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Colin Powell Dead at 84
[Politico] Colin Powell, an accomplished and esteemed four-star general who became the first African-American secretary of State, died Monday as a result of complications from Covid-19, according to his family. He was 84.

Powell was fully vaccinated against Covid-19, his family said in a statement posted to Facebook. With his death, the former soldier and statesman becomes perhaps the most high-profile American public figure to succumb to a so-called "breakthrough" infection of the novel coronavirus.

Related: Zero Hedge’s take, courtesy of Glise Graimp1914.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/18/2021 09:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [377 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Guess he didn’t have his daily booster shot.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/18/2021 9:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Apologies to DooDahMan. His post on General Powell's passing arrived at the Hoover much earlier than the others. I should have properly racked & stacked.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2021 9:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Trump's fault, no doubt.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/18/2021 9:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Probably my fault. I'm not vaccinated
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/18/2021 10:34 Comments || Top||

#5  So, I'm gonna ask the rude question: What was his co-morbidity?
(I've seen overweight, breathing issues, heart trouble, pneumonia likely caused by respirator tubes, general poor health, gunshot wounds, and even a motorcycle crash.
It seem almost no one actually dies from CoVid.
Just my $.02.)
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/18/2021 10:54 Comments || Top||

#6  What was his co-morbidity?

Parkinsons, cancer (multiple myeloma)
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2021 10:57 Comments || Top||

#7  ...as a result of complications from Covid-19.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/18/2021 10:58 Comments || Top||

#8  His comorbidity was being on the same planet as Fauci saying aspirin azithromycin etc won’t work, and your only hope is remdesivir….
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/18/2021 11:15 Comments || Top||

#9  Also 84 years old.
Posted by: ruprecht || 10/18/2021 12:07 Comments || Top||

#10  Myeloma has killed a lot of Vietnam vets.
Posted by: bman || 10/18/2021 12:07 Comments || Top||

#12  I would have voted for him over W. Bush back in 2000 but his wife convinced him Americans were racists and would never vote for a black man.

For all his faults he couldn't have been any more of a letdown as President than W was.
Posted by: ruprecht || 10/18/2021 12:46 Comments || Top||

#13  #12 yes, me as well but he twisted in the wind later years. I backed off big time. My experience so far is they are gone 30 days after Jab. Common characteristic is they expound on how well they did after shot. No problems at all. Then oops there gone. My goodness #5 what a list. I'll show you mine if you show me yours. Well perish that thought. All I can say the longer you are stable the better for you. Just seven years of chest colds will cause you COPD. Pneumonia is scaring also. I would load up on Garlic 400 mg per pill with parsley so you do not inherit the odor. QID (4X)in 24hr day. Lose weight in abdominal area. Till then sit at kitchen table with elbows on the table and knee on chair. Then diaphragm can move better. Most Americans are shallow breathers. Hurried life. Stay away from diary. Coffee is good black, tea and so on. over eating will cause SOB. When you learn the rules you will do better. So I must say stop sinus infections. Your probable cause of lung problems (chronic irritation). Bin there, done that and moved on.
Posted by: Dale || 10/18/2021 13:51 Comments || Top||

#14  Good General that should have stuck to doing what he was best at.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 10/18/2021 13:59 Comments || Top||

#15  Fully vax'd?...But who is say all vax shots are the same.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 10/18/2021 14:01 Comments || Top||

#16  Next up, vax status will not be reported in these cases as it's "not relevant." But don't go trying to mis-represent your own vax status.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/18/2021 14:09 Comments || Top||

#17  my memory of him is he and GHW Bush telling Gen Scwarzkopf not to chase iraqi tanks back to bagdad
Posted by: jim murray || 10/18/2021 14:44 Comments || Top||

#18  RIP Colin Powell, God has his plans, man can only imagine, may the family be at peace now and evermore.
Posted by: Glunter Sproing4157 || 10/18/2021 16:52 Comments || Top||


I Agree with what #18 Said - Jumbo Spaique5312 aka
Posted by: Stacy Abrams1973 || 10/18/2021 17:02 Comments || Top||


And I agree with Jumbo Spaique5312 - me, Phesh Cromp1375 aka Whoopi Goldberg, born
Posted by: Caryn Elaine Johnson1955 || 10/18/2021 17:21 Comments || Top||


And I approve their messages - Glise Snomoting9409 aka
Posted by: Maxine Waters1938 || 10/18/2021 17:35 Comments || Top||

#22  Powell was not a Nam vet. He did a weekend walk-thru as part of being on the military's AA FastTrac.
Posted by: Jean DuSable || 10/18/2021 20:38 Comments || Top||

#23  #17 my memory of him is he and GHW Bush telling Gen Scwarzkopf not to chase iraqi tanks back to bagdad
Posted by: jim murray

That and supporting the overwhelming force needed to quickly win. He was against nation building at that point. I was on the FEBA when that decision was announced and we were glad.

