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For those interested, here are my two most recent pieces. The first is on the astonishing transformation of Prof. Jeffrey Sachs from an absolute pillar of the topmost American elite international establishment into perhaps the most remarkable ideological defector our country has seen in at least the last three generations. Among other things, he has publicly declared that JFK was clearly assassinated by a conspiracy involving elements of the CIA and speculated that few if any of our subsequent presidents may have been anything more than mere factotums controlled by the hidden groups running our society, while arguing that the American origins of the Covid virus might require our country to pay financial compensation to the rest of the world. The closest analogy that comes to my mind is Andrei Sakharov of the old USSR:

Here’s one of his recent interviews, which I’d highly recommend:

Also, after numerous requests I’ve now spent a couple of days providing a comprehensive bibliography for the couple of hundred major articles I’ve published over the last decade, listing the four or five hundred books that I used as the basis of my many controversial analyses:

 
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  1. What does Sachs say about the huge debt of the US government and our FIRE economy? Any mention of COVID reparations sounds more like a tactic in the run up to a digital world currency and world government. I wonder where he stands on these topics?

    A lawyer would easily navigate out of such a lawsuit by pointing out that COVID cases were generally mild and most of the deaths were due to medical malpractice. The mRNA deaths would be blamed on Moderna and Pfizer which could declare bankruptcy to solve that problem.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @QCIC

    Sachs is an agent of the globalists until proven otherwise. He is buddies with Bill Gates and for all we know and we probably are entitled to assume he is one of the redacted Epstein clients.

    This is the best thing I read all week:

    https://thezvi.substack.com/p/book-review-going-infinite

    Zvi Mowshowitz' review of Michael Lewis' Sam Bankman-Fried inside story. It is from October 2023 but I am a little slow!

    , @A123
    @QCIC

    Sachs is personally involved with the cover-up of WIV as the source of the WUHAN-19 virus. He did not want links to his far-left, university peers to come out.


    Any mention of COVID reparations sounds more like a tactic in the run up to a digital world currency and world government. I wonder where he stands on these topics?
     
    If there are any reparations to be paid, it will be the CCP on the hook for the release from their laboratory. Though such well deserved justice seems unlikely to ever come to pass.

    You are correct. Sachs SJW Globalist with deep ties to elite academia. He served as the head of the "Earth Institute" at Columbia, so there is significant evidence of his desire for authoritarian world government.

    The mRNA deaths would be blamed on Moderna and Pfizer which could declare bankruptcy to solve that problem.
     
    U.S. law grants immunity for the vaccine itself. They would have to be run down on associated behaviour, such as fraud for covering up the data. It is hard to see these companies being bankrupted by such tangential matters.

    The bigger issue would be destruction of their credibility. A proven track record of dishonestly would make it almost impossible to receive new FDA approvals. Ultimately, this would likely cause them to sell their IP and rights.

    PEACE 😇
  2. @QCIC
    What does Sachs say about the huge debt of the US government and our FIRE economy? Any mention of COVID reparations sounds more like a tactic in the run up to a digital world currency and world government. I wonder where he stands on these topics?

    A lawyer would easily navigate out of such a lawsuit by pointing out that COVID cases were generally mild and most of the deaths were due to medical malpractice. The mRNA deaths would be blamed on Moderna and Pfizer which could declare bankruptcy to solve that problem.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @A123

    Sachs is an agent of the globalists until proven otherwise. He is buddies with Bill Gates and for all we know and we probably are entitled to assume he is one of the redacted Epstein clients.

    This is the best thing I read all week:

    https://thezvi.substack.com/p/book-review-going-infinite

    Zvi Mowshowitz’ review of Michael Lewis’ Sam Bankman-Fried inside story. It is from October 2023 but I am a little slow!

  3. A123 says: • Website
    @QCIC
    What does Sachs say about the huge debt of the US government and our FIRE economy? Any mention of COVID reparations sounds more like a tactic in the run up to a digital world currency and world government. I wonder where he stands on these topics?

    A lawyer would easily navigate out of such a lawsuit by pointing out that COVID cases were generally mild and most of the deaths were due to medical malpractice. The mRNA deaths would be blamed on Moderna and Pfizer which could declare bankruptcy to solve that problem.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @A123

    Sachs is personally involved with the cover-up of WIV as the source of the WUHAN-19 virus. He did not want links to his far-left, university peers to come out.

    Any mention of COVID reparations sounds more like a tactic in the run up to a digital world currency and world government. I wonder where he stands on these topics?

    If there are any reparations to be paid, it will be the CCP on the hook for the release from their laboratory. Though such well deserved justice seems unlikely to ever come to pass.

    You are correct. Sachs SJW Globalist with deep ties to elite academia. He served as the head of the “Earth Institute” at Columbia, so there is significant evidence of his desire for authoritarian world government.

    The mRNA deaths would be blamed on Moderna and Pfizer which could declare bankruptcy to solve that problem.

    U.S. law grants immunity for the vaccine itself. They would have to be run down on associated behaviour, such as fraud for covering up the data. It is hard to see these companies being bankrupted by such tangential matters.

    The bigger issue would be destruction of their credibility. A proven track record of dishonestly would make it almost impossible to receive new FDA approvals. Ultimately, this would likely cause them to sell their IP and rights.

    PEACE 😇

  4. Good news –

    https://www.rt.com/news/595535-pellegrini-win-slovakia-presidency/

    Ukraine-skeptic politician wins presidential election

    Peter Pellegrini will be Slovakia’s new leader

    Peter Pellegrini was elected to serve as the next president of Slovakia on Saturday, beating ex-Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok. Pellegrini is a close ally of Prime Minister Robert Fico, who is a staunch opponent of sending weapons to Ukraine.

    With nearly 100% of the ballots counted, Pellegrini is leading with 53.17% of the votes, according to the official tally.

    Korcok has conceded the loss. “I am genuinely disappointed, to be honest,” he said shortly after the results were announced. “But because I am an athlete at heart, I respect the results. It was a celebration of democracy.”

    Outgoing President Zuzana Caputova congratulated Pellegrini, wishing him success in office. “It is important that, from the moment of the election, the new president acts in such a way that no part of society will feel defeated,” she said.

    Pellegrini served as prime minister between 2018 and 2020 and is currently the speaker of Slovakia’s parliament. He is allied with Fico, who has reversed the previous government’s decision to send military aid to Ukraine.

    Fico has been a vocal critic of the NATO and EU for their unconditional support for Ukraine during its fight against Russia, arguing that Slovakia should not be dragged into the conflict. He accused Kiev of making “unrealistic” demands regarding the potential peace settlement with Moscow and even suggested that Ukraine may have to relinquish its territorial claims. He also slammed Korcok as “a warmonger who unhesitatingly supports everything the West tells him.”

    Pellegrini has defended the stopping of weapons deliveries to Ukraine. In his victory speech, the president-elect promised to “do everything to ensure that Slovakia will always remain on the side of peace and not on the side of war, whether anyone likes it or not.”

    In an op-ed published last month in the newspaper Hospodarske noviny, Pellegrini dismissed the idea of potentially sending NATO troops to Ukraine as a dangerous escalation. He argued that it was “irresponsible” for Slovakian politicians to call for arms shipments to Ukraine without any regard for Bratislava’s own safety and to “label those who mention the word ‘peace’ as the agents of Moscow.”

    • Replies: @sudden death
    @Mikhail

    While Beckow here is constantly trying to paint Slovakia as having fully vatnikified population, the current overall result is 53-47, which is not anyhow dominant for his side. Also knowing all Kremlin friends everywhere usually having the neverending desire for unlimited corruption/stealing, quite sure the popularity might drop again, like previously when they even started to kill local journos there whom did investigations and thus lost power because of that in 2018-19 IIRC.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @AP, @Gerard1234

    , @Gerard1234
    @Mikhail

    Unfortunately Mikhail, the only conclusion from this guy winning ..... is that President of Slovakia must be a useless - near ceremonial position. Similarly for countries where "pro-Russian" PM's win - the assumption must be that the President has all the power. This pattern has occurred a few times in gayropa-the system is fixed.

    And even if an actually powerful pro-Russian guy came - the political international pressure and economic blackmail, threats from West would be too great to resist.

    So we should not bother ourselves with these elections, for non
    -SMO stuff we should focus on :

    1. Eichmann-ing various American scum like Trump, Nuland/nudelman (as soon as she leaves the official position as doing it to "active" officials would be exponentially more problematic)

    2. Suing Biden & (((Sullivan))for $450 Trillion. Fox news and Trump have had recent court cases where ordered to pay about 1 billion for what they have said, so we should take advantage of American freakshow legal system by attempt to sue them for claiming "Russia hacked Hunter Biden's computer".
    Obviously the point would be to not get this unobtainable amount - but to encounter some Republican judge eager to harm Democrats before, during or after the election - and hopefully get the internationalist American plankton dickheads to link these satanic lies from Biden etc - to the annihilation of Banderastan.

    Replies: @Mikhail

  5. A great Duran video with Jeffrey Sachs. One thought is whether the US decision makers (wherever/whoever they are) have some awareness of the economic power of China relative to the United States.

    Rationally they must have, so they must realize that “full spectrum dominance” of China can only make trouble and harm the US. The suspicion is that they really mean “financial and political dominance”. The same kind of dominance they had over Russia under Yeltsin and currently have over the US economy and its politics.

    IOW they want to subvert and loot China, so asking this mafia to get on the phone and start talking isn’t going anywhere. Their business is making threats. They’re not peaceful, respectable people.

    As Sachs points out, it’s similar to Hitler in 1938. Hitler wanted his “Empire in the East” and was going to smash the Slavs using all means/deception necessary to enable it.

    That turned into WW2, so agreed with Sachs that this could easily turn into WW3.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @Miro23

    Once Hitler has Prague he owns the biggest seam of Uranium. He just don’t know

  6. Harkiv, forgive. Christ, forgive.

  7. One of the strangest projects this year in the USA (so far) is the hype over the solar eclipse which is visible on Monday. This mild mania may only apply to areas which are along the ground track of near-total occultation, though apparently many people are traveling to good viewing locations. It could simply be a distraction generated by the media or even a harmless spring party mentality. On the other hand, I wonder if this eclipse hype is part of a project to normalize occult practices and religions? I don’t know the specifics of how eclipses are interpreted by pagan religions (or cults) but they are often mentioned together.

    Maybe this is a once in a millennia opportunity to see the Counter-Earth with the naked eye? That would be something!

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC

    I have a more prosaic explanation: it’s the promotion of business. People spend money traveling (hotels, gas, food, etc.), plus they purchase various things (like special glasses) for the eclipse itself. Considering the true state of the US economy (not cooked up official numbers), this is a smart strategy.

    Replies: @Another Polish Perspective

    , @songbird
    @QCIC

    I feel like the danger of counterfeit glasses must be greater than ever. Imagine driving for hours and then having your eyes burnt out!

    Have seen an eclipse before using welding equipment, but I didn't drive anywhere and it was only partial.

    There's definitely a social media effect.

    I think part of this is just space enthusiasm without many good outlets. And another due to the proliferation of cameras.

    Regarding the last: it is amazing what observations of sea creatures have only been made in the last 25 years or so. No one ever had video of an oarfish swimming before then and they are like 17m long and look very different from anything else that big.

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @QCIC

    There was one in the summer of 2017 but not totality in the American Northeast / center-of-the-pretentious-universe. I didn't get totality in my zip code and the peak was cloud occluded but the clouds went away before the eclipse did and I got to look at about a third of an eclipse in my book box pinhole imaging system. The image was 1/8 -1/4 inch in diameter. I was driving home from where I was going to get my peak eclipse experience and parked at the downtown abortion shop and there were a bunch of people around but they did not seem to even notice either the sun or me with my imaging rig.

    I was going to drive about 600 miles for a total blackout but real life took priority over cosmic experience. The thing about cosmic experience is there is no way you can schedule the damn thing.

    , @Another Polish Perspective
    @QCIC

    There is a hype but also fear. Emergency state here and there...?

    I suppose TPTB are a bit afraid that in temporary darkness Nibiru/Planet X could become visible close to the Sun, so they try to put their own spin at the event. If that fails, we will see "3 rockets sent by Nasa" close to the moon. Note 3 points make geometric shape, not line like 2 points.

    Luckily for them, it seems it will be a cloudy day.

    , @bike-anarkist
    @QCIC

    It's just more "NPCs getting together for another mass formation event."
    The same collective mentality as over the CoronaPrank and 'Slava Ukrani" with cheerleaders and pom-poms.
    Taylor SwitzenBarbenHeimer effect.
    "It's popular; I'm in."

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @Wokechoke
    @QCIC

    Full eclipse is a once in a lifetime moment.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @S1
    @QCIC


    Maybe this is a once in a millennia opportunity to see the Counter-Earth with the naked eye? That would be something!

     

    LOL! That would of been something if it had occurred.

    There was a 1969 movie, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (aka 'Doppelganger') that had a hidden 'counter-Earth' as it's plot. A pretty good flick.

    https://youtu.be/tAEBZjVRbAc?si=4l_TXpNm66pLrWmo

    https://youtu.be/8DouAtitmPw?si=EVmVrZ9s9jqO10Qm
    , @Jatt Aryaa
    @QCIC

    https://twitter.com/ChristcuckCoal/status/1781454971310846443

    Replies: @Wokechoke

  8. Russian military by its strikes in Ukraine for more than a year was gently hinting that capitulation is the best option for Ukies. Recent strikes on electricity-generating plants show that the hints are becoming a lot less gentle. Extrapolating, one could expect less and less gentle hints until the Ukies get the message.

    • Agree: QCIC
  9. @QCIC
    One of the strangest projects this year in the USA (so far) is the hype over the solar eclipse which is visible on Monday. This mild mania may only apply to areas which are along the ground track of near-total occultation, though apparently many people are traveling to good viewing locations. It could simply be a distraction generated by the media or even a harmless spring party mentality. On the other hand, I wonder if this eclipse hype is part of a project to normalize occult practices and religions? I don't know the specifics of how eclipses are interpreted by pagan religions (or cults) but they are often mentioned together.

    Maybe this is a once in a millennia opportunity to see the Counter-Earth with the naked eye? That would be something!

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @songbird, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Another Polish Perspective, @bike-anarkist, @Wokechoke, @S1, @Jatt Aryaa

    I have a more prosaic explanation: it’s the promotion of business. People spend money traveling (hotels, gas, food, etc.), plus they purchase various things (like special glasses) for the eclipse itself. Considering the true state of the US economy (not cooked up official numbers), this is a smart strategy.

    • Replies: @Another Polish Perspective
    @AnonfromTN

    You have become fully American when you look for business/money explanation in everything ;)

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @AnonfromTN

  10. @Mikhail
    Good news -

    https://www.rt.com/news/595535-pellegrini-win-slovakia-presidency/

    Ukraine-skeptic politician wins presidential election

    Peter Pellegrini will be Slovakia’s new leader

    Peter Pellegrini was elected to serve as the next president of Slovakia on Saturday, beating ex-Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok. Pellegrini is a close ally of Prime Minister Robert Fico, who is a staunch opponent of sending weapons to Ukraine.

    With nearly 100% of the ballots counted, Pellegrini is leading with 53.17% of the votes, according to the official tally.

    Korcok has conceded the loss. “I am genuinely disappointed, to be honest,” he said shortly after the results were announced. “But because I am an athlete at heart, I respect the results. It was a celebration of democracy.”

    Outgoing President Zuzana Caputova congratulated Pellegrini, wishing him success in office. “It is important that, from the moment of the election, the new president acts in such a way that no part of society will feel defeated,” she said.

    Pellegrini served as prime minister between 2018 and 2020 and is currently the speaker of Slovakia’s parliament. He is allied with Fico, who has reversed the previous government’s decision to send military aid to Ukraine.

    Fico has been a vocal critic of the NATO and EU for their unconditional support for Ukraine during its fight against Russia, arguing that Slovakia should not be dragged into the conflict. He accused Kiev of making “unrealistic” demands regarding the potential peace settlement with Moscow and even suggested that Ukraine may have to relinquish its territorial claims. He also slammed Korcok as “a warmonger who unhesitatingly supports everything the West tells him.”

    Pellegrini has defended the stopping of weapons deliveries to Ukraine. In his victory speech, the president-elect promised to “do everything to ensure that Slovakia will always remain on the side of peace and not on the side of war, whether anyone likes it or not.”

    In an op-ed published last month in the newspaper Hospodarske noviny, Pellegrini dismissed the idea of potentially sending NATO troops to Ukraine as a dangerous escalation. He argued that it was “irresponsible” for Slovakian politicians to call for arms shipments to Ukraine without any regard for Bratislava’s own safety and to “label those who mention the word ‘peace’ as the agents of Moscow.”
     

    Replies: @sudden death, @Gerard1234

    While Beckow here is constantly trying to paint Slovakia as having fully vatnikified population, the current overall result is 53-47, which is not anyhow dominant for his side. Also knowing all Kremlin friends everywhere usually having the neverending desire for unlimited corruption/stealing, quite sure the popularity might drop again, like previously when they even started to kill local journos there whom did investigations and thus lost power because of that in 2018-19 IIRC.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @sudden death


    when they even started to kill journos
     
    Egyptian journo who discovered that the clown bough a villa in Egypt was killed. Who could have killed him? Martians, most likely, wouldn’t you say?

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. XYZ, @sudden death

    , @AP
    @sudden death

    Slovaks were known as loyal servants of Hungarians, so the pattern continues.

    But as you said, there are a lot of decent people in Slovakia but sadly not the majority.

    After serving the Hungarians (notorious murderers of Slavs, historically), Slovakia chose to serve the Nazis and Stalin, now they are on the side of Putin. Whoever kills Slavs, Slovaks are on their side.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Mikhail

    , @Gerard1234
    @sudden death

    Like the dumb faggot you are, you are ignorant of the fact :

    1. Probably the most corrupt governments in world history are the endless cesspit of extreme corruption post-Maidan, heavily funded by West, ukronazi government.... and the Pro-EU Moldova government of very recently that stole something like 1/3rd of the countries entire budget!!! How much of an ignorant shithead would you have to be to not know that, but write what you did? Not as much as them, but still plenty of corruption in Pro-EU Gruzian politicians now and of last 20 years.


    2. Estonian bitch-whore PM, Kallas, not only has the most unbelievably pro-soviet, Soviet-servant before 1991 "CV" via her father (literally no major Russian politician has a pro-soviet past even close to the level of her father). .. this whore and her husband have extensive business interests with Russia

    3. There is a huge difference between


    Kremlin friends everywhere usually having the neverending desire for corruption/stealing
     
    ....... and the American puppet NATO/Baltic/post-Soviet scum excrement neverending desire to invent investigations and falsely prosecute for imaginary corruption/stealing anyone even close to being a "Kremlin friend" you thick POS.

    The actual corruption is these Baltics prostitutes and the rest selling their country and making unlimited corruption money via American MIC companies.


    Examples of fake charges included the Mayor of Riga, farce with Lithuanian president illegally changed for some Nazi diaspora American evil scumbag.. and the main rival to Macron on previous French presidential election. . The French guy, Fillon, A very high profile politician (former PM) appears vaguely pro-Kremlin and favourite for French president election .... and then "coincidentally" from NATO psyops, some non-event, minor "corruption" allegation gets invented that was never discovered before when already a major politician for years!

    Replies: @Beckow, @sudden death

  11. @sudden death
    @Mikhail

    While Beckow here is constantly trying to paint Slovakia as having fully vatnikified population, the current overall result is 53-47, which is not anyhow dominant for his side. Also knowing all Kremlin friends everywhere usually having the neverending desire for unlimited corruption/stealing, quite sure the popularity might drop again, like previously when they even started to kill local journos there whom did investigations and thus lost power because of that in 2018-19 IIRC.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @AP, @Gerard1234

    when they even started to kill journos

    Egyptian journo who discovered that the clown bough a villa in Egypt was killed. Who could have killed him? Martians, most likely, wouldn’t you say?

    • Replies: @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    From the previous Open Thread:

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-245/#comment-6505765


    In the US ~80% of consumer goods are made in China (with the rest being from Mexico, Vietnam, Philippines, etc.; no more than 5% is made in the US)
     
    This reminds me of your wild claim that no US auto manufacturer makes cars in the USA. Remember that?

    A minority percentage of consumer goods sold in the USA are made in China. Mostly its clothes - around 35%, and furniture/household appliances - around 20%. Cheap stuff like ballpoint pens are also made in China. Maybe China provides 80% of cheap trinkets like ballpoint pens.

    https://www.frbsf.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/el2011-25-3.png

    Figures are from 2011 but it hasn't grown much since then.

    Maybe you only buy cheap stuff from cheap stores?

    no more than 5% is made in the US). These tend to be of poor quality
     
    Are Teslas, GM and Ford cars, Jeeps, Whirlpool appliances, Stanley tools, etc. of poor quality? Perhaps not the best, but I wouldn't consider them poor quality.

    I've been buying some German clothes made in Ukraine. Excellent quality.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Gerard1234, @Dmitry

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AnonfromTN


    Who could have killed him? Martians, most likely, wouldn’t you say?
     
    Nectanebo II's ghost.
    , @sudden death
    @AnonfromTN


    TNA looked for any evidence that an Egyptian journalist with the name or pseudonym Mohammad al-Alawi had ever existed before the day the videos were uploaded. We did not find any.

    According to a Hurghada-based journalist, who spoke to TNA on condition of anonymity, there has been no journalist by the given name known to the local community in recent years.

    Egypt Telegraph analysed the copy of the contract that al-Alawi reportedly obtained, and concluded that the document was forged. An Egyptian business lawyer told TNA that the contract lacked sufficient unredacted details to determine its authenticity.
     
    https://www.newarab.com/investigations/did-ukraine-kill-egyptian-journalist-who-exposed-zelensky

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  12. AP says:
    @AnonfromTN
    @sudden death


    when they even started to kill journos
     
    Egyptian journo who discovered that the clown bough a villa in Egypt was killed. Who could have killed him? Martians, most likely, wouldn’t you say?

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. XYZ, @sudden death

    From the previous Open Thread:

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-245/#comment-6505765

    In the US ~80% of consumer goods are made in China (with the rest being from Mexico, Vietnam, Philippines, etc.; no more than 5% is made in the US)

    This reminds me of your wild claim that no US auto manufacturer makes cars in the USA. Remember that?

    A minority percentage of consumer goods sold in the USA are made in China. Mostly its clothes – around 35%, and furniture/household appliances – around 20%. Cheap stuff like ballpoint pens are also made in China. Maybe China provides 80% of cheap trinkets like ballpoint pens.

    Figures are from 2011 but it hasn’t grown much since then.

    Maybe you only buy cheap stuff from cheap stores?

    no more than 5% is made in the US). These tend to be of poor quality

    Are Teslas, GM and Ford cars, Jeeps, Whirlpool appliances, Stanley tools, etc. of poor quality? Perhaps not the best, but I wouldn’t consider them poor quality.

    I’ve been buying some German clothes made in Ukraine. Excellent quality.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    Figures are from 2011
     
    Can you provide figures from 1911? Or maybe even from 1811? These would be very relevant.

    Replies: @AP

    , @Gerard1234
    @AP


    A minority percentage of consumer goods sold in the USA are made in China.
     
    LOL - so I am away from here a few days, but following on from your extreme cretinism of that time, you appear to be in a competition, with yourself,to make the most bimbo retard comment possible, complete with BS link . This doesn't have the "wow" factor of stupidity and exposed lying that the "Nazis are Prussian" and chronic lack of knowledge of Ukrainian control in USSR.......but as being american is probably the only thing about you that is true - it is nearly as ridiculous

    Anything injection-moulded plastic, wooden, clothes, electronic component & appliances sold in the US , is large majority manufactured in China you dumbfuck. If not China then East Asia or subcontinent. For nearly every electronic component and appliances it is China and Taiwan ( which classifies as China)

    Are ...... Stanley tools, etc. of poor quality?
     
    LOL - the casing for the power-tools, handle for the hand-tool is injection moulded plastic - so that's made in China you dipshit. Same with the simple electronics for it. Same with the rubber/synthetic part of the grip. Don't know about the battery/charger for them - but very possible that is made in China too.
    The blade, saw, drill-piece, hammer--head etc is the most quality-control tested part of the appliance, so that could be made in the US, although that still would not mean it isn't assembled in China/East you idiot.

    US exports much of its timber to China, in return China exports masses of manufactured wooden products ( furniture predominantly) to US. The absolute supermajority of mass produced furniture products in US imported from China.

    Even a disturbed POS , living in the basement scumbag as yourself should be aware that every single trainer, nearly every piece of clothing from the famous brands, every single piece of NBA, American football clothing, ball, merchandise......is made in China you demented retard. Or if not China , then Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia etc. The same principle applies to non-brand clothing sold in supermarkets.

    So every toy, furniture, electronic household product, clothing on sale in US is highly possible made in China

    I’ve been buying some German clothes made in Ukraine. Excellent quality.
     
    ROFLMAO!!!! This is an attempt to murder by laughter. You are such a clueless lying shitbag, heavily insecure lowlife - that you have just invented a total lie .

    Not a single "German clothes" are made in Ukraine you compulsive lying tramp. 404 has nothing to offer, so it can't even do that. Even some of the banderetards ( the few with something resembling a brain) were heavily embarassed when all these famous western companies announced they were planning to leave Russia since start of SMO (BTW most, in some form, staying), as it just showed how all these companies had serious scale operations in Russia, compared to the ZERO in 404. Most obviously noticed in the motor & luxury/designer clothes & sportswear companies.

    NONE of them have operations in 404 outside of retail ( in form of about 1 shop in Kiev, and one shop somewhere else, that used to be Donetsk)

    Though in fairness, in your fantasist BS, it could have been "Made by Ukraine" by some Albanian traffiking some Lvov whore, via Syria, then India, then Laos...into China to work 35 hour shift every 48 hours to sew some Adidas stuff. Very possible. Peremoga!!!!!

    What does it signify with all these things manufactured outside of the US, but sold there. No idea - but AnonFromTN is highly intellegient guy whose opinion is very respected.....not like a bimbo fantasist freakshow's as yourself.

    If Services is 70-75% of US GDP, and US GDP is BS figure, massively inflated.........and USD 700-800 Billion imported every year from China/Taiwan of manufactured PRODUCTS, not raw material......and a few hundred other billion from Asia.........then it's fully possible the figure guessed by AnonFromTN is accurate - though I think 5% clothes manufactured in US is too high.
    , @Dmitry
    @AP

    There are even handmade shoes in Wisconsin and factories for making uncomfortable headphones in Brooklyn.

    But, some of the diversity of American manufacturing is in quite low volume niche markets.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEBPkKXnj1I

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  13. AP says:
    @sudden death
    @Mikhail

    While Beckow here is constantly trying to paint Slovakia as having fully vatnikified population, the current overall result is 53-47, which is not anyhow dominant for his side. Also knowing all Kremlin friends everywhere usually having the neverending desire for unlimited corruption/stealing, quite sure the popularity might drop again, like previously when they even started to kill local journos there whom did investigations and thus lost power because of that in 2018-19 IIRC.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @AP, @Gerard1234

    Slovaks were known as loyal servants of Hungarians, so the pattern continues.

    But as you said, there are a lot of decent people in Slovakia but sadly not the majority.

    After serving the Hungarians (notorious murderers of Slavs, historically), Slovakia chose to serve the Nazis and Stalin, now they are on the side of Putin. Whoever kills Slavs, Slovaks are on their side.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    Interestingly enough, Lothrop Stoddard wrote in his 1924 book Racial Realities in Europe about how the Slovak economy had suffered after it was cut off from its traditional Hungarian markets, with easy access to Czechia being insufficient to make up for this due to the poor road and railroad communications between Czechia and Slovakia due to the mountains between them.

    He also predicted in the very same book that there could eventually be a Slovak separatist movement in Czechoslovakia if Slovaks' demands for greater autonomy within Czechoslovakia will not be satisfied by the Czechs.

    , @Mikhail
    @AP

    Joseph Tiso isn't admired in Slovakia in the way that Bandera is by the Kiev regime.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  14. The plot of Star Wars is so funny and bizarre to think about. There is this major theme about hating and not hating. That even the fans pick up on, in their own productions.

    But they are rebels. Objectively people who have a revolution hate more than the people who don’t.
    ________
    I wonder how far one could get with the old Star Trek by rewriting the audio.

    [MORE]

    Could you make the bad episodes good? And the pozzed episodes politically-incorrect?

    It would be easiest to do with AI. But the actors did speak a lot of lines in other work. I happen to know that Shatner was in some propaganda film that promoted forced integration in schools, and in the role he used the term “Niggers” as well as “Jew.”

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird

    What do you think killed Baylan Skoll? The actor I mean. He sure seemed like he was too healthy to drop dead to me.

    Replies: @songbird

  15. @QCIC
    One of the strangest projects this year in the USA (so far) is the hype over the solar eclipse which is visible on Monday. This mild mania may only apply to areas which are along the ground track of near-total occultation, though apparently many people are traveling to good viewing locations. It could simply be a distraction generated by the media or even a harmless spring party mentality. On the other hand, I wonder if this eclipse hype is part of a project to normalize occult practices and religions? I don't know the specifics of how eclipses are interpreted by pagan religions (or cults) but they are often mentioned together.

    Maybe this is a once in a millennia opportunity to see the Counter-Earth with the naked eye? That would be something!

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @songbird, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Another Polish Perspective, @bike-anarkist, @Wokechoke, @S1, @Jatt Aryaa

    I feel like the danger of counterfeit glasses must be greater than ever. Imagine driving for hours and then having your eyes burnt out!

    Have seen an eclipse before using welding equipment, but I didn’t drive anywhere and it was only partial.

    There’s definitely a social media effect.

    I think part of this is just space enthusiasm without many good outlets. And another due to the proliferation of cameras.

    Regarding the last: it is amazing what observations of sea creatures have only been made in the last 25 years or so. No one ever had video of an oarfish swimming before then and they are like 17m long and look very different from anything else that big.

  16. @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    From the previous Open Thread:

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-245/#comment-6505765


    In the US ~80% of consumer goods are made in China (with the rest being from Mexico, Vietnam, Philippines, etc.; no more than 5% is made in the US)
     
    This reminds me of your wild claim that no US auto manufacturer makes cars in the USA. Remember that?

    A minority percentage of consumer goods sold in the USA are made in China. Mostly its clothes - around 35%, and furniture/household appliances - around 20%. Cheap stuff like ballpoint pens are also made in China. Maybe China provides 80% of cheap trinkets like ballpoint pens.

    https://www.frbsf.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/el2011-25-3.png

    Figures are from 2011 but it hasn't grown much since then.

    Maybe you only buy cheap stuff from cheap stores?

    no more than 5% is made in the US). These tend to be of poor quality
     
    Are Teslas, GM and Ford cars, Jeeps, Whirlpool appliances, Stanley tools, etc. of poor quality? Perhaps not the best, but I wouldn't consider them poor quality.

    I've been buying some German clothes made in Ukraine. Excellent quality.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Gerard1234, @Dmitry

    Figures are from 2011

    Can you provide figures from 1911? Or maybe even from 1811? These would be very relevant.

    • Replies: @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    2011 wasn't that long ago. And it was close to the peak, in recent years there has been less from China.

    Have you found different numbers?

    Replies: @QCIC, @AnonfromTN

  17. @AP
    @sudden death

    Slovaks were known as loyal servants of Hungarians, so the pattern continues.

    But as you said, there are a lot of decent people in Slovakia but sadly not the majority.

    After serving the Hungarians (notorious murderers of Slavs, historically), Slovakia chose to serve the Nazis and Stalin, now they are on the side of Putin. Whoever kills Slavs, Slovaks are on their side.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Mikhail

    Interestingly enough, Lothrop Stoddard wrote in his 1924 book Racial Realities in Europe about how the Slovak economy had suffered after it was cut off from its traditional Hungarian markets, with easy access to Czechia being insufficient to make up for this due to the poor road and railroad communications between Czechia and Slovakia due to the mountains between them.

    He also predicted in the very same book that there could eventually be a Slovak separatist movement in Czechoslovakia if Slovaks’ demands for greater autonomy within Czechoslovakia will not be satisfied by the Czechs.

  18. @AP
    @sudden death

    Slovaks were known as loyal servants of Hungarians, so the pattern continues.

    But as you said, there are a lot of decent people in Slovakia but sadly not the majority.

    After serving the Hungarians (notorious murderers of Slavs, historically), Slovakia chose to serve the Nazis and Stalin, now they are on the side of Putin. Whoever kills Slavs, Slovaks are on their side.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Mikhail

    Joseph Tiso isn’t admired in Slovakia in the way that Bandera is by the Kiev regime.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Mikhail

    I wonder if Bandera would have had any regrets about his and his followers' rabid anti-Semitism had he still been alive right now, which of course would have been virtually impossible (age 115) but just speaking hypothetically. I mean, right now, Ukraine is being led by a Jew and is fighting the Muscovite invaders once again.

    Replies: @Mikhail

  19. @AnonfromTN
    @sudden death


    when they even started to kill journos
     
    Egyptian journo who discovered that the clown bough a villa in Egypt was killed. Who could have killed him? Martians, most likely, wouldn’t you say?

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. XYZ, @sudden death

    Who could have killed him? Martians, most likely, wouldn’t you say?

    Nectanebo II’s ghost.

  20. @Mikhail
    @AP

    Joseph Tiso isn't admired in Slovakia in the way that Bandera is by the Kiev regime.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    I wonder if Bandera would have had any regrets about his and his followers’ rabid anti-Semitism had he still been alive right now, which of course would have been virtually impossible (age 115) but just speaking hypothetically. I mean, right now, Ukraine is being led by a Jew and is fighting the Muscovite invaders once again.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Mr. XYZ


    I wonder if Bandera would have had any regrets about his and his followers’ rabid anti-Semitism had he still been alive right now, which of course would have been virtually impossible (age 115) but just speaking hypothetically. I mean, right now, Ukraine is being led by a Jew and is fighting the Muscovite invaders once again.
     
    For some, no apparent regrets getting pummeled in an unwinnable war.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjQRF_QcQk4

    Zelensky carries on like a modern day capo.

    Replies: @QCIC

  21. @QCIC
    One of the strangest projects this year in the USA (so far) is the hype over the solar eclipse which is visible on Monday. This mild mania may only apply to areas which are along the ground track of near-total occultation, though apparently many people are traveling to good viewing locations. It could simply be a distraction generated by the media or even a harmless spring party mentality. On the other hand, I wonder if this eclipse hype is part of a project to normalize occult practices and religions? I don't know the specifics of how eclipses are interpreted by pagan religions (or cults) but they are often mentioned together.

    Maybe this is a once in a millennia opportunity to see the Counter-Earth with the naked eye? That would be something!

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @songbird, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Another Polish Perspective, @bike-anarkist, @Wokechoke, @S1, @Jatt Aryaa

    There was one in the summer of 2017 but not totality in the American Northeast / center-of-the-pretentious-universe. I didn’t get totality in my zip code and the peak was cloud occluded but the clouds went away before the eclipse did and I got to look at about a third of an eclipse in my book box pinhole imaging system. The image was 1/8 -1/4 inch in diameter. I was driving home from where I was going to get my peak eclipse experience and parked at the downtown abortion shop and there were a bunch of people around but they did not seem to even notice either the sun or me with my imaging rig.

    I was going to drive about 600 miles for a total blackout but real life took priority over cosmic experience. The thing about cosmic experience is there is no way you can schedule the damn thing.

  22. @songbird
    The plot of Star Wars is so funny and bizarre to think about. There is this major theme about hating and not hating. That even the fans pick up on, in their own productions.

    But they are rebels. Objectively people who have a revolution hate more than the people who don't.
    ________
    I wonder how far one could get with the old Star Trek by rewriting the audio.

    Could you make the bad episodes good? And the pozzed episodes politically-incorrect?

    It would be easiest to do with AI. But the actors did speak a lot of lines in other work. I happen to know that Shatner was in some propaganda film that promoted forced integration in schools, and in the role he used the term "Niggers" as well as "Jew."

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    What do you think killed Baylan Skoll? The actor I mean. He sure seemed like he was too healthy to drop dead to me.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    He sure seemed like he was too healthy to drop dead to me.
     
    Am only familiar with his role in RRR, in which he seemed to exude some sense of masculine power - though I think it would have been better direction if they had him kill a few Indians with his bare hands, to help show his power.

    No idea on the cause. Any actor, I'd immediately wonder about drugs. But he may have just been unlucky. I know nothing of his personal life.
  23. @Mr. XYZ
    @Mikhail

    I wonder if Bandera would have had any regrets about his and his followers' rabid anti-Semitism had he still been alive right now, which of course would have been virtually impossible (age 115) but just speaking hypothetically. I mean, right now, Ukraine is being led by a Jew and is fighting the Muscovite invaders once again.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    I wonder if Bandera would have had any regrets about his and his followers’ rabid anti-Semitism had he still been alive right now, which of course would have been virtually impossible (age 115) but just speaking hypothetically. I mean, right now, Ukraine is being led by a Jew and is fighting the Muscovite invaders once again.

    For some, no apparent regrets getting pummeled in an unwinnable war.

    Zelensky carries on like a modern day capo.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Mikhail

    I wonder what the average Ukrainian soldier thinks will happen to Ukraine if Russia wins the conflict? I doubt such men are as nationalist as Bandera fanatics or even keyboard warriors such as AP and Hack. So what is their mindset?

    Do they realize that if Ukraine magically wins, their leaders will continue selling them out? Or alternatively, that once Russia wins, society will progressively be restored so that the standard of living will most likely be the best it has been since 1991?

    Replies: @Mikhail

  24. @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    Figures are from 2011
     
    Can you provide figures from 1911? Or maybe even from 1811? These would be very relevant.

    Replies: @AP

    2011 wasn’t that long ago. And it was close to the peak, in recent years there has been less from China.

    Have you found different numbers?

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    What is the point being argued? Clearly most mass-market consumer goods in the USA are imported. Sometimes final assembly is performed here so there is some claim to USA manufacture. This is often true for cars where many parts are made outside the country.

    Commercial and industrial grade products are often still made in the USA, along with premium quality consumer goods. There are also many imports at these higher price points.

    It is interesting to watch the centers of low cost production move around the world over time.

    I am still waiting to come across an indigenously developed, novel technical product from either South America, India or Africa. I am sure these exist but I have not seen them.

    Replies: @AP

    , @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    Have you found different numbers?
     
    I do not trust cooked up official numbers. I do trust my eyes when I go shopping.

    Replies: @AP

  25. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird

    What do you think killed Baylan Skoll? The actor I mean. He sure seemed like he was too healthy to drop dead to me.

    Replies: @songbird

    He sure seemed like he was too healthy to drop dead to me.

    Am only familiar with his role in RRR, in which he seemed to exude some sense of masculine power – though I think it would have been better direction if they had him kill a few Indians with his bare hands, to help show his power.

    No idea on the cause. Any actor, I’d immediately wonder about drugs. But he may have just been unlucky. I know nothing of his personal life.

  26. Find it greatly surprising that the longest-known worm is a carnivore and not a parasite of whales.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lineus_longissimus

    But it could be that it is just very difficult to measure such things.

  27. This question is probably too politically incorrect to ask in the wake of tragedy, but I do wonder how many of the people eaten by animals were vegans.

    I mean, like does a bear sense not to mess with you, if you have been eating beef? And see you as prey, if you have been eating salad?

    Not to suggest causality, but aren’t more women vegans? And aren’t more women targeted by predators than men?

  28. @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    2011 wasn't that long ago. And it was close to the peak, in recent years there has been less from China.

    Have you found different numbers?

    Replies: @QCIC, @AnonfromTN

    What is the point being argued? Clearly most mass-market consumer goods in the USA are imported. Sometimes final assembly is performed here so there is some claim to USA manufacture. This is often true for cars where many parts are made outside the country.

    Commercial and industrial grade products are often still made in the USA, along with premium quality consumer goods. There are also many imports at these higher price points.

    It is interesting to watch the centers of low cost production move around the world over time.

    I am still waiting to come across an indigenously developed, novel technical product from either South America, India or Africa. I am sure these exist but I have not seen them.

    • Replies: @AP
    @QCIC


    What is the point being argued?
     
    The absurd claim that 80% of consumer goods in the USA are made in China and only 5% are made in the USA.

    It speaks to the author's overall credibility on most things.

    Replies: @QCIC

  29. @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    2011 wasn't that long ago. And it was close to the peak, in recent years there has been less from China.

    Have you found different numbers?

    Replies: @QCIC, @AnonfromTN

    Have you found different numbers?

    I do not trust cooked up official numbers. I do trust my eyes when I go shopping.

    • Replies: @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    If 80% of what you buy is made in China you have very odd shopping habits. Or you only buy trinkets.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  30. @Mikhail
    @Mr. XYZ


    I wonder if Bandera would have had any regrets about his and his followers’ rabid anti-Semitism had he still been alive right now, which of course would have been virtually impossible (age 115) but just speaking hypothetically. I mean, right now, Ukraine is being led by a Jew and is fighting the Muscovite invaders once again.
     
    For some, no apparent regrets getting pummeled in an unwinnable war.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjQRF_QcQk4

    Zelensky carries on like a modern day capo.

    Replies: @QCIC

    I wonder what the average Ukrainian soldier thinks will happen to Ukraine if Russia wins the conflict? I doubt such men are as nationalist as Bandera fanatics or even keyboard warriors such as AP and Hack. So what is their mindset?

    Do they realize that if Ukraine magically wins, their leaders will continue selling them out? Or alternatively, that once Russia wins, society will progressively be restored so that the standard of living will most likely be the best it has been since 1991?

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @QCIC


    I wonder what the average Ukrainian soldier thinks will happen to Ukraine if Russia wins the conflict? I doubt such men are as nationalist as Bandera fanatics or even keyboard warriors such as AP and Hack. So what is their mindset?

    Do they realize that if Ukraine magically wins, their leaders will continue selling them out? Or alternatively, that once Russia wins, society will progressively be restored so that the standard of living will most likely be the best it has been since 1991?
     

    As I've noted, the US killed a lot of German and Japanese soldiers and citizens, only to see a limited grudge within a relatively short period of time. Time can heal, especially under the circumstance of serving a misguided regime.

    Replies: @AP

  31. @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    Have you found different numbers?
     
    I do not trust cooked up official numbers. I do trust my eyes when I go shopping.

    Replies: @AP

    If 80% of what you buy is made in China you have very odd shopping habits. Or you only buy trinkets.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    If 80% of what you buy is made in China you have very odd shopping habits.
     
    Playing stupid? Fitting for a pro-Ukie personage.

    I said loud and clear that I avoid made in China crap and search for things that are not made in China. Only a Ukie could have possibly missed that.

    Replies: @AP

  32. @QCIC
    @AP

    What is the point being argued? Clearly most mass-market consumer goods in the USA are imported. Sometimes final assembly is performed here so there is some claim to USA manufacture. This is often true for cars where many parts are made outside the country.

    Commercial and industrial grade products are often still made in the USA, along with premium quality consumer goods. There are also many imports at these higher price points.

    It is interesting to watch the centers of low cost production move around the world over time.

    I am still waiting to come across an indigenously developed, novel technical product from either South America, India or Africa. I am sure these exist but I have not seen them.

    Replies: @AP

    What is the point being argued?

    The absurd claim that 80% of consumer goods in the USA are made in China and only 5% are made in the USA.

    It speaks to the author’s overall credibility on most things.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    Thanks. Nonetheless, it is amazing how many consumer products in the USA are made overseas compared to fifty years ago. This is a sign of the creative destruction which free-market economists like to discuss. We are not really in a free market so things may not work out the way they expect.

    AnonfromTN brings a healthy balance to many of the discussions related to Ukraine and Russia in this forum. He is highly credible. The fact that he does not always state some things in a way which meets your goals for completeness or nuance does not change this and we all make mistakes. In this case I generally agree with his point about Chinese products in America, but understand your input as well.

    I try to give commenters some leeway so I can learn from the dialog. Everyone's non-trolling input is sincerely appreciated.

    Replies: @AP

  33. @QCIC
    @Mikhail

    I wonder what the average Ukrainian soldier thinks will happen to Ukraine if Russia wins the conflict? I doubt such men are as nationalist as Bandera fanatics or even keyboard warriors such as AP and Hack. So what is their mindset?

    Do they realize that if Ukraine magically wins, their leaders will continue selling them out? Or alternatively, that once Russia wins, society will progressively be restored so that the standard of living will most likely be the best it has been since 1991?

    Replies: @Mikhail

    I wonder what the average Ukrainian soldier thinks will happen to Ukraine if Russia wins the conflict? I doubt such men are as nationalist as Bandera fanatics or even keyboard warriors such as AP and Hack. So what is their mindset?

    Do they realize that if Ukraine magically wins, their leaders will continue selling them out? Or alternatively, that once Russia wins, society will progressively be restored so that the standard of living will most likely be the best it has been since 1991?

    As I’ve noted, the US killed a lot of German and Japanese soldiers and citizens, only to see a limited grudge within a relatively short period of time. Time can heal, especially under the circumstance of serving a misguided regime.

    • Replies: @AP
    @Mikhail

    How long did it take the Germans to be forgiven by the Poles, and how long do you think it would have taken had Germany not been apologetic?

    This is far more relevant and analogous, regarding Ukrainian attitudes towards Russia.

    Replies: @Mikhail

  34. This serial-killer was captured by an indigenous tribe in Peru, when they found him trying to lure a little girl away. They buried him up to his neck in sand, but a missionary convinced them to release him, after which he committed several more murders.

    He was released after spending 14 years in jail and a further 4 in mental institution. WTF is wrong with Latin America that they would release this guy who might have killed more than 300 people?!

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_L%C3%B3pez_(serial_killer)

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @songbird

    There seem to be some very rapacious killers in Mexico and the USA unleashed by the drug wars. My impression is they are monsters who like to kill and have turned their predilection into a paying profession.

    Did you see the Jared Taylor article on the UR home page which points out that the majority of serial murders in the USA are committed by black or Hispanic people?

    Replies: @songbird

  35. @songbird
    This serial-killer was captured by an indigenous tribe in Peru, when they found him trying to lure a little girl away. They buried him up to his neck in sand, but a missionary convinced them to release him, after which he committed several more murders.

    He was released after spending 14 years in jail and a further 4 in mental institution. WTF is wrong with Latin America that they would release this guy who might have killed more than 300 people?!

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_L%C3%B3pez_(serial_killer)

    Replies: @QCIC

    There seem to be some very rapacious killers in Mexico and the USA unleashed by the drug wars. My impression is they are monsters who like to kill and have turned their predilection into a paying profession.

    Did you see the Jared Taylor article on the UR home page which points out that the majority of serial murders in the USA are committed by black or Hispanic people?

    • Replies: @songbird
    @QCIC

    The cartel violence can be really shocking. This one incident in particular sticks in my mind - they bombed a passenger jet in order to kill one person (which they failed at because he wasn't on it.)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avianca_Flight_203

    It almost seems worse than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. Pre-contact Columbia didn't have any big cities.

    Meanwhile, Mexico had some massive cities for that time, and it had a fairly high population density for thousands of years. But not any obvious genetic pacification, at least when it comes to drug gangs.


    Did you see the Jared Taylor article on the UR home page which points out that the majority of serial murders in the USA are committed by black or Hispanic people?
     
    Yes, another politically incorrect aspect of it I suspect would be the number of pederasts. At least among the top killers.

    Probably a number of nascent serial-killers were lynched early in their careers before federal policing became a thing and put a stop to such "injustices."
  36. @AP
    @QCIC


    What is the point being argued?
     
    The absurd claim that 80% of consumer goods in the USA are made in China and only 5% are made in the USA.

    It speaks to the author's overall credibility on most things.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Thanks. Nonetheless, it is amazing how many consumer products in the USA are made overseas compared to fifty years ago. This is a sign of the creative destruction which free-market economists like to discuss. We are not really in a free market so things may not work out the way they expect.

    AnonfromTN brings a healthy balance to many of the discussions related to Ukraine and Russia in this forum. He is highly credible. The fact that he does not always state some things in a way which meets your goals for completeness or nuance does not change this and we all make mistakes. In this case I generally agree with his point about Chinese products in America, but understand your input as well.

    I try to give commenters some leeway so I can learn from the dialog. Everyone’s non-trolling input is sincerely appreciated.

    • Replies: @AP
    @QCIC


    Nonetheless, it is amazing how many consumer products in the USA are made overseas
     
    It may be around 50% but I'm not sure. That would include Canada and Mexico.

    Not 95% as AnonTN claimed lol.

    AnonfromTN brings a healthy balance to many of the discussions related to Ukraine and Russia in this forum. He is highly credible
     
    Wildly wrong things is not providing "balance." Unless it's a balance against reality and this is somehow a good thing.

    The problem isn't bias or a different POV, which is fine and indeed interesting, but lack of accuracy. There is a fog of war about events in Ukraine right now - but when it comes to anything empirically verifiable such as 80% of consumer products in the USA being made in China, or Ukraine hasn't built any metro stations since 1991. we see that he makes wildly wrong claims. So whatever he writes about things that are not so easily verifiable should be judged accordingly.

    One thing he is highly credible on is food. As one would expect, given his background in biochemistry. I can also confirm that he is accurate when describing something he has seen with his own eyes, such as places he has visited.

    But when he discusses someplace he hasn't been such as Ukraine (he hasn't been there in 20 or 30 years) it is mostly nonsense.

    Replies: @QCIC

  37. @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    If 80% of what you buy is made in China you have very odd shopping habits. Or you only buy trinkets.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    If 80% of what you buy is made in China you have very odd shopping habits.

    Playing stupid? Fitting for a pro-Ukie personage.

    I said loud and clear that I avoid made in China crap and search for things that are not made in China. Only a Ukie could have possibly missed that.

    • Replies: @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    If 80% of what you buy is made in China you have very odd shopping habits.

    I said loud and clear that I avoid made in China crap and search for things that are not made in China.
     
    Fair point. I should have written:

    If 80% of the products you see when you go shopping are made in China, your shopping habits take you to very odd or cheap places.

    Better?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  38. AP says:
    @QCIC
    @AP

    Thanks. Nonetheless, it is amazing how many consumer products in the USA are made overseas compared to fifty years ago. This is a sign of the creative destruction which free-market economists like to discuss. We are not really in a free market so things may not work out the way they expect.

    AnonfromTN brings a healthy balance to many of the discussions related to Ukraine and Russia in this forum. He is highly credible. The fact that he does not always state some things in a way which meets your goals for completeness or nuance does not change this and we all make mistakes. In this case I generally agree with his point about Chinese products in America, but understand your input as well.

    I try to give commenters some leeway so I can learn from the dialog. Everyone's non-trolling input is sincerely appreciated.

    Replies: @AP

    Nonetheless, it is amazing how many consumer products in the USA are made overseas

    It may be around 50% but I’m not sure. That would include Canada and Mexico.

    Not 95% as AnonTN claimed lol.

    AnonfromTN brings a healthy balance to many of the discussions related to Ukraine and Russia in this forum. He is highly credible

    Wildly wrong things is not providing “balance.” Unless it’s a balance against reality and this is somehow a good thing.

    The problem isn’t bias or a different POV, which is fine and indeed interesting, but lack of accuracy. There is a fog of war about events in Ukraine right now – but when it comes to anything empirically verifiable such as 80% of consumer products in the USA being made in China, or Ukraine hasn’t built any metro stations since 1991. we see that he makes wildly wrong claims. So whatever he writes about things that are not so easily verifiable should be judged accordingly.

    One thing he is highly credible on is food. As one would expect, given his background in biochemistry. I can also confirm that he is accurate when describing something he has seen with his own eyes, such as places he has visited.

    But when he discusses someplace he hasn’t been such as Ukraine (he hasn’t been there in 20 or 30 years) it is mostly nonsense.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    I think this brings us back to the Whole Foods versus Walmart discussion of a while back where it seemed you associate shopping more with higher-end stores than does a typical American. These stores sell more American-made products which typically have a higher price tag than vaguely similar products from the third world. If one goes to any large nationwide retailer most of the non-food products are made outside of the USA. Some of the higher cost items may still be produced in the USA but the total number of items is overwhelmingly imported. Most of the brand names are still American, though many are entirely foreign-owned. Some brands have top of the line items made in the USA or Western Europe while the products representing the bulk of their overall sales are made in Asia or the third world. Walmart, IKEA and Amazon are at the top of the list of importers, followed by competitors like Target and whatever brick and mortar competitors remain. I think one can add any and all big-box stores with almost all consumer electronics and many appliances as being imported. On the other hand, stores like Lowe's and Home Depot may have an interesting mixture of imported and local products.

    This is part of the MAGA discussion. Trumpites claim that many businesses were repatriated to the USA during the first term, but I don't think it has gone nearly as far as you seem to believe. BLS statistics cannot be accepted uncritically and it may require a decoder to understand what they imply.

    Replies: @A123, @Mikhail

  39. AP says:
    @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    If 80% of what you buy is made in China you have very odd shopping habits.
     
    Playing stupid? Fitting for a pro-Ukie personage.

    I said loud and clear that I avoid made in China crap and search for things that are not made in China. Only a Ukie could have possibly missed that.

    Replies: @AP

    If 80% of what you buy is made in China you have very odd shopping habits.

    I said loud and clear that I avoid made in China crap and search for things that are not made in China.

    Fair point. I should have written:

    If 80% of the products you see when you go shopping are made in China, your shopping habits take you to very odd or cheap places.

    Better?

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    your shopping habits take you to very odd or cheap places.
     
    As far as non-food items go, we shop only in fairly upscale places online. Now the websites have their way of cheating. If something is made in China, the site says “imported”. If it’s imported from a place one does not have to be ashamed of (Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, even Brazil and Mexico), the site honestly says “made in… “.

    In stores the way of cheating is different. By law they have to disclose where the product was made. So, if it’s made in China, the label is in a hard to find place, but when it’s made in a decent place, the label is easy to find.

    In terms of food, there are different problems: palm oil and genetically engineered stuff. I believe that palm oil is good as diesel fuel, but not as food; the place of genetic engineering is in my lab, not in my food. Had to switch to reading all labels carefully (the number of ingredients in US-made foods tends to be scary) and to stores where edible foods are more likely to be found: Sprouts, Whole Foods, Asian stores, as well as Russian and German stores online.

    Replies: @AP

  40. @QCIC
    @songbird

    There seem to be some very rapacious killers in Mexico and the USA unleashed by the drug wars. My impression is they are monsters who like to kill and have turned their predilection into a paying profession.

    Did you see the Jared Taylor article on the UR home page which points out that the majority of serial murders in the USA are committed by black or Hispanic people?

    Replies: @songbird

    The cartel violence can be really shocking. This one incident in particular sticks in my mind – they bombed a passenger jet in order to kill one person (which they failed at because he wasn’t on it.)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avianca_Flight_203

    It almost seems worse than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. Pre-contact Columbia didn’t have any big cities.

    Meanwhile, Mexico had some massive cities for that time, and it had a fairly high population density for thousands of years. But not any obvious genetic pacification, at least when it comes to drug gangs.

    Did you see the Jared Taylor article on the UR home page which points out that the majority of serial murders in the USA are committed by black or Hispanic people?

    Yes, another politically incorrect aspect of it I suspect would be the number of pederasts. At least among the top killers.

    Probably a number of nascent serial-killers were lynched early in their careers before federal policing became a thing and put a stop to such “injustices.”

  41. @Mikhail
    @QCIC


    I wonder what the average Ukrainian soldier thinks will happen to Ukraine if Russia wins the conflict? I doubt such men are as nationalist as Bandera fanatics or even keyboard warriors such as AP and Hack. So what is their mindset?

    Do they realize that if Ukraine magically wins, their leaders will continue selling them out? Or alternatively, that once Russia wins, society will progressively be restored so that the standard of living will most likely be the best it has been since 1991?
     

    As I've noted, the US killed a lot of German and Japanese soldiers and citizens, only to see a limited grudge within a relatively short period of time. Time can heal, especially under the circumstance of serving a misguided regime.

    Replies: @AP

    How long did it take the Germans to be forgiven by the Poles, and how long do you think it would have taken had Germany not been apologetic?

    This is far more relevant and analogous, regarding Ukrainian attitudes towards Russia.

    • Disagree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @AP

    Germans were harsh towards the Poles. Russians distinguish between Banderites and Ukrainians opposing them.

    On the former, the Israeli-Palestinian situation comes to mind. Related:

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

    The Russian military hasn't been like that.

    Replies: @A123

  42. Another really weird thing that one can find on YouTube is people petting and hugging moray eels.

    Granted, when an eel opens and closes its mouth that is not a threat display but it breathing, it is still pretty odd.

    Have a hard time believing one would go straight to embracing eels. There must be some gateway.

    [MORE]

    Do non-pastoralists even do this?

    • Thanks: QCIC
  43. @AP
    @QCIC


    Nonetheless, it is amazing how many consumer products in the USA are made overseas
     
    It may be around 50% but I'm not sure. That would include Canada and Mexico.

    Not 95% as AnonTN claimed lol.

    AnonfromTN brings a healthy balance to many of the discussions related to Ukraine and Russia in this forum. He is highly credible
     
    Wildly wrong things is not providing "balance." Unless it's a balance against reality and this is somehow a good thing.

    The problem isn't bias or a different POV, which is fine and indeed interesting, but lack of accuracy. There is a fog of war about events in Ukraine right now - but when it comes to anything empirically verifiable such as 80% of consumer products in the USA being made in China, or Ukraine hasn't built any metro stations since 1991. we see that he makes wildly wrong claims. So whatever he writes about things that are not so easily verifiable should be judged accordingly.

    One thing he is highly credible on is food. As one would expect, given his background in biochemistry. I can also confirm that he is accurate when describing something he has seen with his own eyes, such as places he has visited.

    But when he discusses someplace he hasn't been such as Ukraine (he hasn't been there in 20 or 30 years) it is mostly nonsense.

    Replies: @QCIC

    I think this brings us back to the Whole Foods versus Walmart discussion of a while back where it seemed you associate shopping more with higher-end stores than does a typical American. These stores sell more American-made products which typically have a higher price tag than vaguely similar products from the third world. If one goes to any large nationwide retailer most of the non-food products are made outside of the USA. Some of the higher cost items may still be produced in the USA but the total number of items is overwhelmingly imported. Most of the brand names are still American, though many are entirely foreign-owned. Some brands have top of the line items made in the USA or Western Europe while the products representing the bulk of their overall sales are made in Asia or the third world. Walmart, IKEA and Amazon are at the top of the list of importers, followed by competitors like Target and whatever brick and mortar competitors remain. I think one can add any and all big-box stores with almost all consumer electronics and many appliances as being imported. On the other hand, stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot may have an interesting mixture of imported and local products.

    This is part of the MAGA discussion. Trumpites claim that many businesses were repatriated to the USA during the first term, but I don’t think it has gone nearly as far as you seem to believe. BLS statistics cannot be accepted uncritically and it may require a decoder to understand what they imply.

    • Replies: @A123
    @QCIC


    This is part of the MAGA discussion. Trumpites claim that many businesses were repatriated to the USA during the first term
     
    Deranged #Bidenistas wield the bizarre terms Trumpist and Trumpite. Are you intentionally going for pejorative usage? Or, have you stumbled into this inflammatory terminology by accident? I will presume the latter.

    MAGA supporters grasp that jobs were largely *NOT* repatriated during Trump's 1st term, significantly due to establishment politicking. DNC+RINO had anti-MAGA majorities in both the House & Senate. Gains were limited.

    Resistance to sensible reforms drew klieg lights onto those who hate American workers. MAGA has a much better slate of candidates this time around. Many RINO's were defeated in GOP primaries or chose to preemptively retire.

    MAGA supporters realize that the movement is much larger than Trump. His 2nd and final term is merely one step in the necessary reform movement. MAGA Reindustrialization is a process that will take decades.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @Mikhail
    @QCIC

    Just picked up some Rastelli rib eye steaks at LIDL for $6.99 a pound. For a good quick tasting meal, briefly pan fry the bottom on an olive oil coated pan and then broil the top. Before cooking, some deli mustard on the bottom with ketchup and some low salt soy sauce on top. Medium rare.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZVCrYYFxmk

  44. A123 says: • Website
    @QCIC
    @AP

    I think this brings us back to the Whole Foods versus Walmart discussion of a while back where it seemed you associate shopping more with higher-end stores than does a typical American. These stores sell more American-made products which typically have a higher price tag than vaguely similar products from the third world. If one goes to any large nationwide retailer most of the non-food products are made outside of the USA. Some of the higher cost items may still be produced in the USA but the total number of items is overwhelmingly imported. Most of the brand names are still American, though many are entirely foreign-owned. Some brands have top of the line items made in the USA or Western Europe while the products representing the bulk of their overall sales are made in Asia or the third world. Walmart, IKEA and Amazon are at the top of the list of importers, followed by competitors like Target and whatever brick and mortar competitors remain. I think one can add any and all big-box stores with almost all consumer electronics and many appliances as being imported. On the other hand, stores like Lowe's and Home Depot may have an interesting mixture of imported and local products.

    This is part of the MAGA discussion. Trumpites claim that many businesses were repatriated to the USA during the first term, but I don't think it has gone nearly as far as you seem to believe. BLS statistics cannot be accepted uncritically and it may require a decoder to understand what they imply.

    Replies: @A123, @Mikhail

    This is part of the MAGA discussion. Trumpites claim that many businesses were repatriated to the USA during the first term

    Deranged #Bidenistas wield the bizarre terms Trumpist and Trumpite. Are you intentionally going for pejorative usage? Or, have you stumbled into this inflammatory terminology by accident? I will presume the latter.

    MAGA supporters grasp that jobs were largely *NOT* repatriated during Trump’s 1st term, significantly due to establishment politicking. DNC+RINO had anti-MAGA majorities in both the House & Senate. Gains were limited.

    Resistance to sensible reforms drew klieg lights onto those who hate American workers. MAGA has a much better slate of candidates this time around. Many RINO’s were defeated in GOP primaries or chose to preemptively retire.

    MAGA supporters realize that the movement is much larger than Trump. His 2nd and final term is merely one step in the necessary reform movement. MAGA Reindustrialization is a process that will take decades.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @A123

    I did not intend it to be pejorative, though I guess I was recognizing the personality cult aspect. If Trump doesn't ditch Jared Kushner it will be a huge mistake IMO.

    I am a big fan of reshoring, though I disapprove of tariffs. Best case is to reduce government policy incentives for offshoring and inform consumers properly so they price in the 'externalities' to get the true value of locally made products.

