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Friday, May 26, 2023

Russia has called a visit by the world's biggest warship, the USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier, to Oslo in Norway an "illogical and harmful" show of force at a time of heightened tensions.



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Good for the ship and crew to get a unique port call.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2023-05-26 12:26 AM | Reply

---- you Russia.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-05-26 01:33 AM | Reply

Interesting design change moving the island so far back. Looks taller as well.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2023-05-26 09:35 AM | Reply

Oslo's such a beautiful city, too.

#4 | Posted by YAV at 2023-05-26 09:40 AM | Reply

I heard on the news that the ship was sent there to protect a pipeline of sorts that may be under threat of a Russian attack.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2023-05-26 11:16 AM | Reply

What is illogical and harmful was your invasion of Ukraine, Putie.

#6 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2023-05-26 11:21 AM | Reply

Putin's just mad that it floats.

#7 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2023-05-26 12:18 PM | Reply

To complain call 1-800-wha-aaaa!

(That's a direct line to Tuckero)

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2023-05-26 12:19 PM | Reply

... "illogical and harmful" ...

Pres Putin must have been talking about his unprovoked invasion of a sovereign country.

Or maybe his recent missile attack on a Ukrainian medical facility.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-05-26 01:03 PM | Reply

Russia is angered a lot lately.

#10 | Posted by eightfifteenpm at 2023-05-26 01:27 PM | Reply

On a related note the Russians and the Cubans have agreed to an economic cooperation package which will result in more spies enjoying assignments in the winter sun while they listen in on US communications, chase brown skinned women and avoid going back to their homeland. Vlad will get a beach house out of the deal ...

#11 | Posted by catdog at 2023-05-26 05:01 PM | Reply

There are times to show the potential for military force, but IMHO, US DOD should ease back. To my NSC friends, tread lightly please.

If NATO needs to exercise resources to prepare to respond to any Russian attack on Norway or Poland or the Baltics, those exercises could be carried out far away, say in Newfoundland or somewhere in the western US. Doing any major scaled NATO exercise within striking range of Russia is unnecessary and potentially provocative to Putin's propaganda machine. And anything that gives Putin more material for anti-West propaganda strengthens Putin's power and makes the possibility of irrational responses higher.

As far as just bringing CVN-78 to the region for familiarization with the navigation and geography of the landscape, that's a sensible reason for its short-term presence. But DOD just has to beware of the visit's potential to feed Putin's propaganda apparatus.

#12 | Posted by Augustine at 2023-05-26 08:22 PM | Reply

@#11 ... On a related note the Russians and the Cubans have agreed to an economic cooperation package ...

Russia and Cuba ink deals to revitalize island's ailing economy (May 20, 2023)

... Russian officials and business leaders have signed multiple deals with Cuban counterparts at a forum in Havana this week, agreeing to work together to boost sugar and rum output, assure wheat and crude oil supply to the communist-run island, and overhaul crumbling tourist facilities.

The longtime political allies " both subject to U.S. sanctions " are seeking to cement economic ties by facilitating trade and investment.

The deals "constitute a milestone in the history of our bilateral and business ties," said Ricardo Cabrisas, Cuba's foreign trade minister, in a speech closing the forum on Friday.

The agreements include a contract for Russia's Prodintorg to supply wheat to Cuba's state-owned Alimport, aimed at "guaranteeing the stability" of supply to the Cuban population, according to a document from the Cuban-Russian Business Committee viewed by Reuters.

Another deal will create a Cuba-based marketplace for Russian goods, including food and home goods, called Rusmarket, which will also help spur development of more direct and fluid shipping routes between the two countries, the document said.

A third deal states Russian and Cuban intention to revive the decrepit residential beach community of Tarara, whose white sand beaches just minutes from Havana, the document says, are "ideal for enjoying the ocean, fishing and diving."

Russian deputy prime minister for tourism, sport, culture and communications Dmitry Chernyshenko announced separately on Friday a presidential order to reinstate by July regular flights between Russia and Cuba, suspended since March 2022 due to the conflict in Ukraine. ...

