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From the Washington Post news section:

White House wrestles with whether Russia has ‘invaded’ Ukraine

Putin announced he is sending troops into Russian-backed separatist regions within Ukraine. Opinions differ on whether that is an invasion of the country.

By Ashley Parker
Today at 9:17 p.m. EST

The White House on Monday confronted the reality that its months-long effort to avert a Russian invasion of Ukraine would likely be futile, as officials grasped for last-ditch ways to head off what one called “military action that could take place in the coming hours or days.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin spent the holiday weekend effectively closing off one diplomatic path after another, suggesting ever more clearly that he would not be swayed by diplomacy or deterred by sanctions. And by announcing that he was recognizing two pro-Russian separatist regions of Ukraine and ordering troops into them, he forced the United States into an uneasy dilemma about whether that constituted an invasion.

The Biden administration sought to hit back at Russia’s aggressive action while stopping short of declaring that it had officially invaded Ukraine, which would have triggered the array of hard-hitting sanctions President Biden has been warning about for months. …

Still, the administration official repeatedly refused to say whether Putin’s decision to send “peacekeeping” troops into the two Russian-backed separatist areas constituted a red-line invasion in the eyes of the Biden administration. If anything, the official tried to portray Monday’s developments as far short of a dramatic change in the status quo.

“Russia has occupied these regions since 2014,” said the official, a point he emphasized several times throughout the call. “It has been Russia’s position that there are not Russian forces present in this part of the Donbas. The reality, as we pointed out on a number of occasions over these past years, has been quite different. There have been Russian forces present in these areas throughout.”

After the call, a different administration official defined a Russian invasion that would prompt a clear U.S. response as crossing into Ukrainian territory that Russia has “not occupied since 2014.”

Not everyone agreed. Donetsk and Luhansk are not generally recognized as independent countries, and some experts suggested that sending troops to them amounted to dispatching a military force into Ukraine itself.

Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama, tweeted that “Russia is invading Ukraine right now.”

This reminds me of the various brouhahas over the last 55 years regarding the varying official status of the various chunks of land — East Jerusalem, West Bank, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip, and Syria — militarily conquered by Israel in 1967.

After the 1940s’ series of unfortunate events, the world more or less decided that it doesn’t approve of military conquest anymore, so that those who does conquer some place don’t get to have the rest of the world recognize their conquest. Which sounds insignificant in practical terms, but can matter a lot in the long run since that can wind up being the re-dividing line.

Trump’s recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights to help Bibi out in his 2019 election doesn’t help right now. And then in 2020, Trump and Kushner recognized Morocco’s control over the old Spanish Sahara colony of Western Sahara in return for Morocco recognizing Israel.

“Kremlin recognition of the so-called ‘Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics’ as ‘independent’ requires a swift and firm response, and we will take appropriate steps in coordination with partners,” the secretary of state wrote.

But as Presidents’ Day weekend came to a close, the Biden administration’s definition of a “swift and firm response” remained nearly as murky as what exactly constituted an invasion.

The Biden Administration appears to have erred by not publicly emphasizing this as something the Kremlin might do. In contrast, they did a good job of warning about “false flags,” so that when Moscow started complaining about Ukraine supposedly attacking Russia with artillery, nobody outside of Russia much cared.

But they appear to have been wrongfooted by this move by Putin. We were promised Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but so far we’ve gotten a Slavic version of the convoluted Jerusalem embassy question.

 
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  1. LOL.

    So, Putin has done even more to make our leadership look stupid. Perfect.

    Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia, all of this amounts to a Russian problem. Americans have nothing to do with it.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    @Buzz Mohawk

    "Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia"

    By that logic California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona are "essentially a part of Mexico".

    Historically Ukraine was dominated by Polish elites and was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, except for the parts that were outright just Poland. The Russia connection only goes back to 1648, and only in the Easter part of the country. The modern "Russification" of Ukraine is mostly a product of Communists murdering people for several decades, helped by Germans murdering people for a while as well.

    You are a right that this is a matter that shouldn't concern Americans on a moral level. Properly the fight over Ukraine is a battle between the EU (aka Germany) and Russia. It is in the US interest however that the EU win, if for no other reason than mercenary economic reasons. An EU controlled Ukraine will be a much better place for Americans to invest than a Russian controlled Ukraine.

    Replies: @International Jew, @awry, @YetAnotherAnon, @WJ

    , @Ebony Obelisk
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Uh democracy is an American problem.

    Dictatorship anywhere is an issue

    Of course I wouldn’t expect right wingers who support insurrectionists and racist truckers to get that

    We should deploy troops to kick white boy russian arse

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Muggles, @Alden

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Americans have nothing to do with it.
     
    Dear Sweet Buzz Mohawk, our elites (and resident Russophobes) will find a reason for Americans to die for it.

    I think Putin was very clever to do this. He's not invading Ukraine, and Kiev will not get bombed.

    But the Germans have put the kibosh in Nordstream2. E. Europe is dependent on Gazprom. I don't know what will happen but I'm 99% sure that Russia and China are this close, so the Russians can now afford to tell us to pound sand.
    , @Art Deco
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia,

    Only in your imagination.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @SunBakedSuburb

    , @Buck Ransom
    @Buzz Mohawk

    The Brandonistas sound confused.

    Better get Kamala on this pronto.

    , @Bill Jones
    @Buzz Mohawk


    So, Putin has done even more to make our leadership look stupid. Perfect.
     
    Isn't a clearer vision of realty a good thing?

    As Giraldi shows, "our leadership" (and I see you are adopting Paddy Buchanan's possessive propaganda here.) is not only stupid it is the most vicious and dangerous since LBJ.
  2. Anonymous[133] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Anonymous


    Part of me wants to chop this up
     
    https://i.ibb.co/9ngZmL6/giphy.webp
    , @Mike_from_SGV
    @Anonymous

    Disney is the enemy. Pull the plug on it.
    Avoid modern kid stuff which is often Woke Evangelism. Drive out the bad by flooding him with the good. Flood him with good literature and stories, e.g. kid-understandable versions of Greek mythology, King Arthur, other classics. Think up and tell stories about boys becoming astronauts, explorers, witch-fighters, monster-fighters, etc. Spur his imagination in normal boy directions. Keep him playing with blocks, legos, zoobs, etc. Take him hiking, camping, play catch.

    Replies: @Goddard

    , @J.Ross
    @Anonymous

    What he is missing is positive masculinity. He has to see that life is hard, that masculine strength and discipline alone can save people from some of the hardness of life, and that it is a cruel and unworthy abdication to not help in that task. Other than that there's no reason not to be a princess.

    , @Jack D
    @Anonymous

    Those that say to ignore it are right. If the kid gets wind that you are opposed to this, he will use it as a lever to get a rise out of you. He may be testing you already.

    Meanwhile cancel your Disney subscription and get rid of the Disney DVDs or however it is he is getting this material. Find another genre that he is or will become interested in. Doesn't have to be super macho stuff like war movies or football. Maybe he is interested in nature or art.

    Replies: @HA

    , @neutral
    @Anonymous

    I can't think of anything worse than allowing children to watch Disney, you should know by now it is nothing by propaganda for an ideology I assume you reject.

    , @Rob
    @Anonymous


    Part of me wants to chop this up as kids...
     
    Think you mean chalk.

    It’s a bit unusual for five-year-old boys to be really unto Disney Princess stuff to start with, no? Did he end up watching it with an older sister?

    I’m going to give, not advice because I don’t have kids, but a question and a suggestion. How locked down has your son been throughout covid? Five is old enough for kindergarten, right? Was he in kindergarten? Not Zoom classes, like, a physical place full of other kids. If not, you should seriously consider getting him into some un-(lightly?) supervised contact with other kids.

    Also, you might consider asking him why he wants to be a princess. The answer might be something like, “people pay attention to them” or “they get to wear colors.” If the former, maybe show him some attention. If the latter, let him wear colors? His answer might be that their lives are interesting. That would be a reasonable answer for a kid who has spent 40% of his life in Covid-land.

    To read what some WOMEN OF UNZ have written, the culture adults present to kids is fairly ungendered. Does he know what princes are? Go on quests, rescue the princess, etc.

    Lastly, are you married to his mom and not currently separated?

    Ok, that was more than one question, but...
    , @The Germ Theory of Disease
    @Anonymous

    "contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature."

    As to alternative literature [for kids]:

    "Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg. Best children's book ever. The boys are boys, the girls are girls, the grownups are all crazy, the rats do good deeds, the skyscrapers fall in love, cigar-store wooden Indians come to life, the Potato Face Blind Man is full of wisdom, and the zizzies eat the railroad tracks. Only the fire-born understand blue. Try to get an edition with the original nutty Norwegian illustrations.

    This book kept me sane back when I was a crazy art-addled six year old who read "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" instead of Dr. Seuss. Yeah, you heard me.*

    Or you could try romping around the house with him and making an unholy mess to the tune of this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV0F_XiR48Q

    A combination of weird artsy noodling and THE greatest rock guitar riff of all time. If that doesn't get your blood pumping, nothing will.

    _____

    * - ironically (or intentionally), this book was given to me by my very gay uncle, who I later learned very much hated being gay and did all he could to make sure his nephews didn't go down that path. Gave us each a fire truck for Christmas every year. We miss you, Jimmy.

    Replies: @Joe S.Walker

    , @animalogic
    @Anonymous

    I sympathize with your predicament. Though the fact that he's 5 gives reason to hope.
    But it is a precarious situation.
    I wonder whether overt support plus covert emphasis on reality might help ?
    When the time comes we'll support you etc etc, but very quietly, without any noticeable intention, suggest the negatives of change. And as other commentators have suggested, employ some quiet pro-boy, not princess activities - you are best to judge what will interest your boy.
    I hate to think of the trauma that a kid would go thru if they had all these "indentity" issues at such a tender.
    Fingers crossed -- it's "just a phase".

    , @anonymous coward
    @Anonymous

    a) Where's the mother?

    b) Is he an only child?

    , @ic1000
    @Anonymous

    Anon133, on the recommendation of my college-age son, I'm working through a Jordan Peterson interview. He seems to have a sensible and coherent view of Modernity, and how it impacts boys growing up (girls, too). You might get some value from searching for book chapters or YouTube videos containing his advice on early-childhood parenting.

    Whatever path your son ends up taking, I don't think you'll end up feeling that Peterson offers bad advice. In The Current Year, that's something.

    , @Batman
    @Anonymous

    Most of this gender nonsense is made up and can be corrected with strong parenting. Homosexuality generally isn't. Have you ever considered that possiblity?

    , @SFG
    @Anonymous

    No ideas for five year olds (though as others say here interaction with other boys may help), but for a teenager playing up the conspiratorial angle of the trans crowd (banning books, controlling the media, hiding information) may help. You could play on a teenager’s distrust of authority. Go to pubmed and find the rates of strictures and fistulas after the surgery. If the thing progresses you might be able to make him think twice.

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anonymous

    I am going to make this 3 comments, #133, and I hope they help.

    Disney and TV: As others have already written, Disney (in my words) is the Devil. It is no longer the Mickey Mouse Club and fun rides. (In fact, my wife wanted us to go to DisneyLand/World/whatever, and I wanted NO part of it. Luckily the Kung Flu PanicFest intervened, and, since it has subsided, she has gotten pretty much the opposite of woke in the 2 intervening years. Yeah!)

    I will put NO money into Disney's hands to f__k with the kids with, and I suggest you do the same, if you care about this country in general, along with the kids.

    A 5 y/o shouldn't be in front of the TV AT ALL, besides very special occasions, such as maybe a friend sleeping over. I will give some exceptions as recommendations.

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anonymous

    That last was closer to a rant than suggestions ;-}

    Do not be afraid to push back and correct your 5 y/o. It's not like he's 12 or 14 and ready to rebel. Look, Kindergarten is next year, and I have been surprised how much wokeness they have slipped in. You need to get ahead on this and buy him the appropriate toys, books, and video (exceptions) that I will suggest.

    Let the boy know what he can read/watch/play with, and what he can't. Tell him honestly that some of the stuff from school is bad for him, and the teachers are to be obeyed (to humor them, if nothing else), but that you and Mom know a whole lot more than those ladies, and he'd better listen.

    You need to take care of this now. If you think the school is really adding to the problem, consider homeschooling.

    Suggestions to follow, finally.

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anonymous

    Books: It may depend on the neighborhood, but 5 years ago we could still get lots of great old books for children from yard sales. Money may be no object in this for you, but either way, it's all nearly free. They've got the old Curious George and Dr. Suess stuff. Be careful. Make sure you don't pick up modern versions of anything by people with the rights from the dead authors.

    That "Goodnight Moon" and the one by the same author with the train being loaded up by the animals are just so creative, but non woke - great for before bed. There's "Goodnight Construction Site" - excellent. I'm sure I'm missing many others because it's been a while. GET TO THE YARD SALES. Even the lefty ladies at the church still appreciate the old classics and will help.

    Videos: I highly recommend the Mighty Machines series made in the non-woke Canada of mid-1990s to late 00's. All of it was free on youtube - for a treat, you could get that onto the TV big screen. They made at least 30 episodes, and you know how kids are - he may watch each one 4 or 5 times. I still have the intro. song in my head from 4 years ago! If he really gets into it, there are other series about trucks, factories, etc, at the library.

    Toys: I can't say enough good about Legos. My original thoughts were "man, what a scam. In my day, we bought the set and/or extra pieces and built many different things with them. We didn't need a set for each object" (Well, many are 2-fers, at least.) I've changed my mind. Some of the sets in the "Technics" are amazing - vehicles have working differentials, steering gears, moving crankshaft/connecting rods/pistons. The boy must strictly follow the plans*. These are not cheap, but they are really great for a boy.

    Also, sign him up for chesskid.com. He can do a lot for free, but when you pay the $100 or so, he can watch more videos. It beats the hell out of the old way of getting long books, going over games from the newspaper, and playing chess by mail - oh, about one move a week!

    .

    * We ran into a problem one time that taught the boy a valuable lesson - he had to go back about half-way, maybe 20 pages, because of one screw-up. "Count parts for each step. Check your work." Etc...

    Replies: @Anon

    , @NJ Transit Commuter
    @Anonymous

    I kept my children away from all electronic media until they were past 10 years old. Admittedly this was 20 years ago so it was easier than today. It requires real commitment. You cannot watch TV or videos either, because your son will see the hypocrisy behind it.

    But there are many benefits:
    - After a “withdrawal period,” from visual stimulus children’s natural imagination blossoms. My children never complained about being bored. To this day they are voracious readers and have positive and constructive hobbies as young adults. (For example, my daughter designs and sews her own clothes.)

    - You will some more time with you son. The hours I spent playing sports with my son when he was child are a treasure I will always cherish.

    - You can better control what’s influences your children. It’s not realistic, or healthy, to think you can completely hide your children from the outside world, but at least you can create an oasis where they are surrounded by“better things” however you decide.

    - You will become a better person. Because I also committed to stay from electronic media, I learned the piano, got in great physical shape, and learned a lot from spending so much time reading.

    , @SafeNow
    @Anonymous

    Might I suggest a substitute for Disney: The reruns of the old Andy Griffith Show, where Andy is the sheriff of Mayberry. (Available on Amazon Prime and elsewhere.) Andy is a widower with a young son (Ron Howard!) who gets into jams and asks questions. Don Knotts, as Andy’s deputy, creates funny jams for Andy to contend with, as do other Mayberry townspeople. Andy resolves the above with patient-but-firm, masculine, role-modeling. A good show to watch together; Mrs. SafeNow and I enjoy it ourselves- - great acting and plots that remind us of a sane, traditional world.

    Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    , @stillCARealist
    @Anonymous

    Get the Dangerous Book for Boys and go through some of the easier projects with him. Maybe he's ready for more?

    Start buying him his own little tool set (real stuff, not toys) that he can accumulate and begin to use. You could even take apart old appliances or motors with him and make up stories about the pieces as you go. If you yourself aren't handy, then this will be some fun exploration for both of you.

    Go to the beach and dig holes in the sand. Make tunnels and walls and watch the water erode and fill them. Identify each bird that flies around and each bug that you see (love the internet in our hands).

    If all this seems like mundane advice, know that it worked beautifully with my two sons. Despite not being terribly macho guys, they both developed a healthy sense of maleness and could easily see that they are wholly different from girls.

    Replies: @martin_2

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Anonymous


    Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies

     

    Are you for real? Cut that shit off, NOW! No further comment.
    , @Colin Wright
    @Anonymous

    '...Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them...'

    It really is another example of the problem with being a parent in modern times. Society doesn't enforce the norms you want, and it offers no worthwhile guidance on what norms you should enforce. You wind up having to reinvent the wheel -- and often don't do a very good job of it!

    Where do you draw the line? For starters, I'd make it clear this doesn't at all please you. Kids actually want to ascertain their parent's attitudes and conform to them.

    So spell those attitudes out. Dresses and sparkly shoes are for girls, and he's not a girl. Then see where you are.

    Remember: what you read is virtually all nonsense. You're going to have to do this on your own. But don't be afraid to do that; you have to.

    , @Servant of Gla'aki
    @Anonymous

    I wish I had something more insightful to suggest, but definitely keep your kid away from Disney (pre-1980 Disney flicks are probably OK), and don't let him watch stuff like Nickelodeon, or any of those other "kids" network programming.
    All that stuff is catamite propaganda. And propaganda works.

    , @S. Anonyia
    @Anonymous

    Maybe he just likes the pageantry and artistry of the Princess stuff without actually wanting to be a girl or dress like one. There are not recent kids movies or tv shows showing boys looking aesthetic (tendency towards superheroes with goofy character designs and costumes instead) so he is getting into girls’ stuff by default.

    Show him old or foreign animated movies that are basically fairy tales for boys- Sword in the Stone, Black Cauldron, Princess Mononoke etc (despite the title, the male Ashitaka is the main character). Also start showing him Lord of the Rings and or one of the many King Arthur related films for kids/tweens. He will probably like the medieval feel.

    , @aNewBanner
    @Anonymous

    You might need to deprogram him before going cold turkey on the Disney princesses. Sit down with him and explain why Ariel is a terrible role model, why Belle should have married Gaston, why Jasmine really is just a prize to be fought over, and why Frozen is the tragedy of Prince Hans, an antihero who (despite his flaws) is the most competent member of the main cast, deserves to rule Arendelle, and is driven to terrible actions by the incompetence of the royal dynasty.

    In all seriousness, limit screen time to the bare minimum. It warps children’s minds, especially very young children.

    , @Anon
    @Anonymous

    Read responses until Ahmed. The best by far is Mike. Masculinity (or femininity), like virtue, can’t be taught, but it sure can be inspired.

    Assuming you’re married to the mom, proceed to:
    1) block him from Disney and mass media. Including tablets and phones. Lie if you need to, but be smart and don’t let it seem some sort of punishment.
    2) check if there’s people around him that are bad influences. Really be careful about this, and savvy about protecting him.
    3) substitute the bad for the good, as Mike said. Buy lots of videotapes, make movie nights with him. (Zorro, with a manly heroe and a good vs evil plot is a good choice. Original Star Wars. See what he prefers: sports, mystery, adventure.. try the old Disney on CD: Swiss Family Robinson, for example). Sports, chess, anything with a gun, or simply go hiking with him and have fun. Don’t forget the s’mores. Speak well and fondly of the women in his life, just make the differences obvious. Teach him to take care of them, and why that is worthwhile.
    Do manly as naturally as you breathe, just VERBALIZE it in front of him. (Evidently someone has verbalized the princess stuff, whether ads or content or people). He’s your son, no one else’s. Take charge.

    , @mc23
    @Anonymous

    I am a big believer in hard wiring. I also despise Disney these days.

    I've got four boys, adults now. My wife tried thirty years ago to raise the older two in a gender neutral fashion, no feminizing but she allowed them to have dolls or other feminine toys if they wanted. The one spent a year in combat as a machine gunner but used to take baths with his Little Mermaid doll. I shrugged it off because I figured boys will be boys and I was right. They're all masculine. I would be more cautious in today’s environment. My wife laughs about it.

    I laugh quietly when my very liberal youngest son mansplains pretty excessively to his younger girlfriend and she swallows it up.

    Sincerely though I would nix the clothes but not the dolls, playsets etc. Explain the physical differences and reasons behind them. I have known boys around that age who started to show gay tendencies and 20 years later, yeah they're gay. It would disappoint me but I know of a lot worse.

    , @Alden
    @Anonymous

    Get rid of the Disney Princess movies. Most of the kid’s movies now days feature strong girls bossing the boy’s around.

    So he’s 4, much too young for a machismo learning program. Get him some guns. The more colorful and noisy the better. Cars and toy vehicles. Most of the LEGO sets for kids his age are very military. My brothers were ultra macho. They watched all those cowboy movies and TV series. There’s thousands on YouTube. Some featured boys as main characters. Rifleman tv series was one. Ron Howard was in more tv shows than Andy Griffin and the other one. He was in lots of TV cowboy episodes with his father. Look for them.

    There’s a Shirley temple movie. Susana of the Mounties. She plays the usual bossy little girl. But gets constantly put down and bullied by an Indian boy. Movies like Treasure Island and Swiss Family Robinson feature manly boys. Johnny Tremaine and Sunstar and Pepper are historical fiction featuring boys in the thick of wars. That Mel Gibson movie the Patriot same thing. Young boys fighting the evil British.

    He’s only 4. Get rid of the Princess movies and go on YouTube for all the old cowboy movies and cowboy TV series even Leave it to Beaver Ozzie and Harriet Maybe you can find that old Davy Crockett tv series hardly any women.

    What does his bedroom look like? Re decorate it. Go on the internet looking for boys bedspreads. Don’t take him a store where he might go for something feminine. Get some stacking boxes or buy some boards and a nail gun paint or stain and let him help you make a set of shelves.

    Home Depot has lots of screw in table legs and table tops. Take him to Home Depot Ace or an unfinished furniture store to pick out table top and short legs so he can help you make a little table. My brothers loved tools. My sons and friends always wanted to take their bikes apart but we forbade it.

    There are stores and online where they sell the old fashioned Lincoln Logs and Erector sets.

    All these suggestions are really not for 4 year olds but for older boys. All those old Bugs Bunny and other cartoons encouraged boyish ness. And get all the old fairy tales that feature boys. Jack and the Beanstalk can’t remember any others by name but there were plenty of them.

    Does he have sisters who watch Disney princess movies all the time? That might be the problem. Maybe 2 different TVs or DVD players might be the answer. We aren’t TV watchers. So we thought one TV for the kids. Then when the boys were in 4th grade they started arguing. Turned out the girls wanted to watch Animal Shows and the boys wanted Monday Night football. So we got the boys a TV for Christmas. And they watched all the macho black sports they wanted.

    Your car. Is he interested? Let him sit on your lap and mess around with the wheel and controls. Not while driving of course unless you live out in the country or have a long driveway. Any friends or relatives have a snowmobile motorcycle anything like that? Even a vacuum cleaner floor buffer even a washing machine. Boys love anything with noise and motors. It’s a big thrill to turn on. the washing machine and dryer.

    Take some city or suburban bus light rail trips. Boys love that sort of thing. An Amtrak trip to the next town if there’s a station nearby. He’s still the age for coloring books. There’s lots of military Star Wars truck etc boy coloring books. There are also kids activity books that teach how to draw. He might be a little young. You know. An oval shape then a neck head and beak and it’s a duck.

  3. The best news was that the US military withdrew hundreds of soldiers from Ukraine. The average American was surprised to learn that we keep troops in that remote non-NATO nation.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
  4. • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Reg Cæsar

    You can view Nicosia streets near the demarcation (using Google Street View) and it really doesn't look so bad. It's almost as though separation can be a good thing here and there.

    The Chinese certainly think so.


    https://i.ibb.co/xDhv0zD/Screenshot-20220202-193151-Firefox.jpg

    , @RobinG
    @Reg Cæsar

    When my friends from Belarus vacationed in Cyprus, where did they go?

    Replies: @Jim Christian

  5. There was a time when the capital of “Russia” (such as it was then) was Kiev:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus’

    Personally, I don’t care one way or the other. Whatever deep feelings Russians or Ukrainians may have about the dusty steppes and boggy marshes of Ukraine doesn’t even move the needle on my “Give-a-F*#k” meter.

    Russia is a big country with a powerful military. Any treaty organization that the US is a member of ought not to share a land border with it. When the Soviet Union broke up, the Bush administration promised them that we would not advance NATO to their borders. That was a wise policy. Even wiser would be to tell the Europeans to get their act together and get out of NATO altogether. The Cold War was over. Vlad the Embezzler is just another Czar (albeit probably smarter). If we hadn’t let psychopaths like Vicky Nuland screw around in Ukraine back in 2014 and before this might not be an issue now.

    Ukraine is not now a member of NATO and yet it is dragging us to war (seems to be anyway, if this isn’t all some kind of NWO Kabuki theater). Imagine how much worse they would be if they were a NATO member. Ukraine seems to be a really crappy ally – like the Austro-Hungarian Empire – like a crazy, pushy girl-friend who is always picking fights between you and some other guy. “Are you gonna let him talk to me like that?!”

    • Replies: @anonymous coward
    @Mr. Anon


    There was a time when the capital of “Russia” (such as it was then) was Kiev:
     
    During that time "Kiev" was conquered and ruled by a warrior elite from Novgorod that was half-Swedish.

    Perhaps now is the time to return to historical roots, lol.

    Replies: @Thea

    , @Stebbing Heuer
    @Mr. Anon


    Ukraine seems to be a really crappy ally – like the Austro-Hungarian Empire – like a crazy, pushy girl-friend who is always picking fights between you and some other guy. “Are you gonna let him talk to me like that?!”
     
    The historical reality was more like Wilhemine Germany asking her Austro--Hungarian boyfriend if she was going to let that little Serbian guy push him around like that.

    The rest is history.

    And a large slice of Ukraine used to belong to Austria-Hungary. A blood-soaked badland best left alone.
  6. The US’s ABM base in Poland is going to become operational later this year. See https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/world/europe/poland-missile-base-russia-ukraine.html That is what has brought matter to a head, and is the main point in Putin’s speech made a few hours ago, where ie noted the 300 seconds hypersonic flight time of the base from Moscow. In 1990 Ukrainian had the same standard of living as Poland, now it has one third. Thousands of Ukrainian women are surrogate mothers for wealthy Chinese and Western couples. Ukraine has hit rock bottom. But they want to play Nato like Poland is trying to, whereby Poles will get cheap gas from American LNG, subsidized by America.

    Putin duped the US as to the actual plan, but the sanctions from the US now will be so extreme he might as well have conquered Ukraine and shipped its population to Siberia, where no Russian lives by choice. Russia has always been backward and dependent on borrowed technology, and the now unavoidable extreme sanctions are really gong to completely cut Russia off from Western innovation, In a generation Russia will be North Korea with gas. There will be an increased danger of accidental nuclear war because the obvious counter to Nato’s technological and positional advantages for a surprise counterforce strike is to take the safeties off the Russian defence system. The long term future prospects of Russia allying with America against the coming Mega China are suddenly much dimmer.

    The problem with Russia was it was too weak and tempting a target, but because its thermonuclear arsenal was essentially comparable to America’s, Russia had to be hamstrung. American diplomats have done far too good a job due to the foolishness of the Russians, though the greatest mistake was made at a time when the oil price was so low after hitting a nadir that Russia (Putin included) was in a state of learned helplessness. In 2001, Putin like Yeltsin before him actually asked ii Russia could join Nato!. In 2007, the US was about to build ABM bases in Poland, supposedly to defend against Iranian nuclear ICBM’s they still do not have two decades later, was happening the next year at the insistence of the US, Nato announced that Georgia and Ukraine would become members, which is quite a contrast with the runaround Russia got the when they tried to join.

    By 2008 Putin understood that Nato which both he and his patron/ predecessor Yeltsin had actually tried to join, is dedicated to making Russia insecure. There is no way out for Putin, and once cut off from innovations that Russia cannot produce (Russia not longer ever tries to develop new microprocessors) by Western sanctions that are now inevitable, his country is going to become technologically dependent on China within a generation. China is the great winner in all this, and it will also get Russian women as surrogate mothers in the way thousands of Ukrainian females already are for Chinese couples.

    • Disagree: Adept, Jim Christian
    • Troll: neutral, Eric Novak
    • Replies: @Boo
    @Sean

    Stop trolling

    Replies: @Sean

    , @Adept
    @Sean


    . . . the now unavoidable extreme sanctions are really gong to completely cut Russia off from Western innovation, In a generation Russia will be North Korea with gas. . .

    The long term future prospects of Russia allying with America against the coming Mega China are suddenly much dimmer.

     

    This is basically incoherent.

    Much of the world's "innovation," such as it is, comes from Mega China. The Russians know this. And the West is becoming an increasingly poor place to innovate, just as early-Soviet Russia was in its day. (Scott Locklin wrote a brilliant and insightful piece about this: https://scottlocklin.wordpress.com/2021/03/05/russian-empire-aerospace-refugees/ )

    What we're going to see is the increasingly close alignment of Russia with China. The latter as junior partners, to be sure. But, just as surely, they are critically important from a military, industrial, and geostrategic perspective.

    America, through its own shortsightedness -- and, in the case of Russia, actual malice and lack of empathy -- has awoken and energized a mighty foe.

    Replies: @anon

    , @Peter Akuleyev
    @Sean

    China is the great winner in all this

    Yes, which is why the US has been so shortsighted in its Russia policy. The US has basically let the Germans and Central Europeans dictate Russian policy to us.

    A weak Russia is great for Germany and Poland over the near term, but over the long term it is simply an opportunity for China to exert control over a vast amount of the world's resources.

    Replies: @Sean

    , @siberiancat
    @Sean


    (Russia not longer ever tries to develop new microprocessors)
     
    Let me name you two, just off the top of my head. One is called Baikal, another – Elbrus
    Baikal currently uses the ARM instruction set, Elbrus is completely indigenous
    Both are shipping.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Sean


    Russia has always been backward and dependent on borrowed technology,

     

    They had a pretty good nuke program and brilliant scientists.

    and the now unavoidable extreme sanctions are really gong to completely cut Russia off from Western innovation

     

    So? With their China alliance who needs "Western innovation"?

    Their real problem was Communism and living under Asiatic monsters like Stalin. Now that's gone they can develop normally. Moscow has a lower murder rate than London.
    , @Eric Novak
    @Sean

    The effect of US sanctions on Russia will be to induce nap time in the Kremlin. Russia has 12 time zones of natural resources. It does not need whatever Kamala Harris holds back.

  7. @Reg Cæsar
    https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/5b2accd8cfe7f108e315278c/5bf3baec5032406d5b984dac_Map%20of%20Cyprus.png

    Replies: @HammerJack, @RobinG

    You can view Nicosia streets near the demarcation (using Google Street View) and it really doesn’t look so bad. It’s almost as though separation can be a good thing here and there.

    The Chinese certainly think so.

  8. @Reg Cæsar
    https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/5b2accd8cfe7f108e315278c/5bf3baec5032406d5b984dac_Map%20of%20Cyprus.png

    Replies: @HammerJack, @RobinG

    When my friends from Belarus vacationed in Cyprus, where did they go?

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    @RobinG

    Turtle Beach?

  9. anonymous[223] • Disclaimer says:

    With regard to possible ‘Western sanctions’, Russians might just cut off Europe’s gas in the middle of winter, with European reserves now down to only 5% of capacity.

    Here is Russian television, back in 2009, a Russian military chorus singing about exactly this, turning off the gas to Europe. English subtitles, funny and tuneful – They turn a mock cutoff valve on stage while everyone laughs and cheers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7RD5ONjv8M

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @anonymous

    Does the West need Putin's gas more than Putin needs the West's $ - we'll find out I guess. Russian laughter may have been premature. He who laughs last laughs best.

    Replies: @houston 1992, @PetrOldSack

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @anonymous

    https://twitter.com/MedvedevRussiaE/status/1496112456858574849

    Someone has asked the question I asked last night, whether the recognition of these areas is "facts on ground" or full areas.

    "Putin: we recognized Donetsk and Luhansk in the borders as described in their constitutions"

    In for a kopeck, in for a rouble I suppose.

    (ic1000 - I think Putin has answered your question. Looks like there will indeed be shooting.)

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @anonymous

    No. Migraine.

  10. Monday night (2/21) U.S. time: American diplomats posted to Ukraine
    have temporarily relocated to Poland in case Russia invades. Zelensky,
    for his safety, is being urged to move from Kiev to Lvov which is only
    miles from the Polish border. Meanwhile Poland, with the help of the
    82nd Airborne from Fort Bragg, is building a vast encampment not far
    from the Ukrainian border, that is designed to possibly process millions
    of refugees from the east. And Poland is already hosting 1.5 million
    Ukrainian workers and students. Dozens of good-looking Ukrainian
    women, speaking perfect Polish, (and even some Russians, although
    Russians are more resistant to speaking Polish than Ukrainians) are
    vlogging from Poland on YouTube, presenting Poland as a land
    flowing with milk and honey, practically a Garden of Eden compared
    to where they came from. No wonder most Ukrainians don’t want to
    have much to do with Russia. Poland’s GDP (PPP) per capita in
    2022 is expected to reach \$40, 341, within \$1,000 – \$2,000 of the
    GDP figures for Italy and Spain, because compared to Western Europe
    Poland suffered only a minor damage from Covid-19 (short and
    mild lockdowns, etc).

    In the 15-16th centuries Poland accepted vast numbers of refugees
    from Italy, Scotland, etc, and of course many Jews after they were
    expelled from W. Europe. It’s almost as if Poland were a constellating
    Jungian archetype of motherhood attracting thousands of refugees
    seeking safety under her ample skirts.

  11. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Part of me wants to chop this up

    • LOL: Cool Daddy Jimbo
  12. Biden’s handlers were counting on Ukraine to be a nice distraction from Canada and the food prices and inflation and make some contractors money, but Putin has been a difficult partner to dance with on this, as has been the Ukranian government, as has been most of the American people, who aren’t interested in another war in a foreign land that has nothing to do with us.

    Imagine if they threw a war and no one came.

    Biden’s boys might do a false flag attack in the U.S. in this point just to try to sway public opinion to actually be interested in the shenanigans over there and push for war.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @R.G. Camara

    I'm noticing that an emerging MSM narrative--even on Fox--is that "something's not right with Putin."..."He looks different.".... and other versions of "Russia's leader is no longer mentally competent."

    "Accuse them of what you're guilty of" marches on.

  13. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Disney is the enemy. Pull the plug on it.
    Avoid modern kid stuff which is often Woke Evangelism. Drive out the bad by flooding him with the good. Flood him with good literature and stories, e.g. kid-understandable versions of Greek mythology, King Arthur, other classics. Think up and tell stories about boys becoming astronauts, explorers, witch-fighters, monster-fighters, etc. Spur his imagination in normal boy directions. Keep him playing with blocks, legos, zoobs, etc. Take him hiking, camping, play catch.

    • Replies: @Goddard
    @Mike_from_SGV

    Love everything you're saying here. Doing much of it with my boy, will bring in Greek myths and King Arthur (thank you), not only avoiding Disney but also kicked out the TV altogether. To hiking, camping, and ball would add inculcating a love of and proficiency with firearms.

  14. anon[352] • Disclaimer says:

    Is this ambiguity a problem or an opportunity. Biden can call it whatever he wants. I suggest that he call it a non invasion. And if it ends close to this, didn’t Biden “win”? Or can’t Biden call it a win?

    Once the US calls “red line” invasion, sanctions are pre announced, and there is nothing to negotiate with. At which point Russia might as well have its way with Ukraine. Whatever that entails.

    Or, hypothetically, why not settle up with Russia? Give Putin the breakaway territories. Give him Crimea, which he already has. And missiles in Poland, which aren’t a great idea anyway. No one should be arming the European borders anyway, including Russia who can agree to not build more.

    Deep staters are foaming at the mouth to punish Russia.

    No one really gives a shit except Russia and Neocons. Russia has veto power over Ukraine in the sense they can ruin it. But that is about it.

    Regardless, the smart thing is to hold off on calling it an invasion. And didn’t Biden already say a minor incursion was ok? https://nypost.com/2022/01/20/joe-biden-again-tries-to-walk-back-russia-ukraine-minor-incursion-fumble/

    • Agree: houston 1992
    • Replies: @Bill
    @anon

    Yes. It's just like Canada with its truckers. You ask the question "Why not just give them everything they want," and there is no good answer. There is some bad answer they don't give, and some gibberish they do give, but there is no good answer.

    , @Alec Leamas (working from home)
    @anon


    Or, hypothetically, why not settle up with Russia? Give Putin the breakaway territories. Give him Crimea, which he already has.
     
    The people who never have to get elected but run the foreign policy of the United States don't want to.
    , @Colin Wright
    @anon

    'Or, hypothetically, why not settle up with Russia? '

    Why not? Because then the crisis goes away.

    The whole attraction of the crisis is to distract us from what the swine are doing to our own country.

  15. In terms of long term survival the more Russia isolates itself from “the West” (it is actually post West) the better. I see the post West ideology as nothing more than a gangrene that eventually kills you, hopefully with time more countries will see the disease for what it is and also remove themselves from the rot.

    • Agree: anonymouseperson
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @neutral


    In terms of long term survival the more Russia isolates itself from “the West” (it is actually post West) the better. I see the post West ideology as nothing more than a gangrene that eventually kills you
     
    I agree with first part of your comment. I disagree with the second part. IMHO, is can not be rectified.

    In the city that headquarters NATO Mohammad is the number one most popular newborn baby name. Mohamed and Mohammed are the 2nd and 3rd most popular, respectively. Ahmed was close though.


    https://mobile.twitter.com/_TheBulletin/status/1349663112799145984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1349663112799145984%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgript.ie%2Fstudy-only-26-of-brussels-residents-are-native-belgians%2F

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Dena/status/1124374189144625152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1124374189144625152%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgript.ie%2Fmost-popular-baby-name-in-brussels-is-now-mohammad%2F

     

    Poland has fully embraced NATO and the West. In Warsaw multicultural ads from the West are now ubiquitous. In the next 20 years Poland’s Catholic tradition will fall quicker than Ireland’s has in the past 20 years thanks to Google.


    http://rownowazni.uw.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/BLM-1.jpeg
    University of Warsaw campus in 2020

    https://media.defense.gov/2018/Jan/16/2001865925/-1/-1/0/180115-A-ED017-1517.JPG
    Poland welcomes American troops

     

    Replies: @neutral, @The Germ Theory of Disease

  16. It also didn’t help that James Madison annexed the “Repulic of West Florida” back in the 1800s.

    • Replies: @Skyler the Weird
    @Redneck farmer

    West Florida became Mississippi which is the basket case Ukraine or maybe the Burkina Faso of North America.

    Replies: @acementhead

    , @Muggles
    @Redneck farmer

    Two observations:

    1. Even the White House has a hard time deciding if the current "breakaway" areas of eastern Ukraine are actually Ukrainian enough to call moving in Russian troops in an "invasion." How can you invade a place you already control (via militia surrogates and disguised Russian military)?

    2. The US foreign policy of late has not condemned "breakaway" new nations. South Sudan, East Timor, Bangladesh, virtually all of the former Soviet "republics" such as Belarus, the many 'stans, etc., Kosovo, all of the former nations of Yugoslavia, etc.

    There are also more problematic places like Moldova and similar which were part of other former Soviet regions or countries.

    Current US hysteria about Ukrainian borders is invented. This isn't an endorsement of whatever Putin is doing, but the USA isn't in charge of each and every international border.

    A smarter President like Trump might decide that Karelia and Salla should be returned to Finland after Stalin forced Finns to "cede" them to the USSR. While few even know about that, it would be a nice chess move. Russians understand chess. Biden doesn't.

  17. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    What he is missing is positive masculinity. He has to see that life is hard, that masculine strength and discipline alone can save people from some of the hardness of life, and that it is a cruel and unworthy abdication to not help in that task. Other than that there’s no reason not to be a princess.

  18. Don’t forget that NATO militarily ripped Kosovo out of Serbia after ethnically cleansing it. If they poke the bear anymore, it’ll be the end of NATO in Europe.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    @Ken52

    Don’t forget that NATO militarily ripped Kosovo out of Serbia after ethnically cleansing it.

    On the other hand - the Serbian preoccupation with Kosovo is kind of a sickness. Kosovo was a shithole when it was part of Yugoslavia, it is a shithole now when it's "independent", and it will remain a shithole.

    Demographically Serbia lost Kosovo centuries ago - back in 1690 to be precise. No one can remember a time when an ambitious intelligent Serb actually wanted to live in Kosovo. If Kosovo was returned to Serbia it would be like giving downtown Detroit to Kansas. And even if you do ethnically cleanse the place you just have a landlocked piece of mountainous land with a miserable continental climate and still next door to Albania.

    The Serbs stole Vojvodina from Hungary, and all things considered that was a pretty damn good trade.

    Replies: @Ken52

  19. What is usually not mentioned in these discussions is the fact that
    at the end of WW II Russia established a colony on the Baltic Sea,
    known as the Kaliningrad Oblast’. The colony is located between
    northeastern Poland and Lithuania. In 2018 Russia deployed
    the nuclear-capable Iskander missile system there. In missile
    time Kaliningrad is seconds from Warsaw, Berlin, Copenhagen or
    Stockholm. I believe the missile base being completed in Poland,
    although supposedly against Iran, is more likely a response to the missile
    base in Kaliningrad.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Anon 2

    The missiles in Poland are anti-missile missiles (ostensibly to protect Europe from Iranian missiles), not offensive weapons.

    The Russians are concerned that if NATO can knock down the Russian missiles then the Russian nuclear threat becomes less threatening. The nuclear threat is what gives Putin a free hand to do things like occupy parts of Ukraine. Biden has already said that he isn't going to send any American troops to Ukraine because he doesn't want to start a nuclear war.

    During the Cold War, there were treaties in effect that prohibited both sides from having anti-missile missiles but those treaties lapsed because Trump thought that the Russians were cheating. The US is not adverse to reviving the ABM treaties provided that both sides abide by them.

    , @Thelma Ringbaum
    @Anon 2

    Poland simply should return all the German land she was given. And take back the west Ukraine.

    This will fix quite a few problems of Europe.

    Replies: @Alden

  20. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Those that say to ignore it are right. If the kid gets wind that you are opposed to this, he will use it as a lever to get a rise out of you. He may be testing you already.

    Meanwhile cancel your Disney subscription and get rid of the Disney DVDs or however it is he is getting this material. Find another genre that he is or will become interested in. Doesn’t have to be super macho stuff like war movies or football. Maybe he is interested in nature or art.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @HA
    @Jack D

    "If the kid gets wind that you are opposed to this, he will use it as a lever to get a rise out of you. He may be testing you already."

    I agree with this. Don't try and frame this about gender issues. If the kid is spending all that time with any DVD's, kick him outdoors, or get him a geology set. If he wants to watch adventures, let him have a few of his own first. If he wants to play video games, make him learn how to program a few. You say you've done a lot of reading about this. Have you considered reading to your kid? I mean, the fact that he's spending time with DVD's (or Saturday morning cartoons, or Japanese anime) that might be spent with the two of you discussing Tolkien, or Walter Scott, or Conan Doyle or whatever it is that you enjoyed as a child, and therefore want to share with him, is probably already an issue, and would have remained so even if Disney were feeding your kid G.I.Joe and Rambo tutorials on becoming cannon fodder.

    And I'd tell you the same thing if this were your daughter you were asking about. The fact that there's a hole in your kid's life that allows corporations of any kind to use as a dumping ground for whatever it is that they're selling is probably the bigger problem here. The past generations who farmed out their children's upbringing to Saturday morning cereal commercials and Sesame Street (and shoot 'em up Westerns and kung fu matinees at the neighborhood cinema) were already an indication that things were about to go belly up. That stuff is less of a problem if they're already grounded in you.

  21. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    I can’t think of anything worse than allowing children to watch Disney, you should know by now it is nothing by propaganda for an ideology I assume you reject.

    • Agree: Je Suis Omar Mateen
  22. @anonymous
    With regard to possible 'Western sanctions', Russians might just cut off Europe's gas in the middle of winter, with European reserves now down to only 5% of capacity.

    Here is Russian television, back in 2009, a Russian military chorus singing about exactly this, turning off the gas to Europe. English subtitles, funny and tuneful - They turn a mock cutoff valve on stage while everyone laughs and cheers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7RD5ONjv8M

    https://i.4pcdn.org/pol/1642865479351.png

    Replies: @Jack D, @YetAnotherAnon, @Reg Cæsar

    Does the West need Putin’s gas more than Putin needs the West’s \$ – we’ll find out I guess. Russian laughter may have been premature. He who laughs last laughs best.

    • Replies: @houston 1992
    @Jack D

    about 41% of European natural gas comes from Russia, 26% Norway, ~ 29% Algeria. Can Putin "bottle" that LNG and simply ship it to hungry Asian markets?

    41% deficit seems hard to make up with a tight world market for long, and Han consumption growing at the rate of consumption that equals a Netherlands-Belgium per annum. I dont see any USA plans to increase energy production. Do we have the ships to deliver the LNG, and can Euro ports unload it where it is needed?

    It seems crazy that we let the Germans shit down their nuclear power plants, and I hear that the Greens have started demolishing the towers to make the decision more irreversible.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Reg Cæsar

    , @PetrOldSack
    @Jack D


    Does the West need Putin’s gas more than Putin needs the West’s $
     
    The West's $ are based on the control of gas and oil flows. The obligation from third parties to pay for it in $'s. The obvious answer should be, Putin's gas changes the equation at the expense of the $. Glad to hear of other factors that might shift the balance to the other side, see none.

    Europe is now forced to choose, cannot any longer play both sides, it is either abide by the Russia - China block OR the US --as in one or the other. Scholz and Macron are great examples of how confused the Euro top is on the matter(their handlers behind the scenes). Navigating between both opposing poles of power just shows their impotence. Cannot be sorry about this, fifteen years ago this was already obvious, sadly brain-dead politicians have their empty suits, short term goals of living of the scraps of their handlers and nothing much else. These "leaders", Merkel, Mark Rutte, Boris Johnson, Macron now Scholtz are online camera whores, and nothing can be said to up their esteem. When you can't make it in Hollywood --lacking the looks, you can make it in politics. N'est ce pas Ilhan Omar, Ursula von der Leyen, Michel? Nuland's "Fuck the EU" is right to the point. That is what Putin thinks. Mercedes has now it's head quarters in the Kremlin.

    To leave margins, and there are, an outsider and reading the future in the cow dung, other factors can change and shift the equation. Must be something major! Would be glad to hear about it.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Anonymous

  23. @Sean
    The US's ABM base in Poland is going to become operational later this year. See https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/world/europe/poland-missile-base-russia-ukraine.html That is what has brought matter to a head, and is the main point in Putin’s speech made a few hours ago, where ie noted the 300 seconds hypersonic flight time of the base from Moscow. In 1990 Ukrainian had the same standard of living as Poland, now it has one third. Thousands of Ukrainian women are surrogate mothers for wealthy Chinese and Western couples. Ukraine has hit rock bottom. But they want to play Nato like Poland is trying to, whereby Poles will get cheap gas from American LNG, subsidized by America.

    Putin duped the US as to the actual plan, but the sanctions from the US now will be so extreme he might as well have conquered Ukraine and shipped its population to Siberia, where no Russian lives by choice. Russia has always been backward and dependent on borrowed technology, and the now unavoidable extreme sanctions are really gong to completely cut Russia off from Western innovation, In a generation Russia will be North Korea with gas. There will be an increased danger of accidental nuclear war because the obvious counter to Nato's technological and positional advantages for a surprise counterforce strike is to take the safeties off the Russian defence system. The long term future prospects of Russia allying with America against the coming Mega China are suddenly much dimmer.

    The problem with Russia was it was too weak and tempting a target, but because its thermonuclear arsenal was essentially comparable to America’s, Russia had to be hamstrung. American diplomats have done far too good a job due to the foolishness of the Russians, though the greatest mistake was made at a time when the oil price was so low after hitting a nadir that Russia (Putin included) was in a state of learned helplessness. In 2001, Putin like Yeltsin before him actually asked ii Russia could join Nato!. In 2007, the US was about to build ABM bases in Poland, supposedly to defend against Iranian nuclear ICBM’s they still do not have two decades later, was happening the next year at the insistence of the US, Nato announced that Georgia and Ukraine would become members, which is quite a contrast with the runaround Russia got the when they tried to join.

    By 2008 Putin understood that Nato which both he and his patron/ predecessor Yeltsin had actually tried to join, is dedicated to making Russia insecure. There is no way out for Putin, and once cut off from innovations that Russia cannot produce (Russia not longer ever tries to develop new microprocessors) by Western sanctions that are now inevitable, his country is going to become technologically dependent on China within a generation. China is the great winner in all this, and it will also get Russian women as surrogate mothers in the way thousands of Ukrainian females already are for Chinese couples.

