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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:03 pm 
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Is it just me, or is the EF Typhoon the ugliest modern fighter around?

Nowhere near as attractive as the rest. :?




Like beautiful F-16s and Mirages mated, and birthed some fugly mutant offspring with physical birth defects. :oops:


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Actually it's an F-22's rear end rotated 180 degrees and attached on the belly of F-16.

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NefariousKoel wrote:
Is it just me, or is the EF Typhoon the ugliest modern fighter around?

Nowhere near as attractive as the rest. :?

Like beautiful F-16s and Mirages mated, and birthed some fugly mutant offspring with physical birth defects. :oops:

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Such brazen aero-bigotry :x

_ALL_ craft which can take to the air and sustain flight for practical purposes are beautiful in their own way. Don't try to force your Binary Cis Plane notions of aeronautical aesthetics on the beautiful spectrum of aero-beauty we find in nature . . .

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/04/us ... laska.html

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Russian bombers, fighter jets fly near Alaska, prompting Air Force escort
By Lucas Tomlinson Published May 04, 2017 Fox News

Two Russian Bear bombers -- escorted for the first time by a pair of Su-35 "Flanker" fighter jets -- entered Alaska's Air Defense Zone on Wednesday night, U.S. officials told Fox News.

The Russian formation was intercepted by a pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets that were already flying a patrol about 50 miles southwest of Chariot, Alaska. A NORAD spokesperson told Fox News the intercept began at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday and a defense source said it also occurred into Thursday.

It was the first time the U.S. Air Force has seen advanced Russian Su-35 fighter jets escort Russian Cold War-era bombers near Alaska.

The Russian fighter jets were unarmed and remained in international airspace, officials said.

Late last month, Russian bombers flew near Alaska over four consecutive days for the first time since 2014.

This week's latest episode comes one day after President Trump spoke over the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House said the conversation focused on crises in the Middle East and North Korea, with no mention of recent Russian provocations.

The conversation was described in a readout as "a very good one."

Trump in April said U.S. relations with Russia were at an "all-time low," and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also described the relationship between the countries as being at a "low point."

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was not as pessimistic, however, telling "Fox News Sunday" that "I don't think they have gotten either better or worse."


Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews

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June 20, 2017: In May 2017 Russia enacted a law that made their armed forces subordinate to a new para-military organization formed in April 2016. This new organization was actually the revival of another Soviet tradition; a special armed force whose main purpose was to protect the rulers from disloyalty in the national police or military as well as from popular uprisings. President Putin is the main beneficiary because the commander of the new National Guard will be the man who was in charge of Putin’s personal security detachment for many years. What that new National Guard did not have initially was a crucial power the Soviet era KGB had, the ability to give orders to military commanders while being immune from any military control. The 2017 addition to National Guard authority was not unexpected and it was apparently left out in the original 2016 National Guard law to make sure it would not trigger a violent backlash. There was, and is, a backlash but one the current government, dominated by former KGB officers, could not handle.

This sort of thing is an ancient practice for totalitarian governments. Thus in pre-2003 Iraq Saddam Hussein had his Republican Guard, a force that was filled with the best paid, best armed men in the armed forces who were, above all, loyal to Saddam. All other successful dictatorships have similar forces. In Soviet Russia the secret police (KGB) employed over a million domestic spies and informers in addition to several divisions of troops trained and equipped to deal with rebellions by the population, or the armed forces. Iran has a similar force, the Revolutionary Guard that serves a similar role as the old KGB. The Saudi monarchy has its National Guard and surviving monarchies usually have a least a ceremonial remnant of the once powerful “guards.” Even the pope still has a Swiss Guard. Currently ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) had, for a short time. its 4,000 man “Shield of Islam” force which was composed of the most skilled and resourceful ISIL fighters, including many foreigners (especially hundreds of the much feared Chechens). During World War II, Adolf Hitler had the SS, Gestapo and his private army, the Waffen SS, all of which kept Germany fighting until the very end.

