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15 minutes ago, Bastion said:

I blame you, for leaving Lotti with Mags.....

I would never.

My child is never up for discussion or there to be inputted into any comedy moment on this forum.

Thankyou, Caroline.

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10 hours ago, Bastion said:

I ask, as pre lock down,  a pint in our pub was about £4.... its now £4.70....

 

That's some jump, not Belfast prices,  but still.....

$8 (£4) for a pint of Kilkenny.

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New Russian ICBM to enter combat service in 2022: 208-ton Sarmat can carry 16 warheads and has operational range of 18,000km

 
New Russian ICBM to enter combat service in 2022: 208-ton Sarmat can carry 16 warheads and has operational range of 18,000km
 
Russia is poised to begin test flights of a new liquid-fueled, super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has confirmed. The missiles are expected to enter service in 2022.

Flight tests [will begin] this year and should be completed in 2022. In 2022, the first batch should enter service with the strategic missile forces,” Shoigu said on Friday while visiting Krasmash, a machine-building plant in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

The new RS-28 Sarmat ICBM is capable of carrying 16 warheads. The advanced silo-based system features a heavy liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile, and is to replace the R-36M/R-36M2 Voevoda ICBM.

The new missile will be capable of hitting targets using either the North Pole or South Pole route, effectively bypassing any defense system employed by a potential enemy.  

Due to its nearly unlimited range, the Sarmat missile can hit targets in any direction. It also has a very short boost phase, which makes it hard for enemy defense systems to intercept at that stage.  

Sarmat will be equipped with a wide range of powerful warheads, including hypersonic weapons, and the most advanced missile defense penetration systems. Sarmat’s operational range is 18,000 km. 

The ICBM’s mass is 208.1 tons; it has a payload of over 10 tons and a fuel capacity of 178 tons. The length of the missile is 35.5 meters, with a diameter of three meters. Its payload comprises multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles. 

Currently, Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces have seven types of missile systems in operation, including fixed-site systems (Voevoda, Stiletto, Topol-M, Yars) and mobile ones (Topol-M, Topol, Yars). In the near future, the plan is to equip missile units with Sarmat, Avangard and Yars systems.   

Today, the R-36M/R-36M2 Voevoda (with over 40 launchers) is Russia’s most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile. It was designed in the Soviet Union and has been operational since the late 1980s. The Voevoda weighs 211 tons and can carry 10 nuclear warheads of 0.5 megatons each to a distance of 11,000km (16,000km if equipped with a single reentry vehicle). With CEP accuracy of half a kilometer, the missile is quite precise.

The Voevoda is designed to eliminate all types of targets protected by advanced air defenses, including in combat conditions – retaliation is guaranteed even if the enemy has hit the missile-launching area with multiple nuclear warheads.

The R-36M2 system is expected to stay on combat duty in two regiments based in Dombarovsky air base in Orenburg Region and Uzhur, Krasnoyarsk Krai, until early 2020s. The new Sarmat will be deployed in the same locations.

The Sarmat can deliver several types of warheads, including the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle. It’s capable of reaching a potential enemy’s targets at hypersonic speeds and provides great maneuverability in terms of both course and altitude. None of Russia’s potential adversaries have a countermeasure to these systems – nor are they likely to develop it in the foreseeable future.

Also on rt.com Russian Aerospace Forces get a new radar that could strip US military of its trump card

The US is working on a new intercontinental ballistic missile, too. The US Air Force has struck a $13.3 billion deal with Northrop Grumman to develop a fresh ground-based intercontinental ballistic missile to beef up its strategic nuclear forces. These are intended to replace the Minuteman III, which is still in service.

A test launch of the new strategic ballistic missile dubbed GBSD is expected to take place in late 2023.

In the US, the Democrats and non-proliferation advocates alike have long been criticizing the new ICBM program. They maintain that the expected cost of upgrading US nuclear forces, currently priced at $1.2 trillion, is simply too high. Instead, they suggest exploring the possibility of extending Minuteman III service life.

As for the Russian new ICBM, Minister Shoigu said on Friday that he believes the Krasmash plant is ready to fulfill a long-term contract for the supply of Sarmat to the Russian military.  

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‘Like doping or bribery’: Judges must’ve picked Israeli gymnast as winner BEFORE final.

Israel's gymnast taking gold at the Tokyo Olympics despite dropping her ribbon during her routine was a "blatant mistake" of the judges, who may have schemed "to replace Russian athletes on the top," Irina Viner-Usmanova told RT.

The strong accusations from the legendary Russian rhythmic gymnastics coach, whose star pupils have claimed a long list of Olympic titles over the years, come in the wake of Saturday's scandal at the Tokyo Olympics. Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram took gold, despite having dropped the ribbon during her routine – an obvious mistake that still saw Russia's Dina Averina placed overall second, regardless of her seemingly perfect performance.

