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Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Today, 06:08 AM
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Posted By The Don
He's bonkers. Why do right wingers hate...

He's bonkers.

Why do right wingers hate saving energy (and hence money) so much ?

Mrs Don's electric car is currently costing us about 40% of the cost per mile of my ICE car - and that's before...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Today, 02:52 AM
Replies: 2,304
Views: 64,144
Posted By The Don
:confused: ...

:confused:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bray
Forum: USA Politics Today, 01:21 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 6,799
Posted By The Don
I disagree. Those MAGA candidates will likely...

I disagree. Those MAGA candidates will likely motivate GOP supporters to turn out and vote and end up with them being elected.

This in turn will drag the GOP even further to the extremist right...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 07:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 409
Posted By The Don
For reasons I cannot explain rationally, I was...

For reasons I cannot explain rationally, I was opposed to Scottish independence last time around.

This time I think that Scotland should take the opportunity to become independent.

edited to...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 06:46 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Any evidence that the Russians are useless in...

Any evidence that the Russians are useless in defence ?

The Russians absolutely showed they were completely useless at a war of movement in the first week of the war but as far as I can see,...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 06:34 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
I thought the number mentioned was ~7000 which is...

I thought the number mentioned was ~7000 which is consistent with this Quora answer.
...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 06:20 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Actually it was the MOD who said that. ...

Actually it was the MOD who said that.



I don't know. They've kept it up for several months with no sign of relenting.



My understanding was that the general wisdom is that an attacking...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 05:36 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
No they aren't, they're using them against long...

No they aren't, they're using them against long range targets:



https://twitter.com/DefenceHQ/status/1541656772695531521




I don't know.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 04:42 AM
Replies: 2,304
Views: 64,144
Posted By The Don
Oh great, accelerating down the slope to being an...

Oh great, accelerating down the slope to being an international pariah. :mad:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 04:03 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Not very much. The missiles are used to strike at...

Not very much. The missiles are used to strike at targets far beyond artillery range.




It seems that Russia is using its artillery along the Eastern front to reduce villages, towns and cities...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 02:36 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
According to the latest UK MOD daily intelligence...

According to the latest UK MOD daily intelligence briefing, the Russian military is using key weapons to achieve minor tactical gains and becoming increasingly hollowed out.


...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 02:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 338
Posted By The Don
My view from this side of the Atlantic. ...

My view from this side of the Atlantic.

There are many people on the right who are, in effect, single issue voters. Whichever of the two major parties supports their position on abortion or (lack...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 01:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,227
Posted By The Don
They are a bunch of ***** - I don't know whether...

They are a bunch of ***** - I don't know whether it's exactly six :D
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th June 2022, 02:07 PM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Trouble is that NATO isn't in the killing...

Trouble is that NATO isn't in the killing Russians business at the moment.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th June 2022, 07:15 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Their tactics don't seem to give that impression....

Their tactics don't seem to give that impression.



Maybe, who knows ?

There has been a lot of noise in the Western press about how poor Russian morale is, and it certainly seemed to be the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th June 2022, 06:22 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
IMO that's very, very optimistic but I would love...

IMO that's very, very optimistic but I would love to be proved wrong.



Will these heavy weapons be rolled out in enough volume to make a significant difference ?

If Russia has thousands of...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th June 2022, 12:09 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Interesting, but given that Russia is now largely...

Interesting, but given that Russia is now largely cut off from the international financial system, are there actually any practical repercussions for Russia ?

It Russia is seen as a bad risk then...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th June 2022, 12:06 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
And sadly, Russia seems absolutely fine with that...

And sadly, Russia seems absolutely fine with that :(

They're also happy to steal Ukraine's agricultural output.

Most invaders seem to want to preserve as much of the infrastructure of the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 25th June 2022, 11:40 AM
Replies: 1,771
Views: 78,761
Posted By The Don
I'm sure a GOP controlled House and Senate would...

