Thursday, June 13, 2024

BTS Jin.

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Elvis lives and he is Korean!

Jin of Korean band BTS completes his required. Man is not a shirker or malingerer. 

"First Member of South Korean Boy Band BTS Completes Military Service" | FRANCES MARTEL | 12 Jun 2024 |

"Fans of the superstar boy band BTS celebrated on Wednesday, as the group’s oldest member, Jin, was honorably discharged from the South Korean military, having completed his 18 months of mandatory" service.

"Jin, whose full name is Kim Seok-jin, is the first of the band’s seven members to complete his military service, which South Korea requires for all able-bodied men. Most have until age 28 to enlist in the military. BTS members availed themselves of an extension to push that deadline to age 30, but Jin formally applied to begin his service in late 2022, right before his thirtieth birthday."

See as relevant previous blog entries the Korean K-Pop band BTS:

Again, before there was Jin there was Elvis. Elvis Presley. Elvis also having done honorable military service during the era of the Cold War. Elvis at the time probably the best known and most popular entertainer in the world.



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"All along the watchtower

Princes kept the view

While all the women came and went

Barefoot servants too

Outside, in the distance

A wildcat did growl

Two riders were approaching

The wind began to howl" - B. Dylan. 

"Israel building watchtowers and outposts in Gaza in sign of post-war ambitions"


To a degree already being implemented even while hostilities continue.

"Israel says it is building 'temporary' structures in Gaza. Palestinians believe they are here to stay"

From | By Kieron Monks | June 5, 2024 |

"Satellite imagery shows that as the Israeli military has reduced much of Gaza to ruins, it is also building watchtowers, outposts and roads across the occupied territory, offering possible clues over its post-war vision."

"The army’s engineers have been constructing extensive infrastructure, while razing Palestinian land and property to clear space for the development, and creating a 'buffer zone' that stretches around the enclave’s perimeter."

"The most significant new landmark is the Netzarim Corridor, a highway cutting through the center of the Strip, from Israeli territory to the coast, which has been under development throughout the war."

Grand strategy defined rather loosely but normally includes: * Harnessing the entire resources of a nation for a war effort. * Bringing allied forces into the fray on your side. * Planning for the end/aftermath of the war.


Wednesday, June 12, 2024


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The Dutch navy in action the East China Sea? The Dutch? Nothing like this has occurred since the Dutch Golden Age and the trade monopoly the Hollander had with Japan?

"China Intercepts Dutch Chopper Near Shanghai, Lambasts Netherlands for Provocation" | 8 June 2024 |

"People’s Liberation Army fighter jets escorted a Dutch helicopter that violated Chinese airspace under the auspice of a UN mission. Beijing warned the Netherlands to avoid such incidents in the future."

"The Dutch military has created a dangerous situation in the East China Sea after using a UN mission as a cover-up, Chinese Ministry of Defense representative Zhang Xiaogang has said."

Strange that you would find a Dutch naval vessel on active mission the East China Sea? Not hard to understand if the warship helping to enforce United Nations mandated blockade of North Korea. And this is exactly the case.

UN resolution North Korea blockade:

"The United Nations has imposed several resolutions on North Korea in response to its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, as well as its human rights violations. These resolutions have resulted in a blockade-like situation/"

See further the Dutch Golden Age:



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Μήνυμα προς τον ελληνικό λαό από τον Βλαντιμίρ της Μόσχας.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin's message to the Greek people: 'Do not get involved further in Ukraine - The consequences will be tragic'"

"B. Putin warns in Greek..."

IN GREEK. [capitals for emphasis]

From https://warnews247-gr | Evangelos L. 10.06.2024 |

"Russian President Vladimir Putin's message to the Greek people: 'Do not get involved further in Ukraine - The consequences will be tragic'"

"A message from Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Greek people, which is actually broadcast in... Greek (!), was posted by the Russian embassy in Athens both on the X platform and on Facebook, a fact that shows the criticism of the situation in terms of military involvement of Greece in Ukraine along with the rest of the NATO forces."

Others have noticed. Broadcast in Greek! Exclamation mark!

"The Russian president informs the Greeks of the 'tragic consequences' that a deepening of Greece's military involvement [in the Ukraine Conflict] would have."

Obviously [?] this is a response to the recent graphic purportedly showing invasion routes and "corridors" as deemed to be use by American NATO reinforcements if and when general war begins in Europe. Port facilities in Greece, USA military contingents land and move northeast into the Balkans. 

See previous blog entry as applicable:


Tuesday, June 11, 2024


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Outrage and anger Gaza. 

As you well can anticipate residents of Gaza not so sanguine about the Israeli ranger/commando raiders repatriating hostages as held by Hamas.

Many Gazan residents purportedly civilians perishing during the Israeli raid. Hamas claiming some hostages as well killed.

