Wednesday, May 11, 2022

1984

 I first read 1984 in the '60s. It took me more than 50 years to understand it. Airstrip 1 keeps changing its allegiance. It is allied with Eurasia against Eastasia for years. All the media (and the media morgues) say Airstrip 1 has always been allied with Eurasia against Eastasia. Then Airstrip 1 is allied with Eastasia against Eurasia, and Winston Smith must edit all books and news media so they all report that Airstrip 1 has always been allied with Eastasia against Eurasia. And then back, and it all has to be changed again back to the way it was before.

I figured Eastasia was the PRC and Eurasia was the USSR, and had no idea Airstrip 1 (i.e., the UK) had ever been allied with either one against the other. Silly me. The PRC did not exist when Orwell was writing 1984. Now I know that Eurasia is Europe and the Ottomans, and Eastasia is Russia/USSR.

I also know that, in 1800, Airstrip 1 (i.e., the UK) was allied with Russia against Napoleonic France. Then in the Crimean War, Airstrip 1 was allied with France and the Ottomans against Russia. Then in WWI, Airstrip 1 was allied with Russia against Germany and the Ottomans. After WWI, Airstrip 1 was terrified of the USSR, tried war, lost, then, in 1933, when Hitler said he would abrogate the Treaty of Versailles, the UK figured Hitler would be a good buffer against the USSR and let him take over as Chancellor and abrogate Versailles, and tried to work with him against the USSR.

By 1938, Airstrip 1 realised that war with Germany would be essential, but Airstrip 1 was not ready. As Waugh put it, In 1938, when Germany demanded the Sudetenland, "war was inevitable, but in 1938, the war would have been for the wrong reasons, with the wrong allies, in pitiful weakness". France wanted Maginot completed before declaring war. Chamberlain wanted the radar completed before war.

Then, in 1939, Eurasia and Eastasia formed an alliance to split Poland, and Airstrip 1 and France declared war on Germany and lost, but Airstrip 1 fishermen managed to save most of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk. Airstrip 1 demanded a scapegoat, and Churchill gave them Chamberlain and Appeasement. If only Airstrip 1 had gone to war in 1938, it would have been very easy to defeat Germany with no allies. Completely wrong, but eaten up by those who needed a scapegoat.

Had Britain declared war in 1938, there would have been no miracle at Dunkirk, the whole BEF would have been killed or captured. No radar shield, so the Luftwaffe bombing raids would have arrived unexpected with few defenders and few airships lost, so the Battle of Britain would have gone Germany's way. And Airstrip 1 would have had no choice but to surrender. And with no base from which to bomb Germany, the US could not have done much after Germany declared war on the US in 1941. Europe would still be under the swastika had Chamberlain not waited until 1939.

And now the US has a brand new Ministry of Truth. They have not yet renamed the Defence Department the Ministry of Peace, but they still call themselves that, even if it's not their official title.

Some though 1984 was a warning. Turned out, the US is using it for a guidebook. And figure it's the Right Way to Go!

Thursday, April 28, 2022

State of the Western News 3

 Before, I glanced at all the different news, but did not go in depth, so I'm not sure if this is new, or if I just missed it before.

Basically, the Russian news says they are liberating the pro-Russian Ukraine. The Western news says the entire Ukraine hates everything Russian, and, as the Russians invaded, all the Ukraine joined the Ukrainian military and repulsed the Russians, just about all of the first attack force has been eradicated, but the Russians have sent a few more soldiers in to be slaughtered as well.

Only, before being slaughtered, those evil Russian soldiers murdered civilians and raped all the women and girls.

So now the West are promising war crimes trials of the surviving Russian soldiers and the Russian leadership, something like Nuremberg. Russia, it seems, at least on the Western news--all of it: CNN, France 24, BBC, DW, Euronews, etc., etc.--is now in the same state as Nazi Germany in 1945. The Russians, they inform us, are lying and trying to deny their defeat and their crimes, but the world can see.

What some find amazing is how the Western media can be in such agreement on such a proposition, but they are.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

State of the News 2

 I used to glance at CNN, France 24, BBC, Euronews, etc., etc., and all had the same news: Russia attacks Ukraine, wants to reestablish USSR, Ukraine defenders winning. The Russian version was fairly well blocked.

I note that the Iran version, presstv.com, was blocked for one day. Then the Iranians opened presstv.ir which the US cannot block. The Taliban website alemarahenglish.com was blocked for about a year, but they figured out how to get around US blocks: alemarahenglish.af 

But Russia is still having trouble getting past the US blocks and massive DDoS. The Russians need to ask the Persians and Afghans for help!

The Western media now repeat Ukraine military talking points: Russians do not take prisoners: any Ukrainian who surrenders will be tortured and killed. The Russians are raping all the Ukrainian women and girls. The Russian atrocities demand justice, and the US will ensure that justice is delivered!

Seeing the Russian version is difficult but not quite impossible. A Chechen soldier who saw the A3OB killing a mother and child, so he and the other Chechens attacked and killed the A3OB Battalion murderers: odysee.com/@EoTInternational:1

So what's TRVE?

Russia reports from the front lines. CNN also reports from the front lines in Warsaw. Or Manhattan, from which one gets an excellent view of the Ukraine. A few insist the CNN version is fake. Not the dead bodies, but the timings: CNN says they have proof the dead bodies were there when the Russian military was there, and not before. Others say those dead bodies appeared after the Russian military left.

The unipolar world is truly unipolar. A team from the OPCW went to Syria and said they saw no evidence of anyone using chemical weapons. Their report was edited by the Director to say they had irrefutable proof the Syrian government had used chemical weapons to kill many innocent civilians, and since he was the Director, his version was the official version. Some members of the team complained, and were told they had to be team players or they'd be fired.

The US version is the only version allowed. Back in the day, when I was a lad, one night Walter Cronkite said he had proof the US government had been lying about Vietnam. 

The US government learned. Only those who repeat the official US government version can be allowed as news anchors. So never again has any US news said the US government lied. And now the US dominates NATO, the EU who are not in NATO, plus most Europe countries not yet in the EU. Also Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Nothing but the US version of the news. Even the English Chinese news reiterates the US version of the news (but not the Chinese Chinese news).

So, again, what's TRVE? Could it be the Western version? Or the Russian version? Or are both lying?

Sunday, April 17, 2022

State of the News

Turn on CNN, BBC, France 24, DW, Euronews, etc., etc., and get the exact same news: Putin is trying to rebuild the USSR. He started by lopping off a piece of Georgia. If I may borrow from Walt Kelley, he was trying to annex President Carter's peanut ranch, and might have gotten part of it. And now Putin is trying to add the Ukraine. The world must stand up to Putin. If the world let Putin destroy the democracy flourishing in the Ukraine, he will not stop at the Ukraine, but will try to impose Soviet rule on the entire world.

Before 24 February, Russia had a national broadcast channel, a much smaller version of the BBC that had English/Spanish/French-speaking staff who tried to give the Russian take on the news in English, Spanish, and French. The English-speaking staff were based in the US, UK, and Russia. After 24 February, every effort was made by the West to shut down all the Russian channels, banning them and blocking them.

