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Forum: USA Politics Today, 05:07 AM
Replies: 823
Views: 17,696
Posted By The Don
I'm sure he'd be okay with that. His powers of...

I'm sure he'd be okay with that. His powers of self delusion are considerable. He'd convince himself that MAGA were the silent majority and his failures at the ballot box simply evidence of the power...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 04:33 AM
Replies: 823
Views: 17,696
Posted By The Don
...and yet he personally hasn't suffered any...

...and yet he personally hasn't suffered any serious negative consequences.
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 11:19 PM
Replies: 823
Views: 17,696
Posted By The Don
President Trump's defence is now that any...

President Trump's defence is now that any documents that he removed from the White House were automatically declassified.



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-62527628

Other people...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 07:18 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 7,004
Posted By The Don
Russia is in favour of IAEA inspections in the...

Russia is in favour of IAEA inspections in the same way that Donald Trump is in favour of having the details of the Mar-a-Lago FBI warrant released. :rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 06:51 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 7,004
Posted By The Don
And as has been pointed out repeatedly, your...

And as has been pointed out repeatedly, your impression is wrong and is based on flawed premises.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 02:21 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 7,004
Posted By The Don
Meanwhile in Zaporizhzhia, the Russians are...

Meanwhile in Zaporizhzhia, the Russians are staying true to form:



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-62509638
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 11th August 2022, 03:23 AM
Replies: 3,197
Views: 230,807
Posted By The Don
The UK's Brexit losses are 178 times the Brexit...

The UK's Brexit losses are 178 times the Brexit gains.



https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-trade-deals-australia-new-zealand-b1959478.html

So much winning.....:rolleyes:
Forum: USA Politics 11th August 2022, 01:40 AM
Replies: 823
Views: 17,696
Posted By The Don
I dunno, if it seems to be gaining some kind of...

I dunno, if it seems to be gaining some kind of traction, it could become mainstream GOP opinion in a week or so.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 11th August 2022, 01:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 249
Posted By The Don
I guess it depends. If you're in the...

I guess it depends.

If you're in the majority, the people who have paid their taxes, then this is good news because studies have shown that $1 spent on enforcement yields many times that in...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 11th August 2022, 12:43 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Excellent news. Meanwhile according to ISW,...

Excellent news.

Meanwhile according to ISW, Russia continues to make small gains on the Eastern front despite redirecting forces to the Kherson front.


...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 10th August 2022, 01:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 719
Posted By The Don
OFFs. Today's Daily Express headline is "In...

OFFs.

Today's Daily Express headline is "In Liz We Trust". :rolleyes:

We're all ****** :mad:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 9th August 2022, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
It would be risky, if Russia could prove it. ...

It would be risky, if Russia could prove it.

The fact that they haven't even tried is illuminating to me. I'm sure they would love to blame the US.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 9th August 2022, 10:14 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Could it have been an accident caused by epic...

Could it have been an accident caused by epic Russian incompetence ?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 9th August 2022, 08:37 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Your linked analysis assumes that Republicans...

Your linked analysis assumes that Republicans will stick to their positions after the mid-terms. If there's a landslide towards the Trumpist GOP then IMO so-called moderate Republican senators will...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 9th August 2022, 07:14 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Yes, exactly that. The Russian urban middle...

Yes, exactly that.

The Russian urban middle classes may be suffering somewhat as their service-sector jobs become less tenable in the shrinking economy and as their access to Western goods and...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 9th August 2022, 06:04 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Russia doesn't have the same problem of a...

Russia doesn't have the same problem of a reasonably well informed public who are able to make their opinions heard via a somewhat free press and can express their unhappiness via the ballot box.
...
Forum: USA Politics 9th August 2022, 01:11 AM
Replies: 962
Views: 48,776
Posted By The Don
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/08/08...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/08/08/republicans-gop-how-many-nutty-stances-can-one-party-take/[/QUOTE]

Those are the views of a significant minority of the US electorate so why...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 9th August 2022, 12:12 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Russia doesn't need a virtually unlimited amount...

Russia doesn't need a virtually unlimited amount of bodies, ammo and vehicles, they just need "enough".

It's clear that Russia completely failed in their original objective, to quickly topple the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 8th August 2022, 12:32 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Perun's latest (excellent) video. This time he's...

Perun's latest (excellent) video. This time he's assessing the use of cruise and ballistic missiles in the Russian invasion of Ukraine:

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Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 5th August 2022, 04:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 719
Posted By The Don
Which will fail because the electorate there will...

Which will fail because the electorate there will be happy that there are now 10 food banks when under Labour there wasn't a single one. :rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 5th August 2022, 02:26 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Yes, but they're still grinding on westwards on...

Yes, but they're still grinding on westwards on the Eastern front taking a village or two every day on their way towards the major cities.

It also looks like they might be about to breach the well...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 5th August 2022, 02:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 719
Posted By The Don
Inflation is spiralling out of control. The...

Inflation is spiralling out of control.

The economy is likely to slip into recession later this year.

People are getting poorer.

The NHS is prostrate.

Strikes are affecting the majority...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 5th August 2022, 02:04 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Yes there are plenty of petrochemical reserves...

Yes there are plenty of petrochemical reserves there but they will take years and billions of dollars to exploit, longer and more investment if they are to be exported by pipeline.



Are you...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 01:12 PM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
That's certainly the perceived wisdom. Do...

That's certainly the perceived wisdom.

Do you need experienced soldiers or an effective officer corps if your plan is just to reduce everything to dust using inaccurate artillery?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 01:06 PM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
I guess the key question is whether we're in 1939...

I guess the key question is whether we're in 1939 here or 1944.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 01:05 PM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Yes they do, which is why they are falling back...