1. "War on Gaza: Hamas alleges Israeli forces killed captives during Nuseirat 'massacre'"

From | By MEE staff  | 8 June 2024 |

"While four Israeli captives were recovered alive during the attack, several others were killed, says Hamas military spokesman Abu Obeida"

"Hamas's military spokesman has alleged that Israeli captives were killed during an Israeli rescue operation in central Gaza on Saturday that also saw hundreds of Palestinians, mainly women and children, also killed."

2. "Hamas says three hostages died during Israel’s operation in Nuseirat"

From | 9 JUN 2024.

"Abu Ubaida, spokesman for Hamas’ armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, said several hostages held in the Gaza Strip had died during Israel’s operation"

"CAIRO, June 9. /TASS/. Hamas has said that three Israeli hostages died as a result of Israel’s operation in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, when four kidnapped Israelis were released."

3. "Outrage over ‘massacre’ in Gaza as Israel rescued four hostages"

From | Emma Graham-Harrison in Tel Aviv and Bethan McKernan in Jerusalem |  9 Jun 2024 |

"Top EU diplomat says ‘bloodbath must end’ after Israeli attacks killed at least 274, according to Gaza ministry"

"Israeli attacks in central Gaza killed scores of Palestinians, many of them civilians, amid a special forces operation to free four hostages held there, a death toll that has caused international outrage."

"At least 274 Palestinians were killed and 698 wounded in Israeli strikes on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, Gaza’s health ministry said on Sunday."

Israeli covering fire the evacuation must have massive and overwhelming. Israel their methods no-holds-barred I can well imagine. Such raids normally only a 50 % chance of success?

"no-holds-barred: adjective - Having no limits, regulations, or restraints."



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The rescue of some Israeli hostages as in captivity since 7 October now an accomplished fact. 

Not everyone so happy with the rescue operation however. Herewith fallout from the Israeli raid. 

Numbers of Gaza residents killed numbering in the hundreds. Many wounded besides almost totally lacking any sort of conventional medical care.

Liberation of the hostages accomplished but not without great loss of civilian life?

1. "NSA Sullivan: ‘Innocent People Were Killed’ During Israel’s Hostage Rescue"

From | PAM KEY | 9 Jun 2024 |

"National Security Advisor [NSA] Jake Sullivan said Sunday on CNN’s 'State of the Union' that it was tragic that innocent people were killed during the Israeli military operation that rescued four hostages who were kidnapped during the October 7, 2023 Hamas terror attack."

2. "Actor Guy Pearce Says Israel Could Have Saved All Hostages ‘Months Ago,’ Suggests Deliberate ‘Murder of Innocent Palestinian Children’"

From | SIMON KENT | 9 Jun 2024 |

"Australian actor Guy Pearce has responded to Israel’s successful rescue of four hostages from Hamas terrorists by declaring all of those taken prisoner on October 7 last year could have been rescued 'months ago.'”

Anybody heard of this Pearce fellow before? The man is a blank to me. A gadfly if there ever was one? Seems almost everybody can be an expert on any subject nowadays. 

3. "‘Failure of the negotiations’: Israel’s hostage rescue leads to one of the bloodiest days in the war"

From | By Freddie Clayton | June 9, 2024 |

"Joy in Israel was fading on Sunday and giving way to the realities of a war that has dragged on for nine months."

4. "CAIR Condemns Israeli Hostage Rescue: ‘Horrific Massacre’"

From | JOEL B. POLLAK | 8 Jun 2024 |

"The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned an Israeli raid Saturday in Gaza that led to the rescue of four Israeli hostages held by Hamas terrorists, saying that Israeli forces had committed a 'horrific massacre.'”

American diplomats involved in negotiations the release of hostages and a cease-fire their attitude toward the Israeli raid very negative. Upset the entire apple cart so to speak! Elation however in Israel!



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To war with liquid stimulant!

"Ukrainian soldiers hooked on energy drinks – NYT" | 9 Jun, 2024

"Some service members are unable to cope with the workload on the front line without a liquid jolt, the paper reports"

Older individuals I well suspect!

"Energy drinks have become the beverage of choice for many Ukrainian soldiers in the conflict with Russia despite health concerns, the New York Times reported on Saturday."

"According to numerous Ukrainian troops interviewed by the paper, the sugar- and caffeine-loaded drinks are often the only way for them to overcome extreme exhaustion and endure the harsh realities of the front line."

War is a game for young men!

"Energy drinks have become increasingly popular among individuals seeking a quick energy boost. However, these drinks can pose serious health risks, especially for certain groups"

Particular dangerous for older men with undiagnosed heart condition. Too much "boost" and you can die!

See previous blog entries that topic of stimulant the Ukraine Conflict: