RT View of EU / Energy Issues

Sometimes, to get away from the “Ukraine Winning MASSIVELY!!!” and “EU Is Sanctioning Russia into Ruin!!!” propaganda of our “Western” Lame Stream Media, I’ll take a walk on the wild side with Russian Propaganda (via RT, who only use very subtle kinds of propaganda such as selective omission, mixed with much truth near as I can tell) and Al Jazeera and related.

Sometimes you learn new things. Sometimes you get a different POV. Sometimes you learn a new trick of Narrative Crafting ;-) In any case, it’s new and different compared to tired old CNN or histrionic MSNBC; or plodding Fox punctuated by great Tucker Rants.

So how’s that ban on Fossil Fuels working out in the EU? Have they discovered yet that it isn’t at all possible to run an industrial economy on unreliable non-dispatchable wind and sunshine?

https://www.rt.com/business/557813-germany-fossil-financing-energy-crisis/

25 Jun, 2022 15:34
HomeBusiness News
EU nation calls for U-turn on fossil fuels – media
Germany wants G7 nations to backtrack on plan to stop financing overseas fossil fuel projects

Germany is seeking to convince other G7 nations to abandon a commitment to end direct international financing of overseas fossil fuel projects by the end of this year, Bloomberg reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Berlin is asking Group of Seven members to “acknowledge that publicly supported investment in the gas sector is necessary as a temporary response to the current energy crisis,” according to a draft text shared with the agency.

Gee… running out of gas causes an industrial country dependent on gas to want more gas. Who knew?

[…]
Both Germany and Italy are highly dependent on Russian gas. Deliveries of Russian fuel to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline were recently reduced by 60% due to technical issues arising from sanctions imposed on Moscow over its military operation in Ukraine. The pipeline will also be shut down for 10 days in July for scheduled annual maintenance.

Yeah, a 60% cut will wake you up. Then 10 days (and counting?) of -100% in July will be fun to watch.

https://www.rt.com/business/557729-gas-shortage-industry-halt-germany/

24 Jun, 2022 09:01
HomeBusiness News
Germany warns entire industries could stop due to gas shortage
The stoppage could be for a prolonged period, according Economy Minister Robert Habeck

So how’s that punitive Sanctions deal working for you, Germany (and the EU…)?

Now, try real hard, and imagine what it will be like with ZERO Gas & Oil when you ban Fossil Fuels… OK, now also imagine NO Coal and NO Nuclear. Yup, there you have the Green Dream Utopia! “Good luck with that”…

Germany could be forced to close down entire industrial sectors if there is a nationwide natural gas shortage, Economy Minister Robert Habeck told Der Spiegel on Friday.

“All factory activities will be suspended. It will be a disaster for some industries. And we are not talking about two days or weeks, but about a long time. We are talking about people, who will lose their jobs and regions that will lose entire industrial complexes,” Habeck said.

Maybe it’s time for me to trade in that Mercedes on a Subaru… spare parts may get hard to find…

The EU seems to have discovered how to shoot off their own toes:

[…]
Earlier this week, Habeck said the reduction of Russian gas supplies to Germany demonstrates the effectiveness of Western sanctions, and claimed EU restrictions on goods and services provided to Moscow are preventing it from using money generated through energy sales.

Last week, gas flows through the Nord Stream pipeline from Russia to Germany were cut by as much as 60%. Russian energy giant Gazprom said this was due to technical issues arising from Western sanctions.

According to Gazprom, German equipment supplier Siemens Energy failed to return gas pumping units to a compressor station on time.

The repaired turbines for the Russian pipeline are currently stuck at a Canadian maintenance facility, and are not being released due to Ottawa’s sanctions on Russia. Siemens has said Germany and Canada are seeking a solution.

Hey, Canada! “You go Girl!” Nice job sanctioning Russia and cutting off German Gas Supplies! Next week you can try planting grains without fertilizer! /sarc;

But don’t worry, Oils well that ends well:

https://www.rt.com/news/557796-germany-minister-extend-gas-crisis/

25 Jun, 2022 09:01
HomeWorld News
German economy minister reveals extent of gas crisis
The natural gas shortage is hitting Germany harder than the 1973 oil shock, Economy Minister Robert Habeck says

Germany is facing a “more significant” crisis than during the world’s first oil shock in 1973, according to Economy Minister Robert Habeck.

