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  1. 5 points
    How can drones loiter above Russian troops and equipment. Seems Russian engineering forgot to make over the shoulder missile launchers? So in response Russian troops just die. This seems rather inefficient. Or are the troops so slow that’s just the cost of business? Seems like instead of military cathedrals and all the brass on those uniforms you should get your ass in gear and think about letting your troops save their own lives. Seems like US and European countries could ask the Turks how to make the cheap drone that rules the Russians. Musk might be the man to tap for building the machine that builds the machine. Drones, missile and missile launchers were proven in Iraq yet our war machine politicians seem to lack brain power. We want the 13 billion put lives at risk aircraft carrier instead of missiles that made most of todays war machine obsolete.
  2. 4 points
    No, Jay, it means that the reduction of particulate toxic effluence in the period 1980-2020 has been a principle cause of global warming. That means that any observed increase in global warming must therefore take into consideration the effect of reduced particulate effluence, and therefore models which rely on CO2 without accounting for reduced particulate effluence are incorrectly specified and produce biased results. "Over the last 40 years, Europe and North America have been leaders in reducing particulate air pollution from industry, autos, energy and other sources. The increasing absence of human-caused air pollution in the Northern Hemisphere, estimated to be a 50-percent drop in concentration from 1980 to 2020, has led to surface warming over the tropical Atlantic Ocean, which contributes to more frequent tropical cyclones. Without significant amounts of particulate pollution to reflect sunlight, the ocean absorbs more heat and warms faster. A warming Atlantic Ocean has been a key ingredient to a 33-percent increase in the number of tropical cyclones during this 40-year period, Murakami said."
  3. 4 points
    Fearing the military might of Russia is only reasonable when looking at them without NATO. Joining NATO is only logical. Russia is now weakening itself greatly because of a grandiose and ignorant leader who is akin to Hitler in his outsize ambitions. He is now rightfully fearful of his own cronies as well as those Russians who see right through his stupid plans. Not long ago Russia wanted to join NATO. That would have been wise. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/04/ex-nato-head-says-putin-wanted-to-join-alliance-early-on-in-his-rule#_=_
  4. 4 points
    Russia used to be held not in a high regard but not as low as say Syria, N Korea or Iran. Now we can just say “peas in a pod”. I guess if Putin wants to nuke the enemy and climate freeze the world, what’s he waiting for. Is there a Netflix series he wants to finish first? Y’all can correct me on the numbers but so far less than 20 thousand Ukraine troops have died. The country has 60 million. Let’s say 20 million men that will fight. Seems like Russia could be sanctioned for a decade or longer. Ukraine men won’t quit as long as they get ammunition and weapon systems. Which the west will happily supply. Am I missing something here? Trumps propaganda machine does not rival Putins but even so both together can’t sell winning in Ukraine. So they say storage capacity is about full in Russia due to slow oil sales. Have they quit drilling yet? How long can they hold out before killing wells is the only option.
  5. 3 points
    Jay I disagree, removing particulates which cause "global dimming" would cause less cloud cover as particulates in the atmosphere can become nuclei for rain droplets. "Clouds intercept both heat from the sun and heat radiated from the Earth. Their effects are complex and vary in time, location, and altitude. Usually during the daytime the interception of sunlight predominates, giving a cooling effect; however, at night the re-radiation of heat to the Earth slows the Earth's heat loss." Therefore less particulates/pollution in the atmosphere would cause larger daily temperature variances.
  6. 3 points
    Some problems with this interview (it is not a scientific study, but an interview for a blog policy advocate). It ignores the fact that other greenhouse gases are many thousands of times more potent than CO2, which is a relatively weak greenhouse gas, and secondly, high levels of earth temperature and low levels of earth temperature are negatively correlated with CO2 levels. In other words, the actual scientific tests show that these ideas do not happen in the real world.
  7. 3 points
    I’ve made posts before about calculating the work required to isothermally compress hydrogen gas from 1 to 300 bar. It’d be quite amusing if I didn’t understand the physical properties of carbon dioxide 🤣. I’ve recently developed a fascination with something called an “interaction parameter” (notated with “kappa”) that can be used to describe molecular interactions within real gaseous mixtures. Gas compression companies build expensive laboratories to experimentally determine these parameters, in order to avoid retrograde effects when handling well gases. Carbon dioxide has an effect on phase changes if present within the mixtures.
