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  1. A clean slate. How apropos.

    A interesting study on recent fertility rates in Germany and Sweden. There is a noticeable drop in fertility but as the study points out, causation is tricky to attribute. Could if be Covid vaccine or infection side effects? Vaccinated and un-vaccinated rates are not broken out so it’s impossible to know at this point.

    Bashi had posited that China’s zero-Covid policies were to protect their population’s fertility but this seems a highly unlikely scenario given the somewhat modest drops of 10% in TFR.

    https://www.bib.bund.de/Publikation/2022/pdf/Fertility-declines-near-the-end-of-the-COVID-19-pandemic-Evidence-of-the-2022-birth-declines-in-Germany-and-Sweden.pdf;jsessionid=C98291224585A67102AD9E298317D07B.intranet252?__blob=publicationFile&v=9

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  2. A clean slate. How apropos.

    This is an interesting study on fertility drops in Germany and Sweden. Could it be due to Covid vaccination or Covid infection? It’s hard to determine since vaccinated/un-vaccinated populations are not broken out.

    A while back Bashi had posited that China’s endless Covid Zero policies were practiced to protect the countries’ fertility. This seems very unlikely since the TFR drop in Germany and Sweden was only about 10%. That’s a substantial number but it’s a far cry from a depopulation bio-weapon!

    https://www.bib.bund.de/Publikation/2022/pdf/Fertility-declines-near-the-end-of-the-COVID-19-pandemic-Evidence-of-the-2022-birth-declines-in-Germany-and-Sweden.pdf;jsessionid=C98291224585A67102AD9E298317D07B.intranet252?__blob=publicationFile&v=9

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  3. @Barbarossa

    Sorry for the double post.
    Both times it failed to appear after being refreshed…until they both appeared 15 minutes later.

    • Replies: @A123
  4. A123 says: • Website

    Yet more details strongly linking the WUHAN-19 virus escaped from the CCP’s WIV laboratory in Wuhan, China. (1) (2)

    Video below [MORE]

    …in the fall of 2019, the dispatches took a darker turn. They referenced inhumane working conditions and “hidden safety dangers.” On Nov. 12 of that year, a dispatch by party branch members at the BSL-4 laboratory appeared to reference a biosecurity breach.

    once you have opened the stored test tubes, it is just as if having opened Pandora’s Box. These viruses come without a shadow and leave without a trace. Although [we have] various preventive and protective measures, it is nevertheless necessary for lab personnel to operate very cautiously to avoid operational errors that give rise to dangers. Every time this has happened, the members of the Zhengdian Lab [BSL4] Party Branch have always run to the frontline, and they have taken real action to mobilize and motivate other research personnel.

    Reid studied the words intently. Was this a reference to past accidents? An admission of an ongoing crisis? A general recognition of hazardous practices? Or all of the above? Reading between the lines, Reid concluded, “They are almost saying they know Beijing is about to come down and scream at them.”

    And that, in fact, is exactly what happened next, according to a meeting summary uploaded nine days later.

    The messenger who arrived at the WIV was Dr. Ji Changzheng, the “technology safety and security director for the Chinese Academy of Sciences.” He came with a message from Xi Jiinping.

    There’s also computer evidence suggesting an attempt to republish all of the material on the WIV website in November 2019:

    Vanity Fair and ProPublica analyzed the WIV website and found that there may have been an after-the-fact attempt to reframe the events of November 2019. On Nov. 11, the WIV appeared to republish the entire section of its website containing institutional and party branch news. Every dispatch from prior dates, even those from several years earlier, contains underlying data that indicates that it was changed on that day.

    Was this routine or was it an attempt to clean things up in advance of Dr. Ji’s visit six days later?

    When I wrote about the report yesterday I found the contents not terribly convincing because they lacked the kind of detail contained in this ProPublica report. Having read the ProPublica story, this does seem to be a pretty major advance in what we know. Specifically, something bad happened at the WIV in the fall of 2019, probably a biosafety emergency and the government was worried about it. If it had nothing to do with the coronavirus the timing would be one hell of a coincidence.

    When Leftoid organizations like ProPublica, Vanity Fair, and The Guardian concede that China is the source, the PRC shills are pretty much out of business.

    There were many loud claims for U.S. reparations to others based on the 100% debunked Fort Detrick theory. Will they be equally vociferous insisting on CCP reparations, now that everyone accepts that WUHAN-19 escaped from a Wuhan facility?

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2022/10/28/propublica-the-wuhan-institute-of-virology-was-a-biocomplex-in-crisis-in-november-2019-n506463

    (2) https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/nov/03/lab-leak-theory-report-propublica-vanity-fair-is-it-reliable

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  5. A123 says: • Website
    @Barbarossa

    Sorry for the double post.
    Both times it failed to appear after being refreshed…until they both appeared 15 minutes later.

    It is a known site feature/bug. Until the #1 comment is moderator approved, all new comments are invisible and the 5 minute edit window is unavailable.

    AK used to beat this limitation by:
        • Posting
        • Moderator approving
    Comment #1 himself on each new article.

    This is an interesting study on fertility drops in Germany and Sweden. Could it be due to Covid vaccination or Covid infection? It’s hard to determine since vaccinated/un-vaccinated populations are not broken out.

    Given financial pressures and delayed family formation (e.g. weddings), it will be statistically challenging to separate physical science impacts from sociological phenomena.

    My instinct is that both THE JAB and cultural issues are in play. Women who want healthy children do have an option. (1)

    the [Vaxx-Realist] community is taking a page from Biden’s social media marketing push by offering up their own dating app specifically for singles who don’t get the COVID-19 vaccine. No, really. It’s called “Unjected” — we know, the jokes write themselves — and it claims to be a service created by two mothers in Hawaii who “believe in true science & the scientific method.”

    According to the platform’s website, its creators believe that “Covid-19 vaccines are shedding dangerous spike proteins” and that “those who have chosen not to be a part of the trials have documented adverse events after being exposed to the Vaccinated.” Fact check: this is obviously not true. Still, the ladies want to offer a safe space for unvaccinated individuals to “come together uncensored through business, friendship or love.” Because, you know, public spaces like grocery stores and that annual family barbeque is now going to be off-limits unless you’re fine possibly dying from a completely preventable virus.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://uproxx.com/viral/unvaccinated-dating-app-from-anti-vaxxers/

  6. A123 says: • Website

    As this is an Open Thread… I declare that the Messer is an impressive weapon design.

    Did I just say something nice about Germany ?!?!?!

    Wait…. It is about historical, 15th & 16th century Germany… Whew….

    PEACE 😇

     

    • Replies: @songbird
  7. The Iraqi Information Minister reviews

    Gurdjieff
    Making a New World
    J. G. Bennett
    Bennett Books 1992 re-issue of 1973 Harper & Row

    This is hagiographic and I have avoided it for years because of this but there is critical information stashed inside of it that can be found nowhere else. Bennett was a brilliant guy but totally under the sway of his master.

    The thing he has that no other writer brings to the topic: he was a high officer in the British military intelligence, fluent in a dozen languages. He was fluent in Turkish which means he understood what the guru was saying better than anybody else. Gurdjieff’s mother’s tongue was Armenian, but the most-used language for his entire education was Turkish and Gurdjieff was fully fluent only in these two languages. Bennett was fluent in Russian. Gurdjieff’s Russian was only passable and even Ouspensky did not have access to the mind of the big guy which Bennett possessed.

    He has a large number Gurdjieff quotations which all were first made in Russian or French or English and not one has the tone of a sophisticated or educated man.

    The other thing which is in this book and nowhere else is geographic and historic details from the Silk Road -> Trans Caspian Railway cities where it seems apparent the anonymous sources of Gurdjieff’s teaching / metaphysics / philosophy / spirituality were. All of these places were in the Soviet Union. All of them had some dialect of Turkish as their base language. Bennett spent twenty years trying to ferret out the sources from the wrong side of the Iron Curtain and he has a persuasive, if uncompelling, interpretation.

    This is what Bennett claims with some documentation and some inferences.

    No evidence in the material or in the record or in the stories that Gurdjieff ever once set foot in Tibet.

    The tradition which leaves the biggest footprint is the Kwajagan Sufis of Bukhara (Rumi was one of them); after the Soviet takeover this group was widely dispersed from the Gobi Desert to Kara Kum.

    The mysterious Sarmoun Brotherhood monastery is located, if it even existed, in the valley of the Pyandje River (tributary of Amu Darya.) If you want to pick a bullseye

    37.5228, 70.0945

    is as good a lat lon as any.

    The Pyandje (or Pyanj) River is the current border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan according to google maps. This is as desolate a spot as anywhere on earth and it boggles the imagination (i. e. near impossible to credit) that a group of monks could scratch out a living there and have any time left over for a sophisticated spiritual life, but that is the claim. Bennett does not claim that he believes Gurdjieff ever actually made it there. It is kind of inferred if you read between the lines that Gurdjieff’s teachers were in Bukhara and the Sarmoun Brotherhood monastery reports are second or third or fourth or fifth-hand.

    Bennett got his hands on an old British army map with a town named Sarmanjin between Tirmidh and Balkh. This also is the middle of no where. Tirmidh is Termez on the google map.

    There is one more group and one more area of claimed significance. The Seers of: Kidgera in Kafiristan; Maxari Sherif and Khavar in Afghanistan; Uchan-su in Kashgaria. Maxari Sherif is the current 4th largest city in Afghanistan. I could find no trace of the Seers, or the other three locations on the internet.

    (But I did locate a fascinating fellow while looking who is not mentioned in Bennett’s book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Gardner_(soldier)

    Gardner was preoccupied with keeping alive in the middle of the wilderness with the intermittent platoon of savages and did not report any spiritual wisdom. It is hard to believe anybody there and then had time for any spiritual wisdom. He wrote a book:

    I bet this is worth at least a skim but I don’t yet have a copy.)

    Bennett met Gurdjieff in Constantinople immediately after World War I and the Russian Revolution when he was still a Military Intelligence Officer and he was directed by London to find out the scoop on this dangerous Russian agent newly arrived in Constantinople. He found Gurdjieff in the palace of the number two or number three dog in the Turkish royal family.

    I enjoyed reading the book but if there is anything reliable in there is anybody’s guess. OK one thing. Bennett says Beelzebub’s Tales is a work of genius which rewards careful reading. I promise you that part is utter horseshit.

    • Thanks: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Barbarossa
    , @songbird
  8. @Emil Nikola Richard

    Many of the Celtic monastic centers were in the Hebrides, which are also some of the most desolate and inhospitable places to live. On some of those barren rocks they had to bring soil over from the mainland to make some gardens. So, I don’t think that a hardscrabble existence is inimical to the spiritual life. It’s all in how you treat it, I guess.

    Thanks for the interesting review. What is up with the Iraqi Information Ministry? That guy seems to be having some fun with his job description.

  9. @A123

    Aren’t you tired of repeating the same lie so many times? It’s hard to prove that 2×2 equals 5.3, so maybe it’s high time to desist.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @silviosilver
  10. A123 says: • Website
    @AnonfromTN

    I never tire of repeating the TRUTH. Educating those who can be taught is a duty set upon Christians by God.

    When will you stop lying? You can never prove your gonzo, phweet, Fort Detrick conspiracy theory? It never happened.

    PEACE 😇

  11. songbird says:
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    >Alexander Gardner

    I recall that he was a character in Flashman and the Mountain of Light, which for many years formed the major axis of my knowledge about Sikhs.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  12. songbird says:
    @A123

    IMO, the Hanseatic League is a very under-explored setting for fiction.

    Lots of local color available. And plenty of historical buildings to choose from. Sometimes it even comes across in the small details that they tell tourists – I seem to recall that there is a chandelier in some Rathaus where they supposedly loaded short candles when they knew it was going to be a short meeting, and long, when they knew it was going to be a long meeting. Something like that would make a good intro.

    .

    • Replies: @A123
    , @LatW
  13. @songbird

    I just read the Wikipedia page on the guy. He sounds like he was quite the badass, and to top it off…

    by the gash in his throat which was the most obvious of his many wounds and which obliged him to clamp a pair of forceps to his neck whenever he ate or drank.

    Yow.

    • Replies: @songbird
  14. songbird says:
    @Barbarossa

    Lol. That’s right – he was kind of like one of those ghosts that spray wine on you when they try to drink.

    I forget whether he asked Josiah Harlan to try to close it up or not, but, anyway, it was beyond his poor skills.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  15. Wokechoke says:
    @Barbarossa

    why have a kid when your conservative party is picking the likes of Sunak as a leader?

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  16. @AnonfromTN

    Aren’t you tired of repeating the same lie so many times?

    He probably doesn’t even see it as lying. He seems to be something of a psychiatric case.

    Pity. It always sucks when people you’re politically aligned with act nutty like that. (I am willing to criticize his favorite people and country – Jews and Israel, not Christians and America – and would definitely defund them, but on everything else I’m more or less with him.)

    • Replies: @A123
  17. @Mikel (and others)

    I was thinking about our discussion last thread on the meaning of life, honor, and the willingness to go to extremes for one’s beliefs and wanted to sum it up a bit.

    For one, I’m not one to fetishize violence or look to it as any kind of default response, so when I say that the world should have more people willing to die for something, it doesn’t mean that I’d prefer a world with high levels of violence. Like most people, I want to raise my family and live my lie in peace.

    However, I find myself very skeptical and leery of the “peace” that the current age sets before us. As Bashibuzuk pointed out, we live in the age of the archetypal passive nihilist as the worship of material consumption, narcissistic individualism, and technological advancement take ultimate precedence over all other human virtues and vices. If humanity ends up in a “Brave New World” scenario (though it seems we are already most of the way there) living in a frictionless virtual world it will indeed be a very peaceful world, but it will be the empty peace of a grave, inhabited by the empty shells of men who can’t be bothered to do much of anything.

    Faced with such a future I prefer the messier alternative of the past. It may have been brutal at many times but there was also the possibility for transcendence. I would prefer a world where saints and heroes can still have songs and tales composed about them. We live in an age where the great heroes and saints of the past have their cultural equivalent in sports stars and Kardashians. What a stupid way to be.

    Safety is fine, but taken as it’s own supreme goal is more like being the walking dead. I guess that is why it seems like we are living increasingly in a society of zombies. I really feel that in a society completely leveled, managed, and insulated you also lose all possibility for greatness of spirit and action, and embrace a pathetic mediocrity, which seems an ultimate shame.

    This doesn’t mean that I romanticize the past, knowing very well that history is often a long exercise in various peoples brutalizing each other, but I’m more afraid of what I see around me more and more, the people that reject all ideals and aspirations to embrace a warm servility to their virtual servitude.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
    , @Coconuts
    , @Mikel
  18. @songbird

    I was just reading the (extensive) Wiki page on Harlan aloud to my wife. That makes for some good reading. I may have to find some more in depth material on this period for my next read.

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

    I’m currently reading C.S. Lewis Space Trilogy which I’m enjoying more than I expected. C.S. Lewis has the knack of making fiction with quite explicitly Christian themes that is not hackneyed or stale, which is something of an accomplishment. I typically avoid any more modern “Christian” stuff because it is so painfully bad.

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
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  19. @Wokechoke

    Hey, we won’t have that data for another nine months!

    • LOL: sudden death
  20. @Barbarossa

    Like most people, I want to raise my family and live my lie in peace.

    LOL!

    You are indeed like most people then. 🙂

    • LOL: Barbarossa
  21. S says:

    More psyche prepping for WWIII.

    I’m reminded a bit of this laughable US propaganda film I saw circa 1940 showing the ‘mighty’ German navy, a ‘message’ designed to instill fear which only worked provided a person was ignorant of the actual situation, as the German navy in reality was tiny in comparison to that of either the US or UK.

    And just as Germany in the Fall of 1942, with almost the whole of continental Europe momentarily under it’s sway (much the same as the situation of Napoleon in 1812), appeared quite strong, a rebuilt China today also momentarily appears quite strong.

    However, neither Hitler, Napoleon, nor Xi today, had the time necessary to effectively consolidate their power, while Britain and now the US/UK has had the time to succesfully consolidate their power, leaving the initiative in these wars historically with the Anglosphere.

    They only go into these world wars unless first they feel confident they have already for practical purposes already won them. [That said, due to the current overwhelming hubris of the US/UK, there may be some surprises in store.]

    ‘The Big One Is Coming’ and the U.S. Military Isn’t Ready

    A U.S. flag officer talks candidly about the fading U.S. deterrent.

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine revealed the fading power of America’s military deterrent, a fact that too few of our leaders seem willing to admit in public. So it is encouraging to hear a senior flag officer acknowledge the danger in a way that we hope is the start of a campaign to educate the American public.

    “This Ukraine crisis that we’re in right now, this is just the warmup,” Navy Admiral Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said this week at a conference. “The big one is coming. And it isn’t going to be very long before we’re going to get tested in ways that we haven’t been tested” for “a long time.”

    How bad is it? Well, the admiral said, “As I assess our level of deterrence against China, the ship is slowly sinking. It is sinking slowly, but it is sinking, as fundamentally they are putting capability in the field faster than we are.” Sinking slowly is hardly a consolation. As “those curves keep going,” it won’t matter “how good our commanders are, or how good our horses are—we’re not going to have enough of them. And that is a very near-term problem.”

    Note that modifier “near-term.” This is a more urgent vulnerability than most of the political class cares to recognize.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-big-one-is-coming-china-russia-charles-richard-u-s-military-11667597291

  22. A123 says: • Website
    @silviosilver

    The discussion was about WIV As Origin denialism. All of the available science points directly to the CCP.

    How/Why did you shift from science to the Judeo-Christian belief system?

    I am willing to criticize your favorite [MORE] people and country (Shias and Iran). Why do denigrate my favorite people and country (Judeo-Christians and America)?

    Your random & tangential subject changes are bizarre. And, some of your unhinged declarations are obviously detached from reality. Do you not realize you are lying?

    Have you considered Prozac or other medications? I want you to get better. You do not have to live like Mr. Hack.
    ___

    As a proud American Christian I bring you this message.

     

     

    PEACE 😇

    [MORE]

    P.S. The “Yellowface Anon Rule” applies here:

    — — If you tell me what I believe — —
    — I get to tell you what you believe —

    You declared my favorite country. Thus, I get to declare your favorite country.

    Do you see how it works?

    There is an obvious one step program you can take to stop this particularly confusing form of discourse…. Here it is… Step #1–STOP LYING.

    • Troll: Mr. Hack
  23. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird

    the Hanseatic League is a very under-explored setting for fiction

    Picking something that is primarily commercial, rather than military, could work in novel form. Hard to see it as a backdrop for a movie.

    Notably, it does appear in the BattleTech game system and associated books. (1)


     
    The modern Hanseatic League was a mercantile alliance of 29 worlds.[1] Lyran refugees arrived in Hansa space in the late twenty-ninth century as a direct result of Archon Elizabeth Steiner’s Military Disaster Order. As their influence increased, the League took shape, and was officially founded in 2891.

    The League was run by a ruling council of merchants, and wealth was the primary calculus of one’s status in society.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.sarna.net/wiki/Hanseatic_League

    • Replies: @songbird
  24. Mr. Hack says:
    @A123

    Mr. Hack’s only “problem” is that he dares to disagree with kremlinstoogeA123 about US support of Ukraine’s defensive war against the kremlin. It seems that anybody who disagrees with kremlinstoogeA123 he automatically assigns to the category of “mentally ill” and that such person needs medication.

    This kremlinstoogeA123 is a real megalomaniac and work of art, and it’s really he who needs some mental medical attention, ASAP! I didn’t even provoke him within this thread, and he brings me up and offers me his bizarre diagnosis?…

    Don’t worry about my health kremlinstoogeA123, I come from tough Ukrainian stock. You picked the wrong guy to try and scare off with your BS! You wont run me off of of the ranch that easily

  25. @A123

    How/Why did you shift from science to the Judeo-Christian belief system?

    Because it’s an open thread in which people are free to opine on anything at any point they wish?

    Don’t take this as an attack, but please consider the possible role that your own unhinged Israel-firsterism might have played in exacerbating your preexisting psychiatric condition. Life would be harsh enough with the preexisting condition alone, but to make it worse through an unnecessary self-imposed burden, that’s just sad.

    • Replies: @A123
  26. A123 says: • Website
    @silviosilver

    Your demented Iran Firsterism and worship of Khamenei is raging out if control. You are beginning a downward spiral that could lead to permanent psychosis. Please seek psychiatric assistance before you begin to self harm. That would be quite sad, and it is avoidable

    I pity you. And, I forgive you.

    PEACE 😇

    • Troll: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @silviosilver
    , @Mr. Hack
  27. @A123

    Nice try, but I can unabashedly, unhesitatingly, even joyously say: Fuck Iran, I don’t give the flyingest of fucks about anything that happens in or to Iran.

    You cannot say the same about Israel.

    • Replies: @A123
  28. Mr. Hack says:
    @A123

    Everybody at this blogsite sees right thought your BS – you’re a sad case….

  29. A123 says: • Website
    @silviosilver

    That is exactly what an Iran First operative would say as part of their cover.

    Which of these people is you?

     

     

    Why do you hate Judeo-Christian America so much?

    PEACE 😇

    • LOL: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  30. Mr. Hack says:
    @A123

    “Iran first operative”??…silviosilver? You’re delusional kremlinstoogeA123!

    • Agree: Barbarossa
  31. @Mr. Hack

    He’s not delusional, simply working as Moscow first operative himself;) Did you ever hear any single beep from him about RF’ian financing and overall help to ayatolaian Iran?

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    , @A123
  32. songbird says:
    @Barbarossa

    Sher Singh roundly condemns Christianity for pozzing Euros, but, so far as I know, he has never addressed the Josiah Harlan question, which I would pose thusly:

    If Christianity pozzed Euros, how is it possible that Harlan, with his Quaker background (Quakers being one of the most woke groups of the day), could have been such a freebooting adventurer that one of the titles he was given was “Slayer of Sikhs?”

    [MORE]

    I’m currently reading C.S. Lewis Space Trilogy

    Only ever read the first one, years ago. That was all my library had, back then.

    I typically avoid any more modern “Christian” stuff because it is so painfully bad.

    There is something interesting in this observation. Here, there is an aspect of decline, which is largely unremarked upon, and interesting to compare and contrast to other observations of decline.

  33. songbird says:
    @A123

    If the German government weren’t so pozzed, they would fund a TV show set in the Hanseatic League to the tune of €10 million/ episode.

    [MORE]
    In order to iron out the plot – find out which storylines work – first it would be a Japanese manga. The major character would be a merchant, trying to make a deal, under a different backdrop each episode.

    Much as I like seeing military formations, I think battles are overdone. “Battle of the Bastards” still leaves a sour taste in my mouth (much as I hate to admit having seen GoT), due to all the soyjack responses to something so ill-conceived.

    I have never read one of the BattleTech novels and thus can barely distinguish it from Shatner’s Tekwar books, which I have also not read. Though, if I understand correctly, it is partly a ripoff of the Macross anime. I won’t say I thought it was perfect or anything, but I thought Macross had a brilliant conceit, where (spoiler) a pop songtress can be used as a secret weapon against a warrior race of aliens, who have no cultural analogue. It very much reminded me of the concept of culture in the Civilization games.

    • Replies: @A123
  34. Mr. Hack says:
    @sudden death

    Sure, why do you think that I’ve renamed him kremlintoogeA123?

    It doesn’t seem to bother him at all that his hated Iran is now providing Russia low quality drones that are killing a lot of Ukrainian civilian homes and structures.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  35. Wokechoke says:
    @Mr. Hack

    That’s awkward.

    How do you know that Russia wasn’t building a lot of this gear for Iran? What’s wrong with cheap precise guided weaponry anyway? Does it have to be the result of an inflated budget?

    The Royal Navy sank the Bismarck with Swordfish biplanes armed with unreliable torpedoes and then sank much of the Italian fleet the same way at Taranto.

    The Iranians, if they designed and built this gear were thinking straight. A balsa wood airframe with a bomb and a GPS. It’s a smaller slower “string bag” with a monowing. That’s all.

    Cheap plentiful and accurate weapons are the real business of war.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  36. Mr. Hack says:
    @Wokechoke

    You haven’t noticed that I’m not supporting Russia’s war against Ukraine? How dense can you be?

    Besides, didn’t you read about Israel’s recent bombing of a factory in Iran where these drones were being made? kremlinstoogeA123 apparently didn’t hear about this either? 🙂

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  37. Even if bit macabre, but still morbidly interesting looking views from current Lugansk allegedly – looks like lately they started burying plentiful of their military dead straight into separating grass grounds between the opposing street lanes?

    Anon fromTN might be finally somewhat practically useful here and explain for us where is the filmed street(?) in the city(?), if he’s not just bullshitting us all about his alleged Lugansk backround and recent travels there:

    https://t.me/m0sc0wcalling/14014

  38. A123 says: • Website
    @sudden death

    Given the number of times I have espoused MAGA Judeo-Christian Populist beliefs;) it should be amazingly clear that I am an America First type of person;)

    Accusations of being Israel First or Moscow First are obviously incorrect;)

    Only an Iran Firster;), dedicated to Fatahland;) and Hamasland;), would make such a blunder;)

    PEACE 😇
    ______________________

    Let me restate the “Yellowface Anon Rule” that applies here:

    — — If you tell me what I believe — —
    — I get to tell you what you believe —

    If you declare my “firsterism”, I get to declare your “firsterism”. Do you see how it works?

    Please consider if you wish to pursue this unusual dialectic further. While entertaining, it does not lend itself well as an analytical tool.

  39. @Mr. Hack

    You’re delusional kremlinstoogeA123!

    To his credit, that was a decent attempt at a ‘save’, after the corner he painted himself into. If it was anyone else, you’d dismiss the poster as worthless and promptly put him on ignore, but with A123, it fits the oddball persona he has cultivated and which people are evidently willing to entertain.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    , @Mr. Hack
  40. Tallest and smallest world series heroes for the astros

  41. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird

    If the German government weren’t so pozzed, they would fund a TV show set in the Hanseatic League to the tune of €10 million/ episode.

    The major character would be a merchant, trying to make a deal, under a different backdrop each episode.

    Hmmmm… Merchants are not inherently heroic, so that is a bit of an issue if the mercantilism is front and center. The story would have to make the merchant likable.

    A Merchant Family concept might be viable. Think of The Sopranos set in the Hansa League era.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    , @songbird
  42. S says:

    Every other news story about Kherson now alludes that it may be a ‘trap’.

    And, as is known, everyone involved in the war in Ukraine is accusing the other of planning a false flag ‘dirty bomb’ attack. Kherson might be just the place to do that.

    On top of that, despite recent assurances otherwise, which could simply be wartime subterfuge, Putin had already promised earlier to do whatever was necessary to succesfully defend the newly annexed territories. That’s thought to include possibly the use of tactical nukes, which Putin might just use should he think it necessary.

    I’m sure there’s already at least some on either side of the conflict arranging that they not be anywhere even near Kherson during the next few months.

    Below is a link to an interesting account of the radio controlled mines (ie bombs) left behind in Kiev by retreating Soviets that were remotely detonated with great effect several days after the Germans had occupied the city.

    https://shvachko.net/?p=1054&lang=en

    One of numerous recent stories about Kherson potentially being a ‘trap’.

    Russian forces ‘most likely’ leaving Kherson – but it may be a trap; no evidence of dirty bombs in Ukraine

    In what appears to be either a trap or a major Russian defeat, invading forces are significantly less visible on the west side of the crucial city of Kherson, where the Russian flag no longer flies atop the regional administration building.

    Does that mean a Russian retreat in the face of an impending Ukrainian counteroffensive?

    Kirill Stremousov, the Kremlin-appointed head of the Kherson province, seemed to suggest that when he told Russian TV: “Most likely, our units, our troops will go to the left (east) bank,” of the Dnieper River, away from the capital city.

    https://news.yahoo.com/russian-forces-most-likely-leaving-194952842.html

    [MORE]

    German sappers in Kiev clear the Vladimir Lenin museum of it’s radio controlled mines in the autumn of 1941. Three tons of explosives were removed.

  43. Wokechoke says:
    @Mr. Hack

    Iran has every reason in the world to be suspicious of Israel. Russia may have been one of the moderating hands for the Nuclear program in Iran. Russians giving the Persians a lot of support with aviation in exchange for them cooling off the nuclear development. That would be some kind of favor for Israel.

    The Geran2 is substantially different from the Shaheed btw. The Shaheed is a slow moving cruise missile. The Geran is a GPS guided and remote piloted loitering munition. It’s a enough of a difference to not be an Iranian product. Also the motor is a lightweight German powerplant. So the Geran is a sort of German-Russian hybrid that had a design phase in Iran. Mostly to test against US, Saudi and UK targets in the Gulf. Once that Beta test was done in the field, so to speak, Russia used the airframe and added the brain for the munition in another theater.

  44. Wokechoke says:
    @silviosilver

    The idea that Israel is against Zelenskyy is a ludicrous idea. I think A123 promaotes that idea.

    • Replies: @A123
  45. Battle of the Nations

    Serbia Denmark

    Yes the Danish man’s name is Rune. Is that not a great name for a Scandinavian demi-god?

  46. A123 says: • Website
    @Wokechoke

    It is not as simple as you think.

    The exiting, extreme left, Bennett/Lapid administration was on shaky ground with Putin. However, their fragile coalition was never able to do anything too crazy.

    As a proven matter of objective fact — there is animosity between Zelensky & the incoming Likud led government. It goes back to Zelensky’s highly offense speech back in March. (1)

    Zelensky’s Address to Israel Didn’t Go Over Very Well

    Ukraine leader insists Israel can’t mediate between good and evil; Knesset Members rip speech riddled with Holocaust references

    The Ukrainian leader also earned the ire of figures in the Likud-led opposition.

    Zelensky is trying “to rewrite history and erase the involvement of the Ukrainian people in the extermination of Jews,” charged far-right MK Bezalel Smotrich (Religious Zionism).

    Senior Likud MK Yuval Steinitz warned that the Ukrainian president’s words “bordered on Holocaust denial.”

    “War is always a terrible thing,” wrote Steinitz in his response to the speech, “but every comparison between a regular war, as difficult as it is, and the extermination of millions of Jews in gas chambers in the framework of the Final Solution is a complete distortion of history.”

    Under Netanyahu, will the indigenous Palestinian Jews officially & formally ally with Putin against Zelensky? Probably not.

    However, the smart money is betting on closer ties between the Palestinian Jews of Israel and the Orthodox Christians of Russia. There is 0% chance of Kiev aggressors receiving Israeli munitions.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/zelenskys-address-to-israel-didnt-go-over-very-well/

  47. @songbird

    Out of a Silent Planet was pretty okay, but Perelandra was really good. I’m currently started on That Hideous Strength which is shaping up well, but I’m not far enough in to assess fully.

    I think that Christian imagination has declined because it has become an industry dominated by evangelicals who have a slavish devotion to making Christian knock offs of what popular culture is making. “You like Justin Beiber? Try this knock off singing about Jesus!”

    There is also often a very narrow interpretation of what is considered Christian and it often has to be painfully explicit. The Christian entertainment industry is very corporate and so is subject to the same lowest common denominator factors that affect the wider entertainment industry.

    So yes I would say it is a symptom of decline, namely a capitulation to modern norms and corporate culture.

    • Thanks: songbird
    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
  48. @songbird

    Sher Singh roundly condemns Christianity for pozzing Euros

    Sher Singh is quite correct that Christendom has little to do with Jesus’ teachings but is incorrect when he blames it for pozzing Europe, unless one wants to wants to argue that Christianity is the root cause of liberalism and has thus pozzed the West. That is an argument that one could make but I think it’s all a matter of degree.

    Tribalism in it’s unrestrained form is very destructive and fractious, Afghanistan circa Josiah Harlan is a good enough example of that. The restraints that Christianity set up for tribalism in Europe led to enough social stability and cohesion for Euros to conquer the world, which is hardly pozzed. These impulses taken even further in liberalism actually undermine cohesion because they create too much erasure of communal identity.

    Of course, one’s outlook depends on whether one finds making empires a meaningful goal for society. However, a happy medium seems the best policy. I don’t think we’ll have to worry about going to far toward the tribalism end of the spectrum any time soon!

    • Replies: @songbird
    , @songbird
  49. @Barbarossa

    “You like Justin Beiber? Try this knock off singing about Jesus!”

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  50. Mr. Hack says:
    @silviosilver

    There is little “credit” that kremlntoogeA123 deserves. He’s a coward who can’t handle divergent views to his own and childishly puts these commenters on “ignore”. For the record, I have never put anybody on “ignore” either here or anywhere else.

  51. Wokechoke says:
    @A123

    It’s called the Onedin Line. ITV or BBC drama from the 1970s.

  52. @Emil Nikola Richard

    Good song, Thanks.
    Not much like a Justin Bieber knock off at all thankfully.

  53. LatW says:
    @songbird

    IMO, the Hanseatic League is a very under-explored setting for fiction.

    Agree wholeheartedly! And it would make for a great setting for a costume drama. The acting characters would not be just merchants but also peasants as there was the tradition of Leitkauf – the peasants would deliver goodies from the countryside and the merchants in the city would throw a big party for them in gratitude.

    [MORE]

    If you wanted to include more dramatic characters, you could produce some kind of a mystery drama where a Teutonic Knight appears from the past as a ghost, or a dame appears – there are some stories where women were buried alive behind brick walls in castles and later started appearing as ghosts (called the Black Dame or the White Dame), this would make for good material for series.

    Of course, you could always create a European krimi type of drama in the Hanseatic setting. I doubt much crime was going on there but you can always make it up (like the Scandinavians do in their criminal dramas that typically feature some lonely island or a small town where, in real life, no crime of any kind would ever take place, but in these series there is always some mysterious murder or some dungeon in somebody’s basement).

    Yes, some kind of a mystery costume drama called “The Guild” would be awesome.

    • Thanks: songbird
  54. songbird says:
    @A123

    A Merchant Family concept might be viable.

    It’s important to work in a family message somehow, otherwise it might just be construed as standard materialism.

    And isn’t that part of Gregory Clarke’s message that the merchant families outbred the warrior ones, as they weren’t losing all their sons in wars?

    Think of The Sopranos set in the Hansa League era.

    Honestly, I never could get into the Sopranos. Partly, because my natural bent is against serials. Not to mention, the one time I tried watching it, it was out of sequence and a lot of the plot was part of some wider arc that I didn’t understand. But I know a lot of people who liked it.

  55. songbird says:
    @Barbarossa

    IMO, it would be more plausible for a Sikh to argue that the decline of the West was due to the campaign against facial hair.

    1.) it helped obscure the differences between men and women
    2.) to a certain extent, also the differences between high-T and low-T men.
    3.) it left a signaling vacuum, which gays used to exploit (mustaches), in order to network and gain power

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  56. @songbird

    LOL.

    Allright Sher Singh, what are your thoughts? Expiring minds need to know!

    My expectation is that he would agree on the inherent gayness of lack of facial hair.

    • Replies: @songbird
    , @sher singh
  57. JR Foley says:
    @A123

    Trump is nothing more than a Con man—Loves Jews and does everything his Jewish masters demand–EG Move the USA embassy and pardon Kushner’s father—-and Trump fired Rex Tillerson and John Bolton and chose McMahon to his inner counsel. However Donnie missed the Towers of Doom—–Mankind—-Dink and Doink —Bastion Booger and the Undertaker.

    A vote for Trump —goes against a vote for Forrest Gump?

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  58. Coconuts says:
    @Barbarossa

    If humanity ends up in a “Brave New World” scenario (though it seems we are already most of the way there) living in a frictionless virtual world it will indeed be a very peaceful world, but it will be the empty peace of a grave, inhabited by the empty shells of men who can’t be bothered to do much of anything.

    I feel like this trajectory is gradually breaking down now though, and probably it will breakdown first (at least in terms of thought, culture etc.) in the Western countries that were supposed to be leading the way towards it.

    You can sort of see this in a few trends, the turn of the younger generation towards authoritarian and intolerant attitudes and political positions likely to generate division, with growing influence of the obscurantist thought of people like Marcuse, growing class divides and the alienation of men. (Mainstream seems to be starting to pick up on the possible political implications of this latter point).

    Bashibuzuk has written about the collapse or future elimination of the middle class, this is something fairly widely predicted, but with the collapse of the middle class will go the end of their values and norms, and a lot of this ‘brave new world’ future seems to have been rooted in the middle classes. The wealthy and successful, the higher levels of society are always in some way de facto exempt from Enlightenment values. The same goes with the lower levels of society who seem to be resistant to appreciation of them. It looks like the society of the future will be mainly composed of these two groups.

    At some point you may see the emergence of a new kind of right wing, where the liberal economic issues are put into the background and the right start to compete with the left on the issue of human alienation, that will be a kind of turning point imo.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
  59. songbird says:
    @Barbarossa

    Going to add a fourth:

    4.) Helped obscure the differences between men and boys, leading to eternal boyhood.

  60. songbird says:
    @Barbarossa

    Harlan himself seemed to think that the reason the region was so unstable was that, owing to polygamy, there were a lot of half-brothers that formed rival claimants for power. Maybe, his views were colored a bit by his prim, egalitarian moral upbringing (is that really the case today, without monarchies?), but these were fissures that he himself exploited.

    And anyway, I think his idea is fascinating because, if rather unscientifically, it seems to support my theory that a lot of kin-slaying in Europe was between half-brothers, who owing to the dangers of childbirth, had different mothers. Though it doesn’t seem to explain all of it.

  61. songbird says:

    Bashi mentioned human sacrifice in the last thread.

    I think it is a fascinating mystery how the Romans came to disdain human sacrifice. I don’t want to say that it was completely unique for a pagan society, at that stage in history, but it strikes me as being at least quasi or semi-unique. How many other such societies were there that banned it outright?

    The Chinese seem to have curtailed it in a number of ways, perhaps abortively. But, for instance, the Thais, who were ruled by a Chinese off-shoot dynasty practiced it into the 1870s. Indians practiced it into the Raj (some say they still do), despite Buddhism originating there. They say that retainer sacrifice was done away with in the Old Kingdom in Egypt, based on tomb burials, but, IMO, that is rather incomplete evidence that human sacrifice was banned there generally.

    • Replies: @A123
  62. @Coconuts

    There was a really long story in the press about the number two accused guy in the ghost ship fire in Oakland CA back in 2017 or about then. Other than being accused of 28 manslaughters he was a pretty normal filthy hippie with a bunch of tattoos. While he was in jail in Dublin for way over a year before his trial he befriended beetles in the twelve foot by twelve foot exercise yard and the lawyer said something like his bliss was awesome.

    The number two guy was acquitted. I filed the lawyer’s name because if I was ever to get accused of a crime there and could afford him that is the man I want to hire. The number one guy was convicted but let loose with time served. If I recall right it was around 2.5 years. The thing that leaped out at me was that it was a Kali cult and I am thinking the jury never heard about that part.

  63. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird

    I think it is a fascinating mystery how the Romans came to disdain human sacrifice. I don’t want to say that it was completely unique for a pagan society, at that stage in history, but it strikes me as being at least quasi or semi-unique. How many other such societies were there that banned it outright?

    The government provided Bread & Circuses including death in gladiatorial combat & other spectacles.

    • Was the ban actually spiritual?
    • Or, was it simply a way to keep the competion for blood in check?

    Even though priestly knifing was out. The “death curse” still had many believers.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
  64. songbird says:
    @A123

    The government provided Bread & Circuses including death in gladiatorial combat & other spectacles.

    I suspect the real reason was something humdrum like the Roman model of governance was to subsume and subjugate new areas, and having a taboo about human sacrifice has a good way to show that you are more civilized. Or maybe, it is was a function of a threshold of literacy, that while low by modern standards, had never been reached before, spreading philosophical ideas.

    [MORE]

    But I’ve entertained a bunch of oddball notions. My favorite is that the “metal cube” (the volume of metal that the Romans used collectively) was simply greater than any other society before them, and metal is such a powerful tool that it creates some sort of break with elemental thinking (wood, stone, fire, water), and maybe a more differentiated and wealthier society besides.

    Another one I like is that the industrial mass scale of realistic statue-making (though many of them copies of Greek works) was simply unique and that these realistic likenesses somehow depreciated the flesh and blood human sacrifices.

    Gladiatorial combats themselves probably began as a form of human sacrifice, but I think there was a divergence (real, trained gladiators were considered valuable, and not every fight was to the death), though your point about spectacle might be a valid one. Perhaps, the same thing could be said with public execution of criminals by crucifixion.

    Even though priestly knifing was out. The “death curse” still had many believers.

    Rome is another series that I never watched, but I confess I am much confused by the name “Atia of the Julii.”

    The name “Atia” signifies she was born into the “Atia” gens, not the Julian one (or else her name would be “Julia”. Did she really claim that title from her mother “Julia minor” (Julius Caesar’s sister) for political purposes? Or did they make that up for the show? (I don’t think she married anyone from the Julian clan) Maybe, it is plausible as her son adopted the name, even though he wasn’t a Julian.

    I wonder what GR thinks about the Rome show. I thought there was a black general in there somewhere, which is one reason I didn’t watch it.

  65. Mikel says:
    @Barbarossa

    We live in an age where the great heroes and saints of the past have their cultural equivalent in sports stars and Kardashians. What a stupid way to be.

    I think it’s actually less bad that people idolize stupid but peaceful Kardashians than bloodthirsty military legends and warrior-saints.

    And there’s no need to stop admiring or practicing heroic deeds at all. A society that looks up to Reinhold Messner or Steve Fosset is much healthier in my view that one that looks up to people like Che Guevara.

