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Messages - ersi

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Trump's first hundred days are up. How to describe it? Commendably, he has shown himself a busy working man. Unsurprisingly, he either silently gives up or loudly denies his campaign promises. Sadly, his style of reality show gets old fast and is losing its entertainment value. Luckily, none of his worst far-out plans have succeeded (yet). Here's a laundry list.

1. He said he wouldn't bomb Syria. You bought it. Then he bombed Syria.

2. He said he'd build a wall along the border with Mexico. You bought it. Now his secretary of homeland security says "It's unlikely that we will build a wall."

3. He said he'd clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. Then he brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses.

4. He said he'd repeal Obamacare and replace it with something "wonderful." You bought it. Then he didn't.

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6. He said he'd release his tax returns, eventually. You bought it. He hasn't, and says he never will.

7. He said he'd divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest. You bought it. He remains heavily involved in his businesses, makes money off of foreign dignitaries staying at his Washington hotel, gets China to give the Trump brand trademark and copyright rights, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted.

8. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said. You bought it. Then he put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration.

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11. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the generals did. You bought it. Then he green lighted a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though  his generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained [Foreign Policy: Donald Trump Needs to Own the Yemen Raid]
Etc.
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This matches well with my view on how colonial powers redraw the map of the world, to their own ultimate self-defeat https://youtu.be/S328nyn8Dc8?t=190
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Is history English or does it belong to English? You seem to assume yes. That's what makes you incomprehensible. You are from a different planet, dude.
I can understand why you'd know next to nothing about the history between England, Scotland and Ireland. (As I suspect you can -if you'd try- understand why SF and I would know more...) What makes me "incomprehensible" to you is that I don't subscribe to your biases and I don't think ersi is the center of the universe! :)
I know history just fine, including the history of British conquests and adventures everywhere. And I know that these have no relation to someone called "Uncle Joe" and to the comprehension of English language, because history can be studied in any language. You evidently don't care to explain the supposed relation either, so you remain on that different planet of yours.
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Browsers & Technology / Re: E-readers
Now this is actually useful as a display device both for individual use and small class situation, not just as a personal reader https://youtu.be/Tu03JY7PXMo?t=525
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@ersi and all those others interested: I'd like to know -for a fact- who used poison gas in Syria... Is the UN willing to investigate?
Or will Russia prevent it?
Russia already prevented it. This is what veto means. Jax quoted the relevant news item http://thedndsanctuary.eu/index.php?topic=2666.msg71634#msg71634

And I quoted a news item where French minister of foreign affairs promised to publish some relevant proof in a few days.
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You can read French but you can't understand English?
We are not talking about English, not the language anyway.

E.g.

ersi, your knowledge of history is deficient.
Is history English or does it belong to English? You seem to assume yes. That's what makes you incomprehensible. You are from a different planet, dude.
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SF is one of those few people left who thinks he has reason to resent genocide and political oppression.
Then we have a very different idea of what "thinks" means. Funny to have people around with no common vocabulary to communicate with.
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Yawn. Of course I do.
Because it's in line with Trump's and B. Johnson's baseless accusations. It fits perfectly the agenda.
Wrong. Regardless of agenda, anything that Trump or B. Johnson (or important ministers of important EU countries) say is above the threshold. Trump can tweet whatever and it's in the news, nevermind if there's content or not.

Then there are finer criteria for further filtering, but I won't bother you with those. Agenda comes in too there at some point, but it's far from as primary as you think.
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Le ministre des affaires étrangères, Jean-Marc Ayrault, a soutenu mercredi 19 avril que le gouvernement syrien avait « sciemment utilisé l'arme chimique » le 4 avril dernier à Khan Cheikoun, lors d'une attaque qui a fait 87 morts, dont 31 enfants.

« C'est une question de jours, mais nous apporterons la preuve que le régime a bien organisé ces frappes avec des armes chimiques. J'exprime une conviction, dans quelques jours je pourrai vous apporter des preuves », a déclaré le chef de la diplomatie française lors de l'émission « Question d'info » LCP-Franceinfo-Le Monde-AFP.
Do you understand, krake, why this is above news threshold?
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Is that not an arguably sensible position?
Maybe, but does it describe Trump?

