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02-26-24  spaldo

German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz has clearly rejected the delivery of Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine at this time (sic!). He justified this with the risk of Germany becoming involved in the war.

"We must not be linked at any point and in any place with the goals that this system achieves," said Scholz in Berlin at the dpa Editor-in-Chief's Conference. That is why this is not the next option for action on the agenda, he added. "This clarity is also necessary. I'm surprised that some people aren't even moved by it, that they don't even think about whether what we're doing could lead to participation in war, so to speak."

a statement only for the stupid people like me.


02-26-24  ruspan

A wonderful achievement!
Another step on the road toward the unique experience of personally watching a mushroom cloud.

https://reactor.cc/post/4050511

02-26-24  patient-trader

The Hungarian parliament has approved Swedens accession to NATO.

Since the start of the Ukraine war Russia "gained" 1340 extra border km with Finland. NATO is now at Putin*s doorstep in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey.

02-26-24  ruspan

Here we go, as expected. They run out of options.

02-26-24  ruspan

“The Western strategy in Ukraine has failed. But I want to be constructively prepared, despite the fact that the topics we talked about are chilling. From these theses it follows that a group of NATO and EU countries are considering that on the basis of bilateral agreements they will send their military to Ukraine,” Fico said after a meeting of the Slovak Security Council.

02-26-24  ruspan

Victor: "pt, ruspan, so navalni was going to be freed, as part of a deal?"
BS, just trying to pedal Navalny theme on and on.

Khodorkovsky was freed after the promise he would not get involved in politics, he lied - this "humanitarian" way closed.

02-26-24  ruspan

First Abrams was seen entering combat near Avdeevka 3 days ago. Today it was destroyed, some happy Russian soldier won 10000000 rub
(100k $) prise.

02-26-24  spal

PT -

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Whether illegal immigrants are net contributors to society is also a big discussion in Germany. If you allow illegal immigrants to receive social security benefits without working then this is of cause plain stupid. Is this really the case in the US??

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They do not contribute to or receive benefits from Social Security.
This is a separate system.

They do however receive a large number of welfare payments - many of which come on electronic payment cards designed or specific purposes (such as food). These can cover shelter, food, medical care and they (their children) can not be denied education.

I did not calculate the amount, I am going off figures provided by Camorota who is a key researcher in this area.


02-26-24  victor

No precisó a qué ciudadanos americanos se refería. Pero se puede tratar del exmarine Paul Whelan

02-26-24  victor

pt, ruspan, so navalni was going to be freed, as part of a deal?


lv

Gonzalo Aragonés
Moscú. Corresponsal

Navalni murió cuando estaba a punto de ser canjeado por un sicario ruso, afirma su equipo

Hace poco más de diez años, en diciembre de 2013, el exoligarca del petróleo Mijaíl Jodorkovski, símbolo entonces de la oposición contra el presidente ruso, Vladímir Putin, recibió el indulto presidencial y logró la libertad tras pasar una década en prisión. Un escenario parecido se podría haber vivido con el principal líder opositor ruso de hoy, Alexéi Navalni, que falleció repentinamente en un penal del Ártico el pasado 16 de febrero. Su equipo anunció este lunes que su entierro será público y se celebrará esta semana en Moscú, aunque están buscando el lugar.

En el momento de su muerte, Navalni estaba a punto de ser liberado gracias a un acuerdo de intercambio de prisioneros con Estados Unidos y Alemania, aseguró una de sus colaboradoras, la que fuera su mano derecha María Pévchij, en un vídeo publicado en YouTube.

Alexéi Navalni, que tenía 47 años, iba a formar parte de un canje en el que Rusia recibiría a cambio a un sicario que utilizaron los Servicios de Seguridad rusos (FSB) para matar en 2019 a un disidente checheno.

"Alexéi Navalni podría estar sentado en esta silla ahora mismo, precisamente hoy. Esto no es un figura retórica: podría y debería haber ocurrido", dijo Pévchij.

"Navalni debería haber sido liberado en los próximos días porque ya habíamos obtenido una decisión sobre su intercambio. A principios de febrero, a Putin le ofrecieron intercambiar a un tirador, el oficial del FSB Vadim Krásikov, en prisión en Berlín por un asesinato, por dos ciudadanos estadounidenses y Alexéi Navalni", dijo la opositora desde el exilio.