He was a good man. The decision above likely saved many of my guys lives. Still lost my best friend, but many were saved.
Posted by: Tennessee || 10/18/2021 20:53 Comments || Top||

#24  In recent decades the upper echelons of our military have changed drastically, for the worse.

Don't know whether Powell helped or hindered this decline, but I don't believe that Victor Davis Hanson is wrong to label them dysfunctional.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 10/18/2021 21:44 Comments || Top||

#25  ^ I meant, VDH is correct to say our military brass today are dysfunctional. Politicized, risk-averse, unimaginative, self-seeking plodders.

Blame it all on OrangeMan if you like, but the evidence is that the rot set in during the Clinton admin and accelerated during the Tommy Franks era.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 10/18/2021 21:48 Comments || Top||

#26  Obama was afraid of the military so he began the long process of changing it into a politically reliable allie instead of protecting freedom.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 10/18/2021 23:16 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
The Greatest Beer Run Ever...
[B&N] In 1967, a former U.S. Marine named John "Chick" Donohue snuck into Vietnam to find his buddies serving in the war and bring them beer and bear hugs from back home. It would be called "The Greatest Beer Run Ever" and it is now being filmed for Skydance by Oscar winner Peter Farrelly, starring Zac Efron as Chick.

Who put the idea in Chick’s head? "The Colonel," Chick says. "George E. Lynch. He was the bartender at Doc Fiddler’s in Inwood and he was a holy man. He was a very patriotic individual."

Twenty-eight boys from Inwood would be killed in Vietnam — and most people in the neighborhood would attend their funerals, whether they had known the boys or not. "I’m gonna get on one of those ships that goes to Vietnam," the Colonel asserted, "and I’m gonna bring all the guys over there from the neighborhood a drink."

"I looked in the Colonel’s eyes to see if he could possibly be serious," thought Chick. "Oh, he was."

And though it would be Chick who endeavored on this epic journey, the Colonel supported the troops in other ways.

Kathleen "Sissy" O’Sullivan, who edited a neighborhood newsletter for the boys, and is now making a documentary about their lifelong bonds, recalls The Colonel’s unique contributions. In the envelopes with their newsletters, GIs would find flat sticks of gum with a bonus ingredient: they had been soaked in whiskey sours or gin and tonics, and dried so no military mail inspector would discover it.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Colonel found an even larger surface. As O’Sullivan wrote then, "The management of Doc Fiddler’s wanted to send each and every one of you a bottle of scotch, but it wouldn’t fit in the envelope. So [the Colonel] did the next best thing — he soaked the enclosed coaster" with whiskey, dried it out, with orders to the troops to suck on the coasters

The Colonel had a flagpole outside the bar as big as the one outside City Hall, Chick recalls. He also organized a parade contingent of 600 people to march from Inwood to midtown for the Loyalty Day parade on May 13, 1967. [See photo.] While it didn’t get the press coverage the anti-war marches and moratoriums did, it gathered 250,000 people and lasted for eight hours. "I began to see that the protestors were at least trying to stop the madness," Chick says. "But they weren’t acknowledging that so many of the young men were doing what they truly believed was their duty to their country." It was partly a class issue, since many of these working-class boys were drafted, and couldn’t get a college deferment, or a single note from the right doctor.

"We knew we were the lucky ones," Sissy O’Sullivan recently recalled. "As girls, we couldn’t get drafted. We were going to funerals every month. When our guys left for Vietnam, we were heartbroken for them."

