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Editor change

I have installed the Classic Editor as primary but you can switch to the Gutenberg editor as an alternative. There are tutorials.  You will work it out.  I did. 

“Ruqqaya” would be the title of the Egypt book if I ever finish it.  pl



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Omicron is not much of a threat

The South African doctor who first alerted authorities to the presence of the COVID-19 omicron variant reported that it presents “unusual but mild” symptoms. 

Dr. Angelique Coetzee, a board member of the South African Medical Association, first noticed otherwise healthy patients demonstrating unusual symptoms on Nov. 18. 

“Their symptoms were so different and so mild from those I had treated before,” Coetzee told The Telegraph

FILE PHOTO: A child reacts while receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Smoketown Family Wellness Center in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Cherry/File Photo 

FILE PHOTO: A child reacts while receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Smoketown Family Wellness Center in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Cherry/File Photo 

“It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well,” Coetzee explained. “So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer the loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home.”


Coetzee reported around two dozen of her patients that tested positive for the coronavirus and displayed these new symptoms. She alerted officials to the possibility of a new variant, which the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday designated the omicron variant. 

People lineup to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo’s airport in Johannesburg, South Africa’, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant that has been detected in South Africa. Scientists say  it is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province.

People lineup to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo’s airport in Johannesburg, South Africa’, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant that has been detected in South Africa. Scientists say  it is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Most of the patients were men who reported “feeling so tired,” and half of them were unvaccinated. The patients comprised a range of ages and ethnicities. 


Coetzee started briefing other African medical associations on Saturday, discussing the variety of symptoms, such as “one very interesting case” of a six-year-old child with a fever and “very high pulse rate.” 

“What we have to worry about now is that when older, unvaccinated people are infected with the new variant, and if they are not vaccinated, we are going to see many people with a severe [form of the] disease,” Coetzee said.


So far, the hospitals are not yet overburdened. 

Comment:  Dan Bongino today screamed on Fox and Friends “For God’s sake calm down! ”  How wise that was.  pl

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“A US-Russia war over Ukraine would be catastrophic”

“As a former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer and specialist in Russian doctrine and strategy who participated in dozens of war games that simulated a U.S.-Russia conflict, I am gravely concerned about the high risk of Washington going to war over Ukraine.  

If you thought $2 trillion and 6,000 American lives were a steep price to pay for a no-victory outcome of a 20-year engagement in Afghanistan, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  Video

U.S. costs and losses in a war with nuclear Russia would be catastrophic. Such a war is unwinnable, and it is not worth sacrificing American lives to wage. 


Russia’s elevated force posture along the Ukrainian border – including 114,000 soldiers, special forces, intelligence operatives and heavy weaponry, counting tanks – is reminiscent of Putin’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine. This, along with recent high-risk encounters between U.S. warships and the Russian navy in the Black Sea, and Putin’s warning on Nov. 13 about the U.S. throwing down the gauntlet to Moscow, constitute what’s called in the intelligence business “indications and warnings” of an impending crisis.Video

Concerned about the high probability of Russia’s outright invasion of Ukraine, U.S. intelligence has warned European allies that there is but a narrow window of opportunity to deter Putin. 

Predictably, Washington “experts” discharge advice that is not grounded in reality, in this case that while Ukraine is part of Russia’s vital interests, it is not part of America’s. Some advocate accelerated acceptance of Ukraine into NATO, which in their “expert” view would guarantee Ukraine’s security by virtue of obligating the U.S. and NATO to step into a Russo-Ukrainian conflict on behalf on Kiev. Others call for troop deployments into the region to deter KGB spymaster Putin.”  foxnews

Comment: This woman speaks common sense. pl

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Appeal for funds

Because of the space occupied by the massive archive I brought forward from SST, my offshore host site made me a charge for more space. If you want to put money in my jar, that would be good. This is not a fee for services. pl

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“Promising new electric iodine thruster passes key test in orbit”

“A new electric thruster that blasts out iodine has now been successfully tested in orbit, a milestone that could help lead to significantly tinier, simpler, cheaper and higher-performance engines for satellites and spacecraft, a new study reports.

Conventional rockets use chemical reactions to drive propulsion. In contrast, electric thrusters produce thrust by using electric power to accelerate propellants such as electrically charged ions away from a spacecraft.

Electric propulsion generates much less thrust than chemical rockets, making it too weak to launch a spacecraft from Earth’s surface. But electric thrusters are highly efficient at producing thrust, given the small amount of propellant they carry. This makes them very useful for spacecraft that are already in space.”

