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For those interested, here’s my most recent article analyzing the lawsuit accusing Harvard University of antisemitism and discrimination against Jewish students:

Jews and Antisemitism at Harvard University
The Unz Review • January 15, 2024 • 5,500 Words

 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Russia, Ukraine 
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  1. Finally. The previous thread is over 1,000 comments already.

    • Agree: A123, Catdompanj, LT1488
  2. Qualifying for the 24 Hours of Daytona is up.

    The GTD session was interrupted by Red Flag. Jump to 44:00 in the video to see the new Corvette and Mustang entries.

    PEACE 😇

  3. In regards to Austria-Hungary, I feel like the Austrian half of Austria-Hungary lacked a common unifying theme besides centuries of loyalty to the Hapsburg dynasty. What else was there? The Hungarian half of Austria-Hungary at least had centuries of history as an independent kingdom and nation-state. The Austrian half of Austria-Hungary brought good government (less corruption, et cetera) to its subject territories, an effect that is still felt over 100 years later, but what common unifying theme was there for it? Is relying on just the Hapsburg royal family good enough?

    Even the Austrian half of Austria-Hungary looked kind of funky by itself on a map:

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Mr. XYZ

    Seems like the Austrian half of Austria-Hungary could have easily been (purely hypothetically/theoretically) split between Italy, Germany, and a newly recreated independent Poland in order to create a much nicer map. (Romania and Serbia could get Bukovina and Dalmatia, or they could go to Poland and Italy, respectively.)

  4. Anyone know any good China podcasts?

    Am struggling to find even what would be considered the official news. Surprising, thought they spent a lot of money on English-language AM radio stations, etc.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @songbird

    https://thechinaproject.com/podcasts/

    https://www.csis.org/podcasts/chinapower

    https://carnegieendowment.org/chinaintheworld

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/china-global/id1569469267

    Replies: @songbird

    , @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @songbird

    You aren't gonna get the fun stuff in English. This one has some of the scenes in Russian

    1. Zelensky was giving speech at UN, because no one showed up, so Ukrainian TV put in an astroturfed cut with more people in audience, except they botched it and Zelensky was in the audience simultaneously.

    2. Blinken came to White House for trick-and-treat and dressed up his son as Zelensky, but it looked so stupid because it implied Zelensky is always there to beg for money.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp54PbHfoDU

    This one is about Putin's possible Jewish heritage. Because Chinese Putin fanboys are like Zelensky is a Jew, Jew this Jew that-- except Putin is probably also

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eiBLXVGfHU

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Derer, @A123

  5. @Mr. XYZ
    In regards to Austria-Hungary, I feel like the Austrian half of Austria-Hungary lacked a common unifying theme besides centuries of loyalty to the Hapsburg dynasty. What else was there? The Hungarian half of Austria-Hungary at least had centuries of history as an independent kingdom and nation-state. The Austrian half of Austria-Hungary brought good government (less corruption, et cetera) to its subject territories, an effect that is still felt over 100 years later, but what common unifying theme was there for it? Is relying on just the Hapsburg royal family good enough?

    Even the Austrian half of Austria-Hungary looked kind of funky by itself on a map:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7a/Flag-map_of_Cisleithania.svg

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    Seems like the Austrian half of Austria-Hungary could have easily been (purely hypothetically/theoretically) split between Italy, Germany, and a newly recreated independent Poland in order to create a much nicer map. (Romania and Serbia could get Bukovina and Dalmatia, or they could go to Poland and Italy, respectively.)

  6. Off-topic, but could you see a Russia that avoided the 1917 Bolshevik coup helping to create an alternate version of the EU and NATO (but without the US) in order to help foster economic development and maintain security in Europe in the post-WWI years and decades? With the US descending back into isolationism, if Russia isn’t Communist, I suspect that Russia will play a huge role as being one of Europe’s main post-WWI security guarantors in such a scenario.

    • Replies: @Derer
    @Mr. XYZ

    If Trump is elected and UK being out, Europe having their own security institution is quite realistic. The Washington players want to keep NATO with tooth and nail...without NATO the collective appearance of US world escapades would be gone as well as the Washington seat in Europe would be gone.

    The EU was created partly for unloading the US yoke, but EU leadership comprised of weaklings and some still admiring US "chewing gums", especially from country P.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. XYZ

    , @Philip Owen
    @Mr. XYZ

    Absolutley. Russia's absence from the international system in what should have been a period of phenomenal growth (Stalin was an impediment not a driver) was a critical loss to the world economy. Booming Russia>no slump>no Nazis>slower and more ordered breakup of the British Empire (the real greatest geopolitical event of 20th C). Japan and China would probably still have had a go at each other though. Kerenskyist Russia would have supported the Chinese Nationalists.

    That said there might have been a white on white civil war too.

  7. @songbird
    Anyone know any good China podcasts?

    Am struggling to find even what would be considered the official news. Surprising, thought they spent a lot of money on English-language AM radio stations, etc.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mr. XYZ

    Do you listen to any of these? Nothing really catches my fancy.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  8. Iraqi Information Minister reviews
    Encounters by D. W. Pasulka
    St. Martins 2023, 248 pp

    This is an unbounded mess of a book. I found it necessary to read every sentence in it but cannot recommend for anybody to do likewise. Three part review:

    1. Background;
    2. what I liked;
    3. examples of what is horrible, terrible, and ludicrous.

    Background

    Diana Walsh Pasulka is a star of the current UFO scene. She is a professor of religious studies at U. North Carolina-Wilmington. She debuted in her UFO starring role with the publication of her previous book, American Cosmic, in 2019. A little about this previous book. I bought it in 2019 in the first weeks it was available, read it direct when it arrived on my doorstep, and immediately threw it into the garbage bin after finishing the last page.

    This first book purported to be a summary of the woman’s research into UFO’s. If I had known she was going to be a star I would not have thrown it away. I am not going to throw Encounters away. Diane Pasulka is a bright woman. A generous person might think that some day she will attain enough wisdom that she will regret writing these books.

    As for her stardom, she was near the top of the list of featured speakers at the Sol Foundation Symposium in November 2023 in Palo Alto. Stanford University sanctioned UFO studies. That gang uses the term UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena). The foundation also is sponsored by the CIA and black budget money.

    Encounters is not about UFO’s, exactly. It is more like a sequence of nerd-glamour magazine profiles of people she has met up with in her UFO and UFO-adjacent research, which includes consciousness, intelligence, ethnography, cosmology, trauma, metaphysics, Silicon Valley tech startups, psychology, and space travel.

    Is there such a thing as a nerd-glamour magazine? Omni or Wired where the subjects are smoking hot. That type of hypothetical publication. The writing in this book would fit in to there like a hand into a glove. Each subject is fascinating AND brilliant AND amazing AND if you browsed to their personal ad you would drool and pray oh please pick me.

    End_of_background
    _________________________________

    2. What I liked

    Chapter 8, Children of the Invisibles, is good. There is a long transcript of an interview pp. 183-192 with Patricia Turrisi. This interview is excellent. Turrisi is the one person profiled in the book with a last name. She also is the one in the book whose connection to the collection of subjects (consciousness &c) is remote. She is a recently retired professor of philosophy (at UNC-Wilmington) with an unrelated research focus but she shows up because her father worked on top secret aerospace projects and she lived the top secret lifestyle until she left home to go to college. The interview is mostly to explore what it is like to grow up in a house where your dad’s job is top secret. If that is a topic which interests you then reading this interview should be on your list for sure.

    There is information from Tyler which is good. (Tyler is sparse in this book—he was pretty much the main character in American Cosmic. Tyler is not his real name and Pasulka continues to not use his real name anywhere but at this point everybody who has bothered to search knows who he is.)

    When Tyler taught others about his research, he often presented his taxonomy of beings, which is his cosmological worldview. In this hierarchy of beings, God was placed at the top. After that were angels, then off-planet beings. “Off-planet” is the term Tyler used for extraterrestrials. Below that were “certain factions within intelligence communities.” Below this were ordinary people, and then animals.

    p. 180

    If you need a citation then there it is. They are more than you or I. All men may be created equal, but very few get security clearance.

    There is a good quotation from Jacques Vallee (Pasulka has been inside his house).

    He [Vallee] told me that people in intelligence communities are very charming. They meet you. Then they meet your friends. Then they meet your family and they become friendly with your children.

    p.178 **

    End_of_what_I_liked
    ___________________________________

    3. What I didn’t like

    Her epistemology is horrible. Her ontology is terrible. Her theology is ludicrous. I will confine myself to a small fraction of her horrible epistemology.

    It is impossible to do what she claims to be doing and use anonymous or pseudonymous sources or high positioned people who spoke on the condition that they not be named. OK for yellow journalism. Not OK for scholarly or academic work or anything that aspires to such. She trusts her sources whose identity she does not disclose. Does anybody trust her? If you trust her and you presume the trust is transferable you cannot do anything with it unless you are a fool and disregard the risk of going on a wild goose chase with your limited energy and time. This fact of the universe is backwards compatible, and the reverse is true.

    Diane Pasulka is on a wild goose chase. This book is part of her story.

    End_of_what_I_did_not_like
    __________________________________

    The book has no index. The citation format is mixed, only a few glitches.

    OK sorry I just cannot resist to add one more thing. In one of the chapters (number 7, Moongirl) the subject is a glamorous nerd who flies on private jets and is writing a Chatgpt for humpback whales. Sorry two. The UFO’s are quantum computer AI from parallel universes. Also chapter 7.

    ** Jacques Vallee is wrong. All of the people in the intelligence communities are government employees and almost all are beastly dull as typical government employees. The ones he has met are selected and highly trained to be charming to people the agency wants to use.


  9. Another oil refinery hit in Russia, this time close to St. Petersburg, one that was state of the art built with German technology. It’s incredible that Ukrainian drones can travel up to 1,300 kilometers untouched through Russian airspace and hit their targets.

    • Agree: Sher Singh, Mr. XYZ
    • Replies: @Another Polish Perspective
    @Mr. Hack


    It’s incredible that Ukrainian drones can travel up to 1,300 kilometers untouched through Russian airspace and hit their tar
     
    gets.

    They do not.
    There are only two realistic possibilities:
    1) Russian saboteurs inside Russian gov did it - they take care that war is run pretty inefficiently
    2) UFOs do this, they don't want any great war on Earth now. They also sunk "Moskva" cruiser - it was hit by what is known as "directed energy weapons" not by pretty unknown Ukrainian missiles. Russian sailors who saw that were ordered to be silent as we pretend that there is not powerful third party over Earth and allude to truth only in movies like "Wakanda Forever".

    , @Another Polish Perspective
    @Mr. Hack

    A question to you: if Devil offered to help Ukrainians to decisively win with Russia, should Ukrainian take his offer...?
    The Devil price: 66% of Ukrainian souls.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @songbird, @QCIC

    , @QCIC
    @Mr. Hack

    Drones probably launched from Estonia.

  10. Hybrid(?) car just won Dakar, wonder if such technical concept (electric engine/battery/energy converter) has the potential to be applied into mass production? Or maybe it has been done already, myself not auto novelties follower, so am out of the loop with latest technical trends here:

    Audi makes history: for the first time, a low-emission prototype with an electric drive, high-voltage battery and energy converter wins the world’s toughest desert rally with the Audi RS Q e-tron. The Spaniards Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz secured Audi’s first victory in the Dakar Rally after around 7,900 kilometers with a lead of 1h 20min. Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist also crossed the finish line.

    “Congratulations to Team Audi Sport on winning the Dakar Rally,” said Gernot Döllner, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “Audi has once again set a milestone in motorsport. Winning the world’s toughest desert rally with an electrified drive is a visible ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ and points the way to our electric future.” The Audi RS Q e-tron has electric all-wheel drive. The energy supply is ensured by a high-voltage battery and an energy converter that runs on residual fuel-based reFuel, thus saving 60 percent of CO2 emissions compared to conventional fuels.

    https://www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/press-releases/historic-victory-for-audi-at-the-dakar-rally-15845

  11. @Mr. XYZ
    @songbird

    https://thechinaproject.com/podcasts/

    https://www.csis.org/podcasts/chinapower

    https://carnegieendowment.org/chinaintheworld

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/china-global/id1569469267

    Replies: @songbird

    Do you listen to any of these? Nothing really catches my fancy.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @songbird

    No, I don't. Sorry that I thus can't help you out more here.

    Have you ever read Peter Zeihan's work on China? Or listened to him talk about China?

    Replies: @songbird

  12. So Trump won big in the IA caucuses and a big Trump victory is anticipated in the NH primaries tomorrow night. DeSantis has already dropped out of the race and endorsed Trump.

    Trump was always going to win the nomination but the events of the past week have caused Trump’s return to become more real to people. Currently Trump is up on Biden by 2 points in the polls. Libs are coping by saying that 2022 showed that polls weren’t reliable but this is untrue: the House popular vote polls in 2022 were correct, in fact they actually slightly underestimated the Republican margin; the problem was only with the state level polls. If Trump does win the popular vote, and I’m confident that he will, then Trump ~should~ win the electoral college but who knows with how screwy things are now.

    Trump is currently dealing with legal battles and he is showing more signs of cognitive decline, but I don’t expect either of those things to make much of a difference. Trump’s negatives with the electorate are already baked in and the truth is that voters don’t actually care about stuff like corruption or even mental fitness.

    Biden, however, faces some very serious headwinds:

    1. Trump has cognitive decline, but Biden outright has senile dementia
    2. There is a crisis at the border that the Biden regime has completely failed to address
    3. The international situation is awful: the US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen. It is reasonable to expect that the US will soon be losing in Syria as well.
    4. The war in Israel is killing Biden with Muslim voters and with Biden’s own left flank. Make no mistake: the Muslim/Arab vote is insignificant (just like the Muslims/Arabs themselves) and most of them will dutifully show up to vote for Biden, same with the non Muslim/Arab Palestine simps, but there are many who will refuse to do so and that could hurt Biden in MN and MI in the event of a close race in those states
    5. The economy sucks

    Point number 1 isn’t really a big deal. Voters knew that Biden was senile when they elected him in 2020, and Biden doesn’t appear to have gotten any worse since then. And like I said above, Trump also is mentally fading.

    Points 2 and 3 by themselves wouldn’t matter if things were going well domestically, but when everything sucks on the home front, the chaos on the border and abroad contributes to the bad vibes. People want the peace and prosperity of the Trump years back.

    Point 4 only matters in the event of a close election, which I simply do not anticipate. I do think that it will cost Biden 1% to 2% of his popular vote margin, but I don’t think it will have any impact on the electoral college.

    Point 5 is the big one. The economy is bad. There are signs that it is finally beginning to improve but I am confident that it is a false dawn and things will shortly get much worse. I expect a financial crisis to begin in the late spring and for there to be a devastating stock market crash in either September or October. There will be a housing crash too.

    Prediction: Trump wins the popular vote by 4 points. I don’t know what will happen in the electoral college. If Trump does win the electoral college, I don’t know if the libs will accept the result or will instead launch some sort of revolt/secession/coup.

    Death to America

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Greasy William


    The international situation is awful: the US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen.
     
    Really? I wasn't ware that the US was directly involved in any war in any of these countries. Sure, Ukraine's summer offensive petered out, but I don't see Russia making any serious inroads to conquering Ukraine, or solidifying its presence anywhere in Ukraine. Look at the photo in my comment #9. Does this look like Russia is winning in any meaningful way? Compare the costs to repair this debacle and its negative impact on Russian energy profits with any possible small gain of a bombed out small town or village in Donbas?....

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    , @A123
    @Greasy William


    4. The war in Israel is killing Biden with Muslim voters and with Biden’s own left flank.
     
    It is also killing his support with Jewish voters. Sending Blinken to make demands of Netanyahu's was highly offensive and ineffectual: (1)

    Netanyahu Rejects Biden Surrender Plan

    I told President Biden this in our conversation over the weekend. I greatly appreciate the US support for Israel and I also expressed this to the President. However, I will strongly insist on our vital interests. I emphasized to President Biden our determination to achieve all of the goals of the war, and to ensure that Gaza never again constitutes a threat to Israel.

    Therefore, I insist that after we achieve total victory, after we eliminate Hamas, there will no entity in Gaza that finances terrorism, educates for terrorism or sends terrorists.

    Gaza must be demilitarized, under Israel’s full security control.

    I will not compromise on full Israeli security control of all territory west of the Jordan River.
     
    Hamas has not yet accepted the Biden administration’s plan; however, it is close to what Hamas would like to achieve. Were Israel to accept the terms of the agreement, Netanyahu’s government — under pressure from all sides — would likely fall.

     

    As upset as SJW Muslims may be, they have no choice other than the DNC. It is the definitive party of IslamoGloboHomo.

    MAGA believes in Judeo-Christian values. It is a much more natural home for actual practitioners of Judaism. The fastest growing group of Jews in America, the Orthodox, are already a solid GOP voting block.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2024/01/21/netanyahu-rejects-biden-surrender-plan/

    Replies: @Greasy William

    , @John Johnson
    @Greasy William

    US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen.

    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?

    Most of the military aid to Ukraine has been decommissioned equipment. It was already paid for.

    Explain how donating it to Ukraine is losing.

    Hamas is Israel's problem. The US is not involved. Are you suggesting Hamas is winning? They have been wiped out.

    Yemen - Some skinny pirates have slowed shipping lanes to support Hamas. Did you expect them to be killed in 24 hours? Have you seen the size of Yemen? What is the losing part?

    Trump was always going to win the nomination but the events of the past week have caused Trump’s return to become more real to people.

    That is an unknown. Trump could be barred from Federal employment through the documents case.

    Trump's 2 AM rant about presidential immunity shows a lack of confidence in winning over a jury.

    Prediction: Trump wins the popular vote by 4 points. I don’t know what will happen in the electoral college.

    Why does it matter if Trump wins the popular vote? It's like a participation trophy.

    It's the swing states that matter.

    Replies: @A123, @Greasy William, @Sean

    , @LondonBob
    @Greasy William

    The reliable local Detroit press poll had Trump up eight or so points in Michigan, have to think the Arab vote is playing an not insignificant role there. Saw the poll highlighted on Richard Baris's X account.

    Replies: @Greasy William

  13. @Greasy William
    So Trump won big in the IA caucuses and a big Trump victory is anticipated in the NH primaries tomorrow night. DeSantis has already dropped out of the race and endorsed Trump.

    Trump was always going to win the nomination but the events of the past week have caused Trump's return to become more real to people. Currently Trump is up on Biden by 2 points in the polls. Libs are coping by saying that 2022 showed that polls weren't reliable but this is untrue: the House popular vote polls in 2022 were correct, in fact they actually slightly underestimated the Republican margin; the problem was only with the state level polls. If Trump does win the popular vote, and I'm confident that he will, then Trump ~should~ win the electoral college but who knows with how screwy things are now.

    Trump is currently dealing with legal battles and he is showing more signs of cognitive decline, but I don't expect either of those things to make much of a difference. Trump's negatives with the electorate are already baked in and the truth is that voters don't actually care about stuff like corruption or even mental fitness.

    Biden, however, faces some very serious headwinds:

    1. Trump has cognitive decline, but Biden outright has senile dementia
    2. There is a crisis at the border that the Biden regime has completely failed to address
    3. The international situation is awful: the US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen. It is reasonable to expect that the US will soon be losing in Syria as well.
    4. The war in Israel is killing Biden with Muslim voters and with Biden's own left flank. Make no mistake: the Muslim/Arab vote is insignificant (just like the Muslims/Arabs themselves) and most of them will dutifully show up to vote for Biden, same with the non Muslim/Arab Palestine simps, but there are many who will refuse to do so and that could hurt Biden in MN and MI in the event of a close race in those states
    5. The economy sucks

    Point number 1 isn't really a big deal. Voters knew that Biden was senile when they elected him in 2020, and Biden doesn't appear to have gotten any worse since then. And like I said above, Trump also is mentally fading.

    Points 2 and 3 by themselves wouldn't matter if things were going well domestically, but when everything sucks on the home front, the chaos on the border and abroad contributes to the bad vibes. People want the peace and prosperity of the Trump years back.

    Point 4 only matters in the event of a close election, which I simply do not anticipate. I do think that it will cost Biden 1% to 2% of his popular vote margin, but I don't think it will have any impact on the electoral college.

    Point 5 is the big one. The economy is bad. There are signs that it is finally beginning to improve but I am confident that it is a false dawn and things will shortly get much worse. I expect a financial crisis to begin in the late spring and for there to be a devastating stock market crash in either September or October. There will be a housing crash too.

    Prediction: Trump wins the popular vote by 4 points. I don't know what will happen in the electoral college. If Trump does win the electoral college, I don't know if the libs will accept the result or will instead launch some sort of revolt/secession/coup.

    Death to America

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @A123, @John Johnson, @LondonBob

    The international situation is awful: the US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen.

    Really? I wasn’t ware that the US was directly involved in any war in any of these countries. Sure, Ukraine’s summer offensive petered out, but I don’t see Russia making any serious inroads to conquering Ukraine, or solidifying its presence anywhere in Ukraine. Look at the photo in my comment #9. Does this look like Russia is winning in any meaningful way? Compare the costs to repair this debacle and its negative impact on Russian energy profits with any possible small gain of a bombed out small town or village in Donbas?….

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @Mr. Hack

    OK, we must remember that a lot of the gloom is aimed at getting Congress to "give us the f******* money" as Bob Geldof puts it, but all the same... for a country that's not directly involved, it looks as if Western Ukraine (we must remember all the Ukrainians fighting against Zelensky) is supplying warm bodies and the US is supplying everything else.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/incredibly-stark-biden-aides-give-lawmakers-grim-assessment-ukraine-ai-rcna134792


    WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s top aides bluntly told lawmakers in a private meeting on Wednesday that if Congress fails to authorize additional military aid for Ukraine in the coming days, Russia could win the war in a matter of weeks — months at best, according to two people familiar with the meeting.

    National security adviser Jake Sullivan and the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the lawmakers that Ukraine will run out of certain air defense and artillery capabilities in the coming weeks, according to the people familiar with the meeting.

    The grim assessment, which one White House official described as “incredibly stark,” was delivered as the future of Ukraine aid has never been more uncertain. It also comes as White House officials are increasingly alarmed at the prospect of Biden failing to follow through with his promise that the U.S. will be there for Kyiv “as long as it takes.”

    In Wednesday’s meeting at the White House, Sullivan and Haines gave the top congressional leaders a classified time frame for when Ukraine’s key military resources will be significantly depleted, and a detailed assessment of the current dynamics on the battlefield, the two people familiar with the meeting said.
     

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  14. @Mr. Hack
    https://gdb.voanews.com/01000000-c0a8-0242-e56d-08dc19073f4c_w1023_r1_s.jpg

    Another oil refinery hit in Russia, this time close to St. Petersburg, one that was state of the art built with German technology. It's incredible that Ukrainian drones can travel up to 1,300 kilometers untouched through Russian airspace and hit their targets.

    Replies: @Another Polish Perspective, @Another Polish Perspective, @QCIC

    It’s incredible that Ukrainian drones can travel up to 1,300 kilometers untouched through Russian airspace and hit their tar

    gets.

    They do not.
    There are only two realistic possibilities:
    1) Russian saboteurs inside Russian gov did it – they take care that war is run pretty inefficiently
    2) UFOs do this, they don’t want any great war on Earth now. They also sunk “Moskva” cruiser – it was hit by what is known as “directed energy weapons” not by pretty unknown Ukrainian missiles. Russian sailors who saw that were ordered to be silent as we pretend that there is not powerful third party over Earth and allude to truth only in movies like “Wakanda Forever”.

    • LOL: Mr. Hack
  15. @Mr. Hack
    https://gdb.voanews.com/01000000-c0a8-0242-e56d-08dc19073f4c_w1023_r1_s.jpg

    Another oil refinery hit in Russia, this time close to St. Petersburg, one that was state of the art built with German technology. It's incredible that Ukrainian drones can travel up to 1,300 kilometers untouched through Russian airspace and hit their targets.

    Replies: @Another Polish Perspective, @Another Polish Perspective, @QCIC

    A question to you: if Devil offered to help Ukrainians to decisively win with Russia, should Ukrainian take his offer…?
    The Devil price: 66% of Ukrainian souls.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Another Polish Perspective

    Why pose such a ridiculous question to me, when anybody with eyes can see how Ukrainians react to the evil deeds of a real life devil like Putler? How would you and the great majority of Poles react if Putler's Russia were to invade and cross Poland's borders and kill and savage everything in sight?

    Replies: @Another Polish Perspective, @Derer

    , @songbird
    @Another Polish Perspective

    Am sure that Mr. Hack only counts in petals from the flower of Ukrainian youth. (or, in other words, lazy gen Y-ers and Z-ers that need to be forcefully conscripted to show up to work)😉

    , @QCIC
    @Another Polish Perspective

    Hack will probably take your 66% deal to LOSE to Russia. The fight is all that matters and the more misguided and foolish the better!

  16. @Another Polish Perspective
    @Mr. Hack

    A question to you: if Devil offered to help Ukrainians to decisively win with Russia, should Ukrainian take his offer...?
    The Devil price: 66% of Ukrainian souls.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @songbird, @QCIC

    Why pose such a ridiculous question to me, when anybody with eyes can see how Ukrainians react to the evil deeds of a real life devil like Putler? How would you and the great majority of Poles react if Putler’s Russia were to invade and cross Poland’s borders and kill and savage everything in sight?

    • LOL: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Another Polish Perspective
    @Mr. Hack


    Why pose such a ridiculous question to me, when anybody with eyes can see how Ukrainians react to the evil deeds of a real life devil like Putler?
     
    I sometimes imagine that Bandera made a deal with Devil. All those ax-murders were pretty ritualistic. Hard to believe that Banderites were so low on ammunition, that they had to use axes.

    How would you and the great majority of Poles react if Putler’s Russia were to invade and cross Poland’s borders and kill and savage everything in sight?
     
    Well, personally I am far away from the sight of Putin, as I am close to Czech border. Maybe I would cross it (FYI, I am officially unfit for military service).BTW, why aren't you in Ukraine fighting?
    Poles would fight and pray. Poland had great tradition of "entrusting Poland to God" (zawierzyć Polskę Bogu), sometimes even to Holy Mary (zawierzyć Polskę Maryi), which I think is certain devaluation of Poland, since Mary was just a human being and not Polish at all. Maybe we would choose the Saint John Paul II this time ;)
    Occultism is pretty weak in Poland so no chance of choosing Devil here.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. Hack

    , @Derer
    @Mr. Hack


    How would you and the great majority of Poles react if Putin’s Russia were to invade
     
    People do not give serious answer to wild hallucination, especially when "the great majority of Poles" is not preoccupied with it. Gossips start from hallucination or dream.
  17. @Mr. Hack
    @Another Polish Perspective

    Why pose such a ridiculous question to me, when anybody with eyes can see how Ukrainians react to the evil deeds of a real life devil like Putler? How would you and the great majority of Poles react if Putler's Russia were to invade and cross Poland's borders and kill and savage everything in sight?

    Replies: @Another Polish Perspective, @Derer

    Why pose such a ridiculous question to me, when anybody with eyes can see how Ukrainians react to the evil deeds of a real life devil like Putler?

    I sometimes imagine that Bandera made a deal with Devil. All those ax-murders were pretty ritualistic. Hard to believe that Banderites were so low on ammunition, that they had to use axes.

    How would you and the great majority of Poles react if Putler’s Russia were to invade and cross Poland’s borders and kill and savage everything in sight?

    Well, personally I am far away from the sight of Putin, as I am close to Czech border. Maybe I would cross it (FYI, I am officially unfit for military service).BTW, why aren’t you in Ukraine fighting?
    Poles would fight and pray. Poland had great tradition of “entrusting Poland to God” (zawierzyć Polskę Bogu), sometimes even to Holy Mary (zawierzyć Polskę Maryi), which I think is certain devaluation of Poland, since Mary was just a human being and not Polish at all. Maybe we would choose the Saint John Paul II this time 😉
    Occultism is pretty weak in Poland so no chance of choosing Devil here.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Another Polish Perspective


    ...Occultism is pretty weak in Poland so no chance of choosing Devil here.
     
    Not in our experience, Poles seem very superstitious.

    But the devil is not about the occult, he is about destruction. The universal morality is simple: creation is good and destruction is evil.

    Poles are frantic and prone to trigger destruction. Ukies with their axe-murdering manias are undisciplined. The Western sneaky attempts to prolong the good times with mayhem and wars are de facto an embrace of satanism.

    The struggle between creation and destruction is eternal, it is never resolved - but the devil never wins. I am not sure why, maybe there really is inner harmony in the universe: the destruction eventually ceases but the creation doesn't.

    The only strategic question in a war is: what side stands for creation and order and what side for destruction? It can be deceptively hard to see it clearly, the devil's strength is in confusing things - but over time it becomes clear. There are only two sides in a war.

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @Mr. Hack
    @Another Polish Perspective


    I sometimes imagine that Bandera made a deal with Devil. All those ax-murders were pretty ritualistic. Hard to believe that Banderites were so low on ammunition, that they had to use axes
     
    .

    I don't condone these actions, and actually have enough Polish blood in my ancestry to have qualified for annihilation by these fanatics if they had implemented their draconian blood laws as to ethnicity had I lived in Ukraine at that time, but you have to wonder if their wasn't some terrible angst and revenge that was expressed for real and imagined wrongs perpetrated by the Polish colonists in these Ukrainian areas, that had been brewing for a very long time.

    Ukrainians venerate both Our Lady and the Archangel Michael as protectors of Ukraine and its armed forces. I pray to both saints and request that they help Ukraine out and provide her with a just and lasting peace. I'm old enough to be your father and prefer my fighting at home (born in the USA) through my computer.

    Replies: @Beckow

  18. @Greasy William
    So Trump won big in the IA caucuses and a big Trump victory is anticipated in the NH primaries tomorrow night. DeSantis has already dropped out of the race and endorsed Trump.

    Trump was always going to win the nomination but the events of the past week have caused Trump's return to become more real to people. Currently Trump is up on Biden by 2 points in the polls. Libs are coping by saying that 2022 showed that polls weren't reliable but this is untrue: the House popular vote polls in 2022 were correct, in fact they actually slightly underestimated the Republican margin; the problem was only with the state level polls. If Trump does win the popular vote, and I'm confident that he will, then Trump ~should~ win the electoral college but who knows with how screwy things are now.

    Trump is currently dealing with legal battles and he is showing more signs of cognitive decline, but I don't expect either of those things to make much of a difference. Trump's negatives with the electorate are already baked in and the truth is that voters don't actually care about stuff like corruption or even mental fitness.

    Biden, however, faces some very serious headwinds:

    1. Trump has cognitive decline, but Biden outright has senile dementia
    2. There is a crisis at the border that the Biden regime has completely failed to address
    3. The international situation is awful: the US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen. It is reasonable to expect that the US will soon be losing in Syria as well.
    4. The war in Israel is killing Biden with Muslim voters and with Biden's own left flank. Make no mistake: the Muslim/Arab vote is insignificant (just like the Muslims/Arabs themselves) and most of them will dutifully show up to vote for Biden, same with the non Muslim/Arab Palestine simps, but there are many who will refuse to do so and that could hurt Biden in MN and MI in the event of a close race in those states
    5. The economy sucks

    Point number 1 isn't really a big deal. Voters knew that Biden was senile when they elected him in 2020, and Biden doesn't appear to have gotten any worse since then. And like I said above, Trump also is mentally fading.

    Points 2 and 3 by themselves wouldn't matter if things were going well domestically, but when everything sucks on the home front, the chaos on the border and abroad contributes to the bad vibes. People want the peace and prosperity of the Trump years back.

    Point 4 only matters in the event of a close election, which I simply do not anticipate. I do think that it will cost Biden 1% to 2% of his popular vote margin, but I don't think it will have any impact on the electoral college.

    Point 5 is the big one. The economy is bad. There are signs that it is finally beginning to improve but I am confident that it is a false dawn and things will shortly get much worse. I expect a financial crisis to begin in the late spring and for there to be a devastating stock market crash in either September or October. There will be a housing crash too.

    Prediction: Trump wins the popular vote by 4 points. I don't know what will happen in the electoral college. If Trump does win the electoral college, I don't know if the libs will accept the result or will instead launch some sort of revolt/secession/coup.

    Death to America

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @A123, @John Johnson, @LondonBob

    4. The war in Israel is killing Biden with Muslim voters and with Biden’s own left flank.

    It is also killing his support with Jewish voters. Sending Blinken to make demands of Netanyahu’s was highly offensive and ineffectual: (1)

    Netanyahu Rejects Biden Surrender Plan

    I told President Biden this in our conversation over the weekend. I greatly appreciate the US support for Israel and I also expressed this to the President. However, I will strongly insist on our vital interests. I emphasized to President Biden our determination to achieve all of the goals of the war, and to ensure that Gaza never again constitutes a threat to Israel.

    Therefore, I insist that after we achieve total victory, after we eliminate Hamas, there will no entity in Gaza that finances terrorism, educates for terrorism or sends terrorists.

    Gaza must be demilitarized, under Israel’s full security control.

    I will not compromise on full Israeli security control of all territory west of the Jordan River.

    Hamas has not yet accepted the Biden administration’s plan; however, it is close to what Hamas would like to achieve. Were Israel to accept the terms of the agreement, Netanyahu’s government — under pressure from all sides — would likely fall.

    As upset as SJW Muslims may be, they have no choice other than the DNC. It is the definitive party of IslamoGloboHomo.

    MAGA believes in Judeo-Christian values. It is a much more natural home for actual practitioners of Judaism. The fastest growing group of Jews in America, the Orthodox, are already a solid GOP voting block.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2024/01/21/netanyahu-rejects-biden-surrender-plan/

    • Replies: @Greasy William
    @A123

    Biden is trying to thread the needle but it isn't going to work.

    As for losing Jewish voters, I doubt it. The Jews who vote D are died in the wool #Resistance libtards (I live in a family full of them, they will crawl over broken glass to vote for Biden) and the Jewish vote doesn't matter anyway

  19. @Another Polish Perspective
    @Mr. Hack

    A question to you: if Devil offered to help Ukrainians to decisively win with Russia, should Ukrainian take his offer...?
    The Devil price: 66% of Ukrainian souls.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @songbird, @QCIC

    Am sure that Mr. Hack only counts in petals from the flower of Ukrainian youth. (or, in other words, lazy gen Y-ers and Z-ers that need to be forcefully conscripted to show up to work)😉

  20. There seems to be a pattern of Ukrainians attacking civilian targets, especially in Donbas, after suffering some setback on the battlefield. Perhaps it’s all just a coincidence, who knows, but there have been multiple instances and it’s very difficult to imagine what military goal could be achieved by directing an artillery volley to a market in Donetsk at peak shopping hours. I’m not aware that they’ve even tried explaining it this time. Not that any explanation by these inveterate liars would have any credibility but even the NYT, the BBC and ISW, who strangely decided to report on the carnage, failed to get any Ukrainian version of the events.

    Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was an unprecedented violation of international law in Europe and I can understand why some people may legitimately think that helping Ukraine militarily was necessary. But the reality is that arming Ukraine, especially with sophisticated weapons, makes us less secure, not more. It is just a given that they are going to use them to kill civilians, as the 8 years of the Donbas conflict show. Apparently, yesterday’s attack (like the attack on the center of Belgorod some weeks ago) was also carried out using NATO ordnance.

    For those of us who have been paying some attention to the Ukraine conflict before it evolved into this all-out war it is crystal clear that Putin never had any intention of marching on Warsaw, or Berlin, or those fantasies that the Nikki parrots keep repeating. However, I can perfectly imagine a revengeful Russia coming out of this war with the intention of settling scores with the countries that have helped Ukraine commit these actions. When you kill their women and children people tend to forget who started what and only deep hatred ensues, like we see in Palestine. Having Russian innocent blood on our hands is a very dumb position to get ourselves into, regardless of whether one thinks that we should help Ukraine defeat Russia or not.

    Judging by the comments I see on Russian telegram channels, I see a future of deep resentment against Western countries in that nuclear-armed country. If someone more audacious than Putin comes to power I wouldn’t discard Nikki’s crazy prophecies actually becoming true, especially if the Russians finally manage to inflict a decisive defeat on Ukraine and recover their confidence in their military. It’s getting urgent to have our diplomats justify their generous salaries and find a peace agreement in Ukraine rather than flying to those silly get-togethers in Davos and the climate summits.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mikel

    The point of wishful prophecies is to make them happen. We can get to nukes if people scare themselves with what Russia supposedly really wants.

    Many in Kiev who are already compromised want to bloody as many hands as possible so the consequences are chaotic and unclear....a downward spiral. But the bottom line is that a few hundred thousand Ukies have perished or ruined their lives for somebody's plan to have Ukraine in Nato. Among the most stupid sacrificial wars ever fought. This will be incomprehensible to look back at. It was so easy to avoid by simply being normal.

    Replies: @Mikel

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Mikel


    I see a future of deep resentment against Western countries in that nuclear-armed country.
     
    The future is now. From the viewpoint of >90% of Russian residents the credibility of the West is the same as the credibility of Western puppets in Kiev, exactly zero.

    It’s getting urgent to have our diplomats justify their generous salaries and find a peace agreement in Ukraine
     
    Too late for that. By their barbarous attacks on civilians the Ukies convinced the great majority of Russians that unconditional capitulation of current Ukie regime and its subsequent elimination is the only satisfactory outcome that ensures Russian security.

    Like I said before, the second Putin’s offer is always worse for the opponent than the first, whereas his third offer is usually an unconditional capitulation of the opponent. Minsk was the first offer, in 2022 he made the second offer. As the first was sabotaged and the second was rejected, now is the time for the third.

    , @AP
    @Mikel


    There seems to be a pattern of Ukrainians attacking civilian targets, especially in Donbas, after suffering some setback on the battlefield
     
    Have there been significant setbacks on the battlefield?

    it’s very difficult to imagine what military goal could be achieved by directing an artillery volley to a market in Donetsk at peak shopping hours.

     

    And right before Russia was going to the security council. How inconvenient.

    I’m not aware that they’ve even tried explaining it this time
     
    Not sure what Ukrainian authorities have been saying, but fwiw (I do not endorse any story about this) pro-Ukrainians are claiming that the Russians did it as a false flag attack. Supposedly the first Russian story was that the shells used were 122 mm mortars which are supposedly beyond the range of NATO mortars of that type (the front is 15 km from central Donetsk). The Russians then changed their story and stated that the artillery were 152 and 155. This would be within range, but video supposedly shows that the firing and hit were too close together, so the shells could not have travelled so far and must have been fired from a closer position in Russian-held territory (see after “more”).

    I don’t endorse that, but is is not impossible. Russia has shown strong disregard for Donbas lives, they are expendable for the interests of the Russian state.

    the reality is that arming Ukraine, especially with sophisticated weapons, makes us less secure, not more
     
    Allowing Russia to break the stalemate at the front and to take the fight to Ukraine’s cities makes us more secure? Do you think we would be more secure if Russia chose to go for the Baltics next?

    It is just a given that they are going to use them to kill civilians

     

    If that were the goal, don’t you think far more civilians would have been killed? Looks like Ukraine has mostly been hitting military targets such as ships, military factories and radars, or the oil and gas export infrastructure that funds Russia’s war effort. There has not been a pattern of mass bombardment of purely civilian, or residential areas.

    Apparently, yesterday’s attack (like the attack on the center of Belgorod some weeks ago) was also carried out using NATO ordnance.
     
    And do you know if the civilian destruction in Belgorod wasn’t caused by Russian air defense missiles coming down in civilian areas, or Ukrainian rockets being taken down before they reached their targets (this is how many Ukrainian civilians died)? There was video of at least one Russian missile failing and coming down over Belgorod.

    Belgorod is from where Russians have been shelling Kharkiv. Do you think Ukrainians don’t have the right to shoot back at all?

    Having Russian innocent blood on our hands
     
    Sadly, any fighting back will involve loss of civilian life. Many French people were killed during the liberation of France. Are you suggesting Ukraine not fight back at all? That Russia bomb Ukraine from Belgorod and other areas with no answer?

    If someone more audacious than Putin comes to power I wouldn’t discard Nikki’s crazy prophecies actually becoming true, especially if the Russians finally manage to inflict a decisive defeat on Ukraine and recover their confidence in their military
     
    In which case it is better for Russia to be smaller and weaker than for it to be stronger, and thus it would be better to give Ukraine what it needs to prevent Russia from being larger.

    I doubt Russia will win, but if it were to conquer all or most of Ukraine there is at least a 30% chance that Russia would next go after the Baltics. They are too close to Russia’s second city, they have large ethnic Russian minorities (with real or imagined grievances), and they separate Russian Kaliningrad from Belarus and Russia. A successful takeover might break NATO, if NATO doesn’t respond robustly. Russia’s government has already declared for the Soviet borders (optimistically, as some sort of negotiation position, like it’s recent claim the the Alaska sale was illegal, but who knows?).

    If the Baltics are attacked, US might not do much but Poland almost certainly would. And then US and Germany would be more tempted to get involved. I suspect I know what your position would be - neither Poland nor the Baltics are worth a possible nuclear holocaust, we need to keep backing off. But I doubt it will go that way.

    The way to stop a possible cascade of such events and prevent a much larger mess would be to keep the war in Ukraine and end it there, by giving Ukraine what it needs. No American lives used or lost, no wider war.



    https://twitter.com/malcontentmentt/status/1749311298603815324?s=46&t=Qz3eXZWFYIvyHmaAk32tcg

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

  21. @Another Polish Perspective
    @Mr. Hack


    Why pose such a ridiculous question to me, when anybody with eyes can see how Ukrainians react to the evil deeds of a real life devil like Putler?
     
    I sometimes imagine that Bandera made a deal with Devil. All those ax-murders were pretty ritualistic. Hard to believe that Banderites were so low on ammunition, that they had to use axes.

    How would you and the great majority of Poles react if Putler’s Russia were to invade and cross Poland’s borders and kill and savage everything in sight?
     
    Well, personally I am far away from the sight of Putin, as I am close to Czech border. Maybe I would cross it (FYI, I am officially unfit for military service).BTW, why aren't you in Ukraine fighting?
    Poles would fight and pray. Poland had great tradition of "entrusting Poland to God" (zawierzyć Polskę Bogu), sometimes even to Holy Mary (zawierzyć Polskę Maryi), which I think is certain devaluation of Poland, since Mary was just a human being and not Polish at all. Maybe we would choose the Saint John Paul II this time ;)
    Occultism is pretty weak in Poland so no chance of choosing Devil here.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. Hack

    …Occultism is pretty weak in Poland so no chance of choosing Devil here.

    Not in our experience, Poles seem very superstitious.

    But the devil is not about the occult, he is about destruction. The universal morality is simple: creation is good and destruction is evil.

    Poles are frantic and prone to trigger destruction. Ukies with their axe-murdering manias are undisciplined. The Western sneaky attempts to prolong the good times with mayhem and wars are de facto an embrace of satanism.

    The struggle between creation and destruction is eternal, it is never resolved – but the devil never wins. I am not sure why, maybe there really is inner harmony in the universe: the destruction eventually ceases but the creation doesn’t.

    The only strategic question in a war is: what side stands for creation and order and what side for destruction? It can be deceptively hard to see it clearly, the devil’s strength is in confusing things – but over time it becomes clear. There are only two sides in a war.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Beckow

    Nice comment.

    Nuclear and biological weapons are the Devil's toys. If they are used seriously, maybe the devil finally 'wins' with the destruction of all human activity.

  22. @Mr. Hack
    https://gdb.voanews.com/01000000-c0a8-0242-e56d-08dc19073f4c_w1023_r1_s.jpg

    Another oil refinery hit in Russia, this time close to St. Petersburg, one that was state of the art built with German technology. It's incredible that Ukrainian drones can travel up to 1,300 kilometers untouched through Russian airspace and hit their targets.

    Replies: @Another Polish Perspective, @Another Polish Perspective, @QCIC

    Drones probably launched from Estonia.

    • Agree: LondonBob
    • LOL: Mr. Hack
  23. @Another Polish Perspective
    @Mr. Hack

    A question to you: if Devil offered to help Ukrainians to decisively win with Russia, should Ukrainian take his offer...?
    The Devil price: 66% of Ukrainian souls.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @songbird, @QCIC

    Hack will probably take your 66% deal to LOSE to Russia. The fight is all that matters and the more misguided and foolish the better!

  24. @Beckow
    @Another Polish Perspective


    ...Occultism is pretty weak in Poland so no chance of choosing Devil here.
     
    Not in our experience, Poles seem very superstitious.

    But the devil is not about the occult, he is about destruction. The universal morality is simple: creation is good and destruction is evil.

    Poles are frantic and prone to trigger destruction. Ukies with their axe-murdering manias are undisciplined. The Western sneaky attempts to prolong the good times with mayhem and wars are de facto an embrace of satanism.

    The struggle between creation and destruction is eternal, it is never resolved - but the devil never wins. I am not sure why, maybe there really is inner harmony in the universe: the destruction eventually ceases but the creation doesn't.

    The only strategic question in a war is: what side stands for creation and order and what side for destruction? It can be deceptively hard to see it clearly, the devil's strength is in confusing things - but over time it becomes clear. There are only two sides in a war.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Nice comment.

    Nuclear and biological weapons are the Devil’s toys. If they are used seriously, maybe the devil finally ‘wins’ with the destruction of all human activity.

  25. @A123
    @Greasy William


    4. The war in Israel is killing Biden with Muslim voters and with Biden’s own left flank.
     
    It is also killing his support with Jewish voters. Sending Blinken to make demands of Netanyahu's was highly offensive and ineffectual: (1)

    Netanyahu Rejects Biden Surrender Plan

    I told President Biden this in our conversation over the weekend. I greatly appreciate the US support for Israel and I also expressed this to the President. However, I will strongly insist on our vital interests. I emphasized to President Biden our determination to achieve all of the goals of the war, and to ensure that Gaza never again constitutes a threat to Israel.

    Therefore, I insist that after we achieve total victory, after we eliminate Hamas, there will no entity in Gaza that finances terrorism, educates for terrorism or sends terrorists.

    Gaza must be demilitarized, under Israel’s full security control.

    I will not compromise on full Israeli security control of all territory west of the Jordan River.
     
    Hamas has not yet accepted the Biden administration’s plan; however, it is close to what Hamas would like to achieve. Were Israel to accept the terms of the agreement, Netanyahu’s government — under pressure from all sides — would likely fall.

     

    As upset as SJW Muslims may be, they have no choice other than the DNC. It is the definitive party of IslamoGloboHomo.

    MAGA believes in Judeo-Christian values. It is a much more natural home for actual practitioners of Judaism. The fastest growing group of Jews in America, the Orthodox, are already a solid GOP voting block.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2024/01/21/netanyahu-rejects-biden-surrender-plan/

    Replies: @Greasy William

    Biden is trying to thread the needle but it isn’t going to work.

    As for losing Jewish voters, I doubt it. The Jews who vote D are died in the wool #Resistance libtards (I live in a family full of them, they will crawl over broken glass to vote for Biden) and the Jewish vote doesn’t matter anyway

  26. @Mikel
    There seems to be a pattern of Ukrainians attacking civilian targets, especially in Donbas, after suffering some setback on the battlefield. Perhaps it's all just a coincidence, who knows, but there have been multiple instances and it's very difficult to imagine what military goal could be achieved by directing an artillery volley to a market in Donetsk at peak shopping hours. I'm not aware that they've even tried explaining it this time. Not that any explanation by these inveterate liars would have any credibility but even the NYT, the BBC and ISW, who strangely decided to report on the carnage, failed to get any Ukrainian version of the events.

    Putin's invasion of Ukraine was an unprecedented violation of international law in Europe and I can understand why some people may legitimately think that helping Ukraine militarily was necessary. But the reality is that arming Ukraine, especially with sophisticated weapons, makes us less secure, not more. It is just a given that they are going to use them to kill civilians, as the 8 years of the Donbas conflict show. Apparently, yesterday's attack (like the attack on the center of Belgorod some weeks ago) was also carried out using NATO ordnance.

    For those of us who have been paying some attention to the Ukraine conflict before it evolved into this all-out war it is crystal clear that Putin never had any intention of marching on Warsaw, or Berlin, or those fantasies that the Nikki parrots keep repeating. However, I can perfectly imagine a revengeful Russia coming out of this war with the intention of settling scores with the countries that have helped Ukraine commit these actions. When you kill their women and children people tend to forget who started what and only deep hatred ensues, like we see in Palestine. Having Russian innocent blood on our hands is a very dumb position to get ourselves into, regardless of whether one thinks that we should help Ukraine defeat Russia or not.

    Judging by the comments I see on Russian telegram channels, I see a future of deep resentment against Western countries in that nuclear-armed country. If someone more audacious than Putin comes to power I wouldn't discard Nikki's crazy prophecies actually becoming true, especially if the Russians finally manage to inflict a decisive defeat on Ukraine and recover their confidence in their military. It's getting urgent to have our diplomats justify their generous salaries and find a peace agreement in Ukraine rather than flying to those silly get-togethers in Davos and the climate summits.

    Replies: @Beckow, @AnonfromTN, @AP

    The point of wishful prophecies is to make them happen. We can get to nukes if people scare themselves with what Russia supposedly really wants.

    Many in Kiev who are already compromised want to bloody as many hands as possible so the consequences are chaotic and unclear….a downward spiral. But the bottom line is that a few hundred thousand Ukies have perished or ruined their lives for somebody’s plan to have Ukraine in Nato. Among the most stupid sacrificial wars ever fought. This will be incomprehensible to look back at. It was so easy to avoid by simply being normal.

    • Replies: @Mikel
    @Beckow

    It's like giving air to ground missiles to Israel and expecting that they will not use them to kill civilians. Are the Israelis even capable of refraining from killing civilians?

    Ukraine may actually be worse in some aspects. The Israelis seem to have a solid command structure but I don't believe that the order to bomb an open market in Donetsk came from Zaluzhny or Zelensky. It's easier to imagine that it was someone much further down who took the initiative. Because he can and because he knows that there will be no consequences, like there weren't in all the previous years since Maidan.

    The other difference between both countries is that the Israelis don't try to insult our intelligence time and again saying that it's not them, it's the Palestinians who are bombing themselves. AP couldn't help himself and found one of those fairy tales for dimwits. It's all so deja vu.

    In the midst of all this insanity I found the ISW report of the attack almost funny. The Institute for the Study of War, an American organization constantly used by all the respectable media as their main source of information on the war in Ukraine, published a very long daily report of how the hostilities went in all the different fronts and only at the very end they mentioned the attack on the Donetsk market under the heading "Russian Information Operations and Narratives". Apparently, they only found it worth mentioning because the Russians were devious enough to use it as way to justify Russia’s need to achieve its military objectives in Ukraine. Of course, once they had mentioned the subject they hastened to clarify that they "cannot independently confirm the actors behind the strike".

    Was late-stage Communism this mendacious? I think the Western MSM has already surpassed those levels and we're headed towards Stalinist proportions of media distortion. But I can't say for sure, my first trip to Eastern Europe was right after the fall of the Iron Curtain, around 1989 or 1990.

    Replies: @Beckow, @QCIC, @AP

  27. @Mikel
    There seems to be a pattern of Ukrainians attacking civilian targets, especially in Donbas, after suffering some setback on the battlefield. Perhaps it's all just a coincidence, who knows, but there have been multiple instances and it's very difficult to imagine what military goal could be achieved by directing an artillery volley to a market in Donetsk at peak shopping hours. I'm not aware that they've even tried explaining it this time. Not that any explanation by these inveterate liars would have any credibility but even the NYT, the BBC and ISW, who strangely decided to report on the carnage, failed to get any Ukrainian version of the events.

    Putin's invasion of Ukraine was an unprecedented violation of international law in Europe and I can understand why some people may legitimately think that helping Ukraine militarily was necessary. But the reality is that arming Ukraine, especially with sophisticated weapons, makes us less secure, not more. It is just a given that they are going to use them to kill civilians, as the 8 years of the Donbas conflict show. Apparently, yesterday's attack (like the attack on the center of Belgorod some weeks ago) was also carried out using NATO ordnance.

    For those of us who have been paying some attention to the Ukraine conflict before it evolved into this all-out war it is crystal clear that Putin never had any intention of marching on Warsaw, or Berlin, or those fantasies that the Nikki parrots keep repeating. However, I can perfectly imagine a revengeful Russia coming out of this war with the intention of settling scores with the countries that have helped Ukraine commit these actions. When you kill their women and children people tend to forget who started what and only deep hatred ensues, like we see in Palestine. Having Russian innocent blood on our hands is a very dumb position to get ourselves into, regardless of whether one thinks that we should help Ukraine defeat Russia or not.

    Judging by the comments I see on Russian telegram channels, I see a future of deep resentment against Western countries in that nuclear-armed country. If someone more audacious than Putin comes to power I wouldn't discard Nikki's crazy prophecies actually becoming true, especially if the Russians finally manage to inflict a decisive defeat on Ukraine and recover their confidence in their military. It's getting urgent to have our diplomats justify their generous salaries and find a peace agreement in Ukraine rather than flying to those silly get-togethers in Davos and the climate summits.

    Replies: @Beckow, @AnonfromTN, @AP

    I see a future of deep resentment against Western countries in that nuclear-armed country.

    The future is now. From the viewpoint of >90% of Russian residents the credibility of the West is the same as the credibility of Western puppets in Kiev, exactly zero.

    It’s getting urgent to have our diplomats justify their generous salaries and find a peace agreement in Ukraine

    Too late for that. By their barbarous attacks on civilians the Ukies convinced the great majority of Russians that unconditional capitulation of current Ukie regime and its subsequent elimination is the only satisfactory outcome that ensures Russian security.

    Like I said before, the second Putin’s offer is always worse for the opponent than the first, whereas his third offer is usually an unconditional capitulation of the opponent. Minsk was the first offer, in 2022 he made the second offer. As the first was sabotaged and the second was rejected, now is the time for the third.

  28. @Mr. Hack
    @Greasy William


    The international situation is awful: the US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen.
     
    Really? I wasn't ware that the US was directly involved in any war in any of these countries. Sure, Ukraine's summer offensive petered out, but I don't see Russia making any serious inroads to conquering Ukraine, or solidifying its presence anywhere in Ukraine. Look at the photo in my comment #9. Does this look like Russia is winning in any meaningful way? Compare the costs to repair this debacle and its negative impact on Russian energy profits with any possible small gain of a bombed out small town or village in Donbas?....

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    OK, we must remember that a lot of the gloom is aimed at getting Congress to “give us the f******* money” as Bob Geldof puts it, but all the same… for a country that’s not directly involved, it looks as if Western Ukraine (we must remember all the Ukrainians fighting against Zelensky) is supplying warm bodies and the US is supplying everything else.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/incredibly-stark-biden-aides-give-lawmakers-grim-assessment-ukraine-ai-rcna134792

    WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s top aides bluntly told lawmakers in a private meeting on Wednesday that if Congress fails to authorize additional military aid for Ukraine in the coming days, Russia could win the war in a matter of weeks — months at best, according to two people familiar with the meeting.

    National security adviser Jake Sullivan and the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the lawmakers that Ukraine will run out of certain air defense and artillery capabilities in the coming weeks, according to the people familiar with the meeting.

    The grim assessment, which one White House official described as “incredibly stark,” was delivered as the future of Ukraine aid has never been more uncertain. It also comes as White House officials are increasingly alarmed at the prospect of Biden failing to follow through with his promise that the U.S. will be there for Kyiv “as long as it takes.”

    In Wednesday’s meeting at the White House, Sullivan and Haines gave the top congressional leaders a classified time frame for when Ukraine’s key military resources will be significantly depleted, and a detailed assessment of the current dynamics on the battlefield, the two people familiar with the meeting said.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @YetAnotherAnon


    it looks as if Western Ukraine (we must remember all the Ukrainians fighting against Zelensky) is supplying warm bodies and the US is supplying everything else.
     
    It's my understanding that very little of the home-grown talent that decided to fight with the insurrectionists are still around. The vast army of those fighting on Moscow's side are Russians from all corners of Russia and Chechnya.

    Besides, which role would you rather play, the fat entrepreneur making large profits off of arms sales, or the Ukrainian soldier freezing his balls inside of a foxhole?
  29. Pentagon has reportedly influenced an estimated 10,000 scripts, when you count TV episodes. What is the CIA count?

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @songbird

    Maybe you should count the number of scripts which are not government influenced.

    It still fries my brain to consider that Mnuchin is a movie producer.

  30. @Greasy William
    So Trump won big in the IA caucuses and a big Trump victory is anticipated in the NH primaries tomorrow night. DeSantis has already dropped out of the race and endorsed Trump.

    Trump was always going to win the nomination but the events of the past week have caused Trump's return to become more real to people. Currently Trump is up on Biden by 2 points in the polls. Libs are coping by saying that 2022 showed that polls weren't reliable but this is untrue: the House popular vote polls in 2022 were correct, in fact they actually slightly underestimated the Republican margin; the problem was only with the state level polls. If Trump does win the popular vote, and I'm confident that he will, then Trump ~should~ win the electoral college but who knows with how screwy things are now.

    Trump is currently dealing with legal battles and he is showing more signs of cognitive decline, but I don't expect either of those things to make much of a difference. Trump's negatives with the electorate are already baked in and the truth is that voters don't actually care about stuff like corruption or even mental fitness.

    Biden, however, faces some very serious headwinds:

    1. Trump has cognitive decline, but Biden outright has senile dementia
    2. There is a crisis at the border that the Biden regime has completely failed to address
    3. The international situation is awful: the US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen. It is reasonable to expect that the US will soon be losing in Syria as well.
    4. The war in Israel is killing Biden with Muslim voters and with Biden's own left flank. Make no mistake: the Muslim/Arab vote is insignificant (just like the Muslims/Arabs themselves) and most of them will dutifully show up to vote for Biden, same with the non Muslim/Arab Palestine simps, but there are many who will refuse to do so and that could hurt Biden in MN and MI in the event of a close race in those states
    5. The economy sucks

    Point number 1 isn't really a big deal. Voters knew that Biden was senile when they elected him in 2020, and Biden doesn't appear to have gotten any worse since then. And like I said above, Trump also is mentally fading.

    Points 2 and 3 by themselves wouldn't matter if things were going well domestically, but when everything sucks on the home front, the chaos on the border and abroad contributes to the bad vibes. People want the peace and prosperity of the Trump years back.

    Point 4 only matters in the event of a close election, which I simply do not anticipate. I do think that it will cost Biden 1% to 2% of his popular vote margin, but I don't think it will have any impact on the electoral college.

    Point 5 is the big one. The economy is bad. There are signs that it is finally beginning to improve but I am confident that it is a false dawn and things will shortly get much worse. I expect a financial crisis to begin in the late spring and for there to be a devastating stock market crash in either September or October. There will be a housing crash too.

    Prediction: Trump wins the popular vote by 4 points. I don't know what will happen in the electoral college. If Trump does win the electoral college, I don't know if the libs will accept the result or will instead launch some sort of revolt/secession/coup.

    Death to America

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @A123, @John Johnson, @LondonBob

    US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen.

    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?

    Most of the military aid to Ukraine has been decommissioned equipment. It was already paid for.

    Explain how donating it to Ukraine is losing.

    Hamas is Israel’s problem. The US is not involved. Are you suggesting Hamas is winning? They have been wiped out.

    Yemen – Some skinny pirates have slowed shipping lanes to support Hamas. Did you expect them to be killed in 24 hours? Have you seen the size of Yemen? What is the losing part?

    Trump was always going to win the nomination but the events of the past week have caused Trump’s return to become more real to people.

    That is an unknown. Trump could be barred from Federal employment through the documents case.

    Trump’s 2 AM rant about presidential immunity shows a lack of confidence in winning over a jury.

    Prediction: Trump wins the popular vote by 4 points. I don’t know what will happen in the electoral college.

    Why does it matter if Trump wins the popular vote? It’s like a participation trophy.

    It’s the swing states that matter.

    • Replies: @A123
    @John Johnson


    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?
     
    Not-The-President Biden put his personal prestige (and his son's bank account) behind Kiev aggression. Anti-Semite Zelensky's failure thus reflects on the White House occupant as an individual.

    You are correct that the U.S. has nothing at stake. That is why Congress turned off funding for the Veggie-In-Chief's foreign misadventure.

    Why does it matter if Trump wins the popular vote? It’s like a participation trophy.

    It’s the swing states that matter.
     
    True. And, Trump is well ahead in those swing states.

    This has to be translated into actual results by getting people to the polls. His ability to turn out base voters, unlike Romney/Haley/McCain is key to that. Of course, Trump also has strength with independents too.

    Another huge risk is ballot fraud. The GOP must be vigilant to expose Nazicrat corruption. Another stolen election like 2020 would be intolerable.

    PEACE 😇
    , @Greasy William
    @John Johnson


    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?
     
    If Ukraine a stalemate, and I stress ~if~, that is a defeat for the US Empire. It shows that the US can no longer enforce the post WWII liberal international order.

    Israel is a US client state. Anything short of the removal of Hamas is a defeat for Israel and it is obvious that Hamas is not going to be removed. Russia was behind the Oct 7 massacre and a defeat for Israel is a defeat for the US.

    The Red Sea is still closed, with no prospect of it being reopened in the foreseeable future. The US has already lost 2 servicemen and it will lose more if it chooses to expand operations there.

    Replies: @A123, @John Johnson, @YetAnotherAnon

    , @Sean
    @John Johnson


    US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen.

    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?


     

    I think think one could argue very successfully that Washington is too successful for its own liking in thwarting Russia in Ukraine. The key defeat of the US which started the Cold War was the loss of China and the shock of Chinese intervention in Korea. Fear about another Chinese intervention made winning Vietnam impossible and the defeat in Vietnam and resultant anti militarism led to the US building up China as a counterweight to the Soviet Union, which has spectacularly backfired in grand strategy terms now that Washington is faced with the completely novel situation of Russia being now closer to China than America is. Russian electronic warfare seems to be in play to hamstring Israel's targeting in Gaza, and its not just Iran that approves, Russia is also getting closer to Middle Eastern countries previously considered US client states such as Saudi Arabia. As a result of trusting the Chinese to do dangerous research banned in the West there was a Pandemic that led to qualitative easing, with inflation that bites those without assets

    It’s the swing states that matter.
     
    People without college degrees are a minority (only a third of US) who form the core of Trump's support. Biden is the man from the US's corporate capital of Wilmington Delaware, and laws framed by those corporations continue to hurt the interests of American workers. The US middle class continue to be pauperised by a health care system that is the most expensive in the world and twice as costly as the second most expensive countries system. as for Biden's strength in the swing states, It is questionable if Biden would ever have been elected had his swing state voters understood he would be in for another term. As the reality of him in the White House again sinks in, it will not be a somewhat harder decision for them this time?

    Replies: @A123

  31. Another big advance in Avdeevka, Fort Fumble says the Ukrainians have supply issues, even down to food, an army marches on its stomach, although the Confederates thought feet, Gettysburg was a boot town.

    Mostly DPR and Z penal battalions in the area, and their numbers aren’t huge, given the Ukrainians have deployed elite units, like the 47th there, it doesn’t bode well.

  32. @Greasy William
    So Trump won big in the IA caucuses and a big Trump victory is anticipated in the NH primaries tomorrow night. DeSantis has already dropped out of the race and endorsed Trump.

    Trump was always going to win the nomination but the events of the past week have caused Trump's return to become more real to people. Currently Trump is up on Biden by 2 points in the polls. Libs are coping by saying that 2022 showed that polls weren't reliable but this is untrue: the House popular vote polls in 2022 were correct, in fact they actually slightly underestimated the Republican margin; the problem was only with the state level polls. If Trump does win the popular vote, and I'm confident that he will, then Trump ~should~ win the electoral college but who knows with how screwy things are now.

    Trump is currently dealing with legal battles and he is showing more signs of cognitive decline, but I don't expect either of those things to make much of a difference. Trump's negatives with the electorate are already baked in and the truth is that voters don't actually care about stuff like corruption or even mental fitness.

    Biden, however, faces some very serious headwinds:

    1. Trump has cognitive decline, but Biden outright has senile dementia
    2. There is a crisis at the border that the Biden regime has completely failed to address
    3. The international situation is awful: the US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen. It is reasonable to expect that the US will soon be losing in Syria as well.
    4. The war in Israel is killing Biden with Muslim voters and with Biden's own left flank. Make no mistake: the Muslim/Arab vote is insignificant (just like the Muslims/Arabs themselves) and most of them will dutifully show up to vote for Biden, same with the non Muslim/Arab Palestine simps, but there are many who will refuse to do so and that could hurt Biden in MN and MI in the event of a close race in those states
    5. The economy sucks

    Point number 1 isn't really a big deal. Voters knew that Biden was senile when they elected him in 2020, and Biden doesn't appear to have gotten any worse since then. And like I said above, Trump also is mentally fading.

    Points 2 and 3 by themselves wouldn't matter if things were going well domestically, but when everything sucks on the home front, the chaos on the border and abroad contributes to the bad vibes. People want the peace and prosperity of the Trump years back.

    Point 4 only matters in the event of a close election, which I simply do not anticipate. I do think that it will cost Biden 1% to 2% of his popular vote margin, but I don't think it will have any impact on the electoral college.

    Point 5 is the big one. The economy is bad. There are signs that it is finally beginning to improve but I am confident that it is a false dawn and things will shortly get much worse. I expect a financial crisis to begin in the late spring and for there to be a devastating stock market crash in either September or October. There will be a housing crash too.

    Prediction: Trump wins the popular vote by 4 points. I don't know what will happen in the electoral college. If Trump does win the electoral college, I don't know if the libs will accept the result or will instead launch some sort of revolt/secession/coup.

    Death to America

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @A123, @John Johnson, @LondonBob

    The reliable local Detroit press poll had Trump up eight or so points in Michigan, have to think the Arab vote is playing an not insignificant role there. Saw the poll highlighted on Richard Baris’s X account.

    • Replies: @Greasy William
    @LondonBob

    The Arabs are a race of zeros. They will dutifully line up to vote for Biden because at the end of the day they care more about being able to import more of their scumfuck relatives than about what happens to the Palestinians. Also, Biden will at least pretend to care about Palestinians, Trump blatantly doesn't give a shit what happens to them

  33. @John Johnson
    @Greasy William

    US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen.

    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?

    Most of the military aid to Ukraine has been decommissioned equipment. It was already paid for.

    Explain how donating it to Ukraine is losing.

    Hamas is Israel's problem. The US is not involved. Are you suggesting Hamas is winning? They have been wiped out.

