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Friday, 27 November 2015

Was There A "Frantic Stampede" Or "Shopping Frenzy" At The Zagreb H&M? The Facts Show The Contrary (+Video: Viewer Discretion Advised)

So I was doing some channel surfing earlier and came across some clips of the famous annual "Black Friday" sales events/stampedes happening on this side of the pond. Which reminded me of this amusing story from a few weeks ago.

For those not familiar, H&M had a promotion of some French fashion house Balmain items being available that day, there was footage of stampedes and shopping frenzies that took place at various world locations, from North America to Europe to Japan and Australia. Some were worse than others, and this was the first and only time that I had ever come across any article about any shopping frenzy in Croatia, so I had to check it. Here's the short footage from the Zagreb H&M "frenzy" story.

Some of the descriptions I came across were "stampede", "frantic" and "frenzy." I'm not so sure about that though, some of the H&M locations footage I came across had far worse chaos and scenes of frenzying going on for this particular event. I would simply just call this Zagreb footage a short "gaggle  of shoppers" or maybe even just a "flock of shoppers," something like that...

A scene from the shopping chaos frenzy at the Zagreb H&M. Youtube screenshot.

...Why? Because it basically started and was over within 35 seconds, from the time that the shoppers come through the doors to the shelves and racks being empty, and then the shoppers politely turning to leave. I didn't really see any frenzy or stampede or frantic anything, I didn't see any boxes or clothes flying around, I didn't see fights or swings been taken, no shoppers falling down and being crushed, no "POW" "KABOOM" or "SMASH" like the video promised, it was pretty tame actually, not even any tug of war over a sweater or jacket or any carts involved, not even a broken nail or just messed up hair either.

As soon as the Balmain designs were gone it was over. For the typical "shopping frenzy" video watcher it looked promising that there might be some slapping and hair pulling or kicking at the 16 second mark, but it turned out to be a polite shopping frenzy dud, practically a letdown if you were expecting a real shopping frenzy. video. These Zagreb frantics are gonna have to learn a thing or two from my other added video examples below, if they hope to be a part of the shopping stampede frenzy crowd elite, that's what I think anyway.

Amusingly the girl who was filming with her phone was commenting "ajme" and "ne mogu" a few times, (which in Croatian means  something like "oh my" and "I can't believe it"), like she was really shocked at what was going on and what she was seeing. She sounded so naive, in my personal opinion, so naive indeed. I would really like to see or hear her expressions or comments if she was viewing in person some of the other shoppers stampedes and frenzies in the other videos below, she'd be saying "jebote" instead of "ajme" pretty quick that's for sure, probably "ajme bolesnici, jebote, jebeni životinje." She really needs to spend more time watching Maury Povich and Jerry Springer episodes or other ghetto antics shows before starting with the "ajme" crap, she may need some mental professionals to help her from going around "ajme"-ing when there's really nothing "ajme" worthy going on. You can't just go around saying "ajme" and "ne mogu" for just nothing, (what if she had accidentally come across the suck dude & friends? then what? Have a bacon dance seizure saying "Holy Moses, Job and Jehosophat, I can't believe it"!? ), maybe after 90 seconds but not after only 28 seconds of basically shopping enthusiasts, that's absurd, she's way out of line with the "ajme" (pronounced "aye-meh") and "ne mogu" stuff, she's making Croatians seem naive, like wet behind the ears absurd dum-dums who sit around picking their noses and asses all day, like pointless blithering dolts, get real already with the correct commentary.

Well, anyway that's about it, just a quick observational and perhaps amusing post. I personally don't shop at H&M, there's only 1 in the city here and I'm a Guess, Diesel and Hugo Boss type of jeans guy anyway, along with some other clothing brands. And lastly since already on the topic of shopping, I might as well add that shoppers in the city of Split will now have yet another mall to shop at. The recently built Mall of Split is in the final stages of paperwork and permits and will be opening soon, good to know if in the area, they'll probably have an H&M there too once it's up and running. I do some fashion related posts once in a while because some of the model pics look cool, usually just as "Photo Of The Day", those links are at the very bottom. There you go, enjoy the various shopping frenzies and stampedes.

