I don’t like what I am seeing. In martial arts (heck, ANY combat style, when one has multiple adversaries one of the first things to do is to get one of them in the way of the others. And I am starting to suspect that China’s been playing us all-putting the red and the black ants into a jar and shaking it up to watch us fight.
For some reason, the US seems to be determined to defend Ukraine-not sure I disagree, as it would be a major control point for Russia considering its access to fuels and fertilizer. And, of course, Ukraine seems to figure prominently in the Biden/Biden’$ $on $aga that has all but dropped out of the newsfeeds.
And just a (relative) stone’s throw, we have China eyeing Taiwan and saying “you, YUM-What do we have here??”
Maybe it’s just paranoia (in fact, I am pretty sure that is a major factor) but it seems awfully coincidental that this is happening:
- Russia eyes Ukraine (it has for a while)
- US is vying to get them into NATO stat
- Biden and his family all seem to have ties there
- China is giving the hairy eyeball to Taiwan
- US is making threatening posture in the South Sea
- Us is on the verge of economic collapse, thanks to a virus that seems to have US ties being released from a lab in Wuhan
- US politics have absolutely divided the county, to the point that we can’t tell the difference between boys and girls anymore.
So, if China was going to play dominoes with all of us, it seems that weakening our populace, destroying our economy, helping to install a mind-bogglingly inept government, and then letting our biggest adversaries get into a “who’s got the biggest” match with us simply because our leaders seem to have some major money tied up in it, well, that seems that all they need to do is stand aside and watch the fireworks.
And whoever is left after the music stops and there was a shortage of chairs isn’t really going to be in a position to say “No means No.” if they decide to force their advances upon the victor.
Regardless of all of the “We’re in this together” and “we will stand strong” slogans I got from Biden’s speech last night, I actually have been paying a little attention to the rest of the world.
We are going to be told that everything is just fine in order to minimize public distress and quell any potential panic that might arise.
Up until the time that the bombs actually hit.
The United States and its European allies would not be able to persuade President Vladimir Putin of Russia not to invade Ukraine, according to Biden’s assessment on Wednesday.
“Do I think he’ll test the West, test the United States and NATO, as significantly as he can? Yes, I think he will,” Biden said during nearly two hours of a press conference in the East Room. He added: “But I think he will pay a serious, and dear price for it that he doesn’t think now will cost him what it’s going to cost him. And I think he will regret having done it.”
In response to a question on whether he accepts an invasion is coming, President Biden responded: “My guess is he will move in. He has to do something.”
Hmmm … something that I finally agree with him on.
During the past few months, the Russians have gathered more than 100,000 troops to the Ukrainian border. In the event of an invasion, Mr. Biden has threatened extensive sanctions, but he has suggested that they won’t deter Mr. Putin from beginning military action.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told officials in Kyiv on Wednesday that a Russian invasion of Ukraine is possible. It is safe to assume that the United States will be the first to “help” with war efforts if this happens.
It wasn’t really common knowledge, it was around the time when that satellite was shot down close to the space station which created a situation where the space station astronauts had to go into emergency mode. They had to get in their escape pods just in case the whole Kevlar shielding failed due to debris slamming into them at relativistic speeds.
This was caused by the Russians shooting down one of their own satellites, which caused a massive space incident- as well as an indication that there was a Ruskie satellite that they didn’t want us to know much about.
And tensions are arising between east and west as is the breakdown of talks between NATO and Russia.
In Kazakhstan (media heads report that the “issues’ ‘ only concern food and oil prices, but any time they say that there’s usually something else going on.
But for all practical purposes, Kazakhstan has fallen.
- The president and the prime minister have fled the country
- The government has collapsed
- Soldiers and military are trying to flee the country or be arrested
- Protesters have taken over the airports and are arresting police that don’t join them
- Politicians are being arrested
- Protests are taking over the armories
- Politicians houses are being burned-
- Politicians and the police are being BEHADED by the populace-they sound pretty p****d.
And it all started when people couldn’t draw their money out without a vaccine passport and QR code. This doesn’t sound like a food/fuel protest.
Makes one wonder what’s going to happen when Apple starts firing employees for not getting the jab.
What were the three steps of war outlined by the economic hit man (Sun Tzu and Machiavelli)?
Now let’s not see the same hands …
- put economic sanctions on a country, then try to subvert the country from the inside out.
- create these phony revolutions and put in public dictators
- the last step of course is going to a full-on kinetic war
So we’ve seen what happened in Kazakhstan and Russian involvement there,
There have been cyberattacks on Ukraine (which is kind of a flashback to 2014 where a Ukrainian power station got shut down by a cyberattack and that’s where people really got a first look at how cyber warfare could [redacted] critical infrastructure. And of course Stuxnet Virus that blew apart the Iranian centrifuges.