  8. 3 points
    Jay, let me repeat for your benefit....the solar studies from 2017 onward predicted a cooling phase commencing in 2020, and we now show a clear temperature plateau effect beginning in...yes, that's right, 2020. Not a bad prediction. And the CO2 models failed to predict any plateau.
  9. 3 points
    Earth temperature appears to have plateaued, according to your own data, Jay. That contradicts your CO2 theory.
  10. 3 points
    A year or so ago the topic of invading Taiwan came up and I said that Taiwan would have a good chance at defending itself due to the geographical situation and the unity of its people. Also the technological superiority of Western weaponry and our help as well as our allies. I didn't get much support then. Glad you think that way. I think subs are the best investment our navy has made.
  11. 3 points
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/russian-battalion-devastated-as-it-crosses-river-989vvnj9v?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1652364036 WAR IN UKRAINE Russian battalion wiped out trying to cross river of death Ukrainians bide time before airstrikes destroy estimated 50 vehicles Charlie Parker Thursday May 12 2022, 2.45pm BST, The Times Play Video The Russian army lost almost an entire battalion at the weekend in an attempt to cross a river in eastern Ukraine. More than 70 tanks and armoured fighting vehicles were estimated to have been destroyed and possibly 1,000 soldiers killed in a single set of strikes by Ukrainian forces. In what has been described as some of the heaviest fighting of the war, artillery bombardments and air strikes devastated the battalion as it used a pontoon bridge to try to cross the Siverskyi Donets River on Sunday. The attack on the banks of the river, which runs west to east between the separatist provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk, has dealt a significant blow to Russian forces as they struggle to make meaningful gains in Donbas. The river, which connects southern Russia to eastern Ukraine, is one of several natural barriers that block armoured units from advancing into territory held by Ukraine. ADVERTISEMENT The Ukrainian army published pictures and drone video images showing the charred wreckage of more than 50 vehicles hit by shells. The armed forces’ general staff said the battalion was caught on the pontoon as it tried to encircle Lysychansk and Severodonetsk and attack the city of Lyman, about 17km from the river. Soldiers of Ukraine’s 17th tank brigade are thought to have noticed a build-up of forces on the Russian side of the river last Friday and fed intelligence to nearby artillery and air crews. They used drones to watch for signs of Russians constructing a crossing. A Ukrainian explosive ordnance disposal officer named Maxim claimed to have co-ordinated the attack after identifying where the bridge was likely to be constructed. He was ordered to explore the area on Saturday and suggested a location. Using rangefinders, he calculated that the ideal crossing point was 80m wide, meaning that the battalion would have to join eight pontoon sections to complete the floating bridge. SPONSORED “I knew they would need motorised boats to arrange such a bridge,” he posted on Twitter. “And it would take them at least two hours of work.” The Russians moved the next day, setting fire to nearby fields and forests to mask their movements. The defending units were alerted by the sound of tank engines and motor boats. Minutes later they unleashed heavy barrages with howitzers and airstrikes. “Artillery was ready,” Maxim said. “In 20 minutes after [our] recon unit confirmed the Russian bridge being mounted, heavy artillery engaged against Russian forces, and then aviation chipped in as well.” The officer, who completed a tour in the Donbas region before the invasion, added: “I have never seen/heard such heavy combat in my life.” Continued
  12. 3 points
    Finland (and probably Sweden) continue to truck along towards NATO membership. https://apnews.com/article/sweden-finland-sauli-niinisto-4ede1942b679dd15bd3021f9b194cbec Finland’s leaders call for NATO membership ‘without delay’ HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s leaders said Thursday they’re in favor of rapidly applying for NATO membership, paving the way for a historic expansion of the alliance that could deal a serious blow to Russia as its military struggles with its war in Ukraine. The dramatic move by Finland was announced by President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin. It means that Finland is all but certain to join NATO, though a few steps remain before the application process can begin. Neighboring Sweden is expected to decide on joining NATO in coming days. “NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance,” Niinisto and Marin said in a joint statement. “Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay,” they said. “We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.” Russia reacted to the development with a warning. