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Chaz’s royal progress in Victoria..well almost

March 28, 2011

Transport wise this visit to Melbourne ran very well.

No delays on the flights, managed to baord really quickly. The downside was I got old 767’s each time so no choice in movies, so did a fair amount of reading.

Also the skybus was there waiting so made good time into town, another plus being no rain!

Got a good appt overlooking Movida & Earl Canteen, but unfortunately no flying fox to get me to either venue quickly :((

Lunch was a rather excellent roast pork bagette from Earl Canteen with a gorgeous salted caramel and dark choc tart to finish. I have to say that this place always seems to produce consistantly excellent food, and is a major reason to stay at the Mantra on Little Bourke.

Dinner was with JP, Soprano Grrl and JP’s young brother Jesse at an indian restaurant in Richmond. Also got to meet a work collegue of SG’s an up and coming tenor.

Chaz Day arrived and I had a great course on Office Interior Fitouts (which may not float your boat) the content was well presented, and the tutor was this hawt Russian woman which helped!

After the course finsihed I met up with Guru Bob and we went to this italain place for a reasonable lunch washed down by a cheeky Soave. So Chaz Day has really started!

Next up was Battle: Los Angeles which was not nearly as bad as expected and although it had a few minor technical errors it was worth scoring as well as a DVD buy when that time comes.

Then it was time to hit the pub and so we went to this little Oirish place just around the corner form the Mitre before heading to the desginated meeting spot.

And there we waited Guru Bob & I. Bug Naut turned up just after six but there was no sign of anyone else. Allegeldy Havsy has said he was running late and so was going straight home (wuss).

Then Bangar appears foirm deeper within the confines of the Mitre saying that He, Mayhem & Albion Love Den (better know as Ben) had been there for nearly an hour!

Anyway we made up for lost time until half seven when Naut had to go home. We then flowed accross Bank place and down into the Curry Vault.

The Dinner was reasonably priced and enjoyable. I knocked back most of a bottle of wine whilst everyone else went for beer. Mayhem made her excuses and went only to be rpelaced by Ben’s lovely wife (she helped me finish off the wine).

After dinner Bob, Bangar and myself went off in search of more booze but it being a tuesday night the CBD was quiet, so Bob got a taxi and Bangar & I went back to the oirish place until closing.

The next moring was a bit bright (for some reason) but the next course was not too hard and then it was tiem to meet up with Barnes and Guru Bob for lunch. in the end we dined at this swish place near to the library where most of the waitress’ seemed to be french. The food was a bit spare but all in all everything easy on the eye! I gave Barnes this pack of high grade coffee that I got specially for him (in WA) before we went our seperate ways.

The rest of the afternoon I spent chilling out with a bit of book purchasing. Had aquiet night in watching Tron: Evolution and then flew back out the next morning.

I felt it was a great Chaz Day and it was good to finally meet up with Ben & Mayhem. Havsy still hasn’t sent his apologies so better be badly injured of something! Bangar, Barnes and GB it was ever a pleasure to have some food, drink & a chat.

Anyway next up is probably Brisvegas unless ome work comes up in Sydney.

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Demise of the red beret

September 10, 2010

A question to all you armchair strategists out there.

Is a full on air assault by parachute troops still an option?

Or is a two pronged limited air assault to secure a landing zone, followed by troops landing by air transport more feasible?

Whaddayahallthink?

New WW fanfic

March 3, 2010

Savo has kindly posted the 2nd part of ‘Sur la Plage’ at the miniburger.

http://miniburger.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/sur-la-plage-part-2-chaz-ww/

Also I’ve posted the whole thing over at Writers Cramp.

http://chazfh.blogspot.com/

Enjoy

.And goodwill to all men

December 29, 2009

(..except collingwood supporters that is)!

Well as planned marcela and I headed up to the Hills on Xmas Eve.  And then had to head back to this Xmas party in town a few hours later!!