I'm sure a GOP controlled House and Senate would try and do something about that. ;)
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 25th June 2022, 11:37 AM
Replies: 2,304
Views: 64,144
Posted By The Don
A politically independent Electoral Commission is...

A politically independent Electoral Commission is certainly something that needs to go. It should properly be under the control of the only properly responsible party - regardless of which party is...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 11:02 PM
Replies: 1,771
Views: 78,761
Posted By The Don
I guess the idea is that as soon as Congress...

I guess the idea is that as soon as Congress turns red, gas will become almost free, all environmental legislation will be swept away and the government will actively discouraged EVs.

The first is...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 24th June 2022, 10:40 PM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
If one of your core objectives is to derail the...

If one of your core objectives is to derail the Ukraine economy and prevent it becoming a western facing market economy, then I'd argue that it does.

The Russian approach seems to be that if it...
Forum: USA Politics 24th June 2022, 01:04 PM
Replies: 1,359
Views: 72,350
Posted By The Don
It's rare that we agree, but this is one of those...

It's rare that we agree, but this is one of those rare cases.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 24th June 2022, 04:32 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
IMO yes, and no. They have a lot of forces...

IMO yes, and no.

They have a lot of forces in the South of Ukraine. AIUI they are gradually building defensive positions there to allow them to redeploy some of their forces into Donbas.

Russia...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 23rd June 2022, 03:17 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
I know that I annoy you all with my gloomy...

I know that I annoy you all with my gloomy assessment of the war in Ukraine but I don't think that it's out of step with the media consensus. For example from the BBC today:
...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 22nd June 2022, 01:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,227
Posted By The Don
Ice free port on the Baltic ?

Ice free port on the Baltic ?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 22nd June 2022, 08:26 AM
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Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Reading the article and the numbers involved -...

Reading the article and the numbers involved - talking about general numbers of 2,128 killed and 8,897 wounded - I reckon it's the latter.

If they've managed to mobilise tens of thousands of men...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 22nd June 2022, 07:50 AM
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Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Particularly in view of the fact the service...

Particularly in view of the fact the service would be more dangerous, and the pay likely worse, than if they joined the Wagner Group instead.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 22nd June 2022, 07:01 AM
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Posted By The Don
Those are some awfully high casualty rates - long...

Those are some awfully high casualty rates - long may it continue.

That also depends on what "55% of its original force" means. If it's 55% of the force on the day of the start of the war then...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 22nd June 2022, 01:54 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
I mentioned "the South" where ISW say: ...

I mentioned "the South" where ISW say:



If you consider ISW to be Russian propaganda then I think you are wrong, I think that they take an impartial view based on a variety of sources -...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 22nd June 2022, 01:21 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Another grim summary from ISW yesterday if you...

Another grim summary from ISW yesterday if you support Ukraine:

https://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/russian-offensive-campaign-assessment-june-21

The Russians are making significant...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 20th June 2022, 10:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,227
Posted By The Don
I agree. One suggestion was that Russia...

I agree.

One suggestion was that Russia could make a brief incursion of a kilometre or so, dig in, and make life difficult for a Baltic state and NATO but as you point out, that's likely an empty...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 20th June 2022, 01:40 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,142
Posted By The Don
The opposite is true in large parts of the UK. ...

The opposite is true in large parts of the UK.

Our flat in Bristol is valued at 400k-450k. A 400k mortgage would cost a little over 2,000 a month, we rent it out for 1,250 a month.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 20th June 2022, 12:36 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Another lengthy and fascinating video from Perun,...

Another lengthy and fascinating video from Perun, this time about the economic impact of the war on Russia and Ukraine.

qGGwO99fQaI

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The Russian economy is hurting but will not...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 17th June 2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
That's underselling it, if true it's downright...

That's underselling it, if true it's downright terrifying and a clear signal to Putin that he has won the war :mad:

If he ends up with another slice of Ukraine it's a clear signal that he, or his...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 17th June 2022, 01:22 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
An interesting and encouraging summary,...

