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Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 8th March 2022, 04:16 AM
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Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Thermobaric explosive that sucks in the...

Thermobaric explosive that sucks in the surrounding oxygen and has a very powerful shockwave.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermobaric_weapon
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 7th March 2022, 10:09 AM
Replies: 3,758
Views: 117,186
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Right. So we shouldn't give Putin an opportunity...

Right. So we shouldn't give Putin an opportunity to win over his audience at home. Just make sure this is seen as his war and the pain being inflicted is because of his policies in the minds of the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 7th March 2022, 09:42 AM
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Views: 117,186
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
...in the way you would like them to. The...

...in the way you would like them to.

The problem with the US, UK or EU officially sending soldiers or enforcing a no fly zone in Ukraine is that it plays into Putin's delusions/propaganda about...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 6th March 2022, 05:24 AM
Replies: 2,388
Views: 67,208
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Wow, Boris has a plan!? Is it something like...

Wow, Boris has a plan!? Is it something like this:

1. Throw party to celebrate the public's attention being diverted from my partying during lockdown.
2. Do more brilliant impressions of...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 6th March 2022, 05:07 AM
Replies: 3,758
Views: 117,186
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/pro-russia-se...

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/pro-russia-serbs-march-belgrade-country-treads-ever-finer-line-between-east-west-2022-03-04/



It seems lots of people are willing to cut their noses off to...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 6th March 2022, 04:57 AM
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Views: 117,186
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Have a little sympathy for the Conservatives....

Have a little sympathy for the Conservatives. They have to represent their far-right supporters points of view too. ;)
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 5th March 2022, 07:32 AM
Replies: 3,758
Views: 117,186
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
I think Putin's game plan is to try to get NATO...

I think Putin's game plan is to try to get NATO troops fighting Russian troops to feed the narrative he is presenting to the Russian people and he doesn't really give a toss about Ukraine.

NATO is...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 5th March 2022, 07:26 AM
Replies: 3,758
Views: 117,186
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
I believe Britain should have torn up that "scrap...

I believe Britain should have torn up that "scrap of paper" that got us into WWI when Germany entered Belgium. Making that political concession would have probably kept the British Empire intact. ;)
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 5th March 2022, 04:35 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
I may be being hopelessly optimistic, but perhaps...

I may be being hopelessly optimistic, but perhaps the intelligence services have a good idea as to Putin's game plan and have advised the current policy of an economic war along with supply of decent...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th March 2022, 02:17 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Huh? How many nation states have had...

Huh?

How many nation states have had democracy successfully imposed from the outside?

The latest experiment was Afghanistan and that lasted how many days after the US said it was leaving?
...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th March 2022, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Goldblum. Probably the best thing for the planet...

Goldblum. Probably the best thing for the planet would be for humanity to be erased from it!
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th March 2022, 01:50 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Respectability?

Respectability?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th March 2022, 01:48 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Well at least one good thing's come out of the...

Well at least one good thing's come out of the war!
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th March 2022, 08:00 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
I take your: Give it to victims of war. ...

I take your:

Give it to victims of war.

And raise to:

Spend it on saving life on earth from the effects of climate change.

Your turn. :)
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th March 2022, 07:43 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
I want the Russian oligarch's wealth to be used...

I want the Russian oligarch's wealth to be used to offset the rise in our energy bills. :D
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th March 2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,902
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
A large part of the solution would be to class...

A large part of the solution would be to class social media companies as publishers and regulate them as such.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th March 2022, 03:20 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Hopefully this will be a wakeup call for...

Hopefully this will be a wakeup call for neoliberals who thought enriching tyrannical regimes by trading with them would result in them becoming open democracies with free press.:rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th March 2022, 02:34 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
He's failing spectacularly. Never...

He's failing spectacularly.

Never underestimate the power of loss aversion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loss_aversion) on Putin's "friends" and the Russian public.

He is just a man.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th March 2022, 02:07 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Why has an image of Putin doing Austin Powers'...

Why has an image of Putin doing Austin Powers' Judo chops just popped into my head?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd March 2022, 02:27 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
There's an easy way for Ukraine to win this war: ...

There's an easy way for Ukraine to win this war:

Zelensky just needs to get Putin in a room and give him a hard stare (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_XjlVrrU_A).
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd March 2022, 02:15 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Why? The Russian people do not feel the same...

Why?

The Russian people do not feel the same as Putin about Ukraine.

Putin's "friends" do not feel the same way as Putin about Ukraine.

From where I'm standing Putin is living on borrowed...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd March 2022, 02:08 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
I thought there already was one? Weren't there...

I thought there already was one? Weren't there red telephones installed in the Whitehouse and Kremlin during the cold war so either leader can phone the other and ask "WTF is going on? My generals...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd March 2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Exactly. If the Ukrainian people don't want...

Exactly. If the Ukrainian people don't want Russia there then Russia will eventually leave.

I speak as a member of a country which had at one time 25% of the land area of the earth and a similar...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd March 2022, 09:56 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
That's what they have to say in the MAD game.

That's what they have to say in the MAD game.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd March 2022, 09:51 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
If there's one thing we know about the Putin...

