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  • Mouse vs. man in new Cold War (Barry vs. Vladimir)

    06/23/2013 6:47:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 23, 2013 | Michael Goodwin
    The photo of President Obama and Russian boss Vladimir Putin sitting glum-faced at the G8 summit sparked talk of a new Cold War. Let’s hope not, because we would lose this time. Looking at them, I had one thought: In a showdown, my money is on Putin. In fact, whether negotiating over Syria or arm-wrestling, I want a Putin on our side. He knows his country’s national interests and is prepared to pursue them. We, on the other hand, have a president who increasingly lives over the rainbow. World disorder is growing by the day, and Obama seems not to...
  • Obama Tear Down this Wall: China on Capitalism, Russia on Domestic Snooping

    06/13/2013 4:16:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2013 | John Ransom
    Well apparently a president can’t just make new lows for respect of American moral authority in one single term and then let it go at that. Nope. Apparently after getting stiff-armed by our ideological enemies once in the first Obama term- turning his back on American values and getting called out on it- the administration felt the need to demonstrate crumbling American might and values by going back to that well early in the second term too. During the first term, we suffered the embarrassment of the Chinese Communist who publicly lectured Obama about straying away from capitalism and taking...
  • 'I DID betray my country' 50 years after Profumo's resignation - Keeler passed secrets to Russians

    06/11/2013 10:52:19 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 36 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 9 June 2013 | By Leon Watson
    ...Fifty years after the Profumo affair erupted, Christine Keeler, now 71, has confessed she played a role in a high-placed spy ring... ...she says: 'However I dress it up, I was a spy and I am not proud of it. The truth is that I betrayed my country. ...The scandal hit the headlines after seven shots were fired at a house in a quiet Marylebone mews by a jilted boyfriend of Keeler in December 1962. It then emerged the then 19-year-old Keeler had been sleeping with former Secretary of State for War John Profumo, then 48, and a handsome Russian...
  • ‘A Conspiracy So Immense’ — Was FDR Aide Harry Hopkins a Soviet Agent?

    06/06/2013 10:33:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | June 6, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    “A confidential message from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, reproduced in [Diana] West’s new book, told [White House aide Harry] Hopkins that a ‘continuing’ investigation had discovered that Russian diplomat (and Comintern agent) Vasily Zarubin had made a payment to U.S. Communist Party official Steve Nelson to help place espionage agents ‘in industries engaged in secret war production … so that information could be obtained for transmittal to the Soviet Union.’ This information had come from a ‘bug’ at Nelson’s home in Oakland, California, through which the FBI first learned of the Soviet effort (code-named ‘Enormous’) to obtain the atomic...
  • The laser-toting Soviet satellite that almost sparked a space arms race.

    05/19/2013 9:45:15 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 2 replies
    The Wired (UK) ^ | May 16, 2013 | Amy Teitel
    On the evening of 23 March, 1983, Ronald Reagan delivered a televised address about defence and national security. "Let me share with you a vision of the future," the president began in what was a last-minute addition to the half-hour speech. In Reagan's vision, we would "embark on a program to counter the awesome Soviet missile threat with measures that are defensive." It was the first mention of Reagan's Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI), the plan to change America's nuclear posture from offensive to defensive. His goal was to render the Soviet nuclear weapons "impotent and obsolete." Reagan's admirers praised SDI...
  • Cold War Era KGB Spy equipment

    05/10/2013 9:09:48 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    imgur.com ^ | Unspecifies | Unknown
    A camera hidden inside of a coat jacket, controlled by a hand held mechanism. A wrist–gun that is attached to a glove, can be hidden under a sleeve. A special listening device. A 4.5mm gun hidden inside of a lipstick. A gun hidden inside of a tobacco pipe. A camera hidden inside of a pen. This gun fires a dual cyanide charge that can kill almost instantly. Cufflinks with recessions to hide things An ancient coin that has a recess in it to hide things. A jacket button that can be turned into a compass. A transmitting device inside of...
  • "The Lady's Not for Turning" - Margaret Thatcher and the Leadership of Conviction