An interesting and encouraging summary, especially the parts you've highlighted. I wonder how much of it is for external, public, consumption and how much is being used to make strategic decisions.
...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 16th June 2022, 02:34 AM
Replies: 2,304
Views: 64,144
Posted By The Don
I'd recommend attacking the advisor for failing...

I'd recommend attacking the advisor for failing to stay the course and abandoning the ship when there's a war on. :rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 15th June 2022, 02:49 PM
Replies: 2,304
Views: 64,144
Posted By The Don
Yay, we're going to be a rogue state :mad:

Yay, we're going to be a rogue state :mad:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 15th June 2022, 04:19 AM
Replies: 2,304
Views: 64,144
Posted By The Don
He had his fingers crossed when he signed the...

He had his fingers crossed when he signed the deal and always intended to renege on renegotiate the deal at the first opportunity. The key thing is that he "Got Brexit Done" whatever that means.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 15th June 2022, 02:48 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Another day, another set of familiar stories from...

Another day, another set of familiar stories from the BBC:


The Russians continue to advance slowly on the eastern front
Russia is creeping closer to Kharkiv, reversing Ukrainian gains
...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 14th June 2022, 10:59 PM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Zero, leaders' family aren't expected to serve...

Zero, leaders' family aren't expected to serve alongside the proles.

The last Perun video I linked to talks about where the Russian infantry is coming from. A disproportionate number of deaths...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 14th June 2022, 10:47 PM
Replies: 2,304
Views: 64,144
Posted By The Don
A typical UK Tory government scheme, based on a...

A typical UK Tory government scheme, based on a dogmatic need to please their xenophobic base, a colossal waste of money and illegal. :mad:

Their response is a typical UK Tory government one....
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 14th June 2022, 10:16 PM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Unfortunately, Russia doesn't have to capture...

Unfortunately, Russia doesn't have to capture Kyiv and install a puppet regime to achieve some of their war aims. Simply establishing a land bridge between Crimea and Donbas is a big plus for them...
Forum: USA Politics 14th June 2022, 10:54 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,560
Posted By The Don
Liz Cheney has been vilified and thrown out of...

Liz Cheney has been vilified and thrown out of her state party for daring to suggest that Joe Biden won fair and square. How many of her colleagues are willing to do the same ?
Forum: USA Politics 14th June 2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,560
Posted By The Don
I find your confidence in the GOP charming and...

I find your confidence in the GOP charming and encouraging. I do not share it.

I'd have thought that it was only a lunatic fringe of the party who would believe that the vote was stolen from...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 14th June 2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Yes, that's because, for the last couple of...

Yes, that's because, for the last couple of months, the news every day seems to be the same:


Relentless Russian artillery barrages
Tiny incremental gains on the Eastern front
Holding ground...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 14th June 2022, 05:45 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
From yesterday's ISW campaign update: ...

From yesterday's ISW campaign update:


Russian forces pushed Ukrainian defenders from the center of Severodonetsk and reportedly destroyed the remaining bridge from Severodonetsk to Lysychansk...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 14th June 2022, 05:31 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
Other sources disagree with you and think that...

Other sources disagree with you and think that whilst the majority of Russian tanks in storage are indeed scrap and cannot be returned to service, the sheer size of the Russian stock means that...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 14th June 2022, 02:50 AM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
that haven't been poked at here as much -[/QUOTE]...

that haven't been poked at here as much -[/QUOTE]

If I understand those numbers, they're saying that the Russians have lost 44.5% of the tanks they have committed in Ukraine.

They have lost...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 13th June 2022, 10:10 PM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,728
Posted By The Don
It's possible but IMO very unlikely. More...

It's possible but IMO very unlikely.

More likely that the GOP in the senate plus the two quislings prevent any further help. :mad:
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