Let's Comment on Everything: April 2023Let's comment on everything possible. Even the outrageous. How about that incredibly brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine? At times, even to the average reader, practiced, studious observer or analyst, it must seem the world has now gone mad. Civilization on the cusp of total destruction. Three seconds to midnight, the total annihilation of humanity. Shall we comment on everything in reach just to be safe? Three seconds to go. Or is it only two? Why not?
International news is sad. Illogical. Angry, terrifying, and specifically, endless. Just as there is no time limit on politics, there is no limit to resources spent upon warfare. There is no explanation of war, and upon occasion, no justification. "A declaration of war is the ultimate admission of human failure to reason and logic" comes to mind. That being said and worth remembering, Our response can only be commentary. Hopeful commentary. Our best bet is hope. Please do feel free to comment if you are so inclined. It is our fondest wish here at Incomingbytes.com that faith, reason and logic continue to inspire thought, reason, and other wonderful things.
"A declaration of war is the ultimate admission of human failure to reason and logic"
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Unbelievable Casualties.Russian casualties are now considered to be hundreds of thousands, but the true human cost will never be admitted by the egotistical bully Putin or the Kremlin. Russian destruction of Ukrainian civilian infrastructure, power, water, apartment buildings, private homes — has left many Ukrainian casualties, Ukrainian elders, families, children, babies— homeless, helpless, and freezing in the dark. In basements or rudimentary shelters. Or evacuated, migrated, possibly to never return. Thousands of Ukrainian troops have been killed, thousands of civilians including children are considered to be "collateral damage" by the invading Russians.
A Foolish MiscalculationA very foolish and vicious miscalculation by Vladimir Putin has backfired. The bitter war has taken too long. the war is ongoing over a year later and has just resulted in Ukrainians being tougher and more determined than ever. To live long enough to eject all Russian troops entirely from ALL Ukrainian territory. From the newly seized and illegally 'annexed (2022) Ukraine territory. Russia, stubbornly, will not leave The Crimea, which Russia illegally invaded and 'annexed' in 2014, but Ukrainian President Zelensky and Ukrainians insist that Russia must leave ALL Ukrainian territory. No cease-fire or negotiated peace is possible in this stalemate.
Here at Incomingbytes.com #WeStandWithUkraine.The slick, delusional, stubborn and unstable dictator Putin stubbornly insists he is 'denazifying' Ukraine with his delusional 'special military operation'. Incredibly, the delusions of Putin may now have already cost more than 250,000 genuine Russian lives. In Putin's dreams, Ukrainian citizens and ethnic Russians alike are "worthless peasant lives' Putin considers absolutely disposable. We disagree. All lives are valuable. Here at #Incomingbytes.com we stand with Ukraine for the principles of democracy and integrity of sovereign territory.
An Arrest Warrant for Vladimir Putin the War Criminal.Putin's disgraceful 'special military operation' includes the use of deadly force provided by brutal, murderous Wagner mercenaries . Mercenaries who have brazenly committed hundreds of war crimes, including torture, summary execution, the rape of prisoners, men, women and children alike. Also the theft or kidnapping of children. The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of Vladimir Putin for overseeing the illegal deportation of thousands of children from Ukraine to Russia. How about the early and murderous occupation of Bucha that cost the lives of 500+ Ukrainian civilian lives? How about the vicious targeting and bombing of civilian apartment buildings, villages, and homes? What about Russian missiles targeting Ukrainian power infrastructure, water, heat and electricity— required by civilians to survive during the winter? Rocket attacks and bombing of civilians are Crimes against Humanity. *In our point of view, recruitment of prisoners by the state or mercenary armies should be a banned, illegal practice globally. Russian prisoners, whether they be pickpockets, common thieves, rapists, murderers or corrupt politicians have bartered the balance of their " sentences" pending 'freedom' to fight as Wagner mercenaries on the Ukraine front lines.
Freedom: "If they Complete Their 'Term''.IF they survive Wagner's brutality, and backup execution by their own troops if fleeing, surrendering, or retreating. Forced into battle with Ukraine. Which, by any standard, is far better armed, better trained, better supported, and better planned . Deserters are arbitrarily executed, shot in the back if retreating, with no surrender allowed. *In our point of view, forced recruitment of prisoners should be illegal. Reportedly, 300,000 civilians and perhaps more 'citizens' have been arbitrarily conscripted. Poorly, virtually -untrained, mostly ethnic minority "Russians" from the far reaches of Russia were 'signed up'. To donate their lives to the Motherland' with no choice. Tossed into Putin's badly planned, badly-trained, badly-equipped, poorly-led Russian meat-grinder WAR of GENOCIDE against Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of Russians cleverly left the country, leaving in a hurry to flee — to Finland, Poland, Germany. Any escape to any country that would allow them to avoid conscription in PUTIN'S WAR. Yes, it is a WAR by any standard, and it is PUTIN'S WAR. A GENOCIDAL ATTEMPT to wipe Ukraine and her people off of the map. An attempt to grab all territories and countries that were or may have been USSR 'states' prior to it's collapse. Or areas Putin considers "historically-Russian' lands". Or not. That might be more appropriately called 'hysterically'—considered to be Russian lands— in the delusional mind of Putin.
