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-Short Attention Span Theater-
VP Harris: “When We Talk About The Children of The Community, They Are a Children of The Community”…
[Weasel Zippers]
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Posted by: Crons Tholush7614 || 05/25/2022 3:12 Comments || Top||

#2  A lot of people are still in total denial that yes, she actually is this dumb. Same with Joe's dementia.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/25/2022 7:18 Comments || Top||

#3  A modern day Churchill, isn't she?
Posted by: Raj || 05/25/2022 10:04 Comments || Top||

#4  If she is drunk would be the only thing she has in common with Churchill. Honestly, I hope she is drunk, she can't really be as stupid as she sounds.
Posted by: Chris || 05/25/2022 10:11 Comments || Top||

#5  I think we're ready for Prime Time here. Limelight. Center Ring. The Big Stage.

Say what you will about Joe's decline...she is peaking.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/25/2022 10:19 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
[AoSHQ] Ignorant Techno-Policing
Over the past year, there have been some startling revelations about government and technology and how the government uses technology to achieve its ends. The common theme in all of it is the rank incompetence and profound ignorance that seems to permeate every interface between policing and technology. The examples that come immediately to mind are the Rittenhouse and Sussman trials.

During the Rittenhouse trial, I was horrified to see how lackadaisical people are with data and their gross overestimation of their own knowledge and expertise. The DA and his team were tossing files back and forth as E-Mail or SMS attachments. No good chain of custody, no verification that the files were unchanged, no robust protocol. This is unacceptable, and no technically-savvy organization would permit such behavior. When the police enhanced a video clip that ostensibly showed Rittenhouse doing ... something, the defense challenged it and the police put their expert up for questioning. The defense dismantled him.

He was not an expert, he was an operator who used software he had been trained to use. He didn't know how the software worked, and he didn't understand what underlying technologies were used. He just knew how to click the buttons and produce an output. Everyone involved in the prosecution was a technological cargo-cultist. They went through the motions but they didn't know how anything worked. Despite their profound ignorance and blind trust, however, they were thoroughly convinced they knew everything. They called themselves experts and then got humiliated by non-expert outsiders who trapped them with their own ignorance.

The revelations around the Sussman trial do nothing to improve the perception that these people are incompetent and not motivated by justice. The entire "secret connections to Alfa Bank" was predicated not on some known data channel or evidence that Trump's businesses were colluding with Russian information ops, but instead was based on misunderstanding communications related to E-Mail spam. Per my understanding, someone at Alfa was on a mailing list for spam. This is not nefarious. In this case the feds - unlike the locals in the Rittenhouse case - did have people with enough expertise to question this. These people were ignored, because it was good enough to keep pushing forward with their crimes and besides, they knew in their guts that Trump was guilty and so the ends justified the means - and it looked great to people who don't know anything. Very high-tech.

These people who have the gall to convert a republic into a technocratic police state are also ignorant and stupid in their chosen domain. Technology is magic, and it says what they want it to say. Anyone who questions it from the inside is ignored and anyone who questions it from the outside is called a white supremacist. They're not experts. They're not even armchair enthusiasts. They just press the buttons and railroad their opponents. They don't understand (or they ignore) "garbage in, garbage out" and fall back on "the computer says he's guilty!"

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#1  Ouch.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/25/2022 21:08 Comments || Top||

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Boilers have already begun to boil: What has changed after the liberation of Mariupol and the surrender of Azovstal
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
by Oleksandr Kots

[KP] It would seem, what does Azovstal and Mariupol have to do with it? And this is not only a military victory, but also a psychological one. Giving confidence to our fighters.

Do you feel how the front buzzed after the final liberation of Mariupol and the surrender of its entire garrison?

From Avdievka to Izyum, from Liman to Severodonetsk.

A huge military machine set in motion, which, it seemed, over the past month “got bogged down in positional battles”, “rested against the enemy’s defenses,” gnawing out new territories literally by a meter.

During the special operation, the command of the allied forces of Russia with the republics of Donbass, and we, the reporters, had enough opportunities to study the tactics of the Ukrainian troops. We must give them their due - they know how to defend themselves. Small maneuverable groups with Western anti-tank weapons, American counter-battery systems that allow us to open positions of our artillery in a minimum time, saturation with drones and powerful fortified areas that allow us to wait out the bombing ...

While the confrontation is at the level of artillery duels (that's why 95 percent of all losses are from fragments) and partisan attacks with Javelins from forest plantations, the Ukrainians hold on to positions with their teeth. But as soon as it comes to a direct collision, they prefer to roll back to the pre-prepared second and third lines of defense. They do not like close combat and "shooters," especially since 80 percent of Ukrainian soldiers are mobilized reservists and fighters of the defense, who took up arms for the first time. So they write ultimatums to Zelensky, refusing to "perform combat missions in inhuman working conditions."

What does Azovstal and Mariupol have to do with it? And this is not only a military victory, but also a psychological one. Giving confidence to our fighters. And undermined the faith in their authorities among the armed forces of Ukraine (AFU). Battalions are released from Mariupol, which will go to fight off the rest of the lands of the people's republics.

How will the battle for Donbass unfold after the surrender of the Mariupol garrison?

Let's try to predict.

It is hardly worth waiting for swift marches with movement along the entire front. But since 2014, the APU has been known to be allergic to boilers, which 8 years ago Ukrainian troops fell into with fatal persistence. Indeed, in addition to the Ilovaisky and Debaltsevo boilers, there were smaller encirclements. But at that time, the most militant passionate Ukrainian units were also ground in them.

I would venture to suggest that now the fate of the Donbass will be decided in such fire bags.

The most obvious today is the Severodonetsk boiler. It's actually framed. The city (by the way, formally - the capital of the part of the Lugansk region, which remained under the control of Kyiv) is already blocked from the North, East and South. And his communication with neighboring Lisichansk was actually interrupted. One bridge was blown up, the second - under the fire control of the allied artillery.

According to the third, it is possible, perhaps, to escape. And this will not be the worst option for the 2,000-strong Ukrainian garrison in Severodonetsk. "Polymorsos" (political and moral state) is clearly not in combat now, and skirmishes are already underway in the city itself. The very option that is so disliked in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Therefore, it can be assumed that the Severodonetsk garrison will at some point roll back to Lisichansk, where it will join up with a larger group.

But even here there will be no salvation, because Lisichansk is also close to the encirclement. Yes, this city is on a hill and is very convenient for defense. But the roads to Slavyansk and Bakhmut (former Artemovsk) still controlled by Ukraine are being shot through by Russian artillery. And that's about to be cut. Without the supply of ammunition, the Lisichansk garrison is doomed.

And an important point - with the capture of Lisichansk and Severodonetsk, the territory of the LPR will be completely liberated.

To the north of Donetsk, Avdievka is gradually surrounded, where the Ukrainian garrison of up to 6,000 people settled. It is from this city that Donetsk itself, Gorlovka, and Yasinovataya have been shelled in recent years. And they're still shooting...

It is difficult to storm Avdievka directly - for 8 years powerful fortifications have been erected here. Most likely, the allied troops will bypass it on the flanks, block and compress the ring. The liberation of Avdievka will finally allow the residents of Donetsk and its suburbs to breathe easy, forget about the shelling and begin to establish a peaceful life.

And the final liberation of Donbass will be decided, apparently, in the battles for Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, where about 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers have settled. However, Kyiv can manage to increase this figure by bringing reservists here.

The offensive to these cities is now going on in several directions at once. From the north - from Izyum and from the east - from Krasny Liman. From the southeast, after clearing the newly taken Svetlodarsk, the released forces can join them. From the south, the Allied troops will begin to prop up after the solution of the issue with Avdiivka.

Don't expect a quick win here. In 2014, Ukrainian troops were never able to break through the defenses of Slovyansk, where Strelkov's militia were. But everything was decided by the complete encirclement of the city. As a result, Strelkov then broke through with his garrison to Donetsk. But now the Ukrainians will simply have nowhere to go. Only captured.

The tactics of "small boilers" makes it possible to optimally use the forces of the republics of Donbass and a group of Russian troops. Minimize the losses that can be incurred during the storming of cities, block and destroy the main nodes of the Ukrainian defense and its supply routes. The most combat-ready formations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbass are fragmented into several fragments that are not connected to each other. As you know, it is difficult to break a broom through the knee. And on one twig - quite.

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The Tale of the Little Russian Tank
Posted by: badanov || 05/25/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Panzer of the Lake has a rival!
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/25/2022 8:29 Comments || Top||

Revolution and Civil War in the Baltic States, late 1918 - early 1919
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
By Oleg Airapetov

[REGNUM] On November 16, the Provisional Government of Estonia published an appeal for voluntary entry into the army - he did not receive support. Following this, the government began to take mandatory measures. On November 29, it announced the mobilization of youth from 21 to 24 years old.

Continued on Page 49
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Briefly about Ukraine 24.05.2022
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.

Commentary by Russian military journalist Boris Rozhin

[ColonelCassad] 1. Svetlodarsk.
Today, the entire Svetlodarsk arc collapsed. The operational factor that existed for 7 years was dissolved in 1 day. The troops liberated Svetlodarsk, Lugansk. The enemy is still holding Novoluganskoye, but there are signs of preparations for a further withdrawal of troops. The enemy also lost the villages of Vozrozhdenie and Roty. To Artemovsk - 15-20 kilometers.

