Pentagon Says Russia Preparing To Transfer "Powerful Weapons" To Ukraine Tyler Durden's pictureSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 07/25/2014 13:33 -0400
Reuters SPY Ukraine
No red lines, no YouTube clips, no "satellite images" of WMD this time: just more "straight to propaganda" speculation by the Pentagon. From Reuters:
The Pentagon said on Friday the transfer of heavy-caliber multiple-launch rocket systems from Russia to Ukrainian separatists appeared to be imminent with the arms close enough to the border they could be handed over "potentially today."
"We have indications that the Russians intend to supply heavier and more sophisticated multiple-launch rocket systems in the very near future," said Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, adding that the weapons were in the over-200mm range.
Warren indicated the weapons had been seen getting closer to the border and the Pentagon believed a transfer was imminent and could happen "potentially today."
"We believe that they are able to transfer this equipment at any time, at any moment," he said. So Russia "could", "potentially today" transfer rocket launchers to Ukraine. But wait, wasn't the same Pentagon reporting hours ago that Russia is now, with the entire world clearly watching, no longer even pretending to be not engaged and is firing at Ukraine forces directly from its own territory? Why would they stop now? And surely with every US spy satellite trained at east Ukraine, the moment this happens it will be blasted to every media outlet. Right?
A multiple-launch rocket system is a wheeled or tracked vehicle mounted with multiple tubes capable of firing a half dozen or more guided or unguided rockets in quick succession at targets scores of miles (km) away. The rockets are generally 100mm to 300mm, with those over 200mm in the heavier-caliber category.
"We're very concerned with the quantity and the capability of weapons flowing from Russia into the Ukrainian separatists' hands," Warren said.
"There has been a continuous flow over the last several weeks of weapons and equipment from Russia to Ukraine," he said, noting that the "most egregious example" was a column of more than 100 vehicles crossing the border.
The Pentagon's assessment that a transfer of heavy weaponry was imminent came as Russian authorities accused Ukraine of firing a volley of mortar rounds across the frontier into Russia on Friday while a group of investigators was in the area assessing reports of cross-border shooting.
A Russian security official said up to 40 mortar bombs fired by Ukrainian forces fell in the Russian province of Rostov near the border where Ukrainian government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists. There were no reports of injuries. Then there was this:
EARNEST SAYS U.S. TALKING WITH EU ABOUT MORE RUSSIA SANCTIONS And then, just to hammer home the message that crazy Putin, the "West's Public Enemy Number One" is about to invade Ukraine, we get this from Reuters:
MORE THAN 15K RUSSIAN TROOPS ON UKRAINE BORDER Ok, we get it: the former KGB spy is on full tilt and deserves every #hashtag the West can unleash. So please activate the sanctions already, those including Gazprom and not the purely theatrical ones to date, and let's all sit back and watch what happens to Europe's economy.
In the meantime, due to popular demand, here is some cover art courtesy of William Banzai.
INTERESTING FOOTNOTE OF THE MAGAZINE COVER ~ LEARNING FROM JOSEPH GOEBBELS ~
ONE SHOULD NOT FORGET THE MINDSET AND HIS TERMINAL RHETORIC ~ PROPAGANDA
WIKI BRIEF: Paul Joseph Goebbels (English /ˈɡɜrbəlz/, German: [ˈɡœbəls] ( listen); 29 October 1897 – 1 May 1945) was a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. As one of Adolf Hitler's closest associates and most devoted followers, he was known for his zealous orations and deep and virulent antisemitism, which led to his strongly supporting the extermination of the Jews when the Nazi leadership developed their "Final Solution".
Goebbels earned a PhD from Heidelberg University in 1921 with a doctoral thesis on 19th-century literature of the Romantic school. He found work as a journalist and later as a bank clerk and caller on the stock exchange. He also wrote novels and plays, which were rejected by publishers. Goebbels came into contact with the National Socialist German Worker's Party (NSDAP) or Nazi Party in 1923 during the French occupation of the Ruhr and became a member in 1924. In 1926 he was appointed Gauleiter (regional party leader) of Berlin. In this position, he put his propaganda skills to full use, attacking the Social Democratic Party of Germany and Communist Party of Germany and seeking to win over their working class supporters. Goebbels stressed the need for the Nazis to emphasize both a proletarian and national character. By 1928, he had risen in the party ranks to become one of its most prominent members.
