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rgio

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Posted: Mar 1, 2022 - 8:51am

 VV wrote:

Looks like those f*ckers need to up their AV game. Who the hell uses paper maps anymore? Haven't they heard of  large flat screen leds?


Do you stop using maps when the power goes out?   There's no school like the old school.

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Posted: Mar 1, 2022 - 8:31am

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take a good look at the posture and expression on these faces...



Looks like those f*ckers need to up their AV game. Who the hell uses paper maps anymore? Haven't they heard of  large flat screen leds?

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Posted: Mar 1, 2022 - 8:30am

 miamizsun wrote:
take a good look at the posture and expression on these faces...

 
Maybe it's my confirmation bias desperately looking for good news, but when you go through all the twitter feeds of Russian hardware left unoccupied and abandoned, it really does look like nobody really wants this war except Putin and Lukaschenko. Wonder how long it is going to take till someone takes them out.
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Posted: Mar 1, 2022 - 8:26am

take a good look at the posture and expression on these faces...


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Posted: Mar 1, 2022 - 8:11am

Ha, Putin is going to hate stuff like this getting published  
One of the comments:

unarmed drug dealers and neo-nazis try to stop a Russian armed convoy {#Lol} 
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Posted: Mar 1, 2022 - 7:12am

Ok, so while admirable... this is potentially troublesome:

Americans, Canadians answer Ukraine call for foreign fighters

How long before Putin makes a claim that Canada & USA are actively recruiting and sending men to fight in Ukraine's International force and that this is no different than having to engage with Canadian & US military troops directly and lead to an escalation of this conflict? 

I could easily see this being given the spin treatment to try and justify escalating hostilities against the US and other countries.

I bet that there is financial incentive for Russian troops to find and capture (alive) foreign fighters for propaganda fodder.  How long do you think it will it take for a captured untrained volunteer foreign fighter to succumb to Russian physical and mental torture as to be coerced into saying (on video) that their own country/government/military forced them to join the Ukraine resistance? Answer: not very.

P.S. And if you happen to be an unlucky American volunteer caught by the Russians in this conflict... you better hope and pray that you are able to free yourself or the Ukrainians are able to save your bacon. There isn't going to be any Special Ops in Blackhawks coming to liberate you.

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Posted: Mar 1, 2022 - 5:57am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

From what I've gathered, their morale is shit.

Another thing the Ukrainians have going for them is that current weapons technology and Russian tactical doctrine favor the defender.

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Posted: Mar 1, 2022 - 5:47am

That 40 mile long convoy from Belarus may be problematic to the health of the people of the Ukraine. 
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Posted: Mar 1, 2022 - 5:17am

No, You’re Not Imagining It: Russia’s Army Is Inept

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Posted: Mar 1, 2022 - 4:51am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I guess I should finally read Sapiens. It's been on my nightstand for a year.


It's a fairly quick read, compelling.
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Posted: Mar 1, 2022 - 12:49am

on this note, I guess it bears thinking about what could go wrong with western strategy.

Assuming the Russian economy tanks (as it surely must), to what extent can Putin turn the narrative into a "this is a WWII type attack on the Russian people", getting them to mobilise against an incipient invasion?  Would there then be enough support for some hot-heads/idiots/patriotic imbeciles to hit the nuclear option?

Seems to me there might be a need to broadcast the message to the Russian people that these economic sanctions are not aimed at them.
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Posted: Mar 1, 2022 - 12:19am

 Ivanhoe wrote:
Fiona Hill: "We are already in the middle of a third World War, whether we’ve fully grasped it or not. Sadly, we are treading back through old historical patterns that we said that we would never permit to happen again. Those old historical patterns include Western businesses who fail to see how they help build a tyrant’s war chest, admirers enamored of an autocrat’s “strength” and politicians’ tendency to point fingers inward for political gain instead of working together for their nation’s security." (Politico)
 
Some truth in it I guess, but there is an enormous difference between modern-day Russia and Nazi Germany in 1939. The Russian's appear to be pretty ambivalent about this war whereas under the Nazis the entire country was pretty much electrified by the turn-around in their fortunes.

