Ball of Confusion

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Re: Ball of Confusion

Post by Johnnie » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:59 pm

Umm, this isn't good.

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Re: Ball of Confusion

Post by brian » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:06 pm

After the Chinese slaughter thousands of protestors, Trump will "joke" he wishes he could do that here. Book it.
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Re: Ball of Confusion

Post by The Sybian » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:09 am

brian wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:06 pm
After the Chinese slaughter thousands of protestors, Trump will "joke" he wishes he could do that here. Book it.
It seems so quaint looking back, how upset I was when Bush Jr. made a joke that his job would be so much easier if he was head of a dictatorship. I mean, of course he was joking but with Trump, there is a genuine affinity for and envy of strongman dictators.
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Re: Ukraine Update

Post by brian » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:12 pm

howard wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:56 pm
Best article I've seen on the background for these current events: Everything you know about Ukraine is wrong.

Either yesterday or today, Russian troops were confirmed to be onshore in Sevastopol, confirmed by press release from the Russian Foreign Ministry (and Google Translate for me.) Not many, and only in limited parts of Crimea, so far.

And a word of criticism of Mr. Obama's vapid, dangerous foreign policy. There is nothing Obama and West can do to stop Putin from seizing part or all of the Ukraine. Nothing. When you spout empty rhetoric about 'red lines', consequences and costs, you degrade the power of your rhetoric to deter bad action by foreign nations when you can, and will back it up.

For example, there is some point at which Chinese aggression against Japan, Taiwan or the Philipines will be opposed. When you warn the Chinese, 'you better not, or else', they are gonna remember, 'yeah, the USA talked all that mess wrt Syria and Crimea/Ukraine, and didn't mean it, so we'll go ahead'. Then your WW3 starts.

Threaten only when you can, and will, back it up. Bluffing not only fails, but leads to failure when you aren't bluffing.

Obama is not the first leader to fuck up like this. Only the latest.
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Re: Ball of Confusion

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Re: Ball of Confusion

Post by Pruitt » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:56 pm

Bolivia’s Morales resigns amid scathing election report, rising protests

I veer more to the left side of the political spectrum, even though I figure that I am a Centrist.

But I gotta say that this is not the first left winger who has come in to right the wrongs of decades of right-wing corruption, and who has been feted by intellectuals in the west, who turned out to be a dictator like all the rest.

I remember Jon Stewart practically slobbering over Morales when he visited "The Daily Show."

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Re: Ball of Confusion

Post by Joe K » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:57 pm

Sure looks like a Trump-administration assisted coup:

Morales’ regime did a lot to improve the welfare of poor and working class people in Bolivia, and had a lot of success reducing poverty. But he was also planning to nationalize the country’s lithium resources. We all know how the US tends to respond when Latin American countries take actions adverse to US corporate interests.

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Re: Ball of Confusion

Post by Pruitt » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:37 am

Joe K wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:57 pm
Sure looks like a Trump-administration assisted coup:

Morales’ regime did a lot to improve the welfare of poor and working class people in Bolivia, and had a lot of success reducing poverty. But he was also planning to nationalize the country’s lithium resources. We all know how the US tends to respond when Latin American countries take actions adverse to US corporate interests.
I didn;t even consider that possibility (foolishly, considering US history in South America). But I was thinking more of things like...

Morales' 34 Storey Presidential Palace

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Re: Ball of Confusion

Post by Joe K » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:17 am

Pretty misleading headline because according to that article, the 34-story building housed a number of government offices and Morales’ residence was about 10,000 square feet. That’s a large private residence, for sure, but given the size and opulence of Buckingham Palace (or the White House) it’s a strange critique for a British paper to be making.

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Re: Ball of Confusion

Post by DSafetyGuy » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:46 am

Stick this in your trophy case.

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Re: Ball of Confusion

Post by Johnnie » Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:49 pm

This is a scene from the University of Hong Kong:

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