Thursday, August 9, 2018

Space Farce

So, first of all -- I thought everyone was joking about this. 
Okay. Not. 
No joke.
Secondly -- how did Putin approve of this? How would this serve the Russian Federation's interests?
And again, last paragraph -- right there in the article. 
Here's the exciting thing about the incredibly overpriced and behind-schedule F35 fighter. It can't dogfight. It can't fly faster than Chinese or Russian fighters. It is super-duper over budget.
But what's one thing it CAN do?
Pass undetected through Russian Federation airspace. In and out.
You might recall that one of the first things Trump wanted to do when he came in was to cancel the F-35 program. But then Republicans, whose districts had defense contractors, revolted. So the program didn't get cancelled.
Now, the US has known since the 80's and the "Billion Dollar Spy" (a Soviet national who was executed by the KGB for giving secrets to the US government) quite a bit about Soviet air defense capabilities. For a variety of reasons, including geography and the fact they don't have an economy because of the Magnitsky Act, Russia's modern defense system still ain't all that. And the US knows plenty about it, and how to build airplanes that can avoid it.
Putin knows this. Trump knows this. 

So why Space Force? Well you see, it will help take apart the US military's ability to keep the Russian Federation from any (more) funny business in countries which punched out of the Soviet Union just as soon as they could. So how do you weaken the military under a smokescreen of not weakening it?
Space Force.
Space Force will necessarily require cannibalizing the other branches of the armed forces. And it'll start with the Air Force, which will likely be getting the most F35's (and will certainly have the F35's the Russian Federation is most worried about.) The more chaos is sown in the Air Force, the less able it will be to do anything if (say) Russia decides that it's time to force the issue on Ukraine.
So sure, this has little to do with what Putin can do to US sovereignty. This issue here is the Baltic states and Ukraine. Although Trump has done his darndest to dismantle NATO at the behest of Putin, he hasn't been able to damage it as directly as he'd hoped (and as Putin had hoped). "Space Force" is the next best thing -- take apart military capabilities that might affect Putin's aspirations to grow the Russian economy by expanding back into the Baltics and Ukraine.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Why Are You a Dupe?

Ever wonder why you fall for every "Hillary is a corrupt pizzagate" nonsense?
Well, as it turns out, you're a dupe of very specific propaganda.
The Medium lays it all out for you, aimed at making you a white supremacist.

But if you're a BernieBro, then perhaps the analogy is more like this breakdown of Gamergate by Innuendo Studios

Dupes and useful idiots are easily manipulated by targeted psyops campaigns. The good news is that understanding how the alt-right and the FSB work is the first step to ridding the world of these scumbags. Good luck out there.

Friday, March 23, 2018

I Was A Tool of Russian Federation Psyops

Dear pandoramachine,
As part of our commitment to transparency, we want you to know that we uncovered and terminated 84 accounts linked to Internet Research Agency or IRA (a group closely tied to the the Russian government) posing as members of the Tumblr community.
The IRA engages in electronic disinformation and propaganda campaigns around the world using phony social media accounts. When we uncovered these accounts, we notified law enforcement, terminated the accounts, and deleted their original posts.
While investigating their activity on Tumblr, we discovered that you either followed one of these accounts linked to the IRA, or liked or reblogged one of their posts:
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You aren’t in trouble, and don’t need to take any action if you don’t want to. We deleted the accounts but decided to leave up any reblog chains so that you can curate your own Tumblr to reflect your own personal views and perspectives.
Democracy requires transparency and an informed electorate and we take our disclosure responsibility very seriously. We’ll be aggressively watching for disinformation campaigns in the future, take the appropriate action, and make sure you know about it.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The 50-caliber Mark

So, I find it kinda weird that the whole "right to bear arms" has essentially an intrinsic limit. Indeed, it would seem the limit is the National Firearms Act of 1934. That act has had a mightily confusing history. There's also the Gun Control Act of 1968.
What is that limit?
The caliber of what is acceptable debate concerning allowable weapons seems to top out at about, well, 50 caliber. Above that one ends up with a "destructive device" which is illegal. New Jersey, which has fairly restrictive laws regarding firearms may be banning 50 caliber guns. Nobody ever gets killed with those things -- they're fairly uncommon. But NJ may be topping out at 49 caliber. (Shotguns are exempted.)

It just seems odd to me that no one really seems to object that their right to bear arms doesn't actually include weapons a militia does in fact use. Like grenade launchers, rocket launchers, that sort of thing.

The entire argument over gun in the US is limited by a shared fiction that "arms" seems to begin and end with guns of certain calibers, that do not have explosive projectiles. So what does this right to bear arms really mean? Who knows?
Well, whatever the courts decide it means is what it means I suppose.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gender and things to do

I'm taking sewing classes. And I'm trying to come up with examples of things we do where the gender divide has gotten worse, not better.

I think 100 years ago it would not have been as uncommon for a man to be interested in sewing. Of course, men are "tailors" whilst women are "semstresses" -- they're not even some diminutive form of "tailor." Because, you know, everything is awful.

But what else? Dancing? I think we used to see more men interested in dance.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Oh Look, A New Narrative from the Kremlin

Hey, remember when we were told that the Democratic Party was too focused on brown people and their "identity politics" to win a national election? 

Remember how it was time to reach out to white working-class voters instead?

Well things have changed. New orders have come in.

It looks like the Russian Federation has gotten a bit freaked by the election of Jones over Moore in Alabama. So their news, and their dupes and useful idiots in the West (like The Intercept), are working full-time to divide up the coalition which kept Moore out.

If you'll recall, back during our general election, the narrative that kept being pushed was that Bernie was the "people's" choice and the black women (who are a majority of the actual base of the Democratic Party in the United States) are irrelevant (because defacto their votes are worth less than those of rural, white, voters.1

That was then.

But now they lost Moore. So the new narrative being pushed is that "black women are being ignored by the Democratic Party." Which is true, but mightily rich coming from those sources. But the purpose of this new narrative is to divide the Democratic party. Before it was a matter of following the Bernie line of "Don't think in terms of identity politics, only care about the single abstract thing which matters to my white, educated base!" But now we're all about the identity politics because blacks and white liberals working together beat Moore.

So the new line is that the DNC only cares about white people. Not that it wasn't caring enough about them (which is how they lost the Electoral College.) Eastasia has always been our enemy, etc. 

And that, for both the Russian Federation, and their useful dupes and willing agents, simply will not do.

1. See the 3 million more votes that HRC received than DJT and yet still lost -- ).

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Scumbag Parents

The Benghazi wrongful death lawsuit brought against Clinton has been dismissed.  

"Secretary Clinton did not portray plaintiffs as 'odious, infamous, or ridiculous...'" but I will. They used the death of their own child to score cheap political points in order to elect a racist puppet of a foreign regime.

Patricia Smith, the mother of State Department information officer Sean Smith, and Charles Woods, the father of CIA operative Tyrone Woods -- just what kind of parents are they? Ones more than happy to use the death of their own kids in order to make sure rich people get some tax breaks, that's who.