More images/information:

35 seconds of the supposed freaked out shopping frenzy at the Zagreb H&M. (I guess it could be called a freak out frenzy if you work and live at a library perhaps)

Extra bonus footage of the outside lineup and when the doors open at the downtown Zagreb H&M.. Yep, I would definitely categorize this as just "eager shoppers" "ecstatic shoppers" or something like that. Video and story:

Hellish aftermath immediately after the Zagreb H&M stampede/shopping frenzy chaos. Image:

To show what I'm talking about, here's shopping stampedes/frenzies from this side of the pond in North America, these first 4 videos were freshly filmed and uploaded to Youtube just today and yesterday. (Ahhh, the true Spirit of Christmas shows it's true face)

The next couple of highlight vids are from previous years. I could have added a bunch more, but these should do. 

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Monday, 23 November 2015

Photos Of The Day: November Snowfall In Zagreb, Rijeka & Opatija

Well, all the constant and incessant extremists, homegrown terrorism and fundamentalists news on the television is boring the fuck out of me, that's just the local stuff and not what's going on overseas, and that's on top of all the local shooting stabbing, drug deals and protesting protestors news. It all amounts to a very boring and lacklustre waste of time. So on to something else, something completely different yet illuminating and interesting.

From a military helicopters post the other day to just this subject of snow. (I'm fucked up and crazy like that...helicopters, beaches, beers, hockey, opera, food, wines, music, terrorists, hats, soccer, assassins, bears and wolves conservation, bikinis, fashion shows and designers, televangelists, internet, films and filming, castles...and yes...snow. It's almost disturbing how many topics I cover actually) A perfect time for another "Photo Of The Day" snow post. In this instance just some images from yesterdays first winter snowfall from around Zagreb, and the coastal cities of Rijeka and Opatija. I like doing this topic once in a while, coming across some images of winter time scenes of Croatian locations that look completely different from what one usually sees in the brochures and tourism posters and videos. It all takes on a completely different appearance, like a different place and time altogether.

The best photos are usually the ones closer to the holidays and new year when all the decorations and lights are lit up in the cities and towns, but this snowfall came early, and remarkably there was more snow in Opatija and Rijeka than even fell in Zagreb. Most of northern Croatia received similar snowfall, around Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik the temperatures dipped but they didn't get any snowy this time, another month or so and you'll see snow there also. This wasn't a full fledged winter snow storm or a particularly large snowfall that happened yesterday, although large parts of the country did get between 30 cm to 50 cm, basically just interesting snapshots and views one doesn't usually see. (Although I noticed recently that they updated the official tourism site with some winter time scenes and events, which is good, that way people won't think it's summer there all year round) Some related posts are at the bottom.

These first few assorted images are from Medvenica mountain which overlooks the cit of Zagreb, specifically near Sljeme where the annual Audi FIS Ski World Cup Vip Snow Queen Trophy takes place. The city of Zagreb actually received less snow than Rijeka or Opatija believe it or not, and this time the snow accumulated mostly in the surrounding mountains overlooking the city. Images:

November Snowfall In Rijeka

 Rijeka got a taste of an early winter also. This first personal and typical summer time pic I threw in for contrast because it's probably a scene of Rijeka that one is usually accustomed to seeing, so lots of people wouldn't even think that it snows here regularly. Images:

Many people probably also don't know that just over those hills about 1/2 an hour away from Rijeka is Platak Ski Resort. The popular Platak ski hills are one of the rarest around, you actually have a spectacular view of the Adriatic sea when going down the main ski hill. This early snowfall is of course a good sign for the upcoming ski season.

The old Kantrida Stadium was under snow, this stadium is going to be demolished soon to make way for the new Kantrida Stadium. More on that HERE and HERE.

November Snowfall in Opatija

And just across the other side of Kvarner Bay is the town of Opatija. The first pic is another example of what I'm talking about. Most people when they hear the word "Opatija" would automatically think "summery, swimming, terraces, cafes, promenades, riviera-like" and the last thing one would associate it with would be the words winter or snow, but it happens all the time and is really nothing new. See also snow-skating-in-opatija-croatia. Images:

Lastly as an extra bonus, tipTravel magazine is a Croatian online travel magazine full of interesting features, travel ideas and stories from destinations in Croatia and even other places around the world. This latest edition will feature Winter in Croatia as the main topic, as well as stories on the Lucerne region in Switzerland, winter in Austria and Slovenia, tourism trends (Green travel trend), and many other topics. Just click onto to check it out for free.