    Replies: @A123

  45. @AP
    @Mikhail

    How long did it take the Germans to be forgiven by the Poles, and how long do you think it would have taken had Germany not been apologetic?

    This is far more relevant and analogous, regarding Ukrainian attitudes towards Russia.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    Germans were harsh towards the Poles. Russians distinguish between Banderites and Ukrainians opposing them.

    On the former, the Israeli-Palestinian situation comes to mind. Related:

    The Russian military hasn’t been like that.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Mikhail


    the Israeli-Palestinian situation comes to mind.
     
    Yes. Hamas is intentionally starving their coreligionists in addition to using them as human shields. (1)

    according to a study by two Columbia University scholars, one a professor and the other a logistics expert, in a piece featured on today's RealClearPolitics in a piece that focused on actual data: (2)

    Israel has tried for years to balance its interests with those of innocent Palestinians. Its maritime blockade did not stop Gaza from being self-sufficient in fruits and vegetables, with enough left over to potentially export.. Despite the war, three-quarters of greenhouse acres were still available as of Feb. 15, according to a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, which has the latest available data. Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) indicates that bakeries can still provide “over 2 million breads, rolls, and pita breads a day.”

    Since the war began, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have engaged in what West Point Urban Warfare Studies Chairman John Spencer described as “a remarkable, historic new standard” for wartime treatment of civilians, resulting in a civilian-to-combatant mortality ratio that is “historically low for modern urban warfare.” For example, Israel regularly provides warnings of impending attacks, assists with evacuations, and even stops its attacks on a daily basis to allow humanitarian aid to arrive.

    Despite the recent tragedy, the IDF tries to ensure that Gazans don’t starve throughout the war.

     

    Hamas is stealing all the food.

    According to Columbia's Awi Federgruen and Ran Kivetz:

    Hamas, which has been hoarding food and stealing from Gazans, is the root cause of Gazans’ suffering. As Congressman Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, stated in a CNN interview: “Hamas has a long history of stealing aid, and needs to stop that in the interest of the people that they purport to represent.”

     


     
    Ukiewood/Pallywood share their commitment to immoral disinformation. Is there any surprise that Russia/Israel is winning? The level of propaganda from the losing side is an obviously tell.


    PEACE 😇
    ___________

    (1)
    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2024/04/no_israel_is_not_starving_gaza.html

    (2) https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2024/04/05/the_data_show_israel_is_not_causing_a_gazan_famine_150751.html
  46. @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    If 80% of what you buy is made in China you have very odd shopping habits.

    I said loud and clear that I avoid made in China crap and search for things that are not made in China.
     
    Fair point. I should have written:

    If 80% of the products you see when you go shopping are made in China, your shopping habits take you to very odd or cheap places.

    Better?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    your shopping habits take you to very odd or cheap places.

    As far as non-food items go, we shop only in fairly upscale places online. Now the websites have their way of cheating. If something is made in China, the site says “imported”. If it’s imported from a place one does not have to be ashamed of (Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, even Brazil and Mexico), the site honestly says “made in… “.

    In stores the way of cheating is different. By law they have to disclose where the product was made. So, if it’s made in China, the label is in a hard to find place, but when it’s made in a decent place, the label is easy to find.

    In terms of food, there are different problems: palm oil and genetically engineered stuff. I believe that palm oil is good as diesel fuel, but not as food; the place of genetic engineering is in my lab, not in my food. Had to switch to reading all labels carefully (the number of ingredients in US-made foods tends to be scary) and to stores where edible foods are more likely to be found: Sprouts, Whole Foods, Asian stores, as well as Russian and German stores online.

    • Replies: @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    As far as non-food items go, we shop only in fairly upscale places online. Now the websites have their way of cheating. If something is made in China, the site says “imported”.
     
    Correct.

    If it’s imported from a place one does not have to be ashamed of (Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, even Brazil and Mexico), the site honestly says “made in… “.
     
    Heh. And if some place is Polish, Albanian, Russian, Bulgarian etc. it is often labeled "European."

    But if it is French, or German, it is labeled as such.

    In terms of food, there are different problems: palm oil and genetically engineered stuff. I believe that palm oil is good as diesel fuel, but not as food; the place of genetic engineering is in my lab, not in my food. Had to switch to reading all labels carefully (the number of ingredients in US-made foods tends to be scary) and to stores where edible foods are more likely to be found: Sprouts, Whole Foods, Asian stores, as well as Russian and German stores online.
     
    Yes. In the metro area where I live there are physical Polish and Russian stores. A Polish one is the size of a small American grocery store. Wholefoods quality if not better for sausages and cheeses, but much cheaper.

    I have been visiting Canada frequently and the quality there seems to be to European standards, and also cheaper than Wholefoods because Canadians are poorer than Americans. Junk food is unhealthy everywhere, but for example comparing (Canadian) President's Choice to (American ) Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, one sees real butter and fewer chemicals in the former.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @AnonfromTN

  47. @QCIC
    @AP

    I think this brings us back to the Whole Foods versus Walmart discussion of a while back where it seemed you associate shopping more with higher-end stores than does a typical American. These stores sell more American-made products which typically have a higher price tag than vaguely similar products from the third world. If one goes to any large nationwide retailer most of the non-food products are made outside of the USA. Some of the higher cost items may still be produced in the USA but the total number of items is overwhelmingly imported. Most of the brand names are still American, though many are entirely foreign-owned. Some brands have top of the line items made in the USA or Western Europe while the products representing the bulk of their overall sales are made in Asia or the third world. Walmart, IKEA and Amazon are at the top of the list of importers, followed by competitors like Target and whatever brick and mortar competitors remain. I think one can add any and all big-box stores with almost all consumer electronics and many appliances as being imported. On the other hand, stores like Lowe's and Home Depot may have an interesting mixture of imported and local products.

    This is part of the MAGA discussion. Trumpites claim that many businesses were repatriated to the USA during the first term, but I don't think it has gone nearly as far as you seem to believe. BLS statistics cannot be accepted uncritically and it may require a decoder to understand what they imply.

    Replies: @A123, @Mikhail

    Just picked up some Rastelli rib eye steaks at LIDL for $6.99 a pound. For a good quick tasting meal, briefly pan fry the bottom on an olive oil coated pan and then broil the top. Before cooking, some deli mustard on the bottom with ketchup and some low salt soy sauce on top. Medium rare.

    • Agree: QCIC
  48. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikhail
    @AP

    Germans were harsh towards the Poles. Russians distinguish between Banderites and Ukrainians opposing them.

    On the former, the Israeli-Palestinian situation comes to mind. Related:

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

    The Russian military hasn't been like that.

    Replies: @A123

    the Israeli-Palestinian situation comes to mind.

    Yes. Hamas is intentionally starving their coreligionists in addition to using them as human shields. (1)

    according to a study by two Columbia University scholars, one a professor and the other a logistics expert, in a piece featured on today’s RealClearPolitics in a piece that focused on actual data: (2)

    Israel has tried for years to balance its interests with those of innocent Palestinians. Its maritime blockade did not stop Gaza from being self-sufficient in fruits and vegetables, with enough left over to potentially export.. Despite the war, three-quarters of greenhouse acres were still available as of Feb. 15, according to a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, which has the latest available data. Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) indicates that bakeries can still provide “over 2 million breads, rolls, and pita breads a day.”

    Since the war began, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have engaged in what West Point Urban Warfare Studies Chairman John Spencer described as “a remarkable, historic new standard” for wartime treatment of civilians, resulting in a civilian-to-combatant mortality ratio that is “historically low for modern urban warfare.” For example, Israel regularly provides warnings of impending attacks, assists with evacuations, and even stops its attacks on a daily basis to allow humanitarian aid to arrive.

    Despite the recent tragedy, the IDF tries to ensure that Gazans don’t starve throughout the war.

    Hamas is stealing all the food.

    According to Columbia’s Awi Federgruen and Ran Kivetz:

    Hamas, which has been hoarding food and stealing from Gazans, is the root cause of Gazans’ suffering. As Congressman Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, stated in a CNN interview: “Hamas has a long history of stealing aid, and needs to stop that in the interest of the people that they purport to represent.”

    Ukiewood/Pallywood share their commitment to immoral disinformation. Is there any surprise that Russia/Israel is winning? The level of propaganda from the losing side is an obviously tell.

    PEACE 😇
    ___________

    (1)
    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2024/04/no_israel_is_not_starving_gaza.html

    (2) https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2024/04/05/the_data_show_israel_is_not_causing_a_gazan_famine_150751.html

  49. AP says:
    @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    your shopping habits take you to very odd or cheap places.
     
    As far as non-food items go, we shop only in fairly upscale places online. Now the websites have their way of cheating. If something is made in China, the site says “imported”. If it’s imported from a place one does not have to be ashamed of (Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, even Brazil and Mexico), the site honestly says “made in… “.

    In stores the way of cheating is different. By law they have to disclose where the product was made. So, if it’s made in China, the label is in a hard to find place, but when it’s made in a decent place, the label is easy to find.

    In terms of food, there are different problems: palm oil and genetically engineered stuff. I believe that palm oil is good as diesel fuel, but not as food; the place of genetic engineering is in my lab, not in my food. Had to switch to reading all labels carefully (the number of ingredients in US-made foods tends to be scary) and to stores where edible foods are more likely to be found: Sprouts, Whole Foods, Asian stores, as well as Russian and German stores online.

    Replies: @AP

    As far as non-food items go, we shop only in fairly upscale places online. Now the websites have their way of cheating. If something is made in China, the site says “imported”.

    Correct.

    If it’s imported from a place one does not have to be ashamed of (Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, even Brazil and Mexico), the site honestly says “made in… “.

    Heh. And if some place is Polish, Albanian, Russian, Bulgarian etc. it is often labeled “European.”

    But if it is French, or German, it is labeled as such.

    In terms of food, there are different problems: palm oil and genetically engineered stuff. I believe that palm oil is good as diesel fuel, but not as food; the place of genetic engineering is in my lab, not in my food. Had to switch to reading all labels carefully (the number of ingredients in US-made foods tends to be scary) and to stores where edible foods are more likely to be found: Sprouts, Whole Foods, Asian stores, as well as Russian and German stores online.

    Yes. In the metro area where I live there are physical Polish and Russian stores. A Polish one is the size of a small American grocery store. Wholefoods quality if not better for sausages and cheeses, but much cheaper.

    I have been visiting Canada frequently and the quality there seems to be to European standards, and also cheaper than Wholefoods because Canadians are poorer than Americans. Junk food is unhealthy everywhere, but for example comparing (Canadian) President’s Choice to (American ) Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, one sees real butter and fewer chemicals in the former.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    I have been visiting Canada frequently and the quality there seems to be to European standards, and also cheaper than Wholefoods because Canadians are poorer than Americans. Junk food is unhealthy everywhere, but for example comparing (Canadian) President’s Choice to (American ) Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, one sees real butter and fewer chemicals in the former.

     

    Maybe some American businessman can make a lot of money importing higher-quality Canadian products throughout the entire US? An idea that's very seriously worth pondering, in my honest opinion. What's the value of globalization if not this?

    BTW, what do you think about Trump's secret plan to end the Ukraine War?

    https://web.archive.org/web/20240407233509/https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/04/05/trump-ukraine-secret-plan/

    The problem that I see with this is just how exactly is Trump actually supposed to deliver on sanctions relief? Congress almost certainly won't let him. So, will Trump try to do it via executive orders, or what?

    Holding onto the Crimean Corridor long-term shouldn't be that difficult for Russia. There will be the occasional terrorist attack or two, and perhaps mass protests from time to time as well, but ultimately it will become the Russian version of what northern Schleswig, Alsace-Lorraine, Posen, and the northern Polish Corridor were for pre-World War I Germany. A place where most people dislike your rule, but where serious resistance to your rule won't be feasible because it will quickly and brutally get crushed.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @QCIC

    , @AnonfromTN
    @AP

    Well, Nashville is not blessed with European ethnic stores. There is only one Russian/Eastern European store, but after their owners sided with Ukraine, I stopped shopping there about two years ago. Now I get all European food online. Asian stores are another relief: they sell lots of European stuff, including authentic imported (despite Alzheimer-in-Chief) directly from Russia.

    Russian online store apparently also works with good smugglers: candy, mayo, dried fish, fried sunflower seeds, canned mushrooms, spices, and many other things come directly from Russia and everything is quite fresh. Their sausage is good, so is the sausage from German online store. It’s made in the US, but it’s made by people who know how to make real sausage, not what Americans consider sausage.

    However, fancy European cheezes, some exotic grains, good quality baklava, as well as really good filet mignon can only be found in Whole Foods in Nashville.

    Replies: @AP

  50. @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    As far as non-food items go, we shop only in fairly upscale places online. Now the websites have their way of cheating. If something is made in China, the site says “imported”.
     
    Correct.

    If it’s imported from a place one does not have to be ashamed of (Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, even Brazil and Mexico), the site honestly says “made in… “.
     
    Heh. And if some place is Polish, Albanian, Russian, Bulgarian etc. it is often labeled "European."

    But if it is French, or German, it is labeled as such.

    In terms of food, there are different problems: palm oil and genetically engineered stuff. I believe that palm oil is good as diesel fuel, but not as food; the place of genetic engineering is in my lab, not in my food. Had to switch to reading all labels carefully (the number of ingredients in US-made foods tends to be scary) and to stores where edible foods are more likely to be found: Sprouts, Whole Foods, Asian stores, as well as Russian and German stores online.
     
    Yes. In the metro area where I live there are physical Polish and Russian stores. A Polish one is the size of a small American grocery store. Wholefoods quality if not better for sausages and cheeses, but much cheaper.

    I have been visiting Canada frequently and the quality there seems to be to European standards, and also cheaper than Wholefoods because Canadians are poorer than Americans. Junk food is unhealthy everywhere, but for example comparing (Canadian) President's Choice to (American ) Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, one sees real butter and fewer chemicals in the former.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @AnonfromTN

    I have been visiting Canada frequently and the quality there seems to be to European standards, and also cheaper than Wholefoods because Canadians are poorer than Americans. Junk food is unhealthy everywhere, but for example comparing (Canadian) President’s Choice to (American ) Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, one sees real butter and fewer chemicals in the former.

    Maybe some American businessman can make a lot of money importing higher-quality Canadian products throughout the entire US? An idea that’s very seriously worth pondering, in my honest opinion. What’s the value of globalization if not this?

    BTW, what do you think about Trump’s secret plan to end the Ukraine War?

    https://web.archive.org/web/20240407233509/https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/04/05/trump-ukraine-secret-plan/

    The problem that I see with this is just how exactly is Trump actually supposed to deliver on sanctions relief? Congress almost certainly won’t let him. So, will Trump try to do it via executive orders, or what?

    Holding onto the Crimean Corridor long-term shouldn’t be that difficult for Russia. There will be the occasional terrorist attack or two, and perhaps mass protests from time to time as well, but ultimately it will become the Russian version of what northern Schleswig, Alsace-Lorraine, Posen, and the northern Polish Corridor were for pre-World War I Germany. A place where most people dislike your rule, but where serious resistance to your rule won’t be feasible because it will quickly and brutally get crushed.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Mr. XYZ


    Maybe some American businessman can make a lot of money importing higher-quality Canadian products throughout the entire US? An idea that’s very seriously worth pondering, in my honest opinion. What’s the value of globalization if not this?
     
    Three different flavors were on sale last week at Stop & Shop (a northeastern US food chain) for $3.99 in a 16 and 1/2 glass jar.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. XYZ

    , @QCIC
    @Mr. XYZ

    Trump needs to get a download from Macgregor to learn that this is not a regional territorial squabble but Cold War 2.0 which the USA was ramping up by the year 2000. Yes, Trump should know this already, maybe he does. On the other hand, Bolton, Pompeo and the other creeps probably would not have mentioned it.

    Trump needs to start walking his Ukraine-deal statements back a little (or refining them) so that when Russia grants some minor face-saving concessions to the West this will be enough. Then Trump can work on his legacy by gently starting multilateral arms control dialog in a way that doesn't sell us out to the globalists. It is not clear how much Russia cares about sanctions, probably in three years their economy will be substantially independent. There may be some individual oligarchs who will benefit greatly from sanctions relief, but playing that card may become riskier as the Russian economy becomes more diversified.

    Replies: @Mikhail

  51. @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    I have been visiting Canada frequently and the quality there seems to be to European standards, and also cheaper than Wholefoods because Canadians are poorer than Americans. Junk food is unhealthy everywhere, but for example comparing (Canadian) President’s Choice to (American ) Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, one sees real butter and fewer chemicals in the former.

     

    Maybe some American businessman can make a lot of money importing higher-quality Canadian products throughout the entire US? An idea that's very seriously worth pondering, in my honest opinion. What's the value of globalization if not this?

    BTW, what do you think about Trump's secret plan to end the Ukraine War?

    https://web.archive.org/web/20240407233509/https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/04/05/trump-ukraine-secret-plan/

    The problem that I see with this is just how exactly is Trump actually supposed to deliver on sanctions relief? Congress almost certainly won't let him. So, will Trump try to do it via executive orders, or what?

    Holding onto the Crimean Corridor long-term shouldn't be that difficult for Russia. There will be the occasional terrorist attack or two, and perhaps mass protests from time to time as well, but ultimately it will become the Russian version of what northern Schleswig, Alsace-Lorraine, Posen, and the northern Polish Corridor were for pre-World War I Germany. A place where most people dislike your rule, but where serious resistance to your rule won't be feasible because it will quickly and brutally get crushed.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @QCIC

    Maybe some American businessman can make a lot of money importing higher-quality Canadian products throughout the entire US? An idea that’s very seriously worth pondering, in my honest opinion. What’s the value of globalization if not this?

    Three different flavors were on sale last week at Stop & Shop (a northeastern US food chain) for $3.99 in a 16 and 1/2 glass jar.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Mikhail

    Pardon, the Canadian product available in the US:

    https://croftersorganic.com/about/our-story/

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @Mikhail

    Three different flavors of what, exactly?

    Replies: @Mikhail

  52. @A123
    @QCIC


    This is part of the MAGA discussion. Trumpites claim that many businesses were repatriated to the USA during the first term
     
    Deranged #Bidenistas wield the bizarre terms Trumpist and Trumpite. Are you intentionally going for pejorative usage? Or, have you stumbled into this inflammatory terminology by accident? I will presume the latter.

    MAGA supporters grasp that jobs were largely *NOT* repatriated during Trump's 1st term, significantly due to establishment politicking. DNC+RINO had anti-MAGA majorities in both the House & Senate. Gains were limited.

    Resistance to sensible reforms drew klieg lights onto those who hate American workers. MAGA has a much better slate of candidates this time around. Many RINO's were defeated in GOP primaries or chose to preemptively retire.

    MAGA supporters realize that the movement is much larger than Trump. His 2nd and final term is merely one step in the necessary reform movement. MAGA Reindustrialization is a process that will take decades.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @QCIC

    I did not intend it to be pejorative, though I guess I was recognizing the personality cult aspect. If Trump doesn’t ditch Jared Kushner it will be a huge mistake IMO.

    I am a big fan of reshoring, though I disapprove of tariffs. Best case is to reduce government policy incentives for offshoring and inform consumers properly so they price in the ‘externalities’ to get the true value of locally made products.

    • Replies: @A123
    @QCIC


    I did not intend it to be pejorative, though I guess I was recognizing the personality cult aspect.
     
    Thanks. Though to clarify. MAGA is *not* a personality cult. MAGA supporters are already looking beyond Trump's 2nd term to KARI LAKE 2028.

    The cultists are the #NeverTrump zealots. They are 100% dogmatically committed on an anti-personality basis. If you use their cult terminology, you will be lumped with the Sheeple.


    If Trump doesn’t ditch Jared Kushner it will be a huge mistake IMO.
     
    Trump's 1st term was plagued by the anti-MAGA Senate. Significant posts were horse traded such as John Bolton and Elaine Chao. Kushner was used to provide an alternate channel to bypass Senate meddling. Hopefully, family workarounds will be less needed in Trump's 2nd term.

    I am a big fan of reshoring, though I disapprove of tariffs. Best case is to reduce government policy incentives for offshoring and inform consumers properly so they price in the ‘externalities’ to get the true value of locally made products.
     
    As a concept, your idea has desirable features. However, given the corporate machine dedicated to "not informing consumers", I do not see how your plan could be executed. MegaCorporations would undermine it.

    Tariffs are not 100% perfect, but they can be enforced. It is more practical to ramp up tariffs on critical industries, including (but not limited to):

    • Mining and refining, especially rate earth elements
    • Industrial materials and equipment
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • High end electronics, including for military spec
    • Gen IV nuclear for electricity, especially Thorium cycle such as LFTR

    Production of socks and decorative headwear can remain overseas.

    PEACE 😇

  53. @Mikhail
    @Mr. XYZ


    Maybe some American businessman can make a lot of money importing higher-quality Canadian products throughout the entire US? An idea that’s very seriously worth pondering, in my honest opinion. What’s the value of globalization if not this?
     
    Three different flavors were on sale last week at Stop & Shop (a northeastern US food chain) for $3.99 in a 16 and 1/2 glass jar.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. XYZ

    Pardon, the Canadian product available in the US:

    https://croftersorganic.com/about/our-story/

  54. @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    I have been visiting Canada frequently and the quality there seems to be to European standards, and also cheaper than Wholefoods because Canadians are poorer than Americans. Junk food is unhealthy everywhere, but for example comparing (Canadian) President’s Choice to (American ) Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, one sees real butter and fewer chemicals in the former.

     

    Maybe some American businessman can make a lot of money importing higher-quality Canadian products throughout the entire US? An idea that's very seriously worth pondering, in my honest opinion. What's the value of globalization if not this?

    BTW, what do you think about Trump's secret plan to end the Ukraine War?

    https://web.archive.org/web/20240407233509/https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/04/05/trump-ukraine-secret-plan/

    The problem that I see with this is just how exactly is Trump actually supposed to deliver on sanctions relief? Congress almost certainly won't let him. So, will Trump try to do it via executive orders, or what?

    Holding onto the Crimean Corridor long-term shouldn't be that difficult for Russia. There will be the occasional terrorist attack or two, and perhaps mass protests from time to time as well, but ultimately it will become the Russian version of what northern Schleswig, Alsace-Lorraine, Posen, and the northern Polish Corridor were for pre-World War I Germany. A place where most people dislike your rule, but where serious resistance to your rule won't be feasible because it will quickly and brutally get crushed.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @QCIC

    Trump needs to get a download from Macgregor to learn that this is not a regional territorial squabble but Cold War 2.0 which the USA was ramping up by the year 2000. Yes, Trump should know this already, maybe he does. On the other hand, Bolton, Pompeo and the other creeps probably would not have mentioned it.

    Trump needs to start walking his Ukraine-deal statements back a little (or refining them) so that when Russia grants some minor face-saving concessions to the West this will be enough. Then Trump can work on his legacy by gently starting multilateral arms control dialog in a way that doesn’t sell us out to the globalists. It is not clear how much Russia cares about sanctions, probably in three years their economy will be substantially independent. There may be some individual oligarchs who will benefit greatly from sanctions relief, but playing that card may become riskier as the Russian economy becomes more diversified.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @QCIC

    Jacques Braud might very well be the best Western military talking head on the Russia-Kiev regime/NATO proxy war against Russia.

  55. @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    As far as non-food items go, we shop only in fairly upscale places online. Now the websites have their way of cheating. If something is made in China, the site says “imported”.
     
    Correct.

    If it’s imported from a place one does not have to be ashamed of (Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, even Brazil and Mexico), the site honestly says “made in… “.
     
    Heh. And if some place is Polish, Albanian, Russian, Bulgarian etc. it is often labeled "European."

    But if it is French, or German, it is labeled as such.

    In terms of food, there are different problems: palm oil and genetically engineered stuff. I believe that palm oil is good as diesel fuel, but not as food; the place of genetic engineering is in my lab, not in my food. Had to switch to reading all labels carefully (the number of ingredients in US-made foods tends to be scary) and to stores where edible foods are more likely to be found: Sprouts, Whole Foods, Asian stores, as well as Russian and German stores online.
     
    Yes. In the metro area where I live there are physical Polish and Russian stores. A Polish one is the size of a small American grocery store. Wholefoods quality if not better for sausages and cheeses, but much cheaper.

    I have been visiting Canada frequently and the quality there seems to be to European standards, and also cheaper than Wholefoods because Canadians are poorer than Americans. Junk food is unhealthy everywhere, but for example comparing (Canadian) President's Choice to (American ) Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, one sees real butter and fewer chemicals in the former.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @AnonfromTN

    Well, Nashville is not blessed with European ethnic stores. There is only one Russian/Eastern European store, but after their owners sided with Ukraine, I stopped shopping there about two years ago. Now I get all European food online. Asian stores are another relief: they sell lots of European stuff, including authentic imported (despite Alzheimer-in-Chief) directly from Russia.

    Russian online store apparently also works with good smugglers: candy, mayo, dried fish, fried sunflower seeds, canned mushrooms, spices, and many other things come directly from Russia and everything is quite fresh. Their sausage is good, so is the sausage from German online store. It’s made in the US, but it’s made by people who know how to make real sausage, not what Americans consider sausage.

    However, fancy European cheezes, some exotic grains, good quality baklava, as well as really good filet mignon can only be found in Whole Foods in Nashville.

    • Replies: @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    Well, Nashville is not blessed with European ethnic stores. There is only one Russian/Eastern European store, but after their owners sided with Ukraine, I stopped shopping there about two years ago
     
    In that case, you would boycott a majority of the Russian community in the USA. I’d estimate around 70% of Russians in America oppose Putin’s war and no more than 30% support it. There have been Russian concerts by Russian performers who send aid to Ukraine. My Russian wife went to one with some Russian friends.

    We have one friend who doesn’t even speak to her family in Russia because of the war.

    The explanation, I think, is because the “Russian community” includes not only people from Russia but also Russians, and Russian-speaking Ukrainians and Jews from places like Kharkiv or Odessa. It’s hard to believe the fairytales of the Russian government and press when your friends from Kharkiv hear directly from their loved ones about what Russia is doing to their city.

    Of course these are people who emigrated years ago. The situation in Serbia for example is different: the place is packed with recent refugees who oppose the war and have fled Russia over it. So in Serbia there are a huge number of Russians who are far more anti-Putin than are Serbs.

    Here are a bunch of anti-war Russians in Spain shouting down a pro-war Russian (she is of course a boomer lady):



    https://twitter.com/aleksandrx13/status/1777288633407410665?s=46&t=Qz3eXZWFYIvyHmaAk32tcg

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Mr. XYZ, @AnonfromTN

  56. A123 says: • Website
    @QCIC
    @A123

    I did not intend it to be pejorative, though I guess I was recognizing the personality cult aspect. If Trump doesn't ditch Jared Kushner it will be a huge mistake IMO.

    I am a big fan of reshoring, though I disapprove of tariffs. Best case is to reduce government policy incentives for offshoring and inform consumers properly so they price in the 'externalities' to get the true value of locally made products.

    Replies: @A123

    I did not intend it to be pejorative, though I guess I was recognizing the personality cult aspect.

    Thanks. Though to clarify. MAGA is *not* a personality cult. MAGA supporters are already looking beyond Trump’s 2nd term to KARI LAKE 2028.

    The cultists are the #NeverTrump zealots. They are 100% dogmatically committed on an anti-personality basis. If you use their cult terminology, you will be lumped with the Sheeple.

    If Trump doesn’t ditch Jared Kushner it will be a huge mistake IMO.

    Trump’s 1st term was plagued by the anti-MAGA Senate. Significant posts were horse traded such as John Bolton and Elaine Chao. Kushner was used to provide an alternate channel to bypass Senate meddling. Hopefully, family workarounds will be less needed in Trump’s 2nd term.

    I am a big fan of reshoring, though I disapprove of tariffs. Best case is to reduce government policy incentives for offshoring and inform consumers properly so they price in the ‘externalities’ to get the true value of locally made products.

    As a concept, your idea has desirable features. However, given the corporate machine dedicated to “not informing consumers”, I do not see how your plan could be executed. MegaCorporations would undermine it.

    Tariffs are not 100% perfect, but they can be enforced. It is more practical to ramp up tariffs on critical industries, including (but not limited to):

    • Mining and refining, especially rate earth elements
    • Industrial materials and equipment
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • High end electronics, including for military spec
    • Gen IV nuclear for electricity, especially Thorium cycle such as LFTR

    Production of socks and decorative headwear can remain overseas.

    PEACE 😇

  57. @QCIC
    @Mr. XYZ

    Trump needs to get a download from Macgregor to learn that this is not a regional territorial squabble but Cold War 2.0 which the USA was ramping up by the year 2000. Yes, Trump should know this already, maybe he does. On the other hand, Bolton, Pompeo and the other creeps probably would not have mentioned it.

    Trump needs to start walking his Ukraine-deal statements back a little (or refining them) so that when Russia grants some minor face-saving concessions to the West this will be enough. Then Trump can work on his legacy by gently starting multilateral arms control dialog in a way that doesn't sell us out to the globalists. It is not clear how much Russia cares about sanctions, probably in three years their economy will be substantially independent. There may be some individual oligarchs who will benefit greatly from sanctions relief, but playing that card may become riskier as the Russian economy becomes more diversified.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    Jacques Braud might very well be the best Western military talking head on the Russia-Kiev regime/NATO proxy war against Russia.

  58. There’s a lot of extremely horrible podcasts that are superficially about science but that mostly veer into brainless conversations about education.

    I blame NGOs for creating this dumb cr-p.

    It is not the greatest evil that they work, but it is an evil.

  59. @Mikhail
    @Mr. XYZ


    Maybe some American businessman can make a lot of money importing higher-quality Canadian products throughout the entire US? An idea that’s very seriously worth pondering, in my honest opinion. What’s the value of globalization if not this?
     
    Three different flavors were on sale last week at Stop & Shop (a northeastern US food chain) for $3.99 in a 16 and 1/2 glass jar.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. XYZ

    Three different flavors of what, exactly?

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Mr. XYZ

    Fruit spreads - strawberry, mixed berries and blueberry. They've others as well. I followed up with a link. Here it is again:

    https://croftersorganic.com/

  60. @Mr. XYZ
    @Mikhail

    Three different flavors of what, exactly?

    Replies: @Mikhail

    Fruit spreads – strawberry, mixed berries and blueberry. They’ve others as well. I followed up with a link. Here it is again:

    https://croftersorganic.com/

    • Thanks: Mr. XYZ
  61. Christianity is rejection of a heaven gained through violence.

  62. @AnonfromTN
    @sudden death


    when they even started to kill journos
     
    Egyptian journo who discovered that the clown bough a villa in Egypt was killed. Who could have killed him? Martians, most likely, wouldn’t you say?

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. XYZ, @sudden death

    TNA looked for any evidence that an Egyptian journalist with the name or pseudonym Mohammad al-Alawi had ever existed before the day the videos were uploaded. We did not find any.

    According to a Hurghada-based journalist, who spoke to TNA on condition of anonymity, there has been no journalist by the given name known to the local community in recent years.

    Egypt Telegraph analysed the copy of the contract that al-Alawi reportedly obtained, and concluded that the document was forged. An Egyptian business lawyer told TNA that the contract lacked sufficient unredacted details to determine its authenticity.

    https://www.newarab.com/investigations/did-ukraine-kill-egyptian-journalist-who-exposed-zelensky

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @sudden death


    TNA looked for any evidence that an Egyptian journalist with the name or pseudonym Mohammad al-Alawi had ever existed before the day the videos were uploaded. We did not find any.
     
    My point exactly. It was Martians. The same Martians that bombed and shelled Donbass since 2014 and murdered >100 random people in Crocus City Hall recently.
  63. @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC

    I have a more prosaic explanation: it’s the promotion of business. People spend money traveling (hotels, gas, food, etc.), plus they purchase various things (like special glasses) for the eclipse itself. Considering the true state of the US economy (not cooked up official numbers), this is a smart strategy.

    Replies: @Another Polish Perspective

    You have become fully American when you look for business/money explanation in everything 😉

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Another Polish Perspective

    Did you read that when caught in the same spot as Andrew Huberman, Grigor Dimitrov said


    It was almost as bad as getting caught cheating on your real girlfriend.
     

    Replies: @Another Polish Perspective

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Another Polish Perspective


    You have become fully American when you look for business/money explanation in everything
     
    I just know the US well enough after 30+ years. The only significant driver of the American society is money.

    I am not saying that there aren’t people in the US driven by other motivations, but they are a minority and do not affect any decisions by the authorities (the majority doesn’t, either, as massive fraud in 2020 showed).
  64. @QCIC
    One of the strangest projects this year in the USA (so far) is the hype over the solar eclipse which is visible on Monday. This mild mania may only apply to areas which are along the ground track of near-total occultation, though apparently many people are traveling to good viewing locations. It could simply be a distraction generated by the media or even a harmless spring party mentality. On the other hand, I wonder if this eclipse hype is part of a project to normalize occult practices and religions? I don't know the specifics of how eclipses are interpreted by pagan religions (or cults) but they are often mentioned together.

    Maybe this is a once in a millennia opportunity to see the Counter-Earth with the naked eye? That would be something!

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @songbird, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Another Polish Perspective, @bike-anarkist, @Wokechoke, @S1, @Jatt Aryaa

    There is a hype but also fear. Emergency state here and there…?

    I suppose TPTB are a bit afraid that in temporary darkness Nibiru/Planet X could become visible close to the Sun, so they try to put their own spin at the event. If that fails, we will see “3 rockets sent by Nasa” close to the moon. Note 3 points make geometric shape, not line like 2 points.

    Luckily for them, it seems it will be a cloudy day.

  65. AP says:
    @AnonfromTN
    @AP

    Well, Nashville is not blessed with European ethnic stores. There is only one Russian/Eastern European store, but after their owners sided with Ukraine, I stopped shopping there about two years ago. Now I get all European food online. Asian stores are another relief: they sell lots of European stuff, including authentic imported (despite Alzheimer-in-Chief) directly from Russia.

    Russian online store apparently also works with good smugglers: candy, mayo, dried fish, fried sunflower seeds, canned mushrooms, spices, and many other things come directly from Russia and everything is quite fresh. Their sausage is good, so is the sausage from German online store. It’s made in the US, but it’s made by people who know how to make real sausage, not what Americans consider sausage.

    However, fancy European cheezes, some exotic grains, good quality baklava, as well as really good filet mignon can only be found in Whole Foods in Nashville.

    Replies: @AP

    Well, Nashville is not blessed with European ethnic stores. There is only one Russian/Eastern European store, but after their owners sided with Ukraine, I stopped shopping there about two years ago

    In that case, you would boycott a majority of the Russian community in the USA. I’d estimate around 70% of Russians in America oppose Putin’s war and no more than 30% support it. There have been Russian concerts by Russian performers who send aid to Ukraine. My Russian wife went to one with some Russian friends.

    We have one friend who doesn’t even speak to her family in Russia because of the war.

    The explanation, I think, is because the “Russian community” includes not only people from Russia but also Russians, and Russian-speaking Ukrainians and Jews from places like Kharkiv or Odessa. It’s hard to believe the fairytales of the Russian government and press when your friends from Kharkiv hear directly from their loved ones about what Russia is doing to their city.

    Of course these are people who emigrated years ago. The situation in Serbia for example is different: the place is packed with recent refugees who oppose the war and have fled Russia over it. So in Serbia there are a huge number of Russians who are far more anti-Putin than are Serbs.

    Here are a bunch of anti-war Russians in Spain shouting down a pro-war Russian (she is of course a boomer lady):

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @AP

    I think that your characterization of the emigre Russian community is pretty accurate. At the Russian food market here in Phoenix, one that our Professor is familiar with that he used to frequent when he lived here, "Yasha from Russia", there's a very pronounced silence and ambiguity about the war in Ukraine. The store owner mumbles in effect "were just trying to survive".

    Where once abundant ads and free "Ruskij Mir" newspapers abounded, there are now empty spaces. From my vantage point, Professor TN's virulent pro-Putler and anti-Ukrainian stances sticks out like a sore thumb. For all of his railing against the commie past, his positions seem to be formed as a result of his sovok upbringing and love of "Mother Russia". The way things are going in Russia, I seriously doubt that he'll end up moving back and spending the majority of his retirement years there or in Ukraine...

    https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/were-just-trying-to-survive-phoenix-store-selling-russian-ukrainian-goods-worried-for-future

    Replies: @AP

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    In that case, you would boycott a majority of the Russian community in the USA. I’d estimate around 70% of Russians in America oppose Putin’s war and no more than 30% support it. There have been Russian concerts by Russian performers who send aid to Ukraine. My Russian wife went to one with some Russian friends.

     

    The ones who support it heavily lean older and Sovok, right?
    , @AnonfromTN
    @AP

    Russians who live and work outside of Russia (myself included) are irrelevant for the country. The only thing that matters is internal support. This was clear in the elections result: inside Putin got 87% of the vote, outside only 72%.

    At to boycott, I would not knowingly do business with anyone opposed to SMO, person, organization, or country. I grew up in Lugansk and know what the current Kiev regime is.

    Replies: @AP

  66. Yes, I think Counter-Earth may be visible today peeking around the edge of the sun, through the corona. It is not usually visible from Earth even with a coronagraph telescope, since the scattered blue light from Earth’s atmosphere is too bright. The blue sky overwhelms the blue image from the far planet. It should be roughly the same brightness as Venus when it is on the far side of the Sun, though with a bluish tint. However, since the moon blocks most of the solar radiation at the time of full eclipse this greatly reduces the brightness of the blue sky scattered light as well as the direct rays from the sun. Of course some blue light still scatters in from parts of the sky beyond the viewer’s local “eclipse horizon”. Sadly, most people will not be able to see Counter-Earth because the neutral density filters used for safe viewing wipe out the blue signal from the planet. The diffuse reflected light from the planet probably cannot form a useful image with a pinhole camera arrangement and looking at the sun without the dark filter is hazardous, even during an eclipse. One needs a coronagraph/Lyot filter setup and the eclipse.

    Happy Monday 😉

    PS: I wish I had thought of this a week ago…

    • Replies: @songbird
    @QCIC

    I did not enjoy this movie, but it had two curious vignettes:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doppelg%C3%A4nger_(1969_film)

    One was of a woman cucking her husband because she was on the pill.

    Another was an extended sequence of a black hand flipping switches and dials. Finally after about 30 seconds or a minute, the hand resolved into a black doctor caring for an injured patient. It was very strange in the context of the film which was about European cooperation with a non-diverse America. It almost seemed fetishistic. Would greatly like to know who originated it.

    Gerry Anderson (not his real name) would be my first guess, but it wasn't necessarily him.

  67. @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    Well, Nashville is not blessed with European ethnic stores. There is only one Russian/Eastern European store, but after their owners sided with Ukraine, I stopped shopping there about two years ago
     
    In that case, you would boycott a majority of the Russian community in the USA. I’d estimate around 70% of Russians in America oppose Putin’s war and no more than 30% support it. There have been Russian concerts by Russian performers who send aid to Ukraine. My Russian wife went to one with some Russian friends.

    We have one friend who doesn’t even speak to her family in Russia because of the war.

    The explanation, I think, is because the “Russian community” includes not only people from Russia but also Russians, and Russian-speaking Ukrainians and Jews from places like Kharkiv or Odessa. It’s hard to believe the fairytales of the Russian government and press when your friends from Kharkiv hear directly from their loved ones about what Russia is doing to their city.

    Of course these are people who emigrated years ago. The situation in Serbia for example is different: the place is packed with recent refugees who oppose the war and have fled Russia over it. So in Serbia there are a huge number of Russians who are far more anti-Putin than are Serbs.

    Here are a bunch of anti-war Russians in Spain shouting down a pro-war Russian (she is of course a boomer lady):



    https://twitter.com/aleksandrx13/status/1777288633407410665?s=46&t=Qz3eXZWFYIvyHmaAk32tcg

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Mr. XYZ, @AnonfromTN

    I think that your characterization of the emigre Russian community is pretty accurate. At the Russian food market here in Phoenix, one that our Professor is familiar with that he used to frequent when he lived here, “Yasha from Russia”, there’s a very pronounced silence and ambiguity about the war in Ukraine. The store owner mumbles in effect “were just trying to survive”.

    Where once abundant ads and free “Ruskij Mir” newspapers abounded, there are now empty spaces. From my vantage point, Professor TN’s virulent pro-Putler and anti-Ukrainian stances sticks out like a sore thumb. For all of his railing against the commie past, his positions seem to be formed as a result of his sovok upbringing and love of “Mother Russia”. The way things are going in Russia, I seriously doubt that he’ll end up moving back and spending the majority of his retirement years there or in Ukraine…

    https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/were-just-trying-to-survive-phoenix-store-selling-russian-ukrainian-goods-worried-for-future

    • Disagree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @AP
    @Mr. Hack


    Where once abundant ads and free “Ruskij Mir” newspapers abounded, there are now empty spaces
     
    Most Russians in the USA supported the takeover of Crimea and liked Putin for doing it: the place is sentimental for them, it has a Russian majority, and the action was almost completely bloodless. I think they had a point. Of course it was illegal, and Ukraine and certain Ukrainians were owed compensation for lost property but overall it wasn’t a tragedy and reflected the wishes of most of the people there.

    2022 was different. Most Russians in the USA opposed it strongly. I know a guy who was crazy about Putin (we used to tease him about it) who got into a real depression over that. People who had unironically enjoyed the “man like Putin” song now refer to him as a murderer and killer. My wife, who always strongly disliked Putin, feels sadly vindicated.

    From my vantage point, Professor TN’s virulent pro-Putler and anti-Ukrainian stances sticks out like a sore thumb
     
    His attitude is a minority one. But IMO he gets sort of a pass because his neighborhood had been bombed by Kiev’s forces, so he has a lot of hatred. It’s personal. There are now people in Kharkiv whose neighborhoods have been wrecked or lived ones killed, who out of revenge love it when Belgorod civilians are hit by bombs. AnoninTN is a lot like them, though he would never admit it.

    The Westerners (including Slovaks) taking Russia’s side or praising Putin are far more disgusting than he is.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

  68. @Mikhail
    Good news -

    https://www.rt.com/news/595535-pellegrini-win-slovakia-presidency/

    Ukraine-skeptic politician wins presidential election

    Peter Pellegrini will be Slovakia’s new leader

    Peter Pellegrini was elected to serve as the next president of Slovakia on Saturday, beating ex-Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok. Pellegrini is a close ally of Prime Minister Robert Fico, who is a staunch opponent of sending weapons to Ukraine.

    With nearly 100% of the ballots counted, Pellegrini is leading with 53.17% of the votes, according to the official tally.

    Korcok has conceded the loss. “I am genuinely disappointed, to be honest,” he said shortly after the results were announced. “But because I am an athlete at heart, I respect the results. It was a celebration of democracy.”

    Outgoing President Zuzana Caputova congratulated Pellegrini, wishing him success in office. “It is important that, from the moment of the election, the new president acts in such a way that no part of society will feel defeated,” she said.

    Pellegrini served as prime minister between 2018 and 2020 and is currently the speaker of Slovakia’s parliament. He is allied with Fico, who has reversed the previous government’s decision to send military aid to Ukraine.

    Fico has been a vocal critic of the NATO and EU for their unconditional support for Ukraine during its fight against Russia, arguing that Slovakia should not be dragged into the conflict. He accused Kiev of making “unrealistic” demands regarding the potential peace settlement with Moscow and even suggested that Ukraine may have to relinquish its territorial claims. He also slammed Korcok as “a warmonger who unhesitatingly supports everything the West tells him.”

    Pellegrini has defended the stopping of weapons deliveries to Ukraine. In his victory speech, the president-elect promised to “do everything to ensure that Slovakia will always remain on the side of peace and not on the side of war, whether anyone likes it or not.”

    In an op-ed published last month in the newspaper Hospodarske noviny, Pellegrini dismissed the idea of potentially sending NATO troops to Ukraine as a dangerous escalation. He argued that it was “irresponsible” for Slovakian politicians to call for arms shipments to Ukraine without any regard for Bratislava’s own safety and to “label those who mention the word ‘peace’ as the agents of Moscow.”
     

    Replies: @sudden death, @Gerard1234

    Unfortunately Mikhail, the only conclusion from this guy winning ….. is that President of Slovakia must be a useless – near ceremonial position. Similarly for countries where “pro-Russian” PM’s win – the assumption must be that the President has all the power. This pattern has occurred a few times in gayropa-the system is fixed.

    And even if an actually powerful pro-Russian guy came – the political international pressure and economic blackmail, threats from West would be too great to resist.

    So we should not bother ourselves with these elections, for non
    -SMO stuff we should focus on :

    1. Eichmann-ing various American scum like Trump, Nuland/nudelman (as soon as she leaves the official position as doing it to “active” officials would be exponentially more problematic)

    2. Suing Biden & (((Sullivan))for $450 Trillion. Fox news and Trump have had recent court cases where ordered to pay about 1 billion for what they have said, so we should take advantage of American freakshow legal system by attempt to sue them for claiming “Russia hacked Hunter Biden’s computer”.
    Obviously the point would be to not get this unobtainable amount – but to encounter some Republican judge eager to harm Democrats before, during or after the election – and hopefully get the internationalist American plankton dickheads to link these satanic lies from Biden etc – to the annihilation of Banderastan.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Gerard1234


    Unfortunately Mikhail, the only conclusion from this guy winning ….. is that President of Slovakia must be a useless – near ceremonial position. Similarly for countries where “pro-Russian” PM’s win – the assumption must be that the President has all the power. This pattern has occurred a few times in gayropa-the system is fixed.

    And even if an actually powerful pro-Russian guy came – the political international pressure and economic blackmail, threats from West would be too great to resist.

    So we should not bother ourselves with these elections, for non
    -SMO stuff we should focus on :

    1. Eichmann-ing various American scum like Trump, Nuland/nudelman (as soon as she leaves the official position as doing it to “active” officials would be exponentially more problematic)

    2. Suing Biden & (((Sullivan))for $450 Trillion. Fox news and Trump have had recent court cases where ordered to pay about 1 billion for what they have said, so we should take advantage of American freakshow legal system by attempt to sue them for claiming “Russia hacked Hunter Biden’s computer”.
    Obviously the point would be to not get this unobtainable amount – but to encounter some Republican judge eager to harm Democrats before, during or after the election – and hopefully get the internationalist American plankton dickheads to link these satanic lies from Biden etc – to the annihilation of Banderastan.

     

    I'm aware that not everything is well in Slovakia. Its president and prime minister serve some good cause for optimism along with some other trends in the EU block. The neocons/neolibs/flat out Russia haters are feeling the heat which brings to mind this tripe in the US:

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2024/04/07/michael-mccaul-russian-propaganda-infected-gop-base-mike-turner-sotu-vpx.cnn

    Mike Turner is quite a projecting propagandist. Among his absurdities claiming Putin wants all of Ukraine and that the Kiev regime is a democracy.

    In this video Turner engages in some Afghanistan whataboutism.

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2024/04/07/michael-mccaul-russian-propaganda-infected-gop-base-mike-turner-sotu-vpx.cnn

    The Soviet propped Afghan regime remained in power for close to three years after the Soviets withdrew. When US forces left that country, Biden stated the American supported Afghan government would be able to hold its own. Instead, it melted immediately. In a 60 Minutes segment some years back, the interviewer expressed outrage after one of the interviewed Afghans said the "Russians" (Soviets) were better in their treatment than the Americans.

    Shifting gears, I caught a front-page Sunday NYT article at the grocer absurdly claiming the size of Russia's military personnel is highly dependent on released convicts. I didn't flip over to read the rest of it. Very doubtful that article provided incontrovertible evidence corroborating Russia's military being largely dependent on released convicts. For the protection of Russia's military, you can be sure that the selected convicts are carefully screened.

    BTW, the Kiev regime has been releasing convicts to join in the NATO proxy war, in addition to having press gangs take people for military service. Front page or otherwise, has The NYT done any articles on these matters? On that same day, The NYT ran an editorial with the title having to do with Ukraine being on life support.

    Anti-Russian propaganda as opposed to Russian propaganda is the greater influenced reality among Republicans and to a greater extent Democrats.
  69. A123 says: • Website

    Has the Veggie-In-Chief’s administration created an unsolvable problem for themselves? (1)

    They brow beat Israel into a Russia style containment exercise. Israel has huge advantages defending against terrorist attacks from Southern Gaza. And, no one is going North until all hostages are released and Hamas is permanently out of commission.

    Are Putin and Netanyahu going to simply outlast the illegitimate White House regime?

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2024/04/08/israel-denies-that-troop-withdrawals-mean-giving-up-on-destroying-hamas/

    • Troll: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @A123

    Isn't the current US defensive position against Israel, analogous to the "defensive position" of Russia against Ukraine, or something like that in your imaginative and corrosive imagination kremlinstoogeA123?

  70. @A123
    Has the Veggie-In-Chief's administration created an unsolvable problem for themselves? (1)

    They brow beat Israel into a Russia style containment exercise. Israel has huge advantages defending against terrorist attacks from Southern Gaza. And, no one is going North until all hostages are released and Hamas is permanently out of commission.

    Are Putin and Netanyahu going to simply outlast the illegitimate White House regime?

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2024/04/08/israel-denies-that-troop-withdrawals-mean-giving-up-on-destroying-hamas/

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Isn’t the current US defensive position against Israel, analogous to the “defensive position” of Russia against Ukraine, or something like that in your imaginative and corrosive imagination kremlinstoogeA123?

  71. @QCIC
    Yes, I think Counter-Earth may be visible today peeking around the edge of the sun, through the corona. It is not usually visible from Earth even with a coronagraph telescope, since the scattered blue light from Earth's atmosphere is too bright. The blue sky overwhelms the blue image from the far planet. It should be roughly the same brightness as Venus when it is on the far side of the Sun, though with a bluish tint. However, since the moon blocks most of the solar radiation at the time of full eclipse this greatly reduces the brightness of the blue sky scattered light as well as the direct rays from the sun. Of course some blue light still scatters in from parts of the sky beyond the viewer's local "eclipse horizon". Sadly, most people will not be able to see Counter-Earth because the neutral density filters used for safe viewing wipe out the blue signal from the planet. The diffuse reflected light from the planet probably cannot form a useful image with a pinhole camera arrangement and looking at the sun without the dark filter is hazardous, even during an eclipse. One needs a coronagraph/Lyot filter setup and the eclipse.

    Happy Monday ;)

    PS: I wish I had thought of this a week ago...

    Replies: @songbird

    I did not enjoy this movie, but it had two curious vignettes:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doppelg%C3%A4nger_(1969_film)

    One was of a woman cucking her husband because she was on the pill.

    Another was an extended sequence of a black hand flipping switches and dials. Finally after about 30 seconds or a minute, the hand resolved into a black doctor caring for an injured patient. It was very strange in the context of the film which was about European cooperation with a non-diverse America. It almost seemed fetishistic. Would greatly like to know who originated it.

    Gerry Anderson (not his real name) would be my first guess, but it wasn’t necessarily him.

    • Thanks: QCIC
  72. @Another Polish Perspective
    @AnonfromTN

    You have become fully American when you look for business/money explanation in everything ;)

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @AnonfromTN

    Did you read that when caught in the same spot as Andrew Huberman, Grigor Dimitrov said

    It was almost as bad as getting caught cheating on your real girlfriend.

    • Replies: @Another Polish Perspective
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Not sure who these people are, but it is about playing tennis...?!

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  73. This crazy guy did it. He ran the length of Africa.

    They should have given him before and after health checkups like an astronaut to see how many tropical diseases he picked up.

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    Some Africans prefer the Western approach to fitness:

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/lowres.cartoonstock.com/animals-elephant-treadmill-exercise-exercise_regime-fitness-mbcn4154_low.jpg

    Replies: @songbird

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird

    Ultramarathoners do not run. Their maximum pace is shuffle and they do a bunch of walking.

    I looked it up and we get 3/4 of an eclipse, it's sunny, and I have plenty of time to make a pinhole imaging contraption. This might be great fun. If aliens or angels show up I am not going to report that.

    Replies: @A123, @songbird

  74. @songbird
    This crazy guy did it. He ran the length of Africa.

    They should have given him before and after health checkups like an astronaut to see how many tropical diseases he picked up.

    https://youtu.be/pDrSBMy3NZw?si=lhwJiQGXHrbcN1bt

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Emil Nikola Richard

    Some Africans prefer the Western approach to fitness:

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mr. Hack

    Hope he gets checked out for skin cancer.

    BTW, I very much enjoyed this recent clip of the elephant lifting the tour bus. Wish they would make an effort to calculate how much force that was and what a mammoth or mastadon could do.

    https://youtu.be/aTXRUzTf-L0?si=2QJYnPYJH_jeI63W


    Even some of these Asian elephants seem pretty aggressive. One can find lots of videos of them setting up impromptu roadblocks with their bodies and demanding the drivers of cars and even large trucks pay some kind of toll.

    https://youtu.be/CA2sF22isCw?si=gs2L7gO-mOzIxujK

    Replies: @Negronicus

  75. @songbird
    This crazy guy did it. He ran the length of Africa.

    They should have given him before and after health checkups like an astronaut to see how many tropical diseases he picked up.

    https://youtu.be/pDrSBMy3NZw?si=lhwJiQGXHrbcN1bt

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Emil Nikola Richard

    Ultramarathoners do not run. Their maximum pace is shuffle and they do a bunch of walking.

    I looked it up and we get 3/4 of an eclipse, it’s sunny, and I have plenty of time to make a pinhole imaging contraption. This might be great fun. If aliens or angels show up I am not going to report that.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    If aliens or angels show up I am not going to report that.
     
    I have a new outlook on aliens.

    PEACE 😇

     
    https://img.ifunny.co/images/ce6bb45978d4501b8648fde5a1c61bf6ae5c43e04e9465989b9b0f6ea51edf93_1.jpg
    , @songbird
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    I looked it up and we get 3/4 of an eclipse
     
    I understand why primitive peoples feared eclipses as it puts a real chill in the air, unless it is dead summer.
  76. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird

    Ultramarathoners do not run. Their maximum pace is shuffle and they do a bunch of walking.

    I looked it up and we get 3/4 of an eclipse, it's sunny, and I have plenty of time to make a pinhole imaging contraption. This might be great fun. If aliens or angels show up I am not going to report that.

    Replies: @A123, @songbird

    If aliens or angels show up I am not going to report that.

    I have a new outlook on aliens.

    PEACE 😇

     

  77. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Another Polish Perspective

    Did you read that when caught in the same spot as Andrew Huberman, Grigor Dimitrov said


    It was almost as bad as getting caught cheating on your real girlfriend.
     

    Replies: @Another Polish Perspective

    Not sure who these people are, but it is about playing tennis…?!

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Another Polish Perspective

    Andrew Huberman is American compared with Bulgarian Dimitrov is why I thought it was relevant to your comment. We had some discussion last week. There is a big internet buzz about it.

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/andrew-huberman-podcast-stanford-joe-rogan.html

    no paywall: https://archive.is/4fBqL

    The buzz is mostly stupid. The article is good.

  78. @Another Polish Perspective
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Not sure who these people are, but it is about playing tennis...?!

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    Andrew Huberman is American compared with Bulgarian Dimitrov is why I thought it was relevant to your comment. We had some discussion last week. There is a big internet buzz about it.

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/andrew-huberman-podcast-stanford-joe-rogan.html

    no paywall: https://archive.is/4fBqL

    The buzz is mostly stupid. The article is good.

  79. @sudden death
    @Mikhail

    While Beckow here is constantly trying to paint Slovakia as having fully vatnikified population, the current overall result is 53-47, which is not anyhow dominant for his side. Also knowing all Kremlin friends everywhere usually having the neverending desire for unlimited corruption/stealing, quite sure the popularity might drop again, like previously when they even started to kill local journos there whom did investigations and thus lost power because of that in 2018-19 IIRC.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @AP, @Gerard1234

    Like the dumb faggot you are, you are ignorant of the fact :

    1. Probably the most corrupt governments in world history are the endless cesspit of extreme corruption post-Maidan, heavily funded by West, ukronazi government…. and the Pro-EU Moldova government of very recently that stole something like 1/3rd of the countries entire budget!!! How much of an ignorant shithead would you have to be to not know that, but write what you did? Not as much as them, but still plenty of corruption in Pro-EU Gruzian politicians now and of last 20 years.

    2. Estonian bitch-whore PM, Kallas, not only has the most unbelievably pro-soviet, Soviet-servant before 1991 “CV” via her father (literally no major Russian politician has a pro-soviet past even close to the level of her father). .. this whore and her husband have extensive business interests with Russia

    3. There is a huge difference between

    Kremlin friends everywhere usually having the neverending desire for corruption/stealing

    ……. and the American puppet NATO/Baltic/post-Soviet scum excrement neverending desire to invent investigations and falsely prosecute for imaginary corruption/stealing anyone even close to being a “Kremlin friend” you thick POS.

    The actual corruption is these Baltics prostitutes and the rest selling their country and making unlimited corruption money via American MIC companies.

    Examples of fake charges included the Mayor of Riga, farce with Lithuanian president illegally changed for some Nazi diaspora American evil scumbag.. and the main rival to Macron on previous French presidential election. . The French guy, Fillon, A very high profile politician (former PM) appears vaguely pro-Kremlin and favourite for French president election …. and then “coincidentally” from NATO psyops, some non-event, minor “corruption” allegation gets invented that was never discovered before when already a major politician for years!

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Gerard1234


    ...Fillon...former PM appears vaguely pro-Kremlin and favourite for French president election …. and then “coincidentally” some minor “corruption” allegation gets invented that was never discovered before when already a major politician for years!
     
    They worked for a decade to gradually charge every not Russo-phobic politician. Fillon is a great example, but there dozens who were suddenly discovered to be "corrupt" between 2010-20. It was an orchestrated campaign - Trump also got caught up in it: silly one-sided charges, methods, 100% media support: - it is cookie-cut perfect.

    In Czechia Zeman (president) and Babis (PM) were suddenly discovered to have paper-work discrepancies from 10-15 years ago - Babis's company filled out some forms for "environmental protection" incorrectly in 2008 to get a waiver to build a hotel - the media run with it after 2016 round-the-clock. The same pattern as Trump or Fillon: courts threw it out because it was nonsense - but it took years. But media would constantly write: "under investigation for corruption" and when it ended "he was let go because he is a powerful, white rich businessman".

    In Slovakia a third-rate "journo" blogger for an NGO outfit was mysteriously killed by a hired gun who used to work in Somalia as a bodyguard on ships. The merc had 75 IQ and no idea who paid for it. There was no reason to do it other than create an excuse to attack a "Russian-friendly" government. Then they got 10k NGO grifters-students to shout in the streets - media said it was 30k. It took a few years to calm down the hysteria.

    Nato-side has a weak hand in this dispute (now a war), so they have to fight dirty. Then they project that the other side fights "dirty". It has been a downward spiral - at the end Nato is going to lose badly, they are not getting Ukraine as a military base against Russia. Too bad so many have to suffer for the crazy plan that clearly over-reached - mostly Ukies, but also many others.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @AP

    , @sudden death
    @Gerard1234


    Moldova government of very recently that stole something like 1/3rd of the countries entire budget
     
    haha, ofc our poor coprolaliac Gerard completely accidentally "forgot" to mention about the organiser of that heist, who is entirely unsurprisingly working for Kremlin in Moldova:

    Ilan Shor is an Israeli-born Moldovan oligarch and politician. In 2014, Shor "masterminded" a scam that saw US$1 billion disappear from Moldovan banks, resulting in a total loss equivalent to 12% of Moldova's GDP and the arrest of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat. In June 2017, he was sentenced to 7.5 years of prison in absentia for fraud and money laundering and on 14 April 2023 his sentence was increased to 15 years. All of Shor's Moldovan assets were also frozen. After spending time under house arrest he fled to Israel in 2019, where he currently lives.

    On 26 October 2022, the United States sanctioned him due to his working with "corrupt oligarchs and Moscow-based entities to create political unrest in Moldova". The United Kingdom and European Union have also sanctioned Shor. His pro-Russian party, the Șor Party, was banned by the Constitutional Court of Moldova on 19 June 2023 after months of protests organized by his party. According to the court, these protests were designed to destabilize Moldova and foment a coup in order to install a pro-Russian government.The same Constitutional Court revoked the ban on 27 March 2024.
     

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilan_Shor

    Replies: @Gerard1234

  80. @Gerard1234
    @sudden death

    Like the dumb faggot you are, you are ignorant of the fact :

    1. Probably the most corrupt governments in world history are the endless cesspit of extreme corruption post-Maidan, heavily funded by West, ukronazi government.... and the Pro-EU Moldova government of very recently that stole something like 1/3rd of the countries entire budget!!! How much of an ignorant shithead would you have to be to not know that, but write what you did? Not as much as them, but still plenty of corruption in Pro-EU Gruzian politicians now and of last 20 years.


    2. Estonian bitch-whore PM, Kallas, not only has the most unbelievably pro-soviet, Soviet-servant before 1991 "CV" via her father (literally no major Russian politician has a pro-soviet past even close to the level of her father). .. this whore and her husband have extensive business interests with Russia

    3. There is a huge difference between


    Kremlin friends everywhere usually having the neverending desire for corruption/stealing
     
    ....... and the American puppet NATO/Baltic/post-Soviet scum excrement neverending desire to invent investigations and falsely prosecute for imaginary corruption/stealing anyone even close to being a "Kremlin friend" you thick POS.

    The actual corruption is these Baltics prostitutes and the rest selling their country and making unlimited corruption money via American MIC companies.


    Examples of fake charges included the Mayor of Riga, farce with Lithuanian president illegally changed for some Nazi diaspora American evil scumbag.. and the main rival to Macron on previous French presidential election. . The French guy, Fillon, A very high profile politician (former PM) appears vaguely pro-Kremlin and favourite for French president election .... and then "coincidentally" from NATO psyops, some non-event, minor "corruption" allegation gets invented that was never discovered before when already a major politician for years!

    Replies: @Beckow, @sudden death

    …Fillon…former PM appears vaguely pro-Kremlin and favourite for French president election …. and then “coincidentally” some minor “corruption” allegation gets invented that was never discovered before when already a major politician for years!

    They worked for a decade to gradually charge every not Russo-phobic politician. Fillon is a great example, but there dozens who were suddenly discovered to be “corrupt” between 2010-20. It was an orchestrated campaign – Trump also got caught up in it: silly one-sided charges, methods, 100% media support: – it is cookie-cut perfect.

