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For those interested, here are my two most recent articles, the first on the remarkable public statement by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs that JFK was probably killed in a conspiracy involving the CIA and the second on the very doubtful roots of the R2P doctrine, including the official narratives of the Rwanda Genocide and the Balkan Wars:

Also, here’s a recent podcast interview I did on the Israel/Gaza conflict:

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  1. Summary of the results of the terrorist attack on Crocus City Hall:

    Killed – 137; wounded and suffered from smoke inhalation – 182; evacuated ~5,000 (including >100 people helped by two teenagers working in the cloakroom), saved by firefighters from the cellar and the roof ~100 people.

    Apprehended: 4 perps and 14 accomplices. FSB is looking for additional accomplices, those who ordered this attack, who trained them, and those stocked the weapons cache for the perps.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @AnonfromTN


    >100 people helped by two teenagers working in the cloakroom
     
    At least one of them was a Central Asian. With the name "Islam."

    https://www.rt.com/russia/594831-teenager-saved-hundred-crocus-city-attack/

    I don't know if it is coincidence or not, but this is exactly the kind of narrative, which is typically promoted in Western countries. Each time there is a terror attack in some way linked or facilitated by immigration, they trot out more immigrants and promote the idea that they saved the day. Or else, that they are just exuding a special sympathy.

    In the case of the Boston Marathon bombing. Some illegal immigrant used his belt as a tourniquet. Regardless of what the potential value of Latinos might be, it seems obvious that Chechens are complete undesirables.

    The mainstream coverage of the Paris attacks was vomit-inducing, the way they concentrated on the false tears of migrants and hardly showed one French person. And no skeptics of migration.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Dmitry

  2. @AnonfromTN
    Summary of the results of the terrorist attack on Crocus City Hall:

    Killed - 137; wounded and suffered from smoke inhalation – 182; evacuated ~5,000 (including >100 people helped by two teenagers working in the cloakroom), saved by firefighters from the cellar and the roof ~100 people.

    Apprehended: 4 perps and 14 accomplices. FSB is looking for additional accomplices, those who ordered this attack, who trained them, and those stocked the weapons cache for the perps.

    Replies: @songbird

    >100 people helped by two teenagers working in the cloakroom

    At least one of them was a Central Asian. With the name “Islam.”

    [MORE]

    https://www.rt.com/russia/594831-teenager-saved-hundred-crocus-city-attack/

    I don’t know if it is coincidence or not, but this is exactly the kind of narrative, which is typically promoted in Western countries. Each time there is a terror attack in some way linked or facilitated by immigration, they trot out more immigrants and promote the idea that they saved the day. Or else, that they are just exuding a special sympathy.

    In the case of the Boston Marathon bombing. Some illegal immigrant used his belt as a tourniquet. Regardless of what the potential value of Latinos might be, it seems obvious that Chechens are complete undesirables.

    The mainstream coverage of the Paris attacks was vomit-inducing, the way they concentrated on the false tears of migrants and hardly showed one French person. And no skeptics of migration.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @songbird


    At least one of them was a Central Asian. With the name “Islam.”
     
    There is nothing surprising about it. The majority of Central Asians are normal people trying to make a buck by honest means. There were several Central Asians in my class at the University, and they were perfectly normal people. Two of them brought some horsemeat sausage (kyzy in Kirgiz) and introduced me and several others to it. It was very tasty, I like it ever since (now you can buy kyzy in most supermarkets in Moscow). The fact that the four scumbags who murdered people in the Crocus city hall were Tajiks does not mean that all Tajiks are bad. Just like the fact that some Ukrainians murdered civilians by shelling Donetsk, Lugansk, and Belgorod, while others gave criminal orders to do that, does not mean that all Ukrainians are scum. Just like the fact that some Americans are murderers does not mean that all Americans are murderers. In all cases criminals should be punished for their crimes, but innocent people do not share the guilt of those criminals.

    Lying libtard propaganda, as well as disgust it causes in normal people, do not change the reality.

    Replies: @Jazman

    , @Dmitry
    @songbird

    Interethnic harmony is an important priority of the government.

    After 9/11, in America, a lot of people in America were becoming hostile against Muslims, there was discrimination against Muslims after the terrorist attacks. In Russia, they want to avoid this kind of situation after terrorist attacks* so this is part of why television in Russia is trying to not generate negative feelings in relation to the religion of the terrorists. This is common and expected.

    -

    *Terrorist attacks are more common in Russia.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @songbird

  3. AP says:

    I and others have noted that Putin and Putinism are Russia’s analogues to neocons: invade the world/invite the world. Russia is much weaker and poorer than the USA so although it could send troops to Syria or Africa on adventures, it could only actually invade its immediate neighbors. But still it does so, while bringing in millions of Central Asians.

    Of course Putin, it turns out, is less successful than Bush was. Bush captured Baghdad in a few weeks, Putin has only managed to grab 9% or so of Ukraine after more than 2 years (19% if you include what was taken in 2014). Bush did not get 100,000+ US troops killed, Putin has wiped out 100,000+ Russian troops and counting. Bush let in lots of Mexicans and Latinos while Putin lets in millions of Tadjiks and Uzbeks, and gives Chechens special status above that of ethnic Russians.

    Bush successfully spun 9-11 as being the fault of Iraq. Putin is trying to spin this attack in Moscow as Ukraine’s work. 70% of Americans gullibly came to believe that Saddam was somehow behind 9-11. We don’t know if Russians will be similarly gullible. Except for AnoninTN: 100%.

    Here is our former host writing sensibly about the terror attack in Moscow. Karlin writes:

    (1) As I initially said, confirmed not a false flag. Large number of Tajiks in Russia x sad Tajik propensity to sympathize with Islamic State = was always the most obvious explanation; not everything has to revolve around Ukraine. Islamic State has amusingly gone overboard insisting on its culpability amidst the wave of online conspiracy theories that it was Ukraine, FSB false flag, Mossad, CIA, etc.

    (2) Initial skepticism aside, the suspects are almost certainly the correct ones. Amongst other things, the clothing matches. Don’t think FSB could have all set it up so quickly and competently.

    …….

    Putin’s standard position on terrorist attacks and their relationship with ethno-religious issues is that “terrorism has no nationality”, which he has wheeled out again now. This is logical and rational. Russia cannot currently afford to scare away Central Asian workers with out of control pogroms since it suffers from a labor crunch as it is. Nor can Russian security services diversify into an anti-Islamism campaign at the same time that they’re fully occupied with fighting Ukraine (in addition to their pastime of hunting liberals and gays).

    5) Ukraine is not above terrorism, but it has exclusively been undertaken in the form of assassinations, or attacks against legitimate military targets (albeit through illegitimate means). The chances that it was materially involved in any way are extraordinarily small.

    (6) I am agnostic over the extent to which this will be weaponized against Ukraine. On the one hand, it’s extremely dumb and only 90 IQ mouth-breathers and David Sacks will earnestly believe it. On the other hand, this entire episode makes Putin, kremlins, and the Russian security services come off very badly, so there’s also a chance that they’ll just try to sweep it under the carpet once this initial wave of anger wears off. Current Russian media propaganda blaming Ukraine seems to be them proactively anticipating to what they think the kremlin position on this will be, should be clearer in a few days once the Presidential Administration finishes precisely formulating the official line on this.

    [MORE]

    • Thanks: Mr. XYZ
    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    Why import migrants when you can repatriate Slavs?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @AP

    Only 264 likes.

    Karlin is clearly not contributing to his per capita homosexual activity. Maybe he is taking steroids and it's slowing him down.

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    Putin’s standard position on terrorist attacks and their relationship with ethno-religious issues is that “terrorism has no nationality”, which he has wheeled out again now. This is logical and rational. Russia cannot currently afford to scare away Central Asian workers with out of control pogroms since it suffers from a labor crunch as it is. Nor can Russian security services diversify into an anti-Islamism campaign at the same time that they’re fully occupied with fighting Ukraine (in addition to their pastime of hunting liberals and gays).

     

    Interestingly enough, I think that simple racial/ethnic/religious profiling by the Russian government (including both the Russian police and the Russian security services) might do the trick here. As in, still allow Central Asians to immigrate to Russia in large numbers, but aggressively screen them for radicalism beforehand and also afterwards, along with aggressively checking them for weapons, bombs, and the like whenever there is the potential for a dangerous situation. Central Asians might of course be offended by this, but when Islam as a religion is unique in just how many bad apples it produces in the 21st century, such Russian moves would at least be understandable. FWIW, I personally support narrowly tailored racial/ethnic/religious profiling when it is necessary to save lives and prevent harm based on Neven Sesardic's arguments in an article of his.

    Bush let in lots of Mexicans and Latinos while Putin lets in millions of Tadjiks and Uzbeks, and gives Chechens special status above that of ethnic Russians.
     
    I think that Bush also supported race-based affirmative action, no? At least in some form(s).

    BTW, I suppose that having Russia let in Central Asians en masse is perfectly rational and logical if Russia wants to undo the effects of decades of Communist rule. A Russia without decades of Communist rule, with internal freedom of movement, and one which would have permanently kept Central Asia would have likely experienced a lot of internal Central Asian migration to the East Slavic heartland for as long as most of the good jobs would have been located there. I don't think that even if a non-Bolshevik Russia would have managed to maintain a relatively high TFR among its Slavs, that this would have cardinally altered the situation. After all, a lot of Southern blacks moved to the Northern and Western US from 1910 to 1970, including during the 1945-1965 post-WWII baby boom years, when the US's total fertility rate was very high by developed Western standards.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    , @Dmitry
    @AP

    Putin isn't really similar to neoconservatism.

    Neoconservatism is based on spreading democracy, importance of ideology.

    Neoconservatives support Ukraine because it's a democracy seed. They are mix of believing in the ideology of democracy, with Cold War foreign policy style of "Eisenhower Doctrine" and John Foster Dulles.

    Putin doesn't care so much about ideology. His probably main obsession, is stabilization of power after the image control and halls of mirrors. Putin is more similar to the 19th century conservative politicians. He believes in "order and stability".

    If you watch Putin's discussion about Black Lives Matter, he explains his priorities. He said he ideologically agrees with Black Lives Matter. He believes there needs to be reform of American police. He says Russia has always supported a fight against the racial injustice in American society and will continue.

    But, he is very criticizing against Black Lives Matter protesting in the streets, creating disorder and creating destabilization. When he is ideologically agreeing with BLM, within the country, he can see as a geopolitical rival, Putin is opposed to them because they represent protests, disorder and probably he views them in 2020 as similar to protests in Belarus which ask for regime-changes.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @AP

  4. Alastair Crooke said in his interview it was the fact the Azeri oligarch with his bodyguards present that prevented the attack being on the Shaman concert.

    • Replies: @Gerard1234
    @LondonBob

    Not that it is the country responsible or linked , but it is unusual coincidence that the innocent truck driver carrying the bomb on the Crimean bridge was also an Azeri.

  5. @AP
    I and others have noted that Putin and Putinism are Russia’s analogues to neocons: invade the world/invite the world. Russia is much weaker and poorer than the USA so although it could send troops to Syria or Africa on adventures, it could only actually invade its immediate neighbors. But still it does so, while bringing in millions of Central Asians.

    Of course Putin, it turns out, is less successful than Bush was. Bush captured Baghdad in a few weeks, Putin has only managed to grab 9% or so of Ukraine after more than 2 years (19% if you include what was taken in 2014). Bush did not get 100,000+ US troops killed, Putin has wiped out 100,000+ Russian troops and counting. Bush let in lots of Mexicans and Latinos while Putin lets in millions of Tadjiks and Uzbeks, and gives Chechens special status above that of ethnic Russians.

    Bush successfully spun 9-11 as being the fault of Iraq. Putin is trying to spin this attack in Moscow as Ukraine’s work. 70% of Americans gullibly came to believe that Saddam was somehow behind 9-11. We don’t know if Russians will be similarly gullible. Except for AnoninTN: 100%.

    Here is our former host writing sensibly about the terror attack in Moscow. Karlin writes:

    (1) As I initially said, confirmed not a false flag. Large number of Tajiks in Russia x sad Tajik propensity to sympathize with Islamic State = was always the most obvious explanation; not everything has to revolve around Ukraine. Islamic State has amusingly gone overboard insisting on its culpability amidst the wave of online conspiracy theories that it was Ukraine, FSB false flag, Mossad, CIA, etc.

    (2) Initial skepticism aside, the suspects are almost certainly the correct ones. Amongst other things, the clothing matches. Don't think FSB could have all set it up so quickly and competently.

    …….

    Putin's standard position on terrorist attacks and their relationship with ethno-religious issues is that "terrorism has no nationality", which he has wheeled out again now. This is logical and rational. Russia cannot currently afford to scare away Central Asian workers with out of control pogroms since it suffers from a labor crunch as it is. Nor can Russian security services diversify into an anti-Islamism campaign at the same time that they're fully occupied with fighting Ukraine (in addition to their pastime of hunting liberals and gays).

    5) Ukraine is not above terrorism, but it has exclusively been undertaken in the form of assassinations, or attacks against legitimate military targets (albeit through illegitimate means). The chances that it was materially involved in any way are extraordinarily small.

    (6) I am agnostic over the extent to which this will be weaponized against Ukraine. On the one hand, it's extremely dumb and only 90 IQ mouth-breathers and David Sacks will earnestly believe it. On the other hand, this entire episode makes Putin, kremlins, and the Russian security services come off very badly, so there's also a chance that they'll just try to sweep it under the carpet once this initial wave of anger wears off. Current Russian media propaganda blaming Ukraine seems to be them proactively anticipating to what they think the kremlin position on this will be, should be clearer in a few days once the Presidential Administration finishes precisely formulating the official line on this.




    https://twitter.com/powerfultakes/status/1771965251560321321?s=46&t=Qz3eXZWFYIvyHmaAk32tcg

    Replies: @QCIC, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Mr. XYZ, @Dmitry

    Why import migrants when you can repatriate Slavs?

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    Why import migrants when you can repatriate Slavs?
     
    Slavs are as different as Central Asians. E.g., Ukies who ordered shelling of Donetsk, Lugansk, or Belgorod, as well as those who obeyed those orders, are Slavs, but the only thing they deserve is public hanging.

    Replies: @AP

  6. Guess it’s time to repeat some graphs where some serious alltime genius Putin fetish for islamic imports can be seen, especially Tajikistan immigrants were getting citizenship like candy last decade, with full acceleration lately:

    First graph is number Tajiks getting citizenship each year since 2016, second comparison in thousands with immigrants from Kazachstan, Uzbekistan, Kirgyzstan and Turkmenistan.

    And this is just the tip of the iceberg shown, as millions (IIRC about 13 million overall, will try to find later data) of islamic immigrants also were imported into RF without giving citizenship yet.

    • Replies: @sudden death
    @sudden death

    https://i.postimg.cc/V640FdMw/immigrants-RF.jpg

    Immigrant country origin list – 10 million immigrants (not war refugees from UA) were counted in RF just during first nine months of 2022 and 96% of them came from Islamic countries, (immigrants from christian Armenia, Georgia +Mongolia are those remaining 4%):

    Uzbekistan
    Tajikistan
    Kirgyzstan
    Kazakhstan
    Armenia
    Azerbaijan
    Turkmenistan
    Mongolia
    Georgia

    Can’t find it quickly, but IIRC Ivashka also posted data from all 2022 and the final number was about 13 million immigrants into RF in 2022, so “conservative” IslamoPutin indeed has been very busy fulfilling the given multi-ethnic quotas and agendas for him:

    https://widgets.weforum.org/history/assets/images/content/2009/6.jpg

    Replies: @sudden death, @QCIC, @Philip Owen

    , @Gerard1234
    @sudden death

    Just to be clear you dumb POS - number of Ukrainians getting Russian citizenship in that same period is at least 20 times the Tajik number.

    As Russia is a free country that people want to live in , work and prosper in ( the complete opposite to decaying shithole litva) .........policy to allowing central asian migrants, perceived over tolerance/weakness of law enforcement to central asian ( and north caucasus) peoples general violent actions ( not terrorism, just everyday assaults) are FREQUENTLY criticised in Russia for 20 years you stupid idiot.

    In reality mainly as source of cheap labour, but also as Russia being inheritor state of USSR, Russia being a big country, the bilateral relationship with the central asian states.........there was always going to be this dynamic.

    Different to an irrelevant shithole as Litva, every important western country has this exact issue - except Russia is on a principle of making our country as one with many cultures, not a multi-cultural ( there is a big difference in the terms) one with freakish stuff like the USA about to become over 50% hispanic etc.
    Also, on the cheap labour point - Russia despite our much larger population has much less central asians working here than France, Germany, Italy, Spain,UK do with Africans, North Africans, Asians, Middle East muslims. Proportionally we have less central Asians then Americans have Mexicans and Guatemalans.
    Indians relation with British Empire, Morrocans with Spanish, French with Algerian.......German with none of them can't be compared with Tajiks/Uzbeks /Kyrgyz with Russia because of the relative recency of USSR.

    Kazakhs generally are not much of problem on this issue, plus much larger number of Kazakhstan citizens are ethnic Russian citizens anyway.......but in what world would it be possible for Putin to have a lenient migration policy with Kazakhstan, but a strict one with Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan you stupid dickhead? Anyway, as I said, being the inheritor state of the USSR does require obligations.


    And this is just the tip of the iceberg shown, as millions (IIRC about 13 million overall, will try to find later data)
     
    That's people crossing the border, each time counted, not the actual number of individual people who have come into Russia you f**king idiot. It may also include the Lithuanian scumbag diplomat who hit a women while driving........and fled the country.
    In reality there are close to ( or probably over) 1 million of each Armenians, Gruzians, and Moldovans also who work in Russia.

    Replies: @sudden death

    , @Wokechoke
    @sudden death

    This was always gonna be the avenue of attack.

    Johnny Johnson’s at Langley have been salivating over the prospect of Central Asian Muslim gunmen shooting up Moscow. Planning it and planning for it.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  7. A123 says: • Website

    As promised.

    The 12 Hours of Sebring. Full race coverage.

    The livery on the Corvettes is just awful. They were going for some sort of gold. The result in action is concrete camouflage.

    Tip to Cadillac. The rubber wheel bits should be on the bottom.

     

     

    PEACE 😇

  8. @AP
    I and others have noted that Putin and Putinism are Russia’s analogues to neocons: invade the world/invite the world. Russia is much weaker and poorer than the USA so although it could send troops to Syria or Africa on adventures, it could only actually invade its immediate neighbors. But still it does so, while bringing in millions of Central Asians.

    Of course Putin, it turns out, is less successful than Bush was. Bush captured Baghdad in a few weeks, Putin has only managed to grab 9% or so of Ukraine after more than 2 years (19% if you include what was taken in 2014). Bush did not get 100,000+ US troops killed, Putin has wiped out 100,000+ Russian troops and counting. Bush let in lots of Mexicans and Latinos while Putin lets in millions of Tadjiks and Uzbeks, and gives Chechens special status above that of ethnic Russians.

    Bush successfully spun 9-11 as being the fault of Iraq. Putin is trying to spin this attack in Moscow as Ukraine’s work. 70% of Americans gullibly came to believe that Saddam was somehow behind 9-11. We don’t know if Russians will be similarly gullible. Except for AnoninTN: 100%.

    Here is our former host writing sensibly about the terror attack in Moscow. Karlin writes:

    (1) As I initially said, confirmed not a false flag. Large number of Tajiks in Russia x sad Tajik propensity to sympathize with Islamic State = was always the most obvious explanation; not everything has to revolve around Ukraine. Islamic State has amusingly gone overboard insisting on its culpability amidst the wave of online conspiracy theories that it was Ukraine, FSB false flag, Mossad, CIA, etc.

    (2) Initial skepticism aside, the suspects are almost certainly the correct ones. Amongst other things, the clothing matches. Don't think FSB could have all set it up so quickly and competently.

    …….

    Putin's standard position on terrorist attacks and their relationship with ethno-religious issues is that "terrorism has no nationality", which he has wheeled out again now. This is logical and rational. Russia cannot currently afford to scare away Central Asian workers with out of control pogroms since it suffers from a labor crunch as it is. Nor can Russian security services diversify into an anti-Islamism campaign at the same time that they're fully occupied with fighting Ukraine (in addition to their pastime of hunting liberals and gays).

    5) Ukraine is not above terrorism, but it has exclusively been undertaken in the form of assassinations, or attacks against legitimate military targets (albeit through illegitimate means). The chances that it was materially involved in any way are extraordinarily small.

    (6) I am agnostic over the extent to which this will be weaponized against Ukraine. On the one hand, it's extremely dumb and only 90 IQ mouth-breathers and David Sacks will earnestly believe it. On the other hand, this entire episode makes Putin, kremlins, and the Russian security services come off very badly, so there's also a chance that they'll just try to sweep it under the carpet once this initial wave of anger wears off. Current Russian media propaganda blaming Ukraine seems to be them proactively anticipating to what they think the kremlin position on this will be, should be clearer in a few days once the Presidential Administration finishes precisely formulating the official line on this.




    https://twitter.com/powerfultakes/status/1771965251560321321?s=46&t=Qz3eXZWFYIvyHmaAk32tcg

    Replies: @QCIC, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Mr. XYZ, @Dmitry

    Only 264 likes.

    Karlin is clearly not contributing to his per capita homosexual activity. Maybe he is taking steroids and it’s slowing him down.

    • LOL: QCIC
  9. @sudden death
    Guess it's time to repeat some graphs where some serious alltime genius Putin fetish for islamic imports can be seen, especially Tajikistan immigrants were getting citizenship like candy last decade, with full acceleration lately:

    https://i.imgur.com/YfZOlB4.jpeg

    First graph is number Tajiks getting citizenship each year since 2016, second comparison in thousands with immigrants from Kazachstan, Uzbekistan, Kirgyzstan and Turkmenistan.

    And this is just the tip of the iceberg shown, as millions (IIRC about 13 million overall, will try to find later data) of islamic immigrants also were imported into RF without giving citizenship yet.

    Replies: @sudden death, @Gerard1234, @Wokechoke


    Immigrant country origin list – 10 million immigrants (not war refugees from UA) were counted in RF just during first nine months of 2022 and 96% of them came from Islamic countries, (immigrants from christian Armenia, Georgia +Mongolia are those remaining 4%):

    Uzbekistan
    Tajikistan
    Kirgyzstan
    Kazakhstan
    Armenia
    Azerbaijan
    Turkmenistan
    Mongolia
    Georgia

    Can’t find it quickly, but IIRC Ivashka also posted data from all 2022 and the final number was about 13 million immigrants into RF in 2022, so “conservative” IslamoPutin indeed has been very busy fulfilling the given multi-ethnic quotas and agendas for him:

    • Replies: @sudden death
    @sudden death

    https://i.postimg.cc/y80cXGbk/Putin-Schwab.png

    , @QCIC
    @sudden death

    What is the "genetic distance" and "cultural distance" for these pairings?

    1. Caucasian French vs African migrants
    2. Anglo Britons vs Indian migrants (or Caribbean/African migrants)
    3. Northwestern Russians vs Central Asian migrants
    4. 'Average Caucasian American' vs recent Central American migrants (>90% Indio, < 10% European)

    I wonder if Russia is more of a melting pot in the first place so people care less about this sort of thing than in places where the group traits are still more distinct?

    A Sovok atheist may be less concerned that migrants are Islamic, based on the premise that this cultural trait will soon be washed away by secular progress.

    , @Philip Owen
    @sudden death

    And in Saratov the first reaction of the provincial government to the war was to open discussions with Uzbekistan about importing labour brigades. It really was.

    Just now Saratov is worried that there won't be enough workers for the Ozon and Wildberries huge distribution centres under construction unless 10,000 immigrants (not counting families) are found from somewhere. This partly reflects that Ozon and Wildberries came to Saratov for low wages (it isn't the roads) but that many jobs will put up wages for the unskilled. The Tajiks (cheapest) and Uzbeks will have to be able to read.

    State sponsored Central Asian immigration is going to be a hard sell.

    Russia's rural population is still large compared to fully industrial countries. Can rural Russia be weaned off alcohol and onto work? Low wages won't do it.

    Replies: @QCIC

  10. @sudden death
    @sudden death

    https://i.postimg.cc/V640FdMw/immigrants-RF.jpg

    Immigrant country origin list – 10 million immigrants (not war refugees from UA) were counted in RF just during first nine months of 2022 and 96% of them came from Islamic countries, (immigrants from christian Armenia, Georgia +Mongolia are those remaining 4%):

    Uzbekistan
    Tajikistan
    Kirgyzstan
    Kazakhstan
    Armenia
    Azerbaijan
    Turkmenistan
    Mongolia
    Georgia

    Can’t find it quickly, but IIRC Ivashka also posted data from all 2022 and the final number was about 13 million immigrants into RF in 2022, so “conservative” IslamoPutin indeed has been very busy fulfilling the given multi-ethnic quotas and agendas for him:

    https://widgets.weforum.org/history/assets/images/content/2009/6.jpg

    Replies: @sudden death, @QCIC, @Philip Owen

  11. @songbird
    @AnonfromTN


    >100 people helped by two teenagers working in the cloakroom
     
    At least one of them was a Central Asian. With the name "Islam."

    https://www.rt.com/russia/594831-teenager-saved-hundred-crocus-city-attack/

    I don't know if it is coincidence or not, but this is exactly the kind of narrative, which is typically promoted in Western countries. Each time there is a terror attack in some way linked or facilitated by immigration, they trot out more immigrants and promote the idea that they saved the day. Or else, that they are just exuding a special sympathy.

    In the case of the Boston Marathon bombing. Some illegal immigrant used his belt as a tourniquet. Regardless of what the potential value of Latinos might be, it seems obvious that Chechens are complete undesirables.

    The mainstream coverage of the Paris attacks was vomit-inducing, the way they concentrated on the false tears of migrants and hardly showed one French person. And no skeptics of migration.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Dmitry

    At least one of them was a Central Asian. With the name “Islam.”

    There is nothing surprising about it. The majority of Central Asians are normal people trying to make a buck by honest means. There were several Central Asians in my class at the University, and they were perfectly normal people. Two of them brought some horsemeat sausage (kyzy in Kirgiz) and introduced me and several others to it. It was very tasty, I like it ever since (now you can buy kyzy in most supermarkets in Moscow). The fact that the four scumbags who murdered people in the Crocus city hall were Tajiks does not mean that all Tajiks are bad. Just like the fact that some Ukrainians murdered civilians by shelling Donetsk, Lugansk, and Belgorod, while others gave criminal orders to do that, does not mean that all Ukrainians are scum. Just like the fact that some Americans are murderers does not mean that all Americans are murderers. In all cases criminals should be punished for their crimes, but innocent people do not share the guilt of those criminals.

    Lying libtard propaganda, as well as disgust it causes in normal people, do not change the reality.

    • Replies: @Jazman
    @AnonfromTN

    The terrorist attack was prepared very professionally and in such a way that it was practically impossible to prevent it . From what I hear Crocus center is built like labyrinth very easy to get lost . It took them 18 minutes - during this time they shot people at point-blank range, set fire to a huge building in strictly defined places and quickly disappeared.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  12. @QCIC
    @AP

    Why import migrants when you can repatriate Slavs?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Why import migrants when you can repatriate Slavs?

    Slavs are as different as Central Asians. E.g., Ukies who ordered shelling of Donetsk, Lugansk, or Belgorod, as well as those who obeyed those orders, are Slavs, but the only thing they deserve is public hanging.

    • Replies: @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    Slavs are as different as Central Asians. E.g., Ukies who ordered shelling of Donetsk, Lugansk, or Belgorod, as well as those who obeyed those orders, are Slavs, but the only thing they deserve is public hanging.
     
    What about Russians who ordered missiles or shelling of Kharkiv, Odessa, etc.?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  13. @sudden death
    @sudden death

    https://i.postimg.cc/V640FdMw/immigrants-RF.jpg

    Immigrant country origin list – 10 million immigrants (not war refugees from UA) were counted in RF just during first nine months of 2022 and 96% of them came from Islamic countries, (immigrants from christian Armenia, Georgia +Mongolia are those remaining 4%):

    Uzbekistan
    Tajikistan
    Kirgyzstan
    Kazakhstan
    Armenia
    Azerbaijan
    Turkmenistan
    Mongolia
    Georgia

    Can’t find it quickly, but IIRC Ivashka also posted data from all 2022 and the final number was about 13 million immigrants into RF in 2022, so “conservative” IslamoPutin indeed has been very busy fulfilling the given multi-ethnic quotas and agendas for him:

    https://widgets.weforum.org/history/assets/images/content/2009/6.jpg

    Replies: @sudden death, @QCIC, @Philip Owen

    What is the “genetic distance” and “cultural distance” for these pairings?

    1. Caucasian French vs African migrants
    2. Anglo Britons vs Indian migrants (or Caribbean/African migrants)
    3. Northwestern Russians vs Central Asian migrants
    4. ‘Average Caucasian American’ vs recent Central American migrants (>90% Indio, < 10% European)

    I wonder if Russia is more of a melting pot in the first place so people care less about this sort of thing than in places where the group traits are still more distinct?

    A Sovok atheist may be less concerned that migrants are Islamic, based on the premise that this cultural trait will soon be washed away by secular progress.

  14. @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    Why import migrants when you can repatriate Slavs?
     
    Slavs are as different as Central Asians. E.g., Ukies who ordered shelling of Donetsk, Lugansk, or Belgorod, as well as those who obeyed those orders, are Slavs, but the only thing they deserve is public hanging.

    Replies: @AP

    Slavs are as different as Central Asians. E.g., Ukies who ordered shelling of Donetsk, Lugansk, or Belgorod, as well as those who obeyed those orders, are Slavs, but the only thing they deserve is public hanging.

    What about Russians who ordered missiles or shelling of Kharkiv, Odessa, etc.?

    • Thanks: Mr. XYZ
    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    What about Russians who ordered missiles or shelling of Kharkiv, Odessa, etc.?
     
    Kiev regime started the war in Donbass in 2014, murdering a lot of civilians, including children, for many years. Russia responded a lot later, in 2022. I can only fault it for responding later than I would like. Not to mention the blockade of Crimea that the scum intended to be as devastating as the blockade of Gaza by a different scum.

    Besides, there is a huge difference between deliberate shelling of areas where there are only civilians (like the area where my mother used to live in Lugansk) with the purpose of murdering non-combatants and targeting military assets (as secondary detonation often proves) and military-industrial complex.

    Replies: @A123, @AP, @John Johnson

  15. @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    Slavs are as different as Central Asians. E.g., Ukies who ordered shelling of Donetsk, Lugansk, or Belgorod, as well as those who obeyed those orders, are Slavs, but the only thing they deserve is public hanging.
     
    What about Russians who ordered missiles or shelling of Kharkiv, Odessa, etc.?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    What about Russians who ordered missiles or shelling of Kharkiv, Odessa, etc.?

    Kiev regime started the war in Donbass in 2014, murdering a lot of civilians, including children, for many years. Russia responded a lot later, in 2022. I can only fault it for responding later than I would like. Not to mention the blockade of Crimea that the scum intended to be as devastating as the blockade of Gaza by a different scum.

    Besides, there is a huge difference between deliberate shelling of areas where there are only civilians (like the area where my mother used to live in Lugansk) with the purpose of murdering non-combatants and targeting military assets (as secondary detonation often proves) and military-industrial complex.

    • Replies: @A123
    @AnonfromTN

    The worst creatures are those who use women, children, the sick, and injured as human shields. Hamas is the worst scum around. Hundred of vile Islamic terrorists have been captured while hiding and cowering in Shifa Hospital.

    • Why do Muslims keep their coreligionists imprisoned in Gaza?
    • Would it not be better to help them return to their religious homeland in Arabia?

    Russians and indigenous Palestinian Jews face existential threats from hostile forces. The minimum necessary force us being applied.

    Is it not obvious that IslamoGloboHomo stands against both Russia and Israel?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    Kiev regime started the war in Donbass in 2014, murdering a lot of civilians
     
    Russia started the war in 2014 when it sent volunteers such as Girkin to start killing Ukrainian police officers and soldiers.

    Russia responded a lot later, in 2022
     
    Does that justify killing women and children?

    Besides, there is a huge difference between deliberate shelling of areas where there are only civilians (like the area where my mother used to live in Lugansk) with the purpose of murdering non-combatants
     
    If that were Ukraine’s goal and strategy don’t you think the civilian death toll would have been a lot higher than 3,000 over a period of years?

    and targeting military assets (as secondary detonation often proves) and military-industrial complex

     

    Often, but not always (or even mostly). Do you think the civilian deaths recently in Kharkiv and Odessa were acceptable?

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    , @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    Besides, there is a huge difference between deliberate shelling of areas where there are only civilians (like the area where my mother used to live in Lugansk)

    Please cite one of these shelling incidents.

    Date and location.

    with the purpose of murdering non-combatants and targeting military assets (as secondary detonation often proves) and military-industrial complex.

    Is Russia attacking military assets by sending 2 stroke Iranian drones at Kiev?

  16. @AnonfromTN
    @songbird


    At least one of them was a Central Asian. With the name “Islam.”
     
    There is nothing surprising about it. The majority of Central Asians are normal people trying to make a buck by honest means. There were several Central Asians in my class at the University, and they were perfectly normal people. Two of them brought some horsemeat sausage (kyzy in Kirgiz) and introduced me and several others to it. It was very tasty, I like it ever since (now you can buy kyzy in most supermarkets in Moscow). The fact that the four scumbags who murdered people in the Crocus city hall were Tajiks does not mean that all Tajiks are bad. Just like the fact that some Ukrainians murdered civilians by shelling Donetsk, Lugansk, and Belgorod, while others gave criminal orders to do that, does not mean that all Ukrainians are scum. Just like the fact that some Americans are murderers does not mean that all Americans are murderers. In all cases criminals should be punished for their crimes, but innocent people do not share the guilt of those criminals.

    Lying libtard propaganda, as well as disgust it causes in normal people, do not change the reality.

    Replies: @Jazman

    The terrorist attack was prepared very professionally and in such a way that it was practically impossible to prevent it . From what I hear Crocus center is built like labyrinth very easy to get lost . It took them 18 minutes – during this time they shot people at point-blank range, set fire to a huge building in strictly defined places and quickly disappeared.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Jazman


    The terrorist attack was prepared very professionally and in such a way that it was practically impossible to prevent it .
     
    The four perps appear to have been trained, judging by the footage from cameras showing them changing the direction of the fire and reloading very professionally. While the ability to shoot random unarmed people shows that they are the scum of the earth, their performance with firearms cannot be achieved without serious training. They worked for money and prepared their getaway, which excludes ideological Islamic terrorists who never do either (they usually hope to get their 72 virgins in heaven as a reward). The scale and the speed of the fire suggests that it is very likely that highly combustible materials were pre-stashed in several places in the building: the bandits won’t be able to cause such large-scale fire with a few bottles of gasoline they brought. Another suggestive vignette: the company that supplied guards in Crocus city hall, “Crocus profi”, has dozens of firearms (pistols IZ-71, self-reloading rifles Saiga-20KB, etc.). All these weapons were stored in the next-door building, while the guards at Crocus city hall only had batons and electric shockers. Moreover, rapid reaction group of this company was also stationed in the next-door building, but did not even move when the attack happened. It is impossible to believe that they did not see and hear what’s going on next door.

    I am confident that the investigation will get to the bottom of it all, as well as identify those who organized this attack and prepared weapons for the perps. The perps’ leader bought the car they used to come to the Crocus city hall and to get away eight days before the attack. Those who sold him the car are already detained for questioning.
  17. A123 says: • Website
    @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    What about Russians who ordered missiles or shelling of Kharkiv, Odessa, etc.?
     
    Kiev regime started the war in Donbass in 2014, murdering a lot of civilians, including children, for many years. Russia responded a lot later, in 2022. I can only fault it for responding later than I would like. Not to mention the blockade of Crimea that the scum intended to be as devastating as the blockade of Gaza by a different scum.

    Besides, there is a huge difference between deliberate shelling of areas where there are only civilians (like the area where my mother used to live in Lugansk) with the purpose of murdering non-combatants and targeting military assets (as secondary detonation often proves) and military-industrial complex.

    Replies: @A123, @AP, @John Johnson

    The worst creatures are those who use women, children, the sick, and injured as human shields. Hamas is the worst scum around. Hundred of vile Islamic terrorists have been captured while hiding and cowering in Shifa Hospital.

    • Why do Muslims keep their coreligionists imprisoned in Gaza?
    • Would it not be better to help them return to their religious homeland in Arabia?

    Russians and indigenous Palestinian Jews face existential threats from hostile forces. The minimum necessary force us being applied.

    Is it not obvious that IslamoGloboHomo stands against both Russia and Israel?

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @A123


    indigenous Palestinian Jews
     
    What fraction of Israel population do “indigenous Palestinian Jews” constitute, and what is the fraction of various carpet-baggers (Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jews)?

    Replies: @A123

  18. @Jazman
    @AnonfromTN

    The terrorist attack was prepared very professionally and in such a way that it was practically impossible to prevent it . From what I hear Crocus center is built like labyrinth very easy to get lost . It took them 18 minutes - during this time they shot people at point-blank range, set fire to a huge building in strictly defined places and quickly disappeared.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    The terrorist attack was prepared very professionally and in such a way that it was practically impossible to prevent it .

    The four perps appear to have been trained, judging by the footage from cameras showing them changing the direction of the fire and reloading very professionally. While the ability to shoot random unarmed people shows that they are the scum of the earth, their performance with firearms cannot be achieved without serious training. They worked for money and prepared their getaway, which excludes ideological Islamic terrorists who never do either (they usually hope to get their 72 virgins in heaven as a reward). The scale and the speed of the fire suggests that it is very likely that highly combustible materials were pre-stashed in several places in the building: the bandits won’t be able to cause such large-scale fire with a few bottles of gasoline they brought. Another suggestive vignette: the company that supplied guards in Crocus city hall, “Crocus profi”, has dozens of firearms (pistols IZ-71, self-reloading rifles Saiga-20KB, etc.). All these weapons were stored in the next-door building, while the guards at Crocus city hall only had batons and electric shockers. Moreover, rapid reaction group of this company was also stationed in the next-door building, but did not even move when the attack happened. It is impossible to believe that they did not see and hear what’s going on next door.

    I am confident that the investigation will get to the bottom of it all, as well as identify those who organized this attack and prepared weapons for the perps. The perps’ leader bought the car they used to come to the Crocus city hall and to get away eight days before the attack. Those who sold him the car are already detained for questioning.

  19. @sudden death
    Guess it's time to repeat some graphs where some serious alltime genius Putin fetish for islamic imports can be seen, especially Tajikistan immigrants were getting citizenship like candy last decade, with full acceleration lately:

    https://i.imgur.com/YfZOlB4.jpeg

    First graph is number Tajiks getting citizenship each year since 2016, second comparison in thousands with immigrants from Kazachstan, Uzbekistan, Kirgyzstan and Turkmenistan.

    And this is just the tip of the iceberg shown, as millions (IIRC about 13 million overall, will try to find later data) of islamic immigrants also were imported into RF without giving citizenship yet.

    Replies: @sudden death, @Gerard1234, @Wokechoke

    Just to be clear you dumb POS – number of Ukrainians getting Russian citizenship in that same period is at least 20 times the Tajik number.

    As Russia is a free country that people want to live in , work and prosper in ( the complete opposite to decaying shithole litva) ………policy to allowing central asian migrants, perceived over tolerance/weakness of law enforcement to central asian ( and north caucasus) peoples general violent actions ( not terrorism, just everyday assaults) are FREQUENTLY criticised in Russia for 20 years you stupid idiot.

    In reality mainly as source of cheap labour, but also as Russia being inheritor state of USSR, Russia being a big country, the bilateral relationship with the central asian states………there was always going to be this dynamic.

    Different to an irrelevant shithole as Litva, every important western country has this exact issue – except Russia is on a principle of making our country as one with many cultures, not a multi-cultural ( there is a big difference in the terms) one with freakish stuff like the USA about to become over 50% hispanic etc.
    Also, on the cheap labour point – Russia despite our much larger population has much less central asians working here than France, Germany, Italy, Spain,UK do with Africans, North Africans, Asians, Middle East muslims. Proportionally we have less central Asians then Americans have Mexicans and Guatemalans.
    Indians relation with British Empire, Morrocans with Spanish, French with Algerian…….German with none of them can’t be compared with Tajiks/Uzbeks /Kyrgyz with Russia because of the relative recency of USSR.

    Kazakhs generally are not much of problem on this issue, plus much larger number of Kazakhstan citizens are ethnic Russian citizens anyway…….but in what world would it be possible for Putin to have a lenient migration policy with Kazakhstan, but a strict one with Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan you stupid dickhead? Anyway, as I said, being the inheritor state of the USSR does require obligations.

    And this is just the tip of the iceberg shown, as millions (IIRC about 13 million overall, will try to find later data)

    That’s people crossing the border, each time counted, not the actual number of individual people who have come into Russia you f**king idiot. It may also include the Lithuanian scumbag diplomat who hit a women while driving……..and fled the country.
    In reality there are close to ( or probably over) 1 million of each Armenians, Gruzians, and Moldovans also who work in Russia.

    • Replies: @sudden death
    @Gerard1234


    That’s people crossing the border, people crossing the border, each time counted, not the actual number of individual people who have come into Russia
     
    Knowing you as being not a serial, but straight out pathological liar here, who can't stop lying even knowing that he will be quickly be caught, no surprise that this time isn't any exception again, lol

    That column with numbers is called "Quantity of facts about inclusions into migrationary registry of foreign nationals and persons without citizenship'" in RF and those are immigrant individuals counted, but not their border crossings. Citizens of different countries have differing terms for such mandatory inclusion in RF migrationary registry, eg:


    We remind you that when entering the Russian Federation, visa-free foreign citizens are required to register with migration authorities within 7 working days from the date of entry.

    Citizens of Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan need to register for migration within 30 days from the date of arrival.

    Citizens of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – within 15 days.

    Within 90 days, citizens of Belarus, Ukraine, as well as the LPR and DPR must register for migration.
    https://migration-expert.ru/pravila-postanovki-na-migracionnyj-uchet-inostrannyh-grazhdan-s-13-oktjabrja-2022-g/
     

    So those foreign nationals who are crossing the border for visiting just for several days or even more (depending on a specific country) don't have to be included into such migrationary registry.

    Replies: @Gerard1234

  20. @sudden death
    Guess it's time to repeat some graphs where some serious alltime genius Putin fetish for islamic imports can be seen, especially Tajikistan immigrants were getting citizenship like candy last decade, with full acceleration lately:

    https://i.imgur.com/YfZOlB4.jpeg

    First graph is number Tajiks getting citizenship each year since 2016, second comparison in thousands with immigrants from Kazachstan, Uzbekistan, Kirgyzstan and Turkmenistan.

    And this is just the tip of the iceberg shown, as millions (IIRC about 13 million overall, will try to find later data) of islamic immigrants also were imported into RF without giving citizenship yet.

    Replies: @sudden death, @Gerard1234, @Wokechoke

    This was always gonna be the avenue of attack.

    Johnny Johnson’s at Langley have been salivating over the prospect of Central Asian Muslim gunmen shooting up Moscow. Planning it and planning for it.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Wokechoke

    Johnny Johnson’s at Langley have been salivating over the prospect of Central Asian Muslim gunmen shooting up Moscow. Planning it and planning for it.

    It's really sad that you think about me even when I haven't posted.

    Are you still maintaining the theory that the CIA is responsible for the Moscow attack?

    All the brains at the CIA decided that the best possible conspiracy involving ISIS-K was to gun down 21 year olds at a rock concert? They couldn't find an officer's function or something with high level dignitaries? Some CIA director in a secret meeting said LETS DO THE ROCK CONCERT IDEA!!! BOBS IDEA IS THE BEST U GUYS!!!

    This is really what you conclude?

    You are going to maintain that the most recent ISIS-K video where they threaten Putin was made by the CIA?

    You do realize that Putin has propped up an atheistic eye doctor in Syria that is hated by numerous Muslim groups including ISIS?

    And to top it off the CIA warned Putin about their own attack? Is that right Wokechoke?

  21. @LondonBob
    Alastair Crooke said in his interview it was the fact the Azeri oligarch with his bodyguards present that prevented the attack being on the Shaman concert.

    Replies: @Gerard1234

    Not that it is the country responsible or linked , but it is unusual coincidence that the innocent truck driver carrying the bomb on the Crimean bridge was also an Azeri.

  22. @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    What about Russians who ordered missiles or shelling of Kharkiv, Odessa, etc.?
     
    Kiev regime started the war in Donbass in 2014, murdering a lot of civilians, including children, for many years. Russia responded a lot later, in 2022. I can only fault it for responding later than I would like. Not to mention the blockade of Crimea that the scum intended to be as devastating as the blockade of Gaza by a different scum.

    Besides, there is a huge difference between deliberate shelling of areas where there are only civilians (like the area where my mother used to live in Lugansk) with the purpose of murdering non-combatants and targeting military assets (as secondary detonation often proves) and military-industrial complex.

    Replies: @A123, @AP, @John Johnson

    Kiev regime started the war in Donbass in 2014, murdering a lot of civilians

    Russia started the war in 2014 when it sent volunteers such as Girkin to start killing Ukrainian police officers and soldiers.

    Russia responded a lot later, in 2022

    Does that justify killing women and children?

    Besides, there is a huge difference between deliberate shelling of areas where there are only civilians (like the area where my mother used to live in Lugansk) with the purpose of murdering non-combatants

    If that were Ukraine’s goal and strategy don’t you think the civilian death toll would have been a lot higher than 3,000 over a period of years?

    and targeting military assets (as secondary detonation often proves) and military-industrial complex

    Often, but not always (or even mostly). Do you think the civilian deaths recently in Kharkiv and Odessa were acceptable?

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    Russia started the war in 2014 when it sent volunteers such as Girkin to start killing Ukrainian police officers and soldiers.
     
    Apparently there's some evidence (though I'm unsure just how reliable) in one of the Russian-language books about the Donbass War that Girkin and his pals launched their Donbass expedition on their own, defying orders from the Kremlin, with the Kremlin subsequently having to improvise due to the huge enthusiasm that the Donbass War generated in the Russian World. Would have been much better had the Kremlin quickly annexed the Donbass back in 2014, honestly. That or let Ukraine quickly crush the Donbass uprising, but that would have been politically unfeasible for the Kremlin.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  23. @A123
    @AnonfromTN

    The worst creatures are those who use women, children, the sick, and injured as human shields. Hamas is the worst scum around. Hundred of vile Islamic terrorists have been captured while hiding and cowering in Shifa Hospital.

    • Why do Muslims keep their coreligionists imprisoned in Gaza?
    • Would it not be better to help them return to their religious homeland in Arabia?

    Russians and indigenous Palestinian Jews face existential threats from hostile forces. The minimum necessary force us being applied.

    Is it not obvious that IslamoGloboHomo stands against both Russia and Israel?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    indigenous Palestinian Jews

    What fraction of Israel population do “indigenous Palestinian Jews” constitute, and what is the fraction of various carpet-baggers (Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jews)?

    • Replies: @A123
    @AnonfromTN


    What fraction of Israel population do “indigenous Palestinian Jews” constitute,
     
    It is entirely about religion. The issue has 0% to do with ethnicity. Judaism and Christianity are indigenous to Palestine. Therefore, the TRUTH is simple:

    • 100% of Palestinian Jews are indigenous.
    • 100% of Palestinian Christians are indigenous.

    The non-Palestinian religion if Islam contaminated Palestine ~600 AD. One can be:

    ♦︎ Palestinian -- Jew or Christian
    ♦︎ Non-Palestinian -- Muslim

    These are really easy and undeniable concepts.

    ===================================
         Muslim Colonies are the Problem
      Muslim Decolonization is the Answer
    ====================================

    PEACE 😇

  24. @AnonfromTN
    @A123


    indigenous Palestinian Jews
     
    What fraction of Israel population do “indigenous Palestinian Jews” constitute, and what is the fraction of various carpet-baggers (Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jews)?

    Replies: @A123

    What fraction of Israel population do “indigenous Palestinian Jews” constitute,

    It is entirely about religion. The issue has 0% to do with ethnicity. Judaism and Christianity are indigenous to Palestine. Therefore, the TRUTH is simple:

    • 100% of Palestinian Jews are indigenous.
    • 100% of Palestinian Christians are indigenous.

    The non-Palestinian religion if Islam contaminated Palestine ~600 AD. One can be:

    ♦︎ Palestinian — Jew or Christian
    ♦︎ Non-Palestinian — Muslim

    These are really easy and undeniable concepts.

    ===================================
         Muslim Colonies are the Problem
      Muslim Decolonization is the Answer
    ====================================

    PEACE 😇

  25. @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    What about Russians who ordered missiles or shelling of Kharkiv, Odessa, etc.?
     
    Kiev regime started the war in Donbass in 2014, murdering a lot of civilians, including children, for many years. Russia responded a lot later, in 2022. I can only fault it for responding later than I would like. Not to mention the blockade of Crimea that the scum intended to be as devastating as the blockade of Gaza by a different scum.

    Besides, there is a huge difference between deliberate shelling of areas where there are only civilians (like the area where my mother used to live in Lugansk) with the purpose of murdering non-combatants and targeting military assets (as secondary detonation often proves) and military-industrial complex.

    Replies: @A123, @AP, @John Johnson

    Besides, there is a huge difference between deliberate shelling of areas where there are only civilians (like the area where my mother used to live in Lugansk)

    Please cite one of these shelling incidents.

    Date and location.

    with the purpose of murdering non-combatants and targeting military assets (as secondary detonation often proves) and military-industrial complex.

    Is Russia attacking military assets by sending 2 stroke Iranian drones at Kiev?

  26. @Wokechoke
    @sudden death

    This was always gonna be the avenue of attack.

    Johnny Johnson’s at Langley have been salivating over the prospect of Central Asian Muslim gunmen shooting up Moscow. Planning it and planning for it.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Johnny Johnson’s at Langley have been salivating over the prospect of Central Asian Muslim gunmen shooting up Moscow. Planning it and planning for it.

    It’s really sad that you think about me even when I haven’t posted.

    Are you still maintaining the theory that the CIA is responsible for the Moscow attack?

    All the brains at the CIA decided that the best possible conspiracy involving ISIS-K was to gun down 21 year olds at a rock concert? They couldn’t find an officer’s function or something with high level dignitaries? Some CIA director in a secret meeting said LETS DO THE ROCK CONCERT IDEA!!! BOBS IDEA IS THE BEST U GUYS!!!

    This is really what you conclude?

    You are going to maintain that the most recent ISIS-K video where they threaten Putin was made by the CIA?

    You do realize that Putin has propped up an atheistic eye doctor in Syria that is hated by numerous Muslim groups including ISIS?

    And to top it off the CIA warned Putin about their own attack? Is that right Wokechoke?

  27. @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    Kiev regime started the war in Donbass in 2014, murdering a lot of civilians
     
    Russia started the war in 2014 when it sent volunteers such as Girkin to start killing Ukrainian police officers and soldiers.

    Russia responded a lot later, in 2022
     
    Does that justify killing women and children?

    Besides, there is a huge difference between deliberate shelling of areas where there are only civilians (like the area where my mother used to live in Lugansk) with the purpose of murdering non-combatants
     
    If that were Ukraine’s goal and strategy don’t you think the civilian death toll would have been a lot higher than 3,000 over a period of years?

    and targeting military assets (as secondary detonation often proves) and military-industrial complex

     

    Often, but not always (or even mostly). Do you think the civilian deaths recently in Kharkiv and Odessa were acceptable?

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    Russia started the war in 2014 when it sent volunteers such as Girkin to start killing Ukrainian police officers and soldiers.

    Apparently there’s some evidence (though I’m unsure just how reliable) in one of the Russian-language books about the Donbass War that Girkin and his pals launched their Donbass expedition on their own, defying orders from the Kremlin, with the Kremlin subsequently having to improvise due to the huge enthusiasm that the Donbass War generated in the Russian World. Would have been much better had the Kremlin quickly annexed the Donbass back in 2014, honestly. That or let Ukraine quickly crush the Donbass uprising, but that would have been politically unfeasible for the Kremlin.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    Apparently there’s some evidence (though I’m unsure just how reliable) in one of the Russian-language books about the Donbass War that Girkin and his pals launched their Donbass expedition on their own, defying orders from the Kremlin

    Girkin is on record stating that the war was a Russian operation. Even if you ignore Girkin there are early videos of Putin's green men refusing to show their passports. Meaning Putin sent in troops early on to back the separatists. The Vice videos made it clear that the real separatists were mostly rural jackass type Slavs that could not have done it on their own. Vice basically showed up and filmed them and the separatists constantly made assess of themselves on camera.

    Girkin is now in a prison cell for criticizing the war.

    Amusingly he is not against the war but was instead thrown in the Russian glass cage for calling Putin and his generals incompetent.

    Girkin supports the war but wants a different dictator or general in charge.

    Would have been much better had the Kremlin quickly annexed the Donbass back in 2014, honestly. That or let Ukraine quickly crush the Donbass uprising, but that would have been politically unfeasible for the Kremlin.

    Ukraine should have sent in special forces immediately. That was the huge mistake they made.

    If Mexican separatists killed a bunch of police and political workers in New Mexico the Federal government would not let them have the buildings and then negotiate a settlement. It would be a night of headshots.

    The Ukrainian government completely wimped out and that is why there was a counter-militia movement.

  28. @AP
    I and others have noted that Putin and Putinism are Russia’s analogues to neocons: invade the world/invite the world. Russia is much weaker and poorer than the USA so although it could send troops to Syria or Africa on adventures, it could only actually invade its immediate neighbors. But still it does so, while bringing in millions of Central Asians.

    Of course Putin, it turns out, is less successful than Bush was. Bush captured Baghdad in a few weeks, Putin has only managed to grab 9% or so of Ukraine after more than 2 years (19% if you include what was taken in 2014). Bush did not get 100,000+ US troops killed, Putin has wiped out 100,000+ Russian troops and counting. Bush let in lots of Mexicans and Latinos while Putin lets in millions of Tadjiks and Uzbeks, and gives Chechens special status above that of ethnic Russians.

    Bush successfully spun 9-11 as being the fault of Iraq. Putin is trying to spin this attack in Moscow as Ukraine’s work. 70% of Americans gullibly came to believe that Saddam was somehow behind 9-11. We don’t know if Russians will be similarly gullible. Except for AnoninTN: 100%.

    Here is our former host writing sensibly about the terror attack in Moscow. Karlin writes:

    (1) As I initially said, confirmed not a false flag. Large number of Tajiks in Russia x sad Tajik propensity to sympathize with Islamic State = was always the most obvious explanation; not everything has to revolve around Ukraine. Islamic State has amusingly gone overboard insisting on its culpability amidst the wave of online conspiracy theories that it was Ukraine, FSB false flag, Mossad, CIA, etc.

    (2) Initial skepticism aside, the suspects are almost certainly the correct ones. Amongst other things, the clothing matches. Don't think FSB could have all set it up so quickly and competently.

    …….

    Putin's standard position on terrorist attacks and their relationship with ethno-religious issues is that "terrorism has no nationality", which he has wheeled out again now. This is logical and rational. Russia cannot currently afford to scare away Central Asian workers with out of control pogroms since it suffers from a labor crunch as it is. Nor can Russian security services diversify into an anti-Islamism campaign at the same time that they're fully occupied with fighting Ukraine (in addition to their pastime of hunting liberals and gays).

    5) Ukraine is not above terrorism, but it has exclusively been undertaken in the form of assassinations, or attacks against legitimate military targets (albeit through illegitimate means). The chances that it was materially involved in any way are extraordinarily small.

    (6) I am agnostic over the extent to which this will be weaponized against Ukraine. On the one hand, it's extremely dumb and only 90 IQ mouth-breathers and David Sacks will earnestly believe it. On the other hand, this entire episode makes Putin, kremlins, and the Russian security services come off very badly, so there's also a chance that they'll just try to sweep it under the carpet once this initial wave of anger wears off. Current Russian media propaganda blaming Ukraine seems to be them proactively anticipating to what they think the kremlin position on this will be, should be clearer in a few days once the Presidential Administration finishes precisely formulating the official line on this.




    https://twitter.com/powerfultakes/status/1771965251560321321?s=46&t=Qz3eXZWFYIvyHmaAk32tcg

    Replies: @QCIC, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Mr. XYZ, @Dmitry

    Putin’s standard position on terrorist attacks and their relationship with ethno-religious issues is that “terrorism has no nationality”, which he has wheeled out again now. This is logical and rational. Russia cannot currently afford to scare away Central Asian workers with out of control pogroms since it suffers from a labor crunch as it is. Nor can Russian security services diversify into an anti-Islamism campaign at the same time that they’re fully occupied with fighting Ukraine (in addition to their pastime of hunting liberals and gays).

    Interestingly enough, I think that simple racial/ethnic/religious profiling by the Russian government (including both the Russian police and the Russian security services) might do the trick here. As in, still allow Central Asians to immigrate to Russia in large numbers, but aggressively screen them for radicalism beforehand and also afterwards, along with aggressively checking them for weapons, bombs, and the like whenever there is the potential for a dangerous situation. Central Asians might of course be offended by this, but when Islam as a religion is unique in just how many bad apples it produces in the 21st century, such Russian moves would at least be understandable. FWIW, I personally support narrowly tailored racial/ethnic/religious profiling when it is necessary to save lives and prevent harm based on Neven Sesardic’s arguments in an article of his.

    Bush let in lots of Mexicans and Latinos while Putin lets in millions of Tadjiks and Uzbeks, and gives Chechens special status above that of ethnic Russians.

    I think that Bush also supported race-based affirmative action, no? At least in some form(s).

    BTW, I suppose that having Russia let in Central Asians en masse is perfectly rational and logical if Russia wants to undo the effects of decades of Communist rule. A Russia without decades of Communist rule, with internal freedom of movement, and one which would have permanently kept Central Asia would have likely experienced a lot of internal Central Asian migration to the East Slavic heartland for as long as most of the good jobs would have been located there. I don’t think that even if a non-Bolshevik Russia would have managed to maintain a relatively high TFR among its Slavs, that this would have cardinally altered the situation. After all, a lot of Southern blacks moved to the Northern and Western US from 1910 to 1970, including during the 1945-1965 post-WWII baby boom years, when the US’s total fertility rate was very high by developed Western standards.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    Interestingly enough, I think that simple racial/ethnic/religious profiling by the Russian government (including both the Russian police and the Russian security services) might do the trick here. As in, still allow Central Asians to immigrate to Russia in large numbers, but aggressively screen them for radicalism beforehand and also afterwards, along with aggressively checking them for weapons, bombs, and the like whenever there is the potential for a dangerous situation.

    So stop attacks by aggressively screening them for bombs and weapons. That will work as well as those "gun free zone" signs at schools. Should they be given a questionnaire on their intent?

    Welcome to our country! Before letting you in we just need to ask a few questions to see if you can assimilate.

    Will you take part in a terrorist attack:
    [ ] Yes
    [ ] No

    Do you plan on trying to acquire weapons:
    [ ] Yes
    [ ] No

    Thank you and have a rainbow day!


    More Muslims = increased chance of Muslim extremism. There is no way around that equation and their religion tolerates violence.

    In fact statistically the children are more likely to become terrorists than the parents.

    Russia can't racially profile at this point. They have too many Muslims and plenty of networks. A couple Muzzie randos can sneak across the border and do this type of attack. It isn't hard to kill innocent people and guns aren't needed. Russians are lucky that most Muslims aren't creative or original and resort to boneheaded "kill everyone at a concert" type attacks.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  29. @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    Putin’s standard position on terrorist attacks and their relationship with ethno-religious issues is that “terrorism has no nationality”, which he has wheeled out again now. This is logical and rational. Russia cannot currently afford to scare away Central Asian workers with out of control pogroms since it suffers from a labor crunch as it is. Nor can Russian security services diversify into an anti-Islamism campaign at the same time that they’re fully occupied with fighting Ukraine (in addition to their pastime of hunting liberals and gays).

     

    Interestingly enough, I think that simple racial/ethnic/religious profiling by the Russian government (including both the Russian police and the Russian security services) might do the trick here. As in, still allow Central Asians to immigrate to Russia in large numbers, but aggressively screen them for radicalism beforehand and also afterwards, along with aggressively checking them for weapons, bombs, and the like whenever there is the potential for a dangerous situation. Central Asians might of course be offended by this, but when Islam as a religion is unique in just how many bad apples it produces in the 21st century, such Russian moves would at least be understandable. FWIW, I personally support narrowly tailored racial/ethnic/religious profiling when it is necessary to save lives and prevent harm based on Neven Sesardic's arguments in an article of his.

    Bush let in lots of Mexicans and Latinos while Putin lets in millions of Tadjiks and Uzbeks, and gives Chechens special status above that of ethnic Russians.
     
    I think that Bush also supported race-based affirmative action, no? At least in some form(s).

    BTW, I suppose that having Russia let in Central Asians en masse is perfectly rational and logical if Russia wants to undo the effects of decades of Communist rule. A Russia without decades of Communist rule, with internal freedom of movement, and one which would have permanently kept Central Asia would have likely experienced a lot of internal Central Asian migration to the East Slavic heartland for as long as most of the good jobs would have been located there. I don't think that even if a non-Bolshevik Russia would have managed to maintain a relatively high TFR among its Slavs, that this would have cardinally altered the situation. After all, a lot of Southern blacks moved to the Northern and Western US from 1910 to 1970, including during the 1945-1965 post-WWII baby boom years, when the US's total fertility rate was very high by developed Western standards.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Interestingly enough, I think that simple racial/ethnic/religious profiling by the Russian government (including both the Russian police and the Russian security services) might do the trick here. As in, still allow Central Asians to immigrate to Russia in large numbers, but aggressively screen them for radicalism beforehand and also afterwards, along with aggressively checking them for weapons, bombs, and the like whenever there is the potential for a dangerous situation.

    So stop attacks by aggressively screening them for bombs and weapons. That will work as well as those “gun free zone” signs at schools. Should they be given a questionnaire on their intent?

    Welcome to our country! Before letting you in we just need to ask a few questions to see if you can assimilate.

    Will you take part in a terrorist attack:
    [ ] Yes
    [ ] No

    Do you plan on trying to acquire weapons:
    [ ] Yes
    [ ] No

    Thank you and have a rainbow day!

    More Muslims = increased chance of Muslim extremism. There is no way around that equation and their religion tolerates violence.

    In fact statistically the children are more likely to become terrorists than the parents.

    Russia can’t racially profile at this point. They have too many Muslims and plenty of networks. A couple Muzzie randos can sneak across the border and do this type of attack. It isn’t hard to kill innocent people and guns aren’t needed. Russians are lucky that most Muslims aren’t creative or original and resort to boneheaded “kill everyone at a concert” type attacks.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Asking them if they support murder over Muhammad cartoons could make a lot of sense, no? But then they could lie about this as well.

    Racially profiling at airports is easy according to both Sam Harris and Israeli Jews. Give everyone a basic screening but screen people who look Muslim much more aggressively.

    For concert-type events, aggressive screening of everyone might be a good idea, with again there being much more aggressive screening for people who look Muslim (which includes a lot of people, but not everyone).

    Seems like aggressively promoting secularism could also do wonders in regards to reducing Muslim violence, no? Of course, this could also be combined with a campaign to convert Muslims to Christianity. While it's likely to be far less successful than a secularization campaign, there are some Muslims for whom this might have a chance of working. Whether or not we believe in God is in part based on our genes, after all. For people with such inclinations, it might be easier to get them to believe in a different God than to completely secularize.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Wokechoke

  30. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    Interestingly enough, I think that simple racial/ethnic/religious profiling by the Russian government (including both the Russian police and the Russian security services) might do the trick here. As in, still allow Central Asians to immigrate to Russia in large numbers, but aggressively screen them for radicalism beforehand and also afterwards, along with aggressively checking them for weapons, bombs, and the like whenever there is the potential for a dangerous situation.

    So stop attacks by aggressively screening them for bombs and weapons. That will work as well as those "gun free zone" signs at schools. Should they be given a questionnaire on their intent?

    Welcome to our country! Before letting you in we just need to ask a few questions to see if you can assimilate.

    Will you take part in a terrorist attack:
    [ ] Yes
    [ ] No

    Do you plan on trying to acquire weapons:
    [ ] Yes
    [ ] No

    Thank you and have a rainbow day!


    More Muslims = increased chance of Muslim extremism. There is no way around that equation and their religion tolerates violence.

    In fact statistically the children are more likely to become terrorists than the parents.

    Russia can't racially profile at this point. They have too many Muslims and plenty of networks. A couple Muzzie randos can sneak across the border and do this type of attack. It isn't hard to kill innocent people and guns aren't needed. Russians are lucky that most Muslims aren't creative or original and resort to boneheaded "kill everyone at a concert" type attacks.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    Asking them if they support murder over Muhammad cartoons could make a lot of sense, no? But then they could lie about this as well.

    Racially profiling at airports is easy according to both Sam Harris and Israeli Jews. Give everyone a basic screening but screen people who look Muslim much more aggressively.

    For concert-type events, aggressive screening of everyone might be a good idea, with again there being much more aggressive screening for people who look Muslim (which includes a lot of people, but not everyone).

    Seems like aggressively promoting secularism could also do wonders in regards to reducing Muslim violence, no? Of course, this could also be combined with a campaign to convert Muslims to Christianity. While it’s likely to be far less successful than a secularization campaign, there are some Muslims for whom this might have a chance of working. Whether or not we believe in God is in part based on our genes, after all. For people with such inclinations, it might be easier to get them to believe in a different God than to completely secularize.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    Racially profiling at airports is easy according to both Sam Harris and Israeli Jews. Give everyone a basic screening but screen people who look Muslim much more aggressively.

    Ok so we screen them at airports. That already happens. No one packs an AK-47 in their luggage. They get off the plane, become citizens and then have their terrorist network deliver the guns. These terrorist cells attract angry losers that are borderline suicidal. Islam promises them virgins in heaven and eternal happiness.

    Or their kids make pressure cooker bombs and kill a bunch of people at a parade. How do you stop that scenario?

