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There’s apparently popular demand for a new Open Thread so here you go! Though I probably won’t be checking up on the comments here much.

I needed to recharge the past month. But I’ll start writing much more frequently on the Substack from next Friday on.

 
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  1. It is good to still see your open threads, Anatoly!
    I would insist that the geopolitics of gas and oil should be one of the main issues of your threads.

    • Agree: Not Raul, Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @A123
    @Aedib


    I would insist that the geopolitics of gas and oil should be one of the main issues of your threads.
     
    I would suggest that "insisting" is the not correct way to phrase such a request.
    ___

    That being said, it is an important topic (1)

    The brief OPEC+ meeting concluded without surprises and by *rejecting the plea from Biden* and other energy starved countries to pump more, instead sticking to its previously approved plan of a 400,000 barrel-a-day production hike for December. That’s a pace that major consumers say is too slow to sustain the post-Covid economic recovery, with the U.S. asking for as much as double that amount.

    The next OPEC+ meeting date is set for Dec 2 where the cartel and assorted hangers on will likely ignore Biden's pleas for more output again unless oil is trading in triple digits by then
     
    Yet more inflationary pressure created by Not-The-President Biden's incompetence.

    North America needs more drilling, more pipelines, and... Yes.... More COAL. None of this will happen until the SJW Globalists are crushed in the 2022 midterms.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________


    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/oil-jumps-investors-expect-cartel-balk-bidens-demands-boost-output-opec-preview

    Replies: @Aedib, @Barbarossa

  2. A superb article on Russian’s ABM/ASAT systems:

    https://www.thespacereview.com/article/4262/1

    • Thanks: mal
  3. Many of these Chinese EVs are looking really nice, like almost Tesla replicas.

    Although too late for us to throw all our money in things like BYD stock which climbed already 6 times. I guess it was in 2020, investors could all see the Tesla climb, and how promising the Chinese automaker positions were also for EVs.

    • Replies: @Not Raul
    @Dmitry

    Of the top ten automakers, who do you think is the best investment, being mindful that more and more market share is going electric?

    Ford and VW seem to be betting big on electric.

    I wish I had bought Ford stock months ago; but now the valuation looks too high.

    Stellantis has big plans; but moving to electric is easier said than done. GM’s recall of the LG battery is worrying; and Stellantis seems to be relying on LG, too.

    Is there some breakthrough battery technology that gives anyone an edge?

    I’d be happy to buy Tesla; but at half the valuation.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    , @Vishnugupta
    @Dmitry

    Tesla is the Apple of Electric Vehicles.

    Hardware wise Apple is clearly inferior to leading Android phone makers in everything except the processor but its superb marketing and control of its eco system ensures it makes around 90 % of the industry profits.

    Tesla though not only has Apple tier marketing and control of the EV ecosystem its hardware is also class leading be it component wise i.e. the power density of its cells or its new SRM permanent magnet motor or the manufacturing process die casted chassis etc.

    Catching up with Tesla will be significantly more difficult than most people realize.

  4. I miss AK! 😢

    The interaction on Twitter is not the same.

    AK is a serious talent.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter, Voltarde
  5. @Dmitry
    Many of these Chinese EVs are looking really nice, like almost Tesla replicas.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLapF3A54Mc

    Although too late for us to throw all our money in things like BYD stock which climbed already 6 times. I guess it was in 2020, investors could all see the Tesla climb, and how promising the Chinese automaker positions were also for EVs.

    https://i.imgur.com/JKVy7EU.jpg

    Replies: @Not Raul, @Vishnugupta

    Of the top ten automakers, who do you think is the best investment, being mindful that more and more market share is going electric?

    Ford and VW seem to be betting big on electric.

    I wish I had bought Ford stock months ago; but now the valuation looks too high.

    Stellantis has big plans; but moving to electric is easier said than done. GM’s recall of the LG battery is worrying; and Stellantis seems to be relying on LG, too.

    Is there some breakthrough battery technology that gives anyone an edge?

    I’d be happy to buy Tesla; but at half the valuation.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @Not Raul

    I don't understand much about money or investment, so my advice is probably worse than bad. I do sometimes go to investor presentations in my industry so maybe I'm not completely naive about how they try to sell things to you.

    In terms of stocks, I own only in a few companies where I know personally people that work there in my industry.

    Total value of my total stocks has increased in value multiple times, which is very uncommonly successful for investor (I can pretend to be like Warren Buffett). But it's just arbitrary - because there is a crazy bubble in the industry this year, and the stocks I own are not something I had selected for a non-personal reason.


    ten automakers, who do you think is the best investment, being mindful that more and more market share is going electric
     
    I don't work in anything related to the automobile industry, so my advice would be useless. Moreover, picking stocks is usually advised against, as - efficient market hypothesis.

    Personally I was (without any knowledge or reason to be) excited about the Volvo IPO of this week. This is just an emotional reaction when I read about it.

    However, what we've been told in my industry, is that we view IPO as basically capital raising events within the company, and you should wait a few months for anything to calm after before you buy anything yourself as a private person.

    So just as a random gambling pleasure, I would like to buy Volvo, but I resisted the temptation to buy anything this week. Perhaps I will invest in Volvo in a few months though for non-rational, emotional reasons.

    Otherwise, perhaps these high risk, super volatile Chinese EV stocks might be fun for gamblers like Xpeng, Nio, Li Auto, or (maybe less risky) Geely?

    I guess a lot of their potential was already "priced-in" in the last year though. And anything China is high risk, and these are extremely risky and probably not a responsible idea. However, if you want to visit a crazy high-risk Chinese casino?


    Is there some breakthrough battery technology that gives anyone an edge?

     

    (With disclaimer my views are useless as I do not work in or know anything about auto industry) Toyota is supposedly leading in the solid state batteries, but it will be not introduced for several years.

    Daimler has strategic partnership with the Israeli startup Storedot, which will introduce the fastest rapid charging batteries. But Daimler's stock looked very "price in" after it has climbed for a year?

    Storedot was preparing to IPO and I guess would be a lot of hype when this happens.

  6. @Aedib
    It is good to still see your open threads, Anatoly!
    I would insist that the geopolitics of gas and oil should be one of the main issues of your threads.

    Replies: @A123

    I would insist that the geopolitics of gas and oil should be one of the main issues of your threads.

    I would suggest that “insisting” is the not correct way to phrase such a request.
    ___

    That being said, it is an important topic (1)

    The brief OPEC+ meeting concluded without surprises and by *rejecting the plea from Biden* and other energy starved countries to pump more, instead sticking to its previously approved plan of a 400,000 barrel-a-day production hike for December. That’s a pace that major consumers say is too slow to sustain the post-Covid economic recovery, with the U.S. asking for as much as double that amount.

    The next OPEC+ meeting date is set for Dec 2 where the cartel and assorted hangers on will likely ignore Biden’s pleas for more output again unless oil is trading in triple digits by then

    Yet more inflationary pressure created by Not-The-President Biden’s incompetence.

    North America needs more drilling, more pipelines, and… Yes…. More COAL. None of this will happen until the SJW Globalists are crushed in the 2022 midterms.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________

    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/oil-jumps-investors-expect-cartel-balk-bidens-demands-boost-output-opec-preview

    • Replies: @Aedib
    @A123

    I mostly agree, but coal should be replaced by nuclear stations. They do not pollute and in addition they get MAD (lol!) the SJWs.

    Replies: @A123

    , @Barbarossa
    @A123

    On energy I sometimes wonder if the political class is just incredibly dishonest or really that stupid.
    (I know. The correct answer is all of the above.)

    The pivot to "clean renewables" such as wind and solar is purely shambolic and incapable of sustaining current levels of consumption, much less massive increases in electrical demand from widespread EV usage.

    The only real options if one actually wants to curtail carbon emissions are to massively decrease consumption, which would crater an economy predicated on ever-rising consumption, or to massively invest in nuclear power.

    I'm not particularly thrilled by the prospect of nuclear, since that has it's own issues. (My county of residence was once slated to be home to a nuclear waste dump, a proposal which was defeated by a civil disobedience guerrilla uprising.)
    As we have discussed in the past alternatives like Molten Salt Reactors may be promising, but I'm not entirely convinced that they will be a magic bullet either.

    The real question is what the hell the political class is doing in regards to energy policy. Do they know that they are on a quixotic path chasing "renewables" or have they drunk so deeply of their own kool-aid that they truly believe? It seems that actionable courses are certainly not discussed in a realistic way in any event.

    But...promoting fantasy land is a sure-fire way to re-election, so perhaps it's not surprising.

    Replies: @iffen, @Aedib

  7. @Dmitry
    Many of these Chinese EVs are looking really nice, like almost Tesla replicas.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLapF3A54Mc

    Although too late for us to throw all our money in things like BYD stock which climbed already 6 times. I guess it was in 2020, investors could all see the Tesla climb, and how promising the Chinese automaker positions were also for EVs.

    https://i.imgur.com/JKVy7EU.jpg

    Replies: @Not Raul, @Vishnugupta

    Tesla is the Apple of Electric Vehicles.

    Hardware wise Apple is clearly inferior to leading Android phone makers in everything except the processor but its superb marketing and control of its eco system ensures it makes around 90 % of the industry profits.

    Tesla though not only has Apple tier marketing and control of the EV ecosystem its hardware is also class leading be it component wise i.e. the power density of its cells or its new SRM permanent magnet motor or the manufacturing process die casted chassis etc.

    Catching up with Tesla will be significantly more difficult than most people realize.

    • Thanks: Almost Missouri
  8. 😁 Weekly Open Thread Humor 😂

    A few below [MORE]
    ___

    The AR-15 lower is genuine:

    https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-ar-15-letsgo-15-stripped-lower-receiver-pre-order-ships-in-approximately-10-12-weeks.html

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

     

     

    [MORE]

     

     

     

     

    • Thanks: Jatt Aryaa, Chrisnonymous
  9. Does anyone have updates on the Donbass Military situation? Any sources I should follow? How likely is a conflict to break out?

    • Replies: @Aedib
    @Archimedes

    Check https://southfront.org/

    It is quite reliable and objective.

    , @Mikhail
    @Archimedes

    https://www.donbass-insider.com/

  10. Hooray, another Open Thread!

    I support US passports being changed to accommodate trannies. Other countries should know who the crazies are, when they seek to enter.

  11. @A123
    @Aedib


    I would insist that the geopolitics of gas and oil should be one of the main issues of your threads.
     
    I would suggest that "insisting" is the not correct way to phrase such a request.
    ___

    That being said, it is an important topic (1)

    The brief OPEC+ meeting concluded without surprises and by *rejecting the plea from Biden* and other energy starved countries to pump more, instead sticking to its previously approved plan of a 400,000 barrel-a-day production hike for December. That’s a pace that major consumers say is too slow to sustain the post-Covid economic recovery, with the U.S. asking for as much as double that amount.

    The next OPEC+ meeting date is set for Dec 2 where the cartel and assorted hangers on will likely ignore Biden's pleas for more output again unless oil is trading in triple digits by then
     
    Yet more inflationary pressure created by Not-The-President Biden's incompetence.

    North America needs more drilling, more pipelines, and... Yes.... More COAL. None of this will happen until the SJW Globalists are crushed in the 2022 midterms.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________


    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/oil-jumps-investors-expect-cartel-balk-bidens-demands-boost-output-opec-preview

    Replies: @Aedib, @Barbarossa

    I mostly agree, but coal should be replaced by nuclear stations. They do not pollute and in addition they get MAD (lol!) the SJWs.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Aedib

    There is what is needed now. And, what is needed in the future.

    MAGA will bring low priced energy, and thus economic recovery, as soon as they can.

    Long term -- Thorium based energy is the obvious solution for commercial electricity. However, it will take a significant number of years to bring to market.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

  12. @Archimedes
    Does anyone have updates on the Donbass Military situation? Any sources I should follow? How likely is a conflict to break out?

    Replies: @Aedib, @Mikhail

    Check https://southfront.org/

    It is quite reliable and objective.

  13. @Aedib
    @A123

    I mostly agree, but coal should be replaced by nuclear stations. They do not pollute and in addition they get MAD (lol!) the SJWs.

    Replies: @A123

    There is what is needed now. And, what is needed in the future.

    MAGA will bring low priced energy, and thus economic recovery, as soon as they can.

    Long term — Thorium based energy is the obvious solution for commercial electricity. However, it will take a significant number of years to bring to market.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

  14. FBI arrests Igor Danchenko:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-source-analyst-aided-trump-141621368.html

    Among some others, Sean Hannity can be quite dense on Russia related matters. The above linked article doesn’t say that Igor Danchenko collaborated with the Russian government in producing misinformation on Donald Trump.

    If anything, Danchenko’s ties to the Brookings Institution and Fiona Hill, suggest a neocon/neolib preferred Russian, who isn’t particularly Trump and Putin friendly.

    Like Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, there (at least for now) appears to be no conclusive evidence that Danchenko is some kind of a Russian government agent.

    On the same day as Danchenko’s arrest, I received an FBI hand delivered message pertaining to:

    https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/14/2018-20203/imposing-certain-sanctions-in-the-event-of-foreign-interference-in-a-united-states-election

    The FBI agent who delivered the letter doesn’t have anything better to do?

    Trump signed the above linked order. Now, a Dem admin is using it to further persuade Americans to not write for the Strategic Culture Foundation. I hope to have more out on this shortly.

    Where’s my Noble Prize for journalism? A rhetorical shot concerning the two who received such. On the matter of false claims having to do with a US election and Russia (as well as some other Russia related issues), Evelyn Farkas has apparently not been penalized for her lies pertaining to yours truly.

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2021/05/22/bbc-limits-and-related-censorship-on-russia-coverage/

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Mikhail

    Here you go:

    https://thenib.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/the-bizarro-nobel-prizes-3b81ce588f5f-1-3.jpg

    Forgive me, but I just couldn't resist. Maybe one of the last times that I can rib you using a prop. But to show you that I can be a nice guy (sometimes at least) I'm going to plug your very own website, saving you the need (I know what a drudgery that must be for you to do, all of the time). So, for all of you aficionados out there, who just can't get your fill of Mike Averko's brilliant insights, especially about the greatness of Russia under Putin's 26 year autocracy, here's his own, not too popular, website:

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/contributors/michael-averko/

    For those of you on a restricted financial budget plan, looking for a new venue to while away all of your time, this could be the place to go - it's still free! I'm just hoping that Karlin hasn't put any fresh new ideas into Averko's head, I mean how much longer can he afford to live and create all of this stuff for free? :-)

    Replies: @Mikhail, @songbird

  15. @Archimedes
    Does anyone have updates on the Donbass Military situation? Any sources I should follow? How likely is a conflict to break out?

    Replies: @Aedib, @Mikhail

  16. #NeverTrump yahoo racism is a force, like stupidity, that cannot be underestimated. It takes a special kind of low-IQ vapidness to portray the election of a black woman as “White Power”. Yet…. There it is….

    # LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
    @A123

    The campaign to ban the Confederate flag seems to have been a more successful power move, than anyone could have anticipated. Apparently, turns out it is not only about the statues, or the public buildings, but once you marginalize a symbol enough, it becomes an effective and regular false flag to signal low status in the eyes of people wired to be extreme status-seekers and color-signalers.

    Much harder in the day of Rascal King, James Michael Curley, who had to outfit the costumes of a group of fake clansmen to menacingly burn a cross on a hill in the background, while he gave a speech.

    Replies: @schnellandine

  17. @A123
    #NeverTrump yahoo racism is a force, like stupidity, that cannot be underestimated. It takes a special kind of low-IQ vapidness to portray the election of a black woman as "White Power". Yet.... There it is....

    # LetsGoBrandon 😇


    https://twitter.com/JHolmsted/status/1455904955022417922?s=20

    Replies: @songbird

    The campaign to ban the Confederate flag seems to have been a more successful power move, than anyone could have anticipated. Apparently, turns out it is not only about the statues, or the public buildings, but once you marginalize a symbol enough, it becomes an effective and regular false flag to signal low status in the eyes of people wired to be extreme status-seekers and color-signalers.

    Much harder in the day of Rascal King, James Michael Curley, who had to outfit the costumes of a group of fake clansmen to menacingly burn a cross on a hill in the background, while he gave a speech.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
    @songbird

    The South may not rise again, but I bet the CSA battle flag will.

    Replies: @songbird

  18. @songbird
    @A123

    The campaign to ban the Confederate flag seems to have been a more successful power move, than anyone could have anticipated. Apparently, turns out it is not only about the statues, or the public buildings, but once you marginalize a symbol enough, it becomes an effective and regular false flag to signal low status in the eyes of people wired to be extreme status-seekers and color-signalers.

    Much harder in the day of Rascal King, James Michael Curley, who had to outfit the costumes of a group of fake clansmen to menacingly burn a cross on a hill in the background, while he gave a speech.

    Replies: @schnellandine

    The South may not rise again, but I bet the CSA battle flag will.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @schnellandine

    Each year, I think the cachet of the US national flag diminishes further, becoming more a symbol of the regime and less one of any people.

    On a related note: if there is ever civil war in Europe, I suspect that not many people will rally to the rather uninspiring EU Flag. Maybe, it will be the rainbow flag against the cross.

  19. @schnellandine
    @songbird

    The South may not rise again, but I bet the CSA battle flag will.

    Replies: @songbird

    Each year, I think the cachet of the US national flag diminishes further, becoming more a symbol of the regime and less one of any people.

    On a related note: if there is ever civil war in Europe, I suspect that not many people will rally to the rather uninspiring EU Flag. Maybe, it will be the rainbow flag against the cross.

  20. @A123
    @Aedib


    I would insist that the geopolitics of gas and oil should be one of the main issues of your threads.
     
    I would suggest that "insisting" is the not correct way to phrase such a request.
    ___

    That being said, it is an important topic (1)

    The brief OPEC+ meeting concluded without surprises and by *rejecting the plea from Biden* and other energy starved countries to pump more, instead sticking to its previously approved plan of a 400,000 barrel-a-day production hike for December. That’s a pace that major consumers say is too slow to sustain the post-Covid economic recovery, with the U.S. asking for as much as double that amount.

    The next OPEC+ meeting date is set for Dec 2 where the cartel and assorted hangers on will likely ignore Biden's pleas for more output again unless oil is trading in triple digits by then
     
    Yet more inflationary pressure created by Not-The-President Biden's incompetence.

    North America needs more drilling, more pipelines, and... Yes.... More COAL. None of this will happen until the SJW Globalists are crushed in the 2022 midterms.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________


    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/oil-jumps-investors-expect-cartel-balk-bidens-demands-boost-output-opec-preview

    Replies: @Aedib, @Barbarossa

    On energy I sometimes wonder if the political class is just incredibly dishonest or really that stupid.
    (I know. The correct answer is all of the above.)

    The pivot to “clean renewables” such as wind and solar is purely shambolic and incapable of sustaining current levels of consumption, much less massive increases in electrical demand from widespread EV usage.

    The only real options if one actually wants to curtail carbon emissions are to massively decrease consumption, which would crater an economy predicated on ever-rising consumption, or to massively invest in nuclear power.

    I’m not particularly thrilled by the prospect of nuclear, since that has it’s own issues. (My county of residence was once slated to be home to a nuclear waste dump, a proposal which was defeated by a civil disobedience guerrilla uprising.)
    As we have discussed in the past alternatives like Molten Salt Reactors may be promising, but I’m not entirely convinced that they will be a magic bullet either.

    The real question is what the hell the political class is doing in regards to energy policy. Do they know that they are on a quixotic path chasing “renewables” or have they drunk so deeply of their own kool-aid that they truly believe? It seems that actionable courses are certainly not discussed in a realistic way in any event.

    But…promoting fantasy land is a sure-fire way to re-election, so perhaps it’s not surprising.

    • Replies: @iffen
    @Barbarossa

    The real question is what the hell the political class is doing in regards to energy policy.

    One thing that they are doing is raising transportation costs for the rural population in order to subsidize the Prius driving metros.

    , @Aedib
    @Barbarossa

    The rational path to down carbon emissions is to massively re-start nuclear power plants, big hydro build-up and to massively replace coal by gas. Wind and solar are OK but, as they are random, they can’t be part of the energy base-matrix. They can be a nice complement and occasional replacement but not anymore.
    But you are OK: the political class seems to be that stupid.
    You say nuclear, they say “nooooo, see Chernobyl, Fukushima!!”
    You say hydro, the say “nooooo, they are harmful to the ecosystems!!”
    You say gas, they say “nooooooo, it will empower the evil Russians!!”
    Well, let the “smart-guys” enjoy their own stupidity.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

  21. @Not Raul
    @Dmitry

    Of the top ten automakers, who do you think is the best investment, being mindful that more and more market share is going electric?

    Ford and VW seem to be betting big on electric.

    I wish I had bought Ford stock months ago; but now the valuation looks too high.

    Stellantis has big plans; but moving to electric is easier said than done. GM’s recall of the LG battery is worrying; and Stellantis seems to be relying on LG, too.

    Is there some breakthrough battery technology that gives anyone an edge?

    I’d be happy to buy Tesla; but at half the valuation.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    I don’t understand much about money or investment, so my advice is probably worse than bad. I do sometimes go to investor presentations in my industry so maybe I’m not completely naive about how they try to sell things to you.

    In terms of stocks, I own only in a few companies where I know personally people that work there in my industry.

    Total value of my total stocks has increased in value multiple times, which is very uncommonly successful for investor (I can pretend to be like Warren Buffett). But it’s just arbitrary – because there is a crazy bubble in the industry this year, and the stocks I own are not something I had selected for a non-personal reason.

    ten automakers, who do you think is the best investment, being mindful that more and more market share is going electric

    I don’t work in anything related to the automobile industry, so my advice would be useless. Moreover, picking stocks is usually advised against, as – efficient market hypothesis.

    Personally I was (without any knowledge or reason to be) excited about the Volvo IPO of this week. This is just an emotional reaction when I read about it.

    However, what we’ve been told in my industry, is that we view IPO as basically capital raising events within the company, and you should wait a few months for anything to calm after before you buy anything yourself as a private person.

    So just as a random gambling pleasure, I would like to buy Volvo, but I resisted the temptation to buy anything this week. Perhaps I will invest in Volvo in a few months though for non-rational, emotional reasons.

    Otherwise, perhaps these high risk, super volatile Chinese EV stocks might be fun for gamblers like Xpeng, Nio, Li Auto, or (maybe less risky) Geely?

    I guess a lot of their potential was already “priced-in” in the last year though. And anything China is high risk, and these are extremely risky and probably not a responsible idea. However, if you want to visit a crazy high-risk Chinese casino?

    Is there some breakthrough battery technology that gives anyone an edge?

    (With disclaimer my views are useless as I do not work in or know anything about auto industry) Toyota is supposedly leading in the solid state batteries, but it will be not introduced for several years.

    Daimler has strategic partnership with the Israeli startup Storedot, which will introduce the fastest rapid charging batteries. But Daimler’s stock looked very “price in” after it has climbed for a year?

    Storedot was preparing to IPO and I guess would be a lot of hype when this happens.

    • Thanks: Not Raul
  22. sher singh says:

    2 part post

    1. Troons come to Endia
    2. Tinkzorg’s 3 latest blog posts themed around negative sum, decline & cannibalization of Empire

    [MORE]

    https://twitter.com/Parikramah/status/145604313670740788

    https://tinkzorg.wordpress.com/

    He mentions how a 2019 standard of living is impossible now, a Negative sum economy is where Idpol groups gain sinecures at the cost of someone else: white men or brahmins.

    More than that won’t comment.

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

  23. I tried reading Faye’s Archeofuturist manifesto and realized this is the direction globalists have set out – Technological luxury & advancement for the elites, neo-medievalism for the masses (The difference is in whether the masses are UBI recipients or agrarians)

    Think about this – globalists arriving at almost the same conclusions as an ideology that ostensibly opposes Western modernity! Different ideologies and attitudes, but almost the same outcome!

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @Yellowface Anon

    I should clarify what I've said because these visions have similarities and more superficial differences. The most striking similarity is the consolidation of the elite, with its technological and political dominance, into an unassailable one, and the subsequent appropriation of all the gains modern technological development have produced; and the reduction of status of the rest: for Davos, it is passive recipients of UBI, workers of the digital economy, or test subjects; for , it is the neo-serfs.

  24. @Yellowface Anon
    I tried reading Faye's Archeofuturist manifesto and realized this is the direction globalists have set out - Technological luxury & advancement for the elites, neo-medievalism for the masses (The difference is in whether the masses are UBI recipients or agrarians)

    Think about this - globalists arriving at almost the same conclusions as an ideology that ostensibly opposes Western modernity! Different ideologies and attitudes, but almost the same outcome!

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    I should clarify what I’ve said because these visions have similarities and more superficial differences. The most striking similarity is the consolidation of the elite, with its technological and political dominance, into an unassailable one, and the subsequent appropriation of all the gains modern technological development have produced; and the reduction of status of the rest: for Davos, it is passive recipients of UBI, workers of the digital economy, or test subjects; for , it is the neo-serfs.

  25. @Barbarossa
    @A123

    On energy I sometimes wonder if the political class is just incredibly dishonest or really that stupid.
    (I know. The correct answer is all of the above.)

    The pivot to "clean renewables" such as wind and solar is purely shambolic and incapable of sustaining current levels of consumption, much less massive increases in electrical demand from widespread EV usage.

    The only real options if one actually wants to curtail carbon emissions are to massively decrease consumption, which would crater an economy predicated on ever-rising consumption, or to massively invest in nuclear power.

    I'm not particularly thrilled by the prospect of nuclear, since that has it's own issues. (My county of residence was once slated to be home to a nuclear waste dump, a proposal which was defeated by a civil disobedience guerrilla uprising.)
    As we have discussed in the past alternatives like Molten Salt Reactors may be promising, but I'm not entirely convinced that they will be a magic bullet either.

    The real question is what the hell the political class is doing in regards to energy policy. Do they know that they are on a quixotic path chasing "renewables" or have they drunk so deeply of their own kool-aid that they truly believe? It seems that actionable courses are certainly not discussed in a realistic way in any event.

    But...promoting fantasy land is a sure-fire way to re-election, so perhaps it's not surprising.

    Replies: @iffen, @Aedib

    The real question is what the hell the political class is doing in regards to energy policy.

    One thing that they are doing is raising transportation costs for the rural population in order to subsidize the Prius driving metros.

  26. @Barbarossa
    @A123

    On energy I sometimes wonder if the political class is just incredibly dishonest or really that stupid.
    (I know. The correct answer is all of the above.)

    The pivot to "clean renewables" such as wind and solar is purely shambolic and incapable of sustaining current levels of consumption, much less massive increases in electrical demand from widespread EV usage.

    The only real options if one actually wants to curtail carbon emissions are to massively decrease consumption, which would crater an economy predicated on ever-rising consumption, or to massively invest in nuclear power.

    I'm not particularly thrilled by the prospect of nuclear, since that has it's own issues. (My county of residence was once slated to be home to a nuclear waste dump, a proposal which was defeated by a civil disobedience guerrilla uprising.)
    As we have discussed in the past alternatives like Molten Salt Reactors may be promising, but I'm not entirely convinced that they will be a magic bullet either.

    The real question is what the hell the political class is doing in regards to energy policy. Do they know that they are on a quixotic path chasing "renewables" or have they drunk so deeply of their own kool-aid that they truly believe? It seems that actionable courses are certainly not discussed in a realistic way in any event.

    But...promoting fantasy land is a sure-fire way to re-election, so perhaps it's not surprising.

    Replies: @iffen, @Aedib

    The rational path to down carbon emissions is to massively re-start nuclear power plants, big hydro build-up and to massively replace coal by gas. Wind and solar are OK but, as they are random, they can’t be part of the energy base-matrix. They can be a nice complement and occasional replacement but not anymore.
    But you are OK: the political class seems to be that stupid.
    You say nuclear, they say “nooooo, see Chernobyl, Fukushima!!”
    You say hydro, the say “nooooo, they are harmful to the ecosystems!!”
    You say gas, they say “nooooooo, it will empower the evil Russians!!”
    Well, let the “smart-guys” enjoy their own stupidity.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @Aedib

    Hydro potential is pretty much close to exhausted, it seems to me. Nuclear plant construction on the scale of replacing a large part of fossil fuel energy won't be forthcoming (not just the political will but the lead time might be too long), and gas price actually surged everywhere, even in the US. This means something bigger and structural is afoot, and you should read the link I posted in the last open thread.

    Replies: @Aedib

  27. What if skull deformation increases IQ, or some other factor, like will to power, and that is why a lot of these groups that created empires, like the Inca and Huns practiced it?

    In early modern times, when it was still practiced in areas, some people used to have the idea that changing the shape of the skull changes the shape of thoughts that fit in the head.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
    @songbird

    Eggheads indeed!

    It sounds like a hard one to either prove or falsify. Most all of my kids are too old to try a test group and control... so that's right out!

    Just imagine the teasing at school though.

    "Why is your head shaped like a pyramid, freak?!"

    "My parents say it will increase my cognitive acuity and foster an indomitable will to power! Yesssss!"

  28. They should remake the movie Idiocracy, so that it is more watchable, more accurate, and better natalist propaganda.

    • LOL: Yellowface Anon
  29. Used to think that society needed cultural norms mostly because of dumb people. But what if exactly the opposite is true? Smart people are governed less by instinct, so therefore they need strong cultural norms to take the place of instinct and to help them reproduce without fretting much about various things.

    • Agree: Jatt Aryaa
  30. @Aedib
    @Barbarossa

    The rational path to down carbon emissions is to massively re-start nuclear power plants, big hydro build-up and to massively replace coal by gas. Wind and solar are OK but, as they are random, they can’t be part of the energy base-matrix. They can be a nice complement and occasional replacement but not anymore.
    But you are OK: the political class seems to be that stupid.
    You say nuclear, they say “nooooo, see Chernobyl, Fukushima!!”
    You say hydro, the say “nooooo, they are harmful to the ecosystems!!”
    You say gas, they say “nooooooo, it will empower the evil Russians!!”
    Well, let the “smart-guys” enjoy their own stupidity.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    Hydro potential is pretty much close to exhausted, it seems to me. Nuclear plant construction on the scale of replacing a large part of fossil fuel energy won’t be forthcoming (not just the political will but the lead time might be too long), and gas price actually surged everywhere, even in the US. This means something bigger and structural is afoot, and you should read the link I posted in the last open thread.

    • Agree: Barbarossa
    • Replies: @Aedib
    @Yellowface Anon

    Can you paste the link here?

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

  31. @Yellowface Anon
    @Aedib

    Hydro potential is pretty much close to exhausted, it seems to me. Nuclear plant construction on the scale of replacing a large part of fossil fuel energy won't be forthcoming (not just the political will but the lead time might be too long), and gas price actually surged everywhere, even in the US. This means something bigger and structural is afoot, and you should read the link I posted in the last open thread.

    Replies: @Aedib

    Can you paste the link here?

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @Aedib

    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/10/spike-in-energy-prices-suggests-that-sharp-changes-are-ahead.html

    Replies: @Aedib, @Barbarossa

  32. @Aedib
    @Yellowface Anon

    Can you paste the link here?

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    • Thanks: Aedib
    • Replies: @Aedib
    @Yellowface Anon


    European economists should have told European citizens, “There is no way you can get along using renewables alone for many, many years. Treat the countries that are exporting fossil fuels to you very well. Sign long term contracts with them. If they want to use a new pipeline, raise no objection. Your bargaining power is very low.”
     
    They were too accustomed to spite the Russians in the face. It is like a Pavlovian response. Now that reality started to bite, the still insist in with their Pavlovian response. Someone should tell Eurocrats that the East Asian market is bigger and brighter and that no one care anymore about their hypocrite moral lessons any longer.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    , @Barbarossa
    @Yellowface Anon

    That is a generally good article and mirrors some of my own observations. This is part of what I was getting at with my previous comment. The energy options being publicly discussed are not really realistic or actionable.

    I live near the epicenter of shale gas and it has gone significantly bust for the time being with many fields also under-performing.

    There was a big push on big wind projects a few years back but these have also been big disappointments and a seven year old wind farm near me is having massive foundation reconstruction and blade replacement. I drove past a massive pile of fiberglass blades chopped in half next to the highway, being prepped to make their way out West to get buried. The wind farms have turned out to be a joke.

    Now the big push is solar farms, even though this part of the country has less days of sunlight than almost anywhere else. There is a 900 acre solar farm in the works just the hill over from me.

    It's all completely dependent on subsidies, naturally. As far as actual impacts these seem to be massive outlays of government cash for very little actual benefit.

    Replies: @A123, @Yellowface Anon

  33. @Mikhail
    FBI arrests Igor Danchenko:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-source-analyst-aided-trump-141621368.html

    Among some others, Sean Hannity can be quite dense on Russia related matters. The above linked article doesn't say that Igor Danchenko collaborated with the Russian government in producing misinformation on Donald Trump.

    If anything, Danchenko's ties to the Brookings Institution and Fiona Hill, suggest a neocon/neolib preferred Russian, who isn't particularly Trump and Putin friendly.

    Like Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, there (at least for now) appears to be no conclusive evidence that Danchenko is some kind of a Russian government agent.

    On the same day as Danchenko's arrest, I received an FBI hand delivered message pertaining to:

    https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/14/2018-20203/imposing-certain-sanctions-in-the-event-of-foreign-interference-in-a-united-states-election

    The FBI agent who delivered the letter doesn't have anything better to do?

    Trump signed the above linked order. Now, a Dem admin is using it to further persuade Americans to not write for the Strategic Culture Foundation. I hope to have more out on this shortly.

    Where's my Noble Prize for journalism? A rhetorical shot concerning the two who received such. On the matter of false claims having to do with a US election and Russia (as well as some other Russia related issues), Evelyn Farkas has apparently not been penalized for her lies pertaining to yours truly.

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2021/05/22/bbc-limits-and-related-censorship-on-russia-coverage/

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Here you go:

    Forgive me, but I just couldn’t resist. Maybe one of the last times that I can rib you using a prop. But to show you that I can be a nice guy (sometimes at least) I’m going to plug your very own website, saving you the need (I know what a drudgery that must be for you to do, all of the time). So, for all of you aficionados out there, who just can’t get your fill of Mike Averko’s brilliant insights, especially about the greatness of Russia under Putin’s 26 year autocracy, here’s his own, not too popular, website:

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/contributors/michael-averko/

    For those of you on a restricted financial budget plan, looking for a new venue to while away all of your time, this could be the place to go – it’s still free! I’m just hoping that Karlin hasn’t put any fresh new ideas into Averko’s head, I mean how much longer can he afford to live and create all of this stuff for free? 🙂

    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Mr. Hack


    So, for all of you aficionados out there, who just can’t get your fill of Mike Averko’s brilliant insights, especially about the greatness of Russia under Putin’s 26 year autocracy, here’s his own, not too popular, website:

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/contributors/michael-averko/
     
    Another:

    https://www.eurasiareview.com/author/michael-averko/

    I’m just hoping that Karlin hasn’t put any fresh new ideas into Averko’s head, I mean how much longer can he afford to live and create all of this stuff for free? 🙂

     

    If anything, it's more the other way around. FYI, the SCF pays - albeit not tops.

    Your sarcasm should be directed at the FBI and US Treasury for spending so much time on the likes of yours truly.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    , @songbird
    @Mr. Hack

    One way to get Mr. Karlin to come back to UNZ might be to use a Ukrainian as a placeholder.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack


  34. As Patriarch Bartholomew recently also endorsed Biden, while in New York, after he visited with him:

    He said at the White House later Monday that he was abundantly satisfied with his visit, praising Biden as a “man of faith, and man of vision.”

    https://www.voanews.com/a/orthodox-patriarch-praises-biden-after-meeting-/6285621.html

    This might spur the creation of a new TV comedy sitcom: “Everybody Loves Joe.”
    Pro- Choice President Joe Biden. Apparently nobody informed The Pope nor the Patriarch about Joe’s stance on abortion, just a minor detail I suppose, in the world we now live in?

  35. @Mr. Hack
    @Mikhail

    Here you go:

    https://thenib.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/the-bizarro-nobel-prizes-3b81ce588f5f-1-3.jpg

    Forgive me, but I just couldn't resist. Maybe one of the last times that I can rib you using a prop. But to show you that I can be a nice guy (sometimes at least) I'm going to plug your very own website, saving you the need (I know what a drudgery that must be for you to do, all of the time). So, for all of you aficionados out there, who just can't get your fill of Mike Averko's brilliant insights, especially about the greatness of Russia under Putin's 26 year autocracy, here's his own, not too popular, website:

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/contributors/michael-averko/

    For those of you on a restricted financial budget plan, looking for a new venue to while away all of your time, this could be the place to go - it's still free! I'm just hoping that Karlin hasn't put any fresh new ideas into Averko's head, I mean how much longer can he afford to live and create all of this stuff for free? :-)

    Replies: @Mikhail, @songbird

    So, for all of you aficionados out there, who just can’t get your fill of Mike Averko’s brilliant insights, especially about the greatness of Russia under Putin’s 26 year autocracy, here’s his own, not too popular, website:

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/contributors/michael-averko/

    Another:

    https://www.eurasiareview.com/author/michael-averko/

    I’m just hoping that Karlin hasn’t put any fresh new ideas into Averko’s head, I mean how much longer can he afford to live and create all of this stuff for free? 🙂

    If anything, it’s more the other way around. FYI, the SCF pays – albeit not tops.

    Your sarcasm should be directed at the FBI and US Treasury for spending so much time on the likes of yours truly.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Mikhail

    It's actually two separate websites? Wow. That's encouraging to know, for if you can handle the responsibilities of running two sites, why not Karlin? One for the plebes, and one for the patricians. :-)

    Is the Deep State still harassing you? What for now?

  36. Want to get smart people breeding?

    Throw out all the required lit! Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, and the growing catalogue of woke trash. Instead, assign smart, impressionable kids Reader’s Digest or National Geo from 1980, 2000, and 2020 and let them reach their own conclusions, while making dating mandatory.

    • Replies: @Jatt Aryaa
    @songbird

    >dating mandatory

    As if female sexual autonomy isn't at root the issue.

    https://blog.reaction.la/images/JapanFert4.png

    Even banning education doesn't do much tbh,

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

    Replies: @songbird

  37. @Mr. Hack
    @Mikhail

    Here you go:

    https://thenib.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/the-bizarro-nobel-prizes-3b81ce588f5f-1-3.jpg

    Forgive me, but I just couldn't resist. Maybe one of the last times that I can rib you using a prop. But to show you that I can be a nice guy (sometimes at least) I'm going to plug your very own website, saving you the need (I know what a drudgery that must be for you to do, all of the time). So, for all of you aficionados out there, who just can't get your fill of Mike Averko's brilliant insights, especially about the greatness of Russia under Putin's 26 year autocracy, here's his own, not too popular, website:

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/contributors/michael-averko/

    For those of you on a restricted financial budget plan, looking for a new venue to while away all of your time, this could be the place to go - it's still free! I'm just hoping that Karlin hasn't put any fresh new ideas into Averko's head, I mean how much longer can he afford to live and create all of this stuff for free? :-)

    Replies: @Mikhail, @songbird

    One way to get Mr. Karlin to come back to UNZ might be to use a Ukrainian as a placeholder.

    • LOL: Barbarossa
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    I'm not quite following you? Do you mean have a steady stream of comments here by a "Ukrainian", so that it might prove to be difficult to turn it all off? Why a Ukrainian, though? I think that you're doing a wonderful job here of keeping the comments going, probably three or four comments to my one? At some point, I think that Karlin may try to increase his payorship base ($) and turn this one off, totally. Can you imagine all of the addicts of this blog being cut off from their daily dose, going cold turkey? :-)

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/lowres.cartoonstock.com/food-drink-alcohol-alcoholics-hard_liquor-drinker-heavy_drinker-twtn86_low.jpg

    Replies: @songbird

  38. Hey , off-topic, but I have a question for you:

    In the event of a full-on outright full-scale future Russo-Ukrainian war, could we see Russia occupy everything to the east of Kiev and create an independent neutralist East Ukraine led by Yuri Boyko (or by Viktor Medvedchuk) and propped up by Russian bayonets (the Donbass would presumably be outright annexed by Russia in this scenario)? I mean, the much poorer Soviet Union managed to do this in East Germany for almost half a century, so if the willpower to do this would be there, it might actually be doable. But of course this would virtually certainly mean a complete and total rupture of all of Russia’s relations with the West. Expulsion from the SWIFT banking system, crippling North Korea-level sanctions, et cetera.

    Such an independent East Ukraine would, again, be formally neutralist–so, not a member of the Eurasian Economic Union or anything else (for Eastern and Southern Ukraine, the current situation is something like this: 25% pro-Eurasia, 25% pro-neutrality, 50% pro-Europe. So, a pro-neutrality course could get the support of all of Eurasianists as well as all of the neutralists, who combined make up half of the population there. Though the younger generations could end up being more of a problem over time, especially if they are much more pro-Western than their elders are) but a state that would still rely on extensive trade links with Russia as well as on cheap natural gas from Russia. It would be a kleptocracy along the lines of Yanukovych’s regime, but perhaps a bit more competent and less brutal. West Ukraine (so, Kiev, Uman, and everything to the west of them) would of course be free to join both the EU and NATO, if these blocs would actually be interested in them. But Russia will make permanent neutrality a precondition for any Ukrainian reunification in such a scenario, similar to what the Soviet Union did for German reunification in the 1950s with the Stalin Note (the West declined, of course).

    So, what do you think?

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Mr. XYZ

    Nah, I can't see it. To achieve this, a huge war would need to take place, that would leave both Russia and Ukraine in a complete mess. Who needs it, who wants it, just look at Donbas today, but it would be many times worse. Russia had its chance to incorporate more Ukrainian lands than Crimea and Donbas in 2014, and failed miserably outside of these two territories. Even Donbas is somewhere in the 50/50 range of control between Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine is getting stronger everyday with partners like Turkey selling Ukraine the latest in drone technology:

    https://gdb.rferl.org/c34e4ad2-6705-4aed-8441-033c69c33339_w1023_r1_s.jpg
    High tech Turkish Drones to be manufactured in Ukraine. Already being used in Donbas.

    https://www.stopfake.org/en/russian-propaganda-on-ukraine-s-drone-use-in-donbas/

    Replies: @Aedib, @Mr. XYZ, @Mr. XYZ

    , @AP
    @Mr. XYZ


    In the event of a full-on outright full-scale future Russo-Ukrainian war, could we see Russia occupy everything to the east of Kiev and create an independent neutralist East Ukraine led by Yuri Boyko (or by Viktor Medvedchuk) and propped up by Russian bayonets (the Donbass would presumably be outright annexed by Russia in this scenario)?
     
    Russia has very good intelligence on Ukraine and would have taken as much as would have been cheap and feasible in 2014. It ended up taking Crimea and setting up a puppet state in the urban 2/3 of Donbas. These are the only parts of Ukraine that could be removed from Ukraine fairly smoothly. Not coincidentally, these are the only parts of Ukraine where Ukrainians aren't the majority ethnically (they were under 50% in Donetsk City but might be barely above 50% in the rest of the DPR/LPR republics).

    Since then, Russian activists have left eastern Ukraine and capability for resistance there has grown considerably, with national guard units, Azov (based in Kharkiv), etc. An occupation thus would mean, at a minimum, a lot of IRA-style attacks and bombings, a sullen unfriendly population, and massive expenditures. It's rather unlikely, other than perhaps some areas adjacent to the Republics.

    More likely would simply be a lot of missile attacks and bombings all over Ukraine in order to screw it up, without trying to occupy it. This would incur counterattacks against Russian positions and facilities within Ukrainian missile range, about 100 km into Russia and all over Donbas (Ukraine has plenty of missiles of its own now) so even if Russia sent no troops on the ground right into Ukraine it would not be a cost-free cakewalk as would have been the case in 2014. Russia would probably formally annex Donbas.

    I mean, the much poorer Soviet Union managed to do this in East Germany for almost half a century, so if the willpower to do this would be there, it might actually be doable.
     
    Eastern Ukraine has about the same population as East Germany, but Russia has only about half the population of the USSR. Because Russia is not a dictatorship, it is uncertain if the Russian leaders would be tolerated by the Russian people if they were spending a huge amount of money occupying half of Ukraine, and if Russian boys were regularly coming home in body bags due to IRA-style attacks.

    But of course this would virtually certainly mean a complete and total rupture of all of Russia’s relations with the West. Expulsion from the SWIFT banking system, crippling North Korea-level sanctions, et cetera.
     
    True of the USA but unknown with regards to Europe, which has very stupidly gotten rid of much of its nuclear power and is thus dependent on Russian gas.

    Replies: @Mr. XYZ

  39. @songbird
    Want to get smart people breeding?

    Throw out all the required lit! Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, and the growing catalogue of woke trash. Instead, assign smart, impressionable kids Reader's Digest or National Geo from 1980, 2000, and 2020 and let them reach their own conclusions, while making dating mandatory.

    Replies: @Jatt Aryaa

    >dating mandatory

    As if female sexual autonomy isn’t at root the issue.

    Even banning education doesn’t do much tbh,

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Jatt Aryaa


    As if female sexual autonomy isn’t at root the issue.
     
    I am a radical on this.

    VE Day was May 8, 1945. Knew people who fought in the war, though they are all dead now. To a lot of people, WW2 is the end of history. But I know it isn't. In only, two or three years, we will be closer to 2100, than 1945. That is Nigeria of 750 million/Africa of 4 billion/40% of the world pop territory, if the projections pan out. And I know that they are not just going to sit there.

    Point is I want smart, civilized women to believe that they need to have enough children to make Niger seem like Singapore. You can't do that by just taking away the pill. That takes intense propaganda and a cultural drive. One point I like to make is that Japan has never had that. They are too concerned about their limited resources and constrained living space, not concerned enough about global demographics and migration.

    Replies: @sher singh, @sher singh

  40. @songbird
    @Mr. Hack

    One way to get Mr. Karlin to come back to UNZ might be to use a Ukrainian as a placeholder.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    I’m not quite following you? Do you mean have a steady stream of comments here by a “Ukrainian”, so that it might prove to be difficult to turn it all off? Why a Ukrainian, though? I think that you’re doing a wonderful job here of keeping the comments going, probably three or four comments to my one? At some point, I think that Karlin may try to increase his payorship base (\$) and turn this one off, totally. Can you imagine all of the addicts of this blog being cut off from their daily dose, going cold turkey? 🙂

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    a steady stream of comments here by a “Ukrainian”
     
    I knew there would be a big surprise and someone would change their worldview by the end of this blog. But, if you want to incite AK to come back, by taking it over and changing the title, don't you think you had better stop putting quotation marks around the word Ukrainian?

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  41. @songbird
    What if skull deformation increases IQ, or some other factor, like will to power, and that is why a lot of these groups that created empires, like the Inca and Huns practiced it?


    In early modern times, when it was still practiced in areas, some people used to have the idea that changing the shape of the skull changes the shape of thoughts that fit in the head.

    Replies: @Barbarossa

    Eggheads indeed!

    It sounds like a hard one to either prove or falsify. Most all of my kids are too old to try a test group and control… so that’s right out!

    Just imagine the teasing at school though.

    “Why is your head shaped like a pyramid, freak?!”

    “My parents say it will increase my cognitive acuity and foster an indomitable will to power! Yesssss!”

    • LOL: songbird
  42. @Mr. XYZ
    Hey @Mr. Hack, off-topic, but I have a question for you:

    In the event of a full-on outright full-scale future Russo-Ukrainian war, could we see Russia occupy everything to the east of Kiev and create an independent neutralist East Ukraine led by Yuri Boyko (or by Viktor Medvedchuk) and propped up by Russian bayonets (the Donbass would presumably be outright annexed by Russia in this scenario)? I mean, the much poorer Soviet Union managed to do this in East Germany for almost half a century, so if the willpower to do this would be there, it might actually be doable. But of course this would virtually certainly mean a complete and total rupture of all of Russia's relations with the West. Expulsion from the SWIFT banking system, crippling North Korea-level sanctions, et cetera.

    Such an independent East Ukraine would, again, be formally neutralist--so, not a member of the Eurasian Economic Union or anything else (for Eastern and Southern Ukraine, the current situation is something like this: 25% pro-Eurasia, 25% pro-neutrality, 50% pro-Europe. So, a pro-neutrality course could get the support of all of Eurasianists as well as all of the neutralists, who combined make up half of the population there. Though the younger generations could end up being more of a problem over time, especially if they are much more pro-Western than their elders are) but a state that would still rely on extensive trade links with Russia as well as on cheap natural gas from Russia. It would be a kleptocracy along the lines of Yanukovych's regime, but perhaps a bit more competent and less brutal. West Ukraine (so, Kiev, Uman, and everything to the west of them) would of course be free to join both the EU and NATO, if these blocs would actually be interested in them. But Russia will make permanent neutrality a precondition for any Ukrainian reunification in such a scenario, similar to what the Soviet Union did for German reunification in the 1950s with the Stalin Note (the West declined, of course).

    So, what do you think?

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @AP

    Nah, I can’t see it. To achieve this, a huge war would need to take place, that would leave both Russia and Ukraine in a complete mess. Who needs it, who wants it, just look at Donbas today, but it would be many times worse. Russia had its chance to incorporate more Ukrainian lands than Crimea and Donbas in 2014, and failed miserably outside of these two territories. Even Donbas is somewhere in the 50/50 range of control between Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine is getting stronger everyday with partners like Turkey selling Ukraine the latest in drone technology:

    High tech Turkish Drones to be manufactured in Ukraine. Already being used in Donbas.

    https://www.stopfake.org/en/russian-propaganda-on-ukraine-s-drone-use-in-donbas/

    • Replies: @Aedib
    @Mr. Hack

    Going from a Flanker to a Bayraktar seems to be an accurate metaphor of the post-1991 Ukraine.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @Mr. Hack

    If Ukraine tries to settle the Donbass question by force and/or to join NATO, then a huge war could indeed take place. Could.

    , @Mr. XYZ
    @Mr. Hack

    BTW, do you view the present-day Donbass and interwar Upper Silesia as being comparable? Both heavily industrial regions with a lot of natural resources (especially coal) that were divided and that had a strong regionalist and autonomist streak and mentality. Pro-Russian separatist Donbass (possibly future Russian Donbass) = interwar Polish Upper Silesia; Ukrainian Donbass = German Upper Silesia. And even Polish Upper Silesia previously had an insurgency--right after WWI, in fact, with Korfanty's uprising! Russophiles got the good parts of the Donbass and the Poles got the good parts of Upper Silesia. And of course when Germany tried to settle the Upper Silesia dispute (and other disputes) by force, it subsequently ended up losing the remainder of its part of Upper Silesia. The same could happen to Ukraine's part of the Donbass if Ukraine will ever try settling the Donbass conflict by force. Not saying this to be mean to Ukraine; just making an observation.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  43. @Mikhail
    @Mr. Hack


    So, for all of you aficionados out there, who just can’t get your fill of Mike Averko’s brilliant insights, especially about the greatness of Russia under Putin’s 26 year autocracy, here’s his own, not too popular, website:

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/contributors/michael-averko/
     
    Another:

    https://www.eurasiareview.com/author/michael-averko/

    I’m just hoping that Karlin hasn’t put any fresh new ideas into Averko’s head, I mean how much longer can he afford to live and create all of this stuff for free? 🙂

     

    If anything, it's more the other way around. FYI, the SCF pays - albeit not tops.

    Your sarcasm should be directed at the FBI and US Treasury for spending so much time on the likes of yours truly.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    It’s actually two separate websites? Wow. That’s encouraging to know, for if you can handle the responsibilities of running two sites, why not Karlin? One for the plebes, and one for the patricians. 🙂

    Is the Deep State still harassing you? What for now?

  44. @Mr. Hack
    @Mr. XYZ

    Nah, I can't see it. To achieve this, a huge war would need to take place, that would leave both Russia and Ukraine in a complete mess. Who needs it, who wants it, just look at Donbas today, but it would be many times worse. Russia had its chance to incorporate more Ukrainian lands than Crimea and Donbas in 2014, and failed miserably outside of these two territories. Even Donbas is somewhere in the 50/50 range of control between Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine is getting stronger everyday with partners like Turkey selling Ukraine the latest in drone technology:

    https://gdb.rferl.org/c34e4ad2-6705-4aed-8441-033c69c33339_w1023_r1_s.jpg
    High tech Turkish Drones to be manufactured in Ukraine. Already being used in Donbas.

    https://www.stopfake.org/en/russian-propaganda-on-ukraine-s-drone-use-in-donbas/

    Replies: @Aedib, @Mr. XYZ, @Mr. XYZ

    Going from a Flanker to a Bayraktar seems to be an accurate metaphor of the post-1991 Ukraine.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @Aedib

    From the evidence of year 2020, against third world militaries that do not have modern air defense, Bayraktar seemed like the most effective close-air support weapon being used in the world - raping the Syrian army for YouTube videos in March
    ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwestern_Syria_offensive_(December_2019%E2%80%93March_2020 ) and the Armenian in October ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Nagorno-Karabakh_war) ), and Kurdish separatists the rest of the time.

    So Turkey has now developed a capacity to destroy third world militaries for people to watch on YouTube.

    However, when Armenia has inspected a crashed one, there was evidence that its internal components are North American and German imports.
    https://hetq.am/en/article/134966

    So much of their complicated parts are just North American dual use exports. Bayraktar is full of dual-use Western components.


    -

    On a related news, Erdogan-Aliev has constructed and opened Fuzil Airport in Southern Nagorno-Karabakh, with insane speed, building from nothing in 10 months.

    This is only the first of three new airports they are building in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    Oil and gas prices have been booming, so Aliev spending money like crazy again. These people spend like they are new lottery winner, anytime oil prices are booming.

    With all the new rise in oil and gas money this year, Aliev will be surely be building the train along the southern border very fast as well.

    But apart from Erdogan, which international tourists is going to use it to visit a damaged provincial hinterland in the recent war-zone, with three new airports? Maybe they will plan to force Turkish tourists to vacation there by giving them free tickets?

    So far they achieved their first American tourist - a compulsive tourist considered the world's most traveling man. (https://report.az/ru/karabakh/izvestnyj-amerikanskij-puteshestvennik-ya-vpechatlen-aeroportom-v-fizuli/)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EzwZ73ochc

    Replies: @Aedib

  45. @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    I'm not quite following you? Do you mean have a steady stream of comments here by a "Ukrainian", so that it might prove to be difficult to turn it all off? Why a Ukrainian, though? I think that you're doing a wonderful job here of keeping the comments going, probably three or four comments to my one? At some point, I think that Karlin may try to increase his payorship base ($) and turn this one off, totally. Can you imagine all of the addicts of this blog being cut off from their daily dose, going cold turkey? :-)

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/lowres.cartoonstock.com/food-drink-alcohol-alcoholics-hard_liquor-drinker-heavy_drinker-twtn86_low.jpg

    Replies: @songbird

    a steady stream of comments here by a “Ukrainian”

    I knew there would be a big surprise and someone would change their worldview by the end of this blog. But, if you want to incite AK to come back, by taking it over and changing the title, don’t you think you had better stop putting quotation marks around the word Ukrainian?

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @songbird

    I put the quotation marks around the word "Ukrainian" to highlight your inclination for it to be a Ukrainian. Besides, the only Ukrainian that I know that has become somewhat of a regular contributor here is "Svidomyatheart" and although he's made some great strides in improving his English language skills as of late, I don't think that he's quite up to Karlin's stature, yet.

    Why not yourself, I always enjoy and usually agree with your slants - you'd be a great replacement for Karlin. You don't have to be a Ukrainian to fill Karlin's shoes, ya know. :-)

  46. @songbird
    @Mr. Hack


    a steady stream of comments here by a “Ukrainian”
     
    I knew there would be a big surprise and someone would change their worldview by the end of this blog. But, if you want to incite AK to come back, by taking it over and changing the title, don't you think you had better stop putting quotation marks around the word Ukrainian?

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    I put the quotation marks around the word “Ukrainian” to highlight your inclination for it to be a Ukrainian. Besides, the only Ukrainian that I know that has become somewhat of a regular contributor here is “Svidomyatheart” and although he’s made some great strides in improving his English language skills as of late, I don’t think that he’s quite up to Karlin’s stature, yet.

    Why not yourself, I always enjoy and usually agree with your slants – you’d be a great replacement for Karlin. You don’t have to be a Ukrainian to fill Karlin’s shoes, ya know. 🙂

    • LOL: songbird
  47. @Jatt Aryaa
    @songbird

    >dating mandatory

    As if female sexual autonomy isn't at root the issue.

    https://blog.reaction.la/images/JapanFert4.png

    Even banning education doesn't do much tbh,

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

    Replies: @songbird

    As if female sexual autonomy isn’t at root the issue.

    I am a radical on this.

    VE Day was May 8, 1945. Knew people who fought in the war, though they are all dead now. To a lot of people, WW2 is the end of history. But I know it isn’t. In only, two or three years, we will be closer to 2100, than 1945. That is Nigeria of 750 million/Africa of 4 billion/40% of the world pop territory, if the projections pan out. And I know that they are not just going to sit there.

    Point is I want smart, civilized women to believe that they need to have enough children to make Niger seem like Singapore. You can’t do that by just taking away the pill. That takes intense propaganda and a cultural drive. One point I like to make is that Japan has never had that. They are too concerned about their limited resources and constrained living space, not concerned enough about global demographics and migration.

    • Replies: @sher singh
    @songbird

    You're so gay, wtf does the pill have to do with women being property?


    75% of White non-college women voted for Youngkin.

    78% of White non-college men voted for Youngkin.

    https://occidentaldissent.com/2021/11/03/mcauliffe-concedes/

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

    , @sher singh
    @songbird

    Btw, the insults are a sign of friendship.

    Anyway, good thing we got the new open thread.

    I asked Karlin if this was zapoi posting (Russian multi-day drunk festival) & he deleted||

    https://akarlin.substack.com/p/wagmi/comments

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

    Replies: @German_reader, @songbird

  48. @Aedib
    @Mr. Hack

    Going from a Flanker to a Bayraktar seems to be an accurate metaphor of the post-1991 Ukraine.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    From the evidence of year 2020, against third world militaries that do not have modern air defense, Bayraktar seemed like the most effective close-air support weapon being used in the world – raping the Syrian army for YouTube videos in March
    ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwestern_Syria_offensive_(December_2019%E2%80%93March_2020 ) and the Armenian in October ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Nagorno-Karabakh_war) ), and Kurdish separatists the rest of the time.

    So Turkey has now developed a capacity to destroy third world militaries for people to watch on YouTube.

    However, when Armenia has inspected a crashed one, there was evidence that its internal components are North American and German imports.
    https://hetq.am/en/article/134966

    So much of their complicated parts are just North American dual use exports. Bayraktar is full of dual-use Western components.

    On a related news, Erdogan-Aliev has constructed and opened Fuzil Airport in Southern Nagorno-Karabakh, with insane speed, building from nothing in 10 months.

    This is only the first of three new airports they are building in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    Oil and gas prices have been booming, so Aliev spending money like crazy again. These people spend like they are new lottery winner, anytime oil prices are booming.

    With all the new rise in oil and gas money this year, Aliev will be surely be building the train along the southern border very fast as well.

    But apart from Erdogan, which international tourists is going to use it to visit a damaged provincial hinterland in the recent war-zone, with three new airports? Maybe they will plan to force Turkish tourists to vacation there by giving them free tickets?

    So far they achieved their first American tourist – a compulsive tourist considered the world’s most traveling man. (https://report.az/ru/karabakh/izvestnyj-amerikanskij-puteshestvennik-ya-vpechatlen-aeroportom-v-fizuli/)

    • Replies: @Aedib
    @Dmitry

    Aliyev should better think about building a reserve fund. The new rich meme strikes back.

    Replies: @Dmitry

  49. The Little Russian Reaction!

    I’m very good with titles.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @iffen

    Here it is in it's full glory:

    https://i.obozrevatel.com/2017/6/29/ansambl_imeni_virskogo.jpg?size=630x300

    Do you think that you could keep up? :-)

    Replies: @schnellandine

  50. @songbird
    @Jatt Aryaa


    As if female sexual autonomy isn’t at root the issue.
     
    I am a radical on this.

    VE Day was May 8, 1945. Knew people who fought in the war, though they are all dead now. To a lot of people, WW2 is the end of history. But I know it isn't. In only, two or three years, we will be closer to 2100, than 1945. That is Nigeria of 750 million/Africa of 4 billion/40% of the world pop territory, if the projections pan out. And I know that they are not just going to sit there.

    Point is I want smart, civilized women to believe that they need to have enough children to make Niger seem like Singapore. You can't do that by just taking away the pill. That takes intense propaganda and a cultural drive. One point I like to make is that Japan has never had that. They are too concerned about their limited resources and constrained living space, not concerned enough about global demographics and migration.

    Replies: @sher singh, @sher singh

    You’re so gay, wtf does the pill have to do with women being property?

    [MORE]

    75% of White non-college women voted for Youngkin.

    78% of White non-college men voted for Youngkin.

    https://occidentaldissent.com/2021/11/03/mcauliffe-concedes/

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

  51. @iffen
    The Little Russian Reaction!

    I'm very good with titles.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Here it is in it’s full glory:

    Do you think that you could keep up? 🙂

    • Replies: @schnellandine
    @Mr. Hack

    I know that dude!

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SJMqkT1Tmn0/VgvXWh15TZI/AAAAAAAB1P8/N_I9vQ6Z08c/s1600/1978.%2BDavid%2BLee%2BRoth%2Band%2BEddie%2BVan%2BHalen.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  52. @Yellowface Anon
    @Aedib

    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/10/spike-in-energy-prices-suggests-that-sharp-changes-are-ahead.html

    Replies: @Aedib, @Barbarossa

    European economists should have told European citizens, “There is no way you can get along using renewables alone for many, many years. Treat the countries that are exporting fossil fuels to you very well. Sign long term contracts with them. If they want to use a new pipeline, raise no objection. Your bargaining power is very low.”

    They were too accustomed to spite the Russians in the face. It is like a Pavlovian response. Now that reality started to bite, the still insist in with their Pavlovian response. Someone should tell Eurocrats that the East Asian market is bigger and brighter and that no one care anymore about their hypocrite moral lessons any longer.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @Aedib

    Not sure about this if a China-Taiwan or China-Japan war comes at the same time...