    In Czechia Zeman (president) and Babis (PM) were suddenly discovered to have paper-work discrepancies from 10-15 years ago – Babis’s company filled out some forms for “environmental protection” incorrectly in 2008 to get a waiver to build a hotel – the media run with it after 2016 round-the-clock. The same pattern as Trump or Fillon: courts threw it out because it was nonsense – but it took years. But media would constantly write: “under investigation for corruption” and when it ended “he was let go because he is a powerful, white rich businessman“.

    In Slovakia a third-rate “journo” blogger for an NGO outfit was mysteriously killed by a hired gun who used to work in Somalia as a bodyguard on ships. The merc had 75 IQ and no idea who paid for it. There was no reason to do it other than create an excuse to attack a “Russian-friendly” government. Then they got 10k NGO grifters-students to shout in the streets – media said it was 30k. It took a few years to calm down the hysteria.

    Nato-side has a weak hand in this dispute (now a war), so they have to fight dirty. Then they project that the other side fights “dirty”. It has been a downward spiral – at the end Nato is going to lose badly, they are not getting Ukraine as a military base against Russia. Too bad so many have to suffer for the crazy plan that clearly over-reached – mostly Ukies, but also many others.

    • Agree: Gerard1234
    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    Do you guys have an embassy in Kiev that could get accidentally bombed?

    Replies: @Beckow, @Gerard1234

    , @AP
    @Beckow

    A simpler explanation: the Russian state attracts and works with the corrupt, the criminal, and the degenerate, in any country. Like Scott Ritter. Or Babis (you think anyone decent got that rich in the 90s, other than the aristocrats who got their lands returned to them?). Or the pedophile-infested Fidesz party in Hungary. They eventually get caught. But Russia can find others to replace them.

    This is a smaller fish, but a funny one if not for the victim. Remember the pro-Russian American who put the American flag in Avdiivka after the Russians took it? Turns out he is wanted in Massachusetts for sex crimes.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/05/fugitive-former-us-city-councillor-enlists-with-russia-for-war-in-ukraine

    Fugitive former US city councillor enlists with Russia for war in Ukraine

    A former city councillor and member of the Massachusetts national guard who is wanted in the US on child sexual abuse image charges has fled the country and joined the Russian army fighting in Ukraine.

    Wilmer Puello-Mota, 28, former city councillor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, went missing on 7 January, two days before he was scheduled to appear in court in Rhode Island in possession of child sexual abuse images and obstruction of justice charges…

    …. Russian pro-war channels circulated footage of a blurred figure in combat fatigues planting the US flag in the ruins of a Ukrainian city in support of Russia.

    “I’m here to plant the US flag as a sign of friendship and support for all the things people are enduring here,” the person in the video said, his face blurred.

    “I feel proud to be here.”

    :::::::::::

    As usual.

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

  81. @Beckow
    @Gerard1234


    ...Fillon...former PM appears vaguely pro-Kremlin and favourite for French president election …. and then “coincidentally” some minor “corruption” allegation gets invented that was never discovered before when already a major politician for years!
     
    They worked for a decade to gradually charge every not Russo-phobic politician. Fillon is a great example, but there dozens who were suddenly discovered to be "corrupt" between 2010-20. It was an orchestrated campaign - Trump also got caught up in it: silly one-sided charges, methods, 100% media support: - it is cookie-cut perfect.

    In Czechia Zeman (president) and Babis (PM) were suddenly discovered to have paper-work discrepancies from 10-15 years ago - Babis's company filled out some forms for "environmental protection" incorrectly in 2008 to get a waiver to build a hotel - the media run with it after 2016 round-the-clock. The same pattern as Trump or Fillon: courts threw it out because it was nonsense - but it took years. But media would constantly write: "under investigation for corruption" and when it ended "he was let go because he is a powerful, white rich businessman".

    In Slovakia a third-rate "journo" blogger for an NGO outfit was mysteriously killed by a hired gun who used to work in Somalia as a bodyguard on ships. The merc had 75 IQ and no idea who paid for it. There was no reason to do it other than create an excuse to attack a "Russian-friendly" government. Then they got 10k NGO grifters-students to shout in the streets - media said it was 30k. It took a few years to calm down the hysteria.

    Nato-side has a weak hand in this dispute (now a war), so they have to fight dirty. Then they project that the other side fights "dirty". It has been a downward spiral - at the end Nato is going to lose badly, they are not getting Ukraine as a military base against Russia. Too bad so many have to suffer for the crazy plan that clearly over-reached - mostly Ukies, but also many others.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @AP

    Do you guys have an embassy in Kiev that could get accidentally bombed?

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I think so. Although what's the point of 'embassies' with today's communication and easy travel? It is a grifters-central - most should be abolished.

    , @Gerard1234
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Did not realise Alexandrova was quite consistent in the major tournaments last year ( all 3rd or 4th round, losing to opponents who made semi-finals ). Probably I was biased against her because of lack of success in her early career, and she was absolutely useless against Collins........so I will now show a more enlightened and positive attitude to her tennis abilities.

    At least 1 semi-final or 2 Quarter-Finals in the next 4 major tournaments, with semi-final or more in at least 2 of the Masters tournaments for the year, is my minimum expectation for her. Except for injury, there is no real excuse if she is unable to achieve that.

    Rybakina has the game to defeat everyone anywhere, but can be weak under pressure...... so except for Swiatek on clay and Sabalenka at her best on hard court- everybody is capable of beating anybody

  82. AP says:
    @Mr. Hack
    @AP

    I think that your characterization of the emigre Russian community is pretty accurate. At the Russian food market here in Phoenix, one that our Professor is familiar with that he used to frequent when he lived here, "Yasha from Russia", there's a very pronounced silence and ambiguity about the war in Ukraine. The store owner mumbles in effect "were just trying to survive".

    Where once abundant ads and free "Ruskij Mir" newspapers abounded, there are now empty spaces. From my vantage point, Professor TN's virulent pro-Putler and anti-Ukrainian stances sticks out like a sore thumb. For all of his railing against the commie past, his positions seem to be formed as a result of his sovok upbringing and love of "Mother Russia". The way things are going in Russia, I seriously doubt that he'll end up moving back and spending the majority of his retirement years there or in Ukraine...

    https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/were-just-trying-to-survive-phoenix-store-selling-russian-ukrainian-goods-worried-for-future

    Replies: @AP

    Where once abundant ads and free “Ruskij Mir” newspapers abounded, there are now empty spaces

    Most Russians in the USA supported the takeover of Crimea and liked Putin for doing it: the place is sentimental for them, it has a Russian majority, and the action was almost completely bloodless. I think they had a point. Of course it was illegal, and Ukraine and certain Ukrainians were owed compensation for lost property but overall it wasn’t a tragedy and reflected the wishes of most of the people there.

    2022 was different. Most Russians in the USA opposed it strongly. I know a guy who was crazy about Putin (we used to tease him about it) who got into a real depression over that. People who had unironically enjoyed the “man like Putin” song now refer to him as a murderer and killer. My wife, who always strongly disliked Putin, feels sadly vindicated.

    From my vantage point, Professor TN’s virulent pro-Putler and anti-Ukrainian stances sticks out like a sore thumb

    His attitude is a minority one. But IMO he gets sort of a pass because his neighborhood had been bombed by Kiev’s forces, so he has a lot of hatred. It’s personal. There are now people in Kharkiv whose neighborhoods have been wrecked or lived ones killed, who out of revenge love it when Belgorod civilians are hit by bombs. AnoninTN is a lot like them, though he would never admit it.

    The Westerners (including Slovaks) taking Russia’s side or praising Putin are far more disgusting than he is.

    • Disagree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    This conflict did not start in 2014. Ukrainian nationalist ambitions go back a long time, but were not something most Ukrainians would commit suicide over until recently. The West (CIA, MI6, etc.) worked to inflame anti-Soviet and later anti-Russian sentiments starting in WW2. This simmered throughout the cold war and then became a more serious project after the end of the USSR. At some point it appears this anti-Russia project merged with the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) which is a vile project led by Jewish American thinkers who are rabidly anti-Islam but often equally anti-Russian. They saw the collapse of the USSR as an opportunity to create a hegemonic power after the USA became the economic leader of the world. They apparently underestimated the Russian commitment to sovereignty which was backed up by her nuclear weapons, even as the rest of the world was picking the bones of the new Russian economy and unraveling her military capabilities.

    The risk of this anti-Russia project appeared low for a time. This led the irresponsible leaders in the West to make egregious statecraft mistakes including dropping out of nuclear arms control treaties and constantly expanding NATO directly to the Russian border. Many people along the way warned that these foolish moves could lead to nuclear war. In retrospect it seems obvious there was a long fierce battle within Russia between forces wanting to destroy the sovereignty of the country at any cost and those wanting to preserve her independence while simultaneously bringing the economy up to world standards of productivity. The West was clearly pressuring Russia internally and externally.

    After much churning, the West finally generated a definitive Ukrainian coup in 2014 which spurred Russia into visible action. The rest follows from that. It was only a matter of time before Russia would go in to drive out the Western influencers who were supporting the murder of many Russian speakers very close to the border. The Russian repatriation of Crimea was implemented very cleverly, but also looks very weak unless one considers that anything stronger might have escalated to nuclear war.

    We do not know why Russia decided to go into Ukraine with the SMO in 2022. We also do not know if this was even Putin's plan. In many ways it looks like a fait accompli set up by the West. Always remember that Ukrainian Slavs are disposable pawns in the hearts and minds of the people leading this Western project.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    Most Russians in the USA supported the takeover of Crimea and liked Putin for doing it: the place is sentimental for them, it has a Russian majority, and the action was almost completely bloodless. I think they had a point. Of course it was illegal, and Ukraine and certain Ukrainians were owed compensation for lost property but overall it wasn’t a tragedy and reflected the wishes of most of the people there.
     
    Yep, that was me, though I'm an Israeli-American with Russian-born parents, but without any of us actually having Russian citizenship. I felt the same kind of enthusiasm towards this as Germans felt back in 1938 when the Sudetenland was peacefully returned to the German Reich or when Transylvania was united with Romania in 1918 or when Trentino and Trieste were united with Italy in 1918. The idea of reuniting one's ethnic kinsmen into their nation-state has a strongly attractive feeling to it.

    2022 was different. Most Russians in the USA opposed it strongly. I know a guy who was crazy about Putin (we used to tease him about it) who got into a real depression over that. People who had unironically enjoyed the “man like Putin” song now refer to him as a murderer and killer. My wife, who always strongly disliked Putin, feels sadly vindicated.
     
    Agreed. Same here. It would be similar to Hitler taking over Prague in March 1939, or perhaps (to adjust for linguistic similarities) similar to Hitler taking over the Netherlands in March 1939 as well by insisting that they are actually Germans.
  83. @Gerard1234
    @sudden death

    Like the dumb faggot you are, you are ignorant of the fact :

    1. Probably the most corrupt governments in world history are the endless cesspit of extreme corruption post-Maidan, heavily funded by West, ukronazi government.... and the Pro-EU Moldova government of very recently that stole something like 1/3rd of the countries entire budget!!! How much of an ignorant shithead would you have to be to not know that, but write what you did? Not as much as them, but still plenty of corruption in Pro-EU Gruzian politicians now and of last 20 years.


    2. Estonian bitch-whore PM, Kallas, not only has the most unbelievably pro-soviet, Soviet-servant before 1991 "CV" via her father (literally no major Russian politician has a pro-soviet past even close to the level of her father). .. this whore and her husband have extensive business interests with Russia

    3. There is a huge difference between


    Kremlin friends everywhere usually having the neverending desire for corruption/stealing
     
    ....... and the American puppet NATO/Baltic/post-Soviet scum excrement neverending desire to invent investigations and falsely prosecute for imaginary corruption/stealing anyone even close to being a "Kremlin friend" you thick POS.

    The actual corruption is these Baltics prostitutes and the rest selling their country and making unlimited corruption money via American MIC companies.


    Examples of fake charges included the Mayor of Riga, farce with Lithuanian president illegally changed for some Nazi diaspora American evil scumbag.. and the main rival to Macron on previous French presidential election. . The French guy, Fillon, A very high profile politician (former PM) appears vaguely pro-Kremlin and favourite for French president election .... and then "coincidentally" from NATO psyops, some non-event, minor "corruption" allegation gets invented that was never discovered before when already a major politician for years!

    Replies: @Beckow, @sudden death

    Moldova government of very recently that stole something like 1/3rd of the countries entire budget

    haha, ofc our poor coprolaliac Gerard completely accidentally “forgot” to mention about the organiser of that heist, who is entirely unsurprisingly working for Kremlin in Moldova:

    Ilan Shor is an Israeli-born Moldovan oligarch and politician. In 2014, Shor “masterminded” a scam that saw US$1 billion disappear from Moldovan banks, resulting in a total loss equivalent to 12% of Moldova’s GDP and the arrest of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat. In June 2017, he was sentenced to 7.5 years of prison in absentia for fraud and money laundering and on 14 April 2023 his sentence was increased to 15 years. All of Shor’s Moldovan assets were also frozen. After spending time under house arrest he fled to Israel in 2019, where he currently lives.

    On 26 October 2022, the United States sanctioned him due to his working with “corrupt oligarchs and Moscow-based entities to create political unrest in Moldova”. The United Kingdom and European Union have also sanctioned Shor. His pro-Russian party, the Șor Party, was banned by the Constitutional Court of Moldova on 19 June 2023 after months of protests organized by his party. According to the court, these protests were designed to destabilize Moldova and foment a coup in order to install a pro-Russian government.The same Constitutional Court revoked the ban on 27 March 2024.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilan_Shor

    • Replies: @Gerard1234
    @sudden death


    Gerard completely accidentally “forgot” to mention about the organiser of that heist, who is entirely unsurprisingly working for Kremlin in Moldova:
     
    LOL - what part of "pro EU government" and "mass corruption scandal stealing much of the national budget" ....are you too much of a dumb retard to understand?

    Pro-Russian side lead the protests against this you dimwit.

    What part of "arrested Prime Minister Filat" and "pro-EU" are you too thick to understand and link together?


    Ilan Shor is an Israeli-born Moldovan oligarch and politician. In 2014, Shor “masterminded” a scam that saw US$1 billion disappear from Moldovan banks, resulting in a total loss equivalent to 12% of Moldova’s GDP and the arrest of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat.
     
    LMAO - "Ilan Shor" and "pro-Russian" is an incompatible sequence you malignant cretin. In no way is he connected to the Russian state or are his actions "pro-Russian". Its the pro-EU government via him deciding to launder money you imbecile!
    For a dumb westerner to make this ignorant claim would be expected........for a post-soviet midget shithole inhabitant to make this claim is far past dumb..........it's simply outright lying, knowing that all these anti-Russian parasites from post-Soviet countries are , until they can actually join the EU , entirely reliant on and exploit money from the nearest economic power (Russia)to buildup their wealth that they can spend in the west, and also entirely rely on these Russian connections to buildup their political power also.

    Yushchenko with his history in the banking sector is probably the most "kremlin-linked" person to become head of state outside of Russia you idiot.

    Poroshenko/Valtsman with his history in business entirely becoming wealthy because of Russia........is the most Russian-business linked person to become head of state ( and probable great friends with his also jewish-Moldovan pal Shor), not called Ivanishvili

    That Gruzian dogshit Ivanishvili, of course owes his wealth to Russia ( not even Russian market, just Russia)

    Ze drug addict - with his zero talent became rich because of Russian market, and in the hilarious farce of Banderastan...........has nearly all of his films banned in Ukraine because of their Russian connection, LOL.

    I already mentioned the very enthusiastically Soviet past of this Kallas bitch's father

    So that's all these vermin, using their Russian connections to become very wealthy or powerful .........and then using this to implement anti-Russian politics. Latvian midget Nazi excrement at top level also had huge role in this Moldovan corruption case -which you almost certainly would have read as you saw about this Shor guy - emphasising just how much of a liar you and the Baltic midgets are.

    Replies: @AP, @AnonfromTN, @sudden death

  84. AP says:
    @Beckow
    @Gerard1234


    ...Fillon...former PM appears vaguely pro-Kremlin and favourite for French president election …. and then “coincidentally” some minor “corruption” allegation gets invented that was never discovered before when already a major politician for years!
     
    They worked for a decade to gradually charge every not Russo-phobic politician. Fillon is a great example, but there dozens who were suddenly discovered to be "corrupt" between 2010-20. It was an orchestrated campaign - Trump also got caught up in it: silly one-sided charges, methods, 100% media support: - it is cookie-cut perfect.

    In Czechia Zeman (president) and Babis (PM) were suddenly discovered to have paper-work discrepancies from 10-15 years ago - Babis's company filled out some forms for "environmental protection" incorrectly in 2008 to get a waiver to build a hotel - the media run with it after 2016 round-the-clock. The same pattern as Trump or Fillon: courts threw it out because it was nonsense - but it took years. But media would constantly write: "under investigation for corruption" and when it ended "he was let go because he is a powerful, white rich businessman".

    In Slovakia a third-rate "journo" blogger for an NGO outfit was mysteriously killed by a hired gun who used to work in Somalia as a bodyguard on ships. The merc had 75 IQ and no idea who paid for it. There was no reason to do it other than create an excuse to attack a "Russian-friendly" government. Then they got 10k NGO grifters-students to shout in the streets - media said it was 30k. It took a few years to calm down the hysteria.

    Nato-side has a weak hand in this dispute (now a war), so they have to fight dirty. Then they project that the other side fights "dirty". It has been a downward spiral - at the end Nato is going to lose badly, they are not getting Ukraine as a military base against Russia. Too bad so many have to suffer for the crazy plan that clearly over-reached - mostly Ukies, but also many others.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @AP

    A simpler explanation: the Russian state attracts and works with the corrupt, the criminal, and the degenerate, in any country. Like Scott Ritter. Or Babis (you think anyone decent got that rich in the 90s, other than the aristocrats who got their lands returned to them?). Or the pedophile-infested Fidesz party in Hungary. They eventually get caught. But Russia can find others to replace them.

    This is a smaller fish, but a funny one if not for the victim. Remember the pro-Russian American who put the American flag in Avdiivka after the Russians took it? Turns out he is wanted in Massachusetts for sex crimes.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/05/fugitive-former-us-city-councillor-enlists-with-russia-for-war-in-ukraine

    Fugitive former US city councillor enlists with Russia for war in Ukraine

    A former city councillor and member of the Massachusetts national guard who is wanted in the US on child sexual abuse image charges has fled the country and joined the Russian army fighting in Ukraine.

    Wilmer Puello-Mota, 28, former city councillor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, went missing on 7 January, two days before he was scheduled to appear in court in Rhode Island in possession of child sexual abuse images and obstruction of justice charges…

    …. Russian pro-war channels circulated footage of a blurred figure in combat fatigues planting the US flag in the ruins of a Ukrainian city in support of Russia.

    “I’m here to plant the US flag as a sign of friendship and support for all the things people are enduring here,” the person in the video said, his face blurred.

    “I feel proud to be here.”

    :::::::::::

    As usual.

    • Agree: sudden death
    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AP

    As usual you play an idiot who only sees one side. Let's see: Ursula is an admitted crook and plagiarist, the UK Indian guy a hustler w unexplained easy wealth, Macron - do we need to say much about a Rotschild banker married to a grandma? The whole country of Belgium is infected with pedos, and Bidens, Clintons...Tony Blair, enough said. Do you really want to compare the moral qualities of Russo-phobes with everyone else? The Nato head a son of a Nazi who escaped to Norway, so is Baerbock and Scholz - who also has accounting fraud in his past.

    Fillon, Babis, even Berlusconi, are lot more honest as a group than the neo-con-neo-lib front-men who are driving the most recent Drang-nach-Osten...there are also the Ukies oligarchs, starting with Zelina&Co, it is no comparison. It is always the people on good terms with the system who steal and cheat most, they are protected or rewarded. Trump or Fillon are non-comforming outsiders and an easy target.

    (But you are too stupid or ideological to understand it, or too dishonest to admit it - so we are wasting time on you.)

    Replies: @AP

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    A former city councillor and member of the Massachusetts national guard who is wanted in the US on child sexual abuse image charges has fled the country and joined the Russian army fighting in Ukraine.

     

    Pervert. Though to be fair, I think that mere possession of this should be made into a misdemeanor rather than a felony because it's nowhere near as bad as actually making this. Cartoons/animations and dolls/robots of this nature are much, much better since they don't involve any harm to anyone at all, though, even indirectly.
    , @QCIC
    @AP

    Perverts and pedophiles are gross and evil in that order, but a 24 year-old man drooling over a picture of 17 year-old young adult woman is not the crime of the century. He sounds like a loser, but without knowing anything else I give 50/50 odds he is a low grade US spy with a decent cover story. I expect the Russians will slyly accept him, then give him a few harsh beatings and eventually turn him over in some prisoner exchange.

    Replies: @AP, @songbird, @Wokechoke

  85. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    Do you guys have an embassy in Kiev that could get accidentally bombed?

    Replies: @Beckow, @Gerard1234

    I think so. Although what’s the point of ‘embassies‘ with today’s communication and easy travel? It is a grifters-central – most should be abolished.

  86. @AP
    @Mr. Hack


    Where once abundant ads and free “Ruskij Mir” newspapers abounded, there are now empty spaces
     
    Most Russians in the USA supported the takeover of Crimea and liked Putin for doing it: the place is sentimental for them, it has a Russian majority, and the action was almost completely bloodless. I think they had a point. Of course it was illegal, and Ukraine and certain Ukrainians were owed compensation for lost property but overall it wasn’t a tragedy and reflected the wishes of most of the people there.

    2022 was different. Most Russians in the USA opposed it strongly. I know a guy who was crazy about Putin (we used to tease him about it) who got into a real depression over that. People who had unironically enjoyed the “man like Putin” song now refer to him as a murderer and killer. My wife, who always strongly disliked Putin, feels sadly vindicated.

    From my vantage point, Professor TN’s virulent pro-Putler and anti-Ukrainian stances sticks out like a sore thumb
     
    His attitude is a minority one. But IMO he gets sort of a pass because his neighborhood had been bombed by Kiev’s forces, so he has a lot of hatred. It’s personal. There are now people in Kharkiv whose neighborhoods have been wrecked or lived ones killed, who out of revenge love it when Belgorod civilians are hit by bombs. AnoninTN is a lot like them, though he would never admit it.

    The Westerners (including Slovaks) taking Russia’s side or praising Putin are far more disgusting than he is.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

    This conflict did not start in 2014. Ukrainian nationalist ambitions go back a long time, but were not something most Ukrainians would commit suicide over until recently. The West (CIA, MI6, etc.) worked to inflame anti-Soviet and later anti-Russian sentiments starting in WW2. This simmered throughout the cold war and then became a more serious project after the end of the USSR. At some point it appears this anti-Russia project merged with the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) which is a vile project led by Jewish American thinkers who are rabidly anti-Islam but often equally anti-Russian. They saw the collapse of the USSR as an opportunity to create a hegemonic power after the USA became the economic leader of the world. They apparently underestimated the Russian commitment to sovereignty which was backed up by her nuclear weapons, even as the rest of the world was picking the bones of the new Russian economy and unraveling her military capabilities.

    The risk of this anti-Russia project appeared low for a time. This led the irresponsible leaders in the West to make egregious statecraft mistakes including dropping out of nuclear arms control treaties and constantly expanding NATO directly to the Russian border. Many people along the way warned that these foolish moves could lead to nuclear war. In retrospect it seems obvious there was a long fierce battle within Russia between forces wanting to destroy the sovereignty of the country at any cost and those wanting to preserve her independence while simultaneously bringing the economy up to world standards of productivity. The West was clearly pressuring Russia internally and externally.

    After much churning, the West finally generated a definitive Ukrainian coup in 2014 which spurred Russia into visible action. The rest follows from that. It was only a matter of time before Russia would go in to drive out the Western influencers who were supporting the murder of many Russian speakers very close to the border. The Russian repatriation of Crimea was implemented very cleverly, but also looks very weak unless one considers that anything stronger might have escalated to nuclear war.

    We do not know why Russia decided to go into Ukraine with the SMO in 2022. We also do not know if this was even Putin’s plan. In many ways it looks like a fait accompli set up by the West. Always remember that Ukrainian Slavs are disposable pawns in the hearts and minds of the people leading this Western project.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @QCIC


    We do not know why Russia decided to go into Ukraine with the SMO in 2022. We also do not know if this was even Putin’s plan. In many ways it looks like a fait accompli set up by the West. Always remember that Ukrainian Slavs are disposable pawns in the hearts and minds of the people leading this Western project.
     
    As previously mentioned at these threads, we now know enough to realize what led to this action

    Replies: @QCIC

  87. @Gerard1234
    @Mikhail

    Unfortunately Mikhail, the only conclusion from this guy winning ..... is that President of Slovakia must be a useless - near ceremonial position. Similarly for countries where "pro-Russian" PM's win - the assumption must be that the President has all the power. This pattern has occurred a few times in gayropa-the system is fixed.

    And even if an actually powerful pro-Russian guy came - the political international pressure and economic blackmail, threats from West would be too great to resist.

    So we should not bother ourselves with these elections, for non
    -SMO stuff we should focus on :

    1. Eichmann-ing various American scum like Trump, Nuland/nudelman (as soon as she leaves the official position as doing it to "active" officials would be exponentially more problematic)

    2. Suing Biden & (((Sullivan))for $450 Trillion. Fox news and Trump have had recent court cases where ordered to pay about 1 billion for what they have said, so we should take advantage of American freakshow legal system by attempt to sue them for claiming "Russia hacked Hunter Biden's computer".
    Obviously the point would be to not get this unobtainable amount - but to encounter some Republican judge eager to harm Democrats before, during or after the election - and hopefully get the internationalist American plankton dickheads to link these satanic lies from Biden etc - to the annihilation of Banderastan.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    Unfortunately Mikhail, the only conclusion from this guy winning ….. is that President of Slovakia must be a useless – near ceremonial position. Similarly for countries where “pro-Russian” PM’s win – the assumption must be that the President has all the power. This pattern has occurred a few times in gayropa-the system is fixed.

    And even if an actually powerful pro-Russian guy came – the political international pressure and economic blackmail, threats from West would be too great to resist.

    So we should not bother ourselves with these elections, for non
    -SMO stuff we should focus on :

    1. Eichmann-ing various American scum like Trump, Nuland/nudelman (as soon as she leaves the official position as doing it to “active” officials would be exponentially more problematic)

    2. Suing Biden & (((Sullivan))for $450 Trillion. Fox news and Trump have had recent court cases where ordered to pay about 1 billion for what they have said, so we should take advantage of American freakshow legal system by attempt to sue them for claiming “Russia hacked Hunter Biden’s computer”.
    Obviously the point would be to not get this unobtainable amount – but to encounter some Republican judge eager to harm Democrats before, during or after the election – and hopefully get the internationalist American plankton dickheads to link these satanic lies from Biden etc – to the annihilation of Banderastan.

    I’m aware that not everything is well in Slovakia. Its president and prime minister serve some good cause for optimism along with some other trends in the EU block. The neocons/neolibs/flat out Russia haters are feeling the heat which brings to mind this tripe in the US:

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2024/04/07/michael-mccaul-russian-propaganda-infected-gop-base-mike-turner-sotu-vpx.cnn

    Mike Turner is quite a projecting propagandist. Among his absurdities claiming Putin wants all of Ukraine and that the Kiev regime is a democracy.

    In this video Turner engages in some Afghanistan whataboutism.

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2024/04/07/michael-mccaul-russian-propaganda-infected-gop-base-mike-turner-sotu-vpx.cnn

    The Soviet propped Afghan regime remained in power for close to three years after the Soviets withdrew. When US forces left that country, Biden stated the American supported Afghan government would be able to hold its own. Instead, it melted immediately. In a 60 Minutes segment some years back, the interviewer expressed outrage after one of the interviewed Afghans said the “Russians” (Soviets) were better in their treatment than the Americans.

    Shifting gears, I caught a front-page Sunday NYT article at the grocer absurdly claiming the size of Russia’s military personnel is highly dependent on released convicts. I didn’t flip over to read the rest of it. Very doubtful that article provided incontrovertible evidence corroborating Russia’s military being largely dependent on released convicts. For the protection of Russia’s military, you can be sure that the selected convicts are carefully screened.

    BTW, the Kiev regime has been releasing convicts to join in the NATO proxy war, in addition to having press gangs take people for military service. Front page or otherwise, has The NYT done any articles on these matters? On that same day, The NYT ran an editorial with the title having to do with Ukraine being on life support.

    Anti-Russian propaganda as opposed to Russian propaganda is the greater influenced reality among Republicans and to a greater extent Democrats.

  88. @AP
    @Beckow

    A simpler explanation: the Russian state attracts and works with the corrupt, the criminal, and the degenerate, in any country. Like Scott Ritter. Or Babis (you think anyone decent got that rich in the 90s, other than the aristocrats who got their lands returned to them?). Or the pedophile-infested Fidesz party in Hungary. They eventually get caught. But Russia can find others to replace them.

    This is a smaller fish, but a funny one if not for the victim. Remember the pro-Russian American who put the American flag in Avdiivka after the Russians took it? Turns out he is wanted in Massachusetts for sex crimes.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/05/fugitive-former-us-city-councillor-enlists-with-russia-for-war-in-ukraine

    Fugitive former US city councillor enlists with Russia for war in Ukraine

    A former city councillor and member of the Massachusetts national guard who is wanted in the US on child sexual abuse image charges has fled the country and joined the Russian army fighting in Ukraine.

    Wilmer Puello-Mota, 28, former city councillor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, went missing on 7 January, two days before he was scheduled to appear in court in Rhode Island in possession of child sexual abuse images and obstruction of justice charges…

    …. Russian pro-war channels circulated footage of a blurred figure in combat fatigues planting the US flag in the ruins of a Ukrainian city in support of Russia.

    “I’m here to plant the US flag as a sign of friendship and support for all the things people are enduring here,” the person in the video said, his face blurred.

    “I feel proud to be here.”

    :::::::::::

    As usual.

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

    As usual you play an idiot who only sees one side. Let’s see: Ursula is an admitted crook and plagiarist, the UK Indian guy a hustler w unexplained easy wealth, Macron – do we need to say much about a Rotschild banker married to a grandma? The whole country of Belgium is infected with pedos, and Bidens, Clintons…Tony Blair, enough said. Do you really want to compare the moral qualities of Russo-phobes with everyone else? The Nato head a son of a Nazi who escaped to Norway, so is Baerbock and Scholz – who also has accounting fraud in his past.

    Fillon, Babis, even Berlusconi, are lot more honest as a group than the neo-con-neo-lib front-men who are driving the most recent Drang-nach-Osten…there are also the Ukies oligarchs, starting with Zelina&Co, it is no comparison. It is always the people on good terms with the system who steal and cheat most, they are protected or rewarded. Trump or Fillon are non-comforming outsiders and an easy target.

    (But you are too stupid or ideological to understand it, or too dishonest to admit it – so we are wasting time on you.)

    • Replies: @AP
    @Beckow


    Let’s see: Ursula is an admitted crook and plagiarist
     
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35769001

    "German Defence Minister Von der Leyen cleared of plagiarism"

    Ursula von der Leyen, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, was accused of copying several passages without attribution by a law professor who published his findings online.

    School President Christopher Baum said Ms von der Leyen's thesis did contain plagiarised material, but he said there had been no intent to deceive.

    "This was a mistake, not misconduct," Mr Baum said, quoted by Die Zeit newspaper (in German).

    ::::::::::::::

    You are so corrupt yourself that you think that plagiarism is worse than the sorts of things that creatures like Babis or Berezovsky did to get rich in the 90s.


    The Nato head a son of a Nazi who escaped to Norway
     
    Another lie.

    Here is the NATO head's father:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorvald_Stoltenberg

    Stoltenberg was born in Oslo [in 1931 - AP], the son of Ingeborg (b. Andresen, 1905-1993) and Theodor Emil Stoltenberg (1900-1998)

    As for his grandfather:

    https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Stoltenberg-353

    Lieutenant Colonel Emil Stoltenberg was a Norwegian military officer who fought against the German Operation Weserübung & was taken as a prisoner of war in 1942.

    So while Beckow's people loyally served the Nazis, Stoltenberg's family fought against them.

    And then Beckow lies about them being German Nazis who fled to Norway.


    The whole country of Belgium is infected with pedos
     
    So they are like Fidesz.

    Do you really want to compare the moral qualities of Russo-phobes with everyone else
     
    I think Scott Ritter who exposed his genitals to what he thought was a 15 year old girl is more immoral than Ursula Von der Leyen who plagiarized some paragraphs.

    Someone who lies about a family who fought against the Nazis by accusing them of being Nazis is also worse than von der Leyen.

    You disagree?


    Fillon, Babis, even Berlusconi, are lot more honest as a group
     
    You a paragon of honesty has a very sound opinion of who is or is not honest. The convicted fraudster Fillon was actually more honest, according to you, those not convicted of fraud. The cynicism of a morally rotten person.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Beckow, @Mr. XYZ

  89. @QCIC
    @AP

    This conflict did not start in 2014. Ukrainian nationalist ambitions go back a long time, but were not something most Ukrainians would commit suicide over until recently. The West (CIA, MI6, etc.) worked to inflame anti-Soviet and later anti-Russian sentiments starting in WW2. This simmered throughout the cold war and then became a more serious project after the end of the USSR. At some point it appears this anti-Russia project merged with the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) which is a vile project led by Jewish American thinkers who are rabidly anti-Islam but often equally anti-Russian. They saw the collapse of the USSR as an opportunity to create a hegemonic power after the USA became the economic leader of the world. They apparently underestimated the Russian commitment to sovereignty which was backed up by her nuclear weapons, even as the rest of the world was picking the bones of the new Russian economy and unraveling her military capabilities.

    The risk of this anti-Russia project appeared low for a time. This led the irresponsible leaders in the West to make egregious statecraft mistakes including dropping out of nuclear arms control treaties and constantly expanding NATO directly to the Russian border. Many people along the way warned that these foolish moves could lead to nuclear war. In retrospect it seems obvious there was a long fierce battle within Russia between forces wanting to destroy the sovereignty of the country at any cost and those wanting to preserve her independence while simultaneously bringing the economy up to world standards of productivity. The West was clearly pressuring Russia internally and externally.

    After much churning, the West finally generated a definitive Ukrainian coup in 2014 which spurred Russia into visible action. The rest follows from that. It was only a matter of time before Russia would go in to drive out the Western influencers who were supporting the murder of many Russian speakers very close to the border. The Russian repatriation of Crimea was implemented very cleverly, but also looks very weak unless one considers that anything stronger might have escalated to nuclear war.

    We do not know why Russia decided to go into Ukraine with the SMO in 2022. We also do not know if this was even Putin's plan. In many ways it looks like a fait accompli set up by the West. Always remember that Ukrainian Slavs are disposable pawns in the hearts and minds of the people leading this Western project.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    We do not know why Russia decided to go into Ukraine with the SMO in 2022. We also do not know if this was even Putin’s plan. In many ways it looks like a fait accompli set up by the West. Always remember that Ukrainian Slavs are disposable pawns in the hearts and minds of the people leading this Western project.

    As previously mentioned at these threads, we now know enough to realize what led to this action

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Mikhail

    Huh, what did I miss?

    I mean specifically why was the SMO combat operation launched February 24, 2022? I think the Russians knew the Kiev attack could not succeed at that time (their force was way too small and not adequately prepared) so what prompted this action? People argue this move was simply overzealous, overconfident or just incompetent, but I think after watching Kiev...since forever, the Russians knew the military and psychological situation very well.

    I still subscribe to the theory that the Russians completed a feint around Kiev to preempt a Western/Ukrainian move which was about to occur and for which the Russians were not adequately prepared to handle. This could possibly have been an AFU attack on Crimea followed immediately (almost simultaneously) by insertion of a NATO "peace keeping" force.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mikhail

  90. No more financial reason on average to go into Greece, Portugal and Malta for the work from Lithuania, but the sunny weather downsouth still holds the strong attractive cards;)

    • Replies: @Another Polish Perspective
    @sudden death

    TOO sunny weather, with the necessary spice of rolling fires roaming those lands in summer year by year already.

    , @sudden death
    @sudden death

    ...and Ireland gonna be the new Switzerland with those growth rates, at least on paper;)

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GKn0dRlXgAgQ4tJ.jpg

    Replies: @Philip Owen

    , @sudden death
    @sudden death

    Also found some context in time - roughly twenty years ago Greece was a financial land of milk&honey compared with relatively recent post-Soviet (non-EU, non-NATO yet) Lithuanian annual wages:

    https://i.postimg.cc/YCsqfQQ5/Greece-vs-LTU.jpg

  91. @AP
    @Mr. Hack


    Where once abundant ads and free “Ruskij Mir” newspapers abounded, there are now empty spaces
     
    Most Russians in the USA supported the takeover of Crimea and liked Putin for doing it: the place is sentimental for them, it has a Russian majority, and the action was almost completely bloodless. I think they had a point. Of course it was illegal, and Ukraine and certain Ukrainians were owed compensation for lost property but overall it wasn’t a tragedy and reflected the wishes of most of the people there.

    2022 was different. Most Russians in the USA opposed it strongly. I know a guy who was crazy about Putin (we used to tease him about it) who got into a real depression over that. People who had unironically enjoyed the “man like Putin” song now refer to him as a murderer and killer. My wife, who always strongly disliked Putin, feels sadly vindicated.

    From my vantage point, Professor TN’s virulent pro-Putler and anti-Ukrainian stances sticks out like a sore thumb
     
    His attitude is a minority one. But IMO he gets sort of a pass because his neighborhood had been bombed by Kiev’s forces, so he has a lot of hatred. It’s personal. There are now people in Kharkiv whose neighborhoods have been wrecked or lived ones killed, who out of revenge love it when Belgorod civilians are hit by bombs. AnoninTN is a lot like them, though he would never admit it.

    The Westerners (including Slovaks) taking Russia’s side or praising Putin are far more disgusting than he is.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. XYZ

    Most Russians in the USA supported the takeover of Crimea and liked Putin for doing it: the place is sentimental for them, it has a Russian majority, and the action was almost completely bloodless. I think they had a point. Of course it was illegal, and Ukraine and certain Ukrainians were owed compensation for lost property but overall it wasn’t a tragedy and reflected the wishes of most of the people there.

    Yep, that was me, though I’m an Israeli-American with Russian-born parents, but without any of us actually having Russian citizenship. I felt the same kind of enthusiasm towards this as Germans felt back in 1938 when the Sudetenland was peacefully returned to the German Reich or when Transylvania was united with Romania in 1918 or when Trentino and Trieste were united with Italy in 1918. The idea of reuniting one’s ethnic kinsmen into their nation-state has a strongly attractive feeling to it.

    2022 was different. Most Russians in the USA opposed it strongly. I know a guy who was crazy about Putin (we used to tease him about it) who got into a real depression over that. People who had unironically enjoyed the “man like Putin” song now refer to him as a murderer and killer. My wife, who always strongly disliked Putin, feels sadly vindicated.

    Agreed. Same here. It would be similar to Hitler taking over Prague in March 1939, or perhaps (to adjust for linguistic similarities) similar to Hitler taking over the Netherlands in March 1939 as well by insisting that they are actually Germans.

  92. @AP
    @Beckow

    A simpler explanation: the Russian state attracts and works with the corrupt, the criminal, and the degenerate, in any country. Like Scott Ritter. Or Babis (you think anyone decent got that rich in the 90s, other than the aristocrats who got their lands returned to them?). Or the pedophile-infested Fidesz party in Hungary. They eventually get caught. But Russia can find others to replace them.

    This is a smaller fish, but a funny one if not for the victim. Remember the pro-Russian American who put the American flag in Avdiivka after the Russians took it? Turns out he is wanted in Massachusetts for sex crimes.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/05/fugitive-former-us-city-councillor-enlists-with-russia-for-war-in-ukraine

    Fugitive former US city councillor enlists with Russia for war in Ukraine

    A former city councillor and member of the Massachusetts national guard who is wanted in the US on child sexual abuse image charges has fled the country and joined the Russian army fighting in Ukraine.

    Wilmer Puello-Mota, 28, former city councillor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, went missing on 7 January, two days before he was scheduled to appear in court in Rhode Island in possession of child sexual abuse images and obstruction of justice charges…

    …. Russian pro-war channels circulated footage of a blurred figure in combat fatigues planting the US flag in the ruins of a Ukrainian city in support of Russia.

    “I’m here to plant the US flag as a sign of friendship and support for all the things people are enduring here,” the person in the video said, his face blurred.

    “I feel proud to be here.”

    :::::::::::

    As usual.

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

    A former city councillor and member of the Massachusetts national guard who is wanted in the US on child sexual abuse image charges has fled the country and joined the Russian army fighting in Ukraine.

    Pervert. Though to be fair, I think that mere possession of this should be made into a misdemeanor rather than a felony because it’s nowhere near as bad as actually making this. Cartoons/animations and dolls/robots of this nature are much, much better since they don’t involve any harm to anyone at all, though, even indirectly.

  93. @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    Well, Nashville is not blessed with European ethnic stores. There is only one Russian/Eastern European store, but after their owners sided with Ukraine, I stopped shopping there about two years ago
     
    In that case, you would boycott a majority of the Russian community in the USA. I’d estimate around 70% of Russians in America oppose Putin’s war and no more than 30% support it. There have been Russian concerts by Russian performers who send aid to Ukraine. My Russian wife went to one with some Russian friends.

    We have one friend who doesn’t even speak to her family in Russia because of the war.

    The explanation, I think, is because the “Russian community” includes not only people from Russia but also Russians, and Russian-speaking Ukrainians and Jews from places like Kharkiv or Odessa. It’s hard to believe the fairytales of the Russian government and press when your friends from Kharkiv hear directly from their loved ones about what Russia is doing to their city.

    Of course these are people who emigrated years ago. The situation in Serbia for example is different: the place is packed with recent refugees who oppose the war and have fled Russia over it. So in Serbia there are a huge number of Russians who are far more anti-Putin than are Serbs.

    Here are a bunch of anti-war Russians in Spain shouting down a pro-war Russian (she is of course a boomer lady):



    https://twitter.com/aleksandrx13/status/1777288633407410665?s=46&t=Qz3eXZWFYIvyHmaAk32tcg

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Mr. XYZ, @AnonfromTN

    In that case, you would boycott a majority of the Russian community in the USA. I’d estimate around 70% of Russians in America oppose Putin’s war and no more than 30% support it. There have been Russian concerts by Russian performers who send aid to Ukraine. My Russian wife went to one with some Russian friends.

    The ones who support it heavily lean older and Sovok, right?

  94. @sudden death
    No more financial reason on average to go into Greece, Portugal and Malta for the work from Lithuania, but the sunny weather downsouth still holds the strong attractive cards;)

    https://i.postimg.cc/WjD4JqqB/salaries-EU2023.jpg

    Replies: @Another Polish Perspective, @sudden death, @sudden death

    TOO sunny weather, with the necessary spice of rolling fires roaming those lands in summer year by year already.

  95. @AP
    @AnonfromTN


    Well, Nashville is not blessed with European ethnic stores. There is only one Russian/Eastern European store, but after their owners sided with Ukraine, I stopped shopping there about two years ago
     
    In that case, you would boycott a majority of the Russian community in the USA. I’d estimate around 70% of Russians in America oppose Putin’s war and no more than 30% support it. There have been Russian concerts by Russian performers who send aid to Ukraine. My Russian wife went to one with some Russian friends.

    We have one friend who doesn’t even speak to her family in Russia because of the war.

    The explanation, I think, is because the “Russian community” includes not only people from Russia but also Russians, and Russian-speaking Ukrainians and Jews from places like Kharkiv or Odessa. It’s hard to believe the fairytales of the Russian government and press when your friends from Kharkiv hear directly from their loved ones about what Russia is doing to their city.

    Of course these are people who emigrated years ago. The situation in Serbia for example is different: the place is packed with recent refugees who oppose the war and have fled Russia over it. So in Serbia there are a huge number of Russians who are far more anti-Putin than are Serbs.

    Here are a bunch of anti-war Russians in Spain shouting down a pro-war Russian (she is of course a boomer lady):



    https://twitter.com/aleksandrx13/status/1777288633407410665?s=46&t=Qz3eXZWFYIvyHmaAk32tcg

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Mr. XYZ, @AnonfromTN

    Russians who live and work outside of Russia (myself included) are irrelevant for the country. The only thing that matters is internal support. This was clear in the elections result: inside Putin got 87% of the vote, outside only 72%.

    At to boycott, I would not knowingly do business with anyone opposed to SMO, person, organization, or country. I grew up in Lugansk and know what the current Kiev regime is.

    • Replies: @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    And you are gullible enough to believe the results were real.

    Putin probably got around 70% in Russia.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  96. @Another Polish Perspective
    @AnonfromTN

    You have become fully American when you look for business/money explanation in everything ;)

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @AnonfromTN

    You have become fully American when you look for business/money explanation in everything

    I just know the US well enough after 30+ years. The only significant driver of the American society is money.

    I am not saying that there aren’t people in the US driven by other motivations, but they are a minority and do not affect any decisions by the authorities (the majority doesn’t, either, as massive fraud in 2020 showed).

  97. @sudden death
    @AnonfromTN


    TNA looked for any evidence that an Egyptian journalist with the name or pseudonym Mohammad al-Alawi had ever existed before the day the videos were uploaded. We did not find any.

    According to a Hurghada-based journalist, who spoke to TNA on condition of anonymity, there has been no journalist by the given name known to the local community in recent years.

    Egypt Telegraph analysed the copy of the contract that al-Alawi reportedly obtained, and concluded that the document was forged. An Egyptian business lawyer told TNA that the contract lacked sufficient unredacted details to determine its authenticity.
     
    https://www.newarab.com/investigations/did-ukraine-kill-egyptian-journalist-who-exposed-zelensky

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    TNA looked for any evidence that an Egyptian journalist with the name or pseudonym Mohammad al-Alawi had ever existed before the day the videos were uploaded. We did not find any.

    My point exactly. It was Martians. The same Martians that bombed and shelled Donbass since 2014 and murdered >100 random people in Crocus City Hall recently.

  98. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird

    Ultramarathoners do not run. Their maximum pace is shuffle and they do a bunch of walking.

    I looked it up and we get 3/4 of an eclipse, it's sunny, and I have plenty of time to make a pinhole imaging contraption. This might be great fun. If aliens or angels show up I am not going to report that.

    Replies: @A123, @songbird

    I looked it up and we get 3/4 of an eclipse

    I understand why primitive peoples feared eclipses as it puts a real chill in the air, unless it is dead summer.

  99. @Mikhail
    @QCIC


    We do not know why Russia decided to go into Ukraine with the SMO in 2022. We also do not know if this was even Putin’s plan. In many ways it looks like a fait accompli set up by the West. Always remember that Ukrainian Slavs are disposable pawns in the hearts and minds of the people leading this Western project.
     
    As previously mentioned at these threads, we now know enough to realize what led to this action

    Replies: @QCIC

    Huh, what did I miss?

    I mean specifically why was the SMO combat operation launched February 24, 2022? I think the Russians knew the Kiev attack could not succeed at that time (their force was way too small and not adequately prepared) so what prompted this action? People argue this move was simply overzealous, overconfident or just incompetent, but I think after watching Kiev…since forever, the Russians knew the military and psychological situation very well.

    I still subscribe to the theory that the Russians completed a feint around Kiev to preempt a Western/Ukrainian move which was about to occur and for which the Russians were not adequately prepared to handle. This could possibly have been an AFU attack on Crimea followed immediately (almost simultaneously) by insertion of a NATO “peace keeping” force.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    I mean specifically why was the SMO combat operation launched February 24, 2022?
     
    Short answer: I don’t know. I have an excuse: I did not live in Russia since 1991. The official story is that Ukies prepared to overrun Donbass by force. From my POV, Russia should have forcibly stopped Ukie aggression in Donbass when it started (April 7, 2014). This POV is shared by many Donbass residents.

    However, I realize that Putin’s main responsibility is Russia, not Donbass. Now that Russia has accepted Donbass, it became his responsibility. Ukies terrorist activity on the RF territory shows that from the RF security standpoint current Kiev regime must be exterminated. I am not sure that Putin subscribes to this: he is prone to compromise. We’ll see.
    , @Mikhail
    @QCIC


    Huh, what did I miss?

    I mean specifically why was the SMO combat operation launched February 24, 2022? I think the Russians knew the Kiev attack could not succeed at that time (their force was way too small and not adequately prepared) so what prompted this action? People argue this move was simply overzealous, overconfident or just incompetent, but I think after watching Kiev…since forever, the Russians knew the military and psychological situation very well.

    I still subscribe to the theory that the Russians completed a feint around Kiev to preempt a Western/Ukrainian move which was about to occur and for which the Russians were not adequately prepared to handle. This could possibly have been an AFU attack on Crimea followed immediately (almost simultaneously) by insertion of a NATO “peace keeping” force.
     
    - Waited seven years for some movement on the Minsk Accords in conjunction
    - OSCE confirmation that Kiev regime shelling of Donbass territory dramatically increased just prior to 2/24/22
    - At the time, the Russians already knew what Stoltenberg has since acknowledged about a war like situation in the former Ukrainian SSR, several years prior to 2/24/22, with NATO arming and training the Kiev regime as there was open talk of an Operation Storm like action at some point.

    The SMO appears to have gotten a closely related version of the Minsk Accords to be nearly signed in Istanbul. You know the rest.

    Replies: @QCIC

  100. @AP
    @Beckow

    A simpler explanation: the Russian state attracts and works with the corrupt, the criminal, and the degenerate, in any country. Like Scott Ritter. Or Babis (you think anyone decent got that rich in the 90s, other than the aristocrats who got their lands returned to them?). Or the pedophile-infested Fidesz party in Hungary. They eventually get caught. But Russia can find others to replace them.

    This is a smaller fish, but a funny one if not for the victim. Remember the pro-Russian American who put the American flag in Avdiivka after the Russians took it? Turns out he is wanted in Massachusetts for sex crimes.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/05/fugitive-former-us-city-councillor-enlists-with-russia-for-war-in-ukraine

    Fugitive former US city councillor enlists with Russia for war in Ukraine

    A former city councillor and member of the Massachusetts national guard who is wanted in the US on child sexual abuse image charges has fled the country and joined the Russian army fighting in Ukraine.

    Wilmer Puello-Mota, 28, former city councillor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, went missing on 7 January, two days before he was scheduled to appear in court in Rhode Island in possession of child sexual abuse images and obstruction of justice charges…

    …. Russian pro-war channels circulated footage of a blurred figure in combat fatigues planting the US flag in the ruins of a Ukrainian city in support of Russia.

    “I’m here to plant the US flag as a sign of friendship and support for all the things people are enduring here,” the person in the video said, his face blurred.

    “I feel proud to be here.”

    :::::::::::

    As usual.

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

    Perverts and pedophiles are gross and evil in that order, but a 24 year-old man drooling over a picture of 17 year-old young adult woman is not the crime of the century. He sounds like a loser, but without knowing anything else I give 50/50 odds he is a low grade US spy with a decent cover story. I expect the Russians will slyly accept him, then give him a few harsh beatings and eventually turn him over in some prisoner exchange.

    • Replies: @AP
    @QCIC

    He is charged with child sex abuse images which is not about 17 year olds.

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @songbird
    @QCIC


    but a 24 year-old man drooling over a picture of 17 year-old young adult woman is not the crime of the century
     
    AP could not condemn Epstein, if it was the 18th birthday of all the girls because it would be outside the moral framework of feminism.

    I think he must be a Unitarian, or one of those that accept schismatic nuns as their pastors, for he seems to be ignorant of canon Church law regarding marriage.
    , @Wokechoke
    @QCIC

    He’s a half Hispanic half black American mystery meat. A minor oddity in the broad scheme.


    More interested that this was Betsy Reed’s byline.


    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy_Reed

    Replies: @Philip Owen

  101. @QCIC
    @AP

    Perverts and pedophiles are gross and evil in that order, but a 24 year-old man drooling over a picture of 17 year-old young adult woman is not the crime of the century. He sounds like a loser, but without knowing anything else I give 50/50 odds he is a low grade US spy with a decent cover story. I expect the Russians will slyly accept him, then give him a few harsh beatings and eventually turn him over in some prisoner exchange.

    Replies: @AP, @songbird, @Wokechoke

    He is charged with child sex abuse images which is not about 17 year olds.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    Burn him, then! That information was from the first link I checked.

    Replies: @AP

  102. @QCIC
    @Mikhail

    Huh, what did I miss?

    I mean specifically why was the SMO combat operation launched February 24, 2022? I think the Russians knew the Kiev attack could not succeed at that time (their force was way too small and not adequately prepared) so what prompted this action? People argue this move was simply overzealous, overconfident or just incompetent, but I think after watching Kiev...since forever, the Russians knew the military and psychological situation very well.

    I still subscribe to the theory that the Russians completed a feint around Kiev to preempt a Western/Ukrainian move which was about to occur and for which the Russians were not adequately prepared to handle. This could possibly have been an AFU attack on Crimea followed immediately (almost simultaneously) by insertion of a NATO "peace keeping" force.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mikhail

    I mean specifically why was the SMO combat operation launched February 24, 2022?

    Short answer: I don’t know. I have an excuse: I did not live in Russia since 1991. The official story is that Ukies prepared to overrun Donbass by force. From my POV, Russia should have forcibly stopped Ukie aggression in Donbass when it started (April 7, 2014). This POV is shared by many Donbass residents.

    However, I realize that Putin’s main responsibility is Russia, not Donbass. Now that Russia has accepted Donbass, it became his responsibility. Ukies terrorist activity on the RF territory shows that from the RF security standpoint current Kiev regime must be exterminated. I am not sure that Putin subscribes to this: he is prone to compromise. We’ll see.

  103. @AnonfromTN
    @AP

    Russians who live and work outside of Russia (myself included) are irrelevant for the country. The only thing that matters is internal support. This was clear in the elections result: inside Putin got 87% of the vote, outside only 72%.

    At to boycott, I would not knowingly do business with anyone opposed to SMO, person, organization, or country. I grew up in Lugansk and know what the current Kiev regime is.

    Replies: @AP

    And you are gullible enough to believe the results were real.

    Putin probably got around 70% in Russia.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    And you are gullible enough to believe the results were real.
     
    Where is your logic? If the results inside were faked, like in the US in 2020, what could have prevented them from faking the results outside?

    Putin probably got around 70% in Russia.
     
    Sour grapes? Name me a “democratic” elected official who got 70%. So, who is democratic?

    Replies: @Mikhail

  104. @QCIC
    @AP

    Perverts and pedophiles are gross and evil in that order, but a 24 year-old man drooling over a picture of 17 year-old young adult woman is not the crime of the century. He sounds like a loser, but without knowing anything else I give 50/50 odds he is a low grade US spy with a decent cover story. I expect the Russians will slyly accept him, then give him a few harsh beatings and eventually turn him over in some prisoner exchange.

    Replies: @AP, @songbird, @Wokechoke

    but a 24 year-old man drooling over a picture of 17 year-old young adult woman is not the crime of the century

    AP could not condemn Epstein, if it was the 18th birthday of all the girls because it would be outside the moral framework of feminism.

    I think he must be a Unitarian, or one of those that accept schismatic nuns as their pastors, for he seems to be ignorant of canon Church law regarding marriage.

  105. @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    Some Africans prefer the Western approach to fitness:

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/lowres.cartoonstock.com/animals-elephant-treadmill-exercise-exercise_regime-fitness-mbcn4154_low.jpg

    Replies: @songbird

    Hope he gets checked out for skin cancer.

    BTW, I very much enjoyed this recent clip of the elephant lifting the tour bus. Wish they would make an effort to calculate how much force that was and what a mammoth or mastadon could do.

    [MORE]

    Even some of these Asian elephants seem pretty aggressive. One can find lots of videos of them setting up impromptu roadblocks with their bodies and demanding the drivers of cars and even large trucks pay some kind of toll.

    • Replies: @Negronicus
    @songbird

    They still paid peanuts.

    Replies: @songbird

  106. @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    And you are gullible enough to believe the results were real.

    Putin probably got around 70% in Russia.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    And you are gullible enough to believe the results were real.

    Where is your logic? If the results inside were faked, like in the US in 2020, what could have prevented them from faking the results outside?

    Putin probably got around 70% in Russia.

    Sour grapes? Name me a “democratic” elected official who got 70%. So, who is democratic?

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @AnonfromTN

    Western polling had Putin at somewhere in the over 80% range before the election result. The Western establishment convinced more Russians to support him.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  107. • Replies: @A123
    @Sher Singh

    https://www.kultofathena.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AH2102N_8_L.jpg
     

    https://www.kultofathena.com/product/celtic-bronze-sword-27-blade/

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird

  108. @AP
    @QCIC

    He is charged with child sex abuse images which is not about 17 year olds.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Burn him, then! That information was from the first link I checked.

    • Replies: @AP
    @QCIC

    Other sources also say it was child pornography:

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2024/04/05/metro/holyoke-council-russian-army-video/#:~:text=Puello%2DMota%20was%20accused%20of,on%20the%20child%20porn%20charges.

    But he is shown positively in pro-Russian media.

    https://ugra-tv.ru/news/society/v_yugre_amerikanets_zaklyuchil_kontrakt_na_sluzhbu_s_minoborony_rossii/

    Like Scott Ritter, who was going after 15 year olds which isn't much better.

    Replies: @AP

  109. Disney has been pretty woke for a long time.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaurs_(TV_series)

    Although Dinosaurs is targeted at a family audience, the show touched upon multiple topical issues, which include environmentalism, endangered species, women’s rights, sexual harassment, LGBT rights, objectification of women, censorship, civil rights, body image, steroid use, allusions to masturbation (in the form of Robbie doing the solo mating dance), drug abuse, racism (in the form of a dispute between the two-legged dinosaurs and the four-legged dinosaurs), peer pressure, rights of indigenous peoples (in the form of the dinosaurs interacting with cavepeople), corporate crime, government interference in parenting, and pacifism.[10]

    In the episode “I Never Ate for My Father,” in lieu of carnivorism, Robbie chooses to eat vegetables, and the other characters liken this to homosexuality, communism, drug abuse and counter culture.

    And that is just the wiki article. I don’t see how Musk could have fixed a company that was that woke more than 30 years ago.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @songbird

    I never watched it, but did see the cute bit with the baby dino who refers to the father as "Not the mama!"

    Baby dino is not as cute as the Baby Sky Deviler, but that was more of a local thing (Kaiju Big Battel).

  110. I recommend the brief column “Facing Nuclear War” by Paul Craig Roberts in his section here at the Unz Review.

  111. @songbird
    Disney has been pretty woke for a long time.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaurs_(TV_series)

    Although Dinosaurs is targeted at a family audience, the show touched upon multiple topical issues, which include environmentalism, endangered species, women's rights, sexual harassment, LGBT rights, objectification of women, censorship, civil rights, body image, steroid use, allusions to masturbation (in the form of Robbie doing the solo mating dance), drug abuse, racism (in the form of a dispute between the two-legged dinosaurs and the four-legged dinosaurs), peer pressure, rights of indigenous peoples (in the form of the dinosaurs interacting with cavepeople), corporate crime, government interference in parenting, and pacifism.[10]

    In the episode "I Never Ate for My Father," in lieu of carnivorism, Robbie chooses to eat vegetables, and the other characters liken this to homosexuality, communism, drug abuse and counter culture.
     
    And that is just the wiki article. I don't see how Musk could have fixed a company that was that woke more than 30 years ago.

    Replies: @QCIC

    I never watched it, but did see the cute bit with the baby dino who refers to the father as “Not the mama!”

    Baby dino is not as cute as the Baby Sky Deviler, but that was more of a local thing (Kaiju Big Battel).

  112. @QCIC
    @AP

    Burn him, then! That information was from the first link I checked.

    Replies: @AP

    Other sources also say it was child pornography:

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2024/04/05/metro/holyoke-council-russian-army-video/#:~:text=Puello%2DMota%20was%20accused%20of,on%20the%20child%20porn%20charges.

    But he is shown positively in pro-Russian media.

    https://ugra-tv.ru/news/society/v_yugre_amerikanets_zaklyuchil_kontrakt_na_sluzhbu_s_minoborony_rossii/

    Like Scott Ritter, who was going after 15 year olds which isn’t much better.

    • Replies: @AP
    @AP

    Never mind, it looks like the girl he was exploiting was 17:

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/wilmer-puello-mota-is-russias-new-us-media-star-wanted-on-child-porn-charges-in-rhode-island?ref=scroll

    Odd that this is considered child pornography in Rhode Island.

    Still, a pervert and exploiter - the type of Westerner that Putin's regime attracts in this war.

  113. @AP
    @QCIC

    Other sources also say it was child pornography:

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2024/04/05/metro/holyoke-council-russian-army-video/#:~:text=Puello%2DMota%20was%20accused%20of,on%20the%20child%20porn%20charges.

    But he is shown positively in pro-Russian media.

    https://ugra-tv.ru/news/society/v_yugre_amerikanets_zaklyuchil_kontrakt_na_sluzhbu_s_minoborony_rossii/

    Like Scott Ritter, who was going after 15 year olds which isn't much better.

    Replies: @AP

    Never mind, it looks like the girl he was exploiting was 17:

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/wilmer-puello-mota-is-russias-new-us-media-star-wanted-on-child-porn-charges-in-rhode-island?ref=scroll

    Odd that this is considered child pornography in Rhode Island.

    Still, a pervert and exploiter – the type of Westerner that Putin’s regime attracts in this war.

  114. AP says:
    @Beckow
    @AP

    As usual you play an idiot who only sees one side. Let's see: Ursula is an admitted crook and plagiarist, the UK Indian guy a hustler w unexplained easy wealth, Macron - do we need to say much about a Rotschild banker married to a grandma? The whole country of Belgium is infected with pedos, and Bidens, Clintons...Tony Blair, enough said. Do you really want to compare the moral qualities of Russo-phobes with everyone else? The Nato head a son of a Nazi who escaped to Norway, so is Baerbock and Scholz - who also has accounting fraud in his past.

    Fillon, Babis, even Berlusconi, are lot more honest as a group than the neo-con-neo-lib front-men who are driving the most recent Drang-nach-Osten...there are also the Ukies oligarchs, starting with Zelina&Co, it is no comparison. It is always the people on good terms with the system who steal and cheat most, they are protected or rewarded. Trump or Fillon are non-comforming outsiders and an easy target.