As a native English speaker, I watched the English version of the Russian national channel to get the Russian take on the news and compare that with the Western take, but after 24 Feb, the US and UK banned the Russian channel from operating in their country, so the English version lost most of its staff, and now produces very little new material: a single, 30 minute news summary, repeated all day long, and about five 30 minute discussion program a week, also repeated many times. Plus some old documentaries, many about the history of the Ukraine, all several years old.

Meanwhile, the Western version that everything on the Russian national channel is a lie is broadcast 24/7 on all the Western channels, along with the warning that Russia must be stopped, must be evicted from the Ukraine, must have all trade cut off to kill the Russian economy and thereby kill the Russian military and keep peace in the world. Or else face a brutal, world-wide dictatorship, a much larger, possibly worldwide version of the old USSR.

The West has won the narrative, at least in the West. Given that the Russian channel is blocked, most believe the Western channels about what is really happening. But is this perception that the West is more reliable than Russia based on reality or Western propaganda?

Which version is correct? The Russian? The Western? Neither?

All the Western channels reiterate the exact same story. Is this because there is only one TRVTH, and, since all are telling the TRVTH, all are telling the same story? Or is it because the establishment media channels are owned by a very small number of owners, all of whom agree to propagate the same lie, crafted by the US, translated into every major language, and then printed or broadcast on all the establishment news networks?

And then the social media are all dominated by Alphabet, Meta, Apple, and Twitter, so do the owners stamp out every site that carries a version that deviates from their preferred version if it has more than a few thousand followers? Is that why few have ever seen alternative versions of what is really happening?

So the Western version has definitely won the narrative, but is it correct?

And how can we find out?

Friday, April 8, 2022

Lost Key?

 People keep referring to the US$ as the World Reserve Currency. This is not the correct terminology (I got this from Adam Smith in his book, Paper Money, 1982). The Reserve Currencies are all those currencies kept in reserve by international banks. These are the US$, UK£, €, Swiss CHF, and Japanese ¥.

Before, the two major currencies were the UK£ and the French ₣, but after WWI, both were weakened, and after WWII, both quickly descended to a fraction of their old value, while the US$, guaranteed to be worth 0.88 gm of 24K gold (approx: the real value was 1/35 Troy oz, but even those who know a normal ounce have no idea what a Troy ounce is, but 1/35 Troy oz is approximately 0.88 gm).

So the US$ became the world's Key Currency, all other currencies had their value defined in US$. So, in the absence of any alternatives, the US$ became the currency of just about all International Trade, since the value of the US$ was set in 24K gold, while other currencies values varied, so a seller did not want to be paid in the buyer's currency which might be devalued, nor did a buyer want a contract to pay in the seller's currency which might be up-valued. So international transactions were (mostly) denominated in US$, making the US$ the Key Currency.

***

For years, the US has attacked and forced regime change in horrible dictatorships with massive armies that threatened the entire world: Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and similar. Now, the US is taking on the weak, impuissant Russia and the PRC, which should be much easier than any of their predecessors, since both are weak, primitive nations without major militaries. At least according to US intelligence (an oxymoron).

So now the US is starting with severe sanctions. Note that, when Saddam said he wanted to be paid in Euros, not US$, the US military saw that he was hanged. And when Gaddafi said he wanted to be paid in Euros, the US had him killed (the US had been trying since President Reagan, but Obama finally got him, confirming the validity of Obama's Nobel Prize as America's Best President EVER).

Russia is no Libya nor Iraq nor Panama, but is now (according to US intelligence) so weak that regime change should be a bowl of borscht.

After all, what does Russia have? One of the top 3 exporters of oil and gas (didn't help Saddam nor Gaddafi); top exporter of corn; leading exporter of metals and fertilizer; & etc., but the world can do without Russian oil or gas or corn. Prices have doubled, and will treble or quadruple (if we're lucky), but we still have to sanction Russia, so we're just going to have to live without heat in winter nor A/C in summer and not enough food.

 ***

But another thing: Saudi now accepts payment in c, and Russia accepts payments in ₹, something we haven't seen since Bretton Woods, 1944. And if other currencies become common for International Trade, those currencies will  rise in value. And then the world will not have a Key Currency!

Monday, March 28, 2022

Do the Taliban ban all girls from school?

 One of the things I find strange is that the Iranian channel, PressTV, was shut down by the US. For one day. Then they had it back up. The Taliban had a website, but the US shut it down, and it stayed down for almost a year, but they got it back up. But Russia, supposedly a major tech power, has been shut down for months and is still inaccessible. The Russians suffered from a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack that blocked everyone. They suggested Tor, but their DDOS protection software blocks Tor. They suggested a different system, but it is also blocked. So the Russians have been far less successful than the Taliban in keeping their news channel open and available (heck, they live right next to the Taliban, they should pop in and ask for advice).

Anyway, the Taliban website is back up. What is interesting is that the Western press, on 23 March 2022, said that schools were supposed to be open to girls on 23 March but all the girls were sent home. However, if one checks the Taliban website, it says that one school opened to girls on 25 March.

So the Western press reports (with videos, even though Westerners are not allowed to film inside Afghanistan) that all girls were told to go home on 23 March, girls are not allowed to attend school in Afghanistan. But Afghanistan reports that girls were able to go to school on 25 March. Another story says that both boys and girls will be able to take the university entrance exams.

It must be annoying to the Western press that all can see for themselves the Taliban denials of Western news stories about Afghanistan.

Now if only the Russians would go ask the Taliban how they did it so we can once again see the Russian version of the news.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

The Importance ot the Ukraine

 In 1812, a Frenchman decided to conquer Russia. He started with 500,000 men, lost time, men, and matériel crossing the Ukraine, and returned to France in 1813 with just 10,000 men. After which, the British made short work of him.

In 1914, the Germans planned to be in Paris before the French could mobilise, but they figured they had better secure their eastern front, and so attacked the Ukraine, and the attack on Paris failed, as did their war effort.

In 1941, a German fellow with a red beard tried to conquer Russia the USSR, again losing men and time and matériel in the Ukraine, failed, and could not stop the Americans coming from the west (the Americans were only coming because it looked like the USSR would be taking Paris if they did not).

So, starting in 2014, NATO figured they'd start from the eastern Ukraine. Maybe. In 2021, Russia said NATO in the Ukraine would be a red line, and NATO said that would be the decision of NATO, and Russia would have no say in the matter. So in 2022, Russia moved to de-NATO the Ukraine. NATO, joined by the rest of the EU plus always neutral Switzerland plus Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan declared sanctions on Russia, declared that all Russian assets were confiscated, all Russian US$ and € were confiscated, the entire Russian economy would collapse, and with it the Russian war effort to de-NATO the Ukraine. So Russia demanded payment in rubles and the PRC demanded payment in ¥. Previously, Saddam said Iraq would demand payment in € and the US destroyed Iraq and hanged Saddam. Then Gaddafi demanded payment in € so the US/UK/France destroyed Libya and had Gaddafi killed in an unspeakable fashion. 

Sadly, Russia do not seem to be Iraq or Libya. It looks like Europe can pay in rubles or freeze in the dark. And Saudi seem happy to let the PRC pay in ¥ (or RenMinBi to use the new and improved replacement for PRC¥).

