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For those interested, here’s my most recent piece, prompted by the six month anniversary of the Israel/Gaza conflict and arguing that the enormous new scrutiny that Israel has been receiving may be the most important lasting consequence of these events, potentially very damaging for the future of the Jewish state:

Although my piece appeared before the latest round of Israel-Iran military exchanges, I’d strongly recommend this interview of Col. Douglas Macgregor:

 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Russia, Ukraine 
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  1. The ability to tacitly threaten the US that if it doesn’t help Israel in any extremity then “we will have to use nuclear weapons” is the entire intended purpose of Israel having nukes. American conventional might is Israel’s real weapon of last resort.

    • Agree: Not Raul, Not Raul
  2. A123 says: • Website

    Housing costs in the U.S. are out of control. (1)

    Middle Class Can’t Afford Homes In Nearly
    Half Of Top 100 US Metros, Study Finds

    In total, 41 out of the 100 metros require a gross annual income of $100,000 or more to qualify for an average home. In 13 metros, an average income of more than $155,000 is needed.

    Being considered “middle class” doesn’t carry the same significance as it did just a few years ago.

    “In the past, if you were middle class, it was almost assumed you would become a homeowner,” said Ali Wolf, chief economist of Zonda, a housing market research firm.

    “Today, the aspiration is still there, but it is a lot more difficult. You have to be wealthy or lucky.”

    That’s all thanks to a “perfect storm” of elevated mortgage rates, sky-high home prices, and a lack of inventory, making housing more unaffordable.

    The DNC is the party of Wall Street. They do not care if workers are harmed by their policies. Migration, both legal and illegal, is good for elite Globalist bankers and financiers.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/middle-class-cant-afford-homes-nearly-half-top-100-us-metros-study-finds

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @A123


    ...Middle Class Can’t Afford Homes In Nearly Half Of Top 100 US Metros
     
    They are not really Middle Class, no matter how desperately they try to tell it to themselves. Renters are a dependent lower class - always have been and always will be.

    US has a housing pyramid scheme: easy riches for the elderly boomers and high rents for the young. Unlimited migrants keep it going: they add to demand for housing and lower incomes for the younger workers. It applies also to the better jobs, if 100 Indians migrate to US the native Americans will make less, even engineers and nurses. It is just math.

    All pyramid schemes inevitably collapse. The short interlude of close to zero interest rates can be only done so often - the money people want money to make money, they won't give it up for nothing.

    Canada, UK, Australia are about the same or even worse. What is it about the Anglos that greed and selfishness by the elderly triumphs everything else?

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

    , @Wokechoke
    @A123

    You hav to wait for a relative to die to get the lump sum.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @John Johnson
    @A123

    The DNC is the party of Wall Street. They do not care if workers are harmed by their policies. Migration, both legal and illegal, is good for elite Globalist bankers and financiers.

    And what is the Republican solution? Crack down on Wall Street?

    Let's hear the Republican solution to high housing costs:
    (crickets)

    The MAGA leader of the House just wrote Israel a check for 26 billion even though they have a budget surplus.

    Trump is currently in court over trying to pay off a porn star. He somehow couldn't do it without committing fraud. We haven't even gotten to the docs case and he is already flipping his lid.

    This would be a great time to take off the red hat and find a new hobby.

    It isn't going to get easier defending this NYC real estate con who was a Democrat most of his life. He not only supports globalist bankers but seems to think he should be allowed to commit fraud when dealing with them.

    Replies: @Negronicus, @Derer

    , @Solutions
    @A123

    And the venture capital REIT company's want to buy up all the current homeowners homes so they can drive up rents in a new feudal land baron / peasant system, God bless America!

  3. There is an argument to be made that the new AI chatbots are useless for the most useful people. I will make this argument because (subjectively!) I am the most useful person that I know and I find them utterly useless.

    True Fact: google search results are user-dependent. When you type into the search bar the program returns what it predicts you are searching for. What you get and what I get are two different things, perhaps even completely totally different.

    Observation: the highest status enthusiasts for the new AI’s all seem to have one commonality. The highest benefit, or at the very least one of the highest benefits, is they can search the web again which they haven’t been able to do for years their google search engine is so fubar’d.

    My google search engine is not fubar’d. I can almost always quickly find what I am looking for.

    I am reminded of Bruce Schneier’s talk at google where he began by telling the nerds in the room:

    We all watch Game of Thrones
    Google knows what everybody’s favorite porno is

    True fact: I have never seen an episode of Game of Thrones. I have seen two minute clips here or there so I do have some idea of what I am missing but I really do not know what all the fuss was about. When whats-her-face went Darth Vader some of the subsequent internet caterwauling was amusing. That’s about all I know about Game of Thrones.

    Also a true fact: I have never used google search to look for porn.

    So I guess Bruce Schneier wasn’t talking to me.

    Feel free to presume I never ever search for anything you would find useful!

    • Agree: Philip Owen
    • Replies: @Sher Singh
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Brave Ai is decent.

    https://twitter.com/frontiervitalsm/status/1781678962697265260

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

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

    , @Philip Owen
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    My work account delivers very different results from my private account as I keep strong boundaries. I even have a household account which delivers DIY advice on cars and house repairs. The way Google dovetails with YouTube and your locations (I take all cookies and allow Google to track my location) can be uncanny or farcical. So far as I know, it doesn't know what I buy at the Chemist but it knows I've been there and not the Newsagent.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @QCIC

  4. @A123
    Housing costs in the U.S. are out of control. (1)

    Middle Class Can't Afford Homes In Nearly
    Half Of Top 100 US Metros, Study Finds

     

    In total, 41 out of the 100 metros require a gross annual income of $100,000 or more to qualify for an average home. In 13 metros, an average income of more than $155,000 is needed.
    ...
    Being considered “middle class” doesn’t carry the same significance as it did just a few years ago.

    “In the past, if you were middle class, it was almost assumed you would become a homeowner,” said Ali Wolf, chief economist of Zonda, a housing market research firm.

    “Today, the aspiration is still there, but it is a lot more difficult. You have to be wealthy or lucky.”

    That's all thanks to a “perfect storm” of elevated mortgage rates, sky-high home prices, and a lack of inventory, making housing more unaffordable.
     
    The DNC is the party of Wall Street. They do not care if workers are harmed by their policies. Migration, both legal and illegal, is good for elite Globalist bankers and financiers.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/middle-class-cant-afford-homes-nearly-half-top-100-us-metros-study-finds

    Replies: @Beckow, @Wokechoke, @John Johnson, @Solutions

    …Middle Class Can’t Afford Homes In Nearly Half Of Top 100 US Metros

    They are not really Middle Class, no matter how desperately they try to tell it to themselves. Renters are a dependent lower class – always have been and always will be.

    US has a housing pyramid scheme: easy riches for the elderly boomers and high rents for the young. Unlimited migrants keep it going: they add to demand for housing and lower incomes for the younger workers. It applies also to the better jobs, if 100 Indians migrate to US the native Americans will make less, even engineers and nurses. It is just math.

    All pyramid schemes inevitably collapse. The short interlude of close to zero interest rates can be only done so often – the money people want money to make money, they won’t give it up for nothing.

    Canada, UK, Australia are about the same or even worse. What is it about the Anglos that greed and selfishness by the elderly triumphs everything else?

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @Beckow

    " What is it about the Anglos that greed and selfishness by the elderly triumphs everything else?"

    It's not the elderly who've sent housing through the roof. It's open borders plus easy credit/low interest rates/the rich buying as landlords.

    Replies: @Ennui

    , @QCIC
    @Beckow

    I agree with this, though the USA used to be different since there was an upwardly mobile path to the middle class which often included buying a house.

    I think one feature of this earlier housing ownership-based model is that it was less class-centric.

    The core value of the house was lost once the family had been wrecked by other causes.

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @Beckow

    Eastern Europe has much less immigration. Is it working out much better for them relative to the Anglosphere?

    Replies: @Beckow

  5. @A123
    Housing costs in the U.S. are out of control. (1)

    Middle Class Can't Afford Homes In Nearly
    Half Of Top 100 US Metros, Study Finds

     

    In total, 41 out of the 100 metros require a gross annual income of $100,000 or more to qualify for an average home. In 13 metros, an average income of more than $155,000 is needed.
    ...
    Being considered “middle class” doesn’t carry the same significance as it did just a few years ago.

    “In the past, if you were middle class, it was almost assumed you would become a homeowner,” said Ali Wolf, chief economist of Zonda, a housing market research firm.

    “Today, the aspiration is still there, but it is a lot more difficult. You have to be wealthy or lucky.”

    That's all thanks to a “perfect storm” of elevated mortgage rates, sky-high home prices, and a lack of inventory, making housing more unaffordable.
     
    The DNC is the party of Wall Street. They do not care if workers are harmed by their policies. Migration, both legal and illegal, is good for elite Globalist bankers and financiers.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/middle-class-cant-afford-homes-nearly-half-top-100-us-metros-study-finds

    Replies: @Beckow, @Wokechoke, @John Johnson, @Solutions

    You hav to wait for a relative to die to get the lump sum.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Wokechoke


    You hav to wait for a relative to die to get the lump sum.
     
    You can help the relative to transition to a better world. Many people do.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Mr. XYZ

  6. So the vindictive U.S criminal elite have decided to steal Russian assets it holds and hand them to Ukraine…its time the Russians handed the Houthis the capability to send a few ships to the bottom that the U.S own…that should eat into the benifit of the theft.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Mr_Chow_Mein


    So the vindictive U.S criminal elite have decided to steal Russian assets it holds and hand them to Ukraine…
     
    This is called theft in every criminal code that ever existed. The US congress just decided that there is no law but the law of the jungle. Not just Russia, but the rest of the world (excluding imperial cocksuckers, who are the rulers but not the population of countries on the imperial patch) will act accordingly. The US businesses will lose a lot more than the US government steals. However, this was done to enrich the MIC, other businesses do not give as much kickbacks to “lawmakers”.

    Only a total idiot would upset the roost where it is on top. The idiot just did.
    , @A123
    @Mr_Chow_Mein


    its time the Russians handed the Houthis the capability to send a few ships to the bottom that the U.S own…that should eat into the [benefit] of the theft.
     
    The U.S. doesn't own a commercial fleet that transits the Indian Ocean. Its vessels travel almost exclusively to/from U.S. ports under the Jones Act.

    They are run by anti-American, SJW Globalist multinationals that ship in goods to suppress the wages of Christian workers. Supplying weapons to the Houthi will result in CCP goods being more expensive as they have to take the long route or bear high insurance expense.

    Make Christian European
          Workers Stronger!
        Arm the Houthi Now!

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Mr_Chow_Mein

  7. @Beckow
    @A123


    ...Middle Class Can’t Afford Homes In Nearly Half Of Top 100 US Metros
     
    They are not really Middle Class, no matter how desperately they try to tell it to themselves. Renters are a dependent lower class - always have been and always will be.

    US has a housing pyramid scheme: easy riches for the elderly boomers and high rents for the young. Unlimited migrants keep it going: they add to demand for housing and lower incomes for the younger workers. It applies also to the better jobs, if 100 Indians migrate to US the native Americans will make less, even engineers and nurses. It is just math.

    All pyramid schemes inevitably collapse. The short interlude of close to zero interest rates can be only done so often - the money people want money to make money, they won't give it up for nothing.

    Canada, UK, Australia are about the same or even worse. What is it about the Anglos that greed and selfishness by the elderly triumphs everything else?

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

    ” What is it about the Anglos that greed and selfishness by the elderly triumphs everything else?”

    It’s not the elderly who’ve sent housing through the roof. It’s open borders plus easy credit/low interest rates/the rich buying as landlords.

    • Replies: @Ennui
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Huh, guess the elderly shouldn't have voted for politicians that enable those conditions you mentioned.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

  8. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Beckow

    " What is it about the Anglos that greed and selfishness by the elderly triumphs everything else?"

    It's not the elderly who've sent housing through the roof. It's open borders plus easy credit/low interest rates/the rich buying as landlords.

    Replies: @Ennui

    Huh, guess the elderly shouldn’t have voted for politicians that enable those conditions you mentioned.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @Ennui

    I've heard that all adults can vote, not just the elderly.

    Open borders enablers tend to be young.

    Replies: @Ennui

  9. @Mr_Chow_Mein
    So the vindictive U.S criminal elite have decided to steal Russian assets it holds and hand them to Ukraine...its time the Russians handed the Houthis the capability to send a few ships to the bottom that the U.S own...that should eat into the benifit of the theft.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @A123

    So the vindictive U.S criminal elite have decided to steal Russian assets it holds and hand them to Ukraine…

    This is called theft in every criminal code that ever existed. The US congress just decided that there is no law but the law of the jungle. Not just Russia, but the rest of the world (excluding imperial cocksuckers, who are the rulers but not the population of countries on the imperial patch) will act accordingly. The US businesses will lose a lot more than the US government steals. However, this was done to enrich the MIC, other businesses do not give as much kickbacks to “lawmakers”.

    Only a total idiot would upset the roost where it is on top. The idiot just did.

  10. @Wokechoke
    @A123

    You hav to wait for a relative to die to get the lump sum.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    You hav to wait for a relative to die to get the lump sum.

    You can help the relative to transition to a better world. Many people do.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @AnonfromTN

    The day of the pillow.

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @AnonfromTN

    Classical Sovok thinking. :(

  11. @Mr_Chow_Mein
    So the vindictive U.S criminal elite have decided to steal Russian assets it holds and hand them to Ukraine...its time the Russians handed the Houthis the capability to send a few ships to the bottom that the U.S own...that should eat into the benifit of the theft.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @A123

    its time the Russians handed the Houthis the capability to send a few ships to the bottom that the U.S own…that should eat into the [benefit] of the theft.

    The U.S. doesn’t own a commercial fleet that transits the Indian Ocean. Its vessels travel almost exclusively to/from U.S. ports under the Jones Act.

    They are run by anti-American, SJW Globalist multinationals that ship in goods to suppress the wages of Christian workers. Supplying weapons to the Houthi will result in CCP goods being more expensive as they have to take the long route or bear high insurance expense.

    Make Christian European
          Workers Stronger!
        Arm the Houthi Now!

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Mr_Chow_Mein
    @A123

    There are military ships in the area, they may be out of reach of the Houthis...send one of those expensive bit of kit to Davey Jones locker and the U.S will probably invade...but they will anyway, sooner or later. It's best to chose the timing of war yourself and not let the U.S do so.

    Hows that jetty in Palestine going? I suggest its a crossing into the next world the U.S criminals are building for the Palestinians.

    Remember whatever the "elite" criminals are doing in the wider world its in the U.S goys' name they're doing it, the Zionist are just steering the effort to their advantage.

    Replies: @A123

  12. @AnonfromTN
    @Wokechoke


    You hav to wait for a relative to die to get the lump sum.
     
    You can help the relative to transition to a better world. Many people do.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Mr. XYZ

    The day of the pillow.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Wokechoke

    You guys are dark. How often do you think this happens?

    Replies: @Wokechoke

  13. @Ennui
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Huh, guess the elderly shouldn't have voted for politicians that enable those conditions you mentioned.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    I’ve heard that all adults can vote, not just the elderly.

    Open borders enablers tend to be young.

    • Replies: @Ennui
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Jimmy "Cuban Boat Lift" Carter, Ronald "A." Reagan, I'll let you look into what Gerald Ford did vis-a-vis Southeast Asia.

    Emanuel Cellar didn't die yesterday, nor did Phil Hart. Somebody must voted for them and for everybody who voted for their bill. Not some zoomers, I promise you.

    The elderly and their parents made the world those poor, confused zoomers live in. Easy, and weasily, to blame the young.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

  14. Wikipedia spends less than 5% of its donations on servers, while constantly throwing fundraising banners in your face. This would be a good place to exile the people responsible, including that Maher witch. They can make a game of trying to catch goats with their bare hands.

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

    https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/2024/04/the-wikipedia-fundraising-scam/

  15. @Beckow
    @A123


    ...Middle Class Can’t Afford Homes In Nearly Half Of Top 100 US Metros
     
    They are not really Middle Class, no matter how desperately they try to tell it to themselves. Renters are a dependent lower class - always have been and always will be.

    US has a housing pyramid scheme: easy riches for the elderly boomers and high rents for the young. Unlimited migrants keep it going: they add to demand for housing and lower incomes for the younger workers. It applies also to the better jobs, if 100 Indians migrate to US the native Americans will make less, even engineers and nurses. It is just math.

    All pyramid schemes inevitably collapse. The short interlude of close to zero interest rates can be only done so often - the money people want money to make money, they won't give it up for nothing.

    Canada, UK, Australia are about the same or even worse. What is it about the Anglos that greed and selfishness by the elderly triumphs everything else?

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

    I agree with this, though the USA used to be different since there was an upwardly mobile path to the middle class which often included buying a house.

    I think one feature of this earlier housing ownership-based model is that it was less class-centric.

    The core value of the house was lost once the family had been wrecked by other causes.

  16. Did anyone see how much of the 61 billion is going to Palestine to help them to eat…and build the basics?

    This package proves where evil resides in the world…and worms like Johnson sit on the right ,or in the devil’s empire the left, of the devil.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Mr_Chow_Mein

    https://original.antiwar.com/David_Stockman/2024/04/19/speaker-johnsons-ignominious-betrayal/

    https://libertarianinstitute.org/news/new-amendment-would-force-reps-who-support-ukraine-aid-to-join-kievs-military/

  17. @Wokechoke
    @AnonfromTN

    The day of the pillow.

    Replies: @QCIC

    You guys are dark. How often do you think this happens?

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @QCIC

    Have you read about the English aristocracy?

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

  18. @QCIC
    @Wokechoke

    You guys are dark. How often do you think this happens?

    Replies: @Wokechoke

    Have you read about the English aristocracy?

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @Wokechoke

    I don't think a vast number of Brits are suffocating granny to get the house (except for a few of our New Brits).

    But the use of "Do Not Resuscitate" plans in hospitals and the constant drumbeat of promotion for Dignitas and "assisted dying" (what a euphemism) will have its effect, even on those with no wish to die.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13316295/Retired-nurse-died-hospital-staff-mixed-notes-Not-Resucitate-notice-90-year-old-man.html


    A retired nurse died after hospital staff mixed her up with a patient on a 'Do Not Resuscitate' notice.

    Pat Dawson, 73, was fit and healthy and had had no medical treatment in 30 years before suffering a suspected bowel obstruction, her family told an inquest.

    The widow and grandmother was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital by ambulance but died after she collapsed and staff stopped attempts to resuscitate her following a look at 'her' notes.

    By the time medics realised that a mix-up had left them reading a DNR report relating to a 90-year-old man, it was too late to save her.

    The inquest heard that staff failed to check the NHS number on Mrs Dawson's wristband or even the gender and age on the notes.

    Emergency consultant Ahmad Alabood called the tragedy an 'honest mistake because [staff] were rushing' when the unit was 'over-stretched and over-crowded'.

     

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird, @Wokechoke

  19. Does the Sikh have any crazy bumperstickers on his vehicle to discourage cartheft?

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @songbird

    "I'm Sikh! I know how to make thieves Sikh!"

    , @Negronicus
    @songbird

    "I have a knife in my hat!"

  20. @AnonfromTN
    @Wokechoke


    You hav to wait for a relative to die to get the lump sum.
     
    You can help the relative to transition to a better world. Many people do.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Mr. XYZ

    Classical Sovok thinking. 🙁

  21. @Beckow
    @A123


    ...Middle Class Can’t Afford Homes In Nearly Half Of Top 100 US Metros
     
    They are not really Middle Class, no matter how desperately they try to tell it to themselves. Renters are a dependent lower class - always have been and always will be.

    US has a housing pyramid scheme: easy riches for the elderly boomers and high rents for the young. Unlimited migrants keep it going: they add to demand for housing and lower incomes for the younger workers. It applies also to the better jobs, if 100 Indians migrate to US the native Americans will make less, even engineers and nurses. It is just math.

    All pyramid schemes inevitably collapse. The short interlude of close to zero interest rates can be only done so often - the money people want money to make money, they won't give it up for nothing.

    Canada, UK, Australia are about the same or even worse. What is it about the Anglos that greed and selfishness by the elderly triumphs everything else?

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

    Eastern Europe has much less immigration. Is it working out much better for them relative to the Anglosphere?

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mr. XYZ


    ...Eastern Europe has much less immigration. Is it working out much better for them relative to the Anglosphere?
     
    The Central-Eastern Europe is a collection of dependencies - some more independent, some less. Similar to Latin America in the past, even now. Or the way France sees Western Africa.

    The east has been where most of the wars and massive destruction happened in the last 200 years. Many of the Western pathologies were recently imported, but we are in the early stages and large parts of the West are in the end-state. Beginnings are always easy - for any system. We are still enjoying the early phase...:)

  22. @songbird
    Does the Sikh have any crazy bumperstickers on his vehicle to discourage cartheft?

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Negronicus

    “I’m Sikh! I know how to make thieves Sikh!”

  23. @Emil Nikola Richard
    There is an argument to be made that the new AI chatbots are useless for the most useful people. I will make this argument because (subjectively!) I am the most useful person that I know and I find them utterly useless.

    True Fact: google search results are user-dependent. When you type into the search bar the program returns what it predicts you are searching for. What you get and what I get are two different things, perhaps even completely totally different.

    Observation: the highest status enthusiasts for the new AI's all seem to have one commonality. The highest benefit, or at the very least one of the highest benefits, is they can search the web again which they haven't been able to do for years their google search engine is so fubar'd.

    My google search engine is not fubar'd. I can almost always quickly find what I am looking for.

    I am reminded of Bruce Schneier's talk at google where he began by telling the nerds in the room:

    We all watch Game of Thrones
    Google knows what everybody's favorite porno is

    True fact: I have never seen an episode of Game of Thrones. I have seen two minute clips here or there so I do have some idea of what I am missing but I really do not know what all the fuss was about. When whats-her-face went Darth Vader some of the subsequent internet caterwauling was amusing. That's about all I know about Game of Thrones.

    Also a true fact: I have never used google search to look for porn.

    So I guess Bruce Schneier wasn't talking to me.

    Feel free to presume I never ever search for anything you would find useful!

    Replies: @Sher Singh, @Philip Owen

    Brave Ai is decent.

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

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

  24. Cases such as this are why adults’ guns should NOT be easily accessible to kids:

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/10-year-old-allegedly-confesses-to-randomly-killing-stranger-when-he-was-7?ref=scroll

    Being a cold-blooded murderer at just the age of seven! Amazing!

  25. @A123
    @Mr_Chow_Mein


    its time the Russians handed the Houthis the capability to send a few ships to the bottom that the U.S own…that should eat into the [benefit] of the theft.
     
    The U.S. doesn't own a commercial fleet that transits the Indian Ocean. Its vessels travel almost exclusively to/from U.S. ports under the Jones Act.

    They are run by anti-American, SJW Globalist multinationals that ship in goods to suppress the wages of Christian workers. Supplying weapons to the Houthi will result in CCP goods being more expensive as they have to take the long route or bear high insurance expense.

    Make Christian European
          Workers Stronger!
        Arm the Houthi Now!

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Mr_Chow_Mein

    There are military ships in the area, they may be out of reach of the Houthis…send one of those expensive bit of kit to Davey Jones locker and the U.S will probably invade…but they will anyway, sooner or later. It’s best to chose the timing of war yourself and not let the U.S do so.

    Hows that jetty in Palestine going? I suggest its a crossing into the next world the U.S criminals are building for the Palestinians.

    Remember whatever the “elite” criminals are doing in the wider world its in the U.S goys’ name they’re doing it, the Zionist are just steering the effort to their advantage.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Mr_Chow_Mein


    Hows that jetty in Palestine going? I suggest its a crossing into the next world the U.S criminals are building for the Palestinians.
     
    Do you mean anti-Semite Biden's pier to rearm Hamas colonial forces?

    Its availability date is not growing any closer (1)

    The Pentagon's self-imposed deadline of having the pier operational and delivering the needed aid by May rapidly approaches, and experts say there are other delays and problems cropping up with the mission.

    The USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo "experienced a fire in the engine room while in transit to the eastern Mediterranean Sea" on April 11, and while the crew evacuated the area and used portable extinguishers to put out the fire, the ship had to return to Jacksonville, Florida, using just one engine, "for further assessment," according to a Navy statement provided Wednesday.

    Sal Mercogliano, an academic and shipping expert, noted to Military.com on Wednesday that one of the Army Landing Craft Utility ships, the Wilson Wharf, seems to be stuck in Tenerife -- a small island that is part of the Canary Islands cluster off the west coast of Africa. Plus, the Army's Logistics Support Vessel General Frank S. Besson spent a week in the Azores before finally making it to the Navy's base at Souda Bay in Greece.

    Mercogliano said such a long stay may indicate the ship had an engineering issue.

    A retired Army chief warrant officer who has significant experience in the Army's watercraft community also told Military.com in an interview Wednesday that "if those boats don't have multiple major mechanical failures -- I mean 'dead in the water' mechanical failures -- I will be shocked."

    "They're horrendously maintained. I've got videos of these things falling apart," the retired officer added.
     
    Other Atlantic theatre vessels that could be of use are stuck in Baltimore on the wrong side of the Francis Scott Key bridge collapse.

    It is almost as if God is intervening to thwart the Veggie-In-Chief's efforts to help Islamic aggression.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.military.com/daily-news/2024/04/17/navy-ship-slated-help-build-gaza-aid-pier-forced-return-port-experts-warn-of-other-delays.html
  26. Speaker Johnson came through after dragging his feet for months. Money for ATACMS and more

    Play both videos but with the first on mute.

    • Thanks: Mr. XYZ
    • Replies: @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    Enough with the dancing!

    I prefer this version of the song, which coincidentally is by a band named after the Ukie namesake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE5h5sxny88

    If you need the visual distraction this song is in the Stallone movie "Driven" which has a fun car bit near the beginning. Might be his least bad movie among the few I have seen. Also has Gina Gershon as a dyke playing a hottie or was it a tranny playing a dyke? I lost track.

    , @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    I don't recommend standing near the ATACMS launchers.

    Even the schoolyard placement won't save you now.

    , @LatW
    @John Johnson

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e0/45/a9/e045a9b20a96855f33627a635524b509.jpg

  27. @A123
    Housing costs in the U.S. are out of control. (1)

    Middle Class Can't Afford Homes In Nearly
    Half Of Top 100 US Metros, Study Finds

     

    In total, 41 out of the 100 metros require a gross annual income of $100,000 or more to qualify for an average home. In 13 metros, an average income of more than $155,000 is needed.
    ...
    Being considered “middle class” doesn’t carry the same significance as it did just a few years ago.

    “In the past, if you were middle class, it was almost assumed you would become a homeowner,” said Ali Wolf, chief economist of Zonda, a housing market research firm.

    “Today, the aspiration is still there, but it is a lot more difficult. You have to be wealthy or lucky.”

    That's all thanks to a “perfect storm” of elevated mortgage rates, sky-high home prices, and a lack of inventory, making housing more unaffordable.
     
    The DNC is the party of Wall Street. They do not care if workers are harmed by their policies. Migration, both legal and illegal, is good for elite Globalist bankers and financiers.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/middle-class-cant-afford-homes-nearly-half-top-100-us-metros-study-finds

    Replies: @Beckow, @Wokechoke, @John Johnson, @Solutions

    The DNC is the party of Wall Street. They do not care if workers are harmed by their policies. Migration, both legal and illegal, is good for elite Globalist bankers and financiers.

    And what is the Republican solution? Crack down on Wall Street?

    Let’s hear the Republican solution to high housing costs:
    (crickets)

    The MAGA leader of the House just wrote Israel a check for 26 billion even though they have a budget surplus.

    Trump is currently in court over trying to pay off a porn star. He somehow couldn’t do it without committing fraud. We haven’t even gotten to the docs case and he is already flipping his lid.

    This would be a great time to take off the red hat and find a new hobby.

    It isn’t going to get easier defending this NYC real estate con who was a Democrat most of his life. He not only supports globalist bankers but seems to think he should be allowed to commit fraud when dealing with them.

    • Replies: @Negronicus
    @John Johnson


    Trump is currently in court over trying to pay off a porn star.

     

    Be known as blackmale.

    He somehow couldn’t do it without committing fraud.

     

    The Man always tryna keep a nigga down.
    , @Derer
    @John Johnson

    The DNC is a criminal entity going berserk after Trump and his supporters. They are going out of the realm of civilized political opposition of an adversary and resorting to dishonesty and criminality. The DNC huge appetite for power is never matched by their nonexistent accomplishments.

    Trump is a threat to their sovereign political reign. He was twice impeached by concocted schemes and in fact, in one case, for asking investigating Biden corruption and nepotism in Ukraine. Ironically VP Biden's withholding the US aid to Ukraine if the investigator of Burisma is not fired, despite being documented, was ignored for impeachment - pathetic.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  28. @John Johnson
    Speaker Johnson came through after dragging his feet for months. Money for ATACMS and more

    https://youtu.be/CuaFprs4VEk?t=326


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAlwoAflWrM&list=RDGAlwoAflWrM&start_radio=1

    Play both videos but with the first on mute.

    Replies: @QCIC, @QCIC, @LatW

    Enough with the dancing!

    I prefer this version of the song, which coincidentally is by a band named after the Ukie namesake.

    [MORE]

    If you need the visual distraction this song is in the Stallone movie “Driven” which has a fun car bit near the beginning. Might be his least bad movie among the few I have seen. Also has Gina Gershon as a dyke playing a hottie or was it a tranny playing a dyke? I lost track.

  29. @John Johnson
    Speaker Johnson came through after dragging his feet for months. Money for ATACMS and more

    https://youtu.be/CuaFprs4VEk?t=326


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAlwoAflWrM&list=RDGAlwoAflWrM&start_radio=1

    Play both videos but with the first on mute.

    Replies: @QCIC, @QCIC, @LatW

    I don’t recommend standing near the ATACMS launchers.

    Even the schoolyard placement won’t save you now.

  30. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Ennui

    I've heard that all adults can vote, not just the elderly.

    Open borders enablers tend to be young.

    Replies: @Ennui

    Jimmy “Cuban Boat Lift” Carter, Ronald “A.” Reagan, I’ll let you look into what Gerald Ford did vis-a-vis Southeast Asia.

    Emanuel Cellar didn’t die yesterday, nor did Phil Hart. Somebody must voted for them and for everybody who voted for their bill. Not some zoomers, I promise you.

    The elderly and their parents made the world those poor, confused zoomers live in. Easy, and weasily, to blame the young.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @Ennui

    "Blame" is not the thing - the 1965 boomers were told that the Hart-Cellar act wouldn't change US demographics.

    Young people in UK and US are taught that their forebears were awful racists, and all the black people they see on TV are carefully curated for their pleasant demeanour. But the boomers don't run TV and Hollywood, do they now?

    Replies: @Ennui

  31. Referring to the sidebar, I didn’t realize Anatoly was on the Hanah Barron train. I would say there was hope for him, but maybe her very existence fried his brain and maybe his soul.

    Hannah seems like a nice girl, nonetheless I believe this is her song. It came after the death of innuendo and they really spell it out at 0:33:

  32. @Mr_Chow_Mein
    Did anyone see how much of the 61 billion is going to Palestine to help them to eat...and build the basics?

    This package proves where evil resides in the world...and worms like Johnson sit on the right ,or in the devil's empire the left, of the devil.

    Replies: @Mikhail

  33. Alexander Motyl’s latest delusional pro-Kiev regime babble:

    https://thehill.com/opinion/international/4597442-j-d-vance-is-dead-wrong-about-ukraine-aid/

    He fails to factually refute JD Vance’s practical assessment of the Russia-Kiev regime/NATO proxy war:

    https://www.vance.senate.gov/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/4.16.2024-Vance-Weapons-Shortages.pdf

    Since 2/24/22, Russia has gotten militarily stronger unlike the Kiev regime, which is noticeably weaker. Economically and politically, Russia is more stable than the Kiev regime and its Western backers.

  34. @John Johnson
    Speaker Johnson came through after dragging his feet for months. Money for ATACMS and more

    https://youtu.be/CuaFprs4VEk?t=326


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAlwoAflWrM&list=RDGAlwoAflWrM&start_radio=1

    Play both videos but with the first on mute.

    Replies: @QCIC, @QCIC, @LatW

  35. @songbird
    Does the Sikh have any crazy bumperstickers on his vehicle to discourage cartheft?

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Negronicus

    “I have a knife in my hat!”

    • LOL: QCIC
  36. @John Johnson
    @A123

    The DNC is the party of Wall Street. They do not care if workers are harmed by their policies. Migration, both legal and illegal, is good for elite Globalist bankers and financiers.

    And what is the Republican solution? Crack down on Wall Street?

    Let's hear the Republican solution to high housing costs:
    (crickets)

    The MAGA leader of the House just wrote Israel a check for 26 billion even though they have a budget surplus.

    Trump is currently in court over trying to pay off a porn star. He somehow couldn't do it without committing fraud. We haven't even gotten to the docs case and he is already flipping his lid.

    This would be a great time to take off the red hat and find a new hobby.

    It isn't going to get easier defending this NYC real estate con who was a Democrat most of his life. He not only supports globalist bankers but seems to think he should be allowed to commit fraud when dealing with them.

    Replies: @Negronicus, @Derer

    Trump is currently in court over trying to pay off a porn star.

    Be known as blackmale.

    He somehow couldn’t do it without committing fraud.

    The Man always tryna keep a nigga down.

  37. @Wokechoke
    @QCIC

    Have you read about the English aristocracy?

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    I don’t think a vast number of Brits are suffocating granny to get the house (except for a few of our New Brits).

    But the use of “Do Not Resuscitate” plans in hospitals and the constant drumbeat of promotion for Dignitas and “assisted dying” (what a euphemism) will have its effect, even on those with no wish to die.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13316295/Retired-nurse-died-hospital-staff-mixed-notes-Not-Resucitate-notice-90-year-old-man.html

    A retired nurse died after hospital staff mixed her up with a patient on a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ notice.

    Pat Dawson, 73, was fit and healthy and had had no medical treatment in 30 years before suffering a suspected bowel obstruction, her family told an inquest.

    The widow and grandmother was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital by ambulance but died after she collapsed and staff stopped attempts to resuscitate her following a look at ‘her’ notes.

    By the time medics realised that a mix-up had left them reading a DNR report relating to a 90-year-old man, it was too late to save her.

    The inquest heard that staff failed to check the NHS number on Mrs Dawson’s wristband or even the gender and age on the notes.

    Emergency consultant Ahmad Alabood called the tragedy an ‘honest mistake because [staff] were rushing’ when the unit was ‘over-stretched and over-crowded’.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Was the person who mixed the notes a diversity hire?

    Did they put "accidentally killed by the hospital" on the death certificate?

    There are a lot of those. You really want to avoid hospitals if possible. They are a lot more interested in your money than your health.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @YetAnotherAnon

    , @songbird
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Have mentioned this before, but resuscitating the elderly is basically a scam. People are brainwashed by constant media portrayals of resuscitation, where it happens quickly and there are absolutely no health consequences.

    The reality is that in the elderly it often takes about ten minutes and there is brain damage and other organ damage. Often they will need to be plugged into machines and are objectively not the same person, if they can still speak at all.

    , @Wokechoke
    @YetAnotherAnon

    A lot of old people with property get murdered. By inheritors.

  38. @Ennui
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Jimmy "Cuban Boat Lift" Carter, Ronald "A." Reagan, I'll let you look into what Gerald Ford did vis-a-vis Southeast Asia.

    Emanuel Cellar didn't die yesterday, nor did Phil Hart. Somebody must voted for them and for everybody who voted for their bill. Not some zoomers, I promise you.

    The elderly and their parents made the world those poor, confused zoomers live in. Easy, and weasily, to blame the young.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    “Blame” is not the thing – the 1965 boomers were told that the Hart-Cellar act wouldn’t change US demographics.

    Young people in UK and US are taught that their forebears were awful racists, and all the black people they see on TV are carefully curated for their pleasant demeanour. But the boomers don’t run TV and Hollywood, do they now?

    • Replies: @Ennui
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Boomers do run TV and Hollywood.

    Are you seriously arguing that young people are misled, but it is still their fault for general degeneracy?, You simultaneously argue that boomers believing Ronald Reagan and Emanuel Cellar's claim to be the wallet inspector is to be forgiven?

    Most young people, like most people of all ages, should not be able to vote. They are horrible on some issues, but when it comes to US foreign policy they are preferred to boomers.

    Young people are confused sexually, but I blame the people who invented key parties and/or gleefully participated in decades of "consenting adults" rhetoric. Homosexuals were empowered because of heterosexual degeneracy.

  39. The given weaponry in new package obviously won’t really help directly to dislodge RF out of all occupied lands since 02.24, but it certainly makes UA more likely being able to hold the line without very quick collapse as envisioned in the post below, which was written little bit before the voting. However in principle the presented script still remains as the possible way in practice to end the hot phase of the war somewhere along the future frontlines, wherever they may remain:

    Hungarian Prime Minister Orban said that Europe is one step away from sending soldiers to Ukraine. This is quite consistent with Macron’s recent activity and the gradual legalization of the idea of sending NATO troops to the conflict zone.

    It is needed to understand that this does not at all mean that NATO will enter hostilities on the side of Ukraine.

    Most likely, the talk is going about preparations for a possible collapse of the front and the entry of Russian forces into operational depth. This development of events still looks hypothetical, but its probability does not look completely zero.

    In the event of a breakthrough by the Russian army, the Dnieper, of course, will become a natural barrier. In this case, NATO troops can move to this line and record the actual division of Ukraine, as was done several years ago in Syria, the territory of which is divided into three main occupation zones: Turkish, American, Russian/Iranian, and the latter is also actually quite clearly demarcated between pro-Iranian terrorist groups and strongholds of Russian forces.

    Between these occupation zones there are concluded “de-conflict” agreements, the essence of which is to create a mechanism to prevent clashes between the occupiers. In general, the mechanisms work, although from time to time one or another occupier carries out its own operations – but only in relation to “foreign” proxy structures, carefully without affecting the location of colleagues in the division of Syria.

    In Ukraine, in the event of the collapse of the front, a roughly similar situation may arise, when its territory will also be divided between the occupying forces (what exactly it will be called officially does not make much difference), and the occupiers will also enter into “de-conflict” agreements.

    From this moment on, Kyiv will finally turn into a proxy structure of the West, much like Assad is formally considered the president of Syria, but in reality he controls the territory of his palace and nothing further.

    There is no other point in sending NATO troops to Ukraine. No direct NATO-Russia clash is envisaged on its territory, and if this happens due to someone’s oversight, then they will try to quickly regulate and eliminate the excess, since it is completely unnecessary.

    Another question is that this does not cancel the continuation of the conflict as such, just as it does not cancel any other actions of both Russia and NATO somewhere in other locations, but the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in this version will continue in a completely different form.

    https://t.me/anatoly_nesmiyan/17976

    • Replies: @sudden death
    @sudden death

    Weaponry for UA battlefields - 14 billion out of 61, no any chances for the new offensives, just barely(?) enough to hold the defense more steady:

    https://i.postimg.cc/CSyQZ2FH/UA-aid-2024.jpg

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @QCIC

  40. • Disagree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Philip Owen
    @Mikhail

    Russia has yet to acheive a war aim and is now looking at losing Crimea. Define winning.

    Replies: @QCIC

  41. I see Tucker Carlson spoke at length about ‘UFOs’ on Joe Rogan. Joe very sceptical, but I have heard a talk by a cosmonaut who said he saw many strange things in space, but was told not to talk about it by the Soviet authorities. I certainly think there are celestial beings, not aliens, that we can’t explain.

  42. Alexander Dugin was recently appointed as a head of a state scientific humanitarian institute in RF, btw:

    Alexander Dugin, leader of the Eurasia party. I’m for the blacks. White civilization – its cultural values, the false, inhumane model of the world it built – has not justified itself. Everything is heading towards the beginning of white pogroms on a planetary scale. Russia is saved only by the fact that we are not purely white. Predatory transnational corporations, oppression and suppression of everyone else, MTV, blue and pink – these are the fruits of white civilization that need to be gotten rid of. That’s why I’m for red, yellow, green, black – just not white. I stand with the people of Zimbabwe with all my heart.

    https://archive.is/UyPU#selection-2273.0-2283.496

    • Replies: @Another Polish Perspective
    @sudden death


    That’s why I’m for red, yellow, green, black – just not white.
     
    It is all another late revolt against Aryan invasions as we can see from its hatred of "white", or specifically white men, as those doing the replacement (men were replaced, but women not so much, which is a bit strange somehow and testifies either to small number of Aryan women and/or the greater fecundity of non-Aryan ones). The Labrys of the Great Goddess will rule again! And remember that in one interpretation, the two-headed eagle, orginally raised by Byzantine aristocrats of Paleologos family (another oligarchs), is just the masked labrys. Dugin is full in, as the idea must have appeared to him that his daughter death was a human sacrifice; anyway her funeral was in the most phallic building of Moscow which says all.

    The more interesting question is how these ideas appear again and again correctly aiming at their opponents, with the memory of Aryan invasion being lost in populations long time ago.

    Replies: @sudden death, @Coconuts

  43. Looks like the attempt to farm the Ukraine war out to Europe failed.

    • Agree: Gerard1234
  44. @sudden death
    The given weaponry in new package obviously won't really help directly to dislodge RF out of all occupied lands since 02.24, but it certainly makes UA more likely being able to hold the line without very quick collapse as envisioned in the post below, which was written little bit before the voting. However in principle the presented script still remains as the possible way in practice to end the hot phase of the war somewhere along the future frontlines, wherever they may remain:

    Hungarian Prime Minister Orban said that Europe is one step away from sending soldiers to Ukraine. This is quite consistent with Macron’s recent activity and the gradual legalization of the idea of sending NATO troops to the conflict zone.

    It is needed to understand that this does not at all mean that NATO will enter hostilities on the side of Ukraine.

    Most likely, the talk is going about preparations for a possible collapse of the front and the entry of Russian forces into operational depth. This development of events still looks hypothetical, but its probability does not look completely zero.

    In the event of a breakthrough by the Russian army, the Dnieper, of course, will become a natural barrier. In this case, NATO troops can move to this line and record the actual division of Ukraine, as was done several years ago in Syria, the territory of which is divided into three main occupation zones: Turkish, American, Russian/Iranian, and the latter is also actually quite clearly demarcated between pro-Iranian terrorist groups and strongholds of Russian forces.

    Between these occupation zones there are concluded “de-conflict” agreements, the essence of which is to create a mechanism to prevent clashes between the occupiers. In general, the mechanisms work, although from time to time one or another occupier carries out its own operations - but only in relation to “foreign” proxy structures, carefully without affecting the location of colleagues in the division of Syria.

    In Ukraine, in the event of the collapse of the front, a roughly similar situation may arise, when its territory will also be divided between the occupying forces (what exactly it will be called officially does not make much difference), and the occupiers will also enter into “de-conflict” agreements.

    From this moment on, Kyiv will finally turn into a proxy structure of the West, much like Assad is formally considered the president of Syria, but in reality he controls the territory of his palace and nothing further.

    There is no other point in sending NATO troops to Ukraine. No direct NATO-Russia clash is envisaged on its territory, and if this happens due to someone’s oversight, then they will try to quickly regulate and eliminate the excess, since it is completely unnecessary.

    Another question is that this does not cancel the continuation of the conflict as such, just as it does not cancel any other actions of both Russia and NATO somewhere in other locations, but the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in this version will continue in a completely different form.
     

    https://t.me/anatoly_nesmiyan/17976

    Replies: @sudden death

    Weaponry for UA battlefields – 14 billion out of 61, no any chances for the new offensives, just barely(?) enough to hold the defense more steady:

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @sudden death

    The Ukies ought to seek terms with the Z Muscovites.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @QCIC
    @sudden death

    The item for current military operations in the region is probably the most dangerous. US voters should ask themselves if they want to commit $7.3 billion to increase the likelihood of full-scale World War Three.

    My preference is that all senior people directly involved in this insanity be immediately arrested for treason and put on trial.

  45. @Mr_Chow_Mein
    @A123

    There are military ships in the area, they may be out of reach of the Houthis...send one of those expensive bit of kit to Davey Jones locker and the U.S will probably invade...but they will anyway, sooner or later. It's best to chose the timing of war yourself and not let the U.S do so.

    Hows that jetty in Palestine going? I suggest its a crossing into the next world the U.S criminals are building for the Palestinians.

    Remember whatever the "elite" criminals are doing in the wider world its in the U.S goys' name they're doing it, the Zionist are just steering the effort to their advantage.

    Replies: @A123

    Hows that jetty in Palestine going? I suggest its a crossing into the next world the U.S criminals are building for the Palestinians.

    Do you mean anti-Semite Biden’s pier to rearm Hamas colonial forces?

    Its availability date is not growing any closer (1)

    The Pentagon’s self-imposed deadline of having the pier operational and delivering the needed aid by May rapidly approaches, and experts say there are other delays and problems cropping up with the mission.

    The USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo “experienced a fire in the engine room while in transit to the eastern Mediterranean Sea” on April 11, and while the crew evacuated the area and used portable extinguishers to put out the fire, the ship had to return to Jacksonville, Florida, using just one engine, “for further assessment,” according to a Navy statement provided Wednesday.

    Sal Mercogliano, an academic and shipping expert, noted to Military.com on Wednesday that one of the Army Landing Craft Utility ships, the Wilson Wharf, seems to be stuck in Tenerife — a small island that is part of the Canary Islands cluster off the west coast of Africa. Plus, the Army’s Logistics Support Vessel General Frank S. Besson spent a week in the Azores before finally making it to the Navy’s base at Souda Bay in Greece.

    Mercogliano said such a long stay may indicate the ship had an engineering issue.

    A retired Army chief warrant officer who has significant experience in the Army’s watercraft community also told Military.com in an interview Wednesday that “if those boats don’t have multiple major mechanical failures — I mean ‘dead in the water’ mechanical failures — I will be shocked.”

    “They’re horrendously maintained. I’ve got videos of these things falling apart,” the retired officer added.

    Other Atlantic theatre vessels that could be of use are stuck in Baltimore on the wrong side of the Francis Scott Key bridge collapse.

    It is almost as if God is intervening to thwart the Veggie-In-Chief’s efforts to help Islamic aggression.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.military.com/daily-news/2024/04/17/navy-ship-slated-help-build-gaza-aid-pier-forced-return-port-experts-warn-of-other-delays.html

  46. @sudden death
    @sudden death

    Weaponry for UA battlefields - 14 billion out of 61, no any chances for the new offensives, just barely(?) enough to hold the defense more steady:

    https://i.postimg.cc/CSyQZ2FH/UA-aid-2024.jpg

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @QCIC

    The Ukies ought to seek terms with the Z Muscovites.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Wokechoke


    The Ukies ought to seek terms with the Z Muscovites.
     
    Russian foreign ministry recently said that the RF won’t negotiate with Kiev puppets, only with their puppeteers.
  47. Listened to a podcast the other day about an archeological dig in Ireland. Mainly medieval bones, before the Normans showed up.

    [MORE]

    They said that while men would have fractures in major bones, women would often have fractures in their fingers, which I found really interesting and puzzling. Wonder if that somehow feeds into work that required the superior fine motor movements that women have. Could breaking fingers in accidents have helped caused selection?

    They claimed that there was some edging around the back of the skull that indicated scalping or cutting the locks off warriors.

    One guy had cuts on his bones in a manner which suggested that he may have been tortured and had certain organs removed. (Not sure if that was pre-Christian)

    There were two kids embracing each other in a grave who were thought to be first cousins once removed (though I guess it is equally plausible they were half cousins). How many people today would know their first cousins once removed?

    There was a funny part, where they said the diversity was “greater than you’d think.” And said that some people had a middling skin tone, some were very fair and some dark. By which I think they mean like Catherine Zeta Jones.

    In this same vein, they said that slightly over half of the people had brown eyes. And while most of the people had brown hair, some had black, red, or blond hair. They said one woman appeared somewhat Anglo-Saxon and might have come from York. (What incredible diversity! Lol)

    Surprisingly poor nutrition despite all the animals. One poor woman was lactose intolerant, despite living in a dairying economy. Lots of TB and rickets. Very high childhood mortality. Really bad teeth. Probably many died of abscesses.

  48. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Ennui

    "Blame" is not the thing - the 1965 boomers were told that the Hart-Cellar act wouldn't change US demographics.

    Young people in UK and US are taught that their forebears were awful racists, and all the black people they see on TV are carefully curated for their pleasant demeanour. But the boomers don't run TV and Hollywood, do they now?

    Replies: @Ennui

    Boomers do run TV and Hollywood.

    Are you seriously arguing that young people are misled, but it is still their fault for general degeneracy?, You simultaneously argue that boomers believing Ronald Reagan and Emanuel Cellar’s claim to be the wallet inspector is to be forgiven?

    Most young people, like most people of all ages, should not be able to vote. They are horrible on some issues, but when it comes to US foreign policy they are preferred to boomers.

    Young people are confused sexually, but I blame the people who invented key parties and/or gleefully participated in decades of “consenting adults” rhetoric. Homosexuals were empowered because of heterosexual degeneracy.

  49. @sudden death
    @sudden death

    Weaponry for UA battlefields - 14 billion out of 61, no any chances for the new offensives, just barely(?) enough to hold the defense more steady:

    https://i.postimg.cc/CSyQZ2FH/UA-aid-2024.jpg

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @QCIC

    The item for current military operations in the region is probably the most dangerous. US voters should ask themselves if they want to commit $7.3 billion to increase the likelihood of full-scale World War Three.

    My preference is that all senior people directly involved in this insanity be immediately arrested for treason and put on trial.

  50. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Wokechoke

    I don't think a vast number of Brits are suffocating granny to get the house (except for a few of our New Brits).

    But the use of "Do Not Resuscitate" plans in hospitals and the constant drumbeat of promotion for Dignitas and "assisted dying" (what a euphemism) will have its effect, even on those with no wish to die.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13316295/Retired-nurse-died-hospital-staff-mixed-notes-Not-Resucitate-notice-90-year-old-man.html


    A retired nurse died after hospital staff mixed her up with a patient on a 'Do Not Resuscitate' notice.

    Pat Dawson, 73, was fit and healthy and had had no medical treatment in 30 years before suffering a suspected bowel obstruction, her family told an inquest.

    The widow and grandmother was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital by ambulance but died after she collapsed and staff stopped attempts to resuscitate her following a look at 'her' notes.

    By the time medics realised that a mix-up had left them reading a DNR report relating to a 90-year-old man, it was too late to save her.

    The inquest heard that staff failed to check the NHS number on Mrs Dawson's wristband or even the gender and age on the notes.

    Emergency consultant Ahmad Alabood called the tragedy an 'honest mistake because [staff] were rushing' when the unit was 'over-stretched and over-crowded'.

     

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird, @Wokechoke

    Was the person who mixed the notes a diversity hire?

    Did they put “accidentally killed by the hospital” on the death certificate?

    There are a lot of those. You really want to avoid hospitals if possible. They are a lot more interested in your money than your health.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    They are a lot more interested in your money than your health.
     
    Hospitals and non-hospital physicians in the US are interested in your money and nothing else. Your health is a concern only to the extent that you have to be alive to pay bills.
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    UK hospitals are generally free (NHS), but there are private ones. If you are seriously ill private hospitals may not be as good as NHS, as a private one is always thinking about the money, and emergency care is damn expensive.

  51. @Wokechoke
    @sudden death

    The Ukies ought to seek terms with the Z Muscovites.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    The Ukies ought to seek terms with the Z Muscovites.

    Russian foreign ministry recently said that the RF won’t negotiate with Kiev puppets, only with their puppeteers.

  52. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Was the person who mixed the notes a diversity hire?

    Did they put "accidentally killed by the hospital" on the death certificate?

    There are a lot of those. You really want to avoid hospitals if possible. They are a lot more interested in your money than your health.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @YetAnotherAnon

    They are a lot more interested in your money than your health.

    Hospitals and non-hospital physicians in the US are interested in your money and nothing else. Your health is a concern only to the extent that you have to be alive to pay bills.

  53. The House approved the bill on “assistance” to Ukraine on Hitler’s birthday. Is someone willing to argue that this was a mere coincidence?

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...Is someone willing to argue that this was a mere coincidence?
     
    Every coincidence traced far enough back becomes inevitable...:) And they waited until Saturday...

    Since Adolf lost why would they go with it? AP has tried to tie the current Drang-nach-Osten to 1920 and Pilsudski...also stupid but at least an attempt to channel success. Linking-up with Nazis is desperate, it is puzzling that they do it: Azov, Canadian Parliament Nazi circus, SS generals grandkids popping up in Germany and Brussels...even Meloni started out as latter-day Mussolini groupie.

    They can't suppress the urge - like Dr.Strangelove's saluting, it is who they are.

    , @A123
    @AnonfromTN


    The House approved the bill on “assistance” to Ukraine on Hitler’s birthday. Is someone willing to argue that this was a mere coincidence?
     
    It shows how schizophrenic American politics has become. The bill provides funding for the:

    • Immoral, losing cause of Führer Zelensky, enemy of the Jews
    • Moral, winning cause of Netanyahu, leader of Palestinian Jews

    It probably was coincidence. Was support for Kiev intended as tribute to Hitler? If so, the pairing with anti-Nazi funding to Palestinian Jews clouded the messaging.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  54. Eric Schmidt is now a diplomat.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/international/4602883-ukraine-needs-one-more-year-to-win-and-congress-can-make-that-happen-now/

    He should invite the Azov Battalion commanders to his Burning Man camp with their swell outfits.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    https://assets.deutschlandfunk.de/FILE_8e4ccc2fbeb2f751ea082afec9ef2aa2/1920x1080.jpg?t=1597578488018

    Putler likes to dress up too, once in a while...

    , @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Maybe he can get some nice Ukrainian girls to go to Burning Man in full Nazi body paint.

    Schmidt is Jewish according to Forbes Israel. I wonder if he is aligned with Chabad?

  55. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Wokechoke

    I don't think a vast number of Brits are suffocating granny to get the house (except for a few of our New Brits).

    But the use of "Do Not Resuscitate" plans in hospitals and the constant drumbeat of promotion for Dignitas and "assisted dying" (what a euphemism) will have its effect, even on those with no wish to die.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13316295/Retired-nurse-died-hospital-staff-mixed-notes-Not-Resucitate-notice-90-year-old-man.html


    A retired nurse died after hospital staff mixed her up with a patient on a 'Do Not Resuscitate' notice.

    Pat Dawson, 73, was fit and healthy and had had no medical treatment in 30 years before suffering a suspected bowel obstruction, her family told an inquest.

    The widow and grandmother was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital by ambulance but died after she collapsed and staff stopped attempts to resuscitate her following a look at 'her' notes.

    By the time medics realised that a mix-up had left them reading a DNR report relating to a 90-year-old man, it was too late to save her.

    The inquest heard that staff failed to check the NHS number on Mrs Dawson's wristband or even the gender and age on the notes.

    Emergency consultant Ahmad Alabood called the tragedy an 'honest mistake because [staff] were rushing' when the unit was 'over-stretched and over-crowded'.

     

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird, @Wokechoke

    Have mentioned this before, but resuscitating the elderly is basically a scam. People are brainwashed by constant media portrayals of resuscitation, where it happens quickly and there are absolutely no health consequences.

    The reality is that in the elderly it often takes about ten minutes and there is brain damage and other organ damage. Often they will need to be plugged into machines and are objectively not the same person, if they can still speak at all.

  56. @Emil Nikola Richard
    Eric Schmidt is now a diplomat.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/international/4602883-ukraine-needs-one-more-year-to-win-and-congress-can-make-that-happen-now/

    He should invite the Azov Battalion commanders to his Burning Man camp with their swell outfits.

    https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/5ee23f080d2d65468f638e18/88eefc57-a03c-4e42-8c4c-f67326085b1d/UkraineNazis.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @QCIC

    Putler likes to dress up too, once in a while…

  57. @Emil Nikola Richard
    There is an argument to be made that the new AI chatbots are useless for the most useful people. I will make this argument because (subjectively!) I am the most useful person that I know and I find them utterly useless.

    True Fact: google search results are user-dependent. When you type into the search bar the program returns what it predicts you are searching for. What you get and what I get are two different things, perhaps even completely totally different.

    Observation: the highest status enthusiasts for the new AI's all seem to have one commonality. The highest benefit, or at the very least one of the highest benefits, is they can search the web again which they haven't been able to do for years their google search engine is so fubar'd.

    My google search engine is not fubar'd. I can almost always quickly find what I am looking for.

    I am reminded of Bruce Schneier's talk at google where he began by telling the nerds in the room:

    We all watch Game of Thrones
    Google knows what everybody's favorite porno is

    True fact: I have never seen an episode of Game of Thrones. I have seen two minute clips here or there so I do have some idea of what I am missing but I really do not know what all the fuss was about. When whats-her-face went Darth Vader some of the subsequent internet caterwauling was amusing. That's about all I know about Game of Thrones.

    Also a true fact: I have never used google search to look for porn.

    So I guess Bruce Schneier wasn't talking to me.

    Feel free to presume I never ever search for anything you would find useful!

    Replies: @Sher Singh, @Philip Owen

    My work account delivers very different results from my private account as I keep strong boundaries. I even have a household account which delivers DIY advice on cars and house repairs. The way Google dovetails with YouTube and your locations (I take all cookies and allow Google to track my location) can be uncanny or farcical. So far as I know, it doesn’t know what I buy at the Chemist but it knows I’ve been there and not the Newsagent.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Philip Owen

    The other game changer breakthrough claimed is it will write code for you. I suppose that is fine if the code works. If it has a bug (what code does not have bugs?) then you are in the position of debugging somebody else's code.

    There are few tasks I dislike more than debugging another entity's code.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Philip Owen

    , @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    The system knows what you buy if you pay electronically. If you pay by cash it monitors you more carefully in other ways.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  58. @Mikhail
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyRxSB6LtUQ

    Replies: @Philip Owen

    Russia has yet to acheive a war aim and is now looking at losing Crimea. Define winning.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    What is going on with Crimea which makes you think this?

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @A123, @Philip Owen

  59. @Emil Nikola Richard
    Eric Schmidt is now a diplomat.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/international/4602883-ukraine-needs-one-more-year-to-win-and-congress-can-make-that-happen-now/

    He should invite the Azov Battalion commanders to his Burning Man camp with their swell outfits.

    https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/5ee23f080d2d65468f638e18/88eefc57-a03c-4e42-8c4c-f67326085b1d/UkraineNazis.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @QCIC

    Maybe he can get some nice Ukrainian girls to go to Burning Man in full Nazi body paint.

    Schmidt is Jewish according to Forbes Israel. I wonder if he is aligned with Chabad?

  60. @Philip Owen
    @Mikhail

    Russia has yet to acheive a war aim and is now looking at losing Crimea. Define winning.

    Replies: @QCIC

    What is going on with Crimea which makes you think this?

    • Agree: A123
    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @QCIC

    The Russians by my estimation will throw away 500,000 KIA before conceding Crimea.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    , @A123
    @QCIC

    Russia has made it fairly clear they will use nukes to protect Crimea. Thus, there is no strategy for Kiev aggression that has an outcome they will like.

    PEACE 😇

    , @Philip Owen
    @QCIC

    ATACAMS when they arrive. They can cut Crimean logistics. Hodges has been on about it for since the first Ukrainian counterattack.

    Replies: @QCIC

  61. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Wokechoke

    I don't think a vast number of Brits are suffocating granny to get the house (except for a few of our New Brits).

    But the use of "Do Not Resuscitate" plans in hospitals and the constant drumbeat of promotion for Dignitas and "assisted dying" (what a euphemism) will have its effect, even on those with no wish to die.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13316295/Retired-nurse-died-hospital-staff-mixed-notes-Not-Resucitate-notice-90-year-old-man.html


    A retired nurse died after hospital staff mixed her up with a patient on a 'Do Not Resuscitate' notice.

    Pat Dawson, 73, was fit and healthy and had had no medical treatment in 30 years before suffering a suspected bowel obstruction, her family told an inquest.

    The widow and grandmother was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital by ambulance but died after she collapsed and staff stopped attempts to resuscitate her following a look at 'her' notes.

    By the time medics realised that a mix-up had left them reading a DNR report relating to a 90-year-old man, it was too late to save her.

    The inquest heard that staff failed to check the NHS number on Mrs Dawson's wristband or even the gender and age on the notes.

    Emergency consultant Ahmad Alabood called the tragedy an 'honest mistake because [staff] were rushing' when the unit was 'over-stretched and over-crowded'.

     

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird, @Wokechoke

    A lot of old people with property get murdered. By inheritors.

  62. @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    What is going on with Crimea which makes you think this?

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @A123, @Philip Owen

    The Russians by my estimation will throw away 500,000 KIA before conceding Crimea.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Wokechoke

    Will not come close to being necessary for consideration. Phil Own shouldn't be given too much if any attention.

  63. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Was the person who mixed the notes a diversity hire?

    Did they put "accidentally killed by the hospital" on the death certificate?