    Replies: @Boo, @Adept, @Peter Akuleyev, @siberiancat, @Paperback Writer, @Eric Novak

    Stop trolling

    • Replies: @Sean
    @Boo

    In his book Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era (New York: Viking Press;1970), Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote: "For impressive evidence of Western participation in the early phase of Soviet economic growth, see Antony C. Sutton's Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development:


    In a few words: there is no such thing as Soviet technology. Almost all — perhaps 90-95 percent — came directly or indirectly from the United States and its allies. In effect the United States and the NATO countries have built the Soviet Union. Its industrial and its military capabilities. This massive construction job has taken 50 years. Since the Revolution in 1917. It has been carried out through trade and the sale of plants, equipment and technical assistance.
     
    Professor Richard Pipes, of Harvard, said in his book, Survival Is Not Enough: Soviet Realities and America's Future (Simon & Schuster;1984):


    In his three-volume detailed account of Soviet Purchases of Western Equipment and Technology... Sutton comes to conclusions that are uncomfortable for many businessmen and economists. For this reason his work tends to be either dismissed out of hand as 'extreme' or, more often, simply ignored. (p. 290)
     

    https://informnapalm.org/en/russia-lagging-behind-in-combat-drone-technologies-and-trying-to-hide-it-through-information-operations/
    In our operations in the Donbas, we shot down or forced to land multiple Russian reconnaissance UAVs like Forpost, Granat, Eleron, and Orlan. Their examination revealed that almost all internal components of these UAVs, with the exception of the airframes and parachutes, were foreign-made civilian-grade products. For example, Orlan has a Chinese-made GPS tracker, a US-made starter-generator PTN78020 from Texas Instruments Inc., a Japanese-made engine from SAITO SEISAKUSHO CO. LTD., flight control hardware from the European concern STMicroelectronics, and a US-made telemetry controller from Microchip.
     

    https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AUPress/Book-Reviews/Display/Article/1192414/the-last-warrior-andrew-marshall-and-the-shaping-of-modern-american-defense-str/ For example, he supported research during the Cold War that deduced a strong preference by the Soviets for achieving a "scientific" level of "objectively correct" warfare operations, devoid of fog and friction. With the Soviet desire for certitude established, ONA diagnosed that missile defense programs could perform as poorly as "15% effective" and still tilt the scale of deterrence in favor of the United States. This finding supported that unproven capabilities, such as then-President Reagan's "Star Wars" initiatives, would create net benefits vis-à-vis the USSR. Another Cold War, long-term strategy that Marshall diagnosed was to "stay in the bomber business" because it would cost the USSR far more to defend its thousands of miles of borders with air defenses than it would cost the United States to breach those borders with new bombers (e.g., B-1, B-2). Marshall further believed that the USSR did not have the economic strength to sustain its large military spending; Soviet collapse was inevitable.
     

    Replies: @S

  24. @Jack D
    @anonymous

    Does the West need Putin's gas more than Putin needs the West's $ - we'll find out I guess. Russian laughter may have been premature. He who laughs last laughs best.

    Replies: @houston 1992, @PetrOldSack

    about 41% of European natural gas comes from Russia, 26% Norway, ~ 29% Algeria. Can Putin “bottle” that LNG and simply ship it to hungry Asian markets?

    41% deficit seems hard to make up with a tight world market for long, and Han consumption growing at the rate of consumption that equals a Netherlands-Belgium per annum. I dont see any USA plans to increase energy production. Do we have the ships to deliver the LNG, and can Euro ports unload it where it is needed?

    It seems crazy that we let the Germans shit down their nuclear power plants, and I hear that the Greens have started demolishing the towers to make the decision more irreversible.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @houston 1992


    It seems crazy that we let the Germans sh[u]t down their nuclear power plants
     
    Last time I checked the Germans had their own country and didn't have to consult the US before making decisions about their utility grid.

    The Germans have always been more into the "natural purity" green type stuff than Americans. For example, no GMO corn or soy is allowed in the EU. And the Green Party is a major block that can swing government coalitions. Being anti-nuke is of a piece with this.

    Also keep in mind that the Germans, until recently, thought that they could triangulate between Russia and the US and so had no problem signing up for energy deals with Russia.

    One of the ironies of what Putin just did is that he solidified NATO a lot more than if he had just left things alone. Without an aggressive Russia to defend against, NATO was sort of aimless and adrift and without a mission and might have even fallen apart eventually. Trump was not a big fan - in his view NATO was a scheme to get America to pay for Europe's defense. But now everyone loves NATO again.

    Replies: @RAZ, @YetAnotherAnon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @Iron Curtain, @Paperback Writer

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @houston 1992


    It seems crazy that we let the Germans 💩 down their nuclear power plants...
     
    That sounds more like India. Germans are notorious for examining their waste, even building little "shelves" into their commodes.

    Replies: @Alden

  25. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Part of me wants to chop this up as kids…

    Think you mean chalk.

    It’s a bit unusual for five-year-old boys to be really unto Disney Princess stuff to start with, no? Did he end up watching it with an older sister?

    I’m going to give, not advice because I don’t have kids, but a question and a suggestion. How locked down has your son been throughout covid? Five is old enough for kindergarten, right? Was he in kindergarten? Not Zoom classes, like, a physical place full of other kids. If not, you should seriously consider getting him into some un-(lightly?) supervised contact with other kids.

    Also, you might consider asking him why he wants to be a princess. The answer might be something like, “people pay attention to them” or “they get to wear colors.” If the former, maybe show him some attention. If the latter, let him wear colors? His answer might be that their lives are interesting. That would be a reasonable answer for a kid who has spent 40% of his life in Covid-land.

    To read what some WOMEN OF UNZ have written, the culture adults present to kids is fairly ungendered. Does he know what princes are? Go on quests, rescue the princess, etc.

    Lastly, are you married to his mom and not currently separated?

    Ok, that was more than one question, but…

  26. Clinton might say ‘depends what you mean by ‘in’ ‘ ?

  27. The poor b*ggers at WaPo seem thoroughly confused. It’s as if the CIA haven’t told them what to think.
    “Langley, we have a problem…..”

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
    @Verymuchalive

    Be patient! They’re algorithmically refreshing talking points

    R2P Ukrainian incubator babies

    more cookies for Kiev

    etc

    that will be beta-tested on the idiot box shortly.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive

  28. Does anyone notice that the average White person in America isn’t into the anti-Russian propaganda?

    Not long ago they would have probably believed the Pentagon and the rest of the Deep State. Doesn’t this have implications for the future of the USA as a political unit if the most patriotic group no longer trusts its leaders, including the military establishment?

    • Replies: @Mike_from_SGV
    @Loyalty Over IQ Worship

    Some conservatives and whites, formerly reflexively "patriotic", pro- military, etc, have awakened to the fact that the US is an anti-white, anti- normal, pro- perversion entity, and the DOD is in part a Woke jobs program. That creates major ambivalence about any military action other than in response to a direct attack or invasion to our territory. (Oh, actually we are already getting invaded, but the fkng government is on the side of the POC invaders). So, ambivalence and distrust.

    , @Anonymous
    @Loyalty Over IQ Worship


    Not long ago they would have probably believed the Pentagon and the rest of the Deep State. Doesn’t this have implications for the future of the USA as a political unit if the most patriotic group no longer trusts its leaders, including the military establishment?
     
    Yes. See:
    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2022/02/20/fourth-turning-2022-bad-moon-rising-part-four/
    Also, the 84 year revolution cycle in Anglo history is about now.
    also, see Heinlein, "Year of the Jackpot".

    Burning Platform favors purple prose more than I do, I'm surprised it doesn't call people "Cossacks", but after you filter out the purple many of its points are plausible.

    So the question now is who does what in reaction to the Russian troop movements. As Burning Platform points out, times like this, like all times of the end of the old and the birth of the new, are critical. The US could cement NATO in to an obsolete victim of social stasis and demographic replacement, could discredit itself enough by massive overreaction to be tossed out of NATO into dependence on AUKUS, could do nothing (thus ratifying Putin's move) and let the situation settle down with the RF. I think, the third choice, "settle down", is Putin's short term goal).

    On the "settle down" side, you could note that the Russian Federation (RF) has only sent troops to friendly countries. These countries belong to their inhabitants by right of conquest and effective occupation, rather like Vietnam and Afghanistan. However, the pre-WW II law of, sovereignty by "right of conquest" by inhabitants doesn't apply to Whites, nor (as the Europeans are finding out) does the pre-WW II law of sovereignty by "effective occupation". Allowing it to prevail in this case would severely affect US policy both internally and internationally. It would severely weaken the Democrats' case for US demographic replacement, for one minor thing.

    More general discussion:


    "Burning Platform" lists 4 alternatives for the US:
    1. WW IV, a major event in human evolution equivalent of the Toba eruption (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/toba-supervolcano-eruption-humans-south-africa-science) that randomly selects some regional group to survive and kills the rest.
    2. End of modernity worldwide -- end of the West's expansion, probably the end of industrial society, same as the Greek expansion of Alexander came to an end with loss of central Asia colonies, loss of homeland, loss of the Greek intellectual tradition. Whites, Greeks and Scythians both, forced out of central Asia.
    3. Modernity survives, but US ends. Rather like the end of Imperial Germany and its successor state starting in 1914.
    4. Comparatively minor US changes, like the New Deal or Civil War, quite possibly with a successful shift to Mackinder's Oceanic strategy.

    During the next decade one of the 4 will be chosen. As with most beginnings, or the future in general, it's hard to say which will happen. I'd hope for 4, myself.

    I can see the current situation developing into a near-nuclear confrontation, thanks to Pres. Obama's purge of non-Woke from the officer ranks of DOD. Or perhaps severe sanctions that bankrupt the US and Europe rather than the RF. I can also see the US population rejecting the entire form of US government since the Spanish American War (which marked the rise of the urban political machines to national dominance) and trying something new. There isn't really any choice - at the current rate of decline, US society will foreseeably be unable to feed its population.**

    Change is unpredictable -- a singularity in real life. Consider the Abelian sand pile,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnOkkC4QND8

    and this application:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S83u_y3ZRYg

    and this quote:

    It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things"
    Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
     
    ** 10% rise in food prices this year, market dependent rise in housing prices, 20% rise in apartment rents (https://www.rt.com/news/550176-us-rents-skyrocket-inflation/), doubling of nitrogen fertilizer prices. Urban deterioration of basic infrastructure has made cities uninhabitable except for those who cannot earn a living elsewhere, and marginal for even them. This is the gradual but inexorable poverty that brought down the USSR. Khrushchev's father was a miner, and owned a motorbike. That was an unattainable luxury for Russian workers by 1938. For a US analogy, the house and 2 cars of the Simpsons cartoons, c.a. 1990, cannot be bought by people with Homer's blue collar job in 2020, 30 years later.
    , @Feryl
    @Loyalty Over IQ Worship

    There still is a substantial chunk of older people who reflexively are hostile to Russia and think that America ought to flex it's muscle for "defense" (these are also the people who consume TV news and don't realize that it's largely state propaganda). But very few people under the age of 40-45 (they grew up after the Cold War ended) really give a crap. Amongst younger Leftists there is hostility to Putin, but not really against Russia per se. Even supposing that Putin invaded the Ukraine, most younger people (who came of age when America declared war on itself, and during various fiascoes in the middle east) don't feel much urgency to fight a war against anyone at this point.

    Replies: @Bill Jones

    , @J.Ross
    @Loyalty Over IQ Worship

    Just you wait until Those Who Must Check In open some lids at a chemical weapons storage site, some uniformed twentysomethings die twitching in a video, and the lyingpress tells everyone it was Russian saboteurs.

  29. I wonder if this current frenetic American activity in Poland means
    that Washington has decided to turn Poland into a nuclear
    power, heavily supported by the U.S. and with Poland’s
    enthusiastic consent. Nobody in Europe would allow Germany
    to go nuclear but nuclear Poland, also supported by Britain,
    would simultaneously keep Germany in check, and do its
    share in keeping Russia in check.

  30. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    “contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.”

    As to alternative literature [for kids]:

    “Rootabaga Stories” by Carl Sandburg. Best children’s book ever. The boys are boys, the girls are girls, the grownups are all crazy, the rats do good deeds, the skyscrapers fall in love, cigar-store wooden Indians come to life, the Potato Face Blind Man is full of wisdom, and the zizzies eat the railroad tracks. Only the fire-born understand blue. Try to get an edition with the original nutty Norwegian illustrations.

    This book kept me sane back when I was a crazy art-addled six year old who read “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” instead of Dr. Seuss. Yeah, you heard me.*

    Or you could try romping around the house with him and making an unholy mess to the tune of this:

    A combination of weird artsy noodling and THE greatest rock guitar riff of all time. If that doesn’t get your blood pumping, nothing will.

    _____

    * – ironically (or intentionally), this book was given to me by my very gay uncle, who I later learned very much hated being gay and did all he could to make sure his nephews didn’t go down that path. Gave us each a fire truck for Christmas every year. We miss you, Jimmy.

    • Replies: @Joe S.Walker
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    No argument about "Hocus Pocus". A real headbangers' favourite.

  31. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    I sympathize with your predicament. Though the fact that he’s 5 gives reason to hope.
    But it is a precarious situation.
    I wonder whether overt support plus covert emphasis on reality might help ?
    When the time comes we’ll support you etc etc, but very quietly, without any noticeable intention, suggest the negatives of change. And as other commentators have suggested, employ some quiet pro-boy, not princess activities – you are best to judge what will interest your boy.
    I hate to think of the trauma that a kid would go thru if they had all these “indentity” issues at such a tender.
    Fingers crossed — it’s “just a phase”.

  32. @Sean
    The US's ABM base in Poland is going to become operational later this year. See https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/world/europe/poland-missile-base-russia-ukraine.html That is what has brought matter to a head, and is the main point in Putin’s speech made a few hours ago, where ie noted the 300 seconds hypersonic flight time of the base from Moscow. In 1990 Ukrainian had the same standard of living as Poland, now it has one third. Thousands of Ukrainian women are surrogate mothers for wealthy Chinese and Western couples. Ukraine has hit rock bottom. But they want to play Nato like Poland is trying to, whereby Poles will get cheap gas from American LNG, subsidized by America.

    Putin duped the US as to the actual plan, but the sanctions from the US now will be so extreme he might as well have conquered Ukraine and shipped its population to Siberia, where no Russian lives by choice. Russia has always been backward and dependent on borrowed technology, and the now unavoidable extreme sanctions are really gong to completely cut Russia off from Western innovation, In a generation Russia will be North Korea with gas. There will be an increased danger of accidental nuclear war because the obvious counter to Nato's technological and positional advantages for a surprise counterforce strike is to take the safeties off the Russian defence system. The long term future prospects of Russia allying with America against the coming Mega China are suddenly much dimmer.

    The problem with Russia was it was too weak and tempting a target, but because its thermonuclear arsenal was essentially comparable to America’s, Russia had to be hamstrung. American diplomats have done far too good a job due to the foolishness of the Russians, though the greatest mistake was made at a time when the oil price was so low after hitting a nadir that Russia (Putin included) was in a state of learned helplessness. In 2001, Putin like Yeltsin before him actually asked ii Russia could join Nato!. In 2007, the US was about to build ABM bases in Poland, supposedly to defend against Iranian nuclear ICBM’s they still do not have two decades later, was happening the next year at the insistence of the US, Nato announced that Georgia and Ukraine would become members, which is quite a contrast with the runaround Russia got the when they tried to join.

    By 2008 Putin understood that Nato which both he and his patron/ predecessor Yeltsin had actually tried to join, is dedicated to making Russia insecure. There is no way out for Putin, and once cut off from innovations that Russia cannot produce (Russia not longer ever tries to develop new microprocessors) by Western sanctions that are now inevitable, his country is going to become technologically dependent on China within a generation. China is the great winner in all this, and it will also get Russian women as surrogate mothers in the way thousands of Ukrainian females already are for Chinese couples.

    Replies: @Boo, @Adept, @Peter Akuleyev, @siberiancat, @Paperback Writer, @Eric Novak

    . . . the now unavoidable extreme sanctions are really gong to completely cut Russia off from Western innovation, In a generation Russia will be North Korea with gas. . .

    The long term future prospects of Russia allying with America against the coming Mega China are suddenly much dimmer.

    This is basically incoherent.

    Much of the world’s “innovation,” such as it is, comes from Mega China. The Russians know this. And the West is becoming an increasingly poor place to innovate, just as early-Soviet Russia was in its day. (Scott Locklin wrote a brilliant and insightful piece about this: https://scottlocklin.wordpress.com/2021/03/05/russian-empire-aerospace-refugees/ )

    What we’re going to see is the increasingly close alignment of Russia with China. The latter as junior partners, to be sure. But, just as surely, they are critically important from a military, industrial, and geostrategic perspective.

    America, through its own shortsightedness — and, in the case of Russia, actual malice and lack of empathy — has awoken and energized a mighty foe.

    • Agree: Alfa158
    • Replies: @anon
    @Adept

    Russia has very good programmers. Russia is the only major place besides the US and China that has its own significant native software platform/app industry. Most of the rest of the world, including Europe, is a colony of US Big Tech.

    For whatever reason, Russian consumer electronics hardware industry is weak, and was so during the Cold War as well. China's consumer electronics hardware industry is solid and increasingly better, however, and has been hiring Russian software talent:

    https://twitter.com/DimitriASimes/status/1480145325989969921

  33. @Buzz Mohawk
    LOL.

    So, Putin has done even more to make our leadership look stupid. Perfect.

    Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia, all of this amounts to a Russian problem. Americans have nothing to do with it.

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev, @Ebony Obelisk, @Paperback Writer, @Art Deco, @Buck Ransom, @Bill Jones

    “Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia”

    By that logic California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona are “essentially a part of Mexico”.

    Historically Ukraine was dominated by Polish elites and was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, except for the parts that were outright just Poland. The Russia connection only goes back to 1648, and only in the Easter part of the country. The modern “Russification” of Ukraine is mostly a product of Communists murdering people for several decades, helped by Germans murdering people for a while as well.

    You are a right that this is a matter that shouldn’t concern Americans on a moral level. Properly the fight over Ukraine is a battle between the EU (aka Germany) and Russia. It is in the US interest however that the EU win, if for no other reason than mercenary economic reasons. An EU controlled Ukraine will be a much better place for Americans to invest than a Russian controlled Ukraine.

    • Agree: utu, Bardon Kaldian
    • Disagree: YetAnotherAnon, Yevardian
    • Replies: @International Jew
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Which team would Bogdan Khmelnitzky be on today?

    , @awry
    @Peter Akuleyev

    "Fuck the EU", you remember that? The EU and Germany was never a big fan of this "Slava Ukraini" project created by Galician jews in the US elite and in Ukraine (and some transplanted back to Ukraine from the US since 2014).
    The USA's long term goal was always to prevent the EU (i.e. mainly Germany) and Russia becoming too close economically, that's why they were focusing on thwarting pipelines for decades etc.

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Peter Akuleyev

    "Properly the fight over Ukraine is a battle between the EU (aka Germany) and Russia."

    But in reality it's a fight between the US and Russia. I don't think it's Germany who's pushing for nuclear missiles in Poland.

    Anatoly Karlin, late of this parish, thinks Russia is going for all of Ukraine, or at least all the Russian-speaking parts of it. I hadn't realised

    a) that Ukraine has been pursuing a culturally anti-Russian policy - no Ukrainian schoolchild can be taught in Russian, despite the fact it's the first language of 30% of the population. Apparently Ukranian universities can also no longer access academic journals hosted in .ru domains.

    https://www.fairplanet.org/editors-pick/schools-in-ukraine-scrap-russian-language-from-their-curricula/

    b) it is illegal in Ukraine to call for changes to Ukraine's borders. Imagine that in Scotland, Ireland, Spain.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/feb/21/russia-ukraine-news-latest-crisis-putin-biden-summit-kyiv-kiev-russian-invasion-threat-live-updates?page=with:block-621400418f08b28bb37dbbe1&filterKeyEvents=false#liveblog-navigation


    Ukraine’s prosecutor general has opened a criminal case in connection with Vladimir Putin’s move to change the country’s borders.

    Irina Venediktova said she had been forced to act after the Russian president this evening recognised the Luhansk and Donetsk people’s republics as independent. Both were Ukrainian territories, she wrote on Facebook.

    Venediktova said she had initiated a case under part two of article 11o of Ukraine’s criminal code. It forbids deliberate calls to change Ukraine’s borders.
     

    Here's his take.

    https://akarlin.substack.com/p/regathering-of-the-russian-lands

    , @WJ
    @Peter Akuleyev

    "An EU controlled Ukraine will be a much better place for Americans to invest than a Russian controlled Ukraine." Perpetuating the interests of the US globalist class certainly sounds like a good reason to get involved in the conflict.

    Regarding Cali, AZ and Texas, if Mexico thinks they can take those countries by force they will. Fortunately and unfortunately for us, Mexico is dung hole that can't do much right so no worries other than the demographic invasion.

    Replies: @rebel yell

  34. @Sean
    The US's ABM base in Poland is going to become operational later this year. See https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/world/europe/poland-missile-base-russia-ukraine.html That is what has brought matter to a head, and is the main point in Putin’s speech made a few hours ago, where ie noted the 300 seconds hypersonic flight time of the base from Moscow. In 1990 Ukrainian had the same standard of living as Poland, now it has one third. Thousands of Ukrainian women are surrogate mothers for wealthy Chinese and Western couples. Ukraine has hit rock bottom. But they want to play Nato like Poland is trying to, whereby Poles will get cheap gas from American LNG, subsidized by America.

    Putin duped the US as to the actual plan, but the sanctions from the US now will be so extreme he might as well have conquered Ukraine and shipped its population to Siberia, where no Russian lives by choice. Russia has always been backward and dependent on borrowed technology, and the now unavoidable extreme sanctions are really gong to completely cut Russia off from Western innovation, In a generation Russia will be North Korea with gas. There will be an increased danger of accidental nuclear war because the obvious counter to Nato's technological and positional advantages for a surprise counterforce strike is to take the safeties off the Russian defence system. The long term future prospects of Russia allying with America against the coming Mega China are suddenly much dimmer.

    The problem with Russia was it was too weak and tempting a target, but because its thermonuclear arsenal was essentially comparable to America’s, Russia had to be hamstrung. American diplomats have done far too good a job due to the foolishness of the Russians, though the greatest mistake was made at a time when the oil price was so low after hitting a nadir that Russia (Putin included) was in a state of learned helplessness. In 2001, Putin like Yeltsin before him actually asked ii Russia could join Nato!. In 2007, the US was about to build ABM bases in Poland, supposedly to defend against Iranian nuclear ICBM’s they still do not have two decades later, was happening the next year at the insistence of the US, Nato announced that Georgia and Ukraine would become members, which is quite a contrast with the runaround Russia got the when they tried to join.

    By 2008 Putin understood that Nato which both he and his patron/ predecessor Yeltsin had actually tried to join, is dedicated to making Russia insecure. There is no way out for Putin, and once cut off from innovations that Russia cannot produce (Russia not longer ever tries to develop new microprocessors) by Western sanctions that are now inevitable, his country is going to become technologically dependent on China within a generation. China is the great winner in all this, and it will also get Russian women as surrogate mothers in the way thousands of Ukrainian females already are for Chinese couples.

    Replies: @Boo, @Adept, @Peter Akuleyev, @siberiancat, @Paperback Writer, @Eric Novak

    China is the great winner in all this

    Yes, which is why the US has been so shortsighted in its Russia policy. The US has basically let the Germans and Central Europeans dictate Russian policy to us.

    A weak Russia is great for Germany and Poland over the near term, but over the long term it is simply an opportunity for China to exert control over a vast amount of the world’s resources.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon, Not Raul
    • Replies: @Sean
    @Peter Akuleyev

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aBYCHE6BZk

    A liberal society in Russia would not make it pacifistic as the formerly aggressive Germany became under the tutelage of the Western Democracies of the Allies post ww2. The reason Germany is so anti military and military spending (abjuring even civil nuclear power) is because it is now in a historically unprecedented geopolitical position of security with nary a potential enemy on any of its borders. Germany isn’t in the least militaristic because it doesn’t need to be after successfully surrounding itself with fellow Nato members a la Geometry for the Selfish Herd (the anti group selection theory of theoretical geneticist William Hamilton).


    A weak Russia is great for Germany and Poland over the near term
     
    Poland did invade Russia when it was weak after WW1, but now an apparently strong and threatening Russia suits Poland because it wants to get subsidised LNG and other valuable emoluments as an ally (new state almost) of America. Germany doesn't give a fig about Russian aggression, because Germany is cocooned within Nato; meanwhile Germany does great trade and investment business with Russia (and makes excellent capital good sales to China while enjoying a gold plated healthcare system. Germany has turned its geopolitical piggy in the middle quandary to its own advantage and made US pay for the defence of Germany from Russia, even as Germany's subtle mercantilist policy and privileged access to the American market helps deindustialise America. Latvia will be the next country after Poland ro get the inestimable benefits of American defence courtesy is US taxpayers. So Russia (a country that didn't start a thermonuclear holocaust because of a Finnish weather balloon</a< only because Yeltsin had not stated drinking early that particular day ).

    [A]n opportunity for China to exert control over a vast amount of the world’s resources.
     
    Yes, by paying for them.
  35. By that logic California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona are “essentially a part of Mexico”.

    And why should they not belong to Mexico?

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @neutral

    "And why should they not belong to Mexico?"

    Speaking from California, I think it might be preferable if Mexico annexed my beloved but ailing Golden State. Exchange the sleazy WEF stooge and the Rosa Luxemberg faction of Bay Area harridans in the State Assembly for tequila-swilling mustachioed muchachos who want everybody to love their carne asada. Sure, there will be more intense cartel blood baths and impromptu fireworks displays, and the mariachis after midnight will become a little tiresome to the point where you might want to squeeze off a few rounds over their heads to chase them off. But looser regs mean the totalitarians who desire to monitor and manage your life down to the granular level and mandate dangerous fluids to mix with and ultimately taint your pure fluids will see their power diminish. The older I get the more youthful and powerful my freedom boner becomes. It's a Benjamin Button situation, directed by Sam Peckinpah.

  36. @Ken52
    Don’t forget that NATO militarily ripped Kosovo out of Serbia after ethnically cleansing it. If they poke the bear anymore, it’ll be the end of NATO in Europe.

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev

    Don’t forget that NATO militarily ripped Kosovo out of Serbia after ethnically cleansing it.

    On the other hand – the Serbian preoccupation with Kosovo is kind of a sickness. Kosovo was a shithole when it was part of Yugoslavia, it is a shithole now when it’s “independent”, and it will remain a shithole.

    Demographically Serbia lost Kosovo centuries ago – back in 1690 to be precise. No one can remember a time when an ambitious intelligent Serb actually wanted to live in Kosovo. If Kosovo was returned to Serbia it would be like giving downtown Detroit to Kansas. And even if you do ethnically cleanse the place you just have a landlocked piece of mountainous land with a miserable continental climate and still next door to Albania.

    The Serbs stole Vojvodina from Hungary, and all things considered that was a pretty damn good trade.

    • Agree: Not Raul
    • Thanks: Old Prude, Calvin Hobbes
    • Replies: @Ken52
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Yes you're right. But it was the first incident in Europe when they violated the modern pledge that no countries’ borders should be changed by force.

    Replies: @Bardon Kaldian

  37. The real problem for the West in Ukraine is not that Russia has now, for all intents and purposes, annexed bits of Ukraine that have strong pro-Russian sentiment.

    The problem is that NATO and the US threatened a severe response and now appear to be backing off. Weakness invites more trouble and you can bet that China is watching very carefully. The US has wasted a lot of credibility unnecessarily on Ukraine, which is not a strategic priority for the US. Now I bet we’re going to have China test how serious we are about Taiwan and the Western Pacific. The South China Sea is a strategic priority for the US.

    If the US backs down over Taiwan, the Malacca and Sunda Straits, as well as the Yellow, Japan and Okhotsk Seas all come into play. That’s the kind of geopolitical game that determines the destiny of nations and superpowers.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    There are three countries that matter in the world: the US, China and Russia. They would be naturally expected to exert themselves in their respective spheres. Unfortunately for the US elite, they find Central and South America and the Caribbean rather boring, not exciting like the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Pacific Rim. There is likewise no reason not to pursue union with the more Americanized provinces (which happen to have a lot of wheat and oil) but again, Canadians, boring.

    We could be doing a lot more vigorous super-powering at home with nuclear energy, national medical care, technology, etc. if we weren't bleeding money all over the globe and on financial alchemy. But the US elite do not share this vision of the world because it means acknowledging that Russia and China also matter, and if they want to stomp around in their own back yards it's not worth a 5-year meatgrinder WW3 to try and stop them.

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon, @James J O'Meara

    , @Peter Akuleyev
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    It is actually not clear to me if NATO and the US have really threatened much of anything other than sanctions. My sense is that most of the military threats and hot air came from the usual pundits, congressmen with no actual power to influence events and small NATO countries, again with no real influence.

    , @Jack D
    @NJ Transit Commuter


    The problem is that NATO and the US threatened a severe response and now appear to be backing off.
     
    They are not backing off. It was always clear that they were not sending troops to Ukraine and that the response would be in the form of sanctions. When you do sanctions, you can't shoot off the whole load on day one because then you have nothing left if the other side does something even more atrocious later. You need to keep some of your powder dry for future use.

    Sanctions are on one level "ineffective" but in reality they cause a lot of pain to the other side. The other side just doesn't want to publicly admit it.

    Germany today announced that Nord Stream 2 is being suspended. That's $11 billion of Russia's money and $3 billion/yr of future revenue that has just been flushed down the toilet so that Russia could occupy a crappy swath of Soviet Rust Belt Ukraine. Of course Russia will pretend that hey, it's no big deal, that didn't hurt a bit. What are they going to say?

    Replies: @RAZ

    , @Wokechoke
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    The US would probably sink the Chinese fleets used. Easy enough to do.

    , @anonymouseperson
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    The south China sea is a strategic priority for the US. The Malacca straits... come into play..

    Same talk was used to justify American involvement in Vietnam.

    , @Gabe Ruth
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    I wonder if anyone in Taiwan is watching. Perhaps our yellow bros are immune to strong horse psychology, but if I was them I’d need pushing for a negotiated reunion while I still held a card or two.

    Replies: @Jack D

  38. Meanwhile the REAL invasion will continue, in both the US and UK.

    We’ve just had a week of severe weather in the UK and the waves in the English Channel are still high, so no place for small open boats.

    But in a few days they will have moderated and the invasion of “asylum seekers” fleeing the hell-hole that is France will recommence. The RNLI (charity lifeboats), who I’ve been collecting for since I was a child, will pick them up if they get into difficulties and take them over to Kent, where a small army of do-gooders will show them how to make their claims, or how to disappear if that’s their desire.

    They’ll be put up in hotels at taxpayer expense, while for ordinary Brits house prices rise and the queues at the food banks lengthen.

    Meanwhile Boris and Biden will bloviate about the Russians and defending Ukraines borders.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10472625/Home-Office-admits-spending-5million-DAY-housing-asylum-seekers-hotels.html

    The Home Office was forced today to admit it is spending £4.7million every day on housing asylum seekers in hotels – four times as much as it has previously admitted. The department was forced to issuing a correction after a senior civil servant at the department yesterday told MPs the figure was £1.2million per day, as Priti Patel was quizzed on Channel crossings.

    In fact the figure given by Tricia Hayes to the Home Affairs Committee related only to Afghan refugees. An additional £3.5 million a day is being spent, the Government said, in accommodating asylum seekers from elsewhere.

    It is understood the incorrect total arose from a drafting error. There are 25,000 asylum seekers and 12,000 Afghan refugees in hotels, making a total of 37,000, the Home Office also clarified. This works out at a cost of £127 per person per day.

    • Agree: Bill Jones
    • Replies: @anonymouseperson
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Britain lost the war.

  39. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    a) Where’s the mother?

    b) Is he an only child?

  40. @RobinG
    @Reg Cæsar

    When my friends from Belarus vacationed in Cyprus, where did they go?

    Replies: @Jim Christian

    Turtle Beach?

  41. @Mr. Anon
    There was a time when the capital of "Russia" (such as it was then) was Kiev:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus'

    Personally, I don't care one way or the other. Whatever deep feelings Russians or Ukrainians may have about the dusty steppes and boggy marshes of Ukraine doesn't even move the needle on my "Give-a-F*#k" meter.

    Russia is a big country with a powerful military. Any treaty organization that the US is a member of ought not to share a land border with it. When the Soviet Union broke up, the Bush administration promised them that we would not advance NATO to their borders. That was a wise policy. Even wiser would be to tell the Europeans to get their act together and get out of NATO altogether. The Cold War was over. Vlad the Embezzler is just another Czar (albeit probably smarter). If we hadn't let psychopaths like Vicky Nuland screw around in Ukraine back in 2014 and before this might not be an issue now.

    Ukraine is not now a member of NATO and yet it is dragging us to war (seems to be anyway, if this isn't all some kind of NWO Kabuki theater). Imagine how much worse they would be if they were a NATO member. Ukraine seems to be a really crappy ally - like the Austro-Hungarian Empire - like a crazy, pushy girl-friend who is always picking fights between you and some other guy. "Are you gonna let him talk to me like that?!"

    Replies: @anonymous coward, @Stebbing Heuer

    There was a time when the capital of “Russia” (such as it was then) was Kiev:

    During that time “Kiev” was conquered and ruled by a warrior elite from Novgorod that was half-Swedish.

    Perhaps now is the time to return to historical roots, lol.

    • Replies: @Thea
    @anonymous coward

    Then after that the tsars were all 3/4 German.

  42. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Anon133, on the recommendation of my college-age son, I’m working through a Jordan Peterson interview. He seems to have a sensible and coherent view of Modernity, and how it impacts boys growing up (girls, too). You might get some value from searching for book chapters or YouTube videos containing his advice on early-childhood parenting.

    Whatever path your son ends up taking, I don’t think you’ll end up feeling that Peterson offers bad advice. In The Current Year, that’s something.

  43. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Buzz Mohawk

    "Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia"

    By that logic California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona are "essentially a part of Mexico".

    Historically Ukraine was dominated by Polish elites and was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, except for the parts that were outright just Poland. The Russia connection only goes back to 1648, and only in the Easter part of the country. The modern "Russification" of Ukraine is mostly a product of Communists murdering people for several decades, helped by Germans murdering people for a while as well.

    You are a right that this is a matter that shouldn't concern Americans on a moral level. Properly the fight over Ukraine is a battle between the EU (aka Germany) and Russia. It is in the US interest however that the EU win, if for no other reason than mercenary economic reasons. An EU controlled Ukraine will be a much better place for Americans to invest than a Russian controlled Ukraine.

    Replies: @International Jew, @awry, @YetAnotherAnon, @WJ

    Which team would Bogdan Khmelnitzky be on today?

  44. @Sean
    The US's ABM base in Poland is going to become operational later this year. See https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/world/europe/poland-missile-base-russia-ukraine.html That is what has brought matter to a head, and is the main point in Putin’s speech made a few hours ago, where ie noted the 300 seconds hypersonic flight time of the base from Moscow. In 1990 Ukrainian had the same standard of living as Poland, now it has one third. Thousands of Ukrainian women are surrogate mothers for wealthy Chinese and Western couples. Ukraine has hit rock bottom. But they want to play Nato like Poland is trying to, whereby Poles will get cheap gas from American LNG, subsidized by America.

    Putin duped the US as to the actual plan, but the sanctions from the US now will be so extreme he might as well have conquered Ukraine and shipped its population to Siberia, where no Russian lives by choice. Russia has always been backward and dependent on borrowed technology, and the now unavoidable extreme sanctions are really gong to completely cut Russia off from Western innovation, In a generation Russia will be North Korea with gas. There will be an increased danger of accidental nuclear war because the obvious counter to Nato's technological and positional advantages for a surprise counterforce strike is to take the safeties off the Russian defence system. The long term future prospects of Russia allying with America against the coming Mega China are suddenly much dimmer.

    The problem with Russia was it was too weak and tempting a target, but because its thermonuclear arsenal was essentially comparable to America’s, Russia had to be hamstrung. American diplomats have done far too good a job due to the foolishness of the Russians, though the greatest mistake was made at a time when the oil price was so low after hitting a nadir that Russia (Putin included) was in a state of learned helplessness. In 2001, Putin like Yeltsin before him actually asked ii Russia could join Nato!. In 2007, the US was about to build ABM bases in Poland, supposedly to defend against Iranian nuclear ICBM’s they still do not have two decades later, was happening the next year at the insistence of the US, Nato announced that Georgia and Ukraine would become members, which is quite a contrast with the runaround Russia got the when they tried to join.

    By 2008 Putin understood that Nato which both he and his patron/ predecessor Yeltsin had actually tried to join, is dedicated to making Russia insecure. There is no way out for Putin, and once cut off from innovations that Russia cannot produce (Russia not longer ever tries to develop new microprocessors) by Western sanctions that are now inevitable, his country is going to become technologically dependent on China within a generation. China is the great winner in all this, and it will also get Russian women as surrogate mothers in the way thousands of Ukrainian females already are for Chinese couples.

    Replies: @Boo, @Adept, @Peter Akuleyev, @siberiancat, @Paperback Writer, @Eric Novak

    (Russia not longer ever tries to develop new microprocessors)

    Let me name you two, just off the top of my head. One is called Baikal, another – Elbrus
    Baikal currently uses the ARM instruction set, Elbrus is completely indigenous
    Both are shipping.

    • Thanks: Not Raul
    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @siberiancat

    https://www.tomshardware.com/uk/news/russias-biggest-bank-tests-elbrus-cpu-finds-it-unacceptable


    But while SberInfra's engineers expected the Elbrus-8C machine to perform much worse and be orders of magnitude slower than Intel's Xeon Gold 6230 machine from 2019, even a two to three times performance difference is significant enough for commercial companies not to deploy a platform since it makes no financial sense.

    "At the moment, Sberbank says no, we cannot deploy Elbrus machines into our ecosystem, but we are pleasantly surprised that it works at all," said Zhbankov.

    For now, there are problems even with MCST's system design itself, so the CPU performance is something that Sber or any other hyperscaler would not even normally evaluate. Speaking of CPU performance, the company introduced the Elbrus-8CB several years ago and it is expected to arrive shortly. This chip promises considerably higher performance due to a new microarchitecture and improved memory support. Also, MCST has a rather ambitious server roadmap that includes a 12-core Elbrus processor, a 16-core CPU that was taped out last year, and even a 32-core system-on-chip for PetaFLOPS-class systems.

    At some point in the future, MCST's Elbrus processors will get significantly faster than they are today. Still, the problem is that it takes the company an enormous amount of time to develop new CPUs and bring them to the market (e.g., the Elbrus-8CB was announced in 2018). Therefore, by the time the ambitious 32-core Elbruses arrive, chips from AMD and Intel will be orders of magnitude faster and more efficient in terms of performance-per-watt than they are today. This begs the question of whether various domestically designed Chinese or Russian CPUs will even catch up with those from leading developers.

    The answer appears to be multifaceted. Companies like MCST can develop CPUs that are good enough for office workloads. Such systems may well be deployed by governments that can pay extra to support domestic CPU developers and not use foreign technologies. Homegrown CPUs can also be used to build supercomputers if things like scalability and energy efficiency are not a concern. However, it does not seem that such homegrown CPUs will catch up with developments from AMD, Intel, and emerging Arm-based server SoC designers any time soon.
     

    UPDATE - Germany pulls plug on Nordstream 2. Biden's got that as a win anyway. Not so much of a win for Germany though.

    Replies: @Not Raul

  45. So the US, which was formed by a violent secession from Great Britain, is strenuously opposed to parts of Ukraine with a Russian population seceding from Ukraine? Got it! But the US supported parts of Mexico with Gringo populations seceding from Mexico. I detect a certain inconsistency.

    I suppose you could say that after independence the only bit of land that the US added without violence was Alaska, which it bought fair and square – but without consulting the Alaskan natives, presumably.

    Meantime, Germany – which was first put together on nationalist/linguistic grounds by Bismarck’s wars with Denmark, Austro-Hungary, and France – objects to the Russians doing much the same.

    The US has been ruled first by emotional adolescents, and then a gerontocracy, since the electorate was foolish enough to replace Bush the Elder by Slick Willie. It has forced Russia into alliance with its natural enemy, China, and broken its word by extending NATO up to Russian borders. To what end? What’s been the bloody point?

    • Replies: @Bragadocious
    @dearieme

    "I detect an inconsistency"

    Someone explain to this Limey that we aren't living in 1848 anymore. If we were, Britain could invade 3/4 of the planet and tie naughty Hindus to the front of cannons and pull the cord.

    But actually, in the last month the British government has been quite consistent with its historical role as the world's foremost international provocateur. We got media shots of Boris squeezing into a Typhoon jet (LOL) and the hugely competent Liz Truss who doesn't know where the Baltics are sitting atop a tank, making Mike Dukakis suddenly look like a badass.

    , @Anon
    @dearieme

    Wrong. The U.S. bought a huge chunk of territory from the French via the Louisiana Purchase.

    , @Paperback Writer
    @dearieme


    The US has been ruled first by emotional adolescents, and then a gerontocracy, since the electorate was foolish enough to replace Bush the Elder by Slick Willie
     
    .
    By complete chance I said the same thing before reading your comment. This is something that occurred to me earlier today. I was one of the idiots who helped to do this. Great example as to why democracy sucks.

    It has forced Russia into alliance with its natural enemy, China, and broken its word by extending NATO up to Russian borders. To what end? What’s been the bloody point?
     
    Great questions! The resident Russophobes here (all two of 'em) take a different POV. Those evil satanic Russkies, who aren't "western" are bizarrely obsessed with the fact that the US decided to expand its security state to Russia's borders. What kind of a crazy, paranoid country would object to that? And Russia is ruled by oligarchs! Unlike the US, which is run by just folks!

    Replies: @nebulafox

  46. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Buzz Mohawk

    "Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia"

    By that logic California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona are "essentially a part of Mexico".

    Historically Ukraine was dominated by Polish elites and was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, except for the parts that were outright just Poland. The Russia connection only goes back to 1648, and only in the Easter part of the country. The modern "Russification" of Ukraine is mostly a product of Communists murdering people for several decades, helped by Germans murdering people for a while as well.

    You are a right that this is a matter that shouldn't concern Americans on a moral level. Properly the fight over Ukraine is a battle between the EU (aka Germany) and Russia. It is in the US interest however that the EU win, if for no other reason than mercenary economic reasons. An EU controlled Ukraine will be a much better place for Americans to invest than a Russian controlled Ukraine.

    Replies: @International Jew, @awry, @YetAnotherAnon, @WJ

    “Fuck the EU”, you remember that? The EU and Germany was never a big fan of this “Slava Ukraini” project created by Galician jews in the US elite and in Ukraine (and some transplanted back to Ukraine from the US since 2014).
    The USA’s long term goal was always to prevent the EU (i.e. mainly Germany) and Russia becoming too close economically, that’s why they were focusing on thwarting pipelines for decades etc.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  47. @Redneck farmer
    It also didn't help that James Madison annexed the "Repulic of West Florida" back in the 1800s.

    Replies: @Skyler the Weird, @Muggles

    West Florida became Mississippi which is the basket case Ukraine or maybe the Burkina Faso of North America.

    • LOL: Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @acementhead
    @Skyler the Weird


    "...Mississippi which is the basket case Ukraine or maybe the Burkina Faso of North America."
     
    There's a reason for that; 37.72%(according to one site).

    https://worldpopulationreview.com/states/states-by-race

    The Noble Experiment has failed, and there's a reason for that too; it was founded on an invalid premise.

    I think that Richard Feynman might have said(if he didn't in fact do so) "We need to deal with the world as it is, not as we wish it were."
  48. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Most of this gender nonsense is made up and can be corrected with strong parenting. Homosexuality generally isn’t. Have you ever considered that possiblity?

  49. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    No ideas for five year olds (though as others say here interaction with other boys may help), but for a teenager playing up the conspiratorial angle of the trans crowd (banning books, controlling the media, hiding information) may help. You could play on a teenager’s distrust of authority. Go to pubmed and find the rates of strictures and fistulas after the surgery. If the thing progresses you might be able to make him think twice.

  50. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Buzz Mohawk

    "Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia"

    By that logic California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona are "essentially a part of Mexico".

    Historically Ukraine was dominated by Polish elites and was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, except for the parts that were outright just Poland. The Russia connection only goes back to 1648, and only in the Easter part of the country. The modern "Russification" of Ukraine is mostly a product of Communists murdering people for several decades, helped by Germans murdering people for a while as well.

    You are a right that this is a matter that shouldn't concern Americans on a moral level. Properly the fight over Ukraine is a battle between the EU (aka Germany) and Russia. It is in the US interest however that the EU win, if for no other reason than mercenary economic reasons. An EU controlled Ukraine will be a much better place for Americans to invest than a Russian controlled Ukraine.

    Replies: @International Jew, @awry, @YetAnotherAnon, @WJ

    “Properly the fight over Ukraine is a battle between the EU (aka Germany) and Russia.”

    But in reality it’s a fight between the US and Russia. I don’t think it’s Germany who’s pushing for nuclear missiles in Poland.

    Anatoly Karlin, late of this parish, thinks Russia is going for all of Ukraine, or at least all the Russian-speaking parts of it. I hadn’t realised

    a) that Ukraine has been pursuing a culturally anti-Russian policy – no Ukrainian schoolchild can be taught in Russian, despite the fact it’s the first language of 30% of the population. Apparently Ukranian universities can also no longer access academic journals hosted in .ru domains.

    https://www.fairplanet.org/editors-pick/schools-in-ukraine-scrap-russian-language-from-their-curricula/

    b) it is illegal in Ukraine to call for changes to Ukraine’s borders. Imagine that in Scotland, Ireland, Spain.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/feb/21/russia-ukraine-news-latest-crisis-putin-biden-summit-kyiv-kiev-russian-invasion-threat-live-updates?page=with:block-621400418f08b28bb37dbbe1&filterKeyEvents=false#liveblog-navigation

    Ukraine’s prosecutor general has opened a criminal case in connection with Vladimir Putin’s move to change the country’s borders.

    Irina Venediktova said she had been forced to act after the Russian president this evening recognised the Luhansk and Donetsk people’s republics as independent. Both were Ukrainian territories, she wrote on Facebook.

    Venediktova said she had initiated a case under part two of article 11o of Ukraine’s criminal code. It forbids deliberate calls to change Ukraine’s borders.

    Here’s his take.

    https://akarlin.substack.com/p/regathering-of-the-russian-lands

  51. @Buzz Mohawk
    LOL.

    So, Putin has done even more to make our leadership look stupid. Perfect.

    Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia, all of this amounts to a Russian problem. Americans have nothing to do with it.

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev, @Ebony Obelisk, @Paperback Writer, @Art Deco, @Buck Ransom, @Bill Jones

    Uh democracy is an American problem.

    Dictatorship anywhere is an issue

    Of course I wouldn’t expect right wingers who support insurrectionists and racist truckers to get that

    We should deploy troops to kick white boy russian arse

    • Troll: Wade Hampton
    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    @Ebony Obelisk

    We should deploy all the trannies, antifa, #BLM and sodomites to Ukraine. Go get 'em, tiger.

    Replies: @Bill Jones

    , @Muggles
    @Ebony Obelisk


    We should deploy troops to kick white boy russian arse
     
    Who is "we" Mr. Obelisk?

    Since you don't write using American English idiom, I'm wondering.

    You say democracy is an American problem. So, Canadians and Brits? Nigerians?
    , @Alden
    @Ebony Obelisk

    Umm Last time America won a war was August 1945 the war with Japan. And that was with a lot of help from Chinese Nationalists ( not the communists) and British India’s Indian soldiers.

    Our present affirmative action moron army can’t win a war with any country no matter how small, disorganized and corrupt.

  52. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Buzz Mohawk

    "Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia"

    By that logic California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona are "essentially a part of Mexico".

    Historically Ukraine was dominated by Polish elites and was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, except for the parts that were outright just Poland. The Russia connection only goes back to 1648, and only in the Easter part of the country. The modern "Russification" of Ukraine is mostly a product of Communists murdering people for several decades, helped by Germans murdering people for a while as well.

    You are a right that this is a matter that shouldn't concern Americans on a moral level. Properly the fight over Ukraine is a battle between the EU (aka Germany) and Russia. It is in the US interest however that the EU win, if for no other reason than mercenary economic reasons. An EU controlled Ukraine will be a much better place for Americans to invest than a Russian controlled Ukraine.

    Replies: @International Jew, @awry, @YetAnotherAnon, @WJ

    “An EU controlled Ukraine will be a much better place for Americans to invest than a Russian controlled Ukraine.” Perpetuating the interests of the US globalist class certainly sounds like a good reason to get involved in the conflict.