People say the US$ is the world's Reserve currency, which, according to Adam Smith (not the 18th century Adam Smith, the 20th century Wall Street gossip columnist), is not right. The world has several reserve currencies, i.e., the currencies major International Banks must keep in reserve. These are currently the US$, the  €, the UK£, the Japanese ¥, and the Swiss CHF. In Breton Woods, the US$ was declared the world's Key Currency. In 1900, the Great Powers were the UK and France, with Germany trying to become a Great Power, and the US a power in the Western Hemisphere, a Hemisphere most overlooked. So the Great Currencies were the UK£ and the French ₣. By 1944, the UK£ and the French ₣ were collapsing, and the US$ was worth about 0.88 gm of 24K gold (the exact amount was in Troy ounces, a measure with which few are familiar, but it was about 0.88 gm of pure gold). So the US$ became the Key currency, the only currency good for just about all International trade, because it was liquid and the same as gold, so perfect as the Key currency. Until 1971, when President Nixon said the US$ was only worth the paper it was printed on. There was some inflation, as much as 20% a year, but the US$ remained the Key Currency for lack of any alternative: not enough gold, and no other currency that could bear the weight of supporting all international commerce. Having the Key currency gave the US huge economic strength.

The Europeans tried to replace the US$ with the €, which did become a sub-key currency, but only in the Euro zone. There was no currency that could challenge the US$. The banks refused to elevate the RenMinBi to the status of a reserve currency, so it was not really a threat. Until the Russian sanctions, and now it is.

The US, joined by all its allies, tried to destroy Russia. So far, not much luck. But they do seem to have taken careful aim and managed one well-placed shot: 

 in their own foot.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Is Russia not paying attention?

 Russia complain that the Western, i.e. US/European, coverage of the problems in the Ukraine skip the Eastern part of the Ukraine, specifically the Donbass.

The problem in the Ukraine is definitely Russia's fault. In 1750, the Ukraine ended at the Dnieper River. West of the Dnieper River was an area of Poland called Galicia. The Czar seized Galicia, and the Galicians hated everything Russian. When the Wehrmacht arrived in WWI, Galicia wanted to transfer from Russia to Germany, and the Wehrmacht obliged them for a few months after Germany defeated Russia. But then Germany lost, and Galicia became part of Poland. Until WWII, when Stalin annexed Galicia back onto the Ukraine. When the USSR collapsed, Galicia and East Ukraine all voted together, and the majority voted to leave Russia. Russia signed an agreement to respect the entire territoriality of the Ukraine. Of course, the East Ukraine and Galicia could agree about little or nothing, so the freely elected presidents were all weak, with divided support from East Ukraine and Galicia that wanted very different things. Until 2014, when Obama sent the CIA in. The Official US/Western version is that the CIA brought democracy to the formerly autocratic Ukraine, Putin felt threatened, and decided to rebuild the USSR, starting with the Ukraine.

The Russians say the Galicians killed about 14,000 Eastern Ukrainians in the Donbass from 2014 until 2022, while the Western media said nothing. The Russians were not paying attention. Lately, the European/US media have said a lot about what has been happening in the Donbass.

The Russian version, proclaimed from 2014 until Russian media was cut off in March, 2022, was that the Galicians murdered 14,000 Donbass Ukrainians for speaking Russian and going to the Russian Orthodox Church. The Russians claim, just because it is a historical fact, that the people in the East Ukraine prefer the Russian language and the Russian Orthodox religion, but after the 2014 Revolution (led by the CIA), the Galicians took over and made the Russian language and the Russian Orthodox Religion capital offences, and sent the Ukrainian military (consisting of primarily Galicians) to execute the heinous capital felons speaking Russian.

The official Western version is that, after the Ukraine became a democracy in 2014, Putin decided to recreate the USSR, and he started by trying to annex the Donbass and make it part of Russia. Of course, everyone in the Donbass was a loyal Ukrainian who hated, detested, and despised everything Russian. None spoke Russian, none had the slightest interest in attending the Russian Orthodox Church, being Lutheran and Roman Christians who all hated the Orthodox 'religion'.

So, to annex the rabidly Ukrainian Donbass, Putin sent the Russian military into the Donbass in 2014, and over the next 8 years, they murdered 14,000 Donbass Ukrainians.

So there is agreement that someone murdered 14,000 Donbass Ukrainians between 2014 and 2022. The Western media all agree it was the Russian military. Russia say it was the Galicians.

The Western reporters, if they are even in the Ukraine, are in Lviv, a long way from the Donbass. They say they have reliable sources. Many say they know Russians who admit it was the Russian army that murdered 14,000 people in the Donbass.

The Russian reporters are actually in the Donbass, and the people say how grateful they are that the Russian military finally arrived in February 2022 to help protect them from the Galicians.

Obviously, the Western reporters and the Western media and Alphabet and Meta and Apple all know the official US government version is the only correct version, and they have made it pretty much impossible for anyone to see the Russian version.

So we have just now learned about the 14,000 dead Donbass Ukrainians, after years of saying that all claims of 14,000 dead Donbass Ukrainians were a Russian lie, but now those 14,000 really are dead, and it was the Russians who killed every last one of them. And one won't find anything else in the Western media or social media. Obviously, Alphabet, Meta, and Apple control just about all the Western social media that everyone sees, and about four conglomerates control all the traditional media, and all agree that only the US version, verbatim, is the TRVTH, the whole TRVTH, and nothing but the TRVTH.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

What is happening in the Ukraine???

 Once upon a time, if one watched the different news channels, the basic facts more-or-less agreed, it was the reporters' opinions about those facts that differed. The BBC, ordered by the British government  to report a great victory at Dunkirk lest the British public demand surrender, reported a defeat followed by a miracle: most of the BEF were evacuated when capture or massacre seemed certain. I fear the German version also reported that the Wehrmacht defeated the British, but did not wax quite as euphoric about the evacuation, but that version has been lost to the history readily available to riff-raff such as myself, though perhaps a few historians have access to a few, preserved copies.

Today, the Russian press report that the Russian invasion of the Ukraine is going according to plan. The Russian care not to target civilians mean that progress is necessarily very slow but steady, and the current regime, which is led by the CIA, includes many Nazis, wants to join NATO and host NATO nukes and ABMs, and is murdering all the ethnic Russians in the Ukraine, will eventually (not sure when) be replaced by a neutral government that will guarantee the rights of all the citizens of the Ukraine and will be strictly neutral, and never a member of NATO.

The rest of the press report that the evil and stupid Putin attacked the Ukraine expecting a victory in a week or less, but the Russian army, undermined by massive corruption, are not a match for the Ukrainian patriots and have lost many, many soldiers, tanks, and aeroplanes and are almost utterly destroyed, but still Putin presses on. The Russian economy has been completely destroyed by sanctions, they can no longer produce anything. Russians are going hungry, and without electricity or heat. It is not clear how much longer the evil and stupid Putin will press on with this senseless, illegal invasion of a free country where every law abiding citizen has full rights, unlike the autocracy that is Russia where no one except Putin has any rights.

Before, the Western press would have said, 'Zelensky/Biden good, Putin evil,' while the Russian press would have said, 'Putin good, Zelensky/Biden evil,' but would have more-or-less agreed on who was winning. Not any more. A hospital bombed? Both agree a hospital was bombed, but...

