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  #3015258 30-Dec-2022 11:26
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itxtme: Germany has the biggest GDP in Europe.  Germany made that GDP with cheap Russian gas continuing to be the key European manufacturing hub.  Germany was weak against Russia in 2014, and in fact built another (since destroyed) gas pipe line despite the annexation of Crimea.


I would say it was more misguided than weak. Naïvely former Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel may have believed Russia would eventually embrace peace and stability.

She never seemed to see Putin as the psychopath he is.

Either a sunk cost dilemma or perhaps it was a co-dependency relationship


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  #3015564 31-Dec-2022 15:02
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Angela Merkel seems to have come from the Planet of Extreme Wishfull Thinking.
Wait long enough and something magical will happen to make things right.
She did not seem to even get it when Putin did the dog thing. 

 

Medvedev seems to be bucking to be a better Putin than Putin.
Or Putin's madder dog than Kadyrov, or Prigozhin

 

He has been saying many unhinged things...
Is there something in the air in the Kremlin that does this to people.

 

 

 


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  #3015579 31-Dec-2022 17:17
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itxtme:

 

Jan to Nov in Billions spend for weapons - to GDP. Column 4 shows you what you need to see

 

 

Have a look to your own wallet, please.

 

„Almost three quarters of all refugees from Ukraine live in private flats and houses - as findings of the study 'Refugees from Ukraine in Germany' indicate (December 2022). Around 25 per cent of them live with relatives or friends who had already lived in Germany prior to 24 February 2022. 17 per cent of the refugees live in hotels or guest houses. Only 9 per cent live in communal accommodation for refugees.“

 

Trolls stir up prejudices that cannot be eliminated by rational means. And goodbye!

 

 





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  #3015580 31-Dec-2022 17:22
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ezbee:

 

Angela Merkel seems to have come from the Planet of Extreme Wishfull Thinking.
Wait long enough and something magical will happen to make things right.
She did not seem to even get it when Putin did the dog thing.

 

And now?





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  #3015581 31-Dec-2022 17:24
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ezbee:Medvedev seems to be bucking to be a better Putin than Putin.
Or Putin's madder dog than Kadyrov, or Prigozhin


He has been saying many unhinged things...



the Daily Beast: Putin’s Top Cronies Now Warring Over ‘Erotic Fantasies’
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More than ten months after Vladimir Putin’s troops spectacularly failed to take over Ukraine and settled instead for racking up war crimes, his top allies in the war are at each other’s throats over “erotic fantasies” as Russian troops brace for new humiliating defeats on the battlefield.

Wagner Group boss Yevgeny Prigozhin fired the latest shot Wednesday, dismissing one-time Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s prognoses for the incoming year as “erotic fantasies.”

Medvedev, once seen as a moderate counter to Putin, has solidified his reputation as a crazed keyboard warrior during the war, and predicted in a Twitter thread earlier this week that 2023 will see the rise of a “Fourth Reich” in Europe, civil war in the U.S., and Elon Musk as president.
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  #3015583 31-Dec-2022 17:40
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Wagner vs army - the infighting is taking a toll on Russian military

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  #3015588 31-Dec-2022 17:57
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@ezbee:

He has been saying many unhinged things...
Is there something in the air in the Kremlin that does this to people.



 



What is the screenshot about? You know that is a parody account, right?




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  #3015592 31-Dec-2022 18:28
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Oh yes, Darth Putin is a complete Parody.

 

Medvedev is apparently real, illustration of his humor, his version of Musk like S___posting?. 
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/russia-s-medvedev-predictions-showcase-moscow-mentality-analysis/ar-AA15HKLo

 

Russia's Medvedev: ‘Fourth Reich’ to be made up of Germany, Poland
https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/article-72591

 

The energy price graph is real and of course for Oil they offer a $30 or 30% discount I forget which to India and China on top.
So its all going to plan, not so much.

 

Unless there was an update and it really was Musk posting for Medvedev, giving him a hand?

 

Looking up things he has said and interviews they are quite out there anyway.


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  #3015593 31-Dec-2022 18:32
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freitasm:
@ezbee:

 

He has been saying many unhinged things...
Is there something in the air in the Kremlin that does this to people.

 



What is the screenshot about? You know that is a parody account, right?

 

So I found the listed point 2 of the twitter quite exciting and interesting. 😉





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  #3015618 31-Dec-2022 21:23
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"Russian authorities have announced that soldiers and state employees deployed in Ukraine will be exempt from income tax, in the latest effort to encourage support of its military operation there."





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  #3015744 1-Jan-2023 13:06
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freitasm: "Russian authorities have announced that soldiers and state employees deployed in Ukraine will be exempt from income tax, in the latest effort to encourage support of its military operation there."

 

 

It's also been announced that they get a packet of pryaniki (tea biscuits) each, and if their unit has performed particularly well, a pair of new socks.

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  #3015760 1-Jan-2023 14:22
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neb:
freitasm: "Russian authorities have announced that soldiers and state employees deployed in Ukraine will be exempt from income tax, in the latest effort to encourage support of its military operation there."

It's also been announced that they get a packet of pryaniki (tea biscuits) each, and if their unit has performed particularly well, a pair of new socks.

 

To be fully exempt from tax the officers ensure the enlisted men are also exempt from being paid.

 

Enjoy your biscuits corporal Conskriptovic!

 

 





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  #3015788 1-Jan-2023 16:40
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freitasm: "Russian authorities have announced that soldiers and state employees deployed in Ukraine will be exempt from income tax, in the latest effort to encourage support of its military operation there."

 

Dead people don't pay tax anyway.


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  #3016017 2-Jan-2023 10:25
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I received the following from a Ukrainian. It's an article about the gift of 100,000 dead Russian soldiers. One image is a bit grizzly.

Focus UA: “Unblocked the Patriot air defence system”: Ukrainians reacted to the 100,000th loss of the RF Armed Forces with memes

A meme has Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with a bag and suggested what weapons they would receive from partners of the Armed Forces of Ukraine when Russia loses 200,000 of its military personnel.

Today, December 22, Russia's total losses in Ukraine since the start of the full-scale invasion have exceeded 100,000 troops . This inspired the Ukrainians to create memes dedicated to the Commander-in-Chief and the Patriot air defence system.

The inscriptions are as follows:

Behind him it has the name of 19th century an Ukrainian comedy writer known as "One Hundred Thousand." It is a comedy about a money counterfeiter.

On the bag is one hundred thousand (100,000 Russians will soon be killed).

Then "The holiday is coming" (A Coca Cola slogan).


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  #3016024 2-Jan-2023 10:32
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From the same Ukrainian, this joke

Monya is a comedian from New York. She calls Odessa home, a city on the shores of the Black Sea, well-known for humor.

"Senya: what's going on?

Monya: Yes, Russia is fighting a little with NATO...

Senya: Are there losses?

Monya: Yes, there is... Russia lost several hundred aircraft helicopters, thousands of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles,
several ships, various weapons, 70 thousand people and...

Senya: What about NATO?

Monya: You won't believe it. NATO has not yet arrived!"

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