However the cottage that we stayed in was really nice and we would recommend it to anyone

http://www.cattonhall.com.au/

It was very relaxing and i can assure you the spa got some use! Lots of bird life to laugh at including one particularly stupid parrot that tried to fly through the house!

The only downside was that the fridge was smaller than anticipated so the drink took longer to chill and less could be chilled at any one time… A lesson for future visits. So for once my alcohol consumption was reduced.

Our hosts were very kind and we got a fresh loaf of bread each day plus breakfast stuff.

We headed back on sunday and basically chilled out

Caught “Sherlock Holmes’ last night and enjoyed it. It rates up with  “Murder by decree’ as being the best Holmes movie ever. Now just have to catch ‘Avatar’ and ‘Zombieland’

My xmas reading was “The Accidental Guerilla” by David Kilcullen. Which Guru Bob got me the last time I was in Melbourne. It was a good read after having just worked my way through Raymond Feist’s ‘Midkemia’ series. I agreed with alot of what Kilcullen said and was only dissapointed at one section on Pakistan which was very brief and made no mention on the ISI’s sponsoring of islamic terrorism. I’m now insprired to re-read my holy trinity of Counter insurgency/terrorism books “Where Soldiers fear to tread”, ‘The morality of terrorism’ and ‘Into the Shadows’.

To finish off my celebration of peace to all. i went down to the range today as it hads been nearly 2 years since my last visit. Wanted to try out the .357 sig and was quite impressed, although my grouping left much to be desired see below… Still my mate did so much worse than I, with the FN Browning he was shooting. I was very naughty, as he was struggling a bit and I shot one mag for him and got a reasonable 4 inch group which was better than any of his others..

The moral of this story, is of course that i need to practice more.

Inquiries and War Crimes

November 25, 2009

The UK is currently running an inquiry into the invasion of Iraq.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23774115-iraq-inquiry-no-guilty-verdicts-and-blair-wont-be-put-on-trial.do

And although this is a clear whitewash that will only slightly damage in the incumbant Labour government, some interesting things have already been thrown up.

  • How the Poms were already looking at removing Saddam one way or another.
  • That the Russians and French were so opposed to heavier sanctions (because of their trade links) that this effectively pushed the Seppos into preparing for war.

The WMD issue is going to be looked at in more detail in the next few days but I’ll be very interested in seeing just how ‘they’ cooked the books on this item which was the always listed as the primary cause for the war, and the explanation I admit I fell for.

If the invasion had not happened it would have been interesting to see what would have transpired as Saddam clearly felt he was untouchable thanks to the support of the French and Russians. Tens of thousands were dying each year due to medical shortages, not to mention the thousands who disappeared thanks to the regime itself. Saddams’ family and cronies were getting richer, and the big S himself was a pretty hard target so would he have been toppled or would things have got progressively worse?

The virtual civil war we saw for many years would have happened when Saddam fell as the Shia had been down trodden for too long and Iran would not have been able to help themselves possibly even leading to a new iran-iraq war which would have then been in Irans favor. That would definitely have led to a splitting up of the country and maybe even a loose federation between the Shia south and Iran. I couldn’t see a full annexure for the simple reason that Iraqis are quite nationalistic and the Shia’s don’t trust the Iranian guvmnt.

But of course with the inquiry comes the usual howls of War crimes and how Bush, Howard and Blair are war criminals..err but are they? That the war was dubious on legal grounds shows more a weakness in international law than a strength as from a moral view point as Saddam was by all evidence a brutal dictator and also had broken more binding UN determinations that removing him form power was in the interests of the Iraqis and the region.

Of course that then lays out the line who do you invade next..Saudi? Iran? Syria? But that just shows also how weak international politics is and how much certain countries with shaky or non-existant human rights records *cough* Russia and China *cough* are afraid that the spotlight will be shone on them at some stage. And they do not want precedence.

We have to acknowledge that by saying that invading Iraq in 2003 was wrong, that if France or Britain had struck first against Germany in 1939 or 1938, that war would also be wrong.

