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Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Today, 09:47 AM
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Posted By The Don
Presumably there's some equity in the house that...

Presumably there's some equity in the house that can be passed down once it's been sold and the mortgage cleared.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 11:45 PM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
Posted By The Don
According to ISW, yesterday was another day like...

According to ISW, yesterday was another day like so many of those previously. :(



https://understandingwar.org/backgrounder/russian-offensive-campaign-assessment-july-1

Russia continues to...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 10:48 PM
Replies: 2,364
Views: 66,125
Posted By The Don
If you have to resort to things like this, you...

If you have to resort to things like this, you cannot really afford that house or flat.

The British obsession with home ownership is socially, politically and economically damaging. Too much...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 02:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 390
Posted By The Don
I disagree, those few bad apples really do turn...

I disagree, those few bad apples really do turn the rest of the barrel bad.
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 12:54 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,794
Posted By The Don
I fear she accurately represents the views of the...

I fear she accurately represents the views of the Trumpist Republican party which means that after the midterms it reflects the majority view of the party that controls both the House and Senate. :(
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Yesterday, 12:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 519
Posted By The Don
A friend of mine who used to run a company which...

A friend of mine who used to run a company which used a lot of propane was talking about the price recently. Propane is a byproduct of natural gas and oil refining and its price is controlled by its...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th June 2022, 10:43 PM
Replies: 2,364
Views: 66,125
Posted By The Don
It only matters if you feel shame. Boris Johnson...

It only matters if you feel shame. Boris Johnson does not.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th June 2022, 04:05 AM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
Posted By The Don
That breaking news came after my post - IMO its...

That breaking news came after my post - IMO its great news. :)



They're still crawling across Eastern Ukraine, reducing everything they can to rubble. They've proven that they cannot conduct a...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th June 2022, 03:57 AM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
Posted By The Don
That's great news as I understand it. :) ...

That's great news as I understand it. :)


In other news, I think Bernie Ecclestone made some very ill-judged comments:




...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th June 2022, 02:10 AM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
Posted By The Don
They're still making marginal gains in Donbas and...

They're still making marginal gains in Donbas and to the north of Kharkiv whilst at the same time not losing any of the ground they have gained in the South.

They're still putting Ukrainian...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th June 2022, 01:50 AM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
Posted By The Don
Another bleak summary from ISW :( : ...

Another bleak summary from ISW :( :



https://understandingwar.org/backgrounder/russian-offensive-campaign-assessment-june-29

I know that Russia is supposed to be hollowing out their units to...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th June 2022, 06:08 AM
Replies: 2,364
Views: 66,125
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 29th June 2022, 02:52 AM
Replies: 2,364
Views: 66,125
Posted By The Don
:confused: ...

:confused:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bray
Forum: USA Politics 29th June 2022, 01:21 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 7,518
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 28th June 2022, 07:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 621
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 28th June 2022, 06:46 AM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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 28th June 2022, 06:34 AM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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 28th June 2022, 06:20 AM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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 28th June 2022, 05:36 AM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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 28th June 2022, 04:42 AM
Replies: 2,364
Views: 66,125
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 28th June 2022, 04:03 AM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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 28th June 2022, 02:36 AM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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 28th June 2022, 02:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 384
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 28th June 2022, 01:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,362
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 79,063
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: 2,364
Views: 66,125
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: 79,063
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 72,598
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 29
Views: 1,362
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
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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
Replies: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 29
Views: 1,362
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: 1,234
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 1,366
Views: 42,470
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: 2,364
Views: 66,125
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: 2,364
Views: 66,125
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: 2,364
Views: 66,125
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.
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