    Replies: @Aedib

  53. @Dmitry
    @Aedib

    From the evidence of year 2020, against third world militaries that do not have modern air defense, Bayraktar seemed like the most effective close-air support weapon being used in the world - raping the Syrian army for YouTube videos in March
    ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwestern_Syria_offensive_(December_2019%E2%80%93March_2020 ) and the Armenian in October ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Nagorno-Karabakh_war) ), and Kurdish separatists the rest of the time.

    So Turkey has now developed a capacity to destroy third world militaries for people to watch on YouTube.

    However, when Armenia has inspected a crashed one, there was evidence that its internal components are North American and German imports.
    https://hetq.am/en/article/134966

    So much of their complicated parts are just North American dual use exports. Bayraktar is full of dual-use Western components.


    -

    On a related news, Erdogan-Aliev has constructed and opened Fuzil Airport in Southern Nagorno-Karabakh, with insane speed, building from nothing in 10 months.

    This is only the first of three new airports they are building in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    Oil and gas prices have been booming, so Aliev spending money like crazy again. These people spend like they are new lottery winner, anytime oil prices are booming.

    With all the new rise in oil and gas money this year, Aliev will be surely be building the train along the southern border very fast as well.

    But apart from Erdogan, which international tourists is going to use it to visit a damaged provincial hinterland in the recent war-zone, with three new airports? Maybe they will plan to force Turkish tourists to vacation there by giving them free tickets?

    So far they achieved their first American tourist - a compulsive tourist considered the world's most traveling man. (https://report.az/ru/karabakh/izvestnyj-amerikanskij-puteshestvennik-ya-vpechatlen-aeroportom-v-fizuli/)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EzwZ73ochc

    Replies: @Aedib

    Aliyev should better think about building a reserve fund. The new rich meme strikes back.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @Aedib

    They have a sovereign wealth fund, but it is not very transparent, and people are writing that it is probably used to throw contracts around the ruling families and their friends. (Well, like any postsoviet country).

    -
    I was thinking about this war of last year.

    One of the culture shocks for contemporary European people, of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, could be watching the appearance of "journalistic objectivity" of the media of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

    For example, in Azerbaijan news on federal channel, the newsreader was crying with happiness when the war has begun.

    Although it was already perhaps clear for professionals in the first day of the war that Azerbaijan was going to win all its objectives, as they uploading dozens of drone massacre videos in the first day. But I guess Caucasus media might be like this even if it wasn't seeming like their side would win.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfF-LYn1oEo

    And obviously at the end of the war, journalists do not feel a need to control their emotions or present an objective attitude. I don't know if anyone can translate what she says.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7vwMG_eV5s

  54. @Mr. Hack
    @iffen

    Here it is in it's full glory:

    https://i.obozrevatel.com/2017/6/29/ansambl_imeni_virskogo.jpg?size=630x300

    Do you think that you could keep up? :-)

    Replies: @schnellandine

    I know that dude!

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @schnellandine

    That's the spirit!!!...........................

  55. @schnellandine
    @Mr. Hack

    I know that dude!

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SJMqkT1Tmn0/VgvXWh15TZI/AAAAAAAB1P8/N_I9vQ6Z08c/s1600/1978.%2BDavid%2BLee%2BRoth%2Band%2BEddie%2BVan%2BHalen.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    That’s the spirit!!!………………………

  56. Sailer’s blog has an interesting post about Graeber’s new book, which mentions ancient cities in Ukraine. In another part, Steve says this:

    In contrast, in Athens in the 400s BC, the navy came to the fore, with working class men making good money rowing ships. We have the impression from movies like Ben Hur that only tyrannized slaves rowed galleys, but the proles of Periclean Athens and Piraeus actually liked rowing, which made democratic Athens’ aggressive sea-based grand strategy politically feasible.

    Found the above quite surprising. My previous impression was that there was a timeless conflict in the Med about gaining slaves for rowing warships and pirate vessels, which explains part of the strife between Muslims and Christendom into the 1500s, such as with the Knights of Saint John on Rhodes. (though to be sure, the Ottoman Empire was built around expansionary mechanisms, and there were many other factors).

    • Thanks: Mr. Hack
  57. So Turkey has now developed a capacity to destroy third world militaries for people to watch on YouTube.

    That drone has capacity of like 150 kg? For about \$6 million a pop? A howitzer from a century ago is more cost effective. Real weapons don’t have the time to film YouTube videos because they are out of range before impact even occurs. I mean, for the price of 4 Bayraktars you can buy an obsolete Su-24 that can deliver 8 tons of bombs, with the only bottleneck being pilot training.

    Never understood obsession with weak drones – long range rocket artillery (with drone spotters) is vastly more cost effective. Drone guided Katyushas (with a few hundred mile range) are the future for the ground forces, not Bayraktars.

    YouTube videos is not the same as combat efficiency.

    Meanwhile, in the more important world of satellite warfare, Konanykhin published a video.

    This is far more consequential than silly drone videos.

    Here are the satellite tracks.
    https://vimeo.com/comspoc

    It is clear that in 2019 USA 271 jumped Chinese Chinasat 6A and Chinese were asleep at the wheel. But Chinese also clearly conduct combat training for their satellite crews as explained in this video.

    This is the future of warfare, not some silly 150 kg Turkish drones.

    • Agree: Aedib
    • Replies: @utu
    @mal


    This is the future of warfare, not some silly 150 kg Turkish drones.
     
    Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency recognized that obvious obviousness signed agreement with Roscosmos.
    https://tass.com/science/1356779

    And Zambia already knew it in 1964
    https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/topics/zambian-space-programme

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Do3dz9TR0

    Replies: @mal

    , @Philip Owen
    @mal

    Under the radar. Drones can go down into the clutter.

    , @Dmitry
    @mal

    During Azerbaijan-Armenia war last year in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan was uploading daily compilation videos of its drone attacks on Armenian soldiers. In some of these videos, you can count that there appear to be hundreds of Armenian soldiers being injured or perhaps killed by drones.

    So drones killed perhaps thousands of Armenian soldiers when the sky was without clouds, and for a country of Armenia's size it was then obvious to be a short war. That's despite Armenia having the defensive positions in the fortified mountain terrain. So even with their small munitions, drones allowed Azerbaijan to win the war from an unlikely terrain situation. And Azerbaijan has almost no air force. ​


    4 Bayraktars you can buy an obsolete Su
     
    Bayraktars being used by a country with an air force (unlike Azerbaijan), would be more effective again, as when they discover by loitering a stationary enemy position, they could send the co-ordinates for the air force that carries heavier munitions.

    But I haven't read that any planes in the non-drone air force are suitable for loitering slowly for hours above enemy soldiers, watching them with powerful cameras, and following them around, and firing immediately when it wants from a short distance.


    more cost effective. Drone guided Katyushas (with a few hundred mile range) are the future for the ground forces
     
    It's like saying snipers cannot be effective, compared to artillery, because the munitions are too small. Or that landmines will not be effective, because of the small munitions compared to an aerial bomb.

    Obviously the munitions on the Bayraktar drones were too small to kill large convoys of tanks or groups of soldiers in a single attack.

    On the other hand, how easily they were following the soldiers behind the enemy lines, seems to be something unprecedented.

    They could watch the area with a camera for hours, discover the targets, and and fire small munitions, which were according to YouTube hitting directly on soldiers in opportunistic way.


    Drone guided Katyushas (with a few hundred mile range) are

     

    By the time it travels this distance, the soldiers will be in a different position. So the munitions would need to be larger for the same effect.

    When Bayraktar drones loiter for hours in the enemy territory, with very effective cameras, which were following the soldiers around. Because of the short distance, the sensor to shooter loop is far shorter than firing from a longer distance.

    It's the equivalent of having snipers in the air, at close range, on those days when the sky was clear of clouds. Scary, dystopian future.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufd6JSxR8n8

    Aside from small munitions, the main limitation of Bayraktar drone during this war seems to be on days when there were clouds and fog. These drones were operating in clear days without clouds. On days when there are clouds, they were not flying I have read, and people have claimed that Armenia was able to re-attain advantage in the defense in those days.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling

  58. @songbird
    @Jatt Aryaa


    As if female sexual autonomy isn’t at root the issue.
     
    I am a radical on this.

    VE Day was May 8, 1945. Knew people who fought in the war, though they are all dead now. To a lot of people, WW2 is the end of history. But I know it isn't. In only, two or three years, we will be closer to 2100, than 1945. That is Nigeria of 750 million/Africa of 4 billion/40% of the world pop territory, if the projections pan out. And I know that they are not just going to sit there.

    Point is I want smart, civilized women to believe that they need to have enough children to make Niger seem like Singapore. You can't do that by just taking away the pill. That takes intense propaganda and a cultural drive. One point I like to make is that Japan has never had that. They are too concerned about their limited resources and constrained living space, not concerned enough about global demographics and migration.

    Replies: @sher singh, @sher singh

    Btw, the insults are a sign of friendship.

    Anyway, good thing we got the new open thread.

    I asked Karlin if this was zapoi posting (Russian multi-day drunk festival) & he deleted||

    https://akarlin.substack.com/p/wagmi/comments

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

    • Replies: @German_reader
    @sher singh

    It's an entertaining story. Bit hard to understand though, if one isn't part of this crypto subculture and doesn't know its jargon.
    I didn't quite get one of the main points of the story...did the basement dweller create the AI which ends up incinerating him on his own? Is something like that even feasible for an individual? Or did he use some pre-prepared programme? How much of this is realistic given current technology? My basic assumption has always been that true AI is a long way off (if it's even possible), but I'm technologically largely illiterate.

    , @songbird
    @sher singh

    I think AK is enough kebab, where that would not be a problem.

  59. German_reader says:
    @sher singh
    @songbird

    Btw, the insults are a sign of friendship.

    Anyway, good thing we got the new open thread.

    I asked Karlin if this was zapoi posting (Russian multi-day drunk festival) & he deleted||

    https://akarlin.substack.com/p/wagmi/comments

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

    Replies: @German_reader, @songbird

    It’s an entertaining story. Bit hard to understand though, if one isn’t part of this crypto subculture and doesn’t know its jargon.
    I didn’t quite get one of the main points of the story…did the basement dweller create the AI which ends up incinerating him on his own? Is something like that even feasible for an individual? Or did he use some pre-prepared programme? How much of this is realistic given current technology? My basic assumption has always been that true AI is a long way off (if it’s even possible), but I’m technologically largely illiterate.

  60. Alex Baldwin. Murderer. Karma caught up with him. He spent his time and energy lying about Donald Trump. Now he has met his comeuppance. It’s not that God has personally intervened in the Universe to chastise Baldwin. It’s that a man cannot give his life over to spinning lies and inventing falsehoods about another man–Trump–as Baldwin has done, without incurring a price. And the price of his incessant lying is that he developed a disdain for Truth and Logos. Disdain for Truth and Logos carried over into all aspects of Baldwin’s life, hence the casual attitude towards firearms on the set. The flippant attitude towards Truth and Logos backfired and Baldwin has destroyed himself. This, to sneer at the Holy Gods of Logos, the fundamental orderly nature of the Universe, is/was hubris. And, just as the ancients would have predicted, the result is the destruction of the man who was its bearer.

  61. @Mr. Hack
    @Mr. XYZ

    Nah, I can't see it. To achieve this, a huge war would need to take place, that would leave both Russia and Ukraine in a complete mess. Who needs it, who wants it, just look at Donbas today, but it would be many times worse. Russia had its chance to incorporate more Ukrainian lands than Crimea and Donbas in 2014, and failed miserably outside of these two territories. Even Donbas is somewhere in the 50/50 range of control between Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine is getting stronger everyday with partners like Turkey selling Ukraine the latest in drone technology:

    https://gdb.rferl.org/c34e4ad2-6705-4aed-8441-033c69c33339_w1023_r1_s.jpg
    High tech Turkish Drones to be manufactured in Ukraine. Already being used in Donbas.

    https://www.stopfake.org/en/russian-propaganda-on-ukraine-s-drone-use-in-donbas/

    Replies: @Aedib, @Mr. XYZ, @Mr. XYZ

    If Ukraine tries to settle the Donbass question by force and/or to join NATO, then a huge war could indeed take place. Could.

  62. Not a fan of Nikki Haley. But I really do like her plan which proposes making any politician above a “certain age” in the House, Senate or White House pass “some sort of cognitive test.”

    Would set the age at 25, which is how old you have to be to join the House.

    • Replies: @A123
    @songbird


    Not a fan of Nikki Haley. But I really do like her plan which proposes making any politician above a “certain age” in the House, Senate or White House pass “some sort of cognitive test.”
     
    It sounds good at first glance, but it is likely a bad idea.

    Who would design, administer, and score the test? Degree welding Leftoids like Dr. Fauci? They would try to add DIE mythology, like gender & ethnic sensitivity, to the criteria for "cognitive competence".

    The Judiciary would probably overturn it as unconstitutional. Or, possibly kill it as a precedent that could threaten to geriatric SCOTUS justices. Either way, it is pretty much a non-starter.


    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @songbird

  63. @Mr. Hack
    @Mr. XYZ

    Nah, I can't see it. To achieve this, a huge war would need to take place, that would leave both Russia and Ukraine in a complete mess. Who needs it, who wants it, just look at Donbas today, but it would be many times worse. Russia had its chance to incorporate more Ukrainian lands than Crimea and Donbas in 2014, and failed miserably outside of these two territories. Even Donbas is somewhere in the 50/50 range of control between Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine is getting stronger everyday with partners like Turkey selling Ukraine the latest in drone technology:

    https://gdb.rferl.org/c34e4ad2-6705-4aed-8441-033c69c33339_w1023_r1_s.jpg
    High tech Turkish Drones to be manufactured in Ukraine. Already being used in Donbas.

    https://www.stopfake.org/en/russian-propaganda-on-ukraine-s-drone-use-in-donbas/

    Replies: @Aedib, @Mr. XYZ, @Mr. XYZ

    BTW, do you view the present-day Donbass and interwar Upper Silesia as being comparable? Both heavily industrial regions with a lot of natural resources (especially coal) that were divided and that had a strong regionalist and autonomist streak and mentality. Pro-Russian separatist Donbass (possibly future Russian Donbass) = interwar Polish Upper Silesia; Ukrainian Donbass = German Upper Silesia. And even Polish Upper Silesia previously had an insurgency–right after WWI, in fact, with Korfanty’s uprising! Russophiles got the good parts of the Donbass and the Poles got the good parts of Upper Silesia. And of course when Germany tried to settle the Upper Silesia dispute (and other disputes) by force, it subsequently ended up losing the remainder of its part of Upper Silesia. The same could happen to Ukraine’s part of the Donbass if Ukraine will ever try settling the Donbass conflict by force. Not saying this to be mean to Ukraine; just making an observation.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Mr. XYZ

    Sure, I think they're comparable. I know that you can still enter someone's home in Silesia and find a likeness of Hitler hung on the living room wall, as you would find a similar type image of Stalin hung in the same reverential position somewhere in Donbas. Similar type of hero worship. As to the rest, it sounds like you've been thinking about this a lot longer than I have, what do you think?

  64. @sher singh
    @songbird

    Btw, the insults are a sign of friendship.

    Anyway, good thing we got the new open thread.

    I asked Karlin if this was zapoi posting (Russian multi-day drunk festival) & he deleted||

    https://akarlin.substack.com/p/wagmi/comments

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

    Replies: @German_reader, @songbird

    I think AK is enough kebab, where that would not be a problem.

    • LOL: sher singh
  65. After the Virginia loss, one would expect t the SJW DNC to move towards sanity.

    However, their reaction to increasing U.S. energy production doubles down on under supply (1)

    Energy Secretary Erupts in Laughter When Asked if Biden Administration Will Start Increasing U.S. Oil Production

    What can a U.S. President and administration specifically do?

    -1- Permit the use of preexisting approved leases in ANWAR (Alaska) to put more volume into the Alaskan oil pipeline that is severely underutilized.
    -2- Finish the Dakota access pipeline.
    -3- Reapprove the preexisting energy leases in New Mexico, Arizona, NE Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
    -4- Retract the stoppage of the Keystone pipeline to permit efficient oil transport shipments from Canada.
    -5- Stop blocking the expansion of coastal oil refineries in Texas, Louisiana and Alabama (regulatory issue), as well as Northwest, Northeast and Southeast Seaboard.
    -6- Continue to develop natural gas as a clean burning fuel.
    -7- Drive Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as an export.

    None of this requires any approval from OPEC. Strategically, the all of the above approach enhances U.S. national security and diminishes the influence of Russia, China and Iran. Within six months of the above, gasoline will plummet

    All of these, with the exception of #7, are “no brainers” to increase jobs and decrease inflation.

    — Are they just completely clueless?
    — Or, are they deliberately trying to cripple America’s economy via high energy costs?

    Either way, the are going to lose more elections as they offend everyone who has to pay more for eveything.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

     

  66. @songbird
    Not a fan of Nikki Haley. But I really do like her plan which proposes making any politician above a "certain age" in the House, Senate or White House pass “some sort of cognitive test.”

    Would set the age at 25, which is how old you have to be to join the House.

    Replies: @A123

    Not a fan of Nikki Haley. But I really do like her plan which proposes making any politician above a “certain age” in the House, Senate or White House pass “some sort of cognitive test.”

    It sounds good at first glance, but it is likely a bad idea.

    Who would design, administer, and score the test? Degree welding Leftoids like Dr. Fauci? They would try to add DIE mythology, like gender & ethnic sensitivity, to the criteria for “cognitive competence”.

    The Judiciary would probably overturn it as unconstitutional. Or, possibly kill it as a precedent that could threaten to geriatric SCOTUS justices. Either way, it is pretty much a non-starter.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
    @A123

    One of my secret ambitions is to increase the entertainment factor of politics by mandating the publication of various HBD tests for all legislators, bureaucrats, and candidates for public office.

    Obviously, some of it like 2D:4D, or craniometric volume is pie-in-sky, at the moment. The holy grail, as far as I am concerned, would be one of those unlabeled world maps, where they have to indicate where certain countries are.

    Under my system it would all be televised and recorded, using a secure room and system. Eventually, the DNA sample would serve as a check - although I am not sure that we are quite there yet, to predict age-related decay.

  67. @Mr. XYZ
    Hey @Mr. Hack, off-topic, but I have a question for you:

    In the event of a full-on outright full-scale future Russo-Ukrainian war, could we see Russia occupy everything to the east of Kiev and create an independent neutralist East Ukraine led by Yuri Boyko (or by Viktor Medvedchuk) and propped up by Russian bayonets (the Donbass would presumably be outright annexed by Russia in this scenario)? I mean, the much poorer Soviet Union managed to do this in East Germany for almost half a century, so if the willpower to do this would be there, it might actually be doable. But of course this would virtually certainly mean a complete and total rupture of all of Russia's relations with the West. Expulsion from the SWIFT banking system, crippling North Korea-level sanctions, et cetera.

    Such an independent East Ukraine would, again, be formally neutralist--so, not a member of the Eurasian Economic Union or anything else (for Eastern and Southern Ukraine, the current situation is something like this: 25% pro-Eurasia, 25% pro-neutrality, 50% pro-Europe. So, a pro-neutrality course could get the support of all of Eurasianists as well as all of the neutralists, who combined make up half of the population there. Though the younger generations could end up being more of a problem over time, especially if they are much more pro-Western than their elders are) but a state that would still rely on extensive trade links with Russia as well as on cheap natural gas from Russia. It would be a kleptocracy along the lines of Yanukovych's regime, but perhaps a bit more competent and less brutal. West Ukraine (so, Kiev, Uman, and everything to the west of them) would of course be free to join both the EU and NATO, if these blocs would actually be interested in them. But Russia will make permanent neutrality a precondition for any Ukrainian reunification in such a scenario, similar to what the Soviet Union did for German reunification in the 1950s with the Stalin Note (the West declined, of course).

    So, what do you think?

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @AP

    In the event of a full-on outright full-scale future Russo-Ukrainian war, could we see Russia occupy everything to the east of Kiev and create an independent neutralist East Ukraine led by Yuri Boyko (or by Viktor Medvedchuk) and propped up by Russian bayonets (the Donbass would presumably be outright annexed by Russia in this scenario)?

    Russia has very good intelligence on Ukraine and would have taken as much as would have been cheap and feasible in 2014. It ended up taking Crimea and setting up a puppet state in the urban 2/3 of Donbas. These are the only parts of Ukraine that could be removed from Ukraine fairly smoothly. Not coincidentally, these are the only parts of Ukraine where Ukrainians aren’t the majority ethnically (they were under 50% in Donetsk City but might be barely above 50% in the rest of the DPR/LPR republics).

    Since then, Russian activists have left eastern Ukraine and capability for resistance there has grown considerably, with national guard units, Azov (based in Kharkiv), etc. An occupation thus would mean, at a minimum, a lot of IRA-style attacks and bombings, a sullen unfriendly population, and massive expenditures. It’s rather unlikely, other than perhaps some areas adjacent to the Republics.

    More likely would simply be a lot of missile attacks and bombings all over Ukraine in order to screw it up, without trying to occupy it. This would incur counterattacks against Russian positions and facilities within Ukrainian missile range, about 100 km into Russia and all over Donbas (Ukraine has plenty of missiles of its own now) so even if Russia sent no troops on the ground right into Ukraine it would not be a cost-free cakewalk as would have been the case in 2014. Russia would probably formally annex Donbas.

    I mean, the much poorer Soviet Union managed to do this in East Germany for almost half a century, so if the willpower to do this would be there, it might actually be doable.

    Eastern Ukraine has about the same population as East Germany, but Russia has only about half the population of the USSR. Because Russia is not a dictatorship, it is uncertain if the Russian leaders would be tolerated by the Russian people if they were spending a huge amount of money occupying half of Ukraine, and if Russian boys were regularly coming home in body bags due to IRA-style attacks.

    But of course this would virtually certainly mean a complete and total rupture of all of Russia’s relations with the West. Expulsion from the SWIFT banking system, crippling North Korea-level sanctions, et cetera.

    True of the USA but unknown with regards to Europe, which has very stupidly gotten rid of much of its nuclear power and is thus dependent on Russian gas.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    @AP


    Eastern Ukraine has about the same population as East Germany, but Russia has only about half the population of the USSR. Because Russia is not a dictatorship, it is uncertain if the Russian leaders would be tolerated by the Russian people if they were spending a huge amount of money occupying half of Ukraine, and if Russian boys were regularly coming home in body bags due to IRA-style attacks.
     
    Please keep in mind, though, that the USSR had to prop up puppet states throughout Eastern Europe, not only in East Germany. This won't be an issue for Russia since Central Asian autocrats can prop themselves up.

    True of the USA but unknown with regards to Europe, which has very stupidly gotten rid of much of its nuclear power and is thus dependent on Russian gas.
     
    Can Europe not get gas from elsewhere?

    By the way, another question for you: In the event of a German victory in World War I, might it have been prudent for Germany to set Russia's western border at the Daugava-Dnieper Line (except perhaps including Livonia and Estonia on the German side, thus making it look more like World War II's Panther-Wotan Line)? This would have stripped Russia of its Poles, most of its Jews, and most of its Ukrainian nationalists while also allowing the German sphere of influence in Eastern Europe to have a very defensible eastern border. And of course Russia could have still become a Great Power even without these territorial losses--and Russian nationalists would (or at least should) be happy that Russia has been purged of most of its undesirable elements (Poles, Ukrainian nationalists, and Jews). There would still be some Ukrainians and Jews left over on the Russian side but they could always move. And the Russians and Russophiles in Odessa could move to Russia or to the part of Ukraine east of the Dnieper.

    BTW, I've tended to notice that Germany's idea of Mitteleuropa and Poland's idea of Intermarium were rather compatible with one another. If only Imperial Germany wasn't Polonophobic, then maybe it would have actually been smart enough to realize this.

    I would have of course also enjoyed the idea of mass Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish immigration to Germany in such a scenario (brain drain for Eastern Europe, brain gain for Germany). It's better for Germany to import smart Semites in this scenario as opposed to importing dull Semites like it is doing right now in real life.

    Replies: @A123

  68. @Aedib
    @Dmitry

    Aliyev should better think about building a reserve fund. The new rich meme strikes back.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    They have a sovereign wealth fund, but it is not very transparent, and people are writing that it is probably used to throw contracts around the ruling families and their friends. (Well, like any postsoviet country).


    I was thinking about this war of last year.

    One of the culture shocks for contemporary European people, of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, could be watching the appearance of “journalistic objectivity” of the media of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

    For example, in Azerbaijan news on federal channel, the newsreader was crying with happiness when the war has begun.

    Although it was already perhaps clear for professionals in the first day of the war that Azerbaijan was going to win all its objectives, as they uploading dozens of drone massacre videos in the first day. But I guess Caucasus media might be like this even if it wasn’t seeming like their side would win.

    And obviously at the end of the war, journalists do not feel a need to control their emotions or present an objective attitude. I don’t know if anyone can translate what she says.

  69. @Yellowface Anon
    @Aedib

    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/10/spike-in-energy-prices-suggests-that-sharp-changes-are-ahead.html

    Replies: @Aedib, @Barbarossa

    That is a generally good article and mirrors some of my own observations. This is part of what I was getting at with my previous comment. The energy options being publicly discussed are not really realistic or actionable.

    I live near the epicenter of shale gas and it has gone significantly bust for the time being with many fields also under-performing.

    There was a big push on big wind projects a few years back but these have also been big disappointments and a seven year old wind farm near me is having massive foundation reconstruction and blade replacement. I drove past a massive pile of fiberglass blades chopped in half next to the highway, being prepped to make their way out West to get buried. The wind farms have turned out to be a joke.

    Now the big push is solar farms, even though this part of the country has less days of sunlight than almost anywhere else. There is a 900 acre solar farm in the works just the hill over from me.

    It’s all completely dependent on subsidies, naturally. As far as actual impacts these seem to be massive outlays of government cash for very little actual benefit.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Barbarossa


    I live near the epicenter of shale gas and it has gone significantly bust for the time being with many fields also under-performing
     
    Shale Oil is a more stable business than Shale Gas, though both have a role in the U.S. Energy mix. The breakeven cost for oil production is highly dependant on geography (chart below).

    With WTI Over $80/bbl, all of the plays are theoretically above water. However, firms still need financing, equipment, and skilled workers. There are not enough resources to go around. Permian, Eagle Ford, and possibly Anadarko are the likely leaders as transport to Gulf Coast facilities is available & affordable.

    Of course, Biden's cronies could make everything impossible....

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇


     
    https://assets.bbhub.io/professional/sites/24/2018/05/Untitled-11.jpg
    , @Yellowface Anon
    @Barbarossa

    Solar farms are only feasible on a large scale in a desert. Wind power - nowhere.

    I can only say the supply-demand shock of the COVID agenda has eliminated 30%+ of oil & gas extraction potential. Supply chain break-ups, 70% of the rest.

  70. I have been bullish on Russia since 2014, and i feel vindicated, and happy about Russian improvements since then. Russians have demonstrated that they can troll and perform at the same time, which is the key metric for developed nations. Service sector/GDP and all that.

    Russia Forward!

    • Agree: songbird
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @mal

    The style and premise of this clip harkens back to a much earlier era, perhaps the club scene of the 1980's, so looking at it today is kind of nostalgically bizarre. What does not harken back to an earlier era, however, are the planes on display and their capabilities. I've never seen stunts like those being performed starting at around 2:38. The perpendicular hot dogging is incredible!

    Replies: @schnellandine, @Dmitry, @mal

  71. Is Russia Setting a New Course in Middle East? (1)

    Tension in the Fatah Camp: Russia Received Mahmoud Abbas’ Greatest Foe, Mohammed Dahlan

    In a surprising development, Mohammed Dahlan, the opposition leader of the Palestinian “Democratic Reform Movement,” met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on November 2, 2021. Dahlan, a former Fatah official who now resides in the United Arab Emirates, is a bitter foe of the Palestinian Authority Chairman, Mahmoud Abbas. There are some in the PA who accuse Dahlan of facilitating the Abraham Accords

    In Mahmoud Abbas’s eyes, Dahlan is a red flag. He ousted him from Fatah, nearly arrested him in Ramallah, [Dahlan fled him for his life], accused him of corruption, and asked Interpol to arrest him.

    If Russia is moving toward Dahlan, a consensus must have emerged from the world powers and leading Arab countries pointing to the end of Mahmoud Abbas’s political career. It may also indicate why Abbas is also seeking Russia’s aid to reinvigorate the Quartet.

    The 17 years of his 4 year may be coming to a close for the failed Fatah ‘leader’ Mahmoud Abbas. Under his misrule, the Muslim Authority broke every promise it ever made.

    The final triumph of Abbas’s legacy is likely to be blackouts in areas under his rule. (2)

    For two years, the Palestinian Authority has been receiving electricity from the Israel Electric Company. In that time, the PA has racked up a an accumulated debt of around NIS 500 million (\$156.8 million USD) to the IEC. And like any company, the IEC cannot continue to carry such a debt on its books; it needs to be paid.

    In mid-October, the IEC issued the first of two notices sent to the PA about the outstanding debt. This week, the second notice was issued; it said that if the debt was not paid within one week, power will be cut to various PA-controlled areas of the West Bank

    The question becomes, “What can Dalhan can do should he take office?”

    Certainly Dalhan could end the current corruption and abuse of power. This will make the lives of individuals in the West Bank better. He will have to spend years rebuilding institutions destroyed by Abbas.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://jcpa.org/tension-in-the-fatah-camp-russia-received-mahmoud-abbas-greatest-foe-mohammed-dahlan/

    (2) https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/11/deadbeat-palestinian-authority-wont-pay-its-hugh-fitzgerald/

  72. @A123
    @songbird


    Not a fan of Nikki Haley. But I really do like her plan which proposes making any politician above a “certain age” in the House, Senate or White House pass “some sort of cognitive test.”
     
    It sounds good at first glance, but it is likely a bad idea.

    Who would design, administer, and score the test? Degree welding Leftoids like Dr. Fauci? They would try to add DIE mythology, like gender & ethnic sensitivity, to the criteria for "cognitive competence".

    The Judiciary would probably overturn it as unconstitutional. Or, possibly kill it as a precedent that could threaten to geriatric SCOTUS justices. Either way, it is pretty much a non-starter.


    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @songbird

    One of my secret ambitions is to increase the entertainment factor of politics by mandating the publication of various HBD tests for all legislators, bureaucrats, and candidates for public office.

    Obviously, some of it like 2D:4D, or craniometric volume is pie-in-sky, at the moment. The holy grail, as far as I am concerned, would be one of those unlabeled world maps, where they have to indicate where certain countries are.

    Under my system it would all be televised and recorded, using a secure room and system. Eventually, the DNA sample would serve as a check – although I am not sure that we are quite there yet, to predict age-related decay.

    • LOL: A123
  73. @Barbarossa
    @Yellowface Anon

    That is a generally good article and mirrors some of my own observations. This is part of what I was getting at with my previous comment. The energy options being publicly discussed are not really realistic or actionable.

    I live near the epicenter of shale gas and it has gone significantly bust for the time being with many fields also under-performing.

    There was a big push on big wind projects a few years back but these have also been big disappointments and a seven year old wind farm near me is having massive foundation reconstruction and blade replacement. I drove past a massive pile of fiberglass blades chopped in half next to the highway, being prepped to make their way out West to get buried. The wind farms have turned out to be a joke.

    Now the big push is solar farms, even though this part of the country has less days of sunlight than almost anywhere else. There is a 900 acre solar farm in the works just the hill over from me.

    It's all completely dependent on subsidies, naturally. As far as actual impacts these seem to be massive outlays of government cash for very little actual benefit.

    Replies: @A123, @Yellowface Anon

    I live near the epicenter of shale gas and it has gone significantly bust for the time being with many fields also under-performing

    Shale Oil is a more stable business than Shale Gas, though both have a role in the U.S. Energy mix. The breakeven cost for oil production is highly dependant on geography (chart below).

    With WTI Over \$80/bbl, all of the plays are theoretically above water. However, firms still need financing, equipment, and skilled workers. There are not enough resources to go around. Permian, Eagle Ford, and possibly Anadarko are the likely leaders as transport to Gulf Coast facilities is available & affordable.

    Of course, Biden’s cronies could make everything impossible….

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

     

  74. Alternative explanation for all these unbalanced miscegenation commercials, with a dark black male and a blonde is that they want to sex sell (blonde) while they color signal (dark black male), and they can’t flip the formula because dark black women are widely regarded as unattractive.

  75. Special Report :

    The Myth of the 214 IQ :

    Since Ron Unz wrote the famous ‘The Myth of Hispanic Crime’ article series, it is time to tackle another myth. It is funny that Ron Unz has the sheer chutzpah to write into his own Wikipedia article that he has an IQ of 214. I never got more uproarious laughter online then when I linked to Ron Unz’s Wikipedia article on a mainstream Republican blog (Instapundit) where others could see that he wrote this claim into it.

    The reality is, his IQ is 124. The only reason he thinks it is 214 is that he made his own IQ test, and then took the test knowing all the answers beforehand. He predictably got a perfect score and thus an IQ of 214 on his own test, as though he didn’t know the answers beforehand. That is all there is to it.

    I guarantee that no one with a verified IQ above 160 thinks RUnzie Baby’s IQ is 214. They will shoot that pretense down with ‘Kung Fu fightin’, fast as lightnin” speed.

    Even the fictitious Sheldon Cooper has an IQ of just 187. People of that IQ tend to finish their Bachelor’s Degrees by 17 and their doctorates by 20. RUnzie Baby entered Harvard at 18, and dropped out of the Physics program in his 20s, when a person of an unheard of IQ of 214 ought to have completed his PhD long before the age that RUnzie Baby dropped out.

    Plus, a number other decisions are of questionable smarts. For example, if someone runs as a Republican in CA, even back in 1994, that is already a disadvantageous party to run under the banner of in CA. But on top of that, to take far-left positions as a Republican is even more unwise. But it gets worse :

    RUnzie Baby campaigned on a high minimum wage (a far-left position) and simultaneously pushes for illegal immigration to not be curbed. Any fool can see that to the extent that a high minimum wage can even work at all, you cannot possibly have a large number of illegals willing to work at the market wage, thus moving most labor into a black market that only illegals can partake in. Hence, this combination of polices, if it were to be enacted, is just about the worst obliteration of working-class US citizens one could devise. Hence, the intelligence on display here is questionable.

    But, his IQ is 124. That is high, but unspectacular.

    Now, the funny part that you all have been waiting for :

    An IQ of 124 can fit into a cranial volume of this size :

    A superhuman IQ of 214, however, which is well above any known world record, requires a more powerful hardware system. That hardware takes up more volume, and also generates a lot of heat.
    Hence, when RUnzie Baby imagines that his IQ is 214, he imagines that he looks like this :

    Note the higher temperature being generated by the augmented hardware. The normal human brain consumes 100 Watts, but if your IQ is to be 214, the amount of power consumed also has to double. Let’s call it corresponding 214 Watts.

    Heh heh heh heh

    • Replies: @Grahamsno(G64)
    @Thomm


    RUnzie Baby campaigned on a high minimum wage (a far-left position) and simultaneously pushes for illegal immigration to not be curbed.
     
    That's both moronic & oxymoronic.

    Replies: @Thomm

  76. Swear that I saw somewhere that the Rosenbaum character who attacked Rittenhouse was only 5’3″. IIRC, pedophiles average like 2 cm shorter than standard height. Wish I could find a good profile pic showing his ears in close up, for detail.

    Had some related thoughts: certain military/police orgs have a tall height for a requirement – when combined with their fitness or mental tests, these would be your least pedophiliac orgs, ever.

    IMO, would be a good idea construct a church with screening test to remove possible pedophiles. Sure, they are already rare – but they do a lot of damage, when it comes to trust, so if you reduced their presence by two orders of magnitude, when compared to other orgs, that would be a really big positive, IMO. It would be more than worth the expense, and I think it is currently possible. BTW, churches not very subject to civil rights laws, so I am no lawyer, but I think you could do it.

  77. These “Is Africa the new China?” economists base their arguments on China’s past rock bottom economic stats being the same as Africa’s current rock bottom stats. Really, the whole thing is just an unwitting acknowledgement of the tragedy of the earlier phase of communism, which is a strange meta-commentary on the blank-slatism implicit in the comparison.

  78. @Mr. XYZ
    @Mr. Hack

    BTW, do you view the present-day Donbass and interwar Upper Silesia as being comparable? Both heavily industrial regions with a lot of natural resources (especially coal) that were divided and that had a strong regionalist and autonomist streak and mentality. Pro-Russian separatist Donbass (possibly future Russian Donbass) = interwar Polish Upper Silesia; Ukrainian Donbass = German Upper Silesia. And even Polish Upper Silesia previously had an insurgency--right after WWI, in fact, with Korfanty's uprising! Russophiles got the good parts of the Donbass and the Poles got the good parts of Upper Silesia. And of course when Germany tried to settle the Upper Silesia dispute (and other disputes) by force, it subsequently ended up losing the remainder of its part of Upper Silesia. The same could happen to Ukraine's part of the Donbass if Ukraine will ever try settling the Donbass conflict by force. Not saying this to be mean to Ukraine; just making an observation.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Sure, I think they’re comparable. I know that you can still enter someone’s home in Silesia and find a likeness of Hitler hung on the living room wall, as you would find a similar type image of Stalin hung in the same reverential position somewhere in Donbas. Similar type of hero worship. As to the rest, it sounds like you’ve been thinking about this a lot longer than I have, what do you think?

  79. @Aedib
    @Yellowface Anon


    European economists should have told European citizens, “There is no way you can get along using renewables alone for many, many years. Treat the countries that are exporting fossil fuels to you very well. Sign long term contracts with them. If they want to use a new pipeline, raise no objection. Your bargaining power is very low.”
     
    They were too accustomed to spite the Russians in the face. It is like a Pavlovian response. Now that reality started to bite, the still insist in with their Pavlovian response. Someone should tell Eurocrats that the East Asian market is bigger and brighter and that no one care anymore about their hypocrite moral lessons any longer.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    Not sure about this if a China-Taiwan or China-Japan war comes at the same time…

    • Replies: @Aedib
    @Yellowface Anon

    China-Taiwan war, if happens (very unlikely) will be a blitz. China will suffer heavy looses but all wil end in around 48-72 hs.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123

  80. @Barbarossa
    @Yellowface Anon

    That is a generally good article and mirrors some of my own observations. This is part of what I was getting at with my previous comment. The energy options being publicly discussed are not really realistic or actionable.

    I live near the epicenter of shale gas and it has gone significantly bust for the time being with many fields also under-performing.

    There was a big push on big wind projects a few years back but these have also been big disappointments and a seven year old wind farm near me is having massive foundation reconstruction and blade replacement. I drove past a massive pile of fiberglass blades chopped in half next to the highway, being prepped to make their way out West to get buried. The wind farms have turned out to be a joke.

    Now the big push is solar farms, even though this part of the country has less days of sunlight than almost anywhere else. There is a 900 acre solar farm in the works just the hill over from me.

    It's all completely dependent on subsidies, naturally. As far as actual impacts these seem to be massive outlays of government cash for very little actual benefit.

    Replies: @A123, @Yellowface Anon

    Solar farms are only feasible on a large scale in a desert. Wind power – nowhere.

    I can only say the supply-demand shock of the COVID agenda has eliminated 30%+ of oil & gas extraction potential. Supply chain break-ups, 70% of the rest.

  81. @Yellowface Anon
    @Aedib

    Not sure about this if a China-Taiwan or China-Japan war comes at the same time...

    Replies: @Aedib

    China-Taiwan war, if happens (very unlikely) will be a blitz. China will suffer heavy looses but all wil end in around 48-72 hs.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @Aedib

    The Pentagon thinks China will use the military threat to force the government in Taipei on the negotiation table by 2027. But provocations can be used as a pretext for war. There are already clips of troop movements posted in Chinese groups, and I watched 2 reposted on Twitter.

    A war involving China (not just over Taiwan) means embargos from the Pacificist bloc, and an market open for whatever Russians can offer, mainly gas, other minerals and military high-tech. Whatever the Atlanticist & Pacificist blocs (joined at the hip by the US) do, it promotes autarky, which is exactly what Putin & Xi wants.

    , @A123
    @Aedib


    China-Taiwan war, if happens (very unlikely) will be a blitz. China will suffer heavy looses but all will end in around 48-72 hs.
     
    It would take substantially longer than your prediction. However, the outcome is inevitable.

    The defenders will embed into the industrial facilities & other high value locations. The PLA will have to fight building by building to root out resistance. Industry and infrastructure will be turned into scrap along the way.

    Would Xi Jinping:
    -- Emulate GW Bush's inadequate Iraq aftermath?
    -- Or, make huge resource transfers from the mainland to Taipei to repair the devastation inflicted by the PRC military?

    Both of those options are very unappealing. The economics are terrible. And, the politics would be personally perilous to Xi's regime.

    Hong Kong remains a problem over a decade after a peaceful handover. How many decades would it take the CCP to absorb Taiwan when many families will have dead sons?
    ____

    There is no upside to taking Taiwan by force. It would take multiple catastrophic errors on all sides to accidentally start a war that no one wants.

    PEACE 😇

    “A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.” -- WarGames, 1983
     

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling

  82. I wonder if German_reader would agree with this description of America that I saw somewhere:

    [MORE]

    America is an autistic faggot perched on a custom chopper made out of legos with a gay nigger riding on the back destroying everything its path while spraying body glitter, anal lube, AIDS blood and vomit in all directions.

    BTW, it does have a strange resonance with me. Sometime back, I remember trying to watch the movie Fright Night Part 2 (1988) and puzzling over the fact why there was a black tranny on rolllerskates who died of AIDS in the movie, when the first movie did not have one.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @songbird

    It isn't the "authentic" America that "survives" mainly among those with a rightoid ideology.

    Replies: @songbird

    , @German_reader
    @songbird

    Is that from Andrew Anglin?
    Anyway, I wouldn't put it like that (and why legos? Lego is from Denmark).
    Btw, SPIEGEL today ran a rather hysterical piece about Trump preparing for his 2nd term, and Republicans changing voting laws in several states (to disenfranchise blacks, who can't be bothered to get ID or whatever; also state legislatures having the final say about electors); they also cited anti-Trump "conservatives" like Robert Kagan and Bill Kristol, lol. Now I know MAGA fans like A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility? Can't say I'd be looking forward to it, the Trump show got pretty tiresome last time around imo, and I don't think it will even do much good for the interests of most of his voters.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @songbird, @A123, @AP

  83. Not opposed to giving migrants free laptops and phones, if they are loaded with spyware for intelligence-gathering purposes.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @songbird

    Police state for thee, not for me.

    Replies: @songbird

  84. @mal
    I have been bullish on Russia since 2014, and i feel vindicated, and happy about Russian improvements since then. Russians have demonstrated that they can troll and perform at the same time, which is the key metric for developed nations. Service sector/GDP and all that.

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

    Russia Forward!

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    The style and premise of this clip harkens back to a much earlier era, perhaps the club scene of the 1980’s, so looking at it today is kind of nostalgically bizarre. What does not harken back to an earlier era, however, are the planes on display and their capabilities. I’ve never seen stunts like those being performed starting at around 2:38. The perpendicular hot dogging is incredible!

    • Replies: @schnellandine
    @Mr. Hack


    perpendicular hot dogging
     
    That was clever intercutting of RC (model) planes, though still impressive.
    , @Dmitry
    @Mr. Hack

    For this clip they hired nightclub "go-go dancers" that have this distinctive special dancing style.

    In nightclubs in Russia, they have a job of groups of girls who dance like this wearing underwear or bikinis.

    Also there are men that do this job (wearing dark shirts and shiny ties as well, and they kind of dance more like in Korean boybands).

    This dancing style works perfect with alcohol and techno style of music. Not so much for hiring them apparently making YouTube clips.

    -

    Russia has probably the world's best nightclubs, but only at 2am, when extremely drunk, and losing co-ordination of your limbs.

    You know you are in Russia when you have a blurry vision of these guys at 2am and the DJ is shouting random words of the song
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3I3nE_-YQY


    stunts like those being performed starting at around 2:38. The perpendicular hot dogging
     
    They are wooden RC models, which have a different weight ratio and you can make them float like this.

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. Hack

    , @mal
    @Mr. Hack

    Yea, those are RC toy planes. To the best of my knowledge, lightened up MiG 29 can pull off something like that (nose up hover), but not Sukhoy heavy fighter.

    Still, very impressive in the video :) As for music, that's Eurodance style that Russians faithfully preserve, carry forward, and innovate upon. Russia will be the cultural preservation center of Europe if things continue as they are.

    *Eurodance is electronic music in Europe from late 80's to late 90's.

    Replies: @LatW

  85. @Mr. Hack
    @mal

    The style and premise of this clip harkens back to a much earlier era, perhaps the club scene of the 1980's, so looking at it today is kind of nostalgically bizarre. What does not harken back to an earlier era, however, are the planes on display and their capabilities. I've never seen stunts like those being performed starting at around 2:38. The perpendicular hot dogging is incredible!

    Replies: @schnellandine, @Dmitry, @mal

    perpendicular hot dogging

    That was clever intercutting of RC (model) planes, though still impressive.

    • Agree: mal
    • Thanks: Mr. Hack
  86. @Aedib
    @Yellowface Anon

    China-Taiwan war, if happens (very unlikely) will be a blitz. China will suffer heavy looses but all wil end in around 48-72 hs.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123

    The Pentagon thinks China will use the military threat to force the government in Taipei on the negotiation table by 2027. But provocations can be used as a pretext for war. There are already clips of troop movements posted in Chinese groups, and I watched 2 reposted on Twitter.

    A war involving China (not just over Taiwan) means embargos from the Pacificist bloc, and an market open for whatever Russians can offer, mainly gas, other minerals and military high-tech. Whatever the Atlanticist & Pacificist blocs (joined at the hip by the US) do, it promotes autarky, which is exactly what Putin & Xi wants.

  87. @songbird
    Not opposed to giving migrants free laptops and phones, if they are loaded with spyware for intelligence-gathering purposes.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    Police state for thee, not for me.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Yellowface Anon


    Police state for thee, not for me.
     
    As a generality, I am against broad-spectrum surveillance. I think most intelligence agencies in the West have a pernicious influence, even when they are doing "good", and not evil. Frankly, I don't think it makes strategic sense to have thousands of agents monitoring Muslims. If they are unassimilable, then it is better to let the fact be demonstrated and to have public sentiment rise against them.

    Though, i would separate this from wanting to gather intelligence about migration, in order to stop it more effectively, and also info that demonstrates how these people aren't doctors.

    Might make sense in certain areas of the world though, (city states in Africa) if you are trying to increase the functionality of third world countries for economic purposes, as part of a plan to contain migration or the radical egalitarianism of people promoting it (make the economic difference less staggering). If it is a choice between being destroyed and colonialism 2.0, then the latter is clearly the more moral course. Though, personally, I rather move to something like repatriation followed by the Prime Directive of Star Trek (woke series, though it was)
  88. @songbird
    I wonder if German_reader would agree with this description of America that I saw somewhere:

    America is an autistic faggot perched on a custom chopper made out of legos with a gay nigger riding on the back destroying everything its path while spraying body glitter, anal lube, AIDS blood and vomit in all directions.
     
    BTW, it does have a strange resonance with me. Sometime back, I remember trying to watch the movie Fright Night Part 2 (1988) and puzzling over the fact why there was a black tranny on rolllerskates who died of AIDS in the movie, when the first movie did not have one.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @German_reader

    It isn’t the “authentic” America that “survives” mainly among those with a rightoid ideology.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Yellowface Anon

    Interesting debate where America went wrong.

    TBH, I think it is a bit autistic to say it was always woke because they went against monarchy (was the British monarchy the real power back then?) or because "all men are created equal" (how many slave owners?). Or that Madison intended judicial review (Marbury v. Madison)

    If I had to say where it could have gone better. I think it would be if they wargamed the Constitution for ten or twenty years, instead of a break-neck rush to approve it. Not that I believe a piece of paper is the end-all-be-all (Liberia), but instructions can help.

    IMO, the country was refounded during the Civil War. Though, I stress the average American was unwoke until, perhaps even slightly past the Civil Rights Era.

    Replies: @schnellandine

  89. @Aedib
    @Yellowface Anon

    China-Taiwan war, if happens (very unlikely) will be a blitz. China will suffer heavy looses but all wil end in around 48-72 hs.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123

    China-Taiwan war, if happens (very unlikely) will be a blitz. China will suffer heavy looses but all will end in around 48-72 hs.

    It would take substantially longer than your prediction. However, the outcome is inevitable.

    The defenders will embed into the industrial facilities & other high value locations. The PLA will have to fight building by building to root out resistance. Industry and infrastructure will be turned into scrap along the way.

    Would Xi Jinping:
    — Emulate GW Bush’s inadequate Iraq aftermath?
    — Or, make huge resource transfers from the mainland to Taipei to repair the devastation inflicted by the PRC military?

    Both of those options are very unappealing. The economics are terrible. And, the politics would be personally perilous to Xi’s regime.

    Hong Kong remains a problem over a decade after a peaceful handover. How many decades would it take the CCP to absorb Taiwan when many families will have dead sons?
    ____

    There is no upside to taking Taiwan by force. It would take multiple catastrophic errors on all sides to accidentally start a war that no one wants.

    PEACE 😇

    “A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.” — WarGames, 1983

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
    @A123


    The defenders will embed into the industrial facilities & other high value locations. The PLA will have to fight building by building to root out resistance. Industry and infrastructure will be turned into scrap along the way.

    Would Xi Jinping:
    — Emulate GW Bush’s inadequate Iraq aftermath?
    — Or, make huge resource transfers from the mainland to Taipei to repair the devastation inflicted by the PRC military?
     

    The latter simply wouldn't work for much of Taiwan's production of semiconductors, that's part of a world wide ecosystem where embargoes subsequent to the hostilities would leave anything intact inoperable and I'll bet this is not the only industry where that's true. There would also be no replacing of TSMC's already embargoed to the PRC EUV lithography machines, which the PRC is at best decades away from being able to copy, they're crazy intense bleeding edge state of the art technology, start with a droplet of molten tin being zapped by a laser....

    Now the PRC in and of itself can get by pretty well with earlier technology semiconductors, one of the things that will really matter is how extensive export and import bans would get, as well a potentially a blockade, something the US Navy can still do to the extent it abstains from making people with names like Cameron Mahmood Aljilani captains of our attack and guided missile submarines.

    Of course going that far would likely start a general war, just as it did with Imperial Japan when a financial blockade you might call it put its leaders in a politically impossible position and facing mass starvation. Here a great deal of the PRC would also stop running without crude oil and natural gas imports, contrary to Yellowface Anon's thoughts, Russia could not quickly replace either, and does anyone know if it could supply both Europe and the PRC with enough natural gas? And see what among other things an import ban of Australian coal over COVID issues handled by "Wolf Warrior" "diplomacy" has done to the PRC's ability to supply electricity to its factories.

    Other problems with likely lethal consequences is how much of the world's essential manufacturing has been outsourced to the PRC, although some of that it mostly Green insanity, like the magnesium needed to make strong aluminum. So while they aren't much trusted to make drugs in their final forms, the supply chains for everything from chemical precursors to finished active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) trace back to the PRC for the majority of the world's drugs. Many would die in the time necessary to reestablish production outside of it.

    So it would be a colossal mess where deaths way outside of the actual area(s) of fighting would be significant, and likely far exceed those in it, a not uncommon historical pattern. And what if Xi's faction's hold on power is predicated on taking Taiwan? Internal faction fights can have awful effects to completely unrelated countries, see how the US ruling trash has done almost everything they can to start a hot shooting war with Russia, starting in 2016 primarily because of the BAD ORANGE MAN. Who then had to be "tough" with Russia to not further feed the insane collusion narrative and various legal efforts related to it, including one impeachment effort that just happened to coincide with the PRC's export of COVID to the rest of the world....

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123

  90. German_reader says:
    @songbird
    I wonder if German_reader would agree with this description of America that I saw somewhere:

    America is an autistic faggot perched on a custom chopper made out of legos with a gay nigger riding on the back destroying everything its path while spraying body glitter, anal lube, AIDS blood and vomit in all directions.
     
    BTW, it does have a strange resonance with me. Sometime back, I remember trying to watch the movie Fright Night Part 2 (1988) and puzzling over the fact why there was a black tranny on rolllerskates who died of AIDS in the movie, when the first movie did not have one.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @German_reader

    Is that from Andrew Anglin?
    Anyway, I wouldn’t put it like that (and why legos? Lego is from Denmark).
    Btw, SPIEGEL today ran a rather hysterical piece about Trump preparing for his 2nd term, and Republicans changing voting laws in several states (to disenfranchise blacks, who can’t be bothered to get ID or whatever; also state legislatures having the final say about electors); they also cited anti-Trump “conservatives” like Robert Kagan and Bill Kristol, lol. Now I know MAGA fans like A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility? Can’t say I’d be looking forward to it, the Trump show got pretty tiresome last time around imo, and I don’t think it will even do much good for the interests of most of his voters.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @German_reader

    Hard rightoids see everything disagreeable to them in their biggest enemy, their biggest object of hate. That description is only true for a portion of the American elite culture in the last 10 years, outside of the imperial aggressiveness. You can definitely come up with an image less vulgar and right to the point, while no less critical.

    I think much of the genuine support to the Dems have vaporized especially when economic chaos is coming before whatever economic gains the Green New Deal & BBB are purported to realize, and the oligarchic foundation of their real power isn't negated: https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/11/michael-hudson-is-this-the-end-of-the-unreformable-democratic-party.html
    Hudson should do a piece on how GOP is a false alternative for true economic progressives, and keep them from falling into the bad parts of Trumpism (with lots of policies Hudson has criticized).


    Republicans changing voting laws in several states (to disenfranchise blacks, who can’t be bothered to get ID or whatever; also state legislatures having the final say about electors)
     
    Racialists here will legitimize it with basically "Black can't decide the best (which is always GOP) for themselves and they should never have a say in politics". But in fact, neither party actually does good for the interests of Blacks' community development - the GOP wants to neglect them and the Dems wants to spoil them in their woke status elevation far above where they really are.

    Now I know MAGA fans like A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility?
     
    It's realistic. How likely it is, I can't say, but it seems that they are consolidating themselves by harnessing the backlash against the COVID agenda, left-identity politics, the wrong kind of "statism", etc. They're hitting it big while realities are converging with how rightoids have long seen the world. My prediction is a dominant-party administration in 2024, whether Dem or Trumpist, and with opponents heavily prosecuted. Both will look good to their true believers, but ugly to everyone else.

    Can’t say I’d be looking forward to that, the Trump show got pretty tiresome last time around imo, and I don’t think it will even do much good for the interests of most of his voters.
     
    I'll let A123 say whatever "contributions" idealistically future Trumpism will have to the cause of MAGA and you can see who will bear the greatest burdens or plainly suffer from that.

    I now see Trump as someone like every president from Clinton on - big in promises, but failing to deliver the substance of their platforms because of the Deep State, and whatever they can do, ends up messing up things further to reach the terminal state we have now under Biden/Harris.

    , @songbird
    @German_reader


    Is that from Andrew Anglin?
     
    Seems to have a similar style. Can't source it too well, but don't think so.


    and why legos? Lego is from Denmark
     
    Poetic license. Think it was meant to invoke plastic, diversity, and built-in structural fragility. That legos are from Denmark was the one bur in it, otherwise, I thought it was funny, if a bit too obscene.

    Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility
     
    If, as I predict, Biden resigns to give Kamala the position for historic reasons and strategy, then I still doubt that it is possible to steal all the votes that would be required to elect her. Don't have a great record of predicting the exact path of the downward spiral though.

    Wouldn't call myself a Trumpist, but I appreciate his trolling attitude. It is something I'd like to see more people adopt. Was recently amused to see Musk reference Storm of Steel and have a spat with some UN food agency, even if I'm not cultist of him.
    , @A123
    @German_reader


    SPIEGEL today ran a rather hysterical piece about Trump preparing for his 2nd term, and Republicans changing voting laws in several states (to disenfranchise blacks, who can’t be bothered to get ID or whatever; also state legislatures having the final say about electors)
     
    Wait a sec..... Germany requires a picture ID to vote!
    _____

    In addition to voter ID, Red States are taking steps to secure absentee ballot handling. For example, Florida: (1)


    At the event, Governor DeSantis called on the Legislature to take four additional steps to safeguard our elections:

    • Establish an Office of Election Crimes and Security within the Department of State to investigate election crimes and fraud;
    • Elevate the crime of ballot harvesting to a third-degree felony, recognizing that this offense is a serious attack on democracy;
    • Require timelines for supervisors of elections to clean the voter rolls of ineligible voters; and
    • Prohibit unsecure, haphazard drop box locations in Florida.

    The 2022 legislative proposal builds on election integrity legislation signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis in May 2021 through Senate Bill 90. In 2021, Governor DeSantis worked with the Florida Legislature to strengthen voter identification, prohibit the mass mailing of ballots, ban ballot harvesting and prohibit private money (Zuckerbucks) from influencing elections in our state
     

    Ideally, absentee ballots should only be available for "genuine need", such as medical disability or out-of-country. However, that is not going to happen soon.

    A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility? Can’t say I’d be looking forward to it,
     
    If a true MAGA candidate can be locked in without running, there are incentives for Trump to go down that path. The "idea" of Trump running allows him to live, rent-free, in the heads of SJW Leftoids. If he uses up his 2nd Term, that is it forever. If someone else runs, he can drive the low-IQ, #NeverTrump yahoos batty for a decade or more -- Trump 2028, Trump 2032, Trump 2036.... No decision will be made "yea or nay" until action is required to be an official Primary candidate.

    Transforming the GOP into a reliable MAGA party needs a great deal of work in terms of the U.S. Legislature, State Government, and internal party roles. The focus is on those changes, which are tied up with the 2022 midterms.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________

    (1) https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/11/03/governor-ron-desantis-announces-legislative-session-plan-to-address-election-integrity/

    Replies: @German_reader

    , @AP
    @German_reader


    Now I know MAGA fans like A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility?
     
    Trump is the most popular person among Republicans, so if he chooses to run there is a 90% chance that he will be the Republican nominee. Which means he has a good chance to become president.
  91. @German_reader
    @songbird

    Is that from Andrew Anglin?
    Anyway, I wouldn't put it like that (and why legos? Lego is from Denmark).
    Btw, SPIEGEL today ran a rather hysterical piece about Trump preparing for his 2nd term, and Republicans changing voting laws in several states (to disenfranchise blacks, who can't be bothered to get ID or whatever; also state legislatures having the final say about electors); they also cited anti-Trump "conservatives" like Robert Kagan and Bill Kristol, lol. Now I know MAGA fans like A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility? Can't say I'd be looking forward to it, the Trump show got pretty tiresome last time around imo, and I don't think it will even do much good for the interests of most of his voters.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @songbird, @A123, @AP

    Hard rightoids see everything disagreeable to them in their biggest enemy, their biggest object of hate. That description is only true for a portion of the American elite culture in the last 10 years, outside of the imperial aggressiveness. You can definitely come up with an image less vulgar and right to the point, while no less critical.

    I think much of the genuine support to the Dems have vaporized especially when economic chaos is coming before whatever economic gains the Green New Deal & BBB are purported to realize, and the oligarchic foundation of their real power isn’t negated: https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/11/michael-hudson-is-this-the-end-of-the-unreformable-democratic-party.html
    Hudson should do a piece on how GOP is a false alternative for true economic progressives, and keep them from falling into the bad parts of Trumpism (with lots of policies Hudson has criticized).

    Republicans changing voting laws in several states (to disenfranchise blacks, who can’t be bothered to get ID or whatever; also state legislatures having the final say about electors)

    Racialists here will legitimize it with basically “Black can’t decide the best (which is always GOP) for themselves and they should never have a say in politics”. But in fact, neither party actually does good for the interests of Blacks’ community development – the GOP wants to neglect them and the Dems wants to spoil them in their woke status elevation far above where they really are.

    Now I know MAGA fans like A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility?

    It’s realistic. How likely it is, I can’t say, but it seems that they are consolidating themselves by harnessing the backlash against the COVID agenda, left-identity politics, the wrong kind of “statism”, etc. They’re hitting it big while realities are converging with how rightoids have long seen the world. My prediction is a dominant-party administration in 2024, whether Dem or Trumpist, and with opponents heavily prosecuted. Both will look good to their true believers, but ugly to everyone else.

    Can’t say I’d be looking forward to that, the Trump show got pretty tiresome last time around imo, and I don’t think it will even do much good for the interests of most of his voters.

    I’ll let A123 say whatever “contributions” idealistically future Trumpism will have to the cause of MAGA and you can see who will bear the greatest burdens or plainly suffer from that.

    I now see Trump as someone like every president from Clinton on – big in promises, but failing to deliver the substance of their platforms because of the Deep State, and whatever they can do, ends up messing up things further to reach the terminal state we have now under Biden/Harris.

  92. @A123
    @Aedib


    China-Taiwan war, if happens (very unlikely) will be a blitz. China will suffer heavy looses but all will end in around 48-72 hs.
     
    It would take substantially longer than your prediction. However, the outcome is inevitable.

    The defenders will embed into the industrial facilities & other high value locations. The PLA will have to fight building by building to root out resistance. Industry and infrastructure will be turned into scrap along the way.

    Would Xi Jinping:
    -- Emulate GW Bush's inadequate Iraq aftermath?
    -- Or, make huge resource transfers from the mainland to Taipei to repair the devastation inflicted by the PRC military?

    Both of those options are very unappealing. The economics are terrible. And, the politics would be personally perilous to Xi's regime.

    Hong Kong remains a problem over a decade after a peaceful handover. How many decades would it take the CCP to absorb Taiwan when many families will have dead sons?
    ____

    There is no upside to taking Taiwan by force. It would take multiple catastrophic errors on all sides to accidentally start a war that no one wants.

    PEACE 😇

    “A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.” -- WarGames, 1983
     

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling

    The defenders will embed into the industrial facilities & other high value locations. The PLA will have to fight building by building to root out resistance. Industry and infrastructure will be turned into scrap along the way.

    Would Xi Jinping:
    — Emulate GW Bush’s inadequate Iraq aftermath?
    — Or, make huge resource transfers from the mainland to Taipei to repair the devastation inflicted by the PRC military?

