Showing posts with label Suwalki Gap. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Suwalki Gap. Show all posts

Monday, August 8, 2022

Roger Waters Just Told Me To Fuck Off (and Go to The Bar ! )

Roger, '... your lips move, but I can't hear what you are saying' - ring a bell ?


And that basically if I didn't like it, too bad. Plus, I don't go to bars, I don't drink. In a twisted reaction to Russia's invasion of the Ukraine and Nancy's trip to Taiwan, he also calls Joe Biden a war criminal. One thing is for sure, I'm obviously not going to shell out hundreds of dollars to go to his "This Is Not a Drill" concert, which also contributes to his insulated, beyond privileged, immune and selfish billion dollar lifestyle. But then, he has also ruthlessly attacked David Gilmour several times, flouting his own distasteful, mean and angry temperament.

 I did not think Nancy should have gone to Taiwan, not now for Christ sake during such a tender, delicate and sensitive political time. Was it just an ego trip? I think so. The worse scenario out of this  blundering move will not be  a nuclear or prolonged war but that China has pulled out of any and all environmental discussions with the USA. Way to go Nancy, thanks a lot you really know how to pursue regional stability. 

Besides that, I have always been a Chiang Kai-Shek fan (well, with the exception of his mafiosa ties, but he would have done anything to get rid of the communists, right ?). My father was on the tail end of the China Marines in the late 1930's - and even then Roger Waters, even years before that Roger (i.e.1936), everyone  in the Military knew we were going to go to war with Germany and Japan and Italy - not as you said in your CNN interview, that we only became involved after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Ed would come home to the States on leave and tell family that we were going to go to war with Japan, seven years before it happened and no one believed him. Maybe you should do some reading, and try writing some decent music these days.



 Meanwhile, as the Ukraine defiantly fights the Russian barbarians - here's a spot to keep an eye on. I might add, if Roger Waters is such a human rights enthusiast, maybe he needs to spend some time in the Suwalki Gap and get a little taste of what it is like to be frightened, knowing exactly what Putin is capable of. Go the link and have a read:


 ~ From the Wall Street Journal:

Russian Aggression Brings High Anxiety To Strategic Sliver of Europe

By Daniel Michaels
/ Photographs by Anna Liminowicz for The Wall Street Journal

"SUWALKI, Poland—The bucolic region around the Polish-Lithuanian border has long been known for its rolling farmlands, serene lakes and historic cities.

To strategists in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, it is now also known as a danger spot.

Suwalki, a city of almost 70,000, sits along the 45-mile corridor of NATO territory between two Russian military strongholds. To the southeast is Belarus, a close Russian ally that has served as a base for its invasion of Ukraine. To the northwest is Kaliningrad, a chunk of Russia that was disconnected from the rest of the country by the breakup of the Soviet Union.

 Western military strategists call it the Suwalki Gap. What worries them is that Russia, having seized the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and invaded Ukraine this year, might resort to force to try to take over the border region, which would link Kaliningrad with Belarus.

Threatening comments from the Russian and Belarus governments have increased anxiety in the region, as have moves such as a bill recently introduced in Russia’s parliament to revoke Moscow’s 1991 recognition of Lithuania’s independence from the Soviet Union.

The Ukraine invasion has sparked similar unease in other nations surrounding Russia that for decades either were allied with Moscow or saw little threat of attack. Finland and Sweden have applied for NATO membership, while Kazakhstan and some other former-Soviet republics in Central Asia that remained in Russia’s orbit have edged away from Moscow, in part due to wariness over its reliability.

The Suwalki Gap region has a long history of conflict. Napoleon’s armies crossed it while invading and retreating from Russia. During both World Wars, it saw fierce fighting. When World War II ended, it fell under the control of the Soviet Union, and Kaliningrad was designated Russian territory.

Today, although military and intelligence officials don’t see an immediate military threat from Russia, they worry about its aggression and unpredictable behavior.

Ewa Sidorek, a former deputy mayor of Suwalki, said many locals got scared when Russia attacked Ukraine, and some remain shaken. She said one friend keeps a suitcase packed and her gas tank filled in case she needs to escape. Even more unnerving is that people in other parts of Poland think the region is already under attack.

Ewa Sidorek, a former deputy mayor of Suwalki, says many residents are frightened.

“People call and ask how the war is here,” said Ms. Sidorek. Although the area is quite affordable for tourists, she said, visitor numbers are down significantly this year, “Tourists think it’s dangerous,” she said.

Suwalki Mayor Czeslaw Renkiewicz predicts tourists will eventually return, but he worries that talk of Russian aggression will deter investors. When Polish President Andrzej Duda recently met near Suwalki with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, the mayor told Mr. Duda that local lumber, furniture and manufacturing companies might eventually need state support.

In nearby Goldap, a town of 19th century Prussian buildings less than three miles from the Kaliningrad border, hotels have faced cancellations, and the spring-water health center has fielded questions about restrictions, said Zuzanna Rozmyslowska-Wasilewska, a manager at the regional tourist center. “A lot of apartments are for sale now,” she said.

