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20151009 00:36 badanov Russians also sent combatants into Spain as well, aircraft as well as early tanks to test them.
20151008 23:57 Pappy And there's this:

The Chinese do have a vessel in the Syrian port of Latakia. According to a security official of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the vessel is “just sitting” there, possibly in case Chinese diplomats or other officials in Damascus need help or evacuation out of Assad’s areas of control. Or perhaps the vessel is observing Russian actions.

Sending military observers to someone else's war is an age-old practice. The Brits and the Russians did that during the Spanish Civil War. The Germans, of course, were a bit more... proactive.
20151008 22:13 Thing From Snowy Mountain Headline: "US claims some Russian missiles fell short of Syria, exploded in Iran..."

Good, maybe they killed some actual terrorists.
20151008 20:25 Dale From my contact in Tel Aviv http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-syrian-army-launches-offensive-in-the-al-ghaab-plains-under-the-cover-of-russian-airstrikes/
20151008 16:45 Deacon Blues An article in MS magazine claims the real problem with mass shootings is Hegemonic Masculinity. In other words, men need to turn into women.
20151008 14:25 Deacon Blues We are still here. I guess Bugs Bunny stole the PU-36 Space Modulator again. Delays, delays!
20151008 08:27 Skidmark Well,...made it to Thursday.
20151007 16:46 badanov Some Wednesday evening Alan Jackson:

20151007 11:24 3dc Just was noting NASA bought into it.
20151007 11:23 3dc Skidmark - I hold out more hope for fringe stuff like LockMart's Skunkwork fusion system succeeding.
20151007 01:47 Skidmark A brief read of the proposed 'cold fusion' paper(s) indicate a long period (7 days) of electrical input to stabilize the solution prior to measuring the 'fusing'. I wonder if they aren't making something of a battery?
20151006 22:27 swksvolFF Resolved; problem is that criminals have no respect for the law. Same as it ever was. Gonna let the water go through the filters to keep the BS out.

As a point of order, it is win or go home, but not yet the playoffs - thought the same thing last year KC@OAK.
20151006 11:20 Pappy That soon become "earth tones"

"Naomi Wolf to the white courtesy phone..."
20151006 02:25 newc " They are painted with other colors in lighter and more moderate tones."

That soon become "earth tones"
20151006 02:24 newc badanov, you should post that to the room
20151005 23:59 3dc Thing - just reporting NASA now buys into it. No idea if it ever really works.
20151005 23:45 Thing From Snowy Mountain Sure, Rossi's on the level, and there really is such a thing as cold fusion.

that's why all this time he only lets people look under one shell at a time. Pea's not under number one. (switchswitchswitch). Or number two... switchswitchswitch Or number three...

what? you've seen under all three, trust me...
20151005 22:03 badanov A post on the Ace O'Spades Moron Lifestyles group has an ongoing post, What Are ?You Listening To? Today I heard Chuck Mangione's Feels so Good. But this song is nice, too:

20151005 20:26 badanov Probably apocryphal:

An unidentified famous journalist from a well known western publication calls the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense and asks:

When bombing in Syria, how do you distinguish the usual terrorists versus the moderate terrorist?

The call was switched to an unidentified duty officer where the question was asked again.

The duty officer answered: Before we even began our operations in Syria, the General Staff of Defense of the Russian Federation had taken a responsible decision. The essence of this solution is in our traditional Russian effort to strictly abide by the principles of law and justice. So now, all of our munitions fall into two categories: normal and moderate.

Against the usual terrorists, we use only conventional munitions. And against moderate terrorists, we use only moderate ammunition. So do not worry, moderation of some of the terrorists we take into account and deal with them justly.

Feeling better, the journalist asked, just to clarify what the duty officer said: How do the conventional munitions differ from the moderate munitions?

Duty Officer: Our conventional ammunition differs from the moderate ammunition, exactly as much as the usual terrorists in Syria are different from moderate terrorists They are painted with other colors in lighter and more moderate tones.

