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FallingAwake

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  1. Thanks for posting the video. I was hesitating to watch it because it was over an hour long, but I'm glad I did. It was a really good summary of how Russian propaganda works, and the cultural background to it.
  2. Here's the paragraph of the article I'm talking about: Literally nothing about what UKRAINE wanted to do. Just about what the USA or Putin wanted for Ukraine.
  3. I notice from the above article that, prior to the 2014 period, the opinions of the US and Russia were noted, but not that of Ukraine. So both powers were treating Ukraine like a child who can't decide what they want to be when they grow up, so enroll him in a university course of the parent's choice. That's the impression I got from the article, at any rate.
  4. et voila... https://archive.ph/yRd5D
  5. Well, there we are. We may not have the luxury of "weaning ourselves off" Russian gas over months or years. Personally, I think the Germans have the ingenuity to do it much faster, and Putin turning the taps off will give them an extra incentive.
  6. What I don't understand about Twitter is why so many use it like a blog, i.e. tweets 1/7, 2/7, 3/7 etc. Why don't they just... uhhh, blog? Then put link to said blog post in your tweet.
  7. This is why, I suspect, they're happy to let inflation rip for a few years. Makes the public debt look a little less bad in relation to GDP.
  8. Now compare it with the cost of taking a Megabus, for further shocks.
  9. Yes, that's right, because if I hadn't have voted to leave the European Union in 2016, Putin would be cowering in his boots right now 🤡 Your continual pUtiN pAtSy and bRexSh_t put-downs are pretty childish, really.
  10. He would also have to come up with a good cassus belli. He's already done "demilitarisation" and "denazification". Have to come up with something better for Moldova.
  11. Well, Italy were also the most draconian in their implementation of vaccine passports, pretty much requiring one to work... so they can be completely trusted when they say this is voluntary, I'm sure. Vaccine passports were a trial run, and large parts of society bought into them easily enough, because "it was just a temporary measure". Sleepwalking into slavery.
  12. The article describes them as "libertarians" but do they actually describe themselves as that, or is it FT spin, like when some obscure political party against excessive immigration is described by the media as "far right". It sounds much more like anarchism than libertarianism.
  13. The real question is, which one of those 20 states should act as buffer zones for Ukraine? Obviously we don't want a repeat of 2022, so it's only reasonable Ukraine should have some kind of buffer.
  14. How does "400 μg per kilogram of body weight" compare with the protocols recommended by those advocating IVM? "Patients who had had symptoms of Covid-19 for up to 7 days and had at least one risk factor for disease progression were randomly assigned to receive ivermectin (400 μg per kilogram of body weight) once daily for 3 days or placebo. "
  15. Brexit meant leaving the European Union. That's what I was asked on the ballot question, and that's what you were asked as well. If you get a divorce, you don't badger your ex on what she's going to do after the divorce, and then put her down when she doesn't achieve your expectations. That would be abusive behaviour. We left the EU. We got the divorce. Everything else is commentary.
  16. This misses the real point, though. Yes, we (i.e. Europe) can't turn off Russian gas with a finger click. Russia can. This gives Putin a lot of leverage. Plus, as zugzwang has indirectly pointed out, China, India and Israel aren't playing the sanctions game.
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