Saturday, April 30, 2022

War pattern in Ukraine

The shape of things to come in Ukraine can be readily surmised from the history of modern warfare.

The war is bogging down into a pattern of systematic destruction of the enemy. As long as supplies can flow in to defenders, they have the advantage against attackers who have to expose themselves in order to make headway.

The siege of Leningrad lasted for 872 days before it was broken by the defenders, after the tide of war had turned against the Germans.

Similar patterns can be expected to develop in Ukraine, as a center of conflict between Western ideology and Russian orthodoxy. The people of Ukraine and Russian conscripts being the meat in the sandwich, hacking away at each other with virtually unlimited resources for both sides.

The beneficiaries being the financiers on both sides of the conflict. The same people that were the winners in those useless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Shifting sands in Russia

During the nineteenth century, Russia was perceived to be a backward society by western standards, with a peasantry within an aristocratic feudal system beholden to a Tsar.

Aligned with the state was the Russian Orthodox Church that was reportedly formally born in Kiev (Kyiv) in 988 AD.

The peasantry was loyal to its aristocratic masters, by and large, and the turn towards socialism at the end of the nineteenth century took a lot of people by surprise.

The long and short of it was that Russia became the primary guinea pig of a social revolution exploited by Vladimir Lenin and his fellow bolsheviks when they grabbed power in Russia (with lots of foreign help) in 1917.

This history has not been lost on Vladimir Putin, an astute strategist, who sees himself as the new father of Russia, the Great Motherland.

Accordingly, he has aligned himself with the Russian Orthodox Church and enjoys its full support which is significant because of its resurgence following the demise of the communist brainwashing experiment.

Now the Russian establishment perceives another threat from the outside, the onslaught of a new brand of nazism, where any pretense of adherence to traditional values has been abandoned.

And to add insult to injury, Kiev of all places has become the epicenter for this within the area of Russian influence.

So, when Vladimir Putin effectively says that he wants to "clean up that nest of evil", take him at his word. He has the power to do it.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

European war intensifies

Heavy (old stock) weapons are now on the way to Ukraine from the US among other places, and will need to use Ukrainian railways for transportation to the front lines in the east.

That translates into increased attacks on the Ukrainian railway network by the Russians.

According to Norwegian news sources, Sweden and Finland have been invited by Jens Stoltenberg to join NATO with protection guarantees from the alliance during the process.

Norwegians have also closed their border with Russia in the far north of that country.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is sounding repeated warnings about escalation of the conflict, and views the possible entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO with alarm.

In this context it is important to understand that the Putin regime sees the war as an existential one for its own survival and will have nothing to lose if it finds its back up against the wall.

So, an exchange of tactical nuclear weapons, designed to eliminate military targets is a possibility.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Putin's planning

Ever since the end of WWII, the Russian Empire, rebranded "The Soviet Union" has been perceived as a threat to surrounding countries. And for good historical reasons.

Following WWII a ring of steel was erected around its borders with eyes peering into Russian lands 24/7 in the form of RADAR and electronic eavesdropping installations. In 1963, I was a part of that system, serving on a NATO early warning radar installation in Northern Norway.

Fast forward to 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed due to its own internal problems, contradictions and an unsuccessful war in Afghanistan (duplicated by the Western Empire in the last twenty years).

Vladimir Putin watched his once-great Russia diminish in size and importance before his very eyes and ultimately ended up in a position of power where he could do something about it.

During the last 20 years he has skillfully rebuilt the Russian Empire and integrated it into the world economy, all the while watching his rivals close in on his borders with plans of replacing him and his crew with their own people.

Ukraine being of special concern as Western Empire interests replaced his own hand picked people over time, the latest being the actor Zelenski.

However, Putin had been anticipating this for many years, and made Europe depend on his cheap and readily available energy supplies from Russian oil and gas fields.

So, when push came to shove, he knew that he had the Europeans by the balls and has now cut energy supplies to Poland and Bulgaria for them failing to agree to his demand of payment in Russian roubles, which would help maintain the value (buying power) of the rouble in international markets.