    There are a lot of those. You really want to avoid hospitals if possible. They are a lot more interested in your money than your health.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @YetAnotherAnon

    UK hospitals are generally free (NHS), but there are private ones. If you are seriously ill private hospitals may not be as good as NHS, as a private one is always thinking about the money, and emergency care is damn expensive.

  64. @AnonfromTN
    The House approved the bill on “assistance” to Ukraine on Hitler’s birthday. Is someone willing to argue that this was a mere coincidence?

    Replies: @Beckow, @A123

    …Is someone willing to argue that this was a mere coincidence?

    Every coincidence traced far enough back becomes inevitable…:) And they waited until Saturday…

    Since Adolf lost why would they go with it? AP has tried to tie the current Drang-nach-Osten to 1920 and Pilsudski…also stupid but at least an attempt to channel success. Linking-up with Nazis is desperate, it is puzzling that they do it: Azov, Canadian Parliament Nazi circus, SS generals grandkids popping up in Germany and Brussels…even Meloni started out as latter-day Mussolini groupie.

    They can’t suppress the urge – like Dr.Strangelove’s saluting, it is who they are.

  65. A123 says: • Website
    @AnonfromTN
    The House approved the bill on “assistance” to Ukraine on Hitler’s birthday. Is someone willing to argue that this was a mere coincidence?

    Replies: @Beckow, @A123

    The House approved the bill on “assistance” to Ukraine on Hitler’s birthday. Is someone willing to argue that this was a mere coincidence?

    It shows how schizophrenic American politics has become. The bill provides funding for the:

    • Immoral, losing cause of Führer Zelensky, enemy of the Jews
    • Moral, winning cause of Netanyahu, leader of Palestinian Jews

    It probably was coincidence. Was support for Kiev intended as tribute to Hitler? If so, the pairing with anti-Nazi funding to Palestinian Jews clouded the messaging.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @A123

    If it's true that congress was responsible for enabling Ukrainian "Führer Zelensky, enemy of the Jews" to continue his "offensive war" against Putler's Russia, then why do you sit so quietly about the person who enabled this whole thing to go down, Donald Trump?

    Mike Whitney does not seem to buy the kind of crap that you've been peddling here now for many months, about the superiority of Trump. and is able to clearly assign guilt where it belongs:


    The man who is most responsible for the $95 billion giveaway to Ukraine and Israel, is the same guy who pretends to oppose America’s “wasteful” foreign wars. Donald Trump. It was Trump who consulted with Speaker Mike Johnson about the contents of the Ukraine aid package, just as it was Trump who concocted the idea of issuing loans instead of dispersing the standard welfare handout. It was also Trump who said:

    “I stand with the Speaker, (Mike Johnson)” after which he added that Johnson is doing “a very good job.”
     

    https://www.unz.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/TrumpMikeJohnsonMW-600x565.png
    Sometimes, a picture really is worth 1,000 words.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  66. @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    What is going on with Crimea which makes you think this?

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @A123, @Philip Owen

    Russia has made it fairly clear they will use nukes to protect Crimea. Thus, there is no strategy for Kiev aggression that has an outcome they will like.

    PEACE 😇

  67. @Mr. XYZ
    @Beckow

    Eastern Europe has much less immigration. Is it working out much better for them relative to the Anglosphere?

    Replies: @Beckow

    …Eastern Europe has much less immigration. Is it working out much better for them relative to the Anglosphere?

    The Central-Eastern Europe is a collection of dependencies – some more independent, some less. Similar to Latin America in the past, even now. Or the way France sees Western Africa.

    The east has been where most of the wars and massive destruction happened in the last 200 years. Many of the Western pathologies were recently imported, but we are in the early stages and large parts of the West are in the end-state. Beginnings are always easy – for any system. We are still enjoying the early phase…:)

    • Agree: Derer
  68. Battle of the Nations
    Norway Greece
    Kazakhstan The Ukraine

    [MORE]

    Thor takes out orthodox Jesus.
    The Ukraine shakes hands with Kazakhstan! It was a massacre but Poland put up a fight against Kazakhstan in the semifinal.

  69. @Wokechoke
    @QCIC

    The Russians by my estimation will throw away 500,000 KIA before conceding Crimea.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    Will not come close to being necessary for consideration. Phil Own shouldn’t be given too much if any attention.

  70. @Philip Owen
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    My work account delivers very different results from my private account as I keep strong boundaries. I even have a household account which delivers DIY advice on cars and house repairs. The way Google dovetails with YouTube and your locations (I take all cookies and allow Google to track my location) can be uncanny or farcical. So far as I know, it doesn't know what I buy at the Chemist but it knows I've been there and not the Newsagent.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @QCIC

    The other game changer breakthrough claimed is it will write code for you. I suppose that is fine if the code works. If it has a bug (what code does not have bugs?) then you are in the position of debugging somebody else’s code.

    There are few tasks I dislike more than debugging another entity’s code.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Google AI thinks: There are few tasks I dislike more than debugging another entity.

    , @Philip Owen
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I've used Chat GPT @& Bard it for very short pieces of code (less than 100 lines) for the same commonplace tasks. They've delivered almost identical results and worked impeccably.

  71. @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    What is going on with Crimea which makes you think this?

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @A123, @Philip Owen

    ATACAMS when they arrive. They can cut Crimean logistics. Hodges has been on about it for since the first Ukrainian counterattack.

    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    Doubtful, but time will tell. The (((yanks))) will be eager to take out the Kerch bridge as a symbolic gesture. If the Russians are worried about this it may lead them to preemptive attacks on locations were the ATACMS rounds come into theater.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @AnonfromTN, @Derer

  72. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Philip Owen

    The other game changer breakthrough claimed is it will write code for you. I suppose that is fine if the code works. If it has a bug (what code does not have bugs?) then you are in the position of debugging somebody else's code.

    There are few tasks I dislike more than debugging another entity's code.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Philip Owen

    Google AI thinks: There are few tasks I dislike more than debugging another entity.

  73. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Philip Owen

    The other game changer breakthrough claimed is it will write code for you. I suppose that is fine if the code works. If it has a bug (what code does not have bugs?) then you are in the position of debugging somebody else's code.

    There are few tasks I dislike more than debugging another entity's code.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Philip Owen

    I’ve used Chat GPT @& Bard it for very short pieces of code (less than 100 lines) for the same commonplace tasks. They’ve delivered almost identical results and worked impeccably.

  74. @Philip Owen
    @QCIC

    ATACAMS when they arrive. They can cut Crimean logistics. Hodges has been on about it for since the first Ukrainian counterattack.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Doubtful, but time will tell. The (((yanks))) will be eager to take out the Kerch bridge as a symbolic gesture. If the Russians are worried about this it may lead them to preemptive attacks on locations were the ATACMS rounds come into theater.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @QCIC

    Surely every bridge over the Dneiper would be dropped in response.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    , @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    If the Russians are worried about this it may lead them to preemptive attacks on locations were the ATACMS rounds come into theater.
     
    Possibly. Judging by much higher than before success of Russian strikes the flow of HUMINT from Ukrainian territory has greatly increased lately.

    Replies: @LondonBob, @Gerard1234

    , @Derer
    @QCIC

    The Russian response must be resolute and target snake head in Kiev arena.

  75. @Philip Owen
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    My work account delivers very different results from my private account as I keep strong boundaries. I even have a household account which delivers DIY advice on cars and house repairs. The way Google dovetails with YouTube and your locations (I take all cookies and allow Google to track my location) can be uncanny or farcical. So far as I know, it doesn't know what I buy at the Chemist but it knows I've been there and not the Newsagent.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @QCIC

    The system knows what you buy if you pay electronically. If you pay by cash it monitors you more carefully in other ways.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @QCIC

    What do you think they do with Gwern who posted on his website his experience buying adderall off Silk Road with Bitcoin?

    Replies: @QCIC

  76. @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    Doubtful, but time will tell. The (((yanks))) will be eager to take out the Kerch bridge as a symbolic gesture. If the Russians are worried about this it may lead them to preemptive attacks on locations were the ATACMS rounds come into theater.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @AnonfromTN, @Derer

    Surely every bridge over the Dneiper would be dropped in response.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Wokechoke


    Surely every bridge over the Dneiper would be dropped in response.
     
    I don’t think so. Most likely communications via the Western border (like bridges in Odessa region, tunnels through Carpathian Mountains, etc.) will be destroyed. The bridges across Dnieper could have been targeted only if the plan was to take the Eastern half of Ukraine and leave the Western half to the vultures. I suspect the plan is to give nothing to the vultures (except maybe the clown and his gang, but that’s slim pickings).
  77. @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    Doubtful, but time will tell. The (((yanks))) will be eager to take out the Kerch bridge as a symbolic gesture. If the Russians are worried about this it may lead them to preemptive attacks on locations were the ATACMS rounds come into theater.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @AnonfromTN, @Derer

    If the Russians are worried about this it may lead them to preemptive attacks on locations were the ATACMS rounds come into theater.

    Possibly. Judging by much higher than before success of Russian strikes the flow of HUMINT from Ukrainian territory has greatly increased lately.

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    @AnonfromTN

    Success breeds success, more people more likely to help if they know the Russians are coming, but I expect the greatly increased satellite coverage helps, as well as attrition of AD, allowing drones to surveil deep behind the lines.

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @Gerard1234
    @AnonfromTN


    Possibly. Judging by much higher than before success of Russian strikes the flow of HUMINT from Ukrainian territory has greatly increased lately.
     
    Well it's inevitable that mid-long range strikes is going to be attempted against us from Ukrop territory by the west. They have been doing this, with limited effect and non-existent tactical benefit, against liberated territory and Crimea and of course I don't like it, but these are the current "rules" - inevitable attempts on our pre-2014 state can not have those same rules

    Hopefully we will intercept them but either way - any missile strike into Russia from their weapons, whatever "deniability"BS onto the Ukronazis they try to claim........they should be responded to with missile strikes in Poland and Czechia. The big NATO intelligence centre they have in Poland- destroyed. Munitions factories in Poland-Czechia - the same. Anything in the logistics chain. Accumulation of enough Poles and Czechs at each site targeted to kill about hundred for each missile

    WW3? Well I think not if missile strikes launched from Russia are not from Kaliningrad, or use airspace above Kaliningrad/ from Baltic Sea. The same thing with Belarus. Strikes would have to be launched from Black Sea, 2014 Russia borders or Caspian Sea. It's all about the Anglo-US scum and maybe France and Germany that is relevant here. They are self-protective and faggots and countries like Poland are totally expendable .

    Putin would have to do speech to the world and appeal to Polish and Czech citizens, and explain that for the NATO response to justified Russian strikes on Poland & Czechia......ANY attack of any scale on Kaliningrad , which has zero connection to these strikes on Poland & Czechia, would be responded to with Nuclear attack ( any possible fallout to go west) on Poland, or equivalent from non-nuclear , killing hundreds of thousands of Czechs and Polish plankton.

    Could say that most important thing is for Presidential Administration not to use some fool as official translator into English for Putin speech. Only Anglo-American opinion is vital - all the other NATO scum general opinion is derivative from the Anglo-American one. And general population of Anglo-US just will not listen to anybody who speaks in slow, heavily-accented by Russia into English translator.

    So any NATO-stan response , assuming they follow Putin's order on Kaliningrad, would have to be via airspace of Banderastan into mainland Russia. Escalation wouldn't be any personnel on Russian land in significant numbers. Erdogan is , at least, sane so nothing from NATO would happen on his part of the black Sea. Then it's Romania and Bulgaria. Even as bought-off prostitutes that their elites are, I dont believe their population would enable them to do such action. Their current despicable actions require locals to be passive in support. Active support required for being a launchpad to attack us is a different thing. Scandinavian and Baltic earthworm retards are a different issue, however I don't think they would do so either, at least not for next 2-3 years. So only via Banderastan.

    Recent actions in Middle East look decent for us in this type scenario- exchange of attacks by Israelis and Iran more of intelligence on Air Defence/PR operation then serious destructive military action - and all known by each side in advance. Similar to that Trump Iran/Syria vs their bases a few years before.
    Anglo-American scum are obsessed with PR, especially Americans . Almost like PR dictates military action. Appears very plausible we could semi-contrive a situation with the Anglo-American Nazis. Would guess preferably with the Pentagon not the pogrom-vengefaul (((CIA))). Call it operation Paramount-Dovzhenko. Fill sites with a lot of decommissioned/fake equipment and allow west to strike it.
    Western satellite photos showing 'Russian military sites" hit - which are just large numbers of Decommisioned planes/tanks. Actually, f**k it - make them to scale papier mache planes/helicopters/tanks/APC, etc . Only thing real the fuel tanks - give western bydlo a big fire to watch. Then the following day satellite images showing "Putin's defeat" to the western world. So like the Iran-Israel thing in reverse. We say no casualties, they say they struck our bases.

    Around all this, assuming there is real escalation that GS thinks is defendable...Ukrop air-defence now even busier at 360 degrees and 24 hours (which they are now, but even worse) . That anything launched from Poland/Czechia/NATO over 404 is co-ordinated with them does not matter - we learn from this co-ordination and more things fall in Ukraine. Czechia will see they are not a deathcult like 404, and positive developments could happen.

    Replies: @Derer

  78. @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    The system knows what you buy if you pay electronically. If you pay by cash it monitors you more carefully in other ways.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    What do you think they do with Gwern who posted on his website his experience buying adderall off Silk Road with Bitcoin?

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I don't know of that person. I think the information is being collected automatically. What is being done with it is a different question.

    I'm still in the Bitcoin skeptic camp. I think it is a nice idea hyped into a scam of some sort, but I hope it works out.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  79. @Wokechoke
    @QCIC

    Surely every bridge over the Dneiper would be dropped in response.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Surely every bridge over the Dneiper would be dropped in response.

    I don’t think so. Most likely communications via the Western border (like bridges in Odessa region, tunnels through Carpathian Mountains, etc.) will be destroyed. The bridges across Dnieper could have been targeted only if the plan was to take the Eastern half of Ukraine and leave the Western half to the vultures. I suspect the plan is to give nothing to the vultures (except maybe the clown and his gang, but that’s slim pickings).

  80. Niall Ferguson, hawkish type, on the Second Cold War.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-04-21/china-russia-iran-axis-is-bad-news-for-trump-and-gop-isolationists

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard:

    “Potentially, the most dangerous scenario would be a grand coalition of China, Russia, and perhaps Iran, an “antihegemonic” coalition united not by ideology but by complementary grievances. It would be reminiscent in scale and scope of the challenge once posed by the Sino-Soviet bloc, though this time China would likely be the leader and Russia the follower.”

    it matters a lot if China and Russia are united, as opposed to at each other’s throats. Their current unity is a real headache for the US and its allies, who find themselves in the situation — envisioned more than a century ago — of Nicholas Spykman’s “Rimland,” trying to contain Halford Mackinder’s vast Eurasian “Heartland.” Then as now, there are not just two groupings, but three, because a significant number of countries would prefer to be nonaligned rather than have to choose a side.

    So what are the biggest differences between Cold War I and Cold War II?

    First, China is a much bigger economic contender than the Soviet Union ever was. Second, the West is economically entangled with China, through a vast web of supply chains, in a way we never were with the USSR. Third, we are much weaker in terms of manufacturing capacity. With China flooding the world with cheap “green” stuff, the West has no option but to revive protectionism and industrial policy, turning the economic strategy clock back to the 1970s, too. Climate adviser John Podesta made that clear last week at Bloomberg’s BNEF Summit. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen complained last month that Chinese “excess capacity … in ‘new’ industries like solar, EVs, and lithium-ion batteries” was “hurt[ing] American firms and workers, as well as firms and workers around the world.”

    Fourth, US fiscal policy is on a completely unsustainable path. To run a 7% deficit at a time of full employment is, to put it mildly, not what the macroeconomics textbooks recommend. More importantly, as the Congressional Budget Office has just pointed out, the relentless growth of the federal debt in public hands relative to gross domestic product — from 99% this year to a projected 166% by 2054 — will inevitably constrain future administrations, for the simple reason that an inexorably rising share of revenues will have to go on servicing the debt.

    What Niall Ferguson needs to do is to go back to the Grand Chessboard. Why did it become so important to the United States to detach Ukraine from Russia? Because “without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia. America’s global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @YetAnotherAnon

    I think the significance and importance of Ukraine to Russia goes beyond Empire. If Ukraine had stayed neutral and fraternal with Russia I don't think this mess would have happened; at the least it doesn't seem inevitable. An analogy to what occurred might be the difference between marrying the sister as opposed to kidnapping and raping her. In the first case she moves away from the family partially into a new expanded family as a natural process. In the second everything is wrecked and the family will risk their lives to save her and protect their values.

    China's main external weakness is energy, at least for now. At some point she may be adequately nuclear powered to reduce this weakness. In the mean time, Russia is her natural partner with protected energy transfer routes. China may eventually grow and claim as much of far-Eastern Russia as she wants. The challenge for Russia is to be strong enough to stave this off without losing her Russianness. Some people suggest the PRC might be vulnerable to economic upheaval leading to chaos. I doubt this could break the system.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

  81. According to the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, last year Chinese shipyards built 47.3 percent of ships made around the world, received 55.2 percent of new orders, and had 49 percent of holding orders. That’s a radical shift from the early 1900s, when British shipyards produced almost 60 percent of merchant ships.

    In the early 1950s, Britain and Western Europe still dominated shipbuilding for the global market. But since then, and especially since the 1980s, globalization has taken its predictable course. By 2010, only about 3 percent of all ships were made in the U.K. and Europe; after China, South Korea and Japan built the most. Today, the EU reports it accounts for 6 percent of civilian shipbuilding, while the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development reports that China, South Korea, and Japan together build 94 percent of the world’s civilian ships.

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2023/04/03/global-shipping-china-dependence-korea-japan-britain/

  82. Cult vibrations.

    https://philosophybear.substack.com/p/altruistic-kidney-donation-initiators

    For those of you who have not heard this, Scott Alexander set the all time Virtue Signal World’s Record last year donating one of his kidneys to a stranger. It is possible that this will be like Cy Young’s career victories a record that will never be broken.

  83. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @QCIC

    What do you think they do with Gwern who posted on his website his experience buying adderall off Silk Road with Bitcoin?

    Replies: @QCIC

    I don’t know of that person. I think the information is being collected automatically. What is being done with it is a different question.

    I’m still in the Bitcoin skeptic camp. I think it is a nice idea hyped into a scam of some sort, but I hope it works out.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @QCIC

    For naive people such as myself this is one of the most revelatory documents ever posted on the internet:

    https://gwern.obormot.net/silk-road

    It had been awhile since I read it. I forgot he got more than just adderall. His website aesthetics are in the top 1% although this is highly subjective.

    Replies: @QCIC

  84. @YetAnotherAnon
    Niall Ferguson, hawkish type, on the Second Cold War.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-04-21/china-russia-iran-axis-is-bad-news-for-trump-and-gop-isolationists

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard:

    "Potentially, the most dangerous scenario would be a grand coalition of China, Russia, and perhaps Iran, an “antihegemonic” coalition united not by ideology but by complementary grievances. It would be reminiscent in scale and scope of the challenge once posed by the Sino-Soviet bloc, though this time China would likely be the leader and Russia the follower."

    it matters a lot if China and Russia are united, as opposed to at each other’s throats. Their current unity is a real headache for the US and its allies, who find themselves in the situation — envisioned more than a century ago — of Nicholas Spykman’s “Rimland,” trying to contain Halford Mackinder’s vast Eurasian “Heartland.” Then as now, there are not just two groupings, but three, because a significant number of countries would prefer to be nonaligned rather than have to choose a side.

    So what are the biggest differences between Cold War I and Cold War II?

    First, China is a much bigger economic contender than the Soviet Union ever was. Second, the West is economically entangled with China, through a vast web of supply chains, in a way we never were with the USSR. Third, we are much weaker in terms of manufacturing capacity. With China flooding the world with cheap “green” stuff, the West has no option but to revive protectionism and industrial policy, turning the economic strategy clock back to the 1970s, too. Climate adviser John Podesta made that clear last week at Bloomberg’s BNEF Summit. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen complained last month that Chinese “excess capacity … in ‘new’ industries like solar, EVs, and lithium-ion batteries” was “hurt[ing] American firms and workers, as well as firms and workers around the world.”

    Fourth, US fiscal policy is on a completely unsustainable path. To run a 7% deficit at a time of full employment is, to put it mildly, not what the macroeconomics textbooks recommend. More importantly, as the Congressional Budget Office has just pointed out, the relentless growth of the federal debt in public hands relative to gross domestic product — from 99% this year to a projected 166% by 2054 — will inevitably constrain future administrations, for the simple reason that an inexorably rising share of revenues will have to go on servicing the debt.

     

    What Niall Ferguson needs to do is to go back to the Grand Chessboard. Why did it become so important to the United States to detach Ukraine from Russia? Because "without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia. America’s global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained."

    Replies: @QCIC

    I think the significance and importance of Ukraine to Russia goes beyond Empire. If Ukraine had stayed neutral and fraternal with Russia I don’t think this mess would have happened; at the least it doesn’t seem inevitable. An analogy to what occurred might be the difference between marrying the sister as opposed to kidnapping and raping her. In the first case she moves away from the family partially into a new expanded family as a natural process. In the second everything is wrecked and the family will risk their lives to save her and protect their values.

    China’s main external weakness is energy, at least for now. At some point she may be adequately nuclear powered to reduce this weakness. In the mean time, Russia is her natural partner with protected energy transfer routes. China may eventually grow and claim as much of far-Eastern Russia as she wants. The challenge for Russia is to be strong enough to stave this off without losing her Russianness. Some people suggest the PRC might be vulnerable to economic upheaval leading to chaos. I doubt this could break the system.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @QCIC

    I can't see China pinching Far Eastern Russia back until the United States is completely powerless, perhaps not this century. China knows the United States elites have finally woken up to their fast-vanishing world power, and that if the US and its European colonies could break Russia, China would be next in line.

    Once China dominates the globe, who knows?

    "China’s main external weakness is energy, at least for now."

    You would think, then, that the last thing an intelligent foreign policy would do is to push the world energy giant into her arms?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @A123

  85. @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I don't know of that person. I think the information is being collected automatically. What is being done with it is a different question.

    I'm still in the Bitcoin skeptic camp. I think it is a nice idea hyped into a scam of some sort, but I hope it works out.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    For naive people such as myself this is one of the most revelatory documents ever posted on the internet:

    https://gwern.obormot.net/silk-road

    It had been awhile since I read it. I forgot he got more than just adderall. His website aesthetics are in the top 1% although this is highly subjective.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    He has nice quotes.

  86. SnotBot, a new way to harvest whale-derived rootstock for bioweapons.

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @songbird
    @songbird

    The North Atlantic right whale could still have its proportionate revenge on us, killing off a similar percentage of people.
    ________
    Have always thought of Robinson Crusoe as the most famous early novel. What is surprising is that it was a trilogy, with the second and third books written quickly to capitalize on the success of the first, so not disimilar to modern entertainment.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

  87. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @QCIC

    For naive people such as myself this is one of the most revelatory documents ever posted on the internet:

    https://gwern.obormot.net/silk-road

    It had been awhile since I read it. I forgot he got more than just adderall. His website aesthetics are in the top 1% although this is highly subjective.

    Replies: @QCIC

    He has nice quotes.

  88. @QCIC
    @YetAnotherAnon

    I think the significance and importance of Ukraine to Russia goes beyond Empire. If Ukraine had stayed neutral and fraternal with Russia I don't think this mess would have happened; at the least it doesn't seem inevitable. An analogy to what occurred might be the difference between marrying the sister as opposed to kidnapping and raping her. In the first case she moves away from the family partially into a new expanded family as a natural process. In the second everything is wrecked and the family will risk their lives to save her and protect their values.

    China's main external weakness is energy, at least for now. At some point she may be adequately nuclear powered to reduce this weakness. In the mean time, Russia is her natural partner with protected energy transfer routes. China may eventually grow and claim as much of far-Eastern Russia as she wants. The challenge for Russia is to be strong enough to stave this off without losing her Russianness. Some people suggest the PRC might be vulnerable to economic upheaval leading to chaos. I doubt this could break the system.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    I can’t see China pinching Far Eastern Russia back until the United States is completely powerless, perhaps not this century. China knows the United States elites have finally woken up to their fast-vanishing world power, and that if the US and its European colonies could break Russia, China would be next in line.

    Once China dominates the globe, who knows?

    “China’s main external weakness is energy, at least for now.”

    You would think, then, that the last thing an intelligent foreign policy would do is to push the world energy giant into her arms?

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @YetAnotherAnon


    You would think, then, that the last thing an intelligent foreign policy would do is to push the world energy giant into her arms?
     
    Intelligent foreign policy would never do that. Idiotic foreign policy did.
    , @A123
    @YetAnotherAnon


    You would think, then, that the last thing an intelligent foreign policy would do is to push the world energy giant into her arms?
     
    Is it lack of intelligence? Or, deliberate malice? The latter seems far more likely.

    IslamoGloboHomo leaders want to make Judeo-Christian workers suffer. The European Empire, and its DC puppet, intentionally drive up energy prices. Replacing Russian gas with expensive, unreliable wind & solar is not a "bug", its a "feature".

    Ask yourself -- Why do the Islamophile authoritarians of Brussels want to do away with internal combustion engines? Any car can anonymously refuel at any station. What can they do with EV's? They can prevent you from charging at vehicle identifying stations if you left your "15 Minute City" without authorization. Or, if your online social presence is too Christian.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  89. @songbird
    SnotBot, a new way to harvest whale-derived rootstock for bioweapons.

    https://youtu.be/dVJj1IM_Cbg?si=G0b1Atc1dDt2RSpI

    Replies: @songbird

    The North Atlantic right whale could still have its proportionate revenge on us, killing off a similar percentage of people.
    ________
    Have always thought of Robinson Crusoe as the most famous early novel. What is surprising is that it was a trilogy, with the second and third books written quickly to capitalize on the success of the first, so not disimilar to modern entertainment.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @songbird

    Robinson reads a little bit like an economics primer.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird

  90. @YetAnotherAnon
    @QCIC

    I can't see China pinching Far Eastern Russia back until the United States is completely powerless, perhaps not this century. China knows the United States elites have finally woken up to their fast-vanishing world power, and that if the US and its European colonies could break Russia, China would be next in line.

    Once China dominates the globe, who knows?

    "China’s main external weakness is energy, at least for now."

    You would think, then, that the last thing an intelligent foreign policy would do is to push the world energy giant into her arms?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @A123

    You would think, then, that the last thing an intelligent foreign policy would do is to push the world energy giant into her arms?

    Intelligent foreign policy would never do that. Idiotic foreign policy did.

  91. …the last thing an intelligent foreign policy would do is to push the world energy giant into her arms

    The West had so much hubris they thought by controlling Russia’s energy resources they could corner China. It worked out differently: Russia left with no other choice went fully with China. For the first time in 500 years West is not the dominant global power.

    The Rim has been fighting the Heartland for thousands of years, they usually lose or it is a stalemate. Grabbing Ukraine was the last realistic chance for the West to prevail. It has failed – all they are doing now is postponing the inevitable.

    The smarter Westies would give a lot to go back to 2010-15 and avoid making the catastrophic over-reach mistakes they made. But it doesn’t work that way.

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

    The fat lady has not yet sung. The soft power remains in the hand of Silly Valley. You may have given up on the Star Trekkers but the world has not yet done so. Sam Altman was the star at WEF and bitcoin is 65K.

    Anatoly Karlin of all people is now promoting anal sex.

    Replies: @Beckow

  92. A123 says: • Website
    @YetAnotherAnon
    @QCIC

    I can't see China pinching Far Eastern Russia back until the United States is completely powerless, perhaps not this century. China knows the United States elites have finally woken up to their fast-vanishing world power, and that if the US and its European colonies could break Russia, China would be next in line.

    Once China dominates the globe, who knows?

    "China’s main external weakness is energy, at least for now."

    You would think, then, that the last thing an intelligent foreign policy would do is to push the world energy giant into her arms?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @A123

    You would think, then, that the last thing an intelligent foreign policy would do is to push the world energy giant into her arms?

    Is it lack of intelligence? Or, deliberate malice? The latter seems far more likely.

    IslamoGloboHomo leaders want to make Judeo-Christian workers suffer. The European Empire, and its DC puppet, intentionally drive up energy prices. Replacing Russian gas with expensive, unreliable wind & solar is not a “bug”, its a “feature”.

    Ask yourself — Why do the Islamophile authoritarians of Brussels want to do away with internal combustion engines? Any car can anonymously refuel at any station. What can they do with EV’s? They can prevent you from charging at vehicle identifying stations if you left your “15 Minute City” without authorization. Or, if your online social presence is too Christian.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @A123


    Is it lack of intelligence? Or, deliberate malice?
     
    You don’t need elaborate conspiracy theories when simple stupidity explains everything satisfactorily.

    Replies: @A123

  93. @A123
    @YetAnotherAnon


    You would think, then, that the last thing an intelligent foreign policy would do is to push the world energy giant into her arms?
     
    Is it lack of intelligence? Or, deliberate malice? The latter seems far more likely.

    IslamoGloboHomo leaders want to make Judeo-Christian workers suffer. The European Empire, and its DC puppet, intentionally drive up energy prices. Replacing Russian gas with expensive, unreliable wind & solar is not a "bug", its a "feature".

    Ask yourself -- Why do the Islamophile authoritarians of Brussels want to do away with internal combustion engines? Any car can anonymously refuel at any station. What can they do with EV's? They can prevent you from charging at vehicle identifying stations if you left your "15 Minute City" without authorization. Or, if your online social presence is too Christian.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Is it lack of intelligence? Or, deliberate malice?

    You don’t need elaborate conspiracy theories when simple stupidity explains everything satisfactorily.

    • Replies: @A123
    @AnonfromTN


    You don’t need elaborate conspiracy theories when simple stupidity explains everything satisfactorily.
     
    Stupidity would be 50%/50%. Or, possibly 66%/33%.

    The performance of SJW Globalist elites is 95%+ against Judeo-Christian workers. That has to be more than simple stupidity.

    PEACE 😇
  94. @Beckow

    ...the last thing an intelligent foreign policy would do is to push the world energy giant into her arms
     
    The West had so much hubris they thought by controlling Russia's energy resources they could corner China. It worked out differently: Russia left with no other choice went fully with China. For the first time in 500 years West is not the dominant global power.

    The Rim has been fighting the Heartland for thousands of years, they usually lose or it is a stalemate. Grabbing Ukraine was the last realistic chance for the West to prevail. It has failed - all they are doing now is postponing the inevitable.

    The smarter Westies would give a lot to go back to 2010-15 and avoid making the catastrophic over-reach mistakes they made. But it doesn't work that way.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    The fat lady has not yet sung. The soft power remains in the hand of Silly Valley. You may have given up on the Star Trekkers but the world has not yet done so. Sam Altman was the star at WEF and bitcoin is 65K.

    Anatoly Karlin of all people is now promoting anal sex.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    ...The fat lady has not yet sung.
     
    That's the thing, the fat lady actually never comes - she is only a linear chimera in your mind, a narrative to live instead of living in reality. People do that, it is easier that way, they often have multiple narratives to avoid the damn reality...one way it may be relevant is when older fat ladies take over a society, singing or not that society is finished. It doesn't work - even monkeys know it, they would laugh...

    West is f..ed, they shot themselves in the foot and when that became obvious, they shot a few more times into their own ranks just to make sure. Soft power is basically cultural attraction - yes, it is still somewhat present but it has peaked a few years back. Movies got nothing on blood.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Coconuts, @Philip Owen

  95. @songbird
    @songbird

    The North Atlantic right whale could still have its proportionate revenge on us, killing off a similar percentage of people.
    ________
    Have always thought of Robinson Crusoe as the most famous early novel. What is surprising is that it was a trilogy, with the second and third books written quickly to capitalize on the success of the first, so not disimilar to modern entertainment.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

    Robinson reads a little bit like an economics primer.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Wokechoke

    Robinson Crusoe is the central character in the beginning of Mises' Human Action.

    , @songbird
    @Wokechoke

    Wilkie Collins had a really funny character in The Moonstone who treated it like his Bible.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  96. @A123
    Housing costs in the U.S. are out of control. (1)

    Middle Class Can't Afford Homes In Nearly
    Half Of Top 100 US Metros, Study Finds

     

    In total, 41 out of the 100 metros require a gross annual income of $100,000 or more to qualify for an average home. In 13 metros, an average income of more than $155,000 is needed.
    ...
    Being considered “middle class” doesn’t carry the same significance as it did just a few years ago.

    “In the past, if you were middle class, it was almost assumed you would become a homeowner,” said Ali Wolf, chief economist of Zonda, a housing market research firm.

    “Today, the aspiration is still there, but it is a lot more difficult. You have to be wealthy or lucky.”

    That's all thanks to a “perfect storm” of elevated mortgage rates, sky-high home prices, and a lack of inventory, making housing more unaffordable.
     
    The DNC is the party of Wall Street. They do not care if workers are harmed by their policies. Migration, both legal and illegal, is good for elite Globalist bankers and financiers.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/middle-class-cant-afford-homes-nearly-half-top-100-us-metros-study-finds

    Replies: @Beckow, @Wokechoke, @John Johnson, @Solutions

    And the venture capital REIT company’s want to buy up all the current homeowners homes so they can drive up rents in a new feudal land baron / peasant system, God bless America!

    • Agree: A123
  97. @AnonfromTN
    @A123


    Is it lack of intelligence? Or, deliberate malice?
     
    You don’t need elaborate conspiracy theories when simple stupidity explains everything satisfactorily.

    Replies: @A123

    You don’t need elaborate conspiracy theories when simple stupidity explains everything satisfactorily.

    Stupidity would be 50%/50%. Or, possibly 66%/33%.

    The performance of SJW Globalist elites is 95%+ against Judeo-Christian workers. That has to be more than simple stupidity.

    PEACE 😇

  98. @Wokechoke
    @songbird

    Robinson reads a little bit like an economics primer.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird

    Robinson Crusoe is the central character in the beginning of Mises’ Human Action.

  99. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    The fat lady has not yet sung. The soft power remains in the hand of Silly Valley. You may have given up on the Star Trekkers but the world has not yet done so. Sam Altman was the star at WEF and bitcoin is 65K.

    Anatoly Karlin of all people is now promoting anal sex.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …The fat lady has not yet sung.

    That’s the thing, the fat lady actually never comes – she is only a linear chimera in your mind, a narrative to live instead of living in reality. People do that, it is easier that way, they often have multiple narratives to avoid the damn reality…one way it may be relevant is when older fat ladies take over a society, singing or not that society is finished. It doesn’t work – even monkeys know it, they would laugh…

    West is f..ed, they shot themselves in the foot and when that became obvious, they shot a few more times into their own ranks just to make sure. Soft power is basically cultural attraction – yes, it is still somewhat present but it has peaked a few years back. Movies got nothing on blood.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent if you don't respect my fat lady analogy. Go ahead and short America. If you dare. I am tempted but I don't yet have the balls.

    Have you read Soros' Alchemy of Finance?

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @Coconuts
    @Beckow


    West is f..ed...
     
    I can see it in racial terms, if 'the West' means the Latin, Germanic and Celtic racial groups. Almost certain that due to low birth rates and race mixing linked to immigration these groups will decline in size and relative power.

    But if the West doesn't have that racial meaning what Emil was saying could be right.

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @Philip Owen
    @Beckow

    Yet migration to Euro America climbs constantly.

  100. @Beckow
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    ...The fat lady has not yet sung.
     
    That's the thing, the fat lady actually never comes - she is only a linear chimera in your mind, a narrative to live instead of living in reality. People do that, it is easier that way, they often have multiple narratives to avoid the damn reality...one way it may be relevant is when older fat ladies take over a society, singing or not that society is finished. It doesn't work - even monkeys know it, they would laugh...

    West is f..ed, they shot themselves in the foot and when that became obvious, they shot a few more times into their own ranks just to make sure. Soft power is basically cultural attraction - yes, it is still somewhat present but it has peaked a few years back. Movies got nothing on blood.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Coconuts, @Philip Owen

    The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent if you don’t respect my fat lady analogy. Go ahead and short America. If you dare. I am tempted but I don’t yet have the balls.

    Have you read Soros’ Alchemy of Finance?

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I am shorting most the world, we are in a periodic downturn. A few places stand out but they are difficult to invest in - the logistics are not available and uncertain. US will do better than Europe as the dominant G7 core power. The dependencies will suffer more: Germany, UK, Italy...

    The market can stay irrational longer...

    The market is irrational, it has to be - it is a mental concept that exists only as a Plato's cave with shadows. We made it up as a tool and then deified it.

    I have not read Soros but I saw him speak. He wasn't that smart, just obsessive and weirdly bitter. He may be bi-polar.

  101. @Wokechoke
    @songbird

    Robinson reads a little bit like an economics primer.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird

    Wilkie Collins had a really funny character in The Moonstone who treated it like his Bible.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird

    Defoe is just as prominent in that Shuchard book as Swift and Fielding. If I remember right Defoe was Whig and Swift was Tory. All the progressive literati were not on the same side and some of them were mortal enemies. Also: Swift (pseudonymously published) was known to be with the opposition but they never could get solid proof to put him away. They relentlessly spied on him and his publisher was locked up in the Tower of London for a period. I have to read that book again I enjoyed it so much. It is 725 pages and the inertia to open the thing up is immense.

    Yes progressive literati were in league with the government as often as opposed. Politics is inscrutable.

    Replies: @songbird

  102. Anyone yet seen this?

    It’s worth watching twice to see how Beevor hems and haws.

    Fascinating how Myrie is so clued in about Bucha. They discuss mass slaughter of civvies by Germany, Spanish civil war and Russian civil war. Then they discuss Bucha. Was this filmed before the Jews flattened Gaza or after though?

    I get a sense that a former Army officer like Beevor doesn’t think any Russian ever did anything right and Myrie wants to have his knighthood and eat it too.

    • Thanks: Mr. Hack, Catdompanj
    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Wokechoke


    I get a sense that a former Army officer like Beevor doesn’t think any Russian ever did anything right and Myrie wants to have his knighthood and eat it too.
     
    Nothing new. Propaganda is always a pack of lies (that’s why nobody ever used times table for propaganda purposes – it’s true) and propagandists are paid in many ways by those who benefit by the propaganda. If the paymasters are powers-that-be, the pay is generous.
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Wokechoke

    Is that Clive Myrie, the new black intellectual explainer on the block? Does University Challenge?

    He'd probably been well briefed in advance about Evil Russia's Bucha Massacre.

    "Was this filmed before the Jews flattened Gaza or after though?"

    Does it matter? Gaza is The Genocide Not To Be Named (if you want an establishment media career).

  103. @John Johnson
    @A123

    The DNC is the party of Wall Street. They do not care if workers are harmed by their policies. Migration, both legal and illegal, is good for elite Globalist bankers and financiers.

    And what is the Republican solution? Crack down on Wall Street?

    Let's hear the Republican solution to high housing costs:
    (crickets)

    The MAGA leader of the House just wrote Israel a check for 26 billion even though they have a budget surplus.

    Trump is currently in court over trying to pay off a porn star. He somehow couldn't do it without committing fraud. We haven't even gotten to the docs case and he is already flipping his lid.

    This would be a great time to take off the red hat and find a new hobby.

    It isn't going to get easier defending this NYC real estate con who was a Democrat most of his life. He not only supports globalist bankers but seems to think he should be allowed to commit fraud when dealing with them.

    Replies: @Negronicus, @Derer

    The DNC is a criminal entity going berserk after Trump and his supporters. They are going out of the realm of civilized political opposition of an adversary and resorting to dishonesty and criminality. The DNC huge appetite for power is never matched by their nonexistent accomplishments.

    Trump is a threat to their sovereign political reign. He was twice impeached by concocted schemes and in fact, in one case, for asking investigating Biden corruption and nepotism in Ukraine. Ironically VP Biden’s withholding the US aid to Ukraine if the investigator of Burisma is not fired, despite being documented, was ignored for impeachment – pathetic.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Derer

    The DNC is a criminal entity going berserk after Trump and his supporters. They are going out of the realm of civilized political opposition of an adversary and resorting to dishonesty and criminality.

    So you would describe Trump as someone that stays within civilized realms and avoids criminality?

    You do realize he is in court for committing fraud when trying to pay off a porn star? And that he is facing felonies for trying to destroy Federal evidence?

    The DNC and Trump deserve each other. Trump should switch back to being a Democrat.

    Trump is a NYC real estate con that was a better fit for the NYC Democrat sludge machine.

    Replies: @Derer

  104. @QCIC
    @Philip Owen

    Doubtful, but time will tell. The (((yanks))) will be eager to take out the Kerch bridge as a symbolic gesture. If the Russians are worried about this it may lead them to preemptive attacks on locations were the ATACMS rounds come into theater.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @AnonfromTN, @Derer

    The Russian response must be resolute and target snake head in Kiev arena.

  105. @songbird
    @Wokechoke

    Wilkie Collins had a really funny character in The Moonstone who treated it like his Bible.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    Defoe is just as prominent in that Shuchard book as Swift and Fielding. If I remember right Defoe was Whig and Swift was Tory. All the progressive literati were not on the same side and some of them were mortal enemies. Also: Swift (pseudonymously published) was known to be with the opposition but they never could get solid proof to put him away. They relentlessly spied on him and his publisher was locked up in the Tower of London for a period. I have to read that book again I enjoyed it so much. It is 725 pages and the inertia to open the thing up is immense.

    Yes progressive literati were in league with the government as often as opposed. Politics is inscrutable.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    It is funny how Defoe was placed in stocks or jail a few times and then became a government agent and was assigned to unify Scotland and England.

    I wonder if it was just propaganda and spying or whether he was entrusted to pay any bribes.

    But it is remarkable how many famous novelists through history wrote government propaganda. Sometimes, it seems like all of them.

    I think it continues to this day. Is there anything the government would disagree about in Harry Potter, etc?

  106. @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    If the Russians are worried about this it may lead them to preemptive attacks on locations were the ATACMS rounds come into theater.
     
    Possibly. Judging by much higher than before success of Russian strikes the flow of HUMINT from Ukrainian territory has greatly increased lately.

    Replies: @LondonBob, @Gerard1234

    Success breeds success, more people more likely to help if they know the Russians are coming, but I expect the greatly increased satellite coverage helps, as well as attrition of AD, allowing drones to surveil deep behind the lines.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @LondonBob

    What's the story on greatly increased satellite coverage?

  107. @Beckow
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    ...The fat lady has not yet sung.
     
    That's the thing, the fat lady actually never comes - she is only a linear chimera in your mind, a narrative to live instead of living in reality. People do that, it is easier that way, they often have multiple narratives to avoid the damn reality...one way it may be relevant is when older fat ladies take over a society, singing or not that society is finished. It doesn't work - even monkeys know it, they would laugh...

    West is f..ed, they shot themselves in the foot and when that became obvious, they shot a few more times into their own ranks just to make sure. Soft power is basically cultural attraction - yes, it is still somewhat present but it has peaked a few years back. Movies got nothing on blood.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Coconuts, @Philip Owen

    West is f..ed…

    I can see it in racial terms, if ‘the West’ means the Latin, Germanic and Celtic racial groups. Almost certain that due to low birth rates and race mixing linked to immigration these groups will decline in size and relative power.

    But if the West doesn’t have that racial meaning what Emil was saying could be right.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Coconuts


    ...if the West doesn’t have that racial meaning
     
    Careful, if the West has no racial or ethnic meaning it doesn't exist. All power is ultimately traced back to relations and identity. We are tribal, small tribes and big tribes - but power is always organized by blood relations, real or imagined.

    It is hidden by layers of other stuff: alliances, rituals, resources, ideology, myths. Power is just the aim to dominate - Rome, colonials, church, it was all about that: to control others.

    If you strip the Latin, Germanic, Celtic 'racial' core from the West it ceases to exist - it transforms into something new, maybe better, but more likely given the components worse. Sunak is a hired impostor - given the likes of Scholz, Macron, Biden, the transformation was probably overdue. Let's see what they can do with it.

    Replies: @Coconuts

  108. @Derer
    @John Johnson

    The DNC is a criminal entity going berserk after Trump and his supporters. They are going out of the realm of civilized political opposition of an adversary and resorting to dishonesty and criminality. The DNC huge appetite for power is never matched by their nonexistent accomplishments.

    Trump is a threat to their sovereign political reign. He was twice impeached by concocted schemes and in fact, in one case, for asking investigating Biden corruption and nepotism in Ukraine. Ironically VP Biden's withholding the US aid to Ukraine if the investigator of Burisma is not fired, despite being documented, was ignored for impeachment - pathetic.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    The DNC is a criminal entity going berserk after Trump and his supporters. They are going out of the realm of civilized political opposition of an adversary and resorting to dishonesty and criminality.

    So you would describe Trump as someone that stays within civilized realms and avoids criminality?

    You do realize he is in court for committing fraud when trying to pay off a porn star? And that he is facing felonies for trying to destroy Federal evidence?

    The DNC and Trump deserve each other. Trump should switch back to being a Democrat.

    Trump is a NYC real estate con that was a better fit for the NYC Democrat sludge machine.

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Derer
    @John Johnson

    My support for Trump is fading...that doesn't mean that I condone the Democrats for criminally using DOJ and their media for harassing Trump so that he would fail his 2016 winning agenda and his 2024 reelection .

    The support for him is fading because he is sleeping in bed with Israel. The USA will never be crime-free for their unconditional support of reckless Israel. A character - that is using concocted victimhood for their advantage, while perpetrating the same crimes on Palestinians - cannot be supported.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @John Johnson

  109. @LondonBob
    @AnonfromTN

    Success breeds success, more people more likely to help if they know the Russians are coming, but I expect the greatly increased satellite coverage helps, as well as attrition of AD, allowing drones to surveil deep behind the lines.

    Replies: @QCIC

    What’s the story on greatly increased satellite coverage?

  110. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @songbird

    Defoe is just as prominent in that Shuchard book as Swift and Fielding. If I remember right Defoe was Whig and Swift was Tory. All the progressive literati were not on the same side and some of them were mortal enemies. Also: Swift (pseudonymously published) was known to be with the opposition but they never could get solid proof to put him away. They relentlessly spied on him and his publisher was locked up in the Tower of London for a period. I have to read that book again I enjoyed it so much. It is 725 pages and the inertia to open the thing up is immense.

    Yes progressive literati were in league with the government as often as opposed. Politics is inscrutable.

    Replies: @songbird

    It is funny how Defoe was placed in stocks or jail a few times and then became a government agent and was assigned to unify Scotland and England.

    I wonder if it was just propaganda and spying or whether he was entrusted to pay any bribes.

    But it is remarkable how many famous novelists through history wrote government propaganda. Sometimes, it seems like all of them.

    I think it continues to this day. Is there anything the government would disagree about in Harry Potter, etc?

  111. @A123
    @AnonfromTN


    The House approved the bill on “assistance” to Ukraine on Hitler’s birthday. Is someone willing to argue that this was a mere coincidence?
     
    It shows how schizophrenic American politics has become. The bill provides funding for the:

    • Immoral, losing cause of Führer Zelensky, enemy of the Jews
    • Moral, winning cause of Netanyahu, leader of Palestinian Jews

    It probably was coincidence. Was support for Kiev intended as tribute to Hitler? If so, the pairing with anti-Nazi funding to Palestinian Jews clouded the messaging.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    If it’s true that congress was responsible for enabling Ukrainian “Führer Zelensky, enemy of the Jews” to continue his “offensive war” against Putler’s Russia, then why do you sit so quietly about the person who enabled this whole thing to go down, Donald Trump?

    Mike Whitney does not seem to buy the kind of crap that you’ve been peddling here now for many months, about the superiority of Trump. and is able to clearly assign guilt where it belongs:

    The man who is most responsible for the $95 billion giveaway to Ukraine and Israel, is the same guy who pretends to oppose America’s “wasteful” foreign wars. Donald Trump. It was Trump who consulted with Speaker Mike Johnson about the contents of the Ukraine aid package, just as it was Trump who concocted the idea of issuing loans instead of dispersing the standard welfare handout. It was also Trump who said:

    “I stand with the Speaker, (Mike Johnson)” after which he added that Johnson is doing “a very good job.”

    Sometimes, a picture really is worth 1,000 words.

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

    The dynamic duo, Trump and Johnson, mocking and laughing at loyal footsoldier kreminstoogeA123. He should take this time to polish up his "Islamo-Soros" conspiracy theories and quit waiving his pom-toms in front of Trump. :-)

  112. Is it weird that there are people in Israel with the given name Israel?

    Any similar examples in other countries?

  113. If you take some of these high schools that are very black, I wonder to what extent having all those military age men together (really anyone 14+ or even younger) is basically completely new historically, outside of actual military conflicts, where they might have mobilized several villages together.

    300-400 would have been a pretty respectable war band back in the day, even if it doesn’t come close to what the Zulu could organize. IMO, most of the conflicts would have been on that level, rather than with bigger armies.

    Probably true of a lot of places outside of Africa too. Large parts of Europe. High school really is a weird environment in evolutionary terms.

  114. @Mr. Hack
    @A123

    If it's true that congress was responsible for enabling Ukrainian "Führer Zelensky, enemy of the Jews" to continue his "offensive war" against Putler's Russia, then why do you sit so quietly about the person who enabled this whole thing to go down, Donald Trump?

    Mike Whitney does not seem to buy the kind of crap that you've been peddling here now for many months, about the superiority of Trump. and is able to clearly assign guilt where it belongs:


    The man who is most responsible for the $95 billion giveaway to Ukraine and Israel, is the same guy who pretends to oppose America’s “wasteful” foreign wars. Donald Trump. It was Trump who consulted with Speaker Mike Johnson about the contents of the Ukraine aid package, just as it was Trump who concocted the idea of issuing loans instead of dispersing the standard welfare handout. It was also Trump who said:

    “I stand with the Speaker, (Mike Johnson)” after which he added that Johnson is doing “a very good job.”
     

    https://www.unz.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/TrumpMikeJohnsonMW-600x565.png
    Sometimes, a picture really is worth 1,000 words.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    The dynamic duo, Trump and Johnson, mocking and laughing at loyal footsoldier kreminstoogeA123. He should take this time to polish up his “Islamo-Soros” conspiracy theories and quit waiving his pom-toms in front of Trump. 🙂

    • LOL: John Johnson
  115. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent if you don't respect my fat lady analogy. Go ahead and short America. If you dare. I am tempted but I don't yet have the balls.

    Have you read Soros' Alchemy of Finance?

    Replies: @Beckow

    I am shorting most the world, we are in a periodic downturn. A few places stand out but they are difficult to invest in – the logistics are not available and uncertain. US will do better than Europe as the dominant G7 core power. The dependencies will suffer more: Germany, UK, Italy…

    The market can stay irrational longer…

    The market is irrational, it has to be – it is a mental concept that exists only as a Plato’s cave with shadows. We made it up as a tool and then deified it.

    I have not read Soros but I saw him speak. He wasn’t that smart, just obsessive and weirdly bitter. He may be bi-polar.

  116. @Coconuts
    @Beckow


    West is f..ed...
     
    I can see it in racial terms, if 'the West' means the Latin, Germanic and Celtic racial groups. Almost certain that due to low birth rates and race mixing linked to immigration these groups will decline in size and relative power.

    But if the West doesn't have that racial meaning what Emil was saying could be right.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …if the West doesn’t have that racial meaning

    Careful, if the West has no racial or ethnic meaning it doesn’t exist. All power is ultimately traced back to relations and identity. We are tribal, small tribes and big tribes – but power is always organized by blood relations, real or imagined.

    It is hidden by layers of other stuff: alliances, rituals, resources, ideology, myths. Power is just the aim to dominate – Rome, colonials, church, it was all about that: to control others.

    If you strip the Latin, Germanic, Celtic ‘racial’ core from the West it ceases to exist – it transforms into something new, maybe better, but more likely given the components worse. Sunak is a hired impostor – given the likes of Scholz, Macron, Biden, the transformation was probably overdue. Let’s see what they can do with it.

    • Replies: @Coconuts
    @Beckow


    All power is ultimately traced back to relations and identity. We are tribal, small tribes and big tribes – but power is always organized by blood relations, real or imagined.
     
    The relationship between a mother or father and their child may be the prototype of political authority more broadly. Then one of the most basic purposes of politics is to secure the conditions for the perpetuation of families. But in the context of larger human communities these relations don't seem to be the same as familial ones, and political authority in these contexts is not identical to parental authority.

    Power can be also defined as the ability to act, exerting influence on the external world. I don't think it is always entails domination (this sounds like a postmodern understanding of power?). A mother or father obviously has power over their children, but the relationship is only considered one of domination when it is dysfunctional. With these larger scale human institutions, empires, the churches etc. they tend to come into existence to manage large scale political communities. The desire for these communities seems to follow from the idea that their existence is a good, as much as the domination aspect that is involved in them.

    If you strip the Latin, Germanic, Celtic ‘racial’ core from the West it ceases to exist...
     

    It seems to be more than the racial factor alone; if the Latin, Germanic and Celtic population remained fairly large, but substantial parts of it converted to Islam or for some reason adopted Arabic language (similar to the Mozarabes in Iberia during Islamic rule but on a bigger scale), then it feels like the West would also be in danger.

    As it is the West has gone through some significant changes already. Looking at the genealogy of the concept, it looks like it originates with the Western half of the Roman Empire, then switched to meaning Latin Christendom and later the 'Enlightenment' civilisation and culture that originated in England, France and the Netherlands. The most recent manifestation would be the sphere of American political leadership and hegemony that emerged after 1945.

    Replies: @Beckow

  117. @Wokechoke
    Anyone yet seen this?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbGz2x_v1ho


    It’s worth watching twice to see how Beevor hems and haws.


    Fascinating how Myrie is so clued in about Bucha. They discuss mass slaughter of civvies by Germany, Spanish civil war and Russian civil war. Then they discuss Bucha. Was this filmed before the Jews flattened Gaza or after though?

    I get a sense that a former Army officer like Beevor doesn’t think any Russian ever did anything right and Myrie wants to have his knighthood and eat it too.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @YetAnotherAnon

    I get a sense that a former Army officer like Beevor doesn’t think any Russian ever did anything right and Myrie wants to have his knighthood and eat it too.

    Nothing new. Propaganda is always a pack of lies (that’s why nobody ever used times table for propaganda purposes – it’s true) and propagandists are paid in many ways by those who benefit by the propaganda. If the paymasters are powers-that-be, the pay is generous.

  118. AK is trying to uplift the cow, so that it will rule over Indians (and by extension much of the Anglophone world.)

    [MORE]

    Richie Sunak and Modi will be replaced by Buttercup and Gauri.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @songbird

    Will Buttercup have frickin' laser beams attached to her head? DrE wants to know.

    Replies: @songbird

  119. @songbird
    AK is trying to uplift the cow, so that it will rule over Indians (and by extension much of the Anglophone world.)
    https://twitter.com/powerfultakes/status/1751077980133085195

    Richie Sunak and Modi will be replaced by Buttercup and Gauri.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Will Buttercup have frickin’ laser beams attached to her head? DrE wants to know.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @QCIC

    IMO, biogenineered cow-based global conquest would involve them secreting some addictive substance out of their mammary glands, sort of like ketracel white from DS9.

    Of course, if we are talking specifically about Indians, it could be other pathways.

  120. TV tower in Kharkov was destroyed by Russian mid-range guided cruise missile X-59. There is no more TV in Kharkov.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN

    The lights are going out for the Nato-in-Ukraine show. They just got some funding for a sequel, about 1/5 of what they spent on the original. That will go over great.

    Can the Fed figure out how to issue virtual Ukie soldiers? The electronic 'fiat money' stuff is clearly not going to do it. It is all physical now.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  121. @QCIC
    @songbird

    Will Buttercup have frickin' laser beams attached to her head? DrE wants to know.

    Replies: @songbird

    IMO, biogenineered cow-based global conquest would involve them secreting some addictive substance out of their mammary glands, sort of like ketracel white from DS9.

    Of course, if we are talking specifically about Indians, it could be other pathways.

  122. @AnonfromTN
    TV tower in Kharkov was destroyed by Russian mid-range guided cruise missile X-59. There is no more TV in Kharkov.

    Replies: @Beckow

    The lights are going out for the Nato-in-Ukraine show. They just got some funding for a sequel, about 1/5 of what they spent on the original. That will go over great.

    Can the Fed figure out how to issue virtual Ukie soldiers? The electronic ‘fiat money’ stuff is clearly not going to do it. It is all physical now.

    • LOL: Gerard1234
    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    Can the Fed figure out how to issue virtual Ukie soldiers?
     
    Ukraine is toast, but this “aid” is not about Ukraine. Lion’s share of the money called “aid” to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan is going to the US MIC. Well-placed aborigines in those countries will be allowed to steal some (that’s what they serve for), but most of the money will be stolen right here in the US. The countries that are ostensibly aided are no more than fig leaves for the greedy MIC thieves.

    The US MIC is a textbook example of a parasite killing the host. Considering how rotten the US political system is (this includes Trump = Biden made obvious by this deal), this is like stage 4 cancer, no longer curable by any means. Libtard BS along with MAGA BS are just fairly ineffective painkillers for the dying patient. The main problem is not that Ukraine is toast, but that the US is toast.

    Replies: @Beckow, @John Johnson

  123. It is strange how Bush’s “axis of evil” which was an unlikely grouping of marginalized countries Iraq, Iran, and NK, two of which had deep antagonisms, has been transformed by more recent Neocons into a strategic alliance of space and nuclear powers almost tantamount to the full continent of Eurasia.

    Is Mike Johnson the dumbest speaker ever? (Age adjusted)

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @songbird

    The original Bush’s axis of evil was a scream in the dark to find enemies. It dawned on the elite that without proper enemies the edifice can't be maintained: financial overstretch, lack of actual work and real production, centralized lying media.

    The evil ones had to be enlarged to make it credible. Russia or China were the only choices, but they didn't originally plan for both - they miscalculated and it makes fighting the conjured up evils almost hopeless (neos are not very smart).


    Is Mike Johnson the dumbest speaker ever?
     
    Probably. He looks like an earnest optometrist. But he has Jesus to fall back on. When the Second Coming finally arrives, he will be all right, halleluja...Technically it will be the First Coming, but who wants to quibble...
    , @Wokechoke
    @songbird

    Yes that axis of can actually fight back and can’t be easily bullied.

    Replies: @songbird

  124. @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN

    The lights are going out for the Nato-in-Ukraine show. They just got some funding for a sequel, about 1/5 of what they spent on the original. That will go over great.

    Can the Fed figure out how to issue virtual Ukie soldiers? The electronic 'fiat money' stuff is clearly not going to do it. It is all physical now.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Can the Fed figure out how to issue virtual Ukie soldiers?

    Ukraine is toast, but this “aid” is not about Ukraine. Lion’s share of the money called “aid” to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan is going to the US MIC. Well-placed aborigines in those countries will be allowed to steal some (that’s what they serve for), but most of the money will be stolen right here in the US. The countries that are ostensibly aided are no more than fig leaves for the greedy MIC thieves.

    The US MIC is a textbook example of a parasite killing the host. Considering how rotten the US political system is (this includes Trump = Biden made obvious by this deal), this is like stage 4 cancer, no longer curable by any means. Libtard BS along with MAGA BS are just fairly ineffective painkillers for the dying patient. The main problem is not that Ukraine is toast, but that the US is toast.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...US MIC is a textbook example of a parasite killing the host.
     
    MIC is one of the biggest but the West is swarming with parasites of all kind, most not as dangerous. Surplus prosperity encourages parasites to thrive. Check-out the late 18th century French 'privileges', or Rome and the later stages of commie-stagnation. Everyone wants to be outside of the nitty-gritty competitive economy (they lie when they deny it), and rent-seeking is the safest profession. One Patriot is $1.5 billion, what do you think is its real profit margin? It sure beats selling macchiatos...

    The main problem is not that Ukraine is toast, but that the US is toast.
     
    You got that right. It wouldn't be the first time that a great power self-destructed over a maniacal obsession with pride and not losing face. I still think most of the West could retire intact from the Ukie fiasco. Some won't be able to because they got into it too deep.

    West used to pride itself on its resilience - the secret weapon for Rome and later colonial powers. They would fall and get up, again and again. Maybe they still got it.

    But the Ukies are toast. I will miss them - their yearning was so sincere one almost has sympathy. But they have been too emotional and clumsy in the implementation Hint: wait with massacres until after you win and don't celebrate it. Say it was a "mistake".

    , @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    Ukraine is toast, but this “aid” is not about Ukraine. Lion’s share of the money called “aid” to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan is going to the US MIC.

    And that's how they got so many Republicans on board.

    What Ukraine needs the most is artillery and ATACMs which are on the way.

    This was a classic pork sandwich.

    Biden wanted 13 billion in military defense for Ukraine. He didn't ask for 61.

    Makes more sense to give them what they need and then re-assess after the election.

    Moscow Marjorie clearly has a sandy vagina over the bill but no one cares. Trump didn't make the call and let it go. The MAGA losers were sidelined and don't want to face the fact that Trump didn't back them.

    The US MIC is a textbook example of a parasite killing the host.