    Regarding Cali, AZ and Texas, if Mexico thinks they can take those countries by force they will. Fortunately and unfortunately for us, Mexico is dung hole that can’t do much right so no worries other than the demographic invasion.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @rebel yell
    @WJ


    Mexico is dung hole that can’t do much right so no worries other than the demographic invasion
     
    Other than that Mrs. Lincoln how did you like the play?
  53. @siberiancat
    @Sean


    (Russia not longer ever tries to develop new microprocessors)
     
    Let me name you two, just off the top of my head. One is called Baikal, another – Elbrus
    Baikal currently uses the ARM instruction set, Elbrus is completely indigenous
    Both are shipping.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    https://www.tomshardware.com/uk/news/russias-biggest-bank-tests-elbrus-cpu-finds-it-unacceptable

    But while SberInfra’s engineers expected the Elbrus-8C machine to perform much worse and be orders of magnitude slower than Intel’s Xeon Gold 6230 machine from 2019, even a two to three times performance difference is significant enough for commercial companies not to deploy a platform since it makes no financial sense.

    “At the moment, Sberbank says no, we cannot deploy Elbrus machines into our ecosystem, but we are pleasantly surprised that it works at all,” said Zhbankov.

    For now, there are problems even with MCST’s system design itself, so the CPU performance is something that Sber or any other hyperscaler would not even normally evaluate. Speaking of CPU performance, the company introduced the Elbrus-8CB several years ago and it is expected to arrive shortly. This chip promises considerably higher performance due to a new microarchitecture and improved memory support. Also, MCST has a rather ambitious server roadmap that includes a 12-core Elbrus processor, a 16-core CPU that was taped out last year, and even a 32-core system-on-chip for PetaFLOPS-class systems.

    At some point in the future, MCST’s Elbrus processors will get significantly faster than they are today. Still, the problem is that it takes the company an enormous amount of time to develop new CPUs and bring them to the market (e.g., the Elbrus-8CB was announced in 2018). Therefore, by the time the ambitious 32-core Elbruses arrive, chips from AMD and Intel will be orders of magnitude faster and more efficient in terms of performance-per-watt than they are today. This begs the question of whether various domestically designed Chinese or Russian CPUs will even catch up with those from leading developers.

    The answer appears to be multifaceted. Companies like MCST can develop CPUs that are good enough for office workloads. Such systems may well be deployed by governments that can pay extra to support domestic CPU developers and not use foreign technologies. Homegrown CPUs can also be used to build supercomputers if things like scalability and energy efficiency are not a concern. However, it does not seem that such homegrown CPUs will catch up with developments from AMD, Intel, and emerging Arm-based server SoC designers any time soon.

    UPDATE – Germany pulls plug on Nordstream 2. Biden’s got that as a win anyway. Not so much of a win for Germany though.

    • Replies: @Not Raul
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Does this mean that Germany will be importing “Polish” fuel, or “Israeli” (see Marc Rich) fuel?

  54. As usual, worthless comments abound.

    For most eastern Europeans, this is Putin’s Sudetenland moment, and Biden, along with most EU “leaders”- a collective Chamberlain.

    Only somebody completely clueless about history, or irreversibly blind to reality, can “not understand” Putin’s rubbish speech about Russia & U/kraine, which is in some respects worse than Hitler’s ramblings about Czechs.

    Hitler at least didn’t deny the existence of Czechs.

    What did old Churchill say?

    The government had to choose between war and shame. They chose shame. They will get war too.

    • Agree: Jack D
    • LOL: Gabe Ruth
    • Replies: @Bill
    @Bardon Kaldian


    As usual, worthless comments abound.
     
    Well, only if you fire up some sock puppet accounts.
    , @Commentator Mike
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Not at all. Hitler went east because he wanted living space for Germans and in search of resources Germany's industry lacked, and protection of Germans in border regions was just a good excuse to start rolling. Russia is rich in resources and has enormous land area needing nothing from anybody and is only moving to defend Russians and protect its own territory from possible attack.

    , @Thelma Ringbaum
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Methioning Sudetenland without Teschin land is .. so Polish.

    , @Johann Ricke
    @Bardon Kaldian


    The government had to choose between war and shame. They chose shame. They will get war too.
     
    Poland has roughly 1/2 Russia's GDP. Russia has 1400 fighter/strike fixed wing aircraft. How is it that Poland has less than 100? Taiwan's GDP is in the same neighborhood as Poland's. It has 300 fighter/strike aircraft, and it's separated from China by a 100-mile-wide moat. Taiwan is slacking off re defense expenditures, but compared to Poland, it's a veritable Sparta. The big question is why all of the ex-Warsaw Pact and Baltic states *combined* have a smaller fighter/strike aircraft complement than Taiwan. Did they fall into dream world of the EU, where peace is the result of personal virtue (not to be confused with the Roman virtus) rather than adherence to the Roman maxim "si vis pacem, para bellum"?

    Replies: @Thelma Ringbaum

    , @Iron Curtain
    @Bardon Kaldian

    That’s just paranoid rubbish of recently created elites in the new limitrophes who will use any excuse to get more US funding.
    Putin’s speech was surprisingly accurate from historical point of view. I am constantly surprised that West simply wouldn’t listen. If West allowed Kosovo to secede from Serbia, Russians in Ukraine should be given the same chance.

    Replies: @Bardon Kaldian

  55. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    I am going to make this 3 comments, #133, and I hope they help.

    Disney and TV: As others have already written, Disney (in my words) is the Devil. It is no longer the Mickey Mouse Club and fun rides. (In fact, my wife wanted us to go to DisneyLand/World/whatever, and I wanted NO part of it. Luckily the Kung Flu PanicFest intervened, and, since it has subsided, she has gotten pretty much the opposite of woke in the 2 intervening years. Yeah!)

    I will put NO money into Disney’s hands to f__k with the kids with, and I suggest you do the same, if you care about this country in general, along with the kids.

    A 5 y/o shouldn’t be in front of the TV AT ALL, besides very special occasions, such as maybe a friend sleeping over. I will give some exceptions as recommendations.

  56. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    That last was closer to a rant than suggestions ;-}

    Do not be afraid to push back and correct your 5 y/o. It’s not like he’s 12 or 14 and ready to rebel. Look, Kindergarten is next year, and I have been surprised how much wokeness they have slipped in. You need to get ahead on this and buy him the appropriate toys, books, and video (exceptions) that I will suggest.

    Let the boy know what he can read/watch/play with, and what he can’t. Tell him honestly that some of the stuff from school is bad for him, and the teachers are to be obeyed (to humor them, if nothing else), but that you and Mom know a whole lot more than those ladies, and he’d better listen.

    You need to take care of this now. If you think the school is really adding to the problem, consider homeschooling.

    Suggestions to follow, finally.

  57. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Books: It may depend on the neighborhood, but 5 years ago we could still get lots of great old books for children from yard sales. Money may be no object in this for you, but either way, it’s all nearly free. They’ve got the old Curious George and Dr. Suess stuff. Be careful. Make sure you don’t pick up modern versions of anything by people with the rights from the dead authors.

    That “Goodnight Moon” and the one by the same author with the train being loaded up by the animals are just so creative, but non woke – great for before bed. There’s “Goodnight Construction Site” – excellent. I’m sure I’m missing many others because it’s been a while. GET TO THE YARD SALES. Even the lefty ladies at the church still appreciate the old classics and will help.

    Videos: I highly recommend the Mighty Machines series made in the non-woke Canada of mid-1990s to late 00’s. All of it was free on youtube – for a treat, you could get that onto the TV big screen. They made at least 30 episodes, and you know how kids are – he may watch each one 4 or 5 times. I still have the intro. song in my head from 4 years ago! If he really gets into it, there are other series about trucks, factories, etc, at the library.

    Toys: I can’t say enough good about Legos. My original thoughts were “man, what a scam. In my day, we bought the set and/or extra pieces and built many different things with them. We didn’t need a set for each object” (Well, many are 2-fers, at least.) I’ve changed my mind. Some of the sets in the “Technics” are amazing – vehicles have working differentials, steering gears, moving crankshaft/connecting rods/pistons. The boy must strictly follow the plans*. These are not cheap, but they are really great for a boy.

    Also, sign him up for chesskid.com. He can do a lot for free, but when you pay the \$100 or so, he can watch more videos. It beats the hell out of the old way of getting long books, going over games from the newspaper, and playing chess by mail – oh, about one move a week!

    .

    * We ran into a problem one time that taught the boy a valuable lesson – he had to go back about half-way, maybe 20 pages, because of one screw-up. “Count parts for each step. Check your work.” Etc…

    • Thanks: ic1000
    • Replies: @Anon
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Thanks, Achmed

    I've been concerned about how my woke daughter and son in law (and his pre-school) will bring up my now 1 1/2 yr old grandson. But he loves his "Goodnight Construction Site" book and Legos and other boy type stuff. I'll check out the Mighty Machine series. Reminds me that my son's favorite vcr tape when he was young was a road building tape with lots of machines and some explosions.


    That “Goodnight Moon” and the one by the same author with the train being loaded up by the animals are just so creative, but non woke – great for before bed. There’s “Goodnight Construction Site” – excellent. I’m sure I’m missing many others because it’s been a while. GET TO THE YARD SALES. Even the lefty ladies at the church still appreciate the old classics and will help.

    Videos: I highly recommend the Mighty Machines series made in the non-woke Canada of mid-1990s to late 00’s. All of it was free on youtube – for a treat, you could get that onto the TV big screen. They made at least 30 episodes, and you know how kids are – he may watch each one 4 or 5 times. I still have the intro. song in my head from 4 years ago! If he really gets into it, there are other series about trucks, factories, etc, at the library.

    Toys: I can’t say enough good about Legos. My original thoughts were “man, what a scam. In my day, we bought the set and/or extra pieces and built many different things with them. We didn’t need a set for each object” (Well, many are 2-fers, at least.) I’ve changed my mind. Some of the sets in the “Technics” are amazing – vehicles have working differentials, steering gears, moving crankshaft/connecting rods/pistons. The boy must strictly follow the plans*. These are not cheap, but they are really great for a boy.
     

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

  58. Anonymous[496] • Disclaimer says:
    @neutral
    In terms of long term survival the more Russia isolates itself from "the West" (it is actually post West) the better. I see the post West ideology as nothing more than a gangrene that eventually kills you, hopefully with time more countries will see the disease for what it is and also remove themselves from the rot.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    In terms of long term survival the more Russia isolates itself from “the West” (it is actually post West) the better. I see the post West ideology as nothing more than a gangrene that eventually kills you

    I agree with first part of your comment. I disagree with the second part. IMHO, is can not be rectified.

    In the city that headquarters NATO Mohammad is the number one most popular newborn baby name. Mohamed and Mohammed are the 2nd and 3rd most popular, respectively. Ahmed was close though.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/_TheBulletin/status/1349663112799145984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1349663112799145984%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgript.ie%2Fstudy-only-26-of-brussels-residents-are-native-belgians%2F

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Dena/status/1124374189144625152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1124374189144625152%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgript.ie%2Fmost-popular-baby-name-in-brussels-is-now-mohammad%2F

    Poland has fully embraced NATO and the West. In Warsaw multicultural ads from the West are now ubiquitous. In the next 20 years Poland’s Catholic tradition will fall quicker than Ireland’s has in the past 20 years thanks to Google.


    University of Warsaw campus in 2020


    Poland welcomes American troops

    • Replies: @neutral
    @Anonymous

    When I said other countries I already excluded all Eastern European regimes that are part of NATO/EU, they are already dead and have been long past any hope for redemption. I meant the rest of the world from China, India, Middle Eastern states, etc, that are still independent from the gangrene, all those states face a very dire threat from their liberal elites to succumb as Poland and others have.

    , @The Germ Theory of Disease
    @Anonymous

    We should have a caption contest for that photo.

  59. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    I kept my children away from all electronic media until they were past 10 years old. Admittedly this was 20 years ago so it was easier than today. It requires real commitment. You cannot watch TV or videos either, because your son will see the hypocrisy behind it.

    But there are many benefits:
    – After a “withdrawal period,” from visual stimulus children’s natural imagination blossoms. My children never complained about being bored. To this day they are voracious readers and have positive and constructive hobbies as young adults. (For example, my daughter designs and sews her own clothes.)

    – You will some more time with you son. The hours I spent playing sports with my son when he was child are a treasure I will always cherish.

    – You can better control what’s influences your children. It’s not realistic, or healthy, to think you can completely hide your children from the outside world, but at least you can create an oasis where they are surrounded by“better things” however you decide.

    – You will become a better person. Because I also committed to stay from electronic media, I learned the piano, got in great physical shape, and learned a lot from spending so much time reading.

  60. @Loyalty Over IQ Worship
    Does anyone notice that the average White person in America isn't into the anti-Russian propaganda?

    Not long ago they would have probably believed the Pentagon and the rest of the Deep State. Doesn't this have implications for the future of the USA as a political unit if the most patriotic group no longer trusts its leaders, including the military establishment?

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV, @Anonymous, @Feryl, @J.Ross

    Some conservatives and whites, formerly reflexively “patriotic”, pro- military, etc, have awakened to the fact that the US is an anti-white, anti- normal, pro- perversion entity, and the DOD is in part a Woke jobs program. That creates major ambivalence about any military action other than in response to a direct attack or invasion to our territory. (Oh, actually we are already getting invaded, but the fkng government is on the side of the POC invaders). So, ambivalence and distrust.

  61. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Sean

    China is the great winner in all this

    Yes, which is why the US has been so shortsighted in its Russia policy. The US has basically let the Germans and Central Europeans dictate Russian policy to us.

    A weak Russia is great for Germany and Poland over the near term, but over the long term it is simply an opportunity for China to exert control over a vast amount of the world's resources.

    Replies: @Sean

    A liberal society in Russia would not make it pacifistic as the formerly aggressive Germany became under the tutelage of the Western Democracies of the Allies post ww2. The reason Germany is so anti military and military spending (abjuring even civil nuclear power) is because it is now in a historically unprecedented geopolitical position of security with nary a potential enemy on any of its borders. Germany isn’t in the least militaristic because it doesn’t need to be after successfully surrounding itself with fellow Nato members a la Geometry for the Selfish Herd (the anti group selection theory of theoretical geneticist William Hamilton).

    A weak Russia is great for Germany and Poland over the near term

    Poland did invade Russia when it was weak after WW1, but now an apparently strong and threatening Russia suits Poland because it wants to get subsidised LNG and other valuable emoluments as an ally (new state almost) of America. Germany doesn’t give a fig about Russian aggression, because Germany is cocooned within Nato; meanwhile Germany does great trade and investment business with Russia (and makes excellent capital good sales to China while enjoying a gold plated healthcare system. Germany has turned its geopolitical piggy in the middle quandary to its own advantage and made US pay for the defence of Germany from Russia, even as Germany’s subtle mercantilist policy and privileged access to the American market helps deindustialise America. Latvia will be the next country after Poland ro get the inestimable benefits of American defence courtesy is US taxpayers. So Russia (a country that didn’t start a thermonuclear holocaust because of a Finnish weather balloon</a< only because Yeltsin had not stated drinking early that particular day ).

    [A]n opportunity for China to exert control over a vast amount of the world’s resources.

    Yes, by paying for them.

  62. Ukraine Updates on Front Page of the Washington Post at 8:30:

    I was going to copy something but it has been updated away with more recent things. It was from 7:47a and said Russia’s Foreign Minister denied Ukraine’s sovereignty.

    Period.

    That seems to open up just any possibility, doesn’t it? If they have no country, they have no rights.

    Now things are really off and running.

    For those who are interested, the live coverage page at the Guardian:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/feb/22/ukraine-russia-latest-live-news-updates-crisis-putin-biden-zelenskiy-kyiv-kiev-russian-invasion-border-threat

  63. @Peter Akuleyev
    @Ken52

    Don’t forget that NATO militarily ripped Kosovo out of Serbia after ethnically cleansing it.

    On the other hand - the Serbian preoccupation with Kosovo is kind of a sickness. Kosovo was a shithole when it was part of Yugoslavia, it is a shithole now when it's "independent", and it will remain a shithole.

    Demographically Serbia lost Kosovo centuries ago - back in 1690 to be precise. No one can remember a time when an ambitious intelligent Serb actually wanted to live in Kosovo. If Kosovo was returned to Serbia it would be like giving downtown Detroit to Kansas. And even if you do ethnically cleanse the place you just have a landlocked piece of mountainous land with a miserable continental climate and still next door to Albania.

    The Serbs stole Vojvodina from Hungary, and all things considered that was a pretty damn good trade.

    Replies: @Ken52

    Yes you’re right. But it was the first incident in Europe when they violated the modern pledge that no countries’ borders should be changed by force.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
    @Ken52

    I somehow agree, but with a caveat: what else?

    Pro- Kosovo independence: it had clearly defined borders within Serbia prior to 1991. Giving it to Albanians is just the final step in de-colonization, this time in Europe. Kosovo was, in modern history, a Serbia-occupied land. Having in mind that Kenya, Angola, Vietnam... are decolonized, why would Kosovo be  an exception? And then- when you lose an existential war, similar to Germany in 1945- you lose some territory. Had the US occupied Serbia, completely, in 1999-2000, similar to Japan in 1945 -there would have been no discussion whatsoever. Finis.

    Against-Kosovo independence: Badinter's commission had established that Yugoslav 6 republics have the right for self-determination- but not autonomous provinces like Kosovo. It truly is a breach of international order.

    Neutral-Kosovo independence: Kosovo should be somehow integrated back with Serbia, but with their own police, the military, parliament, school system, financial system,... That would be in accordance with international law- but how would it function?

    Whatever you do, you'll be wrong.

  64. This text is typical in its shallowness.

    Let’s see something. Steve writes about Biden, Trump, Jerusalem, Israel, Ukraine…. without deeper understanding.

    Putting aside US presidents, the Ukraine crisis is something completely different than the Israel situation.

    Until 1967, Israel was essentially a small guy, fighting for existence against a powerful big Arab enemy (Egypt, Syria, Jordan & all the rest). Then, Israel defeated them & conquered parts of these lands. Putting aside ramblings of Jewish nationalists, most of Israeli highly positioned politicians were, then, willing to give back all the land except Jerusalem (which would be later debated on) to Arab countries in exchange for strong & permanent peace.

    As we know, nothing of it.

    Then, Israel continues, as far as occupied territories go, something like step-by-step ethnic cleansing. And this is something that provokes visceral animosity among Europeans because it reminds them of Hitler’s Lebensraum.

    You may commit war crimes & it’s bad. But, if you want to eradicate other civilized people- it is absolutely unacceptable. The same goes with the Chinese & the Tibetans etc.

    But now, there is a difference.

    There are 3-4 occupied parts: Gaza, Golan, West Bank, Jerusalem. Gaza was emptied out of Jews; Golan was actually empty; Jerusalem is a special case because of religious nutjobs involved & should be treated as some condominium, but nutters on all sides would have none of it.

    So it remains the West Bank case. Typical case of colonialism – with a caveat. Personally, I would like to see all Israelis leave that territory, because their crawling occupation disgusts me. But– they can’t. They moved out of Gaza & look what they’ve gotten in return. Palestinian Arabs are as intransingent as ever. So, cynics & idealists aside- what is to be done?

    As I see it, Israel, despite its successes & highly positioned place (they were, I think, the 8th world power) is still a “little guy” who could be either completely annihilated or at least seriously maimed.
    All efforts trying to show that Palestinians are not a nation in the modern sense are meaningless.

    Sure they aren’t, in our European sense. But they are, in the Islamic context. And as some weary observers had noted: the point with Israelis and Arabs, especially Palestinians, is that they both are right- and this sets the stage for tragedy. Otherwise it would be easy- French were colonists in Algeria in the 1960s & had somewhere to go. Israelis can’t go anywhere. It is their nation-state.

    The true solution would be if Palestinians sincerely recognized Israel in 1967 borders & be given Gaza plus West bank as their nation-state, with Jerusalem as some kind of uneasy condominium. But, that won’t happen in any foreseeable future. Until then, Israel as a strong little guy must send settlers to the West Bank simply because it is the question of “to be or not to be”.

    In the case of Ukraine, it’s nothing similar.

    Ukraine is your typical little guy (although being the most spacious land in Europe proper). They are threatened by Russian imperialist power. In the case of Russia- how come all your neighbors, Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim… loathe you? Utterly dislike you? Fear you?

    America is different. It is not an old-fashioned invader. Offer Puerto Rico independence, now- and they’ll refuse it. Offer Chechnya independence now- they’ll embrace it immediately.

    As far as the easternmost part of Ukraine goes, it is less than 5% of Ukraine. Its population was divided, minorities apart, into three groups: Russians, Russophone Ukrainians and Ukrainians. Russians were a minority, perhaps 20%, while the national status of Ukrainians is problematic. Ukrainian-speaking Ukrainians have a sense of national identity, but many of them have been ethnically cleansed after Russian occupation of that area, perhaps up to a million. Russophone Ukrainians are a mixture: they are either completely Russified Ukrainians (hence Russians of Ukrainian origin) or a rather apathetic people who consider themselves to be a regional group of Russians, as they were called in the imperial times- little Russians.

    Whichever may be the truth about numbers, ethnic cleansing & similar stuff- Russians should not be given the chance to reap the fruits of the 1930s famine & ethnic democide which resulted in much greater Russification of that area.

    And that means, Crimea aside- which is a different case- that Russia should be given the strongest sanctions imaginable, until she backs down. No Lebensraum for Putin & his cronies.

    Any other type of behavior is just a new Munich.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
  65. @anon
    Is this ambiguity a problem or an opportunity. Biden can call it whatever he wants. I suggest that he call it a non invasion. And if it ends close to this, didn't Biden "win"? Or can't Biden call it a win?

    Once the US calls "red line" invasion, sanctions are pre announced, and there is nothing to negotiate with. At which point Russia might as well have its way with Ukraine. Whatever that entails.

    Or, hypothetically, why not settle up with Russia? Give Putin the breakaway territories. Give him Crimea, which he already has. And missiles in Poland, which aren't a great idea anyway. No one should be arming the European borders anyway, including Russia who can agree to not build more.

    Deep staters are foaming at the mouth to punish Russia.

    No one really gives a shit except Russia and Neocons. Russia has veto power over Ukraine in the sense they can ruin it. But that is about it.

    Regardless, the smart thing is to hold off on calling it an invasion. And didn't Biden already say a minor incursion was ok? https://nypost.com/2022/01/20/joe-biden-again-tries-to-walk-back-russia-ukraine-minor-incursion-fumble/

    Replies: @Bill, @Alec Leamas (working from home), @Colin Wright

    Yes. It’s just like Canada with its truckers. You ask the question “Why not just give them everything they want,” and there is no good answer. There is some bad answer they don’t give, and some gibberish they do give, but there is no good answer.

  66. @Anonymous
    @neutral


    In terms of long term survival the more Russia isolates itself from “the West” (it is actually post West) the better. I see the post West ideology as nothing more than a gangrene that eventually kills you
     
    I agree with first part of your comment. I disagree with the second part. IMHO, is can not be rectified.

    In the city that headquarters NATO Mohammad is the number one most popular newborn baby name. Mohamed and Mohammed are the 2nd and 3rd most popular, respectively. Ahmed was close though.


    https://mobile.twitter.com/_TheBulletin/status/1349663112799145984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1349663112799145984%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgript.ie%2Fstudy-only-26-of-brussels-residents-are-native-belgians%2F

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Dena/status/1124374189144625152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1124374189144625152%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgript.ie%2Fmost-popular-baby-name-in-brussels-is-now-mohammad%2F

     

    Poland has fully embraced NATO and the West. In Warsaw multicultural ads from the West are now ubiquitous. In the next 20 years Poland’s Catholic tradition will fall quicker than Ireland’s has in the past 20 years thanks to Google.


    http://rownowazni.uw.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/BLM-1.jpeg
    University of Warsaw campus in 2020

    https://media.defense.gov/2018/Jan/16/2001865925/-1/-1/0/180115-A-ED017-1517.JPG
    Poland welcomes American troops

     

    Replies: @neutral, @The Germ Theory of Disease

    When I said other countries I already excluded all Eastern European regimes that are part of NATO/EU, they are already dead and have been long past any hope for redemption. I meant the rest of the world from China, India, Middle Eastern states, etc, that are still independent from the gangrene, all those states face a very dire threat from their liberal elites to succumb as Poland and others have.

  67. @Ken52
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Yes you're right. But it was the first incident in Europe when they violated the modern pledge that no countries’ borders should be changed by force.

    Replies: @Bardon Kaldian

    I somehow agree, but with a caveat: what else?

    Pro- Kosovo independence: it had clearly defined borders within Serbia prior to 1991. Giving it to Albanians is just the final step in de-colonization, this time in Europe. Kosovo was, in modern history, a Serbia-occupied land. Having in mind that Kenya, Angola, Vietnam… are decolonized, why would Kosovo be  an exception? And then- when you lose an existential war, similar to Germany in 1945- you lose some territory. Had the US occupied Serbia, completely, in 1999-2000, similar to Japan in 1945 -there would have been no discussion whatsoever. Finis.

    Against-Kosovo independence: Badinter’s commission had established that Yugoslav 6 republics have the right for self-determination- but not autonomous provinces like Kosovo. It truly is a breach of international order.

    Neutral-Kosovo independence: Kosovo should be somehow integrated back with Serbia, but with their own police, the military, parliament, school system, financial system,… That would be in accordance with international law- but how would it function?

    Whatever you do, you’ll be wrong.

  68. @Bardon Kaldian
    As usual, worthless comments abound.

    For most eastern Europeans, this is Putin's Sudetenland moment, and Biden, along with most EU "leaders"- a collective Chamberlain.

    Only somebody completely clueless about history, or irreversibly blind to reality, can "not understand" Putin's rubbish speech about Russia & U/kraine, which is in some respects worse than Hitler's ramblings about Czechs.

    Hitler at least didn't deny the existence of Czechs.

    What did old Churchill say?

    The government had to choose between war and shame. They chose shame. They will get war too.

    Replies: @Bill, @Commentator Mike, @Thelma Ringbaum, @Johann Ricke, @Iron Curtain

    As usual, worthless comments abound.

    Well, only if you fire up some sock puppet accounts.

  69. @NJ Transit Commuter
    The real problem for the West in Ukraine is not that Russia has now, for all intents and purposes, annexed bits of Ukraine that have strong pro-Russian sentiment.

    The problem is that NATO and the US threatened a severe response and now appear to be backing off. Weakness invites more trouble and you can bet that China is watching very carefully. The US has wasted a lot of credibility unnecessarily on Ukraine, which is not a strategic priority for the US. Now I bet we’re going to have China test how serious we are about Taiwan and the Western Pacific. The South China Sea is a strategic priority for the US.

    If the US backs down over Taiwan, the Malacca and Sunda Straits, as well as the Yellow, Japan and Okhotsk Seas all come into play. That’s the kind of geopolitical game that determines the destiny of nations and superpowers.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Peter Akuleyev, @Jack D, @Wokechoke, @anonymouseperson, @Gabe Ruth

    There are three countries that matter in the world: the US, China and Russia. They would be naturally expected to exert themselves in their respective spheres. Unfortunately for the US elite, they find Central and South America and the Caribbean rather boring, not exciting like the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Pacific Rim. There is likewise no reason not to pursue union with the more Americanized provinces (which happen to have a lot of wheat and oil) but again, Canadians, boring.

    We could be doing a lot more vigorous super-powering at home with nuclear energy, national medical care, technology, etc. if we weren’t bleeding money all over the globe and on financial alchemy. But the US elite do not share this vision of the world because it means acknowledging that Russia and China also matter, and if they want to stomp around in their own back yards it’s not worth a 5-year meatgrinder WW3 to try and stop them.

    • Replies: @Peter D. Bredon
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    "...Canadians, boring."

    Not anymore.

    , @James J O'Meara
    @The Anti-Gnostic


    Unfortunately for the US elite, they find Central and South America and the Caribbean rather boring, not exciting like the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Pacific Rim.
     
    It's interesting why that would be. Surely the whole point of colonizing/pioneering is to explore/exploit the "New World." The natives/Spanish seemed to have found a lot of excitement over they years. Plenty of natural resources, Venezuela even has oil. Beautiful scenery, nice climate (Colombia, Land of Eternal Spring, or is that Ecuador?). Dusky beauties on the beaches in thongs, samba music.

    Plenty of Germanic areas, before and after the War. Even the Bushes are establishing a compound in Paraguay, to complete their move (like the Corleones) from Maine to Texas to Paraguay.

    As for Middle East, that's a shithole that should be transformed into a sheet of glass. Russkies created some great literature and music, but Vlad can keep that barbaric realm.

    One is tempted to say it's because of Christianity, focusing everyone's attention of Jerusalem etc. ("Keep your eyes on Jerusalem!" shouts apocalyptic cult leader Br. Stair). But the Mormons seem to be able to assimilate those Promised Land tropes to their own land, and mind their own business internationally (though lots of missionary stuff in Latin America, eg. the Romneys).

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

  70. @Boo
    @Sean

    Stop trolling

    Replies: @Sean

    In his book Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era (New York: Viking Press;1970), Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote: “For impressive evidence of Western participation in the early phase of Soviet economic growth, see Antony C. Sutton’s Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development:

    In a few words: there is no such thing as Soviet technology. Almost all — perhaps 90-95 percent — came directly or indirectly from the United States and its allies. In effect the United States and the NATO countries have built the Soviet Union. Its industrial and its military capabilities. This massive construction job has taken 50 years. Since the Revolution in 1917. It has been carried out through trade and the sale of plants, equipment and technical assistance.

    Professor Richard Pipes, of Harvard, said in his book, Survival Is Not Enough: Soviet Realities and America’s Future (Simon & Schuster;1984):

    In his three-volume detailed account of Soviet Purchases of Western Equipment and Technology… Sutton comes to conclusions that are uncomfortable for many businessmen and economists. For this reason his work tends to be either dismissed out of hand as ‘extreme’ or, more often, simply ignored. (p. 290)

    https://informnapalm.org/en/russia-lagging-behind-in-combat-drone-technologies-and-trying-to-hide-it-through-information-operations/
    In our operations in the Donbas, we shot down or forced to land multiple Russian reconnaissance UAVs like Forpost, Granat, Eleron, and Orlan. Their examination revealed that almost all internal components of these UAVs, with the exception of the airframes and parachutes, were foreign-made civilian-grade products. For example, Orlan has a Chinese-made GPS tracker, a US-made starter-generator PTN78020 from Texas Instruments Inc., a Japanese-made engine from SAITO SEISAKUSHO CO. LTD., flight control hardware from the European concern STMicroelectronics, and a US-made telemetry controller from Microchip.

    https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AUPress/Book-Reviews/Display/Article/1192414/the-last-warrior-andrew-marshall-and-the-shaping-of-modern-american-defense-str/ For example, he supported research during the Cold War that deduced a strong preference by the Soviets for achieving a “scientific” level of “objectively correct” warfare operations, devoid of fog and friction. With the Soviet desire for certitude established, ONA diagnosed that missile defense programs could perform as poorly as “15% effective” and still tilt the scale of deterrence in favor of the United States. This finding supported that unproven capabilities, such as then-President Reagan’s “Star Wars” initiatives, would create net benefits vis-à-vis the USSR. Another Cold War, long-term strategy that Marshall diagnosed was to “stay in the bomber business” because it would cost the USSR far more to defend its thousands of miles of borders with air defenses than it would cost the United States to breach those borders with new bombers (e.g., B-1, B-2). Marshall further believed that the USSR did not have the economic strength to sustain its large military spending; Soviet collapse was inevitable.

    • Agree: Johnny Rico
    • Replies: @S
    @Sean

    Par for the course.

    Shocking as it may be to both the true believing Communist or Capitalist, the Capitalist US has been acting as Communism's midwife since that ideology's very inception in the proto-Communist French Revolution of 1789.

    It was Founding Father Thomas Jefferson who 1984 O'Brien like collaborated in writing the French Revolution's seminal Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Indeed, Thomas Paine, another US Founder, would serve directly as a member of France's new revolutionary government.

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon

  71. @Verymuchalive
    The poor b*ggers at WaPo seem thoroughly confused. It's as if the CIA haven't told them what to think.
    "Langley, we have a problem....."

    Replies: @Greta Handel

    Be patient! They’re algorithmically refreshing talking points

    R2P Ukrainian incubator babies

    more cookies for Kiev

    etc

    that will be beta-tested on the idiot box shortly.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    @Greta Handel


    more cookies for Kiev
     
    You're so last month, dear. The US abandoned its Embassy in Kiev last week.
    https://edition.cnn.com/2022/02/14/politics/us-embassy-kyiv-closure/index.html

    CNN is not a trustworthy source, but the hacks inadvertantly reveal all.

    (CNN)The United States is closing the US Embassy in Kyiv and "temporarily relocating" the small number of remaining diplomatic personnel in the country to Lviv, a city in western Ukraine

    They have no building, apparently, in Lviv to act as a temporary embassy. The diplomats are living in hotel rooms, where they can be evacuated at a moment's notice. Despite all the hot air from Blinken and Biden, the US has abandoned Ukraine to her fate.

    There will be no war, or, if one, swiftly over with little bloodshed. Russia will take over the Eastern quarter of Ukraine from Kharkhov to Crimea, which is overwhelmingly Russian. The American plan seems to be to let the Russians take over Kiev and Central Ukraine, as well. Lviv and Western Ukraine would function as a rump Ukrainian state, which would then join NATO. In this way, America would save face, as they see it.

    However, I don't see the Russians doing that. Having incorporated as many Russians as feasible into Russia, they won't be interested in the rest. Kiev and the rest of the Ukraine will continue as a failed state.
  72. @Ebony Obelisk
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Uh democracy is an American problem.

    Dictatorship anywhere is an issue

    Of course I wouldn’t expect right wingers who support insurrectionists and racist truckers to get that

    We should deploy troops to kick white boy russian arse

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Muggles, @Alden

    We should deploy all the trannies, antifa, #BLM and sodomites to Ukraine. Go get ’em, tiger.

    • Agree: tyrone
    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @The Anti-Gnostic


    We should deploy all the trannies, antifa, #BLM and sodomites to Ukraine. Go get ’em, tiger.
     
    Can we include Teeny Dick in this ?
  73. @NJ Transit Commuter
    The real problem for the West in Ukraine is not that Russia has now, for all intents and purposes, annexed bits of Ukraine that have strong pro-Russian sentiment.

    The problem is that NATO and the US threatened a severe response and now appear to be backing off. Weakness invites more trouble and you can bet that China is watching very carefully. The US has wasted a lot of credibility unnecessarily on Ukraine, which is not a strategic priority for the US. Now I bet we’re going to have China test how serious we are about Taiwan and the Western Pacific. The South China Sea is a strategic priority for the US.

    If the US backs down over Taiwan, the Malacca and Sunda Straits, as well as the Yellow, Japan and Okhotsk Seas all come into play. That’s the kind of geopolitical game that determines the destiny of nations and superpowers.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Peter Akuleyev, @Jack D, @Wokechoke, @anonymouseperson, @Gabe Ruth

    It is actually not clear to me if NATO and the US have really threatened much of anything other than sanctions. My sense is that most of the military threats and hot air came from the usual pundits, congressmen with no actual power to influence events and small NATO countries, again with no real influence.

  74. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Might I suggest a substitute for Disney: The reruns of the old Andy Griffith Show, where Andy is the sheriff of Mayberry. (Available on Amazon Prime and elsewhere.) Andy is a widower with a young son (Ron Howard!) who gets into jams and asks questions. Don Knotts, as Andy’s deputy, creates funny jams for Andy to contend with, as do other Mayberry townspeople. Andy resolves the above with patient-but-firm, masculine, role-modeling. A good show to watch together; Mrs. SafeNow and I enjoy it ourselves- – great acting and plots that remind us of a sane, traditional world.

    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
    @SafeNow

    Absolutely. It can also be said of its spinoff, Mayberry R.F.D., where the only sane or adult person seems to be Sam the farmer and city councilman.

  75. Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian Slavic Man

    Joe Biden sniffs young children in photo ops…..His son Hunter… crawled out of Satan’s personal toilet bowl…

    These are the meta-level moral constraints on ascertaining the truth about what’s going on in the Ukraine….and about Ukraine….

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @War for Blair Mountain


    Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian
     
    I highly doubt this. First of all, as a KGB officer, he would have been required to be a professed atheist so any connection to Christianity would have come late in life. By the time the Soviet Union fell, Putin was already in his late '30s.

    2nd, Putin's personal life appears to be "complicated". Putin has a least one daughter out of wedlock and is on at least his 3rd wife. His palace is reported to have its own strip club.

    More likely, Putin finds it politically expedient to ally himself with the Orthodox Church and to project the appearance of being a devout Christian. If the Orthodox Church were to turn on him, he would turn on them in a heartbeat.

    Biden, for all of his faults, appears to have been, and remains, a practicing Catholic his whole life.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anonymous, @Anon, @Iron Curtain, @Art Deco

    , @Johann Ricke
    @War for Blair Mountain


    Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian Slavic Man
     
    I'd say he's a devout Tsar, as in he worships the pursuit of personal power and glory. And Henry of Navarre, a Protestant, is reputed to have said - "Paris is worth a Mass". Re Orthodoxy - if Protestants and Catholics have one thing in common - it's that Orthodoxy is the enemy. Think about the way the French allied with perfidious Albion - its enemy for much of the last millennium - to prevent the Russians from annexing all of the Ottoman Empire.

    Replies: @James J O'Meara

  76. @Mike_from_SGV
    @Anonymous

    Disney is the enemy. Pull the plug on it.
    Avoid modern kid stuff which is often Woke Evangelism. Drive out the bad by flooding him with the good. Flood him with good literature and stories, e.g. kid-understandable versions of Greek mythology, King Arthur, other classics. Think up and tell stories about boys becoming astronauts, explorers, witch-fighters, monster-fighters, etc. Spur his imagination in normal boy directions. Keep him playing with blocks, legos, zoobs, etc. Take him hiking, camping, play catch.

    Replies: @Goddard

    Love everything you’re saying here. Doing much of it with my boy, will bring in Greek myths and King Arthur (thank you), not only avoiding Disney but also kicked out the TV altogether. To hiking, camping, and ball would add inculcating a love of and proficiency with firearms.

  77. Anonymous[551] • Disclaimer says:
    @Loyalty Over IQ Worship
    Does anyone notice that the average White person in America isn't into the anti-Russian propaganda?

    Not long ago they would have probably believed the Pentagon and the rest of the Deep State. Doesn't this have implications for the future of the USA as a political unit if the most patriotic group no longer trusts its leaders, including the military establishment?

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV, @Anonymous, @Feryl, @J.Ross

    Not long ago they would have probably believed the Pentagon and the rest of the Deep State. Doesn’t this have implications for the future of the USA as a political unit if the most patriotic group no longer trusts its leaders, including the military establishment?

    Yes. See:
    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2022/02/20/fourth-turning-2022-bad-moon-rising-part-four/
    Also, the 84 year revolution cycle in Anglo history is about now.
    also, see Heinlein, “Year of the Jackpot”.

    Burning Platform favors purple prose more than I do, I’m surprised it doesn’t call people “Cossacks”, but after you filter out the purple many of its points are plausible.

    So the question now is who does what in reaction to the Russian troop movements. As Burning Platform points out, times like this, like all times of the end of the old and the birth of the new, are critical. The US could cement NATO in to an obsolete victim of social stasis and demographic replacement, could discredit itself enough by massive overreaction to be tossed out of NATO into dependence on AUKUS, could do nothing (thus ratifying Putin’s move) and let the situation settle down with the RF. I think, the third choice, “settle down”, is Putin’s short term goal).

    On the “settle down” side, you could note that the Russian Federation (RF) has only sent troops to friendly countries. These countries belong to their inhabitants by right of conquest and effective occupation, rather like Vietnam and Afghanistan. However, the pre-WW II law of, sovereignty by “right of conquest” by inhabitants doesn’t apply to Whites, nor (as the Europeans are finding out) does the pre-WW II law of sovereignty by “effective occupation”. Allowing it to prevail in this case would severely affect US policy both internally and internationally. It would severely weaken the Democrats’ case for US demographic replacement, for one minor thing.

    More general discussion:

    [MORE]

    “Burning Platform” lists 4 alternatives for the US:
    1. WW IV, a major event in human evolution equivalent of the Toba eruption (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/toba-supervolcano-eruption-humans-south-africa-science) that randomly selects some regional group to survive and kills the rest.
    2. End of modernity worldwide — end of the West’s expansion, probably the end of industrial society, same as the Greek expansion of Alexander came to an end with loss of central Asia colonies, loss of homeland, loss of the Greek intellectual tradition. Whites, Greeks and Scythians both, forced out of central Asia.
    3. Modernity survives, but US ends. Rather like the end of Imperial Germany and its successor state starting in 1914.
    4. Comparatively minor US changes, like the New Deal or Civil War, quite possibly with a successful shift to Mackinder’s Oceanic strategy.

    During the next decade one of the 4 will be chosen. As with most beginnings, or the future in general, it’s hard to say which will happen. I’d hope for 4, myself.

    I can see the current situation developing into a near-nuclear confrontation, thanks to Pres. Obama’s purge of non-Woke from the officer ranks of DOD. Or perhaps severe sanctions that bankrupt the US and Europe rather than the RF. I can also see the US population rejecting the entire form of US government since the Spanish American War (which marked the rise of the urban political machines to national dominance) and trying something new. There isn’t really any choice – at the current rate of decline, US society will foreseeably be unable to feed its population.**

    Change is unpredictable — a singularity in real life. Consider the Abelian sand pile,

    and this application:

    and this quote:

    It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things”
    Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

    ** 10% rise in food prices this year, market dependent rise in housing prices, 20% rise in apartment rents (https://www.rt.com/news/550176-us-rents-skyrocket-inflation/), doubling of nitrogen fertilizer prices. Urban deterioration of basic infrastructure has made cities uninhabitable except for those who cannot earn a living elsewhere, and marginal for even them. This is the gradual but inexorable poverty that brought down the USSR. Khrushchev’s father was a miner, and owned a motorbike. That was an unattainable luxury for Russian workers by 1938. For a US analogy, the house and 2 cars of the Simpsons cartoons, c.a. 1990, cannot be bought by people with Homer’s blue collar job in 2020, 30 years later.

  78. Anon[358] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anonymous

    Books: It may depend on the neighborhood, but 5 years ago we could still get lots of great old books for children from yard sales. Money may be no object in this for you, but either way, it's all nearly free. They've got the old Curious George and Dr. Suess stuff. Be careful. Make sure you don't pick up modern versions of anything by people with the rights from the dead authors.

    That "Goodnight Moon" and the one by the same author with the train being loaded up by the animals are just so creative, but non woke - great for before bed. There's "Goodnight Construction Site" - excellent. I'm sure I'm missing many others because it's been a while. GET TO THE YARD SALES. Even the lefty ladies at the church still appreciate the old classics and will help.

    Videos: I highly recommend the Mighty Machines series made in the non-woke Canada of mid-1990s to late 00's. All of it was free on youtube - for a treat, you could get that onto the TV big screen. They made at least 30 episodes, and you know how kids are - he may watch each one 4 or 5 times. I still have the intro. song in my head from 4 years ago! If he really gets into it, there are other series about trucks, factories, etc, at the library.

    Toys: I can't say enough good about Legos. My original thoughts were "man, what a scam. In my day, we bought the set and/or extra pieces and built many different things with them. We didn't need a set for each object" (Well, many are 2-fers, at least.) I've changed my mind. Some of the sets in the "Technics" are amazing - vehicles have working differentials, steering gears, moving crankshaft/connecting rods/pistons. The boy must strictly follow the plans*. These are not cheap, but they are really great for a boy.

    Also, sign him up for chesskid.com. He can do a lot for free, but when you pay the $100 or so, he can watch more videos. It beats the hell out of the old way of getting long books, going over games from the newspaper, and playing chess by mail - oh, about one move a week!

    .

    * We ran into a problem one time that taught the boy a valuable lesson - he had to go back about half-way, maybe 20 pages, because of one screw-up. "Count parts for each step. Check your work." Etc...

    Replies: @Anon

    Thanks, Achmed

    I’ve been concerned about how my woke daughter and son in law (and his pre-school) will bring up my now 1 1/2 yr old grandson. But he loves his “Goodnight Construction Site” book and Legos and other boy type stuff. I’ll check out the Mighty Machine series. Reminds me that my son’s favorite vcr tape when he was young was a road building tape with lots of machines and some explosions.

    That “Goodnight Moon” and the one by the same author with the train being loaded up by the animals are just so creative, but non woke – great for before bed. There’s “Goodnight Construction Site” – excellent. I’m sure I’m missing many others because it’s been a while. GET TO THE YARD SALES. Even the lefty ladies at the church still appreciate the old classics and will help.

    Videos: I highly recommend the Mighty Machines series made in the non-woke Canada of mid-1990s to late 00’s. All of it was free on youtube – for a treat, you could get that onto the TV big screen. They made at least 30 episodes, and you know how kids are – he may watch each one 4 or 5 times. I still have the intro. song in my head from 4 years ago! If he really gets into it, there are other series about trucks, factories, etc, at the library.

    Toys: I can’t say enough good about Legos. My original thoughts were “man, what a scam. In my day, we bought the set and/or extra pieces and built many different things with them. We didn’t need a set for each object” (Well, many are 2-fers, at least.) I’ve changed my mind. Some of the sets in the “Technics” are amazing – vehicles have working differentials, steering gears, moving crankshaft/connecting rods/pistons. The boy must strictly follow the plans*. These are not cheap, but they are really great for a boy.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Anon

    Hm. Will Goodnight Construction Site encourage a kid to be an engineer?

    My son got very lucky. In order to reduce white flight from a demographically changing middle school, they loaded the place up with all sorts of STEM programs. Same with the high school.

    At one point in a seventh grade parent/teacher conference the engineering teacher told me my son was a born engineer. He eventuality found a college with a good engineering program and a fantastic coach for his sport. Heaven.

    If a kid is born to be gay, all you can do is love the kid because he’s your kid. Some MRI studies show gay men have brains wired like women. Can’t change that.

    But exposure to sports and legos and construction toys is a great thing to do for a kid.

    Replies: @nebulafox

  79. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Get the Dangerous Book for Boys and go through some of the easier projects with him. Maybe he’s ready for more?

    Start buying him his own little tool set (real stuff, not toys) that he can accumulate and begin to use. You could even take apart old appliances or motors with him and make up stories about the pieces as you go. If you yourself aren’t handy, then this will be some fun exploration for both of you.

    Go to the beach and dig holes in the sand. Make tunnels and walls and watch the water erode and fill them. Identify each bird that flies around and each bug that you see (love the internet in our hands).

    If all this seems like mundane advice, know that it worked beautifully with my two sons. Despite not being terribly macho guys, they both developed a healthy sense of maleness and could easily see that they are wholly different from girls.

    • Replies: @martin_2
    @stillCARealist

    Just because he's a boy doesn't mean he has to be into everything that we associate with boys. My son was heavily into snakes and lizards and dinosaurs (he still is) and loved the Teenage Mutant Turtles, but had no interest in tools, Meccano, or sports.

  80. The Biden Administration appears to have erred by not publicly emphasizing this as something the Kremlin might do. In contrast, they did a good job of warning about “false flags,” so that when Moscow started complaining about Ukraine supposedly attacking Russia with artillery, nobody outside of Russia much cared.

    This seems to me to be the inverse of the color revolutions that the usual suspects in and around the U.S. State Department have been running on Russia’s border (and within Russia via Pussy Riot and similar). They can’t predict these things because they think in ridiculous abstractions like “democracy” (by which they mean the left-cultural insurgencies typified by alien immigration, LGBTQ-ism in preschools, PMC rule, etc.), They may just be incapable of predicting that Russian-speaking Orthodox Christians largely culturally indistinguishable from any random person on the street in Moscow living in what was for hundreds of years part of the Russian Empire just might have an affinity for Russia. In other words, blood-and-soil asserts itself over vague abstractions like “democracy.”

    Biden is at least in some respects hemmed in by a pending mid-term election and the fact that the Press now lacks the ability to get the vast bulk of Americans all that excited about relitigating the boundaries of Hapsburg and Romanov possessions. They’ll gin up some atrocity of intelligence sources reporting Russians bayoneting Ukrainian toddlers or similar but right now I don’t see much domestic desire to become involved (and indeed I see quite the opposite).

  81. @Bardon Kaldian
    As usual, worthless comments abound.

    For most eastern Europeans, this is Putin's Sudetenland moment, and Biden, along with most EU "leaders"- a collective Chamberlain.

    Only somebody completely clueless about history, or irreversibly blind to reality, can "not understand" Putin's rubbish speech about Russia & U/kraine, which is in some respects worse than Hitler's ramblings about Czechs.

