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    I am out of office today, with low ability to read the news, but will respond to your post when I get back.

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      **** Out of Office ****

      I am out of office today, with low ability to read the news, but will respond to your post when I get back.

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        That's not funny Hitch.

        Maybe "I feel embarrassed and ashamed at my cheering on of this psychopathic regime, in the face of all the evidence" would be better.

        It's not just you, there are plenty of useful idiots out there. Hopefully now that the mask is removed from the evil regime in Moscow, you might actually post something heartfelt.
        "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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          Big win for Sky News right Hitch

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            By the way, for anyone who still doubts that Putin is insane, just one of his blood-chilling quotes from last night:

            Whoever tries to stand in our way or create threats for our country and people should know Russia’s response will be immediate and lead you to consequences you have never encountered in your history
            "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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              Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
              That's not funny Hitch.

              Maybe "I feel embarrassed and ashamed at my cheering on of this psychopathic regime, in the face of all the evidence" would be better.

              It's not just you, there are plenty of useful idiots out there. Hopefully now that the mask is removed from the evil regime in Moscow, you might actually post something heartfelt.
              Oh come on. I never once 'cheered on this psychopathic regime'. I just underestimated their intent at self-destruction.
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                Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                Oh come on. I never once 'cheered on this psychopathic regime'. I just underestimated their intent at self-destruction.
                Tell us how you feel this morning as you see everything the Western Allies said would happen, now happening to a completely innocent country at the hands of a psychopath.

                "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                  This is a whole new brutal chapter now. Fuck sake.
                  "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                    Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                    Tell us how you feel this morning as you see everything the Western Allies said would happen, now happening to a completely innocent country at the hands of a psychopath.
                    The citizens are completely innocent and the poor victims here.
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                      Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
                      That's not funny Hitch.

                      Maybe "I feel embarrassed and ashamed at my cheering on of this psychopathic regime, in the face of all the evidence" would be better.

                      It's not just you, there are plenty of useful idiots out there. Hopefully now that the mask is removed from the evil regime in Moscow, you might actually post something heartfelt.
                      It is kind of funny . He read it wrong tis all.

                      Now unless im mistaken the west cant really send in forces so its just severe out the door sanctions. Its 2022 cant the little rottweiler be taken out ?

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                        Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

                        It is kind of funny . He read it wrong tis all.

                        Now unless im mistaken the west cant really send in forces so its just severe out the door sanctions. Its 2022 cant the little rottweiler be taken out ?
                        You're right, of course the West can't send in troops to Ukraine or 'take out Putin', or any of the other stuff that comes out of a Hollywood thriller.
                        Russia is nuclear-armed FFS.

                        Russia has decided to make itself a pariah amongst the nations of the world. It's led by a deranged psychopath. Until actual Russians decide to change that (and I wouldn't be optimistic), we're going to be stuck with this hell.
                        "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                          Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                          Tell us how you feel this morning as you see everything the Western Allies said would happen, now happening to a completely innocent country at the hands of a psychopath.
                          Maybe he just doesn't understand how Russians think?

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                            Originally posted by 6starpool View Post

                            Maybe he just doesn't understand how Russians think?
                            Well clearly not. It's just so stupid a decision as now they are de facto gone from having any place in the west, and just have China. Why would you move into an orbit where you can only be a junior partner.
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                              Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                              The politicians aren't completely innocent, they gambled on coming closer to NATO, like Georgia, and appear to have made an awful strategic mistake of underestimating just how brutal Russia can be. The whole country is a pawn.
                              Wow, this is the equivalent of victim blaming in a rape case. Let it go.

                              Gee, I wonder why countries menaced by a brutal dictatorship next door should seek to join a fucking defensive alliance that would help protect their sovereignty from attack by said brutal dictatorship. NATO membership is the only reason Putin's army hasn't marched into Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania yet.
                              "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                Wonder will Finland and Sweden apply for NATO membership now? I think Finland should jump ASAP, would probably be the most impactful thing any country could do right now.

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                                  Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                  Wow, this is the equivalent of victim blaming in a rape case. Let it go.
                                  Jaysus Raoul, play some soft music and make sure you have enough tampons in the house.
                                  "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                    Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                    You're right, of course the West can't send in troops to Ukraine or 'take out Putin', or any of the other stuff that comes out of a Hollywood thriller.
                                    Russia is nuclear-armed FFS.

                                    Russia has decided to make itself a pariah amongst the nations of the world. It's led by a deranged psychopath. Until actual Russians decide to change that (and I wouldn't be optimistic), we're going to be stuck with this hell.
                                    Why not take him out ? You think they use nukes after that ? No way.