    04/09/2013 5:31:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 4-9-13 | Albert Mohler
    Margaret Thatcher, one of the most significant leaders of the 20th century, died yesterday at age 87. A model of convictional leadership, Margaret Thatcher became almost universally known as Britain's "Iron Lady." In May 1979, Margaret Thatcher moved into No. 10 Downing Street and changed the course of British history. Beyond this, Lady Thatcher changed the terms of debate on both sides of the Atlantic and left a legacy of leadership that should inspire generations to come. Born October 13, 1925 in the village of Grantham, Margaret Roberts was soon recognized as an unusually bright and forceful child. Her father,...
  • US Army's last tanks depart from Germany

    04/04/2013 11:58:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 82 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 4, 2013 | John Vandiver
    STUTTGART, Germany — The U.S. Army’s 69-year history of basing main battle tanks on German soil quietly ended last month when 22 Abrams tanks, a main feature of armored combat units throughout the Cold War, embarked for the U.S. The departure of the last M-1 Abrams tanks coincides with the inactivation of two of the Army’s Germany-based heavy brigades. Last year, the 170th Infantry out of Baumholder disbanded. And the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade at Grafenwöhr is in the process of doing the same. On March 18, the remaining tanks were loaded up at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s railhead...
  • Cancelled: Britain’s High-Mach Heartbreak (TSR-2)

    03/31/2013 11:03:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | April 2013 | David Noland
    Cancelled: BritainÂ’s High-Mach Heartbreak The TSR-2 bomber was a case of aeronautical genius foiled by political foolishness. For an American teenager, 1963 was a great year to be living in London. Thanks to my dadÂ’s job in international marketing, I was a Beatles fan six months before my pals back home knew there was such a thing as a Beatle. And as a budding airplane buff, I had a front-row seat for the emergence of another symbol of British national pride: the TSR-2 supersonic bomber, a twin-engine, low-level hotshot that I thought was the coolest-looking airplane ever. Shivering in my...
  • Did this man kill Cold War spy Georgi Markov with umbrella?

    03/23/2013 2:08:55 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22nd March 2013 | Tom Kelly
    'It was one of the most audacious acts of the Cold War which could have come straight from the pages of a spy novel. Georgi Markov was jabbed with an umbrella which fired a poison pellet into his leg as he crossed Waterloo Bridge. He died three days later – and for almost 35 years mystery has surrounded the whereabouts of his killer. Now the prime suspect has been tracked down to a small Austrian town where he works as an antiques dealer. Francesco Gullino, 66, who was known by his Communist handlers as 'Agent Piccadilly', lives in a rundown...
  • British Government Seeks to Limit Disclosure in Litvinenko Case

    02/26/2013 4:33:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Alan Cowell
    The British government sought on Tuesday to limit the information it would disclose at a planned inquest into the death of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former officer in the K.G.B. who succumbed to radiation poisoning in London more than six years ago. The coroner hearing the case said that it may now be postponed. “Due to the complexity of the investigation which necessarily precedes the hearings,” the coroner, Sir Robert Owen, said, “it may not be possible to adhere” to the planned May 1 start date for the hearings. The inquest would be the first — and probably the only...
  • Doing a Reagan on North Korea

    02/15/2013 5:34:59 AM PST · by The people have spoken · 10 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 2013-02-15 | Oh Young-jin
    Have we waged the wrong war against North Korea? Then, can our new President Park Geun-hye redirect our strategy and finish that feral beast once and for all? These are complicated questions but the ghost of one “complicated simple” man may beg to answer from his grave: Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States who is credited with giving the Soviet Union a final push toward the brink of collapse during his 1981-1989 reign.
  • American Exceptionalism Questioned

    02/07/2013 12:34:56 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 7, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    That an Ivy League historian takes exception to the idea of American Exceptionalism may not surprise. That the skeptic is not a man of the Left is rather noteworthy. “The term did not even exist until the middle of the Twentieth Century,” University of Pennsylvania historian Walter McDougall claimed in remarks at the libertarian Cato Institute. “Alexis deTocqueville used it as an adjective but it did not get picked up,” McDougall said. The Catholic Church and the Communist International used the term in the early 20th Century, according to McDougall. Both the Church and the Communist party fretted over it...
  • Whittaker Chambers and Totalitarian Islam