Meanwhile, as expected, Western politicians, including Canada's hapless crew, are contributing to global air warming with all their expressions of outrage.

Monday, April 25, 2022

My Covid experience

Problem noticed this Wednesday with ongoing sniffles and coughing ever since. Like a head cold. Throat not really sore at all. Unsettled digestion most of the time, but appetite ok. Taste buds work fine.

Blood pressure, oxygen, body temperature and heart rate all good right along.
Urine got murky then cleared up again after a few days.

Positive Covid antigen test today.

79 years old.

Covid vaccines work.

Stageshow Ukraine

"Ladies and Gentlemen! In the left corner dressed in a beautifully groomed suit, Vladimir Putin, ready to sweep aside the upstart in the right corner, Volodymyr Zelensky, in his stained tee shirt!"
(They are both multimillionaires, but this is not mentioned)

February 24: "Let the show begin"!

Big clash, lotsa news reports of damage and dead bodies, most of which is real. Thousands of dead Russian kids in tanks and personnel carriers

Meanwhile, Russia has complete air superiority allowing Ukrainian railways to operate as normal carrying refugees out and military supplies back to the Ukrainian armed forces.

Foreign politicians and diplomats are allowed by Putin to travel back and forth to Kyiv with impunity to visit and have photo ops with the 'underdog' Zelensky and promise more money and military aid for his regime, as some 10 million Ukrainians have been displaced from their homes.

World commodity prices shoot up, enriching the already filthy rich elites and further impoverishing the rest of us.

The propaganda machines and presstitutes on both sides of the game whip up hatreds between ordinary people in both sides of the show rink.

Oh the money, that lubricant of death and destruction!

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Ethnic mixing

Having lived most of my long life in Australia (21 years) and Canada (35 years), where ethnic mixing has been going on for a very long time, I feel qualified to make some comments.

If newcomers share an underlying cultural/religious base there are generally few serious problems in spite of racial differences between groups, if social mixing occurs over time.

Not so when waves of immigrants pour in across country borders, bringing their distinct cultures and internal problems with them.

The prevailing 'progressive' ideology in Europe that has allowed this to happen has simply divided Europeans into opposing groups with increasing trouble in the streets.

From the conservative perspective, this ideology is driven by NWO operatives to weaken the bonds that traditionally hold Europeans together and make them strong.

There is a long history of conflict between peoples whose mindscapes are formed by Christianity and Islam respectively, going back a thousand years, So if conflict is the goal, bringing large groups of people from these cultures into physical contact is a perfectly sound idea.

And having observed our own Prince Justin's NWO oriented wanna-be 'democratic' government here in Canada close innocent Canadians' bank accounts to feed the ego of Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, I put nothing past this crew.

I would cordially invite Freeland and her colleague Foreign Minister Melanie Joly to return to Ukraine and join Zelensky in order to unseat Putin, which is their stated objective.

That piece of ethnic mixing would solve some problems here in Canada.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Chessboard Ukraine

Another war, just as the one in Afghanistan wrapped up and things settled down there.

A simmering conflict in Ukraine was reignited with the Russian invasion on February 24 this year.

In April 2019 actor Volodymyr Zelensky becomes the President of Ukraine, a nation notorious for its internal corruption.

Zelensky's background: "Comedian but trained as a lawyer. Instagram star with 4.2m followers. Millionaire thanks to his production company Kvartal 95. Linked to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky through show on TV channel 1+1.
Source: Ukrainian and international media".

Now, in April 2022, Zelensky is an international hero, and have solicited billions and billions of dollars from the international community for his government plus huge amounts of physical armaments.

About 10 million Ukrainians have been displaced from their homes and the country is in an existential conflict - that could have been avoided, but was not.

And, already we have a winner! The military/industrial/financial complex.