What she and other young Inwood women were determined to do was give them a sense of home and normalcy in the jungle with news from the neighborhood. Engagement announcements, usually three a month, weddings — sometimes as many as eight — babies born, announcements of soldiers’ return home.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If that doesn't make you proud to be an American, you should just go back to the old country.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/18/2021 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Different era.
Different country.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 10/18/2021 1:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Strange, Its Only Taken 55 Years for This Story to Surface...
Posted by: Jorong Clomoling1877 || 10/18/2021 1:17 Comments || Top||


A Model Citizen is one that has Mastered the art of figuring out legal ways around stupid rules & politicians.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 10/18/2021 6:53 Comments || Top||

#5  In the last picture, I had one of those in my youth. Fortunately, I married her and we just celebrated our 29th last week. Here's to you Mrs. Warthog!
Posted by: Warthog || 10/18/2021 8:52 Comments || Top||

#6  to #3, that's not a young babysitter named Jill Biden is it?
Posted by: DooDahMan || 10/18/2021 9:22 Comments || Top||

#7  #3, this isn't the first time this story has surfaced.
Posted by: Chris || 10/18/2021 10:26 Comments || Top||

#8  "All I need is Ten and a Fiver, set o keys and a sober driver"
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 10/18/2021 11:02 Comments || Top||

#9  #5 Thanks Warthog !
Posted by: warthogswife || 10/18/2021 11:32 Comments || Top||

#10  "Son, you're gonna drive me to drinkin'
If you don't stop drivin' that
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 10/18/2021 11:35 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
U.S. Christian Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti: 17 Adults and Children Taken
More on this story from yesterday.
[Breitbart] A group of 17 Christian missionaries including children was kidnapped late Saturday by an armed gang near Haiti’s Port-au-Prince, a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident has claimed.

The religious aid workers were on their way home from building an orphanage when they were snatched off their transportation by an armed gang, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries.

"This is a special prayer alert," the one-minute message said, according to AP. "Pray that the gang members would come to repentance."

The message says the mission’s field director is working with the U.S. Embassy, and the field director’s family and one other unidentified man stayed at the ministry’s base while everyone else visited the orphanage.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2021 02:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Shocking! Well Toto, where did you think you were going, Zermatt, Grindelwald, Saint-Tropez ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2021 2:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh, there's the cause for the invasion. Boy, I can't wait for our soldiers to open fire on them. That's totally not going to cause thousands of cases of PTSD and eventual suicides. Hooray for US intervention!
Posted by: Omomolet Phutch9064 || 10/18/2021 5:05 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ Just lie back and enjoy it. Right.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/18/2021 6:44 Comments || Top||

#5  So, the kidnappers grabbed people who belong to an organization that can afford to pay a big ransom. Sounds like those kidnappers have good intelligence. The the US IC see this coming? Prolly not...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/18/2021 6:50 Comments || Top||

#6  Converting Haitians from ... Catholicism? Huh?
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 10/18/2021 7:57 Comments || Top||

#7  probably converting Haitians from their weird Catholic-Voodoo amalgam into just normal Catholicism
Posted by: Retard Strength || 10/18/2021 8:19 Comments || Top||

#8  Probably little to do with religion. Clinton Foundation Haitian project paybacks possibly.

But then again, the Clinton's actually are a 'type' of religion.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2021 8:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Generally they work with existing groups.

A short-term missionary isn't going to connect well enough for effective preaching, but can help with specialized skills, and with proof that "other people care." Folks on the ground say that matters a lot.

I've never been to Haiti, but I know some who have, and our church provides support for a local school.
Posted by: james || 10/18/2021 8:51 Comments || Top||

#10  "Aid workers," more like
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 10/18/2021 9:08 Comments || Top||

#11  It’s a regular thing for church missionary societies to send groups of volunteers abroad to build medical clinics and orphanages, while others sponsor staffing and running the things afterward. I have a girlfriend who goes somewhere every year with her church to build clinics, by way of saying thanks for the privilege of being a nurse in a modern facility at home the rest of the time.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/18/2021 10:38 Comments || Top||

#12  How little does this generation know about the was once the foundation of society in the U.S..

The Great Commission was a commandment Christ gave to Christians after He was brutally beaten, crucified and then pierced in the heart by a Roman spear. Three days later He was walking around as if nothing had happened. He had conquered death.

He then gave Christians the command to "go unto ALL NATIONS" to bring the world the good news, an effort called "The Great Commission".

While you say "Shocking! Well Toto, where did you think you were going, Zermatt, Grindelwald, Saint-Tropez ?" the organization these Missionaries belong to are asking their captors to turn to Christ just as the Missionaries were doing. And of course commenters bring up "money" the organization has "from US aid to Haiti". That money went into Hillary's pocket long ago. That money came from Christians across this once great nation who continue to support God's work financially.