    More Muslims = increased chance of terrorism. Why take the risk? Why do White people have to die for third world immigration? The founders of this country never would have supported importing third world randos for some inexplicable ideal.

    Seems like aggressively promoting secularism could also do wonders in regards to reducing Muslim violence, no?

    I see no reason to believe that. If anything the secular government countries are more likely to have Muslims that want to go on a killing spree because they associate secularism with degeneracy. They view Britain and America as what happens when you don't have Islam. It can end up affirming their twisted beliefs. Some of the most dedicated ISIS killers were British but Muslim born.

    I actually was against shutting down the ISIS state. If anything we should have left it open as a honey pot for Muslims in the West. It was attracting the worst of them.

    Of course, this could also be combined with a campaign to convert Muslims to Christianity.

    Yea that would go over real swell. Muslim to Christianity conversion rates are low because their prophet becomes a lying mass murdering sand raider who married a child. Christianity to Muslim conversions are more common because Jesus is maintained as an important prophet.

    Or we could avoid all these problems and not import them.

    Why should anyone import Muslims? There are plenty of Catholics all over the world if laborers are needed.

    I really don't understand your tendency towards globalism. Asian countries like Japan tell the Muslims to stay in their own borders. Whites used to do the same and it is a statistically safer policy.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Mr. XYZ

    , @Wokechoke
    @Mr. XYZ

    Tajikistan is an aggressively secular state, while it also does the authoritarian cult of Presidential power. Also appears to be pretty friendly with China Russia and US all at one time.

    But somehow the CIA got to four of their migrant laborers and started a fight with them in Moscow.

  31. IslamoGloboHomo hates Judeo-Christians. (1)

    Chamber of Commerce Foundation Moves Hard Left?

    Embattled Business Org Turns to Soros-Funded Groups,
    Democrats to Keep Dwindling Operations Alive

    Tax documents for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and for a major foundation funded by leftist billionaire George Soros show the organization that purports to represent the U.S. business community has turned hard left in recent years.

    The Tides Foundation’s public filings from 2018 to 2022 show the Soros-funded organization has given more than $12 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation over that five-year span. In 2018, the Tides Foundation gave the Chamber’s foundation $450,000. In 2019, Tides gave the Chamber group $1,450,000. It gave another $100,000 in 2020, followed by $10 million in 2021 and another $175,885 in 2022. That totals $12,175,885 in a five-year span.

    Is anyone surprised that the anti-American “Chamber of Commerce” is seeking out SJW🏳️‍🌈Muslim funding?

    Their open hatred of Christians is openly on display. Is there any doubt that their goal is the Great Muslim Replacement native workers?

    PEACE 😇
    ___________

    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/03/25/exclusive-tax-documents-chamber-commerce-foundation-turns-soros-funded-groups-democrats-keep-dwindling-operations-alive/

  32. @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    Russia started the war in 2014 when it sent volunteers such as Girkin to start killing Ukrainian police officers and soldiers.
     
    Apparently there's some evidence (though I'm unsure just how reliable) in one of the Russian-language books about the Donbass War that Girkin and his pals launched their Donbass expedition on their own, defying orders from the Kremlin, with the Kremlin subsequently having to improvise due to the huge enthusiasm that the Donbass War generated in the Russian World. Would have been much better had the Kremlin quickly annexed the Donbass back in 2014, honestly. That or let Ukraine quickly crush the Donbass uprising, but that would have been politically unfeasible for the Kremlin.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Apparently there’s some evidence (though I’m unsure just how reliable) in one of the Russian-language books about the Donbass War that Girkin and his pals launched their Donbass expedition on their own, defying orders from the Kremlin

    Girkin is on record stating that the war was a Russian operation. Even if you ignore Girkin there are early videos of Putin’s green men refusing to show their passports. Meaning Putin sent in troops early on to back the separatists. The Vice videos made it clear that the real separatists were mostly rural jackass type Slavs that could not have done it on their own. Vice basically showed up and filmed them and the separatists constantly made assess of themselves on camera.

    Girkin is now in a prison cell for criticizing the war.

    Amusingly he is not against the war but was instead thrown in the Russian glass cage for calling Putin and his generals incompetent.

    Girkin supports the war but wants a different dictator or general in charge.

    Would have been much better had the Kremlin quickly annexed the Donbass back in 2014, honestly. That or let Ukraine quickly crush the Donbass uprising, but that would have been politically unfeasible for the Kremlin.

    Ukraine should have sent in special forces immediately. That was the huge mistake they made.

    If Mexican separatists killed a bunch of police and political workers in New Mexico the Federal government would not let them have the buildings and then negotiate a settlement. It would be a night of headshots.

    The Ukrainian government completely wimped out and that is why there was a counter-militia movement.

    • Agree: Mr. XYZ
  33. @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Asking them if they support murder over Muhammad cartoons could make a lot of sense, no? But then they could lie about this as well.

    Racially profiling at airports is easy according to both Sam Harris and Israeli Jews. Give everyone a basic screening but screen people who look Muslim much more aggressively.

    For concert-type events, aggressive screening of everyone might be a good idea, with again there being much more aggressive screening for people who look Muslim (which includes a lot of people, but not everyone).

    Seems like aggressively promoting secularism could also do wonders in regards to reducing Muslim violence, no? Of course, this could also be combined with a campaign to convert Muslims to Christianity. While it's likely to be far less successful than a secularization campaign, there are some Muslims for whom this might have a chance of working. Whether or not we believe in God is in part based on our genes, after all. For people with such inclinations, it might be easier to get them to believe in a different God than to completely secularize.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Wokechoke

    Racially profiling at airports is easy according to both Sam Harris and Israeli Jews. Give everyone a basic screening but screen people who look Muslim much more aggressively.

    Ok so we screen them at airports. That already happens. No one packs an AK-47 in their luggage. They get off the plane, become citizens and then have their terrorist network deliver the guns. These terrorist cells attract angry losers that are borderline suicidal. Islam promises them virgins in heaven and eternal happiness.

    Or their kids make pressure cooker bombs and kill a bunch of people at a parade. How do you stop that scenario?

    More Muslims = increased chance of terrorism. Why take the risk? Why do White people have to die for third world immigration? The founders of this country never would have supported importing third world randos for some inexplicable ideal.

    Seems like aggressively promoting secularism could also do wonders in regards to reducing Muslim violence, no?

    I see no reason to believe that. If anything the secular government countries are more likely to have Muslims that want to go on a killing spree because they associate secularism with degeneracy. They view Britain and America as what happens when you don’t have Islam. It can end up affirming their twisted beliefs. Some of the most dedicated ISIS killers were British but Muslim born.

    I actually was against shutting down the ISIS state. If anything we should have left it open as a honey pot for Muslims in the West. It was attracting the worst of them.

    Of course, this could also be combined with a campaign to convert Muslims to Christianity.

    Yea that would go over real swell. Muslim to Christianity conversion rates are low because their prophet becomes a lying mass murdering sand raider who married a child. Christianity to Muslim conversions are more common because Jesus is maintained as an important prophet.

    Or we could avoid all these problems and not import them.

    Why should anyone import Muslims? There are plenty of Catholics all over the world if laborers are needed.

    I really don’t understand your tendency towards globalism. Asian countries like Japan tell the Muslims to stay in their own borders. Whites used to do the same and it is a statistically safer policy.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Well, TBF, I was kinda hoping to accept Muslim immigrants who want to reform and improve their religion (there are plenty of progressive Muslims in Orange County, California, for instance), but Yeah, we could certainly do without the rest of them. Certainly without the religious fundamentalist intolerant bigots and violent, unstable ones.

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    So, Yeah, progressive and pro-Western Muslims only, please!

    That said, though, out of curiosity: Would you have advocated a similarly restrictive immigration policy for Italians and Jews in the early 20th century had you been alive back then? More Italians = more mafia and more Jews = more (elite) Leftism.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  34. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    Racially profiling at airports is easy according to both Sam Harris and Israeli Jews. Give everyone a basic screening but screen people who look Muslim much more aggressively.

    Ok so we screen them at airports. That already happens. No one packs an AK-47 in their luggage. They get off the plane, become citizens and then have their terrorist network deliver the guns. These terrorist cells attract angry losers that are borderline suicidal. Islam promises them virgins in heaven and eternal happiness.

    Or their kids make pressure cooker bombs and kill a bunch of people at a parade. How do you stop that scenario?

    More Muslims = increased chance of terrorism. Why take the risk? Why do White people have to die for third world immigration? The founders of this country never would have supported importing third world randos for some inexplicable ideal.

    Seems like aggressively promoting secularism could also do wonders in regards to reducing Muslim violence, no?

    I see no reason to believe that. If anything the secular government countries are more likely to have Muslims that want to go on a killing spree because they associate secularism with degeneracy. They view Britain and America as what happens when you don't have Islam. It can end up affirming their twisted beliefs. Some of the most dedicated ISIS killers were British but Muslim born.

    I actually was against shutting down the ISIS state. If anything we should have left it open as a honey pot for Muslims in the West. It was attracting the worst of them.

    Of course, this could also be combined with a campaign to convert Muslims to Christianity.

    Yea that would go over real swell. Muslim to Christianity conversion rates are low because their prophet becomes a lying mass murdering sand raider who married a child. Christianity to Muslim conversions are more common because Jesus is maintained as an important prophet.

    Or we could avoid all these problems and not import them.

    Why should anyone import Muslims? There are plenty of Catholics all over the world if laborers are needed.

    I really don't understand your tendency towards globalism. Asian countries like Japan tell the Muslims to stay in their own borders. Whites used to do the same and it is a statistically safer policy.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Mr. XYZ

    Well, TBF, I was kinda hoping to accept Muslim immigrants who want to reform and improve their religion (there are plenty of progressive Muslims in Orange County, California, for instance), but Yeah, we could certainly do without the rest of them. Certainly without the religious fundamentalist intolerant bigots and violent, unstable ones.

  35. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    Racially profiling at airports is easy according to both Sam Harris and Israeli Jews. Give everyone a basic screening but screen people who look Muslim much more aggressively.

    Ok so we screen them at airports. That already happens. No one packs an AK-47 in their luggage. They get off the plane, become citizens and then have their terrorist network deliver the guns. These terrorist cells attract angry losers that are borderline suicidal. Islam promises them virgins in heaven and eternal happiness.

    Or their kids make pressure cooker bombs and kill a bunch of people at a parade. How do you stop that scenario?

    More Muslims = increased chance of terrorism. Why take the risk? Why do White people have to die for third world immigration? The founders of this country never would have supported importing third world randos for some inexplicable ideal.

    Seems like aggressively promoting secularism could also do wonders in regards to reducing Muslim violence, no?

    I see no reason to believe that. If anything the secular government countries are more likely to have Muslims that want to go on a killing spree because they associate secularism with degeneracy. They view Britain and America as what happens when you don't have Islam. It can end up affirming their twisted beliefs. Some of the most dedicated ISIS killers were British but Muslim born.

    I actually was against shutting down the ISIS state. If anything we should have left it open as a honey pot for Muslims in the West. It was attracting the worst of them.

    Of course, this could also be combined with a campaign to convert Muslims to Christianity.

    Yea that would go over real swell. Muslim to Christianity conversion rates are low because their prophet becomes a lying mass murdering sand raider who married a child. Christianity to Muslim conversions are more common because Jesus is maintained as an important prophet.

    Or we could avoid all these problems and not import them.

    Why should anyone import Muslims? There are plenty of Catholics all over the world if laborers are needed.

    I really don't understand your tendency towards globalism. Asian countries like Japan tell the Muslims to stay in their own borders. Whites used to do the same and it is a statistically safer policy.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Mr. XYZ

    So, Yeah, progressive and pro-Western Muslims only, please!

    That said, though, out of curiosity: Would you have advocated a similarly restrictive immigration policy for Italians and Jews in the early 20th century had you been alive back then? More Italians = more mafia and more Jews = more (elite) Leftism.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    So, Yeah, progressive and pro-Western Muslims only, please!

    How would we know that? Ask them nicely? What else would they say if they want in the country?

    How do you stop the Boston bomber problem? Where their kids decide that they hate the West and adopt Muslim extremism?

    Would you have advocated a similarly restrictive immigration policy for Italians and Jews in the early 20th century had you been alive back then? More Italians = more mafia and more Jews = more (elite) Leftism.

    The Italian mafia is mostly Hollywood folklore. Of course it existed but its influence is grossly exaggerated. Both the Wild West and Italian Mafia are mostly Hollywood storylines. But even the worst mob leaders didn't order attacks on parades. Actual hits were quite rare compared to what you see in the movies. The Sopranos seems realistic in how it is filmed but the NY mob never ordered that many hits in such a short period and they would never have the boss or even high level officers take part in that many murders. Tony Soprano was basically a serial killer.

    As for Jews that would be Russian immigration and yes I would have capped it. I also think too many Irish were let in. There is a lot of focus on Jews and the left while the Kennedy type Democrats seem to get ignored. Both the Jews and the Irish forged urban alliances with Blacks while avoiding them in their personal lives. Both groups also mostly moved to the burbs when they had the chance.

    But for the record I'm a racial realist but not a White nationalist. The problem I see with multi-culturalism is that various groups start competing against each other and making disingenuous alliances like Jews/Blacks and Irish/Blacks. But I have just as many complaints about Anglos before such alliances existed. It was the wealthy Anglo 1% that decided to bring over slaves and then fought a war using poor Whites to maintain that system. White man's greed is a real problem and so is race denial. This country was put on a very unstable path in 1865 as the North did not want to face the reality of race and the South was morally wrong and defeated but right about race existing. There was never a healthy accounting for reality between the two sides.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  36. Ukraine hits landing ships in Sevastopol

    Makes me wonder if Ukraine got wind of a coastal invasion.

    I have no doubt that Putin has at least considered pulling a Gallipoli on Odessa.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Possibly the opposite if the West needs to bring in something at Odessa and wants to push the Russians back slightly beforehand. If so, the Russians may close down the port soon.

    , @Gerard1234
    @John Johnson


    Ukraine hits landing ships in Sevastopol
    Makes me wonder if Ukraine got wind of a coastal invasion.
     
    Surely a demented scumbag as yourself has been told to stop posting on here these equally demented western black propaganda videos making false claims........and adding your own false claim idiocy to them?

    Stop making stuff up. It was not speculation by the US or the result of some investigation.

    It was ISIS that claimed ISIS was responsible on their own channel. ISIS-K actually and they released another video that threatened Putin.

     

    What part of tried "escaped through border region with Ukraine" is a shithead as yourself too thick to understand? Who gives a f**k what some group called ISIS-K is claiming?

    There was one other terrorism at a mobilisation training base, involving Tajiks shooting 16 of our guys dead- that interestingly was also in a border region (Belgorod). The terrorists were killed in carrying out their evil act - but as I understand direct Ukrop involvement in that was not definitely concluded.

    Are you going with the theory that the US is actually controlling ISIS and also warned Russia about their own attack?
     
    No, this non-warning "warning" was completely unprofessional and almost certainly malicious. Additionally the inference of it was clear that it was directed at target of National Public holiday (Women) or Presidential elections the next week. Not this 2-3 weeks later.

    Then there is history of allowing numerous Chechen terrorists to escape and live in the west

    Ukronazi terrorist bitch who placed car bomb in Daria Dugina's car escaped via Baltic border and appears to be in zero pressure to be extradited

    Maidan false-flag terrorist massacre
    Bucha absurdity
    Odessa
    Novaya Kakhovka dam destruction
    MH17
    Murder of one of the Kiev scumbag negotiators
    100's of terrorist acts by the Ukronazi scumbag coward military
    Total false-flag provocation by the west involving the plane forced to land (after fake bomb threat) in Belarus
    Nord Stream explosion
    One girl recruited/brainwashed by ukronazis into terrorist action in Saint Petersburg killing Tatarsky ( and severely injuring others)
    Yushchenko fake "poisoning" provocation by the west

    Those are just what I can remember - although the prelude "warning" from the US does make me think that part was black propaganda op designed to make US look good to western sheep idiots in the process of terrorist action against Russia.i.e entire terrorist act was American created and ordered.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  37. It is possible for a skinny person to crawl through a wombat tunnel. Burrows are cool and tend not to be frequented by venomous snakes, of which Australia has plenty.

    There is some danger of collapse, though.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @songbird


    It is possible for a skinny person to crawl through a wombat tunnel.
     
    Imagine being crushed by a wombat's behind as a skinny person? Like what happened to that fox in that other video you posted. :) Hopefully, they're not that powerful. The wombat has adapted well to the perils of this world, though. And to be found in a wombat tunnel is a "human error" par exellence.

    Btw, another cute creature popped up on my feed the other day (and made me want to share it with you, lol). Prehensile-tailed porcupine (from South America). The little guy's really hungry (I love how they open the peanut with such adorable determination). Would be funny to see it roll up in a ball, lol. The quills are awesome.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy-IqfTeJkE

    Replies: @songbird

  38. Counter to the wishful thinking trolls who babble on about the Kiev regime winning –

    https://www.rt.com/shows/modus-operandi/594385-ukraine-growing-shortage-military-personnel/

    https://marksleboda.substack.com/p/the-terror-attack-on-moscow?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2

    As of now, Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack is arguably more believable than the earlier claims that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill Americans and blew up the Nordstream 2 Pipeline.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Mikhail


    Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack
     
    That has not been established yet. Only one thing s certain: as the US for the umpteenth time claimed that ISIS was responsible, it is 100% guaranteed that it was not ISIS.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @John Johnson

    , @Mr. Hack
    @Mikhail

    https://chappatte.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumb/public/import_ld/C220323Age-small.jpg?itok=bl7vbt0y


    As of now, Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack is arguably more believable than the earlier claims that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill Americans and blew up the Nordstream 2 Pipeline.
     
    Sure Mickey, everything that comes out of the kremlin is believable - only in your crazed world! :-)

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mikhail

  39. @John Johnson
    Ukraine hits landing ships in Sevastopol

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

    Makes me wonder if Ukraine got wind of a coastal invasion.

    I have no doubt that Putin has at least considered pulling a Gallipoli on Odessa.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Gerard1234

    Possibly the opposite if the West needs to bring in something at Odessa and wants to push the Russians back slightly beforehand. If so, the Russians may close down the port soon.

  40. @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    So, Yeah, progressive and pro-Western Muslims only, please!

    That said, though, out of curiosity: Would you have advocated a similarly restrictive immigration policy for Italians and Jews in the early 20th century had you been alive back then? More Italians = more mafia and more Jews = more (elite) Leftism.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    So, Yeah, progressive and pro-Western Muslims only, please!

    How would we know that? Ask them nicely? What else would they say if they want in the country?

    How do you stop the Boston bomber problem? Where their kids decide that they hate the West and adopt Muslim extremism?

    Would you have advocated a similarly restrictive immigration policy for Italians and Jews in the early 20th century had you been alive back then? More Italians = more mafia and more Jews = more (elite) Leftism.

    The Italian mafia is mostly Hollywood folklore. Of course it existed but its influence is grossly exaggerated. Both the Wild West and Italian Mafia are mostly Hollywood storylines. But even the worst mob leaders didn’t order attacks on parades. Actual hits were quite rare compared to what you see in the movies. The Sopranos seems realistic in how it is filmed but the NY mob never ordered that many hits in such a short period and they would never have the boss or even high level officers take part in that many murders. Tony Soprano was basically a serial killer.

    As for Jews that would be Russian immigration and yes I would have capped it. I also think too many Irish were let in. There is a lot of focus on Jews and the left while the Kennedy type Democrats seem to get ignored. Both the Jews and the Irish forged urban alliances with Blacks while avoiding them in their personal lives. Both groups also mostly moved to the burbs when they had the chance.

    But for the record I’m a racial realist but not a White nationalist. The problem I see with multi-culturalism is that various groups start competing against each other and making disingenuous alliances like Jews/Blacks and Irish/Blacks. But I have just as many complaints about Anglos before such alliances existed. It was the wealthy Anglo 1% that decided to bring over slaves and then fought a war using poor Whites to maintain that system. White man’s greed is a real problem and so is race denial. This country was put on a very unstable path in 1865 as the North did not want to face the reality of race and the South was morally wrong and defeated but right about race existing. There was never a healthy accounting for reality between the two sides.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Wouldn't a total Muslim ban violate the US Constitution? Or do you want to do it by country instead rather than directly by religion?

    Replies: @John Johnson

  41. @Mikhail
    Counter to the wishful thinking trolls who babble on about the Kiev regime winning -

    https://www.rt.com/shows/modus-operandi/594385-ukraine-growing-shortage-military-personnel/

    https://marksleboda.substack.com/p/the-terror-attack-on-moscow?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2

    As of now, Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack is arguably more believable than the earlier claims that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill Americans and blew up the Nordstream 2 Pipeline.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mr. Hack

    Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack

    That has not been established yet. Only one thing s certain: as the US for the umpteenth time claimed that ISIS was responsible, it is 100% guaranteed that it was not ISIS.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @AnonfromTN

    So there's no misunderstanding, I repeat -

    As of now, Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack is arguably more believable than the earlier claims that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill Americans and blew up the Nordstream 2 Pipeline.

    , @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    That has not been established yet. Only one thing s certain: as the US for the umpteenth time claimed that ISIS was responsible, it is 100% guaranteed that it was not ISIS.

    Stop making stuff up. It was not speculation by the US or the result of some investigation.

    It was ISIS that claimed ISIS was responsible on their own channel. ISIS-K actually and they released another video that threatened Putin.

    Are you going with the theory that the US is actually controlling ISIS and also warned Russia about their own attack?

  42. @AnonfromTN
    @Mikhail


    Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack
     
    That has not been established yet. Only one thing s certain: as the US for the umpteenth time claimed that ISIS was responsible, it is 100% guaranteed that it was not ISIS.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @John Johnson

    So there’s no misunderstanding, I repeat –

    As of now, Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack is arguably more believable than the earlier claims that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill Americans and blew up the Nordstream 2 Pipeline.

  43. @AnonfromTN
    @Mikhail


    Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack
     
    That has not been established yet. Only one thing s certain: as the US for the umpteenth time claimed that ISIS was responsible, it is 100% guaranteed that it was not ISIS.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @John Johnson

    That has not been established yet. Only one thing s certain: as the US for the umpteenth time claimed that ISIS was responsible, it is 100% guaranteed that it was not ISIS.

    Stop making stuff up. It was not speculation by the US or the result of some investigation.

    It was ISIS that claimed ISIS was responsible on their own channel. ISIS-K actually and they released another video that threatened Putin.

    Are you going with the theory that the US is actually controlling ISIS and also warned Russia about their own attack?

  44. @John Johnson
    Ukraine hits landing ships in Sevastopol

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

    Makes me wonder if Ukraine got wind of a coastal invasion.

    I have no doubt that Putin has at least considered pulling a Gallipoli on Odessa.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Gerard1234

    Ukraine hits landing ships in Sevastopol
    Makes me wonder if Ukraine got wind of a coastal invasion.

    Surely a demented scumbag as yourself has been told to stop posting on here these equally demented western black propaganda videos making false claims……..and adding your own false claim idiocy to them?

    Stop making stuff up. It was not speculation by the US or the result of some investigation.

    It was ISIS that claimed ISIS was responsible on their own channel. ISIS-K actually and they released another video that threatened Putin.

    What part of tried “escaped through border region with Ukraine” is a shithead as yourself too thick to understand? Who gives a f**k what some group called ISIS-K is claiming?

    There was one other terrorism at a mobilisation training base, involving Tajiks shooting 16 of our guys dead- that interestingly was also in a border region (Belgorod). The terrorists were killed in carrying out their evil act – but as I understand direct Ukrop involvement in that was not definitely concluded.

    Are you going with the theory that the US is actually controlling ISIS and also warned Russia about their own attack?

    No, this non-warning “warning” was completely unprofessional and almost certainly malicious. Additionally the inference of it was clear that it was directed at target of National Public holiday (Women) or Presidential elections the next week. Not this 2-3 weeks later.

    Then there is history of allowing numerous Chechen terrorists to escape and live in the west

    Ukronazi terrorist bitch who placed car bomb in Daria Dugina’s car escaped via Baltic border and appears to be in zero pressure to be extradited

    Maidan false-flag terrorist massacre
    Bucha absurdity
    Odessa
    Novaya Kakhovka dam destruction
    MH17
    Murder of one of the Kiev scumbag negotiators
    100’s of terrorist acts by the Ukronazi scumbag coward military
    Total false-flag provocation by the west involving the plane forced to land (after fake bomb threat) in Belarus
    Nord Stream explosion
    One girl recruited/brainwashed by ukronazis into terrorist action in Saint Petersburg killing Tatarsky ( and severely injuring others)
    Yushchenko fake “poisoning” provocation by the west

    Those are just what I can remember – although the prelude “warning” from the US does make me think that part was black propaganda op designed to make US look good to western sheep idiots in the process of terrorist action against Russia.i.e entire terrorist act was American created and ordered.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Gerard1234

    Surely a demented scumbag as yourself has been told to stop posting on here these equally demented western black propaganda videos making false claims……..and adding your own false claim idiocy to them?

    That was obviously a cell phone video recorded by a Russian.

    Are you not able to see that or do lock your mind into a safety bubble and tell yourself that any unwanted information must be propaganda? Did the attack happen or not? Was it real or fiction?

    I will take rules from Ron Unz but please don't invent your own rules using the same imagination that you rely on to deny reality.

    What part of tried “escaped through border region with Ukraine” is a shithead as yourself too thick to understand? Who gives a f**k what some group called ISIS-K is claiming?

    Escaping to a warzone makes sense and is not evidence of a conspiracy. If you actually read the news you would know that ISIS-K took responsibility and threatened Putin. Maybe try reading outside your bubble:

    Why ISIS-K Hates Putin—and Went After Moscow
    https://news.yahoo.com/deadliest-terrorist-attack-russia-20-204028056.html

    No, this non-warning “warning” was completely unprofessional and almost certainly malicious.

    Do explain how warning Putin that a concert could be attacked is malicious.

    Additionally the inference of it was clear that it was directed at target of National Public holiday (Women) or Presidential elections the next week. Not this 2-3 weeks later.

    So you are suggesting that the CIA is part of a grand conspiracy involving the holiday of women (who even celebrates that???) and they also warned Putin of an possible ISIS attack even though the conspiracy would require that they control ISIS...is that right? So they warned Putin of their own attack? This all makes sense to you?

  45. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    So, Yeah, progressive and pro-Western Muslims only, please!

    How would we know that? Ask them nicely? What else would they say if they want in the country?

    How do you stop the Boston bomber problem? Where their kids decide that they hate the West and adopt Muslim extremism?

    Would you have advocated a similarly restrictive immigration policy for Italians and Jews in the early 20th century had you been alive back then? More Italians = more mafia and more Jews = more (elite) Leftism.

    The Italian mafia is mostly Hollywood folklore. Of course it existed but its influence is grossly exaggerated. Both the Wild West and Italian Mafia are mostly Hollywood storylines. But even the worst mob leaders didn't order attacks on parades. Actual hits were quite rare compared to what you see in the movies. The Sopranos seems realistic in how it is filmed but the NY mob never ordered that many hits in such a short period and they would never have the boss or even high level officers take part in that many murders. Tony Soprano was basically a serial killer.

    As for Jews that would be Russian immigration and yes I would have capped it. I also think too many Irish were let in. There is a lot of focus on Jews and the left while the Kennedy type Democrats seem to get ignored. Both the Jews and the Irish forged urban alliances with Blacks while avoiding them in their personal lives. Both groups also mostly moved to the burbs when they had the chance.

    But for the record I'm a racial realist but not a White nationalist. The problem I see with multi-culturalism is that various groups start competing against each other and making disingenuous alliances like Jews/Blacks and Irish/Blacks. But I have just as many complaints about Anglos before such alliances existed. It was the wealthy Anglo 1% that decided to bring over slaves and then fought a war using poor Whites to maintain that system. White man's greed is a real problem and so is race denial. This country was put on a very unstable path in 1865 as the North did not want to face the reality of race and the South was morally wrong and defeated but right about race existing. There was never a healthy accounting for reality between the two sides.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    Wouldn’t a total Muslim ban violate the US Constitution? Or do you want to do it by country instead rather than directly by religion?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    Wouldn’t a total Muslim ban violate the US Constitution? Or do you want to do it by country instead rather than directly by religion?

    No I don't see how it would violate the constitution.

    There is nothing in the constitution that requires that we take immigrants from every country or religion.

    Rights defined in the constitution are for US citizens. An immigrant is not a citizen.

    Replies: @GreatWhiteKiller, @Wokechoke

  46. @songbird
    @AnonfromTN


    >100 people helped by two teenagers working in the cloakroom
     
    At least one of them was a Central Asian. With the name "Islam."

    https://www.rt.com/russia/594831-teenager-saved-hundred-crocus-city-attack/

    I don't know if it is coincidence or not, but this is exactly the kind of narrative, which is typically promoted in Western countries. Each time there is a terror attack in some way linked or facilitated by immigration, they trot out more immigrants and promote the idea that they saved the day. Or else, that they are just exuding a special sympathy.

    In the case of the Boston Marathon bombing. Some illegal immigrant used his belt as a tourniquet. Regardless of what the potential value of Latinos might be, it seems obvious that Chechens are complete undesirables.

    The mainstream coverage of the Paris attacks was vomit-inducing, the way they concentrated on the false tears of migrants and hardly showed one French person. And no skeptics of migration.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Dmitry

    Interethnic harmony is an important priority of the government.

    After 9/11, in America, a lot of people in America were becoming hostile against Muslims, there was discrimination against Muslims after the terrorist attacks. In Russia, they want to avoid this kind of situation after terrorist attacks* so this is part of why television in Russia is trying to not generate negative feelings in relation to the religion of the terrorists. This is common and expected.

    *Terrorist attacks are more common in Russia.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Dmitry

    Russia also cucks much more in favor of radical Muslims than the US does. Koran burning in the US is still legal due to the First Amendment. In Russia, Koran burners get thrown in jail and brutally tortured by sadistic Chechens.

    Replies: @Dmitry, @Gerard1234

    , @songbird
    @Dmitry

    It is strange because the Soviet Union broke apart, in large part due to ethnic differences. But Putin can't seem to acknowledge that.

    It is kind of like if America lost the SW and politicians kept saying "diversity is our greatest strength.". Though I suppose that is exactly what they would do.

    Replies: @Dmitry

  47. @AP
    I and others have noted that Putin and Putinism are Russia’s analogues to neocons: invade the world/invite the world. Russia is much weaker and poorer than the USA so although it could send troops to Syria or Africa on adventures, it could only actually invade its immediate neighbors. But still it does so, while bringing in millions of Central Asians.

    Of course Putin, it turns out, is less successful than Bush was. Bush captured Baghdad in a few weeks, Putin has only managed to grab 9% or so of Ukraine after more than 2 years (19% if you include what was taken in 2014). Bush did not get 100,000+ US troops killed, Putin has wiped out 100,000+ Russian troops and counting. Bush let in lots of Mexicans and Latinos while Putin lets in millions of Tadjiks and Uzbeks, and gives Chechens special status above that of ethnic Russians.

    Bush successfully spun 9-11 as being the fault of Iraq. Putin is trying to spin this attack in Moscow as Ukraine’s work. 70% of Americans gullibly came to believe that Saddam was somehow behind 9-11. We don’t know if Russians will be similarly gullible. Except for AnoninTN: 100%.

    Here is our former host writing sensibly about the terror attack in Moscow. Karlin writes:

    (1) As I initially said, confirmed not a false flag. Large number of Tajiks in Russia x sad Tajik propensity to sympathize with Islamic State = was always the most obvious explanation; not everything has to revolve around Ukraine. Islamic State has amusingly gone overboard insisting on its culpability amidst the wave of online conspiracy theories that it was Ukraine, FSB false flag, Mossad, CIA, etc.

    (2) Initial skepticism aside, the suspects are almost certainly the correct ones. Amongst other things, the clothing matches. Don't think FSB could have all set it up so quickly and competently.

    …….

    Putin's standard position on terrorist attacks and their relationship with ethno-religious issues is that "terrorism has no nationality", which he has wheeled out again now. This is logical and rational. Russia cannot currently afford to scare away Central Asian workers with out of control pogroms since it suffers from a labor crunch as it is. Nor can Russian security services diversify into an anti-Islamism campaign at the same time that they're fully occupied with fighting Ukraine (in addition to their pastime of hunting liberals and gays).

    5) Ukraine is not above terrorism, but it has exclusively been undertaken in the form of assassinations, or attacks against legitimate military targets (albeit through illegitimate means). The chances that it was materially involved in any way are extraordinarily small.

    (6) I am agnostic over the extent to which this will be weaponized against Ukraine. On the one hand, it's extremely dumb and only 90 IQ mouth-breathers and David Sacks will earnestly believe it. On the other hand, this entire episode makes Putin, kremlins, and the Russian security services come off very badly, so there's also a chance that they'll just try to sweep it under the carpet once this initial wave of anger wears off. Current Russian media propaganda blaming Ukraine seems to be them proactively anticipating to what they think the kremlin position on this will be, should be clearer in a few days once the Presidential Administration finishes precisely formulating the official line on this.




    https://twitter.com/powerfultakes/status/1771965251560321321?s=46&t=Qz3eXZWFYIvyHmaAk32tcg

    Replies: @QCIC, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Mr. XYZ, @Dmitry

    Putin isn’t really similar to neoconservatism.

    Neoconservatism is based on spreading democracy, importance of ideology.

    Neoconservatives support Ukraine because it’s a democracy seed. They are mix of believing in the ideology of democracy, with Cold War foreign policy style of “Eisenhower Doctrine” and John Foster Dulles.

    Putin doesn’t care so much about ideology. His probably main obsession, is stabilization of power after the image control and halls of mirrors. Putin is more similar to the 19th century conservative politicians. He believes in “order and stability”.

    If you watch Putin’s discussion about Black Lives Matter, he explains his priorities. He said he ideologically agrees with Black Lives Matter. He believes there needs to be reform of American police. He says Russia has always supported a fight against the racial injustice in American society and will continue.

    But, he is very criticizing against Black Lives Matter protesting in the streets, creating disorder and creating destabilization. When he is ideologically agreeing with BLM, within the country, he can see as a geopolitical rival, Putin is opposed to them because they represent protests, disorder and probably he views them in 2020 as similar to protests in Belarus which ask for regime-changes.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Dmitry

    What's interesting is that both Putin and BLM support or at least are sympathetic towards Hamas.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Dmitry

    , @AP
    @Dmitry


    Putin isn’t really similar to neoconservatism.

    Neoconservatism is based on spreading democracy, importance of ideology.
     
    Putin’s ideology (or lack of a sincerely-held one) is indeed very different from that of neoconservatives. You are correct.

    But both engage in foreign invasions and war without thinking of their own people under the banner of fake patriotism, and both have presided over mass immigration into the country they lead. For neocons this was for the sake of ideology, for Putin it is about the stable monopolization of power and wealth for himself and his inner circle. Neocons invaded Iraq, Putin invaded Ukraine.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  48. If we will look at the election map, there is now a possibility that Trump can attain 270 in November.

    Unlike before 2016, Trump winning Florida was viewed an attainment, Florida is viewed as a Republican state this decade.

    Florida is important because it has 30 delegates.

    So, with Florida, Trump can win 270 even after losing Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota.

    Trump just needs to win Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.

    Trump is currently in polls a little more popular than Biden in these states although it’s not a large difference.
    Wisconsin https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/wisconsin/
    Arizona https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/arizona/
    Nevada https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/nevada/
    Georgia https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/georgia/

    It’s maybe especially Latino voters who could be important in Arizona, Nevada, Afro-American voters in Georgia.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Dmitry

    Trump is also leading in Michigan:

    https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/4549485-trump-tops-biden-8-points-michigan/

    There are some angry Muslims in Michigan due to Biden's Israel policy. Few are going to vote for Trump (who is even more pro-Israel than Biden is), but a lot of them could abstain simply to fuck over Biden, even if this will result in a Trump victory.

    , @A123
    @Dmitry

    If the election were held today, the result would be: (1)
        312 -- Trump
        226 -- Biden

    Trump is popular with independent and other swing voters.

    Hispanics who arrived legally are in play for Trump. As a group, they are heavily undercut by the surge of illegals.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________

    (1) https://www.realclearpolling.com/maps/president/2024/no-toss-up/electoral-college

  49. @Dmitry
    If we will look at the election map, there is now a possibility that Trump can attain 270 in November.

    Unlike before 2016, Trump winning Florida was viewed an attainment, Florida is viewed as a Republican state this decade.


    https://centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/062923eleccollege_600.png


    Florida is important because it has 30 delegates.

    So, with Florida, Trump can win 270 even after losing Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota.

    Trump just needs to win Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.

    Trump is currently in polls a little more popular than Biden in these states although it's not a large difference.
    Wisconsin https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/wisconsin/
    Arizona https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/arizona/
    Nevada https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/nevada/
    Georgia https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/georgia/

    It's maybe especially Latino voters who could be important in Arizona, Nevada, Afro-American voters in Georgia.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @A123

    Trump is also leading in Michigan:

    https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/4549485-trump-tops-biden-8-points-michigan/

    There are some angry Muslims in Michigan due to Biden’s Israel policy. Few are going to vote for Trump (who is even more pro-Israel than Biden is), but a lot of them could abstain simply to fuck over Biden, even if this will result in a Trump victory.

  50. @Dmitry
    @AP

    Putin isn't really similar to neoconservatism.

    Neoconservatism is based on spreading democracy, importance of ideology.

    Neoconservatives support Ukraine because it's a democracy seed. They are mix of believing in the ideology of democracy, with Cold War foreign policy style of "Eisenhower Doctrine" and John Foster Dulles.

    Putin doesn't care so much about ideology. His probably main obsession, is stabilization of power after the image control and halls of mirrors. Putin is more similar to the 19th century conservative politicians. He believes in "order and stability".

    If you watch Putin's discussion about Black Lives Matter, he explains his priorities. He said he ideologically agrees with Black Lives Matter. He believes there needs to be reform of American police. He says Russia has always supported a fight against the racial injustice in American society and will continue.

    But, he is very criticizing against Black Lives Matter protesting in the streets, creating disorder and creating destabilization. When he is ideologically agreeing with BLM, within the country, he can see as a geopolitical rival, Putin is opposed to them because they represent protests, disorder and probably he views them in 2020 as similar to protests in Belarus which ask for regime-changes.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @AP

    What’s interesting is that both Putin and BLM support or at least are sympathetic towards Hamas.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    What’s interesting is that both Putin and BLM support or at least are sympathetic towards Hamas.

    Putin isn't sympathetic towards Hamas.

    He will makes comments about the US but won't do anything to piss off Israel.

    He could at any time threaten to cut off their oil and chooses to do nothing.

    Putin is all talk when it comes to the Middle East. His pathetic fans here were hoping that he would take the side of Hamas after October 7th and he went back to doing nothing and selling them oil as I predicted.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

    , @Dmitry
    @Mr. XYZ

    Putin doesn't "support Hamas". His personal view is definitely sympathetic/friendly in relation with Israel. His geopolitical view, is being in the rival, non-West bloc. But, if he had been an American politician, he would probably work as a Republican or centrist Democrat.

    Israel and Russia are part enemy of each other's blocs in the New Cold War, when Iran supplies Russia for the war in Ukraine since 2022. America supplies Ukraine, while Israel is behaving like an American military base and an enemy of Russia' ally Iran. Russia is an ally of South Africa, which prosecutes Israel. Television in Russia still hasn't adjusted to all the details of the blocs in the New Cold War, and the news show on the first channel is still more sympathetic for Israel in Gaza, compared to CNN or BBC.

    For comparison, about television nowadays, the television is very negative about countries like Great Britain which are in the Western bloc.

    Replies: @Gerard1234

  51. @Gerard1234
    @John Johnson


    Ukraine hits landing ships in Sevastopol
    Makes me wonder if Ukraine got wind of a coastal invasion.
     
    Surely a demented scumbag as yourself has been told to stop posting on here these equally demented western black propaganda videos making false claims........and adding your own false claim idiocy to them?

    Stop making stuff up. It was not speculation by the US or the result of some investigation.

    It was ISIS that claimed ISIS was responsible on their own channel. ISIS-K actually and they released another video that threatened Putin.

     

    What part of tried "escaped through border region with Ukraine" is a shithead as yourself too thick to understand? Who gives a f**k what some group called ISIS-K is claiming?

    There was one other terrorism at a mobilisation training base, involving Tajiks shooting 16 of our guys dead- that interestingly was also in a border region (Belgorod). The terrorists were killed in carrying out their evil act - but as I understand direct Ukrop involvement in that was not definitely concluded.

    Are you going with the theory that the US is actually controlling ISIS and also warned Russia about their own attack?
     
    No, this non-warning "warning" was completely unprofessional and almost certainly malicious. Additionally the inference of it was clear that it was directed at target of National Public holiday (Women) or Presidential elections the next week. Not this 2-3 weeks later.

    Then there is history of allowing numerous Chechen terrorists to escape and live in the west

    Ukronazi terrorist bitch who placed car bomb in Daria Dugina's car escaped via Baltic border and appears to be in zero pressure to be extradited

    Maidan false-flag terrorist massacre
    Bucha absurdity
    Odessa
    Novaya Kakhovka dam destruction
    MH17
    Murder of one of the Kiev scumbag negotiators
    100's of terrorist acts by the Ukronazi scumbag coward military
    Total false-flag provocation by the west involving the plane forced to land (after fake bomb threat) in Belarus
    Nord Stream explosion
    One girl recruited/brainwashed by ukronazis into terrorist action in Saint Petersburg killing Tatarsky ( and severely injuring others)
    Yushchenko fake "poisoning" provocation by the west

    Those are just what I can remember - although the prelude "warning" from the US does make me think that part was black propaganda op designed to make US look good to western sheep idiots in the process of terrorist action against Russia.i.e entire terrorist act was American created and ordered.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Surely a demented scumbag as yourself has been told to stop posting on here these equally demented western black propaganda videos making false claims……..and adding your own false claim idiocy to them?

    That was obviously a cell phone video recorded by a Russian.

    Are you not able to see that or do lock your mind into a safety bubble and tell yourself that any unwanted information must be propaganda? Did the attack happen or not? Was it real or fiction?

    I will take rules from Ron Unz but please don’t invent your own rules using the same imagination that you rely on to deny reality.

    What part of tried “escaped through border region with Ukraine” is a shithead as yourself too thick to understand? Who gives a f**k what some group called ISIS-K is claiming?

    Escaping to a warzone makes sense and is not evidence of a conspiracy. If you actually read the news you would know that ISIS-K took responsibility and threatened Putin. Maybe try reading outside your bubble:

    Why ISIS-K Hates Putin—and Went After Moscow
    https://news.yahoo.com/deadliest-terrorist-attack-russia-20-204028056.html

    No, this non-warning “warning” was completely unprofessional and almost certainly malicious.

    Do explain how warning Putin that a concert could be attacked is malicious.

    Additionally the inference of it was clear that it was directed at target of National Public holiday (Women) or Presidential elections the next week. Not this 2-3 weeks later.

    So you are suggesting that the CIA is part of a grand conspiracy involving the holiday of women (who even celebrates that???) and they also warned Putin of an possible ISIS attack even though the conspiracy would require that they control ISIS…is that right? So they warned Putin of their own attack? This all makes sense to you?

  52. @Mr. XYZ
    @Dmitry

    What's interesting is that both Putin and BLM support or at least are sympathetic towards Hamas.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Dmitry

    What’s interesting is that both Putin and BLM support or at least are sympathetic towards Hamas.

    Putin isn’t sympathetic towards Hamas.

    He will makes comments about the US but won’t do anything to piss off Israel.

    He could at any time threaten to cut off their oil and chooses to do nothing.

    Putin is all talk when it comes to the Middle East. His pathetic fans here were hoping that he would take the side of Hamas after October 7th and he went back to doing nothing and selling them oil as I predicted.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @John Johnson

    There’s a plausible theory that Al Aqsa Flood was done to overstretch US resources. It’s diverted ordinance and other assets already. It’s also been a black eye for US credibility regarding US claims that Russia is acting in a genocidal manner in Ukraine.

    One simply has to look at the civilian death toll in Gaza and cross reference that with Ukie civilians deaths and look at how the US supports the Israeli massacre of Arabs.

    I’m not opposed to the idea that Hamas was encouraged to strike Israel by Russian diplomats and military attaches.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  53. @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Wouldn't a total Muslim ban violate the US Constitution? Or do you want to do it by country instead rather than directly by religion?

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Wouldn’t a total Muslim ban violate the US Constitution? Or do you want to do it by country instead rather than directly by religion?

    No I don’t see how it would violate the constitution.

    There is nothing in the constitution that requires that we take immigrants from every country or religion.

    Rights defined in the constitution are for US citizens. An immigrant is not a citizen.

    • Replies: @GreatWhiteKiller
    @John Johnson

    A total ban is necessary

    , @Wokechoke
    @John Johnson

    Inalienable rights…foreigners are alien.

    But they do have rights, just alienable ones.

  54. @Dmitry
    @songbird

    Interethnic harmony is an important priority of the government.

    After 9/11, in America, a lot of people in America were becoming hostile against Muslims, there was discrimination against Muslims after the terrorist attacks. In Russia, they want to avoid this kind of situation after terrorist attacks* so this is part of why television in Russia is trying to not generate negative feelings in relation to the religion of the terrorists. This is common and expected.

    -

    *Terrorist attacks are more common in Russia.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @songbird

    Russia also cucks much more in favor of radical Muslims than the US does. Koran burning in the US is still legal due to the First Amendment. In Russia, Koran burners get thrown in jail and brutally tortured by sadistic Chechens.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @Mr. XYZ

    This same result would happen if you dance in an Orthodox church or burn the Torah. Russia is not a First Amendment country. Authorities prioritize the interethnic harmony and social stability.

    They are enjoying power and money, they don't want to lose power and money because of allowing social instability.


    There are some angry Muslims in Michigan due to Biden’s Israel policy. Few are going to vote for Trump (who is even more pro-Israel than Biden is), but a lot of them could abstain
     
    Biden can enter a conflict with Israel to become more popular with Arab voters in Michigan. Conflict with Israel, also would cause his foreign policy to look more incoherent in 2024 after he was supporting Israel in October 2023.

    Biden/Blinker already has aspects of the incoherent policy appearances, for the voters, because of the disorganized withdrawal from Afghanistan and intermediate policy in Ukraine. In a poll, he only has 33% approval in the section of foreign affairs. https://news.gallup.com/poll/642620/biden-job-rating-steady-middle-east-approval.aspx

    , @Gerard1234
    @Mr. XYZ


    Russia also cucks much more in favor of radical Muslims than the US does. Koran burning in the US is still legal due to the First Amendment. In Russia, Koran burners get thrown in jail and brutally tortured by sadistic Chechens.
     
    That's the "first amendment" that has forced Trump to pay nearly half a billion dollars, ex-New York Mayor Giuliani 200 million USD, and Fox News nearly 1 billion you cretin?

    Of course, in reality you can't compare a country separated 1000s of kms by ocean from the Islamic World, and one like Russia on this issue.

    Have you read Bin Laden's history you dimwit? Even upto his death the Anglo-Americans were "cucks" for him.

    And Koran burning ( as a public or distributed video) should be a crime - as should Torah and Bible burning in non-Christian/non-Israel countries. I haven't heard of any cartoon drawings of the Prophet Mohammad in the WSJ or NYT recently either?
  55. Doubtless HA and JJ will soon be here to celebrate the destruction of the bridge … sorry, wrong bridge.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @YetAnotherAnon

    "Hey, how do you turn this thing?"

    , @LondonBob
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Rather ironic God brings down the bridge in Baltimore the way man tried, and failed, to bring down the Kerch bridge.

    I expect the channel will be cleared in weeks, the bridge will take years to rebuild.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Beckow

  56. @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Asking them if they support murder over Muhammad cartoons could make a lot of sense, no? But then they could lie about this as well.

    Racially profiling at airports is easy according to both Sam Harris and Israeli Jews. Give everyone a basic screening but screen people who look Muslim much more aggressively.

    For concert-type events, aggressive screening of everyone might be a good idea, with again there being much more aggressive screening for people who look Muslim (which includes a lot of people, but not everyone).

    Seems like aggressively promoting secularism could also do wonders in regards to reducing Muslim violence, no? Of course, this could also be combined with a campaign to convert Muslims to Christianity. While it's likely to be far less successful than a secularization campaign, there are some Muslims for whom this might have a chance of working. Whether or not we believe in God is in part based on our genes, after all. For people with such inclinations, it might be easier to get them to believe in a different God than to completely secularize.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Wokechoke

    Tajikistan is an aggressively secular state, while it also does the authoritarian cult of Presidential power. Also appears to be pretty friendly with China Russia and US all at one time.

    But somehow the CIA got to four of their migrant laborers and started a fight with them in Moscow.

  57. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    What’s interesting is that both Putin and BLM support or at least are sympathetic towards Hamas.

    Putin isn't sympathetic towards Hamas.

    He will makes comments about the US but won't do anything to piss off Israel.

    He could at any time threaten to cut off their oil and chooses to do nothing.

    Putin is all talk when it comes to the Middle East. His pathetic fans here were hoping that he would take the side of Hamas after October 7th and he went back to doing nothing and selling them oil as I predicted.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

    There’s a plausible theory that Al Aqsa Flood was done to overstretch US resources. It’s diverted ordinance and other assets already. It’s also been a black eye for US credibility regarding US claims that Russia is acting in a genocidal manner in Ukraine.

    One simply has to look at the civilian death toll in Gaza and cross reference that with Ukie civilians deaths and look at how the US supports the Israeli massacre of Arabs.

    I’m not opposed to the idea that Hamas was encouraged to strike Israel by Russian diplomats and military attaches.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Wokechoke

    There’s a plausible theory that Al Aqsa Flood was done to overstretch US resources.

    Well go ahead and explain the theory given that the IDF responded with limited US resources and US military aid to Israel represents about 20% of their military budget. They in fact have excess cash from being able to buy cheap Russian oil and could easily fund their own military. The amount the US contributes is pocket change. I support ending that aid but good luck suggesting it to either party.

    I’m not opposed to the idea that Hamas was encouraged to strike Israel by Russian diplomats and military attaches.

    I doubt that was the case. The attack reeks of poor leadership. The Russians would have come up with a better plan and would have discouraged an attack on a concert. Any poster here would have come up with a better plan. Attacking a bunch of girls at a concert while filming it with GoPros was incredibly stupid. It actually would have been easier to draw the IDF into a trap but Hamas is dominated by thugs that have bloodlust. I think the theory that they targeted the concert in part to get some rape time is plausible. This was a bunch of angry Muslim incels breaking through the border and going on a rampage. Most expected to die within 12 hours.

  58. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    Wouldn’t a total Muslim ban violate the US Constitution? Or do you want to do it by country instead rather than directly by religion?

    No I don't see how it would violate the constitution.

    There is nothing in the constitution that requires that we take immigrants from every country or religion.

    Rights defined in the constitution are for US citizens. An immigrant is not a citizen.

    Replies: @GreatWhiteKiller, @Wokechoke

    A total ban is necessary

  59. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    Wouldn’t a total Muslim ban violate the US Constitution? Or do you want to do it by country instead rather than directly by religion?

    No I don't see how it would violate the constitution.

    There is nothing in the constitution that requires that we take immigrants from every country or religion.

    Rights defined in the constitution are for US citizens. An immigrant is not a citizen.

    Replies: @GreatWhiteKiller, @Wokechoke

    Inalienable rights…foreigners are alien.

    But they do have rights, just alienable ones.

  60. @YetAnotherAnon
    Doubtless HA and JJ will soon be here to celebrate the destruction of the bridge ... sorry, wrong bridge.

    Replies: @QCIC, @LondonBob

    “Hey, how do you turn this thing?”

  61. @Dmitry
    If we will look at the election map, there is now a possibility that Trump can attain 270 in November.

    Unlike before 2016, Trump winning Florida was viewed an attainment, Florida is viewed as a Republican state this decade.


    https://centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/062923eleccollege_600.png


    Florida is important because it has 30 delegates.

    So, with Florida, Trump can win 270 even after losing Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota.

    Trump just needs to win Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.

    Trump is currently in polls a little more popular than Biden in these states although it's not a large difference.
    Wisconsin https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/wisconsin/
    Arizona https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/arizona/
    Nevada https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/nevada/
    Georgia https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/georgia/

    It's maybe especially Latino voters who could be important in Arizona, Nevada, Afro-American voters in Georgia.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @A123

    If the election were held today, the result would be: (1)
        312 — Trump
        226 — Biden

    Trump is popular with independent and other swing voters.

    Hispanics who arrived legally are in play for Trump. As a group, they are heavily undercut by the surge of illegals.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________

    (1) https://www.realclearpolling.com/maps/president/2024/no-toss-up/electoral-college

  62. @Dmitry
    @songbird

    Interethnic harmony is an important priority of the government.

    After 9/11, in America, a lot of people in America were becoming hostile against Muslims, there was discrimination against Muslims after the terrorist attacks. In Russia, they want to avoid this kind of situation after terrorist attacks* so this is part of why television in Russia is trying to not generate negative feelings in relation to the religion of the terrorists. This is common and expected.

    -

    *Terrorist attacks are more common in Russia.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @songbird

    It is strange because the Soviet Union broke apart, in large part due to ethnic differences. But Putin can’t seem to acknowledge that.

    It is kind of like if America lost the SW and politicians kept saying “diversity is our greatest strength.”. Though I suppose that is exactly what they would do.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @songbird

    The Russian Federation is a multi-ethnic empire as a lot of land Moscow controls has populations of non-Russian nationality although not non-Russian citizenship. The wider near-abroad which Moscow wants to control has mainly non-Russian populations in both nationality and citizenship.

    So, the option for Moscow, was to integrate non-Russian populations or allow nationalism and lose control of important regions, become a smaller country and regional power, instead of great power or super power.

    Some of the regions of the Russian Federation that would be lost to separatism if allowing nationalism, have a large part of natural resources, which are a basis of Moscow's wealth and power like Yakutia. Some of the postsoviet states like Ukraine had strategic areas like Crimea which were threatened by nationalism in 2014. Some of the regions like Central Asia can be national security threats because of their borders with Russia and unstable countries like Afghanistan.

    Moscow chooses the first option, to integrate non-Russian populations, try to control areas they live, in smaller extent the postsoviet countries in the near-abroad. Is this only Putin's choice? I would not say he begins this choice. Yeltsin's response in 1994 to Chechen independence, was showing postsoviet Russia would not allow extreme retreats inside the Russian Federation to the nationalist/separatist process. Putin extended this more aggressively as Russia's economy recovered, to the postsoviet countries where Russia still has leverage.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Emil Nikola Richard, @QCIC

  63. The outbound vessel lost power at the worst possible time.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @A123

    Where is Poupon Marx?

    He can probably explain what we see in the video with the lights and smoke.

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @A123

    All accidents are preventable.

    I wonder if there are statistics on marine crashes sailing up river versus sailing down river. I once had a long discussion with a corporate safety manager in which I attempted to convince the man that going downstairs was inherently more dangerous than going upstairs, with the conclusion being that I learned it takes a lot of energy to argue with an idiot. Safety manager is not a fast track promotion job. If done right it is going to be absolutely perfectly invisible.

    , @AnonfromTN
    @A123

    Curious vignette. The captain of the ship that destroyed the bridge in Baltimore is a Ukrainian. The US should bring in more Ukrainians, there are many more bridges left.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mr. Hack

  64. @A123
    The outbound vessel lost power at the worst possible time.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qZbUXewlQDk

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC, @Emil Nikola Richard, @AnonfromTN

    Where is Poupon Marx?

    He can probably explain what we see in the video with the lights and smoke.

  65. @Mikhail
    Counter to the wishful thinking trolls who babble on about the Kiev regime winning -

    https://www.rt.com/shows/modus-operandi/594385-ukraine-growing-shortage-military-personnel/

    https://marksleboda.substack.com/p/the-terror-attack-on-moscow?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2

    As of now, Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack is arguably more believable than the earlier claims that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill Americans and blew up the Nordstream 2 Pipeline.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mr. Hack

    As of now, Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack is arguably more believable than the earlier claims that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill Americans and blew up the Nordstream 2 Pipeline.

    Sure Mickey, everything that comes out of the kremlin is believable – only in your crazed world! 🙂

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack

    You always miss the point, is it already that hot in Phoenix?

    Russia can claim what it wants as much as the West. Since you are ok with the Western far-fetched lies to start wars and kill civilians you have no standing. If Russia says "Kiev did it" and holds them accountable, what exactly is your objection?

    They can also say "oooops" 10 year later when it doesn't matter any more. Why can't they act the same as the West? Morality and 'rules' have to be consistent, otherwise they are only tools.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mr. Hack

    , @Mikhail
    @Mr. Hack

    Such is the overly provincial mindset that find cartoons clever.

    Beckow answered you well.

  66. @songbird
    @Dmitry

    It is strange because the Soviet Union broke apart, in large part due to ethnic differences. But Putin can't seem to acknowledge that.

    It is kind of like if America lost the SW and politicians kept saying "diversity is our greatest strength.". Though I suppose that is exactly what they would do.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    The Russian Federation is a multi-ethnic empire as a lot of land Moscow controls has populations of non-Russian nationality although not non-Russian citizenship. The wider near-abroad which Moscow wants to control has mainly non-Russian populations in both nationality and citizenship.

    So, the option for Moscow, was to integrate non-Russian populations or allow nationalism and lose control of important regions, become a smaller country and regional power, instead of great power or super power.

    Some of the regions of the Russian Federation that would be lost to separatism if allowing nationalism, have a large part of natural resources, which are a basis of Moscow’s wealth and power like Yakutia. Some of the postsoviet states like Ukraine had strategic areas like Crimea which were threatened by nationalism in 2014. Some of the regions like Central Asia can be national security threats because of their borders with Russia and unstable countries like Afghanistan.

    Moscow chooses the first option, to integrate non-Russian populations, try to control areas they live, in smaller extent the postsoviet countries in the near-abroad. Is this only Putin’s choice? I would not say he begins this choice. Yeltsin’s response in 1994 to Chechen independence, was showing postsoviet Russia would not allow extreme retreats inside the Russian Federation to the nationalist/separatist process. Putin extended this more aggressively as Russia’s economy recovered, to the postsoviet countries where Russia still has leverage.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Dmitry


    The Russian Federation is a multi-ethnic empire
     
    Recent Russian joke:
    Whatever Russians build turns out to be an empire. Whatever Europeans build turns out to be a Reich.
    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Dmitry

    Yeah diversity is not our strength but more like diversity is the real world and we have to deal with it.

    , @QCIC
    @Dmitry

    This issue of Russia's near-abroad relates to her need for a security buffer zone. If Russia lets these regions go, it is likely the West or China will eventually grab them. Even Turkey and Iran could be interested in controlling former Soviet territories. This gradual encroachment and pressure has a nuclear warfare dimension so it is not a trivial concern.

    If Russia were not worried about these countries being pulled out of her orbit, Putin might not care. Most of these countries would simply wither without strong ties to Moscow. Even Ukraine was at risk of decaying, since the Europeans did not want the competition. The growth of China had already disrupted world trade and the West did not want a Ukrainian economic incursion into the high value-added first world industries. So Ukraine's highest value to the West was as a permanent thorn in Russia's side. Her second value is with low tech industries like agriculture and coal. Third is organized crime and vices. The demonstrated high tech strengths of Ukraine were most valuable to Russia working as partners. Unfortunately it seems that by 2010 much of this leftover technological capability from Soviet glory days had been "strip mined" away by the world. Now Russia may not be expecting much from the once vibrant Ukrainian aerospace, electronics, shipbuilding, nuclear and machine-building enterprises. Future capability will be rebuilt almost from scratch.

    Replies: @Philip Owen

  67. @Mr. XYZ
    @Dmitry

    What's interesting is that both Putin and BLM support or at least are sympathetic towards Hamas.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Dmitry

    Putin doesn’t “support Hamas”. His personal view is definitely sympathetic/friendly in relation with Israel. His geopolitical view, is being in the rival, non-West bloc. But, if he had been an American politician, he would probably work as a Republican or centrist Democrat.

    Israel and Russia are part enemy of each other’s blocs in the New Cold War, when Iran supplies Russia for the war in Ukraine since 2022. America supplies Ukraine, while Israel is behaving like an American military base and an enemy of Russia’ ally Iran. Russia is an ally of South Africa, which prosecutes Israel. Television in Russia still hasn’t adjusted to all the details of the blocs in the New Cold War, and the news show on the first channel is still more sympathetic for Israel in Gaza, compared to CNN or BBC.

    For comparison, about television nowadays, the television is very negative about countries like Great Britain which are in the Western bloc.

    • Replies: @Gerard1234
    @Dmitry


    Russia is an ally of South Africa, which prosecutes Israel.
     
    Non-enemy, which is completely different to "ally" on the issue of Russia and South Africa.

    Direct Flights and trade - plenty with Israel, not so much with SA on direct flights. Trade I think is proportionally about the same. Neither SA or Israel involved in sanctions against Russia.

    In practise Israel is probably assisting ukronazi military, South Africa probably providing Banderastan apartheid-era ammunition ,but it would not surprise me if Israel is effectively doing more for Russia since 2022 than South Africa. Israel and Turkey both have similiar relations with Russia.

    South Africa not only didn't reject the fake ICC "war crimes" request for VVP.........it allowed itself into be blackmailed into not allowing the agreed Rosatom NPP that was to be built there - and South Africa's electricity problems are supposed to be extreme.
  68. @A123
    The outbound vessel lost power at the worst possible time.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qZbUXewlQDk

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC, @Emil Nikola Richard, @AnonfromTN

    All accidents are preventable.

    I wonder if there are statistics on marine crashes sailing up river versus sailing down river. I once had a long discussion with a corporate safety manager in which I attempted to convince the man that going downstairs was inherently more dangerous than going upstairs, with the conclusion being that I learned it takes a lot of energy to argue with an idiot. Safety manager is not a fast track promotion job. If done right it is going to be absolutely perfectly invisible.

  69. The head of the SBU (Ukrainian Gestapo) Vasil Malyuk just bragged about successful Ukie terrorist acts on the RF territory: the explosion on the Crimean bridge, assassinations of former Ukrainian MP Kiva and Vladlen Tatarsky, attempted assassination of Zakhar Prilepin, and several assassinations and attempted assassinations of officials of Lugansk People’s Republic. Looks like an attempt to take credit for the terrorist attack on Crocus city hall.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @AnonfromTN

    What that tells us is the SBU is a fake and gay intelligence agency. Which I suppose is not news to folks who have been paying attention.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  70. @Dmitry
    @songbird

    The Russian Federation is a multi-ethnic empire as a lot of land Moscow controls has populations of non-Russian nationality although not non-Russian citizenship. The wider near-abroad which Moscow wants to control has mainly non-Russian populations in both nationality and citizenship.

    So, the option for Moscow, was to integrate non-Russian populations or allow nationalism and lose control of important regions, become a smaller country and regional power, instead of great power or super power.

    Some of the regions of the Russian Federation that would be lost to separatism if allowing nationalism, have a large part of natural resources, which are a basis of Moscow's wealth and power like Yakutia. Some of the postsoviet states like Ukraine had strategic areas like Crimea which were threatened by nationalism in 2014. Some of the regions like Central Asia can be national security threats because of their borders with Russia and unstable countries like Afghanistan.

    Moscow chooses the first option, to integrate non-Russian populations, try to control areas they live, in smaller extent the postsoviet countries in the near-abroad. Is this only Putin's choice? I would not say he begins this choice. Yeltsin's response in 1994 to Chechen independence, was showing postsoviet Russia would not allow extreme retreats inside the Russian Federation to the nationalist/separatist process. Putin extended this more aggressively as Russia's economy recovered, to the postsoviet countries where Russia still has leverage.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Emil Nikola Richard, @QCIC

    The Russian Federation is a multi-ethnic empire

    Recent Russian joke:
    Whatever Russians build turns out to be an empire. Whatever Europeans build turns out to be a Reich.

  71. @Dmitry
    @songbird

    The Russian Federation is a multi-ethnic empire as a lot of land Moscow controls has populations of non-Russian nationality although not non-Russian citizenship. The wider near-abroad which Moscow wants to control has mainly non-Russian populations in both nationality and citizenship.

    So, the option for Moscow, was to integrate non-Russian populations or allow nationalism and lose control of important regions, become a smaller country and regional power, instead of great power or super power.

    Some of the regions of the Russian Federation that would be lost to separatism if allowing nationalism, have a large part of natural resources, which are a basis of Moscow's wealth and power like Yakutia. Some of the postsoviet states like Ukraine had strategic areas like Crimea which were threatened by nationalism in 2014. Some of the regions like Central Asia can be national security threats because of their borders with Russia and unstable countries like Afghanistan.

    Moscow chooses the first option, to integrate non-Russian populations, try to control areas they live, in smaller extent the postsoviet countries in the near-abroad. Is this only Putin's choice? I would not say he begins this choice. Yeltsin's response in 1994 to Chechen independence, was showing postsoviet Russia would not allow extreme retreats inside the Russian Federation to the nationalist/separatist process. Putin extended this more aggressively as Russia's economy recovered, to the postsoviet countries where Russia still has leverage.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Emil Nikola Richard, @QCIC

    Yeah diversity is not our strength but more like diversity is the real world and we have to deal with it.

  72. @AnonfromTN
    The head of the SBU (Ukrainian Gestapo) Vasil Malyuk just bragged about successful Ukie terrorist acts on the RF territory: the explosion on the Crimean bridge, assassinations of former Ukrainian MP Kiva and Vladlen Tatarsky, attempted assassination of Zakhar Prilepin, and several assassinations and attempted assassinations of officials of Lugansk People’s Republic. Looks like an attempt to take credit for the terrorist attack on Crocus city hall.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    What that tells us is the SBU is a fake and gay intelligence agency. Which I suppose is not news to folks who have been paying attention.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    What that tells us is the SBU is a fake and gay intelligence agency.
     