    Are you going to give us the annual "Dollar is doomed" speech with that statement?

    Ukraine is still getting over 100 F-16s from various countries so it's looking like a great year to die for your dictator.

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

    Replies: @Beckow, @songbird

  125. @Beckow
    @Coconuts


    ...if the West doesn’t have that racial meaning
     
    Careful, if the West has no racial or ethnic meaning it doesn't exist. All power is ultimately traced back to relations and identity. We are tribal, small tribes and big tribes - but power is always organized by blood relations, real or imagined.

    It is hidden by layers of other stuff: alliances, rituals, resources, ideology, myths. Power is just the aim to dominate - Rome, colonials, church, it was all about that: to control others.

    If you strip the Latin, Germanic, Celtic 'racial' core from the West it ceases to exist - it transforms into something new, maybe better, but more likely given the components worse. Sunak is a hired impostor - given the likes of Scholz, Macron, Biden, the transformation was probably overdue. Let's see what they can do with it.

    Replies: @Coconuts

    All power is ultimately traced back to relations and identity. We are tribal, small tribes and big tribes – but power is always organized by blood relations, real or imagined.

    The relationship between a mother or father and their child may be the prototype of political authority more broadly. Then one of the most basic purposes of politics is to secure the conditions for the perpetuation of families. But in the context of larger human communities these relations don’t seem to be the same as familial ones, and political authority in these contexts is not identical to parental authority.

    Power can be also defined as the ability to act, exerting influence on the external world. I don’t think it is always entails domination (this sounds like a postmodern understanding of power?). A mother or father obviously has power over their children, but the relationship is only considered one of domination when it is dysfunctional. With these larger scale human institutions, empires, the churches etc. they tend to come into existence to manage large scale political communities. The desire for these communities seems to follow from the idea that their existence is a good, as much as the domination aspect that is involved in them.

    If you strip the Latin, Germanic, Celtic ‘racial’ core from the West it ceases to exist…

    It seems to be more than the racial factor alone; if the Latin, Germanic and Celtic population remained fairly large, but substantial parts of it converted to Islam or for some reason adopted Arabic language (similar to the Mozarabes in Iberia during Islamic rule but on a bigger scale), then it feels like the West would also be in danger.

    As it is the West has gone through some significant changes already. Looking at the genealogy of the concept, it looks like it originates with the Western half of the Roman Empire, then switched to meaning Latin Christendom and later the ‘Enlightenment’ civilisation and culture that originated in England, France and the Netherlands. The most recent manifestation would be the sphere of American political leadership and hegemony that emerged after 1945.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Coconuts

    I was talking about power in the context of states or empires. There are other contexts, but for a country to have power is to dominate others - tell them what to do, how to live, who can be their leaders, etc...The West (lately mostly US) had that power for a few previous decades all around the world. E.g. Yeltsin was their approved guy or the US businessmen had effective global immunity.

    It has ended - the resistance to the Western power has won. It is too early to see how exactly will the world organize now.


    the West originated with the Western half of the Roman Empire, then switched to meaning Latin Christendom and later the ‘Enlightenment’...in England, France, Netherlands. The most recent manifestation would be the sphere of American political leadership and hegemony that emerged after 1945.
     
    True, but you skipped over the German part that was quite important. Some of the most "Western" memes are associated with Germany... :)

    If the West transforms into a post-Christian mixed population hodge-podge of everyone from around the world - it seems to want that - it will be a transformation too far, it will not be the West any more. Bolivia, Mumbai, Dubai or Singapore are not Western no matter how much they try. The key is that once enough of the ethnic continuity is gone the civilization changes - not necessarily for the better.

    Replies: @Coconuts

  126. @songbird
    It is strange how Bush's "axis of evil" which was an unlikely grouping of marginalized countries Iraq, Iran, and NK, two of which had deep antagonisms, has been transformed by more recent Neocons into a strategic alliance of space and nuclear powers almost tantamount to the full continent of Eurasia.

    Is Mike Johnson the dumbest speaker ever? (Age adjusted)

    Replies: @Beckow, @Wokechoke

    The original Bush’s axis of evil was a scream in the dark to find enemies. It dawned on the elite that without proper enemies the edifice can’t be maintained: financial overstretch, lack of actual work and real production, centralized lying media.

    The evil ones had to be enlarged to make it credible. Russia or China were the only choices, but they didn’t originally plan for both – they miscalculated and it makes fighting the conjured up evils almost hopeless (neos are not very smart).

    Is Mike Johnson the dumbest speaker ever?

    Probably. He looks like an earnest optometrist. But he has Jesus to fall back on. When the Second Coming finally arrives, he will be all right, halleluja…Technically it will be the First Coming, but who wants to quibble…

  127. @Beckow
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    ...The fat lady has not yet sung.
     
    That's the thing, the fat lady actually never comes - she is only a linear chimera in your mind, a narrative to live instead of living in reality. People do that, it is easier that way, they often have multiple narratives to avoid the damn reality...one way it may be relevant is when older fat ladies take over a society, singing or not that society is finished. It doesn't work - even monkeys know it, they would laugh...

    West is f..ed, they shot themselves in the foot and when that became obvious, they shot a few more times into their own ranks just to make sure. Soft power is basically cultural attraction - yes, it is still somewhat present but it has peaked a few years back. Movies got nothing on blood.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Coconuts, @Philip Owen

    Yet migration to Euro America climbs constantly.

  128. New topic, maybe Anatoly or Ron will weigh in.

    Tucker Carlson is unequivocally saying that he believes the US government is in contact with aliens. I don’t keep up with the aliens topic so this caught me by surprise.

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    • Replies: @LondonBob
    @QCIC

    He explicitly says not aliens, celestial beings. Spoke to a cosmonaut who talked about the weird and wonderful phenomena he saw in space, that couldn't be explained.

    Replies: @QCIC

  129. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    Can the Fed figure out how to issue virtual Ukie soldiers?
     
    Ukraine is toast, but this “aid” is not about Ukraine. Lion’s share of the money called “aid” to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan is going to the US MIC. Well-placed aborigines in those countries will be allowed to steal some (that’s what they serve for), but most of the money will be stolen right here in the US. The countries that are ostensibly aided are no more than fig leaves for the greedy MIC thieves.

    The US MIC is a textbook example of a parasite killing the host. Considering how rotten the US political system is (this includes Trump = Biden made obvious by this deal), this is like stage 4 cancer, no longer curable by any means. Libtard BS along with MAGA BS are just fairly ineffective painkillers for the dying patient. The main problem is not that Ukraine is toast, but that the US is toast.

    Replies: @Beckow, @John Johnson

    …US MIC is a textbook example of a parasite killing the host.

    MIC is one of the biggest but the West is swarming with parasites of all kind, most not as dangerous. Surplus prosperity encourages parasites to thrive. Check-out the late 18th century French ‘privileges’, or Rome and the later stages of commie-stagnation. Everyone wants to be outside of the nitty-gritty competitive economy (they lie when they deny it), and rent-seeking is the safest profession. One Patriot is $1.5 billion, what do you think is its real profit margin? It sure beats selling macchiatos…

    The main problem is not that Ukraine is toast, but that the US is toast.

    You got that right. It wouldn’t be the first time that a great power self-destructed over a maniacal obsession with pride and not losing face. I still think most of the West could retire intact from the Ukie fiasco. Some won’t be able to because they got into it too deep.

    West used to pride itself on its resilience – the secret weapon for Rome and later colonial powers. They would fall and get up, again and again. Maybe they still got it.

    But the Ukies are toast. I will miss them – their yearning was so sincere one almost has sympathy. But they have been too emotional and clumsy in the implementation Hint: wait with massacres until after you win and don’t celebrate it. Say it was a “mistake”.

  130. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    Can the Fed figure out how to issue virtual Ukie soldiers?
     
    Ukraine is toast, but this “aid” is not about Ukraine. Lion’s share of the money called “aid” to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan is going to the US MIC. Well-placed aborigines in those countries will be allowed to steal some (that’s what they serve for), but most of the money will be stolen right here in the US. The countries that are ostensibly aided are no more than fig leaves for the greedy MIC thieves.

    The US MIC is a textbook example of a parasite killing the host. Considering how rotten the US political system is (this includes Trump = Biden made obvious by this deal), this is like stage 4 cancer, no longer curable by any means. Libtard BS along with MAGA BS are just fairly ineffective painkillers for the dying patient. The main problem is not that Ukraine is toast, but that the US is toast.

    Replies: @Beckow, @John Johnson

    Ukraine is toast, but this “aid” is not about Ukraine. Lion’s share of the money called “aid” to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan is going to the US MIC.

    And that’s how they got so many Republicans on board.

    What Ukraine needs the most is artillery and ATACMs which are on the way.

    This was a classic pork sandwich.

    Biden wanted 13 billion in military defense for Ukraine. He didn’t ask for 61.

    Makes more sense to give them what they need and then re-assess after the election.

    Moscow Marjorie clearly has a sandy vagina over the bill but no one cares. Trump didn’t make the call and let it go. The MAGA losers were sidelined and don’t want to face the fact that Trump didn’t back them.

    The US MIC is a textbook example of a parasite killing the host.

    Are you going to give us the annual “Dollar is doomed” speech with that statement?

    Ukraine is still getting over 100 F-16s from various countries so it’s looking like a great year to die for your dictator.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @John Johnson

    I don't know what war you are observing but Russia is winning the one in Ukraine. 100 F-16's? Where? I have not seen any in action. The money is not very relevant and more western weapons only delay the inevitable defeat.

    Or do you think Kiev still has a shot to win? Everything else is noise of no importance in the long run. There are only two ways Kiev-Nato could stop the defeat: pro-Western liberals staging a coup in Moscow (fat chance) or going nuclear. Both are unlikely.

    The main unknown is how far will Russia go and what will they leave of the pre-war Ukraine - almost certainly neutral. And how many will die before it is formalized.

    If you think that a few weeks delay is worth printing $60 billion in "new money" you are welcome. It makes no difference with $34 trillion in the US debt. How can it be paid back? At some point ($40 trillion?) the foreign buyers of the US bonds will quietly disappear or you will have to hold a gun to them to keep on buying.

    It is not about what you or I think, this is simply math. That $34 trillion is real dent - people count on it as investments, their wealth, etc...if it loses value there will be a hell to pay. Don't be so blase about the exploding US debt - it could come back to bite you.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @John Johnson, @Mikhail

    , @songbird
    @John Johnson


    Are you going to give us the annual “Dollar is doomed” speech with that statement?
     
    Already happened. Dollar stores have gone the way of five and dimes. The dollar is literally worth shit now. You can't even get 3 first class stamps for $2.

    There's room to get worse, but not really room to get better.

    What will it be worth, after the Tubman twenty debuts, and the Chinese, Indians, and other people see it?

    BTW, do you know that the most common bill in circulation now is actually the $100? (The current highest legal tender denomination.) How long until they add another zero? Perhaps, digital is a workaround.
  131. @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    Ukraine is toast, but this “aid” is not about Ukraine. Lion’s share of the money called “aid” to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan is going to the US MIC.

    And that's how they got so many Republicans on board.

    What Ukraine needs the most is artillery and ATACMs which are on the way.

    This was a classic pork sandwich.

    Biden wanted 13 billion in military defense for Ukraine. He didn't ask for 61.

    Makes more sense to give them what they need and then re-assess after the election.

    Moscow Marjorie clearly has a sandy vagina over the bill but no one cares. Trump didn't make the call and let it go. The MAGA losers were sidelined and don't want to face the fact that Trump didn't back them.

    The US MIC is a textbook example of a parasite killing the host.

    Are you going to give us the annual "Dollar is doomed" speech with that statement?

    Ukraine is still getting over 100 F-16s from various countries so it's looking like a great year to die for your dictator.

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

    Replies: @Beckow, @songbird

    I don’t know what war you are observing but Russia is winning the one in Ukraine. 100 F-16’s? Where? I have not seen any in action. The money is not very relevant and more western weapons only delay the inevitable defeat.

    Or do you think Kiev still has a shot to win? Everything else is noise of no importance in the long run. There are only two ways Kiev-Nato could stop the defeat: pro-Western liberals staging a coup in Moscow (fat chance) or going nuclear. Both are unlikely.

    The main unknown is how far will Russia go and what will they leave of the pre-war Ukraine – almost certainly neutral. And how many will die before it is formalized.

    If you think that a few weeks delay is worth printing $60 billion in “new money” you are welcome. It makes no difference with $34 trillion in the US debt. How can it be paid back? At some point ($40 trillion?) the foreign buyers of the US bonds will quietly disappear or you will have to hold a gun to them to keep on buying.

    It is not about what you or I think, this is simply math. That $34 trillion is real dent – people count on it as investments, their wealth, etc…if it loses value there will be a hell to pay. Don’t be so blase about the exploding US debt – it could come back to bite you.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    I don’t know what war you are observing
     
    Arguing with a pre-programmed thing? Try a philosophical dispute with a lamp-post. It might be more receptive to the reality and your arguments.
    , @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    I don’t know what war you are observing but Russia is winning the one in Ukraine.

    I don't see how Russia is winning when Putin stated that the war was needed to stop NATO from expanding East which already happened. That was the clearly defined justification of the war made by Putin in his invasion speech. I will hold Putin to his word and not to the constantly moving goalposts of his fans.

    Lavrov the other day was talking about the need for a demilitarized zone between the two countries which shows that a march on Kiev is highly unlikely.

    That would put Ukraine closer to qualifying for NATO and Putin at best would get an Eastern chunk which by his own statements for the war means he cannot win. That would be closer to an armistice.

    I hold Putin by his own clearly outlined goals for the war and can source them if anyone would like. He described NATO as a geographic threat and NATO has already expanded East via Finland.

    If he can somehow talk Finland into leaving then I will reassess.

    100 F-16’s? Where? I have not seen any in action.

    Most of the F-16s have not arrived. Denmark and the Netherlands alone will be donating over 50. There are surplus F-16s in all NATO countries. We have over 1000 of them.

    If you think that a few weeks delay is worth printing $60 billion in “new money” you are welcome.

    You can call it funny money but it really doesn't make a difference since the 155mm shells that fall on Russians will be real.

    That is what Ukraine needs and it is on the way.

    That's in addition to the Czechs providing them with another 1.5 million:
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-16/czech-plan-may-bring-1-5-million-shells-to-ukraine-premier-says

    The main unknown is how far will Russia go and what will they leave of the pre-war Ukraine – almost certainly neutral.

    They've already offered to allow the current lines which shows that Putin defenders who hope for a capitulation of Ukraine will most likely be disappointed. All evidence suggests that Putin wants to take the rest of the former DPR (it no longer exists as a Republic as Putin promised) and he is unlikely to try for Odessa. A Gallipoli style attack needed to happen by now. His generals most likely concluded it was too risky due to NATO satellites but then Putin has called for stupid plans that ignored his generals like the Kiev invasion. Unlikely but entirely possible since Putin is a lazy ego maniac and didn't even bother to learn the military lessons of WW1.

    How can it be paid back? At some point ($40 trillion?) the foreign buyers of the US bonds will quietly disappear or you will have to hold a gun to them to keep on buying.

    I'm not a fan of deficit spending but they can always cut the military budget if the bond rating drops. A 5% across the board cut for all Federal agencies would also do it.

    If this was my bill I would have given $1 to Israel in the form of a day old bagel and doubled the amount of artillery to Ukraine long with all of our ATACMs. 10 billion would be plenty.

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @Mikhail
    @Beckow

    https://www.eurasiareview.com/23042024-alexander-motyl-is-dead-wrong-about-jd-vance-and-russia-ukraine-oped/

  132. @Beckow
    @John Johnson

    I don't know what war you are observing but Russia is winning the one in Ukraine. 100 F-16's? Where? I have not seen any in action. The money is not very relevant and more western weapons only delay the inevitable defeat.

    Or do you think Kiev still has a shot to win? Everything else is noise of no importance in the long run. There are only two ways Kiev-Nato could stop the defeat: pro-Western liberals staging a coup in Moscow (fat chance) or going nuclear. Both are unlikely.

    The main unknown is how far will Russia go and what will they leave of the pre-war Ukraine - almost certainly neutral. And how many will die before it is formalized.

    If you think that a few weeks delay is worth printing $60 billion in "new money" you are welcome. It makes no difference with $34 trillion in the US debt. How can it be paid back? At some point ($40 trillion?) the foreign buyers of the US bonds will quietly disappear or you will have to hold a gun to them to keep on buying.

    It is not about what you or I think, this is simply math. That $34 trillion is real dent - people count on it as investments, their wealth, etc...if it loses value there will be a hell to pay. Don't be so blase about the exploding US debt - it could come back to bite you.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @John Johnson, @Mikhail

    I don’t know what war you are observing

    Arguing with a pre-programmed thing? Try a philosophical dispute with a lamp-post. It might be more receptive to the reality and your arguments.

  133. @John Johnson
    @AnonfromTN

    Ukraine is toast, but this “aid” is not about Ukraine. Lion’s share of the money called “aid” to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan is going to the US MIC.

    And that's how they got so many Republicans on board.

    What Ukraine needs the most is artillery and ATACMs which are on the way.

    This was a classic pork sandwich.

    Biden wanted 13 billion in military defense for Ukraine. He didn't ask for 61.

    Makes more sense to give them what they need and then re-assess after the election.

    Moscow Marjorie clearly has a sandy vagina over the bill but no one cares. Trump didn't make the call and let it go. The MAGA losers were sidelined and don't want to face the fact that Trump didn't back them.

    The US MIC is a textbook example of a parasite killing the host.

    Are you going to give us the annual "Dollar is doomed" speech with that statement?

    Ukraine is still getting over 100 F-16s from various countries so it's looking like a great year to die for your dictator.

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

    Replies: @Beckow, @songbird

    Are you going to give us the annual “Dollar is doomed” speech with that statement?

    Already happened. Dollar stores have gone the way of five and dimes. The dollar is literally worth shit now. You can’t even get 3 first class stamps for $2.

    There’s room to get worse, but not really room to get better.

    What will it be worth, after the Tubman twenty debuts, and the Chinese, Indians, and other people see it?

    BTW, do you know that the most common bill in circulation now is actually the $100? (The current highest legal tender denomination.) How long until they add another zero? Perhaps, digital is a workaround.

  134. Sher Singh’s car spotted:

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  135. @John Johnson
    @Derer

    The DNC is a criminal entity going berserk after Trump and his supporters. They are going out of the realm of civilized political opposition of an adversary and resorting to dishonesty and criminality.

    So you would describe Trump as someone that stays within civilized realms and avoids criminality?

    You do realize he is in court for committing fraud when trying to pay off a porn star? And that he is facing felonies for trying to destroy Federal evidence?

    The DNC and Trump deserve each other. Trump should switch back to being a Democrat.

    Trump is a NYC real estate con that was a better fit for the NYC Democrat sludge machine.

    Replies: @Derer

    My support for Trump is fading…that doesn’t mean that I condone the Democrats for criminally using DOJ and their media for harassing Trump so that he would fail his 2016 winning agenda and his 2024 reelection .

    The support for him is fading because he is sleeping in bed with Israel. The USA will never be crime-free for their unconditional support of reckless Israel. A character – that is using concocted victimhood for their advantage, while perpetrating the same crimes on Palestinians – cannot be supported.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Derer


    My support for Trump is fading…
     
    The only thing I saw going for Trump was that libtard scum hated him. The latest “aid deal” shows that Trump is shit, while Biden is a corrupt demented shit. Same difference.
    , @John Johnson
    @Derer

    My support for Trump is fading…that doesn’t mean that I condone the Democrats for criminally using DOJ and their media for harassing Trump so that he would fail his 2016 winning agenda and his 2024 reelection .

    I don't have to pick between a dishonest real estate con artist and a dishonest media.

    Trump not only had the chance to become a populist alternative to both parties but he actually had the power to change the media. Instead he became the very type of swamp creature he railed against.

    I will call it like I see it and I will shrug if it pisses off people on both sides. I'm used to it.

    I will consider how I vote when we are in September. A lot could happen between now and then. Trump could be in prison and I also wouldn't put it past the DNC to pull Biden at the last minute as part of a scheme. Let's not forget they were actually caught cheating with Hillary.

    The support for him is fading because he is sleeping in bed with Israel.

    Americans want a ceasefire and Trump is on the side of sending Israel military aid. Why do they need military aid? They are fighting Arabs in tank tops. They haven't even asked for aid. Our Rapture Ready MAGA Republicans are nucking futs and Trump is making a huge mistake in siding with them instead of going after independents.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

  136. @Derer
    @John Johnson

    My support for Trump is fading...that doesn't mean that I condone the Democrats for criminally using DOJ and their media for harassing Trump so that he would fail his 2016 winning agenda and his 2024 reelection .

    The support for him is fading because he is sleeping in bed with Israel. The USA will never be crime-free for their unconditional support of reckless Israel. A character - that is using concocted victimhood for their advantage, while perpetrating the same crimes on Palestinians - cannot be supported.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @John Johnson

    My support for Trump is fading…

    The only thing I saw going for Trump was that libtard scum hated him. The latest “aid deal” shows that Trump is shit, while Biden is a corrupt demented shit. Same difference.

  137. @QCIC
    New topic, maybe Anatoly or Ron will weigh in.

    Tucker Carlson is unequivocally saying that he believes the US government is in contact with aliens. I don't keep up with the aliens topic so this caught me by surprise.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDmdREn7VDo

    Replies: @LondonBob

    He explicitly says not aliens, celestial beings. Spoke to a cosmonaut who talked about the weird and wonderful phenomena he saw in space, that couldn’t be explained.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @LondonBob

    Can you give any details?

    Replies: @LondonBob

  138. Today is the third day the fire ignited by a Russian strike is raging in Yuzhnyi (means Southern) port in Odessa region. The firefighters came almost at once, but…

  139. @Coconuts
    @Beckow


    All power is ultimately traced back to relations and identity. We are tribal, small tribes and big tribes – but power is always organized by blood relations, real or imagined.
     
    The relationship between a mother or father and their child may be the prototype of political authority more broadly. Then one of the most basic purposes of politics is to secure the conditions for the perpetuation of families. But in the context of larger human communities these relations don't seem to be the same as familial ones, and political authority in these contexts is not identical to parental authority.

    Power can be also defined as the ability to act, exerting influence on the external world. I don't think it is always entails domination (this sounds like a postmodern understanding of power?). A mother or father obviously has power over their children, but the relationship is only considered one of domination when it is dysfunctional. With these larger scale human institutions, empires, the churches etc. they tend to come into existence to manage large scale political communities. The desire for these communities seems to follow from the idea that their existence is a good, as much as the domination aspect that is involved in them.

    If you strip the Latin, Germanic, Celtic ‘racial’ core from the West it ceases to exist...
     

    It seems to be more than the racial factor alone; if the Latin, Germanic and Celtic population remained fairly large, but substantial parts of it converted to Islam or for some reason adopted Arabic language (similar to the Mozarabes in Iberia during Islamic rule but on a bigger scale), then it feels like the West would also be in danger.

    As it is the West has gone through some significant changes already. Looking at the genealogy of the concept, it looks like it originates with the Western half of the Roman Empire, then switched to meaning Latin Christendom and later the 'Enlightenment' civilisation and culture that originated in England, France and the Netherlands. The most recent manifestation would be the sphere of American political leadership and hegemony that emerged after 1945.

    Replies: @Beckow

    I was talking about power in the context of states or empires. There are other contexts, but for a country to have power is to dominate others – tell them what to do, how to live, who can be their leaders, etc…The West (lately mostly US) had that power for a few previous decades all around the world. E.g. Yeltsin was their approved guy or the US businessmen had effective global immunity.

    It has ended – the resistance to the Western power has won. It is too early to see how exactly will the world organize now.

    the West originated with the Western half of the Roman Empire, then switched to meaning Latin Christendom and later the ‘Enlightenment’…in England, France, Netherlands. The most recent manifestation would be the sphere of American political leadership and hegemony that emerged after 1945.

    True, but you skipped over the German part that was quite important. Some of the most “Western” memes are associated with Germany… 🙂

    If the West transforms into a post-Christian mixed population hodge-podge of everyone from around the world – it seems to want that – it will be a transformation too far, it will not be the West any more. Bolivia, Mumbai, Dubai or Singapore are not Western no matter how much they try. The key is that once enough of the ethnic continuity is gone the civilization changes – not necessarily for the better.

    • Replies: @Coconuts
    @Beckow


    There are other contexts, but for a country to have power is to dominate others...
     
    It seems that the US has been able to wield power and influence, because people found their economic and social model desirable and wanted their investment. When the US has tried to use coercion, domination in the obvious sense, it has been much less successful (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan).

    It has ended – the resistance to the Western power has won.
     
    This sort of sounds like they were fighting a partisan war against 'Western power'. But the Chinese 'resistance' has been successful by opening up to trade with the West and entwinning its economy with the US, i.e. China vs. the US looks as much like business rivalry or possibly a turf war between gangsters as it does a guerilla war of the past.

    True, but you skipped over the German part that was quite important. Some of the most “Western” memes are associated with Germany…
     
    Like Marxism? The Germans did contribute some of the great Enlightenment thinkers, Kant, Leibniz, Hegel and later Marx. There was another side to Germany's relationship with the Western (French) Enlightenment that was more hostile:

    The (German) Romantic mentality irresistibly impelled toward the remaining possibility: the definition of the West as the anti-model, the incarnation of evil, of all the values of Aufklarung that Romanticism rejected for its own reasons.


    Bolivia, Mumbai, Dubai or Singapore are not Western no matter how much they try.
     
    I think Bolivia has been semi-Western since Spanish colonisation. I would say those others can't be Western because they are part of separate civilisations (Islamic, Hindu, East Asian) and so far have only sought to incorporate some Western elements.

    I agreed earlier that the West will be diminished by the growth of the influence of these civilisations within it and the shrinking of the Germanic, Latin etc. groups. It could break up the current West as European identity is redefined in opposition to Islamic and Sub-Saharan African, something that shouldn't be such a big issue on the other side of the Atlantic. At the same time I still doubt that the concept of the West is reducible to the members of the three racial groups that have been and remain its substrate.

  140. @Beckow
    @John Johnson

    I don't know what war you are observing but Russia is winning the one in Ukraine. 100 F-16's? Where? I have not seen any in action. The money is not very relevant and more western weapons only delay the inevitable defeat.

    Or do you think Kiev still has a shot to win? Everything else is noise of no importance in the long run. There are only two ways Kiev-Nato could stop the defeat: pro-Western liberals staging a coup in Moscow (fat chance) or going nuclear. Both are unlikely.

    The main unknown is how far will Russia go and what will they leave of the pre-war Ukraine - almost certainly neutral. And how many will die before it is formalized.

    If you think that a few weeks delay is worth printing $60 billion in "new money" you are welcome. It makes no difference with $34 trillion in the US debt. How can it be paid back? At some point ($40 trillion?) the foreign buyers of the US bonds will quietly disappear or you will have to hold a gun to them to keep on buying.

    It is not about what you or I think, this is simply math. That $34 trillion is real dent - people count on it as investments, their wealth, etc...if it loses value there will be a hell to pay. Don't be so blase about the exploding US debt - it could come back to bite you.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @John Johnson, @Mikhail

    I don’t know what war you are observing but Russia is winning the one in Ukraine.

    I don’t see how Russia is winning when Putin stated that the war was needed to stop NATO from expanding East which already happened. That was the clearly defined justification of the war made by Putin in his invasion speech. I will hold Putin to his word and not to the constantly moving goalposts of his fans.

    Lavrov the other day was talking about the need for a demilitarized zone between the two countries which shows that a march on Kiev is highly unlikely.

    That would put Ukraine closer to qualifying for NATO and Putin at best would get an Eastern chunk which by his own statements for the war means he cannot win. That would be closer to an armistice.

    I hold Putin by his own clearly outlined goals for the war and can source them if anyone would like. He described NATO as a geographic threat and NATO has already expanded East via Finland.

    If he can somehow talk Finland into leaving then I will reassess.

    100 F-16’s? Where? I have not seen any in action.

    Most of the F-16s have not arrived. Denmark and the Netherlands alone will be donating over 50. There are surplus F-16s in all NATO countries. We have over 1000 of them.

    If you think that a few weeks delay is worth printing $60 billion in “new money” you are welcome.

    You can call it funny money but it really doesn’t make a difference since the 155mm shells that fall on Russians will be real.

    That is what Ukraine needs and it is on the way.

    That’s in addition to the Czechs providing them with another 1.5 million:
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-16/czech-plan-may-bring-1-5-million-shells-to-ukraine-premier-says

    The main unknown is how far will Russia go and what will they leave of the pre-war Ukraine – almost certainly neutral.

    They’ve already offered to allow the current lines which shows that Putin defenders who hope for a capitulation of Ukraine will most likely be disappointed. All evidence suggests that Putin wants to take the rest of the former DPR (it no longer exists as a Republic as Putin promised) and he is unlikely to try for Odessa. A Gallipoli style attack needed to happen by now. His generals most likely concluded it was too risky due to NATO satellites but then Putin has called for stupid plans that ignored his generals like the Kiev invasion. Unlikely but entirely possible since Putin is a lazy ego maniac and didn’t even bother to learn the military lessons of WW1.

    How can it be paid back? At some point ($40 trillion?) the foreign buyers of the US bonds will quietly disappear or you will have to hold a gun to them to keep on buying.

    I’m not a fan of deficit spending but they can always cut the military budget if the bond rating drops. A 5% across the board cut for all Federal agencies would also do it.

    If this was my bill I would have given $1 to Israel in the form of a day old bagel and doubled the amount of artillery to Ukraine long with all of our ATACMs. 10 billion would be plenty.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...the war was needed to stop NATO from expanding East which already happened
     
    Nato expanding to Ukraine was stopped. A clear win for Russia for now. You are hiding in the consolation of Finland that was already de facto in Nato. Maybe you can talk Austria into joining...

    they offered to allow the current lines
     
    They didn't, it is the West begging for a ceasefire by desperate "leaks". You are one gullible guy. Russia has not since 'Stambul in 2022 offered to freeze the lines. They explicitly said that they will not agree to it. So why do you lie?

    The demilitarized zone means no Nato and no weapons - Russia will make it as big as they can handle. Before it is defined your silly speculations and just feel-good hopes. You may be disappointed, I very much doubt that even Lviv would be in Nato. Get real, you are losing.

    Czechs providing them with another 1.5 million...Czech plan to...
     
    Maybe 10% of that will actually happen. Czechs "plan" but nothing ever happens. Stop hallucinating, we know our brown-nosing Czechs better than anyone...:) General Pavel was a solid commie, his dad was the main Soviet cheerleader, the head of the Czech commie military intelligence - leopards never change their spots, the Czech spot has something to do with pointless brown-nosing. They never deliver.

    they can always cut the military budget if the bond rating drops. A 5% across the board cut for all Federal agencies would also do it.
     
    It wouldn't do it, the debt is growing by half trillion per quarter. You are not good with numbers - 1 trillion interest is the same as the military budget and 5% cut would only save $350 million (only discretionary can be cut). The numbers just aren't there. You can default or have two-digit inflation for 5-10 years - both option would seriously undermine US ability to sell bonds. You are stuck. The only way US can keep issuing debt is with military force - and the only people left to do it to are the allies, Germany, Belgium, Japan...that's the crazy irony of the situation. You screwed up.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  141. @songbird
    It is strange how Bush's "axis of evil" which was an unlikely grouping of marginalized countries Iraq, Iran, and NK, two of which had deep antagonisms, has been transformed by more recent Neocons into a strategic alliance of space and nuclear powers almost tantamount to the full continent of Eurasia.

    Is Mike Johnson the dumbest speaker ever? (Age adjusted)

    Replies: @Beckow, @Wokechoke

    Yes that axis of can actually fight back and can’t be easily bullied.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Wokechoke

    It's literally the majority of Eurasia. That's who Mike Johnson is trying to antagonize.

    Will it grow vastly again in another 22 years? Would probably require O'Neill cylinders to grow proportionately.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  142. @Derer
    @John Johnson

    My support for Trump is fading...that doesn't mean that I condone the Democrats for criminally using DOJ and their media for harassing Trump so that he would fail his 2016 winning agenda and his 2024 reelection .

    The support for him is fading because he is sleeping in bed with Israel. The USA will never be crime-free for their unconditional support of reckless Israel. A character - that is using concocted victimhood for their advantage, while perpetrating the same crimes on Palestinians - cannot be supported.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @John Johnson

    My support for Trump is fading…that doesn’t mean that I condone the Democrats for criminally using DOJ and their media for harassing Trump so that he would fail his 2016 winning agenda and his 2024 reelection .

    I don’t have to pick between a dishonest real estate con artist and a dishonest media.

    Trump not only had the chance to become a populist alternative to both parties but he actually had the power to change the media. Instead he became the very type of swamp creature he railed against.

    I will call it like I see it and I will shrug if it pisses off people on both sides. I’m used to it.

    I will consider how I vote when we are in September. A lot could happen between now and then. Trump could be in prison and I also wouldn’t put it past the DNC to pull Biden at the last minute as part of a scheme. Let’s not forget they were actually caught cheating with Hillary.

    The support for him is fading because he is sleeping in bed with Israel.

    Americans want a ceasefire and Trump is on the side of sending Israel military aid. Why do they need military aid? They are fighting Arabs in tank tops. They haven’t even asked for aid. Our Rapture Ready MAGA Republicans are nucking futs and Trump is making a huge mistake in siding with them instead of going after independents.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @John Johnson

    Rapture Ready Nucking Futs from the commenter who gleefully posts images of Russian infantry getting incinerated by American supplied arms.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  143. @John Johnson
    @Derer

    My support for Trump is fading…that doesn’t mean that I condone the Democrats for criminally using DOJ and their media for harassing Trump so that he would fail his 2016 winning agenda and his 2024 reelection .

    I don't have to pick between a dishonest real estate con artist and a dishonest media.

    Trump not only had the chance to become a populist alternative to both parties but he actually had the power to change the media. Instead he became the very type of swamp creature he railed against.

    I will call it like I see it and I will shrug if it pisses off people on both sides. I'm used to it.

    I will consider how I vote when we are in September. A lot could happen between now and then. Trump could be in prison and I also wouldn't put it past the DNC to pull Biden at the last minute as part of a scheme. Let's not forget they were actually caught cheating with Hillary.

    The support for him is fading because he is sleeping in bed with Israel.

    Americans want a ceasefire and Trump is on the side of sending Israel military aid. Why do they need military aid? They are fighting Arabs in tank tops. They haven't even asked for aid. Our Rapture Ready MAGA Republicans are nucking futs and Trump is making a huge mistake in siding with them instead of going after independents.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

    Rapture Ready Nucking Futs from the commenter who gleefully posts images of Russian infantry getting incinerated by American supplied arms.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Wokechoke

    Rapture Ready Nucking Futs from the commenter who gleefully posts images of Russian infantry getting incinerated by American supplied arms.

    I support aiding Ukraine but not Israel. The Rapture Ready crowd is split on Ukraine and Johnson only signed off after being offered a huge check for Israel. Ukraine asked for aid and by the 1994 Budapest Memorandum we are obligated to support them. Israel does not need aid and in fact has a budget surplus thanks to cheap Russian oil that is courtesy of the dwarf king. Your dwarf hero could pull the reigns on Israel at any time but chooses to shrug and make money. Isn't that right?

    Are you offended by seeing Russians killed? That is what war looks like. Do you prefer a disconnected Victorian take on life where you can isolate yourself from reality?

    The Midget of Moscow could end the killing at any time by going back to his borders.

    Maybe take it up with him and not someone that posts videos that show the result of his hopelessly insecure ego.

    I guess reality is too offensive for you. Ironic how common that is on an open forum.

  144. @LondonBob
    @QCIC

    He explicitly says not aliens, celestial beings. Spoke to a cosmonaut who talked about the weird and wonderful phenomena he saw in space, that couldn't be explained.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Can you give any details?

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @LondonBob
    @QCIC

    My Russian isn't good and I was given a translation of what he was saying, but just things flying about, foo fighters type things, not space craft, as I understood. He was told not to talk about it by the Soviet authorities.

    I don't believe in UFOs, of course there are experimental aircraft, much more advanced that weather balloons crashing at Roswell, but I do believe there are unexplained phenomena that would include such things.

  145. @Beckow
    @John Johnson

    I don't know what war you are observing but Russia is winning the one in Ukraine. 100 F-16's? Where? I have not seen any in action. The money is not very relevant and more western weapons only delay the inevitable defeat.

    Or do you think Kiev still has a shot to win? Everything else is noise of no importance in the long run. There are only two ways Kiev-Nato could stop the defeat: pro-Western liberals staging a coup in Moscow (fat chance) or going nuclear. Both are unlikely.

    The main unknown is how far will Russia go and what will they leave of the pre-war Ukraine - almost certainly neutral. And how many will die before it is formalized.

    If you think that a few weeks delay is worth printing $60 billion in "new money" you are welcome. It makes no difference with $34 trillion in the US debt. How can it be paid back? At some point ($40 trillion?) the foreign buyers of the US bonds will quietly disappear or you will have to hold a gun to them to keep on buying.

    It is not about what you or I think, this is simply math. That $34 trillion is real dent - people count on it as investments, their wealth, etc...if it loses value there will be a hell to pay. Don't be so blase about the exploding US debt - it could come back to bite you.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @John Johnson, @Mikhail

  146. I like what they did to Private Vasquez @0:30:

    [MORE]

    It’s funny to see these AI trailers that intentionally have ’50s themes. Sort of wish they did contrasts. 1950s vs. 2050s versions if Hollywood keeps going in same direction.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @songbird

    I get the sense that the original actress playing the Latina character around the push for amnesty was a Sephardic/Ashkenazi combo. But the wiki article doesn't specifically say, other than to mention Russia, Morocco, and Brazil.

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

    In any case, she clearly had a tan or spray tan when compared to the character she played in T2. (John Connor's adoptive mother)


    Goldstein initially thought the film was about immigration and arrived at her audition for the part of a tough-as-nails space marine in a short skirt and high heels. As a result, Hudson's "illegal aliens" line was added to the script, as an in-joke.

     
    https://avp.fandom.com/wiki/Jenette_Goldstein
  147. @Wokechoke
    @songbird

    Yes that axis of can actually fight back and can’t be easily bullied.

    Replies: @songbird

    It’s literally the majority of Eurasia. That’s who Mike Johnson is trying to antagonize.

    Will it grow vastly again in another 22 years? Would probably require O’Neill cylinders to grow proportionately.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    Mike Johnson is trying to antagonize all of Eurasia? Europe is rather solidly within the pro-Ukraine camp, and China is gleefully sitting on the sidelines watching Russia self immolate, giving Russia just enough to keep it on life support. Last I heard, Russia's GDP wasn't even as large as Italy's. China will maintain its overlord status, especially as Russia's wartime economy starts to dwindle. And all that China needs to do in order to maintain or improve its status is absolutely nothing. I'm guessing that China feels that Russia has a ways to go yet in order to be completely decimated.

    Replies: @songbird

  148. @songbird
    I like what they did to Private Vasquez @0:30:
    https://youtu.be/rCnPB4re8ek?si=GMHZzvva36oXYWS0

    It's funny to see these AI trailers that intentionally have '50s themes. Sort of wish they did contrasts. 1950s vs. 2050s versions if Hollywood keeps going in same direction.

    Replies: @songbird

    I get the sense that the original actress playing the Latina character around the push for amnesty was a Sephardic/Ashkenazi combo. But the wiki article doesn’t specifically say, other than to mention Russia, Morocco, and Brazil.

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

    In any case, she clearly had a tan or spray tan when compared to the character she played in T2. (John Connor’s adoptive mother)

    Goldstein initially thought the film was about immigration and arrived at her audition for the part of a tough-as-nails space marine in a short skirt and high heels. As a result, Hudson’s “illegal aliens” line was added to the script, as an in-joke.

    https://avp.fandom.com/wiki/Jenette_Goldstein

  149. @Wokechoke
    @John Johnson

    Rapture Ready Nucking Futs from the commenter who gleefully posts images of Russian infantry getting incinerated by American supplied arms.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Rapture Ready Nucking Futs from the commenter who gleefully posts images of Russian infantry getting incinerated by American supplied arms.

    I support aiding Ukraine but not Israel. The Rapture Ready crowd is split on Ukraine and Johnson only signed off after being offered a huge check for Israel. Ukraine asked for aid and by the 1994 Budapest Memorandum we are obligated to support them. Israel does not need aid and in fact has a budget surplus thanks to cheap Russian oil that is courtesy of the dwarf king. Your dwarf hero could pull the reigns on Israel at any time but chooses to shrug and make money. Isn’t that right?

    Are you offended by seeing Russians killed? That is what war looks like. Do you prefer a disconnected Victorian take on life where you can isolate yourself from reality?

    The Midget of Moscow could end the killing at any time by going back to his borders.

    Maybe take it up with him and not someone that posts videos that show the result of his hopelessly insecure ego.

    I guess reality is too offensive for you. Ironic how common that is on an open forum.

  150. @Beckow
    @Coconuts

    I was talking about power in the context of states or empires. There are other contexts, but for a country to have power is to dominate others - tell them what to do, how to live, who can be their leaders, etc...The West (lately mostly US) had that power for a few previous decades all around the world. E.g. Yeltsin was their approved guy or the US businessmen had effective global immunity.

    It has ended - the resistance to the Western power has won. It is too early to see how exactly will the world organize now.


    the West originated with the Western half of the Roman Empire, then switched to meaning Latin Christendom and later the ‘Enlightenment’...in England, France, Netherlands. The most recent manifestation would be the sphere of American political leadership and hegemony that emerged after 1945.
     
    True, but you skipped over the German part that was quite important. Some of the most "Western" memes are associated with Germany... :)

    If the West transforms into a post-Christian mixed population hodge-podge of everyone from around the world - it seems to want that - it will be a transformation too far, it will not be the West any more. Bolivia, Mumbai, Dubai or Singapore are not Western no matter how much they try. The key is that once enough of the ethnic continuity is gone the civilization changes - not necessarily for the better.

    Replies: @Coconuts

    There are other contexts, but for a country to have power is to dominate others…

    It seems that the US has been able to wield power and influence, because people found their economic and social model desirable and wanted their investment. When the US has tried to use coercion, domination in the obvious sense, it has been much less successful (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan).

    It has ended – the resistance to the Western power has won.

    This sort of sounds like they were fighting a partisan war against ‘Western power’. But the Chinese ‘resistance’ has been successful by opening up to trade with the West and entwinning its economy with the US, i.e. China vs. the US looks as much like business rivalry or possibly a turf war between gangsters as it does a guerilla war of the past.

    True, but you skipped over the German part that was quite important. Some of the most “Western” memes are associated with Germany…

    Like Marxism? The Germans did contribute some of the great Enlightenment thinkers, Kant, Leibniz, Hegel and later Marx. There was another side to Germany’s relationship with the Western (French) Enlightenment that was more hostile:

    The (German) Romantic mentality irresistibly impelled toward the remaining possibility: the definition of the West as the anti-model, the incarnation of evil, of all the values of Aufklarung that Romanticism rejected for its own reasons.

    Bolivia, Mumbai, Dubai or Singapore are not Western no matter how much they try.

    I think Bolivia has been semi-Western since Spanish colonisation. I would say those others can’t be Western because they are part of separate civilisations (Islamic, Hindu, East Asian) and so far have only sought to incorporate some Western elements.

    I agreed earlier that the West will be diminished by the growth of the influence of these civilisations within it and the shrinking of the Germanic, Latin etc. groups. It could break up the current West as European identity is redefined in opposition to Islamic and Sub-Saharan African, something that shouldn’t be such a big issue on the other side of the Atlantic. At the same time I still doubt that the concept of the West is reducible to the members of the three racial groups that have been and remain its substrate.

  151. @songbird
    @Wokechoke

    It's literally the majority of Eurasia. That's who Mike Johnson is trying to antagonize.

    Will it grow vastly again in another 22 years? Would probably require O'Neill cylinders to grow proportionately.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Mike Johnson is trying to antagonize all of Eurasia? Europe is rather solidly within the pro-Ukraine camp, and China is gleefully sitting on the sidelines watching Russia self immolate, giving Russia just enough to keep it on life support. Last I heard, Russia’s GDP wasn’t even as large as Italy’s. China will maintain its overlord status, especially as Russia’s wartime economy starts to dwindle. And all that China needs to do in order to maintain or improve its status is absolutely nothing. I’m guessing that China feels that Russia has a ways to go yet in order to be completely decimated.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    Mike Johnson is trying to antagonize all of Eurasia?
     
    Exaggeration for affect.

    Technically, he is trying to antagonize most of the supercontinent of Eurasia, even if you include places like Japan and Indonesia.

    With frontage on the Baltic, the Black Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Essentially contiguous, if you count Caspian transport. Over 1.6 billion people, even if he rhetorically tries to reduce it to Xi and Putin.

    Countries with MIRVS and thermonuclear weapons and space programs. With a bigger economy than the US has and more manufacturing capacity.

    Why do it? Well, he seems to be a Neocon. I imagine it was because he wanted to ban TikTok or something.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  152. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    I don’t know what war you are observing but Russia is winning the one in Ukraine.

    I don't see how Russia is winning when Putin stated that the war was needed to stop NATO from expanding East which already happened. That was the clearly defined justification of the war made by Putin in his invasion speech. I will hold Putin to his word and not to the constantly moving goalposts of his fans.

    Lavrov the other day was talking about the need for a demilitarized zone between the two countries which shows that a march on Kiev is highly unlikely.

    That would put Ukraine closer to qualifying for NATO and Putin at best would get an Eastern chunk which by his own statements for the war means he cannot win. That would be closer to an armistice.

    I hold Putin by his own clearly outlined goals for the war and can source them if anyone would like. He described NATO as a geographic threat and NATO has already expanded East via Finland.

    If he can somehow talk Finland into leaving then I will reassess.

    100 F-16’s? Where? I have not seen any in action.

    Most of the F-16s have not arrived. Denmark and the Netherlands alone will be donating over 50. There are surplus F-16s in all NATO countries. We have over 1000 of them.

    If you think that a few weeks delay is worth printing $60 billion in “new money” you are welcome.

    You can call it funny money but it really doesn't make a difference since the 155mm shells that fall on Russians will be real.

    That is what Ukraine needs and it is on the way.

    That's in addition to the Czechs providing them with another 1.5 million:
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-16/czech-plan-may-bring-1-5-million-shells-to-ukraine-premier-says

    The main unknown is how far will Russia go and what will they leave of the pre-war Ukraine – almost certainly neutral.

    They've already offered to allow the current lines which shows that Putin defenders who hope for a capitulation of Ukraine will most likely be disappointed. All evidence suggests that Putin wants to take the rest of the former DPR (it no longer exists as a Republic as Putin promised) and he is unlikely to try for Odessa. A Gallipoli style attack needed to happen by now. His generals most likely concluded it was too risky due to NATO satellites but then Putin has called for stupid plans that ignored his generals like the Kiev invasion. Unlikely but entirely possible since Putin is a lazy ego maniac and didn't even bother to learn the military lessons of WW1.

    How can it be paid back? At some point ($40 trillion?) the foreign buyers of the US bonds will quietly disappear or you will have to hold a gun to them to keep on buying.

    I'm not a fan of deficit spending but they can always cut the military budget if the bond rating drops. A 5% across the board cut for all Federal agencies would also do it.

    If this was my bill I would have given $1 to Israel in the form of a day old bagel and doubled the amount of artillery to Ukraine long with all of our ATACMs. 10 billion would be plenty.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …the war was needed to stop NATO from expanding East which already happened

    Nato expanding to Ukraine was stopped. A clear win for Russia for now. You are hiding in the consolation of Finland that was already de facto in Nato. Maybe you can talk Austria into joining…

    they offered to allow the current lines

    They didn’t, it is the West begging for a ceasefire by desperate “leaks”. You are one gullible guy. Russia has not since ‘Stambul in 2022 offered to freeze the lines. They explicitly said that they will not agree to it. So why do you lie?

    The demilitarized zone means no Nato and no weapons – Russia will make it as big as they can handle. Before it is defined your silly speculations and just feel-good hopes. You may be disappointed, I very much doubt that even Lviv would be in Nato. Get real, you are losing.

    Czechs providing them with another 1.5 million…Czech plan to…

    Maybe 10% of that will actually happen. Czechs “plan” but nothing ever happens. Stop hallucinating, we know our brown-nosing Czechs better than anyone…:) General Pavel was a solid commie, his dad was the main Soviet cheerleader, the head of the Czech commie military intelligence – leopards never change their spots, the Czech spot has something to do with pointless brown-nosing. They never deliver.

    they can always cut the military budget if the bond rating drops. A 5% across the board cut for all Federal agencies would also do it.

    It wouldn’t do it, the debt is growing by half trillion per quarter. You are not good with numbers – 1 trillion interest is the same as the military budget and 5% cut would only save $350 million (only discretionary can be cut). The numbers just aren’t there. You can default or have two-digit inflation for 5-10 years – both option would seriously undermine US ability to sell bonds. You are stuck. The only way US can keep issuing debt is with military force – and the only people left to do it to are the allies, Germany, Belgium, Japan…that’s the crazy irony of the situation. You screwed up.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    Nato expanding to Ukraine was stopped. A clear win for Russia for now.

    Ukraine didn't qualify for NATO and wasn't applying so that isn't a win. Nothing has changed.

    You are hiding in the consolation of Finland that was already de facto in Nato.

    I'm not hiding anything.

    There is no such thing as de facto NATO. You're either in or not. You don't get the defensive benefits if you are not in. You can be invaded and you do not have the ability to call article 5 which is the most important part.

    Putin described a threat of "missiles on the border" which is geographic. I will go by his word and not a forum poster fanboy.

    I hold politicians to their word and Putin clearly described a geographic threat.

    Here is a quote from him:
    “We have made it clear that Nato’s move to the east is unacceptable,” he said. “The United States is standing with missiles on our doorstep. Is it an excessive requirement not to install shock systems at our house? How would the Americans react if missiles were placed at the border with Canada or Mexico?”

    He not only described it as geographic threat but used an American/Canadian analogy.

    They didn’t, it is the West begging for a ceasefire by desperate “leaks”.

    You believe the West is begging for a ceasefire while loading up Ukraine with new weapons and talking about what they will get in November? Does that make sense to you?

    Russia has not since ‘Stambul in 2022 offered to freeze the lines. They explicitly said that they will not agree to it. So why do you lie?

    Russia hinted that they would accept an agreement whereby the current lines stand and that includes Crimea. Maybe try using Google before calling me a liar. You obviously try to live in a bubble and this is in fact old news. Russia in fact referred to them as "new territories" which actually contradicts their claim of them actually being Russian. Putin in fact called them conquests. Do I need to Google that for you as well? Are they conquests or historical Russian territory?

    The demilitarized zone means no Nato and no weapons – Russia will make it as big as they can handle.

    If Putin takes a chunk of Ukraine but Finland remains in NATO then he can't win as defined by his own terms. Sane people will agree as Putin used plain language when describing his justification for the war.

    Maybe 10% of that will actually happen. Czechs “plan” but nothing ever happens. Stop hallucinating, we know our brown-nosing Czechs better than anyone

    You are suggesting I am hallucinating for citing a foreign source directly? Do you know what hallucinating means?

    They never deliver.

    Well you're wrong and again trying to live in a bubble.

    The Czechs have sent 38 tanks, 55 armored vehicles and 13 self-propelled howitzers. That is more than most countries.
    https://www.rferl.org/a/czech-ukraine-military-aid/32284650.html

    If you want to hope and wish that it won't happen then go ahead. It's wishful thinking and we will see if it works out for you.

    The Czechs never wanted to be under the rule of Moscow just like the rest of the USSR. Maybe someday the Russians will learn to be nicer to their neighbors. Probably not if history is a guide.

    It wouldn’t do it, the debt is growing by half trillion per quarter. You are not good with numbers – 1 trillion interest is the same as the military budget and 5% cut would only save $350 million (only discretionary can be cut).

    I understand numbers just fine. It's not purely a math problem and you don't understand how bond ratings work.

    You pass an across the board cuts to appease investors. Corporations do the same for stocks. The market is highly speculative and it's easy for a large government or corporation to lull investors back into a sense of security. It's really no different than appeasing an upset wife by doing extra chores or buying her something nice.

    The numbers just aren’t there. You can default or have two-digit inflation for 5-10 years – both option would seriously undermine US ability to sell bonds. You are stuck.

    The US bond rating is AA+. Russia is in the C range:
    https://tradingeconomics.com/russia/rating

    All kinds of doomsday predictions were made over California's bonds and after some cuts they went back to an AA rating. Yes I have no doubt that the Feds will have to make cuts at some point. Kind of a duh. This war started with Putin fans declaring an end to the dollar and it finished higher than both the Ruble and the Euro. US defensive stocks are at a high thanks to the midget's war. An investor that quickly did the opposite of what Putin fans suggested would have had a good year in 2022.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Sean

  153. @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    Mike Johnson is trying to antagonize all of Eurasia? Europe is rather solidly within the pro-Ukraine camp, and China is gleefully sitting on the sidelines watching Russia self immolate, giving Russia just enough to keep it on life support. Last I heard, Russia's GDP wasn't even as large as Italy's. China will maintain its overlord status, especially as Russia's wartime economy starts to dwindle. And all that China needs to do in order to maintain or improve its status is absolutely nothing. I'm guessing that China feels that Russia has a ways to go yet in order to be completely decimated.

    Replies: @songbird

    Mike Johnson is trying to antagonize all of Eurasia?

    Exaggeration for affect.

    Technically, he is trying to antagonize most of the supercontinent of Eurasia, even if you include places like Japan and Indonesia.

    With frontage on the Baltic, the Black Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Essentially contiguous, if you count Caspian transport. Over 1.6 billion people, even if he rhetorically tries to reduce it to Xi and Putin.

    Countries with MIRVS and thermonuclear weapons and space programs. With a bigger economy than the US has and more manufacturing capacity.

    Why do it? Well, he seems to be a Neocon. I imagine it was because he wanted to ban TikTok or something.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @songbird


    Why do it?
     
    I thought that he explained his motivation quite well. After being privy to some intel reports, he felt that Ukraine was becoming dangerously short on ammo etc; and he didn't want to be known as the guy that stiffed Ukraine. Apparently, Trump was also under the influence of such information and gave Johnson the green light to go ahead. The rest, as they say, is already history.

    Replies: @songbird

  154. @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    Mike Johnson is trying to antagonize all of Eurasia?
     
    Exaggeration for affect.

    Technically, he is trying to antagonize most of the supercontinent of Eurasia, even if you include places like Japan and Indonesia.

    With frontage on the Baltic, the Black Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Essentially contiguous, if you count Caspian transport. Over 1.6 billion people, even if he rhetorically tries to reduce it to Xi and Putin.

    Countries with MIRVS and thermonuclear weapons and space programs. With a bigger economy than the US has and more manufacturing capacity.

    Why do it? Well, he seems to be a Neocon. I imagine it was because he wanted to ban TikTok or something.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Why do it?

    I thought that he explained his motivation quite well. After being privy to some intel reports, he felt that Ukraine was becoming dangerously short on ammo etc; and he didn’t want to be known as the guy that stiffed Ukraine. Apparently, Trump was also under the influence of such information and gave Johnson the green light to go ahead. The rest, as they say, is already history.

    • Troll: Derer
    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    felt that Ukraine was becoming dangerously short on ammo etc;
     
    If he were speaker of the Verkhovna Rada that might explain why he ignored existential problems in America like the border and runaway spending, to vote for more Ukrainian arms.

    But wouldn't suffice to explain why he used the term "axis of evil" to connect Russia, China, and Iran and voted to give away billions to Israel.

    It almost makes one nostalgic for the times that EEs were trying to foment a Chinese invasion of Russia.

    Replies: @Mikel, @Mr. Hack

  155. @Mr. Hack
    @songbird


    Why do it?
     
    I thought that he explained his motivation quite well. After being privy to some intel reports, he felt that Ukraine was becoming dangerously short on ammo etc; and he didn't want to be known as the guy that stiffed Ukraine. Apparently, Trump was also under the influence of such information and gave Johnson the green light to go ahead. The rest, as they say, is already history.

    Replies: @songbird

    felt that Ukraine was becoming dangerously short on ammo etc;

    If he were speaker of the Verkhovna Rada that might explain why he ignored existential problems in America like the border and runaway spending, to vote for more Ukrainian arms.

    But wouldn’t suffice to explain why he used the term “axis of evil” to connect Russia, China, and Iran and voted to give away billions to Israel.

    It almost makes one nostalgic for the times that EEs were trying to foment a Chinese invasion of Russia.

    • Replies: @Mikel
    @songbird


    But wouldn’t suffice to explain why he used the term “axis of evil” to connect Russia, China, and Iran and voted to give away billions to Israel.
     
    His explanation on the Newsmax channel was that the US has a biblical admonition to stand with Israel.

    Rep. Chuck Edwards (R-NC), for his part, denounced Putin as murderous Marxist Socialist dictator.

    The reasonings were varied but they all revealed a high intellectual level among the member of the House.
    , @Mr. Hack
    @songbird


    he ignored existential problems in America like the border and runaway spending,
     
    These are separate problems that need to be considered on their own merit, not tied to something as important as border control. I think that you'll find that he's very much pro-border control.

    wouldn’t suffice to explain why he used the term “axis of evil” to connect Russia, China, and Iran and voted to give away billions to Israel.
     
    I'm not sure why he decided to propose funding Israeli defense needs at this time. It's probably because the original senate bill already included such provisions, and he couldn't just ignore them. Connecting Russia, China and Iran together as the "axis of evil" isn't hard to explain, These countries seem to always show up on the opposite side of most any political stance or issue that the US promotes. They're all uber autocratic and among some of the least democratic countries in the world today.

    It almost makes one nostalgic for the times that EEs were trying to foment a Chinese invasion of Russia.
     
    There's no need to be nostalgic for those times. As I've already pointed out several times, China needs to do nothing foolish and will still end up as the big winner in the Russo-Ukrainian war, as Russia slowly but surely dissipates into a weak shell of its former self.
  156. @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...the war was needed to stop NATO from expanding East which already happened
     
    Nato expanding to Ukraine was stopped. A clear win for Russia for now. You are hiding in the consolation of Finland that was already de facto in Nato. Maybe you can talk Austria into joining...

    they offered to allow the current lines
     
    They didn't, it is the West begging for a ceasefire by desperate "leaks". You are one gullible guy. Russia has not since 'Stambul in 2022 offered to freeze the lines. They explicitly said that they will not agree to it. So why do you lie?

    The demilitarized zone means no Nato and no weapons - Russia will make it as big as they can handle. Before it is defined your silly speculations and just feel-good hopes. You may be disappointed, I very much doubt that even Lviv would be in Nato. Get real, you are losing.

    Czechs providing them with another 1.5 million...Czech plan to...
     
    Maybe 10% of that will actually happen. Czechs "plan" but nothing ever happens. Stop hallucinating, we know our brown-nosing Czechs better than anyone...:) General Pavel was a solid commie, his dad was the main Soviet cheerleader, the head of the Czech commie military intelligence - leopards never change their spots, the Czech spot has something to do with pointless brown-nosing. They never deliver.

    they can always cut the military budget if the bond rating drops. A 5% across the board cut for all Federal agencies would also do it.
     
    It wouldn't do it, the debt is growing by half trillion per quarter. You are not good with numbers - 1 trillion interest is the same as the military budget and 5% cut would only save $350 million (only discretionary can be cut). The numbers just aren't there. You can default or have two-digit inflation for 5-10 years - both option would seriously undermine US ability to sell bonds. You are stuck. The only way US can keep issuing debt is with military force - and the only people left to do it to are the allies, Germany, Belgium, Japan...that's the crazy irony of the situation. You screwed up.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Nato expanding to Ukraine was stopped. A clear win for Russia for now.

    Ukraine didn’t qualify for NATO and wasn’t applying so that isn’t a win. Nothing has changed.

    You are hiding in the consolation of Finland that was already de facto in Nato.

    I’m not hiding anything.

    There is no such thing as de facto NATO. You’re either in or not. You don’t get the defensive benefits if you are not in. You can be invaded and you do not have the ability to call article 5 which is the most important part.

    Putin described a threat of “missiles on the border” which is geographic. I will go by his word and not a forum poster fanboy.

    I hold politicians to their word and Putin clearly described a geographic threat.

    Here is a quote from him:
    “We have made it clear that Nato’s move to the east is unacceptable,” he said. “The United States is standing with missiles on our doorstep. Is it an excessive requirement not to install shock systems at our house? How would the Americans react if missiles were placed at the border with Canada or Mexico?”

    He not only described it as geographic threat but used an American/Canadian analogy.

    They didn’t, it is the West begging for a ceasefire by desperate “leaks”.

    You believe the West is begging for a ceasefire while loading up Ukraine with new weapons and talking about what they will get in November? Does that make sense to you?

    Russia has not since ‘Stambul in 2022 offered to freeze the lines. They explicitly said that they will not agree to it. So why do you lie?