    But as I argued in the previous thread, the problem is not just continuing to engage in periodic massacres. The biggest problem is that if we don’t stop behaving like that we’ll end up causing a human catastrophe of unprecedented dimensions. I never thought humans would be capable of resisting the need to solve differences through nuclear war in the long run but my lack of confidence in humanity has actually increased tremendously in the past months. Our leaders are seriously talking about the possibility of nuclear war for reasons that nobody would be able to state with any clarity and I don’t even have any anti-nuclear war demonstration to join because there are none. People angrily protested against the Iraq and other much less consequential wars but accept the possibility of nuclear war with Russia as if it is was indeed inevitable and beyond anybody’s control.

  66. @Mikel

    People angrily protested against the Iraq and other much less consequential wars…

    Nobody protested 1991 Iraq war though, because it was purely aggresive offensive war of territorial conquest (just like RF war against UA today is) from opposing side, which was not the case with 2003 Iraq rerun.

  67. songbird says:

    Can’t verify it, but:

    Seems people in Japan are saying that Elon’s firing of twitter employees radically changed the whole platform there. K-pop and leftist political causes are no longer the top trending items. Instead, the politics is completely gone and what is trending is Japanese-produced entertainment and anime.

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @A123
  68. @sudden death

    There were protests at 1991 Iraq.

    That is where No blood for oil got trendy in the United States. Trendy within a miniscule subculture but 1 > 0. No lefties to protest Ukraine escalation is very surprising to me. Greenwald and Assange must be wondering how they became irrelevant old men overnight.

    A lot of people become irrelevant old men overnight. It is the eternal cycle of life.

    • Agree: Mikel
  69. Mikel says:
    @sudden death

    Nobody protested 1991 Iraq war though

    If Iraq in 1991 had had thousands of intercontinental nuclear warheads pointed at the West I’m sure people would not have endorsed going to war against Saddam as sheepishly as they are supporting our involvement in the Ukraine war. And Kuwait was arguably more important for the interests of the common citizens of the US or the UK than Ukraine is.

    Those were very different times. There was much more freedom of expression and the flow of information was not concentrated in a few hands with the same core values as it is now.

    Russian Telegram channels make me be somewhat hopeful though. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them all so gloomy about the prospects of anything resembling a Russian victory. AK is also posting some very pessimistic tweets.

    There’s just no victory path for an army that is incapable of taking the village of Pavlovka, never mind Bakhmut or Soledar. The attacks against the Ukrainian infrastructure don’t seem to follow a very methodical strategy and there are incessant rumors about the Russian army abandoning Kherson and the right bank amid talks of negotiations promoted by the US and Saudi Arabia.

    Just like the Russian Telegrammers seem to slowly accept the fact that Russia cannot defeat Ukraine militarily, the Kremlin, with more much information at its disposal, may have decided that insisting on their February gamble is pointless and are looking for a negotiated way out. Let’s hope so.

    • Replies: @sudden death
  70. @Mikel

    If Iraq in 1991 had had thousands of intercontinental nuclear warheads pointed at the West I’m sure people would not have endorsed going to war against Saddam as sheepishly as they are supporting our involvement in the Ukraine war. And Kuwait was arguably more important for the interests of the common citizens of the US or the UK than Ukraine is.

    Those were very different times. There was much more freedom of expression and the flow of information was not concentrated in a few hands with the same core values as it is now.

    USSR also had the very same thousands of intercontinental nuclear warheads pointed at the West, but nobody was protesting (at least on a massive scale) against arming and supporting Afghanistanis in order to fight full strenght Soviet invasion just decade ago prior 1991.

    • Replies: @Mikel
  71. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird

    Musk ejected Kathy Griffin from the platform.

    PEACE 😇

     

     

    • Replies: @songbird
    , @Mikel
  72. Mikel says:
    @sudden death

    nobody was protesting (at least on a massive scale) against arming and supporting Afghanistan in order to fight full strenght Soviet invasion just decade ago prior 1991.

    You seem to have no idea how strong the pacifist movement was in the West during the 80s. Afghanistan or Vietnam were never seen as leading to a nuclear war like Ukraine is now (by the Kremlin’s and the White House’s own admission) but Reagan’s initiative to station Pershing-IIs in Europe did lead hundreds of thousands of protesters to the streets for fear of stoking a dangerous arms race.

    In those times we did have a strong ideological struggle between Communism and Capitalism/Democracy but very few people were really willing to die in a nuclear pyre for their preferred system and pacifist or even unilateral disarmament movements were quite popular.

    I know that for many Eastern Europeans opposing Russia seems to be as natural as breathing but I don’t understand why you find it so objectionable for people in the West to oppose getting engaged in a conflict that may lead them to nuclear war. We all understand who the aggressor is in this war like we all understand who the aggressor was in the latest Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict but we weren’t willing to have a nuclear war to punish Aliyev either.

    The differences that you’re looking for between the current stance of the population in the West wrt the Ukrainian war and previous historical examples are 90%+ manufactured by the dominant media narrative. They have very little to do with moral differences.

    And anyway, if Westerners do end up perishing in a nuclear exchange for a country that very few could put on a map before all this started, will you be happy that they never even had the chance to protest that fate?

    • Replies: @sudden death
  73. songbird says:
    @A123

    I hope that he makes AOC pay up.

    She would only have to turn a few tricks, at her usual rate.

    • Replies: @A123
  74. Mikel says:
    @A123

    I don’t know what’s good about that.

    It really was as simple as allowing any form of expression that is not illegal, as Musk himself once said. He doesn’t seem to know what exactly he wants to do now that he’s in charge but I see plenty of concerning signs.

    Anyone having great hopes about Musk’s ability to confront the Establishment is likely to get as disappointed as with Trump, which makes your enthusiasm perfectly understandable. And Twitter is just one of many Big Tech companies tasked with enforcing the Narrative. As long as Republicans don’t get serious about fighting their avowed enemies in Big Tech, public media and Academia, the Left will continue to win the battle of ideas.

    • Replies: @A123
  75. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikel

    Musk is a Libertarian, not a Populist. Thus, enforcement of the regulations will be more or less even handed over time.

    Griffin was cashiered for identity fraud under the rules that predated the take over. The Leftoids are incensed that that their one sided charade is over. The idea that standards apply to them is anathema to their self perception of privilege.

    Simply being even handed is the path to SJW Globalist self destruction. (1)

    Migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday were photographed wearing T-shirts in support of President Biden at the San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state.

    One apparent migrant held up a poster that read, “Biden, please let us in!”

     

    The nutters are creating MAGA voters with every tweet.

    The MAGA movement in the House & Senate will make Trump’s 2nd term highly productive. Those who are intelligent will take the wins that Musk and Trump provide as STEPS along the path to eventual success.
    ___

    Deranged purists who demand an immediate 100% or everything are detached from reality and a threat to this country. Whiny, Low-IQ Yahoos who only grasp instant gratification willingly serve the #Bidenista movement, which makes your enthusiastic capitulation to the DNC perfectly understandable.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇
    __________________

    (1) https://www.foxnews.com/world/migrants-biden-shirts-us-mexico-border

  76. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird

    I hope that he makes AOC pay up.

    She would only have to turn a few tricks, at her usual rate.

    Its official, we need an [EWWWW!!!!] Response button.

    What is next? Are you going to suggest tricks from Pelosi…. That is just SO WROOONG !!!!!

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
  77. songbird says:
    @A123

    Pelosi may have begun her political career as a whore, when she was an intern in the senate, 80 or 90 years ago, but now, she is an eldritch horror, a “Great Old One” as Lovecraft would say – Cthulhu, Ghatanothoa, and Pelosi.

    Perhaps, Biden’s senility is really due to the cosmic dreads he has witnessed, while being part of the same bicameral assembly, as her.

    • Replies: @A123
  78. Mikhail says: • Website

    PBS debunked again:

  79. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird

    This was from 2019, but they may try again in 2 years: (1)

    Cthulhu Enters Democratic Primary, Summoned by Pelosi, Schumer

    The Democratic Primary expands again as Cthulhu shuns his own party at the request of Democratic Congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The Dread Lord of R’lyeh will soon announce he will be muscling in on a crowded field of twenty-one other presidential hopefuls.

    Cthulhu ran as an independent in 2016 under the Elder Party aegis, yet was unsuccessful in diverting voters’ fear of a lesser evil into a widespread embrace of a greater one.

    The announcement this morning by Cthulhu for America staff stunned cultists worldwide and puzzled party stalwarts.

    “Pelosi knows what she’s doing. But I wonder if it’s good to have a candidate with such a difficult name to pronounce,” said Maryland Democratic State Party Treasurer Aalissyah Nevaeh Smith.

    PEACE 😇
    ___________

    (1) https://www.cthulhuforamerica.com/cthulhu-enters-democratic-primary-summoned-by-pelosi-schumer/

    • LOL: songbird
  80. @songbird

    I wonder what GR thinks about the Rome show. I thought there was a black general in there somewhere, which is one reason I didn’t watch it.

    I don’t remember any black general, but if there was, it was incidental, not an important character.

    I think Rome was great, at least the first season, but the second wasn’t too bad either. The only part I didn’t like was the events in Egypt. I disliked the way the Egyptians were portrayed – not because they were too nigged up – and it was by far the worst Cleopatra I’ve ever seen. Bullet through the head of the fuckwit who came up with that, please.

    • Replies: @songbird
    , @Wokechoke
  81. songbird says:
    @silviosilver

    Thanks. I’m probably conflating Rome with Spartacus, a show that I have also not seen, but which does seem to have a black character, according to IMDB.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
    , @A123
  82. @Mikel

    I think it’s actually less bad that people idolize stupid but peaceful Kardashians than bloodthirsty military legends and warrior-saints.

    I mostly agree. If the Kardashian-worshipper types weren’t so incapable of defending their interests against real threats – eg endless third world immigration and Islam, rather than imagined threats like “white supremacy” – I wouldn’t just “mostly” agree, I’d completely agree.

    Also, I think you’re right that people who mourn the passing of some imagined “age of heroes” invariably come up with military figures as the only examples fit for such honor. It’s as though they think only military struggle is capable of elevating humans above the mundane.

    Our leaders are seriously talking about the possibility of nuclear war for reasons that nobody would be able to state with any clarity

    If you view it as part of a deterrence strategy, it isn’t so crazy. Deterrence essentially rests on mutually assured destruction, so the other party needs to believe that you have the will to carry out a second strike. If the other party believes the peaceniks will prevail and prevent your own side from retaliating, they might be tempted to try a first strike.

    You seem to have no idea how strong the pacifist movement was in the West during the 80s.

    Yeah, but let’s not idolize it. Those were the days of the “zero option” – Regan’s proposal to not deploy Pershing II’s in Europe if the Soviets agreed to remove their intermediate range weapons targeting western Europe. Anti-nuke lefties were steamed by this, seeing in it nothing but American provocation, nevertheless it led to the INF treaty.

    If Iraq in 1991 had had thousands of intercontinental nuclear warheads pointed at the West I’m sure people would not have endorsed going to war against Saddam as sheepishly as they are supporting our involvement in the Ukraine war.

    Sheepishly doesn’t mean allowing yourself to be herded like a sheep. It means “embarrassed, owing to shame or lack of confidence,” so they’re actually supporting it the opposite of sheepishly – they’re supporting it rather cavalierly.

    • Replies: @Mikel
    , @Coconuts
    , @Barbarossa
  83. Wokechoke says:
    @silviosilver

    Might have been a funny casting choice if Cleopatra had been a blonde bombshell. Here is a fun one. Pamela Anderson in Barb Wire. I’d didn’t know she was half Finnish and half Russian. Roman Senators go wild for her Macedonian goldie locks.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  84. @songbird

    The gladiator trainer in Spartacus was black. He was a pretty cool character, didn’t really mind him much. I only watched the first season and the six-part prequel miniseries, because the actor playing Spartacus got sick (and later died) and I didn’t like the replacement actor as much. Maybe the diversity quotient was a bit high, but they weren’t preachy about it. (If it was made today, the trainer would probably be a black female lesbian, and the audience would be tortured with allusions to her intersectionality).

    • Thanks: songbird
  85. @Wokechoke

    Might have been a funny casting choice if Cleopatra had been a blonde bombshell.

    As if that’s the only alternative to the degenerate skank character they created. I guess I should be happy it wasn’t some fugly “body positive” negress (a fixture among the models lineup at swimsuit fashion shows in 2022, if you weren’t aware).

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  86. @JR Foley

    Thing is, the voters in the US have a rotten choice. Republicans tend to be dumb, greedy, and short-sighted. Democrats tend to be dumb, greedy, short-sighted, and insane. Tomorrow I will vote for dumb, greedy, and short-sighted, but sane people. That’s the lesser of the two evils.

  87. Mikel says:
    @silviosilver

    You seem to have no idea how strong the pacifist movement was in the West during the 80s.

    Yeah, but let’s not idolize it

    I always liked Reagan. But the fact is that if the USSR had been led by someone very different from Gorbachev and it wasn’t imploding from inside, his hawkishness could have put us in a very dangerous situation.

    But well, at least we had a very superior political and economic system to defend. What do we have now? 52 genders to choose from while our countries become demographic copies of Brazil? When a nuclear war with Russia would be more pointless than ever in history the anti-war movement disappears and the former pacifists become the worst warmongers. Even Bernie Sanders voted in favor of the $40B package for Ukraine.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  88. @AnonfromTN

    Tomorrow I will not vote. It is a complete waste of time. Their constituency is corporations. We are all fascists now. There is absolutely nothing that can be done to change this except explode it with all the inventory of nuclear warheads. Obviously I am not pulling for that. I ain’t Ted Kaczynski. That man is insane.

    On a related note the television series Unabomber in his Own Words is now available on youtube, theme song posted above. They have a bunch of tape recordings an anarchist journalist made interviewing the whack job. He sounds a lot like Terrance McKenna to my ear.

  89. @Mikel

    his hawkishness could have put us in a very dangerous situation.

    If you’re referring to something besides his rhetoric – his innocent faith in America made him a bit of a loose cannon – what should he have done differently?

    But well, at least we had a very superior political and economic system to defend. What do we have now? 52 genders to choose from while our countries become demographic copies of Brazil?

    I know, I know. Remember though, I don’t want to escalate with Russia. That’s not only pointless and reckless, but even immoral. Russia may not have had the best excuses for attacking, but it’s stupid to pretend they had no legitimate interests in Ukraine whatsoever. (Break-ups are messy!) Political leaders in western countries, so many of them intellectually armed with their degrees in fake knowledge, sadly see things rather differently.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    , @Mikel
  90. Wokechoke says:
    @silviosilver

    The Ptolemy representations in sculpture suggest they were a fair looking bunch.

  91. Wokechoke says:
    @sudden death

    There were quite a few kids in England at the time who were voicing opposition to the build up of troops in Saudi.

    The trouble is the war was aborted so fast when the USAF bombarded the retreating Iraqis on the road of death and it was all over. It never really troubled anyone after the end of hostilities. No time to build up an anti war faction.

  92. Beckow says:
    @silviosilver

    You got it about right. But what can be done?

    …don’t want to escalate with Russia. That’s not only pointless and reckless, but even immoral.

    The escalation has now a life of its own and if it blows up morality will be the least of our concerns. Anyone with any knowledge of the region would know that Russia cannot back down – it is existentially impossible. Maybe in the 90’s, but I doubt if even then.

    We have something to look forward to…fortunately there are still about a dozen escalations we have to go through before the big one. The problem is that the West is led by people who shortcutted with ease most of their lives, people without gravitas and patience. Sullivan is in Kiev because they want the usual American solution: declare victory and get out. But they made it too visible and Russia may not go along.

    There is no Plan B, they convinced themselves that Russia was either bluffing or would collapse economically – we see how that has gone. They are not very smart people, they are basically mid-wits. They never understood that when Russia is in sight, so are they.

    • Replies: @A123
  93. sher singh says:
    @songbird

    In fear of his life, Harlan left Ranjit Singh’s employ in early 1836.[94] An Indian historian Khushwant Singh called Harlan “an incredible windbag” who was somehow able to convince Ranjit Singh that he was a “doctor, scholar, statesman and soldier”.[95]

    • Replies: @songbird
  94. sher singh says:
    @Barbarossa

    Christianity gives women rights, discourages personal violence (lawful obedience), removes crime/banditry as a mode of social mobility. All these undermine kinship,

    https://www.manglacharan.com/post/call-to-arms-by-guru-gobind-singh-ji

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/147470491501300114

    Places death in battle beneath obedience to God – creating slave soldiers.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20170404132933/http://www.manglacharan.com/manglacharan/2016/1/11/the-merit-of-being-of-warrior-from-dasam-and-sarbloh-granth

    Cuckolds men through monogamy. I’m saying being a christian is gay – I’m not arguing social dynamics beyond a point (demographics trolling).

    What straight man would rather be Christian than almost anything else?
    The richest countries in the world all have gay rights – will you sell ass for GDP?
    Is it better to have 4 wives in Afghanistan or be a millionaire incel in New York?

    What’s more fun/cool on an individual level.
    Niggas arguing societal comparisons while some other guy fucks his wife.
    Guys debating transhumanism while Stacey’s weight crosses 300.

    People forget the fundamentals, and that it’s ok to be POOR as long as everything checks out.

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

  95. Coconuts says:
    @silviosilver

    I mostly agree. If the Kardashian-worshipper types weren’t so incapable of defending their interests against real threats – eg endless third world immigration and Islam, rather than imagined threats like “white supremacy” – I wouldn’t just “mostly” agree, I’d completely agree.

    It looks like its inherent in the people produced by that sort of culture not just to be incapable of defending their interests but to come to believe that blacks represent a higher type of humanity and that black culture is the pinnacle of human cultural achievement.

    The other side of it is that prolonged peace seems to slowly empower women and incentivise introversion and passivity in men (to the point of promotion of hermaphroditism). Being the object of Islamic power and domination becomes another sort of subconscious aspiration or cultural ideal.

    Also, I think you’re right that people who mourn the passing of some imagined “age of heroes” invariably come up with military figures as the only examples fit for such honor.

    Probably, if a society has enough life and belief in itself to maintain at least some military ideals, it has a baseline or foundation on which more developed forms of social and cultural life can be created.

    • Agree: Barbarossa
  96. sher singh says:

    Christianity is just Liberalism with Churches; Hindus ain’t too dif. Priest led faiths.
    Christianity IS pozzed, whether it made Europe that way too is wholly separate (it did in time)

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    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

  97. @Mikel

    …we all understand who the aggressor was in the latest Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict but we weren’t willing to have a nuclear war to punish Aliyev either.

    Strictly formally AZ in 2020 was fighting in its own almost universally internationally recognized territorial land, which was captured by AR in the 90’s, so in this case Armenia then was prototype of RF actions circa 2014-15 though. IIRC, some of the lands Armenians were holding even were not a part of that Nagorno-Karabach separate republic (still not officially a part of Armenia all the time and to this day), but just were used as a military security buffer in a land which even Armenia itself de jure was recognizing as a part of AZ.

    And anyway, if Westerners do end up perishing in a nuclear exchange for a country that very few could put on a map before all this started, will you be happy that they never even had the chance to protest that fate?

    Have nothing against protesting the nuclear war, just it should be done in front of RF embassies as it is the country, which is threatening to use the nuclear option, while renegating its own signed written security&territorial guarantees, given to UA in 1994.

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Mikel
  98. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird

    Thanks. I’m probably conflating Rome with Spartacus, a show that I have also not seen, but which does seem to have a black character, according to IMDB.

    The Rome TV series kept the historical background as accurate as possible. I seem to recall that show depicted pure Romans being offended by the presence of a barbarian Gaul in their Senate.
    ___

    To address a previous question: (1)

    Atia Balba Julia Caesonia is a Roman widow. She is niece to Julius Caesar and mother to Octavia and Octavian.

    I watched the series on DVD after much of the hype had died down. It was good, but not great as an overall story arc.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://hbo-rome.fandom.com/wiki/Atia_of_the_Julii

    • Replies: @songbird
    , @Wokechoke
  99. @Mike_from_Russia

    Rather quickly forgot your own words about mobilephones being forbidden for RF soldiers in Ukraine, therefore such videos from RF battlefield standpoint must be fake, lol

    Not even to mention you can put everything you want in the pockets before videoing this…

    • Replies: @Mike_from_Russia
  100. A123 says: • Website
    @AnonfromTN

    Thing is, the voters in the US have a rotten choice. Republicans tend to be dumb, greedy, and short-sighted. … That’s the lesser of the two evils.

    There is a huge difference between:

    • Common sense, smart, long view MAGA Republicans
    • Dumb, greedy, and short-sighted Establishment GOP(e)

    The heavy lifting between these two groups was done during the Primary season. A significant number of vile GOP(e) types, notably Liz Cheney, retired or were defeated.

    TN does not have a Senate seat up this cycle. So, you are likely to be helping smart MAGA candidates in less visible offices. Election integrity will be key in 2024 to avoid a repeat of the ballot fraud that installed Not-The-President Biden even though he lost.

    Change takes time. Reinvigorating the MAGA GOP and expelling the corporate shills is a project that will take many years to complete.

    PEACE 😇

  101. A123 says: • Website
    @Beckow

    We have something to look forward to…fortunately there are still about a dozen escalations we have to go through before the big one.

    This seems unlikely. Unless Germany’s Green Party (via Scholz’s Traffic Light coalition) funds the war with € 50B+/yr, Kiev aggression will start falling apart by the middle of summer.

    Ukie Maximalists needed a quick victory, and they did not get it. No one can afford to pay for further escalation by Kiev.

    Sullivan is in Kiev because they want the usual American solution: declare victory and get out. But they made it too visible and Russia may not go along.

    Trying to get Zelensky to behave rationally is a good effort. However, as long as he is on the European WEF payroll it is in his personal interest to keep pushing.

    Zelensky will eventually skip the country to a life of luxury, leaving a failed state behind.

    PEACE 😇

    • LOL: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  102. Mr. Hack says:
    @A123

    Kiev aggression will start falling apart by the middle of summer.

    It’s not “Kiev aggression” kremlinstoogeA123, but Russian aggression. It’s not Ukraine that invaded Russia, but the other way around. If you’re too dumb to figure this out, how do you expect anybody to believe anything else that you write here? .

    More repeat “strange tales” from our resident dodo bird, kremlinstoogeA123.

  103. songbird says:
    @sher singh

    In fear of his life, Harlan left Ranjit Singh’s employ in early 1836.

    Very sensible and based, to keep one’s limbs, nose, ears, and testicles. His one mistake was to send the treasure he extracted from Punjabis to his dumb sister, who was not a good investor.

    An Indian historian Khushwant Singh called Harlan “an incredible windbag”

    IMO, you have to be in order to be a polyglot adventurer. Else how would you learn strange tongues?
    ____
    Addressing your point about monogamy. My impression is that, on a global scale, Euros were always more monogamous, even before Christianity. (Greeks and Romans only had one wife). Of course, that is relative and not absolute. IIRC, some early medieval kings had multiple wives. One reason that the Irish church was separate before the Normans was the high king didn’t want to give up his wives.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  104. @Coconuts

    It looks like its inherent in the people produced by that sort of culture not just to be incapable of defending their interests but to come to believe that blacks represent a higher type of humanity and that black culture is the pinnacle of human cultural achievement.

    That is not it at all.

    A white girl fucking a black guy is following a fashion trend. Get a big black dick and piss off your dad. That this might be the most retarded fashion trend in history is totally beside the point. And also: there is a huge competition for the most retarded fashion trend in history. This one might not be the winner.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  105. A123 says: • Website

    Here is some authentic commentary from Europe about Europe: (1)

    There is mounting anxiety about what Tuesday’s American midterm elections may mean for Ukraine and U.S. support for the country, amid fears that a Republican surge could weaken American backing for Kyiv.

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the potential next speaker if the Republicans prevail, said last month that there would be no “blank check” for Ukraine if the House comes back under Republican control. The Biden administration has tried to assuage concerns about the government’s commitment to supporting Ukraine in its fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion, but populist Republican sentiment in Congress is urging less support for Kyiv and more attention on U.S. domestic problems.

    “I’m worried about the Trump wing of the GOP,” said Mia Willard, a Ukrainian-American living and working in Kyiv. “I have recently read about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s promise that ‘not another penny will go to Ukraine’ if Republicans retake control of Congress.”

     

    Will Germany make up the shortfall to keep their war going in Ukraine?

    Signs point to NO!

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.politico.eu/article/ukraine-frets-about-us-midterms/

  106. @songbird

    Germanic and Celtic tribes were quite polygamous and one the battles of the early Church in Europe was to moderate this. It led to lots of friction between the Church and secular power. I’m not sure about multiple wives for common folk, but this was probably more unusual since polygamous societies usually expect the male to be able to provide for his wives and offspring. This is harder to do as one goes North and probably concentrates polygamy upward further in class.

    The Greeks and Romans had one wife, but allowed plenty of other sexual liaisons. The single wife was more about social order and legitimacy not any particular scruple about sex in general. The Greek or Roman example is just another one of the norms of tribal societies being different from those organized on a more national basis.

    • Replies: @songbird
  107. @Emil Nikola Richard

    Get a big black dick and piss off your dad.

    I’m not sure we’re talking about different causes. The attitude above is pretty much the definition of decadent. Fashion trends are decadent in and of themselves since they reject any form of cultural continuity.

    there is a huge competition for the most retarded fashion trend in history. This one might not be the winner.

    Of course, trans is the most decadent of all. Cut off your boobs or dick and win the grand prize!

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    , @A123
  108. @silviosilver

    If the Kardashian-worshipper types weren’t so incapable of defending their interests against real threats

    To reiterate Coconuts’ point, this cannot happen. We’re talking about people who have no sense of self interest beyond what porn and hot pocket flavor they like…by definition.

    The rejection of anything specific, concrete, and generational will do that. They have no larger self-interest because they’ve rejected anything bigger than themselves. If their daughter sleeps with a black hoodlum it’s no skin off their back. Those hot pockets are still right there in the freezer aisle!

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  109. @sudden death

    You can say anything here, but it is impossible to deny that when they pulled out a bunch of people of the Azov battalion, most of them were wearing swastika tattoos or Satanist signs.

    • Replies: @LatW
    , @Mike_from_Russia
  110. @Coconuts

    to believe that blacks represent a higher type of humanity and that black culture is the pinnacle of human cultural achievement.

    A culture which lionizes victimhood may believe that blacks are a higher type of humanity, but I think very few people are so far gone as to think black culture is any kind of apex cultural achievement. It’s just ‘fun,’ a phase one might go through but eventually one puts away childish things.

    Probably, if a society has enough life and belief in itself to maintain at least some military ideals, it has a baseline or foundation on which more developed forms of social and cultural life can be created.

    Wouldn’t you say that western societies today, despite their advanced state of cultural decay, still clear that low bar of “at least some military ideals”?

    • Replies: @Coconuts
    , @AP
  111. German_reader says:
    @songbird

    I wonder what GR thinks about the Rome show.

    Haven’t seen it, and don’t intend to (don’t really watch tv or movies anymore). I think I once caught five minutes of it, incidentally the scene where one of the main characters kills Cicero (who is depicted as highly pathetic old man…whereas the ancient sources rather emphasized that his violent death was the one misfortune in his life which he faced with bravery and equanimity). It was nothing like described in the historical sources, found it irritating tbh.
    I did watch all seasons of Spartacus, and enjoyed it. Very much a guilty pleasure though, lots of graphic quasi-porn and bloody ultra-violence. Wouldn’t say it was totally dumb, but not exactly a thoughtful treatment of the subject matter either (like Arthur Koestler’s The gladiators novel, which used it as a setting for thinking about the contradictions inherent to any revolutionary movement with utopian goals). On the plus side, they did manage to tell an interesting story, given that one knows it’s going to end badly for most protagonists, and it wasn’t totally black and white insofar as the violence of the insurgent slaves (rapes of Roman matrons etc.) wasn’t totally glossed over.
    I agree with Silviosilver, the black trainer was all right as a character, and it was not totally implausible (there were some blacks in the Roman empire after all). iirc there weren’t many black main characters other than him. They had some vaguely Mideastern-looking characters (including a shifty, cowardly Syrian) and lots of Nothern European types, including among the Roman characters (young Caesar was depicted as being blonde and blue-eyed iirc). So if anything, the cast might be regarded as somewhat too “Nordic” for historical accuracy.
    It was slightly pozzed insofar as there was some homo stuff (I remember a relationship between a Germanic gladiator and a Syrian), but given the extreme amount of graphic hetero sex in the show one couldn’t even complain that much about that.
    So on the whole, not very pozzed, though it could be criticized for being ultra-violent and rather vulgar. Of course it followed the usual template of being on the side of the insurgent slaves and depicting most elite Romans as monsters. I guess you couldn’t make a show or movie where the slave owners are the good guys and restore order by crushing violent mobs of slaves.
    Re monogamy in Europe: iirc there’s a discussion of that in Azar Gat’s War in human civilization (and iirc the topic was also discussed on Sailer’s blog, someone mentioned articles on the topic back then, but I can’t be bothered to look it up now): Basically the theory is that European geography (strong geographical subdivisions) created a highly competitive environment, in which elites had to limit their inclinations for hoarding women, because they needed popular participation in their wars and their armed followers of course wanted wives of their own and insisted on a more egalitarian order than might otherwise have prevailed. The historical trajectory of some other regions (like the Mideast, with its large-scale empires, polygamy, and during periods of Islamic history literal slave armies) was rather different.

    • Thanks: songbird, songbird
    • Replies: @silviosilver
  112. @Barbarossa

    no sense of self interest beyond what porn and hot pocket flavor they like…by definition.

    Honest question: by what definition?

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  113. songbird says:
    @A123

    Thanks.

    What I am saying regarding the name “Atia of the Julii” is that I don’t think that it is historically accurate, and I am being very autistic about it.

    [MORE]

    The Romans had a very strange naming convention regarding women, who basically didn’t have individual given names as we’d think of them today. A woman’s name was derived from her gens. That is, the gens of her father. (So if Atia had sisters or female cousins through an uncle, they all would have been called “Atia.”)

    Atia’s father was Marcus Atius Balbus – the “Atius” refering to the Atia gens. Obviously, nobody would say “Atia of the Atia.” But I think that was who she was, or at least who she was born as.

    At the time of Caesar’s death she was married to Lucius Marcius Philippus. Probably, this would have made her “Atia of the Marcia”, her husband belonging to that gens, but she almost certainly would not have been “Atia of Julii”, as it was her son who was adopted by Caesar, and she warned him about the dangers of adopting the Julian name, and therefore would have been very unlikely to adopt it herself. Not to mention, I don’t think there was any legal basis to call her that, and a crowd almost certainly would not have called her that, since these conventions were pretty hardwired.

    • Replies: @A123
  114. @Barbarossa

    Of course, trans is the most decadent of all. Cut off your boobs or dick and win the grand prize!

    Cigarette smoking.

    That is _one_. It is a pretty long list.

  115. A123 says: • Website
    @Barbarossa

    Of course, trans is the most decadent of all. Cut off your boobs or dick and win the grand prize!

    Cults gain strength through irrevocablity.

    Christians who convert to Islam have a way back to God. Even Jews who became Bolshevik Apostates had a way back.

    Once important bits are cut off the the individual is irrevocably sterile, and thus more or less permanently tied to cult leadership. There is no physiological return path to gender normality.

    PEACE 😇

  116. songbird says:
    @Barbarossa

    I suspect that anarchistic systems are more polygamous, in a relative terms, and that centralization of power leads to greater monogamy. IMO, it may be a mistake to think of early German and Celtic marriage customs as cultural traditions and not political exigencies.

    I hasten to add everything is on a relative scale. The Normans are perceived as moral reformers in Ireland, but they still had a lot of bastards, even if they didn’t have multiple wives.

    There’s a climatic argument about why Europe is more monogamous than the global South. It was hard for a man to provide for more than one women, and hard for a woman to survive without a man. Only a man had the strength to push a plow through the hard soil.

    Not sure if there is a geodeterministic explanation for the historical differences between East Asians and Europeans, regarding polygamy. But I’d be curious to hear one.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  117. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird

    she almost certainly would not have been “Atia of Julii”, as it was her son who was adopted by Caesar, and she warned him about the dangers of adopting the Julian name, and therefore would have been very unlikely to adopt it herself.

    I see what you mean, and I concur.

    To avoid exceedingly confusing names for main characters, HBO fudged the historical convention.

    PEACE 😇

    • Agree: songbird
  118. @German_reader

    incidentally the scene where one of the main characters kills Cicero (who is depicted as highly pathetic old man…whereas the ancient sources rather emphasized that his violent death was the one misfortune in his life which he faced with bravery and equanimity)

    Are you sure you’re remembering it correctly? He wasn’t ‘old’ – the actor playing him was younger than the real Cicero was at the time of his death – and I don’t think he was pathetic, neither in that scene nor in the show as a whole. I think he did face his death with equanimity – or something not far from it – in the show. At least, he didn’t try to bargain or plead with his executioner.

    What made the scene silly for me was the unrealistically jovial attitude of the man sent to kill him. Yeah, we get it, he’s killed so often it causes him no more difficulty than brushing his teeth, but having him walk in all smiles and politely inquire if Cicero wouldn’t mind if he picked a few of the lovely peaches from Cicero’s tree for his wife is more befitting of a Monty Python sketch than a serious drama.

    (including a shifty, cowardly Syrian)

    I actually felt sorry for him. As I remember it, he was the only character who was derisively referred to by his ethnicity – that damned Syrian. The black trainer was harsh but fair, so I can give them a pass for no one ever (not once!) referring to him in whatever the Roman equivalent of nigger was. But there were plenty of other characters who were complete scum, and you figure they’d have heard an ethnic epithet or two. I think maybe Spartacus copped a bit of shit for being a Thracian but if he did, that was early on, when he was despised as a newcomer to the gladiators, and it was quickly dropped.

    • Replies: @German_reader
    , @Matra
  119. German_reader says:
    @silviosilver

    Are you sure you’re remembering it correctly?

    Not really, as I wrote above those were about the only five minutes of Rome I’ve seen. I was annoyed by the changes they made to Cicero’s death, and on some level I also found it offensive that the execution was carried out by a character you’re apparently meant to sympathize with. But since I haven’t seen more of the show than that short segment, my impressions may be mistaken.

    I actually felt sorry for him.

    True, as despicable as many of the that character’s actions were, you somehow could understand why he acted that way. For a show that was mostly sold on sex and violence the characterization actually wasn’t that bad.

  120. @songbird

    centralization of power leads to greater monogamy

    A centralized society has more stuff to pass on and it’s much more in the interests of the state to ensure that this is done in an orderly manner. Bastards and prostitutes are fine in this system since they have no legal position.

    There’s a climatic argument about why Europe is more monogamous than the global South.

    I fully agree there. I don’t have an opinion on comparing East Asians and Europeans on polygamy since I don’t know much about the East Asian side of it. My impression is that was concentrated in the upper classes, rather like the West. Perhaps relatively high population density made it resource unfeasible for the hoi-polloi.

    Only a man had the strength to push a plow through the hard soil.

    Ah, but that is only because they didn’t have #FierceBlackLesbians up there in those days. Now you see the poverty of lack of diversity.

    • Agree: sher singh
    • Replies: @songbird
  121. @silviosilver

    What I mean is that someone who is consumed by obsession with pop stars and the accretion of the maximum of mindless comforts will have no sense of larger group or generational identity or duty. I think they are completely incompatible in practicable and actionable terms.

    Group identity of any sort inevitably centers on some ideal of self-sacrifice and the idea that the group survival is more important than your personal survival. Self sacrifice of any sort appears completely absurd in an age which revolves around consumer gratification.

    • Replies: @sher singh
  122. Matra says:
    @silviosilver

    IIRC both the Cicero and Brutus characters came across as weak and indecisive. The Brutus character in particular annoyed me as was too modern and lacking in self confidence. I doubt such characterisations are accurate but my knowledge of the real history is limited. (I remember giving up on German historian Christian Meier’s book on Caesar, which I found tedious, back in the late 1990s and never went back to the subject).

    As far as historical TV series go it was certainly one of the best and unfortunately we’re unlikely to see any more great series in English. My limited TV/movie watching over the past 15 years has been maybe 80% in languages other than English in large part because they were nowhere near as PC – though that has changed in the last five years – and the smaller budgets seem to result in more effort when it comes to dialogue and more suspense in general. (I’m baffled and even appalled by adult relatives/acquaintances, some in their sixties & seventies who are awed by special effects in films. I thought that was something for kids). Also, too many celebtards are now so connected in my mind with their political views I have trouble watching them. The guy who plays Marc Anthony, probably the most memorable in Rome, was spouting off about GB News and the danger of a British Fox News undermining the glorious BBC so now that’s the first thing I think of when I see him. From now on it is only based Iranian and Chinese movies for me. lol

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  123. Mikel says:
    @sudden death

    Strictly formally AZ in 2020 was fighting in its own almost universally internationally recognized territorial land

    If it’s important to you, I’ll concede the point that Armenia was the aggressor state in 2020. I don’t think I really agree with that, my understanding is that people in Artsakh consider themselves Armenians and that is my guiding principle in these matters but I don’t know enough about the region and that was not my main point anyway. The reason why 99%+ of Americans were unwilling to make any personal sacrifice, let alone risk a nuclear war, for the Artsakh war was not about who the aggressor was. It was just another war somewhere far away (also about unresolved post-USSR disputes, like the current one) and nobody’s life in the US was changed by it.

    Have nothing against protesting the nuclear war, just it should be done in front of RF embassies as it is the country, which is threatening to use the nuclear option

    So far Russia has only threatened to use the nuclear option if the West intervenes in Ukraine and/or imperils the existence of the Russian state… which is exactly what we have decided to do anyway.

    But in fact that is my point. We can’t even be bothered to go protest at the Russian embassies, we don’t care enough anymore. But if our Commander in Chief tells us that we’ve never been so close to a nuclear war with Russia in generations, we take it as if it was another Covid variant that we can’t do anything about. Just like spike proteins mutate subject to the laws of evolution, Congresspeople send billions in lethal weapons to foreign countries, subject also to immutable natural laws, and the US Armed Forces can’t help but provide an increasing amount of assistance to the Ukrainians to make sure that as many Russian soldiers as possible are killed, with the customary share of “collateral” damage to civilians.

    The bottom line is this: if a perfectly democratic referendum was held in the US or any other Western country and people were asked if they are willing to risk a nuclear holocaust for themselves and their families in order to make sure that Russia doesn’t take any territories in Ukraine, 99%+ would say NO. However, nobody’s going ask the plebes anything. If things go really bad, with a coup of hardliners in Moscow, a serious miscalculation or whatever other eventuality and millions of commoners end up perishing in a nuclear exchange, their preferences will not matter at all.

    What the powers that be, especially the media, in the West are doing instead is feeding the population a totally biased account of the war with Russians bombing themselves at a nuclear plant and extracting golden teeth from the innocent civilians that they torture. All of that after 8 years of conditioning them to believe that anything bad that happens in our countries is caused by some evil Russian interference. Not surprisingly, to the extent people still care about that distant war, they are too manipulated to stand up to the authorities in their combat against the bad guys.

    AK has lost any moral ground and his tweets have become increasingly anodyne but the other day he nailed it when he said that instead of Ukraine becoming like the West, the West has become like Ukraine. If I dare comment half of what I’ve said here on any Western newspaper, a legion of brainwashed MSM consumers will show up to accuse me of being a “Russian troll”. I wonder if this modern society of zombies incapable of any critical thinking is what people in EE countries had in mind when they decided to sign up for integration with the West.

  124. German_reader says:
    @Mikel

    I wonder if this modern society of zombies incapable of any critical thinking is what people in EE countries had in mind when they decided to sign up for integration with the West.

    lol, is there any doubt that all Eastern Europeans ever cared about was freedom of travel, EU gibs and cover to pursue their national projects and ancestral grievances (in a bizarre alliance with Western shitlibs and neocons)?
    I don’t know why you even bother to address sudden death’s disingenuous take about protesting in front of Russian embassies…Russia is a foreign power which doesn’t give a shit about demonstrations by foreigners…but at least in theory elected representatives in Western countries should care about the views of their voters, and craft policies that are in the best interest of said voters…so if they pursue a foreign policy that might lead to intolerable risks like nuclear war, over matters that aren’t a vital national interest, of course protest should be addressed to them. This whole “why don’t you protest against foreign autocrats” take, so beloved by bellicose normies, is just meant to close off any foreign policy discussion, so the most hawkish views are seen as the only possible course of action.
    Fortunately it looks like Biden’s administration (the only ones who really matter in the Western camp) might have developed some second thoughts about the wisdom of going all the way and could be telling the Ukrainians that if/once they have re-taken Kherson they need to be willing to negotiate with Russia:

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    https://mobile.twitter.com/BMarchetich/status/1589674003895308288
    So maybe we’re not going to be incinerated in a nuclear war, it will just go back to immigration apocalypse and 4 billion Africans as the most likely end of our societies.

    • Replies: @Mikel
  125. LatW says:
    @Mike_from_Russia

    Yea, and the slogan for the Wagner private military company is “Our business is death, and the business is good”. Nice slogan to bring into a neighboring society.

    • Replies: @Mike_from_Russia
  126. LatW says:
    @Mikel

    So far Russia has only threatened to use the nuclear option if the West intervenes in Ukraine and/or imperils the existence of the Russian state… which is exactly what we have decided to do anyway.