In a worst-case scenario, the coming winter could see factories shut down, workers laid off, and people going into debt to pay their heating bills, the minister told Der Spiegel in a lengthy interview published on Friday.

Habeck warned that price hikes for the German population are “not over yet” and energy costs are only “gradually” being raised for consumers. “More people will be affected,” he said, adding: “we are already in a situation in which Germany has never been” due to the “gas crisis.”

If Russian natural gas supplies remain at the current low level, Germany will face severe shortages,
the minister warned, saying there will “definitely be a tough winter” and “certain industrial sectors would have to shut down.”

“That would be catastrophic for some industries… we are not talking about two days or weeks but about a long time,” and some regions might lose “entire industrial complexes,” he warned.

Habeck called on the public to save as much energy as possible, saying he personally barely heats his apartment and takes short showers: “I have never showered for five minutes in my life. I take a quick shower.”

How about when they go to ZERO? Either from EU Stupid Sanctions or from “Paris Agreement” to end your economy? Think about it… This is just a trial run for “net zero”.

Then you print a few $Trillion, shut down US Oil exploration and ban Russian oil driving gas prices to almost a triple, and get massive inflation. The result?

https://www.rt.com/business/557785-imf-us-inflation-pain-price/

25 Jun, 2022 05:44
HomeBusiness News
US must endure ‘pain’ to fix inflation – IMF
The global lender says the US may have to suffer a recession in order to tame rising prices

The United States may have to endure economic “pain” in order to rein in rampant inflation, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday, noting that a downturn might be the “necessary price to pay” for recovery.

Speaking to reporters during a Friday press conference, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva predicted a rough ride for the US economy, which is experiencing decades-high inflation with soaring prices for a number of staple goods.

How about we just Dump Biden and get Trump back? Sounds a lot less painful to me…

https://www.rt.com/business/557754-us-rising-food-energy-prices/

24 Jun, 2022 16:13
HomeBusiness News
US Fed makes confession about skyrocketing inflation
The Federal Reserve has no tools to deal with the problem, Jerome Powell says

US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Thursday vowed to do whatever it takes to tackle inflation but admitted he can’t control some cost spikes, including food and prices at the pump.

Powell told the Senate Banking Committee he doesn’t expect gas or grocery prices to fall as a result of the Fed’s campaign of rate hikes.

“There’s really not anything that we can do about oil prices,” Powell said, explaining that “they’re set at the global level.”

Besides, that was your GOAL, wasn’t it? Cutting off US exploration and driving Russia out of the market was to cause just that price spike. Note that there wasn’t a problem under Trump.

Oh, and that several $Trillion printed… I’m sure you think that had nothing to do with it…

So, OK, “sanctions” and bullying and various other forms of coercion of our “friends” and Russia have a lot of folks hurting, though it seems Russia is doing fine. So anyone want to just Bypass SWIFT and the Sanctions on trade? Oh yeah…

https://www.rt.com/business/557797-argentina-join-brics-president-fernandez/

25 Jun, 2022 10:39
HomeBusiness News
South American nation wants to join BRICS
President Fernandez says Argentina wants to be a full member of the emerging economies’ alliance

Argentina wants the BRICS emerging economies to admit it as a full member, President Alberto Fernandez said on Friday at the group’s 14th summit.

“Argentina wants to join this space and offer its contributions as a member of it,” Fernandez said via video link.

The BRICS nations, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, account for over 40 percent of the global population and nearly a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product.

The 14th BRICS summit was hosted by China, which currently holds the rotating presidency.

The Argentinian head of state said the group “constitutes a platform with enormous capacities to discuss and implement an agenda for the future that will lead to a better and fairer time.”

Seems you piss on people enough they don’t want to be your “friends” anymore and find other folks who are treating them better.

Tell folks they can’t play with your ball, and they just get their own:

https://www.rt.com/business/557620-russian-financial-messenger-brics/

22 Jun, 2022 13:02
HomeBusiness News
Russian SWIFT replacement ready for BRICS – Putin
Financial institutions in Brazil, India, China and South Africa can be connected to SPFS

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that banks from BRICS nations can freely connect to the System for Transfer of Financial Messages (SPFS), Russia’s alternative to SWIFT.