No precisó a qué ciudadanos americanos se refería. Pero se puede tratar del exmarine Paul Whelan, que cumple 16 años de cárcel en Rusia tras ser condenado por espionaje; el corresponsal de The Wall Street Journal Evan Gershkovich, detenido en marzo de 2023 y acusado de espionaje; o la también periodista Alsu Kurmasheva, corresponsal de Radio Liberty y de doble nacionalidad ruso-estadounidense y en prisión desde octubre en virtud de las leyes sobre "agentes extranjeros".

Pévchij asegura en la grabación que el 15 de febrero, un día antes de la muerte de Navalni, les comunicaron que las negociaciones estaban en su etapa final.

Vladímir Putin señaló hace unas semanas en una entrevista con el periodista estadounidense Tucker Carlson que quería a Krásikov de vuelta en Rusia.

Vadim Krásikov fue declarado culpable de asesinar al disidente checheno de nacionalidad georgiana Zelimján Jangoshvili, en el Tiergarten de Berlín, a quien el 23 de agosto de 2019 se acercó montado en una bicicleta y le disparó mortalmente. Detenido momentos después al ser descubierto por unos transeúntes, en 2021 fue condenado a perpetuidad.

En la entrevista con Carlson, Putin se refirió al sicario como "un hombre que, por razones patrióticas, liquidó en una de las capitales europeas a un bandido".

En el vídeo, María Pévchij insistió en las acusaciones que el equipo de Navalni ha hecho la última semana contra Putin: que fue precisamente el jefe del Kremlin quien ordenó el asesinato de Navalni. La Presidencia rusa ha negado repetidamente que el Estado ruso esté detrás de la muerte del activista anticorrupción, la principal figura de oposición a Putin de la última década en Rusia.

Asevera, además, que al final no se pudo llegar a esta solución porque el mismo Putin decidió torpedear la operación. El presidente ruso no podía tolerar la idea de que Navalni fuese libre, dijo la opositora. "A Putin se le dijo claramente que la única forma de obtener la vuelta de Krasikov era cambiarlo por Navalni”, afirmó Pévchij. En cambio, decidió "deshacerse de esta moneda de cambio" y "ofrecer a otro cuando llegue el momento".

Pévchij no da detalles de las negociaciones ni especifica quiénes ejercieron de mediadores por parte de la oposición rusa, aunque asegura que pusieron en riesgo sus vida y sus carreras. Por parte de Rusia sí cita al oligarca Román Abramóvich, quien habría estado involucrado en algunas de las conversaciones con Putin.

De sus palabras se desprende una crítica velada a los países occidentales. Mientras el equipo de Navalni hizo "esfuerzas desesperados e intentaba buscar intermediarios, incluso acercándose al desaparecido Henry Kissinger", los gobiernos occidentales no demostraron el necesario celo político para lograr el objetivo.

"Funcionarios, Estados Unidos y Alemania, asintieron con la cabeza en señal de comprensión. Dijeron lo importante que era ayudar a Navalni y a los prisioneros políticos, nos dieron la mano, hicieron promesas pero no hicieron nada", concluyó Pévchij.

Las autoridades rusas entregaron el cuerpo de Navalni a su madre, Ludmila, el pasado sábado, después de estar reclamándolo durante una semana. Antes, ella acusó a los investigadores de presionarla para que el opositor fuera enterrado en secreto. El portavoz del Kremlin, Dimitri Peskov, negó este lunes la acusación, que calificó de "absurda". Según él, "el Kremlin no tiene nada que ve con esto, por lo que no puede ejercer presión".

Los funerales del líder opositor ruso serán públicos, anunció este lunes su equipo, y se celebrarán esta semana en Moscú. Pero todavía no se sabe dónde se instalará la capilla ardiente. "Estamos buscando un espacio para la despedida pública de Alexéi a finales de esta semana laboral. Si tenéis un local conveniente, por favor, poneos en contacto con nosotros", escribió en X (antes Twitter) la portavoz de Navalni, Kira Yármish, a sus seguidores.

