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      They’re trying to find something that they can convict Trump on so he can’t run for Prez again. One would think if it was there, they would have ballyhooed it by now.

      Or maybe they were looking for something else that they didn’t want Trump to disclose, and found it. Either way, this was never about helping out the National Archives.

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      Why would Putin, who just a couple of weeks before had told an EU rep at some peace talks sponsored by Turkey that all they had to do was drop their sanctions on Russia and the gas would flow, destroy his best diplomatic leverage?

      He wouldn’t. If you’re interested, here are my thoughts on the matter as of a few days ago:

      https://ohiobarbarian.substack.com/p/the-nordstream-pipeline-sabotage

      Technically, we just committed an act of war against Germany, not that even the Germans will ever admit that. Or maybe the German people will. Social unrest is in their immediate future.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      No one has contacted us. We don’t know why the site went back up, and we don’t know who is administering it.

      I swear. I’ve had nothing but Twilight Zone moments since Covid started. It’s getting old.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Bill Gates complained that the Omicron variant was acting as a natural vaccine in Africa, and he was correct. It did, so now Africans won’t be a continental laboratory for breeding new and more dangerous variants, as Gates had hoped.

      By now, nearly everyone has been infected with Covid and, if you’re still alive, you have a strong natural immunity to it. It’s way past time to drop the Covid hysteria, and the Chinese are idiots for pushing a Zero Covid policy that can never work.

      It sure is nice to reply to someone on JPR again.

       

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Food prices have increased by a full third across the board.

      I cannot bring myself to care about this subject at all.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      BAWAHAHAHAHA!

      Just another liberal multimillionaire in a bubble without a clue.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      I don’t know why. I’m no computer techie.

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      Admiral Cochrane was an ass. Still is. He’s never around when we need him.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      It’s fun to channel Cato at them. Heads explode. Great fun.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      He also said the sanctions would destroy the Russian economy by crushing the value of the ruble and that the objective was regime change in Moscow. The ruble is now stronger than ever, Putin’s more popular than ever in Russia, and it is the American dollar that is losing its purchasing power.

      Lyin’ Biden rides again.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      He talks about a “government of love,” or some such Obamaesque tripe. He ran on a social issue for Colombia–legalizing or decriminalizing drugs and ending the drug war, which is great, but if he doesn’t nationalize American corporate holdings in Colombia then we’ll know he’s been bought.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Very similar to Obama’s Social Security tax holiday. Remember that pathetic thing liberals loved to bray about?

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The article says the Taliban are chasing the ISIS folks. We’re supposed to be at war with ISIS, right? So the Taliban are our allies here, right?

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Richard Nixon was the last President elected who wasn’t worth a million bucks when he was elected. He was worth a mere $515,000 at the time, which would still make him a multimillionaire today, accounting for inflation. To find a president who wasn’t a millionaire even by our standards, you’d have to go back to either Truman or Eisenhower.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Good thing Biden’s BBB passed. Oh wait.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #492136
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      How many Americans kept working until they literally dropped because they had no sick time and were afraid of losing their jobs if they didn’t go in? My own stepdaughter developed walking pneumonia because she wouldn’t take a day off when she had Covid. Yes, at a daycare center, but she had to keep going in to work back in early 2020. And she was in her early 30s and healthy.

      OTOH, I was 61 at the time, but had paid sick days. I took a couple off and got better. My stepkid didn’t until her mom and I took her car keys away from her so she couldn’t go to work, and told her boss dire things would happen to her business if she fired our adult kid. She didn’t get fired.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      That means they went over 200 miles with pinpoint accuracy if the reports are correct. Quite the coup for Russian intelligence and for the Russian Navy.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Blinken was quick on his feet with the bullshit. I wonder how much he is really calling the shots since Biden clearly isn’t, or if he’s just doing what he’s told.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Yet another sign our imperial managers know the jig is almost up for Ukraine.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Anyone who thinks that means I have nostalgia for Trump can bugger right off.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      I doubt they planned it to start in 2021, though, probably several years earlier during the Hillary Clinton Administration which, thankfully, will never be a thing.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      This tells me that the German government is going to be in a lot of electoral trouble real soon. The Italians just signed on to the Chinese Belt & Road Initiative, so this poll kinda figures with them.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Just never have a major party convention. All that does is raise prices on everything for a few years.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Purchasing power is spiraling down so long as price increases exceed wage increases. The corporations’ own public quarterly profit reports show where most of the profits from this inflation are going–straight into the bank accounts of the individual capitalists who made the decisions to increase their prices.

      Any attempt to make what’s happening sound complicated is an attempt to deflect blame away from the people who are directly causing this inflation.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      English is the universal language of grift.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      It is well known in leftist Twit World circles that the Ukrainian flag in someone’s tweet is a warning that you are about to read a really stupid tweet. I often thank them for the courtesy.

      The only response from them so far has been a Like! Guess the rest haven’t received instructions from the cult on how to respond yet.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      If Putin isn’t Hitler, he certainly isn’t Sauron. He doesn’t even have any Nazgul or Orcs. And Gandalf would whack Zelensky up the side of the head, or maybe turn him into a toad.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      NONE of them around here have done that since the lockdowns. The only way you can get your Big Mac is via the drive-thru. Fortunately for me, I have both charcoal and propane grills, and my burgers are better anyway.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      They’ve always been authoritarian, with one brief plunge into totalitarianism under Mao, who killed more of his own people than Stalin ever did, which is a high bar.

      I’m an American. I’ll complain about every authoritarian mask mandate that serves no useful medical purpose, and that most definitely includes masking against Covid. The county I work for re-imposed their mask mandates and most of the employees who are left(who have lots of vacation and sick time due to longevity) just called in on the days they were supposed to work in the office and half of us refused to wear masks in the nearly empty hallways when we did show up, for the penalty was to be sent home!

      It worked. The county dropped the mandate after three weeks.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      We’re lucky. Our cats don’t bring mice inside the house. They either eat them outside, or behead them and bring the body as an offering, or maybe a warning, to us on the back door steps.

      Please take care of yourself. And don’t blame the cat. Blame the mouse for being stupid enough to get caught.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      I think the uniparty would cancel the debates outright before they’d let that happen, unless the Republicans nominated Trump. He might want to have Dore on the stage because he’d think he’d get better ratings.

      Plus, as @jimlane said, ballot access is still a huge problem for the People’s Party.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      That looks about right to me. If this keeps going, Biden will sink under 30% approval. So will Democrats in general.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Of course, I’ve felt sick about it for damned near all of my life now, so I’m used to it.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      I see a huge opportunity for donors to grift. Probably why it will pass. Whether it will do any good or not time will tell.

      At least they’re not sending another couple billion to Ukraine for the moment.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      If it were Americans finding Russian biolabs in some country we invaded, we’d be going full blitzkrieg to seize them all by now. Russian restraint may be the most unusual thing about this war.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      I’m with @chknltl on this one. We saw the Republicans steal the 2000 presidential election. We saw Democrats rig two primaries in a row, including the one that selected Biden.

      While I have seen zero hard evidence that there was any vote-tampering in the 2024 general election, and I really doubt there was, I can’t blame Republicans for thinking it might have been rigged. I suspect every election is rigged anymore.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Notice the words that are never said: Capitalism and empire.

      Regardless, this is a great piece in that it shows us the ready-made talking points we’ll be hearing from the Democrat cult from now until at least November.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Whatever, I will never vote for a Democrat, any Democrat, again. Bernie Sanders just voted to send another $40 billion through the grifting operation known as the MIC to fucking Ukraine when there’s over 8% inflation at home and We The People are really hurting.

      That’s completely unacceptable to me, and I will never forgive that old poltroon for that.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      It is never going away. It now manifests as a common cold in over 99% of cases, if there are any symptoms at all. I suspect this article is in line with pushing for vaccines for children, which are problematic at best and I think most unwise. Maybe because I actually care about children more than I do Big Pharma profits.

      There will always be a small minority of people who are severely affected by certain things. Notice Truthout didn’t mention the fact that the US has a failed health care system and a growing homeless population at the same time, which cause far more suffering and death than Covid ever will again.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      But it will never pass this Congress, and Biden might well veto it because he really is a demented, mean old man.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      For one thing, he really is too damned old. If he runs, he will be 84 when the 2024 election is held. RSN says they said the same thing about Reagan, which is true, but Reagan was only 70 when he won. There simply is a big difference between 70 and 80 in most people these days.

      For another, Bernie Sanders has lost all credibility with me. He is a total cuck to Democratic Party power, and I don’t respect him anymore. Shit, he voted to send tens of billions to fucking Ukraine when we’re having 8.6% annual inflation here at home and We The People are really hurting. That’s unacceptable. Which makes all federal Democrat elected officials unacceptable to me.

      Forever.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      There are too many guns out there to be confiscated, and none of us who have them are willing to trust this government enough to ever give them up.

      I think my next purchase will be a Henry repeating rifle. Cheap .22 ammo for the range. What do you think?

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      They’ve been prating about that, and how they would get a permanent Democratic majority from minority voters, for at least 30 years. Republicans have naturally turned that into a talking point against Democrats. Now it seems the whole thing has spiraled down into crass political opportunism on both sides, so both can squawk about and distract people with this issue that poses zero threat to their kleptocratic donors.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The thing is, the last thing the American oligarchy wants to see is cheap, clean, reliable fusion power. They will do what they can to make sure no nation ever gets a fusion reactor online. Once that happens, the whole imperial system comes crashing down.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      If they’re expanding their Overton Window into allowing questioning of American involvement in Ukraine, that means they’ve gotten the word that the jig’s going to be up soon. Just the other day the Russians said over 6000 Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered to them in the Donbass.

      Before long we might see stories of an impending Ukrainian collapse, and how all those weapons just couldn’t help, and well we tried, but we’ll keep the sanctions on because we’re complete imbeciles.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The US Empire is losing its grip on Latin America.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      It doesn’t matter if the weapons never make it to the Ukrainian Army. It doesn’t matter if they don’t work. It doesn’t matter if the Ukrainians don’t have the training to use them. It doesn’t matter how many Ukrainians, and Russians, die. All that matter is profit.

      It really is that simple. Now that they’ve stolen money from us for their bosses, Joe Biden and friends are openly admitting that Ukraine will have to cede territory for the war to end. Sure, they fooled Zelensky. He is expendable to them, just like his country.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Did you know Herb was Ukrainian?

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      No massive missile strikes leveling buildings. No miles of burnt vehicles in a Highway of Death. No video of tanks flying flags rolling victoriously forward over hundreds of miles in a few days. No empty boots in the sand. No miles of blackened, burned bodies of those foolish enough to oppose the Empire.

      I swear, these Russians just don’t know how to throw a war that makes good copy in the West, but what can one expect from people who aren’t “really” European?

      No. The Russians did a reconnaissance in force early on hoping that the Ukrainians would mostly just surrender. When that didn’t work, they went back to an old method of warfare that’s slow, steady, and inevitably leads to victory with a minimum of casualties on both sides. What barbarians!

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The CDC is lying right now, recommending masking indoors in some cities for a virus that now manifests as a mostly asymptomatic common cold to slow the spread, which masks have never in fact done.  They lied early on with the claim that vaccines would stop the spread of the disease and prevent infection. They do neither. They have ignored thousands of reports of pretty bad side-effects of the vaccines in children, who never got very sick with Covid in the first place, and want to mandate vaccines.