    Russia hinted that they would accept an agreement whereby the current lines stand and that includes Crimea. Maybe try using Google before calling me a liar. You obviously try to live in a bubble and this is in fact old news. Russia in fact referred to them as “new territories” which actually contradicts their claim of them actually being Russian. Putin in fact called them conquests. Do I need to Google that for you as well? Are they conquests or historical Russian territory?

    The demilitarized zone means no Nato and no weapons – Russia will make it as big as they can handle.

    If Putin takes a chunk of Ukraine but Finland remains in NATO then he can’t win as defined by his own terms. Sane people will agree as Putin used plain language when describing his justification for the war.

    Maybe 10% of that will actually happen. Czechs “plan” but nothing ever happens. Stop hallucinating, we know our brown-nosing Czechs better than anyone

    You are suggesting I am hallucinating for citing a foreign source directly? Do you know what hallucinating means?

    They never deliver.

    Well you’re wrong and again trying to live in a bubble.

    The Czechs have sent 38 tanks, 55 armored vehicles and 13 self-propelled howitzers. That is more than most countries.
    https://www.rferl.org/a/czech-ukraine-military-aid/32284650.html

    If you want to hope and wish that it won’t happen then go ahead. It’s wishful thinking and we will see if it works out for you.

    The Czechs never wanted to be under the rule of Moscow just like the rest of the USSR. Maybe someday the Russians will learn to be nicer to their neighbors. Probably not if history is a guide.

    [MORE]

    It wouldn’t do it, the debt is growing by half trillion per quarter. You are not good with numbers – 1 trillion interest is the same as the military budget and 5% cut would only save $350 million (only discretionary can be cut).

    I understand numbers just fine. It’s not purely a math problem and you don’t understand how bond ratings work.

    You pass an across the board cuts to appease investors. Corporations do the same for stocks. The market is highly speculative and it’s easy for a large government or corporation to lull investors back into a sense of security. It’s really no different than appeasing an upset wife by doing extra chores or buying her something nice.

    The numbers just aren’t there. You can default or have two-digit inflation for 5-10 years – both option would seriously undermine US ability to sell bonds. You are stuck.

    The US bond rating is AA+. Russia is in the C range:
    https://tradingeconomics.com/russia/rating

    All kinds of doomsday predictions were made over California’s bonds and after some cuts they went back to an AA rating. Yes I have no doubt that the Feds will have to make cuts at some point. Kind of a duh. This war started with Putin fans declaring an end to the dollar and it finished higher than both the Ruble and the Euro. US defensive stocks are at a high thanks to the midget’s war. An investor that quickly did the opposite of what Putin fans suggested would have had a good year in 2022.

    • Thanks: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @John Johnson

    Here's one more excellent comment that you offer, far better than what the stooge crowd here is able to mount at this blogsite. I notice that they often try to hurl insults at you and call you names, probably because they don't really have any good counter arguments. Don't pay these losers any heed, I consider you to be one of the better commentators here at this blogsite and I always read and look forward to your commentary (such attention to detail!). Keep it up!!!

    Replies: @Derer

    , @Sean
    @John Johnson


    If Putin takes a chunk of Ukraine but Finland remains in NATO then he can’t win as defined by his own terms.
     
    Ukraine is not Putin’s War—it is Russia’s war.

    I understand numbers just fine
     

    There are 100 million more Russians than Ukrainians. The greatest shortage Ukraine currently faces is in troops according to Kofman. He also says that even after the recently approved US military aid package is delivered in full, Ukraine will still be up against a Russian numerical advantage in artillery and shells.

    There is no such thing as de facto NATO. You’re either in or not. You don’t get the defensive benefits if you are not in. You can be invaded and you do not have the ability to call article 5 which is the most important part.
     
    Do you really think that if Ukraine had been a full member of NATO prior to Ukraine being invaded by Russia, that would mean the other countries of NATO would have been obliged to use their own armed forces to directly fight Russia to defend Ukraine? Even if article 5 contained such an obligation to fellow NATO member countries (and it does not), they would not have abided by it in Ukraine's case. If push came to shove there was no possible escalatory dominance for Ukraine against Russia; Ukrainian politicians did not seem to realise this or that their country was relying on rhetorical bluff and going to be on its own if it came down to actually fighting and dying.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. Hack, @AP

  157. @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    felt that Ukraine was becoming dangerously short on ammo etc;
     
    If he were speaker of the Verkhovna Rada that might explain why he ignored existential problems in America like the border and runaway spending, to vote for more Ukrainian arms.

    But wouldn't suffice to explain why he used the term "axis of evil" to connect Russia, China, and Iran and voted to give away billions to Israel.

    It almost makes one nostalgic for the times that EEs were trying to foment a Chinese invasion of Russia.

    Replies: @Mikel, @Mr. Hack

    But wouldn’t suffice to explain why he used the term “axis of evil” to connect Russia, China, and Iran and voted to give away billions to Israel.

    His explanation on the Newsmax channel was that the US has a biblical admonition to stand with Israel.

    Rep. Chuck Edwards (R-NC), for his part, denounced Putin as murderous Marxist Socialist dictator.

    The reasonings were varied but they all revealed a high intellectual level among the member of the House.

    • Agree: songbird
    • LOL: Mikhail
  158. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    Nato expanding to Ukraine was stopped. A clear win for Russia for now.

    Ukraine didn't qualify for NATO and wasn't applying so that isn't a win. Nothing has changed.

    You are hiding in the consolation of Finland that was already de facto in Nato.

    I'm not hiding anything.

    There is no such thing as de facto NATO. You're either in or not. You don't get the defensive benefits if you are not in. You can be invaded and you do not have the ability to call article 5 which is the most important part.

    Putin described a threat of "missiles on the border" which is geographic. I will go by his word and not a forum poster fanboy.

    I hold politicians to their word and Putin clearly described a geographic threat.

    Here is a quote from him:
    “We have made it clear that Nato’s move to the east is unacceptable,” he said. “The United States is standing with missiles on our doorstep. Is it an excessive requirement not to install shock systems at our house? How would the Americans react if missiles were placed at the border with Canada or Mexico?”

    He not only described it as geographic threat but used an American/Canadian analogy.

    They didn’t, it is the West begging for a ceasefire by desperate “leaks”.

    You believe the West is begging for a ceasefire while loading up Ukraine with new weapons and talking about what they will get in November? Does that make sense to you?

    Russia has not since ‘Stambul in 2022 offered to freeze the lines. They explicitly said that they will not agree to it. So why do you lie?

    Russia hinted that they would accept an agreement whereby the current lines stand and that includes Crimea. Maybe try using Google before calling me a liar. You obviously try to live in a bubble and this is in fact old news. Russia in fact referred to them as "new territories" which actually contradicts their claim of them actually being Russian. Putin in fact called them conquests. Do I need to Google that for you as well? Are they conquests or historical Russian territory?

    The demilitarized zone means no Nato and no weapons – Russia will make it as big as they can handle.

    If Putin takes a chunk of Ukraine but Finland remains in NATO then he can't win as defined by his own terms. Sane people will agree as Putin used plain language when describing his justification for the war.

    Maybe 10% of that will actually happen. Czechs “plan” but nothing ever happens. Stop hallucinating, we know our brown-nosing Czechs better than anyone

    You are suggesting I am hallucinating for citing a foreign source directly? Do you know what hallucinating means?

    They never deliver.

    Well you're wrong and again trying to live in a bubble.

    The Czechs have sent 38 tanks, 55 armored vehicles and 13 self-propelled howitzers. That is more than most countries.
    https://www.rferl.org/a/czech-ukraine-military-aid/32284650.html

    If you want to hope and wish that it won't happen then go ahead. It's wishful thinking and we will see if it works out for you.

    The Czechs never wanted to be under the rule of Moscow just like the rest of the USSR. Maybe someday the Russians will learn to be nicer to their neighbors. Probably not if history is a guide.

    It wouldn’t do it, the debt is growing by half trillion per quarter. You are not good with numbers – 1 trillion interest is the same as the military budget and 5% cut would only save $350 million (only discretionary can be cut).

    I understand numbers just fine. It's not purely a math problem and you don't understand how bond ratings work.

    You pass an across the board cuts to appease investors. Corporations do the same for stocks. The market is highly speculative and it's easy for a large government or corporation to lull investors back into a sense of security. It's really no different than appeasing an upset wife by doing extra chores or buying her something nice.

    The numbers just aren’t there. You can default or have two-digit inflation for 5-10 years – both option would seriously undermine US ability to sell bonds. You are stuck.

    The US bond rating is AA+. Russia is in the C range:
    https://tradingeconomics.com/russia/rating

    All kinds of doomsday predictions were made over California's bonds and after some cuts they went back to an AA rating. Yes I have no doubt that the Feds will have to make cuts at some point. Kind of a duh. This war started with Putin fans declaring an end to the dollar and it finished higher than both the Ruble and the Euro. US defensive stocks are at a high thanks to the midget's war. An investor that quickly did the opposite of what Putin fans suggested would have had a good year in 2022.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Sean

    Here’s one more excellent comment that you offer, far better than what the stooge crowd here is able to mount at this blogsite. I notice that they often try to hurl insults at you and call you names, probably because they don’t really have any good counter arguments. Don’t pay these losers any heed, I consider you to be one of the better commentators here at this blogsite and I always read and look forward to your commentary (such attention to detail!). Keep it up!!!

    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Derer
    @Mr. Hack

    Orest...this looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship with JJ. Keep trolling.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  159. @AnonfromTN
    @QCIC


    If the Russians are worried about this it may lead them to preemptive attacks on locations were the ATACMS rounds come into theater.
     
    Possibly. Judging by much higher than before success of Russian strikes the flow of HUMINT from Ukrainian territory has greatly increased lately.

    Replies: @LondonBob, @Gerard1234

    Possibly. Judging by much higher than before success of Russian strikes the flow of HUMINT from Ukrainian territory has greatly increased lately.

    Well it’s inevitable that mid-long range strikes is going to be attempted against us from Ukrop territory by the west. They have been doing this, with limited effect and non-existent tactical benefit, against liberated territory and Crimea and of course I don’t like it, but these are the current “rules” – inevitable attempts on our pre-2014 state can not have those same rules

    Hopefully we will intercept them but either way – any missile strike into Russia from their weapons, whatever “deniability”BS onto the Ukronazis they try to claim……..they should be responded to with missile strikes in Poland and Czechia. The big NATO intelligence centre they have in Poland- destroyed. Munitions factories in Poland-Czechia – the same. Anything in the logistics chain. Accumulation of enough Poles and Czechs at each site targeted to kill about hundred for each missile

    WW3? Well I think not if missile strikes launched from Russia are not from Kaliningrad, or use airspace above Kaliningrad/ from Baltic Sea. The same thing with Belarus. Strikes would have to be launched from Black Sea, 2014 Russia borders or Caspian Sea. It’s all about the Anglo-US scum and maybe France and Germany that is relevant here. They are self-protective and faggots and countries like Poland are totally expendable .

    Putin would have to do speech to the world and appeal to Polish and Czech citizens, and explain that for the NATO response to justified Russian strikes on Poland & Czechia……ANY attack of any scale on Kaliningrad , which has zero connection to these strikes on Poland & Czechia, would be responded to with Nuclear attack ( any possible fallout to go west) on Poland, or equivalent from non-nuclear , killing hundreds of thousands of Czechs and Polish plankton.

    Could say that most important thing is for Presidential Administration not to use some fool as official translator into English for Putin speech. Only Anglo-American opinion is vital – all the other NATO scum general opinion is derivative from the Anglo-American one. And general population of Anglo-US just will not listen to anybody who speaks in slow, heavily-accented by Russia into English translator.

    So any NATO-stan response , assuming they follow Putin’s order on Kaliningrad, would have to be via airspace of Banderastan into mainland Russia. Escalation wouldn’t be any personnel on Russian land in significant numbers. Erdogan is , at least, sane so nothing from NATO would happen on his part of the black Sea. Then it’s Romania and Bulgaria. Even as bought-off prostitutes that their elites are, I dont believe their population would enable them to do such action. Their current despicable actions require locals to be passive in support. Active support required for being a launchpad to attack us is a different thing. Scandinavian and Baltic earthworm retards are a different issue, however I don’t think they would do so either, at least not for next 2-3 years. So only via Banderastan.

    Recent actions in Middle East look decent for us in this type scenario- exchange of attacks by Israelis and Iran more of intelligence on Air Defence/PR operation then serious destructive military action – and all known by each side in advance. Similar to that Trump Iran/Syria vs their bases a few years before.
    Anglo-American scum are obsessed with PR, especially Americans . Almost like PR dictates military action. Appears very plausible we could semi-contrive a situation with the Anglo-American Nazis. Would guess preferably with the Pentagon not the pogrom-vengefaul (((CIA))). Call it operation Paramount-Dovzhenko. Fill sites with a lot of decommissioned/fake equipment and allow west to strike it.
    Western satellite photos showing ‘Russian military sites” hit – which are just large numbers of Decommisioned planes/tanks. Actually, f**k it – make them to scale papier mache planes/helicopters/tanks/APC, etc . Only thing real the fuel tanks – give western bydlo a big fire to watch. Then the following day satellite images showing “Putin’s defeat” to the western world. So like the Iran-Israel thing in reverse. We say no casualties, they say they struck our bases.

    Around all this, assuming there is real escalation that GS thinks is defendable…Ukrop air-defence now even busier at 360 degrees and 24 hours (which they are now, but even worse) . That anything launched from Poland/Czechia/NATO over 404 is co-ordinated with them does not matter – we learn from this co-ordination and more things fall in Ukraine. Czechia will see they are not a deathcult like 404, and positive developments could happen.

    • Replies: @Derer
    @Gerard1234

    As more sudetenland is inhabited and taken back from Czechia by Germans, the Czech leading gang is more hawkish towards Russia - exposing advanced schizophrenia. Actually, some decades ago, Russians liberated that land for Czechs.

    Replies: @Beckow, @AnonfromTN

  160. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    Nato expanding to Ukraine was stopped. A clear win for Russia for now.

    Ukraine didn't qualify for NATO and wasn't applying so that isn't a win. Nothing has changed.

    You are hiding in the consolation of Finland that was already de facto in Nato.

    I'm not hiding anything.

    There is no such thing as de facto NATO. You're either in or not. You don't get the defensive benefits if you are not in. You can be invaded and you do not have the ability to call article 5 which is the most important part.

    Putin described a threat of "missiles on the border" which is geographic. I will go by his word and not a forum poster fanboy.

    I hold politicians to their word and Putin clearly described a geographic threat.

    Here is a quote from him:
    “We have made it clear that Nato’s move to the east is unacceptable,” he said. “The United States is standing with missiles on our doorstep. Is it an excessive requirement not to install shock systems at our house? How would the Americans react if missiles were placed at the border with Canada or Mexico?”

    He not only described it as geographic threat but used an American/Canadian analogy.

    They didn’t, it is the West begging for a ceasefire by desperate “leaks”.

    You believe the West is begging for a ceasefire while loading up Ukraine with new weapons and talking about what they will get in November? Does that make sense to you?

    Russia has not since ‘Stambul in 2022 offered to freeze the lines. They explicitly said that they will not agree to it. So why do you lie?

    Russia hinted that they would accept an agreement whereby the current lines stand and that includes Crimea. Maybe try using Google before calling me a liar. You obviously try to live in a bubble and this is in fact old news. Russia in fact referred to them as "new territories" which actually contradicts their claim of them actually being Russian. Putin in fact called them conquests. Do I need to Google that for you as well? Are they conquests or historical Russian territory?

    The demilitarized zone means no Nato and no weapons – Russia will make it as big as they can handle.

    If Putin takes a chunk of Ukraine but Finland remains in NATO then he can't win as defined by his own terms. Sane people will agree as Putin used plain language when describing his justification for the war.

    Maybe 10% of that will actually happen. Czechs “plan” but nothing ever happens. Stop hallucinating, we know our brown-nosing Czechs better than anyone

    You are suggesting I am hallucinating for citing a foreign source directly? Do you know what hallucinating means?

    They never deliver.

    Well you're wrong and again trying to live in a bubble.

    The Czechs have sent 38 tanks, 55 armored vehicles and 13 self-propelled howitzers. That is more than most countries.
    https://www.rferl.org/a/czech-ukraine-military-aid/32284650.html

    If you want to hope and wish that it won't happen then go ahead. It's wishful thinking and we will see if it works out for you.

    The Czechs never wanted to be under the rule of Moscow just like the rest of the USSR. Maybe someday the Russians will learn to be nicer to their neighbors. Probably not if history is a guide.

    It wouldn’t do it, the debt is growing by half trillion per quarter. You are not good with numbers – 1 trillion interest is the same as the military budget and 5% cut would only save $350 million (only discretionary can be cut).

    I understand numbers just fine. It's not purely a math problem and you don't understand how bond ratings work.

    You pass an across the board cuts to appease investors. Corporations do the same for stocks. The market is highly speculative and it's easy for a large government or corporation to lull investors back into a sense of security. It's really no different than appeasing an upset wife by doing extra chores or buying her something nice.

    The numbers just aren’t there. You can default or have two-digit inflation for 5-10 years – both option would seriously undermine US ability to sell bonds. You are stuck.

    The US bond rating is AA+. Russia is in the C range:
    https://tradingeconomics.com/russia/rating

    All kinds of doomsday predictions were made over California's bonds and after some cuts they went back to an AA rating. Yes I have no doubt that the Feds will have to make cuts at some point. Kind of a duh. This war started with Putin fans declaring an end to the dollar and it finished higher than both the Ruble and the Euro. US defensive stocks are at a high thanks to the midget's war. An investor that quickly did the opposite of what Putin fans suggested would have had a good year in 2022.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Sean

    If Putin takes a chunk of Ukraine but Finland remains in NATO then he can’t win as defined by his own terms.

    Ukraine is not Putin’s War—it is Russia’s war.

    I understand numbers just fine

    There are 100 million more Russians than Ukrainians. The greatest shortage Ukraine currently faces is in troops according to Kofman. He also says that even after the recently approved US military aid package is delivered in full, Ukraine will still be up against a Russian numerical advantage in artillery and shells.

    There is no such thing as de facto NATO. You’re either in or not. You don’t get the defensive benefits if you are not in. You can be invaded and you do not have the ability to call article 5 which is the most important part.

    Do you really think that if Ukraine had been a full member of NATO prior to Ukraine being invaded by Russia, that would mean the other countries of NATO would have been obliged to use their own armed forces to directly fight Russia to defend Ukraine? Even if article 5 contained such an obligation to fellow NATO member countries (and it does not), they would not have abided by it in Ukraine’s case. If push came to shove there was no possible escalatory dominance for Ukraine against Russia; Ukrainian politicians did not seem to realise this or that their country was relying on rhetorical bluff and going to be on its own if it came down to actually fighting and dying.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Sean

    JoJo is hopeless, he ferociously denies the obvious scared to look like a loser. He reminds me of the Otto character from the Fish Called Wanda - lack of understanding, low IQ, fear of losing face. He mirrors people making policy in the West: know-nothings who are afraid to be perceived as losing to Russia. Or Vietnam, Iraq, China. It is a pathology.

    The fear drives them to hide in cherrypicked minutia, group-think and "hope". They never consider other side points. Finland is irrelevant to this - this is a war about Ukraine in Nato. It won't be so Russia is winning.

    The idea that if Russia attacked Finland before 2022 the West-Nato wouldn't fight is beyond ridiculous. Of course they would: Finland, Sweden are Western, Ukraine is not and never will be. All else is just hot air.

    , @Mr. Hack
    @Sean


    There are 100 million more Russians than Ukrainians. The greatest shortage Ukraine currently faces is in troops according to Kofman. He also says that even after the recently approved US military aid package is delivered in full, Ukraine will still be up against a Russian numerical advantage in artillery and shells.
     
    Russia had an even larger superiority in manpower during the Afghan war. I'm old enough to remember how the Russian military high tailed it back to Russia in the end. Ukraine is a much larger country than Afghanistan, much better equipped and trained and will be a much larger nut to crack than Afghanistan ever was. The local native civilian population is much more willing to oust these aggressors too, thanks to Putler's ill thought-out policies of bombing civilian sites. This, of course includes the Russian speaking populations in eastern and southern Ukraine too. Whatever happened to the Russian speaking population in Kherson that vividly showed its displeasure with the Russian occupation?

    Replies: @Sher Singh, @Sean

    , @AP
    @Sean


    There are 100 million more Russians than Ukrainians.
     
    And in 1920 there were far more Russians than Poles.

    And in 1939 there were 4 million Finns (not heavily armed or helped by the West, due to the diplomatic reasons) and 170 million Soviets.

    Soviets barely won that one, but would they have won if there 30 million Finns who were lavishly equipped by the West?

    The greatest shortage Ukraine currently faces is in troops according to Kofman. He also says that even after the recently approved US military aid package is delivered in full, Ukraine will still be up against a Russian numerical advantage in artillery and shells
     
    Which can be compensated for by superior accuracy and skill.

    Ukraine also enjoys a drone advantage.

    Overall picture is likely stalemate for awhile until one side or the other gives up. Russia more likely to do so, because Ukrainians are fighting for their own homes.

    Do you really think that if Ukraine had been a full member of NATO prior to Ukraine being invaded by Russia, that would mean the other countries of NATO would have been obliged to use their own armed forces to directly fight Russia to defend Ukraine?
     
    The risk of this happening would probably have prevented Russia from invading.

    Even if article 5 contained such an obligation to fellow NATO member countries (and it does not), they would not have abided by it in Ukraine’s case.
     
    You seem to be suggesting that if the Baltics get invaded, NATO won't send its troops in.

    Replies: @Gerard1234

  161. @QCIC
    @LondonBob

    Can you give any details?

    Replies: @LondonBob

    My Russian isn’t good and I was given a translation of what he was saying, but just things flying about, foo fighters type things, not space craft, as I understood. He was told not to talk about it by the Soviet authorities.

    I don’t believe in UFOs, of course there are experimental aircraft, much more advanced that weather balloons crashing at Roswell, but I do believe there are unexplained phenomena that would include such things.

    • Thanks: QCIC
  162. Sher Singh says:

    Thoughts?

    • Replies: @Sher Singh
    @Sher Singh

    Jews abhor horses & Jesus rode a donkey.
    Arabs used to be taken by Ethiopian slavers.

    How the fuck did people convert to this?
    It's the most AnAryan stuff possible.

    BRO IMAGINE A NOBILITY WHICH REJECTS HORSES AND WEAPONS

    LMFAO

    I seriously can't consider people without an equestrian tradition to be human.

    They're slaves


    https://johntsquires.com/2023/03/27/why-jesus-never-did-and-never-would-ride-a-horse-for-palm-sunday-lent-6/

    https://teachingforsotzambia.com/2019/06/26/why-did-israel-not-use-horses/

    Forbids harems, hunting & horses.

    🤮🤮🤮☠️


    There are guidelines for men: they may not ride an animal bareback—they are required to use a saddle.

    LOL

    https://halacha2go.com/php/h2go/home2.php?number=635

    Literal Sullah can't stand to pee tier.

    Replies: @songbird

  163. @Sean
    @John Johnson


    If Putin takes a chunk of Ukraine but Finland remains in NATO then he can’t win as defined by his own terms.
     
    Ukraine is not Putin’s War—it is Russia’s war.

    I understand numbers just fine
     

    There are 100 million more Russians than Ukrainians. The greatest shortage Ukraine currently faces is in troops according to Kofman. He also says that even after the recently approved US military aid package is delivered in full, Ukraine will still be up against a Russian numerical advantage in artillery and shells.

    There is no such thing as de facto NATO. You’re either in or not. You don’t get the defensive benefits if you are not in. You can be invaded and you do not have the ability to call article 5 which is the most important part.
     
    Do you really think that if Ukraine had been a full member of NATO prior to Ukraine being invaded by Russia, that would mean the other countries of NATO would have been obliged to use their own armed forces to directly fight Russia to defend Ukraine? Even if article 5 contained such an obligation to fellow NATO member countries (and it does not), they would not have abided by it in Ukraine's case. If push came to shove there was no possible escalatory dominance for Ukraine against Russia; Ukrainian politicians did not seem to realise this or that their country was relying on rhetorical bluff and going to be on its own if it came down to actually fighting and dying.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. Hack, @AP

    JoJo is hopeless, he ferociously denies the obvious scared to look like a loser. He reminds me of the Otto character from the Fish Called Wanda – lack of understanding, low IQ, fear of losing face. He mirrors people making policy in the West: know-nothings who are afraid to be perceived as losing to Russia. Or Vietnam, Iraq, China. It is a pathology.

    The fear drives them to hide in cherrypicked minutia, group-think and “hope”. They never consider other side points. Finland is irrelevant to this – this is a war about Ukraine in Nato. It won’t be so Russia is winning.

    The idea that if Russia attacked Finland before 2022 the West-Nato wouldn’t fight is beyond ridiculous. Of course they would: Finland, Sweden are Western, Ukraine is not and never will be. All else is just hot air.

  164. @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    felt that Ukraine was becoming dangerously short on ammo etc;
     
    If he were speaker of the Verkhovna Rada that might explain why he ignored existential problems in America like the border and runaway spending, to vote for more Ukrainian arms.

    But wouldn't suffice to explain why he used the term "axis of evil" to connect Russia, China, and Iran and voted to give away billions to Israel.

    It almost makes one nostalgic for the times that EEs were trying to foment a Chinese invasion of Russia.

    Replies: @Mikel, @Mr. Hack

    he ignored existential problems in America like the border and runaway spending,

    These are separate problems that need to be considered on their own merit, not tied to something as important as border control. I think that you’ll find that he’s very much pro-border control.

    wouldn’t suffice to explain why he used the term “axis of evil” to connect Russia, China, and Iran and voted to give away billions to Israel.

    I’m not sure why he decided to propose funding Israeli defense needs at this time. It’s probably because the original senate bill already included such provisions, and he couldn’t just ignore them. Connecting Russia, China and Iran together as the “axis of evil” isn’t hard to explain, These countries seem to always show up on the opposite side of most any political stance or issue that the US promotes. They’re all uber autocratic and among some of the least democratic countries in the world today.

    It almost makes one nostalgic for the times that EEs were trying to foment a Chinese invasion of Russia.

    There’s no need to be nostalgic for those times. As I’ve already pointed out several times, China needs to do nothing foolish and will still end up as the big winner in the Russo-Ukrainian war, as Russia slowly but surely dissipates into a weak shell of its former self.

    • Troll: Derer
  165. @Sean
    @John Johnson


    If Putin takes a chunk of Ukraine but Finland remains in NATO then he can’t win as defined by his own terms.
     
    Ukraine is not Putin’s War—it is Russia’s war.

    I understand numbers just fine
     

    There are 100 million more Russians than Ukrainians. The greatest shortage Ukraine currently faces is in troops according to Kofman. He also says that even after the recently approved US military aid package is delivered in full, Ukraine will still be up against a Russian numerical advantage in artillery and shells.

    There is no such thing as de facto NATO. You’re either in or not. You don’t get the defensive benefits if you are not in. You can be invaded and you do not have the ability to call article 5 which is the most important part.
     
    Do you really think that if Ukraine had been a full member of NATO prior to Ukraine being invaded by Russia, that would mean the other countries of NATO would have been obliged to use their own armed forces to directly fight Russia to defend Ukraine? Even if article 5 contained such an obligation to fellow NATO member countries (and it does not), they would not have abided by it in Ukraine's case. If push came to shove there was no possible escalatory dominance for Ukraine against Russia; Ukrainian politicians did not seem to realise this or that their country was relying on rhetorical bluff and going to be on its own if it came down to actually fighting and dying.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. Hack, @AP

    There are 100 million more Russians than Ukrainians. The greatest shortage Ukraine currently faces is in troops according to Kofman. He also says that even after the recently approved US military aid package is delivered in full, Ukraine will still be up against a Russian numerical advantage in artillery and shells.

    Russia had an even larger superiority in manpower during the Afghan war. I’m old enough to remember how the Russian military high tailed it back to Russia in the end. Ukraine is a much larger country than Afghanistan, much better equipped and trained and will be a much larger nut to crack than Afghanistan ever was. The local native civilian population is much more willing to oust these aggressors too, thanks to Putler’s ill thought-out policies of bombing civilian sites. This, of course includes the Russian speaking populations in eastern and southern Ukraine too. Whatever happened to the Russian speaking population in Kherson that vividly showed its displeasure with the Russian occupation?

    • LOL: QCIC, Mikhail
    • Troll: Derer
    • Replies: @Sher Singh
    @Mr. Hack

    https://twitter.com/MyLordBebo/status/1782350416153329803

    Saw open legs & immediately knew whore LOL.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN, @Beckow, @Gerard1234

    , @Sean
    @Mr. Hack

    A unilateral Afghanistan style withdrawal of Russia from Ukraine without any concessions in return would be impossible for Putin or whoever was in the Kremlin sell to the Russian population. It would be political suicide for Putin or his successor's circle too. I cannot see a parallel with Gorby pulling out of the perma-squabbling tribal territories known as Afghanistan because Ukraine is geopolitically crucial and a centralised modern state as demonstrated by the extreme cost of overcoming them. Due to failures of comprehension on both sides they are going toe to toe while doing a lot of irreversible damage of every kind, with no end to it in sight. Russia and Ukraine are countries rich in resourses which the rest of the world would be glad to pay hansomely for. Yes, Ukraine is Putin's nemesis, but he is also Ukraine's nemesis.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @AP

  166. @Mr. Hack
    @Sean


    There are 100 million more Russians than Ukrainians. The greatest shortage Ukraine currently faces is in troops according to Kofman. He also says that even after the recently approved US military aid package is delivered in full, Ukraine will still be up against a Russian numerical advantage in artillery and shells.
     
    Russia had an even larger superiority in manpower during the Afghan war. I'm old enough to remember how the Russian military high tailed it back to Russia in the end. Ukraine is a much larger country than Afghanistan, much better equipped and trained and will be a much larger nut to crack than Afghanistan ever was. The local native civilian population is much more willing to oust these aggressors too, thanks to Putler's ill thought-out policies of bombing civilian sites. This, of course includes the Russian speaking populations in eastern and southern Ukraine too. Whatever happened to the Russian speaking population in Kherson that vividly showed its displeasure with the Russian occupation?

    Replies: @Sher Singh, @Sean

    Saw open legs & immediately knew whore LOL.

    • LOL: songbird
    • Replies: @LatW
    @Sher Singh

    She's not your woman and never will be. Why don't you worry about your own women. You should only be preoccupied with Sikh women.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Gerard1234

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Sher Singh

    Parochial views are silly even inside your village in Whateverthefuckistan. They are very stupid outside of it. This is not something you want to advertise.

    , @Beckow
    @Sher Singh

    I will take a wild guess that she will easily get a new Porsche. But the house and bridge are gone. I am also sure she has never been inside that church...

    The girl looks like a real winner...:) On 'to Moscow' they said. Brilliant plan.

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

    , @Gerard1234
    @Sher Singh

    Even more amusingly, this (admittedly good looking) whore is from Kharkov. I had never heard of her before but it looks like she gained some attention for making a video of returning to Kharkov after leaving it at start of SMO.

    What's amusing? It appears upto this last month she is self-described "best friends" and travelling in America or Bali or wherever.... with Russia's most known and richest sex-actress!


    Something Romanova & Elfie is her name (I certainly don't watch this type of stuff, but she is frequently in newspaper, radio, news portal etc so very easy to have heard of her - though I certainly wouldn't class her in top 25% of Russian women )

    This khokhol-whore filming probable lesbian sex stuff with Russias most famous in this sector, obviously raises her profile massively and increases her earning potential from perverts.

    That is khokholism in a microcosm - be a whore in some form- physical, moral, business. Use this whoring to gain money, fame or power from Russians.

    Then further use this money gained from parasiting off Russians to travel or live in the West.

    Then maintain this western lifestyle by inventing khokhol credentials and slandering the Russia that made this possible. LOL

  167. @Sher Singh
    @Mr. Hack

    https://twitter.com/MyLordBebo/status/1782350416153329803

    Saw open legs & immediately knew whore LOL.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN, @Beckow, @Gerard1234

    She’s not your woman and never will be. Why don’t you worry about your own women. You should only be preoccupied with Sikh women.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @LatW

    Pretty girl. Does she have stereotypical Ukrainian features?

    Replies: @LatW

    , @Gerard1234
    @LatW

    A totally bizarre, meaningless, nothing post of a worthless shitbag.

    WTF is a retard like you intending to do when you post such garbage? Just time-wasting tactics?

    You would think a rich Sikh businessman, has taken a "ride" on her in Mumbai, in Singapore, in Thailand, in Dubai, in London in Miami already you dumb POS. Several times. Good chance Sikh MONEY from after this whore (and her khokhol friends) f*cked the Sikh businessman is what helped her get this Porsche, LOL.

    As for ukronazi coward limp-wristed males - poorest country in Europe, so not exactly "looking after their women" you dumbfuck..... therefore explains why so many women like her from 404.

    Atrociously low birth rate in 404 - not exactly "looking after their women" to the point they want to have and nurture children with these freaks you stupid dickhead


    As for the very small number of world famous ukrops - there appears to be clear pattern of not wanting to marry another Ukrop, as if ashamed of it:
    Klitschko junior-married an American actress. Klitschko senior, Mayor of Kiev, the German - too stupid to know where to put his d*ck.
    Andrei Shevchenko - inexplicably married to an American. Usik- he's the closest to a patriot - married to a Russian.

    Then onto the women - Svitolina the tedious tennis player - married a French African. The woman Alex Baldwin killed in a film..... married to an American.

  168. @Mr. Hack
    @Sean


    There are 100 million more Russians than Ukrainians. The greatest shortage Ukraine currently faces is in troops according to Kofman. He also says that even after the recently approved US military aid package is delivered in full, Ukraine will still be up against a Russian numerical advantage in artillery and shells.
     
    Russia had an even larger superiority in manpower during the Afghan war. I'm old enough to remember how the Russian military high tailed it back to Russia in the end. Ukraine is a much larger country than Afghanistan, much better equipped and trained and will be a much larger nut to crack than Afghanistan ever was. The local native civilian population is much more willing to oust these aggressors too, thanks to Putler's ill thought-out policies of bombing civilian sites. This, of course includes the Russian speaking populations in eastern and southern Ukraine too. Whatever happened to the Russian speaking population in Kherson that vividly showed its displeasure with the Russian occupation?

    Replies: @Sher Singh, @Sean

    A unilateral Afghanistan style withdrawal of Russia from Ukraine without any concessions in return would be impossible for Putin or whoever was in the Kremlin sell to the Russian population. It would be political suicide for Putin or his successor’s circle too. I cannot see a parallel with Gorby pulling out of the perma-squabbling tribal territories known as Afghanistan because Ukraine is geopolitically crucial and a centralised modern state as demonstrated by the extreme cost of overcoming them. Due to failures of comprehension on both sides they are going toe to toe while doing a lot of irreversible damage of every kind, with no end to it in sight. Russia and Ukraine are countries rich in resourses which the rest of the world would be glad to pay hansomely for. Yes, Ukraine is Putin’s nemesis, but he is also Ukraine’s nemesis.

    • Disagree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Sean


    Yes, Ukraine is Putin’s nemesis, but he is also Ukraine’s nemesis.
     
    More like a NATO proxy war with the Kiev regime as a pawn.
    , @AP
    @Sean


    A unilateral Afghanistan style withdrawal of Russia from Ukraine without any concessions in return would be impossible for Putin or whoever was in the Kremlin sell to the Russian population.
     
    High chance that the Russian population would do what they are told and accept whatever Putin does; they would breath a sigh of relief that their kids won't be sent to die in some Kherson field, particularly if as a result sanctions get lifted and defeat is accompanied by a resulting economic mini-boom which would make peoples' lives better. The war was bad, why would they choose to make a civil war if their lives are improving after the debacle?

    I don't know how this would play out within government circles, perhaps it would cause a coup by hardliners (or perhaps not - many of these have already been neutralized by Putin), but an end to the war even with total retreat from Ukraine would not lead to widespread population revolt.

    And there won't be another presidential election until 2030.

    If Putin gets some face-saving deal like getting recognition of Crimea or Donbas so much the better for his chances. But the Russian people won't try to overthrow him even if he returns to the 1991 border. They aren't desperate enough for such actions.


    Due to failures of comprehension on both sides they are going toe to toe while doing a lot of irreversible damage of every kind, with no end to it in sight
     
    The first part is very true, though I suspect it will end in 2025 when there is clarity about the long-term American position.

    With America out, it was basically a stalemate with steady and glacial Russian advances, a few villages or towns a month. With America back, it's just going to be stalemate with the chance of a breakthrough by Ukraine (but only a chance, I wouldn't bet on it). America being back means Ukraine probably will stop hitting Russia's oil infrastructure, until after the election. Biden didn't like when the Ukrainians did that. Ukraine may instead wreck Russia's power grid, which it had avoided doing previously in favor of hitting the money-making oil refineries. Russia can do the same, of course, though Ukraine may replenish its missile defenses and make it harder. In contrast, Russia will have a much harder time defending its vast territory from Ukrainian drone swarms.

    Or with longer range and much more ATACMs Ukraine may cause even more damage to Russia's Black Sea fleet. We'll see what is on the menu.

    Ukrainians will not end their country by surrendering. But Russians can end the war by going home. Eventually they will do it. Eventually they will get tired of trying to take more of Ukraine while getting their people killed and their country ruined, and Ukrainians will realize that the price of taking Crimea or Donbas (or maybe even the Crimean corridor) isn't worth it, as long as the Russians have nothing to do with the free parts of their country (which includes Russians don't decide about Ukrainian politics, army, language, and alliances).

    But sadly there will be 100,000s more dead and a lot of expensive destroyed infrastructure on both sides before both sides figure out where the border will be, and the Russians go home.

    At least Beckow finds it entertaining when Slavs slaughter Slavs, he'll be gleefully watching it for another year or so.

    Replies: @Beckow

  169. @Sher Singh
    @Mr. Hack

    https://twitter.com/MyLordBebo/status/1782350416153329803

    Saw open legs & immediately knew whore LOL.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN, @Beckow, @Gerard1234

    Parochial views are silly even inside your village in Whateverthefuckistan. They are very stupid outside of it. This is not something you want to advertise.

  170. @Sher Singh
    @Mr. Hack

    https://twitter.com/MyLordBebo/status/1782350416153329803

    Saw open legs & immediately knew whore LOL.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN, @Beckow, @Gerard1234

    I will take a wild guess that she will easily get a new Porsche. But the house and bridge are gone. I am also sure she has never been inside that church…

    The girl looks like a real winner…:) On ‘to Moscow’ they said. Brilliant plan.

    • LOL: Gerard1234
    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow

    At least her men are real fighters. That's worth more than all the Porsches and bridges.

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    I am also sure she has never been inside that church…
     
    I’ve never been inside any church (Catholic and Orthodox), mosque, synagogue, Buddhist or Shinto temple except as a tourist. Only saw Hindu temples from the outside (in the US and Singapore). Don’t see this as a blemish on my character.

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow

    When Kazakhstan defeated the Ukraine in the Battle of the Nations Sunday Elena Rybakina won a fancy new Porsche. She cracked everybody up when she reported that she does not know how to drive.

  171. @Beckow
    @Sher Singh

    I will take a wild guess that she will easily get a new Porsche. But the house and bridge are gone. I am also sure she has never been inside that church...

    The girl looks like a real winner...:) On 'to Moscow' they said. Brilliant plan.

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

    At least her men are real fighters. That’s worth more than all the Porsches and bridges.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @LatW

    You and I both know that she will not get her new Porsche from the fighters....she knows it too, she is not going to stick around.

    Replies: @LatW

  172. @Beckow
    @Sher Singh

    I will take a wild guess that she will easily get a new Porsche. But the house and bridge are gone. I am also sure she has never been inside that church...

    The girl looks like a real winner...:) On 'to Moscow' they said. Brilliant plan.

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

    I am also sure she has never been inside that church…

    I’ve never been inside any church (Catholic and Orthodox), mosque, synagogue, Buddhist or Shinto temple except as a tourist. Only saw Hindu temples from the outside (in the US and Singapore). Don’t see this as a blemish on my character.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...I’ve never been inside any church...except as a tourist.
     
    Weren't pilgrims the original tourists? That's how travel originated. So how is going in as a tourist different than for any other reason? Nobody sees into our minds...

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  173. @LatW
    @Beckow

    At least her men are real fighters. That's worth more than all the Porsches and bridges.

    Replies: @Beckow

    You and I both know that she will not get her new Porsche from the fighters.…she knows it too, she is not going to stick around.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow

    Some will, some won't.

  174. Bukele wants to build a thorium plant.
    https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/El-Salvador-on-Track-for-Peaceful-Nuclear-Energy-20240418-0018.html
    ____
    Has to be more than half, as it doesn’t account for AA, which in London must be pretty substantial.

    [MORE]

  175. @Beckow
    @LatW

    You and I both know that she will not get her new Porsche from the fighters....she knows it too, she is not going to stick around.

    Replies: @LatW

    Some will, some won’t.

  176. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    I am also sure she has never been inside that church…
     
    I’ve never been inside any church (Catholic and Orthodox), mosque, synagogue, Buddhist or Shinto temple except as a tourist. Only saw Hindu temples from the outside (in the US and Singapore). Don’t see this as a blemish on my character.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …I’ve never been inside any church…except as a tourist.

    Weren’t pilgrims the original tourists? That’s how travel originated. So how is going in as a tourist different than for any other reason? Nobody sees into our minds…

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    Nobody sees into our minds…
     
    God is supposed to see into our minds, if He/She exists (the top Shinto deity is female).

    Besides, I’ve been inside temples of so many different religions that even humans would have their doubts.

    Replies: @Beckow

  177. @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...I’ve never been inside any church...except as a tourist.
     
    Weren't pilgrims the original tourists? That's how travel originated. So how is going in as a tourist different than for any other reason? Nobody sees into our minds...

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Nobody sees into our minds…

    God is supposed to see into our minds, if He/She exists (the top Shinto deity is female).

    Besides, I’ve been inside temples of so many different religions that even humans would have their doubts.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    God is supposed to see into our mind...
     
    I didn't mean it that way. Simply that us, the humans, we don't see why a person is inside a church or a temple. We only know what they tell us. It could be that the Pope or a Patriarch are putting on a show, we don't know what's in their minds. (I would do it if I was the Pope, imagine the entertainment value..:)

    My view of the concept called 'God' is that if it exists it would be irrelevant to us - only a force providing background meaning to our Universe. But lacking free will and only following the physics rules of whatever it is that we live in. This reality of 'divinity' escapes most devotees - the fact that a "God" would lack the free will to change things making 'prayer' pointless. A placebo.

    But the architecture is nice. Good stone architecture is my weakness.

  178. @Sean
    @Mr. Hack

    A unilateral Afghanistan style withdrawal of Russia from Ukraine without any concessions in return would be impossible for Putin or whoever was in the Kremlin sell to the Russian population. It would be political suicide for Putin or his successor's circle too. I cannot see a parallel with Gorby pulling out of the perma-squabbling tribal territories known as Afghanistan because Ukraine is geopolitically crucial and a centralised modern state as demonstrated by the extreme cost of overcoming them. Due to failures of comprehension on both sides they are going toe to toe while doing a lot of irreversible damage of every kind, with no end to it in sight. Russia and Ukraine are countries rich in resourses which the rest of the world would be glad to pay hansomely for. Yes, Ukraine is Putin's nemesis, but he is also Ukraine's nemesis.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @AP

    Yes, Ukraine is Putin’s nemesis, but he is also Ukraine’s nemesis.

    More like a NATO proxy war with the Kiev regime as a pawn.

  179. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    Nobody sees into our minds…
     
    God is supposed to see into our minds, if He/She exists (the top Shinto deity is female).

    Besides, I’ve been inside temples of so many different religions that even humans would have their doubts.

    Replies: @Beckow

    God is supposed to see into our mind…

    I didn’t mean it that way. Simply that us, the humans, we don’t see why a person is inside a church or a temple. We only know what they tell us. It could be that the Pope or a Patriarch are putting on a show, we don’t know what’s in their minds. (I would do it if I was the Pope, imagine the entertainment value..:)

    My view of the concept called ‘God’ is that if it exists it would be irrelevant to us – only a force providing background meaning to our Universe. But lacking free will and only following the physics rules of whatever it is that we live in. This reality of ‘divinity’ escapes most devotees – the fact that a “God” would lack the free will to change things making ‘prayer’ pointless. A placebo.

    But the architecture is nice. Good stone architecture is my weakness.

  180. @Sean
    @John Johnson


    If Putin takes a chunk of Ukraine but Finland remains in NATO then he can’t win as defined by his own terms.
     
    Ukraine is not Putin’s War—it is Russia’s war.

    I understand numbers just fine
     

    There are 100 million more Russians than Ukrainians. The greatest shortage Ukraine currently faces is in troops according to Kofman. He also says that even after the recently approved US military aid package is delivered in full, Ukraine will still be up against a Russian numerical advantage in artillery and shells.

    There is no such thing as de facto NATO. You’re either in or not. You don’t get the defensive benefits if you are not in. You can be invaded and you do not have the ability to call article 5 which is the most important part.
     
    Do you really think that if Ukraine had been a full member of NATO prior to Ukraine being invaded by Russia, that would mean the other countries of NATO would have been obliged to use their own armed forces to directly fight Russia to defend Ukraine? Even if article 5 contained such an obligation to fellow NATO member countries (and it does not), they would not have abided by it in Ukraine's case. If push came to shove there was no possible escalatory dominance for Ukraine against Russia; Ukrainian politicians did not seem to realise this or that their country was relying on rhetorical bluff and going to be on its own if it came down to actually fighting and dying.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Mr. Hack, @AP

    There are 100 million more Russians than Ukrainians.

    And in 1920 there were far more Russians than Poles.

    And in 1939 there were 4 million Finns (not heavily armed or helped by the West, due to the diplomatic reasons) and 170 million Soviets.

    Soviets barely won that one, but would they have won if there 30 million Finns who were lavishly equipped by the West?

    The greatest shortage Ukraine currently faces is in troops according to Kofman. He also says that even after the recently approved US military aid package is delivered in full, Ukraine will still be up against a Russian numerical advantage in artillery and shells

    Which can be compensated for by superior accuracy and skill.

    Ukraine also enjoys a drone advantage.

    Overall picture is likely stalemate for awhile until one side or the other gives up. Russia more likely to do so, because Ukrainians are fighting for their own homes.

    Do you really think that if Ukraine had been a full member of NATO prior to Ukraine being invaded by Russia, that would mean the other countries of NATO would have been obliged to use their own armed forces to directly fight Russia to defend Ukraine?

    The risk of this happening would probably have prevented Russia from invading.

    Even if article 5 contained such an obligation to fellow NATO member countries (and it does not), they would not have abided by it in Ukraine’s case.

    You seem to be suggesting that if the Baltics get invaded, NATO won’t send its troops in.

    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Gerard1234
    @AP


    And in 1920 there were far more Russians than Poles.

    And in 1939 there were 4 million Finns (not heavily armed or helped by the West, due to the diplomatic reasons) and 170 million Soviets.

    Soviets barely won that one, but would they have won if there 30 million Finns who were lavishly equipped by the West?
     
    LMAO - the bimbo, faux-Ukrop reject has landed. Your schizo, faux-ukrop sociopath self has with this comment:

    1. Praised a war , the winter war against the Finns, most notable from a contemporary perspective for the Finns following the exact OPPOSITE negotiating position with Russia, compared to the Ukrop deathcult position. Because of this difference - the Finns have a prosperous, demographically fine country.........Banderastan has one condemned to destruction and failure. Extremely dumb to be trying to make the 2 wars similar.


    2. Praised a war, the Polish war against the Soviets.....most notable from a contemporary perspective as a war that if it succeeded as intended would have made EXTINCT the khokhol state and any future idea of a "Ukraine" you idiot

    So admiration, with a completely false understanding of what ACTUALLY happened, of a war that ridicules the current lemming ukronazi objectives........and a war that would have killed the ukrop project. ......From a fantasist retard who has never been to Ukraine. You couldn't make this sh*t up!

    As mentioned to your spamming scumbag self before - the Poles were fighting at a numerical advantage you dumb f**khead, caused by Soviet Union fighting about a million different wars at the time, mass civil disorder, an extreme civil war, no money, countries not recognising it ( so not willing to trade, with the Baltic export route only possible in 1920). Even the Baltic retards on here on not that dumb and sociopathic to misinform about their victory against the Soviets. So your numbers comparison is simply braindead.

    The Polish greedy, thief, coward-lowlifes initiated a war - even though the Provisional government, Lenin AND Denikin had all recognised the Polish state - in advance of many western states. Against near zero opposition in these chaotic circumstance, these parasites advanced all the way to Kiev. As soon as the Soviets started fighting them.......they incinerated Polish scum and forced them back a massive distance. Then , as now, US-Anglo-French weapons and money flooded into Poland. French aircraft, French Generals and western intelligence directing everything - and Soviets ( with most of the military not even motivated to reclaim Warsaw, and a practical man like Lenin, clearly willing to stop objective of a communist Poland) were driven back.....but with the end position being a massive net gain of territory reclaimed from the Poles, and Polish Nazi Empire ambitions destroyed. As for the ukrops in all of this.......LOLOLOLOLOL!!!

    The Winter War, the Finns stopped JUST as Soviets were about to wipe them away. Soviets had reversed the initial strong losses and were slaughtering the Finns, about to absolutely annihilate them .......at that point the Finns begged for peace, just like a sane people, one with some level of independence would. Then as now - the initial offer by Soviets ( receive twice as much land as give away, so Soviets have a safety zone from Nazi invasion, as proven correct) was a trillion times better then what the Finns got........a loss of 10% of the country. Then as now - the moral and practical objectives of the Soviets were proven to be correct. A bimbo retard as yourself is too thick to understand that the Finns stopped just as Soviets were about to make use of this big population of military age advantage.

    The Finns were not a completely fake nation like Ukraine, but a very insecure national identity at that point......so like 404 now they needed some blood suffered to give the national identity PR an increase. They succeeded, inflicted Soviet losses and negotiated to protect the country for a century.

    Here for 404, because of western media full-spectrum control and BS.......they could have faked a PR victory, even though kill ratio's in initial month ( and ever since) insanely high in Russia's favour.......and negotiated a settlement about a million times better then what they will finish, if anything of then remains to negotiate with.
    A sick tragicomedy.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @sudden death

  181. @Mr. Hack
    @John Johnson

    Here's one more excellent comment that you offer, far better than what the stooge crowd here is able to mount at this blogsite. I notice that they often try to hurl insults at you and call you names, probably because they don't really have any good counter arguments. Don't pay these losers any heed, I consider you to be one of the better commentators here at this blogsite and I always read and look forward to your commentary (such attention to detail!). Keep it up!!!

    Replies: @Derer

    Orest…this looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship with JJ. Keep trolling.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Derer

    Is paying somebody a compliment your idea of trolling somebody? You really are a screwed up little kremlin stooge. Are you a recent graduate of kremlin troll school? Just out of curiosity, how much are you being paid to monitor this website?

    Replies: @Derer

  182. @Gerard1234
    @AnonfromTN


    Possibly. Judging by much higher than before success of Russian strikes the flow of HUMINT from Ukrainian territory has greatly increased lately.
     
    Well it's inevitable that mid-long range strikes is going to be attempted against us from Ukrop territory by the west. They have been doing this, with limited effect and non-existent tactical benefit, against liberated territory and Crimea and of course I don't like it, but these are the current "rules" - inevitable attempts on our pre-2014 state can not have those same rules

    Hopefully we will intercept them but either way - any missile strike into Russia from their weapons, whatever "deniability"BS onto the Ukronazis they try to claim........they should be responded to with missile strikes in Poland and Czechia. The big NATO intelligence centre they have in Poland- destroyed. Munitions factories in Poland-Czechia - the same. Anything in the logistics chain. Accumulation of enough Poles and Czechs at each site targeted to kill about hundred for each missile

    WW3? Well I think not if missile strikes launched from Russia are not from Kaliningrad, or use airspace above Kaliningrad/ from Baltic Sea. The same thing with Belarus. Strikes would have to be launched from Black Sea, 2014 Russia borders or Caspian Sea. It's all about the Anglo-US scum and maybe France and Germany that is relevant here. They are self-protective and faggots and countries like Poland are totally expendable .

    Putin would have to do speech to the world and appeal to Polish and Czech citizens, and explain that for the NATO response to justified Russian strikes on Poland & Czechia......ANY attack of any scale on Kaliningrad , which has zero connection to these strikes on Poland & Czechia, would be responded to with Nuclear attack ( any possible fallout to go west) on Poland, or equivalent from non-nuclear , killing hundreds of thousands of Czechs and Polish plankton.

    Could say that most important thing is for Presidential Administration not to use some fool as official translator into English for Putin speech. Only Anglo-American opinion is vital - all the other NATO scum general opinion is derivative from the Anglo-American one. And general population of Anglo-US just will not listen to anybody who speaks in slow, heavily-accented by Russia into English translator.

    So any NATO-stan response , assuming they follow Putin's order on Kaliningrad, would have to be via airspace of Banderastan into mainland Russia. Escalation wouldn't be any personnel on Russian land in significant numbers. Erdogan is , at least, sane so nothing from NATO would happen on his part of the black Sea. Then it's Romania and Bulgaria. Even as bought-off prostitutes that their elites are, I dont believe their population would enable them to do such action. Their current despicable actions require locals to be passive in support. Active support required for being a launchpad to attack us is a different thing. Scandinavian and Baltic earthworm retards are a different issue, however I don't think they would do so either, at least not for next 2-3 years. So only via Banderastan.

    Recent actions in Middle East look decent for us in this type scenario- exchange of attacks by Israelis and Iran more of intelligence on Air Defence/PR operation then serious destructive military action - and all known by each side in advance. Similar to that Trump Iran/Syria vs their bases a few years before.
    Anglo-American scum are obsessed with PR, especially Americans . Almost like PR dictates military action. Appears very plausible we could semi-contrive a situation with the Anglo-American Nazis. Would guess preferably with the Pentagon not the pogrom-vengefaul (((CIA))). Call it operation Paramount-Dovzhenko. Fill sites with a lot of decommissioned/fake equipment and allow west to strike it.
    Western satellite photos showing 'Russian military sites" hit - which are just large numbers of Decommisioned planes/tanks. Actually, f**k it - make them to scale papier mache planes/helicopters/tanks/APC, etc . Only thing real the fuel tanks - give western bydlo a big fire to watch. Then the following day satellite images showing "Putin's defeat" to the western world. So like the Iran-Israel thing in reverse. We say no casualties, they say they struck our bases.

    Around all this, assuming there is real escalation that GS thinks is defendable...Ukrop air-defence now even busier at 360 degrees and 24 hours (which they are now, but even worse) . That anything launched from Poland/Czechia/NATO over 404 is co-ordinated with them does not matter - we learn from this co-ordination and more things fall in Ukraine. Czechia will see they are not a deathcult like 404, and positive developments could happen.

    Replies: @Derer

    As more sudetenland is inhabited and taken back from Czechia by Germans, the Czech leading gang is more hawkish towards Russia – exposing advanced schizophrenia. Actually, some decades ago, Russians liberated that land for Czechs.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Derer


    ...the Czech leading gang is more hawkish towards Russia – exposing advanced schizophrenia.
     
    The leading gang is the correct term. Czechs are hopeless, too submissive for the region. They have an incredible inferiority complex towards the West (worse than the Ukies), combined with a fake superiority pose towards the east (Poles and Ukies included). It creates a neck-twisting body chasm and leads to mental instability. (I knew a Czech in US who was telling everyone he was "Swiss" - when I asked him why he said he flew in from Switzerland, so why not?)

    Most of the time it looks like right now: the ruling gang is busy sticking its head into the filthier Western parts, promising the sky but not planning to do any of it, they simply want approval.

    Always remember that the Czechs voted 40% for the commies in 1946 in free elections, no Soviets were in sight. It was the global record for the commies. That was 4 years after 1 million Czechs assembled in Prague to yell "Heil Hitler!" after Heydrich assassination. Same people. (But there are many good ones...)

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Derer


    Actually, some decades ago, Russians liberated that land for Czechs.
     
    No good deed ever goes unpunished.
  183. @Beckow
    @Sher Singh

    I will take a wild guess that she will easily get a new Porsche. But the house and bridge are gone. I am also sure she has never been inside that church...

    The girl looks like a real winner...:) On 'to Moscow' they said. Brilliant plan.

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

    When Kazakhstan defeated the Ukraine in the Battle of the Nations Sunday Elena Rybakina won a fancy new Porsche. She cracked everybody up when she reported that she does not know how to drive.

  184. @Sean
    @Mr. Hack

    A unilateral Afghanistan style withdrawal of Russia from Ukraine without any concessions in return would be impossible for Putin or whoever was in the Kremlin sell to the Russian population. It would be political suicide for Putin or his successor's circle too. I cannot see a parallel with Gorby pulling out of the perma-squabbling tribal territories known as Afghanistan because Ukraine is geopolitically crucial and a centralised modern state as demonstrated by the extreme cost of overcoming them. Due to failures of comprehension on both sides they are going toe to toe while doing a lot of irreversible damage of every kind, with no end to it in sight. Russia and Ukraine are countries rich in resourses which the rest of the world would be glad to pay hansomely for. Yes, Ukraine is Putin's nemesis, but he is also Ukraine's nemesis.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @AP

    A unilateral Afghanistan style withdrawal of Russia from Ukraine without any concessions in return would be impossible for Putin or whoever was in the Kremlin sell to the Russian population.

    High chance that the Russian population would do what they are told and accept whatever Putin does; they would breath a sigh of relief that their kids won’t be sent to die in some Kherson field, particularly if as a result sanctions get lifted and defeat is accompanied by a resulting economic mini-boom which would make peoples’ lives better. The war was bad, why would they choose to make a civil war if their lives are improving after the debacle?

    I don’t know how this would play out within government circles, perhaps it would cause a coup by hardliners (or perhaps not – many of these have already been neutralized by Putin), but an end to the war even with total retreat from Ukraine would not lead to widespread population revolt.

    And there won’t be another presidential election until 2030.

    If Putin gets some face-saving deal like getting recognition of Crimea or Donbas so much the better for his chances. But the Russian people won’t try to overthrow him even if he returns to the 1991 border. They aren’t desperate enough for such actions.

    Due to failures of comprehension on both sides they are going toe to toe while doing a lot of irreversible damage of every kind, with no end to it in sight

    The first part is very true, though I suspect it will end in 2025 when there is clarity about the long-term American position.

    With America out, it was basically a stalemate with steady and glacial Russian advances, a few villages or towns a month. With America back, it’s just going to be stalemate with the chance of a breakthrough by Ukraine (but only a chance, I wouldn’t bet on it). America being back means Ukraine probably will stop hitting Russia’s oil infrastructure, until after the election. Biden didn’t like when the Ukrainians did that. Ukraine may instead wreck Russia’s power grid, which it had avoided doing previously in favor of hitting the money-making oil refineries. Russia can do the same, of course, though Ukraine may replenish its missile defenses and make it harder. In contrast, Russia will have a much harder time defending its vast territory from Ukrainian drone swarms.

    Or with longer range and much more ATACMs Ukraine may cause even more damage to Russia’s Black Sea fleet. We’ll see what is on the menu.

    Ukrainians will not end their country by surrendering. But Russians can end the war by going home. Eventually they will do it. Eventually they will get tired of trying to take more of Ukraine while getting their people killed and their country ruined, and Ukrainians will realize that the price of taking Crimea or Donbas (or maybe even the Crimean corridor) isn’t worth it, as long as the Russians have nothing to do with the free parts of their country (which includes Russians don’t decide about Ukrainian politics, army, language, and alliances).

    But sadly there will be 100,000s more dead and a lot of expensive destroyed infrastructure on both sides before both sides figure out where the border will be, and the Russians go home.

    At least Beckow finds it entertaining when Slavs slaughter Slavs, he’ll be gleefully watching it for another year or so.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AP


    ...Beckow finds it entertaining when Slavs slaughter Slavs, he’ll be gleefully watching it for another year or so.
     
    You are reading me wrong. It is a tragedy, but it is happening so one might as well get something out of it. Like Titanic was a tragedy, but a good lesson in what not to do. You need to see this as an evolutionary story - who has it and who doesn't.

    You and I disagree on who screwed up and made the catastrophic circus happen. But at the end it is not we who will assess the impact: it is the reality and who wins and who loses. On that we also disagree, although I have noticed you have gone from "offensive to take back Crimea!" (I am exaggerating!) to predicting a stalemate.

    It is unlikely it will end in a stalemate - too much is invested by both sides and all the red lines have been crossed. Nobody is going to take their marbles and go home. This will be a wipe-out victory. Russia started out stronger, but messed around a bit before they got momentum - it is theirs to lose. The Ukies showed no speed and then they quit - how are they going to turn that around?

    It is f..ing entertaining, this only happens once or twice per century. And when will we ever get a hirsute short Eastern European Jew in sweatpants going from playing a piano with his d..k (in public!) to threatening to destroy the world. This is cultural gold, people will talk about it for decades. (Not the Ukies, they will be mostly gone, but we will have quite some memories. I hope it doesn't end next year...the lesson has to be thorough.)