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that if Finland joins NATO, it will “inflict serious damage to Russian-Finnish relations as well as stability and security in Northern Europe.” “Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps of military-technical and other characteristics in order to counter the emerging threats to its national security,” the ministry said. “History will determine why Finland needed to turn its territory into a bulwark of military face-off with Russia while losing independence in making its own decisions,” it added. The ministry’s statement follows Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov’s comment earlier Thursday that Finland’s decision wouldn’t help stability and security in Europe. Peskov said that Russia’s response will depend on NATO’s moves to expand its infrastructure closer to the Russian borders. Previously, the Kremlin had warned of “military and political repercussions” if Sweden and Finland decide to join NATO. Should they apply, there will be an interim period lasting from when an application has been handed in until all 30 NATO members’ parliaments have ratified it. In NATO member Estonia, which also borders Russia, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas tweeted that “history being made by our northern neighbors.” She pledged to support “a rapid accession process” for Finland into NATO. Finland’s announcement came a day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited both Finland and Sweden to sign a military cooperation agreement. The U.K. pledged on Wednesday to come to the aid of Sweden and Finland if the two Nordic nations came under attack. During a joint news conference with Johnson and Niinisto in Helsinki, the Finnish head of state said Moscow could only blame itself should his nation of 5.5 million people become a NATO member. “You (Russia) caused this. Look at the mirror,” Niinisto said pointedly Wednesday. On Thursday, Niinisto tweeted that he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy about Finland’s firm support for Ukraine and the country’s intention to join NATO. Niinisto said that Zelenskyy “expressed his full support for it.” In 2017, Sweden and Finland joined the British-led Joint Expeditionary Force, which is designed to be more flexible and respond more quickly than the larger NATO alliance. It uses NATO standards and doctrine, so it can operate in conjunction with NATO, the United Nations or other multinational coalitions. Fully operational since 2018, the force has held a number of exercises both independently and in cooperation with NATO. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24 prompted Finland and Sweden to reconsider their historic tradition of military nonalignment and join the 30-member NATO. After Moscow launched its attack on Ukraine, public support in the two countries started to quickly shift toward membership in NATO, first in Finland and a bit later in Sweden. The latest opinion poll conducted by Finnish public broadcaster YLE showed earlier this week that 76% of Finns are in favor of joining NATO, a big change from earlier years when only 20-30% of respondents favored such military alignment. Speaking to European Union lawmakers Thursday as Niinisto’s and Marin’s announcement was made, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said that “the war started by Russia jeopardizes the security and stability of the whole of Europe.” Haavisto said that Russia’s unpredictable behavior is a serious concern for Finland, notably Moscow’s readiness to wage “high-risk operations” that could lead to many casualties, including among Russians themselves. Should Finland become a NATO member, it would mean the biggest change in the Nordic country’s defense and security policy since World War II when it fought two lost wars against the Soviet Union. Along with Sweden, Finland joined the European Union in 1995 and has the longest border with Russia out of all the bloc’s 27 members. Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde tweeted that Finland’s announcement gave an “important message” and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that there were “strong messages” from Finland’s president and prime minister. During the Cold War, Finland stayed away from NATO to avoid provoking the Soviet Union, instead opting to remain a neutral buffer between the East and the West while maintaining good relations with Moscow and also with the United States. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the military alliance would welcome Finland and Sweden — both of which have strong, modern militaries — with open arms and expects the accession process to be speedy and smooth. NATO officials say the Nordic duo’s accession process could be done “in a couple of weeks.” The most time consuming part of the procedure – ratification of the country’s protocol by the 30 NATO member countries – could even be completed in less time than the four months or so that it took West Germany, Turkey and Greece to join in the 1950s, when there were only 12 members to ratify their applications. “These are not normal times,” one NATO official said this week, discussing the possible applications of Finland and Sweden. The official was briefing reporters about the accession process on condition that he not be named as no application has been made by the two countries. ___ Lorne Cook in Brussels, and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.
  13. 3 points
    These are the same figures as those scientists who believed that black people were sub human missing links before the civil war. Why do you believe that black people were subhuman before the Civil War and properly traded as property?
