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    Posted on May 18, 2022 by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

    Biden returns to time past in the Gulf

    "The extraordinary sight of the Biden administration’s entire foreign and security policy establishment representing Washington on the occasion of the passing away of the emir of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan conveys a powerful message. Decoding that message may seem deceptively simple.

    The US delegation led by Vice President Kamala Harris included Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, Climate Envoy John Kerry, and CIA Director Bill Burns. Prima facie, this excessive act signals a keen desire to improve relations with the UAE, which has been an anchor sheet of US regional strategies for decades.

    Biden realises that the US’ regional policy has withered away during his presidency. Candidate Biden passionately advocated the promotion of democracy and human rights but is now backtracking after the UAE and Saudi Arabia began pushing back.

    Biden is aghast that his predecessor Donald Trump is still the toast of the town for the sheikhs who are pining for the latter’s return in 2024. The Wall Street and the military-industrial complex is unhappy that Biden may kill the goose that laid the golden egg. Biden is also annoying Israel and the Gulf Arab allies over his decision to engage with Iran. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are disillusioned that the US is unable or unwilling to protect them from the Houthis of Yemen.

    Of course, Biden is not to be blamed entirely. The neoconservatives in his team do not understand Arabs. Perhaps, this was the first time ever that a Saudi Crown Prince shouted down a visiting US National Security Advisor — for broaching human rights issues with him and seeking accountability for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.

    This is not a cultural issue really, as other Western leaders do rather well in the region. French President Emmanuel Macron has done remarkably well, even snatching a massive multi-billion dollar deal for fighter jets with the UAE, right from Biden’s nose-tip while Blinken made Abu Dhabi’s burgeoning ties with China a pre-condition for moving forward on arms supplies.

    In strategic terms, in fairness to Biden, geopolitics also became volatile. No matter the denouement in Ukraine, West Asian countries are in no mood to help the US to “erase” Russia. Like the ASEAN, the GCC won’t take sides. But unlike in southeast Asia, the US has a massive military presence in West Asia. Indeed, this is a crisis situation.

    Meanwhile, Washington went haywire assuming that West Asia is no longer a priority as the Indo-Pacific strategy became the al-consuming concern. This fallacy has been upended overnight, as Biden’s obsessive need to isolate and weaken Russia critically depends on destroying the OPEC+ which Moscow uses with devastating effect to coordinate with the oil producing countries. Oil trade is Russia’s main source of income, and the higher the price of oil, the more buoyant Kremlin politics becomes. West Asian oil is crucial for weaning Europe away from its heavy dependence on Russian energy.

    The West Asian countries have so far stonewalled Washington’s entreaties and continue to work with Russia in the OPEC+ format. The OPEC warns against any EU oil sanctions against Russia. (The UAE foreign minister visited Moscow after the Russian operation began in Ukraine.)
    Of course, petrodollar is a key pillar of the western banking system and props up the dollar as the world currency. However, Saudi Arabia is already discussing part of its huge oil trade with China to be conducted in yuan currency and Egypt plans to issue bonds in yuan. The UAE has a currency swap arrangement with China.

    Thus, Biden decided that a reset with the UAE is an imperative need. The big question is about the calibration of the reset. The high-level delegation sent to Abu Dhabi shows where the administration’s priorities. Washington is reiterating emphatically the US’ commitment to the security of the UAE. This translates as future weapons sales as well as assuaging the UAE’s security concerns. Will this prioritisation go far enough to meet the Saudi-Emirati expectation of an Article 5 type formal security guarantee by Washington? That is the million dollar question. There is no question that the UAE has profound issues with the restoration of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran and the lifting of sanctions.

    But then, if the US concludes a formal Article 5 security agreement with the UAE, there is bound to be similar demand from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc. And as it is, the US is overstretched in Europe and the Indo-Pacific. Make no mistake, Saudi Arabia is also tiptoeing toward a historic transition. The paradox is, Washington also worries that the Saudis and Emiratis may well turn to China and Russia for future weapons sales, which would further weaken the US’ regional influence in West Asia.