    Replies: @AP

  185. @Derer
    @Gerard1234

    As more sudetenland is inhabited and taken back from Czechia by Germans, the Czech leading gang is more hawkish towards Russia - exposing advanced schizophrenia. Actually, some decades ago, Russians liberated that land for Czechs.

    Replies: @Beckow, @AnonfromTN

    …the Czech leading gang is more hawkish towards Russia – exposing advanced schizophrenia.

    The leading gang is the correct term. Czechs are hopeless, too submissive for the region. They have an incredible inferiority complex towards the West (worse than the Ukies), combined with a fake superiority pose towards the east (Poles and Ukies included). It creates a neck-twisting body chasm and leads to mental instability. (I knew a Czech in US who was telling everyone he was “Swiss” – when I asked him why he said he flew in from Switzerland, so why not?)

    Most of the time it looks like right now: the ruling gang is busy sticking its head into the filthier Western parts, promising the sky but not planning to do any of it, they simply want approval.

    Always remember that the Czechs voted 40% for the commies in 1946 in free elections, no Soviets were in sight. It was the global record for the commies. That was 4 years after 1 million Czechs assembled in Prague to yell “Heil Hitler!” after Heydrich assassination. Same people. (But there are many good ones…)

  186. Re: https://www.eurasiareview.com/23042024-alexander-motyl-is-dead-wrong-about-jd-vance-and-russia-ukraine-oped/

    Someone said That 5-point proposal at the end sounds reasonable. If only it were implementable.

    Excerpt –

    At this juncture, Russia might (stress might) consider the following settlement:

    – no NATO membership for Ukraine with it having a limited military under strictly enforced oversight

    – Russia is recognized for having all of the former Ukrainian SSR territory it currently holds

    – the present Kiev regime controlled Ukrainian territory is recognized as Ukraine’s

    – all of the sanctions implemented after February 24, 2022 against Russia (like the hypocritically bigoted ones concerning the Olympics and other sporting events) are promptly stopped

    – an end to the suppression of Russian culture (language, religion, monuments, et al) in Kiev regime-controlled Ukraine.

    The author made the same proposal a year ago. The differences now are that Russia has more territory in an economically/militarily/politically stronger position, with a weaker NATO proxy Kiev regime.

    That article is presently the number one search result under Google News for “Alexander Motyl”. Under that reference, his articles at The Hill aren’t listed.

    https://www.google.com/search?sca_esv=5d0811d5ae0715ef&sca_upv=1&q=%22Alexander+Motyl%22&tbm=nws&source=lnms&prmd=invsmbtz&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj29sLC9NiFAxWXEFkFHc7HB3QQ0pQJegQIDRAB&biw=1024&bih=643&dpr=1

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mikhail

    It amounts to freezing the non-existing stalemate - and it is not enforceable. The West lies, they use treaties as tools and leave them once they are not useful.

    The real lesson of Finland for Russia is that they can't trust the West - Finns got off lightly after WW2 - they were murderous Nazi allies responsible for hundreds of thousands dead in St. Petersburg. Russia let them off when they committed to neutrality. Helsinki betrayed that last year.

    How can Russia take any promise of "no Nato in Ukraine?" seriously after Finland? No matter how formal and how much the Ukies and Nato swear that they mean it. Russia will ignore promises and treaties and simply control the ground. It makes the 5-point plan irrelevant.

    The only way to avoid it is to defeat Russia. The Ukies can't do it, and can you see hundreds of thousands Westies lining up to die for it? I don't think so. That makes the final outcome rather obvious.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. Hack, @John Johnson

  187. Not the reaction I would have expected in a cat.

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  188. @AP
    @Sean


    A unilateral Afghanistan style withdrawal of Russia from Ukraine without any concessions in return would be impossible for Putin or whoever was in the Kremlin sell to the Russian population.
     
    High chance that the Russian population would do what they are told and accept whatever Putin does; they would breath a sigh of relief that their kids won't be sent to die in some Kherson field, particularly if as a result sanctions get lifted and defeat is accompanied by a resulting economic mini-boom which would make peoples' lives better. The war was bad, why would they choose to make a civil war if their lives are improving after the debacle?

    I don't know how this would play out within government circles, perhaps it would cause a coup by hardliners (or perhaps not - many of these have already been neutralized by Putin), but an end to the war even with total retreat from Ukraine would not lead to widespread population revolt.

    And there won't be another presidential election until 2030.

    If Putin gets some face-saving deal like getting recognition of Crimea or Donbas so much the better for his chances. But the Russian people won't try to overthrow him even if he returns to the 1991 border. They aren't desperate enough for such actions.


    Due to failures of comprehension on both sides they are going toe to toe while doing a lot of irreversible damage of every kind, with no end to it in sight
     
    The first part is very true, though I suspect it will end in 2025 when there is clarity about the long-term American position.

    With America out, it was basically a stalemate with steady and glacial Russian advances, a few villages or towns a month. With America back, it's just going to be stalemate with the chance of a breakthrough by Ukraine (but only a chance, I wouldn't bet on it). America being back means Ukraine probably will stop hitting Russia's oil infrastructure, until after the election. Biden didn't like when the Ukrainians did that. Ukraine may instead wreck Russia's power grid, which it had avoided doing previously in favor of hitting the money-making oil refineries. Russia can do the same, of course, though Ukraine may replenish its missile defenses and make it harder. In contrast, Russia will have a much harder time defending its vast territory from Ukrainian drone swarms.

    Or with longer range and much more ATACMs Ukraine may cause even more damage to Russia's Black Sea fleet. We'll see what is on the menu.

    Ukrainians will not end their country by surrendering. But Russians can end the war by going home. Eventually they will do it. Eventually they will get tired of trying to take more of Ukraine while getting their people killed and their country ruined, and Ukrainians will realize that the price of taking Crimea or Donbas (or maybe even the Crimean corridor) isn't worth it, as long as the Russians have nothing to do with the free parts of their country (which includes Russians don't decide about Ukrainian politics, army, language, and alliances).

    But sadly there will be 100,000s more dead and a lot of expensive destroyed infrastructure on both sides before both sides figure out where the border will be, and the Russians go home.

    At least Beckow finds it entertaining when Slavs slaughter Slavs, he'll be gleefully watching it for another year or so.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …Beckow finds it entertaining when Slavs slaughter Slavs, he’ll be gleefully watching it for another year or so.

    You are reading me wrong. It is a tragedy, but it is happening so one might as well get something out of it. Like Titanic was a tragedy, but a good lesson in what not to do. You need to see this as an evolutionary story – who has it and who doesn’t.

    You and I disagree on who screwed up and made the catastrophic circus happen. But at the end it is not we who will assess the impact: it is the reality and who wins and who loses. On that we also disagree, although I have noticed you have gone from “offensive to take back Crimea!” (I am exaggerating!) to predicting a stalemate.

    It is unlikely it will end in a stalemate – too much is invested by both sides and all the red lines have been crossed. Nobody is going to take their marbles and go home. This will be a wipe-out victory. Russia started out stronger, but messed around a bit before they got momentum – it is theirs to lose. The Ukies showed no speed and then they quit – how are they going to turn that around?

    It is f..ing entertaining, this only happens once or twice per century. And when will we ever get a hirsute short Eastern European Jew in sweatpants going from playing a piano with his d..k (in public!) to threatening to destroy the world. This is cultural gold, people will talk about it for decades. (Not the Ukies, they will be mostly gone, but we will have quite some memories. I hope it doesn’t end next year…the lesson has to be thorough.)

    • Replies: @AP
    @Beckow


    You are reading me wrong. It is a tragedy, but it is happening so one might as well get something out of it.
     
    In your case, entertainment.

    You are a very sick person.


    I have noticed you have gone from “offensive to take back Crimea!” (I am exaggerating!) to predicting a stalemate.
     
    I have always said the most likely result will be a stalemate, with a smaller than 50% chance that the Ukrainians break through in the South.

    The chance of a Ukrainian breakthrough would be close to zero if the Americans walked away. Now it is back.


    It is unlikely it will end in a stalemate
     
    Do you think that the Russians will be able to capture Kharkiv (population 1.5 million, huge tunnels well-fortified after 2 years of war) or Zaporizhia (population 1 million, also well-fortified) or cross the bridgeless Dnipro river to retake Kherson, capture Mikolaiv (well-fortified, population 500,000) en route to taking Odessa (population 1 million)? Remember how long and with how many deaths it took to take Avdiivka (population 30,000).

    Conversely, there is no way that Ukraine could storm and take large cities like Donetsk or Horlivka.

    So the ultimate lines will be somewhere between these cities. Maybe Russia takes the rest of mostly rural Donbas still controlled by Ukraine, or retakes eastern Kharkiv province, or moves north from the Crimean corridor to the very gates of Zaporizhia. Maybe Ukraine moves south and retakes the Crimean corridor. From there, Crimea itself (at least the northern areas) becomes a possibility. Probably another 100,00o troops on each side would die in these attempts. But nobody is going to sacrifice 400,000+ killed or so for a "total victory" in the East and South by capturing the large well-fortified and hostile cities. It is not really the 1940s any more.

    Beyond the battlefield, both sides will probably inflict a lot of damage on each country's civilian infrastructure. This can be worse for Russia, which has much colder and deadlier winters than Ukraine does, with less opportunity to resettle civilians (Ukrainians can move West, where will millions in the Volga region go when they lose heating and electricity and it is -30 outside. Novosibirsk cnn't handle that many).

    I think in 2025 it will be clear what Ukraine can get from the USA, and both sides will be tired enough. So there should be peace by then.


    This is cultural gold, people will talk about it for decades. (Not the Ukies, they will be mostly gone
     
    If the Ukrainians are "mostly gone" they will have resettled in Europe, as had occurred in previous barbarian invasions when peoples were pushed to the west and south. How many people you figure Slovakia would end up with? At least a million. Your people will be weaker than they are, and less likely to fight. How will you adjust to such a new reality? You can console yourselves by saying you were swamped by fellow Slavs, unlike the Western Euros.

    But fortunately it won't come to that, because there will be stalemate of some kind.


    I hope it doesn’t end next year…the lesson has to be thorough
     
    I know you don't. It's the kind of person you are.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Cesar1191

  189. @Mikhail
    Re: https://www.eurasiareview.com/23042024-alexander-motyl-is-dead-wrong-about-jd-vance-and-russia-ukraine-oped/

    Someone said That 5-point proposal at the end sounds reasonable. If only it were implementable.

    Excerpt -


    At this juncture, Russia might (stress might) consider the following settlement:

    – no NATO membership for Ukraine with it having a limited military under strictly enforced oversight

    – Russia is recognized for having all of the former Ukrainian SSR territory it currently holds

    – the present Kiev regime controlled Ukrainian territory is recognized as Ukraine’s

    – all of the sanctions implemented after February 24, 2022 against Russia (like the hypocritically bigoted ones concerning the Olympics and other sporting events) are promptly stopped

    – an end to the suppression of Russian culture (language, religion, monuments, et al) in Kiev regime-controlled Ukraine.
     

    The author made the same proposal a year ago. The differences now are that Russia has more territory in an economically/militarily/politically stronger position, with a weaker NATO proxy Kiev regime.

    That article is presently the number one search result under Google News for "Alexander Motyl". Under that reference, his articles at The Hill aren't listed.

    https://www.google.com/search?sca_esv=5d0811d5ae0715ef&sca_upv=1&q=%22Alexander+Motyl%22&tbm=nws&source=lnms&prmd=invsmbtz&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj29sLC9NiFAxWXEFkFHc7HB3QQ0pQJegQIDRAB&biw=1024&bih=643&dpr=1

    Replies: @Beckow

    It amounts to freezing the non-existing stalemate – and it is not enforceable. The West lies, they use treaties as tools and leave them once they are not useful.

    The real lesson of Finland for Russia is that they can’t trust the West – Finns got off lightly after WW2 – they were murderous Nazi allies responsible for hundreds of thousands dead in St. Petersburg. Russia let them off when they committed to neutrality. Helsinki betrayed that last year.

    How can Russia take any promise of “no Nato in Ukraine?” seriously after Finland? No matter how formal and how much the Ukies and Nato swear that they mean it. Russia will ignore promises and treaties and simply control the ground. It makes the 5-point plan irrelevant.

    The only way to avoid it is to defeat Russia. The Ukies can’t do it, and can you see hundreds of thousands Westies lining up to die for it? I don’t think so. That makes the final outcome rather obvious.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Beckow

    I just received this reply in line with you:


    That train has left a long time ago. Considering what people like Medvedev and some other Russian politicians are saying, they will never trust the West again, and agreements would be useless, they say, since they will not be respected by the West. Sanctions have hurt the West more than Russia, which is in the process of forming alternatives to past relationships with the West. Sad, but the West's delusions of grandeur and faith in their own propaganda about "Russian weakness"etc., have created this situation.

     

    Convoluted Kiev regime and its main backers won't accept it at this time. Your point leads to the trust but verify matter leading to the strictly enforced note which could involve a Russian military presence in places like Odessa and Kharkov. It'll need to be clearly worded in detail with UN approval to provide enough security for Russia to go along with.

    We could go another year or two with the Kiev regime weakened even more and Russia stronger with added territory.

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @Mr. Hack
    @Beckow


    The West lies, they use treaties as tools and leave them once they are not useful.
     
    Who has remained loyal to the ideas that formed the basis for the Budapest Memorandum? Who's abandoned the principles of respecting Ukraine's sovereignty and the prohibition of crossing its borders and fomenting war, the West or Russia? These principles have 0nly been discarded by one signatory that no longer finds them to be useful.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Beckow

    , @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    How can Russia take any promise of “no Nato in Ukraine?” seriously after Finland?

    How can Finland take Russian promises of "we don't want war, it's just a training exercise" seriously after invading Ukraine?

    This is like attacking your neighbor and then getting upset when the other one puts up cameras and fences.

    How dare you prepare for the exact scenario that I said wouldn't happen before I did it.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Derer

  190. @Beckow
    @Mikhail

    It amounts to freezing the non-existing stalemate - and it is not enforceable. The West lies, they use treaties as tools and leave them once they are not useful.

    The real lesson of Finland for Russia is that they can't trust the West - Finns got off lightly after WW2 - they were murderous Nazi allies responsible for hundreds of thousands dead in St. Petersburg. Russia let them off when they committed to neutrality. Helsinki betrayed that last year.

    How can Russia take any promise of "no Nato in Ukraine?" seriously after Finland? No matter how formal and how much the Ukies and Nato swear that they mean it. Russia will ignore promises and treaties and simply control the ground. It makes the 5-point plan irrelevant.

    The only way to avoid it is to defeat Russia. The Ukies can't do it, and can you see hundreds of thousands Westies lining up to die for it? I don't think so. That makes the final outcome rather obvious.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. Hack, @John Johnson

    I just received this reply in line with you:

    That train has left a long time ago. Considering what people like Medvedev and some other Russian politicians are saying, they will never trust the West again, and agreements would be useless, they say, since they will not be respected by the West. Sanctions have hurt the West more than Russia, which is in the process of forming alternatives to past relationships with the West. Sad, but the West’s delusions of grandeur and faith in their own propaganda about “Russian weakness”etc., have created this situation.

    Convoluted Kiev regime and its main backers won’t accept it at this time. Your point leads to the trust but verify matter leading to the strictly enforced note which could involve a Russian military presence in places like Odessa and Kharkov. It’ll need to be clearly worded in detail with UN approval to provide enough security for Russia to go along with.

    We could go another year or two with the Kiev regime weakened even more and Russia stronger with added territory.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mikhail


    ...West’s delusions of grandeur and faith in their own propaganda about “Russian weakness”etc., have created this situation.
     
    Westies seem particularly prone to believe in propaganda. They are possibly not very smart or live busy lives with all that cubicle work calling each other to sell stuff. No time to think. The physical stuff again beat self-aggrandizement.

    clearly worded in detail with UN approval...
     
    We are beyond words, they are now to only describe what is happening. UN is irrelevant - you can't have Washington call Palau or 100 other minor dependencies and take that seriously. Security Council will stay but be mostly blocked. The rest of UN is effectively dead: pricey NY party circuit.

    Let's see, what third-rate vassals will be chosen this year for a guest appearance on the Security Council? Will it be Albania or Malta? The suspense is unbearable, who will it be this year...almost as suspenseful as what Ukies-are-suffering and Russia is bad! documentary will get the Oscar.

    Those institutions are all brain-dead, Macron got that right but forgot to mention that they died from the self-inflicted Western narcissism, special people who insists on making the rules but don't follow them. Time to move on.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Emil Nikola Richard, @S1

  191. @Derer
    @Gerard1234

    As more sudetenland is inhabited and taken back from Czechia by Germans, the Czech leading gang is more hawkish towards Russia - exposing advanced schizophrenia. Actually, some decades ago, Russians liberated that land for Czechs.

    Replies: @Beckow, @AnonfromTN

    Actually, some decades ago, Russians liberated that land for Czechs.

    No good deed ever goes unpunished.

  192. @LatW
    @Sher Singh

    She's not your woman and never will be. Why don't you worry about your own women. You should only be preoccupied with Sikh women.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Gerard1234

    Pretty girl. Does she have stereotypical Ukrainian features?

    • Replies: @LatW
    @QCIC

    Why don't you stick with homegrown... er, "features", will you? :) Greetings from Karen McDougal. ;)

  193. @QCIC
    @LatW

    Pretty girl. Does she have stereotypical Ukrainian features?

    Replies: @LatW

    Why don’t you stick with homegrown… er, “features”, will you? 🙂 Greetings from Karen McDougal. 😉

    • LOL: QCIC
  194. If you are renting a yacht, don’t go with one where the skipper is on his sixth wife.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluebelle_(ship)

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    The script reads like some very macabre story designed to be the background for an Alfred Hitchcock film. What led you to read about this incident in the first place?

    There's a very good classic Polish film "Knife in the Water" directed by Roman Polanski that has some similar creepy undertones:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/31/N%C3%B3%C5%BC_w_wodzie_%28movie_poster%29.jpg
    Its plot follows a husband and wife who are accompanied on a boating trip by a young male hitchhiker, who spurs a number of escalating confrontations between the couple.

    Replies: @songbird, @Gerard1234

  195. @LatW
    @Sher Singh

    She's not your woman and never will be. Why don't you worry about your own women. You should only be preoccupied with Sikh women.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Gerard1234

    A totally bizarre, meaningless, nothing post of a worthless shitbag.

    WTF is a retard like you intending to do when you post such garbage? Just time-wasting tactics?

    You would think a rich Sikh businessman, has taken a “ride” on her in Mumbai, in Singapore, in Thailand, in Dubai, in London in Miami already you dumb POS. Several times. Good chance Sikh MONEY from after this whore (and her khokhol friends) f*cked the Sikh businessman is what helped her get this Porsche, LOL.

    As for ukronazi coward limp-wristed males – poorest country in Europe, so not exactly “looking after their women” you dumbfuck….. therefore explains why so many women like her from 404.

    Atrociously low birth rate in 404 – not exactly “looking after their women” to the point they want to have and nurture children with these freaks you stupid dickhead

    As for the very small number of world famous ukrops – there appears to be clear pattern of not wanting to marry another Ukrop, as if ashamed of it:
    Klitschko junior-married an American actress. Klitschko senior, Mayor of Kiev, the German – too stupid to know where to put his d*ck.
    Andrei Shevchenko – inexplicably married to an American. Usik- he’s the closest to a patriot – married to a Russian.

    Then onto the women – Svitolina the tedious tennis player – married a French African. The woman Alex Baldwin killed in a film….. married to an American.

  196. @Sher Singh
    @Mr. Hack

    https://twitter.com/MyLordBebo/status/1782350416153329803

    Saw open legs & immediately knew whore LOL.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN, @Beckow, @Gerard1234

    Even more amusingly, this (admittedly good looking) whore is from Kharkov. I had never heard of her before but it looks like she gained some attention for making a video of returning to Kharkov after leaving it at start of SMO.

    What’s amusing? It appears upto this last month she is self-described “best friends” and travelling in America or Bali or wherever…. with Russia’s most known and richest sex-actress!

    Something Romanova & Elfie is her name (I certainly don’t watch this type of stuff, but she is frequently in newspaper, radio, news portal etc so very easy to have heard of her – though I certainly wouldn’t class her in top 25% of Russian women )

    This khokhol-whore filming probable lesbian sex stuff with Russias most famous in this sector, obviously raises her profile massively and increases her earning potential from perverts.

    That is khokholism in a microcosm – be a whore in some form- physical, moral, business. Use this whoring to gain money, fame or power from Russians.

    Then further use this money gained from parasiting off Russians to travel or live in the West.

    Then maintain this western lifestyle by inventing khokhol credentials and slandering the Russia that made this possible. LOL

  197. AP says:
    @Beckow
    @AP


    ...Beckow finds it entertaining when Slavs slaughter Slavs, he’ll be gleefully watching it for another year or so.
     
    You are reading me wrong. It is a tragedy, but it is happening so one might as well get something out of it. Like Titanic was a tragedy, but a good lesson in what not to do. You need to see this as an evolutionary story - who has it and who doesn't.

    You and I disagree on who screwed up and made the catastrophic circus happen. But at the end it is not we who will assess the impact: it is the reality and who wins and who loses. On that we also disagree, although I have noticed you have gone from "offensive to take back Crimea!" (I am exaggerating!) to predicting a stalemate.

    It is unlikely it will end in a stalemate - too much is invested by both sides and all the red lines have been crossed. Nobody is going to take their marbles and go home. This will be a wipe-out victory. Russia started out stronger, but messed around a bit before they got momentum - it is theirs to lose. The Ukies showed no speed and then they quit - how are they going to turn that around?

    It is f..ing entertaining, this only happens once or twice per century. And when will we ever get a hirsute short Eastern European Jew in sweatpants going from playing a piano with his d..k (in public!) to threatening to destroy the world. This is cultural gold, people will talk about it for decades. (Not the Ukies, they will be mostly gone, but we will have quite some memories. I hope it doesn't end next year...the lesson has to be thorough.)

    Replies: @AP

    You are reading me wrong. It is a tragedy, but it is happening so one might as well get something out of it.

    In your case, entertainment.

    You are a very sick person.

    I have noticed you have gone from “offensive to take back Crimea!” (I am exaggerating!) to predicting a stalemate.

    I have always said the most likely result will be a stalemate, with a smaller than 50% chance that the Ukrainians break through in the South.

    The chance of a Ukrainian breakthrough would be close to zero if the Americans walked away. Now it is back.

    It is unlikely it will end in a stalemate

    Do you think that the Russians will be able to capture Kharkiv (population 1.5 million, huge tunnels well-fortified after 2 years of war) or Zaporizhia (population 1 million, also well-fortified) or cross the bridgeless Dnipro river to retake Kherson, capture Mikolaiv (well-fortified, population 500,000) en route to taking Odessa (population 1 million)? Remember how long and with how many deaths it took to take Avdiivka (population 30,000).

    Conversely, there is no way that Ukraine could storm and take large cities like Donetsk or Horlivka.

    So the ultimate lines will be somewhere between these cities. Maybe Russia takes the rest of mostly rural Donbas still controlled by Ukraine, or retakes eastern Kharkiv province, or moves north from the Crimean corridor to the very gates of Zaporizhia. Maybe Ukraine moves south and retakes the Crimean corridor. From there, Crimea itself (at least the northern areas) becomes a possibility. Probably another 100,00o troops on each side would die in these attempts. But nobody is going to sacrifice 400,000+ killed or so for a “total victory” in the East and South by capturing the large well-fortified and hostile cities. It is not really the 1940s any more.

    Beyond the battlefield, both sides will probably inflict a lot of damage on each country’s civilian infrastructure. This can be worse for Russia, which has much colder and deadlier winters than Ukraine does, with less opportunity to resettle civilians (Ukrainians can move West, where will millions in the Volga region go when they lose heating and electricity and it is -30 outside. Novosibirsk cnn’t handle that many).

    I think in 2025 it will be clear what Ukraine can get from the USA, and both sides will be tired enough. So there should be peace by then.

    This is cultural gold, people will talk about it for decades. (Not the Ukies, they will be mostly gone

    If the Ukrainians are “mostly gone” they will have resettled in Europe, as had occurred in previous barbarian invasions when peoples were pushed to the west and south. How many people you figure Slovakia would end up with? At least a million. Your people will be weaker than they are, and less likely to fight. How will you adjust to such a new reality? You can console yourselves by saying you were swamped by fellow Slavs, unlike the Western Euros.

    But fortunately it won’t come to that, because there will be stalemate of some kind.

    I hope it doesn’t end next year…the lesson has to be thorough

    I know you don’t. It’s the kind of person you are.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AP


    Maybe Russia takes the rest of mostly rural Donbas
     
    And maybe they take more, there are a lot of rural areas in Ukraine that are effectively not defensible at this point. It is really up to how far Russia wants to go. Cities are traps - with no power, water, supplies they can hold out (at huge suffering) for only so long. It has been like that throughout the history. Only Russia's concern for humanity can constrain it. The Frenchie army is not marching in to save anyone.

    At some point even the most fanatical resistance runs out of steam (or live bodies and ammunition). Large parts of Ukraine - maybe majority now - are not pro-Kiev or pro-Russia, they just want the war to be over. See the videos of the Ukie men chased by the draft goons - it is very sad, but it doesn't look like the Ukies want to fight and die anymore. No matter how much Johnson and 'kill all Russians!' maniac Graham want it.

    It will be not be as stalemate. Either a small loss for Kiev-Nato or a bigger one. It was built into the situation from the beginning, you just refused to see it.


    I hope it doesn’t end next year…the lesson has to be thorough

    I know you don’t. It’s the kind of person you are.
     

    You don't know me, I am usually a pacifist: live and let live. But mistakes have consequences in human evolution: Nato-in-Ukraine was a catastrophic mistake, a very bad idea. That's why you now deny it - it is embarrassing to be that stupid. It takes some time to cure people of bad ideas and some don't make it through the cure.

    It wasn't my preference, I wanted for Ukraine to have peace and normal relations with all neighbors. They chose differently, it has to have consequences, the world is like that.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @AP

    , @Cesar1191
    @AP


    I think in 2025 it will be clear what Ukraine can get from the USA, and both sides will be tired enough. So there should be peace by then.

     

    Hopefully the war ends soon, but unfortunately, that may be overly optimistic. It seems plausible that unless Russia suffers some kind of economic or political collapse, or Ukraine has some major battlefield victories and is able to credibly threaten Crimea, Russia may just continue.

    It's important to think about incentives here.

    If Ukraine can threaten Crimea, then Putin has an incentive to give up his ambitions and offer a good deal to Ukraine in order to avoid losing Crimea. If Russia collapses or has a regime change, then the new government or governments may have an incentive to give up the war in order to focus on domestic matters. Barring such scenarios, the incentive is probably for Russia to just keep going, at least until they hit some hard limit on resources and political capital, which we have no knowledge of when that might be, but it's probably not 2025.

    Russia has lost too much, Putin needs to bring something big to show that it was all worth it. Furthermore, Putin does not want to see a free and secure Ukraine prospering like its neighbor, so if he fails to conquer Ukraine, the incentive for him is to make Ukraine a failed state in a permanent state of insecurity, over which Russia can continually exercise power or threaten with a new invasion. This is why it will likely be difficult to get a deal from Putin that includes Ukraine's right to join NATO, unless one of the two scenarios above ends up happening.

    Then it is also important to think about the incentives for Ukraine here. The Ukrainian government may want Crimea and Donbas back, but much more than that, they want a guarantee that Russia will not invade again. If Ukraine signs a bad deal, which leaves the country vulnerable to another invasion or constant threats to Russia, it's going to be really difficult to attract foreign direct investment into Ukraine, and it's going to be really difficult to convince Ukrainians not to emigrate if the country ends in a permanent state of poverty and insecurity.

    Of course, the Ukrainian government may end up signing a bad deal if they are left with no other option, whether because the lines are collapsing and the Russian military is advancing or because they have reached some hard limit on their resources, they may end up not having a choice, but as long as they have choices, they will choose to fight for a good deal. This is because they know, that depending on the agreement they sign, it could mean long-term success or failure of Ukraine.

    If the Ukrainians are “mostly gone” they will have resettled in Europe, as had occurred in previous barbarian invasions when peoples were pushed to the west and south. How many people you figure Slovakia would end up with? At least a million. Your people will be weaker than they are, and less likely to fight. How will you adjust to such a new reality? You can console yourselves by saying you were swamped by fellow Slavs, unlike the Western Euros.

     

    I'm not 100% sure about Slovakia, but Ukrainian immigrants are quite popular in almost every country in Europe, polls always show this. Western European countries are especially excited to receive good immigrants, as a counterbalance to all the terrible immigrants they received, and the truth is that Ukrainians, like most European immigrants, will intermarry with the locals, learn the local language and become indistinguishable from the natives of the countries where they go.

    This situation is a double-edged sword for Ukraine. On the one hand, it's a good thing that Ukrainian children have a place to go, and that in general, Ukrainians are not trapped between an expansionist Russia and a hard border with no one on the other side to accept them. On the other hand, this means that the Ukrainian government will have to compete with the West for its own citizens, and obviously that is not fair, given the West's advantages, and the fact that Russia is attacking Ukraine.

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

  198. @Beckow
    @Mikhail

    It amounts to freezing the non-existing stalemate - and it is not enforceable. The West lies, they use treaties as tools and leave them once they are not useful.

    The real lesson of Finland for Russia is that they can't trust the West - Finns got off lightly after WW2 - they were murderous Nazi allies responsible for hundreds of thousands dead in St. Petersburg. Russia let them off when they committed to neutrality. Helsinki betrayed that last year.

    How can Russia take any promise of "no Nato in Ukraine?" seriously after Finland? No matter how formal and how much the Ukies and Nato swear that they mean it. Russia will ignore promises and treaties and simply control the ground. It makes the 5-point plan irrelevant.

    The only way to avoid it is to defeat Russia. The Ukies can't do it, and can you see hundreds of thousands Westies lining up to die for it? I don't think so. That makes the final outcome rather obvious.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. Hack, @John Johnson

    The West lies, they use treaties as tools and leave them once they are not useful.

    Who has remained loyal to the ideas that formed the basis for the Budapest Memorandum? Who’s abandoned the principles of respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and the prohibition of crossing its borders and fomenting war, the West or Russia? These principles have 0nly been discarded by one signatory that no longer finds them to be useful.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Mr. Hack

    Budapest Memorandum isn't legally binding unlike the UNSC approved Minks Accords. Post-Soviet Ukraine didn't have operating control over the nuclear arsenal on its territory.

    Kiev regime, Germany and France admitted to signing the Minsk Accords without ever intending to honor it. Instead, to buy time when a militarily stronger Ukraine could takeover the rebel held Donbass territory. Stoltenberg acknowledged a war like situation in the former Ukrainian SSR in the years leading up to the 2/24/22 initiated SMO. He added that NATO was arming and training the Kiev regime forces during that time period.

    Just prior to the SMO, there was a dramatic increase in Kiev regime shelling of Donbass as noted by OSCE observers. Going back further was the violation of the power sharing agreement between Yanukovych and the opposition.

    Continued neutrality and honoring the power sharing agreement are key factors to what led to the SMO. BTW, there're two internationally signed documents involving NATO states, Russia and Ukraine, stating that an expanded military alliance shouldn't be at the expense of the security of another nation.

    Lindsey Graham, Lloyd Austin, Mitch McConnell, the Economist editor and others have clearly indicated a proxy war looking to weaken Russia without Western forces being directly involved in the fighting. They're okay with Ukrainians dying en masse as opposed to the reasonable diplomatic process favored by Russia and some others.

    , @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack

    Budapest Memorandum was based on Ukraine's neutrality - it was not a Treaty and Russia didn't ratify it, it was a 'letter of intent'. Kiev then explicitly violated the neutrality part by putting membership in Nato in its Constitution.

    Nato broke its declared intent not to expand eastward that was the basis for ending Cold War. US also broke the ABM treaty by placing missiles in Poland and Romania. US-UK-EU broke UN Charter by starting aggressive wars in Serbia, Iraq, Syria - all were explicitly against the UN Charter.

    France-Germany-Ukraine proudly broke the Minsk deal that would have prevented this war - they were even boasting about how they "tricked Russia, to buy time..."

    I don't think Russia will fall for it again. The horrible price will be paid for by Ukraine. Too bad, but constant cheating and dishonesty always have a price. Kiev identifies with Nato: they own Nato aggressive wars and massive killing of civilians, bombing of Beograd...

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  199. Russians dumped in trenches without food or water

    THEY SHOULD GET ONLINE AND GO TO UNZ

    THEN THEY CAN LEARN THAT EVERYTHING IS FINE

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @John Johnson

    The Russian people wont tolerate this treatment of its soldiers forever, and only underscores the barbarism of Putler and his ruling clique of henchmen.

    https://static.kyivpost.com/storage/2024/02/08/dac49f16f8b96805743a02811dcbbbaa.jpg?w=1280&q=90&f=webp

    Replies: @John Johnson

  200. @Derer
    @Mr. Hack

    Orest...this looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship with JJ. Keep trolling.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Is paying somebody a compliment your idea of trolling somebody? You really are a screwed up little kremlin stooge. Are you a recent graduate of kremlin troll school? Just out of curiosity, how much are you being paid to monitor this website?

    • Replies: @Derer
    @Mr. Hack


    ...how much are you being paid to monitor this website?
     
    You lost your marbles...I do it for free. BTW, I just managed to obtain your IP, expect the unexpected knock on your doors.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Derer

  201. @songbird
    If you are renting a yacht, don't go with one where the skipper is on his sixth wife.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluebelle_(ship)

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    The script reads like some very macabre story designed to be the background for an Alfred Hitchcock film. What led you to read about this incident in the first place?

    There’s a very good classic Polish film “Knife in the Water” directed by Roman Polanski that has some similar creepy undertones:


    Its plot follows a husband and wife who are accompanied on a boating trip by a young male hitchhiker, who spurs a number of escalating confrontations between the couple.

    • Thanks: songbird
    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    What led you to read about this incident in the first place?
     
    I don't usually go in for these crime stories, but I had heard about the girl being rescued, and I wanted to find out what happened to the killer and whether he displayed any psychopathic traits beforehand.

    IMO, the story contains a few interesting elements. It is kind of curious how it basically was the dentist's relative wealth that led to selecting the path to tragedy (i.e. going on a cruise vacation in a yacht skippered by a psycho.)

    Makes me wonder what the death toll of insurance scams has been. I recall this case:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Keith_Jr.

    There were also these:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffin_ship_(insurance)
    , @Gerard1234
    @Mr. Hack

    Without having seen this Polanski film, it does sound to be very similar to a film called "Dead Calm" starring the guy from Jurassic Park and Nicole Kidman.

    An English-language remake of it?

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  202. Damn look at how much better the Ukrainians have gotten at using FPVs against tanks:

    They knew right where to put it.

    Incredible

  203. @Mr. Hack
    @Beckow


    The West lies, they use treaties as tools and leave them once they are not useful.
     
    Who has remained loyal to the ideas that formed the basis for the Budapest Memorandum? Who's abandoned the principles of respecting Ukraine's sovereignty and the prohibition of crossing its borders and fomenting war, the West or Russia? These principles have 0nly been discarded by one signatory that no longer finds them to be useful.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Beckow

    Budapest Memorandum isn’t legally binding unlike the UNSC approved Minks Accords. Post-Soviet Ukraine didn’t have operating control over the nuclear arsenal on its territory.

    Kiev regime, Germany and France admitted to signing the Minsk Accords without ever intending to honor it. Instead, to buy time when a militarily stronger Ukraine could takeover the rebel held Donbass territory. Stoltenberg acknowledged a war like situation in the former Ukrainian SSR in the years leading up to the 2/24/22 initiated SMO. He added that NATO was arming and training the Kiev regime forces during that time period.

    Just prior to the SMO, there was a dramatic increase in Kiev regime shelling of Donbass as noted by OSCE observers. Going back further was the violation of the power sharing agreement between Yanukovych and the opposition.

    Continued neutrality and honoring the power sharing agreement are key factors to what led to the SMO. BTW, there’re two internationally signed documents involving NATO states, Russia and Ukraine, stating that an expanded military alliance shouldn’t be at the expense of the security of another nation.

    Lindsey Graham, Lloyd Austin, Mitch McConnell, the Economist editor and others have clearly indicated a proxy war looking to weaken Russia without Western forces being directly involved in the fighting. They’re okay with Ukrainians dying en masse as opposed to the reasonable diplomatic process favored by Russia and some others.

  204. @Mr. Hack
    @Beckow


    The West lies, they use treaties as tools and leave them once they are not useful.
     
    Who has remained loyal to the ideas that formed the basis for the Budapest Memorandum? Who's abandoned the principles of respecting Ukraine's sovereignty and the prohibition of crossing its borders and fomenting war, the West or Russia? These principles have 0nly been discarded by one signatory that no longer finds them to be useful.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Beckow

    Budapest Memorandum was based on Ukraine’s neutrality – it was not a Treaty and Russia didn’t ratify it, it was a ‘letter of intent’. Kiev then explicitly violated the neutrality part by putting membership in Nato in its Constitution.

    Nato broke its declared intent not to expand eastward that was the basis for ending Cold War. US also broke the ABM treaty by placing missiles in Poland and Romania. US-UK-EU broke UN Charter by starting aggressive wars in Serbia, Iraq, Syria – all were explicitly against the UN Charter.

    France-Germany-Ukraine proudly broke the Minsk deal that would have prevented this war – they were even boasting about how they “tricked Russia, to buy time…”

    I don’t think Russia will fall for it again. The horrible price will be paid for by Ukraine. Too bad, but constant cheating and dishonesty always have a price. Kiev identifies with Nato: they own Nato aggressive wars and massive killing of civilians, bombing of Beograd…

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Beckow

    I'm not aware of any stipulations about Ukraine's "neutrality" within this document, nor for that matter of any prohibitions of Ukraine ceasing any attempts to explore NATO involvement on its territories? Where, exactly are these requirements spelled out within this document?

    Replies: @Beckow

  205. @John Johnson
    Russians dumped in trenches without food or water

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icb2Q1URqQY

    THEY SHOULD GET ONLINE AND GO TO UNZ

    THEN THEY CAN LEARN THAT EVERYTHING IS FINE

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    The Russian people wont tolerate this treatment of its soldiers forever, and only underscores the barbarism of Putler and his ruling clique of henchmen.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. Hack

    The Russian people wont tolerate this treatment of its soldiers forever, and only underscores the barbarism of Putler and his ruling clique of henchmen.

    How a government treats its frontline soldiers tells you all you need to know. Leaving men without food or water shows that you value them as no better than the enemy. Their lives are meaningless.

    Putin is dumping conscripts in trenches and basically telling them to die in order to reduce Ukrainian artillery stocks by one.

    It's eerily similar to how Russians fought in WW2.

    Even when the Germans were retreating the Russians would use mindless wave tactics where they would try to storm a position and without any plan whatsoever.

    There are stories where Germans had to abandon their trenches because they ran out of bullets. Russians would be stacked on top of each other and they would keep coming. The Germans would take out a few more with a shovel and then run away. More like a zombie movie than a battle.

    Replies: @Mikhail

  206. @Beckow
    @Mikhail

    It amounts to freezing the non-existing stalemate - and it is not enforceable. The West lies, they use treaties as tools and leave them once they are not useful.

    The real lesson of Finland for Russia is that they can't trust the West - Finns got off lightly after WW2 - they were murderous Nazi allies responsible for hundreds of thousands dead in St. Petersburg. Russia let them off when they committed to neutrality. Helsinki betrayed that last year.

    How can Russia take any promise of "no Nato in Ukraine?" seriously after Finland? No matter how formal and how much the Ukies and Nato swear that they mean it. Russia will ignore promises and treaties and simply control the ground. It makes the 5-point plan irrelevant.

    The only way to avoid it is to defeat Russia. The Ukies can't do it, and can you see hundreds of thousands Westies lining up to die for it? I don't think so. That makes the final outcome rather obvious.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Mr. Hack, @John Johnson

    How can Russia take any promise of “no Nato in Ukraine?” seriously after Finland?

    How can Finland take Russian promises of “we don’t want war, it’s just a training exercise” seriously after invading Ukraine?

    This is like attacking your neighbor and then getting upset when the other one puts up cameras and fences.

    How dare you prepare for the exact scenario that I said wouldn’t happen before I did it.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @John Johnson

    It is a chicken-and-egg: an action leads to a reaction. Since we are in an all-out war it is irrelevant. What matters is that Russia can use Finland's betrayal of its neutrality - gift from Russia after WW2 - to refuse similar promise with Ukraine.

    Russia has placed short-distance nukes on the Finnish border, they can vaporize Helsinki in 5 minutes. Finnish territory is now a primary target and their safety is gone. Maybe it doesn't matter, but how are Finns better off? Only a complete raving maniac could claim that Russia was planning to march into Finland or Sweden. They exchanged peace and tranquility for being on the front-line in a nuclear exchange. If anything happens they will be the first to go. Maybe a good thing, but still, why?

    Replies: @John Johnson

    , @Derer
    @John Johnson

    Johnny, You should know that NATO in Finland is actually more detrimental to Finland than Russia. Joining sinking ship instead of neutrality is really stupid for Finland. In NATO, everything is done under duress and the duress-or resides in Washington.

    The cohesion is fragile actually even arms calibration is different among members and the bickering is increasing by the day because of the money and purpose. The end is near, actually the cold war relic is drifting aimlessly at the moment.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Mr. Hack

  207. @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    The script reads like some very macabre story designed to be the background for an Alfred Hitchcock film. What led you to read about this incident in the first place?

    There's a very good classic Polish film "Knife in the Water" directed by Roman Polanski that has some similar creepy undertones:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/31/N%C3%B3%C5%BC_w_wodzie_%28movie_poster%29.jpg
    Its plot follows a husband and wife who are accompanied on a boating trip by a young male hitchhiker, who spurs a number of escalating confrontations between the couple.

    Replies: @songbird, @Gerard1234

    What led you to read about this incident in the first place?

    I don’t usually go in for these crime stories, but I had heard about the girl being rescued, and I wanted to find out what happened to the killer and whether he displayed any psychopathic traits beforehand.

    IMO, the story contains a few interesting elements. It is kind of curious how it basically was the dentist’s relative wealth that led to selecting the path to tragedy (i.e. going on a cruise vacation in a yacht skippered by a psycho.)

    Makes me wonder what the death toll of insurance scams has been. I recall this case:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Keith_Jr.

    There were also these:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffin_ship_(insurance)

  208. @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack

    Budapest Memorandum was based on Ukraine's neutrality - it was not a Treaty and Russia didn't ratify it, it was a 'letter of intent'. Kiev then explicitly violated the neutrality part by putting membership in Nato in its Constitution.

    Nato broke its declared intent not to expand eastward that was the basis for ending Cold War. US also broke the ABM treaty by placing missiles in Poland and Romania. US-UK-EU broke UN Charter by starting aggressive wars in Serbia, Iraq, Syria - all were explicitly against the UN Charter.

    France-Germany-Ukraine proudly broke the Minsk deal that would have prevented this war - they were even boasting about how they "tricked Russia, to buy time..."

    I don't think Russia will fall for it again. The horrible price will be paid for by Ukraine. Too bad, but constant cheating and dishonesty always have a price. Kiev identifies with Nato: they own Nato aggressive wars and massive killing of civilians, bombing of Beograd...

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    I’m not aware of any stipulations about Ukraine’s “neutrality” within this document, nor for that matter of any prohibitions of Ukraine ceasing any attempts to explore NATO involvement on its territories? Where, exactly are these requirements spelled out within this document?

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack

    Get your head out of the sand...maybe google NY Times archives and read what everyone said about it at that time: Kiev gives up access to the Soviet nukes on its territory and pledges neutrality.

    It was a memorandum, an MOU. Do you know what a memorandum is? It outlines in a non-binding form what each side promises to do. Russia and the West took it as 'nukes for neutrality'. If you planned to trick them and parse the words it was the wrong format.

    Memorandums are non-binding, they are about trust. If Kiev-Nato deceived the other side, they broke that trust and there is no Memorandum. That's the way MOUs work in business and diplomacy...it is not a 'contract' or a 'treaty'. If you are too unsophisticated to know this you are better off hiding it...:)

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  209. One of the problems with the latest arms bill is that more US military commissioned officers will die in Ukraine. This will be used as an excuse to increase censorship of any information from the the conflict. This censorship will be a direct result of the US meddling and aggression which the Ukies of Unz support (UoU). Great job, morons.

    All wars lead to expanded censorship which is never fully rolled back. Therefore information control continually ratchets up. The end game now visible is that all media will be fakes generated by dumb government trolls using AI.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @QCIC

    Enhanced mission creep scenario. Making it easier to spy on American citizens serves as an offset to curtail this matter.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  210. @Mr. Hack
    @John Johnson

    The Russian people wont tolerate this treatment of its soldiers forever, and only underscores the barbarism of Putler and his ruling clique of henchmen.

    https://static.kyivpost.com/storage/2024/02/08/dac49f16f8b96805743a02811dcbbbaa.jpg?w=1280&q=90&f=webp

    Replies: @John Johnson

    The Russian people wont tolerate this treatment of its soldiers forever, and only underscores the barbarism of Putler and his ruling clique of henchmen.

    How a government treats its frontline soldiers tells you all you need to know. Leaving men without food or water shows that you value them as no better than the enemy. Their lives are meaningless.

    Putin is dumping conscripts in trenches and basically telling them to die in order to reduce Ukrainian artillery stocks by one.

    It’s eerily similar to how Russians fought in WW2.

    Even when the Germans were retreating the Russians would use mindless wave tactics where they would try to storm a position and without any plan whatsoever.

    There are stories where Germans had to abandon their trenches because they ran out of bullets. Russians would be stacked on top of each other and they would keep coming. The Germans would take out a few more with a shovel and then run away. More like a zombie movie than a battle.

    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @John Johnson

    Really a crying matter, with laughing as an offset. Kiev regime press ganging older folks who go into battle with light training along with the defend to the end MO and reckless frontal assaults.

  211. How Armenia destroyed in just a few years what it had spent decades building

    https://www-anti--spiegel-ru.translate.goog/2024/wie-armenien-in-wenigen-jahren-zerstoert-hat-was-es-in-jahrzehnten-aufgebaut-hatte/?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=de&_x_tr_pto=wapp

    That link is to an auto translate. Writer lives in S. Petersberg. There are a couple links there my browser is barfing on and this one might not work for everybody.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I am still surprised that the wealthy Armenian diaspora could not stop this Pashinyan mess. I guess these people were educated in the West and were just too stupid to see what was going on. This Armenia stupidity is one of the dumbest geopolitical moves ever, so they may be even dimmer than the Ukies. Armenia is surrounded on three sides by rabid hungry dogs. What they need to trade to Russia to ensure their security is tiny compared to what they are giving up. I suppose there must be some wealthy anti-Soviet Armenians in the diaspora who are inconsolable and the West (Soros, MI6, CIA) has captured their hearts and minds. Maybe they were surprised and confused by the maturation of the DICh countries.

    The Armenian people should feed Pashinyan and his complete team to the pigs immediately and lead the sincere formation of Caucasus Christian Union with Georgia and Russia. They can consummate this deal by expeditiously sending several tens of thousands of trained volunteer troops to Russia for combat duty in Ukraine to become hardened pros. This would require a reciprocal security agreement so that Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iraq or Kurds do not take advantage of the opportunity of reduced forces at home. Armenians and Georgians could also play a small but valuable third-party role in the policing and rebuilding of the immediate post-SMO era in Ukraine, assuming Russia can filter out or crush most of the opportunistic crooks.

  212. @John Johnson
    @Mr. Hack

    The Russian people wont tolerate this treatment of its soldiers forever, and only underscores the barbarism of Putler and his ruling clique of henchmen.

    How a government treats its frontline soldiers tells you all you need to know. Leaving men without food or water shows that you value them as no better than the enemy. Their lives are meaningless.

    Putin is dumping conscripts in trenches and basically telling them to die in order to reduce Ukrainian artillery stocks by one.

    It's eerily similar to how Russians fought in WW2.

    Even when the Germans were retreating the Russians would use mindless wave tactics where they would try to storm a position and without any plan whatsoever.

    There are stories where Germans had to abandon their trenches because they ran out of bullets. Russians would be stacked on top of each other and they would keep coming. The Germans would take out a few more with a shovel and then run away. More like a zombie movie than a battle.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    Really a crying matter, with laughing as an offset. Kiev regime press ganging older folks who go into battle with light training along with the defend to the end MO and reckless frontal assaults.

  213. @QCIC
    One of the problems with the latest arms bill is that more US military commissioned officers will die in Ukraine. This will be used as an excuse to increase censorship of any information from the the conflict. This censorship will be a direct result of the US meddling and aggression which the Ukies of Unz support (UoU). Great job, morons.

    All wars lead to expanded censorship which is never fully rolled back. Therefore information control continually ratchets up. The end game now visible is that all media will be fakes generated by dumb government trolls using AI.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    Enhanced mission creep scenario. Making it easier to spy on American citizens serves as an offset to curtail this matter.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Mikhail

    Well, in your case as I recall, the FBI is quite open about interrogating you. Or do you think that they're now tapping your phones too?

  214. Could the obesity crisis be a conspiracy to reduce violent crime by making the criminally-inclined too fat to offend? (except the eyes.)
    ________
    Interesting decline in massacres. I wonder if the timeline was just Western (as I’d guess) or universal.

    https://www.lefineder.com/p/the-pacification-of-war?publication_id=1412291&post_id=143685277&isFreemail=true&r=67yii&triedRedirect=true

    I recall reading Camden’s account of Smerwick and finding it a little strange, as IIRC, it mentioned something like a tear standing in Lord Grey’s eye (am exaggerating slightly), after he did what was necessary. Of course, this was after Grey had became a political target.

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

    I believe Grey’s own account of what he did in Ireland was destroyed in a fire, which was a great loss to history. I very deeply wanted to read a certain part of it, to confirm a theory I had.

    Anyway, my own idea is that the decline might be related to the creation of popular histories using the printing press, that Camden’s tear comment is related.

  215. Did you have an equivalent video of Ukrainian conscripts:

    1. Being told to scrounge for tampons for bullet wounds
    2. Being handed rusty AK-47s
    3. Being told to return to a trench even though they have 1 magazine for 5 people
    4. Being told that 2 weeks training is enough
    5. Showing strange blue food in an MRE
    6. Showing rotten food that they are expected to eat
    7. Dropped in a trench without food or water

    The world can see which side views their own soldiers as trash.

    Just as the world can see which side scrambled for washing machines and dishwashers at the start of the war. There will be no unseeing the Russian stealing the children’s train.

    Russians make their own image globally just like Blacks in the US. It isn’t some Anglo conspiracy. When a Black thug runs out of a mini mart with his pants down after trying to rob the place for $15 there wasn’t some Anglo named Ted that was responsible.

    The cringe is real.

    Good luck with your PR attempts at trying to deny the obvious. Must have been nice when Russian Tsars of the past didn’t have to deal with that pesky Anglo invention called the internet and could hide the appalling conditions of their soldiers.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @John Johnson

    Keep carrying on like a svidomite troll along with your racist outbursts. Russian soldiers are far better equipped and trained than those of the Kiev regime.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  216. @Mikhail
    @QCIC

    Enhanced mission creep scenario. Making it easier to spy on American citizens serves as an offset to curtail this matter.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Well, in your case as I recall, the FBI is quite open about interrogating you. Or do you think that they’re now tapping your phones too?

  217. @Mikhail
    @Beckow

    I just received this reply in line with you:


    That train has left a long time ago. Considering what people like Medvedev and some other Russian politicians are saying, they will never trust the West again, and agreements would be useless, they say, since they will not be respected by the West. Sanctions have hurt the West more than Russia, which is in the process of forming alternatives to past relationships with the West. Sad, but the West's delusions of grandeur and faith in their own propaganda about "Russian weakness"etc., have created this situation.

     

    Convoluted Kiev regime and its main backers won't accept it at this time. Your point leads to the trust but verify matter leading to the strictly enforced note which could involve a Russian military presence in places like Odessa and Kharkov. It'll need to be clearly worded in detail with UN approval to provide enough security for Russia to go along with.

    We could go another year or two with the Kiev regime weakened even more and Russia stronger with added territory.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …West’s delusions of grandeur and faith in their own propaganda about “Russian weakness”etc., have created this situation.

    Westies seem particularly prone to believe in propaganda. They are possibly not very smart or live busy lives with all that cubicle work calling each other to sell stuff. No time to think. The physical stuff again beat self-aggrandizement.

    clearly worded in detail with UN approval…

    We are beyond words, they are now to only describe what is happening. UN is irrelevant – you can’t have Washington call Palau or 100 other minor dependencies and take that seriously. Security Council will stay but be mostly blocked. The rest of UN is effectively dead: pricey NY party circuit.

    Let’s see, what third-rate vassals will be chosen this year for a guest appearance on the Security Council? Will it be Albania or Malta? The suspense is unbearable, who will it be this year…almost as suspenseful as what Ukies-are-suffering and Russia is bad! documentary will get the Oscar.

    Those institutions are all brain-dead, Macron got that right but forgot to mention that they died from the self-inflicted Western narcissism, special people who insists on making the rules but don’t follow them. Time to move on.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Beckow

    KFOR in Kosovo leads to why not CSTO in the former Ukrainian SSR at some point? The Yugo 1999 action is a neocon confirmation of might making right. There will be some form of Russian victory on Russian terms with an agreement which Russia will feel secure enough.

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Beckow


    Westies seem particularly prone to believe in propaganda.
     
    Boiling the frog.

    Scott Alexander and Zvi Mowshowitz have written at tedious length how the rule book has been totally re-written and only the obsessed or savvy can keep up. See here:

    https://thezvi.substack.com/p/on-bounded-distrust

    He thinks anthropogenic global warming and Ivermectin ineffectiveness at covid are proven factual. Even some obsessed savvy thinkers are hosed. Ron Unz believes Jeffrey Sachs.
    , @S1
    @Beckow


    Westies seem particularly prone to believe in propaganda.
     
    Every person should read Edward L Bernays' disturbing 1928 book Propaganda excerpted and linked below. In my opinion the book would more accurately be called Brainwash and the tactics described within (which Bernays is all for) should be outlawed and actively policed against.

    Bernays is seen as something like the godfather of modern mass advertising in the United States. While no doubt there's plenty of propaganda to spare the world over, with this book being published in the US, America and it's satellite states no doubt got more than their fair share of propagandization.

    This book was published almost a hundred years ago in 1928. God only knows where the 'technology' in this field is at today.

    The easy anecdote of course is to turn off the TV and radio, and other devices, and to engage in original and independent thought.


    https://archive.org/details/BernaysPropaganda/mode/1up

    We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of....They govern us by their qualities of natural leadership, their ability to supply needed ideas and by their key position in the social structure....Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country...It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.'


    Propaganda - CHAPTER I - ORGANIZING CHAOS

    The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

    We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of
    the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.

    Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet.
     


    continued

    'They govern us by their qualities of natural leadership, their ability to supply needed ideas and by their key position in the social structure. Whatever attitude one chooses to take toward this condition, it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons — a trifling fraction of our hundred and twenty million — who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.

     

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  218. @John Johnson
    Did you have an equivalent video of Ukrainian conscripts:

    1. Being told to scrounge for tampons for bullet wounds
    2. Being handed rusty AK-47s
    3. Being told to return to a trench even though they have 1 magazine for 5 people
    4. Being told that 2 weeks training is enough
    5. Showing strange blue food in an MRE
    6. Showing rotten food that they are expected to eat
    7. Dropped in a trench without food or water

    The world can see which side views their own soldiers as trash.

    Just as the world can see which side scrambled for washing machines and dishwashers at the start of the war. There will be no unseeing the Russian stealing the children's train.

    Russians make their own image globally just like Blacks in the US. It isn't some Anglo conspiracy. When a Black thug runs out of a mini mart with his pants down after trying to rob the place for $15 there wasn't some Anglo named Ted that was responsible.

    The cringe is real.

    Good luck with your PR attempts at trying to deny the obvious. Must have been nice when Russian Tsars of the past didn't have to deal with that pesky Anglo invention called the internet and could hide the appalling conditions of their soldiers.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    Keep carrying on like a svidomite troll along with your racist outbursts. Russian soldiers are far better equipped and trained than those of the Kiev regime.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mikhail

    Keep carrying on like a svidomite troll along with your racist outbursts. Russian soldiers are far better equipped and trained than those of the Kiev regime.

    So you have no comparable video showing similar conditions for Ukrainians. Got it.

    Did you see this in the news?

    American goes to fight for Russian values, gets killed and buttraped by Russian soldiers
    https://nypost.com/2024/04/20/world-news/pro-kremlin-texan-russell-bentley-found-dead-in-ukraine/

    Here he is showing an award for softest ass they could find in combat:
    https://ukranews.com/upload/media/2024/04/20/6623862e8a965-file-17fd6f988cb425163219d05c2dae1c25.jpg.webp

    He was at one time a pot advocate and Communist:
    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/russell-texas-bentley-putin-propaganda-ukraine-interview-1315433/

    Oh and born into a wealthy family which is common for our confused radical leftists.

    Boy Putin really attracts some quality Americans.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Matra, @QCIC

  219. @AP
    @Beckow


    You are reading me wrong. It is a tragedy, but it is happening so one might as well get something out of it.
     
    In your case, entertainment.

    You are a very sick person.


    I have noticed you have gone from “offensive to take back Crimea!” (I am exaggerating!) to predicting a stalemate.
     
    I have always said the most likely result will be a stalemate, with a smaller than 50% chance that the Ukrainians break through in the South.

    The chance of a Ukrainian breakthrough would be close to zero if the Americans walked away. Now it is back.


    It is unlikely it will end in a stalemate
     
    Do you think that the Russians will be able to capture Kharkiv (population 1.5 million, huge tunnels well-fortified after 2 years of war) or Zaporizhia (population 1 million, also well-fortified) or cross the bridgeless Dnipro river to retake Kherson, capture Mikolaiv (well-fortified, population 500,000) en route to taking Odessa (population 1 million)? Remember how long and with how many deaths it took to take Avdiivka (population 30,000).

    Conversely, there is no way that Ukraine could storm and take large cities like Donetsk or Horlivka.

    So the ultimate lines will be somewhere between these cities. Maybe Russia takes the rest of mostly rural Donbas still controlled by Ukraine, or retakes eastern Kharkiv province, or moves north from the Crimean corridor to the very gates of Zaporizhia. Maybe Ukraine moves south and retakes the Crimean corridor. From there, Crimea itself (at least the northern areas) becomes a possibility. Probably another 100,00o troops on each side would die in these attempts. But nobody is going to sacrifice 400,000+ killed or so for a "total victory" in the East and South by capturing the large well-fortified and hostile cities. It is not really the 1940s any more.

    Beyond the battlefield, both sides will probably inflict a lot of damage on each country's civilian infrastructure. This can be worse for Russia, which has much colder and deadlier winters than Ukraine does, with less opportunity to resettle civilians (Ukrainians can move West, where will millions in the Volga region go when they lose heating and electricity and it is -30 outside. Novosibirsk cnn't handle that many).

    I think in 2025 it will be clear what Ukraine can get from the USA, and both sides will be tired enough. So there should be peace by then.


    This is cultural gold, people will talk about it for decades. (Not the Ukies, they will be mostly gone
     
    If the Ukrainians are "mostly gone" they will have resettled in Europe, as had occurred in previous barbarian invasions when peoples were pushed to the west and south. How many people you figure Slovakia would end up with? At least a million. Your people will be weaker than they are, and less likely to fight. How will you adjust to such a new reality? You can console yourselves by saying you were swamped by fellow Slavs, unlike the Western Euros.

    But fortunately it won't come to that, because there will be stalemate of some kind.


    I hope it doesn’t end next year…the lesson has to be thorough
     
    I know you don't. It's the kind of person you are.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Cesar1191

    Maybe Russia takes the rest of mostly rural Donbas

    And maybe they take more, there are a lot of rural areas in Ukraine that are effectively not defensible at this point. It is really up to how far Russia wants to go. Cities are traps – with no power, water, supplies they can hold out (at huge suffering) for only so long. It has been like that throughout the history. Only Russia’s concern for humanity can constrain it. The Frenchie army is not marching in to save anyone.

    At some point even the most fanatical resistance runs out of steam (or live bodies and ammunition). Large parts of Ukraine – maybe majority now – are not pro-Kiev or pro-Russia, they just want the war to be over. See the videos of the Ukie men chased by the draft goons – it is very sad, but it doesn’t look like the Ukies want to fight and die anymore. No matter how much Johnson and ‘kill all Russians!’ maniac Graham want it.

    It will be not be as stalemate. Either a small loss for Kiev-Nato or a bigger one. It was built into the situation from the beginning, you just refused to see it.

    I hope it doesn’t end next year…the lesson has to be thorough

    I know you don’t. It’s the kind of person you are.