  14. 3 points
    Russia doesn't want to have its bombers shot down so they are staying home. No they can't attack NATO deliveries more because that requires guided munitions which they are low on and can't make more. If Russia self sanctions by cutting off NG and oil then they cut off their only source of income. Also remember that they have very little storage and their wells don't like being shut off. Russian cyber attacks have happened and they have been defeated. You are just trying to find excuses for Putin's stupidity.
  15. 3 points
    https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/03/cowards-russian-bank-founder-slams-oligarchs-silence-on-ukraine-war-a77565 ‘Cowards’: Russian Bank Founder Slams Oligarchs’ Silence on Ukraine War May 3, 2022 Oleg Tinkov.Oleg Tinkov / instagram The founder of one of Russia’s largest banks has condemned Russia’s business elite for refusing to speak out against Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Oleg Tinkov became one of the few influential Russian business owners to protest the war when he denounced the conflict as a “massacre” in an Instagram post on April 19. He later told The New York Times that the Kremlin had ordered senior executives from his company, Tinkoff Bank, to cut ties with him soon after the tirade went live. But posting again on Instagram Tuesday, Tinkoff appeared to have no regrets. “I lost everything, but I didn't lose my soul. I can't easily make money in a country that is at war with a neighbor, killing civilians and children,” he wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “I don’t know how much I have left to live, but I definitely don’t want to die hanging on to billions but living as a bastard, a coward and a schmuck, like 90 percent of Russian oligarchs. Cowards: you have one life and you need to live it as a person.” Tinkov sold his 35 percent stake in TCS, the group that owns Tinkoff Bank, to Russian mining magnate Vladimir Potanin’s company Interros last week. The businessman told The New York Times that Tinkoff Bank had been threatened with nationalization if he did not sell his stake for just 3 percent of its estimated value. Although the final price was not confirmed, the London stock exchange valued his Tinkov’s stake in the company at more than $20 billion last year. Tinkov publicly announced that he had leukaemia in March 2020, and has been away from Russia while receiving treatment. In his post, he said a final farewell to Russia. “It is a pity that my country has finally slipped into archaism, paternalism and servility. There is no Russia: it is all gone,” he wrote. “I'm taking the Tinkoff and La Datcha brands out of the country. They belong to my family: I don't want to besmirch them with the blood of Russian soldiers and the citizens of Ukraine. Ukraine will win because good always wins over evil— we were taught that at school.”
  16. 3 points
    fact: Putin has not destroyed any city. Mariupol is heavily damaged, but not destroyed. Had the Nazis surrendered, Mariupol would not be damaged. uh, and who are you to speak of such things? Amurca has destroyed many countries and murdered millions. You have dropped nuclear bombs upon Japan; napalm on Vietnam, causing the highest cancer rates in the world for 60 years since; phosphorous on Iraq and Libya; and much more. You have destroyed not just cities, but entire countries. You continue to fire missiles upon Yemen from your warships, against one of the world's poorest and weakest countries. fact; Amurca created the Maidan conflict: see the Nuland files. When UKRAINIANS in Odessa took to the streets to protest the unelected government, they were hounded and rounded into the Trade Building. GOVERNMENT militia then set the building afire, and shot anybody who tried to escape the blaze. All the political dissidents were slaughtered horribly. The Ukraine govt and US knew then and know now who are the criminals, yet have taken no action to prosecute them. Since then, for 14 years, the Ukraine govt has shelled the Donbass, killing over 14000 innocent civilians. You support Ukraine. You support the Nazis who committed these crimes. Your govt has aided an abetted the criminals. You support your govt. So, by definition of your own legal system, you are culpable. Supporting Nazis means you are a Nazi.
  17. 3 points
    It is not "my" theory, you must be verbally challenged on this, Jay. It is top scientists who use a different set of solar data than the one on your publicity BLURB. Your cited data set is already three years out of date, and the cited studies are from 2010 to 2017, which is five years out of date, in case you have trouble counting. Yes, the cited study I gave you indicated that solar variables cause the changes in earth climate, how could you miss that? Read again. "Recent research has demonstrated the significance of the underlying 22 years magnetic polarity cycle in establishing the shorter sunspot cycle. Integral to the manifestation of the latter is the spatiotemporal overlapping and migration of oppositely polarized magnetic bands. We demonstrate the impact of “terminators”—the end of Hale magnetic cycles—on the Sun's radiative output and particulate shielding of our atmosphere through the rapid global reconfiguration of solar magnetism. Using direct observation and proxies of solar activity going back some six decades we can, with high statistical significance, demonstrate a correlation between the occurrence of terminators and the largest swings of Earth's oceanic indices: the transition from El Niño to La Niña states of the central Pacific. This empirical relationship is a potential source of increased predictive skill for the understanding of El Niño climate variations, a high-stakes societal imperative given that El Niño impacts lives, property, and economic activity around the globe. "
  18. 3 points
    Only a nominal person having a nominal mind will consider nominal GDP measured in nominal dollars to be a valid indicator.