    Yemen - Some skinny pirates have slowed shipping lanes to support Hamas. Did you expect them to be killed in 24 hours? Have you seen the size of Yemen? What is the losing part?

    Trump was always going to win the nomination but the events of the past week have caused Trump’s return to become more real to people.

    That is an unknown. Trump could be barred from Federal employment through the documents case.

    Trump's 2 AM rant about presidential immunity shows a lack of confidence in winning over a jury.

    Prediction: Trump wins the popular vote by 4 points. I don’t know what will happen in the electoral college.

    Why does it matter if Trump wins the popular vote? It's like a participation trophy.

    It's the swing states that matter.

    Replies: @A123, @Greasy William, @Sean

    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?

    Not-The-President Biden put his personal prestige (and his son’s bank account) behind Kiev aggression. Anti-Semite Zelensky’s failure thus reflects on the White House occupant as an individual.

    You are correct that the U.S. has nothing at stake. That is why Congress turned off funding for the Veggie-In-Chief’s foreign misadventure.

    Why does it matter if Trump wins the popular vote? It’s like a participation trophy.

    It’s the swing states that matter.

    True. And, Trump is well ahead in those swing states.

    This has to be translated into actual results by getting people to the polls. His ability to turn out base voters, unlike Romney/Haley/McCain is key to that. Of course, Trump also has strength with independents too.

    Another huge risk is ballot fraud. The GOP must be vigilant to expose Nazicrat corruption. Another stolen election like 2020 would be intolerable.

    PEACE 😇

  34. @LondonBob
    @Greasy William

    The reliable local Detroit press poll had Trump up eight or so points in Michigan, have to think the Arab vote is playing an not insignificant role there. Saw the poll highlighted on Richard Baris's X account.

    Replies: @Greasy William

    The Arabs are a race of zeros. They will dutifully line up to vote for Biden because at the end of the day they care more about being able to import more of their scumfuck relatives than about what happens to the Palestinians. Also, Biden will at least pretend to care about Palestinians, Trump blatantly doesn’t give a shit what happens to them

  35. @songbird
    Pentagon has reportedly influenced an estimated 10,000 scripts, when you count TV episodes. What is the CIA count?

    Replies: @QCIC

    Maybe you should count the number of scripts which are not government influenced.

    It still fries my brain to consider that Mnuchin is a movie producer.

    • Agree: songbird
  36. @John Johnson
    @Greasy William

    US is losing in Ukraine, losing in Gaza and losing in Yemen.

    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?

    Most of the military aid to Ukraine has been decommissioned equipment. It was already paid for.

    Explain how donating it to Ukraine is losing.

    Hamas is Israel's problem. The US is not involved. Are you suggesting Hamas is winning? They have been wiped out.

    Yemen - Some skinny pirates have slowed shipping lanes to support Hamas. Did you expect them to be killed in 24 hours? Have you seen the size of Yemen? What is the losing part?

    Trump was always going to win the nomination but the events of the past week have caused Trump’s return to become more real to people.

    That is an unknown. Trump could be barred from Federal employment through the documents case.

    Trump's 2 AM rant about presidential immunity shows a lack of confidence in winning over a jury.

    Prediction: Trump wins the popular vote by 4 points. I don’t know what will happen in the electoral college.

    Why does it matter if Trump wins the popular vote? It's like a participation trophy.

    It's the swing states that matter.

    Replies: @A123, @Greasy William, @Sean

    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?

    If Ukraine a stalemate, and I stress ~if~, that is a defeat for the US Empire. It shows that the US can no longer enforce the post WWII liberal international order.

    Israel is a US client state. Anything short of the removal of Hamas is a defeat for Israel and it is obvious that Hamas is not going to be removed. Russia was behind the Oct 7 massacre and a defeat for Israel is a defeat for the US.

    The Red Sea is still closed, with no prospect of it being reopened in the foreseeable future. The US has already lost 2 servicemen and it will lose more if it chooses to expand operations there.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Greasy William


    Anything short of the removal of Hamas is a defeat for Israel and it is obvious that Hamas is not going to be removed.
     
    It is obvious that Hamas is going to be removed. The kidnapper/terrorists are cut off from resupply and are being killed off at a 20:1 rate. This will be a victory for Palestinian Jews.

    The Veggie-In-Chief sent Blinken to intervene on Hamas's behalf. Netanyahu refused to cooperate (see #18). This is another personal blow to the feeble White House occupant, but it does not spill over to the rest of the country.

    Russia was behind the Oct 7 massacre
     
    Iran was behind the Oct 7 massacre.

    While the diversion of international attention away from Ukraine was helpful, there has yet to be any evidence that Russia was involved.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Derer

    , @John Johnson
    @Greasy William


    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?
     
    If Ukraine a stalemate, and I stress ~if~, that is a defeat for the US Empire. It shows that the US can no longer enforce the post WWII liberal international order.

    The US has no directive to enforce any type of international order. Ukraine and most of Eastern Europe was abandoned to the tyranny of Communism by the Allies after WW2. There was never an international order for countries that suffered under Nazism.

    Ukraine is not a member of NATO and there has been no UN order to commit military support.

    Donating military hardware is not a defeat nor a win. The US donates billions in military aid to multiple countries around the world. Is that losing?

    Israel is a US client state.

    Israel is not a client state as seen by Netanyahu's rejection of US requests to reduce air strikes.

    Both Ukraine and Israel have rejected military requests from the US.

    There goes the theory that both are under the authority of the US. Netanyahu continues to blow off Blinken and Zelensky rejected US advice on the invasion and Bakhmut. Russia would be in a much worse position if they had listened to US generals.

    Anything short of the removal of Hamas is a defeat for Israel and it is obvious that Hamas is not going to be removed.

    Removing 99% of Hamas is a defeat for Israel? That doesn't make any sense.

    Is the political position and worldwide reputation of Hamas stronger after their rape 'n pillage attack?

    The Red Sea is still closed, with no prospect of it being reopened in the foreseeable future. The US has already lost 2 servicemen and it will lose more if it chooses to expand operations there.

    Wow 2 servicemen. That changes everything.

    How is this any different than Somali piracy? Shipping was temporarily shut down until counter-measures were taken. Was that a defeat for all countries that used those shipping channels?

    You want to see the US lose more than you want to look at reality. Suggesting that Hamas can somehow win is the epitome of delusion. They spent years building tunnels and Israel blew them up within weeks. For what? What was the big gain? So they could lose their men and go down in history as a bunch of loser rapists?

    Your desire for shaudenfruede is distorting your judgement.

    Replies: @Greasy William

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Greasy William

    "Russia was behind the Oct 7 massacre"

    That's the most unlikely thing I've heard. Surely the correct thing is "Iran, and that's why we need to bomb them asap".

    I personally doubt that either Iran or Russia, or even Hezbollah, had a clue what was planned. And don't forget that a large number of the massacre victims were killed by Israeli forces - the Hannibal directive may have been rejected de jure but implemented de facto.

    It's possible with the additional hostage deaths from Israeli bombing, that more civilian Jews will have been killed by Israel than by Hamas since October 7.

    Hamas could theoretically be removed if the entire Arab population and the West Bank were killed or driven out. That seems to be the Israeli plan, and the hopelessly compromised/blackmailed/threatened West is standing there flapping its collective hands - "I say, Bibi, there's a good chap, don't be like that...".

    From today's news - it looks as if the IDF is discovering that blowing down buildings onto people is only fun if the people underneath are women and kids.

  37. @Mikel
    There seems to be a pattern of Ukrainians attacking civilian targets, especially in Donbas, after suffering some setback on the battlefield. Perhaps it's all just a coincidence, who knows, but there have been multiple instances and it's very difficult to imagine what military goal could be achieved by directing an artillery volley to a market in Donetsk at peak shopping hours. I'm not aware that they've even tried explaining it this time. Not that any explanation by these inveterate liars would have any credibility but even the NYT, the BBC and ISW, who strangely decided to report on the carnage, failed to get any Ukrainian version of the events.

    Putin's invasion of Ukraine was an unprecedented violation of international law in Europe and I can understand why some people may legitimately think that helping Ukraine militarily was necessary. But the reality is that arming Ukraine, especially with sophisticated weapons, makes us less secure, not more. It is just a given that they are going to use them to kill civilians, as the 8 years of the Donbas conflict show. Apparently, yesterday's attack (like the attack on the center of Belgorod some weeks ago) was also carried out using NATO ordnance.

    For those of us who have been paying some attention to the Ukraine conflict before it evolved into this all-out war it is crystal clear that Putin never had any intention of marching on Warsaw, or Berlin, or those fantasies that the Nikki parrots keep repeating. However, I can perfectly imagine a revengeful Russia coming out of this war with the intention of settling scores with the countries that have helped Ukraine commit these actions. When you kill their women and children people tend to forget who started what and only deep hatred ensues, like we see in Palestine. Having Russian innocent blood on our hands is a very dumb position to get ourselves into, regardless of whether one thinks that we should help Ukraine defeat Russia or not.

    Judging by the comments I see on Russian telegram channels, I see a future of deep resentment against Western countries in that nuclear-armed country. If someone more audacious than Putin comes to power I wouldn't discard Nikki's crazy prophecies actually becoming true, especially if the Russians finally manage to inflict a decisive defeat on Ukraine and recover their confidence in their military. It's getting urgent to have our diplomats justify their generous salaries and find a peace agreement in Ukraine rather than flying to those silly get-togethers in Davos and the climate summits.

    Replies: @Beckow, @AnonfromTN, @AP

    There seems to be a pattern of Ukrainians attacking civilian targets, especially in Donbas, after suffering some setback on the battlefield

    Have there been significant setbacks on the battlefield?

    it’s very difficult to imagine what military goal could be achieved by directing an artillery volley to a market in Donetsk at peak shopping hours.

    And right before Russia was going to the security council. How inconvenient.

    I’m not aware that they’ve even tried explaining it this time

    Not sure what Ukrainian authorities have been saying, but fwiw (I do not endorse any story about this) pro-Ukrainians are claiming that the Russians did it as a false flag attack. Supposedly the first Russian story was that the shells used were 122 mm mortars which are supposedly beyond the range of NATO mortars of that type (the front is 15 km from central Donetsk). The Russians then changed their story and stated that the artillery were 152 and 155. This would be within range, but video supposedly shows that the firing and hit were too close together, so the shells could not have travelled so far and must have been fired from a closer position in Russian-held territory (see after “more”).

    I don’t endorse that, but is is not impossible. Russia has shown strong disregard for Donbas lives, they are expendable for the interests of the Russian state.

    the reality is that arming Ukraine, especially with sophisticated weapons, makes us less secure, not more

    Allowing Russia to break the stalemate at the front and to take the fight to Ukraine’s cities makes us more secure? Do you think we would be more secure if Russia chose to go for the Baltics next?

    It is just a given that they are going to use them to kill civilians

    If that were the goal, don’t you think far more civilians would have been killed? Looks like Ukraine has mostly been hitting military targets such as ships, military factories and radars, or the oil and gas export infrastructure that funds Russia’s war effort. There has not been a pattern of mass bombardment of purely civilian, or residential areas.

    Apparently, yesterday’s attack (like the attack on the center of Belgorod some weeks ago) was also carried out using NATO ordnance.

    And do you know if the civilian destruction in Belgorod wasn’t caused by Russian air defense missiles coming down in civilian areas, or Ukrainian rockets being taken down before they reached their targets (this is how many Ukrainian civilians died)? There was video of at least one Russian missile failing and coming down over Belgorod.

    Belgorod is from where Russians have been shelling Kharkiv. Do you think Ukrainians don’t have the right to shoot back at all?

    Having Russian innocent blood on our hands

    Sadly, any fighting back will involve loss of civilian life. Many French people were killed during the liberation of France. Are you suggesting Ukraine not fight back at all? That Russia bomb Ukraine from Belgorod and other areas with no answer?

    If someone more audacious than Putin comes to power I wouldn’t discard Nikki’s crazy prophecies actually becoming true, especially if the Russians finally manage to inflict a decisive defeat on Ukraine and recover their confidence in their military

    In which case it is better for Russia to be smaller and weaker than for it to be stronger, and thus it would be better to give Ukraine what it needs to prevent Russia from being larger.

    I doubt Russia will win, but if it were to conquer all or most of Ukraine there is at least a 30% chance that Russia would next go after the Baltics. They are too close to Russia’s second city, they have large ethnic Russian minorities (with real or imagined grievances), and they separate Russian Kaliningrad from Belarus and Russia. A successful takeover might break NATO, if NATO doesn’t respond robustly. Russia’s government has already declared for the Soviet borders (optimistically, as some sort of negotiation position, like it’s recent claim the the Alaska sale was illegal, but who knows?).

    If the Baltics are attacked, US might not do much but Poland almost certainly would. And then US and Germany would be more tempted to get involved. I suspect I know what your position would be – neither Poland nor the Baltics are worth a possible nuclear holocaust, we need to keep backing off. But I doubt it will go that way.

    The way to stop a possible cascade of such events and prevent a much larger mess would be to keep the war in Ukraine and end it there, by giving Ukraine what it needs. No American lives used or lost, no wider war.

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    So what is a peaceful resolution to this condunrum you mention? The situation was created by Western pressure on Russia. It may require a wise compromise to avoid the Russian takeover you suggest.


    AP wrote: I doubt Russia will win, but if it were to conquer all or most of Ukraine there is at least a 30% chance that Russia would next go after the Baltics. They are too close to Russia’s second city, they have large ethnic Russian minorities (with real or imagined grievances), and they separate Russian Kaliningrad from Belarus and Russia. A successful takeover might break NATO, if NATO doesn’t respond robustly. Russia’s government has already declared for the Soviet borders (optimistically, as some sort of negotiation position, like it’s recent claim the the Alaska sale was illegal, but who knows?).
     

    Replies: @AP

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    they have large ethnic Russian minorities (with real or imagined grievances),
     
    Worth noting that if NATO beats Russia in a conventional war without nukes being used and expels Russia from the Baltics, then the Balts are likely to ethnically cleanse their countries of Russians post-WWII Czech-style. Russia surely doesn't want that, does it?
  38. @Mr. XYZ
    Off-topic, but could you see a Russia that avoided the 1917 Bolshevik coup helping to create an alternate version of the EU and NATO (but without the US) in order to help foster economic development and maintain security in Europe in the post-WWI years and decades? With the US descending back into isolationism, if Russia isn't Communist, I suspect that Russia will play a huge role as being one of Europe's main post-WWI security guarantors in such a scenario.

    Replies: @Derer, @Philip Owen

    If Trump is elected and UK being out, Europe having their own security institution is quite realistic. The Washington players want to keep NATO with tooth and nail…without NATO the collective appearance of US world escapades would be gone as well as the Washington seat in Europe would be gone.

    The EU was created partly for unloading the US yoke, but EU leadership comprised of weaklings and some still admiring US “chewing gums”, especially from country P.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Derer


    ...The EU was created partly for unloading the US yoke, but EU leadership comprised of weaklings
     
    It failed and EU became more dependent on US. You are right, it happened because the people who were selected were 'chewing gum' devotees. Chewers are easy to please.

    But there was also an institutional reason: both the center in Brussels and the countries today lack full power. The very messy and improvised transition to create EU took power and authority from the countries without giving it to Brussels. That left a huge power vacuum that was filled by US and NGO's. If you leave power on the ground others will pick it up - that's the lesson naive Euros have to relearn. But for that one needs to have actual cojones.

    What we have in Brussels today is a fake state: none of the basic state functions are done in Brussels - but the countries lost their previous ability to do it the way they want to. Instead they point at each other, use it as an excuse for inactivity or for really stupid activity (C19, Ukraine, migrants...). There is no single neck to choke - that is fatal, both in business relations and with government functions.

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @Derer

    What is country P?

    Replies: @Derer

  39. @Greasy William
    @John Johnson


    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?
     
    If Ukraine a stalemate, and I stress ~if~, that is a defeat for the US Empire. It shows that the US can no longer enforce the post WWII liberal international order.

    Israel is a US client state. Anything short of the removal of Hamas is a defeat for Israel and it is obvious that Hamas is not going to be removed. Russia was behind the Oct 7 massacre and a defeat for Israel is a defeat for the US.

    The Red Sea is still closed, with no prospect of it being reopened in the foreseeable future. The US has already lost 2 servicemen and it will lose more if it chooses to expand operations there.

    Replies: @A123, @John Johnson, @YetAnotherAnon

    Anything short of the removal of Hamas is a defeat for Israel and it is obvious that Hamas is not going to be removed.

    It is obvious that Hamas is going to be removed. The kidnapper/terrorists are cut off from resupply and are being killed off at a 20:1 rate. This will be a victory for Palestinian Jews.

    The Veggie-In-Chief sent Blinken to intervene on Hamas’s behalf. Netanyahu refused to cooperate (see #18). This is another personal blow to the feeble White House occupant, but it does not spill over to the rest of the country.

    Russia was behind the Oct 7 massacre

    Iran was behind the Oct 7 massacre.

    While the diversion of international attention away from Ukraine was helpful, there has yet to be any evidence that Russia was involved.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Derer
    @A123


    This will be a victory for Palestinian Jews.
     
    Where did you get that term? Those are European Joos or Israel Joos.

    It is obvious that Hamas is going to be removed.
     
    No. Israel is tiny vulnerable religious country surrounded by the "ocean" of Islam. Hamas is not alone. Hezbollah is armed to the teeth, Iraq is now run by the pro-Iran Shia (thanks to younger Shrub). The exodus is starting - Florida is the place.

    Replies: @A123

  40. Opinion of Shia Islam improves immensely:

    • Replies: @Yevardian
    @Sher Singh

    Twelver Shiites are obsessed with their purity laws, in fact the overwhelming majority of written Shii jurisprudence concerns maintaining ritual cleanliness following proximity with people or things considered unclean. Sometimes it's claimed there's a Zoroastrian legacy in this regard but I don't know about that. Khomeini was actually quite unusual in his interest in more esoteric aspects of Shiism.
    Almost anything of theological interest in Shiism fell into disfavour during the later Safavid period, and then was outright supressed from the Qajar era onwards, when the Ulama became an independent political force in its own right (the Safavid Shahs were considered holy and so had much more control over Shii clerical parasites).
    Could write a lot more about orthodox Twelver Shii practice and belief but I'd probably start boring even myself.

    , @Yevardian
    @Sher Singh

    Reminds the British diplomatic experience with Mohamad Shah Qajar, who unusually had humanitarian inclinations, possibly stemming from his (disapproved of) Sufi influences in his upbringing. But despite his sincere attempts to end judicial torture and even the persecution of Babi heretics, when the British appealed to him to shut down the slave trade, he was unmoved and replied he was interested in the rights of full humans.

    The British forced the end of maritime slave trade in the Persian Gulf anyway, but I think it wasn't until the constitutional revolution of 1905 that negro slavery was officially abolished within Iran.

    Replies: @Sher Singh

    , @songbird
    @Sher Singh

    Not closely related, but I have often wondered if there are any unpublished ethnographic writings among the Timbuktu manuscripts.

    I wouldn't really trust them to release them, or necessarily preserve them. Probably, they would do the accounting by saying that they were "destroyed" in the Mali War.

  41. @Greasy William
    @John Johnson


    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?
     
    If Ukraine a stalemate, and I stress ~if~, that is a defeat for the US Empire. It shows that the US can no longer enforce the post WWII liberal international order.

    Israel is a US client state. Anything short of the removal of Hamas is a defeat for Israel and it is obvious that Hamas is not going to be removed. Russia was behind the Oct 7 massacre and a defeat for Israel is a defeat for the US.

    The Red Sea is still closed, with no prospect of it being reopened in the foreseeable future. The US has already lost 2 servicemen and it will lose more if it chooses to expand operations there.

    Replies: @A123, @John Johnson, @YetAnotherAnon

    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?

    If Ukraine a stalemate, and I stress ~if~, that is a defeat for the US Empire. It shows that the US can no longer enforce the post WWII liberal international order.

    The US has no directive to enforce any type of international order. Ukraine and most of Eastern Europe was abandoned to the tyranny of Communism by the Allies after WW2. There was never an international order for countries that suffered under Nazism.

    Ukraine is not a member of NATO and there has been no UN order to commit military support.

    Donating military hardware is not a defeat nor a win. The US donates billions in military aid to multiple countries around the world. Is that losing?

    [MORE]

    Israel is a US client state.

    Israel is not a client state as seen by Netanyahu’s rejection of US requests to reduce air strikes.

    Both Ukraine and Israel have rejected military requests from the US.

    There goes the theory that both are under the authority of the US. Netanyahu continues to blow off Blinken and Zelensky rejected US advice on the invasion and Bakhmut. Russia would be in a much worse position if they had listened to US generals.

    Anything short of the removal of Hamas is a defeat for Israel and it is obvious that Hamas is not going to be removed.

    Removing 99% of Hamas is a defeat for Israel? That doesn’t make any sense.

    Is the political position and worldwide reputation of Hamas stronger after their rape ‘n pillage attack?

    The Red Sea is still closed, with no prospect of it being reopened in the foreseeable future. The US has already lost 2 servicemen and it will lose more if it chooses to expand operations there.

    Wow 2 servicemen. That changes everything.

    How is this any different than Somali piracy? Shipping was temporarily shut down until counter-measures were taken. Was that a defeat for all countries that used those shipping channels?

    You want to see the US lose more than you want to look at reality. Suggesting that Hamas can somehow win is the epitome of delusion. They spent years building tunnels and Israel blew them up within weeks. For what? What was the big gain? So they could lose their men and go down in history as a bunch of loser rapists?

    Your desire for shaudenfruede is distorting your judgement.

    • Replies: @Greasy William
    @John Johnson


    Removing 99% of Hamas is a defeat for Israel?
     
    Removing 99% of a tumor is not a success.

    Is the political position and worldwide reputation of Hamas stronger after their rape ‘n pillage attack?
     
    Yes, it is. Antisemitism is higher now than it has been at any time post WW2. The entire Arab Islamic world sees what Hamas did on Oct 7th as heroic and so do hundreds of millions, if not billions, of other people all around the world.

    Suggesting that Hamas can somehow win is the epitome of delusion. They spent years building tunnels and Israel blew them up within weeks. For what? What was the big gain?
     
    Well first of all, they murdered/maimed/raped thousands of Jews, which to them is big achievement. Even more importantly from their perspective, they humiliated the State of Israel.

    The only way this war ends is for Hamas to get it's prisoners back and for it to get huge amounts of aid flowing into Gaza. Hamas doesn't care about how many fighters it has lost: literally the only reason a young man joins Hamas is because he wants to get killed.

    Hamas is going to stay in power. It is going to get hundreds, if not thousands of its prisoners back. It is going to get 10s of billions of dollars worth of aid that will allow it to rebuild it's tunnels and its arsenal. And it is going to be perfectly set up to wage an insurgency against the IDF in northern Gaza for as long as Israel elects to remain there.
  42. @Another Polish Perspective
    @Mr. Hack


    Why pose such a ridiculous question to me, when anybody with eyes can see how Ukrainians react to the evil deeds of a real life devil like Putler?
     
    I sometimes imagine that Bandera made a deal with Devil. All those ax-murders were pretty ritualistic. Hard to believe that Banderites were so low on ammunition, that they had to use axes.

    How would you and the great majority of Poles react if Putler’s Russia were to invade and cross Poland’s borders and kill and savage everything in sight?
     
    Well, personally I am far away from the sight of Putin, as I am close to Czech border. Maybe I would cross it (FYI, I am officially unfit for military service).BTW, why aren't you in Ukraine fighting?
    Poles would fight and pray. Poland had great tradition of "entrusting Poland to God" (zawierzyć Polskę Bogu), sometimes even to Holy Mary (zawierzyć Polskę Maryi), which I think is certain devaluation of Poland, since Mary was just a human being and not Polish at all. Maybe we would choose the Saint John Paul II this time ;)
    Occultism is pretty weak in Poland so no chance of choosing Devil here.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. Hack

    I sometimes imagine that Bandera made a deal with Devil. All those ax-murders were pretty ritualistic. Hard to believe that Banderites were so low on ammunition, that they had to use axes

    .

    I don’t condone these actions, and actually have enough Polish blood in my ancestry to have qualified for annihilation by these fanatics if they had implemented their draconian blood laws as to ethnicity had I lived in Ukraine at that time, but you have to wonder if their wasn’t some terrible angst and revenge that was expressed for real and imagined wrongs perpetrated by the Polish colonists in these Ukrainian areas, that had been brewing for a very long time.

    Ukrainians venerate both Our Lady and the Archangel Michael as protectors of Ukraine and its armed forces. I pray to both saints and request that they help Ukraine out and provide her with a just and lasting peace. I’m old enough to be your father and prefer my fighting at home (born in the USA) through my computer.

    • Agree: Mr. XYZ
    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack


    ...revenge that was expressed for real and imagined wrongs perpetrated by the Polish colonists in these Ukrainian areas, that had been brewing for a very long time.
     
    Yeah, very long time, like 500 years. But they were still only Polish colonists to you....and the Russians who have lived in Crimea and Donbas for over 200 years are in your mind only "Russian colonists"...no rights and ready for the Ukie angst, rage and revenge.

    Are you also a "colonist' in USA? I doubt your ancestors have been there for 200 or 500 years. When the mestizos come to show their rage in Phoenix, remember you are only a "colonist" and they have lived with this terrible angst of having you there - it has brewed for a long time.

    From what I see on your border, millions are coming to check up on you 'colonists'. And they are bringing a lot of help from all over the Third World. But you instead worry if "Lugansk" is in Russia or in Ukraine...the precious narcissism of small minds....

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Mr. Hack

  43. @Derer
    @Mr. XYZ

    If Trump is elected and UK being out, Europe having their own security institution is quite realistic. The Washington players want to keep NATO with tooth and nail...without NATO the collective appearance of US world escapades would be gone as well as the Washington seat in Europe would be gone.

    The EU was created partly for unloading the US yoke, but EU leadership comprised of weaklings and some still admiring US "chewing gums", especially from country P.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. XYZ

    …The EU was created partly for unloading the US yoke, but EU leadership comprised of weaklings

    It failed and EU became more dependent on US. You are right, it happened because the people who were selected were ‘chewing gum’ devotees. Chewers are easy to please.

    But there was also an institutional reason: both the center in Brussels and the countries today lack full power. The very messy and improvised transition to create EU took power and authority from the countries without giving it to Brussels. That left a huge power vacuum that was filled by US and NGO’s. If you leave power on the ground others will pick it up – that’s the lesson naive Euros have to relearn. But for that one needs to have actual cojones.

    What we have in Brussels today is a fake state: none of the basic state functions are done in Brussels – but the countries lost their previous ability to do it the way they want to. Instead they point at each other, use it as an excuse for inactivity or for really stupid activity (C19, Ukraine, migrants…). There is no single neck to choke – that is fatal, both in business relations and with government functions.

  44. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Mr. Hack

    OK, we must remember that a lot of the gloom is aimed at getting Congress to "give us the f******* money" as Bob Geldof puts it, but all the same... for a country that's not directly involved, it looks as if Western Ukraine (we must remember all the Ukrainians fighting against Zelensky) is supplying warm bodies and the US is supplying everything else.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/incredibly-stark-biden-aides-give-lawmakers-grim-assessment-ukraine-ai-rcna134792


    WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s top aides bluntly told lawmakers in a private meeting on Wednesday that if Congress fails to authorize additional military aid for Ukraine in the coming days, Russia could win the war in a matter of weeks — months at best, according to two people familiar with the meeting.

    National security adviser Jake Sullivan and the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the lawmakers that Ukraine will run out of certain air defense and artillery capabilities in the coming weeks, according to the people familiar with the meeting.

    The grim assessment, which one White House official described as “incredibly stark,” was delivered as the future of Ukraine aid has never been more uncertain. It also comes as White House officials are increasingly alarmed at the prospect of Biden failing to follow through with his promise that the U.S. will be there for Kyiv “as long as it takes.”

    In Wednesday’s meeting at the White House, Sullivan and Haines gave the top congressional leaders a classified time frame for when Ukraine’s key military resources will be significantly depleted, and a detailed assessment of the current dynamics on the battlefield, the two people familiar with the meeting said.
     

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    it looks as if Western Ukraine (we must remember all the Ukrainians fighting against Zelensky) is supplying warm bodies and the US is supplying everything else.

    It’s my understanding that very little of the home-grown talent that decided to fight with the insurrectionists are still around. The vast army of those fighting on Moscow’s side are Russians from all corners of Russia and Chechnya.

    Besides, which role would you rather play, the fat entrepreneur making large profits off of arms sales, or the Ukrainian soldier freezing his balls inside of a foxhole?

  45. @Mr. Hack
    @Another Polish Perspective


    I sometimes imagine that Bandera made a deal with Devil. All those ax-murders were pretty ritualistic. Hard to believe that Banderites were so low on ammunition, that they had to use axes
     
    .

    I don't condone these actions, and actually have enough Polish blood in my ancestry to have qualified for annihilation by these fanatics if they had implemented their draconian blood laws as to ethnicity had I lived in Ukraine at that time, but you have to wonder if their wasn't some terrible angst and revenge that was expressed for real and imagined wrongs perpetrated by the Polish colonists in these Ukrainian areas, that had been brewing for a very long time.

    Ukrainians venerate both Our Lady and the Archangel Michael as protectors of Ukraine and its armed forces. I pray to both saints and request that they help Ukraine out and provide her with a just and lasting peace. I'm old enough to be your father and prefer my fighting at home (born in the USA) through my computer.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …revenge that was expressed for real and imagined wrongs perpetrated by the Polish colonists in these Ukrainian areas, that had been brewing for a very long time.

    Yeah, very long time, like 500 years. But they were still only Polish colonists to you….and the Russians who have lived in Crimea and Donbas for over 200 years are in your mind only “Russian colonists”…no rights and ready for the Ukie angst, rage and revenge.

    Are you also a “colonist’ in USA? I doubt your ancestors have been there for 200 or 500 years. When the mestizos come to show their rage in Phoenix, remember you are only a “colonist” and they have lived with this terrible angst of having you there – it has brewed for a long time.

    From what I see on your border, millions are coming to check up on you ‘colonists’. And they are bringing a lot of help from all over the Third World. But you instead worry if “Lugansk” is in Russia or in Ukraine…the precious narcissism of small minds….

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    The irony is that American born Hispanics in Arizona would shut down the border if it were up to them.

    It's guilt ridden Whites like Biden that want to keep the border open.

    Most Hispanics don't want random third worlders coming across the border and they tend to not like Guatemalans, Haitians or Ecuadoreans. American born Hispanics also correctly assume their wages will be undermined with more illegals.

    Trump actually gained Hispanics in the last election. He lost independent Whites.

    The biggest advocates for open borders are Whites in Northern states that don't know what the border looks like. They have never been to the border in a state like Arizona. There are Hispanic left-wingers in California and NY but they don't represent their constituents.

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @Mr. Hack
    @Beckow


    Yeah, very long time, like 500 years.
     
    Once again displaying your complete lack of knowledge regarding Ukrainian and Polish history. What was the whole early part of the 20th century about in Western Ukrainian lands in Galicia and Volhynia if not Polish and Ukrainian atrocities, pacifications and political back and forth between Poles and Ukrainians? You're getting to sound real boring shooting off your mouth about subjects you know nothing about.

    and the Russians who have lived in Crimea and Donbas for over 200 years are in your mind only “Russian colonists”…no rights and ready for the Ukie angst, rage and revenge.
     
    Sure they've lived in these part for a couple centuries (that should count for something) but did you ever look into how they ended up in these parts, if not colonists then what would you call them, uninvited guests? :-)

    Your spiel is getting old and warn out here, I actually skip over your comments quite often,they're so boring and repetitive. I really don't know where AP has developed his patience in dealing with you.


    When the mestizos come to show their rage in Phoenix, remember you are only a “colonist” and they have lived with this terrible angst of having you there – it has brewed for a long time.
     
    Another one of your really dumb statements. "Mestizos"of all economic classes are glad to be in Phoenix, working and making money providing a better life for themselves and their families. I don't see any war drums on the horizon like you do. :-)

    https://ktar.com/wp-content/uploads/cms/34/3498/349817.jpg

    Replies: @LT1488

  46. @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack


    ...revenge that was expressed for real and imagined wrongs perpetrated by the Polish colonists in these Ukrainian areas, that had been brewing for a very long time.
     
    Yeah, very long time, like 500 years. But they were still only Polish colonists to you....and the Russians who have lived in Crimea and Donbas for over 200 years are in your mind only "Russian colonists"...no rights and ready for the Ukie angst, rage and revenge.

    Are you also a "colonist' in USA? I doubt your ancestors have been there for 200 or 500 years. When the mestizos come to show their rage in Phoenix, remember you are only a "colonist" and they have lived with this terrible angst of having you there - it has brewed for a long time.

    From what I see on your border, millions are coming to check up on you 'colonists'. And they are bringing a lot of help from all over the Third World. But you instead worry if "Lugansk" is in Russia or in Ukraine...the precious narcissism of small minds....

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Mr. Hack

    The irony is that American born Hispanics in Arizona would shut down the border if it were up to them.

    It’s guilt ridden Whites like Biden that want to keep the border open.

    Most Hispanics don’t want random third worlders coming across the border and they tend to not like Guatemalans, Haitians or Ecuadoreans. American born Hispanics also correctly assume their wages will be undermined with more illegals.

    Trump actually gained Hispanics in the last election. He lost independent Whites.

    The biggest advocates for open borders are Whites in Northern states that don’t know what the border looks like. They have never been to the border in a state like Arizona. There are Hispanic left-wingers in California and NY but they don’t represent their constituents.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...Hispanics in Arizona would shut down the border if it were up to them.
     
    Probably, but is anything up to them? They are the working poor (mostly) and by the ancient Western standard they have to "earn" the right to have an opinion. If they have a wrong one it is ignored.

    At the end these ethnic distinctions will be irrelevant. The only thing that will matter is the reality on the ground - it is almost irreversible that most of the US Southwest will revert to its "pre-colonist" past with all the consequences.

    Thanks to the short 150-year intermezzo by the Euro colonists the lands have been built up and there will be 50-100 times as many people there - the great achievement of the Western Euros will be to make it possible for the assorted Third World natives to massively multiply and flood the earth. Just as they were told in the good book...:)

    Is that all the greatest civilization that ever was will leave behind? A few billion short, swarthy, fat, diabetic, sub-85 IQ losers? How do you run the world with people like that?

    Replies: @John Johnson

  47. @AP
    @Mikel


    There seems to be a pattern of Ukrainians attacking civilian targets, especially in Donbas, after suffering some setback on the battlefield
     
    Have there been significant setbacks on the battlefield?

    it’s very difficult to imagine what military goal could be achieved by directing an artillery volley to a market in Donetsk at peak shopping hours.

     

    And right before Russia was going to the security council. How inconvenient.

    I’m not aware that they’ve even tried explaining it this time
     
    Not sure what Ukrainian authorities have been saying, but fwiw (I do not endorse any story about this) pro-Ukrainians are claiming that the Russians did it as a false flag attack. Supposedly the first Russian story was that the shells used were 122 mm mortars which are supposedly beyond the range of NATO mortars of that type (the front is 15 km from central Donetsk). The Russians then changed their story and stated that the artillery were 152 and 155. This would be within range, but video supposedly shows that the firing and hit were too close together, so the shells could not have travelled so far and must have been fired from a closer position in Russian-held territory (see after “more”).

    I don’t endorse that, but is is not impossible. Russia has shown strong disregard for Donbas lives, they are expendable for the interests of the Russian state.

    the reality is that arming Ukraine, especially with sophisticated weapons, makes us less secure, not more
     
    Allowing Russia to break the stalemate at the front and to take the fight to Ukraine’s cities makes us more secure? Do you think we would be more secure if Russia chose to go for the Baltics next?

    It is just a given that they are going to use them to kill civilians

     

    If that were the goal, don’t you think far more civilians would have been killed? Looks like Ukraine has mostly been hitting military targets such as ships, military factories and radars, or the oil and gas export infrastructure that funds Russia’s war effort. There has not been a pattern of mass bombardment of purely civilian, or residential areas.

    Apparently, yesterday’s attack (like the attack on the center of Belgorod some weeks ago) was also carried out using NATO ordnance.
     
    And do you know if the civilian destruction in Belgorod wasn’t caused by Russian air defense missiles coming down in civilian areas, or Ukrainian rockets being taken down before they reached their targets (this is how many Ukrainian civilians died)? There was video of at least one Russian missile failing and coming down over Belgorod.

    Belgorod is from where Russians have been shelling Kharkiv. Do you think Ukrainians don’t have the right to shoot back at all?

    Having Russian innocent blood on our hands
     
    Sadly, any fighting back will involve loss of civilian life. Many French people were killed during the liberation of France. Are you suggesting Ukraine not fight back at all? That Russia bomb Ukraine from Belgorod and other areas with no answer?

    If someone more audacious than Putin comes to power I wouldn’t discard Nikki’s crazy prophecies actually becoming true, especially if the Russians finally manage to inflict a decisive defeat on Ukraine and recover their confidence in their military
     
    In which case it is better for Russia to be smaller and weaker than for it to be stronger, and thus it would be better to give Ukraine what it needs to prevent Russia from being larger.

    I doubt Russia will win, but if it were to conquer all or most of Ukraine there is at least a 30% chance that Russia would next go after the Baltics. They are too close to Russia’s second city, they have large ethnic Russian minorities (with real or imagined grievances), and they separate Russian Kaliningrad from Belarus and Russia. A successful takeover might break NATO, if NATO doesn’t respond robustly. Russia’s government has already declared for the Soviet borders (optimistically, as some sort of negotiation position, like it’s recent claim the the Alaska sale was illegal, but who knows?).

    If the Baltics are attacked, US might not do much but Poland almost certainly would. And then US and Germany would be more tempted to get involved. I suspect I know what your position would be - neither Poland nor the Baltics are worth a possible nuclear holocaust, we need to keep backing off. But I doubt it will go that way.

    The way to stop a possible cascade of such events and prevent a much larger mess would be to keep the war in Ukraine and end it there, by giving Ukraine what it needs. No American lives used or lost, no wider war.



    https://twitter.com/malcontentmentt/status/1749311298603815324?s=46&t=Qz3eXZWFYIvyHmaAk32tcg

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

    So what is a peaceful resolution to this condunrum you mention? The situation was created by Western pressure on Russia. It may require a wise compromise to avoid the Russian takeover you suggest.

    AP wrote: I doubt Russia will win, but if it were to conquer all or most of Ukraine there is at least a 30% chance that Russia would next go after the Baltics. They are too close to Russia’s second city, they have large ethnic Russian minorities (with real or imagined grievances), and they separate Russian Kaliningrad from Belarus and Russia. A successful takeover might break NATO, if NATO doesn’t respond robustly. Russia’s government has already declared for the Soviet borders (optimistically, as some sort of negotiation position, like it’s recent claim the the Alaska sale was illegal, but who knows?).

    • Replies: @AP
    @QCIC


    So what is a peaceful resolution to this condunrum you mention?
     
    Russia isn't interested in a peaceful resolution (Lavrov just said Ukraine's government must be replaced), so there will be none until its leadership changes their mind. And this can only be done if it's military is stopped in Ukraine, which requires an ongoing flow of weapons to Ukraine. The purpose is to make it clear to Russia that further warfare is futile.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Sean

  48. @John Johnson
    @Greasy William


    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?
     
    If Ukraine a stalemate, and I stress ~if~, that is a defeat for the US Empire. It shows that the US can no longer enforce the post WWII liberal international order.

    The US has no directive to enforce any type of international order. Ukraine and most of Eastern Europe was abandoned to the tyranny of Communism by the Allies after WW2. There was never an international order for countries that suffered under Nazism.

    Ukraine is not a member of NATO and there has been no UN order to commit military support.

    Donating military hardware is not a defeat nor a win. The US donates billions in military aid to multiple countries around the world. Is that losing?

    Israel is a US client state.

    Israel is not a client state as seen by Netanyahu's rejection of US requests to reduce air strikes.

    Both Ukraine and Israel have rejected military requests from the US.

    There goes the theory that both are under the authority of the US. Netanyahu continues to blow off Blinken and Zelensky rejected US advice on the invasion and Bakhmut. Russia would be in a much worse position if they had listened to US generals.

    Anything short of the removal of Hamas is a defeat for Israel and it is obvious that Hamas is not going to be removed.

    Removing 99% of Hamas is a defeat for Israel? That doesn't make any sense.

    Is the political position and worldwide reputation of Hamas stronger after their rape 'n pillage attack?

    The Red Sea is still closed, with no prospect of it being reopened in the foreseeable future. The US has already lost 2 servicemen and it will lose more if it chooses to expand operations there.

    Wow 2 servicemen. That changes everything.

    How is this any different than Somali piracy? Shipping was temporarily shut down until counter-measures were taken. Was that a defeat for all countries that used those shipping channels?

    You want to see the US lose more than you want to look at reality. Suggesting that Hamas can somehow win is the epitome of delusion. They spent years building tunnels and Israel blew them up within weeks. For what? What was the big gain? So they could lose their men and go down in history as a bunch of loser rapists?

    Your desire for shaudenfruede is distorting your judgement.

    Replies: @Greasy William

    Removing 99% of Hamas is a defeat for Israel?

    Removing 99% of a tumor is not a success.

    Is the political position and worldwide reputation of Hamas stronger after their rape ‘n pillage attack?

    Yes, it is. Antisemitism is higher now than it has been at any time post WW2. The entire Arab Islamic world sees what Hamas did on Oct 7th as heroic and so do hundreds of millions, if not billions, of other people all around the world.

    Suggesting that Hamas can somehow win is the epitome of delusion. They spent years building tunnels and Israel blew them up within weeks. For what? What was the big gain?

    Well first of all, they murdered/maimed/raped thousands of Jews, which to them is big achievement. Even more importantly from their perspective, they humiliated the State of Israel.

    The only way this war ends is for Hamas to get it’s prisoners back and for it to get huge amounts of aid flowing into Gaza. Hamas doesn’t care about how many fighters it has lost: literally the only reason a young man joins Hamas is because he wants to get killed.

    Hamas is going to stay in power. It is going to get hundreds, if not thousands of its prisoners back. It is going to get 10s of billions of dollars worth of aid that will allow it to rebuild it’s tunnels and its arsenal. And it is going to be perfectly set up to wage an insurgency against the IDF in northern Gaza for as long as Israel elects to remain there.

  49. @QCIC
    @AP

    So what is a peaceful resolution to this condunrum you mention? The situation was created by Western pressure on Russia. It may require a wise compromise to avoid the Russian takeover you suggest.


    AP wrote: I doubt Russia will win, but if it were to conquer all or most of Ukraine there is at least a 30% chance that Russia would next go after the Baltics. They are too close to Russia’s second city, they have large ethnic Russian minorities (with real or imagined grievances), and they separate Russian Kaliningrad from Belarus and Russia. A successful takeover might break NATO, if NATO doesn’t respond robustly. Russia’s government has already declared for the Soviet borders (optimistically, as some sort of negotiation position, like it’s recent claim the the Alaska sale was illegal, but who knows?).
     

    Replies: @AP

    So what is a peaceful resolution to this condunrum you mention?

    Russia isn’t interested in a peaceful resolution (Lavrov just said Ukraine’s government must be replaced), so there will be none until its leadership changes their mind. And this can only be done if it’s military is stopped in Ukraine, which requires an ongoing flow of weapons to Ukraine. The purpose is to make it clear to Russia that further warfare is futile.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    If either side prevails in Ukraine the result is unstable, so my question was a thought experiment. Even if Ukraine is quickly forgotten, enormous military tension between NATO and Russia will remain. The West has created a huge mess.

    If Ukraine prevails in some sense, the West will be empowered to press Russia even harder. This pressure could be in Kaliningrad, the Caucasus or maybe North Korea. If Russia prevails in Ukraine, the leaders of the Baltics will pee in their pants and jump into the comforting arms of their NATO brothers. In this case, Russia will also be pressured in some way.

    So the requirement for Russia is to stop the West from pressuring her militarily and geopolitically. Ukraine is just the present iteration of this challenge. The mythical sensible people in the West could wake up tomorrow and simply stop doing what they are doing and work on a mutual peace. It will take decades to repair the damage intentionally inflicted by the West on the USA-Russia security relationship since 1999. Nonetheless, this healing process could start tomorrow. No one expects this to happen. The Balts should lead this effort since they have the most to lose and what they have cannot be protected by force.

    This leaves Russia various choices. One option is simply to face down the Western pressure as it appears. This always has the risk of dangerous escalation, but maybe the Russians can be philosophical about the situation. They can hope the leaders and myths in the West will change over time to something less hostile to Russia. If the trends are that Russia is gradually getting stronger and the West is gradually getting weaker this may be their best response. Alternatively, if NATO escalates sooner rather than later, Russia may want to either break up NATO politically or work with China to weaken the dollar and reduce the ability of the USA to stir up trouble.

    Only the USA dropping the anti-Russia project is a safe course. The other scenarios have the real risk of nuclear war and World War 3. The best option is for Yankee to go home and fix her border.

    Replies: @Beckow, @LondonBob

    , @Sean
    @AP


    The purpose is to make it clear to Russia that further warfare is futile.
     
    Which is not true. As long as Russia refuses to cease hostilities and recognize the borders of Ukraine, it cannot join Nato. All Russia has to do to attain its primary objective is maintain an official non-peace.

    Russia isn’t interested in a peaceful resolution ... there will be none until its leadership changes their mind. And this can only be done if it’s military is stopped in Ukraine...
     
    No matter how the military situation develops, Russia will not, can not, agree to peace in Ukraine.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  50. @Derer
    @Mr. XYZ

    If Trump is elected and UK being out, Europe having their own security institution is quite realistic. The Washington players want to keep NATO with tooth and nail...without NATO the collective appearance of US world escapades would be gone as well as the Washington seat in Europe would be gone.

    The EU was created partly for unloading the US yoke, but EU leadership comprised of weaklings and some still admiring US "chewing gums", especially from country P.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. XYZ

    What is country P?

    • Replies: @Derer
    @Mr. XYZ

    It is not Portugal.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  51. Nuking Disney World might not be as effective as I thought because it apparently was built from the start to have plenty of tunnels.

  52. @Beckow
    @Mikel

    The point of wishful prophecies is to make them happen. We can get to nukes if people scare themselves with what Russia supposedly really wants.

    Many in Kiev who are already compromised want to bloody as many hands as possible so the consequences are chaotic and unclear....a downward spiral. But the bottom line is that a few hundred thousand Ukies have perished or ruined their lives for somebody's plan to have Ukraine in Nato. Among the most stupid sacrificial wars ever fought. This will be incomprehensible to look back at. It was so easy to avoid by simply being normal.

    Replies: @Mikel

    It’s like giving air to ground missiles to Israel and expecting that they will not use them to kill civilians. Are the Israelis even capable of refraining from killing civilians?

    Ukraine may actually be worse in some aspects. The Israelis seem to have a solid command structure but I don’t believe that the order to bomb an open market in Donetsk came from Zaluzhny or Zelensky. It’s easier to imagine that it was someone much further down who took the initiative. Because he can and because he knows that there will be no consequences, like there weren’t in all the previous years since Maidan.

    The other difference between both countries is that the Israelis don’t try to insult our intelligence time and again saying that it’s not them, it’s the Palestinians who are bombing themselves. AP couldn’t help himself and found one of those fairy tales for dimwits. It’s all so deja vu.

    In the midst of all this insanity I found the ISW report of the attack almost funny. The Institute for the Study of War, an American organization constantly used by all the respectable media as their main source of information on the war in Ukraine, published a very long daily report of how the hostilities went in all the different fronts and only at the very end they mentioned the attack on the Donetsk market under the heading “Russian Information Operations and Narratives”. Apparently, they only found it worth mentioning because the Russians were devious enough to use it as way to justify Russia’s need to achieve its military objectives in Ukraine. Of course, once they had mentioned the subject they hastened to clarify that they “cannot independently confirm the actors behind the strike”.

    Was late-stage Communism this mendacious? I think the Western MSM has already surpassed those levels and we’re headed towards Stalinist proportions of media distortion. But I can’t say for sure, my first trip to Eastern Europe was right after the fall of the Iron Curtain, around 1989 or 1990.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mikel


    ...someone much further down who took the initiative. Because he can...
     
    In Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer - not a very good book - a guy is being kicked out from his flat in Paris and his friend is helping him move out. He tells his friend to take a crap in the drawer...why not? I suspect there are Ukies who take these potshots because they can, they know they are leaving. So they s..t all over the place.

    This is the core point about who is right and who is wrong: the side that is willing to destroy the place, randomly kill its inhabitants, are not the good guys. Kiev Ukies went to destroy Donbas, and they would do it to Crimea if they could, and these are the heroes?


    Was late-stage Communism this mendacious? I think the Western MSM has already surpassed those levels
     
    Historical comparisons are tricky: the commie media started out being lively and ideological, they loved to argue, believed in their cause and spun narratives like mad scientists who think the truth has been intentionally hidden for centuries...it was less censorship than bullying others.

    By the time I remember them in the 80's they were in the "just-shut-up" phase - like in a middle school: elderly stodgy authority, known taboo subjects, dull reciting of the daily brief, shrugs and implied threats. They were no longer ideological, it was instead "the experts know best" mid-wit drivel. There were few consequences for having other views because other views were simply ignored.

    The Western media today combines the two in a very irritating way - the ideology is even more bizarre and the censorship by the "experts" is more pervasive. They have more energy and still have some crazy plans to implement. The latter-day commies were a tired bunch, harmless elderly losers.

    By the way, "Stalin" was such a small part of the post-WW2 socialist experience that outside of SU I don't ever recall anyone mentioning him - if they did it was with more venom than even AP. When I hear "Stalinism", it is like someone telling Americans that their life is KKK or fanatical Mormon bigamists of the late 19th century.

    , @QCIC
    @Mikel

    The Israelis do not care about killing non-Jewish civilians. Many really, really don't care while others are steeped enough in the culture that they don't care. They will only care if the repercussions are dangerous enough.

    This general situation could be true in any war, but Judaism has a very old mythology which promotes the idea that they are the chosen people and therefore can be protected at any cost. This mythology is apparently embraced by quite a few otherwise intelligent people. This makes them unique, though not in the way they believe.

    Replies: @A123

    , @AP
    @Mikel


    The other difference between both countries is that the Israelis don’t try to insult our intelligence time and again saying that it’s not them, it’s the Palestinians who are bombing themselves. AP couldn’t help himself and found one of those fairy tales for dimwits.
     
    Here is the full description of that. Feel free to debunk it:

    https://malcontentment.com/unraveling-claims-of-ukrainian-involvement-donetsk-market-attack-points-to-russian-origination/

    [WBHG News 24] – After a shocking incident in the occupied city of Donetsk that killed 28 and wounded 30 in the market area in the Kirovs’kyi District, evidence that has emerged surrounding the attack raises doubts about Russia’s claim of Ukrainian involvement. Russian state media, along with the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Denis Pushilin, alleged that Ukraine was responsible for shelling the area using 152 mm and 155 mm artillery, leaving 18 of the wounded hospitalized.

    A thorough analysis by our international analyst team casts doubt on the accusations, revealing a complex web of evidence that challenges the narrative quickly created by Russian authorities. Our team reviewed dozens of publicly available videos and images shared by Russian channels, state media, and propagandists and conducted an audio analysis of the attack itself while it was still in progress. Although a conclusive war crime assessment requires an on-site investigation, the publicly available information suggests that Ukraine was likely not responsible for the attack.

    Two things that hampered the investigation was an apparent effort by Russian state media and propagandists not to share images of impact craters, which is crucial for splash analysis. Despite these efforts, our team successfully geolocated hits at four locations and identified three impact craters, including one that provided information on the direction of the attack. Another critical revelation was the absence of key details from Russian officials, such as pictures of an official investigation or recovered shrapnel. This is highly unusual compared to other incidents, and the attack scene was hastily cleaned up before any apparent detailed investigation was made. Additionally, the nature of the craters photographed appear to be 82 or 120-millimeter mortars and don’t align with the artillery rounds mentioned by occupation governor Pushilin.




    [WBHG News 24] – After a shocking incident in the occupied city of Donetsk that killed 28 and wounded 30 in the market area in the Kirovs’kyi District, evidence that has emerged surrounding the attack raises doubts about Russia’s claim of Ukrainian involvement. Russian state media, along with the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Denis Pushilin, alleged that Ukraine was responsible for shelling the area using 152 mm and 155 mm artillery, leaving 18 of the wounded hospitalized.

    A thorough analysis by our international analyst team casts doubt on the accusations, revealing a complex web of evidence that challenges the narrative quickly created by Russian authorities. Our team reviewed dozens of publicly available videos and images shared by Russian channels, state media, and propagandists and conducted an audio analysis of the attack itself while it was still in progress. Although a conclusive war crime assessment requires an on-site investigation, the publicly available information suggests that Ukraine was likely not responsible for the attack.

    Two things that hampered the investigation was an apparent effort by Russian state media and propagandists not to share images of impact craters, which is crucial for splash analysis. Despite these efforts, our team successfully geolocated hits at four locations and identified three impact craters, including one that provided information on the direction of the attack. Another critical revelation was the absence of key details from Russian officials, such as pictures of an official investigation or recovered shrapnel. This is highly unusual compared to other incidents, and the attack scene was hastily cleaned up before any apparent detailed investigation was made. Additionally, the nature of the craters photographed appear to be 82 or 120-millimeter mortars and don’t align with the artillery rounds mentioned by occupation governor Pushilin.


    A Russian provided image of an impact crater from the January 21, 2024 attack on a Donetsk market by War In My Eyes shows damage and splash pattern consistent with a mortar round.
    The impact crater at the base of a tree on Lyashenka Street near the bus stop indicates the shells were fired from the west-southwest, making it highly improbable that Ukrainian artillery was involved. The closest Ukrainian-controlled area in that direction is Pobieda, 17 kilometers away and only 2.5 kilometers from the line of conflict. The closest safe area for artillery to operate is another 7.9 kilometers west, near the village of Illinka.



    [WBHG News 24] – After a shocking incident in the occupied city of Donetsk that killed 28 and wounded 30 in the market area in the Kirovs’kyi District, evidence that has emerged surrounding the attack raises doubts about Russia’s claim of Ukrainian involvement. Russian state media, along with the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Denis Pushilin, alleged that Ukraine was responsible for shelling the area using 152 mm and 155 mm artillery, leaving 18 of the wounded hospitalized.

    A thorough analysis by our international analyst team casts doubt on the accusations, revealing a complex web of evidence that challenges the narrative quickly created by Russian authorities. Our team reviewed dozens of publicly available videos and images shared by Russian channels, state media, and propagandists and conducted an audio analysis of the attack itself while it was still in progress. Although a conclusive war crime assessment requires an on-site investigation, the publicly available information suggests that Ukraine was likely not responsible for the attack.

    Two things that hampered the investigation was an apparent effort by Russian state media and propagandists not to share images of impact craters, which is crucial for splash analysis. Despite these efforts, our team successfully geolocated hits at four locations and identified three impact craters, including one that provided information on the direction of the attack. Another critical revelation was the absence of key details from Russian officials, such as pictures of an official investigation or recovered shrapnel. This is highly unusual compared to other incidents, and the attack scene was hastily cleaned up before any apparent detailed investigation was made. Additionally, the nature of the craters photographed appear to be 82 or 120-millimeter mortars and don’t align with the artillery rounds mentioned by occupation governor Pushilin.


    A Russian provided image of an impact crater from the January 21, 2024 attack on a Donetsk market by War In My Eyes shows damage and splash pattern consistent with a mortar round.
    The impact crater at the base of a tree on Lyashenka Street near the bus stop indicates the shells were fired from the west-southwest, making it highly improbable that Ukrainian artillery was involved. The closest Ukrainian-controlled area in that direction is Pobieda, 17 kilometers away and only 2.5 kilometers from the line of conflict. The closest safe area for artillery to operate is another 7.9 kilometers west, near the village of Illinka.

    Still image taken from a video provided by the so-called Donetsk People's Republic showing an impact crater on Lyashenka Street indicating that a non-fragmentation round on a high arc trajectory was used, fired west-southwest of the market.

    If Ukraine were responsible, the closest safe firing location would be 24.9 kilometers away, and even in Pobieda, the Russian D-20 152-millimeter howitzer would be at its absolute maximum range. At 24.9 kilometers, the M-777 or NATO standard self-propelled artillery pieces would be at or just beyond their standard range. Because Russian officials did not share any images of shrapnel, we have no way to authenticate the munition used.


    [WBHG News 24] – After a shocking incident in the occupied city of Donetsk that killed 28 and wounded 30 in the market area in the Kirovs’kyi District, evidence that has emerged surrounding the attack raises doubts about Russia’s claim of Ukrainian involvement. Russian state media, along with the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Denis Pushilin, alleged that Ukraine was responsible for shelling the area using 152 mm and 155 mm artillery, leaving 18 of the wounded hospitalized.

    A thorough analysis by our international analyst team casts doubt on the accusations, revealing a complex web of evidence that challenges the narrative quickly created by Russian authorities. Our team reviewed dozens of publicly available videos and images shared by Russian channels, state media, and propagandists and conducted an audio analysis of the attack itself while it was still in progress. Although a conclusive war crime assessment requires an on-site investigation, the publicly available information suggests that Ukraine was likely not responsible for the attack.

    Two things that hampered the investigation was an apparent effort by Russian state media and propagandists not to share images of impact craters, which is crucial for splash analysis. Despite these efforts, our team successfully geolocated hits at four locations and identified three impact craters, including one that provided information on the direction of the attack. Another critical revelation was the absence of key details from Russian officials, such as pictures of an official investigation or recovered shrapnel. This is highly unusual compared to other incidents, and the attack scene was hastily cleaned up before any apparent detailed investigation was made. Additionally, the nature of the craters photographed appear to be 82 or 120-millimeter mortars and don’t align with the artillery rounds mentioned by occupation governor Pushilin.


    A Russian provided image of an impact crater from the January 21, 2024 attack on a Donetsk market by War In My Eyes shows damage and splash pattern consistent with a mortar round.
    The impact crater at the base of a tree on Lyashenka Street near the bus stop indicates the shells were fired from the west-southwest, making it highly improbable that Ukrainian artillery was involved. The closest Ukrainian-controlled area in that direction is Pobieda, 17 kilometers away and only 2.5 kilometers from the line of conflict. The closest safe area for artillery to operate is another 7.9 kilometers west, near the village of Illinka.

    Still image taken from a video provided by the so-called Donetsk People's Republic showing an impact crater on Lyashenka Street indicating that a non-fragmentation round on a high arc trajectory was used, fired west-southwest of the market.
    If Ukraine were responsible, the closest safe firing location would be 24.9 kilometers away, and even in Pobieda, the Russian D-20 152-millimeter howitzer would be at its absolute maximum range. At 24.9 kilometers, the M-777 or NATO standard self-propelled artillery pieces would be at or just beyond their standard range. Because Russian officials did not share any images of shrapnel, we have no way to authenticate the munition used.

    Along with the impact crater at the base of the tree on Lyashenka Street, a video recorded during the attack provided critical information on the potential distance from the area attacked and the firing point. The Russian video shared on the popular Telegram channel Typical Donetsk captured the sound of outgoing rounds that impacted 2.5 and 4.25 seconds later. If the rounds were fired from M-777 artillery with a muzzle velocity of 870 meters per second, the maximum linear distance the round could travel is 3,700 meters, deep within the city of Donetsk itself. Factoring for the arc an artillery shell travels and the minimum possible range of the M-777, the distance drops to 2,300 meters. That’s an impossibly short distance for the rounds to have been fired by Ukraine.

    https://malcontentment.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/google-maps-russian-attack-donetsk-analysis-war-crime-false-flag-war-1024x576.jpg

    The timing of the attack is also suspect, occurring while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was en route to a UN Security Council meeting, and the U.S. Congress remains poised to discuss continued military support for Ukraine.

    The available evidence suggests that the origin of the attack was in a forested area between the Kirovs’kyi and Petrovs’kyi Districts, approximately 2,000 to 3,000 meters west of the market area. Immediate claims that any combatant committed a war crime should receive a thorough investigation before news agencies directly quote national officials and report the claims as pure fact. The intricacies of this investigation underscore the importance of a thorough and unbiased examination of available evidence by subject matter experts.

    Replies: @Mikel

  53. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    The irony is that American born Hispanics in Arizona would shut down the border if it were up to them.

    It's guilt ridden Whites like Biden that want to keep the border open.

    Most Hispanics don't want random third worlders coming across the border and they tend to not like Guatemalans, Haitians or Ecuadoreans. American born Hispanics also correctly assume their wages will be undermined with more illegals.

    Trump actually gained Hispanics in the last election. He lost independent Whites.

    The biggest advocates for open borders are Whites in Northern states that don't know what the border looks like. They have never been to the border in a state like Arizona. There are Hispanic left-wingers in California and NY but they don't represent their constituents.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …Hispanics in Arizona would shut down the border if it were up to them.

    Probably, but is anything up to them? They are the working poor (mostly) and by the ancient Western standard they have to “earn” the right to have an opinion. If they have a wrong one it is ignored.

    At the end these ethnic distinctions will be irrelevant. The only thing that will matter is the reality on the ground – it is almost irreversible that most of the US Southwest will revert to its “pre-colonist” past with all the consequences.

    Thanks to the short 150-year intermezzo by the Euro colonists the lands have been built up and there will be 50-100 times as many people there – the great achievement of the Western Euros will be to make it possible for the assorted Third World natives to massively multiply and flood the earth. Just as they were told in the good book…:)

    Is that all the greatest civilization that ever was will leave behind? A few billion short, swarthy, fat, diabetic, sub-85 IQ losers? How do you run the world with people like that?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Beckow


    …Hispanics in Arizona would shut down the border if it were up to them.
     
    Probably, but is anything up to them? They are the working poor (mostly) and by the ancient Western standard they have to “earn” the right to have an opinion. If they have a wrong one it is ignored.

    The majority of Whites and Hispanics are ignored by both parties. I'm just pointing out an irony.

    At the end these ethnic distinctions will be irrelevant. The only thing that will matter is the reality on the ground – it is almost irreversible that most of the US Southwest will revert to its “pre-colonist” past with all the consequences.

    I don't know what you mean by that. New Mexico already has majority Hispanic rule. They didn't adopt some racial left-wing ideology. American born Hispanics are actually pretty moderate. They are both majority Democrat and Catholic. In fact they clash with pro-abortion White liberals but that is kept out of the MSM. White liberals in cities like LA are much more anti-gun than Hispanics. Liberals ignore the will of Democrat Hispanics.

    the great achievement of the Western Euros will be to make it possible for the assorted Third World natives to massively multiply and flood the earth. Just as they were told in the good book

    No it will be more like Brazil 2 but the Whites won't be as mixed. Enclaves of Whites with a Hispanic majority. It will however be amusing to watch liberal Whites explain why Whites can't be a minority or act collectively.

    Is that all the greatest civilization that ever was will leave behind? A few billion short, swarthy, fat, diabetic, sub-85 IQ losers? How do you run the world with people like that?

    If Putin had grown up around Guatemalans he'd probably have some confidence.

    Have a look at NYC demographics and especially the schools. It's already White minority and the stock market keeps ticking. NYC research firms continue their work. Not the end of the world. Whites work office jobs in Manhattan and then go home to the burbs in NJ. Is what it is.

    Both parties were never serious about the border. Republicans for years looked the other way for the sake of big AG. They are currently better than the Democrats but there was a long period where neither side wanted to do anything.

    Not my decision and my kids won't have to worry about it.

    Replies: @Beckow

  54. @songbird
    @Mr. XYZ

    Do you listen to any of these? Nothing really catches my fancy.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    No, I don’t. Sorry that I thus can’t help you out more here.

    Have you ever read Peter Zeihan’s work on China? Or listened to him talk about China?

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mr. XYZ


    Have you ever read Peter Zeihan’s work on China?
     
    Yes, he is amusing in some ways occasionally, but certainly too much of a doomer on China.

    Can't help but feel that it is part of his spiel to his target audience - the Beltway.

    Geography, which is one of his specialties, really plays into China containment and American triumphalism. At least, in the context of the status quo and blank-slatism.

    What I can't quite figure out is how his post-American global order plays to the Beltway audience, unless as a kind of warning or call to arms.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  55. Removing 99% of Hamas is a defeat for Israel?

    Removing 99% of a tumor is not a success.

    It’s not a tumor. It’s a political group and they will no longer have control over their territory. That’s a loss.

    Their Iranian weapons aren’t even working against IDF tanks due to the trophy armor.

    A bunch of geniuses that couldn’t think of a better plan other than rape 18 year olds and kidnap children.

    Yes, it is. Antisemitism is higher now than it has been at any time post WW2. The entire Arab Islamic world sees what Hamas did on Oct 7th as heroic and so do hundreds of millions, if not billions, of other people all around the world.

    Anyone that cheers gunning down 18 year old girls or entire families in the burbs is a loser.

    The entire Islamic world does not view Hamas as heroic. Support for Hamas is the same which is drawn along Shia/Sunni lines. Egypt had to be pressured to take some of them in and provide aid. Hezbollah never opened a front as Ritter predicted. Iran was bombed by Isis over their inaction. Jordan shrugged as usual. The majority of the Arab world will complain about Israel and then won’t lift a finger to help Hamas.

    Hamas doesn’t care about how many fighters it has lost: literally the only reason a young man joins Hamas is because he wants to get killed.

    Yes they target incels. Hamas offers them to the chance to rape and kill before being sent to the afterlife. Oh and the genius gentlemen league decided to use GoPros. Let’s make sure the world sees what losers we are.

    Israel however will not hand Gaza back to them and their main leader was already killed.

    It is going to get 10s of billions of dollars worth of aid that will allow it to rebuild it’s tunnels and its arsenal.

    Hilarious. Tens of billions to Hamas? Where is that going to come from? You think Israel is going to let Hamas back in power and they will get tens of billion in aid? So the remaining Hamas members will get rich? Funniest joke of the day.

    • Replies: @Greasy William
    @John Johnson


    Anyone that cheers gunning down 18 year old girls or entire families in the burbs is a loser.
     
    Yes, Arab/Muslims are losers, exactly. Jews and Arabs share the same father in Abraham but our (Jews) mother was the lady of the house and their mother was just a slave. Ishmael knows that he is living on borrowed time before the natural state of the world is restored, hence his bottomless anger and hatred

    The entire Islamic world does not view Hamas as heroic
     
    Yes they do and only someone who doesn't know many Arabs/Muslims could think otherwise. Support for the Oct 7th attacks in the Arab Islamic world approaches 100% and the few who are opposed are regarded as Uncle Ahmad's by their Arab brethren. Furthermore, the Oct 7 attacks are supported by hundreds of millions of Latin Americans, Asians and western leftists.

