- The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951
- The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951
I'm sure people genuinely sympathized with the plight of the Ukrainian people, but it's from a position of ignorance. Not understanding the culture of Ukraine, or realizing that there are segments of the Ukranian population that don't actually mind Russian dominion. Obviously migrants and expatriates have genuine thoughts and feelings on the invasion, but I question to what extent the larger outpouring of support for Ukrainian independence was fed by media hype and anti-Putin sentiments.
The story of Babushka Z
Most Ukrainians - even in Russian-speaking regions - have not welcomed the invasion, so her brandishing of the Soviet flag was used as proof that its actions have support among local people.
"moderate rebels", and still fewer say anything about the genocide in Yemen, conducted with American support. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the largest propaganda machine in human history.
For the record, Americans don't have a corner on bloodthirstiness. I read Empire of the Summer Moon, which told the story of the rise and fall of the Comanches. They were pretty bloodthirsty.
After conquering South America and Mexico, the Spanish were moving north into North America, but were stopped dead by the Comanches for 125 years.
When I finished the book and thought about the Comanche's practices and the way they treated their enemies, the thought that went through my head was a phrase from my youth: "The only good Indian is a dead Indian."
Which shocked me, because I like to think I'm liberal, and my Lakota financial advisor would not appreciate that sentiment.
In any case, American immigrants succeeded, where the Spanish Empire failed, and obliterated the Comanches.
Those dispossessed Scots-Irish are nothing to fool around with.
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For those who missed it - ruZZia canceled Lithuania's independence. How weird is that, lol.
Do you really think the bloodthirst of a Comanche warrior is comparable to that of an American university professor who voted for Obama? As I interpret your understanding, Obama voters are responsible for several times the bloodshed as Comanche warriors were.For the record, Americans don't have a corner on bloodthirstiness. I read Empire of the Summer Moon, which told the story of the rise and fall of the Comanches. They were pretty bloodthirsty.
Your face makes your brain and sociotype – how muscle use shapes personality
I want to care
if I was better I’d help you
if I was better you’d be better
HELLO??? COME BACK!!!!
i'm afraid it will hurt like hell, i am afraid of screaming and i am afraid of crying, i am afraid of forgetting but i'm not afraid of dying.
Ok, say that's true and I'm right about that. The question then becomes "To what end am I and/or the other person trying to guide you or me towards?" There is the negative/sociopathic end of "I want the other person to do whatever it is I want" and then there is the better Eucivic/Christian end of "I want the other person to do something that'll make them happier/better off".
People hate to be "manipulated" because it's usually done from the former perspective. They'd rather be persuaded/seduced because the chances of it being done from the latter perspective are a hell of a lot better. People want persuasion/seduction because it's not hard to see such a figure as actually giving a damn about them and wanting them to be happy. Manipulative little shits on the other hand only value their own happiness and are all too OK with others suffering to attain it.
I need only point towards the methods of such things like the WEF and most governments to illustrate my point. Manipulation with all the subtlety of a semi-truck blaring its horn while barreling towards you at 100 mph. The PTB used to be a whole lot better at the whole seduction/persuasion game. However, Sin makes you stupid and, well, they've been sinning as hard as they can for a very, very long time...
Also, a good video revealing how we're all being manipulated in a very malevolent way by the entities I frequently mention:
It was only a little ago that Sol warned us that infiltrators were planning terrorist attacks all across righteous Russia.
Well, guess who bombed a mall today...
Sicuramente cercherai il significato di questo.
Rusal, the finger that points at you is next to three fingers pointing back at them.
Anyway, don't you know that malls are where the worst Nazis hang out?
When I was a kid, I came across this pre-WWII poster by the Gestapo which said that Germany was surrounded by terrorists and had to defend itself. I guess the best way to defend yourself is to invade an adjacent country. And then the next one, and the next, because they are never going to feel safe until there is only one person left in the world. And maybe not then.
My mother used to tell me that it was too bad that my face got in the way of her fist. She and Putin would have gotten along.
She stopped hitting me when I got stronger than she was. There's a lesson in there somewhere.