  19. 3 points
    10 Takeaways from U.S. Auto Sales: Q1 2022 Wednesday April 20, 2022 New-vehicle sales last quarter came in at 3.3 million, according to the latest Kelley Blue Book counts, a drop from 3.9 million in the first quarter of 2021. Sales in the quarter were down 15.7% year over year, but as the Cox Automotive Industry Insights team has repeatedly stated: There is NOT a demand problem in the market right now. looks like 3 million autos sold about 170k were EV...yes Jay Kaput...ski! https://www.coxautoinc.com/market-insights/10-takeaways-from-u-s-auto-sales-q1-2022/ giphy.webp
  20. 3 points
    Free world" and "rest of the world". Yellow color marks the countries that have introduced economic sanctions against the Russian Federation. There is quite a lot of this "rest", having a completely different optics than the "free" one. Demographically, territorially, economically and culturally, the "rest" is in fact the majority.
  21. 3 points
    Yet, baby cakes(you) can't post a number yet whine about others supposedly... 🔥🤡🤣👍 You will note, I did not even post about China as I thought, stupidly, even someone as LAZY and self absorbed as you could get off your ass and type a simple query into google. Guess I was proven wrong with my absurdly LOW expectations of you. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1259872.shtml 300MT from China alone. USA uses a whopping 450MT a year. India is going to increase coal usage by 12% this year alone. In case you can't do a percentage, since you couldn't do 4 divided by 1 in a previous post, let me help you.... 12% of roughly 1000MT is ~120MT increase. In case you can't add at a 2nd grade level, India + China's increase of coal usage this year will ~total the entire USA coal usage. All before we talk about the rest of the world. Oh, yea, everyone else is increasing fossil fuel usage year over year as well. They do not enjoy being destitute and poor. Who knew? And after this post you are going BACK on my IGNORE list. Adios!
  22. 3 points
    https://news.yahoo.com/russian-invaders-ready-put-shrapnel-120054793.html Russian invaders ready to put shrapnel into their bodies in order to flee Ukraine - SSU interception ukrpravda@gmail.com (Ukrayinska Pravda) Sat, April 30, 2022, 7:00 AM OLENA ROSHCHINA - SATURDAY, 30 APRIL 2022, 15:00 Russian soldiers are so eager to flee the war in Ukraine that they are ready to put shrapnel into their bodies, according to conversations intercepted by the Security Service of Ukraine. Source: Security Service of Ukraine Details: In one of intercepted conversation, a Russian soldier tells his girlfriend or wife that he is ready to break his arm or knock a piece of shrapnel into his leg with a "hammer" so that he would be sent home and will receive compensation for his injuries. The girl replies that then it would be better to shoot himself in the leg. The guy denies this: "I'd have to use a crossbow. That's impossible!". In another recording, a militant of the so-called "DPR" [self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic] says that the Russians are refusing en masse to go on the offensive near Chornobaivka, causing panic in various ranks of their allies from the occupied territories of Donetsk region.
  23. 3 points
    What about the insanity of the fool who sent the troops over the border and announced the special operation. Have you gotten your FELLOW TRAVELER tattoo yet?
  24. 3 points
    The current May snow storms should be a blast of fresh air for your views, Jay. Temperatures bounce around, certainly since 1880. But that is too short a time-span to draw any conclusions on. Long-term models show that CO2 is antiphasal with earth temperature levels, which by itself throws out your ideas about Green policy.