While addressing a BRICS business forum, Putin said that together with its partners – Brazil, India, China and South Africa – Moscow is developing reliable alternatives for international payments.

“The Russian system for transmitting financial messages is open to connecting banks from the five countries,” he said, adding: “The geography of the use of the Russian payment system Mir is expanding.”

The Russian president also noted that work is underway to create an international reserve currency based on a basket of BRICS currencies.

SPFS has similar functionality to SWIFT and allows the transmission of messages between financial institutions in the same format. It was created by the Bank of Russia as an alternative to the Belgium-based system in 2014, when Moscow was hit with Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.

In April, Russian Central Bank governor Elvira Nabiullina said most Russian lenders and 52 foreign organizations from 12 countries had received access to SPFS, and that the regulator would keep the identity of payment system members secret.

Can you say “Parallel Economy”? I knew you could…

While I’m on the subject: Welcome to the New International Oil based Reserve Currency, the Russian Ruble.

So, OK, a nice list of things to dig into. How much of that is spin? IMHO a lot less than in our LSM / MSM that’s become “All Lies All The Time”. RT leaves out things detrimental to Russia, and emphasizes the screw-ups of the West (but in a deliciously mild taunting way ;-) but rarely have they gone all Bat Shit Crazy Talk like our media. Sad to say. I also love how they cite Western sources for their stories ;-)

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27 Responses to RT View of EU / Energy Issues

  1. philjourdan says:

    I see a perfect storm of stupidity this coming Winter. And the left rioters to be replaced by what’s left of the middle class. A lot of freezing people need something to do to stay warm.

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    @Phil:

    Yeah, when winter comes and there’s no Russian Gas, the EU is screwed. French Nuclear is fully booked (to some extent over subscribed). Baseload nuclear and coal in the rest of the EU & UK has been decommissioned way too fast and is now way too low to carry the load.

    Wind and Solar are not anywhere near enough, and go on holiday for a week or two at a time sometimes.

    Expect some grid collapses.

    But even before then:

    So Germany is struggling with a 60% cut in Russian gas already. It drops to zero for maintenance in July. But looking at why it is down 60% says it is because some compressor bits sent out for repair are sanctioned. Then looking at the reason for the July shutdown, and it is
    “maintenance”.

    My conclusion is that in July it shuts off for “maintenance” and can’t restart as more material is embargoed by the EU.

    So that’s when I think the first AwShit hits… and Germany & the rest of the EU / UK get to see just what net Zero will look like…

  3. jim2 says:

    Then there’s Australia. The “betters” there have managed to screw the populace at large without the Russian gadfly. After the election, they are tripling down on the stupid, and it will burn.

  4. ThevUK is not dependent on Russian gad

  5. H.R. says:

    @tonyb – Since the UK is not dependent on Russian gas, will there be any Winter problems from shortages there or will it just be the same old slow descent into Net Zero outages?

    I know that with France having a bunch of nuclear power plants shut down, the electricity lifeline from France will provide little to no help.

    I just don’t know much about the natural gas situation in the UK. I could guess, but then I’d just be guessing. You are a pair of our “boots on the ground” over there. What’s the scoop?

    Thanks in advance.

  6. Not enough coal plants so no wind and no solar will cause problems if a cold winter

  7. YMMV says:

    “the UK is not dependent on Russian gas”

    Is that true?

    “On average, energy that is provided by UK suppliers mostly comes from gas (around 41%).”
    “Most of the UK’s gas imports come from Norway, but Russia is also a supplier. Some gas also comes through pipelines under the channel, from countries like Belgium and the Netherlands.”
    https://nexusenergysolutions.co.uk/where-does-the-uks-energy-come-from/
    Norway is a gas producer. Belgium and Netherlands? I doubt it.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/381963/crude-oil-and-natural-gas-import-origin-countries-to-united-kingdom-uk/
    In order, Norway, US, Russia, Nigeria, Canada, …

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/381988/petroleum-product-import-origin-countries-to-united-kingdom-uk/
    In order, Norway, Russian, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, US, Sweden, Norway, …

    So far, with other petroleum products mixed in, it’s hard to tell.