    We have already discussed this over and over, the problem is not threatening the Russian state – the odds of directly invading RusFed were always very low. The problem was that the Russian kept annexing and then threatening with nukes. The nuclear club countries need to deal with this kind of thing at their level – they need to make sure that certain behaviors are avoided at that level and that this is enforceable. Imagine if the US did something like this (there is no guarantee that someone crazy would never come to power in the US, is there).

    And, btw, something good in this regard may have come out of the recent visit by the German Chancellor to China. It seems that there was an agreement with Xi that these kinds of nuclear threats are not acceptable. So it seems there was some success (and Germany’s not even a nuclear state, yet they were able to achieve this). This brings relief.

    • Replies: @German_reader
  127. German_reader says:
    @LatW

    We have already discussed this over and over, the problem is not threatening the Russian state

    You’ve literally told us just a few weeks ago “it would be bad for the world (!) if Ukraine doesn’t control Crimea”, so clearly you’d be fine with Ukraine trying to conquer a territory that is full of Russians and in whose defense Russia might well use nuclear weapons.

    And, btw, something good in this regard may have come out of the recent visit by the German Chancellor to China.

    A visit which various Baltic politicians, like that stupid chief bitch from Estonia, whined about before (“We need a common position”…which in their case means nothing more than “We need to uncritically adopt the most extreme anti-China positions our American masters hold”). Scholz is a crooked bastard and I hate him for his domestic policies, but he’s been one of the more responsible actors regarding Ukraine so far, the campaign against him in US-sponsored media like POLITICO which is so eagerly taken up by EEs is totally in bad faith.

    • Replies: @LatW
  128. Promised brief travel report (will come in parts, as it turned out to be longer than I expected).

    Getting to Moscow. Due to stupid sanctions introduced by a well-known demented individual and European morons, today you cannot fly directly from the US or the EU to the RF. Naturally, there are many ways to bypass this, all involving an extra stop in one of the countries that did not join idiotic sanctions. We flew via Istanbul, Turkey. Direct flight Istanbul-Moscow would have taken about 2 h, but the flights now bypass Ukraine (going via Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Poland, then Belarus) and take more than 4 h. Taking advantage of the stupidity of the US and the EU, Turkey is doing brisk business. There are now 43 flights per week between Istanbul and Moscow, with weekly passenger capacity of >41,000. The flights we took in both directions were full. At least a third of the passengers we met at Istanbul airport speak Russian.

    Travel in the RF. I was in Moscow twice (7 days plus 5 days), as well as in Lugansk (former Lugansk People’s Republic) (4 days), and an average by all metrics provincial Russian city of Penza (555 km = 345 mi East of Moscow) (5 days). Because Rostov airport is closed for the duration of Ukraine operation, we used an overnight train Moscow-Rostov, and then were driven from Rostov to Lugansk. After LPR joined the RF, customs were eliminated, but there is still passport control at the former border, which causes 0.5-3 h delay. We were lucky, got through in 30-40 min both ways. We also used an overnight train Moscow-Penza. You can buy all train tickets online and only need to show your ID when boarding the train. If you are older than 60, you automatically get a 20% discount when you buy tickets. You can pay with Russian credit card MIR or a debit card from a Russian bank (we did the latter).

  129. Russian cities.

    Moscow. It can be described by only one word – magnificent. Downtown is 10-20-times greater than civilized parts of Paris, Berlin, London, or Madrid. Architecture ranges from traditional Russian churches and XVII century buildings to ultra-modern skyscrapers, with everything in between. The roads and sidewalks are wider than any in the US or Europe, all in an amazing state of repair. I wish we had roads like that in the US. The city is remarkably clean, cleaner than any city I ever saw in Europe, not to mention the US and the third world. At night the streets are very well-lit, and all buildings in this huge area are beautifully highlighted. I would have thought that Russian authorities are trolling Europe with its self-inflicted energy crisis, but it was exactly the same last year, before the EU started committing suicide. The only sign that the country is at war are numerous billboards with pictures and names of those awarded “The hero of Russia”. 25-30% of the cars on the road are Mercedes and BMW. Apparently, Moscow residents like these status symbols. I saw only one private car with “Z” sticker (Z is the symbol of the military operation in Ukraine; symbols “V” and “O” are also used, often for identifying troops in different areas of the front). We bought the last magnet with Z and “we do not abandon ours” in the store, the shopkeeper said that these, as well as T-shirts with the same symbol sell out quickly.

    Penza. The downtown is very clean and in good repair, but beyond it the roads and sidewalks are dirtier and in much worse shape, pretty much like in the US today. There were virtually no signs that the country is at war. I saw only one private car with “Z” sticker.

    Lugansk. The city is clean, but the state of the sidewalks suggests that they weren’t repaired since Soviet times. I would have thought that that’s the result of eight years of war, but the sidewalks were exactly like that back in 2012 when I last visited. I used to fly from Munich to Donetsk back then, and was driven from Donetsk to Lugansk. The road had plenty of potholes, some very deep, so the driver mostly tried to go around them to avoid losing a wheel or crashing the car. Thus, I conclude that this pathetic state of disrepair is a characteristic Ukrainian thing, independent of the war. I was told that the RF has already built a good smooth road between Donetsk and Lugansk, but I did not go there. Lugansk definitely looks like the city at war. There are lots of military vehicles with Z, V, or O markings, many people in uniform on the streets, many private cars carry Z stickers, both colorful commercial and self-made out of tape. There are military checkpoints on all roads leading to the city, where the cars slow down but do not stop, unless told to by the soldiers manning these checkpoints. We were driven to Stanitsa Luganskaya, a nearby township occupied by Ukies until March. Two large bridges on the road were blown up by Ukies, so today you have to drive across rivers via pontoons. RF is already actively reconstructing both bridges, so in a few months they will be functional. In the times of Ukie occupation the pensioners living in Lugansk had to go monthly on foot down to the river level and then up to Stanitsa Luganskaya to receive their Ukrainian pensions (which even the court in Kiev decided that the government must pay). Those physically unable to do so received nothing. They would have died of hunger if it weren’t for the pensions paid by the LPR (no doubt, financed by the RF). Today the streets of Lugansk are lively, full of people of all ages, the supermarkets have greater variety of foods and other things than in Nashville, you can exchange USD or Euro for rubles or rubles for USD or Euro in many places. The rate of exchange is about the same as in Moscow (where the exchange points are also numerous). Virtually all prices are lower than in Moscow (pretty much the same as in Penza).

    • Replies: @AP
    , @Philip Owen
  130. Russian economy.

    The great majority of Western companies, including fast food, designer clothes outlets, and hotel chains, made required noises but did not leave. It makes sense: only a total idiot would abandon a market of 140 million people, of which 15-20 million are fairly well off. McDonalds did leave, and now loudly complains about lost profits. Russia cannot get rid of most of the rest, even a strong kick in the butt does not work. There are lots of eateries in Moscow, Penza, and Lugansk, from cheap takeout points to very expensive restaurants, and there are lots of customers in all of them. In both Moscow and Penza road and building construction and renovation goes on everywhere. In Moscow we went to Bolshoi theater twice (one opera and one ballet). The theater was full both times, even though the price of tickets ranges from 5,000 to 15,000 rubles ($80-240 by today’s exchange rate). There were lots of children and young people in the audience, in sharp contrast to the US, where, if you are under 60 in Chicago opera or in the Met, you feel like a youngster. Those between 14 and 22 years old could have been there for free: Russian government has “Pushkin card” program for these ages that allows young people to get free tickets to various cultural events, including Bolshoi, but the rest paid full price. In general, Moscow has an air of prosperity, Penza and Lugansk are less opulent, but far from poor. Compared to what I saw in Budapest (the capital of Hungary) and Zagreb (the capital of Croatia), even these cities are remarkably prosperous.

    I talked to a person working for a Russian company making sophisticated medical devices and artificial heart valves. Some of the parts come from Germany, and a lot of products are exported to Europe via Germany. Because of sanctions, they now work with the same German companies via shell companies created in Turkey. The main result is that the products became more expensive, contributing to the European inflation. As Russian saying puts it, “that’s how you teach the fools”.

    • Thanks: QCIC
  131. LatW says:
    @German_reader

    You’ve literally told us just a few weeks ago “it would be bad for the world (!) if Ukraine doesn’t control Crimea”

    That’s not what I said. I said there is no reason why Ukraine shouldn’t have access to the Black Sea. And, yes, it was good for the world.

    Re: Germany-China visit, my issue is that this is ignored by the crowd here. It seems the visit brought results that might be quite significant for the current situation, yet it is being ignored.

    • Replies: @German_reader
  132. A123 says: • Website

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  133. Mikel says:
    @German_reader

    lol, is there any doubt that all Eastern Europeans ever cared about was freedom of travel, EU gibs and cover to pursue their national projects and ancestral grievances (in a bizarre alliance with Western shitlibs and neocons)?

    Well, yes. The EU works with lots of perverse incentives. But I had this long conversation with a Polish woman once where she took the time to explain to me how, in spite of the Nazi invasion, cultural progress had always come to Poland from the West, while they had only received backwardness from the Russian side. That was surprising at the time (late 90s), I expected more anti-German animosity from ordinary Poles. But this seemed to be a widespread perception in EE. They believed that by joining the Western institutions they would recover the lost path to prosperity and civilization.

    Perhaps in the heat of the fight against their ancestral enemy they don’t quite realize that what the West has to offer them now at a cultural and political level (widespread censorship, groupthink and woke lunacy) is possibly worse than what they had in the end stages of EE Communism.

  134. German_reader says:
    @LatW

    That’s not what I said. I said there is no reason why Ukraine shouldn’t have access to the Black Sea. And, yes, it was good for the world.

    Don’t play dumb, it was clear that you think Ukraine should take back Crimea, and that “the war needs to run its course” (that is until total Russian defeat, I suppose, no matter the risks involved in that…and of course one isn’t allowed to criticize anything, support for Ukraine needs to be unconditional). I don’t have time for a long discussion, but frankly, your attitude pisses me off, always going on about atrocity stories like Russia killing pregnant women, always obfuscating the hard political issues, and acting as if you somehow were the spokeswoman for Ukrainian interests…when in reality Baltic states are just as much/as little at war as the rest of NATO, it’s just you apparently think this is a good occasion to indulge your ancestral revenge fantasies.

    • Replies: @LatW
    , @AnonfromTN
    , @AnonfromTN
  135. German_reader says:
    @Mikel

    That was surprising at the time (late 90s), I expected more anti-German animosity from ordinary Poles.

    Well, their anti-German sentiment seems to have increased again in recent years given all the shit they’ve pulled over the last year (cutting language classes for the tiny German remnant in Silesia, endless anti-German campaign over Ukraine no matter how many weapons are delivered, totally in bad faith, reparations demands…not even cooperating on a matter of mutual interest like the environmental disaster in the Oder). Or more likely, they express it more openly now, feeling confident about their own strength as the future leader of the Intermarium and about German weakness. What a success the EU’s Eastern enlargement has been.

    Perhaps in the heat of the fight against their ancestral enemy they don’t quite realize that what the West has to offer them now at a cultural and political level (widespread censorship, groupthink and woke lunacy) is possibly worse than what they had in the end stages of EE Communism.

    No disagreement about that.

  136. sher singh says:
    @Barbarossa

    Group identity of any sort inevitably centers on some ideal of self-sacrifice and the idea that the group survival is more important than your personal survival. Self sacrifice of any sort appears completely absurd in an age which revolves around consumer gratification.

    ਖੰਡਾ ਪ੍ਰਿਥਮੈ ਸਾਜ ਕੈ ਜਿਨ ਸਭ ਸੈਸਾਰੁ ਉਪਾਇਆ ॥
    kha(n)ddaa pirathamai saaj kai jin sabh saisaar upaiaa ||
    At first the Lord created the double-edged sword (Khanda) and then the whole world.

    Group identity is an organized group of killers.
    Celeb fags can’t fight even if taught to hate

    No point mentioning em, steel is born from removing impurities||

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    We don’t discuss the Gay TFR so why eunuchs?

    ਯਾਂਤੇਸਰਬਖਾਲਸਾਸੁਨੀਅਹਿ।ਆਯੁਧਧਰਿਬੇਉਤੱਮਗੁਨੀਅਹਿ।
    The Guru then said to his Sikhs, “All of the Khalsa should listen [to this directive], carrying weapons is the highest action.

    ਜਬਿਹਮਰੇਦਰਸ਼ਨਕੋਆਵਹੁ।ਬਨਿਸੁਚੇਤਤਨਸ਼ਸਤ੍ਰਸਜਾਵਹੁ।।੭।।
    When you come to have my Darshan, adorn your body with weapons.

    ਕਮਰਕਸਾਕਰਿਦੇਹੁਦਿਖਾਈ।ਹਮਰੀਖੁਸ਼ੀਹੋਇਅਧਿਕਾਈ।
    When showing yourself to me have your Kamar Kasa [waist band which holds weapons] tied, in such a way I shall be extremely happy.

    ਸ਼ਸਤ੍ਰਕੇਸਬਿਨਪਾਉਲਖਹੁਨਰ।ਕੇਸਧਰੇਤਬਿਆਧੋਲਖਿਉਰ।।੮।।
    Those men who do not have Kesh [unshorn hair] or Shastars [weapons], do not recognize those men as full men. Those who have Kesh [unshorn hair], recognize those as half-men.

    ਕੇਸ ਸ਼ਸਤ੍ਰ ਜਬਿ ਦੋਨਹੁਂ ਧਾਰੇ । ਤਬਿ ਨਰੁ ਰੂਪ ਹੋਤਿ ਹੈ ਸਾਰੇ ।
    Those who have adorned themselves with Kesh [unshorn hair] and Shastar [weapons], those men have attained their full form.”

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  137. LatW says:
    @Mikel

    Perhaps in the heat of the fight against their ancestral enemy they don’t quite realize that what the West has to offer them now at a cultural and political level

    They do realize quite well, they are not dumb (everything is visible). There is actually quite a bit of discussion about these issues going on. The only issue is how strong is the institutional muscle that could potentially be put up against the infiltration of these negative Western (and, obviously, there is the whole strata of local traitors who do not even consider those things as “negative” who are a problem of their own).

    And, no, it’s not yet at the level of the late communist oppression. They still had a major police state back then, morality police (good or bad, it’s up to everyone themselves to decide), dissidents, forced conscription, severe media censorship, etc

    • Replies: @LatW
    , @Mikel
  138. LatW says:
    @LatW

    P.s. Also, remember that 15 years ago we didn’t have all the nutty ideas on the EU agenda that we have now (although the writing was on the wall for those who wanted to see it).

  139. LatW says:
    @German_reader

    No, I just want everyone to finally be completely honest and for you to take the moral responsibility when you push us to the table with those who commit war crimes.

    • Replies: @German_reader
  140. songbird says:

    Female hypergamy in the Third World, in action:

    • Replies: @Thulean Friend
  141. Mikel says:
    @LatW

    They do realize quite well, they are not dumb (everything is visible).

    I know but I’m not sure everything is so clearly visible. Sudden_death for example seems to have problems understanding where some attitudes from people in the West come from. I don’t know what the media landscape in the Baltics is like but I’m sure that support for Ukraine in the West has very different roots and depth than in EE. Italians have already started demonstrating against further involvement in the war.

  142. Matra says:

    We’ve shown too much goodwill to EU, says president, is this week’s headline from Poland.

    I wonder if the aforementioned rise in Polish anti-German sentiment is more due to current disputes over Poland’s supposedly regressive policies than WW2 issues. With WW2 being the gift that keeps on giving maybe Poles who are shy about expressing their cultural conservatism to socially liberal Europeans have decided that falling back on the Nazis is better propaganda-wise for them in trying to resist German/EU pressure on judges, abortion, etc. and keeping the money flowing east.

  143. Old expiring grandpa predictably is hating on younger blood in politics:

    Several hours before polls opened on Tuesday for Election Day in Florida, former President Donald J. Trump warned the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis, against mounting a challenge to Mr. Trump’s own anticipated presidential candidacy in the 2024 election cycle.

    “If he runs, he runs,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. DeSantis to a handful of reporters traveling with him on his private plane — recently refurbished and put back into use — after a rally Monday night in Dayton, Ohio.

    But Mr. Trump added, in remarks published on Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal, “If he did run, I will tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering. I know more about him than anybody other than perhaps his wife, who is really running his campaign.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/08/us/politics/trump-desantis-2024.html

    • Replies: @A123
  144. @German_reader

    it was clear that you think Ukraine should take back Crimea, and that “the war needs to run its course” (that is until total Russian defeat, I suppose, no matter the risks involved in that…

    Let’s get a few things clear. One, Ukies will never get Crimea again. Two, Russia won’t be defeated by the whole NATO, let alone by Ukies. Three, Ukies (most likely under the supervision of CIA and/or MI6) might explode a dirty bomb to accuse Russia, but only the MSM of the empire and its sidekicks would pretend to believe that Russia is to blame. Most of the world would know who did that and act accordingly. Four, if the empire and/or its puppets succeed in provoking the RF into nuclear war, Russian nukes would not go to Ukraine. They will target the puppeteers, primary and secondary, mostly their military bases. US bases in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, British bases, as well as US military installations in North America, would be hit, not European cities. Even Washington will be targeted only if the empire targets Moscow first.

  145. songbird says:
    @Barbarossa

    Prevailing idea seems to be that the heavy plow was developed in China, and then spread into Europe. This would seem to hint at somewhat parallel conditions, at least in Northern China.

    Maybe, rice farming in the South (which was still very labor intensive) allowed for a different ecology regarding polygamy? Or, I personally would guess that much of the explanation for differences in polygamy between East and West is that slavery continued in the East, but not in the West. I suppose it begs the question of why it ended in the West. Maybe, the more divided geography.

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    _____
    Not even considering the other changes of modernism, it’s scary to think how much the agricultural basis of society has changed.

    We’ve leapt from a relatively harsh ecology, to arguably the easiest ever in history. At least, in terms of agricultural output and access to food. Given the societal differences that these different sorts of ecologies caused, according to the theories of HBD, I’m not sure that isn’t an existential problem, all by itself, even without considering the other changes of modernism.

    I’m not saying we should all go Amish, but, if monogamy and patriarchy, etc. are the basis of Western civ, and if those things were dependent on old agriculture, maybe, we need some technological tools to encourage them.

    Not sure what these might be. But I think it might require a new religious group imposing them on themselves, and then cooperating within these set of rules that they establish for their members, and enforce with technology.

  146. @German_reader

    The worst case scenario would be if the empire wipes out Moscow with a 2-3 megaton thermonuclear missile. That would trigger Russian “dead hand” response, which would wipe out the whole of Europe, North America, and Australia. A few humans in Papua, Tibet, Kalahari, and the Andes might survive the consequences and start a new round of human development. The history clock would be turned back 10,000-20,000 years. However, if more than half of the nukes humans built would be exploded, the development of mammals will be the key: rodents are relatively resilient to radiation. So, the Earth development will be thrown back about 60 million years. Let’s hope none of this happens.

  147. LatW says:

    I know but I’m not sure everything is so clearly visible.

    There is pretty good awareness of the negative side of the wokeness and obsessive control. The issue is not some sort of ignorance, as you insisted, the issue is the lack of muscle on the conservative side (it’s not overwhelming enough). Because the local lefties have raised their heads and there are groups that benefit financially from immigration.

    I’m sure that support for Ukraine in the West has very different roots and depth than in EE

    Largely, yes, but trust me, EEs do not want to live under a Putin/ Prigozhin / Kadyrov type of dictatorship, not even the Russians themselves want to.

  148. @AnonfromTN

    Did you have an American passport?

    Did you return to an American airport with a Russian stamp in your American passport?

    Are you going to post photos some where?

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  149. A123 says: • Website
    @sudden death

    Trump endorses & votes for DeSantis;)



    Video Link

    The NYT and other Fake Stream Media outlets are trying to manufacture hostility that really does not exist. If the NYT prints something honest, it is purely by mistake.

    I genuinely suspect the two men have worked out this faux conflict in advance.

    Leftoids are desperate to finds someone who can beat Trump in the GOP Primary. As long as it looks like DeSantis *might* run:
        • Every other threat is frozen out, thus helping Trump
        • Those needing a contest have to throw money at DeSantis

    When DeSantis announces he will not run at the last possible moment:
        • His campaign gets to keep the donations
        • Leftoids no longer have an option to undermine Trump.

    This isn’t even 3-D chess. The technique is a guaranteed win as long as DeSantis keeps stringing the Sheeple along.

    PEACE 😇

  150. Mikel says:
    @silviosilver

    what should he have done differently?

    Too late to say. As it happened, his strategy worked very well to end the Cold War and put an end to the threat of Communist dictatorships spreading to most of the world. His military spending likely accelerated the demise of the Soviet Union.

    But nothing was written in the early 80s. The Soviet Union could have perfectly gone the China way or even the Cuban way with a more ideologically committed leader than Gorbachev. In that case his confrontational approach with increased military spending, Star Wars initiative, new missiles deployment in Europe and general adventurism (Grenada, Lebanon, Libya,…) may have had a very different outcome.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  151. Yevardian says:
    @Mikel

    If it’s important to you, I’ll concede the point that Armenia was the aggressor state in 2020. I don’t think I really agree with that, my understanding is that people in Artsakh consider themselves Armenians and that is my guiding principle in these matters but I don’t know enough about the region and that was not my main point anyway.

    Well, quite large numbers of Azeris were expelled from the region during 90s, but Artsakh has had an Armenian majority since the late 19th Century. Armenia-proper had a large Turkic and Kurdish minority before the 20th Century as well. There was a Z-grade ‘bodybuilding’ meme celebrity (he has a wikipedia page.. )in a friend’s brother’s loose circle, Aziz Shavershian, who was an Armenian-Kurd in Australia. Probably Sher Singh’s ‘god of aesthetics’.

    Turks will then often grab onto the fact that demographic balance tipped relatively recently, forgetting to mention these areas gained Armenian supermajorities due to emigrants fleeing massacres in Baku and across Anatolia. In fact even Georgia’s brief independence after 1917 was characterised by pogroms of Armenians in cities like Batumi and Tblisi, where Armenians had always dominated intellectual and urban commercial life in Georgia.

    AK has lost any moral ground and his tweets have become increasingly anodyne but the other day he nailed it when he said that instead of Ukraine becoming like the West, the West has become like Ukraine.

    Actually, though I found AK’s celebratory mood on the war’s outbreak pretty gross and comically hubristic, his recent military/strategic takes have matched mine pretty much exactly. In particular, Karlin’s comments that Medvedev’s policies would have better prepared Russia for a real war than Putin’s (who fired Serdyukov) was pretty damning.

    @German_Reader

    Btw, did you read that Badian article? His papers on Alexander and Roman Clientelae are his best, but I really enjoy all his work.

    I was looking for more information about the man himself a while ago, and came across this rather mixed obituary. It seems he was a man after our own hearts… whilst at Harvard, Badian put up ‘Free Rhodesia Now!’ posters on his office door.
    https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/publishing/memoirs/16/badian-ernst-1925-2011/
    And though the article doesn’t make the accusation, his later close friendship with Schachermeyr looks to imply that like Norman Finkelstein, Gilad Atzmon and Our Benevolent Overlord, he was a ‘Holocaust Doubter’, despite his own fully Jewish ancestry.

  152. @AnonfromTN

    Normally I would vote third party just to be a crank in Blue New York, but this year I voted straight Republican.

    I don’t have any great hopes for Zeldin et. al. but I would like to see some punishment come the Democratic parties’ way; if for nothing else than their insane Covid policies.
    Hochul is also a ghoul and has been enthusiastically commandeering tens of million in State funds to give all inclusive abortion trips to out of state women.

    Normally I find the lesser of two evil rationale irritating, but this year I’m all in for it.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  153. songbird says:

    Did chickens kill millions of people in the New World?

    Some suggest that Cocoliztli was caused salmonella. IMO, it was a zoonosis introduced by the chickens at the reducciones.

    Think I had salmonella-poisoning once, and it made me wish that all my food could be hygienically irradiated from that point on.

    • Replies: @A123
  154. @Emil Nikola Richard

    Did you have an American passport?
    Did you return to an American airport with a Russian stamp in your American passport?

    I have both Russian and American passports. Used American to enter and exit Turkey and Russian to enter and exit Russia. So, no suspicious stamps in either. There are many countries where American passport is useful, allows you to enter w/o a visa. There are other countries where American passport is strongly counter-indicated, might even be dangerous (e.g., Iran). Also, you don’t want to have stamps from Taiwan and China, as well as from Israel and any Arab country, in the same passport. My Austrian collaborator told me that in Austria you can request two passports to visit “incompatible countries”. Most third world countries are easier to enter with an American passport, but if you want regular people to be nice to you, you tell them that you are a Russian. Otherwise they start accusing you of all the banditry of the US government. Convenient thing is that, if you have their citizenship, both the US and the RF disregard all other citizenships you might have. I know a guy who had Russian, Israeli, and American passports. He juggled them expertly in international travels.

    Are you going to post photos some where?

    I only know how to post photos that are on the web: include a link and the pic appears. If I post my photos on my lab website and then post links, that would reveal my identity. If you know a way to post photos that are not on the web in any format (my Photoshop can convert anything into anything), let me know.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
  155. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird

    Did chickens kill millions of people in the New World?

     

     

    YES!

    PEACE 😇

    • LOL: songbird
  156. @AnonfromTN

    There are a dozen ways at least to anonymously post images from your computer to internet web sites. The one I use is reddit.

    If you have a reddit acount dumb_pseudonym you have a page on reddit available. The address of it is http://www.reddit.com/user/dumb_pseudonym. There is a button there for “submit new link”. Click on that and the page shows a “choose file” button. Click on that and it pops up your file directory.

    The NSA will know of course and those dirtbags are going to put you on a list.

    There’s millions ahead of you. The first rule of espionage is that when you are spying on everybody you aren’t really spying on anybody.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    , @QCIC
    , @AP
  157. @Matra

    IIRC both the Cicero and Brutus characters came across as weak and indecisive. The Brutus character in particular annoyed me as was too modern and lacking in self confidence.

    I had a similar impression of Brutus, formed from the moment the character was introduced. Modern sensibilities attributed to historical figures is a pet peeve of mine too, but I think in this case it clouded my judgement. As the series develops, Brutus comes across as a little conflicted because of his friendship with Caesar, but remains resolute when it counts. Cicero was depicted as wise but cautious, but he too was moved by principle rather than ambition. There was that one scene when it looked bleak for the Pompeian faction and Cicero hinted to Brutus they might escape to his country villa, an offer which Brutus unequivocally turned down and made Cicero look cowardly and which I didn’t like, but when dicing with destiny probably even the most principled men could find themselves afflicted with doubt.

    I know what you mean about recent movies and TV in English. I’ve slashed my viewing too, and if I do watch something new, I go into it fearing the worst (and those fears are regularly confirmed). “Pillars of the Earth” and “The Last Kingdom” were a couple of recentish historical English series I somewhat enjoyed, refreshingly free of ahistorical negrification. I only watched the first couple of seasons of The Last Kingdom, so it might well have featured black vikings by the time it ended this year. Every episode started feeling samey, and I’ve never really been able to get into anything pre-Norman England, or pre-Christian northern Europe more broadly (“Beowulf” is Old English for “dead boring”, but if it’s any consolation, the pre-Christian slav stuff is the most uninteresting of the lot). There was a decent-looking German series, “Barbarians,” which came out in 2020, which I’ve only seen a couple of episodes of (because previous sentence), telling the story of Arminius and the uprising against Rome. Maybe GR has watched it and might comment.

    • Thanks: Matra
  158. @Emil Nikola Richard

    Thanks! Will try. I don’t have reddit account, but it seems easy to create one.

    The NSA will know of course and those dirtbags are going to put you on a list.

    I sure was on KGB list in Soviet times, so being on the list of a criminal organization is nothing new to me.

  159. @Yevardian

    Does Finkelstein actually go that far? What, specifically, has he “doubted”?

    • Replies: @Yevardian
  160. @Mikel

    Historical context is important. At the time, the feeling on the American right was that the Soviets had been taking advantage of (a mostly fictitious) ‘detente’ to increase their influence, crowned by the invasion of Afghanistan. On the other hand, the establishment of communist regimes in Indochina and Portugal’s defeat in the colonial war (achieved with decisive Soviet and Cuban assistance), created an image of declining American influence. So a reassertion of American will was not some crazy idea out of left field, destabilizing a hitherto stable status quo. Despite the SALT I and SALT II nuclear limitations treaties, the arms race had never actually come to a halt, and the “Star Wars” project needs to be seen in that light. Its most potentially destabilizing aspect was – as with all anti-ballistic missile systems – that it suggested a country could strike first and survive a second strike and thus feel empowered to gamble on a first strike. But the Soviets had been developing anti-ballistic missile systems of their own, so again “Star Wars” wasn’t some completely new destabilizing element. While it’s easy to Monday-morning-QB the Reaganites, I fail to see anything really egregious in their actions – certainly nothing that would justify the damning criticisms from the American left (not “liberals,” the real left, who, let’s face it, were urging surrender on all fronts from day one).

    • Replies: @Mikel
  161. Coconuts says:
    @silviosilver

    A culture which lionizes victimhood may believe that blacks are a higher type of humanity, but I think very few people are so far gone as to think black culture is any kind of apex cultural achievement. It’s just ‘fun,’ a phase one might go through but eventually one puts away childish things.

    This might be a peculiarity of the situation in Britain but elite cultural institutions are usually the ones leading the way with this stuff, making decolonisation (introduction of black/African culture and influences) of their programs and activities one of their priorities.

    There is a whole ideology behind it that is currently popular among elites in the cultural and educational fields in general:

    … the lumpenproletariat of the racial minorities of the United States is the section of humanity ordained above all others to restore the unity of Eros and Logos, to create the new qualitative science and technology and to free mankind from the tyranny of formal logic, positivism, and empiricism. However, Marcuse explains elsewhere that we can also count on other forces, namely students and the peoples of the economically and technically backward countries.

    The black population of the UK is always growing, by natural increase and immigration, so even if this specific trend fades, which it likely will, there will be a lasting legacy. It’s also hard to say what will follow it once a larger black population is established, plausibly there will be an ongoing need to decolonise in order to integrate or satisfy this population, and/or some of the other newly arrived groups.

    Wouldn’t you say that western societies today, despite their advanced state of cultural decay, still clear that low bar of “at least some military ideals”?

    The US might, but if the military is dedicated to promoting and defending diversity and things like that, this won’t have the same effect.

    • Replies: @songbird
    , @silviosilver
  162. songbird says:
    @Coconuts

    Sunak’s descendants might flee from black rule in the UK, just as his parents fled from black rule in East Africa.

  163. QCIC says:
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    The NSA will know of course and those dirtbags are going to put you on a list.

    There’s millions ahead of you. The first rule of espionage is that when you are spying on everybody you aren’t really spying on anybody.

    I think this is naive. Using computers to process and collate information makes it possible to spy on everyone. Hopefully people will become tired of it, but throwing off this yoke may not be easy. Those with arbitrary power strive to keep it.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
  164. @LatW

    First they shout –
    who doesn’t jump is a Muscovite,
    then they shout – to a Muscovite on a gilyak (gallows).
    Then they make big eyes and ask –
    why did you come to our good society with bad intentions

  165. @QCIC

    Using computers to process and collate information makes it possible to spy on everyone.

    The only thing spying on you or I is a computer. Last week the IRS computer sent me a personalized letter written by a robot that said it looks like I am paying too many taxes. Last month I did my periodic perusal of the web without my adblocker and sure enough I got advertisements for such merchandise as women’s clothing and dog food neither of which I ever spend money on. The corporations who bought those ads for me poured their money into the sewer. The last time I bought clothing for a woman it was a scarf because I do not inquire into women’s clothing sizes.

    Here, for your Christmas shopping is a timely recommendation

    The Amazon vendor labels that as a man’s scarf but if you live anywhere north of 35 degrees latitude your lady friend would love it.

    Now, if you are foolish enough to actually do something to attract the attention of the goons with guns they might have enough electronic data on you to put you away for life as a domestic terrorist. They certainly have it on me. But like I was saying to Tennessee Jed up there, you are probably in line behind 5 million people for such a distinction.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  166. songbird says:
    @AnonfromTN

    Because of sanctions, they now work with the same German companies via shell companies created in Turkey.

    I just glanced at RT, and noticed that they were using Erdogan’s rather absurd Türkiye.

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    , @Matra
    , @AnonfromTN
  167. LondonBob says:
    @songbird

    A Canadian company I invest in started using that term in their conference call, couldn’t work it out initially, thought it was the Canadian eh appearing.

    When in English you use the English term, small time mentality to insist otherwise.

    • LOL: songbird
  168. LondonBob says:
    @Yevardian

    Medvedev appears to have inherited Zhirinovsky’s role in the Russian system, rhetoric is not policy, and it is not meant to be taken too seriously. I remember watching Medvedev get openly disrespected by the oligarchs in front of that visiting delegation from Silicon Valley that Schwarzenegger brought over to Moscow, Arnold saved his blushes by interjecting and ending the embarrassed silence.

  169. LondonBob says:

    Reading Adam Tooze’s book The Deluge I was interested to read European monarchs disregarded American politicians rhetoric on democracy as the corruption of the voting system and American politics were well known. There is still controversy over postal voting brought in by Tony Blair in this country, but the whole system they have in the US is really something else.

  170. Matra says:
    @songbird

    Given that RT toes the Kremlin line that makes Russia look desperate to appease Erdogan, who is playing his hand well in general. Meanwhile it looks like Kherson is being abandoned. On Twitter our former leader appears to have a more honest and realist view of the situation than many of the war supporters. When it comes to the ‘Trust the Plan’ ‘Putin’s playing 5D chess’ thing Western supporters of Russia & émigrés have actually been much worse than Russians themselves who I guess are more cynical about their leadership.

    • Agree: songbird
  171. @Barbarossa

    I don’t have any great hopes for Zeldin et. al. but I would like to see some punishment come the Democratic parties’ way

    I have no illusions about Republicans. However, in my view the best thing different branches of the US government can do today is totally incapacitate each other. That might slow down the movement of our country down the drain.

  172. @songbird

    I just glanced at RT, and noticed that they were using Erdogan’s rather absurd Türkiye.

    Maybe. I never watched RT. IMHO Erdogan is a moron. However, compared to the “leaders” of the US and Europe even he looks like a wily genius.

    • Replies: @songbird
  173. songbird says:
    @AnonfromTN

    Did you look around in Constantinople at all?

    What I’m hearing is that Turks are starting to flee the city because of migrants.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  174. @Matra

    Meanwhile it looks like Kherson is being abandoned. On Twitter our former leader appears to have a more honest and realist view of the situation than many of the war supporters..

    And it took for him just only meager short half year of continous seething, coping and diluting while waiting for own personal shock and disbelief to end, lol

  175. Mikel says:
    @Matra

    When it comes to the ‘Trust the Plan’ ‘Putin’s playing 5D chess’ thing Western supporters of Russia & émigrés have actually been much worse than Russians themselves who I guess are more cynical about their leadership.

    I can’t wait to hear them explain how Kherson was never really important and the Russians will now be able to conduct their military operations much more efficiently. McGregor, Ritter et al must already be preparing hours-long monologues on the subject that will soon appear on this website.

    Between that and A123 explaining how the results of the midterms have given Trump excellent victory prospects in 2024, the entertainment is guaranteed for several days.

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • LOL: sudden death
    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    , @A123
  176. S says:

    Possibly some misinformation or exaggeration here, we’ll see, but there are multiple reports Kherson has surrendered and it’s pro-Russian leader killed (assassinated?) in a car crash.

    A ‘trap’ for the Ukranians where the Russians have deliberately let themselves be ‘overrun’, and will continue the fight in Kherson as partisans in an urban warfare environment? As with Kiev in 1941, have modern variants of radio activated mines or time bombs been left behind?

    Then, too, there’s the real possibility a dirty bomb could be set off now as a ‘false flag’. No one would know for sure who set it off as already everyone involved has accused the other.

    In spite of Putin’s assurances otherwise regarding the use of nukes in Ukraine to defend Russian territory, which Kherson has been proclaimed to be, it’s a war, and those involved often engage in subterfuge.

    Whether soldier or civilian, and whichever side one might be on, Kherson and it’s immediate environs is probably a good place to avoid the next several months.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/20375104/russia-troops-surrender-kherson-ukraine-putin-war/

    https://www.axios.com/2022/11/09/russia-kherson-withdrawal-ukraine-invasion

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/20373463/putin-installed-leader-kherson-killed-bizarre-propaganda/

    • Replies: @sudden death
  177. @S

    Possibly some misinformation or exaggeration here, we’ll see, but there are multiple reports Kherson has surrendered

    Absolutely public and official televised order already has been just given by Shoigu and Surovikin to RF army to leave Kherson city, but so far de facto troops did not get out fully, so there yet is some eternal hope in cunning plan to cling on for various beckowites around the world;)

    • Replies: @QCIC
    , @S
  178. @Mikel

    You omit the bitcoin price crash!

    I almost feel sorry for a123.

    • Replies: @A123
  179. Keypusher says:
    @Mikel

    You’re overrating culture war stuff and underrating the basic economics that really matter to people.

    Poland has had a renaissance in the last 30 years thanks to economic integration with the EU and Poles’ opportunity to work all over Europe. GDP per capita is up tenfold since 1990.

    The Polish experience had a lot to do with European integration being so attractive to Ukraine.

  180. S says:

    The guy reportedly killed in the car wreck was the pro-Russian deputy of the present governor of Kherson, though some are saying it’s a hoax.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-russian-installed-official-ukraines-133346076.html

  181. @songbird

    Did you look around in Constantinople at all?
    What I’m hearing is that Turks are starting to flee the city because of migrants.

    Last time I was there more than 8 years ago (I flew to Istanbul from Donetsk, and Donetsk airport was ruined in 2014), before the idiots converted St Sophia into a mosque (as if huge Blue Mosque across the square wasn’t enough). It would be a pity if they let this city go down, like Paris. It was nice, vibrant, more Mediterranean than Islamic, despite the profusion of mosques. I enjoyed being there.

    This time I was only in the new Istanbul airport. It’s a monument to Erdogan’s stupidity. They spent oodles of money and made is as bad as you possibly can. There are huge distances between gates, enormous spaces wasted, too few seats, too few eateries, and way too many duty free shops without customers.

    • Thanks: songbird
  182. Beckow says:
    @Matra

    …Erdogan, who is playing his hand well in general.

    Turkey is positioning itself as Switzerland of the war. It is of course different given its size and ambition, but in all global conflicts a Switzerland is needed. It is a good place to be, they have gained more than the others, or lost less. Too bad their lira is such a scrap of useless paper, but maybe over time even that gets fixed.

  183. QCIC says:
    @sudden death

    Is interesting they removed Potemkin’s remains from Kherson a few weeks ago.

    Who knows, maybe the city no longer has meaning to the Russians and will soon be visited by White Swans?

  184. @songbird

    I fail to be outraged about importwives. It feels like a more honest version of what happens domestically.

    What offends Western sensibility is the naked transactional nature of these relationships. You’re supposed to pretend that all relationships are sprung out of a Disney romcom whereas in reality, assortative mating is widespread and has by some measures actually increased in recent decades.

    • Replies: @songbird
  185. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikel

    =======================================================
    One does not need to win 100% of the battles to win the war.
    =======================================================

    U.S. SENATE

    Disappointing, but not over. The Fake Stream Media have the Senate split at 48D-47R.

    Alaska is between two Republicans so that is a 100% lock. Wisconsin and
    Nevada have huge leads for the Republicans.

    So the actual split at this point is 48D-50R.

    Neither candidate in Georgia will clear 50%, so that is headed to a runoff.

    Arizona is headed towards a fiasco. The were serious fails on the day that were not addressed (1). The results cannot be certified because voters were turned away. Expect the opening of a huge Pandora’s Box of controversy.

    Pennsylvania’s biggest failure is the FSM cover-up of Fetterman’s condition. The one and only debate happened after as many as 750,000 early votes were already cast. However, there does not seem to be an obvious legal fix for this issue.

    The Senate will likely wind up 49D-51R.

    This presents its own problem as MAGA Republicans were planning to ease Mitch McConnell out to pasture. That is not possible with only a one seat margin.
    ___

    The MAGA governor wins in Florida and Texas were incredibly solid.

    The key losses were the least MAGA Senate candidates, such as Bouduc, O’dea, and Oz. Tacking away from MAGA beliefs and embracing DNC election fraud did not work. The lesson is that MAGA-lite “moderate” strategies yield failure.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2022/11/08/kari-lake-blake-masters-sue-maricopa-county-n2615672

  186. @Matra

    I wonder if the aforementioned rise in Polish anti-German sentiment is more due to current disputes over Poland’s supposedly regressive policies than WW2 issues.

    Don’t have the numbers on the top of my head, but I do recall reading polls showing a huge chasm between under-40 Poles and boomers in their view of Germany. Those under the age of 40 were overwhelmingly positive. The leader of PiS is in his 70s. The president is in his 50s.

    My interpretation of their reparation gambit is that it’s essentially a way to ward off Jewish claims. For most of the postwar era, Poles were given the role of saviour of Jews but as they are slowly getting richer, they’ve been recast as villains and “helping executioners”.

    The endgoal seems to be another endless “restitution” transfer of wealth to various Jewish shakedown artists.

    With WW2 being the gift that keeps on giving maybe Poles who are shy about expressing their cultural conservatism to socially liberal Europeans have decided that falling back on the Nazis is better propaganda-wise for them in trying to resist German/EU pressure on judges, abortion, etc. and keeping the money flowing east.

