Why something like Trump was inevitable

The systematic displacement of real politics with political consumerism, the replacement of leaders with media celebrities, and the real domination of the spectacle in every aspect of American society are fundamental trends of post-modernity itself; they were first undeniably visible in American presidential politics with Ronald Reagan and finally developed into the most extreme form with Obama, who was more of a marketing hologram than a traditional politician. Trump is the apogee of this phenomenon. Now the spectacle is openly taking political power. This “mechanism” is switching places with its master.

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Blast from the Past: Soviet-Era Tu-160M2 Is More Lethal Than Ever | Dave Majumdar

According to Russia’s deputy defense minister Yuri Borisov—as cited by TASS—the Tu-160M2 has been fundamentally upgraded with completely new mission systems and other improvements over the existing M variant. “This will be essentially a new airplane, not a Tu-160 but a Tu-160M2,” Borisov told RIA Novosti last year [5].

Details on the exact nature of the Tu-160M2 upgrades are scarce. Presumably, Tupolev has made long-overdue adjustments to the airframe that were supposed to have been implemented during the Blackjack’s original production run. However, those tweaks are likely to be fairly minor. The major upgrades are almost certainly going to be focused on the bomber’s avionics suite.

Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET) is working on developing the new avionics suite for the Tu-160M2. “Today we can say with confidence that the new aircraft will be constructed using the elements of integrated modular avionics (IMA),” the company told Russia’s state-owned RIA Novosti. [6] “In the project to modernize the Tu-160, KRET will be creating new on-board systems, controls, a gimbal-less inertial navigation system, electronic warfare complex, fuel use monitoring systems, as well as weapons control systems.”

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