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  1. This is just so saddening and disheartening to me. 

    It seems so simple: you don't want to have an abortion? Then don't. But the fact that these motherfuckers are trying to take the choice away from others is outrageous. 


    I predict if this shitshow comes to pass, then there will be a 2 tier system. Republican, conservative states will outlaw abortion - leading to more unwanted kids, child abuse, poverty etc in those places. Democrat states will continue to offer access, and may start getting out of state folks. 


    With news like this, it really does make me toy with the idea of moving out of the US. The amount of political division, fighting and posturing, and viciousness (eg. Florida trying to fuck Disney over simply for its viewpoint) is just exhausting. 



  2. 15 hours ago, Kilt said:

    On March 21 Putin had a video conference with Secretary of the Security Council Patrushev, Minister of Defence Shoigu, Chief of the General Staff Gerasimov and Director of the Federal Security Service Bortnikov.

    During the discussion of the current situation at the front, the conversation turned to the losses of Russian troops and Gerasimov characterized the losses as "substantial".

    Putin interrupted Gerasimov and continued saying that these losses are acceptable and it is nothing compared to the goals that will be achieved after the victory.

    That is so fucked up.

    I wonder what his endgame is... what are the goals that he wants to achieve? 

    Does he want to annex Ukraine? Install a puppet regime there? Break it up into a pro Russia and pro West region? Does he plan on annexing other countries? WWIII?


  3. 52 minutes ago, runa said:

    No matter on what side you are, no matter what you think about is, Ukrenian, Russian, it’s absolutely tragic 🙁 

    So true. It is so very sad for all the humans involved in this tragedy. I think of the Ukrainians who all of a sudden are losing their homes and country and lives; Ukranian families' separation from the sons/fathers/brothers who are forced to fight; to the young Russian men (really boys) who are being told to fight for a war they probably do not understand; to the Ukranian and Russian mothers and fathers worried sick for their kids in the army; to the Russian people losing their jobs/savings. Its still almost surreal that in 2022 this could happen. 

  4. A photographer reflects on what he saw at Lviv's train station as thousands said goodbye to their home

    From CNN's Sandi Sidhu


    "The true victims of war are people that have nothing to do with the conflict and whose lives are turned upside down by war after they cross a frontier from their homeland, have suddenly lost everything that relates to their existence," he continued. 

    Turnley shared what he saw in the refugees he encountered. 

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    Turnley said many of the individuals departing are women and children, as men under the age of 60have been banned from leaving the country. 

    "They've been separated from their husbands, their fathers, their young men, and they have no idea when they may return home," he told CNN. 

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    "It occurred to me that for many of the very, very young that this is a moment that they will never completely remember and at the same time, it's a moment that they will certainly never forget," Turnley continued. 


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  5. 20 minutes ago, runa said:


    Also, I think he’s desperately waiting for NATO to interfere. I think he has more than Ukraine in mind. If Nato does something, he’ll have his reasons to attack Poland and move West.

    That is frightening. If he moves into Poland, that would really be the start of WWIII. 

  6. 10 hours ago, Jazzy Jan said:

    If Putin invaded Canada,  would you want Canada to negotiate with him and most likely be forced to give him much of your land or would you want to fight to protect your country ?  Seeing so much footage of people from Ukraine despairing about Putin and Russia changing their entire lives with his cruel and undemocratic regime,  why should they negotiate with a brutal cruel dictator.  It is their country,  not Putin's to invade.  

    So true. 

    If countries with weaker militaries should just give up their lands - then where would be the end of this? 

  7. 3 hours ago, CzarnaWisnia said:

    Well, first of all I don't trust any political leader to their word. I believe any state leader mixes lies with the truth all the time and that whatever they publicly disclose is always meant to create an effect. I mostly find suspicious how any political figure is suddenly the object of frenzied adulation, mostly from Western people who did not know his name three weeks ago, nor, for the most part, did they know anything at all about the country he's the leader of. I see t-shirts with Zelensky posing as a Marvel super-hero, I see memes all over the internet with thousands of likes, and gushing praise on Twitter. I mean, c'mon. I bet you can find some wine mom having his face tattoed on her boob RIGHT NOW. I understand one can find him courageous and responsible, but... c'mon.