    SBU is a wholly owned subsidiary of a real intelligence agency. Their own capabilities do not go beyond torturing prisoners. In everything that requires serious capabilities SBU is run directly by MI6 and indirectly by the CIA.

    Replies: @A123

  73. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @AnonfromTN

    What that tells us is the SBU is a fake and gay intelligence agency. Which I suppose is not news to folks who have been paying attention.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    What that tells us is the SBU is a fake and gay intelligence agency.

    SBU is a wholly owned subsidiary of a real intelligence agency. Their own capabilities do not go beyond torturing prisoners. In everything that requires serious capabilities SBU is run directly by MI6 and indirectly by the CIA.

    • Replies: @A123
    @AnonfromTN


    SBU is a wholly owned subsidiary of a real intelligence agency. Their own capabilities do not go beyond torturing prisoners. In everything that requires serious capabilities SBU is run directly by MI6 and indirectly by the CIA.
     
    Making Ukraine worse diminishes Not-The-President Biden's re-election prospects.
        • Why would the CIA undermine him?
        • Are you suggesting the CIA wants to help TRUMP 2024?

    France's Macron wants to escalate in Ukraine. It is much more likely that SBU is currently dominated by French intelligence.

    PEACE 😇
  74. @Mr. Hack
    @Mikhail

    https://chappatte.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumb/public/import_ld/C220323Age-small.jpg?itok=bl7vbt0y


    As of now, Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack is arguably more believable than the earlier claims that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill Americans and blew up the Nordstream 2 Pipeline.
     
    Sure Mickey, everything that comes out of the kremlin is believable - only in your crazed world! :-)

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mikhail

    You always miss the point, is it already that hot in Phoenix?

    Russia can claim what it wants as much as the West. Since you are ok with the Western far-fetched lies to start wars and kill civilians you have no standing. If Russia says “Kiev did it” and holds them accountable, what exactly is your objection?

    They can also say “oooops” 10 year later when it doesn’t matter any more. Why can’t they act the same as the West? Morality and ‘rules’ have to be consistent, otherwise they are only tools.

    • Agree: Catdompanj
    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    Morality and ‘rules’ have to be consistent, otherwise they are only tools.
     
    Morality is not applicable to politics. There are no rules in politics, either. Otherwise how can the empire of evil and its cocksuckers claim that Putin’s moving children out of the war zone shelled by Ukies is a crime, whereas murdering ~15,000 children in Gaza is not?

    Replies: @Beckow, @John Johnson

    , @Mr. Hack
    @Beckow


    If Russia says “Kiev did it” and holds them accountable, what exactly is your objection?
     
    My objection is that there is absolutely no proof that Kyiv was behind the recent bombing of the theater in Moscow. I can see that for you and your fellow travelers that this doesn't matter, because you all blindly believe whatever Batko Putler tells you. Believe what you want. :-)

    http://euromaidanpr.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/939_original.jpg
  75. @Mr. XYZ
    @Dmitry

    Russia also cucks much more in favor of radical Muslims than the US does. Koran burning in the US is still legal due to the First Amendment. In Russia, Koran burners get thrown in jail and brutally tortured by sadistic Chechens.

    Replies: @Dmitry, @Gerard1234

    This same result would happen if you dance in an Orthodox church or burn the Torah. Russia is not a First Amendment country. Authorities prioritize the interethnic harmony and social stability.

    They are enjoying power and money, they don’t want to lose power and money because of allowing social instability.

    There are some angry Muslims in Michigan due to Biden’s Israel policy. Few are going to vote for Trump (who is even more pro-Israel than Biden is), but a lot of them could abstain

    Biden can enter a conflict with Israel to become more popular with Arab voters in Michigan. Conflict with Israel, also would cause his foreign policy to look more incoherent in 2024 after he was supporting Israel in October 2023.

    Biden/Blinker already has aspects of the incoherent policy appearances, for the voters, because of the disorganized withdrawal from Afghanistan and intermediate policy in Ukraine. In a poll, he only has 33% approval in the section of foreign affairs. https://news.gallup.com/poll/642620/biden-job-rating-steady-middle-east-approval.aspx

  76. Brussels today is full of shit. You’d say that’s nothing new, Brussels was always full of shit. But today Belgian farmers added a lot of manure to the shit Brussels was always full of.

  77. @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack

    You always miss the point, is it already that hot in Phoenix?

    Russia can claim what it wants as much as the West. Since you are ok with the Western far-fetched lies to start wars and kill civilians you have no standing. If Russia says "Kiev did it" and holds them accountable, what exactly is your objection?

    They can also say "oooops" 10 year later when it doesn't matter any more. Why can't they act the same as the West? Morality and 'rules' have to be consistent, otherwise they are only tools.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mr. Hack

    Morality and ‘rules’ have to be consistent, otherwise they are only tools.

    Morality is not applicable to politics. There are no rules in politics, either. Otherwise how can the empire of evil and its cocksuckers claim that Putin’s moving children out of the war zone shelled by Ukies is a crime, whereas murdering ~15,000 children in Gaza is not?

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    Morality is not applicable to politics.
     
    We are heading there. But if there are no rules than literally everything is permitted and it is down to brute power. The last time I checked that gives a huge advantage to Russia in Ukraine. Abandoning rules and lying was the dumbest thing for the West to do. But they did it and now it's too late.

    moving children out of the war zone shelled by Ukies is a crime, whereas murdering ~15,000 children in Gaza is not?
     
    The kind of absurdity you end up with in a purely tribal world. Who in the West thought that was a good idea and would benefit them? They are fools.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    Otherwise how can the empire of evil and its cocksuckers claim that Putin’s moving children out of the war zone shelled by Ukies is a crime, whereas murdering ~15,000 children in Gaza is not?

    Putin has been indicted with war crimes over kidnapping children under the guise of moving them out of a warzone.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/mar/17/vladimir-putin-war-crimes-icc-arrest-warrant-ukraine-children

    Most of those children were old enough to talk and described it as being kidnapped. They did not want to leave.

    Here is the work of your dwarf protector:

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

    He most likely ordered a mass kidnapping to boost the Russian population.

    Putin has divided Russian/Ukrainian relations more than any Tsar of the past.

    Ukrainians will hate Russians for a thousand years.

    Oh and NATO expanded beyond what anyone thought possible in 2021.

    WAY TO GO DWARF

    THE 2.5 WEEK SPECIAL OPERATION IS GOING SWIMMINGLY

  78. A123 says: • Website
    @AnonfromTN
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    What that tells us is the SBU is a fake and gay intelligence agency.
     
    SBU is a wholly owned subsidiary of a real intelligence agency. Their own capabilities do not go beyond torturing prisoners. In everything that requires serious capabilities SBU is run directly by MI6 and indirectly by the CIA.

    Replies: @A123

    SBU is a wholly owned subsidiary of a real intelligence agency. Their own capabilities do not go beyond torturing prisoners. In everything that requires serious capabilities SBU is run directly by MI6 and indirectly by the CIA.

    Making Ukraine worse diminishes Not-The-President Biden’s re-election prospects.
        • Why would the CIA undermine him?
        • Are you suggesting the CIA wants to help TRUMP 2024?

    France’s Macron wants to escalate in Ukraine. It is much more likely that SBU is currently dominated by French intelligence.

    PEACE 😇

  79. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    Morality and ‘rules’ have to be consistent, otherwise they are only tools.
     
    Morality is not applicable to politics. There are no rules in politics, either. Otherwise how can the empire of evil and its cocksuckers claim that Putin’s moving children out of the war zone shelled by Ukies is a crime, whereas murdering ~15,000 children in Gaza is not?

    Replies: @Beckow, @John Johnson

    Morality is not applicable to politics.

    We are heading there. But if there are no rules than literally everything is permitted and it is down to brute power. The last time I checked that gives a huge advantage to Russia in Ukraine. Abandoning rules and lying was the dumbest thing for the West to do. But they did it and now it’s too late.

    moving children out of the war zone shelled by Ukies is a crime, whereas murdering ~15,000 children in Gaza is not?

    The kind of absurdity you end up with in a purely tribal world. Who in the West thought that was a good idea and would benefit them? They are fools.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    if there are no rules than literally everything is permitted and it is down to brute power.
     
    That’s a fair description of the world we live in. There used to be checks and balances when both the US and the USSR were around. After the dissolution of the USSR the US broke all rules, which made them obsolete for everybody (it’s as simple as 2x2=4, but the geniuses responsible for the US foreign policy didn’t figure that one out). Now anything goes, the only law is the law of the jungle.

    Replies: @Beckow

  80. @Dmitry
    @songbird

    The Russian Federation is a multi-ethnic empire as a lot of land Moscow controls has populations of non-Russian nationality although not non-Russian citizenship. The wider near-abroad which Moscow wants to control has mainly non-Russian populations in both nationality and citizenship.

    So, the option for Moscow, was to integrate non-Russian populations or allow nationalism and lose control of important regions, become a smaller country and regional power, instead of great power or super power.

    Some of the regions of the Russian Federation that would be lost to separatism if allowing nationalism, have a large part of natural resources, which are a basis of Moscow's wealth and power like Yakutia. Some of the postsoviet states like Ukraine had strategic areas like Crimea which were threatened by nationalism in 2014. Some of the regions like Central Asia can be national security threats because of their borders with Russia and unstable countries like Afghanistan.

    Moscow chooses the first option, to integrate non-Russian populations, try to control areas they live, in smaller extent the postsoviet countries in the near-abroad. Is this only Putin's choice? I would not say he begins this choice. Yeltsin's response in 1994 to Chechen independence, was showing postsoviet Russia would not allow extreme retreats inside the Russian Federation to the nationalist/separatist process. Putin extended this more aggressively as Russia's economy recovered, to the postsoviet countries where Russia still has leverage.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Emil Nikola Richard, @QCIC

    This issue of Russia’s near-abroad relates to her need for a security buffer zone. If Russia lets these regions go, it is likely the West or China will eventually grab them. Even Turkey and Iran could be interested in controlling former Soviet territories. This gradual encroachment and pressure has a nuclear warfare dimension so it is not a trivial concern.

    If Russia were not worried about these countries being pulled out of her orbit, Putin might not care. Most of these countries would simply wither without strong ties to Moscow. Even Ukraine was at risk of decaying, since the Europeans did not want the competition. The growth of China had already disrupted world trade and the West did not want a Ukrainian economic incursion into the high value-added first world industries. So Ukraine’s highest value to the West was as a permanent thorn in Russia’s side. Her second value is with low tech industries like agriculture and coal. Third is organized crime and vices. The demonstrated high tech strengths of Ukraine were most valuable to Russia working as partners. Unfortunately it seems that by 2010 much of this leftover technological capability from Soviet glory days had been “strip mined” away by the world. Now Russia may not be expecting much from the once vibrant Ukrainian aerospace, electronics, shipbuilding, nuclear and machine-building enterprises. Future capability will be rebuilt almost from scratch.

    • Replies: @Philip Owen
    @QCIC

    Ukrainian industry is not completely gone. Yet. Some have bee exploring venture capital opportunities in my network. Funds are being set up to buy mechanical engineering assets cheap. China is not going to be supplying iron founding products for much longer.

    Replies: @QCIC

  81. @Wokechoke
    @John Johnson

    There’s a plausible theory that Al Aqsa Flood was done to overstretch US resources. It’s diverted ordinance and other assets already. It’s also been a black eye for US credibility regarding US claims that Russia is acting in a genocidal manner in Ukraine.

    One simply has to look at the civilian death toll in Gaza and cross reference that with Ukie civilians deaths and look at how the US supports the Israeli massacre of Arabs.

    I’m not opposed to the idea that Hamas was encouraged to strike Israel by Russian diplomats and military attaches.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    There’s a plausible theory that Al Aqsa Flood was done to overstretch US resources.

    Well go ahead and explain the theory given that the IDF responded with limited US resources and US military aid to Israel represents about 20% of their military budget. They in fact have excess cash from being able to buy cheap Russian oil and could easily fund their own military. The amount the US contributes is pocket change. I support ending that aid but good luck suggesting it to either party.

    I’m not opposed to the idea that Hamas was encouraged to strike Israel by Russian diplomats and military attaches.

    I doubt that was the case. The attack reeks of poor leadership. The Russians would have come up with a better plan and would have discouraged an attack on a concert. Any poster here would have come up with a better plan. Attacking a bunch of girls at a concert while filming it with GoPros was incredibly stupid. It actually would have been easier to draw the IDF into a trap but Hamas is dominated by thugs that have bloodlust. I think the theory that they targeted the concert in part to get some rape time is plausible. This was a bunch of angry Muslim incels breaking through the border and going on a rampage. Most expected to die within 12 hours.

  82. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    Morality and ‘rules’ have to be consistent, otherwise they are only tools.
     
    Morality is not applicable to politics. There are no rules in politics, either. Otherwise how can the empire of evil and its cocksuckers claim that Putin’s moving children out of the war zone shelled by Ukies is a crime, whereas murdering ~15,000 children in Gaza is not?

    Replies: @Beckow, @John Johnson

    Otherwise how can the empire of evil and its cocksuckers claim that Putin’s moving children out of the war zone shelled by Ukies is a crime, whereas murdering ~15,000 children in Gaza is not?

    Putin has been indicted with war crimes over kidnapping children under the guise of moving them out of a warzone.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/mar/17/vladimir-putin-war-crimes-icc-arrest-warrant-ukraine-children

    Most of those children were old enough to talk and described it as being kidnapped. They did not want to leave.

    Here is the work of your dwarf protector:

    He most likely ordered a mass kidnapping to boost the Russian population.

    Putin has divided Russian/Ukrainian relations more than any Tsar of the past.

    Ukrainians will hate Russians for a thousand years.

    Oh and NATO expanded beyond what anyone thought possible in 2021.

    WAY TO GO DWARF

    THE 2.5 WEEK SPECIAL OPERATION IS GOING SWIMMINGLY

  83. In 2004, I was at an exhibition in Moscow. I was staying at an hotel/hostel run by the Ministry of Electronic industry near Kolomenskaya Metro. That day, the expo was ending so we were about 5 minutes late as we were taking our bags with us. (Across to VDNK in the rush hour!). It was fortunate that we were late.

    The train but one ahead of us was bombed by Chechen terrorists between Avtozavodskaya and Pavletskaya metro stops. We were stuck. Even in those days there were enough mobile phones that within 5 minutes we knew what had happened. Within 20 minutes we were being led off the train onto buses by emergency services and taken to Pavletskaya. This was a very impressive response time. I was extremely glad as I have a tendency to claustrophobia when stressed. (It was standing room only).

    The whole of that week, any young man that looked vaguely Caucasian was being stopped and his papers were being checked by the police at every metro station and even some bus stops.

    Fast forward 20 years to a richer more security orientated Moscow. A terrorist alert was ignored. I have been to Crocus City hall for concerts and Expos. There are few sites in Moscow so easy to secure. The OMON are nearby! Even if inspections at every metro station were not appropriate after Putin’s dismissal of the warnings, a few armed guards at concert venues, particularly Crocus, a degree of alertness and evacuation plans (in 2004 one was obviously ready) would still have been appropriate. Moscow emergency services in 2004 were impressive. In 2024 they seem to have been a shambles. Were the shootings allowed to happen? Bribery? Putin using the opportunity to increase support for mobilization? Incompetence? Lack of manpower after losing the best Rosgardia in the attack on Kiev? A message to Putin that there is not always someone at the end of the phone line?

    And now Lukashenko has all but accused Putin of lying by backing his own border guards claim that the fugitives were heading for Belarus. The remnants of Wagner are in Belarus.

    Something has happened. Power has shifted.

    If Putin fails to maintain his narrative against; the US/UK warning, Ukraine not ISIS-K, Ukraine not Belarus is he fatally weakened? Perhaps he stays in office but will he stay in power? He has two levels of Praetorian Guard between him and the FSB/Army so there should be no immediate physical threat to him but there could be to his trusted advisors. Underlings just stop obeying?

    Russia used the NK shells at Avdiivka. (The terrorists were using uncoated ammunition – North Korean – so where did they get the guns?). There are no more to come in quantity. Ukraine is about to receive mountains from European NATO production and purchase. F16s eventually. Time for Russia to quit while its still somewhat ahead even if none of Putin’s goals have been acheived?

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Philip Owen


    Something has happened. Power has shifted.
     
    Apparently there is something going on with Patrushev and there are two factions of FSB fighting for influence.

    (The terrorists were using uncoated ammunition – North Korean – so where did they get the guns?)
     
    Yesterday I heard from Ilya Ponomariev that the guns they used are some new model of Kalashnikov that is not even available to the Russian military - it is some kind of a gun that is not widely used or easily accessible.

    Also, the safety measures at the Krokus hall were not sufficient - the fire was very big, where were the sprinklers? There is another version that this could be a kind of an expropriation effort of the Krokus hall by some siloviks (what they call otzhym - taking someone's property via violent means).

    If Europe manages to summon her strengths and actually provide more help (and eventually the planes), then RusFed doesn't really have such a long window for action - possibly this summer. The window to act and go on a major offensive is now (and the nearest half a year or so). Of course, the question remains if Europe will do this (or wait until the war comes on their own territory - which most likely will not be allowed).

    Replies: @Beckow

  84. @QCIC
    @Dmitry

    This issue of Russia's near-abroad relates to her need for a security buffer zone. If Russia lets these regions go, it is likely the West or China will eventually grab them. Even Turkey and Iran could be interested in controlling former Soviet territories. This gradual encroachment and pressure has a nuclear warfare dimension so it is not a trivial concern.

    If Russia were not worried about these countries being pulled out of her orbit, Putin might not care. Most of these countries would simply wither without strong ties to Moscow. Even Ukraine was at risk of decaying, since the Europeans did not want the competition. The growth of China had already disrupted world trade and the West did not want a Ukrainian economic incursion into the high value-added first world industries. So Ukraine's highest value to the West was as a permanent thorn in Russia's side. Her second value is with low tech industries like agriculture and coal. Third is organized crime and vices. The demonstrated high tech strengths of Ukraine were most valuable to Russia working as partners. Unfortunately it seems that by 2010 much of this leftover technological capability from Soviet glory days had been "strip mined" away by the world. Now Russia may not be expecting much from the once vibrant Ukrainian aerospace, electronics, shipbuilding, nuclear and machine-building enterprises. Future capability will be rebuilt almost from scratch.

    Replies: @Philip Owen

    Ukrainian industry is not completely gone. Yet. Some have bee exploring venture capital opportunities in my network. Funds are being set up to buy mechanical engineering assets cheap. China is not going to be supplying iron founding products for much longer.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    Sure, but Ukrainian industrial high tech capability now is a small fraction of 1990. In many sectors Russia has surpassed 1990. AP claims the Ukrainians are strong in software. I can accept this but software is not a brick and mortar industry.

    Do you mean China has moved above the price point for iron foundry products? So what then, the new bridge comes from Nikolayev????

  85. @A123
    The outbound vessel lost power at the worst possible time.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qZbUXewlQDk

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC, @Emil Nikola Richard, @AnonfromTN

    Curious vignette. The captain of the ship that destroyed the bridge in Baltimore is a Ukrainian. The US should bring in more Ukrainians, there are many more bridges left.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @AnonfromTN

    Russian bloggers are already mocking the US. They say that the RF Foreign Ministry issued a statement that there is no evidence that ISIS is responsible for the destruction of the bridge in Baltimore by Ukrainian ship captain.

    , @Mr. Hack
    @AnonfromTN

    Aren't you a Ukrainian? How many bridges have you destroyed?...

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  86. @sudden death
    @sudden death

    https://i.postimg.cc/V640FdMw/immigrants-RF.jpg

    Immigrant country origin list – 10 million immigrants (not war refugees from UA) were counted in RF just during first nine months of 2022 and 96% of them came from Islamic countries, (immigrants from christian Armenia, Georgia +Mongolia are those remaining 4%):

    Uzbekistan
    Tajikistan
    Kirgyzstan
    Kazakhstan
    Armenia
    Azerbaijan
    Turkmenistan
    Mongolia
    Georgia

    Can’t find it quickly, but IIRC Ivashka also posted data from all 2022 and the final number was about 13 million immigrants into RF in 2022, so “conservative” IslamoPutin indeed has been very busy fulfilling the given multi-ethnic quotas and agendas for him:

    https://widgets.weforum.org/history/assets/images/content/2009/6.jpg

    Replies: @sudden death, @QCIC, @Philip Owen

    And in Saratov the first reaction of the provincial government to the war was to open discussions with Uzbekistan about importing labour brigades. It really was.

    Just now Saratov is worried that there won’t be enough workers for the Ozon and Wildberries huge distribution centres under construction unless 10,000 immigrants (not counting families) are found from somewhere. This partly reflects that Ozon and Wildberries came to Saratov for low wages (it isn’t the roads) but that many jobs will put up wages for the unskilled. The Tajiks (cheapest) and Uzbeks will have to be able to read.

    State sponsored Central Asian immigration is going to be a hard sell.

    Russia’s rural population is still large compared to fully industrial countries. Can rural Russia be weaned off alcohol and onto work? Low wages won’t do it.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    It sounds like Russia needs more automation to get more productivity out of their existing workforce.

    Which countries make the cheapest factory automation/robots?

    Replies: @Philip Owen

  87. @AnonfromTN
    @A123

    Curious vignette. The captain of the ship that destroyed the bridge in Baltimore is a Ukrainian. The US should bring in more Ukrainians, there are many more bridges left.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mr. Hack

    Russian bloggers are already mocking the US. They say that the RF Foreign Ministry issued a statement that there is no evidence that ISIS is responsible for the destruction of the bridge in Baltimore by Ukrainian ship captain.

  88. @Mr. XYZ
    @Dmitry

    Russia also cucks much more in favor of radical Muslims than the US does. Koran burning in the US is still legal due to the First Amendment. In Russia, Koran burners get thrown in jail and brutally tortured by sadistic Chechens.

    Replies: @Dmitry, @Gerard1234

    Russia also cucks much more in favor of radical Muslims than the US does. Koran burning in the US is still legal due to the First Amendment. In Russia, Koran burners get thrown in jail and brutally tortured by sadistic Chechens.

    That’s the “first amendment” that has forced Trump to pay nearly half a billion dollars, ex-New York Mayor Giuliani 200 million USD, and Fox News nearly 1 billion you cretin?

    Of course, in reality you can’t compare a country separated 1000s of kms by ocean from the Islamic World, and one like Russia on this issue.

    Have you read Bin Laden’s history you dimwit? Even upto his death the Anglo-Americans were “cucks” for him.

    And Koran burning ( as a public or distributed video) should be a crime – as should Torah and Bible burning in non-Christian/non-Israel countries. I haven’t heard of any cartoon drawings of the Prophet Mohammad in the WSJ or NYT recently either?

  89. @Dmitry
    @Mr. XYZ

    Putin doesn't "support Hamas". His personal view is definitely sympathetic/friendly in relation with Israel. His geopolitical view, is being in the rival, non-West bloc. But, if he had been an American politician, he would probably work as a Republican or centrist Democrat.

    Israel and Russia are part enemy of each other's blocs in the New Cold War, when Iran supplies Russia for the war in Ukraine since 2022. America supplies Ukraine, while Israel is behaving like an American military base and an enemy of Russia' ally Iran. Russia is an ally of South Africa, which prosecutes Israel. Television in Russia still hasn't adjusted to all the details of the blocs in the New Cold War, and the news show on the first channel is still more sympathetic for Israel in Gaza, compared to CNN or BBC.

    For comparison, about television nowadays, the television is very negative about countries like Great Britain which are in the Western bloc.

    Replies: @Gerard1234

    Russia is an ally of South Africa, which prosecutes Israel.

    Non-enemy, which is completely different to “ally” on the issue of Russia and South Africa.

    Direct Flights and trade – plenty with Israel, not so much with SA on direct flights. Trade I think is proportionally about the same. Neither SA or Israel involved in sanctions against Russia.

    In practise Israel is probably assisting ukronazi military, South Africa probably providing Banderastan apartheid-era ammunition ,but it would not surprise me if Israel is effectively doing more for Russia since 2022 than South Africa. Israel and Turkey both have similiar relations with Russia.

    South Africa not only didn’t reject the fake ICC “war crimes” request for VVP………it allowed itself into be blackmailed into not allowing the agreed Rosatom NPP that was to be built there – and South Africa’s electricity problems are supposed to be extreme.

  90. @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    Morality is not applicable to politics.
     
    We are heading there. But if there are no rules than literally everything is permitted and it is down to brute power. The last time I checked that gives a huge advantage to Russia in Ukraine. Abandoning rules and lying was the dumbest thing for the West to do. But they did it and now it's too late.

    moving children out of the war zone shelled by Ukies is a crime, whereas murdering ~15,000 children in Gaza is not?
     
    The kind of absurdity you end up with in a purely tribal world. Who in the West thought that was a good idea and would benefit them? They are fools.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    if there are no rules than literally everything is permitted and it is down to brute power.

    That’s a fair description of the world we live in. There used to be checks and balances when both the US and the USSR were around. After the dissolution of the USSR the US broke all rules, which made them obsolete for everybody (it’s as simple as 2×2=4, but the geniuses responsible for the US foreign policy didn’t figure that one out). Now anything goes, the only law is the law of the jungle.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...After the dissolution of the USSR the US broke all rules, which made them obsolete for everybody
     
    That is a very bad thing in the world with nukes. US broke the rules for 30 years and killed the goose that has been laying golden eggs. The stupidity is astounding.

    On Unz, Mr.Hacks' ignorant simplicity, AP's autistic defensiveness, JoJo's angry lying - each one handles it in his own way, but they all reflect the mentality that knows US screwed up and there is no way to fix it. They did to themselves, fools don't get to run the world. Or maybe the nukes.

  91. @Philip Owen
    In 2004, I was at an exhibition in Moscow. I was staying at an hotel/hostel run by the Ministry of Electronic industry near Kolomenskaya Metro. That day, the expo was ending so we were about 5 minutes late as we were taking our bags with us. (Across to VDNK in the rush hour!). It was fortunate that we were late.

    The train but one ahead of us was bombed by Chechen terrorists between Avtozavodskaya and Pavletskaya metro stops. We were stuck. Even in those days there were enough mobile phones that within 5 minutes we knew what had happened. Within 20 minutes we were being led off the train onto buses by emergency services and taken to Pavletskaya. This was a very impressive response time. I was extremely glad as I have a tendency to claustrophobia when stressed. (It was standing room only).

    The whole of that week, any young man that looked vaguely Caucasian was being stopped and his papers were being checked by the police at every metro station and even some bus stops.

    Fast forward 20 years to a richer more security orientated Moscow. A terrorist alert was ignored. I have been to Crocus City hall for concerts and Expos. There are few sites in Moscow so easy to secure. The OMON are nearby! Even if inspections at every metro station were not appropriate after Putin's dismissal of the warnings, a few armed guards at concert venues, particularly Crocus, a degree of alertness and evacuation plans (in 2004 one was obviously ready) would still have been appropriate. Moscow emergency services in 2004 were impressive. In 2024 they seem to have been a shambles. Were the shootings allowed to happen? Bribery? Putin using the opportunity to increase support for mobilization? Incompetence? Lack of manpower after losing the best Rosgardia in the attack on Kiev? A message to Putin that there is not always someone at the end of the phone line?

    And now Lukashenko has all but accused Putin of lying by backing his own border guards claim that the fugitives were heading for Belarus. The remnants of Wagner are in Belarus.

    Something has happened. Power has shifted.

    If Putin fails to maintain his narrative against; the US/UK warning, Ukraine not ISIS-K, Ukraine not Belarus is he fatally weakened? Perhaps he stays in office but will he stay in power? He has two levels of Praetorian Guard between him and the FSB/Army so there should be no immediate physical threat to him but there could be to his trusted advisors. Underlings just stop obeying?

    Russia used the NK shells at Avdiivka. (The terrorists were using uncoated ammunition - North Korean - so where did they get the guns?). There are no more to come in quantity. Ukraine is about to receive mountains from European NATO production and purchase. F16s eventually. Time for Russia to quit while its still somewhat ahead even if none of Putin's goals have been acheived?

    Replies: @LatW

    Something has happened. Power has shifted.

    Apparently there is something going on with Patrushev and there are two factions of FSB fighting for influence.

    (The terrorists were using uncoated ammunition – North Korean – so where did they get the guns?)

    Yesterday I heard from Ilya Ponomariev that the guns they used are some new model of Kalashnikov that is not even available to the Russian military – it is some kind of a gun that is not widely used or easily accessible.

    Also, the safety measures at the Krokus hall were not sufficient – the fire was very big, where were the sprinklers? There is another version that this could be a kind of an expropriation effort of the Krokus hall by some siloviks (what they call otzhym – taking someone’s property via violent means).

    If Europe manages to summon her strengths and actually provide more help (and eventually the planes), then RusFed doesn’t really have such a long window for action – possibly this summer. The window to act and go on a major offensive is now (and the nearest half a year or so). Of course, the question remains if Europe will do this (or wait until the war comes on their own territory – which most likely will not be allowed).

    • Agree: Philip Owen
    • Replies: @Beckow
    @LatW

    You are really reaching, stay closer to reality. It reminds me of "Putin is dead!!!" and 'Wagner will take Moscow' - earlier infantile attempts to feel better fed by intelligence leaks. "I heard that..." or "expropriation effort..." are silly - leave that to Mr. Hacks.

    I agree that Russia has a relatively short window to act till the end of the year. They are slowly winning the war but Nato is working on the next escalation cycle and can reset it back. It is about where the final border is - there will be no deal. Nato is trying to keep the rump-Ukraine viable, meaning with Odessa, Dnipro, Kiev...they would also like Kharkiv since it is right on Russia's border.

    The key is who gets the chernozem lands - one of the most valuable natural assets in Europe. Russia today controls 1/3 of Ukie chernozem and can make an additional large buffer unusable. The reason Ukies are desperately fighting in places like Bakhmut and Avdeevka is that if they fall back the huge chernozem lands will go to Russia - Ukies defend the built-up fortress Donbas cities to protect the indefensible fields further west. Or they can scoop up the chernozem and move it to Galicia....:)

    This will be studied for years as a classical example of a foolish overreach - if we survive. But it won't bring back the sacrificed Ukie lives or the lands they are losing.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @LatW

  92. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    if there are no rules than literally everything is permitted and it is down to brute power.
     
    That’s a fair description of the world we live in. There used to be checks and balances when both the US and the USSR were around. After the dissolution of the USSR the US broke all rules, which made them obsolete for everybody (it’s as simple as 2x2=4, but the geniuses responsible for the US foreign policy didn’t figure that one out). Now anything goes, the only law is the law of the jungle.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …After the dissolution of the USSR the US broke all rules, which made them obsolete for everybody

    That is a very bad thing in the world with nukes. US broke the rules for 30 years and killed the goose that has been laying golden eggs. The stupidity is astounding.

    On Unz, Mr.Hacks’ ignorant simplicity, AP’s autistic defensiveness, JoJo’s angry lying – each one handles it in his own way, but they all reflect the mentality that knows US screwed up and there is no way to fix it. They did to themselves, fools don’t get to run the world. Or maybe the nukes.

    • LOL: Mr. Hack
  93. @YetAnotherAnon
    Doubtless HA and JJ will soon be here to celebrate the destruction of the bridge ... sorry, wrong bridge.

    Replies: @QCIC, @LondonBob

    Rather ironic God brings down the bridge in Baltimore the way man tried, and failed, to bring down the Kerch bridge.

    I expect the channel will be cleared in weeks, the bridge will take years to rebuild.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @LondonBob


    Rather ironic God brings down the bridge in Baltimore the way man tried, and failed, to bring down the Kerch bridge.
     
    If there is God, He must have a sense of humor.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Emil Nikola Richard

    , @Beckow
    @LondonBob

    It was probably "ISIS". Those guys get around, ISIS-B.

  94. Impressive missile strike from Crimea to Kiev, the mass attack on Sevastopol looks like another failure. If anything the missile gap is growing.

  95. @songbird
    It is possible for a skinny person to crawl through a wombat tunnel. Burrows are cool and tend not to be frequented by venomous snakes, of which Australia has plenty.

    There is some danger of collapse, though.

    Replies: @LatW

    [MORE]

    It is possible for a skinny person to crawl through a wombat tunnel.

    Imagine being crushed by a wombat’s behind as a skinny person? Like what happened to that fox in that other video you posted. 🙂 Hopefully, they’re not that powerful. The wombat has adapted well to the perils of this world, though. And to be found in a wombat tunnel is a “human error” par exellence.

    Btw, another cute creature popped up on my feed the other day (and made me want to share it with you, lol). Prehensile-tailed porcupine (from South America). The little guy’s really hungry (I love how they open the peanut with such adorable determination). Would be funny to see it roll up in a ball, lol. The quills are awesome.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @LatW

    Schopenhauer came up with this famous idea now called the hedgehog's dilemma: (though formerly he used the word porcupine.)


    The hedgehog's dilemma, or sometimes the porcupine dilemma, is a metaphor about the challenges of human intimacy. It describes a situation in which a group of hedgehogs seek to move close to one another to share heat during cold weather. They must remain apart, however, as they cannot avoid hurting one another with their sharp spines. Though they all share the intention of a close reciprocal relationship, this may not occur, for reasons they cannot avoid.

    Arthur Schopenhauer conceived this metaphor for the state of the individual in society. Despite goodwill, humans cannot be intimate without the risk of mutual harm, leading to cautious and tentative relationships. It is wise to be guarded with others for fear of getting hurt and also fear of causing hurt.
     
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedgehog%27s_dilemma

    Am not really into philosophy much, but it is an interesting metaphor, though wholly wrong zoologically.

    In point of fact, porcupines nudge each other with their noses quite intimately, when courting. And they will climb straight up people they are familiar with and get in their faces.

    https://youtu.be/xVIlSOOSOCY?si=9Uxw7e27A3WE19vD

    BTW, I once found the overwinter layer of porcupines. I could never quite figure out if they were huddling under this big rock or living in the trees near by. (I would say the rock, but I don't know if it would fill up with water or not.). Anyway, there were massive amounts of spoor nearby. Buckets and buckets of it. My theory was that one alone could not have produced that much.

    I was quite scared a few years back when one came out of the darkness and suddenly starting sniffing my toe, which I had up in the air. They commonly chew through the boots of campers to get at the salt inside, and I was afraid he would chomp down. But perhaps the smell put him in fear of the taste.

    Would say he was about a 40 pounder.

    Replies: @songbird, @LatW, @Emil Nikola Richard

  96. @LondonBob
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Rather ironic God brings down the bridge in Baltimore the way man tried, and failed, to bring down the Kerch bridge.

    I expect the channel will be cleared in weeks, the bridge will take years to rebuild.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Beckow

    Rather ironic God brings down the bridge in Baltimore the way man tried, and failed, to bring down the Kerch bridge.

    If there is God, He must have a sense of humor.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @AnonfromTN


    If there is God, He must have a sense of humor.
     
    I should add, black humor, Russian-style. Too bad some random people perished in that bridge collapse.

    Replies: @LondonBob

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @AnonfromTN

    Trickster deities are all over the literature. In our literature you can start with Hermes but he is not a solo act. I could explain my take on Job but it is rather contentious and I do not want to derail the entire sector of the internet.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  97. @LondonBob
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Rather ironic God brings down the bridge in Baltimore the way man tried, and failed, to bring down the Kerch bridge.

    I expect the channel will be cleared in weeks, the bridge will take years to rebuild.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Beckow

    It was probably “ISIS”. Those guys get around, ISIS-B.

  98. @AnonfromTN
    @LondonBob


    Rather ironic God brings down the bridge in Baltimore the way man tried, and failed, to bring down the Kerch bridge.
     
    If there is God, He must have a sense of humor.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Emil Nikola Richard

    If there is God, He must have a sense of humor.

    I should add, black humor, Russian-style. Too bad some random people perished in that bridge collapse.

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    @AnonfromTN

    I don't rule out it was an act of man, an element of Russian humour in it. The attack did coincide with when civilian casualties would be minimised, as well as other factors.



    https://twitter.com/laralogan/status/1772675651599770093?t=OKLgDxapsLOb4_digKkQMw&s=19

    Replies: @QCIC, @AnonfromTN

  99. @AnonfromTN
    @LondonBob


    Rather ironic God brings down the bridge in Baltimore the way man tried, and failed, to bring down the Kerch bridge.
     
    If there is God, He must have a sense of humor.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Emil Nikola Richard

    Trickster deities are all over the literature. In our literature you can start with Hermes but he is not a solo act. I could explain my take on Job but it is rather contentious and I do not want to derail the entire sector of the internet.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    Trickster deities are all over the literature.
     
    Religions with crowded pantheons have lots of trickster deities and really entertaining stories about them. Religions that claim to be monotheistic tend to be more boring.

    I say “claim” because revered saints/apostles/prophets are essentially semi-deities, some of them function as local deities. As far as I know, Judaism is the only religion approaching monotheism (it is possible that I just don’t know enough about it).

    Replies: @Beckow

  100. Ban on fag/BLM flags in state own buildings abroad imho can be good even if small example of checks/balances working properly and indeed balancing worst possible excesses of each branch without paralysing everything:

    President Biden signed a $1.2 trillion spending bill into law Saturday but not without regrets, as the White House blasted a provision tucked inside the legislation that will prevent his State Department from flying Black Lives Matter or gay pride flags at foreign embassies.

    “President Biden believes it was inappropriate to abuse the process that was essential to keep the government open by including this policy targeting LGBTQI+ Americans,” the White House said in a statement Saturday.

    The ban applies to all State Department buildings and all flags other than a select list that includes the American flag and state, tribal and territorial banners, federal agencies and the POW-MIA flag.

    It was one of a handful of provisions Republicans managed to secure in the massive spending bill to roll back what they see as an overbearing “woke” agenda by the Biden administration. Gay rights groups said Democrats successfully blocked dozens of provisions that specifically targeted the LGBT community.

    The White House made clear it was not part of the negotiations over the flag provision.

    “While it will have no impact on the ability of members of the LGBTQI+ community to serve openly in our embassies or to celebrate Pride, the Administration fought against the inclusion of this policy and we will continue to work with members of Congress to find an opportunity to repeal it,” the White House said.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2024/mar/23/white-house-blasts-new-ban-flying-blm-gay-pride-fl/

    • Replies: @LatW
    @sudden death

    This is great news - at least something to thank the Republican party for.

    They were flying BLM flags, too? That's insane. Where - in African countries?

  101. @LatW
    @Philip Owen


    Something has happened. Power has shifted.
     
    Apparently there is something going on with Patrushev and there are two factions of FSB fighting for influence.

    (The terrorists were using uncoated ammunition – North Korean – so where did they get the guns?)
     
    Yesterday I heard from Ilya Ponomariev that the guns they used are some new model of Kalashnikov that is not even available to the Russian military - it is some kind of a gun that is not widely used or easily accessible.

    Also, the safety measures at the Krokus hall were not sufficient - the fire was very big, where were the sprinklers? There is another version that this could be a kind of an expropriation effort of the Krokus hall by some siloviks (what they call otzhym - taking someone's property via violent means).

    If Europe manages to summon her strengths and actually provide more help (and eventually the planes), then RusFed doesn't really have such a long window for action - possibly this summer. The window to act and go on a major offensive is now (and the nearest half a year or so). Of course, the question remains if Europe will do this (or wait until the war comes on their own territory - which most likely will not be allowed).

    Replies: @Beckow

    You are really reaching, stay closer to reality. It reminds me of “Putin is dead!!!” and ‘Wagner will take Moscow’ – earlier infantile attempts to feel better fed by intelligence leaks. “I heard that…” or “expropriation effort…” are silly – leave that to Mr. Hacks.

    I agree that Russia has a relatively short window to act till the end of the year. They are slowly winning the war but Nato is working on the next escalation cycle and can reset it back. It is about where the final border is – there will be no deal. Nato is trying to keep the rump-Ukraine viable, meaning with Odessa, Dnipro, Kiev…they would also like Kharkiv since it is right on Russia’s border.

    The key is who gets the chernozem lands – one of the most valuable natural assets in Europe. Russia today controls 1/3 of Ukie chernozem and can make an additional large buffer unusable. The reason Ukies are desperately fighting in places like Bakhmut and Avdeevka is that if they fall back the huge chernozem lands will go to Russia – Ukies defend the built-up fortress Donbas cities to protect the indefensible fields further west. Or they can scoop up the chernozem and move it to Galicia….:)

    This will be studied for years as a classical example of a foolish overreach – if we survive. But it won’t bring back the sacrificed Ukie lives or the lands they are losing.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    The key is who gets the chernozem lands
     
    Yes, that’s one of the drivers in this conflict. In fact, Western agro-giants have already bought up most of these lands for a pittance. They are desperate to keep their loot. It is obvious that on territories Putin ends up controlling the thieves would be left empty-handed. As we all know, thieves hate that.

    Replies: @Philip Owen

    , @LatW
    @Beckow


    Those are infantile attempts to make yourselves feel better fed by unserious leaks. And “I heard that…” or “expropriation effort..” are very silly.
     
    I'm not positing any version as the right one, I'm simply pointing out to things that look a bit weird. The ISIS version is totally valid - Russia has made a lot of enemies among the Sunni because of its air raiding in Syria (and other places). This is most likely going to remain as a permanent problem now and the war in Ukraine is only going to strain the systems even more and make them more vulnerable to external attacks.

    I agree that Russia has a relatively short window to act, probably till the end of this year.
     
    This is not a given, but if Europe does summon her strength (I'm not counting on America to get their act together, ever from now on... but that, too, is not excluded in....er... a year? Another 6 months?) - then it could be serious for Russia, they are trying to surround Kharkiv now and are hoping to get it without a real fight but that is delusional - it would be an insane, long and bloody battle. Do they have the systems in place to mobilize another couple of hundred thousand? Not everything is that great from the point of view of the psychology of their population.

    I don't get why you're gloating over other people's land being brutally stolen via mass murder - it is going to be your own kids and grandkids who will have to live in a world where this is normalized. If there's a larger conflict, the Slovaks, too, will have to fight, at least some of them.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Beckow

  102. @Beckow
    @LatW

    You are really reaching, stay closer to reality. It reminds me of "Putin is dead!!!" and 'Wagner will take Moscow' - earlier infantile attempts to feel better fed by intelligence leaks. "I heard that..." or "expropriation effort..." are silly - leave that to Mr. Hacks.

    I agree that Russia has a relatively short window to act till the end of the year. They are slowly winning the war but Nato is working on the next escalation cycle and can reset it back. It is about where the final border is - there will be no deal. Nato is trying to keep the rump-Ukraine viable, meaning with Odessa, Dnipro, Kiev...they would also like Kharkiv since it is right on Russia's border.

    The key is who gets the chernozem lands - one of the most valuable natural assets in Europe. Russia today controls 1/3 of Ukie chernozem and can make an additional large buffer unusable. The reason Ukies are desperately fighting in places like Bakhmut and Avdeevka is that if they fall back the huge chernozem lands will go to Russia - Ukies defend the built-up fortress Donbas cities to protect the indefensible fields further west. Or they can scoop up the chernozem and move it to Galicia....:)

    This will be studied for years as a classical example of a foolish overreach - if we survive. But it won't bring back the sacrificed Ukie lives or the lands they are losing.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @LatW

    The key is who gets the chernozem lands

    Yes, that’s one of the drivers in this conflict. In fact, Western agro-giants have already bought up most of these lands for a pittance. They are desperate to keep their loot. It is obvious that on territories Putin ends up controlling the thieves would be left empty-handed. As we all know, thieves hate that.

    • Replies: @Philip Owen
    @AnonfromTN

    The Chinese had bought huge parts of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia. Also at loot value.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @LondonBob

  103. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @AnonfromTN

    Trickster deities are all over the literature. In our literature you can start with Hermes but he is not a solo act. I could explain my take on Job but it is rather contentious and I do not want to derail the entire sector of the internet.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Trickster deities are all over the literature.

    Religions with crowded pantheons have lots of trickster deities and really entertaining stories about them. Religions that claim to be monotheistic tend to be more boring.

    I say “claim” because revered saints/apostles/prophets are essentially semi-deities, some of them function as local deities. As far as I know, Judaism is the only religion approaching monotheism (it is possible that I just don’t know enough about it).

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...revered saints/apostles/prophets are essentially semi-deities
     
    I always ask believers if there is one (G)od in the Universe, why wouldn't it be possible to have more? Most Protestants are also monotheistic, no saints or semi-deities...but definitely more boring. It can be oppressive, but we read a lot and don't have to confess...:)
  104. @Beckow
    @LatW

    You are really reaching, stay closer to reality. It reminds me of "Putin is dead!!!" and 'Wagner will take Moscow' - earlier infantile attempts to feel better fed by intelligence leaks. "I heard that..." or "expropriation effort..." are silly - leave that to Mr. Hacks.

    I agree that Russia has a relatively short window to act till the end of the year. They are slowly winning the war but Nato is working on the next escalation cycle and can reset it back. It is about where the final border is - there will be no deal. Nato is trying to keep the rump-Ukraine viable, meaning with Odessa, Dnipro, Kiev...they would also like Kharkiv since it is right on Russia's border.

    The key is who gets the chernozem lands - one of the most valuable natural assets in Europe. Russia today controls 1/3 of Ukie chernozem and can make an additional large buffer unusable. The reason Ukies are desperately fighting in places like Bakhmut and Avdeevka is that if they fall back the huge chernozem lands will go to Russia - Ukies defend the built-up fortress Donbas cities to protect the indefensible fields further west. Or they can scoop up the chernozem and move it to Galicia....:)

    This will be studied for years as a classical example of a foolish overreach - if we survive. But it won't bring back the sacrificed Ukie lives or the lands they are losing.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @LatW

    Those are infantile attempts to make yourselves feel better fed by unserious leaks. And “I heard that…” or “expropriation effort..” are very silly.

    I’m not positing any version as the right one, I’m simply pointing out to things that look a bit weird. The ISIS version is totally valid – Russia has made a lot of enemies among the Sunni because of its air raiding in Syria (and other places). This is most likely going to remain as a permanent problem now and the war in Ukraine is only going to strain the systems even more and make them more vulnerable to external attacks.

    I agree that Russia has a relatively short window to act, probably till the end of this year.

    This is not a given, but if Europe does summon her strength (I’m not counting on America to get their act together, ever from now on… but that, too, is not excluded in….er… a year? Another 6 months?) – then it could be serious for Russia, they are trying to surround Kharkiv now and are hoping to get it without a real fight but that is delusional – it would be an insane, long and bloody battle. Do they have the systems in place to mobilize another couple of hundred thousand? Not everything is that great from the point of view of the psychology of their population.

    I don’t get why you’re gloating over other people’s land being brutally stolen via mass murder – it is going to be your own kids and grandkids who will have to live in a world where this is normalized. If there’s a larger conflict, the Slovaks, too, will have to fight, at least some of them.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @LatW


    I don’t get why you’re gloating
     
    Frankly, I don’t see Beckow gloating. He just points out that the whole thing is largely the fault of the empire. Without imperial meddling Ukraine would never degenerate into cavemen-level nationalism. Without imperial push to expand its military reach to Ukraine there would be no reaction from the RF, no war, and no dead Ukrainians.

    I agree with his view up to a point. As an American saying puts it, fool me once – shame on you, fool me twice – shame on me. In my book the aborigines who sold their land for beads are just as guilty as the fraudster who paid them beads for land.

    Replies: @LatW

    , @Beckow
    @LatW


    ...things that look a bit weird. The ISIS version is totally valid
     
    Nothing is weirder than "ISIS": islamists who only attack other Moslems: Syria, Iran, even Sunni Taleban. Now Russia. ISIS never fought the West or Izrael. They appeared very well armed in Syria as US was trying to overthrow the Syrian government. That is weird, isn't it? I am skeptical.

    There will be many versions on who is behind it and we will never agree. Enough evidence - by Western standards - ties the attack to Kiev: they were driving to Ukraine. The head of Ukie Nat Security was just fired, Nuland was 'retired'. US "warning" issued on March 7 was for 48 hours - inapplicable.

    If Russia chooses to blame Kiev they can. West will never agree even if the perps were caught with Ukie documents and phones. They would say it was "fake". So their views don't matter - they are in a tailspin of Russia-hatred (as are you), there is no point in a rational discussion.

    The chernozem is in play because Kiev and Nato stupidly attacked Russia and gave them a strong reason to counter-attack. If Ukies lose it they have only themselves to blame. Mistakes have consequences - theuy should have acted normally or took the Minsk deal. I am not happy about any of this, I just describe reality and you don't like reality if it doesn't suit you. It doesn't change it.

    Replies: @LatW, @John Johnson

  105. @LatW
    @songbird


    It is possible for a skinny person to crawl through a wombat tunnel.
     
    Imagine being crushed by a wombat's behind as a skinny person? Like what happened to that fox in that other video you posted. :) Hopefully, they're not that powerful. The wombat has adapted well to the perils of this world, though. And to be found in a wombat tunnel is a "human error" par exellence.

    Btw, another cute creature popped up on my feed the other day (and made me want to share it with you, lol). Prehensile-tailed porcupine (from South America). The little guy's really hungry (I love how they open the peanut with such adorable determination). Would be funny to see it roll up in a ball, lol. The quills are awesome.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy-IqfTeJkE

    Replies: @songbird

    Schopenhauer came up with this famous idea now called the hedgehog’s dilemma:

    [MORE]
    (though formerly he used the word porcupine.)

    The hedgehog’s dilemma, or sometimes the porcupine dilemma, is a metaphor about the challenges of human intimacy. It describes a situation in which a group of hedgehogs seek to move close to one another to share heat during cold weather. They must remain apart, however, as they cannot avoid hurting one another with their sharp spines. Though they all share the intention of a close reciprocal relationship, this may not occur, for reasons they cannot avoid.

    Arthur Schopenhauer conceived this metaphor for the state of the individual in society. Despite goodwill, humans cannot be intimate without the risk of mutual harm, leading to cautious and tentative relationships. It is wise to be guarded with others for fear of getting hurt and also fear of causing hurt.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedgehog%27s_dilemma

    Am not really into philosophy much, but it is an interesting metaphor, though wholly wrong zoologically.

    In point of fact, porcupines nudge each other with their noses quite intimately, when courting. And they will climb straight up people they are familiar with and get in their faces.

    BTW, I once found the overwinter layer of porcupines. I could never quite figure out if they were huddling under this big rock or living in the trees near by. (I would say the rock, but I don’t know if it would fill up with water or not.). Anyway, there were massive amounts of spoor nearby. Buckets and buckets of it. My theory was that one alone could not have produced that much.

    I was quite scared a few years back when one came out of the darkness and suddenly starting sniffing my toe, which I had up in the air. They commonly chew through the boots of campers to get at the salt inside, and I was afraid he would chomp down. But perhaps the smell put him in fear of the taste.

    Would say he was about a 40 pounder.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @songbird

    I don't believe this ridiculous theory myself, but will post it because it is related:

    Some believe that the difference between French and German philosophers has its origin in the differences between French and German cuisine.

    French is very refined and an abstraction from the thing you are eating. But Eisbein has the skin and bone and reminds one of life and death.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisbein

    Rather, I would say that it reminds one of ice-skating using pig bone skates while eating ham, which encourages a certain joie de vivre, but perhaps a wistfulness at the difficulty of acquiring such equipment today.

    , @LatW
    @songbird


    Schopenhauer came up with this famous idea now called the hedgehog’s dilemma:
     
    It makes sense of something like that coming from him (as he was quite a little hedgehog himself - someone who was impossible to live with, even though he had some cool ideas).

    Unfortunately, this is a real thing where people are so averse to genuine intimacy that they end up sabotaging their own happiness. It's sad and regrettable.

    Highly doubt that's how real hedgehogs act (they seem more sensible and not stuck up, with real healthy instincts and impulses).

    Didn't realize porcupines can be that affectionate (as shown in that video). I thought they were more "mechanical" and indifferent. Super adorable creatures. I'm sure they just want to feel the warmth, it's natural. They are quite huggable for a rodent.

    Would say he was about a 40 pounder.
     
    Huge. Good for him to benefit from the bounty of the Earth. Never seen one, but probably could, if I tried, they're common.

    Replies: @songbird

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird

    Arthur Schopenhauer was a brilliant writer and one of my all time top tens for sure.

    With regards to humans, behavior, psychology, topics like that he was utterly retarded. He was born in the .1% and never actually knew one regular human.

    Apparently his mom was a real piece of work.

    Have you seen Kerry Howley's New York Magazine expose' of Andrew Huberman? It's the best thing I have read this year. She is razor sharp. Poor Andrew Huberman is going to regret hearing the name Kerry Howley for a very long time.

    Replies: @songbird

  106. @AnonfromTN
    @AnonfromTN


    If there is God, He must have a sense of humor.
     
    I should add, black humor, Russian-style. Too bad some random people perished in that bridge collapse.

    Replies: @LondonBob

    I don’t rule out it was an act of man, an element of Russian humour in it. The attack did coincide with when civilian casualties would be minimised, as well as other factors.

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @LondonBob

    Interesting theory, but maybe too much hyperventilating.

    Can the hazmat material shift to rail and barge shipment?

    Maybe they can now reroute the hazmat traffic through urban Baltimore. A few big accidents could do that place a lot of good by giving it a fresh start.

    Replies: @LondonBob

    , @AnonfromTN
    @LondonBob


    I don’t rule out it was an act of man, an element of Russian humour in it.
     
    Do you mean that Ukrainian captain was Putin’s agent? Or maybe Kremlin agent? From the POV of Ukrainian media Ukrainians fall into two categories: Putin’s agents and Kremlin agents. Curiously, Ukies believe that this distinction matters.

    Replies: @AP

  107. @sudden death
    Ban on fag/BLM flags in state own buildings abroad imho can be good even if small example of checks/balances working properly and indeed balancing worst possible excesses of each branch without paralysing everything:

    President Biden signed a $1.2 trillion spending bill into law Saturday but not without regrets, as the White House blasted a provision tucked inside the legislation that will prevent his State Department from flying Black Lives Matter or gay pride flags at foreign embassies.

    “President Biden believes it was inappropriate to abuse the process that was essential to keep the government open by including this policy targeting LGBTQI+ Americans,” the White House said in a statement Saturday.

    The ban applies to all State Department buildings and all flags other than a select list that includes the American flag and state, tribal and territorial banners, federal agencies and the POW-MIA flag.

    It was one of a handful of provisions Republicans managed to secure in the massive spending bill to roll back what they see as an overbearing “woke” agenda by the Biden administration. Gay rights groups said Democrats successfully blocked dozens of provisions that specifically targeted the LGBT community.

    The White House made clear it was not part of the negotiations over the flag provision.

    “While it will have no impact on the ability of members of the LGBTQI+ community to serve openly in our embassies or to celebrate Pride, the Administration fought against the inclusion of this policy and we will continue to work with members of Congress to find an opportunity to repeal it,” the White House said.
     

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2024/mar/23/white-house-blasts-new-ban-flying-blm-gay-pride-fl/

    Replies: @LatW

    This is great news – at least something to thank the Republican party for.

    They were flying BLM flags, too? That’s insane. Where – in African countries?

  108. @LatW
    @Beckow


    Those are infantile attempts to make yourselves feel better fed by unserious leaks. And “I heard that…” or “expropriation effort..” are very silly.
     
    I'm not positing any version as the right one, I'm simply pointing out to things that look a bit weird. The ISIS version is totally valid - Russia has made a lot of enemies among the Sunni because of its air raiding in Syria (and other places). This is most likely going to remain as a permanent problem now and the war in Ukraine is only going to strain the systems even more and make them more vulnerable to external attacks.

    I agree that Russia has a relatively short window to act, probably till the end of this year.
     
    This is not a given, but if Europe does summon her strength (I'm not counting on America to get their act together, ever from now on... but that, too, is not excluded in....er... a year? Another 6 months?) - then it could be serious for Russia, they are trying to surround Kharkiv now and are hoping to get it without a real fight but that is delusional - it would be an insane, long and bloody battle. Do they have the systems in place to mobilize another couple of hundred thousand? Not everything is that great from the point of view of the psychology of their population.

    I don't get why you're gloating over other people's land being brutally stolen via mass murder - it is going to be your own kids and grandkids who will have to live in a world where this is normalized. If there's a larger conflict, the Slovaks, too, will have to fight, at least some of them.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Beckow

    I don’t get why you’re gloating

    Frankly, I don’t see Beckow gloating. He just points out that the whole thing is largely the fault of the empire. Without imperial meddling Ukraine would never degenerate into cavemen-level nationalism. Without imperial push to expand its military reach to Ukraine there would be no reaction from the RF, no war, and no dead Ukrainians.

    I agree with his view up to a point. As an American saying puts it, fool me once – shame on you, fool me twice – shame on me. In my book the aborigines who sold their land for beads are just as guilty as the fraudster who paid them beads for land.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @AnonfromTN

    They shouldn't sell the land to foreigners (we should check this factoid for accuracy, highly doubt you're right, and, btw, neither should've Jared Kushner been allowed to buy properties in Serbia) or only in limited numbers, but neither is this land yours - you are primitive, brutal thieves as it has always been through out history. Nothing has changed and probably will not change. Hence, a big wall is the only option.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  109. @Mr. Hack
    @Mikhail

    https://chappatte.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumb/public/import_ld/C220323Age-small.jpg?itok=bl7vbt0y


    As of now, Kiev regime involvement in the Moscow terrorist attack is arguably more believable than the earlier claims that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill Americans and blew up the Nordstream 2 Pipeline.
     
    Sure Mickey, everything that comes out of the kremlin is believable - only in your crazed world! :-)

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mikhail

    Such is the overly provincial mindset that find cartoons clever.

    Beckow answered you well.

  110. @songbird
    @LatW

    Schopenhauer came up with this famous idea now called the hedgehog's dilemma: (though formerly he used the word porcupine.)


    The hedgehog's dilemma, or sometimes the porcupine dilemma, is a metaphor about the challenges of human intimacy. It describes a situation in which a group of hedgehogs seek to move close to one another to share heat during cold weather. They must remain apart, however, as they cannot avoid hurting one another with their sharp spines. Though they all share the intention of a close reciprocal relationship, this may not occur, for reasons they cannot avoid.

    Arthur Schopenhauer conceived this metaphor for the state of the individual in society. Despite goodwill, humans cannot be intimate without the risk of mutual harm, leading to cautious and tentative relationships. It is wise to be guarded with others for fear of getting hurt and also fear of causing hurt.
     
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedgehog%27s_dilemma

    Am not really into philosophy much, but it is an interesting metaphor, though wholly wrong zoologically.

    In point of fact, porcupines nudge each other with their noses quite intimately, when courting. And they will climb straight up people they are familiar with and get in their faces.

    https://youtu.be/xVIlSOOSOCY?si=9Uxw7e27A3WE19vD

    BTW, I once found the overwinter layer of porcupines. I could never quite figure out if they were huddling under this big rock or living in the trees near by. (I would say the rock, but I don't know if it would fill up with water or not.). Anyway, there were massive amounts of spoor nearby. Buckets and buckets of it. My theory was that one alone could not have produced that much.

    I was quite scared a few years back when one came out of the darkness and suddenly starting sniffing my toe, which I had up in the air. They commonly chew through the boots of campers to get at the salt inside, and I was afraid he would chomp down. But perhaps the smell put him in fear of the taste.

    Would say he was about a 40 pounder.

    Replies: @songbird, @LatW, @Emil Nikola Richard

    I don’t believe this ridiculous theory myself, but will post it because it is related:

    Some believe that the difference between French and German philosophers has its origin in the differences between French and German cuisine.

    French is very refined and an abstraction from the thing you are eating. But Eisbein has the skin and bone and reminds one of life and death.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisbein

    Rather, I would say that it reminds one of ice-skating using pig bone skates while eating ham, which encourages a certain joie de vivre, but perhaps a wistfulness at the difficulty of acquiring such equipment today.

  111. Polish brigadier general dies suddenly on his day off. Perhaps he fancied a day-trip to Kiev?

    https://www.rp.pl/wojsko/art40063461-nagla-smierc-polskiego-generala-nie-zyje-adam-marczak

    Information about the general’s death was provided by the Operations Command of the Armed Forces. “We deeply regret to inform you that on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, Brigadier General Adam Marczak, Chief of Staff of Operation EU Althea in Mons, died,” we read in the announcement.

    The Operations Command noted that “the unexpected death of the general occurred due to natural causes, in free time from service”.

    Is a missile on the bonce a natural cause?

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Officially Polish brigadier general Adam Marczak died of natural causes while off duty. By an interesting coincidence, on the day of his death Russians used ballistic missile Iskander to destroy buried Ukrainian command center near Chasov Yar (Donetsk region).

    Russian bloggers wrote a few weeks ago about US marines that you can easily drown in the Red Sea while being in a hotel in Kharkov.

  112. @songbird
    @LatW

    Schopenhauer came up with this famous idea now called the hedgehog's dilemma: (though formerly he used the word porcupine.)


    The hedgehog's dilemma, or sometimes the porcupine dilemma, is a metaphor about the challenges of human intimacy. It describes a situation in which a group of hedgehogs seek to move close to one another to share heat during cold weather. They must remain apart, however, as they cannot avoid hurting one another with their sharp spines. Though they all share the intention of a close reciprocal relationship, this may not occur, for reasons they cannot avoid.

    Arthur Schopenhauer conceived this metaphor for the state of the individual in society. Despite goodwill, humans cannot be intimate without the risk of mutual harm, leading to cautious and tentative relationships. It is wise to be guarded with others for fear of getting hurt and also fear of causing hurt.
     
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedgehog%27s_dilemma

    Am not really into philosophy much, but it is an interesting metaphor, though wholly wrong zoologically.

    In point of fact, porcupines nudge each other with their noses quite intimately, when courting. And they will climb straight up people they are familiar with and get in their faces.

    https://youtu.be/xVIlSOOSOCY?si=9Uxw7e27A3WE19vD

    BTW, I once found the overwinter layer of porcupines. I could never quite figure out if they were huddling under this big rock or living in the trees near by. (I would say the rock, but I don't know if it would fill up with water or not.). Anyway, there were massive amounts of spoor nearby. Buckets and buckets of it. My theory was that one alone could not have produced that much.

    I was quite scared a few years back when one came out of the darkness and suddenly starting sniffing my toe, which I had up in the air. They commonly chew through the boots of campers to get at the salt inside, and I was afraid he would chomp down. But perhaps the smell put him in fear of the taste.

    Would say he was about a 40 pounder.

    Replies: @songbird, @LatW, @Emil Nikola Richard

    Schopenhauer came up with this famous idea now called the hedgehog’s dilemma:

    It makes sense of something like that coming from him (as he was quite a little hedgehog himself – someone who was impossible to live with, even though he had some cool ideas).

    [MORE]

    Unfortunately, this is a real thing where people are so averse to genuine intimacy that they end up sabotaging their own happiness. It’s sad and regrettable.

    Highly doubt that’s how real hedgehogs act (they seem more sensible and not stuck up, with real healthy instincts and impulses).

    Didn’t realize porcupines can be that affectionate (as shown in that video). I thought they were more “mechanical” and indifferent. Super adorable creatures. I’m sure they just want to feel the warmth, it’s natural. They are quite huggable for a rodent.

    Would say he was about a 40 pounder.

    Huge. Good for him to benefit from the bounty of the Earth. Never seen one, but probably could, if I tried, they’re common.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @LatW


    I thought they were more “mechanical” and indifferent.
     
    They make these different noises at night, which can sound a bit eerie, or alien, if you are camping, and they are close, and getting closer, and you don't recognize what beast to associate with it, or what might be encouraging it to make the noise.

    https://youtu.be/m9H3z94ZuJ0?si=LMMQvrUM9KT34eR1

    They are quite huggable for a rodent.
     
    They do remind me somewhat of capybaras. (At least compared to other rodents). Still, I wouldn't want a quill in me, and so would rather pet a skunk.
  113. @Philip Owen
    @sudden death

    And in Saratov the first reaction of the provincial government to the war was to open discussions with Uzbekistan about importing labour brigades. It really was.

    Just now Saratov is worried that there won't be enough workers for the Ozon and Wildberries huge distribution centres under construction unless 10,000 immigrants (not counting families) are found from somewhere. This partly reflects that Ozon and Wildberries came to Saratov for low wages (it isn't the roads) but that many jobs will put up wages for the unskilled. The Tajiks (cheapest) and Uzbeks will have to be able to read.

    State sponsored Central Asian immigration is going to be a hard sell.

    Russia's rural population is still large compared to fully industrial countries. Can rural Russia be weaned off alcohol and onto work? Low wages won't do it.

    Replies: @QCIC

    It sounds like Russia needs more automation to get more productivity out of their existing workforce.

    Which countries make the cheapest factory automation/robots?

    • Replies: @Philip Owen
    @QCIC

    Takes money, time and skilled labour to install. Right now warehouse costs in Russia are sky high because the Enterprise Planning Systems have been cut off (if cloud based) or are not maintained if purchased to run on the firm's own computers. To go from there to robots is a very big reach. The software engineers are all in Dubai anyway.

    Replies: @QCIC

  114. @AnonfromTN
    @LatW


    I don’t get why you’re gloating
     
    Frankly, I don’t see Beckow gloating. He just points out that the whole thing is largely the fault of the empire. Without imperial meddling Ukraine would never degenerate into cavemen-level nationalism. Without imperial push to expand its military reach to Ukraine there would be no reaction from the RF, no war, and no dead Ukrainians.

    I agree with his view up to a point. As an American saying puts it, fool me once – shame on you, fool me twice – shame on me. In my book the aborigines who sold their land for beads are just as guilty as the fraudster who paid them beads for land.

    Replies: @LatW

    They shouldn’t sell the land to foreigners (we should check this factoid for accuracy, highly doubt you’re right, and, btw, neither should’ve Jared Kushner been allowed to buy properties in Serbia) or only in limited numbers, but neither is this land yours – you are primitive, brutal thieves as it has always been through out history. Nothing has changed and probably will not change. Hence, a big wall is the only option.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @LatW


    Hence, a big wall is the only option.
     
    That’s as childish as it gets. Planes, rockets, and artillery shells easily fly over walls, even children’s ball can do it.

