sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, January 9, 2017

Disposing of an Embarrassing Situation

On 6 January, General Gerasimov. Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, announced the decision by President Putin to reduce the size of the Russian expeditionary forces in Syria. 

The first phase of the drawdown will involve the withdrawal of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and its escorts. Colonel General Kartapolov, the commander of Russian forces in Syria said that all combat tasks assigned to the aircraft carrier group have been accomplished.

President Putin made the decision on the timing of the force reduction on 29 December. However, last summer, when the Russian Defense Ministry first announced the deployment of the Admiral Kuznetsov to Syria by October, it stated that the aircraft carrier would only operate for three months. After that, it was scheduled to return to Russia for an extensive and lengthy overhaul and refit. 

Nikolay Chiker towing the Admiral Kuznetsov.
The Fleet Tugboat Nikolay Chiker had to take the Russian flagship under tow to get it to Syria and it will be there to tow the Admiral Kuznetsov back to a Russian dry dock. The "combat" presence of the faulty Russian aircraft carrier is an embarrassment to Russia and to the Russian Navy. This underscores a known truth that Russian naval aviation has a long way to go.

The Americans may make look seaborne launches, traps and aircraft carrier operations look like a finely crafted ballet. Copying that is more challenging than it appears.

Cults, Crazies and the Climate

Paris Climate Conference?
I believe that the climate changes. We used to call it the weather. Two years ago it was called global warming but because that theory crashed on the rocks of evidence, they changed it to climate change and it has become a weather- cult. (more here - h/t John D.) 

The "climate change political cult" is largely funded by the United States. And there are about to be a lot of people out of work. There will be no more ratholing of money to the UN and it's shiftless membership of dysfunctional bureaucratic parasites. 

The corrupt, elite, mainstream media would brand me a heretical climate denier. The US Justice Department was in the process of making this sort of speech a crimeOne dare not question the cult.
(Breitbart) The US Department of Justice has been considering whether people should be prosecuted for the offense of climate change denial.
The prosecutions and denial of freedom of speech (since when did the Obama DOJ care about the Bill of Rights?) didn't get sufficient traction largely due to the corruption involved in the "climate science" business. The cockroaches didn't want a light shined too brightly on what they were up to and to what they were stealing.
Senate Bill 1161, or the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016, would have authorized prosecutors to sue fossil fuel companies, think tanks and others that have “deceived or misled the public on the risks of climate change.” 
The measure, which cleared two Senate committees, provided a four-year window in the statute of limitations on violations of the state’s Unfair Competition Law, allowing legal action to be brought until Jan. 1 on charges of climate change “fraud” extending back indefinitely.
California Weather Cultists?
SB 1161 died and didn't make it into law. But it was a close thing. Time to leave California...or be imprisoned for questioning the cult and its bulwark doctrine. Progs lump denying the cult's doctrine in as "hate speech".

Now, every single weather related event is referred to by progs as "climate disruption" that has been predicted by their sages and mandarins.  Thus every storm, dust cloud, and sunny day can be laid at their altar as proof positive of 'settled science'.