      This was never about the science or a deadly plague. It was, and is, a grifting operation to make huge profits for the oligarchs of Big Pharma and those who make their money off of the internet, not to mention the bigger businesses who were never forced to close during the lockdowns while their small business competitors were driven into the ground.

      Capitalism corrupts everything in its relentless pursuit of profit, including science.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Dems definitely want to lose big. The thing is, they won’t lose by as bigly as they deserve because of gerrymandering and LOTE voters.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #489906
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      My wife swears writing things out helps with her anger and depression, so whatever works.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #489905
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      The Russians have been doing this ever since they got their noses bloodied in the first weeks of the war. They slowly extend pincers of armor and motorized infantry, protected by artillery and air power, around concentrations of Ukrainian forces. Then they sit and wait for any troops caught once the pocket has closed to get hungry and thirsty and run low on ammunition and surrender.


      @earthartist
      is right. The Russians have done this several times before, most recently around Mariupol, and Western news agencies like Reuters get it wrong every single fucking time. Now they’re doing it to at least three different concentrations of Ukrainian troops. This is not a sign that the Russian offensive is slowing down. It’s just grinding along. Time is a luxury the Russians can afford.

      How long can Western governments survive with damned near double-digit inflation? They have these things called elections. Putin has probably heard of them.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #489711
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      No mention of Ukrainian history since 2014, much less independence. No mention of the systematic murder of civilians by Ukrainian troops and militias in Donbass, no mention of NATO expansionism.

      Oh well. It’s the Guardian.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #489695
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      They’re suggesting the cops might have killed some kids. Completely unsubstantiated, but suspected because of how quickly the cops said that. There’s been no time for ballistics test and autopsy results yet. So the reasoning goes, Why say that unless they are already covering something up?


      @davidthegnome
      Not only liability but maybe negligent homicide charges. The cops have a long history of lying in predictable patterns just like this. Incompetent, cowardly fuckers they are.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #489494
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      As in lined up against a wall.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #489492
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      Capitalists always want cheaper labor. That’s what’s important to them, not race. It’s only liberals and some Republicans that read race into everything.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #489358
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      I really would like to see what’s left of the Porsche. I backed into some rich guy’s Porsche with my steel-step bumpered pickup truck once.

      The damage was glorious to behold.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #489237
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      The head of the Russian Army calls up one of the Joint Chiefs and tells him sending Ukraine those rockets is a Very Bad Idea because nukes. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs tells the president, or whoever has Biden Control that morning, to cancel the deal and Joe does what he is told.

      Simple.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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    • #489113
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      Unless they attach a little propeller to the top. What a bunch of clownish poltroons, and stupid to boot. One of them gave Kamala Harris a run for her money on Most Incomprehensible Word Salad.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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    • #488971
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      At least Abbott said there were mental health issues involved. Perhaps your hemorrhoid-inspiring Senator has so many mental health issues of his own he can’t see anyone else’s.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488929
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      He sent me to an oral surgeon who was as arrogant as he was competent, and told me so. The bill was for $4000. I told him to send it to the original dentist. He said, “I’ll never collect,” then looked at me, rolled his eyes, and said “You won’t pay me, either. You can’t pay me. What the hell. I’ll send that incompetent quack the bill.”

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488799
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      Talk about adding insult to murder. And the only reason it stopped when it did was because two off-duty Border Patrol guys showed up and went in and killed the gunmen. Had they not, it would have gone on even longer.

      The cops are saying they had a containment strategy to keep the gunman in just the one classroom, where he then proceeded to take his time and massacre all the kids and teachers in that classroom. Saager Enjeti reported that when the Border Patrol got there, none of the other cops had even thought about getting a key for that classroom door. Of course not. Their #1 concern was protecting their own asses.

      Again, this is how they are trained, with Israeli training methods. Protect yourself first, your partner second, and only help civilians if it’s no danger to you.

      If cops are not willing to risk their lives to save our children, then why keep them around? The answer is simple. They are there to protect property and the powerful from the rest of us, and to raise revenue from the rest of us, never to serve and protect We The People.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488612
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      But she was such a terrible candidate and horrible human being that she lost to a reality TV star who would have been a seller of used automobiles or snake oil in other times.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488605
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      They actually believe all of that post-modernist, this-or-that academic or corporate model bullshit. They’ve been trained, and rewarded, to think in certain ways and terms.

      Which no longer works in the real world, and it never worked very well in the first place.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488585
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      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488578
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      Each new variant of the Covid-19 virus has been milder than the previous version. Now it manifests as a common cold, when it manifests at all. We nearly all have natural immunity to it by now. Yet lockdown liberals wanna bring back the lockdowns. Yay.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488575
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      The Frio River runs through there. It was a great place to get away from the big city of San Antonio. Mostly Latino, of course, which is why this story will fade fast. The shooter was Latino, as were most of the victims, so there’s no racialist political hay to be made. Gun control? Gun control’s dead in this country.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488553
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      My personal experience says Yes, definitely. I used to be able to smoke week all day and get no more than a mellow high. Now, not so much. It is stronger.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488552
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      At least the Mexicans are gearing up. They know what, and who, are coming.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488550
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      They do that all of the time to try to keep people scared of the Big Bad Terrists and to justify their obscenely bloated budget.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488420
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      He just wants our compliance for our own good. And conservatives used to complain about the nanny state. This is a science fiction level of social control become real.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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    • #488385
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      If the pro-choicers were serious, they’d burn down that edifice.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488384
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      He was no doubt against this Ukraine proxy war from the very beginning. In fact, he spoke out against NATO expansion years ago.

      The Ukrainians cannot win this war, and it’s their government’s own damned fault for breaking the Minsk accords and shelling the Donbass for 8 years. Not to mention trusting anyone from Washington.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488273
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      Ever seen Is Paris Burning? Hitler ordered the destruction of Paris before the Allies could arrive. The German commander refused to carry that order out, and his family died slowly and horribly back in Germany.

      Utter madness.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488186
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      As proof sanctions were destroying the Russian economy. How can the Russians live without Big Macs, Starbucks, and I-phones?

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488185
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      Back in the day, Polish magnates treated their Ukrainian serfs like cattle, according to historians of all political stripes. The Austrians and Hungarians were a relief.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488179
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      If you know anyone foolish enough to bet money that the Dems will retain control of Congress this November, bet them.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488005
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      I swear nearly every time I learn about some politician for the first time Mike DeWine looks better and better in comparison. Sad.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488004
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      No mask necessary.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #488003
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      What’s up with that?

      I am disappointed.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #487901
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      Nazis like that grim, black and gray stuff.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #487899
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      It is completely corrupt, worthless to most Americans. Yes, I’ve seen the impact of the Israel lobby, for I live in what is now Shontel Brown’s district. They poured millions of dollars in to crush Nina Turner because she had criticized Israel in the past. She responded by cravenly condemning the BDS movement and sucking up to Joe Biden, and got a whopping 33% of the vote because most people who used to support her saw she was gunning to be the next AOC; just another celebrity progressive politician.

      Even the progressives who have won in the past few years have all bowed down to power once they were ensconced in Washington. There is no point in putting one’s hopes for positive change in anyone running as a Democrat.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #487655
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      Any Democrat.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #487652
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      Spying on citizens without probable cause, censorship, more funding for cops and psyops and setting up terrorist patsies to justify still more funding. Also we’re supposed to blame Republicans for this and if only Tucker Carlson were taken off the air racism and white supremacy will stop.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #487647
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      Everything he said in that statement was true about the United States. And he had to have his war to kill the man who tried to kill his father, according to Clinton and the CIA, anyway.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      This federal government certainly never will.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #487641
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      Since he’s a Russian soldier in a Nazi Ukrainian court, I can’t help but think of that.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #487640
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      We are ruled by thieves and mass murderers.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #487445
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      You know damned well they take them off at parties, but expect the wait staff to wear them.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #487443
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      There were at least 8 regions under Ukrainian control that were in danger of encirclement according to that Ukrainian-biased map. The Russians will secure both the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics, including Kharkov, and then they’ll push west along the Black Sea littoral, take Odessa, and link up with Russian troops that have been in Moldova all along.

      The Ukraine with its 1991 borders is already gone, and will shrink more until a peace deal is struck.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #487275
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      Or do you say that because it goes against the narrative that you have been propagandized to believe in? I suspect it is the latter.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #487273
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      This country has so many revolutionary powder kegs right now it isn’t funny. It could start with food riots, or a rent strike where a whole complex of renters refuses to budge. It could be a strike. It could be a reaction to one bone-headed foreign policy decision or another.

      How long will it take? Who knows? All I know is that Biden and Congress are showering money on cops to prepare for social unrest, while doing absolutely nothing to address any of the fundamental problems that are causing that unrest. Biden and his handlers are basically telling the American people “Fuck you!”

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Sometimes much more.

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    • #486509
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      Maybe some Republicans are figuring out most Americans really don’t want any more wars. In Ohio, J.D. Vance made liberals’ heads explode when he said he didn’t care about Ukraine, that he cared about Ohio and America. Am I going to have an antiwar Republican Senator?

      Maybe.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #486474
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      So let it be written. So let it be done.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #486373
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      With a Russian-speaking government, which is to be expected, since most of Odessa is Russian, not Ukrainian. Always has been.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #486285
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      By his Nazi handlers, with the Biden Administration telling them they’ve got their back.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #486271
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      Which is more than I can say the Squad ever did.

      If the leaked draft opinion isn’t completely rewritten(see, I do know about draft court opinions), then there will be grounds to overturn Griswold v. Connecticut as well. If that happens, well, all hell will break lose, but let’s speculate about Ohio.

      Suppose Griswold is overturned. Suppose the Ohio Republicans are stupid enough to try to even restrict contraception by statute in the legislature. Suppose DeWine is stupid enough not to veto it. Within a year, there would be a constitutional amendment on the ballot to overturn the evangelical Christian law, and it would pass with at least 70% of the vote. Probably more.

      Depending on the timing, the Democrats could take total control of Ohio government again. That’s a lot of suppositions, but it is now theoretically possible.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #486249
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      Once again, Ukrainian propaganda so faithfully repeated by American corporate state media is debunked within 24 hours, this time by a corporate media outlet! Love it.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #486234
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      And Pelosi is making a bundle, I’m sure. Probably so is Hunter Biden.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      When push comes to shove, when the choice is between giving the working class more real power or going in the Fascist direction, liberals always choose Fascism for one simple reason: Both want capitalism to continue in some form. Even though the liberals who ended up supporting Mussolini and Hitler were subsequently persecuted themselves.

      In @retiredliberal ‘s definition above, liberals are defined as supporting free enterprise, which is a synonym for capitalism. That’s the key part of what defines a liberal. The other things are nice and positive, but in the end, always subservient to the interests of capital.

       

       

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      My favorite’s Pride of Szegred, made in Hungary.

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      Now $66 billion going to that country(well to our MIC who sends the weapons there) when we have homelessness, the worst health care delivery system in the industrialized world, crushing student debt, rampant inflation, ad nauseum.

      And that display is open Nazism.

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      I like the way he emphasized his union included Trump voters, that this was a class thing, not a left v. right thing.