Goebbels came to power in 1933 after Hitler was appointed chancellor; within six weeks Hitler arranged his appointment as Propaganda Minister. One of Goebbels' first acts was to organize the burning of "decadent" books. Under Goebbels' leadership, the Propaganda Ministry quickly gained and exerted controlling supervision over the news media, arts and information in Germany.
From the beginning of his tenure, Goebbels organized actions against German Jews, commencing with a one-day boycott of Jewish businessmen, doctors, and lawyers on 1 April 1933. These actions eventually led to the outright violence of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) on the night of 9–10 November 1938, an open and unrestrained pogrom unleashed by the Nazis across Germany, in which synagogues were burned, Jewish-owned businesses were trashed, Jews were assaulted (many killed), and thousands of Jews were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. Goebbels commissioned a series of antisemitic films including The Eternal Jew and Jud Süß (both 1940). Jud Süß is widely considered to be "one of the most antisemitic films of all time." Goebbels' antisemitic propaganda promoted stereotypes of Jews as materialistic, immoral, cunning, untrustworthy and physically unattractive and rootless wanderers. Goebbels made it a point in such films to warn German girls of the "sexual devastation that Jews had wrought in the past" and to remind them of the Nuremberg Race Laws of 1935, which prohibited any sexual relations between Aryans and Jews. In the Nazi ideology, such relations were Rassenschande (racial disgrace), a dishonor of Aryan blood, and were made a punishable offense.
During World War II, Goebbels increased his power and influence through adroit and shifting alliances with other Nazi leaders. By mid-1943, the tide of war was turning against the Axis powers; Goebbels responded by urging the Germans to embrace the idea of total war and mobilization. He remained with Hitler in Berlin to the end. Before he committed suicide, Hitler named Goebbels his successor as Chancellor in his will. Goebbels and his wife Magda killed their six young children by giving them poison, then committed suicide. The couple's bodies were burned in a shell crater, but due to the lack of petrol, the burning was only partially effective
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APPEASEMENT DOES NOT WORK ~ OR SHALL WE MERELY DISMISS HISTORICAL PRECEDENTS
one is a fabrication and the other three..fabrications as well..intent to demonze..worse withhold evidence proving injurious to the other country internationally tells me..we will forever lie to incite nations to war.. Our word worth nothing..if you recall the promise to Shevarnadsen..nato will never move an inch to Russia..or take advantage of it..Thanks to Slick willy it turned into a gangbang adding more members to Nato.. Ukraine..is the last battle ground.. We think Putin is just clever and would never push the button..again ..we have learned nothing from Russias History.... Tragic..
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UFOs and Beyond: Apollo 14 Astronaut Ed Mitchell Is Looking Up
By Alan Boyle
Apollo 14 moonwalker Edgar Mitchell may be the only astronaut to conduct an ESP experiment in space, or openly state that extraterrestrials could theoretically live on the moon. But when historians look back at the Apollo moon effort a thousand years from now, Mitchell wants to be remembered for the down-to-Earth attitude he took toward his assigned task on the moon.
"Our task was to start to do the science," he told NBC News. "And we did that. We did it well. We brought back the first real samples from the moon."
Sure, Apollo 11 brought about 50 pounds of moon rocks back to Earth, and Apollo 12 brought back 75 pounds. As most folks will recall, a potentially fatal mishap forced Apollo 13 to come back from the moon without ever landing on its surface — which meant the pressure was on Mitchell and his Apollo 14 crewmates, Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa, to help get America's space program back on track in 1971.
The mission succeeded, though not without a hitch or two ... or three. In his recently published book, "Earthrise: My Adventures as an Apollo 14 Astronaut," Mitchell recounts all the twists and turns that brought him from farm life near Roswell, New Mexico, to the moon and back.
Science and sports
Mitchell argues that Apollo 14 marked the transition from just proving humans could make it to the moon, to conducting a rigorous scientific program to characterize the lunar surface. Mitchell and his commander, Alan Shepard, brought back 94 pounds of moon rocks from the Fra Mauro formation, including a famous 20-pounder that was nicknamed "Big Bertha."
