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Forum: USA Politics Today, 03:46 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 891
Posted By The Don
Isn't going to happen in her political lifetime...

Isn't going to happen in her political lifetime IMO
Forum: USA Politics Today, 03:45 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 891
Posted By The Don
That presumes that there is a soul. In...

That presumes that there is a soul.

In modern US (and UK) politics, there seem to be little or no consequences for misdeeds so why not do whatever is required to stay in power and to extract the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 01:39 AM
Replies: 1,796
Views: 83,908
Posted By The Don
Mine are a size 10 and I was wearing trainers....

Mine are a size 10 and I was wearing trainers. Wouldn't want to be wearing more bulky footwear or have larger feet. :o



Why does it make you think of electric cars for kids ?

I think that...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 01:28 AM
Replies: 1,172
Views: 28,572
Posted By The Don
While all of this is very interesting, none of it...

While all of this is very interesting, none of it matters IMO.

Either Donald Trump will end up being prosecuted. If he isn't, then he's won and if he is, the chances of finding a jury, all 12...
Forum: USA Politics Today, 01:20 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 891
Posted By The Don
I doubt she would attract enough votes to make...

I doubt she would attract enough votes to make any kind of difference to the election. The GOP is 100% behind Donald Trump and the Trumpist agenda so the only people who might consider voting for Liz...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Today, 12:54 AM
Replies: 3,200
Views: 105,264
Posted By The Don
Yes, armed forces in the West would consider the...

Yes, armed forces in the West would consider the quality of much of the Russian equipment to be deplorable and wouldn't consider using them to destruction in the way that the Russians have done on at...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 11:41 PM
Replies: 919
Views: 34,902
Posted By The Don
I am think that Smartcooky was saying that by...

I am think that Smartcooky was saying that by global standards, Democrats are right wingers, not centrists.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 02:19 PM
Replies: 1,796
Views: 83,908
Posted By The Don
Drove Mrs Don's Fiat for the first time today. ...

Drove Mrs Don's Fiat for the first time today.

One pedal driving is intuitive and the way of the future.

The car is nippy and handles very well. I look forward to driving it again around...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 04:18 AM
Replies: 3,200
Views: 105,264
Posted By The Don
Around 60,000 is the highest I can recall being...

Around 60,000 is the highest I can recall being mentioned.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 02:48 AM
Replies: 3,200
Views: 105,264
Posted By The Don
Oystein reported: That's still an...

Oystein reported:



That's still an enormous amount of ordnance and not much less than the peak.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 01:56 AM
Replies: 3,200
Views: 105,264
Posted By The Don
There does seem to be something of a disjoint...

There does seem to be something of a disjoint between the news coming out of Ukraine and what seems to be happening on the ground.

We've been assured that Russian logistics are a shambles and that...
Forum: USA Politics 16th August 2022, 10:59 PM
Replies: 413
Views: 12,001
Posted By The Don
If there was any doubt that the GOP is the party...

If there was any doubt that the GOP is the party of Trump which believes all those conspiracy theories and will win elections by fair means or foul then here's the proof.

I predict that Donald...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 16th August 2022, 10:54 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By The Don
Look, if you're struggling to make ends meet...

Look, if you're struggling to make ends meet working your minimum wage job(s) then you should get off your backside, contact your fellow old Etonians in government, set up your own company and make a...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 16th August 2022, 10:48 PM
Replies: 3,200
Views: 105,264
Posted By The Don
A number of YouTubers have commented on this...

A number of YouTubers have commented on this recently, especially in light of the senior Russian commanders apparently leaving the area. Recapturing Kherson is doable in their opinion, but...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 16th August 2022, 10:45 PM
Replies: 3,200
Views: 105,264
Posted By The Don
It also means that Russian units well away from...

It also means that Russian units well away from the front have to be on high alert and cannot get rest and recuperate and/or training - another win for Ukraine.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 16th August 2022, 05:04 AM
Replies: 3,200
Views: 105,264
Posted By The Don
Nope, I first heard about it on Denys Davydov's...

Nope, I first heard about it on Denys Davydov's daily (pro-Ukrainian) situation update.

It's confirmed by ISW's mapping:

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/36a7f6a6f5a9448496de641cf64bd375
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 16th August 2022, 01:01 AM
Replies: 3,200
Views: 105,264
Posted By The Don
Apparently, according to Russian media it was...

Apparently, according to Russian media it was merely a small fire at an electrical substation. :rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 15th August 2022, 11:29 PM
Replies: 3,200
Views: 105,264
Posted By The Don
Russia continues to grind on towards Bakhmut....

Russia continues to grind on towards Bakhmut. They've taken a strategic crossroads to the East of the city and are looking to attack Bakhmut from two or three directions. :(

Whether the reported...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 15th August 2022, 08:53 AM
Replies: 3,200
Views: 105,264
Posted By The Don
De-Nazify, Re-Nazify Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to ;)

De-Nazify, Re-Nazify

Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to ;)
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 15th August 2022, 02:33 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,684
Posted By The Don
True, but when millions of people are finding it...

True, but when millions of people are finding it very difficult simply making ends meet then it's less than ideal to see the leader of the government swanning around - likely at the expense of a...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 14th August 2022, 11:52 PM
Replies: 3,200
Views: 105,264
Posted By The Don
Another excellent video from Perun: ...

Another excellent video from Perun:

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Here he looks at Ukraine's response to the Russian invasion - in this case they have plenty of people, but have a shortage of metal, pretty much...
Forum: USA Politics 13th August 2022, 05:07 AM
Replies: 1,172
Views: 28,572
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 13th August 2022, 04:33 AM
Replies: 1,172
Views: 28,572
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 12th August 2022, 11:19 PM
Replies: 1,172
Views: 28,572
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 12th August 2022, 07:18 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 7,196
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 12th August 2022, 06:51 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 7,196
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 12th August 2022, 02:21 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 7,196
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: 231,686
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: 1,172
Views: 28,572
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: 12
Views: 292
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 60
Views: 1,684
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 971
Views: 49,890
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 60
Views: 1,684
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 60
Views: 1,684
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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: 3,200
Views: 105,264
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
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