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(Al Jazeera)   UAE Scores $1.36bn in arms deals at Abu Dhabi weapons show. Man, and the only convention swag I got there was a t-shirt fired out the barrel of a tank   (aljazeera.com) divider line
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6 days ago  
That's a pretty good amount of guns and weapons, but before anyone gets too concerned, 1.36billion will only get you about 65% of one B-2 Spirit:
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Hell, US Civilians spent 8 billion on guns and ammo in 2013 alone.
 
6 days ago  
I think, as a rule, you shouldnt sell missiles to guys in turbans.
 
6 days ago  
dothemath:

I believe you should not give Christians ships to find routes to inda.
 
6 days ago  

dothemath: I think, as a rule, you shouldnt sell missiles to guys in turbans.


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Turbans? No, you need to worry about the redcaps.
 
6 days ago  

dothemath: I think, as a rule, you shouldnt sell missiles to guys in turbans.


Why? Are Sikhs particularly dangerous?
 
6 days ago  

BigNumber12: dothemath: I think, as a rule, you shouldnt sell missiles to guys in turbans.

Why? Are Sikhs particularly dangerous?


They would be if they had a bunch of missiles, probably.

It wouldnt make them less dangerous.
 
6 days ago  

AuralArgument: dothemath:

I believe you should not give Christians ships to find routes to inda.


That train has sailed, unfortunately.
 
6 days ago  
jacob rothschild armed them up
 
6 days ago  
This is a really good book about stuff like drone sales at weapon vendor fairs.

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If you're wondering how the Security Council countries would allow this to happen, well, it's very much the USA. Here is a good book about France's diplomats struggling to rein in the USA during the War on Terror.

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6 days ago  
The gun show loophole strikes again.
 
6 days ago  

BigNumber12: dothemath: I think, as a rule, you shouldnt sell missiles to guys in turbans.

Why? Are Sikhs particularly dangerous?


Some certainly are. They are responsible for some of the biggest terrorist attacks ever.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_I​n​dia_Flight_182
 
6 days ago  
Country Joe & the Fish sang a song about this...

Country Joe&The Fish-I feel like I'm fixin' to die
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\same as it ever was...
 
6 days ago  
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Well, hello there sailor!
 
6 days ago  

BigNumber12: dothemath: I think, as a rule, you shouldnt sell missiles to guys in turbans.

Why? Are Sikhs particularly dangerous?


They come from the warrior class and many adherents remain active in India's military with many others leading private security.  In short, they are a cool group.
 
6 days ago  
Why do they need to buy weapons? I was told Donald Trump brought peace to the Middle East but the MSM doesn't want to report that because it would make him look good. He was even nominated for the Noble Piece Prize!
 
6 days ago  
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6 days ago  

Habitual Cynic: BigNumber12: dothemath: I think, as a rule, you shouldnt sell missiles to guys in turbans.

Why? Are Sikhs particularly dangerous?

They come from the warrior class and many adherents remain active in India's military with many others leading private security.  In short, they are a cool group.


Sikh kids in Canada can bring their kirpan to school. They have basically the lowest rate of violence of any demographic in Canada, possibly the lowet rate of crime, the second-most educated (behind Muslim, last I checked)... They can wear their turbans as police officers and in the military. Sikh is the opposite of scary, although that might be a part of Canadian Sikh culture.
 
6 days ago  
Is it called "scoring" a contract when you're the one spending the money?
 
6 days ago  

BigNumber12: dothemath: I think, as a rule, you shouldnt sell missiles to guys in turbans.

Why? Are Sikhs particularly dangerous?


Sometimes. Not usually.
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/Air India 182 was already covered
//I used to shop at the same Radio Shack where that guy bought his electronic parts
 
6 days ago  
UAE also sent people to Colombia and hired a bunch of people with combat experience who got unemployed when the peace deal was signed. Even with all that fire power, Mercs, supply lines that are basically hours away from their own country, knowledge of local language and culture, familiarity with terrain, native allies, much larger populations and massively superior economies; the gulf states and Saudis can't close the deal in Yemen.