I'm terribly sorry for #DinaAverina 🇷🇺 being robbed of the Gold medal in the #Tokyo2020#Olympics#rhythmicgymnastics individual all-around. She was devastated 😢 about the unfair defeat to Linoy Ashram from Israel who had dropped her ribbon in the final rotation. #динааверинаpic.twitter.com/GVlUvRhQ51

"It's a blatant [judging] mistake and a flagrant injustice... which had been planned in advance. A mistake that has nothing to do with clean sport. It's the same thing as doping or bribing the judges," Viner-Usmanova, the head coach of the Russian national team, told RT on Saturday.

Линой Ашрам, к сожалению, сделала вопиющую ошибку pic.twitter.com/ondMDZdrh2

"The sort of mistake that the Israeli girl did at the end of her routine under no circumstances leaves any chances of taking the gold. The mistake was blatant… and it wasn't just overlooked," Viner-Usmanova believes. "If you compare [Ashram's] results in the preliminary competitions without this glaring mistake, you'll find that it was practically the same as today, after the glaring mistake."

Ladies and gentlemen the "Olympic Champion"Judge for yourself 🤷‍♀️#rhythmicgymnasticspic.twitter.com/lZemLpm9ic

"Dina Averina, who did this part of the routine flawlessly, had to receive a mark of at least one point above – that's minimum – but she got just 0.7 points more, and then lost just by about 0.2 points," Viner-Usmanova concluded, adding that some unexplained trickery with lower points for difficulty was also occurring in case of the Russian girls.

The controversial outcome marked the first time since 1996 that a Russian rhythmic gymnast will not take home Olympic gold in the individual all-round competition. Viner-Usmanova, who says she never in her life has protested a competition's results, told RT she filed three protests today.

Calling the results an "obvious judging disgrace," Viner-Usmanova said the judges have embarrassed themselves with purposefully taking a Russian athlete off the golden podium in an "unfair and the most disgusting manner."

"I think we should appeal to Thomas Bach [President of the International Olympic Committee], but keeping in mind such judging… I personally think that sports like rhythmic gymnastics will not be part of the Olympic family in the future," she said.

They had to do it in some way, because Russian gymnasts have been claiming gold for years, and had to be taken off the pedestal by other means. 

Ashram was totally not to blame for the controversy, Viner-Usmanova said, adding that the Israeli was simply chosen as a tool to dethrone the successful Russian gymnasts.

"Dina Averina will make history as the real Olympic champion, who performed honestly, but was taken down by judges," Viner-Usmanova concluded.

 

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32 minutes ago, UNIQUE said:

its pointless and a waste of money. any country that fires a nuke now knows nukes will come back and destroy said country. 

Never thought about nuclear warfare that way previously, very profound.

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UK Ethnic Minority Population Has Doubled to 13m, Over One-Fifth of General Pop: Report

Mass migration has driven Britain’s foreign-born population to nine million and the ethnic minority population to 13 million in just 20 years, according to new figures from Migration Watch UK.

The massive shift in demographics has come about as a result of the fact that “foreign migration has been running at about 300,000 per year for the past 20 years” — Britain’s Armed Forces are comprised of around 159,000 personnel, trained and untrained, for comparison’s sake — coupled with generally higher birth rates among the migrant and migrant-descended population, with the report noting that “34 per cent of births in England and Wales in 2019 involved at least one parent who was not born” there.

The report notes that “the non-UK born population [has] double[d] to nine million” over the last 20 years, while “the ethnic minority population, whether or not born in the UK, has more than doubled to thirteen million, increasing their share of the population from 10 per cent to just over 20 per cent”  — this figure includes “those who identify as ‘Other White’ (mainly from the EU)” as well as so-called “visible minority ethnic” or VME individuals.

To put this in context, the total populations of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are estimated at a little under 5.5 million, 3.2 million, and just 1.9 million, respectively.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Followers of radical Islamic cleric Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Masri pray in the street, outside the Finsbury Park mosque, in north London 28 May 2004. Abu Hamza was arrested 27 May. Britain will not allow radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to be extradited to the United States …

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Key findings from ‘Impact of immigration in changing the UK population’, Migration Watch UK

As things now stand, Migration Watch estimates that “about 90 per cent of population growth between 2017 and 2019 was linked to the impact of arrivals from abroad and their subsequent UK-born children” — warning that the “very rapid changes” to the population “raise issues that go well beyond the previous debate about net migration.”

“The native element of our population has gone down to 79 per cent while the total minority population has doubled to over 21 per cent” stressed Migration Watch chairman Alp Mehmet — himself of Turkish Cypriot descent — in comments to Breitbart London.

“If immigration continues at its current rate those proportions will continue moving in the direction they are now going in, one down, one up,” he explained, adding that the think tank would be “addressing the impact and consequences in further papers and analysis.”