And don't think you are secure from the unusually brutal Haitian criminal savage. They are now pouring across the U.S. border into your neighborhood at this very moment with many many thousands more on their way.

Why is that happening? Is it really Biden's fault? No. Of course not. It is God's Judgments against our now Godless nation. He raises ALL LEADERS based on His approval or disapproval of the people of that nation. They get who they deserve so Biden is his decision for the U.S..
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 10/18/2021 16:54 Comments || Top||

#13  ^ False Prophet *

* follow at your own risk
Posted by: Phomoter Sforza2671 || 10/18/2021 18:35 Comments || Top||

#14  ^^^ Christ is not a prophet.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 10/18/2021 19:55 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
BBC's Rainsford can return if Russian journalists gets UK visas - ambassador
[BBC] Russia's ambassador to the UK, Andrei Kelin, has said the treatment of Russian journalists in the UK is reason the BBC's Sarah Rainsford has been expelled from the country.

In this interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr, he insists the BBC correspondent will be allowed back into the country, where she has reported for years, once UK visas have been issued to Russian reporters.

A Russian working as a reporter for the Tass state news agency left the UK in 2019 after he was denied leave to remain. The Russian government did not make a fuss at the time.

The UK foreign office says Russian journalists continue to work freely in the UK providing they act within the law.

Sarah Rainsford was told she'd been barred from Russia by the FSB security service in August and was labelled a "security threat" - a label that she and the BBC deny.

The move comes during an unprecedented assault on rights and freedoms in Russia, where critics of the Kremlin are increasingly being labelled as "hostile agents" of the West.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2021 02:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps ambassador Andrei Kelin and his FSB staff need a 90 expulsion from the UK? Back to mother Russian in let's us say, January possibly ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2021 3:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Russia suspends its mission at NATO, shuts alliance's office
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2021 11:01 Comments || Top||

#3  The move comes during an unprecedented assault on rights and freedoms in Russia, where critics of the Kremlin are increasingly being labelled as "hostile agents" of the West.

Which move comes during an unprecedented assault on rights and freedoms in the US, where critics of the regime are increasingly being labelled as "hostile agents" of the Woke.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 10/18/2021 11:07 Comments || Top||

State Duma wants to ban unmarried Russian women from traveling to Turkey
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[Rusvesna] State Duma deputy Vitaly Milonov said on the air of the radio station "Moscow Says" that unmarried Russian women should not go on vacation to Turkey.

According to him, local men are "famous" for not the best behavior and are constantly trying to "give women drunk with alcohol."

"Very often there is a problem that many Russian girls do not understand at all when they succumb to the courtship of Turkish seducers. They sing songs about great love, and then the child turns out to be the property of this Turkish pasha, and the mother is completely disenfranchised," the deputy said, adding that there are "a lot of such complaints" so unmarried Russian women should be banned from traveling to Turkey.

Earlier, Milonov proposed to deprive the pension of Russians involved in collection activities. According to him, "you need to be a complete bastard and a scoundrel to call mothers and threaten them."

In his opinion, such people should be prohibited from calling themselves citizens.
This proposal, so to speak, could be from an American reality TV show involving a young Russian woman and an American man from Utah, meeting in Turkey.
Posted by: badanov || 10/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There goes the massage trade.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2021 6:12 Comments || Top||

#2  You might want to add Thailand to that list.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/18/2021 7:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Or... Turkish men could not be a-holes.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/18/2021 9:08 Comments || Top||

36 prisoners sent to Dagestan after a riot in the Vladikavkaz colony
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[KavkazUzel] A group of the most active participants in the riots in the Vladikavkaz colony was taken to a correctional facility in Dagestan.

As "Caucasian Knot" wrote , on October 15, riots broke out in a strict regime colony in North Ossetia, accompanied by a fire. The Federal Penitentiary Service claims that two prisoners from the punishment cell during the searches refused to obey the demands of the employees of the institution and called on other prisoners to riot.

Investigators opened a criminal case on organizing and participating in the riots. According to their version, in the correctional colony, at least two hundred prisoners took part in the riot in the colony. The riots in the maximum security penal colony took place a week after the appointment of a new head of the FSIN in North Ossetia, which toughened up the treatment of prisoners, the sources said.

Prisoners told the anti-torture hotline in places of detention that beatings preceded the riot. They achieved a meeting  with the human rights ombudsman in the republic. The Ombudsman said that earlier prisoners of this colony went on a hunger strike, protesting against the tightening of discipline, and that there were many infrastructure problems in the institution.