"inclined toward realism"? No.

"reluctant to use force"? No.

"a national interest is clearly at stake"? He doesn't know what a national interest is.

Etc.
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No, you didn't state a fact. You are unable distinguish between Stalinist and Czarist stuff. That's a fact.

As for me, I know first hand that they played different stuff under Yeltsin and that Yeltsin moderately promoted Czarist nostalgia, whereas now under Putin they are playing the Soviet anthem again, even though it was the Soviet anthem (given that RSFSR and USSR are different things). You know hardly anything about any thing on this list.
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Do you mean to say, ersi, that "Uncle Joe" wasn't the savior of the Soviet Union? :)
You mean in the sense of putting Soviet Union out of its misery? In this sense Uncle Sam needs saving too and Trump is the man to do it.

Edit: Oh, by "Uncle Joe" you mean apparently Stalin, not Uncle Sam. See, I didn't even understand who you were talking about. Nobody here calls Stalin this way. We call him Stalin.

Not that this will get through to your skull. Your skull is full of uncle figures, but mine has no place for them. Pretty fantastic how you are able to talk past reality.
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Geopolitics may look like an agenda to you, and sometimes it is, but most of the time it is a pretty objective criterion for relevance.

Brazil, China and India may be big, but they have nothing to do with Syria. Russia is relevant, because it is involved in Syria and in the Security Council, but when it comes to a joint announcement of BRICS, it's geopolitically irrelevant again.
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No you are wrong ersi about the Russian anthem matter.
Not too wrong though. The thing is, Yeltsin in fact dropped the Soviet anthem and tried to officially adopt a tune from Czarist era, whereas Putin later reaffirmed the Soviet anthem. And all those elements you name were also adopted under Yeltsin, not under Putin. Putin has made a clear move towards Stalinism. Not that you'd know the difference, of course.
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Irrelevant?
Don't make a fool of yourself ersi.

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BTW, it's not a matter of relevance but one of filtering news. Those which don't fit the agenda get dropped.
Doesn't it occur to you that news just might be filtered according to relevance? I happen to be a professional of this field. I do it every day.
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A joint BRICS statement says military action in Syria without authorization from the UN Security Council is dangerous and unacceptable.
I couldn't find any reference to that joint BRICS statement in German media.
Than I thought to fire up Google-search to see what major Western media outlets worldwide have to comment on that statement.
Guess what! Nothing, nil, nada.
Why don't you say what BRICS is? It's the club of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. They are about as irrelevant to the West as ASEAN is. They are irrelevant to Syria too.

If nothing else, those BRICS states stand for rawly 42% of the whole world population!
If you don't trust G20 (which I hope you don't), then be skeptical of BRICS also.
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He is very responsible for getting hifs federation away from the old regime days and into a generally wider and capitalist direction.
Source?

He has also been very clever at touching on the deep patriotism Russians have and he has cleverly added to that y brining back old pre-1917 obvious things. The flag the Imperial Coat of Arms flag, ceremonial uniforms from the same days and even the Presidential Guard Cavalry has the old uniform styles as doe the guards when you see him enter to take the Presidential oath of office.
Well, since you have it upside down, there can't be any source, so don't bother looking for it. Namely, "old pre-1917 obvious things" such as Czarist anthem were adopted under Yeltsin, not under Putin. Putin changed the anthem back to the USSR anthem and emphasises Stalinist elements of past culture rather than Czarist.
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DnD Central / Re: Tripe about Ukraine
The sources are now at your fingertips, whenever you decide to wisen up. Take your time.
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DnD Central / Re: Tripe about Ukraine
Be so kind and give some sources (preferable in English since I don't speak Russian).
Well, then you're out of luck and at the mercy of Wikipedia. The most relevant bit on the (current) page is this,
On 27 February, Russian special forces [105] seized the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea and the building of the Council of Ministers in Simferopol.[106][107] Russian flags were raised over these buildings,[108] and barricades were erected outside them.[109] Whilst the "little green men" were occupying the Crimean parliament building, the parliament held an emergency session.[110][111] It voted to terminate the Crimean government, and replace Prime Minister Anatolii Mohyliov with Sergey Aksyonov.[112] Aksyonov belonged to the Russian Unity party, which received 4% of the vote in the last election.[111] According to the Constitution of Ukraine, the Prime Minister of Crimea is appointed by the Supreme Council of Crimea in consultation with the President of Ukraine.[113][114] Both Aksyonov and speaker Vladimir Konstantinov stated that they viewed Viktor Yanukovych as the de jure president of Ukraine, through whom they were able to ask Russia for assistance.[115]