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/environmentalaccounts/articles/ukenergyhowmuchwhattypeandwherefrom/2016-08-15
    Natural gas, 2015, Norway 61%, Qatar (LNG) 29%, Netherlands 7%, Belgium 0.4%, …

    So, not dependent on Russian gas. And BTW,
    “The Netherlands produced just over 1.5 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas in 2015. Most of its natural gas fields are located offshore in the North Sea, although a number of them are located onshore, including Groningen, one of the ten largest natural gas fields in the world.”

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Natural Gas is fungible. Russia is a major supplier to the Western European Region.

    Russian Natural Gas is down 60% headed for 100% shut off. This will cause a major REGIONAL shortage.

    Everyone in the region will be sucking as hard as they can on the other suppliers in the region (since gas is fungible).

    Therefor everyone in the region is going to be hurting. Bad.

    That the UK gets a lot of gas from Norway will not help much to isolate it from the impact of Germany trying to suck on the Norway pipelines too (and Poland and Hungary and…)

    Yes, it is highly likely there will be some pipeline limitations that prevent Germany from sucking it all up. Yes, it is highly likely Germany will take the brunt of it due to their larger demand.

    No, it isn’t going to be all rosy if you “only” get 10% of your gas from Russia… but 10% is a pain when gone and Norway is going to be under big pressure to “share” with others (as will the USA supplies, Sweden, etc.) and they will not be able to deliver the same total to everyone.

    It’s going to be a big mess, but with minor variations in who takes the worst of it.

  9. H.R. says:

    I thought the UK was getting gas from the North Sea fields, which are petering out. IIRC, there was a decision to get gas from another area of the North Sea, but I don’t recall if it was yea or nay.

  10. Ed Forbes says:

    Germanys big reduction in NG came after Lithuania enforces blockade on Kaliningrad. Moscow has been furious over Lithuania’s blocking of EU-sanctioned goods from reaching the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, sandwiched between the Baltic state and Poland.

    Just a coincidence I am sure

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10952257/Now-Russia-threatens-Poland-Putin-kills-80-Polish-fighters-precision-strikes-east-Ukraine.html

    https://www.businessinsider.com/russia-cuts-gas-supply-germany-siemens-equipment-stuck-canada-sanctions-2022-6

  11. Tonyb says:

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    We get around four percent of our gas from russia. Fifty percent still comes from the North sea with much of the rest from norway.

    The UK govt said this week they may reduce the non safety standards relating to North sea gas so we can extract more or at least make it last longer.

    We have very little storage capacity due to the belief in receiving just in time deliveries of the liquefied form

    We deliberately blew up our coal fired power stations and have two left and also drax which burns wood pellets the govt has deluded itself into thinking is co2 friendly

    Our nuclear reactors are ageing and two new ones are years behind schedule. We have the world’s largest off shore wind farms a growing number of on shore ones and lots of solar farms
    We get around ten percent of our power through French interconnecters at times of shortage. The French detest Brexit and try to blackmail us.

    So if the weather gods smile on us we have just about enough power. If in winter, with short dull days and no wind during a cold spell, then we will have power cuts as fossil fuel power could not make up the shortfall

    The energy shortfall however is nowhere near as sharp as with Germany and other eu Countries

  12. as background information the UK is the windiest country in Europe. During the winter it is common to have a high pressure settle over us bringing long periods of cold cloudy windless weather. last winter i counted a total of 25 days like this of which two periods lasted 8 days each.

    . as reliance builds on our weather dependent renewables as fossil fuel alternatives decline and battery storage remains a dream, it can be seen we need mild windy and sunny winters to ensure our power holds up, conditions for which the UK is not renowned.

    France has a lot of their nuclear reactors out of action but normally they would be Ok, it is Germany and to a lesser extent Holland and Belgium and Austria which look likely to see the greatest shortage of power and rationing seems very likely in germany

  13. H.R. says:

    Thanks, Tonyb – That’s a pretty good picture of what is happening in the UK.