    You don’t know me, I am usually a pacifist: live and let live. But mistakes have consequences in human evolution: Nato-in-Ukraine was a catastrophic mistake, a very bad idea. That’s why you now deny it – it is embarrassing to be that stupid. It takes some time to cure people of bad ideas and some don’t make it through the cure.

    It wasn’t my preference, I wanted for Ukraine to have peace and normal relations with all neighbors. They chose differently, it has to have consequences, the world is like that.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    Nato-in-Ukraine was a catastrophic mistake, a very bad idea. That’s why you now deny it – it is embarrassing to be that stupid.

    Ukraine was not in NATO nor were they in the process of applying.

    Would you describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a good idea?

    Did NATO expand further East before or after the invasion?

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @AP
    @Beckow


    Maybe Russia takes the rest of mostly rural Donbas

    And maybe they take more, there are a lot of rural areas in Ukraine that are effectively not defensible at this point.
     
    Not really. Otherwise Russia would be moving a lot faster and more easily, without mass casualties.

    Neither side would be able to take the big cities on the map:

    https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/static/maps/UP-map.jpg

    Cities are traps – with no power, water, supplies they can hold out (at huge suffering) for only so long.
     
    Besieging and surrounding a large city like Kharkiv would take what - a million soldiers?

    This isn't World War II.

    Large parts of Ukraine – maybe majority now – are not pro-Kiev or pro-Russia, they just want the war to be over
     
    So says the guy who insisted Ukrainians would surrender in a few weeks.

    Another example of your deep knowledge of the country.

    It will be not be as stalemate. Either a small loss for Kiev-Nato or a bigger one
     
    Prediction: you will creatively interpret a stalemate as a Russian victory.

    Replies: @Derer

  220. @Emil Nikola Richard
    How Armenia destroyed in just a few years what it had spent decades building

    https://www-anti--spiegel-ru.translate.goog/2024/wie-armenien-in-wenigen-jahren-zerstoert-hat-was-es-in-jahrzehnten-aufgebaut-hatte/?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=de&_x_tr_pto=wapp

    That link is to an auto translate. Writer lives in S. Petersberg. There are a couple links there my browser is barfing on and this one might not work for everybody.

    Replies: @QCIC

    I am still surprised that the wealthy Armenian diaspora could not stop this Pashinyan mess. I guess these people were educated in the West and were just too stupid to see what was going on. This Armenia stupidity is one of the dumbest geopolitical moves ever, so they may be even dimmer than the Ukies. Armenia is surrounded on three sides by rabid hungry dogs. What they need to trade to Russia to ensure their security is tiny compared to what they are giving up. I suppose there must be some wealthy anti-Soviet Armenians in the diaspora who are inconsolable and the West (Soros, MI6, CIA) has captured their hearts and minds. Maybe they were surprised and confused by the maturation of the DICh countries.

    The Armenian people should feed Pashinyan and his complete team to the pigs immediately and lead the sincere formation of Caucasus Christian Union with Georgia and Russia. They can consummate this deal by expeditiously sending several tens of thousands of trained volunteer troops to Russia for combat duty in Ukraine to become hardened pros. This would require a reciprocal security agreement so that Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iraq or Kurds do not take advantage of the opportunity of reduced forces at home. Armenians and Georgians could also play a small but valuable third-party role in the policing and rebuilding of the immediate post-SMO era in Ukraine, assuming Russia can filter out or crush most of the opportunistic crooks.

  221. @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    The script reads like some very macabre story designed to be the background for an Alfred Hitchcock film. What led you to read about this incident in the first place?

    There's a very good classic Polish film "Knife in the Water" directed by Roman Polanski that has some similar creepy undertones:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/31/N%C3%B3%C5%BC_w_wodzie_%28movie_poster%29.jpg
    Its plot follows a husband and wife who are accompanied on a boating trip by a young male hitchhiker, who spurs a number of escalating confrontations between the couple.

    Replies: @songbird, @Gerard1234

    Without having seen this Polanski film, it does sound to be very similar to a film called “Dead Calm” starring the guy from Jurassic Park and Nicole Kidman.

    An English-language remake of it?

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Gerard1234


    An English-language remake of it?


    What's the matter, don't your pan-slavic skills extend to understanding the Polish language? The film certainly can be found with English subtitles. Probably with Russian ones too. I'm glad that I know Ukrainian and don't have any difficulties with understanding either Polish or Russian.

    I've never seen "Dead Calm" but since you think that it's interesting, I'll give it a whirl sometime. How's the preparation going for your dacha garden this year?

  222. @Mr. Hack
    @Beckow

    I'm not aware of any stipulations about Ukraine's "neutrality" within this document, nor for that matter of any prohibitions of Ukraine ceasing any attempts to explore NATO involvement on its territories? Where, exactly are these requirements spelled out within this document?

    Replies: @Beckow

    Get your head out of the sand…maybe google NY Times archives and read what everyone said about it at that time: Kiev gives up access to the Soviet nukes on its territory and pledges neutrality.

    It was a memorandum, an MOU. Do you know what a memorandum is? It outlines in a non-binding form what each side promises to do. Russia and the West took it as ‘nukes for neutrality‘. If you planned to trick them and parse the words it was the wrong format.

    Memorandums are non-binding, they are about trust. If Kiev-Nato deceived the other side, they broke that trust and there is no Memorandum. That’s the way MOUs work in business and diplomacy…it is not a ‘contract’ or a ‘treaty’. If you are too unsophisticated to know this you are better off hiding it…:)

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Beckow


    maybe google NY Times archives and read what everyone said about it at that time: Kiev gives up access to the Soviet nukes on its territory and pledges neutrality.
     
    I'm not interested in what you or some other journalist felt about the Memorandum when it first came out. I only asked you to point out where exactly within the document one can find anything about Ukraine remaining neutral, or its exclusion from any NATO involvement. If you can't answer these simple questions, I'm left to believe that these topics were never included within the document.
  223. @Mikhail
    @John Johnson

    Keep carrying on like a svidomite troll along with your racist outbursts. Russian soldiers are far better equipped and trained than those of the Kiev regime.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Keep carrying on like a svidomite troll along with your racist outbursts. Russian soldiers are far better equipped and trained than those of the Kiev regime.

    So you have no comparable video showing similar conditions for Ukrainians. Got it.

    Did you see this in the news?

    American goes to fight for Russian values, gets killed and buttraped by Russian soldiers
    https://nypost.com/2024/04/20/world-news/pro-kremlin-texan-russell-bentley-found-dead-in-ukraine/

    Here he is showing an award for softest ass they could find in combat:
    He was at one time a pot advocate and Communist:
    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/russell-texas-bentley-putin-propaganda-ukraine-interview-1315433/

    Oh and born into a wealthy family which is common for our confused radical leftists.

    Boy Putin really attracts some quality Americans.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @John Johnson

    Not like your favorite girly man:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR4sRLMFb-w

    Plenty of footage showing Kiev regime personnel in dire conditions. What you provide as proof for Russia is UK mass media BS like the ones saying Russians have to fight with shovels and need computer chips from washing machines.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    , @Matra
    @John Johnson

    I tried to listen to an interview with this Bentley guy about six months ago but had to give up due to his comically archaic commie way of talking. Every other word was 'Fascist' or 'Nazi', obviously when referring to anyone who was not on the Russian side. It was like something out of a time capsule but maybe that's how Donbass people talk.

    , @QCIC
    @John Johnson

    The Rolling Stone interview is interesting and adds some clarity to why Bentley ended up over there.

  224. Women who volunteer to go to Africa should perhaps be sent to antiwokeness camps instead:

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @songbird

    Women who volunteer to go to Africa should perhaps be sent to antiwokeness camps instead:

    Africa is best anti-wokeness camp they can go to. Most White liberals have been around Northern mulattoes and not actual Bantu.

    Heck a 2 week internship in Baltimore is all it takes.

    Most realize that liberalism is a lie and move on.

    The woman in the video is aware of race but still sides with Wokeness and believes in lying.

    That is a pretty common peace corp experience for liberal White women. They realize that race is real but still sleep with a few locals. They either renounce liberalism or take the position that society should lie and then they marry a White man. It's similar to the Mormon outreach. They do their year of service and then go back to the burbs to start a White family. The difference is that most liberals come back knowing that their religion is a lie. They think White men will all become Nazis if the White women of the world don't maintain a false religion that says race is just painty color. But behind the scenes they don't believe it and want their kids to have genes for the honor role.

    Replies: @songbird

  225. @Beckow
    @AP


    Maybe Russia takes the rest of mostly rural Donbas
     
    And maybe they take more, there are a lot of rural areas in Ukraine that are effectively not defensible at this point. It is really up to how far Russia wants to go. Cities are traps - with no power, water, supplies they can hold out (at huge suffering) for only so long. It has been like that throughout the history. Only Russia's concern for humanity can constrain it. The Frenchie army is not marching in to save anyone.

    At some point even the most fanatical resistance runs out of steam (or live bodies and ammunition). Large parts of Ukraine - maybe majority now - are not pro-Kiev or pro-Russia, they just want the war to be over. See the videos of the Ukie men chased by the draft goons - it is very sad, but it doesn't look like the Ukies want to fight and die anymore. No matter how much Johnson and 'kill all Russians!' maniac Graham want it.

    It will be not be as stalemate. Either a small loss for Kiev-Nato or a bigger one. It was built into the situation from the beginning, you just refused to see it.


    I hope it doesn’t end next year…the lesson has to be thorough

    I know you don’t. It’s the kind of person you are.
     

    You don't know me, I am usually a pacifist: live and let live. But mistakes have consequences in human evolution: Nato-in-Ukraine was a catastrophic mistake, a very bad idea. That's why you now deny it - it is embarrassing to be that stupid. It takes some time to cure people of bad ideas and some don't make it through the cure.

    It wasn't my preference, I wanted for Ukraine to have peace and normal relations with all neighbors. They chose differently, it has to have consequences, the world is like that.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @AP

    Nato-in-Ukraine was a catastrophic mistake, a very bad idea. That’s why you now deny it – it is embarrassing to be that stupid.

    Ukraine was not in NATO nor were they in the process of applying.

    Would you describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a good idea?

    Did NATO expand further East before or after the invasion?

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...Ukraine was not in NATO nor were they in the process of applying.
     
    We went over this: the war is about the Nato's expansion to Ukraine. You lie desperately, but nobody with a triple-digit IQ takes you seriously. Or you are really that stupid.

    Would you describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a good idea?
     
    The war has stopped the inevitable Nato-in-Ukraine threat that they deemed to be worse. It is up to them to judge it, ask them if it is worth it. US would act the same, and did many times based on more limited or even made-up threats.

    You are losing the war. Calm down, enjoy your Walmart, and stop lying to yourself.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  226. @songbird
    Women who volunteer to go to Africa should perhaps be sent to antiwokeness camps instead:

    https://youtu.be/tLNtD67lnUY?si=KD92tFyhzIvno5RZ

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Women who volunteer to go to Africa should perhaps be sent to antiwokeness camps instead:

    Africa is best anti-wokeness camp they can go to. Most White liberals have been around Northern mulattoes and not actual Bantu.

    Heck a 2 week internship in Baltimore is all it takes.

    Most realize that liberalism is a lie and move on.

    The woman in the video is aware of race but still sides with Wokeness and believes in lying.

    That is a pretty common peace corp experience for liberal White women. They realize that race is real but still sleep with a few locals. They either renounce liberalism or take the position that society should lie and then they marry a White man. It’s similar to the Mormon outreach. They do their year of service and then go back to the burbs to start a White family. The difference is that most liberals come back knowing that their religion is a lie. They think White men will all become Nazis if the White women of the world don’t maintain a false religion that says race is just painty color. But behind the scenes they don’t believe it and want their kids to have genes for the honor role.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @John Johnson


    Africa is best anti-wokeness camp they can go to.
     
    I don't know if it works. A lot of them are looking for social media clout and to get ahead.

    Maher was in Ethiopia with UNICEF . Probably other places too.

    If the women in the video actually slept with locals, she probably has HIV.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  227. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    Nato-in-Ukraine was a catastrophic mistake, a very bad idea. That’s why you now deny it – it is embarrassing to be that stupid.

    Ukraine was not in NATO nor were they in the process of applying.

    Would you describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a good idea?

    Did NATO expand further East before or after the invasion?

    Replies: @Beckow

    …Ukraine was not in NATO nor were they in the process of applying.

    We went over this: the war is about the Nato’s expansion to Ukraine. You lie desperately, but nobody with a triple-digit IQ takes you seriously. Or you are really that stupid.

    Would you describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a good idea?

    The war has stopped the inevitable Nato-in-Ukraine threat that they deemed to be worse. It is up to them to judge it, ask them if it is worth it. US would act the same, and did many times based on more limited or even made-up threats.

    You are losing the war. Calm down, enjoy your Walmart, and stop lying to yourself.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    We went over this: the war is about the Nato’s expansion to Ukraine. You lie desperately, but nobody with a triple-digit IQ takes you seriously. Or you are really that stupid.

    What is the lie? Did Ukraine qualify for NATO with a contended border? Were they in the process of applying?

    Putin said the war is about stopping the Eastward expansion of NATO and that has failed by the addition of Finland.

    I don't believe that the war was primarily about NATO but that is what Putin claimed and I will hold him to his word and not the conveniently updated goals his forum defense force.

    Note that Prigozhin also did not believe the war was about NATO or Neo-Nazis. He said it was about egos and I agree. I believe this is another Tsar trying to expand the empire and turn Ukraine into Russia. Former DPR leader Igor Girkin is on record stating that the DPR movement was a Russian operation. Putin's own former allies have called him a liar but you think he is still worth defending. Kind of like Trump defenders. Hint: Not a good sign when your former allies turn against you.

    The war has stopped the inevitable Nato-in-Ukraine threat that they deemed to be worse.

    How would Ukraine in NATO be inevitable if they weren't able to apply with a contended border? Wouldn't it make more sense to keep the border contended and only resort to war once they had gotten passed the application process? You do acknowledge that prior to 2021 both France and Germany were opposed to the admission of Ukraine?

    You are losing the war. Calm down, enjoy your Walmart, and stop lying to yourself.

    I do enjoy Walmart and Putin cannot win with Finland in NATO. It would prevent his clearly stated goal of stopping the Eastward expansion with NATO. The best he can hope for is an armistice with defined borders over DPR/LPR which ironically would put Ukraine closer to qualifying.

    I enjoy my life just fine. You are better off worrying about Russians in trenches that don't have food or water.

  228. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    How can Russia take any promise of “no Nato in Ukraine?” seriously after Finland?

    How can Finland take Russian promises of "we don't want war, it's just a training exercise" seriously after invading Ukraine?

    This is like attacking your neighbor and then getting upset when the other one puts up cameras and fences.

    How dare you prepare for the exact scenario that I said wouldn't happen before I did it.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Derer

    It is a chicken-and-egg: an action leads to a reaction. Since we are in an all-out war it is irrelevant. What matters is that Russia can use Finland’s betrayal of its neutrality – gift from Russia after WW2 – to refuse similar promise with Ukraine.

    Russia has placed short-distance nukes on the Finnish border, they can vaporize Helsinki in 5 minutes. Finnish territory is now a primary target and their safety is gone. Maybe it doesn’t matter, but how are Finns better off? Only a complete raving maniac could claim that Russia was planning to march into Finland or Sweden. They exchanged peace and tranquility for being on the front-line in a nuclear exchange. If anything happens they will be the first to go. Maybe a good thing, but still, why?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    Russia has placed short-distance nukes on the Finnish border, they can vaporize Helsinki in 5 minutes.

    Do explain the advantage of short-distance nukes on either side when submarines on both sides will destroy the world in any nuclear exchange. A single trident sub can take out most of the Russian population.

    Maybe it doesn’t matter, but how are Finns better off?

    They don't have to worry about an angry dwarf invading them. Ukraine was the example of what can happen if you aren't in NATO and border Russia.

    On Russian State TV they openly talk of the Baltics belonging to them. Are we to believe that Putin would not have invaded them if they did not have NATO protection? Putin spoke of the USSR as an extension of Russian Imperialism. Why would they not invade the Baltics if they believe that they should be under Russian rule? In street interviews the Russian people get angry when the subject of the Baltics come up as if they are lost territory. Very similar to German views of Poland in the 1920s and 30s.

    Only a complete raving maniac could claim that Russia was planning to march into Finland or Sweden.

    Finland would be quite easy to take when compared to Ukraine. They have a tiny population that is mostly accessible by port.

    Of course Finland is better off in NATO. Why take a 1/100 chance of Putin deciding that Finland is part of historical Russia?

    If Ukraine had listened to NATO they would be in a much better position today. NATO countries warned Zelensky of an impending attack through Belarus and he expected Putin to negotiate first. If they had setup even two howitzers the attack from the North would have been smashed. It came through a single bridge and the surrounding area is swampland. NATO expertise was proven as valuable while the angry dwarf had lied the entire time about it being a training exercise. Scott Ritter is on video swearing that Russia won't attack because they don't do such things. He said that anyone who believes Russia will attack doesn't understand them. That was from Scott Ritter, convicted sex criminal and Russian military expert.

    Putin swore that he wouldn't invade Ukraine. Do you remember that? Where he had Lavrov scream at the UN for making such wild allegations?

    But an invasion of Finland would be a genuine wild allegation, right? That is what you are saying?

    Replies: @Beckow

  229. Sher Singh says:
    @Sher Singh
    https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/640459736919048202/1232385022267494410/image.png?ex=6629437d&is=6627f1fd&hm=ae681489f55defd902f48b71fa1164620c843de00a19213d5fe22acc39719ead&=&format=webp&quality=lossless

    https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/640459736919048202/1232385022498177145/image.png?ex=6629437d&is=6627f1fd&hm=86c76d5905a24c8977e98128632f706fe4f477e415b6aca148d11151f3b12532&=&format=webp&quality=lossless

    Thoughts?

    Replies: @Sher Singh

    Jews abhor horses & Jesus rode a donkey.
    Arabs used to be taken by Ethiopian slavers.

    How the fuck did people convert to this?
    It’s the most AnAryan stuff possible.

    BRO IMAGINE A NOBILITY WHICH REJECTS HORSES AND WEAPONS

    LMFAO

    I seriously can’t consider people without an equestrian tradition to be human.

    They’re slaves

    [MORE]

    https://johntsquires.com/2023/03/27/why-jesus-never-did-and-never-would-ride-a-horse-for-palm-sunday-lent-6/

    https://teachingforsotzambia.com/2019/06/26/why-did-israel-not-use-horses/

    Forbids harems, hunting & horses.

    🤮🤮🤮☠️

    There are guidelines for men: they may not ride an animal bareback—they are required to use a saddle.

    LOL

    https://halacha2go.com/php/h2go/home2.php?number=635

    Literal Sullah can’t stand to pee tier.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Sher Singh

    Am too lazy to look it up, but I thought Tolkien said he admired Jews and based Dwarves on them because he appreciated their war-like nature.

    Anyway, isn't it always the US (one of the most warlike countries) trying to hold Israel back?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Sher Singh

  230. @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...Ukraine was not in NATO nor were they in the process of applying.
     
    We went over this: the war is about the Nato's expansion to Ukraine. You lie desperately, but nobody with a triple-digit IQ takes you seriously. Or you are really that stupid.

    Would you describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a good idea?
     
    The war has stopped the inevitable Nato-in-Ukraine threat that they deemed to be worse. It is up to them to judge it, ask them if it is worth it. US would act the same, and did many times based on more limited or even made-up threats.

    You are losing the war. Calm down, enjoy your Walmart, and stop lying to yourself.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    We went over this: the war is about the Nato’s expansion to Ukraine. You lie desperately, but nobody with a triple-digit IQ takes you seriously. Or you are really that stupid.

    What is the lie? Did Ukraine qualify for NATO with a contended border? Were they in the process of applying?

    Putin said the war is about stopping the Eastward expansion of NATO and that has failed by the addition of Finland.

    I don’t believe that the war was primarily about NATO but that is what Putin claimed and I will hold him to his word and not the conveniently updated goals his forum defense force.

    Note that Prigozhin also did not believe the war was about NATO or Neo-Nazis. He said it was about egos and I agree. I believe this is another Tsar trying to expand the empire and turn Ukraine into Russia. Former DPR leader Igor Girkin is on record stating that the DPR movement was a Russian operation. Putin’s own former allies have called him a liar but you think he is still worth defending. Kind of like Trump defenders. Hint: Not a good sign when your former allies turn against you.

    The war has stopped the inevitable Nato-in-Ukraine threat that they deemed to be worse.

    How would Ukraine in NATO be inevitable if they weren’t able to apply with a contended border? Wouldn’t it make more sense to keep the border contended and only resort to war once they had gotten passed the application process? You do acknowledge that prior to 2021 both France and Germany were opposed to the admission of Ukraine?

    You are losing the war. Calm down, enjoy your Walmart, and stop lying to yourself.

    I do enjoy Walmart and Putin cannot win with Finland in NATO. It would prevent his clearly stated goal of stopping the Eastward expansion with NATO. The best he can hope for is an armistice with defined borders over DPR/LPR which ironically would put Ukraine closer to qualifying.

    I enjoy my life just fine. You are better off worrying about Russians in trenches that don’t have food or water.

  231. @Beckow
    @John Johnson

    It is a chicken-and-egg: an action leads to a reaction. Since we are in an all-out war it is irrelevant. What matters is that Russia can use Finland's betrayal of its neutrality - gift from Russia after WW2 - to refuse similar promise with Ukraine.

    Russia has placed short-distance nukes on the Finnish border, they can vaporize Helsinki in 5 minutes. Finnish territory is now a primary target and their safety is gone. Maybe it doesn't matter, but how are Finns better off? Only a complete raving maniac could claim that Russia was planning to march into Finland or Sweden. They exchanged peace and tranquility for being on the front-line in a nuclear exchange. If anything happens they will be the first to go. Maybe a good thing, but still, why?

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Russia has placed short-distance nukes on the Finnish border, they can vaporize Helsinki in 5 minutes.

    Do explain the advantage of short-distance nukes on either side when submarines on both sides will destroy the world in any nuclear exchange. A single trident sub can take out most of the Russian population.

    Maybe it doesn’t matter, but how are Finns better off?

    They don’t have to worry about an angry dwarf invading them. Ukraine was the example of what can happen if you aren’t in NATO and border Russia.

    On Russian State TV they openly talk of the Baltics belonging to them. Are we to believe that Putin would not have invaded them if they did not have NATO protection? Putin spoke of the USSR as an extension of Russian Imperialism. Why would they not invade the Baltics if they believe that they should be under Russian rule? In street interviews the Russian people get angry when the subject of the Baltics come up as if they are lost territory. Very similar to German views of Poland in the 1920s and 30s.

    Only a complete raving maniac could claim that Russia was planning to march into Finland or Sweden.

    Finland would be quite easy to take when compared to Ukraine. They have a tiny population that is mostly accessible by port.

    Of course Finland is better off in NATO. Why take a 1/100 chance of Putin deciding that Finland is part of historical Russia?

    If Ukraine had listened to NATO they would be in a much better position today. NATO countries warned Zelensky of an impending attack through Belarus and he expected Putin to negotiate first. If they had setup even two howitzers the attack from the North would have been smashed. It came through a single bridge and the surrounding area is swampland. NATO expertise was proven as valuable while the angry dwarf had lied the entire time about it being a training exercise. Scott Ritter is on video swearing that Russia won’t attack because they don’t do such things. He said that anyone who believes Russia will attack doesn’t understand them. That was from Scott Ritter, convicted sex criminal and Russian military expert.

    Putin swore that he wouldn’t invade Ukraine. Do you remember that? Where he had Lavrov scream at the UN for making such wild allegations?

    But an invasion of Finland would be a genuine wild allegation, right? That is what you are saying?

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @John Johnson


    ...Only a complete raving maniac could claim that Russia was planning to march into Finland or Sweden.

    Finland would be quite easy to take when compared to Ukraine.
     

    We have found the raving maniac and it is you. Good, the Finns are safe, if the nukes start it is better to be in the early phase. It is possible that will be the only phase and Vienna, Budapest, Zurich will be spared, but why not volunteer to be vaporized? Finns have lived up to their reputation as the world's suicide champions...

    If the odds are 1 to 100 that Russia would march into Finland (I think more like 1 to 10k, but whatever) and the odds of a nuclear war between Nato and Russia are today 1 to 10, any rational person would know what to do. But the Scandies are not very rational, they are just very obedient and conformist and people mistake that for smarts. They were rolled by the Anglo hustlers and not for the first time.

    Finns can now go and visit their long border with Russia to take pictures of the missiles pointing at them. In 5 minutes it could be all over, comforting. If the Finns-Nato put in their own missiles maybe the fireworks will start earlier. It is a d..k measuring exercise, nobody wins that.

    Your other stuff is just incoherent nonsense that doesn't address what others said - you may very well actually be a bot. I still think you are more likely a very ordinary 'merican with no knowledge of the region and some ethnic ties. And the usual 'merican militant narcissism: "we can and they can't!"

  232. @John Johnson
    @songbird

    Women who volunteer to go to Africa should perhaps be sent to antiwokeness camps instead:

    Africa is best anti-wokeness camp they can go to. Most White liberals have been around Northern mulattoes and not actual Bantu.

    Heck a 2 week internship in Baltimore is all it takes.

    Most realize that liberalism is a lie and move on.

    The woman in the video is aware of race but still sides with Wokeness and believes in lying.

    That is a pretty common peace corp experience for liberal White women. They realize that race is real but still sleep with a few locals. They either renounce liberalism or take the position that society should lie and then they marry a White man. It's similar to the Mormon outreach. They do their year of service and then go back to the burbs to start a White family. The difference is that most liberals come back knowing that their religion is a lie. They think White men will all become Nazis if the White women of the world don't maintain a false religion that says race is just painty color. But behind the scenes they don't believe it and want their kids to have genes for the honor role.

    Replies: @songbird

    Africa is best anti-wokeness camp they can go to.

    I don’t know if it works. A lot of them are looking for social media clout and to get ahead.

    Maher was in Ethiopia with UNICEF . Probably other places too.

    If the women in the video actually slept with locals, she probably has HIV.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @songbird


    Africa is best anti-wokeness camp they can go to.
     
    I don’t know if it works. A lot of them are looking for social media clout and to get ahead.

    Oh it completely works. The ones on social media are basically modern televangelists.

    Most drop the religion but a minority goes from the True Believer camp to the Deceivers. They become racial realist liberals. They accept race and believe that lying and blaming Whites is the only solution.

    Maher was in Ethiopia with UNICEF . Probably other places too.

    Maher is a racial realist. So are most liberals on television. They know.

    If the women in the video actually slept with locals, she probably has HIV.

    It's actually difficult to get HIV from vaginal sex. I guarantee that she slept with at least two of them. Women that visit the third world are tempted by casual sex that doesn't go on their record. Meaning it won't trace back to them. The third world can also be pretty boring. Whites project their own personalities and assume third worlders are just like them but with less stuff. The noble native.

    HIV numbers in Africa were exaggerated and that was confirmed by the WHO. We also don't know how much of it is spread by anal sex or their strange "dry sex" phenomenon. No one in the West is going to study this honestly for obvious reasons.

    Replies: @songbird

  233. @Gerard1234
    @Mr. Hack

    Without having seen this Polanski film, it does sound to be very similar to a film called "Dead Calm" starring the guy from Jurassic Park and Nicole Kidman.

    An English-language remake of it?

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    An English-language remake of it?

    What’s the matter, don’t your pan-slavic skills extend to understanding the Polish language? The film certainly can be found with English subtitles. Probably with Russian ones too. I’m glad that I know Ukrainian and don’t have any difficulties with understanding either Polish or Russian.

    I’ve never seen “Dead Calm” but since you think that it’s interesting, I’ll give it a whirl sometime. How’s the preparation going for your dacha garden this year?

  234. @Sher Singh
    @Sher Singh

    Jews abhor horses & Jesus rode a donkey.
    Arabs used to be taken by Ethiopian slavers.

    How the fuck did people convert to this?
    It's the most AnAryan stuff possible.

    BRO IMAGINE A NOBILITY WHICH REJECTS HORSES AND WEAPONS

    LMFAO

    I seriously can't consider people without an equestrian tradition to be human.

    They're slaves


    https://johntsquires.com/2023/03/27/why-jesus-never-did-and-never-would-ride-a-horse-for-palm-sunday-lent-6/

    https://teachingforsotzambia.com/2019/06/26/why-did-israel-not-use-horses/

    Forbids harems, hunting & horses.

    🤮🤮🤮☠️


    There are guidelines for men: they may not ride an animal bareback—they are required to use a saddle.

    LOL

    https://halacha2go.com/php/h2go/home2.php?number=635

    Literal Sullah can't stand to pee tier.

    Replies: @songbird

    Am too lazy to look it up, but I thought Tolkien said he admired Jews and based Dwarves on them because he appreciated their war-like nature.

    Anyway, isn’t it always the US (one of the most warlike countries) trying to hold Israel back?

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @songbird


    Anyway, isn’t it always the US (one of the most warlike countries) trying to hold Israel back?
     
    You mean a recent aid package to Israel is meant to hold it back, rather than help continue its crimes against humanity? Seems counter-intuitive. How exactly is this supposed to work?

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird

    , @Sher Singh
    @songbird

    https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/777361459130138627/1233716753503096953/IMG_20240427_031015.png?ex=662e1bc3&is=662cca43&hm=bcec575b0862d7dac42997564469e07fc9a0171ef4a4a65e9d1c29838a056db1&=&format=webp&quality=lossless&width=507&height=676

    Surprised how much small details matter.
    If u tie paracord & stop that bit at the end from dangling free the handling changes massively.

    With the free hang the momentum from one strike carries over to the next.
    It almost flies out of your hands without gloves.


    https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/777361459130138627/1233716751766913055/e4e21239-7e82-465f-9ad6-088fde2a7a4e.png?ex=662e1bc2&is=662cca42&hm=936fae1dc5cc830a9c5b0746aea5c3f158a1541244253fc93a085fe882b4cf2d&=&format=webp&quality=lossless&width=507&height=676

    Locked down like this & it's almost a boring feeling blade similar to my old Talwar.

    Look brhe, Jesus rode a donkey.

    Being war-like in a soldierly fashion ain't the same as having a harem.

    Monogamy is almost sexist because by destroying harems & clans the only female institution left is the brothel.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  235. @Beckow
    @Mr. Hack

    Get your head out of the sand...maybe google NY Times archives and read what everyone said about it at that time: Kiev gives up access to the Soviet nukes on its territory and pledges neutrality.

    It was a memorandum, an MOU. Do you know what a memorandum is? It outlines in a non-binding form what each side promises to do. Russia and the West took it as 'nukes for neutrality'. If you planned to trick them and parse the words it was the wrong format.

    Memorandums are non-binding, they are about trust. If Kiev-Nato deceived the other side, they broke that trust and there is no Memorandum. That's the way MOUs work in business and diplomacy...it is not a 'contract' or a 'treaty'. If you are too unsophisticated to know this you are better off hiding it...:)

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    maybe google NY Times archives and read what everyone said about it at that time: Kiev gives up access to the Soviet nukes on its territory and pledges neutrality.

    I’m not interested in what you or some other journalist felt about the Memorandum when it first came out. I only asked you to point out where exactly within the document one can find anything about Ukraine remaining neutral, or its exclusion from any NATO involvement. If you can’t answer these simple questions, I’m left to believe that these topics were never included within the document.

    • Troll: Derer
  236. @Beckow
    @Mikhail


    ...West’s delusions of grandeur and faith in their own propaganda about “Russian weakness”etc., have created this situation.
     
    Westies seem particularly prone to believe in propaganda. They are possibly not very smart or live busy lives with all that cubicle work calling each other to sell stuff. No time to think. The physical stuff again beat self-aggrandizement.

    clearly worded in detail with UN approval...
     
    We are beyond words, they are now to only describe what is happening. UN is irrelevant - you can't have Washington call Palau or 100 other minor dependencies and take that seriously. Security Council will stay but be mostly blocked. The rest of UN is effectively dead: pricey NY party circuit.

    Let's see, what third-rate vassals will be chosen this year for a guest appearance on the Security Council? Will it be Albania or Malta? The suspense is unbearable, who will it be this year...almost as suspenseful as what Ukies-are-suffering and Russia is bad! documentary will get the Oscar.

    Those institutions are all brain-dead, Macron got that right but forgot to mention that they died from the self-inflicted Western narcissism, special people who insists on making the rules but don't follow them. Time to move on.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Emil Nikola Richard, @S1

    KFOR in Kosovo leads to why not CSTO in the former Ukrainian SSR at some point? The Yugo 1999 action is a neocon confirmation of might making right. There will be some form of Russian victory on Russian terms with an agreement which Russia will feel secure enough.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Mikhail


    ...There will be some form of Russian victory on Russian terms with an agreement which Russia will feel secure enough.
     
    It looks like that. The only unknown is what the hysterical Westie neo-cons whose red lines have been crossed will do to delay it. They can buy time with more dead Ukies. Maybe even others, my guess would be Poles or Romanians, there are too few Balts to matter.

    The agreement will be a description of the reality is on the ground, not vice versa. We are back to pre-agreement days. Those were more fun anyway...:)

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  237. @Beckow
    @Mikhail


    ...West’s delusions of grandeur and faith in their own propaganda about “Russian weakness”etc., have created this situation.
     
    Westies seem particularly prone to believe in propaganda. They are possibly not very smart or live busy lives with all that cubicle work calling each other to sell stuff. No time to think. The physical stuff again beat self-aggrandizement.

    clearly worded in detail with UN approval...
     
    We are beyond words, they are now to only describe what is happening. UN is irrelevant - you can't have Washington call Palau or 100 other minor dependencies and take that seriously. Security Council will stay but be mostly blocked. The rest of UN is effectively dead: pricey NY party circuit.

    Let's see, what third-rate vassals will be chosen this year for a guest appearance on the Security Council? Will it be Albania or Malta? The suspense is unbearable, who will it be this year...almost as suspenseful as what Ukies-are-suffering and Russia is bad! documentary will get the Oscar.

    Those institutions are all brain-dead, Macron got that right but forgot to mention that they died from the self-inflicted Western narcissism, special people who insists on making the rules but don't follow them. Time to move on.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Emil Nikola Richard, @S1

    Westies seem particularly prone to believe in propaganda.

    Boiling the frog.

    Scott Alexander and Zvi Mowshowitz have written at tedious length how the rule book has been totally re-written and only the obsessed or savvy can keep up. See here:

    https://thezvi.substack.com/p/on-bounded-distrust

    He thinks anthropogenic global warming and Ivermectin ineffectiveness at covid are proven factual. Even some obsessed savvy thinkers are hosed. Ron Unz believes Jeffrey Sachs.

  238. @Mr. Hack
    @Derer

    Is paying somebody a compliment your idea of trolling somebody? You really are a screwed up little kremlin stooge. Are you a recent graduate of kremlin troll school? Just out of curiosity, how much are you being paid to monitor this website?

    Replies: @Derer

    …how much are you being paid to monitor this website?

    You lost your marbles…I do it for free. BTW, I just managed to obtain your IP, expect the unexpected knock on your doors.

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

    If you show up at my door, I hope that you're wearing a hard hat. I HAVE A SPECIAL HARD STICK THAT I USE ON INTRUDERS LIKE YOU.

    Replies: @Derer

    , @Derer
    @Derer

    I heard that you are usually sitting on the porch and shooting everything that moves. Using a stick? My goodness you are like Ukrainian army.

  239. @John Johnson
    @Mikhail

    Keep carrying on like a svidomite troll along with your racist outbursts. Russian soldiers are far better equipped and trained than those of the Kiev regime.

    So you have no comparable video showing similar conditions for Ukrainians. Got it.

    Did you see this in the news?

    American goes to fight for Russian values, gets killed and buttraped by Russian soldiers
    https://nypost.com/2024/04/20/world-news/pro-kremlin-texan-russell-bentley-found-dead-in-ukraine/

    Here he is showing an award for softest ass they could find in combat:
    https://ukranews.com/upload/media/2024/04/20/6623862e8a965-file-17fd6f988cb425163219d05c2dae1c25.jpg.webp

    He was at one time a pot advocate and Communist:
    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/russell-texas-bentley-putin-propaganda-ukraine-interview-1315433/

    Oh and born into a wealthy family which is common for our confused radical leftists.

    Boy Putin really attracts some quality Americans.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Matra, @QCIC

    Not like your favorite girly man:

    Plenty of footage showing Kiev regime personnel in dire conditions. What you provide as proof for Russia is UK mass media BS like the ones saying Russians have to fight with shovels and need computer chips from washing machines.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mikhail

    Plenty of footage showing Kiev regime personnel in dire conditions.

    Ok go ahead and show the equivalent of Ukrainians not having food or water. Let's see it.

    What you provide as proof for Russia is UK mass media BS like the ones saying Russians have to fight with shovels and need computer chips from washing machines.

    All the videos I have provided in relation to the conditions of the training facilities and trenches were cell phone videos taken from Russians. Most were originally posted to telegram by conscripts.

    Are you stating that the reports of Russians stripping chips from appliances are false?

    Why would that be hard to believe given the Russian dependence on Western computer chips? Anger management dwarf didn't check his import dependencies:

    Russian business hit hard by tech sanctions
    https://www.ft.com/content/caf2cd3c-1f42-4e4a-b24b-c0ed803a6245

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Mikhail

  240. @songbird
    @John Johnson


    Africa is best anti-wokeness camp they can go to.
     
    I don't know if it works. A lot of them are looking for social media clout and to get ahead.

    Maher was in Ethiopia with UNICEF . Probably other places too.

    If the women in the video actually slept with locals, she probably has HIV.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Africa is best anti-wokeness camp they can go to.

    I don’t know if it works. A lot of them are looking for social media clout and to get ahead.

    Oh it completely works. The ones on social media are basically modern televangelists.

    Most drop the religion but a minority goes from the True Believer camp to the Deceivers. They become racial realist liberals. They accept race and believe that lying and blaming Whites is the only solution.

    Maher was in Ethiopia with UNICEF . Probably other places too.

    Maher is a racial realist. So are most liberals on television. They know.

    If the women in the video actually slept with locals, she probably has HIV.

    It’s actually difficult to get HIV from vaginal sex. I guarantee that she slept with at least two of them. Women that visit the third world are tempted by casual sex that doesn’t go on their record. Meaning it won’t trace back to them. The third world can also be pretty boring. Whites project their own personalities and assume third worlders are just like them but with less stuff. The noble native.

    HIV numbers in Africa were exaggerated and that was confirmed by the WHO. We also don’t know how much of it is spread by anal sex or their strange “dry sex” phenomenon. No one in the West is going to study this honestly for obvious reasons.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @John Johnson


    It’s actually difficult to get HIV from vaginal sex
     
    Probably true, I don't want to get too graphic, but seems like there are a fair amount of cases of transmission to woke women. For example, this case:
    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/antifa-pedophile-locked-up-in-russia/

    Believe there was a case of some African in Poland too.
  241. @songbird
    @Sher Singh

    Am too lazy to look it up, but I thought Tolkien said he admired Jews and based Dwarves on them because he appreciated their war-like nature.

    Anyway, isn't it always the US (one of the most warlike countries) trying to hold Israel back?

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @Sher Singh

    Anyway, isn’t it always the US (one of the most warlike countries) trying to hold Israel back?

    You mean a recent aid package to Israel is meant to hold it back, rather than help continue its crimes against humanity? Seems counter-intuitive. How exactly is this supposed to work?

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @AnonfromTN

    I forget the publication. Maybe Israel Times. They said the deal is the Gaza op can continue full speed but Israel has to hold back from destroying Iran. It's like The Matrix was a documentary.

    , @songbird
    @AnonfromTN


    How exactly is this supposed to work?
     
    The US is very subservient these days. I don't know if it does work.

    Though I was specifically referring to Iran - and some believe the US downgraded the Israeli response. But their options were pretty limited anyway, they can hardly invade Iran on their own. Am sure they would love the US to do it, but can't bring it about.

    If they did drop a nuke, I think it would lead to the end of all international support, and they know it. Escalating conventional missile responses would just lead to escalating retribution by Iran.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  242. @Mikhail
    @John Johnson

    Not like your favorite girly man:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR4sRLMFb-w

    Plenty of footage showing Kiev regime personnel in dire conditions. What you provide as proof for Russia is UK mass media BS like the ones saying Russians have to fight with shovels and need computer chips from washing machines.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Plenty of footage showing Kiev regime personnel in dire conditions.

    Ok go ahead and show the equivalent of Ukrainians not having food or water. Let’s see it.

    What you provide as proof for Russia is UK mass media BS like the ones saying Russians have to fight with shovels and need computer chips from washing machines.

    All the videos I have provided in relation to the conditions of the training facilities and trenches were cell phone videos taken from Russians. Most were originally posted to telegram by conscripts.

    Are you stating that the reports of Russians stripping chips from appliances are false?

    Why would that be hard to believe given the Russian dependence on Western computer chips? Anger management dwarf didn’t check his import dependencies:

    Russian business hit hard by tech sanctions
    https://www.ft.com/content/caf2cd3c-1f42-4e4a-b24b-c0ed803a6245

    • Thanks: Mr. XYZ
    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Thanks, John!

    Also, this is a very off-topic question, but I figure that I might as well ask it:

    Anatoly Karlin has been talking about a future biosingularity due to IVF combined with embryo selection for desirable traits/genes, and also due to IVG (in-vitro gametogenesis) making synthetic sperm and synthetic eggs very easy to produce for humans on a mass scale in the future. In turn, this got me wondering: What would the ideal child support policy be from a eugenic perspective in order to accelerate the future biosingularity?

    It strikes me like giving unwilling parents a unilateral opt-out from paying child support in exchange for them getting sterilized (they could still reproduce eugenically with the help of IVG later on) and/or getting Vasalgel injections strikes me as a good idea. Honestly, forcing people to pay child support for genetically inferior children who are conceived through sexual intercourse strikes me as a bad idea if it will prevent them from producing (or at least producing as many) genetically superior children through IVF, IVG, and embryo selection for desirable traits/genes. We do want to make our fertility patterns as eugenic as possible in order to accelerate the future biosingularity, after all.

    As a side note, I wonder if the current child support laws are actually eugenic or dysgenic right now. Do you have any thoughts on this?

    Replies: @John Johnson

    , @Mikhail
    @John Johnson

    You haven't proven anything with the facts on the ground in Russia's clear favor. Why hasn't the superior West produced a hyper sonic missile? Probably relates to the rampant corruption.

    The US outspends the next seven leading nations in defense spending combined. Five of the ten leading defense spenders are NATO members. The US outspends Russia and China combined by a three to one margin.

    Yet Russia produces artillery shells and tanks at a much better rate than what the collective West can give to the corrupt, lying, undemocratic and neo-Nazi influenced Kiev regime, which has blood on its hands before and after 2/24/22.

  243. @AnonfromTN
    @songbird


    Anyway, isn’t it always the US (one of the most warlike countries) trying to hold Israel back?
     
    You mean a recent aid package to Israel is meant to hold it back, rather than help continue its crimes against humanity? Seems counter-intuitive. How exactly is this supposed to work?

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird

    I forget the publication. Maybe Israel Times. They said the deal is the Gaza op can continue full speed but Israel has to hold back from destroying Iran. It’s like The Matrix was a documentary.

  244. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    How can Russia take any promise of “no Nato in Ukraine?” seriously after Finland?

    How can Finland take Russian promises of "we don't want war, it's just a training exercise" seriously after invading Ukraine?

    This is like attacking your neighbor and then getting upset when the other one puts up cameras and fences.

    How dare you prepare for the exact scenario that I said wouldn't happen before I did it.

    Replies: @Beckow, @Derer

    Johnny, You should know that NATO in Finland is actually more detrimental to Finland than Russia. Joining sinking ship instead of neutrality is really stupid for Finland. In NATO, everything is done under duress and the duress-or resides in Washington.

    The cohesion is fragile actually even arms calibration is different among members and the bickering is increasing by the day because of the money and purpose. The end is near, actually the cold war relic is drifting aimlessly at the moment.

    • Agree: Mikhail
    • Disagree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Derer

    Johnny, You should know that NATO in Finland is actually more detrimental to Finland than Russia. Joining sinking ship instead of neutrality is really stupid for Finland. In NATO, everything is done under duress and the duress-or resides in Washington.

    NATO is a sinking ship? What do you base that assessment on? Do sinking organizations expand or retract?

    The cohesion is fragile actually even arms calibration is different among members and the bickering is increasing by the day because of the money and purpose. The end is near, actually the cold war relic is drifting aimlessly at the moment.

    Wishful thinking is a weakness in men.

    NATO is stronger than ever and I'm not a fan of the military industrial complex. I'd much rather see cuts to the US military budget in favor of populist spending and balancing the budget. But that is out for the next 5-10 years. This war is a bonanza for MIC profiteers. Putin has made a lot of military contractors very wealthy.

    The way to get rid of NATO would have been for Russia to have closer ties to the West and make it appear as an unneeded expense.

    The exact opposite has happened. Putin has made it clear that Russian Imperialism is not a thing of the past and small countries like Finland are better off in NATO than finding out if the anger management dwarf decides that "historical Russia" just happens to include them.

    NATO was actually split on Ukraine before the war. France and Germany were both opposed to Ukraine in NATO.

    France's policy on Ukraine changes
    https://warontherocks.com/2023/08/frances-policy-shift-on-ukraines-nato-membership/

    Turkey has traditionally sided with Russia and they were also expected to block a Ukraine bid if they were someday able to qualify. That is also no longer the case as Turkey is now viewed as a reliable member and not a Russian ally.

    The dwarf is terrible at geopolitics. He doesn't get that it's easier to win friends with trade than guns. Both Georgia and Moldova hate Russia while the people of Belarus would vote out their Putin puppet if given the chance. Chechnya is held up by a mafia midget that was installed by Putin. The Syrians would also vote out the Russians if they had the choice. A lot of countries simply hate Russia and Putin isn't helping by making new enemies.

    Russia does not have the economic power of the US or even close. When this war is over their GDP will be closer to Mexico. They don't have the economic leverage that Putin's fans like to imagine. Putin should have built up their economy instead of playing war.

    Replies: @Derer

    , @Mr. Hack
    @Derer


    the cold war relic is drifting aimlessly at the lunder moment.
     
    Pure bunk. Where are the Warsaw pact nations today? In the dustbin of history, whereas MATO, thanks to Russia's big blunder in attacking Ukraine, has become revitalized. This is clear to see, and needs no long explanations to make it any clearer.
  245. @AnonfromTN
    @songbird


    Anyway, isn’t it always the US (one of the most warlike countries) trying to hold Israel back?
     
    You mean a recent aid package to Israel is meant to hold it back, rather than help continue its crimes against humanity? Seems counter-intuitive. How exactly is this supposed to work?

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @songbird

    How exactly is this supposed to work?

    The US is very subservient these days. I don’t know if it does work.

    Though I was specifically referring to Iran – and some believe the US downgraded the Israeli response. But their options were pretty limited anyway, they can hardly invade Iran on their own. Am sure they would love the US to do it, but can’t bring it about.

    If they did drop a nuke, I think it would lead to the end of all international support, and they know it. Escalating conventional missile responses would just lead to escalating retribution by Iran.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @songbird


    If they did drop a nuke, I think it would lead to the end of all international support
     
    I don’t think anything would end the US support.

    Just a few days ago 12 security council members voted to grant Palestine UN membership, with the sole vote opposing: the US. Even the most obsequious US lapdog the UK abstained:
    https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/04/1148731

    If you think that there is any Israeli action the US won’t support, even though the rest of the world is against it (or ashamed to acknowledge that it isn’t), think again.

    Replies: @songbird

  246. @John Johnson
    @songbird


    Africa is best anti-wokeness camp they can go to.
     
    I don’t know if it works. A lot of them are looking for social media clout and to get ahead.

    Oh it completely works. The ones on social media are basically modern televangelists.

    Most drop the religion but a minority goes from the True Believer camp to the Deceivers. They become racial realist liberals. They accept race and believe that lying and blaming Whites is the only solution.

    Maher was in Ethiopia with UNICEF . Probably other places too.

    Maher is a racial realist. So are most liberals on television. They know.

    If the women in the video actually slept with locals, she probably has HIV.

    It's actually difficult to get HIV from vaginal sex. I guarantee that she slept with at least two of them. Women that visit the third world are tempted by casual sex that doesn't go on their record. Meaning it won't trace back to them. The third world can also be pretty boring. Whites project their own personalities and assume third worlders are just like them but with less stuff. The noble native.

    HIV numbers in Africa were exaggerated and that was confirmed by the WHO. We also don't know how much of it is spread by anal sex or their strange "dry sex" phenomenon. No one in the West is going to study this honestly for obvious reasons.

    Replies: @songbird

    [MORE]

    It’s actually difficult to get HIV from vaginal sex

    Probably true, I don’t want to get too graphic, but seems like there are a fair amount of cases of transmission to woke women. For example, this case:
    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/antifa-pedophile-locked-up-in-russia/

    Believe there was a case of some African in Poland too.

  247. @songbird
    @AnonfromTN


    How exactly is this supposed to work?
     
    The US is very subservient these days. I don't know if it does work.

    Though I was specifically referring to Iran - and some believe the US downgraded the Israeli response. But their options were pretty limited anyway, they can hardly invade Iran on their own. Am sure they would love the US to do it, but can't bring it about.

    If they did drop a nuke, I think it would lead to the end of all international support, and they know it. Escalating conventional missile responses would just lead to escalating retribution by Iran.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    If they did drop a nuke, I think it would lead to the end of all international support

    I don’t think anything would end the US support.

    Just a few days ago 12 security council members voted to grant Palestine UN membership, with the sole vote opposing: the US. Even the most obsequious US lapdog the UK abstained:
    https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/04/1148731

    If you think that there is any Israeli action the US won’t support, even though the rest of the world is against it (or ashamed to acknowledge that it isn’t), think again.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @AnonfromTN


    I don’t think anything would end the US support.
     
    It does feel as though the US is on tap eternally or until it goes bust.

    The youth may be more skeptical of Israel, but I don't think that will necessarily translate into anything. What matters more is campaign contributions and media support.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @A123

  248. @John Johnson
    @Beckow

    Russia has placed short-distance nukes on the Finnish border, they can vaporize Helsinki in 5 minutes.

    Do explain the advantage of short-distance nukes on either side when submarines on both sides will destroy the world in any nuclear exchange. A single trident sub can take out most of the Russian population.

    Maybe it doesn’t matter, but how are Finns better off?

    They don't have to worry about an angry dwarf invading them. Ukraine was the example of what can happen if you aren't in NATO and border Russia.

    On Russian State TV they openly talk of the Baltics belonging to them. Are we to believe that Putin would not have invaded them if they did not have NATO protection? Putin spoke of the USSR as an extension of Russian Imperialism. Why would they not invade the Baltics if they believe that they should be under Russian rule? In street interviews the Russian people get angry when the subject of the Baltics come up as if they are lost territory. Very similar to German views of Poland in the 1920s and 30s.

    Only a complete raving maniac could claim that Russia was planning to march into Finland or Sweden.

    Finland would be quite easy to take when compared to Ukraine. They have a tiny population that is mostly accessible by port.

    Of course Finland is better off in NATO. Why take a 1/100 chance of Putin deciding that Finland is part of historical Russia?

    If Ukraine had listened to NATO they would be in a much better position today. NATO countries warned Zelensky of an impending attack through Belarus and he expected Putin to negotiate first. If they had setup even two howitzers the attack from the North would have been smashed. It came through a single bridge and the surrounding area is swampland. NATO expertise was proven as valuable while the angry dwarf had lied the entire time about it being a training exercise. Scott Ritter is on video swearing that Russia won't attack because they don't do such things. He said that anyone who believes Russia will attack doesn't understand them. That was from Scott Ritter, convicted sex criminal and Russian military expert.

    Putin swore that he wouldn't invade Ukraine. Do you remember that? Where he had Lavrov scream at the UN for making such wild allegations?

    But an invasion of Finland would be a genuine wild allegation, right? That is what you are saying?

    Replies: @Beckow

    Only a complete raving maniac could claim that Russia was planning to march into Finland or Sweden.

    Finland would be quite easy to take when compared to Ukraine.

    We have found the raving maniac and it is you. Good, the Finns are safe, if the nukes start it is better to be in the early phase. It is possible that will be the only phase and Vienna, Budapest, Zurich will be spared, but why not volunteer to be vaporized? Finns have lived up to their reputation as the world’s suicide champions…

    If the odds are 1 to 100 that Russia would march into Finland (I think more like 1 to 10k, but whatever) and the odds of a nuclear war between Nato and Russia are today 1 to 10, any rational person would know what to do. But the Scandies are not very rational, they are just very obedient and conformist and people mistake that for smarts. They were rolled by the Anglo hustlers and not for the first time.

    Finns can now go and visit their long border with Russia to take pictures of the missiles pointing at them. In 5 minutes it could be all over, comforting. If the Finns-Nato put in their own missiles maybe the fireworks will start earlier. It is a d..k measuring exercise, nobody wins that.

    Your other stuff is just incoherent nonsense that doesn’t address what others said – you may very well actually be a bot. I still think you are more likely a very ordinary ‘merican with no knowledge of the region and some ethnic ties. And the usual ‘merican militant narcissism: “we can and they can’t!

  249. @Mikhail
    @Beckow

    KFOR in Kosovo leads to why not CSTO in the former Ukrainian SSR at some point? The Yugo 1999 action is a neocon confirmation of might making right. There will be some form of Russian victory on Russian terms with an agreement which Russia will feel secure enough.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …There will be some form of Russian victory on Russian terms with an agreement which Russia will feel secure enough.

    It looks like that. The only unknown is what the hysterical Westie neo-cons whose red lines have been crossed will do to delay it. They can buy time with more dead Ukies. Maybe even others, my guess would be Poles or Romanians, there are too few Balts to matter.

    The agreement will be a description of the reality is on the ground, not vice versa. We are back to pre-agreement days. Those were more fun anyway…:)

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    They can buy time with more dead Ukies. Maybe even others, my guess would be Poles or Romanians
     
    You are right, micro-nations won’t be useful: too few warm bodies. The empire is no more inclined to spare Polish or Romanian aborigines that it is to spare Ukies. However, if you think that it won’t treat Germans or French as aborigines, think again. Former Ukrainian soil will get plenty of fertilizer.

    Replies: @Beckow

  250. @John Johnson
    @Mikhail

    Keep carrying on like a svidomite troll along with your racist outbursts. Russian soldiers are far better equipped and trained than those of the Kiev regime.

    So you have no comparable video showing similar conditions for Ukrainians. Got it.

    Did you see this in the news?

    American goes to fight for Russian values, gets killed and buttraped by Russian soldiers
    https://nypost.com/2024/04/20/world-news/pro-kremlin-texan-russell-bentley-found-dead-in-ukraine/

    Here he is showing an award for softest ass they could find in combat:
    https://ukranews.com/upload/media/2024/04/20/6623862e8a965-file-17fd6f988cb425163219d05c2dae1c25.jpg.webp

    He was at one time a pot advocate and Communist:
    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/russell-texas-bentley-putin-propaganda-ukraine-interview-1315433/

    Oh and born into a wealthy family which is common for our confused radical leftists.

    Boy Putin really attracts some quality Americans.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Matra, @QCIC

    I tried to listen to an interview with this Bentley guy about six months ago but had to give up due to his comically archaic commie way of talking. Every other word was ‘Fascist’ or ‘Nazi’, obviously when referring to anyone who was not on the Russian side. It was like something out of a time capsule but maybe that’s how Donbass people talk.

  251. @Beckow
    @Mikhail


    ...There will be some form of Russian victory on Russian terms with an agreement which Russia will feel secure enough.
     
    It looks like that. The only unknown is what the hysterical Westie neo-cons whose red lines have been crossed will do to delay it. They can buy time with more dead Ukies. Maybe even others, my guess would be Poles or Romanians, there are too few Balts to matter.

    The agreement will be a description of the reality is on the ground, not vice versa. We are back to pre-agreement days. Those were more fun anyway...:)

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    They can buy time with more dead Ukies. Maybe even others, my guess would be Poles or Romanians

    You are right, micro-nations won’t be useful: too few warm bodies. The empire is no more inclined to spare Polish or Romanian aborigines that it is to spare Ukies. However, if you think that it won’t treat Germans or French as aborigines, think again. Former Ukrainian soil will get plenty of fertilizer.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...it won’t treat Germans or French as aborigines, think again. Former Ukrainian soil will get plenty of fertilizer.
     
    I am familiar with those nations, French, Germans, Italians simply won't go. One exception would be Frenchie professionals - they are already in there, most are foreigners, but too few.

    If they run out of Ukies, it would be Poles, Balts, Romies, maybe Albanians next. But that's not how it usually goes - at some point even Ukies' (not the smartest people around) self-preservation will kick in. Maybe it has already.

    It is not complicated: two absolutely determined sides fight close to a total war. Russia is substantially stronger in that region - no amount of Nato sabre rattling can change that. In wars like that the stronger side eventually prevails and dictates the terms. The irrational desperate Ukie (=Nato) resistance will only make the terms harsher. Minsk was a fantastic deal for Kiev (not for Nato), Stambul still ok. What will come next will be much worse - what's left of Ukraine will be no threat to Russia. That is what it was all about...all they had to do was to keep their word and keep Nato out.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @QCIC

  252. @Derer
    @Mr. Hack


    ...how much are you being paid to monitor this website?
     
    You lost your marbles...I do it for free. BTW, I just managed to obtain your IP, expect the unexpected knock on your doors.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Derer

    If you show up at my door, I hope that you’re wearing a hard hat. I HAVE A SPECIAL HARD STICK THAT I USE ON INTRUDERS LIKE YOU.

    • Replies: @Derer
    @Mr. Hack

    I heard that you are usually sitting on the porch and shooting everything that moves. Using a stick? My goodness you are like Ukrainian army.

  253. @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    They can buy time with more dead Ukies. Maybe even others, my guess would be Poles or Romanians
     
    You are right, micro-nations won’t be useful: too few warm bodies. The empire is no more inclined to spare Polish or Romanian aborigines that it is to spare Ukies. However, if you think that it won’t treat Germans or French as aborigines, think again. Former Ukrainian soil will get plenty of fertilizer.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …it won’t treat Germans or French as aborigines, think again. Former Ukrainian soil will get plenty of fertilizer.

    I am familiar with those nations, French, Germans, Italians simply won’t go. One exception would be Frenchie professionals – they are already in there, most are foreigners, but too few.

    If they run out of Ukies, it would be Poles, Balts, Romies, maybe Albanians next. But that’s not how it usually goes – at some point even Ukies’ (not the smartest people around) self-preservation will kick in. Maybe it has already.

    It is not complicated: two absolutely determined sides fight close to a total war. Russia is substantially stronger in that region – no amount of Nato sabre rattling can change that. In wars like that the stronger side eventually prevails and dictates the terms. The irrational desperate Ukie (=Nato) resistance will only make the terms harsher. Minsk was a fantastic deal for Kiev (not for Nato), Stambul still ok. What will come next will be much worse – what’s left of Ukraine will be no threat to Russia. That is what it was all about…all they had to do was to keep their word and keep Nato out.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    all they had to do was to keep their word
     
    Today’s West never keeps its word, spoken or written. That’s what “non-agreement-capable” means. The empire and its sidekicks only keep their word at gunpoint. That determined current RF strategy.
    , @QCIC
    @Beckow

    The Russian campaign has never been anything close to total war. Last time I checked there was no catastrophic damage or full devastation in any of the largest Ukrainian cities. I still think this is completely intentional. If Russia takes out the rest of the power plants in and around Kiev that will be closer to total war.

    Replies: @Beckow

  254. @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...it won’t treat Germans or French as aborigines, think again. Former Ukrainian soil will get plenty of fertilizer.
     
    I am familiar with those nations, French, Germans, Italians simply won't go. One exception would be Frenchie professionals - they are already in there, most are foreigners, but too few.

    If they run out of Ukies, it would be Poles, Balts, Romies, maybe Albanians next. But that's not how it usually goes - at some point even Ukies' (not the smartest people around) self-preservation will kick in. Maybe it has already.

    It is not complicated: two absolutely determined sides fight close to a total war. Russia is substantially stronger in that region - no amount of Nato sabre rattling can change that. In wars like that the stronger side eventually prevails and dictates the terms. The irrational desperate Ukie (=Nato) resistance will only make the terms harsher. Minsk was a fantastic deal for Kiev (not for Nato), Stambul still ok. What will come next will be much worse - what's left of Ukraine will be no threat to Russia. That is what it was all about...all they had to do was to keep their word and keep Nato out.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @QCIC

    all they had to do was to keep their word

    Today’s West never keeps its word, spoken or written. That’s what “non-agreement-capable” means. The empire and its sidekicks only keep their word at gunpoint. That determined current RF strategy.

  255. @AnonfromTN
    @songbird


    If they did drop a nuke, I think it would lead to the end of all international support
     
    I don’t think anything would end the US support.