    Hezbollah never opened a front as Ritter predicted
     
    What is your obsession with Ritter? He is a disgraced pervert who preaches his nonsense to a small audience of alienated, lonely, western weirdos. He's an idiot. Even this community's Russian partisans regard him as an irrelevant ignoramus.

    The majority of the Arab world will complain about Israel and then won’t lift a finger to help Hamas
     
    Because Arabs/Muslims are cowards by nature who have a huge sense of entitlement: why should ~they~ die to protect the Palestinians? Someone else should do that for them! That is seriously how they think. This is what happens when you give freedom to a race of slaves.

    Yes they target incels.
     
    You don't know the type of guy that joins Hamas or Hezbollah. These are not incels. They are very tough, very masculine young men. Often they are also very charismatic. They can be amateurish fighters and on a moral level they are the lowest of the low, but they aren't incels.

    Israel however will not hand Gaza back to them
     
    Oh yes it will. The only reason it hasn't done so already is because of the hostages, otherwise Israel would have already surrendered like it always does. Like Nasrallah said, Israel is weak as a spider's web.

    Once a deal is worked out to get the hostages back, Israel will begin the process of leaving Gaza, although it will likely be a lengthy process.

    Hilarious. Tens of billions to Hamas? Where is that going to come from?
     
    The United States, like always. The EU will of course also chip in. The West has been subsidizing this race of criminals since 1949. Technically the aid will be to rebuild Gaza, but in practice most of it will go into the coffers of Hamas. We know this will happen because this is what happened after all of the previous Gaza clashes.

    Replies: @A123

  56. @Mr. XYZ
    @songbird

    No, I don't. Sorry that I thus can't help you out more here.

    Have you ever read Peter Zeihan's work on China? Or listened to him talk about China?

    Replies: @songbird

    Have you ever read Peter Zeihan’s work on China?

    Yes, he is amusing in some ways occasionally, but certainly too much of a doomer on China.

    Can’t help but feel that it is part of his spiel to his target audience – the Beltway.

    Geography, which is one of his specialties, really plays into China containment and American triumphalism. At least, in the context of the status quo and blank-slatism.

    What I can’t quite figure out is how his post-American global order plays to the Beltway audience, unless as a kind of warning or call to arms.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @songbird

    If he's a doomer on China, then what exactly does his argument in regards to the post-American order consist of? After all, isn't China the main challenger to the West? Russia certainly can't do it by itself, at least not short of nuclear war. The EU won't replace the US and in any case prefers to work side-by-side with the US. Who else is left? India? But its human capital levels are too low, even with its Brahmin smart fraction.

    Replies: @QCIC, @songbird

  57. @AP
    @QCIC


    So what is a peaceful resolution to this condunrum you mention?
     
    Russia isn't interested in a peaceful resolution (Lavrov just said Ukraine's government must be replaced), so there will be none until its leadership changes their mind. And this can only be done if it's military is stopped in Ukraine, which requires an ongoing flow of weapons to Ukraine. The purpose is to make it clear to Russia that further warfare is futile.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Sean

    If either side prevails in Ukraine the result is unstable, so my question was a thought experiment. Even if Ukraine is quickly forgotten, enormous military tension between NATO and Russia will remain. The West has created a huge mess.

    If Ukraine prevails in some sense, the West will be empowered to press Russia even harder. This pressure could be in Kaliningrad, the Caucasus or maybe North Korea. If Russia prevails in Ukraine, the leaders of the Baltics will pee in their pants and jump into the comforting arms of their NATO brothers. In this case, Russia will also be pressured in some way.

    So the requirement for Russia is to stop the West from pressuring her militarily and geopolitically. Ukraine is just the present iteration of this challenge. The mythical sensible people in the West could wake up tomorrow and simply stop doing what they are doing and work on a mutual peace. It will take decades to repair the damage intentionally inflicted by the West on the USA-Russia security relationship since 1999. Nonetheless, this healing process could start tomorrow. No one expects this to happen. The Balts should lead this effort since they have the most to lose and what they have cannot be protected by force.

    This leaves Russia various choices. One option is simply to face down the Western pressure as it appears. This always has the risk of dangerous escalation, but maybe the Russians can be philosophical about the situation. They can hope the leaders and myths in the West will change over time to something less hostile to Russia. If the trends are that Russia is gradually getting stronger and the West is gradually getting weaker this may be their best response. Alternatively, if NATO escalates sooner rather than later, Russia may want to either break up NATO politically or work with China to weaken the dollar and reduce the ability of the USA to stir up trouble.

    Only the USA dropping the anti-Russia project is a safe course. The other scenarios have the real risk of nuclear war and World War 3. The best option is for Yankee to go home and fix her border.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @QCIC


    ...Only the USA dropping the anti-Russia project is a safe course. The other scenarios have the real risk of nuclear war and World War 3. The best option is for Yankee to go home and fix her border.
     
    They can't - they are in too deep. It has become a biological unthinking part of their brains, "Oh, they wouldn't let you say that in Russia!", know-nothing ignoramuses (JJ is a good example) whose minds are on an auto-pilot. They are all like Biden, demented people who can't see reality because it would devalue all they have been all of their lives - at best they are like Macron, smarter but pathologically compromised by who they are, willing to play a part because they have no other choice.

    There is no safe course, there never was, it just got worse in the last few years. But all we have to do is survive today, the ambition for world peace or "friendship" is pointless.

    The combination of geography, mistakes, misunderstood history, weakness, ethnic hysteria has made this into an unsolvable problem. The West wants Russia to do it a favor and collapse - but even that may not get us out of the situation. If the West loses (when) their best option is to pretend that it didn't happen - but that has even worse consequences in the long run.

    I think we are f...ed...my best thought is that expected disasters never happen, so maybe that's our salvation...

    , @LondonBob
    @QCIC

    The US has so many problems at home, at some point they will turn inwards, without US promotion of anti-Russian positions then these will inevitably die away, it is all so artificial.

    Once the Russians have sealed victory there is very little that can be done, the disparity between Russia and the rest of Europe is a chasm now, militarily speaking. Europe is also quickly plunging in to the abyss with the economic, political and social problems.

  58. @Mikel
    @Beckow

    It's like giving air to ground missiles to Israel and expecting that they will not use them to kill civilians. Are the Israelis even capable of refraining from killing civilians?

    Ukraine may actually be worse in some aspects. The Israelis seem to have a solid command structure but I don't believe that the order to bomb an open market in Donetsk came from Zaluzhny or Zelensky. It's easier to imagine that it was someone much further down who took the initiative. Because he can and because he knows that there will be no consequences, like there weren't in all the previous years since Maidan.

    The other difference between both countries is that the Israelis don't try to insult our intelligence time and again saying that it's not them, it's the Palestinians who are bombing themselves. AP couldn't help himself and found one of those fairy tales for dimwits. It's all so deja vu.

    In the midst of all this insanity I found the ISW report of the attack almost funny. The Institute for the Study of War, an American organization constantly used by all the respectable media as their main source of information on the war in Ukraine, published a very long daily report of how the hostilities went in all the different fronts and only at the very end they mentioned the attack on the Donetsk market under the heading "Russian Information Operations and Narratives". Apparently, they only found it worth mentioning because the Russians were devious enough to use it as way to justify Russia’s need to achieve its military objectives in Ukraine. Of course, once they had mentioned the subject they hastened to clarify that they "cannot independently confirm the actors behind the strike".

    Was late-stage Communism this mendacious? I think the Western MSM has already surpassed those levels and we're headed towards Stalinist proportions of media distortion. But I can't say for sure, my first trip to Eastern Europe was right after the fall of the Iron Curtain, around 1989 or 1990.

    Replies: @Beckow, @QCIC, @AP

    …someone much further down who took the initiative. Because he can…

    In Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer – not a very good book – a guy is being kicked out from his flat in Paris and his friend is helping him move out. He tells his friend to take a crap in the drawer…why not? I suspect there are Ukies who take these potshots because they can, they know they are leaving. So they s..t all over the place.

    This is the core point about who is right and who is wrong: the side that is willing to destroy the place, randomly kill its inhabitants, are not the good guys. Kiev Ukies went to destroy Donbas, and they would do it to Crimea if they could, and these are the heroes?

    Was late-stage Communism this mendacious? I think the Western MSM has already surpassed those levels

    Historical comparisons are tricky: the commie media started out being lively and ideological, they loved to argue, believed in their cause and spun narratives like mad scientists who think the truth has been intentionally hidden for centuries…it was less censorship than bullying others.

    By the time I remember them in the 80’s they were in the “just-shut-up” phase – like in a middle school: elderly stodgy authority, known taboo subjects, dull reciting of the daily brief, shrugs and implied threats. They were no longer ideological, it was instead “the experts know best” mid-wit drivel. There were few consequences for having other views because other views were simply ignored.

    The Western media today combines the two in a very irritating way – the ideology is even more bizarre and the censorship by the “experts” is more pervasive. They have more energy and still have some crazy plans to implement. The latter-day commies were a tired bunch, harmless elderly losers.

    By the way, “Stalin” was such a small part of the post-WW2 socialist experience that outside of SU I don’t ever recall anyone mentioning him – if they did it was with more venom than even AP. When I hear “Stalinism”, it is like someone telling Americans that their life is KKK or fanatical Mormon bigamists of the late 19th century.

  59. @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...Hispanics in Arizona would shut down the border if it were up to them.
     
    Probably, but is anything up to them? They are the working poor (mostly) and by the ancient Western standard they have to "earn" the right to have an opinion. If they have a wrong one it is ignored.

    At the end these ethnic distinctions will be irrelevant. The only thing that will matter is the reality on the ground - it is almost irreversible that most of the US Southwest will revert to its "pre-colonist" past with all the consequences.

    Thanks to the short 150-year intermezzo by the Euro colonists the lands have been built up and there will be 50-100 times as many people there - the great achievement of the Western Euros will be to make it possible for the assorted Third World natives to massively multiply and flood the earth. Just as they were told in the good book...:)

    Is that all the greatest civilization that ever was will leave behind? A few billion short, swarthy, fat, diabetic, sub-85 IQ losers? How do you run the world with people like that?

    Replies: @John Johnson

    …Hispanics in Arizona would shut down the border if it were up to them.

    Probably, but is anything up to them? They are the working poor (mostly) and by the ancient Western standard they have to “earn” the right to have an opinion. If they have a wrong one it is ignored.

    The majority of Whites and Hispanics are ignored by both parties. I’m just pointing out an irony.

    At the end these ethnic distinctions will be irrelevant. The only thing that will matter is the reality on the ground – it is almost irreversible that most of the US Southwest will revert to its “pre-colonist” past with all the consequences.

    I don’t know what you mean by that. New Mexico already has majority Hispanic rule. They didn’t adopt some racial left-wing ideology. American born Hispanics are actually pretty moderate. They are both majority Democrat and Catholic. In fact they clash with pro-abortion White liberals but that is kept out of the MSM. White liberals in cities like LA are much more anti-gun than Hispanics. Liberals ignore the will of Democrat Hispanics.

    the great achievement of the Western Euros will be to make it possible for the assorted Third World natives to massively multiply and flood the earth. Just as they were told in the good book

    No it will be more like Brazil 2 but the Whites won’t be as mixed. Enclaves of Whites with a Hispanic majority. It will however be amusing to watch liberal Whites explain why Whites can’t be a minority or act collectively.

    Is that all the greatest civilization that ever was will leave behind? A few billion short, swarthy, fat, diabetic, sub-85 IQ losers? How do you run the world with people like that?

    If Putin had grown up around Guatemalans he’d probably have some confidence.

    Have a look at NYC demographics and especially the schools. It’s already White minority and the stock market keeps ticking. NYC research firms continue their work. Not the end of the world. Whites work office jobs in Manhattan and then go home to the burbs in NJ. Is what it is.

    Both parties were never serious about the border. Republicans for years looked the other way for the sake of big AG. They are currently better than the Democrats but there was a long period where neither side wanted to do anything.

    Not my decision and my kids won’t have to worry about it.

    • LOL: LondonBob
    • Replies: @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...Not my decision and my kids won’t have to worry about it.
     
    Maybe they will worry about nothing but that...You have moved into escapism and 'just live with it' attitude. The stuff about the "market is still up" - you should know that anything reflecting real values in times of money devaluation is always up. It is on the level of eating a steak and listening to the orchestra on the Titanic. Sure, there will be a boat for you, but the lifestyle is gone.

    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative - it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil, I have been there, not a place I would recommend in the long run. You got cornered, so you try to make the best out of it - and sure, they are good people. But what you had, what created a rather attractive society and economy for a few generations is disappearing. Same in Europe with different players.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you, that's the way it works. And white libs will die out.

    The obsession that the struggling Euro-Atlantic countries have with attacking Russia instead of fixing their own internal problems is very odd. What do you care how tall is Putin? Or what language is taught in "Lugansk"? It is pathological - the willful escape into belated imperium expansion instead of making the lives at home better.

    What is worse is that from the start this was a bridge too far. The only scenario where the irrational Western attack on Russia through Ukraine - that's what this is - could succeed is a complete military defeat of Russia. That is simply not possible, get it through your thick head - it is also not possible to completely defeat US or China. So why do a fool's errand destined to fail? You can hide in your burbs, but the reality is that the last 10 years have been a complete screw-up. It looks like it can't be corrected at this point. Maybe go for the nukes? Would the Hispanics in New Mexico approve?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @John Johnson, @AP

  60. @songbird
    @Mr. XYZ


    Have you ever read Peter Zeihan’s work on China?
     
    Yes, he is amusing in some ways occasionally, but certainly too much of a doomer on China.

    Can't help but feel that it is part of his spiel to his target audience - the Beltway.

    Geography, which is one of his specialties, really plays into China containment and American triumphalism. At least, in the context of the status quo and blank-slatism.

    What I can't quite figure out is how his post-American global order plays to the Beltway audience, unless as a kind of warning or call to arms.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    If he’s a doomer on China, then what exactly does his argument in regards to the post-American order consist of? After all, isn’t China the main challenger to the West? Russia certainly can’t do it by itself, at least not short of nuclear war. The EU won’t replace the US and in any case prefers to work side-by-side with the US. Who else is left? India? But its human capital levels are too low, even with its Brahmin smart fraction.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Mr. XYZ

    What does Zeihan have to say about 'The Singularity'?

    , @songbird
    @Mr. XYZ


    If he’s a doomer on China, then what exactly does his argument in regards to the post-American order consist of? After all, isn’t China the main challenger to the West? Russia certainly can’t do it by itself, at least not short of nuclear war.
     
    He's a doomer on Russia too. Says something like the Russian people will cease to exist in 30-40 years (may forget the exact timeline.)

    He basically says America will turn inward and still be prosperous due to its providential geography and ability to interface with Mexico. (Actually Mexican fertility seems to be plummeting). But status quo globalism will be dead. Think he is still predicting mass famine in many parts of the world.

    He thinks there will be regional powers. France because it has good agricultural land and can build tractors. Turkey. Nigeria. India, maybe a few others. With a lot of piracy in-between.

    Sounds kind of fantastical in some ways. Don't see why it requires a big American navy to stamp out pirates.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  61. @Mikel
    @Beckow

    It's like giving air to ground missiles to Israel and expecting that they will not use them to kill civilians. Are the Israelis even capable of refraining from killing civilians?

    Ukraine may actually be worse in some aspects. The Israelis seem to have a solid command structure but I don't believe that the order to bomb an open market in Donetsk came from Zaluzhny or Zelensky. It's easier to imagine that it was someone much further down who took the initiative. Because he can and because he knows that there will be no consequences, like there weren't in all the previous years since Maidan.

    The other difference between both countries is that the Israelis don't try to insult our intelligence time and again saying that it's not them, it's the Palestinians who are bombing themselves. AP couldn't help himself and found one of those fairy tales for dimwits. It's all so deja vu.

    In the midst of all this insanity I found the ISW report of the attack almost funny. The Institute for the Study of War, an American organization constantly used by all the respectable media as their main source of information on the war in Ukraine, published a very long daily report of how the hostilities went in all the different fronts and only at the very end they mentioned the attack on the Donetsk market under the heading "Russian Information Operations and Narratives". Apparently, they only found it worth mentioning because the Russians were devious enough to use it as way to justify Russia’s need to achieve its military objectives in Ukraine. Of course, once they had mentioned the subject they hastened to clarify that they "cannot independently confirm the actors behind the strike".

    Was late-stage Communism this mendacious? I think the Western MSM has already surpassed those levels and we're headed towards Stalinist proportions of media distortion. But I can't say for sure, my first trip to Eastern Europe was right after the fall of the Iron Curtain, around 1989 or 1990.

    Replies: @Beckow, @QCIC, @AP

    The Israelis do not care about killing non-Jewish civilians. Many really, really don’t care while others are steeped enough in the culture that they don’t care. They will only care if the repercussions are dangerous enough.

    This general situation could be true in any war, but Judaism has a very old mythology which promotes the idea that they are the chosen people and therefore can be protected at any cost. This mythology is apparently embraced by quite a few otherwise intelligent people. This makes them unique, though not in the way they believe.

    • Replies: @A123
    @QCIC


    The Israelis do not care about killing non-Jewish civilians.
    ...
    They will only care if the repercussions are dangerous enough.

     
    The reverse is true. Excessive fear of repercussions warped policy. In recent years, Palestinian Jews have cared far too much about non-Jewish civilians. Iranian Hamas, Iranian Hezbollah, and other terror groups figured this out. This why the violent Jihadists started prolifically using their own women & children as human shields.

    What has changed? Israelis have returned to historical, internationally accepted norms. IslamoGloboHomo institutions (e.g.UN, ICC, ICJ) cannot deliver repercussions. Instead they have been reduced to pathetic, ignored bodies receiving well earned scorn and derision. South Africa's involvement is particularly laughable.

    Palestinian Jews are striking military targets with appropriate & necessary military force. This means that deep tunnels are destroyed by 2,000 lb penetrators. Under international law and the rules of war, Hamas bears 100% responsibility when a human shield dies due to their misconduct.

    PEACE 😇
  62. @Mr. XYZ
    @songbird

    If he's a doomer on China, then what exactly does his argument in regards to the post-American order consist of? After all, isn't China the main challenger to the West? Russia certainly can't do it by itself, at least not short of nuclear war. The EU won't replace the US and in any case prefers to work side-by-side with the US. Who else is left? India? But its human capital levels are too low, even with its Brahmin smart fraction.

    Replies: @QCIC, @songbird

    What does Zeihan have to say about ‘The Singularity’?

  63. @QCIC
    @AP

    If either side prevails in Ukraine the result is unstable, so my question was a thought experiment. Even if Ukraine is quickly forgotten, enormous military tension between NATO and Russia will remain. The West has created a huge mess.

    If Ukraine prevails in some sense, the West will be empowered to press Russia even harder. This pressure could be in Kaliningrad, the Caucasus or maybe North Korea. If Russia prevails in Ukraine, the leaders of the Baltics will pee in their pants and jump into the comforting arms of their NATO brothers. In this case, Russia will also be pressured in some way.

    So the requirement for Russia is to stop the West from pressuring her militarily and geopolitically. Ukraine is just the present iteration of this challenge. The mythical sensible people in the West could wake up tomorrow and simply stop doing what they are doing and work on a mutual peace. It will take decades to repair the damage intentionally inflicted by the West on the USA-Russia security relationship since 1999. Nonetheless, this healing process could start tomorrow. No one expects this to happen. The Balts should lead this effort since they have the most to lose and what they have cannot be protected by force.

    This leaves Russia various choices. One option is simply to face down the Western pressure as it appears. This always has the risk of dangerous escalation, but maybe the Russians can be philosophical about the situation. They can hope the leaders and myths in the West will change over time to something less hostile to Russia. If the trends are that Russia is gradually getting stronger and the West is gradually getting weaker this may be their best response. Alternatively, if NATO escalates sooner rather than later, Russia may want to either break up NATO politically or work with China to weaken the dollar and reduce the ability of the USA to stir up trouble.

    Only the USA dropping the anti-Russia project is a safe course. The other scenarios have the real risk of nuclear war and World War 3. The best option is for Yankee to go home and fix her border.

    Replies: @Beckow, @LondonBob

    …Only the USA dropping the anti-Russia project is a safe course. The other scenarios have the real risk of nuclear war and World War 3. The best option is for Yankee to go home and fix her border.

    They can’t – they are in too deep. It has become a biological unthinking part of their brains, “Oh, they wouldn’t let you say that in Russia!“, know-nothing ignoramuses (JJ is a good example) whose minds are on an auto-pilot. They are all like Biden, demented people who can’t see reality because it would devalue all they have been all of their lives – at best they are like Macron, smarter but pathologically compromised by who they are, willing to play a part because they have no other choice.

    There is no safe course, there never was, it just got worse in the last few years. But all we have to do is survive today, the ambition for world peace or “friendship” is pointless.

    The combination of geography, mistakes, misunderstood history, weakness, ethnic hysteria has made this into an unsolvable problem. The West wants Russia to do it a favor and collapse – but even that may not get us out of the situation. If the West loses (when) their best option is to pretend that it didn’t happen – but that has even worse consequences in the long run.

    I think we are f…ed…my best thought is that expected disasters never happen, so maybe that’s our salvation…

  64. @Mr. XYZ
    @songbird

    If he's a doomer on China, then what exactly does his argument in regards to the post-American order consist of? After all, isn't China the main challenger to the West? Russia certainly can't do it by itself, at least not short of nuclear war. The EU won't replace the US and in any case prefers to work side-by-side with the US. Who else is left? India? But its human capital levels are too low, even with its Brahmin smart fraction.

    Replies: @QCIC, @songbird

    If he’s a doomer on China, then what exactly does his argument in regards to the post-American order consist of? After all, isn’t China the main challenger to the West? Russia certainly can’t do it by itself, at least not short of nuclear war.

    He’s a doomer on Russia too. Says something like the Russian people will cease to exist in 30-40 years (may forget the exact timeline.)

    He basically says America will turn inward and still be prosperous due to its providential geography and ability to interface with Mexico. (Actually Mexican fertility seems to be plummeting). But status quo globalism will be dead. Think he is still predicting mass famine in many parts of the world.

    He thinks there will be regional powers. France because it has good agricultural land and can build tractors. Turkey. Nigeria. India, maybe a few others. With a lot of piracy in-between.

    Sounds kind of fantastical in some ways. Don’t see why it requires a big American navy to stamp out pirates.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @songbird

    Why can't America turn inward in relation to the non-GAE world but nevertheless continue focusing on GAE (the Greater American Empire)? The US's relations with the EU, the Gulf states, and pro-US East Asia remain very important, after all.

    Replies: @songbird

  65. @QCIC
    @Mikel

    The Israelis do not care about killing non-Jewish civilians. Many really, really don't care while others are steeped enough in the culture that they don't care. They will only care if the repercussions are dangerous enough.

    This general situation could be true in any war, but Judaism has a very old mythology which promotes the idea that they are the chosen people and therefore can be protected at any cost. This mythology is apparently embraced by quite a few otherwise intelligent people. This makes them unique, though not in the way they believe.

    Replies: @A123

    The Israelis do not care about killing non-Jewish civilians.

    They will only care if the repercussions are dangerous enough.

    The reverse is true. Excessive fear of repercussions warped policy. In recent years, Palestinian Jews have cared far too much about non-Jewish civilians. Iranian Hamas, Iranian Hezbollah, and other terror groups figured this out. This why the violent Jihadists started prolifically using their own women & children as human shields.

    What has changed? Israelis have returned to historical, internationally accepted norms. IslamoGloboHomo institutions (e.g.UN, ICC, ICJ) cannot deliver repercussions. Instead they have been reduced to pathetic, ignored bodies receiving well earned scorn and derision. South Africa’s involvement is particularly laughable.

    Palestinian Jews are striking military targets with appropriate & necessary military force. This means that deep tunnels are destroyed by 2,000 lb penetrators. Under international law and the rules of war, Hamas bears 100% responsibility when a human shield dies due to their misconduct.

    PEACE 😇

  66. @songbird
    Anyone know any good China podcasts?

    Am struggling to find even what would be considered the official news. Surprising, thought they spent a lot of money on English-language AM radio stations, etc.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    You aren’t gonna get the fun stuff in English. This one has some of the scenes in Russian

    1. Zelensky was giving speech at UN, because no one showed up, so Ukrainian TV put in an astroturfed cut with more people in audience, except they botched it and Zelensky was in the audience simultaneously.

    2. Blinken came to White House for trick-and-treat and dressed up his son as Zelensky, but it looked so stupid because it implied Zelensky is always there to beg for money.

    This one is about Putin’s possible Jewish heritage. Because Chinese Putin fanboys are like Zelensky is a Jew, Jew this Jew that– except Putin is probably also

    • Thanks: songbird
    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms


    Zelensky is a Jew
     
    As far as the clown and Kolomoisky are concerned, their Jewishness is irrelevant. Their defining characteristics are that both are criminals, thieves and murderers. They are JINOs: Jews in name only.

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @Derer
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms


    This one is about Putin’s possible Jewish heritage.
     
    Lost in translation.

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    , @A123
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Anti-Semite Zelensky is a neo-Nazi post-Judaic apostate. Does this look Jewish to you?

     
    https://i0.wp.com/gdb.rferl.org/8EF4874F-A14F-48C8-9331-55B8D2CAF561_w640_s.jpg
     

    Zelensky went to Israel to intentionally offend Palestinian Jews. This was most noted by Likud and the religious parties. They called out anti-Semite Zelensky for his evil (1).

    Realistically, neither side is particularly Jewish. However, if you insist on such labels, Russia is vastly more Judaic that the Nazi Kiev regime.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-lawmakers-tear-into-zelensky-for-holocaust-comparisons-in-knesset-speech/

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. Hack, @John Johnson, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

  67. @AP
    @QCIC


    So what is a peaceful resolution to this condunrum you mention?
     
    Russia isn't interested in a peaceful resolution (Lavrov just said Ukraine's government must be replaced), so there will be none until its leadership changes their mind. And this can only be done if it's military is stopped in Ukraine, which requires an ongoing flow of weapons to Ukraine. The purpose is to make it clear to Russia that further warfare is futile.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Sean

    The purpose is to make it clear to Russia that further warfare is futile.

    Which is not true. As long as Russia refuses to cease hostilities and recognize the borders of Ukraine, it cannot join Nato. All Russia has to do to attain its primary objective is maintain an official non-peace.

    Russia isn’t interested in a peaceful resolution … there will be none until its leadership changes their mind. And this can only be done if it’s military is stopped in Ukraine…

    No matter how the military situation develops, Russia will not, can not, agree to peace in Ukraine.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Sean

    So, essentially, we get a Korea-style situation in Ukraine, possibly for decades? That could suit Ukraine since Korea's DMZ has been stable for several decades. In theory, this wouldn't even preclude the possibility of US/Western troops in unoccupied Ukraine if they will ever be deemed necessary to help keep the peace, even without NATO. We've had troops in South Korea for several decades, after all.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Sean

  68. @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @songbird

    You aren't gonna get the fun stuff in English. This one has some of the scenes in Russian

    1. Zelensky was giving speech at UN, because no one showed up, so Ukrainian TV put in an astroturfed cut with more people in audience, except they botched it and Zelensky was in the audience simultaneously.

    2. Blinken came to White House for trick-and-treat and dressed up his son as Zelensky, but it looked so stupid because it implied Zelensky is always there to beg for money.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp54PbHfoDU

    This one is about Putin's possible Jewish heritage. Because Chinese Putin fanboys are like Zelensky is a Jew, Jew this Jew that-- except Putin is probably also

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eiBLXVGfHU

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Derer, @A123

    Zelensky is a Jew

    As far as the clown and Kolomoisky are concerned, their Jewishness is irrelevant. Their defining characteristics are that both are criminals, thieves and murderers. They are JINOs: Jews in name only.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AnonfromTN

    Somewhat true, though there seems to be a worldwide network of elite criminals with similarly irrelevant Jewish heritage ;)

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  69. @A123
    @Greasy William


    Anything short of the removal of Hamas is a defeat for Israel and it is obvious that Hamas is not going to be removed.
     
    It is obvious that Hamas is going to be removed. The kidnapper/terrorists are cut off from resupply and are being killed off at a 20:1 rate. This will be a victory for Palestinian Jews.

    The Veggie-In-Chief sent Blinken to intervene on Hamas's behalf. Netanyahu refused to cooperate (see #18). This is another personal blow to the feeble White House occupant, but it does not spill over to the rest of the country.

    Russia was behind the Oct 7 massacre
     
    Iran was behind the Oct 7 massacre.

    While the diversion of international attention away from Ukraine was helpful, there has yet to be any evidence that Russia was involved.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Derer

    This will be a victory for Palestinian Jews.

    Where did you get that term? Those are European Joos or Israel Joos.

    It is obvious that Hamas is going to be removed.

    No. Israel is tiny vulnerable religious country surrounded by the “ocean” of Islam. Hamas is not alone. Hezbollah is armed to the teeth, Iraq is now run by the pro-Iran Shia (thanks to younger Shrub). The exodus is starting – Florida is the place.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Derer

    There are only two Palestinian religions; Judaism dates back over 3,000 years; Christianity started there ~2,000 years ago.

    There is no such thing as a Palestinian Muslim. The concept is inherently irrational. How many Islamists were in Palestine:

    -- 400 BC?
    -- 200 BC?
    -- 0 AD/BC?
    -- 200 AD?
    -- 400 AD?

    The corrects answer is ZERO. The non-Palestinian religion of Islam arrived with Muhammad the Settler Prophet ~600 AD. Non-Palestinian Muslim colonists have been a scourge to the area for ~1,400 years.

    Palestinian Jews have hundreds of nuclear weapons, and their foes do not. The "official" estimates of only 200-300 are laughably low. Despite the geography, the followers of Muhammad the Settler can do very little. Deranged aggression would almost surely result in full planetary extinction of the human race.

    Sociopath Khamenei may be unhinged enough to try for events described in the Book of Revelation. There is no sign of any other leader in the region that detached from reality.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson, @songbird, @Derer

  70. @Mr. XYZ
    @Derer

    What is country P?

    Replies: @Derer

    It is not Portugal.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Derer

    Palestine!

    Replies: @Derer

  71. SANCTIONS WONT DO ANYTHING

    TRUST ME ON THIS ONE. MY IMAGINATION HAS DECIDED THAT RUSSIA IS A SUPER FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE CANNOT BE WRONG.

  72. @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @songbird

    You aren't gonna get the fun stuff in English. This one has some of the scenes in Russian

    1. Zelensky was giving speech at UN, because no one showed up, so Ukrainian TV put in an astroturfed cut with more people in audience, except they botched it and Zelensky was in the audience simultaneously.

    2. Blinken came to White House for trick-and-treat and dressed up his son as Zelensky, but it looked so stupid because it implied Zelensky is always there to beg for money.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp54PbHfoDU

    This one is about Putin's possible Jewish heritage. Because Chinese Putin fanboys are like Zelensky is a Jew, Jew this Jew that-- except Putin is probably also

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eiBLXVGfHU

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Derer, @A123

    This one is about Putin’s possible Jewish heritage.

    Lost in translation.

    • Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @Derer

    The video shows a copy of his documents where his mother is ID'ed as Jew Еврей

    https://i.postimg.cc/wjfbfz0J/Sukuri-nshotto-1.png

    There's something his one-time patron being Jew oligarch Berezovsky. There's also a Georgian woman saying at the end that she's his real mother.

    At the end it'd kind of immaterial just like Lenin's Jewish ancestry. He as tsar can identify as whatever that suits him. That's what the video is about.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Gerard1234

  73. @Derer
    @A123


    This will be a victory for Palestinian Jews.
     
    Where did you get that term? Those are European Joos or Israel Joos.

    It is obvious that Hamas is going to be removed.
     
    No. Israel is tiny vulnerable religious country surrounded by the "ocean" of Islam. Hamas is not alone. Hezbollah is armed to the teeth, Iraq is now run by the pro-Iran Shia (thanks to younger Shrub). The exodus is starting - Florida is the place.

    Replies: @A123

    There are only two Palestinian religions; Judaism dates back over 3,000 years; Christianity started there ~2,000 years ago.

    There is no such thing as a Palestinian Muslim. The concept is inherently irrational. How many Islamists were in Palestine:

    — 400 BC?
    — 200 BC?
    — 0 AD/BC?
    — 200 AD?
    — 400 AD?

    The corrects answer is ZERO. The non-Palestinian religion of Islam arrived with Muhammad the Settler Prophet ~600 AD. Non-Palestinian Muslim colonists have been a scourge to the area for ~1,400 years.

    Palestinian Jews have hundreds of nuclear weapons, and their foes do not. The “official” estimates of only 200-300 are laughably low. Despite the geography, the followers of Muhammad the Settler can do very little. Deranged aggression would almost surely result in full planetary extinction of the human race.

    Sociopath Khamenei may be unhinged enough to try for events described in the Book of Revelation. There is no sign of any other leader in the region that detached from reality.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @A123

    There is no such thing as a Palestinian Muslim. The concept is inherently irrational. How many Islamists were in Palestine:

    — 400 BC?

    Yea but that was before the new rules were handed to a single prophet. Then he later ascended to heaven on a flying horse.

    Out:
    Most European art
    Religious tolerance
    Dogs indoors
    Black dogs
    Peeing in any direction
    One wife per man

    In:
    Killing non-believers
    Taking sex slaves in war
    Geometric art
    Strict rules for clean feet
    Child marriage
    New rules for peeing and taking a shit

    I don't see any problems at all. Seems reasonable. An omnipotent being simply decided that he no longer thinks dogs should be inside and especially not black ones. Doesn't sound made up at all.

    Replies: @A123, @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

    , @songbird
    @A123


    There are only two Palestinian religions; Judaism dates back over 3,000 years;
     
    The Jewish ethnic group may be that old, but am not sure that the archeology suggests widespread monotheism at such an early date.

    Tel Arid and Elephantine Island both suggest polytheism, IIRC.

    They were eating a lot of catfish in Judea in the first half of the first Millennium BC.

    https://www.thejc.com/judaism/how-old-is-judaism-the-answer-might-be-younger-than-you-think-i3d4otji

    Replies: @A123

    , @Derer
    @A123

    That 3000 year old Judaism does not play any role for today ME. Unfortunately, the Judaism attracted only 16 millions for 3000 years while constantly changing address (left Palestine) and Islam attracted billion+. Avery tribe was nomadic not only Muslims.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  74. @A123
    @Derer

    There are only two Palestinian religions; Judaism dates back over 3,000 years; Christianity started there ~2,000 years ago.

    There is no such thing as a Palestinian Muslim. The concept is inherently irrational. How many Islamists were in Palestine:

    -- 400 BC?
    -- 200 BC?
    -- 0 AD/BC?
    -- 200 AD?
    -- 400 AD?

    The corrects answer is ZERO. The non-Palestinian religion of Islam arrived with Muhammad the Settler Prophet ~600 AD. Non-Palestinian Muslim colonists have been a scourge to the area for ~1,400 years.

    Palestinian Jews have hundreds of nuclear weapons, and their foes do not. The "official" estimates of only 200-300 are laughably low. Despite the geography, the followers of Muhammad the Settler can do very little. Deranged aggression would almost surely result in full planetary extinction of the human race.

    Sociopath Khamenei may be unhinged enough to try for events described in the Book of Revelation. There is no sign of any other leader in the region that detached from reality.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson, @songbird, @Derer

    There is no such thing as a Palestinian Muslim. The concept is inherently irrational. How many Islamists were in Palestine:

    — 400 BC?

    Yea but that was before the new rules were handed to a single prophet. Then he later ascended to heaven on a flying horse.

    Out:
    Most European art
    Religious tolerance
    Dogs indoors
    Black dogs
    Peeing in any direction
    One wife per man

    In:
    Killing non-believers
    Taking sex slaves in war
    Geometric art
    Strict rules for clean feet
    Child marriage
    New rules for peeing and taking a shit

    I don’t see any problems at all. Seems reasonable. An omnipotent being simply decided that he no longer thinks dogs should be inside and especially not black ones. Doesn’t sound made up at all.

    • Replies: @A123
    @John Johnson

    I think you missed the critical point... Let me restate:


    The non-Palestinian religion of Islam arrived with Muhammad the Settler Prophet ~600 AD. Non-Palestinian Muslim colonists have been a scourge to the area for ~1,400 years.
     
    Are you admitting that the non-Palestinian religion of Islam has no legitimacy in Palestine?

    If so, we can discuss how the non-Palestinian religion has relevance outside of Palestine. Are you trying to elucidate how the non-Palestinian edicts of Muhammad the Settler, not a Palestinian Prophet, have applicability in Arabia?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson

    , @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    This is sensible. What have you done with the real John Johnson?

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Geometric art sounds great, frankly:

    https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/5617e9dbe4b09f2fdf354b0c/69921678-e611-4f50-be00-2c3351ab76e2/Screenshot+%2846%29.png

    What's wrong with it?

    Jason Padgett does similar art nowadays:

    https://www.oxpal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Jason_Padgett_-_Energy_Spiral_(2008)_big.jpg

    https://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large-5/fractal-fusion-hw-equals-mc-squared-jason-padgett.jpg

    Replies: @John Johnson

  75. @Sher Singh
    Opinion of Shia Islam improves immensely:

    https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/777361459130138627/1199104108842455140/image.png

    Replies: @Yevardian, @Yevardian, @songbird

    Twelver Shiites are obsessed with their purity laws, in fact the overwhelming majority of written Shii jurisprudence concerns maintaining ritual cleanliness following proximity with people or things considered unclean. Sometimes it’s claimed there’s a Zoroastrian legacy in this regard but I don’t know about that. Khomeini was actually quite unusual in his interest in more esoteric aspects of Shiism.
    Almost anything of theological interest in Shiism fell into disfavour during the later Safavid period, and then was outright supressed from the Qajar era onwards, when the Ulama became an independent political force in its own right (the Safavid Shahs were considered holy and so had much more control over Shii clerical parasites).
    Could write a lot more about orthodox Twelver Shii practice and belief but I’d probably start boring even myself.

    • Thanks: Another Polish Perspective, Sher Singh
  76. @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @songbird

    You aren't gonna get the fun stuff in English. This one has some of the scenes in Russian

    1. Zelensky was giving speech at UN, because no one showed up, so Ukrainian TV put in an astroturfed cut with more people in audience, except they botched it and Zelensky was in the audience simultaneously.

    2. Blinken came to White House for trick-and-treat and dressed up his son as Zelensky, but it looked so stupid because it implied Zelensky is always there to beg for money.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp54PbHfoDU

    This one is about Putin's possible Jewish heritage. Because Chinese Putin fanboys are like Zelensky is a Jew, Jew this Jew that-- except Putin is probably also

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eiBLXVGfHU

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Derer, @A123

    Anti-Semite Zelensky is a neo-Nazi post-Judaic apostate. Does this look Jewish to you?

     

     

    Zelensky went to Israel to intentionally offend Palestinian Jews. This was most noted by Likud and the religious parties. They called out anti-Semite Zelensky for his evil (1).

    Realistically, neither side is particularly Jewish. However, if you insist on such labels, Russia is vastly more Judaic that the Nazi Kiev regime.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-lawmakers-tear-into-zelensky-for-holocaust-comparisons-in-knesset-speech/

    • Troll: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @QCIC
    @A123

    Is that Hack and AP?

    I thought they were older, but you never can tell on the interwebs.

    , @Mr. Hack
    @A123

    Zelensky's nowhere to be seen within that photo? He's in this one though:

    https://www.president.gov.ua/storage/j-image-storage/14/91/29/8cbf95f3ed3e9c505d3b6debcb330649_1579778177_extra_large.jpeg

    We have to be kind to kremlinstoogeA123 who's obviously having another bad day:

    https://scottberkun.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/glue.jpeg

    , @John Johnson
    @A123

    Funny thing is that Anglin and the other anti-Jewish Putin defenders never mention that the dwarf has a Jewish propagandist who dresses like a villain from a James Bond movie:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAZq6-Prlhk

    A picture of the two where Putin isn't wearing his shoe lifts:
    https://d.newsweek.com/en/full/2052731/russias-vladimir-putin-vladimir-solovyov.webp?w=790&f=b38363a35298aa17816a26cea9852135

    Putin no longer allows himself to be photographed at his natural height.

    There is actually no reason to believe that Ukraine has more Neo-Nazis than Russia.

    Russia has more Neo-Nazi groups than Ukraine:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_neo-Nazi_organizations

    There are Neo-Nazis fighting within the Russian military:
    https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-neo-nazis-fighting-ukraine/31871760.html

    A Slav anywhere larping as a Nazi is a loser. Hitler hated them all and planned on starving most Slavs to death.

    , @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @A123


    Anti-Semite Zelensky is a neo-Nazi post-Judaic apostate.
     
    Merely aligning with Nazis doesn't indict one as a rabid anti-Semite. Half of Europe did in WWII, so did the Arabs, Iranians, Hindus, Chinese and Japanese.

    (Conversely, mere being Jewish doesn't absolve one from being a rabid Nazi. Hence Lavrov insinuated that Hitler had Jewish origins)

    By the way, what's the deal with Jackson Hinkle signing up to be a CCP flunkie? "MAGA Communism"?

    https://twitter.com/jacksonhinklle/status/1749997152619696258

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @A123

  77. @John Johnson
    @A123

    There is no such thing as a Palestinian Muslim. The concept is inherently irrational. How many Islamists were in Palestine:

    — 400 BC?

    Yea but that was before the new rules were handed to a single prophet. Then he later ascended to heaven on a flying horse.

    Out:
    Most European art
    Religious tolerance
    Dogs indoors
    Black dogs
    Peeing in any direction
    One wife per man

    In:
    Killing non-believers
    Taking sex slaves in war
    Geometric art
    Strict rules for clean feet
    Child marriage
    New rules for peeing and taking a shit

    I don't see any problems at all. Seems reasonable. An omnipotent being simply decided that he no longer thinks dogs should be inside and especially not black ones. Doesn't sound made up at all.

    Replies: @A123, @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

    I think you missed the critical point… Let me restate:

    The non-Palestinian religion of Islam arrived with Muhammad the Settler Prophet ~600 AD. Non-Palestinian Muslim colonists have been a scourge to the area for ~1,400 years.

    Are you admitting that the non-Palestinian religion of Islam has no legitimacy in Palestine?

    If so, we can discuss how the non-Palestinian religion has relevance outside of Palestine. Are you trying to elucidate how the non-Palestinian edicts of Muhammad the Settler, not a Palestinian Prophet, have applicability in Arabia?

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @A123

    If you think I missed a critical point then I really don't know if you even read my post.

    Most people would simply take my post as derisive of Islam and really isn't a response to any of your points.

    Which it would be.

    I don't like Islam.

    I think it is a made-up religion that is incompatible with the West and eventually turns against the liberal tolerance that allows it in. I am fine with letting Muslims rule over their countries but I don't take the liberal/conservative view that it's "just another religion" we should treat equally.

  78. @Sher Singh
    Opinion of Shia Islam improves immensely:

    https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/777361459130138627/1199104108842455140/image.png

    Replies: @Yevardian, @Yevardian, @songbird

    Reminds the British diplomatic experience with Mohamad Shah Qajar, who unusually had humanitarian inclinations, possibly stemming from his (disapproved of) Sufi influences in his upbringing. But despite his sincere attempts to end judicial torture and even the persecution of Babi heretics, when the British appealed to him to shut down the slave trade, he was unmoved and replied he was interested in the rights of full humans.

    The British forced the end of maritime slave trade in the Persian Gulf anyway, but I think it wasn’t until the constitutional revolution of 1905 that negro slavery was officially abolished within Iran.

    • Replies: @Sher Singh
    @Yevardian

    Same opinion tbh - Indians past Panjab & Africans aren't human.
    Arabs are heavily negrified too - Levantine girls are (Y) tho.

    What's interesting is Guru Sahib stated he'll turn his back on the Khalsa when they adopt Bipran Ki Reet.

    This basically means the same Zoro-Vedic purity culture around avoiding meat/alcohol.

    https://www.manglacharan.com/post/conduct-of-the-khalsa

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/guru-gobind-on-21568389?l=it

  79. @Derer
    @Mr. XYZ

    It is not Portugal.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    Palestine!

    • Replies: @Derer
    @Mr. XYZ

    Is Palestine in Europe? You wasted my hint.

  80. @A123
    @Derer

    There are only two Palestinian religions; Judaism dates back over 3,000 years; Christianity started there ~2,000 years ago.

    There is no such thing as a Palestinian Muslim. The concept is inherently irrational. How many Islamists were in Palestine:

    -- 400 BC?
    -- 200 BC?
    -- 0 AD/BC?
    -- 200 AD?
    -- 400 AD?

    The corrects answer is ZERO. The non-Palestinian religion of Islam arrived with Muhammad the Settler Prophet ~600 AD. Non-Palestinian Muslim colonists have been a scourge to the area for ~1,400 years.

    Palestinian Jews have hundreds of nuclear weapons, and their foes do not. The "official" estimates of only 200-300 are laughably low. Despite the geography, the followers of Muhammad the Settler can do very little. Deranged aggression would almost surely result in full planetary extinction of the human race.

    Sociopath Khamenei may be unhinged enough to try for events described in the Book of Revelation. There is no sign of any other leader in the region that detached from reality.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson, @songbird, @Derer

    There are only two Palestinian religions; Judaism dates back over 3,000 years;

    The Jewish ethnic group may be that old, but am not sure that the archeology suggests widespread monotheism at such an early date.

    Tel Arid and Elephantine Island both suggest polytheism, IIRC.

    They were eating a lot of catfish in Judea in the first half of the first Millennium BC.

    https://www.thejc.com/judaism/how-old-is-judaism-the-answer-might-be-younger-than-you-think-i3d4otji

    • Replies: @A123
    @songbird



    There are only two Palestinian religions; Judaism dates back over 3,000 years;
     
    The Jewish ethnic group may be that old, but am not sure that the archeology suggests widespread monotheism at such an early date.
     
    There are of course other long gone religions, pantheistic and monotheistic. In context, what I wrote should be taken as, "two major, currently surviving Palestinian religions". In terms of present day land possession the primary surviving indigenous faiths (Christianity and Judaism) are in play, not the extinct ones.
    ___

    A key concept of efficient discourse is avoiding, "Accuracy at the Expense of Clarity". To be as concise and effective as possible, accurate but tangential concepts are often omitted.

    You are stating that the currently surviving, indigenous Jewish faith may be only 2,500 years old, not 3,000. If you are correct, how does that 500 year change impact the subject of current day disputes?

    There are also ~100K Druze around. I am not grouping them into the extinct category. However, to maintain clarity in writing I am not listing them (and smaller groups) every time. That accuracy would come at the expense of clarity and focus on the core points. Right or wrong, they will be dragged along with what the more substantial factions decide.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @songbird

  81. @A123
    @John Johnson

    I think you missed the critical point... Let me restate:


    The non-Palestinian religion of Islam arrived with Muhammad the Settler Prophet ~600 AD. Non-Palestinian Muslim colonists have been a scourge to the area for ~1,400 years.
     
    Are you admitting that the non-Palestinian religion of Islam has no legitimacy in Palestine?

    If so, we can discuss how the non-Palestinian religion has relevance outside of Palestine. Are you trying to elucidate how the non-Palestinian edicts of Muhammad the Settler, not a Palestinian Prophet, have applicability in Arabia?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson

    If you think I missed a critical point then I really don’t know if you even read my post.

    Most people would simply take my post as derisive of Islam and really isn’t a response to any of your points.

    Which it would be.

    I don’t like Islam.

    I think it is a made-up religion that is incompatible with the West and eventually turns against the liberal tolerance that allows it in. I am fine with letting Muslims rule over their countries but I don’t take the liberal/conservative view that it’s “just another religion” we should treat equally.

    • Agree: QCIC
    • Thanks: A123
  82. @AnonfromTN
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms


    Zelensky is a Jew
     
    As far as the clown and Kolomoisky are concerned, their Jewishness is irrelevant. Their defining characteristics are that both are criminals, thieves and murderers. They are JINOs: Jews in name only.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Somewhat true, though there seems to be a worldwide network of elite criminals with similarly irrelevant Jewish heritage 😉

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    there seems to be a worldwide network of elite criminals with similarly irrelevant Jewish heritage
     
    I can name criminals of various nationalities that all deserve to be hanged publicly. Just a few that immediately come to mind: Bush Jr, Cheney, Blair, Obama, Biden, Killary, etc. I refuse to hold all Americans or Brits responsible for the crimes of these individuals.

    Every nationality has its scum. In my book, this scum should be punished as individuals, not the whole nations they come from. After all, you wouldn’t want to imprison the whole nation because some of its representatives are murderers.

    Replies: @LT1488, @QCIC

  83. @Sean
    @AP


    The purpose is to make it clear to Russia that further warfare is futile.
     
    Which is not true. As long as Russia refuses to cease hostilities and recognize the borders of Ukraine, it cannot join Nato. All Russia has to do to attain its primary objective is maintain an official non-peace.

    Russia isn’t interested in a peaceful resolution ... there will be none until its leadership changes their mind. And this can only be done if it’s military is stopped in Ukraine...
     
    No matter how the military situation develops, Russia will not, can not, agree to peace in Ukraine.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    So, essentially, we get a Korea-style situation in Ukraine, possibly for decades? That could suit Ukraine since Korea’s DMZ has been stable for several decades. In theory, this wouldn’t even preclude the possibility of US/Western troops in unoccupied Ukraine if they will ever be deemed necessary to help keep the peace, even without NATO. We’ve had troops in South Korea for several decades, after all.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Mr. XYZ

    By "several decades" I take it you mean 70 years!!!! Korea was a trifecta for the USA: we got to piss off China, Russia and Japan all together.

    Interest in Ukraine may fade more quickly, though the swelling ranks of the Ukie diaspora will surely cause problems. Maybe they can fight it out with the other illegal immigrants. Whichever group deports the other interlopers gets to stay.

    , @Sean
    @Mr. XYZ

    I don't think the 'West' (US) took Russia seriously over Ukraine, but surely Washington never really contemplated that when it came down to it they might well end up fighting the Russians directly over Ukraine. At end of day Kiev was not a Nato member what kind of advantage they were trying to achieve moving into the Western orbit is unclear; did they think because the Baltic states were allowed to join Nato Ukraine could despite all the warnings that Russia would not stand for it and the invasion of Georgia over the same issue?


    The US army was already fighting the North Koreans when China, which did not at that time have the Atomic Bomb, sent a army of Chinese to attack US troops. The actual hostilities completely ended, and although there has been a US army in South Korea for decades it does not face a Chinese force.

    Suppose for the sake of argument the Russians a withdraw completely out of Ukraine, all Russia has to do is decline to cease actual hostilities with Ukraine by firing a few missiles now and again, and Ukraine will become frozen in the current situation as far as Nato membership is concerned. No way in hell is America going to get into a situation where the US armed forces might get into direct fighting with the Russia armed forces if Putin or whoever gets out of bed one morning and decides to invade Ukraine again because that would be a path to Russian use of tactical nuclear weapons against the American armed forces.

  84. @John Johnson
    @A123

    There is no such thing as a Palestinian Muslim. The concept is inherently irrational. How many Islamists were in Palestine:

    — 400 BC?

    Yea but that was before the new rules were handed to a single prophet. Then he later ascended to heaven on a flying horse.

    Out:
    Most European art
    Religious tolerance
    Dogs indoors
    Black dogs
    Peeing in any direction
    One wife per man

    In:
    Killing non-believers
    Taking sex slaves in war
    Geometric art
    Strict rules for clean feet
    Child marriage
    New rules for peeing and taking a shit

    I don't see any problems at all. Seems reasonable. An omnipotent being simply decided that he no longer thinks dogs should be inside and especially not black ones. Doesn't sound made up at all.

    Replies: @A123, @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

    This is sensible. What have you done with the real John Johnson?

    • LOL: Mr. XYZ
  85. @John Johnson
    @A123

    There is no such thing as a Palestinian Muslim. The concept is inherently irrational. How many Islamists were in Palestine:

    — 400 BC?

    Yea but that was before the new rules were handed to a single prophet. Then he later ascended to heaven on a flying horse.

    Out:
    Most European art
    Religious tolerance
    Dogs indoors
    Black dogs
    Peeing in any direction
    One wife per man

    In:
    Killing non-believers
    Taking sex slaves in war
    Geometric art
    Strict rules for clean feet
    Child marriage
    New rules for peeing and taking a shit

    I don't see any problems at all. Seems reasonable. An omnipotent being simply decided that he no longer thinks dogs should be inside and especially not black ones. Doesn't sound made up at all.

    Replies: @A123, @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

    Geometric art sounds great, frankly:

    What’s wrong with it?

    Jason Padgett does similar art nowadays:

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    What’s wrong with it?

    Nothing wrong with it.

    I just highly doubt God decided in the 7th century that he prefers geometric art to drawings of his creations.

    Replies: @QCIC

  86. @Mr. XYZ
    @Sean

    So, essentially, we get a Korea-style situation in Ukraine, possibly for decades? That could suit Ukraine since Korea's DMZ has been stable for several decades. In theory, this wouldn't even preclude the possibility of US/Western troops in unoccupied Ukraine if they will ever be deemed necessary to help keep the peace, even without NATO. We've had troops in South Korea for several decades, after all.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Sean

    By “several decades” I take it you mean 70 years!!!! Korea was a trifecta for the USA: we got to piss off China, Russia and Japan all together.

    Interest in Ukraine may fade more quickly, though the swelling ranks of the Ukie diaspora will surely cause problems. Maybe they can fight it out with the other illegal immigrants. Whichever group deports the other interlopers gets to stay.

  87. This Thierry Baudet fellow has a clever idea: to blame the decline in Western Civilization on Belgium causing the World Wars.

  88. @A123
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Anti-Semite Zelensky is a neo-Nazi post-Judaic apostate. Does this look Jewish to you?

     
    https://i0.wp.com/gdb.rferl.org/8EF4874F-A14F-48C8-9331-55B8D2CAF561_w640_s.jpg
     

    Zelensky went to Israel to intentionally offend Palestinian Jews. This was most noted by Likud and the religious parties. They called out anti-Semite Zelensky for his evil (1).

    Realistically, neither side is particularly Jewish. However, if you insist on such labels, Russia is vastly more Judaic that the Nazi Kiev regime.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-lawmakers-tear-into-zelensky-for-holocaust-comparisons-in-knesset-speech/

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. Hack, @John Johnson, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Is that Hack and AP?

    I thought they were older, but you never can tell on the interwebs.

    • LOL: A123
  89. @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack


    ...revenge that was expressed for real and imagined wrongs perpetrated by the Polish colonists in these Ukrainian areas, that had been brewing for a very long time.
     
    Yeah, very long time, like 500 years. But they were still only Polish colonists to you....and the Russians who have lived in Crimea and Donbas for over 200 years are in your mind only "Russian colonists"...no rights and ready for the Ukie angst, rage and revenge.

    Are you also a "colonist' in USA? I doubt your ancestors have been there for 200 or 500 years. When the mestizos come to show their rage in Phoenix, remember you are only a "colonist" and they have lived with this terrible angst of having you there - it has brewed for a long time.

    From what I see on your border, millions are coming to check up on you 'colonists'. And they are bringing a lot of help from all over the Third World. But you instead worry if "Lugansk" is in Russia or in Ukraine...the precious narcissism of small minds....

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Mr. Hack

    Yeah, very long time, like 500 years.

    Once again displaying your complete lack of knowledge regarding Ukrainian and Polish history. What was the whole early part of the 20th century about in Western Ukrainian lands in Galicia and Volhynia if not Polish and Ukrainian atrocities, pacifications and political back and forth between Poles and Ukrainians? You’re getting to sound real boring shooting off your mouth about subjects you know nothing about.

    and the Russians who have lived in Crimea and Donbas for over 200 years are in your mind only “Russian colonists”…no rights and ready for the Ukie angst, rage and revenge.

    Sure they’ve lived in these part for a couple centuries (that should count for something) but did you ever look into how they ended up in these parts, if not colonists then what would you call them, uninvited guests? 🙂

    Your spiel is getting old and warn out here, I actually skip over your comments quite often,they’re so boring and repetitive. I really don’t know where AP has developed his patience in dealing with you.

    When the mestizos come to show their rage in Phoenix, remember you are only a “colonist” and they have lived with this terrible angst of having you there – it has brewed for a long time.

    Another one of your really dumb statements. “Mestizos”of all economic classes are glad to be in Phoenix, working and making money providing a better life for themselves and their families. I don’t see any war drums on the horizon like you do. 🙂

    • Replies: @LT1488
    @Mr. Hack

    By this logic Ukrainians should leave all lands below Podolia and Cherkassy.
    Historically those lands below those 2 were uninhabited but ruled by Tatars
    Russian empire colonized those lands and settled Ukrainian colonizers in it.

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. Hack

  90. @Mr. Hack
    @Beckow


    Yeah, very long time, like 500 years.
     
    Once again displaying your complete lack of knowledge regarding Ukrainian and Polish history. What was the whole early part of the 20th century about in Western Ukrainian lands in Galicia and Volhynia if not Polish and Ukrainian atrocities, pacifications and political back and forth between Poles and Ukrainians? You're getting to sound real boring shooting off your mouth about subjects you know nothing about.

    and the Russians who have lived in Crimea and Donbas for over 200 years are in your mind only “Russian colonists”…no rights and ready for the Ukie angst, rage and revenge.
     
    Sure they've lived in these part for a couple centuries (that should count for something) but did you ever look into how they ended up in these parts, if not colonists then what would you call them, uninvited guests? :-)

    Your spiel is getting old and warn out here, I actually skip over your comments quite often,they're so boring and repetitive. I really don't know where AP has developed his patience in dealing with you.


    When the mestizos come to show their rage in Phoenix, remember you are only a “colonist” and they have lived with this terrible angst of having you there – it has brewed for a long time.
     
    Another one of your really dumb statements. "Mestizos"of all economic classes are glad to be in Phoenix, working and making money providing a better life for themselves and their families. I don't see any war drums on the horizon like you do. :-)

    https://ktar.com/wp-content/uploads/cms/34/3498/349817.jpg

    Replies: @LT1488

    By this logic Ukrainians should leave all lands below Podolia and Cherkassy.
    Historically those lands below those 2 were uninhabited but ruled by Tatars
    Russian empire colonized those lands and settled Ukrainian colonizers in it.

    • Replies: @AP
    @LT1488

    Galicia once stretched to the Black Sea.

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a5/4d/03/a54d032b93a7b6c9a4a9189763baf9ba.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @LT1488

    , @Mr. Hack
    @LT1488

    And Mexico had really well developed cities, roads and government apparatus in AZ? :-)

    Replies: @LT1488

  91. AP says:
    @Mikel
    @Beckow

    It's like giving air to ground missiles to Israel and expecting that they will not use them to kill civilians. Are the Israelis even capable of refraining from killing civilians?

    Ukraine may actually be worse in some aspects. The Israelis seem to have a solid command structure but I don't believe that the order to bomb an open market in Donetsk came from Zaluzhny or Zelensky. It's easier to imagine that it was someone much further down who took the initiative. Because he can and because he knows that there will be no consequences, like there weren't in all the previous years since Maidan.

    The other difference between both countries is that the Israelis don't try to insult our intelligence time and again saying that it's not them, it's the Palestinians who are bombing themselves. AP couldn't help himself and found one of those fairy tales for dimwits. It's all so deja vu.

    In the midst of all this insanity I found the ISW report of the attack almost funny. The Institute for the Study of War, an American organization constantly used by all the respectable media as their main source of information on the war in Ukraine, published a very long daily report of how the hostilities went in all the different fronts and only at the very end they mentioned the attack on the Donetsk market under the heading "Russian Information Operations and Narratives". Apparently, they only found it worth mentioning because the Russians were devious enough to use it as way to justify Russia’s need to achieve its military objectives in Ukraine. Of course, once they had mentioned the subject they hastened to clarify that they "cannot independently confirm the actors behind the strike".

    Was late-stage Communism this mendacious? I think the Western MSM has already surpassed those levels and we're headed towards Stalinist proportions of media distortion. But I can't say for sure, my first trip to Eastern Europe was right after the fall of the Iron Curtain, around 1989 or 1990.

    Replies: @Beckow, @QCIC, @AP

    The other difference between both countries is that the Israelis don’t try to insult our intelligence time and again saying that it’s not them, it’s the Palestinians who are bombing themselves. AP couldn’t help himself and found one of those fairy tales for dimwits.

    Here is the full description of that. Feel free to debunk it:

    https://malcontentment.com/unraveling-claims-of-ukrainian-involvement-donetsk-market-attack-points-to-russian-origination/

    [WBHG News 24] – After a shocking incident in the occupied city of Donetsk that killed 28 and wounded 30 in the market area in the Kirovs’kyi District, evidence that has emerged surrounding the attack raises doubts about Russia’s claim of Ukrainian involvement. Russian state media, along with the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Denis Pushilin, alleged that Ukraine was responsible for shelling the area using 152 mm and 155 mm artillery, leaving 18 of the wounded hospitalized.

    A thorough analysis by our international analyst team casts doubt on the accusations, revealing a complex web of evidence that challenges the narrative quickly created by Russian authorities. Our team reviewed dozens of publicly available videos and images shared by Russian channels, state media, and propagandists and conducted an audio analysis of the attack itself while it was still in progress. Although a conclusive war crime assessment requires an on-site investigation, the publicly available information suggests that Ukraine was likely not responsible for the attack.

    Two things that hampered the investigation was an apparent effort by Russian state media and propagandists not to share images of impact craters, which is crucial for splash analysis. Despite these efforts, our team successfully geolocated hits at four locations and identified three impact craters, including one that provided information on the direction of the attack. Another critical revelation was the absence of key details from Russian officials, such as pictures of an official investigation or recovered shrapnel. This is highly unusual compared to other incidents, and the attack scene was hastily cleaned up before any apparent detailed investigation was made. Additionally, the nature of the craters photographed appear to be 82 or 120-millimeter mortars and don’t align with the artillery rounds mentioned by occupation governor Pushilin.

    [MORE]

    [WBHG News 24] – After a shocking incident in the occupied city of Donetsk that killed 28 and wounded 30 in the market area in the Kirovs’kyi District, evidence that has emerged surrounding the attack raises doubts about Russia’s claim of Ukrainian involvement. Russian state media, along with the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Denis Pushilin, alleged that Ukraine was responsible for shelling the area using 152 mm and 155 mm artillery, leaving 18 of the wounded hospitalized.

    A thorough analysis by our international analyst team casts doubt on the accusations, revealing a complex web of evidence that challenges the narrative quickly created by Russian authorities. Our team reviewed dozens of publicly available videos and images shared by Russian channels, state media, and propagandists and conducted an audio analysis of the attack itself while it was still in progress. Although a conclusive war crime assessment requires an on-site investigation, the publicly available information suggests that Ukraine was likely not responsible for the attack.

    Two things that hampered the investigation was an apparent effort by Russian state media and propagandists not to share images of impact craters, which is crucial for splash analysis. Despite these efforts, our team successfully geolocated hits at four locations and identified three impact craters, including one that provided information on the direction of the attack. Another critical revelation was the absence of key details from Russian officials, such as pictures of an official investigation or recovered shrapnel. This is highly unusual compared to other incidents, and the attack scene was hastily cleaned up before any apparent detailed investigation was made. Additionally, the nature of the craters photographed appear to be 82 or 120-millimeter mortars and don’t align with the artillery rounds mentioned by occupation governor Pushilin.

    A Russian provided image of an impact crater from the January 21, 2024 attack on a Donetsk market by War In My Eyes shows damage and splash pattern consistent with a mortar round.
    The impact crater at the base of a tree on Lyashenka Street near the bus stop indicates the shells were fired from the west-southwest, making it highly improbable that Ukrainian artillery was involved. The closest Ukrainian-controlled area in that direction is Pobieda, 17 kilometers away and only 2.5 kilometers from the line of conflict. The closest safe area for artillery to operate is another 7.9 kilometers west, near the village of Illinka.

    [WBHG News 24] – After a shocking incident in the occupied city of Donetsk that killed 28 and wounded 30 in the market area in the Kirovs’kyi District, evidence that has emerged surrounding the attack raises doubts about Russia’s claim of Ukrainian involvement. Russian state media, along with the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Denis Pushilin, alleged that Ukraine was responsible for shelling the area using 152 mm and 155 mm artillery, leaving 18 of the wounded hospitalized.

    A thorough analysis by our international analyst team casts doubt on the accusations, revealing a complex web of evidence that challenges the narrative quickly created by Russian authorities. Our team reviewed dozens of publicly available videos and images shared by Russian channels, state media, and propagandists and conducted an audio analysis of the attack itself while it was still in progress. Although a conclusive war crime assessment requires an on-site investigation, the publicly available information suggests that Ukraine was likely not responsible for the attack.

    Two things that hampered the investigation was an apparent effort by Russian state media and propagandists not to share images of impact craters, which is crucial for splash analysis. Despite these efforts, our team successfully geolocated hits at four locations and identified three impact craters, including one that provided information on the direction of the attack. Another critical revelation was the absence of key details from Russian officials, such as pictures of an official investigation or recovered shrapnel. This is highly unusual compared to other incidents, and the attack scene was hastily cleaned up before any apparent detailed investigation was made. Additionally, the nature of the craters photographed appear to be 82 or 120-millimeter mortars and don’t align with the artillery rounds mentioned by occupation governor Pushilin.

    A Russian provided image of an impact crater from the January 21, 2024 attack on a Donetsk market by War In My Eyes shows damage and splash pattern consistent with a mortar round.
    The impact crater at the base of a tree on Lyashenka Street near the bus stop indicates the shells were fired from the west-southwest, making it highly improbable that Ukrainian artillery was involved. The closest Ukrainian-controlled area in that direction is Pobieda, 17 kilometers away and only 2.5 kilometers from the line of conflict. The closest safe area for artillery to operate is another 7.9 kilometers west, near the village of Illinka.

    Still image taken from a video provided by the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic showing an impact crater on Lyashenka Street indicating that a non-fragmentation round on a high arc trajectory was used, fired west-southwest of the market.

    If Ukraine were responsible, the closest safe firing location would be 24.9 kilometers away, and even in Pobieda, the Russian D-20 152-millimeter howitzer would be at its absolute maximum range. At 24.9 kilometers, the M-777 or NATO standard self-propelled artillery pieces would be at or just beyond their standard range. Because Russian officials did not share any images of shrapnel, we have no way to authenticate the munition used.

