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    Re: Voter registration.

    In my state, we don't register by party, and anyone can vote for any candidate in the primaries. It would be better if we had ranked choice voting, but the jungle primary is a start.
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    Re: Ukraine

    Fine by me. So, if you're not accepting what Pravda says uncritically, what other sources can we trace this claim to? We've already exploded your claim that Fiona Hill said the US and Boris Johnson...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Thereby forcing them to make peace!

    Yeah, it all makes sense...not.
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    Re: Ukraine

    I confess, I attempted to adopt the same sort of bantering tone you used in your response to George, assuming that was the kind of conversation you desired. It now appears that you deeply resent...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Admitting it is a threat to his survival.
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    Re: Ukraine

    Nah, I debated Sky Blue, he would have been quoting Mobius Mobug or someone equally obscure.

    I'm painfully aware that I'm an imperfect human being and capable of making mistakes, so I went though...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Given how the credibility of those cites has turned out, I don't blame you. Honestly, I'm sure the war will end with a diplomatic settlement, but that's not helped by Russia annexing parts of Ukraine...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Well, thanks for condescending to continue the conversation, I guess. Really, all you had to say was this:




    I think we can both agree that the motive and stated goal that you claimed to know...
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    Re: Ukraine

    It seems to be more an article of faith.
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    Re: Ukraine

    No, you are not saying the US should stop the war immediately. You are arguing that it should already have stopped the war.

    Interesting that you would mention Sachs, since you have mainly relied...
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    Re: Ukraine

    https://cdn.someecards.com/someecards/usercards/the-first-rule-of-the-condescending-club-is-oh-never-mind-youd-never-understand-even-if-i-explained-it-to-you-44d39.png
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    Re: Ukraine

    So, you spew a bunch of stuff at me, then announce the conversation over? That's lame. You can't explain why, in what you term an 'information vacuum,' you know of motives and stated goals that don't...
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    Orwell fought on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, and had seen democracies refuse to supply weapons to the elected government of Spain while Germany and Italy provided weapons and pilots...
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    I have read what you have written. You now admit that Biden did not say anything like that his 'stated goal' included shutting down NS1, but insinuate that this doesn't matter because maybe he's in...
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    Re: Ukraine

    I'm sure we all want this war to end soon, and expect a negotiated end to the war. I'm a bit skeptical of the notion that the US should be driving the negotiations, since the US is not at war.

    I...
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    Yes, I'm aware that you were initially responding to George. However, my response was to what you said, not an endorsement of what George said. The problem is that you can't seem to distinguish...
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    More sneering, still no substance. Of course we don't know whodunnit, as I've previously stated on this thread. But if we're going to be trying to figure it out, isn't it important to base our...
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    I think we're all familiar with Biden's statement, and with the fact that his goal was already achieved because Nordstream 2 was not put into service.

    And I'm sorry to tell you, the tone of that...
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    I have not claimed to have the kind of specialized knowledge you seemed to be claiming for yourself. Certainly, Biden has never publicly stated the goal of ending Nordstream 1, while you appeared to...
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    Precisely. This was done by someone who wants Germans to freeze.
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    Are you claiming that Biden said he would end Nordstream 1? His goal of making sure Nordstream 2 didn't go into use had already been achieved. On the other hand, Russia had stopped sending gas...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Biden had already achieved his goal. The pipeline never opened.
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    Re: Ukraine

    Your links don't work, but this is an interesting article, so I'll have a go at linking:

    https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/noam-chomsky-has-no-proposal-ending-russias-war-ukraine
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    Re: Americans in Europe- strange people!

    "Medical science is doing all it can for me."
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    Well, I read it. Still looks like Chomsky thinks it's the US that is blocking any chance of successful diplomacy, an assertion he really makes no compelling argument for. Putin has been given plenty...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Getting invaded will do that. I assume he did his best to reach a peace deal, but once Putin rolled the tanks into his country, all bets were off.
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    I think a lot of us appreciate the work Chomsky has done, and think he has a point. Personally, I think he exaggerates American power. I really would appreciate it if you would respond to the link...
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    Re: Omfg

    I noticed that the cops have not claimed they found guns in the car. Probably stopped the wrong car to start with. I think they were careless of her safety because she was accused of something...
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    No, I don't think so. I think he believes what he's saying, and has a confirmation bias that makes him think that only sources that agree with him are reliable. That's why I continue to engage with...
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    Re: Omfg

    Including brain injuries. This is life-changing for her.

    What did this cop think would happen?
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    Re: Omfg

    Snidely Whiplash?
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    Re: Ukraine

    Had you actually read Hill's article, you would know that you are misrepresenting what she said. At no point did she say the US blew up the process. She said the Russians lost interest in a peace...
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    I have in fact understood Stockman's points. He forgets that Russia's goal was to take all of Ukraine and make it part of Russia. Certainly, the war would have ended in February if Ukraine had agreed...
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    Re: The US and the Holocaust

    Trump had no effect on illegal immigration, in contrast to the declines in illegal immigration under Clinton, Bush II, and Obama. His policies only affected legal immigration. So anyone who agreed...
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    Well, it is true that Ukraine could have surrendered at any time. That seems to be what Stockman means.

    I am fascinated that an old lefty like sandtown is quoting David Stockman, Reagan's budget...
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    Re: One China?

    China has already blown its chance at a peaceful rejoining with Taiwan. They showed they couldn't keep their promises to Hong Kong, so naturally, Taiwan is wary.

    Biden is sending one message to...
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    Re: Ukraine

    The same occurred to me. But he didn't take this step earlier, likely because it carries considerable risk.
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    Re: The chess scandal continues....

    There should be. And a lot more bombast.
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    I believe this is exactly what sandtown finds reprehensible.
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    Re: The chess scandal continues....

    The future of chess is Faraday cage matches.
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    Re: Groom Service the series.

    This should be fictional. Renee and her plucky sidekick solve crimes using her knowledge of pet grooming and his fists.
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    You are contradicting yourself. It was effective, which is why Nazis are not much of a force in Germany.

    Plus, industry was already privately owned, so the economy did not need to be restructured,...
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    Not only was Germany occupied, a program of denazification barred the anti-democratic element of society from any role in government. Doing the same in Russia wasn't going to happen. The West made...
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    Re: Really bad Joke of the Day

    :).
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    I don't think anyone will know whether he has CTE unless an autopsy is done after he dies.

    Walker has serious issues with telling the truth. He lies to his own aides. Surely that is more important.
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    Re: Esophogeal perforation

    Harrowing! Glad you made it through.
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    Re: Really bad Joke of the Day

    I once met a bad, evil man who was so lactose intolerant that he would go into hay bars and beat up cows.
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    No I did not "say" or write that. Fiona Hill did, likely in an unguarded moment.[/QUOTE]
    She said no such thing in the Foreign Affairs article. You clearly did not read what she wrote.

    Again, the...
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    Re: The American School System!

    Lots of them do. Seriously, am I the only one here who went to school with working-class kids? I remember one classmate was on track to learn how to repair jet engines. There were programs for people...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Aren't you the guy who said Boris Johnson dictated to Zelensky that he couldn't accept a peace deal?

    Ukraine has plenty of experience dealing with Russia. After all, Russia is a signatory to the...
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