The start of a new "Cuban Missile Crisis?"

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-05-26 08:38 PM | Reply

Russia has run clean out of missiles.

Still no victory in Ukraine.

Russia sucks.

#14 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-05-26 10:30 PM | Reply

The object now seems to be a badly dented, crater pocked, war trophy called Bakhmut which Russia desperately needs to highlight a (somewhat tarnished) victory parade in Moscow. A face-saver, so to speak.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2023-05-27 12:23 AM | Reply

@#15 ... war trophy called Bakhmut ...

Unfortunately, due to Pres Putin's action, Bakhmut is little more than a pile of rubble.

That seems to be how Pres Putin treats people he seems to claim as Russians.

Satellite images show scale of destruction in Bakhmut, Ukraine

... The satellite below shows School 12 and apartment buildings in Bakhmut on May 8, 2022, compared with May 15, 2023. ...

See the article for the details..

Of course, Russia is just "fighting the Nazis."

If you believe that, I've got this bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you. It is a cute bridge, with a lot of history.

Modern Marvels: Building the Brooklyn Bridge

Speaking of the Brooklyn Bridge, there's this...

The Brooklyn Bridge Contains Secret Wine Cellars

...New York City is filled with hidden gems, from a little lighthouse in Fort Washington Park to a cemetery tucked away in the East Village. One of the city's best-kept secrets is located in one of its oldest and most famous landmarks. Beneath the Brooklyn Bridge sits empty vaults that were used to store wine a century ago, according to NPR.

The Brooklyn Bridge's secret wine cellars are built into the ramps leading to the East River on both the Manhattan and Brooklyn sides. They're not vital structural features that serve a dual purpose; the only reason they're there is for alcohol storage.

When chief bridge engineer Washington Roebling included the vaults in his design, he was being diplomatic. The proposed path of the bridge cut through two liquor-selling establishments, Rackey's Wine Company in Brooklyn and Luyties & Co in Manhattan. By including storage cellars for both in his plans, Roebling was able to keep them happy and generate revenue for the construction at the same time.

Several businesses rented out the wine cellars after the Brooklyn Bridge was built in the 1870s. Though they were located beneath one of the most heavily trafficked spots in the city, the vaults stayed dark and cool year-round, which made them ideal for stashing even the most expensive vintage wines. Soon, murals of grapevines and French street names were added to the walls to brighten the dreary space.

The cellars survived Prohibition"and were even repurposed as exclusive speakeasies for New York's upper crust"but their days as alcohol storage ended after World War II. They're used to store maintenance equipment for the city today, though they have been opened to the public for more fun occasions over the years, such as art shows....

Fun stuff.... :)

But I digress...

#16 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-05-27 12:48 AM | Reply

@#16 from a little lighthouse in Fort Washington Park ...

OK, one more (unrelated) comment here...

That lighthouse is way cool.

Fort Washington Park
The Little Red Lighthouse

...he Little Red Lighthouse stopped being used as a functional lighthouse long ago, but over the years this 40-foot-high structure has become a beacon of another kind. Located underneath the George Washington Bridge along this treacherous section of the Hudson River once known as Jeffrey's Hook, this is one of the few surviving lighthouses in New York City and serves as a quaint reminder of the area's history.

Long ago, Native Americans known locally as the Weckquaesgeek "part of the Lenape tribe"inhabited much of upper Manhattan and eastern New Jersey. The Weckquaesgeek, and later the Dutch and English colonists, fished and hunted along the banks of the Hudson River. The Hudson was also an important route for travel, connecting upstate cities such as Albany to New York City and the Atlantic Ocean. As traffic increased along the river, so did the number of shipwrecks at Jeffrey's Hook. In an attempt to reduce accidents, a red pole was placed at Jeffrey's Hook jutting out over the river to warn travelers of danger. In 1889, two 10-candlepower lanterns were placed on the pole to aid navigation. Much of the land surrounding the lighthouse, including the riverbanks of Jeffrey's Hook, was acquired by the City in 1896, and became known as Fort Washington Park.