    My view is that the ultimate decider in Europe isn’t Germany (NS2 should have proved that) but the US.

    So if Brussels is suddenly pressuring Poland and Hungary then it is likely related to regime change in the US. Trump was pretty warmly disposed towards both countries whereas Biden obviously isn’t. Very few major things happen in Europe without the explicit approval of the White House.

  187. S says:
    @sudden death

    Absolutely public and official televised order already has been just given by Shoigu and Surovikin to RF army to leave Kherson city, but so far de facto troops did not get out fully…

    Words are one thing. Actually pulling out all the troops is quite another. The proof is in the pudding as they say.

    So far Kherson and it’s region the past few months has been like Mariupol was, in that it was reported ‘surrendered’ and ‘fallen’ multiple times, only to find out, lo and behold, there was still fighting going on there.

    ‘Fog of war’ I suppose. Within a few days a clearer picture ought to emerge as to what is actually going on.

    Regarding a dirty bomb or tactical nuke being used in the Kherson region, despite there being suggestions of peace talks lately, which is great, any one of the parties involved in the fighting could be blamed for it, should it occur. One shouldn’t forget that organizations such as MI6 or CIA, peace talks or not, whom desperately desire to expand the war in Ukraine, are certainly capable of such a thing.

  188. A123 says: • Website
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I am annoyed, but giving up is not an option. (1)


    Do you want to whine, or do you want to win?!

    OK. I get it. I am licking my wounds, shouting at clouds, rending my garments, and contemplating the benefits of a week-long bender too.

    I’m also angry. And after my initial bout of incoherent rage at everybody, I am calming down. As all of us should. I have yet to see a situation where anger, panic, or emotionalism made things better. I doubt this is the first.

    We didn’t lose the war. We didn’t actually lose the battle. We squandered an advantage.

    Bad, certainly, but not exactly like being the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge–where illusory gains led to terminal collapse. This was not even Dunkirk, where retreat itself was a kind of victory. It turns out that this is more World War I than World War II, if you use a war metaphor. We are in trench warfare.

    Lots of us are angry–justifiably–and are looking for officers to frag. Mistakes were made, and we need somebody to blame. Fine, we can have that argument, but it need not become violent or excessively nasty.

    Our real enemies are not the officers who led us; it is the guys in the other trenches. We should argue with each other about strategy. And we should determine whose strategies worked and whose didn’t, and choose the winners as the rightful leaders. But the officers who made the bad choices were wrong, not our enemies.

    The commies on the other side are. Hold your fire until you can get a shot at them, not the guy on your side who screwed up. That does nobody any good at all.

    (By the way, nasty Lefty who wants to paint me as a violent extremist–this is a metaphor! War metaphors are expected in politics).

    America is worth fighting for

    This is a pretty good summary of where I am right now.

    So what should the plan be in the next few weeks?
    • Two Trump/Walker rallies
    • Two DeSantis/Walker rally EZ
    • At least one Rubio/Walker rally

    The immediate goal is to rebuild momentum for the Georgia Run-off. A growing cascade of events with a mega rally the Sunday before could push Walker over the line.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://hotair.com/david-strom/2022/11/09/do-you-want-to-whine-or-do-you-want-to-win-n509564

    • Replies: @Mikel
  189. Sean says:

    The other parts of the Russian Federation are watching the failures of Russia in bringing Ukraine to heel with interest. And that is why conceding defeat by agreeing to a ceasefire can’t be a viable option for any Russian leader. Widespread although the unspoken assumption of the Kremlin’s only course of action being to eschew levying war from within the borders of RusFed once pushed back inside their own country is, they would be storing up cataclysmic internal separatist trouble for themselves by doing so. While it might be able to get the Russian army out, Ukraine cannot thusly impose an end to this war in the way that a true victor would be able to once its objectives were attained. They can win a hundred battles, but the war will keep going on. It is Ukraine that is bogged down in this war, and they are getting deeper into the mire with every Russian withdrawal.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    , @Mikhail
  190. Mr. Hack says:
    @Sean

    What do you suggest? Giving up 20% of their real estate in a negotiated peace, while at the same time pushing the russkies back so significantly as you point out on to their own lands, doesn’t seem real smart…

    • Replies: @Sean
  191. AP says:
    @silviosilver

    I am continuing this from the previous Open Thread, about the Inquisition’s burning of heretics:

    “If they repent during the process of purification by fire they are saved. What is hard to understand?”

    I take it you’d now like to revise your claim to make it read they were burned for the purposes of forcing them to repent?

    Is there a difference? It’s the same process – saving them by burning them.

    “Lol, it came up on the google search though.”

    Yes, I can tell. You made a claim you couldn’t defend

    You claimed I made something up and I showed that others have said the same thing. You were wrong.

    But here is simply the link to the event:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-da-f%C3%A9

    “An auto-da-fé (from Portuguese auto da fé [ˈaw.tu dɐ ˈfɛ], meaning ‘act of faith’) was the ritual of public penance carried out between the 15th and 19th centuries of condemned heretics and apostates imposed by the Spanish, Portuguese, or Mexican Inquisition as punishment and enforced by civil authorities. Its most extreme form was death by burning.”

    What is penance?

    “Penance is any act or a set of actions done out of repentance for sins committed”

    So it was forced repentance. A desperate last chance attempt to save souls who have gone astray.

    “The auto-da-fé was also a form of penitence for the public viewers, because they too were engaging in a process of reconciliation and by being involved were given the chance to confront their sins and be forgiven by the Church.”

    ::::::::::

    So both viewers and participants in the auto da fe were engaging in a process of reconciliation, forgiveness and salvation.

    • LOL: sher singh
  192. Sean says:
    @Mr. Hack

    The Russian point of view is important to consider if Ukraine wants to be at peace in the foreseeable future. I suspect even if the Kremlin leadership don’t think fighting on essential to maintain the integrity of the RusFed state, they believe with a period of peace and preparation, a Western armed refitted Ukraine would in relative terms gain more wherewithal during a ceasefire to become unbeatable in any future outbreak of hostilities, therefore Russia must accept any ceasefire as final, Russia is no longer even attempting to concentrating forces in concentric attacks on a decisive objective, and its much vaunted ‘operational art’ has devolved into a stoically relentless persistence without clear aims.

    Yet strategically, Russia has zero intention of desisting. As the Germans found at the tactical level, the main problem the in fighting the Russians was (unlike Americans] the combat was constant. Reaching its goal (reconquering the 20%) will make it impossible for Ukraine to disengage. This is perhaps why the Americans seem to get less keen on giving Ukraine many of the most effective weapons in the US arsenals the more momentum Ukraine’s advances get.

    • Replies: @AP
    , @Mr. Hack
  193. AP says:
    @AnonfromTN

    Moscow. It can be described by only one word – magnificent. Downtown is 10-20-times greater than civilized parts of Paris, Berlin, London, or Madrid. Architecture ranges from traditional Russian churches and XVII century buildings to ultra-modern skyscrapers, with everything in between. The roads and sidewalks are wider than any in the US or Europe, all in an amazing state of repair. I wish we had roads like that in the US. The city is remarkably clean, cleaner than any city I ever saw in Europe, not to mention the US and the third world. At night the streets are very well-lit, and all buildings in this huge area are beautifully highlighted.

    It was like that when I visited the last time, in December 2019, before Covid.

    I’m not sure that Moscow was cleaner than Vienna though, they were close.

    In general, Moscow has an air of prosperity, Penza and Lugansk are less opulent, but far from poor. Compared to what I saw in Budapest (the capital of Hungary) and Zagreb (the capital of Croatia), even these cities are remarkably prosperous.

    This is not much of an achievement. Lviv looked cleaner and more prosperous than Budapest, which was rundown looking (other than the Castle District).

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  194. @A123

    The lesson is that MAGA-lite “moderate” strategies yield failure.

    More like the real lesson was quite better expressed below:

    • Replies: @sudden death
    , @A123
  195. Wokechoke says:
    @A123

    Atia: Played by the same actress who played Polly in Peaky Blinders. I thought that her fight with Lindsay Duncan was a good screen interaction. Two quite vicious bitches but lovely looking red curls.

  196. Mikel says:
    @A123

    So what should the plan be in the next few weeks?

    How about repeating the 2020 strategy of asking Georgia voters to abstain because the elections are rigged?

    Anyway, regarding 2024, Trump has already lost to a very weak Democrat candidate like Biden once. That experiment has been done. He does keep an appeal with a sizeable sector of Republicans, especially those adjacent to Qanon, 9-11 trutherism, etc but the amount of people that he mobilizes in visceral opposition is much larger in the key states and another important sector of Republicans are tired of him, which is why his archenemies Kemp and Raffensperger did win easily in Georgia.

    DeSantis, on the other hand, has turned Florida into a solidly red state. The first time he ran for governor he won just by 1% but yesterday he increased his advantage to 20%. He won in blue districts like Miami-Dade, where Biden won in 2020 by 11 points but he carried yesterday with that same 11% advantage. He can clearly win independent and minority votes. He is also younger, has demonstrated that does get things done and knows who his friends and enemies are, as proven by his initiatives against the Big Tech billionaires that Trump tried to court in the White House.

    Therefore, if both run as candidates you’ll choose… Trump, won’t you?

    • LOL: AP, A123
    • Replies: @A123
  197. @sudden death

    Many such repeated modern tales, like your local typical Republican activist, who was encouraged to die early, also cumulatively it will be only worse overall in 2024:

    View post on imgur.com

  198. @AP

    I’m not sure that Moscow was cleaner than Vienna though, they were close.

    I was in Vienna maybe 3-4 years ago. Moscow in the last two years looked much cleaner than Vienna I remember. Besides, even though Vienna looks outsized for the small state it is the capital of today, it is tiny compared to Moscow.

    Lviv looked cleaner and more prosperous than Budapest

    Can’t compare. Even though I was born in Lvov, I have not visited it for 30+ years.

    But I agree that Budapest is disappointing. In Soviet times Hungary was considered more prosperous than other “socialist” countries. Today Budapest looks poor and rundown.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
  199. A123 says: • Website

    The EU will not be funding Kiev aggression after all. (1)

    The European Commission plans to offer Ukraine an $18 billion package of loans to get the country through 2023, on the condition that Kiev repays the debt over 35 years, Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters on Wednesday.

    The package will be doled out in monthly increments of $1.5 billion through 2023, with each installment paid back in 35 years, Dombrovskis said during a press briefing, according to the Euractiv news site. The EU would borrow the money from global markets and pay the interest on the loans, he added.

    Hungary will not sign off on the plan, Finance Minister Mihaly Varga told journalists on Tuesday, a day after Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto declared that Hungary would “certainly not support any kind of joint EU borrowing in this field.”

    “We have already done it once,” Szijjarto explained. “We supported joint borrowing during the coronavirus epidemic, and that was more than enough.”

    The loan package needs the approval of all 27 EU member states to pass.

    We are back where we were a few weeks ago. The only country that can fund the European WEF’s war is Germany. And, despite the frenzy of the German Green Party, that money does not appear to exist.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.rt.com/news/566244-eu-loans-ukraine-assistance/

    • Thanks: Mr. Hack
  200. Mikel says:
    @silviosilver

    While it’s easy to Monday-morning-QB the Reaganites, I fail to see anything really egregious in their actions

    I don’t know. But it feels like the 90s again. A limited and conditional supply of HIMARs and some other Western toys has allowed the Ukrainians to dislodge the whole Russian military machine, proving once again that Russia was an empty shell in military terms with a weak state capacity.

    Nothing is written yet but if the Russians suffer another humiliating defeat 30 years after the latest one, which is where they are headed, everybody will rush to conclude that the gamble of ignoring the Russian threats and arming the Ukrainians was the right move, just like Reagan’s bold stance against the Soviets. But then, just like in the 90s, we will feel emboldened and will start looking for new military adventures to impose our values around the world, with China as the next big nuclear-armed villain to subjugate.

    All things considered, I would rather keep our armed forces for strictly defensive purposes of our territories, which is what our constitutions say after all.

  201. songbird says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Even not considering other factors, like assimilabilty, I think there is a danger anytime some national process is decoupled with international imports of labor, or in this case foreign brides.

    Consider South Korea. IMO, access to foreign women let them delay attempting to answer difficult questions like why so many people are having a hard time marrying, and why many of the young describe SK as a living hell.

    In 2005, 13% of marriages in SK were inter-ethnic; 30% in some rural areas. Many of those brides were Chinese, who have similar IQ. Some were Vietnamese, who I’ve always thought highly of. But it seems as though these inter-ethnic unions often led to offspring who had a lot of social problems. Not performing in school at age level. Prone to things like graffiti.

    • Replies: @Thulean Friend
  202. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikel

    Are you trying be a deranged liar like Mr. Hack? You have to know that will not work.

    Please seek psychiatric assistance before you harm yourself or others.

    How about repeating the 2020 strategy of asking Georgia voters to abstain

    Never happened… You are a Liar.

    Trump has already lost to a very weak Democrat candidate like Biden once.

    Another lie. It is 100% proven fact that Trump won… You are a Liar.

    Here is a good video demonstrating the vote rigging.

    DeSantis, on the other hand, has turned Florida into a solidly red state. The first time he ran for governor he won just by 1% but yesterday he increased his advantage to 20%.

    DeSantis effectively used the MAGA message and techniques pioneered by Trump.

    You have just admitted that Trump would be an massively strong, 20%+ leader in 2024.

    Therefore, if both run as candidates you’ll choose… Trump, won’t you?

    Of course. Judeo-Christians pick Trump.

    Leftoid #NeverTrump apostate zealots, such as you, fear Trump’s consecutive election victories. The fact that he could win a third Presidential election liquefies & opens you bowels in fear. It is Brown River Safety Pants time for SJW Globalists such as yourself.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    , @Mikel
  203. AP says:
    @Sean

    As the Germans found at the tactical level, the main problem the in fighting the Russians was (unlike Americans] the combat was constant.

    The Soviets were fighting against extermination of their people so of course their fight was constant. Under “normal” conditions (against Poland 1921, against Central Powers 1917) Russia could and did desist when lost. Ukraine’s demands are, at most, the 1991 borders and payment for damage, that can be taken out of the reserves that have already been frozen. Ukraine’s Western sponsors might even insist on the February borders if they get timid and think that allowing Russia to keep those territories would be a lifeline for the sake of stability.

    • Replies: @Sean
  204. A123 says: • Website
    @sudden death

    Anecdotes are not science.

    PEACE 😇

     

  205. Mr. Hack says:
    @A123

    There he goes again, making medical diagnosis when he’s never even seen me (thank god!):
    His political predictions are no better than his medical diagnosis either. Wasn’t Masters supposed to be the next big wheel within the MAGA empire? It doesn’t look like following the “MAGA message and techniques pioneered by Trump” is helping him much?…..

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
  206. Mikel says:
    @A123

    DeSantis effectively used the MAGA message and techniques pioneered by Trump.

    Incredibly, you are right for once. Trump’s message was a winning one, as proven by his own victory in 2016. The problem was the poor delivery of the promises in that message and his erratic personality, which is why he lost in 2020.

    It was nice while it lasted (November ’16 to April ’17, when he decided to attack Syria in clear contradiction to his campaign promises). Now it’s time to give him credit for coming up with a winning message and find someone who can really win and deliver before demographic changes make the message obsolete.

  207. @Mr. Hack

    I didn’t even look to see how the Peter Thiel proteges performed. OK be right back.

    Asked google how did masters and vance do?

    Vance won; Masters lost; on the first results page was a story that Thiel had backed out on backing Vance. Another unit of stupidity. Thiel would be an appropriate standard unit for that.

    Maybe he got a bad blood transfusion that day.

  208. Sean says:
    @AP

    Ukraine’s Western sponsors might even insist on the February borders if they get timid and think that allowing Russia to keep those territories would be a lifeline for the sake of stability.

    Do the Russians see themselves as being in an untenable situation? They may be deluded, yet I would remind you how Ukraine put it into their constitution that the country would join Nato.

    Ukraine is in the process of passing a law against negotiating with Putin, which suggests they think they have Russia over a barrel to the extent there will be regieme change. I don’t think that is the position at all, and Russia proper being inviolable means the Kremlin is basically uninfluenceable by military action, at least in the direction Ukraine wants. It is extremely difficult to see how this can end.

  209. @A123

    Trump is very predictable selfish old fart and is hating on younger blood in politics again, lol

    • Replies: @A123
    , @Wokechoke
  210. A123 says: • Website
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Do you have an option to avoid the dreaded “webp” image format?

    h xx ps://i.imgur.com/44TXbxh_d.webp?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

    If you can get IMGUR to recognize a real format (jpg, gif, png) you can resolve the underlying link using that format.

    h xx ps://i.imgur.com/44TXbxh_d.jpg

    This link structure will embed properly on the UR site.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
  211. @A123

    I only spent 5 minutes. The imgur label is ugly but my extant reddit flow has the .jpg ending and shows the naked image.

    Do you think imgur attaches some javascript data collection cookies to bog down the thread?

    A priori I am going to say .9 those scumbags do do that so maybe I should have thought of that and more’d the damn thing.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @A123
  212. A123 says: • Website
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    WEBP is an attempt to be helpful, that actually isn’t. This is an oversimplification, but effectively WEBP:

    • LOAD — places a collection of images of various sizes on the server
    • CALLED — selects an image size from the collection

    The problem is hard calling WEBP usually returns the tiniest icon version of the graphic, which is not what you want. You need to find some way to load the graphic in a way that does not let IMGUR process it into a collection. That way when you embed the link, the size will be predetermined.

    I have avoided Reddit like the plague, so someone else may be able to provide a tip on how to force the format via that loader.

    PEACE 😇

  213. A123 says: • Website
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I found the jpg in the HTML code.

    h xx ps://i.imgur.com/44TXbxhl.jpg

      

    PEACE 😇

  214. A123 says: • Website
    @sudden death

    Your hating on objectively true facts;) is very #Bidenista😉

    Would you like to publicly proclaim other loyalty oaths to SJW Islam;)

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @sudden death
  215. @A123

    Objectively true fact in US elections – any candidates usually are drawing overall more voting people in a presidential year than just in midterms, but as usual old expiring selfish grandpa tries to play aging primadonna in self absorbed theatre and pretends not knowing about this simple electoral cycle trend;)

    • Replies: @A123
  216. A123 says: • Website
    @sudden death

    So you admit that Trump was 100% correct, and thus hate free.

    Your apology is accepted.

    #LetsGoBrandon 😇

    • LOL: sudden death
    • Replies: @keypusher
  217. Wokechoke says:
    @sudden death

    Demographics in the US suggest that the GOP cant quite figure shit out what to actually do with power if they ever really get it again.

    • Replies: @LondonBob
  218. @A123

    Alaska is between two Republicans so that is a 100% lock.

    More importantly, there’s a good chance that Tshibaka will oust that horrible anti-Trump RINO bitch Murkowski. (Maintaining a slender lead as I write.)

    The key losses were the least MAGA Senate candidates, such as Bouduc, O’dea, and Oz.

    Masters was a much bigger loss. (Technically, not over, but pretty much over). Was O’Dea really MAGA? Part of me is glad Oz lost. There wasn’t much MAGA about him, and I bet he would have cucked at the first opportunity. I don’t think it’s sound political marketing to associate a name like ‘Mehmet’ with the MAGA brand either.

    Tacking away from MAGA beliefs and embracing DNC election fraud did not work.

    That is obviously what the never-Trump cucks will counsel, but the election, while disappointing, did indeed demonstrate the viability of the MAGA approach. Turning back now would be ludicrous.

    (To address Mikel, who has previously complained about the vagueness of “MAGA.” Yes, it’s vague, but that is an advantage, not a disadvantage. Despite the reams of pages written about “socialism,” that remains a somewhat vague, endlessly debated concept, meaning all sorts of things to all sorts of people. That’s the nature of politics. It would simplify discussion if you were to just come clean and say: I don’t want to associate myself with icky Qanons, stuffy Christian nationalists and uncouth Trumpists and that’s why I distance myself from “MAGA.” Hell, when I put it like that, I don’t want to be associated with it either. But I have to keep my focus on the real enemy, which is emphatically not the weirdo faction of MAGA.)

    • Agree: A123
    • Replies: @A123
  219. Dmitry says:
    @AnonfromTN

    photos that are not on the web

    You can just add like https://imgur.com/upload

    But I wrote a reply to Unz as maybe he can add them at the top of the thread? https://www.unz.com/announcement/breaking-two-million-views-on-rumble/#comment-5649591

    Hungary was considered more prosperous than other “socialist” countries. Today Budapest looks poor

    How the cleaned the capital city appears for tourists, will mainly be result of how much the government wants to invest to impress tourists that have this value. Like if you cleaned your room before your girlfriend visits. We many of know have listened to how Lukashenko talks about this topic, it’s a bit of an obsession for authorities in the postsoviet space.

    Budapest is not postsoviet and might prioritize a different value, or believe its tourists value more authentic experience. Ironically, to be impressed by how clean the capital city may be the most important value for many middle class tourists from America. Americans will also be obsessed about the quality of the roads. Some tourists can prefer less clean cities. My favorite city as a tourist in Italy is Napoli, one of most dirty cities in Europe.

    . In Soviet times Hungary was considered more prosperous than other “socialist” countries

    Well you can read economic data today. Hungary’s economy was growing in the last decade.

    It is now the same income level as more successful postsoviet economies that have income from commodity exports (Russia, Kazakhstan), or average Warsaw Pact economies which have economy based on the wealth transfers from Western European taxpayers via EU (Romania, Poland, Hungary).

    But I’m not sure comparing it to postsoviet space is so useful. Warsaw Pact all goes in the EU where they receive the EU’s money. The prosperous example of the Warsaw Pact is Czechoslovakia. Then Hungary/Poland/Romania are all showing similar data. And Bulgaria and Albania are rating as the low income Warsaw Pact economies.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    , @AP
  220. @Coconuts

    There is a whole ideology behind it that is currently popular among elites in the cultural and educational fields in general:

    I should have made my meaning clearer. I grant that things are as the paragraph following the quote above says. When I said “it’s fun, it’s a passing phase” I was referring specifically to the interest large numbers of people (mostly young) show in black culture. That is, even though the modern left does indeed consider blacks a special kind of humanity, through whose struggles the world shall be redeemed, black cultural forms are not really held in particularly high regard.

    It’s also hard to say what will follow it once a larger black population is established, plausibly there will be an ongoing need to decolonise in order to integrate or satisfy this population, and/or some of the other newly arrived groups.

    I think it’s at least equally plausible that there will be an anti-black turn in society and politics, both in the west and globally. I don’t mean the whole planet is going to turn into a pack of raging nword haters (though I wouldn’t complain if it did), rather that general cultural assumptions will tend to be anti-black, very much the way that today they are anti-white.

    Today, whites are the bad guys, their interests are ignored, their culture and their values are attacked (“be less white!” people are instructed), their role in history is portrayed as almost wholly negative, etc. This holds true, to varying degrees, even in countries which have next to no white people.

    On the other hand, blacks grievances are treated with utmost seriousness, blacks are considered by all as tragic historical victims, and the general assumption is that anything that can be done to help them must be done, such that if you disagree, you are automatically on the defensive.

    Now, if you simply switch out “blacks” for “whites” in what I just said, you’ll have a fairly good idea of what I mean by social and political turn from “anti-white/pro-black” to “anti-black/pro-white.” The one key difference is that I don’t expect blacks to ever be as anti-black as whites today are anti-white. (But even there, the example of Latin America/Brazil suggests that those “blacks” who are able to distance themselves from blackness will try and do so.)

    • Replies: @Sean
  221. Sean says:
    @silviosilver

    I think it’s at least equally plausible that there will be an anti-black turn in society and politics, both in the west and globally

    Blacks would have to become the ethnic majority inside Western countries for that to happen. As a minority they are always going to be class allies of the elite.

  222. keypusher says:
    @A123

    Your apology is accepted.

    Your unfailing good spirits are refreshing. But when someone has just disagreed with you, and explained why, the [really you agree with me, your apology is accepted] trope you invariably invoke is irritating. You would do yourself a favor by dropping it.

    • Replies: @A123
  223. @Dmitry

    How the cleaned the capital city appears for tourists

    Cleanliness of something as huge as Moscow cannot be for tourists: there is maybe one tourist for a thousand residents there. Dirty city affects the people living in it in a bad way. Usually dirtiness is not a matter of priorities, but a matter of available resources, same as the quality of the roads. When I came to the US in 1991, the cities were a lot cleaner and the roads were in much better shape. Every aspect of life in the US keeps deteriorating in the last 30 years, likely because huge resources are wasted in imperial wars all over the world.

    BTW, Napoli is not all dirty, many areas are quite tidy. Besides, in virtually every church in Napoli there are more artistic achievements than in the whole of North America. The same is true for most Italian cities, from tourist-infested Venice to little godforsaken towns that virtually no tourists visit. Art and culture influences people in a very positive way. Also, the food everywhere in Italy is so much better than anywhere in the States. Not to mention coffee: every gas station on Italian highways serves better coffee that the best you can find at Starbucks in the US.

    Well you can read economic data today. Hungary’s economy was growing in the last decade.

    What I mean is how the regular people actually live. The production of the economy affects this only to the extent that the results reach ordinary people. Polarized society might produce a lot, yielding upbeat stats, but people can be dirt poor, if most of the fruits of there labors are stolen by elites constituting 1% of the population. Ordinary Hungarians are poor. You can tell this by the fact that the prices at tourist-oriented businesses and restaurants are many times higher than in places catering to the locals. Also, you can tell by what’s available in stores where locals shop. In two different grocery stores, one in Budapest and one in another Hungarian city, we found only one small piece of high quality sausage, with the rest being cheap shit. In any supermarket in Russia you can find many varieties of high-quality meat and fish products. That shows what the people can afford and therefore buy.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    , @orchardist
    , @Dmitry
  224. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Sean

    Civilians have been withdrawn form Kherson City. Kiev regime forces will be easier targets if they enter. No human shield to score propaganda points.

    • LOL: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @A123
  225. Mikhail says: • Website

    Re: Below tweet from standard Western journo in Kiev regime controlled Ukraine

    If anything, the Kiev regime is the one with the “genocidal maniac” label, with its human shield approach, ages 16-60 draft including women, willingness to throw forces into certain death situations and integrating neo-Nazi militias into the Interior Ministry – recalling the SS placement outside of the Wehrmacht.

    Shoigu didn’t dissuade the Kiev regime from the Istanbul settlement talks of this past March. Boris Johnson did. Shoigu also didn’t talk about fighting a parasitic proxy war to the last Ukrainian like uber chickenhawk Lindsey Graham.

  226. Anon 2 says:

    What is the Prime Directive if you live in the United States?
    That’s easy – avoid bad neighborhoods. In practice this means to
    live as far away as possible from the black parts of town.

    What are the bad neighborhoods in Europe? That’s easy too.
    Averaged over the last 1600 years (since the Sack of Rome by the
    Visigoths in 410 AD), it’s the areas bordering the Germanic tribes.
    In this sense the Germanics (particularly Germans and Swedes)
    have historically been the Negroes of Europe. For animals like us
    (i.e., weapon-making predatory primates) being violent is perfectly
    normal, being hyperviolent, like the Germanics and the Negroes have
    been, is not. For a phenomenon persistent over so many centuries Occam’s
    Razor implies that apparently in those two groups a higher percentage
    than normal are born genetically damaged. Some believe that the
    Germanic proclivity for hyperviolence has metaphysical implications.
    Sartre, who was a tiny man, tells us that he was so traumatized by the
    German troops strutting around Paris like they owned it, that his
    whole philosophy became imbued with cosmic pessimism. For some
    indeed, the very existence of Germanics (120 million of them) provides
    an excellent argument against the existence of the benevolent (Creator)
    God.

    Of course, the Germanics never heard of the Law of Action and Reaction.
    They’ve been making enemies in Europe for 1600 years until finally the
    Universe responded, and the result was Dresden, etc. The West has
    decided that Germany needs to be reduced to a nonentity because the
    Germans are too primitive to rule themselves in a civilized manner,
    and are likely in due course to produce another Hitler. And so the
    Germans have been kept on a short leash.

    • Replies: @Anon 2
  227. Anon 2 says:
    @Anon 2

    Today the situation is similar with Russia. Although it’s clear to an
    impartial observer that the Russians are nowhere near as bloodthirsty
    as the Germans, still they are so passive, so intimidated, and so cowed
    by their rulers that they keep producing tyrants like Lenin, Stalin, and
    now Putin. The problem is that Russia has millions of muzhiks,
    vatniks, and siloviks (whom the Westerners never meet) who are easily
    brainwashed to do the tyrants’s bidding, while the educated people
    simply escape the country (it is estimated that 1.2 million have left
    Russia since February). Each country gets the leaders they
    deserve. Apparently, Russians don’t deserve much. In interacting
    with Russians one notices immediately that their egos are as
    bloated as those of the Germans. They talk of Russia’s greatness, etc.
    The ego is by definition the false self which perceives false reality.
    As long as their egos are bloated they are incapable of seeing the
    truth (“Pride goeth before the fall”), and the truth is that Russia
    for at least 300 years has been a brutal colonialist country. There is
    nothing Russian about Siberia, or the Arctic, or Ukraine for that
    matter. Anyone who is impressed by Moscow should visit one of
    the penal colonies somewhere in Siberia.

    And so the problem is similar to the problem that Europe had with
    Germany – Russians are too primitive to rule themselves, and keep
    producing tyrants that endanger not just Europe (as in the German
    case) but today the whole world (e.g., interfering with wheat exports
    and producing starvation in Africa). The solution is obvious: Russia
    has no right to endanger world peace, and therefore must be reduced
    to a nonentity with the Russians kept on a short leash, at least
    temporarily until they learn to live in peace with their neighbors.
    This is clearly a task for our children and grandchildren.

    ALL large countries have to be broken up into smaller entities
    because “Size is the root of all evil,” i.e., it produces bloated egos that
    are incapable of seeing the truth, and only the truth shall set you free.
    Thus Russia, China, India, and even the U.S. must be broken into pieces.
    Right now there is no country one can admire, not one. It’s always the
    question of the lesser evil. World peace would overnight become more
    likely if the number of countries increased from the current ca.197 to,
    say, 500, especially if the new division respected ecological boundaries.
    After all, as one species of animals among others, we must learn to share
    the bounty of our beautiful planet, something we’re not doing today.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @Sean
    , @AnonfromTN
  228. A123 says: • Website
    @keypusher

    Did you watch the video documening Fulton County counting the same ballots multiple times?

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-201/#comment-5649297

    Denying the objectively proven fact that Trump won in 2020 is irritating. You would do yourself a favor by dropping it.

    PEACE 😇

    • LOL: Mr. Hack
  229. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikhail

    Civilians have been withdrawn form Kherson City. Kiev regime forces will be easier targets if they enter. No human shield to score propaganda points.

    Russian troops could be setting up for a grinding urban battle. However, fighting with one’s back towards a river is problematic.

    An alternate, logical option is bringing heavy equipment across the water early. A plan centered on artillery would use forward observers & snipers who can move quickly and cross on small boat if/when needed. Plenty of vehicle and personnel mines will be scattered around too.

    What is the weather like in Kherson?

    The bulk of the Russian forces will be able to stay somewhat warm on the east bank. Kiev’s soldiers will be trying to slowly advance in near freezing conditions on the west bank.

    Time is on Putin’s side. The EU attempt to raise funds is failing (1). And, the U.S. political scene is moving towards lower funding. Major U.S. voices for domestic spending, notably Vance and Greene, won handily. The Kiev regime will become more realistic (or collapse) when the money diminishes.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.rt.com/news/566244-eu-loans-ukraine-assistance/

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  230. Mr. Hack says:
    @Sean

    they believe with a period of peace and preparation, a Western armed refitted Ukraine would in relative terms gain more wherewithal during a ceasefire to become unbeatable in any future outbreak of hostilities, therefore Russia must accept any ceasefire as final,

    I think that from the Ukrainian side, Zelensky and company, the thought process is pretty much just the opposite. That any ceasefire will be used by Russia to rearm more heavily, come up with a better war plan based on learning from the initial mistakes, and try and use this to a Putlierite advantage. Ukraine, it looks like, is going for all of the marbles right now, and wants to cripple Russia so much that a second round would be neigh impossible to conduct.

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @Mikhail
  231. A123 says: • Website
    @silviosilver

    (To address Mikel, who has previously complained about the vagueness of “MAGA.” Yes, it’s vague, but that is an advantage, not a disadvantage. … That’s the nature of politics.

    There are some core parts of the concept that are non-negotiable, such as MAGA Reindustrialization and reduced immigration. Ultimately, the movement is about good jobs at good wages for Americans. Ending cultural deviance, especially in schools, is also part of the package.

    Outside of these principles there are vague subjects:

    — Clearly too much power is in DC. However, the amount of devolution back to state & local governments is not a concrete target.

    — My personal desire to set higher tariffs and abolish the 16th Amendment fits nicely within MAGA boundaries. However, it is not a core MAGA plank that will become policy any time soon.

    PEACE 😇

  232. Mr. Hack says:
    @A123

    More of your Putlerite appeasement predictions? You’re a sicko kremlinstoogeA123, a poor excuse for an American.

    “There can be no room in the conservative movement for apologists for Putin,” Pence said. “There is only room in this movement for champions of freedom.”

    This must be too hard for a champion for putler like you to understand, kremlinstoogeA123, eh?

  233. German_reader says:
    @Matra

    I wonder if the aforementioned rise in Polish anti-German sentiment is more due to current disputes over Poland’s supposedly regressive policies

    There may be some truth to this, but from my pov such an explanation involves a lot of wishful thinking (it’s common, though increasingly less so, among right-wing or conservative Germans who hoped for cooperation with Poland against the progressive madness dominating the EU…”Sure, what Poland’s doing isn’t great, but M-M-Merkel!”). The sentiments of anti-German Poles come across as far too visceral for that to be only explanation, also frequently involve various nationalist myths that can’t just have been adopted tactically (I’ve seen unironic talk about the “recovered” territories or tracing the German-Polish conflict back to the conflicts between Saxons and Elbe Slavs in the 10th century). They mean what they say.
    Obviously the EU and German progressives are bashing Poland for all the wrong reasons, but if I’m honest, I can’t think of a good reason either why Poland should continue to get all that EU funding.

  234. German_reader says:
    @LatW

    when you push us to the table with those who commit war crimes.

    What’s your goal then? A few hundred thousand dead more, for the fantasy of inflicting a 1945 treatment on Russia? Russia’s original project in Ukraine has already failed, now they’re evacuating Kherson, and if Ukraine can re-take some additional territory, good…but at some point this war has to be ended by negotiations, prolonging it for the sake of attaining perfect justice and a total victory would be madness.
    And what’s that talk about “us”? YOU aren’t Ukrainian, you haven’t been attacked and the last time you were subjected to Russian war crimes was 70-80 years ago, so stop claiming victimhood.

    • Replies: @sudden death
    , @Mikel
  235. German_reader says:
    @Yevardian

    his later close friendship with Schachermeyr

    lol, that’s pretty “interesting”.
    Haven’t yet read the article, sorry, I’m a bit busy now.

  236. songbird says:

    Never had heard of it, until now, but apparently, there are also rumors that the Chinese created a humanzee in 1967 (in embryo form), but that the mother chimp died of neglect, before it was born, after the scientists were sent into the countryside, during the Cultural Revolution.

    [MORE]

    In the 1980s, there were reports of an experiment in human–chimpanzee crossbreeding conducted in China in 1967, and on the planned resumption of such experiments. In 1981, Ji Yongxiang, head of a hospital in Shenyang, was reported as claiming to have been part of a 1967 experiment in Shengyang in which a chimpanzee female had been impregnated with human sperm. According to this account, the experiment was cut short by the Cultural Revolution, with the responsible scientists sent off to farm labour and the three-months pregnant[24] chimpanzee dying from neglect. According to Timothy McNulty of Chicago Tribune, the report was based on an article in the Wenhui Bao newspaper of Shanghai. Li Guong of the genetics research bureau at the Chinese Academy of Sciences was cited as confirming both the existence of the experiment prior to the Cultural Revolution and the plans to resume testing.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanzee#Reports_of_attempted_hybridization

  237. @sher singh

    Out of curiosity, then how does a Sikh justify being in a country that doesn’t allow weapon carry?

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
  238. @German_reader

    war has to be ended by negotiations

    tbf, de facto US-RF negotiations are going on lately at quite high level despite all the public rhetorics, but it is not possible for us to know the real tone and possible discussed deals yet, just some possible vague hints:

    Russia and the US expect to meet in the coming weeks to talk about resuming inspections of atomic weapons sites under the New START treaty, a small step toward reviving arms-control talks suspended since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-08/russia-and-us-will-resume-nuclear-talks-as-ukraine-war-rages-on?leadSource=uverify%20wall

    • Replies: @German_reader
  239. @Barbarossa

    Conservative Christians abort fetuses if and when necessary. No problem. Hypocrisy is a human universal since the beginning.

    Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. By the way your Sunday School was erroneous. Serpent was God’s agent sticking to the operation script because

    that’s where we are on the timeline;
    or,
    it is what it is;
    or,
    we are just trying to run a creation here.

    It isn’t personal!

    : )

  240. A123 says: • Website
    @Anon 2

    ALL large countries have to be broken up into smaller entities because “Size is the root of all evil,” i.e., it produces bloated egos that are incapable of seeing the truth, and only the truth shall set you free. Thus Russia, China, India, and even the U.S. must be broken into pieces

    While size is a problem, not having size is a worse problem. Thus:
        • Large/strong consume the small/weak.
        • Small/weak voluntarily band together to become stronger.

    If you could press a magic button that made all nations max 50MM population, how long do you think it would last?

    The reality of military force is that “size is effective”. Sufficient scale to optimize production is essential to arms manufacturing.
    ____

    Even if you assume that military avarice could be beaten by better natures of mankind… What about MegaCorporations? How would they be restrained?

    PEACE 😇

  241. @Emil Nikola Richard

    This is pretty much my take on it too. I’m pretty sure that any attempts that I will make to further hide my identity online will just make it more suspicious to the Great Eye of Sauron. Meh, if they start getting inclined to round me up it’s going to be along with half the country, so I can’t be bothered to give that much thought to it.

    As an aside on the scarf, one of my wife’s pet peeves is that there is almost no functional winter clothing for women. The good stuff is all for men. She has a pair of rubber soled Russian Velenkis that she loves for chores.

    Bonus. That can probably count as another data point to establish me as a “person of interest”!

  242. German_reader says:
    @sudden death

    Maybe the Russians are even leaving Kherson as part of such behind-the-scene negotiations, their occupation of such a territory where the majority of the population doesn’t want to live under Russian rule would be a major stumbling block to any negotiated solution after all.
    If we’re lucky, maybe there’ll be a rather anticlimactic end to this idiotic war. Still lots of room for dangerous miscalculations though.

    • Agree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @songbird
  243. Sean says:
    @Anon 2

    Of course, the Germanics never heard of the Law of Action and Reaction.
    They’ve been making enemies in Europe for 1600 years until finally the
    Universe responded, and the result was Dresden, etc

    Never heard of the Thirty Years War when French, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Polish and Russian armies marched over and decimated central Germany while it was also being menaced by the Ottomans. Germans got tired of being the venue for such things and unified. The other countries didn’t like that.

  244. Beckow says:
    @AnonfromTN

    Good description, including the pervasive dirt of America (and increasingly in all major Euro cities) and the atrocious s..t that Starbucks serves.

    What is missing from the post-1990 prosperity charts in Eastern Europe is the ownership of assets, the real wealth. That includes Golden Prague no matter how much many locals squeal about their dreamy Central Europe. They don’t own a sh..t – it is almost all owned by the Western investors and their tiny hired local comprador class.

    It is a very simple setup: the owners and the pimps, everyone else in a secondary role. The locals are called on to serve, rewarded, but in a fundamental sense they are powerless and in a way redundant. When you sell the results of generations of work you will for a while live really well – after all the owners are nice people and they like the locals to be quiescent.

    That is the real curse of Eastern Europe, and no country has avoided it. Russia was fully into it and only started to reverse it half-heartily when the theft became so massive that their very existence was at stake. Ukraine famously missed out on the good stuff, enviously stared at the goodies flowing to their western neighbors and staged their desperate revolution against geography and fate. It has been a disaster, but that is a detail – what matters is the region-wide loss of owning your own assets – something that has not happened on this scale since the colonial era.

    So onward we go, maybe to return to the trenches from hundred years ago, maybe to leave it all behind, or blow it up. The bright future that so many intently yearned for is not going to materialize, since aging whores seldom do well, there is not much left to sell. Ukies are just an extreme example, they really took it to the limit. Now they drive their Land Rovers, ignore pedestrians, drink heavily and wait for visas. I mean the lucky ones. I have always said that we Slavs are deeply dysfunctional people but with unique gifts – one of the gifts is that we don’t recognize limits, we have unleashed it again on the world. But mostly ourselves.

    • Thanks: LatW
    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  245. Wokechoke says:
    @Matra

    With Russian artillery on the East side of the river…Kherson cease to be a port that is an asset to Ukraine. It’s just dead. All the exports that may have been funneled through the Dneiper and the river near Mykolaev can’t resume.

    Are the Ukies planning to cross the river?

  246. Mikel says:
    @German_reader

    at some point this war has to be ended by negotiations, prolonging it for the sake of attaining perfect justice and a total victory would be madness.