They also made their mark as the first sportsmen on the moon: Shepard carried a jury-rigged golf club and hit a ball that went "miles and miles and miles," while Mitchell picked up a rod from a solar-wind experiment and threw it like a javelin.
"I've always been happy to say that my javelin landed a few inches farther than Alan's golf ball," Mitchell says in the book. The place where it landed is now known as Javelin Crater (not Golf Ball Crater).
Back to the moon?
This week marked the 45th anniversary of the first steps taken on the moon, and the occasion has sparked lots of discussion about whether and how we should go back. Mitchell doesn't think a return trip is necessary, unless it somehow helps further other goals on Earth or elsewhere in space.
"As far as a nice place to live, it doesn't have much to offer," he said jokingly.
The way Mitchell sees it, humanity's push outward into space needs to be part of a bigger picture, focusing on the sustainability of humanity and the rest of Earth's species. "I think a big problem on Earth right now is our lack of movement toward sustainability," he told NBC News. "We're not sustainable on this planet."
Sci-fi action drama. Starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Luc Besson. (R. 90 minutes.)
Like some demented combination of "Taken" and Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," "Lucy," the latest from Luc Besson, is a full-out action movie - and a sober rumination on the nature of existence. It is both things, effectively and sincerely.
Like "Taken," which Besson wrote, it has a streamlined story involving international crime and presents a previously mild-mannered protagonist on a homicidal rampage. And like "The Tree of Life," it is bright and opulent, with lots of impressionist visuals, vigorous cutting and even a cameo by a gratuitous dinosaur.
The result is crazy, but in the best way. "Lucy" hangs together, not only through sheer velocity, but from the unmistakable sense that this is no cynical product. It's an honest expression of the filmmaker's mind - his prurience, his paranoia, his grandiosity and his aspiration. Besson is one of those lucky artists whose genuine impulses are fantastically commercial.
No time is wasted. In the movie's first moments, Scarlett Johansson, as Lucy, is forced by her new boyfriend to deliver a locked suitcase to "Mr. Jang" at a posh Taipei hotel. On the off chance this sounds like a good idea, Besson intercuts this with scenes of fawns being stalked by jungle cats. He further amps up the tension by having the hotel clerk get jittery at the mere mention of "Mr. Jang." And then we meet Jang (Min-Sik Choi), a cool customer whose face is splattered with blood.
Leave it to Besson to include the little details that elude other filmmakers. When Jang sits down to question Lucy - first stepping over a dead body - the cuffs of his white shirt are wet and pink, a mix of water and his victim's blood. I've been watching gangster movies all my life and never once had to ponder where mob bosses get their shirts cleaned. Clearly, Lucy, who is stupid to begin with and then stupid and terrified, is in way over her head.
The science fiction aspect of "Lucy" involves a brand-new illicit drug about to hit the international market. Through circumstances best discovered in the moment, some of that drug starts seeping into Lucy's system, resulting in a profound expansion of her abilities. At first, she's walking up the walls and onto the ceiling like Fred Astaire in "Royal Wedding," but soon she becomes focused. When she does, she finds that she is not merely intelligent. She is a lethal genius.
Skillfully, Besson explains Lucy's transformation by cutting back and forth from Lucy to a professor (Morgan Freeman) lecturing on the mind's potential. Apparently, human beings use only 10 percent of their cerebral capacity. Through the drug, Lucy is using more and more of her brain and taking on undreamed-of powers - heightened senses, telekinesis, mind control.
Was it a UFO? Flashing flying object reported over Toronto
By Katelyn Verstraten 28 July 2014
TORONTO — Torontonians are looking for answers after several UFO sightings were reported in North York over the weekend.
Sarah Chun, 36, was sitting at the dining room table of her Finch Street apartment around 9 p.m. Saturday when she saw six or seven diagonal lights flashing in the sky.
Chun grabbed her iPad and headed outside, where she noticed a second, glowing object.
"It was really high up, and was round, bright, and shining," Chun said. "At first I thought it was stars or something, but it was too bright to be. I didn't know what it was."
Chun says the object "just sat there" for around 25 minutes before "it kind of flew, and then disappeared."