    (But you are too stupid or ideological to understand it, or too dishonest to admit it - so we are wasting time on you.)

    Replies: @AP

    Let’s see: Ursula is an admitted crook and plagiarist

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35769001

    “German Defence Minister Von der Leyen cleared of plagiarism”

    Ursula von der Leyen, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, was accused of copying several passages without attribution by a law professor who published his findings online.

    School President Christopher Baum said Ms von der Leyen’s thesis did contain plagiarised material, but he said there had been no intent to deceive.

    “This was a mistake, not misconduct,” Mr Baum said, quoted by Die Zeit newspaper (in German).

    ::::::::::::::

    You are so corrupt yourself that you think that plagiarism is worse than the sorts of things that creatures like Babis or Berezovsky did to get rich in the 90s.

    The Nato head a son of a Nazi who escaped to Norway

    Another lie.

    Here is the NATO head’s father:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorvald_Stoltenberg

    Stoltenberg was born in Oslo [in 1931 – AP], the son of Ingeborg (b. Andresen, 1905-1993) and Theodor Emil Stoltenberg (1900-1998)

    As for his grandfather:

    https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Stoltenberg-353

    Lieutenant Colonel Emil Stoltenberg was a Norwegian military officer who fought against the German Operation Weserübung & was taken as a prisoner of war in 1942.

    So while Beckow’s people loyally served the Nazis, Stoltenberg’s family fought against them.

    And then Beckow lies about them being German Nazis who fled to Norway.

    The whole country of Belgium is infected with pedos

    So they are like Fidesz.

    Do you really want to compare the moral qualities of Russo-phobes with everyone else

    I think Scott Ritter who exposed his genitals to what he thought was a 15 year old girl is more immoral than Ursula Von der Leyen who plagiarized some paragraphs.

    Someone who lies about a family who fought against the Nazis by accusing them of being Nazis is also worse than von der Leyen.

    You disagree?

    Fillon, Babis, even Berlusconi, are lot more honest as a group

    You a paragon of honesty has a very sound opinion of who is or is not honest. The convicted fraudster Fillon was actually more honest, according to you, those not convicted of fraud. The cynicism of a morally rotten person.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @AP

    Not all Slovaks were Nazi allied with Norway having a Nazi contingent as indicative of Quisling.

    That other matter you describe aside, Ritter appears to have better geopolitical/humanitarian morals than von der Leyen.

    , @Beckow
    @AP


    Ms von der Leyen’s thesis did contain plagiarised material, but he said there had been no intent to deceive.

    “This was a mistake, not misconduct,”
     

    Why would anyone bother with an idiot like you who quotes an obvious nonsense like that? A "mistake"? How did Ursula manage by "mistake" to plagiarise material? Don't even answer and don't try anymore "BBC" bulls..t...for god's sake, are you really so naive or do you only play it here?

    Ursula is also investigated for Pfizer fraud and has plenty of other fraud allegations that were swept under the carpet. Fillon hired his wife as a secretary - sure, nepotism, but are you actually so naive that you don't see half of the EU byrocracy doing it? The latest French PM just hired his homo lover as a Foreign Minister (yeah, they 'broke up', so you will claim that it is ok?)

    You know al of this, but you are an enthusiastic idiot.

    Replies: @AP

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    I think Scott Ritter who exposed his genitals to what he thought was a 15 year old girl is more immoral than Ursula Von der Leyen who plagiarized some paragraphs.
     
    Somewhat off-topic, but what are your thoughts on Richard Hanania's defense of adult woman-male minor sexual relationships? It's in Hanania's article "Hitler, Demi Moore, and Other "Pedophiles". He argues that because the strength advantage is in favor of male minors (at least when teenagers) over adult women, such relationships should be granted legal sanction in the eyes of the law, unlike with equivalent relationships with the sexes being reversed. He also argues that if making laws based on generalizations is acceptable based on age, then it's also acceptable based on sex. I wonder how he would feel if similar logic was applied to making differential laws based on race, such as by, say, factoring in defendants' race, ethnicity, or even religion in computer models determining their sentencing and/or whether or not they should get early parole, especially if race, ethnicity, and/or religion have strong predictive validity in regards to whether or not someone will reoffend, even after adjusting for all other factors.

    Replies: @QCIC

  115. @AP
    @Beckow


    Let’s see: Ursula is an admitted crook and plagiarist
     
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35769001

    "German Defence Minister Von der Leyen cleared of plagiarism"

    Ursula von der Leyen, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, was accused of copying several passages without attribution by a law professor who published his findings online.

    School President Christopher Baum said Ms von der Leyen's thesis did contain plagiarised material, but he said there had been no intent to deceive.

    "This was a mistake, not misconduct," Mr Baum said, quoted by Die Zeit newspaper (in German).

    ::::::::::::::

    You are so corrupt yourself that you think that plagiarism is worse than the sorts of things that creatures like Babis or Berezovsky did to get rich in the 90s.


    The Nato head a son of a Nazi who escaped to Norway
     
    Another lie.

    Here is the NATO head's father:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorvald_Stoltenberg

    Stoltenberg was born in Oslo [in 1931 - AP], the son of Ingeborg (b. Andresen, 1905-1993) and Theodor Emil Stoltenberg (1900-1998)

    As for his grandfather:

    https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Stoltenberg-353

    Lieutenant Colonel Emil Stoltenberg was a Norwegian military officer who fought against the German Operation Weserübung & was taken as a prisoner of war in 1942.

    So while Beckow's people loyally served the Nazis, Stoltenberg's family fought against them.

    And then Beckow lies about them being German Nazis who fled to Norway.


    The whole country of Belgium is infected with pedos
     
    So they are like Fidesz.

    Do you really want to compare the moral qualities of Russo-phobes with everyone else
     
    I think Scott Ritter who exposed his genitals to what he thought was a 15 year old girl is more immoral than Ursula Von der Leyen who plagiarized some paragraphs.

    Someone who lies about a family who fought against the Nazis by accusing them of being Nazis is also worse than von der Leyen.

    You disagree?


    Fillon, Babis, even Berlusconi, are lot more honest as a group
     
    You a paragon of honesty has a very sound opinion of who is or is not honest. The convicted fraudster Fillon was actually more honest, according to you, those not convicted of fraud. The cynicism of a morally rotten person.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Beckow, @Mr. XYZ

    Not all Slovaks were Nazi allied with Norway having a Nazi contingent as indicative of Quisling.

    That other matter you describe aside, Ritter appears to have better geopolitical/humanitarian morals than von der Leyen.

  116. @AnonfromTN
    @AP


    And you are gullible enough to believe the results were real.
     
    Where is your logic? If the results inside were faked, like in the US in 2020, what could have prevented them from faking the results outside?

    Putin probably got around 70% in Russia.
     
    Sour grapes? Name me a “democratic” elected official who got 70%. So, who is democratic?

    Replies: @Mikhail

    Western polling had Putin at somewhere in the over 80% range before the election result. The Western establishment convinced more Russians to support him.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Mikhail


    Western polling had Putin at somewhere in the over 80% range before the election result. The Western establishment convinced more Russians to support him.
     
    Yep, the West never takes into account normal human psychology. Lots of people who did not plan to vote, many who never voted in the last 25 years, decided to go and vote just to spite the West.

    Replies: @Mikhail

  117. @QCIC
    @Mikhail

    Huh, what did I miss?

    I mean specifically why was the SMO combat operation launched February 24, 2022? I think the Russians knew the Kiev attack could not succeed at that time (their force was way too small and not adequately prepared) so what prompted this action? People argue this move was simply overzealous, overconfident or just incompetent, but I think after watching Kiev...since forever, the Russians knew the military and psychological situation very well.

    I still subscribe to the theory that the Russians completed a feint around Kiev to preempt a Western/Ukrainian move which was about to occur and for which the Russians were not adequately prepared to handle. This could possibly have been an AFU attack on Crimea followed immediately (almost simultaneously) by insertion of a NATO "peace keeping" force.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mikhail

    Huh, what did I miss?

    I mean specifically why was the SMO combat operation launched February 24, 2022? I think the Russians knew the Kiev attack could not succeed at that time (their force was way too small and not adequately prepared) so what prompted this action? People argue this move was simply overzealous, overconfident or just incompetent, but I think after watching Kiev…since forever, the Russians knew the military and psychological situation very well.

    I still subscribe to the theory that the Russians completed a feint around Kiev to preempt a Western/Ukrainian move which was about to occur and for which the Russians were not adequately prepared to handle. This could possibly have been an AFU attack on Crimea followed immediately (almost simultaneously) by insertion of a NATO “peace keeping” force.

    – Waited seven years for some movement on the Minsk Accords in conjunction
    – OSCE confirmation that Kiev regime shelling of Donbass territory dramatically increased just prior to 2/24/22
    – At the time, the Russians already knew what Stoltenberg has since acknowledged about a war like situation in the former Ukrainian SSR, several years prior to 2/24/22, with NATO arming and training the Kiev regime as there was open talk of an Operation Storm like action at some point.

    The SMO appears to have gotten a closely related version of the Minsk Accords to be nearly signed in Istanbul. You know the rest.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Mikhail

    Yes, that is part of the story. The increased shelling was important. I don't know what to make of the Istanbul talks. We don't need to argue over the details since it may be a long time before enough detail comes out to piece the full history together.

    I think it required something more pressing and existential for the Russians to willingly accept the predictable heavy casualties which occurred early on. This might not matter beyond historical interest, but I think we are still dealing with the psychology of those in the West requiring an all or nothing victory on one side with Russia believing they are facing a true existential struggle on the other. I don't think the West has given up yet.

    Replies: @Beckow

  118. @Sher Singh
    https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/784692955176894484/1226990323251675226/IMG_20240408_161046.png?ex=6626c6c9&is=661451c9&hm=bc6172f58137d641e7f45273890648bbd5cce0b6e5d68f6769d7a4fb2d4fac63&

    Replies: @A123

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @A123

    That sword is a lot longer than my replica gladius. If I recall right I paid 400 for mine which is for ceremonial purposes and I have no idea how it would stand up to combat. Never take a sword to a gunfight. : )

    Replies: @A123

    , @songbird
    @A123

    I'd like a good bronze sword in the old style.

    But once you start, where do you stop? I'd also like a flint blade and an obsidian blade. And something even from the Mousterian toolkit.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mousterian

    Repros of stone weapons would probably be fantastically expensive, until robot technology increases by leaps and bounds.

    Replies: @A123

  119. @A123
    @Sher Singh

    https://www.kultofathena.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AH2102N_8_L.jpg
     

    https://www.kultofathena.com/product/celtic-bronze-sword-27-blade/

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird

    That sword is a lot longer than my replica gladius. If I recall right I paid 400 for mine which is for ceremonial purposes and I have no idea how it would stand up to combat. Never take a sword to a gunfight. : )

    • Replies: @A123
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    It weighs over 4 lbs. I suspect the bronze sword would hold up, but your arms might fall off.

    A good spring steel would weight less than 2 lbs. But, it would not look as kewl.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Sher Singh

  120. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @A123

    That sword is a lot longer than my replica gladius. If I recall right I paid 400 for mine which is for ceremonial purposes and I have no idea how it would stand up to combat. Never take a sword to a gunfight. : )

    Replies: @A123

    It weighs over 4 lbs. I suspect the bronze sword would hold up, but your arms might fall off.

    A good spring steel would weight less than 2 lbs. But, it would not look as kewl.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Sher Singh
    @A123

    My old Sword on the left weighs 900g.
    New is 550g.

    A pound is like 450g.

    Got a new knife too

    https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/322778666062839809/1226988610906226899/IMG_20240408_161402.jpg?ex=6626c531&is=66145031&hm=bb1a2f451d015d34151ee701132718fc0f075a043b3bf4ca723327867f54a89f&

    250g VS 450-500g.
    Despite being thicker around the tang and break points.

    Still adjusting fit/finish, but pretty happy.

    Cost for both including shipping about 150 Usd

    Replies: @A123

  121. @Mikhail
    @AnonfromTN

    Western polling had Putin at somewhere in the over 80% range before the election result. The Western establishment convinced more Russians to support him.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Western polling had Putin at somewhere in the over 80% range before the election result. The Western establishment convinced more Russians to support him.

    Yep, the West never takes into account normal human psychology. Lots of people who did not plan to vote, many who never voted in the last 25 years, decided to go and vote just to spite the West.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @AnonfromTN

    Voting was heavy in a number of foreign consulates. BBC did a segment on Russian citizens in Estonia crossing over to vote. The anecdotal questioning of some of these voters was overwhelmingly for Putin.

    BBC added that they were reluctant to give views on the Russia-Kiev regime/NATO proxy war on account of facing possible punishment in Estonia. Of course the BBC described it as they were reluctant to show support for "Russia's war", as opposed to saying they opposed the NATO proxy war which is what the SMO is about.

  122. Have a hard time believing this wiki article:

    The colossal squid is thought to have a very slow metabolic rate, needing only around 30 grams (1 oz) of prey daily for an adult with a mass of 500 kilograms (1,100 lb).[29] Estimates of its energy requirements suggest it is a slow-moving ambush predator, using its large eyes primarily for prey-detection rather than engaging in active hunting.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossal_squid

  123. @Mikhail
    @QCIC


    Huh, what did I miss?

    I mean specifically why was the SMO combat operation launched February 24, 2022? I think the Russians knew the Kiev attack could not succeed at that time (their force was way too small and not adequately prepared) so what prompted this action? People argue this move was simply overzealous, overconfident or just incompetent, but I think after watching Kiev…since forever, the Russians knew the military and psychological situation very well.

    I still subscribe to the theory that the Russians completed a feint around Kiev to preempt a Western/Ukrainian move which was about to occur and for which the Russians were not adequately prepared to handle. This could possibly have been an AFU attack on Crimea followed immediately (almost simultaneously) by insertion of a NATO “peace keeping” force.
     
    - Waited seven years for some movement on the Minsk Accords in conjunction
    - OSCE confirmation that Kiev regime shelling of Donbass territory dramatically increased just prior to 2/24/22
    - At the time, the Russians already knew what Stoltenberg has since acknowledged about a war like situation in the former Ukrainian SSR, several years prior to 2/24/22, with NATO arming and training the Kiev regime as there was open talk of an Operation Storm like action at some point.

    The SMO appears to have gotten a closely related version of the Minsk Accords to be nearly signed in Istanbul. You know the rest.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Yes, that is part of the story. The increased shelling was important. I don’t know what to make of the Istanbul talks. We don’t need to argue over the details since it may be a long time before enough detail comes out to piece the full history together.

    I think it required something more pressing and existential for the Russians to willingly accept the predictable heavy casualties which occurred early on. This might not matter beyond historical interest, but I think we are still dealing with the psychology of those in the West requiring an all or nothing victory on one side with Russia believing they are facing a true existential struggle on the other. I don’t think the West has given up yet.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @QCIC


    ...the West requiring an all or nothing victory on one side with Russia believing they are facing a true existential struggle on the other. I don’t think the West has given up yet.
     
    It's a hard one - we are literally living in the most existential moment in the human history. There are pretty good odds that it will go boom.

    The Western obsession with not losing face combined with their previous extremely bad strategic planning can turn out to be fatal. They are losing badly because none of it was properly thought through - the plan of Nato-in-Ukraine was literally based on bluffing Russia and hoping Russia does nothing. That is beyond stupid, in the circumstances it was criminal.

    The main Western protagonists can't afford to admit a mistake - the risk of snowballing consequences is too high. The "strategy" now is to make it as painful as possible on Russia and maybe getting some "compromise" that they can hide behind (by lying as they always do). But what if Russia doesn't play along?

    People this stupid shouldn't be allowed to play with loaded guns.
  124. @AP
    @Beckow


    Let’s see: Ursula is an admitted crook and plagiarist
     
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35769001

    "German Defence Minister Von der Leyen cleared of plagiarism"

    Ursula von der Leyen, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, was accused of copying several passages without attribution by a law professor who published his findings online.

    School President Christopher Baum said Ms von der Leyen's thesis did contain plagiarised material, but he said there had been no intent to deceive.

    "This was a mistake, not misconduct," Mr Baum said, quoted by Die Zeit newspaper (in German).

    ::::::::::::::

    You are so corrupt yourself that you think that plagiarism is worse than the sorts of things that creatures like Babis or Berezovsky did to get rich in the 90s.


    The Nato head a son of a Nazi who escaped to Norway
     
    Another lie.

    Here is the NATO head's father:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorvald_Stoltenberg

    Stoltenberg was born in Oslo [in 1931 - AP], the son of Ingeborg (b. Andresen, 1905-1993) and Theodor Emil Stoltenberg (1900-1998)

    As for his grandfather:

    https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Stoltenberg-353

    Lieutenant Colonel Emil Stoltenberg was a Norwegian military officer who fought against the German Operation Weserübung & was taken as a prisoner of war in 1942.

    So while Beckow's people loyally served the Nazis, Stoltenberg's family fought against them.

    And then Beckow lies about them being German Nazis who fled to Norway.


    The whole country of Belgium is infected with pedos
     
    So they are like Fidesz.

    Do you really want to compare the moral qualities of Russo-phobes with everyone else
     
    I think Scott Ritter who exposed his genitals to what he thought was a 15 year old girl is more immoral than Ursula Von der Leyen who plagiarized some paragraphs.

    Someone who lies about a family who fought against the Nazis by accusing them of being Nazis is also worse than von der Leyen.

    You disagree?


    Fillon, Babis, even Berlusconi, are lot more honest as a group
     
    You a paragon of honesty has a very sound opinion of who is or is not honest. The convicted fraudster Fillon was actually more honest, according to you, those not convicted of fraud. The cynicism of a morally rotten person.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Beckow, @Mr. XYZ

    Ms von der Leyen’s thesis did contain plagiarised material, but he said there had been no intent to deceive.

    “This was a mistake, not misconduct,”

    Why would anyone bother with an idiot like you who quotes an obvious nonsense like that? A “mistake”? How did Ursula manage by “mistake” to plagiarise material? Don’t even answer and don’t try anymore “BBC” bulls..t…for god’s sake, are you really so naive or do you only play it here?

    Ursula is also investigated for Pfizer fraud and has plenty of other fraud allegations that were swept under the carpet. Fillon hired his wife as a secretary – sure, nepotism, but are you actually so naive that you don’t see half of the EU byrocracy doing it? The latest French PM just hired his homo lover as a Foreign Minister (yeah, they ‘broke up’, so you will claim that it is ok?)

    You know al of this, but you are an enthusiastic idiot.

    • Replies: @AP
    @Beckow

    Noted that you chose to ignore the fact that you were caught totally lying about the NATO chief’s father being a German Nazi who fled to Norway, when in reality his father was a Norwegian born in 1931 and his grandfather was a Norwegian military man who fought against the Nazis.


    A “mistake”? How did Ursula manage by “mistake” to plagiarise material?
     
    Improper citations due to carelessness, not made deliberately? Ask the university bureaucrats who determined that it was a mistake after their investigation. Typically in such cases it is citation errors.

    Ursula is also investigated for Pfizer fraud and has plenty of other fraud allegations
     
    So no convictions. Any open cases, at least?

    Fillon hired his wife as a secretary –
     
    Actually she and his kids who were also getting paid did none or little actual work. It wasn’t just nepotistic hiring for an actual job at a normal salary (this would not be so serious) but mostly a lot of free money for family members, fraudulently obtained. Hence the conviction. He was convicted of fraud, not nepotism.

    From wiki:

    “ On 31 January, new reporting by Le Canard enchaîné found that Penelope Fillon was actually paid €300,000 more than previously reported, for a total sum of €831,440 for 15 years of her parliamentary assistant work.[54] It also reported that Fillon had paid two of his children €84,000 for little apparent actual work”

    You will claim this is not as bad as poor citations.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Beckow

  125. Sher Singh says:
    @A123
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    It weighs over 4 lbs. I suspect the bronze sword would hold up, but your arms might fall off.

    A good spring steel would weight less than 2 lbs. But, it would not look as kewl.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Sher Singh

    My old Sword on the left weighs 900g.
    New is 550g.

    A pound is like 450g.

    Got a new knife too

    250g VS 450-500g.
    Despite being thicker around the tang and break points.

    Still adjusting fit/finish, but pretty happy.

    Cost for both including shipping about 150 Usd

    • Replies: @A123
    @Sher Singh

    At 900g full tang and a knuckle bow are on offer.

     
    https://www.kultofathena.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/LE005S_LB_BH-8.jpg
     

    https://www.kultofathena.com/product/landsknecht-emporium-gustav-messer-with-light-brown-scabbard-beechwood-grip/

    What kind of steel, length, and hilt construction gives 550g? That seems on the light end of the spectrum.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Sher Singh

  126. @QCIC
    @Mikhail

    Yes, that is part of the story. The increased shelling was important. I don't know what to make of the Istanbul talks. We don't need to argue over the details since it may be a long time before enough detail comes out to piece the full history together.

    I think it required something more pressing and existential for the Russians to willingly accept the predictable heavy casualties which occurred early on. This might not matter beyond historical interest, but I think we are still dealing with the psychology of those in the West requiring an all or nothing victory on one side with Russia believing they are facing a true existential struggle on the other. I don't think the West has given up yet.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …the West requiring an all or nothing victory on one side with Russia believing they are facing a true existential struggle on the other. I don’t think the West has given up yet.

    It’s a hard one – we are literally living in the most existential moment in the human history. There are pretty good odds that it will go boom.

    The Western obsession with not losing face combined with their previous extremely bad strategic planning can turn out to be fatal. They are losing badly because none of it was properly thought through – the plan of Nato-in-Ukraine was literally based on bluffing Russia and hoping Russia does nothing. That is beyond stupid, in the circumstances it was criminal.

    The main Western protagonists can’t afford to admit a mistake – the risk of snowballing consequences is too high. The “strategy” now is to make it as painful as possible on Russia and maybe getting some “compromise” that they can hide behind (by lying as they always do). But what if Russia doesn’t play along?

    People this stupid shouldn’t be allowed to play with loaded guns.

  127. A123 says: • Website
    @Sher Singh
    @A123

    My old Sword on the left weighs 900g.
    New is 550g.

    A pound is like 450g.

    Got a new knife too

    https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/322778666062839809/1226988610906226899/IMG_20240408_161402.jpg?ex=6626c531&is=66145031&hm=bb1a2f451d015d34151ee701132718fc0f075a043b3bf4ca723327867f54a89f&

    250g VS 450-500g.
    Despite being thicker around the tang and break points.

    Still adjusting fit/finish, but pretty happy.

    Cost for both including shipping about 150 Usd

    Replies: @A123

    At 900g full tang and a knuckle bow are on offer.

     

     

    https://www.kultofathena.com/product/landsknecht-emporium-gustav-messer-with-light-brown-scabbard-beechwood-grip/

    What kind of steel, length, and hilt construction gives 550g? That seems on the light end of the spectrum.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Sher Singh
    @A123

    You sure they don't include the sheath in that weight?

    The Cold Steel Talwar is listed at 38oz or 1050g.
    The Langmesser at 30oz or 850.

    Idk man could be a thinner blade either in thickness or width.
    It's spring steel so similar in both.

    https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/784692955176894484/1227183726102839357/image.png?ex=66277ae8&is=661505e8&hm=b4bbd25338b5525eb7a55fbf62eb227e6be8307f0dae104c90b76a61bd558010&=&format=webp&quality=lossless&width=791&height=453

    Replies: @A123, @Emil Nikola Richard

  128. @AP
    @Beckow


    Let’s see: Ursula is an admitted crook and plagiarist
     
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35769001

    "German Defence Minister Von der Leyen cleared of plagiarism"

    Ursula von der Leyen, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, was accused of copying several passages without attribution by a law professor who published his findings online.

    School President Christopher Baum said Ms von der Leyen's thesis did contain plagiarised material, but he said there had been no intent to deceive.

    "This was a mistake, not misconduct," Mr Baum said, quoted by Die Zeit newspaper (in German).

    ::::::::::::::

    You are so corrupt yourself that you think that plagiarism is worse than the sorts of things that creatures like Babis or Berezovsky did to get rich in the 90s.


    The Nato head a son of a Nazi who escaped to Norway
     
    Another lie.

    Here is the NATO head's father:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorvald_Stoltenberg

    Stoltenberg was born in Oslo [in 1931 - AP], the son of Ingeborg (b. Andresen, 1905-1993) and Theodor Emil Stoltenberg (1900-1998)

    As for his grandfather:

    https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Stoltenberg-353

    Lieutenant Colonel Emil Stoltenberg was a Norwegian military officer who fought against the German Operation Weserübung & was taken as a prisoner of war in 1942.

    So while Beckow's people loyally served the Nazis, Stoltenberg's family fought against them.

    And then Beckow lies about them being German Nazis who fled to Norway.


    The whole country of Belgium is infected with pedos
     
    So they are like Fidesz.

    Do you really want to compare the moral qualities of Russo-phobes with everyone else
     
    I think Scott Ritter who exposed his genitals to what he thought was a 15 year old girl is more immoral than Ursula Von der Leyen who plagiarized some paragraphs.

    Someone who lies about a family who fought against the Nazis by accusing them of being Nazis is also worse than von der Leyen.

    You disagree?


    Fillon, Babis, even Berlusconi, are lot more honest as a group
     
    You a paragon of honesty has a very sound opinion of who is or is not honest. The convicted fraudster Fillon was actually more honest, according to you, those not convicted of fraud. The cynicism of a morally rotten person.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Beckow, @Mr. XYZ

    I think Scott Ritter who exposed his genitals to what he thought was a 15 year old girl is more immoral than Ursula Von der Leyen who plagiarized some paragraphs.

    Somewhat off-topic, but what are your thoughts on Richard Hanania’s defense of adult woman-male minor sexual relationships? It’s in Hanania’s article “Hitler, Demi Moore, and Other “Pedophiles”. He argues that because the strength advantage is in favor of male minors (at least when teenagers) over adult women, such relationships should be granted legal sanction in the eyes of the law, unlike with equivalent relationships with the sexes being reversed. He also argues that if making laws based on generalizations is acceptable based on age, then it’s also acceptable based on sex. I wonder how he would feel if similar logic was applied to making differential laws based on race, such as by, say, factoring in defendants’ race, ethnicity, or even religion in computer models determining their sentencing and/or whether or not they should get early parole, especially if race, ethnicity, and/or religion have strong predictive validity in regards to whether or not someone will reoffend, even after adjusting for all other factors.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Mr. XYZ

    I think nature is somewhat against young male-older woman couplings in humans, though it favors the opposite. My speculation is there is a process for male Lamarkism where some traits inherited from the father are partially and significantly encoded during his life (not necessarily in DNA), while those from the mother are predominantly defined by her expression of the inheritance from her parents. This male contribution can greatly influence the characteristics of the offspring. This coupling also entails more genetic degradation of the older male gametes, getting worse with age.

    From a genetic perspective some believe nature favors both parents being as young as possible. On the other hand, maybe older parents allow for more mutations and a greater rate of natural selection? A related aspect is that I believe the fetus is strongly influenced by direct interaction with the mother during gestation. This is not a standard inheritance; more like firmware than hardware. This might sometimes favor older mothers as well. Hmmm.

    My notion of the older male-younger woman coupling as a crucial evolutionary approach could be called the prima nochta theory (unless that name is already taken).

  129. AP says:
    @Beckow
    @AP


    Ms von der Leyen’s thesis did contain plagiarised material, but he said there had been no intent to deceive.

    “This was a mistake, not misconduct,”
     

    Why would anyone bother with an idiot like you who quotes an obvious nonsense like that? A "mistake"? How did Ursula manage by "mistake" to plagiarise material? Don't even answer and don't try anymore "BBC" bulls..t...for god's sake, are you really so naive or do you only play it here?

    Ursula is also investigated for Pfizer fraud and has plenty of other fraud allegations that were swept under the carpet. Fillon hired his wife as a secretary - sure, nepotism, but are you actually so naive that you don't see half of the EU byrocracy doing it? The latest French PM just hired his homo lover as a Foreign Minister (yeah, they 'broke up', so you will claim that it is ok?)

    You know al of this, but you are an enthusiastic idiot.

    Replies: @AP

    Noted that you chose to ignore the fact that you were caught totally lying about the NATO chief’s father being a German Nazi who fled to Norway, when in reality his father was a Norwegian born in 1931 and his grandfather was a Norwegian military man who fought against the Nazis.

    A “mistake”? How did Ursula manage by “mistake” to plagiarise material?

    Improper citations due to carelessness, not made deliberately? Ask the university bureaucrats who determined that it was a mistake after their investigation. Typically in such cases it is citation errors.

    Ursula is also investigated for Pfizer fraud and has plenty of other fraud allegations

    So no convictions. Any open cases, at least?

    Fillon hired his wife as a secretary –

    Actually she and his kids who were also getting paid did none or little actual work. It wasn’t just nepotistic hiring for an actual job at a normal salary (this would not be so serious) but mostly a lot of free money for family members, fraudulently obtained. Hence the conviction. He was convicted of fraud, not nepotism.

    From wiki:

    “ On 31 January, new reporting by Le Canard enchaîné found that Penelope Fillon was actually paid €300,000 more than previously reported, for a total sum of €831,440 for 15 years of her parliamentary assistant work.[54] It also reported that Fillon had paid two of his children €84,000 for little apparent actual work”

    You will claim this is not as bad as poor citations.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    Interesting that both he and his wife have five children:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penelope_Fillon

    "François and Penelope Fillon have five children: Marie (born 1982), a barrister, Charles (born 1984), a lawyer, Antoine (born 1985) and Edouard (born 1989), who both work in finance, and Arnaud (born 2001), who was a high school student.[2][11] They also have three grandchildren.[2]"

    The youngest child was born when Penelope was 45 or 46. There's a 12-year age gap between the last two siblings. I wonder if their last child was an "Oops!" baby.

    BTW, off-topic, but do you remember when I shared a quote with you from a 1915 British book about how Tsarist Russia was a giant church? Well, it looks like religion has a eugenic effect on fertility:

    https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/2024/04/the-eugenic-effect-of-religiousness-confirmed/

    https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/wp-content/uploads/VES-eugenics-plot-2048x1191.png

    https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/wp-content/uploads/VES-eugenics-plot-2048x1191.png

    https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/wp-content/uploads/VES-religiousness-eugenic-count-models-2048x1187.png

    https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/wp-content/uploads/VES-eugenic-religion-jensen-method.png

    This suggests that had Russia avoided Bolshevism and their totalitarian messianic anti-religious zeal, things could have worked out even better for Russia than anticipated. In the best case scenario, Russia really could have become a giant Israel.

    This data also suggests something else (which I believe that you alluded to earlier, a while back): Specifically, that the harm that religious women do in refusing to abort Down's syndrome fetuses could be more than compensated by their eugenic fertility in general, even after taking into account their additional Down's syndrome births.

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @Beckow
    @AP


    Fillon wife, kids...who were also getting paid did none or little actual work.
     
    You doubled down on your famous pretend naivete....doing little actual work in government is now a "crime"? Are you mad? Brussels is literally stuffed by employees who do little actual work. Each country delegate to a high post gets 15 freely chosen "assistants"...you are talking about nepotism on steroids. You must know this so now you are just lying. The attack on Fillon was made-up because he wasn't sufficiently Russo-phobic. I actually don't care for Fillon and his policies - he is a typical 'right-wing' cheap bastard who as PM did the usual "root-canal" anti-social policies.

    In 15 years Fillion's wife earned 831k Euros - that is 55k per year - I don't know what you make, but that's an absolute peanuts for most people. Ursula's husband in Pfizer cleared tens of millions. These selective prosecutions are as political as it gets - also the silly Biden's prosecution of Trump, or do you support that too?

    The profiles you quote are scrubbed, do your research in German. Tusk's dad was a member of SS, Baerbock and Scholz are from fanatical Nazi families, also Freeland in Canada...you are dishonest and like to live in your made-up ideological world.

    Until the "offensive" is un-paused, right? I am sure any day now...

    Replies: @AP

  130. @AnonfromTN
    @Mikhail


    Western polling had Putin at somewhere in the over 80% range before the election result. The Western establishment convinced more Russians to support him.
     
    Yep, the West never takes into account normal human psychology. Lots of people who did not plan to vote, many who never voted in the last 25 years, decided to go and vote just to spite the West.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    Voting was heavy in a number of foreign consulates. BBC did a segment on Russian citizens in Estonia crossing over to vote. The anecdotal questioning of some of these voters was overwhelmingly for Putin.

    BBC added that they were reluctant to give views on the Russia-Kiev regime/NATO proxy war on account of facing possible punishment in Estonia. Of course the BBC described it as they were reluctant to show support for “Russia’s war”, as opposed to saying they opposed the NATO proxy war which is what the SMO is about.

  131. @AP
    @Beckow

    Noted that you chose to ignore the fact that you were caught totally lying about the NATO chief’s father being a German Nazi who fled to Norway, when in reality his father was a Norwegian born in 1931 and his grandfather was a Norwegian military man who fought against the Nazis.


    A “mistake”? How did Ursula manage by “mistake” to plagiarise material?
     
    Improper citations due to carelessness, not made deliberately? Ask the university bureaucrats who determined that it was a mistake after their investigation. Typically in such cases it is citation errors.

    Ursula is also investigated for Pfizer fraud and has plenty of other fraud allegations
     
    So no convictions. Any open cases, at least?

    Fillon hired his wife as a secretary –
     
    Actually she and his kids who were also getting paid did none or little actual work. It wasn’t just nepotistic hiring for an actual job at a normal salary (this would not be so serious) but mostly a lot of free money for family members, fraudulently obtained. Hence the conviction. He was convicted of fraud, not nepotism.

    From wiki:

    “ On 31 January, new reporting by Le Canard enchaîné found that Penelope Fillon was actually paid €300,000 more than previously reported, for a total sum of €831,440 for 15 years of her parliamentary assistant work.[54] It also reported that Fillon had paid two of his children €84,000 for little apparent actual work”

    You will claim this is not as bad as poor citations.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Beckow

    Interesting that both he and his wife have five children:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penelope_Fillon

    “François and Penelope Fillon have five children: Marie (born 1982), a barrister, Charles (born 1984), a lawyer, Antoine (born 1985) and Edouard (born 1989), who both work in finance, and Arnaud (born 2001), who was a high school student.[2][11] They also have three grandchildren.[2]”

    The youngest child was born when Penelope was 45 or 46. There’s a 12-year age gap between the last two siblings. I wonder if their last child was an “Oops!” baby.

    BTW, off-topic, but do you remember when I shared a quote with you from a 1915 British book about how Tsarist Russia was a giant church? Well, it looks like religion has a eugenic effect on fertility:

    https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/2024/04/the-eugenic-effect-of-religiousness-confirmed/

    This suggests that had Russia avoided Bolshevism and their totalitarian messianic anti-religious zeal, things could have worked out even better for Russia than anticipated. In the best case scenario, Russia really could have become a giant Israel.

    This data also suggests something else (which I believe that you alluded to earlier, a while back): Specifically, that the harm that religious women do in refusing to abort Down’s syndrome fetuses could be more than compensated by their eugenic fertility in general, even after taking into account their additional Down’s syndrome births.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Mr. XYZ

    Figure 3 confirms the well known idea that religion includes the seeds of its own destruction (smart people sometimes are iconoclasts).

  132. Stuck in supremacy? Lubos Blaha, Deputy Speaker of the Slovak parliament
    https://www.rt.com/shows/worlds-apart-oksana-boyko/595523-lubos-blaha-deputy-speaker-slovak-parliament/

    Mark Twain famously remarked that “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” And it’s not the circumstances or the actors in any particular conflict that get re-constellated but rather — the spirit of the problem itself, the unresolved parts of it. As the European continent is once again stricken with bitter divisions and kinetic warfare, does history offer any ideas for moving forward? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Lubos Blaha, a left-wing Slovak politician and Deputy Speaker of the Slovak Parliament.

  133. @sudden death
    No more financial reason on average to go into Greece, Portugal and Malta for the work from Lithuania, but the sunny weather downsouth still holds the strong attractive cards;)

    https://i.postimg.cc/WjD4JqqB/salaries-EU2023.jpg

    Replies: @Another Polish Perspective, @sudden death, @sudden death

    …and Ireland gonna be the new Switzerland with those growth rates, at least on paper;)

    • Replies: @Philip Owen
    @sudden death

    PPP is expensive to recaluculate and a large, worldwide exercise. The World Bank recalculates about every 5 years (from memory). This flatters economies with high inflation. Hence the result for Turkey. Russia, not shown, is also benefitting from inflation enhancing apparent PPP growth. Ukraineis a basket caes all round though.

    Replies: @sudden death, @china-russia-all-the-way, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

  134. @songbird
    @Mr. Hack

    Hope he gets checked out for skin cancer.

    BTW, I very much enjoyed this recent clip of the elephant lifting the tour bus. Wish they would make an effort to calculate how much force that was and what a mammoth or mastadon could do.

    https://youtu.be/aTXRUzTf-L0?si=2QJYnPYJH_jeI63W


    Even some of these Asian elephants seem pretty aggressive. One can find lots of videos of them setting up impromptu roadblocks with their bodies and demanding the drivers of cars and even large trucks pay some kind of toll.

    https://youtu.be/CA2sF22isCw?si=gs2L7gO-mOzIxujK

    Replies: @Negronicus

    They still paid peanuts.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Negronicus

    Would definitely rather be stopped by an elephant than a group of highland Papuans who have felled a log across the road.

    The Papuans are not likely to let you on your way for a bunch of bananas or a bundle of sugar cane. Probably similar in Haiti with those gangs.

  135. @A123
    @Sher Singh

    At 900g full tang and a knuckle bow are on offer.

     
    https://www.kultofathena.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/LE005S_LB_BH-8.jpg
     

    https://www.kultofathena.com/product/landsknecht-emporium-gustav-messer-with-light-brown-scabbard-beechwood-grip/

    What kind of steel, length, and hilt construction gives 550g? That seems on the light end of the spectrum.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Sher Singh

    You sure they don’t include the sheath in that weight?

    The Cold Steel Talwar is listed at 38oz or 1050g.
    The Langmesser at 30oz or 850.

    Idk man could be a thinner blade either in thickness or width.
    It’s spring steel so similar in both.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Sher Singh


    You sure they don’t include the sheath in that weight?
     
    The design has a very wide blade. Thus, it is heavy for the length. As you saw, narrower blades can be longer without exceeding 2 lbs.

     
    https://www.kultofathena.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/LE008S_BH-10.jpg
     

    The Karl Messer has 8 inches of additional blade length versus the Gustav at a very similar weight.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Sher Singh

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Sher Singh

    Bag the swords man. Put the money into your Giulia Imperio sex doll fund.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA4e-xu4Ti4

  136. @Negronicus
    @songbird

    They still paid peanuts.

    Replies: @songbird

    Would definitely rather be stopped by an elephant than a group of highland Papuans who have felled a log across the road.

    The Papuans are not likely to let you on your way for a bunch of bananas or a bundle of sugar cane. Probably similar in Haiti with those gangs.

  137. @A123
    @Sher Singh

    https://www.kultofathena.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AH2102N_8_L.jpg
     

    https://www.kultofathena.com/product/celtic-bronze-sword-27-blade/

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird

    I’d like a good bronze sword in the old style.

    But once you start, where do you stop? I’d also like a flint blade and an obsidian blade. And something even from the Mousterian toolkit.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mousterian

    Repros of stone weapons would probably be fantastically expensive, until robot technology increases by leaps and bounds.

    • Replies: @A123
    @songbird

    Stone blades are quite fragile. You could probably find one for display, but using it seems problematic.

    A stone disc mace would be more durable.

    https://youtu.be/mgB_20NCfiM

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

  138. @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    I think Scott Ritter who exposed his genitals to what he thought was a 15 year old girl is more immoral than Ursula Von der Leyen who plagiarized some paragraphs.
     
    Somewhat off-topic, but what are your thoughts on Richard Hanania's defense of adult woman-male minor sexual relationships? It's in Hanania's article "Hitler, Demi Moore, and Other "Pedophiles". He argues that because the strength advantage is in favor of male minors (at least when teenagers) over adult women, such relationships should be granted legal sanction in the eyes of the law, unlike with equivalent relationships with the sexes being reversed. He also argues that if making laws based on generalizations is acceptable based on age, then it's also acceptable based on sex. I wonder how he would feel if similar logic was applied to making differential laws based on race, such as by, say, factoring in defendants' race, ethnicity, or even religion in computer models determining their sentencing and/or whether or not they should get early parole, especially if race, ethnicity, and/or religion have strong predictive validity in regards to whether or not someone will reoffend, even after adjusting for all other factors.

    Replies: @QCIC

    I think nature is somewhat against young male-older woman couplings in humans, though it favors the opposite. My speculation is there is a process for male Lamarkism where some traits inherited from the father are partially and significantly encoded during his life (not necessarily in DNA), while those from the mother are predominantly defined by her expression of the inheritance from her parents. This male contribution can greatly influence the characteristics of the offspring. This coupling also entails more genetic degradation of the older male gametes, getting worse with age.

    From a genetic perspective some believe nature favors both parents being as young as possible. On the other hand, maybe older parents allow for more mutations and a greater rate of natural selection? A related aspect is that I believe the fetus is strongly influenced by direct interaction with the mother during gestation. This is not a standard inheritance; more like firmware than hardware. This might sometimes favor older mothers as well. Hmmm.

    My notion of the older male-younger woman coupling as a crucial evolutionary approach could be called the prima nochta theory (unless that name is already taken).

  139. @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    Interesting that both he and his wife have five children:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penelope_Fillon

    "François and Penelope Fillon have five children: Marie (born 1982), a barrister, Charles (born 1984), a lawyer, Antoine (born 1985) and Edouard (born 1989), who both work in finance, and Arnaud (born 2001), who was a high school student.[2][11] They also have three grandchildren.[2]"

    The youngest child was born when Penelope was 45 or 46. There's a 12-year age gap between the last two siblings. I wonder if their last child was an "Oops!" baby.

    BTW, off-topic, but do you remember when I shared a quote with you from a 1915 British book about how Tsarist Russia was a giant church? Well, it looks like religion has a eugenic effect on fertility:

    https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/2024/04/the-eugenic-effect-of-religiousness-confirmed/

    https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/wp-content/uploads/VES-eugenics-plot-2048x1191.png

    https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/wp-content/uploads/VES-eugenics-plot-2048x1191.png

    https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/wp-content/uploads/VES-religiousness-eugenic-count-models-2048x1187.png

    https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/wp-content/uploads/VES-eugenic-religion-jensen-method.png

    This suggests that had Russia avoided Bolshevism and their totalitarian messianic anti-religious zeal, things could have worked out even better for Russia than anticipated. In the best case scenario, Russia really could have become a giant Israel.

    This data also suggests something else (which I believe that you alluded to earlier, a while back): Specifically, that the harm that religious women do in refusing to abort Down's syndrome fetuses could be more than compensated by their eugenic fertility in general, even after taking into account their additional Down's syndrome births.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Figure 3 confirms the well known idea that religion includes the seeds of its own destruction (smart people sometimes are iconoclasts).

  140. @sudden death
    @Gerard1234


    Moldova government of very recently that stole something like 1/3rd of the countries entire budget
     
    haha, ofc our poor coprolaliac Gerard completely accidentally "forgot" to mention about the organiser of that heist, who is entirely unsurprisingly working for Kremlin in Moldova:

    Ilan Shor is an Israeli-born Moldovan oligarch and politician. In 2014, Shor "masterminded" a scam that saw US$1 billion disappear from Moldovan banks, resulting in a total loss equivalent to 12% of Moldova's GDP and the arrest of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat. In June 2017, he was sentenced to 7.5 years of prison in absentia for fraud and money laundering and on 14 April 2023 his sentence was increased to 15 years. All of Shor's Moldovan assets were also frozen. After spending time under house arrest he fled to Israel in 2019, where he currently lives.

    On 26 October 2022, the United States sanctioned him due to his working with "corrupt oligarchs and Moscow-based entities to create political unrest in Moldova". The United Kingdom and European Union have also sanctioned Shor. His pro-Russian party, the Șor Party, was banned by the Constitutional Court of Moldova on 19 June 2023 after months of protests organized by his party. According to the court, these protests were designed to destabilize Moldova and foment a coup in order to install a pro-Russian government.The same Constitutional Court revoked the ban on 27 March 2024.
     

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilan_Shor

    Replies: @Gerard1234

    Gerard completely accidentally “forgot” to mention about the organiser of that heist, who is entirely unsurprisingly working for Kremlin in Moldova:

    LOL – what part of “pro EU government” and “mass corruption scandal stealing much of the national budget” ….are you too much of a dumb retard to understand?

    Pro-Russian side lead the protests against this you dimwit.

    What part of “arrested Prime Minister Filat” and “pro-EU” are you too thick to understand and link together?

    Ilan Shor is an Israeli-born Moldovan oligarch and politician. In 2014, Shor “masterminded” a scam that saw US$1 billion disappear from Moldovan banks, resulting in a total loss equivalent to 12% of Moldova’s GDP and the arrest of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat.

    LMAO – “Ilan Shor” and “pro-Russian” is an incompatible sequence you malignant cretin. In no way is he connected to the Russian state or are his actions “pro-Russian”. Its the pro-EU government via him deciding to launder money you imbecile!
    For a dumb westerner to make this ignorant claim would be expected……..for a post-soviet midget shithole inhabitant to make this claim is far past dumb……….it’s simply outright lying, knowing that all these anti-Russian parasites from post-Soviet countries are , until they can actually join the EU , entirely reliant on and exploit money from the nearest economic power (Russia)to buildup their wealth that they can spend in the west, and also entirely rely on these Russian connections to buildup their political power also.

    Yushchenko with his history in the banking sector is probably the most “kremlin-linked” person to become head of state outside of Russia you idiot.

    Poroshenko/Valtsman with his history in business entirely becoming wealthy because of Russia……..is the most Russian-business linked person to become head of state ( and probable great friends with his also jewish-Moldovan pal Shor), not called Ivanishvili

    That Gruzian dogshit Ivanishvili, of course owes his wealth to Russia ( not even Russian market, just Russia)

    Ze drug addict – with his zero talent became rich because of Russian market, and in the hilarious farce of Banderastan………..has nearly all of his films banned in Ukraine because of their Russian connection, LOL.

    I already mentioned the very enthusiastically Soviet past of this Kallas bitch’s father

    So that’s all these vermin, using their Russian connections to become very wealthy or powerful ………and then using this to implement anti-Russian politics. Latvian midget Nazi excrement at top level also had huge role in this Moldovan corruption case -which you almost certainly would have read as you saw about this Shor guy – emphasising just how much of a liar you and the Baltic midgets are.

    • Replies: @AP
    @Gerard1234


    LMAO – “Ilan Shor” and “pro-Russian” is an incompatible sequence
     
    Gerard slips in his own sh*t once again.

    His political party:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C8%98or_Party

    The ȘOR Party (Romanian: Partidul „ȘOR”, pronunciation: [ʃor]) is a populist political party in Moldova.[13] Known from its foundation in 1998 until October 2016 as the Socio-Political Movement "Equality" (Romanian: Mișcarea social-politică „Ravnopravie”),[14][15] the party holds Eurosceptic and Russophilic stances

    Poroshenko/Valtsman

     

    Well known fake, our Dima debunked this. Poroshenko’s family are well known, and his family comes from a mixed village of ethnic Ukrainians and Russian Old Bekievers.

    Tell us more about the 3 Ukrainian KGB chiefs lol.

    Replies: @Gerard1234

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Gerard1234


    Soviet past
     
    IMO, the most important reason the USSR crashed and burned was negative selection that set in after Bolsheviks came to power. The regime worked, like water: gold used to sink, while shit used to float to the top. The 1941-45 war was a brief period of positive selection among the military, but it did not overcome the overall trend. So, almost everyone who prospered and rose up through the ranks in the USSR is tainted by the fact.

    It is only natural that shit continued to float to the top in post-Soviet countries: today the RF is arguably the least sovetisized part of former USSR.
    , @sudden death
    @Gerard1234


    In no way is he connected to the Russian state or are his actions “pro-Russian”
     
    Meanwhile in RF today - runaway international financial stealer/swindler Ilan Shor announces the creation of the political bloc "Pobeda" at a Moldovan pro-Russian opposition parties’ congress in Moscow, lol

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GLrrprvXcAAK1de.jpg

    https://twitter.com/paulaerizanu/status/1781995709031420262

    Replies: @QCIC

  141. President Biden’s hopes of reelection would disappear were gas to become much more expensive; hence Ukraine’s targeting of the Russian oil industry is intended to function as a wedge for getting Biden to support Ukraine more.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Sean


    President Biden’s hopes of reelection would disappear were gas to become much more expensive; hence Ukraine’s targeting of the Russian oil industry is intended to function as a wedge for getting Biden to support Ukraine more.
     
    Fossil fuel pricing is at times based on a good deal of hype over reality. Kiev regime has done limited damage. Regardless, the rising price premised on such action will give further reason for the US to limit support for the Kiev regime.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  142. @Sean
    President Biden's hopes of reelection would disappear were gas to become much more expensive; hence Ukraine's targeting of the Russian oil industry is intended to function as a wedge for getting Biden to support Ukraine more.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    President Biden’s hopes of reelection would disappear were gas to become much more expensive; hence Ukraine’s targeting of the Russian oil industry is intended to function as a wedge for getting Biden to support Ukraine more.

    Fossil fuel pricing is at times based on a good deal of hype over reality. Kiev regime has done limited damage. Regardless, the rising price premised on such action will give further reason for the US to limit support for the Kiev regime.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Mikhail


    Kiev regime has done limited damage.
     
    You've got to be kidding and/or smoking some strong russian makhorka again:

    https://youtu.be/3Fbki5F2LGo

    This is worth watching from start to finish! Cutting off the oil revenues will negatively impact the kremlin's abilities to finance their nasty war.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  143. A123 says: • Website
    @Sher Singh
    @A123

    You sure they don't include the sheath in that weight?

    The Cold Steel Talwar is listed at 38oz or 1050g.
    The Langmesser at 30oz or 850.

    Idk man could be a thinner blade either in thickness or width.
    It's spring steel so similar in both.

    https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/784692955176894484/1227183726102839357/image.png?ex=66277ae8&is=661505e8&hm=b4bbd25338b5525eb7a55fbf62eb227e6be8307f0dae104c90b76a61bd558010&=&format=webp&quality=lossless&width=791&height=453

    Replies: @A123, @Emil Nikola Richard

    You sure they don’t include the sheath in that weight?

    The design has a very wide blade. Thus, it is heavy for the length. As you saw, narrower blades can be longer without exceeding 2 lbs.

     

     

    The Karl Messer has 8 inches of additional blade length versus the Gustav at a very similar weight.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Sher Singh
    @A123

    Was wrong.

    The Pulwar is 950g as well the sheath is like 250.
    The CS Talwar is like 1050g + 550g sheath Ig.

    W/e

    Tried both with gloves on & the Pulwar FLIES.

    --
    Also tried my old 2ft Tegh & it doesn't really have the mass to be a good slasher.

    The Kabar is ok at it if u hold it in an OK grip.
    The new Kard I got is better at penetrating tho.

  144. @songbird
    @A123

    I'd like a good bronze sword in the old style.

    But once you start, where do you stop? I'd also like a flint blade and an obsidian blade. And something even from the Mousterian toolkit.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mousterian

    Repros of stone weapons would probably be fantastically expensive, until robot technology increases by leaps and bounds.

    Replies: @A123

    Stone blades are quite fragile. You could probably find one for display, but using it seems problematic.

    A stone disc mace would be more durable.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
    @A123


    Stone blades are quite fragile. You could probably find one for display, but using it seems problematic.
     
    Think you could probably cut infinity summer squash, celery, or sausage, as long as you did it in the air and were careful of your fingers. Maybe, cloth? But it might be hard to get a straight line. Paper I think would dull it.

    I like that disc mace. Very stylish in a clean way. But it would be hard to find the right ancestral version. There is this head one from Ireland, but it is not Bell Beaker:

    https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Collections-Research/Collection/Resilience/Artefact/Flint-Mace-Head/49d6241f-971a-466c-accc-3037de6706c1
  145. AP says:
    @Gerard1234
    @sudden death


    Gerard completely accidentally “forgot” to mention about the organiser of that heist, who is entirely unsurprisingly working for Kremlin in Moldova:
     
    LOL - what part of "pro EU government" and "mass corruption scandal stealing much of the national budget" ....are you too much of a dumb retard to understand?

    Pro-Russian side lead the protests against this you dimwit.

    What part of "arrested Prime Minister Filat" and "pro-EU" are you too thick to understand and link together?


    Ilan Shor is an Israeli-born Moldovan oligarch and politician. In 2014, Shor “masterminded” a scam that saw US$1 billion disappear from Moldovan banks, resulting in a total loss equivalent to 12% of Moldova’s GDP and the arrest of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat.
     
    LMAO - "Ilan Shor" and "pro-Russian" is an incompatible sequence you malignant cretin. In no way is he connected to the Russian state or are his actions "pro-Russian". Its the pro-EU government via him deciding to launder money you imbecile!
    For a dumb westerner to make this ignorant claim would be expected........for a post-soviet midget shithole inhabitant to make this claim is far past dumb..........it's simply outright lying, knowing that all these anti-Russian parasites from post-Soviet countries are , until they can actually join the EU , entirely reliant on and exploit money from the nearest economic power (Russia)to buildup their wealth that they can spend in the west, and also entirely rely on these Russian connections to buildup their political power also.

    Yushchenko with his history in the banking sector is probably the most "kremlin-linked" person to become head of state outside of Russia you idiot.

    Poroshenko/Valtsman with his history in business entirely becoming wealthy because of Russia........is the most Russian-business linked person to become head of state ( and probable great friends with his also jewish-Moldovan pal Shor), not called Ivanishvili

    That Gruzian dogshit Ivanishvili, of course owes his wealth to Russia ( not even Russian market, just Russia)

    Ze drug addict - with his zero talent became rich because of Russian market, and in the hilarious farce of Banderastan...........has nearly all of his films banned in Ukraine because of their Russian connection, LOL.

    I already mentioned the very enthusiastically Soviet past of this Kallas bitch's father

    So that's all these vermin, using their Russian connections to become very wealthy or powerful .........and then using this to implement anti-Russian politics. Latvian midget Nazi excrement at top level also had huge role in this Moldovan corruption case -which you almost certainly would have read as you saw about this Shor guy - emphasising just how much of a liar you and the Baltic midgets are.

    Replies: @AP, @AnonfromTN, @sudden death

    LMAO – “Ilan Shor” and “pro-Russian” is an incompatible sequence

    Gerard slips in his own sh*t once again.

    His political party:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C8%98or_Party

    The ȘOR Party (Romanian: Partidul „ȘOR”, pronunciation: [ʃor]) is a populist political party in Moldova.[13] Known from its foundation in 1998 until October 2016 as the Socio-Political Movement “Equality” (Romanian: Mișcarea social-politică „Ravnopravie”),[14][15] the party holds Eurosceptic and Russophilic stances

    Poroshenko/Valtsman

    Well known fake, our Dima debunked this. Poroshenko’s family are well known, and his family comes from a mixed village of ethnic Ukrainians and Russian Old Bekievers.

    Tell us more about the 3 Ukrainian KGB chiefs lol.

    • Replies: @Gerard1234
    @AP


    Known from its foundation in 1998 until October 2016 as the Socio-Political Movement “Equality” (Romanian: Mișcarea social-politică „Ravnopravie”),[14][15] the party holds Eurosceptic and Russophilic stances
     
    LOL - if you knew ANYTHING about the politics in that country , or Ukraine , you would not link such a stupid thing you dumb prick. You are of course a total bimbo , idiotically copying and pasting nonsense from Wikipedia on something you know ZERO about. I will repeat you shithead - there is absolutely NOTHING this Israeli-Moldovan guy has done individually or via his party that could come close to being described as "Pro-Russian" you retard. Any non-bimbo could easily decipher this.....particularly when the pro-EU government is using him to do this crime, LMAO.

    To any non-fantasist who doesn't have 100's of sockpuppet accounts recycling the same trash.........Poroshenko/Valtsman typical post-soviet shithole scumbag double-dealing as Party of Regions member does not make him "pro-Russian" you thick dipshit. Or Yushchenko's extensive interactions with Kuchma or Yanukovich much before he became President or PM make him pro-Russian...........or that other cursed-in-hell permanantly scumbag Kolomoisky extensive business with Russia and "pro-Kremlin" Abramovich.

    Well known fake,
     
    No it is not you idiot. Although its amusing that the only thing that makes this freak Poroshenko/Valtsman "Ukrainian"......is that Stalin and the ACTUAL Ukrop Khrushchev made his part of Moldova, become part of Ukraine.

    Tell us more about the 3 Ukrainian KGB chiefs lol.
     
    Well I suppose with human excrement as yourself, entirely all of your posts on here are extreme BS and sociopathy - so the action here from yourself is like the convicted paedophile, released from Jail after 10 years , who immediately after getting released.........makes a trip to the nearest children playground, wearing no clothes. That is literally the equivalent we are seeing here - a wakjob freak shamelessly as you making a return to the scene of their own crime ( the hugely embarassing list of Ukrops in top positions in USSR and your inexplicable non-knowledge of these simple things, despite being a non-life wacko using trillions of hours on here, obsessing about USSR).

    Its obvious some form of extreme narcissism and compulsive lying with trash as yourself.

    Yes, to any ACTUAL Ukrop they would simply be quite in shameful silence at 3 Ukrops as KGB chief. As would at leader of USSR, KGB Chief, Interior Minister and Defence Minister ...........head of USSR football team, Mosfilm and many, many other important bureaus all at the same time for many years being Ukrops, LMFAO!!!!!! And all the South Russians, border region people.


    As you have no connection to these peoples of 404, you can continually make these shamefully idiotic comments.

    Replies: @AP

  146. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    Do you guys have an embassy in Kiev that could get accidentally bombed?

    Replies: @Beckow, @Gerard1234

    Did not realise Alexandrova was quite consistent in the major tournaments last year ( all 3rd or 4th round, losing to opponents who made semi-finals ). Probably I was biased against her because of lack of success in her early career, and she was absolutely useless against Collins……..so I will now show a more enlightened and positive attitude to her tennis abilities.

    At least 1 semi-final or 2 Quarter-Finals in the next 4 major tournaments, with semi-final or more in at least 2 of the Masters tournaments for the year, is my minimum expectation for her. Except for injury, there is no real excuse if she is unable to achieve that.

    Rybakina has the game to defeat everyone anywhere, but can be weak under pressure…… so except for Swiatek on clay and Sabalenka at her best on hard court- everybody is capable of beating anybody

  147. @AP
    @Gerard1234


    LMAO – “Ilan Shor” and “pro-Russian” is an incompatible sequence
     
    Gerard slips in his own sh*t once again.

    His political party:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C8%98or_Party

    The ȘOR Party (Romanian: Partidul „ȘOR”, pronunciation: [ʃor]) is a populist political party in Moldova.[13] Known from its foundation in 1998 until October 2016 as the Socio-Political Movement "Equality" (Romanian: Mișcarea social-politică „Ravnopravie”),[14][15] the party holds Eurosceptic and Russophilic stances

    Poroshenko/Valtsman

     

    Well known fake, our Dima debunked this. Poroshenko’s family are well known, and his family comes from a mixed village of ethnic Ukrainians and Russian Old Bekievers.

    Tell us more about the 3 Ukrainian KGB chiefs lol.

    Replies: @Gerard1234

    Known from its foundation in 1998 until October 2016 as the Socio-Political Movement “Equality” (Romanian: Mișcarea social-politică „Ravnopravie”),[14][15] the party holds Eurosceptic and Russophilic stances

    LOL – if you knew ANYTHING about the politics in that country , or Ukraine , you would not link such a stupid thing you dumb prick. You are of course a total bimbo , idiotically copying and pasting nonsense from Wikipedia on something you know ZERO about. I will repeat you shithead – there is absolutely NOTHING this Israeli-Moldovan guy has done individually or via his party that could come close to being described as “Pro-Russian” you retard. Any non-bimbo could easily decipher this…..particularly when the pro-EU government is using him to do this crime, LMAO.

    To any non-fantasist who doesn’t have 100’s of sockpuppet accounts recycling the same trash………Poroshenko/Valtsman typical post-soviet shithole scumbag double-dealing as Party of Regions member does not make him “pro-Russian” you thick dipshit. Or Yushchenko’s extensive interactions with Kuchma or Yanukovich much before he became President or PM make him pro-Russian………..or that other cursed-in-hell permanantly scumbag Kolomoisky extensive business with Russia and “pro-Kremlin” Abramovich.

    Well known fake,

    No it is not you idiot. Although its amusing that the only thing that makes this freak Poroshenko/Valtsman “Ukrainian”……is that Stalin and the ACTUAL Ukrop Khrushchev made his part of Moldova, become part of Ukraine.

    Tell us more about the 3 Ukrainian KGB chiefs lol.

    Well I suppose with human excrement as yourself, entirely all of your posts on here are extreme BS and sociopathy – so the action here from yourself is like the convicted paedophile, released from Jail after 10 years , who immediately after getting released………makes a trip to the nearest children playground, wearing no clothes. That is literally the equivalent we are seeing here – a wakjob freak shamelessly as you making a return to the scene of their own crime ( the hugely embarassing list of Ukrops in top positions in USSR and your inexplicable non-knowledge of these simple things, despite being a non-life wacko using trillions of hours on here, obsessing about USSR).

    Its obvious some form of extreme narcissism and compulsive lying with trash as yourself.

    Yes, to any ACTUAL Ukrop they would simply be quite in shameful silence at 3 Ukrops as KGB chief. As would at leader of USSR, KGB Chief, Interior Minister and Defence Minister ………..head of USSR football team, Mosfilm and many, many other important bureaus all at the same time for many years being Ukrops, LMFAO!!!!!! And all the South Russians, border region people.

    As you have no connection to these peoples of 404, you can continually make these shamefully idiotic comments.

    • Replies: @AP
    @Gerard1234

    Lots of coprolalia but not any substance in what you wrote, as usual.


    copying and pasting nonsense from Wikipedia

     

    The Wikipedia article about that Moldovan’s party says it is Russophile and Euroskeptic.

    Gerard who falsely claims that 3 Ukrainians led the KGB claims otherwise.

    Rather obvious which claim is more likely to be true.

    Maybe Aljazeera is also wrong lol?