    Hitler at least didn't deny the existence of Czechs.

    What did old Churchill say?

    The government had to choose between war and shame. They chose shame. They will get war too.

    Replies: @Bill, @Commentator Mike, @Thelma Ringbaum, @Johann Ricke, @Iron Curtain

    Not at all. Hitler went east because he wanted living space for Germans and in search of resources Germany’s industry lacked, and protection of Germans in border regions was just a good excuse to start rolling. Russia is rich in resources and has enormous land area needing nothing from anybody and is only moving to defend Russians and protect its own territory from possible attack.

  82. @Anon 2
    What is usually not mentioned in these discussions is the fact that
    at the end of WW II Russia established a colony on the Baltic Sea,
    known as the Kaliningrad Oblast’. The colony is located between
    northeastern Poland and Lithuania. In 2018 Russia deployed
    the nuclear-capable Iskander missile system there. In missile
    time Kaliningrad is seconds from Warsaw, Berlin, Copenhagen or
    Stockholm. I believe the missile base being completed in Poland,
    although supposedly against Iran, is more likely a response to the missile
    base in Kaliningrad.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Thelma Ringbaum

    The missiles in Poland are anti-missile missiles (ostensibly to protect Europe from Iranian missiles), not offensive weapons.

    The Russians are concerned that if NATO can knock down the Russian missiles then the Russian nuclear threat becomes less threatening. The nuclear threat is what gives Putin a free hand to do things like occupy parts of Ukraine. Biden has already said that he isn’t going to send any American troops to Ukraine because he doesn’t want to start a nuclear war.

    During the Cold War, there were treaties in effect that prohibited both sides from having anti-missile missiles but those treaties lapsed because Trump thought that the Russians were cheating. The US is not adverse to reviving the ABM treaties provided that both sides abide by them.

  83. @anon
    Is this ambiguity a problem or an opportunity. Biden can call it whatever he wants. I suggest that he call it a non invasion. And if it ends close to this, didn't Biden "win"? Or can't Biden call it a win?

    Once the US calls "red line" invasion, sanctions are pre announced, and there is nothing to negotiate with. At which point Russia might as well have its way with Ukraine. Whatever that entails.

    Or, hypothetically, why not settle up with Russia? Give Putin the breakaway territories. Give him Crimea, which he already has. And missiles in Poland, which aren't a great idea anyway. No one should be arming the European borders anyway, including Russia who can agree to not build more.

    Deep staters are foaming at the mouth to punish Russia.

    No one really gives a shit except Russia and Neocons. Russia has veto power over Ukraine in the sense they can ruin it. But that is about it.

    Regardless, the smart thing is to hold off on calling it an invasion. And didn't Biden already say a minor incursion was ok? https://nypost.com/2022/01/20/joe-biden-again-tries-to-walk-back-russia-ukraine-minor-incursion-fumble/

    Replies: @Bill, @Alec Leamas (working from home), @Colin Wright

    Or, hypothetically, why not settle up with Russia? Give Putin the breakaway territories. Give him Crimea, which he already has.

    The people who never have to get elected but run the foreign policy of the United States don’t want to.

  84. The Russians (and their defenders here) are always looking for equivalency in the West – what Russia is doing in Ukraine is no different than the NATO intervention in Kosovo or the Israeli occupation of Palestine or whatever. What people don’t seem to get is that these other situations arose spontaneoulsy as a reaction and an improvisation as events unfolded. What Russia does is planned in advance – first they create a phony “crisis” and then they “solve” it.

    • Replies: @Thelma Ringbaum
    @Jack D

    How did the Russians create all this phony crisis back in 2014? They did plant Vicky Nudelman into the US state dept., didnt they?

    , @Greta Handel
    @Jack D

    You seem especially desperate in this thread, wildly flinging Establishment horsesh*t.

    Try going back to that iSteve-y wry detachment.

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Jack D

    "What people don’t seem to get is that these other situations arose spontaneoulsy as a reaction and an improvisation as events unfolded. What Russia does is planned in advance – first they create a phony “crisis” and then they “solve” it."

    Impressive, pretty much the exact opposite of the truth.

    Who created the Maidan and its snipers? Russia?

    "Jack D on Russia = Bragadocious on Britain."

    , @anon
    @Jack D

    Yea...the West was foolishly improvising when they foolishly expanded NATO. Perhaps they should have thought for a second. Or followed the advise of experienced Cold Warrior George Kennan. Who warned that it was a huge mistake.

    Ironically, NATO has been pumped up by the usual Neocons. And Putin needs NATO more than any American. Russia has militaristic interests endlessly promoting conflict.

    The stupid party is behaving as expected, trying to flank Democrats on being tough. But regular Americans are not all that excited about defending North Macedonia. As usual, America is fighting for things no one much wants. The theoretical right to let Ukraine join NATO? Fat chance.

    I suppose the West is just too hysterical and impatient to do a deal with Russia. They would rather encourage expensive conflict.

  85. @NJ Transit Commuter
    The real problem for the West in Ukraine is not that Russia has now, for all intents and purposes, annexed bits of Ukraine that have strong pro-Russian sentiment.

    The problem is that NATO and the US threatened a severe response and now appear to be backing off. Weakness invites more trouble and you can bet that China is watching very carefully. The US has wasted a lot of credibility unnecessarily on Ukraine, which is not a strategic priority for the US. Now I bet we’re going to have China test how serious we are about Taiwan and the Western Pacific. The South China Sea is a strategic priority for the US.

    If the US backs down over Taiwan, the Malacca and Sunda Straits, as well as the Yellow, Japan and Okhotsk Seas all come into play. That’s the kind of geopolitical game that determines the destiny of nations and superpowers.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Peter Akuleyev, @Jack D, @Wokechoke, @anonymouseperson, @Gabe Ruth

    The problem is that NATO and the US threatened a severe response and now appear to be backing off.

    They are not backing off. It was always clear that they were not sending troops to Ukraine and that the response would be in the form of sanctions. When you do sanctions, you can’t shoot off the whole load on day one because then you have nothing left if the other side does something even more atrocious later. You need to keep some of your powder dry for future use.

    Sanctions are on one level “ineffective” but in reality they cause a lot of pain to the other side. The other side just doesn’t want to publicly admit it.

    Germany today announced that Nord Stream 2 is being suspended. That’s \$11 billion of Russia’s money and \$3 billion/yr of future revenue that has just been flushed down the toilet so that Russia could occupy a crappy swath of Soviet Rust Belt Ukraine. Of course Russia will pretend that hey, it’s no big deal, that didn’t hurt a bit. What are they going to say?

    • Replies: @RAZ
    @Jack D

    True. And presumably a net financial loss, though Russia benefits from the war tensions in higher prices for their exported oil and their gas exported through non Norm Stream 2 means, unless those are presently on locked in long term contracts. And loss of Nord Stream 2 revenue and sanctions is a financial price Putin is apparently willing to bear.


    Germany today announced that Nord Stream 2 is being suspended. That’s $11 billion of Russia’s money and $3 billion/yr of future revenue that has just been flushed down the toilet so that Russia could occupy a crappy swath of Soviet Rust Belt Ukraine. Of course Russia will pretend that hey, it’s no big deal, that didn’t hurt a bit. What are they going to say?
     
  86. @anonymous coward
    @Mr. Anon


    There was a time when the capital of “Russia” (such as it was then) was Kiev:
     
    During that time "Kiev" was conquered and ruled by a warrior elite from Novgorod that was half-Swedish.

    Perhaps now is the time to return to historical roots, lol.

    Replies: @Thea

    Then after that the tsars were all 3/4 German.

  87. @Anon 2
    What is usually not mentioned in these discussions is the fact that
    at the end of WW II Russia established a colony on the Baltic Sea,
    known as the Kaliningrad Oblast’. The colony is located between
    northeastern Poland and Lithuania. In 2018 Russia deployed
    the nuclear-capable Iskander missile system there. In missile
    time Kaliningrad is seconds from Warsaw, Berlin, Copenhagen or
    Stockholm. I believe the missile base being completed in Poland,
    although supposedly against Iran, is more likely a response to the missile
    base in Kaliningrad.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Thelma Ringbaum

    Poland simply should return all the German land she was given. And take back the west Ukraine.

    This will fix quite a few problems of Europe.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Thelma Ringbaum

    Silesia etc were not German lands until 1871 when the country nation of Germany was created by Bismarck and the King of Prussia. They were part of Germany less that 50 years till given to Poland. Poland that ruled them for a thousand or more years than the 47 years Germany ruled them. Silesia was a very very important independent principality between Poland Bohemia Pomerania and Prussia.

    There’s a major difference between the Germanic languages and ethnic groups and the country nation of Germany created 151 years ago. And that is still occupied by a foreign power, the USA .

    Replies: @Thelma Ringbaum, @nebulafox

  88. @Jack D
    The Russians (and their defenders here) are always looking for equivalency in the West - what Russia is doing in Ukraine is no different than the NATO intervention in Kosovo or the Israeli occupation of Palestine or whatever. What people don't seem to get is that these other situations arose spontaneoulsy as a reaction and an improvisation as events unfolded. What Russia does is planned in advance - first they create a phony "crisis" and then they "solve" it.

    Replies: @Thelma Ringbaum, @Greta Handel, @YetAnotherAnon, @anon

    How did the Russians create all this phony crisis back in 2014? They did plant Vicky Nudelman into the US state dept., didnt they?

  89. @Buzz Mohawk
    LOL.

    So, Putin has done even more to make our leadership look stupid. Perfect.

    Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia, all of this amounts to a Russian problem. Americans have nothing to do with it.

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev, @Ebony Obelisk, @Paperback Writer, @Art Deco, @Buck Ransom, @Bill Jones

    Americans have nothing to do with it.

    Dear Sweet Buzz Mohawk, our elites (and resident Russophobes) will find a reason for Americans to die for it.

    I think Putin was very clever to do this. He’s not invading Ukraine, and Kiev will not get bombed.

    But the Germans have put the kibosh in Nordstream2. E. Europe is dependent on Gazprom. I don’t know what will happen but I’m 99% sure that Russia and China are this close, so the Russians can now afford to tell us to pound sand.

  90. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies

    Are you for real? Cut that shit off, NOW! No further comment.

    • Agree: William Badwhite
  91. @Buzz Mohawk
    LOL.

    So, Putin has done even more to make our leadership look stupid. Perfect.

    Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia, all of this amounts to a Russian problem. Americans have nothing to do with it.

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev, @Ebony Obelisk, @Paperback Writer, @Art Deco, @Buck Ransom, @Bill Jones

    Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia,

    Only in your imagination.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Art Deco

    Only in your imagination was "Ukraine" east of the Dnieper not under Russian rule.

    , @SunBakedSuburb
    @Art Deco

    "Only in your imagination."

    Go Ape 2022! The Official Planet of the Apes Fanfest and Convention is back after a two year hiatus and it's right around the corner. Specifically, May 15-18 at the Three Rivers Holiday Inn Pittsburg PA. I've put you as tentative on the guest list, along with Claude Akins and John Houston. Again, please let me know by April 16 if you'll be there so I can arrange your dealers table. And also again, you'll be paid in coleslaw, all-you-can-eat. And you'll have to make your own travel arrangements to Pittsburgh. What I can promise: a room full of aged fans willing to shell out fifty-bucks per copy of your Roddy McDowell party pix.

  92. @Sean
    The US's ABM base in Poland is going to become operational later this year. See https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/world/europe/poland-missile-base-russia-ukraine.html That is what has brought matter to a head, and is the main point in Putin’s speech made a few hours ago, where ie noted the 300 seconds hypersonic flight time of the base from Moscow. In 1990 Ukrainian had the same standard of living as Poland, now it has one third. Thousands of Ukrainian women are surrogate mothers for wealthy Chinese and Western couples. Ukraine has hit rock bottom. But they want to play Nato like Poland is trying to, whereby Poles will get cheap gas from American LNG, subsidized by America.

    Putin duped the US as to the actual plan, but the sanctions from the US now will be so extreme he might as well have conquered Ukraine and shipped its population to Siberia, where no Russian lives by choice. Russia has always been backward and dependent on borrowed technology, and the now unavoidable extreme sanctions are really gong to completely cut Russia off from Western innovation, In a generation Russia will be North Korea with gas. There will be an increased danger of accidental nuclear war because the obvious counter to Nato's technological and positional advantages for a surprise counterforce strike is to take the safeties off the Russian defence system. The long term future prospects of Russia allying with America against the coming Mega China are suddenly much dimmer.

    The problem with Russia was it was too weak and tempting a target, but because its thermonuclear arsenal was essentially comparable to America’s, Russia had to be hamstrung. American diplomats have done far too good a job due to the foolishness of the Russians, though the greatest mistake was made at a time when the oil price was so low after hitting a nadir that Russia (Putin included) was in a state of learned helplessness. In 2001, Putin like Yeltsin before him actually asked ii Russia could join Nato!. In 2007, the US was about to build ABM bases in Poland, supposedly to defend against Iranian nuclear ICBM’s they still do not have two decades later, was happening the next year at the insistence of the US, Nato announced that Georgia and Ukraine would become members, which is quite a contrast with the runaround Russia got the when they tried to join.

    By 2008 Putin understood that Nato which both he and his patron/ predecessor Yeltsin had actually tried to join, is dedicated to making Russia insecure. There is no way out for Putin, and once cut off from innovations that Russia cannot produce (Russia not longer ever tries to develop new microprocessors) by Western sanctions that are now inevitable, his country is going to become technologically dependent on China within a generation. China is the great winner in all this, and it will also get Russian women as surrogate mothers in the way thousands of Ukrainian females already are for Chinese couples.

    Replies: @Boo, @Adept, @Peter Akuleyev, @siberiancat, @Paperback Writer, @Eric Novak

    Russia has always been backward and dependent on borrowed technology,

    They had a pretty good nuke program and brilliant scientists.

    and the now unavoidable extreme sanctions are really gong to completely cut Russia off from Western innovation

    So? With their China alliance who needs “Western innovation”?

    Their real problem was Communism and living under Asiatic monsters like Stalin. Now that’s gone they can develop normally. Moscow has a lower murder rate than London.

  93. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    ‘…Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them…’

    It really is another example of the problem with being a parent in modern times. Society doesn’t enforce the norms you want, and it offers no worthwhile guidance on what norms you should enforce. You wind up having to reinvent the wheel — and often don’t do a very good job of it!

    Where do you draw the line? For starters, I’d make it clear this doesn’t at all please you. Kids actually want to ascertain their parent’s attitudes and conform to them.

    So spell those attitudes out. Dresses and sparkly shoes are for girls, and he’s not a girl. Then see where you are.

    Remember: what you read is virtually all nonsense. You’re going to have to do this on your own. But don’t be afraid to do that; you have to.

  94. @Sean
    The US's ABM base in Poland is going to become operational later this year. See https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/world/europe/poland-missile-base-russia-ukraine.html That is what has brought matter to a head, and is the main point in Putin’s speech made a few hours ago, where ie noted the 300 seconds hypersonic flight time of the base from Moscow. In 1990 Ukrainian had the same standard of living as Poland, now it has one third. Thousands of Ukrainian women are surrogate mothers for wealthy Chinese and Western couples. Ukraine has hit rock bottom. But they want to play Nato like Poland is trying to, whereby Poles will get cheap gas from American LNG, subsidized by America.

    Putin duped the US as to the actual plan, but the sanctions from the US now will be so extreme he might as well have conquered Ukraine and shipped its population to Siberia, where no Russian lives by choice. Russia has always been backward and dependent on borrowed technology, and the now unavoidable extreme sanctions are really gong to completely cut Russia off from Western innovation, In a generation Russia will be North Korea with gas. There will be an increased danger of accidental nuclear war because the obvious counter to Nato's technological and positional advantages for a surprise counterforce strike is to take the safeties off the Russian defence system. The long term future prospects of Russia allying with America against the coming Mega China are suddenly much dimmer.

    The problem with Russia was it was too weak and tempting a target, but because its thermonuclear arsenal was essentially comparable to America’s, Russia had to be hamstrung. American diplomats have done far too good a job due to the foolishness of the Russians, though the greatest mistake was made at a time when the oil price was so low after hitting a nadir that Russia (Putin included) was in a state of learned helplessness. In 2001, Putin like Yeltsin before him actually asked ii Russia could join Nato!. In 2007, the US was about to build ABM bases in Poland, supposedly to defend against Iranian nuclear ICBM’s they still do not have two decades later, was happening the next year at the insistence of the US, Nato announced that Georgia and Ukraine would become members, which is quite a contrast with the runaround Russia got the when they tried to join.

    By 2008 Putin understood that Nato which both he and his patron/ predecessor Yeltsin had actually tried to join, is dedicated to making Russia insecure. There is no way out for Putin, and once cut off from innovations that Russia cannot produce (Russia not longer ever tries to develop new microprocessors) by Western sanctions that are now inevitable, his country is going to become technologically dependent on China within a generation. China is the great winner in all this, and it will also get Russian women as surrogate mothers in the way thousands of Ukrainian females already are for Chinese couples.

    Replies: @Boo, @Adept, @Peter Akuleyev, @siberiancat, @Paperback Writer, @Eric Novak

    The effect of US sanctions on Russia will be to induce nap time in the Kremlin. Russia has 12 time zones of natural resources. It does not need whatever Kamala Harris holds back.

  95. It seems to me that Putin started ratcheting tensions in order to negotiate a settlement of Ukraine’s status. The obvious deal would be (1) U.S. recognizes Crimea as part of Russia; (2) U.S. agrees Ukraine stays out of NATO; (3) Russia agrees to stay out of the rest of Ukraine and let it trade with and possibly join EU eventually.

    But the U.S. seems unwilling to agree to keep Ukraine out of NATO. It has also made plain it won’t fight for Ukraine but just impose sanctions. So if we don’t get reasonable, Putin may decide he’ll take Ukraine and worry about sanctions later.

    If we were smart we would try to divide Russia and China by bringing Russia over to the Western side. But our retarded foreign policy is always run for domestic political purposes and to prop up our own Deep State. And those considerations demand a Russian enemy.

  96. @Mr. Anon
    There was a time when the capital of "Russia" (such as it was then) was Kiev:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus'

    Personally, I don't care one way or the other. Whatever deep feelings Russians or Ukrainians may have about the dusty steppes and boggy marshes of Ukraine doesn't even move the needle on my "Give-a-F*#k" meter.

    Russia is a big country with a powerful military. Any treaty organization that the US is a member of ought not to share a land border with it. When the Soviet Union broke up, the Bush administration promised them that we would not advance NATO to their borders. That was a wise policy. Even wiser would be to tell the Europeans to get their act together and get out of NATO altogether. The Cold War was over. Vlad the Embezzler is just another Czar (albeit probably smarter). If we hadn't let psychopaths like Vicky Nuland screw around in Ukraine back in 2014 and before this might not be an issue now.

    Ukraine is not now a member of NATO and yet it is dragging us to war (seems to be anyway, if this isn't all some kind of NWO Kabuki theater). Imagine how much worse they would be if they were a NATO member. Ukraine seems to be a really crappy ally - like the Austro-Hungarian Empire - like a crazy, pushy girl-friend who is always picking fights between you and some other guy. "Are you gonna let him talk to me like that?!"

    Replies: @anonymous coward, @Stebbing Heuer

    Ukraine seems to be a really crappy ally – like the Austro-Hungarian Empire – like a crazy, pushy girl-friend who is always picking fights between you and some other guy. “Are you gonna let him talk to me like that?!”

    The historical reality was more like Wilhemine Germany asking her Austro–Hungarian boyfriend if she was going to let that little Serbian guy push him around like that.

    The rest is history.

    And a large slice of Ukraine used to belong to Austria-Hungary. A blood-soaked badland best left alone.

  97. We are in a poker game with nary a pair in our hand. Putin has Crimea and the most Russian part of Ukraine. There isn’t a snowball’s chance in Hell that Ukraine will become part of NATO. Europe will freeze to death without Russian energy. We cannot muster the force to do anything about it and the American people lack the will to do so in any case (properly so). Time to move on. The Disney thing: Walt Disney and his family are long gone and the company is now run by those people who shall not be named and who always push some kind of depravity explicitly or implicitly. You can always rent the old stuff if you must get your children a Disney fix.

  98. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    I wish I had something more insightful to suggest, but definitely keep your kid away from Disney (pre-1980 Disney flicks are probably OK), and don’t let him watch stuff like Nickelodeon, or any of those other “kids” network programming.
    All that stuff is catamite propaganda. And propaganda works.

  99. @Jack D
    @NJ Transit Commuter


    The problem is that NATO and the US threatened a severe response and now appear to be backing off.
     
    They are not backing off. It was always clear that they were not sending troops to Ukraine and that the response would be in the form of sanctions. When you do sanctions, you can't shoot off the whole load on day one because then you have nothing left if the other side does something even more atrocious later. You need to keep some of your powder dry for future use.

    Sanctions are on one level "ineffective" but in reality they cause a lot of pain to the other side. The other side just doesn't want to publicly admit it.

    Germany today announced that Nord Stream 2 is being suspended. That's $11 billion of Russia's money and $3 billion/yr of future revenue that has just been flushed down the toilet so that Russia could occupy a crappy swath of Soviet Rust Belt Ukraine. Of course Russia will pretend that hey, it's no big deal, that didn't hurt a bit. What are they going to say?

    Replies: @RAZ

    True. And presumably a net financial loss, though Russia benefits from the war tensions in higher prices for their exported oil and their gas exported through non Norm Stream 2 means, unless those are presently on locked in long term contracts. And loss of Nord Stream 2 revenue and sanctions is a financial price Putin is apparently willing to bear.

    Germany today announced that Nord Stream 2 is being suspended. That’s \$11 billion of Russia’s money and \$3 billion/yr of future revenue that has just been flushed down the toilet so that Russia could occupy a crappy swath of Soviet Rust Belt Ukraine. Of course Russia will pretend that hey, it’s no big deal, that didn’t hurt a bit. What are they going to say?

  100. @Anonymous
    @neutral


    In terms of long term survival the more Russia isolates itself from “the West” (it is actually post West) the better. I see the post West ideology as nothing more than a gangrene that eventually kills you
     
    I agree with first part of your comment. I disagree with the second part. IMHO, is can not be rectified.

    In the city that headquarters NATO Mohammad is the number one most popular newborn baby name. Mohamed and Mohammed are the 2nd and 3rd most popular, respectively. Ahmed was close though.


    https://mobile.twitter.com/_TheBulletin/status/1349663112799145984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1349663112799145984%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgript.ie%2Fstudy-only-26-of-brussels-residents-are-native-belgians%2F

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Dena/status/1124374189144625152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1124374189144625152%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgript.ie%2Fmost-popular-baby-name-in-brussels-is-now-mohammad%2F

     

    Poland has fully embraced NATO and the West. In Warsaw multicultural ads from the West are now ubiquitous. In the next 20 years Poland’s Catholic tradition will fall quicker than Ireland’s has in the past 20 years thanks to Google.


    http://rownowazni.uw.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/BLM-1.jpeg
    University of Warsaw campus in 2020

    https://media.defense.gov/2018/Jan/16/2001865925/-1/-1/0/180115-A-ED017-1517.JPG
    Poland welcomes American troops

     

    Replies: @neutral, @The Germ Theory of Disease

    We should have a caption contest for that photo.

  101. @Jack D
    The Russians (and their defenders here) are always looking for equivalency in the West - what Russia is doing in Ukraine is no different than the NATO intervention in Kosovo or the Israeli occupation of Palestine or whatever. What people don't seem to get is that these other situations arose spontaneoulsy as a reaction and an improvisation as events unfolded. What Russia does is planned in advance - first they create a phony "crisis" and then they "solve" it.

    Replies: @Thelma Ringbaum, @Greta Handel, @YetAnotherAnon, @anon

    You seem especially desperate in this thread, wildly flinging Establishment horsesh*t.

    Try going back to that iSteve-y wry detachment.

    • Agree: S. Anonyia
  102. @Sean
    @Boo

    In his book Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era (New York: Viking Press;1970), Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote: "For impressive evidence of Western participation in the early phase of Soviet economic growth, see Antony C. Sutton's Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development:


    In a few words: there is no such thing as Soviet technology. Almost all — perhaps 90-95 percent — came directly or indirectly from the United States and its allies. In effect the United States and the NATO countries have built the Soviet Union. Its industrial and its military capabilities. This massive construction job has taken 50 years. Since the Revolution in 1917. It has been carried out through trade and the sale of plants, equipment and technical assistance.
     
    Professor Richard Pipes, of Harvard, said in his book, Survival Is Not Enough: Soviet Realities and America's Future (Simon & Schuster;1984):


    In his three-volume detailed account of Soviet Purchases of Western Equipment and Technology... Sutton comes to conclusions that are uncomfortable for many businessmen and economists. For this reason his work tends to be either dismissed out of hand as 'extreme' or, more often, simply ignored. (p. 290)
     

    https://informnapalm.org/en/russia-lagging-behind-in-combat-drone-technologies-and-trying-to-hide-it-through-information-operations/
    In our operations in the Donbas, we shot down or forced to land multiple Russian reconnaissance UAVs like Forpost, Granat, Eleron, and Orlan. Their examination revealed that almost all internal components of these UAVs, with the exception of the airframes and parachutes, were foreign-made civilian-grade products. For example, Orlan has a Chinese-made GPS tracker, a US-made starter-generator PTN78020 from Texas Instruments Inc., a Japanese-made engine from SAITO SEISAKUSHO CO. LTD., flight control hardware from the European concern STMicroelectronics, and a US-made telemetry controller from Microchip.
     

    https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AUPress/Book-Reviews/Display/Article/1192414/the-last-warrior-andrew-marshall-and-the-shaping-of-modern-american-defense-str/ For example, he supported research during the Cold War that deduced a strong preference by the Soviets for achieving a "scientific" level of "objectively correct" warfare operations, devoid of fog and friction. With the Soviet desire for certitude established, ONA diagnosed that missile defense programs could perform as poorly as "15% effective" and still tilt the scale of deterrence in favor of the United States. This finding supported that unproven capabilities, such as then-President Reagan's "Star Wars" initiatives, would create net benefits vis-à-vis the USSR. Another Cold War, long-term strategy that Marshall diagnosed was to "stay in the bomber business" because it would cost the USSR far more to defend its thousands of miles of borders with air defenses than it would cost the United States to breach those borders with new bombers (e.g., B-1, B-2). Marshall further believed that the USSR did not have the economic strength to sustain its large military spending; Soviet collapse was inevitable.
     

    Replies: @S

    Par for the course.

    Shocking as it may be to both the true believing Communist or Capitalist, the Capitalist US has been acting as Communism’s midwife since that ideology’s very inception in the proto-Communist French Revolution of 1789.

    It was Founding Father Thomas Jefferson who 1984 O’Brien like collaborated in writing the French Revolution’s seminal Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Indeed, Thomas Paine, another US Founder, would serve directly as a member of France’s new revolutionary government.

    • Replies: @Peter D. Bredon
    @S

    Oy veh, did someone mention Tom Punnim?

    "Hey, goyim, let's you and Britain fight!"

    https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-ps3l5j/images/stencil/original/uploaded_images/thomas-paine.jpg?t=1547043913

  103. @anon
    Is this ambiguity a problem or an opportunity. Biden can call it whatever he wants. I suggest that he call it a non invasion. And if it ends close to this, didn't Biden "win"? Or can't Biden call it a win?

    Once the US calls "red line" invasion, sanctions are pre announced, and there is nothing to negotiate with. At which point Russia might as well have its way with Ukraine. Whatever that entails.

    Or, hypothetically, why not settle up with Russia? Give Putin the breakaway territories. Give him Crimea, which he already has. And missiles in Poland, which aren't a great idea anyway. No one should be arming the European borders anyway, including Russia who can agree to not build more.

    Deep staters are foaming at the mouth to punish Russia.

    No one really gives a shit except Russia and Neocons. Russia has veto power over Ukraine in the sense they can ruin it. But that is about it.

    Regardless, the smart thing is to hold off on calling it an invasion. And didn't Biden already say a minor incursion was ok? https://nypost.com/2022/01/20/joe-biden-again-tries-to-walk-back-russia-ukraine-minor-incursion-fumble/

    Replies: @Bill, @Alec Leamas (working from home), @Colin Wright

    ‘Or, hypothetically, why not settle up with Russia? ‘

    Why not? Because then the crisis goes away.

    The whole attraction of the crisis is to distract us from what the swine are doing to our own country.

  104. @Jack D
    The Russians (and their defenders here) are always looking for equivalency in the West - what Russia is doing in Ukraine is no different than the NATO intervention in Kosovo or the Israeli occupation of Palestine or whatever. What people don't seem to get is that these other situations arose spontaneoulsy as a reaction and an improvisation as events unfolded. What Russia does is planned in advance - first they create a phony "crisis" and then they "solve" it.

    Replies: @Thelma Ringbaum, @Greta Handel, @YetAnotherAnon, @anon

    “What people don’t seem to get is that these other situations arose spontaneoulsy as a reaction and an improvisation as events unfolded. What Russia does is planned in advance – first they create a phony “crisis” and then they “solve” it.”

    Impressive, pretty much the exact opposite of the truth.

    Who created the Maidan and its snipers? Russia?

    “Jack D on Russia = Bragadocious on Britain.”

  105. An hour ago (Tuesday PM, Moscow time), the situation ratcheted towards “worse,” again.

    The Guardian’s Moscow correspondent Andre Roth tweeted,

    Crucial moment as Putin says Russia recognizes its client states’ territorial claims in Donetsk and Luhansk. That includes claims on cities like Mariupol. But expects that direct negotiations, which have never taken place, will solve the problem. Clearly raises chance of war.

    This morning, the FT’s Max Seddon wrote “After recognising breakaway regions in Ukraine, what are Putin’s options?”, a perspective piece that includes a map of the two oblasts.

    About two-thirds of each territory is under the control of the Ukrainian government. It seems impossible for Kiev to cede these areas without undermining its legitimacy. For Russian forces to deliver them to the rump republics would (will) mean the start of the shooting war.

    [Edit: couldn’t get the map to display. Link.]

  106. @War for Blair Mountain
    Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian Slavic Man

    Joe Biden sniffs young children in photo ops…..His son Hunter… crawled out of Satan’s personal toilet bowl…

    These are the meta-level moral constraints on ascertaining the truth about what’s going on in the Ukraine….and about Ukraine….

    Replies: @Jack D, @Johann Ricke

    Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian

    I highly doubt this. First of all, as a KGB officer, he would have been required to be a professed atheist so any connection to Christianity would have come late in life. By the time the Soviet Union fell, Putin was already in his late ’30s.

    2nd, Putin’s personal life appears to be “complicated”. Putin has a least one daughter out of wedlock and is on at least his 3rd wife. His palace is reported to have its own strip club.

    More likely, Putin finds it politically expedient to ally himself with the Orthodox Church and to project the appearance of being a devout Christian. If the Orthodox Church were to turn on him, he would turn on them in a heartbeat.

    Biden, for all of his faults, appears to have been, and remains, a practicing Catholic his whole life.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Jack D

    He doesn't give off the aura of a very sensual man to me.

    He seems at his genuine happiest petting dogs and cats and interacting with animals in general.

    , @Anonymous
    @Jack D


    More likely, Putin finds it politically expedient to ally himself with the Orthodox Church and to project the appearance of being a devout Christian. If the Orthodox Church were to turn on him, he would turn on them in a heartbeat.
     
    If Christianity is just some pretext by Putin and/or Shoigu consider me fooled.

    Putin officially declared that Christianity is the foundation of the Russian State.
    https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2018/july/putin-christianity-is-the-foundation-of-the-russian-state

    In 2018 Russia built and consecrated a cathedral for the Russian Armed Forces (Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ) in Moscow. Putin and Shoigu were both present at the consecration.

    https://youtu.be/x_lDNvwTx6Q)

     

    If not for Russia intervening in Syria we would have see a repeat of what we saw in the Iraq war were over a thousand Christian churches were razed and hundreds of thousands of Catholics went missing. Catholic leaders in Syria were grateful to Russia and Putin.

    “Bishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart, Catholic Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo, told Television Suisse Romande on his way through Geneva on October 8th, that the intervention of Russia in the Syrian civil war ‘gives hope’ to the Christians of Syria amongst whom he has observed ‘renewed confidence.’ Russia is serving the Christian cause and ‘Vladimir Putin is helping to solve the problem and to extricate us from an impossible situation’.”

    https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/syria-syrian-bishops-approve-russian-offensive-23304

     

    When the U.S. was making Obergefell v. Hodges the law of the land Putin and Russia was passing anti-LGBT proselytization laws. You don’t think LGBT proselytizing works? Now 40% of young Americans born between 1997 and 2012 identify as LGBT:

    (https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/02/why_nearly_40_percent_of_gen_z_identify_as_lgbtq.html)

     

    Archbishop Fulton Sheen was a big anti-Communist crusader. Here’s what he had to say almost 70 years ago:

    “Atheism is not natural to the Russian people; rather, it has been an importation from the Western world...

    The lesson is not to be forgotten: in a not too distant day when Russia, like the prodigal son, will return to the father’s house, let not Western civilization refuse to accept it back or absent itself from the feast celebrating the salvation of what was lost. Constant obedience is better than repentance, but the truly obedient will always rejoice in the repentant.”

    (Fulton J. Sheen, Footprints in a Darkened Forest, [New York: Meredith, 1967]
     


     
     

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Anon
    @Jack D

    @ Biden, for all of his faults, appears to have been, and remains, a practicing Catholic his whole life.

    Are you kidding. He’s less Catholic than Pope Francis, and that’s little enough.

    , @Iron Curtain
    @Jack D

    You are mistaking true revolutionary fervor of 1930s-40s to conformist spirit of 1960s-70s. He could have done it just to pass the bar, and move on with his career.

    , @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    Biden, for all of his faults, appears to have been, and remains, a practicing Catholic his whole life.

    Define 'practicing Catholic'?

    He married a divorcée, sired precisely one child by her when she was between the ages of 26 and 40, and completely failed to impart to at least two of his three surviving children anything resembling a Catholic education. While we're at it, just where did you locate a record of his attendance at Mass and his trips to the confessional? Since he's a politician, tell us when did he ever advocate anything which suggested he was under the influence of Catholic social or moral teaching?

    Replies: @Jack D

  107. @anonymous
    With regard to possible 'Western sanctions', Russians might just cut off Europe's gas in the middle of winter, with European reserves now down to only 5% of capacity.

    Here is Russian television, back in 2009, a Russian military chorus singing about exactly this, turning off the gas to Europe. English subtitles, funny and tuneful - They turn a mock cutoff valve on stage while everyone laughs and cheers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7RD5ONjv8M

    https://i.4pcdn.org/pol/1642865479351.png

    Replies: @Jack D, @YetAnotherAnon, @Reg Cæsar

    Someone has asked the question I asked last night, whether the recognition of these areas is “facts on ground” or full areas.

    “Putin: we recognized Donetsk and Luhansk in the borders as described in their constitutions”

    In for a kopeck, in for a rouble I suppose.

    (ic1000 – I think Putin has answered your question. Looks like there will indeed be shooting.)

    • Thanks: ic1000
  108. @stillCARealist
    @Anonymous

    Get the Dangerous Book for Boys and go through some of the easier projects with him. Maybe he's ready for more?

    Start buying him his own little tool set (real stuff, not toys) that he can accumulate and begin to use. You could even take apart old appliances or motors with him and make up stories about the pieces as you go. If you yourself aren't handy, then this will be some fun exploration for both of you.

    Go to the beach and dig holes in the sand. Make tunnels and walls and watch the water erode and fill them. Identify each bird that flies around and each bug that you see (love the internet in our hands).

    If all this seems like mundane advice, know that it worked beautifully with my two sons. Despite not being terribly macho guys, they both developed a healthy sense of maleness and could easily see that they are wholly different from girls.

    Replies: @martin_2

    Just because he’s a boy doesn’t mean he has to be into everything that we associate with boys. My son was heavily into snakes and lizards and dinosaurs (he still is) and loved the Teenage Mutant Turtles, but had no interest in tools, Meccano, or sports.

  109. Wouldn’t it make more sense to bring the Chinese over to the Western side and isolate Russia instead?

    That was Nixon’s plan. I don’t think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem. Before Xi we didn’t have a China problem. Aside from Taiwan, China doesn’t have territorial aims, certainly not outside of Asia, while Russian claims extend to the heart of Europe. Xi is not going to be around forever. China still has strong economic ties with the West and is not ready to sever them.

    Russian policy remains remarkably unchanged since the time of the Czars and goes deeper than Putin – they have always wanted to sink their claws into the Baltics and into Poland.

    Russia right now feels very comfortable with the Chinese and has moved most of his Eastern border forces to the border with Ukraine. We need to find a way to make Putin feel less confident about his Chinese ally. What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?

    • Replies: @S. Anonyia
    @Jack D

    Or we don’t have to consciously “isolate” anyone on the other side of the world unless that country directly impacts the U.S somehow.

    Creating a perpetual boogeyman is unnecessary in a self-assured nation.

    , @Anonymous
    @Jack D

    For starters, they don't get pompous, sanctimonious and dishonest lectures about the Uighurs.

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Jack D

    "What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?"

    Where's all that cheap gas and oil going to go while Europe freezes?

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

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

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Siberia%E2%80%93Pacific_Ocean_oil_pipeline

    It would have been so easy to avoid all this. Biden could have said (as could any of the last 4 presidents) that NATO would under no circumstances invite Ukraine as a member*, out of consideration for Russian fears ("we don't agree these fears are justified, but we appreciate they exist and would be a barrier to good relations"). Problem solved, lotsa gas for German industry, Russia drawn closer to Europe, the Polish economic renaissance replicated in Ukraine and maybe even in Russia too. And being drawn closer to Europe would inevitably mean drawing further from China.

    But that wasn't what the State Department had in mind. No Russo-German co-operation for them.

    You have to remember that the US State Department has been perfectly happy with Central and South America being corrupt, violent basket-case countries for over a century, as long as US oligarchs could exploit them.

    Countries don't have friends, only interests - despite their shared ethnic heritage, the US were happy to help dismantle the British Empire - and the interests of Russia and China at this moment coincide. And that's entirely down to US foreign policy. Russia isn't Panama.


    * Ukraine can't join anyway, unless they change the rules about ongoing territorial disputes disqualifying a country for candidacy.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Paperback Writer

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D


    Wouldn’t it make more sense to bring the Chinese over to the Western side and isolate Russia instead?

     

    LOL.
    LOL.
    LOL.
    LOL.
    LOL.

    And so on.

    I don’t think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem.

     

    See above.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    , @nebulafox
    @Jack D

    >Wouldn’t it make more sense to bring the Chinese over to the Western side and isolate Russia instead?

    Why would you play the stronger off the weaker in this situation? The only time you do the opposite is when you have someone so weak they can't offer or threaten anything, a la East Asia in the 1860s-1890s, and that's just not the case here. Russia might have the GDP of Mexico, but it's a Mexico with nukes and the ability to close off gas pipelines to a Germany that suicidally threw away their nuclear plants. The Chinese have no incentive to break with Russia, least of all with the ideological gap on things like Xinjiang.

    It's Putin who needs some doors open for him-or his successor-to prevent Russia from becoming China's full-on sidekick, long-term. He knows he can't negotiate with America's current elites, but who is to say they'll always be in power: he's aging, but so are they. He probably knows that the current elite is spending the last of their legitimacy like a kid in a candy shop right now. Trudeau hasn't got a clue how fatally he's damaged his ilk in the long-run. Both Putin and Xi cannot be ignorant of the tottering structure of the regime in the West.

    (Matter of fact, I take a similar view on Xi. As I've said before: the reason I say what I do is because China's the most powerful, hands down.)

    >What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?

    A government who they don't need to worry is at all interested in replacing them or seeing China disintegrate. And one who won't interfere with their own desire for Taiwan. Isn't the current focus on Ukraine convenient? Almost as if Putin and Xi talk about this.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  110. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Maybe he just likes the pageantry and artistry of the Princess stuff without actually wanting to be a girl or dress like one. There are not recent kids movies or tv shows showing boys looking aesthetic (tendency towards superheroes with goofy character designs and costumes instead) so he is getting into girls’ stuff by default.

    Show him old or foreign animated movies that are basically fairy tales for boys- Sword in the Stone, Black Cauldron, Princess Mononoke etc (despite the title, the male Ashitaka is the main character). Also start showing him Lord of the Rings and or one of the many King Arthur related films for kids/tweens. He will probably like the medieval feel.

  111. @Jack D
    Wouldn't it make more sense to bring the Chinese over to the Western side and isolate Russia instead?

    That was Nixon's plan. I don't think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem. Before Xi we didn't have a China problem. Aside from Taiwan, China doesn't have territorial aims, certainly not outside of Asia, while Russian claims extend to the heart of Europe. Xi is not going to be around forever. China still has strong economic ties with the West and is not ready to sever them.

    Russian policy remains remarkably unchanged since the time of the Czars and goes deeper than Putin - they have always wanted to sink their claws into the Baltics and into Poland.

    Russia right now feels very comfortable with the Chinese and has moved most of his Eastern border forces to the border with Ukraine. We need to find a way to make Putin feel less confident about his Chinese ally. What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?

    Replies: @S. Anonyia, @Anonymous, @YetAnotherAnon, @Paperback Writer, @nebulafox

    Or we don’t have to consciously “isolate” anyone on the other side of the world unless that country directly impacts the U.S somehow.

    Creating a perpetual boogeyman is unnecessary in a self-assured nation.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon, Thea
  112. OT:

    San Jose Police Arrest 35 Suspects Wanted For Alleged Sex Crimes

    https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2022/02/22/san-jose-police-arrest-35-suspects-wanted-for-alleged-sex-crimes/

    As you can see the vast majority of the suspects are “Latinx.” I wonder how many of them are here illegally, I would imagine most of them.

  113. anon[876] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    The Russians (and their defenders here) are always looking for equivalency in the West - what Russia is doing in Ukraine is no different than the NATO intervention in Kosovo or the Israeli occupation of Palestine or whatever. What people don't seem to get is that these other situations arose spontaneoulsy as a reaction and an improvisation as events unfolded. What Russia does is planned in advance - first they create a phony "crisis" and then they "solve" it.

    Replies: @Thelma Ringbaum, @Greta Handel, @YetAnotherAnon, @anon

    Yea…the West was foolishly improvising when they foolishly expanded NATO. Perhaps they should have thought for a second. Or followed the advise of experienced Cold Warrior George Kennan. Who warned that it was a huge mistake.

    Ironically, NATO has been pumped up by the usual Neocons. And Putin needs NATO more than any American. Russia has militaristic interests endlessly promoting conflict.

    The stupid party is behaving as expected, trying to flank Democrats on being tough. But regular Americans are not all that excited about defending North Macedonia. As usual, America is fighting for things no one much wants. The theoretical right to let Ukraine join NATO? Fat chance.

    I suppose the West is just too hysterical and impatient to do a deal with Russia. They would rather encourage expensive conflict.

  114. @Jack D
    Wouldn't it make more sense to bring the Chinese over to the Western side and isolate Russia instead?

    That was Nixon's plan. I don't think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem. Before Xi we didn't have a China problem. Aside from Taiwan, China doesn't have territorial aims, certainly not outside of Asia, while Russian claims extend to the heart of Europe. Xi is not going to be around forever. China still has strong economic ties with the West and is not ready to sever them.

    Russian policy remains remarkably unchanged since the time of the Czars and goes deeper than Putin - they have always wanted to sink their claws into the Baltics and into Poland.

    Russia right now feels very comfortable with the Chinese and has moved most of his Eastern border forces to the border with Ukraine. We need to find a way to make Putin feel less confident about his Chinese ally. What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?

    Replies: @S. Anonyia, @Anonymous, @YetAnotherAnon, @Paperback Writer, @nebulafox

    For starters, they don’t get pompous, sanctimonious and dishonest lectures about the Uighurs.

  115. @Jack D
    @War for Blair Mountain


    Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian
     
    I highly doubt this. First of all, as a KGB officer, he would have been required to be a professed atheist so any connection to Christianity would have come late in life. By the time the Soviet Union fell, Putin was already in his late '30s.

    2nd, Putin's personal life appears to be "complicated". Putin has a least one daughter out of wedlock and is on at least his 3rd wife. His palace is reported to have its own strip club.

    More likely, Putin finds it politically expedient to ally himself with the Orthodox Church and to project the appearance of being a devout Christian. If the Orthodox Church were to turn on him, he would turn on them in a heartbeat.

    Biden, for all of his faults, appears to have been, and remains, a practicing Catholic his whole life.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anonymous, @Anon, @Iron Curtain, @Art Deco

    He doesn’t give off the aura of a very sensual man to me.

    He seems at his genuine happiest petting dogs and cats and interacting with animals in general.

  116. @NJ Transit Commuter
    The real problem for the West in Ukraine is not that Russia has now, for all intents and purposes, annexed bits of Ukraine that have strong pro-Russian sentiment.

    The problem is that NATO and the US threatened a severe response and now appear to be backing off. Weakness invites more trouble and you can bet that China is watching very carefully. The US has wasted a lot of credibility unnecessarily on Ukraine, which is not a strategic priority for the US. Now I bet we’re going to have China test how serious we are about Taiwan and the Western Pacific. The South China Sea is a strategic priority for the US.

    If the US backs down over Taiwan, the Malacca and Sunda Straits, as well as the Yellow, Japan and Okhotsk Seas all come into play. That’s the kind of geopolitical game that determines the destiny of nations and superpowers.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Peter Akuleyev, @Jack D, @Wokechoke, @anonymouseperson, @Gabe Ruth

    The US would probably sink the Chinese fleets used. Easy enough to do.

  117. But as Presidents’ Day weekend came to a close, the Biden administration’s definition of a “swift and firm response” remained nearly as murky as what exactly constituted an invasion.

    I’ll help. Who/Whom.

    One thing you can say for the Left, they sure make things easy, what with only having one rule for all occasions. It’s not my fault the Right insists on not grasping this.

  118. @War for Blair Mountain
    Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian Slavic Man

    Joe Biden sniffs young children in photo ops…..His son Hunter… crawled out of Satan’s personal toilet bowl…

    These are the meta-level moral constraints on ascertaining the truth about what’s going on in the Ukraine….and about Ukraine….

    Replies: @Jack D, @Johann Ricke

    Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian Slavic Man

    I’d say he’s a devout Tsar, as in he worships the pursuit of personal power and glory. And Henry of Navarre, a Protestant, is reputed to have said – “Paris is worth a Mass”. Re Orthodoxy – if Protestants and Catholics have one thing in common – it’s that Orthodoxy is the enemy. Think about the way the French allied with perfidious Albion – its enemy for much of the last millennium – to prevent the Russians from annexing all of the Ottoman Empire.

    • Replies: @James J O'Meara
    @Johann Ricke


    Re Orthodoxy – if Protestants and Catholics have one thing in common – it’s that Orthodoxy is the enemy.
     
    They hate true Christianity. They invented Roman Catholicism (note the word "Roman") to prop up the "Holy Roman Empire" (which was none of those things), and Protestantism (note the word "protest") to split off the Germanic North.

    Something no one ever talks about is how the "reformers" tried to get in contact with the East (which at that time was about as distant and legendary of Prester John or Shambhala). They kept bombarding the Patriarch of Constantinople with letters, explaining how they had rediscovered original Biblical theology and thinking he'd be eager to ally himself with them against the Pope. After a number of polite rebuffs he finally told them they were all heretical idiots, ignorant of true Tradition and should just sod off.
  119. @S
    @Sean

    Par for the course.

    Shocking as it may be to both the true believing Communist or Capitalist, the Capitalist US has been acting as Communism's midwife since that ideology's very inception in the proto-Communist French Revolution of 1789.

    It was Founding Father Thomas Jefferson who 1984 O'Brien like collaborated in writing the French Revolution's seminal Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Indeed, Thomas Paine, another US Founder, would serve directly as a member of France's new revolutionary government.

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon

    Oy veh, did someone mention Tom Punnim?

    “Hey, goyim, let’s you and Britain fight!”

  120. @The Anti-Gnostic
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    There are three countries that matter in the world: the US, China and Russia. They would be naturally expected to exert themselves in their respective spheres. Unfortunately for the US elite, they find Central and South America and the Caribbean rather boring, not exciting like the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Pacific Rim. There is likewise no reason not to pursue union with the more Americanized provinces (which happen to have a lot of wheat and oil) but again, Canadians, boring.

    We could be doing a lot more vigorous super-powering at home with nuclear energy, national medical care, technology, etc. if we weren't bleeding money all over the globe and on financial alchemy. But the US elite do not share this vision of the world because it means acknowledging that Russia and China also matter, and if they want to stomp around in their own back yards it's not worth a 5-year meatgrinder WW3 to try and stop them.

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon, @James J O'Meara

    “…Canadians, boring.”

    Not anymore.

