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  • Finland is Building Shooting Ranges to Boost Citizen Soldiers

    02/27/2024 6:59:07 PM PST · by Chad C. Mulligan · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | February 27, 2024 | Dean Weingarten
    There are currently around 600 ranges in Finland, compared with 2,000 at the turn of the 21st century. Consider the trend. It means 1,400 shooting ranges were closed and or destroyed in the last 25 years. It coincides well with the fall of the Soviet Union, and the belief Finland no longer had to worry about invasion. The hard lessons of the Winter War of 1939 - 1940 were minimized. Although completely outmatched by Soviet manpower and material, Finns fought the Soviet behemoth and kept their independence. They are said to have caused 300 thousand Soviet casualties while suffering only...
  • Finland is Building Shooting Ranges to Boost Citizen Soldiers

    02/27/2024 4:52:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | February 22, 2024 | Dean Weingarten
    A recent article in the Telegraph was republished on Yahoo. The article touted the Finnish government’s decision to open 300 shooting ranges to encourage the development of shooting skills by Finnish citizens, for the purpose of national defense. From the article: “This is because of our defence model, which benefits from people having and developing their shooting skills on their own.”In 2023, Finland’s new Right-wing coalition agreed plans to increase the number of ranges to 1,000 nationwide by the end of the decade, as well as plans to allow diabetics to serve in the army and encourage more women to...
  • Finland Promotes National Security By Building Ranges and Encouraging Armed Citizens

    02/20/2024 2:00:05 PM PST · by CFW · 73 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 2/20/24 | Cam Edwards
    The right of the people to keep and bear arms isn't just about our individual ability to act in self-defense or defense of others. As the Founders knew, the body of the people capable of bearing arms (otherwise known as the unorganized militia) is necessary to the security of a free state as well. Second Amendment attorneys Chuck Michel and Kostas Moros have done an excellent job of laying out the arguments of the Founding Generation in their recent law review article entitled Restrictions "Our Ancestors Would Never Have Accepted": The Historical Case Against Assault Weapon Bans, but the government...
  • Russia may double forces on NATO borders, Estonia warns

    02/17/2024 9:04:35 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/24 | Brad Dress
    Russian forces are likely planning to double their forces on borders with members of the Western security alliance NATO, the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service said in a new report. The report says that Russia is planning to create a new corps, which can include up to 45,000 troops, at NATO’s borders in northern Europe. As of 2022, Russia had about 19,000 troops at the northern border. The 44th Army Corps would likely be based in the northwestern Russian city of Petrozavodsk near the border with Finland, according to the report. The Estonian intelligence assessment said the new Russian unit would...
  • Conservative Ex-PM Alexander Stubb Elected Finland President

    02/12/2024 12:14:32 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/11
    Finland's conservative former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has won Sunday's presidential election, final results show. He secured 51.6% of the vote, while his Green Party rival Pekka Haavisto, the former foreign minister, had 48.4%. Mr Haavisto has already admitted defeat. It is the first election since Finland joined the Nato military alliance. Mr Stubb, 55, takes a hardline approach towards Russia, with which the Nordic nation shares a long land border.
  • Centre-Right Globalist Alexander Stubb Projected to Win Finland Presidential Election

    02/11/2024 12:16:41 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/11/2024 | BREITBART LONDON
    HELSINKI (AP) – Ex-Prime Minister Alexander Stubb is projected to win Finland’s presidential election runoff on Sunday against former Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. Finnish public broadcaster YLE projected that center-right candidate Stubb of the conservative National Coalition Party wins the Finnish presidency with 51.4% of the votes, while independent candidate Haavisto from the green left will get 48.6% of the votes.
  • Airline says it will start weighing passengers in addition to baggage to calculate ‘flight balance’

    02/07/2024 12:23:18 PM PST · by dennisw · 43 replies
    NY POST ^ | Feb. 7, 2024 | Ariel Zilber
    Finland’s flagship airline has announced that it will be weighing passengers as well as their luggage. Finnair said the move, which will be done on a voluntary basis through May, is designed to improve balance calculations that will enhance flight safety. “Finnair will collect data by weighing volunteering customers and their carry-on baggage at the departure gate,” according to a statement from the company. “The weighing is voluntary and anonymous, and the data will only be used to optimize Finnair’s current aircraft balance calculations.” Finnair said that weighing passengers will help ensure that the airline doesn’t exceed the set maximum...
  • 1597: Jaakko Ilkka, Cudgel War victim

