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9744. arkymalarky - 1/14/2017 11:34:04 PM

Mark Twain was right about man being the only animal who needs to blush, but you didn't answer my question.

9745. Trillium - 1/15/2017 6:39:30 AM

What is your question?

9746. arkymalarky - 1/15/2017 7:10:54 AM

At the bottom of 9742

9747. Trillium - 1/15/2017 5:47:19 PM

not clear. Try again

9748. arkymalarky - 1/15/2017 9:25:43 PM

It's your quote. Either you can explain it or you can't.

9749. wombat - 1/16/2017 12:55:32 AM

If a brigade is considered "huge," then what do we consider the hundreds of thousands of Russian troops deployed along their frontier?

9750. arkymalarky - 1/16/2017 1:11:42 AM

Wombat! So great to see you! Hope you're doing okay and had a good holiday season. If you haven't already, you can look at some of trillium's posts around here and get what she's about pretty quickly.

9751. wombat - 1/16/2017 8:39:53 PM

Arky, I'm doing fine.

Not sure about applying today's human rights standards to different historical contexts. What happened to Germany and ethnic Germans at the end of and after WWII would seem to come under "sowing seeds, reaping whirlwind."

9752. arkymalarky - 1/16/2017 8:54:25 PM

It's all just propaganda. Ask her about Milo yiannopoulos.

9753. Trillium - 1/17/2017 8:31:03 PM

re: ...sowing seeds, reaping the whirlwind

9754. arkymalarky - 5/27/2019 4:42:41 AM

YooHoo, Alistair! Anxious to hear your take on the EU elections. Sounds like splitting votes off of the moderates helped the far right, but it sounds like big winners in various parties on the left, especially your Greens.

9755. vonKreedon - 2/22/2022 4:42:19 PM

Well, Putin just waited until the Beijing Olympics were over and he's into Ukraine. I expect that when he recognizes the People's Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk he means the entire provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk, not just the tiny rump states. Also, while he's at it, I expect he'll take a land corridor from Marienpol to the Crimea, thus officially making the Sea of Azov a Russian lake.

9756. alistairConnor - 2/26/2022 3:12:38 PM

I thought the same on Tuesday...
and was thought a NATO hawk by many of my current internet circle (some of whom STILL think it's all the USA's fault).
I have been trying to get into Putin's head for weeks, I couldn't find any end-game that was favourable for Russia.
And indeed, there wasn't one.
This guy nails it though: King Lear in a grey suit

9757. vonKreedon - 2/27/2022 2:05:23 AM

Yeah, misapprehended Putin's aims; wants regime change over the entire Ukraine with it becoming a Soviet Socialist Republic or three.

9758. Ms. No - 2/27/2022 4:17:57 AM

He longs for the good old days when he was KGB, Russia was a communist paradise, and he could disappear anyone he wanted.

He's always been certifiable and this has been on his wish list since the wall came down.

9759. Ms. No - 2/27/2022 4:18:14 AM

But it's lovely to see you both!

9760. alistairConnor - 2/27/2022 3:05:27 PM

Indeed indeed. Warm embraces to you both, and to any other readers?
The speculation about Putin's health (mental and physical) prompted me to post the Putin sub-plot from the unfinished vampire novel, here, in an effort to lower the tensions, which I'm afraid I have been contributing to aggravating, with an inappropriate full-on style I polished back in the Fray days.

9761. alistairConnor - 2/27/2022 3:21:08 PM

Oh wow. It seems I took my eye off this thread in about 2017. I should have helped in seeing off Trillium.

And I never answered Arky about the EU elections of 2019. As it happens, I was a candidate : at the tail end of a "minor" list, we got 3.5% which is below the cut-off in the French system, so zero representative in the European parliament.

I'm not sorry I did it, but it was a defeat. Since then, I haven't been doing politics, other than pasting up posters (most recently for Christiane Taubira, who would have been, in my view, the best candidate to unite the left in the upcoming presidential elections, but visibly it's not going to happen. The left are stupid.)

Since then, like Candide, I've been cultivating my garden (metaphorically. I live in a department.)

9762. Ms. No - 3/3/2022 12:52:02 AM

I remember you announcing your candidacy! I'd have voted for you. :)

9763. arkymalarky - 3/12/2022 5:55:21 AM

So glad to see the commentary in here again! Tril is probably celebrating somewhere. Lots of ways to help in politics besides running. Maybe we're about to return to some sanity after this nightmare.

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