  121. @Bardon Kaldian
    As usual, worthless comments abound.

    For most eastern Europeans, this is Putin's Sudetenland moment, and Biden, along with most EU "leaders"- a collective Chamberlain.

    Only somebody completely clueless about history, or irreversibly blind to reality, can "not understand" Putin's rubbish speech about Russia & U/kraine, which is in some respects worse than Hitler's ramblings about Czechs.

    Hitler at least didn't deny the existence of Czechs.

    What did old Churchill say?

    The government had to choose between war and shame. They chose shame. They will get war too.

    Replies: @Bill, @Commentator Mike, @Thelma Ringbaum, @Johann Ricke, @Iron Curtain

    Methioning Sudetenland without Teschin land is .. so Polish.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  122. @Jack D
    Wouldn't it make more sense to bring the Chinese over to the Western side and isolate Russia instead?

    That was Nixon's plan. I don't think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem. Before Xi we didn't have a China problem. Aside from Taiwan, China doesn't have territorial aims, certainly not outside of Asia, while Russian claims extend to the heart of Europe. Xi is not going to be around forever. China still has strong economic ties with the West and is not ready to sever them.

    Russian policy remains remarkably unchanged since the time of the Czars and goes deeper than Putin - they have always wanted to sink their claws into the Baltics and into Poland.

    Russia right now feels very comfortable with the Chinese and has moved most of his Eastern border forces to the border with Ukraine. We need to find a way to make Putin feel less confident about his Chinese ally. What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?

    Replies: @S. Anonyia, @Anonymous, @YetAnotherAnon, @Paperback Writer, @nebulafox

    “What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?”

    Where’s all that cheap gas and oil going to go while Europe freezes?

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

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

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Siberia%E2%80%93Pacific_Ocean_oil_pipeline

    It would have been so easy to avoid all this. Biden could have said (as could any of the last 4 presidents) that NATO would under no circumstances invite Ukraine as a member*, out of consideration for Russian fears (“we don’t agree these fears are justified, but we appreciate they exist and would be a barrier to good relations“). Problem solved, lotsa gas for German industry, Russia drawn closer to Europe, the Polish economic renaissance replicated in Ukraine and maybe even in Russia too. And being drawn closer to Europe would inevitably mean drawing further from China.

    But that wasn’t what the State Department had in mind. No Russo-German co-operation for them.

    You have to remember that the US State Department has been perfectly happy with Central and South America being corrupt, violent basket-case countries for over a century, as long as US oligarchs could exploit them.

    Countries don’t have friends, only interests – despite their shared ethnic heritage, the US were happy to help dismantle the British Empire – and the interests of Russia and China at this moment coincide. And that’s entirely down to US foreign policy. Russia isn’t Panama.

    * Ukraine can’t join anyway, unless they change the rules about ongoing territorial disputes disqualifying a country for candidacy.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Just about every country on the planet, with the exception of Yiddistan, will be freer and better off when the Empire collapses.

    The current established elites of many countries will find that it does not apply to them, however.

    , @Paperback Writer
    @YetAnotherAnon


    It would have been so easy to avoid all this.

     

    I think that Bush the Elder (the sane one) and his James Baker crew were coaxing things along that route and things were OK until the Clinton gang took over. Anthony Lake and Richard Holbrooke started the NATO expansion ball rolling. I'd give URLs but (a) it's time-consuming and (b) no one who isn't already convinced will be, so why bother.
  123. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    @War for Blair Mountain


    Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian
     
    I highly doubt this. First of all, as a KGB officer, he would have been required to be a professed atheist so any connection to Christianity would have come late in life. By the time the Soviet Union fell, Putin was already in his late '30s.

    2nd, Putin's personal life appears to be "complicated". Putin has a least one daughter out of wedlock and is on at least his 3rd wife. His palace is reported to have its own strip club.

    More likely, Putin finds it politically expedient to ally himself with the Orthodox Church and to project the appearance of being a devout Christian. If the Orthodox Church were to turn on him, he would turn on them in a heartbeat.

    Biden, for all of his faults, appears to have been, and remains, a practicing Catholic his whole life.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anonymous, @Anon, @Iron Curtain, @Art Deco

    More likely, Putin finds it politically expedient to ally himself with the Orthodox Church and to project the appearance of being a devout Christian. If the Orthodox Church were to turn on him, he would turn on them in a heartbeat.

    If Christianity is just some pretext by Putin and/or Shoigu consider me fooled.

    Putin officially declared that Christianity is the foundation of the Russian State.
    https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2018/july/putin-christianity-is-the-foundation-of-the-russian-state

    In 2018 Russia built and consecrated a cathedral for the Russian Armed Forces (Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ) in Moscow. Putin and Shoigu were both present at the consecration.

    https://youtu.be/x_lDNvwTx6Q)

    If not for Russia intervening in Syria we would have see a repeat of what we saw in the Iraq war were over a thousand Christian churches were razed and hundreds of thousands of Catholics went missing. Catholic leaders in Syria were grateful to Russia and Putin.

    “Bishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart, Catholic Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo, told Television Suisse Romande on his way through Geneva on October 8th, that the intervention of Russia in the Syrian civil war ‘gives hope’ to the Christians of Syria amongst whom he has observed ‘renewed confidence.’ Russia is serving the Christian cause and ‘Vladimir Putin is helping to solve the problem and to extricate us from an impossible situation’.”

    https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/syria-syrian-bishops-approve-russian-offensive-23304

    When the U.S. was making Obergefell v. Hodges the law of the land Putin and Russia was passing anti-LGBT proselytization laws. You don’t think LGBT proselytizing works? Now 40% of young Americans born between 1997 and 2012 identify as LGBT:

    (https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/02/why_nearly_40_percent_of_gen_z_identify_as_lgbtq.html)

    Archbishop Fulton Sheen was a big anti-Communist crusader. Here’s what he had to say almost 70 years ago:

    “Atheism is not natural to the Russian people; rather, it has been an importation from the Western world…

    The lesson is not to be forgotten: in a not too distant day when Russia, like the prodigal son, will return to the father’s house, let not Western civilization refuse to accept it back or absent itself from the feast celebrating the salvation of what was lost. Constant obedience is better than repentance, but the truly obedient will always rejoice in the repentant.”

    (Fulton J. Sheen, Footprints in a Darkened Forest, [New York: Meredith, 1967]

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Anonymous

    Isn't Shoigu a Buddhist or an animist or something?

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Paperback Writer, @nebulafox

  124. @dearieme
    So the US, which was formed by a violent secession from Great Britain, is strenuously opposed to parts of Ukraine with a Russian population seceding from Ukraine? Got it! But the US supported parts of Mexico with Gringo populations seceding from Mexico. I detect a certain inconsistency.

    I suppose you could say that after independence the only bit of land that the US added without violence was Alaska, which it bought fair and square - but without consulting the Alaskan natives, presumably.

    Meantime, Germany - which was first put together on nationalist/linguistic grounds by Bismarck's wars with Denmark, Austro-Hungary, and France - objects to the Russians doing much the same.

    The US has been ruled first by emotional adolescents, and then a gerontocracy, since the electorate was foolish enough to replace Bush the Elder by Slick Willie. It has forced Russia into alliance with its natural enemy, China, and broken its word by extending NATO up to Russian borders. To what end? What's been the bloody point?

    Replies: @Bragadocious, @Anon, @Paperback Writer

    “I detect an inconsistency”

    Someone explain to this Limey that we aren’t living in 1848 anymore. If we were, Britain could invade 3/4 of the planet and tie naughty Hindus to the front of cannons and pull the cord.

    But actually, in the last month the British government has been quite consistent with its historical role as the world’s foremost international provocateur. We got media shots of Boris squeezing into a Typhoon jet (LOL) and the hugely competent Liz Truss who doesn’t know where the Baltics are sitting atop a tank, making Mike Dukakis suddenly look like a badass.

  125. @Buzz Mohawk
    LOL.

    So, Putin has done even more to make our leadership look stupid. Perfect.

    Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia, all of this amounts to a Russian problem. Americans have nothing to do with it.

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev, @Ebony Obelisk, @Paperback Writer, @Art Deco, @Buck Ransom, @Bill Jones

    The Brandonistas sound confused.

    Better get Kamala on this pronto.

  126. @houston 1992
    @Jack D

    about 41% of European natural gas comes from Russia, 26% Norway, ~ 29% Algeria. Can Putin "bottle" that LNG and simply ship it to hungry Asian markets?

    41% deficit seems hard to make up with a tight world market for long, and Han consumption growing at the rate of consumption that equals a Netherlands-Belgium per annum. I dont see any USA plans to increase energy production. Do we have the ships to deliver the LNG, and can Euro ports unload it where it is needed?

    It seems crazy that we let the Germans shit down their nuclear power plants, and I hear that the Greens have started demolishing the towers to make the decision more irreversible.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Reg Cæsar

    It seems crazy that we let the Germans sh[u]t down their nuclear power plants

    Last time I checked the Germans had their own country and didn’t have to consult the US before making decisions about their utility grid.

    The Germans have always been more into the “natural purity” green type stuff than Americans. For example, no GMO corn or soy is allowed in the EU. And the Green Party is a major block that can swing government coalitions. Being anti-nuke is of a piece with this.

    Also keep in mind that the Germans, until recently, thought that they could triangulate between Russia and the US and so had no problem signing up for energy deals with Russia.

    One of the ironies of what Putin just did is that he solidified NATO a lot more than if he had just left things alone. Without an aggressive Russia to defend against, NATO was sort of aimless and adrift and without a mission and might have even fallen apart eventually. Trump was not a big fan – in his view NATO was a scheme to get America to pay for Europe’s defense. But now everyone loves NATO again.

    • Replies: @RAZ
    @Jack D

    Think it has changed some but I used to think it crazy that Germans and Europeans in general were scared to death of GMO yet they smoked like crazy. Was last in Germany about 12 years ago and even saw presumably health conscious people smoking in a vegetarian restaurant. This was long past the time you could smoke just about any public place in the US, but if there were places you could smoke in the US the last place you would've expected it would've been in a vegetarian restaurant.


    The Germans have always been more into the “natural purity” green type stuff than Americans. For example, no GMO corn or soy is allowed in the EU.
     

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @James J O'Meara

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Jack D

    " Without an aggressive Russia to defend against, NATO was sort of aimless and adrift and without a mission and might have even fallen apart eventually. "

    Jack is a good commenter on any subject where ethnic animosities don't come into play. Alas that doesn't apply here. This is just so much dishonest nonsense.

    The Berlin Wall came down in 1989. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. NATO bombed Serbia, a traditional Russia ally, without the slightest authority in 1999.

    NATO continued to expand towards Russia all through the Noughties.

    The Nuland coup in 2014 was the straw that broke the camel's back. It was the following year that Russia intervened militarily in Syria, having been asked to by the Syrian government.

    So for 25 years Russia was slapped around on both the domestic (US economic "advice" that impoverished everyone bar the oligarchs) and international fronts, until the worm finally turned.

    And Jack thinks the Russians didn't try being slapped around long enough.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Jack D


    Last time I checked the Germans had their own country and didn’t have to consult the US before making decisions about their utility grid.
     
    And yet the USG seems to have pressured them in to not opening a gas pipeline they helped build and which represents a sunk cost of 15 billion euros. Of course that might just fit in with the agenda of the Greens in the german coalition government.

    But now everyone loves NATO again.
     
    I've seen no evidence of that. It's just that the voices that prop up the Atlantic Alliance, in the media, government, and thinktankdom have just gotten louder and shriller.
    , @Anonymous
    @Jack D


    But now everyone loves NATO again.
     
    That’s not sure. What I see is growing indifference, at least here in America.

    The smart move would have been to let the Ukraine be a buffer country between Russia and Europe. But now Russia will just take it. In the long run it’s a big benefit: they just added 44 million solid people to their population.
    , @Iron Curtain
    @Jack D

    You should check again. Germany has no sovereign policy. It’s a vassal state. NATO’s reason for existence is to keep US in, Germany down and Russia out of Europe.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D


    One of the ironies of what Putin just did is that he solidified NATO a lot more than if he had just left things alone

     

    There's a word for this type of thinking: Not Even Wrong.

    Look for populist regimes to take over Europe in the next 10 years.

    Yeah, Putin solidified the people of NATO alright: against the crazy Drag Queen Story Empire.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Jack D

  127. For reference, this 2021 BP Report (PDF) lists Russian pipeline exports of natural gas as representing a 35% (2019) or 31% (2020) share of European gas demand. Liquified LNG tankers, mostly from the US, accounted for a circa 21% share, both years.

    Wiki says Russia exported 200 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas in 2020.

    Statista gives Russia’s Western European exports in 2020 as 38 bcm to Germany, 20 to Italy, 12 to France, and 5 to the UK. Pandemic-depressed, so higher in 2022.

    The spot price of a thousand cubic meters of gas is about \$1,200 US (down a third since an Oct. 2021 spike).

    So this year, perhaps 50 bcm of Russian gas could cost Germany \$60 billion, if that price were to be stable. If my arithmetic is correct.

    In analyzing sanctions alternatives, that’s the scale of the trade to be affected.

    According to this map, most of the Russia-to-Western-Europe pipelines still transit Ukraine. The portion of the Blue Stream pipeline to Turkey crosses only a corner of Ukraine… the far eastern Donbass corner. An interesting complication.

    • Thanks: Bill Jones, PetrOldSack
  128. @Buzz Mohawk
    LOL.

    So, Putin has done even more to make our leadership look stupid. Perfect.

    Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia, all of this amounts to a Russian problem. Americans have nothing to do with it.

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev, @Ebony Obelisk, @Paperback Writer, @Art Deco, @Buck Ransom, @Bill Jones

    So, Putin has done even more to make our leadership look stupid. Perfect.

    Isn’t a clearer vision of realty a good thing?

    As Giraldi shows, “our leadership” (and I see you are adopting Paddy Buchanan’s possessive propaganda here.) is not only stupid it is the most vicious and dangerous since LBJ.

  129. @Anonymous
    @Jack D


    More likely, Putin finds it politically expedient to ally himself with the Orthodox Church and to project the appearance of being a devout Christian. If the Orthodox Church were to turn on him, he would turn on them in a heartbeat.
     
    If Christianity is just some pretext by Putin and/or Shoigu consider me fooled.

    Putin officially declared that Christianity is the foundation of the Russian State.
    https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2018/july/putin-christianity-is-the-foundation-of-the-russian-state

    In 2018 Russia built and consecrated a cathedral for the Russian Armed Forces (Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ) in Moscow. Putin and Shoigu were both present at the consecration.

    https://youtu.be/x_lDNvwTx6Q)

     

    If not for Russia intervening in Syria we would have see a repeat of what we saw in the Iraq war were over a thousand Christian churches were razed and hundreds of thousands of Catholics went missing. Catholic leaders in Syria were grateful to Russia and Putin.

    “Bishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart, Catholic Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo, told Television Suisse Romande on his way through Geneva on October 8th, that the intervention of Russia in the Syrian civil war ‘gives hope’ to the Christians of Syria amongst whom he has observed ‘renewed confidence.’ Russia is serving the Christian cause and ‘Vladimir Putin is helping to solve the problem and to extricate us from an impossible situation’.”

    https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/syria-syrian-bishops-approve-russian-offensive-23304

     

    When the U.S. was making Obergefell v. Hodges the law of the land Putin and Russia was passing anti-LGBT proselytization laws. You don’t think LGBT proselytizing works? Now 40% of young Americans born between 1997 and 2012 identify as LGBT:

    (https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/02/why_nearly_40_percent_of_gen_z_identify_as_lgbtq.html)

     

    Archbishop Fulton Sheen was a big anti-Communist crusader. Here’s what he had to say almost 70 years ago:

    “Atheism is not natural to the Russian people; rather, it has been an importation from the Western world...

    The lesson is not to be forgotten: in a not too distant day when Russia, like the prodigal son, will return to the father’s house, let not Western civilization refuse to accept it back or absent itself from the feast celebrating the salvation of what was lost. Constant obedience is better than repentance, but the truly obedient will always rejoice in the repentant.”

    (Fulton J. Sheen, Footprints in a Darkened Forest, [New York: Meredith, 1967]
     


     
     

    Replies: @Jack D

    Isn’t Shoigu a Buddhist or an animist or something?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Jack D


    Isn’t Shoigu a Buddhist or an animist or something?
     
    Probably both.

    … Shoigu was born to an ethnic Russian mother and an ethnic Tuvan father in Tuva near Siberia's Altai Mountains. For years, rumors swirled that Shoigu practiced Buddhism or shamanism, but in a 2008 interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station he said that he was baptized in the Orthodox faith at the age of 5. In a heavily publicized move on May 9, Shoigu crossed himself beneath one of the Kremlin towers minutes before the Victory Day military parade in Moscow.

    https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2015/05/21/shoigu-at-60-the-man-who-would-be-russias-king-a46771
     
    , @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D

    There is an internet. Never known you to be at a loss for expertise, whether it be police procedures or figure skating.

    , @nebulafox
    @Jack D

    >Isn’t Shoigu a Buddhist or an animist or something?

    No, he's Orthodox. Indigenous Siberian father, Russian mother. Intermarriage exploded during the second half of the USSR's existence: Vekselberg, who comes from the same generation as Shoygu, had a Jewish father, Russian mother, for example. Whereas the recently departed Gareev(whom Putin clearly held in esteem as a surviving relic from the Great Patriotic War) from the WWII generation was pure Tatar Muslim, albeit secularized.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

  130. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    You might need to deprogram him before going cold turkey on the Disney princesses. Sit down with him and explain why Ariel is a terrible role model, why Belle should have married Gaston, why Jasmine really is just a prize to be fought over, and why Frozen is the tragedy of Prince Hans, an antihero who (despite his flaws) is the most competent member of the main cast, deserves to rule Arendelle, and is driven to terrible actions by the incompetence of the royal dynasty.

    In all seriousness, limit screen time to the bare minimum. It warps children’s minds, especially very young children.

  131. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    @Anonymous

    Isn't Shoigu a Buddhist or an animist or something?

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Paperback Writer, @nebulafox

    Isn’t Shoigu a Buddhist or an animist or something?

    Probably both.

    … Shoigu was born to an ethnic Russian mother and an ethnic Tuvan father in Tuva near Siberia’s Altai Mountains. For years, rumors swirled that Shoigu practiced Buddhism or shamanism, but in a 2008 interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station he said that he was baptized in the Orthodox faith at the age of 5. In a heavily publicized move on May 9, Shoigu crossed himself beneath one of the Kremlin towers minutes before the Victory Day military parade in Moscow.

    https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2015/05/21/shoigu-at-60-the-man-who-would-be-russias-king-a46771

  132. @Jack D
    @houston 1992


    It seems crazy that we let the Germans sh[u]t down their nuclear power plants
     
    Last time I checked the Germans had their own country and didn't have to consult the US before making decisions about their utility grid.

    The Germans have always been more into the "natural purity" green type stuff than Americans. For example, no GMO corn or soy is allowed in the EU. And the Green Party is a major block that can swing government coalitions. Being anti-nuke is of a piece with this.

    Also keep in mind that the Germans, until recently, thought that they could triangulate between Russia and the US and so had no problem signing up for energy deals with Russia.

    One of the ironies of what Putin just did is that he solidified NATO a lot more than if he had just left things alone. Without an aggressive Russia to defend against, NATO was sort of aimless and adrift and without a mission and might have even fallen apart eventually. Trump was not a big fan - in his view NATO was a scheme to get America to pay for Europe's defense. But now everyone loves NATO again.

    Replies: @RAZ, @YetAnotherAnon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @Iron Curtain, @Paperback Writer

    Think it has changed some but I used to think it crazy that Germans and Europeans in general were scared to death of GMO yet they smoked like crazy. Was last in Germany about 12 years ago and even saw presumably health conscious people smoking in a vegetarian restaurant. This was long past the time you could smoke just about any public place in the US, but if there were places you could smoke in the US the last place you would’ve expected it would’ve been in a vegetarian restaurant.

    The Germans have always been more into the “natural purity” green type stuff than Americans. For example, no GMO corn or soy is allowed in the EU.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @RAZ


    Think it has changed some but I used to think it crazy that Germans and Europeans in general were scared to death of GMO yet they smoked like crazy. Was last in Germany about 12 years ago and even saw presumably health conscious people smoking in a vegetarian restaurant. This was long past the time you could smoke just about any public place in the US, but if there were places you could smoke in the US the last place you would’ve expected it would’ve been in a vegetarian restaurant.
     
    Europeans place a lot more value on the quality of their food than Americans traditionally have. I don't see anything wrong with opposing GMO crops as a lot of European people have done. Have GMO crops made their lives better? I mean their lives, not the lives of Bayer executives.

    As of 2019, Germany had a full two years of life-expectancy over the US. Of course there are demographic factors that explain a lot of that.

    Then again, it could just be that smoking isn't as bad for you as a life-long diet of processed carbo-crap and not exercising. Obesity quite possibly has greater systemic effects on over-all health than smoking. For example, people who smoke (moderately, at least) can still exercise. A 300 lb. 30 year old who's obesity has placed enormous strain on his knees and feet since he was eight, maybe not so much.

    I don't remember Germans "smoking like crazy" when I was there - I certainly do remember many Germans smoking. It's possible that the social acceptance of it permits them to linger longer over their smokes, perhaps leading them to consume less. During a workday, smokers in the US are now forced to go stand out in the cold street to service their addiction, encouraging them to chain-smoke a bunch of 'em for the long dry-spell ahead.

    Obviously, smoking isn't good for you. It's better not to smoke. But it may be that it is beneficial to a certain degree if (IF) it replaces other deleterious health habits.

    , @James J O'Meara
    @RAZ


    This was long past the time you could smoke just about any public place in the US, but if there were places you could smoke in the US the last place you would’ve expected it would’ve been in a vegetarian restaurant.
     
    Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, at least it was a consistent ethos.
  133. @Art Deco
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia,

    Only in your imagination.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @SunBakedSuburb

    Only in your imagination was “Ukraine” east of the Dnieper not under Russian rule.

  134. @Jack D
    @Anonymous

    Isn't Shoigu a Buddhist or an animist or something?

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Paperback Writer, @nebulafox

    There is an internet. Never known you to be at a loss for expertise, whether it be police procedures or figure skating.

  135. @Jack D
    @houston 1992


    It seems crazy that we let the Germans sh[u]t down their nuclear power plants
     
    Last time I checked the Germans had their own country and didn't have to consult the US before making decisions about their utility grid.

    The Germans have always been more into the "natural purity" green type stuff than Americans. For example, no GMO corn or soy is allowed in the EU. And the Green Party is a major block that can swing government coalitions. Being anti-nuke is of a piece with this.

    Also keep in mind that the Germans, until recently, thought that they could triangulate between Russia and the US and so had no problem signing up for energy deals with Russia.

    One of the ironies of what Putin just did is that he solidified NATO a lot more than if he had just left things alone. Without an aggressive Russia to defend against, NATO was sort of aimless and adrift and without a mission and might have even fallen apart eventually. Trump was not a big fan - in his view NATO was a scheme to get America to pay for Europe's defense. But now everyone loves NATO again.

    Replies: @RAZ, @YetAnotherAnon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @Iron Curtain, @Paperback Writer

    ” Without an aggressive Russia to defend against, NATO was sort of aimless and adrift and without a mission and might have even fallen apart eventually. “

    Jack is a good commenter on any subject where ethnic animosities don’t come into play. Alas that doesn’t apply here. This is just so much dishonest nonsense.

    The Berlin Wall came down in 1989. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. NATO bombed Serbia, a traditional Russia ally, without the slightest authority in 1999.

    NATO continued to expand towards Russia all through the Noughties.

    The Nuland coup in 2014 was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was the following year that Russia intervened militarily in Syria, having been asked to by the Syrian government.

    So for 25 years Russia was slapped around on both the domestic (US economic “advice” that impoverished everyone bar the oligarchs) and international fronts, until the worm finally turned.

    And Jack thinks the Russians didn’t try being slapped around long enough.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @YetAnotherAnon


    So for 25 years Russia was slapped around on both the domestic (US economic “advice” that impoverished everyone bar the oligarchs) and international fronts, until the worm finally turned.
     
    A lot to unpack there. All true. Anyway, none of what Jack D or the crazy neocons think matters. The only thing that matters is what the Russians do and whether or not our elites think they can intimidate the Russians. They are insane and narcissistic enough to do so. They may not want to start a war but they might well stumble us into one.

    Meanwhile Israel denied the Ukes Iron Dome technology, despite the Ukes miserably pleading for it. As opposed as I am to the entire thrust of American policy, I think this was a cold, callous, vicious move on Israel's part because it's mostly symbolic and because again, no matter what I think about the US, I feel sorry for the Ukrainians.. And after we gave Israel another billion to fund it. Only 4 Congressmen voted against Israel's insatiable demands for money.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-torpedoed-sale-of-iron-dome-to-ukraine-fearing-russian-reaction-report/

    Replies: @Jack D

  136. @Bardon Kaldian
    As usual, worthless comments abound.

    For most eastern Europeans, this is Putin's Sudetenland moment, and Biden, along with most EU "leaders"- a collective Chamberlain.

    Only somebody completely clueless about history, or irreversibly blind to reality, can "not understand" Putin's rubbish speech about Russia & U/kraine, which is in some respects worse than Hitler's ramblings about Czechs.

    Hitler at least didn't deny the existence of Czechs.

    What did old Churchill say?

    The government had to choose between war and shame. They chose shame. They will get war too.

    Replies: @Bill, @Commentator Mike, @Thelma Ringbaum, @Johann Ricke, @Iron Curtain

    The government had to choose between war and shame. They chose shame. They will get war too.

    Poland has roughly 1/2 Russia’s GDP. Russia has 1400 fighter/strike fixed wing aircraft. How is it that Poland has less than 100? Taiwan’s GDP is in the same neighborhood as Poland’s. It has 300 fighter/strike aircraft, and it’s separated from China by a 100-mile-wide moat. Taiwan is slacking off re defense expenditures, but compared to Poland, it’s a veritable Sparta. The big question is why all of the ex-Warsaw Pact and Baltic states *combined* have a smaller fighter/strike aircraft complement than Taiwan. Did they fall into dream world of the EU, where peace is the result of personal virtue (not to be confused with the Roman virtus) rather than adherence to the Roman maxim “si vis pacem, para bellum”?

    • Replies: @Thelma Ringbaum
    @Johann Ricke

    You are forgetting that Poland is Christ Himself. Literally. That counts for many divisions and air wings. It is th Historic mission of Poland to protect Europe from both Huns and Scytheans. Thus America must arm Poles with thermonuclear weapons, so that they could use them wisely.

  137. @Loyalty Over IQ Worship
    Does anyone notice that the average White person in America isn't into the anti-Russian propaganda?

    Not long ago they would have probably believed the Pentagon and the rest of the Deep State. Doesn't this have implications for the future of the USA as a political unit if the most patriotic group no longer trusts its leaders, including the military establishment?

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV, @Anonymous, @Feryl, @J.Ross

    There still is a substantial chunk of older people who reflexively are hostile to Russia and think that America ought to flex it’s muscle for “defense” (these are also the people who consume TV news and don’t realize that it’s largely state propaganda). But very few people under the age of 40-45 (they grew up after the Cold War ended) really give a crap. Amongst younger Leftists there is hostility to Putin, but not really against Russia per se. Even supposing that Putin invaded the Ukraine, most younger people (who came of age when America declared war on itself, and during various fiascoes in the middle east) don’t feel much urgency to fight a war against anyone at this point.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @Feryl

    The anti-Russian thrust from those propagandists younger than The Gulliblist Generation seems mainly centered about Putin's failure to sufficiently celebrate sodomy.

  138. the world more or less decided that it doesn’t approve of military conquest anymore

    America conquered the world (more specifically, Massachusetts conquered the world) and it turns out the State department really, really hates re-drawing their maps. They would rather a million people die, as long as they don’t have to re-draw the map.

  139. Anon[352] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Read responses until Ahmed. The best by far is Mike. Masculinity (or femininity), like virtue, can’t be taught, but it sure can be inspired.

    Assuming you’re married to the mom, proceed to:
    1) block him from Disney and mass media. Including tablets and phones. Lie if you need to, but be smart and don’t let it seem some sort of punishment.
    2) check if there’s people around him that are bad influences. Really be careful about this, and savvy about protecting him.
    3) substitute the bad for the good, as Mike said. Buy lots of videotapes, make movie nights with him. (Zorro, with a manly heroe and a good vs evil plot is a good choice. Original Star Wars. See what he prefers: sports, mystery, adventure.. try the old Disney on CD: Swiss Family Robinson, for example). Sports, chess, anything with a gun, or simply go hiking with him and have fun. Don’t forget the s’mores. Speak well and fondly of the women in his life, just make the differences obvious. Teach him to take care of them, and why that is worthwhile.
    Do manly as naturally as you breathe, just VERBALIZE it in front of him. (Evidently someone has verbalized the princess stuff, whether ads or content or people). He’s your son, no one else’s. Take charge.

  140. @Feryl
    @Loyalty Over IQ Worship

    There still is a substantial chunk of older people who reflexively are hostile to Russia and think that America ought to flex it's muscle for "defense" (these are also the people who consume TV news and don't realize that it's largely state propaganda). But very few people under the age of 40-45 (they grew up after the Cold War ended) really give a crap. Amongst younger Leftists there is hostility to Putin, but not really against Russia per se. Even supposing that Putin invaded the Ukraine, most younger people (who came of age when America declared war on itself, and during various fiascoes in the middle east) don't feel much urgency to fight a war against anyone at this point.

    Replies: @Bill Jones

    The anti-Russian thrust from those propagandists younger than The Gulliblist Generation seems mainly centered about Putin’s failure to sufficiently celebrate sodomy.

  141. @Jack D
    @War for Blair Mountain


    Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian
     
    I highly doubt this. First of all, as a KGB officer, he would have been required to be a professed atheist so any connection to Christianity would have come late in life. By the time the Soviet Union fell, Putin was already in his late '30s.

    2nd, Putin's personal life appears to be "complicated". Putin has a least one daughter out of wedlock and is on at least his 3rd wife. His palace is reported to have its own strip club.

    More likely, Putin finds it politically expedient to ally himself with the Orthodox Church and to project the appearance of being a devout Christian. If the Orthodox Church were to turn on him, he would turn on them in a heartbeat.

    Biden, for all of his faults, appears to have been, and remains, a practicing Catholic his whole life.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anonymous, @Anon, @Iron Curtain, @Art Deco

    @ Biden, for all of his faults, appears to have been, and remains, a practicing Catholic his whole life.

    Are you kidding. He’s less Catholic than Pope Francis, and that’s little enough.

  142. @neutral

    By that logic California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona are “essentially a part of Mexico”.
     
    And why should they not belong to Mexico?

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    “And why should they not belong to Mexico?”

    Speaking from California, I think it might be preferable if Mexico annexed my beloved but ailing Golden State. Exchange the sleazy WEF stooge and the Rosa Luxemberg faction of Bay Area harridans in the State Assembly for tequila-swilling mustachioed muchachos who want everybody to love their carne asada. Sure, there will be more intense cartel blood baths and impromptu fireworks displays, and the mariachis after midnight will become a little tiresome to the point where you might want to squeeze off a few rounds over their heads to chase them off. But looser regs mean the totalitarians who desire to monitor and manage your life down to the granular level and mandate dangerous fluids to mix with and ultimately taint your pure fluids will see their power diminish. The older I get the more youthful and powerful my freedom boner becomes. It’s a Benjamin Button situation, directed by Sam Peckinpah.

  143. @Jack D
    @Anonymous

    Isn't Shoigu a Buddhist or an animist or something?

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Paperback Writer, @nebulafox

    >Isn’t Shoigu a Buddhist or an animist or something?

    No, he’s Orthodox. Indigenous Siberian father, Russian mother. Intermarriage exploded during the second half of the USSR’s existence: Vekselberg, who comes from the same generation as Shoygu, had a Jewish father, Russian mother, for example. Whereas the recently departed Gareev(whom Putin clearly held in esteem as a surviving relic from the Great Patriotic War) from the WWII generation was pure Tatar Muslim, albeit secularized.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @nebulafox

    What's the difference between a Bashkir and a Tatar? I read that Nureyev was alternately one, then the other.

    Both are weird to me because to us he was simply Russian. Only after the USSR fell apart did people like me become aware of his ethnic origins.

    Replies: @nebulafox

  144. @Jack D
    @houston 1992


    It seems crazy that we let the Germans sh[u]t down their nuclear power plants
     
    Last time I checked the Germans had their own country and didn't have to consult the US before making decisions about their utility grid.

    The Germans have always been more into the "natural purity" green type stuff than Americans. For example, no GMO corn or soy is allowed in the EU. And the Green Party is a major block that can swing government coalitions. Being anti-nuke is of a piece with this.

    Also keep in mind that the Germans, until recently, thought that they could triangulate between Russia and the US and so had no problem signing up for energy deals with Russia.

    One of the ironies of what Putin just did is that he solidified NATO a lot more than if he had just left things alone. Without an aggressive Russia to defend against, NATO was sort of aimless and adrift and without a mission and might have even fallen apart eventually. Trump was not a big fan - in his view NATO was a scheme to get America to pay for Europe's defense. But now everyone loves NATO again.

    Replies: @RAZ, @YetAnotherAnon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @Iron Curtain, @Paperback Writer

    Last time I checked the Germans had their own country and didn’t have to consult the US before making decisions about their utility grid.

    And yet the USG seems to have pressured them in to not opening a gas pipeline they helped build and which represents a sunk cost of 15 billion euros. Of course that might just fit in with the agenda of the Greens in the german coalition government.

    But now everyone loves NATO again.

    I’ve seen no evidence of that. It’s just that the voices that prop up the Atlantic Alliance, in the media, government, and thinktankdom have just gotten louder and shriller.

    • Agree: houston 1992
  145. @Art Deco
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Since The Ukraine is essentially a part of Russia,

    Only in your imagination.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @SunBakedSuburb

    “Only in your imagination.”

    Go Ape 2022! The Official Planet of the Apes Fanfest and Convention is back after a two year hiatus and it’s right around the corner. Specifically, May 15-18 at the Three Rivers Holiday Inn Pittsburg PA. I’ve put you as tentative on the guest list, along with Claude Akins and John Houston. Again, please let me know by April 16 if you’ll be there so I can arrange your dealers table. And also again, you’ll be paid in coleslaw, all-you-can-eat. And you’ll have to make your own travel arrangements to Pittsburgh. What I can promise: a room full of aged fans willing to shell out fifty-bucks per copy of your Roddy McDowell party pix.

  146. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Jack D

    "What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?"

    Where's all that cheap gas and oil going to go while Europe freezes?

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

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

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Siberia%E2%80%93Pacific_Ocean_oil_pipeline

    It would have been so easy to avoid all this. Biden could have said (as could any of the last 4 presidents) that NATO would under no circumstances invite Ukraine as a member*, out of consideration for Russian fears ("we don't agree these fears are justified, but we appreciate they exist and would be a barrier to good relations"). Problem solved, lotsa gas for German industry, Russia drawn closer to Europe, the Polish economic renaissance replicated in Ukraine and maybe even in Russia too. And being drawn closer to Europe would inevitably mean drawing further from China.

    But that wasn't what the State Department had in mind. No Russo-German co-operation for them.

    You have to remember that the US State Department has been perfectly happy with Central and South America being corrupt, violent basket-case countries for over a century, as long as US oligarchs could exploit them.

    Countries don't have friends, only interests - despite their shared ethnic heritage, the US were happy to help dismantle the British Empire - and the interests of Russia and China at this moment coincide. And that's entirely down to US foreign policy. Russia isn't Panama.


    * Ukraine can't join anyway, unless they change the rules about ongoing territorial disputes disqualifying a country for candidacy.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Paperback Writer

    Just about every country on the planet, with the exception of Yiddistan, will be freer and better off when the Empire collapses.

    The current established elites of many countries will find that it does not apply to them, however.

  147. @Jack D
    Wouldn't it make more sense to bring the Chinese over to the Western side and isolate Russia instead?

    That was Nixon's plan. I don't think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem. Before Xi we didn't have a China problem. Aside from Taiwan, China doesn't have territorial aims, certainly not outside of Asia, while Russian claims extend to the heart of Europe. Xi is not going to be around forever. China still has strong economic ties with the West and is not ready to sever them.

    Russian policy remains remarkably unchanged since the time of the Czars and goes deeper than Putin - they have always wanted to sink their claws into the Baltics and into Poland.

    Russia right now feels very comfortable with the Chinese and has moved most of his Eastern border forces to the border with Ukraine. We need to find a way to make Putin feel less confident about his Chinese ally. What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?

    Replies: @S. Anonyia, @Anonymous, @YetAnotherAnon, @Paperback Writer, @nebulafox

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to bring the Chinese over to the Western side and isolate Russia instead?

    LOL.
    LOL.
    LOL.
    LOL.
    LOL.

    And so on.

    I don’t think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem.

    See above.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Paperback Writer


    I don’t think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem.
     
    We may not have a "China problem", but Jack D very much has a "Russia problem".

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @Brutusale

  148. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Jack D

    "What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?"

    Where's all that cheap gas and oil going to go while Europe freezes?

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

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

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Siberia%E2%80%93Pacific_Ocean_oil_pipeline

    It would have been so easy to avoid all this. Biden could have said (as could any of the last 4 presidents) that NATO would under no circumstances invite Ukraine as a member*, out of consideration for Russian fears ("we don't agree these fears are justified, but we appreciate they exist and would be a barrier to good relations"). Problem solved, lotsa gas for German industry, Russia drawn closer to Europe, the Polish economic renaissance replicated in Ukraine and maybe even in Russia too. And being drawn closer to Europe would inevitably mean drawing further from China.

    But that wasn't what the State Department had in mind. No Russo-German co-operation for them.

    You have to remember that the US State Department has been perfectly happy with Central and South America being corrupt, violent basket-case countries for over a century, as long as US oligarchs could exploit them.

    Countries don't have friends, only interests - despite their shared ethnic heritage, the US were happy to help dismantle the British Empire - and the interests of Russia and China at this moment coincide. And that's entirely down to US foreign policy. Russia isn't Panama.


    * Ukraine can't join anyway, unless they change the rules about ongoing territorial disputes disqualifying a country for candidacy.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Paperback Writer

    It would have been so easy to avoid all this.

    I think that Bush the Elder (the sane one) and his James Baker crew were coaxing things along that route and things were OK until the Clinton gang took over. Anthony Lake and Richard Holbrooke started the NATO expansion ball rolling. I’d give URLs but (a) it’s time-consuming and (b) no one who isn’t already convinced will be, so why bother.

  149. @nebulafox
    @Jack D

    >Isn’t Shoigu a Buddhist or an animist or something?

    No, he's Orthodox. Indigenous Siberian father, Russian mother. Intermarriage exploded during the second half of the USSR's existence: Vekselberg, who comes from the same generation as Shoygu, had a Jewish father, Russian mother, for example. Whereas the recently departed Gareev(whom Putin clearly held in esteem as a surviving relic from the Great Patriotic War) from the WWII generation was pure Tatar Muslim, albeit secularized.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    What’s the difference between a Bashkir and a Tatar? I read that Nureyev was alternately one, then the other.

    Both are weird to me because to us he was simply Russian. Only after the USSR fell apart did people like me become aware of his ethnic origins.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    @Paperback Writer

    I think- that the Tatars are the descendants of the Golden Horde that settled down on the steppes of Southern Russia, whereas groups like the Tuvans and the Bashkirs are indigenous to Siberia. Don't take my word for it, that's just a half-baked guess.

    I wouldn't have guessed it either: and TBH, it's irrelevant. He's Russian. For the overwhelming majority of history-and for most sane people today, still-national identity is divorced from the Mendelian genetics that only really came into existence in the 19th Century.

    >Confused.

    As I see it, two possibilities:

    1) They want US citizens to blame spiking energy prices on Putin, and not the little social engineering obsessions. After all, Biden promised to bring gas prices down. This is a convenient way of having your cake and eating it.

    (Anybody who espouses Davos views on climate while simultaneously being anti-nuclear can be safely discounted as moronic, malicious, or both. And that's most Western elites. FWIW, I'm *deeply* skeptical that this is going to work. If there's one thing you can get most Americans to agree on, its that they don't want another "humanitarian" war. Least of all if they are footing the bill through increased energy prices and the evidence presented is mostly hectoring from a government visibly more concerned about the Ukrainian border than their own. It would take a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 esque event to change the prevailing skepticism.)

    2) They are just stupid. The evidence here need not be reiterated. And they being exposed as stupid by a foreign government that they detest.

    It goes without saying that these two possibilities are not mutually exclusive. But then, I've been wrong before, so ignore what a random Internet commentator has to say. I was hoping that this was a mutual propaganda war, but that's looking unlikely now. Mea culpa.

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms, @Paperback Writer

  150. There have been Russian forces present in these areas throughout.

    But oddly never any photos of Russian forces.
    Apparently evidence has never been necessary.

    Even in the “Annexation” of Crimea there is no photographic evidence of more than 8 little green men in one place.

  151. anon[292] • Disclaimer says:
    @Adept
    @Sean


    . . . the now unavoidable extreme sanctions are really gong to completely cut Russia off from Western innovation, In a generation Russia will be North Korea with gas. . .

    The long term future prospects of Russia allying with America against the coming Mega China are suddenly much dimmer.

     

    This is basically incoherent.

    Much of the world's "innovation," such as it is, comes from Mega China. The Russians know this. And the West is becoming an increasingly poor place to innovate, just as early-Soviet Russia was in its day. (Scott Locklin wrote a brilliant and insightful piece about this: https://scottlocklin.wordpress.com/2021/03/05/russian-empire-aerospace-refugees/ )

    What we're going to see is the increasingly close alignment of Russia with China. The latter as junior partners, to be sure. But, just as surely, they are critically important from a military, industrial, and geostrategic perspective.

    America, through its own shortsightedness -- and, in the case of Russia, actual malice and lack of empathy -- has awoken and energized a mighty foe.

    Replies: @anon

    Russia has very good programmers. Russia is the only major place besides the US and China that has its own significant native software platform/app industry. Most of the rest of the world, including Europe, is a colony of US Big Tech.

    For whatever reason, Russian consumer electronics hardware industry is weak, and was so during the Cold War as well. China’s consumer electronics hardware industry is solid and increasingly better, however, and has been hiring Russian software talent:

  152. @R.G. Camara
    Biden's handlers were counting on Ukraine to be a nice distraction from Canada and the food prices and inflation and make some contractors money, but Putin has been a difficult partner to dance with on this, as has been the Ukranian government, as has been most of the American people, who aren't interested in another war in a foreign land that has nothing to do with us.

    Imagine if they threw a war and no one came.

    Biden's boys might do a false flag attack in the U.S. in this point just to try to sway public opinion to actually be interested in the shenanigans over there and push for war.

    Replies: @JimDandy

    I’m noticing that an emerging MSM narrative–even on Fox–is that “something’s not right with Putin.”…”He looks different.”…. and other versions of “Russia’s leader is no longer mentally competent.”

    “Accuse them of what you’re guilty of” marches on.

  153. @Redneck farmer
    It also didn't help that James Madison annexed the "Repulic of West Florida" back in the 1800s.

    Replies: @Skyler the Weird, @Muggles

    Two observations:

    1. Even the White House has a hard time deciding if the current “breakaway” areas of eastern Ukraine are actually Ukrainian enough to call moving in Russian troops in an “invasion.” How can you invade a place you already control (via militia surrogates and disguised Russian military)?

    2. The US foreign policy of late has not condemned “breakaway” new nations. South Sudan, East Timor, Bangladesh, virtually all of the former Soviet “republics” such as Belarus, the many ‘stans, etc., Kosovo, all of the former nations of Yugoslavia, etc.

    There are also more problematic places like Moldova and similar which were part of other former Soviet regions or countries.

    Current US hysteria about Ukrainian borders is invented. This isn’t an endorsement of whatever Putin is doing, but the USA isn’t in charge of each and every international border.

    A smarter President like Trump might decide that Karelia and Salla should be returned to Finland after Stalin forced Finns to “cede” them to the USSR. While few even know about that, it would be a nice chess move. Russians understand chess. Biden doesn’t.

  154. @dearieme
    So the US, which was formed by a violent secession from Great Britain, is strenuously opposed to parts of Ukraine with a Russian population seceding from Ukraine? Got it! But the US supported parts of Mexico with Gringo populations seceding from Mexico. I detect a certain inconsistency.

    I suppose you could say that after independence the only bit of land that the US added without violence was Alaska, which it bought fair and square - but without consulting the Alaskan natives, presumably.

    Meantime, Germany - which was first put together on nationalist/linguistic grounds by Bismarck's wars with Denmark, Austro-Hungary, and France - objects to the Russians doing much the same.

    The US has been ruled first by emotional adolescents, and then a gerontocracy, since the electorate was foolish enough to replace Bush the Elder by Slick Willie. It has forced Russia into alliance with its natural enemy, China, and broken its word by extending NATO up to Russian borders. To what end? What's been the bloody point?

    Replies: @Bragadocious, @Anon, @Paperback Writer

    Wrong. The U.S. bought a huge chunk of territory from the French via the Louisiana Purchase.

  155. @Ebony Obelisk
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Uh democracy is an American problem.

    Dictatorship anywhere is an issue

    Of course I wouldn’t expect right wingers who support insurrectionists and racist truckers to get that

    We should deploy troops to kick white boy russian arse

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Muggles, @Alden

    We should deploy troops to kick white boy russian arse

    Who is “we” Mr. Obelisk?

    Since you don’t write using American English idiom, I’m wondering.

    You say democracy is an American problem. So, Canadians and Brits? Nigerians?

  156. @Greta Handel
    @Verymuchalive

    Be patient! They’re algorithmically refreshing talking points

    R2P Ukrainian incubator babies

    more cookies for Kiev

    etc

    that will be beta-tested on the idiot box shortly.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive

    more cookies for Kiev

    You’re so last month, dear. The US abandoned its Embassy in Kiev last week.
    https://edition.cnn.com/2022/02/14/politics/us-embassy-kyiv-closure/index.html

    CNN is not a trustworthy source, but the hacks inadvertantly reveal all.

    (CNN)The United States is closing the US Embassy in Kyiv and “temporarily relocating” the small number of remaining diplomatic personnel in the country to Lviv, a city in western Ukraine

    They have no building, apparently, in Lviv to act as a temporary embassy. The diplomats are living in hotel rooms, where they can be evacuated at a moment’s notice. Despite all the hot air from Blinken and Biden, the US has abandoned Ukraine to her fate.

    There will be no war, or, if one, swiftly over with little bloodshed. Russia will take over the Eastern quarter of Ukraine from Kharkhov to Crimea, which is overwhelmingly Russian. The American plan seems to be to let the Russians take over Kiev and Central Ukraine, as well. Lviv and Western Ukraine would function as a rump Ukrainian state, which would then join NATO. In this way, America would save face, as they see it.

    However, I don’t see the Russians doing that. Having incorporated as many Russians as feasible into Russia, they won’t be interested in the rest. Kiev and the rest of the Ukraine will continue as a failed state.

  157. @RAZ
    @Jack D

    Think it has changed some but I used to think it crazy that Germans and Europeans in general were scared to death of GMO yet they smoked like crazy. Was last in Germany about 12 years ago and even saw presumably health conscious people smoking in a vegetarian restaurant. This was long past the time you could smoke just about any public place in the US, but if there were places you could smoke in the US the last place you would've expected it would've been in a vegetarian restaurant.


    The Germans have always been more into the “natural purity” green type stuff than Americans. For example, no GMO corn or soy is allowed in the EU.
     

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @James J O'Meara

    Think it has changed some but I used to think it crazy that Germans and Europeans in general were scared to death of GMO yet they smoked like crazy. Was last in Germany about 12 years ago and even saw presumably health conscious people smoking in a vegetarian restaurant. This was long past the time you could smoke just about any public place in the US, but if there were places you could smoke in the US the last place you would’ve expected it would’ve been in a vegetarian restaurant.

    Europeans place a lot more value on the quality of their food than Americans traditionally have. I don’t see anything wrong with opposing GMO crops as a lot of European people have done. Have GMO crops made their lives better? I mean their lives, not the lives of Bayer executives.

    As of 2019, Germany had a full two years of life-expectancy over the US. Of course there are demographic factors that explain a lot of that.

    Then again, it could just be that smoking isn’t as bad for you as a life-long diet of processed carbo-crap and not exercising. Obesity quite possibly has greater systemic effects on over-all health than smoking. For example, people who smoke (moderately, at least) can still exercise. A 300 lb. 30 year old who’s obesity has placed enormous strain on his knees and feet since he was eight, maybe not so much.

    I don’t remember Germans “smoking like crazy” when I was there – I certainly do remember many Germans smoking. It’s possible that the social acceptance of it permits them to linger longer over their smokes, perhaps leading them to consume less. During a workday, smokers in the US are now forced to go stand out in the cold street to service their addiction, encouraging them to chain-smoke a bunch of ’em for the long dry-spell ahead.