The new Putin version of the KGB army is being created by taking most of the armed forces available to the Interior Ministry (the national police and various riot control, SWAT and special operations forces) as well as investigators and intelligence experts and assigning them to the new National Guard which swears to protect the president of Russia (currently Putin), not the Russian people. The new National Guard is officially a “rapid reaction” force for dealing with terrorism or any other threat to Russia that requires quick and decisive action. It appears that by taking nearly all of the best trained and most effective units from the Interior Ministry the National Guard also weakens a potential foe. Putin, a former KGB officer, also made the National Guard immune to FSB (the post-Soviet KGB) oversight. Another interesting aspect of the National Guard is that the many para-military groups formed by the pro-Putin government of Chechnya are now considered part of the National Guard. For many centuries rulers throughout the region would hire Chechens as bodyguard because the Chechens were fierce, scary, resourceful and loyal if paid well and on time.


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Moscow (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin said 755 US diplomats must leave Russia and warned ties with Washington could be gridlocked for a long time, in a move Sunday that followed tough new American sanctions.

The Russian foreign ministry had earlier demanded Washington cut its diplomatic presence in Russia by September to 455 -- the same number Moscow has in the US.

"More than a thousand people were working and are still working" at the US embassy and consulates, Putin said in an interview with Rossia-24 television.

"755 people must stop their activities in Russia."

Putin added that an upturn in Russia's relations with Washington could not be expected "any time soon".

"We have waited long enough, hoping that the situation would perhaps change for the better," he said.

"But it seems that even if the situation is changing, it's not for any time soon."

On Thursday, the US Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to toughen sanctions on Russia for allegedly meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Iran and North Korea are also targeted in the sanctions bill.

The law now goes to President Donald Trump who had made an improvement in ties with Russia a plank of his election campaign.

Moscow on Friday ordered the US to slash its number of diplomats in Russia to 455 and froze two embassy compounds -- a Moscow summer house and a storage facility in the city -- from August 1.

In December, the then US president Barack Obama ordered out 35 Russian diplomats and closed down two embassy summer houses that Washington said were being used by Moscow for espionage.


755 US diplo personnel kicked out...455 left.

I realize that the US and Russia are both large countries but do we really need 1200 people there working at the Embassy and consulates?

I wonder what people like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin would say to that. They served as diplomats to European nations and probably had no more than a single secretary to handle their paperwork

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Apparently there is a large consulate in St Petersburg and their main task is to process visas for Russians, :lol:

Many of those that will have to be let go are Russian employees.

Russians sure got their money's worth with Trump, eh?

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Apparently there is a large consulate in St Petersburg and their main task is to process visas for Russians, :lol:

Many of those that will have to be let go are Russian employees.

Russians sure got their money's worth with Trump, eh?



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I can already see the MSNBC/CNN fake news headlines:

'Omergawd, Russian Hackorz likely employed by Trump's embassy in St Petersburg!!1'

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NefariousKoel wrote:
jack t ripper wrote:
Apparently there is a large consulate in St Petersburg and their main task is to process visas for Russians, :lol:

Many of those that will have to be let go are Russian employees.

Russians sure got their money's worth with Trump, eh?


:lol:

I can already see the MSNBC/CNN fake news headlines:

'Omergawd, Russian Hackorz likely employed by Trump's embassy in St Petersburg!!1'


:mrgreen:

More grist for the "Putin, Trump, Possible Collusion Mill" . . .

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Less than a week since Putin visited Finland, Russians are backtracking to old soviet propaganda that Finland started Winter War to test soviet military strength. This was happening with co-operation with Nazi-Germany, France and Britain, while those countries were at war. And France surrendered to help Germany to attack USSR.

Позор Дюнкерка: как Европа с готовностью преклонилась перед Гитлером

Use google translate to find out if it makes sense. To me it is the good old soviet propaganda, but perhaps mdiehl and other trumpetists see it otherwise. :roll:

Ryssä on aina ryssä, vaikk voissa paistais - Russkie is always a russkie, even fried in butter : Old Finnish proverb.

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Maybe this is because of Ukraine has borrowed a Finnish traditional "silmien välliin".



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