The connections between Russia and the Trump White House keep piling up– and it looks pretty bad

Most recently, the New York Times published a story containing allegations that there was regular contact between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence operatives. Before the election. Which means the POTUS and the Russian government may have colluded.


Warm welcome for the German Army entering Yugoslavia in April 1941. After the coup d'état in Belgrade, Yugoslavia on 27 March 1941, the German military assembled overwhelming combat power in a short period of time that decimated an enemy army over a million strong in a decisive victory with extremely low casualties that lasted only twelve days.

IRAQ. Al-Anbar governorate. Khaldiya. June 28, 2016. A camp for people displaced by fighting in Iraq. Tens of thousands of civilians fled violence during battles to take back territory from the Islamic State.

Photograph: Bryan Denton for The New York Times
Trump sets Democratic field ablaze with anger
The price of entry for the 2020 presidential primary is ferocious opposition to the president. By GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI

The Democratic base is so roiled and enraged after only two weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency that a take-no-prisoners posture toward the White House is emerging as the price of entry for the 2020 primary.

An election that could have focused in on economic inequality and the excesses of Wall Street — the issues that animate the left’s leading tribunes, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — is already shaping up as a contest about the intensity of the resistance to Trump.

“In almost 20 years of doing this, I’ve never felt like we’re in a moment like we are now,” said Anne Caprara, a senior advisor for the Priorities USA Action super PAC and a veteran Democratic campaign operative. “This is the moment in history. People will look back and ask what you did, and there’s a real palpable recognition of that among elected officials.“

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Soldiers of the Das Reich Division stop by a village to accept water and food from a civilian in Yugoslavia in April 1941. Das Reich was among the forces tasked with striking directly towards Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia. It captured Belgrade in record time and with no casualties.

“Dozens of bombs fall from a U.S. bomber toward Japanese-occupied Kiska Island, Alaska, on August 10, 1943. Note the craters from previous bombing runs and the zig-zag trenches dug by the Japanese.”

(US Air Force)

First in Belgrade, Yugoslavia! Soldiers of the Das Reich Division in the streets of Belgrade, after SS-Hauptsturmführer Fritz Klingenberg received the city’s surrender on 12 April 1941. Organized resistance soon crumbled in the country after the fall of the capital.


Riot is making a board game set in the League of Legends universe called “Mechs Vs. Minions”

Our top story today is that Riot Games, the preposterously large and successful video game developer that makes League of Legends, has unveiled a board game set in the world of LoL. It’s called Mechs Vs. Minions, it’s shipping to customers in just a couple of months and it’s the most exciting release of 2016 that nobody knew about. Mechs Vs. Minions is a co-operative campaign game where up to 4 players each program robots that then go stomping, blasting and carving their way through a crowd of tiny warriors trying to kill you. If I’m being flattering, it’s Robo Rally meets Descent, with a few fun Legacy-style surprises as you advance through each of the campaign’s missions. And look at it! This box as opulent as the world’s most ridiculous Kickstarters, with pre-painted miniatures, metal cogs and the most impressive inlay ever made. In terms of what you get in the box Mechs Vs. Minions is a strong contender for the most lavish board game ever made (wait until you see the inlay), but it’s also the best value for money I’ve ever seen. At around $80, the retail price is literally 50% of what I’d expect another publisher to charge. In other words, you’re going to be hearing a lot about this game. …But! You won’t be hearing about it on this site. At least not from me, because the second thing you need to know is that I did some design consultancy on this game. So as interesting and generous as Mechs Vs. Minions is, it’s also represents a giant conflict of interest that we can’t go near. So definitely do check out some other reviews of it. You just won’t be getting that review on SU&SD.

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“Two British tank officers, somewhere in the North African War Zone, on January 28, 1941, grin at war cartoons in an Italian newspaper. One holds a Mascot — a puppy found during the capture of Sidi Barrani, one of the first Italian bases to fall in the African War.”


IRAQ. Al Anbar governorate. November 5, 2005. A Marine from Fox Co. 2nd Battalion 1st Marines holds his M-16 rifle with pictures of suspected insurgents during the first day of Operation Steel Curtain.

Operation Steel Curtain was a military endeavour executed by coalition forces in early November 2005 to reduce the flow of foreign insurgents crossing the border and joining the Iraqi insurgency.