    Fundamentally, there is a contradiction here. The big message coming out of the dispatch of such a high-level delegation to Abu Dhabi is that the Biden Administration is returning to the old strategies pivoted on the US’ alliance with Israel, the UAE and Saudi Arabia where the leitmotif is the containment of Iran. How this pans out bears watch, given Iran’s close ties with Russia (and China.)

    Israel’s deconfliction arrangement with Russia in Syria has unravelled following its somersault on Ukraine (under US pressure.) Surely, it isn’t a coincidence that for the first time, Russia fired the S-300 missiles to thwart an Israeli attack on Syria even as a high-level US delegation was visiting the region.

    The bottom line is that the US-Russia confrontation in Ukraine is casting shadows on West Asian region. The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov implied in a remark yesterday that the US, an “unfriendly” in Moscow’s description so far is more appropriately called a “hostile” country. It is against such a complex backdrop that the Biden administration’s attempt to reset the US’ ties with the UAE, a major West Asian ally, needs to be weighed.

    The presence of Austin and Burns in Harris’ delegation — way beyond the protocol requirement — will be carefully noted in Moscow. They are the kingpins of Biden’s strategy to “bleed” Russia and weaken it forever on the world stage"


    Biden returns to time past in the Gulf - Indian Punchline
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    Stupid Indian.

    if Biden really thought it was that important he would have gone himself.

    Sh. Khalifa has been dead for a while, and MBZ has been running the show and kept it quiet because - once again - the Presidency of the UAE will not rotate is it is supposed to.

    Not that any fucker will argue, Scabby Dhabi has most of the oil.
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    Russia Rewrites the Art of Hybrid War

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    May 20, 2022

    Hybrid War is being fought predominantly in the economic/financial battleground – and the pain dial for the collective West will only go up.

    "The ironclad fictional “narrative” imposed all across NATOstan is that Ukraine is “winning”.

    So why would weapons peddler retrofitted as Pentagon head Lloyd “Raytheon” Austin literally beg since late February to have his phone calls answered by Russian Defense Minister Shoigu, only to have his wish finally granted?
    It’s now confirmed by one of my top intel sources. The call was a direct consequence of panic. The United States Government (USG) by all means wants to scotch the detailed Russian investigation – and accumulation of evidence – on the US bioweapon labs in Ukraine, as I outlined in a previous column.

    This phone call happened exactly after an official Russian statement to the UN Security Council on May 13: we will use articles 5 and 6 of the Convention on the Prohibition of Bioweapons to investigate the Pentagon’s biological “experiments” in Ukraine.
    That was reiterated by Under Secretary-General of the UN in charge of disarmament, Thomas Markram, even as all ambassadors of NATO member countries predictably denied the collected evidence as “Russian disinformation”.

    Shoigu cold see the call coming eons away. Reuters, merely quoting the proverbial “Pentagon official”, spun that the allegedly one-hour-long call led to nothing. Nonsense. Austin, according to the Americans, demanded a “ceasefire” – which must have originated a Siberian cat smirk on Shoigu’s face.


    Shoigu knows exactly which way the wind is blowing on the ground – for Ukrainian Armed Forces and UkroNazis alike. It’s not only the Azovstal debacle – and Kiev’s all-around army breakdown.

    After the fall of Popasnaya – the crucial, most fortified Ukrainian stronghold in Donbass – the Russians and Donetsk/Luhansk forces have breached defenses along four different vectors to north, northwest, west and south. What’s left of the Ukrainian front is crumbling – fast, with a massive cauldron subdivided in a maze of mini-cauldrons: a military disaster the USG cannot possibly spin.
    Now, in parallel, we can also expect full exposure – on overdrive – of the Pentagon bioweapons racket. The only “offer you can’t refuse” left to the USG would be to present something tangible to the Russians to avoid a full investigation.

    That’s not gonna happen. Moscow is fully aware that going public with illegal work on banned biological weapons is an existential threat to the US Deep State. Especially when documents seized by the Russians show that Big Pharma – via Pfizer, Moderna, Merck and Gilead – was involved in several “experiments”. Fully exposing the whole maze, from the start, was one of Putin’s stated objectives.

    More “military-technical measures”?


