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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

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  2. Thread: Germany arrests

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    We like to forget how much support the Axis powers had just before WW2 within the countries who ended up fighting against them. Choosing to forget or downplay that history is part of what enables it...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    I understand that, Ted. As you may appreciate, geopolitics considers additional factors.

    Consider for instance, that in the 90s it seems Bout included the CIA among his portfolio of occasional...
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    The thing about claims of being stabbed in the back somehow, is that they're fairly resistant to facts.

    The little I've been able to find about the Reichsburger movement is that it's a coalition...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    Vladimir Putin. And he was right.
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    Re: Ted Cruz's daughter

    There's a limited number of things a parent can do to help make this better, and a much larger range of things to make it worse. I hope Ted and his wife find the ability to do the former.
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    I'm not convinced that Bout is going to be back in the business he left in 2008. Nature, vacuums, etc. Which is not at all to say that I think he shouldn't still be in jail . He wasn't ransomed for...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    Putin is in charge of who Putin chooses to release. He'll do what he perceives to advance his objectives.

    Should Biden refuse to trade to get one American released because Putin will not offer...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    Alan, I'm not talking about teams. I probably agree with you about teams, fwiw, as they'd average out the variation in individual capacity.

    I'm a longtime karate guy - my 2 sons and I are all...
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    Re: Ted Cruz's daughter

    My heart goes out to her. Mental health issues like that are a lot more commonplace than most people understand, irrespective of people's political badges. Damned tough to be family to a person...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    See my post #53. Yeah, I figure Griner could probably play NBA ball, but not in the role she plays in the WNBA. She likely wouldn't be an overwhelming star, but she'd be paid a lot better. If...
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    I know why the WNBA pays players less. And no, I don't think it's merely sexism - it's also that fans pay to see the most drama. Heavyweight fighters get more attention than stunning small...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    Cripes.

    It isn't up to Biden, or frankly any American POTUS or diplomat or etc. who Putin may or may not deign to release from a Russian jail. Diplomacy can try to bring influence, open up...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

    The swap is lopsided, no doubt.

    Thing is, Putin is unconstrained by ethics. It's only about leverage. I mean, why was Griner's trial and sentence as it was in the first place? It's never not...
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    Re: Griner released from Russian gulag.

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  16. Re: Biden administration negotiates Britney Griner's release

    Opened this thread in second place.
  17. Biden administration negotiates Britney Griner's release

    Britney Griner's on a plane home. While Biden had sought to get Paul Whelan's release in the same deal, Russia apparently wasn't interested in discussing any terms for releasing Whelan.

    Biden...
  18. Thread: Herschel

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    Found the quote!
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  19. Thread: what about naps

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    Re: what about naps

    Naps are the bomb.
  20. Thread: Iran crisis

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    Re: Iran crisis

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  21. Thread: A French Village

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    Re: A French Village

    Herself and I have just finished the 4-part series on Netflix "Inside Man." Wonderful performances by Stanley Tucci and David Tennant. Some great writing too.

    Tucci's character is a murderer on...
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    https://www.isdglobal.org/explainers/the-reichsburger-movement-explainer/

    The Institute for Strategic Dialogue has written a brief introduction to the "Reichsburger movement," prompted exactly by...
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    Re: Germany arrests

    Sure. The "weak" monarchical powers of the Westminster Parliamentary version of Constitutional Monarchy date to 1689. Which essentially confirmed that Parliament is supreme, and within it, the...
  24. Thread: Paul Top This

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    Re: Paul Top This

    IMO that's fair, Joe.

    If he's driving, his rules apply. He can bring whatever "tools" he wants in his own vehicle, but if he wants to drive you somewhere, he needs to answer honestly when you...
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    Re: Germany arrests

    Martin's got a few memorable lines in that one - his magnificent order of a latte ... his question to a lover while in bed why her breasts felt so weird ("That's because they're real.")
  26. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    In more unsurprising news, there have been more searches looking for documents which NARA believes Trump still possesses. Some have been found, with classified markings, in a storage unit in Florida...
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    Re: Germany arrests

    I think it was Steve Martin's character in "L.A. Story."
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    They might argue it successfully, but it would be a bit of an indictment of the people having either side of that argument.

