romney has spent much of his career smearing.