“Red Phone Line” between NATO Command and Russia has been re-established

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German Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeutung reported on May 3 that NATO Command will re-establish “Hot Phone Line” between Russia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Details are not disclosed but Russian counterparts were provided with a specific number to communicate directly with NATO Command.

The initiative of the “hot line” re-activation belongs to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Frank-Walter Steinmeier). Because of the rising tensions between Russia and NATO in connection with the Ukrainian crisis, German Foreign Minister proposed to establish a direct link between the NATO and Russian military command, which is deemed necessary in the event of the crisis escalation.

During the Cold War direct link via teletype was established between leadership of the USSR and the USA in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. This link was called the “red phone”, and since then remains one if the most infamous symbols of the Cold War.

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Grabove, Ukraine. July 17, 2014. In Memorium…

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Manslaughter? Special operation? Mindless crime? Act of postmodern warfare? We pledge that no stone will be left unturned. Please stay tuned. Indifferent? You may be next.

“You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” Leon Trotsky

 

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Michael Kalashnikov (1919-2013)

Michael Kalashnikov, creator of the famous (or infamous, depending on the narrative) AK (Avtomat Kalashnikova), died on December 23, 2013 in Izhevsk, Russia. He was 94 years old. 17th child in peasant family, naturally gifted, he had to drop out from 7th grade and never received any official training in mechanical engineering.

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Drafted to the Red Army in 1938, he became tank commander before the war and was heavily wounded in the Battle of Bryansk in August 1941. During initial Nazi assault, Kalashnikov saw German infantry, armed with MP-40s in action, and decided to create even more effective weapon. Ostracized by some established gun designers, he eventually succeeded in 1947, when his machine-gun became a winner in the very strong competition for the best design and was recommended as a main infantry weapon for the Soviet Army.

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Through the years, AK, unpredictably, became a true “weapon of mass destruction”, causing death of untold number of victims. First used in action on November 1 1956, during the Soviet suppression of the anti-communist uprising in Hungary, and then in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Angola, and elsewhere, in many wars, terrorist actions, gangs fights, etc., it’s still the most popular automatic weapon in the world. AK and its derivatives are believed to constitute between 15 and 20% of all existing firearms. According estimations, since 1953, when mass production started, various manufacturers produced 70 millions AKs, which are still in use in 50 armies of the world. Popularity of the AK can be explained by two things: first, it’s very easy to use, and if full Army AK course is just 10 hours long, it’s in fact takes less than 2 minutes to show  users, some being as young as 7 years old, how to load, aim, and shoot; second, AK is considered as the most reliable gun after German Mauser 98, able to fire in extremely adverse conditions and under the most cursory maintenance.

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Certainly, with his great number of of awards form Soviet, Russian and some world governments, his own museums and sculptures, erected in his honor, with AK, featured on coat d’ arms of Mozambique, East Timor, Zimbabwe, in songs, countless films and computer games, Michael Kalashnikov is the most celebrated gun designer in the world, but think for a second: what would you feel after becoming that famous on the back of those murdered, maimed and wounded by your invention? When Steve Jobs died, people lit candles in front of the Apple stores. Would they do the same for Kalashnikov?

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Syrian boy holding AK-47 in Azaz, north of Aleppo, August 3, 2012. Photo by Goran Tomasevic.

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North and South Korea Military Forces in 2012

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No Lifeguard on Duty. Swim on Your Own Risk.

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It’s Good to Have Aliens on Our Side! Chelyabinsk Meteor Shot Down, 15 February 2013.

Chelyabinsk meteor was shot down by some mysterious fighter craft, approaching from behind with tremendous speed.You see the quick pass, pieces coming from the meteor and meteor explodes, burning violently and disintegrating in mid-air. The moment the craft opened fire is exactly the same when electronic devices in Chelyabinsk were fried up and the blast from explosion shattered window glass all over the city.

See it all in stills:

 

1. Deadly meteor is going down. Tunguska-size disaster seems unavoidable.

 

2. But some mysterious craft appearing near the tail and chasing the killer meteor.

 

3. Closing in from behind

 

4. Opens fire …

 

5. …and blasting the core. Blast is frying up electronic devices in the area and shattering window glass all over the city.

 

6. Pieces are coming out from the core.

 

7. More pieces.

 

8. Craft overеtaking  the  meteor…

 

9. continuing fast forward, without loosing height or changing form…

 

10. Leaving meteor far behind and disappearing.

 

11. Burning meteor…

 

12. …disintegrating in the mid-air.

 

13. … leaving only small pieces, found later on the ground. (The largest on the photo is about 0.5 inches in diameter)

 

According RosKosmos meteor’s speed was 30 km per second, Russian Academy of Science estimated speed as 15-20 km per second and meter’s weight is thought to be close to 10 metric tons, with the size several meters in diameter. Meteor became visible on course between Emanzhelinsk and Miass in only 30-40 seconds before the disintegration, following course 290 degrees. It disintegrated in the mid-air 15-20 km above the Earth, just  south from Chelyabinsk.

 

Thanks, aliens! Or were they? Stay tuned…

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Tank Academy. Since 1866.

Yes, this is a real sign. Tank Academy. Founded in 1866. (Kazan, Russia)

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