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    • #486079
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      If you hover your mouse over Latest on the tool bar, a drop down box will appear that has Boards on it. If you click on that, you will see the latest posts and replies.

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    • #486045
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      Bolsonaro is reportedly toying with the idea of ignoring the election results if he loses. There will likely be violence in Brazil when this goes down.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      If what this Ukrainian officer was saying is true, this regiment wasn’t dominated by Nazis, and it sounded like they surrendered only after Nazi-dominated units retreated while ordering them to fight to the last man.

      So instead of doing that they tried to sneak through the Russian lines to get away, got caught and surrendered.

      This sounds remarkably like the accounts of European, Canadian, and American mercenaries who either surrendered to the Russians or made it back to their own homelands to tell the same stories. It’s no surprise. In World War II, SS units routinely executed Wehrmacht officers who disobeyed orders not to retreat, and kept the best defensive positions for themselves as they were slowly overwhelmed by either Soviet or Western Allied forces.

      Nazis. At least they’re consistent.

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      After all, the dude took some flak by admitting he told the Chinese military leadership they had no need to worry about Trump doing something rash on his way out.

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    • #485974
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      The Court cannot consider case law related to emancipation that existed before the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. Which was at the end of the Civil War.

      Unless I am misunderstanding something.

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    • #485973
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      After the real coup, not that failed riot last year Democrats tried to pass off as a coup attempt.

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    • #485825
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      If she does, I’ll believe her conversion is genuine. If not, then same old Ana and typical “lefty” YouTube talking head. My first impression is that this is just an act to try to shore up TYT, which is flailing. They can’t compete with either their nemesis Jimmy Dore or with Russell Brand.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Pending economic collapse and climate change are the two biggies for me.

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    • #485456
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      Tomorrow it’s my Texas beef enchilada casserole for dinner, with the Mexican flag flying over the stoop.

      Denver has a majority Latino population, mostly of Mexican descent, and Cinco de Mayo is huge there. They have a parade, and people drive around slowly in cars with Mexican flags draped across their hoods, usually playing loud music and consuming mucho cerveza y tequila.

      I grew up in San Antonio, and didn’t even start hearing of Cinco de Mayo until I was an adult. There, the big Mexican holiday is Diez y Seis, September 16, Mexican Independence Day. There’s a reason for that, what I like to call the Seis de Mayo, even though it was more like May 21 or something.

      Yes, on May 5, 1862, Mexican revolutionaries defeated a French force at Puebla. A couple of weeks later, the French came back, defeated the Mexicans, and recaptured the city. Mexicans don’t celebrate Puebla because it was a small early victory quickly followed by a defeat. That would be kind of like Americans celebrating the Battle of Montreal. In 1775, there was a small battle between American and British forces, the British withdrew, and the Americans captured Montreal.

      Not all that many weeks later, the Americans got their asses kicked at Quebec and had to retreat back home.

      I’m not sure where the Cinco de Mayo got started, or why, but I like it anyway.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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    • #485449
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      Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, and the Macedonian Ptolemaic Dynasty ruled there until Cleopatra died in 30 BCE. Hadrian was around about 200 years later.

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      Of course I thought it was cool, but Star Trek was still better.

      I can’t say that about the new Star Trek series like Discovery and Picard, though. I think they well and truly suck. I’ll take the old Star War movies over them anytime.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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    • #485347
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      12% effective rate with complications in pregnant women. After Fauci lied about it being MUCH more effective, after the government made it mandatory for many, and after liberals castigated people for daring to question a man with a degree from Johns Hopkins.

      So there’s that. There’s also the fact that the Ukrainian Army is facing collapse.

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    • #485301
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      I said earlier I would be surprised if Turner topped 40%. She didn’t even come close. I’m just glad I won’t have to see Shontel Brown’s face every time I turn on the TV.

      Looks like the Hillbilly Elegy guy is probably going to be my US Senator. Yee-haw. The Democrat is Tim Ryan, a contemptible neoliberal toad. I don’t know if there will be any third party candidates. If there are, I’ll probably vote for one of them.

      DeWine will be re-elected as governor. The Democrat, Nan Whaley, looks like a BIG loaf of white bread, or maybe dough. She won’t inspire the Black vote and she’ll get trounced. DeWine looks like a cute yard gnome, doesn’t he? If someone makes them I might buy one.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #485143
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      Like insulting people is going to get them to support your candidate. That’s their voter outreach.

      We’ll see what happens. We already know the Democrats in Congress won’t pass an abortion rights statute, so it will devolve to the states. I can see abortion having a major impact on some statewide elections in different states, but I don’t think it will save the Democrats this November, not with unabated inflation that Biden will do nothing about.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #485064
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      Surprise, surprise. Realism is more accurate and more pragmatic. Idealism is fantasy, and policy based on such is often disastrous.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #485063
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      It’s clear he and his Ivy League advisers never thought their sanctions on Russia would backfire so badly, and their imperial overreach vis-a-vis Venezuela is glaring. Venezuela has a state of the art Russian anti-air system manned by Russians so American airpower is neutralized, and Chinese anti-ship missiles to make any naval invasion costly.

      Yet the official policy is still regime change. They seem to think Maduro will make an oil deal without insisting they lift the sanctions. Why should he do that?

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #485023
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      I think it’s a great example for putting the proverbial shoe on the other proverbial foot. The difference is that the Russians had already put the nuclear missiles in Cuba when Kennedy responded with the blockade, and said they would not allow an American invasion of Cuba.

      In this case, Russia invaded before Ukraine joined NATO and thus obtained access to nuclear weapons. So the situations are a little different, but the reasoning is the same. JFK felt he could not live with Russian missiles in Cuba, but negotiated his way out of it. Putin felt he could not live with Ukraine joining NATO, and militarily invaded after the US and Ukraine made clear they would not allow him to negotiate is way out of it.

      JFK and Khrushchev never walked away from talking. Biden and Zelinsky did, and look what happened.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #485017
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      They did surrender and are alive and well in Russian custody. Why should I believe this latest propaganda from a bunch of desperate Nazis?

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #485015
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      I don’t agree with everything he’s done, but legalizing weed and decriminalizing drugs to deprive the drug cartels of their income is pretty admirable. So is refusing to join in the sanctions against Russia.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #484958
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      Yet the Democrats who have control of the governor’s office, supermajorities in the state legislature and the state supreme court, and probably all of the elected positions in Oakland, won’t even keep the fucking community schools open.

      They do that in California. They do that in Washington every time they are in power. And people wonder why I won’t vote for Democrats.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #484954
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      I’m like @kentankerous , I have never experienced such a thing as a weed hangover, and I smoked dope with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.

      My wife, OTOH, cannot use weed because it either makes her horribly paranoid or makes her happy for a little bit, then she goes to sleep, then she wakes up with the exact same complaints that @chknltl expressed. She has no energy at all the next day. Her daughter is the same way. Her sons are like me.

      Go figure. I’m glad there’s been some research done. If somebody learns they’re better off not getting high before bedtime and that makes life a little easier, great!

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      I sure don’t see any difference here. And where are Bernie Sanders’ and the Squad’s strongly worded letters on the subject? I don’t even see those. Guess going from children in cages to detention facilities salved their progressive consciences.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #484939
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      I know Richard Wolff uses Patreon, so as long as he has no problems with them, they are probably safe.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #484938
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      There’s lots of anti-capitalist stuff out there now, such as James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series, which is all about capitalist exploitation and oppression set against the backdrop of apocalyptic alien threats. It’s true that some sci-fi writers started off on the left and drifted to the right after they made their fortunes, such as Robert A. Heinlein and Larry Niven, though Niven’s recent work in his old age shows a move back in the other direction, IMO.

      Then there’s David Weber, a military sci-fi writer who started off as a conservative monarchist, of all things, but started moving leftwards when Dubya was president and is almost out-and-out socialist now, writing scathing Honorverse books about a corrupt kleptocracy running something called the Solarian League with its capital in Chicago, with a foreign policy damned near identical to the current American one. The previously Stalinist People’s Republic of Haven has a revolution and becomes a functioning social democracy. Even his Empire of Manticore is a constitutional monarchy with staunchly protected civil rights and local control.

      Aside: Did you know that Roger Zelazny was born and raised in Euclid, Ohio? Neither did I till a few years ago.

      Another Ohioan, John Scalzi, has a whole slew of thoughtful books that are sharp critiques of capitalism through and through. He’s another one with a Forever War for Profit theme.

      There are more examples, but my little noggin is turning to mush. More coffee is needed, obviously.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The Republicans are just as worthless, of course, but Reich wants us to believe that only Republicans are ambitious, narcissistic, and cowardly. He needs to look in a mirror.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      I flew the most Communist flag I’ve got today:

      Flag of Angola - Original

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #484886
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      They haven’t been right yet about any of their victory claims. Not once that I can recall. But you believe them every time. That’s so sweet.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Our society is so damned predatory and downright criminal. All I can do is wish you a lot of luck.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #484879
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      CNN is a US Empire propaganda network, and not even a very good one.

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      Not only that, but it is approved since he is not being called a homophobic, racist, misogynistic pedophile.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #484798
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      Stalin would have sent an assassin to greet Pelosi. Churchill would have sent bombers. Vlad won’t try anything.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #484682
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      All I can tell you is that it’s happened to me before as well.

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    • #484665
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      It is a lie.

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    • #484663
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      I know that SFFH removed the built-in limit for characters in the title of an OP several years ago, partially because I and others bitched about it. Why you are having problems is beyond my admittedly very limited technical and programming expertise, but I can unequivocally declare that there is no censorship by the management of this place, such as it is and what there is of it.

      However, there IS a rule about attacking the site itself. I’m so personally opposed to censorship that I resist enforcing it. Perhaps I have been negligent.

      It is interesting that those who cry the loudest about Russian sources and real independent journalists being allowed here, with the implication they should be banned as they are in so much of our corporate media,  are so quick to see censorship lying behind every technical hiccup on a tiny political discussion board.

      In fact, it could be considered disruptive and an attack on the site itself. Or am I misunderstanding something?

       

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #484214
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      “Your medicine is in that cart? (golf cart sinks into pond after being shot and going into it). Now you’re gonna die in that stupid hat.”

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #484099
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      So the overwhelming majority of Americans now have either natural or vaxxed immunity to present and future variants, which mutate to become milder and more contagious over time. That’s just viral evolution.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #484098
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      Symptoms will be less severe if there are any at all. Hospitalization and death rates are already low and dropping.

      But our government will not tell us about natural immunity.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Too bad the genocide victims are unworthy of Western acknowledgement, much less concern. Especially when this would not have happened had it not been for the intervention of the US Empire.

      This is why I find all of this bleeding heart emotional support for Ukraine so glaringly hypocritical and, yes, contemptible. Especially from people who are aware of places like Darfur, who then turn around and tell those of us who are opposed to aiding Ukraine in this war or in admitting them to NATO that we are immoral people.

      I’ll stop. I’m just sick of that attitude from a large number of people on the internets.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #484076
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      Except in Rennes, which is Brittany. They’ve always been an ornery bunch.

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    • #484042
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    • #483936
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      The question is whose. Ukrainians? Americans? British? Hard to say.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #483902
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      And that’s what this is: Hollow. A meaningless objection from a fraud who won’t ever actually DO anything to oppose Joe Biden. But I’m supposed to send money to people like that because they say Nice Things. Ain’t happenin’.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #483899
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      “If it wasn’t for misinformation, this old lady might still be alive” is an accurate summary of it.

