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Old 2022-02-24, 12:35   #34
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Let's just celebrate a 2 year pandemic might be ending soon with a cold war, then a real war and maybe a World War.....

This might be the solution to the Fermi Paradox: "Intelligence" is an oxymoron, any species developing enough "intelligence" will eventually get stupid enough to destroy themselves.

"Life sucks....and then you die."
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Old 2022-02-24, 13:52   #35
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This is the time for Sagan quote
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“Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot”
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Old 2022-02-24, 14:31   #36
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This and any similar conflicts could be addressed properly/intelligently iff a Union-of-Nations is formed similar to UN, where no nation has a veto power. Veto is the main factor that makes UN ineffective.

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Old 2022-02-24, 14:45   #37
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Yes. That was the intended reading of my language. And while you might not have seen any indication of that, I /might/ have.
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"Might have" seen some "indication?" That's risibly vague.

Sounds like mere pipe dreams and phantasms to me.

No? OK, then: Who do you think is pulling Putin's strings? Names. Positions. Evidence.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, Putin's special military operation invasion is underway.

EDIT: Note: I refer specifically to the present military assault on Ukraine, announced early Ferbruary 24 2022 local time as a "special military operation" by Putin.

His war on Ukraine has been going on since 2014, when he invaded and occupied the Crimean peninsula.

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Old 2022-02-24, 14:50   #38
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Putin's special military operation invasion war is underway.
FTFY
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Old 2022-02-24, 15:01   #39
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Let's just celebrate a 2 year pandemic might be ending soon with a cold war, then a real war and maybe a World War.....
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I am reminded of the (purported) "Chinese curse," May you live in interesting times. Supposedly, "interesting" means something like "fraught with tumult, peril, misery, carnage, destruction, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera" - that is, "interesting" to future historians.

This seems implausible as a curse however, since both the curser and the person being cursed are already living, and "the times" is the present - now. If the times are, or are soon to become "interesting," would not the curser be condemned to live in "interesting times" also?
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Old 2022-02-24, 15:02   #40
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All of this because Putin did not want a NATO member country on his border. A coup de-tat on a large scale. He wants to install his minions to run the country. Russian currency appears to be heading toward rock-bottom. If other countries really want to hurt him, in the wallet is the ideal place. This is what they seem to be doing.
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Old 2022-02-24, 15:14   #41
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Europe import 40% of its natural gaz from Russia. "We" (as in Europeans) can get of Liquified natural gaz from USA. But we lack the factories to re-gazify it. A new factory to do the job take at least a year to build. In a 'live' chat of a serious newspaper , a CEO of an energy provider said


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Le gaz russe n’est pas remplaçable en Europe dans l’immédiat, souligne le PDG de TotalEnergies

Il n’existe pas de solution à court terme pour remplacer sur le marché du gaz européen les importations venues de Russie, si celles-ci devaient cesser du fait de la guerre en Ukraine, a souligné jeudi le président du groupe TotalEnergies, Patrick Pouyanné. Ce dernier a qualifié la situation d’« inquiétante » dans la mesure où l’Union européenne importe 40 % de ses besoins en gaz de la Russie.

« Pour alimenter l’Europe en gaz, soit on a des tuyaux soit on a des terminaux de regazéification où on amène du gaz naturel liquéfié [GNL]. Or ils sont tous pleins en ce moment, et on n’a pas assez de terminaux en Europe pour regazéifier le gaz liquéfié afin de remplacer les 40 % de gaz russe », a précisé M. Pouyanné.

Selon lui, « il faut deux à trois ans pour construire un terminal. La France en a, l’Allemagne n’en a aucun, et donc quand on me dit “comment vous faites si les 40 % de gaz russe disparaissent”, alors là je peux vous dire que je ne sais pas faire. Je saurai faire dans deux, trois ans, si on construit des terminaux, car on a du gaz mais il faut pouvoir l’amener. On a là un problème d’infrastructure ».
The link in the quote is a paywalled article.

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Old 2022-02-24, 15:18   #42
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All of this because Putin did not want a NATO member country on his border.
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Well, if he claims that Ukraine is "really" part of Russia, he'll have NATO members Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania on his border...
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Old 2022-02-24, 16:15   #43
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Well, if he claims that Ukraine is "really" part of Russia, he'll have NATO members Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania on his border...
He already has Poland on his border, as well as the Baltic republics. Kalingrad is part of Russia.
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Old 2022-02-24, 16:21   #44
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Europe import 40% of its natural gaz from Russia. "We" (as in Europeans) can get of Liquified natural gaz from USA. But we lack the factories to re-gazify it.
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The US has been shipping large quantities of LNG to Europe for some time now. What - it's all just been stockpiled all this time?
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