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Feb 8 5 tweets 3 min read
Putting Tucker to one side here .... weirdest part of Putin's villain role in the contemporary Western mind (admittedly an historically illiterate mind] is that if Putin dropped dead tomorrow, his successor would follow the same policies, probably more aggressively. In July 2018, I wrote this piece, "The Sources Of Russian Conduct", on my blog, in an effort to put "The Russians" in some context for that part of the lay Western readership that was not totally brain damaged by America's internal convulsions

strategycounsel.blogspot.com/2018/07/source…
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Dec 12, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
I am shocked - shocked I tell you - that the same people who were (catastrophically) wrong about Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, etal, have now been proven wrong about the war in Ukraine ....


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Jun 23, 2023 16 tweets 4 min read
Twitter trying to work out whether Prigozhin is "for real" this time or whether he is a character from the Cyrillic production of Turkey's 2016 'not quite a coup' ... or an Ernst Rohm or Lin Biao...regardless a lesson taught in these regimes is to never overrate your usefulness. A key change in how RUS state fought the UKR war over past 6-10 months was to move slowly from 'war on the cheap' (Luhansk/Donetk militias & Wagner) to mobilising Russian reserves + bringing in more of the regular Russian armed forces hence extensive prep for UKR offensive
Apr 22, 2023 7 tweets 5 min read
ANZAC Day Thread
Tuesday is ANZAC Day (April 25th) which commemorates the landing in 1915 by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli. It is Australia's national day for remembering our war dead, wounded, and war veterans, and their families
awm.gov.au/commemoration/… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Image If you or a family member are "On Parade" on Tuesday and not in uniform, a useful dress and bearing guide from @MHHVic here Image
Apr 1, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
Retirement will be a luxury that occurred in a brief historic period of high birth rates where workers could support retirees .... hard to have retirements with QE, money printing, and, especially, low birth rates. Sorry but anyone who thinks what is happening in France with riots over a minor upwards revision of pension ages is not coming to every western society is kidding themselves… Right politics that made it harder not easier for larger families are their own worst enemies
Mar 30, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
Twenty years after the Iraq War started & ten years after the arming of salafist jihadis in Syria, it is good that justice has finally caught up with an outlaw US president.

Oh. Genuinely intrigued by the new movement in Left political if not yet legal circles - which we have seen here - that a trial is where an accused proves their innocence & not where the state must discharge its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt Image
Mar 25, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
I will .... need more swords here.
But, for an opening salvo ....
1/ operational level of war was destroyed by modern communications
2/ logisticians are everything
3/ moving from long-used ammunition calibres esp 5.56 is idiotic given massive costs/disruptions & few benefits 4/ Clausewitz is under-rated
5/ most of the senior officers from WW2 were actually better in most respects than the ones we have now
6/ war is won by 80% solutions
7/ given manpower issues, conscription is more likely than not to return in the West

Mar 11, 2023 19 tweets 6 min read
This is how the Bailout begins ....
"If you do not bailout X, employees are not paid" Here we go ..... that destroyed community in Ohio should say they now "identify" as an insolvent bank in California

Feb 27, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
Overwhelming majority of people are tolerant/do not care about people’s sexual orientations. But those wanting to wage a “wear the ribbon” culture war esp in NRL are trying to impose their culture on a large Christian esp Pasifika playing group. The NRL clubs get this it seems Would add that the average football club or church is a lot more diverse in every sense than the ABC or the political class …
Feb 26, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
"In a big country, dreams stay with you" The Canadians and the Americans are our fellow English speaking, federations, on the massive scale .... the Canadians kept the Crown and also speak French .... the Americans kept some of the common law and speak a species of English Image
Jan 7, 2023 7 tweets 4 min read
On a wet and colder day in London, very good to visit Buckingham Palace and St James Park, today. The King & Queen were not in residence but it was nonetheless good to see 'Buck House', again. The Australian gates with coats of arms of the six Australian States that open to Buckingham Palace are in good condition.
Jan 5, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
Harry is alleging in 2022 that his older brother assaulted him in Harry's own home in Kensington Palace in 2019. And yet after this alleged assault, racism & whatever else allegations, etc, Harry still then wanted to stay a working part of the Royal Family in 2020 before. Hello? One can but be thankful that Prince Philip and then our late Queen went to their eternal reward and never had to witness this .... simply abominable behaviour

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Dec 16, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
Good morning all & OTD in 1939, Captain Hans Wilhelm Langsdorff, Commanding Officer of the German cruiser Admiral Graf Spee, orders the ship's scuttling in the River Plate estuary, off Montevideo. Langsdorff would later commit suicide, while wrapped in the ship's battle ensign Image This is a 2019 German news story on the German families affected by the scuttling of Admiral Graf Spee & the legacy of Captain Hans Langsdorff (who some have said died while wrapped in the old Imperial Naval ensign).