    [WBHG News 24] – After a shocking incident in the occupied city of Donetsk that killed 28 and wounded 30 in the market area in the Kirovs’kyi District, evidence that has emerged surrounding the attack raises doubts about Russia’s claim of Ukrainian involvement. Russian state media, along with the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Denis Pushilin, alleged that Ukraine was responsible for shelling the area using 152 mm and 155 mm artillery, leaving 18 of the wounded hospitalized.

    A thorough analysis by our international analyst team casts doubt on the accusations, revealing a complex web of evidence that challenges the narrative quickly created by Russian authorities. Our team reviewed dozens of publicly available videos and images shared by Russian channels, state media, and propagandists and conducted an audio analysis of the attack itself while it was still in progress. Although a conclusive war crime assessment requires an on-site investigation, the publicly available information suggests that Ukraine was likely not responsible for the attack.

    Two things that hampered the investigation was an apparent effort by Russian state media and propagandists not to share images of impact craters, which is crucial for splash analysis. Despite these efforts, our team successfully geolocated hits at four locations and identified three impact craters, including one that provided information on the direction of the attack. Another critical revelation was the absence of key details from Russian officials, such as pictures of an official investigation or recovered shrapnel. This is highly unusual compared to other incidents, and the attack scene was hastily cleaned up before any apparent detailed investigation was made. Additionally, the nature of the craters photographed appear to be 82 or 120-millimeter mortars and don’t align with the artillery rounds mentioned by occupation governor Pushilin.

    A Russian provided image of an impact crater from the January 21, 2024 attack on a Donetsk market by War In My Eyes shows damage and splash pattern consistent with a mortar round.
    The impact crater at the base of a tree on Lyashenka Street near the bus stop indicates the shells were fired from the west-southwest, making it highly improbable that Ukrainian artillery was involved. The closest Ukrainian-controlled area in that direction is Pobieda, 17 kilometers away and only 2.5 kilometers from the line of conflict. The closest safe area for artillery to operate is another 7.9 kilometers west, near the village of Illinka.

    Still image taken from a video provided by the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic showing an impact crater on Lyashenka Street indicating that a non-fragmentation round on a high arc trajectory was used, fired west-southwest of the market.
    If Ukraine were responsible, the closest safe firing location would be 24.9 kilometers away, and even in Pobieda, the Russian D-20 152-millimeter howitzer would be at its absolute maximum range. At 24.9 kilometers, the M-777 or NATO standard self-propelled artillery pieces would be at or just beyond their standard range. Because Russian officials did not share any images of shrapnel, we have no way to authenticate the munition used.

    Along with the impact crater at the base of the tree on Lyashenka Street, a video recorded during the attack provided critical information on the potential distance from the area attacked and the firing point. The Russian video shared on the popular Telegram channel Typical Donetsk captured the sound of outgoing rounds that impacted 2.5 and 4.25 seconds later. If the rounds were fired from M-777 artillery with a muzzle velocity of 870 meters per second, the maximum linear distance the round could travel is 3,700 meters, deep within the city of Donetsk itself. Factoring for the arc an artillery shell travels and the minimum possible range of the M-777, the distance drops to 2,300 meters. That’s an impossibly short distance for the rounds to have been fired by Ukraine.

    The timing of the attack is also suspect, occurring while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was en route to a UN Security Council meeting, and the U.S. Congress remains poised to discuss continued military support for Ukraine.

    The available evidence suggests that the origin of the attack was in a forested area between the Kirovs’kyi and Petrovs’kyi Districts, approximately 2,000 to 3,000 meters west of the market area. Immediate claims that any combatant committed a war crime should receive a thorough investigation before news agencies directly quote national officials and report the claims as pure fact. The intricacies of this investigation underscore the importance of a thorough and unbiased examination of available evidence by subject matter experts.

    • Thanks: Mr. XYZ, Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Mikel
    @AP


    Feel free to debunk it:
     
    Sure, I will do. But right now I need to finish debunking those stories about the Lugansk Square massacre being caused by exploding air conditioners, the MH-17 being downed by Ukrainian jets, Navalny being imprisoned because he was selling counterfeit Armani clothes, Lira dying of lack of exercise,... so many stories to debunk in that part of the world...

    I'll let you know when I have the time to get to yours and we'll have a weeks long debate. Only you have to promise to control yourself and avoid copy/pasting the same text several times, like you've done here.

    Replies: @AP

  92. @LT1488
    @Mr. Hack

    By this logic Ukrainians should leave all lands below Podolia and Cherkassy.
    Historically those lands below those 2 were uninhabited but ruled by Tatars
    Russian empire colonized those lands and settled Ukrainian colonizers in it.

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. Hack

    Galicia once stretched to the Black Sea.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    "We wuz Moldovans!" ;) :D

    , @LT1488
    @AP

    Those areas were under Galicia's sphere of influence, not direct control, lots of Vlach tribes inhabited the region
    Also note how even this still excludes most of the lands below Cherkassy save for Podolia.

    Replies: @AP

  93. @songbird
    @Mr. XYZ


    If he’s a doomer on China, then what exactly does his argument in regards to the post-American order consist of? After all, isn’t China the main challenger to the West? Russia certainly can’t do it by itself, at least not short of nuclear war.
     
    He's a doomer on Russia too. Says something like the Russian people will cease to exist in 30-40 years (may forget the exact timeline.)

    He basically says America will turn inward and still be prosperous due to its providential geography and ability to interface with Mexico. (Actually Mexican fertility seems to be plummeting). But status quo globalism will be dead. Think he is still predicting mass famine in many parts of the world.

    He thinks there will be regional powers. France because it has good agricultural land and can build tractors. Turkey. Nigeria. India, maybe a few others. With a lot of piracy in-between.

    Sounds kind of fantastical in some ways. Don't see why it requires a big American navy to stamp out pirates.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    Why can’t America turn inward in relation to the non-GAE world but nevertheless continue focusing on GAE (the Greater American Empire)? The US’s relations with the EU, the Gulf states, and pro-US East Asia remain very important, after all.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mr. XYZ

    Haven't read his latest, but am not sure he explains it very well.

    IIRC, he believes the US will have plenty of energy from shale and so not need the Gulf. He thinks Japan will become the regional power of Asia again, and probably control the Persian Gulf.

    Presumably, some parts of the world will be too unsettled for the US to want to get involved.

    If he thinks the US will become isolationist, IMO he should do a better job explaining how the bureaucracy of the state department will die.

  94. @AP
    @LT1488

    Galicia once stretched to the Black Sea.

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a5/4d/03/a54d032b93a7b6c9a4a9189763baf9ba.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @LT1488

    “We wuz Moldovans!” 😉 😀

  95. @A123
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Anti-Semite Zelensky is a neo-Nazi post-Judaic apostate. Does this look Jewish to you?

     
    https://i0.wp.com/gdb.rferl.org/8EF4874F-A14F-48C8-9331-55B8D2CAF561_w640_s.jpg
     

    Zelensky went to Israel to intentionally offend Palestinian Jews. This was most noted by Likud and the religious parties. They called out anti-Semite Zelensky for his evil (1).

    Realistically, neither side is particularly Jewish. However, if you insist on such labels, Russia is vastly more Judaic that the Nazi Kiev regime.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-lawmakers-tear-into-zelensky-for-holocaust-comparisons-in-knesset-speech/

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. Hack, @John Johnson, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Zelensky’s nowhere to be seen within that photo? He’s in this one though:

    We have to be kind to kremlinstoogeA123 who’s obviously having another bad day:

  96. @AP
    @Mikel


    There seems to be a pattern of Ukrainians attacking civilian targets, especially in Donbas, after suffering some setback on the battlefield
     
    Have there been significant setbacks on the battlefield?

    it’s very difficult to imagine what military goal could be achieved by directing an artillery volley to a market in Donetsk at peak shopping hours.

     

    And right before Russia was going to the security council. How inconvenient.

    I’m not aware that they’ve even tried explaining it this time
     
    Not sure what Ukrainian authorities have been saying, but fwiw (I do not endorse any story about this) pro-Ukrainians are claiming that the Russians did it as a false flag attack. Supposedly the first Russian story was that the shells used were 122 mm mortars which are supposedly beyond the range of NATO mortars of that type (the front is 15 km from central Donetsk). The Russians then changed their story and stated that the artillery were 152 and 155. This would be within range, but video supposedly shows that the firing and hit were too close together, so the shells could not have travelled so far and must have been fired from a closer position in Russian-held territory (see after “more”).

    I don’t endorse that, but is is not impossible. Russia has shown strong disregard for Donbas lives, they are expendable for the interests of the Russian state.

    the reality is that arming Ukraine, especially with sophisticated weapons, makes us less secure, not more
     
    Allowing Russia to break the stalemate at the front and to take the fight to Ukraine’s cities makes us more secure? Do you think we would be more secure if Russia chose to go for the Baltics next?

    It is just a given that they are going to use them to kill civilians

     

    If that were the goal, don’t you think far more civilians would have been killed? Looks like Ukraine has mostly been hitting military targets such as ships, military factories and radars, or the oil and gas export infrastructure that funds Russia’s war effort. There has not been a pattern of mass bombardment of purely civilian, or residential areas.

    Apparently, yesterday’s attack (like the attack on the center of Belgorod some weeks ago) was also carried out using NATO ordnance.
     
    And do you know if the civilian destruction in Belgorod wasn’t caused by Russian air defense missiles coming down in civilian areas, or Ukrainian rockets being taken down before they reached their targets (this is how many Ukrainian civilians died)? There was video of at least one Russian missile failing and coming down over Belgorod.

    Belgorod is from where Russians have been shelling Kharkiv. Do you think Ukrainians don’t have the right to shoot back at all?

    Having Russian innocent blood on our hands
     
    Sadly, any fighting back will involve loss of civilian life. Many French people were killed during the liberation of France. Are you suggesting Ukraine not fight back at all? That Russia bomb Ukraine from Belgorod and other areas with no answer?

    If someone more audacious than Putin comes to power I wouldn’t discard Nikki’s crazy prophecies actually becoming true, especially if the Russians finally manage to inflict a decisive defeat on Ukraine and recover their confidence in their military
     
    In which case it is better for Russia to be smaller and weaker than for it to be stronger, and thus it would be better to give Ukraine what it needs to prevent Russia from being larger.

    I doubt Russia will win, but if it were to conquer all or most of Ukraine there is at least a 30% chance that Russia would next go after the Baltics. They are too close to Russia’s second city, they have large ethnic Russian minorities (with real or imagined grievances), and they separate Russian Kaliningrad from Belarus and Russia. A successful takeover might break NATO, if NATO doesn’t respond robustly. Russia’s government has already declared for the Soviet borders (optimistically, as some sort of negotiation position, like it’s recent claim the the Alaska sale was illegal, but who knows?).

    If the Baltics are attacked, US might not do much but Poland almost certainly would. And then US and Germany would be more tempted to get involved. I suspect I know what your position would be - neither Poland nor the Baltics are worth a possible nuclear holocaust, we need to keep backing off. But I doubt it will go that way.

    The way to stop a possible cascade of such events and prevent a much larger mess would be to keep the war in Ukraine and end it there, by giving Ukraine what it needs. No American lives used or lost, no wider war.



    https://twitter.com/malcontentmentt/status/1749311298603815324?s=46&t=Qz3eXZWFYIvyHmaAk32tcg

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

    they have large ethnic Russian minorities (with real or imagined grievances),

    Worth noting that if NATO beats Russia in a conventional war without nukes being used and expels Russia from the Baltics, then the Balts are likely to ethnically cleanse their countries of Russians post-WWII Czech-style. Russia surely doesn’t want that, does it?

  97. @LT1488
    @Mr. Hack

    By this logic Ukrainians should leave all lands below Podolia and Cherkassy.
    Historically those lands below those 2 were uninhabited but ruled by Tatars
    Russian empire colonized those lands and settled Ukrainian colonizers in it.

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. Hack

    And Mexico had really well developed cities, roads and government apparatus in AZ? 🙂

    • Replies: @LT1488
    @Mr. Hack

    False analogy.

  98. @QCIC
    @AP

    If either side prevails in Ukraine the result is unstable, so my question was a thought experiment. Even if Ukraine is quickly forgotten, enormous military tension between NATO and Russia will remain. The West has created a huge mess.

    If Ukraine prevails in some sense, the West will be empowered to press Russia even harder. This pressure could be in Kaliningrad, the Caucasus or maybe North Korea. If Russia prevails in Ukraine, the leaders of the Baltics will pee in their pants and jump into the comforting arms of their NATO brothers. In this case, Russia will also be pressured in some way.

    So the requirement for Russia is to stop the West from pressuring her militarily and geopolitically. Ukraine is just the present iteration of this challenge. The mythical sensible people in the West could wake up tomorrow and simply stop doing what they are doing and work on a mutual peace. It will take decades to repair the damage intentionally inflicted by the West on the USA-Russia security relationship since 1999. Nonetheless, this healing process could start tomorrow. No one expects this to happen. The Balts should lead this effort since they have the most to lose and what they have cannot be protected by force.

    This leaves Russia various choices. One option is simply to face down the Western pressure as it appears. This always has the risk of dangerous escalation, but maybe the Russians can be philosophical about the situation. They can hope the leaders and myths in the West will change over time to something less hostile to Russia. If the trends are that Russia is gradually getting stronger and the West is gradually getting weaker this may be their best response. Alternatively, if NATO escalates sooner rather than later, Russia may want to either break up NATO politically or work with China to weaken the dollar and reduce the ability of the USA to stir up trouble.

    Only the USA dropping the anti-Russia project is a safe course. The other scenarios have the real risk of nuclear war and World War 3. The best option is for Yankee to go home and fix her border.

    Replies: @Beckow, @LondonBob

    The US has so many problems at home, at some point they will turn inwards, without US promotion of anti-Russian positions then these will inevitably die away, it is all so artificial.

    Once the Russians have sealed victory there is very little that can be done, the disparity between Russia and the rest of Europe is a chasm now, militarily speaking. Europe is also quickly plunging in to the abyss with the economic, political and social problems.

  99. Thought this was a good article.

    https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/to-end-the-war-in-ukraine-expose-its-core-lie/

    The West has gotten drunk on their own propaganda, they are incapable of making the right, informed decisions.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @LondonBob

    I think the biggest Western lie of the conflict in Ukraine is one of omission. The majority of the Western political and media classes feign ignorance of the prior aggressive history of the West toward Russia on crucial issues such as expansion of NATO, dropping the ABM treaty and placing missile bases in Eastern Europe. A close corollary lie is the pretense that this conflict started in 2022.

    The notion Russia is expansionist is an easy meme to sell on the Western street. It has the bonus feature that while untrue, it may become a self-fulfilling prophecy in the wake of the Western-caused SMO.

    Replies: @Sean

  100. @John Johnson

    Removing 99% of Hamas is a defeat for Israel?
     
    Removing 99% of a tumor is not a success.

    It's not a tumor. It's a political group and they will no longer have control over their territory. That's a loss.

    Their Iranian weapons aren't even working against IDF tanks due to the trophy armor.

    A bunch of geniuses that couldn't think of a better plan other than rape 18 year olds and kidnap children.

    Yes, it is. Antisemitism is higher now than it has been at any time post WW2. The entire Arab Islamic world sees what Hamas did on Oct 7th as heroic and so do hundreds of millions, if not billions, of other people all around the world.

    Anyone that cheers gunning down 18 year old girls or entire families in the burbs is a loser.

    The entire Islamic world does not view Hamas as heroic. Support for Hamas is the same which is drawn along Shia/Sunni lines. Egypt had to be pressured to take some of them in and provide aid. Hezbollah never opened a front as Ritter predicted. Iran was bombed by Isis over their inaction. Jordan shrugged as usual. The majority of the Arab world will complain about Israel and then won't lift a finger to help Hamas.

    Hamas doesn’t care about how many fighters it has lost: literally the only reason a young man joins Hamas is because he wants to get killed.

    Yes they target incels. Hamas offers them to the chance to rape and kill before being sent to the afterlife. Oh and the genius gentlemen league decided to use GoPros. Let's make sure the world sees what losers we are.

    Israel however will not hand Gaza back to them and their main leader was already killed.

    It is going to get 10s of billions of dollars worth of aid that will allow it to rebuild it’s tunnels and its arsenal.

    Hilarious. Tens of billions to Hamas? Where is that going to come from? You think Israel is going to let Hamas back in power and they will get tens of billion in aid? So the remaining Hamas members will get rich? Funniest joke of the day.

    Replies: @Greasy William

    Anyone that cheers gunning down 18 year old girls or entire families in the burbs is a loser.

    Yes, Arab/Muslims are losers, exactly. Jews and Arabs share the same father in Abraham but our (Jews) mother was the lady of the house and their mother was just a slave. Ishmael knows that he is living on borrowed time before the natural state of the world is restored, hence his bottomless anger and hatred

    The entire Islamic world does not view Hamas as heroic

    Yes they do and only someone who doesn’t know many Arabs/Muslims could think otherwise. Support for the Oct 7th attacks in the Arab Islamic world approaches 100% and the few who are opposed are regarded as Uncle Ahmad’s by their Arab brethren. Furthermore, the Oct 7 attacks are supported by hundreds of millions of Latin Americans, Asians and western leftists.

    Hezbollah never opened a front as Ritter predicted

    What is your obsession with Ritter? He is a disgraced pervert who preaches his nonsense to a small audience of alienated, lonely, western weirdos. He’s an idiot. Even this community’s Russian partisans regard him as an irrelevant ignoramus.

    The majority of the Arab world will complain about Israel and then won’t lift a finger to help Hamas

    Because Arabs/Muslims are cowards by nature who have a huge sense of entitlement: why should ~they~ die to protect the Palestinians? Someone else should do that for them! That is seriously how they think. This is what happens when you give freedom to a race of slaves.

    Yes they target incels.

    You don’t know the type of guy that joins Hamas or Hezbollah. These are not incels. They are very tough, very masculine young men. Often they are also very charismatic. They can be amateurish fighters and on a moral level they are the lowest of the low, but they aren’t incels.

    Israel however will not hand Gaza back to them

    Oh yes it will. The only reason it hasn’t done so already is because of the hostages, otherwise Israel would have already surrendered like it always does. Like Nasrallah said, Israel is weak as a spider’s web.

    Once a deal is worked out to get the hostages back, Israel will begin the process of leaving Gaza, although it will likely be a lengthy process.

    Hilarious. Tens of billions to Hamas? Where is that going to come from?

    The United States, like always. The EU will of course also chip in. The West has been subsidizing this race of criminals since 1949. Technically the aid will be to rebuild Gaza, but in practice most of it will go into the coffers of Hamas. We know this will happen because this is what happened after all of the previous Gaza clashes.

    • Thanks: Sher Singh
    • Replies: @A123
    @Greasy William

    Everything repeats as it always did until the pattern breaks and something new happens.

    The level of revulsion in Israel and elsewhere at Oct. 7 is new. Attacking children at the outdoor Peace Concert directly impacted the attitude of more liberal/secular parents.



    Israel however will not hand Gaza back to them
     
    Oh yes it will. The only reason it hasn’t done so already is because of the hostages, otherwise Israel would have already surrendered like it always does. Like Nasrallah said, Israel is weak as a spider’s web.

    Once a deal is worked out to get the hostages back, Israel will begin the process of leaving Gaza, although it will likely be a lengthy process.
     
    Palestinian Jews have made it clear that they will remain forever as a security force. No Hamas rearming. No tunnel reconstruction. There is no reason to believe they are anything less than serious about shattering Hamas and preventing formation of new groups.

    After the hostages are released, there should be elections for Muslim civil control in Gaza. The parties will be tightly controlled to bar those advocating violence. Most likely this will yield low quality governance, but it has to be tried.


    Hilarious. Tens of billions to Hamas? Where is that going to come from?
     
    The United States, like always. The EU will of course also chip in.
     
    Americans are tired of Forever Wars. There will be minimal flows to Gaza. At most, millions not billions.

    Current EU leadership is quite anti-Semitic. That is part of their belief system based on importing Muslims to replace Judeo-Christians. However, they are distracted by other matters. Reconstruction and assimilation of the new smaller Ukraine is likely to be a higher priority for the elites running their Greater European Empire.

    Technically the aid will be to rebuild Gaza, but in practice most of it will go into the coffers of Hamas. We know this will happen because this is what happened after all of the previous Gaza clashes.
     
    All reconstruction will go through a shared body with a substantial Jewish presence and audit capability. No foreign efforts will be allowed to operate outside of this framework. Leakage will never be zero, but the corruption associated with UN and EU projects will be cut off.

    PEACE 😇
  101. @songbird
    @A123


    There are only two Palestinian religions; Judaism dates back over 3,000 years;
     
    The Jewish ethnic group may be that old, but am not sure that the archeology suggests widespread monotheism at such an early date.

    Tel Arid and Elephantine Island both suggest polytheism, IIRC.

    They were eating a lot of catfish in Judea in the first half of the first Millennium BC.

    https://www.thejc.com/judaism/how-old-is-judaism-the-answer-might-be-younger-than-you-think-i3d4otji

    Replies: @A123

    There are only two Palestinian religions; Judaism dates back over 3,000 years;

    The Jewish ethnic group may be that old, but am not sure that the archeology suggests widespread monotheism at such an early date.

    There are of course other long gone religions, pantheistic and monotheistic. In context, what I wrote should be taken as, “two major, currently surviving Palestinian religions”. In terms of present day land possession the primary surviving indigenous faiths (Christianity and Judaism) are in play, not the extinct ones.
    ___

    A key concept of efficient discourse is avoiding, “Accuracy at the Expense of Clarity“. To be as concise and effective as possible, accurate but tangential concepts are often omitted.

    You are stating that the currently surviving, indigenous Jewish faith may be only 2,500 years old, not 3,000. If you are correct, how does that 500 year change impact the subject of current day disputes?

    There are also ~100K Druze around. I am not grouping them into the extinct category. However, to maintain clarity in writing I am not listing them (and smaller groups) every time. That accuracy would come at the expense of clarity and focus on the core points. Right or wrong, they will be dragged along with what the more substantial factions decide.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @A123


    A key concept of efficient discourse is avoiding, “Accuracy at the Expense of Clarity“. To be as concise and effective as possible, accurate but tangential concepts are often omitted.
     
    https://youtu.be/Ny03DJOmosY

    You should practice what you preach kremlinstoogeA123, and quit trying to depict Zelensky as being a Nazi.

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @songbird
    @A123

    I think it fits more neatly into the wider historical context, to suppose a later origin for monotheism among Jews.

    That is what I am interested in - the wider context of civilization.

    There appears to have been no known true monotheism before Judaism, only quasi-monotheisms. Perhaps, Judaism evolved from such?

    But if true monotheism had an origin three thousand years old, then I suspect it would have left a wider mark on the ancient world and perhaps even the word of today.

  102. @Mr. XYZ
    @songbird

    Why can't America turn inward in relation to the non-GAE world but nevertheless continue focusing on GAE (the Greater American Empire)? The US's relations with the EU, the Gulf states, and pro-US East Asia remain very important, after all.

    Replies: @songbird

    Haven’t read his latest, but am not sure he explains it very well.

    IIRC, he believes the US will have plenty of energy from shale and so not need the Gulf. He thinks Japan will become the regional power of Asia again, and probably control the Persian Gulf.

    Presumably, some parts of the world will be too unsettled for the US to want to get involved.

    If he thinks the US will become isolationist, IMO he should do a better job explaining how the bureaucracy of the state department will die.

  103. @A123
    @songbird



    There are only two Palestinian religions; Judaism dates back over 3,000 years;
     
    The Jewish ethnic group may be that old, but am not sure that the archeology suggests widespread monotheism at such an early date.
     
    There are of course other long gone religions, pantheistic and monotheistic. In context, what I wrote should be taken as, "two major, currently surviving Palestinian religions". In terms of present day land possession the primary surviving indigenous faiths (Christianity and Judaism) are in play, not the extinct ones.
    ___

    A key concept of efficient discourse is avoiding, "Accuracy at the Expense of Clarity". To be as concise and effective as possible, accurate but tangential concepts are often omitted.

    You are stating that the currently surviving, indigenous Jewish faith may be only 2,500 years old, not 3,000. If you are correct, how does that 500 year change impact the subject of current day disputes?

    There are also ~100K Druze around. I am not grouping them into the extinct category. However, to maintain clarity in writing I am not listing them (and smaller groups) every time. That accuracy would come at the expense of clarity and focus on the core points. Right or wrong, they will be dragged along with what the more substantial factions decide.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @songbird

    A key concept of efficient discourse is avoiding, “Accuracy at the Expense of Clarity“. To be as concise and effective as possible, accurate but tangential concepts are often omitted.

    You should practice what you preach kremlinstoogeA123, and quit trying to depict Zelensky as being a Nazi.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Mr. Hack

    Zelensky as Nazi only plays with the Holocaust (Holohoax?) debunker crowd. They don't hang out in this forum.

    A123 is mixing his memes again! What's next, Ukrainian Palestinians?

    Replies: @A123

  104. @Mr. XYZ
    @Sean

    So, essentially, we get a Korea-style situation in Ukraine, possibly for decades? That could suit Ukraine since Korea's DMZ has been stable for several decades. In theory, this wouldn't even preclude the possibility of US/Western troops in unoccupied Ukraine if they will ever be deemed necessary to help keep the peace, even without NATO. We've had troops in South Korea for several decades, after all.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Sean

    I don’t think the ‘West’ (US) took Russia seriously over Ukraine, but surely Washington never really contemplated that when it came down to it they might well end up fighting the Russians directly over Ukraine. At end of day Kiev was not a Nato member what kind of advantage they were trying to achieve moving into the Western orbit is unclear; did they think because the Baltic states were allowed to join Nato Ukraine could despite all the warnings that Russia would not stand for it and the invasion of Georgia over the same issue?

    The US army was already fighting the North Koreans when China, which did not at that time have the Atomic Bomb, sent a army of Chinese to attack US troops. The actual hostilities completely ended, and although there has been a US army in South Korea for decades it does not face a Chinese force.

    Suppose for the sake of argument the Russians a withdraw completely out of Ukraine, all Russia has to do is decline to cease actual hostilities with Ukraine by firing a few missiles now and again, and Ukraine will become frozen in the current situation as far as Nato membership is concerned. No way in hell is America going to get into a situation where the US armed forces might get into direct fighting with the Russia armed forces if Putin or whoever gets out of bed one morning and decides to invade Ukraine again because that would be a path to Russian use of tactical nuclear weapons against the American armed forces.

  105. @LondonBob
    Thought this was a good article.

    https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/to-end-the-war-in-ukraine-expose-its-core-lie/

    The West has gotten drunk on their own propaganda, they are incapable of making the right, informed decisions.

    Replies: @QCIC

    I think the biggest Western lie of the conflict in Ukraine is one of omission. The majority of the Western political and media classes feign ignorance of the prior aggressive history of the West toward Russia on crucial issues such as expansion of NATO, dropping the ABM treaty and placing missile bases in Eastern Europe. A close corollary lie is the pretense that this conflict started in 2022.

    The notion Russia is expansionist is an easy meme to sell on the Western street. It has the bonus feature that while untrue, it may become a self-fulfilling prophecy in the wake of the Western-caused SMO.

    • Replies: @Sean
    @QCIC

    The old 'getting ready to fight the last war' trope. There is an assumption that WW3 if it starts will start like WW2, not WW1.

  106. @Greasy William
    @John Johnson


    Anyone that cheers gunning down 18 year old girls or entire families in the burbs is a loser.
     
    Yes, Arab/Muslims are losers, exactly. Jews and Arabs share the same father in Abraham but our (Jews) mother was the lady of the house and their mother was just a slave. Ishmael knows that he is living on borrowed time before the natural state of the world is restored, hence his bottomless anger and hatred

    The entire Islamic world does not view Hamas as heroic
     
    Yes they do and only someone who doesn't know many Arabs/Muslims could think otherwise. Support for the Oct 7th attacks in the Arab Islamic world approaches 100% and the few who are opposed are regarded as Uncle Ahmad's by their Arab brethren. Furthermore, the Oct 7 attacks are supported by hundreds of millions of Latin Americans, Asians and western leftists.

    Hezbollah never opened a front as Ritter predicted
     
    What is your obsession with Ritter? He is a disgraced pervert who preaches his nonsense to a small audience of alienated, lonely, western weirdos. He's an idiot. Even this community's Russian partisans regard him as an irrelevant ignoramus.

    The majority of the Arab world will complain about Israel and then won’t lift a finger to help Hamas
     
    Because Arabs/Muslims are cowards by nature who have a huge sense of entitlement: why should ~they~ die to protect the Palestinians? Someone else should do that for them! That is seriously how they think. This is what happens when you give freedom to a race of slaves.

    Yes they target incels.
     
    You don't know the type of guy that joins Hamas or Hezbollah. These are not incels. They are very tough, very masculine young men. Often they are also very charismatic. They can be amateurish fighters and on a moral level they are the lowest of the low, but they aren't incels.

    Israel however will not hand Gaza back to them
     
    Oh yes it will. The only reason it hasn't done so already is because of the hostages, otherwise Israel would have already surrendered like it always does. Like Nasrallah said, Israel is weak as a spider's web.

    Once a deal is worked out to get the hostages back, Israel will begin the process of leaving Gaza, although it will likely be a lengthy process.

    Hilarious. Tens of billions to Hamas? Where is that going to come from?
     
    The United States, like always. The EU will of course also chip in. The West has been subsidizing this race of criminals since 1949. Technically the aid will be to rebuild Gaza, but in practice most of it will go into the coffers of Hamas. We know this will happen because this is what happened after all of the previous Gaza clashes.

    Replies: @A123

    Everything repeats as it always did until the pattern breaks and something new happens.

    The level of revulsion in Israel and elsewhere at Oct. 7 is new. Attacking children at the outdoor Peace Concert directly impacted the attitude of more liberal/secular parents.

    Israel however will not hand Gaza back to them

    Oh yes it will. The only reason it hasn’t done so already is because of the hostages, otherwise Israel would have already surrendered like it always does. Like Nasrallah said, Israel is weak as a spider’s web.

    Once a deal is worked out to get the hostages back, Israel will begin the process of leaving Gaza, although it will likely be a lengthy process.

    Palestinian Jews have made it clear that they will remain forever as a security force. No Hamas rearming. No tunnel reconstruction. There is no reason to believe they are anything less than serious about shattering Hamas and preventing formation of new groups.

    After the hostages are released, there should be elections for Muslim civil control in Gaza. The parties will be tightly controlled to bar those advocating violence. Most likely this will yield low quality governance, but it has to be tried.

    Hilarious. Tens of billions to Hamas? Where is that going to come from?

    The United States, like always. The EU will of course also chip in.

    Americans are tired of Forever Wars. There will be minimal flows to Gaza. At most, millions not billions.

    Current EU leadership is quite anti-Semitic. That is part of their belief system based on importing Muslims to replace Judeo-Christians. However, they are distracted by other matters. Reconstruction and assimilation of the new smaller Ukraine is likely to be a higher priority for the elites running their Greater European Empire.

    Technically the aid will be to rebuild Gaza, but in practice most of it will go into the coffers of Hamas. We know this will happen because this is what happened after all of the previous Gaza clashes.

    All reconstruction will go through a shared body with a substantial Jewish presence and audit capability. No foreign efforts will be allowed to operate outside of this framework. Leakage will never be zero, but the corruption associated with UN and EU projects will be cut off.

    PEACE 😇

  107. @A123
    @songbird



    There are only two Palestinian religions; Judaism dates back over 3,000 years;
     
    The Jewish ethnic group may be that old, but am not sure that the archeology suggests widespread monotheism at such an early date.
     
    There are of course other long gone religions, pantheistic and monotheistic. In context, what I wrote should be taken as, "two major, currently surviving Palestinian religions". In terms of present day land possession the primary surviving indigenous faiths (Christianity and Judaism) are in play, not the extinct ones.
    ___

    A key concept of efficient discourse is avoiding, "Accuracy at the Expense of Clarity". To be as concise and effective as possible, accurate but tangential concepts are often omitted.

    You are stating that the currently surviving, indigenous Jewish faith may be only 2,500 years old, not 3,000. If you are correct, how does that 500 year change impact the subject of current day disputes?

    There are also ~100K Druze around. I am not grouping them into the extinct category. However, to maintain clarity in writing I am not listing them (and smaller groups) every time. That accuracy would come at the expense of clarity and focus on the core points. Right or wrong, they will be dragged along with what the more substantial factions decide.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @songbird

    I think it fits more neatly into the wider historical context, to suppose a later origin for monotheism among Jews.

    That is what I am interested in – the wider context of civilization.

    There appears to have been no known true monotheism before Judaism, only quasi-monotheisms. Perhaps, Judaism evolved from such?

    But if true monotheism had an origin three thousand years old, then I suspect it would have left a wider mark on the ancient world and perhaps even the word of today.

    • Thanks: A123
  108. @Mr. Hack
    @A123


    A key concept of efficient discourse is avoiding, “Accuracy at the Expense of Clarity“. To be as concise and effective as possible, accurate but tangential concepts are often omitted.
     
    https://youtu.be/Ny03DJOmosY

    You should practice what you preach kremlinstoogeA123, and quit trying to depict Zelensky as being a Nazi.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Zelensky as Nazi only plays with the Holocaust (Holohoax?) debunker crowd. They don’t hang out in this forum.

    A123 is mixing his memes again! What’s next, Ukrainian Palestinians?

    • Replies: @A123
    @QCIC


    Zelensky as Nazi only plays with the Holocaust (Holohoax?) debunker crowd. They don’t hang out in this forum.
     
    Are you stating that Zelensky's Azov brigades use this symbology to be pro-Jewish?

     
    http://www.balancer.ru/sites/com/li/livejournal/pics/ic/da_dzi/8465174/296703/296703_original.jpg
     

    It is objectively true that Zelensky is a post-Judaic apostate who hates authentic Palestinian Jews.
    ___

    Is your goal to split hairs? You believe that anti-Semite Zelensky is only a neo-Nazi, not a full Nazi?

    Beyond his open and obvious hatred of Judaism and personal distance from that religion, I am not attached to specific labelling. I would be willing to concede his hatred of Jews is only neo-Nazi. Regardless of the label, his consent to dig up and desecrate Jewish graves for a condo project is proof of antipathy towards Judaism.

    The key point is that the Ukrainian side, under Zelensky's regime, is wholly non-Judaic in form and function. There may be some people with last names normally associated with ethnic lineage. However, there is nothing from Kiev's rule that ties to the practice of Judaism.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. Hack

  109. @QCIC
    @Mr. Hack

    Zelensky as Nazi only plays with the Holocaust (Holohoax?) debunker crowd. They don't hang out in this forum.

    A123 is mixing his memes again! What's next, Ukrainian Palestinians?

    Replies: @A123

    Zelensky as Nazi only plays with the Holocaust (Holohoax?) debunker crowd. They don’t hang out in this forum.

    Are you stating that Zelensky’s Azov brigades use this symbology to be pro-Jewish?

      

    It is objectively true that Zelensky is a post-Judaic apostate who hates authentic Palestinian Jews.
    ___

    Is your goal to split hairs? You believe that anti-Semite Zelensky is only a neo-Nazi, not a full Nazi?

    Beyond his open and obvious hatred of Judaism and personal distance from that religion, I am not attached to specific labelling. I would be willing to concede his hatred of Jews is only neo-Nazi. Regardless of the label, his consent to dig up and desecrate Jewish graves for a condo project is proof of antipathy towards Judaism.

    The key point is that the Ukrainian side, under Zelensky’s regime, is wholly non-Judaic in form and function. There may be some people with last names normally associated with ethnic lineage. However, there is nothing from Kiev’s rule that ties to the practice of Judaism.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @A123

    I agree it is a complex situation. Don't hurt yourself by working to better understand it.

    I suspect many of the Jewish leaders of this mess in Ukraine are more observant than you believe. Most likely they pick and chose aspects of their religion in an ad hoc manner as is very common in the secularized world. They may not fit your definitions of religious conformance and you may not fit theirs. I suspect the forcible secularization of the USSR combined with apparent loop-holes for Judaism led to all manner of craziness.

    Replies: @A123

    , @Mr. Hack
    @A123

    You sound fanatically strange enough to expect that Zelensky needs to don ultra high Orthodox/Jewish clothing while acting as president of Ukraine in order to not qualify as being a Ukrainian Nazi. Once again, the photo that you present does not include Zelensky. Do you think that anybody reading your comment is going to believe the type of nonsense that you're tring to spread? Here is a photo that represents the real Zelensky:

    https://cdn.jns.org/uploads/2019/05/RwjJ10893007-1320x880.jpg

    It must bother you to no end that there are rumours being spread that Ukrainian president Zelensky prefers Ukrainian dark bread to matzah when he eats Ukrainian borsch. :-)

  110. @Greasy William
    @John Johnson


    How exactly is the US losing in any of those areas?
     
    If Ukraine a stalemate, and I stress ~if~, that is a defeat for the US Empire. It shows that the US can no longer enforce the post WWII liberal international order.

    Israel is a US client state. Anything short of the removal of Hamas is a defeat for Israel and it is obvious that Hamas is not going to be removed. Russia was behind the Oct 7 massacre and a defeat for Israel is a defeat for the US.

    The Red Sea is still closed, with no prospect of it being reopened in the foreseeable future. The US has already lost 2 servicemen and it will lose more if it chooses to expand operations there.

    Replies: @A123, @John Johnson, @YetAnotherAnon

    “Russia was behind the Oct 7 massacre”

    That’s the most unlikely thing I’ve heard. Surely the correct thing is “Iran, and that’s why we need to bomb them asap”.

    I personally doubt that either Iran or Russia, or even Hezbollah, had a clue what was planned. And don’t forget that a large number of the massacre victims were killed by Israeli forces – the Hannibal directive may have been rejected de jure but implemented de facto.

    It’s possible with the additional hostage deaths from Israeli bombing, that more civilian Jews will have been killed by Israel than by Hamas since October 7.

    Hamas could theoretically be removed if the entire Arab population and the West Bank were killed or driven out. That seems to be the Israeli plan, and the hopelessly compromised/blackmailed/threatened West is standing there flapping its collective hands – “I say, Bibi, there’s a good chap, don’t be like that…“.

    From today’s news – it looks as if the IDF is discovering that blowing down buildings onto people is only fun if the people underneath are women and kids.

  111. @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Geometric art sounds great, frankly:

    https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/5617e9dbe4b09f2fdf354b0c/69921678-e611-4f50-be00-2c3351ab76e2/Screenshot+%2846%29.png

    What's wrong with it?

    Jason Padgett does similar art nowadays:

    https://www.oxpal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Jason_Padgett_-_Energy_Spiral_(2008)_big.jpg

    https://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large-5/fractal-fusion-hw-equals-mc-squared-jason-padgett.jpg

    Replies: @John Johnson

    What’s wrong with it?

    Nothing wrong with it.

    I just highly doubt God decided in the 7th century that he prefers geometric art to drawings of his creations.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    God works in mysterious ways or so they say!

  112. @QCIC
    @AnonfromTN

    Somewhat true, though there seems to be a worldwide network of elite criminals with similarly irrelevant Jewish heritage ;)

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    there seems to be a worldwide network of elite criminals with similarly irrelevant Jewish heritage

    I can name criminals of various nationalities that all deserve to be hanged publicly. Just a few that immediately come to mind: Bush Jr, Cheney, Blair, Obama, Biden, Killary, etc. I refuse to hold all Americans or Brits responsible for the crimes of these individuals.

    Every nationality has its scum. In my book, this scum should be punished as individuals, not the whole nations they come from. After all, you wouldn’t want to imprison the whole nation because some of its representatives are murderers.

    • Replies: @LT1488
    @AnonfromTN

    With jews, scum and villainy seems to be inherent and genetic however. Every nationality does have its scum and the rest shouldn't be judged for it, however jews are a nationality largely comprised of scum.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Adept

    , @QCIC
    @AnonfromTN

    I agree. The problem with large scale warfare is that many innocent people are effectively held accountable for the crimes and mistakes of their leaders.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  113. @AP
    @LT1488

    Galicia once stretched to the Black Sea.

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a5/4d/03/a54d032b93a7b6c9a4a9189763baf9ba.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @LT1488

    Those areas were under Galicia’s sphere of influence, not direct control, lots of Vlach tribes inhabited the region
    Also note how even this still excludes most of the lands below Cherkassy save for Podolia.

    • Replies: @AP
    @LT1488

    Zaporizhia was south of Cherkassy.

    As for the coast and Crimea, taking them was a project of both Ukrainians and Russians. Just as Ukrainians helped the Russians in the East. Makes sense to just divide this area by ethnicity.

  114. @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    there seems to be a worldwide network of elite criminals with similarly irrelevant Jewish heritage
     
    I can name criminals of various nationalities that all deserve to be hanged publicly. Just a few that immediately come to mind: Bush Jr, Cheney, Blair, Obama, Biden, Killary, etc. I refuse to hold all Americans or Brits responsible for the crimes of these individuals.

    Every nationality has its scum. In my book, this scum should be punished as individuals, not the whole nations they come from. After all, you wouldn’t want to imprison the whole nation because some of its representatives are murderers.

    Replies: @LT1488, @QCIC

    With jews, scum and villainy seems to be inherent and genetic however. Every nationality does have its scum and the rest shouldn’t be judged for it, however jews are a nationality largely comprised of scum.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @LT1488

    You should hang out with better Jews.

    In the Old Testament Solomon gets one free gift from the Great Big Model Railroader up in the Sky and he decides right quick what he would like is discernment. It's up to you.

    , @Adept
    @LT1488

    It's a product of their supremacist religion.

    Consider this: European (Ashkenazi) Jews and Iraqi Jews have nothing in common from a genetic standpoint. They're two entirely distinct populations. Yet the Iraqi Jews -- like the infamous Sassoon family -- are well known for being every bit as villainous as the worst of the Ashkenazis.

    Further, most Arabian Jews are hardly distinct from Arabian Muslims, at least insofar as their genetics are concerned.

    The poison is simply this: A religion which regards their little sect as "Chosen" -- as true humans -- and everybody else as second-rate or even animals in human form. This breeds a certain type of arrogance and impunity, even in those Jews who do not observe the various rituals their religion calls for.

    Needless to say, the religion has other deeply distasteful characteristics, such as absolute deference to tribal elders and an downright comic focus on legal wrangling with god.

    If the religion is done away with -- of course, this is no easy task -- then the problem is solved. One simply needs to tell the Jews: "Christ preached to you, more than to those other nations. It's time to accept him; time to become normal men amongst other normal men, and to love humanity."

    ...They know this, I suspect, which is why they recoil so violently from it.

  115. @Mr. Hack
    @LT1488

    And Mexico had really well developed cities, roads and government apparatus in AZ? :-)

    Replies: @LT1488

    False analogy.

  116. @A123
    @QCIC


    Zelensky as Nazi only plays with the Holocaust (Holohoax?) debunker crowd. They don’t hang out in this forum.
     
    Are you stating that Zelensky's Azov brigades use this symbology to be pro-Jewish?

     
    http://www.balancer.ru/sites/com/li/livejournal/pics/ic/da_dzi/8465174/296703/296703_original.jpg
     

    It is objectively true that Zelensky is a post-Judaic apostate who hates authentic Palestinian Jews.
    ___

    Is your goal to split hairs? You believe that anti-Semite Zelensky is only a neo-Nazi, not a full Nazi?

    Beyond his open and obvious hatred of Judaism and personal distance from that religion, I am not attached to specific labelling. I would be willing to concede his hatred of Jews is only neo-Nazi. Regardless of the label, his consent to dig up and desecrate Jewish graves for a condo project is proof of antipathy towards Judaism.

    The key point is that the Ukrainian side, under Zelensky's regime, is wholly non-Judaic in form and function. There may be some people with last names normally associated with ethnic lineage. However, there is nothing from Kiev's rule that ties to the practice of Judaism.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. Hack

    I agree it is a complex situation. Don’t hurt yourself by working to better understand it.

    I suspect many of the Jewish leaders of this mess in Ukraine are more observant than you believe. Most likely they pick and chose aspects of their religion in an ad hoc manner as is very common in the secularized world. They may not fit your definitions of religious conformance and you may not fit theirs. I suspect the forcible secularization of the USSR combined with apparent loop-holes for Judaism led to all manner of craziness.

    • LOL: A123
    • Replies: @A123
    @QCIC

    You really need to stop having histrionic mental blowouts over the situation. It is quite intricate.

    I suspect that the anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi leaders have nothing to do with the practice of Judaism. This is much more coherent than your hysterical and irrational beliefs centered on "anti-Semitic Jew Nazis", which seems highly unlikely to exist in any significant quantity.

    This brings us back to the point I have made multiple times, which you still have not been able to refute. Realistically, neither side is particularly Jewish. However, if you insist on such labels, Russia is vastly more Judaic that the Nazi Kiev regime.

    Going forward, would you please try to be a bit less shrill & emotional?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC

  117. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    What’s wrong with it?

    Nothing wrong with it.

    I just highly doubt God decided in the 7th century that he prefers geometric art to drawings of his creations.

    Replies: @QCIC

    God works in mysterious ways or so they say!

  118. @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    there seems to be a worldwide network of elite criminals with similarly irrelevant Jewish heritage
     
    I can name criminals of various nationalities that all deserve to be hanged publicly. Just a few that immediately come to mind: Bush Jr, Cheney, Blair, Obama, Biden, Killary, etc. I refuse to hold all Americans or Brits responsible for the crimes of these individuals.

    Every nationality has its scum. In my book, this scum should be punished as individuals, not the whole nations they come from. After all, you wouldn’t want to imprison the whole nation because some of its representatives are murderers.

    Replies: @LT1488, @QCIC

    I agree. The problem with large scale warfare is that many innocent people are effectively held accountable for the crimes and mistakes of their leaders.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    The problem with large scale warfare is that many innocent people are effectively held accountable for the crimes and mistakes of their leaders.
     
    True enough. The wars are as close to collective punishment as we get. The worst thing is, a lot of innocent or not particularly guilty people suffer, whereas the instigators, who are the worst criminals, often escape scot-free.

    I only hope that if their puppet masters do not exterminate Kiev clown and his gang after they run away from the ship they sunk, Russian operatives will deliver justice. After all, there is precedent: Soviet operative killed Bandera (may he rot in Hell).

    Replies: @Beckow

  119. @LT1488
    @AnonfromTN

    With jews, scum and villainy seems to be inherent and genetic however. Every nationality does have its scum and the rest shouldn't be judged for it, however jews are a nationality largely comprised of scum.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Adept

    You should hang out with better Jews.

    In the Old Testament Solomon gets one free gift from the Great Big Model Railroader up in the Sky and he decides right quick what he would like is discernment. It’s up to you.

  120. @A123
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Anti-Semite Zelensky is a neo-Nazi post-Judaic apostate. Does this look Jewish to you?

     
    https://i0.wp.com/gdb.rferl.org/8EF4874F-A14F-48C8-9331-55B8D2CAF561_w640_s.jpg
     

    Zelensky went to Israel to intentionally offend Palestinian Jews. This was most noted by Likud and the religious parties. They called out anti-Semite Zelensky for his evil (1).

    Realistically, neither side is particularly Jewish. However, if you insist on such labels, Russia is vastly more Judaic that the Nazi Kiev regime.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-lawmakers-tear-into-zelensky-for-holocaust-comparisons-in-knesset-speech/

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. Hack, @John Johnson, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Funny thing is that Anglin and the other anti-Jewish Putin defenders never mention that the dwarf has a Jewish propagandist who dresses like a villain from a James Bond movie:

    A picture of the two where Putin isn’t wearing his shoe lifts:
    Putin no longer allows himself to be photographed at his natural height.

    There is actually no reason to believe that Ukraine has more Neo-Nazis than Russia.

    Russia has more Neo-Nazi groups than Ukraine:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_neo-Nazi_organizations

    There are Neo-Nazis fighting within the Russian military:
    https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-neo-nazis-fighting-ukraine/31871760.html

    A Slav anywhere larping as a Nazi is a loser. Hitler hated them all and planned on starving most Slavs to death.

  121. @QCIC
    @AnonfromTN

    I agree. The problem with large scale warfare is that many innocent people are effectively held accountable for the crimes and mistakes of their leaders.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    The problem with large scale warfare is that many innocent people are effectively held accountable for the crimes and mistakes of their leaders.

    True enough. The wars are as close to collective punishment as we get. The worst thing is, a lot of innocent or not particularly guilty people suffer, whereas the instigators, who are the worst criminals, often escape scot-free.

    I only hope that if their puppet masters do not exterminate Kiev clown and his gang after they run away from the ship they sunk, Russian operatives will deliver justice. After all, there is precedent: Soviet operative killed Bandera (may he rot in Hell).

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...a lot of innocent or not particularly guilty people suffer, whereas the instigators, who are the worst criminals, often escape scot-free.
     
    True. But my contrarian self says that people are responsible for what happens to them - they didn't think it through.

    It takes two sides for a lie or a myth to exist. When outsiders come and tell you that "Bandera is the father of your nation", your relatives in Russia are Asiatic bastards living in 'zemlaynkas', Brussels can't wait to shower money on you, that the neo-cons in Washington think about your well-being all day and the Ukie oligarchs with their hired actors in Kiev are your saviors...well, aren't the people who believe it also responsible? One can't be that stupid and go on without consequences.

    There is a lot of guilt all around. But I wouldn't exempt the now suffering hoi polloi who jumped up and down on Maidan yelling "kill Moskali!!!" - or stood by grinning as others did it. And the instigators always know when to leave.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  122. In 1923, The London Morning Post, commenting on a speech the future King Edward made, said this:

    If the United States abolished its diplomatic and consular services, kept its ships in harbors and its tourists at home, and retired from the world’s markets, its citizens, its problems, its towns and countrysides, its roads, motor cars, counting houses and saloons would still be familiar in the utmost corners of the world.
    The film is to America what the flag was once to Britain. By its means, Uncle Sam may hope some day, if he be not checked in time, to Americanize this world.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @songbird

    At the start of WWI, European films comprised about 60% of the American market, by 1920, this number had essentially fallen to zero.

    (You Are What You Watch)

    , @S
    @songbird


    The film is to America what the flag was once to Britain. By its means, Uncle Sam may hope some day, if he be not checked in time, to Americanize this world.
     
    That's a prescient and insightful comment made in 1923 by the future King Edward.

    However, in regards to the US/UK, it's always good to remind one's self now and again that due to the 'special relationship' formed circa 1900, the US and UK since that time have effectively been back together about the same number of years now as (due to the revolution) they had been officially and formally apart (ie 1776-1900), that they sometimes play good cop/bad cop towards the world, and that one cannot always be certain where the current real center of power of the US/UK geo-political ship is, ie is it New York, or, is it London?

    Replies: @songbird

  123. @John Johnson
    @Beckow


    …Hispanics in Arizona would shut down the border if it were up to them.
     
    Probably, but is anything up to them? They are the working poor (mostly) and by the ancient Western standard they have to “earn” the right to have an opinion. If they have a wrong one it is ignored.

    The majority of Whites and Hispanics are ignored by both parties. I'm just pointing out an irony.

    At the end these ethnic distinctions will be irrelevant. The only thing that will matter is the reality on the ground – it is almost irreversible that most of the US Southwest will revert to its “pre-colonist” past with all the consequences.

    I don't know what you mean by that. New Mexico already has majority Hispanic rule. They didn't adopt some racial left-wing ideology. American born Hispanics are actually pretty moderate. They are both majority Democrat and Catholic. In fact they clash with pro-abortion White liberals but that is kept out of the MSM. White liberals in cities like LA are much more anti-gun than Hispanics. Liberals ignore the will of Democrat Hispanics.

    the great achievement of the Western Euros will be to make it possible for the assorted Third World natives to massively multiply and flood the earth. Just as they were told in the good book

    No it will be more like Brazil 2 but the Whites won't be as mixed. Enclaves of Whites with a Hispanic majority. It will however be amusing to watch liberal Whites explain why Whites can't be a minority or act collectively.

    Is that all the greatest civilization that ever was will leave behind? A few billion short, swarthy, fat, diabetic, sub-85 IQ losers? How do you run the world with people like that?

    If Putin had grown up around Guatemalans he'd probably have some confidence.

    Have a look at NYC demographics and especially the schools. It's already White minority and the stock market keeps ticking. NYC research firms continue their work. Not the end of the world. Whites work office jobs in Manhattan and then go home to the burbs in NJ. Is what it is.

    Both parties were never serious about the border. Republicans for years looked the other way for the sake of big AG. They are currently better than the Democrats but there was a long period where neither side wanted to do anything.

    Not my decision and my kids won't have to worry about it.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …Not my decision and my kids won’t have to worry about it.

    Maybe they will worry about nothing but that…You have moved into escapism and ‘just live with it‘ attitude. The stuff about the “market is still up” – you should know that anything reflecting real values in times of money devaluation is always up. It is on the level of eating a steak and listening to the orchestra on the Titanic. Sure, there will be a boat for you, but the lifestyle is gone.

    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative – it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil, I have been there, not a place I would recommend in the long run. You got cornered, so you try to make the best out of it – and sure, they are good people. But what you had, what created a rather attractive society and economy for a few generations is disappearing. Same in Europe with different players.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you, that’s the way it works. And white libs will die out.

    The obsession that the struggling Euro-Atlantic countries have with attacking Russia instead of fixing their own internal problems is very odd. What do you care how tall is Putin? Or what language is taught in “Lugansk”? It is pathological – the willful escape into belated imperium expansion instead of making the lives at home better.

    What is worse is that from the start this was a bridge too far. The only scenario where the irrational Western attack on Russia through Ukraine – that’s what this is – could succeed is a complete military defeat of Russia. That is simply not possible, get it through your thick head – it is also not possible to completely defeat US or China. So why do a fool’s errand destined to fail? You can hide in your burbs, but the reality is that the last 10 years have been a complete screw-up. It looks like it can’t be corrected at this point. Maybe go for the nukes? Would the Hispanics in New Mexico approve?

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing.
     
    Yes, that’s a real danger that both the US and Europe face. However, the elites appear to be dead set on a suicidal course. With massive election fraud normal people cannot influence anything.

    And white libs will die out.
     
    That would be the only good consequence of the ongoing process. If there is god, may they all rot in Hell.
    , @John Johnson
    @Beckow


    …Not my decision and my kids won’t have to worry about it.
     
    Maybe they will worry about nothing but that…You have moved into escapism and ‘just live with it‘ attitude.

    Escapism? I'm not going anywhere. It's called strategizing.

    Do tell how an individual can change the situation at this point.

    I'm also not a White nationalist and having Hispanic neighbors doesn't bother me. White liberals bother me far more than Hispanics. I've lived with White liberals and I will take Mexicans any day of the week. White liberals are not only soul sucking but their constant reality denial is incredibly tiring. You have to constantly watch what you say less they deem you as a Bad White that interrupts their gender/racial fantasies. It's very burdensome if you are the type that enjoys a variety of viewpoints. They really are like Stepford wives but with hybrids and organic grocery stores.

    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative – it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil, I have been there, not a place I would recommend in the long run.

    Brazil 2 is not my preference but I will be fine. I can always move to Canada or Ukraine, even Hungary. I have connections all over Europe.

    I live well and so will my children. They won't be at the mercy of the system. I prioritize my family over country.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you, that’s the way it works. And white libs will die out.

    White libs are certainly dying out. Hardcore liberalism is most likely an unfortunate gene combination that is ultimately dysgenic.

    As for absorption I think you are imagining Sao Paulo more than the current reality. I already pointed out how NYC is mostly non-White and they still generate more research than Eastern Europe. One small corner of NYC has more tech development than all of Russia. Russia's software market is actually smaller than Denmark. Thus this is more complicated than Whites being absorbed by Mestizos.

    I knew this was coming years ago. When I was in the South it was clear that most Whites were unable to handle reality. Texas Republicans looked the other way on the border for years. Most Whites cannot face the reality of race. They want either Christian creationism or liberalism to be true. Take it up with them. The minority that faces reality is shunned by both sides.

    You can hide in your burbs, but the reality is that the last 10 years have been a complete screw-up.

    You seem to keep assuming I support all US policy because I support Ukraine. I really don't have your tribal brain. I view the US as compromised by reality denial but still better than a second rate Slavic empire headed by a mass murdering dwarf.

    Anti-native immigration policy was actually exacerbated by Reagan even though he is a conservative hero. The real damage to this country however was done with the 1965 immigration act and all the Democrat policies that passed with the assumption that racial inequality is merely the White man being evil and holding everyone else back. Some of those policies were signed into law by Nixon who believed in lying about race. I have both Republicans and liberals in my history that fully admit the public needs to be told lies regarding race. Thus we have two sides that believe in lying. The resulting Brazil 2.0 will be unfortunate for the world as US innovation and research will decline but I will not only live well but better than average Whites in all White countries.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Derer

    , @AP
    @Beckow


    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative – it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil
     
    Brazil does not have Hispanics. It has an almost completely different demographic profile, in most ways (very different elites, very different under underclass), than will the future USA. It’s a stupid comparison. The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas. Neither one of those is like Brazil.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you

     

    Mexican elites are smart; they may be less disciplined than American Anglo, Jewish and Asian elites but are they less disciplined than Spaniards? I suspect not. As for health - life expectancy for Hispanic Americans is higher than for Slovakia. Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages. Hispanic Americans also score better on PISA than your people do. They are probably smarter than you, too.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. XYZ, @LT1488

  124. @songbird
    In 1923, The London Morning Post, commenting on a speech the future King Edward made, said this:

    If the United States abolished its diplomatic and consular services, kept its ships in harbors and its tourists at home, and retired from the world’s markets, its citizens, its problems, its towns and countrysides, its roads, motor cars, counting houses and saloons would still be familiar in the utmost corners of the world.
    The film is to America what the flag was once to Britain. By its means, Uncle Sam may hope some day, if he be not checked in time, to Americanize this world.
     

    Replies: @songbird, @S

    At the start of WWI, European films comprised about 60% of the American market, by 1920, this number had essentially fallen to zero.

    (You Are What You Watch)

  125. @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    The problem with large scale warfare is that many innocent people are effectively held accountable for the crimes and mistakes of their leaders.
     
    True enough. The wars are as close to collective punishment as we get. The worst thing is, a lot of innocent or not particularly guilty people suffer, whereas the instigators, who are the worst criminals, often escape scot-free.

    I only hope that if their puppet masters do not exterminate Kiev clown and his gang after they run away from the ship they sunk, Russian operatives will deliver justice. After all, there is precedent: Soviet operative killed Bandera (may he rot in Hell).

    Replies: @Beckow

    …a lot of innocent or not particularly guilty people suffer, whereas the instigators, who are the worst criminals, often escape scot-free.

    True. But my contrarian self says that people are responsible for what happens to them – they didn’t think it through.

    It takes two sides for a lie or a myth to exist. When outsiders come and tell you that “Bandera is the father of your nation“, your relatives in Russia are Asiatic bastards living in ‘zemlaynkas’, Brussels can’t wait to shower money on you, that the neo-cons in Washington think about your well-being all day and the Ukie oligarchs with their hired actors in Kiev are your saviors…well, aren’t the people who believe it also responsible? One can’t be that stupid and go on without consequences.

    There is a lot of guilt all around. But I wouldn’t exempt the now suffering hoi polloi who jumped up and down on Maidan yelling “kill Moskali!!!” – or stood by grinning as others did it. And the instigators always know when to leave.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    But I wouldn’t exempt the now suffering hoi polloi who jumped up and down on Maidan yelling “kill Moskali!!!” – or stood by grinning as others did it.
     
    Yes, many Ukrainians turned out to be dumber and more gullible than the nations depicted as dumb in Soviet-era jokes. But the Maidan and subsequent coup of 2014 was done by a minority. The majority expected to sit tight and survive through it all. That majority is also guilty, but only of stupidity and cowardice. Yet those who expected to survive are now dying at the front lines and will keep dying till the death of the regime. The dumbest of the Maidan and coup instigators and perpetrators who believed their own lies are also dying there, but too many of them have cushy positions far away from the front and are stealing like there is no tomorrow.

    There is a lot of guilt all around.
     
    There sure is, but the punishment should be commensurate with each person’s guilt. Unfortunately, usually it is not.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  126. According to Dima of Military Summary the Russians used a tunnel unknown to the Ukrainians to getting behind Ukrainian defences in South Avdeevka and encircle the forces there, who promptly surrendered. The most heavily fortified area of the front taken by sheer ingenuity.

  127. If Elon Musk’s tunnel technology was worth a damn the Ukies could have done the exact same thing. Did you ever watch The Great Escape? It’s pretty good.

  128. @QCIC
    @A123

    I agree it is a complex situation. Don't hurt yourself by working to better understand it.

    I suspect many of the Jewish leaders of this mess in Ukraine are more observant than you believe. Most likely they pick and chose aspects of their religion in an ad hoc manner as is very common in the secularized world. They may not fit your definitions of religious conformance and you may not fit theirs. I suspect the forcible secularization of the USSR combined with apparent loop-holes for Judaism led to all manner of craziness.

    Replies: @A123

    You really need to stop having histrionic mental blowouts over the situation. It is quite intricate.

    I suspect that the anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi leaders have nothing to do with the practice of Judaism. This is much more coherent than your hysterical and irrational beliefs centered on “anti-Semitic Jew Nazis”, which seems highly unlikely to exist in any significant quantity.

    This brings us back to the point I have made multiple times, which you still have not been able to refute. Realistically, neither side is particularly Jewish. However, if you insist on such labels, Russia is vastly more Judaic that the Nazi Kiev regime.

    Going forward, would you please try to be a bit less shrill & emotional?

    PEACE 😇

    • Troll: QCIC
    • Replies: @QCIC
    @A123

    LOL. If you want shrill, try this from one of your allies:

    https://www.jta.org/2022/08/16/religion/exiled-ukrainian-oligarch-said-he-placed-jewish-death-curse-against-vladimir-putin

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  129. @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...Not my decision and my kids won’t have to worry about it.
     
    Maybe they will worry about nothing but that...You have moved into escapism and 'just live with it' attitude. The stuff about the "market is still up" - you should know that anything reflecting real values in times of money devaluation is always up. It is on the level of eating a steak and listening to the orchestra on the Titanic. Sure, there will be a boat for you, but the lifestyle is gone.

    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative - it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil, I have been there, not a place I would recommend in the long run. You got cornered, so you try to make the best out of it - and sure, they are good people. But what you had, what created a rather attractive society and economy for a few generations is disappearing. Same in Europe with different players.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you, that's the way it works. And white libs will die out.

    The obsession that the struggling Euro-Atlantic countries have with attacking Russia instead of fixing their own internal problems is very odd. What do you care how tall is Putin? Or what language is taught in "Lugansk"? It is pathological - the willful escape into belated imperium expansion instead of making the lives at home better.

    What is worse is that from the start this was a bridge too far. The only scenario where the irrational Western attack on Russia through Ukraine - that's what this is - could succeed is a complete military defeat of Russia. That is simply not possible, get it through your thick head - it is also not possible to completely defeat US or China. So why do a fool's errand destined to fail? You can hide in your burbs, but the reality is that the last 10 years have been a complete screw-up. It looks like it can't be corrected at this point. Maybe go for the nukes? Would the Hispanics in New Mexico approve?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @John Johnson, @AP

    surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing.

    Yes, that’s a real danger that both the US and Europe face. However, the elites appear to be dead set on a suicidal course. With massive election fraud normal people cannot influence anything.

    And white libs will die out.

    That would be the only good consequence of the ongoing process. If there is god, may they all rot in Hell.

  130. @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...Not my decision and my kids won’t have to worry about it.
     
    Maybe they will worry about nothing but that...You have moved into escapism and 'just live with it' attitude. The stuff about the "market is still up" - you should know that anything reflecting real values in times of money devaluation is always up. It is on the level of eating a steak and listening to the orchestra on the Titanic. Sure, there will be a boat for you, but the lifestyle is gone.

    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative - it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil, I have been there, not a place I would recommend in the long run. You got cornered, so you try to make the best out of it - and sure, they are good people. But what you had, what created a rather attractive society and economy for a few generations is disappearing. Same in Europe with different players.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you, that's the way it works. And white libs will die out.

    The obsession that the struggling Euro-Atlantic countries have with attacking Russia instead of fixing their own internal problems is very odd. What do you care how tall is Putin? Or what language is taught in "Lugansk"? It is pathological - the willful escape into belated imperium expansion instead of making the lives at home better.

    What is worse is that from the start this was a bridge too far. The only scenario where the irrational Western attack on Russia through Ukraine - that's what this is - could succeed is a complete military defeat of Russia. That is simply not possible, get it through your thick head - it is also not possible to completely defeat US or China. So why do a fool's errand destined to fail? You can hide in your burbs, but the reality is that the last 10 years have been a complete screw-up. It looks like it can't be corrected at this point. Maybe go for the nukes? Would the Hispanics in New Mexico approve?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @John Johnson, @AP

    …Not my decision and my kids won’t have to worry about it.

    Maybe they will worry about nothing but that…You have moved into escapism and ‘just live with it‘ attitude.

    Escapism? I’m not going anywhere. It’s called strategizing.

    Do tell how an individual can change the situation at this point.

    I’m also not a White nationalist and having Hispanic neighbors doesn’t bother me. White liberals bother me far more than Hispanics. I’ve lived with White liberals and I will take Mexicans any day of the week. White liberals are not only soul sucking but their constant reality denial is incredibly tiring. You have to constantly watch what you say less they deem you as a Bad White that interrupts their gender/racial fantasies. It’s very burdensome if you are the type that enjoys a variety of viewpoints. They really are like Stepford wives but with hybrids and organic grocery stores.

    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative – it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil, I have been there, not a place I would recommend in the long run.

    Brazil 2 is not my preference but I will be fine. I can always move to Canada or Ukraine, even Hungary. I have connections all over Europe.

    I live well and so will my children. They won’t be at the mercy of the system. I prioritize my family over country.

    [MORE]

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you, that’s the way it works. And white libs will die out.

    White libs are certainly dying out. Hardcore liberalism is most likely an unfortunate gene combination that is ultimately dysgenic.

    As for absorption I think you are imagining Sao Paulo more than the current reality. I already pointed out how NYC is mostly non-White and they still generate more research than Eastern Europe. One small corner of NYC has more tech development than all of Russia. Russia’s software market is actually smaller than Denmark. Thus this is more complicated than Whites being absorbed by Mestizos.