    Secondly, I think any information broadcast during war time is suspicious. Motives for people's actions, etc., that's all suspicious. Thirdly, I disapprove of certain political decisions he has made before the war started, and others since, but I won't say anymore than that.

    Thanks for the response. I definitely agree about wartime info (and even non-wartime news) is not always accurate. Most things have some sort of agenda or political leaning.

    I have to say - the bit about the wine mom having his face tattooed on her boob is hilarious. I can totally picture it. lol

  8. Russia increases censorship with new law: 15 years in jail for calling Ukraine invasion a 'war'

    “War” and “invasion” are two words that can land someone in prison for up to 15 years under a new Russian law. Those words are “fake news" in the eyes of Russian lawmakers and President Vladimir Putin, who last week passed a law criminalizing the intentional spread of information that goes against the government’s narrative about what the country prefers to call a “special military operation” in Ukraine.


    Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the lower house of parliament, said the measure “will force those who lied and made statements discrediting our armed forces to bear very grave punishment.”

    Under the new legislation, individuals can be punished with up to 15 years of prison for publishing information that runs counter to Russia's narrative. That person could be a journalist who spoke negatively of Russia in a years-old tweet — the law is retroactive — or a Russian citizen who posts a TikTok about the country’s military invasion in Ukraine.


  9. I think Putin is realizing that this invasion is more costly than he had anticipated (length of time, Russian casualties, stiff resistance, significant sanctions resulting in economic difficulties and possible unrest in Russia). 

    I am afraid he will become more and more ruthless, as he may be like a poker player who has bet too much money to pull out now. 


  10. 5 hours ago, ULIZOS said:

    You were being passive aggressive and you know it. 


    Initially you said I was twisting your words. I asked you to specify where exactly I twisted your words. You are unable to do so.

    Now you are making a bullshit/vague claim that I was being passive aggressive. I have no problems being upfront - so there really is no need for me to be passive aggressive. But its your opinion - you're entitled to it. I disagree w. your opinion. 

  11. 3 minutes ago, CzarnaWisnia said:

    There were no immediate plans, but these things don't happen overnight. Membership takes years and is prefaced by many gestures of solidarity that imply future membership. Trump even sent weapons to Ukraine. If the US was trying to influence Americans or pro-American citizens living in Mexico, wanting a part of their land as well, and France sent weapons to Mexico, it would be seen as absolutely hostile towards the US. I know the comparison is kind of bogus, but I'm trying to get the point across that it's not just a matter of membership but of the behavior and actions of various countries, which are understood to mean certain things (whether true or false).

    1. Its an interesting point - you say that Russia saw Western's Europe and US's help to Ukraine as hostile acts -  I am sure he did. (just like many in the US saw Russia's interference in US elections as a hostile act). But what of it? Just because he knew that US/Western Europe is more supportive of Ukraine (more so after the Crimea annexation); just because he knows that US/Western Europe do not want him to annex Ukraine - THAT cannot be a logical reason to actually move forward with an invasion.

    2. Even with your hypothetical example - the US is not trying to annex anyone's lands. Russia had already annexed Crimea and wanted to swallow the rest of the Ukraine. 


    Personally, I fully believe Russia would have tried to annex Ukraine even if Ukraine made a declaration of not joining NATO for the next 15 years. I think that Putin saw that Ukraine was leaning more towards Western European philosophy in some ways - and Putin felt like the Russian sphere of influence was decreasing. If not the NATO situation, he would have found some other pretext to invade. I think the only way he would not have invaded was if he had been able to install a very pro-Russian puppet-like regime in Ukraine. 