The prisoners were divided into several groups. A total of 36 of the most active participants in the riot were rushed to a maximum security colony in Dagestan, Osnova reported on October 16.

Initially, it was planned to send them to Chechnya, but at the last moment this decision was changed, the Baza Telegram channel reported.

In total, they plan to send 150 people to different regions, the report says.

There are no messages from the sending of part of the prisoners to the colony in Dagestan as of 7.00 Moscow time today on the website of the Federal Penitentiary Service for North Ossetia.

Posted by: badanov || 10/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [72 views] Top|| File under:

Nine suspects in Krasnoyarsk will go to prison for drug trafficking
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] In Kansk, Krasnoyarsk Territory, a verdict was passed on Nine members of a criminal group on charges of illegal drug trade. As a REGNUM correspondent was told in the press service of the regional prosecutor's office, seven residents of Kansk and two Achintsy were among the defendants.

According to the department, from November 2016 to June 2017, the organizer of the group, who is serving a sentence in a colony, opened online stores for the contactless sale of synthetic drugs. He attracted the rest of the defendants to illegal activities via the Internet.

A man bought large quantities of a prohibited substance from an unidentified person, which was then taken by his accomplices from hiding places, and packed into smaller quantities to create "bookmarks."

"During the indicated period of time, the defendants tried to sell a narcotic drug with a total weight of more than 1 kg, but their criminal activities were suppressed by law enforcement officers," the prosecutor's office said.

Following the results of the proceedings, the court found the accused guilty. The organizer, who is still in prison, was sentenced to 12 years in a special regime colony. The rest were sentenced to seven to nine years in a maximum security colony, depending on the role and degree of participation in the activities of the organized criminal group.

Posted by: badanov || 10/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under:

Residents of two villages in Donetsk were left without electricity due to shelling
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] As a result of shelling by the armed formations of Ukraine (VFU), residents of the villages of Verkhnetoretskoye and Krasny Partizan were left without electricity. This was reported on October 17 by the representative office of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime (JCCC).

It is clarified that the Ukrainian security forces fired at populated areas from large-caliber machine guns.

"Attempts of the Donetsk People's Republic in the JCCC to use a coordination mechanism to quickly establish silence were ignored by the Ukrainian side," the office said.

No casualties were reported.

As reported by IA REGNUM , on October 17, the head of the Yasinovataya administration Dmitry Shevchenko said that an electrical substation was damaged in the vicinity of the city as a result of shelling by representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Posted by: badanov || 10/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [48 views] Top|| File under:

Orion int @Orion int Chihhang Airbase is reported to be getting $115.6 million worth in upgrades to accommodate newly acquired F-16V fighter jets
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under: Commies

If General Secretary "Xi" and the DC Swamp wanted to make some pocket change on the side? Wouldn't drumming up some fears of a CCP/PRC invasion rake in the $$$moola?

Posted by: NN2N1 || 10/18/2021 6:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Great! The invasion will likely be over by then.
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/18/2021 10:58 Comments || Top||

#3  remember TBG
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 10/18/2021 11:04 Comments || Top||

#4  The invasion will likely be over by then.

So, they can be sold a second time to Turkey.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2021 11:59 Comments || Top||

China's frightening test of new hypersonic weapon: ‘We have no idea how they did this'
[AmericanThinker]The Financial Times has published a scoop that should frighten every American and which casts further doubt on the competence and capability of our military leadership. China has demonstrated an attack weapon well beyond our capabilities, defense against which would be difficult if not impossible.

China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August that circled the globe before speeding towards its target, demonstrating an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise.

Five people familiar with the test said the Chinese military launched a rocket that carried a hypersonic glide vehicle which flew through low-orbit space before cruising down towards its target.

The missile missed its target by about two-dozen miles, according to three people briefed on the intelligence. But two said the test showed that China had made astounding progress on hypersonic weapons and was far more advanced than US officials realised.

The test has raised new questions about why the US often underestimated China’s military modernisation.

"We have no idea how they did this," said a fourth person.

As readers of this website already know, the senior leadership of the United States military is obsessed with:
  • Critical race theory, diving troops along racial lines and devastating morale.

  • Transgenderism, squandering the defense budget on free (and very expensive) "gender reassignment" surgery for anyone who joins the military.