    The latter simply wouldn’t work for much of Taiwan’s production of semiconductors, that’s part of a world wide ecosystem where embargoes subsequent to the hostilities would leave anything intact inoperable and I’ll bet this is not the only industry where that’s true. There would also be no replacing of TSMC’s already embargoed to the PRC EUV lithography machines, which the PRC is at best decades away from being able to copy, they’re crazy intense bleeding edge state of the art technology, start with a droplet of molten tin being zapped by a laser….

    Now the PRC in and of itself can get by pretty well with earlier technology semiconductors, one of the things that will really matter is how extensive export and import bans would get, as well a potentially a blockade, something the US Navy can still do to the extent it abstains from making people with names like Cameron Mahmood Aljilani captains of our attack and guided missile submarines.

    Of course going that far would likely start a general war, just as it did with Imperial Japan when a financial blockade you might call it put its leaders in a politically impossible position and facing mass starvation. Here a great deal of the PRC would also stop running without crude oil and natural gas imports, contrary to Yellowface Anon’s thoughts, Russia could not quickly replace either, and does anyone know if it could supply both Europe and the PRC with enough natural gas? And see what among other things an import ban of Australian coal over COVID issues handled by “Wolf Warrior” “diplomacy” has done to the PRC’s ability to supply electricity to its factories.

    Other problems with likely lethal consequences is how much of the world’s essential manufacturing has been outsourced to the PRC, although some of that it mostly Green insanity, like the magnesium needed to make strong aluminum. So while they aren’t much trusted to make drugs in their final forms, the supply chains for everything from chemical precursors to finished active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) trace back to the PRC for the majority of the world’s drugs. Many would die in the time necessary to reestablish production outside of it.

    So it would be a colossal mess where deaths way outside of the actual area(s) of fighting would be significant, and likely far exceed those in it, a not uncommon historical pattern. And what if Xi’s faction’s hold on power is predicated on taking Taiwan? Internal faction fights can have awful effects to completely unrelated countries, see how the US ruling trash has done almost everything they can to start a hot shooting war with Russia, starting in 2016 primarily because of the BAD ORANGE MAN. Who then had to be “tough” with Russia to not further feed the insane collusion narrative and various legal efforts related to it, including one impeachment effort that just happened to coincide with the PRC’s export of COVID to the rest of the world….

    • Agree: Yellowface Anon
    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @That Would Be Telling

    Good job for pinpoint how fragile our economics system is, if not geopolitics.

    The only thing I want to add is the fact that factions of varying size, in some places with access to policy-making, want things to fall apart instead of having constructive changes or even maintaining the status quo.

    , @A123
    @That Would Be Telling

    You are correct.

    Every country, and every faction in those countries, has good reason to oppose a war that would damage the global economy.

    The stated policy of the:
    -- CCP/PRC is waiting for Peaceful reunification.
    -- ROC is avoiding anything so provocative it might change CCP policy.

    There is more commerce, more personal interaction, and direct flights between the PRC and ROC. The relationship is much better than it was in the 80's.

    PEACE 😇

  93. @Yellowface Anon
    @songbird

    Police state for thee, not for me.

    Replies: @songbird

    Police state for thee, not for me.

    As a generality, I am against broad-spectrum surveillance. I think most intelligence agencies in the West have a pernicious influence, even when they are doing “good”, and not evil. Frankly, I don’t think it makes strategic sense to have thousands of agents monitoring Muslims. If they are unassimilable, then it is better to let the fact be demonstrated and to have public sentiment rise against them.

    Though, i would separate this from wanting to gather intelligence about migration, in order to stop it more effectively, and also info that demonstrates how these people aren’t doctors.

    Might make sense in certain areas of the world though, (city states in Africa) if you are trying to increase the functionality of third world countries for economic purposes, as part of a plan to contain migration or the radical egalitarianism of people promoting it (make the economic difference less staggering). If it is a choice between being destroyed and colonialism 2.0, then the latter is clearly the more moral course. Though, personally, I rather move to something like repatriation followed by the Prime Directive of Star Trek (woke series, though it was)

  94. @German_reader
    @songbird

    Is that from Andrew Anglin?
    Anyway, I wouldn't put it like that (and why legos? Lego is from Denmark).
    Btw, SPIEGEL today ran a rather hysterical piece about Trump preparing for his 2nd term, and Republicans changing voting laws in several states (to disenfranchise blacks, who can't be bothered to get ID or whatever; also state legislatures having the final say about electors); they also cited anti-Trump "conservatives" like Robert Kagan and Bill Kristol, lol. Now I know MAGA fans like A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility? Can't say I'd be looking forward to it, the Trump show got pretty tiresome last time around imo, and I don't think it will even do much good for the interests of most of his voters.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @songbird, @A123, @AP

    Is that from Andrew Anglin?

    Seems to have a similar style. Can’t source it too well, but don’t think so.

    and why legos? Lego is from Denmark

    Poetic license. Think it was meant to invoke plastic, diversity, and built-in structural fragility. That legos are from Denmark was the one bur in it, otherwise, I thought it was funny, if a bit too obscene.

    Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility

    If, as I predict, Biden resigns to give Kamala the position for historic reasons and strategy, then I still doubt that it is possible to steal all the votes that would be required to elect her. Don’t have a great record of predicting the exact path of the downward spiral though.

    Wouldn’t call myself a Trumpist, but I appreciate his trolling attitude. It is something I’d like to see more people adopt. Was recently amused to see Musk reference Storm of Steel and have a spat with some UN food agency, even if I’m not cultist of him.

  95. Would be interesting to test, if people who are blind from birth color signal. I half-suspect that they would not. That they don’t have that primordial pathway that works through some visual center.

    But, OTOH, they may be canny enough to understand that there is a culturally preference for blacks, and might be able to reflect it, through blacks having different voices.
    ______
    Men’s voices naturally become deeper around women, but higher among children. (This is one of the tests that can be used to screen for pedophiles: reverse for them). But I wonder if kargyraa throat-singing, (encouraging men to make deep sounds) can increase T.

  96. @German_reader
    @songbird

    Is that from Andrew Anglin?
    Anyway, I wouldn't put it like that (and why legos? Lego is from Denmark).
    Btw, SPIEGEL today ran a rather hysterical piece about Trump preparing for his 2nd term, and Republicans changing voting laws in several states (to disenfranchise blacks, who can't be bothered to get ID or whatever; also state legislatures having the final say about electors); they also cited anti-Trump "conservatives" like Robert Kagan and Bill Kristol, lol. Now I know MAGA fans like A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility? Can't say I'd be looking forward to it, the Trump show got pretty tiresome last time around imo, and I don't think it will even do much good for the interests of most of his voters.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @songbird, @A123, @AP

    SPIEGEL today ran a rather hysterical piece about Trump preparing for his 2nd term, and Republicans changing voting laws in several states (to disenfranchise blacks, who can’t be bothered to get ID or whatever; also state legislatures having the final say about electors)

    Wait a sec….. Germany requires a picture ID to vote!
    _____

    In addition to voter ID, Red States are taking steps to secure absentee ballot handling. For example, Florida: (1)

    At the event, Governor DeSantis called on the Legislature to take four additional steps to safeguard our elections:

    • Establish an Office of Election Crimes and Security within the Department of State to investigate election crimes and fraud;
    • Elevate the crime of ballot harvesting to a third-degree felony, recognizing that this offense is a serious attack on democracy;
    • Require timelines for supervisors of elections to clean the voter rolls of ineligible voters; and
    • Prohibit unsecure, haphazard drop box locations in Florida.

    The 2022 legislative proposal builds on election integrity legislation signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis in May 2021 through Senate Bill 90. In 2021, Governor DeSantis worked with the Florida Legislature to strengthen voter identification, prohibit the mass mailing of ballots, ban ballot harvesting and prohibit private money (Zuckerbucks) from influencing elections in our state

    Ideally, absentee ballots should only be available for “genuine need”, such as medical disability or out-of-country. However, that is not going to happen soon.

    A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility? Can’t say I’d be looking forward to it,

    If a true MAGA candidate can be locked in without running, there are incentives for Trump to go down that path. The “idea” of Trump running allows him to live, rent-free, in the heads of SJW Leftoids. If he uses up his 2nd Term, that is it forever. If someone else runs, he can drive the low-IQ, #NeverTrump yahoos batty for a decade or more — Trump 2028, Trump 2032, Trump 2036…. No decision will be made “yea or nay” until action is required to be an official Primary candidate.

    Transforming the GOP into a reliable MAGA party needs a great deal of work in terms of the U.S. Legislature, State Government, and internal party roles. The focus is on those changes, which are tied up with the 2022 midterms.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________

    (1) https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/11/03/governor-ron-desantis-announces-legislative-session-plan-to-address-election-integrity/

    • Replies: @German_reader
    @A123


    Wait a sec….. Germany requires a picture ID to vote!
     
    You don't need to tell me, I see nothing wrong with requiring ID for voting, the present practice in many US states seems overly lax and might facilitate voting fraud (or at least leads to persistent insecurity about the legitimacy of official election results).

    Replies: @A123, @songbird

  97. @Yellowface Anon
    @songbird

    It isn't the "authentic" America that "survives" mainly among those with a rightoid ideology.

    Replies: @songbird

    Interesting debate where America went wrong.

    TBH, I think it is a bit autistic to say it was always woke because they went against monarchy (was the British monarchy the real power back then?) or because “all men are created equal” (how many slave owners?). Or that Madison intended judicial review (Marbury v. Madison)

    If I had to say where it could have gone better. I think it would be if they wargamed the Constitution for ten or twenty years, instead of a break-neck rush to approve it. Not that I believe a piece of paper is the end-all-be-all (Liberia), but instructions can help.

    IMO, the country was refounded during the Civil War. Though, I stress the average American was unwoke until, perhaps even slightly past the Civil Rights Era.

    • Thanks: Yellowface Anon
    • Replies: @schnellandine
    @songbird


    IMO, the country was refounded during the Civil War.
     
    …to the extent that most people refer to a war between two countries as 'civil war'. Like so much of 'history', a monstrous, pointed lie.
  98. German_reader says:
    @A123
    @German_reader


    SPIEGEL today ran a rather hysterical piece about Trump preparing for his 2nd term, and Republicans changing voting laws in several states (to disenfranchise blacks, who can’t be bothered to get ID or whatever; also state legislatures having the final say about electors)
     
    Wait a sec..... Germany requires a picture ID to vote!
    _____

    In addition to voter ID, Red States are taking steps to secure absentee ballot handling. For example, Florida: (1)


    At the event, Governor DeSantis called on the Legislature to take four additional steps to safeguard our elections:

    • Establish an Office of Election Crimes and Security within the Department of State to investigate election crimes and fraud;
    • Elevate the crime of ballot harvesting to a third-degree felony, recognizing that this offense is a serious attack on democracy;
    • Require timelines for supervisors of elections to clean the voter rolls of ineligible voters; and
    • Prohibit unsecure, haphazard drop box locations in Florida.

    The 2022 legislative proposal builds on election integrity legislation signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis in May 2021 through Senate Bill 90. In 2021, Governor DeSantis worked with the Florida Legislature to strengthen voter identification, prohibit the mass mailing of ballots, ban ballot harvesting and prohibit private money (Zuckerbucks) from influencing elections in our state
     

    Ideally, absentee ballots should only be available for "genuine need", such as medical disability or out-of-country. However, that is not going to happen soon.

    A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility? Can’t say I’d be looking forward to it,
     
    If a true MAGA candidate can be locked in without running, there are incentives for Trump to go down that path. The "idea" of Trump running allows him to live, rent-free, in the heads of SJW Leftoids. If he uses up his 2nd Term, that is it forever. If someone else runs, he can drive the low-IQ, #NeverTrump yahoos batty for a decade or more -- Trump 2028, Trump 2032, Trump 2036.... No decision will be made "yea or nay" until action is required to be an official Primary candidate.

    Transforming the GOP into a reliable MAGA party needs a great deal of work in terms of the U.S. Legislature, State Government, and internal party roles. The focus is on those changes, which are tied up with the 2022 midterms.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________

    (1) https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/11/03/governor-ron-desantis-announces-legislative-session-plan-to-address-election-integrity/

    Replies: @German_reader

    Wait a sec….. Germany requires a picture ID to vote!

    You don’t need to tell me, I see nothing wrong with requiring ID for voting, the present practice in many US states seems overly lax and might facilitate voting fraud (or at least leads to persistent insecurity about the legitimacy of official election results).

    • Replies: @A123
    @German_reader

    Sorry.

    I was calling SPIEGEL out. Not you... I should have been more explicit. My bad.
    ____

    If SPIEGEL thinks picture ID is offensive, why didn't they call out Germany? Or, every nation with mandatory voter ID? After all, only a handful of countries require ID.... Right.... Wait....

    Nope. It is just about everyone:

     
    https://i.redd.it/sk128lmz91611.png
     

    Haiti has stronger ID requirements than the U.S.
    _____

    It goes back to the Fake Stream Media pushing Globalist propaganda. Accurately informed voters and citizens must be avoided at all costs.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    , @songbird
    @German_reader

    You'd be surprised how many people I've heard take the line of the media. IMO, it is so dumb, that they could not come to that opinion independently. It has to be programatically.

    They say that black turnout is high, but I have often wondered if that is really true. Is it really so hard to believe that they use the monolithic nature of the black vote, just to send in lots of fake votes in black areas? Not uncommon to get like 97% of the vote in some wards, very comparable to the tally of many third world dictators.

    I have heard African immigrants complain about the black vote being stolen during presidential elections. Funny how it always seems to be about the Big Man. As though, there aren't many obvious signs of black political power, like the Black Congressional Caucus, or blacks don't control major cities.

  99. @That Would Be Telling
    @A123


    The defenders will embed into the industrial facilities & other high value locations. The PLA will have to fight building by building to root out resistance. Industry and infrastructure will be turned into scrap along the way.

    Would Xi Jinping:
    — Emulate GW Bush’s inadequate Iraq aftermath?
    — Or, make huge resource transfers from the mainland to Taipei to repair the devastation inflicted by the PRC military?
     

    The latter simply wouldn't work for much of Taiwan's production of semiconductors, that's part of a world wide ecosystem where embargoes subsequent to the hostilities would leave anything intact inoperable and I'll bet this is not the only industry where that's true. There would also be no replacing of TSMC's already embargoed to the PRC EUV lithography machines, which the PRC is at best decades away from being able to copy, they're crazy intense bleeding edge state of the art technology, start with a droplet of molten tin being zapped by a laser....

    Now the PRC in and of itself can get by pretty well with earlier technology semiconductors, one of the things that will really matter is how extensive export and import bans would get, as well a potentially a blockade, something the US Navy can still do to the extent it abstains from making people with names like Cameron Mahmood Aljilani captains of our attack and guided missile submarines.

    Of course going that far would likely start a general war, just as it did with Imperial Japan when a financial blockade you might call it put its leaders in a politically impossible position and facing mass starvation. Here a great deal of the PRC would also stop running without crude oil and natural gas imports, contrary to Yellowface Anon's thoughts, Russia could not quickly replace either, and does anyone know if it could supply both Europe and the PRC with enough natural gas? And see what among other things an import ban of Australian coal over COVID issues handled by "Wolf Warrior" "diplomacy" has done to the PRC's ability to supply electricity to its factories.

    Other problems with likely lethal consequences is how much of the world's essential manufacturing has been outsourced to the PRC, although some of that it mostly Green insanity, like the magnesium needed to make strong aluminum. So while they aren't much trusted to make drugs in their final forms, the supply chains for everything from chemical precursors to finished active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) trace back to the PRC for the majority of the world's drugs. Many would die in the time necessary to reestablish production outside of it.

    So it would be a colossal mess where deaths way outside of the actual area(s) of fighting would be significant, and likely far exceed those in it, a not uncommon historical pattern. And what if Xi's faction's hold on power is predicated on taking Taiwan? Internal faction fights can have awful effects to completely unrelated countries, see how the US ruling trash has done almost everything they can to start a hot shooting war with Russia, starting in 2016 primarily because of the BAD ORANGE MAN. Who then had to be "tough" with Russia to not further feed the insane collusion narrative and various legal efforts related to it, including one impeachment effort that just happened to coincide with the PRC's export of COVID to the rest of the world....

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123

    Good job for pinpoint how fragile our economics system is, if not geopolitics.

    The only thing I want to add is the fact that factions of varying size, in some places with access to policy-making, want things to fall apart instead of having constructive changes or even maintaining the status quo.

  100. Why Trumpism after 2024 will suck for a sizable segment of the US population:

    https://foreignpolicynews.org/2021/09/01/is-donald-trump-preparing-an-orwellian-government-for-2024/
    https://katehon.com/en/article/donald-trump-preparing-his-return-white-house

    Biden sux but Trump won’t be any better. The only good he could do at that moment is to remove most if not all of COVID restrictions, but the damage and economic realignment are done by then.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Yellowface Anon

    The Orwellian Lügenpresse of deception and fake news is lying about Trump.

    There is a huge amount that a MAGA Presidency supported by a MAGA Legislature can do.

    On energy policy -- Cancel wind & solar subsidies. Remove restrictions on domestic hydro carbon fuels.

    On visas -- Sharply cut visa classes that are associated with U.S. Citizen wage suppression (H1, H2, OPT, etc.).

    On Reindustrialization -- Take steps to mandate domestic extraction of raw materials and production costs of national security goods.

    On Taxes and Outsourcing -- Pass a $50K+ surcharge tax on every outsourced job (direct and contractor). Keep this charge completely separate from income & other taxes that may dilute the financial impact with offsetting credits.

    On Education -- Make openly racist propaganda in the schools illegal as child abuse. Fake teachers who get caught damaging students with CRT go on the "Child Abuser Registry" and are permanently barred from jobs that interact with children.

    On the FBI (and similar agencies) -- Investigate, remove, and convict corrupt officials who illegally spied on Americans in a deliberate attempt to undermine the Rule of Law. Follow the chain up to those who funded and controlled the effort.
    _____

    I could go on. The key is avoiding unreasonable expectations. The Lügenpresse will deploy trickery in an attempt to fracture the MAGA base. It is impossible to deliver 100% of everything immediately and perfectly.

    A MAGA House for Appropriations combined with a MAGA Senate for Confirmations is huge. However, the chances of obtaining 60 Senators is fairly slim. Even after a win, some things will require compromise to clear the Filibuster.

    Again, It took decades of SJW malevolence to dig this hole. It is going to take significant time & effort to repair the damage.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

  101. @songbird
    @Yellowface Anon

    Interesting debate where America went wrong.

    TBH, I think it is a bit autistic to say it was always woke because they went against monarchy (was the British monarchy the real power back then?) or because "all men are created equal" (how many slave owners?). Or that Madison intended judicial review (Marbury v. Madison)

    If I had to say where it could have gone better. I think it would be if they wargamed the Constitution for ten or twenty years, instead of a break-neck rush to approve it. Not that I believe a piece of paper is the end-all-be-all (Liberia), but instructions can help.

    IMO, the country was refounded during the Civil War. Though, I stress the average American was unwoke until, perhaps even slightly past the Civil Rights Era.

    Replies: @schnellandine

    IMO, the country was refounded during the Civil War.

    …to the extent that most people refer to a war between two countries as ‘civil war’. Like so much of ‘history’, a monstrous, pointed lie.

    • Agree: songbird
  102. @German_reader
    @A123


    Wait a sec….. Germany requires a picture ID to vote!
     
    You don't need to tell me, I see nothing wrong with requiring ID for voting, the present practice in many US states seems overly lax and might facilitate voting fraud (or at least leads to persistent insecurity about the legitimacy of official election results).

    Replies: @A123, @songbird

    Sorry.

    I was calling SPIEGEL out. Not you… I should have been more explicit. My bad.
    ____

    If SPIEGEL thinks picture ID is offensive, why didn’t they call out Germany? Or, every nation with mandatory voter ID? After all, only a handful of countries require ID…. Right…. Wait….

    Nope. It is just about everyone:

      

    Haiti has stronger ID requirements than the U.S.
    _____

    It goes back to the Fake Stream Media pushing Globalist propaganda. Accurately informed voters and citizens must be avoided at all costs.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

  103. @German_reader
    @songbird

    Is that from Andrew Anglin?
    Anyway, I wouldn't put it like that (and why legos? Lego is from Denmark).
    Btw, SPIEGEL today ran a rather hysterical piece about Trump preparing for his 2nd term, and Republicans changing voting laws in several states (to disenfranchise blacks, who can't be bothered to get ID or whatever; also state legislatures having the final say about electors); they also cited anti-Trump "conservatives" like Robert Kagan and Bill Kristol, lol. Now I know MAGA fans like A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility? Can't say I'd be looking forward to it, the Trump show got pretty tiresome last time around imo, and I don't think it will even do much good for the interests of most of his voters.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @songbird, @A123, @AP

    Now I know MAGA fans like A123 think Trump might be back in 2024, but is that really a realistic possibility?

    Trump is the most popular person among Republicans, so if he chooses to run there is a 90% chance that he will be the Republican nominee. Which means he has a good chance to become president.

  104. @Yellowface Anon
    Why Trumpism after 2024 will suck for a sizable segment of the US population:

    https://foreignpolicynews.org/2021/09/01/is-donald-trump-preparing-an-orwellian-government-for-2024/
    https://katehon.com/en/article/donald-trump-preparing-his-return-white-house

    Biden sux but Trump won't be any better. The only good he could do at that moment is to remove most if not all of COVID restrictions, but the damage and economic realignment are done by then.

    Replies: @A123

    The Orwellian Lügenpresse of deception and fake news is lying about Trump.

    There is a huge amount that a MAGA Presidency supported by a MAGA Legislature can do.

    On energy policy — Cancel wind & solar subsidies. Remove restrictions on domestic hydro carbon fuels.

    On visas — Sharply cut visa classes that are associated with U.S. Citizen wage suppression (H1, H2, OPT, etc.).

    On Reindustrialization — Take steps to mandate domestic extraction of raw materials and production costs of national security goods.

    On Taxes and Outsourcing — Pass a \$50K+ surcharge tax on every outsourced job (direct and contractor). Keep this charge completely separate from income & other taxes that may dilute the financial impact with offsetting credits.

    On Education — Make openly racist propaganda in the schools illegal as child abuse. Fake teachers who get caught damaging students with CRT go on the “Child Abuser Registry” and are permanently barred from jobs that interact with children.

    On the FBI (and similar agencies) — Investigate, remove, and convict corrupt officials who illegally spied on Americans in a deliberate attempt to undermine the Rule of Law. Follow the chain up to those who funded and controlled the effort.
    _____

    I could go on. The key is avoiding unreasonable expectations. The Lügenpresse will deploy trickery in an attempt to fracture the MAGA base. It is impossible to deliver 100% of everything immediately and perfectly.

    A MAGA House for Appropriations combined with a MAGA Senate for Confirmations is huge. However, the chances of obtaining 60 Senators is fairly slim. Even after a win, some things will require compromise to clear the Filibuster.

    Again, It took decades of SJW malevolence to dig this hole. It is going to take significant time & effort to repair the damage.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @A123

    PBUYT, my point is that Trumpists like you want to repay authoritarianism with authoritarianism. You are just substituting piecemeal bureaucratic authoritarianism the Dems are enacting, with Trumpist charismatic authoritarianism, while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.

    Replies: @Pericles, @iffen, @A123

  105. @That Would Be Telling
    @A123


    The defenders will embed into the industrial facilities & other high value locations. The PLA will have to fight building by building to root out resistance. Industry and infrastructure will be turned into scrap along the way.

    Would Xi Jinping:
    — Emulate GW Bush’s inadequate Iraq aftermath?
    — Or, make huge resource transfers from the mainland to Taipei to repair the devastation inflicted by the PRC military?
     

    The latter simply wouldn't work for much of Taiwan's production of semiconductors, that's part of a world wide ecosystem where embargoes subsequent to the hostilities would leave anything intact inoperable and I'll bet this is not the only industry where that's true. There would also be no replacing of TSMC's already embargoed to the PRC EUV lithography machines, which the PRC is at best decades away from being able to copy, they're crazy intense bleeding edge state of the art technology, start with a droplet of molten tin being zapped by a laser....

    Now the PRC in and of itself can get by pretty well with earlier technology semiconductors, one of the things that will really matter is how extensive export and import bans would get, as well a potentially a blockade, something the US Navy can still do to the extent it abstains from making people with names like Cameron Mahmood Aljilani captains of our attack and guided missile submarines.

    Of course going that far would likely start a general war, just as it did with Imperial Japan when a financial blockade you might call it put its leaders in a politically impossible position and facing mass starvation. Here a great deal of the PRC would also stop running without crude oil and natural gas imports, contrary to Yellowface Anon's thoughts, Russia could not quickly replace either, and does anyone know if it could supply both Europe and the PRC with enough natural gas? And see what among other things an import ban of Australian coal over COVID issues handled by "Wolf Warrior" "diplomacy" has done to the PRC's ability to supply electricity to its factories.

    Other problems with likely lethal consequences is how much of the world's essential manufacturing has been outsourced to the PRC, although some of that it mostly Green insanity, like the magnesium needed to make strong aluminum. So while they aren't much trusted to make drugs in their final forms, the supply chains for everything from chemical precursors to finished active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) trace back to the PRC for the majority of the world's drugs. Many would die in the time necessary to reestablish production outside of it.

    So it would be a colossal mess where deaths way outside of the actual area(s) of fighting would be significant, and likely far exceed those in it, a not uncommon historical pattern. And what if Xi's faction's hold on power is predicated on taking Taiwan? Internal faction fights can have awful effects to completely unrelated countries, see how the US ruling trash has done almost everything they can to start a hot shooting war with Russia, starting in 2016 primarily because of the BAD ORANGE MAN. Who then had to be "tough" with Russia to not further feed the insane collusion narrative and various legal efforts related to it, including one impeachment effort that just happened to coincide with the PRC's export of COVID to the rest of the world....

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123

    You are correct.

    Every country, and every faction in those countries, has good reason to oppose a war that would damage the global economy.

    The stated policy of the:
    — CCP/PRC is waiting for Peaceful reunification.
    — ROC is avoiding anything so provocative it might change CCP policy.

    There is more commerce, more personal interaction, and direct flights between the PRC and ROC. The relationship is much better than it was in the 80’s.

    PEACE 😇

  106. Would be better if the “It’s okay to be white” people, transitioned to “It’s okay to be Euro.”

    Don’t play the blank-slatists’ game. Make it nakedly about genetics. Make the BBC explain that it has nothing to do with the EU, and then make them call it a hate crime.

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
    @songbird


    Would be better if the “It’s okay to be white” people, transitioned to “It’s okay to be Euro.”

    Don’t play the blank-slatists’ game. Make it nakedly about genetics....
     
    That's dialectic, which has its place.

    But a lot of the "It's okay to be white" movement is about getting Leftists to blow a gasket about something that on its surface is OK to a lot of whites, especially when the Leftists hotly deny it's true. Maybe anti-white hatred is so overt now that this meme is no longer useful, but it not, don't hold such powerful rhetoric in disdain.

    Replies: @German_reader, @songbird

  107. @songbird
    Would be better if the "It's okay to be white" people, transitioned to "It's okay to be Euro."

    Don't play the blank-slatists' game. Make it nakedly about genetics. Make the BBC explain that it has nothing to do with the EU, and then make them call it a hate crime.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling

    Would be better if the “It’s okay to be white” people, transitioned to “It’s okay to be Euro.”

    Don’t play the blank-slatists’ game. Make it nakedly about genetics….

    That’s dialectic, which has its place.

    But a lot of the “It’s okay to be white” movement is about getting Leftists to blow a gasket about something that on its surface is OK to a lot of whites, especially when the Leftists hotly deny it’s true. Maybe anti-white hatred is so overt now that this meme is no longer useful, but it not, don’t hold such powerful rhetoric in disdain.

    • Replies: @German_reader
    @That Would Be Telling

    I think songbird was referring to this:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-59179914

    , @songbird
    @That Would Be Telling

    When I see people in Europe call themselves white, I really feel like that is a loss. One thing is that it results in easy capture of different nationalities. When you accept "white", so simple to add the modifier "black" to any nationality, basically neutralizing the term. And I think people are a bit reluctant to use the proper term by itself anyway because of the influx of other Euro nationalities and hybrids.

    I also wonder if "Euro" wouldn't be a sort of curveball to the mind of progressives. "White" may instantly drive them to color signal, to be opposed, but "Euro" might not have the same grip on their hindbrain. While they may still be opposed to it, in theory, it may undercut the emotional response - the immediate answer, and its organizing capacity.

    Replies: @Pericles

  108. @German_reader
    @A123


    Wait a sec….. Germany requires a picture ID to vote!
     
    You don't need to tell me, I see nothing wrong with requiring ID for voting, the present practice in many US states seems overly lax and might facilitate voting fraud (or at least leads to persistent insecurity about the legitimacy of official election results).

    Replies: @A123, @songbird

    You’d be surprised how many people I’ve heard take the line of the media. IMO, it is so dumb, that they could not come to that opinion independently. It has to be programatically.

    They say that black turnout is high, but I have often wondered if that is really true. Is it really so hard to believe that they use the monolithic nature of the black vote, just to send in lots of fake votes in black areas? Not uncommon to get like 97% of the vote in some wards, very comparable to the tally of many third world dictators.

    I have heard African immigrants complain about the black vote being stolen during presidential elections. Funny how it always seems to be about the Big Man. As though, there aren’t many obvious signs of black political power, like the Black Congressional Caucus, or blacks don’t control major cities.

  109. @That Would Be Telling
    @songbird


    Would be better if the “It’s okay to be white” people, transitioned to “It’s okay to be Euro.”

    Don’t play the blank-slatists’ game. Make it nakedly about genetics....
     
    That's dialectic, which has its place.

    But a lot of the "It's okay to be white" movement is about getting Leftists to blow a gasket about something that on its surface is OK to a lot of whites, especially when the Leftists hotly deny it's true. Maybe anti-white hatred is so overt now that this meme is no longer useful, but it not, don't hold such powerful rhetoric in disdain.

    Replies: @German_reader, @songbird

    I think songbird was referring to this:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-59179914

    • Agree: songbird
  110. @That Would Be Telling
    @songbird


    Would be better if the “It’s okay to be white” people, transitioned to “It’s okay to be Euro.”

    Don’t play the blank-slatists’ game. Make it nakedly about genetics....
     
    That's dialectic, which has its place.

    But a lot of the "It's okay to be white" movement is about getting Leftists to blow a gasket about something that on its surface is OK to a lot of whites, especially when the Leftists hotly deny it's true. Maybe anti-white hatred is so overt now that this meme is no longer useful, but it not, don't hold such powerful rhetoric in disdain.

    Replies: @German_reader, @songbird

    When I see people in Europe call themselves white, I really feel like that is a loss. One thing is that it results in easy capture of different nationalities. When you accept “white”, so simple to add the modifier “black” to any nationality, basically neutralizing the term. And I think people are a bit reluctant to use the proper term by itself anyway because of the influx of other Euro nationalities and hybrids.

    I also wonder if “Euro” wouldn’t be a sort of curveball to the mind of progressives. “White” may instantly drive them to color signal, to be opposed, but “Euro” might not have the same grip on their hindbrain. While they may still be opposed to it, in theory, it may undercut the emotional response – the immediate answer, and its organizing capacity.

    • Thanks: That Would Be Telling
    • Replies: @Pericles
    @songbird



    I also wonder if “Euro” wouldn’t be a sort of curveball to the mind of progressives. “White” may instantly drive them to color signal, to be opposed, but “Euro” might not have the same grip on their hindbrain. While they may still be opposed to it, in theory, it may undercut the emotional response – the immediate answer, and its organizing capacity.

     

    Probably not. We have for some time been at the stage that the negro that arrived yesterday is as much Swedish as you, etc. Or that SAS ad where a grinning gaptoothed black specimen was going on about 'our' ancestors. So the official answer would obviously be that Hamid from Morocco already is a European too.

    Replies: @songbird

  111. @Mr. Hack
    @mal

    The style and premise of this clip harkens back to a much earlier era, perhaps the club scene of the 1980's, so looking at it today is kind of nostalgically bizarre. What does not harken back to an earlier era, however, are the planes on display and their capabilities. I've never seen stunts like those being performed starting at around 2:38. The perpendicular hot dogging is incredible!

    Replies: @schnellandine, @Dmitry, @mal

    For this clip they hired nightclub “go-go dancers” that have this distinctive special dancing style.

    In nightclubs in Russia, they have a job of groups of girls who dance like this wearing underwear or bikinis.

    Also there are men that do this job (wearing dark shirts and shiny ties as well, and they kind of dance more like in Korean boybands).

    This dancing style works perfect with alcohol and techno style of music. Not so much for hiring them apparently making YouTube clips.

    Russia has probably the world’s best nightclubs, but only at 2am, when extremely drunk, and losing co-ordination of your limbs.

    You know you are in Russia when you have a blurry vision of these guys at 2am and the DJ is shouting random words of the song

    stunts like those being performed starting at around 2:38. The perpendicular hot dogging

    They are wooden RC models, which have a different weight ratio and you can make them float like this.

    • Replies: @AP
    @Dmitry

    Is the video contemporary? It feels like the late 90s; perhaps things haven't changed much? I have not gone clubbing in many years.

    I was at a Russian wedding in Brooklyn before Covid and there was an African-American DJ singing the "Kaifuyem" song in decent Russian.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    , @Mr. Hack
    @Dmitry

    To be honest, I never was a great fan of clubbing. Sure, way back in the day I went to a few clubs that played disco music, but not much since then. The images that I had in mind when I wrote the above comment were fueled by the many images that I've seen watching film and TV. I've enjoyed going to concerts much more. I haven't been to any since the pandemic went full throttle. The last two concerts that I remember going to included one by Al DiMeola and another one with Latin jazz pianist Eliane Elias. I think that you might enjoy the music of both of these artists.

    Replies: @Dmitry

  112. I think it is also possible that what happened to the US was purely based on an economic process, that the ideology followed the economics. That it had to do with the scale, the boundless potential for growth, and profit. The mass movement of people attracted by this wealth.

    [MORE]

    Consider there were a lot of European immigrants who went to the UK or France (Conrad went to both places), just nowhere near as many, to make it the same political-dynamic process, at least in those days. (though both places are certainly quite corrupt now). One reason being that the standard of living in America was undoubtedly higher.

    The USSR was very woke compared to the US, in the ’30s. Robert Robinson (black man) was elected (he was not running) to the Moscow Soviet along with Khrushchev, while Ford blacklisted him from Ford plants in America because of the bad press he generated.

    Ford perfected production in America, paying his employees high wages. Think of the complexity of a car, and see how it suggests the complexity of the economy. The many layers for graft, the wealth of the employees to be stolen, skimmed by unions, or other means, Ford’s wealth to go to charities. (the Ford Foundation being a really sinister one today, but no Russian organization from a contemporary)

    While the picture in the USSR was dramatically different. Not much complexity. The foundations of Ford’s factories there were made in part from demolished churches. (No complexity to make the proper frost-resistant foundations) No trucks used. Only women using wheelbarrows and horses, and the horses were obviously underfed. They did not have the complexity for the trucks, nor to even feed the horses well.

    Wokeness declined in America during the Depression, Hollywood and immigration were brought under control, when the economic spigots were turned off.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @songbird

    You're getting on the right track in your thinking.

    Replies: @songbird

  113. @Dmitry
    @Mr. Hack

    For this clip they hired nightclub "go-go dancers" that have this distinctive special dancing style.

    In nightclubs in Russia, they have a job of groups of girls who dance like this wearing underwear or bikinis.

    Also there are men that do this job (wearing dark shirts and shiny ties as well, and they kind of dance more like in Korean boybands).

    This dancing style works perfect with alcohol and techno style of music. Not so much for hiring them apparently making YouTube clips.

    -

    Russia has probably the world's best nightclubs, but only at 2am, when extremely drunk, and losing co-ordination of your limbs.

    You know you are in Russia when you have a blurry vision of these guys at 2am and the DJ is shouting random words of the song
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3I3nE_-YQY


    stunts like those being performed starting at around 2:38. The perpendicular hot dogging
     
    They are wooden RC models, which have a different weight ratio and you can make them float like this.

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. Hack

    Is the video contemporary? It feels like the late 90s; perhaps things haven’t changed much? I have not gone clubbing in many years.

    I was at a Russian wedding in Brooklyn before Covid and there was an African-American DJ singing the “Kaifuyem” song in decent Russian.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @AP

    Yes you can see the air show has hired contemporary professional club dancers for that clip, because it is always the distinctive energy saving, robotic dancing style.

    They are a kind of office workers who need to clock in the same hours per week at the club, and use labour-saving mechanical movements.

    It must be a relaxing job for them, repeating always these same routine movements, looking at the drunk people everynight, while getting the aerobic exercise to maintain a good looking figure.

    Nowadays people can't smoke in the club so they haven't much downside
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odQ8MqhiEx0


    I have not gone clubbing in many years.
     
    Surely your lack of hearing loss and tinnitus will be thanking you. Congratulations, you can enjoy excellent hearing at the philharmonic concert.

    Although aside from hearing sensitivity, since they banned all indoor smoking, clubbers are pretty healthy people if we think about it.

    Weekly jumping around aerobically is excellent exercise, at least offsetting negative effects of the coca cola and vodka. (And it's usually diet cola). Disco-ordinated crazy dancing of the club people, probably good for you psychologically as well.


    t feels like the late 90s; perhaps things haven’t changed

     

    Late 90s looks like the utopian age for techno dancing internationally, when young people were driving to empty farms in the early hours in the summer mornings, and recreating strange pagan rituals outside of any capitalist club system.

    They even enjoy clean air, and some kind of charity of giving people free mineral water and low alcohol healthfood drinks like Heineken beer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F69jNFTFPn8

    Replies: @Dmitry, @AP, @LatW, @SafeNow

  114. @mal

    So Turkey has now developed a capacity to destroy third world militaries for people to watch on YouTube.
     
    That drone has capacity of like 150 kg? For about $6 million a pop? A howitzer from a century ago is more cost effective. Real weapons don't have the time to film YouTube videos because they are out of range before impact even occurs. I mean, for the price of 4 Bayraktars you can buy an obsolete Su-24 that can deliver 8 tons of bombs, with the only bottleneck being pilot training.

    Never understood obsession with weak drones - long range rocket artillery (with drone spotters) is vastly more cost effective. Drone guided Katyushas (with a few hundred mile range) are the future for the ground forces, not Bayraktars.

    YouTube videos is not the same as combat efficiency.

    Meanwhile, in the more important world of satellite warfare, Konanykhin published a video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVsvUQHr7Ec

    This is far more consequential than silly drone videos.

    Here are the satellite tracks.
    https://vimeo.com/comspoc

    It is clear that in 2019 USA 271 jumped Chinese Chinasat 6A and Chinese were asleep at the wheel. But Chinese also clearly conduct combat training for their satellite crews as explained in this video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx5zevd6AdU

    This is the future of warfare, not some silly 150 kg Turkish drones.

    Replies: @utu, @Philip Owen, @Dmitry

    This is the future of warfare, not some silly 150 kg Turkish drones.

    Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency recognized that obvious obviousness signed agreement with Roscosmos.
    https://tass.com/science/1356779

    And Zambia already knew it in 1964
    https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/topics/zambian-space-programme

    • Replies: @mal
    @utu


    The two sides discussed cooperation in the field of remote sensing of the Earth and in training space industry personnel.
     
    Nicee nice! Russia is getting a Florida, finally! This means Sphere satellite manufacturing problems caused by sanctions are getting resolved.

    Basically, a hint. When it comes to satellites, whenever you hear garbage buzzwords such as "remote sensing", or "environmental monitoring", or "atmospheric studies", or "communications relay", it means - battlefield command and control stations.

    And sure, their official declared use will be to watch polar bears eat dinner, or watch geese migrate, or help teenagers in rural Alabama win Call of Duty death match thanks to low latency. All true, but we are not spending $trillions on satellite constellations to watch polar bears eat dinner. That's more of a side benefit.

    Russia of course had troubles with equatorial orbits (no Russian territories close to equator, New Guinea spaceport is more French than Russian), but it looks like Zimbabwe is stepping up to the plate. Good on them - hosting Russian military satcom (satellite command center) is the second best thing to being under Russian nuclear umbrella. Zimbabwe will be going places with this.

    Also:

    The programme eventually fell apart, and not just because of the lack of funds. Mwamba fell pregnant and returned home. Other astronauts left, reportedly going on drinking sprees and never returning or moving onto other pastimes such as tribal song and dance.
     
    Based.

    Replies: @songbird

  115. @Dmitry
    @Mr. Hack

    For this clip they hired nightclub "go-go dancers" that have this distinctive special dancing style.

    In nightclubs in Russia, they have a job of groups of girls who dance like this wearing underwear or bikinis.

    Also there are men that do this job (wearing dark shirts and shiny ties as well, and they kind of dance more like in Korean boybands).

    This dancing style works perfect with alcohol and techno style of music. Not so much for hiring them apparently making YouTube clips.

    -

    Russia has probably the world's best nightclubs, but only at 2am, when extremely drunk, and losing co-ordination of your limbs.

    You know you are in Russia when you have a blurry vision of these guys at 2am and the DJ is shouting random words of the song
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3I3nE_-YQY


    stunts like those being performed starting at around 2:38. The perpendicular hot dogging
     
    They are wooden RC models, which have a different weight ratio and you can make them float like this.

    Replies: @AP, @Mr. Hack

    To be honest, I never was a great fan of clubbing. Sure, way back in the day I went to a few clubs that played disco music, but not much since then. The images that I had in mind when I wrote the above comment were fueled by the many images that I’ve seen watching film and TV. I’ve enjoyed going to concerts much more. I haven’t been to any since the pandemic went full throttle. The last two concerts that I remember going to included one by Al DiMeola and another one with Latin jazz pianist Eliane Elias. I think that you might enjoy the music of both of these artists.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @Mr. Hack

    Did you notice when Chick Corea has unfortunately died this year?

    I was occasionally following his YouTube channel when he was livestreaming practicing sessions. He stopped only two weeks before he died. He was doing "musical portraits" on YouTube for his fans a month before he died. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ktLYIEaGU0.

    Replies: @schnellandine, @Mr. Hack

  116. @songbird
    I think it is also possible that what happened to the US was purely based on an economic process, that the ideology followed the economics. That it had to do with the scale, the boundless potential for growth, and profit. The mass movement of people attracted by this wealth.

    Consider there were a lot of European immigrants who went to the UK or France (Conrad went to both places), just nowhere near as many, to make it the same political-dynamic process, at least in those days. (though both places are certainly quite corrupt now). One reason being that the standard of living in America was undoubtedly higher.

    The USSR was very woke compared to the US, in the '30s. Robert Robinson (black man) was elected (he was not running) to the Moscow Soviet along with Khrushchev, while Ford blacklisted him from Ford plants in America because of the bad press he generated.

    Ford perfected production in America, paying his employees high wages. Think of the complexity of a car, and see how it suggests the complexity of the economy. The many layers for graft, the wealth of the employees to be stolen, skimmed by unions, or other means, Ford's wealth to go to charities. (the Ford Foundation being a really sinister one today, but no Russian organization from a contemporary)

    While the picture in the USSR was dramatically different. Not much complexity. The foundations of Ford's factories there were made in part from demolished churches. (No complexity to make the proper frost-resistant foundations) No trucks used. Only women using wheelbarrows and horses, and the horses were obviously underfed. They did not have the complexity for the trucks, nor to even feed the horses well.

    Wokeness declined in America during the Depression, Hollywood and immigration were brought under control, when the economic spigots were turned off.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    You’re getting on the right track in your thinking.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Yellowface Anon

    Also, think of Sweden. Sat out both world wars, so was richer. Many people consider it to be the most pozzed country in the world. (Might be changing? I wonder, as we move further from the wars. No lockdown. Less peace on the streets, as grenades from ethnic gangs explode)

    US went through both wars and a few others. But in a kind of weak way, if you count the scale. Easy to see when you compare American cars from the '50s to those of other countries. Add the casualties all up and it will be a lot less than other countries. Virtually zero bombing or shelling of mainland.

    Switzerland sat out both wars, but is landlocked. This probably had a political effect on it, which helps distinguish it from Sweden or the US. Women's suffrage came fairly late to parts of it. Though, it is by no means super-based, as it is prosperous. Being landlocked in Europe - which is maybe the most developed place on Earth, by size, probably isn't as bad as being landlocked in other places.

    Austria is a little less pozzed than Germany. Maybe, because smaller scale and landlocked. Not the economic tiger of Europe, like Germany. Though still very pozzed by any reasonable standard. some crossover due to language.

  117. @A123
    @Yellowface Anon

    The Orwellian Lügenpresse of deception and fake news is lying about Trump.

    There is a huge amount that a MAGA Presidency supported by a MAGA Legislature can do.

    On energy policy -- Cancel wind & solar subsidies. Remove restrictions on domestic hydro carbon fuels.

    On visas -- Sharply cut visa classes that are associated with U.S. Citizen wage suppression (H1, H2, OPT, etc.).

    On Reindustrialization -- Take steps to mandate domestic extraction of raw materials and production costs of national security goods.

    On Taxes and Outsourcing -- Pass a $50K+ surcharge tax on every outsourced job (direct and contractor). Keep this charge completely separate from income & other taxes that may dilute the financial impact with offsetting credits.

    On Education -- Make openly racist propaganda in the schools illegal as child abuse. Fake teachers who get caught damaging students with CRT go on the "Child Abuser Registry" and are permanently barred from jobs that interact with children.

    On the FBI (and similar agencies) -- Investigate, remove, and convict corrupt officials who illegally spied on Americans in a deliberate attempt to undermine the Rule of Law. Follow the chain up to those who funded and controlled the effort.
    _____

    I could go on. The key is avoiding unreasonable expectations. The Lügenpresse will deploy trickery in an attempt to fracture the MAGA base. It is impossible to deliver 100% of everything immediately and perfectly.

    A MAGA House for Appropriations combined with a MAGA Senate for Confirmations is huge. However, the chances of obtaining 60 Senators is fairly slim. Even after a win, some things will require compromise to clear the Filibuster.

    Again, It took decades of SJW malevolence to dig this hole. It is going to take significant time & effort to repair the damage.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    PBUYT, my point is that Trumpists like you want to repay authoritarianism with authoritarianism. You are just substituting piecemeal bureaucratic authoritarianism the Dems are enacting, with Trumpist charismatic authoritarianism, while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    @Yellowface Anon

    Perhaps it is our turn to eat, mister?

    , @iffen
    @Yellowface Anon

    You are just substituting piecemeal bureaucratic authoritarianism the Dems are enacting, with Trumpist charismatic authoritarianism, while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.

    The woke are socialist totalitarians. They are the extreme left of the Democratic Party which is a moderate socialist party. Both factions are ignorant and detached from "economic" reality.

    Trump is a populist demagogue with authoritarian tendencies. Trump's base would acquiesce in authoritarian actions against the extreme woke left, but not against the moderate and regular socialists in the Democratic Party.

    Oligarchs are like Nazis and hard-core commies; they do not have a sense of humor and they do not laugh.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123, @Barbarossa

    , @A123
    @Yellowface Anon


    my point is that Trumpists like you want to repay authoritarianism with authoritarianism.
     
    Except, I am not a "Trumpist". I am not overly wrapped up on a single individual. I want to seize the opportunity to build something better. A MAGA party resistant to control by Oligarchs and foreign nations.

    Do you agree that the education and media establishment us a huge part of the problem?

    I really do not want to repay with authoritarianism. I am realistic that SJW MegaCorporations and their allies are engaged in Orwellian manipulation of the U.S. population.

    What is your "non-authoritarian" option to clean up the Lügenpresse?


    while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.
     
    MAGA wants to investigate the Oligarchs for their manipulation. Given their personal enrichment paid by foreign governments, a more rational future expectation is:

    ...while oligarchs are whimpering, powerless behind the bars.
    __________________________________________

    You are badly trapped in a logical conundrum of your own making. It is preventing you from thinking clearly. Try this as a thought experiment:

    If _________ is inevitable, it is unfair to blame people for __________.

    If "gravity" is inevitable, it is unfair to blame people for "gravity". This makes sense. Right? Dealing with "gravity" is simply realism.

    If "authoritarianism" is inevitable, it is unfair to blame people for "authoritarianism". This makes sense. Right?

    You keep defining 100% of everything as "authoritarianism", and then you decry "authoritarianism". If everything must be "authoritarianism", then your cries are at best futile and at worst counterproductive.

    What is your "non-authoritarian" option?

    Accusations of "authoritarianism" are only meaningful if there is a "non-authoritarian" alternative. You have yet to present one.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @Barbarossa

  118. 21st Century will be the century of fascism. Why?
    https://lateralthinkingtechnology.wordpress.com/2021/11/06/fascism-without-fascism-or-whatever-happened-to-the-ubermensch-of-tomorrow/

    Something the post hasn’t mentioned is the fascistization of oligarchic capitalism and the project of extreme economic polarization pursued by globalist ideologues.

    From Michael Hudson:

    [Paul Jay:] The power that the financial institutions wield over government is what Roosevelt defined as fascism. He said that when one sector of the economy, one group of companies essentially controls or owns the government, that’s fascism. And we are virtually, or we are there.

    Michael Hudson:
    You’re quite right. You’re absolutely right.

    That is the problem, we are in a centrally planned economy, but central planning is done on Wall Street, not in Washington. Now that you’ve essentially privatized and financialized the political process, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people, and corporations can buy control of the political process. So that’s basically what the problem is.
    Let’s get back to fascism because that’s very important. Around the time that Roosevelt made that comment, Trotsky analyzed fascism in Germany and Italy, and he said that fascism is what occurred when the socialists don’t have a solution to the problems.

    I think we are indeed emerging in that kind of fascism today because you don’t have the left or the progressive interests really coming up with a solution to the problems. And that’s because the only kind of solution is so radical that it can’t be solved within the existing political framework and the existing legal framework. There has to be the equivalent of a revolution. It’s not going to be an anti-fascist revolution; then it’ll be a fascist revolution. What we’re seeing is that kind of a slow revolution.

    Warren Buffett said there is a war and we’re winning, but we seem to be the only people that know that the wars on. The war is on, and we’re moving towards an economy ruled by the one percent. And I mean, fascism basically is the integration of corporations and the state leaving out the voters and the working class. It’s a corporate state. And as you pointed out, we’re not simply a corporate state here. Otherwise, the industrialists would be trying to run the economy to promote the industry. We’re in a financialized state, and that’s finance capitalism, which is very different from industrial capitalism. Many of the Left, especially the Marxists, still talk about industrial capitalism as being the problem. And yet industrial capitalism is being phased out in the United States, as you pointed out at the beginning of this show. And it’s being phased out by finance capitalism. […]

  119. @songbird
    @That Would Be Telling

    When I see people in Europe call themselves white, I really feel like that is a loss. One thing is that it results in easy capture of different nationalities. When you accept "white", so simple to add the modifier "black" to any nationality, basically neutralizing the term. And I think people are a bit reluctant to use the proper term by itself anyway because of the influx of other Euro nationalities and hybrids.

    I also wonder if "Euro" wouldn't be a sort of curveball to the mind of progressives. "White" may instantly drive them to color signal, to be opposed, but "Euro" might not have the same grip on their hindbrain. While they may still be opposed to it, in theory, it may undercut the emotional response - the immediate answer, and its organizing capacity.

    Replies: @Pericles

    I also wonder if “Euro” wouldn’t be a sort of curveball to the mind of progressives. “White” may instantly drive them to color signal, to be opposed, but “Euro” might not have the same grip on their hindbrain. While they may still be opposed to it, in theory, it may undercut the emotional response – the immediate answer, and its organizing capacity.

    Probably not. We have for some time been at the stage that the negro that arrived yesterday is as much Swedish as you, etc. Or that SAS ad where a grinning gaptoothed black specimen was going on about ‘our’ ancestors. So the official answer would obviously be that Hamid from Morocco already is a European too.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Pericles

    IMO, blacks suffer the most from the euphemism treadmill. Observation always catches up with their new reputation. I think the word African-American was conceived because it was difficult to say, so would be said less.


    Or that SAS ad where a grinning gaptoothed black specimen was going on about ‘our’ ancestors.
     
    Makes me laugh every time. I hope they will live to regret that.

    The idea of expropriating people's ancestors to fake a kinship with blacks seems to go back a long time, but with never as bold a visual. IIRC, HG Wells castigated Americans for their attitude towards blacks - that they shared ancestors with blacks, like William the Conqueror, unlike Italians. (Of course, he was wrong on both counts. I.e., Italians are also descended from Normans, and English more closely related to Italians than blacks.)
  120. @Yellowface Anon
    @A123

    PBUYT, my point is that Trumpists like you want to repay authoritarianism with authoritarianism. You are just substituting piecemeal bureaucratic authoritarianism the Dems are enacting, with Trumpist charismatic authoritarianism, while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.

    Replies: @Pericles, @iffen, @A123

    Perhaps it is our turn to eat, mister?

  121. @Yellowface Anon
    @A123

    PBUYT, my point is that Trumpists like you want to repay authoritarianism with authoritarianism. You are just substituting piecemeal bureaucratic authoritarianism the Dems are enacting, with Trumpist charismatic authoritarianism, while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.

    Replies: @Pericles, @iffen, @A123

    You are just substituting piecemeal bureaucratic authoritarianism the Dems are enacting, with Trumpist charismatic authoritarianism, while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.

    The woke are socialist totalitarians. They are the extreme left of the Democratic Party which is a moderate socialist party. Both factions are ignorant and detached from “economic” reality.

    Trump is a populist demagogue with authoritarian tendencies. Trump’s base would acquiesce in authoritarian actions against the extreme woke left, but not against the moderate and regular socialists in the Democratic Party.

    Oligarchs are like Nazis and hard-core commies; they do not have a sense of humor and they do not laugh.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @iffen


    Both factions are ignorant and detached from “economic” reality.
     
    The center of American politics is deeply right-wing, and this means the only permissibly "realistic" interpretation of American economy is flavors of right-wing liberalism. Go read Michael Hudson.

    Oligarchs are like Nazis and hard-core commies; they do not have a sense of humor and they do not laugh.
     
    Some of those sensibilities probably comes from holding centers of power.

    Replies: @Barbarossa

    , @A123
    @iffen


    Trump is a populist demagogue with authoritarian tendencies. Trump’s base would acquiesce in authoritarian actions against the extreme woke left, but not against the moderate and regular socialists in the Democratic Party.

    Oligarchs are like Nazis and hard-core commies; they do not have a sense of humor and they do not laugh.
     
    MAGA is Populist movement with realistic tendencies. Given its focus on American Jobs for American citizens, it is in the middle of the broken left-right spectrum.

    The MAGA base would like to win over moderates with schools that teach patriotism and reinforce traditional Judeo-Christian values. No more acceptance of skirt wearing men obtaining sexual access to vulnerable girls.

    Extreme woke oligarchs and their acolytes are Nazi-like. And, De-Nazification requires stern measures. They have to be driven out and kept out. It does not have to happen everywhere immediately. The key areas are media, education, and law enforcement. Nazi loyalists and disinformation operatives will also have to be moved out to save these institutions.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @iffen

    , @Barbarossa
    @iffen

    Yes, the way I differentiate it too is that Trump tends strongly toward authoritarianism while the current left tends strongly toward totalitarianism.

    A lot of folks don't get the difference between the two, but I would far prefer the former to the latter.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

  122. @iffen
    @Yellowface Anon

    You are just substituting piecemeal bureaucratic authoritarianism the Dems are enacting, with Trumpist charismatic authoritarianism, while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.

    The woke are socialist totalitarians. They are the extreme left of the Democratic Party which is a moderate socialist party. Both factions are ignorant and detached from "economic" reality.

    Trump is a populist demagogue with authoritarian tendencies. Trump's base would acquiesce in authoritarian actions against the extreme woke left, but not against the moderate and regular socialists in the Democratic Party.

    Oligarchs are like Nazis and hard-core commies; they do not have a sense of humor and they do not laugh.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123, @Barbarossa

    Both factions are ignorant and detached from “economic” reality.

    The center of American politics is deeply right-wing, and this means the only permissibly “realistic” interpretation of American economy is flavors of right-wing liberalism. Go read Michael Hudson.

    Oligarchs are like Nazis and hard-core commies; they do not have a sense of humor and they do not laugh.

    Some of those sensibilities probably comes from holding centers of power.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
    @Yellowface Anon


    The center of American politics is deeply right-wing
     
    I would change "right-wing" to libertarian for clarity.

    If conservative and liberal are ideological cultural counterpoints I think it is fair to say that there is no political organization that embodies any form of actual conservatism. It seems that most people who say they are conservative are actually libertarians, who by supporting free-market fundamentalism, are actually supporting the most basic underpinnings of the liberal/ progressive world view.

    Global consumer capitalism seems to me in effect the most anti-conservative force in history.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

  123. @Yellowface Anon
    @A123

    PBUYT, my point is that Trumpists like you want to repay authoritarianism with authoritarianism. You are just substituting piecemeal bureaucratic authoritarianism the Dems are enacting, with Trumpist charismatic authoritarianism, while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.

    Replies: @Pericles, @iffen, @A123

    my point is that Trumpists like you want to repay authoritarianism with authoritarianism.

    Except, I am not a “Trumpist”. I am not overly wrapped up on a single individual. I want to seize the opportunity to build something better. A MAGA party resistant to control by Oligarchs and foreign nations.

    Do you agree that the education and media establishment us a huge part of the problem?

    I really do not want to repay with authoritarianism. I am realistic that SJW MegaCorporations and their allies are engaged in Orwellian manipulation of the U.S. population.

    What is your “non-authoritarian” option to clean up the Lügenpresse?

    while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.

    MAGA wants to investigate the Oligarchs for their manipulation. Given their personal enrichment paid by foreign governments, a more rational future expectation is:

    …while oligarchs are whimpering, powerless behind the bars.
    __________________________________________

    You are badly trapped in a logical conundrum of your own making. It is preventing you from thinking clearly. Try this as a thought experiment:

    If _________ is inevitable, it is unfair to blame people for __________.

    If “gravity” is inevitable, it is unfair to blame people for “gravity”. This makes sense. Right? Dealing with “gravity” is simply realism.

    If “authoritarianism” is inevitable, it is unfair to blame people for “authoritarianism”. This makes sense. Right?

    You keep defining 100% of everything as “authoritarianism”, and then you decry “authoritarianism”. If everything must be “authoritarianism”, then your cries are at best futile and at worst counterproductive.

    What is your “non-authoritarian” option?

    Accusations of “authoritarianism” are only meaningful if there is a “non-authoritarian” alternative. You have yet to present one.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
    @A123

    I'm personally not entirely opposed to some measure of authoritarianism, since it may be the best viable path to reset policies on a system wide scale. As we have seen, bureaucracy excels at covering it's own ass and preventing anything that would threaten it's grip.

    That said, I'm not at all convinced that Trump is really that needed change. I think that Trump is most interested in personal power and saw the opening present itself from the right wing of American politics, since they were the politically marginalized group. My observation has been that Trump has neither principles or ideology, just opinion and self interest. This leads to a kind of refreshing pragmatism which led Trump to express truths which were politically impermissible for others to express, but it also leads to the diffuse and distractable application which epitomized Trump.

    I don't expect to convince you on Trump, so we'll probably just have to agree to disagree; but being what I would regard as a Trump realist, I have no high hopes if he does get a second term.

    Replies: @Pericles

  124. @Yellowface Anon
    @songbird

    You're getting on the right track in your thinking.

    Replies: @songbird

    Also, think of Sweden. Sat out both world wars, so was richer. Many people consider it to be the most pozzed country in the world. (Might be changing? I wonder, as we move further from the wars. No lockdown. Less peace on the streets, as grenades from ethnic gangs explode)

    US went through both wars and a few others. But in a kind of weak way, if you count the scale. Easy to see when you compare American cars from the ’50s to those of other countries. Add the casualties all up and it will be a lot less than other countries. Virtually zero bombing or shelling of mainland.

    Switzerland sat out both wars, but is landlocked. This probably had a political effect on it, which helps distinguish it from Sweden or the US. Women’s suffrage came fairly late to parts of it. Though, it is by no means super-based, as it is prosperous. Being landlocked in Europe – which is maybe the most developed place on Earth, by size, probably isn’t as bad as being landlocked in other places.

    Austria is a little less pozzed than Germany. Maybe, because smaller scale and landlocked. Not the economic tiger of Europe, like Germany. Though still very pozzed by any reasonable standard. some crossover due to language.

  125. @Pericles
    @songbird



    I also wonder if “Euro” wouldn’t be a sort of curveball to the mind of progressives. “White” may instantly drive them to color signal, to be opposed, but “Euro” might not have the same grip on their hindbrain. While they may still be opposed to it, in theory, it may undercut the emotional response – the immediate answer, and its organizing capacity.

     

    Probably not. We have for some time been at the stage that the negro that arrived yesterday is as much Swedish as you, etc. Or that SAS ad where a grinning gaptoothed black specimen was going on about 'our' ancestors. So the official answer would obviously be that Hamid from Morocco already is a European too.

    Replies: @songbird

    IMO, blacks suffer the most from the euphemism treadmill. Observation always catches up with their new reputation. I think the word African-American was conceived because it was difficult to say, so would be said less.

    Or that SAS ad where a grinning gaptoothed black specimen was going on about ‘our’ ancestors.

    Makes me laugh every time. I hope they will live to regret that.

    The idea of expropriating people’s ancestors to fake a kinship with blacks seems to go back a long time, but with never as bold a visual. IIRC, HG Wells castigated Americans for their attitude towards blacks – that they shared ancestors with blacks, like William the Conqueror, unlike Italians. (Of course, he was wrong on both counts. I.e., Italians are also descended from Normans, and English more closely related to Italians than blacks.)

  126. @iffen
    @Yellowface Anon

    You are just substituting piecemeal bureaucratic authoritarianism the Dems are enacting, with Trumpist charismatic authoritarianism, while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.

    The woke are socialist totalitarians. They are the extreme left of the Democratic Party which is a moderate socialist party. Both factions are ignorant and detached from "economic" reality.

    Trump is a populist demagogue with authoritarian tendencies. Trump's base would acquiesce in authoritarian actions against the extreme woke left, but not against the moderate and regular socialists in the Democratic Party.