    Your talk of walls reminds me of a Russian joke. I guess you know Russian fairy tale about the golden fish that fulfills three wishes if you let it go.

    Here is the joke itself.
    A Russian and a Ukrainian caught the golden fish, which promised to fulfill three wishes if they let it go. Ukrainian said: two wishes are mine, one is yours. Russian says, OK. Ukrainian voices his first wish: I want Ukraine to be surrounded by a 10-meter wall. Fish says: done. Ukrainian voices his second wish: I want that there were no Russians left in Ukraine. Fish says: done. Russian asks the fish: so, Ukraine is surrounded by a 10-meter wall and not a single Russian is left in it? Fish says: yes. Russian says: than pour concrete all over the place.

    Replies: @LatW

  115. @songbird
    @LatW

    Schopenhauer came up with this famous idea now called the hedgehog's dilemma: (though formerly he used the word porcupine.)


    The hedgehog's dilemma, or sometimes the porcupine dilemma, is a metaphor about the challenges of human intimacy. It describes a situation in which a group of hedgehogs seek to move close to one another to share heat during cold weather. They must remain apart, however, as they cannot avoid hurting one another with their sharp spines. Though they all share the intention of a close reciprocal relationship, this may not occur, for reasons they cannot avoid.

    Arthur Schopenhauer conceived this metaphor for the state of the individual in society. Despite goodwill, humans cannot be intimate without the risk of mutual harm, leading to cautious and tentative relationships. It is wise to be guarded with others for fear of getting hurt and also fear of causing hurt.
     
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedgehog%27s_dilemma

    Am not really into philosophy much, but it is an interesting metaphor, though wholly wrong zoologically.

    In point of fact, porcupines nudge each other with their noses quite intimately, when courting. And they will climb straight up people they are familiar with and get in their faces.

    https://youtu.be/xVIlSOOSOCY?si=9Uxw7e27A3WE19vD

    BTW, I once found the overwinter layer of porcupines. I could never quite figure out if they were huddling under this big rock or living in the trees near by. (I would say the rock, but I don't know if it would fill up with water or not.). Anyway, there were massive amounts of spoor nearby. Buckets and buckets of it. My theory was that one alone could not have produced that much.

    I was quite scared a few years back when one came out of the darkness and suddenly starting sniffing my toe, which I had up in the air. They commonly chew through the boots of campers to get at the salt inside, and I was afraid he would chomp down. But perhaps the smell put him in fear of the taste.

    Would say he was about a 40 pounder.

    Replies: @songbird, @LatW, @Emil Nikola Richard

    Arthur Schopenhauer was a brilliant writer and one of my all time top tens for sure.

    With regards to humans, behavior, psychology, topics like that he was utterly retarded. He was born in the .1% and never actually knew one regular human.

    Apparently his mom was a real piece of work.

    Have you seen Kerry Howley’s New York Magazine expose’ of Andrew Huberman? It’s the best thing I have read this year. She is razor sharp. Poor Andrew Huberman is going to regret hearing the name Kerry Howley for a very long time.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    He was born in the .1% and never actually knew one regular human.
     
    have sometimes wondered what percentage of people In Europe had their own portraits painted.

    Apparently his mom was a real piece of work.
     
    would like German_reader to review her travelogues and post any anthropological excerpts here. I will start off the thread:. (as I was speaking a while ago about how common it was for people to go barefoot in the past.)

    Schon hier, so nahe an der englischen Grenze, fiel uns der Unterschied zwischen dem englischen und schottischen Volke merklich auf. Freundliches, gutmütiges Zuvorkommen, Treuherzigkeit, verbunden mit großer, aber fröhlicher Armut, erinnerte uns immer an die Bewohner deutscher Gebirge. Schuhe und Strümpfe, ohne welche man in England keinen Bettler erblickt, sind hier schon hoher Luxus. Die arbeitende Klasse und der größte Teil der Kinder, selbst wohlhabender Eltern, laufen Sommer und Winter barfuß; vielleicht geschieht dies fast ebenso oft aus Gewohnheit als aus Armut; aber es fällt sehr auf, wenn man aus England kommt, wo dergleichen unerhört ist
     
    https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/10823/pg10823-images.html

    BTW, I have often wondered how people went barefoot in winter. I mean not as cold there as where I am, but still pretty cold.

    She does sound quite haughty, but I only read the tiniest bit.

    Have you seen Kerry Howley’s New York Magazine expose’ of Andrew Huberman?
     
    Have not.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  116. @Philip Owen
    @QCIC

    Ukrainian industry is not completely gone. Yet. Some have bee exploring venture capital opportunities in my network. Funds are being set up to buy mechanical engineering assets cheap. China is not going to be supplying iron founding products for much longer.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Sure, but Ukrainian industrial high tech capability now is a small fraction of 1990. In many sectors Russia has surpassed 1990. AP claims the Ukrainians are strong in software. I can accept this but software is not a brick and mortar industry.

    Do you mean China has moved above the price point for iron foundry products? So what then, the new bridge comes from Nikolayev????

  117. @LatW
    @AnonfromTN

    They shouldn't sell the land to foreigners (we should check this factoid for accuracy, highly doubt you're right, and, btw, neither should've Jared Kushner been allowed to buy properties in Serbia) or only in limited numbers, but neither is this land yours - you are primitive, brutal thieves as it has always been through out history. Nothing has changed and probably will not change. Hence, a big wall is the only option.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Hence, a big wall is the only option.

    That’s as childish as it gets. Planes, rockets, and artillery shells easily fly over walls, even children’s ball can do it.

    Your talk of walls reminds me of a Russian joke. I guess you know Russian fairy tale about the golden fish that fulfills three wishes if you let it go.

    Here is the joke itself.
    A Russian and a Ukrainian caught the golden fish, which promised to fulfill three wishes if they let it go. Ukrainian said: two wishes are mine, one is yours. Russian says, OK. Ukrainian voices his first wish: I want Ukraine to be surrounded by a 10-meter wall. Fish says: done. Ukrainian voices his second wish: I want that there were no Russians left in Ukraine. Fish says: done. Russian asks the fish: so, Ukraine is surrounded by a 10-meter wall and not a single Russian is left in it? Fish says: yes. Russian says: than pour concrete all over the place.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @AnonfromTN


    That’s as childish as it gets. Planes, rockets, and artillery shells easily fly over walls, even children’s ball can do it.
     
    Seriously, you thought I was just talking only about the physical side of the wall? I'm talking about everything.
  118. @LondonBob
    @AnonfromTN

    I don't rule out it was an act of man, an element of Russian humour in it. The attack did coincide with when civilian casualties would be minimised, as well as other factors.



    https://twitter.com/laralogan/status/1772675651599770093?t=OKLgDxapsLOb4_digKkQMw&s=19

    Replies: @QCIC, @AnonfromTN

    Interesting theory, but maybe too much hyperventilating.

    Can the hazmat material shift to rail and barge shipment?

    Maybe they can now reroute the hazmat traffic through urban Baltimore. A few big accidents could do that place a lot of good by giving it a fresh start.

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    @QCIC

    Says the only option is a questionable tunnel. Baltimore is also a huge RORO port, apparently, of much use to the US military. If the Russians had been working on retaliation measures, this bridge would have been top of the list.

    Of course it could still be an act of God, the timing and the location certainly were highly fortuitous.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  119. @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    It sounds like Russia needs more automation to get more productivity out of their existing workforce.

    Which countries make the cheapest factory automation/robots?

    Replies: @Philip Owen

    Takes money, time and skilled labour to install. Right now warehouse costs in Russia are sky high because the Enterprise Planning Systems have been cut off (if cloud based) or are not maintained if purchased to run on the firm’s own computers. To go from there to robots is a very big reach. The software engineers are all in Dubai anyway.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    Yes, but it might be a wise investment versus flooding the country with cheap labor. It doesn't work for everything and I have mixed feelings about extreme automation, but there may be a place for it.

  120. @AnonfromTN
    @LatW


    Hence, a big wall is the only option.
     
    That’s as childish as it gets. Planes, rockets, and artillery shells easily fly over walls, even children’s ball can do it.

    Your talk of walls reminds me of a Russian joke. I guess you know Russian fairy tale about the golden fish that fulfills three wishes if you let it go.

    Here is the joke itself.
    A Russian and a Ukrainian caught the golden fish, which promised to fulfill three wishes if they let it go. Ukrainian said: two wishes are mine, one is yours. Russian says, OK. Ukrainian voices his first wish: I want Ukraine to be surrounded by a 10-meter wall. Fish says: done. Ukrainian voices his second wish: I want that there were no Russians left in Ukraine. Fish says: done. Russian asks the fish: so, Ukraine is surrounded by a 10-meter wall and not a single Russian is left in it? Fish says: yes. Russian says: than pour concrete all over the place.

    Replies: @LatW

    That’s as childish as it gets. Planes, rockets, and artillery shells easily fly over walls, even children’s ball can do it.

    Seriously, you thought I was just talking only about the physical side of the wall? I’m talking about everything.

  121. @YetAnotherAnon
    Polish brigadier general dies suddenly on his day off. Perhaps he fancied a day-trip to Kiev?

    https://www.rp.pl/wojsko/art40063461-nagla-smierc-polskiego-generala-nie-zyje-adam-marczak

    Information about the general's death was provided by the Operations Command of the Armed Forces. "We deeply regret to inform you that on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, Brigadier General Adam Marczak, Chief of Staff of Operation EU Althea in Mons, died," we read in the announcement.

    The Operations Command noted that "the unexpected death of the general occurred due to natural causes, in free time from service".
     
    Is a missile on the bonce a natural cause?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Officially Polish brigadier general Adam Marczak died of natural causes while off duty. By an interesting coincidence, on the day of his death Russians used ballistic missile Iskander to destroy buried Ukrainian command center near Chasov Yar (Donetsk region).

    Russian bloggers wrote a few weeks ago about US marines that you can easily drown in the Red Sea while being in a hotel in Kharkov.

  122. @LatW
    @songbird


    Schopenhauer came up with this famous idea now called the hedgehog’s dilemma:
     
    It makes sense of something like that coming from him (as he was quite a little hedgehog himself - someone who was impossible to live with, even though he had some cool ideas).

    Unfortunately, this is a real thing where people are so averse to genuine intimacy that they end up sabotaging their own happiness. It's sad and regrettable.

    Highly doubt that's how real hedgehogs act (they seem more sensible and not stuck up, with real healthy instincts and impulses).

    Didn't realize porcupines can be that affectionate (as shown in that video). I thought they were more "mechanical" and indifferent. Super adorable creatures. I'm sure they just want to feel the warmth, it's natural. They are quite huggable for a rodent.

    Would say he was about a 40 pounder.
     
    Huge. Good for him to benefit from the bounty of the Earth. Never seen one, but probably could, if I tried, they're common.

    Replies: @songbird

    I thought they were more “mechanical” and indifferent.

    They make these different noises at night, which can sound a bit eerie, or alien, if you are camping, and they are close, and getting closer, and you don’t recognize what beast to associate with it, or what might be encouraging it to make the noise.

    [MORE]

    They are quite huggable for a rodent.

    They do remind me somewhat of capybaras. (At least compared to other rodents). Still, I wouldn’t want a quill in me, and so would rather pet a skunk.

  123. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    The key is who gets the chernozem lands
     
    Yes, that’s one of the drivers in this conflict. In fact, Western agro-giants have already bought up most of these lands for a pittance. They are desperate to keep their loot. It is obvious that on territories Putin ends up controlling the thieves would be left empty-handed. As we all know, thieves hate that.

    Replies: @Philip Owen

    The Chinese had bought huge parts of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia. Also at loot value.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Philip Owen


    The Chinese had bought huge parts of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia.
     
    If memory serves, the Chinese bought “Motor Sich” in Zaporozhie. Clown’s regime stole it from them. End of story.
    , @LondonBob
    @Philip Owen

    Value trap.

  124. @Philip Owen
    @AnonfromTN

    The Chinese had bought huge parts of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia. Also at loot value.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @LondonBob

    The Chinese had bought huge parts of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia.

    If memory serves, the Chinese bought “Motor Sich” in Zaporozhie. Clown’s regime stole it from them. End of story.

  125. @LatW
    @Beckow


    Those are infantile attempts to make yourselves feel better fed by unserious leaks. And “I heard that…” or “expropriation effort..” are very silly.
     
    I'm not positing any version as the right one, I'm simply pointing out to things that look a bit weird. The ISIS version is totally valid - Russia has made a lot of enemies among the Sunni because of its air raiding in Syria (and other places). This is most likely going to remain as a permanent problem now and the war in Ukraine is only going to strain the systems even more and make them more vulnerable to external attacks.

    I agree that Russia has a relatively short window to act, probably till the end of this year.
     
    This is not a given, but if Europe does summon her strength (I'm not counting on America to get their act together, ever from now on... but that, too, is not excluded in....er... a year? Another 6 months?) - then it could be serious for Russia, they are trying to surround Kharkiv now and are hoping to get it without a real fight but that is delusional - it would be an insane, long and bloody battle. Do they have the systems in place to mobilize another couple of hundred thousand? Not everything is that great from the point of view of the psychology of their population.

    I don't get why you're gloating over other people's land being brutally stolen via mass murder - it is going to be your own kids and grandkids who will have to live in a world where this is normalized. If there's a larger conflict, the Slovaks, too, will have to fight, at least some of them.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Beckow

    …things that look a bit weird. The ISIS version is totally valid

    Nothing is weirder than “ISIS”: islamists who only attack other Moslems: Syria, Iran, even Sunni Taleban. Now Russia. ISIS never fought the West or Izrael. They appeared very well armed in Syria as US was trying to overthrow the Syrian government. That is weird, isn’t it? I am skeptical.

    There will be many versions on who is behind it and we will never agree. Enough evidence – by Western standards – ties the attack to Kiev: they were driving to Ukraine. The head of Ukie Nat Security was just fired, Nuland was ‘retired’. US “warning” issued on March 7 was for 48 hours – inapplicable.

    If Russia chooses to blame Kiev they can. West will never agree even if the perps were caught with Ukie documents and phones. They would say it was “fake”. So their views don’t matter – they are in a tailspin of Russia-hatred (as are you), there is no point in a rational discussion.

    The chernozem is in play because Kiev and Nato stupidly attacked Russia and gave them a strong reason to counter-attack. If Ukies lose it they have only themselves to blame. Mistakes have consequences – theuy should have acted normally or took the Minsk deal. I am not happy about any of this, I just describe reality and you don’t like reality if it doesn’t suit you. It doesn’t change it.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow


    Nothing is weirder than “ISIS”[..] I am skeptical.
     
    I haven't followed this whole terrorist attack closely, so I won't comment - but there are several versions floating around. I don't believe the "ISIS" version a 100% either. There may be some kind of a clandestine collaboration behind the scenes among various actors, but to claim this without any real info is not smart. I only go by what I read myself from sources that I trust, I know full well, mostly from reading KavkazCenter for years, that a considerable part of Muslims are angry at RusFed. Muslims are all different, so this is just a faction.

    There also seems to be a discrepancy between the shooters (they looked professionally prepared with spetznaz methods, worked in pairs, one shooting, the other covering, shooting from the hip, able to leave, etc) and those pathetic looking guys they caught. There are other things.


    US “warning” issued on March 7 was for 48 hours – inapplicable.
     
    The Western warning (afaik, it was not just the US, but others as well but may be wrong) was quite accurate - they mentioned that the attack is "imminent" and that the attack would be "at a concert". Then from what I understand the dates were postponed - it might be that the RusFed made security preparations once they first received the warning. There is info explaining the delay. Yet why did they ignore the danger to the concert venues? Maybe they didn't believe the US had good intentions.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Beckow

    , @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    Nothing is weirder than “ISIS”: islamists who only attack other Moslems: Syria, Iran, even Sunni Taleban.

    Muslim on Muslim violence has been the norm for most of Islamic history. Just look at how Muslim factions were fighting both each other and the Syrian government.

    Now Russia. ISIS never fought the West or Izrael. They appeared very well armed in Syria as US was trying to overthrow the Syrian government. That is weird, isn’t it? I am skeptical.

    What is weird? ISIS-K wants an Islamic state that spans Syria, Afghanistan and Iran. They actually oppose the Taliban for not wanting to take part. The Taliban correctly views them as foreign.

    I don't support Muslim extremism but I understand the strategy. If they created an ISIS state in the Middle East then they could use it to launch revolutions in nearby countries. It's much more long term and a better plan than going on a rape 'n kill spree in Israel. Is Hamas in a better place today or a year ago?

    If Russia chooses to blame Kiev they can. West will never agree even if the perps were caught with Ukie documents and phones. They would say it was “fake”. So their views don’t matter – they are in a tailspin of Russia-hatred (as are you), there is no point in a rational discussion.

    ISIS-K took responsibility and has posted video from the attackers. It actually appears that they want to make sure no one believes it was some conspiracy involving Ukraine. They also released a new video where they threaten Putin.

    I am for a rational discussion and I see nothing rational about a US/Ukraine backed conspiracy where the US warns Russia of a possible attack. The people uninterested in a rational discussion just want to blame the Jews and then call any skeptic a Jew. That was occurring at Unz before anyone knew what happened. That also happened with the Hamas attack where the Jew blamers actually suggested it wasn't real. I was called a Jew numerous times for pointing out that Hamas had posted their own videos of the attack. We have some serious reality avoiders and they tend to overlap with Jew hatred and Putin support.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. XYZ, @Beckow

  126. @AnonfromTN
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    Trickster deities are all over the literature.
     
    Religions with crowded pantheons have lots of trickster deities and really entertaining stories about them. Religions that claim to be monotheistic tend to be more boring.

    I say “claim” because revered saints/apostles/prophets are essentially semi-deities, some of them function as local deities. As far as I know, Judaism is the only religion approaching monotheism (it is possible that I just don’t know enough about it).

    Replies: @Beckow

    …revered saints/apostles/prophets are essentially semi-deities

    I always ask believers if there is one (G)od in the Universe, why wouldn’t it be possible to have more? Most Protestants are also monotheistic, no saints or semi-deities…but definitely more boring. It can be oppressive, but we read a lot and don’t have to confess…:)

  127. @Beckow
    @LatW


    ...things that look a bit weird. The ISIS version is totally valid
     
    Nothing is weirder than "ISIS": islamists who only attack other Moslems: Syria, Iran, even Sunni Taleban. Now Russia. ISIS never fought the West or Izrael. They appeared very well armed in Syria as US was trying to overthrow the Syrian government. That is weird, isn't it? I am skeptical.

    There will be many versions on who is behind it and we will never agree. Enough evidence - by Western standards - ties the attack to Kiev: they were driving to Ukraine. The head of Ukie Nat Security was just fired, Nuland was 'retired'. US "warning" issued on March 7 was for 48 hours - inapplicable.

    If Russia chooses to blame Kiev they can. West will never agree even if the perps were caught with Ukie documents and phones. They would say it was "fake". So their views don't matter - they are in a tailspin of Russia-hatred (as are you), there is no point in a rational discussion.

    The chernozem is in play because Kiev and Nato stupidly attacked Russia and gave them a strong reason to counter-attack. If Ukies lose it they have only themselves to blame. Mistakes have consequences - theuy should have acted normally or took the Minsk deal. I am not happy about any of this, I just describe reality and you don't like reality if it doesn't suit you. It doesn't change it.

    Replies: @LatW, @John Johnson

    Nothing is weirder than “ISIS”[..] I am skeptical.

    I haven’t followed this whole terrorist attack closely, so I won’t comment – but there are several versions floating around. I don’t believe the “ISIS” version a 100% either. There may be some kind of a clandestine collaboration behind the scenes among various actors, but to claim this without any real info is not smart. I only go by what I read myself from sources that I trust, I know full well, mostly from reading KavkazCenter for years, that a considerable part of Muslims are angry at RusFed. Muslims are all different, so this is just a faction.

    There also seems to be a discrepancy between the shooters (they looked professionally prepared with spetznaz methods, worked in pairs, one shooting, the other covering, shooting from the hip, able to leave, etc) and those pathetic looking guys they caught. There are other things.

    US “warning” issued on March 7 was for 48 hours – inapplicable.

    The Western warning (afaik, it was not just the US, but others as well but may be wrong) was quite accurate – they mentioned that the attack is “imminent” and that the attack would be “at a concert”. Then from what I understand the dates were postponed – it might be that the RusFed made security preparations once they first received the warning. There is info explaining the delay. Yet why did they ignore the danger to the concert venues? Maybe they didn’t believe the US had good intentions.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @LatW

    There also seems to be a discrepancy between the shooters (they looked professionally prepared with spetznaz methods, worked in pairs, one shooting, the other covering, shooting from the hip, able to leave, etc) and those pathetic looking guys they caught.

    They didn't disguise themselves and there is a picture of them escaping in their car.

    Then from what I understand the dates were postponed – it might be that the RusFed made security preparations once they first received the warning.

    Stop making excuses for Putin.

    All he had to do was post a goon platoon at every concert.

    He chose to ignore the US warning. Why would anyone expect him to take it seriously? He is arrogant and would assume that his FSB would detect any potential attack on his own territory.

    , @Beckow
    @LatW


    Yet why did they ignore the danger to the concert venues?
     
    That's the way they are, they tend to be blase until something happens. But the warning was only from US on March 7 and was very specific: Next 48 hours in Moscow. If the Western media were honest they would say so - it is right there in the warning.

    I also noticed that the shooters look very pathetic - but after what they went through (escape, capture, etc..) that is explainable. Two perps were also shot on the spot - maybe they were the tough guys.

    It is likely there was some Ukie-Western oversight or at least fore-knowledge. It doesn't have to be "government" - there are multiple actors within each country, groups that can act unsupervised. The chief of Kiev National Security, Danilov, was fired with no explanation. Why? It is possible he perished in one of the latest Russian missile attacks - fired In memoriam. Or he was involved with this and there is panic.

    But Russia needs no definite proof - not after Nato lied openly to justify its wars. They can say: we think it was Kiev and that's it. What exactly is the West going to say? That's the problem with lying - nobody listens to you when it matters.

    Replies: @LatW

  128. @QCIC
    @LondonBob

    Interesting theory, but maybe too much hyperventilating.

    Can the hazmat material shift to rail and barge shipment?

    Maybe they can now reroute the hazmat traffic through urban Baltimore. A few big accidents could do that place a lot of good by giving it a fresh start.

    Replies: @LondonBob

    Says the only option is a questionable tunnel. Baltimore is also a huge RORO port, apparently, of much use to the US military. If the Russians had been working on retaliation measures, this bridge would have been top of the list.

    Of course it could still be an act of God, the timing and the location certainly were highly fortuitous.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @LondonBob

    Says the only option is a questionable tunnel. Baltimore is also a huge RORO port, apparently, of much use to the US military. If the Russians had been working on retaliation measures, this bridge would have been top of the list.

    Do you just ignore the news completely?

    It already came out that they lost power and ships in that channel use a bar pilot.

    Replies: @QCIC

  129. @LatW
    @Beckow


    Nothing is weirder than “ISIS”[..] I am skeptical.
     
    I haven't followed this whole terrorist attack closely, so I won't comment - but there are several versions floating around. I don't believe the "ISIS" version a 100% either. There may be some kind of a clandestine collaboration behind the scenes among various actors, but to claim this without any real info is not smart. I only go by what I read myself from sources that I trust, I know full well, mostly from reading KavkazCenter for years, that a considerable part of Muslims are angry at RusFed. Muslims are all different, so this is just a faction.

    There also seems to be a discrepancy between the shooters (they looked professionally prepared with spetznaz methods, worked in pairs, one shooting, the other covering, shooting from the hip, able to leave, etc) and those pathetic looking guys they caught. There are other things.


    US “warning” issued on March 7 was for 48 hours – inapplicable.
     
    The Western warning (afaik, it was not just the US, but others as well but may be wrong) was quite accurate - they mentioned that the attack is "imminent" and that the attack would be "at a concert". Then from what I understand the dates were postponed - it might be that the RusFed made security preparations once they first received the warning. There is info explaining the delay. Yet why did they ignore the danger to the concert venues? Maybe they didn't believe the US had good intentions.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Beckow

    There also seems to be a discrepancy between the shooters (they looked professionally prepared with spetznaz methods, worked in pairs, one shooting, the other covering, shooting from the hip, able to leave, etc) and those pathetic looking guys they caught.

    They didn’t disguise themselves and there is a picture of them escaping in their car.

    Then from what I understand the dates were postponed – it might be that the RusFed made security preparations once they first received the warning.

    Stop making excuses for Putin.

    All he had to do was post a goon platoon at every concert.

    He chose to ignore the US warning. Why would anyone expect him to take it seriously? He is arrogant and would assume that his FSB would detect any potential attack on his own territory.

  130. @LatW
    @Beckow


    Nothing is weirder than “ISIS”[..] I am skeptical.
     
    I haven't followed this whole terrorist attack closely, so I won't comment - but there are several versions floating around. I don't believe the "ISIS" version a 100% either. There may be some kind of a clandestine collaboration behind the scenes among various actors, but to claim this without any real info is not smart. I only go by what I read myself from sources that I trust, I know full well, mostly from reading KavkazCenter for years, that a considerable part of Muslims are angry at RusFed. Muslims are all different, so this is just a faction.

    There also seems to be a discrepancy between the shooters (they looked professionally prepared with spetznaz methods, worked in pairs, one shooting, the other covering, shooting from the hip, able to leave, etc) and those pathetic looking guys they caught. There are other things.


    US “warning” issued on March 7 was for 48 hours – inapplicable.
     
    The Western warning (afaik, it was not just the US, but others as well but may be wrong) was quite accurate - they mentioned that the attack is "imminent" and that the attack would be "at a concert". Then from what I understand the dates were postponed - it might be that the RusFed made security preparations once they first received the warning. There is info explaining the delay. Yet why did they ignore the danger to the concert venues? Maybe they didn't believe the US had good intentions.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Beckow

    Yet why did they ignore the danger to the concert venues?

    That’s the way they are, they tend to be blase until something happens. But the warning was only from US on March 7 and was very specific: Next 48 hours in Moscow. If the Western media were honest they would say so – it is right there in the warning.

    I also noticed that the shooters look very pathetic – but after what they went through (escape, capture, etc..) that is explainable. Two perps were also shot on the spot – maybe they were the tough guys.

    It is likely there was some Ukie-Western oversight or at least fore-knowledge. It doesn’t have to be “government” – there are multiple actors within each country, groups that can act unsupervised. The chief of Kiev National Security, Danilov, was fired with no explanation. Why? It is possible he perished in one of the latest Russian missile attacks – fired In memoriam. Or he was involved with this and there is panic.

    But Russia needs no definite proof – not after Nato lied openly to justify its wars. They can say: we think it was Kiev and that’s it. What exactly is the West going to say? That’s the problem with lying – nobody listens to you when it matters.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow


    That’s the way they are, they tend to be blase until something happens.
     
    They can be both - they are commonly blase (poh*istic) but Moscow also has some of the highest surveillance systems on the planet. The siloviks arrived late. However, it is also likely that they cannot provide security everywhere (they have been cruising through so far based on things being relatively peaceful, except some anti-insurgency operations in Dagestan and surveillance of local opposition groups).

    It's possible that something is going on within the FSB.

    Does it also not seem weird to you that this happened so quickly after the "election"?

    We may never know the full truth, these kinds of things are often not fully revealed. Or only revealed after many years or decades.

    The questions:

    - How many shooters were there? Do we even know?
    - Where did they really head out to - how did they manage to drive 400kms through the Moscow region where they should've been chased by special services with everything they got (helicopters, canines, etc)? Why run towards Belarus where there is another strict pro-Russian regime in place? The Ukrainian border is also swarming with siloviks. Why not run somewhere eastwards?
    - The payment - what kind of an idiot agrees to something like this for a relatively modest payment?
    - Why were the US warnings ignored? Arrogance, mistrust? Paranoia that it would be a provocation?
    - Is all of the video footage available from the security cameras? This is a huge venue, with tons of cameras. There is not that much footage, most of it is from the terrorists themselves or from witnesses, where is the security camera footage?
    - What happened with the sprinkler system - the system was supposed to pull the air out so the people wouldn't get smothered. Did it work or no? There was some kind of a special, professional inflammatory substance used as well.
    - Why were the siloviks so slow to react (the OMON base was very close)?

    Replies: @Beckow

  131. @LondonBob
    @QCIC

    Says the only option is a questionable tunnel. Baltimore is also a huge RORO port, apparently, of much use to the US military. If the Russians had been working on retaliation measures, this bridge would have been top of the list.

    Of course it could still be an act of God, the timing and the location certainly were highly fortuitous.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Says the only option is a questionable tunnel. Baltimore is also a huge RORO port, apparently, of much use to the US military. If the Russians had been working on retaliation measures, this bridge would have been top of the list.

    Do you just ignore the news completely?

    It already came out that they lost power and ships in that channel use a bar pilot.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    I'm impressed that these cargo ships cross the oceans with only one engine and no backup (as far as I know). I wonder how often a ship loses an engine in the middle of the ocean?

    Ice rated vessels and LNG tankers have multiple drivetrains. Some ships have a backup to drive the propeller through through a secondary power source but my impression is this capability is uncommon. Bottom line is that marine propulsion systems are extremely reliable.

    There is some room for skepticism. The generator is usually powered by separate engine, so the lights going out does not mean propulsion is lost. I assume there is temporary backup power for steering and essential bridge controls.

    I don't think the Russians would do this sort of thing unless they think WW3 has already started and is in a slow early phase.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  132. @Beckow
    @LatW


    ...things that look a bit weird. The ISIS version is totally valid
     
    Nothing is weirder than "ISIS": islamists who only attack other Moslems: Syria, Iran, even Sunni Taleban. Now Russia. ISIS never fought the West or Izrael. They appeared very well armed in Syria as US was trying to overthrow the Syrian government. That is weird, isn't it? I am skeptical.

    There will be many versions on who is behind it and we will never agree. Enough evidence - by Western standards - ties the attack to Kiev: they were driving to Ukraine. The head of Ukie Nat Security was just fired, Nuland was 'retired'. US "warning" issued on March 7 was for 48 hours - inapplicable.

    If Russia chooses to blame Kiev they can. West will never agree even if the perps were caught with Ukie documents and phones. They would say it was "fake". So their views don't matter - they are in a tailspin of Russia-hatred (as are you), there is no point in a rational discussion.

    The chernozem is in play because Kiev and Nato stupidly attacked Russia and gave them a strong reason to counter-attack. If Ukies lose it they have only themselves to blame. Mistakes have consequences - theuy should have acted normally or took the Minsk deal. I am not happy about any of this, I just describe reality and you don't like reality if it doesn't suit you. It doesn't change it.

    Replies: @LatW, @John Johnson

    Nothing is weirder than “ISIS”: islamists who only attack other Moslems: Syria, Iran, even Sunni Taleban.

    Muslim on Muslim violence has been the norm for most of Islamic history. Just look at how Muslim factions were fighting both each other and the Syrian government.

    Now Russia. ISIS never fought the West or Izrael. They appeared very well armed in Syria as US was trying to overthrow the Syrian government. That is weird, isn’t it? I am skeptical.

    What is weird? ISIS-K wants an Islamic state that spans Syria, Afghanistan and Iran. They actually oppose the Taliban for not wanting to take part. The Taliban correctly views them as foreign.

    I don’t support Muslim extremism but I understand the strategy. If they created an ISIS state in the Middle East then they could use it to launch revolutions in nearby countries. It’s much more long term and a better plan than going on a rape ‘n kill spree in Israel. Is Hamas in a better place today or a year ago?

    If Russia chooses to blame Kiev they can. West will never agree even if the perps were caught with Ukie documents and phones. They would say it was “fake”. So their views don’t matter – they are in a tailspin of Russia-hatred (as are you), there is no point in a rational discussion.

    ISIS-K took responsibility and has posted video from the attackers. It actually appears that they want to make sure no one believes it was some conspiracy involving Ukraine. They also released a new video where they threaten Putin.

    I am for a rational discussion and I see nothing rational about a US/Ukraine backed conspiracy where the US warns Russia of a possible attack. The people uninterested in a rational discussion just want to blame the Jews and then call any skeptic a Jew. That was occurring at Unz before anyone knew what happened. That also happened with the Hamas attack where the Jew blamers actually suggested it wasn’t real. I was called a Jew numerous times for pointing out that Hamas had posted their own videos of the attack. We have some serious reality avoiders and they tend to overlap with Jew hatred and Putin support.

    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @John Johnson

    https://twitter.com/sethharpesq/status/1771944673063374979

    The perps said they took money and attacked on Ramadan. They were caught heading towards Kiev regime controlled Ukraine. Nothing suspicious about that. ISIS has been involved in the Russia-Kiev regime conflict:

    https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-8-2015-011933_EN.html

    Some other factual points running counter to your preferred spin:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-Ez3Tec5fk

    Feel free to ramble on about something else as you typically do.

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson


    What is weird? ISIS-K wants an Islamic state that spans Syria, Afghanistan and Iran. They actually oppose the Taliban for not wanting to take part. The Taliban correctly views them as foreign.

     

    Yes, the Taliban are nationalist Islamists while al-Qaeda and ISIS are transnational/international Islamists. The Taliban is quite content to rule their own little fiefdom and not seek trouble elsewhere. But the other two have much broader ambitions.

    BTW, off-topic, but it's quite interesting: Had Putin not invaded Ukraine in 2022, it's entirely possible that Uzbekistan (and Tajikistan as well) would be actively seeking Eurasian Economic Union membership today. This would likely be even more true had Putin either quickly annexed the Donbass in addition to Crimea back in 2014 or not done anything at all other than loud, vocal complaining back in 2014.

    I wonder if the Crocus attack will cause Russians to sour on the Eurasian Economic Union since the goal of the EEU post-2022 is to reintegrate Russia with Central Asia.

    , @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...I am for a rational discussion
     
    No, you are not. You suffer from serious Russo-phobia, don't address reality, go on silly tangents, and transparently manipulate.

    With "ISIS" you try too hard. There is no such thing as ISIS-K took responsibility - we have no idea who is posting and who manages them. There is not a scintilla of evidence among the caught terrorists that they had anything to do with "ISIS". They were made to look like they could be "ISIS", but ISIS would not attack on Ramadan Friday - they would pray. It is an obvious misdirection.

    The question is why are some so desperate to point to "ISIS"? Quickly and with no time to deliberate. Have you ever read a good detective story? Not the trash in WalMart, something intelligent?

    Replies: @John Johnson

  133. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird

    Arthur Schopenhauer was a brilliant writer and one of my all time top tens for sure.

    With regards to humans, behavior, psychology, topics like that he was utterly retarded. He was born in the .1% and never actually knew one regular human.

    Apparently his mom was a real piece of work.

    Have you seen Kerry Howley's New York Magazine expose' of Andrew Huberman? It's the best thing I have read this year. She is razor sharp. Poor Andrew Huberman is going to regret hearing the name Kerry Howley for a very long time.

    Replies: @songbird

    He was born in the .1% and never actually knew one regular human.

    have sometimes wondered what percentage of people In Europe had their own portraits painted.

    [MORE]

    Apparently his mom was a real piece of work.

    would like German_reader to review her travelogues and post any anthropological excerpts here. I will start off the thread:. (as I was speaking a while ago about how common it was for people to go barefoot in the past.)

    Schon hier, so nahe an der englischen Grenze, fiel uns der Unterschied zwischen dem englischen und schottischen Volke merklich auf. Freundliches, gutmütiges Zuvorkommen, Treuherzigkeit, verbunden mit großer, aber fröhlicher Armut, erinnerte uns immer an die Bewohner deutscher Gebirge. Schuhe und Strümpfe, ohne welche man in England keinen Bettler erblickt, sind hier schon hoher Luxus. Die arbeitende Klasse und der größte Teil der Kinder, selbst wohlhabender Eltern, laufen Sommer und Winter barfuß; vielleicht geschieht dies fast ebenso oft aus Gewohnheit als aus Armut; aber es fällt sehr auf, wenn man aus England kommt, wo dergleichen unerhört ist

    https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/10823/pg10823-images.html

    BTW, I have often wondered how people went barefoot in winter. I mean not as cold there as where I am, but still pretty cold.

    She does sound quite haughty, but I only read the tiniest bit.

    Have you seen Kerry Howley’s New York Magazine expose’ of Andrew Huberman?

    Have not.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird


    BTW, I have often wondered how people went barefoot in winter.
     
    The adaptability of homo sapiens is astonishing. Eskimos in igloos to Kalahari bushmen. When we bring back the velociraptor he will quickly learn to stay the hell away from humans.

    https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/jurassicworld-evolution/images/b/bd/Velociraptor_JWE2_Profile.png
  134. @John Johnson
    @LondonBob

    Says the only option is a questionable tunnel. Baltimore is also a huge RORO port, apparently, of much use to the US military. If the Russians had been working on retaliation measures, this bridge would have been top of the list.

    Do you just ignore the news completely?

    It already came out that they lost power and ships in that channel use a bar pilot.

    Replies: @QCIC

    I’m impressed that these cargo ships cross the oceans with only one engine and no backup (as far as I know). I wonder how often a ship loses an engine in the middle of the ocean?

    Ice rated vessels and LNG tankers have multiple drivetrains. Some ships have a backup to drive the propeller through through a secondary power source but my impression is this capability is uncommon. Bottom line is that marine propulsion systems are extremely reliable.

    There is some room for skepticism. The generator is usually powered by separate engine, so the lights going out does not mean propulsion is lost. I assume there is temporary backup power for steering and essential bridge controls.

    I don’t think the Russians would do this sort of thing unless they think WW3 has already started and is in a slow early phase.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @QCIC

    I’m impressed that these cargo ships cross the oceans with only one engine and no backup (as far as I know). I wonder how often a ship loses an engine in the middle of the ocean?

    I don't know and I wonder if they put the anchor down to at least try to slow it.

    There is some room for skepticism. The generator is usually powered by separate engine, so the lights going out does not mean propulsion is lost. I assume there is temporary backup power for steering and essential bridge controls.

    With a bar pilot there would actually be two captains on board. The bar pilot reported it was mechanical and the ship has a history of problems.

    I don’t think the Russians would do this sort of thing unless they think WW3 has already started and is in a slow early phase.

    If they wanted to go after a port this wouldn't be a very good one. Makes more sense to sabotage a German port which is where the weapons go from multiple countries.

    Replies: @QCIC

  135. @Philip Owen
    @QCIC

    Takes money, time and skilled labour to install. Right now warehouse costs in Russia are sky high because the Enterprise Planning Systems have been cut off (if cloud based) or are not maintained if purchased to run on the firm's own computers. To go from there to robots is a very big reach. The software engineers are all in Dubai anyway.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Yes, but it might be a wise investment versus flooding the country with cheap labor. It doesn’t work for everything and I have mixed feelings about extreme automation, but there may be a place for it.

  136. @songbird
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    He was born in the .1% and never actually knew one regular human.
     
    have sometimes wondered what percentage of people In Europe had their own portraits painted.

    Apparently his mom was a real piece of work.
     
    would like German_reader to review her travelogues and post any anthropological excerpts here. I will start off the thread:. (as I was speaking a while ago about how common it was for people to go barefoot in the past.)

    Schon hier, so nahe an der englischen Grenze, fiel uns der Unterschied zwischen dem englischen und schottischen Volke merklich auf. Freundliches, gutmütiges Zuvorkommen, Treuherzigkeit, verbunden mit großer, aber fröhlicher Armut, erinnerte uns immer an die Bewohner deutscher Gebirge. Schuhe und Strümpfe, ohne welche man in England keinen Bettler erblickt, sind hier schon hoher Luxus. Die arbeitende Klasse und der größte Teil der Kinder, selbst wohlhabender Eltern, laufen Sommer und Winter barfuß; vielleicht geschieht dies fast ebenso oft aus Gewohnheit als aus Armut; aber es fällt sehr auf, wenn man aus England kommt, wo dergleichen unerhört ist
     
    https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/10823/pg10823-images.html

    BTW, I have often wondered how people went barefoot in winter. I mean not as cold there as where I am, but still pretty cold.

    She does sound quite haughty, but I only read the tiniest bit.

    Have you seen Kerry Howley’s New York Magazine expose’ of Andrew Huberman?
     
    Have not.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    BTW, I have often wondered how people went barefoot in winter.

    The adaptability of homo sapiens is astonishing. Eskimos in igloos to Kalahari bushmen. When we bring back the velociraptor he will quickly learn to stay the hell away from humans.

    • Agree: songbird
  137. @LondonBob
    @AnonfromTN

    I don't rule out it was an act of man, an element of Russian humour in it. The attack did coincide with when civilian casualties would be minimised, as well as other factors.



    https://twitter.com/laralogan/status/1772675651599770093?t=OKLgDxapsLOb4_digKkQMw&s=19

    Replies: @QCIC, @AnonfromTN

    I don’t rule out it was an act of man, an element of Russian humour in it.

    Do you mean that Ukrainian captain was Putin’s agent? Or maybe Kremlin agent? From the POV of Ukrainian media Ukrainians fall into two categories: Putin’s agents and Kremlin agents. Curiously, Ukies believe that this distinction matters.

    • Replies: @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    You are predicably gullible, believing and repeating all the nonsense from the Russian channels. The ship had a Ukrainian captain in 2016. This crew was Indian.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  138. @Beckow
    @LatW


    Yet why did they ignore the danger to the concert venues?
     
    That's the way they are, they tend to be blase until something happens. But the warning was only from US on March 7 and was very specific: Next 48 hours in Moscow. If the Western media were honest they would say so - it is right there in the warning.

    I also noticed that the shooters look very pathetic - but after what they went through (escape, capture, etc..) that is explainable. Two perps were also shot on the spot - maybe they were the tough guys.

    It is likely there was some Ukie-Western oversight or at least fore-knowledge. It doesn't have to be "government" - there are multiple actors within each country, groups that can act unsupervised. The chief of Kiev National Security, Danilov, was fired with no explanation. Why? It is possible he perished in one of the latest Russian missile attacks - fired In memoriam. Or he was involved with this and there is panic.

    But Russia needs no definite proof - not after Nato lied openly to justify its wars. They can say: we think it was Kiev and that's it. What exactly is the West going to say? That's the problem with lying - nobody listens to you when it matters.

    Replies: @LatW

    That’s the way they are, they tend to be blase until something happens.

    They can be both – they are commonly blase (poh*istic) but Moscow also has some of the highest surveillance systems on the planet. The siloviks arrived late. However, it is also likely that they cannot provide security everywhere (they have been cruising through so far based on things being relatively peaceful, except some anti-insurgency operations in Dagestan and surveillance of local opposition groups).

    It’s possible that something is going on within the FSB.

    Does it also not seem weird to you that this happened so quickly after the “election”?

    We may never know the full truth, these kinds of things are often not fully revealed. Or only revealed after many years or decades.

    The questions:

    – How many shooters were there? Do we even know?
    – Where did they really head out to – how did they manage to drive 400kms through the Moscow region where they should’ve been chased by special services with everything they got (helicopters, canines, etc)? Why run towards Belarus where there is another strict pro-Russian regime in place? The Ukrainian border is also swarming with siloviks. Why not run somewhere eastwards?
    – The payment – what kind of an idiot agrees to something like this for a relatively modest payment?
    – Why were the US warnings ignored? Arrogance, mistrust? Paranoia that it would be a provocation?
    – Is all of the video footage available from the security cameras? This is a huge venue, with tons of cameras. There is not that much footage, most of it is from the terrorists themselves or from witnesses, where is the security camera footage?
    – What happened with the sprinkler system – the system was supposed to pull the air out so the people wouldn’t get smothered. Did it work or no? There was some kind of a special, professional inflammatory substance used as well.
    – Why were the siloviks so slow to react (the OMON base was very close)?

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @LatW

    I agree we will not know the full truth - that is the case with most of these attacks.

    - How many shooters were there? Do we even know? 4 to 6

    Where did they really head out to?....Why not run somewhere eastwards?
    East is too far and the roads are bad. They didn't go to Belarus - on the map the turn to Belarus was 50 km earlier and they didn't take it. They were going to Ukraine - whether they had a welcome prepared we don't know. But if they knew where to cross and the other side was waiting it was possible.
    Regarding the late response: it is always like that - in the first few hours there is chaos, nobody knows which way to go. Friday nights a lot of people are partying.

    The payment: The debit cards were only to cover expenses ($5k). If there was a payment it was much bigger and not on the Russian MIR debit cards. Think.

    Why were the US warnings ignored? They said in 48 hours on 3/7. It was 3/22.

    Why were the siloviks so slow to react? The attack took 15 minutes and it was Friday night. If they were slow (I don't know) maybe they were drunk.

    It looks like a few credible looking but dumb Tajiks were hired to shoot up the place - it went easier and bigger than the organizers anticipated. They were supposed to escape to Ukraine. The organizer could be in Ukie security apparatus with a wink from US or UK - that explains why Nuland and Danilov were fired and Kiev is in panic. And the Westie media weird "look at ISIS" scripted - and too eager - response.

    Other versions are possible, or it could have been more complicated. But Occam's razor is usually correct.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @LatW

  139. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    Nothing is weirder than “ISIS”: islamists who only attack other Moslems: Syria, Iran, even Sunni Taleban.

    Muslim on Muslim violence has been the norm for most of Islamic history. Just look at how Muslim factions were fighting both each other and the Syrian government.

    Now Russia. ISIS never fought the West or Izrael. They appeared very well armed in Syria as US was trying to overthrow the Syrian government. That is weird, isn’t it? I am skeptical.

    What is weird? ISIS-K wants an Islamic state that spans Syria, Afghanistan and Iran. They actually oppose the Taliban for not wanting to take part. The Taliban correctly views them as foreign.

    I don't support Muslim extremism but I understand the strategy. If they created an ISIS state in the Middle East then they could use it to launch revolutions in nearby countries. It's much more long term and a better plan than going on a rape 'n kill spree in Israel. Is Hamas in a better place today or a year ago?

    If Russia chooses to blame Kiev they can. West will never agree even if the perps were caught with Ukie documents and phones. They would say it was “fake”. So their views don’t matter – they are in a tailspin of Russia-hatred (as are you), there is no point in a rational discussion.

    ISIS-K took responsibility and has posted video from the attackers. It actually appears that they want to make sure no one believes it was some conspiracy involving Ukraine. They also released a new video where they threaten Putin.

    I am for a rational discussion and I see nothing rational about a US/Ukraine backed conspiracy where the US warns Russia of a possible attack. The people uninterested in a rational discussion just want to blame the Jews and then call any skeptic a Jew. That was occurring at Unz before anyone knew what happened. That also happened with the Hamas attack where the Jew blamers actually suggested it wasn't real. I was called a Jew numerous times for pointing out that Hamas had posted their own videos of the attack. We have some serious reality avoiders and they tend to overlap with Jew hatred and Putin support.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. XYZ, @Beckow

    The perps said they took money and attacked on Ramadan. They were caught heading towards Kiev regime controlled Ukraine. Nothing suspicious about that. ISIS has been involved in the Russia-Kiev regime conflict:

    https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-8-2015-011933_EN.html

    Some other factual points running counter to your preferred spin:

    Feel free to ramble on about something else as you typically do.

  140. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    Nothing is weirder than “ISIS”: islamists who only attack other Moslems: Syria, Iran, even Sunni Taleban.

    Muslim on Muslim violence has been the norm for most of Islamic history. Just look at how Muslim factions were fighting both each other and the Syrian government.

    Now Russia. ISIS never fought the West or Izrael. They appeared very well armed in Syria as US was trying to overthrow the Syrian government. That is weird, isn’t it? I am skeptical.

    What is weird? ISIS-K wants an Islamic state that spans Syria, Afghanistan and Iran. They actually oppose the Taliban for not wanting to take part. The Taliban correctly views them as foreign.

    I don't support Muslim extremism but I understand the strategy. If they created an ISIS state in the Middle East then they could use it to launch revolutions in nearby countries. It's much more long term and a better plan than going on a rape 'n kill spree in Israel. Is Hamas in a better place today or a year ago?

    If Russia chooses to blame Kiev they can. West will never agree even if the perps were caught with Ukie documents and phones. They would say it was “fake”. So their views don’t matter – they are in a tailspin of Russia-hatred (as are you), there is no point in a rational discussion.

    ISIS-K took responsibility and has posted video from the attackers. It actually appears that they want to make sure no one believes it was some conspiracy involving Ukraine. They also released a new video where they threaten Putin.

    I am for a rational discussion and I see nothing rational about a US/Ukraine backed conspiracy where the US warns Russia of a possible attack. The people uninterested in a rational discussion just want to blame the Jews and then call any skeptic a Jew. That was occurring at Unz before anyone knew what happened. That also happened with the Hamas attack where the Jew blamers actually suggested it wasn't real. I was called a Jew numerous times for pointing out that Hamas had posted their own videos of the attack. We have some serious reality avoiders and they tend to overlap with Jew hatred and Putin support.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. XYZ, @Beckow

    What is weird? ISIS-K wants an Islamic state that spans Syria, Afghanistan and Iran. They actually oppose the Taliban for not wanting to take part. The Taliban correctly views them as foreign.

    Yes, the Taliban are nationalist Islamists while al-Qaeda and ISIS are transnational/international Islamists. The Taliban is quite content to rule their own little fiefdom and not seek trouble elsewhere. But the other two have much broader ambitions.

    BTW, off-topic, but it’s quite interesting: Had Putin not invaded Ukraine in 2022, it’s entirely possible that Uzbekistan (and Tajikistan as well) would be actively seeking Eurasian Economic Union membership today. This would likely be even more true had Putin either quickly annexed the Donbass in addition to Crimea back in 2014 or not done anything at all other than loud, vocal complaining back in 2014.

    I wonder if the Crocus attack will cause Russians to sour on the Eurasian Economic Union since the goal of the EEU post-2022 is to reintegrate Russia with Central Asia.

  141. @AnonfromTN
    @LondonBob


    I don’t rule out it was an act of man, an element of Russian humour in it.
     
    Do you mean that Ukrainian captain was Putin’s agent? Or maybe Kremlin agent? From the POV of Ukrainian media Ukrainians fall into two categories: Putin’s agents and Kremlin agents. Curiously, Ukies believe that this distinction matters.

    Replies: @AP

    You are predicably gullible, believing and repeating all the nonsense from the Russian channels. The ship had a Ukrainian captain in 2016. This crew was Indian.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    AP, I've got an off-topic alternate history question for you:

    Would an early Entente victory in WWI have been such a bad thing? I mean, a late Entente victory in WWI was pretty bad because it helped lead to both Nazism and Communism, both of which subsequently caused unparalleled suffering in the history of the world. But an early Entente victory, such as if there would have been no Haber-Bosch process, thus ensuring that Germany would have ran out of ammonia to produce munitions around 1916 and thus ensuring that Germany would have subsequently lost WWI by default, sounds like it would have been a pretty good scenario, no? Well, other than for the Turks, who will likely get ethnically cleansed from Constantinople, et cetera and lose Ottoman Armenia as well, being pushed back to their historical homeland of the Anatolian highlands before Russia possibly eventually takes it over as well, especially if it will become a dysfunctional state (similar to what Russia did with Kokand in Central Asia several decades earlier). And of course the Poles might not get their independence, at least not until and unless Russia will eventually implode later on, such as if a revolution (hopefully a non-Bolshevik one) still eventually occurs in Russia even with an early Entente WWI victory. And this would have been a great scenario for Ukrainians because Galicians could have spread Ukrainian nationalist ideas into the rest of Ukraine much more easily once Russia would have annexed Galicia, even after accounting for subsequent Russian repression.

    What do you think?

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  142. : I have a question: Should we categorically refuse to admit any immigrants from groups that have above-average crime rates? You use that logic in regards to Muslims and terrorism, even for liberal/reformist Muslims. And should the same logic apply to housing? Should the US Supreme Court overturn its past precedents that made racially restrictive housing covenants unconstitutional, for instance?

  143. @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    You are predicably gullible, believing and repeating all the nonsense from the Russian channels. The ship had a Ukrainian captain in 2016. This crew was Indian.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    AP, I’ve got an off-topic alternate history question for you:

    Would an early Entente victory in WWI have been such a bad thing? I mean, a late Entente victory in WWI was pretty bad because it helped lead to both Nazism and Communism, both of which subsequently caused unparalleled suffering in the history of the world. But an early Entente victory, such as if there would have been no Haber-Bosch process, thus ensuring that Germany would have ran out of ammonia to produce munitions around 1916 and thus ensuring that Germany would have subsequently lost WWI by default, sounds like it would have been a pretty good scenario, no? Well, other than for the Turks, who will likely get ethnically cleansed from Constantinople, et cetera and lose Ottoman Armenia as well, being pushed back to their historical homeland of the Anatolian highlands before Russia possibly eventually takes it over as well, especially if it will become a dysfunctional state (similar to what Russia did with Kokand in Central Asia several decades earlier). And of course the Poles might not get their independence, at least not until and unless Russia will eventually implode later on, such as if a revolution (hopefully a non-Bolshevik one) still eventually occurs in Russia even with an early Entente WWI victory. And this would have been a great scenario for Ukrainians because Galicians could have spread Ukrainian nationalist ideas into the rest of Ukraine much more easily once Russia would have annexed Galicia, even after accounting for subsequent Russian repression.

    What do you think?

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Mr. XYZ

    I might as well add a second question to this:

    Had Austria-Hungary somehow collapsed before WWI, would this have really been a less stable European arrangement than was actually the case in real life?

    https://preview.redd.it/what-if-austria-hungary-collapses-before-ww1-v0-3an11ftlzis81.png?width=640&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=a89a88de5722c1649ea5d5d781a4d75f7ea2fe6d

    It would have ben more oppressive for certain peoples, such as the Czechs, Poles, and Ukrainians, no doubt about that. But a general European war, let alone a World War, would have been much less likely to occur in such a scenario, no?

    Replies: @Derer

  144. Ok!

    The U.N has given the world ammunition to act against Israel if they continue killing Palistinians when a ceasefire has been demanded.

    Lets see which nations will sanction Israel and which will only prevaricate, we know the U.S is the first prevaricator.

  145. Earlier in the month at Crocus City Hall, there was the return of Kirkorov on the first channel for International Women’s Day.

    Kirkorov has been banned at the New Year Eve show on channel one this year, apparently some bloggers were angry about pictures of a semi-nude party of famous Moscow celebrities before New Year and this had been viral on the internet.

    On the 8th of March, it seemed like harmony had been restored in Russian television concerts.

    Kirkorov (10:00) and Baskov singing together, for the festive concert at Crocus City Hall. Dima Bilan (47:00) has also returned on channel one after the same semi-nude party as Kirkorov.

    It cannot be imagined that in 2 weeks, the concert hall was burned and the roof collapsed.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Dmitry

    Could this exp!ain Baltimore?

    PEACE 😇

     
    https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEi0-9uD7hsRsCbKFV_s6vI96dyOVCuc08-JrJyt7hPyIGgfGhGeiecnpO2NLhEB2qEKmVULQLnKNDH5OAMBgxmfmScyZ8IJd8rVRlj7eHHC7yNfMqGvdSbNfiKZ8U9zAAqo-ZdfWYIsNo6NQ0SvesYuNHoRDvrolEKFBDjzwmh8y7usxbpE7M4AIljGyW0/s640/90miles91c6efa4a652501bad47070f9e69af2f_655b584a_640.jpg

    Replies: @QCIC

  146. @LatW
    @Beckow


    That’s the way they are, they tend to be blase until something happens.
     
    They can be both - they are commonly blase (poh*istic) but Moscow also has some of the highest surveillance systems on the planet. The siloviks arrived late. However, it is also likely that they cannot provide security everywhere (they have been cruising through so far based on things being relatively peaceful, except some anti-insurgency operations in Dagestan and surveillance of local opposition groups).

    It's possible that something is going on within the FSB.

    Does it also not seem weird to you that this happened so quickly after the "election"?

    We may never know the full truth, these kinds of things are often not fully revealed. Or only revealed after many years or decades.

    The questions:

    - How many shooters were there? Do we even know?
    - Where did they really head out to - how did they manage to drive 400kms through the Moscow region where they should've been chased by special services with everything they got (helicopters, canines, etc)? Why run towards Belarus where there is another strict pro-Russian regime in place? The Ukrainian border is also swarming with siloviks. Why not run somewhere eastwards?
    - The payment - what kind of an idiot agrees to something like this for a relatively modest payment?
    - Why were the US warnings ignored? Arrogance, mistrust? Paranoia that it would be a provocation?
    - Is all of the video footage available from the security cameras? This is a huge venue, with tons of cameras. There is not that much footage, most of it is from the terrorists themselves or from witnesses, where is the security camera footage?
    - What happened with the sprinkler system - the system was supposed to pull the air out so the people wouldn't get smothered. Did it work or no? There was some kind of a special, professional inflammatory substance used as well.
    - Why were the siloviks so slow to react (the OMON base was very close)?

    Replies: @Beckow

    I agree we will not know the full truth – that is the case with most of these attacks.

    – How many shooters were there? Do we even know? 4 to 6

    Where did they really head out to?….Why not run somewhere eastwards?
    East is too far and the roads are bad. They didn’t go to Belarus – on the map the turn to Belarus was 50 km earlier and they didn’t take it. They were going to Ukraine – whether they had a welcome prepared we don’t know. But if they knew where to cross and the other side was waiting it was possible.
    Regarding the late response: it is always like that – in the first few hours there is chaos, nobody knows which way to go. Friday nights a lot of people are partying.

    The payment: The debit cards were only to cover expenses ($5k). If there was a payment it was much bigger and not on the Russian MIR debit cards. Think.

    Why were the US warnings ignored? They said in 48 hours on 3/7. It was 3/22.

    Why were the siloviks so slow to react? The attack took 15 minutes and it was Friday night. If they were slow (I don’t know) maybe they were drunk.

    It looks like a few credible looking but dumb Tajiks were hired to shoot up the place – it went easier and bigger than the organizers anticipated. They were supposed to escape to Ukraine. The organizer could be in Ukie security apparatus with a wink from US or UK – that explains why Nuland and Danilov were fired and Kiev is in panic. And the Westie media weird “look at ISIS” scripted – and too eager – response.

    Other versions are possible, or it could have been more complicated. But Occam’s razor is usually correct.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    It looks like a few credible looking but dumb Tajiks were hired to shoot up the place – it went easier and bigger than the organizers anticipated. They were supposed to escape to Ukraine.

    How do we know they planned on escaping to Ukraine? Lukashenko thinks they were going to Belarus.

    The organizer could be in Ukie security apparatus with a wink from US or UK – that explains why Nuland and Danilov were fired and Kiev is in panic.

    US/UK share intelligence which means.....they warned Russia of an attack they supported? That doesn't make any sense.

    Why would they target a rock concert and not a social function with officers or Putin supporters?

    You do realize this is the second time that Muslim extremists have attacked a theater in Russia? Was the first one also a US/UK conspiracy?

    All Putin had to do was put a goon squad on the concert and these Muslim losers would not have been able to overwhelm the guards. But he ignored the warning and the world can see that. What an embarrassment to have the CIA outshine you in your own country.

    But such a stark contrast is nothing new. Let's not forget that the Soviets would have lost WW2 if not for the Turing machine. The entire German Kursk battleplan was handed to the Soviets by the Allies. In fact they tried warning Stalin of an impending attack in 1941 and he ignored them on the belief that it was propaganda. All he had to do was put his military in a defensive position as a precaution. Sounds awfully familiar.

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @LatW
    @Beckow


    – Why were the siloviks so slow to react? The attack took 15 minutes and it was Friday night. If they were slow (I don’t know) maybe they were drunk.
     
    It doesn't matter for special forces that it's a Friday night - they are always ready to go. And of course they are not drunk (that was a joke, right?). It took them an hour and 15 minutes to start storming?

    Replies: @Beckow

  147. A123 says: • Website
    @Dmitry
    Earlier in the month at Crocus City Hall, there was the return of Kirkorov on the first channel for International Women's Day.

    Kirkorov has been banned at the New Year Eve show on channel one this year, apparently some bloggers were angry about pictures of a semi-nude party of famous Moscow celebrities before New Year and this had been viral on the internet.

    On the 8th of March, it seemed like harmony had been restored in Russian television concerts.

    Kirkorov (10:00) and Baskov singing together, for the festive concert at Crocus City Hall. Dima Bilan (47:00) has also returned on channel one after the same semi-nude party as Kirkorov.

    It cannot be imagined that in 2 weeks, the concert hall was burned and the roof collapsed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wuf_d2g7ADY

    Replies: @A123

    Could this exp!ain Baltimore?

    PEACE 😇

     

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @A123

    To whom it may concern, select your cruise:

    Next stop Lekki

    or

    Next stop Cabello

    or

    Next stop Limon.

    Bon voyage!

  148. @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    I'm impressed that these cargo ships cross the oceans with only one engine and no backup (as far as I know). I wonder how often a ship loses an engine in the middle of the ocean?

    Ice rated vessels and LNG tankers have multiple drivetrains. Some ships have a backup to drive the propeller through through a secondary power source but my impression is this capability is uncommon. Bottom line is that marine propulsion systems are extremely reliable.

    There is some room for skepticism. The generator is usually powered by separate engine, so the lights going out does not mean propulsion is lost. I assume there is temporary backup power for steering and essential bridge controls.

    I don't think the Russians would do this sort of thing unless they think WW3 has already started and is in a slow early phase.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    I’m impressed that these cargo ships cross the oceans with only one engine and no backup (as far as I know). I wonder how often a ship loses an engine in the middle of the ocean?

    I don’t know and I wonder if they put the anchor down to at least try to slow it.

    There is some room for skepticism. The generator is usually powered by separate engine, so the lights going out does not mean propulsion is lost. I assume there is temporary backup power for steering and essential bridge controls.

    With a bar pilot there would actually be two captains on board. The bar pilot reported it was mechanical and the ship has a history of problems.

    I don’t think the Russians would do this sort of thing unless they think WW3 has already started and is in a slow early phase.

    If they wanted to go after a port this wouldn’t be a very good one. Makes more sense to sabotage a German port which is where the weapons go from multiple countries.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Hopefully we will get a complete and credible report on the ship accident, though it is often surprising how much seemingly useful detail can be given without explaining the root cause.

    The sinking of the Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad is a perfect example of this issue.

  149. @Beckow
    @LatW

    I agree we will not know the full truth - that is the case with most of these attacks.

    - How many shooters were there? Do we even know? 4 to 6

    Where did they really head out to?....Why not run somewhere eastwards?
    East is too far and the roads are bad. They didn't go to Belarus - on the map the turn to Belarus was 50 km earlier and they didn't take it. They were going to Ukraine - whether they had a welcome prepared we don't know. But if they knew where to cross and the other side was waiting it was possible.
    Regarding the late response: it is always like that - in the first few hours there is chaos, nobody knows which way to go. Friday nights a lot of people are partying.

    The payment: The debit cards were only to cover expenses ($5k). If there was a payment it was much bigger and not on the Russian MIR debit cards. Think.

    Why were the US warnings ignored? They said in 48 hours on 3/7. It was 3/22.

    Why were the siloviks so slow to react? The attack took 15 minutes and it was Friday night. If they were slow (I don't know) maybe they were drunk.

    It looks like a few credible looking but dumb Tajiks were hired to shoot up the place - it went easier and bigger than the organizers anticipated. They were supposed to escape to Ukraine. The organizer could be in Ukie security apparatus with a wink from US or UK - that explains why Nuland and Danilov were fired and Kiev is in panic. And the Westie media weird "look at ISIS" scripted - and too eager - response.

    Other versions are possible, or it could have been more complicated. But Occam's razor is usually correct.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @LatW

    It looks like a few credible looking but dumb Tajiks were hired to shoot up the place – it went easier and bigger than the organizers anticipated. They were supposed to escape to Ukraine.

    How do we know they planned on escaping to Ukraine? Lukashenko thinks they were going to Belarus.

    The organizer could be in Ukie security apparatus with a wink from US or UK – that explains why Nuland and Danilov were fired and Kiev is in panic.

    US/UK share intelligence which means…..they warned Russia of an attack they supported? That doesn’t make any sense.

    Why would they target a rock concert and not a social function with officers or Putin supporters?

    You do realize this is the second time that Muslim extremists have attacked a theater in Russia? Was the first one also a US/UK conspiracy?

    All Putin had to do was put a goon squad on the concert and these Muslim losers would not have been able to overwhelm the guards. But he ignored the warning and the world can see that. What an embarrassment to have the CIA outshine you in your own country.

    But such a stark contrast is nothing new. Let’s not forget that the Soviets would have lost WW2 if not for the Turing machine. The entire German Kursk battleplan was handed to the Soviets by the Allies. In fact they tried warning Stalin of an impending attack in 1941 and he ignored them on the belief that it was propaganda. All he had to do was put his military in a defensive position as a precaution. Sounds awfully familiar.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    The Ukraine situation has been near the brink of starting a World War for two years. There is no reason to expect ANY of the players to tell the complete story or even the truth. Actions speak louder than words, assuming we find out what the actions turn out to be.

  150. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    Nothing is weirder than “ISIS”: islamists who only attack other Moslems: Syria, Iran, even Sunni Taleban.

    Muslim on Muslim violence has been the norm for most of Islamic history. Just look at how Muslim factions were fighting both each other and the Syrian government.

    Now Russia. ISIS never fought the West or Izrael. They appeared very well armed in Syria as US was trying to overthrow the Syrian government. That is weird, isn’t it? I am skeptical.

    What is weird? ISIS-K wants an Islamic state that spans Syria, Afghanistan and Iran. They actually oppose the Taliban for not wanting to take part. The Taliban correctly views them as foreign.

    I don't support Muslim extremism but I understand the strategy. If they created an ISIS state in the Middle East then they could use it to launch revolutions in nearby countries. It's much more long term and a better plan than going on a rape 'n kill spree in Israel. Is Hamas in a better place today or a year ago?

    If Russia chooses to blame Kiev they can. West will never agree even if the perps were caught with Ukie documents and phones. They would say it was “fake”. So their views don’t matter – they are in a tailspin of Russia-hatred (as are you), there is no point in a rational discussion.

