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Here's an opinion piece from Israel.
The security mavens want as much war as possible because in their heart of hearts they like wars, those are their strongest memories. A war that is never enough for them, just to hit them, to prove that we're strong. All the wars in Gaza and Lebanon, which didn't accomplish anything, didn't teach them anything either. They stick to their guns. If only we had listened to them at the time, there would have been tens of thousands of dead, and only then would the desired victory have been attained, which will never be attained.

Like fata morgana in the desert, they approach victory, and it distances itself from them. It will never be attained by force. Since we didn't listen to them, they're trying again. To strike and smash, a ludicrous caricature from the mouths of those who were once generals, or those who dreamed of being generals and weren't.
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Hamas is a terrorist organization and their rocket attacks should be unconditionally condemned. But this was also calculated political recklessness and opportunism by Netanyahu. His political end is nigh and apparently, cynically, a battle for Jerusalem during Ramadan is just the thing. Close the gate, close the Al-Aksa mosque without provocation, kick people out of their homes, wait for the Hamas deplorables to take the bait. Mission accomplished, even if presumably slightly more so than expected.

Also keep in mind Hamas has more popular support among Palestinians now because of that wretched wall and because of the increasingly apartheid-based state.
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I'm not sure if that can be done. But unless you're sending along some don't cache HTTP headers it will simply use the cached version. Do the dev tools show that's not happening? :/
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It does come across as a fairly transparent, reckless attempt by Netanyahu to prolong his time in politics. :(
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
As exemplified by the blackout in Texas? Yes, the industry made a profit on it so it's all good, right?
I was definitely tempted to comment about unreliability booming. It seems like such an odd thing to bring up. There isn't even an ineffective token effort like with the occasional negative remark about Iran or that border wall.

Edit: on second thought, the Trump administration came out with something against renewable energy on public lands because wind turbines cause cancer.[1]
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
And yet thanks to Trump Iran has resumed its nuclear weapons program. China and Russia were salivating at the thought of more Trump.

Biden's pretty much already achieved more than Obama and Trump put together. He's even occasionally managed to make us look bad, for example with the vaccine patents, which I happen to find quite exciting. Our position as the leading power in the world was a given under Trump.
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Incidentally, this video displays the difference between a real Republican (Andrew Neil) and an SJW cancel culture supporting virtue signaling white knight (Ben Shapiro).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VixqvOcK8E
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Absolutely, to the first paragraph anyway. I wish the US well.
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
The next best option is ideology, i.e. you'd cherry-pick the facts that support your agenda and hush down other facts. But here you are claiming that you are not an ideologue. And I'd agree. An ideology would require some sense of principle, but you lack that.
I get the impression that there is a consistent ideology, which is only seemingly incoherent. Namely, as long as it somehow annoys "the Dems," it's good. Doesn't matter what it is.

Incidentally, while it's been rather obvious for quite a while now, the Trump Party has now made it official:

US Republicans have voted to oust a top lawmaker, Liz Cheney, from her leadership post over her criticism of former President Donald Trump.

The Wyoming lawmaker, daughter of ex-US Vice-President Dick Cheney, has held the third-ranking post in the House of Representatives since 2019.

On Tuesday she said her party could not stand for truth if it upheld Mr Trump's false claims he won the 2020 election.

House Republicans will probably replace her this month with a Trump loyalist.

The move is seen as a sign Mr Trump's grip on the party is stronger than ever six months after he lost the election.

Liz Cheney, like Mitt Romney and Arnold Schwarzenegger is apparently one of those remaining real Republicans - that is, someone you can respectfully agree or disagree with who doesn't bullshit about with "alternative facts" because they don't like the potential political implications of the actual facts.
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Across and throughout the state, there were two types of (out-of-town-)roads: Smaller and narrower with lower speeds, paved with some type of asphalt, and speedways of full concrete. Actually, if you are a pedestrian or a cyclist, there is just one type of roads: Cars only. I got by without having to drive though and returned alive.
That sounds like America in general. The videos on Not Just Bikes capture it all quite well. Colorado's making some leeway though, see this article.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORzNZUeUHAM
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It's definitely not untrue, though I nevertheless think he's exaggerating a bit about America.

On the flip side, I've never been anywhere near Florida. Michigan's the only state I've been in that makes the top 20.

https://katapult-magazin.de/en/article/dont-cross-the-street-in-florida
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The caching mechanism is automated. I'm not quite sure what you're asking for exactly?
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Yeah, this is what happens when you assert mere opinions as facts. Trump was acquitted based on opinion, and it was a sharply divided opinion. Maybe somebody will teach you some day what the difference is between fact and opinion, before it's too late.
And what about that brilliant legal reasoning. "But judge, I murdered the guy last month!"
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
In what way has the U.S. or anyone else been harmed?
I realize that sidewalk cafés just reopened yesterday here in Belgium and that hospitalizations have been steadily dropping, again, here in Belgium, but I believe there are some 600,000 dead Americans and counting?
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It appears that many writers in the English-speaking world are taught to type this way.
I think that's probably outdated, but it is indeed something the English speaking world liked to do on typewriters with monospace fonts.
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
And how many were involved in the riotous antics of January 6h at the Capitol?
Involved is hardly the relevant metric. Iirc some 40-50% of Republicans were polled as approving of it, and only a small minority of 10-20% thought it was actually a threat to the country and the constitution.[1]

The way it works in a country like Belgium or the Netherlands is the Trumpists have their own party. The equivalent of the Republican Party consists of three parties:[2] conservatives, liberals, and something like hard eurosceptic anti-islam anti-immigration nationalists.