    Oligarchs are like Nazis and hard-core commies; they do not have a sense of humor and they do not laugh.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123, @Barbarossa

    Trump is a populist demagogue with authoritarian tendencies. Trump’s base would acquiesce in authoritarian actions against the extreme woke left, but not against the moderate and regular socialists in the Democratic Party.

    Oligarchs are like Nazis and hard-core commies; they do not have a sense of humor and they do not laugh.

    MAGA is Populist movement with realistic tendencies. Given its focus on American Jobs for American citizens, it is in the middle of the broken left-right spectrum.

    The MAGA base would like to win over moderates with schools that teach patriotism and reinforce traditional Judeo-Christian values. No more acceptance of skirt wearing men obtaining sexual access to vulnerable girls.

    Extreme woke oligarchs and their acolytes are Nazi-like. And, De-Nazification requires stern measures. They have to be driven out and kept out. It does not have to happen everywhere immediately. The key areas are media, education, and law enforcement. Nazi loyalists and disinformation operatives will also have to be moved out to save these institutions.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • Replies: @iffen
    @A123

    the broken left-right spectrum.

    The spectrum is not broken.

    The left is mutating toward totalitarianism in service to the elites and this seems to be some sort of natural progression for the left. (Notice tax cuts for the rich coming from both parties.)

    The Republican Party is swamped with "conservatives" who are as vehemently determined as ever to prevent the use of the power of the government to improve the lives of the poor and the working class.

    Replies: @A123

  127. How much for an apartment like this in Crimea? Or is it to warm there to need it?

    A Nuclear-Powered Shower? Russia Tests a Climate Innovation:

  128. @A123
    @iffen


    Trump is a populist demagogue with authoritarian tendencies. Trump’s base would acquiesce in authoritarian actions against the extreme woke left, but not against the moderate and regular socialists in the Democratic Party.

    Oligarchs are like Nazis and hard-core commies; they do not have a sense of humor and they do not laugh.
     
    MAGA is Populist movement with realistic tendencies. Given its focus on American Jobs for American citizens, it is in the middle of the broken left-right spectrum.

    The MAGA base would like to win over moderates with schools that teach patriotism and reinforce traditional Judeo-Christian values. No more acceptance of skirt wearing men obtaining sexual access to vulnerable girls.

    Extreme woke oligarchs and their acolytes are Nazi-like. And, De-Nazification requires stern measures. They have to be driven out and kept out. It does not have to happen everywhere immediately. The key areas are media, education, and law enforcement. Nazi loyalists and disinformation operatives will also have to be moved out to save these institutions.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @iffen

    the broken left-right spectrum.

    The spectrum is not broken.

    The left is mutating toward totalitarianism in service to the elites and this seems to be some sort of natural progression for the left. (Notice tax cuts for the rich coming from both parties.)

    The Republican Party is swamped with “conservatives” who are as vehemently determined as ever to prevent the use of the power of the government to improve the lives of the poor and the working class.

    • Replies: @A123
    @iffen


    The Republican Party is swamped with “conservatives” who are as vehemently determined as ever to prevent the use of the power of the government to improve the lives of the poor and the working class.
     
    Let us look at the most recent House vote. 13 Republicans voted against the poor and the working class. 200 voted for them.

    So according to your theory ~6% = Swamped. Your use of the English language is quite unique. I do not believe most people would use the term swamped for 6%.

    That being said, 13 traitors is 13 too many. These 13 Corporate Globalists need to be Primaried and defeated. That would let MAGA win these seats.

     
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/House-Infrastructure-Bill-Vote.jpg
     



    the broken left-right spectrum.
     
    The spectrum is not broken.

    The left is mutating toward totalitarianism in service to the elites and this seems to be some sort of natural progression for the left.
     

    I think you just accidentally helped my point. Serving MegaCorporations = Right. The Left is for MegaCorporations, as shown by their tax policy. Thus:

        Left = Serving MegaCorporations = Right

    Simplify by removing the middle term:

        Left = Right

    It is hard to see how a spectrum has meaning when both ends are identical. The terms Conservative and Liberal are even worse.
    ___

    The clearest option for current U.S. politics is "Globalist-Populist".

    If you want to state the pro worker Populism is Left, that could work. However, the consequence of such logic is that the pro worker MAGA is a Left-wing political movement. While true, you are likely to confuse readers with statements such as:
        • Biden = The Right
        • Trump = The Left

    Perhaps Left & Right still make sense in other nations. In today's America, their use leads to massive ambiguity.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  129. @iffen
    @Yellowface Anon

    You are just substituting piecemeal bureaucratic authoritarianism the Dems are enacting, with Trumpist charismatic authoritarianism, while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.

    The woke are socialist totalitarians. They are the extreme left of the Democratic Party which is a moderate socialist party. Both factions are ignorant and detached from "economic" reality.

    Trump is a populist demagogue with authoritarian tendencies. Trump's base would acquiesce in authoritarian actions against the extreme woke left, but not against the moderate and regular socialists in the Democratic Party.

    Oligarchs are like Nazis and hard-core commies; they do not have a sense of humor and they do not laugh.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123, @Barbarossa

    Yes, the way I differentiate it too is that Trump tends strongly toward authoritarianism while the current left tends strongly toward totalitarianism.

    A lot of folks don’t get the difference between the two, but I would far prefer the former to the latter.

    • Agree: iffen
    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @Barbarossa

    All ideologies are totalizing. Therefore American might be a bit better under a right-wing government, but both paths will eventually lead to systemic failure.

  130. @A123
    @Yellowface Anon


    my point is that Trumpists like you want to repay authoritarianism with authoritarianism.
     
    Except, I am not a "Trumpist". I am not overly wrapped up on a single individual. I want to seize the opportunity to build something better. A MAGA party resistant to control by Oligarchs and foreign nations.

    Do you agree that the education and media establishment us a huge part of the problem?

    I really do not want to repay with authoritarianism. I am realistic that SJW MegaCorporations and their allies are engaged in Orwellian manipulation of the U.S. population.

    What is your "non-authoritarian" option to clean up the Lügenpresse?


    while oligarchs are laughing behind the scene.
     
    MAGA wants to investigate the Oligarchs for their manipulation. Given their personal enrichment paid by foreign governments, a more rational future expectation is:

    ...while oligarchs are whimpering, powerless behind the bars.
    __________________________________________

    You are badly trapped in a logical conundrum of your own making. It is preventing you from thinking clearly. Try this as a thought experiment:

    If _________ is inevitable, it is unfair to blame people for __________.

    If "gravity" is inevitable, it is unfair to blame people for "gravity". This makes sense. Right? Dealing with "gravity" is simply realism.

    If "authoritarianism" is inevitable, it is unfair to blame people for "authoritarianism". This makes sense. Right?

    You keep defining 100% of everything as "authoritarianism", and then you decry "authoritarianism". If everything must be "authoritarianism", then your cries are at best futile and at worst counterproductive.

    What is your "non-authoritarian" option?

    Accusations of "authoritarianism" are only meaningful if there is a "non-authoritarian" alternative. You have yet to present one.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @Barbarossa

    I’m personally not entirely opposed to some measure of authoritarianism, since it may be the best viable path to reset policies on a system wide scale. As we have seen, bureaucracy excels at covering it’s own ass and preventing anything that would threaten it’s grip.

    That said, I’m not at all convinced that Trump is really that needed change. I think that Trump is most interested in personal power and saw the opening present itself from the right wing of American politics, since they were the politically marginalized group. My observation has been that Trump has neither principles or ideology, just opinion and self interest. This leads to a kind of refreshing pragmatism which led Trump to express truths which were politically impermissible for others to express, but it also leads to the diffuse and distractable application which epitomized Trump.

    I don’t expect to convince you on Trump, so we’ll probably just have to agree to disagree; but being what I would regard as a Trump realist, I have no high hopes if he does get a second term.

    • Agree: iffen
    • Replies: @Pericles
    @Barbarossa

    It's somewhat difficult to see what Trump could have achieved due to the four year mudwrestle with the Deep State. It seems unclear whether Trump can realistically run due to age, primarily, but it would also be interesting to know what he would do the second time around. Anything different?

    With Trump and, perhaps to a greater degree, Biden, it has at the very least been shown that the presidency is not a strong office. Thus it seems likely it and its electios will remain a side show as things worsen. (I find it difficult to see how things would turn around and get better at this point, e.g., the Deep State becoming neutral rather than unabashedly leftist. How? Why?)

    Regarding principles, well, where are the principles in politics? Leftism is fully oligarch sponsored, conservatism conserves nothing, etc.

    Replies: @A123, @Barbarossa

  131. @Yellowface Anon
    @iffen


    Both factions are ignorant and detached from “economic” reality.
     
    The center of American politics is deeply right-wing, and this means the only permissibly "realistic" interpretation of American economy is flavors of right-wing liberalism. Go read Michael Hudson.

    Oligarchs are like Nazis and hard-core commies; they do not have a sense of humor and they do not laugh.
     
    Some of those sensibilities probably comes from holding centers of power.

    Replies: @Barbarossa

    The center of American politics is deeply right-wing

    I would change “right-wing” to libertarian for clarity.

    If conservative and liberal are ideological cultural counterpoints I think it is fair to say that there is no political organization that embodies any form of actual conservatism. It seems that most people who say they are conservative are actually libertarians, who by supporting free-market fundamentalism, are actually supporting the most basic underpinnings of the liberal/ progressive world view.

    Global consumer capitalism seems to me in effect the most anti-conservative force in history.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @Barbarossa

    "Libertarians" will tell you current conservatives don't have the NAP & anti-statism in mind. But you are basically right, real conservatism died when Spain left Francoism (and even Francoist Spain accepts capitalistic economic growth)

  132. @Barbarossa
    @iffen

    Yes, the way I differentiate it too is that Trump tends strongly toward authoritarianism while the current left tends strongly toward totalitarianism.

    A lot of folks don't get the difference between the two, but I would far prefer the former to the latter.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    All ideologies are totalizing. Therefore American might be a bit better under a right-wing government, but both paths will eventually lead to systemic failure.

  133. @Barbarossa
    @Yellowface Anon


    The center of American politics is deeply right-wing
     
    I would change "right-wing" to libertarian for clarity.

    If conservative and liberal are ideological cultural counterpoints I think it is fair to say that there is no political organization that embodies any form of actual conservatism. It seems that most people who say they are conservative are actually libertarians, who by supporting free-market fundamentalism, are actually supporting the most basic underpinnings of the liberal/ progressive world view.

    Global consumer capitalism seems to me in effect the most anti-conservative force in history.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    “Libertarians” will tell you current conservatives don’t have the NAP & anti-statism in mind. But you are basically right, real conservatism died when Spain left Francoism (and even Francoist Spain accepts capitalistic economic growth)

  134. @iffen
    @A123

    the broken left-right spectrum.

    The spectrum is not broken.

    The left is mutating toward totalitarianism in service to the elites and this seems to be some sort of natural progression for the left. (Notice tax cuts for the rich coming from both parties.)

    The Republican Party is swamped with "conservatives" who are as vehemently determined as ever to prevent the use of the power of the government to improve the lives of the poor and the working class.

    Replies: @A123

    The Republican Party is swamped with “conservatives” who are as vehemently determined as ever to prevent the use of the power of the government to improve the lives of the poor and the working class.

    Let us look at the most recent House vote. 13 Republicans voted against the poor and the working class. 200 voted for them.

    So according to your theory ~6% = Swamped. Your use of the English language is quite unique. I do not believe most people would use the term swamped for 6%.

    That being said, 13 traitors is 13 too many. These 13 Corporate Globalists need to be Primaried and defeated. That would let MAGA win these seats.

      

    the broken left-right spectrum.

    The spectrum is not broken.

    The left is mutating toward totalitarianism in service to the elites and this seems to be some sort of natural progression for the left.

    I think you just accidentally helped my point. Serving MegaCorporations = Right. The Left is for MegaCorporations, as shown by their tax policy. Thus:

        Left = Serving MegaCorporations = Right

    Simplify by removing the middle term:

        Left = Right

    It is hard to see how a spectrum has meaning when both ends are identical. The terms Conservative and Liberal are even worse.
    ___

    The clearest option for current U.S. politics is “Globalist-Populist”.

    If you want to state the pro worker Populism is Left, that could work. However, the consequence of such logic is that the pro worker MAGA is a Left-wing political movement. While true, you are likely to confuse readers with statements such as:
        • Biden = The Right
        • Trump = The Left

    Perhaps Left & Right still make sense in other nations. In today’s America, their use leads to massive ambiguity.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @A123


    Let us look at the most recent House vote. 13 Republicans voted against the poor and the working class. 200 voted for them.
     
    The consensus view at Naked Capitalism is that only the 8 Democrat contrarians voted for the poor and the working class. Those 13 Republicans voted with some 200 odd Democrats for Team (Amazon + Moderna + Lockheed).

    This partisan shit destroys your brain and your heart.

    Replies: @iffen

  135. @AP
    @Dmitry

    Is the video contemporary? It feels like the late 90s; perhaps things haven't changed much? I have not gone clubbing in many years.

    I was at a Russian wedding in Brooklyn before Covid and there was an African-American DJ singing the "Kaifuyem" song in decent Russian.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    Yes you can see the air show has hired contemporary professional club dancers for that clip, because it is always the distinctive energy saving, robotic dancing style.

    They are a kind of office workers who need to clock in the same hours per week at the club, and use labour-saving mechanical movements.

    It must be a relaxing job for them, repeating always these same routine movements, looking at the drunk people everynight, while getting the aerobic exercise to maintain a good looking figure.

    Nowadays people can’t smoke in the club so they haven’t much downside

    I have not gone clubbing in many years.

    Surely your lack of hearing loss and tinnitus will be thanking you. Congratulations, you can enjoy excellent hearing at the philharmonic concert.

    Although aside from hearing sensitivity, since they banned all indoor smoking, clubbers are pretty healthy people if we think about it.

    Weekly jumping around aerobically is excellent exercise, at least offsetting negative effects of the coca cola and vodka. (And it’s usually diet cola). Disco-ordinated crazy dancing of the club people, probably good for you psychologically as well.

    t feels like the late 90s; perhaps things haven’t changed

    Late 90s looks like the utopian age for techno dancing internationally, when young people were driving to empty farms in the early hours in the summer mornings, and recreating strange pagan rituals outside of any capitalist club system.

    They even enjoy clean air, and some kind of charity of giving people free mineral water and low alcohol healthfood drinks like Heineken beer.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @Dmitry


    utopian age for techno dancing internationally, when young people were driving to empty farms in the early hours
     
    I wonder if electric cars could result in a revival of this if they had vehicle-to-grid functionality.

    You wouldn't need so much organization, to carry electric generators. And nowadays you would only need some $1000 of Active PA speakers and connect them to the car.

    I guess a problem is that Generation Z people nowadays are more addicted to their phones and headphones, and it's not necessarily mainstream or exciting for them to play loud music from speakers.

    , @AP
    @Dmitry


    I have not gone clubbing in many years.

    Surely your lack of hearing loss and tinnitus will be thanking you. Congratulations, you can enjoy excellent hearing at the philharmonic concert.
     

    Well, my music in the car can be rather loud, though it's usually late at night to stay awake.

    Late 90s looks like the utopian age for techno dancing internationally, when young people were driving to empty farms in the early hours in the summer mornings, and recreating strange pagan rituals outside of any capitalist club system.
     
    In my part of the world it was going to abandoned factories in empty urban warzones. It was before internet and GPS, so for the address we would call telephone hotlines from flyers that would be passed around, then have to use paper maps to orient ourselves as we drove through these wastelands. The promoters hired/paid off the local gangs to keep an eye on our cars. They also provided chemical enhancements to those who wanted them. Amazing light shows, lasers, smoke machines. Good exercise until the morning. Nice girls also.

    I went to a few with this DJ and same promoter lol (maybe I was there, though I don't remember the name Aura):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va_gi98Yjaw

    Sometimes police would find them. This news report is hilarious:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lj-HrUkM8M

    Others, with better video quality:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGBFZ7ACVFI&list=RDdGBFZ7ACVFI&start_radio=1&rv=dGBFZ7ACVFI&t=199

    The English ones, in nature, seem very nice too. Never experienced that.

    All of us are in our 40s and 50s now.

    My kids are often annoyed by this weird music and think it isn't cool. Though they prefer it to Russian bard music :-)

    , @LatW
    @Dmitry


    Yes you can see the air show has hired contemporary professional club dancers for that clip,
     
    Come one, those are not real dancers, but just chicks showing up looking a certain way (ehem) to generate excitement. They're like brand ambassadors.


    because it is always the distinctive energy saving, robotic dancing style
     
    The real German EBM dance style is actually not "energy saving" at all, but quite intense. First of all, it is typically twice as fast as what those chicks are doing in your video. Also, it takes quite some energy to keep your core muscles rigid to do those mechanical, robotic routines. You keep your shoulders in a straight line with your hips. It may actually be easier for a guy, although some German chicks do it very well, too.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    , @SafeNow
    @Dmitry

    Go-Go Dancers from back in my era were better:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=love+grows+where+my&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

    Replies: @A123

  136. @Dmitry
    @AP

    Yes you can see the air show has hired contemporary professional club dancers for that clip, because it is always the distinctive energy saving, robotic dancing style.

    They are a kind of office workers who need to clock in the same hours per week at the club, and use labour-saving mechanical movements.

    It must be a relaxing job for them, repeating always these same routine movements, looking at the drunk people everynight, while getting the aerobic exercise to maintain a good looking figure.

    Nowadays people can't smoke in the club so they haven't much downside
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odQ8MqhiEx0


    I have not gone clubbing in many years.
     
    Surely your lack of hearing loss and tinnitus will be thanking you. Congratulations, you can enjoy excellent hearing at the philharmonic concert.

    Although aside from hearing sensitivity, since they banned all indoor smoking, clubbers are pretty healthy people if we think about it.

    Weekly jumping around aerobically is excellent exercise, at least offsetting negative effects of the coca cola and vodka. (And it's usually diet cola). Disco-ordinated crazy dancing of the club people, probably good for you psychologically as well.


    t feels like the late 90s; perhaps things haven’t changed

     

    Late 90s looks like the utopian age for techno dancing internationally, when young people were driving to empty farms in the early hours in the summer mornings, and recreating strange pagan rituals outside of any capitalist club system.

    They even enjoy clean air, and some kind of charity of giving people free mineral water and low alcohol healthfood drinks like Heineken beer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F69jNFTFPn8

    Replies: @Dmitry, @AP, @LatW, @SafeNow

    utopian age for techno dancing internationally, when young people were driving to empty farms in the early hours

    I wonder if electric cars could result in a revival of this if they had vehicle-to-grid functionality.

    You wouldn’t need so much organization, to carry electric generators. And nowadays you would only need some \$1000 of Active PA speakers and connect them to the car.

    I guess a problem is that Generation Z people nowadays are more addicted to their phones and headphones, and it’s not necessarily mainstream or exciting for them to play loud music from speakers.

  137. @Mr. Hack
    @Dmitry

    To be honest, I never was a great fan of clubbing. Sure, way back in the day I went to a few clubs that played disco music, but not much since then. The images that I had in mind when I wrote the above comment were fueled by the many images that I've seen watching film and TV. I've enjoyed going to concerts much more. I haven't been to any since the pandemic went full throttle. The last two concerts that I remember going to included one by Al DiMeola and another one with Latin jazz pianist Eliane Elias. I think that you might enjoy the music of both of these artists.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    Did you notice when Chick Corea has unfortunately died this year?

    I was occasionally following his YouTube channel when he was livestreaming practicing sessions. He stopped only two weeks before he died. He was doing “musical portraits” on YouTube for his fans a month before he died. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ktLYIEaGU0.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
    @Dmitry

    Didn't stick with Chick Corea, but he was one of my intros into what I consider 'the real stuff', and he played on some of my favorite Miles Davis tracks. After seeing him play "Groovin' High" on some PBS deal (still can't find at YouTube) in the 70s, I found bop and that was that. He may have drifted into the cheesy now and then, but he could play acoustic piano with the best. His acoustic album with Herbie Hancock was another study for a marveling kid. Thanks for the news, which I hadn't heard.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Mr. Hack

    , @Mr. Hack
    @Dmitry

    I heard the news rather shortly after his passing. Also, our Gerard mentioned it here early on within one of his comments. Al Di Meola, of course had some memorable early outings with Miles Davis and later with piano virtuoso Chick Corea. If for no other reason, Miles Davis should be lauded for his penchant to continually find young great talent that he allowed to incubate their musical skills, before branching out on their own. Chick Corea, Al DiMeola, Airto Moreira, Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius,
    John McGgaughlin and Joe Zawinul are some of the artists I have in mind, all went on to create seminal music in their own right.

  138. @Barbarossa
    @A123

    I'm personally not entirely opposed to some measure of authoritarianism, since it may be the best viable path to reset policies on a system wide scale. As we have seen, bureaucracy excels at covering it's own ass and preventing anything that would threaten it's grip.

    That said, I'm not at all convinced that Trump is really that needed change. I think that Trump is most interested in personal power and saw the opening present itself from the right wing of American politics, since they were the politically marginalized group. My observation has been that Trump has neither principles or ideology, just opinion and self interest. This leads to a kind of refreshing pragmatism which led Trump to express truths which were politically impermissible for others to express, but it also leads to the diffuse and distractable application which epitomized Trump.

    I don't expect to convince you on Trump, so we'll probably just have to agree to disagree; but being what I would regard as a Trump realist, I have no high hopes if he does get a second term.

    Replies: @Pericles

    It’s somewhat difficult to see what Trump could have achieved due to the four year mudwrestle with the Deep State. It seems unclear whether Trump can realistically run due to age, primarily, but it would also be interesting to know what he would do the second time around. Anything different?

    With Trump and, perhaps to a greater degree, Biden, it has at the very least been shown that the presidency is not a strong office. Thus it seems likely it and its electios will remain a side show as things worsen. (I find it difficult to see how things would turn around and get better at this point, e.g., the Deep State becoming neutral rather than unabashedly leftist. How? Why?)

    Regarding principles, well, where are the principles in politics? Leftism is fully oligarch sponsored, conservatism conserves nothing, etc.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Pericles


    It’s somewhat difficult to see what Trump could have achieved due to the four year mudwrestle with the Deep State. It seems unclear whether Trump can realistically run due to age, primarily, but it would also be interesting to know what he would do the second time around. Anything different?
     
    MAGA was new and had not yet taken hold in the Legislature. Trump's 1st Term was against the House, the Senate, and the Deep State. Non-MAGA members of the GOP significantly reduced what could be accomplished.

    While the swamp is not yet fully drained, MAGA is gaining strength in the GOP pushing out Corporate stooges. The next MAGA President will have the House, Senate, or both. This opens the door for a much higher level of achievement.
    ___

    Trump is quite healthy for his age. There are no obvious physical or mental impediments to a 2nd term. However, the MAGA movement is much larger than Trump. A genuine bench of additional MAGA candidates continues to develop. There are solid MAGA strategic reasons for a candidate other than Trump.

    There is no upside to making the decision early, so it will likely be an open question for a couple more years.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    , @Barbarossa
    @Pericles

    I do acknowledge that Trump faced an uphill fight against the entrenched establishment. However he seemingly showed up with no discernible plan as to how to win that fight. Political sea changes have happened in various places at various times, but Trump proved incapable of accomplishing anything of the sort. His political enemies bested him which should be a damning indictment in it's own right.

    I had some cautious optimism going into Trump's presidency, but I was quite disillusioned within a few months at his frittering approach to political influence.

    I personally explain Trump's weak start to what I believe is the fact that he never intended of expected to win the presidency. I think he entered the Republican race as little more than a PR stunt and fully expected Hillary to win the race. I remember vividly the look of deer-in-the-headlights despair on Trump's face as the it became clear the electoral votes were definitely swinging in his direction.

    Principles or ideology of some sort are I think necessary if one intends to radically challenge the status quo and win. Otherwise, what will provide the stability of vision which will sustain during difficulties?

    Replies: @iffen, @A123

  139. Don’t tell me you missed the Kadena train, Anatoly

  140. @Dmitry
    @AP

    Yes you can see the air show has hired contemporary professional club dancers for that clip, because it is always the distinctive energy saving, robotic dancing style.

    They are a kind of office workers who need to clock in the same hours per week at the club, and use labour-saving mechanical movements.

    It must be a relaxing job for them, repeating always these same routine movements, looking at the drunk people everynight, while getting the aerobic exercise to maintain a good looking figure.

    Nowadays people can't smoke in the club so they haven't much downside
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odQ8MqhiEx0


    I have not gone clubbing in many years.
     
    Surely your lack of hearing loss and tinnitus will be thanking you. Congratulations, you can enjoy excellent hearing at the philharmonic concert.

    Although aside from hearing sensitivity, since they banned all indoor smoking, clubbers are pretty healthy people if we think about it.

    Weekly jumping around aerobically is excellent exercise, at least offsetting negative effects of the coca cola and vodka. (And it's usually diet cola). Disco-ordinated crazy dancing of the club people, probably good for you psychologically as well.


    t feels like the late 90s; perhaps things haven’t changed

     

    Late 90s looks like the utopian age for techno dancing internationally, when young people were driving to empty farms in the early hours in the summer mornings, and recreating strange pagan rituals outside of any capitalist club system.

    They even enjoy clean air, and some kind of charity of giving people free mineral water and low alcohol healthfood drinks like Heineken beer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F69jNFTFPn8

    Replies: @Dmitry, @AP, @LatW, @SafeNow

    I have not gone clubbing in many years.

    Surely your lack of hearing loss and tinnitus will be thanking you. Congratulations, you can enjoy excellent hearing at the philharmonic concert.

    Well, my music in the car can be rather loud, though it’s usually late at night to stay awake.

    Late 90s looks like the utopian age for techno dancing internationally, when young people were driving to empty farms in the early hours in the summer mornings, and recreating strange pagan rituals outside of any capitalist club system.

    In my part of the world it was going to abandoned factories in empty urban warzones. It was before internet and GPS, so for the address we would call telephone hotlines from flyers that would be passed around, then have to use paper maps to orient ourselves as we drove through these wastelands. The promoters hired/paid off the local gangs to keep an eye on our cars. They also provided chemical enhancements to those who wanted them. Amazing light shows, lasers, smoke machines. Good exercise until the morning. Nice girls also.

    I went to a few with this DJ and same promoter lol (maybe I was there, though I don’t remember the name Aura):

    Sometimes police would find them. This news report is hilarious:

    Others, with better video quality:

    The English ones, in nature, seem very nice too. Never experienced that.

    All of us are in our 40s and 50s now.

    My kids are often annoyed by this weird music and think it isn’t cool. Though they prefer it to Russian bard music 🙂

    • Agree: mal
    • Thanks: Yellowface Anon
    • LOL: Dmitry
  141. Does anyone notice that our leaders seem to be cosplaying the late 19th century, and this is attracting them to try to recreate the “Great Game”?

    It’s like the elite are beginning to feel powerful enough today that they have to go to the 19th century to find their spiritual brothers.

    Well Boris Johnson is literally just a crazy English prince, that lives like his ancestors. Macron (and Sarkozy before) seems to be believe he is part of the Bonaparte family.

    Aesthetically, Putin still presents as if he is a standard KGB officer that became a postsoviet oligarch. But mentally, he believes he is a re-incarnation of Metternich and Bismarck

    Erdogan and Aliev are even nowadays dressing like they are Ottoman aristocrats of the late 19th century.

    Putin’s family buys property in Biarritz, like 19th century Russian aristocrats. Although aesthetically is still a modern man, sometimes his spiritual brotherly feeling to von Metternich’s people is coming out of the closet.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @Dmitry


    Boris Johnson is literally just a crazy English prince, that lives like his ancestors
     
    Still confused with exciting modern technologies like umbrella and the bicycle.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F30oGnipOYo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPWFrl4e7l4
    Tea is somekind of special luxury from his empires in India.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r799U_-jAnk

    Replies: @A123, @AP

  142. @Pericles
    @Barbarossa

    It's somewhat difficult to see what Trump could have achieved due to the four year mudwrestle with the Deep State. It seems unclear whether Trump can realistically run due to age, primarily, but it would also be interesting to know what he would do the second time around. Anything different?

    With Trump and, perhaps to a greater degree, Biden, it has at the very least been shown that the presidency is not a strong office. Thus it seems likely it and its electios will remain a side show as things worsen. (I find it difficult to see how things would turn around and get better at this point, e.g., the Deep State becoming neutral rather than unabashedly leftist. How? Why?)

    Regarding principles, well, where are the principles in politics? Leftism is fully oligarch sponsored, conservatism conserves nothing, etc.

    Replies: @A123, @Barbarossa

    It’s somewhat difficult to see what Trump could have achieved due to the four year mudwrestle with the Deep State. It seems unclear whether Trump can realistically run due to age, primarily, but it would also be interesting to know what he would do the second time around. Anything different?

    MAGA was new and had not yet taken hold in the Legislature. Trump’s 1st Term was against the House, the Senate, and the Deep State. Non-MAGA members of the GOP significantly reduced what could be accomplished.

    While the swamp is not yet fully drained, MAGA is gaining strength in the GOP pushing out Corporate stooges. The next MAGA President will have the House, Senate, or both. This opens the door for a much higher level of achievement.
    ___

    Trump is quite healthy for his age. There are no obvious physical or mental impediments to a 2nd term. However, the MAGA movement is much larger than Trump. A genuine bench of additional MAGA candidates continues to develop. There are solid MAGA strategic reasons for a candidate other than Trump.

    There is no upside to making the decision early, so it will likely be an open question for a couple more years.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

  143. @Dmitry
    @Mr. Hack

    Did you notice when Chick Corea has unfortunately died this year?

    I was occasionally following his YouTube channel when he was livestreaming practicing sessions. He stopped only two weeks before he died. He was doing "musical portraits" on YouTube for his fans a month before he died. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ktLYIEaGU0.

    Replies: @schnellandine, @Mr. Hack

    Didn’t stick with Chick Corea, but he was one of my intros into what I consider ‘the real stuff’, and he played on some of my favorite Miles Davis tracks. After seeing him play “Groovin’ High” on some PBS deal (still can’t find at YouTube) in the 70s, I found bop and that was that. He may have drifted into the cheesy now and then, but he could play acoustic piano with the best. His acoustic album with Herbie Hancock was another study for a marveling kid. Thanks for the news, which I hadn’t heard.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @schnellandine

    There were two albums highlighting the interplay of Corea and Hancock. If you liked one of them, you'll probably enjoy the other one too:


    https://chickcorea.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/An-Evening-with-Herbie-and-Chick.jpg
    https://chickcorea.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Corea-Hancock.jpg

    , @Mr. Hack
    @schnellandine

    If you're a big fan of the bop style, you're probably enamored with Charlie Parker's music. Miles Davis was once asked to define jazz music, to which he replied: "Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker". Of course he went on to expand the boundaries quite a bit, but still.....

    Replies: @schnellandine

  144. @Dmitry
    Does anyone notice that our leaders seem to be cosplaying the late 19th century, and this is attracting them to try to recreate the "Great Game"?

    It's like the elite are beginning to feel powerful enough today that they have to go to the 19th century to find their spiritual brothers.

    Well Boris Johnson is literally just a crazy English prince, that lives like his ancestors. Macron (and Sarkozy before) seems to be believe he is part of the Bonaparte family.

    Aesthetically, Putin still presents as if he is a standard KGB officer that became a postsoviet oligarch. But mentally, he believes he is a re-incarnation of Metternich and Bismarck

    Erdogan and Aliev are even nowadays dressing like they are Ottoman aristocrats of the late 19th century.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goO3gePB5kA

    Putin's family buys property in Biarritz, like 19th century Russian aristocrats. Although aesthetically is still a modern man, sometimes his spiritual brotherly feeling to von Metternich's people is coming out of the closet.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlZbWUQTJEU

    Replies: @Dmitry

    Boris Johnson is literally just a crazy English prince, that lives like his ancestors

    Still confused with exciting modern technologies like umbrella and the bicycle.

    Tea is somekind of special luxury from his empires in India.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Dmitry


    Still confused with exciting modern technologies like umbrella and the bicycle
     
    BoJo on a zipline.... Priceless....

    It is like Dukakis in a tank.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇



     
    https://i.redd.it/etl7scekjln41.jpg

     
    https://images.dailykos.com/images/210299/story_image/Dukakis-Tank-Ad-e1384898913712.jpg
    , @AP
    @Dmitry

    You are really turning me into a BoJo fan.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  145. @Dmitry
    @Dmitry


    Boris Johnson is literally just a crazy English prince, that lives like his ancestors
     
    Still confused with exciting modern technologies like umbrella and the bicycle.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F30oGnipOYo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPWFrl4e7l4
    Tea is somekind of special luxury from his empires in India.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r799U_-jAnk

    Replies: @A123, @AP

    Still confused with exciting modern technologies like umbrella and the bicycle

    BoJo on a zipline…. Priceless….

    It is like Dukakis in a tank.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    [MORE]

     

     

  146. @Dmitry
    @AP

    Yes you can see the air show has hired contemporary professional club dancers for that clip, because it is always the distinctive energy saving, robotic dancing style.

    They are a kind of office workers who need to clock in the same hours per week at the club, and use labour-saving mechanical movements.

    It must be a relaxing job for them, repeating always these same routine movements, looking at the drunk people everynight, while getting the aerobic exercise to maintain a good looking figure.

    Nowadays people can't smoke in the club so they haven't much downside
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odQ8MqhiEx0


    I have not gone clubbing in many years.
     
    Surely your lack of hearing loss and tinnitus will be thanking you. Congratulations, you can enjoy excellent hearing at the philharmonic concert.

    Although aside from hearing sensitivity, since they banned all indoor smoking, clubbers are pretty healthy people if we think about it.

    Weekly jumping around aerobically is excellent exercise, at least offsetting negative effects of the coca cola and vodka. (And it's usually diet cola). Disco-ordinated crazy dancing of the club people, probably good for you psychologically as well.


    t feels like the late 90s; perhaps things haven’t changed

     

    Late 90s looks like the utopian age for techno dancing internationally, when young people were driving to empty farms in the early hours in the summer mornings, and recreating strange pagan rituals outside of any capitalist club system.

    They even enjoy clean air, and some kind of charity of giving people free mineral water and low alcohol healthfood drinks like Heineken beer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F69jNFTFPn8

    Replies: @Dmitry, @AP, @LatW, @SafeNow

    Yes you can see the air show has hired contemporary professional club dancers for that clip,

    Come one, those are not real dancers, but just chicks showing up looking a certain way (ehem) to generate excitement. They’re like brand ambassadors.

    because it is always the distinctive energy saving, robotic dancing style

    The real German EBM dance style is actually not “energy saving” at all, but quite intense. First of all, it is typically twice as fast as what those chicks are doing in your video. Also, it takes quite some energy to keep your core muscles rigid to do those mechanical, robotic routines. You keep your shoulders in a straight line with your hips. It may actually be easier for a guy, although some German chicks do it very well, too.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @LatW


    dance style is actually not “energy saving” at all, but
     
    Yes but those people are doing it for enjoyment.

    Whereas club dancers have to clock in hours of this every night, so they need to do it with autopilot.

    It's like the same energy saving dance moves are all standardized across the country, without much regional variation, as if they study it from a textbook.

    Well probably nowadays learn from YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTHyT1_ni9U


    generate excitement. They’re like brand ambassadors
     
    In Russian nightclubs, they also have more dancers, entertainers, audience interactive competition, foam spraying from above, magicians, indoor fireworks (this is not a good idea e.g. in Perm).

    The more fun is just because of the low cost of labour in the postsoviet space of course.

    Labour is so cheap, it's still affordable to hire real people to entertain drunk people. Whereas in some hipster Western club you can probably hardly afford to pay for the DJ and the electricity bill.

    2am is still more fun in Russia there is a whole pantomime, comedians, and magicians.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OHevNkt01w


    -

    One of strange things of the last few years in Russia, is apparently that "Cabaret" became fashionable. I don't even know what "Cabaret" is apparently supposed to be. This is some kind apparent of new fashion that emerges from after my time.

    From reading reviews, all I can understand apparently this is like an expensive restaurant where you can eat oysters while watching magicians (with snakes), dancing girls, where they can also just hire "women of low social responsibility" to go to a private room. They just needed to add dancing bears and indoor fireworks (well maybe not e.g. Perm).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJAH38r2WPg

    Replies: @Dmitry, @LatW

  147. @A123
    @iffen


    The Republican Party is swamped with “conservatives” who are as vehemently determined as ever to prevent the use of the power of the government to improve the lives of the poor and the working class.
     
    Let us look at the most recent House vote. 13 Republicans voted against the poor and the working class. 200 voted for them.

    So according to your theory ~6% = Swamped. Your use of the English language is quite unique. I do not believe most people would use the term swamped for 6%.

    That being said, 13 traitors is 13 too many. These 13 Corporate Globalists need to be Primaried and defeated. That would let MAGA win these seats.

     
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/House-Infrastructure-Bill-Vote.jpg
     



    the broken left-right spectrum.
     
    The spectrum is not broken.

    The left is mutating toward totalitarianism in service to the elites and this seems to be some sort of natural progression for the left.
     

    I think you just accidentally helped my point. Serving MegaCorporations = Right. The Left is for MegaCorporations, as shown by their tax policy. Thus:

        Left = Serving MegaCorporations = Right

    Simplify by removing the middle term:

        Left = Right

    It is hard to see how a spectrum has meaning when both ends are identical. The terms Conservative and Liberal are even worse.
    ___

    The clearest option for current U.S. politics is "Globalist-Populist".

    If you want to state the pro worker Populism is Left, that could work. However, the consequence of such logic is that the pro worker MAGA is a Left-wing political movement. While true, you are likely to confuse readers with statements such as:
        • Biden = The Right
        • Trump = The Left

    Perhaps Left & Right still make sense in other nations. In today's America, their use leads to massive ambiguity.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    Let us look at the most recent House vote. 13 Republicans voted against the poor and the working class. 200 voted for them.

    The consensus view at Naked Capitalism is that only the 8 Democrat contrarians voted for the poor and the working class. Those 13 Republicans voted with some 200 odd Democrats for Team (Amazon + Moderna + Lockheed).

    This partisan shit destroys your brain and your heart.

    • Replies: @iffen
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    There is some "good stuff" in the bill that will benefit America.

  148. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @A123


    Let us look at the most recent House vote. 13 Republicans voted against the poor and the working class. 200 voted for them.
     
    The consensus view at Naked Capitalism is that only the 8 Democrat contrarians voted for the poor and the working class. Those 13 Republicans voted with some 200 odd Democrats for Team (Amazon + Moderna + Lockheed).

    This partisan shit destroys your brain and your heart.

    Replies: @iffen

    There is some “good stuff” in the bill that will benefit America.

    • LOL: A123
  149. • Replies: @songbird
    @German_reader

    Don't know if I am too cynical, but I immediately think of gay tourism.

    IIRC, there is some sort of gay NGO in Canada that specializes in importing gays from these countries. Hard not to see some hidden purpose in it.

    Replies: @Dmitry

  150. @Dmitry
    @Dmitry


    Boris Johnson is literally just a crazy English prince, that lives like his ancestors
     
    Still confused with exciting modern technologies like umbrella and the bicycle.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F30oGnipOYo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPWFrl4e7l4
    Tea is somekind of special luxury from his empires in India.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r799U_-jAnk

    Replies: @A123, @AP

    You are really turning me into a BoJo fan.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @AP

    https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2018/03/18/12/gettyimages-170702322.jpg

    Do not be distracted by the fifty-year-obsolete racquet. Look at the not-ever-appropriate running shoes!

  151. @utu
    @mal


    This is the future of warfare, not some silly 150 kg Turkish drones.
     
    Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency recognized that obvious obviousness signed agreement with Roscosmos.
    https://tass.com/science/1356779

    And Zambia already knew it in 1964
    https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/topics/zambian-space-programme

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Do3dz9TR0

    Replies: @mal

    The two sides discussed cooperation in the field of remote sensing of the Earth and in training space industry personnel.

    Nicee nice! Russia is getting a Florida, finally! This means Sphere satellite manufacturing problems caused by sanctions are getting resolved.

    Basically, a hint. When it comes to satellites, whenever you hear garbage buzzwords such as “remote sensing”, or “environmental monitoring”, or “atmospheric studies”, or “communications relay”, it means – battlefield command and control stations.

    And sure, their official declared use will be to watch polar bears eat dinner, or watch geese migrate, or help teenagers in rural Alabama win Call of Duty death match thanks to low latency. All true, but we are not spending \$trillions on satellite constellations to watch polar bears eat dinner. That’s more of a side benefit.

    Russia of course had troubles with equatorial orbits (no Russian territories close to equator, New Guinea spaceport is more French than Russian), but it looks like Zimbabwe is stepping up to the plate. Good on them – hosting Russian military satcom (satellite command center) is the second best thing to being under Russian nuclear umbrella. Zimbabwe will be going places with this.

    Also:

    The programme eventually fell apart, and not just because of the lack of funds. Mwamba fell pregnant and returned home. Other astronauts left, reportedly going on drinking sprees and never returning or moving onto other pastimes such as tribal song and dance.

    Based.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @mal

    Don't know if my ideas are behind the times, but I keep imagining spacewar will be something like the Skyrora Space Tug grabbing hold of a Türksat and threatening to deorbit it, cutting off all Turkish soaps, and setting the Middle East on fire, unless Erdogan stops selling drones to Azerbaijan. But, maybe, that's archaic, and all the soaps will move to LEO and be shot down with lasers.

    Replies: @mal

  152. @Dmitry
    @Mr. Hack

    Did you notice when Chick Corea has unfortunately died this year?

    I was occasionally following his YouTube channel when he was livestreaming practicing sessions. He stopped only two weeks before he died. He was doing "musical portraits" on YouTube for his fans a month before he died. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ktLYIEaGU0.

    Replies: @schnellandine, @Mr. Hack

    I heard the news rather shortly after his passing. Also, our Gerard mentioned it here early on within one of his comments. Al Di Meola, of course had some memorable early outings with Miles Davis and later with piano virtuoso Chick Corea. If for no other reason, Miles Davis should be lauded for his penchant to continually find young great talent that he allowed to incubate their musical skills, before branching out on their own. Chick Corea, Al DiMeola, Airto Moreira, Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius,
    John McGgaughlin and Joe Zawinul are some of the artists I have in mind, all went on to create seminal music in their own right.

  153. @Mr. Hack
    @mal

    The style and premise of this clip harkens back to a much earlier era, perhaps the club scene of the 1980's, so looking at it today is kind of nostalgically bizarre. What does not harken back to an earlier era, however, are the planes on display and their capabilities. I've never seen stunts like those being performed starting at around 2:38. The perpendicular hot dogging is incredible!

    Replies: @schnellandine, @Dmitry, @mal

    Yea, those are RC toy planes. To the best of my knowledge, lightened up MiG 29 can pull off something like that (nose up hover), but not Sukhoy heavy fighter.

    Still, very impressive in the video 🙂 As for music, that’s Eurodance style that Russians faithfully preserve, carry forward, and innovate upon. Russia will be the cultural preservation center of Europe if things continue as they are.

    *Eurodance is electronic music in Europe from late 80’s to late 90’s.

    • Agree: Dmitry
    • Replies: @LatW
    @mal


    To the best of my knowledge, lightened up MiG 29 can pull off something like that (nose up hover).
     
    I wonder how the pilot is feeling. :)


    As for music, that’s Eurodance style that Russians faithfully preserve, carry forward, and innovate upon.
     
    That's just good old туц тац with some melodic synth added.
  154. @schnellandine
    @Dmitry

    Didn't stick with Chick Corea, but he was one of my intros into what I consider 'the real stuff', and he played on some of my favorite Miles Davis tracks. After seeing him play "Groovin' High" on some PBS deal (still can't find at YouTube) in the 70s, I found bop and that was that. He may have drifted into the cheesy now and then, but he could play acoustic piano with the best. His acoustic album with Herbie Hancock was another study for a marveling kid. Thanks for the news, which I hadn't heard.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Mr. Hack

    There were two albums highlighting the interplay of Corea and Hancock. If you liked one of them, you’ll probably enjoy the other one too:

    [MORE]

    • Thanks: schnellandine
  155. @schnellandine
    @Dmitry

    Didn't stick with Chick Corea, but he was one of my intros into what I consider 'the real stuff', and he played on some of my favorite Miles Davis tracks. After seeing him play "Groovin' High" on some PBS deal (still can't find at YouTube) in the 70s, I found bop and that was that. He may have drifted into the cheesy now and then, but he could play acoustic piano with the best. His acoustic album with Herbie Hancock was another study for a marveling kid. Thanks for the news, which I hadn't heard.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Mr. Hack

    If you’re a big fan of the bop style, you’re probably enamored with Charlie Parker’s music. Miles Davis was once asked to define jazz music, to which he replied: “Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker”. Of course he went on to expand the boundaries quite a bit, but still…..

    • Replies: @schnellandine
    @Mr. Hack

    Yeah, been listening to Parker since age ~15, and was playing bop in clubs within a few years. Don't seek it anymore, but when it comes up in shuffle, always welcome.

    You mentioned Pastorius as a Miles Davis associate. Didn't know that. When?

    Have recently seen Davis glanced off here as more of a leader than player, but I consider him up there with the best. His transformation from bop overkill to diamond tone was pure intelligence. I got tired of most bop players who didn't move on, frankly; don't see it as a worthy permanent occupation—except for the originators, some of which I saw live. Anyway, Davis was the perfect launch for so many of those guys, and I was a big fan of at least 5 of them. A glorious time to be alive, and I'm grateful for the timing, especially these days.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  156. @mal
    @utu


    The two sides discussed cooperation in the field of remote sensing of the Earth and in training space industry personnel.
     
    Nicee nice! Russia is getting a Florida, finally! This means Sphere satellite manufacturing problems caused by sanctions are getting resolved.

    Basically, a hint. When it comes to satellites, whenever you hear garbage buzzwords such as "remote sensing", or "environmental monitoring", or "atmospheric studies", or "communications relay", it means - battlefield command and control stations.

    And sure, their official declared use will be to watch polar bears eat dinner, or watch geese migrate, or help teenagers in rural Alabama win Call of Duty death match thanks to low latency. All true, but we are not spending $trillions on satellite constellations to watch polar bears eat dinner. That's more of a side benefit.

    Russia of course had troubles with equatorial orbits (no Russian territories close to equator, New Guinea spaceport is more French than Russian), but it looks like Zimbabwe is stepping up to the plate. Good on them - hosting Russian military satcom (satellite command center) is the second best thing to being under Russian nuclear umbrella. Zimbabwe will be going places with this.

    Also:

    The programme eventually fell apart, and not just because of the lack of funds. Mwamba fell pregnant and returned home. Other astronauts left, reportedly going on drinking sprees and never returning or moving onto other pastimes such as tribal song and dance.
     
    Based.

    Replies: @songbird

    Don’t know if my ideas are behind the times, but I keep imagining spacewar will be something like the Skyrora Space Tug grabbing hold of a Türksat and threatening to deorbit it, cutting off all Turkish soaps, and setting the Middle East on fire, unless Erdogan stops selling drones to Azerbaijan. But, maybe, that’s archaic, and all the soaps will move to LEO and be shot down with lasers.

    • Replies: @mal
    @songbird

    Well, that's kinda what all the space junk removal talk is all about. Nobody ever mentions if space junk is cooperative or non-cooperative. If it's not cooperative, you increase your delta v budget and beat it down until it is cooperative.

    Same deal with "remote sensing". You need satellites to keep an eye on those geese flocks - geese are violent and can bite hard. So of course keeping tabs on them is a national security issue. Can't have those geese running wild.

    It is a mere side benefit that the satellite constellation designed to keep track of potentially malicious geese can also note operations of Turkish drones and help direct artillery rocket such as Iskander towards their command center.

    Generally speaking, for the next decade, all the satellite launches will be about geese monitoring (greatest threat to humanity), whatever they will call it - environmental or atmospheric studies. Incidentally, they will also monitor hypersonic weapons test tracks. But mostly geese. Also, rural Alabama teenagers playing video games. Low latency control over killer robot army will be rather coincidental to helping teenagers achieve fast reaction times and victories in shooting games.

    Lasers will come later as by 2030 space junk problem will become intolerable. So whether it cooperates or not, space junk will be removed from orbit. The only question that matters is who gets to define what is space junk to be removed.

    Replies: @songbird

  157. @Mr. Hack
    @schnellandine

    If you're a big fan of the bop style, you're probably enamored with Charlie Parker's music. Miles Davis was once asked to define jazz music, to which he replied: "Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker". Of course he went on to expand the boundaries quite a bit, but still.....

    Replies: @schnellandine

    Yeah, been listening to Parker since age ~15, and was playing bop in clubs within a few years. Don’t seek it anymore, but when it comes up in shuffle, always welcome.

    You mentioned Pastorius as a Miles Davis associate. Didn’t know that. When?

    Have recently seen Davis glanced off here as more of a leader than player, but I consider him up there with the best. His transformation from bop overkill to diamond tone was pure intelligence. I got tired of most bop players who didn’t move on, frankly; don’t see it as a worthy permanent occupation—except for the originators, some of which I saw live. Anyway, Davis was the perfect launch for so many of those guys, and I was a big fan of at least 5 of them. A glorious time to be alive, and I’m grateful for the timing, especially these days.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @schnellandine

    I double checked and couldn't find any outings that include both Davis and Pastorius together. Perhaps, it was wishful thinking on my part?...I do know that Davis thought that he was a great musician and even dedicated a song in his honor:

    https://youtu.be/0PZ7jB-TwSg

    I only really came to Charlie Parker about 10 years ago. I came across a wonderful box set that included 10 CD's, an anthology of sorts. Really, great music and equally good mixing too. Since then, I've purchased a couple of other of his albums, that corresponded to his orchestral period - sweet!

    Replies: @Agathoklis

  158. @Pericles
    @Barbarossa

    It's somewhat difficult to see what Trump could have achieved due to the four year mudwrestle with the Deep State. It seems unclear whether Trump can realistically run due to age, primarily, but it would also be interesting to know what he would do the second time around. Anything different?

    With Trump and, perhaps to a greater degree, Biden, it has at the very least been shown that the presidency is not a strong office. Thus it seems likely it and its electios will remain a side show as things worsen. (I find it difficult to see how things would turn around and get better at this point, e.g., the Deep State becoming neutral rather than unabashedly leftist. How? Why?)

    Regarding principles, well, where are the principles in politics? Leftism is fully oligarch sponsored, conservatism conserves nothing, etc.

    Replies: @A123, @Barbarossa

    I do acknowledge that Trump faced an uphill fight against the entrenched establishment. However he seemingly showed up with no discernible plan as to how to win that fight. Political sea changes have happened in various places at various times, but Trump proved incapable of accomplishing anything of the sort. His political enemies bested him which should be a damning indictment in it’s own right.

    I had some cautious optimism going into Trump’s presidency, but I was quite disillusioned within a few months at his frittering approach to political influence.

    I personally explain Trump’s weak start to what I believe is the fact that he never intended of expected to win the presidency. I think he entered the Republican race as little more than a PR stunt and fully expected Hillary to win the race. I remember vividly the look of deer-in-the-headlights despair on Trump’s face as the it became clear the electoral votes were definitely swinging in his direction.

    Principles or ideology of some sort are I think necessary if one intends to radically challenge the status quo and win. Otherwise, what will provide the stability of vision which will sustain during difficulties?

    • Agree: Aedib
    • Replies: @iffen
    @Barbarossa

    if one intends to radically challenge the status quo

    He didn't have any such plans. A changed attitude toward immigration. An adversarial relationship with woke media. A brash attitude in foreign affairs. That's about all there was.

    If the economy stays in the pits, and it looks like it will, he will be re-elected in 2024. Remember, only a change of about 44,000 votes and he would have been re-elected in 2020. It is safe to say that had there been no Covid he would have been handily re-elected.

    After re-election, nothing much will change other than the three items above. He has no plans. The Republican Party has no plans. Nothing of importance will be accomplished and after 4 years the economy will have cycled out of the pits and Dems will ride a wave in 2028.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123

    , @A123
    @Barbarossa


    I do acknowledge that Trump faced an uphill fight against the entrenched establishment. However he seemingly showed up with no discernible plan as to how to win that fight.
     
    Let us examine you claim of no discernible plan. Here are some critical facts that encumbered any plan:

    -- MAGA never controlled the House (Appropriations)
    -- MAGA never controlled the Senate (Confirmations)
    -- Jeff "The Betrayer" Sessions let Mueller's Impeachment investigation run amok

    Impossible expectations are unreasonable. So, what *achievable* discernible plan were you expecting to see that you didn't see?

    Be specific! Please explain exactly what *achievable* discernible plan was missed.

    -1- What *achievable* action did you need to see as evidence of discernible plan?
    -2- How would the discernible plan have *achieved* funding via non-MAGA House (Appropriations)?
    -3- What subordinate(s) would have *achieved* Senate (Confirmation) to run the discernible plan?

    You will find it quite difficult, even with 20/20 hindsight, to craft an *achievable* discernible plan within the Constitutional & political limitations.
    ______

    Based on realistic expectations, Trump did quite well.

    We all would have liked to see more, but Judas Sessions delivered a crippling & unexpected blow to his administration. That single act crushed any plan based on moving the Senate -- Away from Establishment control / Towards MAGA policy.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
  159. @mal
    @Mr. Hack

    Yea, those are RC toy planes. To the best of my knowledge, lightened up MiG 29 can pull off something like that (nose up hover), but not Sukhoy heavy fighter.

    Still, very impressive in the video :) As for music, that's Eurodance style that Russians faithfully preserve, carry forward, and innovate upon. Russia will be the cultural preservation center of Europe if things continue as they are.

    *Eurodance is electronic music in Europe from late 80's to late 90's.

    Replies: @LatW

    To the best of my knowledge, lightened up MiG 29 can pull off something like that (nose up hover).

    I wonder how the pilot is feeling. 🙂

    As for music, that’s Eurodance style that Russians faithfully preserve, carry forward, and innovate upon.

    That’s just good old туц тац with some melodic synth added.

  160. @LatW
    @Dmitry


    Yes you can see the air show has hired contemporary professional club dancers for that clip,
     
    Come one, those are not real dancers, but just chicks showing up looking a certain way (ehem) to generate excitement. They're like brand ambassadors.


    because it is always the distinctive energy saving, robotic dancing style
     
    The real German EBM dance style is actually not "energy saving" at all, but quite intense. First of all, it is typically twice as fast as what those chicks are doing in your video. Also, it takes quite some energy to keep your core muscles rigid to do those mechanical, robotic routines. You keep your shoulders in a straight line with your hips. It may actually be easier for a guy, although some German chicks do it very well, too.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    dance style is actually not “energy saving” at all, but

    Yes but those people are doing it for enjoyment.

    Whereas club dancers have to clock in hours of this every night, so they need to do it with autopilot.

    It’s like the same energy saving dance moves are all standardized across the country, without much regional variation, as if they study it from a textbook.

    Well probably nowadays learn from YouTube

    generate excitement. They’re like brand ambassadors

    In Russian nightclubs, they also have more dancers, entertainers, audience interactive competition, foam spraying from above, magicians, indoor fireworks (this is not a good idea e.g. in Perm).

    The more fun is just because of the low cost of labour in the postsoviet space of course.

    Labour is so cheap, it’s still affordable to hire real people to entertain drunk people. Whereas in some hipster Western club you can probably hardly afford to pay for the DJ and the electricity bill.

    2am is still more fun in Russia there is a whole pantomime, comedians, and magicians.

    One of strange things of the last few years in Russia, is apparently that “Cabaret” became fashionable. I don’t even know what “Cabaret” is apparently supposed to be. This is some kind apparent of new fashion that emerges from after my time.

    From reading reviews, all I can understand apparently this is like an expensive restaurant where you can eat oysters while watching magicians (with snakes), dancing girls, where they can also just hire “women of low social responsibility” to go to a private room. They just needed to add dancing bears and indoor fireworks (well maybe not e.g. Perm).

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @Dmitry


    don’t even know what “Cabaret” is apparently supposed to be. This is some kind apparent of new fashion that emerges from after my time.

     

    I started to experience an emigration culture shock - aside from to watch the fencing, this is also an expensive restaurant.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq8ldb8p6pk
    , @LatW
    @Dmitry


    I don’t even know what “Cabaret” is apparently supposed to be.
     
    Oh, stop pretending, young man. :) Anyway... it looks like it's hard to come up with something new. These shows are a little too decadent for my taste, but I can attest that Russians do have a great dance practice tradition. Not just high end things like ballet or Olympic sports, but even dance and working out for normal people (although my favorite is probably the krav maga style dance that the spetsnaz does).

    My sister used to have a Russian gymnastics coach back in the day when she was very young and oh boy. It was serious exercise that really helped develop discipline and stamina. You know what other type of dancing is pretty hard? Folk dance. It looks easy but it's not! It's insane cardio.

    But you're right about these clubs, these go-go dancers probably don't charge more than $50 per hour for showing up like that. Although there might be some high end places in Moscow, who knows.

    They just needed to add dancing bears
     
    Please, no. It's too cruel and the bear is a sacred totem animal.

    indoor fireworks (well maybe not e.g. Perm)
     
    Wow, it says 117 died there. That's insane. See, honey, this is the kind of sh*t you Russkies do that is kind of scary and awe inspiring but also very often ends up like a complete disaster. What a tragedy. :(

    Replies: @Dmitry

  161. @German_reader
    https://www.newsweek.com/gay-conservatives-launch-arabic-farsi-campaigns-reach-gays-abroad-opinion-1645670

    Replies: @songbird

    Don’t know if I am too cynical, but I immediately think of gay tourism.

    IIRC, there is some sort of gay NGO in Canada that specializes in importing gays from these countries. Hard not to see some hidden purpose in it.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @songbird


    gay tourism.

     

    My impression from Israel is that marketing for gay tourism is one of the world's most cynical games.


    For example Israel is describing themselves as the centre of LGBT in the Middle East, and seemed to be able to access the LGBT tourism market, and generate millions of dollars of the tourism from nice, middle class, non-religious European LGBT people.

    Also the LGBT brand separates Tel Aviv branding from Israel to an extent, and separates itself from the negative image most Europeans have of Israel, where they view Israel as "evil right-wing country".

    Problem is that the main tourism to Israel is still religious people. So you have to try to separate the two public relations campaigns from each other.

    You can see on YouTube, they never promote LGBT on the main Israel YouTube channel. As most of the tourism for Israel are religious people who could be angry. But the Israelis can present the LGBT angle when they talk to the secular European people, who love LGBT.

    -


    Israel is also clever how they boast about having the "only gay beach in the Middle East".

    But this is just Hilton beach with a rainbow flag. It cost Israel about $10 to buy the rainbow flag and add it to pre-existing Hilton Beach.

    This is "only gay beach in the Middle East" but I think it is just a normal beach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ7ya7jMpBo. The Israelis act like it is a normal beach, but they tell the tourists in the marketing brochure that it is a "special LGBT beach".

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

  162. @songbird
    @mal

    Don't know if my ideas are behind the times, but I keep imagining spacewar will be something like the Skyrora Space Tug grabbing hold of a Türksat and threatening to deorbit it, cutting off all Turkish soaps, and setting the Middle East on fire, unless Erdogan stops selling drones to Azerbaijan. But, maybe, that's archaic, and all the soaps will move to LEO and be shot down with lasers.

    Replies: @mal

    Well, that’s kinda what all the space junk removal talk is all about. Nobody ever mentions if space junk is cooperative or non-cooperative. If it’s not cooperative, you increase your delta v budget and beat it down until it is cooperative.

    Same deal with “remote sensing”. You need satellites to keep an eye on those geese flocks – geese are violent and can bite hard. So of course keeping tabs on them is a national security issue. Can’t have those geese running wild.

    It is a mere side benefit that the satellite constellation designed to keep track of potentially malicious geese can also note operations of Turkish drones and help direct artillery rocket such as Iskander towards their command center.

    Generally speaking, for the next decade, all the satellite launches will be about geese monitoring (greatest threat to humanity), whatever they will call it – environmental or atmospheric studies. Incidentally, they will also monitor hypersonic weapons test tracks. But mostly geese. Also, rural Alabama teenagers playing video games. Low latency control over killer robot army will be rather coincidental to helping teenagers achieve fast reaction times and victories in shooting games.

    Lasers will come later as by 2030 space junk problem will become intolerable. So whether it cooperates or not, space junk will be removed from orbit. The only question that matters is who gets to define what is space junk to be removed.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @mal

    My theory of war is that the big guys won't fight each other. Too scared of nukes, or of a revolution, so the point of having a carrier is to scare someone like the Arabs.

    If we extend this to spacewar, big powers going all out might be damned inconvenient. Nobody wants a real war, and all those spy sats help discourage one. Shooting them down would be bad, might even cause Kessler syndrome. But Nigeria only has three satellites. Taking out one, NigComSat, would be a big inconvenience for Nigeria, but their retaliatory ability is pretty limited. Makes them an easy target to bully. No need to shoot it down, just show that you have the capacity to end the broadcast of those Nollywood soaps.


    The only question that matters is who gets to define what is space junk to be removed.
     
    Lot of ways to interpret "cleaning the trash from LEO."
  163. @Dmitry
    @LatW


    dance style is actually not “energy saving” at all, but
     
    Yes but those people are doing it for enjoyment.

    Whereas club dancers have to clock in hours of this every night, so they need to do it with autopilot.

    It's like the same energy saving dance moves are all standardized across the country, without much regional variation, as if they study it from a textbook.

    Well probably nowadays learn from YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTHyT1_ni9U


    generate excitement. They’re like brand ambassadors
     
    In Russian nightclubs, they also have more dancers, entertainers, audience interactive competition, foam spraying from above, magicians, indoor fireworks (this is not a good idea e.g. in Perm).

    The more fun is just because of the low cost of labour in the postsoviet space of course.

    Labour is so cheap, it's still affordable to hire real people to entertain drunk people. Whereas in some hipster Western club you can probably hardly afford to pay for the DJ and the electricity bill.

    2am is still more fun in Russia there is a whole pantomime, comedians, and magicians.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OHevNkt01w


    -

    One of strange things of the last few years in Russia, is apparently that "Cabaret" became fashionable. I don't even know what "Cabaret" is apparently supposed to be. This is some kind apparent of new fashion that emerges from after my time.