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This all sounds familiar -TTG

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – A Green Beret with 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) relays the coordinate of an enemy position during Exercise Lightning Forge, Oct. 18, 2021 on Oahu Island. Green Beret’s used this training as an opportunity to hone their skills while supporting 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division during a large-scale combat scenario.

Stavros Atlamazoglou Nov 18, 2021, 8:30 AM in Business Insider

US special operators played an instrumental role in the fight against terrorists over the past 20 years. But the Pentagon is shifting its focus to preparing for a potential war with China and Russia. The US special operations community is looking for ways to remain relevant in a different type of conflict.

US special operators have played an instrumental role in the fight against terrorists and insurgent groups over the past 20 years. Now, as the Pentagon focuses on preparing for a conflict a near-peer or peer military, like China and Russia, the special operations community is looking for ways to remain relevant in a completely different type of war. Army special operations units are particularly concerned, as they make up most of the US Special Operations Command’s (SOCOM) numbers.

During exercise Lighting Forge 21, Green Berets from the 1st Special Forces Group — which focuses on the Indo-Pacific area of operations — worked with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division out of Hawaii on the very basics of infantry operations: small-unit tactics. The Green Berets worked with their conventional counterparts on patrolling, conducting ambushes and raids, and reconnaissance and intelligence collection. According to the Army, the Special Forces operators focused their training on assisting their conventional brethren in a large-scale combat scenario. The Green Berets leveraged their proficiency on small-unit tactics “to disrupt enemy defenses, eliminate key targets, gather intelligence and provide increased maneuverability, improving the brigade’s ability to destroy the enemy.”

In a conventional war with China or Russia, ARSOF units can bring a lot to the table. Army special operators work with and through guerrillas and other local forces, and their approach allows them to develop an understanding of the area of operations in order to wield influence and provide information to other US forces. In a recent report on its strategic value in an era of great-power competition, US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) identified six ways Army special operators could contribute in a war with Russia and China. Their mission sets would include:

  • Long range infiltration in denied areas
  • Enable deep area fires
  • Recruit, train, equip, and lead local guerrillas in deep areas
  • Support conventional forces in close combat
  • Target and destroy anti-access, area-denial (A2/AD) systems
  • Use special operations command and control to converge cross-domain capabilities in deep areas

These six mission sets are versions of current ARSOF capabilities tailored to the threats China or Russia would pose a war.

Comment: I found this article intriguing on two levels. First, I ran the 25th Division RECONDO school in 1980 to 1981. We were located in the East Range, composed mainly of mountain jungle. We spent much time running those ridges and rappelling into those valleys. Good times. In that terrain a brigade certainly could be swallowed up, although most of the brigade combat team would have to operate dismounted, in small units and with ropes if you’re moving cross compartment. Good training area for some South Pacific locations.

The second, more important, level is the similarity in what the 1st Special Forces Group teams were doing in this exercise with what we did in the 10th Special Forces Group in Europe in the 1980s. Our primary mission was to combat WTO forces in a conventional war. The mission sets were damned near identical to the mission sets outlined in the article and in the “Army Futures Command Concept for Special Operations 2028,” a publication outlining how Army special operations forces fit into Multi-Domain Operations. My team’s initial mission was to infiltrate southwest Poland, disrupt the command complex for the Northern Group of Forces, disrupt the SAM and EW belt in the area and conduct UW in support of NATO objectives. What we were asked to do, or at least attempt to do, is no different from what SF is expected to do during a confrontation with China in the Pacific or with Russia in Europe. The article mentions SF targeting Chinese A2/AD systems around the South China Sea and Russian A2/AD systems in Crimea.

The thought of one or more 10th Group teams developing target folders for Sevastopol stirs some Cold War dread, but we do have a habit of drawing up contingency plans for damned near any scenario, no matter how far fetched it sounds. I’m also buoyed by the conversation I had with Dr. Jerzy Wiatr in 1987. He was a Polish academician/politician involved in formulating and supporting WTO war plans. He assured me that although both sides had serious planners and even more serious men willing to carry out those plans, the deciders knew full well that war would be absolute folly and would mean the end of all of us. Anyone who was in a position to initiate such a war had no intention to ever do so.