    07/09/2011 12:33:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE | July 9, 2011 | Andrew G. Bostom
    Whittaker Chambers and Totalitarian Islam Playwright David Mamet recently acknowledged that he had been profoundly influenced by Communist apostate Whittaker Chambers’s 1952 anti-Communist memoir, Witness. Mamet described how reading Chambers’s opus inspired “the wrenching experience” of forcibly reevaluating the way he thought, particularly his confessed leftist-herd co-dependence. Also, echoing the delusive herd mentality of the Left’s ad hominem attacks in the 1950s on Chambers — whose allegations of Communist conspiracies have been entirely vindicated with irrefragable documentation from the captured Soviet Venona cables — Congressman Peter King’s staid initial hearings of March 10, 2011, on American Muslim radicalization engendered similarly...
  • How To Fly A U-2 Spy Plane (Declassified Flight Manual for Secret Reconnaissance Aircraft)

    01/08/2013 3:17:20 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Jan 8, 2013 | Jason Torchinsky
    How To Fly A U-2 Spy Plane Got your eye on a sweet used '59 U-2 spy plane you saw on Craigslist? Would you go ahead and take the plunge if you just, you know, knew how to fly it? Then boy, are you in luck. That's because a couple days ago an entire flight manual for the U-2 from 1959 was declassified and released by the CIA. You can tell it's declassified because on each page where the word "secret" appears, someone has carefully drawn a line through it. We've got a copy here for you. The U-2 is,...
  • FBI Finally Releases "Communist" Marilyn Monroe's Unredacted Files

    12/28/2012 11:29:36 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 66 replies
    Gothamist ^ | 12-28-2012 | Jen Carlson
    FBI Finally Releases "Communist" Marilyn Monroe's Unredacted Files Miller and Monroe at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 1957. (via LIFE) The first systematic Hollywood blacklist—which barred screenwriters, actors, directors and anyone in the industry that was a member of or sympathizer of the Communist Party—was instituted on November 25, 1947. In the 1950s a Red Channels (Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television) pamphlet was published, which listed Arthur Miller as a communist. So when Miller started dating Marilyn Monroe in 1955, The Man started keeping an eye on her as well... and now an unredacted classified file has been...
  • The bears who became test pilots during the Cold War

    12/22/2012 9:46:24 AM PST · by EveningStar · 47 replies
    io9 ^ | December 19, 2012 | Ed Grabianowski
    The B-58 Hustler was the world's first supersonic jet bomber, a delta-winged marvel of Cold War design created in the 1950s solely to deliver nuclear weapons to the U.S.S.R. And the "pilot" used to test the capsule ejection system was a live bear.
  • East Germany's STASI Sold Citizens to Western Pharmaceutical Companies as Human Guinea Pigs

    12/04/2012 12:21:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2012 | Allan Hall
    East Germany's secret police sold citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials • Tens of thousands tested with experimental drugs not approved in the West • One study of a drug for heart conditions saw six out of 17 patients die • Sinister practice exposed in disturbing new Germany documentary Former Communist East Germany secretly sold its citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials. Tens of thousands of sick people in the former German Democratic Republic were treated with medicines not approved in the West to...
  • Building on a Kernel of Truth

    11/28/2012 3:24:22 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 5, 2012 | Michael Reagan
    This summer, friends and I took a cruise in Alaska where the tourist shops often featured the Russian matryoshka dolls.  The dolls originated in Japan but were made popular in Russia around the time of the Russian Revolution, a century ago.  You've seen them -- you pop open an outer doll, and nested inside is another.  The magic of the art is that you keep opening layer after layer, only to find another even smaller doll, until at last the final incarnation is just a kernel in size.  The successive dolls vary from near exact duplicates with hard-to-identify slight...
  • Red-blooded America runs deep in 'Red Dawn' - film liberal critics love to hate (WOLVERINES!!)

    11/26/2012 10:29:50 AM PST · by Perseverando · 62 replies
    WND ^ | November 25, 2012 | Drew Zahn
    Out of curiosity, I took a look at how film critics from other newspapers and publications reviewed the new “Red Dawn,” a remake of the 1984 cult classic about teenagers taking up guns and defending America from communist invaders. You’d think from the critics’ condescending sneers that the remake is utter garbage. “Preposterous,” said one critic of the remake’s premise that North Korea could invade the U.S. today. “Outdated,” said another, suggesting the plot line be relegated to the ancient Cold War and the once-upon-a-time Red Scare. The only thing that’s “preposterous,” however, is the speed at which these obviously...