02-26-24  spaldo

Fico convened the State Security Council and dramatizes the conference on Ukraine in Paris
Today 9:24 am
Ivan Vilcek

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico expressed concern about the further escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and said that he had convened the country's security council on Monday.

"I am afraid that the West is going to the worst solution in Ukraine, to a total escalation of tensions. Even if my position were to cost me the post of prime minister, I will do everything to prevent the direct participation of Slovak soldiers in the war in Ukraine," Fico said in a video posted on the social network.

The Slovak Prime Minister said these words in connection with what he called Monday's "combat meeting on Ukraine" in Paris, called by French President Emmanuel Macron. Fico said he had "chilling" information, but did not elaborate.

In addition to convening the State Security Council, Fico also wants to convene a meeting of the Slovak government in this context and wants to speak with his coalition partners, the chairman of the Voice of Social Democracy Party, Petr Pellegrini, and the chairman of the Slovak National Party, Andrej Danek.

On the occasion of the second anniversary of Russia's attack on Ukraine, Fico said that the West's strategy in Ukraine had failed. According to the head of the Slovak government, the war started already in 2014 "with the rule of Ukrainian neo-Nazis". He described Ukraine's eventual entry into the North Atlantic Alliance as "a good basis for the start of the third world war" and expressed his determination to block Ukraine's entry into NATO.

Ukrainian media responded to Fico's words by noting that the Slovak prime minister had sided with Putin.

https://www.novinky.cz/clanek/zahranicni-evropa-fico-svolal-bezpecnostni-radu-statu-a-dramatizuje-konferenci-o-ukrajine-v-parizi-40462029#dop_ab_variant=0&dop_source_zone_name=novinky.sznhp.box&dop_req_id=3YTremle1Zn-202402261031&dop_id=40462029&source=hp&seq_no=2&utm_campaign=abtest250_box_sluzeb_nad_reklamu_varB&utm_medium=z-boxiku&utm_source=www.seznam.cz

02-26-24  patient-trader

Spal, the lower income groups and less educated feel of cause the effects of immigration more as they have to compete against the immigrants regarding jobs, housing, mating partners etc.

You are right, I should not have used the derogatory expression 'clueless'.

Whether illegal immigrants are net contributors to society is also a big discussion in Germany. If you allow illegal immigrants to receive social security benefits without working then this is of cause plain stupid. Is this really the case in the US??

Btw, A couple of years ago the UK did the Brexit with the argument of Polish plumbers legally invading the UK. These days after Brexit, illigal immigrants are coming in far higher numbers and hardly anyone is concerned.

02-26-24  patient-trader

https://twitter.com/Mij_Europe/status/1761467698855178556

A brilliant speech by Polish foreign minister Sikorski at the UN

02-25-24  spal


Spal, the statistics in the Reuters article are self evident or not?

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No.

Are you aware that immigration into the US cuts the standard of living of the average voter?

Irregular migration into the US cuts the per capita living standards of all citizens. The National Academies’ estimate of immigrants’ net fiscal impact by education level is a fiscal drain (taxes minus costs) for each illegal immigrant of c.$68,000. At current levels of illegal immigration this approaches a $1 trillion cost. GDP increases but only by the wage effect - there is a large net cost spread across the existing population that reduces living standards. You feel it most immediately in higher local & state taxes & reduced local services.

Judiciary Committee Hearing “The Impact of Illegal Immigration on Social Services,” January 11, 2024 👉 https://lnkd.in/gvZaHG7f

The 68K net cost per immigrant comes from Steven Camorota. Dr Camorota specializes in this area, works for a non-partisan think tank and this material was presented to congress. The cost is mostly attributable to the fact that on average these people are far less educated and are reliant on government services. The reality is that it is a net cost. I am aware that this is subject to model assumptions. I am also aware that there are probably things that can be done to change this reality and that we should do these things. In my case I see positive externalities in immigration. The issue I have is that recently there have been no controls at all. This means that it is a statistical certainty that some very dangerous people have been admitted to this county. You do not have to look far for example to see a tragic increase in MS-13 murders - this is but one example.

02-25-24  spal

Nex time I will vote, will ask PT opinion, just in case.