    So things are OK if everything works, but it seems to me with all those different sources, one or the other of them will drop out from time to time, and of course it will be at the worst time. That’s Murphy’s Law.

  14. HR

    it is odds on that we will get at least a week of cold sunless windless weather in the winter. as demand is down due to prices and the economy is not growing it may well be we could deal with that. its a close call though.

  15. John Hultquist says:

    Regarding Russia:
    While the current situation seems not to reflect the intended consequences of sanctions and similar actions being imposed by US & EU, looking to the future, Russia has big problems.
    Have a look at the population:
    https://www.populationpyramid.net/russian-federation/2019/

    Note the year – 2019. I’m looking at the info at “face value.”
    The 55 to 59 cohort has mostly aged into the >60 group, and so the elderly population is large and growing. The female side in the top half is larger than the male side. The loss of males in various wars shows up. At the lower cohorts (15 to 40) there is a male-female balance on which the “special military operation” is taking a toll. This loss of young men is serious.
    A second aspect is explained here:
    https://www.euronews.com/2022/06/10/russia-s-brain-drain-thousands-flee-abroad-since-start-of-war-with-ukraine

    How many are leaving? Who knows? Russia’s loss is some place’s gain.
    Back to the population dynamics: Note the thin blue line of the diagram. Russia would be dealing with a long-term population decline without the losses now happening.
    Further, every plane, ship, tank, troop carrier, and rocket consumed by the “special operation” can be considered wealth destruction. This includes the destruction of things in that part of the Russian Empire they know as “the Ukraine.”
    See links for historical context. All to restore Putin’s belief in a “Russkiy Mir.”
    https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/10/europe/russia-putin-empire-restoration-endgame-intl-cmd/index.html

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/03/06/russia-putin-civilization/

  16. John Hultquist says:

    I meant to start the above with this:

    Good post!
    I love this “. . . a new trick of Narrative Crafting”

  17. cdquarles says:

    @John H,
    Interesting site. You can pick different countries and it will plot the estimates. Interestingly, they have China, India and the Russian Federation all peaking; while the USA is projected to keep increasing in population. USA’s population pyramid, to me, looks more healthy than either China’s or Russia’s pyramid.

  18. John Hultquist says:

    This essay was from 2005, now apparently with updates in 2020, or adapted — whatever that means.
    https://www.amren.com/news/2020/08/demography-is-destiny-jared-taylor/

    The US has allowed many immigrants and they have a higher reproductive rate than the folks that have been here a long time. For me, one grandmother came from Ireland in the late 1800s; a grandfather in the mid-1800s; all others – 50 or more years before that. Some of the readers here (and E. M.) can relate to the issues in the essay more so than I can here in the rural center of Washington State.

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    Per Demographics:

    The USA is projected to increase in population due to immigration, not native growth….

    ALL “advanced” economies with lots of education “opportunities” have declining population. (I could go into why but it’s a minor book… had to study this as part of my Econ degree…)

    Yes, it is “destiny”: But a large part of it is just that you only have available the pool of 20 year olds for your army that were born 20 years ago… or for your work force… or for… So the birth rate in any year determines (is “destiny”) starting about 20 years later.

    The global population in 20 years will be dominated by the children of the poorer more agrarian countries of the world. “Advanced” countries with lots and lots of ‘education’ will slowly fade out of existence as a percentage of the globe. Nothing much can change that. (And it isn’t so much about race as it is about economic choices available. A woman M.D. has spent her prime child bearing years by the time she has a job as a Doctor. Has lots of money for shows, travel, vacations in nice places… and little interest in spending 15 hours a day tending babies. A farm woman in a 3rd world remote village starts having children as soon as she has a husband and keeps doing it as long as the farm is helped by more hands… all while feeling good about it all.

    (This, BTW, is also the history of my family. Dad, on an Iowa farm, was one of 13 kids. 2:13 parent to child ratio. He & Mom, as petty business owners in a farm town, had 4 kids. 2:4 Those four, as 3 College Educated Women and on male, me, had a total of 5 kids between them. 8:5 My Spousal parents had 2 kids. Their 2 have had 3 between them. Those 3 have a total of 2… From 4 grandparents to 2 grandkids… 4:3 going to 6:2… (2 kids married 2 others, total of 4 parents for 3 total children in the group)

    Oh, and on “Sanctions”, the stupid continues:

    https://www.rt.com/business/557869-blinken-russia-gold-ban/

    The comments get it right. While they don’t use the word “fungible”, they recognize the concept.