    01/27/2024 4:58:59 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat ^ | January 27, 2019 | Headsman
    On this date in 1597, Jaakko Ilkka, leader of a great Finnish peasant rebellion called the “Cudgel War”, was put to death at at Old Isonkyron Church. This evocatively named disturbance broke out in the last days of 1596, so the reader will perceive that the cudgels didn’t have much by way of legs; it took place in a Finland which was then still a part of Sweden. In a typical peasant rising pattern, they won a few early encounters wrong-footing the nobility before heavy soldiery was properly mobilized and smashed the revolt. While the peasants had usual peasantry grievances,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Jyväskylä in the Sky

    01/25/2024 11:45:30 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | 25 Jan, 2024 | Image Credit & Copyright: Harri Kiiskinen
    Explanation: You might not immediately recognize this street map of a neighborhood in Jyväskylä, Finland, planet Earth. But that's probably because the map was projected into the night sky and captured with an allsky camera on January 16. The temperature recorded on that northern winter night was around minus 20 degrees Celsius. As ice crystals formed in the atmosphere overhead, street lights spilling illumination into the sky above produced visible light pillars, their ethereal appearance due to specular reflections from the fluttering crystals' flat surfaces. Of course, the projected light pillars trace a map of the brightly lit local streets,...
  • Russian strategic culture: Why Russia does things the way it does

    01/17/2024 3:45:34 PM PST · by · 111 replies [Published in Foreign Policy] ^ | April 4, 2022 | Martti J. Kari, former intelligence Colonel in the Finnish Defense Forces
    Russian strategic culture: Why Russia does things the way it does By Martti J. Kari, former intelligence Colonel in the Finnish Defense Forces BACKGROUND My background is that I have served in military intelligence for most of my career. I am an officer and an intelligence colonel who retired last fall. I started here in January at the university as a teacher. I teach intelligence. As I have spent most of my career in intelligence, Russia and the Soviet Union have always been my point of interest. As a young lieutenant, I was sent to what was then Leningrad to...
  • Innovative Finnish Company Makes Sustainable Alcohol

    01/16/2024 12:42:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    EuroWeekly News ^ | 16 Jan 2024 | John Ensor
    Finnish start-up company Aircohol is pioneering the creation of a vodka-like spirit using carbon dioxide (CO2) extracted directly from the atmosphere. This ground-breaking approach has the potential to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint by an astonishing 50 per cent. As they say in their own words ‘Aircohol is about saving the planet in a cheerful way!’ At the core of the process is a bioreactor that converts CO2 into alcohol through a two-day fermentation process, all while avoiding the emission of greenhouse gases. The results can be distilled yet further to produce a vodka-like spirit with an alcohol content of...
  • Former Finnish Interior Minister Faces Another Trial Over Posting Bible Verses, Despite Acquittal

    01/15/2024 3:25:14 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/13/24 | Oliver JJ Lane
    Senior Finnish politician Päivi Räsänen is facing being hauled through the courts again over “homophobic” Tweets and writings going back 20 years, despite having been acquitted in the case twice already. The Finnish Public Prosecutor is appealing a November 2023 court decision that Päivi Räsänen, a long-serving member of Parliament, party leader, and former national interior minister was exercising free speech when she quoted the bible and discussed homosexuality on several occasions from 2004 to 2019. Räsänen is the former leader of the Finnish Christian Democrats Party and holds orthodox views on the issue, having described homosexuality as a “disorder...
  • Russia Still Playing Games Along the Border with Finland: Following the Mexican Playbook

    01/10/2024 10:43:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/11/2024 | John Sexton
    Back in November, Finland closed part of its border and accused Russia of trying to stir up trouble by sending migrants on bicycles to border crossings. Why bicycles? It seems that Russia has been bringing these migrants across the entire country (none of them are Russian) and then giving them bikes to travel the last few miles on their own. There’s video of Russian authorities handing out bikes from the back of a van. There are no Russians trying to cross the border. They're sending people without necessary travel documents from countries like Yemen, Somalia and Syria.Russia is taking advantage...
  • Russia Points North – "You Will Suffer First of All"

