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Grokenstein's Journal
Grokenstein's Journal
November 27, 2022

Russia's Secret Recruits Allegedly Abandoned, Starving, and Missing in Action

Oh dear, won't someone please think of the Wagner orcs!!


ABUJA, Nigeria—Russia’s infamous Wagner Group has abandoned dozens of former Central African Republic (CAR) rebels in Ukraine’s Donbas region after recruiting them to fight Vladimir Putin’s war, two former CAR fighters told The Daily Beast.

The CAR sources, who were recruited by Wagner after quitting the Union for Peace (UPC) rebel group last December, said that many of the 100 or so ex-UPC fighters currently in Ukraine have lost contact with Wagner after the group trained them and flew them to the Donbas region about eight months ago.

“Some of our colleagues have called us [on the phone] to inform us that the Russian soldiers who took them to eastern Ukraine deployed them to a particular town and left them to fight on their own,” Ali, who was not part of the group sent to Ukraine, told The Daily Beast. “As we speak, they haven’t been paid for months and they can’t even feed themselves.”

November 26, 2022

Another "Everything He Touches Dies" Guy: The Deep-Sixing of Six Flags

A new CEO with a bold plan to drive participation down by jacking up prices and slashing personnel? That sounds familiar.

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags St Louis, Six Flags New England, Six Flags America, and Six Flags Mexico. All amusement parks and theme parks in danger of closing due to poor management from the Six Flags CEO and corporate. After reporting their Q3 Six Flags 2022 earnings report, Six Flags stockholders have been shell shocked and the future of Six Flags looks dim. Will Six Flags survive?

August 12, 2022

Steve Shives: What About the 30 Million Documents Obama Took?

Steve counters the trumpnik whataboutism and bullshittery:

August 3, 2022

Ukraine: Russian-backed terrorist Olga Kachur AKA Korsa KIA

via The New Voice of Ukraine:

The Strategic Communications Department of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed that Kachur had been killed.

According to the department, Kachur often disguised herself as a member of the Armed Forces of Ukraine while committing war crimes in order to discredit the Ukrainian army.

During interviews with Kremlin propaganda, Kachur openly admitted that she enjoyed killing Ukrainians.

According to Kazanskyi, the terrorist previously worked in the Horlivka Police department, but in 2014 she defected to Russian invading forces.

“(She was) guilty of the shelling of the cities of Donbas and the deaths of civilians,” Kazanskyi said. “In Ukraine, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison in absentia.”

June 3, 2022

Locked out of Twitter because I don't have a mobile phone

"Enter your mobile phone number to receive a text message with a confirmation code. You’ll use the code to verify this is really your number."

Am I the only person left on Earth who doesn't have a celly? They have a similar deal in place when I renew my security clearance at work but they have alternatives for people who aren't phone zombies. Twitter doesn't, and I suspect it's because they really, really, REALLY want another contact point from which to annoy me. Soooo, no great loss I guess.

December 24, 2021

KPF: "never thought i would see the day ben garrison turned on trump"

As far as I'm concerned, Christmas has come early.
Ha! Yeah, Bruce Tinsley already played that card to death, Benny.

August 31, 2021

Just got back from my local Safeway...

As I'm heading to the checkout, two pairs of "mask combos" (one masked, one not) are meandering around in front of the registers, clinging to each other suspiciously strongly for, you know, grocery shopping. Very nice lady at the register asks her next customer to wait a moment, then goes out and confronts them together. "I'm sorry, you cannot be in this store without a mask."

The excuses don't work. She offers them free masks, then when they try to brush her off she offers a free escort off the premises with the security guard if they don't leave immediately. I almost bit my own tongue clean off stifling some bellowing laughter.

Safeway's done some things over the years that have pissed me off, but this ain't one of 'em. You go, lady!

August 4, 2021

Another idiot causes another inflight fight, ends up duct-taped to seat as passengers laugh


Berry, 22, is facing multiple misdemeanor charges, the Miami-Dade Police Department said. According to police, Berry was accused of groping two female flight attendants and punching a male flight attendant in the face, according to police. He was seen on the now-viral video screaming during the incident that his parents are worth “two million goddamn dollars.”

Moron. ...Oh, wait, it gets better/worse:

Berry was also involved in Greek life at the college and was given an award for being a “perfect role model,” and for leading the “fight to dismantle fraternity stereotypes,” a Zoom video posted by Ohio Wesleyan shows.

Ohio Wesleyan told The New York Times in a statement, “Ohio Wesleyan is saddened to learn of this situation with one of our graduates. The case does not involve the university, and the incidents depicted do not reflect Ohio Wesleyan’s values.”

There was some uproar over Frontier's response, but as many have pointed out this is just procedure, not punishment (so far). The attendants are still being paid, they're just "off duty" to be available for the investigation into the incident. The attendants' union is of course watching closely.

Frontier Airlines received backlash after saying in its initial statement that the crew members who restrained Berry had been suspended pending an investigation. The statement said, “The flight attendants will be, as required in such circumstances, relieved of flying pending completion of an investigation.” The airline also initially said “proper policies for restraining a passenger were not followed.”

And it didn't take long for Brent Terhune to jump on it!

Welcome to your future, Daddy's little frat boy.
July 31, 2021

The tragedy of it is, this person has considerable artistic talent.

But here they are, wasting it on THIS shit: a combination of antimasker whining, conspiro-nuttery and fetish-wank. Cites Alex Jones and Joe Rogan in profile. Wonder if they'll post cute when Mom's in the ICU.


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