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LOL

02-25-24  ruspan

"Trump can apparently mobilize the clueless."
Clueless Americans vote wrongly, clueless Russians vote wrongly -
only bright Ukranians elected a man who warranteed the peace, an end to discriminations of Russian speakers and prosperity!
Nex time I will vote, will ask PT opinion, just in case.

02-25-24  ruspan

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/25/world/europe/the-spy-war-how-the-cia-secretly-helps-ukraine-fight-putin.html

What Putin was talking about... now in NYTimes :-)

02-25-24  patient-trader

Spal, the statistics in the Reuters article are self evident or not?

02-25-24  spal

02-25-24 patient-trader

Trump can apparently mobilize the clueless.


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PT - you are becoming clichéd - this is an emotional reaction. Thinking it through will help. Simply reverting to an ad hominem attack because people don't agree with you is not going to help you understand them. I think it is because you are convinced you are correct. I hope it is ok that some people don't agree with you. Maybe they all aren't as clueless as you think.

02-25-24  victor

pt, and the other reason people prefer trump over other candidates is that trump is perceived as the only candidate who is not a politico. which is true, btw.

biden: a politico
haley: a politico, etc

02-25-24  victor

pt, and in all fairness, haley is known to talk out of both sides of her mouth


Why is Nikki lying?

https://twitter.com/Heiner190/status/1761587597040590899

02-25-24  victor

pt, another one trying to make trump look as badly as possible

https://twitter.com/NikkiHaley/status/1754897904974618790

02-25-24  victor

pt, she has tried painting trump in the worst possible way, and it hasnt work

here is an example on ukr

https://twitter.com/NikkiHaley/status/1761515789478252727

02-25-24  victor

pt, as ive been telling you, most likely scenario is trump winning. you should make plans accordingly, as it can get really ugly in the baltics.

02-25-24  patient-trader

Victor, sure, one can see that. Hayley looks too refined and upper middle class.
Amazingly, these people are not even put off by the fact that Trump can't pay the judgements against himself. They way he is talking that should be peanuts.

Instead of attacking Trump on his political agenda she should portray him as a sorry loser.

02-25-24  victor

pt, i think there are plenty of clueless in both dems and gop.. i would modify your statement to:

Trump can apparently mobilize REDNECKS, HILLBILLIES... :-))


seriously, those who support trump are those who dislike "globalists".. which currently defines most gop members, who vote in these primaries.

and haley's big problem, from this perspective, is that she is considered a "globalist" by most gop members, similar to biden, bill gates, soros, etc.

02-25-24  patient-trader

Trump can apparently mobilize the clueless.

02-25-24  patient-trader

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/most-south-carolina-republicans-see-bidens-2020-win-illegitimate-exit-poll-2024-02-24/

* 37% of voters said immigration mattered most when deciding how they would vote in the contest, compared with 33% who said the economy mattered most. 10% cited abortion policy and 13% said foreign policy.

* South Carolina has one of America's smallest immigrant populations. Just 5% of residents were born abroad, compared with 14% nationwide, according to U.S. Census estimates.

* Whites who consider themselves evangelical or born-again Christians made up 60% of voters, compared with 39% in the 2016 primary.

* 62% of voters on Saturday do not think Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election, while the same share said that if former President Donald Trump were convicted of a crime, he would still be fit for the presidency.

* 43% of voters had a college degree, compared with 54% in the party's 2016 primary.

* 22% consider themselves moderate or liberal, compared with 19% in the party's 2016 primary.

* 83% said the condition of the U.S. economy is not so good or poor, while 16% say it is excellent or good.


02-25-24  victor

:-)))

Mostly Peaceful Memes

Nikki Haley is no quitter. She didn’t quit when she got caught cheating on her husband in that suv. And she’s not gonna quit now.


02-25-24  victor

pt, haley isnt giving up

//

Nikki Haley 4h

I’m a woman of my word. I’m not giving up this fight when a majority of Americans disapprove of both Trump and Biden.

In the next 10 days, 21 states and territories will speak. They have the right to a real choice, not a Soviet-style election with only one candidate. And I have a duty to give them that choice.

02-25-24  victor

pt,

South Carolina primary results: Trump wins, defeating Haley in her home state

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