    I knew this was coming years ago. When I was in the South it was clear that most Whites were unable to handle reality. Texas Republicans looked the other way on the border for years. Most Whites cannot face the reality of race. They want either Christian creationism or liberalism to be true. Take it up with them. The minority that faces reality is shunned by both sides.

    You can hide in your burbs, but the reality is that the last 10 years have been a complete screw-up.

    You seem to keep assuming I support all US policy because I support Ukraine. I really don’t have your tribal brain. I view the US as compromised by reality denial but still better than a second rate Slavic empire headed by a mass murdering dwarf.

    Anti-native immigration policy was actually exacerbated by Reagan even though he is a conservative hero. The real damage to this country however was done with the 1965 immigration act and all the Democrat policies that passed with the assumption that racial inequality is merely the White man being evil and holding everyone else back. Some of those policies were signed into law by Nixon who believed in lying about race. I have both Republicans and liberals in my history that fully admit the public needs to be told lies regarding race. Thus we have two sides that believe in lying. The resulting Brazil 2.0 will be unfortunate for the world as US innovation and research will decline but I will not only live well but better than average Whites in all White countries.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @John Johnson

    Well, I actually agree with a lot of what you wrote...and there isn't much anyone can do at this point.

    But mistakes have consequences and one has to look into the future and anticipate. The white libs will be gone, they are the classical dead-enders and have an interest in the future nor will they be a big part of it. The resulting society will be different - and my point is that there is no escaping it; one can hide for a generation or two in preserved enclaves, but then the s..t will hit the fan...and that innovation thing, yeah, too bad, it has been great while it lasted.


    It’s called strategizing.
     
    Strategy is by definition a longer-term vision - not how one avoids unfortunate situations for a few decades. You end up living on borrowed time.

    The combination of the liberal idiocy, greedy business "Reaganites", and of billions Third Worlders looking for a new home can be lethal. Maybe not, but still, how is sponsoring the bloody war between two big Euro nations in Ukraine helping? The refrain of "kill as many Russians as possible" also means the unspoken "kill as many Ukies"....this is madness, the final collapse of the Euro self-preservation instinct. And we thought WW1 and 2 were really stupid...

    Replies: @John Johnson

    , @Derer
    @John Johnson


    a second rate Slavic empire headed by a mass murdering dwarf.
     
    For the F sake why are you poison your posts with your brainless hate.

    -A country cannot be second rate by providing space ship for "hegemon's" space operation.

    -Putin cannot and will not allow enemy military bases in Ukraine - announced red line.

    -Washington will not allow enemy military bases in Mexico or Central America.

    -Washington killed 3.5 mil civilian on foreign soils since the WWII and you are talking about defending a nuclear superpower red line "murdering dwarf" - murdering dwarf is in Kiev.

    -After 75 years of Bolshevik yoke, Russia's path of improving their standard of living is constantly facing obstacles deliberately created by the "Empire of sanctions" as evidenced by the 90's looting or present sanctions and outright assets theft - actions paving confrontational future for decades.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @John Johnson

  131. @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...a lot of innocent or not particularly guilty people suffer, whereas the instigators, who are the worst criminals, often escape scot-free.
     
    True. But my contrarian self says that people are responsible for what happens to them - they didn't think it through.

    It takes two sides for a lie or a myth to exist. When outsiders come and tell you that "Bandera is the father of your nation", your relatives in Russia are Asiatic bastards living in 'zemlaynkas', Brussels can't wait to shower money on you, that the neo-cons in Washington think about your well-being all day and the Ukie oligarchs with their hired actors in Kiev are your saviors...well, aren't the people who believe it also responsible? One can't be that stupid and go on without consequences.

    There is a lot of guilt all around. But I wouldn't exempt the now suffering hoi polloi who jumped up and down on Maidan yelling "kill Moskali!!!" - or stood by grinning as others did it. And the instigators always know when to leave.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    But I wouldn’t exempt the now suffering hoi polloi who jumped up and down on Maidan yelling “kill Moskali!!!” – or stood by grinning as others did it.

    Yes, many Ukrainians turned out to be dumber and more gullible than the nations depicted as dumb in Soviet-era jokes. But the Maidan and subsequent coup of 2014 was done by a minority. The majority expected to sit tight and survive through it all. That majority is also guilty, but only of stupidity and cowardice. Yet those who expected to survive are now dying at the front lines and will keep dying till the death of the regime. The dumbest of the Maidan and coup instigators and perpetrators who believed their own lies are also dying there, but too many of them have cushy positions far away from the front and are stealing like there is no tomorrow.

    There is a lot of guilt all around.

    There sure is, but the punishment should be commensurate with each person’s guilt. Unfortunately, usually it is not.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    Yes, many Ukrainians turned out to be dumber and more gullible than the nations depicted as dumb in Soviet-era jokes. But the Maidan and subsequent coup of 2014 was done by a minority.

    Do explain how it was a minority coup given that Ukrainian parliament voted 328-0 to remove him and that included his own pro-Russian party.

    Can source that if you would like:

    Ukrainian Parliament votes 328-0 to impeach Yanukovych
    https://www.kyivpost.com/post/7028

    If a majority of Congress voted to impeach Biden for corruption would that be a coup by a minority?

    Are you saying the Ukrainians were stupid for not keeping a president whose corruption was so obscene that a single door on his mansion cost more than his salary as president?

    Replies: @Derer

  132. @LT1488
    @AP

    Those areas were under Galicia's sphere of influence, not direct control, lots of Vlach tribes inhabited the region
    Also note how even this still excludes most of the lands below Cherkassy save for Podolia.

    Replies: @AP

    Zaporizhia was south of Cherkassy.

    As for the coast and Crimea, taking them was a project of both Ukrainians and Russians. Just as Ukrainians helped the Russians in the East. Makes sense to just divide this area by ethnicity.

    • LOL: LT1488
  133. @Mr. XYZ
    @Derer

    Palestine!

    Replies: @Derer

    Is Palestine in Europe? You wasted my hint.

  134. @AP
    @Mikel


    The other difference between both countries is that the Israelis don’t try to insult our intelligence time and again saying that it’s not them, it’s the Palestinians who are bombing themselves. AP couldn’t help himself and found one of those fairy tales for dimwits.
     
    Here is the full description of that. Feel free to debunk it:

    https://malcontentment.com/unraveling-claims-of-ukrainian-involvement-donetsk-market-attack-points-to-russian-origination/

    [WBHG News 24] – After a shocking incident in the occupied city of Donetsk that killed 28 and wounded 30 in the market area in the Kirovs’kyi District, evidence that has emerged surrounding the attack raises doubts about Russia’s claim of Ukrainian involvement. Russian state media, along with the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Denis Pushilin, alleged that Ukraine was responsible for shelling the area using 152 mm and 155 mm artillery, leaving 18 of the wounded hospitalized.

    A thorough analysis by our international analyst team casts doubt on the accusations, revealing a complex web of evidence that challenges the narrative quickly created by Russian authorities. Our team reviewed dozens of publicly available videos and images shared by Russian channels, state media, and propagandists and conducted an audio analysis of the attack itself while it was still in progress. Although a conclusive war crime assessment requires an on-site investigation, the publicly available information suggests that Ukraine was likely not responsible for the attack.

    Two things that hampered the investigation was an apparent effort by Russian state media and propagandists not to share images of impact craters, which is crucial for splash analysis. Despite these efforts, our team successfully geolocated hits at four locations and identified three impact craters, including one that provided information on the direction of the attack. Another critical revelation was the absence of key details from Russian officials, such as pictures of an official investigation or recovered shrapnel. This is highly unusual compared to other incidents, and the attack scene was hastily cleaned up before any apparent detailed investigation was made. Additionally, the nature of the craters photographed appear to be 82 or 120-millimeter mortars and don’t align with the artillery rounds mentioned by occupation governor Pushilin.




    [WBHG News 24] – After a shocking incident in the occupied city of Donetsk that killed 28 and wounded 30 in the market area in the Kirovs’kyi District, evidence that has emerged surrounding the attack raises doubts about Russia’s claim of Ukrainian involvement. Russian state media, along with the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Denis Pushilin, alleged that Ukraine was responsible for shelling the area using 152 mm and 155 mm artillery, leaving 18 of the wounded hospitalized.

    A thorough analysis by our international analyst team casts doubt on the accusations, revealing a complex web of evidence that challenges the narrative quickly created by Russian authorities. Our team reviewed dozens of publicly available videos and images shared by Russian channels, state media, and propagandists and conducted an audio analysis of the attack itself while it was still in progress. Although a conclusive war crime assessment requires an on-site investigation, the publicly available information suggests that Ukraine was likely not responsible for the attack.

    Two things that hampered the investigation was an apparent effort by Russian state media and propagandists not to share images of impact craters, which is crucial for splash analysis. Despite these efforts, our team successfully geolocated hits at four locations and identified three impact craters, including one that provided information on the direction of the attack. Another critical revelation was the absence of key details from Russian officials, such as pictures of an official investigation or recovered shrapnel. This is highly unusual compared to other incidents, and the attack scene was hastily cleaned up before any apparent detailed investigation was made. Additionally, the nature of the craters photographed appear to be 82 or 120-millimeter mortars and don’t align with the artillery rounds mentioned by occupation governor Pushilin.


    A Russian provided image of an impact crater from the January 21, 2024 attack on a Donetsk market by War In My Eyes shows damage and splash pattern consistent with a mortar round.
    The impact crater at the base of a tree on Lyashenka Street near the bus stop indicates the shells were fired from the west-southwest, making it highly improbable that Ukrainian artillery was involved. The closest Ukrainian-controlled area in that direction is Pobieda, 17 kilometers away and only 2.5 kilometers from the line of conflict. The closest safe area for artillery to operate is another 7.9 kilometers west, near the village of Illinka.



    [WBHG News 24] – After a shocking incident in the occupied city of Donetsk that killed 28 and wounded 30 in the market area in the Kirovs’kyi District, evidence that has emerged surrounding the attack raises doubts about Russia’s claim of Ukrainian involvement. Russian state media, along with the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Denis Pushilin, alleged that Ukraine was responsible for shelling the area using 152 mm and 155 mm artillery, leaving 18 of the wounded hospitalized.

    A thorough analysis by our international analyst team casts doubt on the accusations, revealing a complex web of evidence that challenges the narrative quickly created by Russian authorities. Our team reviewed dozens of publicly available videos and images shared by Russian channels, state media, and propagandists and conducted an audio analysis of the attack itself while it was still in progress. Although a conclusive war crime assessment requires an on-site investigation, the publicly available information suggests that Ukraine was likely not responsible for the attack.

    Two things that hampered the investigation was an apparent effort by Russian state media and propagandists not to share images of impact craters, which is crucial for splash analysis. Despite these efforts, our team successfully geolocated hits at four locations and identified three impact craters, including one that provided information on the direction of the attack. Another critical revelation was the absence of key details from Russian officials, such as pictures of an official investigation or recovered shrapnel. This is highly unusual compared to other incidents, and the attack scene was hastily cleaned up before any apparent detailed investigation was made. Additionally, the nature of the craters photographed appear to be 82 or 120-millimeter mortars and don’t align with the artillery rounds mentioned by occupation governor Pushilin.


    A Russian provided image of an impact crater from the January 21, 2024 attack on a Donetsk market by War In My Eyes shows damage and splash pattern consistent with a mortar round.
    The impact crater at the base of a tree on Lyashenka Street near the bus stop indicates the shells were fired from the west-southwest, making it highly improbable that Ukrainian artillery was involved. The closest Ukrainian-controlled area in that direction is Pobieda, 17 kilometers away and only 2.5 kilometers from the line of conflict. The closest safe area for artillery to operate is another 7.9 kilometers west, near the village of Illinka.

    Still image taken from a video provided by the so-called Donetsk People's Republic showing an impact crater on Lyashenka Street indicating that a non-fragmentation round on a high arc trajectory was used, fired west-southwest of the market.

    If Ukraine were responsible, the closest safe firing location would be 24.9 kilometers away, and even in Pobieda, the Russian D-20 152-millimeter howitzer would be at its absolute maximum range. At 24.9 kilometers, the M-777 or NATO standard self-propelled artillery pieces would be at or just beyond their standard range. Because Russian officials did not share any images of shrapnel, we have no way to authenticate the munition used.


    [WBHG News 24] – After a shocking incident in the occupied city of Donetsk that killed 28 and wounded 30 in the market area in the Kirovs’kyi District, evidence that has emerged surrounding the attack raises doubts about Russia’s claim of Ukrainian involvement. Russian state media, along with the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Denis Pushilin, alleged that Ukraine was responsible for shelling the area using 152 mm and 155 mm artillery, leaving 18 of the wounded hospitalized.

    A thorough analysis by our international analyst team casts doubt on the accusations, revealing a complex web of evidence that challenges the narrative quickly created by Russian authorities. Our team reviewed dozens of publicly available videos and images shared by Russian channels, state media, and propagandists and conducted an audio analysis of the attack itself while it was still in progress. Although a conclusive war crime assessment requires an on-site investigation, the publicly available information suggests that Ukraine was likely not responsible for the attack.

    Two things that hampered the investigation was an apparent effort by Russian state media and propagandists not to share images of impact craters, which is crucial for splash analysis. Despite these efforts, our team successfully geolocated hits at four locations and identified three impact craters, including one that provided information on the direction of the attack. Another critical revelation was the absence of key details from Russian officials, such as pictures of an official investigation or recovered shrapnel. This is highly unusual compared to other incidents, and the attack scene was hastily cleaned up before any apparent detailed investigation was made. Additionally, the nature of the craters photographed appear to be 82 or 120-millimeter mortars and don’t align with the artillery rounds mentioned by occupation governor Pushilin.


    A Russian provided image of an impact crater from the January 21, 2024 attack on a Donetsk market by War In My Eyes shows damage and splash pattern consistent with a mortar round.
    The impact crater at the base of a tree on Lyashenka Street near the bus stop indicates the shells were fired from the west-southwest, making it highly improbable that Ukrainian artillery was involved. The closest Ukrainian-controlled area in that direction is Pobieda, 17 kilometers away and only 2.5 kilometers from the line of conflict. The closest safe area for artillery to operate is another 7.9 kilometers west, near the village of Illinka.

    Still image taken from a video provided by the so-called Donetsk People's Republic showing an impact crater on Lyashenka Street indicating that a non-fragmentation round on a high arc trajectory was used, fired west-southwest of the market.
    If Ukraine were responsible, the closest safe firing location would be 24.9 kilometers away, and even in Pobieda, the Russian D-20 152-millimeter howitzer would be at its absolute maximum range. At 24.9 kilometers, the M-777 or NATO standard self-propelled artillery pieces would be at or just beyond their standard range. Because Russian officials did not share any images of shrapnel, we have no way to authenticate the munition used.

    Along with the impact crater at the base of the tree on Lyashenka Street, a video recorded during the attack provided critical information on the potential distance from the area attacked and the firing point. The Russian video shared on the popular Telegram channel Typical Donetsk captured the sound of outgoing rounds that impacted 2.5 and 4.25 seconds later. If the rounds were fired from M-777 artillery with a muzzle velocity of 870 meters per second, the maximum linear distance the round could travel is 3,700 meters, deep within the city of Donetsk itself. Factoring for the arc an artillery shell travels and the minimum possible range of the M-777, the distance drops to 2,300 meters. That’s an impossibly short distance for the rounds to have been fired by Ukraine.

    https://malcontentment.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/google-maps-russian-attack-donetsk-analysis-war-crime-false-flag-war-1024x576.jpg

    The timing of the attack is also suspect, occurring while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was en route to a UN Security Council meeting, and the U.S. Congress remains poised to discuss continued military support for Ukraine.

    The available evidence suggests that the origin of the attack was in a forested area between the Kirovs’kyi and Petrovs’kyi Districts, approximately 2,000 to 3,000 meters west of the market area. Immediate claims that any combatant committed a war crime should receive a thorough investigation before news agencies directly quote national officials and report the claims as pure fact. The intricacies of this investigation underscore the importance of a thorough and unbiased examination of available evidence by subject matter experts.

    Replies: @Mikel

    Feel free to debunk it:

    Sure, I will do. But right now I need to finish debunking those stories about the Lugansk Square massacre being caused by exploding air conditioners, the MH-17 being downed by Ukrainian jets, Navalny being imprisoned because he was selling counterfeit Armani clothes, Lira dying of lack of exercise,… so many stories to debunk in that part of the world…

    I’ll let you know when I have the time to get to yours and we’ll have a weeks long debate. Only you have to promise to control yourself and avoid copy/pasting the same text several times, like you’ve done here.

    • Replies: @AP
    @Mikel


    Feel free to debunk it:

    Sure, I will do. But right now I need to finish debunking those stories about the Lugansk Square massacre being caused by exploding air conditioners, the MH-17 being downed by Ukrainian jets, Navalny being imprisoned because he was selling counterfeit Armani clothes, Lira dying of lack of exercise
     
    I wasn't claiming any of those things, nor does what I posted fit in with them. I am agnostic about the Donetsk market (probably some local Ukrainian commander did it, but maybe not) and am genuinely curious about your response to what I posted, which seems reasonable.
  135. @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...Not my decision and my kids won’t have to worry about it.
     
    Maybe they will worry about nothing but that...You have moved into escapism and 'just live with it' attitude. The stuff about the "market is still up" - you should know that anything reflecting real values in times of money devaluation is always up. It is on the level of eating a steak and listening to the orchestra on the Titanic. Sure, there will be a boat for you, but the lifestyle is gone.

    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative - it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil, I have been there, not a place I would recommend in the long run. You got cornered, so you try to make the best out of it - and sure, they are good people. But what you had, what created a rather attractive society and economy for a few generations is disappearing. Same in Europe with different players.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you, that's the way it works. And white libs will die out.

    The obsession that the struggling Euro-Atlantic countries have with attacking Russia instead of fixing their own internal problems is very odd. What do you care how tall is Putin? Or what language is taught in "Lugansk"? It is pathological - the willful escape into belated imperium expansion instead of making the lives at home better.

    What is worse is that from the start this was a bridge too far. The only scenario where the irrational Western attack on Russia through Ukraine - that's what this is - could succeed is a complete military defeat of Russia. That is simply not possible, get it through your thick head - it is also not possible to completely defeat US or China. So why do a fool's errand destined to fail? You can hide in your burbs, but the reality is that the last 10 years have been a complete screw-up. It looks like it can't be corrected at this point. Maybe go for the nukes? Would the Hispanics in New Mexico approve?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @John Johnson, @AP

    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative – it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil

    Brazil does not have Hispanics. It has an almost completely different demographic profile, in most ways (very different elites, very different under underclass), than will the future USA. It’s a stupid comparison. The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas. Neither one of those is like Brazil.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you

    Mexican elites are smart; they may be less disciplined than American Anglo, Jewish and Asian elites but are they less disciplined than Spaniards? I suspect not. As for health – life expectancy for Hispanic Americans is higher than for Slovakia. Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages. Hispanic Americans also score better on PISA than your people do. They are probably smarter than you, too.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AP


    ...Brazil does not have Hispanics.
     
    ???? Portuguese are Hispanic, their language, culture, genetics...don't go nuts on us again :)

    The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas.
     
    More like a combination of Guatemala and Saskatchewan, with a touch of Bangalore and Gambia. You can call it Dominican Republic 2.0...But keep on hoping, what else you got?

    Mexican elites are smart
     
    They are absolutely brilliant. How else could they have a country that prosperous, advanced and safe, with some of the highest quality people in the world?

    Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages.
     
    The advantage would be the heavy part...they are also very squat keeping them close to the ground. I have no idea what the Pissa-ing contest is that you constantly allude to, but my people can piss with the best of them. You are just envious...

    Let's see: the Hispanic swarthy cholitas vs. our ladies, is that even a contest? But I won't argue with your taste, after all you worship the Habsburgs, so there is something obviously missing...

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. XYZ

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    Brazil does not have Hispanics.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispania

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/46/Conquista_Hispania.svg/1280px-Conquista_Hispania.svg.png

    Now, you were saying? ;)

    Replies: @AP, @QCIC

    , @LT1488
    @AP

    You seem to love hispanics more than your own slavic cousins (slovaks). Interesting

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  136. @Mikel
    @AP


    Feel free to debunk it:
     
    Sure, I will do. But right now I need to finish debunking those stories about the Lugansk Square massacre being caused by exploding air conditioners, the MH-17 being downed by Ukrainian jets, Navalny being imprisoned because he was selling counterfeit Armani clothes, Lira dying of lack of exercise,... so many stories to debunk in that part of the world...

    I'll let you know when I have the time to get to yours and we'll have a weeks long debate. Only you have to promise to control yourself and avoid copy/pasting the same text several times, like you've done here.

    Replies: @AP

    Feel free to debunk it:

    Sure, I will do. But right now I need to finish debunking those stories about the Lugansk Square massacre being caused by exploding air conditioners, the MH-17 being downed by Ukrainian jets, Navalny being imprisoned because he was selling counterfeit Armani clothes, Lira dying of lack of exercise

    I wasn’t claiming any of those things, nor does what I posted fit in with them. I am agnostic about the Donetsk market (probably some local Ukrainian commander did it, but maybe not) and am genuinely curious about your response to what I posted, which seems reasonable.

  137. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    But I wouldn’t exempt the now suffering hoi polloi who jumped up and down on Maidan yelling “kill Moskali!!!” – or stood by grinning as others did it.
     
    Yes, many Ukrainians turned out to be dumber and more gullible than the nations depicted as dumb in Soviet-era jokes. But the Maidan and subsequent coup of 2014 was done by a minority. The majority expected to sit tight and survive through it all. That majority is also guilty, but only of stupidity and cowardice. Yet those who expected to survive are now dying at the front lines and will keep dying till the death of the regime. The dumbest of the Maidan and coup instigators and perpetrators who believed their own lies are also dying there, but too many of them have cushy positions far away from the front and are stealing like there is no tomorrow.

    There is a lot of guilt all around.
     
    There sure is, but the punishment should be commensurate with each person’s guilt. Unfortunately, usually it is not.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Yes, many Ukrainians turned out to be dumber and more gullible than the nations depicted as dumb in Soviet-era jokes. But the Maidan and subsequent coup of 2014 was done by a minority.

    Do explain how it was a minority coup given that Ukrainian parliament voted 328-0 to remove him and that included his own pro-Russian party.

    Can source that if you would like:

    Ukrainian Parliament votes 328-0 to impeach Yanukovych
    https://www.kyivpost.com/post/7028

    If a majority of Congress voted to impeach Biden for corruption would that be a coup by a minority?

    Are you saying the Ukrainians were stupid for not keeping a president whose corruption was so obscene that a single door on his mansion cost more than his salary as president?

    • Replies: @Derer
    @John Johnson

    YANUKOVICH ELECTION: 3149 OBSERVERS AND OECD DECLARED IT TRANSPARENT AND HONEST!

    The problem was his veto on placing Pentagon's (enemy) military base on Crimea.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @AP

  138. @Mr. Hack
    @Another Polish Perspective

    Why pose such a ridiculous question to me, when anybody with eyes can see how Ukrainians react to the evil deeds of a real life devil like Putler? How would you and the great majority of Poles react if Putler's Russia were to invade and cross Poland's borders and kill and savage everything in sight?

    Replies: @Another Polish Perspective, @Derer

    How would you and the great majority of Poles react if Putin’s Russia were to invade

    People do not give serious answer to wild hallucination, especially when “the great majority of Poles” is not preoccupied with it. Gossips start from hallucination or dream.

  139. This guy was the Flash in the DC Universe:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Miller

    Thought his voice sounded kind of strange.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @songbird

    His voice sounding strange means what?

    Whatever his problems, having a section in your wiki page titled "Vermont farm incidents" should count for something :)

    Replies: @songbird

  140. @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    Yes, many Ukrainians turned out to be dumber and more gullible than the nations depicted as dumb in Soviet-era jokes. But the Maidan and subsequent coup of 2014 was done by a minority.

    Do explain how it was a minority coup given that Ukrainian parliament voted 328-0 to remove him and that included his own pro-Russian party.

    Can source that if you would like:

    Ukrainian Parliament votes 328-0 to impeach Yanukovych
    https://www.kyivpost.com/post/7028

    If a majority of Congress voted to impeach Biden for corruption would that be a coup by a minority?

    Are you saying the Ukrainians were stupid for not keeping a president whose corruption was so obscene that a single door on his mansion cost more than his salary as president?

    Replies: @Derer

    YANUKOVICH ELECTION: 3149 OBSERVERS AND OECD DECLARED IT TRANSPARENT AND HONEST!

    The problem was his veto on placing Pentagon’s (enemy) military base on Crimea.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Derer

    Yanuk, even though he was elected by the majority, was corrupt. Of course, he was no more corrupt than Ukrainian presidents that preceded him (Kravchuk, Kuchma, Yuschenko), and a lot less corrupt than the two that followed (Poroshenko and Zelensky), but he was a thief by nature. His saving grace is that he was only a thief, whereas both Poroshenko and the clown are thieves and murderers at the same time.

    , @AP
    @Derer

    The problem was his overthrowing the parliament and taking over the courts, then rigging the system in order to hold onto power as his popularity sank. Had Yanukovich not done these things he would never have been overthrown.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  141. @A123
    @QCIC

    You really need to stop having histrionic mental blowouts over the situation. It is quite intricate.

    I suspect that the anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi leaders have nothing to do with the practice of Judaism. This is much more coherent than your hysterical and irrational beliefs centered on "anti-Semitic Jew Nazis", which seems highly unlikely to exist in any significant quantity.

    This brings us back to the point I have made multiple times, which you still have not been able to refute. Realistically, neither side is particularly Jewish. However, if you insist on such labels, Russia is vastly more Judaic that the Nazi Kiev regime.

    Going forward, would you please try to be a bit less shrill & emotional?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @QCIC

    My favorite curse story is in Tracy Twyman's Clock Shavings where she and her husband (who were in a Satanist-Dragon-Baphomet something cult) put a curse on their former business partner Boyd Rice who had screwed them out of a few hundred dollars.

    A month later Mr Twyman (that is her maiden name; I do not recall his real last name) was dead. Tracy remained in cult and within ten years she had suicided.

    She had a really high IQ if anybody is into that.

    Replies: @QCIC

  142. @Derer
    @John Johnson

    YANUKOVICH ELECTION: 3149 OBSERVERS AND OECD DECLARED IT TRANSPARENT AND HONEST!

    The problem was his veto on placing Pentagon's (enemy) military base on Crimea.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @AP

    Yanuk, even though he was elected by the majority, was corrupt. Of course, he was no more corrupt than Ukrainian presidents that preceded him (Kravchuk, Kuchma, Yuschenko), and a lot less corrupt than the two that followed (Poroshenko and Zelensky), but he was a thief by nature. His saving grace is that he was only a thief, whereas both Poroshenko and the clown are thieves and murderers at the same time.

    • Thanks: Derer
  143. @A123
    @Derer

    There are only two Palestinian religions; Judaism dates back over 3,000 years; Christianity started there ~2,000 years ago.

    There is no such thing as a Palestinian Muslim. The concept is inherently irrational. How many Islamists were in Palestine:

    -- 400 BC?
    -- 200 BC?
    -- 0 AD/BC?
    -- 200 AD?
    -- 400 AD?

    The corrects answer is ZERO. The non-Palestinian religion of Islam arrived with Muhammad the Settler Prophet ~600 AD. Non-Palestinian Muslim colonists have been a scourge to the area for ~1,400 years.

    Palestinian Jews have hundreds of nuclear weapons, and their foes do not. The "official" estimates of only 200-300 are laughably low. Despite the geography, the followers of Muhammad the Settler can do very little. Deranged aggression would almost surely result in full planetary extinction of the human race.

    Sociopath Khamenei may be unhinged enough to try for events described in the Book of Revelation. There is no sign of any other leader in the region that detached from reality.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson, @songbird, @Derer

    That 3000 year old Judaism does not play any role for today ME. Unfortunately, the Judaism attracted only 16 millions for 3000 years while constantly changing address (left Palestine) and Islam attracted billion+. Avery tribe was nomadic not only Muslims.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Derer

    Unfortunately, the Judaism attracted only 16 millions for 3000 years while constantly changing address (left Palestine) and Islam attracted billion+.

    Well Judaism isn't trying to attract anyone. It's one of the few religions that discourages conversion. It is most likely eugenic because even a marriage convert has to be approved and pass academic tests. Even after that a local rabbi can reject the marriage for any reason. So they discourage marrying the local ditz because she is good looking.

    Islam also did not attract a billion people. Most of Islam's expansion was through conquest and birth rates. It was not voluntary. Very few people join Islam because they think it sounds appealing. You are either born or forced into it.

  144. @QCIC
    @A123

    LOL. If you want shrill, try this from one of your allies:

    https://www.jta.org/2022/08/16/religion/exiled-ukrainian-oligarch-said-he-placed-jewish-death-curse-against-vladimir-putin

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    My favorite curse story is in Tracy Twyman’s Clock Shavings where she and her husband (who were in a Satanist-Dragon-Baphomet something cult) put a curse on their former business partner Boyd Rice who had screwed them out of a few hundred dollars.

    A month later Mr Twyman (that is her maiden name; I do not recall his real last name) was dead. Tracy remained in cult and within ten years she had suicided.

    She had a really high IQ if anybody is into that.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I guess that's what happens if you open a portal to hell.

  145. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @QCIC

    My favorite curse story is in Tracy Twyman's Clock Shavings where she and her husband (who were in a Satanist-Dragon-Baphomet something cult) put a curse on their former business partner Boyd Rice who had screwed them out of a few hundred dollars.

    A month later Mr Twyman (that is her maiden name; I do not recall his real last name) was dead. Tracy remained in cult and within ten years she had suicided.

    She had a really high IQ if anybody is into that.

    Replies: @QCIC

    I guess that’s what happens if you open a portal to hell.

  146. @songbird
    This guy was the Flash in the DC Universe:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Miller

    Thought his voice sounded kind of strange.

    Replies: @QCIC

    His voice sounding strange means what?

    Whatever his problems, having a section in your wiki page titled “Vermont farm incidents” should count for something 🙂

    • Replies: @songbird
    @QCIC


    His voice sounding strange means what?
     
    Can't really articulate it too well other than to say not like a hero's voice. Not steady and masculine, but more high-pitched, and almost like it keeps cracking into a lisp. At best, it sounds very wussy and emasculated, but also possibly like the voice of a crazy homo.

    It's strange to me that they cast him as a hero. But I never saw the Flash movie.

    Replies: @QCIC, @A123

  147. @Derer
    @John Johnson

    YANUKOVICH ELECTION: 3149 OBSERVERS AND OECD DECLARED IT TRANSPARENT AND HONEST!

    The problem was his veto on placing Pentagon's (enemy) military base on Crimea.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @AP

    The problem was his overthrowing the parliament and taking over the courts, then rigging the system in order to hold onto power as his popularity sank. Had Yanukovich not done these things he would never have been overthrown.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    Yanukovych and his political allies made a huge political blunder in not holding new parliamentary elections back in 2010. I know that money was a factor, but still, it would have significantly added to their legitimacy had they won them. It was also a huge failure on the part of Ukraine's courts to actually allow this not to occur and instead for Yanukovych to illegally acquire a parliamentary majority through unconstitutional party flipping. Had pro-Russian forces won the 2010 Ukrainian elections, Ukraine might be in the Eurasian Economic Union right now and for the indefinite future. Would pro-Western forces have actually been willing to pull Ukraine out of it had they subsequently won elections in Ukraine? Especially without a referendum? Demographics were trending against Eurasia in Ukraine, very true, but status quo bias can be a powerful factor.

    FWIW, I suspect that Sergei Tihipko's party might have ended up as the kingmaker had new Ukrainian parliamentary elections been held back in 2010. Would he and his party have supported Eurasia at the expense of Europe? What about if his party would have subsequently merged into the Party of Regions? Would they have then been compelled to support Eurasia or would they subsequently withdraw from the Party of Regions and support Europe instead?

  148. Chinese man joins Russian military

    Decides that winter sucks

    A 40 minute walk in the snow you guys!! SERIOUS BUSINESS!!

    What a city boy. My kids have played for 2 hours in thick snow. Pretty much running the entire time. I had to tell them to come inside.

  149. @QCIC
    @songbird

    His voice sounding strange means what?

    Whatever his problems, having a section in your wiki page titled "Vermont farm incidents" should count for something :)

    Replies: @songbird

    His voice sounding strange means what?

    Can’t really articulate it too well other than to say not like a hero’s voice. Not steady and masculine, but more high-pitched, and almost like it keeps cracking into a lisp. At best, it sounds very wussy and emasculated, but also possibly like the voice of a crazy homo.

    It’s strange to me that they cast him as a hero. But I never saw the Flash movie.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @songbird

    I have heard the name. I think he has been doing weird things for a long time.

    He is a very intentional androgynous casting choice for a hero intended to blur the lines and confuse people.

    He/she may be a female to male transgender hormone therapy person or a natural hermaphrodite.

    , @A123
    @songbird

    Flash was a humorous support character used in limited doses. Ezra Miller was known to be difficult, but very funny when he was in the right head space. Creating a stand-alone Flash movie was a mistake. Then, Ezra Miller went off the rails including assault, being arrested, etc. This turned the mistake into a fiasco.

    The Flash lost money, but was not the worst superhero mistake of the year. The Marvels cost $100M more and earned less.

    https://the-numbers.com/movies/custom-comparisons/Flash-The/Marvels-The-(2023)#tab=day_by_day_comparison

    Projects completed last year, that have yet to come out, are an on rushing avalanche of failure. Madame Web will be coming out for Valentine's Day.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yBKFHPn2F1k

    Are you excited ?!?!?!

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson, @songbird

  150. @songbird
    @QCIC


    His voice sounding strange means what?
     
    Can't really articulate it too well other than to say not like a hero's voice. Not steady and masculine, but more high-pitched, and almost like it keeps cracking into a lisp. At best, it sounds very wussy and emasculated, but also possibly like the voice of a crazy homo.

    It's strange to me that they cast him as a hero. But I never saw the Flash movie.

    Replies: @QCIC, @A123

    I have heard the name. I think he has been doing weird things for a long time.

    He is a very intentional androgynous casting choice for a hero intended to blur the lines and confuse people.

    He/she may be a female to male transgender hormone therapy person or a natural hermaphrodite.

    • Agree: songbird
  151. @songbird
    @QCIC


    His voice sounding strange means what?
     
    Can't really articulate it too well other than to say not like a hero's voice. Not steady and masculine, but more high-pitched, and almost like it keeps cracking into a lisp. At best, it sounds very wussy and emasculated, but also possibly like the voice of a crazy homo.

    It's strange to me that they cast him as a hero. But I never saw the Flash movie.

    Replies: @QCIC, @A123

    Flash was a humorous support character used in limited doses. Ezra Miller was known to be difficult, but very funny when he was in the right head space. Creating a stand-alone Flash movie was a mistake. Then, Ezra Miller went off the rails including assault, being arrested, etc. This turned the mistake into a fiasco.

    The Flash lost money, but was not the worst superhero mistake of the year. The Marvels cost $100M more and earned less.

    https://the-numbers.com/movies/custom-comparisons/Flash-The/Marvels-The-(2023)#tab=day_by_day_comparison

    Projects completed last year, that have yet to come out, are an on rushing avalanche of failure. Madame Web will be coming out for Valentine’s Day.

    Are you excited ?!?!?!

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @A123

    Who are these White guys that spend all day ranting about how Disney is doing everything wrong?

    Do they feel entitled to Marvel movies that cater to them?

    I really don't get how grown men can be so attached to comic book movies.

    Was there ever a golden age of comic book movies?

    The 90s Batman movies are corny as hell. I couldn't get through 10 minutes of the one with Jim Carrey. I'm really not getting the whine. Comic book characters aren't real. I really don't get the fascination.

    Replies: @QCIC, @A123, @songbird

    , @songbird
    @A123

    Most of the Spiderman actors seemed reasonably masculine, even though they played a nerdy character, to a certain extent. (BTW, interesting how all three played gay characters in other things, though Maguire was the only one to do it beforehand.)

    These female superhero movies are interesting because for the most part they can't seem to be explained by some of the normal explanations for superhero movies:
    1.) Capitalizing on nostalgia
    2.) Merchandizing
    3.) Sequels

    Though I suppose Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman did well.

    Replies: @A123

  152. @QCIC
    @LondonBob

    I think the biggest Western lie of the conflict in Ukraine is one of omission. The majority of the Western political and media classes feign ignorance of the prior aggressive history of the West toward Russia on crucial issues such as expansion of NATO, dropping the ABM treaty and placing missile bases in Eastern Europe. A close corollary lie is the pretense that this conflict started in 2022.

    The notion Russia is expansionist is an easy meme to sell on the Western street. It has the bonus feature that while untrue, it may become a self-fulfilling prophecy in the wake of the Western-caused SMO.

    Replies: @Sean

    The old ‘getting ready to fight the last war’ trope. There is an assumption that WW3 if it starts will start like WW2, not WW1.

  153. Baseball Doesn’t Exist does Japan

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    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I think you are lost. On the home page Sailer is just above.

    Replies: @Sean, @Emil Nikola Richard

  154. @AP
    @Beckow


    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative – it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil
     
    Brazil does not have Hispanics. It has an almost completely different demographic profile, in most ways (very different elites, very different under underclass), than will the future USA. It’s a stupid comparison. The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas. Neither one of those is like Brazil.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you

     

    Mexican elites are smart; they may be less disciplined than American Anglo, Jewish and Asian elites but are they less disciplined than Spaniards? I suspect not. As for health - life expectancy for Hispanic Americans is higher than for Slovakia. Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages. Hispanic Americans also score better on PISA than your people do. They are probably smarter than you, too.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. XYZ, @LT1488

    …Brazil does not have Hispanics.

    ???? Portuguese are Hispanic, their language, culture, genetics…don’t go nuts on us again 🙂

    The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas.

    More like a combination of Guatemala and Saskatchewan, with a touch of Bangalore and Gambia. You can call it Dominican Republic 2.0…But keep on hoping, what else you got?

    Mexican elites are smart

    They are absolutely brilliant. How else could they have a country that prosperous, advanced and safe, with some of the highest quality people in the world?

    Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages.

    The advantage would be the heavy part…they are also very squat keeping them close to the ground. I have no idea what the Pissa-ing contest is that you constantly allude to, but my people can piss with the best of them. You are just envious…

    Let’s see: the Hispanic swarthy cholitas vs. our ladies, is that even a contest? But I won’t argue with your taste, after all you worship the Habsburgs, so there is something obviously missing…

    • LOL: songbird
    • Replies: @AP
    @Beckow


    …Brazil does not have Hispanics.

    ???? Portuguese are Hispanic, their language, culture, genetics…don’t go nuts on us again
     
    They are Latinos, not not Hispanic. The corresponding term for those of Portuguese origin might be Lusitanian.

    Your ignorance shines, as usual.


    The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas.

    More like a combination of Guatemala and Saskatchewan, with a touch of Bangalore and Gambia
     

    Not enough Central Americans, nor Africans for that. And America gets higher caste Hindus (poor ones go to UK), so nothing like Bangalore.

    Mexican elites are smart

    They are absolutely brilliant. How else could they have a country that prosperous, advanced and safe
     

    They are as smart as Spaniards. But they live among a different people, and have very nice lives amongst them. Their class surroundings are prosperous and safe.

    But America will not be another Mexico either. Mexico doesn't have an Anglo legal framework, nor is it 35% or so Anglo as America will be. If Mexico had these things, it wouldn't be Mexico.

    No, future America will be a lot like modern Texas or California.

    It will be a unique entity, Anglo legal framework, Anglo-Euro-Jewish-Asian elite, castizo middle and working class* (perhaps more Mestizo as one gets poorer), and Black underclass. The occasional African or upper class Cuban/Spaniard in Miami for an exotic touch. With the American Great Power inheritance, and abundant natural resources. Not too bad.


    Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages.

    The advantage would be the heavy part
     

    As I said, they live long lives. Longer than people in Slovakia.

    I have no idea what the Pissa-ing contest is that you constantly allude to,
     
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-new-2018-pisa-school-test-scores-usa-usa/

    US Hispanics beat the Slovak Republic.


    You are just envious
     
    You are probably just bitter because you couldn't stay in the USA and had to go back. Just sour grapes.

    Let’s see: the Hispanic swarthy cholitas vs. our ladies, is that even a contest?
     
    Not my taste, besides - Ukrainian and Russian girls are even better than Slovak ones. But taste varies.

    *Not like the ones in Chile or elsewhere in South America though. The Americans ones will be people who are 1/2 Anglo, 1/4 Indian, and 1/4 Med. Like this lady:

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1b/c6/be/1bc6be58c51cc6cf4a384655455e3115.jpg

    Or this guy:

    https://www.cityoflawrence.org/sites/default/files/voices/DanielG.jpg

    Apparently the original Wonder Woman actress from the 70s, Linda Carter, was half Mexican and half Irish.

    https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/lynda-carter-young-small.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Derer

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @Beckow


    They are absolutely brilliant. How else could they have a country that prosperous, advanced and safe, with some of the highest quality people in the world?

     

    Well, Indian Brahmins are also pretty smart, especially at their full potential (no malnutrition, iodine deficiency, or parasitic disease load), but they also run a very shitty country, though one that is also developing rapidly.
  155. @A123
    @songbird

    Flash was a humorous support character used in limited doses. Ezra Miller was known to be difficult, but very funny when he was in the right head space. Creating a stand-alone Flash movie was a mistake. Then, Ezra Miller went off the rails including assault, being arrested, etc. This turned the mistake into a fiasco.

    The Flash lost money, but was not the worst superhero mistake of the year. The Marvels cost $100M more and earned less.

    https://the-numbers.com/movies/custom-comparisons/Flash-The/Marvels-The-(2023)#tab=day_by_day_comparison

    Projects completed last year, that have yet to come out, are an on rushing avalanche of failure. Madame Web will be coming out for Valentine's Day.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yBKFHPn2F1k

    Are you excited ?!?!?!

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson, @songbird

    Who are these White guys that spend all day ranting about how Disney is doing everything wrong?

    Do they feel entitled to Marvel movies that cater to them?

    I really don’t get how grown men can be so attached to comic book movies.

    Was there ever a golden age of comic book movies?

    The 90s Batman movies are corny as hell. I couldn’t get through 10 minutes of the one with Jim Carrey. I’m really not getting the whine. Comic book characters aren’t real. I really don’t get the fascination.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Some of the comic book movies have their moments.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFJ6UZ0SkYY

    , @A123
    @John Johnson


    I really don’t get how grown men can be so attached to comic book movies.
     
    Disparu's livelihood is earning money by generating views on YouTube and other social media. His presentation is obviously geared to this financial imperative. It is unsurprising that delivery is somewhat "larger than life". It is part of the shtick.

    Good comic book and sci-fi movies can deliver stories that other genres cannot. They provide the opportunity for character development.

    • Tony Stark was egotistical POS
    • Peter Parker held his dying Uncle Ben in his arms
    • Bruce Wayne's parents were gunned down

    All of these flawed humans had story arcs to become much more than they once were. And, a certain generation of boys grew up with these archetypes. Do you have any childhood heroes?

    No one complained when Samuel Jackson was cast as Nick Fury. Pigmentation was irrelevant. He delivered on the character's background. Perhaps made it even grittier and more engaging.

    The frustration is when the creators choose to be SJW Woke instead of respecting the classic source material. For The Marvels they tapped three failed modern era comic books to give the public Carol Danvers, Kamala Khan, and Monica Rambeua.

    Mocking the humiliating failure generates entertaining content. It should also guide the studios towards what customers with money will actually pay for. How is that objectionable?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson

    , @songbird
    @John Johnson

    US is the global cultural hegemon, in large part:


    The European Union has a trade deficit on audiovisual products with the United States of $8 billion to $9 billion annually, half of which is television shows. Globally, US production accounts for about half of the total audiovisual trade. Worldwide, 85 percent of television exports from one country to another come from the United States
     
    (YAWYW)

    And comic book movies are one of the leading studio vehicles, so it makes sense they receive a lot of criticism.

    I couldn’t get through 10 minutes of the one with Jim Carrey.
     
    The Schumacher films were deliberately tonally different than the Burton ones. Not sure Batman directly killed anyone.

    The idea that violent movies lead to real world violence appears to be mistaken - actually the opposite seems to be true or was true, they seem to decrease violence ever so slightly. (Though I don't think it has ever been tested with home theaters, or how people can now drink in many theaters)

    I can respect the choice to try to make lighter fare, though the movies weren't my cup of tea. That said, don't think they were woke as the current ones - probably, the effect of time.

    Personally, I'd like the era of comic book movies to be over, but I don't think it is going away.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  156. @Derer
    @A123

    That 3000 year old Judaism does not play any role for today ME. Unfortunately, the Judaism attracted only 16 millions for 3000 years while constantly changing address (left Palestine) and Islam attracted billion+. Avery tribe was nomadic not only Muslims.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Unfortunately, the Judaism attracted only 16 millions for 3000 years while constantly changing address (left Palestine) and Islam attracted billion+.

    Well Judaism isn’t trying to attract anyone. It’s one of the few religions that discourages conversion. It is most likely eugenic because even a marriage convert has to be approved and pass academic tests. Even after that a local rabbi can reject the marriage for any reason. So they discourage marrying the local ditz because she is good looking.

    Islam also did not attract a billion people. Most of Islam’s expansion was through conquest and birth rates. It was not voluntary. Very few people join Islam because they think it sounds appealing. You are either born or forced into it.

  157. @John Johnson
    @Beckow


    …Not my decision and my kids won’t have to worry about it.
     
    Maybe they will worry about nothing but that…You have moved into escapism and ‘just live with it‘ attitude.

    Escapism? I'm not going anywhere. It's called strategizing.

    Do tell how an individual can change the situation at this point.

    I'm also not a White nationalist and having Hispanic neighbors doesn't bother me. White liberals bother me far more than Hispanics. I've lived with White liberals and I will take Mexicans any day of the week. White liberals are not only soul sucking but their constant reality denial is incredibly tiring. You have to constantly watch what you say less they deem you as a Bad White that interrupts their gender/racial fantasies. It's very burdensome if you are the type that enjoys a variety of viewpoints. They really are like Stepford wives but with hybrids and organic grocery stores.

    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative – it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil, I have been there, not a place I would recommend in the long run.

    Brazil 2 is not my preference but I will be fine. I can always move to Canada or Ukraine, even Hungary. I have connections all over Europe.

    I live well and so will my children. They won't be at the mercy of the system. I prioritize my family over country.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you, that’s the way it works. And white libs will die out.

    White libs are certainly dying out. Hardcore liberalism is most likely an unfortunate gene combination that is ultimately dysgenic.

    As for absorption I think you are imagining Sao Paulo more than the current reality. I already pointed out how NYC is mostly non-White and they still generate more research than Eastern Europe. One small corner of NYC has more tech development than all of Russia. Russia's software market is actually smaller than Denmark. Thus this is more complicated than Whites being absorbed by Mestizos.

    I knew this was coming years ago. When I was in the South it was clear that most Whites were unable to handle reality. Texas Republicans looked the other way on the border for years. Most Whites cannot face the reality of race. They want either Christian creationism or liberalism to be true. Take it up with them. The minority that faces reality is shunned by both sides.

    You can hide in your burbs, but the reality is that the last 10 years have been a complete screw-up.

    You seem to keep assuming I support all US policy because I support Ukraine. I really don't have your tribal brain. I view the US as compromised by reality denial but still better than a second rate Slavic empire headed by a mass murdering dwarf.

    Anti-native immigration policy was actually exacerbated by Reagan even though he is a conservative hero. The real damage to this country however was done with the 1965 immigration act and all the Democrat policies that passed with the assumption that racial inequality is merely the White man being evil and holding everyone else back. Some of those policies were signed into law by Nixon who believed in lying about race. I have both Republicans and liberals in my history that fully admit the public needs to be told lies regarding race. Thus we have two sides that believe in lying. The resulting Brazil 2.0 will be unfortunate for the world as US innovation and research will decline but I will not only live well but better than average Whites in all White countries.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Derer

    Well, I actually agree with a lot of what you wrote…and there isn’t much anyone can do at this point.

    But mistakes have consequences and one has to look into the future and anticipate. The white libs will be gone, they are the classical dead-enders and have an interest in the future nor will they be a big part of it. The resulting society will be different – and my point is that there is no escaping it; one can hide for a generation or two in preserved enclaves, but then the s..t will hit the fan…and that innovation thing, yeah, too bad, it has been great while it lasted.

    It’s called strategizing.

    Strategy is by definition a longer-term vision – not how one avoids unfortunate situations for a few decades. You end up living on borrowed time.

    The combination of the liberal idiocy, greedy business “Reaganites”, and of billions Third Worlders looking for a new home can be lethal. Maybe not, but still, how is sponsoring the bloody war between two big Euro nations in Ukraine helping? The refrain of “kill as many Russians as possible” also means the unspoken “kill as many Ukies”….this is madness, the final collapse of the Euro self-preservation instinct. And we thought WW1 and 2 were really stupid…

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    But mistakes have consequences and one has to look into the future and anticipate. The white libs will be gone, they are the classical dead-enders and have an interest in the future nor will they be a big part of it. The resulting society will be different – and my point is that there is no escaping it

    I don't see why you are expecting such dire results and speak of the future of America as if it will be the apocalypse.

    Escaping what? The sounds like fear. I live well and if more of my neighbors are Hispanic then I will eat more Mexican food. Oh well.

    Liberal Whites are choosing to not have children and they will be replaced with Hispanics. I can accept that and move on. They chose their secular Wakanda religion that says all people can be replaced with anyone and the results will be the same. History will prove that they are morons and I will eat steak tacos.

    I really don't understand the escape part. Maybe you watch too many movies and assume Hispanic gangs are everywhere? In Texas it is the norm for Whites to own small businesses with Hispanic workers. Everyone just kind of shrugs at it. You call some service, talk to the White owner and then he shows up with Hispanic workers. So what? Everyone gets along.

    It's Black areas that have a lot of problems. You can't even order certain types of services in Black areas. In fact a man delivering wood in Ft Worth was just beaten to death by a naked man of unknown race. It made national news but they of course kept out of a picture of the assailant so it's just a mystery to everyone as to which race it was. Could have been anyone high on PCP and beating a White man to death. Probably an Eskimo is my guess.

    Strategy is by definition a longer-term vision – not how one avoids unfortunate situations for a few decades. You end up living on borrowed time.

    Borrowed time against what? California? Mexico? What is the worst case scenario? I'd rather live in Mexico than with White liberals. You seem to want me to feel anxious about my situation. It's really amusing. I'm not a fascist and I can adapt. In fact I will laugh as the left tries to explain how Whites can't be a minority and how Wakanda didn't happen with a non-White majority. We already knew it wouldn't after watching California. Kind of a duh. Oh well, I don't control Whites and it was clear to me in college that the intelligent ones are actually more likely to seek out race denial based theories. They would use their intelligence to either lie or come up with some contrived explanation that "just happens" to ignore race. They can't handle it.

    The combination of the liberal idiocy, greedy business “Reaganites”, and of billions Third Worlders looking for a new home can be lethal. Maybe not, but still, how is sponsoring the bloody war between two big Euro nations in Ukraine helping?

    You mean partially sponsoring the defense of Ukraine. The Ukrainians don't want to live under Russian rule and that has been true since the revolution. I fully support sending them hand me down equipment like Bradleys. America has a history of providing military equipment to nations that seek freedom from imperial and expansionist empires. You support Russia and I support Ukraine. Not sure why you can't accept that and move on.

    The refrain of “kill as many Russians as possible” also means the unspoken “kill as many Ukies”….this is madness, the final collapse of the Euro self-preservation instinct.

    Russia has negative population growth and especially among its urban Slavs so I don't see why letting Putin gobble up Ukraine would encourage a self-preservation instinct. They don't have it as seen by their negative birth rate and marching men off to the front will make it worst. The Russian Muslims however have high population growth.

  158. @Emil Nikola Richard
    Baseball Doesn't Exist does Japan



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbSWjb3tlJg

    Replies: @QCIC

    I think you are lost. On the home page Sailer is just above.

    • Replies: @Sean
    @QCIC

    Europe freeloads on the US for defence. Japan does not.

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @QCIC

    No.

    Sailerville cannot grok the reality of Shoei Otani. He is the poster boy hero for trauma recovery in 2024.

    https://media.gq.com/photos/61d8a03be93c95dc9bbfbda5/master/w_1600%2Cc_limit/shohei-ohtani-gq-sports-feburary-2022-Cover.jpg

    The video could use more polished editing for conciseness but the data in there is gold. They left out the part where he sleeps twelve hours a day; seems to be the only important part omitted.

    Replies: @S

  159. @John Johnson
    @A123

    Who are these White guys that spend all day ranting about how Disney is doing everything wrong?

    Do they feel entitled to Marvel movies that cater to them?

    I really don't get how grown men can be so attached to comic book movies.

    Was there ever a golden age of comic book movies?

    The 90s Batman movies are corny as hell. I couldn't get through 10 minutes of the one with Jim Carrey. I'm really not getting the whine. Comic book characters aren't real. I really don't get the fascination.

    Replies: @QCIC, @A123, @songbird

    Some of the comic book movies have their moments.

    [MORE]

  160. @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I think you are lost. On the home page Sailer is just above.

    Replies: @Sean, @Emil Nikola Richard

    Europe freeloads on the US for defence. Japan does not.

  161. @Beckow
    @John Johnson

    Well, I actually agree with a lot of what you wrote...and there isn't much anyone can do at this point.

    But mistakes have consequences and one has to look into the future and anticipate. The white libs will be gone, they are the classical dead-enders and have an interest in the future nor will they be a big part of it. The resulting society will be different - and my point is that there is no escaping it; one can hide for a generation or two in preserved enclaves, but then the s..t will hit the fan...and that innovation thing, yeah, too bad, it has been great while it lasted.


    It’s called strategizing.
     
    Strategy is by definition a longer-term vision - not how one avoids unfortunate situations for a few decades. You end up living on borrowed time.

    The combination of the liberal idiocy, greedy business "Reaganites", and of billions Third Worlders looking for a new home can be lethal. Maybe not, but still, how is sponsoring the bloody war between two big Euro nations in Ukraine helping? The refrain of "kill as many Russians as possible" also means the unspoken "kill as many Ukies"....this is madness, the final collapse of the Euro self-preservation instinct. And we thought WW1 and 2 were really stupid...

    Replies: @John Johnson

    But mistakes have consequences and one has to look into the future and anticipate. The white libs will be gone, they are the classical dead-enders and have an interest in the future nor will they be a big part of it. The resulting society will be different – and my point is that there is no escaping it

    I don’t see why you are expecting such dire results and speak of the future of America as if it will be the apocalypse.

    Escaping what? The sounds like fear. I live well and if more of my neighbors are Hispanic then I will eat more Mexican food. Oh well.

    Liberal Whites are choosing to not have children and they will be replaced with Hispanics. I can accept that and move on. They chose their secular Wakanda religion that says all people can be replaced with anyone and the results will be the same. History will prove that they are morons and I will eat steak tacos.

    I really don’t understand the escape part. Maybe you watch too many movies and assume Hispanic gangs are everywhere? In Texas it is the norm for Whites to own small businesses with Hispanic workers. Everyone just kind of shrugs at it. You call some service, talk to the White owner and then he shows up with Hispanic workers. So what? Everyone gets along.

    It’s Black areas that have a lot of problems. You can’t even order certain types of services in Black areas. In fact a man delivering wood in Ft Worth was just beaten to death by a naked man of unknown race. It made national news but they of course kept out of a picture of the assailant so it’s just a mystery to everyone as to which race it was. Could have been anyone high on PCP and beating a White man to death. Probably an Eskimo is my guess.

    [MORE]

    Strategy is by definition a longer-term vision – not how one avoids unfortunate situations for a few decades. You end up living on borrowed time.

    Borrowed time against what? California? Mexico? What is the worst case scenario? I’d rather live in Mexico than with White liberals. You seem to want me to feel anxious about my situation. It’s really amusing. I’m not a fascist and I can adapt. In fact I will laugh as the left tries to explain how Whites can’t be a minority and how Wakanda didn’t happen with a non-White majority. We already knew it wouldn’t after watching California. Kind of a duh. Oh well, I don’t control Whites and it was clear to me in college that the intelligent ones are actually more likely to seek out race denial based theories. They would use their intelligence to either lie or come up with some contrived explanation that “just happens” to ignore race. They can’t handle it.

    The combination of the liberal idiocy, greedy business “Reaganites”, and of billions Third Worlders looking for a new home can be lethal. Maybe not, but still, how is sponsoring the bloody war between two big Euro nations in Ukraine helping?

    You mean partially sponsoring the defense of Ukraine. The Ukrainians don’t want to live under Russian rule and that has been true since the revolution. I fully support sending them hand me down equipment like Bradleys. America has a history of providing military equipment to nations that seek freedom from imperial and expansionist empires. You support Russia and I support Ukraine. Not sure why you can’t accept that and move on.

    The refrain of “kill as many Russians as possible” also means the unspoken “kill as many Ukies”….this is madness, the final collapse of the Euro self-preservation instinct.

    Russia has negative population growth and especially among its urban Slavs so I don’t see why letting Putin gobble up Ukraine would encourage a self-preservation instinct. They don’t have it as seen by their negative birth rate and marching men off to the front will make it worst. The Russian Muslims however have high population growth.

  162. @Beckow
    @AP


    ...Brazil does not have Hispanics.
     
    ???? Portuguese are Hispanic, their language, culture, genetics...don't go nuts on us again :)

    The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas.
     
    More like a combination of Guatemala and Saskatchewan, with a touch of Bangalore and Gambia. You can call it Dominican Republic 2.0...But keep on hoping, what else you got?

    Mexican elites are smart
     
    They are absolutely brilliant. How else could they have a country that prosperous, advanced and safe, with some of the highest quality people in the world?

    Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages.
     
    The advantage would be the heavy part...they are also very squat keeping them close to the ground. I have no idea what the Pissa-ing contest is that you constantly allude to, but my people can piss with the best of them. You are just envious...

    Let's see: the Hispanic swarthy cholitas vs. our ladies, is that even a contest? But I won't argue with your taste, after all you worship the Habsburgs, so there is something obviously missing...

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. XYZ

    …Brazil does not have Hispanics.

    ???? Portuguese are Hispanic, their language, culture, genetics…don’t go nuts on us again

    They are Latinos, not not Hispanic. The corresponding term for those of Portuguese origin might be Lusitanian.

    Your ignorance shines, as usual.

    The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas.

    More like a combination of Guatemala and Saskatchewan, with a touch of Bangalore and Gambia

    Not enough Central Americans, nor Africans for that. And America gets higher caste Hindus (poor ones go to UK), so nothing like Bangalore.

    Mexican elites are smart

    They are absolutely brilliant. How else could they have a country that prosperous, advanced and safe

    They are as smart as Spaniards. But they live among a different people, and have very nice lives amongst them. Their class surroundings are prosperous and safe.

    But America will not be another Mexico either. Mexico doesn’t have an Anglo legal framework, nor is it 35% or so Anglo as America will be. If Mexico had these things, it wouldn’t be Mexico.

    No, future America will be a lot like modern Texas or California.

    It will be a unique entity, Anglo legal framework, Anglo-Euro-Jewish-Asian elite, castizo middle and working class* (perhaps more Mestizo as one gets poorer), and Black underclass. The occasional African or upper class Cuban/Spaniard in Miami for an exotic touch. With the American Great Power inheritance, and abundant natural resources. Not too bad.

    Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages.

    The advantage would be the heavy part

    As I said, they live long lives. Longer than people in Slovakia.

    I have no idea what the Pissa-ing contest is that you constantly allude to,

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-new-2018-pisa-school-test-scores-usa-usa/

    US Hispanics beat the Slovak Republic.

    You are just envious

    You are probably just bitter because you couldn’t stay in the USA and had to go back. Just sour grapes.

    Let’s see: the Hispanic swarthy cholitas vs. our ladies, is that even a contest?

    Not my taste, besides – Ukrainian and Russian girls are even better than Slovak ones. But taste varies.

    *Not like the ones in Chile or elsewhere in South America though. The Americans ones will be people who are 1/2 Anglo, 1/4 Indian, and 1/4 Med. Like this lady:

    [MORE]


    Or this guy:

    Apparently the original Wonder Woman actress from the 70s, Linda Carter, was half Mexican and half Irish.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    They are Latinos, not not Hispanic. The corresponding term for those of Portuguese origin might be Lusitanian.

     

    It's quite interesting that Brazilians can also be considered Hispanic because they also have descent from the Roman province of Hispania, which included Portugal as well as Spain.

    Not enough Central Americans, nor Africans for that. And America gets higher caste Hindus (poor ones go to UK), so nothing like Bangalore.

     

    Well, technically Africa is experiencing a population explosion during the 21st century, but I suspect that the American people are not going to be eager to import a lot of Africans who aren't cognitive elites (including middle-class types).

    Britain's Indians don't do too badly; their students have an average IQ of 97+:

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/minorities-cognitive-performance-in-the-uk/

    https://www.unz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/pupil-background-cat-scores.jpg

    It's obviously worse than Indians in the US and Canada do (the Canadian ones--the students among them--apparently have an average IQ of around 105, though I'm unsure if they are directly comparable to the British scores since they might be set with 100 as the white Canadian average instead of with 100 as the white British average), but it's still not that bad on a global scale. Comparable to how, say, native Slovaks or Hungarians or Ukrainians or Russians perform, no? Those places aren't shithole countries, especially the first two and the last one.

    They are as smart as Spaniards. But they live among a different people, and have very nice lives amongst them. Their class surroundings are prosperous and safe.

    But America will not be another Mexico either. Mexico doesn’t have an Anglo legal framework, nor is it 35% or so Anglo as America will be. If Mexico had these things, it wouldn’t be Mexico.

    No, future America will be a lot like modern Texas or California.

    It will be a unique entity, Anglo legal framework, Anglo-Euro-Jewish-Asian elite, castizo middle and working class* (perhaps more Mestizo as one gets poorer), and Black underclass. The occasional African or upper class Cuban/Spaniard in Miami for an exotic touch. With the American Great Power inheritance, and abundant natural resources. Not too bad.
     
    Yes, that sounds about right. I think that the question going forward would be whether the US will ever get much more working-class immigration from other parts of the world outside of the Western Hemisphere.
    , @Derer
    @AP


    US Hispanics beat the Slovak Republic.
     
    In what? Are you insane? Have you been to LA 30-40 years ago and then in recent years. By the influx of Hispanics it became a filthy shit hole with long crumbs and soup donation lines. People are leaving, mostly to Texas.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @AP, @AnonfromTN

  163. @John Johnson
    @A123

    Who are these White guys that spend all day ranting about how Disney is doing everything wrong?

    Do they feel entitled to Marvel movies that cater to them?

    I really don't get how grown men can be so attached to comic book movies.

    Was there ever a golden age of comic book movies?

    The 90s Batman movies are corny as hell. I couldn't get through 10 minutes of the one with Jim Carrey. I'm really not getting the whine. Comic book characters aren't real. I really don't get the fascination.

    Replies: @QCIC, @A123, @songbird

    I really don’t get how grown men can be so attached to comic book movies.

    Disparu’s livelihood is earning money by generating views on YouTube and other social media. His presentation is obviously geared to this financial imperative. It is unsurprising that delivery is somewhat “larger than life”. It is part of the shtick.

    Good comic book and sci-fi movies can deliver stories that other genres cannot. They provide the opportunity for character development.

    • Tony Stark was egotistical POS
    • Peter Parker held his dying Uncle Ben in his arms
    • Bruce Wayne’s parents were gunned down

    All of these flawed humans had story arcs to become much more than they once were. And, a certain generation of boys grew up with these archetypes. Do you have any childhood heroes?

    No one complained when Samuel Jackson was cast as Nick Fury. Pigmentation was irrelevant. He delivered on the character’s background. Perhaps made it even grittier and more engaging.

    The frustration is when the creators choose to be SJW Woke instead of respecting the classic source material. For The Marvels they tapped three failed modern era comic books to give the public Carol Danvers, Kamala Khan, and Monica Rambeua.

    Mocking the humiliating failure generates entertaining content. It should also guide the studios towards what customers with money will actually pay for. How is that objectionable?

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @A123

    Disparu’s livelihood is earning money by generating views on YouTube and other social media. His presentation is obviously geared to this financial imperative. It is unsurprising that delivery is somewhat “larger than life”.

    So he makes money by expressing the rage of other comic book nerds. Yea well I don't see how there is an audience. I don't understand whining over a fictional product. Just don't buy it and move on. I haven't even watched all of the new Star Wars movies. I tried and changed the channel. Oh well. I don't need a podcast to know they are crap. It's just a product like orange soda. So they made one you don't like as it was targeted at other groups. That's capitalism.

    All of these flawed humans had story arcs to become much more than they once were. And, a certain generation of boys grew up with these archetypes. Do you have any childhood heroes?

    Someone I knew that was in the military. That's about it.

    For The Marvels they tapped three failed modern era comic books to give the public Carol Danvers, Kamala Khan, and Monica Rambeua.

    Girls are half the population and they want to appeal to non-White customers. So what? None of it is real and they are trying to make a buck. Would you really care if they made a Black superman? I really don't see the big deal. He isn't real. It's a stupid comic anyways. The idea that he can hide with glasses is ridiculous. It's all childish and silly. Make him Black and give him a watermelon malt liquor drink. So what? There was never any historical integrity. In fact I'd be more interested in hood Superman. That could be a good comedy.

    Mocking the humiliating failure generates entertaining content.

    Yea I don't believe that at all. I've seen enough companies double down on a losing strategy out of spite for the critics. Mega-corps like Disney have enough easy cash to fund the losers. They can afford to lose.

    Just look at the auto companies. They're about to have a market crash because they ignored their customers and over-invested into EVs. Oh f-cking well. I don't own their stocks. WIll they learn? Of course not. In the future they'll jump on another trend without actually gauging their core customers.

    Replies: @A123

  164. @A123
    @songbird

    Flash was a humorous support character used in limited doses. Ezra Miller was known to be difficult, but very funny when he was in the right head space. Creating a stand-alone Flash movie was a mistake. Then, Ezra Miller went off the rails including assault, being arrested, etc. This turned the mistake into a fiasco.

    The Flash lost money, but was not the worst superhero mistake of the year. The Marvels cost $100M more and earned less.

    https://the-numbers.com/movies/custom-comparisons/Flash-The/Marvels-The-(2023)#tab=day_by_day_comparison

    Projects completed last year, that have yet to come out, are an on rushing avalanche of failure. Madame Web will be coming out for Valentine's Day.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yBKFHPn2F1k

    Are you excited ?!?!?!