    ISIS-K took responsibility and has posted video from the attackers. It actually appears that they want to make sure no one believes it was some conspiracy involving Ukraine. They also released a new video where they threaten Putin.

    I am for a rational discussion and I see nothing rational about a US/Ukraine backed conspiracy where the US warns Russia of a possible attack. The people uninterested in a rational discussion just want to blame the Jews and then call any skeptic a Jew. That was occurring at Unz before anyone knew what happened. That also happened with the Hamas attack where the Jew blamers actually suggested it wasn't real. I was called a Jew numerous times for pointing out that Hamas had posted their own videos of the attack. We have some serious reality avoiders and they tend to overlap with Jew hatred and Putin support.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. XYZ, @Beckow

    …I am for a rational discussion

    No, you are not. You suffer from serious Russo-phobia, don’t address reality, go on silly tangents, and transparently manipulate.

    With “ISIS” you try too hard. There is no such thing as ISIS-K took responsibility – we have no idea who is posting and who manages them. There is not a scintilla of evidence among the caught terrorists that they had anything to do with “ISIS”. They were made to look like they could be “ISIS”, but ISIS would not attack on Ramadan Friday – they would pray. It is an obvious misdirection.

    The question is why are some so desperate to point to “ISIS”? Quickly and with no time to deliberate. Have you ever read a good detective story? Not the trash in WalMart, something intelligent?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    No, you are not. You suffer from serious Russo-phobia, don’t address reality, go on silly tangents, and transparently manipulate.

    I don't have a fear of Russians. In fact there are some Russians I admire like this man who unlike Putin does not have to wear high heels to look taller:

    https://youtu.be/8cIjh3SY9qI?t=19

    With “ISIS” you try too hard. There is no such thing as ISIS-K took responsibility – we have no idea who is posting and who manages them.

    I try too hard by sourcing them directly? Does that make sense to you?

    Worldwide intelligence agencies believe that the ISIS channel is legitimate and they posted videos from these losers. If you want to argue a conspiracy theory then go ahead. The default assumption is that the ISIS-K source is actually composed of Muslim extremists and not a Jewish conspiracy led by Nulan or Blinken as some at Anglin's blog have hilariously suggested.

    There is not a scintilla of evidence among the caught terrorists that they had anything to do with “ISIS”.

    ISIS posted images of them before the attack:
    https://www.pravda.com.ua/eng/news/2024/03/24/7447924/

    So you're wrong....again.

    The question is why are some so desperate to point to “ISIS”?

    ISIS is the one that took responsibility. It isn't desperation by anyone to simply quote them. They immediately claimed responsibility and posted a video that threatened Putin.

    If a Ukrainian terrorist group took responsibility would you say it is desperation to point at them?

    How do you get through daily life with this level of reality denial? Are you on disability or have some type of trust fund?

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  151. @Beckow
    @LatW

    I agree we will not know the full truth - that is the case with most of these attacks.

    - How many shooters were there? Do we even know? 4 to 6

    Where did they really head out to?....Why not run somewhere eastwards?
    East is too far and the roads are bad. They didn't go to Belarus - on the map the turn to Belarus was 50 km earlier and they didn't take it. They were going to Ukraine - whether they had a welcome prepared we don't know. But if they knew where to cross and the other side was waiting it was possible.
    Regarding the late response: it is always like that - in the first few hours there is chaos, nobody knows which way to go. Friday nights a lot of people are partying.

    The payment: The debit cards were only to cover expenses ($5k). If there was a payment it was much bigger and not on the Russian MIR debit cards. Think.

    Why were the US warnings ignored? They said in 48 hours on 3/7. It was 3/22.

    Why were the siloviks so slow to react? The attack took 15 minutes and it was Friday night. If they were slow (I don't know) maybe they were drunk.

    It looks like a few credible looking but dumb Tajiks were hired to shoot up the place - it went easier and bigger than the organizers anticipated. They were supposed to escape to Ukraine. The organizer could be in Ukie security apparatus with a wink from US or UK - that explains why Nuland and Danilov were fired and Kiev is in panic. And the Westie media weird "look at ISIS" scripted - and too eager - response.

    Other versions are possible, or it could have been more complicated. But Occam's razor is usually correct.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @LatW

    – Why were the siloviks so slow to react? The attack took 15 minutes and it was Friday night. If they were slow (I don’t know) maybe they were drunk.

    It doesn’t matter for special forces that it’s a Friday night – they are always ready to go. And of course they are not drunk (that was a joke, right?). It took them an hour and 15 minutes to start storming?

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @LatW

    You are using partial info out of context - there is no special force outside the concert venues ready to go in the West either. The attempts to blame it on Russians only show how low you have sunk in your hatred.

    How would French feel after Bataclan or Nice attacks if you focused on the "inadequate" French security? They are not supermen. In 911 hundreds of firefighters were storming the Towers' staircases as they collapsed. They are only human.

    Replies: @LatW

  152. @LatW
    @Beckow


    – Why were the siloviks so slow to react? The attack took 15 minutes and it was Friday night. If they were slow (I don’t know) maybe they were drunk.
     
    It doesn't matter for special forces that it's a Friday night - they are always ready to go. And of course they are not drunk (that was a joke, right?). It took them an hour and 15 minutes to start storming?

    Replies: @Beckow

    You are using partial info out of context – there is no special force outside the concert venues ready to go in the West either. The attempts to blame it on Russians only show how low you have sunk in your hatred.

    How would French feel after Bataclan or Nice attacks if you focused on the “inadequate” French security? They are not supermen. In 911 hundreds of firefighters were storming the Towers’ staircases as they collapsed. They are only human.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow


    there is no special force outside the concert venues ready to go in the West either.
     
    What the hell does that have to do with anything, when we're talking about a specific event here? Why, is there anything wrong with just asking questions? It took OMON and Sobr an hour and 15 minutes to start storming the building. This is in Podmoskovie.

    How would the French feel after Bataclan or Nice attacks if you only focused on the “inadequacy” of French security?
     

    What does this have to do with anybody's feelings? Do they care about my feelings? No.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Emil Nikola Richard

  153. @John Johnson
    @QCIC

    I’m impressed that these cargo ships cross the oceans with only one engine and no backup (as far as I know). I wonder how often a ship loses an engine in the middle of the ocean?

    I don't know and I wonder if they put the anchor down to at least try to slow it.

    There is some room for skepticism. The generator is usually powered by separate engine, so the lights going out does not mean propulsion is lost. I assume there is temporary backup power for steering and essential bridge controls.

    With a bar pilot there would actually be two captains on board. The bar pilot reported it was mechanical and the ship has a history of problems.

    I don’t think the Russians would do this sort of thing unless they think WW3 has already started and is in a slow early phase.

    If they wanted to go after a port this wouldn't be a very good one. Makes more sense to sabotage a German port which is where the weapons go from multiple countries.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Hopefully we will get a complete and credible report on the ship accident, though it is often surprising how much seemingly useful detail can be given without explaining the root cause.

    The sinking of the Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad is a perfect example of this issue.

  154. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    It looks like a few credible looking but dumb Tajiks were hired to shoot up the place – it went easier and bigger than the organizers anticipated. They were supposed to escape to Ukraine.

    How do we know they planned on escaping to Ukraine? Lukashenko thinks they were going to Belarus.

    The organizer could be in Ukie security apparatus with a wink from US or UK – that explains why Nuland and Danilov were fired and Kiev is in panic.

    US/UK share intelligence which means.....they warned Russia of an attack they supported? That doesn't make any sense.

    Why would they target a rock concert and not a social function with officers or Putin supporters?

    You do realize this is the second time that Muslim extremists have attacked a theater in Russia? Was the first one also a US/UK conspiracy?

    All Putin had to do was put a goon squad on the concert and these Muslim losers would not have been able to overwhelm the guards. But he ignored the warning and the world can see that. What an embarrassment to have the CIA outshine you in your own country.

    But such a stark contrast is nothing new. Let's not forget that the Soviets would have lost WW2 if not for the Turing machine. The entire German Kursk battleplan was handed to the Soviets by the Allies. In fact they tried warning Stalin of an impending attack in 1941 and he ignored them on the belief that it was propaganda. All he had to do was put his military in a defensive position as a precaution. Sounds awfully familiar.

    Replies: @QCIC

    The Ukraine situation has been near the brink of starting a World War for two years. There is no reason to expect ANY of the players to tell the complete story or even the truth. Actions speak louder than words, assuming we find out what the actions turn out to be.

  155. @Beckow
    @LatW

    You are using partial info out of context - there is no special force outside the concert venues ready to go in the West either. The attempts to blame it on Russians only show how low you have sunk in your hatred.

    How would French feel after Bataclan or Nice attacks if you focused on the "inadequate" French security? They are not supermen. In 911 hundreds of firefighters were storming the Towers' staircases as they collapsed. They are only human.

    Replies: @LatW

    there is no special force outside the concert venues ready to go in the West either.

    What the hell does that have to do with anything, when we’re talking about a specific event here? Why, is there anything wrong with just asking questions? It took OMON and Sobr an hour and 15 minutes to start storming the building. This is in Podmoskovie.

    How would the French feel after Bataclan or Nice attacks if you only focused on the “inadequacy” of French security?

    What does this have to do with anybody’s feelings? Do they care about my feelings? No.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @LatW

    If you show people hatred long enough they will reciprocate. So calm down and try to see things in perspective - terrorists attacks are always messy and there is always incompetence, chaos and delays. But the focus should be on the perps and who was behind them.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @LatW


    What does this have to do with anybody’s feelings? Do they care about my feelings? No.
     
    We care. Now will you please pipe down about this? Nobody here is going to do diddly squat about it.

    Andrew Huberman's ex's are conspiring to destroy his awesome reputation. At least this is funny.

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/andrew-huberman-podcast-stanford-joe-rogan.html

    no paywall: https://archive.is/4fBqL

    Replies: @LatW, @QCIC

  156. @A123
    @Dmitry

    Could this exp!ain Baltimore?

    PEACE 😇

     
    https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEi0-9uD7hsRsCbKFV_s6vI96dyOVCuc08-JrJyt7hPyIGgfGhGeiecnpO2NLhEB2qEKmVULQLnKNDH5OAMBgxmfmScyZ8IJd8rVRlj7eHHC7yNfMqGvdSbNfiKZ8U9zAAqo-ZdfWYIsNo6NQ0SvesYuNHoRDvrolEKFBDjzwmh8y7usxbpE7M4AIljGyW0/s640/90miles91c6efa4a652501bad47070f9e69af2f_655b584a_640.jpg

    Replies: @QCIC

    To whom it may concern, select your cruise:

    Next stop Lekki

    or

    Next stop Cabello

    or

    Next stop Limon.

    Bon voyage!

  157. @LatW
    @Beckow


    there is no special force outside the concert venues ready to go in the West either.
     
    What the hell does that have to do with anything, when we're talking about a specific event here? Why, is there anything wrong with just asking questions? It took OMON and Sobr an hour and 15 minutes to start storming the building. This is in Podmoskovie.

    How would the French feel after Bataclan or Nice attacks if you only focused on the “inadequacy” of French security?
     

    What does this have to do with anybody's feelings? Do they care about my feelings? No.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Emil Nikola Richard

    If you show people hatred long enough they will reciprocate. So calm down and try to see things in perspective – terrorists attacks are always messy and there is always incompetence, chaos and delays. But the focus should be on the perps and who was behind them.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow

    This is not about hatred - you are very casually accusing Ukraine of a huge terror act, while Ukraine had nothing to do with this most likely. And yet you can present zero facts. And I'm simply asking questions (there are many).

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Beckow

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    If you show people hatred long enough they will reciprocate.
     
    In a way, hate should come natural to Latvians: after all, Swedes sold them like cattle to Peter the Great. Not to mention natural inferiority complex of residents of a three-village country. It takes significant intelligence and sophistication to get over all of this and have a reasonable human view. Most people lack required intelligence and sophistication.

    Replies: @Beckow

  158. @Beckow
    @LatW

    If you show people hatred long enough they will reciprocate. So calm down and try to see things in perspective - terrorists attacks are always messy and there is always incompetence, chaos and delays. But the focus should be on the perps and who was behind them.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN

    This is not about hatred – you are very casually accusing Ukraine of a huge terror act, while Ukraine had nothing to do with this most likely. And yet you can present zero facts. And I’m simply asking questions (there are many).

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @LatW


    Ukraine had nothing to do with this most likely.
     
    Ukraine performed a lot of terror acts in the RF: murder of former Ukrainian MP Kiva, murder of Dugina, murder of Tatarsky, attempted murder of Prilepin, etc. That’s not even counting shelling of residential areas since 2014, murders and attempted murders in LPR and DPR, or an explosion on the Crimean bridge. The head of Ukrainian SBU very recently bragged about success of their terrorist attacks in the RF.

    And yet you can present zero facts.
     
    The perps tried to run away to Ukraine. These won’t be the first bandits hiding in Ukraine after terrorist attacks in the RF.

    However, I suspect that the fact that they were arrested before reaching Ukraine saved their lives: those who organized this terror attack would likely get rid of them, like they “suicided” pilot Voloshin before: dead people tell no tales.

    Replies: @LatW, @John Johnson, @Mikhail, @AP, @Jazman

    , @Beckow
    @LatW

    I answered your questions and we don't yet know who organized it. But there is evidence linking it to Ukraine - the perps were escaping there. There is also circumstantial evidence: Kiev threats and previous terror attacks, firing of Danilov and Nuland, Western eagerness to exonerate Kiev and point to Isis one hour after it happened...

    There is nothing casual about it. It is casual and shallow to dismiss any suspicion of Kiev - they had motive, means and opportunity. That makes them a primary suspect.

    Replies: @sudden death

  159. @Beckow
    @LatW

    If you show people hatred long enough they will reciprocate. So calm down and try to see things in perspective - terrorists attacks are always messy and there is always incompetence, chaos and delays. But the focus should be on the perps and who was behind them.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN

    If you show people hatred long enough they will reciprocate.

    In a way, hate should come natural to Latvians: after all, Swedes sold them like cattle to Peter the Great. Not to mention natural inferiority complex of residents of a three-village country. It takes significant intelligence and sophistication to get over all of this and have a reasonable human view. Most people lack required intelligence and sophistication.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN

    I actually like Latvians in person, they are ok. But their obsession with one-sided history is a big problem and too many like sheep follow that narrative.

    It is important to preserve Balts existence as unique, ancient IE nations. The single worst way to do it is for the Balts to brown-nose Anglos or Scandies and fight the Russians. They are more likely to disappear in the Euro-gender mishmash and by fighting Russia on Anglo behalf. A relaxed attitude of let bygones-be-gone, focus on prosperity and normal relations with Russia would strengthen the Balts. They would live better. But too many are not rational enough to see it. Maybe one day they will.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN

  160. @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack

    You always miss the point, is it already that hot in Phoenix?

    Russia can claim what it wants as much as the West. Since you are ok with the Western far-fetched lies to start wars and kill civilians you have no standing. If Russia says "Kiev did it" and holds them accountable, what exactly is your objection?

    They can also say "oooops" 10 year later when it doesn't matter any more. Why can't they act the same as the West? Morality and 'rules' have to be consistent, otherwise they are only tools.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mr. Hack

    If Russia says “Kiev did it” and holds them accountable, what exactly is your objection?

    My objection is that there is absolutely no proof that Kyiv was behind the recent bombing of the theater in Moscow. I can see that for you and your fellow travelers that this doesn’t matter, because you all blindly believe whatever Batko Putler tells you. Believe what you want. 🙂

  161. @LatW
    @Beckow

    This is not about hatred - you are very casually accusing Ukraine of a huge terror act, while Ukraine had nothing to do with this most likely. And yet you can present zero facts. And I'm simply asking questions (there are many).

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Beckow

    Ukraine had nothing to do with this most likely.

    Ukraine performed a lot of terror acts in the RF: murder of former Ukrainian MP Kiva, murder of Dugina, murder of Tatarsky, attempted murder of Prilepin, etc. That’s not even counting shelling of residential areas since 2014, murders and attempted murders in LPR and DPR, or an explosion on the Crimean bridge. The head of Ukrainian SBU very recently bragged about success of their terrorist attacks in the RF.

    And yet you can present zero facts.

    The perps tried to run away to Ukraine. These won’t be the first bandits hiding in Ukraine after terrorist attacks in the RF.

    However, I suspect that the fact that they were arrested before reaching Ukraine saved their lives: those who organized this terror attack would likely get rid of them, like they “suicided” pilot Voloshin before: dead people tell no tales.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @AnonfromTN

    You have been terrorizing them for 2 years (or rather 10), consistently, so if they pay you back (and will continue to do so) is understandable.

    , @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    The perps tried to run away to Ukraine.

    If that is indeed true then how is that evidence that the Ukrainian government is involved?

    A warzone is an ideal place to hide from a government that wants to hunt and kill you. They could easily blend in with a pro-Ukrainian Chechen group. They could shave their heads and describe themselves as rebels that fled their unit. No one is going to ask for a passport.

    Fleeing to Ukraine makes more sense than staying in Russia or trying to hop borders to Tajikistan. Just look at a map of Russia and how far it is from Moscow to Tajikistan. Make way more sense to hide in the chaos of a warzone.

    Replies: @Dmitry, @Wokechoke

    , @Mikhail
    @AnonfromTN

    ISIS-K, formerly involved with US supported Afghan government, they go after Iran, Russia, China and the Taliban, but not Israel and the US. Once again noting ISIS presence in Ukraine:

    https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-8-2015-011933_EN.html

    The Kiev regime-ISIS-K and possible MI6 and/or CIA connection isn't as off the wall than the claims that Russia blew up NS2 and paid the Taliban to kill Americans.

    , @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    Ukraine performed a lot of terror acts in the RF: murder of former Ukrainian MP Kiva, murder of Dugina, murder of Tatarsky, attempted murder of Prilepin, etc

     

    Karlin:

    “Ukraine is not above terrorism, but it has exclusively been undertaken in the form of assassinations, or attacks against legitimate military targets (albeit through illegitimate means). The chances that it was materially involved in any way are extraordinarily small”

    Ukraine has not made ISIS style attacks.

    As your repetition of the story that a Ukrainian captain wrecked the Baltimore bridge demonstrates (and not only that), you believe whatever nonsense is put out there.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @Jazman
    @AnonfromTN

    It is clear that the terrorist attack in Crocus, the attacks on Belgorod and the oil refinery - the whole complex of these events was aimed at provoking Russia to hasty and thoughtless actions. They hoped that it would turn out like Hamas did with Israel.
    Another provocation by the West did not achieve its goal.

  162. @AnonfromTN
    @LatW


    Ukraine had nothing to do with this most likely.
     
    Ukraine performed a lot of terror acts in the RF: murder of former Ukrainian MP Kiva, murder of Dugina, murder of Tatarsky, attempted murder of Prilepin, etc. That’s not even counting shelling of residential areas since 2014, murders and attempted murders in LPR and DPR, or an explosion on the Crimean bridge. The head of Ukrainian SBU very recently bragged about success of their terrorist attacks in the RF.

    And yet you can present zero facts.
     
    The perps tried to run away to Ukraine. These won’t be the first bandits hiding in Ukraine after terrorist attacks in the RF.

    However, I suspect that the fact that they were arrested before reaching Ukraine saved their lives: those who organized this terror attack would likely get rid of them, like they “suicided” pilot Voloshin before: dead people tell no tales.

    Replies: @LatW, @John Johnson, @Mikhail, @AP, @Jazman

    You have been terrorizing them for 2 years (or rather 10), consistently, so if they pay you back (and will continue to do so) is understandable.

  163. @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...I am for a rational discussion
     
    No, you are not. You suffer from serious Russo-phobia, don't address reality, go on silly tangents, and transparently manipulate.

    With "ISIS" you try too hard. There is no such thing as ISIS-K took responsibility - we have no idea who is posting and who manages them. There is not a scintilla of evidence among the caught terrorists that they had anything to do with "ISIS". They were made to look like they could be "ISIS", but ISIS would not attack on Ramadan Friday - they would pray. It is an obvious misdirection.

    The question is why are some so desperate to point to "ISIS"? Quickly and with no time to deliberate. Have you ever read a good detective story? Not the trash in WalMart, something intelligent?

    Replies: @John Johnson

    No, you are not. You suffer from serious Russo-phobia, don’t address reality, go on silly tangents, and transparently manipulate.

    I don’t have a fear of Russians. In fact there are some Russians I admire like this man who unlike Putin does not have to wear high heels to look taller:

    With “ISIS” you try too hard. There is no such thing as ISIS-K took responsibility – we have no idea who is posting and who manages them.

    I try too hard by sourcing them directly? Does that make sense to you?

    Worldwide intelligence agencies believe that the ISIS channel is legitimate and they posted videos from these losers. If you want to argue a conspiracy theory then go ahead. The default assumption is that the ISIS-K source is actually composed of Muslim extremists and not a Jewish conspiracy led by Nulan or Blinken as some at Anglin’s blog have hilariously suggested.

    There is not a scintilla of evidence among the caught terrorists that they had anything to do with “ISIS”.

    ISIS posted images of them before the attack:
    https://www.pravda.com.ua/eng/news/2024/03/24/7447924/

    So you’re wrong….again.

    The question is why are some so desperate to point to “ISIS”?

    ISIS is the one that took responsibility. It isn’t desperation by anyone to simply quote them. They immediately claimed responsibility and posted a video that threatened Putin.

    If a Ukrainian terrorist group took responsibility would you say it is desperation to point at them?

    How do you get through daily life with this level of reality denial? Are you on disability or have some type of trust fund?

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @John Johnson


    Are you on disability or have some type of trust fund?
     
    Next best thing. Beckow claims that he runs a small business that is involved in the repairs of old castles. That's why he has so much spare time on his hands that he can afford to waste away all of it here 24/7. Either that, or he's a professional troll assigned to monitor this blog site,drawing a small monthy pension(who knows, maybe he's actually paid piece time?). :-)

    https://www.cartoonstock.com/cartoon?searchID=CS201490
    One of Beckow's imaginative ideas that keep him well employed.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  164. @AnonfromTN
    @LatW


    Ukraine had nothing to do with this most likely.
     
    Ukraine performed a lot of terror acts in the RF: murder of former Ukrainian MP Kiva, murder of Dugina, murder of Tatarsky, attempted murder of Prilepin, etc. That’s not even counting shelling of residential areas since 2014, murders and attempted murders in LPR and DPR, or an explosion on the Crimean bridge. The head of Ukrainian SBU very recently bragged about success of their terrorist attacks in the RF.

    And yet you can present zero facts.
     
    The perps tried to run away to Ukraine. These won’t be the first bandits hiding in Ukraine after terrorist attacks in the RF.

    However, I suspect that the fact that they were arrested before reaching Ukraine saved their lives: those who organized this terror attack would likely get rid of them, like they “suicided” pilot Voloshin before: dead people tell no tales.

    Replies: @LatW, @John Johnson, @Mikhail, @AP, @Jazman

    The perps tried to run away to Ukraine.

    If that is indeed true then how is that evidence that the Ukrainian government is involved?

    A warzone is an ideal place to hide from a government that wants to hunt and kill you. They could easily blend in with a pro-Ukrainian Chechen group. They could shave their heads and describe themselves as rebels that fled their unit. No one is going to ask for a passport.

    Fleeing to Ukraine makes more sense than staying in Russia or trying to hop borders to Tajikistan. Just look at a map of Russia and how far it is from Moscow to Tajikistan. Make way more sense to hide in the chaos of a warzone.

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @John Johnson

    The terrorists were detained a little West from Bryansk, close to borders of both Belarus and Ukraine.

    It was maybe 105 kilometres from the border of Belarus and 108 kilometres from the border of Ukraine.

    Belarus would be more easy for them to enter, the border is not really guarded. Although, Ukraine is also an open border, there is military activity there so it could be more difficult to enter. Inside Ukraine might be easier for them to hide and not be sent back to Russia.

    The earlier part of the border for Kazakhstan would be driving 1000 kilometres from Moscow. Areas of Kazakhstan more easy to enter at night would be possibly more distant .

    , @Wokechoke
    @John Johnson

    Central Asians really blend in, in Kiev or Minsk…right. Lol.

    Rather than the Caucasus or Central Asia.

    Replies: @songbird

  165. @LatW
    @Beckow


    there is no special force outside the concert venues ready to go in the West either.
     
    What the hell does that have to do with anything, when we're talking about a specific event here? Why, is there anything wrong with just asking questions? It took OMON and Sobr an hour and 15 minutes to start storming the building. This is in Podmoskovie.

    How would the French feel after Bataclan or Nice attacks if you only focused on the “inadequacy” of French security?
     

    What does this have to do with anybody's feelings? Do they care about my feelings? No.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Emil Nikola Richard

    What does this have to do with anybody’s feelings? Do they care about my feelings? No.

    We care. Now will you please pipe down about this? Nobody here is going to do diddly squat about it.

    Andrew Huberman’s ex’s are conspiring to destroy his awesome reputation. At least this is funny.

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/andrew-huberman-podcast-stanford-joe-rogan.html

    no paywall: https://archive.is/4fBqL

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I don't know much about this guy - in fact, the only time I watched him was that one time you linked to his video (watched about 10 minutes of it, not the whole thing, it was too long). It was something neuron related (can't remember now).

    Yes, this is pretty funny, and the guy is pretty crazy (total control freak and one of those verbal braniacs which isn't bad, but maybe not combined with those super controlling characteristics). It's not uncommon to take out the anger on the spouse or partner and then just appear as a nice and competent person to the outside world (and it's understandable that he was jealous, it's not easy to be a stepparent).

    I was wondering at first how in the world was he able to have a long term relationship, simultaneously spin plates and have a full time job as a famous podcaster, but then I read in this article that he used to "disappear". Hahaha!

    This chick who wrote it is a smartass.

    Replies: @LatW

    , @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    You kids.

    Thanks. I've never heard of Hubee, we don't get that channel here at the rock I live under. Skimming the article he sounds smart, hyper, conflicted and very gay. Maybe I jumped over the part where he has 10 illegitimate super kids. I hope it all works out and for God's sake get that dog a blankie.

    To celebrate Herr Doktor Huberman, I offer the following fine song, especially since this is a Bay Area Saga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb7dVIT1maQ

    PS: Is a potent duet by Linda Perry/Grace Slick.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @LatW

  166. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @LatW


    What does this have to do with anybody’s feelings? Do they care about my feelings? No.
     
    We care. Now will you please pipe down about this? Nobody here is going to do diddly squat about it.

    Andrew Huberman's ex's are conspiring to destroy his awesome reputation. At least this is funny.

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/andrew-huberman-podcast-stanford-joe-rogan.html

    no paywall: https://archive.is/4fBqL

    Replies: @LatW, @QCIC

    I don’t know much about this guy – in fact, the only time I watched him was that one time you linked to his video (watched about 10 minutes of it, not the whole thing, it was too long). It was something neuron related (can’t remember now).

    Yes, this is pretty funny, and the guy is pretty crazy (total control freak and one of those verbal braniacs which isn’t bad, but maybe not combined with those super controlling characteristics). It’s not uncommon to take out the anger on the spouse or partner and then just appear as a nice and competent person to the outside world (and it’s understandable that he was jealous, it’s not easy to be a stepparent).

    I was wondering at first how in the world was he able to have a long term relationship, simultaneously spin plates and have a full time job as a famous podcaster, but then I read in this article that he used to “disappear”. Hahaha!

    This chick who wrote it is a smartass.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @LatW

    Omg, this is a total LOL:

    "His detractors note that Huberman extrapolates wildly from limited animal studies, posits certainty where there is ambiguity, and stumbles when he veers too far from his narrow realm of study, but even they will tend to admit that the podcast is an expansive, free (or, as he puts it, “zero-cost”) compendium of human knowledge. There are quack guests, but these are greatly outnumbered by profound, complex, patient, and often moving descriptions of biological process."

    "Extrapolate from limited animal studies..." - hilarious!

    "Zero-cost" - LOL.

    If a guy is going to be this kind of a brainiac, it might be better if he is a bit more chilled out, than this energetic and "ambitious".

    Is he or isn't he a "scientist"? LOL

    Replies: @LatW

  167. @AnonfromTN
    @A123

    Curious vignette. The captain of the ship that destroyed the bridge in Baltimore is a Ukrainian. The US should bring in more Ukrainians, there are many more bridges left.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mr. Hack

    Aren’t you a Ukrainian? How many bridges have you destroyed?…

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Mr. Hack


    Aren’t you a Ukrainian?
     
    After post-coup Kiev regime started committing heinous crimes in Donbass in 2014 I thought that it would be shameful to admit that I am a Ukrainian. However, then I decided that I should say that loud and clear, so that people know that there are normal Ukrainians, that not all Ukrainians are scumbags, like Porky, clown, and various functionaries of the post-coup regime.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  168. @LatW
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I don't know much about this guy - in fact, the only time I watched him was that one time you linked to his video (watched about 10 minutes of it, not the whole thing, it was too long). It was something neuron related (can't remember now).

    Yes, this is pretty funny, and the guy is pretty crazy (total control freak and one of those verbal braniacs which isn't bad, but maybe not combined with those super controlling characteristics). It's not uncommon to take out the anger on the spouse or partner and then just appear as a nice and competent person to the outside world (and it's understandable that he was jealous, it's not easy to be a stepparent).

    I was wondering at first how in the world was he able to have a long term relationship, simultaneously spin plates and have a full time job as a famous podcaster, but then I read in this article that he used to "disappear". Hahaha!

    This chick who wrote it is a smartass.

    Replies: @LatW

    Omg, this is a total LOL:

    “His detractors note that Huberman extrapolates wildly from limited animal studies, posits certainty where there is ambiguity, and stumbles when he veers too far from his narrow realm of study, but even they will tend to admit that the podcast is an expansive, free (or, as he puts it, “zero-cost”) compendium of human knowledge. There are quack guests, but these are greatly outnumbered by profound, complex, patient, and often moving descriptions of biological process.”

    “Extrapolate from limited animal studies…” – hilarious!

    “Zero-cost” – LOL.

    If a guy is going to be this kind of a brainiac, it might be better if he is a bit more chilled out, than this energetic and “ambitious”.

    Is he or isn’t he a “scientist”? LOL

    • Replies: @LatW
    @LatW

    Oh, and he promotes AG1. I was going to get it. I was fluctuating between getting AG1 or Ka'Chava. I really, really wanted AG1 but wasn't sure if what they're writing about it is true (hahaha, now I will probably not get it because of this Huberman guy). They lock you in with a monthly purchase (which is ok, as long as the product is good). Oh, what a bummer... this is terrible. I hope all these people find peace. :)

    Ok, I'm getting Ka'Chava now. Finally decided.

  169. @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    The perps tried to run away to Ukraine.

    If that is indeed true then how is that evidence that the Ukrainian government is involved?

    A warzone is an ideal place to hide from a government that wants to hunt and kill you. They could easily blend in with a pro-Ukrainian Chechen group. They could shave their heads and describe themselves as rebels that fled their unit. No one is going to ask for a passport.

    Fleeing to Ukraine makes more sense than staying in Russia or trying to hop borders to Tajikistan. Just look at a map of Russia and how far it is from Moscow to Tajikistan. Make way more sense to hide in the chaos of a warzone.

    Replies: @Dmitry, @Wokechoke

    The terrorists were detained a little West from Bryansk, close to borders of both Belarus and Ukraine.

    It was maybe 105 kilometres from the border of Belarus and 108 kilometres from the border of Ukraine.

    Belarus would be more easy for them to enter, the border is not really guarded. Although, Ukraine is also an open border, there is military activity there so it could be more difficult to enter. Inside Ukraine might be easier for them to hide and not be sent back to Russia.

    The earlier part of the border for Kazakhstan would be driving 1000 kilometres from Moscow. Areas of Kazakhstan more easy to enter at night would be possibly more distant .

  170. @LatW
    @LatW

    Omg, this is a total LOL:

    "His detractors note that Huberman extrapolates wildly from limited animal studies, posits certainty where there is ambiguity, and stumbles when he veers too far from his narrow realm of study, but even they will tend to admit that the podcast is an expansive, free (or, as he puts it, “zero-cost”) compendium of human knowledge. There are quack guests, but these are greatly outnumbered by profound, complex, patient, and often moving descriptions of biological process."

    "Extrapolate from limited animal studies..." - hilarious!

    "Zero-cost" - LOL.

    If a guy is going to be this kind of a brainiac, it might be better if he is a bit more chilled out, than this energetic and "ambitious".

    Is he or isn't he a "scientist"? LOL

    Replies: @LatW

    Oh, and he promotes AG1. I was going to get it. I was fluctuating between getting AG1 or Ka’Chava. I really, really wanted AG1 but wasn’t sure if what they’re writing about it is true (hahaha, now I will probably not get it because of this Huberman guy). They lock you in with a monthly purchase (which is ok, as long as the product is good). Oh, what a bummer… this is terrible. I hope all these people find peace. 🙂

    Ok, I’m getting Ka’Chava now. Finally decided.

  171. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @LatW


    What does this have to do with anybody’s feelings? Do they care about my feelings? No.
     
    We care. Now will you please pipe down about this? Nobody here is going to do diddly squat about it.

    Andrew Huberman's ex's are conspiring to destroy his awesome reputation. At least this is funny.

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/andrew-huberman-podcast-stanford-joe-rogan.html

    no paywall: https://archive.is/4fBqL

    Replies: @LatW, @QCIC

    You kids.

    Thanks. I’ve never heard of Hubee, we don’t get that channel here at the rock I live under. Skimming the article he sounds smart, hyper, conflicted and very gay. Maybe I jumped over the part where he has 10 illegitimate super kids. I hope it all works out and for God’s sake get that dog a blankie.

    To celebrate Herr Doktor Huberman, I offer the following fine song, especially since this is a Bay Area Saga:

    [MORE]

    PS: Is a potent duet by Linda Perry/Grace Slick.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @QCIC

    The dog died.

    He cries about it on camera. He doesn't cry about 200 different things like Jordan Peterson. Just that one. When he first started I was busting through a plateau and obsessed with health and fitness information and I listened to his first 40 or 50 shows start to finish. It took me months to figure out Costello was his dog and not his boyfriend.

    Replies: @songbird

    , @LatW
    @QCIC


    hyper
     
    He seems at least part Jewish (and some of them can be super hyper).

    But to sleep with 5 or 6 women simultaneously and be able to keep them all on a relatively short leash... in your late 40s... that's a lot. :)

  172. @LatW
    @Beckow

    This is not about hatred - you are very casually accusing Ukraine of a huge terror act, while Ukraine had nothing to do with this most likely. And yet you can present zero facts. And I'm simply asking questions (there are many).

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Beckow

    I answered your questions and we don’t yet know who organized it. But there is evidence linking it to Ukraine – the perps were escaping there. There is also circumstantial evidence: Kiev threats and previous terror attacks, firing of Danilov and Nuland, Western eagerness to exonerate Kiev and point to Isis one hour after it happened…

    There is nothing casual about it. It is casual and shallow to dismiss any suspicion of Kiev – they had motive, means and opportunity. That makes them a primary suspect.

    • Agree: Chebyshev, Mikhail
    • LOL: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @sudden death
    @Beckow


    But there is evidence linking it to Ukraine – the perps were escaping there.
     
    The only "evidence" about that so far is words by serial liars from Kremlin, when even Lukashenko said they "had to turnaround" from Belarus, but nevermind let's assume it for the sake of thought experiment - there were/are countless various American or other criminals running south into Mexico, does it mean Mexico as a state previously organized it all in USA?;)

    Replies: @Beckow, @Wokechoke, @Wokechoke

  173. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    If you show people hatred long enough they will reciprocate.
     
    In a way, hate should come natural to Latvians: after all, Swedes sold them like cattle to Peter the Great. Not to mention natural inferiority complex of residents of a three-village country. It takes significant intelligence and sophistication to get over all of this and have a reasonable human view. Most people lack required intelligence and sophistication.

    Replies: @Beckow

    I actually like Latvians in person, they are ok. But their obsession with one-sided history is a big problem and too many like sheep follow that narrative.

    It is important to preserve Balts existence as unique, ancient IE nations. The single worst way to do it is for the Balts to brown-nose Anglos or Scandies and fight the Russians. They are more likely to disappear in the Euro-gender mishmash and by fighting Russia on Anglo behalf. A relaxed attitude of let bygones-be-gone, focus on prosperity and normal relations with Russia would strengthen the Balts. They would live better. But too many are not rational enough to see it. Maybe one day they will.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow


    A relaxed attitude of let bygones-be-gone, focus on prosperity and normal relations with Russia would strengthen the Balts.
     
    We have lots of information (lots of it classified) about what is going on, what the plans are etc and so can't really be relaxed (unlike others who do not border RusFed). Also, the rhetoric from RusFed... is too hostile. We should be left alone. You'd flip out if it were directed at you.

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    I actually like Latvians in person, they are ok.
     
    Generally speaking, most people of any nation are OK, so this is likely true. I don’t have sufficient personal experience to draw any conclusions. As far as Balts go, I personally knew fairly well one Latvian, a reasonably pretty and reasonably intelligent (but not strikingly so in either way) woman. She had too weak personality, though: in Soviet times she clearly sucked up to the administration of the institute I worked in. As I was anti-establishment at the time, this did not endear her to me. However, she was not alone in that by far, so I can’t count weak personality or the tendency to conform as a Latvian trait. I knew one Estonian fairly well, he was MSU student and an undergrad researcher in the lab I worked in (I was a grad student at the time). He was fairly smart and pretty sophisticated. He lives with his family in Finland for >20 years now. When I met him at one of the scientific meetings ~15 years ago he complained that Finnish is not as close to Estonian as outsiders believe, so that he had hard time learning good Finnish. Do not personally know any Lithuanians from Lithuania. We had a grad student in the department with Lithuanian last name (proper male form; their last names have different endings for husbands, wives, and unmarried daughters). However, he was born in the US, so from my perspective he is about as Lithuanian as I am Chinese.

    Replies: @Beckow

  174. @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    You kids.

    Thanks. I've never heard of Hubee, we don't get that channel here at the rock I live under. Skimming the article he sounds smart, hyper, conflicted and very gay. Maybe I jumped over the part where he has 10 illegitimate super kids. I hope it all works out and for God's sake get that dog a blankie.

    To celebrate Herr Doktor Huberman, I offer the following fine song, especially since this is a Bay Area Saga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb7dVIT1maQ

    PS: Is a potent duet by Linda Perry/Grace Slick.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @LatW

    The dog died.

    He cries about it on camera. He doesn’t cry about 200 different things like Jordan Peterson. Just that one. When he first started I was busting through a plateau and obsessed with health and fitness information and I listened to his first 40 or 50 shows start to finish. It took me months to figure out Costello was his dog and not his boyfriend.

    • LOL: QCIC
    • Replies: @songbird
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    It took me months to figure out Costello was his dog and not his boyfriend.
     
    I know someone who made the opposite mistake, and thought his lesbian boss was talking about her dog.
  175. @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN

    I actually like Latvians in person, they are ok. But their obsession with one-sided history is a big problem and too many like sheep follow that narrative.

    It is important to preserve Balts existence as unique, ancient IE nations. The single worst way to do it is for the Balts to brown-nose Anglos or Scandies and fight the Russians. They are more likely to disappear in the Euro-gender mishmash and by fighting Russia on Anglo behalf. A relaxed attitude of let bygones-be-gone, focus on prosperity and normal relations with Russia would strengthen the Balts. They would live better. But too many are not rational enough to see it. Maybe one day they will.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN

    A relaxed attitude of let bygones-be-gone, focus on prosperity and normal relations with Russia would strengthen the Balts.

    We have lots of information (lots of it classified) about what is going on, what the plans are etc and so can’t really be relaxed (unlike others who do not border RusFed). Also, the rhetoric from RusFed… is too hostile. We should be left alone. You’d flip out if it were directed at you.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @LatW

    You live in paranoia and there is no more hostile rhetoric than what the Balts say about Russians. Russia has left you alone and you used it to openly discriminate against the Russian minority (20-25%). And shrink your country by over 25%.

    But that's past now. You are itching to fight a much stronger country counting on the endless support from the West. That is simply not a good idea. It is a lose-lose, but you being in the middle and lacking resources would lose the most. But if that makes you 'happy', who are we to advise you?

    Replies: @LatW

  176. @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    You kids.

    Thanks. I've never heard of Hubee, we don't get that channel here at the rock I live under. Skimming the article he sounds smart, hyper, conflicted and very gay. Maybe I jumped over the part where he has 10 illegitimate super kids. I hope it all works out and for God's sake get that dog a blankie.

    To celebrate Herr Doktor Huberman, I offer the following fine song, especially since this is a Bay Area Saga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb7dVIT1maQ

    PS: Is a potent duet by Linda Perry/Grace Slick.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @LatW

    hyper

    He seems at least part Jewish (and some of them can be super hyper).

    But to sleep with 5 or 6 women simultaneously and be able to keep them all on a relatively short leash… in your late 40s… that’s a lot. 🙂

  177. @LatW
    @Beckow


    A relaxed attitude of let bygones-be-gone, focus on prosperity and normal relations with Russia would strengthen the Balts.
     
    We have lots of information (lots of it classified) about what is going on, what the plans are etc and so can't really be relaxed (unlike others who do not border RusFed). Also, the rhetoric from RusFed... is too hostile. We should be left alone. You'd flip out if it were directed at you.

    Replies: @Beckow

    You live in paranoia and there is no more hostile rhetoric than what the Balts say about Russians. Russia has left you alone and you used it to openly discriminate against the Russian minority (20-25%). And shrink your country by over 25%.

    But that’s past now. You are itching to fight a much stronger country counting on the endless support from the West. That is simply not a good idea. It is a lose-lose, but you being in the middle and lacking resources would lose the most. But if that makes you ‘happy’, who are we to advise you?

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow


    Russia has left you alone
     
    No, they have not, they had a whole doctrine of meddling in our internal affairs since the 1990s.

    there is no more hostile rhetoric than what the Balts say about Russians
     
    Yes, there is. You simply do not have visibility of it or you just choose to ignore it. It's a very different dynamic there, which you pretend to not see but so be it. Things look different from our side than yours, not to mention from the Ukrainian side. You like to paint a convenient one sided picture for yourself as well. So be it.

    Replies: @Beckow

  178. @Beckow
    @LatW

    You live in paranoia and there is no more hostile rhetoric than what the Balts say about Russians. Russia has left you alone and you used it to openly discriminate against the Russian minority (20-25%). And shrink your country by over 25%.

    But that's past now. You are itching to fight a much stronger country counting on the endless support from the West. That is simply not a good idea. It is a lose-lose, but you being in the middle and lacking resources would lose the most. But if that makes you 'happy', who are we to advise you?

    Replies: @LatW

    Russia has left you alone

    No, they have not, they had a whole doctrine of meddling in our internal affairs since the 1990s.

    there is no more hostile rhetoric than what the Balts say about Russians

    Yes, there is. You simply do not have visibility of it or you just choose to ignore it. It’s a very different dynamic there, which you pretend to not see but so be it. Things look different from our side than yours, not to mention from the Ukrainian side. You like to paint a convenient one sided picture for yourself as well. So be it.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @LatW

    Ok, let's agree to disagree. But fearing a "doctrine"(?) and hiding in 'but if you would know, but we can't tell you...' seems unhinged. My point is that you are too weak and vulnerable and definitely don't need this. By the time you wake up it may be too late.

    Replies: @LatW

  179. @LatW
    @Beckow


    Russia has left you alone
     
    No, they have not, they had a whole doctrine of meddling in our internal affairs since the 1990s.

    there is no more hostile rhetoric than what the Balts say about Russians
     
    Yes, there is. You simply do not have visibility of it or you just choose to ignore it. It's a very different dynamic there, which you pretend to not see but so be it. Things look different from our side than yours, not to mention from the Ukrainian side. You like to paint a convenient one sided picture for yourself as well. So be it.

    Replies: @Beckow

    Ok, let’s agree to disagree. But fearing a “doctrine“(?) and hiding in ‘but if you would know, but we can’t tell you…‘ seems unhinged. My point is that you are too weak and vulnerable and definitely don’t need this. By the time you wake up it may be too late.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow


    My point is that you are too weak and vulnerable and definitely don’t need this.
     
    Nobody needed this. Not even Putin.
  180. @Beckow
    @LatW

    Ok, let's agree to disagree. But fearing a "doctrine"(?) and hiding in 'but if you would know, but we can't tell you...' seems unhinged. My point is that you are too weak and vulnerable and definitely don't need this. By the time you wake up it may be too late.

    Replies: @LatW

    My point is that you are too weak and vulnerable and definitely don’t need this.

    Nobody needed this. Not even Putin.

  181. @Beckow
    @LatW

    I answered your questions and we don't yet know who organized it. But there is evidence linking it to Ukraine - the perps were escaping there. There is also circumstantial evidence: Kiev threats and previous terror attacks, firing of Danilov and Nuland, Western eagerness to exonerate Kiev and point to Isis one hour after it happened...

    There is nothing casual about it. It is casual and shallow to dismiss any suspicion of Kiev - they had motive, means and opportunity. That makes them a primary suspect.

    Replies: @sudden death

    But there is evidence linking it to Ukraine – the perps were escaping there.

    The only “evidence” about that so far is words by serial liars from Kremlin, when even Lukashenko said they “had to turnaround” from Belarus, but nevermind let’s assume it for the sake of thought experiment – there were/are countless various American or other criminals running south into Mexico, does it mean Mexico as a state previously organized it all in USA?;)

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @sudden death

    They were running away to Ukraine, that is evidence. Luka only said that they didn't go to Belarus because it is too well guarded, you are a serial liar when you claim more.

    I listed circumstances adding to the suspicion that Kiev was involved. The most salient point is that in a reverse situation - if the terror was in the West and the perps run to Russia, there would be no hesitation to blame Russia.

    Why aren't you applying the same standard? That is the root of all problems - people unwilling to use the same objective consistent criteria.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @sudden death

    , @Wokechoke
    @sudden death

    Captured in Khatsun still on the M3 long after the junctions that would have brought them to Gomel in Belorussia.

    Stop being an ass about this location.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @Wokechoke
    @sudden death

    The main strategic fault line in the RusFed is the White Orthodox population and the Muslim Central Asian population. The Poles and Ukies know this.

    The CIA knows it and so does MI6.

    Academics like Zbigneiw Brezinzski knew it back in the 1980s. Indeed exploiting that fissure turned into a real crack by the time Gorbachev was in power.

    Need we play Zbig giving his pep talk to the Mujihadeen in Pakistan as he handed out stingers to the jihadists?

  182. @Philip Owen
    @AnonfromTN

    The Chinese had bought huge parts of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia. Also at loot value.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @LondonBob

    Value trap.

  183. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @QCIC

    The dog died.

    He cries about it on camera. He doesn't cry about 200 different things like Jordan Peterson. Just that one. When he first started I was busting through a plateau and obsessed with health and fitness information and I listened to his first 40 or 50 shows start to finish. It took me months to figure out Costello was his dog and not his boyfriend.

    Replies: @songbird

    It took me months to figure out Costello was his dog and not his boyfriend.

    I know someone who made the opposite mistake, and thought his lesbian boss was talking about her dog.

  184. @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    The perps tried to run away to Ukraine.

    If that is indeed true then how is that evidence that the Ukrainian government is involved?

    A warzone is an ideal place to hide from a government that wants to hunt and kill you. They could easily blend in with a pro-Ukrainian Chechen group. They could shave their heads and describe themselves as rebels that fled their unit. No one is going to ask for a passport.

    Fleeing to Ukraine makes more sense than staying in Russia or trying to hop borders to Tajikistan. Just look at a map of Russia and how far it is from Moscow to Tajikistan. Make way more sense to hide in the chaos of a warzone.

    Replies: @Dmitry, @Wokechoke

    Central Asians really blend in, in Kiev or Minsk…right. Lol.

    Rather than the Caucasus or Central Asia.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Wokechoke

    Russia has <10% the miles of paved roads of America. Much of that in the West. I imagine it is very few roads that lead to the Caucasus or Central Asia.

    IMO, blending in is kind of an obsolete concept. The Stans have good facial recognition tech now.

  185. @Wokechoke
    @John Johnson

    Central Asians really blend in, in Kiev or Minsk…right. Lol.

    Rather than the Caucasus or Central Asia.

    Replies: @songbird

    Russia has <10% the miles of paved roads of America. Much of that in the West. I imagine it is very few roads that lead to the Caucasus or Central Asia.

    IMO, blending in is kind of an obsolete concept. The Stans have good facial recognition tech now.

  186. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    No, you are not. You suffer from serious Russo-phobia, don’t address reality, go on silly tangents, and transparently manipulate.

    I don't have a fear of Russians. In fact there are some Russians I admire like this man who unlike Putin does not have to wear high heels to look taller:

    https://youtu.be/8cIjh3SY9qI?t=19

    With “ISIS” you try too hard. There is no such thing as ISIS-K took responsibility – we have no idea who is posting and who manages them.

    I try too hard by sourcing them directly? Does that make sense to you?

    Worldwide intelligence agencies believe that the ISIS channel is legitimate and they posted videos from these losers. If you want to argue a conspiracy theory then go ahead. The default assumption is that the ISIS-K source is actually composed of Muslim extremists and not a Jewish conspiracy led by Nulan or Blinken as some at Anglin's blog have hilariously suggested.

    There is not a scintilla of evidence among the caught terrorists that they had anything to do with “ISIS”.

    ISIS posted images of them before the attack:
    https://www.pravda.com.ua/eng/news/2024/03/24/7447924/

    So you're wrong....again.

    The question is why are some so desperate to point to “ISIS”?

    ISIS is the one that took responsibility. It isn't desperation by anyone to simply quote them. They immediately claimed responsibility and posted a video that threatened Putin.

    If a Ukrainian terrorist group took responsibility would you say it is desperation to point at them?

    How do you get through daily life with this level of reality denial? Are you on disability or have some type of trust fund?

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Are you on disability or have some type of trust fund?

    Next best thing. Beckow claims that he runs a small business that is involved in the repairs of old castles. That’s why he has so much spare time on his hands that he can afford to waste away all of it here 24/7. Either that, or he’s a professional troll assigned to monitor this blog site,drawing a small monthy pension(who knows, maybe he’s actually paid piece time?). 🙂

    https://www.cartoonstock.com/cartoon?searchID=CS201490
    One of Beckow’s imaginative ideas that keep him well employed.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Mr. Hack

    In the 1800's somebody did a great illustration of Wemmick's house for Great Expectations which I can't find with image search right now. Wemmick had a ditch-moat with drawbridge in the front and a cannon and he visualized for his house a magnificent castle.

    https://victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/ge/wemcastle.html

  187. Linked below is a somewhat informal interview of Maria Zakharova by Jackson Hinkle. This version is from the Russian MFA. I know little of Hinkle and gather he is controversial and also married to Miss Russia 2022. Maria is well known. She seems a bit ragged here after finishing a long formal Q&A, but makes her points. She related a story about Nazi Germans murdering kids in the town of Kerch to explain that hearing modern Germans enthusiastically discuss bombing the Kerch bridge makes Crimean people really upset, probably to a degree others may not be able to comprehend. Near the end around 56:00 she discusses the efforts of the West to split the Ukrainians and Russians. She explains this is truly evil and that Russians have no forgiveness for this, more so that such forgiveness is beyond human capacity to give. She amplifies that point by mentioning the travesty of splitting off the Ukrainian church. She ends saying that one should vote for Peace, not people or policies. I agree.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @QCIC

    It is a bit disjointed but illuminating. The Westies don't get that you can't rewrite WW2 history - tens of millions were murdered by the West in eastern Europe. It is tragically real and nothing on that scale happened in the West - all the lies and myths notwithstanding.

    It was a genocide and the West can't walk away from it: Germans, Austrians, Italians, French, Romanians, Latvians, Finns, Belgians, Dutch...all actively participated. They were defeated but not really held accountable. The idiocy of Germans going along with the historical lying and using of the same WW2 allies (Galicians, Balts...) is astounding.

    It will not end well and it will not go the way the Westies would like - they stepped into a quagmire and unleashed sleeping passions. They are fools, but the biggest fools are the Ukies for lending themselves as cannon fodder for the doomed half-ass repeat of WW2 crusade on the east. It will be a black mark on the West for uears and they could have left it alone.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  188. @sudden death
    @Beckow


    But there is evidence linking it to Ukraine – the perps were escaping there.
     
    The only "evidence" about that so far is words by serial liars from Kremlin, when even Lukashenko said they "had to turnaround" from Belarus, but nevermind let's assume it for the sake of thought experiment - there were/are countless various American or other criminals running south into Mexico, does it mean Mexico as a state previously organized it all in USA?;)

    Replies: @Beckow, @Wokechoke, @Wokechoke

    They were running away to Ukraine, that is evidence. Luka only said that they didn’t go to Belarus because it is too well guarded, you are a serial liar when you claim more.

    I listed circumstances adding to the suspicion that Kiev was involved. The most salient point is that in a reverse situation – if the terror was in the West and the perps run to Russia, there would be no hesitation to blame Russia.

    Why aren’t you applying the same standard? That is the root of all problems – people unwilling to use the same objective consistent criteria.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    It is a partisan debate. You are conversing with somebody in the other party. Have you ever read Yudkowsky's Politics is the Mind Killer essay?

    https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/9weLK2AJ9JEt2Tt8f/politics-is-the-mind-killer

    It is now seventeen years old and Yudkowsky has since killed his mind but it's short and it makes good points. There are some great reasons politics is a taboo conversation topic inside the Freemason fraternity lodge. That's on the premises. If you get one of those guys in your living room watch out.

    Replies: @Beckow, @A123

    , @sudden death
    @Beckow

    Once again, Lukashenko literally said that perps "had to turnaround" from Belarus (direction) and yes one of the reasons that it was well guarded according to him. Confusion here may arise, cause being the perfect weasel he is, Lukashenko didn't specify the time of that turnaround, cause in theory you can make decision to turnaround from going here and then do start plan B in different time and stage. e.g that turnaround can happen both being 20 and 200 km away from actual border of Belarus.

    However such expression still implies that their primary wish was going into Belarus, but after an unspecified (so far) moment in time, priority was changed.

  189. @Beckow
    @sudden death

    They were running away to Ukraine, that is evidence. Luka only said that they didn't go to Belarus because it is too well guarded, you are a serial liar when you claim more.

    I listed circumstances adding to the suspicion that Kiev was involved. The most salient point is that in a reverse situation - if the terror was in the West and the perps run to Russia, there would be no hesitation to blame Russia.

    Why aren't you applying the same standard? That is the root of all problems - people unwilling to use the same objective consistent criteria.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @sudden death

    It is a partisan debate. You are conversing with somebody in the other party. Have you ever read Yudkowsky’s Politics is the Mind Killer essay?

    https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/9weLK2AJ9JEt2Tt8f/politics-is-the-mind-killer

    It is now seventeen years old and Yudkowsky has since killed his mind but it’s short and it makes good points. There are some great reasons politics is a taboo conversation topic inside the Freemason fraternity lodge. That’s on the premises. If you get one of those guys in your living room watch out.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    ...politics is a taboo conversation topic inside the Freemason fraternity lodge.
     
    I know, one can't argue rationally with ideologues - their fanaticism can't be breached. But there are others and making one's points about what we observe seems ok...it only takes a minute and maybe focuses minds.

    Only reality will convince the fanatics, it will be a painful lesson. Possibly for all of us.

    , @A123
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    It is a partisan debate.
     
    Yes. I am trying not to be pulled into repetition of futile discussions.

    Those who back senseless Kiev/Hamas aggression against Russians/Jews are now experiencing losing first hand. They are emotionally wrapped up in the failure of the chosen immoral scum. They cannot move past that to look at the future.

    It is particularly sad on the Ukie side as there is enough land to come to a reasonable and durable partition. The biggest issue is preventing Kiev from arming up to start Round 2. Tricky but achievable. The European Empire's puppet, Führer Zelensky, needs to be moved out in favour of sensible Ukrainian leadership.

    Degenerate Islamist aggression against indigenous Palestinian Jews is much more complex. Any credible solution will require at least partial Muslim Decolonization. The lack of fresh water in Gaza makes this inevitable. The entire international community is in abject denial over this inexorable reality.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @LatW

  190. @Mr. Hack
    @John Johnson


    Are you on disability or have some type of trust fund?
     
    Next best thing. Beckow claims that he runs a small business that is involved in the repairs of old castles. That's why he has so much spare time on his hands that he can afford to waste away all of it here 24/7. Either that, or he's a professional troll assigned to monitor this blog site,drawing a small monthy pension(who knows, maybe he's actually paid piece time?). :-)

    https://www.cartoonstock.com/cartoon?searchID=CS201490
    One of Beckow's imaginative ideas that keep him well employed.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    In the 1800’s somebody did a great illustration of Wemmick’s house for Great Expectations which I can’t find with image search right now. Wemmick had a ditch-moat with drawbridge in the front and a cannon and he visualized for his house a magnificent castle.

    https://victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/ge/wemcastle.html

  191. @QCIC
    Linked below is a somewhat informal interview of Maria Zakharova by Jackson Hinkle. This version is from the Russian MFA. I know little of Hinkle and gather he is controversial and also married to Miss Russia 2022. Maria is well known. She seems a bit ragged here after finishing a long formal Q&A, but makes her points. She related a story about Nazi Germans murdering kids in the town of Kerch to explain that hearing modern Germans enthusiastically discuss bombing the Kerch bridge makes Crimean people really upset, probably to a degree others may not be able to comprehend. Near the end around 56:00 she discusses the efforts of the West to split the Ukrainians and Russians. She explains this is truly evil and that Russians have no forgiveness for this, more so that such forgiveness is beyond human capacity to give. She amplifies that point by mentioning the travesty of splitting off the Ukrainian church. She ends saying that one should vote for Peace, not people or policies. I agree.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaD_A-ObOug

    Replies: @Beckow

    It is a bit disjointed but illuminating. The Westies don’t get that you can’t rewrite WW2 history – tens of millions were murdered by the West in eastern Europe. It is tragically real and nothing on that scale happened in the West – all the lies and myths notwithstanding.

    It was a genocide and the West can’t walk away from it: Germans, Austrians, Italians, French, Romanians, Latvians, Finns, Belgians, Dutch…all actively participated. They were defeated but not really held accountable. The idiocy of Germans going along with the historical lying and using of the same WW2 allies (Galicians, Balts…) is astounding.

    It will not end well and it will not go the way the Westies would like – they stepped into a quagmire and unleashed sleeping passions. They are fools, but the biggest fools are the Ukies for lending themselves as cannon fodder for the doomed half-ass repeat of WW2 crusade on the east. It will be a black mark on the West for uears and they could have left it alone.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    Have you seen this?

    https://www.unz.com/article/the-smoke-of-the-synagogue/

    It is long and he doesn't come right and say it but I infer from his collection of recent historical facts that the undoing of the Soviet Union was backing the Arabs in the 1973 war. Or at the very least one of the most important factors.

    Before 1973 American Jew elites implicitly were friends of the Soviet Union.
    After 1973 American Jew elites became bent on destroying the Soviet Union.

    I would be interested in a Russian analysis of this idea. Or even better, a Chinese one.

    Replies: @songbird, @Beckow, @Mikhail, @Gerard1234

  192. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    It is a partisan debate. You are conversing with somebody in the other party. Have you ever read Yudkowsky's Politics is the Mind Killer essay?

    https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/9weLK2AJ9JEt2Tt8f/politics-is-the-mind-killer

    It is now seventeen years old and Yudkowsky has since killed his mind but it's short and it makes good points. There are some great reasons politics is a taboo conversation topic inside the Freemason fraternity lodge. That's on the premises. If you get one of those guys in your living room watch out.

    Replies: @Beckow, @A123

    …politics is a taboo conversation topic inside the Freemason fraternity lodge.

    I know, one can’t argue rationally with ideologues – their fanaticism can’t be breached. But there are others and making one’s points about what we observe seems ok…it only takes a minute and maybe focuses minds.

    Only reality will convince the fanatics, it will be a painful lesson. Possibly for all of us.

  193. @Beckow
    @QCIC

    It is a bit disjointed but illuminating. The Westies don't get that you can't rewrite WW2 history - tens of millions were murdered by the West in eastern Europe. It is tragically real and nothing on that scale happened in the West - all the lies and myths notwithstanding.

    It was a genocide and the West can't walk away from it: Germans, Austrians, Italians, French, Romanians, Latvians, Finns, Belgians, Dutch...all actively participated. They were defeated but not really held accountable. The idiocy of Germans going along with the historical lying and using of the same WW2 allies (Galicians, Balts...) is astounding.

    It will not end well and it will not go the way the Westies would like - they stepped into a quagmire and unleashed sleeping passions. They are fools, but the biggest fools are the Ukies for lending themselves as cannon fodder for the doomed half-ass repeat of WW2 crusade on the east. It will be a black mark on the West for uears and they could have left it alone.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    Have you seen this?

    https://www.unz.com/article/the-smoke-of-the-synagogue/

    It is long and he doesn’t come right and say it but I infer from his collection of recent historical facts that the undoing of the Soviet Union was backing the Arabs in the 1973 war. Or at the very least one of the most important factors.

    Before 1973 American Jew elites implicitly were friends of the Soviet Union.
    After 1973 American Jew elites became bent on destroying the Soviet Union.

    I would be interested in a Russian analysis of this idea. Or even better, a Chinese one.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Have sometimes thought that perhaps the fall of the USSR was linked to Jewish emigration.

    I mean, doesn't seem like gigantic numbers, but perhaps they were influential.


    Overall, between 1970 and 1988, some 291,000 Soviet Jews were granted exit visas, of whom 165,000 migrated to Israel, and 126,000 migrated to the United States
     
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1970s_Soviet_Union_aliyah

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @Beckow
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    There was a general run-away-from-socialism and Jews were a big part of it. But there were many other reasons. By the 1970's-80's the commie-socialists achieved what they were originally put in power to do: built-up prosperous countries with basic economic rights for everyone: good infrastructure, housing, education, health, pensions...none of that ever existed in those countries before. But by 1980 people wanted more.

    In the West it was also implemented at the same time under the fear of communism - the Westies never had it so good, do they ever ask why were the bosses for 50 years suddenly so accommodating? And why they slowly went feudal again after 1990?

    The Jews also reacted to the Soviets' taking the other side in the Arab-Izrael war - it was a major trigger for the appearance of neo-cons - basically a leftist, statist ideology that is centered around Israel. We are going through another ideological transition and will end up somewhere else. I am not sure where, but the "leftism" in economy is coming back.

    , @Mikhail
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    Before 1973 American Jew elites implicitly were friends of the Soviet Union.
    After 1973 American Jew elites became bent on destroying the Soviet Union.
     
    Probably right that the '73 war further enhanced an anti-Soviet position among them which was already evident. Keeping in mind how the situation was after the '67 war as well as beforehand.
    , @Gerard1234
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    the undoing of the Soviet Union was backing the Arabs in the 1973 war. Or at the very least one of the most important factors.

    Before 1973 American Jew elites implicitly were friends of the Soviet Union.
    After 1973 American Jew elites became bent on destroying the Soviet Union.
     
    Interesting, credible theory - but one I think is incorrect. It could be possible though that American-Jew elites of the 70's Soviet diaspora are a key factor in the current SMO of Russia against NATO & 404.

    Cuban Revolution, overthrow of communist/democratically elected communist-leaning leaders in Africa & South America, Atomic bomb droppings ( the theory it was less about about casualties against Japan, and more about sending a message to USSR)............. even a century earlier on how the Panama Canal came to be built - all these are pre-1973 examples of America ruthlessly/cynical using it's power to maintain dominance.
    America having very tough campaigns in Korea and Vietnam I would guess as giving them the extra determination to undermine communism - though I am sure that economic co-operation actually was at its peak in the 1930's, 70's and 80's .


    Irish Republicanism as a military/terrorist force completely stopped after the 2001 plane attacks on USA. i.e American Irish elites stopped something they had controlled for decades - although in fairness a political agreement was reached about 3 or 4 years before that which reduced but did not stop the terrorism). So American using any evil method for total dominance and the diasporas are the key factors in global events. With Pogrom Jews, anti-Castro Cubans, Polish lunatic scum, Hungarian WW2 diaspora, anti-communists from around the world.........there was no shortage of influential diaspora in America trying to work against USSR.
    So other events such as China-US bilateral and China and USSR not having good relations, plus Egypt peace with Israel 5 years later and general western control or union with the oil rich Arab states after the oil crisis.......these are more important in my opinion.

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

  194. @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN

    I actually like Latvians in person, they are ok. But their obsession with one-sided history is a big problem and too many like sheep follow that narrative.

    It is important to preserve Balts existence as unique, ancient IE nations. The single worst way to do it is for the Balts to brown-nose Anglos or Scandies and fight the Russians. They are more likely to disappear in the Euro-gender mishmash and by fighting Russia on Anglo behalf. A relaxed attitude of let bygones-be-gone, focus on prosperity and normal relations with Russia would strengthen the Balts. They would live better. But too many are not rational enough to see it. Maybe one day they will.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN

    I actually like Latvians in person, they are ok.

    Generally speaking, most people of any nation are OK, so this is likely true. I don’t have sufficient personal experience to draw any conclusions. As far as Balts go, I personally knew fairly well one Latvian, a reasonably pretty and reasonably intelligent (but not strikingly so in either way) woman. She had too weak personality, though: in Soviet times she clearly sucked up to the administration of the institute I worked in. As I was anti-establishment at the time, this did not endear her to me. However, she was not alone in that by far, so I can’t count weak personality or the tendency to conform as a Latvian trait. I knew one Estonian fairly well, he was MSU student and an undergrad researcher in the lab I worked in (I was a grad student at the time). He was fairly smart and pretty sophisticated. He lives with his family in Finland for >20 years now. When I met him at one of the scientific meetings ~15 years ago he complained that Finnish is not as close to Estonian as outsiders believe, so that he had hard time learning good Finnish. Do not personally know any Lithuanians from Lithuania. We had a grad student in the department with Lithuanian last name (proper male form; their last names have different endings for husbands, wives, and unmarried daughters). However, he was born in the US, so from my perspective he is about as Lithuanian as I am Chinese.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN

    I have worked with some. They are subdued, sober, less conformist than Scandies. They often hesitate to take strong positions. But they are authentic with unique ancient IE language and culture. It is important to preserve it - there is nothing like that.