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                                      Originally posted by ionapaul View Post
                                      Wonder will Finland and Sweden apply for NATO membership now? I think Finland should jump ASAP, would probably be the most impactful thing any country could do right now.
                                      I don't think Sweden would (pretty sure that like us, neutrality and non-alignment is enshrined in their constitution).

                                      Finland has always been very shrewd in walking the line between East and West but they must be looking at this right now, seeing the bloodthirsty psychopath state next door, and wondering.
                                      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                        Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

                                        Why not take him out ? You think they use nukes after that ? No way.
                                        I'd imagine Putin is as well protected as the likes of US prez*.


                                        * not a prediction
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                                          Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

                                          Why not take him out ? You think they use nukes after that ? No way.
                                          It would be viewed as an act of war. Think about how events would spiral.
                                          "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                            Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                            Decision tree:
                                            1. Is this 20k taxable?
                                            2. If yes, tell them to get fucked. Not worth it.
                                            3. If no (and you won't be driven insane in the meantime), tell them you want 50k and demand it in writing. How much, when and someone senior from KPMG's signature.
                                            4. If they won't give it to you in writing, see point (2)

                                            ​​The taxable question is where the idea of the mystery box comes from.
                                            ​​​​​​It's honestly such a mental set up, I really think I need to talk to someone with proper tax knowledge.




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                                              Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                              It would be viewed as an act of war. Think about how events would spiral.
                                              He has already threatened the West . The war has started economically. Would we take Hitler out pre1940s knowing what we know now ? I'd imagine there are a few Russians want him dead. Enable them. Its not so far fetched

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                                                Originally posted by DeadParrot View Post


                                                ​​The taxable question is where the idea of the mystery box comes from.
                                                ​​​​​​It's honestly such a mental set up, I really think I need to talk to someone with proper tax knowledge.
                                                You seem a bit all over the place.

                                                Have you got any leverage over these fuckers or not? If yes, tell them exactly what you want and get it in writing.

                                                If no, go get another job today.
                                                "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                  Its always the short in stature dictators with the biggest bite.

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                                                    Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                    It would be viewed as an act of war. Think about how events would spiral.
                                                    Tbh. Some of the proposed plans for Russians in the UK don't really sit well with me.
                                                    Freezing assets, expulsion from private schools, forced deportation, seizing property etc.
                                                    Seems a sniff away from internment
                                                    People say I should be more humble I hope they understand, they don't listen when you mumble
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                                                      Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post
                                                      Its always the short in stature dictators with the biggest bite.
                                                      He's literally locked himself in a bunker for the last two years, simmering with rage and paranoia. This is one man, with absolute dictatorial control over his nation, deciding on an insane course of action and inverting reality to drive a palpably false narrative of both historical and current events.

                                                      Rarely has the phrase 'absolute power corrupts absolutely' seemed more apt. And in an autocracy with no checks, balances or democratic institutions, he's taking the country down with him.

                                                      And there's fuck all we can do about it.
                                                      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                        Originally posted by DeadParrot View Post

                                                        Tbh. Some of the proposed plans for Russians in the UK don't really sit well with me.
                                                        Freezing assets, expulsion from private schools, forced deportation, seizing property etc.
                                                        Seems a sniff away from internment
                                                        Fuck them. Filthy dirty money stained with blood.
                                                        "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                          Originally posted by dobby View Post

                                                          Continuous assessment in college has been a dream. I struggled with memory tests in school and it played a part in me dropping out at 15. Now I'm in college and nailing it cos it's all essays and projects I can research and get done in my own time. I've even had a few A grades which was unheard of in my school days.

                                                          Junior cert/leaving cert are pure pony at this stage. No reason why school kids cant do essays and projects over the course of the 2 or 3 year cycle that all contributes to their grade at the end.
                                                          I'd imagine because that kind of assessment bias certain kind of people also. Somebody can put in 16 hours on a project and get a score of 80. Someone else can put in 40 hours and get 85. The scoring says the the second person did better, but I'd argue that the first person is more capable. Obviously being willing to do the extra hours and more effort is benefit in its own way. But it's not what really what testing is about.

                                                          Many people I studied with got through school/college by putting in ridiculous effort. I'd suggest that is almost irrelevant in any industry where time is a factor - which is virtually all of them I would guess.

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                                                            Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                            He's literally locked himself in a bunker for the last two years, simmering with rage and paranoia. This is one man, with absolute dictatorial control over his nation, deciding on an insane course of action and inverting reality to drive a palpably false narrative of both historical and current events.

                                                            Rarely has the phrase 'absolute power corrupts absolutely' seemed more apt. And in an autocracy with no checks, balances or democratic institutions, he's taking the country down with him.

                                                            And there's fuck all we can do about it.
                                                            So its spiraling already . Take the cunt out .