    Agreed. But it’s very difficult to imagine anyone in Kiev accepting a settlement where Russia keeps any part of its territory. They weren’t even able to comply with the Minsk-2 agreement that they signed where the whole of Donbass would remain in Ukraine. Another problem I see is that if the Biden administration manages to negotiate a peace deal, the Republicans (including DeSantis, a former military man with no known foreign policy ideas of his own) will very likely run on a platform against the Democrats’ “weakness” on Ukraine and will join forces with Ukrainians and other Europeans opposing any concession to Russia. That’s just the way US politics work.

    Given the catastrophic results of his invasion, Putin may well be willing to accept a humiliating peace deal now but the forces he set in motion with his silly attempt to decapitate the Ukrainian regime are far beyond his control. A temporary ceasefire with a frozen conflict that will probably reignite in the future is the most I would realistically expect right now.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @LatW
  247. Sean says:
    @Mr. Hack

    That any ceasefire will be used by Russia to rearm more heavily, come up with a better war plan based on learning from the initial mistakes, and try and use this to a Putlierite advantage

    If Russia begins to do well, all that will happen is America will give the ATACMS missile to Ukraine. Russia is not going to get anything that decisive. In the not so long long term all Ukraines armed forces with have to be given Nato equipment because the ex Sovet stuff is burned through. So F16s certainly.

    Ukraine, it looks like, is going for all of the marbles right now, and wants to cripple Russia so much that a second round would be neigh impossible to conduct.

    Ukraine have won every battle, but the war keeps going on. And the Russians are getting more rather than less numerous. Those called up specially are reservists and not green bur rather trained soldiers s who will be bringing veteran units up to strength or manning fortifications, three lines of which have already been constructed opposite Kherson on the east bank. Double the troops already and prolly more to follow. There are also reports that there is a call up of most doctors in some hospitals. and a big drive for blood donations in the major cities of Russia, which means they are expecting a huge number of casualties soon.

    There is going to be a big Russian offensive, and freeing the elite units in Kherson from to be used in a big push is probably a large part of why there is a withdrawal from the west bank. Russia has quality (ie intelligent and easily trained for specialist tasks) manpower, it has barely been touched yet. Even though the current army of reservists is from backward Taiga regions that are the only ones really mobilised so far Russia will have double the number of troops and will be able to have double that again quite easily. Ukraine has not got reserves to match the Russian army, whose new improved plan is apparently to recreate the battle of Verdun (ie incredible bloody for no substantial gains on either side).

    I think it is clear that Russia has zero intention of disengaging and is already gearing for a full mobilisation as that becomes necessary. Russia has made a terrible mistake, but the world is watching them; the Kremlin’s mindset is they have to keep the war going at however great a cost or cease to be taken seriously (even by themselves). There are going to have to be 100, 000 Russians killed in Ukraine before they’ll consider ending the war. With a quarter of a million of their countrymen dead or severely disabled in action and losing Crimea to the HIMARS rockets allied to US surveillance pinpointing of everything they do, which they have no answer to , a year from now Russia will start to think of tactical nuke use in terms of a final settling of accounts with Ukraine rather than a way to win the war.

    • Disagree: Mikhail
  248. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikel

    DeSantis, a former military man with no known foreign policy ideas of his own) will very likely run on a platform against the Democrats’ “weakness” on Ukraine and will join forces with Ukrainians and other Europeans opposing any concession to Russia. That’s just the way US politics work.

    Political motivation runs 180° the opposite direction. The Russia, Russia, Russia myth has fallen apart. The next MAGA President will have repairing U.S.-Russia relations high up on their “to do” list as a snub to Democrats.

    The MAGA GOP is now the Anti-War party. Neither DeSantis nor Trump would sign on for a foreign escapade of this type. Trump avoided a war with Iran despite Khamenei’s outrageous provocations.

      

    Even more telling is the direct tie between Burisma & Hunter Biden [MORE]. Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine will receive J6 Treatment & Congressional Hearings as payback. Ukraine is a DNC foreign folly. Even the Republicans who have been supporting it will quickly jump ship when necessary. Base voters would turn on any Congress Critter backing Hunter Biden.

    PEACE 😇

    [MORE]

     

    • Replies: @Mikel
  249. @AnonfromTN

    I appreciate and enjoy your comments – a lot!!

    Thanks.

    I’ve not visited where you have but I keep thinking about it – maybe the Hermitage.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  250. @Beckow

    we Slavs are deeply dysfunctional people but with unique gifts

    In my experience, Slavs are as different as the other humans. I’ve seen white Americans, Slavs, Europeans, Chinese, Indians, Blacks and Jews (here come two gasps from some commenters at this site) smart and dumb, arrogant and shy, hard-working and lazy, etc. Each person must be judged on his/her own merits because racial, national, or religious group the person belongs to does not have a predictive value in individual cases.

    • Agree: Mikhail
  251. @orchardist

    I’ve not visited where you have but I keep thinking about it – maybe the Hermitage.

    Thanks!

    I must warn you that if you want to see most of the collections of Hermitage, Tretyakov gallery, Pushkin museum in Moscow, Louvre, Vatican Museum in Rome, or British museum, you need more than one visit. There are few famous museums where one 3-4 h visit would suffice, like Prado in Madrid.

    • Replies: @AP
  252. songbird says:
    @German_reader

    Probably a result of the Kerch Rail Bridge explosion.

    BTW, Zeihan is saying that they will either have to evacuate civilians from Crimea or face an Ethiopian-style famine there because of the water for agriculture being cut off.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    , @A123
  253. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mr. Hack

    That any ceasefire will be used by Russia to rearm more heavily, come up with a better war plan based on learning from the initial mistakes, and try and use this to a Putlierite advantage.

    Kiev regime used that method between the time it signed the Minsk Protocol in 2015 and February 24 of this year, prior to the SMO.

  254. @Anon 2

    although it’s clear to an impartial observer that the Russians are nowhere near as bloodthirsty as the Germans, still they are so passive, so intimidated, and so cowed by their rulers that they keep producing tyrants

    In my experience of 30+ years, Americans are a lot more cowed and scared of their rulers than Russians. In fact, in the US Russians dare what most Americans are too scared to do. Just a recent example: while quite a few white Americans in response to BLM rampages debased themselves, Russians successfully defended their neighborhoods and property. Admittedly, the defense was not active: the look of armed Russians was enough to scare cowardly BLM scum away.

    As far as MSM go, the comparison is even more favorable for Russians. In today’s Russia you find a wide variety of opinions in the MSM, from sycophantic to rabidly anti-government. In contrast, today’s Western MSM achieved unanimity that even Stalin and Hitler would envy.

    it is estimated that 1.2 million have left Russia since February

    When you defecate, something leaves your body. In fact, this is good for you. Think about it

  255. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Sean

    Ukraine have won every battle, but the war keeps going on.

    Like Mariupol.

  256. Mikhail says: • Website
    @songbird

    Zeihan often enough doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about. Wishful thinking in some circles to believe Crimea will get cutoff from the rest of Russia.

  257. @Mikhail

    Zeihan is a performance artist who sells his tickets to the military industrial complex.

    • Agree: Matra, Mikhail
  258. Matra says:

    Just glancing at the comments over at Sailer’s Kherson post I’m reminded why I stopped going over there. At this point he should just hand over his entire account to Jack D.

    • Agree: LondonBob
  259. Sean says:
    @Mikhail

    The West will not back Zelensky trying to get the Russians out of Crimea. And he could not do it without their help.

  260. songbird says:
    @Mikhail

    If the Berlin Airlift, with its narrow flight corridors over closed territory, managed to feed and heat West Berlin, I think it is pretty bizarre for Zeihan to claim that Crimea will experience an Ethiopian-style famine,

    But, nevertheless, it is quite interesting that he is saying it. Probably, playing to Ukrainian maximalists, and who knows who else. But predicting famine seems to be one of his favorite things. I think it is because he is always trying to boost the US, based on its strengths, like agriculture and geography, and pretend that it doesn’t have obvious and growing problems.

  261. @Sean

    Ukraine have won every battle

    Then how come the war keeps going on for many months on the territory Ukraine considers its own? Something does not jibe here.

    Reminds me of a Russian joke “we suffered a glorious victory”.

    • Replies: @AP
  262. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird

    Zeihan is saying that they will either have to evacuate civilians from Crimea or face an Ethiopian-style famine there because of the water for agriculture being cut off.

    Zeihan is eclectic. Sometimes he is good (e.g. about China and the CCP), yet other times he is off the mark.

    Kiev built the Punishment Dam to inflict suffering on innocent Russian Orthodox Christians. This makes the Dnieper a Red Line. Losing Kherson is unfortunate. Losing fresh water for Crimea is unacceptable.

    If fresh water is cut off (again), some agriculture & food sector civilians will chose to temporarily leave Crimea. However, the reason will be primarily employment not famine.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
  263. Mikel says:
    @A123

    That graph you keep posting is totally misleading. Some of the wars listed under previous presidents were not really started by them and many others are just military interventions, of which Trump also has several under his belt: the two Syrian missile attacks, Soleimani, the expansion of the US to Eastern Syria, Mosul, the botched Niger operation,… Contrary to his campaign promises, he didn’t end any of the wars the US was engaged in or withdraw from any military alliances abroad.

    You Trump cultists didn’t even learn how powerful the Deep State in Washington is and how an elected President who (unlike DeSantis so far) came to office promising to end interventionism abroad was soon forced to cave in to them. That’s why you should step aside and stop trying to influence the future of the Republican Party. The antiwar part of the MAGA message may be impossible to implement if nobody like Tucker steps up to the primaries but at least someone like DeSantis could be able to deliver in most of the other areas.

    Would Trump even be able to accept a likely defeat in the primaries against DeSantis? He’d possibly declare the process rigged and run as an independent, ruining the Republican chances.

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @A123
  264. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikel

    Why are #Bidenistas such as yourself such cultist liars?

    didn’t even learn how powerful the Deep State in Washington is

    the expansion of the US to Eastern Syria

    ROTFLMAO — Expansion?!?!? How can you tell such lies?

    The Deep State blocked Trump’s effort to fully withdraw. So, via 5-D chess brilliance, he successfully rolled them by moving U.S. troops out of the kill sack between Syrian and Turkish lines. This was an obvious de-escalation in Syria.

    The excuse “protecting oil” was a fig leafing that no one believed. It was actually a disengagement in direct defiance of Deep State wishes.
    ___

    You should step aside and stop trying to influence the future of the Republican Party. You do not grasp Trump’s highly effective, Anti-War MAGA successes.

    If DeSantis attempts an Anti-MAGA #NeverTrump cultist run, all he could possibly achieve is ruining Republican chances. Why would you endorse something 100% certain to fail?

    PEACE 😇

  265. @A123

    Shock and disbelief.

    • Agree: A123
  266. Mikel says:
    @A123

    The excuse “protecting oil” was a fig leafing that no one believed. It was actually a disengagement in direct defiance of Deep State wishes.

    I forgot who the Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces was at the time. Could you please remind me his name?

    • Replies: @A123
  267. LatW says:
    @Mikel

    But it’s very difficult to imagine anyone in Kiev accepting a settlement where Russia keeps any part of its territory

    There are some polls indicating that up to 90% of Ukrainians want to continue fighting (so that their children don’t have to fight again 5-10 years down the road and it’s understandable given what’s brewing in Russia itself with Prigozhin attempting to create what looks like a well funded imperialist fascist movement). That’s one of the significant facts on the ground. The US will continue to provide arms, partly because of the agreements that are already initiated and, potentially, after they process the election results for about a month or so, the US will assess the dramatically changing situation in Eurasia (actors such as China, EU, India, Turkey are already trying to enter the vacuum that has originated and the US needs to figure out, quickly, how to approach these developments, my hunch is the US will have an aggressive approach, but I may be wrong, ofc).

    the Republicans (including DeSantis, a former military man with no known foreign policy ideas of his own) will very likely run on a platform against the Democrats’ “weakness” on Ukraine and will join forces with Ukrainians and other Europeans opposing any concession to Russia. That’s just the way US politics work.

    Yes. It’s been that way before. Not a given but could very well happen. Plus, the winter will be rather warm in Europe, they say.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  268. songbird says:
    @A123

    I was greatly amused when Zeihan called MbS a “millennial.”

    Somehow I am skeptical that:
    1.) a life of privilege and power like that doesn’t mark someone and put them in a different category
    2.) age cohorts can be compared across the West and Saudi, given their very different social customs and history.

    But who knows? Maybe, the main thing is access to technology like computers and cell phones, and there is convergence in that.

    And I genuinely do appreciate it, when Zeihan talks about age cohorts because I think it would benefit people to hear his doomerist message about different countries (at least people, who didn’t want to surrender to globalists). And I say that even though I think he is being willfully mendacious when he treats US age cohorts in such a blank-slatist way, and doesn’t acknowledge the ethnic changes taking place, but says the US is in good shape going forward because it has a lot of young people.

  269. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikel

    I forgot who the Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces was at the time. Could you please remind me…

    The guy who was constrained by:
        • the Deep State
        • non-MAGA House
        • non-MAGA Senate
        • malicious Judiciary

    Do you think he wielded the unilateral powers of God Emperor Triumphus I?

    Without overthrowing the entire Constitution, Trump needed to coexist with other branches of government. He had to work around the Deep State. He did this as effectively as anyone could, given the myriad obstacles he faced.

    You should be glad that separation of powers exists. Do you really want your Dear Leader, Not-The-President Biden, “Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces” to single handedly start nuclear WW III because his medication is slipping?

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Mikel
  270. LatW says:
    @Sean

    a year from now Russia will start to think of tactical nuke use in terms of a final settling of accounts with Ukraine rather than a way to win the war.

    “China’s president has pressed world leaders to stop making threats and prevent the use of nuclear weapons in Europe and Asia as rhetoric over Russia’s war in Ukraine continues to heat up.

    President Xi Jinping made the plea after meeting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Beijing on Friday, the official Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported.

    “The international community should … jointly oppose the use or threats to use nuclear weapons, advocate that nuclear weapons must not be used and nuclear wars must not be fought, in order to prevent a nuclear crisis in Eurasia,” Xi said.”

    Nov 5, 2022

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/5/nuclear-wars-must-not-be-fought-says-china-president-xi

    • Thanks: sudden death
  271. @LatW

    attempting to create what looks like a well funded imperialist fascist movement

    Considering that a defining feature of Baltic microstates and Ukraine is veneration of Waffen SS veterans, the source of this statement is curious, to put it mildly.

    • Replies: @LatW
  272. LatW says:
    @AnonfromTN

    Whatever is the source, these are facts on the ground – a rabid and aggressive, and what looks like well funded, movement is being organized right now in Russia. And already operating beyond Russia. This movement is based on terrible human rights violations against the incarcerated in Russia.

    Ukrainians would have to be totally blind not to react or prepare for that. Anyone in their position would.

  273. Mikel says:
    @A123

    Do you think he wielded the unilateral powers of God Emperor Triumphus I?

    No but he did wield the same powers that senile Biden used to order the withdrawal from Afghanistan against the wishes of the same Deep State and actually make it happen.

    Let’s not elect again someone so incompetent that can only tweet that we’re withdrawing from somewhere but is then unable to actually give the order or make sure that it has been obeyed.

    • Replies: @A123
  274. AP says:
    @AnonfromTN

    Ukraine have won every battle

    Then how come the war keeps going on for many months on the territory Ukraine considers its own? Something does not jibe here.

    So you don’t think the USSR started winning World War II until the Soviets entered territory that had been German in 1940?

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  275. AP says:
    @Dmitry

    How the cleaned the capital city appears for tourists, will mainly be result of how much the government wants to invest to impress tourists that have this value.

    The equation of cleanliness with fakeness is silly, sorry. Pristine Moscow is hardly a tourist destination. And Budapest sees many more tourists than Lviv, yet Lviv (like other towns in western Ukraine) is very tidy. I visited small Polish cities where few tourists go such as Krosno and they were very clean. This just reflects Polish attitudes towards cleanliness. Germany is also that way, in places that have not been blessed with non-German migrants (I remember a German acquaintance complaining about Tunisia – there was too much sand on the sidewalks, why didn’t thy clean it up?).

    Moscow is cleaner than any Ukrainian city but Russian villages I have seen have had a lot of trash around, while Ukrainian ones are very clean.

    I want to respond to your post from the other open thread, but I’ll be busy this weekend, it will be a few days.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
  276. AP says:
    @AnonfromTN

    Tretyakov gallery… you need more than one visit.

    Unless you mean both the old and the new one. Each can be seen in one day.

    These showcase Russian and Russian Empire artists which most Westerners are unfamiliar with, yet are the equal of what one will find in Western art museums. Magnificent and worth seeing.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  277. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikel

    Do you think he wielded the unilateral powers of God Emperor Triumphus I?

    No but he did wield the same powers that senile Biden used to order the withdrawal from Afghanistan against the wishes of the same Deep State and actually make it happen.

    Your Not-The-President Biden walked into the trap laid by the Deep State.
    How many U.S. troops died because of your General SJW Milley and his Deep State malfeasance?

    You are making my point about how Trump’s administration was both brilliant and successful. Orange Man Great avoided intentional Deep State carnage in Afghanistan.

    The troop count was down to less than 5,000 when Trump left office. He was negotiating an safe & effective exit centered on Bagram Airbase. If Trump received the 2nd term he won, the Afghanistan withdrawal would have been calm, bloodless, and successful.
    ___

    The obvious de-escalation in Syria was also successful. The Deep State was going to arrange a false flag. With the U.S. troops suddenly & unexpectedly behind a solid perimeter in Eastern Syria, your NeoConDemocrats did not have the opportunity to manufacture their fictional pretense.

    actually give the order or make sure that it has been obeyed.

    Your precious Not-The-President Biden gave the order and it was obeyed. How many American troops returned home in coffins due to that incompetence and Deep State malfeasance? Is it not obvious that the Afghanistan withdrawal “plan” was intentionally defective?

    As a #Bidenista cultist you really WANT failure & death?

    Your casual disrespect for human life is horrifying, but very SJW Pro-War Democrat. Are you related to George Will, Samantha “R2P” Power, and/or Bill Kristol? You sound just like them.

    PEACE 😇
    ___________

    For those that need a refresher on Mikel’s patron Samantha Power:

     

    • Replies: @Mikel
  278. Mikel says:
    @A123

    You are making my point about how Trump’s administration was both brilliant and successful. Orange Man Great avoided intentional Deep State carnage in Afghanistan.

    This level of adoration for a man cannot be real. You talk like a Democrat disguised as a deluded MAGA supporter trying to make all Trumpists look bad.

    • Replies: @A123
  279. songbird says:

    IMO, the way that the price of eggs has risen in the US is a major marker of decline.

  280. @AP

    So you don’t think the USSR started winning World War II until the Soviets entered territory that had been German in 1940?

    Nobody, not even the most sycophantic scum, claimed that the Red Army won every battle before it started retaking lost territory. The first battle it won was near Moscow, the second big win was Stalingrad. Lots of lost battles preceded both.

    Considering where the hostilities take place, Ukie army must have lost many battles to have the frontline where it is now.

  281. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikel

    This level of adoration for a man cannot be real. You talk like a Democrat disguised as a deluded MAGA supporter trying to make all Trumpists look bad.

    Your level of unhinged, mouth frothing, #NeverTrump dementia cannot be real.

    You are obviously a #Bidenista SJW supporter trying to deny the objective reality of Trump’s Anti-War policy successes and victory over Not-The-President Biden.
    ___

    Trump has spent the last few years building up “soft power” via endorsements, rallies, and fund raising. His 2nd term will be able to deploy that political capital to achieve change.

    DeSantis has the same issue that Trump had 6 years ago. Personal appeal, but no “soft power”. The smart move for DeSantis is to spend the next 6 years building patronage within the MAGA movement. He can position himself as Heir Apparent and successor to MAGA 2028 leadership. It is minimum risk & maximum gain.

    You should step aside and stop trying to influence the future of the Republican Party. Making an Anti-MAGA run against Trump would 100% destroy any hope of Republican victory. Your vicious, spiteful, and unrealistic #NeverTrump delusion would be obvious political suicide on DeSantis part.

    PEACE 😇

  282. songbird says:

    German public broadcaster calls people banned by twitter before Musk takeover “rats.”

    https://brownstone.org/articles/german-compares-censored-twitter-to-rats/

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  283. Mikhail says: • Website
    @songbird

    A great example of projection.

    • Agree: songbird
    • Replies: @A123
  284. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikhail

    So where you are going is “MR RAT”.

    WOW… UR supports embedding of daily motion links.

    PEACE 😇

     

  285. Dmitry says:
    @AP

    cleanliness with fakeness is silly

    Just compare Sorrento with Napoli. The cleanest place in the world, next to one of the cities with the dirtier places in Europe. The difference is Sorrento for tourists so they invest in cleaning it. Napoli is a normal city with non-tourist areas. People with bad taste like Sorrento and vice-versa.

    Within most cities in Europe which are popular for tourists, there is a very clean and invested area. Although the tourists are usually mentally damaged by the area near the train station, with many illegal immigrants. There is the area which receives visitors which municipality invests to clean and then you go to the end of the metro and it will be graffiti all over, but normal local people are living there.

    Often the more interesting area in terms of the authentic representation of local people, can be in the end of the metro though. Even sometimes the areas of European cities with bad architecture can be more interesting or authentic (in context where the centre of the city becomes a trap for tourists).

    In the postsoviet space it is not just for tourists, as the government also wants to impress the citizens as a sign of legitimacy. Minsk is not a tourist place, but a famously clean city for political reasons, which its politicians are less shy to talk about this political strategy openly than in some of the other neighbors.

    Moscow is hardly a tourist destination.

    ? Central Moscow is one of main tourist centers in geographical Europe. Tens of millions of Russian tourists visit central Moscow each year. It is also the main political statement of an empire since 1918. Especially in the last more than decade, it has been one of main self-reflections of the authorities and anything related to looking clean and shiny is prioritized to a very infamous way. For example, they have used billions of dollars of taxpayer money to hide the powerlines in Moscow. Removing wires has no effect on the functionality, but removing the wires creates the Disneyland streets in center without visual clutter. So, of course, they remove the wires.

    Krosno and they were very clean. This just reflects Polish attitudes towards cleanliness

    But Warsaw is not very clean except in small Disneyland part for the tourists. And this is healthy, as there are probably more important priorities for their city budget. It’s not “reflecting Polish’ attitudes” because cleaning a city is quite expensive, you need a budget, which reflects municapility prioritization. We are also not talking about just trash in the streets or graffiti which the municipality pays to clean, but also the appearance of buildings which requires funds for renovation and initial cost of the buildings (with initial investment wealthy people can build high quality buildings that look attractive for centuries as you see in Lvov).

    If Budapest municipality is reducing funding in the cleaning area, then this can be good, if the money is used for something with a more long-term benefit like education. On the other hand, if it is used to buy yachts for their officials, it would be not good. It will depend on what is the alternative use of the budget.

    German acquaintance complaining about Tunisia – there was too much sand on the sidewalks

    Maybe because it is a third world country. They might have another priority there than impressing petit bourgeois tourists who complain about sand in the sidewalk. Even as investment for impressing tourists, it depends on the type of the tourist. If they clean it too much for the tourists, you could destroy the authenticity for the nonphilistine tourists. For kind of tourists who visit Sharm El Sheikh, then you should probably clean the sand from sidewalks. But if you have any tourists that are interested in the original culture, they will hope to see the sand on the sidewalk. Afterall, if everywhere in the world becomes globalized and looks like Disneyland, the motivation for traveling will decrease for many people.

    Moscow is cleaner than any Ukrainian city but Russian villages I have seen have had a lot of trash around, while Ukrainian ones are very clean.

    Comparing capital cities and villages is not very useful. There are many villages where people do not have access to water. Or there is limited water from the wells which are not wasted in summer. There might have been no budget for trash collection, or the local service is not responsive. Nowadays mostly the population is increasing old and half of buildings are empty so there can be lack of anyone to manage, as the average village is a partial abandoned space.

    • Replies: @Matra
  286. Dmitry says:
    @AnonfromTN

    I asked Unz but it seemed like he maybe didn’t understand you were in Lugansk. https://www.unz.com/announcement/breaking-two-million-views-on-rumble/#comment-5649591 I think he should add you as the guest blogger at the top of the page as you were in Lugansk. You can write something more interesting about the city than anyone here, but I’m not sure he read that you were there.

    not all dirty, many areas are quite tidy.

    But some of the most interesting and authentic part of Napoli, is dirty and smells, didn’t change after the centuries. And it is where can see the traditional Italian life is continuing. One of the dirtiest places, but one of the highlights of Italy. And they seem to avoid too many tourists, even though it is places which are very famous.

    It’s obviously not best for living, as it could be a nightmare for claustrophobia, even without the other negative parts of this city planning like lack of light.

    Napoli there are more artistic achievements than in the whole of North America.. gas station on Italian highways serves better coffee

    If you love the country music and whisky, perhaps you would say Tennessee is the center of world artist and drinking achievement. You can view Nashville as like Florence in the 15th century, with its the country music. Who needs Botticelli, you have Taylor Swift.

    By the way, I have Italian colleagues who love to eat in McDonalds. I wonder if they might even drink the coffee there.

    prices at tourist-oriented businesses and restaurants are many times higher than in places catering to the locals

    Hungary has quite high income equality. It has relatively not so many local high income people in Hungary, which is good. Less rich people is positive, if the average income in the country is not high enough to justify a high income section of the population. The question whether the wealth equality is also good in Hungary though. Postcommunist countries often have a better income equality than their wealth equality. They can have very negative wealth inequality because of the distribution of the public property (Ukraine is example with a low Gini coefficient still very high wealth inequality).

    In any supermarket in Russia you can find many varieties of high-quality meat and fish products. That shows what the people can afford and therefore buy.

    One of the most common hobbies in Russia is complaining about the prices of the supermarket. In terms of the proportion of income the supermarket costs, it looks comparable between Hungary and Russia. https://ria.ru/20181217/1547989821.html From the postcommunist countries, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia and Latvia have lower expense in the supermarket, are going to the lower 20s%. Everyone in Europe has at least Aldi so I don’t think you should worry too much about their food quality. Probably spread of Aldi could save America from the food deserts.

  287. Matra says:
    @Dmitry

    But Warsaw is not very clean except in small Disneyland part for the tourists. And this is healthy, as there are probably more important priorities for their city budget. It’s not “reflecting Polish’ attitudes” because cleaning a city is quite expensive, you need a budget, which reflects municapility prioritization.

    In what way is Warsaw not clean? Earlier this year I was there plus Stockholm and London. Warsaw is cleaner looking than Stockholm, most of which looked shabby beyond the tourist areas. The Centralna area is fine. So is the main shopping/nightlife district east of the Vistula where there are no tourists. (I witnessed some low class drunken boorish behaviour there but it looked clean enough). I’ve only been to a few Warsaw residential areas but they don’t look any less clean than equivalent areas in London or Stockholm, or for that matter Montreal or Toronto. I’ve been to pretty much all the main Polish cities over the past decade and a half. The only one I would describe as a bit grubby – and it’s been 10 years since I was there so it might have changed – is Poznan. Some parts of Katowice also look bad from the train/bus but I can’t really judge. The Central European city that I think has the most grubby areas and dirty looking buildings is tourist favourite Prague.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
  288. Mikhail says: • Website

    This 30 minute show has s0mething for everyone:

    https://america.cgtn.com/2022/11/10/the-heat-russia-ukraine-conflict-10

    Not buying that the withdrawal is part of some secret agreement, given that Russia’s trust of the Kiev regime and its Western backers is understandably low.

    • Replies: @LondonBob
  289. Mikhail says: • Website

    Ivana Stradner 🇺🇸🇺🇦
    @ivanastradner
    “Scandal! The Kremlin has betrayed the Russian people!” The Serbian controlled media is quite angry about Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson. Btw there’s a joke in Serbia: If Russia attacks Serbia, the Serbs will root for Russia.
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  290. Dmitry says:
    @Matra

    The most fashionable part of Warsaw where “cool people” sit in the cafe – i.e. right bank, is really dirty. And area like Mirow in the West is not clean, well, basically it’s like Berlin. They don’t waste budget to remove graffiti, so there are streets full of graffiti. They also have the paint coming from much of the buildings, don’t water grass in the summer.

    In contrast, in the tourist old city it is just ultra-clean Disneyland, as you can see they invest the budget to maintain this Disneyland for the visitors. That’s not to say “Warsaw is India” or even “Warsaw is Brussels”, but “parts of Warsaw are Berlin”. They seem to prioritize a budget for cleaning in the tourist zone and don’t worry too much to prioritize in the normal city.

    less clean than equivalent areas in London or Stockholm

    I don’t know Stockholm, although London has a lot of dirty areas like the Eastern city. It’s funny when those areas are gentrifying they become visually dirtier, as the beginning of any hipsters’ invasion to a new area are their graffiti artists, before the people on the skateboard and the organic food shops.

    think has the most grubby areas and dirty looking buildings is tourist favourite Prague

    Do you think Prague are relaxing on their popularity or maybe they shouldd need to rebrand for more “posh” tourists. I remember this article we were discussing with Thulean Friend some year back. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/25/prague-drunk-tourists-conquer-our-city

  291. sher singh says:
    @Dmitry

    Italy can fuck itself

    While agree­ments have in­cluded lim­its on size or re­quired that the kir­pan is worn un­der­neath the clothes, no at­tempt to al­ter or reg­u­late the shape or at­trib­utes of the kir­pan has ever been ac­cepted by Sikhs.

    https://www.theworldsikhnews.com/modified-italian-kirpan-not-acceptable-says-wso-canada/

    Sweden isn’t too far behind, but with the case in Australia I think there will be progress soon..

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  292. LondonBob says:
    @Mikhail

    Let us see if the Ukrainians pull back from Donetsk.

    The Kremlin always trusts the West, besides, given the economic and social position of the West there is little choice, the collapse of Ukraine, if the power grid goes completely, would unleash a refugee flow not even the Poles could stomach. Still the neocons will be loathe to compromise.

    I believe the Kremlin’s goals aren’t much different from what they were initially, this is the last chance to come to a deal though, for the West.

  293. LondonBob says:
    @Dmitry

    Hungary went out of their way to market themselves to wealthy elderly tourists, specifically to avoid the stag do trade.

  294. LondonBob says:
    @Wokechoke

    Sadly the US role is now to be a cautionary tale for Europe, whether there is a fight back or not, although in most Western countries the US path of decline remains a role model.

  295. @Dmitry

    In my opinion anontennessee’s Donbas trip report is the most informative text on unz or the internet in 2022. If Mr. Unz does not promote it to the top he is missing out, at the very least hundreds of his users are missing out.

    Of course Anglin’s obsessive documentation of the Jew fight against Kanye West should not be attenuated!

    • LOL: Barbarossa
    • Replies: @Barbarossa
    , @AnonfromTN
  296. @Dmitry

    I remember this article we were discussing with Thulean Friend some year back. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/25/prague-drunk-tourists-conquer-our-city

    Yeah, I visited Prague before Covid and it was basically impossible to get through without being mobbed by hordes of Asian zombies (sorry, tourists). Totally unlivable. Barcelona has similar problems. Budapest was less pretty but I don’t share the deep negativity towards it that AP & AnonfromTN have.

    The most fashionable part of Warsaw where “cool people” sit in the cafe – i.e. right bank, is really dirty. And area like Mirow in the West is not clean, well, basically it’s like Berlin. They don’t waste budget to remove graffiti, so there are streets full of graffiti. They also have the paint coming from much of the buildings, don’t water grass in the summer.

    As for Warsaw, you’re correct in your assessments. I know Matra has been there this year (I also visited on my CEE tour this summer) and there’s no question that there are significant issues with graffiti within the city that was a culture shock for me coming from Stockholm. Even central streets had massive problems.

    This doesn’t mean Matra is “lying”, but it is interesting how people who have all been there in recent years can differ so much in their views. I visited both downtown and residential areas and frankly felt the downtown was more of an eyesore than the outer areas, which is not typical for most cities, but this is probably partly because the towndown is so absurdly car-centric. It felt more like a US city than an European one in the city center.

    In contrast, in the tourist old city it is just ultra-clean Disneyland, as you can see they invest the budget to maintain this Disneyland for the visitors.

    I visited Warsaw’s old town and it was fairly shabby from what I saw. Then again, I think our Gamla Stan is also a bit run-down, but the facades are still in better shape.

    It’s funny when those areas are gentrifying they become visually dirtier, as the beginning of any hipsters’ invasion to a new area are their graffiti artists, before the people on the skateboard and the organic food shops.

    Sometimes squatters occupy some abandoned building, and it looks like some bombed-out hellscape after a few years, until some developer buys it with plans to raze it and build luxury condos and then you get protests about “protecting cultural heritage”. We have a building like that not far away from where we live. The anarchists have taken over it completely and treat it like some kind of holy site. Very bizarre.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
  297. @songbird

    Even not considering other factors, like assimilabilty, I think there is a danger anytime some national process is decoupled with international imports of labor, or in this case foreign brides.

    I generally favour moderately liberal border policies, but I think that immigration can be used for negative purposes by subverting a domestic conflict. A classic case would be cheap labour to undermine unions.

    Your examples are cultural rather than economic, which are harder to quantify. National belonging is after all a highly subjective matter.

    Consider South Korea. IMO, access to foreign women let them delay attempting to answer difficult questions like why so many people are having a hard time marrying, and why many of the young describe SK as a living hell.

    I think a major problem in South Korea is that they have a very weak social safety net so if you’re not already from a well-to-do family, getting kids can be very stressful. High housing costs don’t help. Finally, East Asians seem like people who put in an enormous amount of investment into their kids. If your financial prospects are shaky or you’re barely treading water, putting off kids may seem like a rational thing to do.

    For groups where fathers don’t stay around after childbirth, or who live in a society where the state can pick up the slack, all those concerns are obviously merely abstract, if they even think about them at all.

  298. Mr. Hack says:
    @Mikhail

    Yo must be Serbian? In all the years of reading your comments Mickey, I’ve never once heard you criticize old Putler. I couldn’t devise a worse idol for you to worship than Putler, certainly he’s made your life as a cheerleader for Russia very difficult. You must greatly covet that Putler samovar polishing title?
    How can you continue supporting this Putler psychopath?

  299. @Emil Nikola Richard

    I should clarify. The LOL is for the second sentence.

    I agree with the first paragraph and am looking forward to more from AnonfromTN on his trip.

  300. Mr. Hack says:
    @Sean

    Those called up specially are reservists and not green bur rather trained soldiers s who will be bringing veteran units up to strength or manning fortifications, three lines of which have already been constructed opposite Kherson on the east bank.

    The image of the latest Russian recruits that I’ve seen indicate something altogether different than first rate trained soldiers. The images seem to be of captured civilians poorly and quickly trained and very poorly supplied. Even images of Prigozhin recruiting a lot of Russian inmates to replenish troops.

    As far as the Russian three lines of defense surround Kherson, this is no new story and the Ukrainian side has been very slow in trying to pierce these defensive positions. Even today, the Ukrainian forces are very cautious in attacking and subduing Kherson, knowing that it could possibly be some sort of a Russian trap.

  301. @sher singh

    As men­tioned in a sec­tion of the me­dia in Italy and in In­dia, “The kir­pan pre­sented for ap­proval is re­port­edly made of a flex­i­ble ma­te­r­ial and ap­pears to have a rounded tip and no edge. Each kir­pan is to be pre­pared in Italy, marked with a se­r­ial num­ber, is­sued to Sikhs by the gov­ern­ment, and will be ac­com­pa­nied by a “li­cense”.”

    I suppose that even the common modern kirpan would be seen by Sikhs of the past as rather lame, but that is really funny. Maybe just make it out of foam at that point? I know there has been a bit of a push in places like the UK to even mandate that kitchen knives have rounded points so that they can’t be used in stabbings so progressive stupidification has no end point.

    It’s actually surprising to me that Canada and so many Euro countries allow Kirpan carry. I rather assumed that Canada would not.

    • Replies: @sher singh
  302. @AP

    Unless you mean both the old and the new one. Each can be seen in one day.

    In my experience, the new one deserves maybe 2-3 h, but the old one can take more than one day, depending on how much you want to see.

  303. @Dmitry

    One of the most common hobbies in Russia is complaining about the prices of the supermarket.

    Complaining about everything was a favorite Russian pastime in the Empire before 1917, in the USSR, and remains so in post-Soviet RF. When you know how things are somewhere else (e.g., in the US), you find Russians’ complaints ridiculous. I guess complaining is the Russian cultural thing.

    Probably spread of Aldi could save America from the food deserts.

    We have Aldi in Nashville, it sells pretty much the same sub-standard crap as the other supermarkets. Americans know no better, so they believe that this is food. To get tasty good quality food, you have to get out of the US. Even Mexico will do.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
  304. Mikel says:
    @Mr. Hack

    the Ukrainian forces are very cautious in attacking and subduing Kherson, knowing that it could possibly be some sort of a Russian trap.

    A trap where the Russians blow up the Antonovsky Bridge themselves?

    I think that the Ukrainian Army is already in Kherson City but I don’t blame them for being careful and not believing that the Russians are abandoning the right bank without a fight. It makes little military sense. They have just now released the huge forces that Ukraine amassed for their famous attack on Kherson to be sent to other parts of the front, where the Russians have also been struggling recently.

    As AK himself keeps saying, the Kremlin is not waging this war seriously (he was right after all with his ‘shock and disbelief’ warnings, just not in the way he meant them) so the question is becoming if Russia will get to keep Crimea or not. It’s not clear that it has the conventional military means to do so under the current leadership. I don’t know what his supposed merits in Syria were but Surovikin is certainly no Zhukov.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    , @LatW
    , @LondonBob
  305. @Emil Nikola Richard

    Of course Anglin’s obsessive documentation of the Jew fight against Kanye West should not be attenuated!

    Ron and Anglin are among many contributors to this site overselling this and similar issues. IMHO, Western problems are much deeper and wider than just Jews.

    • Replies: @QCIC
  306. Mr. Hack says:
    @Mikel

    A trap where the Russians blow up the Antonovsky Bridge themselves?

    I viewed something recently that indicated that it is now believed that Kherson city itself would not be flooded, as it is perched uphill from the dam. I don’t think that it would be wise for the Russians to blow up this dam, for it does ultimately hold the water that Crimea needs that these bandits have been crying about (including kremlinstoogeA123). It wouldn’t make any sense for the Ukrainian side to bomb the dam either, as a flood of this proportion would eventually need to be corrected, and the costs would be enormous. Let’s hope that both sides aren’t “emboldened” to do something so disastrous.

    As far as Crimea’s ultimate disposition, it’s too early to say. Let’s hope that Kherson is taken back with a minimum of casualties first.

    • Replies: @Mikel
  307. Mikel says:
    @Mr. Hack

    the water that Crimea needs that these bandits have been crying about (including kremlinstoogeA123)

    Don’t take him so seriously. He’s just one of the weirdos this blog needs to maintain its entertaining character. In spite the childish insults he throws at me, I don’t particularly dislike him.

    Btw, what’s up with the vote counting in Maricopa County? Are there any plans to put the procedure back in line with 19th century practices or not? The other day I read that the vote counting in Abraham Lincoln’s victory was finished in a couple of days.

    Not that Maricopa is the only county with such problems. Even here in otherwise highly functional Utah they’re still counting the last batches. What a national mess. But Maricopa has definitely turned into one of the decisive battlegrounds so its vote counting problems stand out nationally like a sore thumb. I guess that part of the problem with Arizona becoming a blue state is the big influx of Californians you have let in. The same problem is happening in many other Western states. Perhaps having some sort of visa regime for Californian émigrés would be as helpful as closing the border to maintain Republican chances in the future.

    At any rate, the GOP may win the House back but I think that the path to victory in the Senate is practically closed. Masters in Arizona is toast. Basque-American Laxalt in Nevada is still in the lead but the remaining votes to count are very blue. If by some miracle Laxalt wins, everything will hinge on the Georgia runoff but there the prospects are bad too. Trump seems determined to announce his candidacy shortly before the runoff so he will make the vote in Georgia sort of a referendum about him, when we already know that the Senate candidate he appointed did much worse than the non-Trumpist Republicans in Georgia.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    , @A123
  308. German_reader says:

    Since Italy refuses to let them disembark (at least for now, who knows how long it will last given pressure from the EU commission and France and Germany), NGOs are now ferrying African migrants to France, to much celebration from the usual suspects:

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    Replies to that tweet seem to be strangely negative though.

    • Replies: @Coconuts
  309. Mr. Hack says:
    @Mikel

    In spite the childish insults he throws at me, I don’t particularly dislike him.

    I actually liked the guy too at one time, before the Russian/Ukrainian war. I would chuckle at the cartoons he would so often include, and we would swap anecdotes about the different beers that we enjoyed sipping. But now, his anti-Ukrainian sentiments are way over the top for me, where he tries to portray the Ukrainian side as the aggressors, and Putler as some sort of great defender of Orthodox Christianity, well he’s now just become irritatingly stupid.

    As far as the voting glitches in Maricopa county, I don’t know what to say, other than that the powers that be are trying to be very careful and give the impression that every last ballot will be counted before any results are broadcast to the public. You’re right, that Masters is toast. We’re all waiting to see the results of the governor’s race, Kari Lake vs Kati Hobbs, a real close one?..

  310. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikel

    In spite of the juvenile jibes, jests, and joculation that you throw at me, I find you more capable than many of the commenters here (though somewhat misguided). Eventually, you will grow up…

    Btw, what’s up with the vote counting in Maricopa County?