  12. 9 minutes ago, CzarnaWisnia said:

    Just because a country chooses to join an international body doesn't give it any right to do so. The process for joining the EU for instance is long and complex, and the EU has a string of conditions that have to be met in order to accept a new member. Same for NATO I suppose. These bodies have to consider, among other things, what geopolitical consequences each new membership will have, in the immediate region especially. For instance, before Poland joined, the country made sure to cultivate cordial relations with its neighbours (especially Ukraine). After 1989 (fall of communism in Poland), the country was fucked up but they aimed at EU and NATO membership. The knew it would help their application if they cultivated stability with their neighbours. They also wanted to insure the safety of Poles living in those countries. Poland also confirmed its existing borders, telegraphing that it had no intention of claiming territories that had been Polish in the past, before the war for instance (Western Ukraine used to be Polish). Also, the country was rather stable when it was finally added to the EU in 2004. So no, it's not counter to international law for international bodies to negotiate the membership of any given country. Ukraine has been unstable for years and years, there's even been internal military conflict for years, and it has had bad relations to its immediate neighbour (Russia). I don't see how NATO or the EU would have effectively accepted it as a member in these circumstances. 

    Exactly. There was no immediate plan or path for Ukraine to join NATO. Thus, I agree with the following excerpt from another opinion piece (Alexander Motyl writing for The Hill):


    "Most importantly, Russia’s repeated claims that it genuinely feared NATO membership for Ukraine were a canard, as Washington, Moscow and NATO — as well as Kyiv — knew full well that Ukraine’s chances of joining the alliance in the next 20 years were nil. Ukraine posed no imaginable security threat to Russia, the largest country in the world, possessing a huge army, thousands of nuclear weapons and enormous natural resources. "

  13. I Was Wrong About Putin

     Sergei Dobrynin


    In February 2000, I met my friend and mentor, the anthropologist Vladimir Arsenyev, for a beer in a musty St. Petersburg University cafeteria. We were talking politics, and we fell into a conversation about the upcoming presidential election, which Vladimir Putin was obviously bound to win. Putin had succeeded Boris Yeltsin after the latter’s resignation and was seeking his first full term in power.

    Arsenyev, then in his early 50s, was a fiery postcolonial leftist who hated the Soviet Union, but considered the emerging Russian mix of imperialism and capitalism to be even worse. He was not popular among his colleagues and was also disliked by some of his students who saw him as a kind of anti-corporate maverick.My political orientation was rather different. I was decades younger than Arsenyev, and my whole childhood had been colored by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Because I had experienced chaos, I believed in a strong hand. I regretted that Russia was no longer a superpower and thought that my country deserved a bigger role in world politics. I suppose you could say I wanted to make Russia great again.

    Arsenyev put down his beer and said (in Russian, of course): “This man, Putin, will bring this country to hell. I know this for sure. It is the worst thing that could ever happen to us.”

    “Why?” I asked.

    “He is a Chekist,” he said, meaning an agent of the secret police. “Once a Chekist, always a Chekist. He is pure evil.”

    I didn’t argue; I just changed the topic. The secret service meant Lavrentiy Beria and Nikolai Yezhov for Arsenyev, and James Bond for me. I respected Arsenyev immensely, but I saw him as a relic. And I was bewitched by Putin’s cold, metallic charisma, that way he had of suggesting that he knew more than he said. I was definitely not alone in my admiration: Putin won the election—one of the very few fair elections we’ve ever had in Russia—with 53.4 percent of the vote.

    Despite my patriotism, like many Russians of my generation I was encouraged by my parents to go West. I spent the next few years in the Netherlands, studying for a Ph.D. in math. But after a while I grew bored with abstract theorems and Dutch Calvinist orderliness, and I returned home. Russia was already a different country from the one I had left. In Putin’s hands it seemed much more stable, both economically and politically. I told myself that Arsenyev had been wrong about Putin, and that I had been right.