    Three days after the UN presentation, the board of the Russian Foreign Ministry held a special session to discuss “the radically changed geopolitical realities that have developed as a result of the hybrid war against our country unleashed by the West – under the pretext of the situation in Ukraine – unprecedented in scale and ferocity, including the revival in Europe of a racist worldview in the form of cave Russophobia, an open course for the ‘abolition’ of Russia and everything Russian.”

    So it’s no wonder “the aggressive revisionist course of the West requires a radical revision of Russia’s relations with unfriendly states.”
    We should expect “a new edition of the Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation” coming out soon.
    This new Foreign Policy Concept will elaborate on what Foreign Minister Lavrov once again stressed at a meeting honoring the 30th Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy: the US has declared an all-round Hybrid War on Russia. The only thing lacking, as it stands, is a formal declaration of war.

    Beyond the disinformation fog veiling the application of Finland and Sweden – call them the Dumb and Dumber Nordics – to join NATO, what really matters is another instance of declaration of war: the prospect of missiles with nuclear warheads stationed really close to Russian borders. Moscow already warned the Finns and Swedes, politely, that this would be dealt with it via “military-technical measures”. That’s exactly what Washington – and NATO minions – were told would happen before the start of Operation Z.

    And of course this goes much deeper, involving Romania and Poland as well. Bucharest already has Aegis Ashore missile launchers capable of sending Tomahawks with nuclear warheads at Russia, while Warsaw is receiving the same systems. To cut to the chase, if there’s no de-escalation, they will all eventually end up receiving Mr. Khinzal’s hypersonic business card.

    NATO member Turkey, meanwhile, plays a deft game, issuing its own list of demands before even considering the Nordics’ gamble. Ankara wants no more sanctions on its purchase of S-400s and on top if be re-included in the F-35 program. It will be fascinating to watch what His Master’s Voice will come up with to seduce the Sultan. The Nordics engaged in a self-correcting “clear unequivocal stance” against the PKK and the PYD is clearly not enough for the Sultan, who relished muddying the waters even more as he stressed that buying Russian energy is a “strategic” issue for Turkey.


    Counteracting financial Shock’n Awe


    By now it’s evidently clear that open-ended Operation Z targets unipolar Hegemon power, the infinite expansion of vassalized NATO, and the world’s financial architecture – an intertwined combo that largely transcends the Ukraine battleground.

    Serial Western sanctions package hysteria ended up triggering Russia’s so far quite successful counter-financial moves. Hybrid War is being fought predominantly in the economic/financial battleground – and the pain dial for the collective West will only go up: inflation, higher commodity prices, breakdown of supply chains, exploding cost of living, impoverishment of the middle classes, and unfortunately for great swathes of the Global South, outright poverty and starvation.

    In the near future, as insider evidence surfaces, a convincing case will be made that the Russian leadership even gamed the Western financial gamble/ blatant robbery of over $300 billion in Russian reserves.

    This implies that already years ago – let’s say, at least from 2016, based on analyses by Sergey Glazyev – the Kremlin knew this would inevitably happen. As trust remains a rigid foundation of a monetary system, the Russian leadership may have calculated that the Americans and their vassals, driven by blind Russophobia, would play all their cards at once when push came to shove – utterly demolishing global trust on “their” system.

    Because of Russia’s infinite natural resources, the Kremlin may have factored that the nation would eventually survive the financial Shock’n Awe – and even profit from it (ruble appreciation included). The reward is just too sweet: opening the way to The Doomed Dollar – without having to ask Mr. Sarmat to present his nuclear business card.
    Russia could even entertain the hypothesis of getting a mighty return on those stolen funds. A great deal of Western assets – totaling as much as $500 billion – may be nationalized if the Kremlin so chooses.

    So Russia is winning not only militarily but also to a large extent geopolitically – 88% of the planet does not align with NATOstan hysteria – and of course in the economic/financial sphere.

    This in fact is the key Hybrid War battleground where the collective West is being checkmated. One of the next key steps will be an expanded BRICS coordinating their dollar-bypassing strategy.
    None of the above should overshadow the still to be measured interconnected repercussions of the mass surrender of Azov neo-Nazis at UkroNazistan Central in Azovstal.

