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Re: Tripe about Ukraine

Reply #925
The current issue of The Spectator has quite a few clear-headed columns concerning Ukraine, Putin, Europe and U.S, policy, and more... Let me know if you want snippets and links. (I'm reading the print edition now.) :)
Which one? Is it spectator.co.uk or spectator.org? Or spectatorworld.com?

The American Spectator (spectator.org) seems to be the typical partisan blather from USA, very Oakdalean.

The other websites appear to be British, with articles about both European and American affairs.

I have sufficient access to all of them, if I want. I probably just don't want.



Re: Tripe about Ukraine

Reply #926
The spectator.co.uk  is nothing more than a little Englander publication. They have a deep dislike of all things Scottish. especially our politics. Best avoided really.
The start and end to every story is the same. But what comes in between you have yourself to blame.

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Reply #927
(Mumbles something about books and covers...pots and kettles...trees and forests...)
@Luxor Next you'll tell me CapX is worthless... But -of course- I mean the U.S. edition (dubbed World, which I suppose rankles...:) 'Tany rate, it's good to hear from you again! (Any word on your erstwhile nemesis, the Howie?)
I have sufficient access to all of them, if I want. I probably just don't want.
I understand, you're attention is limited... That's what media analysts do: They anal-ize everything — that "official" sources offer. (I think I liked you better when you were navel-gazing!:)
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Reply #928
(Any word on your erstwhile nemesis, the Howie?)
Oh he'll be out there standing at the roadside, yelling "no surrender" whenever a march for independence is in his local area. Which there was today funnily enough..
The start and end to every story is the same. But what comes in between you have yourself to blame.

Re: Tripe about Ukraine

Reply #929
Two pieces, three months.



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Reply #931
Nice to see a good translation :up:

But we also need to take into account that the EU biggies are trying to maneuvre a victory to Putin for this invasion, just like they did for the annexation of Crimea. Things often work out the way the biggies want, because they are the biggies, you know.

Russia more than triples its current account surplus to US$96 billion as EU energy giants pay in rubles

Even as conflicting messages continued to emerge from Brussels over the legality of complying with Moscow’s demands to pay for gas in rubles, Italy’s Eni SpA said it was opening a ruble account with Russia’s Gazprombank to keep the gas flowing.

It’s the clearest sign yet that the biggest European importers of Russian gas are counting on business as usual. Germany’s Uniper SE and Austria’s OMV AG also expect to find a way to keep buying.

Moscow’s demand on March 31 that gas payments should now be made in rubles threw markets and policy makers into disarray and companies have been scrabbling ever since for a way to keep the crucial energy flowing without breaching sanctions aimed at weakening Russia in its war in Ukraine.

The steady inflow of revenue from energy and other exports has — together with strict capital controls — helped support the ruble, turning the Russian currency into the best performer in the world this year.

Re: Tripe about Ukraine

Reply #932
If you look at Europe and Russia as locked in a cold war, it makes sense to look at the relationship as a zero sum game. Europe's loss is Russia's gain and vice versa. In that case the optimal strategy for Europe is not to buy zero fossil fuel from Russia, but a low amount of fuel. The marginal value to Europe for the first 10% is far higher than the last 10%, while the top 10% gives Russia greater profit than the bottom 10%. Fadeout instead of a cutoff is a fair strategy.

If you don't consider Russia an enemy you would buy as much as is profitable.  As long as European countries use a noose-like strategy (ever-stricter sanctions) we're good. If on the other hand it is a short squeeze and let off to profit-maximizing, that would less great. But the noose is holding, and there are pretty rigorous preparations for the coming winter(s), so we are decarbonising fast.


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Reply #934
"http://%22https//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Saeed_al-Sahhaf%22"??! What was that editor you use, again? :) (It's no substitute for your native intelligence...)
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Reply #935
I stupidly updated the BBCode extension this week. I remember now how hard I had to work to rewrite it so that it would function on this forum. Anyway, I will get to work again.

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Reply #936
Trivialities mean that much to you? :) Sure, it's fun to play with the means of posting... But shouldn't the matter matter more? :)
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Reply #937
I throw this in here because  I'm  sort-a drunk; I remember what we'd talked about recently-, and -you might wanna learn something- here's an opinion Putin won't likely find elsewhere...
https://thedavebowmanshow.com/2022/06/11/tsv-the-next-thing/
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Reply #938
Trivialities mean that much to you? :) Sure, it's fun to play with the means of posting...
Most of my creativity goes into tinkering with the writing device and this is the way I prefer it. It is not a triviality.

My editor is Emacs. It provides me with the same joy of hacking that I had with old Opera, even more so.

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Reply #939
EU leaders grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova

The two poorest European countries, both in war, finally got their call. The fact that they are the two poorest - and in war - is a major failure of the EU. The EU touts itself as a bastion of diplomacy, but it has failed very hard precisely at diplomacy. So it does self-appeasing gestures of pity instead, against its own rules, losing last modicum of respect along the way.

The accession criteria, or Copenhagen criteria (after the European Council in Copenhagen in 1993 which defined them), are the essential conditions all candidate countries must satisfy to become a member state. These are:

  • political criteria: stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities;
  • economic criteria: a functioning market economy and the capacity to cope with competition and market forces;
  • administrative and institutional capacity to effectively implement the acquis and ability to take on the obligations of membership.

The Union's capacity to absorb new members, while maintaining the momentum of European integration, is also an important consideration.
The EU has not even properly absorbed and integrated Greece, not to mention the rest of the Balkan countries.[1] Yet it stupidly dreamed of dangling the carrot for Erdogan - and for Putin. God save us from those diplomats.
Or Cyprus. Or even Italy!

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Reply #940
You keep blaming countries' failures on other countries. That is reasonable when that blamed country has colonised or destabilised the failed country in question, but not otherwise. Russia has had a negative influence on Ukraine for instance, and can be blamed. But no, it is not the EU's fault that Moldova is a poor country.

The threshold for EU candidate is countries reasonably high, but there is no working mechanism to stop member countries from backsliding once they have joined, like Poland and Hungary. If no such mechanism is agreed on Ukraine's membership can be long in waiting.

Russia has not been and will not be a member of the EU simply due to size.

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Reply #941
But no, it is not the EU's fault that Moldova is a poor country.
Specifically with regard to Moldova, this failed https://eubam.org/what-we-do/conflict-resolution/

If this were the only occasion where EU diplomacy failed, I would not attribute much blame. But unfortunately this failure is in addition to all other EU failures.

Sure, there are some success stories too, such as the Baltic countries. But the Baltic countries became a success story in part fighting back - or escaping as a matter of providential luck - some policies that the EU biggies were trying to impose, such as suicidal border agreements with Russia.

Russia has not been and will not be a member of the EU simply due to size.
The envisioned visa freedom that I will never ever stop recalling would have made Russia a de facto Schengen member. De facto without de jure is probably worse than mere de jure. But it's reasonable to have neither of course.