Across the border in Lithuania, Sandra Kvietinskaite, who manages a municipal office supporting startups in the small city of Marijampole, has an evacuation plan ready. After Russia attacked Ukraine, she said, she checked that her parents’ passports were valid and packed bags, which she still keeps ready.

The Polish villages of Glowka, top, and Lisy, above, lie in the region that NATO strategists see as a danger spot. In an emergency, she said, she would take her parents to Germany to stay with relatives, and she would go to Norway, where she once worked. “I hope we’re safe,” she said. “I cross my fingers.”
Retired Polish Army Col. Kazimierz Kuczynski, who lives in Suwalki, is less worried. He said Russia has expended so many munitions in Ukraine that it lacks resources to attack. “We can sleep peacefully,” he said.
Andrzej Sek, a lecturer in internal security at the PUZ State Vocational University in Suwalki, runs an annual conference on the Suwalki Gap. Meetings have addressed issues such as a hybrid war involving cyberattacks, sabotage and other unconventional tactics.

“Today, I don’t see a big threat to Poland, Lithuania or the Suwalki Gap,” he said. “What comes in the near future, who can say?”

Anxiety in the region increased in June when Russia and Lithuania sparred over a train line running through Lithuania that connects Kaliningrad to continental Russia.

For decades, the tracks were in Soviet territory, but the 1991 breakup of the U.S.S.R. and Lithuania’s independence turned the tracks into an international route. When the Baltic states entered the European Union in 2004, Russia and Lithuania agreed to terms for the train’s operation. Roughly 250 Russian trains crossed Lithuania each month last year, according to Lithuanian Railways.
EU sanctions on Moscow since February have complicated that arrangement. In June, Lithuanian authorities began enforcing EU restrictions by forbidding the shipment of some banned products on the train line. The resulting standoff temporarily halted all Russian rail traffic to Kaliningrad. 
‘What comes in the near future, who can say?’ said Andrzej Sek, who lectures on security at a local university. 
Moscow accused Lithuania of imposing a blockade on Kaliningrad and threatened an unspecified response. As tensions mounted in July, Lithuania said it was only enforcing EU rules, while Germany and some other members urged it not to inflame the situation. In late July, Lithuania and EU allies agreed to an approach meant to avoid conflict, but citizens were rattled.
“There are Russian trains running through Lithuania. Obviously, we’re nervous,” said Migle Onaityte, a 19-year-old resident of Pilviskiai, near the train line.
Many Russian trains are escorted by Lithuanian helicopters to ensure they don’t stop, and that nothing is put on or taken off a train. Lithuanian border guards now fly four times as many patrols as they did in 2020, according to an interior ministry spokeswoman, and other helicopters take part in military exercises.
“People thought the helicopters were Russian,” said Ms. Onaityte. “It’s scary.”
“People are also afraid of Belarus,” said Davydas Jasaitis, a friend of Ms. Onaityte’s who was recently spending the day with her and other friends at Lake Vistytis, which forms part of Lithuania’s border with Kaliningrad.
Behind the visitor center, a road led to a dock where families splashed in the water. A short distance away, behind a tall fence topped with razor wire, a guard tower marked Russian territory. 
The road leading from Goldap, Poland, to the Russian border is now closed. Goldap Lake forms part of the border with Russia.
 Suwalki native Tadeusz Szturgulewski, 88 years old, was 5 years old when Soviet troops invaded Poland in 1939, days after Nazi Germany invaded from the west. Two years later, Germans stormed through to invade the Soviet Union, and three years after that, Soviet forces returned on their way to Berlin.
Mr. Szturgulewski, an activist in Poland’s anti-communist Solidarity movement during the 1980s, said he would grab a rifle to fight if Moscow’s forces return.

“The Germans were much more civilized than the Russians,” he said. “The Nazis would just shoot you, but the Russians would torture you and then kill you.”

Russia’s attack on Ukraine has focused attention in Suwalki on civil-defense preparations, even among people who don’t fear an invasion. Ms. Sidorek, the former deputy mayor, said the region has written protocols, but plans aren’t publicized. “Most people have no idea about alarms or procedures,” she said.

Mr. Renkiewicz, the mayor, said that earlier this year he ordered a survey of basements and parking facilities that could serve as shelters, but that he didn’t publicize results to avoid increasing anxiety. He said residents should be educated about the significance of different alarms from the city’s 19 civil-defense sirens.

Semiannual visits by U.S. and European NATO troops to a base about 55 miles away, he said, have offset some anxiety. Troops have participated in summer picnics and Christmas festivities, bringing singing groups and introducing themselves.

“People see that we don’t just say that NATO is here, but they’re really here,” Mr. Renkiewicz said."


By Matthew Karnitschnig
in Druskininkai, Lithuania


By Rhea Mogul, Heather Chen, Amy Woodyatt and Aditi Sangal, CNN

Updated 3:48 p.m. ET, August 8, 2022

Speaking of the environment.....