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/6/19/moldova-bans-pro-russian-shor-party

    Moldova bans pro-Russian Shor party after months of protests

    the only thing that makes this freak Poroshenko/Valtsman “Ukrainian
     
    Both his parents were ethnic Ukrainians.

    3 Ukrops as KGB chief

     

    You listed 2 Russians and 1 Ukrainian and claimed they were 3 Ukrainians.

    One of the Russians you claimed was a Ukrainian was Vladimir Semichastny, and who headed the KGB from 1961 to 1967. He was born in Dnipropetrovsk region to Russian parents originally from Tula (which borders Moscow oblast).

    I’ll ask you the same thing I asked the other idiot Beckow: if an ethnic Russian born in Ukraine and living there prior to Ukrainian independence is a Ukrainian (in this case, you claimed him as a “Ukrainian ” KGB chief) does that make Mikhail Bulgakov a Ukrainian writer?

    Be consistent in your stupidity.

    No need to address the rest, your “knowledge” is adequately revealed about the people discussed above and can be generalised towards the rest.
  148. @Gerard1234
    @sudden death


    Gerard completely accidentally “forgot” to mention about the organiser of that heist, who is entirely unsurprisingly working for Kremlin in Moldova:
     
    LOL - what part of "pro EU government" and "mass corruption scandal stealing much of the national budget" ....are you too much of a dumb retard to understand?

    Pro-Russian side lead the protests against this you dimwit.

    What part of "arrested Prime Minister Filat" and "pro-EU" are you too thick to understand and link together?


    Ilan Shor is an Israeli-born Moldovan oligarch and politician. In 2014, Shor “masterminded” a scam that saw US$1 billion disappear from Moldovan banks, resulting in a total loss equivalent to 12% of Moldova’s GDP and the arrest of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat.
     
    LMAO - "Ilan Shor" and "pro-Russian" is an incompatible sequence you malignant cretin. In no way is he connected to the Russian state or are his actions "pro-Russian". Its the pro-EU government via him deciding to launder money you imbecile!
    For a dumb westerner to make this ignorant claim would be expected........for a post-soviet midget shithole inhabitant to make this claim is far past dumb..........it's simply outright lying, knowing that all these anti-Russian parasites from post-Soviet countries are , until they can actually join the EU , entirely reliant on and exploit money from the nearest economic power (Russia)to buildup their wealth that they can spend in the west, and also entirely rely on these Russian connections to buildup their political power also.

    Yushchenko with his history in the banking sector is probably the most "kremlin-linked" person to become head of state outside of Russia you idiot.

    Poroshenko/Valtsman with his history in business entirely becoming wealthy because of Russia........is the most Russian-business linked person to become head of state ( and probable great friends with his also jewish-Moldovan pal Shor), not called Ivanishvili

    That Gruzian dogshit Ivanishvili, of course owes his wealth to Russia ( not even Russian market, just Russia)

    Ze drug addict - with his zero talent became rich because of Russian market, and in the hilarious farce of Banderastan...........has nearly all of his films banned in Ukraine because of their Russian connection, LOL.

    I already mentioned the very enthusiastically Soviet past of this Kallas bitch's father

    So that's all these vermin, using their Russian connections to become very wealthy or powerful .........and then using this to implement anti-Russian politics. Latvian midget Nazi excrement at top level also had huge role in this Moldovan corruption case -which you almost certainly would have read as you saw about this Shor guy - emphasising just how much of a liar you and the Baltic midgets are.

    Replies: @AP, @AnonfromTN, @sudden death

    Soviet past

    IMO, the most important reason the USSR crashed and burned was negative selection that set in after Bolsheviks came to power. The regime worked, like water: gold used to sink, while shit used to float to the top. The 1941-45 war was a brief period of positive selection among the military, but it did not overcome the overall trend. So, almost everyone who prospered and rose up through the ranks in the USSR is tainted by the fact.

    It is only natural that shit continued to float to the top in post-Soviet countries: today the RF is arguably the least sovetisized part of former USSR.

    • Agree: Gerard1234
  149. @Mikhail
    @Sean


    President Biden’s hopes of reelection would disappear were gas to become much more expensive; hence Ukraine’s targeting of the Russian oil industry is intended to function as a wedge for getting Biden to support Ukraine more.
     
    Fossil fuel pricing is at times based on a good deal of hype over reality. Kiev regime has done limited damage. Regardless, the rising price premised on such action will give further reason for the US to limit support for the Kiev regime.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Kiev regime has done limited damage.

    You’ve got to be kidding and/or smoking some strong russian makhorka again:

    This is worth watching from start to finish! Cutting off the oil revenues will negatively impact the kremlin’s abilities to finance their nasty war.

    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Troll: Derer
    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Mr. Hack


    Cutting off the oil revenues
     
    Are you really this ignorant? Oil revenues come from the export of crude, i.e., unrefined oil. Refineries in Russia have nothing to do with it.

    Anyway, weep along with Alzheimer-in-Chief: Russian oil revenues in 2023 exceeded those in 2021.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. Hack

  150. @Mr. Hack
    @Mikhail


    Kiev regime has done limited damage.
     
    You've got to be kidding and/or smoking some strong russian makhorka again:

    https://youtu.be/3Fbki5F2LGo

    This is worth watching from start to finish! Cutting off the oil revenues will negatively impact the kremlin's abilities to finance their nasty war.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Cutting off the oil revenues

    Are you really this ignorant? Oil revenues come from the export of crude, i.e., unrefined oil. Refineries in Russia have nothing to do with it.

    Anyway, weep along with Alzheimer-in-Chief: Russian oil revenues in 2023 exceeded those in 2021.

    • Agree: Mikhail
    • LOL: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AnonfromTN

    I wonder what fraction of these drone attacks are actually launched locally within Russia by Ukrainian fifth columnists?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @Mr. Hack
    @AnonfromTN

    Crude oil is only part of the revenue generating equation. Russian refineries produce both crude and refined products. I strongly suspect that the refined product provides much greater profits:


    Russia is a primary exporter of crude oil (about 5 million barrels a day) and refined oil products: gasoline and diesel (about 3 million barrels a day). These amount to roughly 40% of Russia’s total export revenues.
     

    Replies: @Beckow, @Derer

  151. @AnonfromTN
    @Mr. Hack


    Cutting off the oil revenues
     
    Are you really this ignorant? Oil revenues come from the export of crude, i.e., unrefined oil. Refineries in Russia have nothing to do with it.

    Anyway, weep along with Alzheimer-in-Chief: Russian oil revenues in 2023 exceeded those in 2021.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. Hack

    I wonder what fraction of these drone attacks are actually launched locally within Russia by Ukrainian fifth columnists?

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    I wonder what fraction of these drone attacks are actually launched locally within Russia by Ukrainian fifth columnists?
     
    I also wonder, but only FSB is in a position to find out.

    In a way, Ukrainians have an advantage that Central Asians don’t: they are indistinguishable from Russians, and Russians (with the exception of very few freaks) treat everyone as an individual, rather than a representative of a different tribe. That’s why most Russians were appalled by caveman-level tribal nationalism of Ukies.

  152. @A123
    @songbird

    Stone blades are quite fragile. You could probably find one for display, but using it seems problematic.

    A stone disc mace would be more durable.

    https://youtu.be/mgB_20NCfiM

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

    Stone blades are quite fragile. You could probably find one for display, but using it seems problematic.

    Think you could probably cut infinity summer squash, celery, or sausage, as long as you did it in the air and were careful of your fingers. Maybe, cloth? But it might be hard to get a straight line. Paper I think would dull it.

    I like that disc mace. Very stylish in a clean way. But it would be hard to find the right ancestral version. There is this head one from Ireland, but it is not Bell Beaker:

    https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Collections-Research/Collection/Resilience/Artefact/Flint-Mace-Head/49d6241f-971a-466c-accc-3037de6706c1

  153. @QCIC
    @AnonfromTN

    I wonder what fraction of these drone attacks are actually launched locally within Russia by Ukrainian fifth columnists?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    I wonder what fraction of these drone attacks are actually launched locally within Russia by Ukrainian fifth columnists?

    I also wonder, but only FSB is in a position to find out.

    In a way, Ukrainians have an advantage that Central Asians don’t: they are indistinguishable from Russians, and Russians (with the exception of very few freaks) treat everyone as an individual, rather than a representative of a different tribe. That’s why most Russians were appalled by caveman-level tribal nationalism of Ukies.

  154. The US government presented proof that no one can be as blind as someone who refuses to see: Lloyd Ostin just stated that the US sees no sign of the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN

    Lloyd is well paid to say nonsense (also quite a glutton)...they live in a simple tribal world:

    If you steal my cow it is bad, if I steal your cow it is good...

  155. AP says:
    @Gerard1234
    @AP


    Known from its foundation in 1998 until October 2016 as the Socio-Political Movement “Equality” (Romanian: Mișcarea social-politică „Ravnopravie”),[14][15] the party holds Eurosceptic and Russophilic stances
     
    LOL - if you knew ANYTHING about the politics in that country , or Ukraine , you would not link such a stupid thing you dumb prick. You are of course a total bimbo , idiotically copying and pasting nonsense from Wikipedia on something you know ZERO about. I will repeat you shithead - there is absolutely NOTHING this Israeli-Moldovan guy has done individually or via his party that could come close to being described as "Pro-Russian" you retard. Any non-bimbo could easily decipher this.....particularly when the pro-EU government is using him to do this crime, LMAO.

    To any non-fantasist who doesn't have 100's of sockpuppet accounts recycling the same trash.........Poroshenko/Valtsman typical post-soviet shithole scumbag double-dealing as Party of Regions member does not make him "pro-Russian" you thick dipshit. Or Yushchenko's extensive interactions with Kuchma or Yanukovich much before he became President or PM make him pro-Russian...........or that other cursed-in-hell permanantly scumbag Kolomoisky extensive business with Russia and "pro-Kremlin" Abramovich.

    Well known fake,
     
    No it is not you idiot. Although its amusing that the only thing that makes this freak Poroshenko/Valtsman "Ukrainian"......is that Stalin and the ACTUAL Ukrop Khrushchev made his part of Moldova, become part of Ukraine.

    Tell us more about the 3 Ukrainian KGB chiefs lol.
     
    Well I suppose with human excrement as yourself, entirely all of your posts on here are extreme BS and sociopathy - so the action here from yourself is like the convicted paedophile, released from Jail after 10 years , who immediately after getting released.........makes a trip to the nearest children playground, wearing no clothes. That is literally the equivalent we are seeing here - a wakjob freak shamelessly as you making a return to the scene of their own crime ( the hugely embarassing list of Ukrops in top positions in USSR and your inexplicable non-knowledge of these simple things, despite being a non-life wacko using trillions of hours on here, obsessing about USSR).

    Its obvious some form of extreme narcissism and compulsive lying with trash as yourself.

    Yes, to any ACTUAL Ukrop they would simply be quite in shameful silence at 3 Ukrops as KGB chief. As would at leader of USSR, KGB Chief, Interior Minister and Defence Minister ...........head of USSR football team, Mosfilm and many, many other important bureaus all at the same time for many years being Ukrops, LMFAO!!!!!! And all the South Russians, border region people.


    As you have no connection to these peoples of 404, you can continually make these shamefully idiotic comments.

    Replies: @AP

    Lots of coprolalia but not any substance in what you wrote, as usual.

    copying and pasting nonsense from Wikipedia

    The Wikipedia article about that Moldovan’s party says it is Russophile and Euroskeptic.

    Gerard who falsely claims that 3 Ukrainians led the KGB claims otherwise.

    Rather obvious which claim is more likely to be true.

    Maybe Aljazeera is also wrong lol?

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/6/19/moldova-bans-pro-russian-shor-party

    Moldova bans pro-Russian Shor party after months of protests

    the only thing that makes this freak Poroshenko/Valtsman “Ukrainian

    Both his parents were ethnic Ukrainians.

    3 Ukrops as KGB chief

    You listed 2 Russians and 1 Ukrainian and claimed they were 3 Ukrainians.

    One of the Russians you claimed was a Ukrainian was Vladimir Semichastny, and who headed the KGB from 1961 to 1967. He was born in Dnipropetrovsk region to Russian parents originally from Tula (which borders Moscow oblast).

    I’ll ask you the same thing I asked the other idiot Beckow: if an ethnic Russian born in Ukraine and living there prior to Ukrainian independence is a Ukrainian (in this case, you claimed him as a “Ukrainian ” KGB chief) does that make Mikhail Bulgakov a Ukrainian writer?

    Be consistent in your stupidity.

    No need to address the rest, your “knowledge” is adequately revealed about the people discussed above and can be generalised towards the rest.

  156. @AP
    @Beckow

    Noted that you chose to ignore the fact that you were caught totally lying about the NATO chief’s father being a German Nazi who fled to Norway, when in reality his father was a Norwegian born in 1931 and his grandfather was a Norwegian military man who fought against the Nazis.


    A “mistake”? How did Ursula manage by “mistake” to plagiarise material?
     
    Improper citations due to carelessness, not made deliberately? Ask the university bureaucrats who determined that it was a mistake after their investigation. Typically in such cases it is citation errors.

    Ursula is also investigated for Pfizer fraud and has plenty of other fraud allegations
     
    So no convictions. Any open cases, at least?

    Fillon hired his wife as a secretary –
     
    Actually she and his kids who were also getting paid did none or little actual work. It wasn’t just nepotistic hiring for an actual job at a normal salary (this would not be so serious) but mostly a lot of free money for family members, fraudulently obtained. Hence the conviction. He was convicted of fraud, not nepotism.

    From wiki:

    “ On 31 January, new reporting by Le Canard enchaîné found that Penelope Fillon was actually paid €300,000 more than previously reported, for a total sum of €831,440 for 15 years of her parliamentary assistant work.[54] It also reported that Fillon had paid two of his children €84,000 for little apparent actual work”

    You will claim this is not as bad as poor citations.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Beckow

    Fillon wife, kids…who were also getting paid did none or little actual work.

    You doubled down on your famous pretend naivete….doing little actual work in government is now a “crime”? Are you mad? Brussels is literally stuffed by employees who do little actual work. Each country delegate to a high post gets 15 freely chosen “assistants”…you are talking about nepotism on steroids. You must know this so now you are just lying. The attack on Fillon was made-up because he wasn’t sufficiently Russo-phobic. I actually don’t care for Fillon and his policies – he is a typical ‘right-wing’ cheap bastard who as PM did the usual “root-canal” anti-social policies.

    In 15 years Fillion’s wife earned 831k Euros – that is 55k per year – I don’t know what you make, but that’s an absolute peanuts for most people. Ursula’s husband in Pfizer cleared tens of millions. These selective prosecutions are as political as it gets – also the silly Biden’s prosecution of Trump, or do you support that too?

    The profiles you quote are scrubbed, do your research in German. Tusk’s dad was a member of SS, Baerbock and Scholz are from fanatical Nazi families, also Freeland in Canada…you are dishonest and like to live in your made-up ideological world.

    Until the “offensive” is un-paused, right? I am sure any day now…

    • Replies: @AP
    @Beckow


    You doubled down on your famous pretend naivete….doing little actual work in government is now a “crime”? Are you mad? Brussels is literally stuffed by employees who do little actual work
     
    Government work is more laid back in pace than is the private sector, but it is still work. Bureaucrats do something. As a fan of socialism you have no right to complain about that.

    But Fillon's family members did almost nothing. They did so little for the money that he was convicted of the crime of fraud for getting them nearly a million Euros.

    The profiles you quote are scrubbed,
     
    Remember you wrote "The Nato head a son of a Nazi who escaped to Norway"

    Stoltenberg's father was a Norwegian born in Oslo in 1931, and his grandfather was a Norwegian military officer who fought against the Nazis.

    And you couldn't help yourself but add a lie to your earlier lie:

    Tusk’s dad was a member of SS
     
    Tusk's father was born in 1930. He was 9 years old when Germany invaded Poland.

    Are you more dishonest than stupid, or more stupid than dishonest?

    Perhaps you meant the grandfather?

    In which case you also lied.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3zef_Tusk

    On 1 September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, the Free City of Danzig was incorporated into the German Reich and the citizens of the Free City became German nationals. Tusk was assaulted in his house in the morning, and later witnessed German arrests of Poles at the railway station, and the Defence of the Polish Post in Danzig.[6]

    Józef Tusk reported the assault to Danzig police, and was subsequently arrested as a Polish activist, described as a "Polish fanatic, dangerous to the security of the German State"; his family on the same day was evicted from their house.[6] Tusk was a forced laborer working in the construction of the Stutthof concentration camp[6][7] In 1941 he was interviewed by Gestapo and imprisoned in Neuengamme concentration camp.[8] On 26 August 1942 he was released from Neuengamme.[8]

    On 2 August 1944 Tusk was conscripted into Wehrmacht, into the 328. Grenadier-Ersatz- und Ausbildungsbatallion (328th Grenadier Replacement and Training Battalion).[8][9][10] After about four months, around 24 November 1944 or soon afterward, he either deserted, defecting to the Polish Armed Forces in the West, or was imprisoned in an Allied prisoners-of-war camp

    ::::::::::::::::::

    So a guy who is sent to a German concentration camp and later forcibly conscripted into the Wehrmacht = "joined the SS" according to lying Beckow.

    It seems you confuse the Norwegian and the Pole for a Slovak - genuine allies of Nazi Germany.

    Baerbock and Scholz are from fanatical Nazi families
     
    They are from Protestant German families, so this may be true.
  157. @AnonfromTN
    @Mr. Hack


    Cutting off the oil revenues
     
    Are you really this ignorant? Oil revenues come from the export of crude, i.e., unrefined oil. Refineries in Russia have nothing to do with it.

    Anyway, weep along with Alzheimer-in-Chief: Russian oil revenues in 2023 exceeded those in 2021.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Mr. Hack

    Crude oil is only part of the revenue generating equation. Russian refineries produce both crude and refined products. I strongly suspect that the refined product provides much greater profits:

    Russia is a primary exporter of crude oil (about 5 million barrels a day) and refined oil products: gasoline and diesel (about 3 million barrels a day). These amount to roughly 40% of Russia’s total export revenues.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack

    You seem too stupid to follow commodity markets. Hint: when supplies decrease, prices go up and sellers make more by producing less. Both oil and refined products fluctuate - as of today they are about 20% up.

    Taking away capacity hurts consumers most - the producers are often better off. Biden is freaking out because higher gas prices will lead to more inflation and problems for Dems.

    Are you really so unsophisticated that you don't understand it?

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @John Johnson

    , @Derer
    @Mr. Hack

    Provide unbiased references, otherwise buzz off with your useless propaganda.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mr. Hack

  158. @AnonfromTN
    The US government presented proof that no one can be as blind as someone who refuses to see: Lloyd Ostin just stated that the US sees no sign of the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza.

    Replies: @Beckow

    Lloyd is well paid to say nonsense (also quite a glutton)…they live in a simple tribal world:

    If you steal my cow it is bad, if I steal your cow it is good…

  159. @Mr. Hack
    @AnonfromTN

    Crude oil is only part of the revenue generating equation. Russian refineries produce both crude and refined products. I strongly suspect that the refined product provides much greater profits:


    Russia is a primary exporter of crude oil (about 5 million barrels a day) and refined oil products: gasoline and diesel (about 3 million barrels a day). These amount to roughly 40% of Russia’s total export revenues.
     

    Replies: @Beckow, @Derer

    You seem too stupid to follow commodity markets. Hint: when supplies decrease, prices go up and sellers make more by producing less. Both oil and refined products fluctuate – as of today they are about 20% up.

    Taking away capacity hurts consumers most – the producers are often better off. Biden is freaking out because higher gas prices will lead to more inflation and problems for Dems.

    Are you really so unsophisticated that you don’t understand it?

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Beckow

    But you're too stupid to realize that if you lose product or are unable to access once lucrative markets because of sanctions or embargos your sales can go way down, offsetting any increases in prices. If I'm wrong, than Russia should be quite pleased with the recent rash of oil refinery bombings and closures, due to needed repairs. The ultimate gift would be for Ukraine to bomb all of Russia's refineries.?

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    You seem too stupid to follow commodity markets. Hint: when supplies decrease, prices go up and sellers make more by producing less. Both oil and refined products fluctuate – as of today they are about 20% up.

    The price of oil and Russian gas imports are both up. They just announced that they are increasing imports from Belarus.

    It's entirely possible to have a situation where both the price of oil and gas are up which increases revenue for the government while undermining consumer confidence.

    So it is possible for Ukraine to destroy enough refinery capacity to ultimately work against the Russian economy and even with an increase in oil revenue for the government. The people don't care if the government is profiting if they feel that gas is unaffordable. You could easily cause inflation or a drop in spending even if the government has plenty of oil cash.

    Taking away capacity hurts consumers most – the producers are often better off. Biden is freaking out because higher gas prices will lead to more inflation and problems for Dems.

    He is right to worry about speculators as market panic doesn't have to match the reality of the market.

    Speculators can jack up the price of oil even if there is plenty of supply.

    Our free market economists think this is as natural as rain even though it could easily be regulated or at least taxed when they profit purely from hype or panic.

    Replies: @Sean

  160. These disksats seem like they might even be superior to cubesats for tracking naval vessels.

    https://spacenews.com/rocket-lab-wins-14-4-million-contract-to-launch-space-test-program-experiment/

    But I wonder if it would be harder to use drag to put them in place.

    China’s softpower is growing in satnav.

    https://spacenews.com/america-losing-gps-dominance-china-beidou-satnav/

  161. Looks almost certain that the US UK and Ukies combined to do Crocus.

    The same band at the concert that was hit had been scheduled to play a concert on the dates the US issued a warning.

    Could also explain the presence of security officials there.

    The concert was a sort of Nationalist Rock concert that would otherwise be a bomb target for Ukies anyway.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Wokechoke


    Looks almost certain that the US UK and Ukies combined to do Crocus.
     
    I wouldn’t be surprised. After all, the US is Ukies’ puppet master, while the UK is the most obsequious lapdog of the US.

    What’s more, CIA is the largest and arguably the most competent terrorist organization in the world. To establish “credible deniability” (as if anyone with a functional brain would believe it), it often subcontracts various jobs to MI6, which, in its turn, uses expendable sub-humans to commit the actual crimes.
  162. @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack

    You seem too stupid to follow commodity markets. Hint: when supplies decrease, prices go up and sellers make more by producing less. Both oil and refined products fluctuate - as of today they are about 20% up.

    Taking away capacity hurts consumers most - the producers are often better off. Biden is freaking out because higher gas prices will lead to more inflation and problems for Dems.

    Are you really so unsophisticated that you don't understand it?

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @John Johnson

    But you’re too stupid to realize that if you lose product or are unable to access once lucrative markets because of sanctions or embargos your sales can go way down, offsetting any increases in prices. If I’m wrong, than Russia should be quite pleased with the recent rash of oil refinery bombings and closures, due to needed repairs. The ultimate gift would be for Ukraine to bomb all of Russia’s refineries.?

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack


    ...The ultimate gift would be for Ukraine to bomb all of Russia’s refineries?
     
    The prices are set on the margin - so "all" or "none" are not categories you should look at. It is like this: you have a valuable product that people have to buy - the supply decreases by 10%, does the price go up or down? It goes up and benefits all sellers - if Russia still sells 80-90% of what they used to sell the increase in price compensates for lower volume. Who suffers are the customers who pay more for less.

    If "all" Russian refineries are bombed they wouldn't benefit - you can plot the equation of gain/loss. But in that case the biggest losers would still be the customers (like Euros and you) who would pay a lot more.

    Are you too dense to understand it? Even Biden seems to get it, and he is dumb like a door-knob.

    Replies: @AP

  163. @Wokechoke
    Looks almost certain that the US UK and Ukies combined to do Crocus.

    The same band at the concert that was hit had been scheduled to play a concert on the dates the US issued a warning.

    Could also explain the presence of security officials there.

    The concert was a sort of Nationalist Rock concert that would otherwise be a bomb target for Ukies anyway.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Looks almost certain that the US UK and Ukies combined to do Crocus.

    I wouldn’t be surprised. After all, the US is Ukies’ puppet master, while the UK is the most obsequious lapdog of the US.

    What’s more, CIA is the largest and arguably the most competent terrorist organization in the world. To establish “credible deniability” (as if anyone with a functional brain would believe it), it often subcontracts various jobs to MI6, which, in its turn, uses expendable sub-humans to commit the actual crimes.

  164. @Mr. Hack
    @Beckow

    But you're too stupid to realize that if you lose product or are unable to access once lucrative markets because of sanctions or embargos your sales can go way down, offsetting any increases in prices. If I'm wrong, than Russia should be quite pleased with the recent rash of oil refinery bombings and closures, due to needed repairs. The ultimate gift would be for Ukraine to bomb all of Russia's refineries.?

    Replies: @Beckow

    …The ultimate gift would be for Ukraine to bomb all of Russia’s refineries?

    The prices are set on the margin – so “all” or “none” are not categories you should look at. It is like this: you have a valuable product that people have to buy – the supply decreases by 10%, does the price go up or down? It goes up and benefits all sellers – if Russia still sells 80-90% of what they used to sell the increase in price compensates for lower volume. Who suffers are the customers who pay more for less.

    If “all” Russian refineries are bombed they wouldn’t benefit – you can plot the equation of gain/loss. But in that case the biggest losers would still be the customers (like Euros and you) who would pay a lot more.

    Are you too dense to understand it? Even Biden seems to get it, and he is dumb like a door-knob.

    • Replies: @AP
    @Beckow

    Here you go being dumb again.


    The prices are set on the margin – so “all” or “none” are not categories you should look at. It is like this: you have a valuable product that people have to buy – the supply decreases by 10%, does the price go up or down? It goes up and benefits all sellers
     
    But it doesn’t benefit all sellers equally.

    If Russia were the only supplier of something, what you say might be correct. Russia’s output decreases 10%, prices rise 10%, Russia makes the same but the consumer pays more.

    However, Russia is not the only supplier so the effect on the global supply of a Russian decline of 10% would be far less than 10%. Maybe with the Russian losses, global supply declines by 4%. So if global prices increase by 4% accordingly, Russia still loses money. It sells what it can for 4% more per unit, but sells 10% less of it. *

    In other words, destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products hurts both Russia and the West, but it hurts Russia more.

    Ukraine has a bargaining chip with the Biden administration. If Biden refuses to provide weapons for Ukraine to use on the battlefield, Ukraine can instead focus on destroying Russia’s oil and gas industry infrastructure with its own drones, which will raise such commodity prices before the election. This will harm Russia and its ability to finance the invasion, while also punishing the Biden administration for its support of mostly words.

    * A caveat: temporary hysteria about decrease in supply would likely cause an increase in price that surpasses the actual loss of supply. Eventually this gets priced in and the price reflects the supply, but in the short term Russia would be ok.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Derer, @Beckow

  165. @sudden death
    @sudden death

    ...and Ireland gonna be the new Switzerland with those growth rates, at least on paper;)

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GKn0dRlXgAgQ4tJ.jpg

    Replies: @Philip Owen

    PPP is expensive to recaluculate and a large, worldwide exercise. The World Bank recalculates about every 5 years (from memory). This flatters economies with high inflation. Hence the result for Turkey. Russia, not shown, is also benefitting from inflation enhancing apparent PPP growth. Ukraineis a basket caes all round though.

    • Replies: @sudden death
    @Philip Owen

    Not really sure, but guess results for whole year 2022 are also included in those calculations? If so, then UA numbers are quite understandable as it was the first year of the war, dragging the rest even more down.

    , @china-russia-all-the-way
    @Philip Owen

    Your comment was intriguing so I asked ChatGPT-4 to evaluate.


    The statement involves several claims about Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), its recalibration, and its implications, particularly regarding economies with high inflation. Let's break down these claims to evaluate their accuracy:

    1. **PPP is expensive to calculate and a large, worldwide exercise:**
    - True. The International Comparison Program (ICP), which is the largest global statistical initiative under the auspices of the World Bank, undertakes the calculation of PPP. It involves gathering a vast amount of data on the prices of goods and services from many countries, which is indeed a costly and extensive exercise. The ICP collects prices in over 150 countries, making it a worldwide exercise.

    2. **The World Bank recalculates about every 5 years:**
    - True. The International Comparison Program (ICP) typically operates in cycles that span around 5 years. Past cycles have been conducted for reference years 2005, 2011, and 2017, for example, indicating a rough cadence of about every 6 years recently, though it has aimed for a 5-year cycle traditionally.

    3. **This flatters economies with high inflation:**
    - This claim is more nuanced and requires an explanation. PPP is intended to be a measure that eliminates the misleading effects of currency fluctuations and differences in price levels between countries. It provides a more accurate measure of economic size and real income by using a set of international prices to compare the purchasing power of different currencies. If PPP figures are not updated frequently, high-inflation countries could temporarily appear wealthier in real terms than they actually are, because their nominal GDP might increase rapidly due to inflation. However, the delay in updating PPP does not inherently "flatter" these economies, as PPP adjustments aim to reflect the actual purchasing power of currencies over time. The real incomes or GDPs in PPP terms would eventually be adjusted to reflect reality in the next calculation cycle, which might reveal the impact of inflation on the economy's real purchasing power. The statement's claim hinges on the timing of recalculations and the intervening economic changes, including inflation.

     

    Replies: @sudden death, @Philip Owen

    , @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @Philip Owen

    In PPP terms Taiwan is almost as wealthy as Switzerland. Does Taiwan have high inflation?

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d1/Map_of_countries_by_GDP_%28PPP%29_per_capita_in_2023.svg

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita

    PPP favors export economies with deflated currencies. Housing, food and services are much cheaper in Taiwan, so white losers can become "passport bros" in Taiwan.

    But Swiss watchs cost the same everywhere, because it sets a standard. Maybe that will last forever, maybe not.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Philip Owen

  166. They are M-She-U-ing Mr. Hack’s beloved Fantastic Four – Silver Surfer is now a woman.

    • Replies: @A123
    @songbird


    They are M-She-U-ing Mr. Hack’s beloved Fantastic Four – Silver Surfer is now a woman.
     
    Iger beat Peltz... This is his victory lap. The Fantastic Four move was already cursed with the casting of Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards.

    The promising rumor -- Paramount is in such financial distress that they are going to have to sell the Star Trek IP. The #1 suitor is Skydance. They have made it abundantly clear that Kurtzman will be out along with all of the current shows.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

  167. Is an electric eel the ultimate weird thing to pet? (This guy is doing it with rubber gloves.)

    https://youtube.com/shorts/OY6KsoLZ5mE?si=8JyGPF-Ba_AIuiA0

    In 1800, the explorer Alexander von Humboldt joined a group of indigenous people who went fishing with horses, some thirty of which they chased into the water. The pounding of the horses’ hooves, he noted, drove the fish, up to 5 feet (1.5 m) long out of the mud and prompted them to attack, rising out of the water and using their electricity to shock the horses. He saw two horses stunned by the shocks and then drowned.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_eel

    How true is the claim that they inspired electrical batteries? Do we have Brazil to thank for electricity and modern devices, after all? (Am joking)

  168. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird
    They are M-She-U-ing Mr. Hack's beloved Fantastic Four - Silver Surfer is now a woman.

    Replies: @A123

    They are M-She-U-ing Mr. Hack’s beloved Fantastic Four – Silver Surfer is now a woman.

    Iger beat Peltz… This is his victory lap. The Fantastic Four move was already cursed with the casting of Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards.

    The promising rumor — Paramount is in such financial distress that they are going to have to sell the Star Trek IP. The #1 suitor is Skydance. They have made it abundantly clear that Kurtzman will be out along with all of the current shows.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
    @A123

    Skydance did co-produce a number of new Trek movies as well as that really woke Terminator movie with the androgenous bot, though.

    Would be very curious what the asking price is for Star Trek. How much would you personally pay, if you had billions?

    I think they would probably go by something like this, maybe doing a ratio with what Lucas sold Star Wars for.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-grossing_media_franchises

    Don't know if anyone would pay that though. I wouldn't.

    Replies: @A123

  169. @Philip Owen
    @sudden death

    PPP is expensive to recaluculate and a large, worldwide exercise. The World Bank recalculates about every 5 years (from memory). This flatters economies with high inflation. Hence the result for Turkey. Russia, not shown, is also benefitting from inflation enhancing apparent PPP growth. Ukraineis a basket caes all round though.

    Replies: @sudden death, @china-russia-all-the-way, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Not really sure, but guess results for whole year 2022 are also included in those calculations? If so, then UA numbers are quite understandable as it was the first year of the war, dragging the rest even more down.

  170. @A123
    @songbird


    They are M-She-U-ing Mr. Hack’s beloved Fantastic Four – Silver Surfer is now a woman.
     
    Iger beat Peltz... This is his victory lap. The Fantastic Four move was already cursed with the casting of Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards.

    The promising rumor -- Paramount is in such financial distress that they are going to have to sell the Star Trek IP. The #1 suitor is Skydance. They have made it abundantly clear that Kurtzman will be out along with all of the current shows.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

    Skydance did co-produce a number of new Trek movies as well as that really woke Terminator movie with the androgenous bot, though.

    Would be very curious what the asking price is for Star Trek. How much would you personally pay, if you had billions?

    I think they would probably go by something like this, maybe doing a ratio with what Lucas sold Star Wars for.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-grossing_media_franchises

    Don’t know if anyone would pay that though. I wouldn’t.

    • Replies: @A123
    @songbird

    Skydance is hardly perfect. However, if they fire 100% of the current staff and hire random replacements... The quality of the output would markedly improve.

    The back library of TOS, TNG, DS9, etc. has a great deal of value. Get that away from P+ and license it to Netflix for cash every quarter.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

  171. Watch this cute little robot lay a mine in a Russian trench

    The drone comes out to play when the Russians take the trench.

    Adorable.

  172. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird
    @A123

    Skydance did co-produce a number of new Trek movies as well as that really woke Terminator movie with the androgenous bot, though.

    Would be very curious what the asking price is for Star Trek. How much would you personally pay, if you had billions?

    I think they would probably go by something like this, maybe doing a ratio with what Lucas sold Star Wars for.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-grossing_media_franchises

    Don't know if anyone would pay that though. I wouldn't.

    Replies: @A123

    Skydance is hardly perfect. However, if they fire 100% of the current staff and hire random replacements… The quality of the output would markedly improve.

    The back library of TOS, TNG, DS9, etc. has a great deal of value. Get that away from P+ and license it to Netflix for cash every quarter.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
    @A123


    However, if they fire 100% of the current staff and hire random replacements… The quality of the output would markedly improve.
     
    Maybe, changing ownership is the legal loophole for firing a bunch of people that one couldn't fire otherwise. I almost suspect that laws regulating corporations would need to change though to even make something like they might have in the '80s or '90s. (Still woke in its own way.)

    We have seen so many woke productions at different companies that it is hard for me to believe that it is a coincidence but doesn't reflect some demographic change (like more female writers) which has been actualized by the law, and is hard or impossible to undue.


    The back library of TOS, TNG, DS9, etc. has a great deal of value. Get that away from P+ and license it to Netflix for cash every quarter.
     
    When they remastered TNG, they should have eliminated that guy in the dress.

    I don't think I know anyone who watches Star Trek anymore. Even the old stuff - you can only rewatch it so much. Seems like the DVDs go for a song at yard sales.

    Replies: @A123

  173. @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack

    You seem too stupid to follow commodity markets. Hint: when supplies decrease, prices go up and sellers make more by producing less. Both oil and refined products fluctuate - as of today they are about 20% up.

    Taking away capacity hurts consumers most - the producers are often better off. Biden is freaking out because higher gas prices will lead to more inflation and problems for Dems.

    Are you really so unsophisticated that you don't understand it?

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @John Johnson

    You seem too stupid to follow commodity markets. Hint: when supplies decrease, prices go up and sellers make more by producing less. Both oil and refined products fluctuate – as of today they are about 20% up.

    The price of oil and Russian gas imports are both up. They just announced that they are increasing imports from Belarus.

    It’s entirely possible to have a situation where both the price of oil and gas are up which increases revenue for the government while undermining consumer confidence.

    So it is possible for Ukraine to destroy enough refinery capacity to ultimately work against the Russian economy and even with an increase in oil revenue for the government. The people don’t care if the government is profiting if they feel that gas is unaffordable. You could easily cause inflation or a drop in spending even if the government has plenty of oil cash.

    Taking away capacity hurts consumers most – the producers are often better off. Biden is freaking out because higher gas prices will lead to more inflation and problems for Dems.

    He is right to worry about speculators as market panic doesn’t have to match the reality of the market.

    Speculators can jack up the price of oil even if there is plenty of supply.

    Our free market economists think this is as natural as rain even though it could easily be regulated or at least taxed when they profit purely from hype or panic.

    • Replies: @Sean
    @John Johnson


    So it is possible for Ukraine to destroy enough refinery capacity to ultimately work against the Russian economy and even with an increase in oil revenue for the government.
     
    It's a lot more feasible to provoke the Kremlin into dispatching those two GRU saboteur/ poisoner whore fucking hash head alkies exonerated gay cathedral spire enthusiast from Russia framed for nefarious goings on in Salisbury to visit major pipelines outside both Russia and Ukraine and blow them up, thereby hitting global supply chains.

    Remember, the Ukrainians seems to believe they can cope with anything Russia does as long as there is unstinting if indirect support from the US. The fastest way to the necessary for Kiev is get Biden by the balls and start squeezing, which as I said at the begining of this thread, is what the attacks in oil infrastructure are: a pathway to higher gas prices flushing Biden's chance of reelection down the toilet.

  174. Additional note: This situation already happened in Venezuela where they had increased profits from oil but weren’t able to control inflation because they are a bunch of goons that still think left-wing takeovers of private companies can “even out” on their own. As with Putin they didn’t realize how many Western dependencies they had until the sanctions were passed. Americans were mailing prescriptions and cash to their relatives in Venezuela while the Marxists talked about how they don’t need the West. People literally died because they couldn’t get medication. Once again a bunch of left-wingers skipped their Econ classes and bought into Marxist bullshit. I’m not a fan of free market capitalism but old school Marxism is not the answer. For the record I also don’t support Cuba style sanctions on left-wing countries.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Chavez killed Venezuela by driving out the smart fraction of the population, much of which was associated with PDVSA. Everything has been downhill since then, but reaping the full harvest of sorrow takes a long time. The sanctions just made it more obvious. The Bolivarian goal of making Venezuela independent of "Western" ties might have been somewhat plausible, but that meant it can only exist as a third world country.

    The same thing may happen here.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  175. AP says:
    @Beckow
    @AP


    Fillon wife, kids...who were also getting paid did none or little actual work.
     
    You doubled down on your famous pretend naivete....doing little actual work in government is now a "crime"? Are you mad? Brussels is literally stuffed by employees who do little actual work. Each country delegate to a high post gets 15 freely chosen "assistants"...you are talking about nepotism on steroids. You must know this so now you are just lying. The attack on Fillon was made-up because he wasn't sufficiently Russo-phobic. I actually don't care for Fillon and his policies - he is a typical 'right-wing' cheap bastard who as PM did the usual "root-canal" anti-social policies.

    In 15 years Fillion's wife earned 831k Euros - that is 55k per year - I don't know what you make, but that's an absolute peanuts for most people. Ursula's husband in Pfizer cleared tens of millions. These selective prosecutions are as political as it gets - also the silly Biden's prosecution of Trump, or do you support that too?

    The profiles you quote are scrubbed, do your research in German. Tusk's dad was a member of SS, Baerbock and Scholz are from fanatical Nazi families, also Freeland in Canada...you are dishonest and like to live in your made-up ideological world.

    Until the "offensive" is un-paused, right? I am sure any day now...

    Replies: @AP

    You doubled down on your famous pretend naivete….doing little actual work in government is now a “crime”? Are you mad? Brussels is literally stuffed by employees who do little actual work

    Government work is more laid back in pace than is the private sector, but it is still work. Bureaucrats do something. As a fan of socialism you have no right to complain about that.

    But Fillon’s family members did almost nothing. They did so little for the money that he was convicted of the crime of fraud for getting them nearly a million Euros.

    The profiles you quote are scrubbed,

    Remember you wrote “The Nato head a son of a Nazi who escaped to Norway”

    Stoltenberg’s father was a Norwegian born in Oslo in 1931, and his grandfather was a Norwegian military officer who fought against the Nazis.

    And you couldn’t help yourself but add a lie to your earlier lie:

    Tusk’s dad was a member of SS

    Tusk’s father was born in 1930. He was 9 years old when Germany invaded Poland.

    Are you more dishonest than stupid, or more stupid than dishonest?

    Perhaps you meant the grandfather?

    In which case you also lied.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3zef_Tusk

    On 1 September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, the Free City of Danzig was incorporated into the German Reich and the citizens of the Free City became German nationals. Tusk was assaulted in his house in the morning, and later witnessed German arrests of Poles at the railway station, and the Defence of the Polish Post in Danzig.[6]

    Józef Tusk reported the assault to Danzig police, and was subsequently arrested as a Polish activist, described as a “Polish fanatic, dangerous to the security of the German State”; his family on the same day was evicted from their house.[6] Tusk was a forced laborer working in the construction of the Stutthof concentration camp[6][7] In 1941 he was interviewed by Gestapo and imprisoned in Neuengamme concentration camp.[8] On 26 August 1942 he was released from Neuengamme.[8]

    On 2 August 1944 Tusk was conscripted into Wehrmacht, into the 328. Grenadier-Ersatz- und Ausbildungsbatallion (328th Grenadier Replacement and Training Battalion).[8][9][10] After about four months, around 24 November 1944 or soon afterward, he either deserted, defecting to the Polish Armed Forces in the West, or was imprisoned in an Allied prisoners-of-war camp

    ::::::::::::::::::

    So a guy who is sent to a German concentration camp and later forcibly conscripted into the Wehrmacht = “joined the SS” according to lying Beckow.

    It seems you confuse the Norwegian and the Pole for a Slovak – genuine allies of Nazi Germany.

    Baerbock and Scholz are from fanatical Nazi families

    They are from Protestant German families, so this may be true.

  176. @A123
    @songbird

    Skydance is hardly perfect. However, if they fire 100% of the current staff and hire random replacements... The quality of the output would markedly improve.

    The back library of TOS, TNG, DS9, etc. has a great deal of value. Get that away from P+ and license it to Netflix for cash every quarter.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

    However, if they fire 100% of the current staff and hire random replacements… The quality of the output would markedly improve.

    Maybe, changing ownership is the legal loophole for firing a bunch of people that one couldn’t fire otherwise. I almost suspect that laws regulating corporations would need to change though to even make something like they might have in the ’80s or ’90s. (Still woke in its own way.)

    We have seen so many woke productions at different companies that it is hard for me to believe that it is a coincidence but doesn’t reflect some demographic change (like more female writers) which has been actualized by the law, and is hard or impossible to undue.

    The back library of TOS, TNG, DS9, etc. has a great deal of value. Get that away from P+ and license it to Netflix for cash every quarter.

    When they remastered TNG, they should have eliminated that guy in the dress.

    I don’t think I know anyone who watches Star Trek anymore. Even the old stuff – you can only rewatch it so much. Seems like the DVDs go for a song at yard sales.

    • Replies: @A123
    @songbird



    However, if they fire 100% of the current staff and hire random replacements… The quality of the output would markedly improve.
     
    Maybe, changing ownership is the legal loophole for firing a bunch of people that one couldn’t fire otherwise.
     
    The structure is buying *only* the IP, not the corporation. If there are any deals between Paramount Corp and their staff, it has nothing to do with an IP sale.

    Perhaps the new ST studio will set up in Texas. Everyone else is abandoning California.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

  177. @songbird
    @A123


    However, if they fire 100% of the current staff and hire random replacements… The quality of the output would markedly improve.
     
    Maybe, changing ownership is the legal loophole for firing a bunch of people that one couldn't fire otherwise. I almost suspect that laws regulating corporations would need to change though to even make something like they might have in the '80s or '90s. (Still woke in its own way.)

    We have seen so many woke productions at different companies that it is hard for me to believe that it is a coincidence but doesn't reflect some demographic change (like more female writers) which has been actualized by the law, and is hard or impossible to undue.


    The back library of TOS, TNG, DS9, etc. has a great deal of value. Get that away from P+ and license it to Netflix for cash every quarter.
     
    When they remastered TNG, they should have eliminated that guy in the dress.

    I don't think I know anyone who watches Star Trek anymore. Even the old stuff - you can only rewatch it so much. Seems like the DVDs go for a song at yard sales.

    Replies: @A123

    However, if they fire 100% of the current staff and hire random replacements… The quality of the output would markedly improve.

    Maybe, changing ownership is the legal loophole for firing a bunch of people that one couldn’t fire otherwise.

    The structure is buying *only* the IP, not the corporation. If there are any deals between Paramount Corp and their staff, it has nothing to do with an IP sale.

    Perhaps the new ST studio will set up in Texas. Everyone else is abandoning California.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
    @A123


    The structure is buying *only* the IP, not the corporation.

     

    I'm very confused on what would actually be up for sale.

    I thought that was one reason New Trek was so bad - they didn't have rights to the old designs (or so I assume) and maybe had to create an alternate universe for some legal reasons.

    Perhaps the new ST studio will set up in Texas. Everyone else is abandoning California.
     
    Seems like a lot of production moved out of Hollywood a long time ago, but it is still useful to use the term.

    The first thing I would do might be to try to rent out that Star Trek Continues set in Georgia. One could maybe keep the costs low by recruiting fans. But I think one would want to have solid writing first.

    Replies: @A123

  178. What did Sheila Jackson Lee mean when she said that the Moon is “mainly made up of gases.”

    Was she talking about the hydrogen in water ice that can be liberated and turned into rocket fuel?

    [MORE]

    She is old enough to remember Apollo, but does she?

    And how the heck did she pass the bar exam in Texas?

  179. @A123
    @songbird



    However, if they fire 100% of the current staff and hire random replacements… The quality of the output would markedly improve.
     
    Maybe, changing ownership is the legal loophole for firing a bunch of people that one couldn’t fire otherwise.
     
    The structure is buying *only* the IP, not the corporation. If there are any deals between Paramount Corp and their staff, it has nothing to do with an IP sale.

    Perhaps the new ST studio will set up in Texas. Everyone else is abandoning California.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

    The structure is buying *only* the IP, not the corporation.

    I’m very confused on what would actually be up for sale.

    I thought that was one reason New Trek was so bad – they didn’t have rights to the old designs (or so I assume) and maybe had to create an alternate universe for some legal reasons.

    Perhaps the new ST studio will set up in Texas. Everyone else is abandoning California.

    Seems like a lot of production moved out of Hollywood a long time ago, but it is still useful to use the term.

    The first thing I would do might be to try to rent out that Star Trek Continues set in Georgia. One could maybe keep the costs low by recruiting fans. But I think one would want to have solid writing first.

    • Replies: @A123
    @songbird


    I thought that was one reason New Trek was so bad – they didn’t have rights to the old designs (or so I assume) and maybe had to create an alternate universe for some legal reasons.
     
    No. They had 100% rights to everything.

    Kurtzman, and the Paramount board, deliberately chose to be ultra offensive. They have no one but themselves to blame.

    I’m very confused on what would actually be up for sale.
     
    It appears to be all Star Trek IP including the new junk such as STD. This makes sense as two competing ST franchises would have overlap and legal issues. Even if only the older IP has value, the new stuff has to be purchased and buried.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

  180. @Sher Singh
    @A123

    You sure they don't include the sheath in that weight?

    The Cold Steel Talwar is listed at 38oz or 1050g.
    The Langmesser at 30oz or 850.

    Idk man could be a thinner blade either in thickness or width.
    It's spring steel so similar in both.

    https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/784692955176894484/1227183726102839357/image.png?ex=66277ae8&is=661505e8&hm=b4bbd25338b5525eb7a55fbf62eb227e6be8307f0dae104c90b76a61bd558010&=&format=webp&quality=lossless&width=791&height=453

    Replies: @A123, @Emil Nikola Richard

    Bag the swords man. Put the money into your Giulia Imperio sex doll fund.

  181. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird
    @A123


    The structure is buying *only* the IP, not the corporation.

     

    I'm very confused on what would actually be up for sale.

    I thought that was one reason New Trek was so bad - they didn't have rights to the old designs (or so I assume) and maybe had to create an alternate universe for some legal reasons.

    Perhaps the new ST studio will set up in Texas. Everyone else is abandoning California.
     
    Seems like a lot of production moved out of Hollywood a long time ago, but it is still useful to use the term.

    The first thing I would do might be to try to rent out that Star Trek Continues set in Georgia. One could maybe keep the costs low by recruiting fans. But I think one would want to have solid writing first.

    Replies: @A123

    I thought that was one reason New Trek was so bad – they didn’t have rights to the old designs (or so I assume) and maybe had to create an alternate universe for some legal reasons.

    No. They had 100% rights to everything.

    Kurtzman, and the Paramount board, deliberately chose to be ultra offensive. They have no one but themselves to blame.

    I’m very confused on what would actually be up for sale.

    It appears to be all Star Trek IP including the new junk such as STD. This makes sense as two competing ST franchises would have overlap and legal issues. Even if only the older IP has value, the new stuff has to be purchased and buried.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
    @A123


    Even if only the older IP has value, the new stuff has to be purchased and buried.
     
    Guess it is hard to monetize blackops interrogation methods, like showing someone Star Trek STD until they crack, because it is off the books and they don't need to pay royalties.

    But I assume the CIA still helps pay for the production costs, if they wanted to pick it up for another season.

  182. @John Johnson
    Additional note: This situation already happened in Venezuela where they had increased profits from oil but weren't able to control inflation because they are a bunch of goons that still think left-wing takeovers of private companies can "even out" on their own. As with Putin they didn't realize how many Western dependencies they had until the sanctions were passed. Americans were mailing prescriptions and cash to their relatives in Venezuela while the Marxists talked about how they don't need the West. People literally died because they couldn't get medication. Once again a bunch of left-wingers skipped their Econ classes and bought into Marxist bullshit. I'm not a fan of free market capitalism but old school Marxism is not the answer. For the record I also don't support Cuba style sanctions on left-wing countries.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Chavez killed Venezuela by driving out the smart fraction of the population, much of which was associated with PDVSA. Everything has been downhill since then, but reaping the full harvest of sorrow takes a long time. The sanctions just made it more obvious. The Bolivarian goal of making Venezuela independent of “Western” ties might have been somewhat plausible, but that meant it can only exist as a third world country.

    The same thing may happen here.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @QCIC

    Chavez killed Venezuela by driving out the smart fraction of the population, much of which was associated with PDVSA.

    Well that is basically what I was referring to with the oil fields and it can actually work if done correctly.

    But Chavez was a left-wing goon and screwed it up. Instead of admitting his mistake the left-wing goon leaders that followed Chavez like Maduro thought they could live with the sanctions and basically doubled down on the belief that their increased oil profits would even everything out. They seemed to have no idea as to how dependent they were on US medicine.

    The better method is to increase taxes on the private companies to where they are about to leave but don't. You don't beat the golden goose with a baseball bat.

    The UN was involved in all of this and of course was upset with the US over sanctions instead of demanding fair elections.

    Replies: @QCIC

  183. @A123
    @songbird


    I thought that was one reason New Trek was so bad – they didn’t have rights to the old designs (or so I assume) and maybe had to create an alternate universe for some legal reasons.
     
    No. They had 100% rights to everything.

    Kurtzman, and the Paramount board, deliberately chose to be ultra offensive. They have no one but themselves to blame.

    I’m very confused on what would actually be up for sale.
     
    It appears to be all Star Trek IP including the new junk such as STD. This makes sense as two competing ST franchises would have overlap and legal issues. Even if only the older IP has value, the new stuff has to be purchased and buried.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

    Even if only the older IP has value, the new stuff has to be purchased and buried.

    Guess it is hard to monetize blackops interrogation methods, like showing someone Star Trek STD until they crack, because it is off the books and they don’t need to pay royalties.

    But I assume the CIA still helps pay for the production costs, if they wanted to pick it up for another season.

    • LOL: A123
  184. So Cameron backs Macron on French troops to Ukraine?

    What we are now seeing is how heavy Europe has invested in project Ukraine…I believe Europe is now in an energy death spiral and see the breakup of Russia as a panacea for their ills.

    What suprises most of us on the sidelines is how totally invested in project Ukraine the Greens are? I believe they’re been sold, by the Global Kings, on the fact that if Russia succeeds then there will be no-more action on carbon restrictions and Climate Change (meaningless phrase) and the freaking of the world by the alphabet people will not go east.

    The U.S is the muscle and Israel and Zionist are the head of this hydra in this attempted takeover of the world.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Mr_Chow_Mein

    France and the UK are two geopolitical has beens.

    Replies: @songbird

  185. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    You seem too stupid to follow commodity markets. Hint: when supplies decrease, prices go up and sellers make more by producing less. Both oil and refined products fluctuate – as of today they are about 20% up.

    The price of oil and Russian gas imports are both up. They just announced that they are increasing imports from Belarus.

    It's entirely possible to have a situation where both the price of oil and gas are up which increases revenue for the government while undermining consumer confidence.

    So it is possible for Ukraine to destroy enough refinery capacity to ultimately work against the Russian economy and even with an increase in oil revenue for the government. The people don't care if the government is profiting if they feel that gas is unaffordable. You could easily cause inflation or a drop in spending even if the government has plenty of oil cash.

    Taking away capacity hurts consumers most – the producers are often better off. Biden is freaking out because higher gas prices will lead to more inflation and problems for Dems.

    He is right to worry about speculators as market panic doesn't have to match the reality of the market.

    Speculators can jack up the price of oil even if there is plenty of supply.

    Our free market economists think this is as natural as rain even though it could easily be regulated or at least taxed when they profit purely from hype or panic.

    Replies: @Sean

    So it is possible for Ukraine to destroy enough refinery capacity to ultimately work against the Russian economy and even with an increase in oil revenue for the government.

    It’s a lot more feasible to provoke the Kremlin into dispatching those two GRU saboteur/ poisoner whore fucking hash head alkies exonerated gay cathedral spire enthusiast from Russia framed for nefarious goings on in Salisbury to visit major pipelines outside both Russia and Ukraine and blow them up, thereby hitting global supply chains.

    Remember, the Ukrainians seems to believe they can cope with anything Russia does as long as there is unstinting if indirect support from the US. The fastest way to the necessary for Kiev is get Biden by the balls and start squeezing, which as I said at the begining of this thread, is what the attacks in oil infrastructure are: a pathway to higher gas prices flushing Biden’s chance of reelection down the toilet.

  186. Here is a good article on the current Nord Stream thinking…anyone remember Nord Stream?

    https://swprs.org/the-nord-stream-mystery-new-insights/

    • Thanks: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Mr_Chow_Mein

    Thanks!

    This is a great article with some information I had not seen previously, including mention of a Russian offer to repair the pipeline damage.

    The SPR site also has the following article which is a good review of the Ukraine conflict. It highlights many of the debunked and refuted Western talking points. One missing link is coverage of anti-Russian moves by the West prior to Maidan. That history may be covered in a different article.

    https://swprs.org/the-ukraine-war-in-2024/

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Mr_Chow_Mein


    anyone remember Nord Stream?
     
    As it is clear to anyone with a functional brain that the US blew it up, it is politically incorrect to remember Nord Stream. Several American cock-suckers have abandoned the investigation already: it's too dangerous for the perps.

    Interesting vignette: the US State Department just minutes after the terrorist attack on Crocus “knew” who did it, but years after the terrorist attack on Nord Stream it does not know a thing. You have to be really stupid to reveal your hand so clearly.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  187. @Mr_Chow_Mein
    So Cameron backs Macron on French troops to Ukraine?

    What we are now seeing is how heavy Europe has invested in project Ukraine...I believe Europe is now in an energy death spiral and see the breakup of Russia as a panacea for their ills.

    What suprises most of us on the sidelines is how totally invested in project Ukraine the Greens are? I believe they're been sold, by the Global Kings, on the fact that if Russia succeeds then there will be no-more action on carbon restrictions and Climate Change (meaningless phrase) and the freaking of the world by the alphabet people will not go east.

    The U.S is the muscle and Israel and Zionist are the head of this hydra in this attempted takeover of the world.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    France and the UK are two geopolitical has beens.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mikhail

    According to Zeihan, when globalism falls apart, the French will use their natural advantages and tractor assembly lines to plow everyone under, within their sphere of influence - which means everyone until you get to Nigeria or Turkey, and Nigeria will need some kind of senior partner to provide technical support.

    Replies: @Mikhail

  188. @Mikhail
    @Mr_Chow_Mein

    France and the UK are two geopolitical has beens.

    Replies: @songbird

    According to Zeihan, when globalism falls apart, the French will use their natural advantages and tractor assembly lines to plow everyone under, within their sphere of influence – which means everyone until you get to Nigeria or Turkey, and Nigeria will need some kind of senior partner to provide technical support.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @songbird

    Geopolitically, they're doing splendidly well under Macron.

    Replies: @songbird

  189. @songbird
    @Mikhail

    According to Zeihan, when globalism falls apart, the French will use their natural advantages and tractor assembly lines to plow everyone under, within their sphere of influence - which means everyone until you get to Nigeria or Turkey, and Nigeria will need some kind of senior partner to provide technical support.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    Geopolitically, they’re doing splendidly well under Macron.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mikhail


    Geopolitically, they’re doing splendidly well under Macron.
     
    Macron is probably awake late at night with anxiety that his supply of African gays will be interrupted.

    I think Zeihan has to give France a somewhat positive spin to balance the negative things he says about the rest of core Europe.

    Of course, his major premises that the US will turn inward and China implode are both fantastically absurd. And everything else he says seems predicated on that.

    Russia may help kick France out of Africa, but they won't replace it. That will be the Chinese. There are only two real players in geopolitics, and everyone else is deluding themselves.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  190. Mediazona, in collaboration with BBC News Russian service and a team of volunteers, continues collecting data on Russian military casualties in Ukraine. The numbers provided are derived from publicly available sources, such as social media posts by family members, local news reports, and official announcements from regional authorities. However, it is important to note that these figures offer only a partial picture and do not encompass the full scope of the casualties.

    To address this, we present an additional figure alongside the count of named death records. This second number is an estimate of excess mortality among men, derived from the Probate Registry database. The methodology for this estimate was developed in partnership with Meduza.

    https://en.zona.media/article/2022/05/20/casualties_eng

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @sudden death

    I saw a report that Kharkiv is now without power. Can anyone here at TUR give details on this topic?

    Replies: @sudden death

  191. china-russia-all-the-way says:
    @Philip Owen
    @sudden death

    PPP is expensive to recaluculate and a large, worldwide exercise. The World Bank recalculates about every 5 years (from memory). This flatters economies with high inflation. Hence the result for Turkey. Russia, not shown, is also benefitting from inflation enhancing apparent PPP growth. Ukraineis a basket caes all round though.

    Replies: @sudden death, @china-russia-all-the-way, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Your comment was intriguing so I asked ChatGPT-4 to evaluate.

    The statement involves several claims about Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), its recalibration, and its implications, particularly regarding economies with high inflation. Let’s break down these claims to evaluate their accuracy:

    1. **PPP is expensive to calculate and a large, worldwide exercise:**
    – True. The International Comparison Program (ICP), which is the largest global statistical initiative under the auspices of the World Bank, undertakes the calculation of PPP. It involves gathering a vast amount of data on the prices of goods and services from many countries, which is indeed a costly and extensive exercise. The ICP collects prices in over 150 countries, making it a worldwide exercise.

    2. **The World Bank recalculates about every 5 years:**
    – True. The International Comparison Program (ICP) typically operates in cycles that span around 5 years. Past cycles have been conducted for reference years 2005, 2011, and 2017, for example, indicating a rough cadence of about every 6 years recently, though it has aimed for a 5-year cycle traditionally.

    3. **This flatters economies with high inflation:**
    – This claim is more nuanced and requires an explanation. PPP is intended to be a measure that eliminates the misleading effects of currency fluctuations and differences in price levels between countries. It provides a more accurate measure of economic size and real income by using a set of international prices to compare the purchasing power of different currencies. If PPP figures are not updated frequently, high-inflation countries could temporarily appear wealthier in real terms than they actually are, because their nominal GDP might increase rapidly due to inflation. However, the delay in updating PPP does not inherently “flatter” these economies, as PPP adjustments aim to reflect the actual purchasing power of currencies over time. The real incomes or GDPs in PPP terms would eventually be adjusted to reflect reality in the next calculation cycle, which might reveal the impact of inflation on the economy’s real purchasing power. The statement’s claim hinges on the timing of recalculations and the intervening economic changes, including inflation.

    • Replies: @sudden death
    @china-russia-all-the-way

    How about feeding Gerard's opuses to AI for checking?;) Got a sudden desire to do it, but bit afraid that might hasten its decision to terminate us all though lol

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    , @Philip Owen
    @china-russia-all-the-way

    The trouble is that no one has told Putin so a 17% inflation rate is making Russia look better than it is. He plans on teh basis that Russia will be world No 4 economy.

  192. @china-russia-all-the-way
    @Philip Owen

    Your comment was intriguing so I asked ChatGPT-4 to evaluate.


    The statement involves several claims about Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), its recalibration, and its implications, particularly regarding economies with high inflation. Let's break down these claims to evaluate their accuracy:

    1. **PPP is expensive to calculate and a large, worldwide exercise:**
    - True. The International Comparison Program (ICP), which is the largest global statistical initiative under the auspices of the World Bank, undertakes the calculation of PPP. It involves gathering a vast amount of data on the prices of goods and services from many countries, which is indeed a costly and extensive exercise. The ICP collects prices in over 150 countries, making it a worldwide exercise.

    2. **The World Bank recalculates about every 5 years:**
    - True. The International Comparison Program (ICP) typically operates in cycles that span around 5 years. Past cycles have been conducted for reference years 2005, 2011, and 2017, for example, indicating a rough cadence of about every 6 years recently, though it has aimed for a 5-year cycle traditionally.

    3. **This flatters economies with high inflation:**
    - This claim is more nuanced and requires an explanation. PPP is intended to be a measure that eliminates the misleading effects of currency fluctuations and differences in price levels between countries. It provides a more accurate measure of economic size and real income by using a set of international prices to compare the purchasing power of different currencies. If PPP figures are not updated frequently, high-inflation countries could temporarily appear wealthier in real terms than they actually are, because their nominal GDP might increase rapidly due to inflation. However, the delay in updating PPP does not inherently "flatter" these economies, as PPP adjustments aim to reflect the actual purchasing power of currencies over time. The real incomes or GDPs in PPP terms would eventually be adjusted to reflect reality in the next calculation cycle, which might reveal the impact of inflation on the economy's real purchasing power. The statement's claim hinges on the timing of recalculations and the intervening economic changes, including inflation.