U.S. officials reported that the operation killed 139 AQI insurgents and took 256 more prisoners, and considered it successful. Around 10 U.S. Marines and an unknown number of Iraqi soldiers died. There were also at least 60 civilians killed, 10 being children.

Photograph: Yuri Kozyrev/Noor for TIME

Israel: Covert operation to deliver winter gear to Syrian refugees - 16 February 2017

Israeli social action groups — HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed, Dror Israel and the Combat Genocide Association – launched a charity campaign dubbed, Operation Human Warmth, to supply Syrian refugees with warm clothing and supplies.
The groups collected nearly 100 tons of supplies, including winter coats, boots, warm clothing, sleeping bags, and more that were packed into about 3,000 boxes.
The Israeli clothing and goods makes no mention of Israel – all tags and logos featuring Hebrew writing were cut off, “to protect the effort and the recipients,” according to a statement released by the groups.
“I thought people would be reluctant to support an effort they would not get credit for,” Gilad Perry, Dror Israel’s international collaborations director, said in a statement. “I was amazed to see how wrong I was. The generosity of people just caring for those who suffer from the cold winter on the other side of the border, in an ‘enemy country,’ overwhelmed me.”
Operation Human Warmth is the latest effort by Israeli organizations to help Syrians affected by their civil war.
“The most moving part of the operation for me is to see thousands of Israelis from different religions join forces in a humanistic effort, emphasizing the similarities in the core values of all of us who simply try to make good on this planet, no matter what our backgrounds may be,” Perry told JTA.
The collected goods will be delivered to Syrian refugees via a partner aid organization without any mention of where the supplies originated.

A soldier from the Das Reich Division writes a warning that the street is mined on a wall of a building during the advance towards Belgrade, Yugoslavia in April 1941. The Division started up from the Yugoslav border from their positions around the town of Denta in Romania, as part of the XXXXI. Armeekorps commanded by General der Panzertruppe George-Hans Reinhardt.

“A heavily damaged midget submarine base constructed by occupying Japanese forces on Kiska Island, photo taken sometime in 1943, after Allied forces retook the island.”

(US Navy)

IRAQ. Al Anbar governorate. Al-Karmah. October 29, 2005. Marines escort suspected insurgents, including Ali Muhammad Said, accused of leading a mortar team in attacking Camp Delta. 

For most of 2005 to 2007 it was considered the most violent city in Iraq. Unlike neighbouring Fallujah, it has no wall around the city, so anti-American insurgents were able to move freely in and out of the areas. Attacks on coalition forces were a daily occurrence in this city, with aerial mortar attacks, as well as small arms attacks almost daily on coalition patrols, convoys, and American Bases.

Photograph: Yuri Kozyrev/Noor for TIME

Soldiers of the Das Reich Division trying to get a 3.7cm PaK 36 out of the mud during the advance towards Belgrade, Yugoslavia in April 1941. The Division’s line of advance was over very marshy terrain, and it had difficulty in making progress in adverse weather conditions. The motorcycle reconnaissance unit of the Division, however, under SS-Hauptsturmführer Fritz Klingenberg, found that its light vehicles could make good headway by travelling along railway tracks and embankments, and it took off at speed towards Belgrade while the remainder of the Division laboured in the mud.


Petty Officer Second Class Kelly-087, born Kelly Shaddock, is one of the few remaining SPARTAN-II supersoldiers. She is well-known due to close friendships with Joshua-029, Samuel-034, Linda-058, Frederic-104, and John-117. She was temporarily missing, but was later reunited with the remaining SPARTAN-IIs (excluding John-117) on Onyx. She, along with the other surviving SPARTAN-IIs and several SPARTAN-IIIs, were trapped in a Micro Dyson Sphere, but were able to exit the sphere and link up with UNSC ONI ships (UNSC Glamorgan, UNSC Port Stanley, and UNSC Belleisle). She is one of John’s closest friends and is renowned for her incredible speed (62 KPH), even with her MJOLNIR armor. By 2558 she had engaged in 201 operations (124 campaigns).

Soldiers of the Das Reich Division photographed during the campaign in Yugoslavia in April 1941. The man on the left is a motorcycle despatch rider, while the two on the right are SS-Untersturmführers.