  25. 3 points
    operation paperclip 2: The US plan to entice fleeing Russian scientists and other highly educated people. These folks are leaving Russia in droves anyways so good to get them to come to the US. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-04-29/biden-seeks-to-rob-putin-of-his-top-scientists-with-visa-lure?sref=yYYRek8e One proposal, which the White House included in its latest supplemental request to Congress, is to drop the rule that Russian professionals applying for an employment-based visa must have a current employer. It would apply to Russian citizens who have earned master’s or doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics in the U.S. or abroad, the proposal states. A spokesman for the National Security Council confirmed that the effort is meant to weaken Putin’s high-tech resources in the near term and undercut Russia’s innovation base over the long run -- as well as benefit the U.S. economy and national security. Specifically, the Biden administration wants to make it easier for top-tier Russians with experience with semiconductors, space technology, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, advanced computing, nuclear engineering, artificial intelligence, missile propulsion technologies and other specialized scientific areas to move to the U.S. Biden administration officials have said they’ve seen significant numbers of high-skilled technology workers flee Russia because of limited financial opportunities from the sanctions the U.S. and allies have imposed after Putin’s invasion on Ukraine.
  26. 3 points
    This is a war that was totally caused by Putin and Russia to enslave another nation. The free world is all against him. The dictators are largely for him. The Chinese are Russia's primary ally. It would be supremely stupid to not support Ukraine and allow Russia to continue to swallow up weaker countries in Eastern Europe. Putin is a crazy bully with demonic intents and actions. We cannot let his threats and actions continue. The same goes for China. China is looking at what is going on in Ukraine and want to quietly help Russia in any way they can until they have and turn it into another puppet state like North Korea. They are planning on attacking Taiwan and taking it over whenever they think that is possible. Taiwan is also watching Ukraine and knows what it needs to do. Taiwan, being an island, has a huge defensive advantage, just like Japan had. China wants Taiwan for its productivity not to destroy it.
  27. 3 points
    There is no value gained by cutting a cable, very different from looting packages, no different than keying a car. Calling an Uber or taxi is a thing.
  28. 3 points
    US Major Smedley Butler made those comments in the context of things that he had observed, in the era that he was in, when the US was propping up things like the US fruit company in the turn of the century: Certainly he was right about that. but if he had made similar statements about World War II, he would have been utterly wrong. Normalizing territorial wars of aggression, which Putin is doing, are 20th century moves and they should stay there. That's why the "collective west" is helping Ukraine, defending itself from a stronger aggressor.
  29. 3 points
    Blasts heard overnight in three Russian provinces along Ukraine border https://uk.news.yahoo.com/blasts-heard-overnight-three-russian-053129252.html this makes 5 ukrainian attacks within Russia within the last few days
  30. 3 points
    The United States has probably supplied more humanitarian aid than any nation aside from Poland.
  31. 3 points
    source? ukrainian logistics is intentionally heavily decentralized and is resilient to lost infrastructure. meanwhile, russian logistics has been provably bureaucratic and reliant on things like train lines. we saw how bad the supply convoys to places like kyiv were. now that ukraine appears they can do project and do damage inside of russia, watch russia's supply lines get cut behind them. it would be good for russia if they read through those "secret" US supply manuals they seized in mariupol. they might learn a thing or two.
  32. 3 points
    Wrong again!!! How many Ukrainians have fled their homes and where have they gone? Where are Ukraine's refugees going? Refugees are also crossing to neighbouring countries to the west, mostly Poland. The UN says that as of 25 April, more than 5.2 million people have left Ukraine: Poland has taken in 2,922,978 refugees Romania 782,598 Russia 614,318 Hungary 496,914 Moldova 435,275 Slovakia 357,560 Belarus 24,578 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-60555472 Frankie you really really must stop spreading your vile lies!
  33. 3 points
    https://news.yahoo.com/latest-strikes-russia-hint-daring-140315353.html Latest strikes on Russia hint daring Ukraine is not intimidated by the Kremlin Dominic Nicholls Mon, April 25, 2022, 9:03 AM·4 min read The blasts started large fires at the Transneft Bryansk-Druzhba facility in Bryansk, about 70 miles from the Ukrainian border
  34. 3 points
    https://news.yahoo.com/russia-hiding-scale-losses-ukraine-134900773.html Russia hiding scale its losses in Ukraine from its population, UK Defense Ministry says
  35. 3 points
    In my opinion Ukraine looses faster new weapons as they arrive???? your opinion is like an asshole....everyone has one. Your opinion is BS babble. Enjoy watching what is left of Putins forces in Ukraine get destroyed. The only question is what day does the last Russian troop in Ukraine leave, in a bodybag or by retreating...it does not matter.