The Target: Lands and ResourcesUkraine is a rich source of agricultural products, steel, metals, salt, and minerals of all kinds. Plunder has included museum treasures, and relics, artwork, agricultural tractors and farm machinery, livestock, washing machines, televisions, computers. and food supplies. And, by the way... thousands of children—considered suitable for kidnapping and relocation to Russian 'families' for forced re-education. Stolen children. What does that infer? You decide.
Ukrainian Military Personnel are Better Trained.Ukrainian military personnel are—decidedly better trained, more resourceful, —and far better equipped and assisted by NATO with training, heavy weapons, artillery of all descriptions and ammunition as well as 'intelligence'.
NATO and Western AidWestern aid from NATO, the USA, and Europe continues to flow to Ukraine. Aid, consisting of Howitzers, armored vehicles, tanks, weapons of all kinds, ammunition, medical supplies, etc/ are delivered, if sporadically. Mostly from NATO countries but also from non- members of NATO, despite Putin's dire warnings of escalation.
A Battle Tank, only one of many... (Photo: 2022, CNN)
Not-so-subtle, repetitive and ugly hints of Nuclear Retaliation.Putin's machinations and predictable bluster including threats of potential nuclear response or retaliation with smaller tactical nuclear weapons —occur regularly. Even WW III. A nuclear Armageddon. An eventful, deadly global event, a war no country can win. Therefore, should the existential battle in any tortured mind be an excuse for mutual destruction? Let us pause there and consider that Putin's arrogant 'special military operation' has already failed. His obscenely long, arrogant, gold-trimmed palatial table may soon be more useful hacked into short, convenient pieces of firewood. Which he may well require to stay warm in a Siberian cave.
Just Consider.Just consider. Putin's 'special military operation' is not only a failure but a painful reality of delusions in the mind of an unnamed Kremlin madman who would be King. At any cost. Period. You decide. Please comment below.
#Is that Incoming I hear?
Christmas Once Again, So Merry Christmas to All
Merry Christmas to All And a Pleasant Good Night! 2022
Christmas Once Again, So Merry Christmas to AllChristmas once again, so Merry Christmas to all ! And a pleasant good night! After a whole year of much breathless waiting, yes, it seems, it REALLY is Christmas once again, So Merry Christmas to all! Coloured, blinking lights, decorations, Christmas trees and childhood dreams of all descriptions float once again into our busy lives. Happy decorators, take an eggnog break!
Christmas Food & Sugar-plum DreamsChristmas Food and Sugar-plum Dreams are the order of the day. Eggnog, roast turkey with cranberry sauce, vegetables, visitors, gatherings, traditions galore. Christmas cake full of fruits and nuts, sugar-plum pudding. Don't forget cookies. One for each hand.
St. Nicholas, a.k.a. Santa Claus and his ReindeerSt. Nicholas, a.k.a. Santa Claus, drives a magic herd of reindeer lead by Rudolph, you know the one. The one with the red and shiny nose (discovered one dark & foggy Christmas Eve so long ago, now by necessity leads the team). Rudolph leads the team to make deliveries to restless, waiting children. Holding their breaths. After all, it's Christmas once again, so Merry Christmas to all!
It's Christmas Once Again, So Merry Christmas to All! Pulling a Sleigh Can't be Easy...
auto-sizingsack of brightly-wrapped gifts, lumps of coaland peace of mind with a merry HO-HO-HO! And down the chimney we go! What's in the bag? A very large bag of dreams it is; we can only imagine, for it includes kind and happy secret responses to long wish lists. Desirable and imaginative lists sent to Santa at the North Pole. Lists include oft-repeated wishes for candy canes, bright wrappings, toys that chatter, bounce, spin in every direction. They also chase puppies and kittens, and make children laugh with glee. Exciting, elegant play-dolls, and magnificent, tough superheroes wearing uniforms stare their way into the psyches of boys and girls alike forever, regardless of age. To deliver gifts around the world to young children, old children, and ancient children all on the same evening is a very large task. Santa has done it for centuries, he says. All ages love to receive gifts from Santa. And in return he gets cookies and milk. Mrs. Claus nabs the excesses and hides them in the freezer, we believe. For snacks later. Only at Christmas, that is, the best time of the year. Not everyone young or old has the same ideas or wants. That is probably helpful for hard-working little elves dressed in red and green. Extra assistants on overtime. Keeping track of activities at Santa's workshop. Where lists and letters display excited handwriting and must be first interpreted.
We Must Ask...We ponder if all toys are invented, designed, approved by the jolly old boy himself with Mrs. Claus' approval. When she gives him the nod, they are officially approved for manufacture. Then, and just in time, all products are tested officially in the test play center. W
e're sure that's more fun. Then carefully painted by the painting elves. And wrapped by specially-trained wrapping elves, who select and install— wrappings with ribbons and bows and tags. Name tags, that is. *Every tag is printed neatly with the correct names of good children everywhere. Boldly printed in red ink, you say?No matter! It's Christmas! *note Gifts, treats and fun alike, are also included for pets of every description wherever Santa calls.
Christmas Eve nears and Santa is on the way! Merry Christmas everyone! **Is that Incoming I hear?