There is no way the German Wehrmacht would have stalled due to logistics problems in the middle of an initial blitzkrieg. Putin is about to realise real power lies in the ability to excite the dreams and desires of people, not his ability to oppress any dissent. On this metric, Zelenskyy is streaks ahead.

I wouldn't be surprised if we see an increasing number of unexplained logistics failures in the Russian army in the days/weeks ahead. Their hearts are just not in this war. Understandably so.

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Posted: Feb 28, 2022 - 11:20pm

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Posted: Feb 28, 2022 - 9:38pm

It's certainly worth reading. The gist is already in the Guardian article. What binds human societies together and make them tick is a shared set of beliefs - basically stories and legends - which might or might not be rooted in reality - he discusses religion, credit, rights, etc.
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Posted: Feb 28, 2022 - 9:06pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I guess I should finally read Sapiens. It's been on my nightstand for a year.


I think I skimmed it in a bookstore and it somehow got me to decide no need to read it!
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Posted: Feb 28, 2022 - 9:00pm

 Animal-Farm wrote:
I guess I should finally read Sapiens. It's been on my nightstand for a year.
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Posted: Feb 28, 2022 - 8:50pm

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Through the China backdoor, of course.  If things go really south on Putin, China might be forced into a sponsorship of sorts with Russia like it has with North Korea.  Do note that while action was taken against Russia via closing down most of its access to SWIFT, trading in oil continues.  The only way to stop Putin in his tracks right now would be a total embargo on Russian oil and that is not going to happen.  No one has the stomach or will to do that, yet that is what would be required.

And how would we deter China from helping Putin ?  Well that would require economic sanctions and possible embargoes on Chinese goods and services.  Also unlikely as they, both Putin and the CCP, have created critical dependencies on their products.  Let us not forget what Taiwan is in the world of semiconductors.  These are both countries with real and active imperialistic postures.  The world is at a crossroads.  This is where appeasement has led us.  The choices are pretty clear.  The window of opportunity to make these choices is fast closing.
 
China may find itself wanting to disavow Russia, for it too has benefited enormously from the modern world order. It is not just trade with the rest of the world that it important to China, but the fact that it wants to be seen as a figurehead, a responsible global citizen, to win influence elsewhere.
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Posted: Feb 28, 2022 - 8:36pm

Why Vladimir Putin has already lost this war

The Russians may yet conquer Ukraine. But Ukrainians have shown in the past few days that they will not let them hold it


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Posted: Feb 28, 2022 - 8:12pm

Hold up

Russia invaded essentially a European country
The world shuts of chips, finances, tries to destroy it's banks, oligarchs, economy, shuts off airplane travel

Meanwhile, China, has a million people in concentration camps
Treats people like slaves

Rather than sanction them - we use them as the workshop of the world, they make our products with their labor.

Interesting difference.

Next step for China is take over Taiwan, then who knows, send a bunch of invaders to any country they want.

They are re-drawing the lines of ownership in the sea, vacuuming up any resources they want, selling us everything.

They may continue to roll out their social credit system and digital ID, that is something that our elite is paving the way via the pandemic.

Nobody is stopping anything that China wants, they are our buddies. No sanctions there. 


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Posted: Feb 28, 2022 - 7:32pm

 R_P wrote:

It's arguable whether the US is doing the killing, but it (previously along with other allies) is supporting its autocratic allies (SA/UAE) with their war against a neighbor. Because terrorism.

But Yemen is more like a basket case compared to a Ukrainian bread basket.



The countries were peaceful before destroyed, and very functional in many ways
And we finance and give the bombs to our coalition, we do the monitoring and planning and logistics and they are our fig leaf

Some things will never change...
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