Tuesday 19th of November 2019

russian V-Day, not VD... — as we approach 11/11/19 at 11:00...

US President Donald Trump managed to trigger his critics again by saying he would love to go to Russia for the celebration of victory in WWII – which a reporter and most media misnamed as the long-nonexistent “May Day parade.”

“I would love to go if I could,” Trump said on Friday, answering a reporter who had asked if he would go to the “May Day parade” in Moscow next year. “I am thinking about it.”

Trump noted it was in the middle of the campaign season for the 2020 US presidential election, so he might be busy. The mere mention of the possibility of going to Russia is enough to send the US president’s critics into a frenzy, but the mention of “May Day” had them additionally shrieking in outrage. 

All roads lead to Putin!” exclaimed Raw Story, rolling out a gamut of #Resistance Twitter reactions echoing that line from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Leading the way was CNN anchor Jim Sciutto, who characterized the parade as “a celebration of Russian military power, which Putin is using to undermine US national security interests across the globe.”

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Picture at top. Monument to the light brigade in Albany, WA, by Gus Leonisky. 

lucky, they were dummies...

An American F-16 appears to have misplaced its dummy bombs during a training mission over Japan, accidentally dropping the faux munition miles shy of its target. The device was later retrieved from a resident’s yard.

Departing from the US-controlled Misawa Air Base on Wednesday evening, the F-16 lost its simulation bomb over a village in the Aomori Prefecture while headed for a test bombing range, the US military has confirmed.


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the warts and all of US wars — and others losers...




the war that was useless... like the other ones...

OffGuardian has covered the first World War at length. We have a category for it. We have deconstructed the old propaganda, watched in-depth documentaries, relived the historic trauma.

We believe it is a foundational, vital area of study. Important to teach us about our limitations as a people and society…and to prevent the manipulation of the population by a war-hungry state.

There’s room for infinite analysis. There’s a need for academic research. But sometimes, some days, you just need to remember the tragedy and the waste.

Sometimes, a poem and prayer are all that is needed.

We love this song because it doesn’t glorify or sanitise. It tells the story of one man, that could be any of a million, and it underlines the waste and pointlessness of it all.


Well how do you do young Willy Mc Bride
Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside
And rest for a while in the warm summer sun
I’ve been walking all day and I’m nearly done

I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen
When you joined the great falling in nineteen fifteen
Well I hope you died well and I hope you died clean
Or young Willy McBride was it slow and obscene?

Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fifes lowly?
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
Did the band play the last post and chorus?
Did the pipes play the flowers of the forest?

Did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined
And though you died back in nineteen fifteen
In some faithful heart are you forever nineteen

Or are you a stranger without even a name
Enshrined forever behind a glass frame
In an old photograph torn battered and stained
And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame

Well the sun now it shines on the green fields of France
There’s a warm summer breeze it makes the red poppies dance
And look how the sun shines from under the clouds
There’s no gas no barbed wire, there’s no gun firing now

But here in this graveyard it’s still no man’s land
The countless white crosses stand mute in the sand
To man’s blind indifference to his fellow man
To a whole generation that were butchered and dammed

Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fifes lowly?
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
Did the band play the last post and chorus?
Did the pipes play the flowers of the forest?

Well young Willy McBride I can’t help wonder why
Do those that lie here know why did they die
And did they believe when they answered the call
Did they really believe that this war could end war

Well the sorrow the suffering the glory the pain
The killing the dying was all done in vain
For young Willy McBride it all happened again
And again, and again, and again, and again

Did they beat the drum slowly, did they sound the fifes lowly?
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
Did the band play the last post and chorus?
Did the pipes play the flowers of the forest?

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and we let the fuckers who start these things do the speeches of remembrance...






straw men at the war memorial...

Media mogul Kerry Stokes and the former prime minister Tony Abbott are set to gain an extra $30,000 and $15,000 a year for their service on the Australian War Memorial council – a 57% pay boost.

On Thursday the independent remuneration tribunal ordered an “additional fee” of $30,000 for the chair and $15,000 for all other members of the council every year from October 2019 to June 2028.

The fee comes on top of existing remuneration of $52,680 for the chair, a position Stokes has held since November 2015, and $26,340 for council members.

In October Abbott was appointed to replace historian and newspaper editor Les Carlyon, who died in March. There are now no professional historians serving on the council.


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Abbott is an idiot and...