However firstly you’d have to convict B,B &H before they could be rightly called War Criminals but how many actual appeals have been made for this to happen..anyone? And with Iraq slowly improving its situation, a process that will take many, many years will the Iraqi guvmnt be trooping to Hague demanding justice? Nah, I don’t think so.

Also the other issue is that the majority of deaths amongst Iraqis were caused by their fellow Iraqis a damning indictment on Iraqi society thanks to decades of Baath’ist rule. This merged with the constant funding of Sunni terror groups by Saudi and some shia groups by Iran meant that a nascent intra-religious war was brewing which could have got more lethal than actually happened.

That the USA and it’s allies screwed up in Iraq is without question esp. with Rumsfeld and Cheney helping the shrub make the really big decisions so it was incomplete Pentagon plans that were used rather than complete and more accurate State department ones which could have made the post invasion phase much easier and less bloody.

However we should never forget the malign influence of Saudi, Iran, Russia and France in this tragedy as it was their own self-interest that kept Saddam Hussain in power after his invasion of Kuwait. Especially Saudi Arabia as it was their demands to George Bush which stopped the push to Bagdad.

In the end popular history will remember the men who pulled the trigger but not those who set the scene and provided the guns and ammo..and victims.

USA talks peace, Russia war….

October 15, 2009

So after President Obama gets the Nobel Peace Prize for his ‘vision’ and not being George W Bush (allegedly the nominations for the prize closed 11 days after Pres. Obama took office). We have Russia saying that they are reconsidering the old soviet promise of no first use of nukes (which was always a crock of poo, but useful propoganda).

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/10/russia-well-nuke-aggressors-first/#more-18002

Now I’d say this is just a formalisation of current STAVKA protocols. The reason? The Russian Federation has not been in a positon to fight a major land war for many, many years.  The recent stoush with Georgia highlighted many shortcomings in the Russian military’s warfighting abilities. This is especially worrying considering that Russia has been fighting an active insurgency in Chechnya for nearly 10 years.

With a massive decline in Russia’s Naval and Aviation manufacturing capabilites, matched up with their now obvious operational weaknesses, one must wonder how long Putin would wait before pushing the button.

Now with the Caucasus about to erupt again, and a further possible souring of relations with the Ukraine over the Crimean peninsula this could mean that Russia might go nuclear very quickly if it felt even slightly streached. 

Also given the current leadership, who clearly don’t give a toss about other peoples lives, the chance of nuclear weapons once again being used, rises.

And a final twist to the mix. There is allegedly an increasing amount of politcal conflict in Moscow due the the growing amount of support for Isreal (considering how many russians now live there and Isreal and Russia sharing a similar disdain for Islam) against the arms traders who want to supply Israels enemies ie Iran. So support for stopping irans nuclear enrichment programe is more likly to be from domestic politics that wanting to help the USA bring a bit more stability to the Gulf region.

Someones up for a fight..and for once it’s not the Seppos

August 11, 2009

These are interesting times. And it seems that some countries have not adjusted to the fact that there has been a change in US foreign policy.

My old mate Hugo Chavez is using every excuse in the book to start a war in Latin America. This time the is using ‘sightings’ of Colombian troops crossing the Orinocco river as signs of an incursion by Colombian troops.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8192631.stm

Now one could just laugh it off as posturing after he’d been caught out selling arms to FARC (not really a news item), or is it something deeper.

Colombias recent agreement to host a few more US counter drug personnel and an extra couple of forward bases has really set the cat amongst the pigeons.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8194497.stm

There are only three countries really squaking about this: Venezeula, Bolivia and Ecudor. All part of Latin America’s awkward squad. The otehr nations are concerned because of these three doing something stupid. Chavez’s harping on about the ‘winds of war wafting through the region’ don’t help.

Considering Chavez’s links with Iran and an increasingly beliferant Russia. One has to wonder if his regime is being paid to stir up trouble. Another scenario is that he wants to continue his covert support of FARC and more US assets in Colombia will hurt that..the final scenario is he plans to invade liberate Colombia from it’s err democratically elected government and of course the presence of US assets in theatre could mean he gets a slap on the wrist or at least a savage degrading his his military.