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Oh, to find you in dreams - mixing prior, analog, and never-beens... facts slip and turn and change with little lucidity. except the strong, permeating reality of emotion.
oh look, it's babby's first democracy has always been a sham
yeah buddy i didn't need to wait til i was literate to know humans don't have much autonomy. i figured that out as a child when i realized there were no sidewalks around our sequestered little blocks of land with box-houses on them and so we needed to wait for mommy and daddy to chauffeur us anywhere before we could do anything fun. i figured that out every time i got chased down for trying to elope from class
One of the things I discovered while reading about sanctions against Russia is how dependent Germany is on Russia. Germany buys Russian energy and sells Russia a large part of the output of its formidable machine tool industry.
The two countries are natural economic traders. Each has what the other needs.
Telling Germany that it can’t buy gas from or sell machine tools to Russia is like telling McD’s that they can’t sell food to anyone who doesn’t have a PhD. They might do it, but it’s gonna hurt.
I have machines which run on Siemens software and Heidenhain hardware. German machine tools are hard to beat and pretty much don’t have substitutes. Furthermore, the software can be made to stop working if you don’t pay them maintenance fees every year.
Since Russia is entirely dependent on German machine tools, Germany could turn off every machine in Russia which is presently supporting Russia’s war in Ukraine. But then, they’d lose a big share of the market (those maintenance fees are brutal, let me tell you), and where are they going to get energy this winter?
This situation has caused me to re-evaluate my own company’s dependence on proprietary German software. I’m seriously considering switching over to the Linux ecosystem.
My father volunteered for two wars. He never talked to me about his experiences there, except once or twice in his life.
In his first tour of duty, his position was overrun at night when his unit ran out of ammo, and he was forced to fight with his knife. During his second tour, his position was again overrun and he was shot in the chest with a Russian-produced machine gun and left for dead, but the vest he was wearing slowed the bullets down so the bullets just knocked him unconscious and produced a lot of blood and scars but didn't kill him.
He said that none of the veterans in his unit would bother to learn the names of the new replacements, because they would die so quickly.
He was married before he left for his second war. I think, that's about the time when he began to think that living through the experience wasn't guaranteed.
"The salvation of the world depends on the men who will not take evil good-humouredly, and whose laughter destroys the fool instead of encouraging him." - George Bernard Shaw
"When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one." - Leonard Matlovich
@Adam Strange, unless you need Windows-specific software like Adobe products, maybe Microsoft products depending on what you need and what you use them for, I would recommend making the switch. Mint Cinnamon is what I usually recommend people coming from Windows as it looks and acts mostly the same, but without telemetry and 80-90-% disk usage while idling. My sister knows nothing about computers but loves it and uses it exclusively. When she got a new laptop preinstalled with Windows she asked me to install it for her because she was fed up with having to use Windows again.
FreelancePoliceman, I have a machine that runs Debian 10 so I can get used to the operating system in my copious free time. It seems similar to Windows.
I actually don't have any gripes against Windows, other than the garbage that gets loaded with it, but most of that seems to be more or less ignorable. My first experience with operating systems was MS-DOS 6.2 or so, and that ran on a command line, so I'm fairly used to Microsoft products at this point.
My interactions with Apple operating systems have been much worse. I can't stand how Apple hides where files are stored and everything in the system seems to be "Alice Through the Looking Glass". I just avoid Apple, except on my phone, and the only reason I like it on my phone is that it seems to be bullet-proof against viruses.
Anyway, most of the important programs for design and simulation that I use in my business are Windows-only, so I'm stuck with Windows for that part of my life.
However, the machine tool controller area is open. It basically needs real time operating systems, and that means "Not-Windows".
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Poland is going to give to Ukraine 232 of its own army's tanks, which are about equivalent to the Russian T-72.
In turn, Poland will be getting about 300 Abrams tanks from the US.
About 8,800 Abrams tanks have been made, and their combat record is that a total of 7 were lost to friendly fire and two were destroyed to keep them from falling into enemy hands.
I've seen these things up close and they are fearsome.
If I were in Moscow, I'd be shitting bricks at the thought of 300 Abrams in Poland. But you know, this never would have happened if Putin hadn't mistaken himself for Tsar Nicholas II.
Incidentally, Ukraine probably won't get Reaper drones any time soon, because Russia can actually shoot down drones. Russia's anti-tank weapons, on the other hand, aren't so great.
