Saturday, November 10, 2018
Various media sources report that the “Camp Fire” has almost completely destroyed the town of Paradise, CA, north of Sacramento (I did visit the California capital in late September).
The town has about 27,000 residents. Almost all the homes are destroyed.
It’s a good question where the people will be housed for the next year or more. How many people had insurance?
There is also massive destruction around Malibu.
I saw some fire damage at Apple Hill on US 50 during my recent trip.
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
"Antifa Got Me Banned from America" based on apparently fake tips from far Left (for conservative from Britain)
Here’s a pretty disturbing story “Antifa Got Me Banned from America to Destroy my Life and Marriage”, by British citizen Jack Buckby.
Buckby had supported Trump, but reports multiple incidents of fake tips accusing him of having made terrorist threats. One of them seems to an interpretation of a statement in Britain regarding assisting asylum seekers.
This is quite an ironic story, that Trump’s DHS could stop a previous supporter from returning to the US based on fake tips.
Is this an example of the combativeness of the far Left?
Sunday, November 04, 2018
“Can Russia Invade Europe?” from the Infographics Channel.
The animated film (10 min) looks at the Russian 2017 Zapad maneuvers, and notes that NATO is much more advanced than Russia but much of the hardware is in the US.
Russia could invade the Baltics through Belarus and Kalinngrad and hold territory for a while. There would be a grave risk of the use of tactical nuclear weapons by both sides.
However NATO might be able to actually hold territory in Russia, from St. Petersburg to Moscow.
Russia has conscription, but its volunteer force is growing.
Here is a Quora analysis of whether Russia could invade Finland (which also has conscription). Finland is not part of NATO but is a NATO "partner". It's not far by train to St. Petersburg.