    The mythical Western “narrative” about freedom-fighting heroes imposed since February by NATOstan media collapsed with a single blow. Cue to the thunderous silence all over the Western infowar front, where no mutts even attempted to sing that crappy, “winning” Eurovision song.
    What happened, in essence, is that the creme de la creme of NATO-trained neo-Nazis, “advised” by top Western experts, weaponized to death, entrenched in deep concrete anti-nuclear bunkers in the bowels of Azovstal, was either pulverized or forced to surrender like cornered rats.

    Novorossiya as a game-changer

    The Russian General Staff will be adjusting their tactics for the major follow-up in Donbass – as the best Russian analysts and war correspondents incessantly debate. They will have to face an inescapable problem: as much as the Russian methodically grind down the – disaggregated – Ukrainian Army in Donbass, a new NATO army is being trained and weaponized in western Ukraine.

    So there is a real danger that depending on the ultimate long-term aims of Operation Z – which are only shared by the Russian military leadership – Moscow runs the risk of encountering, in a few months, a mobile and better weaponized incarnation of the demoralized army it is now destroying. And this is exactly what the Americans mean by “weakening” Russia.

    As it stands, there are several reasons why a new Novorossiya reality may turn out to be a positive game-changer for Russia. Among them:


    1. The economic/logistics complex from Kharkov to Odessa – along Donetsk, Luhansk, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Kherson, Nikolaev – is intimately linked with Russian industry.
    2. By controlling the Sea of Azov – already a de facto “Russian lake” – and subsequently the Black Sea, Russia will have total control of export routes for the region’s world-class grain production. Extra bonus: total exclusion of NATO.
    3. All of the above suggests a concerted drive for the development of an integrated agro-heavy industry complex – with the extra bonus of serious tourism potential.


    Under this scenario, a remaining Kiev-Lviv rump Ukraine, not incorporated to Russia, and of course not rebuilt, would be at best subjected to a no-fly zone plus selected artillery/missile/drone strikes in case NATO continues to entertain funny ideas.

    This would be a logical conclusion for a Special Military Operation focused on precision strikes and a deliberate emphasis on sparing civilian lives and infrastructure while methodically disabling the Ukrainian military/logistics spectrum. All of that takes time. Yet Russia may have all the time in the world, as we all keep listening to the sound of the collective West spiraling down."

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/ne...of-hybrid-war/

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    Pepe should write Op-Eds for the NYT. But really, I hope cooler, wiser heads are thinking how to get our collective selves out of this mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Pepe should write Op-Eds for the NYT.
    Pepe is a moron like you and the other Three Stooges. Totally detached from reality.

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    But really, I hope cooler, wiser heads are thinking how to get our collective selves out of this mess.
    Since it is only one head that can stop this disaster, I doubt it. You chicken heads are fully bought in to the fake news. The TD Tankies are a reality.

    Skiddy will be up soon to humiliate himself as usual.

    The clown car is about to get started.

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    bsnub- war porn & whinging, never set foot in Thailand, and hardly ever in Asia. Fascinating poster, backbone of TD.

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    You are a fraud and you know it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    bsnub- war porn & whinging, never set foot in Thailand, and hardly ever in Asia. Fascinating poster, backbone of TD.
    The topic is Putin and you whinge about a poster not having been in Thailand - just how pathetic can you be.

    How's this - he's lived in Europe, quite close to Ukraine/Russia . . . unlike you.

    Makes you look quite the idiot constantly going on about Russia, Ukraine the US etc...

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    Ooooh looky- my very own dedicated TD stalker again. I must be doing something right.

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    We really need a sabang drivel thread. It's not fair hoohoo is the only one with his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It's not fair hoohoo is the only one with his ow
    Possibly if all threads are only to be accessed, commented on .... by the thread instigator may lead to a more acceptable, to you discourse on this site.

    Put that request to the site owners.