Migration-Watch-Report-Excerpt-2.png

‘Impact of immigration in changing the UK population’, Migration Watch UK

Migration Watch has previously warned that the supposedly tough new points-based immigration system being introduced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ostensibly to deliver on promises he made while campaigning for Brexit back during the EU referendum, will in fact likely see immigration rise, as it makes it easier rather than harder for many people to qualify as legal migrants.

“We cannot, of course, be sure that immigration will resume at its previous levels once the COVID crisis has subsided but the government’s major post-Brexit loosening of the global visa system makes this very likely,” the think tank reiterates in his new report.

“[The Johnson administration] has sharply reduced both the salary and qualification requirements for a work visa, exposing some seven million UK jobs to new or increased international competition,” it adds.

The Tory government is faring little better on illegal immigration, with the number of boat migrants alone thought to be on track to exceed 20,000 in 2021 — although despite its dominance of what few illegal immigration-related headlines there are in the mainstream media, this is by no means the only method of taking up residence in Britain unlawfully.

   
 

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Followers of radical Islamic cleric Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Masri pray in the street, outside the Finsbury Park mosque, in north London 28 May 2004. Abu Hamza was arrested 27 May. Britain will not allow radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to be extradited to the United States …

 

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3 minutes ago, sployal said:

UK Ethnic Minority Population Has Doubled to 13m, Over One-Fifth of General Pop: Report

Mass migration has driven Britain’s foreign-born population to nine million and the ethnic minority population to 13 million in just 20 years, according to new figures from Migration Watch UK.

The massive shift in demographics has come about as a result of the fact that “foreign migration has been running at about 300,000 per year for the past 20 years” — Britain’s Armed Forces are comprised of around 159,000 personnel, trained and untrained, for comparison’s sake — coupled with generally higher birth rates among the migrant and migrant-descended population, with the report noting that “34 per cent of births in England and Wales in 2019 involved at least one parent who was not born” there.

The report notes that “the non-UK born population [has] double[d] to nine million” over the last 20 years, while “the ethnic minority population, whether or not born in the UK, has more than doubled to thirteen million, increasing their share of the population from 10 per cent to just over 20 per cent”  — this figure includes “those who identify as ‘Other White’ (mainly from the EU)” as well as so-called “visible minority ethnic” or VME individuals.

To put this in context, the total populations of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are estimated at a little under 5.5 million, 3.2 million, and just 1.9 million, respectively.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Followers of radical Islamic cleric Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Masri pray in the street, outside the Finsbury Park mosque, in north London 28 May 2004. Abu Hamza was arrested 27 May. Britain will not allow radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to be extradited to the United States …

Migration-Watch-Report-Excerpt.png

Key findings from ‘Impact of immigration in changing the UK population’, Migration Watch UK

As things now stand, Migration Watch estimates that “about 90 per cent of population growth between 2017 and 2019 was linked to the impact of arrivals from abroad and their subsequent UK-born children” — warning that the “very rapid changes” to the population “raise issues that go well beyond the previous debate about net migration.”

“The native element of our population has gone down to 79 per cent while the total minority population has doubled to over 21 per cent” stressed Migration Watch chairman Alp Mehmet — himself of Turkish Cypriot descent — in comments to Breitbart London.

“If immigration continues at its current rate those proportions will continue moving in the direction they are now going in, one down, one up,” he explained, adding that the think tank would be “addressing the impact and consequences in further papers and analysis.”

Migration-Watch-Report-Excerpt-2.png

‘Impact of immigration in changing the UK population’, Migration Watch UK

Migration Watch has previously warned that the supposedly tough new points-based immigration system being introduced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ostensibly to deliver on promises he made while campaigning for Brexit back during the EU referendum, will in fact likely see immigration rise, as it makes it easier rather than harder for many people to qualify as legal migrants.

“We cannot, of course, be sure that immigration will resume at its previous levels once the COVID crisis has subsided but the government’s major post-Brexit loosening of the global visa system makes this very likely,” the think tank reiterates in his new report.

“[The Johnson administration] has sharply reduced both the salary and qualification requirements for a work visa, exposing some seven million UK jobs to new or increased international competition,” it adds.

The Tory government is faring little better on illegal immigration, with the number of boat migrants alone thought to be on track to exceed 20,000 in 2021 — although despite its dominance of what few illegal immigration-related headlines there are in the mainstream media, this is by no means the only method of taking up residence in Britain unlawfully.

 

 

 

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Followers of radical Islamic cleric Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Masri pray in the street, outside the Finsbury Park mosque, in north London 28 May 2004. Abu Hamza was arrested 27 May. Britain will not allow radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to be extradited to the United States …

 

but how much are they paying for a pint?

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54 minutes ago, UNIQUE said:

its pointless and a waste of money. any country that fires a nuke now knows nukes will come back and destroy said country. 

It's M A D !!!!

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