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January 26, 2012

So How Long Until Rogozin Claims That the US Has a Supersecret Project to Control the Sun?

Filed under: Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 9:46 am

From the Moscow Times:

A powerful solar flare may have been the cause of an error in the Fobos-Grunt space probe that fell to Earth earlier this month, an unnamed source in the space industry told Interfax on Thursday.The device may have ended up in a cloud of plasma that was released during the solar event, the source said. That is the main version being considered by the commission investigating the reasons for the probe’s technical failure, the source said.

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  1. More illogical thinking from the Russians. It got lost in low earth orbit, if the plasma cloud had been so powerful it would have wasted every satellite in orbit.

    The real reason, Russian made…..

    Comment by Andrew — January 26, 2012 @ 11:10 am

  2. “Russia Today – whose YouTube channel has had a record half a billion viewers – made headlines a year ago when U.S. airports refused to put up one of its controversial advertisements.” Keep up the two minutes hate guys, obviously telling all those millions that RT is wildly anti-American and Zerohedge is ‘nihilistic’ is working. Or not. No wonder they’re getting under your skins.
    ZH 876th in traffic ranking in U.S.
    SWP approximately 2,200,000th

    Comment by Mr. X — January 26, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  3. Didn’t that big solar flare happen after the failure?

    1.) American media sez: Obama is smart!!!
    2.) Russian media sez: Americans are enemies!
    3.) Conclusion: Wile E. Obama, Sooper-Genius, did it.

    Comment by Lark — January 26, 2012 @ 4:09 pm


    It finally hit me what most SWP’s rabi commenters have in common: they’re nearly all either working for or with the Praetorian Class of military contractors, D.C. beltwayers, or federal employees, or their UK/Anglosphere equivalents (Andy Dzughashvili).

    There are of course, non rabid normal commenters. pahoben and Tim Newman come to mind.

    Comment by Mr. X — January 26, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

  5. [sic] MOST rabid commenters

    Comment by Mr. X — January 26, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

  6. I watch RT Youtube sometimes just to get a good laugh at their stupidity and idiocy! And there are many others like me. Not that’ll make you happy, Mr.Moron X. Btw, I am retired, never had anything to do with the military an any way or form. You and S/O are so pathetic it makes me smile.

    Comment by voroBey — January 26, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  7. reposted:


    I have no real dog in the fight over whether Putin stays, as he has announced he intends to, or leaves the Kremlin before his term ends. None. Let the Russian people vote, and I hope and pray it’s an honest election. But that’s it.

    All of Washington’s lecturing of Russia has proven futile and counterproductive — ALL of it. But it keeps a certain category of people — what the Washington D.C. lawyer James George Jatras calls ‘the Demintern’ (after the old Communist Internationale) — gainfully employed. From the NRI and NED to useless ‘think tanks’ like the Jamestown Foundation, to the Prague palace of RFE/RL funded with my taxpayer dollars, and one could even argue by extension SWP’s bete noir Russia Today would not exist without the Demintern it mirror images in the first place.

    I have never praised Julian Assange and have no use for the man. I haven’t seen any S/O comments praising him either, but maybe I missed something. That’s ok, I have a life and a job. You on the other hand are retired and make most of your postings at 3 a.m. Oslo time. Which suggests after heavy drinking.

    What I care about is that ultimately this whole blog is turning into one big misdirection play and chance for its author to put all his frustrations about the economic and social collapse of the United States onto Russia.

    TSA rolling out rubber gloves groping? Talk about Putin’s use of excrement in his phrases.

    MF Global customers robbed in broad daylight with (thus far) impunity and CME pulling a Sergeant Schultz ‘I know nuthing’ routine? Lecture us more about how Russia represents the apogee of the ‘Natural State’.

    U.S. government backing Islamists who’ve taken over Libya and soon Syria? Talk about the single Russian warship sent to Syria being a rustbucket instead.

    U.S. government stepping up surveillance and getting into bed with Google? Talk about how SOPA’s no big deal and Russia is still a more surveillance society.

    And so on and so forth. You’d almost think we were already living in Oceania learning to hate Eurasia. Or is it Eastasia this week?

    Comment by Mr. X — January 26, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

  8. [Sic] actually it was at least two Russian warships sent to Syria.

    Comment by Mr. X — January 26, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

  9. [Sic] actually it was at least two Russian warships sent to Syria.

    An aircraft carrier and a battletug.

    Comment by Tim Newman — January 26, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

  10. The tugboat (a salvage tug, actually) being by far the most important vessel in the flotilla.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — January 26, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

  11. I live in New York, you pathetic soul. And loving it!

    Comment by voroBey — January 27, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  12. SWP, if you and Andy Tblisi want some megalomania, look no further than the Tie Eater’s latest rant:

    Comment by Mr. X — January 27, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  13. Rick Rozoff ,Alex Jones and the Crazy morons sect never loose an enemy . Poor little KGB Vladimis servile servants are are afraid of the expansive and imperialistic Georgia .

    How do the sublim morons feel today ? Time for some ranting and spamming ?

    On one side of the struggle is the surviving machinery of old Soviet state: the secret police, the Interior Ministry, the large corporations, and Putin’s controlled media. On the other side we see millions of people who are fed up with arbitrary government power, gangster methods, and who want to see the rule of law. Each side has its own rhetoric, its own philosophy.

    Exemplifying the rhetoric of the Russian state, consider a recent opinion piece titled Nuclear War on the horizon. Here is a view sometimes expressed by operatives of the Kremlin. In fact, something akin to this view was put forward by Vladimir Putin when he spoke to the Russian nation following the Beslan massacre of September 2004. At that time he blamed America for conspiring to murder Russian children, claiming that “someone” wanted to break up Russia and finish off what remained of the Soviet state because Moscow still had nuclear weapons.

    In the column, America is depicted as threatening the entire world with nuclear annihilation. The United States is accused of leading a bloody “genocidal campaign against Libya” and of threatening the same against Iran. No credit is given to U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for publicly speaking out against a preemptive attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. In fact, the United States is embarking upon a program of spontaneous disarmament. As Congress has been unable to pass the necessary deficit reduction package, the U.S. Defense Department will face what Panetta says are “devastating, automatic, across-the-board cuts that will tear a seam in the nation’s defense.”

    The real policy of the United States and the real objectives of the U.S. military are never acknowledged by Putin’s spokesmen. In the column we read: “The forces of demonic evil now have come nose to nose with the forces of reason.” This was a reference to the Russian fleet stationed near Syria, and the potential for a confrontation with NATO warships. Here the old rhetoric of the Soviet Union appears once more. The war drums are thundering, and the “imperialist aggressor” is called to account. But we cannot take it seriously. For something else has appeared on the horizon, which Putin says was inspired by the CIA: a popular opposition movement against his KGB regime.

    Comment by Anders — January 27, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

  14. LOL Mr. X, you never shut that sewer of a mouth of yours do you?

    What is the real megalomania? The Russian attempts to rebuild the USSR.

    You are pathetic.

    Comment by Andrew — January 28, 2012 @ 7:15 am

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