But the warnings are starting to surface: as part of a whistle-stop diplomatic tour of Europe, Washington’s top diplomat told American embassy staff in Kyiv that Russian soldiers, tanks, and military hardware may start pouring over the shared border with Ukraine without warning, according to a report by RT.
Russia is amassing troops and weapons systems near the border without provocation or reason, according to Blinken. “We know that there are plans in place to increase that force even more on very short notice, and that gives Russian President [Vladimir] Putin the capacity, also on very short notice, to take further aggressive action against Ukraine,” Blinken claimed.
As secretary-general of the US-led alliance, Jens Stoltenberg stated that the draft treaties put forward by Russia are unacceptable, adding that “the decision on whether Ukraine can join NATO will be taken by Ukraine and 30 NATO Allies alone.”
Earlier, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s press secretary, dismissed the accusations as “groundless” and “hysterical.” Peskov also said that the movement of the country’s armed forces on its own territory was an internal matter and no one else’s concern. -RT
The New York Times, quoting unnamed sources, claimed that Moscow has begun evacuating its diplomats and their families from its embassy in Kyiv and consulate in Lvov.
An official from the US said earlier this year that the US “must” be prepared for war with Russia.
We see diplomats being expelled from countries.
We see Canada sending in special forces (it’s got the third highest Ukrainian population in the world) virtually meaningless in terms of what’s going, to “aid” with the upcoming conflict.
And it looks like things are about to translate to a full-on kinetic war between Russia and Ukraine-somewhat one-sided. Yes, there is a massive amount of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border and ever more increasing amounts of armaments being sent from the biggest players in NATO to Ukraine.
Let’s not forget that China has been giving the hairy eyeball to our buddies in Taiwan; wonder if the US will be able to fend them BOTH off at the same time.
has there been market turbulence lately yes there is and usually remember you
The big players know what’s up and what’s coming, so if the market’s going to do something bad- usually-they’re going to start selling well in advance of that.
They have some sort of insider information that somebody’s going to make a move and which is going to create economic ripples throughout the world. Heck our own Congress exempted itself from insider trading rules (by adding a “reporting” requirement but otherwise no real restriction. This goes a long way to figuring out how a $175k a year salary can render members of the Gum’Ment millionaires by their second year in service).
We see Ukraine gearing up for war well at least in the media reports that I’ve seen.
Even getting the population accustomed to air raid siren drills and things of that nature. We are seeing an intensification in war saber-rattling and just rhetoric even on the mainstream media.
A big part of their job is to make sure that they don’t create mass panic, but I never thought I would hear that nuclear war narrative talked about as much as I’ve heard it in the last few months.
We have china on the other end of the spectrum who’s been stockpiling food and telling its population to prepare for shortages.
Level 4 travel advisories basically advising folks not to travel from Ukraine to Canada.
Sanctions or the threat of sanctions is going to phase Russia; this a strategy we use to passively aggressively try to force a nation to bend to our will; historically, what it actually does is it forces those nations affected to be self-sufficient (Cuba) and Russia (as well as all the other countries who’ve been living under crippling sanctions for many years-in some cases decades-have been forced to become self-sufficient albeit at a huge economic blow).
Typically, the country which is imposing the sanctions is the one who is completely enmeshed in this globalized economy. And if there was big stuff that went down with Russia and then if China decided to do Taiwan at the same time because NATO was “occupied” then the people who are going to suffer immensely aren’t the countries who have some domestic production capability.
It’s going to be us.
It’s going to be the people who are used to this whole just-in-time delivery system.
This whole Amazon thing where we get free shipping and it’s right to our door the very next day.
It’s going to be the folks that are just now realizing that shelves are starting to get empty, and that our “supply chain” shortages are NOT correcting themselves; they are not getting better.
There’s going to be a lot of real cranky generation z and millennials when the reality of this world that we’ve created for ourselves with imposing these sanctions on other countries could backfire in a big way if we did get into a major war, nuclear notwithstanding.
Think of how crappy (bwahahaha!) things were when we got hit with a toilet paper shortage. Now extended that to EVERYTHING-food, water, sewer services, communications — we’ve forgotten what a real war is actually like in terms of hardship and shortage, much less the conditions at ground zero.
Because Russia is a key supplier of raw materials and minerals to Europe and many other countries-this includes the raw material for fertilizers that the rest of the world needs to grow food. Let’s not forget the Natural and gas pipelines that supply most of Europe with heat and energy during the winter months.
We can impose as many sanctions as we want, but there comes a point where the “bad guys’ ‘ just finally say “Enough. We’re gonna do something back.” Anything that we do now could potentially escalate more tensions between Europe and Russia; it almost seems like World War three is becoming inevitable.
This is assuming that it hasn’t already been fought biologically, in which case China won.