The Satan Bug

Before I start the day’s post….I must say something but my lovely citrus trees…..

I start my Sunday with the photos of my satsuma harvest….for those in the South no explanation is necessary….but in case you have no idea…..a satsuma is a cross between a tangerine and an orange….a little sweet a little tart…

One side of a tree…….

 

I will get about a bushel off of the trees…..some fine organic fruit…..

The good news is that the tangerine harvest should be ready next month…..again I will get about a bushel……homegrown fruit tastes better than store bought…..

Now let me go on about the world around us…….

I know that we are all concerned on who will lead this country for the next 4 years but that does not mean that we should forsake all news to concentrate of the babble of the candidates….make no mistake at this late date it is nothing but babble…….but the loudest babble is that of Russia….ISIS is murdering people at an alarming rate and yet Russia situation is all consuming….at least in this election…..

Some news you probably did not get exposed to…….Satan has arrived!

A Russian missile design company has unveiled the first image of a new weapon in Russia’s arsenal: the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, nicknamed “Satan 2.”

The RS-28 Sarmat rocket “is capable of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France,” Russian state news outlet Sputnik reported in May.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borsiov said the Sarmat warhead was capable of destroying targets flying across both North and South Poles, Russian state news agency TASS reported Tuesday.
The missile will have a range exceeding 11,000 kilometers (6,835 miles), TASS said. The warhead will weigh 100 tons and is designed as a successor to the R-36M Voyevoda.
According to a statement posted on the maker’s website, “the Sarmat is designed to provide strategic Russian forces with a guaranteed and effective fulfillment of nuclear deterrence tasks” and is being co-developed with the Russian military.
(CNN)
An image published by the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau of the RS-28 Sarmat rocket, or 'Satan 2.'
And then there is the response by the West……

Nato states are pledging troops to a Russia-deterrent force in the Baltic region, amid concern that Russian warships, due to refuel in Spain, are to join strikes on Aleppo.

Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato chief, said that defence ministers from Canada, Germany, the UK, and the US would, in Brussels on Wednesday (26 October), “set out their plans for the battalions they will lead” and that other allies would “confirm their contributions” to the deterrent force.

Source: NATO States Pledge Troops to Russia-Deterrent Force | World Affairs Journal

All the talk is that there is NO new Cold War…..but the actions taken by the two sides seem to look like it to me……chest thumping like sex starved primates.

Our choices in this election does not fill me with a warm fuzzy feeling of optimism…

Any thoughts?

Dangerous New ‘Group Think’

This election has shown me that there is a new “group think” in DC…..daily the media is pushing the story that Russia is the same out of control bear that it was during the Cold War…..and everyone is buying into the propaganda….

Look at today….we are told that our intel gatherers have high confidence that Russia is behind the DCCC hack attack…..my question is…is this the same high confidence that we had on Iraq’s WMDs?

Not since the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has Official Washington’s political/punditry class clamored more single-mindedly – and openly – for the U.S. government to commit a gross violation of international law, now urging a major military assault on the government of Syria while also escalating tensions with nuclear-armed Russia.

And, like the frenzied war fever of 2002-2003, today’s lawless consensus is operating on a mix of selective, dubious and false information – while excluding from the public debate voices that might dare challenge the prevailing “group think.” It’s as if nothing was learned from the previous disaster in Iraq.

Source: Dangerous New ‘Group Think’ for War with Syria/Russia | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

After the lies told by the government since 1960’s….I remain leery of their “findings”…..they will lie and deceive to get what they want…..and what they want these days is an enemy Russia.

The idea of an “enemy” is nothing new…..the stretch and the push on Russia is…..to the point that ISIS and the War on Terror has taken a backseat….that is until there is another attack and then it will be full tilt boogie against ISIS….

The Campaign Of Blame

Since 2008 and the election of Obama everything that has gone wrong has been blamed on the black man…..he is blamed for the Iraq quagmire…he is blamed for the creation of ISIS…..all city protests are his fault…..like I said….he has been blamed for damn near everything from the crucifixion to World War 2….

But in the last year or so a new person has stepped out of the shadows and he has the blame of the world on his shoulders…..

That person is….wait for it…..Putin.

Hardly a day goes by without some “news” about the Russian “threat,” and in the past twenty-four hours the hate-on-Russia campaign seems to have picked up speed. After learning from Hillary Clinton that Vladimir Putin is not only responsible for the Trump campaign, but also for the “global nationalist movement” that yanked the British out of the European Union, mainstream media are telling us that Russian interlopers are supposedly invading our electoral process by hacking into voter databases. The Washington Postreports”:

“Hackers targeted voter registration systems in Illinois and Arizona, and the FBI alerted Arizona officials in June that Russian hackers were behind the assault on the election system in that state.

Source: The Campaign to Blame Putin for Everything – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

How long this blame game will continue we cannot say….but my guess would be at least until the election in November and then a new boogey man will step out of the shadows…..

Foreign Policy: While The Stupid Plays Out

This is an op-ed that I wrote for my friends over at Ace News Room……the world is focused on the destruction of the barbaric d/bags of ISIS and while they are distracted China is making several moves that could prove to be problematic for the US and its allies…..

I believe that the foreign policies of the candidates is the most important issue in this election…..and yet there is NO interests on grasping the complexities of the field…..while the …

Source: Foreign Policy: While The Stupid Plays Out

Ace News is a great source for news…please stop by if you want to get news that may have been missed by your local MSM…..you will not regret it.