  36. 3 points
    Yes, this really is a war between Russia and the USA in which Ukraine and its people are being used as a battering ram. Doubt it? Ask Mr Panetta. With whom does Putin negotiate? Zelensky is unstable & Biden wants to weaken Russia first & destroy Putin. It is this fixation about Putin that brought the US policy to such a pass. Putin'll dictate peace finally on his terms & Biden will live to see it.
  37. 3 points
    As in all good propaganda there is some truth in your argument. When people do not have a vote or the vote is in anyway distorted by unfair means the people do not have a vote. Russia long ago made sure that the people were not able to vote for whoever they wished. You know that very well. Only certain people are allowed to run for office and many districts lost their ability to run their own operations. There is no comparison in Russia or China to any actual representative democracy or Republic. It is true that American Presidents have strayed form the constitution of our great republic and that the constitution is not always followed as well as it should be. There are egregious examples such as Lincoln during our civil war, FDR during WW2, and the creation of the "federal' banking system. It took awhile for Blacks to attain all of their rights after slavery was abolished by Lincoln and the North. America is in danger of having its constitution further diluted by all sorts of Democrat schemes that are continually being worked on. One in the works right now is trying to eliminate our electoral college which was wisely designed by our founding fathers. Another is changing the way voting takes place and cheating is allowed with no thorough oversight. Our November election will hopefully allow a lot of improvements in what happens going forward. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58614227 Russia election: Putin's party wins election marred by fraud claims https://www.politico.eu/article/vladimir-putin-wins-right-to-extend-his-russia-rule-until-2036-in-landslide-vote/
  38. 3 points
    Wealthy greens are the biggest polluters in many cases. Jet setters and private jets are the best example. Al Gore is the easiest target and he is the founder of the pack.
  39. 3 points
    I think the last time Russia was held anywhere close to high regard was before the first World War. Communism is a hell of a system.
  40. 3 points
    https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3462877-enemy-suffers-significant-losses-near-izium.html Near the town of Izium, Kharkiv region, the enemy is testing the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces for strength and is constantly suffering significant losses, both in manpower and equipment. According to Ukrinform, the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, Oleh Syniehubov, told this in a comment to Suspilne. "Heavy fighting is going on in the Izium district. The enemy is constantly trying to test our defensive positions. Our fighters are holding them. The enemy suffers significant losses there, including aircraft. There are also heavy losses in manpower and armored vehicles," he said. Earlier, Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the head of the President’s Office, Russian troops have been trying to advance in the Izium area toward the town of Sloviansk for the last three days,.
  41. 3 points
    One of Russia's more high profile oligarchs denounces invasion: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-61163546 In his Instagram post, Mr Tinkov said: "I don't see a SINGLE beneficiary of this insane war! Innocent people and soldiers are dying. "Waking up with a hangover, the generals realised that they have a shit army. "And how will the army be good, if everything else in the country is shitty and mired in nepotism, sycophancy and servility?" Before Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, Mr Tinkov's wealth had been estimated at more than $4.4bn (£3.4bn). But he has since lost his billionaire status as shares in his bank have plummeted, Forbes reported last month. Switching to English in his post, Mr Tinkov wrote: "Dear 'collective West' please give Mr Putin a clear exit to save his face and stop this massacre. Please be more rational and humanitarian."
  42. 2 points
    As usual, you miss the point. The point is that scientific consensus changes with the prevailing political winds. The scientists in Germany in the 1930's fell into line in support of the political climate of the day.