    There are at least three problems.

    -1- Mail in votes have to be post marked Election Day, but they can be received through today or possibly tomorrow.

    -2- Arizona counties are huge –and– voters can go to ANY location in that county.

    -3- Each station in the county has to produce a ballot for each precinct subdivision (50-100 variants). If a voter needs something not available pre-printed, it is created on site.

    -3a- Incorrect ink & paper in the ballot creator, generates substandard forms. Or, simply fails to print.
    -3b- Felt tip markers (e.g. Sharpies) bleed through the form.
    -3c- The poor quality ballot does not scan properly.
    -3d- Voters are allowed to place “not machine readable” ballots in a lock box to be hand counted. However, many do not trust this option.
    -3e- The unreadable ballot is voided and a new blank is created. The sequence of OMG Fail recycles.

    Voters left sites with failing printers, going to locations with functional equipment. However, the check out “Did Not Vote” process often didn’t work at Site #1. Thus, the voter could not check in at Site #2.

    A material number of Arizona Voters were disenfranchised.

    Based on the exit polling, those voters leaned Republican. There is a real chance that the election cannot be certified due to the overwhelming irregularities. Then what happens??? It goes into uncharted territory.
    ___

    P.S. As a side note — One or more sealed ballot boxes in New Jersey are unaccounted for. However, due to a lack of close races that does not appear to be an immediate crisis.

    Basque-American Laxalt in Nevada is still in the lead but the remaining votes to count are very blue. If by some miracle Laxalt wins,

    Laxalt is comfortably ahead with ~90% counted. There are also some Red areas coming in late. A statistically disharmonious 70/30 split is unavailable. The gap is too large for a late steal to be credible.

    when we already know that the Senate candidate he appointed did much worse than the non-Trumpist Republicans in Georgia.

    Kemp got to run against Stacey Abrams. The gap between Kemp and Walker had nothing to do with Trump. Only #NeverTrump fantasists miss the fact that Georgians LOATH her. *BLACK MEN* voted against Abrams in droves.

    I would expect DeSantis, Trump, Rubio, and others to stage rallies with Walker. Pushing him across the line is possible, but far from certain.

    There may be another Georgia problem looming. I believe that under Georgia Law “Early Voting” is supposed to begin 4 weeks before an election. Thus, the start date is next Tuesday the 15th.

    Ummmmm…….. Really?

    Hopefully, I have bad info on this one. It seems too odd to be true…. However… GEORGIA….

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Mikel
  311. QCIC says:
    @AnonfromTN

    Can you comment on the significance, if any, of Alexei Pavlov’s remarks where he mentioned pagan cults in Ukraine as well as some connection to Chabad? I haven’t seen a translation of his inflammatory comments but he seemed to be casting a wide net which catches groups such as followers of Bandera as well as seemingly more mainstream sects. The relevant UR article is still visible on the left hand sidebar.

    I am not inquiring about the spiritual aspects of his comments, only the geopolitical!

    • Replies: @Philip Owen
    , @AnonfromTN
  312. @AnonfromTN

    Welcome back.

    Starting in 2016, there was a budget made available to clean up Russian town centres. For example Tverskaya in Moscow was repaved. Even then, the centre of Penza was completely respectable. It compared to a prosperous UK provincial town. Some off centre parks were fine too. I’d need to go there to see what the money did to the place. In Saratov by 2018, just before Covid it had down a lot to brighten up neglected parts of the town centre. I’d also like to see the results in the side streets of St Petersburg.

    Most industrial parks were dumps with bad potholed roads some not paved and no signage. Yet I was visiting one of the biggest food distributors to independent chains in the Volga region. As is usual in Russia, there is the ocassional 21st Century example of best practice standing amongst the ruin in splendid isolation. UK and EU roads are pretty good for repairs so I don’t see Russia as that good even for main roads and highways. I’ve travelled across Penza looking at farms and factories. Outside the city the roads are notably better than Saratov’s rural roads. The older sites are shambles. The newer ones are the 21st C space ships. Chechens control the transport business and the grain silos.

    I’ve eaten out in Penza too. It holds the HQ of the biggest foreign owned farm in Russia. A merger of a British and Swedish operation. We were discussing pigs but they decided to the money in beef. I find (found – haven’t been since Covid) restaurant food is more congenial to me than curry houses, Chinese and other ethnic food on offer in the UK. That said I like Georgian and Armenian but the quality of the lamb is terrible, in Penza too. Coffee shops outside Moscow are small chains and very good. Central Moscow supermarkets are of course more space ships but elsewhere there are produkti where the closest thing to meat is sausage.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  313. @QCIC

    Plenty of neo pagan cults in Russia too as well as the real thing.

  314. LatW says:
    @Mikel

    I don’t know what his supposed merits in Syria were but Surovikin is certainly no Zhukov.

    Not even close. Afaik, Surovikin was mostly involved in carpet bombing Syrian residential areas. In the early 90s, he rode over a few protesters in his tank in Moscow but was able to continue his career because some buddies in the military stood up for him. It’s possible that Surovikin was placed there to serve as the sacrificial goat in case of failures, someone who can be blamed for all this.

    [MORE]

    They haven’t fought these heavy conventional ground wars for a long time and when they did fight them, they always had Ukrainians (and others) in their ranks. For the Afghan war they sourced a lot of Ukrainians, Belarusians, Balts, etc., and that war, while savage, was still different than this one. Btw, some of those Afghan war veterans opposed this war and spoke out against it openly.

    Zhukov was very ruthless to Ukrainians in particular. This cannot be safely proven but there are myths going around Ukraine that Zhukov mobilized a lot of Ukrainians but did not equip them properly, partly because he was suspicious of them so didn’t want to spare them.

    He also famously said “Babes will birth new ones”, when faced with immense casualties. The problem in today’s context is that they won’t, or at least not in the necessary numbers. Often they are sending their only sons.

    The only one, imo, who could’ve dealt with this horrible mess could’ve been General Lebed, but he most likely would’ve opposed this operation in the first place. He probably would’ve chosen to commit to smaller scale but more rigid annexations.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  315. @Philip Owen

    I’d need to go there to see what the money did to the place.

    I visited Penza three times in the last five years, and found that it keeps getting better. They finished the construction of a huge cathedral on top of the hill straight up Moscovskaya street. It looks great when you walk up Moskovskaya, but when you get close, it looks like a Communist party committee building (different religion, same air). Good thing is that they repaired a lot of Empire-period buildings in downtown, and highlighted them nicely, too. Several central streets are in a very good shape, but when you venture further afield things look worse. The new theater building, though, which certainly costed a lot, sticks out like a sore thumb. It looks like Moscow metro entrance on steroids. Shows that the money per se cannot do it, you also need brains and good taste.

    UK and EU roads are pretty good for repairs

    Last time I drove in UK was maybe 7-8 years ago. I got used to driving on the wrong side of the road, but I was annoyed that UK authorities did everything to make driving uncomfortable in the cities, both huge London and tiny Oxford.

    US roads keep deteriorating. The highways were perfect in 1991, when I came to the country, but now potholes are filled infrequently, if at all. E.g., on I-40 near Nashville potholes were filled only after many months, while I-24 West of I-65 near Nashville for many miles looks like it was recently bombed. My observations in the last 10 years suggests that the RF moves further and further away from what it was in the Soviet times, becoming nice-looking and user-friendly, while the US is moving in the direction of the USSR, reproducing the worst features w/o having the best aspects of Soviet society (free comprehensive healthcare, free education, inexpensive housing, promotion of culture, etc.).

    I like Georgian and Armenian

    I liked Georgian food at “Hacha-i-puri” on Moscovskaya, as well as Uzbek food in a restaurant on the same street closer to downtown (don’t remember the name). But the impressions after the US are not quite fair, any food is so much better than American that you tend to overestimate its quality.

    Based on my experience of a few years back, when I was invited to give a talk at the British Pharmacological Society meeting, in England proper everything is replaced with Indian food. A pity. You can still find good tasty British food in Edinburgh, though. They use funny Tonkiniesque names for dishes (like Sam Gamgee would call them) in restaurants, but the quality is great.

    • Agree: Philip Owen
    • Replies: @Beckow
  316. @QCIC

    Can you comment on the significance, if any, of Alexei Pavlov’s remarks where he mentioned pagan cults in Ukraine as well as some connection to Chabad?

    Frankly, I don’t know. From my perspective, any religion is as good (or as bad) as another.

    I don’t think religions and cults have anything to do with geopolitical situation. After the US destroyed all international rules in the last thirty years, it’s a jungle out there: might makes right.

    • Replies: @QCIC
  317. Lithuania is set to buy eight HIMARS rocket systems from the United States for $495 million (euros), officials said on Thursday.

    The Baltic state, which neighbors Russia and Kremlin ally Belarus, has increased defense spending since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

    Defence Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said the systems to be delivered in 2025 and 2026 will provide “a completely new and powerful capability that Lithuania has never had.”

    “The proposed sale will contribute to Lithuania’s military goals of updating its capability while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allies,” the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.

    The HIMARS systems delivered to Ukraine are widely seen as one of the most effective tools in its arsenal as the pro-Western country fights back against Russian troops.

    Lithuania, an EU and NATO member, spends more than 1.6 billion euros or 2.52 percent of GDP on defense and will be hosting a NATO summit in July next year.

    The nation of 2.8 million will also buy some long-range ATACMS missiles, which can strike targets at a distance of 300 kilometers (186 miles), and rockets of shorter range.

    Lithuania’s Baltic neighbors Latvia and Estonia are also planning to buy HIMARS systems.

    Lithuania’s defense ministry said this “will strengthen the security not only of Lithuania, but also of the entire region.”

    https://www.thedefensepost.com/2022/11/10/lithuania-buy-himars-us/

  318. @Mr. Hack

    Russia resorted to the old tactics of British navy: pressing into service. Now, Russian policemen have been deployed as press gangs. Not sure how long “recruits” will stay: maybe this is reason why they are taken to some distant training centres. On the other hand, the Soviets ordered to shoot at retreating soldiers (not sure how successful was that): will we see that too?
    For the British, due to its natural isolation (it was hard to leave ships) and unskilled nature of naval warfare at the seaman level at that time, the practice was moderately successful.

    • Replies: @LatW
    , @Wokechoke
  319. QCIC says:
    @AnonfromTN

    Thanks.

    The issue seemed to be related to Russian vs Jewish power politics and not really about religion and mystical realms. It may simply be a distraction as part of the SMO.

    +++

    On a different front, I recall your past comments on the Sputnik vaccine and related topics. I am wondering if there are any fresh topics related to COVID/mRNA both suitable for and worthy of comment in this non-technical forum…

  320. Mikhail says: • Website

    Quite informative –

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  321. Mr. Hack says:
    @Mikhail

    Even more informative:

    • LOL: Mikhail
  322. LatW says:
    @Another Polish Perspective

    On the other hand, the Soviets ordered to shoot at retreating soldiers (not sure how successful was that): will we see that too?

    There is anecdotal evidence that this is happening at least in some cases.

    [MORE]

    For example, the channel Dozhd reported that those incarcerated (they call them zeks in Russian) who were recruited by Prigozhin, in some cases, are being disciplined quite harshly, if they get out of line (in one case when a man refused to submit, he had his finger cut off). Not to mention that they were enlisted without any court mandate (and without sufficient information about the conditions on the front lines). There is also some information that Kadyrov’s troops were abusing some of the recently mobilized. It may or may not be systemic abuse, who knows how widespread it is, I guess we’ll never know, unless it’s properly researched (very few care enough to research it). It’s just data, just something to keep in mind (just to be aware of what lows they’re able to sink to). That country, if there is any hope for it to come out of this in some normal form, will really need some serious penitentiary reform.

  323. Wokechoke says:
    @Another Polish Perspective

    Press gangs preyed on skilled sailors in pubs by the docks. Also press gangs targeted foreign vessels. American sailors were the usual target.

    Also the merchant marine was a well paid job. Exams, licences, professionalism and significant prize money you could retire on if in HMS. Joseph Conrad joined the merchant marine to advance materially. After the press gangs but still lucrative.

    I’m not surprised the Russians need to be press ganged though. They’ve had it too easy for a couple of decades. Did they think they could live well in Moscow and St Petersburg without fighting foreigners?

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
  324. Wokechoke says:
    @LatW

    Ukies offered no fight against the Wehrmacht. For various legitimate reasons concerning their relationship to Moscow and local ethnic Russians. But never the less how could Zhukov have mobilised any Ukies? He was a general among others stuck in Mongolia up to 1941. When he came west he was pitched in to fight to defend Leningrad then Moscow Autumn 1941…near the old Borodino battlefield.

    From what I can tell of the era Hitler walked around safely in Vinnitsia and had his HQ there for some time.

    Don’t be full of shit about the history such as it is. The Ukraine was, for various reasons Axis leaning.

    I understand that the USSR liked to use Ukie raised divisions to storm Prague and Budapest, but only after after ww2. During the Cold War.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    , @Mikhail
  325. LatW says:
    @Mr. Hack

    Слава ЗСУ!

    Time to open that “special occasion” victory wine.

    Happy Veteran’s Day.

    • LOL: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    , @Mr. Hack
  326. Wokechoke says:
    @LatW

    On Zhukov’s suspicion of Ukie ethnics.

    “On 28 February 1944 Vatutin, regrouping for a new operation and heading to Slavuta (Khmelnytskyi Oblast), was ambushed by Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) insurgents far behind the front lines near the village of Mylyatyn in Ostroh Raion (Rivne Oblast). He succumbed to his injuries from sepsis in a hospital at Kiev six weeks later. Vatutin’s brothers, Afanasy Fyodorovich and Semyon Fyodorovich, were killed in action in February and March 1944; his mother, Vera Yefimovna, buried her three sons in two months. Nikolai Vatutin was given a state funeral in Kiev. He was succeeded by Georgy Zhukov.
    After the war, the Chekists documented two more versions of the attack on Vatutin. During one of the Chekist operations on January 15, 1946, Fedir Vorobets (Vereshchak), former commander of the “Tyutyunnyk” UPA group, was captured. During one of the interrogations, he said that the attack on Mykola Vatutin took place in the area of Sotnia of Derkach, and this was done by units of the Sluzhba Bezpeky (OUN Security Service) in the villages of Mikhalkivtsi and Siancy of Ostrovsky district of Rivne region. According to various sources, 17 to 27 fighters took part in the operation. Another version of Vatutin’s death was told in the 1990s by UPA veteran Yevhen Basyuk (“Chernomorets”). According to him, a detachment of 30 people under the command of Primak (“Troyan”) took part in the clash with the general’s bodyguard. When the column appeared, the UPA soldiers unloaded the carts of the convoy, previously seized from the Red Army. And the cars opened fire spontaneously, without any ambush.”

    Assassinating the predecessor might set off suspicions of your co ethnics. I understand there’s a tomb and statue of Vatutin in Kiev outside the Parliament. Daughter wanted it removed and relocated.

  327. Anon 2 says:

    According to Euractiv.com, a 3-day conference of former Russian
    politicians led by Ilya Ponomarev just ended at a palace in Jabłonna
    near Warsaw. They discussed various means of ousting Putin,
    incl. by revolutionary means. Interestingly, Lenin before starting
    the Bolshevik Revolution also spent time in Poland, specifically
    in Poronin, a Tatra Mountains resort near Zakopane in southern
    Poland.

    Why do Russian politicians go to Poland before starting a revolution?
    To become inspired by the Polish revolutionary spirit that Marx found
    so admirable?

  328. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Wokechoke

    More Ukeis fought on the Red Army side than OUN/UPA.

    Young pro-Russky Uke lad I know from Kharkov told me his grand dad’s tank group were told to have their hatches down upon entering Galicia.

    Revisionist Klitschko comes from a Red Army family.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    , @Wokechoke
  329. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Wokechoke

    Something odd with the posting and post not immediately coming up. Another Uke lad I know from Kiev showed me a picture of his grandfather who headed a Soviet arms factory during WW II.

    Should note that the two chaps I mention aren’t arch sovoks and feel positive about the pre-Soviet Russian Empire period.

    On the subject of Banderites:

    https://www.rt.com/news/566346-poland-ukraine-loyalty-bandera/

  330. LondonBob says:

    After the crypto scams being exposed it will be the turn of the PE/VC space.

  331. Coconuts says:
    @German_reader

    I remember reading somewhere that the French royalists used to call the Republic ‘the old whore’, based on the idea that the Republican nobility were pimping Marianne out to live off the proceeds.

    • Replies: @German_reader
  332. LondonBob says:
    @Mikel

    Of course it makes military sense, the right bank was very hard to supply, actually easier for the Ukrainians, and the Dnieper River ensures that only a token force is now needed to defend the bridgehead to Crimea.

    Watching Douglas Macgregor being interviewed on Redacted he makes the additional point that Russia is marshalling its forces for the big offensive, these are elite forces which will lead any assault, so require rest and refitting beforehand. Sadly he doesn’t think this is the result of any peace agreement, although the military can see the writing on the wall hence the likes of Milley coming out.

    • LOL: Mikel
  333. Mr. Hack says:
    @LatW

    Likewise! Went out with my 90 year old roommate last night who served in the US army right after he immigrated here after WWII from Germany. He was 18 and ended up going back being stationed in Germany (nobody ever said that life is fair). We had drinks with our meal, but will uncork a full bottle once the enemy has been chased out of all Ukrainian lands permanently! Slava Ukraini!

    • Replies: @LatW
  334. Mr. Hack says:
    @Mikhail

    More Ukeis fought on the Red Army side than OUN/UPA.

    You forgot to mention that those that served on the Soviet side were all conscripts, whereas all that served within OUN/UPA were volunteers.

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

    Is the FBI bothering you again? I read your piece, and although it’s not particularly well written nor strongly convincing, I didn’t see anything blatantly seditious written within that rose to the level of having to have our security people harrass you – maybe I’m getting to be a bit soft in my old age and am able to cut you a little bit of slack? 🙂

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  336. German_reader says:
    @Coconuts

    were pimping Marianne out to live off the proceeds.

    I’m not sure there’ll be any proceeds forthcoming from those African boat migrants, even in a strictly economic sense.
    Will be interesting to see if France and Germany will eventually manage to force Italy to let those NGO ships disembark their passengers again, or not…official France seems to be rather indignant that Italy has betrayed her alleged treaty obligations. In case they don’t and such ferry service to France becomes regularized, it might further sharpen the debate in France.
    Btw, at my current job I recently came across a magazine about migration sponsored by the German government…only skimmed through it (can only take so much about Africans’ “right” to global mobility), but I gained the distinct impression there’s a hope that the comparatively uncomplicated acceptance of Ukrainian refugees by EU countries can be used as a precedent to establish mechanisms of taking in and distributing migrants from outside Europe.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @LondonBob
    , @Coconuts
  337. sher singh says:
    @Barbarossa

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

    Sort it by raw #s – no place with at least 0.5% restricts it meaningfully.
    Canada and the UK have no problem with 3ft Kirpan in public.

    Progressivism requires buy-in – Sikhs riot + the institutions reject ‘proposals’ outright.

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

    • Replies: @sher singh
  338. A123 says: • Website
    @German_reader

    Will be interesting to see if France and Germany will eventually manage to force Italy to let those NGO ships disembark their passengers again

    France made the foolish mistake of escalating against a newly elected leader’s core platform: (1)

    France has suspended a plan to take in 3,500 asylum seekers currently in Italy after Meloni’s new right-wing coalition refused to let a migrant rescue ship disembark on its shores.

    If Meloni compromises, her government coalition will implode. Brussels is trying to intervene, but there are no straightforward options.
    ____

    Why doesn’t Italy simply impose a €10,000,000 ship fee for each & every undocumented individual that disembarks?

    Even if the vessels cannot be sold they would be stuck at dock or scuttled in the Atlantic. Human trafficking is a for-profit business. Losing expensive ships would put a cork in it.

    PEACE 😇
    _________

    (1) https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-italy-france-fight-migrant-boat-ocean-viking-margaritis-schinas/

    • Replies: @sudden death
  339. A123 says: • Website

    A surprising story of the 2022 Midterms is Gerrymandering.

    This is the first election based on 2020 Census redistricting. There was a Red Wave, and it yielded very little in the House.

    Laxalt is still ahead in the Nevada race, and the biggest Blue chunks have come in. Expect a contentious “recount”.

    Arizona should resist the Election Day shenanigans, however this is the state of John McCain and other RINO’s. The GOP(e) and MegaCorporations may successfully snuff out legitimate concerns.

    The Georgia runoff is coming….

    PEACE 😇

  340. @Wokechoke

    Press gangs are to fill quotas for grunts.

    In my family entering the military is the default middle class career path for a young man who does not have any more promising aim in life. Those are the people who do the work of empire. It is not an easy way. In my peer group of youth there were seven young men who joined the military. Only two of them ended up making a career. The most enthusiastic of the seven did not make it through his basic training. He probably could have hacked it but he chose the Marine Corps which had a a rigorous basic training in those days.

  341. @LondonBob

    Sadly he doesn’t think this is the result of any peace agreement, although the military can see the writing on the wall hence the likes of Milley coming out.

    Peace feelers from Washington are suspicious. It looks to me (I am not an expert!) the deep state plan to fight against Russia until the very last Ukrainian remains rock solid. Ukraine would look at recent Kurdish history if they want to see the future.

    • Agree: S
    • Replies: @Beckow
  342. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mr. Hack

    You forgot to mention that those that served on the Soviet side were all conscripts, whereas all that served within OUN/UPA were volunteers.

    You of course don’t mention Banderite threatening ways of getting people to be with them – much like the present. The Red Army Ukes had chances to break away. Most of them didn’t.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  343. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mr. Hack

    Is the FBI bothering you again? I read your piece, and although it’s not particularly well written nor strongly convincing, I didn’t see anything blatantly seditious written within that rose to the level of having to have our security people harrass you – maybe I’m getting to be a bit soft in my old age and am able to cut you a little bit of slack?

    Still better written than much of the stuff coming from the other perspective – especially among the most ardent of pro-Kiev venues. Definitely makes more sense, while relying on the totality of facts.

    Russia-Ukraine aside, a growing number of Americans are aghast at how the FBI appears to be serving as a politicized whip of sorts.

    All this explains why diverse Russia-Ukraine shows like this aren’t aired on PBS and the rest of US establishment TV:

    https://america.cgtn.com/2022/11/10/the-heat-russia-ukraine-conflict-10

  344. Beckow says:
    @AnonfromTN

    …US is moving in the direction of the USSR, reproducing the worst features w/o having the best aspects of Soviet society (free comprehensive healthcare, free education, inexpensive housing, promotion of culture, etc.).

    Also the quality of mass education in US is atrocious. I am not sure it used be much better – the results suggest that it had to be – but today the combination of political stupidity, bad demographics, and just plain tolerated laziness has created a mental wasteland that seems to be in a tailspin. (Even AP will stand out in a few years as an erudite person among this sub-standard waste.)

    A few years ago I drove across US and the roads were very uneven – I recall that Kansas for some reason had great freeways and rest stops, but the overall experience was underwhelming. The housing for majority of people looked like temporary shacks, disappointing and visibly poor. I really don’t care how many ‘appliances’ they had in those wooden charmless cottages – these people live poor lives with Walmarts, dirt and dust, endless ugly strip malls, the bottom 50% in Europe lives much better. And as I often pointed out, they probably also lived better under the cursed ‘socialism‘ in the better parts of E Europe.

    There is an aspect of civilization that seems a constant: the quality cannot be maintained. Nobody does maintenance in the long run, things deteriorate and it is almost impossible to stop it. That is the future. And when that future comes, thinking by people and their myths will also change. But Cotswolds are beautiful and I hope they stay that way :)…they shouldn’t even widen the roads.

    • Agree: Barbarossa
  345. Mikhail says: • Website
    @LondonBob

    Watching Douglas Macgregor being interviewed on Redacted he makes the additional point that Russia is marshalling its forces for the big offensive, these are elite forces which will lead any assault, so require rest and refitting beforehand. Sadly he doesn’t think this is the result of any peace agreement, although the military can see the writing on the wall hence the likes of Milley coming out.

    Aaron Maté
    @aaronjmate
    ·
    12h
    While Gen. Milley backs talks with Russia, a US official says that “the State Department is on the opposite side of the pole… That dynamic has led to a unique situation where military brass are more fervently pushing for diplomacy than US diplomats.”

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @LondonBob
  346. Beckow says:
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Peace feelers are an attempt to freeze the recent gains. Wars like this one have a way of see-sawing back and forward until one side – usually the stronger one – prevails. Losing just most of Donbas (incl. strategic Mariupol) and Azov Sea would be acceptable to the West. Given how bad it could get that would be a good outcome.

    The question of Ukie future status will make that impossible: will or will not Ukraine become a Nato staging ground? And not like now: messy, improvised and unstable, but as an actual Nato country on Russian borders with Nato bases and official Nato status. Washington would desperately like that, Russia says that it can never happen. Somebody will blink. Until then there will be no peace.

  347. @A123

    This is not direct reply adressing any points mentioned, just attaching it for the sake of a wider picture of… ehm… eurasian current migration trends – it looks like under the noisy cover of war WEF puppet IslamoPutin quietly imported more than 10 million(!) immigrants into RF just during first nine months of 2022 and 96% of them came from Islamic countries:

    https://t.me/bulbe_de_trones/3206

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    , @sudden death
  348. A123 says: • Website

    Not in direct reply to any other poster;)

    How many have noticed what the European WEF puppet, Pope Muhammad Francis (a.k.a. The IslamoPope), has been up to recently: (1)

    Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Plays the Pope Like a Cheap Fiddle

    Fresh steaming piles of cynical deception, Islamic proselytizing and leftist agitprop.

    Despite statements to that effect from numerous Muslim clerics and the undeniable evidence of over 42,000 violent jihad attacks worldwide since 9/11, al-Tayyeb insisted that it was all a misunderstanding.

    We have, of course, heard this song before, and al-Tayyeb was aware of that, telling the pope: “I hope you are not bored with the constant claims that Islam is a religion of peace and equality.” Pope Francis, of course, was just the opposite of bored. He can’t get enough of that sort of thing, as back in 2013 he himself declared, with imperviousness to facts and evidence that was truly breathtaking, that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

    I remember The Days of Yore when the Pope was Christian.

    How do we return to that tradition?

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.frontpagemag.com/grand-imam-of-al-azhar-plays-the-pope-like-a-cheap-fiddle/

     

    • Replies: @Beckow
  349. Beckow says:
    @A123

    What the fr…ing thing is going on in that picture? Like aging circus performers, men without balls, looks like toilet paper wrapped around their heads. Yeah, it is over for them.

    When I was a kid there was a joke about Brezhnev and Khomeini meeting and publicly performing the slobbering ritual of kissing – it would had been something, picture for the ages. They didn’t, thank heavens, but today we have these second-rate bio rejects. That picture is going to haunt us.

    • Agree: A123
  350. Mr. Hack says:
    @sudden death

    WEF puppet IslamoPutin quietly imported more than 10 million(!) immigrants into RF just during first nine months of 2022 and 96% of them came from Islamic countries:

    Wow! I thought that IslamoPutin was the savior of Orthodox Christianity (by reading kremlinstoogeA123’s comments here). Are you sure that he’s not planning to have all 10 million of them baptised into his faith? 🙂
    Putin’s Holy Man Pushed for the ‘Eradication’ of Ukraine.

  351. @Mr. Hack

    Are you sure that he’s not planning to have all 10 million of them baptised into his faith?

    Yeah, that must be the real another very cunning kremlinite plan for sure;)

  352. Mr. Hack says:
    @Mikhail

    Banderites threatening people to be involved in today’s war? They must have legalized weed (it’ not just a medicine anymore) in your neighborhood. 🙂

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  353. @Mr. Hack

    We have recieved 4 million “Ukrainian” refugees ( outdated information, probably by a few million) since February ,you and the mentally sick retarded Baltic sack of shit. On top of this are about the same number who have become Russian via the 4 partially liberated oblasts.

    How much of a dumb shit do you have to be to not realise that the primary immigrants to Russia this year have been Ukrainians, with the SMO therefore on one point greatly alleviating the nationally important strategy of solving demographic crisis because we and ukrainians are the same people? In Kazan there have been plenty ( and there is plenty of activity helping these guys out)………as I know there have been all the way deep into the Far East territories.

    Number of refugees gone to Russia plus people living in the liberated parts of the 4 ukronazi oblasts is easily 7-8 million, possibly even goes to 10 million. In 20 years time that could easily mean 25-30 extra million Russians…………..whereas 404 is a dead, cursed ditch, doing even worse then then diseased decaying Baltic shithole of Lithuanian state.

    No matter how biased you dumb fuckwits are, surely disputing that Ukrainians have been primary migration stream to Russia this year, the biggest population injection for us since 1991 would be as implausible as denying that Russia is geographically the largest state on the planet.

    I know the 2 worthless shithead Baltic faggots have no option living in their pathetic loser countries , living their pathetic loser “lives” glued to the TSIPSO section of (Russian language like 95% of it is already) other than to regurgitate the latest NATO/Ukronazi BS that even an ant could decipher as illogical….but what is your excuse , imbecile?LOL

    Seriously, I go away for a few months on here, and I have to read this demented DUMB shit , STILL??!! WTF

  354. Mikel says:
    @LondonBob

    Of course it makes military sense

    Watching Douglas Macgregor…

    [MORE]

  355. @Mr. Hack

    You haven’t studied your Dugin closely enough. They have ethno-solidarity and that is the only relevant first order variable. : )

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  356. @Mr. Hack

    What could this fat Knokhol maggot have to say of any interest?
    Anyway look at the videos of the Ukronazis back in Kherson city ( after getting annihilated in oblast there and in Nikolayev in the last 3 months) – embarrassingly small crowds, even more embarassing when we consider the bussed in ukronazis for fake PR image, the all untouched freaks who served the ukronazi regime state administration there ……..and of course all the low-height camera footage, where any aerial imagery is simply embarrassing.

    Khokhol ukronazi gets to eat his ration of 3g of salo a day and the thought his family gets miserable compensation for his inevitable death …………Russian hero gets to eat well, earn minimum 195000 Rb, but probably 300000Rb for average recently mobilised soldier for what should be a far safer month ahead in Kherson. If the worse happened then at least family will get 10 million Roubles ( 9M in Kazan), and therefore the family reasonably secure………..what does the ukronazi scumbag get other then satisfaction in being used as fertiliser?

    • Replies: @QCIC
    , @Mr. Hack
  357. @Gerard1234

    It must be torture for you in your cubicle. I empathize. Some of my friends have to go through that. Hang in there. The commies will be bringing universal basic income to your community any decade now.

    [MORE]

  358. @sudden death

    Meanwhile Gerard, the figurative deadly scared scurrying kremlinite octopus, is quickly releasing clouds of black ink while desperately trying to muddy the waters with alleged numbers of war refugees from UA, so it is needed to expand and translate the whole list of immigrant origin countries which was presented in the given link:

    https://t.me/bulbe_de_trones/3206

    Uzbekistan
    Tajikistan
    Kirgyzstan
    Kazakhstan
    Armenia
    Azerbaijan
    Turkmenistan
    Mongolia
    Georgia

    So, Ukraine is not even the part of that insane looking, but real 10 million immigrant into RF during 2022 list!

    • Replies: @German_reader
    , @LatW
  359. German_reader says:
    @sudden death

    What’s the point of schadenfreude about Russia’s immigration situation?
    It’s not like the situation in Western Europe is any better. The new census in Britain apparently shows every sixth (!) person in Britain is a first generation immigrant, 40% of whom have come in just the last decade. October saw 24 000 new asylum applications in Germany (note: this doesn’t include Ukrainians, more than half of the applicants were from Syria, Afghanistan and Turkey). And as I noted previously in the thread, France has just accepted taking in African migrants who had been picked up by NGO ships only a few miles from the North African coast.
    Single-minded obsession with Russia really seems to blind Balts to some larger realities.

    • Replies: @sudden death
    , @songbird
  360. LatW says:
    @Mr. Hack

    Went out with my 90 year old roommate last night who served in the US army right after he immigrated here after WWII from Germany. He was 18 and ended up going back being stationed in Germany (nobody ever said that life is fair).

    I hope he is doing well. 🙂 He deserves respect.

    but will uncork a full bottle once the enemy has been chased out of all Ukrainian lands permanently

    I’ll be getting some really good champagne for that particular occasion. 🙂 Will have to wait a bit probably, until some time next year. But time flies.. 🙂 And General Zaluzhniy is amazing.

    Slava Ukraini!

    Героям слава!

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
  361. QCIC says:
    @Gerard1234

    Welcome back!

    Your comments bring some balance against the more biased commenters for the Ukrainian regime.

  362. @German_reader

    It’s not like the situation in Western Europe is any better.

    The problem atm is that the whole Kremlin giant propaganda apparatus over the years has been working on the assumption that situation in RF is infinitely better&different. Sadly, there are more than plenty of useful idiots in the West operating mentally under that assumption, so it’s not schadenfreude, but just basic education while filling some informational blank spaces;)

    • Replies: @German_reader
    , @LatW
  363. German_reader says:
    @sudden death

    Sadly, there are more than plenty of useful idiots in the West

    Sites like UR aren’t representative. Nor are online racists uniformly pro-Russia, many are well aware of Central Asian immigration to Russia and of Russia’s official “antifascist” values (just recently saw some who were rather indignant about Russia voicing concern about an “increase in antisemitism, racism and Afrophobia”, obviously the whole “anticolonial” messaging the Kremlin puts out to cater to global South sensibilities doesn’t play well at all with the Western hard right).

  364. LatW says:
    @sudden death

    10M is a lot even for Russia, these are on top of those who were already there? They have been experiencing some labor shortages for a while now. Well, there’s always a “cheap” labor shortage, I suppose.

    Btw, did you hear that, because of all the IT guys fleeing the draft, Georgia’s GDP went up by 10%. They are now a big percentage of the population and adding a lot to the GDP (I wonder how they generate income, probably through some remote projects). The rents in the city went through the roof and pushed some of the younger Georgians out.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  365. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mr. Hack

    Banderites threatening people to be involved in today’s war? They must have legalized weed (it’ not just a medicine anymore) in your neighborhood.

    Projection on your part. The ethnic Uke lad from Kharkov who I earlier mentioned told me of his Lugansk cousin cabbie pulled over by one of the militia and given two choices – join them or get arrested for terrorism. This happened before the SMO.

    There has been footage of Kiev regime personnel rounding up ages 16-60 men to fight. Many people want to live, as opposed to risk being cannon fodder for the likes of uber chickenhawk Lindsey Graham

    • LOL: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  366. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mr. Hack

    Putin’s Holy Man Pushed for the ‘Eradication’ of Ukraine.

    Have a completely fact checked quote confirming that?

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  367. LatW says:
    @sudden death

    Kremlin giant propaganda apparatus over the years has been working on the assumption that situation in RF is infinitely better&different.

    Well, but that’s only worse, because that means that, globally speaking, a purely European space just keeps shrinking. We will be the last ones with some pockets in Poland, Russia and Ukraine. And maybe some pockets in the US such as Idaho.

    • Replies: @Philip Owen
  368. A123 says: • Website

    Anti-Semite Zelensky’s regime is lashing out at indigenous Palestinian Jews. (1)

    The resolution, titled “Israeli practices and settlement activities affecting the rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories,” requests that the Hague-based ICJ “render urgently an advisory opinion” on Israel’s “prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of Palestinian territory,” and appears to ignore Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

    Israeli envoy Michael Brodsky took to Twitter to voice his criticism of Ukraine and said its “support of the UN resolution ‘Israeli Practices’, denying Jewish ties to Temple Mount and calling for ICJ advisory opinion is extremely disappointing.”

    Supporting anti-Israeli initiatives in the UN doesn’t help to build trust between [Israel] and [Ukraine],” said the ambassador.

    Has the Z gone IslamoCatholic? He sounds much like Pope Muhammad Francis.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-envoy-lashes-kyiv-for-backing-un-panel-resolution-urging-icj-action-on-israel/

    • LOL: German_reader
    • Replies: @Yahya
  369. LondonBob says:
    @Mikhail

    State Department is heavily Jewish, US military ain’t.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  370. LondonBob says:
    @German_reader

    Figured the French would be sending them on to blighty anyway, but apparently the gendarmes have been slashing the dinghies in Calais today, I guess Sunak is on the same wavelength as Macron.

    Who would have thought it was as simple as refusing the ships.

    • Replies: @German_reader
    , @songbird
  371. Mr. Hack says:
    @Mikhail

    Your SMO smells to high heaven:

    • Disagree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mikhail
  372. Mr. Hack says:
    @Gerard1234

    what does the ukronazi scumbag get other then satisfaction in being used as fertiliser?

    Knowing that he’s beating back the cowardly orcs thousands of square kilometers per month. You’re not aware of this? The cowards just totally abandoned Kherson yesterday, didn’t you hear the news? 🙂
    I hope that it’s worth it? BTW Geraldina, did your “partner” appreciate the new washing mashine that you must have picked up in Ukraine? 🙂

  373. German_reader says:
    @LondonBob

    Who would have thought it was as simple as refusing the ships.

    Why wouldn’t it? This migration is only happening, because powerful political forces in Europe want it to happen.

    • Agree: S
  374. Yahya says:
    @A123

    Anti-Semite Zelensky’s regime is lashing out at indigenous Palestinian Jews. (1)

    Thanks for the information. Previously I had been irritated with Zelensky’s hypocritical chumminess with Israel, so his support for indigenous Palestinian non-Jews is heartening to see. This has encouraged me to contribute to Ukraine’s war effort. If someone (LatW? Mr. Hack?) could point me to a reliable and efficient Ukrainian organization I can donate to that would be appreciated.

    • LOL: A123
    • Replies: @A123
    , @LatW
  375. Mr. Hack says:
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    My Duganism is as good as the next guys, but I think that you may be a little behind the times?

    Dugin suggests that Putin should be overthrown or even killed, after the Kherson debacle. Watch from 1:59 – 3:03:

  376. @Mr. Hack

    The man is a crazy Russian. But one of my favorite teachers told me more than once–if you judge a man, give him a break and judge him by his best, not his worst.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  377. Mr. Hack says:
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    I’m still waiting to hear “the best”?….Actually, I think that this advice of his might be his very best. We both come to the same conclusion, obviously for different reasons. “All roads lead to Rome” 🙂

  378. Dutch front-month natural gas futures fell to below €100 per megawatt-hour, closing in on its lowest level in five months and 70% below the summer peak of €339, as expectations of mild weather in November dented demand for gas-intensive heating. The unseasonal warmer front in Europe created a larger safeguard for the usage of natural gas in storage for the upcoming winter, sharply reducing rationing concerns. In the meantime, the EU Commission is set to propose a correction mechanism by placing a price corridor on TTF contracts, signaling that a hard price cap will not go forward as supply risks outweigh benefits. Still, uncertainty regarding flows through the Yamal pipeline remains as geopolitical tension with Moscow heightens, while flows via Nord Stream 1 have already been disregarded due to the pipeline’s damage. In the meantime, constraints persist on how much more LNG Europe can import, as global competition for LNG could attract cargoes to other markets.

    https://tradingeconomics.com/commodity/eu-natural-gas

    • Replies: @German_reader
  379. @Gerard1234

    Uzbeks are pouring into Russia. They have been invited in by various provincial governments to replace the gopnik workforce sent to the army and somewhat those who have fled Russia. They come both as organized brigades who are more or less N Korean style slaves and as individuals. Agriculture, construction, textiles, some oil etc.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
    , @Wokechoke
  380. @LatW

    I can vouch from Saturday nights in Boise from the mid 80s onwards that the potato pickers in Idaho are Mexican. In those days they were mostly seasonal but I bet they are settled now.

    • Replies: @Keypusher
    , @LatW
  381. @Philip Owen

    Uzbeks are pouring into Russia.

    There are lots of Uzbeks leaving in Russia permanently. There are many Uzbek restaurants in Russia. In Moscow there is a chain of Uzbek restaurants “Chaihona”, and there are many non-chain Uzbek restaurants. Most serve good food. Even in Seremetyevo airport there is an Uzbek restaurant. Many Uzbeks consider Russia their home. Some young Uzbek males even volunteered for the operation in Ukraine.

    • Replies: @Philip Owen
  382. A123 says: • Website
    @Yahya

    Thanks for the information. Previously I had been irritated with Zelensky’s hypocritical chumminess with Israel, so his support for indigenous Palestinian non-Jews is heartening to see.

    Your support for indigenous Palestinian Christians is noteworthy. Thanks.

    However, you seem to be confused as to terrorist Zelensky’s position. He is supporting the non-indigenous Muslim settler terrorists. Unsurprisingly, those who support indiscriminant killing of civilians stick together.

    To support indigenous Palestinian Christians, who are suffering under violent Muslim occupation, you need to find a group that supports Muslim Decolonization. Imagine the inspiring, spiritual life that will be available once Bethlehem is again 95%+ Christian.

    🎄 MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄

  383. Keypusher says:
    @Philip Owen

    I remember in John Irving’s The Cider House Rules, set in the 1940s, the migrant apple pickers in Maine are black Americans from the South. I wonder when that changed.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  384. Wokechoke says:
    @Mr. Hack

    The Russian inheritor of a failed invasion of Ukraine would be a very dangerous Russian nationalist/imperialist. Putin can be kept to a deal. A real barbarian.

    Just a thought.

    • Replies: @S
  385. Wokechoke says:
    @LatW

    Colonisation successfully executed.