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    May 21, 2022 by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

    In the wake of Russian victory in Mariupol


    How dangerous is Vladimir Putin?-azov-fighter-768x557-jpg

    Azov fighter posing in front of Nazi posters, Mariupol, Ukraine

    "Thank God, Russia eschews any triumphalism over the surrender of the so-called neo-Nazi Azov regiment in the Azovstal factory complex in Mariupol. The Defence Ministry in Moscow announced on Friday that a total of 2,439 “Azov Nazis” and Ukrainian servicemen had laid down their arms since May 16, and that the entire Azovstal complex is now under control of Russian forces.

    Russia sticks to its version that on April 21, President Putin handed down an order calling off the initially planned storming of the Azovstal plant, as he considered it pointless and ordered that the industrial zone around the plant be tightly sealed off so that “even a fly couldn’t get through.”

    Kiev instead claims the “end of combat operations.” President Volodymyr Zelensky called it an “evacuation mission … supervised by our military and intelligence officers” with the involvement of “the most influential international mediators.”
    The fog of war has thickened. Russian Duma previously considered to expressly forbid any exchange of prisoners, but has since stood down. The Russian and Ukrainian delegations are set to meet in Belarus on Monday.
    Moscow is also keeping mum about the identity of any foreign military personnel who surrendered in Mariupol. In the past week, both US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley called their Russian counterparts Sergei Shoigu and Gen. Valery Gerasimov respectively for the first time since the war began in February.

    The resumption of talks in Belarus after two months suggests that Kiev has a negotiating brief that carries the imprimatur of Washington and London. These are big ‘ifs’. The objectives behind the Russian operation are not yet fully realised. Putin has the final word, but he prefers to concentrate more on navigating the Russian economy through the western sanctions.
    The situation on the Ukrainian front lines in Donbass remains very complex. There is intense fighting street to street, village to village, as Russian forces continue to advance on the main front lines. Russia is not committing large forces, since operation is highly tactical aimed at cleansing the region of its “Nazi filth” (to borrow from Putin) if Mariupol is any example.
    Russian forces made a significant gain in capturing Izyum with the intention to advance further south-west towards the town of Barvenkovo, which is the main stronghold of the Ukrainian forces in Donbass region. They are on the outskirts of the city of Severodonetsk and clashes continue along the road leading to Lisichansk, which has over 10000 Ukrainian troops.

    Again, after taking control of Popasnaya, Russian are surrounding the Ukrainian forces in various settlements and breaking through their defence lines in three directions. The US mercenaries, many of whom are likely intelligence agents, continue to fight in the ranks of the Ukrainian forces and several of them have been killed. 35-year old Joseph Ward Clark’s documents revealed that he belonged to a unit of special forces. Russia is striking key and strategically important Ukrainian targets such as warehouses, railways and bridges.

    In military terms, Kiev and its western advisors hoped to pin down substantial Russian forces in Mariupol, but were outmanoeuvred. The commander of the Azov army Svyatoslav “Kalyna” Palamar was taken from the Azovstal steel plant yesterday in a special Russian armoured vehicle. All this will demoralise the Ukrainian military.
    Therefore, the US announcement of additional $40 billion for Ukraine can be seen as a morale booster. The combined American military aid for Ukraine now stands at $54 billion, which is about 81 percent of Russia’s 2021 defence budget. But, as Americans would say, there’s nothing like free lunch. The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 signed by Biden in May is patterned after the legislation used during World War II to supply weapons to allied countries, stipulating that these aid packages are actually debts that need to be paid back by Ukraine eventually.

    Washington can claim compensation if Ukraine fails to redeem the debt, such as with the supply of cheap agricultural products by Ukraine, preferential business deals for American companies, and so on.
    The Biden Administration probably hopes to ensure that the interest groups at the top echelons of leadership in Kiev continue with the war effort. Ukraine is a notoriously corrupt country and war profiteering on a massive scale can be expected. Much of the aid will be stolen by corrupt officials.

    Going forward, the US diplomacy faces a difficult situation. The EU has virtually shelved the ban on Russian oil and stopped talking about ending Russian gas supplies. The political dynamics in Europe is shifting. After approving five previous sanctions packages against Russia with remarkable speed and unanimity, European leaders have reached the point at which the penalties against Russia carry increasing costs and heightened risk of damage to their own economies, and that is testing their unity.

