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March 14, 2015. Where is Vladimir? Read his activities from the news from the Kremlin feed below, or from Pravda. He has not been seen in public for 10 days, and I am hearing he may have had a stroke, or has cancer, or is hanging out with a possible newborn baby. Hm. The full range from life to death.
I hope he has gone to Ukraine and Crimea, and is privately working out how to remove Russian troops as soon as possible.

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Countries invade because they want war, world domination, to save inhabitants, or they want stuff. Like oil and gas. Which one is Russia? I don't know but I am listening to them. Above and below.
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Russia is the largest country in the world,  over 12 to 13% of land mass. It borders Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azebaijian, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, North Korea. Across the waters is Japan (the Sea of Okhotsk) and the USA (Bering Strait).

Pictures above, right and below: New York City Russian Consulate one week after Russia announced it had annexed Crimea.

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The West vs. Russia: Churchill's 'Iron Curtain' speech as relevant as ever
Seventy-five years ago, on March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his landmark "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. It is believed that the speech marked the beginning of a new stage in world history - the Cold War. At the same time, there was only one paragraph about the "Iron Curtain" in the speech.  Churchill's speech At the time, Churchill did not hold any official positions in the British government being the leader of the opposition after the lost parliamentary elections in 1945. Yet, his authority as a politician was extremely high. Therefore, when Churchill asked US President Harry Truman to accompany him on his trip to Fulton, he agreed without hesitation.Truman read Churchill's speech in advance and approved it in its entirety. However, he did not publicly express his point of view, leaving room for maneuver in order to be able to distance himself from it if need be. The Iron Curtain remark was one of the highlights of Churchill's speech. At the same time, there was no such remark in the version of the speech that was previously distributed to journalists, and this aspect could have been lost in the press. According to the British politician, the USSR could respect only the language of force. Therefore, Churchill proposed to find mutual understanding with Russia "under the general authority of the United Nations Organisation and by the maintenance of that good understanding through many peaceful years, by the world instrument, supported by the whole strength of the English-speaking world and all its connections."

Fri, 05 Mar 2021 21:51:00 +0300

USSR's B-12 jumbo helicopter stunned Le Bourget in 1971
During the late 1950s, the Soviet administration decided to design a helicopter with the world's largest carrying capacity. The tests of the new helicopter began ten years later. However, it just so happened that no one wanted to replicate the potential pride of Soviet engineers.The helicopter is known as B-12, and it is unofficially known as Mi-12. Its unsuccessful story has proved that world records may at times be reductive. During the 1960s, the production of helicopters was thriving, and military requirements were getting increasingly demanding. It was during those times when engineers designed the first intercontinental missile. First-generation intercontinental missiles were too heavy to be transported on any means other than trains. A R-7 warhead could only be delivered by plane or train because the warhead without fuel weighed 26 tons. First Lockheed U-2, then B-12 Needless to say that railway transportations could be easily tracked. The USSR found that out after a story with the American reconnaissance aircraft.After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, the United States took every effort to prevent such attacks in the future. Thus, the Lockheed U-2 appeared in 1955. The aircraft was carrying various modules, including those using ray tracing and ultra-precise lenses.The camera of the US reconnaissance aircraft was so powerful that it was possible to count cows in a photograph of a field, taken from an altitude of 18 km.The aircraft was flying quietly over the USSR for more than five years, until one of them was shot down and its pilot was taken hostage in 1960. However, 24 previous flights helped the Americans find out the whereabouts of Soviet military facilities, including missile ranges.It was easy to track down those facilities on the ground with the help of conspicuous railway tracks. The USSR was convinced that it was about time to develop aerial means of transportation for missiles. By 1963, the largest Mi-6 helicopter could lift 12 tons, but it was not good to carry a 26-ton cargo.  This prompted Soviet engineers to start working on the B-12 helicopter. At first they simply wanted to upscale the Mi-6, but it then became clear that one huge rotor could not be adapted to the laws of physics. Soviet designers decided that it would take them too long to stabilise the new technology. They opted for a different variant, in which they took 35-meter rotors with a total capacity of 26,000 horsepower from the Mi-6 helicopter and arranged them to the sides of the hull.The rotors moved in the opposite direction to balance each other, while the rear wing was stabilizing the swing.We can now see this solution in the design of modern-day drones, but there were no helicopter models with this type of rotors in the past. In terms of the size of the hull, it was larger than the Boeing 737, which can house up to 189 people. The B-12 could carry a record 192 passengers. As for equipment, the new helicopter could fit a nuclear intercontinental missile.

Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:49:00 +0300

HO HO HO Joe Biden
To some of you, that slogan sounds all too similar to the marketing one used - and I believe it is still in circulation - by an American transnational fast food processor corporation. Moreover, frozen vegetables, are its main product line. Although the temptation was there, to continue that tradition when describing, using vegetative terminology what really happened in America's 2020 Decision Day Vote, and how Joe Biden, miraculously became the 46th President Elect - with a staggering 81 million-ballot tally - that same desire soon became fleeting.  NO. That is not the correct premise of my article.  The centrepiece argument My centerpiece argument is entirely different. To a degree, it is much more germane as to what actually transpired on that fateful November 3rd day; the shenanigans thereof which proceeded well into the wee hours of November 4th. Make that for the entire week. 

Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:55:00 +0300

WHO predicts the end of COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic will last throughout 2021 and is about to end by early 2022, Hans Kluge, the head of the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization said in an interview with German national daily Die Welt.Kluge suggested that the pandemic will not recede during 2021, but the crisis will become more predictable and manageable. The WHO representative described the previous year 2020 as "terra incognita, scientific and political darkness." A year later, mankind knows much more about the coronavirus and developed tools to flight it, including diagnostics and vaccines, Kluge stressed.

Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:10:00 +0300

The whole world increases defense budgets despite the pandemic
In 2020, the world spent $1.83 trillion on defense, which marked an increase of 3.9 percent in real terms, the latest Military Balance report said. The amount that governments of the world spent on defense in 2020 was only "slightly lower" compared to 2019, The Diplomat reports. The Military Balance report also said that economic output in the world contracted by 4.4 percent due to the pandemic. At the same time, military expenditures as per percentage of GDP increased from 1.85 percent in 2019 to 2.08 percent in 2020, the publication said.In a nutshell, global economy has declined during the pandemic year, but military spending has remained on the level, which was nearly the same as in the previous year.The two powers behind the total hike of 3.9 percent in global military expenditure are the US and China. The defense budget of the United States saw a hike of 6.3 percent in 2020 in real terms, whereas that of China slowed down in its growth from 5.9 percent in 2019 to 5.2 percent in 2020. The Indo-Pacific region, outside China, also saw reduced growth in defense spending as it declined from 3.8 to 3.6 percent. According to the Military Balance report, China's defense spending in 2020 worth $12 billion was still considerably higher than increases in defense budget increases in all other Asian countries combined. As for the Indo-Pacific region, Japan approved a "record" defense spending of $51.7 billion (5.34 trillion yen) for 2021. Japan's defense budget has been growing for the past nine years, mostly due to regional threats including China and the DPRK (North Korea). Tokyo also funds non-conventional military areas like outer space, cybersecurity and electromagnetic warfare.India also increased its defense spending for 2021-2022. The military budget that India exposed in February of 2021, saw a marginal hike of 1.4 percent from 4.71 trillion Indian rupees in the 2020-2021 budget to 4.78 trillion rupees in 2021-2022. The negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been significant, but it does clearly indicate the priorities of the government for the defense sector. Noteworthy, the World Bank's South Asia Economic Focus report says that India's GDP is to shrink by 9.6 percent in 2020-21, which is far worse than the 3.2 percent predicted in earlier June.Australia, another critical Indo-Pacific power, is to be spending around AUD 42.75 billion, which is around 2.19 percent of the country's GDP. The trend will continue to reach around 2.38 percent of GDP by 2023-2024.Smaller powers in South-East Asia are beginning to increase their military budgets as well. For example, Vietnam's defense spending, which was estimated to be around $5.8 billion in 2018 (2.36 percent of GDP), was likely to go up further given that the economy has done reasonably well over the last 20 years. Singapore has hiked its defense spending to around SGD 15.36 billion ($11.56 billion). Other countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia and South Korea have also increased their defense spending.

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 20:47:00 +0300

Why does the USA abandon military interventions policy?
On Wednesday, March 3, US President Joe Biden released the official National Security Strategic Guidance, in which he called China "the only rival" capable of challenging the United States and the "open international system." China as the main threat to the United States "China, in particular, has rapidly become more assertive. It is the only competitor potentially capable of combining its economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to mount a sustained challenge to a stable and open international system," the US president pointed out. "Russia remains determined to enhance its global influence and play a disruptive role on the world stage. Both Beijing and Moscow have invested heavily in efforts meant to check U.S. strengths and prevent us from defending our interests and allies around the world," Biden added.

