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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Erikderzweite Re:Good. (1037 comments)

Gosh, just paraphrase it to "Can God do something he can't undo?" and call it a day.

about two weeks ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

Erikderzweite Re:Three interesting things (90 comments)

Please... I lived it. But the situation is a bit different here: radio free Europe, Voice of America, BBC etc. were mass media, they claimed higher ground and freedom from government censorship, but they still had owners, countries of origin and so on.

Social networks are controlled differently, the agents there pose as common people, changing and influencing the opinion of those who read but doesn't post (i.e. the majority of users). Often post from social networks are used in the western media to form an opinion about the situation in a country. And information is a very powerful weapon, see Iraq. And the best thing about it: zero credibility. Remember Amina Arraf? The Syrian lesbian blogger who was arrested by the government. Real name: Tom MacMaster, US citizen. For quite some time Arraf was a widely cited symbol of the Syrian rebellion against tyranny. The facts from the Syrian government that such person does not exist were ignored by the media. And that was the doing of a single person. Now imagine the organization behind it, say, NED. Zero credibility, free to invent facts and even a discovery of a hoax will not reverse the already formed opinion: a brief admission at worst: the media don't like admitting own mistakes.

about two weeks ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

Erikderzweite Re:Sneaky. (90 comments)

Reminds me of a map about the Maidan tweets here: http://www.ibtimes.com/ukraine...

One may wonder, how many of those UK and US tweets were from Ukrainians living in these countries (US has a rather large Ukrainian diaspora, the UK doesn't) and how many were associated with intelligence agencies. Interesting are the blips on the map from Bahrain at the crucial moments.

about two weeks ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

Erikderzweite Re:Snowden's leaks has gone off the rails (90 comments)

Why? Because there may be no "angry common people overthrowing a corrupt tyranny and dying for freedom", merely "people misled by foreign provocateurs into destabilizing their own country"?

about two weeks ago
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More On the "Cuban Twitter" Scam

Erikderzweite Re:Three interesting things (90 comments)

The real question is, to what extent was the US involved in other countries? Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine? Different counties, same scenario. Social media play a major role at the beginning and during each uprising.

Which also raises the question whether blocking social media is an act of censorship or an attempt to neutralize foreign involvement in internal affairs.

about two weeks ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Erikderzweite Re:Interfering West Again (878 comments)

China's program is in heavy development, still with 2 flight in 2 years it is still not there yet IMO (Russia has launched 9 missions in the last two years). Would not be enough to keep the ISS manned.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Erikderzweite Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (878 comments)

As said, the resources were burned quickly, while many German machines managed to work throughout the war.
Keep in mind that the bulk of Lend Lease shipments happened after 1943, the Western Front opened 1944, well after Stalingrad and Kursk. The USSR was already winning back then, it was all about who gets the control over Western Europe.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Erikderzweite Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (878 comments)

Resources are indeed the key. Napoleon took Moscow, but Alexander had enough country to retreat and gather supplies. So Napoleon had to retreat, had to take the same road his army has already ransacked. And without provisions, without precious calories his army froze to death in a relatively mild weather.

Stalin had successfully managed first to trade technologies for resources with Germany and then, after the war begun, to move the war production behind the Urals. While Germany was quickly running out of resources, the USSR was producing more and more supplies fro their troops each day. In the end, even the united European war production was not enough to keep up. It is questionable though how close Hitler was to actually winning that war given that the war production was moved in advance.

As for the nuclear war: I don't see how any side could emerge victorious from such an ordeal. Economy, not nukes is the weapon of choice. The troops are merely following to finish a weakened country.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Erikderzweite Re:The Day After (878 comments)

You do realize that missile defence cannot even make a dent in a massive first strike. It is only effective if your country attacks first as an attempt to block the retaliation strike.

So, in effect, a missile defence is making the hawks in your country feel saver and be more aggressive while making hawks on the other side more nervous so both sides now want to strike first. Which makes a full-scaled conflict more, and not less, possible.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Erikderzweite Re:Allow Russians to vote with their feet (878 comments)

It's not as simple as that: most Ukrainian people, especially the elderly are very likely to have voted in Russia's favour. Not only because they were living side by side with Russians and are nostalgic for the good ol' times, but also because of the pensions which are about four times higher in Russia. The right-wing radicals that are very vocal among the Ukrainian government gave a strong trump to Russia as well.