    France, Germany and Italy, amongst many other EU countries, have come to terms with the new Russian regime for payment for gas supplies that effectively bypasses EU sanctions. Potentially, the current delay in the EU oil sanctions will likely have a domino effect.
    During the recent weeks, there has been a flurry of ceasefire talk (and negotiations with Moscow) by French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Their remarks seem at cross-purposes with what the British and the Americans are saying. Simply put, the European continent’s three most powerful capitals have begun singing from a different song sheet, wanting the war to end quickly and everything to “return to normal” as soon as possible. The point is, divergences over allied war aims are emerging.

    However, Russia is unlikely to agree to peace terms that fall short of its demands — a neutral Ukraine and Kiev’s acceptance of the status of Donbass region and Crimea. But then, the head of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov said on May 18 that Kherson and Zaporizhia regions should be merged with the Crimea. Earlier, the head of the Kherson region also demanded that the region should integrate into Russia. These are gentle reminders that if the war continues, Zelensky will risk harsher terms of settlement.

    In the final analysis, the tragi-comedy of the Azovstal event underscores that there are no winners and losers in this war. The US wants to win this war, whereas Russia is not fighting a war but is seeking a successful operation to meet certain specific objectives of national security. The Ukrainian and Russian peoples have fraternal bonds. Ukraine is Russia’s neighbourhood, whereas it is 10000 kms away from America. This disconnect threatens to prolong the war.

    The Europeans don’t have fire in the belly anymore while speaking about the war, which for them is becoming a great disrupter of the manicured, predictable life in their continent, something that they least expected when Washington hustled them into the war.
    Above all, this is an operation of necessity for Russia, not of choice. Paradoxically, the choice was entirely upto the US and NATO to appreciate that there is nothing like absolute security. Wasn’t it the former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who once said, “Absolute security for one state means absolute insecurity for all others.”

    In the wake of Russian victory in Mariupol - Indian Punchline

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Possibly if all threads are only to be accessed, commented on .... by the thread instigator may lead to a more acceptable, to you discourse on this site.

    Put that request to the site owners.

    Yeah, I dunno what that fucking word salad is supposed to mean.

    Is Puffy dead yet? I really want Puffy to die of cancer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    How's this - he's lived in Europe, quite close to Ukraine/Russia . . . unlike you.


    Does it give any points to have lived temporarely more than a thousand kilos from the Soviet Union like Snub ?

    If that's what counts it seems that we should have listened more to Klondyke.


    Reckon I' m nearer to todays Russia than Snub ever was to the USSR, so ......listen up fellas


    Alternative argument, PH,and...

    I wouldn't give Snub's childish scribbling any more weight if he had peeled his potatoes in the fucking Kremlin

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    You seem to have the bit between your teeth these days, helge, and are being even more combative than usual.

    Has snubby particularly upset you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    You seem to have the bit between your teeth these days
    I'll have to google that one
    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    and are being even more combative than usual.
    You think so ?

    I try to avoid these threads altogether, but to credit one with geografical advantage (when he hasn't lived in the place itself) seems ridiculous to me.
    ( The guy was probably furthermore indoctrinated being in the US Army)

    I hope that PH sees my point.

    How far you are from the truth, isn't measured in kilometers anymore.


    Thanks for your time

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    I'll have to google that one


    You think so ?

    I try to avoid these threads altogether, but to credit one with geografical advantage (when he hasn't lived in the place itself) seems ridiculous to me.
    ( The guy was probably furthermore indoctrinated being in the US Army)

    I hope that PH sees my point.

    How far you are from the truth, isn't measured in kilometers anymore.

    Hasn't snubs been quite open in that he hasn't been to Thailand?

    What relevance this has to the debate at hand only you will know, but surely snubby is free to comment given that he served in the US army in Germany during the Cold War? Isn't this more relevant to the issue?

    Thanks for your time

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Hasn't snubs been quite open in that he hasn't been to Thailand?
    I couldn't care less

    Still kind of odd, that he chose Teakdoor to post on.

