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  1. Copernicus

    Russian Invasion of Ukraine - tactics and logistics

    This article from the anti-Putin Moscow Times gives details on how some of the mobilized men are being deployed in haphazard fashion to Ukraine. One man claims that he would be shipped to Kherson on September 29. It isn't at all clear, though, what is going to happen. The mobilization looks...
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    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    Right, and the process of moving Russians into occupied territories was also carried on in the tsarist empire. Stalin, of course, stood out for his brutal oppression, mass murders, deporting masses of people from their homeland (e.g. the Tatars in Crimea), and rearranging the borders of...
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    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    I don't know how well you understand the history or culture of that area, but you may be confusing Ukraine with the way the British Empire was dismantled by British bureaucrats. The British really did make some astoundingly bad decisions about how to bundle countries together as they created...
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    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    I remember when barbos claimed outrage at the fact that Ukraine was imposing the Ukrainian language in areas where Russian was dominant. I took the position that the Ukrainian behavior (besides being explicitly prohibited by their constitution) was simply bad policy, no matter what country...
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    Libertarian Party Goes Crazy

    It seems to me that libertarians, like anarchists, are best defined by the policies they oppose than the ones they support. Both anarchists and libertarians tend to oppose government regulations that restrict personal liberty. However, unlike anarchists, libertarians are somewhat vaguely...
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    Russian Invasion of Ukraine - tactics and logistics

    The problem with tactical nukes is that they aren't really useful offensive weapons in a ground war. They are useful as defensive weapons or as a deterrent. So a nuclear power that is losing a ground war can use them to try to bully the enemy into negotiating an end to hostilities, but they...
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    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    Russia is trying to stem the flow by announcing tactics like that, but that isn't stopping a lot of men from getting out and being interviewed by the news media in border countries. Russian authorities interrogate men leaving, but they are still letting men cross the border, even though they...
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    Is Georgia on your mind?

    Originally, you said she used that ancestry for personal gain. Now you are shifting the goalpost to "professional setting". Just how did her putting "American Indian" in a slot that called for "race" benefit her in any way at all? She had nothing to gain from it. Not a scholarship. Not...
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    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    The droves of potential draftees fleeing Russia to neighboring countries is reminiscent of the large number of Americans who fled to Canada to avoid the draft in the Vietnam era. The difference is that the number leaving the US was nowhere near as large or chaotic as the situation at Russia's...
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    Is Georgia on your mind?

    The date she was admitted is on the card itself, so it's easy to see that she got the registration card after she was admitted. Since it was for statistical purposes only, according to the registration card itself, she may have thought it was just a way to bump up the statistics for Native...
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    Is Georgia on your mind?

    The card was first reported by the Washington Post, I believe. It is still true that she did not claim to be of American Indian heritage for any personal gain, however. This card was issued to her AFTER she was accepted to the bar. Note the very tiny print above the "Race" line: "The...
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    Russian Invasion of Ukraine - tactics and logistics

    It won't be long before they are drafting old geezers with military experience and an enthusiasm for rallying troops against the Ukrainian Nazis. Barbos could probably serve as one of the political commissars, since he served in the Soviet army.
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    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    Russia is doing so well that it has resorted to a mobilization and a line of cars stretching for 10 miles long at the Russia-Georgia border, as people flock to get into Russia to help fight the war. Oh, wait. They are headed in the other direction. If barbos hurries, he can get in line before...
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    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    Why should he be bothered to actually defend the things he posts? The point is that he has some vague memory of having read it on the internet. Some general said something about Ukrainians fighting to the last man. And it's on the internet somewhere. :coffeespray
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    DeSantis Flies Immigrants to Martha Vineyard

    In the campaign for the 2024 Republican primaries for the presidential nomination, DeSantis will likely be running against Texas Governor Abbott. Florida does not have the immigrant population that Texas does, although California and New York actually have more pending immigrant cases than...
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    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    Russia has enough young men that the loss of those lined up at the border are not really going to put a dent into Putin's plans. At least some of them will end up working for Russian intelligence services, but I suspect that the FSB and GRU already have a pretty extensive network of agents...
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    Cruise Travel and COVID

    Exactly. It is just common sense, so I don't know why the CDC cannot continue to recommend wearing masks, especially on cruise ships. Instead, they seem to have retreated to a position of throwing up their hands and giving in to public pressure. Myself, I'm not recommending that everyone stop...
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    Cruise Travel and COVID

    Looking at several social media threads in which cruises are ending, every single ship now seems to be experiencing outbreaks of COVID. The ships now tend to be filled to capacity, but almost nobody wears masks anymore. Every ship is still short-staffed, because cruise lines have not been able...
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    How should west respond to potential (likely) Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    It is a rookie mistake for heads of government to assume a role in military strategy and tactics. Lincoln learned this in the first few days of the Civil War, when he ordered a disastrous naval operation. He had the good sense not to repeat that blunder. LBJ used to meet regularly to pick...
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    Mar-a-Largo raided by FBI?

    I keep visiting the Fox News site in the forlorn hope that I will see some way they are spinning the ongoing Mar-a-Lago revelations. So far, nada. Maybe the story is buried somewhere. I haven't watched their TV stream to see whether they give it any mention. It's hard to believe that most of...
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