The conservatives and liberals aren't unaffected by the nationalists since they don't like to lose too many votes to them. They will copy some of their at best ineffective proposals that play on racist feelings. For example, maybe 20 to 15 years ago immigration was an issue, maybe it wasn't. But whatever the case, it's back then that it was made super restrictive. Campaigning on further restrictions as if we were still living in the '90s is idiotic, and somehow the other parties either don't manage or don't care to get across how it's pretty much already impossible to migrate here.
More if you count splinter parties.
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Seems like you are not using the expression properly.
Or Wikipedia is wrong and in modern parlance it simply means to completely believe in a certain narrative regardless of reasoning or evidence.

That being said, all I see is reasoning that follows from the evidence, unless we're talking about minor quibbles like that Mitt Romney is actually still a proper Republican.
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DnD Central / Re: India rising
Fun fact from the coast. Denmark scored number 1 as the least corrupt country in the world according to Transparency Intl CPI index in 2018. The same year, Danske Bank money-laundering scandal blew up, one of the biggest money-laundering scandals ever.
By the way, does this specific organization state or imply that being the least corrupt is anywhere near good? I know a lot of those kinds of lists phrase being the least bad as being barely adequate, so being #1 isn't exactly something to be proud of.
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DnD Central / Re: India rising
Isn't that generally more about government corruption than about corporate corruption?
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DnD Central / Re: India rising
Besides the cheaper that definitely doesn't correspond to my own experience. The company from the Netherlands that was replaced by one from India was much faster and much better -- and I would suspect possibly cheaper too once you actually count all the costs.
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DnD Central / Re: India rising
I don't think this is remotely like Europe 17th/18th century exploration (exploitation), more the pattern of US 19rh/20th century ditto if anything. There are some similar motivations, but the process and likely outcomes are different.
I don't think the 17th century factories were particularly exploitative. It wasn't until a Dutch privateer more or less accidentally captured a Spanish slave vessel that things went south.
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DnD Central / Re: The Problem with Atheism
Or do you actually believe the nonsense promulgated by the Hillary Clinton campaign? That she lost the election because of Russian "interference" and its collusion with the Trump campaign?
I'm inclined to think the Democrats lost in large part because there were certain groups of voters they took for granted, but the implied argument seems to be that the collusion doesn't matter because it didn't yield results?

You might wish to skim this document: https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf (Hint: it doesn't come from Hillary Clinton.)
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DnD Central / Re: India rising
ou could call it neo-colonialism, again several have, but that would be mistaken (colonialism is far more insidious).
It's not unlike the factory network. Wikipedia took the words out of my mouth:
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[Belt & Road Initiatives] have been seen, in retrospect, as the precursors of colonial expansion.

On that subject: "EU refuses to bail out Montenegro's China loan" https://euobserver.com/world/151512
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DnD Central / Re: The Problem with Atheism
whose main distinguishing feature is isolationism (the foreign policy is to stick the head in sand and keep it there), has had no representatives in higher power for over a century.
That sounds fairly apropos...  :lol: Perhaps more sticking fingers in the ears and shouting some nonsense rather than head in the sand.
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DnD Central / Re: The Problem with Atheism
I refuse to be dragged into the Republican-radical culture war, it is froth, turbulence, and waste of energy. "Intersectionality" is somewhat fact-based, though when the word is broached, it's a flag that what follows has a non-zero probability of being nonsense.
Intersectionality merely means that an individual can be affected by multiple types of discrimination and disadvantages. Which is beyond obvious, but better phrased it's the study of that phenomenon. Some people have really, really weird ideas about that, roughly the equivalent of thinking that focusing on biology entails you think there's no such thing as history.

And another important note there, the fact of intersectionality doesn't imply any specific course of action.

It's indeed similar to evolution and climate change. Some people don't like the real or imagined policy implications of the facts, so instead of defending why we should do nothing (which may well be a valid position) they make the wackadoodle claim that nothing's happening at all.

As I said earlier, I think it silently started with Watergate, which was an extremely scandalous Republican power-grabbing conspiracy. They have been trying to mount something equally scandalous against Democrats ever since, which only takes the entire country down the spiral.
What about interpreting it as a resurgence of the Old Right? It's always remained as a minority.