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson, @songbird

    Most of the Spiderman actors seemed reasonably masculine, even though they played a nerdy character, to a certain extent. (BTW, interesting how all three played gay characters in other things, though Maguire was the only one to do it beforehand.)

    These female superhero movies are interesting because for the most part they can’t seem to be explained by some of the normal explanations for superhero movies:
    1.) Capitalizing on nostalgia
    2.) Merchandizing
    3.) Sequels

    Though I suppose Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman did well.

    • Replies: @A123
    @songbird


    Most of the Spiderman actors seemed reasonably masculine, even though they played a nerdy character, to a certain extent.
     
    Awkward first kiss scene with Kirsten Dunst. Nerdy but the audience bought it, girls & guys.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aBpwrORhKWU

    These female superhero movies are interesting because for the most part they can’t seem to be explained
    ...
    Though I suppose Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman did well.
     
    The first Wonder Woman movie was true to the spirit of the original comics. On the merits the story was merely OK. Gal Gadot was hot and the costume took advantage of that. It was a serviceable summer block buster that did well versus its budget. Wonder Woman 1984 diverged from that idea and failed.

    Captain Marvel was sandwiched between the two biggest movies of the superhero genre Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. It was a wretched movie that got lucky. Literally, a plank of wood would have delivered a better performance that Bree Larsen. Changing Captain Marvel 2 to The Marvels was an open admission that the original movie had nothing to offer a sequel.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC, @songbird

  165. @John Johnson
    @A123

    Who are these White guys that spend all day ranting about how Disney is doing everything wrong?

    Do they feel entitled to Marvel movies that cater to them?

    I really don't get how grown men can be so attached to comic book movies.

    Was there ever a golden age of comic book movies?

    The 90s Batman movies are corny as hell. I couldn't get through 10 minutes of the one with Jim Carrey. I'm really not getting the whine. Comic book characters aren't real. I really don't get the fascination.

    Replies: @QCIC, @A123, @songbird

    US is the global cultural hegemon, in large part:

    The European Union has a trade deficit on audiovisual products with the United States of $8 billion to $9 billion annually, half of which is television shows. Globally, US production accounts for about half of the total audiovisual trade. Worldwide, 85 percent of television exports from one country to another come from the United States

    (YAWYW)

    And comic book movies are one of the leading studio vehicles, so it makes sense they receive a lot of criticism.

    I couldn’t get through 10 minutes of the one with Jim Carrey.

    The Schumacher films were deliberately tonally different than the Burton ones. Not sure Batman directly killed anyone.

    The idea that violent movies lead to real world violence appears to be mistaken – actually the opposite seems to be true or was true, they seem to decrease violence ever so slightly. (Though I don’t think it has ever been tested with home theaters, or how people can now drink in many theaters)

    I can respect the choice to try to make lighter fare, though the movies weren’t my cup of tea. That said, don’t think they were woke as the current ones – probably, the effect of time.

    Personally, I’d like the era of comic book movies to be over, but I don’t think it is going away.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @songbird

    US is the global cultural hegemon, in large part:

    Aware of that I think it is a tragedy that so many people around the world actually pay full price for this crap. In fact it encourages Hollywood to make CGI movies that don't have much of a story because they translate better.

    The Schumacher films were deliberately tonally different than the Burton ones. Not sure Batman directly killed anyone.

    Well they're garbage as seen by the fact that no one watches them. I've never gone to someone's house and seen those movies out. The 60s movie is also garbage.

    There was never a golden age of comic book movies.

    In fact there was never a golden age of movies. Hollywood has producing low quality theater filler since its existence. It exists to make the screen blink and get people to buy popcorn. That continues with all these comic book movies. They could make a gay Hulk and people will go and watch it. A123 will watch it in the theater and then turn on his favorite podcast and nod in agreement about how the gay orgy scene with Captain America was completely unnecessary. A 2 hour discussion on how these Woke movie makers just don't respect the audience that keeps giving them money and attention.

    Replies: @songbird, @Mr. Hack

  166. @songbird
    @A123

    Most of the Spiderman actors seemed reasonably masculine, even though they played a nerdy character, to a certain extent. (BTW, interesting how all three played gay characters in other things, though Maguire was the only one to do it beforehand.)

    These female superhero movies are interesting because for the most part they can't seem to be explained by some of the normal explanations for superhero movies:
    1.) Capitalizing on nostalgia
    2.) Merchandizing
    3.) Sequels

    Though I suppose Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman did well.

    Replies: @A123

    Most of the Spiderman actors seemed reasonably masculine, even though they played a nerdy character, to a certain extent.

    Awkward first kiss scene with Kirsten Dunst. Nerdy but the audience bought it, girls & guys.

    These female superhero movies are interesting because for the most part they can’t seem to be explained

    Though I suppose Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman did well.

    The first Wonder Woman movie was true to the spirit of the original comics. On the merits the story was merely OK. Gal Gadot was hot and the costume took advantage of that. It was a serviceable summer block buster that did well versus its budget. Wonder Woman 1984 diverged from that idea and failed.

    Captain Marvel was sandwiched between the two biggest movies of the superhero genre Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. It was a wretched movie that got lucky. Literally, a plank of wood would have delivered a better performance that Bree Larsen. Changing Captain Marvel 2 to The Marvels was an open admission that the original movie had nothing to offer a sequel.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @A123

    The Captain Marvel movie was single-handedly saved by Goose the Cat. They could have made a Flerken-centric sequel but that is too far from their woke ideology. I suppose such a story could veer into tentacle porn. The Hollywood power brokers might be on board with such a new level of perversion.

    Goose, release the Kraken!

    , @songbird
    @A123


    The first Wonder Woman movie was true to the spirit of the original comics.
     
    IMO, it was unnecessarily woke.

    I feel really bad for Indians. The Indian character only seemed there to guilt trip Euros.
  167. @A123
    @John Johnson


    I really don’t get how grown men can be so attached to comic book movies.
     
    Disparu's livelihood is earning money by generating views on YouTube and other social media. His presentation is obviously geared to this financial imperative. It is unsurprising that delivery is somewhat "larger than life". It is part of the shtick.

    Good comic book and sci-fi movies can deliver stories that other genres cannot. They provide the opportunity for character development.

    • Tony Stark was egotistical POS
    • Peter Parker held his dying Uncle Ben in his arms
    • Bruce Wayne's parents were gunned down

    All of these flawed humans had story arcs to become much more than they once were. And, a certain generation of boys grew up with these archetypes. Do you have any childhood heroes?

    No one complained when Samuel Jackson was cast as Nick Fury. Pigmentation was irrelevant. He delivered on the character's background. Perhaps made it even grittier and more engaging.

    The frustration is when the creators choose to be SJW Woke instead of respecting the classic source material. For The Marvels they tapped three failed modern era comic books to give the public Carol Danvers, Kamala Khan, and Monica Rambeua.

    Mocking the humiliating failure generates entertaining content. It should also guide the studios towards what customers with money will actually pay for. How is that objectionable?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Disparu’s livelihood is earning money by generating views on YouTube and other social media. His presentation is obviously geared to this financial imperative. It is unsurprising that delivery is somewhat “larger than life”.

    So he makes money by expressing the rage of other comic book nerds. Yea well I don’t see how there is an audience. I don’t understand whining over a fictional product. Just don’t buy it and move on. I haven’t even watched all of the new Star Wars movies. I tried and changed the channel. Oh well. I don’t need a podcast to know they are crap. It’s just a product like orange soda. So they made one you don’t like as it was targeted at other groups. That’s capitalism.

    All of these flawed humans had story arcs to become much more than they once were. And, a certain generation of boys grew up with these archetypes. Do you have any childhood heroes?

    Someone I knew that was in the military. That’s about it.

    For The Marvels they tapped three failed modern era comic books to give the public Carol Danvers, Kamala Khan, and Monica Rambeua.

    Girls are half the population and they want to appeal to non-White customers. So what? None of it is real and they are trying to make a buck. Would you really care if they made a Black superman? I really don’t see the big deal. He isn’t real. It’s a stupid comic anyways. The idea that he can hide with glasses is ridiculous. It’s all childish and silly. Make him Black and give him a watermelon malt liquor drink. So what? There was never any historical integrity. In fact I’d be more interested in hood Superman. That could be a good comedy.

    Mocking the humiliating failure generates entertaining content.

    Yea I don’t believe that at all. I’ve seen enough companies double down on a losing strategy out of spite for the critics. Mega-corps like Disney have enough easy cash to fund the losers. They can afford to lose.

    Just look at the auto companies. They’re about to have a market crash because they ignored their customers and over-invested into EVs. Oh f-cking well. I don’t own their stocks. WIll they learn? Of course not. In the future they’ll jump on another trend without actually gauging their core customers.

    • Replies: @A123
    @John Johnson



    Disparu’s livelihood is earning money by generating views on YouTube and other social media. His presentation is obviously geared to this financial imperative. It is unsurprising that delivery is somewhat “larger than life”.
     
    So he makes money by expressing the rage of other comic book nerds. Yea well I don’t see how there is an audience
     
    YouTube provides view counts. Disparu's most popular video scored 1.8 Million views. Many others approach 1 Million.

    The Critical Drinker's https://m.youtube.com/@TheCriticalDrinker/videos most popular video is over 8 Million. Many exceed 3 Million views.

    You do not have to view it yourself. However, objective counts show that mass audience exists.


    Girls are half the population and they want to appeal to non-White customers. So what?
     
    Girls do not go to super hero movies even if they are about heroines. Non-white male youths do not care about the race of the protagonist. Wakanda 2 flopped. The audience that grew up with high quality comic books is overwhelmingly heterosexual, male, and white.

    Which of these characters is more appealing to the target audience?

     
    https://media.lelombrik.net/t/3e163d82fa428d5a1e38559ee0c99d15/f/3e163d82fa428d5a1e38559ee0c99d15.png
     

    Does it surprise you that an attractive Black Widow is more popular that the deliberately uglifed Captain Marvel?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Derer

  168. @A123
    @songbird


    Most of the Spiderman actors seemed reasonably masculine, even though they played a nerdy character, to a certain extent.
     
    Awkward first kiss scene with Kirsten Dunst. Nerdy but the audience bought it, girls & guys.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aBpwrORhKWU

    These female superhero movies are interesting because for the most part they can’t seem to be explained
    ...
    Though I suppose Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman did well.
     
    The first Wonder Woman movie was true to the spirit of the original comics. On the merits the story was merely OK. Gal Gadot was hot and the costume took advantage of that. It was a serviceable summer block buster that did well versus its budget. Wonder Woman 1984 diverged from that idea and failed.

    Captain Marvel was sandwiched between the two biggest movies of the superhero genre Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. It was a wretched movie that got lucky. Literally, a plank of wood would have delivered a better performance that Bree Larsen. Changing Captain Marvel 2 to The Marvels was an open admission that the original movie had nothing to offer a sequel.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC, @songbird

    The Captain Marvel movie was single-handedly saved by Goose the Cat. They could have made a Flerken-centric sequel but that is too far from their woke ideology. I suppose such a story could veer into tentacle porn. The Hollywood power brokers might be on board with such a new level of perversion.

    Goose, release the Kraken!

    • LOL: A123
  169. @A123
    @songbird


    Most of the Spiderman actors seemed reasonably masculine, even though they played a nerdy character, to a certain extent.
     
    Awkward first kiss scene with Kirsten Dunst. Nerdy but the audience bought it, girls & guys.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aBpwrORhKWU

    These female superhero movies are interesting because for the most part they can’t seem to be explained
    ...
    Though I suppose Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman did well.
     
    The first Wonder Woman movie was true to the spirit of the original comics. On the merits the story was merely OK. Gal Gadot was hot and the costume took advantage of that. It was a serviceable summer block buster that did well versus its budget. Wonder Woman 1984 diverged from that idea and failed.

    Captain Marvel was sandwiched between the two biggest movies of the superhero genre Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. It was a wretched movie that got lucky. Literally, a plank of wood would have delivered a better performance that Bree Larsen. Changing Captain Marvel 2 to The Marvels was an open admission that the original movie had nothing to offer a sequel.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC, @songbird

    The first Wonder Woman movie was true to the spirit of the original comics.

    IMO, it was unnecessarily woke.

    I feel really bad for Indians. The Indian character only seemed there to guilt trip Euros.

  170. @AP
    @Beckow


    …Brazil does not have Hispanics.

    ???? Portuguese are Hispanic, their language, culture, genetics…don’t go nuts on us again
     
    They are Latinos, not not Hispanic. The corresponding term for those of Portuguese origin might be Lusitanian.

    Your ignorance shines, as usual.


    The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas.

    More like a combination of Guatemala and Saskatchewan, with a touch of Bangalore and Gambia
     

    Not enough Central Americans, nor Africans for that. And America gets higher caste Hindus (poor ones go to UK), so nothing like Bangalore.

    Mexican elites are smart

    They are absolutely brilliant. How else could they have a country that prosperous, advanced and safe
     

    They are as smart as Spaniards. But they live among a different people, and have very nice lives amongst them. Their class surroundings are prosperous and safe.

    But America will not be another Mexico either. Mexico doesn't have an Anglo legal framework, nor is it 35% or so Anglo as America will be. If Mexico had these things, it wouldn't be Mexico.

    No, future America will be a lot like modern Texas or California.

    It will be a unique entity, Anglo legal framework, Anglo-Euro-Jewish-Asian elite, castizo middle and working class* (perhaps more Mestizo as one gets poorer), and Black underclass. The occasional African or upper class Cuban/Spaniard in Miami for an exotic touch. With the American Great Power inheritance, and abundant natural resources. Not too bad.


    Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages.

    The advantage would be the heavy part
     

    As I said, they live long lives. Longer than people in Slovakia.

    I have no idea what the Pissa-ing contest is that you constantly allude to,
     
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-new-2018-pisa-school-test-scores-usa-usa/

    US Hispanics beat the Slovak Republic.


    You are just envious
     
    You are probably just bitter because you couldn't stay in the USA and had to go back. Just sour grapes.

    Let’s see: the Hispanic swarthy cholitas vs. our ladies, is that even a contest?
     
    Not my taste, besides - Ukrainian and Russian girls are even better than Slovak ones. But taste varies.

    *Not like the ones in Chile or elsewhere in South America though. The Americans ones will be people who are 1/2 Anglo, 1/4 Indian, and 1/4 Med. Like this lady:

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1b/c6/be/1bc6be58c51cc6cf4a384655455e3115.jpg

    Or this guy:

    https://www.cityoflawrence.org/sites/default/files/voices/DanielG.jpg

    Apparently the original Wonder Woman actress from the 70s, Linda Carter, was half Mexican and half Irish.

    https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/lynda-carter-young-small.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Derer

    They are Latinos, not not Hispanic. The corresponding term for those of Portuguese origin might be Lusitanian.

    It’s quite interesting that Brazilians can also be considered Hispanic because they also have descent from the Roman province of Hispania, which included Portugal as well as Spain.

    Not enough Central Americans, nor Africans for that. And America gets higher caste Hindus (poor ones go to UK), so nothing like Bangalore.

    Well, technically Africa is experiencing a population explosion during the 21st century, but I suspect that the American people are not going to be eager to import a lot of Africans who aren’t cognitive elites (including middle-class types).

    Britain’s Indians don’t do too badly; their students have an average IQ of 97+:

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/minorities-cognitive-performance-in-the-uk/

    It’s obviously worse than Indians in the US and Canada do (the Canadian ones–the students among them–apparently have an average IQ of around 105, though I’m unsure if they are directly comparable to the British scores since they might be set with 100 as the white Canadian average instead of with 100 as the white British average), but it’s still not that bad on a global scale. Comparable to how, say, native Slovaks or Hungarians or Ukrainians or Russians perform, no? Those places aren’t shithole countries, especially the first two and the last one.

    They are as smart as Spaniards. But they live among a different people, and have very nice lives amongst them. Their class surroundings are prosperous and safe.

    But America will not be another Mexico either. Mexico doesn’t have an Anglo legal framework, nor is it 35% or so Anglo as America will be. If Mexico had these things, it wouldn’t be Mexico.

    No, future America will be a lot like modern Texas or California.

    It will be a unique entity, Anglo legal framework, Anglo-Euro-Jewish-Asian elite, castizo middle and working class* (perhaps more Mestizo as one gets poorer), and Black underclass. The occasional African or upper class Cuban/Spaniard in Miami for an exotic touch. With the American Great Power inheritance, and abundant natural resources. Not too bad.

    Yes, that sounds about right. I think that the question going forward would be whether the US will ever get much more working-class immigration from other parts of the world outside of the Western Hemisphere.

  171. @AP
    @Derer

    The problem was his overthrowing the parliament and taking over the courts, then rigging the system in order to hold onto power as his popularity sank. Had Yanukovich not done these things he would never have been overthrown.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    Yanukovych and his political allies made a huge political blunder in not holding new parliamentary elections back in 2010. I know that money was a factor, but still, it would have significantly added to their legitimacy had they won them. It was also a huge failure on the part of Ukraine’s courts to actually allow this not to occur and instead for Yanukovych to illegally acquire a parliamentary majority through unconstitutional party flipping. Had pro-Russian forces won the 2010 Ukrainian elections, Ukraine might be in the Eurasian Economic Union right now and for the indefinite future. Would pro-Western forces have actually been willing to pull Ukraine out of it had they subsequently won elections in Ukraine? Especially without a referendum? Demographics were trending against Eurasia in Ukraine, very true, but status quo bias can be a powerful factor.

    FWIW, I suspect that Sergei Tihipko’s party might have ended up as the kingmaker had new Ukrainian parliamentary elections been held back in 2010. Would he and his party have supported Eurasia at the expense of Europe? What about if his party would have subsequently merged into the Party of Regions? Would they have then been compelled to support Eurasia or would they subsequently withdraw from the Party of Regions and support Europe instead?

  172. @John Johnson
    @A123

    Disparu’s livelihood is earning money by generating views on YouTube and other social media. His presentation is obviously geared to this financial imperative. It is unsurprising that delivery is somewhat “larger than life”.

    So he makes money by expressing the rage of other comic book nerds. Yea well I don't see how there is an audience. I don't understand whining over a fictional product. Just don't buy it and move on. I haven't even watched all of the new Star Wars movies. I tried and changed the channel. Oh well. I don't need a podcast to know they are crap. It's just a product like orange soda. So they made one you don't like as it was targeted at other groups. That's capitalism.

    All of these flawed humans had story arcs to become much more than they once were. And, a certain generation of boys grew up with these archetypes. Do you have any childhood heroes?

    Someone I knew that was in the military. That's about it.

    For The Marvels they tapped three failed modern era comic books to give the public Carol Danvers, Kamala Khan, and Monica Rambeua.

    Girls are half the population and they want to appeal to non-White customers. So what? None of it is real and they are trying to make a buck. Would you really care if they made a Black superman? I really don't see the big deal. He isn't real. It's a stupid comic anyways. The idea that he can hide with glasses is ridiculous. It's all childish and silly. Make him Black and give him a watermelon malt liquor drink. So what? There was never any historical integrity. In fact I'd be more interested in hood Superman. That could be a good comedy.

    Mocking the humiliating failure generates entertaining content.

    Yea I don't believe that at all. I've seen enough companies double down on a losing strategy out of spite for the critics. Mega-corps like Disney have enough easy cash to fund the losers. They can afford to lose.

    Just look at the auto companies. They're about to have a market crash because they ignored their customers and over-invested into EVs. Oh f-cking well. I don't own their stocks. WIll they learn? Of course not. In the future they'll jump on another trend without actually gauging their core customers.

    Replies: @A123

    Disparu’s livelihood is earning money by generating views on YouTube and other social media. His presentation is obviously geared to this financial imperative. It is unsurprising that delivery is somewhat “larger than life”.

    So he makes money by expressing the rage of other comic book nerds. Yea well I don’t see how there is an audience

    YouTube provides view counts. Disparu’s most popular video scored 1.8 Million views. Many others approach 1 Million.

    The Critical Drinker’s https://www.youtube.com/@TheCriticalDrinker/videos most popular video is over 8 Million. Many exceed 3 Million views.

    You do not have to view it yourself. However, objective counts show that mass audience exists.

    Girls are half the population and they want to appeal to non-White customers. So what?

    Girls do not go to super hero movies even if they are about heroines. Non-white male youths do not care about the race of the protagonist. Wakanda 2 flopped. The audience that grew up with high quality comic books is overwhelmingly heterosexual, male, and white.

    Which of these characters is more appealing to the target audience?

      

    Does it surprise you that an attractive Black Widow is more popular that the deliberately uglifed Captain Marvel?

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @A123

    YouTube provides view counts. Disparu’s most popular video scored 1.8 Million views. Many others approach 1 Million.

    So one person makes money and 1 million people tune into express their frustrations over a completely fictional world. About one notch above furry culture.

    I don't understand grown men that are into comic book characters. The US is a mess and we have a huge chunk of White men going to watch movies where fictional characters solve fictional problems. They pay full price and then complain about the movies. It's pathetic. Let me show you my disgust by handing you my money because I am a comic nerd that can't wait for Red Box. Can't wait 4 months to watch it on a 60" HDTV at home.

    Girls do not go to super hero movies even if they are about heroines. Non-white male youths do not care about the race of the protagonist. Wakanda 2 flopped.

    I really doubt Black youff would not care if a hero is Black or White. I'm sure they would prefer Black and White kids would prefer White.

    I'm not saying Disney made a wise business decision. I can simply see them trying to broaden their audience based on demographics. Yes I'm sure the movie is crap but there are millions of Hispanics and I can see trying to make a movie with a Hispanic character. It's not a big deal. Do you get upset when McDonalds does a commercial that appeals to Hispanics?

    Disney has been making crap for years. Does this really bother you? It's just entertainment. We have a bazillion options with the internet. I really don't get it.

    Does it surprise you that an attractive Black Widow is more popular that the deliberately uglifed Captain Marvel?

    I don't know what the hell you are talking about. I see two women in costumes and I really don't care.

    I don't understand your connection to this fictional world. Both of those women don't actually have super powers. They would rather talk about Taylor Swift than comic books. You are idealizing characters that don't even like your world.

    Replies: @A123

    , @Derer
    @A123

    I like that Jewish girl in black (from Lost in Translation)

  173. @AP
    @Beckow


    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative – it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil
     
    Brazil does not have Hispanics. It has an almost completely different demographic profile, in most ways (very different elites, very different under underclass), than will the future USA. It’s a stupid comparison. The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas. Neither one of those is like Brazil.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you

     

    Mexican elites are smart; they may be less disciplined than American Anglo, Jewish and Asian elites but are they less disciplined than Spaniards? I suspect not. As for health - life expectancy for Hispanic Americans is higher than for Slovakia. Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages. Hispanic Americans also score better on PISA than your people do. They are probably smarter than you, too.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. XYZ, @LT1488

    Brazil does not have Hispanics.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispania

    Now, you were saying? 😉

    • Replies: @AP
    @Mr. XYZ

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanic

    The term Hispanic (Spanish: hispano) refers to people, cultures, or countries related to Spain, the Spanish language, or Hispanidad broadly

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanidad

    [Spain and former Spanish colonies, including Philippines]

    https://www.dictionary.com/e/hispanic-vs-latino/

    Hispanic is an adjective that generally means “relating to Spanish-speaking Latin America” or to “people of Spanish-speaking descent.

    Latino is an adjective and a noun that describes a person “of Latin American origin or descent,” especially one who lives in the United States. The form Latina refers to a Latin American woman.

    The reason for the inclusion of Latino? Hispanic proved too narrow a term because it excluded people descended from South America’s largest country, Brazil. Portuguese, the primary language of Brazil, may not be Spanish, but it is also a Romance language—that is, it evolved from Latin, hence the term Latin America

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

    , @QCIC
    @Mr. XYZ

    This is a tricky point to argue. Portuguese and Spanish influences on South American culture are similar, despite the different languages. I think the mutual intelligibility of these Iberian languages is on the same order as for Ukrainian and Russian. There are enclaves of Portuguese speakers in the Northeastern USA, with ancestors from Portugal or Cape Verde.

    Mixed-race Brazilian people often have a greater admixture of African ancestry than people in other South American countries and look recognizably different. It may be the indigenous people of Brazil have a distinctive phenotypic look as well.

    Brazil is more industrialized than other "hispanic countries" and the people may have more opportunity at home.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  174. @songbird
    @John Johnson

    US is the global cultural hegemon, in large part:


    The European Union has a trade deficit on audiovisual products with the United States of $8 billion to $9 billion annually, half of which is television shows. Globally, US production accounts for about half of the total audiovisual trade. Worldwide, 85 percent of television exports from one country to another come from the United States
     
    (YAWYW)

    And comic book movies are one of the leading studio vehicles, so it makes sense they receive a lot of criticism.

    I couldn’t get through 10 minutes of the one with Jim Carrey.
     
    The Schumacher films were deliberately tonally different than the Burton ones. Not sure Batman directly killed anyone.

    The idea that violent movies lead to real world violence appears to be mistaken - actually the opposite seems to be true or was true, they seem to decrease violence ever so slightly. (Though I don't think it has ever been tested with home theaters, or how people can now drink in many theaters)

    I can respect the choice to try to make lighter fare, though the movies weren't my cup of tea. That said, don't think they were woke as the current ones - probably, the effect of time.

    Personally, I'd like the era of comic book movies to be over, but I don't think it is going away.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    US is the global cultural hegemon, in large part:

    Aware of that I think it is a tragedy that so many people around the world actually pay full price for this crap. In fact it encourages Hollywood to make CGI movies that don’t have much of a story because they translate better.

    The Schumacher films were deliberately tonally different than the Burton ones. Not sure Batman directly killed anyone.

    Well they’re garbage as seen by the fact that no one watches them. I’ve never gone to someone’s house and seen those movies out. The 60s movie is also garbage.

    There was never a golden age of comic book movies.

    In fact there was never a golden age of movies. Hollywood has producing low quality theater filler since its existence. It exists to make the screen blink and get people to buy popcorn. That continues with all these comic book movies. They could make a gay Hulk and people will go and watch it. A123 will watch it in the theater and then turn on his favorite podcast and nod in agreement about how the gay orgy scene with Captain America was completely unnecessary. A 2 hour discussion on how these Woke movie makers just don’t respect the audience that keeps giving them money and attention.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @John Johnson

    Suppose the situation of US cultural dominance might be even bleaker that those figures suggest, as they probably don't count US influence on foreign productions.


    They could make a gay Hulk and people will go and watch it. A123 will watch it in the theater and then turn on his favorite podcast and nod in agreement about how the gay orgy scene with Captain America was completely unnecessary.
     
    some of these center-right critics on YouTube can get a little tedious or even seem woke at times, but on the balance I suspect they may be a positive.

    If they didn't exist, their vacuum wouldn't necessarily cause people to invest their time more wisely, or create higher art.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    , @Mr. Hack
    @John Johnson

    I think that there were a few good comic book movies early on, out about 25 years ago. The first few Spiderman and Thor flicks were good with very little if any of the woke stuff that has destroyed the genre today. Even a few of the early X-men ones weren't too bad. These were all heroes that were created and enjoyed during the silver age (1960 -1980). Things have gone terribly wrongly for the Marvel/Disney franchise since then, although I did enjoy the first Dr. Strange movie. I really enjoyed reading these silver age comics as a kid, and therefore tend to give these flix a look, although to be honest, the last one thaat I paid money to watch was the Dr. Strange one, must have been at least 10 years ago, I don;t go out of my to look for any of them on my 4K TV,

  175. @A123
    @John Johnson



    Disparu’s livelihood is earning money by generating views on YouTube and other social media. His presentation is obviously geared to this financial imperative. It is unsurprising that delivery is somewhat “larger than life”.
     
    So he makes money by expressing the rage of other comic book nerds. Yea well I don’t see how there is an audience
     
    YouTube provides view counts. Disparu's most popular video scored 1.8 Million views. Many others approach 1 Million.

    The Critical Drinker's https://m.youtube.com/@TheCriticalDrinker/videos most popular video is over 8 Million. Many exceed 3 Million views.

    You do not have to view it yourself. However, objective counts show that mass audience exists.


    Girls are half the population and they want to appeal to non-White customers. So what?
     
    Girls do not go to super hero movies even if they are about heroines. Non-white male youths do not care about the race of the protagonist. Wakanda 2 flopped. The audience that grew up with high quality comic books is overwhelmingly heterosexual, male, and white.

    Which of these characters is more appealing to the target audience?

     
    https://media.lelombrik.net/t/3e163d82fa428d5a1e38559ee0c99d15/f/3e163d82fa428d5a1e38559ee0c99d15.png
     

    Does it surprise you that an attractive Black Widow is more popular that the deliberately uglifed Captain Marvel?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Derer

    YouTube provides view counts. Disparu’s most popular video scored 1.8 Million views. Many others approach 1 Million.

    So one person makes money and 1 million people tune into express their frustrations over a completely fictional world. About one notch above furry culture.

    I don’t understand grown men that are into comic book characters. The US is a mess and we have a huge chunk of White men going to watch movies where fictional characters solve fictional problems. They pay full price and then complain about the movies. It’s pathetic. Let me show you my disgust by handing you my money because I am a comic nerd that can’t wait for Red Box. Can’t wait 4 months to watch it on a 60″ HDTV at home.

    Girls do not go to super hero movies even if they are about heroines. Non-white male youths do not care about the race of the protagonist. Wakanda 2 flopped.

    I really doubt Black youff would not care if a hero is Black or White. I’m sure they would prefer Black and White kids would prefer White.

    I’m not saying Disney made a wise business decision. I can simply see them trying to broaden their audience based on demographics. Yes I’m sure the movie is crap but there are millions of Hispanics and I can see trying to make a movie with a Hispanic character. It’s not a big deal. Do you get upset when McDonalds does a commercial that appeals to Hispanics?

    Disney has been making crap for years. Does this really bother you? It’s just entertainment. We have a bazillion options with the internet. I really don’t get it.

    Does it surprise you that an attractive Black Widow is more popular that the deliberately uglifed Captain Marvel?

    I don’t know what the hell you are talking about. I see two women in costumes and I really don’t care.

    I don’t understand your connection to this fictional world. Both of those women don’t actually have super powers. They would rather talk about Taylor Swift than comic books. You are idealizing characters that don’t even like your world.

    • Replies: @A123
    @John Johnson


    They pay full price and then complain about the movies.
     
    They *ARE NOT* paying full price. They are not going at all.

    The Marvels lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Every Marvel production in 2023 failed. The only exception was Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which struggled and barely got over the line to break even.


    I can simply see them trying to broaden their audience based on demographics.
     
    Your woke strategy of making movies with broad cast demographics is a complete failure. The numbers show that SJW "diverse" movies do not attract a paying audience.


    Does it surprise you that an attractive Black Widow is more popular that the deliberately uglifed Captain Marvel?
     
    I don’t know what the hell you are talking about. I see two women in costumes and I really don’t care.
     
    Wow. Just Wow... I do not want to OUT you but... Are you homosexual?

    Every heterosexual guy will immediately grasp the difference between the two costumes. And, with high levels of accuracy, I can predict exactly what they wish to grasp.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson

  176. @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    Brazil does not have Hispanics.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispania

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/46/Conquista_Hispania.svg/1280px-Conquista_Hispania.svg.png

    Now, you were saying? ;)

    Replies: @AP, @QCIC

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanic

    The term Hispanic (Spanish: hispano) refers to people, cultures, or countries related to Spain, the Spanish language, or Hispanidad broadly

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanidad

    [Spain and former Spanish colonies, including Philippines]

    https://www.dictionary.com/e/hispanic-vs-latino/

    Hispanic is an adjective that generally means “relating to Spanish-speaking Latin America” or to “people of Spanish-speaking descent.

    Latino is an adjective and a noun that describes a person “of Latin American origin or descent,” especially one who lives in the United States. The form Latina refers to a Latin American woman.

    The reason for the inclusion of Latino? Hispanic proved too narrow a term because it excluded people descended from South America’s largest country, Brazil. Portuguese, the primary language of Brazil, may not be Spanish, but it is also a Romance language—that is, it evolved from Latin, hence the term Latin America

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    Some years ago Brazil tried to jump start its troubled space program with a Ukraine collaboration but this fell through.
    https://tass.com/world/788438
    No discussion of Brazil is complete without the following. The Portuguese version is probably better.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVdaFQhS86E

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    Why aren't Quebeckers considered Latinos, then? They are also peoples in the Americas who speak a Romance language, after all. Ditto for Haitians.

    Replies: @songbird

  177. @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    Brazil does not have Hispanics.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispania

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/46/Conquista_Hispania.svg/1280px-Conquista_Hispania.svg.png

    Now, you were saying? ;)

    Replies: @AP, @QCIC

    This is a tricky point to argue. Portuguese and Spanish influences on South American culture are similar, despite the different languages. I think the mutual intelligibility of these Iberian languages is on the same order as for Ukrainian and Russian. There are enclaves of Portuguese speakers in the Northeastern USA, with ancestors from Portugal or Cape Verde.

    Mixed-race Brazilian people often have a greater admixture of African ancestry than people in other South American countries and look recognizably different. It may be the indigenous people of Brazil have a distinctive phenotypic look as well.

    Brazil is more industrialized than other “hispanic countries” and the people may have more opportunity at home.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @QCIC


    Mixed-race Brazilian people often have a greater admixture of African ancestry than people in other South American countries and look recognizably different.
     
    Yes, because Brazil often got more slaves than other Latin American countries did in the past.

    Brazil is more industrialized than other “hispanic countries” and the people may have more opportunity at home.

     

    Why aren't non-white Brazilians moving en masse to nicer, whiter, and richer southern Brazil, though?
  178. @John Johnson
    @A123

    YouTube provides view counts. Disparu’s most popular video scored 1.8 Million views. Many others approach 1 Million.

    So one person makes money and 1 million people tune into express their frustrations over a completely fictional world. About one notch above furry culture.

    I don't understand grown men that are into comic book characters. The US is a mess and we have a huge chunk of White men going to watch movies where fictional characters solve fictional problems. They pay full price and then complain about the movies. It's pathetic. Let me show you my disgust by handing you my money because I am a comic nerd that can't wait for Red Box. Can't wait 4 months to watch it on a 60" HDTV at home.

    Girls do not go to super hero movies even if they are about heroines. Non-white male youths do not care about the race of the protagonist. Wakanda 2 flopped.

    I really doubt Black youff would not care if a hero is Black or White. I'm sure they would prefer Black and White kids would prefer White.

    I'm not saying Disney made a wise business decision. I can simply see them trying to broaden their audience based on demographics. Yes I'm sure the movie is crap but there are millions of Hispanics and I can see trying to make a movie with a Hispanic character. It's not a big deal. Do you get upset when McDonalds does a commercial that appeals to Hispanics?

    Disney has been making crap for years. Does this really bother you? It's just entertainment. We have a bazillion options with the internet. I really don't get it.

    Does it surprise you that an attractive Black Widow is more popular that the deliberately uglifed Captain Marvel?

    I don't know what the hell you are talking about. I see two women in costumes and I really don't care.

    I don't understand your connection to this fictional world. Both of those women don't actually have super powers. They would rather talk about Taylor Swift than comic books. You are idealizing characters that don't even like your world.

    Replies: @A123

    They pay full price and then complain about the movies.

    They *ARE NOT* paying full price. They are not going at all.

    The Marvels lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Every Marvel production in 2023 failed. The only exception was Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which struggled and barely got over the line to break even.

    I can simply see them trying to broaden their audience based on demographics.

    Your woke strategy of making movies with broad cast demographics is a complete failure. The numbers show that SJW “diverse” movies do not attract a paying audience.

    Does it surprise you that an attractive Black Widow is more popular that the deliberately uglifed Captain Marvel?

    I don’t know what the hell you are talking about. I see two women in costumes and I really don’t care.

    Wow. Just Wow… I do not want to OUT you but… Are you homosexual?

    Every heterosexual guy will immediately grasp the difference between the two costumes. And, with high levels of accuracy, I can predict exactly what they wish to grasp.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @A123

    They *ARE NOT* paying full price. They are not going at all.

    Not the marvels but about the dozen comic book movies that preceded it. The new Disney movies were garbage and Star Wars nerds still went to them.

    Disney gets the message loud and clear: We will go to 100% of your Star Wars movies and 85% of the comic book movies. So for every dud like marvels we comic book nerds will still watch anything with Avengers and X-men. Just put some guys in tights and have them fight a giant boss CGI monster. Works every time. Oh but we need some White characters to help with the fantasy. Recycled story is just fine. In fact no story is needed at all. Just use a basic video game theme with gay music.

    Your woke strategy of making movies with broad cast demographics is a complete failure.

    LOL my woke strategy? Yea I'm the most woke person because I'm not surprised that Disney tries to make money off non-Whites. I don't care if the product failed or was a success. I can find my own entertainment.

    There is plenty of money to be made from Hispanics and the NFL is a good example of how it can be done. Kathleen Kennedy's cluelessness and patronizing attitude is the problem and not the strategy in principle.

    Every heterosexual guy will immediately grasp the difference between the two costumes. And, with high levels of accuracy, I can predict exactly what they wish to grasp.

    Did you predict that I would roll my eyes and not give a flying fuck?

    I'm married and don't oggle every single picture of a woman. Single guys definitely obsess more over images of women and they seem to not realize how controlled they are by the opposite sex. I'm not consumed by sexuality and if I wanted to watch porn then I would watch porn. In fact I find it strange that men will watch a 2 hour movie just because it has a chick in a tight costume. Why waste time with a lame story and terrible acting? Just turn on porn. I really don't get it. You can probably find costume themed porn. Female action stars are normally terrible actors. It's hard to find a male action star that can act and even harder for the women. I saw a 2 minute preview for marvels and can tell it has terrible acting just like most comic book movies. Maybe most people can't tell anymore because it is so ubiquitous in these movies. Everyone is barely reading a line to each other and they always have one person in the group that completely sucks. So even if there is a good actor he or she will be stomped on with the suck of someone else. Then there is the CGI character that ruins every scene. I don't see how anyone can watch this crap when there are movies like There Will Be Blood and shows like Mr. Inbetween. These comic book movies are like watching someone play a video game but with corny lines.

    Replies: @A123

  179. @AP
    @Mr. XYZ

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanic

    The term Hispanic (Spanish: hispano) refers to people, cultures, or countries related to Spain, the Spanish language, or Hispanidad broadly

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanidad

    [Spain and former Spanish colonies, including Philippines]

    https://www.dictionary.com/e/hispanic-vs-latino/

    Hispanic is an adjective that generally means “relating to Spanish-speaking Latin America” or to “people of Spanish-speaking descent.

    Latino is an adjective and a noun that describes a person “of Latin American origin or descent,” especially one who lives in the United States. The form Latina refers to a Latin American woman.

    The reason for the inclusion of Latino? Hispanic proved too narrow a term because it excluded people descended from South America’s largest country, Brazil. Portuguese, the primary language of Brazil, may not be Spanish, but it is also a Romance language—that is, it evolved from Latin, hence the term Latin America

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

    Some years ago Brazil tried to jump start its troubled space program with a Ukraine collaboration but this fell through.
    https://tass.com/world/788438
    No discussion of Brazil is complete without the following. The Portuguese version is probably better.

  180. @AP
    @Mr. XYZ

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanic

    The term Hispanic (Spanish: hispano) refers to people, cultures, or countries related to Spain, the Spanish language, or Hispanidad broadly

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanidad

    [Spain and former Spanish colonies, including Philippines]

    https://www.dictionary.com/e/hispanic-vs-latino/

    Hispanic is an adjective that generally means “relating to Spanish-speaking Latin America” or to “people of Spanish-speaking descent.

    Latino is an adjective and a noun that describes a person “of Latin American origin or descent,” especially one who lives in the United States. The form Latina refers to a Latin American woman.

    The reason for the inclusion of Latino? Hispanic proved too narrow a term because it excluded people descended from South America’s largest country, Brazil. Portuguese, the primary language of Brazil, may not be Spanish, but it is also a Romance language—that is, it evolved from Latin, hence the term Latin America

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

    Why aren’t Quebeckers considered Latinos, then? They are also peoples in the Americas who speak a Romance language, after all. Ditto for Haitians.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mr. XYZ


    Why aren’t Quebeckers considered Latinos, then?
     
    in a roundabout way, they actually were once lumped together.

    During HG Wells visit to America a prison warden told him that Mexicans and Quebecois were problematic. Suspect he was referring to the Métis.
  181. @Beckow
    @AP


    ...Brazil does not have Hispanics.
     
    ???? Portuguese are Hispanic, their language, culture, genetics...don't go nuts on us again :)

    The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas.
     
    More like a combination of Guatemala and Saskatchewan, with a touch of Bangalore and Gambia. You can call it Dominican Republic 2.0...But keep on hoping, what else you got?

    Mexican elites are smart
     
    They are absolutely brilliant. How else could they have a country that prosperous, advanced and safe, with some of the highest quality people in the world?

    Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages.
     
    The advantage would be the heavy part...they are also very squat keeping them close to the ground. I have no idea what the Pissa-ing contest is that you constantly allude to, but my people can piss with the best of them. You are just envious...

    Let's see: the Hispanic swarthy cholitas vs. our ladies, is that even a contest? But I won't argue with your taste, after all you worship the Habsburgs, so there is something obviously missing...

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. XYZ

    They are absolutely brilliant. How else could they have a country that prosperous, advanced and safe, with some of the highest quality people in the world?

    Well, Indian Brahmins are also pretty smart, especially at their full potential (no malnutrition, iodine deficiency, or parasitic disease load), but they also run a very shitty country, though one that is also developing rapidly.

  182. @QCIC
    @Mr. XYZ

    This is a tricky point to argue. Portuguese and Spanish influences on South American culture are similar, despite the different languages. I think the mutual intelligibility of these Iberian languages is on the same order as for Ukrainian and Russian. There are enclaves of Portuguese speakers in the Northeastern USA, with ancestors from Portugal or Cape Verde.

    Mixed-race Brazilian people often have a greater admixture of African ancestry than people in other South American countries and look recognizably different. It may be the indigenous people of Brazil have a distinctive phenotypic look as well.

    Brazil is more industrialized than other "hispanic countries" and the people may have more opportunity at home.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    Mixed-race Brazilian people often have a greater admixture of African ancestry than people in other South American countries and look recognizably different.

    Yes, because Brazil often got more slaves than other Latin American countries did in the past.

    Brazil is more industrialized than other “hispanic countries” and the people may have more opportunity at home.

    Why aren’t non-white Brazilians moving en masse to nicer, whiter, and richer southern Brazil, though?

  183. @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    Why aren't Quebeckers considered Latinos, then? They are also peoples in the Americas who speak a Romance language, after all. Ditto for Haitians.

    Replies: @songbird

    Why aren’t Quebeckers considered Latinos, then?

    in a roundabout way, they actually were once lumped together.

    During HG Wells visit to America a prison warden told him that Mexicans and Quebecois were problematic. Suspect he was referring to the Métis.

  184. I didn’t invent these terms, I’m only describing them.

    https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2023/09/05/who-is-hispanic/

    In 1976, the U.S. Congress passed a law that required the government to collect and analyze data for a specific ethnic group: “Americans of Spanish origin or descent.” That legislation defined this group as “Americans who identify themselves as being of Spanish-speaking background and trace their origin or descent from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central and South America, and other Spanish-speaking countries.” This includes 20 Spanish-speaking nations from Latin America and Spain itself, but not Portugal or Portuguese-speaking Brazil.

    I think Latinos have to be from Latin America. So neither Québécois nor people from Portugal are Latinos. Haitians might be, but they are also African or Black:

    Some people have drawn sharp distinctions between these two terms. For example, some say that Hispanics are from Spain or from Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, which matches the federal definition, and Latinos are people from Latin America regardless of language. In this definition, Latinos would include people from Brazil (where Portuguese is the official language) but not Spain or Portugal

    :::::::

    I’m surprised you don’t know this stuff. You aren’t poorly educated like Beckow. You from a very non-diverse area? We have both Hispanics and Brazilians in the Northeast.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    I think Latinos have to be from Latin America. So neither Québécois nor people from Portugal are Latinos. Haitians might be, but they are also African or Black:
     
    I think that my overarching question here is this, though: Why exactly aren't Quebec and Brazil considered a part of Latin America when they're a part of the Americas and speak a Latin language?

    I know the conventional mention of the term Latino, I'm just wondering how exactly it makes sense to exclude the Quebecois and Brazilians here.

    FWIW, I live in an area where there are a lot of Hispanics, mostly Mexicans, nearby (specifically southern California; I live in a mostly white and Asian city but there are a lot of much more Mexican/Hispanic cities nearby which we sometimes visit, primarily during daylight hours, when they're actually very pleasant, even if a bit dumpy sometimes). But I don't encounter many Brazilians or Haitians or Quebecois so it hasn't really been a real-life issue for me in terms of categorizing them. I know how to categorize people from the Spanish-speaking parts of the Americas.
  185. @John Johnson
    @songbird

    US is the global cultural hegemon, in large part:

    Aware of that I think it is a tragedy that so many people around the world actually pay full price for this crap. In fact it encourages Hollywood to make CGI movies that don't have much of a story because they translate better.

    The Schumacher films were deliberately tonally different than the Burton ones. Not sure Batman directly killed anyone.

    Well they're garbage as seen by the fact that no one watches them. I've never gone to someone's house and seen those movies out. The 60s movie is also garbage.

    There was never a golden age of comic book movies.

    In fact there was never a golden age of movies. Hollywood has producing low quality theater filler since its existence. It exists to make the screen blink and get people to buy popcorn. That continues with all these comic book movies. They could make a gay Hulk and people will go and watch it. A123 will watch it in the theater and then turn on his favorite podcast and nod in agreement about how the gay orgy scene with Captain America was completely unnecessary. A 2 hour discussion on how these Woke movie makers just don't respect the audience that keeps giving them money and attention.

    Replies: @songbird, @Mr. Hack

    Suppose the situation of US cultural dominance might be even bleaker that those figures suggest, as they probably don’t count US influence on foreign productions.

    They could make a gay Hulk and people will go and watch it. A123 will watch it in the theater and then turn on his favorite podcast and nod in agreement about how the gay orgy scene with Captain America was completely unnecessary.

    some of these center-right critics on YouTube can get a little tedious or even seem woke at times, but on the balance I suspect they may be a positive.

    If they didn’t exist, their vacuum wouldn’t necessarily cause people to invest their time more wisely, or create higher art.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @songbird

    Suppose the situation of US cultural dominance might be even bleaker that those figures suggest, as they probably don’t count US influence on foreign productions.

    US cultural dominance is indeed bleaker.

    The figures don't include piracy.

    Asian and African countries gobble down this sludge down but in pirated forms.

    The profits are higher than they show because they play games with foreign profits. They come up with creative ways to pay out before taking the profits home where they are taxed. Our doofus conservatives won't go after them and then gruff about Hollywood funding the left.

    some of these center-right critics on YouTube can get a little tedious or even seem woke at times, but on the balance I suspect they may be a positive.

    I just don't get the outrage over fictional characters. Wah wah my robot dog hero from childhood is now a Mexican. This changes everything.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @songbird

  186. @A123
    @John Johnson


    They pay full price and then complain about the movies.
     
    They *ARE NOT* paying full price. They are not going at all.

    The Marvels lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Every Marvel production in 2023 failed. The only exception was Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which struggled and barely got over the line to break even.


    I can simply see them trying to broaden their audience based on demographics.
     
    Your woke strategy of making movies with broad cast demographics is a complete failure. The numbers show that SJW "diverse" movies do not attract a paying audience.


    Does it surprise you that an attractive Black Widow is more popular that the deliberately uglifed Captain Marvel?
     
    I don’t know what the hell you are talking about. I see two women in costumes and I really don’t care.
     
    Wow. Just Wow... I do not want to OUT you but... Are you homosexual?

    Every heterosexual guy will immediately grasp the difference between the two costumes. And, with high levels of accuracy, I can predict exactly what they wish to grasp.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson

    They *ARE NOT* paying full price. They are not going at all.

    Not the marvels but about the dozen comic book movies that preceded it. The new Disney movies were garbage and Star Wars nerds still went to them.

    Disney gets the message loud and clear: We will go to 100% of your Star Wars movies and 85% of the comic book movies. So for every dud like marvels we comic book nerds will still watch anything with Avengers and X-men. Just put some guys in tights and have them fight a giant boss CGI monster. Works every time. Oh but we need some White characters to help with the fantasy. Recycled story is just fine. In fact no story is needed at all. Just use a basic video game theme with gay music.

    Your woke strategy of making movies with broad cast demographics is a complete failure.

    LOL my woke strategy? Yea I’m the most woke person because I’m not surprised that Disney tries to make money off non-Whites. I don’t care if the product failed or was a success. I can find my own entertainment.

    There is plenty of money to be made from Hispanics and the NFL is a good example of how it can be done. Kathleen Kennedy’s cluelessness and patronizing attitude is the problem and not the strategy in principle.

    Every heterosexual guy will immediately grasp the difference between the two costumes. And, with high levels of accuracy, I can predict exactly what they wish to grasp.

    Did you predict that I would roll my eyes and not give a flying fuck?

    I’m married and don’t oggle every single picture of a woman. Single guys definitely obsess more over images of women and they seem to not realize how controlled they are by the opposite sex. I’m not consumed by sexuality and if I wanted to watch porn then I would watch porn. In fact I find it strange that men will watch a 2 hour movie just because it has a chick in a tight costume. Why waste time with a lame story and terrible acting? Just turn on porn. I really don’t get it. You can probably find costume themed porn. Female action stars are normally terrible actors. It’s hard to find a male action star that can act and even harder for the women. I saw a 2 minute preview for marvels and can tell it has terrible acting just like most comic book movies. Maybe most people can’t tell anymore because it is so ubiquitous in these movies. Everyone is barely reading a line to each other and they always have one person in the group that completely sucks. So even if there is a good actor he or she will be stomped on with the suck of someone else. Then there is the CGI character that ruins every scene. I don’t see how anyone can watch this crap when there are movies like There Will Be Blood and shows like Mr. Inbetween. These comic book movies are like watching someone play a video game but with corny lines.

    • Replies: @A123
    @John Johnson



    They *ARE NOT* paying full price. They are not going at all.
     
    Not the marvels but about the dozen comic book movies that preceded it.
     
    Completely untrue. All of these movies flopped:

    • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
    • The Flash
    • The Marvels
    • Blue Beetle
    • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
    • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    The racially charged movie intended to broaden scope failed. Being racist did not work. I certainly did not see Wakanda 2. It lost money.

    The girl boss movie The Marvels intended intended to attract women failed. Females do not buy tickets to superhero flicks. Even when it is targeted to them. Baring a miracle Madame Web will soon meet a similar fate.

    The homohero movie, The Eternals, crashed and burned back in IIRC 2021.

    Why do you keep insisting that diversity movies work when it is painfully obvious in the numbers that your strategy is failing?

    Far too few people are going versus the production costs. Even with the occasional film that performs well, SJW woke studios are bleeding money. Why do you keep defending them?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson

  187. @songbird
    @John Johnson

    Suppose the situation of US cultural dominance might be even bleaker that those figures suggest, as they probably don't count US influence on foreign productions.


    They could make a gay Hulk and people will go and watch it. A123 will watch it in the theater and then turn on his favorite podcast and nod in agreement about how the gay orgy scene with Captain America was completely unnecessary.
     
    some of these center-right critics on YouTube can get a little tedious or even seem woke at times, but on the balance I suspect they may be a positive.

    If they didn't exist, their vacuum wouldn't necessarily cause people to invest their time more wisely, or create higher art.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Suppose the situation of US cultural dominance might be even bleaker that those figures suggest, as they probably don’t count US influence on foreign productions.

    US cultural dominance is indeed bleaker.

    The figures don’t include piracy.

    Asian and African countries gobble down this sludge down but in pirated forms.

    The profits are higher than they show because they play games with foreign profits. They come up with creative ways to pay out before taking the profits home where they are taxed. Our doofus conservatives won’t go after them and then gruff about Hollywood funding the left.

    some of these center-right critics on YouTube can get a little tedious or even seem woke at times, but on the balance I suspect they may be a positive.

    I just don’t get the outrage over fictional characters. Wah wah my robot dog hero from childhood is now a Mexican. This changes everything.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Mexican characters, whether human or animal, are great. Dora the Explorer and Speedy Gonzales, for instance. White liberals were probably more offended by Speedy than actual Mexicans or Mexican-Americans were.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/99/Dora_the_Explorer_%28character%29.webp

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/3b516cb39a65905afae6b8f895c145d603cc33ee/0_178_1600_960/master/1600.jpg?width=1200&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=252109e6450c534ed3d6cab4ac268e81

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @songbird
    @John Johnson


    I just don’t get the outrage over fictional characters. Wah wah my robot dog hero from childhood is now a Mexican. This changes everything.
     
    Well, DIE is a zero-sum game.

    A lot of these properties are designed to appeal specifically to nostalgia, so, even in Normies, they trigger some noticing about race.

    On the one hand, one can argue that part of it is economics. But clearly mixed with politics, and even the economic part of it is because it is an endorsement of the process of demographic change, as well as a substitution for any ethnically coherent thing, where there could even be any appeal to identity.

    Plus, they often use the diversity as a vehicle to pitch their message that Euros are evil or blacks numinous. In the Zoro films Antonio Banderas LARPed as a Latino and fought some really Germanic-looking villain, with blond hair and blue eyes.

    Seems like the love interests are seldom the same race anymore.

    Meanwhile, you get all this crazy talk about representation where they use categories like Asian/Pacific Islander and say Chinese people who have their own massive industry are underrepresented, but the Rock, who most of the Chinese would presumably see as an alien from outer space, is a positive change in getting more representation for the group, which in the 1800s included stone-age cannibals, as well as people with cities of a million, like Edo, or near a million like Beijing (which was limited by imperial decree.)

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @A123, @sudden death

  188. @AP
    I didn’t invent these terms, I’m only describing them.

    https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2023/09/05/who-is-hispanic/

    In 1976, the U.S. Congress passed a law that required the government to collect and analyze data for a specific ethnic group: “Americans of Spanish origin or descent.” That legislation defined this group as “Americans who identify themselves as being of Spanish-speaking background and trace their origin or descent from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central and South America, and other Spanish-speaking countries.” This includes 20 Spanish-speaking nations from Latin America and Spain itself, but not Portugal or Portuguese-speaking Brazil.

    I think Latinos have to be from Latin America. So neither Québécois nor people from Portugal are Latinos. Haitians might be, but they are also African or Black:

    Some people have drawn sharp distinctions between these two terms. For example, some say that Hispanics are from Spain or from Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, which matches the federal definition, and Latinos are people from Latin America regardless of language. In this definition, Latinos would include people from Brazil (where Portuguese is the official language) but not Spain or Portugal

    :::::::

    I’m surprised you don’t know this stuff. You aren’t poorly educated like Beckow. You from a very non-diverse area? We have both Hispanics and Brazilians in the Northeast.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    I think Latinos have to be from Latin America. So neither Québécois nor people from Portugal are Latinos. Haitians might be, but they are also African or Black:

    I think that my overarching question here is this, though: Why exactly aren’t Quebec and Brazil considered a part of Latin America when they’re a part of the Americas and speak a Latin language?

    I know the conventional mention of the term Latino, I’m just wondering how exactly it makes sense to exclude the Quebecois and Brazilians here.

    FWIW, I live in an area where there are a lot of Hispanics, mostly Mexicans, nearby (specifically southern California; I live in a mostly white and Asian city but there are a lot of much more Mexican/Hispanic cities nearby which we sometimes visit, primarily during daylight hours, when they’re actually very pleasant, even if a bit dumpy sometimes). But I don’t encounter many Brazilians or Haitians or Quebecois so it hasn’t really been a real-life issue for me in terms of categorizing them. I know how to categorize people from the Spanish-speaking parts of the Americas.

  189. @John Johnson
    @songbird

    Suppose the situation of US cultural dominance might be even bleaker that those figures suggest, as they probably don’t count US influence on foreign productions.

    US cultural dominance is indeed bleaker.

    The figures don't include piracy.

    Asian and African countries gobble down this sludge down but in pirated forms.

    The profits are higher than they show because they play games with foreign profits. They come up with creative ways to pay out before taking the profits home where they are taxed. Our doofus conservatives won't go after them and then gruff about Hollywood funding the left.

    some of these center-right critics on YouTube can get a little tedious or even seem woke at times, but on the balance I suspect they may be a positive.

    I just don't get the outrage over fictional characters. Wah wah my robot dog hero from childhood is now a Mexican. This changes everything.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @songbird

    Mexican characters, whether human or animal, are great. Dora the Explorer and Speedy Gonzales, for instance. White liberals were probably more offended by Speedy than actual Mexicans or Mexican-Americans were.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Mr. XYZ

    Please tell me that no actual person was offended by Speedy Gonzales!

    I guess the concept of the character was snarky since the stereotype is that Mexicans are slow and lazy. Sort of like naming your pet snail "Turbo".

    Replies: @songbird, @Mr. XYZ

  190. @AP
    @Beckow


    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative – it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil
     
    Brazil does not have Hispanics. It has an almost completely different demographic profile, in most ways (very different elites, very different under underclass), than will the future USA. It’s a stupid comparison. The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas. Neither one of those is like Brazil.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you

     

    Mexican elites are smart; they may be less disciplined than American Anglo, Jewish and Asian elites but are they less disciplined than Spaniards? I suspect not. As for health - life expectancy for Hispanic Americans is higher than for Slovakia. Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages. Hispanic Americans also score better on PISA than your people do. They are probably smarter than you, too.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. XYZ, @LT1488

    You seem to love hispanics more than your own slavic cousins (slovaks). Interesting

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @LT1488

    I think that he tends to view Slavs and Hispanics rather similarly. Especially if they're both Catholic.

    I wonder what future AP will see for Russia if Russian liberals will ever come to power there. Would they embrace mass immigration like Western liberals have? If so, would it primarily be from the Muslim world or from some other places, such as India, Southeast Asia, and/or Sub-Saharan Africa as well? I have previously flirted with an idea of giving Third Worlders Russian--or Ukrainian, for that matter--immigration rights to Russia--or Ukraine--if they will actually sincerely agree to convert to Russian--or Ukrainian--Orthodoxy.

    Replies: @LT1488, @AP

  191. @LT1488
    @AP

    You seem to love hispanics more than your own slavic cousins (slovaks). Interesting

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    I think that he tends to view Slavs and Hispanics rather similarly. Especially if they’re both Catholic.

    I wonder what future AP will see for Russia if Russian liberals will ever come to power there. Would they embrace mass immigration like Western liberals have? If so, would it primarily be from the Muslim world or from some other places, such as India, Southeast Asia, and/or Sub-Saharan Africa as well? I have previously flirted with an idea of giving Third Worlders Russian–or Ukrainian, for that matter–immigration rights to Russia–or Ukraine–if they will actually sincerely agree to convert to Russian–or Ukrainian–Orthodoxy.

    • Replies: @LT1488
    @Mr. XYZ

    It depends on the kind of liberal, Sobchak kind or Navalny kind.
    The Navalny kind would probably blindly follow the West, the Sobchak kind would probably blindly follow whatever the now returning emigre oligarchy would want.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    , @AP
    @Mr. XYZ


    I wonder what future AP will see for Russia if Russian liberals will ever come to power there. Would they embrace mass immigration like Western liberals have
     
    Probably not. Even Navalny once referred to people from the Caucuses as cockroaches.

    The template for liberal Eastern Europeans is Czechia. Libertinism, secularism and democracy, but not mass immigration (this is why people who claim liberalizing Poland will be another Ireland, full of non-Europeans, are just wrong. Liberalizing Poland will be more like Czechia).

    That having been said, unlike Czechia (or Poland), Russia does border several fecund Islamic countries and has a large native Muslim population, so increased Muslim population is inevitable.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  192. @Mr. XYZ
    @LT1488

    I think that he tends to view Slavs and Hispanics rather similarly. Especially if they're both Catholic.

    I wonder what future AP will see for Russia if Russian liberals will ever come to power there. Would they embrace mass immigration like Western liberals have? If so, would it primarily be from the Muslim world or from some other places, such as India, Southeast Asia, and/or Sub-Saharan Africa as well? I have previously flirted with an idea of giving Third Worlders Russian--or Ukrainian, for that matter--immigration rights to Russia--or Ukraine--if they will actually sincerely agree to convert to Russian--or Ukrainian--Orthodoxy.

    Replies: @LT1488, @AP

    It depends on the kind of liberal, Sobchak kind or Navalny kind.
    The Navalny kind would probably blindly follow the West, the Sobchak kind would probably blindly follow whatever the now returning emigre oligarchy would want.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @LT1488

    I hope that a Navalny-led Russia would welcome a lot of culturally compatible immigrants to make up for Navalny’s xenophobic past, such as him calling Caucasians “cockroaches”.

    Russia won’t be able to ever enter the EU unless it will seriously tackle its oligarch and corruption problems. Especially the latter. Ditto for Ukraine, for that matter.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  193. @John Johnson
    @Beckow


    …Not my decision and my kids won’t have to worry about it.
     
    Maybe they will worry about nothing but that…You have moved into escapism and ‘just live with it‘ attitude.

    Escapism? I'm not going anywhere. It's called strategizing.

    Do tell how an individual can change the situation at this point.

    I'm also not a White nationalist and having Hispanic neighbors doesn't bother me. White liberals bother me far more than Hispanics. I've lived with White liberals and I will take Mexicans any day of the week. White liberals are not only soul sucking but their constant reality denial is incredibly tiring. You have to constantly watch what you say less they deem you as a Bad White that interrupts their gender/racial fantasies. It's very burdensome if you are the type that enjoys a variety of viewpoints. They really are like Stepford wives but with hybrids and organic grocery stores.

    The change in demographics is not about the fact that Hispanics and other migrants tend to be culturally conservative – it is about the irreversible change in the culture. Brazil 2.0 will still be Brazil, I have been there, not a place I would recommend in the long run.

    Brazil 2 is not my preference but I will be fine. I can always move to Canada or Ukraine, even Hungary. I have connections all over Europe.

    I live well and so will my children. They won't be at the mercy of the system. I prioritize my family over country.

    The quality of people matters, the genetics: surrounded by shorter, fatter, less healthy, less smart, less mentally disciplined masses is not a good thing. They will eventually absorb you, that’s the way it works. And white libs will die out.

    White libs are certainly dying out. Hardcore liberalism is most likely an unfortunate gene combination that is ultimately dysgenic.

    As for absorption I think you are imagining Sao Paulo more than the current reality. I already pointed out how NYC is mostly non-White and they still generate more research than Eastern Europe. One small corner of NYC has more tech development than all of Russia. Russia's software market is actually smaller than Denmark. Thus this is more complicated than Whites being absorbed by Mestizos.

    I knew this was coming years ago. When I was in the South it was clear that most Whites were unable to handle reality. Texas Republicans looked the other way on the border for years. Most Whites cannot face the reality of race. They want either Christian creationism or liberalism to be true. Take it up with them. The minority that faces reality is shunned by both sides.

    You can hide in your burbs, but the reality is that the last 10 years have been a complete screw-up.

    You seem to keep assuming I support all US policy because I support Ukraine. I really don't have your tribal brain. I view the US as compromised by reality denial but still better than a second rate Slavic empire headed by a mass murdering dwarf.

    Anti-native immigration policy was actually exacerbated by Reagan even though he is a conservative hero. The real damage to this country however was done with the 1965 immigration act and all the Democrat policies that passed with the assumption that racial inequality is merely the White man being evil and holding everyone else back. Some of those policies were signed into law by Nixon who believed in lying about race. I have both Republicans and liberals in my history that fully admit the public needs to be told lies regarding race. Thus we have two sides that believe in lying. The resulting Brazil 2.0 will be unfortunate for the world as US innovation and research will decline but I will not only live well but better than average Whites in all White countries.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Derer

    a second rate Slavic empire headed by a mass murdering dwarf.

    For the F sake why are you poison your posts with your brainless hate.

    -A country cannot be second rate by providing space ship for “hegemon’s” space operation.

    -Putin cannot and will not allow enemy military bases in Ukraine – announced red line.

    -Washington will not allow enemy military bases in Mexico or Central America.

    -Washington killed 3.5 mil civilian on foreign soils since the WWII and you are talking about defending a nuclear superpower red line “murdering dwarf” – murdering dwarf is in Kiev.

    -After 75 years of Bolshevik yoke, Russia’s path of improving their standard of living is constantly facing obstacles deliberately created by the “Empire of sanctions” as evidenced by the 90’s looting or present sanctions and outright assets theft – actions paving confrontational future for decades.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Derer


    -Washington will not allow enemy military bases in Mexico or Central America.

     

    It de facto allowed them in Cuba for a couple of decades post-Cuban Missile Crisis.

    In any case, I guess that Austria-Hungary couldn't tolerate the risk of Russian military bases in Serbia in 1914 either, right? Or that Nazi Germany couldn't tolerate the risk of French or Soviet military bases in Czechoslovakia in 1938? Or that Nazi Germany couldn't tolerate the risk of French or British military bases in Poland in 1939?

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Derer

    , @John Johnson
    @Derer

    Putin cannot and will not allow enemy military bases in Ukraine – announced red line.

    Oh ok why don't you tell us about this planned military base even though Ukraine didn't qualify for NATO and wasn't in the process of applying.

    Or be Putin defender #8231 that avoids trying to backup a statement with data after finding out he was working with bits and pieces from pro-Putin media that were never vetted.

    Washington killed 3.5 mil civilian on foreign soils since the WWII and you are talking about defending a nuclear superpower red line “murdering dwarf” – murdering dwarf is in Kiev.

    Putin is a mass murdering dwarf and a coward. He kills about 1 or 2 journalists a month because he is an intellectual coward that is afraid of having to explain himself. A midget both in height and ability.

    After 75 years of Bolshevik yoke, Russia’s path of improving their standard of living is constantly facing obstacles deliberately created by the “Empire of sanctions” as evidenced by the 90’s looting or present sanctions and outright assets theft – actions paving confrontational future for decades.

    And yet the ex-Bolshevik tiny Baltics with limited resources have a higher standard of living. They somehow managed that without having a mass murdering dwarf dictator. Kind of like Taiwan and China. Looks like your totalitarian state was never needed to improve the lives of the people.

    Mighty Russia can't offer their workers the standard of living of Estonia.

