Friday, May 29, 2020

Cinema.

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Courtesy the Chicago Sun Times reviews and ratings of war movies.

MOVIES AND TV - ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE.

"America’s 10 best war movies since WWII"

"From ‘Apocalypse Now’ to ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ here are the finest accounts of the chaos and the aftermath of going into battle."

By Richard Roeper [with co-host Roe Conn].

"In the 75 years since then [the end of World War Two], Hollywood has made hundreds of movies about war, with several ranking among the greatest films of all time regardless of genre. In our newest 'Best Movies' podcast, my co-host Roe Conn and I spotlight 10 of the best American post-war movies released since 1946."

As to the: "ten of the best American post-war movies released since 1946" devoted readers to the blog will just have to read the article and find out for themselves.

Devoted readers to the blog let me hear your comments. Yea or nay.

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Ladakh III.

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Some damn fool thing in Ladakh. But President Don of the USA to the rescue? Mediation. Rather that than hostilities.

From TIME online and the story by Billy Perrigo.

"Trump Is Offering to Mediate in the India-China Border Dispute. Here's What to Know About the Escalating Tensions"

AS HAS BEEN THE SUBJECT OF PREVIOUS BLOG ENTRIES HERE AND HERE, INDIAN AND CHINESE MILITARY FACING-OFF AND BIG TIME. ATOMIC POWERS AT LOGGERHEADS, HAVING BEEN SO FOR DECADES WITH NO SOLUTION IN SIGHT.

Mediation a possible? President Don of the USA to preside?

"Tensions along the 2,000 mile stretch have been high for decades, with the Indian government reporting more than 1,000 mostly minor incursions by Chinese troops between 2016-18. But hostilities have increased over the last several weeks following large Chinese troop movements into previously Indian-controlled territory."

Border disputes of this nature intractable and often only resolved by war. Border disputes between China and India hardly confined to Ladakh. The beat goes on. This time possibly with nuclear munitions?

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Mysterious.

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Consider this to be in the strange but true category!

Thanks to the tip from Freeper.

"Scientists test substance found buried with warrior and his sword in 221BC"

"What is the 2,000-year-old brown mystery liquid found in ancient Chinese tomb? Scientists test substance found buried with warrior and his sword in 221BC"

THE PROVERBIAL ANCIENT CHINESE SECRET? IT VERY WELL MIGHT BE?


Bronze ware within which the mysterious liquid substance was found. Bronze a good choice as a container. Bronze can last a long time under the right conditions. Substance as contained within relatively fresh?


"More than 3 litres of mysterious, brownish liquid was poured out from a hole." That IS a considerable amount of liquid lasting for over two thousand years.

"Though members of the public have speculated the vessel may have contained some early form of grain alcohol, Mr Yan’s institute said it has invited experts from Chinese capital Beijing to test the substance before confirming anything."

SOLDIERS TRADITIONALLY ALWAYS THOUGHT TO BE HEAVY DRINKERS. INTOXICATING BEVERAGE.

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Bins.

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Within context of a recent prior blog entry:

"Pentagon Bins US Rare Earth Projects Funding in Setback for Plans to Cut Reliance on China - Report

From the Russian Internet media outlet Sputnik and the article by Oleg Burunov.

THAT WORD "BINS" POORLY CHOSEN? I INFER AS MEANING PLACED IN COLD-STORAGE.

"In mid-May, Republican Senator Ted Cruz proposed a bill aimed at reducing US reliance on Chinese rare earth metals. China remains the world's largest producer of these strategic minerals needed to produce consumer electronics and a spate of weapons."

"Reuters has cited three unnamed sources as saying that the Pentagon last month reversed its decision to fund two projects to process rare earth metals in the US."

RARE EARTHS NOT SO RARE! RATHER COMMON SO I HAVE BEEN TOLD! 95 % OF THE WORLD'S CURRENT STOCKPILE OF RARE EARTHS IN THE POSSESSION OF CHINA!

President Trump in proposing to purchase Greenland from Denmark was a response to the current rare-earths "crisis". President Don desires American self -sufficiency.

Adam Smith would be proud!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Ladakh II.

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Some damn fool thing in Ladakh Part II. Troops massing. Troops are always massing. Both sides in this case have atomic weapons. Fast track this blog entry too.