  386. German_reader says:
    @sudden death

    The horror scenarios regarding this winter are unlikely to come true, but only because Russian gas was still flowing for much of the year (which it won’t again…someone blew up those Nordstream pipelines after all) and because of willingness to pay high prices for LNG imports… in your excessive optimism you seem to have missed the second part of the cited paragraph, the outlook for next year and winter 2022/23 is still uncertain to bleak, and will remain so for years. Lots of ominous reports like this:
    https://www.ft.com/content/f6d2fe70-16fb-4d81-a26a-3afb93e0bf57

    • Replies: @A123
  387. A123 says: • Website
    @German_reader

    someone blew up those Nordstream pipelines after all

    This is still far from certain.

    Errors by Russian technical staff is still the most likely scenario. Remember the mysterious ~17 hour timeline. That is not the hallmark of a covert operation. Reducing pipeline pressure to recover saleable gas is the best explanation. Hydrate slug events are consistent with widely time divergent industrial accidents. (1)

      

    If you insist on a much less likely intentional sabotage theory, then the Poles are the obvious contender. They are set to collect significant Yamal transit fees when gas shipments resume.

    Such a job would be executed by pay for hire mercenaries. And, the money trail would be washed thoroughly. Good luck finding enough evidence to identify the source. It could be anyone with enough cash & contacts. It does not even require a state actor.

    Which commercial entities and individuals cashed in on the sudden price spike?

    A truly artistic operation would hire Wagner for the job, using a cover with Russian credentials. Sadly, such flamboyance is more spy novel rather than real world. Tom Clancy & Larry Bond’s, Red Storm Rising springs immediately to mind.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://thelawdogfiles.com/2022/10/nordstream-ii-electric-instapundit.html

  388. Wokechoke says:
    @Mikhail

    When they knew which way the victory was gonna go…

    • Disagree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mikhail
  389. Wokechoke says:
    @Philip Owen

    I thought all the Russian lads were pouring into Uzbekistan to avoid the draft though.

  390. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mr. Hack

    Thanks for confirming that nothing of the sort was said by that individual. Craig Copetas is a big blowhard of a bigot.

    https://www.eurasiareview.com/23022022-motivating-factors-behind-russias-recent-independence-recognition-oped/

    • Disagree: Mr. Hack
  391. Mikhail says: • Website
    @LondonBob

    On Russia-Ukraine, I’m pretty much in line with Jews Aaron Mate, Max Blumenthal, Jeffrey Sachs, John Mearsheimer, Steve Walt and the late Stephen Cohen.

    Jew Alexander Vindman is ex-military. As the Lugansk professor posting here recently noted, it’s not about ethno-religious background as judging folks individually.

  392. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mr. Hack

    Somewhat reminded of Patrick O’Neill –

    https://www.eurasiareview.com/11112022-checking-recent-western-establishment-russia-ukraine-narratives-oped/#comment-1088379

    At last notice, the US, China and if I’m not offhand mistaken Saudi Arabia and India outspend Russia on defense.

    Russia is engaged in a budget conscious military action with the prudent strategy of downgrading Kiev regime military capability and limiting Russian casualties.

    To be continued.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  393. LatW says:
    @Philip Owen

    I can vouch from Saturday nights in Boise from the mid 80s onwards that the potato pickers in Idaho are Mexican. In those days they were mostly seasonal but I bet they are settled now.

    That’s actually better than many places in Western Europe.

  394. songbird says:

    Rumor is that the Chinese have banned Wakanda Forever and Black Adam.

    Speculation is that Wakanda was for lesbianism and Black Adam because Pierce Brosnan took a photo with the Dalai Lama a few years ago. But I think the Chinese are cracking down on Hollywood capeshit. Perhaps, not a total ban, but definitely a reduction policy.

    I’ve previously mentioned how in the past, they have made competing superhero tentpoles debut on the same day.

  395. LatW says:
    @Yahya

    Previously I had been irritated with Zelensky’s hypocritical chumminess with Israel, so his support for indigenous Palestinian non-Jews is heartening to see. This has encouraged me to contribute to Ukraine’s war effort. If someone (LatW? Mr. Hack?) could point me to a reliable and efficient Ukrainian organization I can donate to that would be appreciated.

    These are good ones (from the top of my head):

    https://prytulafoundation.org/en

    https://savelife.in.ua/en/

    https://helpfrontua.com/

    Ukraine fell out of Israel’s favor because of these votes (and others, since Israel actually feels that Ukraine has historically voted against Israel’s interests). There’s been some discussion lately, with some saying that it was a mistake and the relationship needs to be improved (at least behind the scenes military cooperation).

    • Thanks: Yahya
    • Replies: @Dmitry
  396. songbird says:
    @German_reader

    The new census in Britain apparently shows every sixth (!) person in Britain is a first generation immigrant

    Technically, this is only for England and Wales. Still quite alarming. By a certain reckoning, this is actually higher than in America, but who knows for certain, as many are uncounted in both places.

    Am sure it is much worse in the youth cohorts. Heard something like 33% of Austrian students don’t have German as their primary language. Meanwhile, in Ireland, one can find many pictures of youths without a single Irish person in them.

    • Replies: @Coconuts
  397. songbird says:
    @LondonBob

    I guess Sunak is on the same wavelength as Macron.

    they are both globalists, just trying to manage the optics.

    • Agree: LondonBob
  398. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Wokechoke

    During WW II, the Banderites were very much a Galician element. Granted their influence has since expanded. Many Ukes in Kiev regime controlled territory as well as in the West who oppose the svidos feel understandably compelled to not be so open about their slant.

  399. Dmitry says:
    @Thulean Friend

    negativity towards it that AP & AnonfromTN

    AP and AnonfromTN probably live in extremely clean suburbs, that represents their professional socio-economic position. Many areas have laws where have to cut regularly the grass of your yard to not receive a fine. Obsession about clean and also smooth driving roads is a serious thing for people in America.

    In the American context, something like trash in the streets or graffiti often implies crime or the social dysfunction, if it’s not a wealthy area that has been occupied by a significant population of homeless people. And even places with a great economy like San Francisco can be flooded with homeless people from other regions.

    But in Europe there are hundreds of places covered with trash in the streets or graffiti, that are also safer than almost anywhere in America. There isn’t such connection between graffiti and drive-by shooting. Even, there are hipster places which are both dirty and fashionable.

    can differ so much in their views

    It’s relative a lot as well. If we say “Berlin is dirty” (which is writing relative to other European capital cities), but of course from the world context Berlin is extremely clean.

    facades are still in better shape

    If you assume we are talking public money, not private money, what is the priority of investing in facades? If you use budget for one thing, then there is less budget for another thing. Facade should be relatively low in priorities for a city’s budget, compared to less superficial investments like mobility, amenity, or quality of air and water.

    A problem with seeing less cleaning in Budapest is there corrupt country, so it’s not sure the budget saved in cleaning, will all go to a more important area. It’s better for taxpayers in more corrupt countries, to be able to see where their money is expended. But if it was Denmark or Norway, it could be positive to see a city which doesn’t too prioritize superficial things, as you could assume the money saved in this area is returned to the taxpayer in another area.

    • Replies: @Thulean Friend
  400. Dmitry says:
    @AnonfromTN

    Complaining about everything was a favorite Russian

    And there you are complaining, even though you are living in Tennessee. Not many of us are lucky to live in the home of Jack Daniel’s whisky, crawfish boil, blue-grass music, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift

    Who needs some Tretyakov Gallery or Louvre, it says you have Walmart, catfish farms and Home Depot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZC1ocW3Lso.

  401. Mikel says:
    @A123

    Laxalt is comfortably ahead with ~90% counted. There are also some Red areas coming in late. A statistically disharmonious 70/30 split is unavailable. The gap is too large for a late steal to be credible.

    As I told you, only a miracle would have given Laxalt the victory but of course the miracle didn’t happen, contrary to your predictions. Why don’t you start listening to me or at least looking at the hard facts as they are?

    I don’t know much about Laxalt, other than his being a grandson of prominent Reaganite ex-senator Paul Laxalt, of Basque ancestry from both parents, but he sounded quite articulate the couple of times I heard him speak. However, he received Trump’s kiss of death after he led some initiative to investigate vote fraud in 2020 and, like most candidates publicly associated with Trump, he’s done worse than his Republican colleagues in the same state (eg the Nevada Governor candidate) and finally lost.

    The strategy to fill Congress with MAGA people made sense. It would have made a future MAGA-aligned President’s job much easier but the electorate has shown all over the US that Trump is history by disfavoring his endorsed candidates. There’s no time to waste. Gen Z voters and a big number of immigrants recently become citizens (because Trump did little to nothing to stop the flow) are only going to make the prospects of a 2024 GOP presidential win harder. Come join the camp of another MAGA candidate with a proven record of attracting independents and a less polarizing personality.

    • Replies: @A123
  402. @Dmitry

    AP and AnonfromTN probably live in extremely clean suburbs, that represents their professional socio-economic position. Many areas have laws where have to cut regularly the grass of your yard to not receive a fine. Obsession about clean and also smooth driving roads is a serious thing for people in America.

    This is true. My sister did a visiting semester in Stanford a few years ago and was put off by how everything felt so “perfect” in an almost fake way. The grass was immaculate everywhere on every lawn. There were also golf courses everywhere, which didn’t make sense to her given the semi-dry climate and California’s water issues.

    In the American context, something like trash in the streets or graffiti often implies crime or the social dysfunction, if it’s not a wealthy area that has been occupied by a significant population of homeless people. And even places with a great economy like San Francisco can be flooded with homeless people from other regions.

    But in Europe there are hundreds of places covered with trash in the streets or graffiti, that are also safer than almost anywhere in America. There isn’t such connection between graffiti and drive-by shooting. Even, there are hipster places which are both dirty and fashionable.

    This is an accurate cultural observation and I’ve yet to understand why Europe and America differs in this way. Social dysfunction seems to be significantly higher in the US and I don’t think you can only blame race. Charles Murray’s book Coming Apart only looks at White Americans and documents a precipitous decline on almost every social indicator far in excess of what happened in Europe. Things like the opioid epidemic is allowed to get completely out of hand in the US which would be unfathomable in Europe.

    There’s also a greater pragmatism on drug issues in Europe, e.g., Portugal’s legalisation of drugs was farsighted. It is a better to treat drug addicts in a formal way rather than pushing them on the streets. Sweden is unfortunately relatively backwards in this area, even marijuana possession is still criminalised.

    If you assume we are talking public money, not private money, what is the priority of investing in facades? If you use budget for one thing, then there is less budget for another thing. Facade should be relatively low in priorities for a city’s budget, compared to less superficial investments like mobility, amenity, or quality of air and water.

    For sure, but Stockholm does pretty well on quality of air, water and public transportation. Yet it still manages to find money to do upkeep simultaneously. It’s not just because it is a rich city. Mumbai is the richest municipality in Asia yet has massive slums. It is also about priorities of the ruling class. I dislike the term “noblesse oblige” but there is something to it.

    As for graffiti in particular, Stockholm did in fact have serious graffiti problems in the 1980s. In a typical Swedish fashion, a special committee was set up (“klotterkommissionen“), made a detailed report and then it was formally and systematically implemented. Even today, there’s a special unit within the municipal police tasked with this issue.

    My impression is that their effectiveness has declined over the last few years, but visiting Warsaw and later Berlin this year was still a reminder that things could be a lot worse.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
  403. Dmitry says:
    @LatW

    I doubt what Ukraine votes in the UN, is high priority for Israel. Israel is part of the Western bloc, depending on America. But to the extent possible within this West bloc, Jerusalem would optimize from trying not to lose all relations with Russia, land of the Jewish billionaires and main source of immigration to Israel.

    Moscow has a lot of leverage for not difficult to see reasons. The most important because Moscow has the second most wealthy Jewish people in the world. Moscow also has military leverage in the Middle East, where they turn off SAMs during air attacks in Syria and are one of the allies of Iran, Turkey, Syria, Egypt etc.

    The second most wealthy or powerful Jewish community in the world is in Russia, where public/religious groups are centralized to government and there is not much distinction between disagreement and disloyalty.

    Aside from the money in Russia, Russia is also the main source country of immigration to Israel. This immigration depends on the good relations with the Russian government to continue.

    Israel has a lot of wealthy friends in Russia. Not just Nikolai Baskov is singing “Hava Nagila”. https://youtu.be/vlGgeZNDe-A?t=448.

    This kind for reason, supporting Ukraine would have higher cost for Israel than for any normal Western bloc country like Sweden that doesn’t depend on such kind of friends in Russia.

    By the way, before the war, parts of Ukraine’s government was known for being very pro-Israel. One of the YouTubers who was confused that there were Israel flags in the streets in Kiev in January. https://youtu.be/jHAf8x1thsU?t=95.

    • Replies: @LatW
  404. Dmitry says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Stockholm does pretty well on quality of air, water and public transportation. Yet it still manages to find money to do

    Well talking about the size of the slice of the cake (budget) prioritized for the public maintenance. But a city in Sweden should also have also a larger cake to slice from, as the economy is a few times larger relative to population than Hungary or Poland.

    Some parts of city maintenance (for example, renovation of apartment buildings) are also related to the private budget, which should be larger in Sweden.

    So, comparing between countries with such a large divergence in income (e.g. between Sweden and Hungary/Poland), can perhaps be showing less about the differences of budget prioritization, than comparing between similar income countries (e.g. between Hungary and Poland).

    everything felt so “perfect” in an almost fake way. The grass was immaculate

    Too clean and wealthy places can also be alienating and dehumanizing. This is the Disneyland effect in the city, which is not that attractive. America seems to have these extremes, but there are plenty examples in Europe of the places which are too cleaned and self-conscious.

    Probably some of the explanation why some middle class people from the perfect clean suburb, will be using their trustfund to become the hipster graffiti artist with messy beard in Williamsburg.

    . Social dysfunction seems to be significantly higher in the US and I don’t think

    America is a bit of a different world than the safety of Western Europe. You know after you go out of the airport in America after a few seconds, that you are not in Benelux.

  405. LatW says:
    @Dmitry

    I doubt what Ukraine votes in the UN, is high priority for Israel.

    Actually Israel was shocked about one of the recent votes, the UN resolution calling on Israel to renounce its nuclear arsenal, so even if it’s not a “high priority” or maybe not even the deciding factor in the overall relationship, it is still something that Israel doesn’t appreciate. This may have happened because the Ukrainian position was not adequately coordinated (a lot of the foreign policy decisions go through the president’s office now, not just the MFA). It’s true that they should probably take this more seriously, but then again, why obsess over it and try to produce a more supplicating position, there is no guarantee that Israel will provide help, partly because of the reasons you mention (they are trying to have a balanced relationship with both Ukraine and Russia).

    [MORE]

    This discussion briefly surfaced a couple of weeks ago in the Ukrainian media, because there was news that, apparently, in Iran two colonels died who were responsible for the deliveries of the deadly Iranian drones to Russia. It’s not clear who killed them, it may have been the protesters, but there was speculation that Israel may have done this. Some discussion ensued as to why there isn’t more military cooperation between Israel and Ukraine, and some diaspora types (Jewish Ukrainians living in Israel) brought up these UN votes.

    Ukraine was asking Israel for help for a long time, without much success, it seems, but only when the Iranian drones appeared, some understanding appeared from the Israeli side.

    https://www.9tv.co.il/item/51370

    • Replies: @LatW
    , @Dmitry
  406. LatW says:
    @LatW

    More accurately, regarding the UN vote on the resolution on nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, Ukraine’s vote actually makes sense. The resolution passed with a vote of 152-5, with only the US, Canada, Israel, Micronesia and Palau voting against it. The European Union and 23 others abstained (including India). One might think that Ukraine could’ve abstained, like the EU did, however, Ukraine was made to give up its own nuclear weapons and Ukraine is currently being threatened with nuclear weapons, so their position is understandable.

    • Disagree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mikhail
  407. Mikhail says: • Website
    @LatW

    The resolution passed with a vote of 152-5, with only the US, Canada, Israel, Micronesia and Palau voting against it. The European Union and 23 others abstained (including India). One might think that Ukraine could’ve abstained, like the EU did, however, Ukraine was made to give up its own nuclear weapons and Ukraine is currently being threatened with nuclear weapons, so their position is understandable.

    The Kiev regime is an appendage of the neocon/neolib foreign policy slant dominating the US government.

    Russia wasn’t the one with the nuclear bluster as a complete comparison of Russian statements in response to that of Liz Truss and some other Westies will reveal.

    Those weren’t Ukraine’s nuclear weapons. They were the USSR’s nuclear weapons and they were always under the control of Russia. The US came in to disarm them.

    Russia was the only former Soviet republic which paid all Soviet debt and is thusly considered the legal successor of the USSR on such matter.

    Ukraine never received a U.S. defense commitment in exchange for giving up its nuclear weapons. That’s *why* the Budapest Memorandum wasn’t a treaty that required US Senate ratification.

    • Replies: @LatW
    , @Sean
  408. LatW says:
    @Mikhail

    The Kiev regime is an appendage of the neocon/neolib foreign policy slant dominating the US government.

    Oh yea? Then why did they vote in opposite to the US on this resolution (and others)?

    Russia wasn’t the one with the nuclear bluster as a complete comparison of Russian statements in response to that of Liz Truss and some other Westies will reveal.

    What other nuclear state keeps threatening all the time? Including on their TV for their own domestic audience, talking about “nuclear ashes” all day long? Normal nuclear states are quiet about it. Now that Xi told them to be quiet, maybe they’ll tone it down.

    Russia was the only former Soviet republic which paid all Soviet debt and is thusly considered the legal successor of the USSR on such matter.

    Russia alone is not entitled to ALL of the heritage of the USSR, there were many scientists and builders of many nationalities involved in that project.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    , @Wokechoke
    , @Mr. Hack
  409. Mikhail says: • Website
    @LatW

    Look up what Truss said and when compared to Putin the former was far more provocative. The nuke issue is regularly harped on in other parts of the West.

    When the USSR dissolved, Ukraine didn’t have any control over the Soviet made nukes. Those controls were in Russia and as noted dismantled with US involvement. On such a matter, Russia comes in as the successor state – once again noting that no other former Soviet republic besides Russia paid the Soviet debt, with Russia making up the bulk of the USSR.

    • Agree: Beckow
    • Replies: @LatW
  410. LatW says:
    @Mikhail

    My point wasn’t to argue about these topics, but to show that Ukraine may have had its own reasoning when voting on this resolution, something that goes beyond just Israel (and, on top of that, Israel hasn’t shared weapons with Ukraine – not that those two things should be connected, but it’s still important to note). But it might have also been that they just went with the flow and voted along with the majority of countries.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    , @Wokechoke
  411. Mikhail says: • Website
    @LatW

    Regarding Israel, Ukraine, US and Russia at the UN, the Jewish state and Russia have had more in common when voting on condemning the glorification of Nazism.

  412. Sean says:
    @Mikhail

    That’s *why* the Budapest Memorandum wasn’t a treaty that required US Senate ratification.

    At the insistence of America, the authentic text and its translations made clear that the BM agreement gave only “assurances”not guarantees (and why would Ukraine want to join Nato if it had already had a guarantee from America). What the Ukraine did receive was offers of money, and which they took then said it was not enough and signed only after were given extra payments. Ukrainian politicians prolly stole most of that money. Even as a full member of Nato there is no guarantee that the other members will come to an invaded country’s assistance; each retains the right to decide whether the country having war levied on it think it has provoked an attack. The most obvious reason why a state would do that is to use it allies to regain territories perviously lost to a state to powerful to take them back from when fighting alone.

    American diplomats were quite happy to see the Minsk agreement, whereby the Donbass stayed in Ukraine but would be able to stop Ukraine joining Nato, enacted and Zelensky was in the process of passing laws to do that when there were demonstration against the policy and he reversed course.

    Ukraine wanted all its territories back, and the only way to do was get invaded and be in a war with Russia while backed by the entire West, which is how things are going. If they try and take back Crimea, Russia will use nuclear weapons against their army.

    Speech and the Following Discussion at the Munich Conference on Security Policy
    2007-02-10

    Vladimir Putin: United States is actively developing and already strengthening an anti-missile defence system. .. So hypothetically we recognise that when this moment arrives, the possible threat from our nuclear forces will be completely neutralised.

    Unless it can conjure up a conventional victory, Russia will have to stand and fight now with nuclear weapons. Or the US will have to tell Ukraine it to stop thinking about the pre 2014 borders on pain of being cut off.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    , @Mr. Hack
  413. Wokechoke says:
    @Sean

    FOAB munitions, a detonation just short of a nuclear strike would do the trick.

  414. Wokechoke says:
    @LatW

    Lol. The self serving Balts.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  415. Questions:

    Why has Russia been forced out of Kyiv, Sumy, Kharkhiv and now Kherson, without Ukraine receiving a single Western air frame, tank or long-range missile?

    What does this say about the state of the Russian military?

    What does it say about the relative balance of attrition so far?

    Why do all Russian, or Russian-adjacent, claims of success always sound like a High School nerd bragging about his far-off Canadian “girlfriend”?

    Why has China given more aid to Ukraine than it has to Russia?

    What does it say about Russian diplomacy that no country, barring Belarus, has supported it during this war? Iran and North Korea have merely sold it stuff.

    What does it say about attempts to undermine the the Dollar that it has never been more valuable?

    Given that the “gas weapon” was a one winter shot, what does it say about the future efficacy of that weapon that European gas storage is full and prices are at pre-war levels?

    • Thanks: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    , @QCIC
    , @AnonfromTN
  416. Mr. Hack says:
    @Mikhail

    Russia is engaged in a budget conscious military action with the prudent strategy of downgrading Kiev regime military capability and limiting Russian casualties.

    A bigger pile of BS I haven’t read, even from you, in quite a while…if they’re so constrained by budgetary concerns, why don’t they get the hell out of Ukraine and quit killing so many Russian speaking civilians? Limiting Russian casualties? You must be frequenting that new marijuana “dispensary” in your neighborhood on a daily basis to believe this sort of rubbish. Last I read, Russian wounded and casualties in Ukraine were over 100,000.

    • Disagree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mikhail
  417. Mr. Hack says:
    @LatW

    Oh yea? Then why did they vote in opposite to the US on this resolution (and others)?

    Correct me if I’m wrong (he’s often difficult to understand), but I don’t think that old Mickey directly answered your very well constructed question?

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    , @LatW
  418. Wokechoke says:
    @Leaves No Shadow

    Izyum was very significant.

    Kherson is a slightly different issue. But very significant. It’s on the wrong side of the big river.

    At the time the Russians were claiming to occupy large parts of the north most Ukrainian supporters and western analysts were pointing out that these were columns of 10-20 tanks driving up highways. Which was true enough. Once these squadrons of tanks were struck by NLAWs the “occupation” ended.

    The trouble for Russia was the inability to hold Izyum and wrap up the fighting in Toretsk Kramatorsk. Which should have provided a direct and straight Moscow to Donetsk drive.

    The state of their army? 150,000 men on a six month contract with four independent rival commanders.

    Undermining the dollar? More like,y undermining the Euro and Pound.

    Maybe they can adapt maybe not.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  419. Wokechoke says:
    @LatW

    Israel doesn’t need to do anything. If the Jewish diaspora are 100% in favour of Zelenskyy all the money in the world can be funnelled to Kiev and domestic opponents of the war policy silenced in the media and legislatures.

  420. Mr. Hack says:
    @Wokechoke

    It’s on the wrong side of the big river.


    More fodder for the “dumb russkies” meme.

  421. QCIC says:
    @Leaves No Shadow

    Apparently some people cannot understand a difficult campaign designed nonetheless to minimize civilian casualties. Maybe going through this thought process would force them to face how vicious Western campaigns tend to be.

    None of these topics are telling for me, but here are my responses in order.

    -The West is not ready to get into direct war with Russia. This has restricted more advanced weapons transfers to Ukraine since these all require more personnel to go along with the tech.

    -These reversals say little about the state of the Russian military, except they did not apply enough troops to fully capture these cities while simultaneously limiting civilian casualties. This still looks intentional, based on their higher goal of protecting the Rodina core.

    -It says nothing about the balance of attrition. The still limited bombardment suggests the casualty ratio remains acceptable to Russia.

    -The description of Russian progress sounds like bragging to you because you don’t understand the term “combined arms police action” (from Martyanov, I think).

    -Russia doesn’t need China militarily. I think the Chinese have their own aims for Ukraine so the SMO is not something they want anyway. They will friends since Russia is China’s backup energy source once they are in the Western sights and Chinese tankers are held up in the sea lanes.

    -It is clear the combined West has enough power and influence to stare down almost all other countries.

    -In the short run it will take more than this to undermine the dollar because nothing looks better. The impact of the SMO may be harder on other currencies.

    -The gas weapon works mainly on Ukraine, the EU aspect was a result of poor diplomacy. Is any of the Ukrainian gas still coming from Russia?

  422. @Dmitry

    Museums are great. For children. Adults have little use for them. An Andy Warhol tomato soup can is as good a museum display as any.

    One of the favorite tropes in the press in America is that the Soviet Union’s doom was sealed on a Boris Yeltsin state visit where they took him to a Houston supermarket and showed him how we have shelves stocked with 40 different kinds of mustard, a dozen of which were available to working class Americans in quart / economy size.

    Tomato soup is not food. I presume Warhol was being ironic but you never know. Artist is not a profession with much brain power in the modern world.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
    , @Wokechoke
    , @S
  423. Mr. Hack says:
    @Sean

    Unless it can conjure up a conventional victory, Russia will have to stand and fight now with nuclear weapons

    Nothing nearly so drastic needs to take place. A much more economic approach, a palace coup could fix things up quite nicely. Putler, quite correctly, would fit quite nicely as a scapegoat for all of Russia’s woes. Don’t think for a moment that it’s not being considered within Russia today:

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @AnonfromTN
  424. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikel

    As I told you, only fraud could steal the election from Laxalt: (1)

    Something is very weird about this Nevada outcome, when you compare the Governor race on the same ballot.

    With Laxalt previously ahead, and with his previous vote percentage in alignment with Republican Governor Candidate Joe Lombardo, it appeared Laxalt was positioned for victory. However, apparently the Democrats gained [via]

    • post-election ballots where the
    • Democrat on the Senate race was supported
    • Democrat in the Governor race was not

    Democrat Cortez Masto (Sen) surged late in the ballot counting and carried 15,000 more affirming ballots than Democrat Sisolak (Gov). This seems odd and suspicious; however apparently, we are not allowed to notice these things, lest we be considered conspiracy theorists.

    It is very rare for split ballots to surface in a high-profile race where a Republican governor would win, and the Democrat Senator would win.

    There is strong, though circumstantial, evidence that something unseemly is going on. Ballots “received” after election day:

    -1- Exhibit different GOV/SEN split behaviour.
    -2- Have a~70%/~30% SEN ratio for that race.

    The most straightforward explanation for the observed facts is alteration of Senate choice on “post election” ballots. Hopefully, Laxalt’s campaign has a pack of lawyers ready to go.
    ___

    It is important to understand why the Fake Stream Media called the race prematurely. They have an interest in de-emphasizing the Georgia contest.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/11/12/media-declaring-democrat-victory-in-nevada-senate-race-amid-massive-disparity-between-governor-race-outcome-in-same-state/

  425. @Dmitry

    Not many of us are lucky to live in the home of Jack Daniel’s whisky, crawfish boil, blue-grass music, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift

    Sorry to shatter your illusions, but Jack Daniels whisky is not as tasty as good French cognac, and it gives you much worse hangover than good vodka (I am not patriotic in this, French “Grey goose” is the best I tried) or good “samogon” (moonshine). Blue grass music is fine, much better than extremely boring country music. Still, it is much more primitive than classical music. In my book, it’s best after a few drinks, whereas Baroque music is great when you are sober and when you are drunk. Albinoni music picks me up regardless of my mood, Bach and Vivaldi also work, as well as less well-known composers like Telemann, Zelenka, Heinichen, Torelli, Corelli, etc. I like something like Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, or Britten, but the only post-Baroque music that improves my mood is Mozart.

    Who needs some Tretyakov Gallery or Louvre, it says you have Walmart, catfish farms and Home Depot.

    Man, you sound like an American know-nothing. Bush Jr’s “dumb, ignorant, and proud of it” is a purely American thing. Walmart sells cheap shit for undemanding people. I did not shop there for years. You can find better variety of things, often of much better quality, online, where I buy everything except some food items. Even good sausage, coffee, and sweets you cannot find in Nashville, you can buy those things only on the Internet. Home Depot sells a lot of useful things (especially if you have your own house with a large yard), but these things are no substitute for culture, which is essentially missing in the US. When I need a vacation, I get the heck out of Nashville. 80% of the time I get out of the US.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
    , @Dmitry
  426. @Wokechoke

    The self serving Balts.

    They are not really self-serving. In fact, the policies of their compradore elites are ruining their tiny countries. There are normal Balts (I know quite a few personally), but many of them are just as obsessed as their “leaders”. Nobody can help them: mental disorders are incurable.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  427. @Leaves No Shadow

    What does it say about attempts to undermine the the Dollar that it has never been more valuable?

    I do not intend to argue with your numerous ridiculous statements, but this is a typical example. The value of the USD increased relative to currencies of pretty much all imperial vassals, but dropped significantly relative to Russian ruble.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    , @Beckow
  428. Wokechoke says:
    @AnonfromTN

    That’s the hand that Biden played. He’s not so dumb.

  429. Beckow says:
    @AnonfromTN

    …The value of the USD increased relative to currencies of pretty much all imperial vassals, but dropped significantly relative to Russian ruble.

    When a system is disintegrating its core components temporarily strengthen. It is a natural dynamic: on a sinking ship the captain’s porch is the place to be – until even there it is too late.

    The dramatic collapse in the imperial vassals’s currencies is the biggest economic story of 2022. Flight to quality, panic, inflation, whatever we call it, it is a rational result of myriad decisions by players big and small – how people handle their assets is the best indicator of what will happen in the future. Something broke in the West and they don’t know how to fix it, so either a war to victory or a consolidation in the center – and that center is indisputably US. It always goes that way.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  430. @AnonfromTN

    I was really hoping that Dmitry was being some kind of sarcastic.

    Incidentally, one of the things that irritates me is the spread of homogeneous “country” lifestyle by parasites like Tractor Supply and the Country Music Industrial Complex.

    There used to be a much unique rural regionalism around areas like mine, which is being subsumed by dumb “Walmart and Guns” crap.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  431. @Emil Nikola Richard

    Museums are a place for dead cultures to be displayed. Since modern art is dead from inception it fits right into museum culture.

    Living cultures have no need for museums since their entire world is their showcase.

    From this perspective it makes some sense that museums became a widespread thing alongside industrialization.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  432. A123 says: • Website

    Where we stand now is the need to move forward from the #NeverTrump GOP establishment: (1)

    MAJEWSKI: I Am a Republican Who Lost on Tuesday. It Wasn’t Trump’s Fault. It Was the Cowards in D.C.’s ‘McLeadership’.

    THE ANTI-TRUMP BLAME GAME IS JUST THE GOP PROJECTING ITS OWN FAILURES ONTO THE FORMER PRESIDENT. BELIEVE ME – THEY DID IT TO ME, TOO.

    The corporate media is working overtime to hide the Republican establishment’s failures in the 2022 midterm elections –perpetuating a myth that Donald J. Trump dragged his endorsed candidates down. This is a complete lie, told in order to embolden GOP leaders in Washington D.C., and ignores the fact that in so many instances, this same “McLeadership” set MAGA candidates up for failure.

    In my situation, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) – led by Chairman Tom Emmer – backed one of my opponents in the primary. She finished in third place, with less than 30 percent of the total Republican vote.

    Their representatives expressed frustration after I took part in interviews and pledged support for President Trump, despite the fact that Trump carried the district during previous election cycles. They simply did not want me talking about him. My staff would tell me the NRCC was angry, and that I needed to tighten it up on their messaging, or lose campaign funds. They hung this threat over our necks like the sword of Damocles.

    the NRCC left the campaign to die. Tom Emmer’s team gave my Democrat opponent the chance to tell constituents that the Republican Party had abandoned me. With limited funding, I could not effectively fight back. Meanwhile, my opponent capitalized.

    McCarthy (and his Senate ally McConnell) offers up a “Death Kiss” that only #NeverTrump extremists should embrace.

    Will DeSantis accept McCarthy/McConnell patronage? It can only lead to a doomed pro-Establishment/anti-MAGA run. Opposing Main Street Values and openly betraying MAGA/Trump seems suicidal. However, stupider things have happened in in politics.
    ___

    It is obvious that more Trump is the answer. Bland Dem lite candidates, like #NeverTrump O’Dea, were trounced.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://thenationalpulse.com/2022/11/11/majewski-i-am-a-republican-who-lost-on-tuesday-it-wasnt-trumps-fault-it-was-the-cowards-in-d-c-s-mcleadership/

     

  433. Sean says:
    @Mr. Hack

    This is like the argument that Ukraine can take back all its territory and Russia would just quit. Putin dead would leave the war still being lost. So what would his assassinators do, bearing in mind that they are unlikely to be able to stay in power if they accept handing over Crimea and parts of the Donbass, which is Ukraine’s stipulated terms?

    If they have determination, not to say recklessness, to assassinate Putin, why wouldn’t they on finding themselves with Ukraine winning problem end the war in a way the bulk of the Russian population can accept; namely, by a specimen thermonuclear strike on the Ukrainian army, or the promise of one unless Ukraine stops advancing and accepts a ceasefire?

  434. Wokechoke says:
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    He was a Carpathio-Rusyn who grew up in Pittsburgh. Became a graphic designer in New York. He figured out that Coke and Campbells were the really treasures of America. Also Brillo.

  435. @A123

    Shock and disbelief.

    Stealing elections is as American as violence and cherry pie. Maybe you could take a vacation when Hershel Walker gets ripped off.

  436. A123 says: • Website

    Chapplle makes SNL funny again.

    His bit about Trump starts at ~8:25 if the auto advance does not work.

    PEACE 😇

  437. @Mr. Hack

    Congrats, perfect harmony. Another kindergarten-level cartoon to support kindergarten-level views.

    • Agree: Mikhail
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  438. @Barbarossa

    There used to be a much unique rural regionalism around areas like mine, which is being subsumed by dumb “Walmart and Guns” crap.

    True enough. Still, it is very heartening when you drive on a highway to skip all eateries on the road and drive 10-15 miles away from it. There the people don’t stick to idiotic political correctness pushed down our throats by libtards. They are old-fashioned, the food is good quality, albeit simple, and the people recognize only two genders, which actually exist in all mammals. Both customers and servers seem to be uneducated and rather ignorant, but absolutely sane. This is the America I like. Too bad that when the elites run the empire into the ground and the USD crashes, these people will end up holding the bag. Being honest and hard working, they deserve better.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  439. Mikel says:
    @A123

    As I told you, only fraud could steal the election from Laxalt

    You guys actually are dangerous.

    Laxalt, unlike Lombardo, never had a comfortable margin and most of the votes to be counted were from the highly populated districts where he was behind: Clark and Washoe. There was nothing unexpected in his loss. Even I was able to predict it in my post above. And perhaps even less surprising is the governor/senator split in this race, seen all over the US for the reasons that you don’t want to admit.

    You are not saying that the results were too close and a recount should be done. You are asserting that the vote was rigged. And then you complain about the “Russia, Russia, Russia” narrative.

    • Replies: @A123
  440. @Beckow

    When a system is disintegrating its core components temporarily strengthen.

    Your sinking ship analogy is apt. With one correction: the center does not strengthen, it just deteriorates slower than the periphery. The buying power of the USD is going down precipitously, inflation is a lot faster than official numbers suggest. The people are trying to park their money where they hope it won’t lose value as fast, hence the strength of the stock and real estate markets. I am inundated by offers to buy my house, tired of telling people that I am not selling.

    • Replies: @Beckow
  441. Wokechoke says:
    @Barbarossa

    Even better way to display the treasures of subject peoples.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  442. Coconuts says:
    @songbird

    Technically, this is only for England and Wales. Still quite alarming. By a certain reckoning, this is actually higher than in America, but who knows for certain, as many are uncounted in both places.

    It seems more impressive if you add the second and third generation ethnic minorities, I wouldn’t be surprised if more than 30% of the population of England and Wales has entered the country from the 50s onwards, with a weighting towards later decades.

    • Replies: @songbird
  443. Beckow says:
    @AnonfromTN

    I agree with your correction. But temporarily – and superficially – it looks like strengthening of the core – dollar and US assets. There is no way to make the numbers work, the debts are too large. The alternatives are: massive defaults, jubilee (not possible these days), or inflating the numbers into stratosphere. A soft landing would be a perfect combination of the three, it seems unlikely given the volatility and a lack of overall control.

    The Western financial system actually croaked in 2008, it was dead in the water. To avoid collapse a coordinated 0% interest and ‘creating liquidity’ was done. It stabilized the system and bought 10 years, but it wasn’t a solution. It can only be done once.

    The pyramid is top-heavy, the boomers captured most of the wealth. We can’t predict the timing and the system can crawl and bounce on the bottom for years, but it is fatally broken. What has kept it going is the lack of an alternative – if China-Russia-others succeed in creating an alternative, the global rebalancing will be dramatic. That’s why defeating Russia is – and always was – so essential. If they don’t, the system will not last.

  444. Coconuts says:
    @German_reader

    I’m not sure there’ll be any proceeds forthcoming from those African boat migrants, even in a strictly economic sense.

    The only obvious angle seems to be for guys like Ndiaye to grow their support base. From what I can see one of the big differences between the UK and France (I guess Germany as well?) in terms of the migrants is that in Britain they have managed to make it a money spinner for all of the private companies managing the process. This generally looks to be the case with UK immigration, the economic interests behind high levels of migration seem more obvious than in France.

    …but I gained the distinct impression there’s a hope that the comparatively uncomplicated acceptance of Ukrainian refugees by EU countries can be used as a precedent to establish mechanisms of taking in and distributing migrants from outside Europe.

    That should sharpen the debate, but the debate in France is pretty sharp already. For some reason Youtube videos in French must not be censored in the same way as the ones in English, given the things some commentators say. I expect it will be easier for the German authorities to do something like this with less political controversy, but maybe that will reach a limit. I have been surprised at the current reaction to the boat migrants in the British media.

    • Replies: @German_reader
  445. German_reader says:
    @Coconuts

    I expect it will be easier for the German authorities to do something like this with less political controversy, but maybe that will reach a limit.

    I don’t see how the present situation can continue indefinitely…45% of Hartz IV (welfare) recipients in Germany are now non-Germans (purely in terms of citizenship, would presumably be higher of you go by ethnic origins). Quite a bit of that is of course due to Ukrainian refugees, which may be unavoidable to some extent, but the explosive aspect is that non-European immigration through the asylum system also seems to be increasing again. There are planned changes to the welfare system which will probably make it even more attractive, and on top of that the German state is now directly financing NGOs picking up migrants in the Mediterranean (if only with two million Euros in 2023, but still):
    https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/erstmals-staatliche-foerderung-102.html
    https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/niedersachsen/hannover_weser-leinegebiet/Erstmals-staatliche-Foerderung-fuer-zivile-Seenotrettung,seenotrettung704.html
    The spokesperson of that NGO alliance (founded by the Protestant churches in Germany) is the husband of a well-known Greens politician btw…he’s calling for a “European solution” (= distributing the migrants throughout the EU).
    When the economic crisis hits, who knows what will happen. But there probably won’t be a course correction, in a sense it’s much too late anyway.

    • Thanks: Coconuts
  446. Mikhail says:
    @AnonfromTN

    Relates to this piece and explains the delusions of Mr. Hack on numerous matters including Kiev regime versus Russian military losses so far.

    https://www.rt.com/russia/566409-propaganda-zombified-ukrainians-rogozin/

  447. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mr. Hack

    Dishonest and/or reading comprehension challenged on your part.

    • Troll: Mr. Hack
  448. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mr. Hack

    A bigger pile of BS I haven’t read, even from you, in quite a while…if they’re so constrained by budgetary concerns, why don’t they get the hell out of Ukraine and quit killing so many Russian speaking civilians? Limiting Russian casualties? You must be frequenting that new marijuana “dispensary” in your neighborhood on a daily basis to believe this sort of rubbish. Last I read, Russian wounded and casualties in Ukraine were over 100,000.

    What you read on that last score is BS. Kiev regime is the side with the far greater casualties among combatants while not having as great the resources to successfully fight on.

    Why didn’t the Kiev regime honor the agreement they signed, instead of building up its forces, seeking NATO membership and doing provocative things like saying (Zelensky in 2019) that those in Ukraine speaking Russian and liking Russia should leave Ukraine?

    Russia gave ample time to see a reasonable peaceful option pursued.

    • Disagree: Mr. Hack
  449. @Mr. Hack

    Dugin suggests that Putin should be overthrown or even killed, after the Kherson debacle.

    Dugin very quickly reeducated himself (or was simply reeducated from above) and now is blathering very putincorrect things – our president is only for the victory, just like the people, therefore president and people are strongly united, it is just some part of cunning middlemen boyars which might be guilty for some troubles during the SMO;)

    https://t.me/Agdchan/8064

    But in order to be way more clear for all the simple people (both above and under), this poor old bearded politphilosopher still had to post another explanation (probably in order to be more safe) and wrote it in bold, lol:

    Nobody has turned back from Putin, me and all the russian patriots uncoditionally support him.

    https://t.me/Agdchan/8069

    • Replies: @LatW
    , @LatW
  450. @Wokechoke

    I suppose that fits whether it’s the Brits displaying African artifacts in 1922 or the Smithsonian displaying Americana in 2022.

