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Comment: Re:is this seriously (Score 1) 282

by Luckyo (#46779843) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Correct. That's how politics work. Maidan had no power until Right Sector joined it, and it lost power after Right Sector left Maidan to join the weak government.

In any situation, the real power is always in the hands of men with guns. The question is if there is any power that control men with guns. Men with guns went for the party that allowed them to get the most out of situation, switching sides to Maidan initially, and then to the weak government that had West's support after it became obvious that it would not survive a weak without them, allowing them to extract massive concessions from them in exchange for their support.

As for "proof", it takes living in one hell of a bubble not to see it. Clearly, Nuland telling us who will be in government weeks before the overthrow was a coincidence. McCain visiting was also a coincidence, as were several others. CIA chief visiting before the announcement of "counter terrorism operation" was also a coincidence. Kicking Klichko out of power structures, who actually wanted change is also a coincidence. Utterly absurd rhetoric coming out of Kiev today is also a coincidence. Oligarchs being installed into official posts is a coincidence. Maidan threatening "Yats" with assassination (but lacking the power to do it because Right Sector left it) after he showed them who will be in his government after the overthrow was also a coincidence. Svoboda and Right Sector getting posts like deputy of minister of freedom of speech is a coincidence. Them going on to beat up journalists in Kiev until they sign their resignations is a coincidence. Said journalists not getting their jobs back even after the Western media couldn't put a lid on that particular story is also a coincidence. And countless other coincidences you can find by following the news, and just reading carefully, as funnily enough, it's actually there in the stories a lot of time, even in the Western media. It's just well obfuscated, like the story on the Ukrainians soldiers leaving Crimea, with long moaning about how their entire families have to be uprooted. Which ends up in short sentence that those make for barely a quarter of Ukrainian troops originally stationed in the region. The rest apparently switched sides and are staying.

I have a suggestion. When the amount of coincidences reaches the point, where to believe in all of it being a coincidence starts to be smaller than that of winning a lottery, you may start considering that maybe, just maybe, you live a propaganda bubble and look utterly hilarious, not to mention gullible to those who aren't inside it.

Just something for you to consider.

Comment: Re:is this seriously (Score 1) 282

by Luckyo (#46779719) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

OECD military observers were told to get out after they went in uninvited and warning shots were fired after they pushed in in spite of multiple warnings.

Election observers were invited. They did not accept the invitation.

The fact that you confuse two completely different agencies within OECD speaks volumes.

Comment: Re:perception (Score 1) 277

Shantytowns are symbolic of failure,

The failure doesn't disappear just because you make the shantytown illegal. All that accomplishes is make the people who lived there even worse off, for the sake of letting those who didn't pretend the problem doesn't exist. And in a way, it doesn't: a "failure" implies an unintended undesirable consequence of some decision or policy, while demolishing the homes of worst-off members of society for the sake of appearances is an intentional, deliberate action. It confirms that you are okay with this outcome, of treating people like garbage to be thrown aside and disposed of if they aren't economically useful; in other words, you haven't failed, you're simply evil.

Comment: Re:is this seriously (Score 1) 282

by Luckyo (#46775559) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Is that even possible? Is there a stop where russophobes such as yourself stop imagining things, and connecting incomparable things just because "oh god, RUSSIANS!"?

If there is one, I haven't seen it yet. On a lighter note, the sheer absurdity of your behaviour leads more and more people around the world to simply ignore outbursts of your types, or openly deride them.

So please go on. Be as absurd and as noisy as you possibly can. The faster your credibility is eroded completely, the faster we may start getting crises where sacrificing massive amounts of people to the engine of war will not be the only solution and way out.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment 1347

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the invest-in-crossbows dept.
CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "In his yet-to-be-released book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, John Paul Stevens, who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court for 35 years, believes he has the key to stopping the seeming recent spate of mass killings — amend the Constitution to exclude private citizens from armament ownership. Specifically, he recommends adding 5 words to the 2nd Amendment, so that it would read as follows: 'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.'

What I find interesting is how Stevens maintains that the Amendment only protects armament ownership for those actively serving in a state or federal military unit, in spite of the fact that the Amendment specifically names 'the People' as a benefactor (just like the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth) and of course, ignoring the traditional definition of the term militia. I'm personally curious about his other 5 suggested changes, but I guess we'll have to wait until the end of April to find out."

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1, Insightful) 754

And what they could possibly have hoped to achieve by filing charges, other than a nasty (and well deserved) publicity backlash?

Most likely they were defending the concept of domination. In their view, society is made of hierarchical power relations, and the only way to advance is to challenge someone above you. Bullying is a natural part of such system, used to establish pecking order, and it's "cheating" to expose it to outside judgement.

Basically, the school administration approves of bullying because it helps perpetuate a system where they're top dogs, and consequently view any effective attempt to stamp out bullying as a direct threat to their own status. It's ultimately the same reason why some people like to shit on the poor (sometimes despite being poor themselves), or get bent out of shape at the thought of everyone getting a prize: if there's no way to divide people into winners and losers - or pure and impure, or whatever terms you prefer - the hierarchical system will collapse, and take with whatever part of your identity you have invested in status in it.

Comment: Re:is this seriously (Score 1) 282

by Luckyo (#46766149) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

The West installed the current regime. When "Yats", the Nuland's guy got the top job, kicked out the "too inexperienced to rule" (aka not corrupt enough) "Klitch" and went to maidan to annouce his government (which could be summed up as Tymoshenko and her stooges), do you know what happened?

They openly threatened to kill him for "continuing the same order we are here to fight against". After Tymoshenko saw this, she ran away to Germany and left her stooges to take the hits. The only reason they are still in position of some power in Kiev is because Right Sector, which was the real power behind maidan but had little public support initially switched sides to West puppets because it saw just how vulnerable they were against the people and just how much power they would get by essentially taking the entire security apparatus into their hands by supporting the weak puppet government.

Nowadays they do stuff like beat up MPs and journalists, while taking videos of it. Euronews had a hilarious story that got through propaganda curtain by sheer absurdity of it a few weeks ago, where the deputy minister for free speech beat up a head of TV station in Kiev while filmed by one of his (assaulting party) guards until he signed his resignation. Then he uploaded the clip to youtube to show his supporters that he's defending the "motherland". Even hollywood isn't good enough to write stories like this one.

Maidan is still there by the way. People are still protesting against the current regime. Have you heard any news about them in the Western media as of late? Ever wondered why they stopped covering maidan so abruptly after the current US-approved regime took power?

Sometimes, 2+2=4. Even if there's a massive lobby screaming at you that it equals 5.

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