See previous blog entry the topic the confrontation between China and India.

"India and China Move In More Troops as Border Tensions Rise"

Thanks to Bloomberg and Archana Chaudhary Sudhi Ranjan Sen

"India has moved additional troops along its northern border as it prepares for an extended conflict with neighbor China, after several rounds of talks failed to ease tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. China has already placed about 5,000 soldiers and armored vehicles within its side of the disputed border in the Ladakh region . . . India is adding a similar number of troops as well as artillery guns along the border to fend off the continuing incursions by Chinese army"

AGAIN, AT THIS EXACT MOMENT IN TIME AND WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS IT SURPRISES ME THE CHINESE WOULD DARE TO AGITATE IN SUCH A FASHION.

Inscrutable these Orientals?

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Pratas/Bluegill.

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Some damn fool thing in the South China Sea? The Pratas Islands??

Without question the situation South China Sea to become even more tense? Traditional great power geo-strategic politics at work.

From the English tabloid The Sun and the tip from Freeper:

"COLD FRONT China deploys two new aircraft carriers to stoke tensions with US after warning of a ‘new cold war’"

"CHINA is reportedly set to deploy its two new aircraft carriers off the coast of Taiwan as it warns the US of a 'new cold war'".

"The huge carriers, the Liaoning and Shandong, are currently engaged in combat readiness training in the tightly controlled Bohai Bay, in the Yellow Sea before sailing to join an invasion war game near Pratas island."


Graphic thanks to The Sun. Pratas little itty-bitty fly speck islands as claimed by both Taiwan and mainland China.


Again thanks The Sun for the graphic. A task force of two Chinese aircraft carriers in coordinated operations the military exercise having the Pratas Islands as the target. Chinese amphibious military units are actually going ashore. That would be very bad. The Chinese too within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic have chosen the worst possible moment for this "exercise" to occur.

Consider also from the wiki entry for Pratas Islands the military history circa WW2:

"Japanese naval personnel occupied Pratas Island during World War II. The Japanese Navy used the island as a weather station and listening outpost [seaplane base also?] until 29 May 1945 when a landing party consisting of Australian commandos and US naval personnel from the submarine USS Bluegill raised the US flag, declared the island a United States territory, and named it Bluegill Island. The landing party destroyed a radio tower, weather station, fuel and ammunition dumps, and several buildings. No lives were lost during this raid as all of the island's occupants fled just days prior to Bluegill's raid. The islands were later restored to the Republic of China's Guangdong Province."

INDEED. THE USA CAN JUSTIFIABLY JURISDICTION AND SOVEREIGNTY THE PRATAS ISLANDS BY RIGHT OF CONQUEST? DISMISS SUCH AN IDEA OUT-OF-HAND?

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Glory?

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Here with a blog entry that was fast-tracked.

More desecration of war memorials. A despicable action that must be universally condemned. Pittsburgh, PA. USA.

"Pittsburgh War Memorial Vandalized with Red Paint"

VANDALIZED WITH RED PAINT PLUS MESSAGES OF POLITICAL HATE!

"A war memorial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been vandalized with red paint on Memorial Day".

"The memorial is known as the World War I Doughboy, located at the 'Y' of Penn and Butler Streets in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, was covered in red spray paint, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported."

The message painted onto the memorial read, “JUNE 19, 1986, GLORY TO THE DAY OF HEROISM.”

KDKA reported that there also appeared to be hammer and sickle logo sprayed onto the memorial.

Possible motive to include:

* JUNETEENTH [19 June] the special significance.

"Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Cel-Liberation Day or the Black Fourth of July, is an American holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865. On this day, after almost two and half years since the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved African Americans were informed of their liberation from the slavery present in the former Confederate States of America"

* Peruvian prison massacres. Suppression of rioting Peruvian Maoist insurrectionists.

"The Peruvian prison massacres occurred on June 18–19, 1986, after a series of riots in the San Pedro, Santa Mónica, and El Frontón prisons in Lima and Callao. The military repression of these riots resulted in the loss of at least 224 lives."

See previous blog entries [with additional embedded links] the topic war memorial desecration:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/11/abomination-ii.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/11/abomination-i.html

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