She posted two videos, titled UFO in North York, Toronto. What is this? before heading to bed. When she woke up Sunday morning, the videos had gone viral. By Sunday afternoon, one of the clips had nearly 8,000 views.
Toronto Police confirmed they received several UFO reports Saturday night in the area of Yonge Street and Empress Avenue.
"Somebody did see something in the sky, but what it was we don't know," said Sgt. Barry White, 32 Division. "It might have been someone playing with one of those remote control helicopters from one of the condos."
The first UFO report came in around 7 p.m., White said. Police officers also saw the lights on their way into work around 10 p.m.
"(Officers) were stopping to talk to people, and we did hear from others on the street that apparently there was something up there."
White says he is not aware of a protocol for police to follow on UFO sightings.
"If it was something dangerous and we could do something under the criminal code, we might. Police would go try and check it out," he said. "But to actually go and investigate it further as a UFO — I don't think we would. I'm trying not to laugh!"
He has not received many UFO calls in his career, but remembers one in 2006.
"Someone saw something flying over the lake — it could have been an airplane," he said. "We didn't investigate that either."
White confirmed the UFO was not a police drone — although it could have still been a drone.
"A drone is just a remote control. Even one of those little tiny helicopters could be a drone," he said. "What this thing is, we don't know, because we never talked to the person who had it."
Torontonians took to social media, some commenting they believed the flashing was a kite with lights on it.
Chun is not so sure.
"If it was a kite, I would say that was a very cool kite," she said, laughing. "And could it go that high? I didn't think it was windy yesterday."
"I don't know if it was an alien — but I don't know what it was."
The Iconic WWI Vehicle That Paved the Way for Modern Cars
By Alexander George 07.28.14 6:30 am
The D-Type Vauxhall, or "25hp," was used as transportation for royalty and high-ranking commanders throughout the war.
World War I was shaped by new vehicles—planes, cars, tanks, zeppelins—that fundamentally changed warfare. The conflict also pushed the development of those technologies and put them through some of the toughest tests imaginable, either proving their worth or forcing their proponents to abandon them for another new idea. One hundred years after the start of the war, we’re taking a look back at the most remarkable vehicles of the conflict.
When the First World War began in July 1914, the automobile was in the middle of its awkward teen years. The vehicles had popped up in the hands of the wealthy and early adopters, and Henry Ford had just started mass production of the Model T. But getting around on horseback was still the go-to mode of transportation. The war helped change that.
The skinny-wheel car we’re looking at here didn’t see front line action, but it was one of the defining vehicles of the combat. The Vauxhall D-Type, or “25hp,” which first rolled off the production line in 1915, crossed battlefields on the Western Front (modern Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium), Egypt, and Russian Empire. It had a 4-cylinder 3,969cc engine that could take five passengers to just over 60 mph.
Reserved for use by military higher-ups, the D-Type offered an appealing alternative to traveling through conflict zones by horse. Back in the day when comparing engine power to horse power was really relevant, 25 hp was a big deal. The animals were likely even more excited: About 8 million horses died in the four years of fighting, and it’s safe to assume the 1,500 D-Types produced for the military kept that number from going a bit higher. How the car’s bicycle tires made it over roads that barely earned that name, we’re still flummoxed, but the its solid chassis and durable engine proved a winning combination. At the insistence of the British war offices, Vauxhall produced up to seven of these vehicles a week.
By 1916, they were cranking out about eight a week, which was just the right number. Armies were careful to avoid over-reliance on machines, which required tools to be on-hand, and which, if they broke down, could immobilize valuable cargo. Horses and ground armies still had their place, and the Vauxhall was used to transport VIPs. (Another British creation of the era, the Mark I tank, had more combat-related duties.) Even in that minor role and with those skinny tires, the car worked. According to Vauxhall literature, a gunner on a D-Type in 1916 said, “The old Vauxhall will go on being bumped, swamped, bogged, and perhaps shelled; but its work is to help win the war, and it does it with a good heart.”
One of only two D-Types that survive today, the car pictured here appeared in Steven Spielberg’s film War Horse, once drove King George V around northern France, and will take part in centenary commemorations of the war in Britain.