     

    Replies: @sudden death, @Philip Owen

    How about feeding Gerard’s opuses to AI for checking?;) Got a sudden desire to do it, but bit afraid that might hasten its decision to terminate us all though lol

    • LOL: AP
    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @sudden death

    https://thezvi.substack.com/p/ai-1-sydney-and-bing#%C2%A7how-did-we-get-this-outcome

  193. @QCIC
    @AP

    Perverts and pedophiles are gross and evil in that order, but a 24 year-old man drooling over a picture of 17 year-old young adult woman is not the crime of the century. He sounds like a loser, but without knowing anything else I give 50/50 odds he is a low grade US spy with a decent cover story. I expect the Russians will slyly accept him, then give him a few harsh beatings and eventually turn him over in some prisoner exchange.

    Replies: @AP, @songbird, @Wokechoke

    He’s a half Hispanic half black American mystery meat. A minor oddity in the broad scheme.

    More interested that this was Betsy Reed’s byline.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy_Reed

    • Replies: @Philip Owen
    @Wokechoke

    There's Irish Nationalist in there somewhere.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

  194. @Mikhail
    @songbird

    Geopolitically, they're doing splendidly well under Macron.

    Replies: @songbird

    Geopolitically, they’re doing splendidly well under Macron.

    Macron is probably awake late at night with anxiety that his supply of African gays will be interrupted.

    I think Zeihan has to give France a somewhat positive spin to balance the negative things he says about the rest of core Europe.

    Of course, his major premises that the US will turn inward and China implode are both fantastically absurd. And everything else he says seems predicated on that.

    Russia may help kick France out of Africa, but they won’t replace it. That will be the Chinese. There are only two real players in geopolitics, and everyone else is deluding themselves.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @songbird


    That will be the Chinese. There are only two real players in geopolitics, and everyone else is deluding themselves.
     
    The Chinese are still straddled with being the "factory of the world* similarly to Russia being the "gas station to the world", but aren't really poised to become a serious contender to the US' domineering role as global super power in the world. There was an excellent article posted here at UNZ several years ago pointing out severe limiting factors that will preclude China from ever fulfilling this role, most being cultural ones. Language being one of the most limiting. The Chinese language is just too difficult and cumbersome for most of the world to learn and use. Jurisprudence is also so much different between East/West. The world's preference with Hollywood movies is also another cultural icon that promotes American values around the world. Even tastes in public sports are widely disparate. I wish that I could locate that article (it's worth a second read), but I've already spent 10 minutes searching and have no more time right now to pursue this little gem.

    *my own nomenclature. :-)

    Replies: @songbird

  195. @Mr_Chow_Mein
    Here is a good article on the current Nord Stream thinking...anyone remember Nord Stream?

    https://swprs.org/the-nord-stream-mystery-new-insights/

    Replies: @QCIC, @AnonfromTN

    Thanks!

    This is a great article with some information I had not seen previously, including mention of a Russian offer to repair the pipeline damage.

    The SPR site also has the following article which is a good review of the Ukraine conflict. It highlights many of the debunked and refuted Western talking points. One missing link is coverage of anti-Russian moves by the West prior to Maidan. That history may be covered in a different article.

    https://swprs.org/the-ukraine-war-in-2024/

  196. @sudden death
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GKxHlB0a8AAr3eX.jpg

    Mediazona, in collaboration with BBC News Russian service and a team of volunteers, continues collecting data on Russian military casualties in Ukraine. The numbers provided are derived from publicly available sources, such as social media posts by family members, local news reports, and official announcements from regional authorities. However, it is important to note that these figures offer only a partial picture and do not encompass the full scope of the casualties.

    To address this, we present an additional figure alongside the count of named death records. This second number is an estimate of excess mortality among men, derived from the Probate Registry database. The methodology for this estimate was developed in partnership with Meduza.
     
    https://en.zona.media/article/2022/05/20/casualties_eng

    Replies: @QCIC

    I saw a report that Kharkiv is now without power. Can anyone here at TUR give details on this topic?

    • Replies: @sudden death
    @QCIC

    AFAIK there are sheduled power outages in order to conserve energy, but not total constant blackout in Kharkov.

    Replies: @QCIC

  197. AP says:
    @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack


    ...The ultimate gift would be for Ukraine to bomb all of Russia’s refineries?
     
    The prices are set on the margin - so "all" or "none" are not categories you should look at. It is like this: you have a valuable product that people have to buy - the supply decreases by 10%, does the price go up or down? It goes up and benefits all sellers - if Russia still sells 80-90% of what they used to sell the increase in price compensates for lower volume. Who suffers are the customers who pay more for less.

    If "all" Russian refineries are bombed they wouldn't benefit - you can plot the equation of gain/loss. But in that case the biggest losers would still be the customers (like Euros and you) who would pay a lot more.

    Are you too dense to understand it? Even Biden seems to get it, and he is dumb like a door-knob.

    Replies: @AP

    Here you go being dumb again.

    The prices are set on the margin – so “all” or “none” are not categories you should look at. It is like this: you have a valuable product that people have to buy – the supply decreases by 10%, does the price go up or down? It goes up and benefits all sellers

    But it doesn’t benefit all sellers equally.

    If Russia were the only supplier of something, what you say might be correct. Russia’s output decreases 10%, prices rise 10%, Russia makes the same but the consumer pays more.

    However, Russia is not the only supplier so the effect on the global supply of a Russian decline of 10% would be far less than 10%. Maybe with the Russian losses, global supply declines by 4%. So if global prices increase by 4% accordingly, Russia still loses money. It sells what it can for 4% more per unit, but sells 10% less of it. *

    In other words, destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products hurts both Russia and the West, but it hurts Russia more.

    Ukraine has a bargaining chip with the Biden administration. If Biden refuses to provide weapons for Ukraine to use on the battlefield, Ukraine can instead focus on destroying Russia’s oil and gas industry infrastructure with its own drones, which will raise such commodity prices before the election. This will harm Russia and its ability to finance the invasion, while also punishing the Biden administration for its support of mostly words.

    * A caveat: temporary hysteria about decrease in supply would likely cause an increase in price that surpasses the actual loss of supply. Eventually this gets priced in and the price reflects the supply, but in the short term Russia would be ok.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    There may be a lag between the loss of refinery capability and the impact on the consumer due to product stored in tanks.

    Since partial martial law has probably been silently invoked, Russia can apply price controls and suppress some non-essential demand using subtle techniques.

    We don't know the extent of damage or length of outages resulting from these refinery attacks. I suspect much of this damage can be easily repaired or worked around. Just because a pipe broke and a thousand barrels of oil burned (42,000 gallons) doesn't mean the refinery is taken out. In videos I saw, none of the fires looked major by refinery standards.

    , @Derer
    @AP

    Here you go being dumb again!

    Because of writing stupidity like "In other words, destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products..."

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @Beckow
    @AP


    A caveat: temporary hysteria about decrease in supply would likely cause an increase in price that surpasses the actual loss of supply.
     
    The only thing you wrote that actually makes sense is the 'caveat' - and it basically invalidates all else you wrote.

    We are in an all-out war, there is no long-term, it is all temporary. In the short-run (now!!!) Russia has benefitted. In the long-term the number of factors is too big for this to matter: Middle East, economy, weather, China's consumption...

    The reason Washington repeatedly and publicly said this to Kiev is that they know it too. It also gives Russia an easy excuse to liquidate more Ukie infrastructure and energy - as they are successfully doing. Can you imagine the West screaming about the 'inhumanity' as Kiev boasts about doing it in Russia? (Well, they will, Western hypocrisy has no limits, but it is so stupid that it backfires.)


    If Biden refuses to provide weapons for Ukraine to use on the battlefield, Ukraine can instead focus on destroying Russia’s oil and gas industry infrastructure with its own drones, which will raise such commodity prices before the election.
     
    Are you suggesting that Kiev blackmailing the West with a Samson pull-it-down-on-all-of-us is a good idea? It's very risky, the West is unstable and can't easily handle volatility. The reality is that no Western weapons can turn around Kiev's loss. Maybe delay it, increase the casualties (mostly Ukies), but the result will be the same - Russia will win and there will be no Nato in Ukraine. Consolation price: Finland...:)

    Replies: @AP

  198. @sudden death
    @china-russia-all-the-way

    How about feeding Gerard's opuses to AI for checking?;) Got a sudden desire to do it, but bit afraid that might hasten its decision to terminate us all though lol

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    • Thanks: sudden death
  199. Red Heifer is all over Naked Capitalism links this morning. One clever commenter said the most creative development would be Iran takes out the red heifers with a drone attack to pay back Israel for the Damascus embassy bombing.

    Wishful thinking!

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Is veal halal?

  200. @Mr_Chow_Mein
    Here is a good article on the current Nord Stream thinking...anyone remember Nord Stream?

    https://swprs.org/the-nord-stream-mystery-new-insights/

    Replies: @QCIC, @AnonfromTN

    anyone remember Nord Stream?

    As it is clear to anyone with a functional brain that the US blew it up, it is politically incorrect to remember Nord Stream. Several American cock-suckers have abandoned the investigation already: it’s too dangerous for the perps.

    Interesting vignette: the US State Department just minutes after the terrorist attack on Crocus “knew” who did it, but years after the terrorist attack on Nord Stream it does not know a thing. You have to be really stupid to reveal your hand so clearly.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @AnonfromTN


    the US State Department just minutes after the terrorist attack on Crocus “knew” who did it, but years after the terrorist attack on Nord Stream it does not know a thing.
     
    By keeping silent and covering up "hush hush" you're strongly implying that the US was behind the destruction of NS2. Since the US has been vocal about who the perpetrators of the Crocus sabotage were, using your own logic, one can easily surmise that neither the US nor its "client Ukrainian state", were behind that tragedy. Yet your superhero Putler and his FSB (KGB) thugs are still weaving new unbelievable conspiracy theories every day trying to implicate both the US and Ukraine in this latest sabotage. Lol with that! :-)
  201. @songbird
    @Mikhail


    Geopolitically, they’re doing splendidly well under Macron.
     
    Macron is probably awake late at night with anxiety that his supply of African gays will be interrupted.

    I think Zeihan has to give France a somewhat positive spin to balance the negative things he says about the rest of core Europe.

    Of course, his major premises that the US will turn inward and China implode are both fantastically absurd. And everything else he says seems predicated on that.

    Russia may help kick France out of Africa, but they won't replace it. That will be the Chinese. There are only two real players in geopolitics, and everyone else is deluding themselves.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    That will be the Chinese. There are only two real players in geopolitics, and everyone else is deluding themselves.

    The Chinese are still straddled with being the “factory of the world* similarly to Russia being the “gas station to the world”, but aren’t really poised to become a serious contender to the US’ domineering role as global super power in the world. There was an excellent article posted here at UNZ several years ago pointing out severe limiting factors that will preclude China from ever fulfilling this role, most being cultural ones. Language being one of the most limiting. The Chinese language is just too difficult and cumbersome for most of the world to learn and use. Jurisprudence is also so much different between East/West. The world’s preference with Hollywood movies is also another cultural icon that promotes American values around the world. Even tastes in public sports are widely disparate. I wish that I could locate that article (it’s worth a second read), but I’ve already spent 10 minutes searching and have no more time right now to pursue this little gem.

    *my own nomenclature. 🙂

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    The Chinese are still straddled with being the “factory of the world*
     
    I thought manufacturing capacity was a positive thing?

    The Chinese language is just too difficult and cumbersome for most of the world to learn and use.
     
    I would argue that the language barrier is an advantage. It means migration into China is harder, so it helps protect the Chinese core.

    Chinese can easily hire translators or learn English themselves to communicate with outsiders. Not to mention AI translation.

    The world’s preference with Hollywood movies is also another cultural icon that promotes American values around the world.
     
    IMO, this is past glory. Hollywood has lost a lot of its luster. It no longer has the same prestige because it is too woke. We can see it has been pretty well-eclipsed in China itself.

    Modern Chinese cultural influence on foreign countries may not be very strong currently. But HK used to have a lot of influence and it is possible it will grow. I think what matters more is older historo-cultural-ethnic ties. Things like Confucianism and Buddhism. And whether they see China as more respectful of their sovereignty or more amenable to their genetic interests.

    Even tastes in public sports are widely disparate.
     
    There is no indigenous loyalty in sports. You are rooting for laundry, as Seinfeld said, and the teams themselves move. Frankly, I don't see how it translates into international loyalty. Baseball is very popular in Cuba an Venezuela. Not to mention soccer has never been very popular in America.

    In 2020, China was said to offer superior geolocation services in 165 countries. The US may not be as secure in its advantages, in the longterm, as one might think.
    https://spacenews.com/america-losing-gps-dominance-china-beidou-satnav/

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Mr. Hack

  202. @AnonfromTN
    @Mr_Chow_Mein


    anyone remember Nord Stream?
     
    As it is clear to anyone with a functional brain that the US blew it up, it is politically incorrect to remember Nord Stream. Several American cock-suckers have abandoned the investigation already: it's too dangerous for the perps.

    Interesting vignette: the US State Department just minutes after the terrorist attack on Crocus “knew” who did it, but years after the terrorist attack on Nord Stream it does not know a thing. You have to be really stupid to reveal your hand so clearly.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    the US State Department just minutes after the terrorist attack on Crocus “knew” who did it, but years after the terrorist attack on Nord Stream it does not know a thing.

    By keeping silent and covering up “hush hush” you’re strongly implying that the US was behind the destruction of NS2. Since the US has been vocal about who the perpetrators of the Crocus sabotage were, using your own logic, one can easily surmise that neither the US nor its “client Ukrainian state”, were behind that tragedy. Yet your superhero Putler and his FSB (KGB) thugs are still weaving new unbelievable conspiracy theories every day trying to implicate both the US and Ukraine in this latest sabotage. Lol with that! 🙂

  203. @Emil Nikola Richard
    Red Heifer is all over Naked Capitalism links this morning. One clever commenter said the most creative development would be Iran takes out the red heifers with a drone attack to pay back Israel for the Damascus embassy bombing.

    Wishful thinking!

    Replies: @QCIC

    Is veal halal?

  204. @QCIC
    @sudden death

    I saw a report that Kharkiv is now without power. Can anyone here at TUR give details on this topic?

    Replies: @sudden death

    AFAIK there are sheduled power outages in order to conserve energy, but not total constant blackout in Kharkov.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @sudden death

    If much of the electrical power sources and transmission lines to a city are disabled, then the operators of the local grid might have rolling blackouts, giving full service to small sections of the grid for a few hours a day. If the situation is dire they would probably give up supporting large sections of the city even partially to dedicate power to more critical infrastructure loads like water, sewer, hospitals, transportation, military buildings and grocery warehouses. This would keep those services operating near normal and leave some residential sectors with rolling blackouts. Most residential and light commercial sectors would simply be dark all day. I don't know if Kharkov has reached this point yet, but it seems possible.

    The military tactic may be to drive out all remaining civilians over a period of a month or two. Once this process reaches a certain point there will not be enough men to keep the heavy infrastructure operational and then anyone who can may just walk away. People don't want to leave their homes so this process takes time.

  205. @AP
    @Beckow

    Here you go being dumb again.


    The prices are set on the margin – so “all” or “none” are not categories you should look at. It is like this: you have a valuable product that people have to buy – the supply decreases by 10%, does the price go up or down? It goes up and benefits all sellers
     
    But it doesn’t benefit all sellers equally.

    If Russia were the only supplier of something, what you say might be correct. Russia’s output decreases 10%, prices rise 10%, Russia makes the same but the consumer pays more.

    However, Russia is not the only supplier so the effect on the global supply of a Russian decline of 10% would be far less than 10%. Maybe with the Russian losses, global supply declines by 4%. So if global prices increase by 4% accordingly, Russia still loses money. It sells what it can for 4% more per unit, but sells 10% less of it. *

    In other words, destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products hurts both Russia and the West, but it hurts Russia more.

    Ukraine has a bargaining chip with the Biden administration. If Biden refuses to provide weapons for Ukraine to use on the battlefield, Ukraine can instead focus on destroying Russia’s oil and gas industry infrastructure with its own drones, which will raise such commodity prices before the election. This will harm Russia and its ability to finance the invasion, while also punishing the Biden administration for its support of mostly words.

    * A caveat: temporary hysteria about decrease in supply would likely cause an increase in price that surpasses the actual loss of supply. Eventually this gets priced in and the price reflects the supply, but in the short term Russia would be ok.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Derer, @Beckow

    There may be a lag between the loss of refinery capability and the impact on the consumer due to product stored in tanks.

    Since partial martial law has probably been silently invoked, Russia can apply price controls and suppress some non-essential demand using subtle techniques.

    We don’t know the extent of damage or length of outages resulting from these refinery attacks. I suspect much of this damage can be easily repaired or worked around. Just because a pipe broke and a thousand barrels of oil burned (42,000 gallons) doesn’t mean the refinery is taken out. In videos I saw, none of the fires looked major by refinery standards.

  206. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2024/04/kyiv-spring-ukraine-military-aid/678013/

    The War Is Not Going Well for Ukraine
    If the United States does nothing, the coming seasons will be even bleaker—and not just in Kyiv.— Eliot A. Cohen

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    The War Is Not Going Well for Ukraine
     
    And water is wet. What else is new?

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  207. Finnish minister of finance Riikka Purra stated that in a bid to balance the budget the government will have to cut spending by ~3 billion euros. She said that to achieve this goal pensions will have to be decreased and VAT will have to be increased. She believes also that the pension age will eventually have to be raised:
    https://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/politics/25099-reports-pensions-on-agenda-as-government-looks-for-cost-savings-in-april.html

    Welcome to NATO!

    • Replies: @sudden death
    @AnonfromTN


    Welcome to NATO!
     
    RF then must have been NATO member since 2018 in secret;)
  208. @sudden death
    @QCIC

    AFAIK there are sheduled power outages in order to conserve energy, but not total constant blackout in Kharkov.

    Replies: @QCIC

    If much of the electrical power sources and transmission lines to a city are disabled, then the operators of the local grid might have rolling blackouts, giving full service to small sections of the grid for a few hours a day. If the situation is dire they would probably give up supporting large sections of the city even partially to dedicate power to more critical infrastructure loads like water, sewer, hospitals, transportation, military buildings and grocery warehouses. This would keep those services operating near normal and leave some residential sectors with rolling blackouts. Most residential and light commercial sectors would simply be dark all day. I don’t know if Kharkov has reached this point yet, but it seems possible.

    The military tactic may be to drive out all remaining civilians over a period of a month or two. Once this process reaches a certain point there will not be enough men to keep the heavy infrastructure operational and then anyone who can may just walk away. People don’t want to leave their homes so this process takes time.

  209. @Emil Nikola Richard
    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2024/04/kyiv-spring-ukraine-military-aid/678013/

    The War Is Not Going Well for Ukraine
    If the United States does nothing, the coming seasons will be even bleaker—and not just in Kyiv.--- Eliot A. Cohen

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    The War Is Not Going Well for Ukraine

    And water is wet. What else is new?

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @AnonfromTN

    It is new that the Atlantic is saying it. They are besties w/ Kagan and Nuland. When she read that Mrs. Kagan ripped the clothes she was smushed into.

  210. Moscow today – some tolerant religious festivities again with view from above:

    https://t.me/apwagner/22089

    Shocking video. Putin. Consequences. This is what occupation looks like. Thoughts about only one thing. Cast iron bomb with cassette ammunition for maximum destruction of enemy manpower. That’s how I see it.

    All must have been organised from Kiev though;)

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @sudden death

    Two Germans meet in Frankfurt.
    - Salam alaykum!
    - Alaykum as-salam!

    Replies: @sudden death

  211. @Mr. Hack
    @songbird


    That will be the Chinese. There are only two real players in geopolitics, and everyone else is deluding themselves.
     
    The Chinese are still straddled with being the "factory of the world* similarly to Russia being the "gas station to the world", but aren't really poised to become a serious contender to the US' domineering role as global super power in the world. There was an excellent article posted here at UNZ several years ago pointing out severe limiting factors that will preclude China from ever fulfilling this role, most being cultural ones. Language being one of the most limiting. The Chinese language is just too difficult and cumbersome for most of the world to learn and use. Jurisprudence is also so much different between East/West. The world's preference with Hollywood movies is also another cultural icon that promotes American values around the world. Even tastes in public sports are widely disparate. I wish that I could locate that article (it's worth a second read), but I've already spent 10 minutes searching and have no more time right now to pursue this little gem.

    *my own nomenclature. :-)

    Replies: @songbird

    The Chinese are still straddled with being the “factory of the world*

    I thought manufacturing capacity was a positive thing?

    [MORE]

    The Chinese language is just too difficult and cumbersome for most of the world to learn and use.

    I would argue that the language barrier is an advantage. It means migration into China is harder, so it helps protect the Chinese core.

    Chinese can easily hire translators or learn English themselves to communicate with outsiders. Not to mention AI translation.

    The world’s preference with Hollywood movies is also another cultural icon that promotes American values around the world.

    IMO, this is past glory. Hollywood has lost a lot of its luster. It no longer has the same prestige because it is too woke. We can see it has been pretty well-eclipsed in China itself.

    Modern Chinese cultural influence on foreign countries may not be very strong currently. But HK used to have a lot of influence and it is possible it will grow. I think what matters more is older historo-cultural-ethnic ties. Things like Confucianism and Buddhism. And whether they see China as more respectful of their sovereignty or more amenable to their genetic interests.

    Even tastes in public sports are widely disparate.

    There is no indigenous loyalty in sports. You are rooting for laundry, as Seinfeld said, and the teams themselves move. Frankly, I don’t see how it translates into international loyalty. Baseball is very popular in Cuba an Venezuela. Not to mention soccer has never been very popular in America.

    In 2020, China was said to offer superior geolocation services in 165 countries. The US may not be as secure in its advantages, in the longterm, as one might think.
    https://spacenews.com/america-losing-gps-dominance-china-beidou-satnav/

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @songbird

    Production.
    The US dependence on China-made goods is dangerously great. That’s why MAGA demagoguery resonates with most Americans. Remove everything made in China from the US and we might as well return to caves. When the US dollar loses its position of reserve currency, the house of cards will come crashing down. That’s the main reason the US is reluctant to steal Russian assets: this will crush current financial system, burying the US dollar under the debris. Even some people at NYT were able to put two and two together:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/09/opinion/us-aid-ukraine-war.html

    World politics.
    Geopolitically China wants Russia to do the heavy lifting and only moves in when the time to reap benefits comes. However, Chinese cannot afford to let Russia lose (because then they will become the next imperial target), so they provide help, but only quietly, behind the scenes.

    Culture.
    The quality of Hollywood production was going down for decades. Hence its obsession with remakes: the creative juices are gone. Some say that woke obsession killed Hollywood. I disagree. Hollywood is dead, woke BS is just a fitting flower on the grave. American music also lost ground: just compare classical rock with rap.

    Language.
    Chinese grammar is minimal, on par with American English. The difficulty of Chinese writing protects China from being overrun with “refugees”. However, the humongous number of Han Chinese does it even more effectively. Because of its writing system Chinese has zero chance of becoming an international lingua franca. The same is true for Russian (as well as any Slavic language, for that matter) because of mind-boggling grammar. American English, being half-pidgin, has a huge advantage. Therefore, it will likely keep serving as the international means of communication long after the empire is cut down to size.

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird


    There is no indigenous loyalty in sports. You are rooting for laundry, as Seinfeld said, and the teams themselves move.
     
    I almost always root for the white guys. Also it's fun when the Jew athletes lose. That Italian weightlifter girl is smoking hot.

    Jokic and Dokic make the NBA pretty entertaining.

    The Chinese ping pong players are great.

    __________________________________________

    My eclipse was pretty swell. 80% totality and no clouds and visible from my porch. It coincided with my workout and I was in the middle of a set at the max but I had it in my imaging contraption two minutes before the max and again two minutes after. They had a satellite video on r/natureisfuckinglit and there was a really massive atmosphere of clouds that collided almost perfect with the eclipse shadow and 95% of those people who rented AirBnB's lost on their lotto purchase.

    Replies: @songbird

    , @Mr. Hack
    @songbird


    I thought manufacturing capacity was a positive thing?
     
    In general it is. In the west it is a sign of full employment with workers getting paid a good salary. But it's not the only thing that matters when you're aspiring to become an important global player. Also, China unfortunately is willing to destroy its own environment by being lax with not having any meaningful measures to protect from over polluting the air. You've probably seen the photos where everybody is walking around wearing masks in order to avoid polluting their lungs.

    I would argue that the language barrier is an advantage. It means migration into China is harder, so it helps protect the Chinese core.
     
    Sure, if you're trying to create an isolated country. However, if you're trying to exude importance as a global player, you need to reach out to the world and try to show how your culture is superior. Pepe Escobar's blog here is a perfect example of what I'm writing about, always trying to show how superior China's mission in the world has become.

    Replies: @songbird

  212. @sudden death
    Moscow today - some tolerant religious festivities again with view from above:

    https://t.me/apwagner/22089


    Shocking video. Putin. Consequences. This is what occupation looks like. Thoughts about only one thing. Cast iron bomb with cassette ammunition for maximum destruction of enemy manpower. That's how I see it.
     
    All must have been organised from Kiev though;)

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Two Germans meet in Frankfurt.
    – Salam alaykum!
    – Alaykum as-salam!

    • LOL: songbird
    • Replies: @sudden death
    @AnonfromTN

    That too, but allegedly the only party in Germany which wants to prevent that, is salivating when looking at propjunk pics/videos from Moscow, while refusing to see the actual realities;)

  213. @QCIC
    One of the strangest projects this year in the USA (so far) is the hype over the solar eclipse which is visible on Monday. This mild mania may only apply to areas which are along the ground track of near-total occultation, though apparently many people are traveling to good viewing locations. It could simply be a distraction generated by the media or even a harmless spring party mentality. On the other hand, I wonder if this eclipse hype is part of a project to normalize occult practices and religions? I don't know the specifics of how eclipses are interpreted by pagan religions (or cults) but they are often mentioned together.

    Maybe this is a once in a millennia opportunity to see the Counter-Earth with the naked eye? That would be something!

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @songbird, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Another Polish Perspective, @bike-anarkist, @Wokechoke, @S1, @Jatt Aryaa

    It’s just more “NPCs getting together for another mass formation event.”
    The same collective mentality as over the CoronaPrank and ‘Slava Ukrani” with cheerleaders and pom-poms.
    Taylor SwitzenBarbenHeimer effect.
    “It’s popular; I’m in.”

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @bike-anarkist

    The eclipse was neat. We had a good break in the clouds during totality.

    I wonder how much overlap exists between the group of eclipse travelers and the Burning Man crowd?

  214. @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    The Chinese are still straddled with being the “factory of the world*
     
    I thought manufacturing capacity was a positive thing?

    The Chinese language is just too difficult and cumbersome for most of the world to learn and use.
     
    I would argue that the language barrier is an advantage. It means migration into China is harder, so it helps protect the Chinese core.

    Chinese can easily hire translators or learn English themselves to communicate with outsiders. Not to mention AI translation.

    The world’s preference with Hollywood movies is also another cultural icon that promotes American values around the world.
     
    IMO, this is past glory. Hollywood has lost a lot of its luster. It no longer has the same prestige because it is too woke. We can see it has been pretty well-eclipsed in China itself.

    Modern Chinese cultural influence on foreign countries may not be very strong currently. But HK used to have a lot of influence and it is possible it will grow. I think what matters more is older historo-cultural-ethnic ties. Things like Confucianism and Buddhism. And whether they see China as more respectful of their sovereignty or more amenable to their genetic interests.

    Even tastes in public sports are widely disparate.
     
    There is no indigenous loyalty in sports. You are rooting for laundry, as Seinfeld said, and the teams themselves move. Frankly, I don't see how it translates into international loyalty. Baseball is very popular in Cuba an Venezuela. Not to mention soccer has never been very popular in America.

    In 2020, China was said to offer superior geolocation services in 165 countries. The US may not be as secure in its advantages, in the longterm, as one might think.
    https://spacenews.com/america-losing-gps-dominance-china-beidou-satnav/

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Mr. Hack

    Production.
    The US dependence on China-made goods is dangerously great. That’s why MAGA demagoguery resonates with most Americans. Remove everything made in China from the US and we might as well return to caves. When the US dollar loses its position of reserve currency, the house of cards will come crashing down. That’s the main reason the US is reluctant to steal Russian assets: this will crush current financial system, burying the US dollar under the debris. Even some people at NYT were able to put two and two together:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/09/opinion/us-aid-ukraine-war.html

    World politics.
    Geopolitically China wants Russia to do the heavy lifting and only moves in when the time to reap benefits comes. However, Chinese cannot afford to let Russia lose (because then they will become the next imperial target), so they provide help, but only quietly, behind the scenes.

    Culture.
    The quality of Hollywood production was going down for decades. Hence its obsession with remakes: the creative juices are gone. Some say that woke obsession killed Hollywood. I disagree. Hollywood is dead, woke BS is just a fitting flower on the grave. American music also lost ground: just compare classical rock with rap.

    Language.
    Chinese grammar is minimal, on par with American English. The difficulty of Chinese writing protects China from being overrun with “refugees”. However, the humongous number of Han Chinese does it even more effectively. Because of its writing system Chinese has zero chance of becoming an international lingua franca. The same is true for Russian (as well as any Slavic language, for that matter) because of mind-boggling grammar. American English, being half-pidgin, has a huge advantage. Therefore, it will likely keep serving as the international means of communication long after the empire is cut down to size.

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

    Latin and Greek had equally difficult grammar as Russian, did that keep them from being linguae francae?

    Slavs can't counter the West because you don't have unity and can't form a standard-- the acrimony between China and Japan was just as bad but Japanese didn't give up on kanji. But Poles and Balts will never use Cyrillic.

    And despite your positions you are still a "House Ivan" for the West. If you read a book about China you would read it in English but not Russian. Even though the latter would have better insights.

    https://xn----8sbalcgsi5aih6o.xn--p1ai/image/cache/data/products/p24699_823425_zolotaya_orda_car_batiy_penzev_k_a_-800x800.jpg

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @LatW, @LatW

  215. @AnonfromTN
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    The War Is Not Going Well for Ukraine
     
    And water is wet. What else is new?

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    It is new that the Atlantic is saying it. They are besties w/ Kagan and Nuland. When she read that Mrs. Kagan ripped the clothes she was smushed into.

  216. @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    The Chinese are still straddled with being the “factory of the world*
     
    I thought manufacturing capacity was a positive thing?

    The Chinese language is just too difficult and cumbersome for most of the world to learn and use.
     
    I would argue that the language barrier is an advantage. It means migration into China is harder, so it helps protect the Chinese core.

    Chinese can easily hire translators or learn English themselves to communicate with outsiders. Not to mention AI translation.

    The world’s preference with Hollywood movies is also another cultural icon that promotes American values around the world.
     
    IMO, this is past glory. Hollywood has lost a lot of its luster. It no longer has the same prestige because it is too woke. We can see it has been pretty well-eclipsed in China itself.

    Modern Chinese cultural influence on foreign countries may not be very strong currently. But HK used to have a lot of influence and it is possible it will grow. I think what matters more is older historo-cultural-ethnic ties. Things like Confucianism and Buddhism. And whether they see China as more respectful of their sovereignty or more amenable to their genetic interests.

    Even tastes in public sports are widely disparate.
     
    There is no indigenous loyalty in sports. You are rooting for laundry, as Seinfeld said, and the teams themselves move. Frankly, I don't see how it translates into international loyalty. Baseball is very popular in Cuba an Venezuela. Not to mention soccer has never been very popular in America.

    In 2020, China was said to offer superior geolocation services in 165 countries. The US may not be as secure in its advantages, in the longterm, as one might think.
    https://spacenews.com/america-losing-gps-dominance-china-beidou-satnav/

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Mr. Hack

    There is no indigenous loyalty in sports. You are rooting for laundry, as Seinfeld said, and the teams themselves move.

    I almost always root for the white guys. Also it’s fun when the Jew athletes lose. That Italian weightlifter girl is smoking hot.

    Jokic and Dokic make the NBA pretty entertaining.

    The Chinese ping pong players are great.

    __________________________________________

    My eclipse was pretty swell. 80% totality and no clouds and visible from my porch. It coincided with my workout and I was in the middle of a set at the max but I had it in my imaging contraption two minutes before the max and again two minutes after. They had a satellite video on r/natureisfuckinglit and there was a really massive atmosphere of clouds that collided almost perfect with the eclipse shadow and 95% of those people who rented AirBnB’s lost on their lotto purchase.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Been years since I watched any big league game. But amren had an interesting article about this Hartenstein guy.
    https://www.amren.com/news/2024/04/isaiah-hartenstein-confirms-hes-part-black/

    I assume that his paternal grandfather was a mulatto US army enlistee who knocked some German woman up during the Cold War and left her.

    If the data were available, I believe most people would be bowled over by the lower rates of paternal surname transmission among American blacks.

  217. @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Chavez killed Venezuela by driving out the smart fraction of the population, much of which was associated with PDVSA. Everything has been downhill since then, but reaping the full harvest of sorrow takes a long time. The sanctions just made it more obvious. The Bolivarian goal of making Venezuela independent of "Western" ties might have been somewhat plausible, but that meant it can only exist as a third world country.

    The same thing may happen here.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Chavez killed Venezuela by driving out the smart fraction of the population, much of which was associated with PDVSA.

    Well that is basically what I was referring to with the oil fields and it can actually work if done correctly.

    But Chavez was a left-wing goon and screwed it up. Instead of admitting his mistake the left-wing goon leaders that followed Chavez like Maduro thought they could live with the sanctions and basically doubled down on the belief that their increased oil profits would even everything out. They seemed to have no idea as to how dependent they were on US medicine.

    The better method is to increase taxes on the private companies to where they are about to leave but don’t. You don’t beat the golden goose with a baseball bat.

    The UN was involved in all of this and of course was upset with the US over sanctions instead of demanding fair elections.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    I think Venezuela had been trying to shake off an elite captive to Europe/North America for several centuries and had not been able to raise taxes the way you suggest. I guess they thought the communist clap trap would energize the people and then the country could break free. Presumably the leaders were all midwits and had no idea what they were messing with. Everyone would have better off trying to do as you suggest. It is a shame, they could have made a paradise.

  218. @bike-anarkist
    @QCIC

    It's just more "NPCs getting together for another mass formation event."
    The same collective mentality as over the CoronaPrank and 'Slava Ukrani" with cheerleaders and pom-poms.
    Taylor SwitzenBarbenHeimer effect.
    "It's popular; I'm in."

    Replies: @QCIC

    The eclipse was neat. We had a good break in the clouds during totality.

    I wonder how much overlap exists between the group of eclipse travelers and the Burning Man crowd?

  219. Here a kid from Mariupol explaining his pro-Russia stance, why most Mariupol people wanted Russians in and Ukrainians out, the mental sickness of Maidan people and so on. He also has in his site a lot of videos explaining his thinking, the change of Mariupol after the city liberation and so on. Very interesting.

    • Thanks: QCIC
    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Aedib

    Here a kid from Mariupol explaining his pro-Russia stance, why most Mariupol people wanted Russians in and Ukrainians out

    So he is actually going to try and tell us that the non-Russian majority wanted Russian dictatorship? About as believable as a majority of Ukrainians Crimeans voting for Russian invasion in an election that the world rejected as fraudulent.

    the mental sickness of Maidan people and so on

    Mariupol didn't support the separatists. That was a different region.

    Nice try at complete bullshit though.

    Replies: @Aedib

    , @LatW
    @Aedib

    Did you ask these ones if they wanted the Russian world? Especially the one that's bundled up in the basement (starts at 1:00) and the one on the gurney? Or the ones who lay buried in their gardens?

    Watch - do not look away. So that you know who you are supporting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S37wMiCuCVc&rco=1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PNi_x8uMEc&t=9s

  220. @John Johnson
    @QCIC

    Chavez killed Venezuela by driving out the smart fraction of the population, much of which was associated with PDVSA.

    Well that is basically what I was referring to with the oil fields and it can actually work if done correctly.

    But Chavez was a left-wing goon and screwed it up. Instead of admitting his mistake the left-wing goon leaders that followed Chavez like Maduro thought they could live with the sanctions and basically doubled down on the belief that their increased oil profits would even everything out. They seemed to have no idea as to how dependent they were on US medicine.

    The better method is to increase taxes on the private companies to where they are about to leave but don't. You don't beat the golden goose with a baseball bat.

    The UN was involved in all of this and of course was upset with the US over sanctions instead of demanding fair elections.

    Replies: @QCIC

    I think Venezuela had been trying to shake off an elite captive to Europe/North America for several centuries and had not been able to raise taxes the way you suggest. I guess they thought the communist clap trap would energize the people and then the country could break free. Presumably the leaders were all midwits and had no idea what they were messing with. Everyone would have better off trying to do as you suggest. It is a shame, they could have made a paradise.

  221. @AP
    @Beckow

    Here you go being dumb again.


    The prices are set on the margin – so “all” or “none” are not categories you should look at. It is like this: you have a valuable product that people have to buy – the supply decreases by 10%, does the price go up or down? It goes up and benefits all sellers
     
    But it doesn’t benefit all sellers equally.

    If Russia were the only supplier of something, what you say might be correct. Russia’s output decreases 10%, prices rise 10%, Russia makes the same but the consumer pays more.

    However, Russia is not the only supplier so the effect on the global supply of a Russian decline of 10% would be far less than 10%. Maybe with the Russian losses, global supply declines by 4%. So if global prices increase by 4% accordingly, Russia still loses money. It sells what it can for 4% more per unit, but sells 10% less of it. *

    In other words, destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products hurts both Russia and the West, but it hurts Russia more.

    Ukraine has a bargaining chip with the Biden administration. If Biden refuses to provide weapons for Ukraine to use on the battlefield, Ukraine can instead focus on destroying Russia’s oil and gas industry infrastructure with its own drones, which will raise such commodity prices before the election. This will harm Russia and its ability to finance the invasion, while also punishing the Biden administration for its support of mostly words.

    * A caveat: temporary hysteria about decrease in supply would likely cause an increase in price that surpasses the actual loss of supply. Eventually this gets priced in and the price reflects the supply, but in the short term Russia would be ok.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Derer, @Beckow

    Here you go being dumb again!

    Because of writing stupidity like “In other words, destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products…”

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Derer


    destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products…
     
    Only someone with a pea-sized brain could have thought that. If Russian oil goes off the market, the price of oil is going to skyrocket, making Western economy crash worse than in the Great Depression. The upside is, the West will promptly drop everything irrelevant, including Ukraine.

    Replies: @Derer, @AP, @John Johnson

  222. @Derer
    @AP

    Here you go being dumb again!

    Because of writing stupidity like "In other words, destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products..."

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products…

    Only someone with a pea-sized brain could have thought that. If Russian oil goes off the market, the price of oil is going to skyrocket, making Western economy crash worse than in the Great Depression. The upside is, the West will promptly drop everything irrelevant, including Ukraine.

    • Replies: @Derer
    @AnonfromTN

    I understand your point however you should identify the author of that nonsense.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    Who said it was possible to actually destroy all of Russia’s ability to produce oil?

    Derer isn’t capable of understanding what he reads.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    , @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    Only someone with a pea-sized brain could have thought that. If Russian oil goes off the market, the price of oil is going to skyrocket, making Western economy crash worse than in the Great Depression.

    The Ukrainians have been attacking refineries. Russia in fact increased their gas imports from Belarus in response.

    We could end up with a weird situation where Russia has plenty of crude but an increase in the price of gas along with sanctions causes consumer panic for Russians. Oil everywhere but gas is a rip.

    It came out that the refineries are dependent on Western parts so this is a real possibility.

    In any case the US asked Ukraine to stop attacking them. We will see.

    Replies: @QCIC

  223. @Mr. Hack
    @AnonfromTN

    Crude oil is only part of the revenue generating equation. Russian refineries produce both crude and refined products. I strongly suspect that the refined product provides much greater profits:


    Russia is a primary exporter of crude oil (about 5 million barrels a day) and refined oil products: gasoline and diesel (about 3 million barrels a day). These amount to roughly 40% of Russia’s total export revenues.
     

    Replies: @Beckow, @Derer

    Provide unbiased references, otherwise buzz off with your useless propaganda.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Derer


    Provide unbiased references
     
    That’s a tall order. Hack personage cannot possibly do it. Unbiased can be neutral, mildly anti-Ukie, or vehemently anti-Ukie. Unbiased pro-Ukie is a contradiction in terms.

    Replies: @A123

    , @Mr. Hack
    @Derer

    "unbiased references", for what? This is not a peer reviewed forum or professional research site. Get real, you're looking like a horse's derriere once again. :-)

    Replies: @Derer

  224. @AnonfromTN
    @Derer


    destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products…
     
    Only someone with a pea-sized brain could have thought that. If Russian oil goes off the market, the price of oil is going to skyrocket, making Western economy crash worse than in the Great Depression. The upside is, the West will promptly drop everything irrelevant, including Ukraine.

    Replies: @Derer, @AP, @John Johnson

    I understand your point however you should identify the author of that nonsense.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Derer


    you should identify the author of that nonsense.
     
    You already did that. It’s the usual suspect.
  225. @Derer
    @AnonfromTN

    I understand your point however you should identify the author of that nonsense.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    you should identify the author of that nonsense.

    You already did that. It’s the usual suspect.

  226. @AnonfromTN
    @sudden death

    Two Germans meet in Frankfurt.
    - Salam alaykum!
    - Alaykum as-salam!

    Replies: @sudden death

    That too, but allegedly the only party in Germany which wants to prevent that, is salivating when looking at propjunk pics/videos from Moscow, while refusing to see the actual realities;)

  227. @Derer
    @Mr. Hack

    Provide unbiased references, otherwise buzz off with your useless propaganda.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mr. Hack

    Provide unbiased references

    That’s a tall order. Hack personage cannot possibly do it. Unbiased can be neutral, mildly anti-Ukie, or vehemently anti-Ukie. Unbiased pro-Ukie is a contradiction in terms.

    • LOL: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @A123
    @AnonfromTN


    Unbiased pro-Ukie is a contradiction in terms.
     
    This is not unsurprising. Anti-Semitic Ukies learned all they know from genocidal Hamas fantabulists: (1)

    The IDF has released video of the highlights of its interrogation of Palestinian Islamic Jihad spokesman Tariq Salami Otha Abu Shoulf. As IDF Lt. Col. (reserve) Peter Lerner puts it, “In his interrogation he reveals in simple terms how they organize the mass manipulation of the media.” As we have all seen over the years, it’s not too difficult. The terrorists and their allies have had it worked out for some time.

    ‼️The world media won’t broadcast this‼️

    Meet Tariq Salami Otha Abu Shoulf a spokesman for the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization. In his interrogation he reveals in simple terms how they organize the mass manipulation of the media.

    ❌ How they kept the people of Gaza focused on Israel rather than on the cost of living (due to their failed leadership and exploitation of resources only for terror and not for the people).

    ❌ How Hamas and Islamic Jihad strategize together to lie to the world media.

    ❌ How the terrorists used ambulances for movement inside the Gaza Strip.

    ❌ How and why Hamas and Islamic Jihad use hospital.

    The world media accepts what Hamas and Islamic Jihad say as the gospel, they do not understand that they are an integral part of the terrorists offensive battle plan. Hamas uses the world media as their iron dome, to prevent Israel from fulfilling our goals by manipulating minds of decent people.
     


     
    Ultimately Palestine Jews and Russians will be victorious. The genocidal Ukie/Pali nutters will eventually run out of lies.

    PEACE 😇
    ___________

    (1) https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2024/04/tariq-explains.php

    https://twitter.com/LTCPeterLerner/status/1777406826520236049?s=4

  228. @AnonfromTN
    Finnish minister of finance Riikka Purra stated that in a bid to balance the budget the government will have to cut spending by ~3 billion euros. She said that to achieve this goal pensions will have to be decreased and VAT will have to be increased. She believes also that the pension age will eventually have to be raised:
    https://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/politics/25099-reports-pensions-on-agenda-as-government-looks-for-cost-savings-in-april.html

    Welcome to NATO!

    Replies: @sudden death

    Welcome to NATO!

    RF then must have been NATO member since 2018 in secret;)

  229. @Derer
    @Mr. Hack

    Provide unbiased references, otherwise buzz off with your useless propaganda.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Mr. Hack

    “unbiased references”, for what? This is not a peer reviewed forum or professional research site. Get real, you’re looking like a horse’s derriere once again. 🙂

    • Replies: @Derer
    @Mr. Hack

    But careful, brace now…! because you will have our resident troll and poet, our philosopher and critically scrutinizing and obsessed censor, our haughty and supercilious and frustrated author and commenter, our world reformer – the one and only, the inimitable ‘Mr. Hack' (probably a misplaced person or an eternal loser) - coming after you.

  230. Here more from this kid. He says he started to support Russia because of Ukrainian abuses in Donbass.

  231. Serious evidence about Kennedy snatching more votes from Trump than from Biden?

    WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) –

    U.S. President Joe Biden has marginally widened his lead over Donald Trump ahead of the November presidential election as the Republican candidate prepares for the start of the first of four upcoming criminal trials, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
    Some 41% of registered voters in the five-day poll, which closed on Monday, said they would vote for Biden, a Democrat, if the election were held today, compared with 37% who picked former President Trump. That 4 point lead was up from a 1 point lead Biden held in a Reuters/Ipsos poll in March.
    The survey has a 4 percentage point margin of error for registered voters and many voters remain on the fence seven months before the Nov. 5 election.
    Some 22% of registered voters in the poll said they had not picked a candidate, were leaning toward third-party options or might not vote at all.
    A Reuters/Ipsos poll in March found 16% of respondents would pick Robert Kennedy Jr., an anti-vaccine activist running as an independent, if he were on the ballot with Trump and Biden. The April poll did not break out Kennedy’s share of support among registered voters.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-has-marginal-1-point-lead-over-trump-reutersipsos-poll-shows-2024-03-14/

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @sudden death


    Serious evidence about Kennedy snatching more votes from Trump than from Biden?
     
    As 2020 clearly showed, it does not matter how they vote, what matters is who counts the votes.
  232. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird


    There is no indigenous loyalty in sports. You are rooting for laundry, as Seinfeld said, and the teams themselves move.
     
    I almost always root for the white guys. Also it's fun when the Jew athletes lose. That Italian weightlifter girl is smoking hot.

    Jokic and Dokic make the NBA pretty entertaining.

    The Chinese ping pong players are great.

    __________________________________________

    My eclipse was pretty swell. 80% totality and no clouds and visible from my porch. It coincided with my workout and I was in the middle of a set at the max but I had it in my imaging contraption two minutes before the max and again two minutes after. They had a satellite video on r/natureisfuckinglit and there was a really massive atmosphere of clouds that collided almost perfect with the eclipse shadow and 95% of those people who rented AirBnB's lost on their lotto purchase.

    Replies: @songbird

    Been years since I watched any big league game. But amren had an interesting article about this Hartenstein guy.
    https://www.amren.com/news/2024/04/isaiah-hartenstein-confirms-hes-part-black/

    I assume that his paternal grandfather was a mulatto US army enlistee who knocked some German woman up during the Cold War and left her.

    If the data were available, I believe most people would be bowled over by the lower rates of paternal surname transmission among American blacks.

  233. Never paid much attention to Sam Harris, and still won’t, but I was pretty fascinated to learn recently that his mother created The Golden Girls sitcom.

  234. @Aedib
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UfufoFZoaY

    Here a kid from Mariupol explaining his pro-Russia stance, why most Mariupol people wanted Russians in and Ukrainians out, the mental sickness of Maidan people and so on. He also has in his site a lot of videos explaining his thinking, the change of Mariupol after the city liberation and so on. Very interesting.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @LatW

    Here a kid from Mariupol explaining his pro-Russia stance, why most Mariupol people wanted Russians in and Ukrainians out

    So he is actually going to try and tell us that the non-Russian majority wanted Russian dictatorship? About as believable as a majority of Ukrainians Crimeans voting for Russian invasion in an election that the world rejected as fraudulent.

    the mental sickness of Maidan people and so on

    Mariupol didn’t support the separatists. That was a different region.

    Nice try at complete bullshit though.

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Aedib
    @John Johnson


    Mariupol didn’t support the separatists. That was a different region.
     
    That's untrue.

    Replies: @AP, @John Johnson

  235. @AnonfromTN
    @Derer


    destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products…
     
    Only someone with a pea-sized brain could have thought that. If Russian oil goes off the market, the price of oil is going to skyrocket, making Western economy crash worse than in the Great Depression. The upside is, the West will promptly drop everything irrelevant, including Ukraine.

    Replies: @Derer, @AP, @John Johnson

    Who said it was possible to actually destroy all of Russia’s ability to produce oil?

    Derer isn’t capable of understanding what he reads.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    AP, off-topic, but do your wife and children now feel ashamed to be RNGens (RNG = Russian National Government (State); RNGens = citizens of the RNG, based on RNGen, singular, pronounced like Rengen) considering that they are strongly critical of Putin's invasion of Ukraine, which is one of your children's ancestral homelands?

    Replies: @AP

  236. @sudden death
    Serious evidence about Kennedy snatching more votes from Trump than from Biden?

    WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) -

    U.S. President Joe Biden has marginally widened his lead over Donald Trump ahead of the November presidential election as the Republican candidate prepares for the start of the first of four upcoming criminal trials, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
    Some 41% of registered voters in the five-day poll, which closed on Monday, said they would vote for Biden, a Democrat, if the election were held today, compared with 37% who picked former President Trump. That 4 point lead was up from a 1 point lead Biden held in a Reuters/Ipsos poll in March.
    The survey has a 4 percentage point margin of error for registered voters and many voters remain on the fence seven months before the Nov. 5 election.
    Some 22% of registered voters in the poll said they had not picked a candidate, were leaning toward third-party options or might not vote at all.
    A Reuters/Ipsos poll in March found 16% of respondents would pick Robert Kennedy Jr., an anti-vaccine activist running as an independent, if he were on the ballot with Trump and Biden. The April poll did not break out Kennedy's share of support among registered voters.
     

    https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-has-marginal-1-point-lead-over-trump-reutersipsos-poll-shows-2024-03-14/

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Serious evidence about Kennedy snatching more votes from Trump than from Biden?

    As 2020 clearly showed, it does not matter how they vote, what matters is who counts the votes.

  237. @AnonfromTN
    @Derer


    destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products…
     
    Only someone with a pea-sized brain could have thought that. If Russian oil goes off the market, the price of oil is going to skyrocket, making Western economy crash worse than in the Great Depression. The upside is, the West will promptly drop everything irrelevant, including Ukraine.

    Replies: @Derer, @AP, @John Johnson

    Only someone with a pea-sized brain could have thought that. If Russian oil goes off the market, the price of oil is going to skyrocket, making Western economy crash worse than in the Great Depression.

    The Ukrainians have been attacking refineries. Russia in fact increased their gas imports from Belarus in response.

    We could end up with a weird situation where Russia has plenty of crude but an increase in the price of gas along with sanctions causes consumer panic for Russians. Oil everywhere but gas is a rip.

    It came out that the refineries are dependent on Western parts so this is a real possibility.

    In any case the US asked Ukraine to stop attacking them. We will see.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Almost all refinery machinery and plumbing parts can be repaired or replaced in Russia. Major exceptions might include special catalysts or filters which their engineers and chemists would have to work around. These are also the sort of specialized high tech items where sanctions can eventually take a bite. On the other hand, many of these premium items are used to give improved return on investment. If the financial situation changes due to an existential war, then profit is less important than survival and so older, less efficient technologies may be used to do most industrial tasks.

    Phillip Owen once made a similar point about Russia losing access to Western-grown hybrid seeds for crops and similar agricultural inputs. He implied Russia would be facing seriously reduced agricultural yields before long. I don't know what transpired on this front since 2022. These are the little things that may be invisible to outsiders but can make a huge difference to an industry. The extreme cases are probably drug, biotech, semiconductor and photonics manufacturing where many of the production inputs are extremely specialized. Even in these areas an industry may be able to simply revert to 20 year old technology which is off patent. This is not the latest and greatest, yet technology was still very good in most sectors of the Western economy twenty years ago.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Philip Owen, @John Johnson

  238. Street scene in Lvov in “democratic” Ukraine:
    https://t.me/boris_rozhin/119723

    • Replies: @sudden death
    @AnonfromTN

    Said it as if random street scenes in democratic countries might look any different occasionally;)

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/08/Charlottesville_%27Unite_the_Right%27_Rally_%2835780274914%29_crop.jpg

    Replies: @LatW

    , @Mr. Hack
    @AnonfromTN

    Professor, you needn't spend hours searching the internet in able to locate one lone woman wearing a Nazi T-shirt in Lviv. Plenty of Nazis were seen marching through the downtown streets of your hometown in Nashville, not more than a month ago:

    https://youtu.be/XqfW2JOghXQ

  239. @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    Only someone with a pea-sized brain could have thought that. If Russian oil goes off the market, the price of oil is going to skyrocket, making Western economy crash worse than in the Great Depression.

    The Ukrainians have been attacking refineries. Russia in fact increased their gas imports from Belarus in response.

    We could end up with a weird situation where Russia has plenty of crude but an increase in the price of gas along with sanctions causes consumer panic for Russians. Oil everywhere but gas is a rip.

    It came out that the refineries are dependent on Western parts so this is a real possibility.

    In any case the US asked Ukraine to stop attacking them. We will see.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Almost all refinery machinery and plumbing parts can be repaired or replaced in Russia. Major exceptions might include special catalysts or filters which their engineers and chemists would have to work around. These are also the sort of specialized high tech items where sanctions can eventually take a bite. On the other hand, many of these premium items are used to give improved return on investment. If the financial situation changes due to an existential war, then profit is less important than survival and so older, less efficient technologies may be used to do most industrial tasks.

    Phillip Owen once made a similar point about Russia losing access to Western-grown hybrid seeds for crops and similar agricultural inputs. He implied Russia would be facing seriously reduced agricultural yields before long. I don’t know what transpired on this front since 2022. These are the little things that may be invisible to outsiders but can make a huge difference to an industry. The extreme cases are probably drug, biotech, semiconductor and photonics manufacturing where many of the production inputs are extremely specialized. Even in these areas an industry may be able to simply revert to 20 year old technology which is off patent. This is not the latest and greatest, yet technology was still very good in most sectors of the Western economy twenty years ago.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    The extreme cases are probably drug, biotech, semiconductor and photonics manufacturing
     
    I have first-hand info only about small molecule drugs (several, not many, naturally). Russia switched to internal production. Net result is that the prices for the same drug that is no longer imported dropped ~5 times. Where I can compare the same drug in the US and Russia, the effectiveness of Russian-made drug is the same as of 25-fold more expensive American.
    , @Philip Owen
    @QCIC

    This year's plantings will be the final test. They definitely don't have sugar beet of any quality. The last seeds were used last year. Yields will be very low. The same with rapeseed (Canola in US) and various legumes chick peas, field beans (animal fieed).

    Sunflower should be normal for yield. Wheat too. I don't know about soya which is important for animal feed (chickens and pigs). Soya is native to the Amur valley.

    In horticulture Russia is short of tomatoes, in fact of most greehhouse crops already. Turkey has been given special deals to encourage exports to Russia which had greatly reduced. The normal duty free season has been extended. Uzbekistan is being stripped of everything it can grow on generous terms. Chickens and egg production is struggling as the right imported breeding stock is not available. I guess pork is in trouble to but i don't know. Prices are up so demand for meat may be sown anyway.

    , @John Johnson
    @QCIC

    Almost all refinery machinery and plumbing parts can be repaired or replaced in Russia.

    Good lord do you think I just make stuff up? Do you assume everyone is like you and lives in a bubble?

    All you had to do was Google "refineries parts sanctions"

    Russia Faces Challenges in Refinery Repairs Amid Sanctions
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/russia-faces-challenges-in-refinery-repairs-amid-sanctions/ar-BB1l6aEH

    Excerpt:
    Historically, Western firms such as UOP from the United States and ABB from Switzerland have been key suppliers of parts and equipment to major Russian refineries. However, following the Ukrainian invasion, these companies have ceased fulfilling new orders from Russia. Consequently, local engineers are now grappling with the task of sourcing spare parts and equipment from alternative avenues.

    This might blow your mind but some of us read first and develop opinions afterwards, not the reverse.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @QCIC

  240. @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Almost all refinery machinery and plumbing parts can be repaired or replaced in Russia. Major exceptions might include special catalysts or filters which their engineers and chemists would have to work around. These are also the sort of specialized high tech items where sanctions can eventually take a bite. On the other hand, many of these premium items are used to give improved return on investment. If the financial situation changes due to an existential war, then profit is less important than survival and so older, less efficient technologies may be used to do most industrial tasks.

    Phillip Owen once made a similar point about Russia losing access to Western-grown hybrid seeds for crops and similar agricultural inputs. He implied Russia would be facing seriously reduced agricultural yields before long. I don't know what transpired on this front since 2022. These are the little things that may be invisible to outsiders but can make a huge difference to an industry. The extreme cases are probably drug, biotech, semiconductor and photonics manufacturing where many of the production inputs are extremely specialized. Even in these areas an industry may be able to simply revert to 20 year old technology which is off patent. This is not the latest and greatest, yet technology was still very good in most sectors of the Western economy twenty years ago.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Philip Owen, @John Johnson

    The extreme cases are probably drug, biotech, semiconductor and photonics manufacturing

    I have first-hand info only about small molecule drugs (several, not many, naturally). Russia switched to internal production. Net result is that the prices for the same drug that is no longer imported dropped ~5 times. Where I can compare the same drug in the US and Russia, the effectiveness of Russian-made drug is the same as of 25-fold more expensive American.

  241. @AnonfromTN
    Street scene in Lvov in “democratic” Ukraine:
    https://t.me/boris_rozhin/119723

    Replies: @sudden death, @Mr. Hack

    Said it as if random street scenes in democratic countries might look any different occasionally;)

    • Replies: @LatW
    @sudden death

    Haha, I like the guy in the far right (pun intended), wearing sweatpants with the famous three stripes (although Northface or similar would be better) - he doesn't look too different from a working class or small town Balt (although he's probably some kind of an Anglo). Extra points for standing right next to a Nordic ornament. 😉

  242. A123 says: • Website
    @AnonfromTN
    @Derer


    Provide unbiased references
     
    That’s a tall order. Hack personage cannot possibly do it. Unbiased can be neutral, mildly anti-Ukie, or vehemently anti-Ukie. Unbiased pro-Ukie is a contradiction in terms.

    Replies: @A123

    Unbiased pro-Ukie is a contradiction in terms.

    This is not unsurprising. Anti-Semitic Ukies learned all they know from genocidal Hamas fantabulists: (1)

    The IDF has released video of the highlights of its interrogation of Palestinian Islamic Jihad spokesman Tariq Salami Otha Abu Shoulf. As IDF Lt. Col. (reserve) Peter Lerner puts it, “In his interrogation he reveals in simple terms how they organize the mass manipulation of the media.” As we have all seen over the years, it’s not too difficult. The terrorists and their allies have had it worked out for some time.

    ‼️The world media won’t broadcast this‼️

    Meet Tariq Salami Otha Abu Shoulf a spokesman for the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization. In his interrogation he reveals in simple terms how they organize the mass manipulation of the media.

    ❌ How they kept the people of Gaza focused on Israel rather than on the cost of living (due to their failed leadership and exploitation of resources only for terror and not for the people).

    ❌ How Hamas and Islamic Jihad strategize together to lie to the world media.

    ❌ How the terrorists used ambulances for movement inside the Gaza Strip.

    ❌ How and why Hamas and Islamic Jihad use hospital.

    The world media accepts what Hamas and Islamic Jihad say as the gospel, they do not understand that they are an integral part of the terrorists offensive battle plan. Hamas uses the world media as their iron dome, to prevent Israel from fulfilling our goals by manipulating minds of decent people.

    Ultimately Palestine Jews and Russians will be victorious. The genocidal Ukie/Pali nutters will eventually run out of lies.

    PEACE 😇
    ___________

    (1) https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2024/04/tariq-explains.php

    [MORE]

  243. @sudden death
    @AnonfromTN

    Said it as if random street scenes in democratic countries might look any different occasionally;)

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/08/Charlottesville_%27Unite_the_Right%27_Rally_%2835780274914%29_crop.jpg

    Replies: @LatW

    Haha, I like the guy in the far right (pun intended), wearing sweatpants with the famous three stripes (although Northface or similar would be better) – he doesn’t look too different from a working class or small town Balt (although he’s probably some kind of an Anglo). Extra points for standing right next to a Nordic ornament. 😉

  244. According to this, the Italian mafia use an execution method that was present in Mesolithic Italy.

    https://www.livescience.com/archaeology/neolithic-women-in-europe-were-tied-up-and-buried-alive-in-ritual-sacrifices-study-suggests

    I wouldn’t have guessed human sacrifice was present in the Mesolithic.

  245. @Wokechoke
    @QCIC

    He’s a half Hispanic half black American mystery meat. A minor oddity in the broad scheme.


    More interested that this was Betsy Reed’s byline.


    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy_Reed

    Replies: @Philip Owen

    There’s Irish Nationalist in there somewhere.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @Philip Owen

    Russia captured Crimea from Turkey under an Anglo-Norman Irish peer called De Lacy if I recall correctly.


    Thus it ever was.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  246. @china-russia-all-the-way
    @Philip Owen

    Your comment was intriguing so I asked ChatGPT-4 to evaluate.


    The statement involves several claims about Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), its recalibration, and its implications, particularly regarding economies with high inflation. Let's break down these claims to evaluate their accuracy:

    1. **PPP is expensive to calculate and a large, worldwide exercise:**
    - True. The International Comparison Program (ICP), which is the largest global statistical initiative under the auspices of the World Bank, undertakes the calculation of PPP. It involves gathering a vast amount of data on the prices of goods and services from many countries, which is indeed a costly and extensive exercise. The ICP collects prices in over 150 countries, making it a worldwide exercise.

    2. **The World Bank recalculates about every 5 years:**
    - True. The International Comparison Program (ICP) typically operates in cycles that span around 5 years. Past cycles have been conducted for reference years 2005, 2011, and 2017, for example, indicating a rough cadence of about every 6 years recently, though it has aimed for a 5-year cycle traditionally.

