MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, prompting Japan and South Korea to scramble jets to escort them, Russia said on Thursday.
Russia’s Defence Ministry said in a statement the Tupolev-95MS bombers, code named “Bears” by NATO, flew over neutral waters and were accompanied by Russian Sukhoi-35S fighter jets and A-50 early warning and control aircraft.
It gave no details about the overall number of aircraft that had taken part in what it called a pre-arranged flight and did not say when or why the mission took place.
The TU-95MS bombers were refueled in mid-air during the mission, the ministry said.
By Jack Kim and Heekyong Yang
SEOUL (Reuters) – With photographs obliquely showing a new rocket design, North Korea has sent a message that it is working on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) more powerful than any it has previously tested, weapons experts said on Thursday.
If developed, such a missile could possibly reach any place on the U.S. mainland, including Washington and New York, they said.
North Korea’s state media published photographs late on Wednesday of leader Kim Jong Un standing next to a diagram of a three-stage rocket it called the Hwasong-13.
Missile experts, who carefully examine such pictures for clues about North Korea’s weapons programs, said there is no indication that the rocket has been fully developed. In any case, it had not been flight tested and it was impossible to calculate its potential range, they said.
(The article contains a picture of NORK leader pointing at something. This was a popular meme when his father was the monster-king of North Korea.)
BRUSSELS was set for another big bust up with Poland today as Warsaw confirmed it is preparing to take its fight against migrant quotas to the European Court of Justice.
Polish ministers confirmed they will bring legal action against eurocrats unless they immediately drop infringement proceedings, enacted last month over the country’s refusal to take in refugees.
The move marks a further ramping up of rhetoric between the two parties over the issue of migration, with relations deteriorating between Warsaw and Brussels at an alarming rate.
(Not being an expert at European geopolitics, but it sure looks at first glance that the EU is essentially saying to Poland and the rest of the member states: “Let us destroy your people, culture, history, and basic human rights to create a new postmodern totalitarian superstate or we will stop giving you back some of your own money”)
(And this is because Lebanon, along with other mostly Islamic nations, want to teach the world how to be tolerant and inclusive)
5. Germany: De Maiziere visits facial recognition project at Berlin station, protesters follow
(Conveniently, that won’t work on veiled muslims or masked antifa.)
(Would be interesting to see how this plays out)
- UC-Berkeley’s new chancellor welcomed students to campus with a forceful defense of free speech, vowing to “hold accountable” those who use violence to shut down speakers.
- Chancellor Carol Christ even quoted John Stuart Mill to remind students of “the philosophical justification underlying free speech.”
“Particularly now, it is critical that the Berkeley community come together once again to protect this right. It is who we are,” Christ writes, even referencing John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty to defend her commitment to the First Amendment.
“The philosophical justification underlying free speech, most powerfully articulated by John Stuart Mill in his book On Liberty, rests on two basic assumptions,” she explains, saying the first is that “truth is of such power that it will always ultimately prevail,” while the second is “an extreme skepticism about the right of any authority to determine which opinions are noxious or abhorrent.”
7. Although this is from January this year, it bears repeating given the history between then and now.
8. Pre-Hajj Saudi military parades and spectacles.
9. Arpaio: If they can go after me, they can go after anyone
(Donald Trump: “I think he is gonna be just fine. […] Sheriff Joe can feel good”)
10. MissPiggy sent in the following comment. I have not confirmed the information yet, so its unsubstantiated claims at this moment. But I did ask one of our German translators who told me a lot about this territory.
“A small, leftie city-state, completely dependant on federal funds. They were the first to introduce a Phd in Queer Studies. And then there is Lady Bitch Ray, who got her PhD. there for “a study in “socio-semiotic significance of the headscarf in Germany”
From Miss Piggy:
WELCOME TO THE ATAVISTIC SOCIETY
Germany’s newly crowned capital of knife attacks is – apart from Cologne – Bremen.
In the last year alone, 469 people were attacked with a knife in Bremen, and 165 people in Bremerhaven. In Bremen, the number of victims has increased by 25% since 2015, and even 75% in Bremerhaven.
Statistically, there was at least one knife attack every day in Bremen every day, in Bremerhaven at least every other day. A total of 13 people were murdered by knives in the past three years.
Thank you Richard, Wrath of Khan, M., EB., MissPiggy and all who sent in links, and there are a LOT. So as always, if you wish a more complete view of events as readers and contributors to this site see it, please check the comments under the Reader’s Links posts.
I am now 13 minutes into the video below, which claims to be an interview with a live witness from the Virginia riots where someone ran over a protestor. I have heard enough which is similar from other reports which seem credible to me at least, that its worth listening to.