2. Artemovsk.
There is no assault on the city yet, although the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the city are already being fired upon by our artillery. The enemy is preparing the city for defense, and is also trying to hold on to Pilipchatino, preparing to withdraw to Pokrovsky, where he is preparing for a longer defense.

3. Soledar.
Fighting continued near Novaya Kamenka, Stryapovka and in the direction of Yakovlevka. There is no assault on Soledar yet. The road north of Soledar is increasingly being bombarded by artillery. The enemy admits supply problems, but continues to use the Soledar-Lysichansk highway.

4. Avdievka.
The DPR army announced that it would not storm Avdievka head-on, but would occupy it bypassing and blocking Avdievka. Now the fighting is going on in the area of ​​Kamenka, Novselovka-2 and Krasnogorovka. Fighting also continues on the outskirts of New York.

5. Gorskoe-Zolotoe.
The cleansing of Kamyshevakhi and the fighting on the southern outskirts of Zolote continue. Fighting continues in Toshkovka. It is reported that Lipovoye has been occupied by our troops. The position of the enemy in the Gorsko-Zolotoy fortified area worsened again.

6. Severdonetsk.
Fighting continues on the outskirts of the city. The enemy also reports the resumption of active fighting near Belogorovka, which implies that the Russian Armed Forces have accumulated forces on the other side of the Seversky Donets to resume fighting for the village. The loss of Belogorovka threatens to quickly cut off Severdonetsk and Lisichansk from the main group.

7. Slavyansk.
During the day, the battles for Krasny Liman continued. More than half of the city has been liberated. The enemy suffered heavy losses in killed and captured. It can be expected that the remnants of the AFU grouping in Krasny Liman will soon retreat beyond the Seversky Donets. Krasny Lyman will most likely be taken within 1-3 days.

8. Izyum.
Fighting continued in the area of ​​Kamyshevakhi, Dolgenkiy and Kurulka. The enemy notes that the RF Armed Forces are now accumulating forces in this direction to develop the offensive. Attempts to counterattack the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the flank of the Izyum group were not successful.

9. Kharkov.
Fighting continued on the lines of Cossack Lopan, Liptsy, Ternovaya, Rubizhnoye. In general, tendencies towards positionality prevail here.

10. Marinka, Zaporozhye, Vuhledar, Nikolaev and Odessa - no change.
In the medium term, an intensification of hostilities is expected in the Zaporizhia and Nikolaev directions, as well as new attempts by Ukraine to attack Serpent Island.

More on Svetlodarsk
Svetlodarsk liberated

[ColonelCassad] Good news in the morning.

The city of Svetlodarsk was liberated. Like Mironovskoye, Svetlodarsk was liberated by Wagner PMC.

Under the threat of encirclement (after the loss of Troitsky and Mironovsky), the enemy was forced to abandon their positions in the Svetlodarsk area and retreat in the direction of Artemovsk. Yesterday an unsuccessful attempt was made to blow up the dam of the Uglegorsk TPP.

Thus, today the Svetlodarskaya Bulge, which existed for more than seven years and which could not be cut off during the battle for Debaltseve in 2015, is gone. Then there were plans for a large cauldron, which assumed a large cauldron in the direction of Artemovsk.

As a result, only a small boiler was obtained after breaking through Uglegorsk and closing the ring at Logvinovo (and even then, part of the APU grouping was able to escape with vegetable gardens). After 7 years, the Svetlodar fortified area somehow routinely came under the control of our troops without big fights.

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Biden Had a Chance to Say the Right Thing on the Uvalde Shooting - but He Didn't
[Red State] Joe Biden delivered remarks on the shooting on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. At least 21 have died at the hands of the shooter, including 18 children and one teacher. The shooter has been identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos. A border patrol agent was shot responding to the incident. He was just trying to help out; there was no immigration nexus to the matter. Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother earlier in the day, drove to the school, and began shooting up the school.

Biden ordered the flags on the White House to be flown at half-mast as a "mark of respect for the victims of senseless acts of violence."

"I had hoped....I wouldn’t have to do this again," Biden said, noting that the parents will never be the same.
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#1  He puked up what he was told to say.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 05/25/2022 16:51 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ which is always a close-run thing in itself.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/25/2022 16:53 Comments || Top||

Imran Khan’s march to chaos
[Dawn] THE country seems to be heading towards political confrontation following the government’s decision to ban the PTI march on Islamabad. Crackdowns on the opposition leaders and the sealing of the capital have created a highly volatile situation. The government already seems to be panicking.