  • Integrating "birthing people" into every military function, including flight suits for pregnant pilots.

  • Vaccination mandates, which could drive out large numbers of skilled service members, not to mention irreplaceable scientists, critically weakening force effectiveness.

Meanwhile, our military reportedly has been shocked by how far China has gotten ahead of us in space-based, nuclear-capable hypersonic gliders that, unlike missiles, can maneuver as the zero in on their targets, making missile defense far less effective if not impossible.

"Hypersonic glide vehicles . . . fly at lower trajectories and can manoeuvre in flight, which makes them hard to track and destroy," said Fravel, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Our military’s ideological corruption and focus on investing in at-best-irrelevant and at-worst-harmful initiatives surely must remind many Chinese leaders of their own history that proved disastrous in the late nineteenth century. At the time, Japan was aggressively modernizing and building up its military capacity, including a very capable navy. In response, a visionary bigwig Li Hongzhang, created a Northern Fleet, purchasing 2 German battleships with 12 inch Krupp guns and 14 inch armor. But further work was starved of funds because the Empress Dowager Cixi wished to restore the Summer Palace northwest of Beijing for her retirement, and redirected the money to work there, notoriously including the 1893 reconstruction of a marble boat in a lake on the palace grounds.

In order to conceal the misappropriation of funds, the Imperial Household Department, with the necessary (and probably coerced) cooperation of Li Hongzhang, reported the expenditures as "naval funds." Just like "gender reassignment surgery" is a "defense expenditure."

The rest, as the saying goes, is history. A year-and-a-half later, on July 25, 1894, the Japanese Navy attacked China’s fleet and sank 2 ships, launching the First Sino-Japanese War. After 6 months of naval and land warfare, China sued for peace and, among other things, handed over Taiwan and Korea to Japan.

Now, China wants Taiwan back, and don’t for a second think that they have forgotten how they lost it in the first place, by squandering funds that should have been used for advanced weapons on useless baubles, of interest mostly to corrupt, decadent, and cowardly rulers.

Courtesy of Skidmark:
'It is inevitable that China will take an upper hand over the US': Chinese state media celebrates new nuclear-capable 21,000mph missile that can circle Earth in low orbit before striking anywhere from space in MINUTES

[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Report from Financial Times said test showed China had made 'astounding progress' on hypersonic weapons

  • Hypersonic missile launched in August, circled the globe at low orbit and missed target by two dozen miles

  • US intelligence was caught off guard as US is one of eight nations developing their own hypersonic missiles

  • An op-ed in Chinese state media said the test shows the 'unstoppable trend that China is narrowing the gap with the US in some key military technologies'
Posted by: 746 || 10/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [363 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  It's not a very big step up from the existing X-37B to something that can dispense multiple hypersonic glide vehicles from orbit and return to Earth to be re-loaded. As Dr. Strangelove said, "It requires only the will to do so."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/18/2021 6:02 Comments || Top||

#2  China denies testing nuclear-capable hypersonic missile
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2021 7:36 Comments || Top||

#3  They've been in the rocket business a very long time.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2021 8:37 Comments || Top||

#4  We could have built a fractional orbit bombardment system fifty years ago. Just about anyone with a large enough orbital booster could.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/18/2021 9:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Just like we could have done all the stuff Elon Musk is doing back in the nineties. We just chose to have our space programs run by vegan cat sitters instead.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/18/2021 9:53 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ I nominate that comment for the Monday "gonna leave a mark" award.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/18/2021 9:57 Comments || Top||

#7  Ref #5: Musk hails from the wrong country. Recognizing his philanthropy, entrepreneurial spirit, and genius would be tantamount to racism.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2021 10:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Our "intelligence" community seems to miss alot. I seem to recall they missed 9/11 too.
Posted by: Chris || 10/18/2021 10:25 Comments || Top||

#9  ^Ah, but they did manufacture the WMD story.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2021 11:04 Comments || Top||

#10  and Russiagate
Posted by: bman || 10/18/2021 12:13 Comments || Top||

#11  and Huntergate
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 10/18/2021 12:30 Comments || Top||

#12  There aren't any eyes in China because the CIA deliberately used inferior encryption on its servers, believing China wasn't a threat and it could use the same sort of security used against Middle East states.

Whoopsie! China broke in, got the names of all the CIA's agents, and executed them one by one. Some in front of their horrified co-workers. How are they gonna recruit more spies, now that everyone knows what happens to traitors, and how easy it is to get caught because the CIA doesn't take the safety of its agents seriously?

