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Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Livestream of Russians surrounding a Ukranian base in Crimea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoLi25S-Kv8

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Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Russians are apparently going to seize a naval base as well and have already taken over various Ukranian ships.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Holy poo poo a soldier just climbed the pole that the camera was on and ripped it the gently caress off. The feed is dead.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



It's now just an archive.

Camera gets ripped off right about here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoLi25S-Kv8#t=1849607s

EDIT: The HTML5 version of the video isn't popping to the right time. If you have flashblock like me, you might have to restore it to the flash video in order to hit the right time.

It looks like they're about to storm that loving base at the end of the video.

Mr. Nice! fucked around with this message at 15:28 on Mar 22, 2014

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Don't forget that most of their ships were blockaded in port by the Russians at the start of the invasion as well.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Richard Bong posted:

Wait, seriously? Someone ACTUALLY did that?

The rabbit hole in the navy world goes deep, apparently. http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140204/NEWS05/302040028/Sailors-suspected-spreading-nuke-cheating-scandal

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



They don't have access to Crimea unless they go through Ukraine. This also gives them more control over the gas passing through Ukraine.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



dogmaan posted:

What happened to Caro in the end?

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/kevin-patrick-dawes/view


We don't know. No one does. Probably dead.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



dogmaan posted:

That's depressing, the guy was obviously ill, why was he not stopped after Libya?

Who was going to stop him, and how would they do it? Dude had a passport and money to travel. Not much that can really be done to protect someone from themselves in this situation.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Russia just passed a bill that banned direct election of mayors across the federation. Basically now Moscow appoints all of the mayors.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Where's the Tom Clancy thread? The IDF is going to invade parts of Ukraine to protect ethnic jews.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



A vice reporter got one of the guys working with the separatists to show his Russian passport before getting kidnapped.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QP6sM5VnUQ

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Because the free market sure has taken care of everyone! Government interference has only been a disaster. I mean, without the PPACA, my step father would still have no insurance because of a pre-existing condition and likely dead now because his pancreas that he had removed the moment his insurance kicked in would have killed him.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



God why did I just read 10 pages of gbs. It is I that has truly been trolled.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



I hope we don't do a thing. We tried to set up a SOFA in 2011 in order to keep troops in Iraq longer. They refused and basically kicked us out. My ship was the one that turned Al Basra Oil Terminal (ABOT) back to Iraqi control. There was such an absolute shitstorm of confusion from every tanker or ship that came into the area. Everything that we had been doing, such as monitoring which tankers were in waiting to go to the terminal, preventing any vessels from getting a certain distance from the terminal, etc stopped instantly. The new guys on the terminal would ignore any tanker radioing them unless they were supposed to pull up to the terminal next. The patrol boats wouldn't budge until someone was nearly at the terminal and then would scramble, yell, and threaten to fire guns at anyone who happened to cross the line. All the while we were constantly hailed by all the tankers that were used to the system that we installed 7-8 years earlier. They were always confused as to what they should do. All we were allowed to do is basically shrug our shoulders and tell them to radio the terminal knowing full well that no one on the terminal actually gave gently caress. We would routinely see all the Iraqi patrol boats just take off and go to shore. We asked them why, and it would always be something like "oh so and so has the shits so all the boats have to come in" or "in our rush to go yell at the Iranian flagged dhow and fire our pistols at them to get them to leave, one of our guys shot himself in the leg so we all have to go in."

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



I wonder what's going to happen when they lose control of ABOT and KAAOT. Almost all of Iraq's entire economy is based on the oil pumped out of those.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



It's almost like governments or regimes set up that don't really have popular support fall apart the moment the people propping them up bail.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



As endearing as it is to determine the proper racial slurs for a group of people may be, let's keep that to the drunk thread or something and not the current events thread.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



jerman999 posted:

What's his retirement pay at O-5?

I'm actually curious how it works out. Standard retirement pay is calculated off of the average base pay of your highest 36 months of pay. Do they calculate it in this case by just going back to when he picked up colonel and going back 3 years from then? If that's the case and he picked up O-6 let's say 10 years ago he's probably pulling in around 4500 a month or so in pension.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



I was basing my 4500 off of 75% of O5 pay in 2004. Thanks for the clarification!

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Empty skyscrapers all over the drat place built by slave labor doesn't really count as developing your country.

Mr. Nice! fucked around with this message at 02:47 on Jun 21, 2014

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



You just posted a bunch of the bullshit empty cities that are for nothing but dickwaving and were built basically by slaves. Jebal Ali is only as big as it is because of the oil shipping and US navy uses. Once the oil demand dries up everything is leaving that godforsaken place. There is absolutely no reason for any ship to pull into the gulf that isn't oil related.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



The russians just pumped CHT directly into the water in Vladivostok when we pulled in there. We paid to have a CHT barge pull alongside us. We pumped our poo poo to them and they dumped it directly into the water.

We were med moored and had a line across to the next ship and one over to a buoy. Pulling those lines in was loving disgusting.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



I think we're trailing a bit off. Let's steer this thread back towards current events and not incest porn.














VVVVVVVVVVV oh poo poo buttplug is gonna get triggered hard. In seriousness, that is loving hilarious and good for the kurds if they can finally get their own piece of land after all this poo poo is said and done.

Mr. Nice! fucked around with this message at 01:08 on Jun 29, 2014

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Malaki is just setting up his exit strategy. He's going to allow Russian corporations/mercenaries free reign in Iraq and will quietly disappear to some part of the Russian federation when it all falls apart.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Good. Let the people over there loving deal with it.

I can't wait to hear how this is Obama's fault in the morning.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



holocaust bloopers posted:

palate cleanser
:nws:
http://i.imgur.com/zNYYwue.jpg

Don't probate me thanks

Thank you.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Thanks for that, but let's get this thread back on the subject of current events and not so much fat hipsters.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Obama Africanus posted:

How is :cis: not a thing? or :tranny:?

:tranny: should just be that stick figure guy loving a turtle.

:bigtran: has been around forever.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



He was on the juice. He just had too much heart.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



I haven't seen that video in years, but it's much like the sovereign citizen getting tased. I watch it and enjoy it every time.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



If you guys want to jerk it about nuking canada, please revive the Clancy thread. Let's keep this one on topic of actual current events.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Obama Africanus posted:

This is actually really really bad. (tm)

I concur.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



You'll probably have to start a new one.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Obama just had a press conference. Confirmed at least one American, called out russia on all their bullshit, and basically said we're going to drop heavier sanctions and possibly more to enforce a ceasefire.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



I don't think there's any reason to believe otherwise. I mean, they're slightly more covert than they were in Crimea, but they are still certainly either directly Russian military or highly trained by them.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Well, they aren't just straight up wearing uniforms with the flags pulled off the shoulder, or at least weren't last I looked.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



Cole posted:

what is canada good for anyway? at least mexico supplies weed.

Mexican weed is poo poo. Canadian weed is much better.

Mexico provides telenovelas.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005



You forgot about



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Oct 13, 2005



Asehujiko posted:

Rutte just did a live press conference about MH17. The Netherlands is going to pay for cleaning up the wreck and we are currently negotiating with Putin about repatriating the bodies from the site of the "accident".

The Netherlands are going to pay for the cleanup!? These guys are going to let Russia shoot down a plane full of their people and pay for the privilege? :wtc:

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