    Oh and USSR style food lines are back.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/egg-crisis-cracks-russia-putin-failing-to-fulfill-promises-in-wake-of-ukraine-war-fallout/ar-BB1h1vwf

    World is so impressed with the dwarf. A needless war and taking the economy back to 1988.

  194. @LT1488
    @Mr. XYZ

    It depends on the kind of liberal, Sobchak kind or Navalny kind.
    The Navalny kind would probably blindly follow the West, the Sobchak kind would probably blindly follow whatever the now returning emigre oligarchy would want.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    I hope that a Navalny-led Russia would welcome a lot of culturally compatible immigrants to make up for Navalny’s xenophobic past, such as him calling Caucasians “cockroaches”.

    Russia won’t be able to ever enter the EU unless it will seriously tackle its oligarch and corruption problems. Especially the latter. Ditto for Ukraine, for that matter.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    I honestly think Syrian immigrants would improve Russia.

    Rural Russians are some of the worst dregs I have seen in street interviews.

    Half of them appear drunk in the middle of the day.

    Rural Russian POWs seem suicidal. Few can explain the war but they seem indifferent to death. They have a strange combination of national arrogance and nihilistic fatalism.

    I'm no fan of Islam but I really do believe that Syrians would benefit Russia.

    Russians would at least have something new to complain about.

    Russia is the perfect place for Syrian immigrants. A post-Putin Russia could bring in Europe's Syrians as part of a grand deal.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @LT1488, @LT1488

  195. @Derer
    @John Johnson


    a second rate Slavic empire headed by a mass murdering dwarf.
     
    For the F sake why are you poison your posts with your brainless hate.

    -A country cannot be second rate by providing space ship for "hegemon's" space operation.

    -Putin cannot and will not allow enemy military bases in Ukraine - announced red line.

    -Washington will not allow enemy military bases in Mexico or Central America.

    -Washington killed 3.5 mil civilian on foreign soils since the WWII and you are talking about defending a nuclear superpower red line "murdering dwarf" - murdering dwarf is in Kiev.

    -After 75 years of Bolshevik yoke, Russia's path of improving their standard of living is constantly facing obstacles deliberately created by the "Empire of sanctions" as evidenced by the 90's looting or present sanctions and outright assets theft - actions paving confrontational future for decades.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @John Johnson

    -Washington will not allow enemy military bases in Mexico or Central America.

    It de facto allowed them in Cuba for a couple of decades post-Cuban Missile Crisis.

    In any case, I guess that Austria-Hungary couldn’t tolerate the risk of Russian military bases in Serbia in 1914 either, right? Or that Nazi Germany couldn’t tolerate the risk of French or Soviet military bases in Czechoslovakia in 1938? Or that Nazi Germany couldn’t tolerate the risk of French or British military bases in Poland in 1939?

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Mr. XYZ

    For that matter, China couldn't tolerate US bases in North Korea in the 1950s and US bases in North Vietnam in the 1960s, which is why it militarily intervened in the Korean War in order to save the North Korean government and regime and was prepared to do the exact same thing in North Vietnam had the US ever actually invaded it during the Vietnam War.

    , @Derer
    @Mr. XYZ

    Do you have reading difficulty? I said Mexico and Central America and you extrapolate that to Austria-Hungary. You are comparing apples and oranges. One cannot compare present military warfare of nuclear superpowers to old armies of Vietnam or Korea - childish.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  196. @Mr. XYZ
    @Derer


    -Washington will not allow enemy military bases in Mexico or Central America.

     

    It de facto allowed them in Cuba for a couple of decades post-Cuban Missile Crisis.

    In any case, I guess that Austria-Hungary couldn't tolerate the risk of Russian military bases in Serbia in 1914 either, right? Or that Nazi Germany couldn't tolerate the risk of French or Soviet military bases in Czechoslovakia in 1938? Or that Nazi Germany couldn't tolerate the risk of French or British military bases in Poland in 1939?

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Derer

    For that matter, China couldn’t tolerate US bases in North Korea in the 1950s and US bases in North Vietnam in the 1960s, which is why it militarily intervened in the Korean War in order to save the North Korean government and regime and was prepared to do the exact same thing in North Vietnam had the US ever actually invaded it during the Vietnam War.

  197. @AP
    @Beckow


    …Brazil does not have Hispanics.

    ???? Portuguese are Hispanic, their language, culture, genetics…don’t go nuts on us again
     
    They are Latinos, not not Hispanic. The corresponding term for those of Portuguese origin might be Lusitanian.

    Your ignorance shines, as usual.


    The future of the USA will be some combination of contemporary California and Texas.

    More like a combination of Guatemala and Saskatchewan, with a touch of Bangalore and Gambia
     

    Not enough Central Americans, nor Africans for that. And America gets higher caste Hindus (poor ones go to UK), so nothing like Bangalore.

    Mexican elites are smart

    They are absolutely brilliant. How else could they have a country that prosperous, advanced and safe
     

    They are as smart as Spaniards. But they live among a different people, and have very nice lives amongst them. Their class surroundings are prosperous and safe.

    But America will not be another Mexico either. Mexico doesn't have an Anglo legal framework, nor is it 35% or so Anglo as America will be. If Mexico had these things, it wouldn't be Mexico.

    No, future America will be a lot like modern Texas or California.

    It will be a unique entity, Anglo legal framework, Anglo-Euro-Jewish-Asian elite, castizo middle and working class* (perhaps more Mestizo as one gets poorer), and Black underclass. The occasional African or upper class Cuban/Spaniard in Miami for an exotic touch. With the American Great Power inheritance, and abundant natural resources. Not too bad.


    Despite Hispanics being heavier. The combination of Asian and Mediterranean genes has some advantages.

    The advantage would be the heavy part
     

    As I said, they live long lives. Longer than people in Slovakia.

    I have no idea what the Pissa-ing contest is that you constantly allude to,
     
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-new-2018-pisa-school-test-scores-usa-usa/

    US Hispanics beat the Slovak Republic.


    You are just envious
     
    You are probably just bitter because you couldn't stay in the USA and had to go back. Just sour grapes.

    Let’s see: the Hispanic swarthy cholitas vs. our ladies, is that even a contest?
     
    Not my taste, besides - Ukrainian and Russian girls are even better than Slovak ones. But taste varies.

    *Not like the ones in Chile or elsewhere in South America though. The Americans ones will be people who are 1/2 Anglo, 1/4 Indian, and 1/4 Med. Like this lady:

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1b/c6/be/1bc6be58c51cc6cf4a384655455e3115.jpg

    Or this guy:

    https://www.cityoflawrence.org/sites/default/files/voices/DanielG.jpg

    Apparently the original Wonder Woman actress from the 70s, Linda Carter, was half Mexican and half Irish.

    https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/lynda-carter-young-small.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Derer

    US Hispanics beat the Slovak Republic.

    In what? Are you insane? Have you been to LA 30-40 years ago and then in recent years. By the influx of Hispanics it became a filthy shit hole with long crumbs and soup donation lines. People are leaving, mostly to Texas.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Derer

    In what? Are you insane? Have you been to LA 30-40 years ago and then in recent years. By the influx of Hispanics it became a filthy shit hole with long crumbs and soup donation lines. People are leaving, mostly to Texas.

    Texas is majority Hispanic. Well officially even though it was probably that way 10 years ago.

    The difference is that Texas is not managed by liberals.

    LA is not a White vs Mexican conflict. It's more wealthy liberals vs everyone else. LA has problems beyond belief. It isn't what it appears. It's much darker than what even alt-right imagines.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @QCIC

    , @AP
    @Derer

    Derer is too dumb to be able to read.

    I said that American Hispanics beat Slovaks in life expectancy and child educational achievement. I didn’t say they were cleaner, or thinner.

    LA became a lot safer with the Mexican influx. The filth seems to be driven by junkies and homeless though - policies of white liberals.

    And Texas is full of Mexicans. If Californians wee fleeing the Mexicans they would be going somewhere other than Texas. Looks like basic reasoning is as difficult for you as is reading.

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Derer


    People are leaving, mostly to Texas.
     
    People are leaving several blue states that libtards made unlivable, including CA and NY. Most are heading to the red states that are still livable. There was a suggestion in TN to suspend the voting rights of refugees from blue states for at least five years: they turned their states into shitholes by their libtard voting, they should not be allowed to turn TN into a shithole. From my POW, makes perfect sense.
  198. @Derer
    @John Johnson


    a second rate Slavic empire headed by a mass murdering dwarf.
     
    For the F sake why are you poison your posts with your brainless hate.

    -A country cannot be second rate by providing space ship for "hegemon's" space operation.

    -Putin cannot and will not allow enemy military bases in Ukraine - announced red line.

    -Washington will not allow enemy military bases in Mexico or Central America.

    -Washington killed 3.5 mil civilian on foreign soils since the WWII and you are talking about defending a nuclear superpower red line "murdering dwarf" - murdering dwarf is in Kiev.

    -After 75 years of Bolshevik yoke, Russia's path of improving their standard of living is constantly facing obstacles deliberately created by the "Empire of sanctions" as evidenced by the 90's looting or present sanctions and outright assets theft - actions paving confrontational future for decades.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @John Johnson

    Putin cannot and will not allow enemy military bases in Ukraine – announced red line.

    Oh ok why don’t you tell us about this planned military base even though Ukraine didn’t qualify for NATO and wasn’t in the process of applying.

    Or be Putin defender #8231 that avoids trying to backup a statement with data after finding out he was working with bits and pieces from pro-Putin media that were never vetted.

    Washington killed 3.5 mil civilian on foreign soils since the WWII and you are talking about defending a nuclear superpower red line “murdering dwarf” – murdering dwarf is in Kiev.

    Putin is a mass murdering dwarf and a coward. He kills about 1 or 2 journalists a month because he is an intellectual coward that is afraid of having to explain himself. A midget both in height and ability.

    After 75 years of Bolshevik yoke, Russia’s path of improving their standard of living is constantly facing obstacles deliberately created by the “Empire of sanctions” as evidenced by the 90’s looting or present sanctions and outright assets theft – actions paving confrontational future for decades.

    And yet the ex-Bolshevik tiny Baltics with limited resources have a higher standard of living. They somehow managed that without having a mass murdering dwarf dictator. Kind of like Taiwan and China. Looks like your totalitarian state was never needed to improve the lives of the people.

    Mighty Russia can’t offer their workers the standard of living of Estonia.

    Oh and USSR style food lines are back.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/egg-crisis-cracks-russia-putin-failing-to-fulfill-promises-in-wake-of-ukraine-war-fallout/ar-BB1h1vwf

    World is so impressed with the dwarf. A needless war and taking the economy back to 1988.

  199. @Mr. XYZ
    @Derer


    -Washington will not allow enemy military bases in Mexico or Central America.

     

    It de facto allowed them in Cuba for a couple of decades post-Cuban Missile Crisis.

    In any case, I guess that Austria-Hungary couldn't tolerate the risk of Russian military bases in Serbia in 1914 either, right? Or that Nazi Germany couldn't tolerate the risk of French or Soviet military bases in Czechoslovakia in 1938? Or that Nazi Germany couldn't tolerate the risk of French or British military bases in Poland in 1939?

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Derer

    Do you have reading difficulty? I said Mexico and Central America and you extrapolate that to Austria-Hungary. You are comparing apples and oranges. One cannot compare present military warfare of nuclear superpowers to old armies of Vietnam or Korea – childish.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Derer

    If Austria-Hungary had nuclear weapons, would the comparison be more apt? Or if Nazi Germany had nuclear weapons?

  200. @A123
    @John Johnson



    Disparu’s livelihood is earning money by generating views on YouTube and other social media. His presentation is obviously geared to this financial imperative. It is unsurprising that delivery is somewhat “larger than life”.
     
    So he makes money by expressing the rage of other comic book nerds. Yea well I don’t see how there is an audience
     
    YouTube provides view counts. Disparu's most popular video scored 1.8 Million views. Many others approach 1 Million.

    The Critical Drinker's https://m.youtube.com/@TheCriticalDrinker/videos most popular video is over 8 Million. Many exceed 3 Million views.

    You do not have to view it yourself. However, objective counts show that mass audience exists.


    Girls are half the population and they want to appeal to non-White customers. So what?
     
    Girls do not go to super hero movies even if they are about heroines. Non-white male youths do not care about the race of the protagonist. Wakanda 2 flopped. The audience that grew up with high quality comic books is overwhelmingly heterosexual, male, and white.

    Which of these characters is more appealing to the target audience?

     
    https://media.lelombrik.net/t/3e163d82fa428d5a1e38559ee0c99d15/f/3e163d82fa428d5a1e38559ee0c99d15.png
     

    Does it surprise you that an attractive Black Widow is more popular that the deliberately uglifed Captain Marvel?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Derer

    I like that Jewish girl in black (from Lost in Translation)

  201. @Mr. XYZ
    @LT1488

    I hope that a Navalny-led Russia would welcome a lot of culturally compatible immigrants to make up for Navalny’s xenophobic past, such as him calling Caucasians “cockroaches”.

    Russia won’t be able to ever enter the EU unless it will seriously tackle its oligarch and corruption problems. Especially the latter. Ditto for Ukraine, for that matter.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    I honestly think Syrian immigrants would improve Russia.

    Rural Russians are some of the worst dregs I have seen in street interviews.

    Half of them appear drunk in the middle of the day.

    Rural Russian POWs seem suicidal. Few can explain the war but they seem indifferent to death. They have a strange combination of national arrogance and nihilistic fatalism.

    I’m no fan of Islam but I really do believe that Syrians would benefit Russia.

    Russians would at least have something new to complain about.

    Russia is the perfect place for Syrian immigrants. A post-Putin Russia could bring in Europe’s Syrians as part of a grand deal.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Why stop with Syrians? Why not take in Afghans, Sub-Saharan Africans, et cetera as well? Mikhail Zygar already has a black husband, after all.

    , @LT1488
    @John Johnson

    You haven't seen rural Americans from Appalachia then.

    , @LT1488
    @John Johnson

    You haven't seen rural Appalachians then.

  202. @Derer
    @AP


    US Hispanics beat the Slovak Republic.
     
    In what? Are you insane? Have you been to LA 30-40 years ago and then in recent years. By the influx of Hispanics it became a filthy shit hole with long crumbs and soup donation lines. People are leaving, mostly to Texas.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @AP, @AnonfromTN

    In what? Are you insane? Have you been to LA 30-40 years ago and then in recent years. By the influx of Hispanics it became a filthy shit hole with long crumbs and soup donation lines. People are leaving, mostly to Texas.

    Texas is majority Hispanic. Well officially even though it was probably that way 10 years ago.

    The difference is that Texas is not managed by liberals.

    LA is not a White vs Mexican conflict. It’s more wealthy liberals vs everyone else. LA has problems beyond belief. It isn’t what it appears. It’s much darker than what even alt-right imagines.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Texas will eventually be managed by liberals, rest assured. Just like Virginia is today. But don't worry, life won't collapse. Especially if liberals will drop the crazy aspects of their Woke ideology by then.

    , @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    John Johnson wrote:


    LA has problems beyond belief. It isn’t what it appears. It’s much darker than what even alt-right imagines.
     
    What do you mean?

    Replies: @John Johnson

  203. @Derer
    @Mr. XYZ

    Do you have reading difficulty? I said Mexico and Central America and you extrapolate that to Austria-Hungary. You are comparing apples and oranges. One cannot compare present military warfare of nuclear superpowers to old armies of Vietnam or Korea - childish.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    If Austria-Hungary had nuclear weapons, would the comparison be more apt? Or if Nazi Germany had nuclear weapons?

  204. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    I honestly think Syrian immigrants would improve Russia.

    Rural Russians are some of the worst dregs I have seen in street interviews.

    Half of them appear drunk in the middle of the day.

    Rural Russian POWs seem suicidal. Few can explain the war but they seem indifferent to death. They have a strange combination of national arrogance and nihilistic fatalism.

    I'm no fan of Islam but I really do believe that Syrians would benefit Russia.

    Russians would at least have something new to complain about.

    Russia is the perfect place for Syrian immigrants. A post-Putin Russia could bring in Europe's Syrians as part of a grand deal.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @LT1488, @LT1488

    Why stop with Syrians? Why not take in Afghans, Sub-Saharan Africans, et cetera as well? Mikhail Zygar already has a black husband, after all.

  205. @John Johnson
    @Derer

    In what? Are you insane? Have you been to LA 30-40 years ago and then in recent years. By the influx of Hispanics it became a filthy shit hole with long crumbs and soup donation lines. People are leaving, mostly to Texas.

    Texas is majority Hispanic. Well officially even though it was probably that way 10 years ago.

    The difference is that Texas is not managed by liberals.

    LA is not a White vs Mexican conflict. It's more wealthy liberals vs everyone else. LA has problems beyond belief. It isn't what it appears. It's much darker than what even alt-right imagines.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @QCIC

    Texas will eventually be managed by liberals, rest assured. Just like Virginia is today. But don’t worry, life won’t collapse. Especially if liberals will drop the crazy aspects of their Woke ideology by then.

  206. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    I honestly think Syrian immigrants would improve Russia.

    Rural Russians are some of the worst dregs I have seen in street interviews.

    Half of them appear drunk in the middle of the day.

    Rural Russian POWs seem suicidal. Few can explain the war but they seem indifferent to death. They have a strange combination of national arrogance and nihilistic fatalism.

    I'm no fan of Islam but I really do believe that Syrians would benefit Russia.

    Russians would at least have something new to complain about.

    Russia is the perfect place for Syrian immigrants. A post-Putin Russia could bring in Europe's Syrians as part of a grand deal.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @LT1488, @LT1488

    You haven’t seen rural Americans from Appalachia then.

  207. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    I honestly think Syrian immigrants would improve Russia.

    Rural Russians are some of the worst dregs I have seen in street interviews.

    Half of them appear drunk in the middle of the day.

    Rural Russian POWs seem suicidal. Few can explain the war but they seem indifferent to death. They have a strange combination of national arrogance and nihilistic fatalism.

    I'm no fan of Islam but I really do believe that Syrians would benefit Russia.

    Russians would at least have something new to complain about.

    Russia is the perfect place for Syrian immigrants. A post-Putin Russia could bring in Europe's Syrians as part of a grand deal.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @LT1488, @LT1488

    You haven’t seen rural Appalachians then.

  208. @A123
    @QCIC


    Zelensky as Nazi only plays with the Holocaust (Holohoax?) debunker crowd. They don’t hang out in this forum.
     
    Are you stating that Zelensky's Azov brigades use this symbology to be pro-Jewish?

     
    http://www.balancer.ru/sites/com/li/livejournal/pics/ic/da_dzi/8465174/296703/296703_original.jpg
     

    It is objectively true that Zelensky is a post-Judaic apostate who hates authentic Palestinian Jews.
    ___

    Is your goal to split hairs? You believe that anti-Semite Zelensky is only a neo-Nazi, not a full Nazi?

    Beyond his open and obvious hatred of Judaism and personal distance from that religion, I am not attached to specific labelling. I would be willing to concede his hatred of Jews is only neo-Nazi. Regardless of the label, his consent to dig up and desecrate Jewish graves for a condo project is proof of antipathy towards Judaism.

    The key point is that the Ukrainian side, under Zelensky's regime, is wholly non-Judaic in form and function. There may be some people with last names normally associated with ethnic lineage. However, there is nothing from Kiev's rule that ties to the practice of Judaism.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. Hack

    You sound fanatically strange enough to expect that Zelensky needs to don ultra high Orthodox/Jewish clothing while acting as president of Ukraine in order to not qualify as being a Ukrainian Nazi. Once again, the photo that you present does not include Zelensky. Do you think that anybody reading your comment is going to believe the type of nonsense that you’re tring to spread? Here is a photo that represents the real Zelensky:

    It must bother you to no end that there are rumours being spread that Ukrainian president Zelensky prefers Ukrainian dark bread to matzah when he eats Ukrainian borsch. 🙂

  209. @Derer
    @AP


    US Hispanics beat the Slovak Republic.
     
    In what? Are you insane? Have you been to LA 30-40 years ago and then in recent years. By the influx of Hispanics it became a filthy shit hole with long crumbs and soup donation lines. People are leaving, mostly to Texas.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @AP, @AnonfromTN

    Derer is too dumb to be able to read.

    I said that American Hispanics beat Slovaks in life expectancy and child educational achievement. I didn’t say they were cleaner, or thinner.

    LA became a lot safer with the Mexican influx. The filth seems to be driven by junkies and homeless though – policies of white liberals.

    And Texas is full of Mexicans. If Californians wee fleeing the Mexicans they would be going somewhere other than Texas. Looks like basic reasoning is as difficult for you as is reading.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AP

    You try to deceive by silly inaccurate numbers. Here are the latest life expectancies:

    USA 77
    USA white 77.4
    US Hispanic 77.9
    Slovakia 78.14
    Czechia 80

    You are clearly lagging. And Hispanics outlive the whites because they have much younger average age - life expectancy goes up with time, so if you have a younger population the projected expectancy will be higher. Are you too stupid to know that?

    LA is a basically a dysfunctional sh..hole and the white libs love Hispanics (maybe even "Lusitanians"). Period. Our kids are healthier, smarter, better looking, taller, much higher achieving. You can hide in your Anglo "Pissa" tests (who cares?), but they reflect nothing about the real life.

    Go to LA and then go to Prague or Bratislava and tell us which society has higher overall IQ, better people, more pleasant life. It only reflects on your own poor reasoning skills that you defend the taco bottom-feeding culture. Sure, one can learn how to live with them - they are certainly better than the libtards - but it is a step down.

    By the way, Ukraine has a 72 year average life expectancy. What is that all about?

    Regarding the pictures, there are nice ladies in every group, you can go to a Papua tribe and find one or two jungle beauties. That's the way it works, the missionaries were not all idiots...:)

    (But, seriously, I am still getting over you sticking some elderly Latin dude's picture with a mustache in there...ok, I know even the pope now, sure, but could you not?)

    Replies: @AP, @Derer

  210. @John Johnson
    @A123

    They *ARE NOT* paying full price. They are not going at all.

    Not the marvels but about the dozen comic book movies that preceded it. The new Disney movies were garbage and Star Wars nerds still went to them.

    Disney gets the message loud and clear: We will go to 100% of your Star Wars movies and 85% of the comic book movies. So for every dud like marvels we comic book nerds will still watch anything with Avengers and X-men. Just put some guys in tights and have them fight a giant boss CGI monster. Works every time. Oh but we need some White characters to help with the fantasy. Recycled story is just fine. In fact no story is needed at all. Just use a basic video game theme with gay music.

    Your woke strategy of making movies with broad cast demographics is a complete failure.

    LOL my woke strategy? Yea I'm the most woke person because I'm not surprised that Disney tries to make money off non-Whites. I don't care if the product failed or was a success. I can find my own entertainment.

    There is plenty of money to be made from Hispanics and the NFL is a good example of how it can be done. Kathleen Kennedy's cluelessness and patronizing attitude is the problem and not the strategy in principle.

    Every heterosexual guy will immediately grasp the difference between the two costumes. And, with high levels of accuracy, I can predict exactly what they wish to grasp.

    Did you predict that I would roll my eyes and not give a flying fuck?

    I'm married and don't oggle every single picture of a woman. Single guys definitely obsess more over images of women and they seem to not realize how controlled they are by the opposite sex. I'm not consumed by sexuality and if I wanted to watch porn then I would watch porn. In fact I find it strange that men will watch a 2 hour movie just because it has a chick in a tight costume. Why waste time with a lame story and terrible acting? Just turn on porn. I really don't get it. You can probably find costume themed porn. Female action stars are normally terrible actors. It's hard to find a male action star that can act and even harder for the women. I saw a 2 minute preview for marvels and can tell it has terrible acting just like most comic book movies. Maybe most people can't tell anymore because it is so ubiquitous in these movies. Everyone is barely reading a line to each other and they always have one person in the group that completely sucks. So even if there is a good actor he or she will be stomped on with the suck of someone else. Then there is the CGI character that ruins every scene. I don't see how anyone can watch this crap when there are movies like There Will Be Blood and shows like Mr. Inbetween. These comic book movies are like watching someone play a video game but with corny lines.

    Replies: @A123

    They *ARE NOT* paying full price. They are not going at all.

    Not the marvels but about the dozen comic book movies that preceded it.

    Completely untrue. All of these movies flopped:

    • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
    • The Flash
    • The Marvels
    • Blue Beetle
    • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
    • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    The racially charged movie intended to broaden scope failed. Being racist did not work. I certainly did not see Wakanda 2. It lost money.

    The girl boss movie The Marvels intended intended to attract women failed. Females do not buy tickets to superhero flicks. Even when it is targeted to them. Baring a miracle Madame Web will soon meet a similar fate.

    The homohero movie, The Eternals, crashed and burned back in IIRC 2021.

    Why do you keep insisting that diversity movies work when it is painfully obvious in the numbers that your strategy is failing?

    Far too few people are going versus the production costs. Even with the occasional film that performs well, SJW woke studios are bleeding money. Why do you keep defending them?

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @A123

    Completely untrue. All of these movies flopped:

    A list of duds without the winners. Let's look at actual profits:

    Disney has made $18 billion from Marvel movies since its 2009 Marvel purchase:
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/21/disney-has-made-more-than-18-billion-from-marvel-films-since-2012.html

    18 billion from a 4 billion dollar purchase. Terrible comic book movies are making them billions.
     
    Why do you keep insisting that diversity movies work when it is painfully obvious in the numbers that your strategy is failing?

    My strategy? I'm not Disney.

    I pointed out that there is money to be made from Hispanics.

    The NFL has over 30 million Hispanic viewers.

    Kathleen Kennedy's stupid decisions don't somehow negate basic economics. Even with her awful movies they continue to make billions.

    Far too few people are going versus the production costs. Even with the occasional film that performs well, SJW woke studios are bleeding money. Why do you keep defending them?

    How do I defend Disney? I think their movies are awful and I don't watch them.

    You're the one that wants them to change so you have more fictional White men in tights. I really don't care.

    Making billions is not bleeding money. I don't think you understand the term.

    Replies: @A123

  211. @John Johnson
    @songbird

    US is the global cultural hegemon, in large part:

    Aware of that I think it is a tragedy that so many people around the world actually pay full price for this crap. In fact it encourages Hollywood to make CGI movies that don't have much of a story because they translate better.

    The Schumacher films were deliberately tonally different than the Burton ones. Not sure Batman directly killed anyone.

    Well they're garbage as seen by the fact that no one watches them. I've never gone to someone's house and seen those movies out. The 60s movie is also garbage.

    There was never a golden age of comic book movies.

    In fact there was never a golden age of movies. Hollywood has producing low quality theater filler since its existence. It exists to make the screen blink and get people to buy popcorn. That continues with all these comic book movies. They could make a gay Hulk and people will go and watch it. A123 will watch it in the theater and then turn on his favorite podcast and nod in agreement about how the gay orgy scene with Captain America was completely unnecessary. A 2 hour discussion on how these Woke movie makers just don't respect the audience that keeps giving them money and attention.

    Replies: @songbird, @Mr. Hack

    I think that there were a few good comic book movies early on, out about 25 years ago. The first few Spiderman and Thor flicks were good with very little if any of the woke stuff that has destroyed the genre today. Even a few of the early X-men ones weren’t too bad. These were all heroes that were created and enjoyed during the silver age (1960 -1980). Things have gone terribly wrongly for the Marvel/Disney franchise since then, although I did enjoy the first Dr. Strange movie. I really enjoyed reading these silver age comics as a kid, and therefore tend to give these flix a look, although to be honest, the last one thaat I paid money to watch was the Dr. Strange one, must have been at least 10 years ago, I don;t go out of my to look for any of them on my 4K TV,

  212. @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Mexican characters, whether human or animal, are great. Dora the Explorer and Speedy Gonzales, for instance. White liberals were probably more offended by Speedy than actual Mexicans or Mexican-Americans were.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/99/Dora_the_Explorer_%28character%29.webp

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/3b516cb39a65905afae6b8f895c145d603cc33ee/0_178_1600_960/master/1600.jpg?width=1200&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=252109e6450c534ed3d6cab4ac268e81

    Replies: @QCIC

    Please tell me that no actual person was offended by Speedy Gonzales!

    I guess the concept of the character was snarky since the stereotype is that Mexicans are slow and lazy. Sort of like naming your pet snail “Turbo”.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @QCIC

    My instinct is that Speedy was part of Cold War outreach, but I can't find anything to that effect on the wiki. He debuted in 1953 or 1955, and in 1954, US toppled the regime in Guatamala.

    In 1955, the Soviets released the movie The Mexican.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mexican_(1955_film)

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @QCIC

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/mar/9/cancel-speedy-gonzales-not-so-fast-latinos-say/


    “Neither me nor anyone amongst my family and friends in Mexico felt offended by Speedy Gonzales,” tweeted the account named Hispanic Citizen. “He was intelligent, witty, the fastest of them all and would always outsmart his rivals. The sombreros? Many Mexicans wear them with pride every World Cup. I love Speedy.”

    It’s not the first time the mouse has been targeted — and has survived due to the cascade of love shown on him from the Latino community.

    In 1999, Speedy Gonzales was banned from the Cartoon Network after it decided the cartoon was too offensive and reinforced negative Mexican stereotypes like speaking in a heavy accent and wearing a sombrero. The network reinstated him three years later after fan outrage.

    The League of United Latin American Citizens, a Latino anti-discrimination organization, helped get Speedy back on the air after Cartoon Network shelved him.

    “In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzales,” Eugenio Derbez, told Deadline at the time. “He was like a superhero to us, or maybe more like a revolucionario like Simón Bolívar or Pancho Villa.”
     
    It's a case of white liberals pretending to know better what's offensive to Hispanics than Hispanics themselves.
  213. @John Johnson
    @songbird

    Suppose the situation of US cultural dominance might be even bleaker that those figures suggest, as they probably don’t count US influence on foreign productions.

    US cultural dominance is indeed bleaker.

    The figures don't include piracy.

    Asian and African countries gobble down this sludge down but in pirated forms.

    The profits are higher than they show because they play games with foreign profits. They come up with creative ways to pay out before taking the profits home where they are taxed. Our doofus conservatives won't go after them and then gruff about Hollywood funding the left.

    some of these center-right critics on YouTube can get a little tedious or even seem woke at times, but on the balance I suspect they may be a positive.

    I just don't get the outrage over fictional characters. Wah wah my robot dog hero from childhood is now a Mexican. This changes everything.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @songbird

    I just don’t get the outrage over fictional characters. Wah wah my robot dog hero from childhood is now a Mexican. This changes everything.

    Well, DIE is a zero-sum game.

    A lot of these properties are designed to appeal specifically to nostalgia, so, even in Normies, they trigger some noticing about race.

    [MORE]

    On the one hand, one can argue that part of it is economics. But clearly mixed with politics, and even the economic part of it is because it is an endorsement of the process of demographic change, as well as a substitution for any ethnically coherent thing, where there could even be any appeal to identity.

    Plus, they often use the diversity as a vehicle to pitch their message that Euros are evil or blacks numinous. In the Zoro films Antonio Banderas LARPed as a Latino and fought some really Germanic-looking villain, with blond hair and blue eyes.

    Seems like the love interests are seldom the same race anymore.

    Meanwhile, you get all this crazy talk about representation where they use categories like Asian/Pacific Islander and say Chinese people who have their own massive industry are underrepresented, but the Rock, who most of the Chinese would presumably see as an alien from outer space, is a positive change in getting more representation for the group, which in the 1800s included stone-age cannibals, as well as people with cities of a million, like Edo, or near a million like Beijing (which was limited by imperial decree.)

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    I tend to agree with a lot of what you write here. I don't think that we'll be seeing any sort of Cato (Pink Panther fame) type Asian character anytime soon, or Hop Sing from Bonanza either. Both were comedic type characters that added a smart-alek but funny portrayal of Asian characters. I think that the cowboy genre was the last (only?) Hollywood attempt to shed some respect towards the white American ethnos. It's no wonder that Westerns have fallen on quiet times.

    Replies: @songbird

    , @A123
    @songbird


    Well, DIE is a zero-sum game.

    A lot of these properties are designed to appeal specifically to nostalgia, so, even in Normies, they trigger some noticing about race.
     

    Inserting things here and there without breaking the core story elements worked. Very few complained when Nick Fury was race swapped because the character was fundamentally the same.

    Then the crazies were elevated to be in charge. Intentionally dressing women in ugly costumes so they "do not attract the male gaze" has been a failure. Especially when they insist on stripping male characters of their shirts as much as possible. The double standard is now so bad it pulls even normies out of the film.
    ___

    They are pushing the woke gay feminist DIE agendas in a way that interferes with the story telling.

    The "hero's journey" story starts with a weak protagonist that has a character arc through the story. In the comic book genre, if they have powers at the beginning they cannot control them or do not know how best to use them. The idea is universal and could work with either male or female protagonist.

    The "girl boss" story starts with a powerful female character that is immediately maximum effective at whatever she does. The attempted tale has nothing to do with her growth and change. Instead it is about the world accepting her for what she is. Audiences do not accept this type of protagonist, because they are often grating and smug.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

    , @sudden death
    @songbird


    a substitution for any ethnically coherent thing, where there could even be any appeal to identity
     
    Certain historical films can be used as a reservation refugee for identarians, but even in 1991 there already were mainstream attempts to to extinguish that reservation, e.g. Robin Hood with black moor slave friend in England as different races" buddy cop" variation movie in historical setting.

    However since AI video technology has been developing quite fast lately, in theory it will be increasingly hard to to do the gatekeeping as every talented "racist" will be able to create its own moving pictures relatively easily&cheaply:


    Introducing Pika 1.0, the idea-to-video platform that brings your creativity to life.
    Create and edit your videos with AI.
     
    Of course it would be better to think of counterarguments in advance, regarding inevitable accusations about "racism", e.g. historical times were "cruel, bad and horrible" therefore introducing POC characters in euroareas would be unnecesarry sweetening of the past and ignorance of the suffering as they were really so badly hated/discriminated then, that you couldn't find any such person in real life around, lol ;)


    https://twitter.com/pika_labs/status/1729510078959497562

    Replies: @songbird

  214. @songbird
    @John Johnson


    I just don’t get the outrage over fictional characters. Wah wah my robot dog hero from childhood is now a Mexican. This changes everything.
     
    Well, DIE is a zero-sum game.

    A lot of these properties are designed to appeal specifically to nostalgia, so, even in Normies, they trigger some noticing about race.

    On the one hand, one can argue that part of it is economics. But clearly mixed with politics, and even the economic part of it is because it is an endorsement of the process of demographic change, as well as a substitution for any ethnically coherent thing, where there could even be any appeal to identity.

    Plus, they often use the diversity as a vehicle to pitch their message that Euros are evil or blacks numinous. In the Zoro films Antonio Banderas LARPed as a Latino and fought some really Germanic-looking villain, with blond hair and blue eyes.

    Seems like the love interests are seldom the same race anymore.

    Meanwhile, you get all this crazy talk about representation where they use categories like Asian/Pacific Islander and say Chinese people who have their own massive industry are underrepresented, but the Rock, who most of the Chinese would presumably see as an alien from outer space, is a positive change in getting more representation for the group, which in the 1800s included stone-age cannibals, as well as people with cities of a million, like Edo, or near a million like Beijing (which was limited by imperial decree.)

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @A123, @sudden death

    I tend to agree with a lot of what you write here. I don’t think that we’ll be seeing any sort of Cato (Pink Panther fame) type Asian character anytime soon, or Hop Sing from Bonanza either. Both were comedic type characters that added a smart-alek but funny portrayal of Asian characters. I think that the cowboy genre was the last (only?) Hollywood attempt to shed some respect towards the white American ethnos. It’s no wonder that Westerns have fallen on quiet times.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mr. Hack

    Am not really familiar with the Pink Panther films, but am moderately familiar with the other Kato (not the OJ one, but the Green Hornet one).

    A lot of weird politics developed around the character, who initially was a radio character. He was originally supposed to be Filipino - that was when the Philipines was still a US territory. And his day job was to be a servant to Britt Reid, who was wealthy, kind of like Batman, and who owned a newspaper. He was like Batman's Alfred combined with the Lone Ranger's Tonto, as he was younger and more vigorous.

    When they made the TV show, Bruce Lee was cast as Kato. Obviously, he had better martial art skills than the the lead, but they didn't make him the star because that wasn't what the property was about, and, moreover, it would have been harder to sell it. (Though in HK, it was called the Kato Show)

    Well, they turn that into some narrative of racism or of Bruce Lee being oppressed. The result is that when they make movie in 2011, it is riddled with politics. It is made into a comedy, where Britt Reid is imbecile and Kato the mastermind.

    They did something similar with the Lone Ranger, which BTW is a related property. Britt Reid's family fortune was supposed to come from his inheritance from a silver mine that came from his relative the Lone Ranger.

    Interestingly, the star of the Green Hornet was the great grandson of a very famous US communist. Same (communist) name.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armand_Hammer
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armie_Hammer

  215. @John Johnson
    @Derer

    In what? Are you insane? Have you been to LA 30-40 years ago and then in recent years. By the influx of Hispanics it became a filthy shit hole with long crumbs and soup donation lines. People are leaving, mostly to Texas.

    Texas is majority Hispanic. Well officially even though it was probably that way 10 years ago.

    The difference is that Texas is not managed by liberals.

    LA is not a White vs Mexican conflict. It's more wealthy liberals vs everyone else. LA has problems beyond belief. It isn't what it appears. It's much darker than what even alt-right imagines.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @QCIC

    John Johnson wrote:

    LA has problems beyond belief. It isn’t what it appears. It’s much darker than what even alt-right imagines.

    What do you mean?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @QCIC


    LA has problems beyond belief. It isn’t what it appears. It’s much darker than what even alt-right imagines.

     

    What do you mean?

    It has a dark and soulless undercurrent that embraces the worst of capitalism. Alt-right focuses on the racial/liberal aspect and is unaware of its disturbingly dark capitalist underbelly.

    There is basically a lot of suffering and toiling behind the scenes so the wealthy can play.

    Not just wealthy liberals. There are all these spoiled assholes from third world countries that treat it like a theme park. Born rich and they treat the people around them like slaves. Arabs in 200k sports cars speeding around as if America is their own personal fun land. Really the worst of globalism. No unifying culture and the majority is expected to toil in silence for a spoiled wealthy minority. The extremes between rich and poor are unreal.

    Laredo is also majority Hispanic but might as well be a different country.

  216. Satanic regime is continuing persecution of Orthodox priests:

    One example is the 86-year-old Archbishop Viktor Pivovarov. In March 2023, he was fined for an anti-war sermon, while in December a criminal case was opened against him for “repeatedly discrediting the Russian army.” He now faces up to five years in prison.

    In response to journalists asking whether he was afraid of going to prison, the archbishop replied that he was waiting for it.

    “I am waiting for it, either to be killed or imprisoned. Then the world will find out and be interested in who I was, how I knew [about things] before others,” said Pivovarov.

    https://russiapost.info/digest/russian_priests

  217. @QCIC
    @Mr. XYZ

    Please tell me that no actual person was offended by Speedy Gonzales!

    I guess the concept of the character was snarky since the stereotype is that Mexicans are slow and lazy. Sort of like naming your pet snail "Turbo".

    Replies: @songbird, @Mr. XYZ

    My instinct is that Speedy was part of Cold War outreach, but I can’t find anything to that effect on the wiki. He debuted in 1953 or 1955, and in 1954, US toppled the regime in Guatamala.

    In 1955, the Soviets released the movie The Mexican.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mexican_(1955_film)

  218. @songbird
    @John Johnson


    I just don’t get the outrage over fictional characters. Wah wah my robot dog hero from childhood is now a Mexican. This changes everything.
     
    Well, DIE is a zero-sum game.

    A lot of these properties are designed to appeal specifically to nostalgia, so, even in Normies, they trigger some noticing about race.

    On the one hand, one can argue that part of it is economics. But clearly mixed with politics, and even the economic part of it is because it is an endorsement of the process of demographic change, as well as a substitution for any ethnically coherent thing, where there could even be any appeal to identity.

    Plus, they often use the diversity as a vehicle to pitch their message that Euros are evil or blacks numinous. In the Zoro films Antonio Banderas LARPed as a Latino and fought some really Germanic-looking villain, with blond hair and blue eyes.

    Seems like the love interests are seldom the same race anymore.

    Meanwhile, you get all this crazy talk about representation where they use categories like Asian/Pacific Islander and say Chinese people who have their own massive industry are underrepresented, but the Rock, who most of the Chinese would presumably see as an alien from outer space, is a positive change in getting more representation for the group, which in the 1800s included stone-age cannibals, as well as people with cities of a million, like Edo, or near a million like Beijing (which was limited by imperial decree.)

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @A123, @sudden death

    Well, DIE is a zero-sum game.

    A lot of these properties are designed to appeal specifically to nostalgia, so, even in Normies, they trigger some noticing about race.

    Inserting things here and there without breaking the core story elements worked. Very few complained when Nick Fury was race swapped because the character was fundamentally the same.

    Then the crazies were elevated to be in charge. Intentionally dressing women in ugly costumes so they “do not attract the male gaze” has been a failure. Especially when they insist on stripping male characters of their shirts as much as possible. The double standard is now so bad it pulls even normies out of the film.
    ___

    They are pushing the woke gay feminist DIE agendas in a way that interferes with the story telling.

    The “hero’s journey” story starts with a weak protagonist that has a character arc through the story. In the comic book genre, if they have powers at the beginning they cannot control them or do not know how best to use them. The idea is universal and could work with either male or female protagonist.

    The “girl boss” story starts with a powerful female character that is immediately maximum effective at whatever she does. The attempted tale has nothing to do with her growth and change. Instead it is about the world accepting her for what she is. Audiences do not accept this type of protagonist, because they are often grating and smug.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
    @A123


    Very few complained when Nick Fury was race swapped because the character was fundamentally the same.
     
    In other words, I think you are saying they had similarly perceived testosterone levels, unlike what they did with Jimmy Olson, or some of the female characters.

    Intentionally dressing women in ugly costumes so they “do not attract the male gaze” has been a failure.
     
    Possibly could have been some wardrobe design failure.

    Worse when they cast uggos, IMO.

    Replies: @A123

  219. @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    I tend to agree with a lot of what you write here. I don't think that we'll be seeing any sort of Cato (Pink Panther fame) type Asian character anytime soon, or Hop Sing from Bonanza either. Both were comedic type characters that added a smart-alek but funny portrayal of Asian characters. I think that the cowboy genre was the last (only?) Hollywood attempt to shed some respect towards the white American ethnos. It's no wonder that Westerns have fallen on quiet times.

    Replies: @songbird

    Am not really familiar with the Pink Panther films, but am moderately familiar with the other Kato (not the OJ one, but the Green Hornet one).

    [MORE]

    A lot of weird politics developed around the character, who initially was a radio character. He was originally supposed to be Filipino – that was when the Philipines was still a US territory. And his day job was to be a servant to Britt Reid, who was wealthy, kind of like Batman, and who owned a newspaper. He was like Batman’s Alfred combined with the Lone Ranger’s Tonto, as he was younger and more vigorous.

    When they made the TV show, Bruce Lee was cast as Kato. Obviously, he had better martial art skills than the the lead, but they didn’t make him the star because that wasn’t what the property was about, and, moreover, it would have been harder to sell it. (Though in HK, it was called the Kato Show)

    Well, they turn that into some narrative of racism or of Bruce Lee being oppressed. The result is that when they make movie in 2011, it is riddled with politics. It is made into a comedy, where Britt Reid is imbecile and Kato the mastermind.

    They did something similar with the Lone Ranger, which BTW is a related property. Britt Reid’s family fortune was supposed to come from his inheritance from a silver mine that came from his relative the Lone Ranger.

    Interestingly, the star of the Green Hornet was the great grandson of a very famous US communist. Same (communist) name.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armand_Hammer
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armie_Hammer

  220. @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I think you are lost. On the home page Sailer is just above.

    Replies: @Sean, @Emil Nikola Richard

    No.

    Sailerville cannot grok the reality of Shoei Otani. He is the poster boy hero for trauma recovery in 2024.

    The video could use more polished editing for conciseness but the data in there is gold. They left out the part where he sleeps twelve hours a day; seems to be the only important part omitted.

    • Replies: @S
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    If it weren't for the 'GQ' logo, I might of mistaken that for a Wheaties 'Breakfast of Champions' cereal box! :-D

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  221. @Mr. XYZ
    @LT1488

    I think that he tends to view Slavs and Hispanics rather similarly. Especially if they're both Catholic.

    I wonder what future AP will see for Russia if Russian liberals will ever come to power there. Would they embrace mass immigration like Western liberals have? If so, would it primarily be from the Muslim world or from some other places, such as India, Southeast Asia, and/or Sub-Saharan Africa as well? I have previously flirted with an idea of giving Third Worlders Russian--or Ukrainian, for that matter--immigration rights to Russia--or Ukraine--if they will actually sincerely agree to convert to Russian--or Ukrainian--Orthodoxy.

    Replies: @LT1488, @AP

    I wonder what future AP will see for Russia if Russian liberals will ever come to power there. Would they embrace mass immigration like Western liberals have

    Probably not. Even Navalny once referred to people from the Caucuses as cockroaches.

    The template for liberal Eastern Europeans is Czechia. Libertinism, secularism and democracy, but not mass immigration (this is why people who claim liberalizing Poland will be another Ireland, full of non-Europeans, are just wrong. Liberalizing Poland will be more like Czechia).

    That having been said, unlike Czechia (or Poland), Russia does border several fecund Islamic countries and has a large native Muslim population, so increased Muslim population is inevitable.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    Even Navalny once referred to people from the Caucuses as cockroaches.
     
    Yes, and the West subsequently punished him for it:

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/press-release/2021/05/statement-on-alexei-navalnys-status-as-prisoner-of-conscience/

    Basically, Amnesty International temporarily took away Navalny's prisoner of conscience status as a result of his past xenophobic and bigoted statements, before re-instating it due to fears that Putin was abusing him.

    Basically, my own logic here is this: Even someone like Navalny might want to appear more "handshake-worthy" in Western eyes by repudiating his past views on these things, and the best way to do that is not merely to make some symbolic gestures but rather to indicate that Russia is wide open for mass immigration. Navalny could portray this experience and change of views as an epiphany of sorts for him.

    The template for liberal Eastern Europeans is Czechia. Libertinism, secularism and democracy, but not mass immigration (this is why people who claim liberalizing Poland will be another Ireland, full of non-Europeans, are just wrong. Liberalizing Poland will be more like Czechia).

    That having been said, unlike Czechia (or Poland), Russia does border several fecund Islamic countries and has a large native Muslim population, so increased Muslim population is inevitable.
     

    False analogy, because Russia has a long history of ruling over and integrating Muslims, and often rather successfully, whereas Czechia (and Poland/the PLC) does not. Austria-Hungary historically did not have many Muslims other than in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which it only ruled for several decades (mostly as an occupying force) and which was only officially a part of Austria-Hungary for just a single decade. In contrast, Russia ruled over Muslims for many decades and often for much longer. Thus, it's not unreasonable to hypothesize that Muslims would integrate better in Russia than they would somewhere like Czechia, similar to how it's not unreasonable to hypothesize that Syrian refugees would integrate better in Turkey (due to them being the descendants of former Ottoman subjects for centuries) than somewhere like Germany (unless perhaps they are cognitive elites or middle-class types). So, it makes sense for Russian liberals to push for mass immigration, including of the Muslim kind, in a way that it does not make sense for, say, Czech or Polish liberals to do so.

    One could wonder whether in the absence of Communism, Muslims would have been for Greater Russia what Latin Americans are for the US. One can indeed even view Kazakhstan (and northern Kyrgyzstan as well) as a mixed Muslim-Slavic space similar to how the US Southwest is a mixed Anglo-Latin American space.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @AP

  222. @A123
    @John Johnson



    They *ARE NOT* paying full price. They are not going at all.
     
    Not the marvels but about the dozen comic book movies that preceded it.
     
    Completely untrue. All of these movies flopped:

    • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
    • The Flash
    • The Marvels
    • Blue Beetle
    • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
    • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    The racially charged movie intended to broaden scope failed. Being racist did not work. I certainly did not see Wakanda 2. It lost money.

    The girl boss movie The Marvels intended intended to attract women failed. Females do not buy tickets to superhero flicks. Even when it is targeted to them. Baring a miracle Madame Web will soon meet a similar fate.

    The homohero movie, The Eternals, crashed and burned back in IIRC 2021.

    Why do you keep insisting that diversity movies work when it is painfully obvious in the numbers that your strategy is failing?

    Far too few people are going versus the production costs. Even with the occasional film that performs well, SJW woke studios are bleeding money. Why do you keep defending them?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Completely untrue. All of these movies flopped:

    A list of duds without the winners. Let’s look at actual profits:

    Disney has made $18 billion from Marvel movies since its 2009 Marvel purchase:
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/21/disney-has-made-more-than-18-billion-from-marvel-films-since-2012.html

    18 billion from a 4 billion dollar purchase. Terrible comic book movies are making them billions.
     
    Why do you keep insisting that diversity movies work when it is painfully obvious in the numbers that your strategy is failing?

    My strategy? I’m not Disney.

    I pointed out that there is money to be made from Hispanics.

    The NFL has over 30 million Hispanic viewers.

    Kathleen Kennedy’s stupid decisions don’t somehow negate basic economics. Even with her awful movies they continue to make billions.

    Far too few people are going versus the production costs. Even with the occasional film that performs well, SJW woke studios are bleeding money. Why do you keep defending them?

    How do I defend Disney? I think their movies are awful and I don’t watch them.

    You’re the one that wants them to change so you have more fictional White men in tights. I really don’t care.

    Making billions is not bleeding money. I don’t think you understand the term.

    • Replies: @A123
    @John Johnson

    ROTFL -- We started this thread with streamers criticizing SJW movies. Disparu's oldest non-gaming video is only 2-3 years back. Other, more established streams really only have 5 years of history in quantity. Going back to 2009 entirely misses the point. That includes the period before the SJW woke mob destroyed Disney, including Marvel, movies. The good films out weighed the weak ones in MCU Phases 1&2.

    Why do you defend Disney's horrible results last year, 2023? (1)


    Nolte: Disney on Track to Lose Nearly $750 Million Across 13 Films in Historic Year of Box-Office Flops

     

    The Disney Grooming Institute had the worst box office year imaginable in 2023. Couldn’t happen to a nicer den of thieves of children’s innocence.

    After losing $106 million on Lightyear (2022) and another $152 million on Strange World (2022) — both of which featured prominent gay plotlines aimed at little kids — the Disney Grooming Syndicate roared into 2023, hoping for a much better year. But…

    Thanks to Disney’s cratered reputation and string of terrible movies where good storytelling and relatable characters took a backseat to divisive politics, 2023 was an even bigger disaster.

    According to my imperfect but good-faith estimates, only one Disney movie went into the black.
    ...
    But let’s be real here… When you release three Marvel movies, an Indiana Jones movie, a Pixar movie, and a 100th-anniversary animated movie (Wish), you’re not supposed to lose $745.5 million. You’re supposed to net $745.5 million.

    You only lose $745.5 million when you’ve lost the goodwill of your core audience (decent parents), and your movies stink because you put identity over storytelling and token characters over relatable characters.

    Finally, there are the incalculable down-market losses: toy sales, theme park attractions, and above all, reputation. Going into 2023, Disney already had a reputation as a danger to small children. After this disastrous year, Disney has a reputation for being a danger to kids and making lousy movies.
     
    The one movie that did not lose money was the finale pic, Guardians of the Galaxy 3. With James Gunn's departure, there will not be a #4.

    Your girl boss movies don't make money. Your race baiting movies don't make money. Your other woke concepts don't make money. They lost in 2022. They lost in 2023. And, it is not hard to predict more losses in 2024.

    You keep insisting that diversity is great. But your Disney is hemorrhaging money pushing your woke SJW agenda. Over $750 million last year alone. Your woke Warner Brothers/DC is also failing. WB could wind up in bankruptcy this year.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/11/27/nolte-looking-back-at-disneys-year-of-flops/

    Replies: @John Johnson

  223. @songbird
    @John Johnson


    I just don’t get the outrage over fictional characters. Wah wah my robot dog hero from childhood is now a Mexican. This changes everything.
     
    Well, DIE is a zero-sum game.

    A lot of these properties are designed to appeal specifically to nostalgia, so, even in Normies, they trigger some noticing about race.

    On the one hand, one can argue that part of it is economics. But clearly mixed with politics, and even the economic part of it is because it is an endorsement of the process of demographic change, as well as a substitution for any ethnically coherent thing, where there could even be any appeal to identity.

    Plus, they often use the diversity as a vehicle to pitch their message that Euros are evil or blacks numinous. In the Zoro films Antonio Banderas LARPed as a Latino and fought some really Germanic-looking villain, with blond hair and blue eyes.

    Seems like the love interests are seldom the same race anymore.

    Meanwhile, you get all this crazy talk about representation where they use categories like Asian/Pacific Islander and say Chinese people who have their own massive industry are underrepresented, but the Rock, who most of the Chinese would presumably see as an alien from outer space, is a positive change in getting more representation for the group, which in the 1800s included stone-age cannibals, as well as people with cities of a million, like Edo, or near a million like Beijing (which was limited by imperial decree.)

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @A123, @sudden death

    a substitution for any ethnically coherent thing, where there could even be any appeal to identity

    Certain historical films can be used as a reservation refugee for identarians, but even in 1991 there already were mainstream attempts to to extinguish that reservation, e.g. Robin Hood with black moor slave friend in England as different races” buddy cop” variation movie in historical setting.

    However since AI video technology has been developing quite fast lately, in theory it will be increasingly hard to to do the gatekeeping as every talented “racist” will be able to create its own moving pictures relatively easily&cheaply:

    Introducing Pika 1.0, the idea-to-video platform that brings your creativity to life.
    Create and edit your videos with AI.

    Of course it would be better to think of counterarguments in advance, regarding inevitable accusations about “racism”, e.g. historical times were “cruel, bad and horrible” therefore introducing POC characters in euroareas would be unnecesarry sweetening of the past and ignorance of the suffering as they were really so badly hated/discriminated then, that you couldn’t find any such person in real life around, lol 😉

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @songbird
    @sudden death

    At the start of the era of talkies, Hollywood used to film movies with different actors in the same roles, speaking different languages for export.

    It was an adjustment from silent movies, which had been easier to sell overseas.

    But then they figured out it was a lot easier to dub for the major markets and sub for the minor ones.

    What was done with sound almost inevitably seems like it can be done with picture.

    Conceivably AI or some other technology could change the cost or energy barrier where race-swapping can be done simultaneously and tailored to the audience.

    With streaming, the distribution already is different.

    Personally, I don't see why they can't just ship the used costumes to Nollywood and use bluescreens or stagecraft, while paying Nigerian actors $20/hour, a massive sum there. Everything done on a budget can be done at quantity.

    I'd cut into the welfare fund a tiny bit, and finance it that way - if representation is that important. There could even be slight rewrites on the script. (BTW, I think most American blacks would be in favor of such a move - if enough of the actors were American blacks)

    But I suppose the whole thing is tied together. Acknowledging that there might be benefits to such a scheme would undermine the idea of a multicultural society.

  224. @John Johnson
    @A123

    Completely untrue. All of these movies flopped:

    A list of duds without the winners. Let's look at actual profits:

    Disney has made $18 billion from Marvel movies since its 2009 Marvel purchase:
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/21/disney-has-made-more-than-18-billion-from-marvel-films-since-2012.html

    18 billion from a 4 billion dollar purchase. Terrible comic book movies are making them billions.
     
    Why do you keep insisting that diversity movies work when it is painfully obvious in the numbers that your strategy is failing?

    My strategy? I'm not Disney.

    I pointed out that there is money to be made from Hispanics.

    The NFL has over 30 million Hispanic viewers.

    Kathleen Kennedy's stupid decisions don't somehow negate basic economics. Even with her awful movies they continue to make billions.

    Far too few people are going versus the production costs. Even with the occasional film that performs well, SJW woke studios are bleeding money. Why do you keep defending them?

    How do I defend Disney? I think their movies are awful and I don't watch them.

    You're the one that wants them to change so you have more fictional White men in tights. I really don't care.

    Making billions is not bleeding money. I don't think you understand the term.

    Replies: @A123

    ROTFL — We started this thread with streamers criticizing SJW movies. Disparu’s oldest non-gaming video is only 2-3 years back. Other, more established streams really only have 5 years of history in quantity. Going back to 2009 entirely misses the point. That includes the period before the SJW woke mob destroyed Disney, including Marvel, movies. The good films out weighed the weak ones in MCU Phases 1&2.

    Why do you defend Disney’s horrible results last year, 2023? (1)

    Nolte: Disney on Track to Lose Nearly $750 Million Across 13 Films in Historic Year of Box-Office Flops

    The Disney Grooming Institute had the worst box office year imaginable in 2023. Couldn’t happen to a nicer den of thieves of children’s innocence.

    After losing $106 million on Lightyear (2022) and another $152 million on Strange World (2022) — both of which featured prominent gay plotlines aimed at little kids — the Disney Grooming Syndicate roared into 2023, hoping for a much better year. But…

    Thanks to Disney’s cratered reputation and string of terrible movies where good storytelling and relatable characters took a backseat to divisive politics, 2023 was an even bigger disaster.

    According to my imperfect but good-faith estimates, only one Disney movie went into the black.

    But let’s be real here… When you release three Marvel movies, an Indiana Jones movie, a Pixar movie, and a 100th-anniversary animated movie (Wish), you’re not supposed to lose $745.5 million. You’re supposed to net $745.5 million.

    You only lose $745.5 million when you’ve lost the goodwill of your core audience (decent parents), and your movies stink because you put identity over storytelling and token characters over relatable characters.

    Finally, there are the incalculable down-market losses: toy sales, theme park attractions, and above all, reputation. Going into 2023, Disney already had a reputation as a danger to small children. After this disastrous year, Disney has a reputation for being a danger to kids and making lousy movies.

    The one movie that did not lose money was the finale pic, Guardians of the Galaxy 3. With James Gunn’s departure, there will not be a #4.

    Your girl boss movies don’t make money. Your race baiting movies don’t make money. Your other woke concepts don’t make money. They lost in 2022. They lost in 2023. And, it is not hard to predict more losses in 2024.

    You keep insisting that diversity is great. But your Disney is hemorrhaging money pushing your woke SJW agenda. Over $750 million last year alone. Your woke Warner Brothers/DC is also failing. WB could wind up in bankruptcy this year.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/11/27/nolte-looking-back-at-disneys-year-of-flops/

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @A123

    Going back to 2009 entirely misses the point. That includes the period before the SJW woke mob destroyed Disney, including Marvel, movies.

    That's your opinion. I think 90% of Marvel movies are garbage.

    You seem to not like how some of them have female or minority characters.

    Well they have been making successful minori-team movies since Xmen. Those movies were huge sellers and there were plenty of White men willing to pay full price for men in spandex.

    Avengers had a multi-racial cast. Wakanda 1 was a hit.

    I think they are all shit movies and race/liberal agenda has nothing to do with it.

    What exactly is the woke part? Not having enough White guys as fictional characters designed for children?

    Your girl boss movies don’t make money.

    My girl boss movies? I don't watch any of this stuff. You seem to take all of this personally.

    Disney made 7 billion in a single quarter last year:
    https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/DIS/disney/gross-profit

    You call that bleeding?

    Replies: @A123, @Beckow

  225. @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    John Johnson wrote:


    LA has problems beyond belief. It isn’t what it appears. It’s much darker than what even alt-right imagines.
     
    What do you mean?

    Replies: @John Johnson

    LA has problems beyond belief. It isn’t what it appears. It’s much darker than what even alt-right imagines.

    What do you mean?

    It has a dark and soulless undercurrent that embraces the worst of capitalism. Alt-right focuses on the racial/liberal aspect and is unaware of its disturbingly dark capitalist underbelly.

    There is basically a lot of suffering and toiling behind the scenes so the wealthy can play.

    Not just wealthy liberals. There are all these spoiled assholes from third world countries that treat it like a theme park. Born rich and they treat the people around them like slaves. Arabs in 200k sports cars speeding around as if America is their own personal fun land. Really the worst of globalism. No unifying culture and the majority is expected to toil in silence for a spoiled wealthy minority. The extremes between rich and poor are unreal.

    Laredo is also majority Hispanic but might as well be a different country.

    • Thanks: QCIC, Mr. Hack
  226. @Derer
    @AP


    US Hispanics beat the Slovak Republic.
     
    In what? Are you insane? Have you been to LA 30-40 years ago and then in recent years. By the influx of Hispanics it became a filthy shit hole with long crumbs and soup donation lines. People are leaving, mostly to Texas.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @AP, @AnonfromTN

    People are leaving, mostly to Texas.

    People are leaving several blue states that libtards made unlivable, including CA and NY. Most are heading to the red states that are still livable. There was a suggestion in TN to suspend the voting rights of refugees from blue states for at least five years: they turned their states into shitholes by their libtard voting, they should not be allowed to turn TN into a shithole. From my POW, makes perfect sense.

  227. It’s been commented on before how the ‘New Rome’ (ie the United States) since it’s very founding has in many instances uncannily paralleled ancient Rome in it’s history. Indeed, the United States since the time of it’s creation, has consciously wished to emulate the Roman republic. This Yemen action of late might be another example, though we’ll have to see what transpires.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Romans_in_Arabia

    Shortly after the Roman Republic had transitioned to a dictatorship under Caesar Augustus, this same emperor in 26BC, in an ancient version of ‘gunboat diplomacy’, directed a land and seaborne operation with ten thousand troops under the command of Aelius Gallus against the Kingdom of Saba in present day Yemen. The goal was to either intimidate the Sabaens into becoming either a vassal of Rome, or, if not that, to outright conquer them. This was part of an effort by Rome to further secure the route of it’s rich seaborne trade with India which had developed since it’s conquest of Egypt in the decades prior.

    Not impressed with Rome’s army and navy being parked just outside it’s borders and ports, the Sabaeans told the Romans to get lost in regards to the proposal of becoming a Roman client state.

    Rome’s navy then took and temporarily occupied the present day port city of Aden, while Rome’s army marched inland and laid seige to the Sabaen’s capitol city of Marib. The Sabaens stood firm, however, and the siege failed after about a week, partly thought due to the unexpectedly hostile desert weather conditions the Romans were facing. In generally what is seen as having overall been a disaster, the Roman army and navy soon gave up on the Sabaen enterprise and returned back to Egypt.

    • Replies: @sudden death
    @S

    Considering that after this failed expedition Roman empire still had about roughly several centuries of relatively good peak life, comparison might be vieved as favourable regarding USA oncoming future;)

    Replies: @songbird, @S

  228. @sudden death
    @songbird


    a substitution for any ethnically coherent thing, where there could even be any appeal to identity
     
    Certain historical films can be used as a reservation refugee for identarians, but even in 1991 there already were mainstream attempts to to extinguish that reservation, e.g. Robin Hood with black moor slave friend in England as different races" buddy cop" variation movie in historical setting.

    However since AI video technology has been developing quite fast lately, in theory it will be increasingly hard to to do the gatekeeping as every talented "racist" will be able to create its own moving pictures relatively easily&cheaply:


    Introducing Pika 1.0, the idea-to-video platform that brings your creativity to life.
    Create and edit your videos with AI.
     
    Of course it would be better to think of counterarguments in advance, regarding inevitable accusations about "racism", e.g. historical times were "cruel, bad and horrible" therefore introducing POC characters in euroareas would be unnecesarry sweetening of the past and ignorance of the suffering as they were really so badly hated/discriminated then, that you couldn't find any such person in real life around, lol ;)


    https://twitter.com/pika_labs/status/1729510078959497562

    Replies: @songbird

    At the start of the era of talkies, Hollywood used to film movies with different actors in the same roles, speaking different languages for export.

    It was an adjustment from silent movies, which had been easier to sell overseas.

    But then they figured out it was a lot easier to dub for the major markets and sub for the minor ones.

    What was done with sound almost inevitably seems like it can be done with picture.

    Conceivably AI or some other technology could change the cost or energy barrier where race-swapping can be done simultaneously and tailored to the audience.

    With streaming, the distribution already is different.

    [MORE]

    Personally, I don’t see why they can’t just ship the used costumes to Nollywood and use bluescreens or stagecraft, while paying Nigerian actors $20/hour, a massive sum there. Everything done on a budget can be done at quantity.

    I’d cut into the welfare fund a tiny bit, and finance it that way – if representation is that important. There could even be slight rewrites on the script. (BTW, I think most American blacks would be in favor of such a move – if enough of the actors were American blacks)

    But I suppose the whole thing is tied together. Acknowledging that there might be benefits to such a scheme would undermine the idea of a multicultural society.

  229. @A123
    @John Johnson

    ROTFL -- We started this thread with streamers criticizing SJW movies. Disparu's oldest non-gaming video is only 2-3 years back. Other, more established streams really only have 5 years of history in quantity. Going back to 2009 entirely misses the point. That includes the period before the SJW woke mob destroyed Disney, including Marvel, movies. The good films out weighed the weak ones in MCU Phases 1&2.

    Why do you defend Disney's horrible results last year, 2023? (1)


    Nolte: Disney on Track to Lose Nearly $750 Million Across 13 Films in Historic Year of Box-Office Flops

     

    The Disney Grooming Institute had the worst box office year imaginable in 2023. Couldn’t happen to a nicer den of thieves of children’s innocence.

    After losing $106 million on Lightyear (2022) and another $152 million on Strange World (2022) — both of which featured prominent gay plotlines aimed at little kids — the Disney Grooming Syndicate roared into 2023, hoping for a much better year. But…

    Thanks to Disney’s cratered reputation and string of terrible movies where good storytelling and relatable characters took a backseat to divisive politics, 2023 was an even bigger disaster.

    According to my imperfect but good-faith estimates, only one Disney movie went into the black.
    ...
    But let’s be real here… When you release three Marvel movies, an Indiana Jones movie, a Pixar movie, and a 100th-anniversary animated movie (Wish), you’re not supposed to lose $745.5 million. You’re supposed to net $745.5 million.

    You only lose $745.5 million when you’ve lost the goodwill of your core audience (decent parents), and your movies stink because you put identity over storytelling and token characters over relatable characters.

    Finally, there are the incalculable down-market losses: toy sales, theme park attractions, and above all, reputation. Going into 2023, Disney already had a reputation as a danger to small children. After this disastrous year, Disney has a reputation for being a danger to kids and making lousy movies.
     
    The one movie that did not lose money was the finale pic, Guardians of the Galaxy 3. With James Gunn's departure, there will not be a #4.