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                                                              Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
                                                              By the way, for anyone who still doubts that Putin is insane, just one of his blood-chilling quotes from last night:
                                                              Isnt that perfect coup talk...generals step up, pull back and we are all friends, even friendlier than ever !!
                                                              This too shall pass.

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                                                                I can't fucking believe a war has broken out in Europe.

                                                                Still it's good for Junior Cert history students who wondered about the impotency of the League of Nations in the 1930s.

                                                                I was reading a long paper on the effects of political assassinations the other day. It's quite complex.

                                                                Has anyone read what ordinary Russians tend to think about this invasion?

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                                                                  Originally posted by hotspur View Post
                                                                  Has anyone read what ordinary Russians tend to think about this invasion?
                                                                  They're being pumped full of disinformation and propaganda. I don't imagine 'thought', as we know it, gets much of a look in.
                                                                  "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                    They shelled a kindergarten in the ukraine according to my trusty news-source of Instagram Ukrainians, no kids hurt, 3 teachers injured.

                                                                    I mean, how does any rational Russian person get convinced that Ukraine were the agressor in any way shape or form here?
                                                                    Vlad airdropping Russian passports into Donbass for the last 10 years doesnt make the place Russian.

                                                                    Just imagine if the brit/german hippies down in West Cork got the same ideas
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                                                                      “I went in yesterday and there was a television screen, and I said, ‘This is genius.’ Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine—of Ukraine. Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wonderful. So, Putin is now saying, ‘It’s independent,’ a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper. That’s the strongest peace force. We could use that on our southern border. That’s the strongest peace force I’ve ever seen. There were more army tanks than I’ve ever seen. They’re gonna keep peace all right. No, but think of it. Here’s a guy who’s very savvy, I know him very well. Very, very well.”
                                                                      TF? Literally praising the guy, a day before the most telegraphed invasion in history. Stevie Wonder saw this one coming. Of course, different story today.

                                                                      “And it's a very sad thing for the world, for the country and it’s certainly very sad for a lot of people that are going to be needlessly killed,”

                                                                      Some change in 24 hours.
                                                                      Straight out of Comrade Avtostop's playbook

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                                                                        I like to be optimistic. I think my family will somwhow survive this upcoming nuclear disaster and we'll get a good 10 years as high kings of Newcastle it will be good to return to preinternet times , simple times .

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                                                                          Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post
                                                                          I like to be optimistic. I think my family will somwhow survive this upcoming nuclear disaster and we'll get a good 10 years as high kings of Newcastle it will be good to return to preinternet times , simple times .
                                                                          On the bright side, I wouldn't have to work in the financial services sector any more. Every mushroom cloud, etc.

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                                                                            Russian tanks in Kharkiv now, a city 1.5 million innocent Ukrainians. (Or gay, fascist Jews depending who you source your information from)

                                                                            This is what happened the last time Russia invaded a major city under Mad Vlad:

                                                                            russia-chechnya-war-eru102563.jpg
                                                                            "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                              Last day of work today. Dropping back WFH gear tomorrow. Also day before payday so went to check my payslip. Considerably lower than usual. Checked deductions, €1k for equipment deduction. WTF . Called HR, told me they will give me that 1k back once all equipment is returned etc. and I had signed a contract saying this would happen when got WFH equipment.Fine so I ask when will I get it back..when they run March payroll . Fuming, that's my Cheltenham roll like.
                                                                              Jayzus, Sheila! I forgot me feckin' trousers

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                                                                                Originally posted by Pat Mustard View Post
                                                                                Last day of work today. Dropping back WFH gear tomorrow. Also day before payday so went to check my payslip. Considerably lower than usual. Checked deductions, €1k for equipment deduction. WTF . Called HR, told me they will give me that 1k back once all equipment is returned etc. and I had signed a contract saying this would happen when got WFH equipment.Fine so I ask when will I get it back..when they run March payroll . Fuming, that's my Cheltenham roll like.
                                                                                That seems pretty damn harsh. We've had a few people leave over the past 12 months (but hired many more), and it's always a concern that someone will try to keep their equipment, go silent or whatever. But we'd never fuck with someone's salary like that!

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                                                                                  Now you see what scumbags the Chinese regime are.

                                                                                  One thing that is good about this horrible episode. We now have a moment of near-total moral clarity.
                                                                                  "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                    "There are multiple reports from journalists in Ukraine that Russian troops have now reached a point just north of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev."

                                                                                    Holy Fcuk
                                                                                    Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                                                                      Wallace and Daly need to be firmly kicked in the gee for their support of Russia
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                                                                                        Powerful statement by a Ukrainian MP: "in every barrel of Russian oil and every cubic metre of Russian gas, there is now Ukrainian blood. Embargo them now."
                                                                                        "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                          Originally posted by Micknail View Post
                                                                                          Wallace and Daly need to be firmly kicked in the gee for their support of Russia
                                                                                          And Assad.