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UKRAINE. Lots of bogus hysteria about how Russia is about to invade Ukraine – for example. Here’s my view – Russia Inc has no desire to pay for “Country 404” – the US/EU/NATO broke it, they own it. But, eventually, the provocations will get to be too much – it’s a cost-benefit analysis and I’m not privy to the data – then Russia will liberate those parts of Ukraine where Russians will be welcomed as liberators and leave the rest to its fate. When/if it happens, it will be fast, decisive and surprise everybody (like every Russian military operation since 2000). There is nothing the West can do (sanctions escalation – that’s a spavined horse) unless it wants to go nuclear in which case the USA will certainly be obliterated. Orlov and Saker. From the West, nonsense and more nonsense (complete with The Misquotation). How about this from the country with one fully-staffed infantry battalion? The safety of the world hangs on the patience of Putin and Xi and the hope that not all Western generals are future VP Sales of MIC rackets.

RUSSIA/CHINA. The two Defence Ministers have agreed to still closer ties. This relationship is much broader and deeper than a mere “alliance”: it’s Mackinder’s Heartland plus population plus production plus sea power. The end of the “Columbian Age”. Moscow and Beijing, learning from the failures of the USSR and the Imperium Americanum, won’t try and run the world: they know it can’t be done.

OPINION WORTH LISTENING TO. This guy is connected: NATO’s mistake is that it still thinks it’s dealing with the weakened Russia of the 1990s. Another mistake, I would add, is that NATO thinks it’s the (imagined) NATO of the 1990s; it isn’t: only a paper tiger then, it’s become a paper pussycat.

RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS. Levada poll (Googlish) shows Russians highly value social rights. Situation seems OK but read Levinson’s notes: he detects differences in the young. But another poll suggests that the young aren’t all that much different (despite, IMO, a heavy effort by the interviewers to elicit opposition sympathies).

KURSK. The former Northern Fleet commander says the Kursk was sunk after a collision with a NATO submarine. “No comment” says Peskov.

PLEISTOCENE PARK. “This complex will be a basis to implement one of the super tasks the World Mammoth Center is facing – the ambitious idea to revive mammoths by using biotechnologies“.

GAS TRANSIT. Spreading invasion rumours, Kiev wants another gas transit agreement with Russia.

NORD STREAM 2. More US sanctions and delays by Germany. OK, Russia loses some money but Europe will lose more (even the Greens have figured that out). “This is a game where Germany does not hold a winning hand“. As to money, Russia’s FOREX kitty is now USD620 billion and growing and China will buy anything Russia has.

THOSE PESKY RUSSIANS. They want to spread chaos in the USA and there’s a diesel shortage exacerbating the supply chain problem. So naturally Moscow would like to make this worse – or so we’ve been told over and over. So why is it selling the USA two million barrels of diesel? Another question your MSM outlets will neither ask nor answer.

WESTERN VALUES™. Natylie Baldwin explains why Russians are no longer interested in the West’s “values”. I wrote something similar. Apart from other reasons, they’re not impressed by the gap between promise and performance. Another possibility destroyed by arrogance and ignorance. See below.

WE MAKE THE RULES. “NATO reiterate that they have no intention, no plan and no reason to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of new members“. Yeah but the famous Rules-Based International Order doesn’t mean we have to stick to the rules.

REFUGEE WARS. Lukashenka spoke to Merkel (I guess there’s no more pretending that she’s in charge). Coincidentally, as it were, Belavia cancelled migrant flights from UAE. The one time I was in the same room as Lukashenka, I didn’t think he was very smart. I was wrong: watch this interview with a “journalist” who thinks he’s a barrister. PS I think Lukashenka has had enough of smug Westerners.

AMERICA-HYSTERICA. Five corrections we won’t see from the MSM, instead Applebaum hits it out of the park – even when it’s false, it’s true.

MY WEIRDOMETER IS BROKEN. Not even in the USSR was there Ilyich and Koba; Boy Detectives.

ARMENIA-AZERBAIJAN. More fighting. It’s reported that Putin will meet the two presidents on Friday. Russia has a mutual defence treaty with Armenia (which does not cover Karabakh).

GUNS. A US general says American hypersonic capabilities are “not as advanced” as China’s or Russia’s.

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“La Grande Fete de Merci Donnant” Buchwald – reposted 2021


They landed at a place called Plymouth (once a famous voiture Americaine ) in a wooden sailing ship called the Mayflower (or Fleur de Mai ) in 1620. But while the Pelerins were killing the dindes, the Peaux-Rouges were killing the Pelerins, and there were several hard winters ahead for both of them. The only way the Peaux-Rouges helped the Pelerins was when they taught them to grow corn (mais). The reason they did this was because they liked corn with their Pelerins.

