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17 November 2017

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Mark Logan

turcopolier,

Yes, I must agree my "no equivalence" was ill-considered. There is an equivalence in the thought process.

I must also re-consider that my view of his testimony may have been shaped by a loathing to change anything about the office simply because of Trump. Yet he is certainly not the first naif to be placed there and is unlikely to be the last. I also wish to see Congress assume their intended role. Thanks.

Bandolero

All

Last night there has been a major political earthquake in Germany. Angela Merkel failed to form a coalition government with the Greens and the pro-business party FDP.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-politics/merkel-signals-readiness-for-new-election-after-coalition-talks-collapse-idUSKBN1DJ0I3


FDP boss Lindner pulled the plug on these talks, allegedly together with FDP vice boss Kubicki - of whom some pro-Israel zealots say he has lobbied for the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2. Lot of big business in Germany is hurt by the sanctions on Russia.

The SPD doesn't want to continue a government with her CDU/CSU neither. So there may be new elections, but it seems unlikely Merkel will come out of this in a way that she can form a coalition government after that.

It's quite unclear what will happen then, but my speculation is that the current process may mean the end of Merkel and a more Russia-friendly chancellor in Germany in a couple of months. Though officially denied, my guess is it may lead to kind of a FDP-SPD understanding to elect a Russia-friendly chancellor together. FDP-SPD is lacking the votes, but two other small parties left and right would be very happy to see Merkel go, too.

Richardstevenhack

As part of my continuing noticing of the rise of censorship by (allegedly) private corporations in the US, there is this:

Eric Schmidt Says Google News Will 'Engineer' Russian Propaganda Out of the Feed
“It’s basically RT and Sputnik,” he said on Saturday.
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/pa39vv/eric-schmidt-says-google-news-will-delist-rt-sputnik-russia-fake-news

Despite the suggestion that this is just "spam filtering", the fact remains that it is outright censorship. That it's by a private (near-monopoly) party does not change that.

When you consider that even the Washington Post ran an article explaining that RT's main "news" is mostly entertainment and non-political-related, with only one percent of its Youtube posts being "political" in nature, this sort of thing is simply unjustified.

Remember, Google was sponsored and supported in its creation by the CIA... And according to Sy Hersh, the entire Russiagate meme is a CIA disinformation operation.

So who does Eric Schmidt really work for?

J

Why doesn't DoD relieve Hytek of command, and then proceed to demand he resign his Officer Commission?

Politics, right?

Fred

Bandolero,

So the coalition said "You're fired". According to Reuters "The major obstacle to a three-way deal was immigration, according to Merkel, who was forced into negotiations after bleeding support in the Sept. 24 election to the far right in a backlash at her 2015 decision to let in over 1 million migrants." It doesn't say anyting about Russia.

different clue

I was reading Reddit and I found this computer-people-email-comment from Linus
Torvalds posted, along with ways to view the next ( and I presume) the last emails in the series.

I am just a lost analog refugee in this digital world, but I believe Linus Torvalds is considered important in the field of computer programming. So I thought I would offer his comment in case any of the computer security people here might think it interesting.
He was saying that the security people he knows of approach the problem of cyber security from what he considers an entirely wrong viewpoint. I don't know enough to even have an opinion about that, but it read "interstingly" somehow, so I offer it here just in case people who know enough to have an opinion find it worthwhile to have one.

http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1711.2/01701.html

different clue

And here is a story which makes me think about past posts and threads regarding how to transport equipment for several soldiers over bad country. Big Dog offered hope but I ( civilian though I am) thought wheeled vehicles could be better, and perhaps NASA were the people to figure out how. Then Big Dog was ruled out, I forget whether by Boston Dynamics or by the relevant DoD group.

Now here is an article about NASA engineers inventing a new type of wheel for future rovers which can withstand extremely deforming rocks and other landforms and not get deformed. Perhaps it could help in designing "Earthside Rovers" for transporting soldiers' equipment over bad country.

