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Colonel General Igor Valentinovich Korobov

NBC is reporting that Head of Russian spy agency accused of U.S. election hack, U.K. spy poisoning dies

MOSCOW — The head of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency that the West has blamed for a string of brazen attacks died on Wednesday after “a serious and long illness,” the Russian defense ministry said.

State news agency TASS cited the ministry as saying Igor Korobov, 62, who ran the spy agency since 2016, had been made a Hero of Russia for his service in the post, the highest state award.

“A serious and long illness” is cancer to the rest of the world. Now it is very possible that Korobov died of cancer. Just because his organization was identified in two of the most embarrassing episodes in recent Russian spycraft does not mean he was “encouraged to die”. His predecessor died at 58, under unspecified circumstances. It’s a tough job with a tough boss.

I do wonder what moron decided that class pictures from “spy school” was something that needed to be on the Internet. That’s how the two GRU agents involved in the UK poisoning case were IDed. That is beyond embarrassing.

November 22, 2018   Comments Off on Colonel General Igor Valentinovich Korobov

Fourteen Years

I just realized that yesterday was the 14th anniversary of this experiment of pushing my opinions on the world. It started after what I thought was the greatest possible failure of the US electorate – the reelection of George W. Bush. I obviously underestimated the stupidity of voters.

The possibility of two more years is not comforting. Cholesterol and blood pressure may yet save us.

November 22, 2018   6 Comments


It was afternoon and I was on my way to a chemistry class. I had stopped for a drink of water when the news came over the speakers in the classrooms.

For those who weren’t alive at the time: remember what you felt on September 11, 2001 for a taste of November 22, 1963. It was a massive change for the worldview of my generation and it marked the beginning of a period of disruption and decline in the civility of American society. Arthur had died and Camelot fell.

At his inauguration John Kennedy made the point: “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

The colors of my world will never be as bright as they were on November 21, 1963. Now we have elected Trump…

November 22, 2018   3 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

TurkeyIf your celebration involved the death of a turkey, thank you. If you have no intention of participating in the Charcoal Grey Thursday Sales, you are a true patriot.

The entire WKRP in Cincinnati – “Turkeys Away” episode and/or the original recording of Alice’s Restaurant.

November 22, 2018   16 Comments