As for Tatars: Tatarstan's president (federal Republic in Russian Federation) was in Crimea promoting tolerance to Russians. He is well respected among the Tatar community and was busy explaining that Tatars and Russians can indeed live peacefully together. Plus the above-mentioned economic factor. Of all groups, the Tatars are, of course, most opposed to the Russians, but you won't feed your family with politics alone.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Erikderzweite Re:Interfering West Again (878 comments)

Oh, it's far from perfect. But nonetheless the only country with a functioning manned space flight program.

EU and US did support the coup, the acting Ukrainian president doesn't even want to hide that he is sponsored by NATO, NED and State Department: http://openukraine.org/en/abou...

So the Russia supports a coup of their own.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Erikderzweite Re:Allow Russians to vote with their feet (878 comments)

I know both Russian and Ukrainian while being neither, have been reading a lot from both sides. The Crimeans do see Russia as a more stable alternative to the defunct Rada in Kiev.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Erikderzweite Re:Allow Russians to vote with their feet (878 comments)

The reasons are historical (Crimea is to 60% populated by ethnic Russians), political (a very stupid move by the coup leaders to revoke Russian language's regional status) and economical (Ukraine is bankrupt with massive social cuts pending while Russia is looking much better in comparison due to oil and gas exports). The latter is the decisive factor: the population on Crimea has seen for a long time that sailors and officers on Russian ships which are stationed there earned more money than their Ukrainian counterparts. Kiew cuts pensions in half, Moscow offers billions of economical aid.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Erikderzweite Re:Allow Russians to vote with their feet (878 comments)

Keep in mind that the new Ukrainian government has announced massive austerity program. Pensions in Russia are about four times higher and the economy is much healthier compared to the Ukraine. Besides, massive economic support was promised by Russia.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Erikderzweite Re:Allow Russians to vote with their feet (878 comments)

The Crimeans have just voted with their feet. A pity that they took the whole peninsula with them :-)

about a month ago
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WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

Erikderzweite Re:The only thing I care about. (479 comments)

That is true, I have simplified the matter a bit for the sake of brevity. After the Munich Agreement the Czechs were betrayed again by the Brits who had a military pact with Czechoslovakia but refused to act because of a legal loophole: Slovakia has declared independency and there was no pact with Czechs.

Still, though reduced after the Munich Agreement and the loss of Slovakia, the Czech's industry was formidable at that time and the army well-equipped and was more than capable to put up with Germans: German generals later spoke very highly of Czech's defence structures and were delighted that they didn't had to take them. With the right amount of the political will, the Czechs could make at least what the Finns did to Soviets in the Winter War.

about a month and a half ago
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WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

Erikderzweite Re:Well ... what do you expect (479 comments)

Russians have founded the two biggest cities on Crimea in 18th century and have been living there ever since. Some families lived on the peninsula as far as they can remember. And now you'd like to force them out of their home or their identity because Crimea was given to Ukrainian SSR 50 years ago with the sole purpose of reducing bureaucratic overhead. That's exactly the attitude of the now-in-powers that led to this mess.

about a month and a half ago
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Popularity On Facebook Makes People Think You're Attractive

Erikderzweite Re:Maybe not . . . (116 comments)

Maybe a new service industry will arise: adjust your public-accessible timeline for a fee. Keeping all the stuff that portrays you as a hard-working person who values work more than anything in his life with quotes like: "there's no greater satisfaction than meeting the deadline" etc.

about a month and a half ago
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WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

Erikderzweite Re:"pro-Russian forces in Crimea" (479 comments)

US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Nuland said: “Since the declaration of Ukrainian independence in 1991, the United States supported the Ukrainians in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government - all that is necessary to achieve the objectives of Ukraine’s European. We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. ” Nuland said the United States will continue to “promote Ukraine to the future it deserves.”

about a month and a half ago

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