Then there is the obvious loser: All the rest of us.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Russian perspective

The war in Ukraine needs to be seen in a broad context in order to understand its likely trajectory.

The theory of Socialism took hold in the nineteenth century and opened the minds of working people to the possibility of getting out from under the yoke of strangling capitalism

During WWI, Russia was selected as the guinea pig nation in which to test out a practical application of the theory.

So, Russian agitator Vladimir Lenin was dispatched, along with a cohort, from New York with plenty of resources to back him up and get his crew installed in power in Russia.

The result was the Soviet Union and the history that followed with 20 ++ millions dead following the 1930ies depression and WWII.

"Socialism" was the "New World Order" of the day and Russians, who are fundamentally conservative minded people see the possibility of being made guinea pigs, once again, by Western
interests as NATO attempts to close the noose around Russia's borders.

Russians like their "strong man" in the Kremlin and Stalin (translates: Man of Steel) was quite popular in his day. As Putin is now.

Also, Russia has huge resources and the two most populous nations in the world, China and India, are tacit supporters of Russia.

And as you look at the map of Europe with Ukraine situated in a strategically vital spot for Russia, it is easy to understand that this war will go on until Zelenski and his administration is replaced with a Russia friendly group in Ukraine. Even if the place is turned into rubble.

That was Putin's stated objective from the outset of the war and he cannot afford to walk back on that promise and remain in power in Russia.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Self sufficiency

That used to be one of the ideals of the "hippie generation" in the sixties as they left their middle class urban lives and set up shop in the bush in countries like the US, Canada, Australia, etc..

Turn your back on civilization and live off the land, was the catch cry. And I sure enjoyed my time in the bush in North Queensland, Australia along with my hippie friends in the seventies and eighties.

I managed to find some real estate along the shores of the Wild River in Silver Valley that was available for free from the Queensland Government, if you were a miner (like looking for tin in the creek beds).

So, we all became miners, of one form or another and some of us actually worked for a local tin dredging company.

The reward was legal ownership of beautiful lands with river frontage, available after a big dam project was shelved by the Queensland Government.

As for being self sufficient? Yeah, somewhat in veggies and always in weed. But making a living in the bush is hard work and most drifted back to the cities again in due course.

But all of us, diehards or ultimate urbanites, had an experience we would never trade away.

Ukraine - next steps

According to news this morning the anticipated Russian spring offensive in eastern Ukraine has begun, with quick progress likely expected before the WWII victory celebrations in Moscow on May 9.

Meanwhile, resupplied and reinforced Ukrainian forces have been digging in, ready to take on the onslaught.

It is important to remember that Ukraine is a big country and has access to vast amounts of supplies from outside sources, so it will not be a pushover, by any stretch of the imagination.

The previous Russian strategy of using WWII style panzer attacks failed miserably in face of modern shoulder mounted missiles like the American Javelin that turned tanks into rolling coffins.

So, as the Russians see themselves being stalled in their intentions, they will likely turn to interrupting supply lines to Ukraine from outside sources.

And that means an escalation in the conflict over time.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Ayn Rand

My mother admired Ayn Rand, a Jewish Russian/American writer who founded "Objectivism". I came across her main work, "Atlas Shrugged" and read it at a relatively young age.

In it, her main character, John Galt, has gone on strike against the collectivist state imposed upon him and fellow entrepreneurs, and simply disappeared out of circulation.

Through her character, Rand expresses her disgust for what happened in Russia as the Bolsheviks took over political power and created the Soviet Union.

She idealized the entrepreneur, the brilliant man, who could create an ideal society, and was duly awarded with all kinds of admiration from the political right in the US.

As she got older, she, as many others, became intoxicated with her own public success but did not have a happy personal life.

Her character John Galt reminds me of Elon Musk and his astonishing financial success and admiration by the general public. He is also paying a price, in terms of his own health, for his success.

Political ideologies come and go and the characters they portray
pay for fitting in with them and 'live out the dream'.

Because these ideologies always tries to twist the real world into something it is not.