    12/28/2023 9:06:34 AM PST · by dennisw · 97 replies
    MSN- Dagens ^ | 12-28 | Henrik Rothen
    "Russia has never threatened Finland in modern history. We had no reason for confrontation," said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, according to the Russian state news agency Tass. The tone intensified further after Finland announced a few days before Christmas that it was initiating a new defense agreement with the USA, granting the country access to 15 bases on Nordic soil. Both Sweden and Finland applied for NATO membership last year after Russia initiated a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, fundamentally shaking the security situation in Europe. Sweden's application is still pending approval, while Finland formally joined the defense alliance as a...
  • Finland’s Role In The Kennedy Assassination Mystery

    12/20/2023 1:32:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    EuroWeekly News ^ | John Ensor
    Could a secret trip to Finland hold the key to an unresolved chapter in American history? Documents that were kept secret for 60 years have finally been released by the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo), according to YLE. On the night of October 10, 1959, Lee Harvey Oswald checked into Helsinki’s Hotel Torni. His passport identified him as an American, and he booked room 309 for five days. However, after just two nights, Oswald abruptly left, claiming a desire to return to the US, a statement later proven false. Oswald’s Mysterious Movements In Helsinki Oswald’s actions in Finland puzzled authorities....
  • Finnish court orders Russian neo-Nazi fighter into custody, awaiting potential war crimes charges

    12/19/2023 11:39:09 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Mon, December 18, 2023 | Nate Ostiller
    A court in Helsinki ordered the pre-trial detention of Yan Petrovsky, a Russian neo-Nazi mercenary who has fought against Ukrainian troops, as he awaits potential formal charges on war crimes he allegedly committed in Ukraine, the Finnish media outlet Helsingin Sanomat reported on Dec. 18. Petrovsky is a co-leader of Rusich, a Russian neo-Nazi paramilitary unit that has fought against Ukraine. He is accused by Ukraine, and now Finland, of committing war crimes during the Russian invasion of Donbas that started in 2014. Finnish authorities arrested Petrovsky in July as he tried to fly to France under the name Voislav...
  • Putin says Russia has no plan to attack NATO, dismisses Biden remark as 'nonsense'

    12/17/2023 11:13:38 AM PST · by Mariner · 71 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | December 17th, 2023 | Guy Faulconbridge
    MOSCOW (Reuters) -Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin dismissed as complete nonsense remarks by U.S. President Joe Biden that Russia would attack a NATO country if it won the war in Ukraine, adding that Russia had no interest in fighting the NATO military alliance.The war in Ukraine has triggered the deepest crisis in Moscow's relations with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and Biden warned last year that a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia would trigger World War Three.In a plea to Republicans not to block further military aid earlier this month, Biden warned that if Putin was victorious...
  • Putin promises 'problems' for Finland after it was 'dragged into NATO'

    12/17/2023 6:46:23 AM PST · by marcusmaximus · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/17/2023 | Danielle Wallace
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed "problems" for Finland after he says the Nordic country was "dragged into NATO" amid the war in Ukraine. "Look, Finland was taken and dragged into NATO," Putin said in a new on-camera interview. "What did we have, some kind of dispute with Finland? All disputes, including those of a territorial nature in the middle of the 20th century, were all resolved a long time ago. We had the best, most heartfelt relations. Economically, everything was developing. Yes, in the timber industry, there were some problems linked to the necessity to develop timber processing within...
  • Teen declared missing as child after taken by mom 6 years ago, bolts when she wants to move them to Finland

    12/15/2023 9:24:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2023 | Brie Stimson
    Alex Batty was found Wednesday in southwestern France by a delivery driverA 17-year-old British boy was found safe in France this week, six years after being taken by his mother, and recently ran away from her because she wanted to move them to Finland, according to a report. In 2017, Alex Batty went on a two-week trip to Spain with his grandfather and mother, Melanie Batty — who didn't have legal custody of him and allegedly abducted him — but the trio failed to return to the U.K. at the time. Alex said after they went off-the-grid, they were constantly...
  • Newest NATO member Finland signs defence pact with US

    12/15/2023 9:02:21 AM PST · by marcusmaximus · 29 replies
    Euronews ^ | 12/15/2023 | Euronews
    NATO’s newest member, Finland, has announced it will sign a bilateral defence cooperation agreement next week with the United States. The deal will allow Washington to station troops and store weapons inside the Nordic country, which shares a sprawling border with Russia.