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Croatia To Accept 16 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopters From US Military..."Will Assist In Defence, Security & The War Against Subversive Anarchists/Cults"

Fully armed OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters will be flying and protecting Croatian skies in 2016.

This story has been in the works since last year, but just the other day the actual helicopters were chosen which will be transferred to the Croatian military next year. These Kiowa Warriors are to replace the Mil Mi-24 “Hind” attack helicopters that the Croatian Air Force already retired in 2002. They're flown by a crew of two and are equipped with, among other things, high-resolution cameras, lasers for marking targets, night vision and for when there's bad visibility, optical-electronic sensors and radio communication and navigation equipment. They're also armed with anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns and machine guns, the OH-58Ds will normally operate with speeds of about 110 knots (127 mph or 204 kmh) and have a range of 160 miles (555 km). Airborne for 2 hours at a time, the Kiowa Warriors can be armed on two points, one on each side of the chopper, with either a .50 or 12.7 mm machine gun, a LAU-68 rocket launcher for up to seven Hydra 70 rockets or 2 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. Sources say that Croatia will also order the Hellfire anti-tank missiles along with this order, with estimates running from 160 to 500 Hellfires during the first order. (I hope they also throw in some variable yield nuclear tipped missiles, 0.3, 5 or 1.7 kilotons would be good enough I think) They can also be used for search and rescue and other emergencies if required.

Apart from the Kiowa Warrior deal Croatia also hopes to be able to sell the remaining 12 to 14 Mil Mi-8-MTV transport helicopters flown by 93 Air Base Helicopter Transport Squadron out of the Divulje Barracks in Split, to free funds for the acquisition of 12 to 15 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, which would then be added to this OH-58D fleet. Various sources say that a deal may be worked out where all the Croatian Mil Mi-8-MTV's could be given at no charge to Ukraine in exchange for a large discount deal on the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk's.

This is a great strategic addition to the Croatian Armed Forces, and this helicopter fleet will integrate with the current ground forces for a much more efficient and powerful mobile reaction force, especially with the recently acquired PzH 2000 Howitzers, Patria AMV's, the current upgraded Mil Mi-8 and Mil-Mi-17 helicopters fleet and the newly upgraded and modernized MiG-21's and AN/FPS-117 Radar network across the country. You can't go wrong with almost free either, and these flying harbingers of justice and freedom will be used efficiently also. It makes much more sense for them being in the Croatian Air Force than just gathering dust or just flying training missions in Arizona. Sure, maybe a couple of them may have to be used down the road by the Croatian Army contingent in Afghanistan, but most will be based in Croatia and used exclusively as part of various joint military exercises or in a state of ready preparedness for any situation where they may be needed.

Also, Croatia without a doubt deserves them, and this is why they had first choice on which ones to choose, first dibs not just because, just because they're in Nato, but because for years now they have been part of numerous international missions in Afghanistan and elsewhere, they have a superlative record in combat situations fighting terrorism and contributing to stability and peace, (Interesting fact: not one Croatian male or female soldier has come back from tours in Afghanistan and then committed suicide, which is very important. To put that in perspective, 178 Canadian soldiers have committed suicide after coming back from Afghanistan tours, (some have even gone on to commit murder-suicides believe it or not) we're actually also promoting and helping Nato's public image and making it more thrilling and exciting and attractive to be a part of, that way the enemies and terrorists won't be laughing and snickering with all kinds of wuss and wimp related epithets, like "Wussy Canadian solider boy, your mommy looks like a goat, do us a favour and kill yourself" or "Hey crybaby wimpy Canadian wannabe soldier, your diapers need changing and you need a haircut", or "Yo Canadian soldier guy with the stupid look and shiny medals, we don't need your moms smelly diapers, go kill yourself",  "Hey, pussy faggot Canadian twinkie diaper, you left your twinkie diaper crumbs on the counter", or even now, "Hey suicidal wife-killer, your diaper medals aren't needed here" etc and stuff like that. We simply can't have that when it comes to the highly esteemed Nato and it's important public image after all, we can not allow denigration and ridicule of Nato professionalism and therefore in the process other Nato member countries), and also because of Croatia's strategic historical location and important EU member status also, so they're not free just for nothing, just because we have cool camouflage on our uniforms, drink better beers or because Catherine Zeta-Jones vacations in Croatia, it's much more than just that.