Good old CIA. Hey, at least they're good at false flag operations that start wars, eh?
Posted by: Omomolet Phutch9064 || 10/18/2021 13:01 Comments || Top||

#13  #8 Our "intelligence" community seems to miss alot. I seem to recall they missed 9/11 too.

To be fair, they also missed the collapse of the Soviet Union. But that is kinda understandable because not only is Russia a foreign country but their alphabet has all those weird-ass letters.

I'm sure our intelligence community has all sorts of notable successes, but we can't notice them because they are all secret and stuff.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/18/2021 13:08 Comments || Top||

#14  Why be fair? With the resources they have they shouldn't miss too much. I'm sure they are monitoring us as we reply to each other though.
Posted by: Chris || 10/18/2021 13:28 Comments || Top||

#15  In the 50's Gen McArthur was asked, after Chosin, what should be our next step. Bomb Peking while we can. tsk, tsk, effing war-monger.
Posted by: irish rage boy || 10/18/2021 16:47 Comments || Top||

#16  The test has raised new questions about why the US often underestimated China’s military modernisation.

"We have no idea how they did this," said a fourth person.

Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/18/2021 16:53 Comments || Top||

#17  There was an unclassified report to Congress a few months ago on this subject.

It indicated great interest by Russia and China but no prediction of when they would test prototypes.

As I recall, the US has also tested components of a hypersonic weapon system.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 10/18/2021 18:16 Comments || Top||

#18  Hey, don't be so rough on Elon Musk. Technically speaking, he is an "African American".
Posted by: Chealing Chomotle4158 || 10/18/2021 18:55 Comments || Top||

Facebook to hire 10,000 in EU to work on metaverse
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2021 07:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Apparently, it's the next big thing. What is the metaverse?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2021 7:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Include me out.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 10/18/2021 7:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Skid, I think 'Matrix.'
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/18/2021 14:19 Comments || Top||

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House of Representatives staffer faces child porn charges
Bieret works as a program manager for the sergeant-at-arms, the chief law enforcement and protocol officer for the House of Representatives, responsible for maintaining order in the House side of the U.S. Capitol complex.

Stefan Bieret, 41, of Burke, Virginia, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with 10 felonies related to possessing child pornography, Fairfax County police said.
Jan 6 back-burn?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2021 06:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:

#1  when is the suicide scheduled for the nuta cocknative psyops!?!
Posted by: Greng Black3494 || 10/18/2021 7:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Fairfax Man.

The owner of the account was found to live in Fairfax County. County detectives took over the investigation in August. A search warrant on the Dropbox account turned up additional images of child sexual abuse, and subsequent search warrants led detectives to identify the owner of the account as Bieret, officials said.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 10/18/2021 7:46 Comments || Top||

#3  I didn't think that sort of thing was against the law in D.C. and the adjoining five Va. counties.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2021 8:34 Comments || Top||

Friend of mine had a college kid intern for a SW Ohio Rep. recently. The kid said DC was full of gays and trannys.
No wonder the child p0rn charges.
Posted by: The Walking Unvaxed || 10/18/2021 21:59 Comments || Top||

The ancient stepwells helping to curb India's water crisis
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2021 07:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under:

200 painted, naked models descend on Dead Sea for photo shoot
[Washington Examiner] An American artist is photographing hundreds of nudes at Israel’s Dead Sea to highlight the sinking water levels.

Spencer Tunick , who has photographed naked models at landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and a glacier in Switzerland, returned to the Dead Sea on Sunday for the third time to photograph 200 naked people coated in white paint.

"I'm here to raise awareness of the receding waters of the Dead Sea and to bring attention to the ecological disaster that is happening," Tunick told CNN.

The shoot will benefit collaborator Ari Leon Fruchter’s dream of building a "Dead Sea museum" on the same location as the shoot.

"By connecting an environmental issue to the (human) body, (it) shows the vulnerability of the body up against nature — and also, in juxtaposition, the vulnerability of nature that's caused by the body," Tunick said. "Mankind can affect a massive sea. And I think that showing this juxtaposition of the body — very fragile — against the Dead Sea, which is equally fragile, will bring a new energy to the work and people's conversations."

We'll be expecting a full report from g(r)om as soon as he returns home.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2021 17:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [17 views] Top|| File under:

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