Imran Khan
...aka The Great Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
had earlier this week called upon his supporters to storm the capital. He begins what he des­cribes as a ’battle for real freedom’ today. He is de­m­anding the immediate dissolution of the Nat­io­nal Assembly and the announcement of an election date. He plans to gather more than a million people to bring down what he describes as an ’imported go­­vernment’ installed through a ’foreign conspiracy’.

Whether or not Khan succeeds in his objective, the situation is becoming increasingly untenable for the present dispensation. The government’s actions could set fire to a combustible situation. That’s exactly what the former prime minister wants. He has already announced he will defy the government’s ban. The impending confrontation could cause the entire political edifice to collapse, raising the possibility of extra-constitutional intervention.

Curiously, Imran Khan has warned the security establishment to stay neutral in the political fray, marking a complete turnaround from his criticism of the military leadership’s decision not to rescue his government. He has, however, urged the families of military personnel and ex-servicemen to join the march.

The former prime minister’s demagoguery weaponised nationalist sentiments.

It is evident that he actually wants the security establishment to be on his side rather than stay neutral in the political power struggle. The campaign against the military leadership by PTI supporters seems to be a part of the effort to bring the institution under pressure. It’s an extremely dangerous game that could have serious implications for the unity of the institution.

Pak politics has been on a roller coaster forever. But what’s happening now on the country’s political stage is bizarre. Just a few months ago, before his ouster from office, Imran Khan’s popularity graph seemed to have plummeted to a new low. Bad governance, the rising cost of living and erratic decision-making had eroded his support base. The creeping demoralisation in party ranks had triggered defections. The hybrid project had fallen apart and an epitaph was being prepared.

But within days of the vote of no-confidence move, the situation changed dramatically. The party rose like a phoenix from the ashes. Khan’s narrative of a ’foreign conspiracy’, however false, hit a chord with large sections of the population that held deep-rooted anti-American sentiments. His demagoguery weaponised nationalist emotions.

It is, however, not the only factor contributing to the exponential rise in the former prime minister’s political fortunes, as is evident by his massive public rallies. His narrative of ’imported rule’ that, according to him, has marked the return to power of a ’tainted and tried’ leadership, has proved to be extremely effective in rallying support, particularly among the urban middle classes and the youth.

The tide seems to have turned in the PTI’s favour, with the political situation getting messier. With the de-seating of PTI defectors in Punjab, the fate of the newly installed PML-N chief minister hangs in the balance. Effectively, there is no government in the country’s most powerful province. The situation is not very different at the centre, where a weak coalition government is unable to take the hard decisions required to prevent the economy’s free fall. The government has decided against holding early elections and to complete the term of the National Assembly. But the situation is dicey, with growing political instability and an economy in dire straits.

What seems to have given impetus to Khan’s narrative is the growing perception that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif
...served two three non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf, then by the courts...
is calling the shots from London. This view was reinforced when Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and some key cabinet ministers flew to London for consultations with the senior Sharif. The former prime minister has also reportedly been participating via video link in meetings on administrative issues.

All that has undermined the position of the junior Sharif. The reported differences between the brothers over the issue of early elections added to the uncertainty and has further weakened the capacity of the coalition government to take hard decisions to salvage the economy.

It has been more than six weeks since the installation of the new government, but nothing has been done to stop the financial hemorrhaging caused by subsidies. While the talks with the IMF are on, the finance minister has reiterated that the government would not remove the subsides on petroleum prices. The latest development has increased political uncertainty and is bound to have an adverse effect on negotiations with the Fund and diminish the possibility of getting a bailout from friendly countries.

It seems that the coalition government has decided to preside over a possible economic meltdown rather than going to the hustings. Its decision not to dissolve the Assembly also seems to have been driven by Imran Khan’s policy of confrontation. Fearful of taking any unpopular action on its own, the Sharif government is now looking towards the security establishment to help it salvage the situation.

There has been some talk about involving the National Security Committee in taking hard decisions on the issue of subsidies. The suggestion to seek the military’s support has further exposed the government’s incapacity in dealing with the crisis. A redundant parliament has worsened the government’s predicament, raising questions about its sustainability.

It appears that the country may be moving towards a new hybrid arrangement with a weak administration seeking the military’s support in propping it up. The latest development could put the military leadership, which is already under attack by the PTI supporters, in a serious quandary. Imran Khan’s warning seems to be directed at the security establishment. While once he himself had been propped up by the establishment, the former prime minister is now on the warpath against his former patrons. This situation has raised the possibility of the military getting mired more deeply in the political power game. It is perhaps the most serious crisis the country has faced in recent times.
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