In the early 20th century, barge captains carrying goods up and down the Hudson demanded a brighter beacon. The Little Red Lighthouse had been erected on Sandy Hook, New Jersey in 1880, where it used a 1,000 pound fog signal and flashing red light to guide ships through the night. It became obsolete and was dismantled in 1917. In 1921, the U.S. Coast Guard reconstructed this lighthouse on Jeffrey's Hook in an attempt to improve navigational aids on the Hudson River. Run by a part-time keeper and furnished with a battery-powered lamp and a fog bell, the lighthouse, then known as Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse, was an important guide to river travelers for ten years. The George Washington Bridge opened in 1931, and the brighter lights of the bridge again made the lighthouse obsolete. In 1948, the Coast Guard decommissioned the lighthouse, and its lamp was extinguished....

There was even a book written about it... ( ).

Standing in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge.

So proud...

#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-05-27 12:59 AM | Reply

Are we sure Russia is out of missiles?

#18 | Posted by Tor at 2023-05-27 03:39 AM | Reply

LAMP @ #16

"Unfortunately, due to Pres Putin's action, Bakhmut is little more than a pile of rubble."

True, but it's still "territory" that Russia desperately needs to claim as a "win" to save face for the folks back home who are already demoralized with the war in Ukraine.

#19 | Posted by Twinpac at 2023-05-27 05:01 AM | Reply

Reminding Norway that, thanks to the mass murderer Putin, the US has taken a renewed interest in NATO, and will defend Norway with everything it has. If Putin thought Ukraine has become militarized, just watch what would happen if he goes after Sweden or Norway.

#20 | Posted by Hughmass at 2023-05-27 06:09 AM | Reply

Russia is angered???

Russians should treat every single day as a gift.

These are the good times. The bad times are coming.

#21 | Posted by madbomber at 2023-05-27 09:08 AM | Reply

I have a good friend in Norway that I text a lot lately. She is pretty concerned about the Russians. All her friends in the Baltics, Poland and other ex Soviet slave states are also very concerned but are all on the same page as to who and why this war is happening. And, that would be the Russians with that fascist ------- Vlad the Impaler destroying the peace in Europe yet again.

#22 | Posted by Wildman62 at 2023-05-27 10:25 AM | Reply

Get used to it Ruskies...
your power was so 1970's.

#23 | Posted by earthmuse at 2023-05-27 11:23 PM | Reply

As was your military, it turns out...

#24 | Posted by earthmuse at 2023-05-27 11:24 PM | Reply

russia is always angry

#25 | Posted by jakester at 2023-05-28 07:01 AM | Reply

#5 there is suspicious activity around undersea data carrying cables around the North Sea as well. You can bet there is a sub or two sniffing around the area as well.

#26 | Posted by jakester at 2023-05-28 07:05 AM | Reply

though further inland, I'm sure a big part of the visit is to show support for new NATO member Finland. Sailing into the Baltic would be way too provocative.

#27 | Posted by jakester at 2023-05-28 07:10 AM | Reply

#27-dead on J.

#28 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2023-05-28 09:19 PM | Reply

#27 & 28. Right. Hoping the CVN's "presence" in the area appears to be more USN joyride than prep for hostilities. Putin's monopoly on Russian media will lead to every perceived threat as being a provocation. Not needed as long as dictator Vlad is on the roles of domestic Russian politics. (IMHO)

#29 | Posted by Augustine at 2023-05-28 11:38 PM | Reply

@#28 ... dead on ...

Finland is flexing it's muscles here.

Pres Putin needs to take notice of the ramifications of his unprovoked invasion of a sovereign country.

What has happened is the opposite of what he seemed to have expected.

Europe, specifically, the EU and NATO are now stronger, more united, than ever.

And Pres Putin now has to deal with a NATO border on his country that has doubled in length.

Is this his expected outcome of his "short, two or three week" invasion (takeover attempt) of a sovereign Ukraine?

I doubt it.

Pres Putin blew it.

Bug time.


#30 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-05-29 12:09 AM | Reply

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