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  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Err, I guess you're talking about Remilitarization of the Rhineland, not pushing the French out of the Ruhr. The Western part of the Ruhr would have been part of the demilitarized zone, but e.g. AFAIK most of Dortmund wasn't and...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Hm, I was looking for explanations for the curse of natural resources. Japan is notoriously low on natural resources, and as for China, which China are we talking about when?...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    That's be the first of two narratives I' like to point out, namely a Rentier state. a)Rentier states b)Dutch disease Please note the Rentier state concept has likely been somewhat overextended lately....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    I guess I'm going to write something from a (somewhat biased and isolated) insider perspective. The problem is most likely not electricity; Germany has quite a few old coal power stations, screw CO2 and fine particles; there is much debate...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    the coffin having a hermetically sealed lead liner to make sure That's Schrödinger[1]'s corpse? Yes, I'll go to bed... [1] Combining this one with some proclivities of the guy is left as an exercise to the reader....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    seen from 5000 years' remove, never mind 5 million -- any event happening to a contemporary head of state is trivial.<7blockquote> I take that one as "most probable, but not necessarily so". Given a choice, I'd vote for historical materialism...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Err, you haven't been stalked by somebody who wanted to see your glorified chemistry set, err, lab, right? First semester biology, oh, the memories... As for board games, for those having an, err, interesting sense of humor, see "playing Pandemic...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    No way of bringing the urinals into that one, Jon Snow might have known nothing, but sewage treatment in residential areas us serious business, and AFAIK cholera is making a comeback. OTOH, gamma irradiation to sterilize the sewage sounds interesting......
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    For the paper on the gene variant, I'm not sure how this relates to ADHD, if it relates to another syndrome, if it's yet another indication ADHD is a spectrum or if it's an indication ADHD is a construct encompassing...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    i do hope the pawn sacrifice pays off tho Never underestimate pawns though, even leaving aside the fact you can turn them into a queen (or apparently a rook, a bishop, or a knight)... To quote this little upbeat poem...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Putin is no longer sane - otherwise he would not have kicked this off in February. Greg, I think Putin is about as sane as many of the people I meet in my everyday life[1]. It's just his weighting of...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    I still think Russian barbarity is calculated to influence Ukraine not to accept surrenders from Russian soldiers; at least in part to keep their own soldiers from being able to surrender. Nah, if the Ukrainians are resourceful, and it seems...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Oh, and you might want to look at a statistic quoted in this article: https://www.merkur.de/politik/mehrheit-der-deutschen-gegen-waffenlieferungen-an-ukraine-zr-91262823.html The voters least opposed giving weapons to Ukraine were Greens and Liberals. (Meanwhile, Angela Merkel's press secretary mentioned she doesn't regret vetoing Ukraine's admission to...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Greg, if you're talking about me personally, as mentioned, the German Greens are only SLIGHTLY more anti-nuclear than the other parties in Germany. If you're talking about Germany in general, er, no comment, but in the general spirit of "Jammern...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    I have been thinking about the issue in German, the Netherlands are plural, like the United States. Which is about the only rule that seems to somewhat generalize. Generally, regions use an article, but not always, "das Elsaß" (Alsace), but...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Short clarification, I mixed up our minister of economy (Habeck, Realo Green, Lawful Good to Neutral Good) and our minister of finance (Linder, Liberals, Chaotic Evil And Lawful Evil, strangely decidedly NOT Neutral Evil). Disclaimer: I voted Green this time;...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    On another note, sorry for posting snippets, my mother tested positive for Covid on Saturday (4 times vaccinated, runny nose), I'm trying to take care of things before I test positive myself (personal bet would be Wednesday). And busses are...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    For context, there have been reports of human rights abuses from the PRs for years, though not sure how much was verified. I'm not sure how much of a military structure they have (minor point, I wonder if they are...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Apparantly there was a misunderstanding with the Tweet. Zhe NYT article mentions they pulled in "South Eastern separatists" after the first troops left, which would mean people from the "people's republics". Which for me is just a serious WTF, for...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Which would mean we had an imperative to weaken Russia even more; especially since a strong Russia would most likely only make for a strong ally for China. Wonder what to make of India ATM, though. Please note there is...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Personal idea is to nominate Putin, Lukashenko and some of their cronies, and Blair, Kissinger and Rumsfeld for next year's Nobel prize for peace, then arrest them when they are in Sweden. Yes, I'm an equal opportunity sadist, err, righteous...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Nah... "Germany calling, hello Switzerland. No, stay calm, it's not about the bank accounts this time. Just asking, you remember that time we put an out-of-his-luck russian lawyer on a train to Russia in 1917? Strange guy, always using his...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Err, lost the reference to 2323......
  • Commented on Bad news day
    For the Fury scene, we could argue the SS guy was not acting according to the laws and customs of war by hanging the Volksturm children; summary execution was considered valid in some cases in WW2, shooting partisan in the...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I was somewhat alarmed when hearing about it, but after reading the article, picture me somewhat unimpressed. Let me start by the fact there is no essential chemical property like "toxicity", skin to lipophilicity and like. There are some chemical...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Damn, I'm falling back somewhat... Sorry for the threads left hanging, guess I'll answer later. I haven't seen the last Böhmermann in full yet, but he ended this episode with this: https://youtu.be/Cmk5-TM6eEw It's a cover of an old FDJ song,...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    The problem with EU membership is you have to fulfill certain criteria concerning fighting corruption, rule of law etc. To put it into perspective, IIRC Turkey has been on the road to EU membership since before some of the newest...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Federalism in Ukraine, Russian as an administrative language in some parts or whole?[1] NATO won't invite Ukraine in.[2] Ukraine is free to join EU, membership is fast-tracked; EU helps with rebuilding, with some oversight to fight corruption. The latter one...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    On a personal note, I just messaged a Russian music student who subcontracted a room in my apartment back in 2017/18 via Telegram[1]. The other Russians and Ukrainians I knew from back then have disappeared from WhatsApp and Telegram, I...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Well, Germans lately tend to drop the plural polite forum, while English dropped the singular "impolite" form. Of course, the result is German sounding more, err, English. OK, short course in German ahead, there is still the actual 2nd pers...
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