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Greece’s depression is IMF’s idea of ‘progress’

Posted by picard578 on May 29, 2016

Systemic Disorder

The International Monetary Fund congratulated itself last week for the splendid job it is doing in Greece, declaring the country “is making progress in overcoming deep-seated problems.” With an unemployment rate of 27.2 percent, an economy that has shrunk by at least 20 percent and children going hungry, one has to shudder at the thought of what a lack of success might look like.

Temple of Zeus photo by Andreas Trepte (www.photo-natur.de) Temple of Zeus photo by Andreas Trepte (www.photo-natur.de)

The depression in Greece is the logical conclusion of austerity, but while Greece is the first in Europe to arrive it is not alone — the composite eurozone unemployment rate reached a record 12.1 percent in March. The eurozone unemployment rate rose to 24 percent for men and women below the age of 25; the European Union-wide rate is nearly as high.

The IMF’s solution? Eliminate more jobs. In its latest report on Greece, issued on May…

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SMART IGNORANCE, DARK NAIVETY, Enlightened Hatred

Posted by picard578 on May 23, 2016

Political correctness is one of the greatest dangers faced by the modern humanity. Person who is afraid is not free, and being afraid of thinking (and saying) things is the ultimate denial of freedom. And if one does not fight against evil, then he is (indirectly) helping the evil to spread. Because, as J.R.R. Tolkien noted, the only thing evil needs to win is for the good people to stop fighting.

Most basic requirement for goodness is the truth. Where truth is denied, or unknown, evil makes its lair. Yet today truth is seen as the enemy. Brainwashed by the media, on a diet of destructive “ideals” of political correctness, multiculturalism and indiscriminate tolerance, people are afraid of the truth. They are afraid of even seeking the truth, afraid of thinking, lest they be seen as “radicals”, “outliers” and threats, and supressed through ridicule, denial of right to speak, and overall implementation of politically correct totalitarianism. Totalitarianism of the mind is the most dangerous one; once people’s thoughts are being controlled, no other control is necessary. And that totalitarianism of mind is what Islam and modern politically-correct liberalism have in common.

Patrice Ayme's Thoughts

Sorry for those who cling to the notion of “Politically Correct” like rats do, with a sinking ship. This title is probably rather discombobulating for them. I will justify it thereafter. Yes, it can be smart to ignore much. Yes, it can be cruel and vicious to be naïve. Yes, it can be enlightened, to hate.

Yet, what does the Dark Side thinks of the text “Vous n’aurez pas ma haine/You will not have my hatred”? Does it smirk? Or does it approve of the text, totally? Surely, the latter. The technique advised by Leiris, a selective shut down of one’s mental, not to say neurological, system, is a basic functionality the Dark Side needs to operate, selective attention. There are indeed, neurological reasons for it.

Leiris’ text explores, advocates and celebrates, a crucial, actually life saving, strategy. It is a neurophilosophical approach. That is a neurological approach endorsed…

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The Post-War Finnish Air Force from 1944 to the present

Posted by picard578 on May 12, 2016

The Baltic Sea at War

The Period of Reconstruction – 1945-1960

With the end of the war, the operations of the Finnish Air Force were cut back drastically, and the service did not start to recover in full until the latter half of the 1950s. The end of the Continuation War almost brought the Finnish Air Force to a complete halt. The prohibition of all combat types from flying duties came into effect from the truce between Finland and the Soviet Union during 1944 to August 1945. Further restrictions imposed by the Allied Control Commission brought flight training to a complete standstill.

Valmet Vihuri (VH-18) Keski-Suomen ilmailumuseo. Valmet Vihuri (VH-18) Keski-Suomen ilmailumuseo.

The domestic made Valmet Vihuri advanced trainer helped the Finnish Air Force to make it through the difficult post-war years. The aircraft was built making use of war surplus materials to the maximum extent.

The peace also implied material cutbacks and changes in the service’s doctrine and structure.

The Paris Peace Treaty signed…

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Finnish Ski Troops – Finland’s Elite Light Infantry

Posted by picard578 on May 12, 2016

The Baltic Sea at War

Sissi Unit Emblem. Sissi Unit Emblem.

Finnish Ski Troops or “Sissi” are light infantry which conducted reconnaissance, sabotage and guerrilla warfare operations behind enemy lines. The word sissi, first attested in the modern meaning “patrolman, partisan, spy” in 1787, comes to Finnish from Slavic and refers either to a forest bandit or his yewbow.

The Finnish Army Sissi units are trained to conduct long range reconnaissance patrols, gather intelligence from concealed observation posts, raid enemy installations (especially supply depots), conduct road side ambushes and pursue and destroy enemy special forces units.

A Finnish Ski patrol with reindeer. A Finnish Ski patrol with reindeer.

In Finland, long-range patrols (kaukopartio) were especially notable during World War II. For example, Erillinen Pataljoona 4 (4th Detached Battalion), a command of four different long-range patrol detachments; Detachment Paatsalo, Detachment Kuismanen, Detachment Vehniäinen and Detachment Marttina operated throughout the Continuation War phase of the war…

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