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Dec 12, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
The details of this QLD police shooting seems an ambush - such heartbreaking losses: "Constable Rachel McCrow, 26, and Constable Matthew Arnold, 29, were gunned down at the property in the western Darling Downs, about three hours west of Brisbane.
news.com.au/national/queen… "There are reports two male shooters wearing camouflage gear initially opened fire on the four officers, and proceeded to stand over the two fallen officers and firing further shots at close range before taking their weapons."

countrycaller.com.au/2022/12/13/cop…
Dec 8, 2022 7 tweets 3 min read
It is quite sad to see that Harry - who had made a decent life for himself in the Army and as a champion of veterans causes - just became this wallowing wastrel, mired in self pity. Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, was the youngest surviving son of George V, spent his life as the "spare spare spare" & did all his royal duties, including serving in WW2 in harm's way and then as a very good Governor-General of Australia.

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Dec 7, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
Twitter before Musk:

(1) US has literally hundreds of thousands of lawyers - but the ex FBI general counsel Baker ends up at Twitter

(2) Twitter was openly used for trafficking child sex abuse material

(3) Baker impeded reading of the Twitter files - but did nothing re (2)??? This is simply a remarkable passage of events whereby an FBI chief lawyer - who was already mired in controversy - just happens to end up … at Twitter … and then proceeds to impede the new owner’s access to Twitter files …
Dec 2, 2022 7 tweets 3 min read
Simply staggering revelations re the Brittany Higgins case in @australian this morning - the narrative by the media in this saga seems to have been mostly lies and/or selective omissions of what claims the evidence could ever (possibly) support. Image “Investigators at this juncture have a number of concerns ­regarding inconsistencies in disclosures and other evidence ­obtained during the investigation. In light of the issues identified, ­serious concerns exist as to whether there is sufficient ­evidence ..." Image
Dec 1, 2022 9 tweets 3 min read
This is absolutely shameful from Drumgold. Prosecutors speak through the carefully particularised cases they make in court & which are based on the evidence. Cases are not run in the media. Prosecutors are independent precisely because they are never supposed to do this. I note all the very woke lawyers online suddenly go silent when a DPP trashes centuries of prosecutorial ethics and obligations, by simultaneously withdrawing a criminal prosecution in the court & then try to continue it in the media. Drumgold’s behaviour has been shameful.
Nov 30, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
Have no side here but if Natalie Ward (who has no discernible achievements as a State minister) cannot beat an ex staffer nobody in a preselection no one has said was rigged then she is probably not future anything material. Matt Kean was on Cross’ side iirc so who this is absurd Image Buried lede here from @AlexSmithSMH is Natalie Ward just did not do the work with locals (expect it on a platter?) & she did not even live in the seat in a very particular part of Sydney. Google says she is from Adelaide so she should have been doing the work if she wanted it Image
Nov 24, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Deo Gratias .... hopefully this leaves Sam Harris with more time to speak with other brave rationalist sceptics ... like the kind who took SBF and FTX seriously
podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/271… Everyone who lived through “new atheism” knew that it would end in grift (SBF/FTX) or going over to some fringe ideology. We as Humans are fallen and by nature idolatrous. Why the first commandment is what it is.
Nov 24, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
A very hard one here - the Serbs did cause World War One ... the Brazilians deposed the saintly Emperor Dom Pedro II ... may soccer be the winner on the day
#BRASER #FIFAWorldCup To be clear, I have some Portuguese ancestry, but we supported the Braganzas, and thus the fall of Dom Pedro II was a grave crime ... at the same time, the Serbs appear a difficult people but are great friends - and the Serbs suffered much, unfairly.
#BRASER #FIFAWorldCup