The Western press assure us the maternity and paediatric hospital was full of expectant and recently delivered mothers, and also newborn and ill children, and the Russian bombing completely destroyed it and injured 17 of those inside. 

The Russian press are equally insistent that some Azov Nazis insisted all the women and children leave the hospital, then set it up as a centre for the Azov Battalion to fight the Russian liberators, so Russia, knowing this, bombed the hospital building (no longer a working hospital), but the Azov Battalion had few, if any casualties.

The Western press assures us that the Russian lie that the Azov Battalion are neo-Nazis, they are strictly peaceful, pro-democracy Ukrainians fighting to preserve the freedom and democracy of the Ukraine.

The Russian press has long-distance photographs and videos of the Azov Battalion wearing swastikas and Wolfsangels, both Nazi symbols, so the Russian press do not claim that these are neo-Nazis, there's nothing neo about them.

Did the Russian press doctor the photographs to insert the swastikas and Wolfsangels? Or maybe the Azov are foreign, Hindu volunteers who want to help the native Ukrainians defend their country against Russian invasion, and are just wearing some symbols of their religion? Given the contradictory videos and interviews, no way to tell.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Don't know much about history, don't know much geography

For some time, the US have been sharply divided, with a slender majority 'knowing' that the Democrats are right and good and just and American and making America strong and prosperous and ... while the Republicans are just about all (except Liz Cheney) evil and want to destroy America.

Meanwhile, a large minority 'know' that the Republicans are right and good and just and American and ... while the Democrats are ignorant and evil and want to destroy America.

All know that the USSR was an evil dictatorship where everyone lived in abject poverty because every rouble went to spreading Communism worldwide, leaving nothing for such trivialities as food or clothing or housing for the ordinary Soviet slave.

But then the US helped Yeltsin free the USSR, and all was great until the evil Putin took over and started trying to rebuild the USSR. This is his goal. And he suddenly and inexplicably began the work of re-enslaving millions of unfortunates about a week ago when he invaded Ukraine, a nation that had been free and Democratic since 1991. A nation Putin intends to enslave and annex as the first step in rebuilding the evil Soviet Empire. And the US must stop him.

But, as I said, the US is divided. That slender majority are grateful that St Biden is now president and is doing all he can to stop the evil Putin. They are grateful that the 2020 election had FBI safeguards that prevented Russia/the USSR from stealing the election as they did in 2016, when Trump really won just 9 states, as St Obama informed us in Jan 2017, but Russia hacked the polls in 21 states giving Trump faux victories in those 21 states and a faux 30 state majority in the evil Electoral College that must be abolished yesterday. Had Trump, Putin's Puppet, remained in power, he would have congratulated Putin for his good work rebuilding the USSR, and would have offered Putin all the help he could provide.

The large minority are sure that, had the Democrat machinery not been allowed to steal the 2020 election, the evil Putin would never have dared attack the Ukraine with a real president like Trump in office.

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Few Americans know history, since just about all the people in history books are dead now, and the Superbowl is much more important than reading about a bunch of obscure dead people no one has ever heard of. Ditto geography, since everything outside the US is a wasteland where no reasonable Americans would ever want to go and risk their lives.

So none care that, in 1750, the Russian Empire ended at the Dnieper River, but between 1750 and 1800, the Russian Empire annexed 60% of the Polish Empire, and all those who were formerly Polish consider themselves Europeans and Germanic and consider the Russians Asians and untermenschen. Naturally, they hated being annexed and hate everything Russian. The Ukraine east of the Dnieper River had always been Russian, as was the Crimea. The Ukraine west of the Dnieper was Poland before 1800 and again between WWI and WWII, when Stalin re-annexed it to the Ukraine east of the Dnieper River (plus bits of Austria).

After the Ukraine left the USSR, presidents, to get elected, needed votes from both sides of the Dnieper River, so were divided and weak. Fortunately, in 2014, the CIA slipped into the Ukraine and gave lots of money and weapons to the Western Ukrainians who fought with the Wehrmacht in WWII, who were considered Aryans by the Wehrmacht, and who still figure Ukrainians from east of the Dnieper are untermenschen. It was a free and fair election where every gun got a vote, and the CIA ensured that the Western Ukrainians had all the votes, and killed a lot of Eastern Ukrainians to form a free and democratic government that replaced the old dictatorship. Of course, all Americans know is that the Ukraine was a free democracy from 1991 until 2022 when Putin attacked.

The old pro-Russian dictatorship let everyone speak any language they chose and go to any church they wanted, which the new democracy knew was horrible, and, since the Ukraine was now free and Democratic, banned the Russian language and the Russian Orthodox Church, as any good, Democratic government would do. This represented a great and Democratic improvement over the former dictatorship. And the good Aryans began trying to exterminate all the untermenschen, as well they should have done: the Ukraine was now a free and prosperous Democracy where everything Russian had to be banned, since everything Russian is a sign of dictatorship that must be eradicated. This almost all Americans know and strongly support.

In addition, the US said that the Ukraine must join NATO and would be armed with many nukes and an ABM shield to protect the good, Ukrainian democracy from Russian dictatorial aggression. With the nukes so close that they could destroy Russia completely before the evil Russians could respond, the Ukraine could lead the way to making Russia into at least four free, unarmed democracies who would stop spreading evil in the world and would always do whatever the US told them to do, which is obviously the best thing any nation can possibly do. Such a felicitous future the evil Putin was determined to prevent, but he is now against the whole world. 

The US reliably report that the Ukraine have told them that almost half the Russian invaders have been killed, most of the Russian tanks and aeroplanes destroyed, and the Russian invasion will collapse soon, but it was still evil of Putin to even try to overrun the Ukraine and replace their free and fair democracy with a brutal dictatorship that would not even let the police enforce the basic law that being a Russian was illegal and a capital offence in the Ukraine. Of course, being a Russian should obviously be banned throughout the entire world, since those Russians are Untermenschen, as every American knows. And if the Ukraine say they are winning, who could possibly doubt them? Looks like the US dream of breaking Russia up into four unarmed, independent states should soon be very easy for the CIA.

So the US continue to vehemently disagree: every Democrat knows St Biden is doing all the right things to stop the Russian invasion while Trump, Putin's Puppet, would have helped Putin with his evil invasion, while every Republican (except Liz Cheney) knows Putin would never have dared to attack the Ukraine if Trump were still in power, but all agree that all Russians are evil, and the US must do all it can to liberate Ukraine and then Russia so Russia can never again try to overthrow a free Democracy.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Up and Down

 Iran put up a website/satellite TV station to give their version of the news. To make it easy to find, they bought a .com site from a western ISP. The US moved to take down that site, PressTv.Com. Anyone who tries to access it gets


But those Persians have some Internet-savvy experts who switched to PressTV.ir and that site is up and running.

A couple of years ago, the Taliban put up a site, alemarahenglish.com but the US shut that site down. The Taliban tried alemarahenglish.net , but the US control .com and .net and took that down as well. For at least a year, the Taliban could not get their ideas across, but they eventually found an Internet-savvy person who set up their new site, alemarahenglish.af which the US cannot block.

The USAF project manager who funded the creation of the Internet made it so the US military could still communicate during and after WWIII, so the Internet is very resilient if one knows what one is doing. And now both the Persians and the Taliban know.

The Russians chose .com for their website, and, after the US CIA took over the Ukraine in 2014 and encouraged the Western Ukrainians to kill the ethnic Russians who inhabit the Eastern Ukraine (the Ukraine splits at the Dnieper River, with those to the West mostly disliking ethnic Russians and those to the East mostly ethnic Russians), Russia complained, but did very little for 8 years.

When the USSR collapsed, the CIA managed to make Yeltsin president, and he let the CIA dissolve the USSR then destroy Russia as long as they kept him well supplied with vodka. When Yeltsin got sick and had to step down, the CIA had already dismantled the Soviet Union, the Russian military, Russian industry, Russian schools, and also insisted that Yeltsin's successor must have CIA approval, so they picked an obscure mayor no one had ever heard of, and he always lauded everything the US did, while secretly rebuilding Russia, so secretly that the CIA did not notice. In 2011, the US wanted to destroy Libya, and put the destruction of Libya before the UN Security Council, and Russia voted a strong 'Yes!'. In 2013, the US put the destruction of Syria before the UN Security Council and Russia did not vote. Not as good as a strong 'Yes!' but still acceptable (and Syria still exists only because PM Cameron put the destruction of Syria up to a vote in Parliament, and the UK Parliament voted, 'NO!').

However, when the CIA took over the Ukraine in 2014, Putin had Russia annex the Crimea, even though it had always been Ukrainian since 1954. The CIA were furious, but were not quite ready to fight Russia. Russia forced the Ukraine to sign the Minsk agreement that ethnic Russians would not be harmed, but the Ukraine never bothered with the Minsk agreement and killed about 10,000 ethnic Russians between 2014 and 2022.

Then the CIA said the Ukraine would join NATO and host a huge US nuclear arsenal that could reach Russia in about 1 minute, so Russia would not have time to respond, and the US would have total destruction of Russia available. There would be no need to actually nuke Russia, the Russian leadership would know that the US could do so and Russia could not stop them nor would Russia have anything left with which to retaliate, so MAD would be gone, only the AD of Russia if Russia did not do exactly as the US told them to do, probably division into four or more unarmed, independent puppet states.

So the evil Putin invaded the Ukraine and says he will demilitarise and de-CIA the Ukraine.

And a week later, the Russian English, French, and German channels are down. The satellite TV is down. The websites are down. Since they chose .com for the English, French, and German sites, the US had no difficulty shutting all of them down. A huge DDOS attack means one does not get, as one did with the old Taliban site, 'No such site,' instead one gets a blank page until the 'Timed out' message appears. Russia appears distracted by their pursuit of the CIA in the Ukraine: I know Russia have plenty of Internet-savvy experts who could get the site back up, but for now, all the Russia information website and satellite TV channels are down (except their Arabic channel which is still operational).

And I have no idea when the Russian sites will be back up. They've been down for about 12 hours now, and show no sign of coming back to life. I am getting a new message: 'You might be a bot. You are not allowed to access this site.' So that's stopping the DDOS, along with everyone else.

I hope the Russians get their Internet news channels and satellite news channels back up and running. For now, I must rely on the Iranian and Taliban sites to get a version of the news which is not the Western version (Qatar is in bed with the US, so al-Jazeera tends to repeat the US version of the news).

And for now, no way to watch any Russian news, except in Arabic.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehn goodbye?

The Ukraine is split at the Dnieper River. Most of those to the West of the Dnieper River consider themselves Western, more closely related to Germans than Russians. Most of those to the East of the Dnieper River consider themselves Russians. When Nazi Germany were marching across the Ukraine in WWII, those west of the Dnieper River welcomed the Wehrmacht as liberators, and the Wehrmacht agreed that able-bodied men could join the Wehrmacht, since they were good Aryans. Both those Ukrainians from West of the Dnieper River and the Germans in the Wehrmacht considered those from East of the Dnieper to be a lower class of people, not quite human, Slavs suitable only to serve as slaves to their Aryan masters. Also, there were far more Slavs than the Aryans needed as slaves, so the number of Slavs needed to be reduced to provide Aryans with Lebensraum, but the Slavs were not to be totally exterminated as the Nazis planned to do with some other ethnic groups.

In 1991, the Ukraine voted to leave the USSR, leave Russia, and become an independent nation. For 13 years, every president needed the support of both Eastern and Western Ukrainians. Then the US sent the CIA with money and weapons, and in a free and fair election where every gun got a vote, they elected a Western Ukrainian who declared that everything Russian was strictly prohibited: speaking the Russian language or going to the Russian Orthodox Church was a capital offence. The West considered this a very good law, and, of course, every nation must maintain the rule of law. The CIA remained as advisers to the government, who worked hard to enforce the law and kill anyone speaking Russian or trying to keep a Russian Orthodox Church open, and, again, the West applauded this bringing of peace and stability to the entire Ukraine. The evil Russians objected to this peaceful, advanced democracy where the CIA got most of the votes. Russia was a very weak state, and knew there was not much they could do. Russia did illegally annex the Crimea, which had always been part of the Ukraine ever since 1954, but the Ukraine cut off the river providing all the water to the Crimea, and begged the West for materiel with which to return the Crimea to the Ukraine. Also, in the south-east of the Ukraine, some ethnic Russians had kept some materiel and continued illegally speaking Russian and attending the Russian Orthodox Church. Of course, the Ukraine did its best to enforce the law against these heinous criminals and made every effort to kill them all, but with limited success. They managed to legally execute about 15,000, but there were more than 2 million of these criminals. The Ukraine begged the West for more materiel so they could enforce the law, and the West promised that materiel would be coming, but later.

After the collapse of the USSR, which the CIA did not see coming, the CIA moved quickly and helped Yeltsin become head of the Russian state. The CIA gave Yeltsin all the vodka he wanted, and he let the CIA dismantle the Russian military, disable most of the Russian nuclear arsenal, dismantle Russian industry so rebuilding the dismantled military would be impossible, and even disrupted Russian education so there would not be educated people to rebuild. All very good work, applauded by the West. But Yeltsin got sick and had to step down. The CIA said they had a veto over who would be the next head of state, so the Russians picked an obscure mayor no one had ever heard of. The mayor applauded everything the US did. When the US proposed to the UN Security Council that they destroy Libya in 2011, Russia voted 'Yes!' When the US proposed to the UN Security Council that they destroy Syrian in 2013, Russia did not vote, so the motion passed by a large majority. But this obscure mayor was secretly rebuilding Russian industry, the Russian military, Russian schools, and the CIA did not notice. But Russia remained very weak relative to the US, the US could have demanded regime change, and the mayor knew he would either have to step down or see the US completely destroy Russia. So he did pretty much everything the US demanded.

Until 2022, when he announced that the good, Aryan Ukrainians who were strongly pro-US and should have remained in charge would be removed as the heads of the Ukraine, along with the CIA. The world was furious. Or at least the West was furious. And this includes Turkey who closed the Hellespont to Russian ships, and Switzerland who usually remain neutral. (Threats of countermeasures by the US might have influenced Switzerland and Turkey, or maybe the Aryans in both countries had achieved control of both states and all good Aryans know that the Western Ukrainians and the Americans were doing the right thing.)