The parliament also voted to hold a referendum on greater autonomy on 25 May. The troops had cut all of the building's communications, and took MPs' phones as they entered.[110][111] No independent journalists were allowed inside the building while the votes were taking place.[111] Some MPs said they were being threatened and that votes were cast for them and other MPs, even though they were not in the chamber.[111]

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On 27 February, following the takeover of its building by Russian special forces, the Supreme Council of Crimea voted to hold a referendum on 25 May, with the initial question as to whether Crimea should upgrade its autonomy within Ukraine.[151] The referendum date was later moved from 25 May to 30 March.[152] 

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On 6 March, the Supreme Council moved the referendum date to 16 March and changed its scope to ask a new question: whether Crimea should accede to Russia or restore the 1992 constitution within Ukraine, which the Ukrainian government had previously invalidated. This referendum, unlike one announced earlier, contained no option to maintain the status quo of governance under the 1998 constitution.[157] [the last source is VOA, so better see http://www.interfax.ru/world/363143 ]
About half of the primary sources there are in English, so you will of course dismiss them as Western propaganda. I followed these events as they occurred via Russian and Finnish media. I call it referendum at gunpoint because I know it was.

I'll take you more seriously on Russian affairs as soon as you learn Russian. Here http://www.interfax.ru/story/92
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DnD Central / Re: Tripe about Ukraine
May I remind you that invasion preceded the referendum.
A peaceful 'invasion' that nobody noticed and without firing a single shot.
You neglect the presence of the Russian naval base in Crimea, the biggest military base that Russia has. And you of course didn't notice at all the war that ensued.

It was referendum at gunpoint.
Parroting transatlantic propaganda narratives won't change the facts. :)
Facts such as?

Armed patrols (which btw were welcomed by Crimeans) only made sure that the referendum takes its cource in a peaceful manner.
Armed patrols that held the Crimean parliament hostage for the entire time of the transition. If everything was peaceful, why would there be armed patrols? And why weren't they Ukrainian patrols, if there was no invasion?

Western monitors have been invited. No official delegations were sent because it was evident how Crimeans will vote and that outcome didn't fit Western agenda. Inofficial monitors from several countries confirmed the fairness of the referendum.
In the context of an invasion, you send official monitors to oversee a referendum only if you think the invasion is okay. That's ordinary diplomacy.

Crimeans enjoying for being 'invaded' and 'annexed'


This is just prior to the referendum. Would this poster be possible in the country of Ukraine without any Russian invasion?
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If there are no principles worth fighting for, there is only what Frenzie call the "circular argument.
The other side -the one I'm against- says exactly that: There are no principle!
Fair representation is not a principle worth living and fighting for?
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The Lounge / Re: True or false?
Can't tell. Looks like I lost their e-mail.

You are thinking about something even more outrageous and silly to ask next.
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DnD Central / Re: Tripe about Ukraine
May I remind you that invasion preceded the referendum. It was referendum at gunpoint. Russia does those often enough so that I am used to them. You evidently are not.

Crimea didn't always belong to Russia. Crimea was conquered from Crimean Tatars some 230 years ago. You may want to check up how things have been going for them after the annexation.
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I found a setting in about:config
 
Interface/UseSystemIconTheme

Change that to Yes. Worked for me.
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And what's the rationale for blocking investigation?

Sure, the situation is not easy. If Assad commanded the country better, he would be more permissive. The West knows that he is not in position to allow more interference than he has already been subjected to, but he is still being pressured for more.