    Obviously, smoking isn’t good for you. It’s better not to smoke. But it may be that it is beneficial to a certain degree if (IF) it replaces other deleterious health habits.

  158. @Bardon Kaldian
    As usual, worthless comments abound.

    For most eastern Europeans, this is Putin's Sudetenland moment, and Biden, along with most EU "leaders"- a collective Chamberlain.

    Only somebody completely clueless about history, or irreversibly blind to reality, can "not understand" Putin's rubbish speech about Russia & U/kraine, which is in some respects worse than Hitler's ramblings about Czechs.

    Hitler at least didn't deny the existence of Czechs.

    What did old Churchill say?

    The government had to choose between war and shame. They chose shame. They will get war too.

    Replies: @Bill, @Commentator Mike, @Thelma Ringbaum, @Johann Ricke, @Iron Curtain

    That’s just paranoid rubbish of recently created elites in the new limitrophes who will use any excuse to get more US funding.
    Putin’s speech was surprisingly accurate from historical point of view. I am constantly surprised that West simply wouldn’t listen. If West allowed Kosovo to secede from Serbia, Russians in Ukraine should be given the same chance.

    • Agree: Thelma Ringbaum
    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
    @Iron Curtain

    Ignoramuses should read what I wrote to learn something:

    https://www.unz.com/ldinh/balkans-ahead/?showcomments#comment-4073185

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/wapo-has-putin-invaded-ukraine-or-not/#comment-5189684

    As far as Russia/Ukraine situation goes, this is mostly correct:

    https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2022/02/europe/russia-ukraine-crisis-poll-intl/

    And this is basically correct:

    Putin argued that Soviet-era “localization policy” emphasized regional differences, implying those differences had little historical basis.

    “Therefore, modern Ukraine is entirely the product of the Soviet era,” he insisted.


    Historian Timothy Snyder of Yale University dismissed Putin’s entire argument out of hand.

    “The problem with the Putin essay is that it is so thoroughly wrong on everything that it is hard to know where to begin,” he told CNN in an email, citing an example of the use of the term “Ukraine” as far back as 1648.

    If anything, he said, it is the idea of a Russian nation-state that is a modern construct, not that of Ukraine.

    “Russia was not a national idea in the 19th century. It was an imperial idea. Smuggled into the essay is the notion that there was a Russian nation, in the modern sense, against which Ukraine defined itself. But there was no such Russian nation in the 19th century,” he said.
     
    The problem with Russian identity is similar to that of the Turks- they were an empire & religion before they became a people. And they suffer from similar identity difficulties.
  159. Anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    @houston 1992


    It seems crazy that we let the Germans sh[u]t down their nuclear power plants
     
    Last time I checked the Germans had their own country and didn't have to consult the US before making decisions about their utility grid.

    The Germans have always been more into the "natural purity" green type stuff than Americans. For example, no GMO corn or soy is allowed in the EU. And the Green Party is a major block that can swing government coalitions. Being anti-nuke is of a piece with this.

    Also keep in mind that the Germans, until recently, thought that they could triangulate between Russia and the US and so had no problem signing up for energy deals with Russia.

    One of the ironies of what Putin just did is that he solidified NATO a lot more than if he had just left things alone. Without an aggressive Russia to defend against, NATO was sort of aimless and adrift and without a mission and might have even fallen apart eventually. Trump was not a big fan - in his view NATO was a scheme to get America to pay for Europe's defense. But now everyone loves NATO again.

    Replies: @RAZ, @YetAnotherAnon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @Iron Curtain, @Paperback Writer

    But now everyone loves NATO again.

    That’s not sure. What I see is growing indifference, at least here in America.

    The smart move would have been to let the Ukraine be a buffer country between Russia and Europe. But now Russia will just take it. In the long run it’s a big benefit: they just added 44 million solid people to their population.

  160. @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D


    Wouldn’t it make more sense to bring the Chinese over to the Western side and isolate Russia instead?

     

    LOL.
    LOL.
    LOL.
    LOL.
    LOL.

    And so on.

    I don’t think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem.

     

    See above.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    I don’t think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem.

    We may not have a “China problem”, but Jack D very much has a “Russia problem”.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    @Mr. Anon

    You're very unsympathetic. Jack sees a pogrom round every corner. Keep an eye out for Cossack commenters, Mr Anon, and report them to Mr Steve, who will block them in future. We wouldn't want Jack to get even more paranoid.

    , @Brutusale
    @Mr. Anon

    Nonsense! Jack sees these guys on the march and is doing his best Paul Revereburg to awaken the masses.

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

  161. @Jack D
    @houston 1992


    It seems crazy that we let the Germans sh[u]t down their nuclear power plants
     
    Last time I checked the Germans had their own country and didn't have to consult the US before making decisions about their utility grid.

    The Germans have always been more into the "natural purity" green type stuff than Americans. For example, no GMO corn or soy is allowed in the EU. And the Green Party is a major block that can swing government coalitions. Being anti-nuke is of a piece with this.

    Also keep in mind that the Germans, until recently, thought that they could triangulate between Russia and the US and so had no problem signing up for energy deals with Russia.

    One of the ironies of what Putin just did is that he solidified NATO a lot more than if he had just left things alone. Without an aggressive Russia to defend against, NATO was sort of aimless and adrift and without a mission and might have even fallen apart eventually. Trump was not a big fan - in his view NATO was a scheme to get America to pay for Europe's defense. But now everyone loves NATO again.

    Replies: @RAZ, @YetAnotherAnon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @Iron Curtain, @Paperback Writer

    You should check again. Germany has no sovereign policy. It’s a vassal state. NATO’s reason for existence is to keep US in, Germany down and Russia out of Europe.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Iron Curtain

    It’s a vassal state. NATO’s reason for existence is to keep US in, Germany down and Russia out of Europe.

    In your imagination only.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Paperback Writer

  162. @The Anti-Gnostic
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    There are three countries that matter in the world: the US, China and Russia. They would be naturally expected to exert themselves in their respective spheres. Unfortunately for the US elite, they find Central and South America and the Caribbean rather boring, not exciting like the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Pacific Rim. There is likewise no reason not to pursue union with the more Americanized provinces (which happen to have a lot of wheat and oil) but again, Canadians, boring.

    We could be doing a lot more vigorous super-powering at home with nuclear energy, national medical care, technology, etc. if we weren't bleeding money all over the globe and on financial alchemy. But the US elite do not share this vision of the world because it means acknowledging that Russia and China also matter, and if they want to stomp around in their own back yards it's not worth a 5-year meatgrinder WW3 to try and stop them.

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon, @James J O'Meara

    Unfortunately for the US elite, they find Central and South America and the Caribbean rather boring, not exciting like the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Pacific Rim.

    It’s interesting why that would be. Surely the whole point of colonizing/pioneering is to explore/exploit the “New World.” The natives/Spanish seemed to have found a lot of excitement over they years. Plenty of natural resources, Venezuela even has oil. Beautiful scenery, nice climate (Colombia, Land of Eternal Spring, or is that Ecuador?). Dusky beauties on the beaches in thongs, samba music.

    Plenty of Germanic areas, before and after the War. Even the Bushes are establishing a compound in Paraguay, to complete their move (like the Corleones) from Maine to Texas to Paraguay.

    As for Middle East, that’s a shithole that should be transformed into a sheet of glass. Russkies created some great literature and music, but Vlad can keep that barbaric realm.

    One is tempted to say it’s because of Christianity, focusing everyone’s attention of Jerusalem etc. (“Keep your eyes on Jerusalem!” shouts apocalyptic cult leader Br. Stair). But the Mormons seem to be able to assimilate those Promised Land tropes to their own land, and mind their own business internationally (though lots of missionary stuff in Latin America, eg. the Romneys).

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @James J O'Meara

    "Plenty of Germanic areas, before and after the War."

    In his wonderful flying memoir "Fate Is The Hunter", Ernest Gann writes about the State Department decision to drive German airlines and aircraft out of South America in the 1930s, which upset the locals who'd been copiously employed (in an early German version of "hearts and minds").

    While delivering an airliner (to replace a German one) he was almost killed when overnight someone added water to his engine oil. It exploded out of the filler cap while he was over jungle and he just made it back before seizure. He slept in the plane the next night IIRC.


    (Kudos to all the child-rearing commenters btw, and I do hope the contributions are helpful)

  163. An entire article about whether or not an invasion is an invasion with no comment at all about what Ukraine calls it? They are merely migrating to a new home and they are armed to protect themselves. Totally reasonable. Much like the non-invasion from mexico. At least these invaders mostly speak the same language and look alike. Please send us some female Ukrainian refugees. That would be a vast improvement from the usual africans or hondurans.

  164. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/12/pentagon-orders-departure-of-us-troops-in-ukraine.html

    USG says that Ukraine is of vital strategeric importance.

    But it withdraws troops from it, puts more in Poland.

    Confused.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Paperback Writer

    The same geniuses say that their missile base in Poland is just to deal with any missiles which might come out of Iran.

  165. @Anon
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Thanks, Achmed

    I've been concerned about how my woke daughter and son in law (and his pre-school) will bring up my now 1 1/2 yr old grandson. But he loves his "Goodnight Construction Site" book and Legos and other boy type stuff. I'll check out the Mighty Machine series. Reminds me that my son's favorite vcr tape when he was young was a road building tape with lots of machines and some explosions.


    That “Goodnight Moon” and the one by the same author with the train being loaded up by the animals are just so creative, but non woke – great for before bed. There’s “Goodnight Construction Site” – excellent. I’m sure I’m missing many others because it’s been a while. GET TO THE YARD SALES. Even the lefty ladies at the church still appreciate the old classics and will help.

    Videos: I highly recommend the Mighty Machines series made in the non-woke Canada of mid-1990s to late 00’s. All of it was free on youtube – for a treat, you could get that onto the TV big screen. They made at least 30 episodes, and you know how kids are – he may watch each one 4 or 5 times. I still have the intro. song in my head from 4 years ago! If he really gets into it, there are other series about trucks, factories, etc, at the library.

    Toys: I can’t say enough good about Legos. My original thoughts were “man, what a scam. In my day, we bought the set and/or extra pieces and built many different things with them. We didn’t need a set for each object” (Well, many are 2-fers, at least.) I’ve changed my mind. Some of the sets in the “Technics” are amazing – vehicles have working differentials, steering gears, moving crankshaft/connecting rods/pistons. The boy must strictly follow the plans*. These are not cheap, but they are really great for a boy.
     

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    Hm. Will Goodnight Construction Site encourage a kid to be an engineer?

    My son got very lucky. In order to reduce white flight from a demographically changing middle school, they loaded the place up with all sorts of STEM programs. Same with the high school.

    At one point in a seventh grade parent/teacher conference the engineering teacher told me my son was a born engineer. He eventuality found a college with a good engineering program and a fantastic coach for his sport. Heaven.

    If a kid is born to be gay, all you can do is love the kid because he’s your kid. Some MRI studies show gay men have brains wired like women. Can’t change that.

    But exposure to sports and legos and construction toys is a great thing to do for a kid.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    @Paleo Liberal

    There are also a fair amount of testosterone fueled men who will just screw anything, if there's no social stigma or consequences involved. There's a reason most women get disgusted if they ever realize the true nature of male sexuality.

    Difference is best seen in classical Rome between the equal-opportunity Sulla, who was extremely promiscuous and took lovers of both sexes while marrying five times, and the hard-wired homosexual Hadrian, who never had kids with his ignored wife and was clearly in a long-term, emotionally committed relationship with his teenage boyfriend. (I give Hadrian a pass because this was a time period where 30 year old men were expected to marry teenage girls. It was the open abandonment of women altogether that scandalized Rome. Didn't matter how much you liked Greek twink ass in private, you were expected to marry and provide heirs. My understanding is that imperial China was similar.)

  166. @Johann Ricke
    @War for Blair Mountain


    Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian Slavic Man
     
    I'd say he's a devout Tsar, as in he worships the pursuit of personal power and glory. And Henry of Navarre, a Protestant, is reputed to have said - "Paris is worth a Mass". Re Orthodoxy - if Protestants and Catholics have one thing in common - it's that Orthodoxy is the enemy. Think about the way the French allied with perfidious Albion - its enemy for much of the last millennium - to prevent the Russians from annexing all of the Ottoman Empire.

    Replies: @James J O'Meara

    Re Orthodoxy – if Protestants and Catholics have one thing in common – it’s that Orthodoxy is the enemy.

    They hate true Christianity. They invented Roman Catholicism (note the word “Roman”) to prop up the “Holy Roman Empire” (which was none of those things), and Protestantism (note the word “protest”) to split off the Germanic North.

    Something no one ever talks about is how the “reformers” tried to get in contact with the East (which at that time was about as distant and legendary of Prester John or Shambhala). They kept bombarding the Patriarch of Constantinople with letters, explaining how they had rediscovered original Biblical theology and thinking he’d be eager to ally himself with them against the Pope. After a number of polite rebuffs he finally told them they were all heretical idiots, ignorant of true Tradition and should just sod off.

  167. @RAZ
    @Jack D

    Think it has changed some but I used to think it crazy that Germans and Europeans in general were scared to death of GMO yet they smoked like crazy. Was last in Germany about 12 years ago and even saw presumably health conscious people smoking in a vegetarian restaurant. This was long past the time you could smoke just about any public place in the US, but if there were places you could smoke in the US the last place you would've expected it would've been in a vegetarian restaurant.


    The Germans have always been more into the “natural purity” green type stuff than Americans. For example, no GMO corn or soy is allowed in the EU.
     

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @James J O'Meara

    This was long past the time you could smoke just about any public place in the US, but if there were places you could smoke in the US the last place you would’ve expected it would’ve been in a vegetarian restaurant.

    Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, at least it was a consistent ethos.

  168. @YetAnotherAnon
    @siberiancat

    https://www.tomshardware.com/uk/news/russias-biggest-bank-tests-elbrus-cpu-finds-it-unacceptable


    But while SberInfra's engineers expected the Elbrus-8C machine to perform much worse and be orders of magnitude slower than Intel's Xeon Gold 6230 machine from 2019, even a two to three times performance difference is significant enough for commercial companies not to deploy a platform since it makes no financial sense.

    "At the moment, Sberbank says no, we cannot deploy Elbrus machines into our ecosystem, but we are pleasantly surprised that it works at all," said Zhbankov.

    For now, there are problems even with MCST's system design itself, so the CPU performance is something that Sber or any other hyperscaler would not even normally evaluate. Speaking of CPU performance, the company introduced the Elbrus-8CB several years ago and it is expected to arrive shortly. This chip promises considerably higher performance due to a new microarchitecture and improved memory support. Also, MCST has a rather ambitious server roadmap that includes a 12-core Elbrus processor, a 16-core CPU that was taped out last year, and even a 32-core system-on-chip for PetaFLOPS-class systems.

    At some point in the future, MCST's Elbrus processors will get significantly faster than they are today. Still, the problem is that it takes the company an enormous amount of time to develop new CPUs and bring them to the market (e.g., the Elbrus-8CB was announced in 2018). Therefore, by the time the ambitious 32-core Elbruses arrive, chips from AMD and Intel will be orders of magnitude faster and more efficient in terms of performance-per-watt than they are today. This begs the question of whether various domestically designed Chinese or Russian CPUs will even catch up with those from leading developers.

    The answer appears to be multifaceted. Companies like MCST can develop CPUs that are good enough for office workloads. Such systems may well be deployed by governments that can pay extra to support domestic CPU developers and not use foreign technologies. Homegrown CPUs can also be used to build supercomputers if things like scalability and energy efficiency are not a concern. However, it does not seem that such homegrown CPUs will catch up with developments from AMD, Intel, and emerging Arm-based server SoC designers any time soon.
     

    UPDATE - Germany pulls plug on Nordstream 2. Biden's got that as a win anyway. Not so much of a win for Germany though.

    Replies: @Not Raul

    Does this mean that Germany will be importing “Polish” fuel, or “Israeli” (see Marc Rich) fuel?

  169. @Jack D
    @War for Blair Mountain


    Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian
     
    I highly doubt this. First of all, as a KGB officer, he would have been required to be a professed atheist so any connection to Christianity would have come late in life. By the time the Soviet Union fell, Putin was already in his late '30s.

    2nd, Putin's personal life appears to be "complicated". Putin has a least one daughter out of wedlock and is on at least his 3rd wife. His palace is reported to have its own strip club.

    More likely, Putin finds it politically expedient to ally himself with the Orthodox Church and to project the appearance of being a devout Christian. If the Orthodox Church were to turn on him, he would turn on them in a heartbeat.

    Biden, for all of his faults, appears to have been, and remains, a practicing Catholic his whole life.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anonymous, @Anon, @Iron Curtain, @Art Deco

    You are mistaking true revolutionary fervor of 1930s-40s to conformist spirit of 1960s-70s. He could have done it just to pass the bar, and move on with his career.

  170. @The Anti-Gnostic
    @Ebony Obelisk

    We should deploy all the trannies, antifa, #BLM and sodomites to Ukraine. Go get 'em, tiger.

    Replies: @Bill Jones

    We should deploy all the trannies, antifa, #BLM and sodomites to Ukraine. Go get ’em, tiger.

    Can we include Teeny Dick in this ?

  171. @Jack D
    @Anonymous

    Those that say to ignore it are right. If the kid gets wind that you are opposed to this, he will use it as a lever to get a rise out of you. He may be testing you already.

    Meanwhile cancel your Disney subscription and get rid of the Disney DVDs or however it is he is getting this material. Find another genre that he is or will become interested in. Doesn't have to be super macho stuff like war movies or football. Maybe he is interested in nature or art.

    Replies: @HA

    “If the kid gets wind that you are opposed to this, he will use it as a lever to get a rise out of you. He may be testing you already.”

    I agree with this. Don’t try and frame this about gender issues. If the kid is spending all that time with any DVD’s, kick him outdoors, or get him a geology set. If he wants to watch adventures, let him have a few of his own first. If he wants to play video games, make him learn how to program a few. You say you’ve done a lot of reading about this. Have you considered reading to your kid? I mean, the fact that he’s spending time with DVD’s (or Saturday morning cartoons, or Japanese anime) that might be spent with the two of you discussing Tolkien, or Walter Scott, or Conan Doyle or whatever it is that you enjoyed as a child, and therefore want to share with him, is probably already an issue, and would have remained so even if Disney were feeding your kid G.I.Joe and Rambo tutorials on becoming cannon fodder.

    And I’d tell you the same thing if this were your daughter you were asking about. The fact that there’s a hole in your kid’s life that allows corporations of any kind to use as a dumping ground for whatever it is that they’re selling is probably the bigger problem here. The past generations who farmed out their children’s upbringing to Saturday morning cereal commercials and Sesame Street (and shoot ’em up Westerns and kung fu matinees at the neighborhood cinema) were already an indication that things were about to go belly up. That stuff is less of a problem if they’re already grounded in you.

  172. @Paperback Writer
    @nebulafox

    What's the difference between a Bashkir and a Tatar? I read that Nureyev was alternately one, then the other.

    Both are weird to me because to us he was simply Russian. Only after the USSR fell apart did people like me become aware of his ethnic origins.

    Replies: @nebulafox

    I think- that the Tatars are the descendants of the Golden Horde that settled down on the steppes of Southern Russia, whereas groups like the Tuvans and the Bashkirs are indigenous to Siberia. Don’t take my word for it, that’s just a half-baked guess.

    I wouldn’t have guessed it either: and TBH, it’s irrelevant. He’s Russian. For the overwhelming majority of history-and for most sane people today, still-national identity is divorced from the Mendelian genetics that only really came into existence in the 19th Century.

    >Confused.

    As I see it, two possibilities:

    1) They want US citizens to blame spiking energy prices on Putin, and not the little social engineering obsessions. After all, Biden promised to bring gas prices down. This is a convenient way of having your cake and eating it.

    (Anybody who espouses Davos views on climate while simultaneously being anti-nuclear can be safely discounted as moronic, malicious, or both. And that’s most Western elites. FWIW, I’m *deeply* skeptical that this is going to work. If there’s one thing you can get most Americans to agree on, its that they don’t want another “humanitarian” war. Least of all if they are footing the bill through increased energy prices and the evidence presented is mostly hectoring from a government visibly more concerned about the Ukrainian border than their own. It would take a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 esque event to change the prevailing skepticism.)

    2) They are just stupid. The evidence here need not be reiterated. And they being exposed as stupid by a foreign government that they detest.

    It goes without saying that these two possibilities are not mutually exclusive. But then, I’ve been wrong before, so ignore what a random Internet commentator has to say. I was hoping that this was a mutual propaganda war, but that’s looking unlikely now. Mea culpa.

    • Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @nebulafox


    I think- that the Tatars are the descendants of the Golden Horde that settled down on the steppes of Southern Russia, whereas groups like the Tuvans and the Bashkirs are indigenous to Siberia. Don’t take my word for it, that’s just a half-baked guess.

     

    I know the source of confusion, Tatar is a conflated term used in a number of contexts:

    1. Tuvans and Bashkirs are Turkic 突厥 tūjúe peoples who originated from North Asia. Pre-Islamization subscribed to a type of animism, Tengrism. A branch of them migrated west to found the Seljuk and Ottoman Empires. Nowadays Tatar is an umbrella term used to various Turkic descended peoples, e.g. Lipka Tatar Charles Bronson

    2. Tatar also designates Turco-Mongols of Golden Horde and Chagatai Khanate, Islamized Mongols, e.g. Temür. Etymology Greek Tartarus (from hell)

    *Mongolic, Turkic, and Tungusic languages were thought to branches of the Altaic language family, but a new linguistic grouping, Transeurasian, has been proposed, to also include Japanese and Korean
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altaic_languages#For_the_Altaic_grouping

    3. A further conflation, before Russian colonization, Europeans used the term Grande Tartarie for all of North and Inner Asia, between Eastern Europe, Persia and China, thus including also Manchuria and Tibet. The epithet used for Manchus by southern Chinese was Tatar barbarians 鞑虏 dálǚ
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartary
    https://imgur.com/2lJmeZ9

    And yes as you said, scratch a Russian and you get a Tatar.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Anonymous

    , @Paperback Writer
    @nebulafox


    (Anybody who espouses Davos views on climate while simultaneously being anti-nuclear can be safely discounted as moronic, malicious, or both. And that’s most Western elites.
     
    Our elites are so fucking incompetent, stupid, and just plain crazy that it's no use trying to figure out their logic. They have none.

    The last true president we had was Bush the Elder. You could argue rationally whether he was mistaken or not but at least the rules of logic applied. With Clinton that all went out the window, or more correctly, down the crapper.

    I'm the first one to stand up for my maligned generation but by all means, blame the beginning of Clown World on the first boomer president.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic

  173. @Paleo Liberal
    @Anon

    Hm. Will Goodnight Construction Site encourage a kid to be an engineer?

    My son got very lucky. In order to reduce white flight from a demographically changing middle school, they loaded the place up with all sorts of STEM programs. Same with the high school.

    At one point in a seventh grade parent/teacher conference the engineering teacher told me my son was a born engineer. He eventuality found a college with a good engineering program and a fantastic coach for his sport. Heaven.

    If a kid is born to be gay, all you can do is love the kid because he’s your kid. Some MRI studies show gay men have brains wired like women. Can’t change that.

    But exposure to sports and legos and construction toys is a great thing to do for a kid.

    Replies: @nebulafox

    There are also a fair amount of testosterone fueled men who will just screw anything, if there’s no social stigma or consequences involved. There’s a reason most women get disgusted if they ever realize the true nature of male sexuality.

    Difference is best seen in classical Rome between the equal-opportunity Sulla, who was extremely promiscuous and took lovers of both sexes while marrying five times, and the hard-wired homosexual Hadrian, who never had kids with his ignored wife and was clearly in a long-term, emotionally committed relationship with his teenage boyfriend. (I give Hadrian a pass because this was a time period where 30 year old men were expected to marry teenage girls. It was the open abandonment of women altogether that scandalized Rome. Didn’t matter how much you liked Greek twink ass in private, you were expected to marry and provide heirs. My understanding is that imperial China was similar.)

    • Agree: mc23
  174. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    I am a big believer in hard wiring. I also despise Disney these days.

    I’ve got four boys, adults now. My wife tried thirty years ago to raise the older two in a gender neutral fashion, no feminizing but she allowed them to have dolls or other feminine toys if they wanted. The one spent a year in combat as a machine gunner but used to take baths with his Little Mermaid doll. I shrugged it off because I figured boys will be boys and I was right. They’re all masculine. I would be more cautious in today’s environment. My wife laughs about it.

    I laugh quietly when my very liberal youngest son mansplains pretty excessively to his younger girlfriend and she swallows it up.

    Sincerely though I would nix the clothes but not the dolls, playsets etc. Explain the physical differences and reasons behind them. I have known boys around that age who started to show gay tendencies and 20 years later, yeah they’re gay. It would disappoint me but I know of a lot worse.

  175. @Jack D
    Wouldn't it make more sense to bring the Chinese over to the Western side and isolate Russia instead?

    That was Nixon's plan. I don't think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem. Before Xi we didn't have a China problem. Aside from Taiwan, China doesn't have territorial aims, certainly not outside of Asia, while Russian claims extend to the heart of Europe. Xi is not going to be around forever. China still has strong economic ties with the West and is not ready to sever them.

    Russian policy remains remarkably unchanged since the time of the Czars and goes deeper than Putin - they have always wanted to sink their claws into the Baltics and into Poland.

    Russia right now feels very comfortable with the Chinese and has moved most of his Eastern border forces to the border with Ukraine. We need to find a way to make Putin feel less confident about his Chinese ally. What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?

    Replies: @S. Anonyia, @Anonymous, @YetAnotherAnon, @Paperback Writer, @nebulafox

    >Wouldn’t it make more sense to bring the Chinese over to the Western side and isolate Russia instead?

    Why would you play the stronger off the weaker in this situation? The only time you do the opposite is when you have someone so weak they can’t offer or threaten anything, a la East Asia in the 1860s-1890s, and that’s just not the case here. Russia might have the GDP of Mexico, but it’s a Mexico with nukes and the ability to close off gas pipelines to a Germany that suicidally threw away their nuclear plants. The Chinese have no incentive to break with Russia, least of all with the ideological gap on things like Xinjiang.

    It’s Putin who needs some doors open for him-or his successor-to prevent Russia from becoming China’s full-on sidekick, long-term. He knows he can’t negotiate with America’s current elites, but who is to say they’ll always be in power: he’s aging, but so are they. He probably knows that the current elite is spending the last of their legitimacy like a kid in a candy shop right now. Trudeau hasn’t got a clue how fatally he’s damaged his ilk in the long-run. Both Putin and Xi cannot be ignorant of the tottering structure of the regime in the West.

    (Matter of fact, I take a similar view on Xi. As I’ve said before: the reason I say what I do is because China’s the most powerful, hands down.)

    >What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?

    A government who they don’t need to worry is at all interested in replacing them or seeing China disintegrate. And one who won’t interfere with their own desire for Taiwan. Isn’t the current focus on Ukraine convenient? Almost as if Putin and Xi talk about this.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @nebulafox

    Maybe some commenters just like pitting groups of white people against each other?

  176. @Ebony Obelisk
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Uh democracy is an American problem.

    Dictatorship anywhere is an issue

    Of course I wouldn’t expect right wingers who support insurrectionists and racist truckers to get that

    We should deploy troops to kick white boy russian arse

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Muggles, @Alden

    Umm Last time America won a war was August 1945 the war with Japan. And that was with a lot of help from Chinese Nationalists ( not the communists) and British India’s Indian soldiers.

    Our present affirmative action moron army can’t win a war with any country no matter how small, disorganized and corrupt.

  177. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    @Anonymous

    "contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature."

    As to alternative literature [for kids]:

    "Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg. Best children's book ever. The boys are boys, the girls are girls, the grownups are all crazy, the rats do good deeds, the skyscrapers fall in love, cigar-store wooden Indians come to life, the Potato Face Blind Man is full of wisdom, and the zizzies eat the railroad tracks. Only the fire-born understand blue. Try to get an edition with the original nutty Norwegian illustrations.

    This book kept me sane back when I was a crazy art-addled six year old who read "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" instead of Dr. Seuss. Yeah, you heard me.*

    Or you could try romping around the house with him and making an unholy mess to the tune of this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV0F_XiR48Q

    A combination of weird artsy noodling and THE greatest rock guitar riff of all time. If that doesn't get your blood pumping, nothing will.

    _____

    * - ironically (or intentionally), this book was given to me by my very gay uncle, who I later learned very much hated being gay and did all he could to make sure his nephews didn't go down that path. Gave us each a fire truck for Christmas every year. We miss you, Jimmy.

    Replies: @Joe S.Walker

    No argument about “Hocus Pocus”. A real headbangers’ favourite.

  178. @nebulafox
    @Jack D

    >Wouldn’t it make more sense to bring the Chinese over to the Western side and isolate Russia instead?

    Why would you play the stronger off the weaker in this situation? The only time you do the opposite is when you have someone so weak they can't offer or threaten anything, a la East Asia in the 1860s-1890s, and that's just not the case here. Russia might have the GDP of Mexico, but it's a Mexico with nukes and the ability to close off gas pipelines to a Germany that suicidally threw away their nuclear plants. The Chinese have no incentive to break with Russia, least of all with the ideological gap on things like Xinjiang.

    It's Putin who needs some doors open for him-or his successor-to prevent Russia from becoming China's full-on sidekick, long-term. He knows he can't negotiate with America's current elites, but who is to say they'll always be in power: he's aging, but so are they. He probably knows that the current elite is spending the last of their legitimacy like a kid in a candy shop right now. Trudeau hasn't got a clue how fatally he's damaged his ilk in the long-run. Both Putin and Xi cannot be ignorant of the tottering structure of the regime in the West.

    (Matter of fact, I take a similar view on Xi. As I've said before: the reason I say what I do is because China's the most powerful, hands down.)

    >What do the Chinese get out of supporting Putin?

    A government who they don't need to worry is at all interested in replacing them or seeing China disintegrate. And one who won't interfere with their own desire for Taiwan. Isn't the current focus on Ukraine convenient? Almost as if Putin and Xi talk about this.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Maybe some commenters just like pitting groups of white people against each other?

  179. @nebulafox
    @Paperback Writer

    I think- that the Tatars are the descendants of the Golden Horde that settled down on the steppes of Southern Russia, whereas groups like the Tuvans and the Bashkirs are indigenous to Siberia. Don't take my word for it, that's just a half-baked guess.

    I wouldn't have guessed it either: and TBH, it's irrelevant. He's Russian. For the overwhelming majority of history-and for most sane people today, still-national identity is divorced from the Mendelian genetics that only really came into existence in the 19th Century.

    >Confused.

    As I see it, two possibilities:

    1) They want US citizens to blame spiking energy prices on Putin, and not the little social engineering obsessions. After all, Biden promised to bring gas prices down. This is a convenient way of having your cake and eating it.

    (Anybody who espouses Davos views on climate while simultaneously being anti-nuclear can be safely discounted as moronic, malicious, or both. And that's most Western elites. FWIW, I'm *deeply* skeptical that this is going to work. If there's one thing you can get most Americans to agree on, its that they don't want another "humanitarian" war. Least of all if they are footing the bill through increased energy prices and the evidence presented is mostly hectoring from a government visibly more concerned about the Ukrainian border than their own. It would take a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 esque event to change the prevailing skepticism.)

    2) They are just stupid. The evidence here need not be reiterated. And they being exposed as stupid by a foreign government that they detest.

    It goes without saying that these two possibilities are not mutually exclusive. But then, I've been wrong before, so ignore what a random Internet commentator has to say. I was hoping that this was a mutual propaganda war, but that's looking unlikely now. Mea culpa.

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms, @Paperback Writer

    I think- that the Tatars are the descendants of the Golden Horde that settled down on the steppes of Southern Russia, whereas groups like the Tuvans and the Bashkirs are indigenous to Siberia. Don’t take my word for it, that’s just a half-baked guess.

    I know the source of confusion, Tatar is a conflated term used in a number of contexts:

    1. Tuvans and Bashkirs are Turkic 突厥 tūjúe peoples who originated from North Asia. Pre-Islamization subscribed to a type of animism, Tengrism. A branch of them migrated west to found the Seljuk and Ottoman Empires. Nowadays Tatar is an umbrella term used to various Turkic descended peoples, e.g. Lipka Tatar Charles Bronson

    2. Tatar also designates Turco-Mongols of Golden Horde and Chagatai Khanate, Islamized Mongols, e.g. Temür. Etymology Greek Tartarus (from hell)

    *Mongolic, Turkic, and Tungusic languages were thought to branches of the Altaic language family, but a new linguistic grouping, Transeurasian, has been proposed, to also include Japanese and Korean
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altaic_languages#For_the_Altaic_grouping

    3. A further conflation, before Russian colonization, Europeans used the term Grande Tartarie for all of North and Inner Asia, between Eastern Europe, Persia and China, thus including also Manchuria and Tibet. The epithet used for Manchus by southern Chinese was Tatar barbarians 鞑虏 dálǚ
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartary

    View post on imgur.com

    And yes as you said, scratch a Russian and you get a Tatar.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Are Bashkirs a type of Tatar?

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms, @Thelma Ringbaum

    , @Anonymous
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Putin is a northern Russian, and likely more of Finnic rather than Slavic blood.

    Likely, Putin is descended from a long long line of shamans - stretching back to the dawn of history - men who were acutely attuned and sensitive to the rhythms of life and nature, the 'pulse of the world' and a penetrating awareness of the unfolding of time and events.

    He just has that sort of face.

  180. @Skyler the Weird
    @Redneck farmer

    West Florida became Mississippi which is the basket case Ukraine or maybe the Burkina Faso of North America.

    Replies: @acementhead

    “…Mississippi which is the basket case Ukraine or maybe the Burkina Faso of North America.”

    There’s a reason for that; 37.72%(according to one site).

    https://worldpopulationreview.com/states/states-by-race

    The Noble Experiment has failed, and there’s a reason for that too; it was founded on an invalid premise.

    I think that Richard Feynman might have said(if he didn’t in fact do so) “We need to deal with the world as it is, not as we wish it were.”

  181. @nebulafox
    @Paperback Writer

    I think- that the Tatars are the descendants of the Golden Horde that settled down on the steppes of Southern Russia, whereas groups like the Tuvans and the Bashkirs are indigenous to Siberia. Don't take my word for it, that's just a half-baked guess.

    I wouldn't have guessed it either: and TBH, it's irrelevant. He's Russian. For the overwhelming majority of history-and for most sane people today, still-national identity is divorced from the Mendelian genetics that only really came into existence in the 19th Century.

    >Confused.

    As I see it, two possibilities:

    1) They want US citizens to blame spiking energy prices on Putin, and not the little social engineering obsessions. After all, Biden promised to bring gas prices down. This is a convenient way of having your cake and eating it.

    (Anybody who espouses Davos views on climate while simultaneously being anti-nuclear can be safely discounted as moronic, malicious, or both. And that's most Western elites. FWIW, I'm *deeply* skeptical that this is going to work. If there's one thing you can get most Americans to agree on, its that they don't want another "humanitarian" war. Least of all if they are footing the bill through increased energy prices and the evidence presented is mostly hectoring from a government visibly more concerned about the Ukrainian border than their own. It would take a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 esque event to change the prevailing skepticism.)

    2) They are just stupid. The evidence here need not be reiterated. And they being exposed as stupid by a foreign government that they detest.

    It goes without saying that these two possibilities are not mutually exclusive. But then, I've been wrong before, so ignore what a random Internet commentator has to say. I was hoping that this was a mutual propaganda war, but that's looking unlikely now. Mea culpa.

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms, @Paperback Writer

    (Anybody who espouses Davos views on climate while simultaneously being anti-nuclear can be safely discounted as moronic, malicious, or both. And that’s most Western elites.

    Our elites are so fucking incompetent, stupid, and just plain crazy that it’s no use trying to figure out their logic. They have none.

    The last true president we had was Bush the Elder. You could argue rationally whether he was mistaken or not but at least the rules of logic applied. With Clinton that all went out the window, or more correctly, down the crapper.

    I’m the first one to stand up for my maligned generation but by all means, blame the beginning of Clown World on the first boomer president.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    @Paperback Writer

    I agree with this. And I'd go further. They are stupid and evil; not just stupid or evil, stupid and evil.

  182. @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @nebulafox


    I think- that the Tatars are the descendants of the Golden Horde that settled down on the steppes of Southern Russia, whereas groups like the Tuvans and the Bashkirs are indigenous to Siberia. Don’t take my word for it, that’s just a half-baked guess.

     

    I know the source of confusion, Tatar is a conflated term used in a number of contexts:

    1. Tuvans and Bashkirs are Turkic 突厥 tūjúe peoples who originated from North Asia. Pre-Islamization subscribed to a type of animism, Tengrism. A branch of them migrated west to found the Seljuk and Ottoman Empires. Nowadays Tatar is an umbrella term used to various Turkic descended peoples, e.g. Lipka Tatar Charles Bronson

    2. Tatar also designates Turco-Mongols of Golden Horde and Chagatai Khanate, Islamized Mongols, e.g. Temür. Etymology Greek Tartarus (from hell)

    *Mongolic, Turkic, and Tungusic languages were thought to branches of the Altaic language family, but a new linguistic grouping, Transeurasian, has been proposed, to also include Japanese and Korean
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altaic_languages#For_the_Altaic_grouping

    3. A further conflation, before Russian colonization, Europeans used the term Grande Tartarie for all of North and Inner Asia, between Eastern Europe, Persia and China, thus including also Manchuria and Tibet. The epithet used for Manchus by southern Chinese was Tatar barbarians 鞑虏 dálǚ
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartary
    https://imgur.com/2lJmeZ9

    And yes as you said, scratch a Russian and you get a Tatar.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Anonymous

    Are Bashkirs a type of Tatar?

    • Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @Paperback Writer

    Yes.

    * Tengrism is actually shamanism, also practiced by early Koreans. This has been used to explain why Koreans have been more receptive to monotheistic Christianity. Whereas the Japanese, whose native religion Shintō, being animistic, have been less so.

    , @Thelma Ringbaum
    @Paperback Writer

    A warlike type. Bashkirs were , in more recent history, to bear arms and serve White Czar armies. Tartars (like Kamilla V) were mostly the peasants that would work the land for Bashkirs, while the later served. They have about the same turkic language.

  183. @dearieme
    So the US, which was formed by a violent secession from Great Britain, is strenuously opposed to parts of Ukraine with a Russian population seceding from Ukraine? Got it! But the US supported parts of Mexico with Gringo populations seceding from Mexico. I detect a certain inconsistency.

    I suppose you could say that after independence the only bit of land that the US added without violence was Alaska, which it bought fair and square - but without consulting the Alaskan natives, presumably.

    Meantime, Germany - which was first put together on nationalist/linguistic grounds by Bismarck's wars with Denmark, Austro-Hungary, and France - objects to the Russians doing much the same.

    The US has been ruled first by emotional adolescents, and then a gerontocracy, since the electorate was foolish enough to replace Bush the Elder by Slick Willie. It has forced Russia into alliance with its natural enemy, China, and broken its word by extending NATO up to Russian borders. To what end? What's been the bloody point?

    Replies: @Bragadocious, @Anon, @Paperback Writer

    The US has been ruled first by emotional adolescents, and then a gerontocracy, since the electorate was foolish enough to replace Bush the Elder by Slick Willie

    .
    By complete chance I said the same thing before reading your comment. This is something that occurred to me earlier today. I was one of the idiots who helped to do this. Great example as to why democracy sucks.

    It has forced Russia into alliance with its natural enemy, China, and broken its word by extending NATO up to Russian borders. To what end? What’s been the bloody point?

    Great questions! The resident Russophobes here (all two of ’em) take a different POV. Those evil satanic Russkies, who aren’t “western” are bizarrely obsessed with the fact that the US decided to expand its security state to Russia’s borders. What kind of a crazy, paranoid country would object to that? And Russia is ruled by oligarchs! Unlike the US, which is run by just folks!

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    @Paperback Writer

    It's unfortunate that the fall of the USSR coincided with the rise of the Boomers to political and economic dominance. Old hubris taking its revenge on an elite that doesn't have to confront any sort of restraints on their desires for too long: and then responds by doubling down in their final years when reality refuses to conform to those desires.

    I generally think "generational stereotypes" are retarded: people are individuals in the end. There are 15 year olds and 80 year olds that I'd trust with my life, and middle aged people I wouldn't trust with a butter knife. But there's no question my generation ("Zennial") has some deep problems-problems that I'm happy to see increasing amounts of guys addressing in their "redpilling". And there's also no question that future historians are going to look at the transfer of generational power in the late '80s and early '90s coupled with the fall of our only check at the time as a key foundational ingredient in America's decline. Whatever the flaws of pre-Clinton elites, they were adults.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Paperback Writer

  184. @Anonymous
    OT

    Long time iSteve reader looking for some advice regarding young son that isn’t from globo homo google search. Long story short my almost 5 y.o. son has very stereotypical boy tendencies from an early age such as Dinosaurs, cars , puzzles and more recently chess. Over the last year or so after watching numerous Disney princess movies he has often stated he wants to be a princess and wear dresses and sparkly shoes. Part of me wants to chop this up as kids just being kids and Ignore it But what bothers me is that everything I can find to read is either to indulge the kid’s fantasy or at worst do not correct them. I fear more harm is being done by not encouraging gender norms . Yes, I do see the comedy in asking for advice on iSteve’s blog but there’s more than enough smart people here with contrarian advice and or are able to point me to alternative literature.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Mike_from_SGV, @J.Ross, @Jack D, @neutral, @Rob, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @animalogic, @anonymous coward, @ic1000, @Batman, @SFG, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @Achmed E. Newman, @NJ Transit Commuter, @SafeNow, @stillCARealist, @Paperback Writer, @Colin Wright, @Servant of Gla'aki, @S. Anonyia, @aNewBanner, @Anon, @mc23, @Alden

    Get rid of the Disney Princess movies. Most of the kid’s movies now days feature strong girls bossing the boy’s around.

    So he’s 4, much too young for a machismo learning program. Get him some guns. The more colorful and noisy the better. Cars and toy vehicles. Most of the LEGO sets for kids his age are very military. My brothers were ultra macho. They watched all those cowboy movies and TV series. There’s thousands on YouTube. Some featured boys as main characters. Rifleman tv series was one. Ron Howard was in more tv shows than Andy Griffin and the other one. He was in lots of TV cowboy episodes with his father. Look for them.

    There’s a Shirley temple movie. Susana of the Mounties. She plays the usual bossy little girl. But gets constantly put down and bullied by an Indian boy. Movies like Treasure Island and Swiss Family Robinson feature manly boys. Johnny Tremaine and Sunstar and Pepper are historical fiction featuring boys in the thick of wars. That Mel Gibson movie the Patriot same thing. Young boys fighting the evil British.

    He’s only 4. Get rid of the Princess movies and go on YouTube for all the old cowboy movies and cowboy TV series even Leave it to Beaver Ozzie and Harriet Maybe you can find that old Davy Crockett tv series hardly any women.

    What does his bedroom look like? Re decorate it. Go on the internet looking for boys bedspreads. Don’t take him a store where he might go for something feminine. Get some stacking boxes or buy some boards and a nail gun paint or stain and let him help you make a set of shelves.

    Home Depot has lots of screw in table legs and table tops. Take him to Home Depot Ace or an unfinished furniture store to pick out table top and short legs so he can help you make a little table. My brothers loved tools. My sons and friends always wanted to take their bikes apart but we forbade it.

    There are stores and online where they sell the old fashioned Lincoln Logs and Erector sets.

    All these suggestions are really not for 4 year olds but for older boys. All those old Bugs Bunny and other cartoons encouraged boyish ness. And get all the old fairy tales that feature boys. Jack and the Beanstalk can’t remember any others by name but there were plenty of them.

    Does he have sisters who watch Disney princess movies all the time? That might be the problem. Maybe 2 different TVs or DVD players might be the answer. We aren’t TV watchers. So we thought one TV for the kids. Then when the boys were in 4th grade they started arguing. Turned out the girls wanted to watch Animal Shows and the boys wanted Monday Night football. So we got the boys a TV for Christmas. And they watched all the macho black sports they wanted.

    Your car. Is he interested? Let him sit on your lap and mess around with the wheel and controls. Not while driving of course unless you live out in the country or have a long driveway. Any friends or relatives have a snowmobile motorcycle anything like that? Even a vacuum cleaner floor buffer even a washing machine. Boys love anything with noise and motors. It’s a big thrill to turn on. the washing machine and dryer.

    Take some city or suburban bus light rail trips. Boys love that sort of thing. An Amtrak trip to the next town if there’s a station nearby. He’s still the age for coloring books. There’s lots of military Star Wars truck etc boy coloring books. There are also kids activity books that teach how to draw. He might be a little young. You know. An oval shape then a neck head and beak and it’s a duck.

  185. @Paperback Writer
    @dearieme


    The US has been ruled first by emotional adolescents, and then a gerontocracy, since the electorate was foolish enough to replace Bush the Elder by Slick Willie
     
    .
    By complete chance I said the same thing before reading your comment. This is something that occurred to me earlier today. I was one of the idiots who helped to do this. Great example as to why democracy sucks.

    It has forced Russia into alliance with its natural enemy, China, and broken its word by extending NATO up to Russian borders. To what end? What’s been the bloody point?
     
    Great questions! The resident Russophobes here (all two of 'em) take a different POV. Those evil satanic Russkies, who aren't "western" are bizarrely obsessed with the fact that the US decided to expand its security state to Russia's borders. What kind of a crazy, paranoid country would object to that? And Russia is ruled by oligarchs! Unlike the US, which is run by just folks!

    Replies: @nebulafox

    It’s unfortunate that the fall of the USSR coincided with the rise of the Boomers to political and economic dominance. Old hubris taking its revenge on an elite that doesn’t have to confront any sort of restraints on their desires for too long: and then responds by doubling down in their final years when reality refuses to conform to those desires.

    I generally think “generational stereotypes” are retarded: people are individuals in the end. There are 15 year olds and 80 year olds that I’d trust with my life, and middle aged people I wouldn’t trust with a butter knife. But there’s no question my generation (“Zennial”) has some deep problems-problems that I’m happy to see increasing amounts of guys addressing in their “redpilling”. And there’s also no question that future historians are going to look at the transfer of generational power in the late ’80s and early ’90s coupled with the fall of our only check at the time as a key foundational ingredient in America’s decline. Whatever the flaws of pre-Clinton elites, they were adults.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @nebulafox


    And there’s also no question that future historians are going to look at the transfer of generational power in the late ’80s and early ’90s coupled with the fall of our only check at the time as a key foundational ingredient in America’s decline. Whatever the flaws of pre-Clinton elites, they were adults.
     
    Aye. They often made horrible mistakes with devasting effects. But they at least occasionally learned something from those mistakes. The current generation in power seems immune to any instruction.
    , @Paperback Writer
    @nebulafox

    All true but also this: Bill Clinton was a goddamned chump.

    Holbrooke and Lake played him like a violin.

    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/capsule-review/2000-05-01/not-whether-when-us-decision-enlarge-nato-strange-bedfellows-nato

    Lake is dead and in hell where he belongs. Fuck Richard Holbrooke. If he were still in power we'd still be in Afghanistan.

    https://www.law.nyu.edu/news/HOLBROOKE_SPEECH

  186. @houston 1992
    @Jack D

    about 41% of European natural gas comes from Russia, 26% Norway, ~ 29% Algeria. Can Putin "bottle" that LNG and simply ship it to hungry Asian markets?

    41% deficit seems hard to make up with a tight world market for long, and Han consumption growing at the rate of consumption that equals a Netherlands-Belgium per annum. I dont see any USA plans to increase energy production. Do we have the ships to deliver the LNG, and can Euro ports unload it where it is needed?

    It seems crazy that we let the Germans shit down their nuclear power plants, and I hear that the Greens have started demolishing the towers to make the decision more irreversible.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Reg Cæsar

    It seems crazy that we let the Germans 💩 down their nuclear power plants…

    That sounds more like India. Germans are notorious for examining their waste, even building little “shelves” into their commodes.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    German toilets. More disgusting than outhouses or poets potties. Beyond weird

  187. @anonymous
    With regard to possible 'Western sanctions', Russians might just cut off Europe's gas in the middle of winter, with European reserves now down to only 5% of capacity.

    Here is Russian television, back in 2009, a Russian military chorus singing about exactly this, turning off the gas to Europe. English subtitles, funny and tuneful - They turn a mock cutoff valve on stage while everyone laughs and cheers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7RD5ONjv8M

    https://i.4pcdn.org/pol/1642865479351.png

    Replies: @Jack D, @YetAnotherAnon, @Reg Cæsar

    No. Migraine.

