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  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I’m curious skeepingroutine given that Russia still has enough nukes to end the world ten times over what exactly are you afraid of? And how does all the military posturing help exactly ? Also given that the US currently has...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Worse lives - yup. And the media, wholly-owned subsidiary, mostly, of the 1%, strongly uses language of the wealthy. For example, there's a story on slashdot today about how fewer people moved in the last year than in 48 years...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Yes, actually virtually every article in Russian media I read on this subject contains a reminder that both Russia and the US would accuse the other party of breaching the treaty and there were articles quite similar to The Guardian's...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Did anybody stumble upon any studies regarding biofuels and their impact on CO2 levels? I remember reading something a few years ago about wood chips being largely carbon-neutral when used as a fuel (Tree fixes carbon; we burn the tree;...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Apparently, somebody just wants to remember good old days of Red Scare propaganda and tell us that in Russia there's no freedom of press and freedom of speech and everyone only speaks what has been permitted by the Party....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Our media definitely did not help the case with all the brouhaha about Hillary being "bad" and how Trump "will make relations between Russia and USA improve overnight" (yep, they did actually did write that!). Just what ARE your news...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I've read about how big companies consider leaving the UK due to Brexit. That got me thinking... could those Brexiters try to turn the UK into tax haven ("The wealth will trickle down to the community!")? Turn it into Panama...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I am awaiting Mueller's report with interest. My guess is that he will find quite a lot of evidence of wrongdoing, but nothing that would have made a huge difference to the vote, at least not compared with the usual...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I won't go as far as to say that that agreement was a trigger to the current shitstorm. Ukraine was a pretty divided country even back in 1990s, what with giving too much voice to crazy nationalists and all that...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    C'mon. That schmuck Yanukovich never was pro-Russian. He was pro-Yanukovich... but that's a common mistake to make (at least, our government was happy to make it). The whole Ukrainian debacle is a model case for what happens when several groups...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Haven't got around to read the comments (yet) – those must be a treasure trove in themselves. But I do have a slight suspicion... Is it possible that our generous host was studying the latest efforts in my home country...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    Well, there's a shade of that, but it's more akin to a landfill: A bit of everything, useful things buried in tons of garbage (and bulldozed over occasionally) and it attracts a lot of crows......
  • Commented on Random excuses
    The strong protection for free speech in the constitution of the USSR is my go-to example of why custom, tradition and unwritten rules are the key part of any legal system. The way the US constitution now protects blacks in...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    That was exactly what sprang to my mind re: starving rabid mustelids. Now I have to get rid of the mental picture of rows and rows of ferrets, all dressed in their business suits, briefcases by their sides... all being...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    I thought that there were guidelines in Russia, but the actual "law" is what the Tsar Mr Putin says Oh come on... you're sounding not unlike some Russian MPs when they talk about the West. We do have a ton...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    Was going to set some things straight re: LJ in Russia, but Pavel did it before me in #9. Oh, and if my sources were correct, VK has started it's life as a (probably not-entirely-legitimate) fork of the original FB...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Well, 1905 would be too modern... for me it looks like they're aiming for something like cross between 1650s (boneheaded orthodoxy combined with the hatred of everyone and everything foreign) and 1850s (Church as analogue to the Department of Ideology...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Yes, the funny thing is this branch (they're extinct in Russia now, it seems) was NOT big on the Old Testament... Another source of fun was inviting them in when they were making round in the dormitory, pouring them a...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Ahh... that reminds me. It was 1995, I was young and a bit nuts... anyway, we had that bulletin board in the university hall (of the wooden kind, not one of those newfangled computer sort) – and that board belonged...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Aand about all those nuclear deterrents... Looks like The Orange One (or his... erm... advisors) would like to play chicken with Kim family of the DPRK... The original WSJ article is behind the paywall, but here is the info on...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Lets, suppose it's Russia Goodbye Moscow, St Petersburg, whatever Stalingrad is called this week, & the other next 10 or 15 largest cities. And Russia is going to be significantly-functioning after this? I'd say that's the wrong question. The right...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I will note that there are some recent proposals to use reactor neutrino emissions to pin down the rough location of submarines... Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't those neutrino detectors huge? And while NOvA looks like something more......
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    At one point during the 80s, I and anybody else who dropped by the Load n' Chute cafe probably harbored enough valuable intelligence to interest the KGB. Except of course nobody was interested. ... at KGB, that is. As this...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Also their military spend must be hurting them, given their economy is noticeably smaller than ours. Not so fast... you've failed to account for different priorities. There's a Russian joke that goes like this: Father comes home and his 5-year...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Sorry, I don't mean to be stupid, but I'm assuming that a Trident launcher is designed to work under some depth of water, even if it's only a couple inches, so it strikes me that an effort to use the...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    ...burning monomethyl hydrazine and not UDMH for some reason... Well, according to the information found in Encyclopedia Astronautica, MMH is denser and gives better performance. Looks like the stuff is used mostly in the US rocket engines (and on Arianne...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Just for history's sake: Both Ukraine and Belarus were U.N. members from 1945 on. That probably made a bit easier for them to accept Russia as the only possible heir to the USSR seat at the Security Council... not that...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    What if you simply built launchers, sans submarine, under the requisite amount of water? (Or is that the "truckloads of money?") By Goddess, this is precious! Just today there was a reply from Kremlin to the report in a Russian...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    AFAIK Only Russia and perhaps N. Korea are regular users of liquid fueled missiles. Was going to reply that the move to solid-fueled ICBMs was underway but no, we do continue to develop liquid-fueled ICBMs as well. They say there's...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Oh come on... It looks already like Russian government is starting to understand that The Orange One is not our friend and they're starting to backpedal on all that (quite sickening) praise that was heaped on Trump. I don't believe...
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