That's why they'd really rather the US fight Iran for them.
 
6 days ago  
Not far away, Poland's WB Group showed glitzy sales videos of its "suicide drone" plummeting from great heights to blast away armoured vehicles.

There is so much wrong in that article but I just wanted to point out this one item which was especially disturbing.
 
6 days ago  

Bennie Crabtree: Habitual Cynic: BigNumber12: dothemath: I think, as a rule, you shouldnt sell missiles to guys in turbans.

Why? Are Sikhs particularly dangerous?

They come from the warrior class and many adherents remain active in India's military with many others leading private security.  In short, they are a cool group.

Sikh kids in Canada can bring their kirpan to school. They have basically the lowest rate of violence of any demographic in Canada, possibly the lowet rate of crime, the second-most educated (behind Muslim, last I checked)... They can wear their turbans as police officers and in the military. Sikh is the opposite of scary, although that might be a part of Canadian Sikh culture.


They are among the most peaceful groups wherever they are.  But a dagger is part of their religious dress.  So don't piss them off.
 
6 days ago  

kbronsito: UAE also sent people to Colombia and hired a bunch of people with combat experience who got unemployed when the peace deal was signed. Even with all that fire power, Mercs, supply lines that are basically hours away from their own country, knowledge of local language and culture, familiarity with terrain, native allies, much larger populations and massively superior economies; the gulf states and Saudis can't close the deal in Yemen.

That's why they'd really rather the US fight Iran for them.


We've been other nations subcontractors of war for 70 years now. It makes money for the shareholders.
 
6 days ago  

Aardvark Inc.: Country Joe & the Fish sang a song about this...


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That is a song I have not heard in a long, long time.
/Kudos, good stuff
 
6 days ago  

berylman: Not far away, Poland's WB Group showed glitzy sales videos of its "suicide drone" plummeting from great heights to blast away armoured vehicles.

There is so much wrong in that article but I just wanted to point out this one item which was especially disturbing.


Not everyone can afford a reusable predator drone and it's missiles.
 
6 days ago  

Private_Citizen: That's a pretty good amount of guns and weapons, but before anyone gets too concerned, 1.36billion will only get you about 65% of one B-2 Spirit:
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Hell, US Civilians spent 8 billion on guns and ammo in 2013 alone.


The US has 20 of those $1B planes, & they still can't protect the Capitol from seditionists.

//big waste of money.
 
6 days ago  

berylman: Aardvark Inc.: Country Joe & the Fish sang a song about this...

[Fark user image 275x183] That is a song I have not heard in a long, long time.
/Kudos, good stuff



My parents were teenagers in '60's & so in their twenties during the '70's. Their music collection is broad in its depth and - so long as we were careful in handling the vinyl - my big brother & I were encouraged to listen to pretty much anything that we liked the sound of or were intrigued by the album cover. Any questions would be patiently answered to the best of their pretty well rounded & educated ability.

They were kind of like a Scottish proto-hippie, or at least heavily influenced by the bits of British, Europe & US counter culture movements & art scenes they found interesting & not completely mind-shattering.
 
6 days ago  

berylman: Not far away, Poland's WB Group showed glitzy sales videos of its "suicide drone" plummeting from great heights to blast away armoured vehicles.

There is so much wrong in that article but I just wanted to point out this one item which was especially disturbing.


Unfortunately, autonomous killing is the way the military development is going. The worst idea may be the indiscriminate concept of using drones to create an "aerial minefield" that uses the shape-charge penetrators to detect and destroy remotely.

We're losing what little humanity was left in War....
 
6 days ago  
"Although the figure surpasses the 2019 show's opening announcement, defence experts anticipate a drop in military spending this year as the pandemic and slumping global oil prices squeeze budgets in the Gulf region."

Biden's working on fixing this.
 
6 days ago  

Sean VasDeferens: "Although the figure surpasses the 2019 show's opening announcement, defence experts anticipate a drop in military spending this year as the pandemic and slumping global oil prices squeeze budgets in the Gulf region."

Biden's working on fixing this.


