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  #2904542 20-Apr-2022 19:28
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neb: Ukrposhta's online shop, which was accessible two days ago, seems to have gone AWOL. Looks like demand for That Stamp has overwhelmed them :-).

 

Or it got hit with a bomb or shell.

 

So hard to read all this stuff.


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  #2904546 20-Apr-2022 19:38
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linw:

neb: Ukrposhta's online shop, which was accessible two days ago, seems to have gone AWOL. Looks like demand for That Stamp has overwhelmed them :-).

 

Or it got hit with a bomb or shell.

 

So hard to read all this stuff.

 

 

The main web site is still online, it's only the stamp store that's gone, so I'm hoping it's just due to lots of demand.

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  #2904721 21-Apr-2022 09:33
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EU still funding Russia (oil & gas at 1billion bucks a day)

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-61164894

 

 


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  #2904791 21-Apr-2022 11:33
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The Guardian - Putin’s key supporters are now playing a desperate face-saving game in Ukraine

 

21 April

 


Russia’s war in Ukraine is not going according to plan. ...

 

For Putin, the war has revealed the true state of affairs within both the military and intelligence apparatus.

 

Intelligence took the first blow.

 

Moscow’s original plan was to take Kyiv in two days. 

 

Russian troops brought parade uniforms, expecting to march down Khreshchatyk in a victory celebration. 

 

The ambitious plan was based on intelligence reports that Ukrainians would greet Russian soldiers as liberators – false information that led to massive strategic miscalculations and losses during the war’s first stage.

 

The military has also come under scrutiny. 

 

The war has shown the world the pathetic state of the Russian army, a consequence of decades of deferred maintenance and blatant corruption.

 

Low morale, lack of training, and equipment failures have shone an unflattering light on what is apparently the world’s second strongest army.

 

As a result of these failures, Putin has learned that some of his closest friends and allies have lied, misappropriated funds and forged reports for a significant part of his rule.

 

His inner circle may not be as trustworthy as he thought. ...

 





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  #2904804 21-Apr-2022 11:45
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$1Bilion dollars a day pays for lots of mercenaries.
Though there is talk Russian soldiers are not getting their pay on time and service bonuses.
So by the time everyone in-between has skimmed their cut maybe none left to go around.

 

Apparently Russia has been pressing 55-60 year olds into service in Donbass, and maybe also going after under 18s

 

‘F*cking Shoot Them’: Chechen Fighters Executed Russian Troops Who Rebelled in Ukraine, Official Says
https://www.thedailybeast.com/chechen-fighters-executed-3-russian-troops-who-rebelled-against-ukraine-war-official-says?ref=home

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“According to Ukrainian intelligence, yesterday in the Pologovsky district Russian troops started to rebel: Russia’s soldiers didn’t want to fight because they have not received their promised payouts. [Ramzan] Kadyrov’s men brutally killed three of the instigators of the riot who were ready to lay down their weapons and head home,” Arefyev wrote.
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Lower speed limits ? A solution for Germany, but my autobahn wants to go free !

 

Richard Branson says individuals, governments should cap their energy use to help end the war in Ukraine
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/20/richard-branson-people-should-cut-energy-use-to-stop-ukraine-war.html


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  #2904809 21-Apr-2022 11:51
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Has anyone got together to assess oil and gas diversions? I assume so, maybe there are few alternatives right now?


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  #2904828 21-Apr-2022 12:51
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tdgeek:

 

Has anyone got together to assess oil and gas diversions? I assume so, maybe there are few alternatives right now?

 

 

What I did not know is that large quantities of LPG can be shipped, so Europe is not entirely reliant on pipe lines.  The article the image below comes from says that more, and larger, such ships are being ordered, so if there is capacity elsewhere, Russia will eventually lose one of it's biggest earning streams.

 

 

The information we are seeing about Russia is quite extraordinary.  Of course we have become total sceptics when it comes to information nowadays, so we are have to be careful about our sources.  I love Peter Ziehan's GeoPop channel, but welcome opinions on other sources we could consider trustworthy?





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  #2904832 21-Apr-2022 13:16
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TLD:

 

The information we are seeing about Russia is quite extraordinary.  Of course we have become total sceptics when it comes to information nowadays, so we are have to be careful about our sources.  I love Peter Ziehan's GeoPop channel, but welcome opinions on other sources we could consider trustworthy?

 

 

Can recommend

 

https://www.youtube.com/c/BeauoftheFifthColumn

 

10 minute sound bites.  There is other US based political stuff in there, but you can just skip those episodes.

 

On Spotify I listen to Ukrainecast, which is decent.

 

 


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  #2904875 21-Apr-2022 15:12
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TLD:

 

What I did not know is that large quantities of LPG can be shipped, so Europe is not entirely reliant on pipe lines.  The article the image below comes from says that more, and larger, such ships are being ordered, so if there is capacity elsewhere, Russia will eventually lose one of it's biggest earning streams.

 

 

I have a feeling somebody will buy it. IIRC about 1/3 of the UN voted in support of Russia and about 1/4 abstained from voting against Russia.

 

India is stockpiling for one, and no doubt China would have been getting cheap oil too.


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  #2905028 21-Apr-2022 17:25
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Batman:

 

I have a feeling somebody will buy it. IIRC about 1/3 of the UN voted in support of Russia and about 1/4 abstained from voting against Russia.

 

India is stockpiling for one, and no doubt China would have been getting cheap oil too.

 

 

My post was Europe and oil and gas from anywhere else. Ukraine is in Europe. Who cares what India and China do, thats another chapter


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  #2905036 21-Apr-2022 18:04
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Apropos of nothing, but the number of deaths in Putin's war is currently about the same as the number of gun deaths in the US. One is an active war zone, one isn't.

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  #2905059 21-Apr-2022 19:17
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neb: Apropos of nothing, but the number of deaths in Putin's war is currently about the same as the number of gun deaths in the US. One is an active war zone, one isn't.

 

One has one causer, one doesn't?


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  #2905104 21-Apr-2022 19:25
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  #2905121 21-Apr-2022 21:27
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More Kamikaze / suicidal 600 drones.

The US is supplying 100 of new larger Switchblade 600, as a test.

The smaller 300 will take out a truck.

The larger 600 is for armored vehicles. It's supposed to be equivalent to a FIM-92 Stinger (MANPADS)
  • it's cheaper at less than NZD $10,000, about 1/4 the cost of a stinger
  • lighter at 23 KG than 43 KG
  • can loiter for 40 minutes
  • longer range at 40 KM versus 6 KM.


Bad news for the Russian. In the long-term it's bad news for the US, because if the US can make it, so can other countries.


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  #2905122 21-Apr-2022 21:32
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kingdragonfly: it's cheaper at less than NZD $10,000, about 1/4 the cost of a stinger

 

 

And one fifteenth the cost of Russia's duct tape special, the Orlan-10. Which also doesn't have any offensive capability.

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