Drinking and looking at dead people in Bucha. Debating pulling enough Ethereum to buy a fucking Javelin missile. "If you ever wondered what you would have done during the holocaust, it's what you're doing now."
LINEAGE BY GRANDPARENT:
- Belarusian Jew
No Belarusian Jews left. They were all murdered by the Tsars and Hitler. From over half the population to 20,000 in 80 years.
My novel is never going to be published. It treats Russian intelligence kindly. I'm ashamed.
Starstreaks are fucking metal, BTW. Stage 1 gets it out where it don't burn your face off, Stage 2 gets it to Mach 4, then it paints a fuckin' rectangular laser grid, then three nasty little tungsten carbide penetrators that half-spin guide themselves into the center of that laser grid, then when they hit the fuse waits just long enough to go through the fuselage and then it explodes and scatters tungsten carbide flechettes.
That was an MI-28. You gotta understand - as a little boy of the 80s? That fuckin' helicopter was goddamn doomsday. Fuckin' "Soviet Military Power" to the nth degree.
There were 128 of those fukkas. 127 now, or less. Speaking as a Cold War aficionado it's been fucking humbling seeing just what abject pieces of shit the whole of the Warsaw Pact armory turned out to be. Pretty fuckin' glad I didn't buy that T-72 (not that the wife would have let me).
And all that was just melancholy until the cameras showed up.
I mean yeah you can get little kids to do all sorts of horrific shit. Just take a look at Abu Graib (wherever you are, rd95, linking to news photographs isn't trolling). But I mean holy shit.
I don't know how deep this goes. How ugly this becomes. What happens next.
Some of us are reading Thomas Rid's Active Measures. Which is basically the official KGB term for "trolling." "AIDS was invented at Ft. Detrick" "NSA is spying on Angela Merkel" shit like that. Rid makes the point that the CIA decided in the '50s that disinformation eroded their credibility while the KGB gave no fux. If you don't live in a free society who cares.
Did you know that the biggest CIA disinformation campaign was called "QR Plum?" And that it was a million dollars a year to support Ukrainian independence, going back to the '60s?
There's a very real part of me that firmly believes that after the 2016 election, the CIA decided Putin was going down. That Ukraine was absolutely going to be where it was going to happen. And that leveraging the classic "Soviet" tendency to avoid reporting bad news could quagmire Russia into ignominy.
But there's a part of me that knows Putin would be entirely happy being Kim Jong Un.
I've never hated Russians before. I grew up thinking I was part Russian (I blocked my mother earlier this week; her revisionist gaslighting views on the family history notwithstanding, when I wouldn't accept her apology for fucking me over she decided to pay me instead but that's another story).
Saw a picture of a dead guy face down with a bag of potatoes.
Time for dinner.
Hug your loved ones.