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Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 07:22 AM
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Posted By The Don
I guess if your baseline is smaller Russian...

I guess if your baseline is smaller Russian cities then perhaps they don't look so bad ;)

https://www.skratch.world/post/norilsk-the-isolated-russian-town-dubbed-most-depressing-on-earth
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 07:06 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
In other news, it seems that Ukrainian forces...

In other news, it seems that Ukrainian forces have taken Yampil and so it may soon be time for another Russian panic withdrawal, this time from Lyman leaving men and materiel behind masterfully...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 06:55 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
Kherson is 22nd out of 27 oblasts in terms of...

Kherson is 22nd out of 27 oblasts in terms of industrial output and Ukraine seems to be far more accurate with its artillery so it's hardly surprising that there's comparatively little damaged.
...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 06:47 AM
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Posted By The Don
Except that isn't true (as the article I linked...

Except that isn't true (as the article I linked shows) unless:


Maths isn't your strong point and think that 350bn hryvnia is more than half of well over 1tn hryvnia
You include the parts of...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 06:01 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
Is it though, and how important is it to Ukraine...

Is it though, and how important is it to Ukraine as whole ?

How much of that capacity remains after Russia's tender care ?

It seems that perhaps 80% is a bit of an overestimate:


...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 05:49 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 4,009
Posted By The Don
Of course they'll claim to have evidence - and...

Of course they'll claim to have evidence - and it'll be as reliable and credible as the usual evidence supplied. :rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 05:26 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
As expected, Putin has claimed four new Russian...

As expected, Putin has claimed four new Russian provinces.

There was some doubt whether he was claiming all of the four oblasts or just the occupied portions.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 03:33 AM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
What they personally think is irrelevant, the...

What they personally think is irrelevant, the tone is set by the proprietors and editors who are financially insulated from all of this.



It doesn't really need to, they just need to convince...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 02:57 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
The Russian war crimes continue: ...

The Russian war crimes continue:



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-63086697

Unsurprisingly, the Russians claim that the Ukrainians were to blame.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 02:45 AM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
There's still a long, long time until the General...

There's still a long, long time until the General Election.

The right wing press will do their very best to convince the electorate that all of the problems are down to a party which will by then...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 02:41 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
Or 193 depending on source. ...

Or 193 depending on source.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_groups_in_Russia

That said 192 of them account for less than 20% of the Russian population and many, many number only a few...
Forum: USA Politics 29th September 2022, 11:06 PM
Replies: 844
Views: 16,520
Posted By The Don
Unfortunately that would appear to be 40% of the...

Unfortunately that would appear to be 40% of the US electorate :(

Unless the Democratic Party candidate can get those other 60% out in force those 40% plus any people who simply vote GOP...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 10:25 PM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
Hence the 'unless they're critical to the other...

Hence the 'unless they're critical to the other two parts" bit in my comment.

Most will not be and will be in some part of the service sector.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 02:45 PM
Replies: 599
Views: 32,039
Posted By The Don
Turkey isn't in the EU (and likely never will be...

Turkey isn't in the EU (and likely never will be in my lifetime) so cannot veto on Poland's behalf.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 06:43 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
For urban "elites" with access to international...

For urban "elites" with access to international sources, probably not.

For the majority of Russians who are broadly disinterested and get all of their information from Russian channels, probably...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 05:21 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
But going back to the start of this sidebar,...

But going back to the start of this sidebar, Craig4 suggested that the brain drain of people like the IT professional who is now in Armenia would hasten an economic collapse which would lead to a...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 02:52 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
All of this is true, but those issues are years...

All of this is true, but those issues are years or even decades down the road.

IMO Putin doesn't care about this, he cares about his short-term legacy which appears to hinge on "success" in...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 02:30 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
But do they, really ? Over 50% of the...

But do they, really ?

Over 50% of the Russian economy is driven by the extraction of raw materials, whether they're petrochemicals or precious metals or whatever.

Another big chunk will be the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 02:21 AM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
The (by other people) after “a price worth...

The (by other people) after “a price worth paying” is implicit.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 29th September 2022, 02:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 673
Posted By The Don
It may be that a significant proportion of the...

It may be that a significant proportion of the other two thirds have been subject to racism but either chose not to identify it as such* or were unaware that it was happening (because they were not...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 02:09 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
Good question :( There is a supposition that...

Good question :(

There is a supposition that NATO forces could quickly eliminate Russia's ability to deliver a battlefield nuclear weapon through a series of precision strikes. I'm not comfortable...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 01:53 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
I'm sure a Russophile would simply dismiss that...

I'm sure a Russophile would simply dismiss that interview as the rantings of a traitor who has abandoned Mother Russia at her time of need. We do need to be careful about reading too much into the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 12:14 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 4,009
Posted By The Don
There was a story a month ago of Russia burning...

There was a story a month ago of Russia burning gas because they couldn't (or wouldn't) shut down their wells.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-62652133

I wonder if this is...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th September 2022, 12:00 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 4,009
Posted By The Don
Some more information: ...

Some more information:



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-63071552
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 11:46 PM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
It beggars belief that there's huge amounts of...

It beggars belief that there's huge amounts of waste that can be addressed in order to make the tens of billions of pounds of savings when successive Conservative and coalition governments have been...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 10:34 PM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
...and remember, Truss also has to find an...