After all, there are numerous threats these days all around you, you see it on the news every day and even around you. Every time you turn on the television it's chaos and killings and kooks all over the place. All kinds of terrorists, extremists, televangelists, weird religious beliefs and creeds and just plain pointless irrational specimens migrating and hanging around all over the place. That's without even getting into what's directly going on in the Middle East and Africa right now at this very moment. These threats to security and civilization are coming from numerous sources and spreading like a virus, an absurd virus of chaos, terror and creeds based on imploding and destroying various things, using even non-military subversive means to destroy civilization and the future. This helicopter fleet will be perfect for those situations also because they're extremely maneuverable, they can fly low and fast, hide behind hills, buildings, trees and garbage bins, pop out of tunnels or caves, perfect for silent and quick responses, see the video examples below.

Regarding being used for military purposes and defence against any foreign country attacks or incursions, I'm not worried about that actually, Nato countries took care of the Serbs back in 1999 after their years of slaughtering and raping sprees and and they have their own problems with Albanians in Kosovo anyway, while still holding genocidal war criminals as holy heroes. I'm of the opinion that they will also come in handy against other less well known national armed thugs, criminals, subversive organizations and just plain ol' pointless scum, such as when Serbs recently came to Ukraine for vacations as just one recent example, we need to ensure there's no repeat of their killing and genocidal orgies in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo like in the 90's, or else these helicopters will be leading the charge, eyes in the sky helping to rain down glorious hot metal and plenty o' explosions on the specimens.

This new helicopter fleet will also help ensure that threats to Croatian territory from within our borders never happens from foreign subversives, including border surveillance. If some kind of illegal and suspicious populations decide to just saunter around disregarding borders, EU, national and international protocol, laws or territorial sovereignty, or if suspicious types decide to hold some kind of odd suspicious events or are dressed suspiciously or not and are chanting some wierd subversive slogans or initiating various conflicts, (or the first sign of some foreign televangelists and religious cult kooks trying to initiate a brainwashing event or mind control convention), then these helicopters will be ready to respond, same goes for even just the odd looking types with their weird and disturbed habits and traits going around being irrational and so a threat to the order of things, it's best to respond with rounds and rounds and missile strikes of freedom and justice. A few quick hellfire missile strikes after silently floating up from behind some trees or a building will take care of things pretty quickly, the helicopter machine guns can then clean up what's left over. The main thing is to contain the threat and prevent it from spreading and putting lives and civilization at risk, as well as protecting the children, it's very important to protect the children from the clutches of the various violent and non-violent subversive scum and suspicious foreign agitators/rabble-rousers, even foreign subversive mind control cults/sects have been a festering threat attempting to brainwash people with their mumbo jumbo like I said, and sometimes only missiles can stop them. (they're really no different than the commie one-worlder utopianist identity destroying subversives) Like many of my posts in this blog have shown, or just by simply browsing around some images at the website which shows just a small glimpse of what we're protecting.

Time and time again since the middle ages stopping various westward advancing hordes and armies and even from the sea, from Saracens to Moors to Ottoman muslim and later Serb jihads, victories that have been critical in ensuring the continuation of civilization. A strong, independent and free Croatia ensures a free and safer continent, and without it a domino effect would be the repurcussions, a domino effect extending all across Europe and then across the Atlantic and eventually all around the world. If Croatia was to fall, you know what the ugly repercussions and scenarios would then be in Ljubiljana, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw and other capitals. Croatian ports, in Split and Rijeka especially, have been an extremely important access point and European hub for Nato over the years. Then it's a great holy mission actually, all and any explosions and body limbs flying around will really be about ensuring peace, civilization and progress and that's the main thing.

