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  #2990339 31-Oct-2022 22:20
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elpenguino:
Meh, let 'em bring on their pickled kapusta and kishka, Europe has surströmming and casu marzu.

 

I'm going to have to run that through a translator, and then maybe an insinkerator.

 

 

Kapusta = cabbage, kishka = blood or offal sausage, surströmming = rotten herring, casu marzu = cheese full of live maggots. Don't do an image search on the last one.

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  #2990466 1-Nov-2022 08:05
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neb: Europe has surströmming

 

 

 

Good god, man, even the Russians have limits.





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  #2990489 1-Nov-2022 09:49
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An observation about Russian demographics. In a nutshell, everything about Russia's demographics is wrong; Russia's future looks bleak.

There's an unusual quirk with male/female ratios in Russia. Where most countries have an even split between males / females, in Russia there is a lack of men.

This causes problems in the Russian economy, because Russia is definitely "men are the salary earners." The dark colours below are bad.

Also the "Population pyramid" represents age group distribution. In a healthy country it's rectangle shaped, meaning there are enough young workers paying taxes. The Russian "population pyramid" is bizarre.



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  #2990493 1-Nov-2022 10:07
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"Police said they couldn’t comment on any specific complaint they had received, but Stuff understands that they have investigated the case and found the woman wasn’t breaking any New Zealand law."

Surely this woman is breaking at least this bit "Sanctioned the branches and independent arms of service of the Russian Armed Forces, including logistical support." https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/europe/ukraine/russian-invasion-of-ukraine/sanctions

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300725291/auckland-woman-raises-tens-of-thousands-of-dollars-for-russian-soldiers-in-ukraine





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  #2990505 1-Nov-2022 10:22
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Long meandering video

Russia faces economic disaster from demographic timebomb as shortages in workers will break economy


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  #2990577 1-Nov-2022 14:57
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kingdragonfly: Also the "Population pyramid" represents age group distribution. In a healthy country it's rectangle shaped, meaning there are enough young workers paying taxes. The Russian "population pyramid" is bizarre.

 

 

Germany had something like this in the 1930s with the Reichserbhofgesetz, part of the Nazi folderol of blood and soil and salt-of-the-earth farmers. What it in effect did was doom anyone born of a peasant farmer to also be a peasant farmer. The response to this was that rural people stopped having children because they had no hope for a better future, there's a significant dent in the demographics in the years that law was applied.

 

 

I would imagine there's something similar driving the weird Russian distribution.

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  #2990789 1-Nov-2022 21:59
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Looks like another Russian politician forgot that it was a special military operation rather than a war:

 

 

Anatoly Karpov in hospital with fractured skull

 

 

The 12th World Champion and current member of Duma, Anatoly Karpov, 71, was found on the ground outside of the Duma, and unresponsive.

 

 

Duma is the Russian parliament. The State Duma building is quite tall and has lots of windows.

 

 

As with all Russian news, there are about half a dozen totally contradictory stories about this.

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  #2990849 2-Nov-2022 08:36
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Russia using prisoners as soldiers. How little things have changed


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  #2990855 2-Nov-2022 08:48
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neb: Looks like another Russian politician forgot that it was a special military operation rather than a war


Dailymail UK/: Russian lawmaker who called for end to Putin's war is comatose in hospital after claims 'he was attacked at parliament building' and suffered 'unfortunate fall'

Anatoly Karpov, 71, in a coma in hospital after suffering head injuries at weekend

Karpov, an MP, was known as Putin loyalist but had called for end to Ukraine war

Conflicting reports suggested he had either been beaten leaving Russia's parliament building, had suffered a domestic incident, or had fallen over

He is just the latest in a long line of Russian elites to meet unfortunate fates since Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February

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Turkey point out they have a large Navy, control of access to Black Sea.
Escorts grain ships.
Russia backs down on breaking grain deal. 
We generously allow shipments to continue now.

 

The only guarantee you have of a deal with Russia is that which you can 'enforce'.

 

More stories of misery.  

 

1/ Mobilised men of the Russian 4th Guards Tank Division are sheltering in an abandoned house in Svatove without food or water after fleeing from the front line under intense Ukrainian fire that killed their commander. They are now being threatened with court martials
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1587742973760098307.html

 

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7/ On 14 October, the newly mobilised men were sent to the front line, having received next to no training. One wife says, "they weren’t taught anything in the camp, they were taken to the firing range twice, and that’s all." They were armed only with automatic rifles. 
8/ The men had mobilised willingly out of patriotism but their enthusiasm was likely dented when they learned that out of a previous group of 96 mobilised men sent from the camp on 7 October, only 20 had returned alive after Ukrainian shelling.
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  #2991517 3-Nov-2022 14:34
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1/ Mobilised men of the Russian 4th Guards Tank Division are sheltering in an abandoned house in Svatove without food or water after fleeing from the front line under intense Ukrainian fire that killed their commander. They are now being threatened with court martials

 

 

I wonder when they'll be bringing back the crack of the Komissar's pistols to remind the troops of their duty?

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  #2991547 3-Nov-2022 16:00
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8/ The men had mobilised willingly out of patriotism

 

 

 

 

And I was about to start feeling sympathetic for them. I suppose I still sort of do. It's not entirely their fault they're being lied to.





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  #2991549 3-Nov-2022 16:10
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SaltyNZ:

And I was about to start feeling sympathetic for them. I suppose I still sort of do. It's not entirely their fault they're being lied to.

 

 

In one of the Russian victory parades after WWII where they paraded captured German troops through the streets an old Russian woman is recorded as having said "harassed/harried into war, just like our boys". It's always been like that.

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  #2992204 5-Nov-2022 14:00
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Serious geek video, for the subset of website designers/network engineers interested in Russia attempting to bypass sanctions (HTTPS / SSL)

Russia Just Created Its Own Certificate Authority.

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  #2992275 5-Nov-2022 18:30
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kingdragonfly: Russia Just Created Its Own Certificate Authority.

 

 

That's a rather old video, they did this in March. Makes sense too, you really don't want foreign-owned and controlled CAs to be able to bypass your security theatre.

 

 

In this case it probably makes sense too since the threat isn't generic phishing against anyone and everyone but things like targeting of traffic to Russian government institutions. Having said that, since said traffic will largely be inside Russia it probably isn't that big an actual threat.

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