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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:28 pm

The Telegraph wrote:Separatists in Ukraine declare creation of new 'state' Malorossiya

Russian-backed rebels fighting against Kiev announced on Tuesday the creation of a new "state" that they said would take the place of Ukraine and have its capital in their territory.

The proposed country - which has no chance of getting off the ground - would be founded after a referendum and called Malorossiya, a tsarist-era name meaning "Little Russia" that once described most of the area covering modern-day Ukraine.

A constitution presented by rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko said representatives from the insurgents' self-declared Donetsk and Lugansk "People's Republics" and other regions had agreed to "declare the establishment of a new state, which is the successor of Ukraine."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07 ... lorossiya/

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Re: Russia

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:25 pm

I know! I know!

Belorussia == good Russia

Malorussia == bad Russia


Bonus etymology:

Bessarabia == better than Arabia.







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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:10 am

:shock: Abdul, what did you smoke?!?

As for the caviar, let's keep it classy:

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:37 am

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Food for Soviet diplomatic officials.

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Re: Russia

Post by Grammatron » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:43 am

Not for real people

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Re: Russia

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Re: Russia

Post by Doctor X » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:50 pm

Interesting.

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:14 am

First McD, January 30th 1990.

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Re: Russia

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:05 am

January 30, 1990?

And just a bit less than 2 years later, no more Soviet Union. :)

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Re: Russia

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:21 am

I remember somebody had the silly theory that two countries that both had McDonalds would never go to war.

*checks too be sure*

Yeah, that person was Thomas Friedman.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lexus ... Olive_Tree
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No two countries that both had McDonald's had fought a war against each other since each got its McDonald's.[verify]

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:04 am

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Visiting Sevastopol, 1989.

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Re: Russia

Post by Doctor X » Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:42 am

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Re: Russia

Post by Rob Lister » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:11 am

Anaxagoras wrote:I remember somebody had the silly theory that two countries that both had McDonalds would never go to war.

*checks too be sure*

Yeah, that person was Thomas Friedman.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lexus ... Olive_Tree
The book puts forward a capitalist peace theory called the Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention:

No two countries that both had McDonald's had fought a war against each other since each got its McDonald's.[verify]

He supported that observation, as a theory, by stating that when a country has reached an economic development where it has a middle class strong enough to support a McDonald's network, it would become a "McDonald's country", and will not be interested in fighting wars anymore.
Even when written it was wrong. Panama got its first mcdonalds in 1971. We (with mcdonald's aplenty) invaded them in 1989.
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Re: Russia

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:28 am

Minor wars started by 'Murica don't count. ;)
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Re: Russia

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:42 am

Is what's happening in Venezuela now similar enough to Panama in 1989 to justify our interference (invasion)?

That operation lasted less than 2 months and cost 26 American lives.

How do Panamanians feel about it in retrospect? Do they consider their lives worse for it or better? Are they grateful or resentful toward the United States?
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Re: Russia

Post by Rob Lister » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:57 am

Anaxagoras wrote:Is what's happening in Venezuela now similar enough to Panama in 1989 to justify our interference (invasion)?

That operation lasted less than 2 months and cost 26 American lives.

How do Panamanians feel about it in retrospect? Do they consider their lives worse for it or better? Are they grateful or resentful toward the United States?
Venezuela doesn't have a canal.

I don't get why Venezuela is getting the ink they are. I don't give a fuck what they do. They're not a threat to us.

I don't know how Panamanians feel about but but they're doing pretty well.
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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:34 pm

↑ I thought Costa Rica was on the verge of bankruptcy? :?

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Re: Russia

Post by Bruce » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:23 am

Rob Lister wrote:Venezuela doesn't have a canal.
Not yet, but with a little help from Iran, they will.

http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/iran- ... l-1.324173
Such potential!

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Re: Russia

Post by Rob Lister » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:43 am

That will be a cool-ass trick if they can pull it off.

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Re: Russia

Post by Bruce » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:15 pm

Rob Lister wrote:That will be a cool-ass trick if they can pull it off.
Do you supposed they'll beat our record for the number of Malaria deaths during this venture?
Such potential!