    Your girl boss movies don't make money. Your race baiting movies don't make money. Your other woke concepts don't make money. They lost in 2022. They lost in 2023. And, it is not hard to predict more losses in 2024.

    You keep insisting that diversity is great. But your Disney is hemorrhaging money pushing your woke SJW agenda. Over $750 million last year alone. Your woke Warner Brothers/DC is also failing. WB could wind up in bankruptcy this year.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/11/27/nolte-looking-back-at-disneys-year-of-flops/

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Going back to 2009 entirely misses the point. That includes the period before the SJW woke mob destroyed Disney, including Marvel, movies.

    That’s your opinion. I think 90% of Marvel movies are garbage.

    You seem to not like how some of them have female or minority characters.

    Well they have been making successful minori-team movies since Xmen. Those movies were huge sellers and there were plenty of White men willing to pay full price for men in spandex.

    Avengers had a multi-racial cast. Wakanda 1 was a hit.

    I think they are all shit movies and race/liberal agenda has nothing to do with it.

    What exactly is the woke part? Not having enough White guys as fictional characters designed for children?

    Your girl boss movies don’t make money.

    My girl boss movies? I don’t watch any of this stuff. You seem to take all of this personally.

    Disney made 7 billion in a single quarter last year:
    https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/DIS/disney/gross-profit

    You call that bleeding?

    • Replies: @A123
    @John Johnson



    Why do you defend Disney’s horrible results last year, 2023? (1)

    Nolte: Disney on Track to Lose Nearly $750 Million Across 13 Films in Historic Year of Box-Office Flops
     
    Disney made 7 billion in a single quarter last year:
     
    How much of that gross came from losing money on films?

    Everyone notices that you failed in your attempt to distract from... Losing Nearly $750 Million Across 13 Films in Historic Year of Box-Office Flops.

    You really need to stop taking this so personally. You flee the discussion and hide behind unrelated statistics. Your woke films are losing money.

    Why is it so hard for you to admit that your SJW movies are failing to recoup their production & marketing expenses at the box office?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson

    , @Beckow
    @John Johnson

    The point is that the Holly movies and the culture in general have declined. I don't think anyone disputes that, it was often junk before and it got worse. They are riding on de facto monopolies that won't last forever. Same with the Western media - that's why they have become so frantic about any outside competition. The woke and gender nonsense are only among the tools to keep it as a closed shop.


    Wakanda 1 was a hit.
     
    Because it was great. It had many layers - but it was really about showing an African version of the endless white "Wakandas" movies of the past. Or do you actually think that the Anglo "Wakandas" celebrating everything from the world conquest to "winning the WW2 in Normandy" were any less Wakandish? Even a great movie like Casablanca is a silly "Wakanda" story about a loser New York drunk fighting the "Nazis"...and winning!!!

    It has been 'Wakanda' most of the time, Rocky XXX, westerns, the Marvel-Superman nonsense were all Wakanda movies made to celebrate a particular group with fake unreal stories...That's what Hollywood does, why not throw in a few Africans?

    Replies: @silviosilver

  230. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @QCIC

    No.

    Sailerville cannot grok the reality of Shoei Otani. He is the poster boy hero for trauma recovery in 2024.

    https://media.gq.com/photos/61d8a03be93c95dc9bbfbda5/master/w_1600%2Cc_limit/shohei-ohtani-gq-sports-feburary-2022-Cover.jpg

    The video could use more polished editing for conciseness but the data in there is gold. They left out the part where he sleeps twelve hours a day; seems to be the only important part omitted.

    Replies: @S

    If it weren’t for the ‘GQ’ logo, I might of mistaken that for a Wheaties ‘Breakfast of Champions’ cereal box! 😀

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @S

    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/w80AAOSwi1dgBDjh/s-l1600.jpg

    A Kardashian with real world accomplishments.

  231. @John Johnson
    @A123

    Going back to 2009 entirely misses the point. That includes the period before the SJW woke mob destroyed Disney, including Marvel, movies.

    That's your opinion. I think 90% of Marvel movies are garbage.

    You seem to not like how some of them have female or minority characters.

    Well they have been making successful minori-team movies since Xmen. Those movies were huge sellers and there were plenty of White men willing to pay full price for men in spandex.

    Avengers had a multi-racial cast. Wakanda 1 was a hit.

    I think they are all shit movies and race/liberal agenda has nothing to do with it.

    What exactly is the woke part? Not having enough White guys as fictional characters designed for children?

    Your girl boss movies don’t make money.

    My girl boss movies? I don't watch any of this stuff. You seem to take all of this personally.

    Disney made 7 billion in a single quarter last year:
    https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/DIS/disney/gross-profit

    You call that bleeding?

    Replies: @A123, @Beckow

    Why do you defend Disney’s horrible results last year, 2023? (1)

    Nolte: Disney on Track to Lose Nearly $750 Million Across 13 Films in Historic Year of Box-Office Flops

    Disney made 7 billion in a single quarter last year:

    How much of that gross came from losing money on films?

    Everyone notices that you failed in your attempt to distract from… Losing Nearly $750 Million Across 13 Films in Historic Year of Box-Office Flops.

    You really need to stop taking this so personally. You flee the discussion and hide behind unrelated statistics. Your woke films are losing money.

    Why is it so hard for you to admit that your SJW movies are failing to recoup their production & marketing expenses at the box office?

    PEACE 😇

    • LOL: QCIC
    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @A123

    Do you just make stuff up?

    That awful ant movie you said was a flop made a $200 million profit:
    https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Ant-Man-and-the-Wasp-Quantumania-(2023)#tab=summary


    How much of that gross came from losing money on films?

    I thought you were the expert on Disney's business model? Can you not Google that on your own?

    Disney was #2 at the national box office in 2023 thanks to ant man:

    https://variety.com/2023/film/news/disney-box-office-billion-dollar-mark-avatar-2-1235528694/

    So their top movie in America was a shitty comic book movie that you called a flop.

    ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ ‘Ant-Man 3’ Boost Disney to $1 Billion at Global Box Office in 2023
    https://comicbook.com/movies/news/2023-domestic-box-office-9-billion-universal-disney-marvel-warner-bros-dc/

    The opposite of what you have been saying.

    Oh but I'm sure White men didn't go and instead listened to a podcast about how Disney sucks. Must have been someone else. Must have been transgendered Black women that paid full price for that garbage movie. I barely made it through the trailer.

    As with Putin you're unable to process the reality in front of you and just make up stuff that sounds good. You don't like the current Disney movies and just decided that they must be losing money without even bothering to check. Well they are making a profit and that shitty ant man movie was a hit in America. I guess I didn't imagine seeing White men go to everyone one of those stupid movies.

    It's White men that go to comic cons and then listen to podcasts about how Disney movies suck. But someone else is paying to see fucking ANT MAN. Yea I'm sure.

    Look at this complete garbage:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WfTEZJnv_8

    I'd rather just listen to Beckow rant for two hours.

    Replies: @A123

  232. @AP
    @Derer

    Derer is too dumb to be able to read.

    I said that American Hispanics beat Slovaks in life expectancy and child educational achievement. I didn’t say they were cleaner, or thinner.

    LA became a lot safer with the Mexican influx. The filth seems to be driven by junkies and homeless though - policies of white liberals.

    And Texas is full of Mexicans. If Californians wee fleeing the Mexicans they would be going somewhere other than Texas. Looks like basic reasoning is as difficult for you as is reading.

    Replies: @Beckow

    You try to deceive by silly inaccurate numbers. Here are the latest life expectancies:

    USA 77
    USA white 77.4
    US Hispanic 77.9
    Slovakia 78.14
    Czechia 80

    You are clearly lagging. And Hispanics outlive the whites because they have much younger average age – life expectancy goes up with time, so if you have a younger population the projected expectancy will be higher. Are you too stupid to know that?

    LA is a basically a dysfunctional sh..hole and the white libs love Hispanics (maybe even “Lusitanians”). Period. Our kids are healthier, smarter, better looking, taller, much higher achieving. You can hide in your Anglo “Pissa” tests (who cares?), but they reflect nothing about the real life.

    Go to LA and then go to Prague or Bratislava and tell us which society has higher overall IQ, better people, more pleasant life. It only reflects on your own poor reasoning skills that you defend the taco bottom-feeding culture. Sure, one can learn how to live with them – they are certainly better than the libtards – but it is a step down.

    By the way, Ukraine has a 72 year average life expectancy. What is that all about?

    Regarding the pictures, there are nice ladies in every group, you can go to a Papua tribe and find one or two jungle beauties. That’s the way it works, the missionaries were not all idiots…:)

    (But, seriously, I am still getting over you sticking some elderly Latin dude’s picture with a mustache in there…ok, I know even the pope now, sure, but could you not?)

    • Replies: @AP
    @Beckow


    Here are the latest life expectancies:

     

    Wrong as usual. No wonder you didn’t post the link.

    https://www.thenationshealth.org/content/53/10/1.2

    “In 2022, life expectancy for Hispanic people was 80 years”

    Article is from 2024, it’s the latest number.

    That is higher than any year for Slovakia.

    https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/rou/slovakia/life-expectancy

    And Hispanics outlive the whites because they have much younger average age
     
    Life expectancy stats are calculated from birth. So it is the life expectancy of Hispanics who were born in 2022. You are too ignorant to know that? Yet another of your failures, like your claim that Brazilians are “Hispanics.” Poor Slovak education system. You don’t know life expectancy is calculated. You don’t know that 80 is more than 78.14. You think Brazilians are Hispanics. Etc.

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/nchs_press_releases/2023/20231129.htm

    From 2021 to 2022, life expectancy at birth in the U.S. increased by 1.1 years (from 76.4 to 77.5)

    The Hispanic population had the second biggest increase in life expectancy in 2022 with a gain of 2.2 years (77.8 to 80.0)

    Go to LA and then go to Prague or Bratislava

     

    The former Hapsburg lands are indeed better, despite the fact that your people are dumber and live less (not Czechs, Slovaks). It’s the legacy you deny in your lack of gratitude.

    Our kids are healthier, smarter, better looking, taller, much higher achieving
     
    They aren’t expected to live as long (see above) and they perform worse on educational tests (PISA) so they aren’t smarter. They are taller and better looking, you at least have that.

    Overall just more desperate sour grapes because you weren’t good enough to succeed in the USA and had to return.

    Replies: @Beckow, @LT1488

    , @Derer
    @Beckow

    You are responding to a psychopath that is damaged beyond repair. The condition created by his alcoholic mother.

  233. @A123
    @songbird


    Well, DIE is a zero-sum game.

    A lot of these properties are designed to appeal specifically to nostalgia, so, even in Normies, they trigger some noticing about race.
     

    Inserting things here and there without breaking the core story elements worked. Very few complained when Nick Fury was race swapped because the character was fundamentally the same.

    Then the crazies were elevated to be in charge. Intentionally dressing women in ugly costumes so they "do not attract the male gaze" has been a failure. Especially when they insist on stripping male characters of their shirts as much as possible. The double standard is now so bad it pulls even normies out of the film.
    ___

    They are pushing the woke gay feminist DIE agendas in a way that interferes with the story telling.

    The "hero's journey" story starts with a weak protagonist that has a character arc through the story. In the comic book genre, if they have powers at the beginning they cannot control them or do not know how best to use them. The idea is universal and could work with either male or female protagonist.

    The "girl boss" story starts with a powerful female character that is immediately maximum effective at whatever she does. The attempted tale has nothing to do with her growth and change. Instead it is about the world accepting her for what she is. Audiences do not accept this type of protagonist, because they are often grating and smug.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

    Very few complained when Nick Fury was race swapped because the character was fundamentally the same.

    In other words, I think you are saying they had similarly perceived testosterone levels, unlike what they did with Jimmy Olson, or some of the female characters.

    Intentionally dressing women in ugly costumes so they “do not attract the male gaze” has been a failure.

    Possibly could have been some wardrobe design failure.

    Worse when they cast uggos, IMO.

    • Replies: @A123
    @songbird



    Very few complained when Nick Fury was race swapped because the character was fundamentally the same.
     
    In other words, I think you are saying they had similarly perceived testosterone levels, unlike what they did with Jimmy Olson, or some of the female characters.
     
    Yes. Samuel Jackson portrayed the Nick Fury character as a tough guy, which was true to the spirit of the original source material.

    Other swaps have broken the underlying characters.



    Intentionally dressing women in ugly costumes so they “do not attract the male gaze” has been a failure.
     
    Possibly could have been some wardrobe design failure.
     
    If one actress had bad garb it could be a wardrobe failure. In The Marvels all three stars had outfits that minimized natural curves in favour of much more unattractive blocky/butch body shapes. It was part of the blatantly woke message that kept men from paying for tickets.

    Worse when they cast uggos, IMO.
     
    I agree. Barbie was originally going to cast a comedian, IIRC Amy Schumer. Margo Robbie joined the project late, capturing the nostalgia of the doll. Even female ticket buyers want to see appealing on screen presence. Making women non-feminine is an inevitable SJW fail.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson

  234. @S
    It’s been commented on before how the ‘New Rome’ (ie the United States) since it’s very founding has in many instances uncannily paralleled ancient Rome in it’s history. Indeed, the United States since the time of it's creation, has consciously wished to emulate the Roman republic. This Yemen action of late might be another example, though we’ll have to see what transpires.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Romans_in_Arabia

    Shortly after the Roman Republic had transitioned to a dictatorship under Caesar Augustus, this same emperor in 26BC, in an ancient version of 'gunboat diplomacy', directed a land and seaborne operation with ten thousand troops under the command of Aelius Gallus against the Kingdom of Saba in present day Yemen. The goal was to either intimidate the Sabaens into becoming either a vassal of Rome, or, if not that, to outright conquer them. This was part of an effort by Rome to further secure the route of it's rich seaborne trade with India which had developed since it's conquest of Egypt in the decades prior.

    Not impressed with Rome's army and navy being parked just outside it's borders and ports, the Sabaeans told the Romans to get lost in regards to the proposal of becoming a Roman client state.

    Rome's navy then took and temporarily occupied the present day port city of Aden, while Rome's army marched inland and laid seige to the Sabaen's capitol city of Marib. The Sabaens stood firm, however, and the siege failed after about a week, partly thought due to the unexpectedly hostile desert weather conditions the Romans were facing. In generally what is seen as having overall been a disaster, the Roman army and navy soon gave up on the Sabaen enterprise and returned back to Egypt.

    Replies: @sudden death

    Considering that after this failed expedition Roman empire still had about roughly several centuries of relatively good peak life, comparison might be vieved as favourable regarding USA oncoming future;)

    • Replies: @songbird
    @sudden death

    Romans also maintained a base nearby for quite a while:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farasan_Islands

    Though, personally, I would like the US to get out of the ME.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

    , @S
    @sudden death

    That's true. The failed Roman Yemen expedition of 2000 years ago wasn't the end of everything for them. [I hadn't been aware of this Roman expedition until recently, and I sometimes find myself a little surprised at just how far flung their activities could be.]

  235. @John Johnson
    @A123

    Going back to 2009 entirely misses the point. That includes the period before the SJW woke mob destroyed Disney, including Marvel, movies.

    That's your opinion. I think 90% of Marvel movies are garbage.

    You seem to not like how some of them have female or minority characters.

    Well they have been making successful minori-team movies since Xmen. Those movies were huge sellers and there were plenty of White men willing to pay full price for men in spandex.

    Avengers had a multi-racial cast. Wakanda 1 was a hit.

    I think they are all shit movies and race/liberal agenda has nothing to do with it.

    What exactly is the woke part? Not having enough White guys as fictional characters designed for children?

    Your girl boss movies don’t make money.

    My girl boss movies? I don't watch any of this stuff. You seem to take all of this personally.

    Disney made 7 billion in a single quarter last year:
    https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/DIS/disney/gross-profit

    You call that bleeding?

    Replies: @A123, @Beckow

    The point is that the Holly movies and the culture in general have declined. I don’t think anyone disputes that, it was often junk before and it got worse. They are riding on de facto monopolies that won’t last forever. Same with the Western media – that’s why they have become so frantic about any outside competition. The woke and gender nonsense are only among the tools to keep it as a closed shop.

    Wakanda 1 was a hit.

    Because it was great. It had many layers – but it was really about showing an African version of the endless white “Wakandas” movies of the past. Or do you actually think that the Anglo “Wakandas” celebrating everything from the world conquest to “winning the WW2 in Normandy” were any less Wakandish? Even a great movie like Casablanca is a silly “Wakanda” story about a loser New York drunk fighting the “Nazis”…and winning!!!

    It has been ‘Wakanda’ most of the time, Rocky XXX, westerns, the Marvel-Superman nonsense were all Wakanda movies made to celebrate a particular group with fake unreal stories…That’s what Hollywood does, why not throw in a few Africans?

    • Agree: Sher Singh
    • Replies: @silviosilver
    @Beckow


    It had many layers – but it was really about showing an African version of the endless white “Wakandas” movies of the past. Or do you actually think that the Anglo “Wakandas” celebrating everything from the world conquest to “winning the WW2 in Normandy” were any less Wakandish?
     
    Obviously they were less Wakandish. Wakanda was created solely to boost black cultural self-esteem (in the vain hope it'll improve black life outcomes). Celebratory depictions of American achievements are at least based on something real. But the insinuation that Americans have failed to be self-critical is so self-evidently idiotic (if they haven't been, then no one has) that only an envy-ridden commie worm would make it.

    Even a great movie like Casablanca is a silly “Wakanda” story about a loser New York drunk fighting the “Nazis”…and winning!!!
     
    Lol, of all the examples you could have chosen, it's telling you settle on this one. Yeah we get it, you're deeply offended by any reference to westerners fighting the Nazis. Bow down and worship the Soviets is the only choice you offer people.

    Well, who knows, with Russians behaving the way they are, maybe westerners will start celebrating their role in WW2 not only as fighting the Nazis but saving the Europe from the commies (aka Russians). A historical distortion? Only slightly, and one I would happily ignore.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Beckow

  236. @sudden death
    @S

    Considering that after this failed expedition Roman empire still had about roughly several centuries of relatively good peak life, comparison might be vieved as favourable regarding USA oncoming future;)

    Replies: @songbird, @S

    Romans also maintained a base nearby for quite a while:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farasan_Islands

    Though, personally, I would like the US to get out of the ME.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @songbird

    They got everywhere.

    Replies: @songbird, @S

  237. @songbird
    @A123


    Very few complained when Nick Fury was race swapped because the character was fundamentally the same.
     
    In other words, I think you are saying they had similarly perceived testosterone levels, unlike what they did with Jimmy Olson, or some of the female characters.

    Intentionally dressing women in ugly costumes so they “do not attract the male gaze” has been a failure.
     
    Possibly could have been some wardrobe design failure.

    Worse when they cast uggos, IMO.

    Replies: @A123

    Very few complained when Nick Fury was race swapped because the character was fundamentally the same.

    In other words, I think you are saying they had similarly perceived testosterone levels, unlike what they did with Jimmy Olson, or some of the female characters.

    Yes. Samuel Jackson portrayed the Nick Fury character as a tough guy, which was true to the spirit of the original source material.

    Other swaps have broken the underlying characters.

    Intentionally dressing women in ugly costumes so they “do not attract the male gaze” has been a failure.

    Possibly could have been some wardrobe design failure.

    If one actress had bad garb it could be a wardrobe failure. In The Marvels all three stars had outfits that minimized natural curves in favour of much more unattractive blocky/butch body shapes. It was part of the blatantly woke message that kept men from paying for tickets.

    Worse when they cast uggos, IMO.

    I agree. Barbie was originally going to cast a comedian, IIRC Amy Schumer. Margo Robbie joined the project late, capturing the nostalgia of the doll. Even female ticket buyers want to see appealing on screen presence. Making women non-feminine is an inevitable SJW fail.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @A123

    I agree. Barbie was originally going to cast a comedian, IIRC Amy Schumer. Margo Robbie joined the project late, capturing the nostalgia of the doll. Even female ticket buyers want to see appealing on screen presence. Making women non-feminine is an inevitable SJW fail.

    I wish that awful movie had Amy Schumer. Would have been way better with her farting and jokes about getting her fat ass into Barbie pants. In one part she pretty much pauses her own movie to rant about men. Seriously.


    Barbie is an incoherent mess with a heavy dose of SJW messaging. The "Blame men" rant with a literal voiceover from the writer was unreal.

    The liberal that made the movie couldn't decide if she wanted it to be a criticism of the Barbie ideal or if Barbie should be her own feminist ideal.
    I can't think of another movie where the script feels like the writer had a change of mind every 10 minutes. Then towards the end she turns it into a musical where the Kens dance for the female audience. What the flying fuck? The script of Barbie ironically feels like the random musings of an impulsive and mentally unstable woman. Definitely not the feminist ideal.

    The other irony is that Ryan Gosling was the best actor and really shined after the "Bad Man" turn. He had some pretty funny lines while Robbie understandably seemed confused by the script and doesn't feel out a consistent character. Her comedy wasn't utilized and the mom/daughter duo were awful.

    I told my wife I would watch it with her and boy was that a mistake. It's terrible.

  238. Sher Singh says:
    @Yevardian
    @Sher Singh

    Reminds the British diplomatic experience with Mohamad Shah Qajar, who unusually had humanitarian inclinations, possibly stemming from his (disapproved of) Sufi influences in his upbringing. But despite his sincere attempts to end judicial torture and even the persecution of Babi heretics, when the British appealed to him to shut down the slave trade, he was unmoved and replied he was interested in the rights of full humans.

    The British forced the end of maritime slave trade in the Persian Gulf anyway, but I think it wasn't until the constitutional revolution of 1905 that negro slavery was officially abolished within Iran.

    Replies: @Sher Singh

    Same opinion tbh – Indians past Panjab & Africans aren’t human.
    Arabs are heavily negrified too – Levantine girls are (Y) tho.

    What’s interesting is Guru Sahib stated he’ll turn his back on the Khalsa when they adopt Bipran Ki Reet.

    This basically means the same Zoro-Vedic purity culture around avoiding meat/alcohol.

    https://www.manglacharan.com/post/conduct-of-the-khalsa

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/guru-gobind-on-21568389?l=it

  239. @songbird
    In 1923, The London Morning Post, commenting on a speech the future King Edward made, said this:

    If the United States abolished its diplomatic and consular services, kept its ships in harbors and its tourists at home, and retired from the world’s markets, its citizens, its problems, its towns and countrysides, its roads, motor cars, counting houses and saloons would still be familiar in the utmost corners of the world.
    The film is to America what the flag was once to Britain. By its means, Uncle Sam may hope some day, if he be not checked in time, to Americanize this world.
     

    Replies: @songbird, @S

    The film is to America what the flag was once to Britain. By its means, Uncle Sam may hope some day, if he be not checked in time, to Americanize this world.

    That’s a prescient and insightful comment made in 1923 by the future King Edward.

    However, in regards to the US/UK, it’s always good to remind one’s self now and again that due to the ‘special relationship’ formed circa 1900, the US and UK since that time have effectively been back together about the same number of years now as (due to the revolution) they had been officially and formally apart (ie 1776-1900), that they sometimes play good cop/bad cop towards the world, and that one cannot always be certain where the current real center of power of the US/UK geo-political ship is, ie is it New York, or, is it London?

    • Replies: @songbird
    @S

    These days, I have a hard time believing the UK isn't led by petty crooks only interested in maximizing rents and real estate developments.

    But I suppose it's the same class over here, and they are in lockstep.

    Replies: @S, @Coconuts

  240. @sudden death
    @S

    Considering that after this failed expedition Roman empire still had about roughly several centuries of relatively good peak life, comparison might be vieved as favourable regarding USA oncoming future;)

    Replies: @songbird, @S

    That’s true. The failed Roman Yemen expedition of 2000 years ago wasn’t the end of everything for them. [I hadn’t been aware of this Roman expedition until recently, and I sometimes find myself a little surprised at just how far flung their activities could be.]

  241. @Beckow
    @AP

    You try to deceive by silly inaccurate numbers. Here are the latest life expectancies:

    USA 77
    USA white 77.4
    US Hispanic 77.9
    Slovakia 78.14
    Czechia 80

    You are clearly lagging. And Hispanics outlive the whites because they have much younger average age - life expectancy goes up with time, so if you have a younger population the projected expectancy will be higher. Are you too stupid to know that?

    LA is a basically a dysfunctional sh..hole and the white libs love Hispanics (maybe even "Lusitanians"). Period. Our kids are healthier, smarter, better looking, taller, much higher achieving. You can hide in your Anglo "Pissa" tests (who cares?), but they reflect nothing about the real life.

    Go to LA and then go to Prague or Bratislava and tell us which society has higher overall IQ, better people, more pleasant life. It only reflects on your own poor reasoning skills that you defend the taco bottom-feeding culture. Sure, one can learn how to live with them - they are certainly better than the libtards - but it is a step down.

    By the way, Ukraine has a 72 year average life expectancy. What is that all about?

    Regarding the pictures, there are nice ladies in every group, you can go to a Papua tribe and find one or two jungle beauties. That's the way it works, the missionaries were not all idiots...:)

    (But, seriously, I am still getting over you sticking some elderly Latin dude's picture with a mustache in there...ok, I know even the pope now, sure, but could you not?)

    Replies: @AP, @Derer

    Here are the latest life expectancies:

    Wrong as usual. No wonder you didn’t post the link.

    https://www.thenationshealth.org/content/53/10/1.2

    “In 2022, life expectancy for Hispanic people was 80 years”

    Article is from 2024, it’s the latest number.

    That is higher than any year for Slovakia.

    https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/rou/slovakia/life-expectancy

    And Hispanics outlive the whites because they have much younger average age

    Life expectancy stats are calculated from birth. So it is the life expectancy of Hispanics who were born in 2022. You are too ignorant to know that? Yet another of your failures, like your claim that Brazilians are “Hispanics.” Poor Slovak education system. You don’t know life expectancy is calculated. You don’t know that 80 is more than 78.14. You think Brazilians are Hispanics. Etc.

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/nchs_press_releases/2023/20231129.htm

    From 2021 to 2022, life expectancy at birth in the U.S. increased by 1.1 years (from 76.4 to 77.5)

    The Hispanic population had the second biggest increase in life expectancy in 2022 with a gain of 2.2 years (77.8 to 80.0)

    Go to LA and then go to Prague or Bratislava

    The former Hapsburg lands are indeed better, despite the fact that your people are dumber and live less (not Czechs, Slovaks). It’s the legacy you deny in your lack of gratitude.

    Our kids are healthier, smarter, better looking, taller, much higher achieving

    They aren’t expected to live as long (see above) and they perform worse on educational tests (PISA) so they aren’t smarter. They are taller and better looking, you at least have that.

    Overall just more desperate sour grapes because you weren’t good enough to succeed in the USA and had to return.

    • LOL: LT1488
    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AP

    Here is the link:

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/260410/life-expectancy-at-birth-in-the-us-by-race-hispanic-origin-and-sex/

    You don't understand statistics, "at-birth" is based on the data for people already alive and only in US (obviously) so having a lower average age will project lower. Hispo-latifundians taco-munchers - your new neighbors - are a very young population in the US, projecting from that is not as accurate as for the whites and blacks - large percentage are recent arrivals so there is no data included how long their compatriots live in Latin America, and there is the selection bias in who comes. But I suspect you are too stupid to understand any of that.

    I personally can't tell much of a difference between Spaniards and Portuguese, you are an obsessive loser arguing about it. Are Galicians from NW Spain Hispanic? Their language is a dialect of Portuguese. Fidel Castro was a Galician, was he a Hispanic? Enlighten us. (Take those pills, your autism is seeping back in.)


    They are taller and better looking, you at least have that.
     
    ...and smarter, healthier, living much better, we have actual walkable cities and infrastructure that works...I could go on. Suffice to say, any Hispo-American who gets lost here is begging to be allowed to stay - they don't want to go back to the barrios, working with no breaks, getting fat on the WalMart food and staring at the boob-box packed with ads for "life-saving" drugs. But if that is your thing who am I to argue.

    weren’t good enough to succeed in the USA
     
    What? You know nothing about me and so write nonsense. It only shows your sad stupidity and a lack of class. But you are a Ukie-Pole admirer of the inbred Habs, what would one expect?

    And that 'Latin' dude's picture was uncalled for, get a hold of yourself...:)

    Replies: @AP

    , @LT1488
    @AP

    Notice how you ignored Mr Beckow's comments on Ukraine LOL

  242. @A123
    @John Johnson



    Why do you defend Disney’s horrible results last year, 2023? (1)

    Nolte: Disney on Track to Lose Nearly $750 Million Across 13 Films in Historic Year of Box-Office Flops
     
    Disney made 7 billion in a single quarter last year:
     
    How much of that gross came from losing money on films?

    Everyone notices that you failed in your attempt to distract from... Losing Nearly $750 Million Across 13 Films in Historic Year of Box-Office Flops.

    You really need to stop taking this so personally. You flee the discussion and hide behind unrelated statistics. Your woke films are losing money.

    Why is it so hard for you to admit that your SJW movies are failing to recoup their production & marketing expenses at the box office?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Do you just make stuff up?

    That awful ant movie you said was a flop made a $200 million profit:
    https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Ant-Man-and-the-Wasp-Quantumania-(2023)#tab=summary

    How much of that gross came from losing money on films?

    I thought you were the expert on Disney’s business model? Can you not Google that on your own?

    Disney was #2 at the national box office in 2023 thanks to ant man:

    https://variety.com/2023/film/news/disney-box-office-billion-dollar-mark-avatar-2-1235528694/

    So their top movie in America was a shitty comic book movie that you called a flop.

    ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ ‘Ant-Man 3’ Boost Disney to $1 Billion at Global Box Office in 2023
    https://comicbook.com/movies/news/2023-domestic-box-office-9-billion-universal-disney-marvel-warner-bros-dc/

    The opposite of what you have been saying.

    Oh but I’m sure White men didn’t go and instead listened to a podcast about how Disney sucks. Must have been someone else. Must have been transgendered Black women that paid full price for that garbage movie. I barely made it through the trailer.

    As with Putin you’re unable to process the reality in front of you and just make up stuff that sounds good. You don’t like the current Disney movies and just decided that they must be losing money without even bothering to check. Well they are making a profit and that shitty ant man movie was a hit in America. I guess I didn’t imagine seeing White men go to everyone one of those stupid movies.

    It’s White men that go to comic cons and then listen to podcasts about how Disney movies suck. But someone else is paying to see fucking ANT MAN. Yea I’m sure.

    Look at this complete garbage:

    I’d rather just listen to Beckow rant for two hours.

    • Replies: @A123
    @John Johnson

    LOL -- Apparently you not understand the movie industry. Let me bring you up to speed.

    The revenue is the box office less the theatre chain cut, taxes, and misc. fees.. Roughly 50% makes it back to the studio.

    The expense is production cost + marketing. And, the studios are know to under report production expense.

    Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – February 17, 2023

    Global Gross: $476 million
    Studio share (~50%) $238 million

    Production Budget: $200-225 million
    Marketing: $50-100 million

    The movie lost $12 million "best case" and up to $87 million "worst case". $50 million would be a solid middle estimate as we do not get to see inside Marvel's books. The source I provided earlier puts it at a loss of $37 million in their model (1). And, it could be much worse if Marvel is not disclosing the entire filming expense.

    For example, the admitted production budget for The Marvels is only $275 million. However, public filings in the UK suggest that the actual is $325-350 million even after credits are applied. Without assistance it would have been over $400 million.
    ___

    Disney did not make Avatar. They only distributed it. Thank you for making my case about recent Disney movies being terrible. Your admission that Disney Corporation is being propped up by the creative work of others is really helpful to my core argument -- the dismal nature of Marvel films.
    ____

    You must be deeply emotionally attached to these Marvel films to be such a passionate defender of them.

    Those of use who are more realistic, including the streaming community, realize that the vast majority of what Marvel and Lucasfilm put out recently is terrible and lost money. Why do you find it so hard to agree with my fairly non-controversial position?

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/11/27/nolte-looking-back-at-disneys-year-of-flops/

    Replies: @John Johnson

  243. @AP
    @Beckow


    Here are the latest life expectancies:

     

    Wrong as usual. No wonder you didn’t post the link.

    https://www.thenationshealth.org/content/53/10/1.2

    “In 2022, life expectancy for Hispanic people was 80 years”

    Article is from 2024, it’s the latest number.

    That is higher than any year for Slovakia.

    https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/rou/slovakia/life-expectancy

    And Hispanics outlive the whites because they have much younger average age
     
    Life expectancy stats are calculated from birth. So it is the life expectancy of Hispanics who were born in 2022. You are too ignorant to know that? Yet another of your failures, like your claim that Brazilians are “Hispanics.” Poor Slovak education system. You don’t know life expectancy is calculated. You don’t know that 80 is more than 78.14. You think Brazilians are Hispanics. Etc.

    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/nchs_press_releases/2023/20231129.htm

    From 2021 to 2022, life expectancy at birth in the U.S. increased by 1.1 years (from 76.4 to 77.5)

    The Hispanic population had the second biggest increase in life expectancy in 2022 with a gain of 2.2 years (77.8 to 80.0)

    Go to LA and then go to Prague or Bratislava

     

    The former Hapsburg lands are indeed better, despite the fact that your people are dumber and live less (not Czechs, Slovaks). It’s the legacy you deny in your lack of gratitude.

    Our kids are healthier, smarter, better looking, taller, much higher achieving
     
    They aren’t expected to live as long (see above) and they perform worse on educational tests (PISA) so they aren’t smarter. They are taller and better looking, you at least have that.

    Overall just more desperate sour grapes because you weren’t good enough to succeed in the USA and had to return.

    Replies: @Beckow, @LT1488

    Here is the link:

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/260410/life-expectancy-at-birth-in-the-us-by-race-hispanic-origin-and-sex/

    You don’t understand statistics, “at-birth” is based on the data for people already alive and only in US (obviously) so having a lower average age will project lower. Hispo-latifundians taco-munchers – your new neighbors – are a very young population in the US, projecting from that is not as accurate as for the whites and blacks – large percentage are recent arrivals so there is no data included how long their compatriots live in Latin America, and there is the selection bias in who comes. But I suspect you are too stupid to understand any of that.

    I personally can’t tell much of a difference between Spaniards and Portuguese, you are an obsessive loser arguing about it. Are Galicians from NW Spain Hispanic? Their language is a dialect of Portuguese. Fidel Castro was a Galician, was he a Hispanic? Enlighten us. (Take those pills, your autism is seeping back in.)

    They are taller and better looking, you at least have that.

    …and smarter, healthier, living much better, we have actual walkable cities and infrastructure that works…I could go on. Suffice to say, any Hispo-American who gets lost here is begging to be allowed to stay – they don’t want to go back to the barrios, working with no breaks, getting fat on the WalMart food and staring at the boob-box packed with ads for “life-saving” drugs. But if that is your thing who am I to argue.

    weren’t good enough to succeed in the USA

    What? You know nothing about me and so write nonsense. It only shows your sad stupidity and a lack of class. But you are a Ukie-Pole admirer of the inbred Habs, what would one expect?

    And that ‘Latin’ dude’s picture was uncalled for, get a hold of yourself…:)

    • Replies: @AP
    @Beckow


    Here is the link:

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/260410/life-expectancy-at-birth-in-the-us-by-race-hispanic-origin-and-sex/
     

    That was for 2020. The link says it. You tried to use 2020 data for Hispanics to compare to a more recent year for Slovaks.

    You are too dumb to know that 2020 came before 2022?

    In both 2020 and 2022 American Hispanics lived longer than Slovaks.


    You don’t understand statistics, “at-birth” is based on the data for people already alive
     
    No it’s an estimate for people born that year.

    https://data.oecd.org/healthstat/life-expectancy-at-birth.htm#:~:text=Life%20expectancy%20at%20birth%20is,death%20rates%20do%20not%20change.

    “Life expectancy at birth is defined as how long, on average, a newborn can expect to live, if current death rates do not change.”

    Poor uneducated Beckow! You don’t even know what life expectancy means, yet you argue about it.

    You can’t help it, given where you were educated.


    I personally can’t tell much of a difference between Spaniards and Portuguese, you are an obsessive loser arguing
     
    You are the one who chose to argue about it. I mentioned that Brazil doesn’t have Hispanics and you replied “??? Portuguese are Hispanic, their language, culture, genetics…don’t go nuts on us again”

    I just pointed out how uneducated you were.


    [Slovaks versus American Hispanics] They are taller and better looking, you at least have that.

    …and smarter, healthier
     

    Well, as we have seen, Slovaks don’t live as long, and their kids perform more poorly on knowledge tests so they aren’t smarter.

    Be happy with taller and prettier.


    we have actual walkable cities
     
    Built under Hapsburgs. In LA they have highways built much later, for a rich population where almost everyone over 16 can afford an automobile. Not my thing, personally, I prefer a balance, but that is what they like.
  244. Even after two years of war Russia still treats Ukie side as humans. Today Ukies showed for the umpteenth time that this is wrong.

    Russia and Ukraine agreed to exchange POWs today. Ukrainian POWs were flown on two planes IL-76MD-90A to Belgorod (remember this name? This was a place of a recent Ukie war crime). One aircraft was carrying 65 Ukrainian POWS, the other 80. The exchange was planned near the village of Kolotilovka on the border. Ukie military knew full well who is being transported and where they were headed. Yet Ukie anti-aircraft detachment launched two rockets from Kharkov region and shot down one of the planes. After that Russia turned the other plane around and returned it to where it took off from. Ukie propaganda first presented shooting down a Russian plane as a great victory, then started hastily removing everything it posted about it. The commanders of Ukie forces acknowledged shooting down this plane but did not mention who they actually murdered.

    Russia is going through the motions calling the UN Security Council meeting concerning yet another Ukie crime. Maybe it makes legal sense, but it does not make any practical sense whatsoever. Ukies clearly demonstrated time and again that they do not deserve to be treated as humans, should be treated as rabid dogs – shot on sight.

    • Agree: Gerard1234
    • Replies: @sudden death
    @AnonfromTN

    Let's for a moment assume this version is somewhat truthful - then it means UA army up to this day is easily controlling RF airspace in Belgorod oblast with their own air defences from Kharkov oblast, while various poor qcics here have been sweating for several years already when trying to prove that RF isn't massively airbombing Kharkov city only because Kremlin ruling chimpanzee gang is very kindhearted towards UA people, lol

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mikel, @Gerard1234

  245. @AnonfromTN
    Even after two years of war Russia still treats Ukie side as humans. Today Ukies showed for the umpteenth time that this is wrong.

    Russia and Ukraine agreed to exchange POWs today. Ukrainian POWs were flown on two planes IL-76MD-90A to Belgorod (remember this name? This was a place of a recent Ukie war crime). One aircraft was carrying 65 Ukrainian POWS, the other 80. The exchange was planned near the village of Kolotilovka on the border. Ukie military knew full well who is being transported and where they were headed. Yet Ukie anti-aircraft detachment launched two rockets from Kharkov region and shot down one of the planes. After that Russia turned the other plane around and returned it to where it took off from. Ukie propaganda first presented shooting down a Russian plane as a great victory, then started hastily removing everything it posted about it. The commanders of Ukie forces acknowledged shooting down this plane but did not mention who they actually murdered.

    Russia is going through the motions calling the UN Security Council meeting concerning yet another Ukie crime. Maybe it makes legal sense, but it does not make any practical sense whatsoever. Ukies clearly demonstrated time and again that they do not deserve to be treated as humans, should be treated as rabid dogs – shot on sight.

    Replies: @sudden death

    Let’s for a moment assume this version is somewhat truthful – then it means UA army up to this day is easily controlling RF airspace in Belgorod oblast with their own air defences from Kharkov oblast, while various poor qcics here have been sweating for several years already when trying to prove that RF isn’t massively airbombing Kharkov city only because Kremlin ruling chimpanzee gang is very kindhearted towards UA people, lol

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @sudden death


    ... it means UA army up to this day is easily controlling RF airspace in Belgorod oblast with their own air defences from Kharkov oblast
     
    It was a scheduled POW exchange - the Ukie POWs soldiers were going there by mutual agreement, one wouldn't take precautions - these exchanges are based on trust and Kiev agreed to the exchange and knew the details of who, where and when.

    It is akin to an exchange of prisoners on a bridge with one side starting to shoot at their own prisoners to also kill the enemy guards. Simply pathetic. How is it good for anyone, least of all Ukraine? Kiev killed around 60 of their own soldiers going to be exchanged to go home. And they killed a few guards and a pilot. Is that worth it?

    They are either pathologically disorganized or in the depths of evil matching their crazy Bandera worship.

    Replies: @LondonBob, @sudden death

    , @Mikel
    @sudden death


    Let’s for a moment assume this version is somewhat truthful
     
    It is truthful. If you’ve wasted your time reading conspiracy theories stop doing it, you've been lied to. The Ukrainians have acknowledged that it was them and even the BBC has finally given up and acknowledged it too. This morning it was impossible to find out anything about the details of the incident on the BBC (my self-flagellatory first pass at the daily news) without going through endless warnings that “the Russian authorities are well known to lie in these occasions”, “the Ukrainian authorities are urging people not to fall for Russian misinformation”, “we can’t independently confirm the veracity of the Russian claims, “it would be very unusual for the Russians to use such an expensive plane for prisoner transport”, blah-blah-blah….

    What is so painful about admitting that your side has fallen victim to a friendly fire incident? It happens all the time in all wars. The Israelis shot at their own during the October pogrom and later on they killed 3 of their hostages right after they had miraculously escaped from their captors. Of course the Ukrainians are going to deny it for as long as they can. That’s what they always do. If any reader with an IQ above 80 has figured this out, there’s no way the editors at the BBC, the CNN and all the rest of the propagandists don’t know it. Admitting that things probably are what they looked like from the beginning, as they almost always are, does not mean that you’re taking Putin’s side. Idiots.

    But yes, the Russians don't control their airspace, can't guarantee the lives of their people in the border cities, can't make any advances without losing thousands of men in months-long battles and the Ukrainians are also getting bled out. It's time for everybody to stop the carnage, if only to lick their wounds and maybe try again in the future.
    , @Gerard1234
    @sudden death

    Forgetting about the total cretinism of your comment , which is just too idiotic to dissect.......this all does remind me that the 2 shithole fake countries( well, shithole for Litva is harsh, blackhole maybe more suitable for Black Russia) of 404 and Black Russia have their authoritarian , scumbag current iterations of "independence" based on 2 false flag events - the killings at the Maidan.......and of course the Lithuanian Nationalist/western intelligence false flag in Vilnius in 1991 around the television tower where, again, snipers killed many protestors. Both falsely blamed on Russia, identical type of murders, both with farcical "investigations", both the foundation for the 2 freakshow regimes there

    With 404 that's just one in a series of false flags/mass murder events (HIMARS strike on Ukronazi POW's in Elenovka one of them).
    In place of reading intellectual dogshit to massage your scumbag mind.........why don't you read something relevant you idiot - like that book by the Black Russsian (now in prison for 6 years I think, Paletskis) about the false flag in 1991?

  246. @S
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    If it weren't for the 'GQ' logo, I might of mistaken that for a Wheaties 'Breakfast of Champions' cereal box! :-D

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    A Kardashian with real world accomplishments.

    • LOL: S
  247. @John Johnson
    @A123

    Do you just make stuff up?

    That awful ant movie you said was a flop made a $200 million profit:
    https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Ant-Man-and-the-Wasp-Quantumania-(2023)#tab=summary


    How much of that gross came from losing money on films?

    I thought you were the expert on Disney's business model? Can you not Google that on your own?

    Disney was #2 at the national box office in 2023 thanks to ant man:

    https://variety.com/2023/film/news/disney-box-office-billion-dollar-mark-avatar-2-1235528694/

    So their top movie in America was a shitty comic book movie that you called a flop.

    ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ ‘Ant-Man 3’ Boost Disney to $1 Billion at Global Box Office in 2023
    https://comicbook.com/movies/news/2023-domestic-box-office-9-billion-universal-disney-marvel-warner-bros-dc/

    The opposite of what you have been saying.

    Oh but I'm sure White men didn't go and instead listened to a podcast about how Disney sucks. Must have been someone else. Must have been transgendered Black women that paid full price for that garbage movie. I barely made it through the trailer.

    As with Putin you're unable to process the reality in front of you and just make up stuff that sounds good. You don't like the current Disney movies and just decided that they must be losing money without even bothering to check. Well they are making a profit and that shitty ant man movie was a hit in America. I guess I didn't imagine seeing White men go to everyone one of those stupid movies.

    It's White men that go to comic cons and then listen to podcasts about how Disney movies suck. But someone else is paying to see fucking ANT MAN. Yea I'm sure.

    Look at this complete garbage:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WfTEZJnv_8

    I'd rather just listen to Beckow rant for two hours.

    Replies: @A123

    LOL — Apparently you not understand the movie industry. Let me bring you up to speed.

    The revenue is the box office less the theatre chain cut, taxes, and misc. fees.. Roughly 50% makes it back to the studio.

    The expense is production cost + marketing. And, the studios are know to under report production expense.

    Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – February 17, 2023

    Global Gross: $476 million
    Studio share (~50%) $238 million

    Production Budget: $200-225 million
    Marketing: $50-100 million

    The movie lost $12 million “best case” and up to $87 million “worst case”. $50 million would be a solid middle estimate as we do not get to see inside Marvel’s books. The source I provided earlier puts it at a loss of $37 million in their model (1). And, it could be much worse if Marvel is not disclosing the entire filming expense.

    For example, the admitted production budget for The Marvels is only $275 million. However, public filings in the UK suggest that the actual is $325-350 million even after credits are applied. Without assistance it would have been over $400 million.
    ___

    Disney did not make Avatar. They only distributed it. Thank you for making my case about recent Disney movies being terrible. Your admission that Disney Corporation is being propped up by the creative work of others is really helpful to my core argument — the dismal nature of Marvel films.
    ____

    You must be deeply emotionally attached to these Marvel films to be such a passionate defender of them.

    Those of use who are more realistic, including the streaming community, realize that the vast majority of what Marvel and Lucasfilm put out recently is terrible and lost money. Why do you find it so hard to agree with my fairly non-controversial position?

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/11/27/nolte-looking-back-at-disneys-year-of-flops/

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @A123

    The movie lost $12 million “best case” and up to $87 million “worst case”. $50 million would be a solid middle estimate as we do not get to see inside Marvel’s books.

    You're pulling numbers out of your butt again.

    100 million on marketing? Based on what? Conjecture?

    It cost them 193 million to make the movie
    https://screenrant.com/how-much-ant-man-wasp-quantumania-cost-to-make/

    Prior to the film's release, early projections noted that Quantumania could gross over $100 million domestically and $280 million globally in its opening weekend, though the film went on to gross roughly $120 million over the four-day period - making it the best opening weekend of the MCU's Ant-Man franchise.

    Best opening weekend for that awful franchise.

    And the movie industry hasn't fully recovered from COVID.

    Replies: @A123

  248. @Beckow
    @AP

    Here is the link:

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/260410/life-expectancy-at-birth-in-the-us-by-race-hispanic-origin-and-sex/

    You don't understand statistics, "at-birth" is based on the data for people already alive and only in US (obviously) so having a lower average age will project lower. Hispo-latifundians taco-munchers - your new neighbors - are a very young population in the US, projecting from that is not as accurate as for the whites and blacks - large percentage are recent arrivals so there is no data included how long their compatriots live in Latin America, and there is the selection bias in who comes. But I suspect you are too stupid to understand any of that.

    I personally can't tell much of a difference between Spaniards and Portuguese, you are an obsessive loser arguing about it. Are Galicians from NW Spain Hispanic? Their language is a dialect of Portuguese. Fidel Castro was a Galician, was he a Hispanic? Enlighten us. (Take those pills, your autism is seeping back in.)


    They are taller and better looking, you at least have that.
     
    ...and smarter, healthier, living much better, we have actual walkable cities and infrastructure that works...I could go on. Suffice to say, any Hispo-American who gets lost here is begging to be allowed to stay - they don't want to go back to the barrios, working with no breaks, getting fat on the WalMart food and staring at the boob-box packed with ads for "life-saving" drugs. But if that is your thing who am I to argue.

    weren’t good enough to succeed in the USA
     
    What? You know nothing about me and so write nonsense. It only shows your sad stupidity and a lack of class. But you are a Ukie-Pole admirer of the inbred Habs, what would one expect?

    And that 'Latin' dude's picture was uncalled for, get a hold of yourself...:)

    Replies: @AP

    Here is the link:

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/260410/life-expectancy-at-birth-in-the-us-by-race-hispanic-origin-and-sex/

    That was for 2020. The link says it. You tried to use 2020 data for Hispanics to compare to a more recent year for Slovaks.

    You are too dumb to know that 2020 came before 2022?

    In both 2020 and 2022 American Hispanics lived longer than Slovaks.

    You don’t understand statistics, “at-birth” is based on the data for people already alive

    No it’s an estimate for people born that year.

    https://data.oecd.org/healthstat/life-expectancy-at-birth.htm#:~:text=Life%20expectancy%20at%20birth%20is,death%20rates%20do%20not%20change.

    “Life expectancy at birth is defined as how long, on average, a newborn can expect to live, if current death rates do not change.”

    Poor uneducated Beckow! You don’t even know what life expectancy means, yet you argue about it.

    You can’t help it, given where you were educated.

    I personally can’t tell much of a difference between Spaniards and Portuguese, you are an obsessive loser arguing

    You are the one who chose to argue about it. I mentioned that Brazil doesn’t have Hispanics and you replied “??? Portuguese are Hispanic, their language, culture, genetics…don’t go nuts on us again”

    I just pointed out how uneducated you were.

    [Slovaks versus American Hispanics] They are taller and better looking, you at least have that.

    …and smarter, healthier

    Well, as we have seen, Slovaks don’t live as long, and their kids perform more poorly on knowledge tests so they aren’t smarter.

    Be happy with taller and prettier.

    we have actual walkable cities

    Built under Hapsburgs. In LA they have highways built much later, for a rich population where almost everyone over 16 can afford an automobile. Not my thing, personally, I prefer a balance, but that is what they like.

  249. @sudden death
    @AnonfromTN

    Let's for a moment assume this version is somewhat truthful - then it means UA army up to this day is easily controlling RF airspace in Belgorod oblast with their own air defences from Kharkov oblast, while various poor qcics here have been sweating for several years already when trying to prove that RF isn't massively airbombing Kharkov city only because Kremlin ruling chimpanzee gang is very kindhearted towards UA people, lol

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mikel, @Gerard1234

    … it means UA army up to this day is easily controlling RF airspace in Belgorod oblast with their own air defences from Kharkov oblast

    It was a scheduled POW exchange – the Ukie POWs soldiers were going there by mutual agreement, one wouldn’t take precautions – these exchanges are based on trust and Kiev agreed to the exchange and knew the details of who, where and when.

    It is akin to an exchange of prisoners on a bridge with one side starting to shoot at their own prisoners to also kill the enemy guards. Simply pathetic. How is it good for anyone, least of all Ukraine? Kiev killed around 60 of their own soldiers going to be exchanged to go home. And they killed a few guards and a pilot. Is that worth it?

    They are either pathologically disorganized or in the depths of evil matching their crazy Bandera worship.

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    @Beckow

    Doubt it was actually Ukrainians operating the system that shot it down, Iris T or Patriot supposedly, perhaps German or American crew, so does beg the question why they did it. Of course we still don't know if the Ukrainian crew who shot down MH17 with their BUK did it deliberately, or out of sheer incompetence, I suspect it was deliberate, in that case.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @sudden death
    @Beckow

    The plane was shot and fell down next to Belgorod city airfield, which was not the place of exchange at all, but it still is besides the point that UA can shoot RF planes out of the sky far from the border.

    Just yesterday RF was launching rockets into Kharkov city so tt's quite imaginable that some miscommunication fuck up in UA command chain could have happened if they thought it might be another plane trying to shoot air to surface rockets into Kharkov again, but that is again besides the main point of UA having such tight RF airspace control capability, if we choose to believe RF pushed version this time;)

    Replies: @QCIC

  250. @Beckow
    @sudden death


    ... it means UA army up to this day is easily controlling RF airspace in Belgorod oblast with their own air defences from Kharkov oblast
     
    It was a scheduled POW exchange - the Ukie POWs soldiers were going there by mutual agreement, one wouldn't take precautions - these exchanges are based on trust and Kiev agreed to the exchange and knew the details of who, where and when.

    It is akin to an exchange of prisoners on a bridge with one side starting to shoot at their own prisoners to also kill the enemy guards. Simply pathetic. How is it good for anyone, least of all Ukraine? Kiev killed around 60 of their own soldiers going to be exchanged to go home. And they killed a few guards and a pilot. Is that worth it?

    They are either pathologically disorganized or in the depths of evil matching their crazy Bandera worship.

    Replies: @LondonBob, @sudden death

    Doubt it was actually Ukrainians operating the system that shot it down, Iris T or Patriot supposedly, perhaps German or American crew, so does beg the question why they did it. Of course we still don’t know if the Ukrainian crew who shot down MH17 with their BUK did it deliberately, or out of sheer incompetence, I suspect it was deliberate, in that case.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @LondonBob


    Doubt it was actually Ukrainians operating the system that shot it down, Iris T or Patriot supposedly, perhaps German or American crew, so does beg the question why they did it.
     
    There are holes on the parts of downed plane from anti-aircraft missile. The investigation will show which system was used. Most likely NATO-supplied, which makes NATO an accomplice of Ukie criminals, even if the crew was Ukie (which I doubt, but no investigation on the Ukie-controlled territory is possible). Like someone did not know that already.
  251. @LT1488
    @AnonfromTN

    With jews, scum and villainy seems to be inherent and genetic however. Every nationality does have its scum and the rest shouldn't be judged for it, however jews are a nationality largely comprised of scum.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Adept

    It’s a product of their supremacist religion.

    Consider this: European (Ashkenazi) Jews and Iraqi Jews have nothing in common from a genetic standpoint. They’re two entirely distinct populations. Yet the Iraqi Jews — like the infamous Sassoon family — are well known for being every bit as villainous as the worst of the Ashkenazis.

    Further, most Arabian Jews are hardly distinct from Arabian Muslims, at least insofar as their genetics are concerned.

    The poison is simply this: A religion which regards their little sect as “Chosen” — as true humans — and everybody else as second-rate or even animals in human form. This breeds a certain type of arrogance and impunity, even in those Jews who do not observe the various rituals their religion calls for.

    Needless to say, the religion has other deeply distasteful characteristics, such as absolute deference to tribal elders and an downright comic focus on legal wrangling with god.

    If the religion is done away with — of course, this is no easy task — then the problem is solved. One simply needs to tell the Jews: “Christ preached to you, more than to those other nations. It’s time to accept him; time to become normal men amongst other normal men, and to love humanity.”

    …They know this, I suspect, which is why they recoil so violently from it.

  252. @Beckow
    @sudden death


    ... it means UA army up to this day is easily controlling RF airspace in Belgorod oblast with their own air defences from Kharkov oblast
     
    It was a scheduled POW exchange - the Ukie POWs soldiers were going there by mutual agreement, one wouldn't take precautions - these exchanges are based on trust and Kiev agreed to the exchange and knew the details of who, where and when.

    It is akin to an exchange of prisoners on a bridge with one side starting to shoot at their own prisoners to also kill the enemy guards. Simply pathetic. How is it good for anyone, least of all Ukraine? Kiev killed around 60 of their own soldiers going to be exchanged to go home. And they killed a few guards and a pilot. Is that worth it?

    They are either pathologically disorganized or in the depths of evil matching their crazy Bandera worship.

    Replies: @LondonBob, @sudden death

    The plane was shot and fell down next to Belgorod city airfield, which was not the place of exchange at all, but it still is besides the point that UA can shoot RF planes out of the sky far from the border.

    Just yesterday RF was launching rockets into Kharkov city so tt’s quite imaginable that some miscommunication fuck up in UA command chain could have happened if they thought it might be another plane trying to shoot air to surface rockets into Kharkov again, but that is again besides the main point of UA having such tight RF airspace control capability, if we choose to believe RF pushed version this time;)

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @sudden death

    What is the Russian civil aviation keep out zone, in other words, how close to the border can planes legally fly?

    +++

    When I suggest Russia can bomb Kharkov if they need to, I am not implying it is easy, just that it is doable. They have to destroy the remaining high altitude air defenses in the area first and these are being replenished from the West. Nonetheless, the Russians regularly shoot enough missiles across Ukraine to do the job. If these were part of a concentrated attack they could take out the SAM sites within range of Kharkov. Then they could attack with strike aircraft to clean up hidden SAMs. Then there is nothing left to protect against heavy bombing. How far back do the Russians have to clean out the air defenses? Who knows, 100 miles? This is only about 20 miles from the border, so it is reasonable to assume they know where everything is. All aircraft will still be vulnerable to MANPADS below a certain altitude. They do not want to seriously bomb Kharkov or Kiev or they would have done so. Maybe this will change their mind. If NATO is willing to shoot down aircraft over Russia then it may be time for sensible people in the Baltics to move to Mexico.

    Replies: @QCIC

  253. @AP
    @Mr. XYZ


    I wonder what future AP will see for Russia if Russian liberals will ever come to power there. Would they embrace mass immigration like Western liberals have
     
    Probably not. Even Navalny once referred to people from the Caucuses as cockroaches.

    The template for liberal Eastern Europeans is Czechia. Libertinism, secularism and democracy, but not mass immigration (this is why people who claim liberalizing Poland will be another Ireland, full of non-Europeans, are just wrong. Liberalizing Poland will be more like Czechia).

    That having been said, unlike Czechia (or Poland), Russia does border several fecund Islamic countries and has a large native Muslim population, so increased Muslim population is inevitable.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    Even Navalny once referred to people from the Caucuses as cockroaches.

    Yes, and the West subsequently punished him for it:

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/press-release/2021/05/statement-on-alexei-navalnys-status-as-prisoner-of-conscience/

    Basically, Amnesty International temporarily took away Navalny’s prisoner of conscience status as a result of his past xenophobic and bigoted statements, before re-instating it due to fears that Putin was abusing him.

    Basically, my own logic here is this: Even someone like Navalny might want to appear more “handshake-worthy” in Western eyes by repudiating his past views on these things, and the best way to do that is not merely to make some symbolic gestures but rather to indicate that Russia is wide open for mass immigration. Navalny could portray this experience and change of views as an epiphany of sorts for him.

    The template for liberal Eastern Europeans is Czechia. Libertinism, secularism and democracy, but not mass immigration (this is why people who claim liberalizing Poland will be another Ireland, full of non-Europeans, are just wrong. Liberalizing Poland will be more like Czechia).

    That having been said, unlike Czechia (or Poland), Russia does border several fecund Islamic countries and has a large native Muslim population, so increased Muslim population is inevitable.

    False analogy, because Russia has a long history of ruling over and integrating Muslims, and often rather successfully, whereas Czechia (and Poland/the PLC) does not. Austria-Hungary historically did not have many Muslims other than in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which it only ruled for several decades (mostly as an occupying force) and which was only officially a part of Austria-Hungary for just a single decade. In contrast, Russia ruled over Muslims for many decades and often for much longer. Thus, it’s not unreasonable to hypothesize that Muslims would integrate better in Russia than they would somewhere like Czechia, similar to how it’s not unreasonable to hypothesize that Syrian refugees would integrate better in Turkey (due to them being the descendants of former Ottoman subjects for centuries) than somewhere like Germany (unless perhaps they are cognitive elites or middle-class types). So, it makes sense for Russian liberals to push for mass immigration, including of the Muslim kind, in a way that it does not make sense for, say, Czech or Polish liberals to do so.

    One could wonder whether in the absence of Communism, Muslims would have been for Greater Russia what Latin Americans are for the US. One can indeed even view Kazakhstan (and northern Kyrgyzstan as well) as a mixed Muslim-Slavic space similar to how the US Southwest is a mixed Anglo-Latin American space.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Mr. XYZ

    Similar to Austria-Hungary, I don't recall the PLC ever ruling over many Muslims either. Did it? It ruled over a lot of Jews, no doubt, but Muslims?

    , @AP
    @Mr. XYZ


    Russia has a long history of ruling over and integrating Muslims, and often rather successfully, whereas Czechia (and Poland/the PLC) does not
     
    PLC had loyal Lipka Tatars for centuries. They were granted noble status and fought alongside Poles in their wars.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipka_Tatars

    "According to some estimates, by 1590–1591 there were about 200,000[10] Lipka Tatars living in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and about 400 mosques serving them. " [I suspect this was an exaggeration]

    There aren't many left currently, only a few thousand are left, most have slowly assimilated over the centuries, but they coexisted peacefully.

    Here are some Polish Lipka Tatar girls:

    https://static.prsa.pl/images/3b015dbe-83ce-41dd-b8f7-9c9931d9ead1.jpg

    One of their mosques in Poland (it manages to look very Polish):

    https://c8.alamy.com/comp/RA4D8A/the-kruszyniany-lipka-tatar-mosque-in-kruszyniany-poland-RA4D8A.jpg

    Charles Bronson is probably the most famous of these Tatars (his dad was from Lithuania).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipka_Tatars

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  254. @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    Even Navalny once referred to people from the Caucuses as cockroaches.
     
    Yes, and the West subsequently punished him for it:

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/press-release/2021/05/statement-on-alexei-navalnys-status-as-prisoner-of-conscience/

    Basically, Amnesty International temporarily took away Navalny's prisoner of conscience status as a result of his past xenophobic and bigoted statements, before re-instating it due to fears that Putin was abusing him.

    Basically, my own logic here is this: Even someone like Navalny might want to appear more "handshake-worthy" in Western eyes by repudiating his past views on these things, and the best way to do that is not merely to make some symbolic gestures but rather to indicate that Russia is wide open for mass immigration. Navalny could portray this experience and change of views as an epiphany of sorts for him.

    The template for liberal Eastern Europeans is Czechia. Libertinism, secularism and democracy, but not mass immigration (this is why people who claim liberalizing Poland will be another Ireland, full of non-Europeans, are just wrong. Liberalizing Poland will be more like Czechia).

    That having been said, unlike Czechia (or Poland), Russia does border several fecund Islamic countries and has a large native Muslim population, so increased Muslim population is inevitable.
     

    False analogy, because Russia has a long history of ruling over and integrating Muslims, and often rather successfully, whereas Czechia (and Poland/the PLC) does not. Austria-Hungary historically did not have many Muslims other than in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which it only ruled for several decades (mostly as an occupying force) and which was only officially a part of Austria-Hungary for just a single decade. In contrast, Russia ruled over Muslims for many decades and often for much longer. Thus, it's not unreasonable to hypothesize that Muslims would integrate better in Russia than they would somewhere like Czechia, similar to how it's not unreasonable to hypothesize that Syrian refugees would integrate better in Turkey (due to them being the descendants of former Ottoman subjects for centuries) than somewhere like Germany (unless perhaps they are cognitive elites or middle-class types). So, it makes sense for Russian liberals to push for mass immigration, including of the Muslim kind, in a way that it does not make sense for, say, Czech or Polish liberals to do so.

    One could wonder whether in the absence of Communism, Muslims would have been for Greater Russia what Latin Americans are for the US. One can indeed even view Kazakhstan (and northern Kyrgyzstan as well) as a mixed Muslim-Slavic space similar to how the US Southwest is a mixed Anglo-Latin American space.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @AP

    Similar to Austria-Hungary, I don’t recall the PLC ever ruling over many Muslims either. Did it? It ruled over a lot of Jews, no doubt, but Muslims?

  255. @LondonBob
    @Beckow

    Doubt it was actually Ukrainians operating the system that shot it down, Iris T or Patriot supposedly, perhaps German or American crew, so does beg the question why they did it. Of course we still don't know if the Ukrainian crew who shot down MH17 with their BUK did it deliberately, or out of sheer incompetence, I suspect it was deliberate, in that case.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Doubt it was actually Ukrainians operating the system that shot it down, Iris T or Patriot supposedly, perhaps German or American crew, so does beg the question why they did it.

    There are holes on the parts of downed plane from anti-aircraft missile. The investigation will show which system was used. Most likely NATO-supplied, which makes NATO an accomplice of Ukie criminals, even if the crew was Ukie (which I doubt, but no investigation on the Ukie-controlled territory is possible). Like someone did not know that already.

  256. @QCIC
    @Mr. XYZ

    Please tell me that no actual person was offended by Speedy Gonzales!

    I guess the concept of the character was snarky since the stereotype is that Mexicans are slow and lazy. Sort of like naming your pet snail "Turbo".

    Replies: @songbird, @Mr. XYZ

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/mar/9/cancel-speedy-gonzales-not-so-fast-latinos-say/

    “Neither me nor anyone amongst my family and friends in Mexico felt offended by Speedy Gonzales,” tweeted the account named Hispanic Citizen. “He was intelligent, witty, the fastest of them all and would always outsmart his rivals. The sombreros? Many Mexicans wear them with pride every World Cup. I love Speedy.”

    It’s not the first time the mouse has been targeted — and has survived due to the cascade of love shown on him from the Latino community.

    In 1999, Speedy Gonzales was banned from the Cartoon Network after it decided the cartoon was too offensive and reinforced negative Mexican stereotypes like speaking in a heavy accent and wearing a sombrero. The network reinstated him three years later after fan outrage.

    The League of United Latin American Citizens, a Latino anti-discrimination organization, helped get Speedy back on the air after Cartoon Network shelved him.

    “In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzales,” Eugenio Derbez, told Deadline at the time. “He was like a superhero to us, or maybe more like a revolucionario like Simón Bolívar or Pancho Villa.”

    It’s a case of white liberals pretending to know better what’s offensive to Hispanics than Hispanics themselves.

  257. @A123
    @John Johnson

    LOL -- Apparently you not understand the movie industry. Let me bring you up to speed.

    The revenue is the box office less the theatre chain cut, taxes, and misc. fees.. Roughly 50% makes it back to the studio.

    The expense is production cost + marketing. And, the studios are know to under report production expense.

    Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – February 17, 2023

    Global Gross: $476 million
    Studio share (~50%) $238 million

    Production Budget: $200-225 million
    Marketing: $50-100 million

    The movie lost $12 million "best case" and up to $87 million "worst case". $50 million would be a solid middle estimate as we do not get to see inside Marvel's books. The source I provided earlier puts it at a loss of $37 million in their model (1). And, it could be much worse if Marvel is not disclosing the entire filming expense.

    For example, the admitted production budget for The Marvels is only $275 million. However, public filings in the UK suggest that the actual is $325-350 million even after credits are applied. Without assistance it would have been over $400 million.
    ___

    Disney did not make Avatar. They only distributed it. Than