The UN Security Council voted 11 to 1 with 3 not voting to condemn the Russian aggression in the Ukraine, so the resolution lost, since Russia inherited the USSR veto. The Ukraine were furious. They said that was wrong, that Russia have no right to the Soviet veto. Russia must either be downgraded from a permanent member of the Security Council to an ordinary member of the UN, or ejected from the UN for violating the UN charter, and the US agreed.

So on 28 Feb 2022, the US announced that 12 members of the Russian UN delegation are losing their seats, they are no longer allowed in the US, and so are no longer allowed in the UN. Russia protested that UN delegates must be allowed to enter the UN, but the US say 'NO!' The US want to see if there is anything Russia can do about having 12 members of its UN team removed. If it turns out the US can remove 12 members with no repercussions, why not remove all of them? As of today, Russia still have their representative on the security council, but if the US can ban 12 members of the Russian UN delegations, why not ban all of them? If the US get away with banning 12 with absolutely no consequences, the US will probably say no Russian is allowed a seat in the UN, and just about all of the UN will agree that the US has the right to unilaterally cancel Russia's formerly permanent membership on the Security Council. Then the Security Council will vote unanimously to condemn the Russian aggression, the Russian attack on the law in the Ukraine, the Russian support for capital felons speaking Russian or attending the Russian Orthodox Church in the Ukraine.

The US know they now have a secure defence against a Russian nuclear attack. If the US think the Russians are planning such an attack, they have a huge arsenal of nuclear weapons in Eastern Europe, plus an anti-missal defence system in Eastern Europe. The threat of a Russian attack will prompt an US prophylactic attack with missiles that can reach their Russian targets in less than 5 minutes, before Russia can possibly respond, so most of the Russian nuclear arsenal will be destroyed before Russia can deploy it, and the anti-missal system will stop all the rest, so Russia no longer have MAD, the US have the AD of any nation that dares to defy the US, The US want every nation to know that when the US say 'Jump!' the only allowable answer is 'Yes, sir. How high?'

Russia remain convinced that the US conviction that MAD no longer exists is wrong, that Russia has managed to rebuild its military to the point where it can stand up to the US. Which means standing up to the US and just about all of Europe plus Turkey and Japan.

Some of us think the world is in a far more dangerous place than we thought we were in 1962 when I had to sleep on the floor. The USSR put nuclear weapons in Cuba, and the US said if they did not immediately remove those weapons, it meant nuclear war. We lived in a tiny village, and all our relatives who lived in big cities came to stay with us, since everyone figured all major cities would be destroyed, but not the tiny villages. So they got my bed and I got the floor.

Now, of course, since 1987, we know everything we heard about the Cuban missile crisis was a lie. The US had nukes in Turkey, and Khrushchev demanded they be removed. Or else. And put nukes in Cuba.

So Kennedy called Khrushchev and said, 'I have to run for re-election and you don't, so if you'll say the US got everything we demanded, I'll pull all those nukes out of Turkey and let you send inspectors to verify, but you have to say you capitulated because the US was too strong for the USSR to stand up to us.' Khrushchev agreed, so it wasn't until 25 years later when the documents were declassified that we learned there was never a real threat of a nuclear war, it was the US who capitulated to all the Soviet demands.

But this time, I think there really is a threat, because the American leadership believe that MAD no longer exists, that the ultra-advanced US defences mean there is only the AD of any nation that dares to defy the US,  including Russia and the PRC. And the US have been wrong about just about everything, almost certainly including this.

Friday, February 25, 2022

WTF is really happening???

 Russia report they have destroyed most of the Ukrainian air defence infrastructure and airports, but they complain that the Ukraine military have moved a lot of their weaponry into residential neighbourhoods, as they were taught to do by the CIA, and Russia, unlike the US, have a policy against bombing civilian neighbourhoods.

The US/UK/EU all say Russia have suffered huge losses, thousands or maybe tens of thousands of the Russian soldiers committing the war crime of invading peaceful Ukraine have been killed. While the Ukraine have a small organised military, every citizen has grabbed a gun and killed many Russians, cutting down whole Russian divisions before they can draw their weapons and kill more than a very few devoted Ukrainian patriots. Every single Ukrainian hates everything Russian, and every single Ukrainian is shooting at the evil invaders.

The West have shown pictures of many Russian planes shot down.. The fact that these pictures are rather obviously from a video game hasn't stopped them from convincing most Westerners that Russia are  losing badly, soon the Ukraine will have killed every last Russian invader and NATO can start setting up military bases and installing nuclear missiles to finally destroy the evil Russians before they can commit another heinous act.

Russian photos and videos don't show much. Many explosions, a documentary of all the ethnic Russians killed since the US takeover in 2014, but not much more. Full coverage of the Security Council debating the resolution condemning Russia, going on and on and on, with long speeches about how evil the Russians are, and finally the vote, 11 to condemn Russia, 1 against, and 3 abstentions, so the vote to condemn Russia failed by the wide margin of 1 veto. Both India and the PRC abstained.

The Ukraine say it will talk to the Russians in Poland, but Poland, a fanatic member of NATO, sent a huge convoy of weapons to Ukraine, and would probably arrest the Russian delegation for war crimes, so Russia is not enthusiastic about having a meeting in Poland, and the Ukraine are saying Poland or nothing.

The West mostly say the Russians are being slaughtered as the evil Russians are trying to murder all the good Ukrainians.

Russia show a video of a Ukrainian Army group surrendering and being fed by the Russians, but it's only a small group, not more than one company, maybe just a platoon.

And so, after watching pretty much non-stop for two days, I have absolutely no idea what's really happening.

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One thing is clear: the New York Times say the Ukrainian Army and the Azov Battalion are proven NOT to be the neo-Nazis Putin says they are. And the New York Times are right that Putin got that one wrong: the Azov Battalion wear the Wolfsangel, and wearing the Wolfsangel does irrefutably prove they are not neo-Nazis: the Wolfsangel is a sign that they are just Nazis, no neo about them.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Russia Recalcitrant?

 The collapse of the USSR left the world with a single Superpower, a hegemon that had no limits. The US immediately moved to bomb Iraq and Yugoslavia. Before, the USSR would have prevented the US from doing that, but there was no more USSR. So the US destroyed Yugoslavia, declared the Orthodox Serbs guilty and the Western Christians and Muslims innocent: if they killed Orthodox Serbs, that was their right. The International Court followed the US and said all the Serbs were war criminals for killing Muslims, and all the Muslims were innocent: killing Orthodox Serbs was just natural and right. And with no USSR, Russia was too weak to do anything.

The Russian military is about 10% of the NATO military, maybe less. So the US figure Grenada and Panama were more difficult to stop than Russia. The French invaded Russia, and that fellow with the red beard invaded the USSR, but both lost a lot of time and materiel crossing the Ukraine, and both lost in Russia proper. Fortunately, the US intend to make the Ukraine a US military base, so the US attack on Russia will start from the eastern Ukraine. Only Russia don't seem to accept that, and they are moving into the eastern Ukraine.