    Russian Gold is just going to go to India and China instead of the the EU, UK, and USA.

    But also, consider this: WHY did Russia want to exchange Gold for Western Currency? The only reason is to fund buying western goods. BUT, with “embargo” in place, what’s to buy? So Russia has ZERO to gain from selling Russian Gold to The West (and any $ or € will just be confiscated anyway…). The reasonable thing to do, instead, is sell it to China, India, whoever and use it to buy Chinese & Indian manufactured goods (IFF they actually need anything from outside Russia – Russian technology is not primitive, they can make anything they need with some effort)

    But better yet would be for Russia to put that Gold in a big vault in Moscow, use it to back an “IMF Alternative” reserve currency, and invite in China et. al. to the party. (A plan they have stated is in the works, though they didn’t explicitly state Gold was going to be part of the mix – but adding it in makes a LOT of sense…) Essentially “banning” Russian Gold just strengthens their Parallel Economy Reserve Bank.

  20. YMMV says:

    RT is useful for seeing what the MSM leaves out. Right or wrong, that is useful.
    Here is a good example. You heard Russia bombed a shopping center in Kiev, right?
    Here is what you did not hear.
    https://www.rt.com/russia/557981-ukraine-mall-air-alert/

    “The strike hit a nearby plant where West-supplied munitions were stored before being shipped to the frontline, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed. Detonations of the ammo caused damage to the shopping center, the report claimed.”
    18 people died in the shopping mall.

    aljazeera: “Ukraine’s air force command said the mall was hit by two long-range X-22 missiles fired from Tu-22M3 bombers that flew from Shaykovka airfield in Russia’s Kaluga region.”

    Expensive attack for a low value target, so I’m leaning to the Russian side on this.

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    @YMMV:

    There’s another RT article that claims the Ukrainians shot down one of their own Anti Aircraft missiles with an incompatible system that didn’t know it was one of their’s, then the parts landed on the shopping center. Basically their Western Air Defenses don’t integrate with their Legacy Soviet Air Defenses, and friendly counter missile file ensued.)

    Given that I’ve seen dozens of Ukrainian stories that inside a couple of days are shown to be outright lies; while few Russian reports end up much more than “bias by omission”, I tend to believe them a lot more than our DNC Talking Points Left Media.”

  22. philjourdan says:

    (This, BTW, is also the history of my family. Dad, on an Iowa farm, was one of 13 kids. 2:13 parent to child ratio. He & Mom, as petty business owners in a farm town, had 4 kids. 2:4 Those four, as 3 College Educated Women and one male, me, had a total of 5 kids between them. 8:5 My Spousal parents had 2 kids. Their 2 have had 3 between them. Those 3 have a total of 2… From 4 grandparents to 2 grandkids… 4:3 going to 6:2… (2 kids married 2 others, total of 4 parents for 3 total children in the group)

    I had the same econ teachers for my degree. And my numbers are similar. Grandmother – youngest of 11, 2:11. Mother/Father, oldest in each family, total 10 (4:10), my Mother 7 (so 2:7). But of her 7, only 11 14:11. But in all fairness, one brother is gay, and a sister had a hysterectomy early due to a horse accident. So only 5 of us had children. I had 4, adopted 1 so 2:5 for me. So far, 10:4 on the grandkids. Only 2 daughters have had any, Youngest son turns 30 this year.

  23. YMMV says:

    That didn’t take long.

    The Russian military on Monday targeted the Kredmash vehicle plant in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchug, the chairman of the factory’s supervisory board, Nikolay Danileyko, has confirmed. The plant is located right next to the shopping mall that was destroyed in a blaze after the missile strike

    https://www.rt.com/russia/558016-ukraine-russian-missile-hit/

    Maybe it’s not a good idea to have weapons stockpiles in the middle of the city.