  43. 2 points
    You don't even know how to lie decently. In May 1845. the US Army captured the German Photo recon photos from July 1939 to Sept 1941. Those photos are in the US National Archives and became part of the record of the Select Committee to Conduct an Investigation and Study of the Facts, Evidence, and Circumstances of the Katyn Forest Massacre, The graves do not show in the May 1939-April 1940 photos but do in December 1940, and in 1941 recon photos. "The Soviet government officially accepts blame for the Katyn Massacre of World War II, when nearly 5,000 Polish military officers were murdered and buried in mass graves in the Katyn Forest. The admission was part of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s promise to be more forthcoming and candid concerning Soviet history." https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/soviets-admit-to-katyn-massacre
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    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/08/ford-is-selling-8-million-rivian-shares-sources-say.html MARKETS Ford is selling 8 million shares of once high-flying EV maker Rivian, sources say PUBLISHED SAT, MAY 7 202210:30 PM EDTUPDATED SAT, MAY 7 202211:07 PM EDT David Faber
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    Russia halts gas supplies to Poland: https://www.reuters.com/article/ukraine-crisis-poland-gas-idAFW8N2V500Z Russia apparently doesn't want to get left out of the latest trends, so they've decided to sanctions themselves. Interesting, about a month ago Poland clarified that they weren't planning to renew the gas contract when it expired at the end of the year. Maybe Russia decided to move up the time frame: https://www.politico.eu/article/poland-russia-energy-gas-pipeline/ It is ironic how despite being significantly poorer and closer to Russia (and having similar winter intensity) Poland gives so many fewer fucks about Russian gas than Germany. I guess that's the difference between having a LNG terminal and not.
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    No, the issue is, can Congress and regulatory authorities ignore changes in science which appear to undermine the basis for previous actions. This is serious, because science changes on a regular basis, and it takes time for government action to respond to those new research results. In fact, it is so awkward and costly to do an about-face on a major issue such as the causes of climate change, that it is easier to continue in a straight line direction and ignore the science. Pretend that it doesn't exist.
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    Ron I believe the exploding tiles on the top of Russian tanks is there exactly to try to defend against the Javelins. Problem for the Russians is the Javelins then included an explosive tip to the missile which detonates the tile but not the missile so the missile strike is then as it should be and blows the tank to bits! "The Javelin counters the advent of explosive reactive armor (ERA). ERA boxes or tiles lying over a vehicle's main armor explode when struck by a warhead. This explosion does not harm the vehicle's main armor, but causes steel panels to fly across the path of a HEAT round's narrow particle stream, disrupting its focus and leaving it unable to cut through the main armor. The Javelin uses two shaped-charge warheads in tandem. The weak, smaller diameter HEAT precursor charge detonates the ERA, clearing the way for the much larger diameter HEAT warhead, which then penetrates the target's primary armor." The Russians tank soldiers are soon to be KFC, they stand no chance whatsoever.
  49. 2 points
    WTH? Zelensky JAILED the opposition.... Nothing democratic about Z. He is just another Oligarch, and my comment stands. You have to have a country first before one worries about removing the authoritarians.
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    Iowa will surely catch up with Ireland ????? Irish grid primed for 75% variable generation Ireland and Northern Ireland power system is the first in the world to reach this level, says EirGrid 7 April 2022 https://www.eirgridgroup.com/newsroom/electricity-grid-to-run-o/ Up to three quarters of the electricity flowing onto the Irish grid at any point in time can now come from variable renewable sources, according to a study by national grid operator EirGrid. The Ireland and Northern Ireland power system is the first in the world to reach this level, overcoming “major technical challenges” associated with integrating electricity from wind farms, solar farms and interconnectors that link it with other countries. EirGrid had previously imposed a cap of 70% on the amount of variable renewable generation on the grid at a given time. This has now been raised to 75% following a successful 11-month trial. The grid successfully ran at between 70% and 75% variable renewable energy for a total of 232 hours during the trial period. There were several new all-island wind energy records set during the 11 months, including the current record of 4584MW on 5 February 2022. Wind, solar and interconnectors have very different technical characteristics to conventional fossil-fuel powered generation. This creates challenges in maintaining the stability and security of the power system forcing EirGrid to limit the amount of variable renewables on the grid. Liam Ryan, EirGrid group chief innovation officer, said: “This is a hugely significant milestone and a critical step in the decarbonisation of the electricity sector on the island of Ireland. “It marks the culmination of an 11-year programme of work by EirGrid and its partner SONI in Northern Ireland, as well as by stakeholders from right across the industry.” Since the inception of the programme in 2011, EirGrid has increased the limit from 50% to 75% in a series of five steps. Work will now begin on increasing the figure to 95% by 2030 in order to achieve Government renewable energy targets. This will be achieved through the delivery of EirGrid’s Shaping Our Electricity Future programme of work.