    Their downward spiral into the mad Russophobia is more among the elite that is Western-centric, often born and living there. (We see it with LatW.) They are disappearing demographically and their lands could be overrun by second-rate Westies - the economy is run by Scandies-Germany. As an armed camp on the Russian border they would be very seriously damaged in any hostilities - why do it?

    There is a common characteristic among small nations in and around Russia: they only accept Russians if they can use them or dominate them. The moment Russians reassert themselves the deep atavistic hatreds come out. One sees it among Armenians, Jews, Georgians...the Balts have less of it. Russians are partially responsible by being unassertive most of the time and then coming down like a ton of bricks when it goes too far. It is a bad dynamic.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN

  195. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    I actually like Latvians in person, they are ok.
     
    Generally speaking, most people of any nation are OK, so this is likely true. I don’t have sufficient personal experience to draw any conclusions. As far as Balts go, I personally knew fairly well one Latvian, a reasonably pretty and reasonably intelligent (but not strikingly so in either way) woman. She had too weak personality, though: in Soviet times she clearly sucked up to the administration of the institute I worked in. As I was anti-establishment at the time, this did not endear her to me. However, she was not alone in that by far, so I can’t count weak personality or the tendency to conform as a Latvian trait. I knew one Estonian fairly well, he was MSU student and an undergrad researcher in the lab I worked in (I was a grad student at the time). He was fairly smart and pretty sophisticated. He lives with his family in Finland for >20 years now. When I met him at one of the scientific meetings ~15 years ago he complained that Finnish is not as close to Estonian as outsiders believe, so that he had hard time learning good Finnish. Do not personally know any Lithuanians from Lithuania. We had a grad student in the department with Lithuanian last name (proper male form; their last names have different endings for husbands, wives, and unmarried daughters). However, he was born in the US, so from my perspective he is about as Lithuanian as I am Chinese.

    Replies: @Beckow

    I have worked with some. They are subdued, sober, less conformist than Scandies. They often hesitate to take strong positions. But they are authentic with unique ancient IE language and culture. It is important to preserve it – there is nothing like that.

    Their downward spiral into the mad Russophobia is more among the elite that is Western-centric, often born and living there. (We see it with LatW.) They are disappearing demographically and their lands could be overrun by second-rate Westies – the economy is run by Scandies-Germany. As an armed camp on the Russian border they would be very seriously damaged in any hostilities – why do it?

    There is a common characteristic among small nations in and around Russia: they only accept Russians if they can use them or dominate them. The moment Russians reassert themselves the deep atavistic hatreds come out. One sees it among Armenians, Jews, Georgians…the Balts have less of it. Russians are partially responsible by being unassertive most of the time and then coming down like a ton of bricks when it goes too far. It is a bad dynamic.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow


    But they are authentic with unique ancient IE language and culture. It is important to preserve it – there is nothing like that.
     
    There isn't and there won't be. The Baltic people are doing a good job taking care of their culture. You are hypocritical - you claim that this is worth preserving, yet you praise those regimes whose only goal is to destroy it. And you will deny it because you don't want to admit it and you don't even have the visibility as to their true nature. If you did, you would come up with some kind of an excuse.

    The moment Russians reassert themselves the deep atavistic hatreds come out.
     
    This is not just a natural, healthy instinct to defend one's own but common human decency, in fact. The problem is that the Russians (or rather what is at this point a composite nationality that is not even fully Balto-Slav anymore) want to assert themselves at the expense of others. We do not try to dictate how they should live inside of their own ethnic lands, but they try to dictate to us how to live on our own ancestral lands. That's a no go. You pretend to not see it when in fact if somebody did that to you - some German or some other former colonial overlord nationality, you would flip out.

    The other week, I heard a well known Russian (non-Jewish) opinion maker who literally said on public tv - "The Baltic lands are ours, we need to raise our kids so that they go and take them". And they don't give a sh*t that my children will live there and they are fully aware that they will have to kill my children. No, on the contrary - they know full well that my children are different so they need to be done away with, removed from their ancestral lands. This is in no way better than what the Nazis used to do yet you fail to admit it.

    All that we ask is for the RusFed to stop and stay within the borders of 1991. They already got Crimea - and the West was silent. But no.. not enough.

    As to atavistic hatreds, we live with normal Russians side by side without issues. But when it comes to the expansion of the Horde, we have defended Europe from it for centuries, as a buffer. Most of our Northern and Western neighbors know this full well.

    You might also find it interesting that the ancient Balts were scattered across Eurasia - lived around the Oka river possibly, around Dniepr. The Balts are much older than the Slavs and there was a Slavic expansion that assimilated a lot of the Balts - so essentially there is a Baltic substrate in Slavs. There was a Russian geneticist who researched this (but he died recently, unexpectedly, it was an accident apparently, but I'm not really sure).

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    But they are authentic with unique ancient IE language and culture. It is important to preserve it – there is nothing like that.
     
    The preservation of Balts is in their hands. If they continue on their current suicidal course, they won’t be preserved: nobody can help a suicidal person/nation; besides, helping suicides would be against natural selection. Natural selection always wins, no matter what we think or do. It’s part of the reality. The reality is politically incorrect (libtards would gnash their teeth at this point). If they volunteer to become like Ukies, a battlefield between waning empire and the RF (as their “leadership” appears to want), they will be preserved in museums, like dinosaurs.

    If Balts come to their senses (always assuming they have those), they have a good chance to survive and preserve whatever genotypes/cultural traits they have. The size of their populations is their problem. If they commit demographic suicide, so be it.

    As far as the RF is concerned, to the best of my knowledge it has exactly zero interest in them. It won’t help them survive (in sharp contrast to the 1980s, there is no good will left), but it won’t do anything to accelerate their demise (they are too insignificant for that). If we go by history, Russian empire (tsarist, then Soviet, then the RF) never exterminated a single nation, however small. In contrast, Anglos exterminated quite a few (North American Indians and Tasmanians are telling examples).

    If Balts are unhappy about their current geographical position, they should follow Trump’s advice and move to Africa. Nobody is going to miss them. Crocodiles might find them tasty.

    Replies: @LatW

  196. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    Have you seen this?

    https://www.unz.com/article/the-smoke-of-the-synagogue/

    It is long and he doesn't come right and say it but I infer from his collection of recent historical facts that the undoing of the Soviet Union was backing the Arabs in the 1973 war. Or at the very least one of the most important factors.

    Before 1973 American Jew elites implicitly were friends of the Soviet Union.
    After 1973 American Jew elites became bent on destroying the Soviet Union.

    I would be interested in a Russian analysis of this idea. Or even better, a Chinese one.

    Replies: @songbird, @Beckow, @Mikhail, @Gerard1234

    Have sometimes thought that perhaps the fall of the USSR was linked to Jewish emigration.

    I mean, doesn’t seem like gigantic numbers, but perhaps they were influential.

    Overall, between 1970 and 1988, some 291,000 Soviet Jews were granted exit visas, of whom 165,000 migrated to Israel, and 126,000 migrated to the United States

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1970s_Soviet_Union_aliyah

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @songbird

    The Jackson-Vanik amendment blows my mind.

  197. @songbird
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Have sometimes thought that perhaps the fall of the USSR was linked to Jewish emigration.

    I mean, doesn't seem like gigantic numbers, but perhaps they were influential.


    Overall, between 1970 and 1988, some 291,000 Soviet Jews were granted exit visas, of whom 165,000 migrated to Israel, and 126,000 migrated to the United States
     
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1970s_Soviet_Union_aliyah

    Replies: @QCIC

    The Jackson-Vanik amendment blows my mind.

    • Agree: songbird
  198. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    Have you seen this?

    https://www.unz.com/article/the-smoke-of-the-synagogue/

    It is long and he doesn't come right and say it but I infer from his collection of recent historical facts that the undoing of the Soviet Union was backing the Arabs in the 1973 war. Or at the very least one of the most important factors.

    Before 1973 American Jew elites implicitly were friends of the Soviet Union.
    After 1973 American Jew elites became bent on destroying the Soviet Union.

    I would be interested in a Russian analysis of this idea. Or even better, a Chinese one.

    Replies: @songbird, @Beckow, @Mikhail, @Gerard1234

    There was a general run-away-from-socialism and Jews were a big part of it. But there were many other reasons. By the 1970’s-80’s the commie-socialists achieved what they were originally put in power to do: built-up prosperous countries with basic economic rights for everyone: good infrastructure, housing, education, health, pensions…none of that ever existed in those countries before. But by 1980 people wanted more.

    In the West it was also implemented at the same time under the fear of communism – the Westies never had it so good, do they ever ask why were the bosses for 50 years suddenly so accommodating? And why they slowly went feudal again after 1990?

    The Jews also reacted to the Soviets’ taking the other side in the Arab-Izrael war – it was a major trigger for the appearance of neo-cons – basically a leftist, statist ideology that is centered around Israel. We are going through another ideological transition and will end up somewhere else. I am not sure where, but the “leftism” in economy is coming back.

  199. @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN

    I have worked with some. They are subdued, sober, less conformist than Scandies. They often hesitate to take strong positions. But they are authentic with unique ancient IE language and culture. It is important to preserve it - there is nothing like that.

    Their downward spiral into the mad Russophobia is more among the elite that is Western-centric, often born and living there. (We see it with LatW.) They are disappearing demographically and their lands could be overrun by second-rate Westies - the economy is run by Scandies-Germany. As an armed camp on the Russian border they would be very seriously damaged in any hostilities - why do it?

    There is a common characteristic among small nations in and around Russia: they only accept Russians if they can use them or dominate them. The moment Russians reassert themselves the deep atavistic hatreds come out. One sees it among Armenians, Jews, Georgians...the Balts have less of it. Russians are partially responsible by being unassertive most of the time and then coming down like a ton of bricks when it goes too far. It is a bad dynamic.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN

    But they are authentic with unique ancient IE language and culture. It is important to preserve it – there is nothing like that.

    There isn’t and there won’t be. The Baltic people are doing a good job taking care of their culture. You are hypocritical – you claim that this is worth preserving, yet you praise those regimes whose only goal is to destroy it. And you will deny it because you don’t want to admit it and you don’t even have the visibility as to their true nature. If you did, you would come up with some kind of an excuse.

    The moment Russians reassert themselves the deep atavistic hatreds come out.

    This is not just a natural, healthy instinct to defend one’s own but common human decency, in fact. The problem is that the Russians (or rather what is at this point a composite nationality that is not even fully Balto-Slav anymore) want to assert themselves at the expense of others. We do not try to dictate how they should live inside of their own ethnic lands, but they try to dictate to us how to live on our own ancestral lands. That’s a no go. You pretend to not see it when in fact if somebody did that to you – some German or some other former colonial overlord nationality, you would flip out.

    The other week, I heard a well known Russian (non-Jewish) opinion maker who literally said on public tv – “The Baltic lands are ours, we need to raise our kids so that they go and take them”. And they don’t give a sh*t that my children will live there and they are fully aware that they will have to kill my children. No, on the contrary – they know full well that my children are different so they need to be done away with, removed from their ancestral lands. This is in no way better than what the Nazis used to do yet you fail to admit it.

    All that we ask is for the RusFed to stop and stay within the borders of 1991. They already got Crimea – and the West was silent. But no.. not enough.

    As to atavistic hatreds, we live with normal Russians side by side without issues. But when it comes to the expansion of the Horde, we have defended Europe from it for centuries, as a buffer. Most of our Northern and Western neighbors know this full well.

    You might also find it interesting that the ancient Balts were scattered across Eurasia – lived around the Oka river possibly, around Dniepr. The Balts are much older than the Slavs and there was a Slavic expansion that assimilated a lot of the Balts – so essentially there is a Baltic substrate in Slavs. There was a Russian geneticist who researched this (but he died recently, unexpectedly, it was an accident apparently, but I’m not really sure).

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @LatW

    You suffer from a serious case of paranoia. An "opinion maker on TV" is literally of no importance - people all over the world are saying crazy stuff on TV, including many Balts. There is no evidence that Russia wants to "remove the Balts" - they had full control for decades and the Latvian culture and language flourished, Latvian numbers rose dramatically - everyone got along well.

    I am not sure why you display the paranoia or why you call Russians the "Horde". You have real anger issues. Maybe the rapidly declining Latvian population and the danger in fighting Russia on behalf of others is unbalancing you.

    I like the Baltic ancient culture. If you do, then stop acting irrationally and look at what is actually happening and not at feel-good myths. If you insist on the foolish confrontation with Russia (50 times bigger) and count on infinite support from the West you will be sorry. There is no winning - it either ends as a loss, small or big we don't know yet, or in a nuclear exchange where the Baltic is the primary early target. At least you have Finland and Sweden to share that with.

    Replies: @LatW

  200. Has Steve Sailer ever heard of this guy?
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion_Clark

    I assume he has the alleles that favor sprinters. But he has was born without legs, so he is the hand-racing champion.

    [MORE]

  201. @LatW
    @Beckow


    But they are authentic with unique ancient IE language and culture. It is important to preserve it – there is nothing like that.
     
    There isn't and there won't be. The Baltic people are doing a good job taking care of their culture. You are hypocritical - you claim that this is worth preserving, yet you praise those regimes whose only goal is to destroy it. And you will deny it because you don't want to admit it and you don't even have the visibility as to their true nature. If you did, you would come up with some kind of an excuse.

    The moment Russians reassert themselves the deep atavistic hatreds come out.
     
    This is not just a natural, healthy instinct to defend one's own but common human decency, in fact. The problem is that the Russians (or rather what is at this point a composite nationality that is not even fully Balto-Slav anymore) want to assert themselves at the expense of others. We do not try to dictate how they should live inside of their own ethnic lands, but they try to dictate to us how to live on our own ancestral lands. That's a no go. You pretend to not see it when in fact if somebody did that to you - some German or some other former colonial overlord nationality, you would flip out.

    The other week, I heard a well known Russian (non-Jewish) opinion maker who literally said on public tv - "The Baltic lands are ours, we need to raise our kids so that they go and take them". And they don't give a sh*t that my children will live there and they are fully aware that they will have to kill my children. No, on the contrary - they know full well that my children are different so they need to be done away with, removed from their ancestral lands. This is in no way better than what the Nazis used to do yet you fail to admit it.

    All that we ask is for the RusFed to stop and stay within the borders of 1991. They already got Crimea - and the West was silent. But no.. not enough.

    As to atavistic hatreds, we live with normal Russians side by side without issues. But when it comes to the expansion of the Horde, we have defended Europe from it for centuries, as a buffer. Most of our Northern and Western neighbors know this full well.

    You might also find it interesting that the ancient Balts were scattered across Eurasia - lived around the Oka river possibly, around Dniepr. The Balts are much older than the Slavs and there was a Slavic expansion that assimilated a lot of the Balts - so essentially there is a Baltic substrate in Slavs. There was a Russian geneticist who researched this (but he died recently, unexpectedly, it was an accident apparently, but I'm not really sure).

    Replies: @Beckow

    You suffer from a serious case of paranoia. An “opinion maker on TV” is literally of no importance – people all over the world are saying crazy stuff on TV, including many Balts. There is no evidence that Russia wants to “remove the Balts” – they had full control for decades and the Latvian culture and language flourished, Latvian numbers rose dramatically – everyone got along well.

    I am not sure why you display the paranoia or why you call Russians the “Horde”. You have real anger issues. Maybe the rapidly declining Latvian population and the danger in fighting Russia on behalf of others is unbalancing you.

    I like the Baltic ancient culture. If you do, then stop acting irrationally and look at what is actually happening and not at feel-good myths. If you insist on the foolish confrontation with Russia (50 times bigger) and count on infinite support from the West you will be sorry. There is no winning – it either ends as a loss, small or big we don’t know yet, or in a nuclear exchange where the Baltic is the primary early target. At least you have Finland and Sweden to share that with.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow


    An “opinion maker on TV” is literally of no importance
     
    There are several propagandists that have talked this way for years and they are very important. Otherwise they simply wouldn't be there.

    people all over the world are saying crazy stuff on TV, including many Balts.
     
    Not true, we do not say that we're going into their land to take over it and murder their people. Plus, coming from us it wouldn't sound all too serious (in normal circumstances), but coming from them, it is dead serious. You are just being nonchalant because the Slovaks and Hungarians are not directly affected (but you will be).

    And there are penalties for that type of hate speech in the Baltics, but there aren't in the RusFed.

    the Latvian culture and language flourished
     
    The real culture was suppressed, what "flourished" was a very specific type of Soviet Baltic "culture", you do not talk about all the culture that was destroyed, the very fact that you believe it is acceptable for the Baltic peoples to be occupied and controlled by a culturally alien outside power, is disgusting. I'm starting to doubt how Lutheran you really are, if you don't get this. Everyone else gets it. Even the French now.

    Latvian numbers rose dramatically
     
    No, they did not. We lost over hunderds of thousands of people due to the occupations, and 200K of the best people due to the Soviet re-occupation. Our numbers and quality of people would be much higher if it hadn't been for the Soviet occupation. The rise in population that you are alluding to was not due to the Soviets, but due to the 1950s baby boom (which would have produced MORE Balts if it hadn't been for mass deportations and exile). I'm not even talking about all those losses that happened during the Soviet era with some of our men migrating into Soviet Russia via work and military deployments.

    everyone got along well.
     
    No, not everyone - and you know it damn well, yet you keep lying. But I also accept that you are simply uninformed. In ancient Greece, an uninformed person was called an idiot.

    I am not sure why you call Russians the “Horde”.
     
    Because they are deeply mixed. Both ethnically and culturally. And because they retain the "politics" of the Horde (which can't even be called real politics, the state systems I should say, politics is something entirely different).

    You have real anger issues.
     
    Regardless of that, I present totally legitimate arguments, which tens of millions in EE support. And probably even in America we still have those who will agree, not to mention in Europe. You're the ones who are the outliers now - the Slovaks and Hungarians. You are in the minority, against everyone else. You are siding with the murderers of European children.

    Maybe the rapidly declining Latvian population
     
    It's not declining rapidly anymore.

    the danger in fighting Russia on behalf of others
     
    It's not on behalf of others. They had designs on us immediately after 1918. They did sign the Peace treaty but didn't mean it. This is an old problem. As to the others, the ones across the ocean seem to have bailed.

    I like the Baltic ancient culture.
     
    You should, it is quite special and may still be hiding some secrets. But why don't you stop worrying about it, whatever happens, happens.. time passes on. The Golden Age of Balts was two thousand years ago. Worry about your own and leave us alone.

    If you insist on the foolish confrontation with Russia (50 times bigger)
     
    Nobody is insisting. But we'll fight them if we have to. All of us together, will not make them "50 times bigger", all of us together, we will be bigger. We knew 30 years ago this was going to happen. It always happens this way for 300-400 years already.

    There is no winning
     
    Why can't they just stop and back up to where they should be? Why are they so special that everything is forgiven them? Why is it always us who have to compromise? No.

    And you know Beckow what really ticks me off about people such as yourself and other of these so called Russophiles - is that you yourselves would not tolerate living around actual Russians or much less under them, with everything that comes with it. If you were faced with them in large numbers, you would only become friends with a few of them (the more supplicating ones), but would immediately start competing with the better ones or fighting them outright, and start loathing the more pathetic ones (you are aware of some of their dysfunctions, aren't you? "The East is messy" - that's what you said once, yea, it can be, you know that they were thrown out of the Austrian ski resorts). Yet you expect us, Balts, to just "suck it up". Damn hypocrites.

    Replies: @Beckow

  202. @AnonfromTN
    @LatW


    Ukraine had nothing to do with this most likely.
     
    Ukraine performed a lot of terror acts in the RF: murder of former Ukrainian MP Kiva, murder of Dugina, murder of Tatarsky, attempted murder of Prilepin, etc. That’s not even counting shelling of residential areas since 2014, murders and attempted murders in LPR and DPR, or an explosion on the Crimean bridge. The head of Ukrainian SBU very recently bragged about success of their terrorist attacks in the RF.

    And yet you can present zero facts.
     
    The perps tried to run away to Ukraine. These won’t be the first bandits hiding in Ukraine after terrorist attacks in the RF.

    However, I suspect that the fact that they were arrested before reaching Ukraine saved their lives: those who organized this terror attack would likely get rid of them, like they “suicided” pilot Voloshin before: dead people tell no tales.

    Replies: @LatW, @John Johnson, @Mikhail, @AP, @Jazman

    ISIS-K, formerly involved with US supported Afghan government, they go after Iran, Russia, China and the Taliban, but not Israel and the US. Once again noting ISIS presence in Ukraine:

    https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-8-2015-011933_EN.html

    The Kiev regime-ISIS-K and possible MI6 and/or CIA connection isn’t as off the wall than the claims that Russia blew up NS2 and paid the Taliban to kill Americans.

  203. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    Have you seen this?

    https://www.unz.com/article/the-smoke-of-the-synagogue/

    It is long and he doesn't come right and say it but I infer from his collection of recent historical facts that the undoing of the Soviet Union was backing the Arabs in the 1973 war. Or at the very least one of the most important factors.

    Before 1973 American Jew elites implicitly were friends of the Soviet Union.
    After 1973 American Jew elites became bent on destroying the Soviet Union.

    I would be interested in a Russian analysis of this idea. Or even better, a Chinese one.

    Replies: @songbird, @Beckow, @Mikhail, @Gerard1234

    Before 1973 American Jew elites implicitly were friends of the Soviet Union.
    After 1973 American Jew elites became bent on destroying the Soviet Union.

    Probably right that the ’73 war further enhanced an anti-Soviet position among them which was already evident. Keeping in mind how the situation was after the ’67 war as well as beforehand.

  204. A123 says: • Website
    @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    It is a partisan debate. You are conversing with somebody in the other party. Have you ever read Yudkowsky's Politics is the Mind Killer essay?

    https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/9weLK2AJ9JEt2Tt8f/politics-is-the-mind-killer

    It is now seventeen years old and Yudkowsky has since killed his mind but it's short and it makes good points. There are some great reasons politics is a taboo conversation topic inside the Freemason fraternity lodge. That's on the premises. If you get one of those guys in your living room watch out.

    Replies: @Beckow, @A123

    It is a partisan debate.

    Yes. I am trying not to be pulled into repetition of futile discussions.

    Those who back senseless Kiev/Hamas aggression against Russians/Jews are now experiencing losing first hand. They are emotionally wrapped up in the failure of the chosen immoral scum. They cannot move past that to look at the future.

    It is particularly sad on the Ukie side as there is enough land to come to a reasonable and durable partition. The biggest issue is preventing Kiev from arming up to start Round 2. Tricky but achievable. The European Empire’s puppet, Führer Zelensky, needs to be moved out in favour of sensible Ukrainian leadership.

    Degenerate Islamist aggression against indigenous Palestinian Jews is much more complex. Any credible solution will require at least partial Muslim Decolonization. The lack of fresh water in Gaza makes this inevitable. The entire international community is in abject denial over this inexorable reality.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @LatW
    @A123


    It is particularly sad on the Ukie side as there is enough land to come to a reasonable and durable partition
     
    You're not in a position to dole out other people's territory. It's not yours to dole out. You have more than enough domestic problems to deal with. Are you ever going to deal them? I'm not counting on it.

    When are you going to deal with the fentanyl problem and the teenage girl suicide problem? Oh wait - you're too busy worshipping the Hubermans of this world. Or busy selling your real estate to the Chinese.

  205. @Beckow
    @LatW

    You suffer from a serious case of paranoia. An "opinion maker on TV" is literally of no importance - people all over the world are saying crazy stuff on TV, including many Balts. There is no evidence that Russia wants to "remove the Balts" - they had full control for decades and the Latvian culture and language flourished, Latvian numbers rose dramatically - everyone got along well.

    I am not sure why you display the paranoia or why you call Russians the "Horde". You have real anger issues. Maybe the rapidly declining Latvian population and the danger in fighting Russia on behalf of others is unbalancing you.

    I like the Baltic ancient culture. If you do, then stop acting irrationally and look at what is actually happening and not at feel-good myths. If you insist on the foolish confrontation with Russia (50 times bigger) and count on infinite support from the West you will be sorry. There is no winning - it either ends as a loss, small or big we don't know yet, or in a nuclear exchange where the Baltic is the primary early target. At least you have Finland and Sweden to share that with.

    Replies: @LatW

    An “opinion maker on TV” is literally of no importance

    There are several propagandists that have talked this way for years and they are very important. Otherwise they simply wouldn’t be there.

    people all over the world are saying crazy stuff on TV, including many Balts.

    Not true, we do not say that we’re going into their land to take over it and murder their people. Plus, coming from us it wouldn’t sound all too serious (in normal circumstances), but coming from them, it is dead serious. You are just being nonchalant because the Slovaks and Hungarians are not directly affected (but you will be).

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    And there are penalties for that type of hate speech in the Baltics, but there aren’t in the RusFed.

    the Latvian culture and language flourished

    The real culture was suppressed, what “flourished” was a very specific type of Soviet Baltic “culture”, you do not talk about all the culture that was destroyed, the very fact that you believe it is acceptable for the Baltic peoples to be occupied and controlled by a culturally alien outside power, is disgusting. I’m starting to doubt how Lutheran you really are, if you don’t get this. Everyone else gets it. Even the French now.

    Latvian numbers rose dramatically

    No, they did not. We lost over hunderds of thousands of people due to the occupations, and 200K of the best people due to the Soviet re-occupation. Our numbers and quality of people would be much higher if it hadn’t been for the Soviet occupation. The rise in population that you are alluding to was not due to the Soviets, but due to the 1950s baby boom (which would have produced MORE Balts if it hadn’t been for mass deportations and exile). I’m not even talking about all those losses that happened during the Soviet era with some of our men migrating into Soviet Russia via work and military deployments.

    everyone got along well.

    No, not everyone – and you know it damn well, yet you keep lying. But I also accept that you are simply uninformed. In ancient Greece, an uninformed person was called an idiot.

    I am not sure why you call Russians the “Horde”.

    Because they are deeply mixed. Both ethnically and culturally. And because they retain the “politics” of the Horde (which can’t even be called real politics, the state systems I should say, politics is something entirely different).

    You have real anger issues.

    Regardless of that, I present totally legitimate arguments, which tens of millions in EE support. And probably even in America we still have those who will agree, not to mention in Europe. You’re the ones who are the outliers now – the Slovaks and Hungarians. You are in the minority, against everyone else. You are siding with the murderers of European children.

    Maybe the rapidly declining Latvian population

    It’s not declining rapidly anymore.

    the danger in fighting Russia on behalf of others

    It’s not on behalf of others. They had designs on us immediately after 1918. They did sign the Peace treaty but didn’t mean it. This is an old problem. As to the others, the ones across the ocean seem to have bailed.

    I like the Baltic ancient culture.

    You should, it is quite special and may still be hiding some secrets. But why don’t you stop worrying about it, whatever happens, happens.. time passes on. The Golden Age of Balts was two thousand years ago. Worry about your own and leave us alone.

    If you insist on the foolish confrontation with Russia (50 times bigger)

    Nobody is insisting. But we’ll fight them if we have to. All of us together, will not make them “50 times bigger”, all of us together, we will be bigger. We knew 30 years ago this was going to happen. It always happens this way for 300-400 years already.

    There is no winning

    Why can’t they just stop and back up to where they should be? Why are they so special that everything is forgiven them? Why is it always us who have to compromise? No.

    And you know Beckow what really ticks me off about people such as yourself and other of these so called Russophiles – is that you yourselves would not tolerate living around actual Russians or much less under them, with everything that comes with it. If you were faced with them in large numbers, you would only become friends with a few of them (the more supplicating ones), but would immediately start competing with the better ones or fighting them outright, and start loathing the more pathetic ones (you are aware of some of their dysfunctions, aren’t you? “The East is messy” – that’s what you said once, yea, it can be, you know that they were thrown out of the Austrian ski resorts). Yet you expect us, Balts, to just “suck it up”. Damn hypocrites.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @LatW


    ...we do not say that we’re going into their land to take over it and murder their people.
     
    Oh yes, quite a few among you say it - US senators asking to "kill more Russians", books and articles on how Russia could be split up, and the Balt PM's openly calling for an all-out war with Russia. If you want to find mad "opinion makers" there are plenty on your side. Paranoia has a way for spreading.

    All of us together...
     
    Who would that be? Macron volunteered 2k Frenchies, Poles and Balts, maybe even a few thousand others (Romanians?) Of course the Ukies if there are any left. Add the mysterious "ISIS-X" guys and you may have something...but more likely it would be an absolute fiasco and your own people would run you out of town.

    Yes, the east is messy. It is compensated by the unique gifts that people in CE-EE have: they are generally smarter, stronger, healthier, and the girls are better looking. But when we talk about loud, noisy, messy easterners you are also among them, Poles, Ukies, Romanians are not any less disruptive than the Horde Russians and also often unwelcome. Your desperate attempt to separate from the Horde doesn't work - you are in it and always will be...

    By the way, I know a lot about Latvia and you are painting a false picture. You lie and exaggerate about the past ills and you also lie about today's apartheid. Maybe the war would solve it - I am increasingly thinking there is no other way to shake you up into being normal, into being European.

    Replies: @LatW

  206. @A123
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    It is a partisan debate.
     
    Yes. I am trying not to be pulled into repetition of futile discussions.

    Those who back senseless Kiev/Hamas aggression against Russians/Jews are now experiencing losing first hand. They are emotionally wrapped up in the failure of the chosen immoral scum. They cannot move past that to look at the future.

    It is particularly sad on the Ukie side as there is enough land to come to a reasonable and durable partition. The biggest issue is preventing Kiev from arming up to start Round 2. Tricky but achievable. The European Empire's puppet, Führer Zelensky, needs to be moved out in favour of sensible Ukrainian leadership.

    Degenerate Islamist aggression against indigenous Palestinian Jews is much more complex. Any credible solution will require at least partial Muslim Decolonization. The lack of fresh water in Gaza makes this inevitable. The entire international community is in abject denial over this inexorable reality.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @LatW

    It is particularly sad on the Ukie side as there is enough land to come to a reasonable and durable partition

    You’re not in a position to dole out other people’s territory. It’s not yours to dole out. You have more than enough domestic problems to deal with. Are you ever going to deal them? I’m not counting on it.

    When are you going to deal with the fentanyl problem and the teenage girl suicide problem? Oh wait – you’re too busy worshipping the Hubermans of this world. Or busy selling your real estate to the Chinese.

    • LOL: A123
  207. @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN

    I have worked with some. They are subdued, sober, less conformist than Scandies. They often hesitate to take strong positions. But they are authentic with unique ancient IE language and culture. It is important to preserve it - there is nothing like that.

    Their downward spiral into the mad Russophobia is more among the elite that is Western-centric, often born and living there. (We see it with LatW.) They are disappearing demographically and their lands could be overrun by second-rate Westies - the economy is run by Scandies-Germany. As an armed camp on the Russian border they would be very seriously damaged in any hostilities - why do it?

    There is a common characteristic among small nations in and around Russia: they only accept Russians if they can use them or dominate them. The moment Russians reassert themselves the deep atavistic hatreds come out. One sees it among Armenians, Jews, Georgians...the Balts have less of it. Russians are partially responsible by being unassertive most of the time and then coming down like a ton of bricks when it goes too far. It is a bad dynamic.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN

    But they are authentic with unique ancient IE language and culture. It is important to preserve it – there is nothing like that.

    The preservation of Balts is in their hands. If they continue on their current suicidal course, they won’t be preserved: nobody can help a suicidal person/nation; besides, helping suicides would be against natural selection. Natural selection always wins, no matter what we think or do. It’s part of the reality. The reality is politically incorrect (libtards would gnash their teeth at this point). If they volunteer to become like Ukies, a battlefield between waning empire and the RF (as their “leadership” appears to want), they will be preserved in museums, like dinosaurs.

    If Balts come to their senses (always assuming they have those), they have a good chance to survive and preserve whatever genotypes/cultural traits they have. The size of their populations is their problem. If they commit demographic suicide, so be it.

    As far as the RF is concerned, to the best of my knowledge it has exactly zero interest in them. It won’t help them survive (in sharp contrast to the 1980s, there is no good will left), but it won’t do anything to accelerate their demise (they are too insignificant for that). If we go by history, Russian empire (tsarist, then Soviet, then the RF) never exterminated a single nation, however small. In contrast, Anglos exterminated quite a few (North American Indians and Tasmanians are telling examples).

    If Balts are unhappy about their current geographical position, they should follow Trump’s advice and move to Africa. Nobody is going to miss them. Crocodiles might find them tasty.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @AnonfromTN


    If Balts are unhappy about their current geographical position, they should follow Trump’s advice and move to Africa.
     
    You wish. They won't be moving anywhere, but will stay in their ancestral lands. And there will be a big beautiful wall.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  208. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    But they are authentic with unique ancient IE language and culture. It is important to preserve it – there is nothing like that.
     
    The preservation of Balts is in their hands. If they continue on their current suicidal course, they won’t be preserved: nobody can help a suicidal person/nation; besides, helping suicides would be against natural selection. Natural selection always wins, no matter what we think or do. It’s part of the reality. The reality is politically incorrect (libtards would gnash their teeth at this point). If they volunteer to become like Ukies, a battlefield between waning empire and the RF (as their “leadership” appears to want), they will be preserved in museums, like dinosaurs.

    If Balts come to their senses (always assuming they have those), they have a good chance to survive and preserve whatever genotypes/cultural traits they have. The size of their populations is their problem. If they commit demographic suicide, so be it.

    As far as the RF is concerned, to the best of my knowledge it has exactly zero interest in them. It won’t help them survive (in sharp contrast to the 1980s, there is no good will left), but it won’t do anything to accelerate their demise (they are too insignificant for that). If we go by history, Russian empire (tsarist, then Soviet, then the RF) never exterminated a single nation, however small. In contrast, Anglos exterminated quite a few (North American Indians and Tasmanians are telling examples).

    If Balts are unhappy about their current geographical position, they should follow Trump’s advice and move to Africa. Nobody is going to miss them. Crocodiles might find them tasty.

    Replies: @LatW

    If Balts are unhappy about their current geographical position, they should follow Trump’s advice and move to Africa.

    You wish. They won’t be moving anywhere, but will stay in their ancestral lands. And there will be a big beautiful wall.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @LatW


    They won’t be moving anywhere, but will stay in their ancestral lands. And there will be a big beautiful wall.
     
    Latvian joke: a note posted at Riga airport “whoever leaves last, please turn off the lights”.
    Happy wall-building.
  209. @LatW
    @AnonfromTN


    If Balts are unhappy about their current geographical position, they should follow Trump’s advice and move to Africa.
     
    You wish. They won't be moving anywhere, but will stay in their ancestral lands. And there will be a big beautiful wall.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    They won’t be moving anywhere, but will stay in their ancestral lands. And there will be a big beautiful wall.

    Latvian joke: a note posted at Riga airport “whoever leaves last, please turn off the lights”.
    Happy wall-building.

  210. Wow, Putin’s agents are not only swarming all over the Ukieland, they are in Poland, too. Poland just dismissed its Eurocorps commander general Gromadzinski:
    https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/poland-dismisses-eurocorps-commander-amid-couterintelligence-probe-2024-03-27/
    Or maybe he is the agent of Kremlin? Ukies, please weigh in.

  211. And by the way – it looks like there is an attempt to supplant the Russian masculinity, as a result of this Krokus attack. There seems to be a trend going around praising young Muslim boys acting as saviors – of course, those boys may have happened to be there and helped the victims, since there are many Central Asians and Caucasians in Moscow. But at least a couple of boys have been elevated now for their valor and they are migrants with names such as Islam and Rustam. It might be just a small trend now and obviously the authorities need to be keeping the multi-ethnic peace, but this is visible now. The Slavic boy is being replaced.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @LatW

    Your deeb goncern for the welfare of the Slavic Boy is touching.

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @LatW

    To be fair, though, you don't think that Islam promotes hyper-masculinity better than the now-sissified Christianity does?

    Replies: @LatW

    , @Dmitry
    @LatW


    praising young Muslim boys
     
    After 9/11, in America, a lot of Americans were becoming hostile against Muslims in reaction. The government avoids this situation in Russia.

    In official Russia, they want to avoid the anti-Muslim situation in the USA after terrorist attacks so this is part of why television in Russia is using media, to avoid creating negative feelings in relation to the religion of the terrorists. This is common and expected, it happens after terrorist attacks.

    Inter-ethnic harmony is one of the priorities of the government, who don't want to lose control of the country. This is one of side of their policy.

    They also ban Islamist extremist texts just like they ban nationalist texts.

    After the attack, they also reduced reporting.

    It is only last night 120 hours after the beginning of the terrorist attack. It was a story which is near the end of the news.
    https://www.1tv.ru/news/2024-03-27/473661-vypusk_programmy_vremya_v_21_00_ot_27_03_2024


    ht be just a small trend now and obviously the authorities need to be keeping the multi-ethnic peace, but this is visible now. The Slavic boy is being replaced.

     

    Governments in postsoviet countries often seem like they want to reduce of young men because the demography with less young men increases political stability, it is more easy to control the society, less likely for events like "Tahrir Square 2011" which were created by what demographers call "youth bulges".

    But, this policy, will be more in some Muslim areas than most slavic areas. There was proportionally, a lot more mobilization in Makhachkala. The authorities are not going to worry about reduction of men in rebellious areas than in obedient areas. They would be more worried to reduce the proportion of young men in rebellious populations.

    This is also how emigration for brain drain and mobilization threat, can be useful for them. This postsoviet process of emigrations, reduces some not always obedient populations.

  212. @Mr. Hack
    @AnonfromTN

    Aren't you a Ukrainian? How many bridges have you destroyed?...

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Aren’t you a Ukrainian?

    After post-coup Kiev regime started committing heinous crimes in Donbass in 2014 I thought that it would be shameful to admit that I am a Ukrainian. However, then I decided that I should say that loud and clear, so that people know that there are normal Ukrainians, that not all Ukrainians are scumbags, like Porky, clown, and various functionaries of the post-coup regime.

    • Agree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @AnonfromTN


    I thought that it would be shameful to admit that I am a Ukrainian.
     
    I understood that you were a Ukrainian traitor long ago, hence I've since renamed you appropriately as Professor Jannissar and Mr. Хрунь. I mean really, who in his right mind likes to brag that he's against his own people, and is supporting the war of a psychopathic invading midget? I do, however, applaud all of the Russian "traitors" out there. The sooner they swell their ranks, the sooner this evil war will end.

    https://static.kyivpost.com/storage/2024/03/24/378b87e464f1e9429064c91576d0f608.jpg?w=1280&q=90&f=webp

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  213. @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    AP, I've got an off-topic alternate history question for you:

    Would an early Entente victory in WWI have been such a bad thing? I mean, a late Entente victory in WWI was pretty bad because it helped lead to both Nazism and Communism, both of which subsequently caused unparalleled suffering in the history of the world. But an early Entente victory, such as if there would have been no Haber-Bosch process, thus ensuring that Germany would have ran out of ammonia to produce munitions around 1916 and thus ensuring that Germany would have subsequently lost WWI by default, sounds like it would have been a pretty good scenario, no? Well, other than for the Turks, who will likely get ethnically cleansed from Constantinople, et cetera and lose Ottoman Armenia as well, being pushed back to their historical homeland of the Anatolian highlands before Russia possibly eventually takes it over as well, especially if it will become a dysfunctional state (similar to what Russia did with Kokand in Central Asia several decades earlier). And of course the Poles might not get their independence, at least not until and unless Russia will eventually implode later on, such as if a revolution (hopefully a non-Bolshevik one) still eventually occurs in Russia even with an early Entente WWI victory. And this would have been a great scenario for Ukrainians because Galicians could have spread Ukrainian nationalist ideas into the rest of Ukraine much more easily once Russia would have annexed Galicia, even after accounting for subsequent Russian repression.

    What do you think?

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    I might as well add a second question to this:

    Had Austria-Hungary somehow collapsed before WWI, would this have really been a less stable European arrangement than was actually the case in real life?

    It would have ben more oppressive for certain peoples, such as the Czechs, Poles, and Ukrainians, no doubt about that. But a general European war, let alone a World War, would have been much less likely to occur in such a scenario, no?

    • Replies: @Derer
    @Mr. XYZ

    From what year is this concocted map. Where is Hapsburg (or Austria-Hungary at Vienna seat) empire, Hungary was always a minor partner subjugated by Vienna or Ottoman.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  214. Apparently, the bridge collapse in Baltimore killed a bunch of nationals from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador. No, I am not joking.

    In Boston, 18 years ago, a ceiling panel in a tunnel that was held by only one bolt (cost cutting) slipped and killed an illegal.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Dig_ceiling_collapse

  215. @Beckow
    @sudden death

    They were running away to Ukraine, that is evidence. Luka only said that they didn't go to Belarus because it is too well guarded, you are a serial liar when you claim more.

    I listed circumstances adding to the suspicion that Kiev was involved. The most salient point is that in a reverse situation - if the terror was in the West and the perps run to Russia, there would be no hesitation to blame Russia.

    Why aren't you applying the same standard? That is the root of all problems - people unwilling to use the same objective consistent criteria.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @sudden death

    Once again, Lukashenko literally said that perps “had to turnaround” from Belarus (direction) and yes one of the reasons that it was well guarded according to him. Confusion here may arise, cause being the perfect weasel he is, Lukashenko didn’t specify the time of that turnaround, cause in theory you can make decision to turnaround from going here and then do start plan B in different time and stage. e.g that turnaround can happen both being 20 and 200 km away from actual border of Belarus.

    However such expression still implies that their primary wish was going into Belarus, but after an unspecified (so far) moment in time, priority was changed.

  216. @LatW
    And by the way - it looks like there is an attempt to supplant the Russian masculinity, as a result of this Krokus attack. There seems to be a trend going around praising young Muslim boys acting as saviors - of course, those boys may have happened to be there and helped the victims, since there are many Central Asians and Caucasians in Moscow. But at least a couple of boys have been elevated now for their valor and they are migrants with names such as Islam and Rustam. It might be just a small trend now and obviously the authorities need to be keeping the multi-ethnic peace, but this is visible now. The Slavic boy is being replaced.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Mr. XYZ, @Dmitry

    Your deeb goncern for the welfare of the Slavic Boy is touching.

  217. @Gerard1234
    @sudden death

    Just to be clear you dumb POS - number of Ukrainians getting Russian citizenship in that same period is at least 20 times the Tajik number.

    As Russia is a free country that people want to live in , work and prosper in ( the complete opposite to decaying shithole litva) .........policy to allowing central asian migrants, perceived over tolerance/weakness of law enforcement to central asian ( and north caucasus) peoples general violent actions ( not terrorism, just everyday assaults) are FREQUENTLY criticised in Russia for 20 years you stupid idiot.

    In reality mainly as source of cheap labour, but also as Russia being inheritor state of USSR, Russia being a big country, the bilateral relationship with the central asian states.........there was always going to be this dynamic.

    Different to an irrelevant shithole as Litva, every important western country has this exact issue - except Russia is on a principle of making our country as one with many cultures, not a multi-cultural ( there is a big difference in the terms) one with freakish stuff like the USA about to become over 50% hispanic etc.
    Also, on the cheap labour point - Russia despite our much larger population has much less central asians working here than France, Germany, Italy, Spain,UK do with Africans, North Africans, Asians, Middle East muslims. Proportionally we have less central Asians then Americans have Mexicans and Guatemalans.
    Indians relation with British Empire, Morrocans with Spanish, French with Algerian.......German with none of them can't be compared with Tajiks/Uzbeks /Kyrgyz with Russia because of the relative recency of USSR.

    Kazakhs generally are not much of problem on this issue, plus much larger number of Kazakhstan citizens are ethnic Russian citizens anyway.......but in what world would it be possible for Putin to have a lenient migration policy with Kazakhstan, but a strict one with Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan you stupid dickhead? Anyway, as I said, being the inheritor state of the USSR does require obligations.


    And this is just the tip of the iceberg shown, as millions (IIRC about 13 million overall, will try to find later data)
     
    That's people crossing the border, each time counted, not the actual number of individual people who have come into Russia you f**king idiot. It may also include the Lithuanian scumbag diplomat who hit a women while driving........and fled the country.
    In reality there are close to ( or probably over) 1 million of each Armenians, Gruzians, and Moldovans also who work in Russia.

    Replies: @sudden death

    That’s people crossing the border, people crossing the border, each time counted, not the actual number of individual people who have come into Russia

    Knowing you as being not a serial, but straight out pathological liar here, who can’t stop lying even knowing that he will be quickly be caught, no surprise that this time isn’t any exception again, lol

    That column with numbers is called “Quantity of facts about inclusions into migrationary registry of foreign nationals and persons without citizenship’” in RF and those are immigrant individuals counted, but not their border crossings. Citizens of different countries have differing terms for such mandatory inclusion in RF migrationary registry, eg:

    We remind you that when entering the Russian Federation, visa-free foreign citizens are required to register with migration authorities within 7 working days from the date of entry.

    Citizens of Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan need to register for migration within 30 days from the date of arrival.

    Citizens of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – within 15 days.

    Within 90 days, citizens of Belarus, Ukraine, as well as the LPR and DPR must register for migration.
    https://migration-expert.ru/pravila-postanovki-na-migracionnyj-uchet-inostrannyh-grazhdan-s-13-oktjabrja-2022-g/

    So those foreign nationals who are crossing the border for visiting just for several days or even more (depending on a specific country) don’t have to be included into such migrationary registry.

    • Replies: @Gerard1234
    @sudden death


    Knowing you as being not a serial, but straight out pathological liar here, who can’t stop lying even knowing that he will be quickly be caught, no surprise that this time isn’t any exception again, lol
     
    LMAO - stop projecting again you despicable slimebag.
    It's very simple - Russian population did not increase by 10 million central Asians in 2022 you idiot. About 3-4 million different INDIVIDUAL people came to Russia (not including from Ukraine of course) - and from those numbers they entered the country about 3 or 4 times during the year, as you would expect . i.e - exactly as I wr0te.
    80-90%+ of them are here for work for extensive periods (i.e more than 15 days)

    Numbers are still far from pre-coronavirus levels that would be something like 17-20 million registrations covering a much smaller number of millions entering .

    So is a thick idiot as yourself trying to say that in 2018 plus 2022 - the Russian population increased from 144 million to 144+ 10+ 17 million central asians to 171 million???!!!!!!! Useless cretin.

    Bilateral with Gruzia has always not been good, but it was particularly bad with Saakashvili, throughout the 30 years Gruzia has been a key route of escape/entry for Chechen terrorists. Central Asia has many muslims, many young men, except Kazakhstan they don't have wealth...........so in addition to wanting the cheap labour issue - because of the example of Gruzia with North Caucasus terrorists, because of radicalism caused by US dogs invasion of Afghanistan and CIA attempts also to instigate radicalism fused together also by natural post-sovietism/nationalism, and because the leaders of these countries are concerned at not being able to provide enough jobs for these young men who could be susceptible to terrorism or generally problematic..........in bilateral interest of Russia and the central asian countries there is these migration policies you dumbfuck.

    So the migration policy of authorities has zero "multi-cultural" element to it, and does have a security context to it - clearly with what has happened in Krasnogorsk the security context looks irrelevant, but it is there. That is different to the west where the mass migration has zero security element to it, plenty of "multi-cultural" to it, and a higher proportion of cheap labour

    And obviously, because of start of SMO and immediate devaluation of currency - plenty of the Uzbeks and Tajiks returned to their country, before coming back again and thus multiplying the entry number into RF you dumb prick.

    Replies: @sudden death

  218. @Mr. XYZ
    @Mr. XYZ

    I might as well add a second question to this:

    Had Austria-Hungary somehow collapsed before WWI, would this have really been a less stable European arrangement than was actually the case in real life?

    https://preview.redd.it/what-if-austria-hungary-collapses-before-ww1-v0-3an11ftlzis81.png?width=640&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=a89a88de5722c1649ea5d5d781a4d75f7ea2fe6d

    It would have ben more oppressive for certain peoples, such as the Czechs, Poles, and Ukrainians, no doubt about that. But a general European war, let alone a World War, would have been much less likely to occur in such a scenario, no?

    Replies: @Derer

    From what year is this concocted map. Where is Hapsburg (or Austria-Hungary at Vienna seat) empire, Hungary was always a minor partner subjugated by Vienna or Ottoman.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Derer

    It's an alternate history map:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/AlternateHistory/comments/tzwlzk/what_if_austria_hungary_collapses_before_ww1/?rdt=37862

    Replies: @Beckow

  219. Had no idea bears could be found in such steep terrain.

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    • Replies: @sudden death
    @songbird

    The first reccomended video for me next to the bear attack was video about (semi?)domesticated otter couple in Japan. Guess it could be because recently was watching Lithuanian amateur parody video about otter in love, lol


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LancwyIj69A

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQUBGJl4Bbg

  220. @Derer
    @Mr. XYZ

    From what year is this concocted map. Where is Hapsburg (or Austria-Hungary at Vienna seat) empire, Hungary was always a minor partner subjugated by Vienna or Ottoman.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mr. XYZ

    Hungary was less than 50% ethnically Magyar. That was very unstable since they tried the Ukie-like mono-ethnic state. Same with Czechia that was 3/4 Czech and Prague 90% - how would you avoid instability? And there was more of that with other ethnic groups.

    Central Europe had a choice of different versions of instability and most would lead to a war. It actually worked out quite well: Habsburgs gone, Hungarians and Germans in smaller ethnic states. Ukies should learn from it.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  221. @AnonfromTN
    @LatW


    Ukraine had nothing to do with this most likely.
     
    Ukraine performed a lot of terror acts in the RF: murder of former Ukrainian MP Kiva, murder of Dugina, murder of Tatarsky, attempted murder of Prilepin, etc. That’s not even counting shelling of residential areas since 2014, murders and attempted murders in LPR and DPR, or an explosion on the Crimean bridge. The head of Ukrainian SBU very recently bragged about success of their terrorist attacks in the RF.

    And yet you can present zero facts.
     
    The perps tried to run away to Ukraine. These won’t be the first bandits hiding in Ukraine after terrorist attacks in the RF.

    However, I suspect that the fact that they were arrested before reaching Ukraine saved their lives: those who organized this terror attack would likely get rid of them, like they “suicided” pilot Voloshin before: dead people tell no tales.

    Replies: @LatW, @John Johnson, @Mikhail, @AP, @Jazman

    Ukraine performed a lot of terror acts in the RF: murder of former Ukrainian MP Kiva, murder of Dugina, murder of Tatarsky, attempted murder of Prilepin, etc

    Karlin:

    “Ukraine is not above terrorism, but it has exclusively been undertaken in the form of assassinations, or attacks against legitimate military targets (albeit through illegitimate means). The chances that it was materially involved in any way are extraordinarily small”

    Ukraine has not made ISIS style attacks.

    As your repetition of the story that a Ukrainian captain wrecked the Baltimore bridge demonstrates (and not only that), you believe whatever nonsense is put out there.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @AP

    Does the opinion of that person prove something? Our cleaning lady also has opinions. Should we find out what her opinions “prove”?

    Replies: @AP

  222. @LatW
    And by the way - it looks like there is an attempt to supplant the Russian masculinity, as a result of this Krokus attack. There seems to be a trend going around praising young Muslim boys acting as saviors - of course, those boys may have happened to be there and helped the victims, since there are many Central Asians and Caucasians in Moscow. But at least a couple of boys have been elevated now for their valor and they are migrants with names such as Islam and Rustam. It might be just a small trend now and obviously the authorities need to be keeping the multi-ethnic peace, but this is visible now. The Slavic boy is being replaced.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Mr. XYZ, @Dmitry

    To be fair, though, you don’t think that Islam promotes hyper-masculinity better than the now-sissified Christianity does?

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Mr. XYZ


    To be fair, though, you don’t think that Islam promotes hyper-masculinity better than the now-sissified Christianity does?
     
    Yes, that religion is quite masculist (but they are often protective of women as well, so there is a sort of a balance), however, in real life they sometimes lack impulse control. The classical Western masculinity, if revived, would be possibly more valuable, since it is based on Roman virtue (virtus) - it is strength and temperance (self-control) combined. Not to mention the chivalry from the Midle Ages which on an even higher level.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  223. @songbird
    Had no idea bears could be found in such steep terrain.
    https://youtu.be/fxJ-zAgJzt4?si=EDHAOkqVqZgGOBV1

    Replies: @sudden death

    The first reccomended video for me next to the bear attack was video about (semi?)domesticated otter couple in Japan. Guess it could be because recently was watching Lithuanian amateur parody video about otter in love, lol

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    • Thanks: songbird
  224. @Dmitry
    @AP

    Putin isn't really similar to neoconservatism.

    Neoconservatism is based on spreading democracy, importance of ideology.

    Neoconservatives support Ukraine because it's a democracy seed. They are mix of believing in the ideology of democracy, with Cold War foreign policy style of "Eisenhower Doctrine" and John Foster Dulles.

    Putin doesn't care so much about ideology. His probably main obsession, is stabilization of power after the image control and halls of mirrors. Putin is more similar to the 19th century conservative politicians. He believes in "order and stability".

    If you watch Putin's discussion about Black Lives Matter, he explains his priorities. He said he ideologically agrees with Black Lives Matter. He believes there needs to be reform of American police. He says Russia has always supported a fight against the racial injustice in American society and will continue.

    But, he is very criticizing against Black Lives Matter protesting in the streets, creating disorder and creating destabilization. When he is ideologically agreeing with BLM, within the country, he can see as a geopolitical rival, Putin is opposed to them because they represent protests, disorder and probably he views them in 2020 as similar to protests in Belarus which ask for regime-changes.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @AP

    Putin isn’t really similar to neoconservatism.

    Neoconservatism is based on spreading democracy, importance of ideology.

    Putin’s ideology (or lack of a sincerely-held one) is indeed very different from that of neoconservatives. You are correct.

    But both engage in foreign invasions and war without thinking of their own people under the banner of fake patriotism, and both have presided over mass immigration into the country they lead. For neocons this was for the sake of ideology, for Putin it is about the stable monopolization of power and wealth for himself and his inner circle. Neocons invaded Iraq, Putin invaded Ukraine.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    To be fair, though, the neocons' invasion of Iraq, while possibly having too high of a cost relative to its benefits, did at least have better intentions than Putin's invasion of Ukraine had. Putin could have achieved much the same effect by simply quickly annexing the Donbass in February 2022 or, better yet, back in 2014. But there was no realistic way to bring democracy to Iraq without invading it. The West isn't going to accept Iraq's entire population (nor should it!) and I doubt that any countries in the Muslim world would do so either. Unfortunately, even for Syrian refugees, there has sometimes been insufficient hospitality from some other Muslim countries, especially the oil-rich Gulf states.

    Replies: @LondonBob, @QCIC

  225. @AnonfromTN
    @Mr. Hack


    Aren’t you a Ukrainian?
     
    After post-coup Kiev regime started committing heinous crimes in Donbass in 2014 I thought that it would be shameful to admit that I am a Ukrainian. However, then I decided that I should say that loud and clear, so that people know that there are normal Ukrainians, that not all Ukrainians are scumbags, like Porky, clown, and various functionaries of the post-coup regime.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    I thought that it would be shameful to admit that I am a Ukrainian.

    I understood that you were a Ukrainian traitor long ago, hence I’ve since renamed you appropriately as Professor Jannissar and Mr. Хрунь. I mean really, who in his right mind likes to brag that he’s against his own people, and is supporting the war of a psychopathic invading midget? I do, however, applaud all of the Russian “traitors” out there. The sooner they swell their ranks, the sooner this evil war will end.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Mr. Hack


    against his own people
     
    Equating people and government is either shameless propaganda or a sign of severe mental deficit. I would be deeply offended if someone equated me with Alzheimer-in-Chief or the scum using corrupt senile half-corpse as a puppet.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  226. @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    Ukraine performed a lot of terror acts in the RF: murder of former Ukrainian MP Kiva, murder of Dugina, murder of Tatarsky, attempted murder of Prilepin, etc

     

    Karlin:

    “Ukraine is not above terrorism, but it has exclusively been undertaken in the form of assassinations, or attacks against legitimate military targets (albeit through illegitimate means). The chances that it was materially involved in any way are extraordinarily small”

    Ukraine has not made ISIS style attacks.

    As your repetition of the story that a Ukrainian captain wrecked the Baltimore bridge demonstrates (and not only that), you believe whatever nonsense is put out there.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Does the opinion of that person prove something? Our cleaning lady also has opinions. Should we find out what her opinions “prove”?

    • Replies: @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    Was he wrong? This was not an opinion. Previous attacks were either upon militarily or strategically important places or targeted specific individuals. Nothing like this theater attack. But others had attacked a concert.

    I quoted him because he wrote it first.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  227. @Mr. XYZ
    @LatW

    To be fair, though, you don't think that Islam promotes hyper-masculinity better than the now-sissified Christianity does?

    Replies: @LatW

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    To be fair, though, you don’t think that Islam promotes hyper-masculinity better than the now-sissified Christianity does?

    Yes, that religion is quite masculist (but they are often protective of women as well, so there is a sort of a balance), however, in real life they sometimes lack impulse control. The classical Western masculinity, if revived, would be possibly more valuable, since it is based on Roman virtue (virtus) – it is strength and temperance (self-control) combined. Not to mention the chivalry from the Midle Ages which on an even higher level.

    • Thanks: Mr. XYZ
    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @LatW


    (but they are often protective of women as well, so there is a sort of a balance)
     
    Western women are much freer than Muslim women are and Western men are not uncontrollable horndogs. But Muslim men sometimes are when they see Western women, unfortunately:

    https://nationalinterest.org/feature/ive-worked-refugees-decades-europes-afghan-crime-wave-mind-21506

    You yourself alluded to this here:

    however, in real life they sometimes lack impulse control.
     
    As for classical Western masculinity, I completely agree with you in regards to this:

    The classical Western masculinity, if revived, would be possibly more valuable, since it is based on Roman virtue (virtus) – it is strength and temperance (self-control) combined. Not to mention the chivalry from the Midle Ages which on an even higher level.
     
    I honestly think that both classical Western masculinity and Western sissification are great things just so long as the latter does not descend into Cuckdom.

    Replies: @LatW

  228. @Mr. Hack
    @AnonfromTN


    I thought that it would be shameful to admit that I am a Ukrainian.
     
    I understood that you were a Ukrainian traitor long ago, hence I've since renamed you appropriately as Professor Jannissar and Mr. Хрунь. I mean really, who in his right mind likes to brag that he's against his own people, and is supporting the war of a psychopathic invading midget? I do, however, applaud all of the Russian "traitors" out there. The sooner they swell their ranks, the sooner this evil war will end.

    https://static.kyivpost.com/storage/2024/03/24/378b87e464f1e9429064c91576d0f608.jpg?w=1280&q=90&f=webp

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    against his own people

    Equating people and government is either shameless propaganda or a sign of severe mental deficit. I would be deeply offended if someone equated me with Alzheimer-in-Chief or the scum using corrupt senile half-corpse as a puppet.

    • Agree: A123, A123
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @AnonfromTN


    Equating people and government is either shameless propaganda or a sign of severe mental deficit.
     
    How so?

    The concept of a nation/state has been the driving force in the organization of humanity, at least of Europeans, during the 20th century. I realize that this is changing, but to call this concept " shameless propaganda or a sign of severe mental deficit" is a ridiculous concept in itself.

  229. @LatW
    @Mr. XYZ


    To be fair, though, you don’t think that Islam promotes hyper-masculinity better than the now-sissified Christianity does?
     
    Yes, that religion is quite masculist (but they are often protective of women as well, so there is a sort of a balance), however, in real life they sometimes lack impulse control. The classical Western masculinity, if revived, would be possibly more valuable, since it is based on Roman virtue (virtus) - it is strength and temperance (self-control) combined. Not to mention the chivalry from the Midle Ages which on an even higher level.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

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    (but they are often protective of women as well, so there is a sort of a balance)

    Western women are much freer than Muslim women are and Western men are not uncontrollable horndogs. But Muslim men sometimes are when they see Western women, unfortunately:

    https://nationalinterest.org/feature/ive-worked-refugees-decades-europes-afghan-crime-wave-mind-21506

    You yourself alluded to this here:

    however, in real life they sometimes lack impulse control.

    As for classical Western masculinity, I completely agree with you in regards to this:

    The classical Western masculinity, if revived, would be possibly more valuable, since it is based on Roman virtue (virtus) – it is strength and temperance (self-control) combined. Not to mention the chivalry from the Midle Ages which on an even higher level.

    I honestly think that both classical Western masculinity and Western sissification are great things just so long as the latter does not descend into Cuckdom.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Mr. XYZ


    Western women are much freer than Muslim women are
     
    Oi, I really don't want to start on this topic... I must admit though that freedom does have its good sides that must be appreciated and not taken lightly.

    I like how in particular the Chechen men are very protective of their women.

    Overall, what is sorely needed today is moral leadership, above all. That might be a more scarce resource than male physical strength.


    and Western men are not uncontrollable horndogs
     
    😊

    I notice that you seem to really dislike conventional Muslims (the majority) - is that because you are part Jewish or is it because you resent normative masculinity?

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  230. @Mr. XYZ
    @LatW


    (but they are often protective of women as well, so there is a sort of a balance)
     
    Western women are much freer than Muslim women are and Western men are not uncontrollable horndogs. But Muslim men sometimes are when they see Western women, unfortunately:

    https://nationalinterest.org/feature/ive-worked-refugees-decades-europes-afghan-crime-wave-mind-21506

    You yourself alluded to this here:

    however, in real life they sometimes lack impulse control.
     
    As for classical Western masculinity, I completely agree with you in regards to this:

    The classical Western masculinity, if revived, would be possibly more valuable, since it is based on Roman virtue (virtus) – it is strength and temperance (self-control) combined. Not to mention the chivalry from the Midle Ages which on an even higher level.
     
    I honestly think that both classical Western masculinity and Western sissification are great things just so long as the latter does not descend into Cuckdom.

    Replies: @LatW

    [MORE]

    Western women are much freer than Muslim women are

    Oi, I really don’t want to start on this topic… I must admit though that freedom does have its good sides that must be appreciated and not taken lightly.

    I like how in particular the Chechen men are very protective of their women.

    Overall, what is sorely needed today is moral leadership, above all. That might be a more scarce resource than male physical strength.

    and Western men are not uncontrollable horndogs

    😊

    I notice that you seem to really dislike conventional Muslims (the majority) – is that because you are part Jewish or is it because you resent normative masculinity?

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @LatW


    I like how in particular the Chechen men are very protective of their women.

     

    That's compensated by a smaller amount of freedom for Chechen women in regards to things such as clothing choices, though. Good luck being a Chechen woman and wearing short shorts and knee socks in public. You'll probably get arrested, if not stoned! And LGBTQ+ rights are brutally repressed in Chechnya.

    I notice that you seem to really dislike conventional Muslims (the majority) – is that because you are part Jewish or is it because you resent normative masculinity?

     

    Neither, actually. Rather, it's because of the radicalism of a huge number of Muslims:

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/map-death-for-apostasy/

    It's also because when it comes to religious bad apples specifically, the Muslim world appears to have significantly more of them relative to the rest of the world. Satiric cartoons of other religious figures won't get one murdered, after all. But stories like Charlie Hebdo and Salman Rushdie are simply too common among Muslims; if you engage in blasphemy, a huge number of Muslims are going to want to kill you. Heck, I myself got a death threat on Quora from a Muslim several years ago for simply saying that people should have the right to draw Muhammad cartoons without being arrested, jailed, or murdered for this. I subsequently clarified that I had no personal desire to draw such cartoons but nevertheless insisted that many Muslims' reactions to such cartoons is indeed a severe overreaction.

    Other religions have their bad apples, but not quite to the same extent, especially in the West. Hindu cow vigilantes are much rarer than Muslim terrorists, I would suspect. And Hindus in the West don't murder Westerners for killing and eating cows. And while violent homophobia is a very severe problem in some Christian Sub-Saharan African countries, the rest of the Christian world, including Latin America, is relatively progressive on LGBTQ+ rights, other than of course pseudo-trad Russia and Belarus.

    I also admit that once in tenth grade in school this extremely aggressive and muscular Muslim dumbass student wanted to beat the living daylights out of me for confusing him for one of my friends in the restroom. From the side, they looked rather similar. I ran away from him as fast as I could and thus managed to successfully escape him without any harm to myself. I subsequently reported him, but it took me two months to discover his name, which is when I found out that he was Muslim. But I also do know that there are a lot of good, progressive Muslims here in southern California and that one shouldn't generalize from one example. My own main concerns with Muslim radicalism have to do with Muslims both in their home countries and in Europe.

    There are some relatively progressive Muslim countries, such as Kazakhstan, Turkey, Bosnia, Albania, and Kosovo, but they are exceptions rather than the rule. In contrast, it is bigoted Christian countries that are more likely to be the exception rather than the rule.

    I actually think that Muslims have very legitimate grievances against Israel and that Israel should give the Palestinians a state in borders roughly similar to those of the 2003 Geneva Initiative (but slightly more in Israel's favor), even if this Palestinian state will have to end up being an Israeli puppet/satellite state, at least for its first several decades of independence. Unfair to the Palestinians but they might never get a state of their own otherwise.

    BTW, I also dislike religious Jews for being all too eager to spit in the faces of people such as myself.

    Replies: @LatW

  231. @AnonfromTN
    @AP

    Does the opinion of that person prove something? Our cleaning lady also has opinions. Should we find out what her opinions “prove”?

    Replies: @AP

    Was he wrong? This was not an opinion. Previous attacks were either upon militarily or strategically important places or targeted specific individuals. Nothing like this theater attack. But others had attacked a concert.

    I quoted him because he wrote it first.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @AP

    When did he write it? For example, if I said “it’s 1 pm CT” seven hours ago, I’d be correct, if I said exactly the same thing now, I’d be wrong.