      Sorry, not buying it. Besides, as Robert A. Heinlein said, stupidity is the only universal capital crime.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #483890
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      One good thing about Le Pen and her right-wingers. They won’t blame the leftists for their loss, or accuse them of voting for Macron by not voting.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      And he did show just how quickly a broad-based, populist political movement can form. So yeah, he made a positive contribution.

      Unfortunately, he lost all credibility with me when he capitulated to Biden and the Democratic establishment in 2020. I should have stopped supporting him altogether after 2016 when he shilled for Hillary, but I made the mistake of giving him another chance because I saw no other options.

      I still don’t. I’ve just abandoned all hope of solving our problems through voting.

      But Bernie is definitely not one of the most powerful politicians in the world because he refuses to use that power for what he says he believes in. IMHO and all that.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      I’m all for mandatory vaccinations on things like smallpox and polio, plus a good many more really serious diseases. None of them, however, are respiratory viruses, for which there never has been an effective vaccine that lasted for more than a few years because they mutate so fast.

      With Covid, since most of us have already had it and have natural immunity, and I’m not exaggerating. The best we can do is have annual vaccines and to target our most vulnerable population with them. We don’t have mandatory influenza vaccines for the same good reasons that we shouldn’t have mandatory Covid vaccines.

      Unfortunately, the public has no understanding of the difference between respiratory viruses and other ones like smallpox. And that’s the media’s and the government’s fault.

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      Covid is a respiratory virus, and the variant in China is super-contagious. It is simply impossible to stop the spread by any lockdown measures in a city the size of Shanghai, and it’s showing, isn’t it?

      39 deaths out of 20,000 cases. That’s a 0.19% death rate, and we have no idea how many of those people were, say, over 80. I bet it was most of them, because they are the most vulnerable and less than half of elderly Chinese citizens were vaccinated, why I don’t know.

       

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    • #483814
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      The best thing for the US to do is to legalize all drugs, and cut off the revenue flow to those Salvadoran gangs. Non-exploitative investment would help, too, but we never do that.

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    • #483812
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      And it’s clear the New Yorker interviewer, who is openly hostile to Mearsheimer, doesn’t get it. I particularly like what Mearsheimer said here:

      We should be pivoting out of Europe to deal with China in a laser-like fashion, number one. And, number two, we should be working overtime to create friendly relations with the Russians. The Russians are part of our balancing coalition against China. If you live in a world where there are three great powers—China, Russia, and the United States—and one of those great powers, China, is a peer competitor, what you want to do if you’re the United States is have Russia on your side of the ledger. Instead, what we have done with our foolish policies in Eastern Europe is drive the Russians into the arms of the Chinese. This is a violation of Balance of Power Politics 101.

      Yeah, that’s Balance of Power Politics 101, all right, and our stupid and arrogant kleptocracy can’t even manage that. Not that I completely agree with this perspective–I think we must find ways to cooperate with China to address climate change if nothing else–but if China is the Big Rival then the last thing the US should do is to drive other countries, like Russia, India, and ultimately the EU, into China’s camp. And that’s exactly what course the Biden Administration is following.

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    • #483811
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      However, real change on any national scale won’t happen until unions defiantly break the capitalist laws and do things like sympathy strikes and general strikes.

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    • #483800
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      My wife only got the vax last year so she could go to a concert with her daughter. Your cousin’s boyfriend has a point, though, especially if he has been infected with Covid, which he probably has. That would mean he has natural immunity, which is better than vaxxed immunity, and therefore there is no medical reason for denying him entry to a concert.

      It’s an authoritarian reason, and nothing else.

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    • #483752
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    • #483750
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      I can’t trust Democrats. Any Democrats. Neither should the Amazon workers.

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    • #483725
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      Don’t take my word for it. Read up on things the Polish, Hungarian, and Austrian governments have done over the last few years because of neo-Nazi influence. Some in Germany, too. They’re a lot more organized politically than American neo-Nazis are, and a lot more influential.

       

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    • #483694
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      LOL! That’s such an obvious lie it’s funny.

      OTOH, this shareholder motion would expose just how much Lockheed, and the US empire, don’t care about the lives of ordinary people who just want to be able to live. That’s bad advertising and must not be allowed. Might depress the stocks.

      Remember we’re supposed to respect these people, especially now when women and minorities are showing us how sociopathic capitalism isn’t just for old white guys anymore. We’re supposed to thank politicians for doing their bidding, too.

      I think I’ll fly that Dont Tread On Me flag tomorrow. The Commie Angolan was has been out a couple of days, but it’s not as…local.

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    • #483673
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      Let’s see, since then my 100 year old mom died, the county dropped its mask and vaccine mandate after losing a third of its employees who quit, my daughter died of an opioid overdose and likely suicide, I learned that the trust fund my parents’ will promised me had never been funded and had never existed so unlike most boomers I won’t inherit anything at all, and that my combined pension and Social Security retirement is so small that I’d either have to generate a couple thousand a month on my own or move to South America to afford to live.

      And then got called back to work in the office two days a week, and we know damned well they’ll go to five just for power and control and even more people will quit and retire. Including me.

      So no. I don’t even remember June. Welcome back. 🙂

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    • #483670
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      The roads around here are mostly terrible, especially in the suburbs surrounding Amazon warehouses. Amazon’s trucks devastate roads never designed to handle that kind of traffic. The areas adjacent to the warehouses are meticulously maintained by the cities, but the area surrounding them? Nada.

      The highways are only in good shape when they go through wealthy areas, then they go to shit real quick. It’s obvious and everybody sees what’s happening. Plus they’re raising our already high property taxes to pay for the 15 year tax abatement they gave to Bezos. We already know pathetic Biden’s BBB is, as the DNC puppet Shontel Brown is bragging about one bridge getting fixed. One bridge! When there are hundreds that desperately need repair!

      As a county worker, if someone starts yelling at me and I tell them, factually and accurately,  it’s the federal government’s fault, they understand immediately. This wasn’t the case just three years ago. They know the federal government is broken as far as helping them is concerned. And they all have paid for car repairs due to the roads, and know that local government is pretty broken, too.

      OTOH, if the Amazon Labor Union came to Euclid, Ohio, they would have the support of the majority of people around here. Including most Republicans. People are pissed at Amazon and Bezos and the politicians they bribe, not their employees. Everybody knows somebody who worked for Amazon. We’ve all heard the horror stories from people who work there now or did for a few weeks a couple of years ago.

      I’d love to see Shontel Brown shunning Christian Smalls, too. That might wake a lot of people up. @mrmickeysmom

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    • #483570
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      So no, I doubt it. And like the man said, Moldova has no coastline so WTF is this article talking about besides Russia Bad?

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    • #483561
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      That first one was total word salad. He just gets up there and babbles, connecting unrelated things in the same sentence. Just like my father did.

      He had Alzheimer’s.

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    • #483558
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      For awhile there Qaddafi flew a solid green flag, and he changed it to something, and then I don’t know who changed it back some red, black, and green banner, and I don’t know what else and I’m a flag buff.

      Why those colors are so predominant in that part of the world I’m not sure. I think it goes back to the days of the first caliphates, but I don’t remember the details.

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    • #483510
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      Oh, hell no on so many levels for so many reasons.

      But Zelensky is running with neo-Nazi gangsters, so we really shouldn’t be surprised at the obvious grifting going on here.

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    • #483476
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      Well, reasonable people can disagree on that one, but I think Chomsky is trying to call for peace negotiations with Putin while uttering enough damning phrases about him to remain acceptable to the liberal intelligentsia. He will fail in that last regard because they are a cult, and no statements that Putin might be reasonable can be tolerated within that cult. It’s strange Chomsky doesn’t see that.

      He also defends sanctions. The only time sanctions worked was when they helped bring down the apartheid South African government. Clearly, the only people the sanctions are having a seriously negative impact upon are European and American citizens and their own economies. Again, Chomsky is trying to do a balancing act between negotiating with Russia and condemning it, while bemoaning the fate of the Ukrainian people while the war continues.

      Nothing about the Ukrainian government being run for all practical intents and purposes by a bunch of Nazi thugs, either.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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    • #483474
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      Great words, but she pushed for Biden’s Build Back Better and did all she could to suck up to establishment Democrats starting the last time she ran for Congress, and shamelessly sucked up to the Squad and “progressive” Democrats this time. What did that get her? An endorsement for her opponent, and a lot of voters who won’t show up next month.

      Turner’s trying to become another celebrity politician like AOC. Her opponent, Shontel Brown, looks like she’s trying to imitate a combination of Michelle Obama and Kamala Harris. Turner will lose, and once again, still, I will have no one representing me in Congress. Not that I would anyway if Turner somehow won. I do not trust her.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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    • #483403
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      They’ve all either had all the Covid variants or been vaccinated against them. It’s no more likely that one will catch the virus on an airplane than one will in a grocery store, and the mask mandates did not reduce the infection rate on aircraft from what they were before the mandates were imposed.

      IOW, if it’s not a H-95 mask or better, the mask does not prevent inhalation of airborne viruses. This whole thing was bogus, and those airline employees know it. So do a lot of passengers, I’m sure.

      Unfortunately, the article implies they’re just selfish people who don’t care about the health of their fellow citizens, and I am really, really sick of that particular kind of moralizing propaganda.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #483394
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      They worked so hard, you see, to make this shitty product and they want us to feel sorry for them or be damned as Bad People. Seriously, they’re doing this.

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    • #483376
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      Gone to prop up a lost cause in a war for profit.

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    • #483363
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      I just don’t care.

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    • #483309
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      Not to mention avoid a lot of casualties of their own digging the defenders out of that underground warren. Makes sound military and political sense to me. I wonder if they can use the port facilities with the Ukrainians still in that plant?

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    • #483308
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      Nobody’s perfect. Perhaps the liberals are trying to discredit Orwell now because they have become authoritarians in their own right and don’t like seeing all of the 1984 references applied to Democrats on the internets. We never heard a peep about this when the same comparisons were made to Trump.

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    • #483306
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      It’s safe to do that now, and they think it might pick up some Democrat votes in November. Never mind the fact that either Biden or Harris would veto such a measure. Gotta keep those capitalist slave labor prisons fed.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #483303
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      Funny how the state religion Americans rebelled against(among other things they rebelled against) in the 1770s was among the first to have first women, and then gay, clergy.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #483277
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      We’re fucked.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #483141
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      The arms companies already made their money off of all of the weapons sent to Ukraine. If Nazi terrorists use them against Americans after the Russians have sent them scurrying into various hidey-holes, all the better! For then there will be something else the government needs to purchase weapons for.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #483140
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      Have something to do with Blackrock, too, if memory serves.

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    • #483139
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      At least they won’t have to wear masks if they are finally allowed to fly in. Anyway, best of luck. I know these delays must be incredibly frustrating for all concerned.

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    • #483109
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      Then they’ll say we have to vote for them or we hate all women, etc. They won’t mention they could have passed a federal statute making abortion legal in all 50 states, several times, and refused to do so.

      It won’t matter. Inflation will be more important to most voters than abortion rights.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #483108
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      Funny how bringing up Julian Assange’s persecution doesn’t faze the Democrat cult. I had one, now former, friend say that he liked Assange when he made Bush look bad, didn’t like him for making Obama look bad, and though he should die for leaking the Hillary emails that gave the 2016 election to Trump.