Titled " Chainmail Tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling", here is the link.
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/20/nasa_nickel_titanium_spring_tires/

J

Special Report
Should The FBI Be Abolished?

https://spectator.org/should-the-fbi-be-abolished/


"Abuses from the likes of Comey and Mueller are just the tip of the iceberg. We need to be reminded why the founders opposed having any sort of national police force."

J

Colonel,

IMO our Intel employing Operation Paperclip has come back to haunt our nation and bite US in our arse.

The Soviet's did similar with their Operation Osoaviakhim.

turcopolier

different clue

The army decided that Big Dog's internal engine made too much noise. pl

charly

Immigration is the political advantageous answer for all sides that doesn't mean it is the true reason.

Bandolero

Fred

Yes, and no. The major obstacle to a three-way deal to keep Merkel chancelor seemed to be immigration. And that was hotly contested between Merkels conservative CDU/CSU, especially the CSU, and the socially progressive Greens. However, that was not on what the coalition talks broke down. Both, CDU/CSU and the Greens appeared in good mood, that that problem could be managed. And both, CDU/CSU and the Greens, were also in good mood, that all their other differences could be managed. There were still lot's of small things open between CDU/CSU and the Greens, and talks were several days over an arbitrary self-set deadline, but it all looked as it would succeed, though may be one or two weeks later than best estimations had hoped for.

That is, until suddenly late on Sunday night, Lindner, boss of pro-business party FDP, and vice FDP boss, left the table, telling noone at the table why and what it meant, collecting their FDP party delegation outside the room, and then went outside the house, giving a press conference to waiting reporters on national TV. Lindner said there the FDP left the talks and declare them failed. The British Express is correct in reporting it this way - it's exactly as I saw it live on TV - quote:

The FDP leader, Christian Lindner, said: “The four discussion partners have no common vision for modernisation of the country or common basis of trust.

“It is better not to govern than to govern badly.”

Quote end, source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/881741/angela-merkel-germany-coalition-talks-Christian-Lindner-FDP-walk-out-CDU-Greens

Merkel, CDU/CSU and Greens inside the building were completely surprised by that. They needed an additional hour before they went out, in sheer disbelief, that the FDP just pulled the plug, telling no-one before they went live on TV. CDU/CSU and Greens in the negotiation room later said, they got know the end of their talks and hopes from TV.

Think about Lindner's statement. It says nothing and everything. Since the FDP got almost everything what they said they wanted in the talks Lindner didn't even try to make a point that he didn't get this or that. There is just no trust and no common vision for modernisation he said. It's a phrase one can use everywhere.

Lefty Green negotiator Trittin, who was most difficult to handle for CDU/CSU, just said in an interview, that the most difficult technical questions were all as good as solved, and when that happened that was the exact moment when the FDP left the room, so his conclusion is, that the FDP was simply not willing to join a Merkel government again at all, and just wants to bring down Merkel. FDP just hoped the Greens and the CDU/CSU couldn't agree on a coalition anyway, so the FDP wouldn't be blamed for the end of Merkel, but in the exact moment when it became clear that the Greens and the CDU/CSU would agree, the FDP left the talks.

I find it hard not to agree with that analysis - whether you like Merkel or not. Well, and that leads to Kubicki, Lindner's right hand in the negotiations.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/17/questions-over-german-ministerial-hopefuls-links-to-russian-pipeline

And that leads to former chancellor Schröder, who gave a very special interview to Joffe a couple of days ago, which I couldn't see as anything else than promoting a Russian-friendly FDP-SPD unterstanding.

http://www.zeit.de/2017/47/gerhard-schroeder-spd-bundestagswahl-wladimir-putin-donald-trump/komplettansicht

Schröder didn't explicitely say who shall be next chancellor, but lauded pro-business positions of the SPD and his old friend Sigmar Gabriel very much in that interview.

Mark Logan

J,

IMHO, the DoD is very happy with the job he did. The Senate was considering passing new laws which would change the strategic nuclear weapon protocols, an odious process indeed. No doubt a lot of work has gone into the existing one, that would all have to be revisited...and explained at length to the public and congresscritters.