Canadian Military Army Special Ops and Psy=Ops soldiers on patrol for subversives and one-worlder utopianist commie mind-control sects, ready at a moments notice to apply the lethal death grip to pointless subversive mutants in a nanosecond, for progress and civilization. (the very death grip alluded to Canada's best selling and most popular comic book character Captain Canuck)

Yep, a great deal I say, practically brand new helicopters and expected to last at least the next 20 years with lots of spare parts and weapons options. Next year is when an official decision will be made on the purchase of the next generation jet fighters for after the MiG's are decommissioned. (F-16's, Saab Gripen, Eurofighter Typhoon, French Mirage, the Israeli Kfir and some other possibilities are still on the table, more on that HERE) I'll update this post after the helicopters arrive in Croatia next year, get their new paint jobs and have the Croatian military emblems and insignia added. (I think maybe they should even get a special new painted on insignia on the helicopters and patches designed specifically for this helicopter fleet pilots uniforms. Maybe a flying wolf or bear with dragon wings, or a bear with a flaming human skull head and wolf ears and dragon wings holding a sword and a bloody dripping heart in the other clawed paw, or a mermaid with dragon wings flying around with arrows or olive branches or lightning bolts between her teeth and holding a bunch missiles or a machine gun. That would look pretty cool, I'll keep you up to date on that important subject too)

The United States Donates 16 Military Helicopters to Croatia To Assist In Defence Security, Border Control & Protection From Travelling Subversives


A few weeks ago, the US Congress has approved a delivery of 16 light reconnaissance helicopter gunships Kiowa Warrior and a simulator to Croatia. The value of the donation is more than 100 million dollars, but in the next three years, Croatia will have to pay 20 million dollars for spare parts, training and ammunition, reports Jutarnji List on September 13, 2015.

Within a few weeks, a team of experts of the Croatian armed forces will go to the USA to select the 16 helicopters. Croatia has been given the right to first choose among 200 surplus helicopters, while the rest will later go to other US partners. The helicopters were completely modernized and refurbished in 2011 and are in excellent condition. They are equipped with sensors for thermal scanning, optical sensors, laser systems to determine the distance and pinpoint targets, and optical targeting systems. In addition, they are equipped with launchers for anti-tank missiles and air-to-air missiles. The ammunition for these launchers, training of pilots and technicians as well as the spare parts and tools are not included in the donation and will have to be paid by Croatia. The helicopters will be used for the national defence and border control, as well as in international operations in which Croatia participates.

Importantly, in addition to helicopters, the Croatian army will get a simulator in which soldiers will be trained. It has all the systems and equipment just like a "real" helicopter. The simulator will reduce the amount of weapons that will be purchased because the soldiers in training will not be using real ammunition.

Estimates are that the helicopters should arrive to Croatia by the end of 2016, when the Croatian army will again have combat helicopters after more than 15 years. In the 1990s, the military had Russian combat helicopters Mi 24. After the war, ion 2002 it was decided that they will not be modernized. The armed forces are currently equipped with transport helicopters Mil Mi-8 and Mil Mi-117 Sh.

The American donation is another proof of the partnership between Croatia and the USA. According to some estimates, the USA have to date donated to Croatia military equipment worth about 200 million dollars. This includes various types of vehicles, communication equipment, soldier training, destruction of obsolete weapons and ammunition. In return, Croatia has so far proved to be a reliable partner to the Americans in Afghanistan, and also in the framework of the anti-terrorist coalition.

Sneak peak images taken from the

From around the 9:30 mark is what I'm talking about, at the first sign of suspicious and illegal or unfashionable activity, televangelist and mind control cult events or even cases of annoying pointless celebs, noise pollution or littering, they can be dealt with quickly and thoroughly from even 5 miles away. You will know that the flying missiles and explosions are for peace, freedom, progress and civilization.

Besides supporting ground forces movements and patrolling for enemy military formations, they are also perfect for patrolling Croatian beaches, parks and cities, don't even think about causing any religious crusade or civilizational warfare, post another pointless selfie and there'll be hell to pay.

While on the topic of military, I came across this recently made video, some interesting behind the scenes footage of Croatian Army cadets during basic training. Croatian soldiers are voluntary btw, as in there's no enforced mandatory conscription policy (only just the haircuts and uniforms are mandatory)

An interesting collage themed around the Croatian Military and Special Forces.

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