After WWI, Russia ended at the Dnieper River. After WWII, Stalin annexed a lot of land west of the Dnieper, and those annexed, Slavs and Germanics, hate everything Russian. So, with US money and weapons, those who strongly supported Chancellor Schickelgruber in WWII took over the Ukraine and made everything Russian illegal, made speaking Russian or going to the Russian Orthodox Church a terrorist act. Russia accuse the Ukraine of genocide, but speaking Russian was declared a terrorist act by the US-supported new and greatly improved Ukrainian government, so killing all Russian speakers wasn't genocide, but just stopping terrorists as they were committing acts of terrorism. The definition of 'terrorism' is determined by whomever is strongest, and now that's the US of A, with a military budget more than 10 times as large as Russia's.

But the US has the teeny problem of logistics. In Russia and the Ukraine, the tiny, ill-equipped Russian military have all the logistical advantage, and they hope that will let them fight the hegemon.

And it is looking more and more likely that Russia must fight the hegemon or be split into all the tiny Republics that form the Russian Federation. The US demand the complete dissolution of the Russian Federation. The Russian Federation, with a military less than 10% that of the US, and a much smaller fraction of the military of NATO, are hoping logistics will enable them to survive better than Grenada and Panama.

Of course, the USSR had the world's largest (or maybe 2nd largest) nuclear arsenal.

But Yeltsin let the CIA run Russia for 8 years, and they might have dismantled the entire Soviet nuclear arsenal (the US, based on CIA intelligence, is sure that they did). Putin says he has rebuilt that nuclear arsenal

And I fear we will all see very soon.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

War in the Ukraine this week???

 CNN report that US intelligence have proof that Russia will create a False Flag attack, probably on the Donbass, one day this week.

Translation: the CIA plan a 'False Flag' attack, probably on the Donbass, one day this week. US intelligence will say they have proof the attack was by Russia.

The question is, will the CIA attack impel Russia to intervene? The CIA certainly hope so. This will give the US the excuse to apply severe sanctions on Russia, similar to the sanctions on Japan in 1941.

What will really happen is impossible to know from the CNN news story. The Ukrainian military are positioned close to the Donbass, and snipe on a daily basis, but do little damage, and Russia do nothing. So it is not clear if the CIA attack will impel the Russian military to enter the Ukraine.

From what US intelligence report, one concludes that 'US intelligence' is an oxymoron, but that could be misleading. We know US intelligence lie, because that's their job. Are they really well informed but just lying, or are they totally misinformed and lying? No easy way to know. Just as there is no way to know in advance how Russia will respond to the CIA attack on the Donbass.

Best guess: the CIA will set off a bomb of some kind that will kill some of the people in the Donbass, but Russia will not respond by sending their military into the Donbass, since there would be nothing useful the Russian military could do. When the Ukraine banned the Russian language and the Russian Orthodox Religion, and the Donbass declared its independence from the Ukraine, the Ukrainian military took over the Donbass and enforced that ban. The Russian military evicted the Ukrainian military from the Donbass, told them never to come back, and left. I can't see the Russian military returning after a single CIA bomb attack.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Orthogenesis

 Most 19th century biologists believed in orthogenesis, and they had fossil proof. Sadly, their fossil proof was because they did not believe in radioactive dating, figuring why would anyone want to date a radioactive partner? So they dated the Irish Elk fossils by the size of the antlers, assuming the oldest fossils had the smallest antlers and the most recent fossils had the largest antlers. So (they wrote) this was 'proof' that natural selection always selected for the largest antlers, until the antlers were too large making grazing and running from predators impossible, so the Irish Elk went extinct.

Actually, 19th century biologists knew that natural selection could never result in orthogenesis, they wrote 'natural selection' as weasel words because editors would not accept the correct words. Darwin said there were two kinds of selection, one was natural selection, meaning those genes that give an advantage at finding lunch and/or at not becoming someone else's lunch are slightly more likely to make it to the next generation. In one generation, there's not much difference between 99.9% likely to make it to the next generation and 99.8%, but over hundreds of generations, that 99.9% gene will get to be just about all the genes in the species. Since natural selection always selects for advantage, it can never select for antlers that are too large.

In the 20th century, the bikini came out, named after the Atoll where a lot of nuclear tests took place, so very radioactive, and the inventor said the bikini would take off like an atom bomb, so radioactive dating became fashionable, and Stephen J. Gould, who did believe in radioactive dating, proved that the largest antlers were in the middle of the range of ages of Irish Elk fossils, so no orthogenesis.

The problem with the Irish Elk is that it wasn't Irish, wasn't an Elk, and wasn't an example of orthogenesis.

Darwin always said there was another, not natural selection, and Darwin used a word that most 19th century editors rejected, but they loved 'natural selection' since that proved they were modern scientists, not fundamentalist Christians who thought the world was created, complete with fossils, in 4004 BC. The other selection comes about because most species are polygynous, meaning a very few males mate with all the females, and most males are incels. There are two ways species decide which male gets to mate with all the females in the cohort: the first, probably used by the Irish Elk, is male competition: the males duke it out, and the last male standing mates with all the females. Being able to defeat all the other males in the cohort probably means the male who fathers all the children is good at finding lunch and avoiding being lunch, so no orthogenesis.

But other species have female choice. Female fruit flies will only mate with the very best dancer, and all the males in the cohort were sons of the best dancer. Female frogs only mate with the very best singer. Some females only mate with the brightest coloured males. Since being dull and camouflaged helps with finding lunch and avoiding being lunch, getting brighter and brighter looks like it must lead to extinction from orthogenesis, but no fossil record exists that shows a progression of brighter and brighter colours leading to extinction. Orthogenesis seems very likely, but also impossible to ever find fossil proof. So 19th century biologists used the Irish Elk for their 'fossil evidence'. Which was so wrong, almost all 20th century biologists say orthogenesis is a failed theory that can never happen. And, of course, it can never happen by natural selection, and probably not when mating is decided by male competition, but it certainly looks very likely for species where the very few males who can mate are decided by female choice.

Net: from what we can see, it looks like some examples of orthogenesis must exist, but finding fossil proof can never happen.

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Since most females with no legs or with four or more legs will only mate with the male who is best at something that indicates great genes, females with exactly two legs have this as one of their mating drives. Of course, females with exactly two legs, unless they are cuckoo, desperately need a faithful partner if they are ever to become grandmothers, so one would think the desire for a faithful partner would be supreme, but Mother Nature doesn't work that way: bipedal females have at least 4 drives: 1) the attraction of a faithful mate, a drive which can be anywhere from non-existent to imperative; 2) the dislike of an unfaithful mate, again, anywhere from non-existent to overwhelming, meaning when a female discovers her mate has cheated on her, it might be anything from no problem to her feeling that she must kill one or more people; 3) the attraction of a 'hot' male, again, anywhere from non-existent to imperative; and 4) the repulsion of a male who is less than 'hot', and, again, anywhere from non-existent to imperative. So every female is completely different, so no male can understand females, and nor can females, all of whom understand themselves (maybe) but not other females, whom they assume have the same drives as they have themselves. Mother Nature experiments, trying to find the combination which provides the species with the greatest advantage for survival as a species.