The Bully On The Block

As a junkie of all things international relations…I am constantly watching the press and the think tanks to keep my readers abreast of what is happening and why……

I do so enjoy the media acting as the propaganda arm of the government….apparently they are told what to do and told to run with the ball….keep the American people confused and stupid.

For months, probably years we the people have been told about the Russians and their buildup and thumbing their nose at the Western forces like NATO….

I have been saying for about that long that I felt like it was all a show to make Russia look more dangerous than they were….and now all my suspicion has been proven out…..

President Obama and NATO leaders signed on to the false narrative of a minding-its-own-business West getting sucker-punched by a bunch of Russian meanies, a storyline that suggests insanity or lies, reports Robert Parry.

It’s unnerving to realize that the NATO alliance – bristling with an unprecedented array of weapons including a vast nuclear arsenal – has lost its collective mind. Perhaps it’s more reassuring to think that NATO simply feels compelled to publicly embrace its deceptive “strategic communications” so gullible Western citizens will be kept believing its lies are truth.

But here were the leaders of major Western “democracies” lining up to endorse a Warsaw Summit Communiqué condemning “Russia’s aggressive actions” while knowing that these claims were unsupported by their own intelligence agencies.

Source: NATO Reaffirms Its Bogus Russia Narrative – Consortiumnews

Even the American Conservative has noted that the US made several mistaken in 1991 with the collapse of the USSR…..

Whenever the subject of American foreign-policy catastrophes comes up, the word “Iraq” immediately comes to mind. But George W. Bush’s ill-fated invasion of that hapless land in reality did not do irreparable damage to the United States. That is not to trivialize the costs, including trillions of dollars and the deaths of thousands of Americans plus hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, but the reality is that the U.S. homeland was not attacked and the economy has not collapsed, making Iraq a war that should never have been fought but not a defeat in historic terms.

One thinks of Russia less frequently when U.S. policy failures are examined. In 1991, Russia was a superpower. Today it is a convenience, a straw man fortuitously produced whenever someone in power wants to justify weapons expenditures or the initiation of new military interventions in faraway places. Much of the negative interaction between Washington and Moscow is driven by the consensus among policymakers, the Western media, and the inside-the-beltway crowd that Russia is again—or perhaps is still and always will be—the enemy du jour. But frequently forgotten or ignored is the fact that Moscow, even in its much-reduced state, continues to control the only military resource on the planet that can destroy the United States, suggesting caution should be in order when one goes about goading the bear.

Source: Russian Harassment and Other Fables | The American Conservative

Basically the government needs the media and the people needs an enemy….true that they have ISIS to hate but that cannot last forever and Russia is the perfect villain….for the American people still have left over animosities toward the nation and it is easy to feed the fear…..the government needs the American people to live in fear…..and the media supplies the indoctrination.

A Great Spy Story

I admit it….in my younger days was a huge fan of James Bond novels and a pulp fiction spy named Sam Durell…..spy novels were fun and even entertaining…..but are they anything like real life?

To this day I still enjoy a good spy story….only these days they are more fact than fiction…..

Awhile back I wrote a post about the death of a Russian dude in Washington D.C.  I provide a link below on the subject of modern day spies……

Source: Spies Like Us – In Saner Thought

I thought that it was interesting that a former KGB dude was poisoned and awhile later some Russian ex-pat was also killed “mysteriously”.

Then a couple of years ago the FBI and other counter-intel groups had a big coup when they uncovered a pack of modern day spies operation in suburbia….one was a hot red head name Anna Chapman…..

Anna Chapman (RIA Novosti / Vitaliy Belousov)

I recall the big deal that the media made out of the ferreting out of these spies and the damage they could have caused….the media played their scenario for hours about the spies and what it took to discover their existence……

And then I found the rest of the story…….

Russian intelligence officer, Aleksandr Poteyev, who was sentenced for treason in absentia by Russia after blowing the cover of a spy ring in the US, has reportedly died. Moscow, however, is not confirming the news or taking the defector of its wanted list.

Source: Russian ‘traitor’ who exposed Anna Chapman’s spy ring dead in US – reports — RT News

Another person with a “mysterious” death…..that makes 3 the number of people connected to Putin…….this would make a great spy novel or a TV show….wait….wait…I think they already have one…..”The Americans”?

 

The New Iron Curtain

Does anyone remember the term “Iron Curtain?”  If so where did it originate?  (insert Jeopardy music here)…….times up!

At the end of WW2 Winston Churchill said that there was an Iron Curtain dropping across Europe and it remained in use until 1991……thus the beginning of the now infamous Cold War…….

I bring this little shout out of history because it is happening all over a gain…..the NATO (US) and Russia are partnering up to form alliances against one another….NATO is putting more and mor etroops into Eastern Europe and Russia is beefing up defenses against the build up….ergo….a “NEW IRON CURTAIN”

A foreign army consisting of 31,000 soldiers from an anti-American alliance are conducting military “exercises” a few miles from San Diego. Hundreds of tanks converge on the Rio Grande, while jets from 24 countries converge in attack formation, darting through Mexican skies.

It isn’t hard to imagine Washington’s response.

Yet that’s precisely what has been happening on Russia’s border with the NATO alliance, as the cold war returns. Economic sanctions aimed at sinking Russia’s fragile economy, plus a propaganda campaign designed to characterize Russian President Vladimir Putin as the second coming of Stalin – or, in Hillary Clinton’s view, Hitler – have history running in reverse. Once again, an iron curtain is descending across Europe – only this time it’s the West’s doing.

Source: The New Iron Curtain – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

And it does not appear as if this is an isolated incident…..a curtain is falling around the globe….it is almost looking like a game of “Risk”……

Will the election cure this problem?

Not a chance….period!