      Literally. Said he was a traitor and should be executed. That he had “picked sides.” Never mind that he is a journalist, never mind that he is an Australian citizen and incapable of betraying the US in the first place and that the US is not in a declared war in the second. Never mind that the emails were real and factual. Side against the Dems and you deserve to DIE because that means you are really a Republican Fascist racist misogynist homophobe.

      This man calls himself a liberal and finally stopped calling me after I told him he was the dictionary definition of a shitlib.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #483032
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      @mrmickeysmom probably knows what gropple is. Little round kind of soft snow/ice pellets.

      I’d take a dull day at the beach, too. The wind is no doubt biting cold along Lake Erie right now.

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    • #482984
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      Somebody didn’t want those people to get away. There’s a story there, but I have no idea what it is.

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    • #482939
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      This is right out of West Wing or My Fellow Americans or something that should be fictional!

      President: I’m going to maybe say the quiet part out loud about Ukraine or Afghanistan, because I don’t know why where’s my Amtrak pass?

      Secret Service Bunny: Please step this way, sir.

      President: Is there a problem?

      Secret Service Bunny: There won’t be as much of one if you would please just step this way, sir. Corn Pop’s over here, sir.

      President: Oh, goodie! Where am I?

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #482866
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      The mediocre comedian, financed by an Israeli oligarch, elected by Ukrainians and especially by Russian-speaking Ukrainians because he ran on a Peace With Russia platform, a Jew, has betrayed both his voters and his own heritage to be a sock-puppet of Ukrainian Nazis and American imperial interests.

      Ye shall know them by their fruits.–The New Testament

       

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #482860
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      The mealy-mouthed little establishment turd, deliberately missing the whole point Noem Chomsky made, that the humane thing to do is to cut a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine, and that the US clearly wants no part of such an outcome.

      It warmed my heart to see Chomsky being himself again. His covidiocy and Trump=Hitler crap had me worried. At least he’s still antiwar.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #482853
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      I see we’ve taught the Ukrainians well.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #482851
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      It was in Ancient Origins. Amazing from how it went from nuclear weapons to a piece of wood used for an execution in a matter of days.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #482835
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      They have absolutely no reason to trust the US. Russia and China are better at keeping their international agreements.

      Great display of American hubris and hypocrisy here. “Our” guys were so obviously full of shit it wasn’t funny.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #482832
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      I followed this guy on Twitter. He has a bunch of them.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #482829
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      Let’s remember that the next time some pro-Empire propagandist posts something from the Kyiv Independent or New York Times or Atlantic or something.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #482721
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      Russia already has most of the Donbass and then some, and there’s nothing Ukraine can do about it. Soon, they will have all of the Donbass, and it’s a fait accompli. 

      Prolonging the war after that will do absolutely nothing to help the rest of Ukraine that the Russians will not occupy, and will only get more Ukrainians and Russians killed, but that last is precisely what American foreign policy hopes to achieve.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #482720
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      They’re not debates, anyway. More like a couple of pre-teens insulting each other, a display of American arrogance and idiocy to the world. The League of Women Voters used to at least make sure that the moderator asked good policy questions. That hardly ever happens anymore. Their primary concern is getting higher ratings, not telling the voters anything important about the candidates.

      Besides, getting rid of them will piss off SV no end. Surely that is worth something all by itself. They’ll have to find something else to talk about in 2024.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #482696
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      A plan to switch to a new digital currency to circumvent the dollar altogether. If the US were smart, we’d figure out some way to participate in a global currency instead of clinging to the dollar as it inevitably declines in value and loses its power. But we’re not going to do that. Oh, noes. I can hear the patriotic currency hysteria already.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #482692
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      The only source he quotes to back up his theory is William Burns, the former CIA Director. Yeah, like he’s a reliable source. Then he quotes from anonymous Pentagon sources, who say the Russians are building up for another offensive in eastern Ukraine, probably to secure all of the breakaway Donbass region.

      I believe the Pentagon sources. I don’t believe this fool’s interpretation that because the Pentagon shares intelligence with Ukraine means that therefore Ukraine will thwart the Russian offensive, and that this is The End for Putin. There is another logical possibility, which is simply that the Russians don’t care if the Ukrainians know about their preparations because they know there’s not much the Ukrainians can do to stop them.

      That is far more likely to be the case. This article is food to those who get a thrill by cheering on one side in a war. Cheer away. It changes nothing.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #482659
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      And this time Putin is definitely not in the role of Hitler, which is kind of ironic considering all of the balderdash we have been subjected to lately.

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      The Imperial Follies. A funny thing happened on the way to global American hegemony. The Pakistanis are clearly sick of the US empire manipulating the shit out of them, and the Indians aren’t interested in becoming an imperial puppet to anyone, and don’t want any one great power to become too powerful. Right now, the US is the only one of those, so India will try to tilt the balance of power towards China, Russia, and itself when it can.

      It would be fascinating indeed if the desire to be free of American imperial domination proves to be greater than the traditional hatred India and Pakistan has been.

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      Probably from different agencies. Defense knows the Ukrainian Army is in very bad shape, but State and the Biden Admin. don’t want to admit it, so they trumpet Russia’s on the edge of military collapse while saying Ukraine needs more weapons, much of which they won’t even be able to use!

      Meanwhile, back in Ohio, Trump endorsed a guy whose campaign commercials show brown people wading across a river while the candidate intones that these are “swarms of future Democrat voters” and they hurt his mama or something and he really, really hates Mexicans so vote for him. Ukraine’s never mentioned by any of the Republican primary candidates. I wonder why?

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      Technically, multiple articles should not be in Latest Breaking News. Not exactly a Big Deal, IMO, but technically that’s correct.

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      From looking at their propaganda videos, they seem like they’re really into all of that “Victory or Death!” and glory. It’s like they want to become future legends of this twisted version of Ukrainian nationalism and folklore.

      I’ve been close enough to war to learn that there’s nothing glorious about it, so I find people like this to be completely crazy. I’m sure our kleptocracy does as well, but since the craziness is so profitable in the short-term, it’s good craziness. And the longer the war lasts the more money the kleptocracy  makes. Both the Ukrainian Nazi fanatics and the US empire’s rulers are vampires, literally sucking away the lifeblood of Ukraine.

      I’ll be damned before I cheer this on.

      You’ve done what you can do for your family, and you should take great solace in that. At least they are out of there before it gets any worse.

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      And they quote a Lwiw think tank. How much you wanna bet that think tank is a Nazi propaganda outlet?

      The Pentagon says the Moskva was hit by Neptune missiles. OK, that’s probably true. The Pentagon, however, did not say there were nuclear weapons on board. The Ukrainians said that, and so far they’re the only people on the planet who have lied more than Lyin’ Biden himself, so I’m skeptical.

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      Even wrote a piece on it a couple of years ago now. I’m for whatever disrupts our kleptocratic economic system. @jimlane has a point, though. The IRS is far more likely to target people like you exchanging services with each other that they are people like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. Or Hunter Biden or Donald Trump.

      You potentially threaten the system. They are part of the system. So the IRS will audit you first.

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      The author is a Democratic Party propagandist in general and an Obama apologist in particular. That in itself doesn’t mean she’s wrong about the nostalgia in this weird Florida retirement community, but I suspect post-modernism at work.

      Post-modernist academics and Think Tankers love to push the idea that any idealistic ism-tribalism, racism, cultural chauvinism, paternalism–is what drives history, not material living conditions. That makes it real easy never to point to capitalism as the source of our problems, and claim that these other things are just as or even more important than the economic system and the people who wield power in that system and how they are selected.

      And they love stories like this, which I admit I do find interesting.

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    • #482399
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      Because your team scored? Need I comment on the maturity displayed?

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    • #482390
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      Everybody back then knew it was Japanese. Except he didn’t ever shoot at any actual Japanese, either. Never was in combat. Exactly like Nixon.. At least Nixon never lied about that one.

      Joe McCarthy at least served in the Army, and was technically in a war zone, which puts him a cut above today’s chickenhawks.

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      We already know he despises Joe Biden, and is flirting with the idea of dropping the petrodollar. This may be a sign that trend will continue.

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    • #482238
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      Of course the Ukrainians will say they hit the ship. Of course the Russians would say it was an internal accident. All I know is there was an explosion and fire, and that the ship apparently did not sink.

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    • #482227
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      Ukraine is already losing the war. Ukraine could never win this war. To think otherwise is to be way out of touch with the actual material world.

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    • #482052
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      I’m 63. I inherited nothing from my parents, unlike the majority of boomers–I don’t know the percentage, but I do think it’s over 50%–who do. That leaves pensions and Social Security, and if I retire at age 66 we’ll only get maybe $2000 a month total.

      And the house is eons away from being paid off. This is scary. Those people in that story…there but for the grace of fate or luck or both go I. And I might yet. Difficult to see is the future.

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      Uncle Vlad’s lost a step. Maybe he had other things on his mind, lol. No matter, this is a minor thing and the fact that Putin took his time says something positive about his sense of priorities.

      This was inevitable. Nobody plays the tit-for-tat game better than the Russians. US sanctions Russian leaders, Russia sanctions American leaders. That’s how rational international relations work. Our media pretends that it’s complicated. It’s not. This is as simple as it gets. So easy even a redneck, or a Siberian farmer, will get it.

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    • #482050
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      The Russians really know how to use metaphors to make a point. This isn’t subtle at all.

      In this case, the metaphor is a missile defense system. Nothing threatening in and of itself, but…surely even a Finn can figure this one out, da?

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      If it was Western media I’d be asking that. I have no idea where this general is.

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      If some high-ranking and Very Embarrassing Dude be paraded about like Gary Powers was…good times in social media! And Putin does know what a propaganda coup this would be…it’s possible it had something to do with the timing of that particular offensive.

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      Come to think of it, California, with its total Democratic control, may even be worse these days.

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    • #481898
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      Very powerful stuff in Ukraine.

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      Poor Satan. You get blamed for all the bad stuff we humans do.

       

       

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    • #481886
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      But that’s cool with the liberal cult because he’s gay. What a strong gay man! If you don’t vote for him, you’re a homophobe!

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    • #481865
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      So no, Bill, you put Russia on its current path. I know you didn’t want it to do that; you expected the Russian people to become good little serfs for American corporations, but it is still you who started Russia down its current road.

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      So far it’s still there and my account’s not suspended.

       

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    • #481754
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      But everything else…Great rain shot, too!


      @mrmickeysmom
      You get what didn’t rain itself out over Cleveland. This has been a long, cold, and wet spring so far. My gas fireplace is on in the basement right now. April 11. Ye gads.

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      All puns intended.

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      This tells me that they don’t think voting matters anymore, which is very American of them.

      Anyway, the runoff depends on how many leftists will vote against Macron for his Covidiocy and warmongering, how many will vote against LePen because she doesn’t even pretend not to be an old-school French Fascist, and how many just stay home.

      I’m not French, so I won’t try to tell them what to do.

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      There is plenty of evidence that they are not, just as their is plenty of evidence that the Ukrainian military is dominated by Nazis who commit atrocities against not only Russian POWs, but their own people. Of course, if one speaks Russian or opposes their truly evil agenda, one is not a “real” Ukrainian and subject to torture and death.

