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  1. Stop Press: Clickbait Daily Mail Article Predicts Doom And Gloom Based On A 3-Day Rail Strike.
  2. The answer is obvious. In Germany they become "people" 12 weeks earlier than in the UK
  3. No, it's simpler than that. It's a big bully (Russia) picking on a smaller country. Everything else is commentary, or worse, obfuscation (aka gaslighting).
  4. Let's say a woman gives birth after 9 months. Are you saying she has every right to put her baby to death after 8 months and 29 days, but it should be illegal after its popped out of a hole on Day 1 of month 9?
  5. Not really. Abortion isn't in the US constitution. The right to keep and bear arms is.
  6. It makes much more sense when you realise it's actually talking about the four fundamental forces, particles and quantum physics. It's put in fantastical language because, well... good luck explaining quantum physics to a 6th century BC priest. https://lettertotheatheists.com/ezekiels-crash-course/ Edit: Here's a quick example. Standing and travelling waves are both mentioned, but portrayed as wings. Travelling waves carry sound, while standing waves form particles. This is just a small fraction of the physics in Ezekiel 1.
  7. And this is why I and many others on here were against vaccine passports. It leads to THIS. Total control. They're a "sweet spot" only for dictators and tyrannical regimes.
  8. What did they think would happen? Interest rates would fall, and the loan would never have to be repaid?
  9. So in a sense, then, "productivity" is a bit of a lousy term, because people mean different things by it. In your example, OUTPUT hasn't changed. REVENUE has. I guess the term productivity is more useful when you define the reference, i.e. the productivity OF a specific oil well, the productivity OF an oil salesman to get sales. Productivity without a reference is like talking about love.
  10. The problem is, people don't know how to value stuff that can't be immediately packaged up and sold. Take R&D. It may take several years to get a product to market. But without the R&D, it would never had made it to market in the first place. How do you measure the productivity of someone in R&D?
  11. It makes sense in that wages are not necessarily a DIRECT function of productivity. They're related but not in a simple way. People need wages to pay the bills, and they will expect wage increases to help them keep up with inflation. Companies have to do the same, but productivity is harder to measure in lots of cases. How do you measure the productivity of an accountant compared with a nuclear fission researcher? Even if you could measure it, they're not directly comparable. It may mean, as it has always meant, that businesses who can't remain profitable either die out, or get taken over, or get bailed out if they're important to the State. I'm a bit confused at your confusion, to be honest
  12. An interesting article, especially now with the benefit of hindsight. The Ukraine issue (which seems to have been present in March 2014) seems to be a microcosm for Europe in general, which has been full of wars, conflicts and divisions for hundreds of years. Anyway, fast forward to 2022. Still nothing of any real substance justifies Putin's invasion of a sovereign country, which is the bottom line here. He has also singlehandedly brought Sweden and Finland into NATO, and moved Ukraine to a position of actually hating Russia. Great job 👍 🤡
  13. I guess I should have said "stated" aims. His stated aims was "denazification" and "demilitarisation". These are what I meant by vague. It could range from bombing the sh** out of the entire country, right down to killing a few skinheads and taking their guns. Putin is free to declare a 'victory' at any time, and bugger off home.
  14. What does 'victory' or 'defeat' mean here anyway? Putin's aims were so vague that virtually anything could be sold as a victory.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. et voila... https://archive.ph/yRd5D
  19. 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.
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