    Just a few days ago 12 security council members voted to grant Palestine UN membership, with the sole vote opposing: the US. Even the most obsequious US lapdog the UK abstained:
    https://news.un.org/en/story/2024/04/1148731

    If you think that there is any Israeli action the US won’t support, even though the rest of the world is against it (or ashamed to acknowledge that it isn’t), think again.

    Replies: @songbird

    I don’t think anything would end the US support.

    It does feel as though the US is on tap eternally or until it goes bust.

    The youth may be more skeptical of Israel, but I don’t think that will necessarily translate into anything. What matters more is campaign contributions and media support.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @songbird


    The youth may be more skeptical of Israel, but I don’t think that will necessarily translate into anything.
     
    The main problem is that powers-that-be can completely ignore the wishes of the populace. The results of the “elections” can be manipulated at will, as 2020 showed.

    The propaganda lies are no longer limited by the reality or even elementary logic. E.g., current protests against Israeli crimes in Gaza are labeled by MSM “antisemitism”, even though many Jewish organizations and even rabbis are among those protesting (understandable “not in my name” thing: Jews with conscience and dignity refuse to be seen as accomplices).
    , @A123
    @songbird


    The youth may be more skeptical of Israel, but I don’t think that will necessarily translate into anything. What matters more is campaign contributions and media support.
     
    The majority of the U.S. population supports indigenous Palestinian Jews. Therefore, this is an exception where Congress actually did align with the American people.

    However, it is quite odd combined with funding Führer Zelensky, enemy of the Jews. The fact that the bill makes no sense as a coherent whole detracts from its use as a symbol of enduring policy. It more closely resembles low quality sausage.

    Youth is fickle. A couple years ago the fad was 🇺🇦. For this brief moment it is supporting Hamas genocide. There is no reason to believe it will last. Look at this picture:

     
    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/mcs/media/images/48228000/jpg/_48228888_gay_pride2005bbc.jpg
     

    Yes. The Democrats are passionate about their SJW🏳️‍🌈Muslim dogma. However, the DNC is not known for intellectual strength or consistency. There is every reason to believe that their passion for genocidal Jihad will wane or change over time. And, sane people are already switching to MAGA, thus undermining Leftoid zealotry.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird, @Mikel

  256. So the Americans are arrogant, lying deceitful by sending long range missles to Ukraine…it shows that the U.S is in the grip of the A-moral Zionist cult and cannot be trusted ever until this cult is removed.

    Russia is now within its rights to pay proxys to sink or bring down these arms shipments in transit or pay minimum wage employees in the U.S to throw a spanner in the works…alls fair when fighting liars.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Mr_Chow_Mein


    Russia is now within its rights
     
    Considering imperial banditry and thievery, Russia is within its rights to do anything. However, Russia will not stoop as low as the empire. You don’t need to become the scum of the Earth to successfully fight the scum of the Earth.
  257. @songbird
    @AnonfromTN


    I don’t think anything would end the US support.
     
    It does feel as though the US is on tap eternally or until it goes bust.

    The youth may be more skeptical of Israel, but I don't think that will necessarily translate into anything. What matters more is campaign contributions and media support.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @A123

    The youth may be more skeptical of Israel, but I don’t think that will necessarily translate into anything.

    The main problem is that powers-that-be can completely ignore the wishes of the populace. The results of the “elections” can be manipulated at will, as 2020 showed.

    The propaganda lies are no longer limited by the reality or even elementary logic. E.g., current protests against Israeli crimes in Gaza are labeled by MSM “antisemitism”, even though many Jewish organizations and even rabbis are among those protesting (understandable “not in my name” thing: Jews with conscience and dignity refuse to be seen as accomplices).

  258. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird
    @AnonfromTN


    I don’t think anything would end the US support.
     
    It does feel as though the US is on tap eternally or until it goes bust.

    The youth may be more skeptical of Israel, but I don't think that will necessarily translate into anything. What matters more is campaign contributions and media support.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @A123

    The youth may be more skeptical of Israel, but I don’t think that will necessarily translate into anything. What matters more is campaign contributions and media support.

    The majority of the U.S. population supports indigenous Palestinian Jews. Therefore, this is an exception where Congress actually did align with the American people.

    However, it is quite odd combined with funding Führer Zelensky, enemy of the Jews. The fact that the bill makes no sense as a coherent whole detracts from its use as a symbol of enduring policy. It more closely resembles low quality sausage.

    Youth is fickle. A couple years ago the fad was 🇺🇦. For this brief moment it is supporting Hamas genocide. There is no reason to believe it will last. Look at this picture:

     

     

    Yes. The Democrats are passionate about their SJW🏳️‍🌈Muslim dogma. However, the DNC is not known for intellectual strength or consistency. There is every reason to believe that their passion for genocidal Jihad will wane or change over time. And, sane people are already switching to MAGA, thus undermining Leftoid zealotry.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
    @A123


    The majority of the U.S. population supports indigenous Palestinian Jews. Therefore, this is an exception where Congress actually did align with the American people.
     
    Was unaware there was a poll of Americas saying that they support billions in welfare for Israel.

    Replies: @Mikel, @A123

    , @Mikel
    @A123


    The fact that the bill makes no sense as a coherent whole detracts from its use as a symbol of enduring policy. It more closely resembles low quality sausage.
     
    As usual in these cases, the more comes to the surface about the border surrender by Speaker Johnson, the uglier it gets.

    Out of the 5 bills he pushed to the House to be voted individually and then returned to the Senate as a whole package, only one of them was introduced with a 2/3 majority requirement: the border bill. All the rest only required a simple majority. In fact, the border bill also got a comfortable majority (even 5 Dems voted for it) but, unlike the others, it didn't pass. The reason for this different rule in the border bill is very simple. As is well known, Senate leader Chuck Summer has kept warning for months that he won't let pass a foreign aid bill that includes border provisions (the Dems do care about the border - to keep it open- much more than about foreign conflicts). So Johnson didn't take any chances and introduced a rule that made certain his own border bill would not pass. According to Massie, who's been in the House Rules Committee for a long while, former Speaker McCarthy never twisted the rules with Democratic support so blatantly.

    And it doesn't end there. Right after the House vote Johnson traveled to Texas to support Tony Gonzales in his campaign for the House. Gonzales voted to impeach Trump. No wonder Diaz-Ballart and the rest of the swampies stood proudly behind Johnson for the photograph once they negotiated a consensus candidate with the MAGAs.

    The most concerning part of this all is that Johnson only made his move after getting the go-ahead from Trump, too worried about his personal matters to fight other battles. It's very clear at this point that Trump feels that he needs help from the Establishment types and a second term would be a sure repetition of his first term or worse. Perhaps he's right, actually. Haley got a substantial support in the primaries and even yesterday she got 19% in Pennsylvania, where she wasn't even on the ballots. He can't win in November without the support of the RINOs so, even if he manages to beat Biden, it's going to be more of the same. No border wall, foreign interventionism and business as usual in DC.

    Fortunately, we still have RFK and I don't even live in a battleground state so there's no point in wasting my vote. What good is voting Republican to get these end results? While all politicians lie and promise much more than they can deliver, Trump is in a league of his won. If I wanted open borders, woke culture and security state, I could be reasonably confident that my vote for the half-sentient being in the White House wouldn't go to waste. Not so with Trump. RFK is unambiguously against the open border, foreign wars and the Establishment. Since he can't possibly be as untrustworthy as Trump because that almost doesn't exist, he looks like the only candidate worth the trip to the vote center for.

    Replies: @A123

  259. @Mr_Chow_Mein
    So the Americans are arrogant, lying deceitful by sending long range missles to Ukraine...it shows that the U.S is in the grip of the A-moral Zionist cult and cannot be trusted ever until this cult is removed.

    Russia is now within its rights to pay proxys to sink or bring down these arms shipments in transit or pay minimum wage employees in the U.S to throw a spanner in the works...alls fair when fighting liars.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Russia is now within its rights

    Considering imperial banditry and thievery, Russia is within its rights to do anything. However, Russia will not stoop as low as the empire. You don’t need to become the scum of the Earth to successfully fight the scum of the Earth.

  260. @John Johnson
    @Mikhail

    Keep carrying on like a svidomite troll along with your racist outbursts. Russian soldiers are far better equipped and trained than those of the Kiev regime.

    So you have no comparable video showing similar conditions for Ukrainians. Got it.

    Did you see this in the news?

    American goes to fight for Russian values, gets killed and buttraped by Russian soldiers
    https://nypost.com/2024/04/20/world-news/pro-kremlin-texan-russell-bentley-found-dead-in-ukraine/

    Here he is showing an award for softest ass they could find in combat:
    https://ukranews.com/upload/media/2024/04/20/6623862e8a965-file-17fd6f988cb425163219d05c2dae1c25.jpg.webp

    He was at one time a pot advocate and Communist:
    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/russell-texas-bentley-putin-propaganda-ukraine-interview-1315433/

    Oh and born into a wealthy family which is common for our confused radical leftists.

    Boy Putin really attracts some quality Americans.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Matra, @QCIC

    The Rolling Stone interview is interesting and adds some clarity to why Bentley ended up over there.

  261. There is some good news today. Documents have been publicly released in the Florida case: (1)

    BIG PICTURE – Judge Cannon Unseals and Un-redacts Trump Legal Motion that Exposes DOJ Fraudulent Case Against Him

    President Trump’s attorney, Christopher Kise, did something similar to a speaking indictment with an extensive court motion on January 16, 2024. The 68-page motion is a comprehensive “speaking motion” which outlines a great deal of the fraud and Lawfare manipulation by the special counsel.

    In response to the filing, using the pre-established legal narrative about needing to control “national security” information, the Jack Smith team (essentially Lawfare operatives like Weissman, Eisen and McCord) redacted large portions of the Trump motion specifically to stop the public record from showing the outline. However, two days ago, April 22nd, Judge Aileen Cannon unsealed and more importantly ‘unredacted’ the motion.

    To clear up any confusion as to what Special Counsel Jack Smith sought to conceal in classified documents case, this is what Smith told Judge Cannon in Feb 2024 in response to Trump’s motion to compel discovery from numerous govt agencies:

    1) Defendants are not entitled to discovery of internal government correspondence and memoranda, or to documents that are otherwise privileged.

    2) The Court Should Deny Defendants’ Requests for Evidence of ‘Improper Coordination with NARA’ and of ‘Bias and Investigative Misconduct.’

    AND FINALLY:

    6) Defendants’ Request for Unredacted Discovery of Materials Should Be Denied.

    There’s a big difference between “classified documents” and “documents containing classified markings.” The intent of using the linguistics of the latter is to give the impression of something nefarious where nothing nefarious exists.

    The special counsel then used the auspices of national security, to control -through redactions and secrecy- the types of information within their court filings that would be visible to the public. Remember, this is LAWFARE and the primary interest of Lawfare is to influence public opinion.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    ____________________

    (1) https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2024/04/24/big-picture-judge-cannon-unseals-and-un-redacts-trump-legal-motion-that-exposes-doj-fraudulent-case-against-him/

  262. @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN


    ...it won’t treat Germans or French as aborigines, think again. Former Ukrainian soil will get plenty of fertilizer.
     
    I am familiar with those nations, French, Germans, Italians simply won't go. One exception would be Frenchie professionals - they are already in there, most are foreigners, but too few.

    If they run out of Ukies, it would be Poles, Balts, Romies, maybe Albanians next. But that's not how it usually goes - at some point even Ukies' (not the smartest people around) self-preservation will kick in. Maybe it has already.

    It is not complicated: two absolutely determined sides fight close to a total war. Russia is substantially stronger in that region - no amount of Nato sabre rattling can change that. In wars like that the stronger side eventually prevails and dictates the terms. The irrational desperate Ukie (=Nato) resistance will only make the terms harsher. Minsk was a fantastic deal for Kiev (not for Nato), Stambul still ok. What will come next will be much worse - what's left of Ukraine will be no threat to Russia. That is what it was all about...all they had to do was to keep their word and keep Nato out.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @QCIC

    The Russian campaign has never been anything close to total war. Last time I checked there was no catastrophic damage or full devastation in any of the largest Ukrainian cities. I still think this is completely intentional. If Russia takes out the rest of the power plants in and around Kiev that will be closer to total war.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @QCIC


    ... sides fight close to a total war.

    The Russian campaign has never been anything close to total war.
     

    They are closing in, both sides will go for the jugular. That's what I meant by "close to it" - it is no longer a "special operation" or a limited war. Kiev has not been flattened because it doesn't serve Russia's interest yet, "the mother of all cities" and all that. It is pretty clear that if the Ukies touch Crimea or massacre more Russian civilians Kiev and Lviv will be flattened. I suspect the Anglos would like that...they would have a good laugh about it, the dumb Ukies, oh boy...

    One or two more rounds of escalation and it will be a total war. That's never fun, but it is a total hell for the losing side.

  263. @A123
    @songbird


    The youth may be more skeptical of Israel, but I don’t think that will necessarily translate into anything. What matters more is campaign contributions and media support.
     
    The majority of the U.S. population supports indigenous Palestinian Jews. Therefore, this is an exception where Congress actually did align with the American people.

    However, it is quite odd combined with funding Führer Zelensky, enemy of the Jews. The fact that the bill makes no sense as a coherent whole detracts from its use as a symbol of enduring policy. It more closely resembles low quality sausage.

    Youth is fickle. A couple years ago the fad was 🇺🇦. For this brief moment it is supporting Hamas genocide. There is no reason to believe it will last. Look at this picture:

     
    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/mcs/media/images/48228000/jpg/_48228888_gay_pride2005bbc.jpg
     

    Yes. The Democrats are passionate about their SJW🏳️‍🌈Muslim dogma. However, the DNC is not known for intellectual strength or consistency. There is every reason to believe that their passion for genocidal Jihad will wane or change over time. And, sane people are already switching to MAGA, thus undermining Leftoid zealotry.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird, @Mikel

    The majority of the U.S. population supports indigenous Palestinian Jews. Therefore, this is an exception where Congress actually did align with the American people.

    Was unaware there was a poll of Americas saying that they support billions in welfare for Israel.

    • Replies: @Mikel
    @songbird


    Was unaware there was a poll of Americas saying that they support billions in welfare for Israel.
     
    I don't know what such a poll would say but I often listen to John Beck and Sean Hannity during my morning errands and they've both spent 6 months now urging their listeners to donate to the charity they sponsor because the Gaza conflict has tragically led to lots of displaced people.... in Israel!

    Replies: @songbird

    , @A123
    @songbird

    Was unaware there was a poll of Americans saying that they oppose billions for Palestinian Jews. Please share a link to your source.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

  264. @John Johnson
    @Mikhail

    Plenty of footage showing Kiev regime personnel in dire conditions.

    Ok go ahead and show the equivalent of Ukrainians not having food or water. Let's see it.

    What you provide as proof for Russia is UK mass media BS like the ones saying Russians have to fight with shovels and need computer chips from washing machines.

    All the videos I have provided in relation to the conditions of the training facilities and trenches were cell phone videos taken from Russians. Most were originally posted to telegram by conscripts.

    Are you stating that the reports of Russians stripping chips from appliances are false?

    Why would that be hard to believe given the Russian dependence on Western computer chips? Anger management dwarf didn't check his import dependencies:

    Russian business hit hard by tech sanctions
    https://www.ft.com/content/caf2cd3c-1f42-4e4a-b24b-c0ed803a6245

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Mikhail

    Thanks, John!

    Also, this is a very off-topic question, but I figure that I might as well ask it:

    Anatoly Karlin has been talking about a future biosingularity due to IVF combined with embryo selection for desirable traits/genes, and also due to IVG (in-vitro gametogenesis) making synthetic sperm and synthetic eggs very easy to produce for humans on a mass scale in the future. In turn, this got me wondering: What would the ideal child support policy be from a eugenic perspective in order to accelerate the future biosingularity?

    It strikes me like giving unwilling parents a unilateral opt-out from paying child support in exchange for them getting sterilized (they could still reproduce eugenically with the help of IVG later on) and/or getting Vasalgel injections strikes me as a good idea. Honestly, forcing people to pay child support for genetically inferior children who are conceived through sexual intercourse strikes me as a bad idea if it will prevent them from producing (or at least producing as many) genetically superior children through IVF, IVG, and embryo selection for desirable traits/genes. We do want to make our fertility patterns as eugenic as possible in order to accelerate the future biosingularity, after all.

    As a side note, I wonder if the current child support laws are actually eugenic or dysgenic right now. Do you have any thoughts on this?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    As a side note, I wonder if the current child support laws are actually eugenic or dysgenic right now. Do you have any thoughts on this?

    I think Karlin is dipping too much into Sci-Fi even though I assume designer babies will someday be available. The costs of simply removing one gene are still astronomical so I think such talk is premature. By the time such technology is widely available we could already be a Mad Max type dystopia from dysgenics or environmental destruction. But let's first hope that gene therapy for common gene diseases becomes a widespread practice.

    As for your question I suspect child support laws are slightly eugenic even though I oppose them in their current design. I simply think they are unfair to men and especially in cases where the woman was at fault in the divorce.

    Under current laws the woman can ditch the first family and start a new one while having secured funding for existing children. In most states the woman can basically decide who gets the kids. I think women are craftier than they let on when it comes to having children. Meaning I think they put more thought into the sperm than what Christian society wants to believe. If they marry young (often out of Christian guilt) they are much more likely to get divorced. I think in their second marriage they are more likely to upgrade so to speak. If they really don't like the husband then I think they consider that when having children. It's like moving in with someone and realizing you don't want to make more of that person.

    I also think single moms are more selective than people realize. I worked with liberal White women and I noticed a pattern with the single moms whereby the "whoops one night stand" tended to not be as random as it might appear. One homely woman "just happened" to somehow snare the sperm of various handsome men. I was actually quite impressed as she was very unattractive.

    I used to know this guy who was very homely but a great worker. He lived with a woman and her two very cute girls that were definitely not his. All just fate of the gods? Hmmmm guessing not and there was no talk of her having more kids. There is a Sociology study somewhere that shows how most children of never-married single moms are not accidents as everyone assumes. Women think more like dog breeders than they let on. My wife said that certain types of ears would definitely not get a second date as she wouldn't want her kids to have them. Men don't think this way. They'll take some weird ears as long as they get laid.

    But an interesting question and I will give it some more thought.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @YetAnotherAnon

  265. @Derer
    @John Johnson

    Johnny, You should know that NATO in Finland is actually more detrimental to Finland than Russia. Joining sinking ship instead of neutrality is really stupid for Finland. In NATO, everything is done under duress and the duress-or resides in Washington.

    The cohesion is fragile actually even arms calibration is different among members and the bickering is increasing by the day because of the money and purpose. The end is near, actually the cold war relic is drifting aimlessly at the moment.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Mr. Hack

    Johnny, You should know that NATO in Finland is actually more detrimental to Finland than Russia. Joining sinking ship instead of neutrality is really stupid for Finland. In NATO, everything is done under duress and the duress-or resides in Washington.

    NATO is a sinking ship? What do you base that assessment on? Do sinking organizations expand or retract?

    The cohesion is fragile actually even arms calibration is different among members and the bickering is increasing by the day because of the money and purpose. The end is near, actually the cold war relic is drifting aimlessly at the moment.

    Wishful thinking is a weakness in men.

    NATO is stronger than ever and I’m not a fan of the military industrial complex. I’d much rather see cuts to the US military budget in favor of populist spending and balancing the budget. But that is out for the next 5-10 years. This war is a bonanza for MIC profiteers. Putin has made a lot of military contractors very wealthy.

    The way to get rid of NATO would have been for Russia to have closer ties to the West and make it appear as an unneeded expense.

    The exact opposite has happened. Putin has made it clear that Russian Imperialism is not a thing of the past and small countries like Finland are better off in NATO than finding out if the anger management dwarf decides that “historical Russia” just happens to include them.

    NATO was actually split on Ukraine before the war. France and Germany were both opposed to Ukraine in NATO.

    France’s policy on Ukraine changes
    https://warontherocks.com/2023/08/frances-policy-shift-on-ukraines-nato-membership/

    Turkey has traditionally sided with Russia and they were also expected to block a Ukraine bid if they were someday able to qualify. That is also no longer the case as Turkey is now viewed as a reliable member and not a Russian ally.

    The dwarf is terrible at geopolitics. He doesn’t get that it’s easier to win friends with trade than guns. Both Georgia and Moldova hate Russia while the people of Belarus would vote out their Putin puppet if given the chance. Chechnya is held up by a mafia midget that was installed by Putin. The Syrians would also vote out the Russians if they had the choice. A lot of countries simply hate Russia and Putin isn’t helping by making new enemies.

    Russia does not have the economic power of the US or even close. When this war is over their GDP will be closer to Mexico. They don’t have the economic leverage that Putin’s fans like to imagine. Putin should have built up their economy instead of playing war.

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Derer
    @John Johnson


    A lot of countries simply hate Russia and Putin isn’t helping by making new enemies.
     
    I think you misspelled the "USA". How come 156 countries sided with Russia on the question of sanctions and filthy theft of Russian assets. Putin is the most respected leader in the world. Actually Americans would like to have him instead of the geriatric disoriented fool in the WH, who has ambition to be there 4 more years - pathetic.
  266. @A123
    @songbird


    The youth may be more skeptical of Israel, but I don’t think that will necessarily translate into anything. What matters more is campaign contributions and media support.
     
    The majority of the U.S. population supports indigenous Palestinian Jews. Therefore, this is an exception where Congress actually did align with the American people.

    However, it is quite odd combined with funding Führer Zelensky, enemy of the Jews. The fact that the bill makes no sense as a coherent whole detracts from its use as a symbol of enduring policy. It more closely resembles low quality sausage.

    Youth is fickle. A couple years ago the fad was 🇺🇦. For this brief moment it is supporting Hamas genocide. There is no reason to believe it will last. Look at this picture:

     
    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/800/mcs/media/images/48228000/jpg/_48228888_gay_pride2005bbc.jpg
     

    Yes. The Democrats are passionate about their SJW🏳️‍🌈Muslim dogma. However, the DNC is not known for intellectual strength or consistency. There is every reason to believe that their passion for genocidal Jihad will wane or change over time. And, sane people are already switching to MAGA, thus undermining Leftoid zealotry.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird, @Mikel

    The fact that the bill makes no sense as a coherent whole detracts from its use as a symbol of enduring policy. It more closely resembles low quality sausage.

    As usual in these cases, the more comes to the surface about the border surrender by Speaker Johnson, the uglier it gets.

    Out of the 5 bills he pushed to the House to be voted individually and then returned to the Senate as a whole package, only one of them was introduced with a 2/3 majority requirement: the border bill. All the rest only required a simple majority. In fact, the border bill also got a comfortable majority (even 5 Dems voted for it) but, unlike the others, it didn’t pass. The reason for this different rule in the border bill is very simple. As is well known, Senate leader Chuck Summer has kept warning for months that he won’t let pass a foreign aid bill that includes border provisions (the Dems do care about the border – to keep it open- much more than about foreign conflicts). So Johnson didn’t take any chances and introduced a rule that made certain his own border bill would not pass. According to Massie, who’s been in the House Rules Committee for a long while, former Speaker McCarthy never twisted the rules with Democratic support so blatantly.

    And it doesn’t end there. Right after the House vote Johnson traveled to Texas to support Tony Gonzales in his campaign for the House. Gonzales voted to impeach Trump. No wonder Diaz-Ballart and the rest of the swampies stood proudly behind Johnson for the photograph once they negotiated a consensus candidate with the MAGAs.

    The most concerning part of this all is that Johnson only made his move after getting the go-ahead from Trump, too worried about his personal matters to fight other battles. It’s very clear at this point that Trump feels that he needs help from the Establishment types and a second term would be a sure repetition of his first term or worse. Perhaps he’s right, actually. Haley got a substantial support in the primaries and even yesterday she got 19% in Pennsylvania, where she wasn’t even on the ballots. He can’t win in November without the support of the RINOs so, even if he manages to beat Biden, it’s going to be more of the same. No border wall, foreign interventionism and business as usual in DC.

    Fortunately, we still have RFK and I don’t even live in a battleground state so there’s no point in wasting my vote. What good is voting Republican to get these end results? While all politicians lie and promise much more than they can deliver, Trump is in a league of his won. If I wanted open borders, woke culture and security state, I could be reasonably confident that my vote for the half-sentient being in the White House wouldn’t go to waste. Not so with Trump. RFK is unambiguously against the open border, foreign wars and the Establishment. Since he can’t possibly be as untrustworthy as Trump because that almost doesn’t exist, he looks like the only candidate worth the trip to the vote center for.

    • Thanks: S1
    • Replies: @A123
    @Mikel

    Let me recap the situation: (1)


    Former President Trump muddied the waters with his support of Johnson, “Trump says he thinks Speaker Mike Johnson is ‘doing a very good job’ amid ouster threat from Marjorie Taylor Greene.”

    I doubt this is some form of 5D chess from Trump; it is only the simple reality that if Johnson is ousted and Democrats take control of the House, Trump's November election is over.

    Remember the U.S. Supreme Court decision on “insurrection” claimed by the Colorado Supreme Court? The March 4 decision stated:

    The Constitution empowers Congress to prescribe how those determinations should be made. The relevant provision is Section 5, which enables Congress, subject of course to judicial review, to pass “appropriate legislation” to “enforce” the Fourteenth Amendment.
     
    In other words, Congress, by a simple majority, can pass a bill claiming that Trump is disqualified from the election due to being an “insurrectionist.” That would be the first order of business by a Democrat-controlled House. The Senate would pass the House bill and President Biden would sign it.

    If you don’t believe the Democrats would try to disqualify Trump in this manner, a bill introduced by Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin is already teed up.

    Per Axios:

    Raskin pointed to legislation he introduced with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) in 2022 creating a pathway for the Justice Department to sue to keep candidates off the ballot under the 14th Amendment.

    "We are going to revise it in light of the Supreme Court's decision," Raskin said.

    Raskin suggested the bill would be paired with a resolution declaring Jan. 6 an "insurrection" and that those involved "engaged in insurrection."
     
    The SCOTUS decision mentioned, “Subject of course to judicial review.” Would that stop such a scheme? Why would SCOTUS block such an act of Congress that they green-lighted in their recent decision?

    This would explain Trump supporting Johnson. Does Rep. MTG realize how this could play out? Is she acting out of principle, or is this a backhanded way of undermining Trump? This is where the 5D chess machinations come in. Washington, D.C., is indeed a swamp.
     
    How exactly do you propose that Trump get rid of Johnson without being ejected from the Presidential race?

    Do you really believe that SCOTUS would go out of their way to do the right thing?
    ____

    I too share your dismay at the idiotic bill that passed the House. However, fighting tomorrow requires surviving today. Preemptively capitulating by helping guaranteed loser RFKjr is obviously unwise.

    You can say that Trump us an imperfect choice... But please tell me you realize he is the best and only choice that has a chance at defeating the Veggie-In-Chief this November.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    ____________________

    (1) https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2024/04/how_do_you_solve_a_problem_like_mike_johnson.html

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Mikel

  267. @John Johnson
    @Mikhail

    Plenty of footage showing Kiev regime personnel in dire conditions.

    Ok go ahead and show the equivalent of Ukrainians not having food or water. Let's see it.

    What you provide as proof for Russia is UK mass media BS like the ones saying Russians have to fight with shovels and need computer chips from washing machines.

    All the videos I have provided in relation to the conditions of the training facilities and trenches were cell phone videos taken from Russians. Most were originally posted to telegram by conscripts.

    Are you stating that the reports of Russians stripping chips from appliances are false?

    Why would that be hard to believe given the Russian dependence on Western computer chips? Anger management dwarf didn't check his import dependencies:

    Russian business hit hard by tech sanctions
    https://www.ft.com/content/caf2cd3c-1f42-4e4a-b24b-c0ed803a6245

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @Mikhail

    You haven’t proven anything with the facts on the ground in Russia’s clear favor. Why hasn’t the superior West produced a hyper sonic missile? Probably relates to the rampant corruption.

    The US outspends the next seven leading nations in defense spending combined. Five of the ten leading defense spenders are NATO members. The US outspends Russia and China combined by a three to one margin.

    Yet Russia produces artillery shells and tanks at a much better rate than what the collective West can give to the corrupt, lying, undemocratic and neo-Nazi influenced Kiev regime, which has blood on its hands before and after 2/24/22.

  268. @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson

    Thanks, John!

    Also, this is a very off-topic question, but I figure that I might as well ask it:

    Anatoly Karlin has been talking about a future biosingularity due to IVF combined with embryo selection for desirable traits/genes, and also due to IVG (in-vitro gametogenesis) making synthetic sperm and synthetic eggs very easy to produce for humans on a mass scale in the future. In turn, this got me wondering: What would the ideal child support policy be from a eugenic perspective in order to accelerate the future biosingularity?

    It strikes me like giving unwilling parents a unilateral opt-out from paying child support in exchange for them getting sterilized (they could still reproduce eugenically with the help of IVG later on) and/or getting Vasalgel injections strikes me as a good idea. Honestly, forcing people to pay child support for genetically inferior children who are conceived through sexual intercourse strikes me as a bad idea if it will prevent them from producing (or at least producing as many) genetically superior children through IVF, IVG, and embryo selection for desirable traits/genes. We do want to make our fertility patterns as eugenic as possible in order to accelerate the future biosingularity, after all.

    As a side note, I wonder if the current child support laws are actually eugenic or dysgenic right now. Do you have any thoughts on this?

    Replies: @John Johnson

    As a side note, I wonder if the current child support laws are actually eugenic or dysgenic right now. Do you have any thoughts on this?

    I think Karlin is dipping too much into Sci-Fi even though I assume designer babies will someday be available. The costs of simply removing one gene are still astronomical so I think such talk is premature. By the time such technology is widely available we could already be a Mad Max type dystopia from dysgenics or environmental destruction. But let’s first hope that gene therapy for common gene diseases becomes a widespread practice.

    As for your question I suspect child support laws are slightly eugenic even though I oppose them in their current design. I simply think they are unfair to men and especially in cases where the woman was at fault in the divorce.

    Under current laws the woman can ditch the first family and start a new one while having secured funding for existing children. In most states the woman can basically decide who gets the kids. I think women are craftier than they let on when it comes to having children. Meaning I think they put more thought into the sperm than what Christian society wants to believe. If they marry young (often out of Christian guilt) they are much more likely to get divorced. I think in their second marriage they are more likely to upgrade so to speak. If they really don’t like the husband then I think they consider that when having children. It’s like moving in with someone and realizing you don’t want to make more of that person.

    I also think single moms are more selective than people realize. I worked with liberal White women and I noticed a pattern with the single moms whereby the “whoops one night stand” tended to not be as random as it might appear. One homely woman “just happened” to somehow snare the sperm of various handsome men. I was actually quite impressed as she was very unattractive.

    I used to know this guy who was very homely but a great worker. He lived with a woman and her two very cute girls that were definitely not his. All just fate of the gods? Hmmmm guessing not and there was no talk of her having more kids. There is a Sociology study somewhere that shows how most children of never-married single moms are not accidents as everyone assumes. Women think more like dog breeders than they let on. My wife said that certain types of ears would definitely not get a second date as she wouldn’t want her kids to have them. Men don’t think this way. They’ll take some weird ears as long as they get laid.

    But an interesting question and I will give it some more thought.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @John Johnson


    The costs of simply removing one gene are still astronomical so I think such talk is premature.
     
    Embryo selection does not involve editing any embryos' genes, simply choosing the embryo(s) with the best genes to implant as they already are right now.

    BTW, do you think that the old (pre-1970s) child support laws were more eugenic or dysgenic relative to the current (post-1970s) child support laws?

    Replies: @John Johnson

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @John Johnson

    "Women think more like dog breeders than they let on."

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

    "states that a female's ideal mate choice among potential mates is one whose genes will produce males with the best chance of reproductive success. This implies that other benefits the father can offer the mother or offspring are less relevant than they may appear, including his capacity as a parental caregiver, territory and any nuptial gifts."



    If true, it may explain the depressing fact that prisoners apparently father more kids than those never imprisoned, despite the incapacitance effect of being banged up. Difficult to find the stats but I think Sailer has mentioned it.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/oct/06/over-100000-children-in-england-and-wales-have-parent-in-prison-analysis-shows

    Replies: @LatW

  269. @songbird
    @A123


    The majority of the U.S. population supports indigenous Palestinian Jews. Therefore, this is an exception where Congress actually did align with the American people.
     
    Was unaware there was a poll of Americas saying that they support billions in welfare for Israel.

    Replies: @Mikel, @A123

    Was unaware there was a poll of Americas saying that they support billions in welfare for Israel.

    I don’t know what such a poll would say but I often listen to John Beck and Sean Hannity during my morning errands and they’ve both spent 6 months now urging their listeners to donate to the charity they sponsor because the Gaza conflict has tragically led to lots of displaced people…. in Israel!

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mikel

    Years and years ago, I saw this really bizarre spot on TV that purported to be a charity soliciting American Christians to donate money so that poor, elderly Jews in Israel could have a kosher meal shipped to their door. Passover Seder, I think it was.

    Couldn't believe it. What other developed country (assuming it was linked) was airing a spot to get Americans to give them free food? And Jews are probably the richest people on Earth, to boot. It was so bizarre and on the surface seemed like such an obvious scam that I couldn't understand how anyone would think it would work. Of course, I never saw their internals.

    Replies: @Matra

  270. @Mikel
    @A123


    The fact that the bill makes no sense as a coherent whole detracts from its use as a symbol of enduring policy. It more closely resembles low quality sausage.
     
    As usual in these cases, the more comes to the surface about the border surrender by Speaker Johnson, the uglier it gets.

    Out of the 5 bills he pushed to the House to be voted individually and then returned to the Senate as a whole package, only one of them was introduced with a 2/3 majority requirement: the border bill. All the rest only required a simple majority. In fact, the border bill also got a comfortable majority (even 5 Dems voted for it) but, unlike the others, it didn't pass. The reason for this different rule in the border bill is very simple. As is well known, Senate leader Chuck Summer has kept warning for months that he won't let pass a foreign aid bill that includes border provisions (the Dems do care about the border - to keep it open- much more than about foreign conflicts). So Johnson didn't take any chances and introduced a rule that made certain his own border bill would not pass. According to Massie, who's been in the House Rules Committee for a long while, former Speaker McCarthy never twisted the rules with Democratic support so blatantly.

    And it doesn't end there. Right after the House vote Johnson traveled to Texas to support Tony Gonzales in his campaign for the House. Gonzales voted to impeach Trump. No wonder Diaz-Ballart and the rest of the swampies stood proudly behind Johnson for the photograph once they negotiated a consensus candidate with the MAGAs.

    The most concerning part of this all is that Johnson only made his move after getting the go-ahead from Trump, too worried about his personal matters to fight other battles. It's very clear at this point that Trump feels that he needs help from the Establishment types and a second term would be a sure repetition of his first term or worse. Perhaps he's right, actually. Haley got a substantial support in the primaries and even yesterday she got 19% in Pennsylvania, where she wasn't even on the ballots. He can't win in November without the support of the RINOs so, even if he manages to beat Biden, it's going to be more of the same. No border wall, foreign interventionism and business as usual in DC.

    Fortunately, we still have RFK and I don't even live in a battleground state so there's no point in wasting my vote. What good is voting Republican to get these end results? While all politicians lie and promise much more than they can deliver, Trump is in a league of his won. If I wanted open borders, woke culture and security state, I could be reasonably confident that my vote for the half-sentient being in the White House wouldn't go to waste. Not so with Trump. RFK is unambiguously against the open border, foreign wars and the Establishment. Since he can't possibly be as untrustworthy as Trump because that almost doesn't exist, he looks like the only candidate worth the trip to the vote center for.

    Replies: @A123

    Let me recap the situation: (1)

    Former President Trump muddied the waters with his support of Johnson, “Trump says he thinks Speaker Mike Johnson is ‘doing a very good job’ amid ouster threat from Marjorie Taylor Greene.”

    I doubt this is some form of 5D chess from Trump; it is only the simple reality that if Johnson is ousted and Democrats take control of the House, Trump’s November election is over.

    Remember the U.S. Supreme Court decision on “insurrection” claimed by the Colorado Supreme Court? The March 4 decision stated:

    The Constitution empowers Congress to prescribe how those determinations should be made. The relevant provision is Section 5, which enables Congress, subject of course to judicial review, to pass “appropriate legislation” to “enforce” the Fourteenth Amendment.

    In other words, Congress, by a simple majority, can pass a bill claiming that Trump is disqualified from the election due to being an “insurrectionist.” That would be the first order of business by a Democrat-controlled House. The Senate would pass the House bill and President Biden would sign it.

    If you don’t believe the Democrats would try to disqualify Trump in this manner, a bill introduced by Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin is already teed up.

    Per Axios:

    Raskin pointed to legislation he introduced with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) in 2022 creating a pathway for the Justice Department to sue to keep candidates off the ballot under the 14th Amendment.

    “We are going to revise it in light of the Supreme Court’s decision,” Raskin said.

    Raskin suggested the bill would be paired with a resolution declaring Jan. 6 an “insurrection” and that those involved “engaged in insurrection.”

    The SCOTUS decision mentioned, “Subject of course to judicial review.” Would that stop such a scheme? Why would SCOTUS block such an act of Congress that they green-lighted in their recent decision?

    This would explain Trump supporting Johnson. Does Rep. MTG realize how this could play out? Is she acting out of principle, or is this a backhanded way of undermining Trump? This is where the 5D chess machinations come in. Washington, D.C., is indeed a swamp.

    How exactly do you propose that Trump get rid of Johnson without being ejected from the Presidential race?

    Do you really believe that SCOTUS would go out of their way to do the right thing?
    ____

    I too share your dismay at the idiotic bill that passed the House. However, fighting tomorrow requires surviving today. Preemptively capitulating by helping guaranteed loser RFKjr is obviously unwise.

    You can say that Trump us an imperfect choice… But please tell me you realize he is the best and only choice that has a chance at defeating the Veggie-In-Chief this November.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    ____________________

    (1) https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2024/04/how_do_you_solve_a_problem_like_mike_johnson.html

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @A123

    So, supporting Johnson (Ukraine defense spending guy) is ultimately beneficial for Trump's reelection bid. Can we expect you to also make an about face and support Johnson and his support for Ukraine, like your superman Trump has done? In case you need a reminder about how things are going:

    https://www.unz.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/TrumpMikeJohnsonMW-600x565.png
    Looks like Trump has effectively put you and your stupid "Russia's defensive war" out of business! :-)

    Stick to smearing Islamo-Soros, he's even creepier than Trump...

    , @Mikel
    @A123

    Thanks for that article. There are some good arguments there.

    Of course, there is no doubt Raskin would go ahead with his plan to disqualify Trump (though he'd lack the votes). That's not even as radical as what they're already doing with the five sham trials. To the extent that they think about provoking a civil confrontation at all, they probably reckon that it might be good for them. Provoke Trump followers to commit illegal acts and use the levers of power (that they control) to suppress them forever.

    Outrageous as the "fraud" trial was (has any politician ever in any part of the world received a $0.5B fine... using a novel interpretation of a law that had never been used before?), it's nothing compared to the remaining trials. Imagine yourself having to face 4 consecutive criminal trials and knowing that you're up against prosecutors, judges and jurors fully determined to send you to jail for the rest of your life in each of them. They're clearly trying to break the man. And to some extent or another, it will be a miracle if they don't succeed.

    But this actually reinforces my point. Trump is no shape to lead any ideological fight and he wasn't good at that even when he was younger and free of all these threats.


    You can say that Trump us an imperfect choice… But please tell me you realize he is the best and only choice that has a chance at defeating the Veggie-In-Chief this November
     
    Yes. But how much does that matter really? Jesse Kelly is capable of saying pretty moronic things but he has convinced me that the only elections that really matter at this point in time are the congressional primaries. As we keep seeing all the time, sending a Thomas Massie or a Chip Roy to Washington instead of a Diaz-Ballart or a Mike Johnson is much more consequential policy-wise than voting for Trump in November.

    Fortunately, there are lots of new candidates in all states running for Congress with MAGA or libertarian ideas. I see plenty cropping up in Utah, even though this is a RINO paradise. But unfortunately, most Republican voters aren't motivated enough to take part in the primaries, keep sending Establishment RINOs to DC and then plan on fixing everything by voting for savior Trump. Even more unfortunately, Trump keeps endorsing candidates that are _not_ MAGA and will surely betray his policies and possibly himself once in Washington. See Ann Coulter's latest column about that son of illegal Syrian immigrants that he's endorsing in Arizona.

    Replies: @A123

  271. @songbird
    @A123


    The majority of the U.S. population supports indigenous Palestinian Jews. Therefore, this is an exception where Congress actually did align with the American people.
     
    Was unaware there was a poll of Americas saying that they support billions in welfare for Israel.

    Replies: @Mikel, @A123

    Was unaware there was a poll of Americans saying that they oppose billions for Palestinian Jews. Please share a link to your source.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
    @A123

    Curiously, this Rasmussen poll seems to mention a figure of 49% in support or saying it is not enough. It appears to be paywalled, so I have just seen this RT story:
    https://www.rt.com/news/596543-us-foreign-aid-generous-poll/

    Frankly, I have a hard time believing it. Maybe, people were afraid to answer 😉.

    Replies: @A123

  272. @QCIC
    @Beckow

    The Russian campaign has never been anything close to total war. Last time I checked there was no catastrophic damage or full devastation in any of the largest Ukrainian cities. I still think this is completely intentional. If Russia takes out the rest of the power plants in and around Kiev that will be closer to total war.

    Replies: @Beckow

    … sides fight close to a total war.

    The Russian campaign has never been anything close to total war.

    They are closing in, both sides will go for the jugular. That’s what I meant by “close to it” – it is no longer a “special operation” or a limited war. Kiev has not been flattened because it doesn’t serve Russia’s interest yet, “the mother of all cities” and all that. It is pretty clear that if the Ukies touch Crimea or massacre more Russian civilians Kiev and Lviv will be flattened. I suspect the Anglos would like that…they would have a good laugh about it, the dumb Ukies, oh boy…

    One or two more rounds of escalation and it will be a total war. That’s never fun, but it is a total hell for the losing side.

    • Agree: QCIC
  273. @A123
    @songbird

    Was unaware there was a poll of Americans saying that they oppose billions for Palestinian Jews. Please share a link to your source.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @songbird

    Curiously, this Rasmussen poll seems to mention a figure of 49% in support or saying it is not enough. It appears to be paywalled, so I have just seen this RT story:
    https://www.rt.com/news/596543-us-foreign-aid-generous-poll/

    Frankly, I have a hard time believing it. Maybe, people were afraid to answer 😉.

    • Replies: @A123
    @songbird

    Why do you have a hard time believing that Judeo-Christian Americans are a plurality, willing to support Judeo-Christians in Palestine?

    I guess that Bidenomics is so grueling, base survival is kicking in. On religion and morality, 49% is surprisingly low. Supporting the victims of centuries of Muslim violence is objectively the right thing to do.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B55gpo3OgQk

  274. @Derer
    @Mr. Hack


    ...how much are you being paid to monitor this website?
     
    You lost your marbles...I do it for free. BTW, I just managed to obtain your IP, expect the unexpected knock on your doors.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Derer

    I heard that you are usually sitting on the porch and shooting everything that moves. Using a stick? My goodness you are like Ukrainian army.

  275. What Really Happened to Zaluzhny? New $60 Billion Aid Package to Kiev Regime. NATO’s New Strategy for Kiev Regime – Political Terror to Break Russian People, more…

    https://marksleboda.substack.com/p/what-really-happened-to-zaluzhny?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2

    ————————————————————————-

    Ukrainian foreign minister agrees with Kremlin
    https://www.rt.com/russia/596520-kuleba-ukraine-aid-kremlin/

    US aid won’t be enough to stop Russian forces, Dmitry Kuleba has said

    ————————————————————————-

    • Replies: @Derer
    @Mikhail


    US aid won’t be enough to stop Russian forces, Dmitry Kuleba has said
     
    Exactly...the real hideous objective is not to help Ukraine but to reduce the white Slavic population. The US aid is always concocted by the Washington shadow politburo dominated by a tribe that hate Slavs. It is not the sentiment of the American people.

    Replies: @Beckow

  276. @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ

    As a side note, I wonder if the current child support laws are actually eugenic or dysgenic right now. Do you have any thoughts on this?

    I think Karlin is dipping too much into Sci-Fi even though I assume designer babies will someday be available. The costs of simply removing one gene are still astronomical so I think such talk is premature. By the time such technology is widely available we could already be a Mad Max type dystopia from dysgenics or environmental destruction. But let's first hope that gene therapy for common gene diseases becomes a widespread practice.

    As for your question I suspect child support laws are slightly eugenic even though I oppose them in their current design. I simply think they are unfair to men and especially in cases where the woman was at fault in the divorce.

    Under current laws the woman can ditch the first family and start a new one while having secured funding for existing children. In most states the woman can basically decide who gets the kids. I think women are craftier than they let on when it comes to having children. Meaning I think they put more thought into the sperm than what Christian society wants to believe. If they marry young (often out of Christian guilt) they are much more likely to get divorced. I think in their second marriage they are more likely to upgrade so to speak. If they really don't like the husband then I think they consider that when having children. It's like moving in with someone and realizing you don't want to make more of that person.

    I also think single moms are more selective than people realize. I worked with liberal White women and I noticed a pattern with the single moms whereby the "whoops one night stand" tended to not be as random as it might appear. One homely woman "just happened" to somehow snare the sperm of various handsome men. I was actually quite impressed as she was very unattractive.

    I used to know this guy who was very homely but a great worker. He lived with a woman and her two very cute girls that were definitely not his. All just fate of the gods? Hmmmm guessing not and there was no talk of her having more kids. There is a Sociology study somewhere that shows how most children of never-married single moms are not accidents as everyone assumes. Women think more like dog breeders than they let on. My wife said that certain types of ears would definitely not get a second date as she wouldn't want her kids to have them. Men don't think this way. They'll take some weird ears as long as they get laid.

    But an interesting question and I will give it some more thought.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ, @YetAnotherAnon

    The costs of simply removing one gene are still astronomical so I think such talk is premature.

    Embryo selection does not involve editing any embryos’ genes, simply choosing the embryo(s) with the best genes to implant as they already are right now.

    BTW, do you think that the old (pre-1970s) child support laws were more eugenic or dysgenic relative to the current (post-1970s) child support laws?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Mr. XYZ


    The costs of simply removing one gene are still astronomical so I think such talk is premature.

     

    Embryo selection does not involve editing any embryos’ genes, simply choosing the embryo(s) with the best genes to implant as they already are right now.

    Yes and I was talking about in utero gene therapy. It's still extremely expensive to flip a single gene.

    Embryo selection is controversial and a huge section of the population would opt out even if you reduced the cost.
    BTW, do you think that the old (pre-1970s) child support laws were more eugenic or dysgenic relative to the current (post-1970s) child support laws?

    I don't know anything about pre-70s child support laws.

    I think the bigger problem is no-fault divorce which supersedes child support.

    My guess is that it works against the middle class and is dysgenic. At the very least it is anti-natal. I think it leads to fewer children by permitting either side to divorce for hedonistic reasons. The wife or husband leaves for a fling and they don't have any more children. It also causes men to be wary of marriage when they witness such divorces.

  277. @songbird
    @A123

    Curiously, this Rasmussen poll seems to mention a figure of 49% in support or saying it is not enough. It appears to be paywalled, so I have just seen this RT story:
    https://www.rt.com/news/596543-us-foreign-aid-generous-poll/

    Frankly, I have a hard time believing it. Maybe, people were afraid to answer 😉.

    Replies: @A123

    Why do you have a hard time believing that Judeo-Christian Americans are a plurality, willing to support Judeo-Christians in Palestine?

    I guess that Bidenomics is so grueling, base survival is kicking in. On religion and morality, 49% is surprisingly low. Supporting the victims of centuries of Muslim violence is objectively the right thing to do.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    • LOL: songbird
  278. @Mikel
    @songbird


    Was unaware there was a poll of Americas saying that they support billions in welfare for Israel.
     
    I don't know what such a poll would say but I often listen to John Beck and Sean Hannity during my morning errands and they've both spent 6 months now urging their listeners to donate to the charity they sponsor because the Gaza conflict has tragically led to lots of displaced people.... in Israel!

    Replies: @songbird

    Years and years ago, I saw this really bizarre spot on TV that purported to be a charity soliciting American Christians to donate money so that poor, elderly Jews in Israel could have a kosher meal shipped to their door. Passover Seder, I think it was.

    Couldn’t believe it. What other developed country (assuming it was linked) was airing a spot to get Americans to give them free food? And Jews are probably the richest people on Earth, to boot. It was so bizarre and on the surface seemed like such an obvious scam that I couldn’t understand how anyone would think it would work. Of course, I never saw their internals.

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Matra
    @songbird

    I'm told that ad still plays on TV in Canada, and so probably the US too. (I think I first saw it on Fox News, maybe 15 years ago). IIRC the elderly, crying, impoverished Jews were supposedly in Russia or some other eastern backwater where swastikas were regularly painted on gravestones. It really was shameless. It was also a bit of an IQ test.

    Replies: @Beckow

  279. @John Johnson
    @Derer

    Johnny, You should know that NATO in Finland is actually more detrimental to Finland than Russia. Joining sinking ship instead of neutrality is really stupid for Finland. In NATO, everything is done under duress and the duress-or resides in Washington.

    NATO is a sinking ship? What do you base that assessment on? Do sinking organizations expand or retract?

    The cohesion is fragile actually even arms calibration is different among members and the bickering is increasing by the day because of the money and purpose. The end is near, actually the cold war relic is drifting aimlessly at the moment.

    Wishful thinking is a weakness in men.

    NATO is stronger than ever and I'm not a fan of the military industrial complex. I'd much rather see cuts to the US military budget in favor of populist spending and balancing the budget. But that is out for the next 5-10 years. This war is a bonanza for MIC profiteers. Putin has made a lot of military contractors very wealthy.

    The way to get rid of NATO would have been for Russia to have closer ties to the West and make it appear as an unneeded expense.

    The exact opposite has happened. Putin has made it clear that Russian Imperialism is not a thing of the past and small countries like Finland are better off in NATO than finding out if the anger management dwarf decides that "historical Russia" just happens to include them.

    NATO was actually split on Ukraine before the war. France and Germany were both opposed to Ukraine in NATO.

    France's policy on Ukraine changes
    https://warontherocks.com/2023/08/frances-policy-shift-on-ukraines-nato-membership/

    Turkey has traditionally sided with Russia and they were also expected to block a Ukraine bid if they were someday able to qualify. That is also no longer the case as Turkey is now viewed as a reliable member and not a Russian ally.

    The dwarf is terrible at geopolitics. He doesn't get that it's easier to win friends with trade than guns. Both Georgia and Moldova hate Russia while the people of Belarus would vote out their Putin puppet if given the chance. Chechnya is held up by a mafia midget that was installed by Putin. The Syrians would also vote out the Russians if they had the choice. A lot of countries simply hate Russia and Putin isn't helping by making new enemies.

    Russia does not have the economic power of the US or even close. When this war is over their GDP will be closer to Mexico. They don't have the economic leverage that Putin's fans like to imagine. Putin should have built up their economy instead of playing war.

    Replies: @Derer

    A lot of countries simply hate Russia and Putin isn’t helping by making new enemies.

    I think you misspelled the “USA”. How come 156 countries sided with Russia on the question of sanctions and filthy theft of Russian assets. Putin is the most respected leader in the world. Actually Americans would like to have him instead of the geriatric disoriented fool in the WH, who has ambition to be there 4 more years – pathetic.

  280. Just as I suspected the Russian soldiers who killed (and apparently raped) Russell Bentley were likely non-whites. Almost every time one reads about Russian soldiers engaging in rape and/or mutilation it ends up being Asians from eastern Russia. Sadly, these are likely the types of Russians who will replace Ukrainians as they conquer new territory. Based Putin indeed.

    I think it is worth noting that Russell and I had a point of disagreement about non-Russians in Russia, with me warning him that they were anti-Russian and up to no good, generally, and Russell declaring, loudly, that they were his brothers against the Fascists. But, being “colorblind” doesn’t make the dangers of dealing with the feral DIEversity go away. There are very many Russians who end up being victims of the DIEversity, regardless of whether or not they pride themselves on being tolerant or not. And speaking out about these ethnic crimes is what gets one labeled a “Neo-Nazi Fascist” by the government and the media in Russia. We can’t control what the elites dictate to us, and the policies that they pass to oppress us, but we can at least stop internalizing their brainwashing and refuse to police ourselves on behalf of the state.

    Link

    Needless to say, Russell Bentley was a boomer.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Matra

    Russell Bentley was a thorn in the side of the Ukies and their American paymasters for many years. While some may not approve of his perspective or manner of speaking, he had a "salt of the earth" demeanor which came across as genuine and highly reasonable to many people. He was explaining the Ukie attacks on Donbas civilians from a first-hand perspective for many years, long before these crimes became common knowledge in the English-speaking world. With that in mind, I imagine it is at least as likely that the Ukies had him murdered and then framed up some group to stir up dissent. Stirring up trouble within Russia by any and all means available and at every level is a primary task of the ongoing Western project. This murder would fit into that project well. I was surprised he survived as long as he did. He was a child of the Cold War and I think he realized the West was agitating to start World War 3. He was one of a handful of uninvolved men in the entire world who bravely put his life on the line to stop this massive evil. Rest in Peace, Russell.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Matra

    , @Dmitry
    @Matra

    The beginning sentences of the link is not evidence of the claim Buryats have been raping foreign reporters.

    From the first thing, the nationality of the division.

    5th Guards is from Buryatia. Buryatia is a Russian majority non-Russian Republic of the Russian Federation.

    Buryatia is the national homeland of the Buryat people who are the titular nationality.

    While Buryatia is the homeland of the Buryat people, it is a Russian majority region and the army doesn't only recruit locally. The location of the division in Buryatia doesn't imply tankers of the 5th Guards are all Buryats, although Buryats should have higher proportion of tankers in the Russian army because of the size requirement of tankers for Soviet tanks needs people below average height.

    -

    In their group pictures they look like an ethnically mixed unit, with mix of soldiers of Buryat, Russian, Tatar, Caucasian and other nationality.


    https://sun9-35.userapi.com/impg/XstWOC-5NoxwvMbXBXy1cqkd9rkk9RgsPLYWSg/AcW-SEws9_s.jpg?size=1280x960&quality=95&sign=7b087f8ded4e6803a6ebb15d9145a074&type=album

  281. @songbird
    @Mikel

    Years and years ago, I saw this really bizarre spot on TV that purported to be a charity soliciting American Christians to donate money so that poor, elderly Jews in Israel could have a kosher meal shipped to their door. Passover Seder, I think it was.

    Couldn't believe it. What other developed country (assuming it was linked) was airing a spot to get Americans to give them free food? And Jews are probably the richest people on Earth, to boot. It was so bizarre and on the surface seemed like such an obvious scam that I couldn't understand how anyone would think it would work. Of course, I never saw their internals.

    Replies: @Matra

    I’m told that ad still plays on TV in Canada, and so probably the US too. (I think I first saw it on Fox News, maybe 15 years ago). IIRC the elderly, crying, impoverished Jews were supposedly in Russia or some other eastern backwater where swastikas were regularly painted on gravestones. It really was shameless. It was also a bit of an IQ test.

    • Thanks: songbird
    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Matra


    ...It was also a bit of an IQ test.
     
    So one would assume that a lot of 'mericans and Canadians donated...:) It is a crime to leave a fool with his money. But it is aimed at elderly women...

    Try to imagine another ethnic group around the world begging publicly for money to bail out their suffering co-patriots. But we don't have to imagine it, the Ukies have been shamelessly doing it for years...Mr.Hack was boasting that he gives...that figures.

    Replies: @Matra

  282. @Mikhail
    What Really Happened to Zaluzhny? New $60 Billion Aid Package to Kiev Regime. NATO's New Strategy for Kiev Regime - Political Terror to Break Russian People, more...

    https://marksleboda.substack.com/p/what-really-happened-to-zaluzhny?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Ukrainian foreign minister agrees with Kremlin
    https://www.rt.com/russia/596520-kuleba-ukraine-aid-kremlin/

    US aid won’t be enough to stop Russian forces, Dmitry Kuleba has said


    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E0zVrGzcyw

    Replies: @Derer

    US aid won’t be enough to stop Russian forces, Dmitry Kuleba has said

    Exactly…the real hideous objective is not to help Ukraine but to reduce the white Slavic population. The US aid is always concocted by the Washington shadow politburo dominated by a tribe that hate Slavs. It is not the sentiment of the American people.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @Derer


    ...the real hideous objective is not to help Ukraine but to reduce the white Slavic population.
     
    That may be true but motivations are hard to prove. Other people may want something bad for you, but at the end of the day it is the Ukies who are lining up like lemmings to die for it. Others wouldn't fall for it, there is generally a lot more self-preservation in people than what we see in Ukraine.

    After the carnage is done the survivors will claim that they were deceived or that they were too scared. I am not sure which one is worse, being a dumbo or a patsy. One thing we will not see are the surviving Ukies saying "I wish I had gone to the trenches."

    And the cheerleading club here, JoJo, AP, Mr. Hack, LatW,... will disappear into thin ether never to be heard from again.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN

  283. @Mr. Hack
    @Derer

    If you show up at my door, I hope that you're wearing a hard hat. I HAVE A SPECIAL HARD STICK THAT I USE ON INTRUDERS LIKE YOU.

    Replies: @Derer

    I heard that you are usually sitting on the porch and shooting everything that moves. Using a stick? My goodness you are like Ukrainian army.

  284. • Replies: @songbird
    @songbird

    Guess it must be a different scroll and group.

    Sounds like they are using an alternative imagining technique.

    Am supposing but must be a lot cheaper and more local which would perhaps remove any political hurdles to getting the scrolls scanned. But OCT doesn't have the same ability to penetrate as a partical accelerator, so one could not get the full scroll, but only about the first 2 or 3 mm. They say 30% of that particular one, which I think must be their limit on it.

    Top layers could potentially increase the available data by quite a lot. Improve the ML. And allow one to prioritize what scrolls to give the full treatment to, though I don't think the cost itself is really a huge issue, considering the potential.

    Replies: @sudden death

  285. @Matra
    @songbird

    I'm told that ad still plays on TV in Canada, and so probably the US too. (I think I first saw it on Fox News, maybe 15 years ago). IIRC the elderly, crying, impoverished Jews were supposedly in Russia or some other eastern backwater where swastikas were regularly painted on gravestones. It really was shameless. It was also a bit of an IQ test.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …It was also a bit of an IQ test.

    So one would assume that a lot of ‘mericans and Canadians donated…:) It is a crime to leave a fool with his money. But it is aimed at elderly women…

    Try to imagine another ethnic group around the world begging publicly for money to bail out their suffering co-patriots. But we don’t have to imagine it, the Ukies have been shamelessly doing it for years…Mr.Hack was boasting that he gives…that figures.

    • Replies: @Matra
    @Beckow

    I actually don't think the point of the ad was to get donations, or at least not the main point. I'm guessing here but I think it's about crafting a narrative of Jewish suffering to advance a political agenda favourable to Israel. I don't know for sure but it seems that this ad just popped up again recently after many years of not being on TV. Maybe not a coincidence with Israel being in a major public relations battle.

    Replies: @LatW

  286. @Matra
    Just as I suspected the Russian soldiers who killed (and apparently raped) Russell Bentley were likely non-whites. Almost every time one reads about Russian soldiers engaging in rape and/or mutilation it ends up being Asians from eastern Russia. Sadly, these are likely the types of Russians who will replace Ukrainians as they conquer new territory. Based Putin indeed.

    I think it is worth noting that Russell and I had a point of disagreement about non-Russians in Russia, with me warning him that they were anti-Russian and up to no good, generally, and Russell declaring, loudly, that they were his brothers against the Fascists. But, being “colorblind” doesn’t make the dangers of dealing with the feral DIEversity go away. There are very many Russians who end up being victims of the DIEversity, regardless of whether or not they pride themselves on being tolerant or not. And speaking out about these ethnic crimes is what gets one labeled a “Neo-Nazi Fascist” by the government and the media in Russia. We can’t control what the elites dictate to us, and the policies that they pass to oppress us, but we can at least stop internalizing their brainwashing and refuse to police ourselves on behalf of the state.
     
    Link

    Needless to say, Russell Bentley was a boomer.

    Replies: @QCIC, @Dmitry

    Russell Bentley was a thorn in the side of the Ukies and their American paymasters for many years. While some may not approve of his perspective or manner of speaking, he had a “salt of the earth” demeanor which came across as genuine and highly reasonable to many people. He was explaining the Ukie attacks on Donbas civilians from a first-hand perspective for many years, long before these crimes became common knowledge in the English-speaking world. With that in mind, I imagine it is at least as likely that the Ukies had him murdered and then framed up some group to stir up dissent. Stirring up trouble within Russia by any and all means available and at every level is a primary task of the ongoing Western project. This murder would fit into that project well. I was surprised he survived as long as he did. He was a child of the Cold War and I think he realized the West was agitating to start World War 3. He was one of a handful of uninvolved men in the entire world who bravely put his life on the line to stop this massive evil. Rest in Peace, Russell.