  232. @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    Was he wrong? This was not an opinion. Previous attacks were either upon militarily or strategically important places or targeted specific individuals. Nothing like this theater attack. But others had attacked a concert.

    I quoted him because he wrote it first.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    When did he write it? For example, if I said “it’s 1 pm CT” seven hours ago, I’d be correct, if I said exactly the same thing now, I’d be wrong.

  233. @LatW
    @Mr. XYZ


    Western women are much freer than Muslim women are
     
    Oi, I really don't want to start on this topic... I must admit though that freedom does have its good sides that must be appreciated and not taken lightly.

    I like how in particular the Chechen men are very protective of their women.

    Overall, what is sorely needed today is moral leadership, above all. That might be a more scarce resource than male physical strength.


    and Western men are not uncontrollable horndogs
     
    😊

    I notice that you seem to really dislike conventional Muslims (the majority) - is that because you are part Jewish or is it because you resent normative masculinity?

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    [MORE]

    I like how in particular the Chechen men are very protective of their women.

    That’s compensated by a smaller amount of freedom for Chechen women in regards to things such as clothing choices, though. Good luck being a Chechen woman and wearing short shorts and knee socks in public. You’ll probably get arrested, if not stoned! And LGBTQ+ rights are brutally repressed in Chechnya.

    I notice that you seem to really dislike conventional Muslims (the majority) – is that because you are part Jewish or is it because you resent normative masculinity?

    Neither, actually. Rather, it’s because of the radicalism of a huge number of Muslims:

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/map-death-for-apostasy/

    It’s also because when it comes to religious bad apples specifically, the Muslim world appears to have significantly more of them relative to the rest of the world. Satiric cartoons of other religious figures won’t get one murdered, after all. But stories like Charlie Hebdo and Salman Rushdie are simply too common among Muslims; if you engage in blasphemy, a huge number of Muslims are going to want to kill you. Heck, I myself got a death threat on Quora from a Muslim several years ago for simply saying that people should have the right to draw Muhammad cartoons without being arrested, jailed, or murdered for this. I subsequently clarified that I had no personal desire to draw such cartoons but nevertheless insisted that many Muslims’ reactions to such cartoons is indeed a severe overreaction.

    Other religions have their bad apples, but not quite to the same extent, especially in the West. Hindu cow vigilantes are much rarer than Muslim terrorists, I would suspect. And Hindus in the West don’t murder Westerners for killing and eating cows. And while violent homophobia is a very severe problem in some Christian Sub-Saharan African countries, the rest of the Christian world, including Latin America, is relatively progressive on LGBTQ+ rights, other than of course pseudo-trad Russia and Belarus.

    I also admit that once in tenth grade in school this extremely aggressive and muscular Muslim dumbass student wanted to beat the living daylights out of me for confusing him for one of my friends in the restroom. From the side, they looked rather similar. I ran away from him as fast as I could and thus managed to successfully escape him without any harm to myself. I subsequently reported him, but it took me two months to discover his name, which is when I found out that he was Muslim. But I also do know that there are a lot of good, progressive Muslims here in southern California and that one shouldn’t generalize from one example. My own main concerns with Muslim radicalism have to do with Muslims both in their home countries and in Europe.

    There are some relatively progressive Muslim countries, such as Kazakhstan, Turkey, Bosnia, Albania, and Kosovo, but they are exceptions rather than the rule. In contrast, it is bigoted Christian countries that are more likely to be the exception rather than the rule.

    I actually think that Muslims have very legitimate grievances against Israel and that Israel should give the Palestinians a state in borders roughly similar to those of the 2003 Geneva Initiative (but slightly more in Israel’s favor), even if this Palestinian state will have to end up being an Israeli puppet/satellite state, at least for its first several decades of independence. Unfair to the Palestinians but they might never get a state of their own otherwise.

    BTW, I also dislike religious Jews for being all too eager to spit in the faces of people such as myself.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Mr. XYZ


    That’s compensated by a smaller amount of freedom for Chechen women in regards to things such as clothing choices, though.
     
    There have been some changes in that regard in Chechnya recently (women dress up more and dress more liberally, not sure if they put out more), but this is not the priority for most Chechen women, at least not typically or traditionally.

    Good luck being a Chechen woman and wearing short shorts and knee socks in public.
     
    That's not all that valuable actually especially if you end up giving up other valuable things, and a woman can still be beautiful even without wearing short shorts in public.


    Heck, I myself got a death threat on Quora from a Muslim several years ago for simply saying that people should have the right to draw Muhammad cartoons without being arrested, jailed, or murdered for this.
     
    It's pretty funny how you sometimes engage in somewhat risky things. But why provoke needlessly with those Mohammad cartoons? Of course, best would be if there would be no Muslims in the West, these problems would fall off on their own. Or Westerners in Muslim countries.

    I also admit that once in tenth grade in school this extremely aggressive and muscular Muslim dumbass student wanted to beat the living daylights out of me for confusing him for one of my friends in the restroom.
     
    If he was much stronger than you, it's probably a good idea that you ran away but it might be a good idea to fight back in some cases (sometimes it is needed to balance the playing field so they don't start thinking they can have the upper hand). The problem though is when they get "knifey". There has to be a way to control or fight that somehow.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @songbird

  234. @Mr. XYZ
    @Derer

    It's an alternate history map:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/AlternateHistory/comments/tzwlzk/what_if_austria_hungary_collapses_before_ww1/?rdt=37862

    Replies: @Beckow

    Hungary was less than 50% ethnically Magyar. That was very unstable since they tried the Ukie-like mono-ethnic state. Same with Czechia that was 3/4 Czech and Prague 90% – how would you avoid instability? And there was more of that with other ethnic groups.

    Central Europe had a choice of different versions of instability and most would lead to a war. It actually worked out quite well: Habsburgs gone, Hungarians and Germans in smaller ethnic states. Ukies should learn from it.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Beckow

    I would presume that Germany would be willing to use military force to protect Hungary's territorial integrity, no? And that Russia would not be willing to risk a World War for Subcarpathian Ruthenia or Slovakia--or for Romania's claim to Transylvania and the eastern Banat--for Serbia's claim to Vojvodina and the western Banat, for that matter.

    The German Empire could have easily annexed and absorbed Czechia. It might have subsequently been a headache for the Germans like Posen or Alsace-Lorraine were, but nevertheless a manageable headache. If the German Empire will not want to annex the Czech lands, though, then it will likely simply make them a protectorate instead while directly annexing the Sudetenland. Germany would benefit from annexing Slovenia and Trieste for sea access, though, but of course Italy can get Trentino (but not South Tyrol).

    And Yes, interwar Czechoslovakia's ethnic diversity was a part of the reason as to why exactly it broke up in 1938-1939. Ditto for interwar Yugoslavia's ethnic diversity causing Yugoslavia to break up in 1941. Of course, in both cases, Humpty Dumpty got put back together after the end of World War II, only in both cases to subsequently break up again after the end of the Cold War. I don't think that the Russian Empire's and USSR's diversity was a super-huge strength either, for that matter.

    I wonder which future countries will break up due to their diversity.

    Replies: @Beckow

  235. A123 says: • Website

    I do not want to suggest a conspiracy…. But… (1)

    $600,000 For 20 Minutes Work – Ronna McDaniel Likely to Have Significant Payday After NBC Firing

    McDaniel expects to be fully paid out for her contract — two years at $300,000 annually — since she did not breach its terms, according to a person close to McDaniel. That means that her single, not-quite-20-minute interview Sunday could cost NBC more than $30,000 per minute, or $500 per second.

    That might be just the beginning of the fallout following yesterday’s announcement from NBCUniversal News Group Chair Cesar Conde that the deal, first announced on Friday, would be canceled. McDaniel spoke yesterday with Bryan Freedman, renowned lawyer to the estranged cable-news stars, to discuss legal options even beyond recouping the dollar value of her contract.

    It’s enough to make you wonder if this entire NBC fiasco was just a purposeful laundering of money for previous services rendered.

    Instead of going the book deal route, McDaniel gets hired by NBC then fired without cause a few days later.

    Cha-ching, $600k, and NBC gets all the eyeballs and clicks that go with the hot mess story.

    Intentional?

    You decide.

    Suspicious Cat remains, well, suspicious…

    How do I get a job(?) that pays $500/second?

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    ____________________

    (1) https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2024/03/27/600000-for-20-minutes-work-ronna-mcdaniel-likely-to-have-significant-payday-after-nbc-firing/

  236. Thought they had found the ancient Irish microbiome, and that I would live forever now, but it just sounds like it would make me lose all my teeth.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2024/03/240327124735.htm

    Researchers have recovered remarkably preserved microbiomes from two teeth dating back 4,000 years, found in an Irish limestone cave. Genetic analyses of these microbiomes reveal major changes in the oral microenvironment from the Bronze Age to today. The teeth both belonged to the same male individual and also provided a snapshot of his oral health.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @songbird

    I wonder if any pussy juice was preserved on his teeth if he ate out a woman shortly before he died lol.

  237. @Beckow
    @Mr. XYZ

    Hungary was less than 50% ethnically Magyar. That was very unstable since they tried the Ukie-like mono-ethnic state. Same with Czechia that was 3/4 Czech and Prague 90% - how would you avoid instability? And there was more of that with other ethnic groups.

    Central Europe had a choice of different versions of instability and most would lead to a war. It actually worked out quite well: Habsburgs gone, Hungarians and Germans in smaller ethnic states. Ukies should learn from it.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    I would presume that Germany would be willing to use military force to protect Hungary’s territorial integrity, no? And that Russia would not be willing to risk a World War for Subcarpathian Ruthenia or Slovakia–or for Romania’s claim to Transylvania and the eastern Banat–for Serbia’s claim to Vojvodina and the western Banat, for that matter.

    The German Empire could have easily annexed and absorbed Czechia. It might have subsequently been a headache for the Germans like Posen or Alsace-Lorraine were, but nevertheless a manageable headache. If the German Empire will not want to annex the Czech lands, though, then it will likely simply make them a protectorate instead while directly annexing the Sudetenland. Germany would benefit from annexing Slovenia and Trieste for sea access, though, but of course Italy can get Trentino (but not South Tyrol).

    And Yes, interwar Czechoslovakia’s ethnic diversity was a part of the reason as to why exactly it broke up in 1938-1939. Ditto for interwar Yugoslavia’s ethnic diversity causing Yugoslavia to break up in 1941. Of course, in both cases, Humpty Dumpty got put back together after the end of World War II, only in both cases to subsequently break up again after the end of the Cold War. I don’t think that the Russian Empire’s and USSR’s diversity was a super-huge strength either, for that matter.

    I wonder which future countries will break up due to their diversity.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mr. XYZ

    I wonder why you dislike the Slavic nations so much. You seem obsessed with them being minorities (if that) in Germany and Hungary. Since you claim you are Jewish, maybe the Jews in Izrael could accept a minority status in a Pali state. Are you ok with that? It would certainly remove the instability...

    Or is your retarded historical what-if limited to keeping any Slav as a minority? Even the Czechs, most obedient and quiet nation but you would still want them in Germany. Something odd is going on in your mind...

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @AP, @AnonfromTN

  238. @songbird
    Thought they had found the ancient Irish microbiome, and that I would live forever now, but it just sounds like it would make me lose all my teeth.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2024/03/240327124735.htm

    Researchers have recovered remarkably preserved microbiomes from two teeth dating back 4,000 years, found in an Irish limestone cave. Genetic analyses of these microbiomes reveal major changes in the oral microenvironment from the Bronze Age to today. The teeth both belonged to the same male individual and also provided a snapshot of his oral health.
     

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    [MORE]

    I wonder if any pussy juice was preserved on his teeth if he ate out a woman shortly before he died lol.

  239. Mikhail says: • Website

    ISIS-K, Connecting the Dots

    https://strategic-culture.su/news/2024/03/26/the-nuland-budanov-tajik-crocus-connection/

    Let’s start with the possible chain of events that may have led to the Crocus terror attack. This is as explosive as it gets. Intel sources in Moscow discreetly confirm this is one of the FSB’s prime lines of investigation.

    December 4, 2023. Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Mark Milley, only 3 months after his retirement, tells CIA mouthpiece The Washington Post: “There should be no Russian who goes to sleep without wondering if they’re going to get their throat slit in the middle of the night (…) You gotta get back there and create a campaign behind the lines.”

    January 4, 2024: In an interview with ABC News, “spy chief” Kyrylo Budanov lays down the road map: strikes “deeper and deeper” into Russia.

    January 31: Victoria Nuland travels to Kiev and meets Budanov. Then, in a dodgy press conference at night in the middle of an empty street, she promises “nasty surprises” to Putin: code for asymmetric war.

    February 22: Nuland shows up at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event and doubles down on the “nasty surprises” and asymmetric war. That may be interpreted as the definitive signal for Budanov to start deploying dirty ops.

    February 25: The New York Times publishes a story about CIA cells in Ukraine: nothing that Russian intel does not already know.

    Then, a lull until March 5 – when crucial shadow play may have been in effect. Privileged scenario: Nuland was a key dirty ops plotter alongside the CIA and the Ukrainian GUR (Budanov). Rival Deep State factions got hold of it and maneuvered to “terminate” her one way or another – because Russian intel would have inevitably connected the dots.

    Yet Nuland, in fact, is not “retired” yet; she’s still presented as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and showed up recently in Rome for a G7-related meeting, although her new job, in theory, seems to be at Columbia University (a Hillary Clinton maneuver).

    Meanwhile, the assets for a major “nasty surprise” are already in place, in the dark, and totally off radar. The op cannot be called off.

    March 5: Little Blinken formally announces Nuland’s “retirement”.

    March 7: At least one Tajik among the four-member terror commando visits the Crocus venue and has his photo taken.

    March 7-8 at night: U.S. and British embassies simultaneously announce a possible terror attack on Moscow, telling their nationals to avoid “concerts” and gatherings within the next two days.

    March 9: Massively popular Russian patriotic singer Shaman performs at Crocus. That may have been the carefully chosen occasion targeted for the “nasty surprise” – as it falls only a few days before the presidential elections, from March 15 to 17. But security at Crocus was massive, so the op is postponed.

    March 22: The Crocus City Hall terror attack.

    ISIS-K: the ultimate can of worms

    The Budanov connection is betrayed by the modus operandi – similar to previous Ukraine intel terror attacks against Daria Dugina and Vladimir Tatarsky: close reconnaissance for days, even weeks; the hit; and then a dash for the border.

    And that brings us to the Tajik connection.

    There seem to be holes aplenty in the narrative concocted by the ragged bunch turned mass killers: following an Islamist preacher on Telegram; offered what was later established as a puny 500 thousand rubles (roughly $4,500) for the four of them to shoot random people in a concert hall; sent half of the funds via Telegram; directed to a weapons cache where they find AK-12s and hand grenades.

    The videos show that they used the machine guns like pros; shots were accurate, short bursts or single fire; no panic whatsoever; effective use of hand grenades; fleeing the scene in a flash, just melting away, almost in time to catch the “window” that would take them across the border to Ukraine.

    All that takes training. And that also applies to facing nasty counter-interrogation. Still, the FSB seems to have broken them all – quite literally.

    A potential handler has surfaced, named Abdullo Buriyev. Turkish intel had earlier identified him as a handler for ISIS-K, or Wilayat Khorasan in Afghanistan. One of the members of the Crocus commando told the FSB their “acquaintance” Abdullo helped them to buy the car for the op.

    And that leads us to the massive can of worms to end them all: ISIS-K.

    The alleged emir of ISIS-K, since 2020, is an Afghan Tajik, Sanaullah Ghafari. He was not killed in Afghanistan in June 2023, as the Americans were spinning: he may be currently holed up in Balochistan in Pakistan.

    Yet the real person of interest here is not Tajik Ghafari but Chechen Abdul Hakim al-Shishani, the former leader of the jihadi outfit Ajnad al-Kavkaz (“Soldiers of the Caucasus”), who was fighting against the government in Damascus in Idlib and then escaped to Ukraine because of a crackdown by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) – in another one of those classic inter-jihadi squabbles.

    Shishani was spotted on the border near Belgorod during the recent attack concocted by Ukrainian intel inside Russia. Call it another vector of the “nasty surprises”.

    Shishani had been in Ukraine for over two years and has acquired citizenship. He is in fact the sterling connection between the nasty motley crue Idlib gangs in Syria and GUR in Kiev – as his Chechens worked closely with Jabhat al-Nusra, which was virtually indistinguishable from ISIS.

    Shishani, fiercely anti-Assad, anti-Putin and anti-Kadyrov, is the classic “moderate rebel” advertised for years as a “freedom fighter” by the CIA and the Pentagon.

    Some of the four hapless Tajiks seem to have followed ideological/religious indoctrination on the internet dispensed by Wilayat Khorasan, or ISIS-K, in a chat room called Rahnamo ba Khuroson.

    The indoctrination game happened to be supervised by a Tajik, Salmon Khurosoni. He’s the guy who made the first move to recruit the commando. Khurosoni is arguably a messenger between ISIS-K and the CIA.

    The problem is the ISIS-K modus operandi for any attack never features a fistful of dollars: the promise is Paradise via martyrdom. Yet in this case it seems it’s Khurosoni himself who has approved the 500 thousand ruble reward.

    After handler Buriyev relayed the instructions, the commando sent the bayat – the ISIS pledge of allegiance – to Khurosoni. Ukraine may not have been their final destination. Another foreign intel connection – not identified by FSB sources – would have sent them to Turkey, and then Afghanistan.

    That’s exactly where Khurosoni is to be found. Khurosoni may have been the ideological mastermind of Crocus. But, crucially, he’s not the client.

    The Ukrainian love affair with terror gangs

    Ukrainian intel, SBU and GUR, have been using the “Islamic” terror galaxy as they please since the first Chechnya war in the mid-1990s. Milley and Nuland of course knew it, as there were serious rifts in the past, for instance, between GUR and the CIA.

    Following the symbiosis of any Ukrainian government post-1991 with assorted terror/jihadi outfits, Kiev post-Maidan turbo-charged these connections especially with Idlib gangs, as well as north Caucasus outfits, from the Chechen Shishani to ISIS in Syria and then ISIS-K. GUR routinely aims to recruit ISIS and ISIS-K denizens via online chat rooms. Exactly the modus operandi that led to Crocus.

    One “Azan” association, founded in 2017 by Anvar Derkach, a member of the Hizb ut-Tahrir, actually facilitates terrorist life in Ukraine, Tatars from Crimea included – from lodging to juridical assistance.

    The FSB investigation is establishing a trail: Crocus was planned by pros – and certainly not by a bunch of low-IQ Tajik dregs. Not by ISIS-K, but by GUR. A classic false flag, with the clueless Tajiks under the impression that they were working for ISIS-K.

    The FSB investigation is also unveiling the standard modus operandi of online terror, everywhere. A recruiter focuses on a specific profile; adapts himself to the candidate, especially his – low – IQ; provides him with the minimum necessary for a job; then the candidate/executor become disposable.

    Everyone in Russia remembers that during the first attack on the Crimea bridge, the driver of the kamikaze truck was blissfully unaware of what he was carrying,

    As for ISIS, everyone seriously following West Asia knows that’s a gigantic diversionist scam, complete with the Americans transferring ISIS operatives from the Al-Tanf base to the eastern Euphrates, and then to Afghanistan after the Hegemon’s humiliating “withdrawal”. Project ISIS-K actually started in 2021, after it became pointless to use ISIS goons imported from Syria to block the relentless progress of the Taliban.

    Ace Russian war correspondent Marat Khairullin has added another juicy morsel to this funky salad: he convincingly unveils the MI6 angle in the Crocus City Hall terror attack (in English here, in two parts, posted by “S”).

    The FSB is right in the middle of the painstaking process of cracking most, if not all ISIS-K-CIA/MI6 connections. Once it’s all established, there will be hell to pay.

    But that won’t be the end of the story. Countless terror networks are not controlled by Western intel – although they will work with Western intel via middlemen, usually Salafist “preachers” who deal with Saudi/Gulf intel agencies.

    The case of the CIA flying “black” helicopters to extract jihadists from Syria and drop them in Afghanistan is more like an exception – in terms of direct contact – than the norm. So the FSB and the Kremlin will be very careful when it comes to directly accusing the CIA and MI6 of managing these networks.

    But even with plausible deniability, the Crocus investigation seems to be leading exactly to where Moscow wants it: uncovering the crucial middleman. And everything seems to be pointing to Budanov and his goons.

    Ramzan Kadyrov dropped an extra clue. He said the Crocus “curators” chose on purpose to instrumentalize elements of an ethnic minority – Tajiks – who barely speak Russian to open up new wounds in a multinational nation where dozens of ethnicities live side by side for centuries.

    In the end, it didn’t work. The Russian population has handed to the Kremlin total carte blanche to exercise brutal, maximum punishment – whatever and wherever it takes.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Mikhail

    That reads like spies dictating to Seymour Hersch.

    Are you familiar with Baudrillard Simulacra?

    https://www.amazon.com/Simulacra-Simulation-Body-Theory-Materialism/dp/0472065211

    Also Umberto Eco Hyperreality.

    https://www.amazon.com/Faith-Fakes-Hyperreality-Umberto-Eco/dp/0749396288/

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. Hack

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Mikhail

    When FSB establishes real culprits who organized this terrorist attack, it is unlikely to present the evidence to anyone except maybe allied secret services. Devils in Hell will present the charges to the guilty parties. No assigned lawyer will be present, even though the Hell must be full of lawyers.

    A good example is recent arrest of one of the bandits who attacked Russian forces during the second Chechen war 20 years ago. If the scum thought that there is statute of limitations for his crime, he'd better think again. There will be no statute of limitations for anyone guilty of this massacre. They will only have devils in Hell to appeal to.

    , @sudden death
    @Mikhail

    In order to balance out and avoid tunnel vision/one sidedness, this needs to be added here too:


    Russia knew in advance about the preparation of a terrorist operation in the Crocus City Hall near Moscow, but allowed it due to either a “fight of towers” or an underestimation of the scale of what could happen, said the head of the main intelligence department at the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant General Kirill Budanov.

    “At a minimum, on February 15, 2024, Russia knew about the preparations. I’ll tell you more, this information went through the group’s intelligence department in Syria. From there it went to Moscow. And let them not tell tales that in a strange way it all materialized out of nowhere,” - said Kirill Budanov during the Third International Forum on Strategic Communications.

    According to him, Russia knew where the combat groups would come from, through which the two countries they moved to the territory of the aggressor state.

    “Why they allowed this to hatpen - there are several options. The first is, as is their custom, a fight between the “towers” in order to remove several officials now. The other option is that they actually underestimated the scale of what would happen. They thought that it would be more local, and they wanted to blame it all over Ukraine,” noted the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate.

    According to him, the Kremlin has already changed the version of what happened in the shopping center near Moscow three times, trying to somehow link the so-called “Ukrainian trace” to the terrorist attack.
    “There were explanations from Patrushev and Bortnikov, who accused me personally and that Ukraine did all this. This is nonsense. By the way, if we touched on this painful issue, even though this is the enemy, I do not approve in principle of terrorist acts against civilians,” - said the head of intelligence.

    Budanov added that Russia itself sowed chaos and confidently believed that it could control it.

    “There is such a stable expression, even a truth. It always works among special services: everyone is trying to create controlled chaos. Absolutely all more or less serious organizations tried to do this at different times. And the axiom is that none of them was able to do it make it controlled. The same thing happened here,” summed up the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
     

    https://ru.interfax.com.ua/news/general/976494-amp.html

    Replies: @Mikhail

    , @Dmitry
    @Mikhail


    March 9: Shaman performs at Crocus.

     

    The date is incorrect. I posted the concert for International Women's Day in the thread already. This concert was for International Women's Day. This is the 8th of March, not the 9th of March.

    Shaman was one of the less famous novice singers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wuf_d2g7ADY. There was Kirkorov, Leps, Gazmanov, Gagarina and Baskov who are the people which Ukraine sanctions and wants to prosecute. There were also Bilan, Lazarev. It was a return for Kirkorov for the first channel after he was banned for a couple months for being in a semi-naked party with some other celebrities.

    8th of March in Crocus City Hall was a famous concert for the media, because it was the return of Kirkorov to the first channel. I explained it there. https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-245/#comment-6487063


    -

    Kirkorov was banned from New Year's Eve. He was the heart of the New Year's blue light show for the last decade, before those days when people like Zelensky were more important. So, on the 8th of March at Crocus City Hall, he was returning from an important ban. Shaman was not the main part of the concert.

    -

    In Kirkorov missing New Year Eve, singer Sergey Lazarev started to look a bit like Zelensky for me? Lol, you can never know, which celebrities will be our next leader.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=814W7eMpuho -

    10 years ago he was just opening champagne to Maxim Galkin and Vladimir Zelensky.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=razPkG3N4wo

    Replies: @Dmitry

  240. @Mikhail
    ISIS-K, Connecting the Dots

    https://strategic-culture.su/news/2024/03/26/the-nuland-budanov-tajik-crocus-connection/

    Let’s start with the possible chain of events that may have led to the Crocus terror attack. This is as explosive as it gets. Intel sources in Moscow discreetly confirm this is one of the FSB’s prime lines of investigation.

    December 4, 2023. Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Mark Milley, only 3 months after his retirement, tells CIA mouthpiece The Washington Post: “There should be no Russian who goes to sleep without wondering if they’re going to get their throat slit in the middle of the night (…) You gotta get back there and create a campaign behind the lines.”

    January 4, 2024: In an interview with ABC News, “spy chief” Kyrylo Budanov lays down the road map: strikes “deeper and deeper” into Russia.

    January 31: Victoria Nuland travels to Kiev and meets Budanov. Then, in a dodgy press conference at night in the middle of an empty street, she promises “nasty surprises” to Putin: code for asymmetric war.

    February 22: Nuland shows up at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event and doubles down on the “nasty surprises” and asymmetric war. That may be interpreted as the definitive signal for Budanov to start deploying dirty ops.

    February 25: The New York Times publishes a story about CIA cells in Ukraine: nothing that Russian intel does not already know.

    Then, a lull until March 5 – when crucial shadow play may have been in effect. Privileged scenario: Nuland was a key dirty ops plotter alongside the CIA and the Ukrainian GUR (Budanov). Rival Deep State factions got hold of it and maneuvered to “terminate” her one way or another – because Russian intel would have inevitably connected the dots.

    Yet Nuland, in fact, is not “retired” yet; she’s still presented as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and showed up recently in Rome for a G7-related meeting, although her new job, in theory, seems to be at Columbia University (a Hillary Clinton maneuver).

    Meanwhile, the assets for a major “nasty surprise” are already in place, in the dark, and totally off radar. The op cannot be called off.

    March 5: Little Blinken formally announces Nuland’s “retirement”.

    March 7: At least one Tajik among the four-member terror commando visits the Crocus venue and has his photo taken.

    March 7-8 at night: U.S. and British embassies simultaneously announce a possible terror attack on Moscow, telling their nationals to avoid “concerts” and gatherings within the next two days.

    March 9: Massively popular Russian patriotic singer Shaman performs at Crocus. That may have been the carefully chosen occasion targeted for the “nasty surprise” – as it falls only a few days before the presidential elections, from March 15 to 17. But security at Crocus was massive, so the op is postponed.

    March 22: The Crocus City Hall terror attack.

    ISIS-K: the ultimate can of worms

    The Budanov connection is betrayed by the modus operandi – similar to previous Ukraine intel terror attacks against Daria Dugina and Vladimir Tatarsky: close reconnaissance for days, even weeks; the hit; and then a dash for the border.

    And that brings us to the Tajik connection.

    There seem to be holes aplenty in the narrative concocted by the ragged bunch turned mass killers: following an Islamist preacher on Telegram; offered what was later established as a puny 500 thousand rubles (roughly $4,500) for the four of them to shoot random people in a concert hall; sent half of the funds via Telegram; directed to a weapons cache where they find AK-12s and hand grenades.

    The videos show that they used the machine guns like pros; shots were accurate, short bursts or single fire; no panic whatsoever; effective use of hand grenades; fleeing the scene in a flash, just melting away, almost in time to catch the “window” that would take them across the border to Ukraine.

    All that takes training. And that also applies to facing nasty counter-interrogation. Still, the FSB seems to have broken them all – quite literally.

    A potential handler has surfaced, named Abdullo Buriyev. Turkish intel had earlier identified him as a handler for ISIS-K, or Wilayat Khorasan in Afghanistan. One of the members of the Crocus commando told the FSB their “acquaintance” Abdullo helped them to buy the car for the op.

    And that leads us to the massive can of worms to end them all: ISIS-K.

    The alleged emir of ISIS-K, since 2020, is an Afghan Tajik, Sanaullah Ghafari. He was not killed in Afghanistan in June 2023, as the Americans were spinning: he may be currently holed up in Balochistan in Pakistan.

    Yet the real person of interest here is not Tajik Ghafari but Chechen Abdul Hakim al-Shishani, the former leader of the jihadi outfit Ajnad al-Kavkaz (“Soldiers of the Caucasus”), who was fighting against the government in Damascus in Idlib and then escaped to Ukraine because of a crackdown by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) – in another one of those classic inter-jihadi squabbles.

    Shishani was spotted on the border near Belgorod during the recent attack concocted by Ukrainian intel inside Russia. Call it another vector of the “nasty surprises”.

    Shishani had been in Ukraine for over two years and has acquired citizenship. He is in fact the sterling connection between the nasty motley crue Idlib gangs in Syria and GUR in Kiev – as his Chechens worked closely with Jabhat al-Nusra, which was virtually indistinguishable from ISIS.

    Shishani, fiercely anti-Assad, anti-Putin and anti-Kadyrov, is the classic “moderate rebel” advertised for years as a “freedom fighter” by the CIA and the Pentagon.

    Some of the four hapless Tajiks seem to have followed ideological/religious indoctrination on the internet dispensed by Wilayat Khorasan, or ISIS-K, in a chat room called Rahnamo ba Khuroson.

    The indoctrination game happened to be supervised by a Tajik, Salmon Khurosoni. He’s the guy who made the first move to recruit the commando. Khurosoni is arguably a messenger between ISIS-K and the CIA.

    The problem is the ISIS-K modus operandi for any attack never features a fistful of dollars: the promise is Paradise via martyrdom. Yet in this case it seems it’s Khurosoni himself who has approved the 500 thousand ruble reward.

    After handler Buriyev relayed the instructions, the commando sent the bayat – the ISIS pledge of allegiance – to Khurosoni. Ukraine may not have been their final destination. Another foreign intel connection – not identified by FSB sources – would have sent them to Turkey, and then Afghanistan.

    That’s exactly where Khurosoni is to be found. Khurosoni may have been the ideological mastermind of Crocus. But, crucially, he’s not the client.

    The Ukrainian love affair with terror gangs

    Ukrainian intel, SBU and GUR, have been using the “Islamic” terror galaxy as they please since the first Chechnya war in the mid-1990s. Milley and Nuland of course knew it, as there were serious rifts in the past, for instance, between GUR and the CIA.

    Following the symbiosis of any Ukrainian government post-1991 with assorted terror/jihadi outfits, Kiev post-Maidan turbo-charged these connections especially with Idlib gangs, as well as north Caucasus outfits, from the Chechen Shishani to ISIS in Syria and then ISIS-K. GUR routinely aims to recruit ISIS and ISIS-K denizens via online chat rooms. Exactly the modus operandi that led to Crocus.

    One “Azan” association, founded in 2017 by Anvar Derkach, a member of the Hizb ut-Tahrir, actually facilitates terrorist life in Ukraine, Tatars from Crimea included – from lodging to juridical assistance.

    The FSB investigation is establishing a trail: Crocus was planned by pros – and certainly not by a bunch of low-IQ Tajik dregs. Not by ISIS-K, but by GUR. A classic false flag, with the clueless Tajiks under the impression that they were working for ISIS-K.

    The FSB investigation is also unveiling the standard modus operandi of online terror, everywhere. A recruiter focuses on a specific profile; adapts himself to the candidate, especially his – low – IQ; provides him with the minimum necessary for a job; then the candidate/executor become disposable.

    Everyone in Russia remembers that during the first attack on the Crimea bridge, the driver of the kamikaze truck was blissfully unaware of what he was carrying,

    As for ISIS, everyone seriously following West Asia knows that’s a gigantic diversionist scam, complete with the Americans transferring ISIS operatives from the Al-Tanf base to the eastern Euphrates, and then to Afghanistan after the Hegemon’s humiliating “withdrawal”. Project ISIS-K actually started in 2021, after it became pointless to use ISIS goons imported from Syria to block the relentless progress of the Taliban.

    Ace Russian war correspondent Marat Khairullin has added another juicy morsel to this funky salad: he convincingly unveils the MI6 angle in the Crocus City Hall terror attack (in English here, in two parts, posted by “S”).

    The FSB is right in the middle of the painstaking process of cracking most, if not all ISIS-K-CIA/MI6 connections. Once it’s all established, there will be hell to pay.

    But that won’t be the end of the story. Countless terror networks are not controlled by Western intel – although they will work with Western intel via middlemen, usually Salafist “preachers” who deal with Saudi/Gulf intel agencies.

    The case of the CIA flying “black” helicopters to extract jihadists from Syria and drop them in Afghanistan is more like an exception – in terms of direct contact – than the norm. So the FSB and the Kremlin will be very careful when it comes to directly accusing the CIA and MI6 of managing these networks.

    But even with plausible deniability, the Crocus investigation seems to be leading exactly to where Moscow wants it: uncovering the crucial middleman. And everything seems to be pointing to Budanov and his goons.

    Ramzan Kadyrov dropped an extra clue. He said the Crocus “curators” chose on purpose to instrumentalize elements of an ethnic minority – Tajiks – who barely speak Russian to open up new wounds in a multinational nation where dozens of ethnicities live side by side for centuries.

    In the end, it didn’t work. The Russian population has handed to the Kremlin total carte blanche to exercise brutal, maximum punishment – whatever and wherever it takes.
     

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @AnonfromTN, @sudden death, @Dmitry

    That reads like spies dictating to Seymour Hersch.

    Are you familiar with Baudrillard Simulacra?

    Also Umberto Eco Hyperreality.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    More believable than the claims that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill Americans and Russia blowing up NS2

    , @Mr. Hack
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Any important ideas that you uncovered reading Eco's compendium of essays?

  241. @Mr. XYZ
    @LatW


    I like how in particular the Chechen men are very protective of their women.

     

    That's compensated by a smaller amount of freedom for Chechen women in regards to things such as clothing choices, though. Good luck being a Chechen woman and wearing short shorts and knee socks in public. You'll probably get arrested, if not stoned! And LGBTQ+ rights are brutally repressed in Chechnya.

    I notice that you seem to really dislike conventional Muslims (the majority) – is that because you are part Jewish or is it because you resent normative masculinity?

     

    Neither, actually. Rather, it's because of the radicalism of a huge number of Muslims:

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/map-death-for-apostasy/

    It's also because when it comes to religious bad apples specifically, the Muslim world appears to have significantly more of them relative to the rest of the world. Satiric cartoons of other religious figures won't get one murdered, after all. But stories like Charlie Hebdo and Salman Rushdie are simply too common among Muslims; if you engage in blasphemy, a huge number of Muslims are going to want to kill you. Heck, I myself got a death threat on Quora from a Muslim several years ago for simply saying that people should have the right to draw Muhammad cartoons without being arrested, jailed, or murdered for this. I subsequently clarified that I had no personal desire to draw such cartoons but nevertheless insisted that many Muslims' reactions to such cartoons is indeed a severe overreaction.

    Other religions have their bad apples, but not quite to the same extent, especially in the West. Hindu cow vigilantes are much rarer than Muslim terrorists, I would suspect. And Hindus in the West don't murder Westerners for killing and eating cows. And while violent homophobia is a very severe problem in some Christian Sub-Saharan African countries, the rest of the Christian world, including Latin America, is relatively progressive on LGBTQ+ rights, other than of course pseudo-trad Russia and Belarus.

    I also admit that once in tenth grade in school this extremely aggressive and muscular Muslim dumbass student wanted to beat the living daylights out of me for confusing him for one of my friends in the restroom. From the side, they looked rather similar. I ran away from him as fast as I could and thus managed to successfully escape him without any harm to myself. I subsequently reported him, but it took me two months to discover his name, which is when I found out that he was Muslim. But I also do know that there are a lot of good, progressive Muslims here in southern California and that one shouldn't generalize from one example. My own main concerns with Muslim radicalism have to do with Muslims both in their home countries and in Europe.

    There are some relatively progressive Muslim countries, such as Kazakhstan, Turkey, Bosnia, Albania, and Kosovo, but they are exceptions rather than the rule. In contrast, it is bigoted Christian countries that are more likely to be the exception rather than the rule.

    I actually think that Muslims have very legitimate grievances against Israel and that Israel should give the Palestinians a state in borders roughly similar to those of the 2003 Geneva Initiative (but slightly more in Israel's favor), even if this Palestinian state will have to end up being an Israeli puppet/satellite state, at least for its first several decades of independence. Unfair to the Palestinians but they might never get a state of their own otherwise.

    BTW, I also dislike religious Jews for being all too eager to spit in the faces of people such as myself.

    Replies: @LatW

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    That’s compensated by a smaller amount of freedom for Chechen women in regards to things such as clothing choices, though.

    There have been some changes in that regard in Chechnya recently (women dress up more and dress more liberally, not sure if they put out more), but this is not the priority for most Chechen women, at least not typically or traditionally.

    Good luck being a Chechen woman and wearing short shorts and knee socks in public.

    That’s not all that valuable actually especially if you end up giving up other valuable things, and a woman can still be beautiful even without wearing short shorts in public.

    Heck, I myself got a death threat on Quora from a Muslim several years ago for simply saying that people should have the right to draw Muhammad cartoons without being arrested, jailed, or murdered for this.

    It’s pretty funny how you sometimes engage in somewhat risky things. But why provoke needlessly with those Mohammad cartoons? Of course, best would be if there would be no Muslims in the West, these problems would fall off on their own. Or Westerners in Muslim countries.

    I also admit that once in tenth grade in school this extremely aggressive and muscular Muslim dumbass student wanted to beat the living daylights out of me for confusing him for one of my friends in the restroom.

    If he was much stronger than you, it’s probably a good idea that you ran away but it might be a good idea to fight back in some cases (sometimes it is needed to balance the playing field so they don’t start thinking they can have the upper hand). The problem though is when they get “knifey”. There has to be a way to control or fight that somehow.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @LatW


    It’s pretty funny how you sometimes engage in somewhat risky things.
     
    What else are you talking about here? The dolls, which I view as a civil rights issue? Those several fully-clothed photos that I shared with you earlier, where you warned me not to get into trouble?

    If he was much stronger than you, it’s probably a good idea that you ran away but it might be a good idea to fight back in some cases (sometimes it is needed to balance the playing field so they don’t start thinking they can have the upper hand). The problem though is when they get “knifey”. There has to be a way to control or fight that somehow.

     

    Had I fought back, I would have likely lost, gotten severely beaten up, and probably gotten into trouble as well. Why exactly would I actually want that? Especially when I had a science test right after the end of lunch, which is when this occurred?

    Replies: @LatW

    , @songbird
    @LatW


    I also admit that once in tenth grade in school this extremely aggressive and muscular Muslim dumbass student wanted to beat the living daylights out of me for confusing him for one of my friends in the restroom.
     
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Craig_scandal
  242. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Mikhail

    That reads like spies dictating to Seymour Hersch.

    Are you familiar with Baudrillard Simulacra?

    https://www.amazon.com/Simulacra-Simulation-Body-Theory-Materialism/dp/0472065211

    Also Umberto Eco Hyperreality.

    https://www.amazon.com/Faith-Fakes-Hyperreality-Umberto-Eco/dp/0749396288/

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. Hack

    More believable than the claims that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill Americans and Russia blowing up NS2

  243. @Mikhail
    ISIS-K, Connecting the Dots

    https://strategic-culture.su/news/2024/03/26/the-nuland-budanov-tajik-crocus-connection/

    Let’s start with the possible chain of events that may have led to the Crocus terror attack. This is as explosive as it gets. Intel sources in Moscow discreetly confirm this is one of the FSB’s prime lines of investigation.

    December 4, 2023. Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Mark Milley, only 3 months after his retirement, tells CIA mouthpiece The Washington Post: “There should be no Russian who goes to sleep without wondering if they’re going to get their throat slit in the middle of the night (…) You gotta get back there and create a campaign behind the lines.”

    January 4, 2024: In an interview with ABC News, “spy chief” Kyrylo Budanov lays down the road map: strikes “deeper and deeper” into Russia.

    January 31: Victoria Nuland travels to Kiev and meets Budanov. Then, in a dodgy press conference at night in the middle of an empty street, she promises “nasty surprises” to Putin: code for asymmetric war.

    February 22: Nuland shows up at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event and doubles down on the “nasty surprises” and asymmetric war. That may be interpreted as the definitive signal for Budanov to start deploying dirty ops.

    February 25: The New York Times publishes a story about CIA cells in Ukraine: nothing that Russian intel does not already know.

    Then, a lull until March 5 – when crucial shadow play may have been in effect. Privileged scenario: Nuland was a key dirty ops plotter alongside the CIA and the Ukrainian GUR (Budanov). Rival Deep State factions got hold of it and maneuvered to “terminate” her one way or another – because Russian intel would have inevitably connected the dots.

    Yet Nuland, in fact, is not “retired” yet; she’s still presented as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and showed up recently in Rome for a G7-related meeting, although her new job, in theory, seems to be at Columbia University (a Hillary Clinton maneuver).

    Meanwhile, the assets for a major “nasty surprise” are already in place, in the dark, and totally off radar. The op cannot be called off.

    March 5: Little Blinken formally announces Nuland’s “retirement”.

    March 7: At least one Tajik among the four-member terror commando visits the Crocus venue and has his photo taken.

    March 7-8 at night: U.S. and British embassies simultaneously announce a possible terror attack on Moscow, telling their nationals to avoid “concerts” and gatherings within the next two days.

    March 9: Massively popular Russian patriotic singer Shaman performs at Crocus. That may have been the carefully chosen occasion targeted for the “nasty surprise” – as it falls only a few days before the presidential elections, from March 15 to 17. But security at Crocus was massive, so the op is postponed.

    March 22: The Crocus City Hall terror attack.

    ISIS-K: the ultimate can of worms

    The Budanov connection is betrayed by the modus operandi – similar to previous Ukraine intel terror attacks against Daria Dugina and Vladimir Tatarsky: close reconnaissance for days, even weeks; the hit; and then a dash for the border.

    And that brings us to the Tajik connection.

    There seem to be holes aplenty in the narrative concocted by the ragged bunch turned mass killers: following an Islamist preacher on Telegram; offered what was later established as a puny 500 thousand rubles (roughly $4,500) for the four of them to shoot random people in a concert hall; sent half of the funds via Telegram; directed to a weapons cache where they find AK-12s and hand grenades.

    The videos show that they used the machine guns like pros; shots were accurate, short bursts or single fire; no panic whatsoever; effective use of hand grenades; fleeing the scene in a flash, just melting away, almost in time to catch the “window” that would take them across the border to Ukraine.

    All that takes training. And that also applies to facing nasty counter-interrogation. Still, the FSB seems to have broken them all – quite literally.

    A potential handler has surfaced, named Abdullo Buriyev. Turkish intel had earlier identified him as a handler for ISIS-K, or Wilayat Khorasan in Afghanistan. One of the members of the Crocus commando told the FSB their “acquaintance” Abdullo helped them to buy the car for the op.

    And that leads us to the massive can of worms to end them all: ISIS-K.

    The alleged emir of ISIS-K, since 2020, is an Afghan Tajik, Sanaullah Ghafari. He was not killed in Afghanistan in June 2023, as the Americans were spinning: he may be currently holed up in Balochistan in Pakistan.

    Yet the real person of interest here is not Tajik Ghafari but Chechen Abdul Hakim al-Shishani, the former leader of the jihadi outfit Ajnad al-Kavkaz (“Soldiers of the Caucasus”), who was fighting against the government in Damascus in Idlib and then escaped to Ukraine because of a crackdown by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) – in another one of those classic inter-jihadi squabbles.

    Shishani was spotted on the border near Belgorod during the recent attack concocted by Ukrainian intel inside Russia. Call it another vector of the “nasty surprises”.

    Shishani had been in Ukraine for over two years and has acquired citizenship. He is in fact the sterling connection between the nasty motley crue Idlib gangs in Syria and GUR in Kiev – as his Chechens worked closely with Jabhat al-Nusra, which was virtually indistinguishable from ISIS.

    Shishani, fiercely anti-Assad, anti-Putin and anti-Kadyrov, is the classic “moderate rebel” advertised for years as a “freedom fighter” by the CIA and the Pentagon.

    Some of the four hapless Tajiks seem to have followed ideological/religious indoctrination on the internet dispensed by Wilayat Khorasan, or ISIS-K, in a chat room called Rahnamo ba Khuroson.

    The indoctrination game happened to be supervised by a Tajik, Salmon Khurosoni. He’s the guy who made the first move to recruit the commando. Khurosoni is arguably a messenger between ISIS-K and the CIA.

    The problem is the ISIS-K modus operandi for any attack never features a fistful of dollars: the promise is Paradise via martyrdom. Yet in this case it seems it’s Khurosoni himself who has approved the 500 thousand ruble reward.

    After handler Buriyev relayed the instructions, the commando sent the bayat – the ISIS pledge of allegiance – to Khurosoni. Ukraine may not have been their final destination. Another foreign intel connection – not identified by FSB sources – would have sent them to Turkey, and then Afghanistan.

    That’s exactly where Khurosoni is to be found. Khurosoni may have been the ideological mastermind of Crocus. But, crucially, he’s not the client.

    The Ukrainian love affair with terror gangs

    Ukrainian intel, SBU and GUR, have been using the “Islamic” terror galaxy as they please since the first Chechnya war in the mid-1990s. Milley and Nuland of course knew it, as there were serious rifts in the past, for instance, between GUR and the CIA.

    Following the symbiosis of any Ukrainian government post-1991 with assorted terror/jihadi outfits, Kiev post-Maidan turbo-charged these connections especially with Idlib gangs, as well as north Caucasus outfits, from the Chechen Shishani to ISIS in Syria and then ISIS-K. GUR routinely aims to recruit ISIS and ISIS-K denizens via online chat rooms. Exactly the modus operandi that led to Crocus.

    One “Azan” association, founded in 2017 by Anvar Derkach, a member of the Hizb ut-Tahrir, actually facilitates terrorist life in Ukraine, Tatars from Crimea included – from lodging to juridical assistance.

    The FSB investigation is establishing a trail: Crocus was planned by pros – and certainly not by a bunch of low-IQ Tajik dregs. Not by ISIS-K, but by GUR. A classic false flag, with the clueless Tajiks under the impression that they were working for ISIS-K.

    The FSB investigation is also unveiling the standard modus operandi of online terror, everywhere. A recruiter focuses on a specific profile; adapts himself to the candidate, especially his – low – IQ; provides him with the minimum necessary for a job; then the candidate/executor become disposable.

    Everyone in Russia remembers that during the first attack on the Crimea bridge, the driver of the kamikaze truck was blissfully unaware of what he was carrying,

    As for ISIS, everyone seriously following West Asia knows that’s a gigantic diversionist scam, complete with the Americans transferring ISIS operatives from the Al-Tanf base to the eastern Euphrates, and then to Afghanistan after the Hegemon’s humiliating “withdrawal”. Project ISIS-K actually started in 2021, after it became pointless to use ISIS goons imported from Syria to block the relentless progress of the Taliban.

    Ace Russian war correspondent Marat Khairullin has added another juicy morsel to this funky salad: he convincingly unveils the MI6 angle in the Crocus City Hall terror attack (in English here, in two parts, posted by “S”).

    The FSB is right in the middle of the painstaking process of cracking most, if not all ISIS-K-CIA/MI6 connections. Once it’s all established, there will be hell to pay.

    But that won’t be the end of the story. Countless terror networks are not controlled by Western intel – although they will work with Western intel via middlemen, usually Salafist “preachers” who deal with Saudi/Gulf intel agencies.

    The case of the CIA flying “black” helicopters to extract jihadists from Syria and drop them in Afghanistan is more like an exception – in terms of direct contact – than the norm. So the FSB and the Kremlin will be very careful when it comes to directly accusing the CIA and MI6 of managing these networks.

    But even with plausible deniability, the Crocus investigation seems to be leading exactly to where Moscow wants it: uncovering the crucial middleman. And everything seems to be pointing to Budanov and his goons.

    Ramzan Kadyrov dropped an extra clue. He said the Crocus “curators” chose on purpose to instrumentalize elements of an ethnic minority – Tajiks – who barely speak Russian to open up new wounds in a multinational nation where dozens of ethnicities live side by side for centuries.

    In the end, it didn’t work. The Russian population has handed to the Kremlin total carte blanche to exercise brutal, maximum punishment – whatever and wherever it takes.
     

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @AnonfromTN, @sudden death, @Dmitry

    When FSB establishes real culprits who organized this terrorist attack, it is unlikely to present the evidence to anyone except maybe allied secret services. Devils in Hell will present the charges to the guilty parties. No assigned lawyer will be present, even though the Hell must be full of lawyers.

    A good example is recent arrest of one of the bandits who attacked Russian forces during the second Chechen war 20 years ago. If the scum thought that there is statute of limitations for his crime, he’d better think again. There will be no statute of limitations for anyone guilty of this massacre. They will only have devils in Hell to appeal to.

  244. • Replies: @LatW
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    The velociraptors are going to love it.
     
    LOL Yea :) It's going to be warm, too, - global warming. :)
    , @songbird
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrosauridae

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  245. @Emil Nikola Richard
    https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/1bpi6t0/as_accurate_as_i_could_alligator_range_map_in_the/

    The velociraptors are going to love it.

    Replies: @LatW, @songbird

    The velociraptors are going to love it.

    LOL Yea 🙂 It’s going to be warm, too, – global warming. 🙂

  246. @Emil Nikola Richard
    https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/1bpi6t0/as_accurate_as_i_could_alligator_range_map_in_the/

    The velociraptors are going to love it.

    Replies: @LatW, @songbird

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird

    It looks like an f'n kangaroo. I wonder if it was afraid of snakes.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a2/Corythosaurus_snorkel.jpg/1024px-Corythosaurus_snorkel.jpg

    Replies: @songbird

  247. @songbird
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrosauridae

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    It looks like an f’n kangaroo. I wonder if it was afraid of snakes.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Some say that the fear of snakes is deeply embedded in any animal that has an evolutionary history where it had some predecessor that was prey to them. Under this theory, hadrosaurs would be afraid of them, despite their size advantage.

    I tried to look up elephant and snake on YouTube and only got a joke in very bad taste.

  248. @Mr. XYZ
    @Beckow

    I would presume that Germany would be willing to use military force to protect Hungary's territorial integrity, no? And that Russia would not be willing to risk a World War for Subcarpathian Ruthenia or Slovakia--or for Romania's claim to Transylvania and the eastern Banat--for Serbia's claim to Vojvodina and the western Banat, for that matter.

    The German Empire could have easily annexed and absorbed Czechia. It might have subsequently been a headache for the Germans like Posen or Alsace-Lorraine were, but nevertheless a manageable headache. If the German Empire will not want to annex the Czech lands, though, then it will likely simply make them a protectorate instead while directly annexing the Sudetenland. Germany would benefit from annexing Slovenia and Trieste for sea access, though, but of course Italy can get Trentino (but not South Tyrol).

    And Yes, interwar Czechoslovakia's ethnic diversity was a part of the reason as to why exactly it broke up in 1938-1939. Ditto for interwar Yugoslavia's ethnic diversity causing Yugoslavia to break up in 1941. Of course, in both cases, Humpty Dumpty got put back together after the end of World War II, only in both cases to subsequently break up again after the end of the Cold War. I don't think that the Russian Empire's and USSR's diversity was a super-huge strength either, for that matter.

    I wonder which future countries will break up due to their diversity.

    Replies: @Beckow

    I wonder why you dislike the Slavic nations so much. You seem obsessed with them being minorities (if that) in Germany and Hungary. Since you claim you are Jewish, maybe the Jews in Izrael could accept a minority status in a Pali state. Are you ok with that? It would certainly remove the instability…

    Or is your retarded historical what-if limited to keeping any Slav as a minority? Even the Czechs, most obedient and quiet nation but you would still want them in Germany. Something odd is going on in your mind…

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Beckow

    I simply flirted with an alternate history scenario in which A-H collapses in a different manner without a World War. Frankly, I am quite fine with an alternate history scenario in which A-H gets partitioned similarly to real life, except with Russia avoiding Communism and annexing eastern Galicia after the end of World War I in place of Poland. I just think that the price--a World War--to secure Austria-Hungary's partition in real life was too high.

    And BTW, I am only 1/4 Jewish. I am 3/4 Eastern Slavic. Which is still good enough for immigration rights to Israel if I wasn't already an Israeli citizen due to me being born there.

    As for a Palestinian right of return, I was open to the idea in the past, began having significant doubts about it due to the fear of Palestinians discriminating against Jews sooner or later in any one-state solution, and concluded that this idea was completely unrealistic after October 7.

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @AP
    @Beckow


    I wonder why you dislike the Slavic nations so much
     
    You are not exactly one to talk. The worst Slav-killers have been northern Germans and Muscovites/Russians (despite the latter being Slavs, themselves). Hungarians get honorable mention but they are a very small nation with more limited means.

    Your people have and do ally with all 3. You support 2 if those 3..

    Slavs flourished under Hapsburg (not mediated by Hungarians) rule and did fine under Lithuania (Balts are cousins of Slavs). You dislike both of those. They’ve done quite well in the EU also. You dislike all 3 of these.

    Rzeczpospolita was a major Slavic power. You dislike it strongly.

    The largest killer of Slavs after World War II is Putin. You make excuses for him and take his side

    Who do you dislike Slavs so much?

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Gerard1234, @Mr. XYZ, @Mr. XYZ

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    I wonder why you dislike the Slavic nations so much.
     
    You keep talking to someone who is not worth talking too. That’s your problem, though, none of my business.

    My two cents about Slavs. Slavs of any nationality are as different as people of any other nation, ranging from despicable scum to those who deserve admiration. Just a few examples. Bandera, Shukhevych, Pilsudski, and Vlasov were Slavs. These are in the scum category. Tolstoy, Chekhov, Bulgakov, Smetana, Zelenka, and Tchaikovsky were also Slavs. These are the people to be proud of. The majority of Slavs, like the majority of all people, is somewhere in between.

    As to Slavic nations, most are relatively small. Some are OK with that and retain sanity, some suffer from inferiority complex. Only two Slavic states ever rose to a great power status: Poland (under the name of Rzeczpospolita) and Russia (under various names). Poland overstretched itself, tried to compete with Russia, and fell into insignificance. Some Poles are still smarting, consumed with inferiority complex. That’s their problem. Russian empire and later the USSR did a lot to help smaller Slavic nations (e.g., Russian empire with great sacrifice liberated Bulgaria from Turkish occupation, the USSR invested a lot of people and treasure into numerous Eastern European Slavic states). Subsequent history showed that no good deed ever goes unpunished.

    The RF apparently learned from the mistakes of the Russian Empire and the USSR. It defends its interests, its help to other states is strictly determined by the interests of the RF. It does not treat Slavs preferentially: Syrians, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans, the population of Central African Republic, Mali, Niger, or North Koreans are certainly not Slavs. From my POV this is sane and rational policy devoid of romantic stupidity.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mikhail

  249. @LatW
    @Beckow


    An “opinion maker on TV” is literally of no importance
     
    There are several propagandists that have talked this way for years and they are very important. Otherwise they simply wouldn't be there.

    people all over the world are saying crazy stuff on TV, including many Balts.
     
    Not true, we do not say that we're going into their land to take over it and murder their people. Plus, coming from us it wouldn't sound all too serious (in normal circumstances), but coming from them, it is dead serious. You are just being nonchalant because the Slovaks and Hungarians are not directly affected (but you will be).

    And there are penalties for that type of hate speech in the Baltics, but there aren't in the RusFed.

    the Latvian culture and language flourished
     
    The real culture was suppressed, what "flourished" was a very specific type of Soviet Baltic "culture", you do not talk about all the culture that was destroyed, the very fact that you believe it is acceptable for the Baltic peoples to be occupied and controlled by a culturally alien outside power, is disgusting. I'm starting to doubt how Lutheran you really are, if you don't get this. Everyone else gets it. Even the French now.

    Latvian numbers rose dramatically
     
    No, they did not. We lost over hunderds of thousands of people due to the occupations, and 200K of the best people due to the Soviet re-occupation. Our numbers and quality of people would be much higher if it hadn't been for the Soviet occupation. The rise in population that you are alluding to was not due to the Soviets, but due to the 1950s baby boom (which would have produced MORE Balts if it hadn't been for mass deportations and exile). I'm not even talking about all those losses that happened during the Soviet era with some of our men migrating into Soviet Russia via work and military deployments.

    everyone got along well.
     
    No, not everyone - and you know it damn well, yet you keep lying. But I also accept that you are simply uninformed. In ancient Greece, an uninformed person was called an idiot.

    I am not sure why you call Russians the “Horde”.
     
    Because they are deeply mixed. Both ethnically and culturally. And because they retain the "politics" of the Horde (which can't even be called real politics, the state systems I should say, politics is something entirely different).

    You have real anger issues.
     
    Regardless of that, I present totally legitimate arguments, which tens of millions in EE support. And probably even in America we still have those who will agree, not to mention in Europe. You're the ones who are the outliers now - the Slovaks and Hungarians. You are in the minority, against everyone else. You are siding with the murderers of European children.

    Maybe the rapidly declining Latvian population
     
    It's not declining rapidly anymore.

    the danger in fighting Russia on behalf of others
     
    It's not on behalf of others. They had designs on us immediately after 1918. They did sign the Peace treaty but didn't mean it. This is an old problem. As to the others, the ones across the ocean seem to have bailed.

    I like the Baltic ancient culture.
     
    You should, it is quite special and may still be hiding some secrets. But why don't you stop worrying about it, whatever happens, happens.. time passes on. The Golden Age of Balts was two thousand years ago. Worry about your own and leave us alone.

    If you insist on the foolish confrontation with Russia (50 times bigger)
     
    Nobody is insisting. But we'll fight them if we have to. All of us together, will not make them "50 times bigger", all of us together, we will be bigger. We knew 30 years ago this was going to happen. It always happens this way for 300-400 years already.

    There is no winning
     
    Why can't they just stop and back up to where they should be? Why are they so special that everything is forgiven them? Why is it always us who have to compromise? No.

    And you know Beckow what really ticks me off about people such as yourself and other of these so called Russophiles - is that you yourselves would not tolerate living around actual Russians or much less under them, with everything that comes with it. If you were faced with them in large numbers, you would only become friends with a few of them (the more supplicating ones), but would immediately start competing with the better ones or fighting them outright, and start loathing the more pathetic ones (you are aware of some of their dysfunctions, aren't you? "The East is messy" - that's what you said once, yea, it can be, you know that they were thrown out of the Austrian ski resorts). Yet you expect us, Balts, to just "suck it up". Damn hypocrites.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …we do not say that we’re going into their land to take over it and murder their people.

    Oh yes, quite a few among you say it – US senators asking to “kill more Russians”, books and articles on how Russia could be split up, and the Balt PM’s openly calling for an all-out war with Russia. If you want to find mad “opinion makers” there are plenty on your side. Paranoia has a way for spreading.

    All of us together…

    Who would that be? Macron volunteered 2k Frenchies, Poles and Balts, maybe even a few thousand others (Romanians?) Of course the Ukies if there are any left. Add the mysterious “ISIS-X” guys and you may have something…but more likely it would be an absolute fiasco and your own people would run you out of town.

    Yes, the east is messy. It is compensated by the unique gifts that people in CE-EE have: they are generally smarter, stronger, healthier, and the girls are better looking. But when we talk about loud, noisy, messy easterners you are also among them, Poles, Ukies, Romanians are not any less disruptive than the Horde Russians and also often unwelcome. Your desperate attempt to separate from the Horde doesn’t work – you are in it and always will be…

    By the way, I know a lot about Latvia and you are painting a false picture. You lie and exaggerate about the past ills and you also lie about today’s apartheid. Maybe the war would solve it – I am increasingly thinking there is no other way to shake you up into being normal, into being European.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow


    and of course your Balt PM’s openly calling for an all-out war with Russia
     
    They are not calling for an "all out war" but expressing the hope for the Russian army to be defeated in Ukraine. It's a common opinion in all of Europe. Ukraine is not Russia. If there is going to be a large war, then it is better that it is fought there - yes, it sounds terrible, but that might be the reality at some point in the future. Of course, there is still hope it will not happen, but it's better to be ready than rely on hopes. Given the unraveling of frozen conflicts across the whole globe due to the loss of the world hegemon, it is a very dangerous moment for the war to spread. If they ever come into the Baltics, they will be beaten.

    If you want to find mad “opinion makers” there are plenty on your side.
     
    I do not speak for Lindsay Graham (his recent stances are quite pro-Trumpian vis a vis foreign policy).

    But nobody in the Baltics ever talks about how we're entitled to their land or to rule over them or try to control their territory, yet they talk that way all the time - these are people who were themselves emancipated relatively recently, historically speaking, and had no power even over their own lives. And they are not on average superior, yet some of them pretend they are (those of them who do not have an attitude, we have no issues with - we were living quite ok before 2014). It's just entitlement and that kind of thinking and claiming that other countries are "fake and gay" leads to children in rubble. There is a direct line there.

    You add the mysterious “ISIS-X” and you may have something…
     
    Actually, this ones is interesting. Remains to be seen what will happen and if there will be any other attacks by this Khorasan (apparently they have small cells inside of RusFed). If this is just the beginning and they do start fighting RusFed, then essentially a second front has been opened for RusFed. Hard to say yet.

    Your desperate attempt to separate from the “Horde” doesn’t work – you are in the Horde and always will be…
     
    Absolutely not, you're making a huge mistake there. There is a clear distinction. Lithuania fought the Horde quite well. You missed my point. We are not internationalists, but they are. We are not Eurasianist or Eurasian, but they are. Just look at their army - already in my dad's time, they had plenty of Asians in it. I have nothing against these peoples, some of them are victims and used. But this is a fact. Look who they are adding to their army now - all kinds of mercenaries from Asia and Africa. That's actually quite cowardly. They have also begun to display brutality that was not characteristic of them in my life time (except in Chechnya and very recently in Syria). I'm not claiming thats "Asiatic" as you say, that's their own nature. My point was that Ukraine alone is fighting all these different peoples.

    Yes, the east is messy. It is compensated by unique gifts that people in CE-EE have: they are generally smarter, stronger, healthier, and the girls are a lot better looking.
     
    I was talking about something else. You revealed your own attitude to those East of yourself. You were not talking about Poles and Czechs but Ukrainians and Russians (even though Russians are ofc übermenschen to you that you hold in special status - they can't do no wrong in your book). I know exactly what you were talking about, you gave yourself away. You don't want to live that kind of a life and consider it inferior.

    But when we talk about loud, noisy, messy easterners you are also among them
     
    Most Balts are not loud (I'm an exception as I'm way more extrovert than typical). Most Balts are very subdued, quiet, dress in earth tones. They differ from Russians who are louder and more extravert. I'm not saying this to differentiate, I'm saying it because it's true. We are Western Christians, they are Orthodox. That's a big difference. Even some of our own Russians differ from the ones over in RusFed.

    You lie and exaggerate about the past ills
     
    Not really, I do not ever lie. I fight against lies about my country and Ukraine. I simply add those things which you choose to leave out. That there were a few talented Soviet Latvian writers (whom I read as a kid and was able to distinguish easily from ideology and normal prose), doesn't mean that a large body of classic Latvian culture was not canceled or suppressed.

    I am increasingly thinking there is no other way to shake you up into being normal, into being European.
     
    You are funny. One minute you say that Balts are an ancient IE culture (which they are), the next you write the above - listen, I really don't care if you, some random person on an obscure website, consider me Euro, it is absurd. I don't answer to you and don't have to prove my "Europeanness", I love my culture as it is and don't need your approval. We have a specific situation there. That was pushed on us artificially by alien powers and we have handled it - maybe not ideally, but somewhat bearably.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Beckow

  250. @Beckow
    @Mr. XYZ

    I wonder why you dislike the Slavic nations so much. You seem obsessed with them being minorities (if that) in Germany and Hungary. Since you claim you are Jewish, maybe the Jews in Izrael could accept a minority status in a Pali state. Are you ok with that? It would certainly remove the instability...

    Or is your retarded historical what-if limited to keeping any Slav as a minority? Even the Czechs, most obedient and quiet nation but you would still want them in Germany. Something odd is going on in your mind...

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @AP, @AnonfromTN

    I simply flirted with an alternate history scenario in which A-H collapses in a different manner without a World War. Frankly, I am quite fine with an alternate history scenario in which A-H gets partitioned similarly to real life, except with Russia avoiding Communism and annexing eastern Galicia after the end of World War I in place of Poland. I just think that the price–a World War–to secure Austria-Hungary’s partition in real life was too high.

    And BTW, I am only 1/4 Jewish. I am 3/4 Eastern Slavic. Which is still good enough for immigration rights to Israel if I wasn’t already an Israeli citizen due to me being born there.

    As for a Palestinian right of return, I was open to the idea in the past, began having significant doubts about it due to the fear of Palestinians discriminating against Jews sooner or later in any one-state solution, and concluded that this idea was completely unrealistic after October 7.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mr. XYZ


    ...the price–a World War–to secure Austria-Hungary’s partition in real life was too high.
     
    Yes, it was. If Germans and Magyars who dominated A-H had more brains and better elites they could had avoided WW1 by giving to the other nations in A-H normal rights. The others were more than 50% of A-H, it was a non-brainer.

    But as we see in Ukraine, Baltic, Izrael it is hard for the self-appointed special people to do it. But they don't and instead come up with all kinds of reasons why they can't: the "Horde" is coming or Oct 7...Well, s..t happens and people eventually fight back. So due to its own narcissistic stupidity A-H eventually got WW1, lost it, and the special nations - Germans, Magyars - were much worse off. There is a lesson there somewhere...