    Up to him
    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    What relevance this has to the debate at hand only you will know
    Has none. I didn't bring up any of the ....geografical arguments.
    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    but surely snubby is free to comment given that he served in the US army in Germany during the Cold War?
    He is free to comment given that he served or not served. I don't see the difference to be honest.
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    Isn't this more relevant to the issue?
    Couldn't be less relevant, than the fact that he never set foot in Thailand.

    We can agree on that

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    Bank governor in 'apocalyptic' warning over rising food prices

    Published 5 days ago

    "The possibility of more rises in food prices is a "major worry" for the UK and other countries, the Bank of England governor has warned.

    Apologising for sounding "apocalyptic", Andrew Bailey said the war in Ukraine was affecting food supplies.

    Mr Bailey also defended the Bank's performance following criticism it has not done enough to try to rein in rising prices.

    Inflation - the rate at which prices rise - is at a 30-year high.

    Mr Bailey warned that a "very big income shock" from the increase in global goods prices would hit demand in the economy and push up unemployment.He also said that difficulties shipping out food supplies from Ukraine could hit world supplies of wheat and cooking oil.

    "There's a lot of uncertainty around this situation," Mr Bailey said.

    "And that is a major, major worry and it's not just I have to tell you a major worry for this country. There's a major worry for the developing world as well. And so if I had to sort of, sorry for being apocalyptic for a moment, but that is a major concern."

    Mr Bailey warned that price rises in food and energy would have a much bigger effect than any rise in interest rates.

    With the government coming under intense pressure over the cost of living crisis, there have been reports that some Cabinet ministers are unhappy with the Bank's performance and have questioned whether it should keep its independence. Inflation hit 7% in March, and figures due out later this week are expected to show the rate climbed higher in April.

    The Bank has warned inflation could hit 10% by the autumn, well above its 2% target.

    Appearing before the Treasury Select Committee, its chairman - Conservative MP Mel Stride - put to Mr Bailey the criticism that the Bank had been "asleep at the wheel".

    In response, Mr Bailey emphasised that he was not happy about the high rate of inflation, adding: "This is a bad situation to be in." But he insisted that most of the above-target inflation was due to global prices not domestic factors. "80% of the overshoots over the target... is due to energy and tradable goods," he said.

    Asked whether he has felt helpless given the situation, Mr Bailey admitted he had. "It's a very, very difficult place for us to be in," he said. But he defended himself against questions over whether he could have done things differently, saying: "I don't think we could. I don't think we could foresee a war in Ukraine."

    He pointed to a further wave of Covid, particularly in China, as another factor putting pressure on prices.

    On the question of the Bank's independence, Mr Bailey said it was something he was "always" concerned about ensuring. "This is the biggest test of the monetary policy framework that we have had in 25 years, no question about that," he said.

    "What I would say to these people is that this is when both the independence of the Bank and the target framework and the nominal anchor matter more than ever, frankly. More than in the good times, the easy times as it were."

    Recession fears

    The surge in the cost of living has led to households cutting back their spending, which is hitting growth.

    The Bank recently raised interest rates to try to stem the pace of rising prices. Rates rose to 1% from 0.75% earlier this month, their highest level since 2009 and the fourth consecutive increase since December.

    The Bank's policymakers now expect the UK economy to shrink rather than expand in the final three months of this year. It is also expected to contract by 0.25% in 2023, down from its previous forecast of 1.25% growth. While that would not technically be a recession - defined as the economy getting smaller for two consecutive quarters - it would leave the UK at a real risk of one."

    Bank governor in '''apocalyptic''' warning over rising food prices - BBC News

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    Emergency plans to stop food crisis as biggest rail strike in modern British history looms

    Rail bosses are working to stop union barons unleashing mass disruption amid a global food supply crisis

    By Jack Hardy
    20 May 2022 • 11:06pm

    "Rail bosses are drawing up emergency plans to stop what is expected to be the biggest rail strike in modern history leaving supermarket shelves empty and petrol pumps dry. Union barons are plotting to unleash chaos in an effort to block plans for thousands of maintenance jobs to be cut and secure double-digit percentage pay rises for their staff.