While all bipedal females are different, there is an average. Examining the DNA of the pinfeathers in many, many nests, the chicks almost always have two fathers: the faithful male partner, and the 'hottest' male within flying distance of the nest. This is probably the most common bipedal female, based on my personal observation: many wives select a husband who has proven he will be faithful, will work hard to make the payments on the nest and keep worms on the table, but mating with him is an unpleasant but necessary duty; these wives then also find a really 'hot' boyfriend whom they keep absolutely secret from their faithful partner and with whom they greatly enjoy mating (and their faithful partner always gets lucky on the evening of the afternoon when she mated with her 'hot' boyfriend so he will think the chick is his own).

I spent a year sharing a 2 bedroom flat with Hank, who mated with 5 different women every day, at least 25%  (and maybe more) of all the females in our village between 18 and 40, many of them married. He was incredibly something. One female told me he was not at all attractive, she hated mating with attractive males. So what it was that Hank was, I do not know, I just know it impelled a large percentage of the females in our village to mate with him.

I also spoke with Kim who begged me to listen to her, since I was the only person she could talk to. She told me she was desperate to mate, and every night went to a nightclub hoping to find someone with whom she could mate, but every nightclub had just one male and at least 20 desperate females, so she struck out 19 nights out of 20. She said she could talk to me because looking at me made her 'nauseous'. I would not have used that word, I would have said 'nauseated' but 'nauseous' is used as she used it by comedians on the Catskill circuit. She told me that, when she wants a man, she must tell him this is her first time, since men with lots of choices all want the least experienced female. Sadly, all 20 desperate females know this, so they all say, 'I've never done this kind of thing before, have you?' But it is not clear that the answer is, 'Yes, but only a time or two,' since the male they want normally has 5 different mates every day, but maybe that's what those males say. The fact that I made Kim 'nauseous' meant she would never want to mate with me, so she didn't have to lie that this was her first time, she could tell me everthing (only I said I didn't want to hear any more after she said I made her 'nauseous').

I do know (from many females complaining, and from a woman who tried unsuccessfully to derail a Supreme Court nominee) that some of these females tell the male, 'Promise me you'll never go with another woman,' and some of the males (like that Supreme Court nominee) promise, then, as soon as they finish, go looking for another, different mate. Other of these males (e.g., my flatmate) are honest, but the females who are strongly attracted to 'hot' males find their bodies cannot resist, even if their minds are appalled. Still, since the 'hot' male was honest, they don't have an intense desire for revenge.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

What a difference 7 years makes

 Back in 2014, the CIA gave lots of money and weapons to people in the Western Ukraine that hated everything Russian. In 1750, the Russian Empire ended at the Dnieper River. During the next 50 years, the Russian Empire annexed 60% of the Polish Empire, and they all hated it. After WWI, the US wanted to end all the European Empires, and the UK and France agreed to end all the other European Empires, so Russia lost all of the Polish Empire that it annexed in the 18th century, and the Poles that had been in the Russian Empire were very happy to be liberated.

Then, at the beginning of WWII, Stalin took back everything the Allies took after WWI plus bits of what had been the Austrian Empire before WWI, and they all hated it. Those in reclaimed Ukraine west of the Dnieper River felt they were liberated by the Wehrmacht in 1941, but then the USSR won and they were returned to the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine, and hated it. And then, in 1954, Khrushchev transferred the Crimea from the Soviet Socialist Russian Republic to the Soviet Socialist Ukrainian Republic.

After the USSR collapsed, a majority in the Ukraine voted to make the entire Ukraine into an independent nation. But, for 14 years, the government was strongly pro-Russian, meaning they let all the citizens speak whatever language they preferred, send their children to schools in whatever language they preferred, and go to whatever church they liked.

But the Western Ukrainians with US money and weapons took over and put in a neutral president who said the Russian language and the Russian Orthodox religion were strictly banned throughout the entire Ukraine, and ordered all the Russian military bases in the Crimea closed.

So Putin declared the Donbass, which wanted independence, an autonomous part of the Ukraine where the Russian language and the Russian Orthodox religion were allowed. This was a heinous violation of International Law, since the official government said they were banned. Putin also called for an illegal election in the Crimea where just about everyone voted to return to Russia, again, illegal, and condemned by the rest of the world. Or at least by the rest of the world that counts: NATO!

But that was all Putin could do in 2014. NATO say he must give back the Crimea, and he must let the Ukraine enforce the law in the Donbass, and they plan to help the Ukraine enforce those laws, and say if Putin interferes, they will cut Russia off from SWIFT and the Europeans won't buy any more of that evil Russian gas, they'll buy Democratic US LNG. Costs a bit more, but it's Democratic gas, so it's worth it. Putin remains unhappy with what happened in the Ukraine, but isn't sure what he can do about it. And NATO remain unhappy with the current state of the Ukraine, and might do something about it.

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Then, in 2021, the CIA gave lots of money and weapons to a group that hated everything Russian and everything Chinese in Kazakhstan, and it looked like they were about to take over the government and set up a new, democratic government that would ban the Russians and the Chinese from Kazakhstan, putting a big dent in the New Silk Road. Things were going great for the CIA for about half a day, when 2,000 troops from a multi-national security group Putin had put together from several of the former Soviet states flew in to Kazakhstan and the great CIA attempt to liberate Kazakhstan was put down and several thousand good, hard-working CIA employees were gaoled. The PRC can continue to improve the New Silk Road through Kazakhstan where they have about $25 billion already invested, and plan to invest a lot more. And Kazakhstan remain good friends with Russia.

It seems Russia have more options now than they had back in 2014. And I assume Putin wishes he'd had those same options in 2014 so the Ukraine would not be the mess it is now.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

(Economic?) War with Russia

 US intelligence announced that very soon now, Russia will attack the Donbass, say it was the Ukrainian Army, and invade the Ukraine. That will 'force' the US to impose sanctions same as Iran: any nation that trades with Russia is in heinous violation of International Law, and anyone from that nation that ever travels to Western Europe, the Antipodes, the US, Canada, and much of Latin America will be arrested and extradited to the US to face charges with a penalty of Life without Parole. Russia will also be cut off from SWIFT and the US$.

Translation: the Ukraine get most of their money as US handouts which will be cut off unless they march into the Donbass and enforce the laws against the Russia Language and the Russian Orthodox Religion. The US press will, of course, say those army forces are all really Russian, and any Russian response is a heinous violation of International Law.

And then what?

Will Russia cave and let the Ukraine abolish the Donbass autonomy and enforce the ban on the Russian Language and the Russian religion, or will the Russian military enforce the autonomy of the Donbass and evict the Ukrainian Army (which, we have seen, is incredibly easy for the Russian military)?

And how will Russia respond to those US sanctions? Russia will make every effort to ensure no Russian makes Ms Meng's mistake and travels to any country under US hegemony where they will be arrested. Will Russia trade with the PRC in RMB? Will the PRC dig pipelines that will enable Russia to sell all its gas to the PRC? Will cutting off Russia (and trying very hard to cut off the PRC) wreck the US economy?

So many questions, with so many very unpleasant answers and a few pleasant possibilities if Russia and the PRC play their cards right.