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  1. In Topic: The Russia Politics and War in Ukraine Thread

    04 March 2022 - 12:33 AM

    Right, so this is happening.

    I didn't believe it would until it did. This war is a completely insane proposition. Putin is completely insane. And seeing how the war isn't exactly going to plan, the prospect of an escalation is making my skin crawl. Can't imagine how people over the border feel, but we're with you, for what that's worth. It's not enough, it's too late, but it's what we've got.

    Amazing job from Ukraine holding on. It's inspiring. I'm completely convinced that if they couldn't hold with boots on the ground and Putin reached his objectives on schedule, none of the sanctions or condemnations or whathaveyou would be even happening. Russia is giving an humilliating performance so far, though with maskirovka I wouldn't ever assume this is all they're capable of. There's several reasons why they could be throwing cannon fodder right now, and I'm sure wiser heads than me are keeping that in mind.

    As far as Russia goes, from what I've seen coming out of the country in the last couple of days, the sanctions are having a solid impact, so that's a nice change from what came before. The government is extorting their own people for foreign currency. The rubel plummets, prices are soaring. However, I don't see the Russian people rising up against the regime. Best scenario I can see is a 'clean' coup with no civil war, though that feels like a fairytale dream. In any case, whatever happens, their economy and society could be shoved back in development decades. While I'm not jumping with joy that those folks are getting shafted for their leaders' insanity, I can't say I feel very sorry for them.

    I hope that the EU (at least German/French) doctrine of appeasement and cooperation with Putin has been thoroughly and ultimately humiliated. I hope the West will not waver. Uncle Joe is showing some balls, pleasantly surprised.
    Now, I used to see people wonder why post-WarsawPact countries jumped at the first chance to get into NATO. Now, I hope, it's clear. We'll be militarizing more now, and I think that's the right move.

    Now I read Russians have shelled the power plant in Enerhodar, and a fire started in an administrative building. I wonder if it's meant to create a nuclear scare to disencourage a shift away from coal and gas in Europe. I somehow still don't believe that unit commanders would be insane enough to destroy an active reactor. I want to believe that.


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    13 Dec 2021 - 07:50
    Older still, happy another birthday
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    12 Dec 2020 - 21:35
    Happy birthday Gothypoos.
    I feel old. :P
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    12 Dec 2019 - 15:13
    and again mate
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    12 Dec 2018 - 19:52
    Happy birthday
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    20 May 2017 - 10:27
    Hey dude, what's up?
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    16 Apr 2013 - 21:38
    Replied to your fitness questions, didn't see it until I had posted my workout shit from today :P
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    01 Sep 2012 - 09:01
    soon, soon! And not 24/7, living with some compatriots for now so it's almost like back home ;)
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    01 Sep 2012 - 06:31
    So how's it going, what with all the having-to-speak-English-24/7-now? Making phat lootz yet?
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    15 Jun 2012 - 06:09
    The most awesome US President ever, Theodore Roosevelt
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    15 Jun 2012 - 05:33
    Your sig.
    where is it from?
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    10 Jun 2012 - 22:40
    rep should read " wow! I want to visit now ... but maybe not Auschwitz" :P
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    Lady Atheilen 

    22 May 2012 - 23:58
    Missed you, you snarky Polish bastard. :)
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    11 Apr 2012 - 14:49
    I think that other composers get their due from others besides me, so I try not to worry about that aspect of it too much. There are some lesser-known composers that I'm interested in, and some greater-known composers that I think are highly overrated.
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    11 Apr 2012 - 14:42
    By the way, it's just my nature to get fixated on things. I'm more fixated on Chopin biographically than Bach, because his life is more interesting, but I'm equally fixated on them musically. I'm fixated on WoT. I have always been like that. Not sure if srs about me not giving other composers their due, or if it just annoys you because I always talk about it. I'd guess the latter. :p
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    22 Jan 2012 - 02:07
    'A reference to both my heritage and sex' - Classy, as ever :D
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