On another continent , it’s now a year since Georgia was egged into a war with the Russian Federation. Russia’s subsequent acknoweldgement of South Ossetia and Abkazia as soveriegn nations (soon no doubt to join the RF), refusal to allow UN observers to remain in theatre  and continual attempts at prvooking Georgia seem to have come to a head. With the infamous DDoS attacks on Twitter and Facebook

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/cyber-attacks-at-twitter-facebook-livejournal-20090811-egep.html

This should not come as a surpise to anyone, after ‘nationalistic hackers’ from Russia screwed around with Estonia’s websites a few months ago. The bear it seems despite becoming more motheaten  and having brittle claws and teeth still wishes to interfere in it’s neighbours lives. And with Russian officals talking about the ‘threat’ form the West to it’s security you have to wonder how long it will be before we get another land war in Europe.

*EDIT*

To follow on that thought there is this article on the BBC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8194064.stm

The issue here is not the law itself but the power clique who wish it to become law and how they will potentially use it. Potenitally this could pave the way for black ops in the Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova as well as the baltic states.

Finally this is going to be the most important application yet produced for the iPhone, in fact if a RQ-1 comes free with the package I might sign up for an new iPhone tomorrow..

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/08/new-use-for-your-iphone-controlling-drones/#more-15764

The Bears tears…

July 17, 2009

..are it seems just as false as those of the crocodile.

The condemnation by President Medvedev of the Russian Federation concerning the kindapping and murder of human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, is almost laughable

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8154620.stm

There is a very good chance that she was ‘removed’ by persons linked to Chechan president Ramzan Kadyrov, who is Putins little blue eyed thug boy in the Caucasus.

I remember that in the 80’s and 90’s it used to be said that in the US the type of person most likely to be shot was a young black male in his late teens-early 20’s. in the Russian Fed the people most likely to be shot are journo’s and human rights activists who disagree with Putins vision of a ‘renewed’ Russia.

However it is not all bad news despite the UN observers being kicked out of georgia cus Russia doesn’t want them seeing them break their truce agreement with Georgia. I read this brief article on the Janes website

http://www.janes.com/news/defence/jdw/jdw090713_1_n.shtml

So the chances of the Russian navy being a real threat in the future has dminished. but also what is interesting is the savage attack on the Russian Army’s ability to prosecute a war against anything larger than a small country.

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/07/09/russian_report_reveals_surprising_details_about_2008_war_with_georgia

To lose six aircraft against a smaller poorer country is bad luck, to have shot down half of them yourself is just basic incompetance.

So the bear is once again looking motheaten but obviously still has some claws.

Wired and wierder

June 12, 2009

Wired has become moring reading fro me especially Noah’s ‘danger room’ blog. Noah for the nekulturnay used to be the editor of Defensetech. Today I saw a couple of amazing stories.

Firstly a link to some chinese guy who’s english is not the best but who is pretty good at drawing stuff digitally

http://wuxinghongqi.blogspot.com/2009/06/chinese-navys-strategic-nuclear.html

I like the idea of subcarriers, but this one has so many problems thats it’s not funny. I just hope he does design stuff for the PLAN (then they’ll never be a serious threat)! 

Next is a youtube presentation to strike a cold fear through Barnes and any others awaitng the singularity

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/06/video-robots-firing-guns/

Sleep well y’all!!!

Land Warrior

June 4, 2009

With a current move to reduce the FCS program this set of three videos about the first roll out of the Landwarrior system is very interesting

http://vimeo.com/4904854

I suppose i’m very sceptical about all the 21st Cen infantry systems because I have real doubts about how robust they are and also infometric security. The troops interviewed really rated the system and it was the 1st gen so maybe this tech will dramatically improve the ability of the US army to engage it’s OPFOR and degrade it’s ability.

A voice of caution also comes from someone high up

http://www.defensetech.org/archives/004870.html

So I’m not the only sceptic!