  451. @AnonfromTN

    There is still a remainder of that simple, old fashioned America as you describe, but it’s becoming a mere remnant. The progressive rot is infecting the young even in the rural areas more and more.

    Historically decadence has always been concentrated in the higher and urban classes but the internet/ smartphones/ mass culture has leveled that divide. Traditionally, the exigencies of rural life could be counted on to keep those populations grounded in basic realism but with the low numbers of people doing things like farming and the high levels of abstraction even in modern agribusiness, I don’t see that as a particularly meaningful factor moving forward.

    Overall I think the higher levels of conservatism in the rural areas are just a momentum effect of the higher levels of such inclinations to begin with. They will continue to decline unless people work to effect a drastically different social reality in predominantly Conservative areas. I would say that taking control of public education should be priority numero uno.

    How do the schools seem around you? Others I know in the South feel that it’s still largely semi-sane but that it’s potentially changing quickly as per gender etc. I know it’s been a massive shift in the past 10 years in rural schools around me, which is why one couldn’t pay me to send my kids to public school!

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  452. Dmitry says:
    @AnonfromTN

    things are no substitute for culture,

    Again I don’t understand your complaining.

    You write about “know-nothing” and complain about Walmart, said American doesn’t have culture, but you didn’t know Tennessee is near to Athens? Not many of us live near to the birthplace of democracy. https://athensalabama.us/

    sausage, coffee, and sweets you cannot find in Nashville

    I’m looking at the Whole Foods in Nashville. The price for salami is four times more than Italy.
    https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/meat/pork Those costs must be related to lack of the domestic production in addition to tariffs between USA and Europe.

    By the way, anyone else is sad we don’t have AaronB and Utu anymore. Remember when this forum used to just discuss about topics like Whole Foods? Anyone in America has tried this $20 coffee? “Death Wish” – world’s strongest coffee. https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/product/death-wish-coffee-co-organic-ground-coffee-1-pound-b006cq1zhi

    Jack Daniels whisky is not as tasty as good French cognac,

    I’m not a whisky expert, but don’t whisky fans say it is not even real whisky. Real whisky is made in Scotland or Ireland.

    A few years ago, Trump added 20% tariff against the import of whisky from Scotland to USA, so now the working class has to drink Jack Daniels. Real whisky from Scotland would have prices only for the executives, doctors and lawyers.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @Barbarossa
    , @AnonfromTN
  453. I’m rereading Brave New World since it’s been a while. The version has a forward from Huxley written in 1946 which states, “As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase. And the director (unless he needs cannon fodder and families with which to colonize empty or conquered territories) will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope and movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.”

    That hits it about on the nose. Imagine if Huxley could have envisioned social media which makes the stupefying effects of radio and movies seem positively quaint!

    • Agree: Beckow
    • Replies: @S
    , @songbird
  454. A123 says: • Website
    @Mikel

    You are not saying that the results were too close and a recount should be done. You are asserting that the vote was rigged.

    What I am asserting is that the right tool should be used for the job. (1)

    Some day, perhaps even sometime this year if we’re lucky, when election officials in Arizona finally find someone capable of mastering preschool mathematics and they finish counting their ballots, we may know the outcome of the 2022 midterm elections. But that day is not today, my friends. They are somehow still flummoxed by the task of gathering up hundreds of thousands of ballots and feeding them into machines of dubious efficacy.

    Meanwhile, a different set of election supervisors appears to be ready to move forward with a hand count of nearly all of the ballots. Those officials are facing threats from state Democrats, however. The liberals have gone to court and obtained an order to forbid any such action, though the ruling seems to defy the state’s election laws. But even under the ominous threat of criminal charges, the group of election “radicals” appears to be ready to start the count as early as this weekend.

    Where recounts are available, they should be wielded first. Providing an accurate reference on the error rate of the machine count is a highly valuable exercise in its own right.

    Where voters have been disenfranchised, more drastic steps may be required. Given the number of people who never had the chance to vote due to Arizona’s failures, blocking election certification would be appropriate.

    The TRUTH is dangerous. That is why establishment #Bidenistas, such as yourself, do not want recounts or sincere investigation of vote fraud.
    ____

    Again, I suspect that Trump & DeSantis have planted this faux conflict to make the GOP nominating process easier.

      

    DeSantis obtains huge contributions that can be rolled to 2028, where he will be MAGA heir apparent to the term limited Trump. Every other credible risk to Trump is locked out by the potential of a DeSantis run.

    The reality of the 2024 situation is obvious. If Trump enters the race, there is no other viable MAGA primary candidate. The only way to run against the Trump led MAGA resistance movement is the “Full Pence”. Becoming an establishment anti-MAGA figure. There is no reason to believe that DeSantis wants to follow in the footsteps of Jeffery “Judas” Sessions (a.k.a. The Betrayer).

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/11/12/the-battle-over-a-100-hand-count-in-arizona-pulls-back-the-mask-n510334

  455. Dmitry says:
    @LatW

    Israel’s self-interest would be to avoid supporting Ukraine to extent that would alienate Russia (where there is second most wealthy Jewish community, main source of legal immigration to Israel), while still not alienating the Western bloc it is mainly dependent on.

    You can Israel’s Prime Minister in the beginning has tried to avoid giving military aid to Ukraine, by saying they are a peace negotiator between Russia and Ukraine, who needs to be neutral. It’s similar to the Erdogan strategy.

    Probably Netanyahu would not change this policy, as he was perhaps one of the architects of the “multi-vector” external policy for Israel.

    Ukraine was asking Israel for help for a long time, without much success, it seems, but only when the Iranian drones appeared, some understanding appeared from the Israeli side.

    https://www.9tv.co.il/item/51370

    Television Channel 9 in Israel is very pro-Ukraine. Although this might not indicate so much, as it is owned by a businessman in Kiev. You can at the 9:50 their discussion with Netanyahu about the topic (he just says he will consider it).

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    , @LatW
  456. A123 says: • Website
    @Dmitry

    Jack Daniels whisky is not as tasty as good French cognac, I’m not a whisky expert, but don’t whisky fans say it is not even real whisky. Real whisky is made in Scotland or Ireland.

    Now, now…. Pretty much everyone accepts that bourbon is whiskey. Jack is “Tennessee Whisky” which is a legal sub category within bourbon whisky.

    While Jack is a step up from Jim Beam, it is still a basic tier blended product. A more fair comparison would be competing “single barrel” products, or at least a premium bourbon.

    A few years ago, Trump added 20% tariff against the import of whisky from Scotland to USA, so now the working class has to drink Jack Daniels. Real whisky from Scotland would have prices only for the executives, doctors and lawyers.

    The price for salami is four times more than Italy. … tariffs between USA and Europe.

    The UK exited the scotch tariff last year related to “Get BREXIT Done” (1). I do not recall Italian meats on that EU tariff list, but their presence would be unsurprising.

    The larger expense is that good Scotch has to age for much longer than standard bourbon. Anything under 8 years can be quite unpleasant for scotch. The window for good bourbon can open at 3-4 years. That implies a $20-30 / 750mL premium on good scotch simply for inventory holding.

    Also, Scotch has become trendy in Japan. Certain scotches have been bid up out of all proportion to their quality. I find this particularly vexing as I prefer Isle of Islay Scotch which has been run up across all grades.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://reason.com/2021/03/05/u-s-lifts-tariffs-on-scotch-whisky-but-american-distillers-remain-on-the-rocks/

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  457. Dmitry says:
    @Dmitry

    Television Channel 9 in Israel is very pro-Ukraine. Although this might not indicate so much, as it is owned by a businessman in Kiev. You can at the 9:50 their discussion with Netanyahu about the topic (he just says he will consider it).

    Oops, I added the wrong link and it doesn’t allow me to edit the post. They talked to Netanyahu there.

  458. @Dmitry

    I like whisky, but I don’t buy Jack Daniels. There are plenty of decent domestic whiskys and scotches which can be had for $30 to $40 a bottle, which is hardly in doctor and lawyer territory.

    Anyone in America has tried this $20 coffee? “Death Wish” – world’s strongest coffee.

    I’ve seen it in stores but I’ve never tried it. It looked too hipster and over-the-top for me! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a bit picky with my coffee but it has to fall within a reasonable quality/affordability range. Plus I stay away from extra caffeine coffees; not because the caffeine affects me that much but all things in moderation.

    I miss AaronB and Utu too. I was glad to have Bashibuzuk back but sadly he seems to be gone again. It’s good to have folks that can talk about a variety of topics. You are always good in that regard yourself.

  459. @A123

    My favorite is a big cup of Old Smuggler. No, no don’t worry, I’m joking!

    I favor Islay or Speyside Scotch myself, though I also like decent bourbon or rye. One decent affordable Islay that I couldn’t find for some time was Bowmore. I’ve seen it around again so I picked up a bottle a couple weeks ago. One of my wife’s favorite is Aberfeldy, which is a Highland Scotch.

    What are your budget conscious picks?

    • Replies: @A123
  460. sher singh says:
    @sher singh

    https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/sikh-lawyer-who-wasnt-allowed-23327190

    Interesting case that may overturn similar lackadaisically enforced impediments abroad.

    Another one where they said if it’s concealed – then size ain’t your business.

    After that – why’s it have to be concealed? lol. Scottish courts have 0 impediments.

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ

  461. LatW says:
    @Mr. Hack

    I typically don’t address him (difficult to understand due to some strange mental predisposition, it’s ok, one shouldn’t make fun of it), otherwise I could pose a 100 questions to all the nonsense he’s posted that he couldn’t answer. Ukraine doesn’t have to align its votes with the US, just because the US gave all that support. Ukraine can figure this out for themselves. Everyone in the region is already grateful to the US.

    • LOL: Mikhail
  462. @AnonfromTN

    There is one at Domodedovo too. I eat there by preference. It works out cheaper than Moo Moo and the other one (the name has chicken in it I think).

  463. A123 says: • Website
    @Barbarossa

    Shieldaig appears to be a private rebottler. I think that they obtain casks that have escaped the “target range” and the mother distillery is discounting them out. It will be decent, but likely non-adventurous choice at 50%+ off the name brand price. The bottles that I have had are comparable to Laphroig Select.

    https://www.totalwine.com/spirits/scotch/single-malt/shieldaig-islay-single-malt-scotch/p/146357750

    My high cost pick is the CASK STRENGTH Ardbeg Corryvrekan. At ~$100 per bottle, I obtain it for special occasions. As it is cask strength, 115 vs. 80 proof, it is comparable to a $70 bottle.
    ___

    My budget/premium tequila pick is ESPOLON Repasado (bulk 1.75 L).

    https://www.totalwine.com/spirits/tequila/reposado/espolon-reposado-tequila/p/96444175

    It is vastly better than the price suggests and can be sipped straight. It is worth trying at least once based on the label…

    PEACE 😇

    • Thanks: Barbarossa
  464. S says:
    @Barbarossa

    As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase. And the director (unless he needs cannon fodder and families with which to colonize empty or conquered territories) will do well to encourage that freedom.

    Huxley got that right.

    Years ago I read an account of the daily life of a Caribbean islander living under strong man rule, ie a classic ‘tin pot dictatorship’. According to this person the most important subject that occupied most of the islanders time and attention was who was having sex with who on the island.

    Right around the time of the Covid hysteria and the increased internet censorship (ie alleged ‘fake news’) in 2020 I noticed a palpable shift in the daily internet newsfeed (prolefeed? 😀 ) from more intellectual political items towards baser sexual innuendo, ie things like actresses in bikinis being prominently featured and who was wearing the most revealing dresses at the awards ceremony, etc.

    Exercise your sexual freedom/preference and choice of hair color all you like, and listen all you want to tunes on the radio and watch movies while you smoke dope, too, just don’t dare to interfere with the big boys while they make important decisions of state, such as committing you and your nation to war, etc.

    So, yeah, sounds about right.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  465. @Barbarossa

    Don’t know about schools here: my daughter graduated many years ago, and not in TN. From her experience in two different states I know that US schools were pretty bad at education. It looks like now they added yet another flaw: indoctrination with libtard ideas. I am a biologist, so I view many pet notions of self-appointed “progressives” as utterly nonsensical. E.g., I know that mammals have two genders, but humans escaped strict evolutionary control and now have many mental disorders, some inherited, some acquired. People can be born naturally gay, just like they can be born afflicted with schizophrenia, but that does not make either condition normal.

    I know that you mean “conservative” as opposing libtard nonsense. But I would not call this conservatism. It’s no more than common sense. Unfortunately, there is no political force in the US that stands for common sense. If such a force does not emerge in the next 10-15 years, the country is doomed to go through a catastrophic social adjustment. I won’t live long enough to see it, but I pity our kids.

  466. @Dmitry

    Tennessee is near to Athens

    There is a city named “Athens” nearby, but it is to real Athens what cheap knockoff it to Rolex (there is a joke: How to distinguish real Rolex from fakes? In real Rolex the digits do not fall off). There is “Parthenon” in Nashville, complete with the statue of “Athena”. Having seen real Parthenon, I can say that Nashville “copy” is like fake Rolex. Not to mention that Athena is supposed to be beautiful, whereas the statue in Nashville is downright ugly.

    Real whisky is made in Scotland or Ireland.

    Scotch is immeasurably better than what they make as “whisky” in the US. But even in Scotch there are shades of gray. Say, Glenfiddich or Glenmorangi is a lot better than many others. As Scots joke, if they got it right the first time, it’s single malt, if not, it’s double malt.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
  467. songbird says:

    What did Caroline Ellison, the former CEO of Alameda Research, mean when she said “controlling most world governments” and “spatial reasoning abilities” were some “cute boy things?”

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
  468. Mr. Hack says:
    @AnonfromTN

    Professor, I’ve stopped taking the likes of you and Averko seriously long ago. Go back to Russia and take your fifth column kindred back with you. Enjoy:

    • Troll: Mikhail
  469. S says:
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Tomato soup is not food. I presume Warhol was being ironic but you never know. Artist is not a profession with much brain power in the modern world.

    I read about an interview with Warhol where the interviewee came to the conclusion that Warhol seemed to shape his answers to whatever he thought the interviewee wanted to hear, as though intellectually there just wasn’t a whole lot there to start with in regards to Warhol.

    And maybe that wasn’t entirely just his ‘shtick’.

    Below is an October 6, 1965 interview with Warhol and poor Edie Sedgwick (Warhol’s drugged up ‘discovery’). Warhol plays mute basically, but speaks about his Tomato Soup can illustrations, to the extent a simple ‘yes’ and ‘no’ count as speaking. [Excuse the writing on the screen. Couldn’t find a better copy.]

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  470. songbird says:

    According to this tweet, UK biobank data reveals that one population in Scotland has 6000x the rate of father-daughter incest. How is that even possible? Maybe, severe inbreeding with cousins short-circuits mechanisms against incest with primary family members?

  471. LatW says:
    @Dmitry

    Israel’s self-interest would be to avoid supporting Ukraine to extent that would alienate Russia (where there is second most wealthy Jewish community, main source of legal immigration to Israel), while still not alienating the Western bloc it is mainly dependent on.

    Yes. But I don’t think you’re being fair to Israel by singling out the Russo-Jewish billionaire “community” as the main reason to keep a good relationship with Russia. Israel is a country with advanced tech and good institutions, it doesn’t need to put such weight in its foreign policy on Russo-Jewish billionaires (a controversial group, to say the least). It shouldn’t be all about them.

    [MORE]

    You can Israel’s Prime Minister in the beginning has tried to avoid giving military aid to Ukraine, by saying they are a peace negotiator between Russia and Ukraine, who needs to be neutral. It’s similar to the Erdogan strategy.

    Sort of.. except Erdogan has been more vocal in his support for Ukraine and has actually helped with drones, as well as used his leverage in the Black Sea region in ways that inadvertently (or even directly) favor Ukraine. Not to mention his relations with Central Asia. So there is a big difference there both in attitude and in geopolitical realities.

    And if the Israelis have avoided to provide significant military assistance, then they shouldn’t complain about the UN votes. But, of course, they will do that anyway and that’s ok. The world is complex.

    Probably Netanyahu would not change this policy, as he was perhaps one of the architects of the “multi-vector” external policy for Israel.

    We’ll see. The world is more complex now than when that policy was created. You’re probably right, but he has indicated some openness to assisting Ukraine, it appears he made comments towards Russia to reconsider its “expansionist” approach. What matters with Israel is the clandestine communication they might have with Ukraine, if there is help, one doesn’t necessarily need to put this out in the open. For example, if it really is true that they helped neutralize the Iranian drones (again, this is not known for sure, but they probably know more about these Iranian drones than anyone), then that is a better approach then some loud statements about weapon’s deliveries. With the future in mind, if they can help Ukraine with missile warning systems or maybe collaborate on some other advanced project, that alone would be great.

    Btw, is Iran sending the missiles to Russia or not? It’s not clear from the recent news.

    Yes, I’m aware there are pro-Ukrainian Israelis, of course. The Ukrainian diaspora Jews in the US are very supportive (their commentary has been very intelligent). Thank you for that link – I wasn’t aware there had been some pushback in parts of the Iranian clergy against providing drones to Russia.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
  472. songbird says:
    @Barbarossa

    Did you ever read The Island? (1962)

    It’s weird because it seems to be promoting drugs and free sex (possibly even with children), whereas those seemed like things Huxley was warning about in Brave New World. (1932) Did Huxley succumb to his own vices in his old age? What the elites were shifting to? Or was his utopia always just a split hair from his dystopia?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_(Huxley_novel)#Major_themes

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  473. songbird says:
    @Coconuts

    More and more, I think some form of jus sanguinis is the only thing that can save Europe. But it is not easy to envision how it could happen, without some form of systems collapse.

    I just don’t see how civic nationalism is workable. I don’t think that such a system is even capable of closing the border, let alone dealing with high TFR alien groups that are extremely parasitical, like Somalis. Other groups are too fearful, if they are dealt with, they will be next.

    It may be that some socialized ethnat system would have eventually imploded due to dysgenics and a parasitical class of the ingroup expanding. But I think it would have taken much longer, and maybe been more open to self-correction.

    • Replies: @Coconuts
  474. A123 says: • Website

    Ukie-stan openly fetes their EU master in Kherson: (1)


    The flag of the European Union was also seen raised alongside the Ukrainian flag over the city’s central administrative building, with photos widely circulating on social media.

    Is anyone surprised? Nope.

    When will Zelensky start flying German and French flags?

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://summit.news/2022/11/12/ukrainians-fly-eu-flag-in-kherson-to-celebrate-russian-retreat/

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    , @Mr. Hack
  475. Wokechoke says:
    @S

    He was one of the most highly paid commercial designers in the world before he dabbled with Fine Art.

    • Replies: @S
  476. S says:
    @Wokechoke

    The Russian inheritor of a failed invasion of Ukraine would be a very dangerous Russian nationalist/imperialist. Putin can be kept to a deal.

    That’s a good point.

    The US/UK wants to do exactly the same thing to Russia in WWIII that was done to Germany in WWII, ie the thorough crushing of Russian identity and aspirations.

    To that end, just as they desired the most radical, militant, and aggressive manifestation of German identity in power in Germany, ie Hitler and National Socialism, so as to best ensure the start of WWII in Europe, they today want the most radical, militant, and agressive manifestation of Russian identity, to ensure the kicking off of WWIII. The latter might be led by a greatly radicalized Putin, or, perhaps preferably to the US/UK, a new, younger, more energetic individual.

    Dugin has backtracked from his recent somewhat cryptic call to assassinate Putin, never the less, the idea has been planted in people’s minds.

    Relatedly, below are some links and excerpts to Guido Preparata’s insightful book Conjuring Hitler; How Britain and America Made the Third Reich:

    [MORE]

    ‘The elimination of the German menace of 1900 cost Britain dearly: her empire, her military and economic strength. Yet the English-speaking idea, the imperial creed, and the cultivation of the oligarchic bent were all traits that she bequeathed upon her natural, insular heir: they live on in the American establishment. Britain’s was a conscious decision; she knew the risks involved…’

    ‘..The present geopolitical policy of the United States is a direct and wholly consistent continuation of the old imperial strategy of Britain. It is that unmistakable cocktail of aggression, subversion,…that seeks to undermine any movement towards a confederation of nations capable of turning the continental base into a Eurasian league of socio-political cooperation and defense (against Anglo-American assault).’

    https://www.wikispooks.com/wiki/Document:Conjuring_Hitler_-_Chapter_6

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  477. Mikhail says: • Website
    @A123

    They’ve been about theater stressing style over substance.

  478. @S

    to ensure the kicking off of WWIII. The latter might be led by a greatly radicalized Putin, or, perhaps preferably to the US/UK, a new, younger, more energetic individual.

    That would only make sense if they win WWIII. Which cannot happen. The only sure winners of WWIII are rodents and cockroaches. If only a small fraction of nukes the US and the RF have are exploded (that’s a big if), possible winners might include some humans in Papua, Tibet, Kalahari, Amazonia, equatorial Africa, possibly high in the Andes. Some members of Antarctic expeditions might survive the war, but then would die of cold and/or hunger.

    • Replies: @S
  479. S says:
    @Wokechoke

    He was one of the most highly paid commercial designers in the world before he dabbled with Fine Art.

    Surely you meant ‘pop art’?

    Technically, he does indeed seem to have been a highly competent commercial artist. However, his later nihilistic works, ie ‘pop art’, lauded by 1960’s ‘trend setters’, seem to be just more evidence of modern Western debauchery.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  480. S says:
    @AnonfromTN

    That would only make sense if they [US/UK] win WWIII.

    I’m laying out what I believe their intentions are.

    Though I didn’t mention it in this instance, I usually add that in spite of US/UK great confidence, hubris to be specific, there’s no guarantee these plans will ultimately come to fruition exactly as they intend, ie the best laid plans of mice and men and all that.

    I also usually add, and will here, that I am not an advocate of what they appear to be doing.

  481. LatW says:
    @sudden death

    It is just some part of cunning middlemen boyars which might be guilty for some troubles during the SMO

    This isn’t new, this is in line with a common Russian meme where they blame the upper strata for failures. They have the same narrative about 1917, where it was never the fault of either the Tsar or the mysterious “people”, but the fault of the bourgeoisie who conspired with the West, same about the 1990s, where they tried to blame everything on the corrupt bureaucrats again (rightfully or no, is a different question, it’s how they formulate it for themselves). As long as they are stuck in this paradigm instead of owning things fully, they will never get out.

    [MORE]

    Nobody has turned back from Putin, me and all the russian patriots uncoditionally support him.

    Because there is no one else. Dugin is trying to characterize this by invoking the rain god, referencing the famous mythologist James Frazer. I refuse to accept that this is the only way out.

    They implemented a scorched earth policy against their political system, against their own people. They do not represent everybody. We need to call out for the good Russians to appear. Yes, the population is very passive, but I refuse to believe that there is no one else out there besides the rapist Prigozhin (who won’t last long anyway) or Patrushev’s son. Otherwise, their future will be dire. And it will affect us.

  482. @S

    Yeah, I’ve noticed the same thing with the prolefeed news (I like the term!). The other thing that I’ve noticed is that the celebrities “hotties” are more and more grotesque looking, with increasingly outlandish plastic surgery and other “enhancements”, besides the grossness of someone like Lizzo or Cardi B.

    Also notable and connected is the trend of showcasing the everlasting skankitude of stars in their 50’s and 60’s. Besides the unreality of the fact that it’s all clearly held together with incredible amounts of plastic surgery and workout regimens, it demonstrates a very weird and extreme attachment to the physical markers of youth.

    It seems like in the 90’s and early 2000’s starlets were, if still unrealistic, at least identifiably human. They really are blatantly creepy now.

    • Replies: @S
  483. @Emil Nikola Richard

    It looks like AK is rather down on the possible advantages of crypto now. I’m curious how this works. Personally I always thought that crypto was likely be nothing more than scams, shell games, and was only going to be ultimately either banned or co-opted by governments. What happened to the crypto true believers of which AK seemed to be one?

    Were there really many true believers or were the boosters largely just pumping it up so they could make it big while pulling out before the inevitable crash? It beggars the imagination that any non-delusional/actually smart people could have thought this was a going concern long term.

    With this crash, will there be a massive loss of faith in crypto as a whole or will people pile back in thinking it’s the golden opportunity to buy low?

    I just don’t get it. It seems so dumb.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  484. @songbird

    I have not, though perhaps I’ll read it after Brave New World as a counterpoint.

    I remember that when I last read Brave New World 18 years ago or so that it seemed rather remote, like something that could happen but was a long way off. Now we are not that far off, though BNW almost seems staid in it’s treatment of sex compared to modern gender ideology.

    • Replies: @songbird
  485. LatW says:
    @sudden death

    Check this one out – a former high ranking Russian spy from the foreign intelligence service (SVR), now in exile, but seems to have a lot of institutional memory and possibly still some contacts in Moscow. Not a 100% sure he is real, but sounds interesting and with some deep knowledge (and above all, kind to us).

    [MORE]

    He says Stremousov was killed (with four knife wounds) hours before the “car crash”.

    He’s saying Dugin, after his daughter’s death, has more license and more status to say these kinds of things, but that they told him to shush about open threats to Putin. And that the whole “patriot” group will be taken out eventually after the war. Where is Girkin, btw? Decided to go out in flames? Actually, I would respect that. Manly gesture.

  486. Mr. Hack says:
    @A123

    Is anyone surprised? Nope.

    Why, do you think that somehow Ukraine’s European choice is a non-sequitur? People froze their buns in 2014 and got killed too on the streets of Kyiv to make this choice known throughout the world. Allow me to refresh your memory (too much hooch obviously):

    • Replies: @QCIC
    , @Wokechoke
  487. S says:
    @Barbarossa

    Also notable and connected is the trend of showcasing the everlasting skankitude of stars in their 50’s and 60’s.

    You’ve got to be talking about Madonna whose photograph is everywhere recently. Her latest ‘pushing the envelope’ thing (is there any envelope left?) is eating out of a dog dish. She must have had some kind of radical plastic surgery done on her face as she doesn’t even look like the same person anymore.

    • Replies: @songbird
    , @Barbarossa
  488. Mr. Hack says:
    @Barbarossa

    What happened to the crypto true believers of which AK seemed to be one?

    Whatever happened to AK anyway? It seems that his substack account has withered away in a trickle. I see him commenting on Twitter here via reposts, but is that all that’s left of him? Any coordinates would be nice.

  489. QCIC says:
    @Mr. Hack

    Mr. Hack, this is a powerful video. Thank you for posting it.

    On the surface it seems like a straightforward and profound human episode. Inevitably, reality is more complicated.

    In these mass protest situations (color revolutions or whatever) large numbers of innocent people are generally used as pawns by those who have no concern for their lives. I mean ZERO concern. These people are simply used as tools to stir up war. Don’t forget that modern warfare is extremely dangerous, as in one bomb kills a hundred people. The dead are just ‘collateral damage’ for whatever dishonest politics is being played out.

    What if ALL of these people shown in your video are KILLED due to destructive policies fostered by the West? Is it worth it to YOU? I mean you, Mr. Hack. I’m referring to the thousands of people actually shown in this video. Maybe you personally know one or two of these good people. Are you and/or your fellow travelers willing to bear the moral responsibility for their deaths and this nightmare catastrophe? The Ukraine situation is a post cold war powder keg which is mostly about East-West power relations and only coincidentally about trivial Galician history. Are you willing to have your friends and relatives exterminated so you can win some pyrrhic victory over imagined slights of 50, 100 or even 200 years ago?

    Doe this have any meaning to a murderous agitator in Arizona?

    People are dying, please let us know where you stand.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    , @Mr. Hack
  490. Mikhail says: • Website

    Not for CNN, BBC et al –

  491. Wokechoke says:
    @S

    Pop Art is a style. Commercial Art v Fine Art .

  492. Wokechoke says:
    @Mr. Hack

    You are not even a European anymore. Even if you were are one point. All these deluded fuckers are doing is committing suicide and dragging Western Europe down with themselves. Ukraine is Asia adjacent. You can’t change Geography.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  493. Wokechoke says:
    @QCIC

    Willing themselves into being European, even though the territory they live in was part of the Khanate. They are all mental. The place is Asiatic by geolocation.

    • Replies: @sudden death
  494. Looks like Xi in Bali is at great mood after Pelosi travels, but without hopeless Putin scratching around:

    chinarussialltheway, lol

    • Thanks: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @sudden death
  495. Mr. Hack says:
    @QCIC

    These people are simply used as tools to stir up war.

    People don’t come out of their warm homes, and stand on street corners 24/7 for more than 4 months during the cold winter in Ukraine only to get a cup of cold milk and cookies from Ms.Nuland. Something much more important and necessary was girding these people to demonstrate, even to the point of giving up their lives for something that they believed in. You probably don’t understand this being content to whittle away your life in a nice warm home, watching TV and inhaling your vaping device on a soft leather couch.

    What if ALL of these people shown in your video are KILLED due to destructive policies fostered by the West? Is it worth it to YOU? I mean you, Mr. Hack. I’m referring to the thousands of people actually shown in this video

    .

    Firstly, its the West that’s helping these people to withstand the brutal affront of these crazy savages from the north that are looking for “Nazis”, mostly in civilian enclaves. Secondly, I’m much more optimistic and can foresee that the Ukrainian side will not perish, but will beat back the uninvited aggressors. Some things are worth dying for.

    People are dying, please let us know where you stand

    .
    Why don’t you direct your pleas to the Russian side, that is responsible for this barbarous killing spree and ask them to stop the slaughter?

  496. Mr. Hack says:
    @Wokechoke

    Ukraine has had quite amicable relations with China, even to this day, certainly better than with their mogrolized neighbors to the north (the real symbols of the uncivilized yellow peril):

    • Replies: @Beckow
  497. songbird says:
    @Barbarossa

    Always thought BNW reads a bit off. Like the brilliant line “in the year of our Ford”, which calls to mind the industrial US of the ’30s, but would seem like an anachronism today, when our oligarchs are much more likely to be in the financial services. And also the Savage – IMO, it is unlikely that they would leave any groups alone, within the borders of the US, especially now when there are so many people in the interior and in places like New Mexico. Still, I think it is quite a good book.

    Wouldn’t say The Island is a good book, but it is really strange as a counterpoint to BNW because it seems to be a vision of Huxley’s utopia, and in many ways indistinguishable from BNW.

    And it is interesting how it seems to parallel developments in many contemporary writers, like Heinlein. Apparently, Huxley took LSD, and I think it is likely one can extrapolate that to the other writers, who took up the ’60s culture that was being promoted, and promoted it themselves.

  498. @sudden death

    Just a little while ago, Xi and Biden ended their meeting at the Mulia hotel, where Xi is staying.

    Biden is now back at his hotel, the Grand Hyatt, where he is due to give a press conference any minute now.

    Their three-hour meeting was longer than expected. US officials had earlier briefed reporters that a long discussion was a possibility.

    Given the wide range of issues the two leaders had to discuss, with simultaneous translation – Xi does not speak English in such meetings – it may be a good sign that they took the time to hash things out.

    In the last few moments – following the ending of the meeting between the two leaders – the White House has released details of what President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping spoke about.

    A quick summary of the range of issues discussed include:

    President Biden told Xi the US will continue to “compete vigorously” with China
    But, he said that competition “should not veer into conflict”
    Biden was said to have objected to China’s “coercive and increasingly aggressive actions toward Taiwan”
    He also raised Russia’s war with Ukraine in his talks with Xi
    Xi agreed with Biden that nuclear war must never be fought
    Biden raised concerns about North Korea’s “provocative” behaviour
    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit China to follow up the discussions

    imho, those are potentially great looking things&points in bold;)

    https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-asia-63593855

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    , @LatW
  499. songbird says:
    @S

    There was this girl I liked on and off, since elementary school, while I was in the public schools. She was an intelligent girl generally, but one day I overheard her singing one or two lines from a Madonna song. And let me say this was a very awful song, and I, who was no fan of Madonna, at that time, considered her way past her prime and an old crone.

    Anyway, it really blew my mind and shocked me to the core, to hear this otherwise attractive teenage girl singing this very horrible autotune song from an old crone. I mean I had heard other girls sing bad pop songs, but they had never been quite as bad/were from younger singers/ or the girls were in a non-English-speaking country and not proficient.

    [MORE]

    I think it was at that point that I realized, to my horror, that there was no longer any culture. Just trash that they used to brainwash people.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    , @S
  500. Mr. Hack says:
    @sudden death

    Like I indicated from the very beginning of this war at this blogsite, China will end up being the real winner of this war. Putin will ultimately be left scratching his testicles wondering what went wrong? He’s so clueless. 🙁

  501. @songbird

    https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/madonna-pope-francis-catholic-church-b2072159.html

    Some people don’t believe in the devil.

    Origen thought the last scene on judgement day has Jesus going down to hell and guiding Satan himself back into the fold.

    I liked into the groove the first time I heard it.

    [MORE]

    • Thanks: S
    • Replies: @songbird
  502. @Mr. Hack

    He prefers twitter.

    Twitter appears to have the same fatal flaw as facebook in that they do not have a simple first in first out algorithm for what goes into the user’s information pipeline. They have a fancier algorithm with an objective function of maximizing the user’s engagement. This results in the user’s content is all mixed up, the user’s mind is all mixed up, logic is impossible, and truth is obsolete.

    It’s TV programming for the internet.

    On the plus side nobody can make a solid case against you for anything. Wrecking people’s careers because of something they wrote on twitter is probably part of the marketing strategy. If you can afford to stay home for two years (I believe it has recently been shown that this can be a great idea) everybody is going to forget and you can start over. I heard Madonna and the Pope are going to get back together.

  503. Beckow says:
    @Mr. Hack

    mogrolized (?) neighbors to the north

    Right under the surface with heroic Mr. Hacks is the casual racism of people who basically hate themselves. Who prefer to shake it off, be accepted in the Anglo world as cannon fodder, cheap labor, easy women, anything but face up to the reality of who they are and where they live.

    And yes, they did come out for Nuland’s cheap cookies, they were that desperate. Now they are dying in a belated payment for the cookies. I saw the most horrific TV report on the endless fresh crosses in Ukie cemeteries. They are hitting their heads against the wall, listening to the insincere cheerleaders among their Western betters. For what?

    This is not about “EU”, it has never been, nobody even mentions EU anymore. It has always been about turning Ukraine into a Nato military staging camp against Russia. A side requirement is to eliminate anything Russian left in Ukraine – language, schools, culture, monuments, people. Are you proud of those goals?

    Is that what those men are dying for? You cheer them on from some podunk sh..thole in Arizona, why don’t you go yourself?

  504. Mr. Hack says:
    @Beckow

    Your phony baloney pathos is really funny. I especially like this one, coming from an unabashed womanizer:

    easy women

    This is not about “EU”, it has never been, nobody even mentions EU anymore.

    Take this one up with kremlinstoogeA123. He first brought it up in his hazy comment #488.

    • Replies: @Beckow
  505. Mr. Hack says:
    @Beckow

    So, he’s basically jerking off on twitter. That’s a shame, he had a decent blog at one time, and probably getting paid for it to boot.

  506. @Mr. Hack

    Whatever happened to AK anyway?

    All his ideas have taken a beating.

    1. He was a big Sinotriumphialist (whereas I never was). Then he backtracked, and this was before Zero Covid got cemented seemingly in perpetuity. His Sinotriumphalist position looks even worse now.

    2. He was a big cryptobooster – but who is bullish on crypto now?

    3. And of course he deluded himself Putin was somekind of hypernationalist 4D chess player finally wanting to take on the West and re-create the Russian Empire or whatever. In reality, Putin was always the cautious and risk-averse bureaucrat that I and Ron Unz claimed he was. It seems very likely that the invasion wasn’t planned so much as Putin stumbled into it, which would explain Russia’s flailing performance. (That said, I still think Russia will pull out a win, but it will be costly and possibly phyrric).

    Given these big three Ls, what is there for him to write about on Substack? And wasn’t he going to write some book as he promised many years ago? And what about that big post on US-China decoupling? He appears to have a penchant for making grand claims but rarely following up on them. And even the claims he makes rarely age well. The US-Sino decoupling was already an established fact when he began to write about it. The other predictions have done badly.

    Anyway, Substack already has good writers on the current war. So even that niche is covered.

    https://bigserge.substack.com/p/surovkins-difficult-choice

    • Replies: @sudden death
  507. Beckow says:
    @Mr. Hack

    Pathos? You don’t say. You didn’t answer any of the points, I sense a budding sense of guilt. But that’s for you to resolve.

    Your evasiveness betrays insecurity. You want others to hit their heads against the wall and end up in cemeteries so you and your 90-year old Banderista roommate can chuckle about how cool it is that you get a small belated revenge for the shellacking you received in WW2. But it will happen again, then what?

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
  508. A123 says: • Website
    @Beckow

    This is not about “EU”, it has never been, nobody even mentions EU anymore.

    The Kiev regime mentions the EU non-stop. Their military campaigns proudly bear the EU flag (1).


    The flag of the European Union was also seen raised alongside the Ukrainian flag over the city’s central administrative building, with photos widely circulating on social media.

    This is 100% all EU, all the time.

    Sadly the EU’s puppet across the Atlantic did not have his wings thoroughly clipped in the midterms. Funding for Europe’s Kiev regime will go down, but probably not the 90%+ I had hoped. It is still unclear how House Appropriation power will be wielded in the next Congress.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://summit.news/2022/11/12/ukrainians-fly-eu-flag-in-kherson-to-celebrate-russian-retreat/

  509. @Beckow

    It only took 25 years or so and Vietnam was going strong enough to welcome back American tourists. I haven’t been there but the people I know who went say it is now a fabulous destination. Humanity is incredibly resilient. Even the comet / asteroid 15 000 years ago was just a momentary setback on cosmic time scales.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  510. Mr. Hack says:
    @Beckow

    You cheer them on from some podunk sh..thole in Arizona, why don’t you go yourself?

    The same reason that you don’t leave your own medieval castle within Slovakia and go to Donbas to support your own Uber mensch Russian military, walking in lock step to the tune of your idiotic Putler’s orders.

    Any more questions?

  511. LatW says:
    @sudden death

    Apparently, RusFed requested a one on one meeting with Xi but Xi declined.

    • Replies: @AnonfromTN
  512. @LatW

    Apparently, RusFed requested a one on one meeting with Xi but Xi declined.

    I wonder what’s the source. Is this true, or as fake as “news” about Lavrov’s hospitalization on Bali?

    • Replies: @A123
  513. songbird says:
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    When I was 8, I visited a foreign country for the first time.

    Madonna was mentioned in this country, which led me to the conclusion that there was some hegemonic American trash culture that shows up in places where you would not want to see it or hear about it.

    • Replies: @A123
  514. Mr. Hack says:
    @Beckow

    It has always been about turning Ukraine into a Nato military staging camp against Russia.

    If this is true, then why has Russia been so cowering towards Finland and acquiesced to it becoming a part of NATO? Barely a whimper to what it knows to be a fait accompli. Last I checked, Finland has a border with Russia almost as long as Russia has with Ukraine. Yet no ape s__t antics towards Finland for NATO accession? It’s much more than just NATO accession for Ukraine.

    • Replies: @Beckow
    , @Mikhail
  515. A123 says: • Website
    @songbird

    Madonna was mentioned in this country, which led me to the conclusion that there was some hegemonic American trash culture

    MTV rolled out in 1981. As they essentially created this marketing space, there were no international competitors. However, the first mover advantage did not lead to hegemonic imperium in terms of culture. Competitors sprung up rapidly and MTV pivoted to unscripted “Reality TV” shows, instead of music, 10-15 years later.

    Certain performers who were able to exploit the medium during the brief launch moment gained extraordinary momentum. Michael Jackson and Madonna are obvious examples where spectacle exceeded actual musical talent. MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice marked the end of MTV (shudder) “culture”.

    The standard joke used to be, “Remember when MTV played music?” It has been so long, one doubts today’s youth know that MTV started as Music TV.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @songbird
  516. A123 says: • Website
    @AnonfromTN

    Apparently, RusFed requested a one on one meeting with Xi but Xi declined.

    I wonder what’s the source. Is this true, or as fake as “news” about Lavrov’s hospitalization on Bali?

    Putin did not attend the G20. So, a Xi-Putin meeting was not rejected.

    Leaders at this sort of event do not “meet down” with lesser status individuals unless it is absolutely necessary. I am willing to believe the claim might be accurate. However, not having a very mismatched meeting carries no real significance for Russia or China.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @LatW
  517. LatW says:
    @A123

    Putin did not attend the G20. So, a Xi-Putin meeting was not rejected.

    If it is true that the Chinese side declined, then this would’ve been during the preparation stages. But, yea, Putin doesn’t like to leave the bunker much.

    Btw, the Chinese side reiterated their position that nuclear threats should not be made, in a language that seems to be as clear as it gets by their standards. They typically do not use very explicit language, so this is as far as it goes and it’s quite clear.

    So we can probably somewhat safely assume that there will not be any significant tangible help from China for the Russian invasion into Ukraine.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @AnonfromTN
  518. @Wokechoke

    Willing themselves into being European, even though the territory they live in was part of the Khanate.

    Very shortsighted and selectively cucked historical standard horizon above as the territory really has been for longer mentioned as part of Greek and Roman ruled lands than they were various Khanate ruled;)

  519. S says:
    @songbird

    I think it was at that point that I realized, to my horror, that there was no longer any culture. Just trash that they used to brainwash people.

    Madonna would of fit in perfectly with the worst cultural excesses of the Weimar Republic, som