 ~ From Informed Comment: with video on the link

Warm Waters, Winds Head For East Antarctica, Threatening Eventual Massive Sea Level Rise

"Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – I attended an academic conference once in Melbourne, Australia. I was strictly instructed to pronounce it mel-bun, and have complied. Australia is really far away from the Detroit area. I asked someone about the beaches to the south of the city, and what body of water they were on. Oh, came the reply, the Southern Ocean. I travel a lot and have often found my conception of geography challenged. Maybe I had heard of the Southern Ocean, but I couldn’t remember doing so. Being in a place where there was a whole new ocean with which I was unfamiliar was a little disorienting.

Now it turns out that things are happening in the Southern Ocean that could affect us all.

Laura Herraiz-Borreguero and Alberto C. Naveira Garabato write in Nature Climate Change that prevailing warming winds from the west toward the east, called the “westerlies,” over the Southern Ocean have been moving south toward East Antarctica, bringing warmer water with them, and warming up the parts of the Indian Ocean that lap the shores of the Antarctic, as well. That’s not good.

There’s more bad news. The authors find that deep water at middle depths (400 yards/ meters deep and more) swirling around parts of the East Antarctica coast has warmed by somewhere between almost 1 and a half degrees F. (0.8°C) to 3.6°F (2°C) along the continental slope between 1930–1990 and 2010–2018.

I mean, I knew that surface ocean temperatures have been rising. I remember as a kid going to the beach in Los Angeles and finding the water really cold even in the summer, which it is not any more. But I am gobsmacked that the ocean near Antarctica has warmed up that much at middle depths.

The authors kindly wrote up a more accessible report at The Conversation.

East Antarctica has been colder than West Antarctica, but now it is heating up, too, for these reasons. For the first time, in March, an East Antarctica ice shelf, the Conger, collapsed because of an unusual heat wave, writes Alejandra Borunda at National Geographic.

The authors of the Nature Climate Change paper note that how much sea levels will rise depends crucially on how much ice melts in Antarctica, and these two developments– ever hotter Southern Ocean waters lapping at the shores and warm westerly winds blowing ever southward, are like aiming a hair dryer at your freezer to melt the ice when it gets overgrown in there.

Antarctica ice melt accounts for 15% of sea level rise.

The authors conclude that we had better limit the extra average heating of the earth’s surface to 2.7°F. (1.5°C) above mid-19th-century levels. Because if we make the earth hotter than that, Antarctic glaciers will start plopping into the ocean. Even just the Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica would raise sea levels by two feet all by itself. And there are lots of Antarctic glaciers that could plunge into the ocean if we heat things up too much. Bye-bye Miami, New York, New Orleans, etc.

On the other hand, if we stop spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by 2050, everything we’ve put up there will be absorbed by the oceans, and temperatures will almost immediately stop rising. That development might be enough to keep Antarctica’s ice shelves, which hold back the glaciers, intact.

This is one significance of the Inflation Reduction Act, for going ahead with which which Kamala Harris cast a tie-breaking vote on Saturday. It looks as though the Senate will approve it this week and the House will do so at the end of August. It has $369 billion for the green energy transition, and will act as a multiplier in turbocharging the energy transition away from carbon dioxide among state and local governments and in private industry, spurring new technology and efficiencies. It also taxes methane emissions, another heat-trapping gas. Maybe, just maybe, we can keep the Thwaites glacier behind its ice shelf and avoid coastal catastrophes for people who live in low-lying port cities around the world."



BTW, congratulations on the Inflation Reduction Act !


Here's your Mexico News Source:


 Pulse News Mexico 




And, I found this spot looking for a painting I could have framed or a poster of Marlon...I found one, but I don't know yet if this person will sell it to me...there are so many good ones:


Deep Fried Movies

Los Federales !


Pissed Off !



I think this is when after he meets up with Dad and is invited back to a family dinner, he gives Dad the Cheshire Cat smile planing something other than a friendly get together.


 Neat, huh ?

Update: these are not for sale, but he does have the April 4, 1960 Life Magazine devoted to Marlon and One Eyed Jacks. Heck, I'm still looking for the Life magazine with a pic of my sister kissing Adlai Stevenson at the SD airport, but they printed my name as the kisser, oh well. She never forgave me for that,😮 but I was only 4 years old.


Other than that, last month we were up to 188 executions in TIJ and this month August we are so far in the mid-forties.

And Roger, I think you have become comfortably numb besides having become a world class idiot, shame that.

Take care y'all...


Before I forget Roger Waters, you can go to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot 's Command Museum San Diego (off of old Barnett St.) and view my Father's photo albums he put together of The China Marines when he was there. Many of his buddies from the Embassy ended up as POW's in Japan and a slough of others ended up on the  Bataan Death March. He was lucky(I guess) and ended up on the Choiseul Diversion (only the crazy guys went there BTW - the 2nd Marine Parachute Regiment) and rubbed shoulders with JFK who was sent in to rescue them. But it worked, and bought Bougainville time.

Still, I think the war tweaked him for all time, as it did to many. 

 You on the other hand should be ashamed. shame, shame shame. You dork. You know Roger, you are so egotistical you cannot even recognize that you have lost your marbles and even your old bandmates are disgusted with your behaviour and stance on Russia.