In 1623, after another harsh year, the Pelerins’ crops were so good that they decided to have a celebration and give thanks because more mais was raised by the Pelerins than Pelerins were killed by Peaux-Rouges.

Every year on the Jour de Merci Donnant, parents tell their children an amusing story about the first celebration and “Kilometres Deboutish” (Miles Standish)” 


This secret (esoteric) history of the first Thanksgiving was discovered many years ago by Art Buchwald (a leader of the Brooklyn branch of the “Illuminati”) whilst he was doing research in the catacombs located beneath the “Crazy Horse” saloon and “salle des danseuses” in Paris (France) (as opposed to Paris, Virginia). The document had lain there moldering amid the cast off “caches sexes” and empty cheese crates for centuries (maybe).

Buchwald successfully penetrated the exoteric “surface”of the text itself to reveal its true meaning. This technique of discerning the inner truth of history had been acquired by Maitre Buchwald while studying at the feet of a great scholar of such matters in Peoria, Illinois (or somewhere out there in the middle of the country) perhaps during his internship at the University of Chicago?

Here, he shares his wisdom with us.

(PS)  There is a legend that Buchwald found a note from Brigadier General Sir Harry Flashman VC left with the detritus to the effect that Sir Harry had discovered these materials and had gathered them in the basement for some future use.  Presumably Flashman never returned for them, but this story may be apocryphal.


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Thanksgiving in the Field – 1863 from “Death Piled Hard” reposted 2021


One of my pre-occupations is the cycle of novels that I wrote concerned with what I think I learned in life.  It is set in the American Civil War and called “Strike the Tent.”  Why?  If I knew why perhaps I could have set it in some other time and place.  I have been writing at this for a long time. In one of the books, there is the story of a French professional soldier (John Balthazar), an officer with much service in Africa, who is sent to America to “observe” Lee’s army for his government. Once here, he becomes ever more involved until he ends by being asked to form a provisional battalion of infantry from men nobody else knows what to do with. Line crossers, men from broken units, disciplinary problems, etc. He sets out to do that. In this passage we see his battalion going into Winter Quarters in November, 1863 south of Culpeper. Virginia. They have just made a long withdrawal to the south, away from the disastrous field of Rapahannock Station. Pat Lang


Throughout the army, soldiers started to construct their winter quarters. They had lived so long in the forest that they could build solid little houses of sticks and mud if they had a couple of weeks in which to work.  Small towns arose in the woods.  They filled up the forests that sloped away to the northwest from the foot of Pony Mountain. Smoke drifted in the wind, eddying and streaming, bringing an acrid bite of wood taste in the air. Oak and hickory, maple and poplar, the smoke brought the smell of their little communities so like those their ancestors had made in the beginning of their new life in America.  The men thought of Thanksgiving; some reached out beyond that to remember Christmas.  Balthazar watched his troops build their winter town. He had never seen soldiers do such a thing. In Europe, soldiers on campaign lived under canvas or in requisitioned houses. He thought their skill a marvelous thing, and told them so.

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Antifa Is a One Note Sally and the Message is Wearing Thin.

Was an 'Anti-Antifa' Shirt Worn at US Capitol Riot ...

Antifa is losing its punch and becoming more desperate and deranged. What I find most interesting is that they are espousing the same crap regardless of where they are in the world. Take a look at the following video. If I did not tell you it was Australia you might suspect this was taking place in Portland or Los Angeles.

Just like here, the Aussie Antifa crazies holler fascist and racist. They are 99% white and are acting like Hitler’s Brownshirt bully boys in trying to intimidate anyone with an alternative thought. If you took the time to watch the Avi Yemini video you saw pasty faced Caucasians screaming curses and insults at dark skinned freedom protestors.

The Aussie police, unfortunately, are just as feckless as the police in liberal U.S. cities who generally refuse to confront the black clad hooligans. Reporter Avi Yemini was repeatedly assaulted yet the Aussie police did nothing to arrest those engaged in battery against a journalist. We have seen the same thing here.

While the news is depressing, there are growing signs that freedom loving people around the world are sick of these juvenile gangsters. Their endless bellowing of racism is now falling on deaf ears. Radical white criminals are losing whatever credibility they might have had in trying to paint black and brown freedom lovers as racists. Here we have strong voices like Candace Owens, Herschel Walker, Ben Carson, Larry Elder and even Leo Terrell pushing back against this nonsense. We must commit to fighting to uphold principles without regard to the color of a person’s skin. It is conduct that matters.

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