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 19:10:00 +0300

A vision on the future
The dossiers open on Joe Biden's desk are not only those of his newborn administration but also and above all those he inherited from those who preceded him, who is not the only Donald Trump. In fact, there are specific political lines that change little from administration to administration and that reflect the interests of the American establishment and its vision of the world. In the modern era it is the world that is the scene of the action of a Super Power like the United States of America but there are hotspots and fronts that are hotter than others or that are about to become. To the "historical" confrontation with Russia are therefore added that with China (which has once again become a close ally of Russia) and that with Iran. In fact, Tehran tenaciously pursues its own policy of independence from Washington and wants the Americans to leave the Middle East, perhaps even forcing them with the force of a war of attrition. The Islamic Republic is also hostile to Israel and the intention of the Ayatollahs of developing their own atomic industry puts them on an open collision course with Tel Aviv, which fears that Tehran wants to acquire nuclear weapons in addition to the powerful missile arsenal it already has.

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 18:48:00 +0300

Biden creates nothing but storm in a tea cup trying to punish Russia
The United States has imposed new sanctions on Russia in connection with the attempted assassination of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Twitter.According to the spokesman for the Joe Biden administration, the US intelligence community came to conclusion that the Federal Security Bureau of Russia (FSB) used the Novichok nerve agent against Navalny in August. "We are neither seeking to reset our relations with Russia nor are we seeking to escalate," White House official spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. The new sanctions are directed against officials of the security bloc, several research institutes and chemical industry enterprises (which allegedly created and supplied chemicals for Novichok poison), research institutes of the Defense Ministry (most of them are under sanctions already), the FSB and the GRU. At the same time, the US side allowed US companies to cooperate with the FSB of Russia as a regulator in the field of import of cryptographic equipment.The US Department of Commerce imposed sanctions on pharmaceutical industry enterprises, including foreign ones. Now these companies will not be able to legally import US products.In a nutshell, the Biden administration has reproduced the sanctions that the Trump administration imposed on Russia for the alleged poisoning of the Skripals.The new restrictions include denial in providing US public aid to Russia (with the exception of humanitarian aid) and arms supplies to Moscow, even though Russia does not receive either the public aid or weapons from the United States. To crown it all, the US government agencies have been prohibited from giving loans to the Russian state.Biden lifted the exemption from Trump's sanctions that allowed exports of goods and technology to Russia for commercial space launches. However, an exemption will apply to US exports aimed at intergovernmental cooperation in space exploration. Exports related to ensuring the safety of passenger aviation will not be affected either.Any sanctions issued by any US administration stipulate that the United States may use any exceptions dictated by national security considerations.

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:41:00 +0300

Working remotely: How to improve productivity for virtual teams
Virtual teams have the potential to be far more productive than teams that are located in the same physical office. But in order for that to happen, you have to get the fundamentals in order. Multiply the Benefits of Remote Work Prior to the pandemic, there was this assumption that the work-from-home setup was prone to abuse. But if this new remote work movement has shown us anything, it's that sleeping in, sweatpants, mid-day video game sessions, and hangouts with friends are not staples of working from home. In fact, research suggests that remote workers may actually be more productive.  According to a two-year study of 500 employees at a massive organization, remote work actually improves employee productivity by an astounding 13 percent. Furthermore, it cuts attrition in half and saves the company roughly $2,000 per employee on rent alone. 

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:05:00 +0300

Sputnik V to revive Czechoslovakia
The secret procurement of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, that Slovakian Prime Minister Igor Matovic organised, has triggered a serious split in the ruling coalition of the small European country. Russian vaccine triggers government crisis in Slovakia According to Slovak media, the government of Slovakia purchased the Russian vaccine covertly. Supposedly, Matovic did not consult his colleagues in the ruling coalition when making the decision.On Monday, March 1, 200,000 out of two million ordered doses of Sputnik V arrived in Slovakia.The ruling coalition of Slovakia includes: Matovic's party Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (25% of votes in the 2020 parliamentary elections, 53 seats); We Are Family movement led by Boris Kollar (8.24%, 17 seats); Freedom and Solidarity party (6.22%, 13 seats), For the People party led by former President of the Slovak Republic, Andrej Kiska (5.77%, 12 seats). Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok (Freedom and Solidarity) said on Tuesday that the Russian vaccine was a "hybrid warfare tool." The Foreign Minister asked for a meeting with the leading politicians of the country: President Zuzana Caputova, Parliament Speaker Boris Kollar and Igor Matovic, from whom he wanted to hear assurances that the purchase of the Russian vaccine could not change Slovakia's European and transatlantic choice.

Wed, 03 Mar 2021 20:18:00 +0300