    From reading reviews, all I can understand apparently this is like an expensive restaurant where you can eat oysters while watching magicians (with snakes), dancing girls, where they can also just hire "women of low social responsibility" to go to a private room. They just needed to add dancing bears and indoor fireworks (well maybe not e.g. Perm).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJAH38r2WPg

    Replies: @Dmitry, @LatW

    don’t even know what “Cabaret” is apparently supposed to be. This is some kind apparent of new fashion that emerges from after my time.

    I started to experience an emigration culture shock – aside from to watch the fencing, this is also an expensive restaurant.

  164. @mal
    @songbird

    Well, that's kinda what all the space junk removal talk is all about. Nobody ever mentions if space junk is cooperative or non-cooperative. If it's not cooperative, you increase your delta v budget and beat it down until it is cooperative.

    Same deal with "remote sensing". You need satellites to keep an eye on those geese flocks - geese are violent and can bite hard. So of course keeping tabs on them is a national security issue. Can't have those geese running wild.

    It is a mere side benefit that the satellite constellation designed to keep track of potentially malicious geese can also note operations of Turkish drones and help direct artillery rocket such as Iskander towards their command center.

    Generally speaking, for the next decade, all the satellite launches will be about geese monitoring (greatest threat to humanity), whatever they will call it - environmental or atmospheric studies. Incidentally, they will also monitor hypersonic weapons test tracks. But mostly geese. Also, rural Alabama teenagers playing video games. Low latency control over killer robot army will be rather coincidental to helping teenagers achieve fast reaction times and victories in shooting games.

    Lasers will come later as by 2030 space junk problem will become intolerable. So whether it cooperates or not, space junk will be removed from orbit. The only question that matters is who gets to define what is space junk to be removed.

    Replies: @songbird

    My theory of war is that the big guys won’t fight each other. Too scared of nukes, or of a revolution, so the point of having a carrier is to scare someone like the Arabs.

    If we extend this to spacewar, big powers going all out might be damned inconvenient. Nobody wants a real war, and all those spy sats help discourage one. Shooting them down would be bad, might even cause Kessler syndrome. But Nigeria only has three satellites. Taking out one, NigComSat, would be a big inconvenience for Nigeria, but their retaliatory ability is pretty limited. Makes them an easy target to bully. No need to shoot it down, just show that you have the capacity to end the broadcast of those Nollywood soaps.

    The only question that matters is who gets to define what is space junk to be removed.

    Lot of ways to interpret “cleaning the trash from LEO.”

    • Agree: mal
  165. https://medium.com/@ryan79z28/im-a-twenty-year-truck-driver-i-will-tell-you-why-america-s-shipping-crisis-will-not-end-bbe0ebac6a91

    An excellent article about the supply chain issues. This confirms some of the thoughts I’ve had observing that this looks like it’s spiraling.

  166. New Hampshire is down to 88% white. In my youth, I remember seeing exactly one black in the state, who was on vacation, not far over the border. Old-time New Englanders are often stereotyped as woke, but it was not really true:

    [MORE]

    At an early hour, the people of this town and of the neighboring towns assembled, full of the spirit of ’75 [sic], to the number of about three hundred, with between ninety and one hundred yoke of oxen, and with all necessary materials for the completion of the undertaking. Many of the most respectable and wealthy farmers of this and the adjacent towns rendered their assistance on this occasion….

    The work was commenced and carried on with very little noise, considering the number engaged, until the building was safely landed on the common near the Baptist meeting-house, where it stands, …the monument of the folly of those living spirits, who are struggling to destroy what our fathers have gained.[13]

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

  167. @schnellandine
    @Mr. Hack

    Yeah, been listening to Parker since age ~15, and was playing bop in clubs within a few years. Don't seek it anymore, but when it comes up in shuffle, always welcome.

    You mentioned Pastorius as a Miles Davis associate. Didn't know that. When?

    Have recently seen Davis glanced off here as more of a leader than player, but I consider him up there with the best. His transformation from bop overkill to diamond tone was pure intelligence. I got tired of most bop players who didn't move on, frankly; don't see it as a worthy permanent occupation—except for the originators, some of which I saw live. Anyway, Davis was the perfect launch for so many of those guys, and I was a big fan of at least 5 of them. A glorious time to be alive, and I'm grateful for the timing, especially these days.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    I double checked and couldn’t find any outings that include both Davis and Pastorius together. Perhaps, it was wishful thinking on my part?…I do know that Davis thought that he was a great musician and even dedicated a song in his honor:

    I only really came to Charlie Parker about 10 years ago. I came across a wonderful box set that included 10 CD’s, an anthology of sorts. Really, great music and equally good mixing too. Since then, I’ve purchased a couple of other of his albums, that corresponded to his orchestral period – sweet!

    • Thanks: schnellandine
    • Replies: @Agathoklis
    @Mr. Hack

    The second Miles Davis Quintet was clearly the apex of American jazz/improvisational music. Sure, there was some highlights later such as Frank Zappa and Eric Dolphy but the consistent brilliance of that group will never be bettered.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  168. @songbird
    @German_reader

    Don't know if I am too cynical, but I immediately think of gay tourism.

    IIRC, there is some sort of gay NGO in Canada that specializes in importing gays from these countries. Hard not to see some hidden purpose in it.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    gay tourism.

    My impression from Israel is that marketing for gay tourism is one of the world’s most cynical games.

    For example Israel is describing themselves as the centre of LGBT in the Middle East, and seemed to be able to access the LGBT tourism market, and generate millions of dollars of the tourism from nice, middle class, non-religious European LGBT people.

    Also the LGBT brand separates Tel Aviv branding from Israel to an extent, and separates itself from the negative image most Europeans have of Israel, where they view Israel as “evil right-wing country”.

    Problem is that the main tourism to Israel is still religious people. So you have to try to separate the two public relations campaigns from each other.

    You can see on YouTube, they never promote LGBT on the main Israel YouTube channel. As most of the tourism for Israel are religious people who could be angry. But the Israelis can present the LGBT angle when they talk to the secular European people, who love LGBT.

    Israel is also clever how they boast about having the “only gay beach in the Middle East”.

    But this is just Hilton beach with a rainbow flag. It cost Israel about \$10 to buy the rainbow flag and add it to pre-existing Hilton Beach.

    This is “only gay beach in the Middle East” but I think it is just a normal beach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ7ya7jMpBo. The Israelis act like it is a normal beach, but they tell the tourists in the marketing brochure that it is a “special LGBT beach”.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Dmitry

    Not sure about Israel, but my hunch is that if these Western NGOs go and try to do their indoctrination in the 9 countries they mentioned above, they'll have their asses handed to them. It may not be safe for them. They'll probably enlist some poor local "activist" who will so provoke and enrage the locals that he'll end up suffering harshly and then the Western NGOs will scream "Hate crime!".

    , @songbird
    @Dmitry


    I wish I could buy stocks in the gay tourism industry.
     
    TBH, I was thinking of it more in the sense of slumming, or the sex trade, as a lot of these countries have very low per capita. (How HIV made it to the First World.) It is one of my theories that, since the steamship, gays have gone slumming in some of these very backward places. And that for example, that is why Roger Casement took his first job in the Congo. Or why Anderson Cooper defended Haiti after Trump's comments (though I am sure he stayed in a fancy place.) Or why Arthur C. Clarke lived in Madagascar. I think Foucault was another.

    But, on a different note, I have always been puzzled how it is that certain places become hot spots for gays, like Providencetown (also a beach spot), or San Francisco. I think part of it is that gays have more disposable income, but I still find it hard to figure out why those particular areas. I suppose part of it must be network effect.

    In America, gays are often seen as the shocktroops of gentrification in cities, as they don't have to worry about their kids being attacked. Maybe, a similar thing could be said about tourism? I don't know...

    Replies: @Pericles, @Svidomyatheart, @Dmitry

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Dmitry


    The Israelis act like it is a normal beach, but they tell the tourists in the marketing brochure that it is a “special LGBT beach”.
     
    Are there any L BT's on that beach?

    My a priori is absolutely not. I found this Florida outfit with google search on lesbian beach but that looks to me like a great business to go broke in really really fast.

    https://www.outcoast.com/events/biggest-lesbian-beach-party-2021/
  169. @Dmitry
    @LatW


    dance style is actually not “energy saving” at all, but
     
    Yes but those people are doing it for enjoyment.

    Whereas club dancers have to clock in hours of this every night, so they need to do it with autopilot.

    It's like the same energy saving dance moves are all standardized across the country, without much regional variation, as if they study it from a textbook.

    Well probably nowadays learn from YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTHyT1_ni9U


    generate excitement. They’re like brand ambassadors
     
    In Russian nightclubs, they also have more dancers, entertainers, audience interactive competition, foam spraying from above, magicians, indoor fireworks (this is not a good idea e.g. in Perm).

    The more fun is just because of the low cost of labour in the postsoviet space of course.

    Labour is so cheap, it's still affordable to hire real people to entertain drunk people. Whereas in some hipster Western club you can probably hardly afford to pay for the DJ and the electricity bill.

    2am is still more fun in Russia there is a whole pantomime, comedians, and magicians.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OHevNkt01w


    -

    One of strange things of the last few years in Russia, is apparently that "Cabaret" became fashionable. I don't even know what "Cabaret" is apparently supposed to be. This is some kind apparent of new fashion that emerges from after my time.

    From reading reviews, all I can understand apparently this is like an expensive restaurant where you can eat oysters while watching magicians (with snakes), dancing girls, where they can also just hire "women of low social responsibility" to go to a private room. They just needed to add dancing bears and indoor fireworks (well maybe not e.g. Perm).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJAH38r2WPg

    Replies: @Dmitry, @LatW

    I don’t even know what “Cabaret” is apparently supposed to be.

    Oh, stop pretending, young man. 🙂 Anyway… it looks like it’s hard to come up with something new. These shows are a little too decadent for my taste, but I can attest that Russians do have a great dance practice tradition. Not just high end things like ballet or Olympic sports, but even dance and working out for normal people (although my favorite is probably the krav maga style dance that the spetsnaz does).

    My sister used to have a Russian gymnastics coach back in the day when she was very young and oh boy. It was serious exercise that really helped develop discipline and stamina. You know what other type of dancing is pretty hard? Folk dance. It looks easy but it’s not! It’s insane cardio.

    But you’re right about these clubs, these go-go dancers probably don’t charge more than \$50 per hour for showing up like that. Although there might be some high end places in Moscow, who knows.

    They just needed to add dancing bears

    Please, no. It’s too cruel and the bear is a sacred totem animal.

    indoor fireworks (well maybe not e.g. Perm)

    Wow, it says 117 died there. That’s insane. See, honey, this is the kind of sh*t you Russkies do that is kind of scary and awe inspiring but also very often ends up like a complete disaster. What a tragedy. 🙁

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @LatW


    stop pretending, young man
     
    Lol I am sounding very naïve.
    I understand people will always want to go to see strippers, and hire the "women of low social responsibility", to go with you to "private rooms". But I didn't know there is nowadays the demand to mix this with a magician show, seafood restaurant, and artistic fencing performances.

    I can attest that Russians do have a great dance practice

     

    Yes it's something (figure skating, gymnastics, ballet) that matches to the mentality, also like classical piano achievements.

    -

    But what do you think about these new fashions like pole dancing exercise studios that open in the cities in Russia?

    On one hand, it's great for exercise. And I even don't think necessarily there is anything wrong with pole dancing.

    On the other hand, if I had a daughter in the future, you would not encourage her to choose this exercise class, as it could be too easy to transition into the professional version (which overlaps with the prostitution) and where their salary is higher than a doctor.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8abt8_G780


    , it says 117 died there. That’s insane. See, honey, this is the kind of sh*t you Russkies do that
     
    It killed 156 people. (graphic, if you were curious - you can see these idiot club allowed the fire on the bamboo roof at 11:30 and still continued the show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orNL9bnZvH0.). I guess the only thing to say is to always remember where the exit is when you go into any crowded buildings. If you notice any smoke, stay near the exit.

    Replies: @LatW

  170. @Dmitry
    @songbird


    gay tourism.

     

    My impression from Israel is that marketing for gay tourism is one of the world's most cynical games.


    For example Israel is describing themselves as the centre of LGBT in the Middle East, and seemed to be able to access the LGBT tourism market, and generate millions of dollars of the tourism from nice, middle class, non-religious European LGBT people.

    Also the LGBT brand separates Tel Aviv branding from Israel to an extent, and separates itself from the negative image most Europeans have of Israel, where they view Israel as "evil right-wing country".

    Problem is that the main tourism to Israel is still religious people. So you have to try to separate the two public relations campaigns from each other.

    You can see on YouTube, they never promote LGBT on the main Israel YouTube channel. As most of the tourism for Israel are religious people who could be angry. But the Israelis can present the LGBT angle when they talk to the secular European people, who love LGBT.

    -


    Israel is also clever how they boast about having the "only gay beach in the Middle East".

    But this is just Hilton beach with a rainbow flag. It cost Israel about $10 to buy the rainbow flag and add it to pre-existing Hilton Beach.

    This is "only gay beach in the Middle East" but I think it is just a normal beach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ7ya7jMpBo. The Israelis act like it is a normal beach, but they tell the tourists in the marketing brochure that it is a "special LGBT beach".

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

    Not sure about Israel, but my hunch is that if these Western NGOs go and try to do their indoctrination in the 9 countries they mentioned above, they’ll have their asses handed to them. It may not be safe for them. They’ll probably enlist some poor local “activist” who will so provoke and enrage the locals that he’ll end up suffering harshly and then the Western NGOs will scream “Hate crime!”.

  171. @Dmitry
    @songbird


    gay tourism.

     

    My impression from Israel is that marketing for gay tourism is one of the world's most cynical games.


    For example Israel is describing themselves as the centre of LGBT in the Middle East, and seemed to be able to access the LGBT tourism market, and generate millions of dollars of the tourism from nice, middle class, non-religious European LGBT people.

    Also the LGBT brand separates Tel Aviv branding from Israel to an extent, and separates itself from the negative image most Europeans have of Israel, where they view Israel as "evil right-wing country".

    Problem is that the main tourism to Israel is still religious people. So you have to try to separate the two public relations campaigns from each other.

    You can see on YouTube, they never promote LGBT on the main Israel YouTube channel. As most of the tourism for Israel are religious people who could be angry. But the Israelis can present the LGBT angle when they talk to the secular European people, who love LGBT.

    -


    Israel is also clever how they boast about having the "only gay beach in the Middle East".

    But this is just Hilton beach with a rainbow flag. It cost Israel about $10 to buy the rainbow flag and add it to pre-existing Hilton Beach.

    This is "only gay beach in the Middle East" but I think it is just a normal beach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ7ya7jMpBo. The Israelis act like it is a normal beach, but they tell the tourists in the marketing brochure that it is a "special LGBT beach".

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

    I wish I could buy stocks in the gay tourism industry.

    TBH, I was thinking of it more in the sense of slumming, or the sex trade, as a lot of these countries have very low per capita. (How HIV made it to the First World.) It is one of my theories that, since the steamship, gays have gone slumming in some of these very backward places. And that for example, that is why Roger Casement took his first job in the Congo. Or why Anderson Cooper defended Haiti after Trump’s comments (though I am sure he stayed in a fancy place.) Or why Arthur C. Clarke lived in Madagascar. I think Foucault was another.

    But, on a different note, I have always been puzzled how it is that certain places become hot spots for gays, like Providencetown (also a beach spot), or San Francisco. I think part of it is that gays have more disposable income, but I still find it hard to figure out why those particular areas. I suppose part of it must be network effect.

    In America, gays are often seen as the shocktroops of gentrification in cities, as they don’t have to worry about their kids being attacked. Maybe, a similar thing could be said about tourism? I don’t know…

    • Replies: @Pericles
    @songbird


    Or why Arthur C. Clarke lived in Madagascar.
     
    (Sri Lanka)

    Tangiers was a popular spot too, for much the same reason. I seem to recall plenty of degenerate writers ending up there.
    , @Svidomyatheart
    @songbird

    Read this, a comprehensive thread on how the aids started and about whats on the minds of these perverse creatures.

    https://archive.vn/AJNMS

    Niccolo actually posted it here a few times before. Its a shame he disabled his Salo forum in favor of Substack money though.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @Emil Nikola Richard

    , @Dmitry
    @songbird

    My sense is that on average identifying-themselves sexual minority people, are more middle class, higher educated and higher income, than average people.

    One reason is maybe because in more difficult proletarian society, sexual minority people repress this social identity. But in more gentle, bourgeois society, this demographic are encouraged to be openly identifying as LGBT.

    So the openly identifying LGBT are at much higher rates in bourgeois society - i.e. their self-identification is much higher in this class.

    There might be some other correlations. In my industry, there seem to be not so many LGBT - except among women.

    There's an underproportion of women in the tech industry, but my sense is that of the underrepresented women there is a higher proportion of LGBT and non-binary.


    Anderson Cooper defended Haiti
     
    The wealthy LGBT hipsters of YouTube, don't seem to recommend Haiti lol. And that's despite being somekind of "expert level" travel bloggers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X25WAXmmVm0.

    By comparison, they recommend Bahrain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz2sOvBc63k.

    LGBT tourists would be usually middle class European people (or European Americans), with higher incomes, liberal virtue-signalling politics, - i.e. co-extensive with hipsters.

    The stereotypes of these bourgeois liberals, is to pretend they like poor places and bohemianism, but not actually like them. They would like "shabby-chic", not "shabby" much.

    I would guess Tel Aviv would be just on the margin of acceptability in terms of shabbiness for this market. Central Moscow (which turned into a gay hipster paradise) would be the ideal for them - but there is a recent problem of inference of politics in the international marketing for that.


    beach spot), or San Francisco.
     
    From the example of San Francisco.
    It makes me think that maybe because the historic LGBT culture have taste for liberal politics, good architecture, urban planning and booming economy. On the other hand, it could show a revealed preference for economic inequality.

    San Francisco is one of the more architecturally and naturally beautiful cities in the USA, with the country's most successful economy. On the other hand, it has terrible problems of inequality and homeless.

    So the fact it is still popular with LGBT culture, can show the culture has high tolerance for these ultra-unequal conditions. Los Angeles is also similar.


    gays are often seen as the shocktroops of gentrification in cities

     

    I would guess because the openly-identifying LGBT people have been historically more bourgeois. In the proletarian culture (which is more frequent in America, with the African-Americans) there is less of the luxury of toleration, and so the LGBT are more repressing their identity.

    Historic centre of the LGBT culture, were movements like the "Bloomsbury Group". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsbury_Group These were ultra-elitist social groups.

    In recent years, LGBT culture became more mainstream in the West, and maybe this will result in the demographic becoming more representative of lower classes than it has been historically.

    Replies: @songbird, @Barbarossa

  172. @songbird
    @Dmitry


    I wish I could buy stocks in the gay tourism industry.
     
    TBH, I was thinking of it more in the sense of slumming, or the sex trade, as a lot of these countries have very low per capita. (How HIV made it to the First World.) It is one of my theories that, since the steamship, gays have gone slumming in some of these very backward places. And that for example, that is why Roger Casement took his first job in the Congo. Or why Anderson Cooper defended Haiti after Trump's comments (though I am sure he stayed in a fancy place.) Or why Arthur C. Clarke lived in Madagascar. I think Foucault was another.

    But, on a different note, I have always been puzzled how it is that certain places become hot spots for gays, like Providencetown (also a beach spot), or San Francisco. I think part of it is that gays have more disposable income, but I still find it hard to figure out why those particular areas. I suppose part of it must be network effect.

    In America, gays are often seen as the shocktroops of gentrification in cities, as they don't have to worry about their kids being attacked. Maybe, a similar thing could be said about tourism? I don't know...

    Replies: @Pericles, @Svidomyatheart, @Dmitry

    Or why Arthur C. Clarke lived in Madagascar.

    (Sri Lanka)

    Tangiers was a popular spot too, for much the same reason. I seem to recall plenty of degenerate writers ending up there.

    • Thanks: songbird
  173. @songbird
    @Dmitry


    I wish I could buy stocks in the gay tourism industry.
     
    TBH, I was thinking of it more in the sense of slumming, or the sex trade, as a lot of these countries have very low per capita. (How HIV made it to the First World.) It is one of my theories that, since the steamship, gays have gone slumming in some of these very backward places. And that for example, that is why Roger Casement took his first job in the Congo. Or why Anderson Cooper defended Haiti after Trump's comments (though I am sure he stayed in a fancy place.) Or why Arthur C. Clarke lived in Madagascar. I think Foucault was another.

    But, on a different note, I have always been puzzled how it is that certain places become hot spots for gays, like Providencetown (also a beach spot), or San Francisco. I think part of it is that gays have more disposable income, but I still find it hard to figure out why those particular areas. I suppose part of it must be network effect.

    In America, gays are often seen as the shocktroops of gentrification in cities, as they don't have to worry about their kids being attacked. Maybe, a similar thing could be said about tourism? I don't know...

    Replies: @Pericles, @Svidomyatheart, @Dmitry

    Read this, a comprehensive thread on how the aids started and about whats on the minds of these perverse creatures.

    https://archive.vn/AJNMS

    Niccolo actually posted it here a few times before. Its a shame he disabled his Salo forum in favor of Substack money though.

    • Thanks: songbird
    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @Svidomyatheart

    Is HIV bioweapon?

    Replies: @songbird, @That Would Be Telling

    , @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Svidomyatheart

    The Dubrovnik Interviews: Marc Andreessen - Interviewed by a Retard

    https://niccolo.substack.com/p/the-dubrovnik-interviews-marc-andreessen

  174. @Svidomyatheart
    @songbird

    Read this, a comprehensive thread on how the aids started and about whats on the minds of these perverse creatures.

    https://archive.vn/AJNMS

    Niccolo actually posted it here a few times before. Its a shame he disabled his Salo forum in favor of Substack money though.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @Emil Nikola Richard

    Is HIV bioweapon?

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Yellowface Anon

    Super-gays are Mother Nature's biowarfare lab. It is just how stuff works.

    That is why I advocate shipping super-gays (estimate <10% of gay pop) off to some isolated, tropical island. Could be their paradise and Sodom and Gomorrah, but travel would be only one way. No need to maintain police to constantly chase them (at least if you are a based country). And we would be able to have clean public bathrooms again, or at least be one step closer in getting there.

    Replies: @Svidomyatheart

    , @That Would Be Telling
    @Yellowface Anon


    Is HIV bioweapon?
     
    Songbird is right, but in general we think not. Biggest issue is that it's a retrovirus, violates the naive version of the "central dogma" of molecular genetics, with a lot of errors transcribes its RNA into DNA, then integrates it into the highjacked cell's genome.

    This class of viruses was officially, publicly discovered around 1970, and it's not the sort of thing a germ warfare effort would be likely to find on its own, vs. starting with known biological things. Stored samples of tissue etc. with HIV go back to 1959, and internal evidence of mutations suggests the first strain jumped from primates to humans ~1910.

    OK, it's possible germ warfare scientists followed the Peter Daszak/EcoHealth Alliance thing, exited their comfy labs and went out and discovered exotic primate viruses, and without needing to know how they worked, did the gain of function thing and adapted them to humans. But unless you want to kill "super-gays" as Songbird put it, and intravenous drug users, while for some time making it a deadly risk for you and yours to get blood transfusions like after an unpredictable accident, and also hazard a lot of healthcare workers it doesn't make any sense as a bioweapon. Whereas a zoonotic species jump to Africans to white super-gays path that happened multiple times makes complete sense.
  175. @Barbarossa
    @Pericles

    I do acknowledge that Trump faced an uphill fight against the entrenched establishment. However he seemingly showed up with no discernible plan as to how to win that fight. Political sea changes have happened in various places at various times, but Trump proved incapable of accomplishing anything of the sort. His political enemies bested him which should be a damning indictment in it's own right.

    I had some cautious optimism going into Trump's presidency, but I was quite disillusioned within a few months at his frittering approach to political influence.

    I personally explain Trump's weak start to what I believe is the fact that he never intended of expected to win the presidency. I think he entered the Republican race as little more than a PR stunt and fully expected Hillary to win the race. I remember vividly the look of deer-in-the-headlights despair on Trump's face as the it became clear the electoral votes were definitely swinging in his direction.

    Principles or ideology of some sort are I think necessary if one intends to radically challenge the status quo and win. Otherwise, what will provide the stability of vision which will sustain during difficulties?

    Replies: @iffen, @A123

    if one intends to radically challenge the status quo

    He didn’t have any such plans. A changed attitude toward immigration. An adversarial relationship with woke media. A brash attitude in foreign affairs. That’s about all there was.

    If the economy stays in the pits, and it looks like it will, he will be re-elected in 2024. Remember, only a change of about 44,000 votes and he would have been re-elected in 2020. It is safe to say that had there been no Covid he would have been handily re-elected.

    After re-election, nothing much will change other than the three items above. He has no plans. The Republican Party has no plans. Nothing of importance will be accomplished and after 4 years the economy will have cycled out of the pits and Dems will ride a wave in 2028.

    • Agree: Barbarossa
    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @iffen

    Ask A123 for the plans. The first thing to do is to "avenge" his banning from most social media by their confiscation. Then reopen anything left standing and tell everyone that has gone in the meantime Galt to come out of their Gulches, as the biggest electoral reward ever. After that his hardened advisors and the Trumpist crowd will fill in the rest, "correcting" the course far to the right, which will put whatever the Biden crowd can come up with to shame. After that Trumpists will try to rebuild American "republicanism" on Putinist models, likely with Donald Jr. or Ivanka as the designated successor.

    This is why I'm not sure if there will be an election in 2024 - some excuse can be used to postpone it or introduce a higher level of voting irregularities.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    , @A123
    @iffen


    After re-election, nothing much will change other than the three items above. He has no plans. The Republican Party has no plans. Nothing of importance will be accomplished
     
    Apparently as a #NeverMAGA doom caller, you missed the plan for MAGA governance. Let me repeat it for you.
    ________

    There is a huge amount that a MAGA Presidency supported by a MAGA Legislature can do.

    On energy policy — Cancel wind & solar subsidies. Remove restrictions on domestic hydro carbon fuels.

    On Visas — Sharply cut visa classes that are associated with U.S. Citizen wage suppression (H1, H2, OPT, etc.).

    On Reindustrialization — Take steps to mandate domestic extraction of raw materials and production of national security goods.

    On Taxes and Outsourcing — Pass a $50K+ surcharge tax on every outsourced job (direct and contractor). Keep this charge completely separate from income & other taxes that may dilute the financial impact with offsetting credits.

    On Education — Make openly racist propaganda in the schools illegal as child abuse. Fake teachers who get caught damaging students with CRT go on the “Child Abuser Registry” and are permanently barred from jobs that interact with children.

    On the FBI (and similar agencies) — Investigate, remove, and convict corrupt officials who illegally spied on Americans in a deliberate attempt to undermine the Rule of Law. Follow the chain up to those who funded and controlled the effort.
    _____

    I could go on. The key is *avoiding unreasonable expectations*. The Lügenpresse will deploy trickery in an attempt to fracture the MAGA base. It is impossible to deliver 100% of everything immediately and perfectly.

    A MAGA House for Appropriations combined with a MAGA Senate for Confirmations is huge. However, the chances of obtaining 60 Senators is fairly slim. Even after a win, some things will require compromise to clear the Filibuster.

    Again, It took decades of SJW malevolence to dig this hole. It is going to take significant time & effort to repair the damage.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @iffen

  176. Wonder if the difference in out-of-wedlock births in Taiwan (4%) when compared to Japan (2%) and Korea (1.5%) is explained in part by the indigenous Austronesians and admixing with them. Or, maybe, Taiwan is just the gayest of the three?

    Though it does all seam like a rounding era, when compared to Western societies now.

  177. @Yellowface Anon
    @Svidomyatheart

    Is HIV bioweapon?

    Replies: @songbird, @That Would Be Telling

    Super-gays are Mother Nature’s biowarfare lab. It is just how stuff works.

    That is why I advocate shipping super-gays (estimate <10% of gay pop) off to some isolated, tropical island. Could be their paradise and Sodom and Gomorrah, but travel would be only one way. No need to maintain police to constantly chase them (at least if you are a based country). And we would be able to have clean public bathrooms again, or at least be one step closer in getting there.

    • Replies: @Svidomyatheart
    @songbird

    ^^

    Read this and despair...some excerpts from that thread

    https://i.imgur.com/7bCD03P.png

    https://i.imgur.com/PEDDDUz.jpg

    It sucks some pictures dont load. I still remember scrolling through that horror thread...some of the images showed that they made a website and a forum for themselves where they'd try to specifically infect other people on purpose/get infected themselves.
    These ultra narcissistic "humans" or demons as id call them have 1000's of partners...yes you're probably going to get a disease if you have that many partners but they don't care they only care about themselves.

    They were LITERALLY trying to pozz themselves..ASKING for pozzed people to fuck them to spread it. And the US and West Europe is trying to spread this degenerate practice here its as if Ukraine doesnt have enough HIV(honestly if I was magically in charge id make it a crime to infect someone with aids and those causing it woul be sentenced to on 10+ years of hard labor...and all HIV people shipped off to some remote location like Chernobyl unless they're some sort of geniuses or something). Have ID cards and all that.

    Not hard to get volunteers or even cheaply paid people to get that kind of shit done.

    The male sexual drive is something else...women have 100's of partners the most(even the biggest whore had like what?200?) these have 1000's-10000's.

    Replies: @songbird

  178. Interesting, but atm Lukashenko decided to do a show off escalation of his tourist visa holder “refugee” crowd with Poland, which has overall less km of border and also is way more capable to push off with force than way smaller Latvia or Lithuania, so it looks like there is a need in his post-Covid head for dramatic pictures, even victims probably:

    • Replies: @German_reader
    @sudden death

    Obviously it would be best if Polish border guards just shot those assholes, but then it would probably cause EU sanctions against Poland.
    Poland should just do what Orban recently indicated, open a corridor for migrants to Germany. It's what the German establishment and many voters want, they should get it.

    Replies: @A123, @Yevardian

    , @Aedib
    @sudden death

    Luka is the troll-master of the planet.

    Replies: @A123, @LatW

  179. @iffen
    @Barbarossa

    if one intends to radically challenge the status quo

    He didn't have any such plans. A changed attitude toward immigration. An adversarial relationship with woke media. A brash attitude in foreign affairs. That's about all there was.

    If the economy stays in the pits, and it looks like it will, he will be re-elected in 2024. Remember, only a change of about 44,000 votes and he would have been re-elected in 2020. It is safe to say that had there been no Covid he would have been handily re-elected.

    After re-election, nothing much will change other than the three items above. He has no plans. The Republican Party has no plans. Nothing of importance will be accomplished and after 4 years the economy will have cycled out of the pits and Dems will ride a wave in 2028.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123

    Ask A123 for the plans. The first thing to do is to “avenge” his banning from most social media by their confiscation. Then reopen anything left standing and tell everyone that has gone in the meantime Galt to come out of their Gulches, as the biggest electoral reward ever. After that his hardened advisors and the Trumpist crowd will fill in the rest, “correcting” the course far to the right, which will put whatever the Biden crowd can come up with to shame. After that Trumpists will try to rebuild American “republicanism” on Putinist models, likely with Donald Jr. or Ivanka as the designated successor.

    This is why I’m not sure if there will be an election in 2024 – some excuse can be used to postpone it or introduce a higher level of voting irregularities.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Yellowface Anon

    He might win but the CIA would whack him before inauguration. No way will they ever let such an actor into that office again. The only way he got there in the first place is all their models said it was 20-1 against and they left it to chance.

    When they pay to fix a fight they expect it to stay fixed.

  180. @Barbarossa
    @Pericles

    I do acknowledge that Trump faced an uphill fight against the entrenched establishment. However he seemingly showed up with no discernible plan as to how to win that fight. Political sea changes have happened in various places at various times, but Trump proved incapable of accomplishing anything of the sort. His political enemies bested him which should be a damning indictment in it's own right.

    I had some cautious optimism going into Trump's presidency, but I was quite disillusioned within a few months at his frittering approach to political influence.

    I personally explain Trump's weak start to what I believe is the fact that he never intended of expected to win the presidency. I think he entered the Republican race as little more than a PR stunt and fully expected Hillary to win the race. I remember vividly the look of deer-in-the-headlights despair on Trump's face as the it became clear the electoral votes were definitely swinging in his direction.

    Principles or ideology of some sort are I think necessary if one intends to radically challenge the status quo and win. Otherwise, what will provide the stability of vision which will sustain during difficulties?

    Replies: @iffen, @A123

    I do acknowledge that Trump faced an uphill fight against the entrenched establishment. However he seemingly showed up with no discernible plan as to how to win that fight.

    Let us examine you claim of no discernible plan. Here are some critical facts that encumbered any plan:

    — MAGA never controlled the House (Appropriations)
    — MAGA never controlled the Senate (Confirmations)
    — Jeff “The Betrayer” Sessions let Mueller’s Impeachment investigation run amok

    Impossible expectations are unreasonable. So, what *achievable* discernible plan were you expecting to see that you didn’t see?

    Be specific! Please explain exactly what *achievable* discernible plan was missed.

    -1- What *achievable* action did you need to see as evidence of discernible plan?
    -2- How would the discernible plan have *achieved* funding via non-MAGA House (Appropriations)?
    -3- What subordinate(s) would have *achieved* Senate (Confirmation) to run the discernible plan?

    You will find it quite difficult, even with 20/20 hindsight, to craft an *achievable* discernible plan within the Constitutional & political limitations.
    ______

    Based on realistic expectations, Trump did quite well.

    We all would have liked to see more, but Judas Sessions delivered a crippling & unexpected blow to his administration. That single act crushed any plan based on moving the Senate — Away from Establishment control / Towards MAGA policy.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

  181. @iffen
    @Barbarossa

    if one intends to radically challenge the status quo

    He didn't have any such plans. A changed attitude toward immigration. An adversarial relationship with woke media. A brash attitude in foreign affairs. That's about all there was.

    If the economy stays in the pits, and it looks like it will, he will be re-elected in 2024. Remember, only a change of about 44,000 votes and he would have been re-elected in 2020. It is safe to say that had there been no Covid he would have been handily re-elected.

    After re-election, nothing much will change other than the three items above. He has no plans. The Republican Party has no plans. Nothing of importance will be accomplished and after 4 years the economy will have cycled out of the pits and Dems will ride a wave in 2028.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @A123

    After re-election, nothing much will change other than the three items above. He has no plans. The Republican Party has no plans. Nothing of importance will be accomplished

    Apparently as a #NeverMAGA doom caller, you missed the plan for MAGA governance. Let me repeat it for you.
    ________

    There is a huge amount that a MAGA Presidency supported by a MAGA Legislature can do.

    On energy policy — Cancel wind & solar subsidies. Remove restrictions on domestic hydro carbon fuels.

    On Visas — Sharply cut visa classes that are associated with U.S. Citizen wage suppression (H1, H2, OPT, etc.).

    On Reindustrialization — Take steps to mandate domestic extraction of raw materials and production of national security goods.

    On Taxes and Outsourcing — Pass a \$50K+ surcharge tax on every outsourced job (direct and contractor). Keep this charge completely separate from income & other taxes that may dilute the financial impact with offsetting credits.

    On Education — Make openly racist propaganda in the schools illegal as child abuse. Fake teachers who get caught damaging students with CRT go on the “Child Abuser Registry” and are permanently barred from jobs that interact with children.

    On the FBI (and similar agencies) — Investigate, remove, and convict corrupt officials who illegally spied on Americans in a deliberate attempt to undermine the Rule of Law. Follow the chain up to those who funded and controlled the effort.
    _____

    I could go on. The key is *avoiding unreasonable expectations*. The Lügenpresse will deploy trickery in an attempt to fracture the MAGA base. It is impossible to deliver 100% of everything immediately and perfectly.

    A MAGA House for Appropriations combined with a MAGA Senate for Confirmations is huge. However, the chances of obtaining 60 Senators is fairly slim. Even after a win, some things will require compromise to clear the Filibuster.

    Again, It took decades of SJW malevolence to dig this hole. It is going to take significant time & effort to repair the damage.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • LOL: iffen, iffen
    • Replies: @iffen
    @A123

    He has no plans. The Republican Party has no plans.

    Sorry about the ambiguity and confusion. I guess you read that as "loons have no plans". Loons always have plans. The Republican Party, not so much.

    Replies: @A123

  182. USNS Harvey Milk was christened by a tranny. How long until the USN has a ship named after a tranny? IMO, this is just the culmination of desegregation. Nobody would think of having a ship full of only gays.

    Another ship is named after Sojourner Truth. I remember being in school and being given the task of writing an essay about Sojourner Truth. These days they are probably given the task of writing an essay about Milk.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
    @songbird

    I had to look it up since I could scarcely believe that there is as USNS Harvey Milk.
    Alas and alack there is.

    Given the reputation of the goings on in the Navy, perhaps this is a really meta move!

    If we sail the USNS into the Persian Gulf, will we hear from NPR how it's "sending a strong message for human rights" !?

    Replies: @songbird

    , @Barbarossa
    @songbird


    USNS Harvey Milk
     
    Also, does it have a glitter cannon and will it get fired at Vladimir Putin?

    Replies: @songbird, @That Would Be Telling

  183. German_reader says:
    @sudden death
    Interesting, but atm Lukashenko decided to do a show off escalation of his tourist visa holder "refugee" crowd with Poland, which has overall less km of border and also is way more capable to push off with force than way smaller Latvia or Lithuania, so it looks like there is a need in his post-Covid head for dramatic pictures, even victims probably:

    https://twitter.com/nexta_tv/status/1457683292946321414

    Replies: @German_reader, @Aedib

    Obviously it would be best if Polish border guards just shot those assholes, but then it would probably cause EU sanctions against Poland.
    Poland should just do what Orban recently indicated, open a corridor for migrants to Germany. It’s what the German establishment and many voters want, they should get it.

    • Agree: Yellowface Anon
    • Replies: @A123
    @German_reader


    Obviously it would be best if Polish border guards just shot those assholes, but then it would probably cause EU sanctions against Poland.
     
    The better "force" option is creating a DMZ filled with land mines. Anyone who enters a mined area is committing suicide. There is no "trigger man" for the EU to blame.

    Poland should just do what Orban recently indicated, open a corridor for migrants to Germany. It’s what the German establishment and many voters want, they should get it.
     
    While tactically sound, it is unwise as strategy. Making Germany more Muslim creates a larger population against Judeo-Christian values.
    ________

    Poland will be building a barrier to keep undesirables out. (1)

    Polish Minister of the interior Mariusz Kamiński presented the details of the construction of a barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border. He emphasized that the barrier would be one of the more important elements to decisively limit mass illegal migration to Poland.

    The border barrier will be 180 kilometers long, and feature 5-meter-tall (16 feet) steel columns topped by half-meter tall barbed wire coils (the barrier will have a total height of 5.5 meters). The barrier will also be equipped with motion sensors and both day and night surveillance systems. Additionally, a new group of officers will support the Border Guard as the government will dedicate 750 positions to strengthen the border.

    The government estimates that the wall and its auxiliary infrastructure will cost over 1.6 billion zloty (€350 million). The construction of the barrier should start as early as this year and will be finished in mid-2022, minister Kamiński declared
     
    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://rmx.news/article/heres-the-new-design-for-polish-belarusian-border-fence/

     
    https://rmx.news/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Border-Wall-Poland-TT-M-Kaminski.jpg

    Replies: @German_reader, @LatW, @AP, @Mikhail

    , @Yevardian
    @German_reader

    Well, I don't know if this thread is still going, I assumed the previous thread was Akarlin's last. Haven't really checked in here except to check if Unz will start writing interesting articles again (he's still mostly just arguing with idiots about COVID).

    Anyway LOL, you really don't have no hope for your country at this point, do you?

    and many voters want, they should get it.
     

    Are things really so dire? I would imagine that the media in Germany is significantly more tightly controlled and mandated than virtually any other Western country, for multiple reasons, so judging the 'silent majority' must be even more difficult than usual.
    Yes, there are elections that at least nominally reflect the popular will (I highly doubt outright fraud is possible there), but what percentage of people even bother to vote (on average) in Germany?

    Or perhaps the lack of any pushback is due to that any would-be patriotic Germans have simply given up on their country entirely.

    Replies: @Dmitry, @German_reader

  184. @German_reader
    @sudden death

    Obviously it would be best if Polish border guards just shot those assholes, but then it would probably cause EU sanctions against Poland.
    Poland should just do what Orban recently indicated, open a corridor for migrants to Germany. It's what the German establishment and many voters want, they should get it.

    Replies: @A123, @Yevardian

    Obviously it would be best if Polish border guards just shot those assholes, but then it would probably cause EU sanctions against Poland.

    The better “force” option is creating a DMZ filled with land mines. Anyone who enters a mined area is committing suicide. There is no “trigger man” for the EU to blame.

    Poland should just do what Orban recently indicated, open a corridor for migrants to Germany. It’s what the German establishment and many voters want, they should get it.

    While tactically sound, it is unwise as strategy. Making Germany more Muslim creates a larger population against Judeo-Christian values.
    ________

    Poland will be building a barrier to keep undesirables out. (1)

    Polish Minister of the interior Mariusz Kamiński presented the details of the construction of a barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border. He emphasized that the barrier would be one of the more important elements to decisively limit mass illegal migration to Poland.

    The border barrier will be 180 kilometers long, and feature 5-meter-tall (16 feet) steel columns topped by half-meter tall barbed wire coils (the barrier will have a total height of 5.5 meters). The barrier will also be equipped with motion sensors and both day and night surveillance systems. Additionally, a new group of officers will support the Border Guard as the government will dedicate 750 positions to strengthen the border.

    The government estimates that the wall and its auxiliary infrastructure will cost over 1.6 billion zloty (€350 million). The construction of the barrier should start as early as this year and will be finished in mid-2022, minister Kamiński declared

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://rmx.news/article/heres-the-new-design-for-polish-belarusian-border-fence/

     

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @German_reader
    @A123


    The better “force” option is creating a DMZ filled with land mines.
     
    Poland has signed the ban on anti-personnel land mines:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_Treaty

    Anyway, the problem is Germany's insane immigration and asylum policy, other countries should just try to minimise the damage to themselves.

    Replies: @A123, @songbird

    , @LatW
    @A123


    While tactically sound, it is unwise as strategy. Making Germany more Muslim creates a larger population against Judeo-Christian values.
     
    Poland et al should care first and foremost about the security of their populations and stability of their police forces and borderguards, not Judeo anything. It is also possible that the young Arabs, once they get to Germany, will become secularized with time.

    The walls had to be built a long time ago. Poland et al should let Ursula von der Leyen know that this is how it's going to be, period. It is going to get very cold soon, there are children there. If there are casualties, that's on Luka's conscience and, unfortunately, Germany's, too.

    As to the possible corridor, how did Orban deal with the issue that refugees have to be given asylum in the first state they arrive in? There are legal issues there.

    Replies: @German_reader, @A123

    , @AP
    @A123

    Could Belarusian assets be confiscated in order to help pay for this?

    Replies: @Svidomyatheart, @A123

    , @Mikhail
    @A123

    Polish Joke


    Re: https://www.rt.com/news/539781-poland-putin-belarus-migrants/

    I gather Putin was also directing the Belarusian government, when the latter has gone after some pro-Russian activists, along with periodically restricting Russian government funded media.

    Replies: @A123

  185. @A123
    @German_reader


    Obviously it would be best if Polish border guards just shot those assholes, but then it would probably cause EU sanctions against Poland.
     
    The better "force" option is creating a DMZ filled with land mines. Anyone who enters a mined area is committing suicide. There is no "trigger man" for the EU to blame.

    Poland should just do what Orban recently indicated, open a corridor for migrants to Germany. It’s what the German establishment and many voters want, they should get it.
     
    While tactically sound, it is unwise as strategy. Making Germany more Muslim creates a larger population against Judeo-Christian values.
    ________

    Poland will be building a barrier to keep undesirables out. (1)

    Polish Minister of the interior Mariusz Kamiński presented the details of the construction of a barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border. He emphasized that the barrier would be one of the more important elements to decisively limit mass illegal migration to Poland.

    The border barrier will be 180 kilometers long, and feature 5-meter-tall (16 feet) steel columns topped by half-meter tall barbed wire coils (the barrier will have a total height of 5.5 meters). The barrier will also be equipped with motion sensors and both day and night surveillance systems. Additionally, a new group of officers will support the Border Guard as the government will dedicate 750 positions to strengthen the border.

    The government estimates that the wall and its auxiliary infrastructure will cost over 1.6 billion zloty (€350 million). The construction of the barrier should start as early as this year and will be finished in mid-2022, minister Kamiński declared
     
    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://rmx.news/article/heres-the-new-design-for-polish-belarusian-border-fence/

     
    https://rmx.news/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Border-Wall-Poland-TT-M-Kaminski.jpg

    Replies: @German_reader, @LatW, @AP, @Mikhail

    The better “force” option is creating a DMZ filled with land mines.

    Poland has signed the ban on anti-personnel land mines:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_Treaty

    Anyway, the problem is Germany’s insane immigration and asylum policy, other countries should just try to minimise the damage to themselves.

    • Replies: @A123
    @German_reader



    The better “force” option is creating a DMZ filled with land mines.
     
    Poland has signed the ban on anti-personnel land mines:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_Treaty
     
    Your own source indicates withdrawal is viable:

    In Finland, the National Coalition Party and the Finns Party proposed withdrawing from the treaty.[87][88] The stance is supported by the Finnish Ministry of Defence report from 2003, which sees landmines as an effective weapon against a mechanised invasion force.[89]
     

    Ukraine has also signaled that they might have to withdraw from the treaty due to military necessity.[92]
     
    That makes the better “force” option:

    -1- Withdrawing from the treaty
    -2- Then, creating a DMZ filled with land mines

    Anyway, the problem is Germany’s insane immigration and asylum policy, other countries should just try to minimise the damage to themselves.
     
    Again, I see how the tactic makes sense.

    The question becomes, "Is it strategic in the long-term?" Destabilizing Germany to the point where there is a Muslim versus Infidel civil war creates all sorts of problems for European Christians.

    PEACE 😇
    , @songbird
    @German_reader

    I've always suspected that the Ottawa Treaty was secretly about migration. I mean, is the developed world really in the habit of leaving a bunch of landmines everywhere and then forgetting where they put them? Certain parts of Africa, certainly.

    Maybe, richer countries signing lends prestige to the process, but, even so, it seems largely meaningless. The concept of a nation-state applies only tenuously in Africa, where in war you typically have a lot of factions, so getting governments to sign seems largely meaningless. Would Angola respect the treaty, if they found themselves once again embroiled in the same type of conflict? Probably not, IMO. And not with 3x the population they had in 1997, rapidly growing.

    Africa might be the place most in need of landmines, to encourage peace.

    Of course, some say that Nigeria 750 million is a pipedream and there is no way that the US would hand over half its corn corp.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling

  186. @German_reader
    @A123


    The better “force” option is creating a DMZ filled with land mines.
     
    Poland has signed the ban on anti-personnel land mines:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_Treaty

    Anyway, the problem is Germany's insane immigration and asylum policy, other countries should just try to minimise the damage to themselves.

    Replies: @A123, @songbird

    The better “force” option is creating a DMZ filled with land mines.

    Poland has signed the ban on anti-personnel land mines:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_Treaty

    Your own source indicates withdrawal is viable:

    In Finland, the National Coalition Party and the Finns Party proposed withdrawing from the treaty.[87][88] The stance is supported by the Finnish Ministry of Defence report from 2003, which sees landmines as an effective weapon against a mechanised invasion force.[89]

    Ukraine has also signaled that they might have to withdraw from the treaty due to military necessity.[92]

    That makes the better “force” option:

    -1- Withdrawing from the treaty
    -2- Then, creating a DMZ filled with land mines

    Anyway, the problem is Germany’s insane immigration and asylum policy, other countries should just try to minimise the damage to themselves.

    Again, I see how the tactic makes sense.

    The question becomes, “Is it strategic in the long-term?” Destabilizing Germany to the point where there is a Muslim versus Infidel civil war creates all sorts of problems for European Christians.

    PEACE 😇

  187. @AP
    @Dmitry

    You are really turning me into a BoJo fan.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    Do not be distracted by the fifty-year-obsolete racquet. Look at the not-ever-appropriate running shoes!

    • LOL: Barbarossa
  188. @sudden death
    Interesting, but atm Lukashenko decided to do a show off escalation of his tourist visa holder "refugee" crowd with Poland, which has overall less km of border and also is way more capable to push off with force than way smaller Latvia or Lithuania, so it looks like there is a need in his post-Covid head for dramatic pictures, even victims probably:

    https://twitter.com/nexta_tv/status/1457683292946321414

    Replies: @German_reader, @Aedib

    Luka is the troll-master of the planet.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Aedib

    😀Open Thread Humor😁

    I thought Luka lived on the 2nd floor.

    https://genius.com/Suzanne-vega-luka-lyrics

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    https://youtu.be/vQGKGADvNIQ

    , @LatW
    @Aedib


    Luka is the troll-master of the planet.
     
    Is he acting all on his own though? It's understandable that he wants revenge for what happened with the Belarusian opposition, but to create this elaborate transport of refugees, while at the same time everyone's still reeling from Covid and EE countries are in fact experiencing a major flare up, and with Russian troop movements close to the Ukrainian border... the whole scene looks like classic Gerasimov. The man's a genius.

    Replies: @Aedib

  189. @Aedib
    @sudden death

    Luka is the troll-master of the planet.

    Replies: @A123, @LatW

    😀Open Thread Humor😁

    I thought Luka lived on the 2nd floor.

    https://genius.com/Suzanne-vega-luka-lyrics

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

  190. @Aedib
    @sudden death

    Luka is the troll-master of the planet.

    Replies: @A123, @LatW

    Luka is the troll-master of the planet.

    Is he acting all on his own though? It’s understandable that he wants revenge for what happened with the Belarusian opposition, but to create this elaborate transport of refugees, while at the same time everyone’s still reeling from Covid and EE countries are in fact experiencing a major flare up, and with Russian troop movements close to the Ukrainian border… the whole scene looks like classic Gerasimov. The man’s a genius.

    • Replies: @Aedib
    @LatW

    I think this is his own initiative. May be he wants to play the Eastern Europe Count of Monte Cristo

  191. @Dmitry
    @songbird


    gay tourism.

     

    My impression from Israel is that marketing for gay tourism is one of the world's most cynical games.


    For example Israel is describing themselves as the centre of LGBT in the Middle East, and seemed to be able to access the LGBT tourism market, and generate millions of dollars of the tourism from nice, middle class, non-religious European LGBT people.

    Also the LGBT brand separates Tel Aviv branding from Israel to an extent, and separates itself from the negative image most Europeans have of Israel, where they view Israel as "evil right-wing country".

    Problem is that the main tourism to Israel is still religious people. So you have to try to separate the two public relations campaigns from each other.

    You can see on YouTube, they never promote LGBT on the main Israel YouTube channel. As most of the tourism for Israel are religious people who could be angry. But the Israelis can present the LGBT angle when they talk to the secular European people, who love LGBT.

    -


    Israel is also clever how they boast about having the "only gay beach in the Middle East".

    But this is just Hilton beach with a rainbow flag. It cost Israel about $10 to buy the rainbow flag and add it to pre-existing Hilton Beach.

    This is "only gay beach in the Middle East" but I think it is just a normal beach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ7ya7jMpBo. The Israelis act like it is a normal beach, but they tell the tourists in the marketing brochure that it is a "special LGBT beach".

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

    The Israelis act like it is a normal beach, but they tell the tourists in the marketing brochure that it is a “special LGBT beach”.

    Are there any L BT’s on that beach?

    My a priori is absolutely not. I found this Florida outfit with google search on lesbian beach but that looks to me like a great business to go broke in really really fast.

    https://www.outcoast.com/events/biggest-lesbian-beach-party-2021/

  192. @A123
    @German_reader


    Obviously it would be best if Polish border guards just shot those assholes, but then it would probably cause EU sanctions against Poland.
     
    The better "force" option is creating a DMZ filled with land mines. Anyone who enters a mined area is committing suicide. There is no "trigger man" for the EU to blame.

    Poland should just do what Orban recently indicated, open a corridor for migrants to Germany. It’s what the German establishment and many voters want, they should get it.
     
    While tactically sound, it is unwise as strategy. Making Germany more Muslim creates a larger population against Judeo-Christian values.
    ________

    Poland will be building a barrier to keep undesirables out. (1)

    Polish Minister of the interior Mariusz Kamiński presented the details of the construction of a barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border. He emphasized that the barrier would be one of the more important elements to decisively limit mass illegal migration to Poland.

    The border barrier will be 180 kilometers long, and feature 5-meter-tall (16 feet) steel columns topped by half-meter tall barbed wire coils (the barrier will have a total height of 5.5 meters). The barrier will also be equipped with motion sensors and both day and night surveillance systems. Additionally, a new group of officers will support the Border Guard as the government will dedicate 750 positions to strengthen the border.

    The government estimates that the wall and its auxiliary infrastructure will cost over 1.6 billion zloty (€350 million). The construction of the barrier should start as early as this year and will be finished in mid-2022, minister Kamiński declared
     
    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://rmx.news/article/heres-the-new-design-for-polish-belarusian-border-fence/

     
    https://rmx.news/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Border-Wall-Poland-TT-M-Kaminski.jpg

    Replies: @German_reader, @LatW, @AP, @Mikhail

    While tactically sound, it is unwise as strategy. Making Germany more Muslim creates a larger population against Judeo-Christian values.

    Poland et al should care first and foremost about the security of their populations and stability of their police forces and borderguards, not Judeo anything. It is also possible that the young Arabs, once they get to Germany, will become secularized with time.

    The walls had to be built a long time ago. Poland et al should let Ursula von der Leyen know that this is how it’s going to be, period. It is going to get very cold soon, there are children there. If there are casualties, that’s on Luka’s conscience and, unfortunately, Germany’s, too.

    As to the possible corridor, how did Orban deal with the issue that refugees have to be given asylum in the first state they arrive in? There are legal issues there.

    • Replies: @German_reader
    @LatW


    As to the possible corridor, how did Orban deal with the issue that refugees have to be given asylum in the first state they arrive in? There are legal issues there.
     
    That's hardly enforced anyway, number of deportations from Germany to other EU countries according to the Dublin regulations was only around 3000 in 2020 (while there were more than 100 000 new asylum applications, and obviously a large percentage will have come through other EU countries). Poland just needs to create unpleasant living conditions for refugees, then the left, the churches etc. will agitate for deporting nobody to Poland (as they already do with regard to Greece and Hungary).

    Replies: @LatW

    , @A123
    @LatW


    Poland et al should care first and foremost about the security of their populations and stability of their police forces and borderguards, not Judeo anything
     
    Poland should care long term about their Judeo-Christian citizens. Making Germany more Islamic, and therefore more hostile to Christian Poland, is less than strategic thinking.

    It is also possible that the young Arabs, once they get to Germany, will become secularized with time.
     
    It is more likely that Leprechauns will spring forth from the earth handing out pots of gold.

    Objective fact shows that Muslim rape-ugees are incapable of assimilation. Thus, they will have to eventually be returned home.

    The walls had to be built a long time ago. Poland et al should let Ursula von der Leyen know that this is how it’s going to be, period. It is going to get very cold soon, there are children there. If there are casualties, that’s on Luka’s conscience and, unfortunately, Germany’s, too.
     
    With limited funds, projects have to be prioritized. Belarus was not a Muslim terror corridor until recently. Given the EU as a whole benefits from strong border enforcement, the EU should be offering up funding to keep the border closed.

    As to the possible corridor, how did Orban deal with the issue that refugees have to be given asylum in the first state they arrive in? There are legal issues there.
     
    There is no EU funding and no total containment facility for effective detention. As a practical matter non-island, periphery refugee have no capability to prevent subsequent, theoretically criminal, travel. It should be no surprise that illegal immigrants break the law. Even if the EU "Stops Orban", the transits will still take place.

    Nations that offer the most money to illegals should expect to inherit large numbers of sex offenders. Sweden had among the most generous benefits in the EU and is now the most dangerous, criminalized nation in the EU.
    _____

    The long term solution is a total containment asylum facility in North Africa. All asylum seekers would be sent there. Benefits to illegals would be set to €0.00 in all EU countries. Only successful claimants would be let in.

    The EU as a whole has to work together to solve the problem Merkel created. Hopefully the new German government will do the right thing. However, it does not look promising. Given the irreconcilable Green/Yellow policy differences, there may never be a "new government" based of the recent elections.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @LatW

  193. @Yellowface Anon
    @iffen

    Ask A123 for the plans. The first thing to do is to "avenge" his banning from most social media by their confiscation. Then reopen anything left standing and tell everyone that has gone in the meantime Galt to come out of their Gulches, as the biggest electoral reward ever. After that his hardened advisors and the Trumpist crowd will fill in the rest, "correcting" the course far to the right, which will put whatever the Biden crowd can come up with to shame. After that Trumpists will try to rebuild American "republicanism" on Putinist models, likely with Donald Jr. or Ivanka as the designated successor.

    This is why I'm not sure if there will be an election in 2024 - some excuse can be used to postpone it or introduce a higher level of voting irregularities.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    He might win but the CIA would whack him before inauguration. No way will they ever let such an actor into that office again. The only way he got there in the first place is all their models said it was 20-1 against and they left it to chance.

    When they pay to fix a fight they expect it to stay fixed.

  194. German_reader says:
    @LatW
    @A123


    While tactically sound, it is unwise as strategy. Making Germany more Muslim creates a larger population against Judeo-Christian values.
     
    Poland et al should care first and foremost about the security of their populations and stability of their police forces and borderguards, not Judeo anything. It is also possible that the young Arabs, once they get to Germany, will become secularized with time.

    The walls had to be built a long time ago. Poland et al should let Ursula von der Leyen know that this is how it's going to be, period. It is going to get very cold soon, there are children there. If there are casualties, that's on Luka's conscience and, unfortunately, Germany's, too.

    As to the possible corridor, how did Orban deal with the issue that refugees have to be given asylum in the first state they arrive in? There are legal issues there.

    Replies: @German_reader, @A123

    As to the possible corridor, how did Orban deal with the issue that refugees have to be given asylum in the first state they arrive in? There are legal issues there.

    That’s hardly enforced anyway, number of deportations from Germany to other EU countries according to the Dublin regulations was only around 3000 in 2020 (while there were more than 100 000 new asylum applications, and obviously a large percentage will have come through other EU countries). Poland just needs to create unpleasant living conditions for refugees, then the left, the churches etc. will agitate for deporting nobody to Poland (as they already do with regard to Greece and Hungary).

    • Replies: @LatW
    @German_reader

    Oh, ok. I thought Germany would insist on sending them back to Poland. Unfortunately, creating unpleasant living conditions is not very nice and this is something that immigration critics already warned about years ago - when the actual refugees arrive, it will be too late, because then we'll be forced to overcome our humanity as it will be hard to dish out inhumane treatment towards them. What might work, is that the subsidies they'll be getting, will be low. But I think there is more wealth now to go around in the civil society.

    The Polish Catholic Church has already started gathering donations. The Church has no other choice, they see it as their duty. I have a Catholic friend who already started posting stuff like "Jesus is coming to us in the guise of the refugees" during the initial refugee crisis.

    Luckily, these refugees seem to not be interested in Poland at all (although I'm sure some will remain there). Some of them, even teenage boys, have become quite bold. I say let them pass through. The only issue is that it sets a precedent and it's against Polish immigration laws.


    then the left, will agitate for deporting nobody to Poland (as they already do with regard to Greece and Hungary).
     
    At least in this case the left serves some positive purpose after all!

    Replies: @Dmitry

  195. @Svidomyatheart
    @songbird

    Read this, a comprehensive thread on how the aids started and about whats on the minds of these perverse creatures.

    https://archive.vn/AJNMS

    Niccolo actually posted it here a few times before. Its a shame he disabled his Salo forum in favor of Substack money though.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @Emil Nikola Richard

    The Dubrovnik Interviews: Marc Andreessen – Interviewed by a Retard

    https://niccolo.substack.com/p/the-dubrovnik-interviews-marc-andreessen

  196. @German_reader
    @LatW


    As to the possible corridor, how did Orban deal with the issue that refugees have to be given asylum in the first state they arrive in? There are legal issues there.
     
    That's hardly enforced anyway, number of deportations from Germany to other EU countries according to the Dublin regulations was only around 3000 in 2020 (while there were more than 100 000 new asylum applications, and obviously a large percentage will have come through other EU countries). Poland just needs to create unpleasant living conditions for refugees, then the left, the churches etc. will agitate for deporting nobody to Poland (as they already do with regard to Greece and Hungary).

    Replies: @LatW

    Oh, ok. I thought Germany would insist on sending them back to Poland. Unfortunately, creating unpleasant living conditions is not very nice and this is something that immigration critics already warned about years ago – when the actual refugees arrive, it will be too late, because then we’ll be forced to overcome our humanity as it will be hard to dish out inhumane treatment towards them. What might work, is that the subsidies they’ll be getting, will be low. But I think there is more wealth now to go around in the civil society.

    The Polish Catholic Church has already started gathering donations. The Church has no other choice, they see it as their duty. I have a Catholic friend who already started posting stuff like “Jesus is coming to us in the guise of the refugees” during the initial refugee crisis.

    Luckily, these refugees seem to not be interested in Poland at all (although I’m sure some will remain there). Some of them, even teenage boys, have become quite bold. I say let them pass through. The only issue is that it sets a precedent and it’s against Polish immigration laws.

    then the left, will agitate for deporting nobody to Poland (as they already do with regard to Greece and Hungary).

    At least in this case the left serves some positive purpose after all!

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @LatW


    forced to overcome our humanity
     
    Because the real solution would not require that, but it would be expensive - which is to determine who is a real refugee and who is an economic immigrant.

    The majority of people entering Europe as refugees, are actually economic immigrants, not refugees. But this concept of post-immigration filtering who is really a refugee and who is an economic immigrant is an expensive process, and doesn't seem to have been applied successfully many places. It also creates "facts on the ground" where it becomes difficult to return people even if they were determined to be economic immigrants.

