Thursday, September 29, 2022

Interlude: The Hollies - Stop Stop Stop

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Interlude: The Mixtures - The Pushbike Song

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Switzerland to purchase 36 F35s

(Bern) In something of a surprise, Switzerland blocked a referendum demanded by 2 political parties (the Socialist Party and the Greens) over the Governments plans to purchase thirty six F35 stealth jets. As is the case in Switzerland, if you want to question anything the government proposes you garner 100K signatures which allows that Government proposal to be thrown at the public allowing them to vote on the matter. This we saw take place in 2014, when the purchase of 22 Gripen aircraft was rejected in which to replace Switzerland’s aging F5 fighter aircraft which had been in service since 1978. It seems that the Government knowing it couldn’t allow another rejection in which to update its airforce, simply said no and went ahead with the purchase of the F35 of which the first 4 will be built in the US, with the remainder in Italy, Bern is looking at 2030 for when the aircraft will become operational. 

Monday, September 19, 2022

Interlude: Kirsty MacColl - There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Ukraine: So exactly what has just happened in the North East (Part 3)

(Kharkiv) So the Ukraine having tied up the vast majority of the Russian teeth arms on the West bank of the Dnieper, decided to launch their real offensive on Thursday evening, catching the Russians completely off guard resulting in the worst defeat Moscow has suffered since WW2.  As i have already explained what transpired in the 2 posts beofre this , I'll allow the infographics below to tell their story.

Take note of the map scale and the time line:

Ukraine: So exactly what has just happened in the south (Part 2)

(Kharkiv) Here is a little more detail on that Ukrainian counter attack.  As mentioned Kyiv hinted that with Russia with so its called clear set goals in the east of the country (the capture and annexation of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts,) which they had achieved in the latter and were on the cusp of achieving in the former, they didn’t see Moscow going any further there, so could afford to take it easy there and instead turn their attention to the south where Moscow has crossed the river Dniper , captured the city of Kherson and a lot of the surrounding area. If they could defeat the Russians here, not only would they regain control of the city of Kherson, but with the river in the way, it would be easily defendable. Moscow listening to all of the decided in July to redeploy a load of its battle groups to Kherson, meanwhile the Ukraine continued in promoting its Kherson summer offensive by striking ammo dumps, airfields, HQs supply routes as well as the 3 bridges 

which linked Kherson with the east bank of the Dniper in which to send the impression it was softening up the area prior to a major offensive which it launched at the end of August.

So since the start of Sept (these past 12 days) the Ukraine has made few moves against a very powerful Russian force, which gave Moscow the impression that relocating their troops was the right move. 

So since the start of Sept (these past 12 days) the Ukraine has made few moves against a very powerful Russian force, which gave Moscow the impression that relocating  their troops was the right move. They cashing in on the lack of Ukrainian troops (helped by misinformation on social media regards large numbers of Ukrainian casualties) started to peddle the line that the Ukrainians had suffered a huge defeat. With the Western media taking a much more conciliatory stance on what is happening in Kherson.

Ukraine: So exactly what has just happened there? (Part 1)

(Kharkiv) Well what an eventful past 4 days in the Ukraine with the home side hitting Moscow with a sucker punch which dazed the entire Russian Command and Control (C2) system allowing the Ukraine to cash in on that brain freeze and retake hundreds of square miles of occupied territory , capturing a huge number of strategic nodes (Rail transport hubs, Supply areas, lines of communication and HQs) and inflicting huge losses on the Russian military in the process, losses Moscow really cannot afford to lose in either men ,equipment but worst of all the loss in moral. So what exactly happened.

Well for months now, Kyiv has been peddling the line that they were going to dig in in the North and hold the fort whislt in the south of the country they were going to launch a summer offensive in which to retake Kherson,

In response, Moscow relocated a large amount of its army from the East to the Kherson region, and as expected in August Kyiv launched an attack on Kherson. 

What most people failed to notice, was that the Ukraine destroyed the 3 mainbridges across the Dniper river after the Russians crossed over in effect not to stop the Russians from resupplying the troops on the West bank but rather to lock them in place. 

With  a large amount of Russian land based offensive capability, out of the way and locked in place. Kyiv on Thursday evening launched its real summer offensive in the east in the Kharkiv region and within 24 hours had routed the defending Russian 1st Army over 50 miles capturing the important rail hub of Kup'yans'k (the main Russian supply route into the Ukraine ) capturing the city of Izyum (Used as a major stores hub by Moscow)  

I honestly presumed that Kyiv would dig in and settle down for the winter seeing as they had the wide Oskil River between them and the Russians with Winter only weeks away. But no, since Friday evening (now Sunday Evening) they have taken the fight to Moscow and retaken even more land and are currently just north of the city of Severodonetsk which Moscow captured to great fanfare in July. Meanwhile the vast bulk of the mighty Russian armed forces are still trapped on the West bank of the Dniper River and with the inability to be either resupplied (all the Bridges are down) under constant fire from the Ukrainians who are still attacking. Anyway Ive kept things simple for ease of digestion  for the not so miltary minded folks out there.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Germany: Police shoot dead Allah Ackba screaming Knifeman

(Ansbach) So last night (8/09/22) a 30 year old failed Afghan asylum seeker attacked a 17 year young whilst armed with 2 butchers knives, managing to hold him down, lucky for the lad, somebody else managed to knock the assailant off and both ran off, but still pursued by the Afghan.

Police who arrived at the scene then found themselves targeted by said knifeman whilst he screamed at them that he worked for 'Alis snack bar", unfortunately for him he found out that hard way the adage "Never bring a knife to a gunfight" is tru, tru oh its tru. Three shots later and it was all over for the Afghan on this plane of existence

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Interlude: Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Interlude: Alain Bashung - Osez Joséphine