However valid the criticisms of some of the things Hyak said in the process, he successfully and in one short hearing, managed to nip that happy horsepoo in the bud.

Cee

All,

Any truth to the rumors of US troops being at Langley?

J

Colonel,

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/parasite-from-vietnam-may-be-killing-vets/

J

Wishing one and all

Happy Thanksgiving.

J

Ex-commander Ratko Mladic given life sentence for Yugoslav war crimes

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ratko-mladic-bosnian-serb-srebrenica-guilty-yugoslav-war-crimes-trial/

Tidewater

Tidewater, noticing C-Ville Indian summer today, thinks of:

Rainer Maria Rilke

Autumn Day (Herbsttag)

Herr: es ist Zeit. Der Sommer war sehr gross.
Leg deinem Schatten auf die Sonnenuhren,
und auf den Fluren lafs[?] die Winde los.

Befiel den lezten Fruchten voll zu sein;
gib ihnen noch zwei sudlichere Tage,
drang sie zur Vollendung und jage
die letzte Sufse [?] in den schweren Wein.

Wer jetzt kein Haus hat, baut sich keines mehr.
Wer jezt allein ist, wird es lange bleiben,
wird wachen, lessen, lange Briefe schreiben
und wird in den Alleen hin und her
unruhig wander, wenn die Blatter treiben.

Lord: it is time. The summer was so huge.
Let your shadow fall upon the sundials,
And over the fields let go the wind.

Command the last fruits to ripen;
Give another two warm southern days,
Force your completion into the heavy vine.

Who's homeless now, won't be building any more.
Who's alone now, will be alone for a long time,
will stay awake, read, write long letters
and along the avenues to and fro
restlessly wander, when leaves are drifting.



Tidewater

One of those fine Indian Summer days here today (November 22) that I have been told some UVA alumni remember all their lives.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Autumn Day (Herbsttag)

Herr: es ist Zeit. Der Sommer war sehr gross.
Leg deinen Schatten auf die Sonnenuhren,
und auf den Fluren lafs [?] die Winde los.

Befiel den letzten Fruchten voll zu sein;
gib ihnen noch zwei sudlichere Tage,
drange sie zur Vollendung hin und jage
die letzte Sufse [?] in den schweren Wein.

Wer jetzt kein Haus hat, baut sich keines mehr.
Wer jetzt allein ist, wird es lange bleiben,
wird wachen, lessen, lange Briefe schreiben
und wird in den Alleen hin und her
unruhig wandern, wenn die Blatter treiben.


My translation. [Playfully, without knowing German.]

Lord: it is time. The summer was so huge.
Let your shadow fall upon the sundials,
and over the fields let go the wind.

Command the last fruits to ripen;
give another two warm southern days,
force your completion through and drive
the last sweetness into the heavy vine.

Who's homeless now, won't be building any more.
Who's alone now, will be alone for a long time,
will stay awake, read, write long letters
and along the avenues to and fro
wander restlessly, when leaves are drifting.


I think those last five lines are so cruel and so compassionate and so true and so amazing. And so sort of funny. He was a Parisian, too, wasn't he, really. And now I have a long letter to write.

Good Thanksgiving.

J

Saudi arrested #2 moneybags. Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi a duel national with Saudi and Ethiopian citizen and is reportedly the second richest Saudi, after Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.

Also a  senior Saudi official told Bloomberg that the authorities have arrested 14 retired officers who had worked in the defence ministry and two retired officers who served in the National Guard on allegations of corruption.

The most prominent of those arrested is Prince Mutaib Bin Abdullah, who headed the National Guard.

J

There are reports that U.S. Mercs formerly known as Blackwater now going under the name of Academi are being used to torture the Saudi detainees, including hanging Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal “just to send a message”.

different clue

Colonel Lang,

I haven't properly ordered my thoughts on possibly achieving low enough noise from an engine to escape unwanted notice. But I have run across a video about that new NASA wheel. If it makes noise going over obstacles that is yet another noise problem. But maybe it can be muffled somehow.
Here is the video.
https://imgur.com/gallery/Qsf1wpa

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