Wednesday, May 27, 2015


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Me fights mit Sigel.

Thanks to the article by broeder10 and the URL as provided by Ralph and Dave.

A recruiting poster from the era of the American Civil War as seen at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, WI., USA.

That translation from the German: "Bounty $402 for veterans honorably discharged, $302 for new recruits. 27 Dollars and one months pay in advance will get paid after examination. Payment and distribution of food starting on the day of entrance. Every German should join this Regiment."

That bonus [bounty] for a new recruit equal to:  "$302 in 1865 → $4,275.23 in 2015". A tidy sum but not princely or excessive.

German nationals and ethnic Germans, immigrants to the United States forming distinct Federal combat units during the American Civil War, commands and orders given and received in the German language.

German nationals and immigrants many of the best described as "Forty-eighters", refugees their political outlook predominantly socialist in nature, their perception of the American Civil War as indeed a struggle between the forces of traditionalism and that of modernity!!


Tuesday, May 26, 2015


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Those persons not in favor of the combat UAV, the Predator, the Reaper and the Avenger will hardly like the Cicada.

"Swarms of Mini-Drones Prepping for Remote Battle"

"The Cicada drones are designed to glide to programmed GPS coordinates after being dropped from an aircraft."

"US military scientists have invented a miniature drone [micro air vehicle] that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings."

This is a Cicada? Apparently powered by solar cells with the ball point pen included in the image for scale.

"With no motor and only about 10 parts, the Cicada resembles a paper airplane with a circuit board. It is designed to glide to programmed GPS coordinates after being dropped from an aircraft, a balloon or a larger drone, researchers said."

The use of GPS for guidance now seen as ubiquitous in all weapons systems.

NO mention of combat lethality for the micro drones. At least NOT YET!!



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From MARCO POLO through Harry:

"It was announced on May 22 that the shipbuilding yard 'AS3' in Komsomolsk-na-Amure -- an industrial city on the shore of the great Amur River in the Russian Far East--launched a new corvette for the Pacific Fleet. The corvette is named 'Sovershenniy'. The Russians say that she is the first warship that a Far-Eastern yard is building for the Pacific Fleet in this century, and also that it is the first time in the past 23 years that this yard builds a ship for the Pacific Fleet."

This is a Steregushchiy class warship of which four others have previously been built. All others of the class: "are assigned to the Baltic Fleet."

Russia is and has been A PACIFIC POWER!


Monday, May 25, 2015


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In the ancient and venerable pattern of the insurrectionist or guerrilla fighter the forces of ISIL continue to capture and abundance of weapons from the Iraqi national army.

As reported by DEBKAfile.

"Iraqi troops abandoned scores of vehicles in flight from Ramadi"

19 May.

"A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, estimated that a half dozen tanks were abandoned, a similar number of artillery pieces, a larger number of armored personnel carriers and about 100 wheeled vehicles like Humvees in the Iraqi army's flight from Ramadi. He said some of the vehicles were in working condition; others were not because they had not been moved for months."

Those Iraqi national army troops having fled Ramadi leaving behind many vehicles, a number of which not in working order, DEADLINED! I might assume, probably correctly so, the Iraqi either not having spare parts, or sluggish to downright lazy in doing maintenance or needed and timely repair. The performance of the Iraqi national army downright poor, incompetent, even criminal.


Three Fronts.

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If you thought after Kobani and Tikrit that possibly ISIL was on the way out, guess again.

Three mules for Sister Sara and three fronts for ISIL!

Yet more from DEBKAfile:

22 May.

"First US ground operation in Syria kills ISIS oil chief - as Islamists advance on three new fronts"

"America's first ground operation in the Syrian war targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. On Saturday, May 16, Special Operations forces attacked an ISIS compound in the Deir a-Zour district of eastern Syria, and killed senior Islamist commander and oil and gas chief Abu Sayyaf, when he resisted capture . . . The war on ISIS was a key item on their agenda. Meanwhile, from Palmyra, the Islamists are targeting the Syrian army's biggest air base and one of its largest arms depots and have also invaded the northern districts of Homs in the same region."



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Computer Science.

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"Computer science is not our science!" - - Osama bin Laden.

At least until now!!

Also from DEBKAfile:

18 May

"ISIS preparing total cyber war on critical US systems"

"Cyber security experts report signs of intensified Islamic State activity on the illicit 'dark web' and an interest in methods of sabotaging systems of critical infrastructure, such as power stations, transport networks and government medical facilities. Some of the recent European, American and Australian recruits to ISIS have sophisticated computer backgrounds. 'Jihad John,' who was filmed beheading ISIS victims, has a degree in computer science"

Rendering a facility of whatever nature inoperable by computer "hacking" and intrusion just as effective as dropping a bomb on the target. Why send a warplane thousands of miles to destroy a target when the mission can be done so much more easily from the safety of your own home with a few keystrokes?

That "Dark Net" an analogous and parallel Internet existing within but separate from the World Wide Web and used by hackers, pornographers, criminals of all stripes and affiliations to include terrorists. Where Al Qaeda fails ISIL succeeds? Expect ISIL for some time now to have been active in the Dark Net!


Delta Force.

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As reported by DEBKAfile the U.S. Delta Force raiders in Syria much more successful than reported.:

"US Special Ops raid killing five ISIS chiefs had to be coordinated with Syria and Russia"

17 May.

"The US Delta Special Operations raid that killed ISIS oil chief Abu Sayyaf Saturday, May 16, could not have taken place without prior US coordination with Damascus and Moscow . . . Washington's denial of such coordination did not preclude a prior notice to Moscow, which then passed it on to Damascus. The US, Russia and the Assad regime pulled together for the first time against the Islamic State for an operation that was more extensive than reported. Not just one but five top ISIS commanders were killed, as well as 28 operatives."

Notification of the Russian and through them the Syrian a requirement? ONLY done with the sufferance and approval of administrations and regimes not so favorably disposed to the United States. So it seems.

Well, you read it first and only at DEBKA!