Defence is de thing that devides de properties.
 
6 days ago  
I heard that the UAE doesn't even like the Flinstones.  But it's ok, because Abu Dhabi do.
 
6 days ago  

dothemath: I think, as a rule, you shouldnt sell missiles to guys in turbans.


turbinesforturbans.com

Let's get renewables going strongly in all areas of the Middle East.
 
6 days ago  

Diocletian's Last Cabbage: Sean VasDeferens: "Although the figure surpasses the 2019 show's opening announcement, defence experts anticipate a drop in military spending this year as the pandemic and slumping global oil prices squeeze budgets in the Gulf region."

Biden's working on fixing this.

Defence is de thing that devides de properties.


This sounds like a Marxian critique of state capitalism, or let's just say fascism.
 
6 days ago  

BigNumber12: dothemath: I think, as a rule, you shouldnt sell missiles to guys in turbans.

Why? Are Sikhs particularly dangerous?


Have you never heard of Sikh and destroy?
 
6 days ago  
'Suicide drone'???

So...like a bomb except maybe it is able to be controlled after it's dropped?

Just go ahead and call it a killer robot since some of them can guide themselves...like some missiles guide themselves.
 
6 days ago  
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Next time get the VIP pass.
 
6 days ago  
I have been to this show in the past....it's wild. It's the only real global arms show where one can see US, Russian and Chinese equipment all in one place...the only high tech stuff that was missing was from Israel and even then, some bigger Israeli arms firms like Plasan and Rafael were represented in some way.  It has everything from new Chinese AP sniper rounds and ultra-light weight titanium .50 cal rifles to missiles, drones and every kind of vehicle imaginable....even planes on display inside a convention hall which is not a trivial thing to see.  Huge.  They put on a fake war games on the water front with a submarine, helicopters and flyovers and 20-30 tanks and other wheeled vehicles.  I am sure there is video online...the stadium holds a few thousand.

Every year, the news is that the UAE is doing some huge buy...it's they way they kick off the show.

There is a big arms race in the middle east...Jordan built KADBE in 2010 and it's an impressive place...then the UAE invested billions in EDIC which is like 10 times the size of KADBE and now Saudi Arabia has been working on an in-house arms manufacturing facility that is like 10 times the size of EDIC.  I have only been to parts of the UAE facility...unreal...marble floored glass buildings, pristine air strips, the most state of the art vehicle manufacturing in the world and an unlimited supply of cheap labor. The stories I have heard about the Saudi facilities seem unreal, but the amount of money being spent is staggering.

The late night "underground" warehouse bar/party locations were pretty unreal too. I only went to one and saw more eastern European hookers, russian mafia types and super cars than I could imagine.  Like hundreds and hundreds of them. And I was not anywhere close to being invited to anything VIP....that was the party that the hotel concierge knew about and could get us into.  There were rumors of parties with elite global entertainment talent and celebrities.
 
6 days ago  

stuffy: [thaka.bing.com image 376x564]
Next time get the VIP pass.


Knees are way to  sharp and somesuch....
 
5 days ago  

badplaid: The stories I have heard about the Saudi facilities seem unreal, but the amount of money being spent is staggering.


I know a few folk who did the 'work in UAE for a few years to save up the sweet, sweet tax free ex-pat money' then come back & buy a nice house with it. Like, get a highly favourable mortgage as you were ponying up 25 to 50% in your own money for a new four bedroom house then you immediately pay it off & take the financial hit to pay things down early because you could. Presto-chango, no monthly mortgage expenses for the next 25 - 30 years.

The story that stuck in my head, however, went as follows; if you're a westerner you're basically doing the white collar side of things to make the local boss & his friends in cushy gigs look good. If you happen to die (ill health, accident etc) your company will repatriate the body back home. Don't want to worry the US'ian or European technical skilled types after all. If you're a labourer from Bangladesh, Pakistan etc then they just dig the next foundations a bit deeper & wire your last pay cheque to the family back home.
 
5 days ago  
Did they find a grey kitten named Nermal at the Abu Dhabi show?
 
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