...and remember, Truss also has to find an additional 157bn to spend on the military. :mad:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 10:56 AM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
Except he's putting someone else's wages on a...

Except he's putting someone else's wages on a horse race and stands to collect the winnings in the unlikely event that Dobbin romps home. :mad:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
I wonder if he will quit - in effect allowing...

I wonder if he will quit - in effect allowing Truss to claim it's all his fault, or be fired and allow Truss to claim that she is decisive. :rolleyes:

As long as the policies are abandoned, I...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 08:52 AM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
In case there is any doubt about the fact that it...

In case there is any doubt about the fact that it is UK Government policy which is causing the crisis....



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-63065413

Oh joy :rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
Many of those detonations were underground though...

Many of those detonations were underground though (Daddy Don used to have to retrieve instruments from tunnels during his time at the Nevada Test Site).
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 07:15 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
Yup. :( If it costs Russia $1k to outfit and...

Yup. :(

If it costs Russia $1k to outfit and (fail to) train a soldier and it costs Ukraine several times that to host a POW, maybe they're hoping to overwhelm Ukraine. :rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 06:32 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
Yes, no, maybe.... A similar message was...

Yes, no, maybe....

A similar message was sent to UK nationals in Ukraine in February/March and while there were many Brits who were there temporarily, there were others who had been there for...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 06:23 AM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
Man on minimum wage can no longer afford to buy...

Man on minimum wage can no longer afford to buy the home he wants.



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-63046919

While this is personally sad for him, I reckon he has dodged a bullet....
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 06:20 AM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
How about an "Is Boris back yet ?" thread...

How about an "Is Boris back yet ?" thread ?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 04:35 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
I went for a run today and was musing on the war...

I went for a run today and was musing on the war to date and I think I've worked out Russia's plan and if I'm right it's strategic genius. ;)

Of course I could have just experienced...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 03:01 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 4,009
Posted By The Don
Well at least we have the current Kremlin...

Well at least we have the current Kremlin narrative. :rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 01:31 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 4,009
Posted By The Don
SEALS are skilled at both diving and carrying out...

SEALS are skilled at both diving and carrying out covert demolition. In the event that the US did want to damage an undersea pipeline then they would seem to be pretty much ideal candidates to carry...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 01:26 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 4,009
Posted By The Don
The thing is that, in an Wikipedia article with...

The thing is that, in an Wikipedia article with all kinds of speculation as to what might have happened, you chose the part which exactly parroted the propaganda coming out of the Kremlin.

As to...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 12:45 AM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
The IMF don't think that the UK Government's tax...

The IMF don't think that the UK Government's tax plans are a good idea:



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-63051702

Naturally, the UK Government disagrees and is going "all in" on voodoo...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th September 2022, 12:31 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 4,009
Posted By The Don
Good to see you parroting Russian propaganda...

Good to see you parroting Russian propaganda again.

This Forbes article contains Sikorski's claim and the Polish government's response.
...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th September 2022, 12:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,034
Posted By The Don
Some of my best friends are......?

Some of my best friends are......?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th September 2022, 08:00 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 4,009
Posted By The Don
AFAIK Nordstream 1 belongs to Nordstream AG which...

AFAIK Nordstream 1 belongs to Nordstream AG which is headquartered in Zug Switzerland.

Nordstream AG is majority owned by Gazprom with various minority Western European shareholders.
...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th September 2022, 07:29 AM
Replies: 3,248
Views: 244,053
Posted By The Don
Brexit has been a tremendous success - for the...

Brexit has been a tremendous success - for the architects of Brexit that is, they're tens or hundreds of millions of pounds ahead on the deal.

For the other 99.999% of us, it's been an unmitigated...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th September 2022, 07:08 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
No, you've got it all wrong. ;) The...

No, you've got it all wrong. ;)

The UkrainoNazis are so terrified to give the people in the parts of Ukraine that have been liberated a free and fair election that they planned to disrupt the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th September 2022, 07:04 AM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
According to this BBC commentator, Kwasi Kwarteng...

According to this BBC commentator, Kwasi Kwarteng must U-turn on tax or cut spending.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-63049044

I think we all know what they would prefer to do :(
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th September 2022, 06:58 AM
Replies: 581
Views: 15,102
Posted By The Don
Labour propose to create a nationalised green...

Labour propose to create a nationalised green energy company.

Oh great, something else for the Tories to flog to their mates when they get back into power :mad:

To be clear, I'm in favour of...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th September 2022, 05:35 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
That sounds very far-fetched - not that the...

That sounds very far-fetched - not that the Russian army cannot provide basic equipment for conscripts, but that the staff at the recruitment centres are so open about it, that the conscripts have...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th September 2022, 04:29 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
It is a terrifically difficult call. If the story...

It is a terrifically difficult call. If the story is true then Ivan is clearly an asylum seeker as he faces 15 years in jail and/or conscription on his return.

If he's just an opportunist seeking...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th September 2022, 03:21 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
The Wagner Group there are apparently...

The Wagner Group there are apparently comparatively few in number (a few thousand) but with a much greater than usual proportion of fighters. They appear to be comparatively well equipped and...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th September 2022, 01:39 AM
Replies: 2,439
Views: 63,472
Posted By The Don
Russia continue to make glacial progress towards...

Russia continue to make glacial progress towards the occupation of Bakhmut.



https://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/russian-offensive-campaign-assessment-september-26

Which I suppose...
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