    3. **This flatters economies with high inflation:**
    - This claim is more nuanced and requires an explanation. PPP is intended to be a measure that eliminates the misleading effects of currency fluctuations and differences in price levels between countries. It provides a more accurate measure of economic size and real income by using a set of international prices to compare the purchasing power of different currencies. If PPP figures are not updated frequently, high-inflation countries could temporarily appear wealthier in real terms than they actually are, because their nominal GDP might increase rapidly due to inflation. However, the delay in updating PPP does not inherently "flatter" these economies, as PPP adjustments aim to reflect the actual purchasing power of currencies over time. The real incomes or GDPs in PPP terms would eventually be adjusted to reflect reality in the next calculation cycle, which might reveal the impact of inflation on the economy's real purchasing power. The statement's claim hinges on the timing of recalculations and the intervening economic changes, including inflation.

     

    Replies: @sudden death, @Philip Owen

    The trouble is that no one has told Putin so a 17% inflation rate is making Russia look better than it is. He plans on teh basis that Russia will be world No 4 economy.

  247. @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Almost all refinery machinery and plumbing parts can be repaired or replaced in Russia. Major exceptions might include special catalysts or filters which their engineers and chemists would have to work around. These are also the sort of specialized high tech items where sanctions can eventually take a bite. On the other hand, many of these premium items are used to give improved return on investment. If the financial situation changes due to an existential war, then profit is less important than survival and so older, less efficient technologies may be used to do most industrial tasks.

    Phillip Owen once made a similar point about Russia losing access to Western-grown hybrid seeds for crops and similar agricultural inputs. He implied Russia would be facing seriously reduced agricultural yields before long. I don't know what transpired on this front since 2022. These are the little things that may be invisible to outsiders but can make a huge difference to an industry. The extreme cases are probably drug, biotech, semiconductor and photonics manufacturing where many of the production inputs are extremely specialized. Even in these areas an industry may be able to simply revert to 20 year old technology which is off patent. This is not the latest and greatest, yet technology was still very good in most sectors of the Western economy twenty years ago.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Philip Owen, @John Johnson

    This year’s plantings will be the final test. They definitely don’t have sugar beet of any quality. The last seeds were used last year. Yields will be very low. The same with rapeseed (Canola in US) and various legumes chick peas, field beans (animal fieed).

    Sunflower should be normal for yield. Wheat too. I don’t know about soya which is important for animal feed (chickens and pigs). Soya is native to the Amur valley.

    In horticulture Russia is short of tomatoes, in fact of most greehhouse crops already. Turkey has been given special deals to encourage exports to Russia which had greatly reduced. The normal duty free season has been extended. Uzbekistan is being stripped of everything it can grow on generous terms. Chickens and egg production is struggling as the right imported breeding stock is not available. I guess pork is in trouble to but i don’t know. Prices are up so demand for meat may be sown anyway.

  248. @John Johnson
    @Aedib

    Here a kid from Mariupol explaining his pro-Russia stance, why most Mariupol people wanted Russians in and Ukrainians out

    So he is actually going to try and tell us that the non-Russian majority wanted Russian dictatorship? About as believable as a majority of Ukrainians Crimeans voting for Russian invasion in an election that the world rejected as fraudulent.

    the mental sickness of Maidan people and so on

    Mariupol didn't support the separatists. That was a different region.

    Nice try at complete bullshit though.

    Replies: @Aedib

    Mariupol didn’t support the separatists. That was a different region.

    That’s untrue.

    • Replies: @AP
    @Aedib

    Pre-war support for the separatists in Mariupol was under 50% (though it was higher there than in any other regions of eastern Ukraine such as Kharkiv).

    At the time the city was taken it may have over 50% because much of the population fled, leaving behind those more likely to support Russia.

    Replies: @Aedib, @Mr. XYZ

    , @John Johnson
    @Aedib


    Mariupol didn’t support the separatists. That was a different region.
     
    That’s untrue.

    Ok cite the year when the pro-Russian party had more than 50% of the vote.

    It wasn't a majority Russian city before Putin's invasion sham election. It was split with Ukrainians and Greeks slightly outnumbering the Russians.

    Ethnic structure in 2002
    Ethnicity Number of people Percent of population
    Ukrainian 248,683 48.7
    Russian 226,848 44.4
    Greeks 21,923 4.3

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariupol

    And their Russians were never 100% behind the pro-Russian parties.

    Your source is full of shit just like all Putin defenders. They all have to lie for a mass murdering dwarf who couldn't even keep his word on making LPR/DPR independent Republics.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  249. @AP
    @AnonfromTN

    Who said it was possible to actually destroy all of Russia’s ability to produce oil?

    Derer isn’t capable of understanding what he reads.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    AP, off-topic, but do your wife and children now feel ashamed to be RNGens (RNG = Russian National Government (State); RNGens = citizens of the RNG, based on RNGen, singular, pronounced like Rengen) considering that they are strongly critical of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which is one of your children’s ancestral homelands?

    • Replies: @AP
    @Mr. XYZ

    Of course not, individual people aren't responsible for what their nation does.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  250. @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    AP, off-topic, but do your wife and children now feel ashamed to be RNGens (RNG = Russian National Government (State); RNGens = citizens of the RNG, based on RNGen, singular, pronounced like Rengen) considering that they are strongly critical of Putin's invasion of Ukraine, which is one of your children's ancestral homelands?

    Replies: @AP

    Of course not, individual people aren’t responsible for what their nation does.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    Thanks! By that logic, I would presume that you would view it as illogical for people to hate Israelis of Jewish descent based on what Israel does, even if they disagree with some or all of it, right?

    BTW, what are your thoughts on flag burning? I'm presuming that you think that it should remain legal, but do you think that it should be criticized? Or do you think that it's a perfectly valid form of freedom of expression that should not have any stigma towards it, even when one's own national flag is being burned? And would you make any distinction between flag burning and burning religious books (generic ones, not old, historical ones from decades or centuries ago that actually do have a lot of financial value today)?

  251. @Aedib
    @John Johnson


    Mariupol didn’t support the separatists. That was a different region.
     
    That's untrue.

    Replies: @AP, @John Johnson

    Pre-war support for the separatists in Mariupol was under 50% (though it was higher there than in any other regions of eastern Ukraine such as Kharkiv).

    At the time the city was taken it may have over 50% because much of the population fled, leaving behind those more likely to support Russia.

    • Replies: @Aedib
    @AP

    Very doubtful. Just look at what he says about the toxic Ukrainian propaganda alienating Donbass population.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5hBDGE1yec

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. Hack, @Wielgus

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AP

    Thanks, AP!

    BTW, out of curiosity: Do you think that had Russia actually succeeded in conquering most or all of Ukraine (very difficult without a huge increase in Russian competence, unless of course the West would have decided to follow Philippe Lemoine's advice and throw Ukraine under the bus in order to appease Russia and then sponsor an anti-Russian insurgency there), it would have been extremely difficult for Russia to ever subsequently withdraw from there? I'm specifically looking at four factors that would have distinguished Ukraine (for Russia) from Algeria (in 1962, for France):

    1. Russians have much more sentimental attachment towards Ukrainians than French ever had towards Muslim Algerians. Right before the war, a whopping 36% of Russians supported using military force to reconquer Ukraine even without the NATO factor, with only 43% of Russians being opposed in such a scenario. (With the NATO factor/excuse, Russian support for the Ukraine invasion increased to 50%, IIRC, and opposition dropped to 25%. This is from immediate pre-war CNN polling IIRC.) In contrast, I very strongly suspect that less than 1% of French people in 1992, 30 years after Algerian independence, actually wanted France to return to Algeria, with its gigantic and still-rapidly growing Muslim population.

    2. Algerians were able to put slightly over 25,000 French troops and slightly over 5,000 pied-noir civilians in body bags over an eight-year time period. That probably contributed to French war-weariness. In contrast, I doubt that Ukrainian insurgents/terrorists would be able to kill anywhere near as many Russians and Russian collaborators in Ukraine in such a hypothetical scenario. So, the Russian public pressure for a withdrawal from Ukraine would be less.

    3. France was able to withdraw from Algeria from a position of demographic strength, undergoing an extremely long baby boom during this time. In contrast, Russia wouldn't have had that luxury, and in any case, Russia was much more demographically devastated during the 20th century than France ever was, which would have made giving up Ukraine's population an even more difficult task for Russia.

    4. I doubt that Russians would have cared anywhere near as much about huge numbers of suspected "Banderists" getting tortured as French did about huge numbers (literally hundreds of thousands, apparently) of Muslim Algerians getting tortured. (This might be true even if these tortured suspected "Banderists" would have been their own relatives. After all, in such a scenario, Russians could simply say that their own relatives should have simply stayed out of trouble and kept their heads down and that stupidity and hubris ultimately ended up dooming them.) After all, the French appear to be a more humanitarian people than the Russians are, probably in significant part because the French (other than their relatively small Jewish population) never saw anywhere near the kind of extreme brutality and deprivation during the 20th century as the Russians did. That, and Russians might be more susceptible to propaganda than French are. That's the default presumption when one compares dictatorships vs. democracies and countries with more free speech, free press, free expression, et cetera vs. countries with less of these things.

    Anyway, what do you think, AP?

  252. @AP
    @Aedib

    Pre-war support for the separatists in Mariupol was under 50% (though it was higher there than in any other regions of eastern Ukraine such as Kharkiv).

    At the time the city was taken it may have over 50% because much of the population fled, leaving behind those more likely to support Russia.

    Replies: @Aedib, @Mr. XYZ

    Very doubtful. Just look at what he says about the toxic Ukrainian propaganda alienating Donbass population.

    • Agree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @AP
    @Aedib

    That's one person's opinion.

    He said that kid in Poltava from a Russian-speaking family couldn't read in Russian - so he is a bullshitter (I haven't listened to the whole the video).

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @Mr. Hack
    @Aedib

    And the poor kid also seems to have been bombarded by typical Russian Ukrainophobic nonsense too. Our very own Professor Jannisar no doubt underwent a similar educational process when he lived in Donbas too, a breeding ground for way too many janissaries.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @Wielgus
    @Aedib

    I remember watching Russian TV online when Mariupol fell to the Russians. Russian soldiers entered an empty but more or less intact school building. In a cellar they found boxes of Ukrainian-Russian dictionaries. Mariupol is predominantly Russian-speaking - the dictionaries presumably featured in efforts to switch the language of people from Russian to Ukrainian.

    Replies: @Europe Europa

  253. @AnonfromTN
    Street scene in Lvov in “democratic” Ukraine:
    https://t.me/boris_rozhin/119723

    Replies: @sudden death, @Mr. Hack

    Professor, you needn’t spend hours searching the internet in able to locate one lone woman wearing a Nazi T-shirt in Lviv. Plenty of Nazis were seen marching through the downtown streets of your hometown in Nashville, not more than a month ago:

  254. @AP
    @Mr. XYZ

    Of course not, individual people aren't responsible for what their nation does.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    Thanks! By that logic, I would presume that you would view it as illogical for people to hate Israelis of Jewish descent based on what Israel does, even if they disagree with some or all of it, right?

    BTW, what are your thoughts on flag burning? I’m presuming that you think that it should remain legal, but do you think that it should be criticized? Or do you think that it’s a perfectly valid form of freedom of expression that should not have any stigma towards it, even when one’s own national flag is being burned? And would you make any distinction between flag burning and burning religious books (generic ones, not old, historical ones from decades or centuries ago that actually do have a lot of financial value today)?

  255. @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Almost all refinery machinery and plumbing parts can be repaired or replaced in Russia. Major exceptions might include special catalysts or filters which their engineers and chemists would have to work around. These are also the sort of specialized high tech items where sanctions can eventually take a bite. On the other hand, many of these premium items are used to give improved return on investment. If the financial situation changes due to an existential war, then profit is less important than survival and so older, less efficient technologies may be used to do most industrial tasks.

    Phillip Owen once made a similar point about Russia losing access to Western-grown hybrid seeds for crops and similar agricultural inputs. He implied Russia would be facing seriously reduced agricultural yields before long. I don't know what transpired on this front since 2022. These are the little things that may be invisible to outsiders but can make a huge difference to an industry. The extreme cases are probably drug, biotech, semiconductor and photonics manufacturing where many of the production inputs are extremely specialized. Even in these areas an industry may be able to simply revert to 20 year old technology which is off patent. This is not the latest and greatest, yet technology was still very good in most sectors of the Western economy twenty years ago.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Philip Owen, @John Johnson

    Almost all refinery machinery and plumbing parts can be repaired or replaced in Russia.

    Good lord do you think I just make stuff up? Do you assume everyone is like you and lives in a bubble?

    All you had to do was Google “refineries parts sanctions”

    Russia Faces Challenges in Refinery Repairs Amid Sanctions
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/russia-faces-challenges-in-refinery-repairs-amid-sanctions/ar-BB1l6aEH

    Excerpt:
    Historically, Western firms such as UOP from the United States and ABB from Switzerland have been key suppliers of parts and equipment to major Russian refineries. However, following the Ukrainian invasion, these companies have ceased fulfilling new orders from Russia. Consequently, local engineers are now grappling with the task of sourcing spare parts and equipment from alternative avenues.

    This might blow your mind but some of us read first and develop opinions afterwards, not the reverse.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson


    Historically, Western firms such as UOP from the United States and ABB from Switzerland have been key suppliers of parts and equipment to major Russian refineries. However, following the Ukrainian invasion, these companies have ceased fulfilling new orders from Russia. Consequently, local engineers are now grappling with the task of sourcing spare parts and equipment from alternative avenues.
     
    What about having Russia rely on Chinese, Indian, or other Third World engineers to help them deal with this? Is that possible at all? Serious question, BTW.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

    , @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Yes, I think you are either extremely gullible or make up 66.6% of everything you write. You then cherry pick Western MSM to support your points. Sometimes this turns out to be valid, but in your case sometimes is less than 50/50. I am familiar with many Russian technologies, more than your average Western commenter. This doesn't make me an expert but I can still add 2+2 = 4. I know that building refinery parts is much easier than building nuclear equipment, submarines, spacecraft and high performance aircraft. This is obvious. Of course doing these things locally will be more work and take longer than buying from ABB, UOP or whoever. It also contributes to reshoring those industries back to Russia. The cost is probably less than buying Western support. I didn't even mention the international black market.

    I am arguing against the "country posing as a gas station" trope. I think US leaders mistaken acceptance of this ridiculous notion mades the West more likely to bumble into WW3. I want to avoid this. The Russian petroleum industry is about 200 years old. According to wiki, Russia produced half the world output in Azerbaijan as long ago as the beginning of the 20th century. This is not some third world country like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela or Nigeria which has no indigenous oil patch technology. Many people remember that the USSR drilled the deepest borehole (well) in the world in 1979. Sure, times have changed. But they can easily fix a few existing refineries with no outside help. They can probably get outside help anyway, so this is not a real problem.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  256. @Aedib
    @AP

    Very doubtful. Just look at what he says about the toxic Ukrainian propaganda alienating Donbass population.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5hBDGE1yec

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. Hack, @Wielgus

    That’s one person’s opinion.

    He said that kid in Poltava from a Russian-speaking family couldn’t read in Russian – so he is a bullshitter (I haven’t listened to the whole the video).

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    AP, you misunderstood what the kid was saying at 5:07. He was pointing out that the forced Ukrainization and heavy-handed displacement of Russian culture was happening very quickly. He said that by 2021 a cousin from a Russian family in Poltava could not even read Russian. Meaning that the kid had been taught Ukrainian in school. It is taken for granted this was against the wishes of the family. The last part of the video is good. Offhandedly, he confirms many of the harsh things our Russian-minded commenters have been writing for years.

    He seems like a good person trying to grow up in a bombed out region. I recommend listening to the video with an open mind.

    Replies: @AP

  257. @Aedib
    @John Johnson


    Mariupol didn’t support the separatists. That was a different region.
     
    That's untrue.

    Replies: @AP, @John Johnson

    Mariupol didn’t support the separatists. That was a different region.

    That’s untrue.

    Ok cite the year when the pro-Russian party had more than 50% of the vote.

    It wasn’t a majority Russian city before Putin’s invasion sham election. It was split with Ukrainians and Greeks slightly outnumbering the Russians.

    Ethnic structure in 2002
    Ethnicity Number of people Percent of population
    Ukrainian 248,683 48.7
    Russian 226,848 44.4
    Greeks 21,923 4.3

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariupol

    And their Russians were never 100% behind the pro-Russian parties.

    Your source is full of shit just like all Putin defenders. They all have to lie for a mass murdering dwarf who couldn’t even keep his word on making LPR/DPR independent Republics.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson


    who couldn’t even keep his word on making LPR/DPR independent Republics.
     
    That approach didn't work so well between 2014 and 2022, did it? Ditto for Transnistria. This isn't pre-WWII Danzig, with international recognition of their new status. If they're going to be unrecognized, incorporating them into Russia would be better from a Russian nationalist POV. Of course, Ukraine would quite rightfully object to that.

    The best thing to ever come out of the Donbass was DonMak lol. Seriously.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  258. @Mr. Hack
    @Derer

    "unbiased references", for what? This is not a peer reviewed forum or professional research site. Get real, you're looking like a horse's derriere once again. :-)

    Replies: @Derer

    But careful, brace now…! because you will have our resident troll and poet, our philosopher and critically scrutinizing and obsessed censor, our haughty and supercilious and frustrated author and commenter, our world reformer – the one and only, the inimitable ‘Mr. Hack’ (probably a misplaced person or an eternal loser) – coming after you.

    • Troll: Mr. Hack
  259. @Aedib
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UfufoFZoaY

    Here a kid from Mariupol explaining his pro-Russia stance, why most Mariupol people wanted Russians in and Ukrainians out, the mental sickness of Maidan people and so on. He also has in his site a lot of videos explaining his thinking, the change of Mariupol after the city liberation and so on. Very interesting.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @LatW

    Did you ask these ones if they wanted the Russian world? Especially the one that’s bundled up in the basement (starts at 1:00) and the one on the gurney? Or the ones who lay buried in their gardens?

    Watch – do not look away. So that you know who you are supporting.

  260. @Aedib
    @AP

    Very doubtful. Just look at what he says about the toxic Ukrainian propaganda alienating Donbass population.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5hBDGE1yec

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. Hack, @Wielgus

    And the poor kid also seems to have been bombarded by typical Russian Ukrainophobic nonsense too. Our very own Professor Jannisar no doubt underwent a similar educational process when he lived in Donbas too, a breeding ground for way too many janissaries.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Mr. Hack


    And the poor kid also seems to have been bombarded by typical Russian Ukrainophobic nonsense too.
     
    The sum total of pro-Ukies reaction to the video of this Mariupol kid reminds me of a Russian joke.

    A woman comes to her neighbor to get back a pot she has lent her. Neighbor says: first, I never borrowed it; second, I returned it a long time ago; third, that pot was cracked.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  261. @John Johnson
    @Aedib


    Mariupol didn’t support the separatists. That was a different region.
     
    That’s untrue.

    Ok cite the year when the pro-Russian party had more than 50% of the vote.

    It wasn't a majority Russian city before Putin's invasion sham election. It was split with Ukrainians and Greeks slightly outnumbering the Russians.

    Ethnic structure in 2002
    Ethnicity Number of people Percent of population
    Ukrainian 248,683 48.7
    Russian 226,848 44.4
    Greeks 21,923 4.3

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariupol

    And their Russians were never 100% behind the pro-Russian parties.

    Your source is full of shit just like all Putin defenders. They all have to lie for a mass murdering dwarf who couldn't even keep his word on making LPR/DPR independent Republics.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    who couldn’t even keep his word on making LPR/DPR independent Republics.

    That approach didn’t work so well between 2014 and 2022, did it? Ditto for Transnistria. This isn’t pre-WWII Danzig, with international recognition of their new status. If they’re going to be unrecognized, incorporating them into Russia would be better from a Russian nationalist POV. Of course, Ukraine would quite rightfully object to that.

    The best thing to ever come out of the Donbass was DonMak lol. Seriously.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    who couldn’t even keep his word on making LPR/DPR independent Republics.

    That approach didn’t work so well between 2014 and 2022, did it? Ditto for Transnistria. This isn’t pre-WWII Danzig, with international recognition of their new status. If they’re going to be unrecognized, incorporating them into Russia would be better from a Russian nationalist POV.

    Well he made the promise and signed his name. He obviously thought it was a good idea at the time.

    In any case that still doesn't provide an excuse for him not making them republics within Russia:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republics_of_Russia

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  262. It seems like the GOP overturning Roe v. Wade and banning race-based affirmative action might work wonders for the Democrats. The former is self-explanatory, but the latter could allow the Democrats to embrace class-based/need-based affirmative action, which could possibly allow them to pull back some white working-class voters into their tent. Such affirmative action would still undermine meritocracy, but at least smart working-class whites would have a much larger personal stake in preserving it and supporting it. And it would also help actually needy blacks and Hispanics rather than upper-class blacks and Hispanics like it currently/previously does/did.

  263. @John Johnson
    @QCIC

    Almost all refinery machinery and plumbing parts can be repaired or replaced in Russia.

    Good lord do you think I just make stuff up? Do you assume everyone is like you and lives in a bubble?

    All you had to do was Google "refineries parts sanctions"

    Russia Faces Challenges in Refinery Repairs Amid Sanctions
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/russia-faces-challenges-in-refinery-repairs-amid-sanctions/ar-BB1l6aEH

    Excerpt:
    Historically, Western firms such as UOP from the United States and ABB from Switzerland have been key suppliers of parts and equipment to major Russian refineries. However, following the Ukrainian invasion, these companies have ceased fulfilling new orders from Russia. Consequently, local engineers are now grappling with the task of sourcing spare parts and equipment from alternative avenues.

    This might blow your mind but some of us read first and develop opinions afterwards, not the reverse.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @QCIC

    Historically, Western firms such as UOP from the United States and ABB from Switzerland have been key suppliers of parts and equipment to major Russian refineries. However, following the Ukrainian invasion, these companies have ceased fulfilling new orders from Russia. Consequently, local engineers are now grappling with the task of sourcing spare parts and equipment from alternative avenues.

    What about having Russia rely on Chinese, Indian, or other Third World engineers to help them deal with this? Is that possible at all? Serious question, BTW.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @Mr. XYZ

    Look at who Made Crimea Russian Again.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5dBQe05XSBQ


    An on the run Irish peer.

  264. @Mr. Hack
    @Aedib

    And the poor kid also seems to have been bombarded by typical Russian Ukrainophobic nonsense too. Our very own Professor Jannisar no doubt underwent a similar educational process when he lived in Donbas too, a breeding ground for way too many janissaries.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    And the poor kid also seems to have been bombarded by typical Russian Ukrainophobic nonsense too.

    The sum total of pro-Ukies reaction to the video of this Mariupol kid reminds me of a Russian joke.

    A woman comes to her neighbor to get back a pot she has lent her. Neighbor says: first, I never borrowed it; second, I returned it a long time ago; third, that pot was cracked.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @AnonfromTN

    No joke intended.

  265. @AnonfromTN
    @Mr. Hack


    And the poor kid also seems to have been bombarded by typical Russian Ukrainophobic nonsense too.
     
    The sum total of pro-Ukies reaction to the video of this Mariupol kid reminds me of a Russian joke.

    A woman comes to her neighbor to get back a pot she has lent her. Neighbor says: first, I never borrowed it; second, I returned it a long time ago; third, that pot was cracked.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    No joke intended.

  266. @Philip Owen
    @Wokechoke

    There's Irish Nationalist in there somewhere.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

    Russia captured Crimea from Turkey under an Anglo-Norman Irish peer called De Lacy if I recall correctly.

    Thus it ever was.

    • Agree: Philip Owen
    • Thanks: Mr. XYZ
    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @Wokechoke

    Quite interesting just how large of a role Westerners have played in Russian history over the centuries. Catherine the Great was a German, the guy who captured Crimea for Russia was an Anglo-Norman Irish nobleman, and even the guy who came up with the idea that Russians and Ukrainians are one people was a Prussian-born ethnic German lol:

    https://time.com/6693504/vladimir-putin-history-myths-russia-ukraine-debunked/


    Describing Ukrainians as Russians started back in the 17th century. The first person who did it was a German monk named Innokenty Gizel; a native of Königsberg who grew up in a Protestant family but moved to Kyiv in his youth and embraced Orthodoxy. At that time Ukraine was a part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

    Gizel considered Muslims, that is, the Ottoman Empire, as well as the West, the Catholics, in particular those in Poland and the Jesuit order, to be a great threat to Orthodoxy, his beloved Kyiv, and the entire Ukraine. And he was more than an ordinary monk, he was an abbot of Kyiv’s main monastery, an important political figure. So he decided to find a reliable political partner, the Moscow Tsar.

    So he wrote a book. Not a historical study, rather a tool, or weapon, for diplomatic negotiations. Innokenty’s target audience was Moscow-based diplomats—to exert moral pressure on them. He needed to induce the Muscovite tsar to enter into a military alliance with the Ukrainians and give them security guarantees in their war against Poland. He tinkered with history to achieve the desired end result: to prove that Kyiv and Moscow were directly related and hence the Muscovite tsar was duty bound to assist Kyiv.

    In the early 17th-century, the tsardom of Russia (also known as Muscovy) looked nothing like a Great Empire. On the contrary it was considered weak and unable to protect its own borders. The fact is that the country cannot move on from the reign of Ivan the Terrible, who sat on the throne for fifty years, the longest-serving ruler in Russian history (not even Putin will beat that…). After his death, in 1584, society remained crushed and demoralized for decades to come. Polish troops occupied Moscow for a long period of time. Then a Russian militia recaptured Moscow and the Poles retreated. However, for a long time to come, the Muscovite rulers will assiduously abstain from campaigns of conquest—and were not willing to declare war on the Poles to assist Ukrainians.

    Innokenty Gizel has never been to Moscow, but his aim was to create the illusion that it and Kyiv share a common history. A modern-day critic might say that the Prussian-born Innokenty invented what today is known as russkiy mir (the Russian world)—but that would not be entirely accurate. In essence, he invented a single nation, supposedly with a common history. And this Rus is inhabited by a single people, Gizel claims.

    In his book he made a connection and subordinated all historical logic to it. In his world view, Kyiv was once the capital of some abstract supranational Russia. Then it was Moscow.

    For contemporaries of Innokenty Gizel, this revision of history is nothing short of revolutionary. Moreover, he claims the existence of an all-embracing “pan-Russian Orthodox people,” uniting all the East Slavs (the forebears of modern-day Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians) under one umbrella. Moscow, incidentally, thought otherwise. The Muscovite Orthodox Church did not even consider the Christians of Kyiv to be coreligionists. If a resident of the city in the seventeenth century wanted to move to Moscow, he must have been rebaptized, as Muscovite priests considered Ukrainian Orthodoxy to be a different faith.

    Innokenty Gizel’s tendentious tome was published under the title Synopsis. It quickly transcended immediate political interests and unexpectedly became a bestseller of the day. Naturally, Synopsis greatly appealed to Alexis Romanov, the Russian tsar at the time.

    A second, then third, edition of Synopsis was published. Translations into Latin and Greek soon followed. Finally, under the next Russian tsar, Alexis’s son the future Peter the Great, Synopsis became in the 1700s the standard textbook on Russian history. Over the coming centuries, Synopsis would form the blueprint for Russian scholars (Vasily Tatishchev, Nikolay Karamzin, Sergey Solovyov, Vasily Klyuchevsky, et al.) in penning their own versions of Russian history. And in the 21st-century Putin would believe it and would propagandize this myth.
     
  267. @John Johnson
    @QCIC

    Almost all refinery machinery and plumbing parts can be repaired or replaced in Russia.

    Good lord do you think I just make stuff up? Do you assume everyone is like you and lives in a bubble?

    All you had to do was Google "refineries parts sanctions"

    Russia Faces Challenges in Refinery Repairs Amid Sanctions
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/russia-faces-challenges-in-refinery-repairs-amid-sanctions/ar-BB1l6aEH

    Excerpt:
    Historically, Western firms such as UOP from the United States and ABB from Switzerland have been key suppliers of parts and equipment to major Russian refineries. However, following the Ukrainian invasion, these companies have ceased fulfilling new orders from Russia. Consequently, local engineers are now grappling with the task of sourcing spare parts and equipment from alternative avenues.

    This might blow your mind but some of us read first and develop opinions afterwards, not the reverse.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @QCIC

    Yes, I think you are either extremely gullible or make up 66.6% of everything you write. You then cherry pick Western MSM to support your points. Sometimes this turns out to be valid, but in your case sometimes is less than 50/50. I am familiar with many Russian technologies, more than your average Western commenter. This doesn’t make me an expert but I can still add 2+2 = 4. I know that building refinery parts is much easier than building nuclear equipment, submarines, spacecraft and high performance aircraft. This is obvious. Of course doing these things locally will be more work and take longer than buying from ABB, UOP or whoever. It also contributes to reshoring those industries back to Russia. The cost is probably less than buying Western support. I didn’t even mention the international black market.

    I am arguing against the “country posing as a gas station” trope. I think US leaders mistaken acceptance of this ridiculous notion mades the West more likely to bumble into WW3. I want to avoid this. The Russian petroleum industry is about 200 years old. According to wiki, Russia produced half the world output in Azerbaijan as long ago as the beginning of the 20th century. This is not some third world country like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela or Nigeria which has no indigenous oil patch technology. Many people remember that the USSR drilled the deepest borehole (well) in the world in 1979. Sure, times have changed. But they can easily fix a few existing refineries with no outside help. They can probably get outside help anyway, so this is not a real problem.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @QCIC

    Yes, I think you are either extremely gullible or make up 66.6% of everything you write. You then cherry pick Western MSM to support your points.

    How was I cherry picking? I cited an article that explained how it would be difficult for Russia to repair their refineries. You didn't cite any articles and went entirely into speculation.

    Unlike you I don't take a position of absolution. I accept it is possible for Russia to somehow repair these refineries but all available evidence suggests it will be a problem.

    Skepticism of the MSM is warranted but isolating yourself to a few small media sources that are technically unable to cover the scope of the war is voluntary ignorance.

    Russia currently has grounded planes because they can't order spare parts. When this war started I had Putin's fans tell me that they would be able to order any spare part from China. I explained how that doesn't make sense as China cannot create any part on demand. I know this from experience as I had a very common brand dishwasher and was unable to order a replacement part. Why would anyone assume that Russia could order highly specialized industrial parts for plane and refineries?

    The Russian petroleum industry is about 200 years old. According to wiki, Russia produced half the world output in Azerbaijan as long ago as the beginning of the 20th century. This is not some third world country like Saudi Arabia

    It's more of a second world country and it was already pointed out that they increased their reliance on Western technology after the fall of the USSR.

    Have a look at their import list for yourself:
    https://www.worldstopexports.com/russias-top-10-imports/?expand_article=1

    Machinery including computers: US$34.8 billion (17.9% of total imports)
    Electrical machinery, equipment: $20.9 billion (10.8%)
    Vehicles: $14.5 billion (7.4%)
    Pharmaceuticals: $13.8 billion (7.1%)
    Plastics, plastic articles: $8.7 billion (4.5%)

    They're dependent on Western machinery, technology and medicine. We can all see that you have a man-crush on Putin and Russia but facts are facts. The USSR may have had an advanced space program but by the 1980s their computer technology was entirely Western driven. I think you are over-idealizing a country that after this war will have a GDP the size of Mexico. How many Russian cars have you driven lately? Or how many Russian planes have you flown in? Please stop trad-con idealizing this totalitarian state where outhouses are common in rural areas. 1950's America had better sanitation in rural areas. Russia has always been a bastardized mix of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It isn't what you want it to be.

    Replies: @QCIC

  268. @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson


    who couldn’t even keep his word on making LPR/DPR independent Republics.
     
    That approach didn't work so well between 2014 and 2022, did it? Ditto for Transnistria. This isn't pre-WWII Danzig, with international recognition of their new status. If they're going to be unrecognized, incorporating them into Russia would be better from a Russian nationalist POV. Of course, Ukraine would quite rightfully object to that.

    The best thing to ever come out of the Donbass was DonMak lol. Seriously.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    who couldn’t even keep his word on making LPR/DPR independent Republics.

    That approach didn’t work so well between 2014 and 2022, did it? Ditto for Transnistria. This isn’t pre-WWII Danzig, with international recognition of their new status. If they’re going to be unrecognized, incorporating them into Russia would be better from a Russian nationalist POV.

    Well he made the promise and signed his name. He obviously thought it was a good idea at the time.

    In any case that still doesn’t provide an excuse for him not making them republics within Russia:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republics_of_Russia

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Completely agreed that they should have been made republics within Russia.

  269. @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Yes, I think you are either extremely gullible or make up 66.6% of everything you write. You then cherry pick Western MSM to support your points. Sometimes this turns out to be valid, but in your case sometimes is less than 50/50. I am familiar with many Russian technologies, more than your average Western commenter. This doesn't make me an expert but I can still add 2+2 = 4. I know that building refinery parts is much easier than building nuclear equipment, submarines, spacecraft and high performance aircraft. This is obvious. Of course doing these things locally will be more work and take longer than buying from ABB, UOP or whoever. It also contributes to reshoring those industries back to Russia. The cost is probably less than buying Western support. I didn't even mention the international black market.

    I am arguing against the "country posing as a gas station" trope. I think US leaders mistaken acceptance of this ridiculous notion mades the West more likely to bumble into WW3. I want to avoid this. The Russian petroleum industry is about 200 years old. According to wiki, Russia produced half the world output in Azerbaijan as long ago as the beginning of the 20th century. This is not some third world country like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela or Nigeria which has no indigenous oil patch technology. Many people remember that the USSR drilled the deepest borehole (well) in the world in 1979. Sure, times have changed. But they can easily fix a few existing refineries with no outside help. They can probably get outside help anyway, so this is not a real problem.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Yes, I think you are either extremely gullible or make up 66.6% of everything you write. You then cherry pick Western MSM to support your points.

    How was I cherry picking? I cited an article that explained how it would be difficult for Russia to repair their refineries. You didn’t cite any articles and went entirely into speculation.

    Unlike you I don’t take a position of absolution. I accept it is possible for Russia to somehow repair these refineries but all available evidence suggests it will be a problem.

    Skepticism of the MSM is warranted but isolating yourself to a few small media sources that are technically unable to cover the scope of the war is voluntary ignorance.

    Russia currently has grounded planes because they can’t order spare parts. When this war started I had Putin’s fans tell me that they would be able to order any spare part from China. I explained how that doesn’t make sense as China cannot create any part on demand. I know this from experience as I had a very common brand dishwasher and was unable to order a replacement part. Why would anyone assume that Russia could order highly specialized industrial parts for plane and refineries?

    The Russian petroleum industry is about 200 years old. According to wiki, Russia produced half the world output in Azerbaijan as long ago as the beginning of the 20th century. This is not some third world country like Saudi Arabia

    It’s more of a second world country and it was already pointed out that they increased their reliance on Western technology after the fall of the USSR.

    Have a look at their import list for yourself:
    https://www.worldstopexports.com/russias-top-10-imports/?expand_article=1

    Machinery including computers: US$34.8 billion (17.9% of total imports)
    Electrical machinery, equipment: $20.9 billion (10.8%)
    Vehicles: $14.5 billion (7.4%)
    Pharmaceuticals: $13.8 billion (7.1%)
    Plastics, plastic articles: $8.7 billion (4.5%)

    They’re dependent on Western machinery, technology and medicine. We can all see that you have a man-crush on Putin and Russia but facts are facts. The USSR may have had an advanced space program but by the 1980s their computer technology was entirely Western driven. I think you are over-idealizing a country that after this war will have a GDP the size of Mexico. How many Russian cars have you driven lately? Or how many Russian planes have you flown in? Please stop trad-con idealizing this totalitarian state where outhouses are common in rural areas. 1950’s America had better sanitation in rural areas. Russia has always been a bastardized mix of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It isn’t what you want it to be.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    I write about Russian technical capabilities because I don't want the West to start a completely immoral World War Three, especially since the blood will be partially on our hands as American citizens.

    I am familiar with Russian imports. I was a bit confused about the gaps between Russian military development and production until as recently as six months ago. I think it is very interesting how they have prioritized production of extremely expensive strategic weapons over tactical weapons. After seeing the West drooling for blood since 2014 I recognize the Russian planners probably made the correct choice on where to spend limited funds.

    The point someone made about Chinese or even Russian spare parts for Western aircraft is silly because of the way planes are certified, leased and insured. Russians can refurbish and rebuild many Western spares as long as they have piece parts on the shelf, such as bearings, seals and whatever bits wear out. It is very unlikely they will produce and qualify most substitute parts for Western planes. They will try to buy as many as possible on the black market. Eventually they may be forced to build some of these parts from scratch, but they would much prefer to roll out new-build Russian aircraft or even revive old mothballed Soviet planes. As far as I know the main Western aircraft parts made in Russia were critical titanium and aluminum forgings, aluminum heat exchangers and some turbine blades. They are rebuilding the industrial base to make greater than 90% of the commercial aircraft parts inside the country for the new Russian planes as they did prior to 1991. I don't know if the Chinese make any significant parts for Western aircraft.

    The refinery business is also heavily restricted by certification, insurance and safety practices similar to airliners. I think the rules are a bit broader (less specific) than for commercial jets. Russia has been able to keep the third largest oil production chain in the world going in the face of serious sanctions for two years, with some sanctions going back to 2014. I don't think recovering from the refinery problems will be too bad and the Chinese and Indians do manufacture parts for refineries. But we don't have to guess, just wait a few months.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  270. How an Irishman on the run from the Hanoverian ruled English, Made Crimea Russia Again.

  271. @AP
    @Aedib

    That's one person's opinion.

    He said that kid in Poltava from a Russian-speaking family couldn't read in Russian - so he is a bullshitter (I haven't listened to the whole the video).

    Replies: @QCIC

    AP, you misunderstood what the kid was saying at 5:07. He was pointing out that the forced Ukrainization and heavy-handed displacement of Russian culture was happening very quickly. He said that by 2021 a cousin from a Russian family in Poltava could not even read Russian. Meaning that the kid had been taught Ukrainian in school. It is taken for granted this was against the wishes of the family. The last part of the video is good. Offhandedly, he confirms many of the harsh things our Russian-minded commenters have been writing for years.

    He seems like a good person trying to grow up in a bombed out region. I recommend listening to the video with an open mind.

    • Replies: @AP
    @QCIC


    He said that by 2021 a cousin from a Russian family in Poltava could not even read Russian
     
    Which is impossible because the two languages have the same alphabet with the exception of a couple of letters, they are rather similar anyways, and his Russian-speaking family would have had Russian language books around the house. No one from a Russian-speaking family would be unable to read Russian because in school they learned и instead of ы and і instead of и.

    It's like someone from a Portuguese-speaking family claiming they can't read Portuguese because they went to a Spanish school.

    It's bullshit aimed at gullible and ignorant Westerners.


    It is taken for granted this was against the wishes of the family
     
    That makes the story even more obviously fake. If the parents cared, they would have read to their kid in Russian which would have been enough for the kid to read. My kids went to English-language schools in the USA and read Russian fine. But you think a kid from a Russian-speaking family in Ukraine where schools teach a similar language with a similar Cyrillic alphabet can't read Russian. Lol.

    Offhandedly, he confirms many of the harsh things our Russian-minded commenters have been writing for years.
     
    Or rather, a bullshitter repeats bullshit you have heard for years.

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

  272. @AP
    @Aedib

    Pre-war support for the separatists in Mariupol was under 50% (though it was higher there than in any other regions of eastern Ukraine such as Kharkiv).

    At the time the city was taken it may have over 50% because much of the population fled, leaving behind those more likely to support Russia.

    Replies: @Aedib, @Mr. XYZ

    Thanks, AP!

    BTW, out of curiosity: Do you think that had Russia actually succeeded in conquering most or all of Ukraine (very difficult without a huge increase in Russian competence, unless of course the West would have decided to follow Philippe Lemoine’s advice and throw Ukraine under the bus in order to appease Russia and then sponsor an anti-Russian insurgency there), it would have been extremely difficult for Russia to ever subsequently withdraw from there? I’m specifically looking at four factors that would have distinguished Ukraine (for Russia) from Algeria (in 1962, for France):

    1. Russians have much more sentimental attachment towards Ukrainians than French ever had towards Muslim Algerians. Right before the war, a whopping 36% of Russians supported using military force to reconquer Ukraine even without the NATO factor, with only 43% of Russians being opposed in such a scenario. (With the NATO factor/excuse, Russian support for the Ukraine invasion increased to 50%, IIRC, and opposition dropped to 25%. This is from immediate pre-war CNN polling IIRC.) In contrast, I very strongly suspect that less than 1% of French people in 1992, 30 years after Algerian independence, actually wanted France to return to Algeria, with its gigantic and still-rapidly growing Muslim population.

    2. Algerians were able to put slightly over 25,000 French troops and slightly over 5,000 pied-noir civilians in body bags over an eight-year time period. That probably contributed to French war-weariness. In contrast, I doubt that Ukrainian insurgents/terrorists would be able to kill anywhere near as many Russians and Russian collaborators in Ukraine in such a hypothetical scenario. So, the Russian public pressure for a withdrawal from Ukraine would be less.

    3. France was able to withdraw from Algeria from a position of demographic strength, undergoing an extremely long baby boom during this time. In contrast, Russia wouldn’t have had that luxury, and in any case, Russia was much more demographically devastated during the 20th century than France ever was, which would have made giving up Ukraine’s population an even more difficult task for Russia.

    4. I doubt that Russians would have cared anywhere near as much about huge numbers of suspected “Banderists” getting tortured as French did about huge numbers (literally hundreds of thousands, apparently) of Muslim Algerians getting tortured. (This might be true even if these tortured suspected “Banderists” would have been their own relatives. After all, in such a scenario, Russians could simply say that their own relatives should have simply stayed out of trouble and kept their heads down and that stupidity and hubris ultimately ended up dooming them.) After all, the French appear to be a more humanitarian people than the Russians are, probably in significant part because the French (other than their relatively small Jewish population) never saw anywhere near the kind of extreme brutality and deprivation during the 20th century as the Russians did. That, and Russians might be more susceptible to propaganda than French are. That’s the default presumption when one compares dictatorships vs. democracies and countries with more free speech, free press, free expression, et cetera vs. countries with less of these things.

    Anyway, what do you think, AP?

  273. @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson


    Historically, Western firms such as UOP from the United States and ABB from Switzerland have been key suppliers of parts and equipment to major Russian refineries. However, following the Ukrainian invasion, these companies have ceased fulfilling new orders from Russia. Consequently, local engineers are now grappling with the task of sourcing spare parts and equipment from alternative avenues.
     
    What about having Russia rely on Chinese, Indian, or other Third World engineers to help them deal with this? Is that possible at all? Serious question, BTW.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

    Look at who Made Crimea Russian Again.

    An on the run Irish peer.

  274. @John Johnson
    @QCIC

    Yes, I think you are either extremely gullible or make up 66.6% of everything you write. You then cherry pick Western MSM to support your points.

    How was I cherry picking? I cited an article that explained how it would be difficult for Russia to repair their refineries. You didn't cite any articles and went entirely into speculation.

    Unlike you I don't take a position of absolution. I accept it is possible for Russia to somehow repair these refineries but all available evidence suggests it will be a problem.

    Skepticism of the MSM is warranted but isolating yourself to a few small media sources that are technically unable to cover the scope of the war is voluntary ignorance.

    Russia currently has grounded planes because they can't order spare parts. When this war started I had Putin's fans tell me that they would be able to order any spare part from China. I explained how that doesn't make sense as China cannot create any part on demand. I know this from experience as I had a very common brand dishwasher and was unable to order a replacement part. Why would anyone assume that Russia could order highly specialized industrial parts for plane and refineries?

    The Russian petroleum industry is about 200 years old. According to wiki, Russia produced half the world output in Azerbaijan as long ago as the beginning of the 20th century. This is not some third world country like Saudi Arabia

    It's more of a second world country and it was already pointed out that they increased their reliance on Western technology after the fall of the USSR.

    Have a look at their import list for yourself:
    https://www.worldstopexports.com/russias-top-10-imports/?expand_article=1

    Machinery including computers: US$34.8 billion (17.9% of total imports)
    Electrical machinery, equipment: $20.9 billion (10.8%)
    Vehicles: $14.5 billion (7.4%)
    Pharmaceuticals: $13.8 billion (7.1%)
    Plastics, plastic articles: $8.7 billion (4.5%)

    They're dependent on Western machinery, technology and medicine. We can all see that you have a man-crush on Putin and Russia but facts are facts. The USSR may have had an advanced space program but by the 1980s their computer technology was entirely Western driven. I think you are over-idealizing a country that after this war will have a GDP the size of Mexico. How many Russian cars have you driven lately? Or how many Russian planes have you flown in? Please stop trad-con idealizing this totalitarian state where outhouses are common in rural areas. 1950's America had better sanitation in rural areas. Russia has always been a bastardized mix of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It isn't what you want it to be.

    Replies: @QCIC

    I write about Russian technical capabilities because I don’t want the West to start a completely immoral World War Three, especially since the blood will be partially on our hands as American citizens.

    I am familiar with Russian imports. I was a bit confused about the gaps between Russian military development and production until as recently as six months ago. I think it is very interesting how they have prioritized production of extremely expensive strategic weapons over tactical weapons. After seeing the West drooling for blood since 2014 I recognize the Russian planners probably made the correct choice on where to spend limited funds.

    The point someone made about Chinese or even Russian spare parts for Western aircraft is silly because of the way planes are certified, leased and insured. Russians can refurbish and rebuild many Western spares as long as they have piece parts on the shelf, such as bearings, seals and whatever bits wear out. It is very unlikely they will produce and qualify most substitute parts for Western planes. They will try to buy as many as possible on the black market. Eventually they may be forced to build some of these parts from scratch, but they would much prefer to roll out new-build Russian aircraft or even revive old mothballed Soviet planes. As far as I know the main Western aircraft parts made in Russia were critical titanium and aluminum forgings, aluminum heat exchangers and some turbine blades. They are rebuilding the industrial base to make greater than 90% of the commercial aircraft parts inside the country for the new Russian planes as they did prior to 1991. I don’t know if the Chinese make any significant parts for Western aircraft.

    The refinery business is also heavily restricted by certification, insurance and safety practices similar to airliners. I think the rules are a bit broader (less specific) than for commercial jets. Russia has been able to keep the third largest oil production chain in the world going in the face of serious sanctions for two years, with some sanctions going back to 2014. I don’t think recovering from the refinery problems will be too bad and the Chinese and Indians do manufacture parts for refineries. But we don’t have to guess, just wait a few months.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @QCIC

    The point someone made about Chinese or even Russian spare parts for Western aircraft is silly because of the way planes are certified, leased and insured.

    The point someone made? This isn't subjective or speculative.

    If you would break out of your pro-Putin information bubble you would know this is not only a problem for Russia but old news.

    Russia forced to strip grounded aircraft for parts as Western sanctions over Ukraine bite hard
    https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/08/08/russia-forced-to-strip-grounded-aircraft-for-parts-as-western-sanctions-over-ukraine-bite-

    I was told by Putin's fans at the start of the war that Russia could import any spare part from China. That's in my history.

    I'm not saying that was you but I had multiple posters give me this 1-800-CHINA4PARTS argument that proved to be wishful thinking and never made sense. China produces a lot of parts but that doesn't mean they maintain every spare part in existence and especially when said parts are not publicly specified. This should be common sense. HEHROH CHINA please send me a replacement drive shaft for my DeutchMan industrial drill. What do you mean you don't know what that is? At least a dozen oil drilling sites use it. You could probably dissemble one in a lab and after a few months figure out how to reproduce one. Go ahead and get on that. Hehroh?? .

    I don’t think recovering from the refinery problems will be too bad and the Chinese and Indians do manufacture parts for refineries.

    Why would China manufacture parts for Western designed refineries? I couldn't get a spare part for a dishwasher where over a million had been sold but you think they have specialized refinery parts? I also needed an alternator for a popular US car and only an OEM was available. Where is the Chinese option? Alternators are simple.

    Chinese companies will make spare parts if the will and the profit exist. Just because a potential profit motive exists doesn't mean there isn't a better way to make a profit somewhere else.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Beckow

  275. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    who couldn’t even keep his word on making LPR/DPR independent Republics.

    That approach didn’t work so well between 2014 and 2022, did it? Ditto for Transnistria. This isn’t pre-WWII Danzig, with international recognition of their new status. If they’re going to be unrecognized, incorporating them into Russia would be better from a Russian nationalist POV.

    Well he made the promise and signed his name. He obviously thought it was a good idea at the time.

    In any case that still doesn't provide an excuse for him not making them republics within Russia:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republics_of_Russia

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    Completely agreed that they should have been made republics within Russia.

  276. @Wokechoke
    @Philip Owen

    Russia captured Crimea from Turkey under an Anglo-Norman Irish peer called De Lacy if I recall correctly.


    Thus it ever was.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

    Quite interesting just how large of a role Westerners have played in Russian history over the centuries. Catherine the Great was a German, the guy who captured Crimea for Russia was an Anglo-Norman Irish nobleman, and even the guy who came up with the idea that Russians and Ukrainians are one people was a Prussian-born ethnic German lol:

    https://time.com/6693504/vladimir-putin-history-myths-russia-ukraine-debunked/

    [MORE]

    Describing Ukrainians as Russians started back in the 17th century. The first person who did it was a German monk named Innokenty Gizel; a native of Königsberg who grew up in a Protestant family but moved to Kyiv in his youth and embraced Orthodoxy. At that time Ukraine was a part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

    Gizel considered Muslims, that is, the Ottoman Empire, as well as the West, the Catholics, in particular those in Poland and the Jesuit order, to be a great threat to Orthodoxy, his beloved Kyiv, and the entire Ukraine. And he was more than an ordinary monk, he was an abbot of Kyiv’s main monastery, an important political figure. So he decided to find a reliable political partner, the Moscow Tsar.

    So he wrote a book. Not a historical study, rather a tool, or weapon, for diplomatic negotiations. Innokenty’s target audience was Moscow-based diplomats—to exert moral pressure on them. He needed to induce the Muscovite tsar to enter into a military alliance with the Ukrainians and give them security guarantees in their war against Poland. He tinkered with history to achieve the desired end result: to prove that Kyiv and Moscow were directly related and hence the Muscovite tsar was duty bound to assist Kyiv.

    In the early 17th-century, the tsardom of Russia (also known as Muscovy) looked nothing like a Great Empire. On the contrary it was considered weak and unable to protect its own borders. The fact is that the country cannot move on from the reign of Ivan the Terrible, who sat on the throne for fifty years, the longest-serving ruler in Russian history (not even Putin will beat that…). After his death, in 1584, society remained crushed and demoralized for decades to come. Polish troops occupied Moscow for a long period of time. Then a Russian militia recaptured Moscow and the Poles retreated. However, for a long time to come, the Muscovite rulers will assiduously abstain from campaigns of conquest—and were not willing to declare war on the Poles to assist Ukrainians.

    Innokenty Gizel has never been to Moscow, but his aim was to create the illusion that it and Kyiv share a common history. A modern-day critic might say that the Prussian-born Innokenty invented what today is known as russkiy mir (the Russian world)—but that would not be entirely accurate. In essence, he invented a single nation, supposedly with a common history. And this Rus is inhabited by a single people, Gizel claims.

    In his book he made a connection and subordinated all historical logic to it. In his world view, Kyiv was once the capital of some abstract supranational Russia. Then it was Moscow.

    For contemporaries of Innokenty Gizel, this revision of history is nothing short of revolutionary. Moreover, he claims the existence of an all-embracing “pan-Russian Orthodox people,” uniting all the East Slavs (the forebears of modern-day Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians) under one umbrella. Moscow, incidentally, thought otherwise. The Muscovite Orthodox Church did not even consider the Christians of Kyiv to be coreligionists. If a resident of the city in the seventeenth century wanted to move to Moscow, he must have been rebaptized, as Muscovite priests considered Ukrainian Orthodoxy to be a different faith.

    Innokenty Gizel’s tendentious tome was published under the title Synopsis. It quickly transcended immediate political interests and unexpectedly became a bestseller of the day. Naturally, Synopsis greatly appealed to Alexis Romanov, the Russian tsar at the time.

    A second, then third, edition of Synopsis was published. Translations into Latin and Greek soon followed. Finally, under the next Russian tsar, Alexis’s son the future Peter the Great, Synopsis became in the 1700s the standard textbook on Russian history. Over the coming centuries, Synopsis would form the blueprint for Russian scholars (Vasily Tatishchev, Nikolay Karamzin, Sergey Solovyov, Vasily Klyuchevsky, et al.) in penning their own versions of Russian history. And in the 21st-century Putin would believe it and would propagandize this myth.

  277. I think this an interesting question to ponder: why didn’t pastoralism exist in pre-contact Patagonia?

    The Inca (and their predecessors) had llamas and alpacas. They had dogs.

    The only predator of note in Patagonia seems to be the puma. The guanico, an animal similar to the llama, lives there.

    Some believe dogs didn’t arrive in South America until about 2000 BC, that they had trouble crossing the Darien Gap. According to one story, they didn’t reach Patagonia until about 1000 AD and kind of stopped north of it, but I am a bit unsure about this. Some of the Fuegians had real dogs.

    Maybe, Amerind dogs weren’t good enough for herding? And that is the missing piece?

  278. AP says:
    @QCIC
    @AP

    AP, you misunderstood what the kid was saying at 5:07. He was pointing out that the forced Ukrainization and heavy-handed displacement of Russian culture was happening very quickly. He said that by 2021 a cousin from a Russian family in Poltava could not even read Russian. Meaning that the kid had been taught Ukrainian in school. It is taken for granted this was against the wishes of the family. The last part of the video is good. Offhandedly, he confirms many of the harsh things our Russian-minded commenters have been writing for years.

    He seems like a good person trying to grow up in a bombed out region. I recommend listening to the video with an open mind.

    Replies: @AP

    He said that by 2021 a cousin from a Russian family in Poltava could not even read Russian

    Which is impossible because the two languages have the same alphabet with the exception of a couple of letters, they are rather similar anyways, and his Russian-speaking family would have had Russian language books around the house. No one from a Russian-speaking family would be unable to read Russian because in school they learned и instead of ы and і instead of и.

    It’s like someone from a Portuguese-speaking family claiming they can’t read Portuguese because they went to a Spanish school.

    It’s bullshit aimed at gullible and ignorant Westerners.

    It is taken for granted this was against the wishes of the family

    That makes the story even more obviously fake. If the parents cared, they would have read to their kid in Russian which would have been enough for the kid to read. My kids went to English-language schools in the USA and read Russian fine. But you think a kid from a Russian-speaking family in Ukraine where schools teach a similar language with a similar Cyrillic alphabet can’t read Russian. Lol.

    Offhandedly, he confirms many of the harsh things our Russian-minded commenters have been writing for years.

    Or rather, a bullshitter repeats bullshit you have heard for years.

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @AP

    I could be mistaken, and even though classes taught in the Ukrainian language have been given more emphasis in recent years, one can still find classes taught in the Russian language, especially in the Poltava region that is very close to the eastern oblasts.

    Replies: @AP

    , @QCIC
    @AP

    I disagree. You are hanging up on nuance and missing the point. He also said something along the lines that in 10 or 20 years the Russian culture would be replaced. This doesn't mean totally erased, but on the way to being largely submersed below the surface. This may be about right since it can be done in a couple of generations, probably one with Facebook and Twitter.

    I assume the presenter was surprised the cousin had a lot of Ukrainian vocabulary that is being used to dilute Russian. He is probably taught a lot of distinctive Ukrainian usages and neologisms. Some adult commented derisively on this and it morphed into a critique of his reading skills. The kid in the video picked up on this and threw it into the video in a ham fisted way.

    The de-Russification/Ukrainization policy is well known, you don't need to sidestep it. The Western sponsors of this policy knew it would lead to a civil war, that was the purpose.

    As far as I recall, the bloodshed started with Ukrainian artillery shelling civilians in Donbas (not counting mercenary snipers in Kiev). Whatever complexities surround that fact, it is acknowledged by all. Reasonable people who know some of the full history will always see Ukrainians as the ones who started this catastrophe.

    Replies: @LatW

    , @QCIC
    @AP

    I disagree. You are hanging up on nuance and missing the point. He also said something along the lines that in 10 or 20 years the Russian culture would be replaced. This doesn't mean totally erased, but on the way to being largely submersed below the surface. This may be about right since it can be done in a couple of generations, probably one with Facebook and Twitter.

    I assume the presenter was surprised the cousin had a lot of Ukrainian vocabulary that is being used to dilute Russian. He is probably taught a lot of distinctive Ukrainian usages and neologisms. Some adult commented derisively on this and it morphed into a critique of his reading skills. The kid in the video picked up on this and threw it into the video in a ham fisted way.

    The de-Russification/Ukrainization policy is well known, you don't need to sidestep it. The Western sponsors of this policy expected it would lead to a civil war, that was the purpose.

    As far as I recall, the bloodshed started with Ukrainian artillery shelling civilians in Donbas (not counting mercenary snipers in Kiev). Whatever complexities surround that fact, it is acknowledged by all. Reasonable people who know some of the full history will always see Ukrainians as the ones who started this catastrophe.

    Replies: @AP

    , @Derer
    @AP

    AP:"Or rather, a bullshitter repeats bullshit you have heard for years."


    But careful, brace now…! because you will have our resident troll and poet, our philosopher and critically scrutinizing and obsessed censor, our haughty and supercilious and frustrated author and commenter, our world reformer – the one and only, the inimitable ‘AP-asinine person’ (probably a misplaced person or an eternal loser) - coming after you.
     
  279. @AP
    @QCIC


    He said that by 2021 a cousin from a Russian family in Poltava could not even read Russian
     
    Which is impossible because the two languages have the same alphabet with the exception of a couple of letters, they are rather similar anyways, and his Russian-speaking family would have had Russian language books around the house. No one from a Russian-speaking family would be unable to read Russian because in school they learned и instead of ы and і instead of и.

    It's like someone from a Portuguese-speaking family claiming they can't read Portuguese because they went to a Spanish school.

    It's bullshit aimed at gullible and ignorant Westerners.


    It is taken for granted this was against the wishes of the family
     
    That makes the story even more obviously fake. If the parents cared, they would have read to their kid in Russian which would have been enough for the kid to read. My kids went to English-language schools in the USA and read Russian fine. But you think a kid from a Russian-speaking family in Ukraine where schools teach a similar language with a similar Cyrillic alphabet can't read Russian. Lol.

    Offhandedly, he confirms many of the harsh things our Russian-minded commenters have been writing for years.
     
    Or rather, a bullshitter repeats bullshit you have heard for years.

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

    I could be mistaken, and even though classes taught in the Ukrainian language have been given more emphasis in recent years, one can still find classes taught in the Russian language, especially in the Poltava region that is very close to the eastern oblasts.

    • Replies: @AP
    @Mr. Hack

    You are right. I didn’t have time to track down school curricula in Poltava but there are likely some Russian-language primary schools there (at least there were, before the war) and Russian classes in primarily Ukrainian schools. That video was so dumb it was obviously meant for an English-speaking audience with no familiarity with Ukraine, Russia and their languages.

  280. If so, soon they should appear in various closer droned battlefield videos:

    Russian soldiers, 2024 edition.


    [MORE]

    • Replies: @Coconuts
    @sudden death

    Aha, Russian askari.

    Replies: @Europe Europa

    , @LatW
    @sudden death



    RAHOWA.

    I didn't use to think it was a real thing, but if they keep sending all these exotic mercenaries against Eastern Euros...

  281. @Aedib
    @AP

    Very doubtful. Just look at what he says about the toxic Ukrainian propaganda alienating Donbass population.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5hBDGE1yec

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. Hack, @Wielgus

    I remember watching Russian TV online when Mariupol fell to the Russians. Russian soldiers entered an empty but more or less intact school building. In a cellar they found boxes of Ukrainian-Russian dictionaries. Mariupol is predominantly Russian-speaking – the dictionaries presumably featured in efforts to switch the language of people from Russian to Ukrainian.

    • Replies: @Europe Europa
    @Wielgus

    They force native English speaking schoolkids in Wales and Ireland to study Welsh and Irish and every road sign has to show Welsh/Irish first and English only second despite the fact the great majority speak English as their first language and confusing road signs like that is arguably dangerous, do you think that's a crime against humanity too?

    Replies: @Wielgus

  282. @sudden death
    If so, soon they should appear in various closer droned battlefield videos:

    Russian soldiers, 2024 edition.
     
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GKz8rRRWwAEtwAB.jpg


    https://twitter.com/clashreport/status/1778073824635879677

    Replies: @Coconuts, @LatW

    Aha, Russian askari.

    • Replies: @Europe Europa
    @Coconuts

    Makes me laugh when white nationalists think that Putin's Russia is their friend. They wouldn't bat an eyelid at getting some low IQ brute from middle Africa to cut your throat. Even more amusing is how many white South Africans, especially Afrikaners, seem to believe that Putin is their ally and saviour.

    How they can ignore the fact that Putin is all over the BRICS ANC I don't understand, they must be as dumb as the blacks. Putin doesn't give a fuck that the blacks are murdering white farmers.

    The reality is the interests of South African whites is a legacy of the old colonial Western world order, it does not factor into Putin's vision of a "multi-polar" world, in fact it is arguably diametrically opposed to it. Putin is more likely to arm the blacks to finish the job than he is to ever help white South Africans.

    Replies: @Beckow, @AnonfromTN, @Coconuts, @Wokechoke

  283. The way most British normies support Israel bombing Gaza to smithereens makes an absolute mockery of all the pro-Ukraine stuff for the past 2 years. Shows that most of them don’t really give a fuck about war and mass murder when it’s an agenda they support, ie killing Muslims and sucking up to Jews.

    Judging by the comments on mainstream media articles at the moment, most British normies seem to think the Hamas leader not crying on camera is a bigger “evil” than the IDF murdering children in cold blood. This sort of thing really brings home what bloody deranged psychopaths most normies are under the veneer of middle class “respectability”.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Europe Europa

    Only now be figuring this out?

    Most people totally suck. The ones you personally know that are complete assholes are only a little tiny bit worse than average.

    , @Wokechoke
    @Europe Europa

    The Hamas geezer paid the cost to be the boss now. Quite hardcore.