    The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union is midway through a ballot for strike action of workers at train operators and Network Rail, with voting due to close on Tuesday.
    Manuel Cortes, head of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), has promised the biggest disruption since the General Strike in 1926 as his union also consults members.

    The looming crisis has forced rail executives to draft a series of measures aimed at minimising the disruption and economic damage a strike could wreak. Industrial action may begin as early as June 7. Plans include freight trains being given priority over passenger services to head off potential food and fuel shortages, including by introducing times when tracks are reserved for goods, The Times reported.

    Other measures could include managers being trained to dispatch trains and Network Rail working with operators on a skeleton, 12-hour timetable to keep key services running, according to reports.
    It remains unclear whether any strike would be carried out as one big action, or a series of rolling strikes.

    Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, is expected to meet the Prime Minister next week to discuss the problem. Ministers fear a national strike at Network Rail, particularly one involving signallers, would cause the most disruption and services would have to be “drastically” smaller than normal, the Financial Times reported.

    The freight industry is more vulnerable to disruption than passenger trains because it runs a 24-hour service.

    It comes after rail industry figures told the Telegraph that Drax power station, Tesco and the fuel supplier Puma Energy are among those warning ministers that a shutdown on the railways will have a catastrophic impact on supply chains. Switching to transporting freight by road is not an option because of the shortage of lorry drivers.

    Rail unions are also refusing to accept steep cost cuts to balance the books and stem the need for taxpayers to keep Britain’s railways afloat. Thousands of jobs will be axed, hundreds of ticket offices closed, and rail pensions are to be reformed under a radical overhaul as demand for services stabilises at around 70 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.

    The Government has previously warned that the rail industry is "merely on life support" and cuts are imperative.

    Prospective industrial action at Network Rail, which is planning to cut 2,500 engineering jobs, would be the first of its kind since 1994.

    Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT, said: "We believe in modernising the railways but we do not believe in sacrificing thousands of jobs, constant pay freezes or making the railways unsafe.

    "That is what government plans will mean for the railways if RMT and other transport unions don’t mount a comprehensive defence of the industry.”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/202...itish-history/

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    bsnub- war porn & whinging, never set foot in Thailand, and hardly ever in Asia. Fascinating poster, backbone of TD.
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    The topic is Putin and you whinge about a poster not having been in Thailand - just how pathetic can you be.

    How's this - he's lived in Europe, quite close to Ukraine/Russia . . . unlike you.

    Makes you look quite the idiot constantly going on about Russia, Ukraine the US etc...
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Ooooh looky- my very own dedicated TD stalker again. I must be doing something right.
    Well sab it was a pretty piss weak reason when the subject is Ukraine. You must at least see that. Not your smartest reply. Lift your game, your obfuscation is starting to rival OHOh, the obfuscation gold medallist.

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    the subject is Ukraine
    Really? One might never have guessed. (P.S- Actually it is meant to be Vlad Putin, but lets not let mere Facts bother us in this tower of intellect).

    Pepe is a moron like you and the other Three Stooges. Totally detached from reality.
    You are a fraud and you know it.
    We really need a sabang drivel thread. It's not fair hoohoo is the only one with his own.
    Yeah, I dunno what that fucking word salad is supposed to mean.

    And so on.....


    Guess I need to brush up on my Ukrainian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    I hope that PH sees my point.

    How far you are from the truth, isn't measured in kilometers anymore.
    Of course, which is why sabang's argument that being on a Thai forum and not having been to Thailand should disqualify anyone from discussing Putin . . . which of course is utter horseshit from a cretin who gets off on human tragedy.

    Hugh Cow sums it up nicely . . . but yes, I do know what my northern neighbour means

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Does it give any points to have lived temporarely more than a thousand kilos from the Soviet Union like Snub ?
    Why must all you dimwits constantly be so mind-numbing? I lived in Germany on two separate occasions, the first time in the eighties during the height of the Cold War and the second after the wall had fallen. Lots of Soviets close by.

    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    I wouldn't give Snub's childish scribbling any more weight if he had peeled his potatoes in the fucking Kremlin
    Someone appears a bit triggered.

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    Has snubby particularly upset you?
    The answer is obvious.

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