    Providing temporary space for real refugees, is an important almost “categorical imperative”. But it doesn’t have to be in developed countries – the important thing is the refugee is safe from the particular danger they had faced in the country where they were persecuted, not that their standard of living will be elevated (too much of the latter also motivates falsification of refugee status by economic immigrants).

    There should be land areas (maybe an artificially created country) determined by the UN which will be providing a safe place for any persecuted peoples.

    As for economic immigrants. I'm an economic immigrant myself to Europe, so pretty similar to the rest of the flood that has happened in the last decade. But I was at least filtered by employment, contribution to the economy, visa interviews and paperwork. This is mutual consent of both sides where the country accepts you because you have a job in an industry they want to encourage, not climbing over a fence.

    Replies: @LatW

  197. @LatW
    @A123


    While tactically sound, it is unwise as strategy. Making Germany more Muslim creates a larger population against Judeo-Christian values.
     
    Poland et al should care first and foremost about the security of their populations and stability of their police forces and borderguards, not Judeo anything. It is also possible that the young Arabs, once they get to Germany, will become secularized with time.

    The walls had to be built a long time ago. Poland et al should let Ursula von der Leyen know that this is how it's going to be, period. It is going to get very cold soon, there are children there. If there are casualties, that's on Luka's conscience and, unfortunately, Germany's, too.

    As to the possible corridor, how did Orban deal with the issue that refugees have to be given asylum in the first state they arrive in? There are legal issues there.

    Replies: @German_reader, @A123

    Poland et al should care first and foremost about the security of their populations and stability of their police forces and borderguards, not Judeo anything

    Poland should care long term about their Judeo-Christian citizens. Making Germany more Islamic, and therefore more hostile to Christian Poland, is less than strategic thinking.

    It is also possible that the young Arabs, once they get to Germany, will become secularized with time.

    It is more likely that Leprechauns will spring forth from the earth handing out pots of gold.

    Objective fact shows that Muslim rape-ugees are incapable of assimilation. Thus, they will have to eventually be returned home.

    The walls had to be built a long time ago. Poland et al should let Ursula von der Leyen know that this is how it’s going to be, period. It is going to get very cold soon, there are children there. If there are casualties, that’s on Luka’s conscience and, unfortunately, Germany’s, too.

    With limited funds, projects have to be prioritized. Belarus was not a Muslim terror corridor until recently. Given the EU as a whole benefits from strong border enforcement, the EU should be offering up funding to keep the border closed.

    As to the possible corridor, how did Orban deal with the issue that refugees have to be given asylum in the first state they arrive in? There are legal issues there.

    There is no EU funding and no total containment facility for effective detention. As a practical matter non-island, periphery refugee have no capability to prevent subsequent, theoretically criminal, travel. It should be no surprise that illegal immigrants break the law. Even if the EU “Stops Orban”, the transits will still take place.

    Nations that offer the most money to illegals should expect to inherit large numbers of sex offenders. Sweden had among the most generous benefits in the EU and is now the most dangerous, criminalized nation in the EU.
    _____

    The long term solution is a total containment asylum facility in North Africa. All asylum seekers would be sent there. Benefits to illegals would be set to €0.00 in all EU countries. Only successful claimants would be let in.

    The EU as a whole has to work together to solve the problem Merkel created. Hopefully the new German government will do the right thing. However, it does not look promising. Given the irreconcilable Green/Yellow policy differences, there may never be a “new government” based of the recent elections.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @LatW
    @A123


    Poland should care long term about their Judeo-Christian citizens. Making Germany more Islamic, and therefore more hostile to Christian Poland, is less than strategic thinking.
     
    Obviously, Christianity should be protected (in its traditional, not woke form) and the state already protects Christianity to some extent. As to the future, it's a question of an ethical nature - should Eastern Europeans stand up for those, in the name of higher universal values, who do not want to stand up for themselves and who might in fact be feeling pretty ok with the situation (e.g., Westerners).

    Objective fact shows that Muslim rape-ugees are incapable of assimilation.

     

    Well, it seems that in some cases the second generation tends to become more Islamic or radicalized than their parents who first arrive to Europe, but who knows. Some become secular. Again, this does not solve the problem, even if it may alleviate the situation a little.

    With limited funds, projects have to be prioritized.
     
    There are funds available. And as it seems to be the case with these protective walls, political will is often more important than the actual funds. You have to want to build it. There is a sense of urgency about it in EE.

    Given the EU as a whole benefits from strong border enforcement, the EU should be offering up funding to keep the border closed.
     
    Poland et al have insisted on this since day one. But Ursula von der Leyen is a Teutonic ice queen, nothing could break her will. It's kind of sad because it used to be that it was possible to talk to the EU People's Party faction (which she technically represents via the CDU), although she seems to have a rather cosmopolitan background. The Commission is going to insist on housing the refugees where they land. But letting them pass through may be an option for now. However, Germans themselves are having issues on the Polish-German border. It looks like there were small groups of brothers in Germany trying to defend the smaller border towns. Of course, they were subdued by their own compatriots.

    It should be no surprise that illegal immigrants break the law.
     
    Well, this is exactly the crux of the matter. If you let them pass, then technically you're allowing them to break the law. The EE approach has so far been to drive them back, and it implies a certain level of brutality. Again, the E.Europeans will be painted as more brutal (there is already such a meme floating around re: WW2, how even the Germans used to be "shocked at the brutality of the locals", history repeating ~eye roll~).

    The EU as a whole has to work together to solve the problem Merkel created.
     
    She didn't create it, just exacerbated it. Yes, the EU should work together, but the a priori thinking is that there will be some kind of a policy that will be based on the woke version of "common values", while the East has a different understanding of this. Instead of diluting its position through a compromise with the West, the East should hold steadfast and insist on its own position. Which is roughly, we don't let anyone in and we house only a few.


    Hopefully the new German government will do the right thing.
     
    I hope and trust in the rationality and pragmatism of the German people. But how can one trust the reds regarding the immigration policy? Germany is in an unprecedented position now as the historic two-way coalition is out of whack. They may have what ironically is called "a rainbow coalition" with more parties involved. This may be a more fragile set up (although Germans can probably handle it ok). Scholz is moderate, but Greens are not. It seems like Scholz is more of an old school social democrat who cares more about the environment and labor rights. Let's hope his rationality prevails over some of the radical parts of the future coalition.

    Replies: @A123

  198. @songbird
    @Dmitry


    I wish I could buy stocks in the gay tourism industry.
     
    TBH, I was thinking of it more in the sense of slumming, or the sex trade, as a lot of these countries have very low per capita. (How HIV made it to the First World.) It is one of my theories that, since the steamship, gays have gone slumming in some of these very backward places. And that for example, that is why Roger Casement took his first job in the Congo. Or why Anderson Cooper defended Haiti after Trump's comments (though I am sure he stayed in a fancy place.) Or why Arthur C. Clarke lived in Madagascar. I think Foucault was another.

    But, on a different note, I have always been puzzled how it is that certain places become hot spots for gays, like Providencetown (also a beach spot), or San Francisco. I think part of it is that gays have more disposable income, but I still find it hard to figure out why those particular areas. I suppose part of it must be network effect.

    In America, gays are often seen as the shocktroops of gentrification in cities, as they don't have to worry about their kids being attacked. Maybe, a similar thing could be said about tourism? I don't know...

    Replies: @Pericles, @Svidomyatheart, @Dmitry

    My sense is that on average identifying-themselves sexual minority people, are more middle class, higher educated and higher income, than average people.

    One reason is maybe because in more difficult proletarian society, sexual minority people repress this social identity. But in more gentle, bourgeois society, this demographic are encouraged to be openly identifying as LGBT.

    So the openly identifying LGBT are at much higher rates in bourgeois society – i.e. their self-identification is much higher in this class.

    There might be some other correlations. In my industry, there seem to be not so many LGBT – except among women.

    There’s an underproportion of women in the tech industry, but my sense is that of the underrepresented women there is a higher proportion of LGBT and non-binary.

    Anderson Cooper defended Haiti

    The wealthy LGBT hipsters of YouTube, don’t seem to recommend Haiti lol. And that’s despite being somekind of “expert level” travel bloggers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X25WAXmmVm0.

    By comparison, they recommend Bahrain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz2sOvBc63k.

    LGBT tourists would be usually middle class European people (or European Americans), with higher incomes, liberal virtue-signalling politics, – i.e. co-extensive with hipsters.

    The stereotypes of these bourgeois liberals, is to pretend they like poor places and bohemianism, but not actually like them. They would like “shabby-chic”, not “shabby” much.

    I would guess Tel Aviv would be just on the margin of acceptability in terms of shabbiness for this market. Central Moscow (which turned into a gay hipster paradise) would be the ideal for them – but there is a recent problem of inference of politics in the international marketing for that.

    beach spot), or San Francisco.

    From the example of San Francisco.
    It makes me think that maybe because the historic LGBT culture have taste for liberal politics, good architecture, urban planning and booming economy. On the other hand, it could show a revealed preference for economic inequality.

    San Francisco is one of the more architecturally and naturally beautiful cities in the USA, with the country’s most successful economy. On the other hand, it has terrible problems of inequality and homeless.

    So the fact it is still popular with LGBT culture, can show the culture has high tolerance for these ultra-unequal conditions. Los Angeles is also similar.

    gays are often seen as the shocktroops of gentrification in cities

    I would guess because the openly-identifying LGBT people have been historically more bourgeois. In the proletarian culture (which is more frequent in America, with the African-Americans) there is less of the luxury of toleration, and so the LGBT are more repressing their identity.

    Historic centre of the LGBT culture, were movements like the “Bloomsbury Group”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsbury_Group These were ultra-elitist social groups.

    In recent years, LGBT culture became more mainstream in the West, and maybe this will result in the demographic becoming more representative of lower classes than it has been historically.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Dmitry


    The wealthy LGBT hipsters of YouTube, don’t seem to recommend Haiti lol.
     
    Probably makes a difference if you are travelling together or seeking companionship.
    , @Barbarossa
    @Dmitry

    I think that the current narcissistic navel gazing obsession with identity, especially "gender identity", requires one to have way too much time to stew in ones own head as well as a general weakening of other identifying social bonds.

    These would seem to be a commonality between older elites as well as our own post industrial masses of the perpetually bored and titillated bourgeois.

    Those engaged in dealing with the actual trials of life have little time to become absorbed with such things. Like your Grandma used to say...Idle hands are the devil's workshop!

  199. @LatW
    @German_reader

    Oh, ok. I thought Germany would insist on sending them back to Poland. Unfortunately, creating unpleasant living conditions is not very nice and this is something that immigration critics already warned about years ago - when the actual refugees arrive, it will be too late, because then we'll be forced to overcome our humanity as it will be hard to dish out inhumane treatment towards them. What might work, is that the subsidies they'll be getting, will be low. But I think there is more wealth now to go around in the civil society.

    The Polish Catholic Church has already started gathering donations. The Church has no other choice, they see it as their duty. I have a Catholic friend who already started posting stuff like "Jesus is coming to us in the guise of the refugees" during the initial refugee crisis.

    Luckily, these refugees seem to not be interested in Poland at all (although I'm sure some will remain there). Some of them, even teenage boys, have become quite bold. I say let them pass through. The only issue is that it sets a precedent and it's against Polish immigration laws.


    then the left, will agitate for deporting nobody to Poland (as they already do with regard to Greece and Hungary).
     
    At least in this case the left serves some positive purpose after all!

    Replies: @Dmitry

    forced to overcome our humanity

    Because the real solution would not require that, but it would be expensive – which is to determine who is a real refugee and who is an economic immigrant.

    The majority of people entering Europe as refugees, are actually economic immigrants, not refugees. But this concept of post-immigration filtering who is really a refugee and who is an economic immigrant is an expensive process, and doesn’t seem to have been applied successfully many places. It also creates “facts on the ground” where it becomes difficult to return people even if they were determined to be economic immigrants.

    Providing temporary space for real refugees, is an important almost “categorical imperative”. But it doesn’t have to be in developed countries – the important thing is the refugee is safe from the particular danger they had faced in the country where they were persecuted, not that their standard of living will be elevated (too much of the latter also motivates falsification of refugee status by economic immigrants).

    There should be land areas (maybe an artificially created country) determined by the UN which will be providing a safe place for any persecuted peoples.

    As for economic immigrants. I’m an economic immigrant myself to Europe, so pretty similar to the rest of the flood that has happened in the last decade. But I was at least filtered by employment, contribution to the economy, visa interviews and paperwork. This is mutual consent of both sides where the country accepts you because you have a job in an industry they want to encourage, not climbing over a fence.

    • Thanks: Yellowface Anon
    • Replies: @LatW
    @Dmitry


    There should be land areas (maybe an artificially created country) determined by the UN which will be providing a safe place for any persecuted peoples.
     
    While refugees do suffer real pain and it is heartbreaking to watch the children in particular being put on those unimaginable long journeys, the truth is that there are large swaths of peaceful places in Africa and the Middle East. There is peace in certain places even in the worst countries. They are supposed to stay in the first country they land that is peaceful.

    Btw, they are treated really terribly in Belarus, even though Belarus is peaceful.

    What you argue about refugees vs economic migrants, not sure the onus should be on EE states to sift through that.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

  200. @LatW
    @Aedib


    Luka is the troll-master of the planet.
     
    Is he acting all on his own though? It's understandable that he wants revenge for what happened with the Belarusian opposition, but to create this elaborate transport of refugees, while at the same time everyone's still reeling from Covid and EE countries are in fact experiencing a major flare up, and with Russian troop movements close to the Ukrainian border... the whole scene looks like classic Gerasimov. The man's a genius.

    Replies: @Aedib

    I think this is his own initiative. May be he wants to play the Eastern Europe Count of Monte Cristo

    • LOL: LatW
  201. @A123
    @iffen


    After re-election, nothing much will change other than the three items above. He has no plans. The Republican Party has no plans. Nothing of importance will be accomplished
     
    Apparently as a #NeverMAGA doom caller, you missed the plan for MAGA governance. Let me repeat it for you.
    ________

    There is a huge amount that a MAGA Presidency supported by a MAGA Legislature can do.

    On energy policy — Cancel wind & solar subsidies. Remove restrictions on domestic hydro carbon fuels.

    On Visas — Sharply cut visa classes that are associated with U.S. Citizen wage suppression (H1, H2, OPT, etc.).

    On Reindustrialization — Take steps to mandate domestic extraction of raw materials and production of national security goods.

    On Taxes and Outsourcing — Pass a $50K+ surcharge tax on every outsourced job (direct and contractor). Keep this charge completely separate from income & other taxes that may dilute the financial impact with offsetting credits.

    On Education — Make openly racist propaganda in the schools illegal as child abuse. Fake teachers who get caught damaging students with CRT go on the “Child Abuser Registry” and are permanently barred from jobs that interact with children.

    On the FBI (and similar agencies) — Investigate, remove, and convict corrupt officials who illegally spied on Americans in a deliberate attempt to undermine the Rule of Law. Follow the chain up to those who funded and controlled the effort.
    _____

    I could go on. The key is *avoiding unreasonable expectations*. The Lügenpresse will deploy trickery in an attempt to fracture the MAGA base. It is impossible to deliver 100% of everything immediately and perfectly.

    A MAGA House for Appropriations combined with a MAGA Senate for Confirmations is huge. However, the chances of obtaining 60 Senators is fairly slim. Even after a win, some things will require compromise to clear the Filibuster.

    Again, It took decades of SJW malevolence to dig this hole. It is going to take significant time & effort to repair the damage.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @iffen

    He has no plans. The Republican Party has no plans.

    Sorry about the ambiguity and confusion. I guess you read that as “loons have no plans”. Loons always have plans. The Republican Party, not so much.

    • LOL: A123
    • Replies: @A123
    @iffen

    Thank you for self identifying a Loon. Your crazy & doomed plan is to be an oblivious #NeverTrump yahoo. Sadly, you lack the mental capacity to grasp the clear policies offered by the mentally advantaged MAGA movement.

    (shrug) ... You can lead Low-IQ, SJW #NeverTrump yahoos to facts, but you can not make them rational.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @iffen

  202. @A123
    @LatW


    Poland et al should care first and foremost about the security of their populations and stability of their police forces and borderguards, not Judeo anything
     
    Poland should care long term about their Judeo-Christian citizens. Making Germany more Islamic, and therefore more hostile to Christian Poland, is less than strategic thinking.

    It is also possible that the young Arabs, once they get to Germany, will become secularized with time.
     
    It is more likely that Leprechauns will spring forth from the earth handing out pots of gold.

    Objective fact shows that Muslim rape-ugees are incapable of assimilation. Thus, they will have to eventually be returned home.

    The walls had to be built a long time ago. Poland et al should let Ursula von der Leyen know that this is how it’s going to be, period. It is going to get very cold soon, there are children there. If there are casualties, that’s on Luka’s conscience and, unfortunately, Germany’s, too.
     
    With limited funds, projects have to be prioritized. Belarus was not a Muslim terror corridor until recently. Given the EU as a whole benefits from strong border enforcement, the EU should be offering up funding to keep the border closed.

    As to the possible corridor, how did Orban deal with the issue that refugees have to be given asylum in the first state they arrive in? There are legal issues there.
     
    There is no EU funding and no total containment facility for effective detention. As a practical matter non-island, periphery refugee have no capability to prevent subsequent, theoretically criminal, travel. It should be no surprise that illegal immigrants break the law. Even if the EU "Stops Orban", the transits will still take place.

    Nations that offer the most money to illegals should expect to inherit large numbers of sex offenders. Sweden had among the most generous benefits in the EU and is now the most dangerous, criminalized nation in the EU.
    _____

    The long term solution is a total containment asylum facility in North Africa. All asylum seekers would be sent there. Benefits to illegals would be set to €0.00 in all EU countries. Only successful claimants would be let in.

    The EU as a whole has to work together to solve the problem Merkel created. Hopefully the new German government will do the right thing. However, it does not look promising. Given the irreconcilable Green/Yellow policy differences, there may never be a "new government" based of the recent elections.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @LatW

    Poland should care long term about their Judeo-Christian citizens. Making Germany more Islamic, and therefore more hostile to Christian Poland, is less than strategic thinking.

    Obviously, Christianity should be protected (in its traditional, not woke form) and the state already protects Christianity to some extent. As to the future, it’s a question of an ethical nature – should Eastern Europeans stand up for those, in the name of higher universal values, who do not want to stand up for themselves and who might in fact be feeling pretty ok with the situation (e.g., Westerners).

    Objective fact shows that Muslim rape-ugees are incapable of assimilation.

    Well, it seems that in some cases the second generation tends to become more Islamic or radicalized than their parents who first arrive to Europe, but who knows. Some become secular. Again, this does not solve the problem, even if it may alleviate the situation a little.

    With limited funds, projects have to be prioritized.

    There are funds available. And as it seems to be the case with these protective walls, political will is often more important than the actual funds. You have to want to build it. There is a sense of urgency about it in EE.

    Given the EU as a whole benefits from strong border enforcement, the EU should be offering up funding to keep the border closed.

    Poland et al have insisted on this since day one. But Ursula von der Leyen is a Teutonic ice queen, nothing could break her will. It’s kind of sad because it used to be that it was possible to talk to the EU People’s Party faction (which she technically represents via the CDU), although she seems to have a rather cosmopolitan background. The Commission is going to insist on housing the refugees where they land. But letting them pass through may be an option for now. However, Germans themselves are having issues on the Polish-German border. It looks like there were small groups of brothers in Germany trying to defend the smaller border towns. Of course, they were subdued by their own compatriots.

    It should be no surprise that illegal immigrants break the law.

    Well, this is exactly the crux of the matter. If you let them pass, then technically you’re allowing them to break the law. The EE approach has so far been to drive them back, and it implies a certain level of brutality. Again, the E.Europeans will be painted as more brutal (there is already such a meme floating around re: WW2, how even the Germans used to be “shocked at the brutality of the locals”, history repeating ~eye roll~).

    The EU as a whole has to work together to solve the problem Merkel created.

    She didn’t create it, just exacerbated it. Yes, the EU should work together, but the a priori thinking is that there will be some kind of a policy that will be based on the woke version of “common values”, while the East has a different understanding of this. Instead of diluting its position through a compromise with the West, the East should hold steadfast and insist on its own position. Which is roughly, we don’t let anyone in and we house only a few.

    Hopefully the new German government will do the right thing.

    I hope and trust in the rationality and pragmatism of the German people. But how can one trust the reds regarding the immigration policy? Germany is in an unprecedented position now as the historic two-way coalition is out of whack. They may have what ironically is called “a rainbow coalition” with more parties involved. This may be a more fragile set up (although Germans can probably handle it ok). Scholz is moderate, but Greens are not. It seems like Scholz is more of an old school social democrat who cares more about the environment and labor rights. Let’s hope his rationality prevails over some of the radical parts of the future coalition.

    • Replies: @A123
    @LatW


    [Merkel] didn’t create it, just exacerbated it.
     
    You might want to tell Merkel that. She is out doing victory laps over her migration success. (1)

    the EU should work together, but the a priori thinking is that there will be some kind of a policy that will be based on the woke version of “common values”
     
    I concur. At this point, pretty much everyone grasps that the mythical "European Values" that were supposed to underpin the EU do not actually exist. (2)

    The Clash of Cultures Conference -- Debate in Warsaw: Poland should actively create a Christian Europe

    Poland needs to take a more active role in promoting a Christian Europe, said Former Polish Speaker of the Sejm Marek Jurek, who took part in the “Gender, Cancel Culture, and Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century” panel at the Clash of Cultures conference in Warsaw.

    “In a very active way, Poland should aim to create a Christian Europe and Christian public opinion in Europe. Without it, there will not be an actual reconstruction of European civilization,” he said.
    ...
    Father Dariusz Oko, who is also a professor, emphasized during the debate that the rules of nature and existence are unchangeable.

    “The madness of gender ideology lies in the fact that they want to break the rules of nature because they live in a foundational lie. They are negating the truth of existence, and they are negating God. They consider themselves to be above God. This is nonsense that inevitably leads to even greater nonsense. This is why Nazism existed, why communism existed, and now we have genderism — a mutation of communism,” Oko said.
     
    It would be wise for Europe to look at ending the EU in an orderly manner. The current course is towards a disorganized end.

    Germany is in an unprecedented position now as the historic two-way coalition is out of whack. They may have what ironically is called “a rainbow coalition” with more parties involved. This may be a more fragile set up (although Germans can probably handle it ok).
     
    Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the 2-way Black/Red coalition always undermined Red policy and party strength. Both sides #1 Red & #2 Black have signalled that they will not participate with the other.

    Based on the math & either Red or Black, there are only two possible 3-way coalitions:
        -- Red/Green/Yellow (Traffic Light)
        -- Black/Green/Yellow (Jamaica)
    However, the #4 FDP wants to bring down energy prices while the #3 Greens are intransigent about their 'environmentalism'. It is hard to see how a Green/Yellow compromise will work.

    Beyond these, nothing is mathematically sound:
        -- None of the major parties will work with #5 AfD, which is the true German Workers party.
        -- #6 Linke (Purple) is too small to matter. Red/Green/Purple is a few seats short. If negotiations drag on long enough, perhaps enough legislators will be permitted to go 'free agent', launching this combination as an inherently minority government.

    Your term "fragile" is a good choice. Any government will be weak and unstable. However, Germany needs substantial policy modification to escape Merkel style SJW Globalism. It is hard to see how a fragile government can deliver the needed change.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://rmx.news/article/yes-we-did-it-merkel-claims-2015-migration-crisis-was-a-success/

    (2) https://rmx.news/article/debate-in-warsaw-poland-should-actively-create-a-christian-europe-and-christian-public-opinion-in-europe/

    Replies: @LatW

  203. @iffen
    @A123

    He has no plans. The Republican Party has no plans.

    Sorry about the ambiguity and confusion. I guess you read that as "loons have no plans". Loons always have plans. The Republican Party, not so much.

    Replies: @A123

    Thank you for self identifying a Loon. Your crazy & doomed plan is to be an oblivious #NeverTrump yahoo. Sadly, you lack the mental capacity to grasp the clear policies offered by the mentally advantaged MAGA movement.

    (shrug) … You can lead Low-IQ, SJW #NeverTrump yahoos to facts, but you can not make them rational.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • Replies: @iffen
    @A123

    You should return to your bot handler and apologize for claiming that you have an understanding of the American political scene. Go back to your ludicrous idea of promoting animosity toward Muslims by claiming that they are really SJWs. Or is it he other way around?

    Replies: @A123

  204. @LatW
    @Dmitry


    I don’t even know what “Cabaret” is apparently supposed to be.
     
    Oh, stop pretending, young man. :) Anyway... it looks like it's hard to come up with something new. These shows are a little too decadent for my taste, but I can attest that Russians do have a great dance practice tradition. Not just high end things like ballet or Olympic sports, but even dance and working out for normal people (although my favorite is probably the krav maga style dance that the spetsnaz does).

    My sister used to have a Russian gymnastics coach back in the day when she was very young and oh boy. It was serious exercise that really helped develop discipline and stamina. You know what other type of dancing is pretty hard? Folk dance. It looks easy but it's not! It's insane cardio.

    But you're right about these clubs, these go-go dancers probably don't charge more than $50 per hour for showing up like that. Although there might be some high end places in Moscow, who knows.

    They just needed to add dancing bears
     
    Please, no. It's too cruel and the bear is a sacred totem animal.

    indoor fireworks (well maybe not e.g. Perm)
     
    Wow, it says 117 died there. That's insane. See, honey, this is the kind of sh*t you Russkies do that is kind of scary and awe inspiring but also very often ends up like a complete disaster. What a tragedy. :(

    Replies: @Dmitry

    stop pretending, young man

    Lol I am sounding very naïve.
    I understand people will always want to go to see strippers, and hire the “women of low social responsibility”, to go with you to “private rooms”. But I didn’t know there is nowadays the demand to mix this with a magician show, seafood restaurant, and artistic fencing performances.

    I can attest that Russians do have a great dance practice

    Yes it’s something (figure skating, gymnastics, ballet) that matches to the mentality, also like classical piano achievements.

    But what do you think about these new fashions like pole dancing exercise studios that open in the cities in Russia?

    On one hand, it’s great for exercise. And I even don’t think necessarily there is anything wrong with pole dancing.

    On the other hand, if I had a daughter in the future, you would not encourage her to choose this exercise class, as it could be too easy to transition into the professional version (which overlaps with the prostitution) and where their salary is higher than a doctor.

    , it says 117 died there. That’s insane. See, honey, this is the kind of sh*t you Russkies do that

    It killed 156 people. (graphic, if you were curious – you can see these idiot club allowed the fire on the bamboo roof at 11:30 and still continued the show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orNL9bnZvH0.). I guess the only thing to say is to always remember where the exit is when you go into any crowded buildings. If you notice any smoke, stay near the exit.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Dmitry


    Lol I am sounding very naïve.
     
    I can now tell when you pretend to be clueless to illicit some kind of a reaction. :)

    But I didn’t know there is nowadays the demand to mix this with a magician show, seafood restaurant, and artistic fencing performances.
     
    Hey, seafood is great and fencing might be fun to watch. But yea... it sounds like they're really living it up in Moscow. :)

    Yes it’s something (figure skating, gymnastics, ballet) that matches to the mentality, also like classical piano achievements.
     
    Yea, it's amazing, I'm a huge fan of Russian hockey, it is just so technical and yet so graceful. And smart, too, with great combinations. It matches well with a Northern mentality. As to gymnastics, I haven't really followed up on it, but the old school was very tough. They would literally make you stretch out to reach your toes while sitting on the ground and then an adult trainer would sit on your back. I'm not sure if today's youth can endure that. As to hockey, you're probably too young to know, but my dad used to tell me about the Russian hockey coach slash dictator Viktor Tikhonov. He was super strict.


    But what do you think about these new fashions like pole dancing exercise studios that open in the cities in Russia?
     
    I dunno, do you want to hear the nationalist version or the realist version? :) From the athletic POV, it's great, and the girl in the clip you posted is excellent, what she's doing is very tough, plus she's really built for it. From purely athletic POV there are skills in classic gymnastics that are very similar, e.g., climbing up the rope, splits, etc. So you don't need to do pole dancing to practice those skills. But, ofc, the erotic side of it has gotten way too normalized, I can't believe there are children in the audience. I don't know, why do Slavic girls do that... some Baltic girls do it too, ofc, but Slavic girls just take to a whole different level.

    Btw, did you know that there are also straight male pole performances out there? They are fully clothed, ofc, and it's more like pure entertainment. I've seen such a group perform in Gotland, Sweden, during a medieval festival. It was supposed to be kind of like circus entertainment and they did a great job. The dude could do that perpendicular hold on the pole, like sideways. Insane.

    as it could be too easy to transition into the professional version (which overlaps with the prostitution) and where their salary is higher than a doctor.
     
    Yes, someone at 18 can make what her parents make together or more. I don't know. Maybe it should be allowed at a very discreet, high end, very expensive level. But it shouldn't be normalized. Certainly, in an ideal world, Baltic women should not be allowed to do it, but they should be kept in close proximity to capable, hard working, attractive men.

    It killed 156 people.
     
    It's an incredible tragedy, it looks like hell on earth. There were husbands looking for their wives that were stuck inside. The place was overcrowded, the people were huddling together as Slavic people enjoy doing. I know it's a country of 140 million and all kinds of things can happen, but sometimes I wonder how the Russian people can take such sorrow.

    Replies: @Dmitry

  205. @Dmitry
    @LatW


    forced to overcome our humanity
     
    Because the real solution would not require that, but it would be expensive - which is to determine who is a real refugee and who is an economic immigrant.

    The majority of people entering Europe as refugees, are actually economic immigrants, not refugees. But this concept of post-immigration filtering who is really a refugee and who is an economic immigrant is an expensive process, and doesn't seem to have been applied successfully many places. It also creates "facts on the ground" where it becomes difficult to return people even if they were determined to be economic immigrants.

    Providing temporary space for real refugees, is an important almost “categorical imperative”. But it doesn’t have to be in developed countries – the important thing is the refugee is safe from the particular danger they had faced in the country where they were persecuted, not that their standard of living will be elevated (too much of the latter also motivates falsification of refugee status by economic immigrants).

    There should be land areas (maybe an artificially created country) determined by the UN which will be providing a safe place for any persecuted peoples.

    As for economic immigrants. I'm an economic immigrant myself to Europe, so pretty similar to the rest of the flood that has happened in the last decade. But I was at least filtered by employment, contribution to the economy, visa interviews and paperwork. This is mutual consent of both sides where the country accepts you because you have a job in an industry they want to encourage, not climbing over a fence.

    Replies: @LatW

    There should be land areas (maybe an artificially created country) determined by the UN which will be providing a safe place for any persecuted peoples.

    While refugees do suffer real pain and it is heartbreaking to watch the children in particular being put on those unimaginable long journeys, the truth is that there are large swaths of peaceful places in Africa and the Middle East. There is peace in certain places even in the worst countries. They are supposed to stay in the first country they land that is peaceful.

    Btw, they are treated really terribly in Belarus, even though Belarus is peaceful.

    What you argue about refugees vs economic migrants, not sure the onus should be on EE states to sift through that.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @LatW

    This is exactly the case. Rather than simplistic "Euros vs refugees", we should look at why countries are exporting refugees/economic migrants, and which countries have the capacity to accept them without destroying its social & cultural fabric.

  206. @Dmitry
    @songbird

    My sense is that on average identifying-themselves sexual minority people, are more middle class, higher educated and higher income, than average people.

    One reason is maybe because in more difficult proletarian society, sexual minority people repress this social identity. But in more gentle, bourgeois society, this demographic are encouraged to be openly identifying as LGBT.

    So the openly identifying LGBT are at much higher rates in bourgeois society - i.e. their self-identification is much higher in this class.

    There might be some other correlations. In my industry, there seem to be not so many LGBT - except among women.

    There's an underproportion of women in the tech industry, but my sense is that of the underrepresented women there is a higher proportion of LGBT and non-binary.


    Anderson Cooper defended Haiti
     
    The wealthy LGBT hipsters of YouTube, don't seem to recommend Haiti lol. And that's despite being somekind of "expert level" travel bloggers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X25WAXmmVm0.

    By comparison, they recommend Bahrain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz2sOvBc63k.

    LGBT tourists would be usually middle class European people (or European Americans), with higher incomes, liberal virtue-signalling politics, - i.e. co-extensive with hipsters.

    The stereotypes of these bourgeois liberals, is to pretend they like poor places and bohemianism, but not actually like them. They would like "shabby-chic", not "shabby" much.

    I would guess Tel Aviv would be just on the margin of acceptability in terms of shabbiness for this market. Central Moscow (which turned into a gay hipster paradise) would be the ideal for them - but there is a recent problem of inference of politics in the international marketing for that.


    beach spot), or San Francisco.
     
    From the example of San Francisco.
    It makes me think that maybe because the historic LGBT culture have taste for liberal politics, good architecture, urban planning and booming economy. On the other hand, it could show a revealed preference for economic inequality.

    San Francisco is one of the more architecturally and naturally beautiful cities in the USA, with the country's most successful economy. On the other hand, it has terrible problems of inequality and homeless.

    So the fact it is still popular with LGBT culture, can show the culture has high tolerance for these ultra-unequal conditions. Los Angeles is also similar.


    gays are often seen as the shocktroops of gentrification in cities

     

    I would guess because the openly-identifying LGBT people have been historically more bourgeois. In the proletarian culture (which is more frequent in America, with the African-Americans) there is less of the luxury of toleration, and so the LGBT are more repressing their identity.

    Historic centre of the LGBT culture, were movements like the "Bloomsbury Group". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsbury_Group These were ultra-elitist social groups.

    In recent years, LGBT culture became more mainstream in the West, and maybe this will result in the demographic becoming more representative of lower classes than it has been historically.

    Replies: @songbird, @Barbarossa

    The wealthy LGBT hipsters of YouTube, don’t seem to recommend Haiti lol.

    Probably makes a difference if you are travelling together or seeking companionship.

  207. @A123
    @iffen

    Thank you for self identifying a Loon. Your crazy & doomed plan is to be an oblivious #NeverTrump yahoo. Sadly, you lack the mental capacity to grasp the clear policies offered by the mentally advantaged MAGA movement.

    (shrug) ... You can lead Low-IQ, SJW #NeverTrump yahoos to facts, but you can not make them rational.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @iffen

    You should return to your bot handler and apologize for claiming that you have an understanding of the American political scene. Go back to your ludicrous idea of promoting animosity toward Muslims by claiming that they are really SJWs. Or is it he other way around?

    • Thanks: Yellowface Anon
    • LOL: A123
    • Replies: @A123
    @iffen

    You really should give up on your loony, Low-IQ, #NeverTrump yahooism.

    Clearly no one is paying for your imcoherent gibberish, so the question is "Why?":

    -- Do you enjoy losing in service to your Great Leader, Not-The-President Biden?
    -- As an SJW, are you really as oblivious to American reality as you appear?

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @iffen

  208. @iffen
    @A123

    You should return to your bot handler and apologize for claiming that you have an understanding of the American political scene. Go back to your ludicrous idea of promoting animosity toward Muslims by claiming that they are really SJWs. Or is it he other way around?

    Replies: @A123

    You really should give up on your loony, Low-IQ, #NeverTrump yahooism.

    Clearly no one is paying for your imcoherent gibberish, so the question is “Why?”:

    — Do you enjoy losing in service to your Great Leader, Not-The-President Biden?
    — As an SJW, are you really as oblivious to American reality as you appear?

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • Replies: @iffen
    @A123

    Clearly no one is paying for your

    Right, but we can't say that for you, can we?

    Replies: @A123

  209. @songbird
    @Yellowface Anon

    Super-gays are Mother Nature's biowarfare lab. It is just how stuff works.

    That is why I advocate shipping super-gays (estimate <10% of gay pop) off to some isolated, tropical island. Could be their paradise and Sodom and Gomorrah, but travel would be only one way. No need to maintain police to constantly chase them (at least if you are a based country). And we would be able to have clean public bathrooms again, or at least be one step closer in getting there.

    Replies: @Svidomyatheart

    ^^

    Read this and despair…some excerpts from that thread

    It sucks some pictures dont load. I still remember scrolling through that horror thread…some of the images showed that they made a website and a forum for themselves where they’d try to specifically infect other people on purpose/get infected themselves.
    These ultra narcissistic “humans” or demons as id call them have 1000’s of partners…yes you’re probably going to get a disease if you have that many partners but they don’t care they only care about themselves.

    They were LITERALLY trying to pozz themselves..ASKING for pozzed people to fuck them to spread it. And the US and West Europe is trying to spread this degenerate practice here its as if Ukraine doesnt have enough HIV(honestly if I was magically in charge id make it a crime to infect someone with aids and those causing it woul be sentenced to on 10+ years of hard labor…and all HIV people shipped off to some remote location like Chernobyl unless they’re some sort of geniuses or something). Have ID cards and all that.

    Not hard to get volunteers or even cheaply paid people to get that kind of shit done.

    The male sexual drive is something else…women have 100’s of partners the most(even the biggest whore had like what?200?) these have 1000’s-10000’s.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Svidomyatheart

    Nobody ever thinks about the death toll, pain, or destruction caused by radical tolerance (ex: tolerating the bathhouses, or the grooming gangs in the UK), but it must be really massive.

    I understand that syphilis was on track to kill as many as HIV, if antibiotics hadn't been invented.


    The male sexual drive is something else…women have 100’s of partners the most(even the biggest whore had like what?200?) these have 1000’s-10000’s.
     
    There's probably some extreme network effect with supergays, that you wouldn't get with lesbians or mixed sex pairings.

    But, keeping that in mind, it is really amazing to consider that in Africa, HIV is primarily a heterosexual disease. (Whoring is really a big past-time there. I read a book once about a white family that owned a vacation resort in Rhodesia, when it became Zimbabwe, their primary income was from officials renting the bungalows out to whore.)
  210. @A123
    @iffen

    You really should give up on your loony, Low-IQ, #NeverTrump yahooism.

    Clearly no one is paying for your imcoherent gibberish, so the question is "Why?":

    -- Do you enjoy losing in service to your Great Leader, Not-The-President Biden?
    -- As an SJW, are you really as oblivious to American reality as you appear?

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    Replies: @iffen

    Clearly no one is paying for your

    Right, but we can’t say that for you, can we?

    • Replies: @A123
    @iffen

    I follow Jesus. I follow God.

    Telling the TRUTH is a duty and a privilege that those without souls, such as yourself, are incapable of understanding. It is beyond mere 'pay'.

    What you are missing is Faith. I wish I could help you, but as a mortal it is beyond my ken.

    I feel *pity* for you. And, I forgive you.

    PEACE

  211. @Dmitry
    @LatW


    stop pretending, young man
     
    Lol I am sounding very naïve.
    I understand people will always want to go to see strippers, and hire the "women of low social responsibility", to go with you to "private rooms". But I didn't know there is nowadays the demand to mix this with a magician show, seafood restaurant, and artistic fencing performances.

    I can attest that Russians do have a great dance practice

     

    Yes it's something (figure skating, gymnastics, ballet) that matches to the mentality, also like classical piano achievements.

    -

    But what do you think about these new fashions like pole dancing exercise studios that open in the cities in Russia?

    On one hand, it's great for exercise. And I even don't think necessarily there is anything wrong with pole dancing.

    On the other hand, if I had a daughter in the future, you would not encourage her to choose this exercise class, as it could be too easy to transition into the professional version (which overlaps with the prostitution) and where their salary is higher than a doctor.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8abt8_G780


    , it says 117 died there. That’s insane. See, honey, this is the kind of sh*t you Russkies do that
     
    It killed 156 people. (graphic, if you were curious - you can see these idiot club allowed the fire on the bamboo roof at 11:30 and still continued the show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orNL9bnZvH0.). I guess the only thing to say is to always remember where the exit is when you go into any crowded buildings. If you notice any smoke, stay near the exit.

    Replies: @LatW

    Lol I am sounding very naïve.

    I can now tell when you pretend to be clueless to illicit some kind of a reaction. 🙂

    But I didn’t know there is nowadays the demand to mix this with a magician show, seafood restaurant, and artistic fencing performances.

    Hey, seafood is great and fencing might be fun to watch. But yea… it sounds like they’re really living it up in Moscow. 🙂

    Yes it’s something (figure skating, gymnastics, ballet) that matches to the mentality, also like classical piano achievements.

    Yea, it’s amazing, I’m a huge fan of Russian hockey, it is just so technical and yet so graceful. And smart, too, with great combinations. It matches well with a Northern mentality. As to gymnastics, I haven’t really followed up on it, but the old school was very tough. They would literally make you stretch out to reach your toes while sitting on the ground and then an adult trainer would sit on your back. I’m not sure if today’s youth can endure that. As to hockey, you’re probably too young to know, but my dad used to tell me about the Russian hockey coach slash dictator Viktor Tikhonov. He was super strict.

    But what do you think about these new fashions like pole dancing exercise studios that open in the cities in Russia?

    I dunno, do you want to hear the nationalist version or the realist version? 🙂 From the athletic POV, it’s great, and the girl in the clip you posted is excellent, what she’s doing is very tough, plus she’s really built for it. From purely athletic POV there are skills in classic gymnastics that are very similar, e.g., climbing up the rope, splits, etc. So you don’t need to do pole dancing to practice those skills. But, ofc, the erotic side of it has gotten way too normalized, I can’t believe there are children in the audience. I don’t know, why do Slavic girls do that… some Baltic girls do it too, ofc, but Slavic girls just take to a whole different level.

    Btw, did you know that there are also straight male pole performances out there? They are fully clothed, ofc, and it’s more like pure entertainment. I’ve seen such a group perform in Gotland, Sweden, during a medieval festival. It was supposed to be kind of like circus entertainment and they did a great job. The dude could do that perpendicular hold on the pole, like sideways. Insane.

    as it could be too easy to transition into the professional version (which overlaps with the prostitution) and where their salary is higher than a doctor.

    Yes, someone at 18 can make what her parents make together or more. I don’t know. Maybe it should be allowed at a very discreet, high end, very expensive level. But it shouldn’t be normalized. Certainly, in an ideal world, Baltic women should not be allowed to do it, but they should be kept in close proximity to capable, hard working, attractive men.

    It killed 156 people.

    It’s an incredible tragedy, it looks like hell on earth. There were husbands looking for their wives that were stuck inside. The place was overcrowded, the people were huddling together as Slavic people enjoy doing. I know it’s a country of 140 million and all kinds of things can happen, but sometimes I wonder how the Russian people can take such sorrow.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @LatW


    economic migrants, not sure the onus should be on EE states
     
    It seems like Lukashenko is trying to do his own version of Castro's "Mariel boatlift"?

    I guess you can be grateful for small things - he is only flying people from ISIS hotzones - he didn't empty Minsk prison on your border yet. If he wants, Lukashenko could turn you into the next Riga Vice instead of Miami Vice, just with less cool clothes and added Syrian militants.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl9OddN29Z4


    now tell when you pretend to be clueless
     
    Lol this is flattering - unfortunately when my post sounds clueless I might be just clueless. And too much time in Western Europe is probably destroying my former street knowledge I had.

    I'm such a person who was some years ago wondering for a couple minutes "massage must be really popular", because there are so many adverts for massage in Russia.


    So you don’t need to do pole dancing to practice those skills. But, ofc, the erotic side of it has gotten way too normalized, I can’t believe there are children in the audience. I don’t know, why do Sla

     

    I don't even think the erotic side is a problem. If people want to do erotic dancing, then that's fine. Peoples' body is only young and attractive for a short time, it's not such a crime to show it - they will be old for decades later and nobody will want to look at them.

    But the reason it seems a bit scary to me, is that is in the context of country where prostitution is one of the main national hobbies, where prostitution can overlap with pole dancers, and where there is not available acceptable paying jobs for most young people.

    So if make pole dancing the new fitness hobby, then it's good for the peoples' health and so on. Many women would enjoy it as a sport, with no influence on their professional life.

    But what percentage will be tempted use their skills they learned professionally, and what percentage of those pole dancing clubs (I think a very high one) are also offering prostitution? And I'm not even saying prostitution is wrong, but it could seem not good to encourage in the context when normal jobs for the people are so badly paid.

    (Even I would not say prostitution in general is the problem, but prostitution in the local context of relative lack of normal jobs with non-slave level salaries.)


    t should be allowed at a very discreet, high end, very expensive level. But it shouldn’t be normalized
     
    Well what can be of our individual opinions, I would outline what I think is the realism perspective in a sentence: prostitution/sex industry is now so vast and popular multi-billion dollar industry in Russia, that it's unrealistic that authorities would intervene - it's an "opium of the masses", people using opium are less rebellious, and in the authorities' self-interest that people will stay in it.

    -

    Maybe just if you didn't pay the right officials, the police can sometimes come to verify if you have the correct paperwork to sell alcohol, and probably wanting to see if the location is suitable for their next afterwork party.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phK30GKCQd8.


    I know it’s a country of 140 million and all kinds of things can happen, but sometimes I wonder how the Russian people can take such sorrow.
     
    Well to look on the happy side, at least there are no serious earthquakes in Russian, outside of in Sakhalin once ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1995_Neftegorsk_earthquake ).

    And there are most countries with much higher suffering in all areas of life - life in Russia is far above average by international standards. A day in India or Africa will have more suffering than a year in Russia.

    Risk of dying in fires in Russia is higher than in Europe, but perhaps it could be improving in recent years, and not too common anyway by world standards.

    But then there are places where life in Russia is bad even relative to world levels. A million people are dying from coronavirus, and authorities are relatively not worried compared to many other countries.

    And this lack of care about epidemics not just in United Russia politicians, but even the opposition. For example, perhaps 2% of the residents of Ekaterinburg (and some other cities like Perm), are infected with HIV now. And there was liberal mayor Evegny Roizman during all this time - and there was still no needle exchange system established in Ekaterinburg to control the epidemic. This is a liberal opposition politician Roizman who criticizes United Russia, and yet his reaction to the HIV epidemic was even worse than you would expected from United Russia.

    Replies: @LatW

  212. @German_reader
    @A123


    The better “force” option is creating a DMZ filled with land mines.
     
    Poland has signed the ban on anti-personnel land mines:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_Treaty

    Anyway, the problem is Germany's insane immigration and asylum policy, other countries should just try to minimise the damage to themselves.

    Replies: @A123, @songbird

    I’ve always suspected that the Ottawa Treaty was secretly about migration. I mean, is the developed world really in the habit of leaving a bunch of landmines everywhere and then forgetting where they put them? Certain parts of Africa, certainly.

    Maybe, richer countries signing lends prestige to the process, but, even so, it seems largely meaningless. The concept of a nation-state applies only tenuously in Africa, where in war you typically have a lot of factions, so getting governments to sign seems largely meaningless. Would Angola respect the treaty, if they found themselves once again embroiled in the same type of conflict? Probably not, IMO. And not with 3x the population they had in 1997, rapidly growing.

    Africa might be the place most in need of landmines, to encourage peace.

    Of course, some say that Nigeria 750 million is a pipedream and there is no way that the US would hand over half its corn corp.

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
    @songbird


    I’ve always suspected that the Ottawa Treaty was secretly about migration. I mean, is the developed world really in the habit of leaving a bunch of landmines everywhere and then forgetting where they put them?
     
    An interesting thought. It is in fact a war crime to set up a minefield with permanent, not self-defuzing after an interval land mines that you don't record. Although the vagarities of war will result in some of those recording being lost, and someone still has to do the difficult and dangerous job of demining the locations.

    There's one other reason to think twice about such a method: people of ill intent but probably more smarts than rapeugees will locate and remove these mines and harvest their explosives and detonators, you might not want that, or the expense of monitoring the minefield and ... what, shooting anyone trying to do that? You also might need a mixture of anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines so expedient use of the latter can't defeat it. But if I was dictator of the USA one of the first things I'd do would be to make huge orders for both of such mines, have long thought that.

    Replies: @songbird

  213. @iffen
    @A123

    Clearly no one is paying for your

    Right, but we can't say that for you, can we?

    Replies: @A123

    I follow Jesus. I follow God.

    Telling the TRUTH is a duty and a privilege that those without souls, such as yourself, are incapable of understanding. It is beyond mere ‘pay’.

    What you are missing is Faith. I wish I could help you, but as a mortal it is beyond my ken.

    I feel *pity* for you. And, I forgive you.

    PEACE

  214. Each year, \$175.8 billion in international goods travel by truck and rail between Detroit and Canada.

    Detroit isn’t exactly the middle of nowhere. If you filled it with Russians, and sent the blacks back to Alabama, it would become America’s fastest growing city, IMO.

  215. @songbird
    USNS Harvey Milk was christened by a tranny. How long until the USN has a ship named after a tranny? IMO, this is just the culmination of desegregation. Nobody would think of having a ship full of only gays.

    Another ship is named after Sojourner Truth. I remember being in school and being given the task of writing an essay about Sojourner Truth. These days they are probably given the task of writing an essay about Milk.

    Replies: @Barbarossa, @Barbarossa

    I had to look it up since I could scarcely believe that there is as USNS Harvey Milk.
    Alas and alack there is.

    Given the reputation of the goings on in the Navy, perhaps this is a really meta move!

    If we sail the USNS into the Persian Gulf, will we hear from NPR how it’s “sending a strong message for human rights” !?

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Barbarossa

    Tend to think that the US military would get rolled pretty easily nowadays. I wonder how long before they go after the special forces.

    Replies: @Barbarossa

  216. @Svidomyatheart
    @songbird

    ^^

    Read this and despair...some excerpts from that thread

    https://i.imgur.com/7bCD03P.png

    https://i.imgur.com/PEDDDUz.jpg

    It sucks some pictures dont load. I still remember scrolling through that horror thread...some of the images showed that they made a website and a forum for themselves where they'd try to specifically infect other people on purpose/get infected themselves.
    These ultra narcissistic "humans" or demons as id call them have 1000's of partners...yes you're probably going to get a disease if you have that many partners but they don't care they only care about themselves.

    They were LITERALLY trying to pozz themselves..ASKING for pozzed people to fuck them to spread it. And the US and West Europe is trying to spread this degenerate practice here its as if Ukraine doesnt have enough HIV(honestly if I was magically in charge id make it a crime to infect someone with aids and those causing it woul be sentenced to on 10+ years of hard labor...and all HIV people shipped off to some remote location like Chernobyl unless they're some sort of geniuses or something). Have ID cards and all that.

    Not hard to get volunteers or even cheaply paid people to get that kind of shit done.

    The male sexual drive is something else...women have 100's of partners the most(even the biggest whore had like what?200?) these have 1000's-10000's.

    Replies: @songbird

    Nobody ever thinks about the death toll, pain, or destruction caused by radical tolerance (ex: tolerating the bathhouses, or the grooming gangs in the UK), but it must be really massive.

    I understand that syphilis was on track to kill as many as HIV, if antibiotics hadn’t been invented.

    The male sexual drive is something else…women have 100’s of partners the most(even the biggest whore had like what?200?) these have 1000’s-10000’s.

    There’s probably some extreme network effect with supergays, that you wouldn’t get with lesbians or mixed sex pairings.

    But, keeping that in mind, it is really amazing to consider that in Africa, HIV is primarily a heterosexual disease. (Whoring is really a big past-time there. I read a book once about a white family that owned a vacation resort in Rhodesia, when it became Zimbabwe, their primary income was from officials renting the bungalows out to whore.)

  217. @Barbarossa
    @songbird

    I had to look it up since I could scarcely believe that there is as USNS Harvey Milk.
    Alas and alack there is.

    Given the reputation of the goings on in the Navy, perhaps this is a really meta move!

    If we sail the USNS into the Persian Gulf, will we hear from NPR how it's "sending a strong message for human rights" !?

    Replies: @songbird

    Tend to think that the US military would get rolled pretty easily nowadays. I wonder how long before they go after the special forces.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
    @songbird

    No doubt that the U.S. is a paper tiger. Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq have proven that.

    The special forces should be all trans groups. Nothing could be more special than that!

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

  218. @songbird
    @Barbarossa

    Tend to think that the US military would get rolled pretty easily nowadays. I wonder how long before they go after the special forces.

    Replies: @Barbarossa

    No doubt that the U.S. is a paper tiger. Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq have proven that.

    The special forces should be all trans groups. Nothing could be more special than that!

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @Barbarossa

    There have been effective (proto-)LGBTQ military units:

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

    And ineffective ones too under the current American military culture of over-technification of war.

    Replies: @Barbarossa

  219. @A123
    @German_reader


    Obviously it would be best if Polish border guards just shot those assholes, but then it would probably cause EU sanctions against Poland.
     
    The better "force" option is creating a DMZ filled with land mines. Anyone who enters a mined area is committing suicide. There is no "trigger man" for the EU to blame.

    Poland should just do what Orban recently indicated, open a corridor for migrants to Germany. It’s what the German establishment and many voters want, they should get it.
     
    While tactically sound, it is unwise as strategy. Making Germany more Muslim creates a larger population against Judeo-Christian values.
    ________

    Poland will be building a barrier to keep undesirables out. (1)

    Polish Minister of the interior Mariusz Kamiński presented the details of the construction of a barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border. He emphasized that the barrier would be one of the more important elements to decisively limit mass illegal migration to Poland.

    The border barrier will be 180 kilometers long, and feature 5-meter-tall (16 feet) steel columns topped by half-meter tall barbed wire coils (the barrier will have a total height of 5.5 meters). The barrier will also be equipped with motion sensors and both day and night surveillance systems. Additionally, a new group of officers will support the Border Guard as the government will dedicate 750 positions to strengthen the border.

    The government estimates that the wall and its auxiliary infrastructure will cost over 1.6 billion zloty (€350 million). The construction of the barrier should start as early as this year and will be finished in mid-2022, minister Kamiński declared
     
    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://rmx.news/article/heres-the-new-design-for-polish-belarusian-border-fence/

     
    https://rmx.news/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Border-Wall-Poland-TT-M-Kaminski.jpg

    Replies: @German_reader, @LatW, @AP, @Mikhail

    Could Belarusian assets be confiscated in order to help pay for this?

    • Replies: @Svidomyatheart
    @AP

    I dont really pay attention to Belarus much (even tho Lukashenko has long overstayed his presence) but the fact remains that Poland/Lithuania instigated this conflict first by trying to destabilize and remove him via color revolution so hes just responding by doing what European NGO's have been doing for decades and selflessly bringing in more diversity (strength) to Europe


    No offense but this kind of thinking "Belarusian assets be confiscated in order to help pay for this?" is American level thinking.

    Btw Lukashenko is overplaying his hand I can see how this is going to be framed as Putin shenanigans and immigration restrictionism and border security put in place as a firm response , whether they're Putin psyops or not

    Replies: @Aedib, @Coconuts

    , @A123
    @AP


    Could Belarusian assets be confiscated in order to help pay for [Poland's Barrier]?
     
    Involuntarily transferring funds from a Russia bloc country to a NATO country is subject to misinterpretation risk. It would be justified, but require back channel work between the U.S. & Russian governments. Given Not-The-President Biden's leadership vacuum, it seems unlikely.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @RadicalCenter, @LatW

  220. @Yellowface Anon
    @Svidomyatheart

    Is HIV bioweapon?

    Replies: @songbird, @That Would Be Telling

    Is HIV bioweapon?

    Songbird is right, but in general we think not. Biggest issue is that it’s a retrovirus, violates the naive version of the “central dogma” of molecular genetics, with a lot of errors transcribes its RNA into DNA, then integrates it into the highjacked cell’s genome.

    This class of viruses was officially, publicly discovered around 1970, and it’s not the sort of thing a germ warfare effort would be likely to find on its own, vs. starting with known biological things. Stored samples of tissue etc. with HIV go back to 1959, and internal evidence of mutations suggests the first strain jumped from primates to humans ~1910.

    OK, it’s possible germ warfare scientists followed the Peter Daszak/EcoHealth Alliance thing, exited their comfy labs and went out and discovered exotic primate viruses, and without needing to know how they worked, did the gain of function thing and adapted them to humans. But unless you want to kill “super-gays” as Songbird put it, and intravenous drug users, while for some time making it a deadly risk for you and yours to get blood transfusions like after an unpredictable accident, and also hazard a lot of healthcare workers it doesn’t make any sense as a bioweapon. Whereas a zoonotic species jump to Africans to white super-gays path that happened multiple times makes complete sense.

    • Thanks: Yellowface Anon
  221. @Dmitry
    @songbird

    My sense is that on average identifying-themselves sexual minority people, are more middle class, higher educated and higher income, than average people.

    One reason is maybe because in more difficult proletarian society, sexual minority people repress this social identity. But in more gentle, bourgeois society, this demographic are encouraged to be openly identifying as LGBT.

    So the openly identifying LGBT are at much higher rates in bourgeois society - i.e. their self-identification is much higher in this class.

    There might be some other correlations. In my industry, there seem to be not so many LGBT - except among women.

    There's an underproportion of women in the tech industry, but my sense is that of the underrepresented women there is a higher proportion of LGBT and non-binary.


    Anderson Cooper defended Haiti
     
    The wealthy LGBT hipsters of YouTube, don't seem to recommend Haiti lol. And that's despite being somekind of "expert level" travel bloggers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X25WAXmmVm0.

    By comparison, they recommend Bahrain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz2sOvBc63k.

    LGBT tourists would be usually middle class European people (or European Americans), with higher incomes, liberal virtue-signalling politics, - i.e. co-extensive with hipsters.

    The stereotypes of these bourgeois liberals, is to pretend they like poor places and bohemianism, but not actually like them. They would like "shabby-chic", not "shabby" much.

    I would guess Tel Aviv would be just on the margin of acceptability in terms of shabbiness for this market. Central Moscow (which turned into a gay hipster paradise) would be the ideal for them - but there is a recent problem of inference of politics in the international marketing for that.


    beach spot), or San Francisco.
     
    From the example of San Francisco.
    It makes me think that maybe because the historic LGBT culture have taste for liberal politics, good architecture, urban planning and booming economy. On the other hand, it could show a revealed preference for economic inequality.

    San Francisco is one of the more architecturally and naturally beautiful cities in the USA, with the country's most successful economy. On the other hand, it has terrible problems of inequality and homeless.

    So the fact it is still popular with LGBT culture, can show the culture has high tolerance for these ultra-unequal conditions. Los Angeles is also similar.


    gays are often seen as the shocktroops of gentrification in cities

     

    I would guess because the openly-identifying LGBT people have been historically more bourgeois. In the proletarian culture (which is more frequent in America, with the African-Americans) there is less of the luxury of toleration, and so the LGBT are more repressing their identity.

    Historic centre of the LGBT culture, were movements like the "Bloomsbury Group". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsbury_Group These were ultra-elitist social groups.

    In recent years, LGBT culture became more mainstream in the West, and maybe this will result in the demographic becoming more representative of lower classes than it has been historically.

    Replies: @songbird, @Barbarossa

    I think that the current narcissistic navel gazing obsession with identity, especially “gender identity”, requires one to have way too much time to stew in ones own head as well as a general weakening of other identifying social bonds.

    These would seem to be a commonality between older elites as well as our own post industrial masses of the perpetually bored and titillated bourgeois.

    Those engaged in dealing with the actual trials of life have little time to become absorbed with such things. Like your Grandma used to say…Idle hands are the devil’s workshop!

    • Agree: Yellowface Anon
  222. @songbird
    @German_reader

    I've always suspected that the Ottawa Treaty was secretly about migration. I mean, is the developed world really in the habit of leaving a bunch of landmines everywhere and then forgetting where they put them? Certain parts of Africa, certainly.

    Maybe, richer countries signing lends prestige to the process, but, even so, it seems largely meaningless. The concept of a nation-state applies only tenuously in Africa, where in war you typically have a lot of factions, so getting governments to sign seems largely meaningless. Would Angola respect the treaty, if they found themselves once again embroiled in the same type of conflict? Probably not, IMO. And not with 3x the population they had in 1997, rapidly growing.

    Africa might be the place most in need of landmines, to encourage peace.

    Of course, some say that Nigeria 750 million is a pipedream and there is no way that the US would hand over half its corn corp.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling

    I’ve always suspected that the Ottawa Treaty was secretly about migration. I mean, is the developed world really in the habit of leaving a bunch of landmines everywhere and then forgetting where they put them?

    An interesting thought. It is in fact a war crime to set up a minefield with permanent, not self-defuzing after an interval land mines that you don’t record. Although the vagarities of war will result in some of those recording being lost, and someone still has to do the difficult and dangerous job of demining the locations.

    There’s one other reason to think twice about such a method: people of ill intent but probably more smarts than rapeugees will locate and remove these mines and harvest their explosives and detonators, you might not want that, or the expense of monitoring the minefield and … what, shooting anyone trying to do that? You also might need a mixture of anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines so expedient use of the latter can’t defeat it. But if I was dictator of the USA one of the first things I’d do would be to make huge orders for both of such mines, have long thought that.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @That Would Be Telling

    Think if they had been trying to discourage future conflict, as a moral stance, then the most effective thing they could have done would be to ban the migration of alien groups.

    Used to think that the East Germans had some sort of automated rocket launcher at their border with West Germany. Apparently, though many others thought so too, including intelligence services, it seems to be some propaganda campaign or misconception. They did employ a directional mine, activated by a tripwire though:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM-70

    But, from my reading of it, I suspect they would have been better off using normal landmines.

  223. @AP
    @A123

    Could Belarusian assets be confiscated in order to help pay for this?

    Replies: @Svidomyatheart, @A123

    I dont really pay attention to Belarus much (even tho Lukashenko has long overstayed his presence) but the fact remains that Poland/Lithuania instigated this conflict first by trying to destabilize and remove him via color revolution so hes just responding by doing what European NGO’s have been doing for decades and selflessly bringing in more diversity (strength) to Europe

    No offense but this kind of thinking “Belarusian assets be confiscated in order to help pay for this?” is American level thinking.

    Btw Lukashenko is overplaying his hand I can see how this is going to be framed as Putin shenanigans and immigration restrictionism and border security put in place as a firm response , whether they’re Putin psyops or not

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Aedib
    @Svidomyatheart

    I don’t think this is a Putin & Gerasimov psyop. Luka simply likes to take revenge against Poles and Lithuanians because of their instigation to the failed color revolution. In some sense it is a wise move: he retaliates against the sponsors of color revolutions in order to deter them from the next move. The scenes are too colorful to be a dark op from the FSB. It looks more like Italian comedia from the 1960s. And this is really funny because gets the Eurocrats hysterical.