    • Thanks: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @QCIC

    I generally prefer to keep personal squabbles away from the intended discussion. Ritter didn't like Bentley even though the latter supported the former in the Lira-Ritter dispute. Bentley is briefly brought up in this recent segment along with a certain girly man pro-Kiev regime advocate getting duped by two Russian pranksters.

    https://rumble.com/v4qdqp2-ask-the-inspector-ep.-153-streams-live-april-23-at-3-pm-et.html

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @Matra
    @QCIC


    With that in mind, I imagine it is at least as likely that the Ukies had him murdered and then framed up some group to stir up dissent.
     
    Absolutely no one believes that, including his Russian wife and the DPR.

    Replies: @QCIC, @AP, @AnonfromTN

  287. @Derer
    @Mikhail


    US aid won’t be enough to stop Russian forces, Dmitry Kuleba has said
     
    Exactly...the real hideous objective is not to help Ukraine but to reduce the white Slavic population. The US aid is always concocted by the Washington shadow politburo dominated by a tribe that hate Slavs. It is not the sentiment of the American people.

    Replies: @Beckow

    …the real hideous objective is not to help Ukraine but to reduce the white Slavic population.

    That may be true but motivations are hard to prove. Other people may want something bad for you, but at the end of the day it is the Ukies who are lining up like lemmings to die for it. Others wouldn’t fall for it, there is generally a lot more self-preservation in people than what we see in Ukraine.

    After the carnage is done the survivors will claim that they were deceived or that they were too scared. I am not sure which one is worse, being a dumbo or a patsy. One thing we will not see are the surviving Ukies saying “I wish I had gone to the trenches.

    And the cheerleading club here, JoJo, AP, Mr. Hack, LatW,… will disappear into thin ether never to be heard from again.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Beckow


    And the cheerleading club here, JoJo, AP, Mr. Hack, LatW,… will disappear into thin ether never to be heard from again.
     
    Haha, Beckow, just because I disappear from these threads, doesn't mean I'd give up on Ukraine. That's part of my life now and we're in this for the long haul. The reason for "disappearing" would be boredom (or abusive comments).

    A few interesting developments could still take place, hopefully in RF, too (alas, unlike you, I cannot really find "enjoyment" in any of this).

    Replies: @Beckow

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Beckow


    And the cheerleading club here, JoJo, AP, Mr. Hack, LatW,… will disappear into thin ether never to be heard from again.
     
    Don’t you worry, useful idiots will be used by the ruling cabal for other things. These are quintessential sovoks: always sincerely supporting the party line. Valuable material, very useful idiots. They will disappear only when the current cabal is no longer ruling. Not exactly disappear even then, though: they will sincerely support the party line of the next cabal that becomes ruling.

    Replies: @Beckow

  288. @songbird
    Has GR seen this story about new details on Plato?

    https://archive.is/PdCkX
    https://interestingengineering.com/culture/plato-burial-bionic-eye
    https://www.cnr.it/it/nota-stampa/n-12655/lo-sguardo-tecnologico-legge-i-papiri-carbonizzati

    Is it real? That same scroll they started with?

    Replies: @songbird

    Guess it must be a different scroll and group.

    Sounds like they are using an alternative imagining technique.

    Am supposing but must be a lot cheaper and more local which would perhaps remove any political hurdles to getting the scrolls scanned. But OCT doesn’t have the same ability to penetrate as a partical accelerator, so one could not get the full scroll, but only about the first 2 or 3 mm. They say 30% of that particular one, which I think must be their limit on it.

    Top layers could potentially increase the available data by quite a lot. Improve the ML. And allow one to prioritize what scrolls to give the full treatment to, though I don’t think the cost itself is really a huge issue, considering the potential.

    • Replies: @sudden death
    @songbird


    This project, which received ERC (European Research Council) funding amounting to 2,498,356 euros, started in 2021 and will last 5 years and eight months, is coordinated by Graziano Ranocchia of the University of Pisa in collaboration with the Institute of cultural heritage sciences (Cnr-Ispc) and the “Antonio Zampolli” Institute of Computational Linguistics (Cnr-Ilc) of the National Research Council, and the National Library of Naples where this papyrus, burned following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. C, is preserved together with many others.

    The project, in addition to investigating the state of conservation of these artefacts, has the aim of publishing an updated edition - thanks to the application of imaging techniques and philological methods - of Philodemus' Review of the Philosophers, the oldest history of Greek philosophy in our possession. The History of the Academy is part of it, which contains much exclusive information about Plato and the development of the Academy under his successors.

    “Compared to previous editions, there is now an almost radically changed text, implying a number of new and concrete facts about various academic philosophers. Through the new edition and its contextualization, scholars have arrived at unexpected deductions of interdisciplinary scope for ancient philosophy, Greek biography and literature and the history of the book, comments Graziano Ranocchia. “Some previous additions have been replaced, some previously fragmentary passages have been integrated or reread. The increase in text roughly corresponds to the discovery of ten new medium-sized papyrus fragments. The new readings often draw on new and concrete facts about Plato's Academy, Hellenistic literature, Philodemus of Gadara and ancient history in general,” adds Kilian Fleischer, the editor of this precious papyrus as part of the GreekSchools project.
    .........................................
    “The GreekSchools project also aims to develop methods of investigation of manuscripts by applying the most advanced diagnostic imaging techniques available today (infrared and ultraviolet optical imaging, molecular and elemental imaging, thermal imaging, tomography, optical microscopy digital, etc.)”, specifies Costanza Miliani of the Cnr-Ispc. Staff from this Institute, from the Cnr-Scitec and from other European research centres, using mobile instruments from the Molab platform belonging to the European research infrastructure on Heritage Science E-RIHS, apply non-invasive techniques to opisthograph and stratified papyrus order to read text inaccessible on the reverse or hidden within multiple layers.


     

    https://www.cnr.it/it/nota-stampa/n-12655/lo-sguardo-tecnologico-legge-i-papiri-carbonizzati

    Replies: @songbird

  289. Beginning to suspect that Mr. Hack has a blackthorn shillelagh that he handcrafted or inherited from his great grandfather and starting to feel very envious of it.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    For anybody else interested, a blackthorn shillelagh is a finely crafted Irish walking stick:

    https://th.bing.com/th/id/OIP.JJWhyh0mLHyNPBBYtb0sxAAAAA?rs=1&pid=ImgDetMain

    If I had inherited a walking stick from my grandfather it sould have looked something like this, a hutzul topar:

    https://th.bing.com/th/id/OIP._fhTMUC47H_p2xIH1M86owHaE8?rs=1&pid=ImgDetMain

  290. Of course feel free to follow-up, professor and at least two other regulars.

    https://www.eurasiantimes.com/it-will-be-a-shock-ukraine-lost-500000-soldiers-in-war/

    “It Will Be A Shock”: Ukraine Lost 500,000 Soldiers In War So Far, Nearly 30,000 Per Month: Lutsenko Claims

    Ukraine lost 500,000 soldiers, killed or seriously wounded, since the beginning of the Russian special military operation/invasion, former Prosecutor General and ex-head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said on YouTube

  291. @QCIC
    @Matra

    Russell Bentley was a thorn in the side of the Ukies and their American paymasters for many years. While some may not approve of his perspective or manner of speaking, he had a "salt of the earth" demeanor which came across as genuine and highly reasonable to many people. He was explaining the Ukie attacks on Donbas civilians from a first-hand perspective for many years, long before these crimes became common knowledge in the English-speaking world. With that in mind, I imagine it is at least as likely that the Ukies had him murdered and then framed up some group to stir up dissent. Stirring up trouble within Russia by any and all means available and at every level is a primary task of the ongoing Western project. This murder would fit into that project well. I was surprised he survived as long as he did. He was a child of the Cold War and I think he realized the West was agitating to start World War 3. He was one of a handful of uninvolved men in the entire world who bravely put his life on the line to stop this massive evil. Rest in Peace, Russell.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Matra

    I generally prefer to keep personal squabbles away from the intended discussion. Ritter didn’t like Bentley even though the latter supported the former in the Lira-Ritter dispute. Bentley is briefly brought up in this recent segment along with a certain girly man pro-Kiev regime advocate getting duped by two Russian pranksters.

    https://rumble.com/v4qdqp2-ask-the-inspector-ep.-153-streams-live-april-23-at-3-pm-et.html

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Mikhail

    Thanks. At what time in the video do they discuss Bentley?

    I do not know any of these web personages, but I am glad I can learn from them. Like most people I form my opinions on their character based on very limited information. C'est la vie.

    Replies: @Mikhail

  292. AP says:
    @Beckow
    @AP


    Maybe Russia takes the rest of mostly rural Donbas
     
    And maybe they take more, there are a lot of rural areas in Ukraine that are effectively not defensible at this point. It is really up to how far Russia wants to go. Cities are traps - with no power, water, supplies they can hold out (at huge suffering) for only so long. It has been like that throughout the history. Only Russia's concern for humanity can constrain it. The Frenchie army is not marching in to save anyone.

    At some point even the most fanatical resistance runs out of steam (or live bodies and ammunition). Large parts of Ukraine - maybe majority now - are not pro-Kiev or pro-Russia, they just want the war to be over. See the videos of the Ukie men chased by the draft goons - it is very sad, but it doesn't look like the Ukies want to fight and die anymore. No matter how much Johnson and 'kill all Russians!' maniac Graham want it.

    It will be not be as stalemate. Either a small loss for Kiev-Nato or a bigger one. It was built into the situation from the beginning, you just refused to see it.


    I hope it doesn’t end next year…the lesson has to be thorough

    I know you don’t. It’s the kind of person you are.
     

    You don't know me, I am usually a pacifist: live and let live. But mistakes have consequences in human evolution: Nato-in-Ukraine was a catastrophic mistake, a very bad idea. That's why you now deny it - it is embarrassing to be that stupid. It takes some time to cure people of bad ideas and some don't make it through the cure.

    It wasn't my preference, I wanted for Ukraine to have peace and normal relations with all neighbors. They chose differently, it has to have consequences, the world is like that.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @AP

    Maybe Russia takes the rest of mostly rural Donbas

    And maybe they take more, there are a lot of rural areas in Ukraine that are effectively not defensible at this point.

    Not really. Otherwise Russia would be moving a lot faster and more easily, without mass casualties.

    Neither side would be able to take the big cities on the map:

    Cities are traps – with no power, water, supplies they can hold out (at huge suffering) for only so long.

    Besieging and surrounding a large city like Kharkiv would take what – a million soldiers?

    This isn’t World War II.

    Large parts of Ukraine – maybe majority now – are not pro-Kiev or pro-Russia, they just want the war to be over

    So says the guy who insisted Ukrainians would surrender in a few weeks.

    Another example of your deep knowledge of the country.

    It will be not be as stalemate. Either a small loss for Kiev-Nato or a bigger one

    Prediction: you will creatively interpret a stalemate as a Russian victory.

    • Replies: @Derer
    @AP

    Why the hell you oppose anything that favour Russia and without any substantial argument...all just superficial nonsense. Russia is going nowhere it will remain big and rich with abundance of natural resource - has a great future.

    So far the simpleminded hawks from Washington are able to partially retard the expected progress in Russia after 75 years of communist tyranny but not for long, they themselves are going the opposite direction, regressing. I know, I am witnessing the work of "great" minds like Biden, Blinken or Schumer.

    Replies: @AP, @Greasy William

  293. @Beckow
    @Matra


    ...It was also a bit of an IQ test.
     
    So one would assume that a lot of 'mericans and Canadians donated...:) It is a crime to leave a fool with his money. But it is aimed at elderly women...

    Try to imagine another ethnic group around the world begging publicly for money to bail out their suffering co-patriots. But we don't have to imagine it, the Ukies have been shamelessly doing it for years...Mr.Hack was boasting that he gives...that figures.

    Replies: @Matra

    I actually don’t think the point of the ad was to get donations, or at least not the main point. I’m guessing here but I think it’s about crafting a narrative of Jewish suffering to advance a political agenda favourable to Israel. I don’t know for sure but it seems that this ad just popped up again recently after many years of not being on TV. Maybe not a coincidence with Israel being in a major public relations battle.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Matra


    I don’t know for sure but it seems that this ad just popped up again recently after many years of not being on TV.
     
    They were running on the cable 4 or 5 years ago (have stopped watching cable since then, so don't know if they're still running, probably). What struck me a bit (and what I find even kind of funny), is that these were black and white ads that tried to portray Eastern Europe as this gloomy place where these old Jewish ladies had been left behind. Of course, the poor should be helped but there are orgs in the EE that help and give out similar packages. The Jewish community also received some restitution money. They have their own charities as well. I'm not sure about Ukraine and Russia, but in the Baltic States elderly Jews don't really look like in those ads (they're much better taken care of). These videos gave off a kind of a Boraty vibe. Jews can be funny sometimes with their "creativity".

    Israel lacked food back when the US was not yet helping Israel and Israel went through the rough times alone (the 1950s, 60s) when the state was being set up and when they fought the Arabs. But they might need food now, and especially the Gazans. Their farming sector which was quite inventive, has taken a hit. So maybe those ads make sense now, but a few years back they seemed a bit out of place. From an E.Euro perspective, they seem like a stark contrast with reality. But these types of ads go with that whole grievance genre. And as I said - times are harder now, so maybe some Jews in Ukraine need this (many affluent folks have bailed Ukraine, although their volunteer networks are more robust now than ever before).

    Not everyone is buying it though, the Gen X are like "yea, right", the young probably don't care, it might be geared towards the 55+ Hannity audience. Maybe Americans, who sometimes can be naive and not fully informed about overseas, simply like passing out food, they've done this on many occasions, they even sent food over to the Baltics during the Civil War years after the revolution.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Dmitry

  294. @QCIC
    @Matra

    Russell Bentley was a thorn in the side of the Ukies and their American paymasters for many years. While some may not approve of his perspective or manner of speaking, he had a "salt of the earth" demeanor which came across as genuine and highly reasonable to many people. He was explaining the Ukie attacks on Donbas civilians from a first-hand perspective for many years, long before these crimes became common knowledge in the English-speaking world. With that in mind, I imagine it is at least as likely that the Ukies had him murdered and then framed up some group to stir up dissent. Stirring up trouble within Russia by any and all means available and at every level is a primary task of the ongoing Western project. This murder would fit into that project well. I was surprised he survived as long as he did. He was a child of the Cold War and I think he realized the West was agitating to start World War 3. He was one of a handful of uninvolved men in the entire world who bravely put his life on the line to stop this massive evil. Rest in Peace, Russell.

    Replies: @Mikhail, @Matra

    With that in mind, I imagine it is at least as likely that the Ukies had him murdered and then framed up some group to stir up dissent.

    Absolutely no one believes that, including his Russian wife and the DPR.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Matra

    My point was not to convince you, but to remind us that we have no idea what really happened with Prigozhin or at Kakhovka or to the Moskva or with a thousand other events in this conflict. Truth is the first casualty in war. The Western-Ukraine propaganda is industrialized to the highest level in history. The patterns we read about and watch in videos may tell us something, but the forces which created the patterns may take decades to come to light, if ever.

    I skimmed your original link and a few things seemed off so I proposed an alternate hypothesis. For sure lots of people thought Bentley could have been murdered long ago. I agree the link has a great picture of some nasty-looking Buryats. I think these are the guys who planted the demon seed in the Russians long ago, or something like that. None of that excuses NATO expansion, the US dropping nuclear arms control treaties or any of the aggressive Western moves which led directly to this mess.

    We have no idea, actually zero, what his distraught wife would or could say in an encounter with the press, the government or even her family. Literally zero. We are all corrupted by Hollywood plus Youtube leading us to believe we know what is going on. More than half a million men have been shot, burned and blown up within a few hundred miles of her home in the past two years. Most likely she recognizes the West is doing this solely to break Russia.

    Replies: @LatW

    , @AP
    @Matra

    The belief that Ukrainians did it and the Russians and the man’s own widow are covering it up appeals to low information low trust people.

    The only potential difference from the generally accepted observation is that Bentley wasn’t tortured for a few days and killed because he was thought to be a spy, but rather he was tortured and killed because the Russian (Buryat) troops were angry and frustrated and took their anger out on this foreign idiot who showed up at the wrong time.

    He was detained right after a missile strike that killed a lot of Russian troops; he came into the scene soon afterward to help, this Western idiot who cheerleads the war. We know Russians mistreat Serb volunteers, how would they treat this fat moron? Of course, claiming they thought he was a spy would help them get off lightly (or avoid punishment entirely) for what they did. No malice, just an honest mistake done for patriotic reasons.

    Replies: @QCIC

    , @AnonfromTN
    @Matra


    Just as I suspected the Russian soldiers who killed (and apparently raped) Russell Bentley
     
    1. Source of info?
    2. Where does this source get funding (he who pays the musicians calls the tune)?

    Absolutely no one believes that, including his Russian wife and the DPR.
     
    People believed all sorts of preposterous things for thousands of years. Beliefs do not constitute proof.
  295. @Mikhail
    @QCIC

    I generally prefer to keep personal squabbles away from the intended discussion. Ritter didn't like Bentley even though the latter supported the former in the Lira-Ritter dispute. Bentley is briefly brought up in this recent segment along with a certain girly man pro-Kiev regime advocate getting duped by two Russian pranksters.

    https://rumble.com/v4qdqp2-ask-the-inspector-ep.-153-streams-live-april-23-at-3-pm-et.html

    Replies: @QCIC

    Thanks. At what time in the video do they discuss Bentley?

    I do not know any of these web personages, but I am glad I can learn from them. Like most people I form my opinions on their character based on very limited information. C’est la vie.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @QCIC

    Sorry to not have bookmarked it. You'll have to scroll around. Pretty good show. Among the highlights, he sarcastically mocks a Brit sovok leaning questioner.

    Replies: @QCIC

  296. @QCIC
    @Mikhail

    Thanks. At what time in the video do they discuss Bentley?

    I do not know any of these web personages, but I am glad I can learn from them. Like most people I form my opinions on their character based on very limited information. C'est la vie.

    Replies: @Mikhail

    Sorry to not have bookmarked it. You’ll have to scroll around. Pretty good show. Among the highlights, he sarcastically mocks a Brit sovok leaning questioner.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @Mikhail

    Ritter on Bentley at 41:00. After reading the Rolling Stone interview I understand there is plenty the two might disagree over. As I wrote to Matra, we don't know these guys.

  297. @songbird
    Beginning to suspect that Mr. Hack has a blackthorn shillelagh that he handcrafted or inherited from his great grandfather and starting to feel very envious of it.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    For anybody else interested, a blackthorn shillelagh is a finely crafted Irish walking stick:

    https://th.bing.com/th/id/OIP.JJWhyh0mLHyNPBBYtb0sxAAAAA?rs=1&pid=ImgDetMain

    If I had inherited a walking stick from my grandfather it sould have looked something like this, a hutzul topar:

    https://th.bing.com/th/id/OIP._fhTMUC47H_p2xIH1M86owHaE8?rs=1&pid=ImgDetMain

    • Thanks: songbird
  298. @Beckow
    @Derer


    ...the real hideous objective is not to help Ukraine but to reduce the white Slavic population.
     
    That may be true but motivations are hard to prove. Other people may want something bad for you, but at the end of the day it is the Ukies who are lining up like lemmings to die for it. Others wouldn't fall for it, there is generally a lot more self-preservation in people than what we see in Ukraine.

    After the carnage is done the survivors will claim that they were deceived or that they were too scared. I am not sure which one is worse, being a dumbo or a patsy. One thing we will not see are the surviving Ukies saying "I wish I had gone to the trenches."

    And the cheerleading club here, JoJo, AP, Mr. Hack, LatW,... will disappear into thin ether never to be heard from again.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN

    And the cheerleading club here, JoJo, AP, Mr. Hack, LatW,… will disappear into thin ether never to be heard from again.

    Haha, Beckow, just because I disappear from these threads, doesn’t mean I’d give up on Ukraine. That’s part of my life now and we’re in this for the long haul. The reason for “disappearing” would be boredom (or abusive comments).

    A few interesting developments could still take place, hopefully in RF, too (alas, unlike you, I cannot really find “enjoyment” in any of this).

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @LatW

    We are at the beginning. How it plays out is predictable but will have surprises. Questions remain.

    What will happen to Transnistria? Will Cichanovskaia and Guidado ever make it official? Maybe on Miami beach with the Senator Graham officiating? Will Zelina ever play the piano for us again? Who gets Kiev. So stick around. Something could happen in Moscow to make you happy - so many Tajiks to hire for what you called 'the second front'...blood and hatred feed on each other. And then when it is over everyone is slightly embarrassed.

    Life has to be enjoyed, not endured. Look into that idea.

  299. @Matra
    @QCIC


    With that in mind, I imagine it is at least as likely that the Ukies had him murdered and then framed up some group to stir up dissent.
     
    Absolutely no one believes that, including his Russian wife and the DPR.

    Replies: @QCIC, @AP, @AnonfromTN

    My point was not to convince you, but to remind us that we have no idea what really happened with Prigozhin or at Kakhovka or to the Moskva or with a thousand other events in this conflict. Truth is the first casualty in war. The Western-Ukraine propaganda is industrialized to the highest level in history. The patterns we read about and watch in videos may tell us something, but the forces which created the patterns may take decades to come to light, if ever.

    I skimmed your original link and a few things seemed off so I proposed an alternate hypothesis. For sure lots of people thought Bentley could have been murdered long ago. I agree the link has a great picture of some nasty-looking Buryats. I think these are the guys who planted the demon seed in the Russians long ago, or something like that. None of that excuses NATO expansion, the US dropping nuclear arms control treaties or any of the aggressive Western moves which led directly to this mess.

    We have no idea, actually zero, what his distraught wife would or could say in an encounter with the press, the government or even her family. Literally zero. We are all corrupted by Hollywood plus Youtube leading us to believe we know what is going on. More than half a million men have been shot, burned and blown up within a few hundred miles of her home in the past two years. Most likely she recognizes the West is doing this solely to break Russia.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @QCIC

    The MO is typical of the Russian penal system - that kind of barbarity is a systemic thing. It's not the Ukrainian MO. Of course, if this is true, it's a horrible, undeserved death. Most Americans are not prepared for that type of brutality in real life.

    Replies: @LatW

  300. @Matra
    @Beckow

    I actually don't think the point of the ad was to get donations, or at least not the main point. I'm guessing here but I think it's about crafting a narrative of Jewish suffering to advance a political agenda favourable to Israel. I don't know for sure but it seems that this ad just popped up again recently after many years of not being on TV. Maybe not a coincidence with Israel being in a major public relations battle.

    Replies: @LatW

    I don’t know for sure but it seems that this ad just popped up again recently after many years of not being on TV.

    They were running on the cable 4 or 5 years ago (have stopped watching cable since then, so don’t know if they’re still running, probably). What struck me a bit (and what I find even kind of funny), is that these were black and white ads that tried to portray Eastern Europe as this gloomy place where these old Jewish ladies had been left behind. Of course, the poor should be helped but there are orgs in the EE that help and give out similar packages. The Jewish community also received some restitution money. They have their own charities as well. I’m not sure about Ukraine and Russia, but in the Baltic States elderly Jews don’t really look like in those ads (they’re much better taken care of). These videos gave off a kind of a Boraty vibe. Jews can be funny sometimes with their “creativity”.

    Israel lacked food back when the US was not yet helping Israel and Israel went through the rough times alone (the 1950s, 60s) when the state was being set up and when they fought the Arabs. But they might need food now, and especially the Gazans. Their farming sector which was quite inventive, has taken a hit. So maybe those ads make sense now, but a few years back they seemed a bit out of place. From an E.Euro perspective, they seem like a stark contrast with reality. But these types of ads go with that whole grievance genre. And as I said – times are harder now, so maybe some Jews in Ukraine need this (many affluent folks have bailed Ukraine, although their volunteer networks are more robust now than ever before).

    Not everyone is buying it though, the Gen X are like “yea, right”, the young probably don’t care, it might be geared towards the 55+ Hannity audience. Maybe Americans, who sometimes can be naive and not fully informed about overseas, simply like passing out food, they’ve done this on many occasions, they even sent food over to the Baltics during the Civil War years after the revolution.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @LatW


    What struck me a bit (and what I find even kind of funny), is that these were black and white ads that tried to portray Eastern Europe as this gloomy place where these old Jewish ladies had been left behind.
     
    Like almost everything on television those ads are for the credulous. Who doesn't know the east Europe folks exterminated all their Jews?

    That's what they advertise in the exclusive brochures. "Come to beautiful Riga! We got rid of the f*cking Jews!"
    , @Dmitry
    @LatW


    Baltic States
     
    Because Baltic States are like the equivalent to Norway of the postsoviet states. After the 1990s, Baltic states recovered to multiple times higher GDP per capita than Ukraine. They have working governments with EU monitoring, they don't have wars or even political instability for thirty years.

    They are part of the EU internal market and received tens of billions of dollars direct transfers from the EU.

    Ukraine has war, political instability, corruption, industrial collapse. As the result Ukraine has tens of millions of poor people.
    -

    What happens with Ukraine is a scary failure of history. Not so many years in the past, the USSR was supposed to save the world.


    the Baltic States elderly Jews don’t really look like in those ads (they’re much better taken care of). These videos gave off a kind of a Boraty vibe.

     

    The number of Baltic Jews is smaller than the population of Izium. They can be urbanized middle class populations, but probably most of their infrastructure funded with support of external-donations, including maybe holocaust restitution from the German government, donations from wealthy American Jews.

    These a very small communities, but I have seen each of the three Baltic Jewish communities have multiple shiny schools with digital classroom equipment, though the population is a minority of a minority?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q1e8RSqfJY.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgYIq6IwlgA.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcdAIi_46Gc.

    I guess that's external donations funding not different than in Ukraine.

    Replies: @LatW, @sudden death

  301. @QCIC
    @Matra

    My point was not to convince you, but to remind us that we have no idea what really happened with Prigozhin or at Kakhovka or to the Moskva or with a thousand other events in this conflict. Truth is the first casualty in war. The Western-Ukraine propaganda is industrialized to the highest level in history. The patterns we read about and watch in videos may tell us something, but the forces which created the patterns may take decades to come to light, if ever.

    I skimmed your original link and a few things seemed off so I proposed an alternate hypothesis. For sure lots of people thought Bentley could have been murdered long ago. I agree the link has a great picture of some nasty-looking Buryats. I think these are the guys who planted the demon seed in the Russians long ago, or something like that. None of that excuses NATO expansion, the US dropping nuclear arms control treaties or any of the aggressive Western moves which led directly to this mess.

    We have no idea, actually zero, what his distraught wife would or could say in an encounter with the press, the government or even her family. Literally zero. We are all corrupted by Hollywood plus Youtube leading us to believe we know what is going on. More than half a million men have been shot, burned and blown up within a few hundred miles of her home in the past two years. Most likely she recognizes the West is doing this solely to break Russia.

    Replies: @LatW

    The MO is typical of the Russian penal system – that kind of barbarity is a systemic thing. It’s not the Ukrainian MO. Of course, if this is true, it’s a horrible, undeserved death. Most Americans are not prepared for that type of brutality in real life.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @LatW

    That said, it is also kind of ironic - the Russian world got him. With all the non-Russians in their ranks, there is more license during such a large war than usual (we don't see the worst but it's there, it's on Telegram). I wonder if he participated in combat and was actually shooting at Ukrainians.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

  302. @LatW
    @QCIC

    The MO is typical of the Russian penal system - that kind of barbarity is a systemic thing. It's not the Ukrainian MO. Of course, if this is true, it's a horrible, undeserved death. Most Americans are not prepared for that type of brutality in real life.

    Replies: @LatW

    That said, it is also kind of ironic – the Russian world got him. With all the non-Russians in their ranks, there is more license during such a large war than usual (we don’t see the worst but it’s there, it’s on Telegram). I wonder if he participated in combat and was actually shooting at Ukrainians.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @LatW

    The most amazing part is that we don’t see more of this from Americans drawn to fight there on both sides.

    The main thing about Ukraine as the Germans found is not to get buried there with your Kameraden.

    An entire generation of Barbarossans vanished in the Black Mud.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  303. @AP
    @Beckow


    Maybe Russia takes the rest of mostly rural Donbas

    And maybe they take more, there are a lot of rural areas in Ukraine that are effectively not defensible at this point.
     
    Not really. Otherwise Russia would be moving a lot faster and more easily, without mass casualties.

    Neither side would be able to take the big cities on the map:

    https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/static/maps/UP-map.jpg

    Cities are traps – with no power, water, supplies they can hold out (at huge suffering) for only so long.
     
    Besieging and surrounding a large city like Kharkiv would take what - a million soldiers?

    This isn't World War II.

    Large parts of Ukraine – maybe majority now – are not pro-Kiev or pro-Russia, they just want the war to be over
     
    So says the guy who insisted Ukrainians would surrender in a few weeks.

    Another example of your deep knowledge of the country.

    It will be not be as stalemate. Either a small loss for Kiev-Nato or a bigger one
     
    Prediction: you will creatively interpret a stalemate as a Russian victory.

    Replies: @Derer

    Why the hell you oppose anything that favour Russia and without any substantial argument…all just superficial nonsense. Russia is going nowhere it will remain big and rich with abundance of natural resource – has a great future.

    So far the simpleminded hawks from Washington are able to partially retard the expected progress in Russia after 75 years of communist tyranny but not for long, they themselves are going the opposite direction, regressing. I know, I am witnessing the work of “great” minds like Biden, Blinken or Schumer.

    • Replies: @AP
    @Derer


    So far the simpleminded hawks from Washington are able to partially retard the expected progress in Russia after 75 years of communist tyranny
     
    Putin retarded Russia’s progress when he grabbed Crimea in 2014. Russia recovered by 2021 (would have earlier if not for Covid), but he did it again in 2022.

    And some Russians are proud that they screwed Ukraine even more but this is like the parable about the peasant who was granted any wish on the condition that his neighbor would get double. The peasant wished that he would lose one eye.

    The years 2010-2014 (and maybe 2021) will be fondly remembered as a Golden Age for Russia. Russians were about as rich as Poles back then, even a bit richer in 2013 when taking into account purchase power:

    https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.PP.KD?locations=RU-PL

    It will take a long time if ever for Russia to return to that. Not sure if living off Chinese scraps will be so great.

    Replies: @Derer

    , @Greasy William
    @Derer


    Russia is going nowhere it will remain big and rich with abundance of natural resource – has a great future
     
    Not a Russophobe, but I really don't think so.

    I do think they are gonna win this war pretty shortly, however
  304. @LatW
    @LatW

    That said, it is also kind of ironic - the Russian world got him. With all the non-Russians in their ranks, there is more license during such a large war than usual (we don't see the worst but it's there, it's on Telegram). I wonder if he participated in combat and was actually shooting at Ukrainians.

    Replies: @Wokechoke

    The most amazing part is that we don’t see more of this from Americans drawn to fight there on both sides.

    The main thing about Ukraine as the Germans found is not to get buried there with your Kameraden.

    An entire generation of Barbarossans vanished in the Black Mud.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Wokechoke


    An entire generation of Barbarossans vanished in the Black Mud.
     
    Many just blended in and married some of the beautiful local gals and were able to put their many talents to use in rebuilding Ukraine. Sure are a lot of tall, blond haired Ukrainians within Ukraine. Charles XII left his imprint much earlier. My 93 year old roommate has told me a lot of tales a about this Germanization of Ukraine...

    Replies: @LatW

  305. @songbird
    @songbird

    Guess it must be a different scroll and group.

    Sounds like they are using an alternative imagining technique.

    Am supposing but must be a lot cheaper and more local which would perhaps remove any political hurdles to getting the scrolls scanned. But OCT doesn't have the same ability to penetrate as a partical accelerator, so one could not get the full scroll, but only about the first 2 or 3 mm. They say 30% of that particular one, which I think must be their limit on it.

    Top layers could potentially increase the available data by quite a lot. Improve the ML. And allow one to prioritize what scrolls to give the full treatment to, though I don't think the cost itself is really a huge issue, considering the potential.

    Replies: @sudden death

    This project, which received ERC (European Research Council) funding amounting to 2,498,356 euros, started in 2021 and will last 5 years and eight months, is coordinated by Graziano Ranocchia of the University of Pisa in collaboration with the Institute of cultural heritage sciences (Cnr-Ispc) and the “Antonio Zampolli” Institute of Computational Linguistics (Cnr-Ilc) of the National Research Council, and the National Library of Naples where this papyrus, burned following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. C, is preserved together with many others.

    The project, in addition to investigating the state of conservation of these artefacts, has the aim of publishing an updated edition – thanks to the application of imaging techniques and philological methods – of Philodemus’ Review of the Philosophers, the oldest history of Greek philosophy in our possession. The History of the Academy is part of it, which contains much exclusive information about Plato and the development of the Academy under his successors.

    “Compared to previous editions, there is now an almost radically changed text, implying a number of new and concrete facts about various academic philosophers. Through the new edition and its contextualization, scholars have arrived at unexpected deductions of interdisciplinary scope for ancient philosophy, Greek biography and literature and the history of the book, comments Graziano Ranocchia. “Some previous additions have been replaced, some previously fragmentary passages have been integrated or reread. The increase in text roughly corresponds to the discovery of ten new medium-sized papyrus fragments. The new readings often draw on new and concrete facts about Plato’s Academy, Hellenistic literature, Philodemus of Gadara and ancient history in general,” adds Kilian Fleischer, the editor of this precious papyrus as part of the GreekSchools project.
    …………………………………..
    “The GreekSchools project also aims to develop methods of investigation of manuscripts by applying the most advanced diagnostic imaging techniques available today (infrared and ultraviolet optical imaging, molecular and elemental imaging, thermal imaging, tomography, optical microscopy digital, etc.)”, specifies Costanza Miliani of the Cnr-Ispc. Staff from this Institute, from the Cnr-Scitec and from other European research centres, using mobile instruments from the Molab platform belonging to the European research infrastructure on Heritage Science E-RIHS, apply non-invasive techniques to opisthograph and stratified papyrus order to read text inaccessible on the reverse or hidden within multiple layers.

    https://www.cnr.it/it/nota-stampa/n-12655/lo-sguardo-tecnologico-legge-i-papiri-carbonizzati

    • Replies: @songbird
    @sudden death

    It's pretty confusing, but I think that they must be referring to a scroll that was already physically unrolled and is in fragments. (Assuming pictures are relevant.) Perhaps the OCT technique wouldn't work on a rolled scroll? Though I am not sure about this as it used by optometrists.

    Tangential, but I noticed Musk or his foundation donated to the Vesuvius prize, I think recently. But, unless I am mistaken, I don't think Zuckerberg ever has, even though he has said he is a great fan of the classics.

    The Vesuvius Challenge people haven't commented on this OCT stuff on their official channels, so hard to say what impact, if any, it might have on digital unrolling.

  306. US Treasury yields approaching 5% again, job losses accelerating as the election approaches.

  307. @sudden death
    @songbird


    This project, which received ERC (European Research Council) funding amounting to 2,498,356 euros, started in 2021 and will last 5 years and eight months, is coordinated by Graziano Ranocchia of the University of Pisa in collaboration with the Institute of cultural heritage sciences (Cnr-Ispc) and the “Antonio Zampolli” Institute of Computational Linguistics (Cnr-Ilc) of the National Research Council, and the National Library of Naples where this papyrus, burned following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. C, is preserved together with many others.

    The project, in addition to investigating the state of conservation of these artefacts, has the aim of publishing an updated edition - thanks to the application of imaging techniques and philological methods - of Philodemus' Review of the Philosophers, the oldest history of Greek philosophy in our possession. The History of the Academy is part of it, which contains much exclusive information about Plato and the development of the Academy under his successors.

    “Compared to previous editions, there is now an almost radically changed text, implying a number of new and concrete facts about various academic philosophers. Through the new edition and its contextualization, scholars have arrived at unexpected deductions of interdisciplinary scope for ancient philosophy, Greek biography and literature and the history of the book, comments Graziano Ranocchia. “Some previous additions have been replaced, some previously fragmentary passages have been integrated or reread. The increase in text roughly corresponds to the discovery of ten new medium-sized papyrus fragments. The new readings often draw on new and concrete facts about Plato's Academy, Hellenistic literature, Philodemus of Gadara and ancient history in general,” adds Kilian Fleischer, the editor of this precious papyrus as part of the GreekSchools project.
    .........................................
    “The GreekSchools project also aims to develop methods of investigation of manuscripts by applying the most advanced diagnostic imaging techniques available today (infrared and ultraviolet optical imaging, molecular and elemental imaging, thermal imaging, tomography, optical microscopy digital, etc.)”, specifies Costanza Miliani of the Cnr-Ispc. Staff from this Institute, from the Cnr-Scitec and from other European research centres, using mobile instruments from the Molab platform belonging to the European research infrastructure on Heritage Science E-RIHS, apply non-invasive techniques to opisthograph and stratified papyrus order to read text inaccessible on the reverse or hidden within multiple layers.


     

    https://www.cnr.it/it/nota-stampa/n-12655/lo-sguardo-tecnologico-legge-i-papiri-carbonizzati

    Replies: @songbird

    It’s pretty confusing, but I think that they must be referring to a scroll that was already physically unrolled and is in fragments. (Assuming pictures are relevant.) Perhaps the OCT technique wouldn’t work on a rolled scroll? Though I am not sure about this as it used by optometrists.

    Tangential, but I noticed Musk or his foundation donated to the Vesuvius prize, I think recently. But, unless I am mistaken, I don’t think Zuckerberg ever has, even though he has said he is a great fan of the classics.

    The Vesuvius Challenge people haven’t commented on this OCT stuff on their official channels, so hard to say what impact, if any, it might have on digital unrolling.

  308. @Matra
    @QCIC


    With that in mind, I imagine it is at least as likely that the Ukies had him murdered and then framed up some group to stir up dissent.
     
    Absolutely no one believes that, including his Russian wife and the DPR.

    Replies: @QCIC, @AP, @AnonfromTN

    The belief that Ukrainians did it and the Russians and the man’s own widow are covering it up appeals to low information low trust people.

    The only potential difference from the generally accepted observation is that Bentley wasn’t tortured for a few days and killed because he was thought to be a spy, but rather he was tortured and killed because the Russian (Buryat) troops were angry and frustrated and took their anger out on this foreign idiot who showed up at the wrong time.

    He was detained right after a missile strike that killed a lot of Russian troops; he came into the scene soon afterward to help, this Western idiot who cheerleads the war. We know Russians mistreat Serb volunteers, how would they treat this fat moron? Of course, claiming they thought he was a spy would help them get off lightly (or avoid punishment entirely) for what they did. No malice, just an honest mistake done for patriotic reasons.

    • Replies: @QCIC
    @AP

    Ghost of Kyiv

    Replies: @AP

  309. @Derer
    @John Johnson

    Johnny, You should know that NATO in Finland is actually more detrimental to Finland than Russia. Joining sinking ship instead of neutrality is really stupid for Finland. In NATO, everything is done under duress and the duress-or resides in Washington.

    The cohesion is fragile actually even arms calibration is different among members and the bickering is increasing by the day because of the money and purpose. The end is near, actually the cold war relic is drifting aimlessly at the moment.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Mr. Hack

    the cold war relic is drifting aimlessly at the lunder moment.

    Pure bunk. Where are the Warsaw pact nations today? In the dustbin of history, whereas MATO, thanks to Russia’s big blunder in attacking Ukraine, has become revitalized. This is clear to see, and needs no long explanations to make it any clearer.

  310. AP says:
    @Derer
    @AP

    Why the hell you oppose anything that favour Russia and without any substantial argument...all just superficial nonsense. Russia is going nowhere it will remain big and rich with abundance of natural resource - has a great future.

    So far the simpleminded hawks from Washington are able to partially retard the expected progress in Russia after 75 years of communist tyranny but not for long, they themselves are going the opposite direction, regressing. I know, I am witnessing the work of "great" minds like Biden, Blinken or Schumer.

    Replies: @AP, @Greasy William

    So far the simpleminded hawks from Washington are able to partially retard the expected progress in Russia after 75 years of communist tyranny

    Putin retarded Russia’s progress when he grabbed Crimea in 2014. Russia recovered by 2021 (would have earlier if not for Covid), but he did it again in 2022.

    And some Russians are proud that they screwed Ukraine even more but this is like the parable about the peasant who was granted any wish on the condition that his neighbor would get double. The peasant wished that he would lose one eye.

    The years 2010-2014 (and maybe 2021) will be fondly remembered as a Golden Age for Russia. Russians were about as rich as Poles back then, even a bit richer in 2013 when taking into account purchase power:

    https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.PP.KD?locations=RU-PL

    It will take a long time if ever for Russia to return to that. Not sure if living off Chinese scraps will be so great.

    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Derer
    @AP


    Putin retarded Russia’s progress when he grabbed Crimea in 2014.
     
    It was Communist politburo in 1954 that grabbed Crimea from Russia. You have convenient gaps in history. It was Putin's duty to get it back by referendum when Washington warmongers in 2014 wanted to put military base there.

    US sanctions, assets theft and arming Ukraine has elevated the Washington sinister players to enemy status #1 and now prime target of ballistic missiles including nuclear. The Russian public opinion is all behind that undertaking. Restoration of good relations is destroyed for generations, especially after cowardly state terrorism on Russian civilian pipeline, bridges or concert. The culprits will pay dearly for those atrocities.

    Replies: @Mikhail

  311. @LatW
    @Matra


    I don’t know for sure but it seems that this ad just popped up again recently after many years of not being on TV.
     
    They were running on the cable 4 or 5 years ago (have stopped watching cable since then, so don't know if they're still running, probably). What struck me a bit (and what I find even kind of funny), is that these were black and white ads that tried to portray Eastern Europe as this gloomy place where these old Jewish ladies had been left behind. Of course, the poor should be helped but there are orgs in the EE that help and give out similar packages. The Jewish community also received some restitution money. They have their own charities as well. I'm not sure about Ukraine and Russia, but in the Baltic States elderly Jews don't really look like in those ads (they're much better taken care of). These videos gave off a kind of a Boraty vibe. Jews can be funny sometimes with their "creativity".

    Israel lacked food back when the US was not yet helping Israel and Israel went through the rough times alone (the 1950s, 60s) when the state was being set up and when they fought the Arabs. But they might need food now, and especially the Gazans. Their farming sector which was quite inventive, has taken a hit. So maybe those ads make sense now, but a few years back they seemed a bit out of place. From an E.Euro perspective, they seem like a stark contrast with reality. But these types of ads go with that whole grievance genre. And as I said - times are harder now, so maybe some Jews in Ukraine need this (many affluent folks have bailed Ukraine, although their volunteer networks are more robust now than ever before).

    Not everyone is buying it though, the Gen X are like "yea, right", the young probably don't care, it might be geared towards the 55+ Hannity audience. Maybe Americans, who sometimes can be naive and not fully informed about overseas, simply like passing out food, they've done this on many occasions, they even sent food over to the Baltics during the Civil War years after the revolution.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Dmitry

    What struck me a bit (and what I find even kind of funny), is that these were black and white ads that tried to portray Eastern Europe as this gloomy place where these old Jewish ladies had been left behind.

    Like almost everything on television those ads are for the credulous. Who doesn’t know the east Europe folks exterminated all their Jews?

    That’s what they advertise in the exclusive brochures. “Come to beautiful Riga! We got rid of the f*cking Jews!”

  312. @A123
    @Mikel

    Let me recap the situation: (1)


    Former President Trump muddied the waters with his support of Johnson, “Trump says he thinks Speaker Mike Johnson is ‘doing a very good job’ amid ouster threat from Marjorie Taylor Greene.”

    I doubt this is some form of 5D chess from Trump; it is only the simple reality that if Johnson is ousted and Democrats take control of the House, Trump's November election is over.

    Remember the U.S. Supreme Court decision on “insurrection” claimed by the Colorado Supreme Court? The March 4 decision stated:

    The Constitution empowers Congress to prescribe how those determinations should be made. The relevant provision is Section 5, which enables Congress, subject of course to judicial review, to pass “appropriate legislation” to “enforce” the Fourteenth Amendment.
     
    In other words, Congress, by a simple majority, can pass a bill claiming that Trump is disqualified from the election due to being an “insurrectionist.” That would be the first order of business by a Democrat-controlled House. The Senate would pass the House bill and President Biden would sign it.

    If you don’t believe the Democrats would try to disqualify Trump in this manner, a bill introduced by Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin is already teed up.

    Per Axios:

    Raskin pointed to legislation he introduced with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) in 2022 creating a pathway for the Justice Department to sue to keep candidates off the ballot under the 14th Amendment.

    "We are going to revise it in light of the Supreme Court's decision," Raskin said.

    Raskin suggested the bill would be paired with a resolution declaring Jan. 6 an "insurrection" and that those involved "engaged in insurrection."
     
    The SCOTUS decision mentioned, “Subject of course to judicial review.” Would that stop such a scheme? Why would SCOTUS block such an act of Congress that they green-lighted in their recent decision?

    This would explain Trump supporting Johnson. Does Rep. MTG realize how this could play out? Is she acting out of principle, or is this a backhanded way of undermining Trump? This is where the 5D chess machinations come in. Washington, D.C., is indeed a swamp.
     
    How exactly do you propose that Trump get rid of Johnson without being ejected from the Presidential race?

    Do you really believe that SCOTUS would go out of their way to do the right thing?
    ____

    I too share your dismay at the idiotic bill that passed the House. However, fighting tomorrow requires surviving today. Preemptively capitulating by helping guaranteed loser RFKjr is obviously unwise.

    You can say that Trump us an imperfect choice... But please tell me you realize he is the best and only choice that has a chance at defeating the Veggie-In-Chief this November.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    ____________________

    (1) https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2024/04/how_do_you_solve_a_problem_like_mike_johnson.html

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Mikel

    So, supporting Johnson (Ukraine defense spending guy) is ultimately beneficial for Trump’s reelection bid. Can we expect you to also make an about face and support Johnson and his support for Ukraine, like your superman Trump has done? In case you need a reminder about how things are going:
    Looks like Trump has effectively put you and your stupid “Russia’s defensive war” out of business! 🙂

    Stick to smearing Islamo-Soros, he’s even creepier than Trump…

  313. Giant, “saber-toothed” salmon:
    https://www.livescience.com/animals/extinct-species/giant-prehistoric-salmon-had-tusk-like-teeth-just-like-a-warthogs

    Imagine trying to cross a river and having some 8 foot long salmon leap and gore you with its warthog tusks.

    But perhaps, they weren’t that dangerous.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    I've seen big sturgeon up close caught within the St.Croix river in MN, a truly pre-historic fish that's still around. Their ridged or humped backs are kind of creepy looking.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/oIvr6f0k7uY/maxresdefault.jpg

  314. @Mikhail
    @QCIC

    Sorry to not have bookmarked it. You'll have to scroll around. Pretty good show. Among the highlights, he sarcastically mocks a Brit sovok leaning questioner.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Ritter on Bentley at 41:00. After reading the Rolling Stone interview I understand there is plenty the two might disagree over. As I wrote to Matra, we don’t know these guys.

  315. @songbird
    Giant, "saber-toothed" salmon:
    https://www.livescience.com/animals/extinct-species/giant-prehistoric-salmon-had-tusk-like-teeth-just-like-a-warthogs

    Imagine trying to cross a river and having some 8 foot long salmon leap and gore you with its warthog tusks.

    But perhaps, they weren't that dangerous.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    I’ve seen big sturgeon up close caught within the St.Croix river in MN, a truly pre-historic fish that’s still around. Their ridged or humped backs are kind of creepy looking.

    • Thanks: songbird
  316. @AP
    @Matra

    The belief that Ukrainians did it and the Russians and the man’s own widow are covering it up appeals to low information low trust people.

    The only potential difference from the generally accepted observation is that Bentley wasn’t tortured for a few days and killed because he was thought to be a spy, but rather he was tortured and killed because the Russian (Buryat) troops were angry and frustrated and took their anger out on this foreign idiot who showed up at the wrong time.

    He was detained right after a missile strike that killed a lot of Russian troops; he came into the scene soon afterward to help, this Western idiot who cheerleads the war. We know Russians mistreat Serb volunteers, how would they treat this fat moron? Of course, claiming they thought he was a spy would help them get off lightly (or avoid punishment entirely) for what they did. No malice, just an honest mistake done for patriotic reasons.

    Replies: @QCIC

    Ghost of Kyiv

    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Replies: @AP
    @QCIC

    Biolabs. Deadly birds. Organ harvesting. Kiev in 3 days. Feint. Goodwill gesture. Collapse in summer 2022. Collapse in summer 2023. 500,000 Ukrainian dead.

  317. @QCIC
    @AP

    Ghost of Kyiv

    Replies: @AP

    Biolabs. Deadly birds. Organ harvesting. Kiev in 3 days. Feint. Goodwill gesture. Collapse in summer 2022. Collapse in summer 2023. 500,000 Ukrainian dead.

  318. @Beckow
    @Derer


    ...the real hideous objective is not to help Ukraine but to reduce the white Slavic population.
     
    That may be true but motivations are hard to prove. Other people may want something bad for you, but at the end of the day it is the Ukies who are lining up like lemmings to die for it. Others wouldn't fall for it, there is generally a lot more self-preservation in people than what we see in Ukraine.

    After the carnage is done the survivors will claim that they were deceived or that they were too scared. I am not sure which one is worse, being a dumbo or a patsy. One thing we will not see are the surviving Ukies saying "I wish I had gone to the trenches."

    And the cheerleading club here, JoJo, AP, Mr. Hack, LatW,... will disappear into thin ether never to be heard from again.

    Replies: @LatW, @AnonfromTN

    And the cheerleading club here, JoJo, AP, Mr. Hack, LatW,… will disappear into thin ether never to be heard from again.

    Don’t you worry, useful idiots will be used by the ruling cabal for other things. These are quintessential sovoks: always sincerely supporting the party line. Valuable material, very useful idiots. They will disappear only when the current cabal is no longer ruling. Not exactly disappear even then, though: they will sincerely support the party line of the next cabal that becomes ruling.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    @AnonfromTN

    The cabals come and go and mid-wits adjust. What is a "sovok"? I really don't know. We didn't have the concept in the late 80's Czechoslovakia...

    Our party 'leadership' were elderly fat women obsessed with free sandwiches and keeping everything hush-hush, the school assistant-principal types. The few men were usually hopeless blue-collar drunks (second generation) or hidden-homo-intellectuals - they quickly found new sponsors after 1989 among their fellow homo-liberal-Westies.

    The drunk party faction unfortunately disappeared, many had health issues. They were fun, men of grit, intuition and strong beliefs who understood what uber-global-capitalism will be - but timing is everything and they were off by a few decades.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN, @LatW

  319. @Wokechoke
    @LatW

    The most amazing part is that we don’t see more of this from Americans drawn to fight there on both sides.

    The main thing about Ukraine as the Germans found is not to get buried there with your Kameraden.

    An entire generation of Barbarossans vanished in the Black Mud.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    An entire generation of Barbarossans vanished in the Black Mud.

    Many just blended in and married some of the beautiful local gals and were able to put their many talents to use in rebuilding Ukraine. Sure are a lot of tall, blond haired Ukrainians within Ukraine. Charles XII left his imprint much earlier. My 93 year old roommate has told me a lot of tales a about this Germanization of Ukraine…

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Mr. Hack


    Sure are a lot of tall, blond haired Ukrainians within Ukraine. Charles XII left his imprint much earlier. My 93 year old roommate has told me a lot of tales a about this Germanization of Ukraine…
     
    Tbh, I don't find most Germans all that "tall and blonde". Most of them are just normal looking and some are even a bit dark. Although in the war footage many of them do look quite ok. I also kind of doubt that most of them married some beautiful local girl (even though some did). Many of them were sent to the camps where they built up the Soviet infrastructure. All the Belomor kanals and such. Of course, today's Russians will never say danke for that.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @John Johnson

  320. @LatW
    @Beckow


    And the cheerleading club here, JoJo, AP, Mr. Hack, LatW,… will disappear into thin ether never to be heard from again.
     
    Haha, Beckow, just because I disappear from these threads, doesn't mean I'd give up on Ukraine. That's part of my life now and we're in this for the long haul. The reason for "disappearing" would be boredom (or abusive comments).

    A few interesting developments could still take place, hopefully in RF, too (alas, unlike you, I cannot really find "enjoyment" in any of this).

    Replies: @Beckow

    We are at the beginning. How it plays out is predictable but will have surprises. Questions remain.

    What will happen to Transnistria? Will Cichanovskaia and Guidado ever make it official? Maybe on Miami beach with the Senator Graham officiating? Will Zelina ever play the piano for us again? Who gets Kiev. So stick around. Something could happen in Moscow to make you happy – so many Tajiks to hire for what you called ‘the second front‘…blood and hatred feed on each other. And then when it is over everyone is slightly embarrassed.

    Life has to be enjoyed, not endured. Look into that idea.

  321. Mixed news for Ukrainian draft dodgers who managed to escape Ukraine. Ukraine ordered its consulates in other countries not to issue any new documents to Ukrainian males of draft age (i.e., 18-60 years old) except documents for their return to the meat grinder. Poland and Lithuania intend to help the clown regime get more cannon fodder. In contrast, Germany does not intend to force the meat to return to the grinder, promised to let Ukrainians stay even when their passports have expired. The empire will be displeased: as far as it is concerned, meat belongs in the grinder, and nowhere else. I wonder how long will it take for the German position to change to the opposite.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @AnonfromTN


    I wonder how long will it take for the German position to change to the opposite.
     
    Blinken has a big stack on his ToDo list. As soon as this item filters up it will get done automatic. The man is like Robocop.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

  322. @Mr. Hack
    @Wokechoke


    An entire generation of Barbarossans vanished in the Black Mud.
     
    Many just blended in and married some of the beautiful local gals and were able to put their many talents to use in rebuilding Ukraine. Sure are a lot of tall, blond haired Ukrainians within Ukraine. Charles XII left his imprint much earlier. My 93 year old roommate has told me a lot of tales a about this Germanization of Ukraine...

    Replies: @LatW

    Sure are a lot of tall, blond haired Ukrainians within Ukraine. Charles XII left his imprint much earlier. My 93 year old roommate has told me a lot of tales a about this Germanization of Ukraine…

    Tbh, I don’t find most Germans all that “tall and blonde”. Most of them are just normal looking and some are even a bit dark. Although in the war footage many of them do look quite ok. I also kind of doubt that most of them married some beautiful local girl (even though some did). Many of them were sent to the camps where they built up the Soviet infrastructure. All the Belomor kanals and such. Of course, today’s Russians will never say danke for that.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @LatW

    My roommate is probably exaggerating a bit, but he continually sticks to this story over the years. I don't remember the numbers of these Asgardian gods but do remember him stating that the bulk of them were former SS soldiers, in the thousands. I think that their minimal height requirements were 6'0".

    Replies: @LatW

    , @John Johnson
    @LatW

    Tbh, I don’t find most Germans all that “tall and blonde”. Most of them are just normal looking and some are even a bit dark.

    They are pretty easy to spot at a beach or ski lodge hot tub.

    The men will have a huge belly but will still wear a speedo. If you see a husky straight looking man at a US beach wearing a speedo he is probably German. The gays will only wear speedos if they are in shape.

    I really don't care but some Americans find the speedo to be offensive and especially if children are around.

    Replies: @LatW

  323. Hey songbird,

    Visualizing the Average Lifespans of Mammals (click on the link, there’s a cool graph)

    https://www.visualcapitalist.com/visualizing-the-average-lifespans-of-mammals/#google_vignette

    Didn’t know poor hedgehog only lives 3 years… aw. Having lived close to these creatures I always thought it was closer to 5 or 6. Imagine developing all those sturdy needles only to be used for 3 years.

    Wolverine comes pretty close to tiger (12 vs 14 years). This is a strong and ferocious northern animal.

    And, of course, the whales are superior creatures. 🙂

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @LatW

    Badgers have the apex in work ethic.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14i02f31WDI

    Replies: @QCIC, @Gerard1234

    , @songbird
    @LatW


    Wolverine comes pretty close to tiger (12 vs 14 years). This is a strong and ferocious northern animal.
     
    It is curious because they are members of the weasel family. Have never seen one in the wild, but I have seen plenty of smaller weasels, ferocious in their own way.

    I am fond of them. I like to see their predatory intinct. In some way, it seems like the strongest manifestation of any animal I have observed. Sometimes, you can see them scanning as they run. And they will fearlessly chase squirrels almost equal in size up tall trees or attack rats in their holes. (I would never want one as a pet though, for they smell awful and some are really bitey - as they will go up to you and bite you, if you ignore them)

    Am going to nitpick about the graph. My theory would be that the human age includes childhood mortality but the animal ones don't. Since childhood mortality is so low nowadays in humans, maybe, it doesn't matter. But there are a lot of animal deaths, at a young age..

    Tbh, I don’t find most Germans all that “tall and blonde”.
     
    as a Celt, I definitely noticed the height difference. But I am not really sure they are noticeably more blond than pre-1965 Americans. Perhaps, a little but not much, at least in my area, matching for skin tone.

    and some are even a bit dark.
     
    Turks. Or Greeks.

    But I am kidding, I know what you mean. Anyway, to my mind, blonds can be quite dark, after getting sun.
    , @Dmitry
    @LatW

    Humans are one of the only four species of great apes which are not extinct. There is a gorilla and orangutan lifespan in their natural ecology of only 35 years, chimpanzee lifespan 40 years, Bonobo less than 40.

    They are believed to be living longer in captivity compared to their natural ecology. In their natural ecology, the three species of great apes which are not humans, are killed mainly by cardiovascular. respiratory disease and trauma.

    -

    There is an old Biblical view which implies about mortality like a gradient from Adam, who should be immortal in the garden of Eden. In relation to patriarchs like Adam, he only lived 175 years before he died.

    It feels like the Biblical view is common in a lot of the today's popular culture, lifestyle advice, paleo diet.

    -

    From view of psychological health, it is probably true we have been declining, since our time in the natural ecologies, compared to artificially engineered ecologies which develop after the invention of agriculture technology and the overpopulation was created, increasing the human population from around one million people for most of the human history to a "share dilution" of over eight billion people today.

  324. @AnonfromTN
    Mixed news for Ukrainian draft dodgers who managed to escape Ukraine. Ukraine ordered its consulates in other countries not to issue any new documents to Ukrainian males of draft age (i.e., 18-60 years old) except documents for their return to the meat grinder. Poland and Lithuania intend to help the clown regime get more cannon fodder. In contrast, Germany does not intend to force the meat to return to the grinder, promised to let Ukrainians stay even when their passports have expired. The empire will be displeased: as far as it is concerned, meat belongs in the grinder, and nowhere else. I wonder how long will it take for the German position to change to the opposite.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    I wonder how long will it take for the German position to change to the opposite.

    Blinken has a big stack on his ToDo list. As soon as this item filters up it will get done automatic. The man is like Robocop.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    @Emil Nikola Richard


    Blinken has a big stack on his ToDo list. As soon as this item filters up it will get done automatic. The man is like Robocop.
     
    Yep. And German “leaders” are like obedient poodles. Frankly, I pity Germans: with “leaders” like that, who needs enemies.
  325. @LatW
    Hey songbird,

    Visualizing the Average Lifespans of Mammals (click on the link, there's a cool graph)

    https://www.visualcapitalist.com/visualizing-the-average-lifespans-of-mammals/#google_vignette

    Didn't know poor hedgehog only lives 3 years... aw. Having lived close to these creatures I always thought it was closer to 5 or 6. Imagine developing all those sturdy needles only to be used for 3 years.

    Wolverine comes pretty close to tiger (12 vs 14 years). This is a strong and ferocious northern animal.

    And, of course, the whales are superior creatures. :)

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    Badgers have the apex in work ethic.

    • Thanks: songbird
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    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Makes me wonder what else is buried out there!

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    , @Gerard1234
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    That's alot of activity for a badger during the day time. I've only ever seen a badger once during the day, all other times at night, mostly near or crossing the road. I assume none of us have seen a cub.

    Difficult to think of an animal more shy and unwilling to get attention - alot of other animals are claimed to have these characteristics but don't do it in practise, certainly not in comparison to the badger ( I am thinking creatures generally not liked but still likely to encounter more than the badger like snakes and rodents). Bears far more "sociable". On the other side of the spectrum - on holiday I found rhinos to be attention-whores.

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  326. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @AnonfromTN


    I wonder how long will it take for the German position to change to the opposite.
     
    Blinken has a big stack on his ToDo list. As soon as this item filters up it will get done automatic. The man is like Robocop.

    Replies: @AnonfromTN

    Blinken has a big stack on his ToDo list. As soon as this item filters up it will get done automatic. The man is like Robocop.

    Yep. And German “leaders” are like obedient poodles. Frankly, I pity Germans: with “leaders” like that, who needs enemies.

  327. @LatW
    @Mr. Hack


    Sure are a lot of tall, blond haired Ukrainians within Ukraine. Charles XII left his imprint much earlier. My 93 year old roommate has told me a lot of tales a about this Germanization of Ukraine…
     
    Tbh, I don't find most Germans all that "tall and blonde". Most of them are just normal looking and some are even a bit da