      What garbage to wake up to. Thanks a lot.

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      Maybe revolutionary social unrest, in a way. It’s certainly a popular rebellion against the American empire. Pakistanis think, with reason, that the US manipulated their parliament, and they have a problem with that.

      I can’t blame them.

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      Other than perhaps the British when their home islands are under threat, there’s nobody better at that than the Russians. Their solution to the superiority of NATO tanks over Soviet models was new and improved hand-held anti-tank weapons. Their response to NATO air supremacy were anti-air systems so deadly to Western aircraft that Venezuela, which has one such Russian-manned system, is still independent.

      All of this has been reported in the American military press. Yet most Americans have no idea what the actual military situation vis-a-vis Russia actually is. Our MIC wanted more and more expensive deadly toys to fleece the American taxpayers even more. The Russian MIC’s twin priorities were effectiveness at countering NATO weapons and cost-effectiveness. Capitalist oligarchs dictating weapons-development and military doctrine versus some very basic state planning out of sheer necessity if Russia were to remain independent.

      Russia’s going to remain independent of the American empire. That’s fine with me. We The People need to somehow take control of our owns arms industry and foreign policy. What we have now is, well, evil.

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      That is undoubtedly true. But the Embassy also said the Azov Nazis had been “reformed.” Ha! I’ll believe that the next time the Narn invite the Centaurans back to their home world.

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      My, oh my, but I bet there’s some people in the Pentagon who argued against sending advisers to Ukraine who are watching their so-called superiors eat crow now. Careers are being made, and some will be deservedly derailed. Those superiors are no doubt desperate to get the evidence of their miscalculations out of Mariupol, but they can’t.

      It’s not like getting a bunch of mercs out of some civil war-torn Central American or African country. Not when there’s Spetznaz around, and there are.

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      This guy’s worse than the VP in My Fellow Americans.

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    • #481518
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      But this time with Nazi garnishes!

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      I don’t think we could ever apply New Zealand’s strategy in the United States. We’re too big, and too many people cross the borders every day, and there’s no way to effectively control that.

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      All hat, no cattle.

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      The Ukrainian figure of over 18,000 is sheer fantasy. I mean, it took 8 years for over 50,000 Americans to die in Vietnam. About 15,000 Russians died in their Afghan War.

      Ukrainian casualties are likely far higher, but we never hear about those. Sure, the Russians want to end the war. It could end tomorrow. All Zelensky has to do is recognize Crimea is part of Russia and the independence of the two breakaway republics in Donbass. He’s already conceded that Ukraine will never join NATO. The Russians already control Crimea and the surrounding area, and most of the Donbass. He’d be giving up nothing that isn’t already reality.

      But I don’t think the Ukrainian Nazis or their American “advisers” will let him.

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      It’s something else.

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    • #481357
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      Sorry, I just can’t bring myself to care about the Supreme Court until it does something to rein in corporate power.

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    • #481347
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      The arrow should start in Argentina, not Chile, and then go up the east coast of South America, thru the Caribbean and the Panama Canal, and from there to Thailand.

      Why not package the things in Argentina in the first place? Oh yeah. Capitalism.

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    • #481323
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      And the NYT twisted it to say that only the Russians could have killed those people.

      The video of Ukrainians executing Russian POWs is damning. I thought killing helpless prisoners was considered a war crime. Why no calls to sanction or investigate Ukraine over this?

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    • #481287
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      The Russians have managed to stabilize the ruble with promises like this one that I don’t entirely understand, by guaranteeing sales of Russian gas and oil will eventually be converted into rubles, and by countries like Hungary flat-out buying Russian gas in rubles. The Russians have also negotiated some trade deals with both China and India in a matter of weeks.

      It’s almost as if they had it planned out.

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      @djean111 @gzeush

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      That reprobate old Clintonite remembers her telling him that about the 2010 midterms, but he deliberately refuses to understand what she was saying. The ACA was a sick joke, no matter how many liberals will tell me otherwise with their own whataboutisms which are verboten when it comes to Ukraine.

      Mandatory, unaffordable health insurance for people who made just a wee bit too much money. Tens of millions of them. And Obama didn’t even try for a public option as he’d promised, and outright lied about private insurance mandates, to name just one lie of dozens.

      And now we’re supposed to Vote for the Blue No Matter Who Again because Republicans Bad. It won’t fly. Democratic losses this November should be epic. Pity they won’t be enough to totally destroy that worthless political party.

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      Bad for bidness, you see.

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      Have been for most of my life.

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      He tweeted just after midnight Eastern time the following:

      Well, it looks like I’ve been reinstated. No official word from Twitter about what the problem was or how/why it was resolved. But I’m sure they took notice at the concern expressed by many of you here on Twitter. Thanks for speaking up in defense of free speech. Goodnight!

      The pushback was incredible. Margaret Kimberly of the Black Agenda Report was particularly outspoken the whole time.

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      There simply isn’t enough information released by anyone yet to prove or disprove it one way or the other. As somebody above pointed out, why didn’t they just show the guy on TV? Seems simple enough.

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      Boycott Russian coal. Does that mean they will import American coal? Or crank up those old coal mines in Central Europe? Naw, just that a bunch of Europeans will have a colder and/or more expensive winter.

      I have the feeling European politics is about to get a lot more interesting.

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      I don’t believe them, because I don’t believe the Russians were stupid enough to massacre 400 people when they knew the Ukrainians and western press would be coming in shortly. Why hand Ukraine a propaganda victory? Besides, it’s not as if the Russians have no experience covering up war crimes.

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    • #481003
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      Talk about chutzpah. This is chutzpah in spades. Agent Orange, anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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    • #480979
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      I’m sure the shitlibs were reporting every post of his.

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    • #480957
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      Our Social Security and retirement pensions add up to maybe 2,000 a month for two people, and that doesn’t leave any room to breathe at all. Neither my wife nor I got a dime in inheritance, and we’ve never been able to save much.

      So we’re considering leaving the country. It’s not our first choice, but we have to at least start looking at other options now. So far, and I just got started, Argentina is in the lead. Its entry requirements are affordable for us, its permanent residency income requirements are within our budget, its cost of living is very low compared to the US, and its language is something I could regain fluency in without too much difficulty. Plus, it’s not all some tropical hot house, and it has beef, beer and wine.

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      That’s why I’m opposed to all of them.

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    • #480931
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      It’s also more important that any identity politics issue.

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      Their roots come from Mongols, Tartars, Cossacks, a particularly brutal White regime from 1919-21, and that little ongoing flirtation they’ve had with the Waffen SS since World War II. Yeah, real morally upright military etiquette there.

      Then there was that little flirtation with the Waffen SS, later a resistance movement against the Soviets that lasted until 1955. And now the current batch. But I’m sure CNN will say the Russians were always worse. This is a crock of shit worthy of the British in World War I. After everything Americans have done, not to mention the colonial British or French, or German NATO-troops posing by a pyramid of skulls in Afghanistan, the West cannot criticize the current Russian military with a straight, sanctimonious, holier-than-thou face.

      Shame on you for posting this garbage.

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    • #480791
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      Great satire.

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    • #480764
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      They went crazy for lockdowns, in spite of the devastation inflicted on the working classes they’re supposed to advocate for. And they refuse to admit they were conned by the oligarchy. This whole thing was a psyop over a bad cold in order to make obscene profits for Big Pharma and other monopoly capitalists.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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    • #480763
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      LOL!RT’ slogan: Question more. Liberal slogan: Censor more.

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    • #480618
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      It’s only fair.

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      GENOCIDE!

      Meanwhile, the US and UK reject having UN Security Council hearings on this, and no investigation from impartial people will be allowed. Why not send in people with no dog in this fight? The Mexicans, the Chileans, the Argentinians, the Kenyans, somebody?

      Because they’ll find out the Ukrainians did it, and that would disrupt the narrative. That’s why.

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      Thanks!

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    • #480575
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      Like Indiana, Texas, Massachusetts, the Dakotas, Kansas, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Connecticut, and on and on. Oh wait! That would be called cultural genocide or something, wouldn’t it? And none of it would improve the material lives of Native Americans alive right now.

      Sorry, but I see all of this virtue-signaling as nothing but a distraction away from the issues that matter to the ruling class; issues that they don’t want us talking about.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #480539
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      What about referring to Native American men as braves? Is that racist, too? Will the Atlanta baseball team have to change its name now?

      I’m sick to death of identity politics virtue-signaling. It doesn’t improve anyone’s standard of living, and just gets people all riled up and hating on each other.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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    • #480529
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      So far, everything I’ve seen from them has been a lie which was subsequently debunked.

      And if those women really did do that, the Russians have every right to line them up a wall and shoot them.

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    • #480528
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      There is evidence that continued booster shots can actually damage the immune system’s ability to react well to future variants. Natural immunity doesn’t do that, and since I’ve already had at least two Covid variants and I’m still alive and typing, I have some natural immunity.

      So I will rely on that. If I do catch this next variant of what has become just another common cold, I’ve got plenty of Vitamins C, D, and zinc.

      I think the boosters are just a ploy to line Big Pharma’s profits, and since they finance almost half the CDC budget, I don’t trust them in this matter. I sure as hell don’t trust Fauci, a proven serial liar with financial conflicts of interest.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #480510
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      The Met Gala is full of rich people. Alexandria Ocasio ...

      It’s so unreasonable to expect more from her so long as Democrats don’t have supermajorities! What’s that? No, don’t tell me about California! LaLaLaLaLa! I can’t hear you!

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      Did Twitter delete you tweet due to graphic images? If so, I find that incredibly funny and ironic.

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    • #480365
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      @voltairine What’s really happening in Finland re joining NATO?

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      The only reason this passed the House was because the Democrats knew it had no chance of actually becoming law.

      Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad it passed the House for the first time. I just don’t trust any of those people who voted Yes.

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      Not that I expect the Republicans to do anything about it either. We need a revolution. A real one.

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      That makes perfect sense as they would do that to literally fly under the radar. They also said the fuel depot was not used for military purposes, but who knows? Maybe they were lying. Maybe the Ukrainians were just lashing out because, contrary to much of the propaganda I see posted under that Police State avatar, they are losing and wanted to hit something in Russia while they still could.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #480229
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      IMO, this source sucks. That said, a relatively small percentage of the population and the military can exert tremendous influence and power, and that is what has happened within the Ukrainian government.

      Maybe if enough of them get killed by the Russians, then other political forces in Ukraine can have a greater voice in decision-making. That is a process, and it may have already started. Ukraine has agreed to never join NATO in exchange for peace, and that’s a huge step in the right direction. Right if one wants to see the war end, anyway.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #480227
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      Certainly not because the US empire tells it to.

      You’re right about the Chinese Foreign Minister. He very calmly and clearly told the truth about NATO expansion and how Russia has been systematically backed into a corner. They also told the EU to fuck off when it comes to sanctions on Russia. Oh, so politely, but it was still a “fuck off.”

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #480121
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      The Russians might be doing the Kiev regime a favor by killing the Azov Battalion commanders. Maybe peace talks will advance in the next few days, in spite of the wishes of the American empire.

      Maybe. Nazis are a stubborn lot.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #480100
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      Grist for the mill. Better for the Russians to kill them Over There so we don’t have to Over Here.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #480098
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      And its purpose is to try to suck Russia into a long, grueling guerilla war. Ukrainians are just expendable pawns in the Great Game.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #480073
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      I know they’re not, but the similarity is striking.