    Replies: @LatW, @Dmitry

    , @Coconuts
    @Svidomyatheart


    I dont really pay attention to Belarus much (even tho Lukashenko has long overstayed his presence) but the fact remains that Poland/Lithuania instigated this conflict first by trying to destabilize and remove him via color revolution...
     
    I think Lukashenko was destablised first, and that was because he allowed Barbariko to run in the presidential election, and there was also Tikhonovskaya's husband who seems to have been an effective social media hustler. Poland and so on only made significant moves later when the scale of the opposition to the result and the aggressive measures against the early demonstrations were reported.

    Then Luka created this narrative about the opposition being made up of prostitutes, drug addicts and people paid by Poland/US, different foreign powers, when lots of it was just people under 50, especially if they had tertiary education. OTOH, Lukashenko probably has quite based views about democracy and in an unironic way sees himself as the real representative and conduit of the general will of the people, what he has been doing makes sense from this point of view.
  224. @songbird
    USNS Harvey Milk was christened by a tranny. How long until the USN has a ship named after a tranny? IMO, this is just the culmination of desegregation. Nobody would think of having a ship full of only gays.

    Another ship is named after Sojourner Truth. I remember being in school and being given the task of writing an essay about Sojourner Truth. These days they are probably given the task of writing an essay about Milk.

    Replies: @Barbarossa, @Barbarossa

    USNS Harvey Milk

    Also, does it have a glitter cannon and will it get fired at Vladimir Putin?

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Barbarossa

    Somewhat oddly (or appropriately?) , it is an oiler.

    BTW, if the rumors can be believed, it was not too many decades ago that the Air Force was considering some sort of gay bomb:
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jun/13/usa.danglaister

    Though, I think the real the Tsar Bomba would be a tranny bomb.

    Replies: @Barbarossa

    , @That Would Be Telling
    @Barbarossa



    USNS Harvey Milk
     
    Also, does it have a glitter cannon and will it get fired at Vladimir Putin?
     
    By today's standards it's almost unarmed, just some .50 BMG machine guns which are serviced by some of the few people in the military who are on these mostly civilian run ships. Serious ones have 25mm Bushmasters at a minimum, although this John Lewis (really) class ship is set up to have Phalanx CIWS added, or the SeaRAM modification of that which replaces the 20mm Vulcan canon with Rolling Airframe Missiles.
  225. @LatW
    @Dmitry


    Lol I am sounding very naïve.
     
    I can now tell when you pretend to be clueless to illicit some kind of a reaction. :)

    But I didn’t know there is nowadays the demand to mix this with a magician show, seafood restaurant, and artistic fencing performances.
     
    Hey, seafood is great and fencing might be fun to watch. But yea... it sounds like they're really living it up in Moscow. :)

    Yes it’s something (figure skating, gymnastics, ballet) that matches to the mentality, also like classical piano achievements.
     
    Yea, it's amazing, I'm a huge fan of Russian hockey, it is just so technical and yet so graceful. And smart, too, with great combinations. It matches well with a Northern mentality. As to gymnastics, I haven't really followed up on it, but the old school was very tough. They would literally make you stretch out to reach your toes while sitting on the ground and then an adult trainer would sit on your back. I'm not sure if today's youth can endure that. As to hockey, you're probably too young to know, but my dad used to tell me about the Russian hockey coach slash dictator Viktor Tikhonov. He was super strict.


    But what do you think about these new fashions like pole dancing exercise studios that open in the cities in Russia?
     
    I dunno, do you want to hear the nationalist version or the realist version? :) From the athletic POV, it's great, and the girl in the clip you posted is excellent, what she's doing is very tough, plus she's really built for it. From purely athletic POV there are skills in classic gymnastics that are very similar, e.g., climbing up the rope, splits, etc. So you don't need to do pole dancing to practice those skills. But, ofc, the erotic side of it has gotten way too normalized, I can't believe there are children in the audience. I don't know, why do Slavic girls do that... some Baltic girls do it too, ofc, but Slavic girls just take to a whole different level.

    Btw, did you know that there are also straight male pole performances out there? They are fully clothed, ofc, and it's more like pure entertainment. I've seen such a group perform in Gotland, Sweden, during a medieval festival. It was supposed to be kind of like circus entertainment and they did a great job. The dude could do that perpendicular hold on the pole, like sideways. Insane.

    as it could be too easy to transition into the professional version (which overlaps with the prostitution) and where their salary is higher than a doctor.
     
    Yes, someone at 18 can make what her parents make together or more. I don't know. Maybe it should be allowed at a very discreet, high end, very expensive level. But it shouldn't be normalized. Certainly, in an ideal world, Baltic women should not be allowed to do it, but they should be kept in close proximity to capable, hard working, attractive men.

    It killed 156 people.
     
    It's an incredible tragedy, it looks like hell on earth. There were husbands looking for their wives that were stuck inside. The place was overcrowded, the people were huddling together as Slavic people enjoy doing. I know it's a country of 140 million and all kinds of things can happen, but sometimes I wonder how the Russian people can take such sorrow.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    economic migrants, not sure the onus should be on EE states

    It seems like Lukashenko is trying to do his own version of Castro’s “Mariel boatlift”?

    I guess you can be grateful for small things – he is only flying people from ISIS hotzones – he didn’t empty Minsk prison on your border yet. If he wants, Lukashenko could turn you into the next Riga Vice instead of Miami Vice, just with less cool clothes and added Syrian militants.

    now tell when you pretend to be clueless

    Lol this is flattering – unfortunately when my post sounds clueless I might be just clueless. And too much time in Western Europe is probably destroying my former street knowledge I had.

    I’m such a person who was some years ago wondering for a couple minutes “massage must be really popular”, because there are so many adverts for massage in Russia.

    So you don’t need to do pole dancing to practice those skills. But, ofc, the erotic side of it has gotten way too normalized, I can’t believe there are children in the audience. I don’t know, why do Sla

    I don’t even think the erotic side is a problem. If people want to do erotic dancing, then that’s fine. Peoples’ body is only young and attractive for a short time, it’s not such a crime to show it – they will be old for decades later and nobody will want to look at them.

    But the reason it seems a bit scary to me, is that is in the context of country where prostitution is one of the main national hobbies, where prostitution can overlap with pole dancers, and where there is not available acceptable paying jobs for most young people.

    So if make pole dancing the new fitness hobby, then it’s good for the peoples’ health and so on. Many women would enjoy it as a sport, with no influence on their professional life.

    But what percentage will be tempted use their skills they learned professionally, and what percentage of those pole dancing clubs (I think a very high one) are also offering prostitution? And I’m not even saying prostitution is wrong, but it could seem not good to encourage in the context when normal jobs for the people are so badly paid.

    (Even I would not say prostitution in general is the problem, but prostitution in the local context of relative lack of normal jobs with non-slave level salaries.)

    t should be allowed at a very discreet, high end, very expensive level. But it shouldn’t be normalized

    Well what can be of our individual opinions, I would outline what I think is the realism perspective in a sentence: prostitution/sex industry is now so vast and popular multi-billion dollar industry in Russia, that it’s unrealistic that authorities would intervene – it’s an “opium of the masses”, people using opium are less rebellious, and in the authorities’ self-interest that people will stay in it.

    Maybe just if you didn’t pay the right officials, the police can sometimes come to verify if you have the correct paperwork to sell alcohol, and probably wanting to see if the location is suitable for their next afterwork party.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phK30GKCQd8.

    I know it’s a country of 140 million and all kinds of things can happen, but sometimes I wonder how the Russian people can take such sorrow.

    Well to look on the happy side, at least there are no serious earthquakes in Russian, outside of in Sakhalin once ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1995_Neftegorsk_earthquake ).

    And there are most countries with much higher suffering in all areas of life – life in Russia is far above average by international standards. A day in India or Africa will have more suffering than a year in Russia.

    Risk of dying in fires in Russia is higher than in Europe, but perhaps it could be improving in recent years, and not too common anyway by world standards.

    But then there are places where life in Russia is bad even relative to world levels. A million people are dying from coronavirus, and authorities are relatively not worried compared to many other countries.

    And this lack of care about epidemics not just in United Russia politicians, but even the opposition. For example, perhaps 2% of the residents of Ekaterinburg (and some other cities like Perm), are infected with HIV now. And there was liberal mayor Evegny Roizman during all this time – and there was still no needle exchange system established in Ekaterinburg to control the epidemic. This is a liberal opposition politician Roizman who criticizes United Russia, and yet his reaction to the HIV epidemic was even worse than you would expected from United Russia.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Dmitry


    It seems like Lukashenko is trying to do his own version of Castro’s “Mariel boatlift”?
     
    Well, where I would agree is that one shouldn't rely on Mr Lukashenko's good graces to protect one's borders. Hence, the barriers that will be built. And, btw, the nationalists have been talking for years about the need for this as well as the need to exit the Ottawa convention. This refugee problem is a crisis now, but the truth is that almost all of the illegal immigration had been coming from East for years and years, just in smaller numbers.

    I’m such a person who was some years ago wondering for a couple minutes “massage must be really popular”, because there are so many adverts for massage in Russia.
     
    Aw, that's so naive and kind of nerdy. LOL

    But then there are places where life in Russia is bad even relative to world levels. A million people are dying from coronavirus, and authorities are relatively not worried compared to many other countries.

     

    Yes, it's very serious, over 1000 daily deaths. It's very serious in the Baltic States, too, and, btw, the Russophones are more reluctant to take the vaccine (about 10% less than Latvians, for example). They don't want to be told what to do and they procrastinate.

    And this lack of care about epidemics not just in United Russia politicians, but even the opposition. For example, perhaps 2% of the residents of Ekaterinburg (and some other cities like Perm), are infected with HIV now.
     
    It's lame because Ekaterinburg seems like a very modern city. I like how they have built it out, especially around the waterfront. Maybe the population there grew and that's why the increase?

    no needle exchange system established in Ekaterinburg
     
    It might be that there is a strong bias and they don't want to "encourage the vice" (even though the result would be safety). Or maybe it is just pofigism.

    Replies: @Dmitry

  226. @Barbarossa
    @songbird

    No doubt that the U.S. is a paper tiger. Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq have proven that.

    The special forces should be all trans groups. Nothing could be more special than that!

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    There have been effective (proto-)LGBTQ military units:

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

    And ineffective ones too under the current American military culture of over-technification of war.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
    @Yellowface Anon

    Certainly. I can see where adding a sexual dimension to the already powerful bonds of male comradeship would create a particularly fanatical devotion. Historically homosexual men have not been necessarily "wimpy" as modern gays often seem to often self-conform to. There are probably interesting social reasons for that, not that anyone could do a research study these days called Exploring the Sociological Roots of Effeminate Behaviors in the Modern Gay Community !

    My real beef is with identity politics ideology, not necessarily homosexual attraction. I personally know homosexual people that are pretty much well rounded people with a variety of interests and facets. Then there are people who make their sexual preferences, or "gender identity", so central to their life and identity that one cannot escape it. It's obnoxious in the extreme, and I feel rather bad for those people since it seems like a very shallow and boring foundation to build one's entire identity on.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

  227. @LatW
    @Dmitry


    There should be land areas (maybe an artificially created country) determined by the UN which will be providing a safe place for any persecuted peoples.
     
    While refugees do suffer real pain and it is heartbreaking to watch the children in particular being put on those unimaginable long journeys, the truth is that there are large swaths of peaceful places in Africa and the Middle East. There is peace in certain places even in the worst countries. They are supposed to stay in the first country they land that is peaceful.

    Btw, they are treated really terribly in Belarus, even though Belarus is peaceful.

    What you argue about refugees vs economic migrants, not sure the onus should be on EE states to sift through that.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    This is exactly the case. Rather than simplistic “Euros vs refugees”, we should look at why countries are exporting refugees/economic migrants, and which countries have the capacity to accept them without destroying its social & cultural fabric.

  228. By now everyone should know WWIII is not a matter of if, but how and when, and what comes after it.

  229. @Dmitry
    @LatW


    economic migrants, not sure the onus should be on EE states
     
    It seems like Lukashenko is trying to do his own version of Castro's "Mariel boatlift"?

    I guess you can be grateful for small things - he is only flying people from ISIS hotzones - he didn't empty Minsk prison on your border yet. If he wants, Lukashenko could turn you into the next Riga Vice instead of Miami Vice, just with less cool clothes and added Syrian militants.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl9OddN29Z4


    now tell when you pretend to be clueless
     
    Lol this is flattering - unfortunately when my post sounds clueless I might be just clueless. And too much time in Western Europe is probably destroying my former street knowledge I had.

    I'm such a person who was some years ago wondering for a couple minutes "massage must be really popular", because there are so many adverts for massage in Russia.


    So you don’t need to do pole dancing to practice those skills. But, ofc, the erotic side of it has gotten way too normalized, I can’t believe there are children in the audience. I don’t know, why do Sla

     

    I don't even think the erotic side is a problem. If people want to do erotic dancing, then that's fine. Peoples' body is only young and attractive for a short time, it's not such a crime to show it - they will be old for decades later and nobody will want to look at them.

    But the reason it seems a bit scary to me, is that is in the context of country where prostitution is one of the main national hobbies, where prostitution can overlap with pole dancers, and where there is not available acceptable paying jobs for most young people.

    So if make pole dancing the new fitness hobby, then it's good for the peoples' health and so on. Many women would enjoy it as a sport, with no influence on their professional life.

    But what percentage will be tempted use their skills they learned professionally, and what percentage of those pole dancing clubs (I think a very high one) are also offering prostitution? And I'm not even saying prostitution is wrong, but it could seem not good to encourage in the context when normal jobs for the people are so badly paid.

    (Even I would not say prostitution in general is the problem, but prostitution in the local context of relative lack of normal jobs with non-slave level salaries.)


    t should be allowed at a very discreet, high end, very expensive level. But it shouldn’t be normalized
     
    Well what can be of our individual opinions, I would outline what I think is the realism perspective in a sentence: prostitution/sex industry is now so vast and popular multi-billion dollar industry in Russia, that it's unrealistic that authorities would intervene - it's an "opium of the masses", people using opium are less rebellious, and in the authorities' self-interest that people will stay in it.

    -

    Maybe just if you didn't pay the right officials, the police can sometimes come to verify if you have the correct paperwork to sell alcohol, and probably wanting to see if the location is suitable for their next afterwork party.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phK30GKCQd8.


    I know it’s a country of 140 million and all kinds of things can happen, but sometimes I wonder how the Russian people can take such sorrow.
     
    Well to look on the happy side, at least there are no serious earthquakes in Russian, outside of in Sakhalin once ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1995_Neftegorsk_earthquake ).

    And there are most countries with much higher suffering in all areas of life - life in Russia is far above average by international standards. A day in India or Africa will have more suffering than a year in Russia.

    Risk of dying in fires in Russia is higher than in Europe, but perhaps it could be improving in recent years, and not too common anyway by world standards.

    But then there are places where life in Russia is bad even relative to world levels. A million people are dying from coronavirus, and authorities are relatively not worried compared to many other countries.

    And this lack of care about epidemics not just in United Russia politicians, but even the opposition. For example, perhaps 2% of the residents of Ekaterinburg (and some other cities like Perm), are infected with HIV now. And there was liberal mayor Evegny Roizman during all this time - and there was still no needle exchange system established in Ekaterinburg to control the epidemic. This is a liberal opposition politician Roizman who criticizes United Russia, and yet his reaction to the HIV epidemic was even worse than you would expected from United Russia.

    Replies: @LatW

    It seems like Lukashenko is trying to do his own version of Castro’s “Mariel boatlift”?

    Well, where I would agree is that one shouldn’t rely on Mr Lukashenko’s good graces to protect one’s borders. Hence, the barriers that will be built. And, btw, the nationalists have been talking for years about the need for this as well as the need to exit the Ottawa convention. This refugee problem is a crisis now, but the truth is that almost all of the illegal immigration had been coming from East for years and years, just in smaller numbers.

    I’m such a person who was some years ago wondering for a couple minutes “massage must be really popular”, because there are so many adverts for massage in Russia.

    Aw, that’s so naive and kind of nerdy. LOL

    But then there are places where life in Russia is bad even relative to world levels. A million people are dying from coronavirus, and authorities are relatively not worried compared to many other countries.

    Yes, it’s very serious, over 1000 daily deaths. It’s very serious in the Baltic States, too, and, btw, the Russophones are more reluctant to take the vaccine (about 10% less than Latvians, for example). They don’t want to be told what to do and they procrastinate.

    And this lack of care about epidemics not just in United Russia politicians, but even the opposition. For example, perhaps 2% of the residents of Ekaterinburg (and some other cities like Perm), are infected with HIV now.

    It’s lame because Ekaterinburg seems like a very modern city. I like how they have built it out, especially around the waterfront. Maybe the population there grew and that’s why the increase?

    no needle exchange system established in Ekaterinburg

    It might be that there is a strong bias and they don’t want to “encourage the vice” (even though the result would be safety). Or maybe it is just pofigism.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    @LatW


    ery serious, over 1000 daily death
     
    In Russia it's more like 5000 people dying each day from coronavirus during the peaks of the waves ( https://doctorpiter.ru/articles/688489/ ).

    And authorities were faking the data to maintain the economy open. For example, in November 2020 in Novosibirsk there were proportionally more people dying from coronavirus than in New York in April 2020. But the restaurants, bars and nightclubs, were open, and most people were not wearing masks.

    By comparison, in April 2020 in New York, with less people dying as a proportion of the population that in Novosibirsk in November 2020, the city had mostly shut down, and the media reported that there was an epidemic in the city.


    Russophones are more reluctant to take the vaccine (about 10% less than Latvians, for example). They don’t want to be told what to do and they
     
    And partly because the Russian media and politicians have been acting like coronavirus is problem in other countries not Russia, partly has been promoting anti-vax attitudes about Western vaccines. For example, all this obsession about the dangers of Pfizer, or "monkey DNA" in Astrazeneca vaccine, etc.

    https://www.vedomosti.ru/society/news/2020/09/09/839323-otlichiya-rossiiskoi-i-anglo-shvedskoi-vaktsin
    https://www.interfax-russia.ru/moscow/main/putin-tragicheskih-posledstviy-posle-polucheniya-rossiyskih-vakcin-net
    https://www.rbc.ru/society/12/09/2020/5f5cf2cd9a794702eecbbf28

    If you believed that Western vaccines were already dangerous, then the logical implication of media messaging has been you definitely should not injected with a Russian one.


    Ekaterinburg seems like a very modern city. I like how they have built it out, especially around the waterfront. Maybe the population
     
    It's on one hand being on the silk road for opium, and being an economically successful, resilient city - that therefore has been profitable for drug sales. Because it's one of the most economically robust cities, therefore it is always one of the most profitable for narcotics.

    It's on the other hand, because of the most stupid and incompetent authorities that can be imagined, in terms of understanding of international epidemiological guidelines for fighting this epidemic, which had been solved decades ago in other countries.


    population there grew and that’s why the increase?

     

    It's a proportional increase in HIV rates, which is a result of more widely the drug addiction, and more narrowly the needle sharing.

    So for example, the HIV prevalence in the total population (all normal residents) of Ekaterinburg, is 1/3 higher than the total HIV prevalence of sex workers in Amsterdam.

    And there are many other cities in Russia like Perm, Omsk, where it has been a similar situation.


    strong bias and they don’t want to “encourage the vice” (even though the result would be safety). Or maybe it is just pofigism.
     
    Roizman has blamed the open borders immigration system, in relation to central Asia, where the drugs are moved on the silk road through the cities. And that is true that experts have said that open borders immigration policy of Russia has probably been one contributing factor to the drug epidemic, that therefore resulted in the high level of HIV.

    Roizman also was justified to criticize the authorities, but his history of parallel state initiatives does not inspire confidence.

    We don't have to be professionally trained epidemiologists, to be skeptical that you could manage drug addicts by capturing them and adding them to a kind of private prison "rehabilitation centre".

    Roizman's centres used to chain by hand famously the male addicts to the beds.

    And an equivalent centre (important to say, not related to Roizman) in Krasnokamsk was famous for allegedly torturing, beating, perhaps raping and killing some of its captured drug addicts.

    -

    Although later Roizman women's centre he opened in Beryozovsky (which I think police tried to close at one time later), looked like the most normal and modern one - as they had things like therapeutic gardening, which is used in some advanced Western countries for managing traumatized people. And not chaining them to the bed. So maybe Roizman's methods were not so bad by the 2010s.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoADbTK-nrE

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

  230. The pathetic tail of CO2 growth on the right turns out to be a “climate catastrophe”.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @Mike_from_Russia

    How much GHG does it actually take for runaway GH effect? Anything below that is tolerable.

    Replies: @songbird

  231. @Mike_from_Russia
    https://aftershock.news/sites/default/files/u40665/co2_and_temperature.jpg

    The pathetic tail of CO2 growth on the right turns out to be a "climate catastrophe".

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    How much GHG does it actually take for runaway GH effect? Anything below that is tolerable.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Yellowface Anon

    The environmentalists always go overboard. I don't think that wood stoves should need to have catalytic converters. Not to mention, the early requirements about low flush toilets were a real disaster.


    By now everyone should know WWIII is not a matter of if, but how and when, and what comes after it.
     
    Maybe, it is already here and we just can't mentally adjust ourselves to the way that the nature of warfare has changed and the tactics have evolved. Postwar up to now has been way more consequential to the British than anything since the Anglo-Saxon invasion. And yet, we are supposed to think it is peace and prosperity. If so, it is like no former peace, which ever existed.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling, @Yellowface Anon

  232. @Svidomyatheart
    @AP

    I dont really pay attention to Belarus much (even tho Lukashenko has long overstayed his presence) but the fact remains that Poland/Lithuania instigated this conflict first by trying to destabilize and remove him via color revolution so hes just responding by doing what European NGO's have been doing for decades and selflessly bringing in more diversity (strength) to Europe


    No offense but this kind of thinking "Belarusian assets be confiscated in order to help pay for this?" is American level thinking.

    Btw Lukashenko is overplaying his hand I can see how this is going to be framed as Putin shenanigans and immigration restrictionism and border security put in place as a firm response , whether they're Putin psyops or not

    Replies: @Aedib, @Coconuts

    I don’t think this is a Putin & Gerasimov psyop. Luka simply likes to take revenge against Poles and Lithuanians because of their instigation to the failed color revolution. In some sense it is a wise move: he retaliates against the sponsors of color revolutions in order to deter them from the next move. The scenes are too colorful to be a dark op from the FSB. It looks more like Italian comedia from the 1960s. And this is really funny because gets the Eurocrats hysterical.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Aedib


    And this is really funny because gets the Eurocrats hysterical.
     
    Well, the ever caring uncle Lavrov just joined the trolling by suggesting that the EU pay Belarus to keep the migrants at bay.

    Replies: @Aedib, @A123

    , @Dmitry
    @Aedib

    The irony is nobody in the world hates Putin/Kremlin, more than Lukashenko.

    But his position is always vulnerable on the both flanks, and the EU and Poland considers him more unacceptable than he has naively understood before 2020.

    This is partly why he seemed distracted so much and idiotically trying to be friendly to Poland/EU in 2019, as his "multivector" strategy, when he was hit from the other flank last year.

    Nowadays his bargaining position is even far weaker than in 2019, and he has almost no leverage against Russia (but still he seems to try to bargain).

    Replies: @Aedib

  233. @Svidomyatheart
    @AP

    I dont really pay attention to Belarus much (even tho Lukashenko has long overstayed his presence) but the fact remains that Poland/Lithuania instigated this conflict first by trying to destabilize and remove him via color revolution so hes just responding by doing what European NGO's have been doing for decades and selflessly bringing in more diversity (strength) to Europe


    No offense but this kind of thinking "Belarusian assets be confiscated in order to help pay for this?" is American level thinking.

    Btw Lukashenko is overplaying his hand I can see how this is going to be framed as Putin shenanigans and immigration restrictionism and border security put in place as a firm response , whether they're Putin psyops or not

    Replies: @Aedib, @Coconuts

    I dont really pay attention to Belarus much (even tho Lukashenko has long overstayed his presence) but the fact remains that Poland/Lithuania instigated this conflict first by trying to destabilize and remove him via color revolution…

    I think Lukashenko was destablised first, and that was because he allowed Barbariko to run in the presidential election, and there was also Tikhonovskaya’s husband who seems to have been an effective social media hustler. Poland and so on only made significant moves later when the scale of the opposition to the result and the aggressive measures against the early demonstrations were reported.

    Then Luka created this narrative about the opposition being made up of prostitutes, drug addicts and people paid by Poland/US, different foreign powers, when lots of it was just people under 50, especially if they had tertiary education. OTOH, Lukashenko probably has quite based views about democracy and in an unironic way sees himself as the real representative and conduit of the general will of the people, what he has been doing makes sense from this point of view.

  234. I think Lukashenko was destablised first, and that was because he allowed Barbariko to run in the presidential election, and there was also Tikhonovskaya’s husband who seems to have been an effective social media hustler.

    Both of them were RF attempts (Babariko – Gazprom banker, Tikhonovskaya’s husband supported Crimean grab) to create some additional leverage against Lukashenko and to coerce him into joining RF under the guise of strenghtened union while economically strangling him by doing de facto oil supply blockade at the start of 2020.

  235. @Mr. Hack
    @schnellandine

    I double checked and couldn't find any outings that include both Davis and Pastorius together. Perhaps, it was wishful thinking on my part?...I do know that Davis thought that he was a great musician and even dedicated a song in his honor:

    https://youtu.be/0PZ7jB-TwSg

    I only really came to Charlie Parker about 10 years ago. I came across a wonderful box set that included 10 CD's, an anthology of sorts. Really, great music and equally good mixing too. Since then, I've purchased a couple of other of his albums, that corresponded to his orchestral period - sweet!

    Replies: @Agathoklis

    The second Miles Davis Quintet was clearly the apex of American jazz/improvisational music. Sure, there was some highlights later such as Frank Zappa and Eric Dolphy but the consistent brilliance of that group will never be bettered.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Agathoklis

    Do you really find listening to Dolphy's music enjoyable? And Zappa, although he would come up with some good stuff and was straddling the boundaries of both rock and jazz music, will be ultimately remembered as a rock star. What came after the Quintet's music, after "Kind of Blue" and a couple of others, was by and large noise as far as I'm concerned. Miles became a very strange and kooky guy whose musical genius was erased by his descent into a nightmare of drugs and dark strange people.

    Replies: @Agathoklis

  236. • Replies: @A123
    @sudden death

    What is your point?
    That the death rates are trivial and thus irrelevant?

    .00003 - .00002 is a net difference of .00001. Even if it is accurate, it is hardly demographically noticeable.

    Compare this number to Red voters fleeing from states like California. Relocation of Trump voters into Trump voting counties is much larger than any possible impact from the WUHAN-19 virus.

    Another thing to consider is that Biden has collapsed over 10% in the polls (10,000 per 100,000). This impact also swamps any possible WUHAN-19 impact (net 100 per 100,000) by a factor of 100x.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    , @RadicalCenter
    @sudden death

    We’ll need age-adjusted rates of death allegedly caused by covid-19. Aren’t the pro-Trump districts older, on average, than the anti-Trump districts? Exit polling broken down by age could help here too.

  237. @Barbarossa
    @songbird


    USNS Harvey Milk
     
    Also, does it have a glitter cannon and will it get fired at Vladimir Putin?

    Replies: @songbird, @That Would Be Telling

    Somewhat oddly (or appropriately?) , it is an oiler.

    BTW, if the rumors can be believed, it was not too many decades ago that the Air Force was considering some sort of gay bomb:
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jun/13/usa.danglaister

    Though, I think the real the Tsar Bomba would be a tranny bomb.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
    @songbird

    But that was back in the ancient days of...14 years ago.

    Now a "gay bomb" would be hailed as a perfect way to increase representation in the military and everywhere else!

    Replies: @songbird

  238. @That Would Be Telling
    @songbird


    I’ve always suspected that the Ottawa Treaty was secretly about migration. I mean, is the developed world really in the habit of leaving a bunch of landmines everywhere and then forgetting where they put them?
     
    An interesting thought. It is in fact a war crime to set up a minefield with permanent, not self-defuzing after an interval land mines that you don't record. Although the vagarities of war will result in some of those recording being lost, and someone still has to do the difficult and dangerous job of demining the locations.

    There's one other reason to think twice about such a method: people of ill intent but probably more smarts than rapeugees will locate and remove these mines and harvest their explosives and detonators, you might not want that, or the expense of monitoring the minefield and ... what, shooting anyone trying to do that? You also might need a mixture of anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines so expedient use of the latter can't defeat it. But if I was dictator of the USA one of the first things I'd do would be to make huge orders for both of such mines, have long thought that.

    Replies: @songbird

    Think if they had been trying to discourage future conflict, as a moral stance, then the most effective thing they could have done would be to ban the migration of alien groups.

    Used to think that the East Germans had some sort of automated rocket launcher at their border with West Germany. Apparently, though many others thought so too, including intelligence services, it seems to be some propaganda campaign or misconception. They did employ a directional mine, activated by a tripwire though:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM-70

    But, from my reading of it, I suspect they would have been better off using normal landmines.

  239. @Agathoklis
    @Mr. Hack

    The second Miles Davis Quintet was clearly the apex of American jazz/improvisational music. Sure, there was some highlights later such as Frank Zappa and Eric Dolphy but the consistent brilliance of that group will never be bettered.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    Do you really find listening to Dolphy’s music enjoyable? And Zappa, although he would come up with some good stuff and was straddling the boundaries of both rock and jazz music, will be ultimately remembered as a rock star. What came after the Quintet’s music, after “Kind of Blue” and a couple of others, was by and large noise as far as I’m concerned. Miles became a very strange and kooky guy whose musical genius was erased by his descent into a nightmare of drugs and dark strange people.

    • Replies: @Agathoklis
    @Mr. Hack

    Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch is one of the greatest discs of the 20th century. Sit down and give it a try. It is highly innovative but also retained its musicality which cannot be said for some free and avant-garde jazz. Regarding Frank Zappa, most serious music listeners know he was not just a rockstar. He was a serious musician and he hired serious musicians like George Duke, Jean Luc-Ponty, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ruth Underwood, Adrian Belew and many more. Try listening to the Grand Wazoo, Big Swifty or Shut and Play Yer Guitar. Or the Yellow Shark for his orchestral music.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  240. @songbird
    @Barbarossa

    Somewhat oddly (or appropriately?) , it is an oiler.

    BTW, if the rumors can be believed, it was not too many decades ago that the Air Force was considering some sort of gay bomb:
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jun/13/usa.danglaister

    Though, I think the real the Tsar Bomba would be a tranny bomb.

    Replies: @Barbarossa

    But that was back in the ancient days of…14 years ago.

    Now a “gay bomb” would be hailed as a perfect way to increase representation in the military and everywhere else!

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Barbarossa

    I once argued that, if there was a "gay germ", then it would have been weaponized, and someone hit back with. "Maybe, it has been."

    Thinking it over, it might be pretty consequential or effective, even if it only effected <10% the population. Kind of like covid (not that I am conspiracy-minded), but if it had been invented as a bioweapon, then they might be happy with the results, just based on the economic and political damage that it has done. The real test of a weapon's effectiveness is in the response that it solicits.

  241. @Yellowface Anon
    @Mike_from_Russia

    How much GHG does it actually take for runaway GH effect? Anything below that is tolerable.

    Replies: @songbird

    The environmentalists always go overboard. I don’t think that wood stoves should need to have catalytic converters. Not to mention, the early requirements about low flush toilets were a real disaster.

    By now everyone should know WWIII is not a matter of if, but how and when, and what comes after it.

    Maybe, it is already here and we just can’t mentally adjust ourselves to the way that the nature of warfare has changed and the tactics have evolved. Postwar up to now has been way more consequential to the British than anything since the Anglo-Saxon invasion. And yet, we are supposed to think it is peace and prosperity. If so, it is like no former peace, which ever existed.

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
    @songbird


    The environmentalists always go overboard. I don’t think that wood stoves should need to have catalytic converters.
     
    It does raise their price, but as I understand it provides two direct benefits to the owner, a lot of volatile fuel that would otherwise be wasted into the atmosphere is burned in them, and that removes a lot of the fractions of fuel which are prone to deposit on the exhaust pipe. Have also read, but this must be taken with a grain of salt, that Denver was getting smoggy with a lot of use of the old fashioned types of stoves.

    Replies: @A123

    , @Yellowface Anon
    @songbird

    You mean the Cold War, and now hybrid wars. I mean a hot, potentially MAD war.

    Replies: @songbird

  242. @Yellowface Anon
    @Barbarossa

    There have been effective (proto-)LGBTQ military units:

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

    And ineffective ones too under the current American military culture of over-technification of war.

    Replies: @Barbarossa

    Certainly. I can see where adding a sexual dimension to the already powerful bonds of male comradeship would create a particularly fanatical devotion. Historically homosexual men have not been necessarily “wimpy” as modern gays often seem to often self-conform to. There are probably interesting social reasons for that, not that anyone could do a research study these days called Exploring the Sociological Roots of Effeminate Behaviors in the Modern Gay Community !

    My real beef is with identity politics ideology, not necessarily homosexual attraction. I personally know homosexual people that are pretty much well rounded people with a variety of interests and facets. Then there are people who make their sexual preferences, or “gender identity”, so central to their life and identity that one cannot escape it. It’s obnoxious in the extreme, and I feel rather bad for those people since it seems like a very shallow and boring foundation to build one’s entire identity on.

    • Agree: iffen
    • LOL: sher singh
    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @Barbarossa

    I always feel identity politics is putting the cart before the horse. For starters, biological-racial identities before economics and ethno-culture.

  243. @LatW
    @A123


    Poland should care long term about their Judeo-Christian citizens. Making Germany more Islamic, and therefore more hostile to Christian Poland, is less than strategic thinking.
     
    Obviously, Christianity should be protected (in its traditional, not woke form) and the state already protects Christianity to some extent. As to the future, it's a question of an ethical nature - should Eastern Europeans stand up for those, in the name of higher universal values, who do not want to stand up for themselves and who might in fact be feeling pretty ok with the situation (e.g., Westerners).

    Objective fact shows that Muslim rape-ugees are incapable of assimilation.

     

    Well, it seems that in some cases the second generation tends to become more Islamic or radicalized than their parents who first arrive to Europe, but who knows. Some become secular. Again, this does not solve the problem, even if it may alleviate the situation a little.

    With limited funds, projects have to be prioritized.
     
    There are funds available. And as it seems to be the case with these protective walls, political will is often more important than the actual funds. You have to want to build it. There is a sense of urgency about it in EE.

    Given the EU as a whole benefits from strong border enforcement, the EU should be offering up funding to keep the border closed.
     
    Poland et al have insisted on this since day one. But Ursula von der Leyen is a Teutonic ice queen, nothing could break her will. It's kind of sad because it used to be that it was possible to talk to the EU People's Party faction (which she technically represents via the CDU), although she seems to have a rather cosmopolitan background. The Commission is going to insist on housing the refugees where they land. But letting them pass through may be an option for now. However, Germans themselves are having issues on the Polish-German border. It looks like there were small groups of brothers in Germany trying to defend the smaller border towns. Of course, they were subdued by their own compatriots.

    It should be no surprise that illegal immigrants break the law.
     
    Well, this is exactly the crux of the matter. If you let them pass, then technically you're allowing them to break the law. The EE approach has so far been to drive them back, and it implies a certain level of brutality. Again, the E.Europeans will be painted as more brutal (there is already such a meme floating around re: WW2, how even the Germans used to be "shocked at the brutality of the locals", history repeating ~eye roll~).

    The EU as a whole has to work together to solve the problem Merkel created.
     
    She didn't create it, just exacerbated it. Yes, the EU should work together, but the a priori thinking is that there will be some kind of a policy that will be based on the woke version of "common values", while the East has a different understanding of this. Instead of diluting its position through a compromise with the West, the East should hold steadfast and insist on its own position. Which is roughly, we don't let anyone in and we house only a few.


    Hopefully the new German government will do the right thing.
     
    I hope and trust in the rationality and pragmatism of the German people. But how can one trust the reds regarding the immigration policy? Germany is in an unprecedented position now as the historic two-way coalition is out of whack. They may have what ironically is called "a rainbow coalition" with more parties involved. This may be a more fragile set up (although Germans can probably handle it ok). Scholz is moderate, but Greens are not. It seems like Scholz is more of an old school social democrat who cares more about the environment and labor rights. Let's hope his rationality prevails over some of the radical parts of the future coalition.

    Replies: @A123

    [Merkel] didn’t create it, just exacerbated it.

    You might want to tell Merkel that. She is out doing victory laps over her migration success. (1)

    the EU should work together, but the a priori thinking is that there will be some kind of a policy that will be based on the woke version of “common values”

    I concur. At this point, pretty much everyone grasps that the mythical “European Values” that were supposed to underpin the EU do not actually exist. (2)

    The Clash of Cultures Conference — Debate in Warsaw: Poland should actively create a Christian Europe

    Poland needs to take a more active role in promoting a Christian Europe, said Former Polish Speaker of the Sejm Marek Jurek, who took part in the “Gender, Cancel Culture, and Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century” panel at the Clash of Cultures conference in Warsaw.

    “In a very active way, Poland should aim to create a Christian Europe and Christian public opinion in Europe. Without it, there will not be an actual reconstruction of European civilization,” he said.

    Father Dariusz Oko, who is also a professor, emphasized during the debate that the rules of nature and existence are unchangeable.

    “The madness of gender ideology lies in the fact that they want to break the rules of nature because they live in a foundational lie. They are negating the truth of existence, and they are negating God. They consider themselves to be above God. This is nonsense that inevitably leads to even greater nonsense. This is why Nazism existed, why communism existed, and now we have genderism — a mutation of communism,” Oko said.

    It would be wise for Europe to look at ending the EU in an orderly manner. The current course is towards a disorganized end.

    Germany is in an unprecedented position now as the historic two-way coalition is out of whack. They may have what ironically is called “a rainbow coalition” with more parties involved. This may be a more fragile set up (although Germans can probably handle it ok).

    Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the 2-way Black/Red coalition always undermined Red policy and party strength. Both sides #1 Red & #2 Black have signalled that they will not participate with the other.

    Based on the math & either Red or Black, there are only two possible 3-way coalitions:
        — Red/Green/Yellow (Traffic Light)
        — Black/Green/Yellow (Jamaica)
    However, the #4 FDP wants to bring down energy prices while the #3 Greens are intransigent about their ‘environmentalism’. It is hard to see how a Green/Yellow compromise will work.

    Beyond these, nothing is mathematically sound:
        — None of the major parties will work with #5 AfD, which is the true German Workers party.
        — #6 Linke (Purple) is too small to matter. Red/Green/Purple is a few seats short. If negotiations drag on long enough, perhaps enough legislators will be permitted to go ‘free agent’, launching this combination as an inherently minority government.

    Your term “fragile” is a good choice. Any government will be weak and unstable. However, Germany needs substantial policy modification to escape Merkel style SJW Globalism. It is hard to see how a fragile government can deliver the needed change.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://rmx.news/article/yes-we-did-it-merkel-claims-2015-migration-crisis-was-a-success/

    (2) https://rmx.news/article/debate-in-warsaw-poland-should-actively-create-a-christian-europe-and-christian-public-opinion-in-europe/

    • Replies: @LatW
    @A123


    the mythical “European Values” that were supposed to underpin the EU do not actually exist.
     
    Well, they do exist, it's just that there are very differing interpretations of them, and the term is also very conveniently thrown in to necessitate certain un-European agendas.

    [..]they want to break the rules of nature because they live in a foundational lie. They are negating the truth of existence, and they are negating God. They consider themselves to be above God. This is nonsense that inevitably leads to even greater nonsense.
     
    I like this debate from Warsaw. I like how he says "it is nonsense that leads to more nonsense". Very accurate. They come up with nonsense but it can't stop, it has to lead to more nonsense. It should be the left party slogan "We promise you more nonsense", "Sustainable nonsense", etc. Hypothetically, at the end of this road, is there enough nonsense that they can keep coming up? Will they ever run out of nonsense?

    It is understandable that the Poles are calling for this because if you look at the darkest moments of their history they really didn't have anyone, they only had God and each other.

    May God bless the Polish border guards, give them strength, stamina and a cool head.
    God bless Poland.
    Ave Maria.

  244. @sudden death
    https://preview.redd.it/3ppn7js56fy71.png?width=1320&format=png&auto=webp&s=72958abacb18ca086416bc9f62be79587c3ba774

    Replies: @A123, @RadicalCenter

    What is your point?
    That the death rates are trivial and thus irrelevant?

    .00003 – .00002 is a net difference of .00001. Even if it is accurate, it is hardly demographically noticeable.

    Compare this number to Red voters fleeing from states like California. Relocation of Trump voters into Trump voting counties is much larger than any possible impact from the WUHAN-19 virus.

    Another thing to consider is that Biden has collapsed over 10% in the polls (10,000 per 100,000). This impact also swamps any possible WUHAN-19 impact (net 100 per 100,000) by a factor of 100x.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • Agree: Yellowface Anon
  245. @AP
    @A123

    Could Belarusian assets be confiscated in order to help pay for this?

    Replies: @Svidomyatheart, @A123

    Could Belarusian assets be confiscated in order to help pay for [Poland’s Barrier]?

    Involuntarily transferring funds from a Russia bloc country to a NATO country is subject to misinterpretation risk. It would be justified, but require back channel work between the U.S. & Russian governments. Given Not-The-President Biden’s leadership vacuum, it seems unlikely.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    @A123

    It would not be “mis”-interpreted as theft and bullying. It would be rightly seen as just that. Who the Hell are you to talk about stealing from Belarus? This is the obnoxious arrogance that has caused widespread, justifiable resentment of the Thug US and its pervert hypocrite “allies.”

    France and Germany and Poland and the rest of the aging, dying, pro-deviant, anti-family, self-hating “Europe” should mind their business about Russia and Belarus. Don’t meddle in other countries’ affairs if you don’t want those countries striking back with whatever means are at their disposal. Good for Belarus.

    Give the pussy “Europeans” what they say they want, good and hard. Especially the suicidal sanctimonious German “Besserwisser” (know-it-alls).

    Unlimited “diversity” so that social cohesion and high levels of social trust become impossible. Importation of large numbers of racial and religious groups that are traditionally hostile to each other and/or dangerously hostile to non-Muslims.

    Importation of people from cultures that degrade and dominate women.

    Importation of hordes who immediately become net-tax-consumers in “Europe” and often remain that way for the rest of their lives.

    Importation of hordes with no experience with, or appreciation of, the rule of law, our notions of fair play and justice — certainly many do not share our tradition of respecting the rights and dignity of people with arbitrary absurd religious beliefs that are different from their own arbitrary absurd religious beliefs.

    Someone should confiscate your property as punishment for urging others to steal from Belarus and interfere in their affairs. Turnabout is fair play.

    You’re right, though, that Biden/Harris were selected president/veep by systematic vote fraud. But if your casual advocacy of stealing from and trying to control other countries is representative of “our side” in the USA, we’re in trouble.

    Replies: @A123, @AP

    , @LatW
    @A123


    Involuntarily transferring funds from a Russia bloc country to a NATO country is subject to misinterpretation risk. It would be justified, but require back channel work between the U.S. & Russian governments.
     
    Btw, speaking of money (and I'm not endorsing any action here): in the Rus opposition YouTube the so called "arresting of the Russian trillion" is often brought up as a potential punishment that the West could dole out to Putin's regime. Basically, as the last resort, if Russia invades Ukraine, the West should confiscate or freeze all those assets. Which apparently amount to a trillion USD. It's all the private money and the private money that's intermingled with the state that is located in the West (bank accounts, properties, etc). There might be some money from Belarusian indviduals there, too.
  246. @Barbarossa
    @songbird

    But that was back in the ancient days of...14 years ago.

    Now a "gay bomb" would be hailed as a perfect way to increase representation in the military and everywhere else!

    Replies: @songbird

    I once argued that, if there was a “gay germ”, then it would have been weaponized, and someone hit back with. “Maybe, it has been.”

    Thinking it over, it might be pretty consequential or effective, even if it only effected <10% the population. Kind of like covid (not that I am conspiracy-minded), but if it had been invented as a bioweapon, then they might be happy with the results, just based on the economic and political damage that it has done. The real test of a weapon's effectiveness is in the response that it solicits.

  247. @Barbarossa
    @songbird


    USNS Harvey Milk
     
    Also, does it have a glitter cannon and will it get fired at Vladimir Putin?

    Replies: @songbird, @That Would Be Telling

    USNS Harvey Milk

    Also, does it have a glitter cannon and will it get fired at Vladimir Putin?

    By today’s standards it’s almost unarmed, just some .50 BMG machine guns which are serviced by some of the few people in the military who are on these mostly civilian run ships. Serious ones have 25mm Bushmasters at a minimum, although this John Lewis (really) class ship is set up to have Phalanx CIWS added, or the SeaRAM modification of that which replaces the 20mm Vulcan canon with Rolling Airframe Missiles.

  248. @songbird
    @Yellowface Anon

    The environmentalists always go overboard. I don't think that wood stoves should need to have catalytic converters. Not to mention, the early requirements about low flush toilets were a real disaster.


    By now everyone should know WWIII is not a matter of if, but how and when, and what comes after it.
     
    Maybe, it is already here and we just can't mentally adjust ourselves to the way that the nature of warfare has changed and the tactics have evolved. Postwar up to now has been way more consequential to the British than anything since the Anglo-Saxon invasion. And yet, we are supposed to think it is peace and prosperity. If so, it is like no former peace, which ever existed.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling, @Yellowface Anon

    The environmentalists always go overboard. I don’t think that wood stoves should need to have catalytic converters.

    It does raise their price, but as I understand it provides two direct benefits to the owner, a lot of volatile fuel that would otherwise be wasted into the atmosphere is burned in them, and that removes a lot of the fractions of fuel which are prone to deposit on the exhaust pipe. Have also read, but this must be taken with a grain of salt, that Denver was getting smoggy with a lot of use of the old fashioned types of stoves.

    • Replies: @A123
    @That Would Be Telling

    If operated properly, a secondary combustion element can be a win. However it is not as simple as regular stove usage.

    Forcing/giving catalytic units to those who do not use them properly will achieve little to no benefit.

    For those genuinely using wood as a heat source for multiple months per year, the reduced wood consumption will be a huge motivation to learn the necessary techniques for the stove combustion lattice.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________

    https://armourchimneys.com/operation-catalytic-wood-stoves-vs-non-catalytic-burning-stoves/

     
    https://armourchimneys.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/combwork.png

    Replies: @Aedib, @Barbarossa

  249. @songbird
    @Yellowface Anon

    The environmentalists always go overboard. I don't think that wood stoves should need to have catalytic converters. Not to mention, the early requirements about low flush toilets were a real disaster.


    By now everyone should know WWIII is not a matter of if, but how and when, and what comes after it.
     
    Maybe, it is already here and we just can't mentally adjust ourselves to the way that the nature of warfare has changed and the tactics have evolved. Postwar up to now has been way more consequential to the British than anything since the Anglo-Saxon invasion. And yet, we are supposed to think it is peace and prosperity. If so, it is like no former peace, which ever existed.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling, @Yellowface Anon

    You mean the Cold War, and now hybrid wars. I mean a hot, potentially MAD war.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Yellowface Anon


    I mean a hot, potentially MAD war.
     
    Forget about MAD! It is obsolete. What holds is MALC: Mutually-Assured Lack of Cappuccino. Or, maybe, MAP? Mutually-Assured Proletarianization. (Sorry, can someone please suggest better?),

    Basically, much of the elite's status comes from living in premier cities - centers of power. With high end amenities and creme-de-le-crem social circles. New York/Washington/Moscow/St. Petersburg/London/Beijing/Shanghai. None of these places would survive a barrage. Especially the good neighborhoods, restaurants, and luxury stores.

    Even if the families of the elite could somehow get early warning and sneak off in the middle of the night to Butte, Montana, or someplace that might stand a chance of interceptor defense, they wouldn't want to live among rednecks, eat at the McDonald's, shop at K-Mart, and lose their status. Nothing could be worse from their perspective. Not even millions of proles dying in the trenches.

    You mean the Cold War, and now hybrid wars.
     
    Actually, I had something quite different in mind. Cold War and hybrid wars are pretty well related to old conceptions of wars. They are doctrinal, war-gamed, and ultimately about men fighting somewhere. Huge sums are devoted to playing the game, and there is nothing controversial in talking about it.

    But what if you had a lot of the consequences of war - such as loss of territory, of resources - in a process which nobody thought of as war? Partly, because it was too politically incorrect to name enemies. But mostly because the violence was lower-grade. Of course, I am talking about mass migration. On a long time scale, it has consequences much greater than modern wars, more like the prehistoric ones.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling

  250. @Barbarossa
    @Yellowface Anon

    Certainly. I can see where adding a sexual dimension to the already powerful bonds of male comradeship would create a particularly fanatical devotion. Historically homosexual men have not been necessarily "wimpy" as modern gays often seem to often self-conform to. There are probably interesting social reasons for that, not that anyone could do a research study these days called Exploring the Sociological Roots of Effeminate Behaviors in the Modern Gay Community !

    My real beef is with identity politics ideology, not necessarily homosexual attraction. I personally know homosexual people that are pretty much well rounded people with a variety of interests and facets. Then there are people who make their sexual preferences, or "gender identity", so central to their life and identity that one cannot escape it. It's obnoxious in the extreme, and I feel rather bad for those people since it seems like a very shallow and boring foundation to build one's entire identity on.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

    I always feel identity politics is putting the cart before the horse. For starters, biological-racial identities before economics and ethno-culture.

  251. @sudden death
    https://preview.redd.it/3ppn7js56fy71.png?width=1320&format=png&auto=webp&s=72958abacb18ca086416bc9f62be79587c3ba774

    Replies: @A123, @RadicalCenter

    We’ll need age-adjusted rates of death allegedly caused by covid-19. Aren’t the pro-Trump districts older, on average, than the anti-Trump districts? Exit polling broken down by age could help here too.

    • Agree: Barbarossa
  252. @A123
    @AP


    Could Belarusian assets be confiscated in order to help pay for [Poland's Barrier]?
     
    Involuntarily transferring funds from a Russia bloc country to a NATO country is subject to misinterpretation risk. It would be justified, but require back channel work between the U.S. & Russian governments. Given Not-The-President Biden's leadership vacuum, it seems unlikely.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @RadicalCenter, @LatW

    It would not be “mis”-interpreted as theft and bullying. It would be rightly seen as just that. Who the Hell are you to talk about stealing from Belarus? This is the obnoxious arrogance that has caused widespread, justifiable resentment of the Thug US and its pervert hypocrite “allies.”

    France and Germany and Poland and the rest of the aging, dying, pro-deviant, anti-family, self-hating “Europe” should mind their business about Russia and Belarus. Don’t meddle in other countries’ affairs if you don’t want those countries striking back with whatever means are at their disposal. Good for Belarus.

    Give the pussy “Europeans” what they say they want, good and hard. Especially the suicidal sanctimonious German “Besserwisser” (know-it-alls).

    Unlimited “diversity” so that social cohesion and high levels of social trust become impossible. Importation of large numbers of racial and religious groups that are traditionally hostile to each other and/or dangerously hostile to non-Muslims.

    Importation of people from cultures that degrade and dominate women.

    Importation of hordes who immediately become net-tax-consumers in “Europe” and often remain that way for the rest of their lives.

    Importation of hordes with no experience with, or appreciation of, the rule of law, our notions of fair play and justice — certainly many do not share our tradition of respecting the rights and dignity of people with arbitrary absurd religious beliefs that are different from their own arbitrary absurd religious beliefs.

    Someone should confiscate your property as punishment for urging others to steal from Belarus and interfere in their affairs. Turnabout is fair play.

    You’re right, though, that Biden/Harris were selected president/veep by systematic vote fraud. But if your casual advocacy of stealing from and trying to control other countries is representative of “our side” in the USA, we’re in trouble.

    • Replies: @A123
    @RadicalCenter


    It would not be “mis”-interpreted as theft and bullying. It would be rightly seen as just that
     
    Belarus started the theft and bullying by intentionally creating Muslim throughput to coerce, Poland, Lithuania, & Latvia.

    Now Bullyrus is complaining that it is being stuck with Muslims that cannot proceed further. You will find that sympathy for Bullyrus is quite limited. And, whining about a bully being bullied is guaranteed to fall on deaf ears.

    That being said, "Luka the Blackmailer" is a leader within the Russian bloc. As it is in everyone's interest to avoid additional NATO hot spots, their are limitations on what Europe can do to respond.

    The current political structure did not anticipate having an illegitimate and mentally incompetent White House occupant. Fortunately, the USSR gerontocracy is recent enough that Russia has realistic views. They can anticipate problems currently facing the U.S. Thus, there is unlikely to be overreaction to Not-The-President Biden's gibberish.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    Two Wrongs Do Not Necessarily Make a Right.
    However, They Often Make Justice.
    , @AP
    @RadicalCenter


    Who the Hell are you to talk about stealing from Belarus?
     
    Lukashenko chose to import migrants from Syria and Iraq, to bus them to the Polish border and even to have his men cross the border and destroy border fencing. It would surely not be theft to confiscate state asserts in order to pay for the troop mobilization, border repairs, and more robust fencing that are a direct consequence of Belarusian state policy.

    Were you opposed to Trump’s insistence that Mexico pay for America’s wall btw?

    Replies: @RadicalCenter

  253. @A123
    @LatW


    [Merkel] didn’t create it, just exacerbated it.
     
    You might want to tell Merkel that. She is out doing victory laps over her migration success. (1)

    the EU should work together, but the a priori thinking is that there will be some kind of a policy that will be based on the woke version of “common values”
     
    I concur. At this point, pretty much everyone grasps that the mythical "European Values" that were supposed to underpin the EU do not actually exist. (2)

    The Clash of Cultures Conference -- Debate in Warsaw: Poland should actively create a Christian Europe

    Poland needs to take a more active role in promoting a Christian Europe, said Former Polish Speaker of the Sejm Marek Jurek, who took part in the “Gender, Cancel Culture, and Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century” panel at the Clash of Cultures conference in Warsaw.

    “In a very active way, Poland should aim to create a Christian Europe and Christian public opinion in Europe. Without it, there will not be an actual reconstruction of European civilization,” he said.
    ...
    Father Dariusz Oko, who is also a professor, emphasized during the debate that the rules of nature and existence are unchangeable.

    “The madness of gender ideology lies in the fact that they want to break the rules of nature because they live in a foundational lie. They are negating the truth of existence, and they are negating God. They consider themselves to be above God. This is nonsense that inevitably leads to even greater nonsense. This is why Nazism existed, why communism existed, and now we have genderism — a mutation of communism,” Oko said.
     
    It would be wise for Europe to look at ending the EU in an orderly manner. The current course is towards a disorganized end.

    Germany is in an unprecedented position now as the historic two-way coalition is out of whack. They may have what ironically is called “a rainbow coalition” with more parties involved. This may be a more fragile set up (although Germans can probably handle it ok).
     
    Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the 2-way Black/Red coalition always undermined Red policy and party strength. Both sides #1 Red & #2 Black have signalled that they will not participate with the other.

    Based on the math & either Red or Black, there are only two possible 3-way coalitions:
        -- Red/Green/Yellow (Traffic Light)
        -- Black/Green/Yellow (Jamaica)
    However, the #4 FDP wants to bring down energy prices while the #3 Greens are intransigent about their 'environmentalism'. It is hard to see how a Green/Yellow compromise will work.

    Beyond these, nothing is mathematically sound:
        -- None of the major parties will work with #5 AfD, which is the true German Workers party.
        -- #6 Linke (Purple) is too small to matter. Red/Green/Purple is a few seats short. If negotiations drag on long enough, perhaps enough legislators will be permitted to go 'free agent', launching this combination as an inherently minority government.

    Your term "fragile" is a good choice. Any government will be weak and unstable. However, Germany needs substantial policy modification to escape Merkel style SJW Globalism. It is hard to see how a fragile government can deliver the needed change.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://rmx.news/article/yes-we-did-it-merkel-claims-2015-migration-crisis-was-a-success/

    (2) https://rmx.news/article/debate-in-warsaw-poland-should-actively-create-a-christian-europe-and-christian-public-opinion-in-europe/

    Replies: @LatW

    the mythical “European Values” that were supposed to underpin the EU do not actually exist.

    Well, they do exist, it’s just that there are very differing interpretations of them, and the term is also very conveniently thrown in to necessitate certain un-European agendas.

    [..]they want to break the rules of nature because they live in a foundational lie. They are negating the truth of existence, and they are negating God. They consider themselves to be above God. This is nonsense that inevitably leads to even greater nonsense.

    I like this debate from Warsaw. I like how he says “it is nonsense that leads to more nonsense”. Very accurate. They come up with nonsense but it can’t stop, it has to lead to more nonsense. It should be the left party slogan “We promise you more nonsense”, “Sustainable nonsense”, etc. Hypothetically, at the end of this road, is there enough nonsense that they can keep coming up? Will they ever run out of nonsense?

    It is understandable that the Poles are calling for this because if you look at the darkest moments of their history they really didn’t have anyone, they only had God and each other.

    May God bless the Polish border guards, give them strength, stamina and a cool head.
    God bless Poland.
    Ave Maria.

  254. @Aedib
    @Svidomyatheart

    I don’t think this is a Putin & Gerasimov psyop. Luka simply likes to take revenge against Poles and Lithuanians because of their instigation to the failed color revolution. In some sense it is a wise move: he retaliates against the sponsors of color revolutions in order to deter them from the next move. The scenes are too colorful to be a dark op from the FSB. It looks more like Italian comedia from the 1960s. And this is really funny because gets the Eurocrats hysterical.

    Replies: @LatW, @Dmitry

    And this is really funny because gets the Eurocrats hysterical.

    Well, the ever caring uncle Lavrov just joined the trolling by suggesting that the EU pay Belarus to keep the migrants at bay.

    • Replies: @Aedib
    @LatW


    Well, the ever caring uncle Lavrov just joined the trolling by suggesting that the EU pay Belarus to keep the migrants at bay.
     
    LOL. Epic trolling.

    May be the Belarusians took the initiative with a tacit approval from “the big brother”, but I think this is, mostly a Luka’s initiative. I must confess I’m really enjoying the spectacle. Can you tell us how this comedy is seen from Latvia?

    Replies: @LatW

    , @A123
    @LatW

    To give credit where it is due.... This is an excellent Troll by Lukashenko (1)


    A Jan.6 'Capitol Rioter' Is Being Hailed As A Hero In Belarus, Where He's Hiding From The FBI

    A 48-year old man who is an alleged Jan.6 'Capitol rioter' is currently seeking political asylum in Belarus, in a bizarre story capturing global headlines, also given heavy FBI involvement and a manhunt underway.

    After California resident Evan Neumann was charged in July with six criminal counts he reportedly fled to eastern Europe, and was subsequently placed on the US Most Wanted List. He's since emerged in Alexander Lukashenko's Belarus, where he's been given a hero's treatment, with state media portraying him as a "simple American" who is fleeing "political persecution".
    ...
    interestingly, the ex-Soviet Republic of Belarus - which is widely described as Europe's last dictatorship (given President Alexander Lukashenko's rule of 26 years) - is featuring his story as an example of Western hypocrisy and America's crackdown on human rights.

     
    How can Not-The-President Biden's illegitimate administration respond?

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________

    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/jan6-capitol-rioter-being-hailed-hero-belarus-where-hes-hiding-fbi

    Replies: @LatW

  255. @LatW
    @Aedib


    And this is really funny because gets the Eurocrats hysterical.
     
    Well, the ever caring uncle Lavrov just joined the trolling by suggesting that the EU pay Belarus to keep the migrants at bay.

    Replies: @Aedib, @A123

    Well, the ever caring uncle Lavrov just joined the trolling by suggesting that the EU pay Belarus to keep the migrants at bay.

    LOL. Epic trolling.

    May be the Belarusians took the initiative with a tacit approval from “the big brother”, but I think this is, mostly a Luka’s initiative. I must confess I’m really enjoying the spectacle. Can you tell us how this comedy is seen from Latvia?

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Aedib


    May be the Belarusians took the initiative with a tacit approval from “the big brother”, but I think this is, mostly a Luka’s initiative.
     
    Well, I'm not saying that the elder brother created or instigated this situation per se, it's just that given the current environment, just making a few steps or approving those steps, is the use of "hybrid warfare" (destabilization, etc) that is an example of the new doctrine which was a great prediction of how foreign affairs are now playing out.

    I must confess I’m really enjoying the spectacle.
     

    Well, Luka's trolling has always been highly entertaining, it goes both ways, towards Russia, too. I can't believe some of the stuff he said to the Russians last year with a straight face. LOL
    Like when Russia tried to cut the gravy train a little, he immediately was like "Somebody must think we are no longer brothers". It's just so blunt. It sounds like something that a sassy woman would say. :)

    And in this case, with the migrants, there is really not much that can be done to him. He can just act rogue. But the EU has always considered him that anyway.

    On a more serious note, he is actually a very ruthless dictator, given what he has done to the zmagars and other opposition.


    Can you tell us how this comedy is seen from Latvia?
     
    It's not really considered a comedy there. :) Obviously, it is widely believed that Luka is doing this deliberately. Unlike other dictators who just threatened to let the migrants pass or just put them on boats or whatever, Luka is actually deliberately trafficking them in and his siloviks are escorting them to the border in a police bobik. So that looks really bad.

    Also, the most recent trolling outburst where he said something along the lines of: "We know that if we, God forbid, make a mistake, if we derail, then Russia will be pulled into this whirlpool and it's a huge nuclear state", that's a little much. :) So if Poles and Lithuanians push the migrants back into the Belarusian territory, Russia is going to take out the nukes? That's just crazy talk. :)

    Of course, the concentration of soldiers along the border, while needed, is not ideal, nobody wants to shoot in the direction of Belarus. Even if you had to fire warning shots for the migrants, that can create a bad situation.

    The nationalists have been concerned for a long time that some kind of a northern corridor for migrants could appear. Also, they believe that if the EU is not going to provide any tangible help then they should stop expressing "deep concern". Although there has been some assistance from the EU. It's just not principled enough. The good thing at least is that they are not as pushy about human rights this time. Because these flows are coming from Belarus (or general East Slavic direction), the refugees immediately turn into "economic migrants".