    “Stability” (stabilnost) was, in fact, something of a slogan for Putin, one he adopted early in his presidency. He used the goal of stability to justify ruthless military operations in Chechnya. Another price of stability was having the same people in government from one election cycle to the next. In 2008, Putin’s ally Dmitry Medvedev took over the presidency, but everyone understood that Putin was still running the country as prime minister. I can’t say I cared much. Medvedev was promising to build a Russian Silicon Valley. People from all over the world wanted to move to Moscow. Life was good, and everything that wasn’tgood I considered an anomaly, like the disgraceful war in Georgia. That was just a deviation from the norm, wasn’t it? Besides, our government insisted that it had to come to the assistance of the South Ossetians. I tried, moreover, to simply ignore politics. I became a journalist, but I focused on science and technology.

    And so for many years I told myself that all was well. In 2011, Medvedev declared that he would not run for a second term and suggested that he would pass the presidency back to Putin, like a tennis ball. That was uncomfortable, but I tried to focus on the stability I still enjoyed. The parliamentary elections a few months later finally woke me up a bit: They were not just uncomfortable; they were a disaster. The results, which solidified Putin’s power, were obviously, shockingly, impudently fake. I took the metro to one of the first big protests of that winter with a friend. I asked him with sincere naivete, “Are the protests going to change anything?” My friend, who understood Putin much, much better than I, said, “Let’s just do what we can.”

    Little by little, over a decade, I came to see that my country’s political deterioration was real and severe, and compromising everything else—very much including our scientific progress. I abandoned technology reporting for investigative journalism. I no longer strained to call frightening political developments, such as the ban on foreign adoption of Russian children, a mere deviation from the norm. I understood that these were signs of the new normal, and that the new normal was getting worse with every year.

    As a journalist, I took part in investigating the infamous Unit 29155, tasked with destabilizing Europe; modern Russian Nazis; the production of Novichok, the nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Alexei Navalny; corruption in the Federal Security Service; Russian hackers; the obnoxious wealth of Putin’s close circle of friends; paramilitary groups. I learned a lot about how Putin’s Russia works.

    Most Russians, however, simply adapted. The degradation of our society was slow enough that many could choose not to notice it. This was Putin’s way: sticking the knife in gradually. Less drama, same result.

    And I admit that even I continued to make excuses for Putin long after doing so was reasonable. For instance, I condemned the 2014 annexation of Crimea even as I indulged in whataboutism, pointing out that Putin was hardly the only leader on the world stage to disrespect national boundaries. Perhaps because of my math-and-science background, I had a tendency to coldheartedly look for rational explanations for outrageous behavior.

    In fact, my last illusion about Putin was that he was a rational actor. Navalny often described the Russian president and his people as “crooks and thieves.” This was his way of mocking Putin, of depriving him of his superpower aura. I myself was torn, until recently, between seeing the man as a chess player and a petty criminal. If these two images were in conflict, they were not entirely so. Both chess players and petty criminals know how to calculate their advantage.

    Sure, Putin was evil, as Arsenyev had said. Arsenyev had also called him a Chekist, and Chekists are cunning. I thought Putin’s cunning was undeniable. And that is why, when U.S. intelligence started saying that Putin would invade Ukraine, I didn’t believe it. Despite all my reporting experience, everything I had seen, I thought it was nonsense. I was almost angry. I couldn’t see any logical reason, any advantage, any positive outcome of the invasion. It was painfully obvious that a war would be catastrophic. I told myself, Putin is evil. But he is not an idiot.

    That’s what I kept telling myself right up until the night of February 24. At about 4 a.m., I switched on my smartphone and immediately saw dozens of videos of Russian rocket blasts all over Ukraine. These blasts were proof of Putin’s evil and his irrationality. Putin had brought our country to hell, just as Arsenyev had foretold, and he was bringing Ukraine to hell too.