  24. p.g.sharrow says:

    From what I could see in pictures, videos and eyewitness reports. Two Russian bombers pitched 2 Large devices at the Factory and Warehouse, the bombs or a bomb fell short, The warehouse was destroyed and a corner of a large strip mall was hit. Two very large holes were the result and then fire. the Mall burned down, a large strip mall, with few injuries other then from the blast at one end. There is no evidence of any secondary explosive damage to the warehouse. Again, 2 large deep holes in the ground and most of the warehouse walls still standing, no secondary explosion. Video only shows 2 explosions. Local reports indicate 2 large blasts. This seems to be the normal chain of events. Russia claims massive destruction of Western Nazi weapons by blowing up a big building.
    The Russian military does not have air superiority or much in the way of precision delivery of weapons. so their tactics are pitch and run, and use lots of volume / power to make up for inaccuracy.

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    Gee… What happens when a Globalist Government fully implements all the the “Doomed to fail by physics & chemistry” restrictions on fertilizer (food) and fuel?

    https://www.rt.com/news/558683-sri-lanka-president-protest/

    From lower down in the article, the history / cause:

    Sri Lanka is in the grip of simultaneous fuel and food crises, brought on by the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused a downturn in tourism and led to a shortage of foreign currency. As a result, Sri Lanka is unable to pay for imports, and due to a default that was declared on its external debt in mid-April, the country can no longer borrow funds from foreign investors.

    READ MORE: Sri Lanka has barely enough fuel to last one day – media

    The latest crisis has sparked protests across the country, which have been going on for months, especially in the capital Colombo. Protesters are demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for mismanagement.

    Bankruptcy is a bitch, but guaranteed to happen when you start locking up the workers, shorting their food ration, and turn off the fuel supply.

    The result (from the top of the article):

    9 Jul, 2022 08:04
    HomeWorld News
    Protesters storm president’s residence
    Thousands are demanding the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa amid the worst economic crisis since 1948

    Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reportedly had to flee his residence in the capital, Colombo, as thousands of protesters encircled the compound, demanding his resignation.

    A local source told AFP on Saturday that the head of state was “escorted to safety,” with troops firing warning shots to keep protesters at bay.

    According to Reuters, which cited Defense Ministry sources, Rajapaksa had already been whisked off to another location on Friday ahead of the planned rally over the weekend. Attempts by security forces to prevent demonstrators from entering the presidential residence have apparently failed, an eyewitness told the media outlet.

    Footage published by local TV channel NewsFirst showed protesters, some with Sri Lankan flags in their hands, forcing their way into the compound. A Facebook livestream from inside the residence also depicted demonstrators overrunning the building.

    The Mob is a terrible thing when it is after you. Der President can run, and he can hide, but he can no longer “govern”. The Mob is now in charge.

    Hungry people who’s dreams have been trashed no longer care about such niceties as “Rule Of Law”, Courts, Police, you name it. It is a savage beast that eats all who stand in its way.

    Perhaps The Globalist SOBs ruining the world ought to consider that.

    Without Joe & Jane Six Pack doing all the dirty work of making things, growing food, delivering stuff, oiling the machines, etc. etc.; any society descends into a Mob out to get the folks in charge who broke the system..Someone need to tell them: “Don’t break the system”.

    A 100,000-strong crowd is believed to have amassed around the presidential residence amid the country’s worst economic crisis since 1948.

    According to media reports, 33 people have been injured so far, with two protesters reportedly in a critical condition.

    So 100,000 in Sri Lanka with about 22 Million population and 70% Buddhist. Now amp that up to an America sized place, you would get closer to 1.5 Million in D.C. and they would be mostly pissed off Atheists and Christians less prone to pacifism.

    And THAT is just the start of The Mob taking down The System.

    Wonder how it will go in the EU with no gas this winter… and food running out…

  26. philjourdan says:

    And that is also why the democrats are so anxious to strip us of our guns! THey are stupid, but not blind. They know that the “Sri Americans” are going to have a real insurrection! With real guns!

  27. The True Nolan says:

    @pj: “And that is also why the democrats are so anxious to strip us of our guns! ”

    As the old aphorism goes: Why do they want to take our guns? Because they plan on doing something to us that we wouldn’t allow if we were armed.

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