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Recent content by Baloo

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    New Dress Regs 🤣

    I assume that the generation to whom the author disparagingly refers, is that same one that has served this nation across the globe in multiple active theatres over the past two decades, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali, Ukraine and Latvia.
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    New Dress Regs 🤣

    And conversely to prove, yet again, that every generation of soldiers endures being seen as 'softer' than the last: How muscle cars, sideburns and John Travolta helped save the military after Vietnam
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    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    The Department issued a clarification after the Minister spoke. It is not new money, and is in fact part of the previously-announced increase to the defence budget. EDIT. The Minister's Office sent the correction, not DND.
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    Gen. Rick Hillier: I was inspired by Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and embarrassed for my country Interesting commentary.
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    There have been scattered reports across social media regarding a night-time raid by Ukrainian Marines against a Russian-held airbase near Kherson. Ukrainian General Staff are reporting over 30 helicopters having been destroyed on the ground. There is limited information beyond the initial press...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    I am just going to circle back on this for a moment and then hopefully, remain silent again. There is a lot of 'information' being broadcast, generally from Ukrainian sources. I am dubious about much of the quality found within official reports and know that I am not alone. Casualty rates, for...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    We've all watched the same videos. Read the same OSINT threads. Talked to friends abroad. In a country inhabited by millions, being invaded by tens of thousands, watched by billions, I believe we are fixated at the micro-level and to some degree, avoiding the wider picture. I'm simply saying...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    The war being waged on social media is definitely bringing a level of complexity to understanding the ground truth, at least in an open source capacity. The sheer volume of memes, Tweets, blatant propaganda and recycled video or photographs makes it hard to decipher just how successful either...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    This thread is a microcosm of the CAF. PERs taking precedence over operational discussions.
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    I've been looking around for decent OSINT feeds regarding the Russian build-up and I've found a couple that may interest some folks: https://twitter.com/konrad_muzyka https://twitter.com/CITeam_en https://twitter.com/Danspiun The last link contains a lot of photographs and videos of vehicle...
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    VAC wait times

    Submitted application in October 2019. Received in complete in April 2020, went to Stage 3. Suspended in February 2021, for more information. Sent the requested, completed package in April 2021. Indicated that it was back to decision-making, Stage 3, at end of May 2021. So, for the more...
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    Canada to Lead Mission in Iraq

    I was deployed to this particular AO for approximately ten months, back in 2016-2017. The threat profile changed dramatically during that time period; in June 2016, ISIL was less than 50km from Baghdad, Fallujah was still raging, protests threatened to topple the government and repeated SVBIEDs...
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    US Election: 2016

    Patricia Smith was criticized by those in the public sphere that took exception to Hillary Clinton being held personally responsible for the death of her son at Benghazi. Ghazala Khan was being mocked by a candidate for President of the United States on her refrain from speaking at the DNC...
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    US Election: 2016

    What attack? I've offered criticism of a presidential candidate, nothing more and certainly not against a member here. EDIT. If that was the impression, it was not my intent. Do you genuinely believe that all he wanted was clarification as to her stance on her dead son?
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    US Election: 2016

    You're kidding, right? That entirely shameful, outright disrespectful comment made by a potential Commander-in-Chief and all you have to say is that it is a pro-Democrat article? Take out the author's conjecture, fine. Read a different article by a different news agency and Donald Trump's...
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