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Comment: Looks like a good move (Score 1) 16

They are adding the new while making the previous behavior accessible. FTA:

Classic Quake Live isn't being abandoned

While these changes are part of the new default Quake Live ruleset, the majority of them can be avoided by opting for Classic ruleset games. All the public Duel servers will run in Classic mode, and Create Match will let subscribers pick from Quake Live, Classic and Turbo rulesets. That's another thing – PQL (Promode Quake Live) is now called Turbo. As the Quake Live team explain it: "We hope that running our FFA [Free For All] and Teamplay servers with these new, fun, and accessible mechanics that we can begin to build a larger base of players who could then try their luck at the Classic Duel experience."

Comment: Re:Actual full quote (Score 1) 444

And here is a link to how the Moscow Times reported on the story:

Don't Mess With Nuclear Russia, Putin Warns at Youth Camp

LAKE SELIGER, Russia — President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us."

Not really any different from the other stories. The reason why is that international relations are conducted by nations and heads of state according to various norms. If you don't understand those norms then you will miss the significance of various statements or events.

Comment: Re:Unreal... (Score 1) 444

It was made during a verbal question and answer session some days ago. You can read a transcript of the full thing, without western media's blatantly selective quoting and bias, right here [kremlin.ru]. Do go read it for yourself. The press has been having a field day with taking individual sentences out of context, in many cases not even mentioning that Putin was responding to questions from Russian citizens, to make it look like he's issuing press releases about Ukraine specifically. It's the most amazingly dangerous set of selective quotations I've ever seen. In this case Putin wasn't even talking about Ukraine!

The Moscow Times relates the same meaning as reported in the other stories. The problem isn't that the reporting is wrong in this case but that you reject it. International relations by nations and heads of state are conducted according to various norms, and Putin's statement has to be understood in that context. If you don't understand that then you are trying to make judgments about things for which you have no measure, no guide. As a result you are prone to make misjudgments as you apparently have.

Don't Mess With Nuclear Russia, Putin Warns at Youth Camp

LAKE SELIGER, Russia — President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us."

Comment: Re:A modern solution (Score 1) 444

Putin should have more control over the "rebels" since there are plenty of Spetsnaz among them, not to mention Russian army units assisting them with tanks, artillery, and infantry.

The diplomatic solution Putin is seeking is for everyone to agree that Russia gets what it wants. Russia is preparing to slice up Ukraine and take adjacent territories.

War in Europe is not a hysterical idea

Comment: Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 444

"Old news"? The main link was from today at a major Australian news site. The others were only a couple of days ago. That isn't "old news," especially when it hasn't been covered by Slashdot before. I find that a bit disingenuous. But it does fit nicely with an agenda to strip out the contextual information from the news which would tend to trivialize it.

By the way, do tell - what do you think my motives are since you think they are "pretty obvious"?

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 444

Yes, that is just what the US has always wanted - a Black Sea port. Do you really believe that nonsense?

these would have ended up transitioning over the next few decades to either other European countries or to the US as having Russian bases in a NATO country wouldn't be acceptable to NATO or Russia.

Why? If Russia acted like an ally and friend, who would care?

Comment: Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 444

Certainly your conclusions are your own, but they apparently aren't very useful since they apparently aren't informed by an understanding of how countries and heads of state conduct foreign policy.

Of course I am willing to be persuaded. Maybe you could explain how your understanding is better or more complete than that of the journalists at the Moscow Times or the other major media outlets that have carried the story?

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 444

Not forced into a corner exactly, but there are a lot of people who regard themselves as Russian living there and who he is expected to defend. Their government, whatever you think of it, was overthrown and they wanted to go back to Russian rule. Particularly in Crimea they were Russian citizens until not that long ago, and all of it was under Soviet rule until the late 80s.

The people living in Crimean and Ukraine are Ukrainian citizens, not Russian citizens. Some of them are of Russian heritage. That is a totally different question. Before you commit to Russia being entitled to invading and annexing territory where some of the inhabitants have ancestors that lived in Russia you might want to see if there is a lower limit to that since there are probably few countries on the planet without some Russians living in them. Is Russian entitled to annex them all?

Besides that, Russia hadn't ruled the Ukraine since 1917. It was the Soviet Union that ruled after than until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Very few people living in Ukraine were ever ruled by Russia.

There is massive propaganda on both sides, but what can't be doubted is that Russia is making serious efforts to get a political dialogue going between the separatists and Ukrainian government.

Actually that can be doubted since Russian has hundreds of armored vehicles fighting in Ukraine on the side of the separatists. That isn't how you facilitate "political dialog."

Comment: Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 444

For some reason The Moscow Times is clear about it, how is it you aren't?

Don't Mess With Nuclear Russia, Putin Warns at Youth Camp

LAKE SELIGER, Russia — President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us."

Comment: Re:Straight out of the Cold War playbook (Score 2) 444

He did, but he apparently paid attention.

Soviet influence on the peace movement

Russian GRU defector Stanislav Lunev said in his autobiography that "the GRU and the KGB helped to fund just about every antiwar movement and organization in America and abroad," and that during the Vietnam War the USSR gave $1 billion to American anti-war movements, more than it gave to the VietCong.[19] Lunev described this as a "hugely successful campaign and well worth the cost".[19] According to Time magazine, a US State Department official estimated that the KGB may have spent $600 million on the peace offensive up to 1983, channeling funds through national Communist parties or the World Peace Council "to a host of new antiwar organizations that would, in many cases, reject the financial help if they knew the source."[13] Richard Felix Staar in his book Foreign Policies of the Soviet Union says that non-communist peace movements without overt ties to the USSR were "virtually controlled" by it. Lord Chalfont claimed that the Soviet Union was giving the European peace movement £100 million a year. The Federation of Conservative Students (FCS) alleged Soviet funding of CND.

In 1985 Time magazine noted "the suspicions of some Western scientists that the nuclear winter hypothesis was promoted by Moscow to give antinuclear groups in the U.S. and Europe some fresh ammunition against America's arms buildup."[20] Sergei Tretyakov claimed that the data behind the nuclear winter scenario was faked by the KGB and spread in the west as part of a campaign against Pershing missiles.[21] He said that the first peer-reviewed paper in the development of the nuclear winter hypothesis, "Twilight at Noon" by Paul Crutzen and John Birks (1982),[22] was published as a result of this KGB influence.

Comment: Re:Actual full quote (Score 1) 444

I hope very much that not just Russia’s historical memory but that all of humanity will prompt us to search for peaceful solutions to the various conflicts that are currently unfolding and that will arise in the future. We support political dialogue and the search for compromise.

That would be a lot more meaningful if Putin didn't have 100 tanks fighting in Ukraine.

Russia has up to 100 battle tanks fighting in Ukraine, UK believes
Putin likens Ukraine's forces to Nazis and threatens standoff in the Arctic

Do you have any thoughts as to how many of the questions Putin got were plants orchestrated to deliver a message?

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