    Arsenyev died in 2010. I’m almost glad he didn’t live to see how right he was.

  14. Russian Orthodox Church alleges gay pride parades were part of the reason for Ukraine war

    From CNNs Delia Gallagher in Rome


    Russian Patriarch Kirill celebrates a Christmas service at the Christ the Savior cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on January 6.
    Russian Patriarch Kirill celebrates a Christmas service at the Christ the Savior cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on January 6. (Kirill Kudryavtsey/AFP/Getty Images)


    The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church said gay pride parades were part of the reason for the war in Ukraine.

    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, a long-time ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Sunday that the conflict in Donbas is about “a fundamental rejection of the so-called values that are offered today by those who claim world power.”

    The “test” of which side you are on, said Kirill, is whether your country is willing to hold gay pride parades.

    “In order to enter the club of those countries, it is necessary to hold a gay pride parade. Not to make a political statement, ‘we are with you,’ not to sign any agreements, but to hold a gay parade. And we know how people resist these demands and how this resistance is suppressed by force,” Kirill said during a sermon in Moscow.

    Kirill categorized the war as a struggle of “metaphysical significance,” for humanity to follow God’s laws.

    “What is happening today in the sphere of international relations has not only political significance. We are talking about something different and much more important than politics. We are talking about human salvation,” he said. 

    “If we see violations of [God’s] law, we will never put up with those who destroy this law, blurring the line between holiness and sin, and even more so with those who promote sin as an example or as one of the models of human behavior,” Kirill said.

    “Around this topic today there is a real war,” he said.

    Patriarch Kirill is a major religious figure in Russia, where the Russian Orthodox religion is considered an integral part of Russian identity. He has come under pressure from within his own church since the beginning of the war to denounce Putin’s aggression, but his public statements so far have failed to do that. On the contrary, Kirill’s language has lent support to Putin’s vision of a spiritual and temporal Russian empire.

  15. 6 hours ago, CzarnaWisnia said:

    It's perfectly legitimate for any country to apply for that membership. But one has to take into account the complexities of reaching that point. Any country is a huge collection of conflicting points of views. Just look at the US right now. Is it "united" other than in name only? If the USA right now (the government) decided to join a divisive international military organization, I bet there would be a lot of noise, and even protest from let's say half the country. Then, as history has shown, the CIA and US intelligence agencies have many times over influenced the course of other countries' political destinies through various identifiable means (regime change activities). Ukraine has been in such a way influenced (in 2013 and 2014). I think there's more to know about this situation.

    Of course I'm a fucking asshole, etc.

    No one said you're an asshole. I may disagree with some of what you say, and even how you say it - doesn't make you an asshole.

    "Any country is a huge collection of conflicting points of views". Totally agree. I agree that big issues like joining NATO or not, joining EU or not, building a border wall etc bring out different reactions in different citizens. I also understand your point that there are a variety of factors that lead to certain parties to come into power. There are many factors that lead to a country leaning one way or the other. It still does not negate an independent country's decision to apply to join an organization. 

    "Then, as history has shown, the CIA and US intelligence agencies have many times over influenced the course of other countries' political destinies through various identifiable means (regime change activities). Ukraine has been in such a way influenced (in 2013 and 2014). I think there's more to know about this situation." I agree with you there as well. Sadly, this is the way countries play with each other. The US/CIA has definitely done their share of shit. As have other countries including Russia (eg. interfering with 2016 US elections; attempting to interfere in Ukrainian politics, just as the west has done). I am not condoning the US or China or Russia doing this sort of underhanded crap. But what is disgusting about the current situation is that Putin fucking INVADED an independent country - its really upping the ante and I feel just so sad for the Ukrainian people displaced and traumatized, and also for the Russian soldiers who are following orders. It just seems like so much unnecessary human SUFFERING - and this type of trauma will be passed down for decades. It just seems so unnecessary. 

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