Robert N comments

Posted in: Ukraine clings to Bakhmut; Blinken tells Lavrov U.S. will back Kyiv all the way See in context


I have no special knowledge beyond what is being reported on both sides.

However the fact that we are constantly being told Ukraine will win while the actual tide of the war appears to be going against them does seem relevant.

Also you say "stated objectives". Not sure where Putin said he wanted regime change or to conquer all of Ukraine.........

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Posted in: Ukraine clings to Bakhmut; Blinken tells Lavrov U.S. will back Kyiv all the way See in context


That Russia have lost the war.

Also they wont suffer high casualties from bombarding the place. The "human wave" trope is just that. No evidence for it.

Russia has thousands of tanks and the like. Losing 130 is not meaningful.

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Posted in: Clones, noseprints, flying taxis: Sci-fi meets reality at expo See in context

Flying taxis have always felt like a disaster waiting to happen.

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Posted in: G20 talks end in India with no consensus on Ukraine war See in context

Countries pursue their own interests and also not all of them buy the notion that the US is always right and that Russia is eveil and intent on taking over the world

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Posted in: Justin Bieber tour dates cancelled See in context

Nice hat.

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Posted in: Students mask up at graduation ceremonies despite PM saying they don’t have to See in context

Their choice, but makes no difference to Covid protection

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Posted in: In your experience, which city’s taxi drivers are among the best and the worst in the world? See in context

Good. London black taxis. Japan generally. Korea generally

Bad. New York. Chinese big cities.

singapore ok except cab drivers often refuse to take you if it doesn't suit them.

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Posted in: Justice Dept: Trump can be sued by police for Jan 6 actions See in context

Which will come to nothing. Again. Such a waste of time and effort.

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Posted in: Ukraine clings to Bakhmut; Blinken tells Lavrov U.S. will back Kyiv all the way See in context


Not sure you are right. Bakhmut has been a strategic disaster for Ukraine. Lost 10's of thousands of troops to masses artillery etc. There is little evidence of huge Russian losses. Its a shame, but I think that Russia is gradually destroying Ukraine's ability to keep fighting and therefore their ability to negotiate some kind of acceptable peace. Western rhetoric on this is not helping and in the meantime Ukraine is bleeding. Money and equipment will not be enough.

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Posted in: Biden in Poland says U.S. and allies 'have Ukraine's back' See in context

Kind of ridiculous. He looked frail. spoke nonsense and is basing his policy on a number of misapprehensions. Ukraine is unfortunately almost worn out. Hence the increasingly hysterical and belligerent words from the US

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Posted in: 5 Ukrainian civilians killed as warring sides mull next move See in context

Sad fact is that Ukraine is running out of soldiers. All the equipment in the world is not going to help if they don't have people to operate them effectively.

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Posted in: Nuclear power industry vies for bigger role in decarbonizing planet See in context

Only way to go if we are serious about reducing emissions. Other options not viable for constant load bearing and carbon kills way more people than nukes ever have,

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Posted in: Qatar's vast wealth helps it host World Cup See in context

Yes, by liberally bribing the FIFA committee.

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Posted in: Facebook parent Meta cuts 11,000 jobs, 13% of workforce See in context

I guess they can always find jobs in the Metaverse.

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Posted in: Japan looks to finalize nuclear reactor service extension by year-end See in context

Nukes are the only way to achieve any measure of carbon reduction. Should try building some of the newer and less potentially accident prone versions.

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Posted in: Biden says Musk's foreign ties 'worthy' of scrutiny over Saudi stake in Twitter See in context

Quite right. all suspect foreign ties and connections should be properly investigated.

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Posted in: Putin will not go to G20 summit in Bali See in context

Such a pity. Biden could have taken him out behind the bicycle sheds and beaten him to a pulp.

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Posted in: Biden hails Democrats' 'strong night,' acknowledges concerns See in context

Fetterman will be an excellent senator. At least as good as some of the others currently in office. He should start preparing for a presidential run in 6 years.

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Posted in: Japan's 8th COVID wave could surpass previous wave's peak, say experts See in context

Never ending nonsense. Surely now we know mortality rate and aggravating factors we can stop treating Covid like the plague?

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Posted in: Japan reports 87,410 new coronavirus cases See in context

Close the borders and shut everything down. Things can only get worse. Etc.

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Posted in: Crypto exchange Binance to buy rival FTX in apparent bailout See in context

I agree Dave. These are not good signs for crypto.

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Posted in: Do you think Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter is a good move? See in context

Twitter usage is apparently at an all time high. I have never used it and never want to. But the almighty ruckus Elong has caused has been fun to watch.

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Posted in: Defectors seek alternatives to Musk-owned Twitter See in context

I hear Truth Social is pretty good.......

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Posted in: Hackers leak Australian health records on dark web after ransom not paid See in context

Now the whole world knows about my haemorrhoids :((

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Posted in: Nile is in mortal danger, from its source to the sea See in context

Japanese Government can surely print more yen to help these poor developing nations.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves ¥29.1 tril extra budget for economic package See in context

These people are totally insane. BoJ will buy all the bonds. No way out for Japan except inflation or economic chaos

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Posted in: Cannabis holds promise for pain management, reducing the need for opioid painkillers See in context

Full circle. Last 100 years have been an aberration in mankindś relationship with THC.

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Posted in: COP27 kicks off with deal to discuss climate compensation See in context

Good idea. Letś print more money

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Posted in: Support for New Zealand Labour Party hits lowest level since Ardern became PM See in context

Thatś how democracy works. Parties come, parties go. Incumbency is tough as you are usually blamed for whatever is ailing the voters.

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Posted in: N Korea says missile tests were practice to attack South, U.S. See in context

All hot air. He knows that any first strike by him would bring his downfall.

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