Yes they do, which is why they are falling back on their considerable stocks of Soviet era artillery and munitions.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 10:55 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Yes, because he still has considerable foreign...

Yes, because he still has considerable foreign currency inflows and the ability to print money.

Like Nazi Germany, the "wartime" economy bears little resemblance to the "real" one. Meanwhile the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 10:51 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
The UK inflation rate is half that of Russia.

The UK inflation rate is half that of Russia.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 10:37 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
The UK economy might shrink by 1% over that...

The UK economy might shrink by 1% over that period.

The Russian economy is forecast to shrink by more than 15%.

I can see why Putin wants the sanctions to end
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 04:05 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 7,004
Posted By The Don
Read the report. These were not independent...

Read the report. These were not independent international observers, they were "useful idiots" invited by the Russians.



Who knows what the local people say when the referendums were not free...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 03:46 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
I cannot begin to estimate how many members...

I cannot begin to estimate how many members Corbyn drove away from the Labour Party. :mad:

He has never left the 1960's sixth-form common room debating society. His "solutions" don't seem at all...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd August 2022, 11:47 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Wink To paraphrase Lady Bracknell, to lose one supply...

To paraphrase Lady Bracknell, to lose one supply train is unfortunate, to lose two suggests carelessness....
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd August 2022, 07:52 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
I suppose it depends on what you mean by the long...

I suppose it depends on what you mean by the long run.

Decades ? Definitely not.

Could they keep it up for a year or two ? Well they certainly have a huge stockpile of low accuracy ammunition...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 3rd August 2022, 02:29 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,632
Posted By The Don
And it's hardly magic, if our experience is...

And it's hardly magic, if our experience is anything to go by.

As they got older, the annual costs of insurance for our cats rose until we felt that they were prohibitive. We self-insure for our...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd August 2022, 02:12 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Will the EU, UK and USA be willing to plough in...

Will the EU, UK and USA be willing to plough in $100bn-$200bn a year for the next 5, 10, 15 years while Ukraine rebuilds at the same time that UK and EU economies are suffering because of Russia's...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd August 2022, 12:57 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Thank you for the comprehensive response. I'll...

Thank you for the comprehensive response. I'll try to keep this to a manageable length.



The thing is that we've been told for a considerable time now that they're expending forces at a and...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd August 2022, 12:35 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
I'm sure that there are *reasons* why this is not...

I'm sure that there are *reasons* why this is not a counterattack :rolleyes:

These might include:


Reports of Ukrainian gains on the Kherson front are fake news, Russia is holding its...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 2nd August 2022, 08:04 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
I admit that I made a mistake in materially...

I admit that I made a mistake in materially responding to your first post. :o

I shall not do so for a second time in case the thread gets completely derailed in a predictable way.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 2nd August 2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
True, in which case the result of that sporting...

True, in which case the result of that sporting contest would be a victory for your opponent.

The message in the mainstream Western press, and promoted by Western intelligence, is that the Russian...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 2nd August 2022, 04:10 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 91,952
Posted By The Don
Maybe pensioners should get a lower pension if...

Maybe pensioners should get a lower pension if they live in a low cost area. :rolleyes:

Maybe a Tory MP should get less if they represent a "Red Wall" constituency :rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 2nd August 2022, 12:18 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
Russia has reportedly doubled their forces around...

Russia has reportedly doubled their forces around Kherson to around 25k to repel the counteroffensive (which would apparently never happen).

They continue to slowly advance towards Bakmut.

For...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st August 2022, 06:01 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 7,004
Posted By The Don
Were those referendums carried out in a free and...

Were those referendums carried out in a free and fair way ?
No, there was mass voter intimidation

Did the results of those referendums reflect the actual votes cast ?
Who knows, there was no...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st August 2022, 04:22 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 91,952
Posted By The Don
At the moment, almost all people have equity in...

At the moment, almost all people have equity in their houses so if they do end up defaulting after interest rates rise, in the short term the banks are covered because for a while there won't be so...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st August 2022, 03:04 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 91,952
Posted By The Don
I can't possibly see a downside in rental...

I can't possibly see a downside in rental payments being included in mortgage calculations. :rolleyes:

What the UK housing market needs is more financially marginal mortgage lending decisions,...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th July 2022, 11:53 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 100,340
Posted By The Don
The Eurasian Times reckons HIMARS is overpriced...

The Eurasian Times reckons HIMARS is overpriced and overhyped

https://eurasiantimes.com/himars-is-the-third-weapons-platform-along-with-the-javelin-m777/
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th July 2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 91,952
Posted By The Don
I failed to get into Oxford to study physics but...

I failed to get into Oxford to study physics but at least I did better at the entrance exam than my physics teacher. I was the only Oxbridge candidate from that year, and the only one from the late...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th July 2022, 11:12 PM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 91,952
Posted By The Don
In the UK there aren't Catholic parish schools or...

In the UK there aren't Catholic parish schools or more accurately the Catholic parish school would be an RC state school.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th July 2022, 01:52 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 7,004
Posted By The Don
Speaking a language does not correlate with...

Speaking a language does not correlate with wanting to live under the rule of that country - ask people living in the US
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th July 2022, 01:43 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 7,004
Posted By The Don
Nope,. If they do then Russia will salami slice...

Nope,. If they do then Russia will salami slice and ethnically cleanse their way across the country.

But you are a fan of it happening in the 30s and 40s so it's no surprise that you are a fan of...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th July 2022, 04:17 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 91,952
Posted By The Don
:confused: They may have kompromat on Boris...

:confused:

They may have kompromat on Boris Johnson but the man himself isn't



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