    In general, I think it's a messed up situation, it's unnecessary antagonism between Belarus and Poland & the Baltic States.

  256. @That Would Be Telling
    @songbird


    The environmentalists always go overboard. I don’t think that wood stoves should need to have catalytic converters.
     
    It does raise their price, but as I understand it provides two direct benefits to the owner, a lot of volatile fuel that would otherwise be wasted into the atmosphere is burned in them, and that removes a lot of the fractions of fuel which are prone to deposit on the exhaust pipe. Have also read, but this must be taken with a grain of salt, that Denver was getting smoggy with a lot of use of the old fashioned types of stoves.

    Replies: @A123

    If operated properly, a secondary combustion element can be a win. However it is not as simple as regular stove usage.

    Forcing/giving catalytic units to those who do not use them properly will achieve little to no benefit.

    For those genuinely using wood as a heat source for multiple months per year, the reduced wood consumption will be a huge motivation to learn the necessary techniques for the stove combustion lattice.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________

    https://armourchimneys.com/operation-catalytic-wood-stoves-vs-non-catalytic-burning-stoves/

     

    • Replies: @Aedib
    @A123

    Let this to be known by Svidos. General Winter is coming and the chief executive clown is advising Ukrainian people to use firewood in order to avoid buying imperial gas to the Moskaly-Mongols.
    LOL.

    Replies: @LatW

    , @Barbarossa
    @A123

    Right. The wood has to be well seasoned and one has to be particular about burning at the correct temps. No closing the damper and smoldering.

    They are great when used properly but do not tolerate abuse from ignorant owners well.

    Wood stove regulations are another instance where it should be addressed in a very local way. In densely populated areas mandating cleaner burning stoves makes sense. In the countryside where population density and income is low it can put an undue burden on people who can't perhaps afford a $3000 wood stove.

    I burn wood for heat and have observed that a great many people don't do it well. I've finally prioritized getting a year ahead with my firewood supply so my wood is always dry, which is a huge benefit. Wet wood is the worst. Hot clean burns are also much more efficient for cleanliness of smoke and heating.

    Even a non-catalytic should not be belching dark smoke other than at start up if the wood is good quality and it's tended properly.

  257. • Replies: @German_reader
    @Aedib

    German tabloid BILD also had a headline today "Thousands pushing towards Germany - Putin and Lukashenko are blackmailing Europe".
    Obviously I have no idea, if Russia is or isn't somehow involved in this, but the (feigned) outrage is kind of ridiculous, given the pro-immigration stance by the establishment throughout Western Europe.

    Replies: @Aedib, @Pericles

  258. @A123
    @That Would Be Telling

    If operated properly, a secondary combustion element can be a win. However it is not as simple as regular stove usage.

    Forcing/giving catalytic units to those who do not use them properly will achieve little to no benefit.

    For those genuinely using wood as a heat source for multiple months per year, the reduced wood consumption will be a huge motivation to learn the necessary techniques for the stove combustion lattice.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________

    https://armourchimneys.com/operation-catalytic-wood-stoves-vs-non-catalytic-burning-stoves/

     
    https://armourchimneys.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/combwork.png

    Replies: @Aedib, @Barbarossa

    Let this to be known by Svidos. General Winter is coming and the chief executive clown is advising Ukrainian people to use firewood in order to avoid buying imperial gas to the Moskaly-Mongols.
    LOL.

    • Replies: @LatW
    @Aedib


    General Winter is coming and the chief executive clown is advising Ukrainian people to use firewood in order to avoid buying imperial gas to the Moskaly-Mongols.
     
    Don't laugh, dear. The pinecones are actually an underused resource. :)
  259. @A123
    @That Would Be Telling

    If operated properly, a secondary combustion element can be a win. However it is not as simple as regular stove usage.

    Forcing/giving catalytic units to those who do not use them properly will achieve little to no benefit.

    For those genuinely using wood as a heat source for multiple months per year, the reduced wood consumption will be a huge motivation to learn the necessary techniques for the stove combustion lattice.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    _____________________

    https://armourchimneys.com/operation-catalytic-wood-stoves-vs-non-catalytic-burning-stoves/

     
    https://armourchimneys.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/combwork.png

    Replies: @Aedib, @Barbarossa

    Right. The wood has to be well seasoned and one has to be particular about burning at the correct temps. No closing the damper and smoldering.

    They are great when used properly but do not tolerate abuse from ignorant owners well.

    Wood stove regulations are another instance where it should be addressed in a very local way. In densely populated areas mandating cleaner burning stoves makes sense. In the countryside where population density and income is low it can put an undue burden on people who can’t perhaps afford a \$3000 wood stove.

    I burn wood for heat and have observed that a great many people don’t do it well. I’ve finally prioritized getting a year ahead with my firewood supply so my wood is always dry, which is a huge benefit. Wet wood is the worst. Hot clean burns are also much more efficient for cleanliness of smoke and heating.

    Even a non-catalytic should not be belching dark smoke other than at start up if the wood is good quality and it’s tended properly.

    • Agree: iffen
  260. @RadicalCenter
    @A123

    It would not be “mis”-interpreted as theft and bullying. It would be rightly seen as just that. Who the Hell are you to talk about stealing from Belarus? This is the obnoxious arrogance that has caused widespread, justifiable resentment of the Thug US and its pervert hypocrite “allies.”

    France and Germany and Poland and the rest of the aging, dying, pro-deviant, anti-family, self-hating “Europe” should mind their business about Russia and Belarus. Don’t meddle in other countries’ affairs if you don’t want those countries striking back with whatever means are at their disposal. Good for Belarus.

    Give the pussy “Europeans” what they say they want, good and hard. Especially the suicidal sanctimonious German “Besserwisser” (know-it-alls).

    Unlimited “diversity” so that social cohesion and high levels of social trust become impossible. Importation of large numbers of racial and religious groups that are traditionally hostile to each other and/or dangerously hostile to non-Muslims.

    Importation of people from cultures that degrade and dominate women.

    Importation of hordes who immediately become net-tax-consumers in “Europe” and often remain that way for the rest of their lives.

    Importation of hordes with no experience with, or appreciation of, the rule of law, our notions of fair play and justice — certainly many do not share our tradition of respecting the rights and dignity of people with arbitrary absurd religious beliefs that are different from their own arbitrary absurd religious beliefs.

    Someone should confiscate your property as punishment for urging others to steal from Belarus and interfere in their affairs. Turnabout is fair play.

    You’re right, though, that Biden/Harris were selected president/veep by systematic vote fraud. But if your casual advocacy of stealing from and trying to control other countries is representative of “our side” in the USA, we’re in trouble.

    Replies: @A123, @AP

    It would not be “mis”-interpreted as theft and bullying. It would be rightly seen as just that

    Belarus started the theft and bullying by intentionally creating Muslim throughput to coerce, Poland, Lithuania, & Latvia.

    Now Bullyrus is complaining that it is being stuck with Muslims that cannot proceed further. You will find that sympathy for Bullyrus is quite limited. And, whining about a bully being bullied is guaranteed to fall on deaf ears.

    That being said, “Luka the Blackmailer” is a leader within the Russian bloc. As it is in everyone’s interest to avoid additional NATO hot spots, their are limitations on what Europe can do to respond.

    The current political structure did not anticipate having an illegitimate and mentally incompetent White House occupant. Fortunately, the USSR gerontocracy is recent enough that Russia has realistic views. They can anticipate problems currently facing the U.S. Thus, there is unlikely to be overreaction to Not-The-President Biden’s gibberish.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    Two Wrongs Do Not Necessarily Make a Right.
    However, They Often Make Justice.

  261. German_reader says:
    @Aedib
    Lord Putler is doing it again. LOL

    https://www.rt.com/news/539781-poland-putin-belarus-migrants/

    Replies: @German_reader

    German tabloid BILD also had a headline today “Thousands pushing towards Germany – Putin and Lukashenko are blackmailing Europe”.
    Obviously I have no idea, if Russia is or isn’t somehow involved in this, but the (feigned) outrage is kind of ridiculous, given the pro-immigration stance by the establishment throughout Western Europe.

    • Replies: @Aedib
    @German_reader

    Well, there is, obviously, something of Schadenfreude from Luka and his Siloviky. Also, it seems that (big)Russians also took the trolling-train. On a morfe serious note, I'm not sure this is an hybryd offensive as LatW thinks. But it seems that both Russias took the initiative and are exploiting the scenario to hurt Eurocrats by using their very same hypocricy. In summary, this is a oportunistic strike to return chaos that Atlanticists love to inject in "evil regimes".

    Replies: @German_reader

    , @Pericles
    @German_reader

    “Thousands of dentists, engineers and medical doctors pushing towards Germany – Putin and Lukashenko are blackmailing Europe”, I suppose? Human capital rising to dangerous levels.

  262. @Aedib
    @LatW


    Well, the ever caring uncle Lavrov just joined the trolling by suggesting that the EU pay Belarus to keep the migrants at bay.
     
    LOL. Epic trolling.

    May be the Belarusians took the initiative with a tacit approval from “the big brother”, but I think this is, mostly a Luka’s initiative. I must confess I’m really enjoying the spectacle. Can you tell us how this comedy is seen from Latvia?

    Replies: @LatW

    May be the Belarusians took the initiative with a tacit approval from “the big brother”, but I think this is, mostly a Luka’s initiative.

    Well, I’m not saying that the elder brother created or instigated this situation per se, it’s just that given the current environment, just making a few steps or approving those steps, is the use of “hybrid warfare” (destabilization, etc) that is an example of the new doctrine which was a great prediction of how foreign affairs are now playing out.

    I must confess I’m really enjoying the spectacle.

    Well, Luka’s trolling has always been highly entertaining, it goes both ways, towards Russia, too. I can’t believe some of the stuff he said to the Russians last year with a straight face. LOL
    Like when Russia tried to cut the gravy train a little, he immediately was like “Somebody must think we are no longer brothers”. It’s just so blunt. It sounds like something that a sassy woman would say. 🙂

    And in this case, with the migrants, there is really not much that can be done to him. He can just act rogue. But the EU has always considered him that anyway.

    On a more serious note, he is actually a very ruthless dictator, given what he has done to the zmagars and other opposition.

    Can you tell us how this comedy is seen from Latvia?

    It’s not really considered a comedy there. 🙂 Obviously, it is widely believed that Luka is doing this deliberately. Unlike other dictators who just threatened to let the migrants pass or just put them on boats or whatever, Luka is actually deliberately trafficking them in and his siloviks are escorting them to the border in a police bobik. So that looks really bad.

    Also, the most recent trolling outburst where he said something along the lines of: “We know that if we, God forbid, make a mistake, if we derail, then Russia will be pulled into this whirlpool and it’s a huge nuclear state”, that’s a little much. 🙂 So if Poles and Lithuanians push the migrants back into the Belarusian territory, Russia is going to take out the nukes? That’s just crazy talk. 🙂

    Of course, the concentration of soldiers along the border, while needed, is not ideal, nobody wants to shoot in the direction of Belarus. Even if you had to fire warning shots for the migrants, that can create a bad situation.

    The nationalists have been concerned for a long time that some kind of a northern corridor for migrants could appear. Also, they believe that if the EU is not going to provide any tangible help then they should stop expressing “deep concern”. Although there has been some assistance from the EU. It’s just not principled enough. The good thing at least is that they are not as pushy about human rights this time. Because these flows are coming from Belarus (or general East Slavic direction), the refugees immediately turn into “economic migrants”.

    In general, I think it’s a messed up situation, it’s unnecessary antagonism between Belarus and Poland & the Baltic States.

    • Agree: Coconuts
    • Thanks: Aedib
  263. @Aedib
    @A123

    Let this to be known by Svidos. General Winter is coming and the chief executive clown is advising Ukrainian people to use firewood in order to avoid buying imperial gas to the Moskaly-Mongols.
    LOL.

    Replies: @LatW

    General Winter is coming and the chief executive clown is advising Ukrainian people to use firewood in order to avoid buying imperial gas to the Moskaly-Mongols.

    Don’t laugh, dear. The pinecones are actually an underused resource. 🙂

  264. @German_reader
    @Aedib

    German tabloid BILD also had a headline today "Thousands pushing towards Germany - Putin and Lukashenko are blackmailing Europe".
    Obviously I have no idea, if Russia is or isn't somehow involved in this, but the (feigned) outrage is kind of ridiculous, given the pro-immigration stance by the establishment throughout Western Europe.

    Replies: @Aedib, @Pericles

    Well, there is, obviously, something of Schadenfreude from Luka and his Siloviky. Also, it seems that (big)Russians also took the trolling-train. On a morfe serious note, I’m not sure this is an hybryd offensive as LatW thinks. But it seems that both Russias took the initiative and are exploiting the scenario to hurt Eurocrats by using their very same hypocricy. In summary, this is a oportunistic strike to return chaos that Atlanticists love to inject in “evil regimes”.

    • Replies: @German_reader
    @Aedib


    On a morfe serious note, I’m not sure this is an hybryd offensive as LatW thinks.
     
    It's certainly on the part of Belarus, they're just copying what the Turks did (or even earlier models, East Germany did pretty much the same thing in the 1980s, bringing in large numbers of asylum seekers and letting them pass over to West Berlin, to extract political concessions from West Germany).
    I've seen Lavrov has now suggested the EU should pay Belarus just as they do with Turkey, lol. I guess I should be offended (it's kind of shameless after all), but that's the inevitable result once you're no longer willing to defend your borders against invaders in the guise of beggars.

    Replies: @A123, @songbird

  265. @A123
    @AP


    Could Belarusian assets be confiscated in order to help pay for [Poland's Barrier]?
     
    Involuntarily transferring funds from a Russia bloc country to a NATO country is subject to misinterpretation risk. It would be justified, but require back channel work between the U.S. & Russian governments. Given Not-The-President Biden's leadership vacuum, it seems unlikely.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @RadicalCenter, @LatW

    Involuntarily transferring funds from a Russia bloc country to a NATO country is subject to misinterpretation risk. It would be justified, but require back channel work between the U.S. & Russian governments.

    Btw, speaking of money (and I’m not endorsing any action here): in the Rus opposition YouTube the so called “arresting of the Russian trillion” is often brought up as a potential punishment that the West could dole out to Putin’s regime. Basically, as the last resort, if Russia invades Ukraine, the West should confiscate or freeze all those assets. Which apparently amount to a trillion USD. It’s all the private money and the private money that’s intermingled with the state that is located in the West (bank accounts, properties, etc). There might be some money from Belarusian indviduals there, too.

  266. German_reader says:
    @Aedib
    @German_reader

    Well, there is, obviously, something of Schadenfreude from Luka and his Siloviky. Also, it seems that (big)Russians also took the trolling-train. On a morfe serious note, I'm not sure this is an hybryd offensive as LatW thinks. But it seems that both Russias took the initiative and are exploiting the scenario to hurt Eurocrats by using their very same hypocricy. In summary, this is a oportunistic strike to return chaos that Atlanticists love to inject in "evil regimes".

    Replies: @German_reader

    On a morfe serious note, I’m not sure this is an hybryd offensive as LatW thinks.

    It’s certainly on the part of Belarus, they’re just copying what the Turks did (or even earlier models, East Germany did pretty much the same thing in the 1980s, bringing in large numbers of asylum seekers and letting them pass over to West Berlin, to extract political concessions from West Germany).
    I’ve seen Lavrov has now suggested the EU should pay Belarus just as they do with Turkey, lol. I guess I should be offended (it’s kind of shameless after all), but that’s the inevitable result once you’re no longer willing to defend your borders against invaders in the guise of beggars.

    • Replies: @A123
    @German_reader


    I’ve seen Lavrov has now suggested the EU should pay Belarus just as they do with Turkey,
     
    At least Turkey makes sense as it is a potential first stop point for Syrian refugees.

    Giving money directly to the Turkish government when many of the refugees are Kurds is problematic. However, NGO's are awful. UN agencies, such as UNRWA, are the worst possible choice as they are the #1 cause of "forever wars". One can see the need, but all of the mechanisms are corrupt. Paying Erdogan is probably the "least bad" & most reliable option.

    Allowing to Bullyrus to make a problem & then demand funds to fix the problem that Luka created is clearly a non-starter. If the EU pays the party that created a problem, more people would intentionally create problems.

    PEACE 😇
    , @songbird
    @German_reader


    but that’s the inevitable result once you’re no longer willing to defend your borders against invaders in the guise of beggars.
     
    It goes much deeper, IMO. It follows from 3 million Turks being in Germany, and 80% of them being on Hartz IV.

    I wonder what would happen if Putin and Xi starting openly promoting mass migration into the West. Would they suddenly become the good guys? Or would the elite do a 180 and denounce mass migration? If so, maybe, it would be worth the hit.
  267. @Mr. Hack
    @Agathoklis

    Do you really find listening to Dolphy's music enjoyable? And Zappa, although he would come up with some good stuff and was straddling the boundaries of both rock and jazz music, will be ultimately remembered as a rock star. What came after the Quintet's music, after "Kind of Blue" and a couple of others, was by and large noise as far as I'm concerned. Miles became a very strange and kooky guy whose musical genius was erased by his descent into a nightmare of drugs and dark strange people.

    Replies: @Agathoklis

    Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch is one of the greatest discs of the 20th century. Sit down and give it a try. It is highly innovative but also retained its musicality which cannot be said for some free and avant-garde jazz. Regarding Frank Zappa, most serious music listeners know he was not just a rockstar. He was a serious musician and he hired serious musicians like George Duke, Jean Luc-Ponty, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ruth Underwood, Adrian Belew and many more. Try listening to the Grand Wazoo, Big Swifty or Shut and Play Yer Guitar. Or the Yellow Shark for his orchestral music.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Agathoklis

    I'm quite familiar with Frank Zappa's output, and agree that he was quite innovative and entertaining. As a kid, I used to enjoyed listening to "Uncle Meat", "Ruben and the Jets" and of course "Hot Rats".
    I got disenchanted with the bizarre free-avante -garde jazz of the likes of Sun-Ra and Miles Davis during his "Bitches Brew" and "Live Evil' period. I saw him play live during this period several times, and although visually entertaining, not so much musically, at least for not for me. I'll give the albums that you suggest a listen, including Dolphy's.

    Replies: @Agathoklis

  268. @German_reader
    @Aedib


    On a morfe serious note, I’m not sure this is an hybryd offensive as LatW thinks.
     
    It's certainly on the part of Belarus, they're just copying what the Turks did (or even earlier models, East Germany did pretty much the same thing in the 1980s, bringing in large numbers of asylum seekers and letting them pass over to West Berlin, to extract political concessions from West Germany).
    I've seen Lavrov has now suggested the EU should pay Belarus just as they do with Turkey, lol. I guess I should be offended (it's kind of shameless after all), but that's the inevitable result once you're no longer willing to defend your borders against invaders in the guise of beggars.

    Replies: @A123, @songbird

    I’ve seen Lavrov has now suggested the EU should pay Belarus just as they do with Turkey,

    At least Turkey makes sense as it is a potential first stop point for Syrian refugees.

    Giving money directly to the Turkish government when many of the refugees are Kurds is problematic. However, NGO’s are awful. UN agencies, such as UNRWA, are the worst possible choice as they are the #1 cause of “forever wars”. One can see the need, but all of the mechanisms are corrupt. Paying Erdogan is probably the “least bad” & most reliable option.

    Allowing to Bullyrus to make a problem & then demand funds to fix the problem that Luka created is clearly a non-starter. If the EU pays the party that created a problem, more people would intentionally create problems.

    PEACE 😇

  269. Elon Musk is selling Tesla stock. Bigly. People say it’s because of tax disputes or personal loans, and maybe, but I don’t think so. Again, could be wrong here, but I think its because of this:

    Elon Musk says Starlink will need up to \$30 billion to survive. ‘If we succeed in not going bankrupt, then that’ll be great.’

    https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-starlink-spacex-bankruptcy-funding-30-billion-2021-6?amp

    Those rocket launches cost a pretty penny, and you can’t pay wages and other costs in Tesla stock.

    Musk is fighting to keep control over his Skynet. He can easily raise \$30 billion, those are pennies, very small sum for people involved. Both Pentagon and banks will gladly supply the cash. But in exchange for control. Which is not acceptable to Musk.

    Hence selling of Tesla to keep SpaceX trucking.

  270. @Agathoklis
    @Mr. Hack

    Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch is one of the greatest discs of the 20th century. Sit down and give it a try. It is highly innovative but also retained its musicality which cannot be said for some free and avant-garde jazz. Regarding Frank Zappa, most serious music listeners know he was not just a rockstar. He was a serious musician and he hired serious musicians like George Duke, Jean Luc-Ponty, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ruth Underwood, Adrian Belew and many more. Try listening to the Grand Wazoo, Big Swifty or Shut and Play Yer Guitar. Or the Yellow Shark for his orchestral music.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    I’m quite familiar with Frank Zappa’s output, and agree that he was quite innovative and entertaining. As a kid, I used to enjoyed listening to “Uncle Meat”, “Ruben and the Jets” and of course “Hot Rats”.
    I got disenchanted with the bizarre free-avante -garde jazz of the likes of Sun-Ra and Miles Davis during his “Bitches Brew” and “Live Evil’ period. I saw him play live during this period several times, and although visually entertaining, not so much musically, at least for not for me. I’ll give the albums that you suggest a listen, including Dolphy’s.

    • Replies: @Agathoklis
    @Mr. Hack

    The second Miles David Quintet is very different from the later Bitches Brew and Live Evil records. The Quintet was still firmly in the jazz tradition however his later Bitches Brew period really veered away from that. For example, rhythmically the drummer and bassist played more ostinato-based funk grooves. Even harmonically, they were playing more vamps than jazz harmony. And of course, the textures are very different. Personally, I am not a huge fan of this period although it is musically closer to 70's Zappa.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

  271. @RadicalCenter
    @A123

    It would not be “mis”-interpreted as theft and bullying. It would be rightly seen as just that. Who the Hell are you to talk about stealing from Belarus? This is the obnoxious arrogance that has caused widespread, justifiable resentment of the Thug US and its pervert hypocrite “allies.”

    France and Germany and Poland and the rest of the aging, dying, pro-deviant, anti-family, self-hating “Europe” should mind their business about Russia and Belarus. Don’t meddle in other countries’ affairs if you don’t want those countries striking back with whatever means are at their disposal. Good for Belarus.

    Give the pussy “Europeans” what they say they want, good and hard. Especially the suicidal sanctimonious German “Besserwisser” (know-it-alls).

    Unlimited “diversity” so that social cohesion and high levels of social trust become impossible. Importation of large numbers of racial and religious groups that are traditionally hostile to each other and/or dangerously hostile to non-Muslims.

    Importation of people from cultures that degrade and dominate women.

    Importation of hordes who immediately become net-tax-consumers in “Europe” and often remain that way for the rest of their lives.

    Importation of hordes with no experience with, or appreciation of, the rule of law, our notions of fair play and justice — certainly many do not share our tradition of respecting the rights and dignity of people with arbitrary absurd religious beliefs that are different from their own arbitrary absurd religious beliefs.

    Someone should confiscate your property as punishment for urging others to steal from Belarus and interfere in their affairs. Turnabout is fair play.

    You’re right, though, that Biden/Harris were selected president/veep by systematic vote fraud. But if your casual advocacy of stealing from and trying to control other countries is representative of “our side” in the USA, we’re in trouble.

    Replies: @A123, @AP

    Who the Hell are you to talk about stealing from Belarus?

    Lukashenko chose to import migrants from Syria and Iraq, to bus them to the Polish border and even to have his men cross the border and destroy border fencing. It would surely not be theft to confiscate state asserts in order to pay for the troop mobilization, border repairs, and more robust fencing that are a direct consequence of Belarusian state policy.

    Were you opposed to Trump’s insistence that Mexico pay for America’s wall btw?

    • Thanks: A123
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    @AP

    Yes. We can and should pay for it ourselves and also pay to mass-deport illegal aliens ourselves as well. Thanks for asking.

    Let’s Go Brandon.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon

  272. “Armed escalation”. LOL. The Polish poodle is barking more and more furiously at Lukashenko

    https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/11/09/poland-blocks-migrants-at-belarus-border-warns-of-armed-escalation-a75504

    • Replies: @A123
    @Aedib


    “Armed escalation”. LOL. The Polish poodle is barking more and more furiously at Lukashenko
     
    Congratulations. The is the worst possible explanation justification of armed Bullyrus troops crossing into Polish territory. (1)

    On Monday night, another provocation from Belarusian services took place near the Polish-Belarusian border after Polish soldiers located three uniformed individuals armed with rifles 200 meters away from the border on Polish territory. After attempting to initiate contact, the individuals successfully returned to the Belarusian side. They did not possess identification on them
    ...
    General Roman Polko, the former deputy head of the National Security Bureau, emphasized in an interview for TVP Info that the situation was worrying and escalation was progressing.

    “It is quite difficult to judge what such actions may portend. Provocations from Belarusian services have already taken place and this may be an element of those provocations or the actions of services which could have ventured too deep,” he explained, adding that special forces usually act in disguises.
    ...
    Polko believes that the intruders most likely wanted to conduct deep reconnaissance and see how the Polish Border Guard would react to their activity. The general warned that the Belarusian government would most likely not hesitate to conduct even more controversial actions, and the situation could escalate with Belarusian forces threatening Polish officers on the border with weapons
     
    If you do not believe this is serious... How would Russia react if armed Polish troops were found well inside the Kaliningrad Oblast border?

    Your hypocrisy is very dangerous at times like this.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://rmx.news/article/polish-general-armed-little-green-men-broke-into-poland-from-belarus/

    Replies: @Aedib

  273. It might be considered some sort of cosmic poetic justice if Germany is destroyed by legal and illegal immigration considering that the Germanic peoples were instrumental in the destruction of the old Western Civilization.

  274. From the Rittenhouse trial.

    At what point is deliberately prosecuting a frivolous charge a crime?

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • LOL: Barbarossa
    • Replies: @Pericles
    @A123

    Lol, Captain Picard is that you?

    Replies: @A123

  275. @Dmitry
    @AP

    Yes you can see the air show has hired contemporary professional club dancers for that clip, because it is always the distinctive energy saving, robotic dancing style.

    They are a kind of office workers who need to clock in the same hours per week at the club, and use labour-saving mechanical movements.

    It must be a relaxing job for them, repeating always these same routine movements, looking at the drunk people everynight, while getting the aerobic exercise to maintain a good looking figure.

    Nowadays people can't smoke in the club so they haven't much downside
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odQ8MqhiEx0


    I have not gone clubbing in many years.
     
    Surely your lack of hearing loss and tinnitus will be thanking you. Congratulations, you can enjoy excellent hearing at the philharmonic concert.

    Although aside from hearing sensitivity, since they banned all indoor smoking, clubbers are pretty healthy people if we think about it.

    Weekly jumping around aerobically is excellent exercise, at least offsetting negative effects of the coca cola and vodka. (And it's usually diet cola). Disco-ordinated crazy dancing of the club people, probably good for you psychologically as well.


    t feels like the late 90s; perhaps things haven’t changed

     

    Late 90s looks like the utopian age for techno dancing internationally, when young people were driving to empty farms in the early hours in the summer mornings, and recreating strange pagan rituals outside of any capitalist club system.

    They even enjoy clean air, and some kind of charity of giving people free mineral water and low alcohol healthfood drinks like Heineken beer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F69jNFTFPn8

    Replies: @Dmitry, @AP, @LatW, @SafeNow

    • Replies: @A123
    @SafeNow

    I have not had the opportunity to visit Club Amnesia in Ibiza, but many have spoken about the spectacle.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

     
    https://youtu.be/co0bTGezh2s

    Replies: @SafeNow

  276. @Aedib
    "Armed escalation". LOL. The Polish poodle is barking more and more furiously at Lukashenko

    https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/11/09/poland-blocks-migrants-at-belarus-border-warns-of-armed-escalation-a75504

    Replies: @A123

    “Armed escalation”. LOL. The Polish poodle is barking more and more furiously at Lukashenko

    Congratulations. The is the worst possible explanation justification of armed Bullyrus troops crossing into Polish territory. (1)

    On Monday night, another provocation from Belarusian services took place near the Polish-Belarusian border after Polish soldiers located three uniformed individuals armed with rifles 200 meters away from the border on Polish territory. After attempting to initiate contact, the individuals successfully returned to the Belarusian side. They did not possess identification on them

    General Roman Polko, the former deputy head of the National Security Bureau, emphasized in an interview for TVP Info that the situation was worrying and escalation was progressing.

    “It is quite difficult to judge what such actions may portend. Provocations from Belarusian services have already taken place and this may be an element of those provocations or the actions of services which could have ventured too deep,” he explained, adding that special forces usually act in disguises.

    Polko believes that the intruders most likely wanted to conduct deep reconnaissance and see how the Polish Border Guard would react to their activity. The general warned that the Belarusian government would most likely not hesitate to conduct even more controversial actions, and the situation could escalate with Belarusian forces threatening Polish officers on the border with weapons

    If you do not believe this is serious… How would Russia react if armed Polish troops were found well inside the Kaliningrad Oblast border?

    Your hypocrisy is very dangerous at times like this.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://rmx.news/article/polish-general-armed-little-green-men-broke-into-poland-from-belarus/

    • Replies: @Aedib
    @A123

    I'm sorry but I don't believe in Polish propaganda. If this is true, we would have the Polish poodles asking their American masters for a nuclear attack on Moscow. Two refugees crossing the border doesn´t mean an incursion of the Belarusian army into Poland. Luka may be the master of all trolls but he is not a fool.


    Your hypocrisy is very dangerous at times like this.
     
    Let's talk about hypocrisy. According to the globalist propaganda, Salvini is BAD because he doesn´t let the "refugees" in. But the Polish poodles are GOOD because they do not want the "refugees" in. May be we should ferry some "good refugees" from Lampedusa to Warsaw to show the hipocricy of Eurocrats and NATOcrats.

    Replies: @A123

  277. @A123
    @German_reader


    Obviously it would be best if Polish border guards just shot those assholes, but then it would probably cause EU sanctions against Poland.
     
    The better "force" option is creating a DMZ filled with land mines. Anyone who enters a mined area is committing suicide. There is no "trigger man" for the EU to blame.

    Poland should just do what Orban recently indicated, open a corridor for migrants to Germany. It’s what the German establishment and many voters want, they should get it.
     
    While tactically sound, it is unwise as strategy. Making Germany more Muslim creates a larger population against Judeo-Christian values.
    ________

    Poland will be building a barrier to keep undesirables out. (1)

    Polish Minister of the interior Mariusz Kamiński presented the details of the construction of a barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border. He emphasized that the barrier would be one of the more important elements to decisively limit mass illegal migration to Poland.

    The border barrier will be 180 kilometers long, and feature 5-meter-tall (16 feet) steel columns topped by half-meter tall barbed wire coils (the barrier will have a total height of 5.5 meters). The barrier will also be equipped with motion sensors and both day and night surveillance systems. Additionally, a new group of officers will support the Border Guard as the government will dedicate 750 positions to strengthen the border.

    The government estimates that the wall and its auxiliary infrastructure will cost over 1.6 billion zloty (€350 million). The construction of the barrier should start as early as this year and will be finished in mid-2022, minister Kamiński declared
     
    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://rmx.news/article/heres-the-new-design-for-polish-belarusian-border-fence/

     
    https://rmx.news/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Border-Wall-Poland-TT-M-Kaminski.jpg

    Replies: @German_reader, @LatW, @AP, @Mikhail

    Polish Joke

    Re: https://www.rt.com/news/539781-poland-putin-belarus-migrants/

    I gather Putin was also directing the Belarusian government, when the latter has gone after some pro-Russian activists, along with periodically restricting Russian government funded media.

    • Replies: @A123
    @Mikhail


    I gather Putin was also directing the Belarusian government, when the latter has gone after some pro-Russian activists, along with periodically restricting Russian government funded media.
     
    I just came up with the perfect solution.

    Russian Joke

    Every "Refugee" driven Belarus ⇒ Poland must complete the circuit Poland ⇒ Kaliningrad.

    -- Would Putin accept this as ... What is Good for the Giver, is also Good for the Givee?
    -- Or, would Putin stop Luka's provocation?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Mikhail

  278. @SafeNow
    @Dmitry

    Go-Go Dancers from back in my era were better:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=love+grows+where+my&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

    Replies: @A123

    I have not had the opportunity to visit Club Amnesia in Ibiza, but many have spoken about the spectacle.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

     

    • Replies: @SafeNow
    @A123

    Thank you. Yes, quite a spectacle!…and I can understand the appeal. But being old-fashioned, I find my dancer, in her short dress - - a dress! - - more appealing in a (sexy but sweet) girl-next-door way. A great prom date, and more.

  279. @Mr. Hack
    @Agathoklis

    I'm quite familiar with Frank Zappa's output, and agree that he was quite innovative and entertaining. As a kid, I used to enjoyed listening to "Uncle Meat", "Ruben and the Jets" and of course "Hot Rats".
    I got disenchanted with the bizarre free-avante -garde jazz of the likes of Sun-Ra and Miles Davis during his "Bitches Brew" and "Live Evil' period. I saw him play live during this period several times, and although visually entertaining, not so much musically, at least for not for me. I'll give the albums that you suggest a listen, including Dolphy's.

    Replies: @Agathoklis

    The second Miles David Quintet is very different from the later Bitches Brew and Live Evil records. The Quintet was still firmly in the jazz tradition however his later Bitches Brew period really veered away from that. For example, rhythmically the drummer and bassist played more ostinato-based funk grooves. Even harmonically, they were playing more vamps than jazz harmony. And of course, the textures are very different. Personally, I am not a huge fan of this period although it is musically closer to 70’s Zappa.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    @Agathoklis

    But you probably came to appreciate the Jazz-fusion period fueled by players that left Davis and went on to form groups of their own: Return to Forever (Chick Corea), Mahavishnu Orchestra (John McGlaughlin), Weather Report (Joe Zawinul), during the 1970's? Many other musicians that weren't associated with Miles Davis were making great strides in this direction too.

    Replies: @Mikhail

  280. @A123
    @SafeNow

    I have not had the opportunity to visit Club Amnesia in Ibiza, but many have spoken about the spectacle.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

     
    https://youtu.be/co0bTGezh2s

    Replies: @SafeNow

    Thank you. Yes, quite a spectacle!…and I can understand the appeal. But being old-fashioned, I find my dancer, in her short dress – – a dress! – – more appealing in a (sexy but sweet) girl-next-door way. A great prom date, and more.

  281. @Mikhail
    @A123

    Polish Joke


    Re: https://www.rt.com/news/539781-poland-putin-belarus-migrants/

    I gather Putin was also directing the Belarusian government, when the latter has gone after some pro-Russian activists, along with periodically restricting Russian government funded media.

    Replies: @A123

    I gather Putin was also directing the Belarusian government, when the latter has gone after some pro-Russian activists, along with periodically restricting Russian government funded media.

    I just came up with the perfect solution.

    Russian Joke

    Every “Refugee” driven Belarus ⇒ Poland must complete the circuit Poland ⇒ Kaliningrad.

    — Would Putin accept this as … What is Good for the Giver, is also Good for the Givee?
    — Or, would Putin stop Luka’s provocation?

    PEACE 😇

    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @A123


    @Mikhail

    I gather Putin was also directing the Belarusian government, when the latter has gone after some pro-Russian activists, along with periodically restricting Russian government funded media.

    I just came up with the perfect solution.

    Russian Joke

    Every “Refugee” driven Belarus ⇒ Poland must complete the circuit Poland ⇒ Kaliningrad.

    — Would Putin accept this as … What is Good for the Giver, is also Good for the Givee?
    — Or, would Putin stop Luka’s provocation?

    PEACE
     
    Then again, it's the EU championing itself as the vanguard for better living.
  282. @Yellowface Anon
    @songbird

    You mean the Cold War, and now hybrid wars. I mean a hot, potentially MAD war.

    Replies: @songbird

    I mean a hot, potentially MAD war.

    Forget about MAD! It is obsolete. What holds is MALC: Mutually-Assured Lack of Cappuccino. Or, maybe, MAP? Mutually-Assured Proletarianization. (Sorry, can someone please suggest better?),

    Basically, much of the elite’s status comes from living in premier cities – centers of power. With high end amenities and creme-de-le-crem social circles. New York/Washington/Moscow/St. Petersburg/London/Beijing/Shanghai. None of these places would survive a barrage. Especially the good neighborhoods, restaurants, and luxury stores.

    Even if the families of the elite could somehow get early warning and sneak off in the middle of the night to Butte, Montana, or someplace that might stand a chance of interceptor defense, they wouldn’t want to live among rednecks, eat at the McDonald’s, shop at K-Mart, and lose their status. Nothing could be worse from their perspective. Not even millions of proles dying in the trenches.

    [MORE]

    You mean the Cold War, and now hybrid wars.

    Actually, I had something quite different in mind. Cold War and hybrid wars are pretty well related to old conceptions of wars. They are doctrinal, war-gamed, and ultimately about men fighting somewhere. Huge sums are devoted to playing the game, and there is nothing controversial in talking about it.

    But what if you had a lot of the consequences of war – such as loss of territory, of resources – in a process which nobody thought of as war? Partly, because it was too politically incorrect to name enemies. But mostly because the violence was lower-grade. Of course, I am talking about mass migration. On a long time scale, it has consequences much greater than modern wars, more like the prehistoric ones.

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
    @songbird


    Basically, much of the elite’s status comes from living in premier cities – centers of power. With high end amenities and creme-de-le-crem social circles. New York/Washington/Moscow/St. Petersburg/London/Beijing/Shanghai. None of these places would survive a barrage. Especially the good neighborhoods, restaurants, and luxury stores.
     
    This was a phenomena I saw in the 1980s in the urban elites I debated the issue of civil defense one. I posed it as pure materialism, that even if they and all their loved one were alive, life would be unbearable after losing their personal possessions when strategic defenses failed, but I've got to agree with your thesis it's the near total loss of status they'd suffer, even if it probably wouldn't be for all that many years. Althogh they'd have to climb the ladder again, and might not be so successful or some were too old for that.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @songbird

  283. @German_reader
    @Aedib


    On a morfe serious note, I’m not sure this is an hybryd offensive as LatW thinks.
     
    It's certainly on the part of Belarus, they're just copying what the Turks did (or even earlier models, East Germany did pretty much the same thing in the 1980s, bringing in large numbers of asylum seekers and letting them pass over to West Berlin, to extract political concessions from West Germany).
    I've seen Lavrov has now suggested the EU should pay Belarus just as they do with Turkey, lol. I guess I should be offended (it's kind of shameless after all), but that's the inevitable result once you're no longer willing to defend your borders against invaders in the guise of beggars.

    Replies: @A123, @songbird

    but that’s the inevitable result once you’re no longer willing to defend your borders against invaders in the guise of beggars.

    It goes much deeper, IMO. It follows from 3 million Turks being in Germany, and 80% of them being on Hartz IV.

    I wonder what would happen if Putin and Xi starting openly promoting mass migration into the West. Would they suddenly become the good guys? Or would the elite do a 180 and denounce mass migration? If so, maybe, it would be worth the hit.

    • Agree: Aedib
  284. @A123
    @Mikhail


    I gather Putin was also directing the Belarusian government, when the latter has gone after some pro-Russian activists, along with periodically restricting Russian government funded media.
     
    I just came up with the perfect solution.

    Russian Joke

    Every "Refugee" driven Belarus ⇒ Poland must complete the circuit Poland ⇒ Kaliningrad.

    -- Would Putin accept this as ... What is Good for the Giver, is also Good for the Givee?
    -- Or, would Putin stop Luka's provocation?

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Mikhail

    I gather Putin was also directing the Belarusian government, when the latter has gone after some pro-Russian activists, along with periodically restricting Russian government funded media.

    I just came up with the perfect solution.

    Russian Joke

    Every “Refugee” driven Belarus ⇒ Poland must complete the circuit Poland ⇒ Kaliningrad.

    — Would Putin accept this as … What is Good for the Giver, is also Good for the Givee?
    — Or, would Putin stop Luka’s provocation?

    PEACE

    Then again, it’s the EU championing itself as the vanguard for better living.

  285. @A123
    @Aedib


    “Armed escalation”. LOL. The Polish poodle is barking more and more furiously at Lukashenko
     
    Congratulations. The is the worst possible explanation justification of armed Bullyrus troops crossing into Polish territory. (1)

    On Monday night, another provocation from Belarusian services took place near the Polish-Belarusian border after Polish soldiers located three uniformed individuals armed with rifles 200 meters away from the border on Polish territory. After attempting to initiate contact, the individuals successfully returned to the Belarusian side. They did not possess identification on them
    ...
    General Roman Polko, the former deputy head of the National Security Bureau, emphasized in an interview for TVP Info that the situation was worrying and escalation was progressing.

    “It is quite difficult to judge what such actions may portend. Provocations from Belarusian services have already taken place and this may be an element of those provocations or the actions of services which could have ventured too deep,” he explained, adding that special forces usually act in disguises.
    ...
    Polko believes that the intruders most likely wanted to conduct deep reconnaissance and see how the Polish Border Guard would react to their activity. The general warned that the Belarusian government would most likely not hesitate to conduct even more controversial actions, and the situation could escalate with Belarusian forces threatening Polish officers on the border with weapons
     
    If you do not believe this is serious... How would Russia react if armed Polish troops were found well inside the Kaliningrad Oblast border?

    Your hypocrisy is very dangerous at times like this.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://rmx.news/article/polish-general-armed-little-green-men-broke-into-poland-from-belarus/

    Replies: @Aedib

    I’m sorry but I don’t believe in Polish propaganda. If this is true, we would have the Polish poodles asking their American masters for a nuclear attack on Moscow. Two refugees crossing the border doesn´t mean an incursion of the Belarusian army into Poland. Luka may be the master of all trolls but he is not a fool.

    Your hypocrisy is very dangerous at times like this.

    Let’s talk about hypocrisy. According to the globalist propaganda, Salvini is BAD because he doesn´t let the “refugees” in. But the Polish poodles are GOOD because they do not want the “refugees” in. May be we should ferry some “good refugees” from Lampedusa to Warsaw to show the hipocricy of Eurocrats and NATOcrats.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @A123
    @Aedib


    Polish poodles asking their American masters for a nuclear attack on Moscow...
    Luka may be the master of all trolls but he is not a fool.
     
    You are underestimating Luka's efforts to play his Pudding Putin into war. Luka is intentionally provoking Poland seeking a justified Polish (a.k.a. NATO) response. Once NATO troops are in Bullyrus, Luka will go to Poolboy Putin seeking a ill considered Soviet bloc, nuclear first strike.

    Of course key problem with the type of inflammatory, derogatory phrasing is:
    -- Poland is not a poodle
    -- Putin is not a pudding
    -- Poland does not answer to the U.S.
    -- Putin is not a poolboy

    The only "slang" that holds up is Bullyrus, because Luka started the bullying.

    If you want to continue the equivalence, Poolboy Putin vs. Poodle Poland, we can do so. The choice is yours. You can be a proud member of Team Poolboy.

    PEACE 😇

  286. @songbird
    @Yellowface Anon


    I mean a hot, potentially MAD war.
     
    Forget about MAD! It is obsolete. What holds is MALC: Mutually-Assured Lack of Cappuccino. Or, maybe, MAP? Mutually-Assured Proletarianization. (Sorry, can someone please suggest better?),

    Basically, much of the elite's status comes from living in premier cities - centers of power. With high end amenities and creme-de-le-crem social circles. New York/Washington/Moscow/St. Petersburg/London/Beijing/Shanghai. None of these places would survive a barrage. Especially the good neighborhoods, restaurants, and luxury stores.

    Even if the families of the elite could somehow get early warning and sneak off in the middle of the night to Butte, Montana, or someplace that might stand a chance of interceptor defense, they wouldn't want to live among rednecks, eat at the McDonald's, shop at K-Mart, and lose their status. Nothing could be worse from their perspective. Not even millions of proles dying in the trenches.

    You mean the Cold War, and now hybrid wars.
     
    Actually, I had something quite different in mind. Cold War and hybrid wars are pretty well related to old conceptions of wars. They are doctrinal, war-gamed, and ultimately about men fighting somewhere. Huge sums are devoted to playing the game, and there is nothing controversial in talking about it.

    But what if you had a lot of the consequences of war - such as loss of territory, of resources - in a process which nobody thought of as war? Partly, because it was too politically incorrect to name enemies. But mostly because the violence was lower-grade. Of course, I am talking about mass migration. On a long time scale, it has consequences much greater than modern wars, more like the prehistoric ones.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling

    Basically, much of the elite’s status comes from living in premier cities – centers of power. With high end amenities and creme-de-le-crem social circles. New York/Washington/Moscow/St. Petersburg/London/Beijing/Shanghai. None of these places would survive a barrage. Especially the good neighborhoods, restaurants, and luxury stores.

    This was a phenomena I saw in the 1980s in the urban elites I debated the issue of civil defense one. I posed it as pure materialism, that even if they and all their loved one were alive, life would be unbearable after losing their personal possessions when strategic defenses failed, but I’ve got to agree with your thesis it’s the near total loss of status they’d suffer, even if it probably wouldn’t be for all that many years. Althogh they’d have to climb the ladder again, and might not be so successful or some were too old for that.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @That Would Be Telling

    I only care about what the map will be after the nuclear exchanges.

    Replies: @songbird

    , @songbird
    @That Would Be Telling

    Somewhere in The Sword in the Stone, TH White wrote about armor making knights immune and thus indifferent to the consequences of war, which fall disproportionately on peasants.

    It's kind of a thin analogy, and, I'm not even sure how to judge the historicity of it. But, in any case, nuclear weapons must be the ultimate inversion of it. Despite their indiscriminate and awe-inspiring power - they are like heat-seeking missiles, shooting through the armor (the status) of the elite. Sure to take them down a peg or two, even if they are sitting in a custom-made fallout shelter, with plenty of supplies.

    Replies: @sher singh, @Philip Owen

  287. @Aedib
    @A123

    I'm sorry but I don't believe in Polish propaganda. If this is true, we would have the Polish poodles asking their American masters for a nuclear attack on Moscow. Two refugees crossing the border doesn´t mean an incursion of the Belarusian army into Poland. Luka may be the master of all trolls but he is not a fool.


    Your hypocrisy is very dangerous at times like this.
     
    Let's talk about hypocrisy. According to the globalist propaganda, Salvini is BAD because he doesn´t let the "refugees" in. But the Polish poodles are GOOD because they do not want the "refugees" in. May be we should ferry some "good refugees" from Lampedusa to Warsaw to show the hipocricy of Eurocrats and NATOcrats.

    Replies: @A123

    Polish poodles asking their American masters for a nuclear attack on Moscow…
    Luka may be the master of all trolls but he is not a fool.

    You are underestimating Luka’s efforts to play his Pudding Putin into war. Luka is intentionally provoking Poland seeking a justified Polish (a.k.a. NATO) response. Once NATO troops are in Bullyrus, Luka will go to Poolboy Putin seeking a ill considered Soviet bloc, nuclear first strike.

    Of course key problem with the type of inflammatory, derogatory phrasing is:
    — Poland is not a poodle
    — Putin is not a pudding
    — Poland does not answer to the U.S.
    — Putin is not a poolboy

    The only “slang” that holds up is Bullyrus, because Luka started the bullying.

    If you want to continue the equivalence, Poolboy Putin vs. Poodle Poland, we can do so. The choice is yours. You can be a proud member of Team Poolboy.

    PEACE 😇

  288. At around the 25:15 mark, John Podhoretz with Eli Lake on Durham, are indicative of more reasoned neocons than Bill Kristol:

    https://www.commentary.org/john-podhoretz/here-comes-the-durham-investigation/

  289. @LatW
    @Dmitry


    It seems like Lukashenko is trying to do his own version of Castro’s “Mariel boatlift”?
     
    Well, where I would agree is that one shouldn't rely on Mr Lukashenko's good graces to protect one's borders. Hence, the barriers that will be built. And, btw, the nationalists have been talking for years about the need for this as well as the need to exit the Ottawa convention. This refugee problem is a crisis now, but the truth is that almost all of the illegal immigration had been coming from East for years and years, just in smaller numbers.

    I’m such a person who was some years ago wondering for a couple minutes “massage must be really popular”, because there are so many adverts for massage in Russia.
     
    Aw, that's so naive and kind of nerdy. LOL

    But then there are places where life in Russia is bad even relative to world levels. A million people are dying from coronavirus, and authorities are relatively not worried compared to many other countries.

     

    Yes, it's very serious, over 1000 daily deaths. It's very serious in the Baltic States, too, and, btw, the Russophones are more reluctant to take the vaccine (about 10% less than Latvians, for example). They don't want to be told what to do and they procrastinate.

    And this lack of care about epidemics not just in United Russia politicians, but even the opposition. For example, perhaps 2% of the residents of Ekaterinburg (and some other cities like Perm), are infected with HIV now.
     
    It's lame because Ekaterinburg seems like a very modern city. I like how they have built it out, especially around the waterfront. Maybe the population there grew and that's why the increase?

    no needle exchange system established in Ekaterinburg
     
    It might be that there is a strong bias and they don't want to "encourage the vice" (even though the result would be safety). Or maybe it is just pofigism.

    Replies: @Dmitry

    ery serious, over 1000 daily death

    In Russia it’s more like 5000 people dying each day from coronavirus during the peaks of the waves ( https://doctorpiter.ru/articles/688489/ ).

    And authorities were faking the data to maintain the economy open. For example, in November 2020 in Novosibirsk there were proportionally more people dying from coronavirus than in New York in April 2020. But the restaurants, bars and nightclubs, were open, and most people were not wearing masks.

    By comparison, in April 2020 in New York, with less people dying as a proportion of the population that in Novosibirsk in November 2020, the city had mostly shut down, and the media reported that there was an epidemic in the city.

    Russophones are more reluctant to take the vaccine (about 10% less than Latvians, for example). They don’t want to be told what to do and they

    And partly because the Russian media and politicians have been acting like coronavirus is problem in other countries not Russia, partly has been promoting anti-vax attitudes about Western vaccines. For example, all this obsession about the dangers of Pfizer, or “monkey DNA” in Astrazeneca vaccine, etc.

    https://www.vedomosti.ru/society/news/2020/09/09/839323-otlichiya-rossiiskoi-i-anglo-shvedskoi-vaktsin
    https://www.interfax-russia.ru/moscow/main/putin-tragicheskih-posledstviy-posle-polucheniya-rossiyskih-vakcin-net
    https://www.rbc.ru/society/12/09/2020/5f5cf2cd9a794702eecbbf28

    If you believed that Western vaccines were already dangerous, then the logical implication of media messaging has been you definitely should not injected with a Russian one.

    Ekaterinburg seems like a very modern city. I like how they have built it out, especially around the waterfront. Maybe the population

    It’s on one hand being on the silk road for opium, and being an economically successful, resilient city – that therefore has been profitable for drug sales. Because it’s one of the most economically robust cities, therefore it is always one of the most profitable for narcotics.

    It’s on the other hand, because of the most stupid and incompetent authorities that can be imagined, in terms of understanding of international epidemiological guidelines for fighting this epidemic, which had been solved decades ago in other countries.

    population there grew and that’s why the increase?

    It’s a proportional increase in HIV rates, which is a result of more widely the drug addiction, and more narrowly the needle sharing.

    So for example, the HIV prevalence in the total population (all normal residents) of Ekaterinburg, is 1/3 higher than the total HIV prevalence of sex workers in Amsterdam.

    And there are many other cities in Russia like Perm, Omsk, where it has been a similar situation.

    strong bias and they don’t want to “encourage the vice” (even though the result would be safety). Or maybe it is just pofigism.

    Roizman has blamed the open borders immigration system, in relation to central Asia, where the drugs are moved on the silk road through the cities. And that is true that experts have said that open borders immigration policy of Russia has probably been one contributing factor to the drug epidemic, that therefore resulted in the high level of HIV.

    Roizman also was justified to criticize the authorities, but his history of parallel state initiatives does not inspire confidence.

    We don’t have to be professionally trained epidemiologists, to be skeptical that you could manage drug addicts by capturing them and adding them to a kind of private prison “rehabilitation centre”.

    Roizman’s centres used to chain by hand famously the male addicts to the beds.

    And an equivalent centre (important to say, not related to Roizman) in Krasnokamsk was famous for allegedly torturing, beating, perhaps raping and killing some of its captured drug addicts.

    Although later Roizman women’s centre he opened in Beryozovsky (which I think police tried to close at one time later), looked like the most normal and modern one – as they had things like therapeutic gardening, which is used in some advanced Western countries for managing traumatized people. And not chaining them to the bed. So maybe Roizman’s methods were not so bad by the 2010s.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @Dmitry


    And authorities were faking the data to maintain the economy open. For example, in November 2020 in Novosibirsk there were proportionally more people dying from coronavirus than in New York in April 2020. But the restaurants, bars and nightclubs, were open, and most people were not wearing masks.

    By comparison, in April 2020 in New York, with less people dying as a proportion of the population that in Novosibirsk in November 2020, the city had mostly shut down, and the media reported that there was an epidemic in the city.
     
    We can basically see how it has turned out for NYC or CA - 100,000s moving out into the hinderlands or Florida, because expectations have changed about daily routines in relation to the attitude on state actions. We need to tell economic measures & public health measures apart, and lockdowns seem to me to be economic measures dressed in the language of public health.

    And partly because the Russian media and politicians have been acting like coronavirus is problem in other countries not Russia, partly has been promoting anti-vax attitudes about Western vaccines.
    ...
    If you believed that Western vaccines were already dangerous, then the logical implication of media messaging has been you definitely should not injected with a Russian one.
    ...
    because of the most stupid and incompetent authorities that can be imagined, in terms of understanding of international epidemiological guidelines for fighting this epidemic, which had been solved decades ago in other countries.
     
    Everything COVID is basically about institutional trust. Most states have squandered them after acting too drastically on lockdowns, and when people see lockdowns as a form of total political oppression, then vaccine mandates backed by coercion and the marginalization of antivaxxers will be seen as an even graver threat. This is how anti-state worldviews are propagated and I call this the "globalization of libertarianism". It will lead to far-reaching changes in entire systems of social organization this century, like what WWI did for the 20th.

    It's the endgame of picking the most socially disastrous way to address the COVID crisis globally. I think a lot of actors (not necessarily those in power!) have their death wish being played out.

    We don’t have to be professionally trained epidemiologists, to be skeptical that you could manage drug addicts by capturing them and adding them to a kind of private prison “rehabilitation centre”.
     
    The attitude towards drug addicts or social vices in general depends on the extent of punishment vs rehabilitation that should be dealt out to these groups, or whether to neglect the issue altogether. Conservative political cultures, believing in the strictness of moral values, will tend to punish, while liberal political cultures, believing in human improvement and the right for all forms of social expression to co-exist, will tend to rehabilitate or even neglect the issue.

    Replies: @Dmitry

  290. @Aedib
    @Svidomyatheart

    I don’t think this is a Putin & Gerasimov psyop. Luka simply likes to take revenge against Poles and Lithuanians because of their instigation to the failed color revolution. In some sense it is a wise move: he retaliates against the sponsors of color revolutions in order to deter them from the next move. The scenes are too colorful to be a dark op from the FSB. It looks more like Italian comedia from the 1960s. And this is really funny because gets the Eurocrats hysterical.

    Replies: @LatW, @Dmitry

    The irony is nobody in the world hates Putin/Kremlin, more than Lukashenko.

    But his position is always vulnerable on the both flanks, and the EU and Poland considers him more unacceptable than he has naively understood before 2020.

    This is partly why he seemed distracted so much and idiotically trying to be friendly to Poland/EU in 2019, as his “multivector” strategy, when he was hit from the other flank last year.

    Nowadays his bargaining position is even far weaker than in 2019, and he has almost no leverage against Russia (but still he seems to try to bargain).

    • Replies: @Aedib
    @Dmitry

    It is a matter of personality. He will always try to bargain.

  291. @That Would Be Telling
    @songbird


    Basically, much of the elite’s status comes from living in premier cities – centers of power. With high end amenities and creme-de-le-crem social circles. New York/Washington/Moscow/St. Petersburg/London/Beijing/Shanghai. None of these places would survive a barrage. Especially the good neighborhoods, restaurants, and luxury stores.
     
    This was a phenomena I saw in the 1980s in the urban elites I debated the issue of civil defense one. I posed it as pure materialism, that even if they and all their loved one were alive, life would be unbearable after losing their personal possessions when strategic defenses failed, but I've got to agree with your thesis it's the near total loss of status they'd suffer, even if it probably wouldn't be for all that many years. Althogh they'd have to climb the ladder again, and might not be so successful or some were too old for that.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @songbird

    I only care about what the map will be after the nuclear exchanges.

    • Replies: @songbird
    @Yellowface Anon


    I only care about what the map will be after the nuclear exchanges.
     
    Minus the monorail:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow_Metro#/media/File:Moscow_metro_ring_railway_map_en_sb_future.svg
  292. @AP
    @RadicalCenter


    Who the Hell are you to talk about stealing from Belarus?
     
    Lukashenko chose to import migrants from Syria and Iraq, to bus them to the Polish border and even to have his men cross the border and destroy border fencing. It would surely not be theft to confiscate state asserts in order to pay for the troop mobilization, border repairs, and more robust fencing that are a direct consequence of Belarusian state policy.

    Were you opposed to Trump’s insistence that Mexico pay for America’s wall btw?

    Replies: @RadicalCenter

    Yes. We can and should pay for it ourselves and also pay to mass-deport illegal aliens ourselves as well. Thanks for asking.

    Let’s Go Brandon.

    • Replies: @Yellowface Anon
    @RadicalCenter

    Why should Trumpists shoot themselves in the feet by depriving themselves of a large pool of manual labor. Go full Generalplan Ost, annex Mexico and turn it into the largest labor camp ever. Same thing with the entire swaths of those Brown lands southeast of Europe.

    Don't stop at that, reduce them to a suitable size as to not overwhelm the superior races.

    /s

    What migratory capitalism has done and still doing is reverse-fascism, if you will.

    Replies: @Yellowface Anon, @RadicalCenter

  293. @Agathoklis
    @Mr. Hack

    The second Miles David Quintet is very different from the later Bitches Brew and Live Evil records. The Quintet was still firmly in the jazz tradition however his later Bitches Brew period really veered away from that. For example, rhythmically the drummer and bassist played more ostinato-based funk grooves. Even harmonically, they were playing more vamps than jazz harmony. And of course, the textures are very different. Personally, I am not a huge fan of this period although it is musically closer to 70's Zappa.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack

    But you probably came to appreciate the Jazz-fusion period fueled by players that left Davis and went on to form groups of their own: Return to Forever (Chick Corea), Mahavishnu Orchestra (John McGlaughlin), Weather Report (Joe Zawinul), during the 1970’s? Many other musicians that weren’t associated with Miles Davis were making great strides in this direction too.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    @Mr. Hack


    But you probably came to appreciate the Jazz-fusion period fueled by players that left Davis and went on to form groups of their own: Return to Forever (Chick Corea), Mahavishnu Orchestra (John McGlaughlin), Weather Report (Joe Zawinul), during the 1970’s? Many other musicians that weren’t associated with Miles Davis were making great strides in this direction too.
     
    Larry Coryell? Saw him at the Village Gate in Greenwich Village, not far from your peeps.

    Replies: @Mr. Hack, @Mr. Hack

  294. @Dmitry
    @LatW


    ery serious, over 1000 daily death
     
    In Russia it's more like 5000 people dying each day from coronavirus during the peaks of the waves ( https://doctorpiter.ru/articles/688489/ ).

    And authorities were faking the data to maintain the economy open. For example, in November 2020 in Novosibirsk there were proportionally more people dying from coronavirus than in New York in April 2020. But the restaurants, bars and nightclubs, were open, and most people were not wearing masks.

    By comparison, in April 2020 in New York, with less people dying as a proportion of the population that in Novosibirsk in November 2020, the city had mostly shut down, and the media reported that there was an epidemic in the city.


    Russophones are more reluctant to take the vaccine (about 10% less than Latvians, for example). They don’t want to be told what to do and they
     
    And partly because the Russian media and politicians have been acting like coronavirus is problem in other countries not Russia, partly has been promoting anti-vax attitudes about Western vaccines. For example, all this obsession about the dangers of Pfizer, or "monkey DNA" in Astrazeneca vaccine, etc.

    https://www.vedomosti.ru/society/news/2020/09/09/839323-otlichiya-rossiiskoi-i-anglo-shvedskoi-vaktsin
    https://www.interfax-russia.ru/moscow/main/putin-tragicheskih-posledstviy-posle-polucheniya-rossiyskih-vakcin-net
    https://www.rbc.ru/society/12/09/2020/5f5cf2cd9a794702eecbbf28

    If you believed that Western vaccines were already dangerous, then the logical implication of media messaging has been you definitely should not injected with a Russian one.


    Ekaterinburg seems like a very modern city. I like how they have built it out, especially around the waterfront. Maybe the population
     
    It's on one hand being on the silk road for opium, and being an economically successful, resilient city - that therefore has been profitable for drug sales. Because it's one of the most economically robust cities, therefore it is always one of the most profitable for narcotics.

    It's on the other hand, because of the most stupid and incompetent authorities that can be imagined, in terms of understanding of international epidemiological guidelines for fighting this epidemic, which had been solved decades ago in other countries.


    population there grew and that’s why the increase?

     

    It's a proportional increase in HIV rates, which is a result of more widely the drug addiction, and more narrowly the needle sharing.

    So for example, the HIV prevalence in the total population (all normal residents) of Ekaterinburg, is 1/3 higher than the total HIV prevalence of sex workers in Amsterdam.

    And there are many other cities in Russia like Perm, Omsk, where it has been a similar situation.


    strong bias and they don’t want to “encourage the vice” (even though the result would be safety). Or maybe it is just pofigism.
     
    Roizman has blamed the open borders immigration system, in relation to central Asia, where the drugs are moved on the silk road through the cities. And that is true that experts have said that open borders immigration policy of Russia has probably been one contributing factor to the drug epidemic, that therefore resulted in the high level of HIV.

    Roizman also was justified to criticize the authorities, but his history of parallel state initiatives does not inspire confidence.

    We don't have to be professionally