The duty officer hung up.
20151005 18:01 3dc a comeback with NASA stamp of approval for COLD FUSION: http://www.lenr-forum.com/forum/index.php/Attachment/386-IEEE-brief-DeChiaro-9-2015-pdf/
20151005 17:35 3dc link about Russian sats dancing in the dark around ours.
20151005 17:35 3dc http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2839/1?utm_content=buffere38ab&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
20151005 00:26 Skidmark I think it more appropriate to nuke the Stickney crater on Phobos and create a glass-lined solar reflector.
Then use it as it was intended for a mining and manufacturing facility.
20151004 17:42 3dc Elon Musk wants to nuke Mars with multiple H-Bombs. Enjoy... http://mashable.com/2015/10/02/elon-musk-nuke-mars-two-suns/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-science-link#v.6POoFMpqqh
20151004 15:16 Pappy Crimea is in a holding pattern. The TOS-1, if deployed, is likely an insurance policy that things stay in that holding pattern.

Syria - I see three objectives:

1. Secure Russian facilities at Tartus.

2. Provide significant force and reinforcement to Assad's government to, at least, create a stalemate. At best, to create a Syrian rump state in the western half of Syria. An Islamic State in the eastern half is more of a problem for the US and the Arabs than Russia (at this point.)

3. When 1 and 2 are completed, if not sooner, get the rebels to start fighting among themselves. Not that they aren't already; it will become more pronounced once there a stalemate.
20151004 15:13 Pappy My take is that the TOS-1 deployment is a recent development, perhaps within the last month or so. While it may be a city-breaker, it's an FAE (Fuel-Air Explosive); also useful against emplacements, trenches, and the like.
20151004 15:02 badanov A lot of top people wouldn't know a tank if it ran them over, so I would have serious doubts as to whether the TOS-1 was seen without prompting from the Ukrainian ministry of defense.

The TOS-1 is a city breaking weapon, so the only presumed target would be Mariupol,. not Donetsk and not the airport.

Recall that I was closely watching events during that time, and I saw no report from either side about the artillery system. February, 2015 was the rebel operations in Debaltsevo, so had the Russians such a weapon they surely would have used them then.

Not saying the report isn't credible ( which as a matter of personal opinion, I do not think it is) but if the observer had seen the vehicle with the ubiquity of cell phone camera, where is the photographic evidence?

I am saying all this to say: Wretchard in his latest post pointed out the Soviets went whole hog into Yemen providing weapons and troops in the 1970s, then suddenly left as it appeared the Yemen kommies had matters in hand. It seems to me that this follows that pattern in Donetsk and Lugansk. Putin has peeled off a chunk from Ukraine for Russian speakers living there and is presumably satisfied that the region will become at least autonomous from Ukraine. All this so he can walk away with Crimea.
20151004 12:50 Shipman I dunno, one war is expensive, two with an ocean to cross is iffy at best. Betting they want a fast end to the Syrian mess, might bet they do something scary. See Pappy's description of a scary weapon system below.
20151004 12:29 Pappy I don't think they're pulling out. Not if this is any indicator:

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which is monitoring a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, reported that its monitors had seen a mobile TOS-1 'Buratino' weapons system for the first time. The Buratino is equipped with thermobaric warheads which spread a flammable liquid around a target and then ignite it. It can destroy several city blocks in one strike.
20151004 12:05 Deacon Blues Are the Russians pulling out of the Ukrane because they don't have the logistics to support both Ukrane and Syria? It would be very easy for Obumbles to cut off the Russian contingent in Syria. He won't do it though.
20151004 09:14 Dale Spoke with a writer who published a book on e books a few months ago. Said she just bought herself a car from the effort. She said Amazon E Bay only way to go. I asked her about her book.What else, an English slant all about sx and money she said. Locally she has quite a collection of mounted game from her trips abroad with her husband. AW the good old days.
20151004 00:14 Shipman I am so low Ida need a parachute to jump off a dime. Damn gaters.