  188. @Thelma Ringbaum
    @Anon 2

    Poland simply should return all the German land she was given. And take back the west Ukraine.

    This will fix quite a few problems of Europe.

    Replies: @Alden

    Silesia etc were not German lands until 1871 when the country nation of Germany was created by Bismarck and the King of Prussia. They were part of Germany less that 50 years till given to Poland. Poland that ruled them for a thousand or more years than the 47 years Germany ruled them. Silesia was a very very important independent principality between Poland Bohemia Pomerania and Prussia.

    There’s a major difference between the Germanic languages and ethnic groups and the country nation of Germany created 151 years ago. And that is still occupied by a foreign power, the USA .

    • Replies: @Thelma Ringbaum
    @Alden

    Yes, the discourse about thousands of years its pure Norvid. Or pure Miczkiewiczsh. Or whatever other Polish mystic/mason of 19thcentury dreamed it all up, while living on Czars welfare.

    It is like Yisraels claim on Palestine lands. When you start speaking of thousands of years, it is fairy tale. Start with 1700s, then you are talking some historical reality. Poland back then is a German Mark, reporting to Sachsen. Silesia it Germany, Eastern Prussia is also Germany. Ukraine does not exist.

    , @nebulafox
    @Alden

    >Poland that ruled them for a thousand or more years than the 47 years Germany ruled them.

    TIL that the Habsburgs and Hohenzollerns were Polish.

  189. @Reg Cæsar
    @houston 1992


    It seems crazy that we let the Germans 💩 down their nuclear power plants...
     
    That sounds more like India. Germans are notorious for examining their waste, even building little "shelves" into their commodes.

    Replies: @Alden

    German toilets. More disgusting than outhouses or poets potties. Beyond weird

  190. @nebulafox
    @Paperback Writer

    It's unfortunate that the fall of the USSR coincided with the rise of the Boomers to political and economic dominance. Old hubris taking its revenge on an elite that doesn't have to confront any sort of restraints on their desires for too long: and then responds by doubling down in their final years when reality refuses to conform to those desires.

    I generally think "generational stereotypes" are retarded: people are individuals in the end. There are 15 year olds and 80 year olds that I'd trust with my life, and middle aged people I wouldn't trust with a butter knife. But there's no question my generation ("Zennial") has some deep problems-problems that I'm happy to see increasing amounts of guys addressing in their "redpilling". And there's also no question that future historians are going to look at the transfer of generational power in the late '80s and early '90s coupled with the fall of our only check at the time as a key foundational ingredient in America's decline. Whatever the flaws of pre-Clinton elites, they were adults.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Paperback Writer

    And there’s also no question that future historians are going to look at the transfer of generational power in the late ’80s and early ’90s coupled with the fall of our only check at the time as a key foundational ingredient in America’s decline. Whatever the flaws of pre-Clinton elites, they were adults.

    Aye. They often made horrible mistakes with devasting effects. But they at least occasionally learned something from those mistakes. The current generation in power seems immune to any instruction.

  191. @Paperback Writer
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Are Bashkirs a type of Tatar?

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms, @Thelma Ringbaum

    Yes.

    * Tengrism is actually shamanism, also practiced by early Koreans. This has been used to explain why Koreans have been more receptive to monotheistic Christianity. Whereas the Japanese, whose native religion Shintō, being animistic, have been less so.

  192. @Paperback Writer
    @nebulafox


    (Anybody who espouses Davos views on climate while simultaneously being anti-nuclear can be safely discounted as moronic, malicious, or both. And that’s most Western elites.
     
    Our elites are so fucking incompetent, stupid, and just plain crazy that it's no use trying to figure out their logic. They have none.

    The last true president we had was Bush the Elder. You could argue rationally whether he was mistaken or not but at least the rules of logic applied. With Clinton that all went out the window, or more correctly, down the crapper.

    I'm the first one to stand up for my maligned generation but by all means, blame the beginning of Clown World on the first boomer president.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic

    I agree with this. And I’d go further. They are stupid and evil; not just stupid or evil, stupid and evil.

  193. @nebulafox
    @Paperback Writer

    It's unfortunate that the fall of the USSR coincided with the rise of the Boomers to political and economic dominance. Old hubris taking its revenge on an elite that doesn't have to confront any sort of restraints on their desires for too long: and then responds by doubling down in their final years when reality refuses to conform to those desires.

    I generally think "generational stereotypes" are retarded: people are individuals in the end. There are 15 year olds and 80 year olds that I'd trust with my life, and middle aged people I wouldn't trust with a butter knife. But there's no question my generation ("Zennial") has some deep problems-problems that I'm happy to see increasing amounts of guys addressing in their "redpilling". And there's also no question that future historians are going to look at the transfer of generational power in the late '80s and early '90s coupled with the fall of our only check at the time as a key foundational ingredient in America's decline. Whatever the flaws of pre-Clinton elites, they were adults.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Paperback Writer

    All true but also this: Bill Clinton was a goddamned chump.

    Holbrooke and Lake played him like a violin.

    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/capsule-review/2000-05-01/not-whether-when-us-decision-enlarge-nato-strange-bedfellows-nato

    Lake is dead and in hell where he belongs. Fuck Richard Holbrooke. If he were still in power we’d still be in Afghanistan.

    https://www.law.nyu.edu/news/HOLBROOKE_SPEECH

  194. @Paperback Writer
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Are Bashkirs a type of Tatar?

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms, @Thelma Ringbaum

    A warlike type. Bashkirs were , in more recent history, to bear arms and serve White Czar armies. Tartars (like Kamilla V) were mostly the peasants that would work the land for Bashkirs, while the later served. They have about the same turkic language.

  195. @NJ Transit Commuter
    The real problem for the West in Ukraine is not that Russia has now, for all intents and purposes, annexed bits of Ukraine that have strong pro-Russian sentiment.

    The problem is that NATO and the US threatened a severe response and now appear to be backing off. Weakness invites more trouble and you can bet that China is watching very carefully. The US has wasted a lot of credibility unnecessarily on Ukraine, which is not a strategic priority for the US. Now I bet we’re going to have China test how serious we are about Taiwan and the Western Pacific. The South China Sea is a strategic priority for the US.

    If the US backs down over Taiwan, the Malacca and Sunda Straits, as well as the Yellow, Japan and Okhotsk Seas all come into play. That’s the kind of geopolitical game that determines the destiny of nations and superpowers.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Peter Akuleyev, @Jack D, @Wokechoke, @anonymouseperson, @Gabe Ruth

    The south China sea is a strategic priority for the US. The Malacca straits… come into play..

    Same talk was used to justify American involvement in Vietnam.

  196. @YetAnotherAnon
    Meanwhile the REAL invasion will continue, in both the US and UK.

    We've just had a week of severe weather in the UK and the waves in the English Channel are still high, so no place for small open boats.

    But in a few days they will have moderated and the invasion of "asylum seekers" fleeing the hell-hole that is France will recommence. The RNLI (charity lifeboats), who I've been collecting for since I was a child, will pick them up if they get into difficulties and take them over to Kent, where a small army of do-gooders will show them how to make their claims, or how to disappear if that's their desire.

    They'll be put up in hotels at taxpayer expense, while for ordinary Brits house prices rise and the queues at the food banks lengthen.

    Meanwhile Boris and Biden will bloviate about the Russians and defending Ukraines borders.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10472625/Home-Office-admits-spending-5million-DAY-housing-asylum-seekers-hotels.html


    The Home Office was forced today to admit it is spending £4.7million every day on housing asylum seekers in hotels - four times as much as it has previously admitted. The department was forced to issuing a correction after a senior civil servant at the department yesterday told MPs the figure was £1.2million per day, as Priti Patel was quizzed on Channel crossings.

    In fact the figure given by Tricia Hayes to the Home Affairs Committee related only to Afghan refugees. An additional £3.5 million a day is being spent, the Government said, in accommodating asylum seekers from elsewhere.

    It is understood the incorrect total arose from a drafting error. There are 25,000 asylum seekers and 12,000 Afghan refugees in hotels, making a total of 37,000, the Home Office also clarified. This works out at a cost of £127 per person per day.

     

    Replies: @anonymouseperson

    Britain lost the war.

  197. @Johann Ricke
    @Bardon Kaldian


    The government had to choose between war and shame. They chose shame. They will get war too.
     
    Poland has roughly 1/2 Russia's GDP. Russia has 1400 fighter/strike fixed wing aircraft. How is it that Poland has less than 100? Taiwan's GDP is in the same neighborhood as Poland's. It has 300 fighter/strike aircraft, and it's separated from China by a 100-mile-wide moat. Taiwan is slacking off re defense expenditures, but compared to Poland, it's a veritable Sparta. The big question is why all of the ex-Warsaw Pact and Baltic states *combined* have a smaller fighter/strike aircraft complement than Taiwan. Did they fall into dream world of the EU, where peace is the result of personal virtue (not to be confused with the Roman virtus) rather than adherence to the Roman maxim "si vis pacem, para bellum"?

    Replies: @Thelma Ringbaum

    You are forgetting that Poland is Christ Himself. Literally. That counts for many divisions and air wings. It is th Historic mission of Poland to protect Europe from both Huns and Scytheans. Thus America must arm Poles with thermonuclear weapons, so that they could use them wisely.

  198. @WJ
    @Peter Akuleyev

    "An EU controlled Ukraine will be a much better place for Americans to invest than a Russian controlled Ukraine." Perpetuating the interests of the US globalist class certainly sounds like a good reason to get involved in the conflict.

    Regarding Cali, AZ and Texas, if Mexico thinks they can take those countries by force they will. Fortunately and unfortunately for us, Mexico is dung hole that can't do much right so no worries other than the demographic invasion.

    Replies: @rebel yell

    Mexico is dung hole that can’t do much right so no worries other than the demographic invasion

    Other than that Mrs. Lincoln how did you like the play?

  199. @Loyalty Over IQ Worship
    Does anyone notice that the average White person in America isn't into the anti-Russian propaganda?

    Not long ago they would have probably believed the Pentagon and the rest of the Deep State. Doesn't this have implications for the future of the USA as a political unit if the most patriotic group no longer trusts its leaders, including the military establishment?

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV, @Anonymous, @Feryl, @J.Ross

    Just you wait until Those Who Must Check In open some lids at a chemical weapons storage site, some uniformed twentysomethings die twitching in a video, and the lyingpress tells everyone it was Russian saboteurs.

  200. @Paperback Writer
    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/12/pentagon-orders-departure-of-us-troops-in-ukraine.html

    USG says that Ukraine is of vital strategeric importance.

    But it withdraws troops from it, puts more in Poland.

    Confused.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    The same geniuses say that their missile base in Poland is just to deal with any missiles which might come out of Iran.

  201. @Jack D
    @anonymous

    Does the West need Putin's gas more than Putin needs the West's $ - we'll find out I guess. Russian laughter may have been premature. He who laughs last laughs best.

    Replies: @houston 1992, @PetrOldSack

    Does the West need Putin’s gas more than Putin needs the West’s \$

    The West’s \$ are based on the control of gas and oil flows. The obligation from third parties to pay for it in \$’s. The obvious answer should be, Putin’s gas changes the equation at the expense of the \$. Glad to hear of other factors that might shift the balance to the other side, see none.

    Europe is now forced to choose, cannot any longer play both sides, it is either abide by the Russia – China block OR the US –as in one or the other. Scholz and Macron are great examples of how confused the Euro top is on the matter(their handlers behind the scenes). Navigating between both opposing poles of power just shows their impotence. Cannot be sorry about this, fifteen years ago this was already obvious, sadly brain-dead politicians have their empty suits, short term goals of living of the scraps of their handlers and nothing much else. These “leaders”, Merkel, Mark Rutte, Boris Johnson, Macron now Scholtz are online camera whores, and nothing can be said to up their esteem. When you can’t make it in Hollywood –lacking the looks, you can make it in politics. N’est ce pas Ilhan Omar, Ursula von der Leyen, Michel? Nuland’s “Fuck the EU” is right to the point. That is what Putin thinks. Mercedes has now it’s head quarters in the Kremlin.

    To leave margins, and there are, an outsider and reading the future in the cow dung, other factors can change and shift the equation. Must be something major! Would be glad to hear about it.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @PetrOldSack

    I wonder what the average German thinks of all this. I'm going to guess that he is disgusted at Germany's abject truckling to the US. Has, suddenly, the reason for Nordstream2 disappeared?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Mr. Anon

    , @Anonymous
    @PetrOldSack

    Anyhow, the looming catastrophe facing the EU is majority non European, non white, third world origin population majority - something which is only a generation or two away now.

    Compared to that, the current Russia/Ukraine situation is trivial.

    Replies: @PetrOldSack

  202. Anonymous[227] • Disclaimer says:
    @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @nebulafox


    I think- that the Tatars are the descendants of the Golden Horde that settled down on the steppes of Southern Russia, whereas groups like the Tuvans and the Bashkirs are indigenous to Siberia. Don’t take my word for it, that’s just a half-baked guess.

     

    I know the source of confusion, Tatar is a conflated term used in a number of contexts:

    1. Tuvans and Bashkirs are Turkic 突厥 tūjúe peoples who originated from North Asia. Pre-Islamization subscribed to a type of animism, Tengrism. A branch of them migrated west to found the Seljuk and Ottoman Empires. Nowadays Tatar is an umbrella term used to various Turkic descended peoples, e.g. Lipka Tatar Charles Bronson

    2. Tatar also designates Turco-Mongols of Golden Horde and Chagatai Khanate, Islamized Mongols, e.g. Temür. Etymology Greek Tartarus (from hell)

    *Mongolic, Turkic, and Tungusic languages were thought to branches of the Altaic language family, but a new linguistic grouping, Transeurasian, has been proposed, to also include Japanese and Korean
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altaic_languages#For_the_Altaic_grouping

    3. A further conflation, before Russian colonization, Europeans used the term Grande Tartarie for all of North and Inner Asia, between Eastern Europe, Persia and China, thus including also Manchuria and Tibet. The epithet used for Manchus by southern Chinese was Tatar barbarians 鞑虏 dálǚ
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartary
    https://imgur.com/2lJmeZ9

    And yes as you said, scratch a Russian and you get a Tatar.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Anonymous

    Putin is a northern Russian, and likely more of Finnic rather than Slavic blood.

    Likely, Putin is descended from a long long line of shamans – stretching back to the dawn of history – men who were acutely attuned and sensitive to the rhythms of life and nature, the ‘pulse of the world’ and a penetrating awareness of the unfolding of time and events.

    He just has that sort of face.

  203. Ukraine cannot matter until Black Lives Matter.

  204. @Mr. Anon
    @Paperback Writer


    I don’t think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem.
     
    We may not have a "China problem", but Jack D very much has a "Russia problem".

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @Brutusale

    You’re very unsympathetic. Jack sees a pogrom round every corner. Keep an eye out for Cossack commenters, Mr Anon, and report them to Mr Steve, who will block them in future. We wouldn’t want Jack to get even more paranoid.

  205. @James J O'Meara
    @The Anti-Gnostic


    Unfortunately for the US elite, they find Central and South America and the Caribbean rather boring, not exciting like the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Pacific Rim.
     
    It's interesting why that would be. Surely the whole point of colonizing/pioneering is to explore/exploit the "New World." The natives/Spanish seemed to have found a lot of excitement over they years. Plenty of natural resources, Venezuela even has oil. Beautiful scenery, nice climate (Colombia, Land of Eternal Spring, or is that Ecuador?). Dusky beauties on the beaches in thongs, samba music.

    Plenty of Germanic areas, before and after the War. Even the Bushes are establishing a compound in Paraguay, to complete their move (like the Corleones) from Maine to Texas to Paraguay.

    As for Middle East, that's a shithole that should be transformed into a sheet of glass. Russkies created some great literature and music, but Vlad can keep that barbaric realm.

    One is tempted to say it's because of Christianity, focusing everyone's attention of Jerusalem etc. ("Keep your eyes on Jerusalem!" shouts apocalyptic cult leader Br. Stair). But the Mormons seem to be able to assimilate those Promised Land tropes to their own land, and mind their own business internationally (though lots of missionary stuff in Latin America, eg. the Romneys).

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    “Plenty of Germanic areas, before and after the War.”

    In his wonderful flying memoir “Fate Is The Hunter”, Ernest Gann writes about the State Department decision to drive German airlines and aircraft out of South America in the 1930s, which upset the locals who’d been copiously employed (in an early German version of “hearts and minds”).

    While delivering an airliner (to replace a German one) he was almost killed when overnight someone added water to his engine oil. It exploded out of the filler cap while he was over jungle and he just made it back before seizure. He slept in the plane the next night IIRC.

    (Kudos to all the child-rearing commenters btw, and I do hope the contributions are helpful)

  206. The Good Hitchens in the Mail.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-10540829/PETER-HITCHENS-blame-arrogant-foolish-West-Ukraine-crisis.html

    We have been utter fools.

    We have treated Russia with amazing stupidity. Now we pay the price for that. We had the chance to make her an ally, friend and partner.

    Instead we turned her into an enemy by insulting a great and proud country with greed, unearned superiority, cynicism, contempt and mistrust.

    George F. Kennan was a man nobody could accuse of being soft on Communism.

    But, unlike so many others, he could tell the new transformed Russia apart from the old USSR.

    Kennan had been architect of the USA’s policy of containment of the USSR. He came out of retirement to deplore Bill Clinton’s support for pushing Nato east. I quote his prediction at length because he was so right.

    ‘I think it is the beginning of a new Cold War,’ said Mr Kennan. ‘I think the Russians will gradually react quite adversely and it will affect their policies.

    ‘I think it is a tragic mistake. There was no reason for this whatsoever. No one was threatening anybody else.

    ‘This expansion would make the Founding Fathers of this country turn over in their graves.

    ‘We have signed up to protect a whole series of countries, even though we have neither the resources nor the intention to do so in any serious way.

    ‘[Nato expansion] was simply a light-hearted action by a Senate that has no real interest in foreign affairs.

    ‘What bothers me is how superficial and ill-informed the whole Senate debate was.’

    He added: ‘I was particularly bothered by the references to Russia as a country dying to attack Western Europe.

    ‘Don’t people understand? Our differences in the Cold War were with the Soviet Communist regime.’

    Even Zbigniew Brzezinski, Russia hawk of all Russia hawks (and the man who saw Russia as a giant bag of resources for Western companies), thought Ukraine shouldn’t be in NATO.

  207. @Iron Curtain
    @Bardon Kaldian

    That’s just paranoid rubbish of recently created elites in the new limitrophes who will use any excuse to get more US funding.
    Putin’s speech was surprisingly accurate from historical point of view. I am constantly surprised that West simply wouldn’t listen. If West allowed Kosovo to secede from Serbia, Russians in Ukraine should be given the same chance.

    Replies: @Bardon Kaldian

    Ignoramuses should read what I wrote to learn something:

    https://www.unz.com/ldinh/balkans-ahead/?showcomments#comment-4073185

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/wapo-has-putin-invaded-ukraine-or-not/#comment-5189684

    As far as Russia/Ukraine situation goes, this is mostly correct:

    https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2022/02/europe/russia-ukraine-crisis-poll-intl/

    And this is basically correct:

    Putin argued that Soviet-era “localization policy” emphasized regional differences, implying those differences had little historical basis.

    “Therefore, modern Ukraine is entirely the product of the Soviet era,” he insisted.

    Historian Timothy Snyder of Yale University dismissed Putin’s entire argument out of hand.

    “The problem with the Putin essay is that it is so thoroughly wrong on everything that it is hard to know where to begin,” he told CNN in an email, citing an example of the use of the term “Ukraine” as far back as 1648.

    If anything, he said, it is the idea of a Russian nation-state that is a modern construct, not that of Ukraine.

    “Russia was not a national idea in the 19th century. It was an imperial idea. Smuggled into the essay is the notion that there was a Russian nation, in the modern sense, against which Ukraine defined itself. But there was no such Russian nation in the 19th century,” he said.

    The problem with Russian identity is similar to that of the Turks- they were an empire & religion before they became a people. And they suffer from similar identity difficulties.

  208. @Mr. Anon
    @Paperback Writer


    I don’t think we have a China problem. We have a Xi problem.
     
    We may not have a "China problem", but Jack D very much has a "Russia problem".

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @Brutusale

    Nonsense! Jack sees these guys on the march and is doing his best Paul Revereburg to awaken the masses.

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

  209. Mr. Sailer, Russia has decided to send troops into a sovereign nation, justifying it by saying two regions broke away.

    From Trump himself—“went in vesterday and there was a television screen reporting on Russia movin tanks into Ukraine), and I said, This Putin invading Europe is genius! Putin declares a big portion of the Uxraine-Darin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wondertul. I thought…”

    Do YOU think it’s genius and wonderful, Mr. Sailer?

    • Troll: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Corvinus

    This is like when Trump said that the Russians should hack Hillary's server (at a time when that server was already off line and sitting in FBI HQ after having been thoroughly wiped by the best IT experts that money could buy). And yet the press insisted on taking Trump's statement literally, as if they were four year olds (which in a sense they are). "TRUMP DEMANDS THAT RUSSIANS HACK DEMS".

    If you are older than 4, you understand that not every statement has to be taken literally. Trump was trying to say that Putin is an EVIL genius. Even if you regard him as evil, you have to admire his boldness. If someone crashes into your car and you exclaim, Oh, that's wonderful, it doesn't mean that you REALLY think that it's wonderful.

    Can you really be that stupid or is this a willful failure to understand that Trump speaks sarcastically, as NYers are wont to do?

    Replies: @Johann Ricke, @Corvinus

    , @Brutusale
    @Corvinus

    Trump's right. Putin's "genius" move got him two more "independent" vassals at the expense of NATO's weak tea sanctions. How much do you think Russian natural gas is going to cost next week?

    Did you miss, or just ignore, the part where Trump said that he had a good working relationship with Putin and that Putin would never have dared pull this kind of shit when Trump was POTUS?

    https://althouse.blogspot.com/2022/02/did-trump-side-with-putin-when-he-said.html

    Replies: @Corvinus

  210. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Jack D

    " Without an aggressive Russia to defend against, NATO was sort of aimless and adrift and without a mission and might have even fallen apart eventually. "

    Jack is a good commenter on any subject where ethnic animosities don't come into play. Alas that doesn't apply here. This is just so much dishonest nonsense.

    The Berlin Wall came down in 1989. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. NATO bombed Serbia, a traditional Russia ally, without the slightest authority in 1999.

    NATO continued to expand towards Russia all through the Noughties.

    The Nuland coup in 2014 was the straw that broke the camel's back. It was the following year that Russia intervened militarily in Syria, having been asked to by the Syrian government.

    So for 25 years Russia was slapped around on both the domestic (US economic "advice" that impoverished everyone bar the oligarchs) and international fronts, until the worm finally turned.

    And Jack thinks the Russians didn't try being slapped around long enough.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    So for 25 years Russia was slapped around on both the domestic (US economic “advice” that impoverished everyone bar the oligarchs) and international fronts, until the worm finally turned.

    A lot to unpack there. All true. Anyway, none of what Jack D or the crazy neocons think matters. The only thing that matters is what the Russians do and whether or not our elites think they can intimidate the Russians. They are insane and narcissistic enough to do so. They may not want to start a war but they might well stumble us into one.

    Meanwhile Israel denied the Ukes Iron Dome technology, despite the Ukes miserably pleading for it. As opposed as I am to the entire thrust of American policy, I think this was a cold, callous, vicious move on Israel’s part because it’s mostly symbolic and because again, no matter what I think about the US, I feel sorry for the Ukrainians.. And after we gave Israel another billion to fund it. Only 4 Congressmen voted against Israel’s insatiable demands for money.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-torpedoed-sale-of-iron-dome-to-ukraine-fearing-russian-reaction-report/

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    I get it - the Europeans are bad because they won't triangulate between Ukraine and Russia. Israelis are bad because they will triangulate between Ukraine and Russia.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

  211. @PetrOldSack
    @Jack D


    Does the West need Putin’s gas more than Putin needs the West’s $
     
    The West's $ are based on the control of gas and oil flows. The obligation from third parties to pay for it in $'s. The obvious answer should be, Putin's gas changes the equation at the expense of the $. Glad to hear of other factors that might shift the balance to the other side, see none.

    Europe is now forced to choose, cannot any longer play both sides, it is either abide by the Russia - China block OR the US --as in one or the other. Scholz and Macron are great examples of how confused the Euro top is on the matter(their handlers behind the scenes). Navigating between both opposing poles of power just shows their impotence. Cannot be sorry about this, fifteen years ago this was already obvious, sadly brain-dead politicians have their empty suits, short term goals of living of the scraps of their handlers and nothing much else. These "leaders", Merkel, Mark Rutte, Boris Johnson, Macron now Scholtz are online camera whores, and nothing can be said to up their esteem. When you can't make it in Hollywood --lacking the looks, you can make it in politics. N'est ce pas Ilhan Omar, Ursula von der Leyen, Michel? Nuland's "Fuck the EU" is right to the point. That is what Putin thinks. Mercedes has now it's head quarters in the Kremlin.

    To leave margins, and there are, an outsider and reading the future in the cow dung, other factors can change and shift the equation. Must be something major! Would be glad to hear about it.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Anonymous

    I wonder what the average German thinks of all this. I’m going to guess that he is disgusted at Germany’s abject truckling to the US. Has, suddenly, the reason for Nordstream2 disappeared?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    Look, Germany had experience with Russian rule and given the choice between abject truckling to the US or abject truckling to Moscow, it wasn't a hard decision at all. They would have preferred a 3rd way but there is no 3rd way. Once Putin crossed the Rubicon they had no choice but to take sides.

    I know you guys think that what Putin did is no different than Kosovo or Palestine or the Mexican War or whatever but, sorry, it is different. The entire Western world recognizes that it's different (and the Chinese have not exactly jumped in enthusiastically either). Even some of Putin's guys seemed reluctant and had to be pushed on TV by Putin (maybe they were imagining themselves in the dock of the International Court of Justice like their buddy Milosevic).

    The American Empire can't last forever, but I'm betting that we can outlast Putin's.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Anonymous

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Paperback Writer


    I wonder what the average German thinks of all this. I’m going to guess that he is disgusted at Germany’s abject truckling to the US. Has, suddenly, the reason for Nordstream2 disappeared?
     
    Here is the German economics minister, Robert Habeck (a Green) on the matter:

    The minister, a member of the fossils-skeptic pro-NATO Green Party, argued that the latest events had proven the US assertion to be correct. He said the EU’s response to the situation should be coordinated with that of the US.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/wapo-has-putin-invaded-ukraine-or-not/#comments
     
    These are the same Greens who used to protest American military bases in the 1980s. They seem quite happy to be a tool of American imperialism now. They are proposing scrapping the entire Nordstream II pipeline, just recently completed at a cost of nearly 15 billion euros.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

  212. @Jack D
    @houston 1992


    It seems crazy that we let the Germans sh[u]t down their nuclear power plants
     
    Last time I checked the Germans had their own country and didn't have to consult the US before making decisions about their utility grid.

    The Germans have always been more into the "natural purity" green type stuff than Americans. For example, no GMO corn or soy is allowed in the EU. And the Green Party is a major block that can swing government coalitions. Being anti-nuke is of a piece with this.

    Also keep in mind that the Germans, until recently, thought that they could triangulate between Russia and the US and so had no problem signing up for energy deals with Russia.

    One of the ironies of what Putin just did is that he solidified NATO a lot more than if he had just left things alone. Without an aggressive Russia to defend against, NATO was sort of aimless and adrift and without a mission and might have even fallen apart eventually. Trump was not a big fan - in his view NATO was a scheme to get America to pay for Europe's defense. But now everyone loves NATO again.

    Replies: @RAZ, @YetAnotherAnon, @Mr. Anon, @Anonymous, @Iron Curtain, @Paperback Writer

    One of the ironies of what Putin just did is that he solidified NATO a lot more than if he had just left things alone

    There’s a word for this type of thinking: Not Even Wrong.

    Look for populist regimes to take over Europe in the next 10 years.

    Yeah, Putin solidified the people of NATO alright: against the crazy Drag Queen Story Empire.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Paperback Writer

    It's Justine Trudeau-worthy logic: when you lose Germany and France, you solidify NATO.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    , @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    Ok, I'll hold my breath while all Europe unites under the banner of the True Cross.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

  213. @Alden
    @Thelma Ringbaum

    Silesia etc were not German lands until 1871 when the country nation of Germany was created by Bismarck and the King of Prussia. They were part of Germany less that 50 years till given to Poland. Poland that ruled them for a thousand or more years than the 47 years Germany ruled them. Silesia was a very very important independent principality between Poland Bohemia Pomerania and Prussia.

    There’s a major difference between the Germanic languages and ethnic groups and the country nation of Germany created 151 years ago. And that is still occupied by a foreign power, the USA .

    Replies: @Thelma Ringbaum, @nebulafox

    Yes, the discourse about thousands of years its pure Norvid. Or pure Miczkiewiczsh. Or whatever other Polish mystic/mason of 19thcentury dreamed it all up, while living on Czars welfare.

    It is like Yisraels claim on Palestine lands. When you start speaking of thousands of years, it is fairy tale. Start with 1700s, then you are talking some historical reality. Poland back then is a German Mark, reporting to Sachsen. Silesia it Germany, Eastern Prussia is also Germany. Ukraine does not exist.

  214. @PetrOldSack
    @Jack D


    Does the West need Putin’s gas more than Putin needs the West’s $
     
    The West's $ are based on the control of gas and oil flows. The obligation from third parties to pay for it in $'s. The obvious answer should be, Putin's gas changes the equation at the expense of the $. Glad to hear of other factors that might shift the balance to the other side, see none.

    Europe is now forced to choose, cannot any longer play both sides, it is either abide by the Russia - China block OR the US --as in one or the other. Scholz and Macron are great examples of how confused the Euro top is on the matter(their handlers behind the scenes). Navigating between both opposing poles of power just shows their impotence. Cannot be sorry about this, fifteen years ago this was already obvious, sadly brain-dead politicians have their empty suits, short term goals of living of the scraps of their handlers and nothing much else. These "leaders", Merkel, Mark Rutte, Boris Johnson, Macron now Scholtz are online camera whores, and nothing can be said to up their esteem. When you can't make it in Hollywood --lacking the looks, you can make it in politics. N'est ce pas Ilhan Omar, Ursula von der Leyen, Michel? Nuland's "Fuck the EU" is right to the point. That is what Putin thinks. Mercedes has now it's head quarters in the Kremlin.

    To leave margins, and there are, an outsider and reading the future in the cow dung, other factors can change and shift the equation. Must be something major! Would be glad to hear about it.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Anonymous

    Anyhow, the looming catastrophe facing the EU is majority non European, non white, third world origin population majority – something which is only a generation or two away now.

    Compared to that, the current Russia/Ukraine situation is trivial.

    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
    @Anonymous

    It is, just an expression of what is cooking. Europe replaces it's intelligentsia, politicians, power structure encroachers, media whores, restructures, hangs some "banderistas" once in a while, or goes bust. Some capable Western European native descendants must feel ashamed of the color of their skin, with no grip on their own descendants and environment. It must be a profound humiliation to see these pancake faces as Michel, Boris Johnson, Uri von der Leyen, her drunk to stupor predecessor, a faggot as Macron, the whole of the vegan bunch, reading from a Jewish nihilistic script.

  215. Hugh Hewitt completely unlistenable this morning. Had on Illiterate Traitor McMaster (who, like all flag officers, should have been cashiered back when Biden decided to gift blackhawks to Beijing). McMaster is consistently promised as a smart guy. He smartly misused basic terms like “Russian speaker,” which, in this context, does not mean “a person who is able to speak Russian” (Hugh of course did not correct). But let’s zero in on this. Democrat McMaster in defaming Putin mentions to crypto-Democrat Hugh that Putin, the evil monster, “supports” something McMaster chooses to call “nativist parties.” Am I the only one who knows that that’s what the Child Molestation Party calls — wait for it — give Hughie a chance to catch up, he’s a law school graduate — us? It’s literally the Crossfire Hurricane narrative. Anyone who disagrees with the elimination of rights and borders is a Russian stooge, especially the multi-lingual man of mystery Donaldy Ivanovich Trumshchpanov.
    Dear Republican Party: if my choice is between a marihuana-smoking child-molesting church-burning money-stealing gayvoice communist Mexican (ie, a Democrat), or a neocon, Hasta La Vista. Maybe instead of getting Trump as 45 we should have violently and mercilessly purged the neocons. Neocons screwed Trump over three different ways. Neocons just by coincidence happen to force Republicans into becoming ardent Democrats and wishing that, if anything, Democrats would do more. Funny coincidence there.

  216. @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D


    One of the ironies of what Putin just did is that he solidified NATO a lot more than if he had just left things alone

     

    There's a word for this type of thinking: Not Even Wrong.

    Look for populist regimes to take over Europe in the next 10 years.

    Yeah, Putin solidified the people of NATO alright: against the crazy Drag Queen Story Empire.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Jack D

    It’s Justine Trudeau-worthy logic: when you lose Germany and France, you solidify NATO.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @J.Ross

    Justine Trudeau, good one.

    Look: I dunno what "the Europeans" really think. I haven't done a survey, I don't think one can. But little inklings here and there (Orban, the Zemmour phenomenon, the sacked German colonel) tell me that Mr. Average European doesn't buy the NATO uber alles line. They see that there are two sides to this conflict.

    Replies: @J.Ross

  217. @Alden
    @Thelma Ringbaum

    Silesia etc were not German lands until 1871 when the country nation of Germany was created by Bismarck and the King of Prussia. They were part of Germany less that 50 years till given to Poland. Poland that ruled them for a thousand or more years than the 47 years Germany ruled them. Silesia was a very very important independent principality between Poland Bohemia Pomerania and Prussia.

    There’s a major difference between the Germanic languages and ethnic groups and the country nation of Germany created 151 years ago. And that is still occupied by a foreign power, the USA .

    Replies: @Thelma Ringbaum, @nebulafox

    >Poland that ruled them for a thousand or more years than the 47 years Germany ruled them.

    TIL that the Habsburgs and Hohenzollerns were Polish.

  218. @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D


    One of the ironies of what Putin just did is that he solidified NATO a lot more than if he had just left things alone

     

    There's a word for this type of thinking: Not Even Wrong.

    Look for populist regimes to take over Europe in the next 10 years.

    Yeah, Putin solidified the people of NATO alright: against the crazy Drag Queen Story Empire.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Jack D

    Ok, I’ll hold my breath while all Europe unites under the banner of the True Cross.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D


    Ok, I’ll hold my breath while all Europe unites under the banner of the True Cross.

     

    OK, fine. Just sit back and enjoy life in Philadelphia while NATO destroys the evil Russian bear. It should all go quite smoothly.

    Of course, I kid.

    For the rational people here: I'm not at all suggesting that "the Europeans" will unite. I never ever mentioned "the Europeans." That's your phrase.

    "the Europeans" don't matter. Only France and Germany matter.

    France will move towards a populist, anti-NATO stance regardless of how Zemmour does. I personally doubt Zemmour will be elected but he's having a huge effect.

    I think Germany will, as well. Get ready for some shocks. NATO bullshit can't last forever. Lots of Germans agree with the sacked colonel.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Mr. Anon

  219. @Paperback Writer
    @PetrOldSack

    I wonder what the average German thinks of all this. I'm going to guess that he is disgusted at Germany's abject truckling to the US. Has, suddenly, the reason for Nordstream2 disappeared?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Mr. Anon

    Look, Germany had experience with Russian rule and given the choice between abject truckling to the US or abject truckling to Moscow, it wasn’t a hard decision at all. They would have preferred a 3rd way but there is no 3rd way. Once Putin crossed the Rubicon they had no choice but to take sides.

    I know you guys think that what Putin did is no different than Kosovo or Palestine or the Mexican War or whatever but, sorry, it is different. The entire Western world recognizes that it’s different (and the Chinese have not exactly jumped in enthusiastically either). Even some of Putin’s guys seemed reluctant and had to be pushed on TV by Putin (maybe they were imagining themselves in the dock of the International Court of Justice like their buddy Milosevic).

    The American Empire can’t last forever, but I’m betting that we can outlast Putin’s.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    @Jack D

    It's the Russian empire and Putin is the latest tsar. After Putin, there will be another tsar. Then another after that. This is the historical default for Russian governance.

    (There's something to be said for dictators like Putin, Franco, Pinochet and, a bit further down the spectrum, democratic authoritarians like Lee Kuan Yew. Russia very nearly collapsed under the befuddled, alcoholic Yeltsin and the oligarchs. The US titular head of state is literally a senile mouthpiece, eyes weirdly dilated from anti-tremor medication.

    There's nothing the Left fears worse than a populist, nationalist dictator, unbeholden to the squabbling baboons in Congress, who will commandeer the Executive Branch and tell them "No." No money for culture-wrecking urban "activists"; no money for "refugees"; no money to teach kids they're the wrong gender or sexuality; no money for NGOs to piss on the ground in Haiti.)

    People have a weird way of personalizing international relations. Russians will still be corrupt, ethno-nationalist, and wanting a ring of neutral states (or even better, puppet-states) around their broad, flat borders after Putin's retired or dead.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Anonymous
    @Jack D

    Really.

    Do you really stake your wager on the land of George Floyd, BLM, LGTB, the January 6th riot, the obvious *real hatred and contempt* red and blue America have for each, rapidly increasing non white population, obvious black criminality and barbarism combined with a cult of black sanctimony, enormous trade deficits, stagnant wages (50 years), hollowed out industry, financialization of the economy, an incipient ramped up property bust, etc etc etc.

    The USA, since the moment of JFK's election has been on a downhill rollercoaster - the terminal stage is yet to come, and it won't be pretty.

    Replies: @Jack D

  220. @Paperback Writer
    @YetAnotherAnon


    So for 25 years Russia was slapped around on both the domestic (US economic “advice” that impoverished everyone bar the oligarchs) and international fronts, until the worm finally turned.
     
    A lot to unpack there. All true. Anyway, none of what Jack D or the crazy neocons think matters. The only thing that matters is what the Russians do and whether or not our elites think they can intimidate the Russians. They are insane and narcissistic enough to do so. They may not want to start a war but they might well stumble us into one.

    Meanwhile Israel denied the Ukes Iron Dome technology, despite the Ukes miserably pleading for it. As opposed as I am to the entire thrust of American policy, I think this was a cold, callous, vicious move on Israel's part because it's mostly symbolic and because again, no matter what I think about the US, I feel sorry for the Ukrainians.. And after we gave Israel another billion to fund it. Only 4 Congressmen voted against Israel's insatiable demands for money.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-torpedoed-sale-of-iron-dome-to-ukraine-fearing-russian-reaction-report/

    Replies: @Jack D

    I get it – the Europeans are bad because they won’t triangulate between Ukraine and Russia. Israelis are bad because they will triangulate between Ukraine and Russia.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D

    I never mentioned the Europeans here, nor do I even remotely understand your logic. This is a typical Jack D "let's get lost in the weeds" tactic. I won't comply.

    But I will say this:

    What the Israelis have done here betrays their true, utterly cynical motives. They are no allies. We and they both developed technology that could help YOUR buddies, the poor suffering Ukrainians, from Russian bombardment. And they nixed it. Sure, they had reasons. But from your own moral perspective this was not right. And you defend it.

    Do you have any moral principles whatever?

  221. Look, Germany had experience with Russian rule and given the choice between abject truckling to the US or abject truckling to Moscow, it wasn’t a hard decision at all. They would have preferred a 3rd way but there is no 3rd way. Once Putin crossed the Rubicon they had no choice but to take sides.

    It’s 2021, not 1990. I have repeatedly suggested that you look into the expansion of NATO, which was opposed by none other than Wesley Clark, but you refuse. Luckily, there are still a few people around who remember a few things, plus books, plus libraries, plus realists who don’t buy the blame Russia bullshit.

    I know you guys think that what Putin did is no different than Kosovo or Palestine or the Mexican War or whatever but, sorry, it is different.

    I have no idea what you’re talking about.

    The entire Western world recognizes that it’s different

    In your mind. The entire Western world is led by globalists who don’t give a shit how many of their own people get incinerated in a catastrophic war. Yes, I think they are that nuts.

    I wonder what Eric Zemmour is saying about all of this. I haven’t looked it up. Anybody got links?

    PS I found this bad translation.

    https://www-lepoint-fr.translate.goog/monde/eric-zemmour-accuse-l-ukraine-de-ne-pas-respecter-les-accords-de-minsk-20-02-2022-2465535_24.php?_x_tr_sl=fr&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-US&_x_tr_pto=wapp

    Zemmour is against NATO. He speaks for a lot of disaffected Europeans, not just the French fringe.

    (and the Chinese have not exactly jumped in enthusiastically either). Even some of Putin’s guys seemed reluctant and had to be pushed on TV by Putin (maybe they were imagining themselves in the dock of the International Court of Justice like their buddy Milosevic).

    https://search.brave.com/news?q=china%20and%20russia%20signed%20an%20agreement

    The American Empire can’t last forever, but I’m betting that we can outlast Putin’s.

    The American Empire is already falling apart.

  222. @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    I get it - the Europeans are bad because they won't triangulate between Ukraine and Russia. Israelis are bad because they will triangulate between Ukraine and Russia.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    I never mentioned the Europeans here, nor do I even remotely understand your logic. This is a typical Jack D “let’s get lost in the weeds” tactic. I won’t comply.

    But I will say this:

    What the Israelis have done here betrays their true, utterly cynical motives. They are no allies. We and they both developed technology that could help YOUR buddies, the poor suffering Ukrainians, from Russian bombardment. And they nixed it. Sure, they had reasons. But from your own moral perspective this was not right. And you defend it.

    Do you have any moral principles whatever?

  223. @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    Ok, I'll hold my breath while all Europe unites under the banner of the True Cross.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    Ok, I’ll hold my breath while all Europe unites under the banner of the True Cross.

    OK, fine. Just sit back and enjoy life in Philadelphia while NATO destroys the evil Russian bear. It should all go quite smoothly.

    Of course, I kid.

    For the rational people here: I’m not at all suggesting that “the Europeans” will unite. I never ever mentioned “the Europeans.” That’s your phrase.

    “the Europeans” don’t matter. Only France and Germany matter.

    France will move towards a populist, anti-NATO stance regardless of how Zemmour does. I personally doubt Zemmour will be elected but he’s having a huge effect.

    I think Germany will, as well. Get ready for some shocks. NATO bullshit can’t last forever. Lots of Germans agree with the sacked colonel.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    I think Germany has been permanently immunized against populist leaders for obvious reasons.

    And no matter how much the Germans aren't going to enjoy expensive energy (shouldn't have closed those nuclear plants) I think that they understand from experience that the alternative to NATO bullshit is Russian bullshit and NATO bullshit beats Russian bullshit any day of the week.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Paperback Writer

    Some of Jack D's criticisms about Russia are apt. It isn't quite "european". It is colored by a streak of paranoia and asiatic barbarism, etc.

    Still, they are a people for whom I have a (distant) admiration. I bear no grudge against them and certainly don't think of them as an enemy. I don't think we should go out of our way to piss them off as we have been for the last 30 years. (And when I say "we", I mean our hostile elite).

    But people like Jack D have it in for Russia for reasons of ancient ethnic enmity. The key to their foreign policy vis-a-vis the Russian bear is Fiddler on the Roof.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

  224. @Corvinus
    Mr. Sailer, Russia has decided to send troops into a sovereign nation, justifying it by saying two regions broke away.

    From Trump himself—“went in vesterday and there was a television screen reporting on Russia movin tanks into Ukraine), and I said, This Putin invading Europe is genius! Putin declares a big portion of the Uxraine-Darin declares it as independent. Oh, that's wondertul. I thought…”

    Do YOU think it’s genius and wonderful, Mr. Sailer?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Brutusale

    This is like when Trump said that the Russians should hack Hillary’s server (at a time when that server was already off line and sitting in FBI HQ after having been thoroughly wiped by the best IT experts that money could buy). And yet the press insisted on taking Trump’s statement literally, as if they were four year olds (which in a sense they are). “TRUMP DEMANDS THAT RUSSIANS HACK DEMS”.

    If you are older than 4, you understand that not every statement has to be taken literally. Trump was trying to say that Putin is an EVIL genius. Even if you regard him as evil, you have to admire his boldness. If someone crashes into your car and you exclaim, Oh, that’s wonderful, it doesn’t mean that you REALLY think that it’s wonderful.

    Can you really be that stupid or is this a willful failure to understand that Trump speaks sarcastically, as NYers are wont to do?

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
    @Jack D


    Can you really be that stupid or is this a willful failure to understand that Trump speaks sarcastically, as NYers are wont to do?
     
    Given the handle, my guess is an unfamiliarity with tribal humor. An amusing example was when I went to a Hasidic hole- in-the-wall store way back when to buy computer supplies. Part of the store was screened off, with drop cloths and cans of paint stacked up. The sales guy said they were running a sale that day - every purchase came with a free can of paint. Corvinus would probably grab his favorite shade along with his purchase and start walking out the door.
    , @Corvinus
    @Jack D

    “(at a time when that server was already off line and sitting in FBI HQ after having been thoroughly wiped by the best IT experts that money could buy).”

    Citations required.

    “And yet the press insisted on taking Trump’s statement literally, as if they were four year olds (which in a sense they are). “TRUMP DEMANDS THAT RUSSIANS HACK DEMS”.”

    They did. Read the Proof Trilogy. It’s fully sourced.

    “Can you really be that stupid or is this a willful failure to understand that Trump speaks sarcastically, as NYers are wont to do?”

    It wasn't sarcastic in the least. Trump adores Putin. He was dead serious. I thought Jews were smart. You’re clearly the exception.

  225. @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D


    Ok, I’ll hold my breath while all Europe unites under the banner of the True Cross.

     

    OK, fine. Just sit back and enjoy life in Philadelphia while NATO destroys the evil Russian bear. It should all go quite smoothly.

    Of course, I kid.

    For the rational people here: I'm not at all suggesting that "the Europeans" will unite. I never ever mentioned "the Europeans." That's your phrase.

    "the Europeans" don't matter. Only France and Germany matter.

    France will move towards a populist, anti-NATO stance regardless of how Zemmour does. I personally doubt Zemmour will be elected but he's having a huge effect.

    I think Germany will, as well. Get ready for some shocks. NATO bullshit can't last forever. Lots of Germans agree with the sacked colonel.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Mr. Anon

    I think Germany has been permanently immunized against populist leaders for obvious reasons.

    And no matter how much the Germans aren’t going to enjoy expensive energy (shouldn’t have closed those nuclear plants) I think that they understand from experience that the alternative to NATO bullshit is Russian bullshit and NATO bullshit beats Russian bullshit any day of the week.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Jack D


    I think Germany has been permanently immunized against populist leaders for obvious reasons.
     
    Populist? Yeah.......that's what Hitler was..........a populist, just like Ross Perot or William Jennings Bryan.

    Your biases are as obvious as a Mel Brooks movie.

  226. @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    Look, Germany had experience with Russian rule and given the choice between abject truckling to the US or abject truckling to Moscow, it wasn't a hard decision at all. They would have preferred a 3rd way but there is no 3rd way. Once Putin crossed the Rubicon they had no choice but to take sides.

    I know you guys think that what Putin did is no different than Kosovo or Palestine or the Mexican War or whatever but, sorry, it is different. The entire Western world recognizes that it's different (and the Chinese have not exactly jumped in enthusiastically either). Even some of Putin's guys seemed reluctant and had to be pushed on TV by Putin (maybe they were imagining themselves in the dock of the International Court of Justice like their buddy Milosevic).

    The American Empire can't last forever, but I'm betting that we can outlast Putin's.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Anonymous

    It’s the Russian empire and Putin is the latest tsar. After Putin, there will be another tsar. Then another after that. This is the historical default for Russian governance.

    (There’s something to be said for dictators like Putin, Franco, Pinochet and, a bit further down the spectrum, democratic authoritarians like Lee Kuan Yew. Russia very nearly collapsed under the befuddled, alcoholic Yeltsin and the oligarchs. The US titular head of state is literally a senile mouthpiece, eyes weirdly dilated from anti-tremor medication.

    There’s nothing the Left fears worse than a populist, nationalist dictator, unbeholden to the squabbling baboons in Congress, who will commandeer the Executive Branch and tell them “No.” No money for culture-wrecking urban “activists”; no money for “refugees”; no money to teach kids they’re the wrong gender or sexuality; no money for NGOs to piss on the ground in Haiti.)

    People have a weird way of personalizing international relations. Russians will still be corrupt, ethno-nationalist, and wanting a ring of neutral states (or even better, puppet-states) around their broad, flat borders after Putin’s retired or dead.

    • Agree: Mr. Anon
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    Yes, national interests and history matter, but so do individual leaders. There have been good czars and bad czars in Russia.

