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    Re: The current excitement in China

    Well, this is interesting. Thanks to the propaganda campaign in Western media about nonexistent protests, China has scrapped zero covid and eased restrictions.
  2. Thread: Ukraine

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    I think that not giving Putin time to get organized and Europe and the US time to weaken their resolve has to be Ukraine's priority. A winter stalemate is good for Russia. I expect Ukraine will try...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Penalties are not a coin toss. They hinge on the skill of five strikers and the goalie.
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    Wow! Sandtown replies to 5 posts, but still evades my question.

    Come on, sandy. Should NATO troops withdraw from all Russian borders to avoid provoking them?
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    So. sandtown, if NATO withdraws from Russia's borders and Russia annexes the rest of Ukraine, should NATO withdraw from the new Russian border with Poland to avoid provocations?
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    But Sandtown, if Ukraine gets no further assistance, it will lose and be turned into part of Russia.

    Then Poland and Romania will border Russia, so withdraw NATO support from them too?
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Australia had 220 million extra fans rooting for them yesterday. Unfortunately few were at the stadium, which looked like it was in Buenos Aires. Messi won, watched by some other fellows in similar...
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    If Sandtown really is who he claims to be, he is a singularly poor campaigner for peace. He manages to antagonize the very people he would have to persuade for his cause to get any traction.
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    Re: Ukraine

    That's your response?

    All your posts are full of questions for others. Even this one. But when asked a question, you become rude to evade it.

    Apparently it is you who lack imagination and...
  10. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    I wasn't talking about Marx:



    I bet I have more Marxist friends than you. Remember, we have actual Communist parties in Brazil (yes, plural). They all believe in collective endeavors of the...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Still waiting for Sandtown to explain how Ukraine and the West are supposed to start negotiations given those conditions.
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    Re: Ukraine

    Why would a commando with a tattoo let her picture be taken, unmasked, right before going behind the lines?
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    I see. No wolf warriors in China. They are not buzzing Taiwan with weapons all the time and crowing about it in the local press. All lies made up by journalists out of the country.

    What about...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Close enough to not be worth arguing about. Close call, ruled valid, play on. That's how the game goes. I wish they would do more VAR on fouls.
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Dude, either way it's close enough. It's not like Maradona's Hand of God. Look that up if you don't know what I am talking about.
  16. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    BBC.

    Tell us again, what are Ukraine and the West supposed to do to get peace talks going? Should they give Putin "new territories" that he doesn't even fully occupy as a precondition?
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    The goal was in bounds, and FIFA sucks. They overcharge for the use of game footage. I noticed outlets like CNN end up describing what happened while showing still pictures of celebrating fans and...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Japan!!
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    Re: Latest JWST image

    I don't see any distant galaxies photobombing the Eagle Nebula one. That must be some thick soup behind it.
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    Re: Latest JWST image

    I see you meant images.
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    They knew that something terrible had happened, but what? Something terrible had happened to lots of cities, some worse than Hiroshima. Was it really a single bomb? Did it really flatten the city?...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    OK, the NYT is a propaganda outlet, and so are all the other Western news media reporting on the unrest in China. Of this we are assured vehemently in long-winded posts of a familiar tone.

    One...
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    Terror bombing does work, but not the way people imagine. It serves to shore up morale on your own side, particularly when you are not doing well in the war.

    The British started bombing Germany...
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    Re: Ukraine

    More like:

    messenger 1: We have lost all contact with Hiroshima. We are still not sure what happened there. We sent people to see and report.

    messenger 2: The Soviets have invaded Manchuria...
  25. Re: Epstein Estate Agrees to Pay More Than $105 Million to U.S. Virgin Islands

    Will the islands change their name to reflect their Epsteinian loss of virginity?
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    Re: More Excitement Than You Like

    They wouldn't have rolled so bad or gotten swamped if they had a bit of sail up. Run down the channel until the calmer water and luff up at the wider entrances to those little marinas.
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    Re: Ukraine

    No it isn't. It's just one of the niche theories.
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    Re: When fishers don't listen to scientists

    Which suffers no influence from the lobby of a multimillion dollar "industry"?
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    When fishers don't listen to scientists

    Happens every time:

    https://nautil.us/where-have-all-the-snow-crabs-gone-248247/?_sp=b6f326d1-5fe7-4b2b-a7e2-8f63f497ef35.1669683207578

    Cause:




    Effect:
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    And about to go to prison?
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    So Xi's choices seem to be:

    1) Lockdown forever

    2) Quietly start buying mRNA vaccines and "boosting" the most vulnerable, boiling the frog slowly to avoid loss of face.

    I think option 2...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Same here. I am really glad Neymar is injured.

    OTOH, the constant sharp elbows, kicks to the foot, and hands to face by which defenders keep stopping the star players are a scandal, especially...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    The Chinese vaccines have efficacies as low as 20% for older people. 50% for the population overall.

    Worse, their population is naive - most people have not being exposed to covid. And the...
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    Re: Patrick O'Brian is unreadable dreck

    POB is not just about sailing square riggers. It is also about naval strategy and tactics under sail.
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    Patrick O'Brian is unreadable dreck

    So says Pless. Do you agree?

    Is the only reason some of us enjoy his long, descriptive passages because they involve sailing traditional wooden boats? Do people who are not into sailing find him...
  36. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    Great summary!

    The problem with Marxists is that they think greed is confined to the capitalists.
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    The Japanese had over a million men in China and Manchuria when the bombs were dropped, including their most experienced units. Giving up China and Manchuria would be giving up the reason for which...
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    Re: Elmore Leonardís 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    So Patrick O'Brian had it all wrong?
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    I did, and no one can explain why the second bomb was dropped only 3 days after the first. Not enough time for the Japanese government to even understand what happened, let alone surrender. The...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Meanwhile, FIFA shows that it does care about prejudice and people's feelings:


    https://edition.cnn.com/2022/11/25/sport/world-cup-crusader-costumes-offensive-intl-scli/index.html



    Problem...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    No, but I am aware of how seriously it is taken in former British colonies, including India, which is a big deal. Still, cricket is not followed much in countries that don't play it much.
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  42. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    Take her on a tour of Cuba and Venezuela.
  43. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    From the conclusion of one of Vadim's links:



    I have no doubt there are Nazis in Ukraine. There are Nazis in Brazil and America and Sweden. In Sweden they even have Russia apologists. ...
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    Re: top this

    About the vast conspiracy that rigs Brazilian elections since 2002?
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    Re: top this

    Had lunch with a friend recently. PhD, works on climate change, but went mental over Bolsonaro. Said the equivalent things to what you all are talking about, but what most shocked me was her...
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    Re: Ukraine

    From Korshak:
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Of course they are. But the World Cup is not an ordinary tournament. It is the closest to "enjoying" a war that peaceful nations get. The teams are national. Brazil plays Serbia, not the...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    That bicycle kick was the prettiest goal I saw so far in the Cup.
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    Japan didn't surrender because of the atomic bombs. They surrendered once the USSR attacked Manchuria and threatened to sweep the largest Japanese army into the sea, but only on the condition that...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Look what Putin did!

    But whaddabout Dubya?

    But whaddabout Beria?

    But whaddabout Hitler?

    But whaddabout Stalin?
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