    Do we really need to hash out again how Constitutional Monarchies like...
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    Re: Germany arrests

    If the drop was a bit bigger, you could have lived in (Grand Falls) New Brunswick.
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    Re: Germany arrests

    Steve Martin was wrong. It's not like they have a different word for everything. (although oddly, they do ;))
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    Re: Verily, the word of the Lord (v.2.0)

    I read somewhere the other day that "chat" is a bit of slang that emerged in WW1. It's a corruption of a word (IIRC) that the troops from India used to describe lice. Of which there were zillions...
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    Re: Georgia vote. Something I just realized.

    Neither. They'll be acting in what they discern to be their own interest, or that of their funders. Which for the time being may be Trump, but in the longer term will be merely Trumpist.
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    This time, won't be like a bat out of ...
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    That is indeed the eternal question about Democracy.

    It's not unlike the eternal question about Free Markets - should one have complete unregulated "Laissez-Faire," with all of the...
  35. Re: Chris Schwarz' new project - substack "American Peasant."

    There's a thought. Room for some judicious bloodletting too. :D
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    Re: To some degree, I was conceivedů

    Conceived, but not misconcieved. Thank God.
  37. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    Saw a quote on Twitter about Walker's loss. "Like watching a plane crash into a train wreck, which rolled into a dumpster fire."

    I aspire to that level of writing.
  38. Re: Chris Schwarz' new project - substack "American Peasant."

    Me too, though the jury's still out on whether I'll pay for it once the paywall drops. I'm not yet convinced into buying one of those knife thingies to scratch designs in either.

    After all, I...
  39. Thread: Canada, eh?

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    Re: Canada, eh?

    There's more than one reason why we moved away from Edmonton 20 years ago.
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    Re: Georgia vote. Something I just realized.

    For the life of me I cannot understand how this could even be a contest. Yet here we are.
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    Re: Trump organization fraud trial - verdict in

    Apparently there were 17 charges in total. Oy.
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    Re: Trump organization fraud trial - verdict in

    Will likely have impact on criminal charges yet to be laid. The kids were among the beneficiaries of this fraud, and presumably will be vulnerable to charges themselves.

    Which presumably...
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    Trump organization fraud trial - verdict in

    Guilty on all counts.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/AaronKatersky/status/1600231686889000962

    Well. Open the ketchup bottles.
  44. Re: Is it just me, or have the other parts of the forum thinned out little?

    "Does this sail & oar design make me look thinner?" "Nope, it's just the pine tar."
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    Re: Indonesia: no hanky-panky

    Well. Prisons are a growth industry, I guess.
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    Re: Alex Jones' bad day

    I've started a couple of other threads this morning for you to peruse, Lee. We Canadians are thoughtful like that. ;)
  47. Re: (free) WAPO article: complex feelings when a difficult parent dies.

    Dad died of Alzheimer's about 15 years ago now. His period of significant dementia was mercifully brief, and the way in which his dementia expressed itself was pretty benign. For all that, I'm...
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    Re: blackhawk replacement

    One does begin to wonder how the battlefield balance will go as drones become more capable and autonomous, and piloted aircraft (helicopters and fixed wing) ever more breathtakingly expensive.
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    Re: Alex Jones' bad day

    If I might, I launched this thread to talk about Alex Jones' day in court, and the consequences he's facing for having been found to have intentionally lied about the shootings of schoolchildren. To...
  50. Thread: Memes andů

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    Re: Memes andů

    https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/316829414_10229188291361045_6710342448941501009_n.jpg?stp=dst-jpg_p843x403&_nc_cat=102&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=5cd70e&_nc_ohc=aOP-sWGyvU0AX-97eex&_nc_ht=scon...
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