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    • #480038
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      So what? Who cares?

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    • #480036
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      Interesting how the M$M doesn’t tell us that.

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    • #479992
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      Or they will be after I tell them.

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    • #479990
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      Can I steal that?

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      I even have a flag.

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      Image

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      .

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    • #479924
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      Republican voters are sick of that, according to polls.

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    • #479922
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      Check out the recent aerial footage of Mariupol in the RT film. It’s near the end of this video, courtesy of @gzeush :

      https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/russian-military-offensive-in-ukraine-day-35/

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479921
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      Biden’s version of the coalition of the willing is starting to crack.

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    • #479718
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      @deadpool –DR stuff right here!

      I’ve had the same experience with Republican friends and relatives. They may disagree with me about socialism, but they’ll listen and won’t go all ballistic on me so long as I don’t do the same on them, and we can agree on many issues, especially economic ones. For example, none of them believe in corporate subsidies or in letting the rich pay no taxes.

      I submit there are two things going on here. One is a class issue–the kleptocrats and their better-paid employees at the top determine what policies our politicians follow because Citizens United-enabled corruption and bribery. The rest of us are screwed, whatever our ethnicity or gender preference or position on abortion or guns.

      The other is that liberals have become a cult. They attach themselves like barnacles or lampreys on whatever the issue of the day is according to their high priests in either politics or media, and anyone who doesn’t think prescribed thoughts is automatically Outcast Unclean, evil, selfish, a right-winger, a Tucker Carlson worshipper, a homophobe, a pedophile, a fucking moron, a murderer of people with weak immune systems, or about two dozen other Bad Things that kind of recycle around as the correct cultist epithet.

      If they give any of us a break and other cult members find out, then they will be cast out, as a few high-profile celebrities have had happen to them.

      Of course, they serve the interests of the kleptocracy both socialists and rightwing populists would like to see destroyed by focusing attention on culture war issues instead of the root cause of most of our problems, which isn’t tribalism or racism or intolerance, but the capitalist system itself. IMHO, of course.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479707
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      And they’ll lie and say they have no choice.

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    • #479693
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      But they are never getting the Crimea and Donbass back. I wonder how much of this is the Kiev regime wanting to hold onto power after a peace deal is eventually made.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479692
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      That would be kind of like banning the Roman Catholic Church or the Southern Baptists here.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479658
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      Ukraine and Russia between them export a LOT of wheat, and many Middle Eastern countries, including populous Egypt, depend on them. Anyone supporting sanctions on Russian exports is supporting famine in Egypt and other countries.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479629
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      …The Democratic Party short-circuited his campaign and installed Joe Biden.”–Tucker Carlson

      I don’t find anything inaccurate about that statement. But to point out that Tucker Carlson sometimes says factual things makes one a right-wing troll, even if one is a full-blown socialist compared to whom Sanders himself is conservative.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      If you think a poster has violated one of the site rules, though, please report it.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479623
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      So these neo-Nazis aren’t all bad now? Is that it?

      And not a peep about all the people on the LEFT who are opposed to what the American empire has done and is doing in Ukraine. What a bullshit story.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479610
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      Well, somebody would have said it. If not here, then somewhere else.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479538
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      They can’t fix our infrastructure, they can’t provide housing and medical care. They can’t make serious efforts to adapt to climate change. Hell! They can’t even agree on getting rid of changing the clocks twice a year, but when it comes to funding war and the MIC, they’re nearly all on board. Every. Single. Fucking. Time.

      And people tell me Republicans are worse than Democrats. They can go (expletive deleted) themselves.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479537
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      You just love this propaganda mill, don’t you? Denazify Russia. Phooey. Ukraine can’t have Nazis because its president is Jewish. That’s like saying the Israelis can’t act like Nazis because they’re Jewish, yet they ghettoize their Palestinian population and treat Arab citizens in a very second class way.

      How about de-fascistizing the US first? We can start with Biden, Congress, and the Supreme Court, and then move on to places like the Atlantic Council.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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    • #479498
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      If their demands are not met, I hope the dock workers do strike.

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      The most vocal cheerleaders for this censorship are the liberal class. Terrified of the enraged crowds of QAnon conspiracy theorists, Christian fascists, gun-toting militias, and cult-like Trump supporters that grew out of the distortions of neoliberalism, austerity, deindustrialization, and the collapse of social programs, they plead with the digital monopolies to make it all go away. They blame anyone but themselves. Democrats in Congress have held hearings with the CEOs of social media companies pressuring them to do more to censor content. Banish the troglodytes. Then we will have social cohesion. Then life will go back to normal. Fake news. Harm reduction model. Information pollution. Information disorder. They have all sorts of Orwellian phrases to justify censorship. Meanwhile, they peddle their own fantasy that Russia was responsible for the election of Donald Trump. It is a stunning inability to be remotely self-reflective or self-critical, and it is ominous as we move deeper and deeper into a state of political and social dysfunction.

      Liberals always side with authoritarians when they feel threatened. Always. I feel a post coming on.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479405
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      The only reason anyone is even talking about the Oscars is because of that incident.

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      It calls the opioid epidemic “self-inflicted” without even mentioning the Big Pharma push to addict as many people as possible on opioids. It blames poor whites for voting for Republicans instead of candidates who would help them, and implies those candidates are Democrats, which is a hoot. Democrats don’t help them. All they do is shit on them and then blame them for voting for Republicans, who in turn do nothing for them.

      I catch shit all the time for refusing to condemn fellow working class people of any ethnicity. These folks are a fine potential force for socialism, but I don’t see many socialists reaching out to them, either. That leaves them open for exploitation by real Fascists. I really don’t know what I can do about it, either.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479382
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      Canada dropped its Covid mandates, and Biden dropped his federal ones before the truckers even arrived in Washington. I don’t know what they expected to accomplish after that, though.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479381
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      Just like they did on the Trump Administration. Nothing has fundamentally changed.

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      Not surprisingly, I hadn’t heard about that cluster bomb the neo-Nazis fired at Donetsk. Unworthy victims…

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    • #479371
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      Of course Bernie Sanders knows this.

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      I wonder if they’ll ever try to blame Putin for 9/11. Kind of surprising they haven’t already, come to think of it.

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    • #479224
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      They are spouting that sanctions against Russia must continue until there is regime change in Moscow, whether Ukraine and Russia sign a peace deal or not. They’re already prepping the American public for this campaign, and blaming all domestic woes on Putin and Russia to try to deflect criticism from Biden and the Democrats.

      Tell you what, if a Republican runs on dropping all sanctions on all countries, I’ll vote for them.

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    • #479210
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      It’s about the American-sponsored military coup in Greece in the 1960s to overthrow the democratically elected socialist government and murder Greek leftists in their thousands. The latter used the letter Z to signify something, I forget what, and the new military government banned it from the alphabet.

      Real good company our self-appointed censors are keeping.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #479206
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      Unfortunately for them, most JPR members will not pay to access this filth(IMHO). Just goes to show that war porn, like sex porn, must usually be paid for.

      This is propaganda of the worst sort. I remember well seeing what was left of Iranians after they attacked the US Navy destroyer I was on in speedboats mounted with .50 caliber machine guns after they were hit by 5-inch shells. It wasn’t pretty. Believe it or not, most of the officers and men on my ship didn’t rejoice, but either saluted the courage of our foes or just looked on in revulsion at the work we had done in the name of protecting Big Oil. One senior chief petty officer with well over 20 years of service said “We are just mercenaries now.” He retired upon our return to San Diego.

      Even more gruesome was the unedited film of the Highway of Death, where the Iraqi army retreating from Kuwait was strafed by A-10 Warthog aircraft. Mile after mile of burned vehicles and human bodies. Army and Marine veterans, and the Navy corpsmen who went along with the latter, told me the smell was indescribably horrid.

      The fact that the Ukrainian forces are celebrating this and that the NYT and people on SV are cheering it on should tell you something about the moral values that they truly hold.

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      I didn’t know that bit about the Turks refusing to jump on the sanctions bandwagon, either, but I would have been astonished if they did.

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      If you don’t wear a mask, you don’t care about other people, and are therefore a bad person, even though it’s been conclusively proven that only the tight, uncomfortable H-95 masks that hardly anyone at all was wearing don’t stop the spread of this airborne virus.

      And then they wonder why so many people actively despise them for their sanctimonious screeching.

      Call me a bad person. I don’t care. I don’t have to wear a mask in grocery stores and restaurants and businesses, and I’m not going to wear one. Don’t like it? Tough shit. Don’t ask me to vote for any candidate you endorse, either. If you’re that afraid, then you can damned well stay at home and order everything online, which you probably do anyway.

      Fucking authoritarian, propagandized Covidiots.

      One must realize that our government will trot out another disease scare whenever social unrest starts up, and it will. That’s really what this is about. They’re laying the groundwork for another scare.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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      Isn’t it interesting how the same people who used to call cheerleaders for the Iraq War “Bushbots” and “sheeple” for failing to utilize critical thinking skills now attack those who use critical thinking to understand the real issues of the Russia-Ukraine War “Putin puppets,” “traitors,” and even pedophiles?

      Funny. That’s how cultists behave.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Especially to the critically thinking members of JPR who already knew for a fact that the BBC had changed its narrative on the Azov Brigade in recent weeks. The Azov Brigade are Nazis who believe Ukrainians are Scandinavians and Slavs are subhumans(weird but true), and fortunately most of them are in Mariupol; at least the BBC got that right.

      The Russians are about to send in the Spetznaz, the equivalent of US Army Rangers or Navy SEALS, to crush them, and I hope they do.

      Nazis are good only for killing.–My uncle, lead navigator, B-26 squadron based in England, USAAF, 1944-45

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478928
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      What’s the matter? Were you expecting us to cheer for Trump?

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    • #478864
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      It’s not only propaganda the Kiev Nazis are Sewing out, but professional propaganda.

      Although some of the memes come right from Goebbels. Well, as they say, learn from the master.

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    • #478835
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      It’s going to seriously and adversely impact most of us who are reading this. And the blame will rightly be placed on one Joe Biden and the Democrats who support his catastrophic policies.

      Unfortunate that it won’t impact Republicans who support those same catastrophic policies, but that’s how politics works in this kleptocratic country.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478833
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      If they want to enrich lawyers, well, at least this particular action doesn’t hit me in the pocketbook, so that’s their business.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478821
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      This is one of the real reasons for this war and the sanctions. It’s definitely of no benefit to European consumers, who will have to pay more than they would have through the Nordstream pipeline.

      German politics may be about to get a lot more interesting.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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    • #478812
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      A ceasefire to buy time to evacuate Ukrainian civilians from war zones. But the “strong Black woman” American ambassador said the US would veto it because Russia refused to admit that they were the “sole cause” of the war.

      Shitlib demands are now being made by our Department of State. Shameful. This shows that the Biden Administration really and truly does not give one flying fuck about saving Ukrainian lives.

      And the Chinese nailed it. Thanks. Well worth the watch.

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    • #478788
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      And the Pentagon, for that matter. These are elite troops. The days of the Azov Battalion and other neo-Nazi branches of the Ukrainian armed forces in Mariupol are numbered. The Russians issued an ultimatum to expect no quarter if they didn’t surrender sometime today.