    It didn't really have to be Putin's way. In reality, the globo-homo West does not threaten Russia with invasion. Germans no long want Lebensraum. The Americans are not interested in rolling tanks to Moscow.

    What Putin fears most is democracy, not tanks. It's bloody obvious that the Ukrainian Army is in no position to overrun Russia. The example of a functional (even an imperfect) democracy on the soil of the former USSR would set a bad precedent. The Baltics are barely tolerable but they are non-Slavic. Putin is right that Ukrainians are a lot like Russians, so if the Ukrainians can have democracy, so can Russia. There are other countries that had no tradition of democracy but which have made the transition.

    Now democracy is not perfect, not by far. As Churchill said, it's the worst possible system except for all the others. The secret is that democracy has a self correcting mechanism - if one bunch of crooks steals too much, you get rid of them and put in a different gang - it takes a while for the rot to set in. Meanwhile, under a guy like Putin the corruption just gets deeper and deeper, bigger and bigger. Putin also has no succession plan. No dictator has one because they can't afford to have a #2 who threatens their power. They can only be surrounded by yes men like the pathetic clowns that Putin humiliated on TV the other day. When Putin dies, what happens?

  227. @NJ Transit Commuter
    The real problem for the West in Ukraine is not that Russia has now, for all intents and purposes, annexed bits of Ukraine that have strong pro-Russian sentiment.

    The problem is that NATO and the US threatened a severe response and now appear to be backing off. Weakness invites more trouble and you can bet that China is watching very carefully. The US has wasted a lot of credibility unnecessarily on Ukraine, which is not a strategic priority for the US. Now I bet we’re going to have China test how serious we are about Taiwan and the Western Pacific. The South China Sea is a strategic priority for the US.

    If the US backs down over Taiwan, the Malacca and Sunda Straits, as well as the Yellow, Japan and Okhotsk Seas all come into play. That’s the kind of geopolitical game that determines the destiny of nations and superpowers.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Peter Akuleyev, @Jack D, @Wokechoke, @anonymouseperson, @Gabe Ruth

    I wonder if anyone in Taiwan is watching. Perhaps our yellow bros are immune to strong horse psychology, but if I was them I’d need pushing for a negotiated reunion while I still held a card or two.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Gabe Ruth

    I think that what the Chinese did in Hong Kong makes that impossible. They have burned their bridges. The Taiwanese now understand that CCP promises are worthless. What is the point of a negotiation if the other side can't be counted on to live up to what they have agreed to?

    Replies: @Anonymous

  228. @Paperback Writer
    @PetrOldSack

    I wonder what the average German thinks of all this. I'm going to guess that he is disgusted at Germany's abject truckling to the US. Has, suddenly, the reason for Nordstream2 disappeared?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Mr. Anon

    I wonder what the average German thinks of all this. I’m going to guess that he is disgusted at Germany’s abject truckling to the US. Has, suddenly, the reason for Nordstream2 disappeared?

    Here is the German economics minister, Robert Habeck (a Green) on the matter:

    The minister, a member of the fossils-skeptic pro-NATO Green Party, argued that the latest events had proven the US assertion to be correct. He said the EU’s response to the situation should be coordinated with that of the US.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/wapo-has-putin-invaded-ukraine-or-not/#comments

    These are the same Greens who used to protest American military bases in the 1980s. They seem quite happy to be a tool of American imperialism now. They are proposing scrapping the entire Nordstream II pipeline, just recently completed at a cost of nearly 15 billion euros.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Mr. Anon

    The Greens are as representative of the average German as Nancy Pelosi is of American women.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Mr. Anon

  229. @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    I think Germany has been permanently immunized against populist leaders for obvious reasons.

    And no matter how much the Germans aren't going to enjoy expensive energy (shouldn't have closed those nuclear plants) I think that they understand from experience that the alternative to NATO bullshit is Russian bullshit and NATO bullshit beats Russian bullshit any day of the week.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    I think Germany has been permanently immunized against populist leaders for obvious reasons.

    Populist? Yeah…….that’s what Hitler was……….a populist, just like Ross Perot or William Jennings Bryan.

    Your biases are as obvious as a Mel Brooks movie.

  230. Anonymous[172] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    Look, Germany had experience with Russian rule and given the choice between abject truckling to the US or abject truckling to Moscow, it wasn't a hard decision at all. They would have preferred a 3rd way but there is no 3rd way. Once Putin crossed the Rubicon they had no choice but to take sides.

    I know you guys think that what Putin did is no different than Kosovo or Palestine or the Mexican War or whatever but, sorry, it is different. The entire Western world recognizes that it's different (and the Chinese have not exactly jumped in enthusiastically either). Even some of Putin's guys seemed reluctant and had to be pushed on TV by Putin (maybe they were imagining themselves in the dock of the International Court of Justice like their buddy Milosevic).

    The American Empire can't last forever, but I'm betting that we can outlast Putin's.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic, @Anonymous

    Really.

    Do you really stake your wager on the land of George Floyd, BLM, LGTB, the January 6th riot, the obvious *real hatred and contempt* red and blue America have for each, rapidly increasing non white population, obvious black criminality and barbarism combined with a cult of black sanctimony, enormous trade deficits, stagnant wages (50 years), hollowed out industry, financialization of the economy, an incipient ramped up property bust, etc etc etc.

    The USA, since the moment of JFK’s election has been on a downhill rollercoaster – the terminal stage is yet to come, and it won’t be pretty.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Anonymous

    You know Steve's story about the two guys who are being chase by a wolf, and one guy turns to the other and says, it's no use, we'll never be able to outrun that wolf, and the other guys says, "I'm not trying to outrun the wolf, I'm trying to outrun YOU."

    It's the same deal with the US and the Putin regime. We don't have to last forever, we just have to outlast Putin. Putin will turn 70 this year. Putin has a healthy lifestyle but no one lasts forever, especially not Russian men. You saw the bunch of yes men and clowns that he surrounds himself with. It's going to be a situation similar to Cuba or Venezuela - the dictatorship will hang on but without the Great Leader it's going to be so caught up in domestic problems that they will lose their appetite for foreign adventures.

    Replies: @Art Deco

  231. @The Anti-Gnostic
    @Jack D

    It's the Russian empire and Putin is the latest tsar. After Putin, there will be another tsar. Then another after that. This is the historical default for Russian governance.

    (There's something to be said for dictators like Putin, Franco, Pinochet and, a bit further down the spectrum, democratic authoritarians like Lee Kuan Yew. Russia very nearly collapsed under the befuddled, alcoholic Yeltsin and the oligarchs. The US titular head of state is literally a senile mouthpiece, eyes weirdly dilated from anti-tremor medication.

    There's nothing the Left fears worse than a populist, nationalist dictator, unbeholden to the squabbling baboons in Congress, who will commandeer the Executive Branch and tell them "No." No money for culture-wrecking urban "activists"; no money for "refugees"; no money to teach kids they're the wrong gender or sexuality; no money for NGOs to piss on the ground in Haiti.)

    People have a weird way of personalizing international relations. Russians will still be corrupt, ethno-nationalist, and wanting a ring of neutral states (or even better, puppet-states) around their broad, flat borders after Putin's retired or dead.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Yes, national interests and history matter, but so do individual leaders. There have been good czars and bad czars in Russia.

    It didn’t really have to be Putin’s way. In reality, the globo-homo West does not threaten Russia with invasion. Germans no long want Lebensraum. The Americans are not interested in rolling tanks to Moscow.

    What Putin fears most is democracy, not tanks. It’s bloody obvious that the Ukrainian Army is in no position to overrun Russia. The example of a functional (even an imperfect) democracy on the soil of the former USSR would set a bad precedent. The Baltics are barely tolerable but they are non-Slavic. Putin is right that Ukrainians are a lot like Russians, so if the Ukrainians can have democracy, so can Russia. There are other countries that had no tradition of democracy but which have made the transition.

    Now democracy is not perfect, not by far. As Churchill said, it’s the worst possible system except for all the others. The secret is that democracy has a self correcting mechanism – if one bunch of crooks steals too much, you get rid of them and put in a different gang – it takes a while for the rot to set in. Meanwhile, under a guy like Putin the corruption just gets deeper and deeper, bigger and bigger. Putin also has no succession plan. No dictator has one because they can’t afford to have a #2 who threatens their power. They can only be surrounded by yes men like the pathetic clowns that Putin humiliated on TV the other day. When Putin dies, what happens?

  232. British Prime Minister seems very concerned about a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    But it seems he *simply could not give a shit* about the ongoing invasion of the Kentish coast of England by aggressive seaborne invaders.

  233. @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D


    Ok, I’ll hold my breath while all Europe unites under the banner of the True Cross.

     

    OK, fine. Just sit back and enjoy life in Philadelphia while NATO destroys the evil Russian bear. It should all go quite smoothly.

    Of course, I kid.

    For the rational people here: I'm not at all suggesting that "the Europeans" will unite. I never ever mentioned "the Europeans." That's your phrase.

    "the Europeans" don't matter. Only France and Germany matter.

    France will move towards a populist, anti-NATO stance regardless of how Zemmour does. I personally doubt Zemmour will be elected but he's having a huge effect.

    I think Germany will, as well. Get ready for some shocks. NATO bullshit can't last forever. Lots of Germans agree with the sacked colonel.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Mr. Anon

    Some of Jack D’s criticisms about Russia are apt. It isn’t quite “european”. It is colored by a streak of paranoia and asiatic barbarism, etc.

    Still, they are a people for whom I have a (distant) admiration. I bear no grudge against them and certainly don’t think of them as an enemy. I don’t think we should go out of our way to piss them off as we have been for the last 30 years. (And when I say “we”, I mean our hostile elite).

    But people like Jack D have it in for Russia for reasons of ancient ethnic enmity. The key to their foreign policy vis-a-vis the Russian bear is Fiddler on the Roof.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Mr. Anon


    But people like Jack D have it in for Russia for reasons of ancient ethnic enmity.

     

    If that were true then Israel would be siding with NATO against Russia. It isn't. See my comments about Iron Dome.

    I'm a co-ethnic of Jack's and I disagree with him 100%.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

  234. @Gabe Ruth
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    I wonder if anyone in Taiwan is watching. Perhaps our yellow bros are immune to strong horse psychology, but if I was them I’d need pushing for a negotiated reunion while I still held a card or two.

    Replies: @Jack D

    I think that what the Chinese did in Hong Kong makes that impossible. They have burned their bridges. The Taiwanese now understand that CCP promises are worthless. What is the point of a negotiation if the other side can’t be counted on to live up to what they have agreed to?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Jack D

    The irony is that the US State Department promised Gorbachev - that damned fool who is directly and personally responsible for all this shit - back in the early 90s that 'Nato would never expand into former Soviet bloc states'.

    The only mystery here is why the Hell the Russians were ever dumb enough to take America for its word - but we are dealing with Gorbachev here - quite literally the dumbest leader ever to draw breath.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Paperback Writer

  235. @Jack D
    @Corvinus

    This is like when Trump said that the Russians should hack Hillary's server (at a time when that server was already off line and sitting in FBI HQ after having been thoroughly wiped by the best IT experts that money could buy). And yet the press insisted on taking Trump's statement literally, as if they were four year olds (which in a sense they are). "TRUMP DEMANDS THAT RUSSIANS HACK DEMS".

    If you are older than 4, you understand that not every statement has to be taken literally. Trump was trying to say that Putin is an EVIL genius. Even if you regard him as evil, you have to admire his boldness. If someone crashes into your car and you exclaim, Oh, that's wonderful, it doesn't mean that you REALLY think that it's wonderful.

    Can you really be that stupid or is this a willful failure to understand that Trump speaks sarcastically, as NYers are wont to do?

    Replies: @Johann Ricke, @Corvinus

    Can you really be that stupid or is this a willful failure to understand that Trump speaks sarcastically, as NYers are wont to do?

    Given the handle, my guess is an unfamiliarity with tribal humor. An amusing example was when I went to a Hasidic hole- in-the-wall store way back when to buy computer supplies. Part of the store was screened off, with drop cloths and cans of paint stacked up. The sales guy said they were running a sale that day – every purchase came with a free can of paint. Corvinus would probably grab his favorite shade along with his purchase and start walking out the door.

  236. @Corvinus
    Mr. Sailer, Russia has decided to send troops into a sovereign nation, justifying it by saying two regions broke away.

    From Trump himself—“went in vesterday and there was a television screen reporting on Russia movin tanks into Ukraine), and I said, This Putin invading Europe is genius! Putin declares a big portion of the Uxraine-Darin declares it as independent. Oh, that's wondertul. I thought…”

    Do YOU think it’s genius and wonderful, Mr. Sailer?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Brutusale

    Trump’s right. Putin’s “genius” move got him two more “independent” vassals at the expense of NATO’s weak tea sanctions. How much do you think Russian natural gas is going to cost next week?

    Did you miss, or just ignore, the part where Trump said that he had a good working relationship with Putin and that Putin would never have dared pull this kind of shit when Trump was POTUS?

    https://althouse.blogspot.com/2022/02/did-trump-side-with-putin-when-he-said.html

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @Brutusale

    "Trump’s right. Putin’s “genius” move got him two more “independent” vassals at the expense of NATO’s weak tea sanctions. How much do you think Russian natural gas is going to cost next week?"

    More like interfering with the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

    "Did you miss, or just ignore, the part where Trump said that he had a good working relationship with Putin"

    Of course, because Putin interfered in our elections in 2016. Are you really this ignorant?

    "that Putin would never have dared pull this kind of shit when Trump was POTUS?"

    According to Who/Whom?

    Putin is ex-KGB and a plutocrat. Assuredly, he is Deep State. That is fact. Now, why do you want Ukraine, a white country, to be invaded by another white country? I thought our kind ought to stick together.

    Furthermore, you really think Trump is on the side of the little guy like yourself? He LOATHES you. But as long as he grabs em by the p——, you’re good to go.

  237. Anonymous[295] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    @Gabe Ruth

    I think that what the Chinese did in Hong Kong makes that impossible. They have burned their bridges. The Taiwanese now understand that CCP promises are worthless. What is the point of a negotiation if the other side can't be counted on to live up to what they have agreed to?

    Replies: @Anonymous

    The irony is that the US State Department promised Gorbachev – that damned fool who is directly and personally responsible for all this shit – back in the early 90s that ‘Nato would never expand into former Soviet bloc states’.

    The only mystery here is why the Hell the Russians were ever dumb enough to take America for its word – but we are dealing with Gorbachev here – quite literally the dumbest leader ever to draw breath.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Anonymous

    The irony is that the US State Department promised Gorbachev – that damned fool who is directly and personally responsible for all this shit – back in the early 90s that ‘Nato would never expand into former Soviet bloc states’.

    'Sez who? (And, while we're at it, why is a man out of office for 30 years to blame for any conflicts ongoing now?).

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Anonymous

    I provided a link about that to Art Deco and all he did was snark, as his is wont.

    I wouldn't go so far as to say that the State Dept "promised" anything. I'd say that there were numerous assurances.

    Gorbachev wasn't dumb - he was dealing with expert diplomats and (don't laugh) reasonably honorable men.

    Clinton was the turning point. An honest historian will look at her his administration and gasp at the puerility and corruption.

  238. Ain’t no Russian ever called me racist.

  239. @Anonymous
    @Jack D

    Really.

    Do you really stake your wager on the land of George Floyd, BLM, LGTB, the January 6th riot, the obvious *real hatred and contempt* red and blue America have for each, rapidly increasing non white population, obvious black criminality and barbarism combined with a cult of black sanctimony, enormous trade deficits, stagnant wages (50 years), hollowed out industry, financialization of the economy, an incipient ramped up property bust, etc etc etc.

    The USA, since the moment of JFK's election has been on a downhill rollercoaster - the terminal stage is yet to come, and it won't be pretty.

    Replies: @Jack D

    You know Steve’s story about the two guys who are being chase by a wolf, and one guy turns to the other and says, it’s no use, we’ll never be able to outrun that wolf, and the other guys says, “I’m not trying to outrun the wolf, I’m trying to outrun YOU.”

    It’s the same deal with the US and the Putin regime. We don’t have to last forever, we just have to outlast Putin. Putin will turn 70 this year. Putin has a healthy lifestyle but no one lasts forever, especially not Russian men. You saw the bunch of yes men and clowns that he surrounds himself with. It’s going to be a situation similar to Cuba or Venezuela – the dictatorship will hang on but without the Great Leader it’s going to be so caught up in domestic problems that they will lose their appetite for foreign adventures.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    It’s the same deal with the US and the Putin regime. We don’t have to last forever, we just have to outlast Putin. Putin will turn 70 this year. Putin has a healthy lifestyle but no one lasts forever, especially not Russian men. You saw the bunch of yes men and clowns that he surrounds himself with. It’s going to be a situation similar to Cuba or Venezuela – the dictatorship will hang on but without the Great Leader it’s going to be so caught up in domestic problems that they will lose their appetite for foreign adventures.

    Again, no one cursorily familiar with the economic and social picture in Russia would utter this remark. (And I'm trying to discern just what about Putin's ministers makes them 'yes men and clowns' to any degree, much less the standard established by Anthony Blinken, Lloyd Austin, Mark Milley, Jacob Sullivan, Jennifer Psaki...).

    Replies: @Jack D

  240. @Jack D
    @War for Blair Mountain


    Vladimir Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian
     
    I highly doubt this. First of all, as a KGB officer, he would have been required to be a professed atheist so any connection to Christianity would have come late in life. By the time the Soviet Union fell, Putin was already in his late '30s.

    2nd, Putin's personal life appears to be "complicated". Putin has a least one daughter out of wedlock and is on at least his 3rd wife. His palace is reported to have its own strip club.

    More likely, Putin finds it politically expedient to ally himself with the Orthodox Church and to project the appearance of being a devout Christian. If the Orthodox Church were to turn on him, he would turn on them in a heartbeat.

    Biden, for all of his faults, appears to have been, and remains, a practicing Catholic his whole life.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anonymous, @Anon, @Iron Curtain, @Art Deco

    Biden, for all of his faults, appears to have been, and remains, a practicing Catholic his whole life.

    Define ‘practicing Catholic’?

    He married a divorcée, sired precisely one child by her when she was between the ages of 26 and 40, and completely failed to impart to at least two of his three surviving children anything resembling a Catholic education. While we’re at it, just where did you locate a record of his attendance at Mass and his trips to the confessional? Since he’s a politician, tell us when did he ever advocate anything which suggested he was under the influence of Catholic social or moral teaching?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    OK, you win. He's not a good Catholic. But neither is Putin a fine upstanding Orthodox Christian. Fine upstanding Orthodox Christians don't poison their political opponents.

  241. @Jack D
    @Anonymous

    You know Steve's story about the two guys who are being chase by a wolf, and one guy turns to the other and says, it's no use, we'll never be able to outrun that wolf, and the other guys says, "I'm not trying to outrun the wolf, I'm trying to outrun YOU."

    It's the same deal with the US and the Putin regime. We don't have to last forever, we just have to outlast Putin. Putin will turn 70 this year. Putin has a healthy lifestyle but no one lasts forever, especially not Russian men. You saw the bunch of yes men and clowns that he surrounds himself with. It's going to be a situation similar to Cuba or Venezuela - the dictatorship will hang on but without the Great Leader it's going to be so caught up in domestic problems that they will lose their appetite for foreign adventures.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    It’s the same deal with the US and the Putin regime. We don’t have to last forever, we just have to outlast Putin. Putin will turn 70 this year. Putin has a healthy lifestyle but no one lasts forever, especially not Russian men. You saw the bunch of yes men and clowns that he surrounds himself with. It’s going to be a situation similar to Cuba or Venezuela – the dictatorship will hang on but without the Great Leader it’s going to be so caught up in domestic problems that they will lose their appetite for foreign adventures.

    Again, no one cursorily familiar with the economic and social picture in Russia would utter this remark. (And I’m trying to discern just what about Putin’s ministers makes them ‘yes men and clowns’ to any degree, much less the standard established by Anthony Blinken, Lloyd Austin, Mark Milley, Jacob Sullivan, Jennifer Psaki…).

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    Tell me who you think will take over after Putin?

    Replies: @Art Deco

  242. @Anonymous
    @Jack D

    The irony is that the US State Department promised Gorbachev - that damned fool who is directly and personally responsible for all this shit - back in the early 90s that 'Nato would never expand into former Soviet bloc states'.

    The only mystery here is why the Hell the Russians were ever dumb enough to take America for its word - but we are dealing with Gorbachev here - quite literally the dumbest leader ever to draw breath.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Paperback Writer

    The irony is that the US State Department promised Gorbachev – that damned fool who is directly and personally responsible for all this shit – back in the early 90s that ‘Nato would never expand into former Soviet bloc states’.

    ‘Sez who? (And, while we’re at it, why is a man out of office for 30 years to blame for any conflicts ongoing now?).

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Art Deco

    https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/russia-programs/2017-12-12/nato-expansion-what-gorbachev-heard-western-leaders-early


    Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner
     
    Promises? Maybe not. But numerous instances of assurances. Wesley Clark and many other were opposed to NATO expansion. I've already given links but you don't accept those facts so I'm not looking it up now.

    Look: none of this matters. The situation is what it is, and the US can't do a thing about it. Russia and China are now allies. Deal with it.

    Replies: @Art Deco

  243. @Jack D
    @Corvinus

    This is like when Trump said that the Russians should hack Hillary's server (at a time when that server was already off line and sitting in FBI HQ after having been thoroughly wiped by the best IT experts that money could buy). And yet the press insisted on taking Trump's statement literally, as if they were four year olds (which in a sense they are). "TRUMP DEMANDS THAT RUSSIANS HACK DEMS".

    If you are older than 4, you understand that not every statement has to be taken literally. Trump was trying to say that Putin is an EVIL genius. Even if you regard him as evil, you have to admire his boldness. If someone crashes into your car and you exclaim, Oh, that's wonderful, it doesn't mean that you REALLY think that it's wonderful.

    Can you really be that stupid or is this a willful failure to understand that Trump speaks sarcastically, as NYers are wont to do?

    Replies: @Johann Ricke, @Corvinus

    “(at a time when that server was already off line and sitting in FBI HQ after having been thoroughly wiped by the best IT experts that money could buy).”

    Citations required.

    “And yet the press insisted on taking Trump’s statement literally, as if they were four year olds (which in a sense they are). “TRUMP DEMANDS THAT RUSSIANS HACK DEMS”.”

    They did. Read the Proof Trilogy. It’s fully sourced.

    “Can you really be that stupid or is this a willful failure to understand that Trump speaks sarcastically, as NYers are wont to do?”

    It wasn’t sarcastic in the least. Trump adores Putin. He was dead serious. I thought Jews were smart. You’re clearly the exception.

  244. Putin also has no succession plan. No dictator has one because they can’t afford to have a #2 who threatens their power. They can only be surrounded by yes men like the pathetic clowns that Putin humiliated on TV the other day. When Putin dies, what happens?

    See the Mexican PRI.

    What Putin fears most is democracy, not tanks.

    Why do you fancy you’re insightful to this degree?

    Putin is in no danger from public opinion. The Russian public is content with him. The Russian public is rather like the Mexican public during the period running from 1929 to 1982. Not enough alienation to generate any momentum for the régime’s antagonists. And, for some of them, a competitive political order is associated in their mind with severe economic depression and criminal violence.

    Look, Germany had experience with Russian rule and given the choice between abject truckling to the US or abject truckling to Moscow, it wasn’t a hard decision at all.

    They were never abject. And there is no American Empire.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Art Deco

    Yeah, Russia and Mexico have some things in common.

  245. @Brutusale
    @Corvinus

    Trump's right. Putin's "genius" move got him two more "independent" vassals at the expense of NATO's weak tea sanctions. How much do you think Russian natural gas is going to cost next week?

    Did you miss, or just ignore, the part where Trump said that he had a good working relationship with Putin and that Putin would never have dared pull this kind of shit when Trump was POTUS?

    https://althouse.blogspot.com/2022/02/did-trump-side-with-putin-when-he-said.html

    Replies: @Corvinus

    “Trump’s right. Putin’s “genius” move got him two more “independent” vassals at the expense of NATO’s weak tea sanctions. How much do you think Russian natural gas is going to cost next week?”

    More like interfering with the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

    “Did you miss, or just ignore, the part where Trump said that he had a good working relationship with Putin”

    Of course, because Putin interfered in our elections in 2016. Are you really this ignorant?

    “that Putin would never have dared pull this kind of shit when Trump was POTUS?”

    According to Who/Whom?

    Putin is ex-KGB and a plutocrat. Assuredly, he is Deep State. That is fact. Now, why do you want Ukraine, a white country, to be invaded by another white country? I thought our kind ought to stick together.

    Furthermore, you really think Trump is on the side of the little guy like yourself? He LOATHES you. But as long as he grabs em by the p——, you’re good to go.

  246. @Mr. Anon
    @Paperback Writer

    Some of Jack D's criticisms about Russia are apt. It isn't quite "european". It is colored by a streak of paranoia and asiatic barbarism, etc.

    Still, they are a people for whom I have a (distant) admiration. I bear no grudge against them and certainly don't think of them as an enemy. I don't think we should go out of our way to piss them off as we have been for the last 30 years. (And when I say "we", I mean our hostile elite).

    But people like Jack D have it in for Russia for reasons of ancient ethnic enmity. The key to their foreign policy vis-a-vis the Russian bear is Fiddler on the Roof.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    But people like Jack D have it in for Russia for reasons of ancient ethnic enmity.

    If that were true then Israel would be siding with NATO against Russia. It isn’t. See my comments about Iron Dome.

    I’m a co-ethnic of Jack’s and I disagree with him 100%.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Paperback Writer

    Maybe people in Israel aren't exactly like a lot of their co-ethnics in America. They have their own actual country and there's nothing in it for them to make an enemy out of Russia.

  247. @J.Ross
    @Paperback Writer

    It's Justine Trudeau-worthy logic: when you lose Germany and France, you solidify NATO.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    Justine Trudeau, good one.

    Look: I dunno what “the Europeans” really think. I haven’t done a survey, I don’t think one can. But little inklings here and there (Orban, the Zemmour phenomenon, the sacked German colonel) tell me that Mr. Average European doesn’t buy the NATO uber alles line. They see that there are two sides to this conflict.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Paperback Writer

    "Hey, nice economic crisis ya got there. How's about we add a completely avoidable war plus blackouts and terrorist acts? Oh, your mouths and your votes say 'no,' but your leaders say 'yes.'"

  248. @Mr. Anon
    @Paperback Writer


    I wonder what the average German thinks of all this. I’m going to guess that he is disgusted at Germany’s abject truckling to the US. Has, suddenly, the reason for Nordstream2 disappeared?
     
    Here is the German economics minister, Robert Habeck (a Green) on the matter:

    The minister, a member of the fossils-skeptic pro-NATO Green Party, argued that the latest events had proven the US assertion to be correct. He said the EU’s response to the situation should be coordinated with that of the US.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/wapo-has-putin-invaded-ukraine-or-not/#comments
     
    These are the same Greens who used to protest American military bases in the 1980s. They seem quite happy to be a tool of American imperialism now. They are proposing scrapping the entire Nordstream II pipeline, just recently completed at a cost of nearly 15 billion euros.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    The Greens are as representative of the average German as Nancy Pelosi is of American women.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    The Greens hold about 1/7th the seats in the German parliament and the Social Democrats (a center left party) hold another 2/7, so together they are about as representative of Germans as the US Democrats are of Americans.

    I would say that Nancy Pelosi IS representative of the left half of American women. If not her, then who? We no longer have much of a political center so there is no one woman (or man) who can be said to be representative of American women as a whole. The best you could do is pick one who is representative of Leftist women and one (I'm not sure who that is) who would be representative of the right half of female opinion and Pelosi would be the champion of the leftist women.

    Part of the problem with a polarized system is that only 1 party can be in power at any one time. So when Dems are in power, the whole right half of the country is unhappy and when Repubs are in power, the entire Left is unhappy. So 100% of the time, at least half the population is unhappy with the government, it's just not always the same half.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Art Deco

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Paperback Writer


    The Greens are as representative of the average German as Nancy Pelosi is of American women.
     
    The Greens hold about 16% of the seats in the Bundestag. Somebody's voting for them.

    I fear that Nancy Pelosi represents far more American women than one would think - inexplicably to me, but there it is.
  249. @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    It’s the same deal with the US and the Putin regime. We don’t have to last forever, we just have to outlast Putin. Putin will turn 70 this year. Putin has a healthy lifestyle but no one lasts forever, especially not Russian men. You saw the bunch of yes men and clowns that he surrounds himself with. It’s going to be a situation similar to Cuba or Venezuela – the dictatorship will hang on but without the Great Leader it’s going to be so caught up in domestic problems that they will lose their appetite for foreign adventures.

    Again, no one cursorily familiar with the economic and social picture in Russia would utter this remark. (And I'm trying to discern just what about Putin's ministers makes them 'yes men and clowns' to any degree, much less the standard established by Anthony Blinken, Lloyd Austin, Mark Milley, Jacob Sullivan, Jennifer Psaki...).

    Replies: @Jack D

    Tell me who you think will take over after Putin?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    No clue. I don't work there.

  250. @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    Biden, for all of his faults, appears to have been, and remains, a practicing Catholic his whole life.

    Define 'practicing Catholic'?

    He married a divorcée, sired precisely one child by her when she was between the ages of 26 and 40, and completely failed to impart to at least two of his three surviving children anything resembling a Catholic education. While we're at it, just where did you locate a record of his attendance at Mass and his trips to the confessional? Since he's a politician, tell us when did he ever advocate anything which suggested he was under the influence of Catholic social or moral teaching?

    Replies: @Jack D

    OK, you win. He’s not a good Catholic. But neither is Putin a fine upstanding Orthodox Christian. Fine upstanding Orthodox Christians don’t poison their political opponents.

  251. @Paperback Writer
    @Mr. Anon

    The Greens are as representative of the average German as Nancy Pelosi is of American women.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Mr. Anon

    The Greens hold about 1/7th the seats in the German parliament and the Social Democrats (a center left party) hold another 2/7, so together they are about as representative of Germans as the US Democrats are of Americans.

    I would say that Nancy Pelosi IS representative of the left half of American women. If not her, then who? We no longer have much of a political center so there is no one woman (or man) who can be said to be representative of American women as a whole. The best you could do is pick one who is representative of Leftist women and one (I’m not sure who that is) who would be representative of the right half of female opinion and Pelosi would be the champion of the leftist women.

    Part of the problem with a polarized system is that only 1 party can be in power at any one time. So when Dems are in power, the whole right half of the country is unhappy and when Repubs are in power, the entire Left is unhappy. So 100% of the time, at least half the population is unhappy with the government, it’s just not always the same half.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D


    Part of the problem with a polarized system is that only 1 party can be in power at any one time
     
    Which completely undercuts everything you said up to that point.

    I think this guy speaks for more Germans than the Greens:

    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2022/01/23/german-navy-chief-resigns-following-ukraine-comments.html

    1/7th of the Bundestag. Wow. Impressed.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    I would say that Nancy Pelosi IS representative of the left half of American women.

    Very few of whom are holding high office at age 81 when they've got $50 million bucks in the bank, and very few of whom have spent > 97% of their work life collecting salaries from legislative bodies and political parties.

    Replies: @Jack D

  252. @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    Tell me who you think will take over after Putin?

    Replies: @Art Deco

    No clue. I don’t work there.

  253. @Iron Curtain
    @Jack D

    You should check again. Germany has no sovereign policy. It’s a vassal state. NATO’s reason for existence is to keep US in, Germany down and Russia out of Europe.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    It’s a vassal state. NATO’s reason for existence is to keep US in, Germany down and Russia out of Europe.

    In your imagination only.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Art Deco

    US butting in
    Check.
    Germany down
    Check.
    Russia out
    Well that is the current issue, isn't it?
    How are you disagreeing with any of this?

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Art Deco

    Jack Matlock, hardcore leftist who worked for Commie Ronald Reagan, has a different perspective.


    It had the opportunity to create a safer world by strengthening international structures to deal with local conflicts, failed states, organized crime, and the threat of terrorism. It had the opportunity to reduce its military commitments abroad (there was no longer a Soviet Union to contain) and to accelerate the destruction of nuclear weapons started by Reagan, Bush I, and Gorbachev. Nevertheless, the Clinton administration, lacking a coherent strategy, was drawn into local conflicts not vital to U.S. security and without UN Security Council authority. It failed to bring Russia into the European security structure as a responsible partner but treated it as a defeated nation, thus undermining the prospects for democracy and full cooperation in dealing with global issues.
     
    https://jackmatlock.com/books/superpower-illusions/

    I'm not sure what the hell the Russophobes here are up to. From my perspective, Bush the Elder and his crew were superb diplomats. The Clinton gang were unspeakable, awful, abysmal. They are responsible for this mess.

    Replies: @Art Deco

  254. @Paperback Writer
    @J.Ross

    Justine Trudeau, good one.

    Look: I dunno what "the Europeans" really think. I haven't done a survey, I don't think one can. But little inklings here and there (Orban, the Zemmour phenomenon, the sacked German colonel) tell me that Mr. Average European doesn't buy the NATO uber alles line. They see that there are two sides to this conflict.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    “Hey, nice economic crisis ya got there. How’s about we add a completely avoidable war plus blackouts and terrorist acts? Oh, your mouths and your votes say ‘no,’ but your leaders say ‘yes.’”

  255. @Art Deco
    @Iron Curtain

    It’s a vassal state. NATO’s reason for existence is to keep US in, Germany down and Russia out of Europe.

    In your imagination only.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Paperback Writer

    US butting in
    Check.
    Germany down
    Check.
    Russia out
    Well that is the current issue, isn’t it?
    How are you disagreeing with any of this?

  256. @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    The Greens hold about 1/7th the seats in the German parliament and the Social Democrats (a center left party) hold another 2/7, so together they are about as representative of Germans as the US Democrats are of Americans.

    I would say that Nancy Pelosi IS representative of the left half of American women. If not her, then who? We no longer have much of a political center so there is no one woman (or man) who can be said to be representative of American women as a whole. The best you could do is pick one who is representative of Leftist women and one (I'm not sure who that is) who would be representative of the right half of female opinion and Pelosi would be the champion of the leftist women.

    Part of the problem with a polarized system is that only 1 party can be in power at any one time. So when Dems are in power, the whole right half of the country is unhappy and when Repubs are in power, the entire Left is unhappy. So 100% of the time, at least half the population is unhappy with the government, it's just not always the same half.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Art Deco

    Part of the problem with a polarized system is that only 1 party can be in power at any one time

    Which completely undercuts everything you said up to that point.

    I think this guy speaks for more Germans than the Greens:

    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2022/01/23/german-navy-chief-resigns-following-ukraine-comments.html

    1/7th of the Bundestag. Wow. Impressed.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    If he was a private citizen (now he is) these remarks would have been within the range of acceptable opinion. But as an official of the German government, especially as a military man who is supposed to take direction from the elected leadership and not pursue his own course, he spoke out of turn.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

  257. @Art Deco
    @Iron Curtain

    It’s a vassal state. NATO’s reason for existence is to keep US in, Germany down and Russia out of Europe.

    In your imagination only.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Paperback Writer

    Jack Matlock, hardcore leftist who worked for Commie Ronald Reagan, has a different perspective.

    It had the opportunity to create a safer world by strengthening international structures to deal with local conflicts, failed states, organized crime, and the threat of terrorism. It had the opportunity to reduce its military commitments abroad (there was no longer a Soviet Union to contain) and to accelerate the destruction of nuclear weapons started by Reagan, Bush I, and Gorbachev. Nevertheless, the Clinton administration, lacking a coherent strategy, was drawn into local conflicts not vital to U.S. security and without UN Security Council authority. It failed to bring Russia into the European security structure as a responsible partner but treated it as a defeated nation, thus undermining the prospects for democracy and full cooperation in dealing with global issues.

    https://jackmatlock.com/books/superpower-illusions/

    I’m not sure what the hell the Russophobes here are up to. From my perspective, Bush the Elder and his crew were superb diplomats. The Clinton gang were unspeakable, awful, abysmal. They are responsible for this mess.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Paperback Writer

    He's a man who fancies he was more consequential than he was.

  258. @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D


    Part of the problem with a polarized system is that only 1 party can be in power at any one time
     
    Which completely undercuts everything you said up to that point.

    I think this guy speaks for more Germans than the Greens:

    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2022/01/23/german-navy-chief-resigns-following-ukraine-comments.html

    1/7th of the Bundestag. Wow. Impressed.

    Replies: @Jack D

    If he was a private citizen (now he is) these remarks would have been within the range of acceptable opinion. But as an official of the German government, especially as a military man who is supposed to take direction from the elected leadership and not pursue his own course, he spoke out of turn.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D

    You're right but that wasn't my point and you know it. My point was that he blurted out the truth that a lot of Germans believe. Why? Because anyone who looks at the facts without being jaundiced by US propaganda would come to that conclusion.

    BTW, found a Zemmour quote.

    https://www.lemonde.fr/le-monde-in-english/article/2022/02/22/french-far-right-candidates-in-putin-s-den_6114763_5026681.html


    On the far-right, Eric Zemmour took a similar position. "For me, things are clear: the extension of NATO to Russia’s doorstep has no justification for Europe’s security and I am resolutely hostile to it. The Russians are neither our allies nor our enemies," he added. Despite the belligerent posture of Moscow, he also considered that "NATO has no reason to exist, in all truth."
     
    Right, wrong, or indifferent, my bet's that Mr. Average Frenchman is closer to that than to your crowd.

    Look: I don't like this invasion. I bemoan it. I've shown far more sympathy for Mr. Average Ukrainian than you have. I think Israel should have allowed them to buy the Iron Dome.

    But from a realist perspective, it's totally understandable. From a realist perspective, Russia and China were bound to ally. I think this is terrible for America, and for the world. But hey, so what. You think the US is stronger than dirt and will prevail, so no problem.

    Replies: @Jack D

  259. @Art Deco
    @Anonymous

    The irony is that the US State Department promised Gorbachev – that damned fool who is directly and personally responsible for all this shit – back in the early 90s that ‘Nato would never expand into former Soviet bloc states’.

    'Sez who? (And, while we're at it, why is a man out of office for 30 years to blame for any conflicts ongoing now?).

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/russia-programs/2017-12-12/nato-expansion-what-gorbachev-heard-western-leaders-early

    Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner

    Promises? Maybe not. But numerous instances of assurances. Wesley Clark and many other were opposed to NATO expansion. I’ve already given links but you don’t accept those facts so I’m not looking it up now.

    Look: none of this matters. The situation is what it is, and the US can’t do a thing about it. Russia and China are now allies. Deal with it.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Paperback Writer

    Why are you quoting a vague paraphrase and not the actual text?

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

  260. @Paperback Writer
    @Art Deco

    Jack Matlock, hardcore leftist who worked for Commie Ronald Reagan, has a different perspective.


    It had the opportunity to create a safer world by strengthening international structures to deal with local conflicts, failed states, organized crime, and the threat of terrorism. It had the opportunity to reduce its military commitments abroad (there was no longer a Soviet Union to contain) and to accelerate the destruction of nuclear weapons started by Reagan, Bush I, and Gorbachev. Nevertheless, the Clinton administration, lacking a coherent strategy, was drawn into local conflicts not vital to U.S. security and without UN Security Council authority. It failed to bring Russia into the European security structure as a responsible partner but treated it as a defeated nation, thus undermining the prospects for democracy and full cooperation in dealing with global issues.
     
    https://jackmatlock.com/books/superpower-illusions/

    I'm not sure what the hell the Russophobes here are up to. From my perspective, Bush the Elder and his crew were superb diplomats. The Clinton gang were unspeakable, awful, abysmal. They are responsible for this mess.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    He’s a man who fancies he was more consequential than he was.

    • Troll: Paperback Writer
  261. @Paperback Writer
    @Art Deco

    https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/russia-programs/2017-12-12/nato-expansion-what-gorbachev-heard-western-leaders-early


    Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner
     
    Promises? Maybe not. But numerous instances of assurances. Wesley Clark and many other were opposed to NATO expansion. I've already given links but you don't accept those facts so I'm not looking it up now.

    Look: none of this matters. The situation is what it is, and the US can't do a thing about it. Russia and China are now allies. Deal with it.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    Why are you quoting a vague paraphrase and not the actual text?

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Art Deco

    Why don't you read the link?

  262. @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    The Greens hold about 1/7th the seats in the German parliament and the Social Democrats (a center left party) hold another 2/7, so together they are about as representative of Germans as the US Democrats are of Americans.

    I would say that Nancy Pelosi IS representative of the left half of American women. If not her, then who? We no longer have much of a political center so there is no one woman (or man) who can be said to be representative of American women as a whole. The best you could do is pick one who is representative of Leftist women and one (I'm not sure who that is) who would be representative of the right half of female opinion and Pelosi would be the champion of the leftist women.

    Part of the problem with a polarized system is that only 1 party can be in power at any one time. So when Dems are in power, the whole right half of the country is unhappy and when Repubs are in power, the entire Left is unhappy. So 100% of the time, at least half the population is unhappy with the government, it's just not always the same half.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Art Deco

    I would say that Nancy Pelosi IS representative of the left half of American women.

    Very few of whom are holding high office at age 81 when they’ve got \$50 million bucks in the bank, and very few of whom have spent > 97% of their work life collecting salaries from legislative bodies and political parties.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    I didn't mean that she was typical or average for their age or income, I meant that she represented their political POV. Most Congressmen are older/richer than their average constituent.

  263. @Paperback Writer
    @Mr. Anon


    But people like Jack D have it in for Russia for reasons of ancient ethnic enmity.

     

    If that were true then Israel would be siding with NATO against Russia. It isn't. See my comments about Iron Dome.

    I'm a co-ethnic of Jack's and I disagree with him 100%.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    Maybe people in Israel aren’t exactly like a lot of their co-ethnics in America. They have their own actual country and there’s nothing in it for them to make an enemy out of Russia.

  264. @Paperback Writer
    @Mr. Anon

    The Greens are as representative of the average German as Nancy Pelosi is of American women.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Mr. Anon

    The Greens are as representative of the average German as Nancy Pelosi is of American women.

    The Greens hold about 16% of the seats in the Bundestag. Somebody’s voting for them.

    I fear that Nancy Pelosi represents far more American women than one would think – inexplicably to me, but there it is.

  265. @Art Deco
    Putin also has no succession plan. No dictator has one because they can’t afford to have a #2 who threatens their power. They can only be surrounded by yes men like the pathetic clowns that Putin humiliated on TV the other day. When Putin dies, what happens?

    See the Mexican PRI.



    What Putin fears most is democracy, not tanks.

    Why do you fancy you're insightful to this degree?

    Putin is in no danger from public opinion. The Russian public is content with him. The Russian public is rather like the Mexican public during the period running from 1929 to 1982. Not enough alienation to generate any momentum for the régime's antagonists. And, for some of them, a competitive political order is associated in their mind with severe economic depression and criminal violence.


    Look, Germany had experience with Russian rule and given the choice between abject truckling to the US or abject truckling to Moscow, it wasn’t a hard decision at all.

    They were never abject. And there is no American Empire.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Yeah, Russia and Mexico have some things in common.

  266. @Art Deco
    @Paperback Writer

    Why are you quoting a vague paraphrase and not the actual text?

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    Why don’t you read the link?

  267. @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    If he was a private citizen (now he is) these remarks would have been within the range of acceptable opinion. But as an official of the German government, especially as a military man who is supposed to take direction from the elected leadership and not pursue his own course, he spoke out of turn.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    You’re right but that wasn’t my point and you know it. My point was that he blurted out the truth that a lot of Germans believe. Why? Because anyone who looks at the facts without being jaundiced by US propaganda would come to that conclusion.

    BTW, found a Zemmour quote.

    https://www.lemonde.fr/le-monde-in-english/article/2022/02/22/french-far-right-candidates-in-putin-s-den_6114763_5026681.html

    On the far-right, Eric Zemmour took a similar position. “For me, things are clear: the extension of NATO to Russia’s doorstep has no justification for Europe’s security and I am resolutely hostile to it. The Russians are neither our allies nor our enemies,” he added. Despite the belligerent posture of Moscow, he also considered that “NATO has no reason to exist, in all truth.”

    Right, wrong, or indifferent, my bet’s that Mr. Average Frenchman is closer to that than to your crowd.

    Look: I don’t like this invasion. I bemoan it. I’ve shown far more sympathy for Mr. Average Ukrainian than you have. I think Israel should have allowed them to buy the Iron Dome.

    But from a realist perspective, it’s totally understandable. From a realist perspective, Russia and China were bound to ally. I think this is terrible for America, and for the world. But hey, so what. You think the US is stronger than dirt and will prevail, so no problem.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer


    Despite the belligerent posture of Moscow, he also considered that “NATO has no reason to exist, in all truth.”
     
    That makes zero sense. The belligerent posture of Moscow is exactly why NATO has reason to exist.
  268. @Anonymous
    @Jack D

    The irony is that the US State Department promised Gorbachev - that damned fool who is directly and personally responsible for all this shit - back in the early 90s that 'Nato would never expand into former Soviet bloc states'.

    The only mystery here is why the Hell the Russians were ever dumb enough to take America for its word - but we are dealing with Gorbachev here - quite literally the dumbest leader ever to draw breath.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Paperback Writer

    I provided a link about that to Art Deco and all he did was snark, as his is wont.

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the State Dept “promised” anything. I’d say that there were numerous assurances.

    Gorbachev wasn’t dumb – he was dealing with expert diplomats and (don’t laugh) reasonably honorable men.

    Clinton was the turning point. An honest historian will look at her his administration and gasp at the puerility and corruption.

  269. @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    I would say that Nancy Pelosi IS representative of the left half of American women.

    Very few of whom are holding high office at age 81 when they've got $50 million bucks in the bank, and very few of whom have spent > 97% of their work life collecting salaries from legislative bodies and political parties.

    Replies: @Jack D

    I didn’t mean that she was typical or average for their age or income, I meant that she represented their political POV. Most Congressmen are older/richer than their average constituent.

  270. @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D

    You're right but that wasn't my point and you know it. My point was that he blurted out the truth that a lot of Germans believe. Why? Because anyone who looks at the facts without being jaundiced by US propaganda would come to that conclusion.

    BTW, found a Zemmour quote.

    https://www.lemonde.fr/le-monde-in-english/article/2022/02/22/french-far-right-candidates-in-putin-s-den_6114763_5026681.html


    On the far-right, Eric Zemmour took a similar position. "For me, things are clear: the extension of NATO to Russia’s doorstep has no justification for Europe’s security and I am resolutely hostile to it. The Russians are neither our allies nor our enemies," he added. Despite the belligerent posture of Moscow, he also considered that "NATO has no reason to exist, in all truth."
     
    Right, wrong, or indifferent, my bet's that Mr. Average Frenchman is closer to that than to your crowd.

    Look: I don't like this invasion. I bemoan it. I've shown far more sympathy for Mr. Average Ukrainian than you have. I think Israel should have allowed them to buy the Iron Dome.

    But from a realist perspective, it's totally understandable. From a realist perspective, Russia and China were bound to ally. I think this is terrible for America, and for the world. But hey, so what. You think the US is stronger than dirt and will prevail, so no problem.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Despite the belligerent posture of Moscow, he also considered that “NATO has no reason to exist, in all truth.”

    That makes zero sense. The belligerent posture of Moscow is exactly why NATO has reason to exist.

  271. @SafeNow
    @Anonymous

    Might I suggest a substitute for Disney: The reruns of the old Andy Griffith Show, where Andy is the sheriff of Mayberry. (Available on Amazon Prime and elsewhere.) Andy is a widower with a young son (Ron Howard!) who gets into jams and asks questions. Don Knotts, as Andy’s deputy, creates funny jams for Andy to contend with, as do other Mayberry townspeople. Andy resolves the above with patient-but-firm, masculine, role-modeling. A good show to watch together; Mrs. SafeNow and I enjoy it ourselves- - great acting and plots that remind us of a sane, traditional world.

    Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    Absolutely. It can also be said of its spinoff, Mayberry R.F.D., where the only sane or adult person seems to be Sam the farmer and city councilman.

  272. @Anonymous
    @PetrOldSack

    Anyhow, the looming catastrophe facing the EU is majority non European, non white, third world origin population majority - something which is only a generation or two away now.

    Compared to that, the current Russia/Ukraine situation is trivial.

    Replies: @PetrOldSack

    It is, just an expression of what is cooking. Europe replaces it’s intelligentsia, politicians, power structure encroachers, media whores, restructures, hangs some “banderistas” once in a while, or goes bust. Some capable Western European native descendants must feel ashamed of the color of their skin, with no grip on their own descendants and environment. It must be a profound humiliation to see these pancake faces as Michel, Boris Johnson, Uri von der Leyen, her drunk to stupor predecessor, a faggot as Macron, the whole of the vegan bunch, reading from a Jewish nihilistic script.

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