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  1. They could keep having referendums until Corbyn gets the result he wants.

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  2. Blazer

     /  26th February 2019

    After Putin’s warning, Russian TV lists nuclear targets in U.S.
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian state television has listed U.S. military facilities that Moscow would target in the event of a nuclear strike, and said that a hypersonic missile Russia is developing would be able to hit them in less than five minutes.

    The targets included the Pentagon and the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland.

    The report, unusual even by the sometimes bellicose standards of Russian state TV, was broadcast on Sunday evening, days after President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was militarily ready for a “Cuban Missile”-style crisis if the United States wanted one.

    With tensions rising over Russian fears that the United States might deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe as a Cold War-era arms-control treaty unravels, Putin has said Russia would be forced to respond by placing hypersonic nuclear missiles on submarines near U.S. waters.

    The United States says it has no immediate plans to deploy such missiles in Europe and has dismissed Putin’s warnings as disingenuous propaganda. It does not currently have ground-based intermediate-range nuclear missiles that it could place in Europe.

    However, its decision to quit the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty over an alleged Russian violation, something Moscow denies, has freed it to start developing and deploying such missiles.

    Putin has said Russia does not want a new arms race, but has also dialled up his military rhetoric.

    Some analysts have seen his approach as a tactic to try to re-engage the United States in talks about the strategic balance between the two powers, something Moscow has long pushed for, with mixed results.

    In the Sunday evening broadcast, Dmitry Kiselyov, presenter of Russia’s main weekly TV news show ‘Vesti Nedeli’, showed a map of the United States and identified several targets he said Moscow would want to hit in the event of a nuclear war.

    The targets, which Kiselyov described as U.S. presidential or military command centers, also included Fort Ritchie, a military training center in Maryland closed in 1998, McClellan, a U.S. Air Force base in California closed in 2001, and Jim Creek, a naval communications base in Washington state.

    Kiselyov, who is close to the Kremlin, said the “Tsirkon” (‘Zircon’) hypersonic missile that Russia is developing could hit the targets in less than five minutes if launched from Russian submarines.

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  3. The Consultant

     /  26th February 2019

    The targets included the Pentagon and the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland.
    So no different to the last 60 years then.

    With tensions rising
    Ooooo – Scary

    President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was militarily ready for a “Cuban Missile”-style crisis if the United States wanted one.
    Ooooo – Scary, scary.

    Russia would be forced to respond by placing hypersonic nuclear missiles on submarines near U.S. waters.
    HYPER-Scary.

    Putin has said Russia does not want a new arms race,…
    Well that’s good because:
    a) We’ve not been in one since the USSR collapsed.
    b) Russia’s busted-arse economy can’t fucking afford it anyway.

    God this is even more pathetic on Putin’s part than when he re-started those stupid Cold War reconnaissance missions with obsolete “Bear” bombers, just so Russians could get a thrill out of seeing British fighters fly up to wave at them: You see, Sergie, they are still afraid of Mighty Russian Bear.

    Meantime the “stealth” fighter introduced nine years ago might get a handful delivered to the Russian Air Force this year. Their latest tank introduced four years ago might squeeze out a few this year for the Red Army. But for the Navy it’s not good news: Russia just sold three engineless frigates, to India I think, because their gas turbines were being built in the Ukraine, sanctions stopped that, and the Russians seem not to have been able to build their own.

    A superpower ego and desire built on something less than the Italian economy.

    Mind you, Putin’s not the only one pining for the Cold War; stuff like this allows the Western MSM to scare the shit out of their remaining viewers/readers by once again yammering about how an ignorant, stupid, scary US President is going to get them into a big war.

    History repeats – as farce.

    Yeah –

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    • Gezza

       /  26th February 2019

      The targets, which Kiselyov described as U.S. presidential or military command centers, also included Fort Ritchie, a military training center in Maryland closed in 1998, McClellan, a U.S. Air Force base in California closed in 2001, and Jim Creek, a naval communications base in Washington state.

      Obviously they’ve been worried enuf to close some targets. 😐

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  4. Blazer

     /  26th February 2019

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  26th February 2019

      Did it get published in WaPo, B?

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      • Blazer

         /  26th February 2019

        don’t know..says Seattle Times.

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      • The Consultant

         /  26th February 2019

        Horsey. Works for the LA Times (of course).
        A complete imbecile, though most of what I’ve seen are his utterly inane cartoons about gun control, so this one’s not a surprise.

        In this case he thinks the axe and burning torch is for Amazon rather than the Federal Government tax systems.

        But revolutions are funny things!

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  5. The Consultant

     /  26th February 2019

    Speaking of stupid, hysterical scary MSM shit, I enjoyed this take on reporting about Brexit:

    The scene that met Cockburn’s eyes upon exiting the terminal at Heathrow reminded him of his days as a foreign correspondent during the Lebanese civil war, or a night out in south London.

    A dog was eating the innards of a corpse, because supplies of Romanian dog food have broken down. A naked fat man had carved off a slice of his own buttock and was roasting it over a burning tyre, because imports of Bulgarian lamb are held up at Calais. A woman offered to prostitute herself for an avocado, and to sell both of her blank-eyed children for a packet of French butter.

    There were no black taxis either, because London’s notoriously pro-Brexit taxi drivers had all joined one nationalist militia or other. Finally, a black-market cheese dealer with a rocket launcher affixed to the back of his pickup agreed to take Cockburn into the city. They bribed their way through the checkpoints with wedges of brie.

    The whole thing is a lovely illustration of how societies can move forward and even prosper while having useless governments in charge – and they don’t get much mre useless than Theresa May’s Conservatives. It’s like when Spain had no government for nine months – and the economy finally started growing again.

    Better to have “useless” than the likes of Chavez, Maduro, Castro, Corbyn, Sanders, Occasional-Cortex, and other ignorant morons with “plans” and “objectives” and the power to try and get them,

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  6. Patzcuaro

     /  26th February 2019

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  7. Gezza

     /  26th February 2019

    This has potential to escalate into war, if the item on Al Jazeera’s Listening Post I watched last night is anything to go by. Dozens of the much-watched jingostic Indian tv media anchors seem to be loudly demanding that India go to war and attack Pakistan.
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    India says an airstrike in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir killed “very large number” of militants, trainers and commanders.

    Pakistan said Tuesday that India launched a limited airstrike in Pakistani territory, an apparent act of retaliation for a terrorist attack that killed 40 Indian soldiers this month.

    According to Pakistan’s military spokesperson, the Indian fighter jets crossed the line that divides much of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, a boundary that neither country considers an international border.

    Faced with a “timely and effective response” from the Pakistan Air Force, the Indian jets released their “payload in haste while escaping”, the spokesman tweeted early Tuesday. “No casualties or damage.”
    More…
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/110885076/pakistan-says-indian-fighter-jets-crossed-into-and-bombed-its-territory

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