Throughout this war, a recurring theme has been that Russia deserves to be broken up. I can see why — if I was a Ukrainian who lost his family to Russian shelling, I'd feel the same way.
But the Comanche, Aztec, and Zulu polities certainly didn't deserve to be destroyed, nor did these peoples deserve American, Spanish, and British subjugation.
The United States and Canada don't deserve to be destroyed by a rival, either, even though both countries carried out literal genocide against their indigenous populations. Both have engaged in slavery and imperialism on par with Russia's actions in Ukraine. But breaking up these countries through force, with the consequent destruction of people, infrastructure, and civil society, would only add one more to the pile of humanitarian catastrophes.
And that's putting aside the practical difficulties of forcing Russia's capitulation (Putin would nuke the world before accepting defeat); or whether regime change would lead to the desired outcome (if anything, attempts at regime change have repeatedly failed); or whether its successor states would be happy and free of foreign domination (I predict that they won't be); or whether we have the moral right to reshape another society in the first place (I strongly believe that we don't have that right).
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And while you are dispelling ideas of the Native Americans living in peaceful harmony with nature, read "The Middle Ground". There is a very good extract from the book on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Middle-Ground...1815-American/
My personal preference is to form an attractive society and to let people who agree to its rules, join it and be able to reap its benefits. That is very different from what Russia has been doing for the past hundred years, or what the US has been doing since forever. But somehow, people want to get out of Russia and they want to get into the US, so I'd say that the two sides are not equivalent.
Incidentally, I don't think that the West can break up the Russian Federation. I think that the West can reduce the resources available to RF and let them fall back on their own devices. They wanted an Autocracy and they can have it, but we don't have to support them in their bad habits.
I also believe that the resulting social disasters that their system will naturally produce will cause the districts inside Russia to leave Moscow's Autocracy on their own.
One interesting parallel between the Comanches and Russia is that their societies both ran off of one single resource. In the case of the Comanches, it was buffalo herds in their millions, and in the case of Russia, it is the country's oil and gas reserves.
Chasing the buffalo and deriving all of their goods from the animal led to high attrition in Comanche society, and riding horses all day led to low fertility in the males, so the Comanche were forced to capture people from surrounding tribes and incorporate them into their society. They would raid a group of people and would torture and kill the adults and babies, and would gang rape the teenage girls and if any of them survived this process, then they were tough enough to live the Comanche life. That's why most of the American Indians looked like European settlers by the end of the 19th century.
Russia seems to be solving its declining birth rate problem in much the same way.
The Comanches weren't conquered, but rather the supports for their society were eliminated by killing all the buffalo. This prevented them from living the nomadic and parasitic life that they had been living, and they were then placed on reservations.
So if the world can move away from carbon fuels, maybe Russia can be made to be a better neighbor.
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I believe that it is possible to change human nature, just as is done with turning wolves into dogs, by selecting out the people with the traits you don't want.
The Netherlands has the tallest average people in the world, and they got that way by the process of tall people marrying other tall people.
But there are many ways to filter for particular traits in a population.
So I've been wondering about the constitution of Russian society. After hundreds of years of rule by Tsars, do they prefer Authoritarian rule? Have they become an entire society of Trump supporters, who are more than happy to give up their personal freedom so long as the people in power actively hurt their imagined enemies?
I go back and forth on this question, but I just ran across an article which gives me some hope for the future of Russians. Not Russia, but rather some of the people who live there.
I think that autocratic states should be broken up too, but not in the course of war or geopolitical confrontation. Otherwise, the newly-independent regions risk being gobbled up by geopolitical rivals, especially if they have resources (which Russia has in spades). Nothing is worse than swapping one master for another (and, on top of that, becoming a chess piece in yet another great power struggle). The Kurds in Iraq and Syria seem to be succeeding, but things aren't always that lucky (and, in any case, they aren't exactly free of their neighbours' encroachment — Rojava's continued freedom is precarious at best).Originally Posted by Adam Strange
Instead, break ups should take the form of decentralization, and they should happen as a by-product of strong movements, methodically and with an eye for possible threats. And they should happen to all states, by devolving powers to local governments.
Russia is known for copying products from the West, or stealing them outright.
It seems as though someone there is trying to copy the Republican Party and Fox News.