      About 70% of the city is already under Russian control, so the outcome is a foregone conclusion. Yes, there will be real civilian casualties, as opposed to the fictional ones in this article. There would have been fewer if the Ukrainian military had bothered to inform civilians that the Russians would let them out, but they didn’t, because they want more civilian casualties in order to pressure NATO into intervening.

      These are the people our government is supporting.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478787
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      Ouch. That’s disastrous news for Democrats. Plus, 69% say the economy is in poor shape. That’s more than a 2/3rds majority.

      The fact that only 36% of Democrats support Biden’s handling of the economy is just more proof that most Democrats are members of a cult.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      And now he’s doing it and most of the corporate media isn’t even mentioning it, because Russia! In a few months, it will be because of Whatever Cause of the Day!

      He’s a nasty son of a bitch.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478776
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      Imperial and corporate censorship is alive and well.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478775
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      Very scary stuff. And our oligarchy is bound and determined to do nothing about it.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      If it was written in English in a border state with Mexico, it would be called a racist sign. Both allegations are probably true. This one is certainly a disgustingly hyper-nationalist sign. Not funny at all.

      Though posting it certainly goes against the empire narrative. 🙂

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478717
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      We’re talking France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Norway, Denmark and the Low Countries as very likely no votes. Maybe Poland, the Baltic States, the UK and Hungary would be stupid enough, but not the others. Probably not Romania and Bulgaria, either.

      Not to mention the Pentagon. No way will they want to send peacekeepers in if the Russians don’t agree to that.

      I do hope Biden survives the trip. There’s a really stupid narcissist waiting in the wings who thinks it’s her turn, even though she couldn’t win a single primary election.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      After watching Ukraine on Fire, it’s completely understandable.

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    • #478714
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      Maybe that’s because I grew up at 28 degrees latitude in San Antonio, where the difference isn’t as pronounced as it is up here on the North Coast. If I had to choose between Standard and Savings, I’d go with Standard. I also don’t have SADS, and I’m not a night owl, though not an enthusiastic morning person, either. If I had my druthers, I’d go to sleep around 11 and get up around 7 most of the time, give or take an hour either way.

      BUT better Savings year round without fucking up my biological clock twice a year for a couple of weeks than what we have now. I’m definitely in the just pick one crowd. Funny how Congress has no problem passing defense budgets and increasing police funding, but they can’t even agree to do something like this, which costs nothing and most people would like. Friggin’ worthless corrupt P’s OS.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478643
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      Thanks for posting. That was refreshing…just letting refugees talk. Interesting that one lady said they were evacuated by soldiers of one of the breakaway republics. Nobody said anything about the Ukrainian military helping them out.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478624
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      I’d be happy to do so. It is a good letter.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478622
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      They are the guys who jump out of perfectly good airplanes. Why would the Russians ship in paratroopers when they control the skies? This makes no sense to me.

      Of course, all of the stories the Ukrainians are putting out make no sense to me. At least they are consistent.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      This just means more people have dropped out of the work force.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478611
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      And arming Ukraine is a fucking stupid thing to do if one wants to help Ukrainian civilians. Of course, that’s not the point. The point is to profit the Holy American Merchants of Death.

      Who will then donate more money to Democrats. Neat system they’ve got going there.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Good thing that no NATO troops will be deployed to Ukraine now, isn’t it?

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478595
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      I remember that well, maybe because I visited both Belgrade and Sarajevo in 1979. The Russians are trying to leave Ukrainian infrastructure intact; we just go in and bomb the shit out of everything first thing.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The last two are just fantasy.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478571
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      That deal’s been in place for a long, long time. Glad to see some hard evidence it’s still there.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478557
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      It mentions both of them so they can lap it up.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      I certainly want to hear from others before I download the thing. Thanks.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The IBT doesn’t even say where they got this story. No sources are even named. It’s like whoever this R. Ghosh character is just made it up.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478366
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      They could even offer to help with all of those dollar reserves they’ve got. That would cripple our economy far more that anything we’ve done to Russia. And quickly, too.

      Biden’s playing with fire.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478320
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      Or at least by people wearing their shoulder patches. There’s a lot of it. Sounds like typical thuggish Nazi behavior to me.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478315
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      Vaccines have been shown to ameliorate symptoms when another strain comes along. Or they could be setting the stage to bring back social distancing and lockdowns when people start protesting rising food prices in a few weeks or months.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      How do we know it wasn’t faked? Sounds like an old American Intelligence trick to me.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Zelensky is obvious, since he does nothing to curb the power of real, live Nazis in Ukraine. Yes, Jews can be Fascists, too. Just look at Israel.

      Putin is a capitalist oligarch who curbed the power of the oligarchs who controlled Yeltsin because he knows the Russian people are quite capable of putting him in front of a firing squad if they get sufficiently pissed. Like Otto von Bismarck, he works to insure the people have a decent standard of living so they don’t revolt against the system from which he benefits. Is he a Fascist? Does he support the merger of corporate and state power?

      Answer that question and you’ll know.

      But ask yourself that. All of the sources you listed in the OP, at least the ones I can read, are all propaganda outlets for our ruling kleptocracy. Anyone who takes their word for it is a damned fool, IMO.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      I really liked the original series, and would love to see another one. I just hope they don’t ruin it with a bunch of identity politics and overfocusing on CGI like they did the Star Trek franchise.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Thanks for posting.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478126
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      I see no reason to think this one will be any different. All my liberal acquaintances on Facebook are already parroting it, safe behind their keyboards and Ukrainian flag avatars.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Of course, Zelensky’s not very smart. He’s just a comedian propped up by an oligarch and now intimidated by the Biden Administration and his own Nazis.

      He could always leave and make a Southwest Airlines commercial. You know the one–Wanna get away?

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478113
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      Came out in the 80s, about the aftermath of a very limited nuclear exchange between the US and the USSR due to Star Wars scaring the Soviets too much. It’s still an excellent book.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478112
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      This will backfire on you and me and every other working class American. I wonder how long it will be until there are food riots.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #478109
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      For many, that’s enough. IMO, they are suckers. I love the one who just stands there for a minute and then says “I don’t really know.” The most honest were the girls who just said they couldn’t think of anything.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      “The Cauldron.” Dude’s right. It is an old, established Russian military tactic when they want to give their enemy every reasonable chance to surrender in order to reduce bloodshed on both sides. They’re capable of  “shock and awe,” all right, but are choosing not to use those kinds of blitzkrieg tactics in Ukraine.

      I think the guy was right about Westerners being so used to the American strategy of bombing the shit out of people and cities and destroying everything before sending in ground forces that they think the Russians are somehow losing because they’re not doing the same. Putin has no intention of conquering all of Ukraine, so why should he sacrifice his own troops to conquer territory that he has no intention of keeping? Oh, they might take Kiev in the hopes that will force the Ukrainian government to stop fighting and start talking, but they have no intention of taking it permanently.

      The Russians are primarily focusing on predominantly ethnic Russian areas, and I don’t think that is coincidental. They are going to win; it’s just a matter of time. The Ukrainians can either speed up or delay that time, but they can’t stop it.

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      He knew what damage high-heeled shoes did to women’s feet, and hated the things.

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      So Caitlin’s not alone there. This is what I referred to as “sanctioned moral arrogance” in a previous OP. Now, they are going to extremes–question the narrative, and one gets all one’s news from Tucker Carlson(that’s been on JPR), one is a Nazi, a Putin puppet, a paid Russian agent(I wish!), a Stalinist, or a traitor, sometimes all at the same time.

      The bottom line is that if one questions the kleptocratic, imperialist narrative then one is a morally bad person to be shunned, ridiculed, and deplatformed. About the only thing I haven’t been called is a witch.

      The sad thing is that once this war is over, then they’ll be smearing critics whatever the next cause of the day is in the same manner.

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      What nonsense.

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      That’s per Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. Putin is doing nothing of the sort. In fact, far fewer Ukrainian civilians are dying, according to the Ukrainian government, than Iraqis died in the American invasion of that country, which did not rise to the level of genocide itself.

      Hitler ordered a genocide. Stalin ordered a genocide in Ukraine in the 1930s, though the tool he used was starvation.

      To call what’s happening in Ukraine a genocide cheapens the word and is an insult to real victims of genocide.

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      So the aid’s authorized. It will just be woefully insufficient like it has been for decades now.

      Besides, the point is about sending tens of billions to fund a proxy war against Russia using Ukrainian Nazis instead of helping Americans at home.

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    • #494980
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      The P stands for Pure. I was an electronics technician, and if something stopped working and then just started up again and no one knew why, we’d write it up in the official log as PFM.

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    • #494956
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      Is Manny or Deadpool playing a prank on us? Did LoE press a button? Or is it the NSA? I don’t know.

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    • #494955
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      All the mods experimented on it. This was several years ago.

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      All of this directly caused by both Democratic and Republican policies. Compared to that, most people don’t really give a shit about guns or abortion and now know that the Supreme Court and our entire judicial system is just another failed institution in a failed state.

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      It’s suicide. MAD still works for them, whether the Ivy League idiots in the White House and the foreign policy think tanks still believe in it or not.

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      That’s all. Really.

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      One of the best Eastern Front movies ever, IMHO.

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      They are also sharper. I recommend that one.

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      If that idiotic Argentinian junta hadn’t annexed the Falklands, Maggie wouldn’t have had her quick and easy little war to keep her in power. I wonder if somebody put those generals up to it, or whether they were just stupid and arrogant. I know they had domestic troubles they wanted to distract attention away from.

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      She was a true believer. Johnson’s just a toadie.

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      The English are perfectly capable of putting their leaders’ heads on poles when they get pissed off enough. Right now I’d say the leading European candidates for a popular revolution are the UK and France.

      Also, all they’re asking for is a 7% raise. It’s not unreasonable given inflation, not at all, and will have a lot of popular support in spite of the massive inconvenience.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      The reaction from the State Dept. was interesting. They said they “look forward” to working with the new Colombian President, in stark contrast to them calling the Venezuelan and Bolivian elections rigged and the presidents elected “authoritarian.”

      I think it is potentially very good news, but I’ve seen too much not to see it through a lens of Empire-induced cynicism.

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      The US has satellites that can identify your face from space. There’s no reason to think the Russians don’t have that decades-old technology.

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      I have at interviews for a promotion, however. Needless to say, I wasn’t promoted.

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      Littorals go much further inland, at least in my mind.

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      There’s an old formula for a winning guerilla wars. First, you must outnumber the fighting insurgents by at least 10 to 1. Second, the insurgents must have no safe haven within the country that is being fought over. Third, most of the population must support you.

      Russia meets all three of these conditions in the Donbass and the Black Sea littoral. Ukraine is most definitely not Afghanistan or Vietnam, no matter how hard neocons dream about it being so.

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      He’s every bit as much of a puppet as Zelensky is.

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      When asked what was most likely to cause a European-wide war.

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      This is all a giant money-laundering scheme. It’s the only thing that Democrats really do well.

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      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      Or maybe they were just going to the next New Current Thing, which is the 1/6 kabuki theater that almost no one else is watching.

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      As far as progressive(whatever that means any more) voters are concerned, if they vote for Democrats, I don’t want to be associated with them. It’s too embarrassing.

       

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      Of course I meant 2020.

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