                                                                                          Fucking useful idiots. Anyone who ever voted for either of them needs to take a long hard look in the mirror.
                                                                                          "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                            Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

                                                                                            He has already threatened the West . The war has started economically. Would we take Hitler out pre1940s knowing what we know now ? I'd imagine there are a few Russians want him dead. Enable them. Its not so far fetched


                                                                                            I may have got this completely arse ways but was it not accepted that not taking out Hitler was a good thing as his utter bat shit craziness significantly helped with the downfall of Germany in the end?

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                                                                                              Originally posted by Lao Lao View Post



                                                                                              I may have got this completely arse ways but was it not accepted that not taking out Hitler was a good thing as his utter bat shit craziness significantly helped with the downfall of Germany in the end?
                                                                                              Im not so sure millions of Jews find this mindset a good thing The downfall of Germany was in its execution of some surprisingly stupid tactics . Eg Operation Narbarossa .

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                                                                                                Lol Narbarossa. How the fk did autocorrect get that

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                                                                                                  Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

                                                                                                  Im not so sure millions of Jews find this mindset a good thing The downfall of Germany was in its execution of some surprisingly stupid tactics . Eg Operation Narbarossa .
                                                                                                  I never suggested they would. My point was that it was believed that had they been able to take Hitler out during WW2, the end result would have been a lot worse for everyone as the stupid tactics you mention were coming from/being directed by him. Obviously, any theory like this relies on a lot of assumptions so can never be proven right or wrong.

                                                                                                  As I said, I may have got it arse ways but I vaguely remember reading/seeing this before.

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                                                                                                    Some neck all the same......

                                                                                                    Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                                                                                      Invoking the UN Charter. Shameless shower of murdering cunts.
                                                                                                      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                                        Btw here is the paper on political assassination and war.

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                                                                                                          Ukraine should enter a agreement with Western power and sell the country become x citizens- now lets send in our peacekeeping force

                                                                                                          Seems easy enough to do apparently- just sign an executive order

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                                                                                                            I'd say he has been stockpiling food supplies etc or has capacity to ramp up production or source elsewhere but if it was possible to put pressure on supply chain/food getting to market, any little comfort that citizens take for granted to disrupt that and cause upset among the pop combined with a massive propaganda campaign. Plus every possible measure elsewhere and pressure on China also.

                                                                                                            You lay lo mo hi

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                                                                                                              Putingrad has an ominous ring to it. Hardly far away from that type of pronouncement in the Duma the way things are going.

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                                                                                                                Footage of a plane firing missiles into residential areas and kids screaming.

                                                                                                                May Putin and his cronies die screaming.

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                                                                                                                  Are we going with Kyiv (like sleeve) or good old Kiev as in chicken Kiev?

                                                                                                                  Live cam of main square could get interesting over the next few hours.

                                                                                                                  Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                                                                                                    wow, its almost deserted at near peak travel time. What do you do when you know your country is in the midst of being taken over and the next maybe decade of life, maybe longer, is being rewritten in a very different, very dark way.
                                                                                                                    "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                                                                      Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                                                      wow, its almost deserted at near peak travel time. What do you do when you know your country is in the midst of being taken over and the next maybe decade of life, maybe longer, is being rewritten in a very different, very dark way.
                                                                                                                      Think a curfew has been introduced.

                                                                                                                      Mad that some of us and our kids will be online later playing poker and gaming with regular Ukrainian and Russian folk.
                                                                                                                      Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                                                                                                        Would be mad if it sparked widespread unrest and protest in Russia, leading to the military rank and file turning, and the eventual ousting of Vlad. What are the chances of that I wonder?
                                                                                                                        Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                                                                                                          Originally posted by Theresa View Post
                                                                                                                          1. Officially recognize separatist states.
                                                                                                                          2. Move in "peacekeepers" in the next few months.
                                                                                                                          3. Organize these separatist states to be folded into russia for "reasons".
                                                                                                                          4. ??????
                                                                                                                          5. Profit.

                                                                                                                          The west are so keen to (rightly) avoid war, that this slow burn will happen and that will be that imo.
                                                                                                                          My first foray into the realm of complicated geopolitics didn’t end well.

                                                                                                                          I didn’t think it’d go this far tbh.

                                                                                                                          Still think Ukraine will be thrown to the wolves though. There isn’t really an alternative.
                                                                                                                          This may or may not be an original thought of my own.
                                                                                                                          All efforts were made to make this thought original but with the abundance of thoughts in the world the originality of this thought cannot be guaranteed.
                                                                                                                          The author is not liable for any issue arising from the platitudinous nature of this post.

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