If there's one thing we know about the Putin regime is that it is corrupt from head to toe. There is no honour amongst thieves. None of them would be willing to go down for Putin. Once enough of them...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd March 2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
So all the people who would have to follow his...

So all the people who would have to follow his orders to start a nuclear war wouldn't be crazy to follow them?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd March 2022, 09:17 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Barring honest mistakes, doesn't it take a whole...

Barring honest mistakes, doesn't it take a whole load of crazy people to start a nuclear war?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd March 2022, 03:03 AM
Replies: 3,700
Views: 95,626
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
What I see is a group of people who have largely...

What I see is a group of people who have largely won the battle for acceptance of homosexuality and bisexuality and, to keep themselves in a job, have decided that the next battle is to convince the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st March 2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Exactly. And many Russian people with family in...

Exactly. And many Russian people with family in Russia live and work in areas of the world where they can get more impartial information, which they relay to their relatives at home.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st March 2022, 02:02 PM
Replies: 3,700
Views: 95,626
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Part 8? Seems Trans is the new circumcision...

Part 8? Seems Trans is the new circumcision around these parts. :)

The wonderful irony about members of the "Trans-rights" movement is they reinforce the gender stereotypes a few years back they...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th February 2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
That was just an example with a European bias....

That was just an example with a European bias. I'm sure there are plenty of aspects of American life that would be negatively affected by a prolonged conflict with sustained economic sanctions.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th February 2022, 02:01 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
I wonder how much pain the West is willing to...

I wonder how much pain the West is willing to take over Ukraine?

If this becomes a long conflict lasting many months, will we start to care less about Ukraine than being able to, for example, heat...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th February 2022, 02:13 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
The Ukrainians better not refuse else Mr. Musk...

The Ukrainians better not refuse else Mr. Musk will be claiming Zelensky's a paedophile.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th February 2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
I should have been more explicit: He doesn't need...

I should have been more explicit: He doesn't need to invade Belarus because when Putin says "Jump", Alexander Lukashenko says "How high?"

I think what Putin can't stand is people bringing into...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th February 2022, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Because he doesn't need to?

Because he doesn't need to?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th February 2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-sum_thinking ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-sum_thinking



To paraphrase Mark Twain: Invade countries, they're not making anymore of them!
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th February 2022, 11:29 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
If he wasn't zero-sum then he'd want to trade...

If he wasn't zero-sum then he'd want to trade with Ukraine rather than invade it.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th February 2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
...or start WWIII. He's a zero-sum kind of a guy.

...or start WWIII. He's a zero-sum kind of a guy.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th February 2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Not that I know anything about how to win a...

Not that I know anything about how to win a battle, but I might make taking the enemies' mobile phone network out a priority...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th February 2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
So if Putin uses chemical, biological and/or...

So if Putin uses chemical, biological and/or nuclear weapons in Ukraine, how does it change how the rest of the world should respond?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th February 2022, 08:14 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Putin has very explicitly explained his zero-sum...

Putin has very explicitly explained his zero-sum worldview.

Only a complete failure to achieve his objective will do. Putin will otherwise spin even a partial "victory" as what he intended all...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th February 2022, 06:05 AM
Replies: 2,388
Views: 67,208
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
A quick browse through any edition of Private Eye...

A quick browse through any edition of Private Eye will demonstrate how relaxed Boris & Co. are about laundering Russian money in the UK.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th February 2022, 05:58 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Possibly running a Geiger counter past his tea?

Possibly running a Geiger counter past his tea?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th February 2022, 05:53 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Your have to laugh or you'd cry don't you? ...

Your have to laugh or you'd cry don't you?

Western democracy can only have one "real" enemy, Peter?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th February 2022, 05:39 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
It's like the public know what a shower of ****...

It's like the public know what a shower of **** our "leaders" are and have a better understanding of what appeasing dictatorships to keep the gravy train steady leads to.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th February 2022, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
A counterpoint to that is if Putin fails Boris &...

A counterpoint to that is if Putin fails Boris & crew will have something else to constantly refer to other than "the vaccine rollout". And they will be keen to do so, because it would be a disaster...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 25th February 2022, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3,211
Views: 81,690
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
I bet Taiwan is watching with interest... ...

I bet Taiwan is watching with interest...

I'm sure if the USA, Europe, UK, etc. wanted to they could cripple Russia and strip Putin and his fellow thieves of their ill-gotten gains in a very short...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 13th March 2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 642
Views: 20,991
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
1) Archie not being given the title prince. ...

1) Archie not being given the title prince.

2) Archie not getting protection after they left the royal family.

She made out both were snubs, leading viewers to believe the reason being because...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 13th March 2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 642
Views: 20,991
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Post #560...

Post #560 (http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showpost.php?p=13424520&postcount=560)
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 13th March 2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 642
Views: 20,991
Posted By Ivor the Engineer
Yes, I could. But assuming you want more...

Yes, I could.

But assuming you want more detail it was Meghan's presentation of "Archie not being a prince" and "his protection being taken away" right before referring to the "awkward" conversion...
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