  284. @Wielgus
    @Aedib

    I remember watching Russian TV online when Mariupol fell to the Russians. Russian soldiers entered an empty but more or less intact school building. In a cellar they found boxes of Ukrainian-Russian dictionaries. Mariupol is predominantly Russian-speaking - the dictionaries presumably featured in efforts to switch the language of people from Russian to Ukrainian.

    Replies: @Europe Europa

    They force native English speaking schoolkids in Wales and Ireland to study Welsh and Irish and every road sign has to show Welsh/Irish first and English only second despite the fact the great majority speak English as their first language and confusing road signs like that is arguably dangerous, do you think that’s a crime against humanity too?

    • Replies: @Wielgus
    @Europe Europa

    Well, in the 19th century, schoolmasters would create tally sticks counting up the times pupils spoke Irish, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic in class, instead of English. At the end of the day the "offences" would be totted up and punishment dealt out. This rather obvious piece of cultural genocide seems to have been rather effective as all three languages went into decline, with Scottish Gaelic the most endangered now and Welsh the least. Despite the official support for the languages, at least in the Irish Republic and Wales, their decline has continued. Putting up road signs and making them a compulsory school subject does not seem to be working.

    Replies: @Europe Europa

  285. @Coconuts
    @sudden death

    Aha, Russian askari.

    Replies: @Europe Europa

    Makes me laugh when white nationalists think that Putin’s Russia is their friend. They wouldn’t bat an eyelid at getting some low IQ brute from middle Africa to cut your throat. Even more amusing is how many white South Africans, especially Afrikaners, seem to believe that Putin is their ally and saviour.

    How they can ignore the fact that Putin is all over the BRICS ANC I don’t understand, they must be as dumb as the blacks. Putin doesn’t give a fuck that the blacks are murdering white farmers.

    The reality is the interests of South African whites is a legacy of the old colonial Western world order, it does not factor into Putin’s vision of a “multi-polar” world, in fact it is arguably diametrically opposed to it. Putin is more likely to arm the blacks to finish the job than he is to ever help white South Africans.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Europe Europa


    ...Putin is more likely to arm the blacks to finish the job than he is to ever help white South Africans.
     
    That's right, the wars polarize people. But it was the West that first went full-speed into mad Russo-phobia - Russians are returning the favor. Euros rejected Russia and showed such hatred that Russia had no place to go. So they joined up with the side that wants to take the West apart. With Russia they are much stronger, almost un-defeatable. It will be a painful few decades for the West. The whites in South Africa are doomed.

    Look up the Hegel dialectic to see how the process works, the polarization is built into the situation and people don't have much of a choice. That's why it was such a fatal mistake to try to mindlessly expand Nato to Ukraine and threaten Russia.

    Like the previous world-war conflicts that were basically all-European civil wars it will dramatically weaken the Euro standing. That's obvious to everyone now. Good job neo-con-neo-libs - but for them it was possibly intentional, they hate the old Europe with passion. But they may not like what's coming next. Neither do I.

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Europe Europa


    Makes me laugh when white nationalists think that Putin’s Russia is their friend.
     
    Your laugh is fully justified. Putin is the president of the RF. He holds the RF interests supreme, everyone else’s interests as irrelevant. As he should.

    they must be as dumb as the blacks
     
    I don’t know about South African blacks, but West African blacks appear to be a lot smarter than some whites. France tried to use them as cannon fodder against Niger, and failed miserably. While the empire is using Ukrainians as cannon fodder against Russia quite successfully. Hundreds of thousands of Ukies have died or were maimed, yet the rest still did not put two and two together. Must be a lot dumber than blacks.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Emil Nikola Richard

    , @Coconuts
    @Europe Europa


    The reality is the interests of South African whites is a legacy of the old colonial Western world order, it does not factor into Putin’s vision of a “multi-polar” world, in fact it is arguably diametrically opposed to it. Putin is more likely to arm the blacks to finish the job than he is to ever help white South Africans.
     
    This may be true, before the Putin era Soviet policy was also to bring the European colonies in Southern Africa to an end, and they were relatively successful in the case of Portugal. At the same time the US and other Western countries were also involved in the demise of some of them (I think Rhodesia, off and on with Portugal).

    A while back there was some evidence that Putin has been interested in attracting white South Africans to resettle in Russia, they could be valuable immigrants if they ended up being forced to leave SA.

    I guess those black soldiers are recruited via Wagner or some other PMC. Bronze Age Pervert was talking with Erik Prince from Blackrock about the growing place of PMCs in modern warfare lately:

    https://glycineputler.libsyn.com/caribbean-rhythms-with-bap-episode-157-erik-prince

    I think one reason that white nationalists feel friendly to Putin is that the people in their own countries who hate white nationalism also hate Putin. It's more a strange convergence created by progressives than any real sharing of goals or ideals between Putin and WNs.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @Wokechoke
    @Europe Europa

    From what I can tell any white fleeing SA can get land and citizenship in Russia. For what it is worth.

    If the blacks there settle down now however, what would those whites run from anyway? The whites did decide to live among blacks.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Europe Europa

  286. @Europe Europa
    @Wielgus

    They force native English speaking schoolkids in Wales and Ireland to study Welsh and Irish and every road sign has to show Welsh/Irish first and English only second despite the fact the great majority speak English as their first language and confusing road signs like that is arguably dangerous, do you think that's a crime against humanity too?

    Replies: @Wielgus

    Well, in the 19th century, schoolmasters would create tally sticks counting up the times pupils spoke Irish, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic in class, instead of English. At the end of the day the “offences” would be totted up and punishment dealt out. This rather obvious piece of cultural genocide seems to have been rather effective as all three languages went into decline, with Scottish Gaelic the most endangered now and Welsh the least. Despite the official support for the languages, at least in the Irish Republic and Wales, their decline has continued. Putting up road signs and making them a compulsory school subject does not seem to be working.

    • Replies: @Europe Europa
    @Wielgus

    Are you trying to tell me the Russians have not had policies of suppressing the Ukrainian language in Ukraine? Seems rather like the pot calling the kettle black to me.

    Your reply sums up what I was getting at, you are indignant about any attempts to replace Russian with Ukrainian, yet you wholeheartedly support English being replaced by Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic. You're a hypocrite.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @AnonfromTN, @Wielgus

  287. AP says:
    @Mr. Hack
    @AP

    I could be mistaken, and even though classes taught in the Ukrainian language have been given more emphasis in recent years, one can still find classes taught in the Russian language, especially in the Poltava region that is very close to the eastern oblasts.

    Replies: @AP

    You are right. I didn’t have time to track down school curricula in Poltava but there are likely some Russian-language primary schools there (at least there were, before the war) and Russian classes in primarily Ukrainian schools. That video was so dumb it was obviously meant for an English-speaking audience with no familiarity with Ukraine, Russia and their languages.

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
  288. @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    The Chinese are still straddled with being the “factory of the world*
     
    I thought manufacturing capacity was a positive thing?

    The Chinese language is just too difficult and cumbersome for most of the world to learn and use.
     
    I would argue that the language barrier is an advantage. It means migration into China is harder, so it helps protect the Chinese core.

    Chinese can easily hire translators or learn English themselves to communicate with outsiders. Not to mention AI translation.

    The world’s preference with Hollywood movies is also another cultural icon that promotes American values around the world.
     
    IMO, this is past glory. Hollywood has lost a lot of its luster. It no longer has the same prestige because it is too woke. We can see it has been pretty well-eclipsed in China itself.

    Modern Chinese cultural influence on foreign countries may not be very strong currently. But HK used to have a lot of influence and it is possible it will grow. I think what matters more is older historo-cultural-ethnic ties. Things like Confucianism and Buddhism. And whether they see China as more respectful of their sovereignty or more amenable to their genetic interests.

    Even tastes in public sports are widely disparate.
     
    There is no indigenous loyalty in sports. You are rooting for laundry, as Seinfeld said, and the teams themselves move. Frankly, I don't see how it translates into international loyalty. Baseball is very popular in Cuba an Venezuela. Not to mention soccer has never been very popular in America.

    In 2020, China was said to offer superior geolocation services in 165 countries. The US may not be as secure in its advantages, in the longterm, as one might think.
    https://spacenews.com/america-losing-gps-dominance-china-beidou-satnav/

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Emil Nikola Richard, @Mr. Hack

    I thought manufacturing capacity was a positive thing?

    In general it is. In the west it is a sign of full employment with workers getting paid a good salary. But it’s not the only thing that matters when you’re aspiring to become an important global player. Also, China unfortunately is willing to destroy its own environment by being lax with not having any meaningful measures to protect from over polluting the air. You’ve probably seen the photos where everybody is walking around wearing masks in order to avoid polluting their lungs.

    I would argue that the language barrier is an advantage. It means migration into China is harder, so it helps protect the Chinese core.

    Sure, if you’re trying to create an isolated country. However, if you’re trying to exude importance as a global player, you need to reach out to the world and try to show how your culture is superior. Pepe Escobar’s blog here is a perfect example of what I’m writing about, always trying to show how superior China’s mission in the world has become.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    In the west it is a sign of full employment with workers getting paid a good salary.
     
    In general in the US and West, rents have increased astronomically faster than wages.

    https://youtube.com/shorts/iWrtaMkH3R0?si=qL6kKv95IgslSYpw

    Also, China unfortunately is willing to destroy its own environment by being lax with not having any meaningful measures to protect from over polluting the air. You’ve probably seen the photos where everybody is walking around wearing masks in order to avoid polluting their lungs.
     
    This is just the natural course of development, IMO. The US and UK once had similar problems.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Donora_smog
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Smog_of_London

    AFAIK, the general trend now is for particulates to decrease. And I think the government is somewhat enthusiastic about nuclear. Rumor is there is an experimental molten salt reactor in the Gobi.

    While not necessarily perfect, I think this shows they care about long-term sustainability:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall_(China)

    Sure, if you’re trying to create an isolated country. However, if you’re trying to exude importance as a global player, you need to reach out to the world and try to show how your culture is superior.
     
    I don't know if this is the case.

    The US, for good or ill, is hugely influential in Japan, despite Japan ranking 80th out of 100 countries on the English Proficiency Index.

    Japan and the US cooperate on a lot of things. Japs are providing a pressurized rover for lunar astronauts (one among more than one) and the US will land a Jap on the Moon.
  289. @AP
    @QCIC


    He said that by 2021 a cousin from a Russian family in Poltava could not even read Russian
     
    Which is impossible because the two languages have the same alphabet with the exception of a couple of letters, they are rather similar anyways, and his Russian-speaking family would have had Russian language books around the house. No one from a Russian-speaking family would be unable to read Russian because in school they learned и instead of ы and і instead of и.

    It's like someone from a Portuguese-speaking family claiming they can't read Portuguese because they went to a Spanish school.

    It's bullshit aimed at gullible and ignorant Westerners.


    It is taken for granted this was against the wishes of the family
     
    That makes the story even more obviously fake. If the parents cared, they would have read to their kid in Russian which would have been enough for the kid to read. My kids went to English-language schools in the USA and read Russian fine. But you think a kid from a Russian-speaking family in Ukraine where schools teach a similar language with a similar Cyrillic alphabet can't read Russian. Lol.

    Offhandedly, he confirms many of the harsh things our Russian-minded commenters have been writing for years.
     
    Or rather, a bullshitter repeats bullshit you have heard for years.

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

    I disagree. You are hanging up on nuance and missing the point. He also said something along the lines that in 10 or 20 years the Russian culture would be replaced. This doesn’t mean totally erased, but on the way to being largely submersed below the surface. This may be about right since it can be done in a couple of generations, probably one with Facebook and Twitter.

    I assume the presenter was surprised the cousin had a lot of Ukrainian vocabulary that is being used to dilute Russian. He is probably taught a lot of distinctive Ukrainian usages and neologisms. Some adult commented derisively on this and it morphed into a critique of his reading skills. The kid in the video picked up on this and threw it into the video in a ham fisted way.

    The de-Russification/Ukrainization policy is well known, you don’t need to sidestep it. The Western sponsors of this policy knew it would lead to a civil war, that was the purpose.

    As far as I recall, the bloodshed started with Ukrainian artillery shelling civilians in Donbas (not counting mercenary snipers in Kiev). Whatever complexities surround that fact, it is acknowledged by all. Reasonable people who know some of the full history will always see Ukrainians as the ones who started this catastrophe.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @QCIC


    He also said something along the lines that in 10 or 20 years the Russian culture would be replaced. This doesn’t mean totally erased, but on the way to being largely submersed below the surface.
     
    Why would this even matter if "we are one people"?

    Replies: @QCIC, @AnonfromTN, @AP

  290. @AP
    @QCIC


    He said that by 2021 a cousin from a Russian family in Poltava could not even read Russian
     
    Which is impossible because the two languages have the same alphabet with the exception of a couple of letters, they are rather similar anyways, and his Russian-speaking family would have had Russian language books around the house. No one from a Russian-speaking family would be unable to read Russian because in school they learned и instead of ы and і instead of и.

    It's like someone from a Portuguese-speaking family claiming they can't read Portuguese because they went to a Spanish school.

    It's bullshit aimed at gullible and ignorant Westerners.


    It is taken for granted this was against the wishes of the family
     
    That makes the story even more obviously fake. If the parents cared, they would have read to their kid in Russian which would have been enough for the kid to read. My kids went to English-language schools in the USA and read Russian fine. But you think a kid from a Russian-speaking family in Ukraine where schools teach a similar language with a similar Cyrillic alphabet can't read Russian. Lol.

    Offhandedly, he confirms many of the harsh things our Russian-minded commenters have been writing for years.
     
    Or rather, a bullshitter repeats bullshit you have heard for years.

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

    I disagree. You are hanging up on nuance and missing the point. He also said something along the lines that in 10 or 20 years the Russian culture would be replaced. This doesn’t mean totally erased, but on the way to being largely submersed below the surface. This may be about right since it can be done in a couple of generations, probably one with Facebook and Twitter.

    I assume the presenter was surprised the cousin had a lot of Ukrainian vocabulary that is being used to dilute Russian. He is probably taught a lot of distinctive Ukrainian usages and neologisms. Some adult commented derisively on this and it morphed into a critique of his reading skills. The kid in the video picked up on this and threw it into the video in a ham fisted way.

    The de-Russification/Ukrainization policy is well known, you don’t need to sidestep it. The Western sponsors of this policy expected it would lead to a civil war, that was the purpose.

    As far as I recall, the bloodshed started with Ukrainian artillery shelling civilians in Donbas (not counting mercenary snipers in Kiev). Whatever complexities surround that fact, it is acknowledged by all. Reasonable people who know some of the full history will always see Ukrainians as the ones who started this catastrophe.

    • LOL: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @AP
    @QCIC

    You are just being contrarian for the sake of being contrarian.


    He also said something along the lines that in 10 or 20 years the Russian culture would be replaced

     

    That was very optimistic but the war has probably accelerated the process because most Ukrainians including most Russian-speaking ones are thoroughly disgusted by Russia.

    Do you oppose Americanisation of Latinos and other non-Anglos in the USA and consider it grounds for a civil war or invasion? Even if most Latinos themselves don’t mind it?

    As far as I recall, the bloodshed started with Ukrainian artillery shelling civilians in Donbas

     

    The key words are “as far as I recall.”

    The bloodshed started when Russians started taking over Ukrainian buildings and towns, and shooting at Ukrainian police and military. People came to Ukraine from Russia and did this. Sloviansk, the first city taken over, was seized by forces of Girkin, a Russian citizen who led the project on the ground. Although the majority of rebels were local, such Russian outsiders, many of whom were Chechen war veterans, were the backbone of the rebellion in terms of the best soldiers and much of the leaders (like the warlord Motorola) in addition to initiators.

    Parallels to Syria where a bunch of foreign adventurers supplied by Turkey or Saudi Arabia fought the Syrian government. Accept Poroshenko was no Assad and didn’t kill 10,000s of civilians while fighting against the mix of local and foreign rebels.

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

  291. @Mr. Hack
    @songbird


    I thought manufacturing capacity was a positive thing?
     
    In general it is. In the west it is a sign of full employment with workers getting paid a good salary. But it's not the only thing that matters when you're aspiring to become an important global player. Also, China unfortunately is willing to destroy its own environment by being lax with not having any meaningful measures to protect from over polluting the air. You've probably seen the photos where everybody is walking around wearing masks in order to avoid polluting their lungs.

    I would argue that the language barrier is an advantage. It means migration into China is harder, so it helps protect the Chinese core.
     
    Sure, if you're trying to create an isolated country. However, if you're trying to exude importance as a global player, you need to reach out to the world and try to show how your culture is superior. Pepe Escobar's blog here is a perfect example of what I'm writing about, always trying to show how superior China's mission in the world has become.

    Replies: @songbird

    In the west it is a sign of full employment with workers getting paid a good salary.

    In general in the US and West, rents have increased astronomically faster than wages.

    [MORE]

    https://youtube.com/shorts/iWrtaMkH3R0?si=qL6kKv95IgslSYpw

    Also, China unfortunately is willing to destroy its own environment by being lax with not having any meaningful measures to protect from over polluting the air. You’ve probably seen the photos where everybody is walking around wearing masks in order to avoid polluting their lungs.

    This is just the natural course of development, IMO. The US and UK once had similar problems.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Donora_smog
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Smog_of_London

    AFAIK, the general trend now is for particulates to decrease. And I think the government is somewhat enthusiastic about nuclear. Rumor is there is an experimental molten salt reactor in the Gobi.

    While not necessarily perfect, I think this shows they care about long-term sustainability:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall_(China)

    Sure, if you’re trying to create an isolated country. However, if you’re trying to exude importance as a global player, you need to reach out to the world and try to show how your culture is superior.

    I don’t know if this is the case.

    The US, for good or ill, is hugely influential in Japan, despite Japan ranking 80th out of 100 countries on the English Proficiency Index.

    Japan and the US cooperate on a lot of things. Japs are providing a pressurized rover for lunar astronauts (one among more than one) and the US will land a Jap on the Moon.

  292. AP says:
    @QCIC
    @AP

    I disagree. You are hanging up on nuance and missing the point. He also said something along the lines that in 10 or 20 years the Russian culture would be replaced. This doesn't mean totally erased, but on the way to being largely submersed below the surface. This may be about right since it can be done in a couple of generations, probably one with Facebook and Twitter.

    I assume the presenter was surprised the cousin had a lot of Ukrainian vocabulary that is being used to dilute Russian. He is probably taught a lot of distinctive Ukrainian usages and neologisms. Some adult commented derisively on this and it morphed into a critique of his reading skills. The kid in the video picked up on this and threw it into the video in a ham fisted way.

    The de-Russification/Ukrainization policy is well known, you don't need to sidestep it. The Western sponsors of this policy expected it would lead to a civil war, that was the purpose.

    As far as I recall, the bloodshed started with Ukrainian artillery shelling civilians in Donbas (not counting mercenary snipers in Kiev). Whatever complexities surround that fact, it is acknowledged by all. Reasonable people who know some of the full history will always see Ukrainians as the ones who started this catastrophe.

    Replies: @AP

    You are just being contrarian for the sake of being contrarian.

    He also said something along the lines that in 10 or 20 years the Russian culture would be replaced

    That was very optimistic but the war has probably accelerated the process because most Ukrainians including most Russian-speaking ones are thoroughly disgusted by Russia.

    Do you oppose Americanisation of Latinos and other non-Anglos in the USA and consider it grounds for a civil war or invasion? Even if most Latinos themselves don’t mind it?

    As far as I recall, the bloodshed started with Ukrainian artillery shelling civilians in Donbas

    The key words are “as far as I recall.”

    The bloodshed started when Russians started taking over Ukrainian buildings and towns, and shooting at Ukrainian police and military. People came to Ukraine from Russia and did this. Sloviansk, the first city taken over, was seized by forces of Girkin, a Russian citizen who led the project on the ground. Although the majority of rebels were local, such Russian outsiders, many of whom were Chechen war veterans, were the backbone of the rebellion in terms of the best soldiers and much of the leaders (like the warlord Motorola) in addition to initiators.

    Parallels to Syria where a bunch of foreign adventurers supplied by Turkey or Saudi Arabia fought the Syrian government. Accept Poroshenko was no Assad and didn’t kill 10,000s of civilians while fighting against the mix of local and foreign rebels.

    • Agree: Mr. XYZ
    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    I was not trying to be too contrarian. The kid seems sincere to me, but he is in a tough spot.

    After the Maidan coup, the Ukrainian government felt they had the ability to impose their will on the Eastern Russophiles, by force if necessary. I realize the situation is much more complex than my simple statement, but I think at a core level this is how many people see it. It seems like a classic civil war scenario and 100% predictable.

    On the other hand I see this civil war as mostly manufactured by outside forces manipulating pre-existing historical issues. I think that pattern is common down through history. This is about the West pressuring Russia to weaken it, break it up, co-opt it. This process includes dropping out of nuclear treaties, expanding NATO, placing missile sites in Eastern Europe and meddling in other FSU countries.

    , @QCIC
    @AP


    AP wrote: Do you oppose Americanisation of Latinos and other non-Anglos in the USA and consider it grounds for a civil war or invasion? Even if most Latinos themselves don’t mind it?
     
    I think it is a sensible requirement that legal immigrants to the USA assimilate to a reasonable degree, but don't think that relates very well to your question. I think the West+Ukraine vs Russia conflict is interesting because it is difficult for me to draw representative analogies for fellow Americans since our history is so limited.

    I think Israel claiming Palestine as part of the Zion project is a relevant analogy for the situation set up by the West in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Just a coincidence, I'm sure. Making Hebrew the language of the land was a key part of that process. Changing the language by force or subterfuge is not a new tactic.

    Replies: @A123

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    Do you oppose Americanisation of Latinos and other non-Anglos in the USA and consider it grounds for a civil war or invasion? Even if most Latinos themselves don’t mind it?

     

    Interestingly enough, not even Hitler minded the forced Italianization of the South Tyrol Germans all that much. He told them to choose between accepting this and moving to the German Reich:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Tyrol_Option_Agreement

    (This agreement ended up being mostly unimplemented due to WWII, after which point the regime change in Italy caused an end to the forced Italianization policies towards the South Tyrol Germans.)

    I wonder if, using similar logic to Russia vs. Ukraine, Russia can use the language laws in Latvia and Estonia as a casus belli against those two countries if it will ever actually want to do this (and it probably wouldn't, due to NATO above all else).

  293. @Europe Europa
    The way most British normies support Israel bombing Gaza to smithereens makes an absolute mockery of all the pro-Ukraine stuff for the past 2 years. Shows that most of them don't really give a fuck about war and mass murder when it's an agenda they support, ie killing Muslims and sucking up to Jews.

    Judging by the comments on mainstream media articles at the moment, most British normies seem to think the Hamas leader not crying on camera is a bigger "evil" than the IDF murdering children in cold blood. This sort of thing really brings home what bloody deranged psychopaths most normies are under the veneer of middle class "respectability".

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Wokechoke

    Only now be figuring this out?

    Most people totally suck. The ones you personally know that are complete assholes are only a little tiny bit worse than average.

  294. @Europe Europa
    @Coconuts

    Makes me laugh when white nationalists think that Putin's Russia is their friend. They wouldn't bat an eyelid at getting some low IQ brute from middle Africa to cut your throat. Even more amusing is how many white South Africans, especially Afrikaners, seem to believe that Putin is their ally and saviour.

    How they can ignore the fact that Putin is all over the BRICS ANC I don't understand, they must be as dumb as the blacks. Putin doesn't give a fuck that the blacks are murdering white farmers.

    The reality is the interests of South African whites is a legacy of the old colonial Western world order, it does not factor into Putin's vision of a "multi-polar" world, in fact it is arguably diametrically opposed to it. Putin is more likely to arm the blacks to finish the job than he is to ever help white South Africans.

    Replies: @Beckow, @AnonfromTN, @Coconuts, @Wokechoke

    …Putin is more likely to arm the blacks to finish the job than he is to ever help white South Africans.

    That’s right, the wars polarize people. But it was the West that first went full-speed into mad Russo-phobia – Russians are returning the favor. Euros rejected Russia and showed such hatred that Russia had no place to go. So they joined up with the side that wants to take the West apart. With Russia they are much stronger, almost un-defeatable. It will be a painful few decades for the West. The whites in South Africa are doomed.

    Look up the Hegel dialectic to see how the process works, the polarization is built into the situation and people don’t have much of a choice. That’s why it was such a fatal mistake to try to mindlessly expand Nato to Ukraine and threaten Russia.

    Like the previous world-war conflicts that were basically all-European civil wars it will dramatically weaken the Euro standing. That’s obvious to everyone now. Good job neo-con-neo-libs – but for them it was possibly intentional, they hate the old Europe with passion. But they may not like what’s coming next. Neither do I.

  295. @AP
    @QCIC

    You are just being contrarian for the sake of being contrarian.


    He also said something along the lines that in 10 or 20 years the Russian culture would be replaced

     

    That was very optimistic but the war has probably accelerated the process because most Ukrainians including most Russian-speaking ones are thoroughly disgusted by Russia.

    Do you oppose Americanisation of Latinos and other non-Anglos in the USA and consider it grounds for a civil war or invasion? Even if most Latinos themselves don’t mind it?

    As far as I recall, the bloodshed started with Ukrainian artillery shelling civilians in Donbas

     

    The key words are “as far as I recall.”

    The bloodshed started when Russians started taking over Ukrainian buildings and towns, and shooting at Ukrainian police and military. People came to Ukraine from Russia and did this. Sloviansk, the first city taken over, was seized by forces of Girkin, a Russian citizen who led the project on the ground. Although the majority of rebels were local, such Russian outsiders, many of whom were Chechen war veterans, were the backbone of the rebellion in terms of the best soldiers and much of the leaders (like the warlord Motorola) in addition to initiators.

    Parallels to Syria where a bunch of foreign adventurers supplied by Turkey or Saudi Arabia fought the Syrian government. Accept Poroshenko was no Assad and didn’t kill 10,000s of civilians while fighting against the mix of local and foreign rebels.

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

    I was not trying to be too contrarian. The kid seems sincere to me, but he is in a tough spot.

    After the Maidan coup, the Ukrainian government felt they had the ability to impose their will on the Eastern Russophiles, by force if necessary. I realize the situation is much more complex than my simple statement, but I think at a core level this is how many people see it. It seems like a classic civil war scenario and 100% predictable.

    On the other hand I see this civil war as mostly manufactured by outside forces manipulating pre-existing historical issues. I think that pattern is common down through history. This is about the West pressuring Russia to weaken it, break it up, co-opt it. This process includes dropping out of nuclear treaties, expanding NATO, placing missile sites in Eastern Europe and meddling in other FSU countries.

    • Agree: Beckow
  296. @AP
    @Beckow

    Here you go being dumb again.


    The prices are set on the margin – so “all” or “none” are not categories you should look at. It is like this: you have a valuable product that people have to buy – the supply decreases by 10%, does the price go up or down? It goes up and benefits all sellers
     
    But it doesn’t benefit all sellers equally.

    If Russia were the only supplier of something, what you say might be correct. Russia’s output decreases 10%, prices rise 10%, Russia makes the same but the consumer pays more.

    However, Russia is not the only supplier so the effect on the global supply of a Russian decline of 10% would be far less than 10%. Maybe with the Russian losses, global supply declines by 4%. So if global prices increase by 4% accordingly, Russia still loses money. It sells what it can for 4% more per unit, but sells 10% less of it. *

    In other words, destroying Russia’s ability to sell oil or refined petroleum products hurts both Russia and the West, but it hurts Russia more.

    Ukraine has a bargaining chip with the Biden administration. If Biden refuses to provide weapons for Ukraine to use on the battlefield, Ukraine can instead focus on destroying Russia’s oil and gas industry infrastructure with its own drones, which will raise such commodity prices before the election. This will harm Russia and its ability to finance the invasion, while also punishing the Biden administration for its support of mostly words.

    * A caveat: temporary hysteria about decrease in supply would likely cause an increase in price that surpasses the actual loss of supply. Eventually this gets priced in and the price reflects the supply, but in the short term Russia would be ok.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Derer, @Beckow

    A caveat: temporary hysteria about decrease in supply would likely cause an increase in price that surpasses the actual loss of supply.

    The only thing you wrote that actually makes sense is the ‘caveat’ – and it basically invalidates all else you wrote.

    We are in an all-out war, there is no long-term, it is all temporary. In the short-run (now!!!) Russia has benefitted. In the long-term the number of factors is too big for this to matter: Middle East, economy, weather, China’s consumption…

    The reason Washington repeatedly and publicly said this to Kiev is that they know it too. It also gives Russia an easy excuse to liquidate more Ukie infrastructure and energy – as they are successfully doing. Can you imagine the West screaming about the ‘inhumanity’ as Kiev boasts about doing it in Russia? (Well, they will, Western hypocrisy has no limits, but it is so stupid that it backfires.)

    If Biden refuses to provide weapons for Ukraine to use on the battlefield, Ukraine can instead focus on destroying Russia’s oil and gas industry infrastructure with its own drones, which will raise such commodity prices before the election.

    Are you suggesting that Kiev blackmailing the West with a Samson pull-it-down-on-all-of-us is a good idea? It’s very risky, the West is unstable and can’t easily handle volatility. The reality is that no Western weapons can turn around Kiev’s loss. Maybe delay it, increase the casualties (mostly Ukies), but the result will be the same – Russia will win and there will be no Nato in Ukraine. Consolation price: Finland…:)

    • Replies: @AP
    @Beckow


    We are in an all-out war, there is no long-term, it is all temporary. In the short-run (now!!!) Russia has benefitted.
     
    Has it?

    https://www.spglobal.com/commodityinsights/en/market-insights/latest-news/oil/011124-russias-2023-oil-and-gas-revenues-falls-to-three-year-low

    Russia's 2023 oil and gas revenues falls to three-year low

    Also:

    https://energyandcleanair.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/fossil-fuel-revenues-monthly_EN.png


    Looks like revenue spiked when the war started but has since declined to much lower than prewar levels.

    The reason Washington repeatedly and publicly said this to Kiev is that they know it too. It also gives Russia an easy excuse to liquidate more Ukie infrastructure and energy – as they are successfully doing. Can you imagine the West screaming about the ‘inhumanity’ as Kiev boasts about doing it in Russia?
     
    Ukraine has been going after Russian petroleum refinement infrastructure, not Russian power plants which it can do also. So Ukraine is going after that which affects the Russians budget and war-making capability, Russia is destroying what Ukraine uses to heat its apartments. The two countries are not doing the same thing to one another.

    Russia is much colder than Ukraine in winter and it would be much harder for Russians to escape (they cannot save themselves in Poland or wherever), so if Ukraine reciprocates what Russia has done it will be much worse for Russia than for Ukraine. But next winter is 6 months away, Ukraine can choose other targets in the meantime.

    Are you suggesting that Kiev blackmailing the West with a Samson pull-it-down-on-all-of-us is a good idea? It’s very risky, the West is unstable and can’t easily handle volatility.
     
    The purpose isn't blackmail, but to increase the costs for Russia. Without Westerns supplies, this can't be done n the battlefield without unacceptable losses. But if, as a side effect, the Biden administration which is as guilty as Trump's minions in denying Ukraine what it needs to defend itself in other ways - experiences problems due to higher energy prices- so be it.

    The reality is that no Western weapons can turn around Kiev’s loss
     
    Ukraine is in stalemate (losing a town or two once a month is that) because the flow has slowed down a lot. If the flow were normal, Russia would not even be making the gains it is making now. Until the artillery shells were cut off the Russians were failing to take Avdiivka and just getting massacred at large numbers.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Derer, @Beckow

  297. @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    I write about Russian technical capabilities because I don't want the West to start a completely immoral World War Three, especially since the blood will be partially on our hands as American citizens.

    I am familiar with Russian imports. I was a bit confused about the gaps between Russian military development and production until as recently as six months ago. I think it is very interesting how they have prioritized production of extremely expensive strategic weapons over tactical weapons. After seeing the West drooling for blood since 2014 I recognize the Russian planners probably made the correct choice on where to spend limited funds.

    The point someone made about Chinese or even Russian spare parts for Western aircraft is silly because of the way planes are certified, leased and insured. Russians can refurbish and rebuild many Western spares as long as they have piece parts on the shelf, such as bearings, seals and whatever bits wear out. It is very unlikely they will produce and qualify most substitute parts for Western planes. They will try to buy as many as possible on the black market. Eventually they may be forced to build some of these parts from scratch, but they would much prefer to roll out new-build Russian aircraft or even revive old mothballed Soviet planes. As far as I know the main Western aircraft parts made in Russia were critical titanium and aluminum forgings, aluminum heat exchangers and some turbine blades. They are rebuilding the industrial base to make greater than 90% of the commercial aircraft parts inside the country for the new Russian planes as they did prior to 1991. I don't know if the Chinese make any significant parts for Western aircraft.

    The refinery business is also heavily restricted by certification, insurance and safety practices similar to airliners. I think the rules are a bit broader (less specific) than for commercial jets. Russia has been able to keep the third largest oil production chain in the world going in the face of serious sanctions for two years, with some sanctions going back to 2014. I don't think recovering from the refinery problems will be too bad and the Chinese and Indians do manufacture parts for refineries. But we don't have to guess, just wait a few months.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    The point someone made about Chinese or even Russian spare parts for Western aircraft is silly because of the way planes are certified, leased and insured.

    The point someone made? This isn’t subjective or speculative.

    If you would break out of your pro-Putin information bubble you would know this is not only a problem for Russia but old news.

    Russia forced to strip grounded aircraft for parts as Western sanctions over Ukraine bite hard
    https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/08/08/russia-forced-to-strip-grounded-aircraft-for-parts-as-western-sanctions-over-ukraine-bite-

    I was told by Putin’s fans at the start of the war that Russia could import any spare part from China. That’s in my history.

    I’m not saying that was you but I had multiple posters give me this 1-800-CHINA4PARTS argument that proved to be wishful thinking and never made sense. China produces a lot of parts but that doesn’t mean they maintain every spare part in existence and especially when said parts are not publicly specified. This should be common sense. HEHROH CHINA please send me a replacement drive shaft for my DeutchMan industrial drill. What do you mean you don’t know what that is? At least a dozen oil drilling sites use it. You could probably dissemble one in a lab and after a few months figure out how to reproduce one. Go ahead and get on that. Hehroh?? .

    I don’t think recovering from the refinery problems will be too bad and the Chinese and Indians do manufacture parts for refineries.

    Why would China manufacture parts for Western designed refineries? I couldn’t get a spare part for a dishwasher where over a million had been sold but you think they have specialized refinery parts? I also needed an alternator for a popular US car and only an OEM was available. Where is the Chinese option? Alternators are simple.

    Chinese companies will make spare parts if the will and the profit exist. Just because a potential profit motive exists doesn’t mean there isn’t a better way to make a profit somewhere else.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Russian airlines seem to still be flying Western planes after 2 years of harsh sanctions. I assume the number of planes is gradually diminishing. One possible loophole may be that non-Western, non-sanctioned airlines can fly more Russian internal flight legs as part of their routes. I don't know if Russia has played this card, but it seems to be available. This takes some of the heat off the diminishing Russian fleet of Western airliners. Sanctions are tricky. Clearly the West underestimated the resilience of the Russian economy. It is still possible the intense sanctions might eventually work, but at this point it seems unlikely. If any Western airliners do have problems, they will just blame it on Boeing screwups!

    It may be hard to get a dishwasher part because the manufacturer and the government both want you to buy a new dishwasher. Russian refineries may have a similar problem with Chinese companies, but that is a more long-term game than home appliances. In a pinch, Chinese would sell them parts in exchange for favored status on a future large project. I mentioned China because I was thinking of the Yamal LNG liquefaction plant which was apparently built in China. My point was simply that Russia has a partner in the petrochemical world who can help repair refineries. In other words they are not stuck.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @Beckow
    @John Johnson

    You are generally a very dishonest guy, but your latest escape into the weeds is telling - like the guys who were busily rearranging the deck chairs on Titanic. Why don't you also count the screws in each "washing machine" that "the gas station with nukes" uses to obliterate the best Nato has to offer in Ukraine?

    Turkey floated a peace plan with support from a few Euro countries (probably also US). It offers a "freeze until 2040" and then a referendum on Nato in Ukraine and what province will be in Russia or go back to Ukraine.

    It is probably 10 years too late...but what could have been if Kiev and Washington were not run by idiots? In retrospect the biggest idiots will be the Ukies who marched to slaughter like lemmings only to belatedly see the reality. (Yours (and mine) stocks will do quite well, just don't invest in the Ukie chernozem...)

  298. @Europe Europa
    @Coconuts

    Makes me laugh when white nationalists think that Putin's Russia is their friend. They wouldn't bat an eyelid at getting some low IQ brute from middle Africa to cut your throat. Even more amusing is how many white South Africans, especially Afrikaners, seem to believe that Putin is their ally and saviour.

    How they can ignore the fact that Putin is all over the BRICS ANC I don't understand, they must be as dumb as the blacks. Putin doesn't give a fuck that the blacks are murdering white farmers.

    The reality is the interests of South African whites is a legacy of the old colonial Western world order, it does not factor into Putin's vision of a "multi-polar" world, in fact it is arguably diametrically opposed to it. Putin is more likely to arm the blacks to finish the job than he is to ever help white South Africans.

    Replies: @Beckow, @AnonfromTN, @Coconuts, @Wokechoke

    Makes me laugh when white nationalists think that Putin’s Russia is their friend.

    Your laugh is fully justified. Putin is the president of the RF. He holds the RF interests supreme, everyone else’s interests as irrelevant. As he should.

    they must be as dumb as the blacks

    I don’t know about South African blacks, but West African blacks appear to be a lot smarter than some whites. France tried to use them as cannon fodder against Niger, and failed miserably. While the empire is using Ukrainians as cannon fodder against Russia quite successfully. Hundreds of thousands of Ukies have died or were maimed, yet the rest still did not put two and two together. Must be a lot dumber than blacks.

    • Agree: Derer
    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...France tried to use them as cannon fodder against Niger, and failed miserably. While the empire is using Ukrainians as cannon fodder against Russia quite successfully. Hundreds of thousands of Ukies have died or were maimed, yet the rest still did not put two and two together.
     
    Ukies caught a bad case of mass hysteria: higher IQ doesn't help, explaining what is done by Nato is pointless - there is no cure. As with many sad hysterics overcomed by un-acknowledged sorrow and self-pity they escape into schadenfreude: blowing up refineries, joyful that "Moskali" are also suffering.

    It is irrational and extremely self-destructive. The "causes" they are dying for are of little importance in the long run: membership in Nato (?), banning Russian language, duty-free trade with EU...complete madness, destroying a country over pieces of paper.

    But it is clear that at this point they won't stop - they will go down with the ship and Zelina&Co. will go to a comfortable exile in sunny Florida. Then the Nato propaganda will gradually deep-six the whole sorry affair and forever pretend there was "no plan to move Nato to Ukraine" (JJ idiocy) - until Russia objected to it and then it became inevitable. Very weird upside-down logic, but Nato doesn't have to convince smart people - only the Western normies who are among the dumbest people on the planet.

    Africans are indeed better...to hell with Boers and Frenchies, they had their chance and blew it.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @AnonfromTN


    I don’t know about South African blacks, but West African blacks appear to be a lot smarter than some whites.
     
    Tribes follow the Big Man and everything depends on the quality of the leadership. In the land of the dummies the man with a 107 IQ is king. If you are lucky enough to work in a technical field you have met smart Africans. They exist and they are fine. The ones I have met have had some interesting takes on African American culture.

    African Americans at this point appear to be a total waste unless you are somebody like Mark Cuban who owns an NBA team.

    Did you read the Ron Unz stuff on Rwanda Hutus Tutsis? It's pretty good.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  299. @AnonfromTN
    @songbird

    Production.
    The US dependence on China-made goods is dangerously great. That’s why MAGA demagoguery resonates with most Americans. Remove everything made in China from the US and we might as well return to caves. When the US dollar loses its position of reserve currency, the house of cards will come crashing down. That’s the main reason the US is reluctant to steal Russian assets: this will crush current financial system, burying the US dollar under the debris. Even some people at NYT were able to put two and two together:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/09/opinion/us-aid-ukraine-war.html

    World politics.
    Geopolitically China wants Russia to do the heavy lifting and only moves in when the time to reap benefits comes. However, Chinese cannot afford to let Russia lose (because then they will become the next imperial target), so they provide help, but only quietly, behind the scenes.

    Culture.
    The quality of Hollywood production was going down for decades. Hence its obsession with remakes: the creative juices are gone. Some say that woke obsession killed Hollywood. I disagree. Hollywood is dead, woke BS is just a fitting flower on the grave. American music also lost ground: just compare classical rock with rap.

    Language.
    Chinese grammar is minimal, on par with American English. The difficulty of Chinese writing protects China from being overrun with “refugees”. However, the humongous number of Han Chinese does it even more effectively. Because of its writing system Chinese has zero chance of becoming an international lingua franca. The same is true for Russian (as well as any Slavic language, for that matter) because of mind-boggling grammar. American English, being half-pidgin, has a huge advantage. Therefore, it will likely keep serving as the international means of communication long after the empire is cut down to size.

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Latin and Greek had equally difficult grammar as Russian, did that keep them from being linguae francae?

    Slavs can’t counter the West because you don’t have unity and can’t form a standard– the acrimony between China and Japan was just as bad but Japanese didn’t give up on kanji. But Poles and Balts will never use Cyrillic.

    And despite your positions you are still a “House Ivan” for the West. If you read a book about China you would read it in English but not Russian. Even though the latter would have better insights.

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


    If you read a book about China you would read it in English but not Russian. Even though the latter would have better insights.
     
    FYI, I’ve read a thick pretty comprehensive book on Chinese history in Russian some 35-40 years ago. I still surprise Chinese (including mainland Chinese living in the US and Europe) with my knowledge of their history. I did not read a single book on Chinese history in English, confidently expecting it to be as full of lies as Western books on Russian history. So, I stick to “better insights”, i.e., the truth.

    BTW, the picture in your post is the book on Golden Horde, not on China. Mongols conquered and dominated China, but that period was relatively brief (Yuan dynasty; ~100 years; ~2.5% of Chinese history). Chinese history is ~4 times longer than Russian and ~12 times longer than American. I have >2,000 thousand years old Chinese verse written in hieroglyphs on one of my floor lamps.
    , @LatW
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms


    If you read a book about China you would read it in English but not Russian. Even though the latter would have better insights.
     
    Actually, no, there is a whole school of history in Russian that is not biased or Sovietized but real scholarship (on a multitude of topics, not just Asia, and they have a tremendous amount of primary sources) - and Russians are much more likely to read about world history in Russian than English. Many of them still don't even read English well enough. Or German. Or Chinese.

    Even most Poles and Balts will use history books in their own primary languages for basic history knowledge. Many good local historians plus many Anglo and German historians have been translated. Most classics were translated a long time ago.
    , @LatW
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    By the way, you might find this interesting: in Latvia, we have people in the ancestral faith community who have done some translation from Japanese (there is even an academic study that contains a comparison of the revived Latvian religion and shinto). Last year a collection of Japanese poetry was released, that includes poems by Emperor Meiji.

    Can't really judge how good the translation is. :)

    Another interesting translation that was completed a few years back was for Hávamál - from Icelandic. Parts of it may have been translated before, but this one is an edition of all stanzas.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  300. @Philip Owen
    @sudden death

    PPP is expensive to recaluculate and a large, worldwide exercise. The World Bank recalculates about every 5 years (from memory). This flatters economies with high inflation. Hence the result for Turkey. Russia, not shown, is also benefitting from inflation enhancing apparent PPP growth. Ukraineis a basket caes all round though.

    Replies: @sudden death, @china-russia-all-the-way, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    In PPP terms Taiwan is almost as wealthy as Switzerland. Does Taiwan have high inflation?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita

    PPP favors export economies with deflated currencies. Housing, food and services are much cheaper in Taiwan, so white losers can become “passport bros” in Taiwan.

    But Swiss watchs cost the same everywhere, because it sets a standard. Maybe that will last forever, maybe not.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    What is the future of the Swiss watch industry? If I was going to buy a 200 dollar watch I would probably get a Seiko or a Citizen. The last time I did so I did get a Tissot.

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    , @Philip Owen
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Sure. High inflation is not the only condition that makes PPP numbers flattering. Taiwan manipulates its interest rates and eserves to keep the exchange rate down and exports up.

    That said, Taiwan's inflation rate is higher (2.1% when I looked) than China (0.1% if you believe it) or Switzerland at 1.2%. Between PPP factor updates, inflation is cumulative for the country involved. Taiwan's recent peak was 3.6%.

    Russia for comparison is 7.7% down from 17.8% in the months after starting the war. So Russia in particular looks much better than it is.

    I didn't know Taiwan was a passport Bro country. I always regretted, slightly, not going to Hong Kong. The people I knew who went there and Singapore and made big successes were the weaker people on my MBA course. Better connected than me though. Bankers rather than engineers. Upper class vs upper working class. Seems similar in the UAE now except no one goes to Dubai for cheap living.

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

  301. @AnonfromTN
    @Europe Europa


    Makes me laugh when white nationalists think that Putin’s Russia is their friend.
     
    Your laugh is fully justified. Putin is the president of the RF. He holds the RF interests supreme, everyone else’s interests as irrelevant. As he should.

    they must be as dumb as the blacks
     
    I don’t know about South African blacks, but West African blacks appear to be a lot smarter than some whites. France tried to use them as cannon fodder against Niger, and failed miserably. While the empire is using Ukrainians as cannon fodder against Russia quite successfully. Hundreds of thousands of Ukies have died or were maimed, yet the rest still did not put two and two together. Must be a lot dumber than blacks.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Emil Nikola Richard

    …France tried to use them as cannon fodder against Niger, and failed miserably. While the empire is using Ukrainians as cannon fodder against Russia quite successfully. Hundreds of thousands of Ukies have died or were maimed, yet the rest still did not put two and two together.

    Ukies caught a bad case of mass hysteria: higher IQ doesn’t help, explaining what is done by Nato is pointless – there is no cure. As with many sad hysterics overcomed by un-acknowledged sorrow and self-pity they escape into schadenfreude: blowing up refineries, joyful that “Moskali” are also suffering.

    It is irrational and extremely self-destructive. The “causes” they are dying for are of little importance in the long run: membership in Nato (?), banning Russian language, duty-free trade with EU...complete madness, destroying a country over pieces of paper.

    But it is clear that at this point they won’t stop – they will go down with the ship and Zelina&Co. will go to a comfortable exile in sunny Florida. Then the Nato propaganda will gradually deep-six the whole sorry affair and forever pretend there was “no plan to move Nato to Ukraine” (JJ idiocy) – until Russia objected to it and then it became inevitable. Very weird upside-down logic, but Nato doesn’t have to convince smart people – only the Western normies who are among the dumbest people on the planet.

    Africans are indeed better…to hell with Boers and Frenchies, they had their chance and blew it.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    higher IQ doesn’t help
     
    As Dostoyevsky once said, intelligence is not sufficient for acting intelligently.

    As to IQ, it’s grossly over-hyped. Whatever it reflects is not intelligence. It was designed to separate clinical idiots from normal people, and that’s likely the only thing it’s good for.
  302. @Europe Europa
    The way most British normies support Israel bombing Gaza to smithereens makes an absolute mockery of all the pro-Ukraine stuff for the past 2 years. Shows that most of them don't really give a fuck about war and mass murder when it's an agenda they support, ie killing Muslims and sucking up to Jews.

    Judging by the comments on mainstream media articles at the moment, most British normies seem to think the Hamas leader not crying on camera is a bigger "evil" than the IDF murdering children in cold blood. This sort of thing really brings home what bloody deranged psychopaths most normies are under the veneer of middle class "respectability".

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Wokechoke

    The Hamas geezer paid the cost to be the boss now. Quite hardcore.

  303. @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @AnonfromTN

    Latin and Greek had equally difficult grammar as Russian, did that keep them from being linguae francae?

    Slavs can't counter the West because you don't have unity and can't form a standard-- the acrimony between China and Japan was just as bad but Japanese didn't give up on kanji. But Poles and Balts will never use Cyrillic.

    And despite your positions you are still a "House Ivan" for the West. If you read a book about China you would read it in English but not Russian. Even though the latter would have better insights.

    https://xn----8sbalcgsi5aih6o.xn--p1ai/image/cache/data/products/p24699_823425_zolotaya_orda_car_batiy_penzev_k_a_-800x800.jpg

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @LatW, @LatW

    If you read a book about China you would read it in English but not Russian. Even though the latter would have better insights.

    FYI, I’ve read a thick pretty comprehensive book on Chinese history in Russian some 35-40 years ago. I still surprise Chinese (including mainland Chinese living in the US and Europe) with my knowledge of their history. I did not read a single book on Chinese history in English, confidently expecting it to be as full of lies as Western books on Russian history. So, I stick to “better insights”, i.e., the truth.

    BTW, the picture in your post is the book on Golden Horde, not on China. Mongols conquered and dominated China, but that period was relatively brief (Yuan dynasty; ~100 years; ~2.5% of Chinese history). Chinese history is ~4 times longer than Russian and ~12 times longer than American. I have >2,000 thousand years old Chinese verse written in hieroglyphs on one of my floor lamps.

  304. @AnonfromTN
    @Europe Europa


    Makes me laugh when white nationalists think that Putin’s Russia is their friend.
     
    Your laugh is fully justified. Putin is the president of the RF. He holds the RF interests supreme, everyone else’s interests as irrelevant. As he should.

    they must be as dumb as the blacks
     
    I don’t know about South African blacks, but West African blacks appear to be a lot smarter than some whites. France tried to use them as cannon fodder against Niger, and failed miserably. While the empire is using Ukrainians as cannon fodder against Russia quite successfully. Hundreds of thousands of Ukies have died or were maimed, yet the rest still did not put two and two together. Must be a lot dumber than blacks.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Emil Nikola Richard

    I don’t know about South African blacks, but West African blacks appear to be a lot smarter than some whites.

    Tribes follow the Big Man and everything depends on the quality of the leadership. In the land of the dummies the man with a 107 IQ is king. If you are lucky enough to work in a technical field you have met smart Africans. They exist and they are fine. The ones I have met have had some interesting takes on African American culture.

    African Americans at this point appear to be a total waste unless you are somebody like Mark Cuban who owns an NBA team.

    Did you read the Ron Unz stuff on Rwanda Hutus Tutsis? It’s pretty good.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    Did you read the Ron Unz stuff on Rwanda Hutus Tutsis?
     
    I didn’t read it. Maybe I should have.

    But the Hutu-Tutsi thing is not confined to Africa. E.g., Serb-Croat relationship, or the anti-Russian propaganda and actions in Ukraine are exactly the same thing. Primeval tribal nationalism inevitably ruins every country where it becomes dominant.

    In science I’ve seen smart and hard-working blacks, as well as dumb and lazy whites, and everything in between of every color imaginable.
  305. @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @Philip Owen

    In PPP terms Taiwan is almost as wealthy as Switzerland. Does Taiwan have high inflation?

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d1/Map_of_countries_by_GDP_%28PPP%29_per_capita_in_2023.svg

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita

    PPP favors export economies with deflated currencies. Housing, food and services are much cheaper in Taiwan, so white losers can become "passport bros" in Taiwan.

    But Swiss watchs cost the same everywhere, because it sets a standard. Maybe that will last forever, maybe not.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Philip Owen

    What is the future of the Swiss watch industry? If I was going to buy a 200 dollar watch I would probably get a Seiko or a Citizen. The last time I did so I did get a Tissot.

    • Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    You can good deals on "Swiss" watches from the usual outlets

    https://chrononautix.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/image-13.png

    But sometimes the knockoffs can compete with original, there's a whole German forum here about their merits, like the "Relax"

    https://i.postimg.cc/pLYsD3Nv/5066513-941542e7d0a9fd723e6a52ecf436b961.jpg

    https://uhrforum.de/forums/uhren-aus-china.25/

  306. Very heartwarming to see Woke-oma and Somalia organize 800 black lesbos in support of the new black actress being cast in the staging of Romeo and Juliet, which, if failing somewhat in the beauty department compared to past actresses, I think must be intended to imbue the Capulets with the threat of violence native to that era and setting.

    https://www.msn.com/en-nz/movies/news/romeo-and-juliet-star-backed-by-over-800-black-actors-after-racist-backlash-online/ar-BB1loNwl

  307. @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...France tried to use them as cannon fodder against Niger, and failed miserably. While the empire is using Ukrainians as cannon fodder against Russia quite successfully. Hundreds of thousands of Ukies have died or were maimed, yet the rest still did not put two and two together.
     
    Ukies caught a bad case of mass hysteria: higher IQ doesn't help, explaining what is done by Nato is pointless - there is no cure. As with many sad hysterics overcomed by un-acknowledged sorrow and self-pity they escape into schadenfreude: blowing up refineries, joyful that "Moskali" are also suffering.

    It is irrational and extremely self-destructive. The "causes" they are dying for are of little importance in the long run: membership in Nato (?), banning Russian language, duty-free trade with EU...complete madness, destroying a country over pieces of paper.

    But it is clear that at this point they won't stop - they will go down with the ship and Zelina&Co. will go to a comfortable exile in sunny Florida. Then the Nato propaganda will gradually deep-six the whole sorry affair and forever pretend there was "no plan to move Nato to Ukraine" (JJ idiocy) - until Russia objected to it and then it became inevitable. Very weird upside-down logic, but Nato doesn't have to convince smart people - only the Western normies who are among the dumbest people on the planet.

    Africans are indeed better...to hell with Boers and Frenchies, they had their chance and blew it.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    higher IQ doesn’t help

    As Dostoyevsky once said, intelligence is not sufficient for acting intelligently.

    As to IQ, it’s grossly over-hyped. Whatever it reflects is not intelligence. It was designed to separate clinical idiots from normal people, and that’s likely the only thing it’s good for.

  308. @John Johnson
    @QCIC

    The point someone made about Chinese or even Russian spare parts for Western aircraft is silly because of the way planes are certified, leased and insured.

    The point someone made? This isn't subjective or speculative.

    If you would break out of your pro-Putin information bubble you would know this is not only a problem for Russia but old news.

    Russia forced to strip grounded aircraft for parts as Western sanctions over Ukraine bite hard
    https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/08/08/russia-forced-to-strip-grounded-aircraft-for-parts-as-western-sanctions-over-ukraine-bite-

    I was told by Putin's fans at the start of the war that Russia could import any spare part from China. That's in my history.

    I'm not saying that was you but I had multiple posters give me this 1-800-CHINA4PARTS argument that proved to be wishful thinking and never made sense. China produces a lot of parts but that doesn't mean they maintain every spare part in existence and especially when said parts are not publicly specified. This should be common sense. HEHROH CHINA please send me a replacement drive shaft for my DeutchMan industrial drill. What do you mean you don't know what that is? At least a dozen oil drilling sites use it. You could probably dissemble one in a lab and after a few months figure out how to reproduce one. Go ahead and get on that. Hehroh?? .

    I don’t think recovering from the refinery problems will be too bad and the Chinese and Indians do manufacture parts for refineries.

    Why would China manufacture parts for Western designed refineries? I couldn't get a spare part for a dishwasher where over a million had been sold but you think they have specialized refinery parts? I also needed an alternator for a popular US car and only an OEM was available. Where is the Chinese option? Alternators are simple.

    Chinese companies will make spare parts if the will and the profit exist. Just because a potential profit motive exists doesn't mean there isn't a better way to make a profit somewhere else.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Beckow

    Russian airlines seem to still be flying Western planes after 2 years of harsh sanctions. I assume the number of planes is gradually diminishing. One possible loophole may be that non-Western, non-sanctioned airlines can fly more Russian internal flight legs as part of their routes. I don’t know if Russia has played this card, but it seems to be available. This takes some of the heat off the diminishing Russian fleet of Western airliners. Sanctions are tricky. Clearly the West underestimated the resilience of the Russian economy. It is still possible the intense sanctions might eventually work, but at this point it seems unlikely. If any Western airliners do have problems, they will just blame it on Boeing screwups!

    It may be hard to get a dishwasher part because the manufacturer and the government both want you to buy a new dishwasher. Russian refineries may have a similar problem with Chinese companies, but that is a more long-term game than home appliances. In a pinch, Chinese would sell them parts in exchange for favored status on a future large project. I mentioned China because I was thinking of the Yamal LNG liquefaction plant which was apparently built in China. My point was simply that Russia has a partner in the petrochemical world who can help repair refineries. In other words they are not stuck.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    Russian airlines seem to still be flying Western planes after 2 years of harsh sanctions.
     
    Personal experience: this February I flew from Moscow to Omsk and back on “Ural Airlines”. It was an Airbus both ways. Now all Airbuses and Boeings are serviced in Russia by local companies. I don’t think they have trouble getting spare parts: no matter what powers-that-be do (or pretend to do), trade, like water, always seeps through. E.g., Alzheimer-in-Chief prohibited trade with the RF two years ago, yet there is fresh food produced in the RF on offer in many internet and brick-and-mortar stores (not in chain supermarkets; but there is virtually nothing a European would consider food in those, anyway).

    I assume the number of planes is gradually diminishing.
     
    With proper maintenance an airplane serves for 20-30 years, so that won’t happen any time soon. In fact, fairly quick replacement of Soviet airplanes with Airbuses and Boeings in the 1990s took very significant bribes and kickbacks from those companies to greedy state and airline officials during the period of thieves’ rule in Russia. Now the RF is reviving the production of domestic civil airplanes, but it will take decades for these to replace the ones flying now.
  309. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @AnonfromTN


    I don’t know about South African blacks, but West African blacks appear to be a lot smarter than some whites.
     
    Tribes follow the Big Man and everything depends on the quality of the leadership. In the land of the dummies the man with a 107 IQ is king. If you are lucky enough to work in a technical field you have met smart Africans. They exist and they are fine. The ones I have met have had some interesting takes on African American culture.

    African Americans at this point appear to be a total waste unless you are somebody like Mark Cuban who owns an NBA team.

    Did you read the Ron Unz stuff on Rwanda Hutus Tutsis? It's pretty good.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Did you read the Ron Unz stuff on Rwanda Hutus Tutsis?

    I didn’t read it. Maybe I should have.

    But the Hutu-Tutsi thing is not confined to Africa. E.g., Serb-Croat relationship, or the anti-Russian propaganda and actions in Ukraine are exactly the same thing. Primeval tribal nationalism inevitably ruins every country where it becomes dominant.

    In science I’ve seen smart and hard-working blacks, as well as dumb and lazy whites, and everything in between of every color imaginable.

  310. @John Johnson
    @QCIC

    The point someone made about Chinese or even Russian spare parts for Western aircraft is silly because of the way planes are certified, leased and insured.

    The point someone made? This isn't subjective or speculative.

    If you would break out of your pro-Putin information bubble you would know this is not only a problem for Russia but old news.

    Russia forced to strip grounded aircraft for parts as Western sanctions over Ukraine bite hard
    https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/08/08/russia-forced-to-strip-grounded-aircraft-for-parts-as-western-sanctions-over-ukraine-bite-

    I was told by Putin's fans at the start of the war that Russia could import any spare part from China. That's in my history.

    I'm not saying that was you but I had multiple posters give me this 1-800-CHINA4PARTS argument that proved to be wishful thinking and never made sense. China produces a lot of parts but that doesn't mean they maintain every spare part in existence and especially when said parts are not publicly specified. This should be common sense. HEHROH CHINA please send me a replacement drive shaft for my DeutchMan industrial drill. What do you mean you don't know what that is? At least a dozen oil drilling sites use it. You could probably dissemble one in a lab and after a few months figure out how to reproduce one. Go ahead and get on that. Hehroh?? .

    I don’t think recovering from the refinery problems will be too bad and the Chinese and Indians do manufacture parts for refineries.

    Why would China manufacture parts for Western designed refineries? I couldn't get a spare part for a dishwasher where over a million had been sold but you think they have specialized refinery parts? I also needed an alternator for a popular US car and only an OEM was available. Where is the Chinese option? Alternators are simple.

    Chinese companies will make spare parts if the will and the profit exist. Just because a potential profit motive exists doesn't mean there isn't a better way to make a profit somewhere else.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Beckow

    You are generally a very dishonest guy, but your latest escape into the weeds is telling – like the guys who were busily rearranging the deck chairs on Titanic. Why don’t you also count the screws in each “washing machine” that “the gas station with nukes” uses to obliterate the best Nato has to offer in Ukraine?

    Turkey floated a peace plan with support from a few Euro countries (probably also US). It offers a “freeze until 2040” and then a referendum on Nato in Ukraine and what province will be in Russia or go back to Ukraine.

    It is probably 10 years too late…but what could have been if Kiev and Washington were not run by idiots? In retrospect the biggest idiots will be the Ukies who marched to slaughter like lemmings only to belatedly see the reality. (Yours (and mine) stocks will do quite well, just don’t invest in the Ukie chernozem…)

  311. @AP
    @QCIC

    You are just being contrarian for the sake of being contrarian.


    He also said something along the lines that in 10 or 20 years the Russian culture would be replaced

     

    That was very optimistic but the war has probably accelerated the process because most Ukrainians including most Russian-speaking ones are thoroughly disgusted by Russia.

    Do you oppose Americanisation of Latinos and other non-Anglos in the USA and consider it grounds for a civil war or invasion? Even if most Latinos themselves don’t mind it?

    As far as I recall, the bloodshed started with Ukrainian artillery shelling civilians in Donbas

     

    The key words are “as far as I recall.”

    The bloodshed started when Russians started taking over Ukrainian buildings and towns, and shooting at Ukrainian police and military. People came to Ukraine from Russia and did this. Sloviansk, the first city taken over, was seized by forces of Girkin, a Russian citizen who led the project on the ground. Although the majority of rebels were local, such Russian outsiders, many of whom were Chechen war veterans, were the backbone of the rebellion in terms of the best soldiers and much of the leaders (like the warlord Motorola) in addition to initiators.

    Parallels to Syria where a bunch of foreign adventurers supplied by Turkey or Saudi Arabia fought the Syrian government. Accept Poroshenko was no Assad and didn’t kill 10,000s of civilians while fighting against the mix of local and foreign rebels.

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

    AP wrote: Do you oppose Americanisation of Latinos and other non-Anglos in the USA and consider it grounds for a civil war or invasion? Even if most Latinos themselves don’t mind it?

    I think it is a sensible requirement that legal immigrants to the USA assimilate to a reasonable degree, but don’t think that relates very well to your question. I think the West+Ukraine vs Russia conflict is interesting becaus