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  251. @LatW
    @Mr. XYZ


    That’s compensated by a smaller amount of freedom for Chechen women in regards to things such as clothing choices, though.
     
    There have been some changes in that regard in Chechnya recently (women dress up more and dress more liberally, not sure if they put out more), but this is not the priority for most Chechen women, at least not typically or traditionally.

    Good luck being a Chechen woman and wearing short shorts and knee socks in public.
     
    That's not all that valuable actually especially if you end up giving up other valuable things, and a woman can still be beautiful even without wearing short shorts in public.


    Heck, I myself got a death threat on Quora from a Muslim several years ago for simply saying that people should have the right to draw Muhammad cartoons without being arrested, jailed, or murdered for this.
     
    It's pretty funny how you sometimes engage in somewhat risky things. But why provoke needlessly with those Mohammad cartoons? Of course, best would be if there would be no Muslims in the West, these problems would fall off on their own. Or Westerners in Muslim countries.

    I also admit that once in tenth grade in school this extremely aggressive and muscular Muslim dumbass student wanted to beat the living daylights out of me for confusing him for one of my friends in the restroom.
     
    If he was much stronger than you, it's probably a good idea that you ran away but it might be a good idea to fight back in some cases (sometimes it is needed to balance the playing field so they don't start thinking they can have the upper hand). The problem though is when they get "knifey". There has to be a way to control or fight that somehow.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @songbird

    [MORE]

    It’s pretty funny how you sometimes engage in somewhat risky things.

    What else are you talking about here? The dolls, which I view as a civil rights issue? Those several fully-clothed photos that I shared with you earlier, where you warned me not to get into trouble?

    If he was much stronger than you, it’s probably a good idea that you ran away but it might be a good idea to fight back in some cases (sometimes it is needed to balance the playing field so they don’t start thinking they can have the upper hand). The problem though is when they get “knifey”. There has to be a way to control or fight that somehow.

    Had I fought back, I would have likely lost, gotten severely beaten up, and probably gotten into trouble as well. Why exactly would I actually want that? Especially when I had a science test right after the end of lunch, which is when this occurred?

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Mr. XYZ


    What else are you talking about here?
     
    When you made that phone call. I hope that's water under the bridge.

    Had I fought back, I would have likely lost, gotten severely beaten up, and probably gotten into trouble as well. Why exactly would I actually want that?
     
    I agree, it's better to avoid needless fights. One can get seriously hurt. I just wanted you to be able to defend yourself.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  252. @Beckow
    @LatW


    ...we do not say that we’re going into their land to take over it and murder their people.
     
    Oh yes, quite a few among you say it - US senators asking to "kill more Russians", books and articles on how Russia could be split up, and the Balt PM's openly calling for an all-out war with Russia. If you want to find mad "opinion makers" there are plenty on your side. Paranoia has a way for spreading.

    All of us together...
     
    Who would that be? Macron volunteered 2k Frenchies, Poles and Balts, maybe even a few thousand others (Romanians?) Of course the Ukies if there are any left. Add the mysterious "ISIS-X" guys and you may have something...but more likely it would be an absolute fiasco and your own people would run you out of town.

    Yes, the east is messy. It is compensated by the unique gifts that people in CE-EE have: they are generally smarter, stronger, healthier, and the girls are better looking. But when we talk about loud, noisy, messy easterners you are also among them, Poles, Ukies, Romanians are not any less disruptive than the Horde Russians and also often unwelcome. Your desperate attempt to separate from the Horde doesn't work - you are in it and always will be...

    By the way, I know a lot about Latvia and you are painting a false picture. You lie and exaggerate about the past ills and you also lie about today's apartheid. Maybe the war would solve it - I am increasingly thinking there is no other way to shake you up into being normal, into being European.

    Replies: @LatW

    and of course your Balt PM’s openly calling for an all-out war with Russia

    They are not calling for an “all out war” but expressing the hope for the Russian army to be defeated in Ukraine. It’s a common opinion in all of Europe. Ukraine is not Russia. If there is going to be a large war, then it is better that it is fought there – yes, it sounds terrible, but that might be the reality at some point in the future. Of course, there is still hope it will not happen, but it’s better to be ready than rely on hopes. Given the unraveling of frozen conflicts across the whole globe due to the loss of the world hegemon, it is a very dangerous moment for the war to spread. If they ever come into the Baltics, they will be beaten.

    [MORE]

    If you want to find mad “opinion makers” there are plenty on your side.

    I do not speak for Lindsay Graham (his recent stances are quite pro-Trumpian vis a vis foreign policy).

    But nobody in the Baltics ever talks about how we’re entitled to their land or to rule over them or try to control their territory, yet they talk that way all the time – these are people who were themselves emancipated relatively recently, historically speaking, and had no power even over their own lives. And they are not on average superior, yet some of them pretend they are (those of them who do not have an attitude, we have no issues with – we were living quite ok before 2014). It’s just entitlement and that kind of thinking and claiming that other countries are “fake and gay” leads to children in rubble. There is a direct line there.

    You add the mysterious “ISIS-X” and you may have something…

    Actually, this ones is interesting. Remains to be seen what will happen and if there will be any other attacks by this Khorasan (apparently they have small cells inside of RusFed). If this is just the beginning and they do start fighting RusFed, then essentially a second front has been opened for RusFed. Hard to say yet.

    Your desperate attempt to separate from the “Horde” doesn’t work – you are in the Horde and always will be…

    Absolutely not, you’re making a huge mistake there. There is a clear distinction. Lithuania fought the Horde quite well. You missed my point. We are not internationalists, but they are. We are not Eurasianist or Eurasian, but they are. Just look at their army – already in my dad’s time, they had plenty of Asians in it. I have nothing against these peoples, some of them are victims and used. But this is a fact. Look who they are adding to their army now – all kinds of mercenaries from Asia and Africa. That’s actually quite cowardly. They have also begun to display brutality that was not characteristic of them in my life time (except in Chechnya and very recently in Syria). I’m not claiming thats “Asiatic” as you say, that’s their own nature. My point was that Ukraine alone is fighting all these different peoples.

    Yes, the east is messy. It is compensated by unique gifts that people in CE-EE have: they are generally smarter, stronger, healthier, and the girls are a lot better looking.

    I was talking about something else. You revealed your own attitude to those East of yourself. You were not talking about Poles and Czechs but Ukrainians and Russians (even though Russians are ofc übermenschen to you that you hold in special status – they can’t do no wrong in your book). I know exactly what you were talking about, you gave yourself away. You don’t want to live that kind of a life and consider it inferior.

    But when we talk about loud, noisy, messy easterners you are also among them

    Most Balts are not loud (I’m an exception as I’m way more extrovert than typical). Most Balts are very subdued, quiet, dress in earth tones. They differ from Russians who are louder and more extravert. I’m not saying this to differentiate, I’m saying it because it’s true. We are Western Christians, they are Orthodox. That’s a big difference. Even some of our own Russians differ from the ones over in RusFed.

    You lie and exaggerate about the past ills

    Not really, I do not ever lie. I fight against lies about my country and Ukraine. I simply add those things which you choose to leave out. That there were a few talented Soviet Latvian writers (whom I read as a kid and was able to distinguish easily from ideology and normal prose), doesn’t mean that a large body of classic Latvian culture was not canceled or suppressed.

    I am increasingly thinking there is no other way to shake you up into being normal, into being European.

    You are funny. One minute you say that Balts are an ancient IE culture (which they are), the next you write the above – listen, I really don’t care if you, some random person on an obscure website, consider me Euro, it is absurd. I don’t answer to you and don’t have to prove my “Europeanness”, I love my culture as it is and don’t need your approval. We have a specific situation there. That was pushed on us artificially by alien powers and we have handled it – maybe not ideally, but somewhat bearably.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @LatW


    Actually, this ones is interesting. Remains to be seen what will happen and if there will be any other attacks by this Khorasan (apparently they have small cells inside of RusFed). If this is just the beginning and they do start fighting RusFed, then essentially a second front has been opened for RusFed. Hard to say yet.

     

    There's a radical hypothesis that I and my family members discussed that ISIS-K actually wants Russia to expel its Central Asian Muslims so that ISIS-K could subsequently get huge numbers of them as recruits when they will inevitably have nothing better to do in Central Asia. Then, ISIS-K could use these new recruits of its to build a secret army that will (in its view) hopefully allow it to eventually overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan and thus take over Afghanistan for itself.

    It's a crazy hypothesis, and we made it up, but it does have an aura of plausibility to it. I think that ISIS-K would really enjoy ruling over Afghanistan in place of the Taliban, after all. Even in such a scenario, it's unclear that the West would actually be willing to go to war in Afghanistan again.

    I'm unsure that ISIS-K would actually be able to get enough Central Asians to join it even in such a scenario, though, since they might be severely pissed at ISIS-K for getting them expelled en masse from Russia in the first place in such a scenario. But maybe their newly-found hate for Russia will make ISIS-K a useful ally of convenience for some of them, albeit an extremely repulsive one? ISIS-K can at least promise them better lives if it will ever succeed in taking over Afghanistan from the Taliban, after all. Plenty of booty to loot in such a scenario.
    , @Beckow
    @LatW

    I am still getting over your explicit embrace of terrorism with "ISIS-X" as a "second front on Russia". Seriously? And you find the "Horde" aggressive? Think about what it says about you.

    Afro-Asiatic nature of today's world is not unique to Russia. Visit France, UK, Germany, US, Canada...it is a multi-Afro-Asia-Latin-mestizo wonderland. Unlike in Russia it is in all layers of the society. Check out the ads with the corpulent Afro women and who is ruling them. (Hint: Indians everywhere.) Pointing it out in Russia and ignoring it among your best friends is quiet odd.

    All of us who live east of Germans are in the "Horde" (your label). There are some exceptions, but the general Westie view is that there is not much difference between Ukies and Russians, Latvians and Romanians, etc... We are Eastern Europeans, some of us are noisier, messier, there is also a gradation as one moves further east, but we are not French or German. Trying to be one at any cost is a fool's errand - see what it has done to the Ukies.

    I am aware of our shortcomings and that even many of us often prefer some distance from it. But you should never forget who you are, the Westies won't. We have the better things that I listed and we also can improve over time. That requires balance and harmony with who we are and not blind devoted brown-nosing to the West. Do you know what the Swedes think of you Latvians in private? I do, but it is unpublishable.


    They are not calling for an “all out war” but expressing the hope for the Russian army to be defeated in Ukraine
     
    It amounts to the same thing - the Balt leaders are also more outspoken and militant about it. So are you sometimes - allying openly with "ISIS" terrorism is a bridge too far. It will also backfire.

    Replies: @LatW, @LatW

  253. @Mr. XYZ
    @LatW


    It’s pretty funny how you sometimes engage in somewhat risky things.
     
    What else are you talking about here? The dolls, which I view as a civil rights issue? Those several fully-clothed photos that I shared with you earlier, where you warned me not to get into trouble?

    If he was much stronger than you, it’s probably a good idea that you ran away but it might be a good idea to fight back in some cases (sometimes it is needed to balance the playing field so they don’t start thinking they can have the upper hand). The problem though is when they get “knifey”. There has to be a way to control or fight that somehow.

     

    Had I fought back, I would have likely lost, gotten severely beaten up, and probably gotten into trouble as well. Why exactly would I actually want that? Especially when I had a science test right after the end of lunch, which is when this occurred?

    Replies: @LatW

    [MORE]

    What else are you talking about here?

    When you made that phone call. I hope that’s water under the bridge.

    Had I fought back, I would have likely lost, gotten severely beaten up, and probably gotten into trouble as well. Why exactly would I actually want that?

    I agree, it’s better to avoid needless fights. One can get seriously hurt. I just wanted you to be able to defend yourself.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @LatW


    When you made that phone call. I hope that’s water under the bridge.

     

    It was two phone calls, actually. Followed by another two phone calls deeply apologizing for what I did.

    And Yes, thankfully it does appear to be water under the bridge. :) Around three months have already passed since then, after all, and still no trouble, thankfully!

    I agree, it’s better to avoid needless fights. One can get seriously hurt. I just wanted you to be able to defend yourself.

     

    Yes, I get that. But I don't think that I was anywhere near as strong as he was and when you're dealing with someone who's both crazy and unstable, even defending oneself might be risky, especially--again--given the strength difference between us.

    Replies: @LatW

  254. @LatW
    And by the way - it looks like there is an attempt to supplant the Russian masculinity, as a result of this Krokus attack. There seems to be a trend going around praising young Muslim boys acting as saviors - of course, those boys may have happened to be there and helped the victims, since there are many Central Asians and Caucasians in Moscow. But at least a couple of boys have been elevated now for their valor and they are migrants with names such as Islam and Rustam. It might be just a small trend now and obviously the authorities need to be keeping the multi-ethnic peace, but this is visible now. The Slavic boy is being replaced.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Mr. XYZ, @Dmitry

    praising young Muslim boys

    After 9/11, in America, a lot of Americans were becoming hostile against Muslims in reaction. The government avoids this situation in Russia.

    In official Russia, they want to avoid the anti-Muslim situation in the USA after terrorist attacks so this is part of why television in Russia is using media, to avoid creating negative feelings in relation to the religion of the terrorists. This is common and expected, it happens after terrorist attacks.

    Inter-ethnic harmony is one of the priorities of the government, who don’t want to lose control of the country. This is one of side of their policy.

    They also ban Islamist extremist texts just like they ban nationalist texts.

    After the attack, they also reduced reporting.

    It is only last night 120 hours after the beginning of the terrorist attack. It was a story which is near the end of the news.
    https://www.1tv.ru/news/2024-03-27/473661-vypusk_programmy_vremya_v_21_00_ot_27_03_2024

    ht be just a small trend now and obviously the authorities need to be keeping the multi-ethnic peace, but this is visible now. The Slavic boy is being replaced.

    Governments in postsoviet countries often seem like they want to reduce of young men because the demography with less young men increases political stability, it is more easy to control the society, less likely for events like “Tahrir Square 2011” which were created by what demographers call “youth bulges”.

    But, this policy, will be more in some Muslim areas than most slavic areas. There was proportionally, a lot more mobilization in Makhachkala. The authorities are not going to worry about reduction of men in rebellious areas than in obedient areas. They would be more worried to reduce the proportion of young men in rebellious populations.

    This is also how emigration for brain drain and mobilization threat, can be useful for them. This postsoviet process of emigrations, reduces some not always obedient populations.

  255. @LatW
    @Mr. XYZ


    What else are you talking about here?
     
    When you made that phone call. I hope that's water under the bridge.

    Had I fought back, I would have likely lost, gotten severely beaten up, and probably gotten into trouble as well. Why exactly would I actually want that?
     
    I agree, it's better to avoid needless fights. One can get seriously hurt. I just wanted you to be able to defend yourself.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    [MORE]

    When you made that phone call. I hope that’s water under the bridge.

    It was two phone calls, actually. Followed by another two phone calls deeply apologizing for what I did.

    And Yes, thankfully it does appear to be water under the bridge. 🙂 Around three months have already passed since then, after all, and still no trouble, thankfully!

    I agree, it’s better to avoid needless fights. One can get seriously hurt. I just wanted you to be able to defend yourself.

    Yes, I get that. But I don’t think that I was anywhere near as strong as he was and when you’re dealing with someone who’s both crazy and unstable, even defending oneself might be risky, especially–again–given the strength difference between us.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Mr. XYZ


    when you’re dealing with someone who’s both crazy and unstable, even defending oneself might be risky, especially–again–given the strength difference between us.
     
    It's ok, you did the right thing, one should be able to fight, but if the risk is too high to get hurt, absolutely avoid it. Most Latvian dudes deescalate, even if they are quite tall and strong. Because it's the right thing to do.
  256. @Mikhail
    ISIS-K, Connecting the Dots

    https://strategic-culture.su/news/2024/03/26/the-nuland-budanov-tajik-crocus-connection/

    Let’s start with the possible chain of events that may have led to the Crocus terror attack. This is as explosive as it gets. Intel sources in Moscow discreetly confirm this is one of the FSB’s prime lines of investigation.

    December 4, 2023. Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Mark Milley, only 3 months after his retirement, tells CIA mouthpiece The Washington Post: “There should be no Russian who goes to sleep without wondering if they’re going to get their throat slit in the middle of the night (…) You gotta get back there and create a campaign behind the lines.”

    January 4, 2024: In an interview with ABC News, “spy chief” Kyrylo Budanov lays down the road map: strikes “deeper and deeper” into Russia.

    January 31: Victoria Nuland travels to Kiev and meets Budanov. Then, in a dodgy press conference at night in the middle of an empty street, she promises “nasty surprises” to Putin: code for asymmetric war.

    February 22: Nuland shows up at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event and doubles down on the “nasty surprises” and asymmetric war. That may be interpreted as the definitive signal for Budanov to start deploying dirty ops.

    February 25: The New York Times publishes a story about CIA cells in Ukraine: nothing that Russian intel does not already know.

    Then, a lull until March 5 – when crucial shadow play may have been in effect. Privileged scenario: Nuland was a key dirty ops plotter alongside the CIA and the Ukrainian GUR (Budanov). Rival Deep State factions got hold of it and maneuvered to “terminate” her one way or another – because Russian intel would have inevitably connected the dots.

    Yet Nuland, in fact, is not “retired” yet; she’s still presented as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and showed up recently in Rome for a G7-related meeting, although her new job, in theory, seems to be at Columbia University (a Hillary Clinton maneuver).

    Meanwhile, the assets for a major “nasty surprise” are already in place, in the dark, and totally off radar. The op cannot be called off.

    March 5: Little Blinken formally announces Nuland’s “retirement”.

    March 7: At least one Tajik among the four-member terror commando visits the Crocus venue and has his photo taken.

    March 7-8 at night: U.S. and British embassies simultaneously announce a possible terror attack on Moscow, telling their nationals to avoid “concerts” and gatherings within the next two days.

    March 9: Massively popular Russian patriotic singer Shaman performs at Crocus. That may have been the carefully chosen occasion targeted for the “nasty surprise” – as it falls only a few days before the presidential elections, from March 15 to 17. But security at Crocus was massive, so the op is postponed.

    March 22: The Crocus City Hall terror attack.

    ISIS-K: the ultimate can of worms

    The Budanov connection is betrayed by the modus operandi – similar to previous Ukraine intel terror attacks against Daria Dugina and Vladimir Tatarsky: close reconnaissance for days, even weeks; the hit; and then a dash for the border.

    And that brings us to the Tajik connection.

    There seem to be holes aplenty in the narrative concocted by the ragged bunch turned mass killers: following an Islamist preacher on Telegram; offered what was later established as a puny 500 thousand rubles (roughly $4,500) for the four of them to shoot random people in a concert hall; sent half of the funds via Telegram; directed to a weapons cache where they find AK-12s and hand grenades.

    The videos show that they used the machine guns like pros; shots were accurate, short bursts or single fire; no panic whatsoever; effective use of hand grenades; fleeing the scene in a flash, just melting away, almost in time to catch the “window” that would take them across the border to Ukraine.

    All that takes training. And that also applies to facing nasty counter-interrogation. Still, the FSB seems to have broken them all – quite literally.

    A potential handler has surfaced, named Abdullo Buriyev. Turkish intel had earlier identified him as a handler for ISIS-K, or Wilayat Khorasan in Afghanistan. One of the members of the Crocus commando told the FSB their “acquaintance” Abdullo helped them to buy the car for the op.

    And that leads us to the massive can of worms to end them all: ISIS-K.

    The alleged emir of ISIS-K, since 2020, is an Afghan Tajik, Sanaullah Ghafari. He was not killed in Afghanistan in June 2023, as the Americans were spinning: he may be currently holed up in Balochistan in Pakistan.

    Yet the real person of interest here is not Tajik Ghafari but Chechen Abdul Hakim al-Shishani, the former leader of the jihadi outfit Ajnad al-Kavkaz (“Soldiers of the Caucasus”), who was fighting against the government in Damascus in Idlib and then escaped to Ukraine because of a crackdown by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) – in another one of those classic inter-jihadi squabbles.

    Shishani was spotted on the border near Belgorod during the recent attack concocted by Ukrainian intel inside Russia. Call it another vector of the “nasty surprises”.

    Shishani had been in Ukraine for over two years and has acquired citizenship. He is in fact the sterling connection between the nasty motley crue Idlib gangs in Syria and GUR in Kiev – as his Chechens worked closely with Jabhat al-Nusra, which was virtually indistinguishable from ISIS.

    Shishani, fiercely anti-Assad, anti-Putin and anti-Kadyrov, is the classic “moderate rebel” advertised for years as a “freedom fighter” by the CIA and the Pentagon.

    Some of the four hapless Tajiks seem to have followed ideological/religious indoctrination on the internet dispensed by Wilayat Khorasan, or ISIS-K, in a chat room called Rahnamo ba Khuroson.

    The indoctrination game happened to be supervised by a Tajik, Salmon Khurosoni. He’s the guy who made the first move to recruit the commando. Khurosoni is arguably a messenger between ISIS-K and the CIA.

    The problem is the ISIS-K modus operandi for any attack never features a fistful of dollars: the promise is Paradise via martyrdom. Yet in this case it seems it’s Khurosoni himself who has approved the 500 thousand ruble reward.

    After handler Buriyev relayed the instructions, the commando sent the bayat – the ISIS pledge of allegiance – to Khurosoni. Ukraine may not have been their final destination. Another foreign intel connection – not identified by FSB sources – would have sent them to Turkey, and then Afghanistan.

    That’s exactly where Khurosoni is to be found. Khurosoni may have been the ideological mastermind of Crocus. But, crucially, he’s not the client.

    The Ukrainian love affair with terror gangs

    Ukrainian intel, SBU and GUR, have been using the “Islamic” terror galaxy as they please since the first Chechnya war in the mid-1990s. Milley and Nuland of course knew it, as there were serious rifts in the past, for instance, between GUR and the CIA.

    Following the symbiosis of any Ukrainian government post-1991 with assorted terror/jihadi outfits, Kiev post-Maidan turbo-charged these connections especially with Idlib gangs, as well as north Caucasus outfits, from the Chechen Shishani to ISIS in Syria and then ISIS-K. GUR routinely aims to recruit ISIS and ISIS-K denizens via online chat rooms. Exactly the modus operandi that led to Crocus.

    One “Azan” association, founded in 2017 by Anvar Derkach, a member of the Hizb ut-Tahrir, actually facilitates terrorist life in Ukraine, Tatars from Crimea included – from lodging to juridical assistance.

    The FSB investigation is establishing a trail: Crocus was planned by pros – and certainly not by a bunch of low-IQ Tajik dregs. Not by ISIS-K, but by GUR. A classic false flag, with the clueless Tajiks under the impression that they were working for ISIS-K.

    The FSB investigation is also unveiling the standard modus operandi of online terror, everywhere. A recruiter focuses on a specific profile; adapts himself to the candidate, especially his – low – IQ; provides him with the minimum necessary for a job; then the candidate/executor become disposable.

    Everyone in Russia remembers that during the first attack on the Crimea bridge, the driver of the kamikaze truck was blissfully unaware of what he was carrying,

    As for ISIS, everyone seriously following West Asia knows that’s a gigantic diversionist scam, complete with the Americans transferring ISIS operatives from the Al-Tanf base to the eastern Euphrates, and then to Afghanistan after the Hegemon’s humiliating “withdrawal”. Project ISIS-K actually started in 2021, after it became pointless to use ISIS goons imported from Syria to block the relentless progress of the Taliban.

    Ace Russian war correspondent Marat Khairullin has added another juicy morsel to this funky salad: he convincingly unveils the MI6 angle in the Crocus City Hall terror attack (in English here, in two parts, posted by “S”).

    The FSB is right in the middle of the painstaking process of cracking most, if not all ISIS-K-CIA/MI6 connections. Once it’s all established, there will be hell to pay.

    But that won’t be the end of the story. Countless terror networks are not controlled by Western intel – although they will work with Western intel via middlemen, usually Salafist “preachers” who deal with Saudi/Gulf intel agencies.

    The case of the CIA flying “black” helicopters to extract jihadists from Syria and drop them in Afghanistan is more like an exception – in terms of direct contact – than the norm. So the FSB and the Kremlin will be very careful when it comes to directly accusing the CIA and MI6 of managing these networks.

    But even with plausible deniability, the Crocus investigation seems to be leading exactly to where Moscow wants it: uncovering the crucial middleman. And everything seems to be pointing to Budanov and his goons.

    Ramzan Kadyrov dropped an extra clue. He said the Crocus “curators” chose on purpose to instrumentalize elements of an ethnic minority – Tajiks – who barely speak Russian to open up new wounds in a multinational nation where dozens of ethnicities live side by side for centuries.

    In the end, it didn’t work. The Russian population has handed to the Kremlin total carte blanche to exercise brutal, maximum punishment – whatever and wherever it takes.
     

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @AnonfromTN, @sudden death, @Dmitry

    In order to balance out and avoid tunnel vision/one sidedness, this needs to be added here too:

    Russia knew in advance about the preparation of a terrorist operation in the Crocus City Hall near Moscow, but allowed it due to either a “fight of towers” or an underestimation of the scale of what could happen, said the head of the main intelligence department at the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant General Kirill Budanov.

    “At a minimum, on February 15, 2024, Russia knew about the preparations. I’ll tell you more, this information went through the group’s intelligence department in Syria. From there it went to Moscow. And let them not tell tales that in a strange way it all materialized out of nowhere,” – said Kirill Budanov during the Third International Forum on Strategic Communications.

    According to him, Russia knew where the combat groups would come from, through which the two countries they moved to the territory of the aggressor state.

    “Why they allowed this to hatpen – there are several options. The first is, as is their custom, a fight between the “towers” in order to remove several officials now. The other option is that they actually underestimated the scale of what would happen. They thought that it would be more local, and they wanted to blame it all over Ukraine,” noted the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate.

    According to him, the Kremlin has already changed the version of what happened in the shopping center near Moscow three times, trying to somehow link the so-called “Ukrainian trace” to the terrorist attack.
    “There were explanations from Patrushev and Bortnikov, who accused me personally and that Ukraine did all this. This is nonsense. By the way, if we touched on this painful issue, even though this is the enemy, I do not approve in principle of terrorist acts against civilians,” – said the head of intelligence.

    Budanov added that Russia itself sowed chaos and confidently believed that it could control it.

    “There is such a stable expression, even a truth. It always works among special services: everyone is trying to create controlled chaos. Absolutely all more or less serious organizations tried to do this at different times. And the axiom is that none of them was able to do it make it controlled. The same thing happened here,” summed up the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    https://ru.interfax.com.ua/news/general/976494-amp.html

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @sudden death

    In order to balance out and avoid tunnel vision/one sidedness, this needs to be added here too:

    Reminded of US Intel aware of an impending terror attack prior to 9/11. Ditto Pearl Harbor 1941.

    Having prior warning of something happening, but not exactly where and when doesn't by default put the onus on the party getting attacked. The warning the US gave was for a 48 hour period prior to the Russian election. According to Russian sources, there was beefed up security during that period.

  257. @Mr. XYZ
    @LatW


    When you made that phone call. I hope that’s water under the bridge.

     

    It was two phone calls, actually. Followed by another two phone calls deeply apologizing for what I did.

    And Yes, thankfully it does appear to be water under the bridge. :) Around three months have already passed since then, after all, and still no trouble, thankfully!

    I agree, it’s better to avoid needless fights. One can get seriously hurt. I just wanted you to be able to defend yourself.

     

    Yes, I get that. But I don't think that I was anywhere near as strong as he was and when you're dealing with someone who's both crazy and unstable, even defending oneself might be risky, especially--again--given the strength difference between us.

    Replies: @LatW

    [MORE]

    when you’re dealing with someone who’s both crazy and unstable, even defending oneself might be risky, especially–again–given the strength difference between us.

    It’s ok, you did the right thing, one should be able to fight, but if the risk is too high to get hurt, absolutely avoid it. Most Latvian dudes deescalate, even if they are quite tall and strong. Because it’s the right thing to do.

  258. @LatW
    @Beckow


    and of course your Balt PM’s openly calling for an all-out war with Russia
     
    They are not calling for an "all out war" but expressing the hope for the Russian army to be defeated in Ukraine. It's a common opinion in all of Europe. Ukraine is not Russia. If there is going to be a large war, then it is better that it is fought there - yes, it sounds terrible, but that might be the reality at some point in the future. Of course, there is still hope it will not happen, but it's better to be ready than rely on hopes. Given the unraveling of frozen conflicts across the whole globe due to the loss of the world hegemon, it is a very dangerous moment for the war to spread. If they ever come into the Baltics, they will be beaten.

    If you want to find mad “opinion makers” there are plenty on your side.
     
    I do not speak for Lindsay Graham (his recent stances are quite pro-Trumpian vis a vis foreign policy).

    But nobody in the Baltics ever talks about how we're entitled to their land or to rule over them or try to control their territory, yet they talk that way all the time - these are people who were themselves emancipated relatively recently, historically speaking, and had no power even over their own lives. And they are not on average superior, yet some of them pretend they are (those of them who do not have an attitude, we have no issues with - we were living quite ok before 2014). It's just entitlement and that kind of thinking and claiming that other countries are "fake and gay" leads to children in rubble. There is a direct line there.

    You add the mysterious “ISIS-X” and you may have something…
     
    Actually, this ones is interesting. Remains to be seen what will happen and if there will be any other attacks by this Khorasan (apparently they have small cells inside of RusFed). If this is just the beginning and they do start fighting RusFed, then essentially a second front has been opened for RusFed. Hard to say yet.

    Your desperate attempt to separate from the “Horde” doesn’t work – you are in the Horde and always will be…
     
    Absolutely not, you're making a huge mistake there. There is a clear distinction. Lithuania fought the Horde quite well. You missed my point. We are not internationalists, but they are. We are not Eurasianist or Eurasian, but they are. Just look at their army - already in my dad's time, they had plenty of Asians in it. I have nothing against these peoples, some of them are victims and used. But this is a fact. Look who they are adding to their army now - all kinds of mercenaries from Asia and Africa. That's actually quite cowardly. They have also begun to display brutality that was not characteristic of them in my life time (except in Chechnya and very recently in Syria). I'm not claiming thats "Asiatic" as you say, that's their own nature. My point was that Ukraine alone is fighting all these different peoples.

    Yes, the east is messy. It is compensated by unique gifts that people in CE-EE have: they are generally smarter, stronger, healthier, and the girls are a lot better looking.
     
    I was talking about something else. You revealed your own attitude to those East of yourself. You were not talking about Poles and Czechs but Ukrainians and Russians (even though Russians are ofc übermenschen to you that you hold in special status - they can't do no wrong in your book). I know exactly what you were talking about, you gave yourself away. You don't want to live that kind of a life and consider it inferior.

    But when we talk about loud, noisy, messy easterners you are also among them
     
    Most Balts are not loud (I'm an exception as I'm way more extrovert than typical). Most Balts are very subdued, quiet, dress in earth tones. They differ from Russians who are louder and more extravert. I'm not saying this to differentiate, I'm saying it because it's true. We are Western Christians, they are Orthodox. That's a big difference. Even some of our own Russians differ from the ones over in RusFed.

    You lie and exaggerate about the past ills
     
    Not really, I do not ever lie. I fight against lies about my country and Ukraine. I simply add those things which you choose to leave out. That there were a few talented Soviet Latvian writers (whom I read as a kid and was able to distinguish easily from ideology and normal prose), doesn't mean that a large body of classic Latvian culture was not canceled or suppressed.

    I am increasingly thinking there is no other way to shake you up into being normal, into being European.
     
    You are funny. One minute you say that Balts are an ancient IE culture (which they are), the next you write the above - listen, I really don't care if you, some random person on an obscure website, consider me Euro, it is absurd. I don't answer to you and don't have to prove my "Europeanness", I love my culture as it is and don't need your approval. We have a specific situation there. That was pushed on us artificially by alien powers and we have handled it - maybe not ideally, but somewhat bearably.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Beckow

    Actually, this ones is interesting. Remains to be seen what will happen and if there will be any other attacks by this Khorasan (apparently they have small cells inside of RusFed). If this is just the beginning and they do start fighting RusFed, then essentially a second front has been opened for RusFed. Hard to say yet.

    There’s a radical hypothesis that I and my family members discussed that ISIS-K actually wants Russia to expel its Central Asian Muslims so that ISIS-K could subsequently get huge numbers of them as recruits when they will inevitably have nothing better to do in Central Asia. Then, ISIS-K could use these new recruits of its to build a secret army that will (in its view) hopefully allow it to eventually overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan and thus take over Afghanistan for itself.

    It’s a crazy hypothesis, and we made it up, but it does have an aura of plausibility to it. I think that ISIS-K would really enjoy ruling over Afghanistan in place of the Taliban, after all. Even in such a scenario, it’s unclear that the West would actually be willing to go to war in Afghanistan again.

    I’m unsure that ISIS-K would actually be able to get enough Central Asians to join it even in such a scenario, though, since they might be severely pissed at ISIS-K for getting them expelled en masse from Russia in the first place in such a scenario. But maybe their newly-found hate for Russia will make ISIS-K a useful ally of convenience for some of them, albeit an extremely repulsive one? ISIS-K can at least promise them better lives if it will ever succeed in taking over Afghanistan from the Taliban, after all. Plenty of booty to loot in such a scenario.

  259. @Mikhail
    ISIS-K, Connecting the Dots

    https://strategic-culture.su/news/2024/03/26/the-nuland-budanov-tajik-crocus-connection/

    Let’s start with the possible chain of events that may have led to the Crocus terror attack. This is as explosive as it gets. Intel sources in Moscow discreetly confirm this is one of the FSB’s prime lines of investigation.

    December 4, 2023. Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Mark Milley, only 3 months after his retirement, tells CIA mouthpiece The Washington Post: “There should be no Russian who goes to sleep without wondering if they’re going to get their throat slit in the middle of the night (…) You gotta get back there and create a campaign behind the lines.”

    January 4, 2024: In an interview with ABC News, “spy chief” Kyrylo Budanov lays down the road map: strikes “deeper and deeper” into Russia.

    January 31: Victoria Nuland travels to Kiev and meets Budanov. Then, in a dodgy press conference at night in the middle of an empty street, she promises “nasty surprises” to Putin: code for asymmetric war.

    February 22: Nuland shows up at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event and doubles down on the “nasty surprises” and asymmetric war. That may be interpreted as the definitive signal for Budanov to start deploying dirty ops.

    February 25: The New York Times publishes a story about CIA cells in Ukraine: nothing that Russian intel does not already know.

    Then, a lull until March 5 – when crucial shadow play may have been in effect. Privileged scenario: Nuland was a key dirty ops plotter alongside the CIA and the Ukrainian GUR (Budanov). Rival Deep State factions got hold of it and maneuvered to “terminate” her one way or another – because Russian intel would have inevitably connected the dots.

    Yet Nuland, in fact, is not “retired” yet; she’s still presented as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and showed up recently in Rome for a G7-related meeting, although her new job, in theory, seems to be at Columbia University (a Hillary Clinton maneuver).

    Meanwhile, the assets for a major “nasty surprise” are already in place, in the dark, and totally off radar. The op cannot be called off.

    March 5: Little Blinken formally announces Nuland’s “retirement”.

    March 7: At least one Tajik among the four-member terror commando visits the Crocus venue and has his photo taken.

    March 7-8 at night: U.S. and British embassies simultaneously announce a possible terror attack on Moscow, telling their nationals to avoid “concerts” and gatherings within the next two days.

    March 9: Massively popular Russian patriotic singer Shaman performs at Crocus. That may have been the carefully chosen occasion targeted for the “nasty surprise” – as it falls only a few days before the presidential elections, from March 15 to 17. But security at Crocus was massive, so the op is postponed.

    March 22: The Crocus City Hall terror attack.

    ISIS-K: the ultimate can of worms

    The Budanov connection is betrayed by the modus operandi – similar to previous Ukraine intel terror attacks against Daria Dugina and Vladimir Tatarsky: close reconnaissance for days, even weeks; the hit; and then a dash for the border.

    And that brings us to the Tajik connection.

    There seem to be holes aplenty in the narrative concocted by the ragged bunch turned mass killers: following an Islamist preacher on Telegram; offered what was later established as a puny 500 thousand rubles (roughly $4,500) for the four of them to shoot random people in a concert hall; sent half of the funds via Telegram; directed to a weapons cache where they find AK-12s and hand grenades.

    The videos show that they used the machine guns like pros; shots were accurate, short bursts or single fire; no panic whatsoever; effective use of hand grenades; fleeing the scene in a flash, just melting away, almost in time to catch the “window” that would take them across the border to Ukraine.

    All that takes training. And that also applies to facing nasty counter-interrogation. Still, the FSB seems to have broken them all – quite literally.

    A potential handler has surfaced, named Abdullo Buriyev. Turkish intel had earlier identified him as a handler for ISIS-K, or Wilayat Khorasan in Afghanistan. One of the members of the Crocus commando told the FSB their “acquaintance” Abdullo helped them to buy the car for the op.

    And that leads us to the massive can of worms to end them all: ISIS-K.

    The alleged emir of ISIS-K, since 2020, is an Afghan Tajik, Sanaullah Ghafari. He was not killed in Afghanistan in June 2023, as the Americans were spinning: he may be currently holed up in Balochistan in Pakistan.

    Yet the real person of interest here is not Tajik Ghafari but Chechen Abdul Hakim al-Shishani, the former leader of the jihadi outfit Ajnad al-Kavkaz (“Soldiers of the Caucasus”), who was fighting against the government in Damascus in Idlib and then escaped to Ukraine because of a crackdown by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) – in another one of those classic inter-jihadi squabbles.

    Shishani was spotted on the border near Belgorod during the recent attack concocted by Ukrainian intel inside Russia. Call it another vector of the “nasty surprises”.

    Shishani had been in Ukraine for over two years and has acquired citizenship. He is in fact the sterling connection between the nasty motley crue Idlib gangs in Syria and GUR in Kiev – as his Chechens worked closely with Jabhat al-Nusra, which was virtually indistinguishable from ISIS.

    Shishani, fiercely anti-Assad, anti-Putin and anti-Kadyrov, is the classic “moderate rebel” advertised for years as a “freedom fighter” by the CIA and the Pentagon.

    Some of the four hapless Tajiks seem to have followed ideological/religious indoctrination on the internet dispensed by Wilayat Khorasan, or ISIS-K, in a chat room called Rahnamo ba Khuroson.

    The indoctrination game happened to be supervised by a Tajik, Salmon Khurosoni. He’s the guy who made the first move to recruit the commando. Khurosoni is arguably a messenger between ISIS-K and the CIA.

    The problem is the ISIS-K modus operandi for any attack never features a fistful of dollars: the promise is Paradise via martyrdom. Yet in this case it seems it’s Khurosoni himself who has approved the 500 thousand ruble reward.

    After handler Buriyev relayed the instructions, the commando sent the bayat – the ISIS pledge of allegiance – to Khurosoni. Ukraine may not have been their final destination. Another foreign intel connection – not identified by FSB sources – would have sent them to Turkey, and then Afghanistan.

    That’s exactly where Khurosoni is to be found. Khurosoni may have been the ideological mastermind of Crocus. But, crucially, he’s not the client.

    The Ukrainian love affair with terror gangs

    Ukrainian intel, SBU and GUR, have been using the “Islamic” terror galaxy as they please since the first Chechnya war in the mid-1990s. Milley and Nuland of course knew it, as there were serious rifts in the past, for instance, between GUR and the CIA.

    Following the symbiosis of any Ukrainian government post-1991 with assorted terror/jihadi outfits, Kiev post-Maidan turbo-charged these connections especially with Idlib gangs, as well as north Caucasus outfits, from the Chechen Shishani to ISIS in Syria and then ISIS-K. GUR routinely aims to recruit ISIS and ISIS-K denizens via online chat rooms. Exactly the modus operandi that led to Crocus.

    One “Azan” association, founded in 2017 by Anvar Derkach, a member of the Hizb ut-Tahrir, actually facilitates terrorist life in Ukraine, Tatars from Crimea included – from lodging to juridical assistance.

    The FSB investigation is establishing a trail: Crocus was planned by pros – and certainly not by a bunch of low-IQ Tajik dregs. Not by ISIS-K, but by GUR. A classic false flag, with the clueless Tajiks under the impression that they were working for ISIS-K.

    The FSB investigation is also unveiling the standard modus operandi of online terror, everywhere. A recruiter focuses on a specific profile; adapts himself to the candidate, especially his – low – IQ; provides him with the minimum necessary for a job; then the candidate/executor become disposable.

    Everyone in Russia remembers that during the first attack on the Crimea bridge, the driver of the kamikaze truck was blissfully unaware of what he was carrying,

    As for ISIS, everyone seriously following West Asia knows that’s a gigantic diversionist scam, complete with the Americans transferring ISIS operatives from the Al-Tanf base to the eastern Euphrates, and then to Afghanistan after the Hegemon’s humiliating “withdrawal”. Project ISIS-K actually started in 2021, after it became pointless to use ISIS goons imported from Syria to block the relentless progress of the Taliban.

    Ace Russian war correspondent Marat Khairullin has added another juicy morsel to this funky salad: he convincingly unveils the MI6 angle in the Crocus City Hall terror attack (in English here, in two parts, posted by “S”).

    The FSB is right in the middle of the painstaking process of cracking most, if not all ISIS-K-CIA/MI6 connections. Once it’s all established, there will be hell to pay.

    But that won’t be the end of the story. Countless terror networks are not controlled by Western intel – although they will work with Western intel via middlemen, usually Salafist “preachers” who deal with Saudi/Gulf intel agencies.

    The case of the CIA flying “black” helicopters to extract jihadists from Syria and drop them in Afghanistan is more like an exception – in terms of direct contact – than the norm. So the FSB and the Kremlin will be very careful when it comes to directly accusing the CIA and MI6 of managing these networks.

    But even with plausible deniability, the Crocus investigation seems to be leading exactly to where Moscow wants it: uncovering the crucial middleman. And everything seems to be pointing to Budanov and his goons.

    Ramzan Kadyrov dropped an extra clue. He said the Crocus “curators” chose on purpose to instrumentalize elements of an ethnic minority – Tajiks – who barely speak Russian to open up new wounds in a multinational nation where dozens of ethnicities live side by side for centuries.

    In the end, it didn’t work. The Russian population has handed to the Kremlin total carte blanche to exercise brutal, maximum punishment – whatever and wherever it takes.
     

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @AnonfromTN, @sudden death, @Dmitry

    March 9: Shaman performs at Crocus.

    The date is incorrect. I posted the concert for International Women’s Day in the thread already. This concert was for International Women’s Day. This is the 8th of March, not the 9th of March.

    Shaman was one of the less famous novice singers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wuf_d2g7ADY. There was Kirkorov, Leps, Gazmanov, Gagarina and Baskov who are the people which Ukraine sanctions and wants to prosecute. There were also Bilan, Lazarev. It was a return for Kirkorov for the first channel after he was banned for a couple months for being in a semi-naked party with some other celebrities.

    8th of March in Crocus City Hall was a famous concert for the media, because it was the return of Kirkorov to the first channel. I explained it there. https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-245/#comment-6487063

    Kirkorov was banned from New Year’s Eve. He was the heart of the New Year’s blue light show for the last decade, before those days when people like Zelensky were more important. So, on the 8th of March at Crocus City Hall, he was returning from an important ban. Shaman was not the main part of the concert.

    In Kirkorov missing New Year Eve, singer Sergey Lazarev started to look a bit like Zelensky for me? Lol, you can never know, which celebrities will be our next leader.

    10 years ago he was just opening champagne to Maxim Galkin and Vladimir Zelensky.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @Dmitry


    In Kirkorov missing New Year Eve, singer Sergey Lazarev started to look a bit like Zelensky for me? Lol, you can never know, which celebrities will be our next leader.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=814W7eMpuho
     

    At 1:45 there is Zhasmin (Jasmin), the wife of Moldova's oligarch Shor, who Moldova said has stolen 12% of national GDP.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasmin_(singer)

    After 2022, America says Moscow is viewing Shor almost like an exiled king of Moldova. Well, at least it seemed Jasmin is performing more than before on the first channel.

    Replies: @Dmitry

  260. @Dmitry
    @Mikhail


    March 9: Shaman performs at Crocus.

     

    The date is incorrect. I posted the concert for International Women's Day in the thread already. This concert was for International Women's Day. This is the 8th of March, not the 9th of March.

    Shaman was one of the less famous novice singers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wuf_d2g7ADY. There was Kirkorov, Leps, Gazmanov, Gagarina and Baskov who are the people which Ukraine sanctions and wants to prosecute. There were also Bilan, Lazarev. It was a return for Kirkorov for the first channel after he was banned for a couple months for being in a semi-naked party with some other celebrities.

    8th of March in Crocus City Hall was a famous concert for the media, because it was the return of Kirkorov to the first channel. I explained it there. https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-245/#comment-6487063


    -

    Kirkorov was banned from New Year's Eve. He was the heart of the New Year's blue light show for the last decade, before those days when people like Zelensky were more important. So, on the 8th of March at Crocus City Hall, he was returning from an important ban. Shaman was not the main part of the concert.

    -

    In Kirkorov missing New Year Eve, singer Sergey Lazarev started to look a bit like Zelensky for me? Lol, you can never know, which celebrities will be our next leader.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=814W7eMpuho -

    10 years ago he was just opening champagne to Maxim Galkin and Vladimir Zelensky.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=razPkG3N4wo

    Replies: @Dmitry

    In Kirkorov missing New Year Eve, singer Sergey Lazarev started to look a bit like Zelensky for me? Lol, you can never know, which celebrities will be our next leader.

    At 1:45 there is Zhasmin (Jasmin), the wife of Moldova’s oligarch Shor, who Moldova said has stolen 12% of national GDP.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasmin_(singer)

    After 2022, America says Moscow is viewing Shor almost like an exiled king of Moldova. Well, at least it seemed Jasmin is performing more than before on the first channel.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @Dmitry


    At 1:45 there is Zhasmin (Jasmin), the wife of Moldova’s oligarch Shor, who Moldova said has stolen 12% of national GDP.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasmin_(singer)
     
    Actually I think that is a very similar also not-so famous singer Zara.

    -

    Shor's wife with Emin, the owner of Crocus City Hall, father of Aliev's grandchildren, who accidentally caused part of the Trump-Russia conspiracy by hosting Miss Universe 2013 in his hall with Trump.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcEj9yfd1oc.

  261. @Dmitry
    @Dmitry


    In Kirkorov missing New Year Eve, singer Sergey Lazarev started to look a bit like Zelensky for me? Lol, you can never know, which celebrities will be our next leader.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=814W7eMpuho
     

    At 1:45 there is Zhasmin (Jasmin), the wife of Moldova's oligarch Shor, who Moldova said has stolen 12% of national GDP.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasmin_(singer)

    After 2022, America says Moscow is viewing Shor almost like an exiled king of Moldova. Well, at least it seemed Jasmin is performing more than before on the first channel.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    At 1:45 there is Zhasmin (Jasmin), the wife of Moldova’s oligarch Shor, who Moldova said has stolen 12% of national GDP.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasmin_(singer)

    Actually I think that is a very similar also not-so famous singer Zara.

    Shor’s wife with Emin, the owner of Crocus City Hall, father of Aliev’s grandchildren, who accidentally caused part of the Trump-Russia conspiracy by hosting Miss Universe 2013 in his hall with Trump.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcEj9yfd1oc.

  262. France has a budget deficit of 7 percent but wants to fund a European army to fight Russia.

    How is that supposed to work?

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @LondonBob

    Russia is quickly losing the means to support its war effort in Ukraine and to continue financing much needed domestic infrastructure projects due to successful Ukrainian bombing of energy depots, processing plants (maybe even NS2). Only yesterday, India reneged on receiving Russian energy stocks.

    How is that supposed to work?

  263. @sudden death
    @Mikhail

    In order to balance out and avoid tunnel vision/one sidedness, this needs to be added here too:


    Russia knew in advance about the preparation of a terrorist operation in the Crocus City Hall near Moscow, but allowed it due to either a “fight of towers” or an underestimation of the scale of what could happen, said the head of the main intelligence department at the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant General Kirill Budanov.

    “At a minimum, on February 15, 2024, Russia knew about the preparations. I’ll tell you more, this information went through the group’s intelligence department in Syria. From there it went to Moscow. And let them not tell tales that in a strange way it all materialized out of nowhere,” - said Kirill Budanov during the Third International Forum on Strategic Communications.

    According to him, Russia knew where the combat groups would come from, through which the two countries they moved to the territory of the aggressor state.

    “Why they allowed this to hatpen - there are several options. The first is, as is their custom, a fight between the “towers” in order to remove several officials now. The other option is that they actually underestimated the scale of what would happen. They thought that it would be more local, and they wanted to blame it all over Ukraine,” noted the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate.

    According to him, the Kremlin has already changed the version of what happened in the shopping center near Moscow three times, trying to somehow link the so-called “Ukrainian trace” to the terrorist attack.
    “There were explanations from Patrushev and Bortnikov, who accused me personally and that Ukraine did all this. This is nonsense. By the way, if we touched on this painful issue, even though this is the enemy, I do not approve in principle of terrorist acts against civilians,” - said the head of intelligence.

    Budanov added that Russia itself sowed chaos and confidently believed that it could control it.

    “There is such a stable expression, even a truth. It always works among special services: everyone is trying to create controlled chaos. Absolutely all more or less serious organizations tried to do this at different times. And the axiom is that none of them was able to do it make it controlled. The same thing happened here,” summed up the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
     

    https://ru.interfax.com.ua/news/general/976494-amp.html

    Replies: @Mikhail

    In order to balance out and avoid tunnel vision/one sidedness, this needs to be added here too:

    Reminded of US Intel aware of an impending terror attack prior to 9/11. Ditto Pearl Harbor 1941.

    Having prior warning of something happening, but not exactly where and when doesn’t by default put the onus on the party getting attacked. The warning the US gave was for a 48 hour period prior to the Russian election. According to Russian sources, there was beefed up security during that period.

  264. @AnonfromTN
    @Mr. Hack


    against his own people
     
    Equating people and government is either shameless propaganda or a sign of severe mental deficit. I would be deeply offended if someone equated me with Alzheimer-in-Chief or the scum using corrupt senile half-corpse as a puppet.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Equating people and government is either shameless propaganda or a sign of severe mental deficit.

    How so?

    The concept of a nation/state has been the driving force in the organization of humanity, at least of Europeans, during the 20th century. I realize that this is changing, but to call this concept ” shameless propaganda or a sign of severe mental deficit” is a ridiculous concept in itself.

  265. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Mikhail

    That reads like spies dictating to Seymour Hersch.

    Are you familiar with Baudrillard Simulacra?

    https://www.amazon.com/Simulacra-Simulation-Body-Theory-Materialism/dp/0472065211

    Also Umberto Eco Hyperreality.

    https://www.amazon.com/Faith-Fakes-Hyperreality-Umberto-Eco/dp/0749396288/

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. Hack

    Any important ideas that you uncovered reading Eco’s compendium of essays?

  266. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird

    It looks like an f'n kangaroo. I wonder if it was afraid of snakes.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a2/Corythosaurus_snorkel.jpg/1024px-Corythosaurus_snorkel.jpg

    Replies: @songbird

    Some say that the fear of snakes is deeply embedded in any animal that has an evolutionary history where it had some predecessor that was prey to them. Under this theory, hadrosaurs would be afraid of them, despite their size advantage.

    I tried to look up elephant and snake on YouTube and only got a joke in very bad taste.

  267. @LondonBob
    France has a budget deficit of 7 percent but wants to fund a European army to fight Russia.

    How is that supposed to work?

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Russia is quickly losing the means to support its war effort in Ukraine and to continue financing much needed domestic infrastructure projects due to successful Ukrainian bombing of energy depots, processing plants (maybe even NS2). Only yesterday, India reneged on receiving Russian energy stocks.

    How is that supposed to work?

  268. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    Have you seen this?

    https://www.unz.com/article/the-smoke-of-the-synagogue/

    It is long and he doesn't come right and say it but I infer from his collection of recent historical facts that the undoing of the Soviet Union was backing the Arabs in the 1973 war. Or at the very least one of the most important factors.

    Before 1973 American Jew elites implicitly were friends of the Soviet Union.
    After 1973 American Jew elites became bent on destroying the Soviet Union.

    I would be interested in a Russian analysis of this idea. Or even better, a Chinese one.

    Replies: @songbird, @Beckow, @Mikhail, @Gerard1234

    the undoing of the Soviet Union was backing the Arabs in the 1973 war. Or at the very least one of the most important factors.

    Before 1973 American Jew elites implicitly were friends of the Soviet Union.
    After 1973 American Jew elites became bent on destroying the Soviet Union.

    Interesting, credible theory – but one I think is incorrect. It could be possible though that American-Jew elites of the 70’s Soviet diaspora are a key factor in the current SMO of Russia against NATO & 404.

    Cuban Revolution, overthrow of communist/democratically elected communist-leaning leaders in Africa & South America, Atomic bomb droppings ( the theory it was less about about casualties against Japan, and more about sending a message to USSR)…………. even a century earlier on how the Panama Canal came to be built – all these are pre-1973 examples of America ruthlessly/cynical using it’s power to maintain dominance.
    America having very tough campaigns in Korea and Vietnam I would guess as giving them the extra determination to undermine communism – though I am sure that economic co-operation actually was at its peak in the 1930’s, 70’s and 80’s .

    Irish Republicanism as a military/terrorist force completely stopped after the 2001 plane attacks on USA. i.e American Irish elites stopped something they had controlled for decades – although in fairness a political agreement was reached about 3 or 4 years before that which reduced but did not stop the terrorism). So American using any evil method for total dominance and the diasporas are the key factors in global events. With Pogrom Jews, anti-Castro Cubans, Polish lunatic scum, Hungarian WW2 diaspora, anti-communists from around the world………there was no shortage of influential diaspora in America trying to work against USSR.
    So other events such as China-US bilateral and China and USSR not having good relations, plus Egypt peace with Israel 5 years later and general western control or union with the oil rich Arab states after the oil crisis…….these are more important in my opinion.

    • Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @Gerard1234

    China switched to USA's side against Soviets, that was the key to it going USSR going down.

    KMT China was a Soviet proxy against Japan in WWII. Japan surrendered more due to Soviet entry than the nukes, so that it allies with America against Communist bloc.

    Soviet entry and American DS support of CCP is how it win the Chinese Civil War in 1949.

    Soviets wanted a KMT-CCP stalemate and were rooting against the CCP.

    Soviets started the Korean War, when Stalin gave Kim the go ahead to invade. PRC got dragged in the Korean War, Soviets were once again rooting against the CCP and didn't give air support.

    Mao unleashed the Cultural Revolution mainly to purge the pro-Soviet factions in the CCP.

    A lot of CCP fan boys are deferential towards Russia but hates on Japan so doesn't bring this up. This account actually lampoons it brilliantly

    https://i.postimg.cc/Bb2Cn0qS/Sukuri-nshotto-2.png

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

    https://i.postimg.cc/MTvZy64D/Sukuri-nshotto.png

    https://twitter.com/ConquestEastern/status/1763087933383569459

  269. @LatW
    @Mr. XYZ


    That’s compensated by a smaller amount of freedom for Chechen women in regards to things such as clothing choices, though.
     
    There have been some changes in that regard in Chechnya recently (women dress up more and dress more liberally, not sure if they put out more), but this is not the priority for most Chechen women, at least not typically or traditionally.

    Good luck being a Chechen woman and wearing short shorts and knee socks in public.
     
    That's not all that valuable actually especially if you end up giving up other valuable things, and a woman can still be beautiful even without wearing short shorts in public.


    Heck, I myself got a death threat on Quora from a Muslim several years ago for simply saying that people should have the right to draw Muhammad cartoons without being arrested, jailed, or murdered for this.
     
    It's pretty funny how you sometimes engage in somewhat risky things. But why provoke needlessly with those Mohammad cartoons? Of course, best would be if there would be no Muslims in the West, these problems would fall off on their own. Or Westerners in Muslim countries.

    I also admit that once in tenth grade in school this extremely aggressive and muscular Muslim dumbass student wanted to beat the living daylights out of me for confusing him for one of my friends in the restroom.
     
    If he was much stronger than you, it's probably a good idea that you ran away but it might be a good idea to fight back in some cases (sometimes it is needed to balance the playing field so they don't start thinking they can have the upper hand). The problem though is when they get "knifey". There has to be a way to control or fight that somehow.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @songbird

    [MORE]

    I also admit that once in tenth grade in school this extremely aggressive and muscular Muslim dumbass student wanted to beat the living daylights out of me for confusing him for one of my friends in the restroom.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Craig_scandal

  270. AP says:
    @Beckow
    @Mr. XYZ

    I wonder why you dislike the Slavic nations so much. You seem obsessed with them being minorities (if that) in Germany and Hungary. Since you claim you are Jewish, maybe the Jews in Izrael could accept a minority status in a Pali state. Are you ok with that? It would certainly remove the instability...

    Or is your retarded historical what-if limited to keeping any Slav as a minority? Even the Czechs, most obedient and quiet nation but you would still want them in Germany. Something odd is going on in your mind...

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @AP, @AnonfromTN

    I wonder why you dislike the Slavic nations so much

    You are not exactly one to talk. The worst Slav-killers have been northern Germans and Muscovites/Russians (despite the latter being Slavs, themselves). Hungarians get honorable mention but they are a very small nation with more limited means.

    Your people have and do ally with all 3. You support 2 if those 3..

    Slavs flourished under Hapsburg (not mediated by Hungarians) rule and did fine under Lithuania (Balts are cousins of Slavs). You dislike both of those. They’ve done quite well in the EU also. You dislike all 3 of these.

    Rzeczpospolita was a major Slavic power. You dislike it strongly.

    The largest killer of Slavs after World War II is Putin. You make excuses for him and take his side

    Who do you dislike Slavs so much?

    • Disagree: Mikhail
    • LOL: LatW
    • Troll: Derer
    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @AP


    You are not exactly one to talk. The worst Slav-killers have been northern Germans and Muscovites/Russians (despite the latter being Slavs, themselves). Hungarians get honorable mention but they are a very small nation with more limited means.
     
    If anything, more so among south Germans and Austrians regarding the bigoted Nazi mindset leading to mass murder. Regardless, the collective imagery on this matter has numerous exceptions. "Muscovites" fought their enemies which at times have included some Slavs.

    The largest killer of Slavs after World War II is Putin. You make excuses for him and take his side
     
    More applicable to the Kiev regime and its main Western backers. Lindsey Graham, Lloyd Austin and Mitch McConnell have said similarly to Zanny Binton Beddoes:

    “Aiding Ukraine, giving the money to Ukraine is the cheapest possible way for the U.S. to enhance its security,” Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of the Economist, recently told the Daily Show's Jon Stewart. “The fighting is being done by the Ukrainians, they're the people who are being killed.”
     
    Putin/Russia clearly gave reasonable time to seek a viable peaceful alternative.

    Replies: @AP

    , @Gerard1234
    @AP


    You are not exactly one to talk. The worst Slav-killers have been northern Germans and Muscovites/Russians (despite the latter being Slavs, themselves).
     
    LMAO at this deranged, idiotic lie -. Russia is literally the biggest saviour of Slavs, biggest "non-killer" of slavs and biggest saviour of Orthodox people in history - to an exponential level higher than anyone else you useless POS.

    Ukronazis in the 1940's literally killed more Poles in a few weeks (maybe) days........than Russia has killed in 400 years you dumbfuck. It's also far past stupid to call "slav-killer" those eliminating in self-defence , Polish scum (men) who were Hitler's best friend, Napoleons best friend/a$$-licker, and trying to invade and destroy Russia several times over the last 500 years..........vs Ukronazi subhumans killling and raping and burning women, children and elderly ,as part of their union with the Nazis - purely for opportunistic reasons

    Your people have and do ally with all 3. You support 2 if those 3..
     
    1. You know nothing about Slovakia, and are a known fantasist liar
    2. Slovakia literally did partner with the USSR against Nazis in WW2 you braindead cretin. Banderastan (Galicia)? LOL. Imagine what permanently cursed-in-hell scum those Ukronazis trash would have to be who decided to stay in Germany after WW2, immediately after they have just tried to eliminate you them off the planet?!
    3. Polish prostitute state has literally partnered with Anglo-Americans, Nazis, Swedes, French,Germans and Turks against Slavs, so to mass-murder them. Russia of course is the complete opposite you retard

    You are not exactly one to talk.
     
    Slovakia has been "saviour" to a large number of Ukrops, desperate to work there since and before the SMO. I think Beckow said he has been employing some of them. You though, LOL, in addition to being non-Ukrainian who has never been to Russia or 404 , have saved exactly.........zero of them. Even though millions of ukrops would break their arm if it would allow them to live and work in America - and in current regulations they don't have to do this as they are allowed to come.....if they can find some Banderite dogshit ( or anyone) wanting to let them live in their house.Which you can't even do, LMAO.

    Like the cockroach you are - you do support as many Ukronazis dying as possible as part of "creating national identity" freakshow BS - that failures with evil histories can indulge in from safety of several 1000s of kms.

    Slavs flourished under Hapsburg (not mediated by Hungarians) rule and did fine under Lithuania (Balts are cousins of Slavs). You dislike both of those. They’ve done quite well in the EU also. You dislike all 3 of these.
     
    LMAO - an unbelievable amount of lies in 1 paragraph. Further amusing for a creep already exposed an not even knowing BASIC knowledge about European royal families. Polish EU "success" is hugely overated - certainly in comparison to Russia post-1990's success, with the second part of this fake "success" entirely from exploitation of ukronazi cheap labour - picking their fruit, wiping their asses,cleaning their toilets ....and servicing their adultery.

    Rzeczpospolita was a major Slavic power.
     
    It was a major FAILED slavic power. One that I suspect Slovaks have near zero historical interest in.....just like the entire western world, who all haven't even heard of it.


    The largest killer of Slavs after World War II is Putin
     
    The largest saviour of Slavs after WW2 is Putin you worthless tramp. The largest killer is of course this Zelensky drug-addict/Poland/Anglo-Americans/NATO deathcult.

    LOL - as I said, to be a "Ukrainian" is to betray your family, your religion, your culture and your history.

    N.B Amusing to see a sociopathic retard as yourself ( with your 100s of sockpuppets on other blogs) use the braindead term "Muscovites".

    Amusing to see a shameless imbecile return here after the comedy of "90% voting is bad" with the total ignorance of Galician bydlo voting history, and the "Kravchuk the best anti-communist" . Unbelievable.

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    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    Frankly, the biggest mistakes that the Hapsburgs made was not implementing universal suffrage in Hungary. I've heard that Franz Ferdinand planned to do so had he lived, but even so, the situation for minorities in Hungary was very miserable for decades. AFAIK, minorities had to Magyarize if they wanted to have any kind of career advancement or professional success in pre-World War I Hungary.

    I've previously speculated whether an attempt by Franz Ferdinand to impose universal suffrage in Hungary could have trigged a new Austro-Hungarian civil war, and the answer is Yes, quite possibly. But with German support, Austria was quite likely to win it unless other foreign powers, such as Russia, directly intervened. But intervening in Hungary while Austria's new leader Franz Ferdinand (had he lived) wants to implement universal suffrage in Hungary would have looked very bad, so I have my doubts that even Russia or Serbia would actually be interested in doing this.

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    BTW, in regards to the EU, you have previously said that you expect Poland and other Eastern European countries to move in Czechia's direction, but what about Western European countries? Are they going to move in Israel's/India's direction? As in, become hyper-nationalistic, around 15-20% Muslim, and anti-Muslim but still have their liberals be somewhat committed to tolerance (just not to continued mass Muslim immigration)?

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  271. @Gerard1234
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    the undoing of the Soviet Union was backing the Arabs in the 1973 war. Or at the very least one of the most important factors.

    Before 1973 American Jew elites implicitly were friends of the Soviet Union.
    After 1973 American Jew elites became bent on destroying the Soviet Union.
     
    Interesting, credible theory - but one I think is incorrect. It could be possible though that American-Jew elites of the 70's Soviet diaspora are a key factor in the current SMO of Russia against NATO & 404.

    Cuban Revolution, overthrow of communist/democratically elected communist-leaning leaders in Africa & South America, Atomic bomb droppings ( the theory it was less about about casualties against Japan, and more about sending a message to USSR)............. even a century earlier on how the Panama Canal came to be built - all these are pre-1973 examples of America ruthlessly/cynical using it's power to maintain dominance.
    America having very tough campaigns in Korea and Vietnam I would guess as giving them the extra determination to undermine communism - though I am sure that economic co-operation actually was at its peak in the 1930's, 70's and 80's .


    Irish Republicanism as a military/terrorist force completely stopped after the 2001 plane attacks on USA. i.e American Irish elites stopped something they had controlled for decades - although in fairness a political agreement was reached about 3 or 4 years before that which reduced but did not stop the terrorism). So American using any evil method for total dominance and the diasporas are the key factors in global events. With Pogrom Jews, anti-Castro Cubans, Polish lunatic scum, Hungarian WW2 diaspora, anti-communists from around the world.........there was no shortage of influential diaspora in America trying to work against USSR.
    So other events such as China-US bilateral and China and USSR not having good relations, plus Egypt peace with Israel 5 years later and general western control or union with the oil rich Arab states after the oil crisis.......these are more important in my opinion.

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    China switched to USA’s side against Soviets, that was the key to it going USSR going down.

    KMT China was a Soviet proxy against Japan in WWII. Japan surrendered more due to Soviet entry than the nukes, so that it allies with America against Communist bloc.

    Soviet entry and American DS support of CCP is how it win the Chinese Civil War in 1949.

    Soviets wanted a KMT-CCP stalemate and were rooting against the CCP.

    Soviets started the Korean War, when Stalin gave Kim the go ahead to invade. PRC got dragged in the Korean War, Soviets were once again rooting against the CCP and didn’t give air support.

    Mao unleashed the Cultural Revolution mainly to purge the pro-Soviet factions in the CCP.

    A lot of CCP fan boys are deferential towards Russia but hates on Japan so doesn’t bring this up. This account actually lampoons it brilliantly

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