See Them Squirm

What an extraordinary idiot:

Russia’s war in Ukraine is the COVID pandemic for the globalizing elites. They face the possibility of losing the old, comfortable ‘normal’ if Russia is defeated. And they are freaking out. It’s kind of enjoyable to see them squirm and wriggle in fear. The question is, will we let them weasel out of the consequences of their own actions or make them embrace the joys of change, adaptability and endless pivoting that they lectured us about so smugly?

In 2014 we sat vapidly by as Obama and Merkel let Russia occupy parts of Ukraine. This allowed these bastards to speed up globalization and inflict biopolitics on us under the guise of COVID. Our standard of living has been collapsing ever since.

If we let these same bastards do this to us again, what will be their next step? It’s only reasonable to assume it will be more of the same. Why would we agree to that?

It’s time for a big reshuffle of the world order back towards the nation-state and away from globalization. Globalization has been a failure for everybody but the Scholzes, the Putins, the Obamas and Co. And they know we are on to them, which is why they squirm so much.

16 thoughts on “See Them Squirm

  1. “extraordinary idiot”

    translation (by twitter) “The war raises many questions such as: Can violence be fought with violence? Can you only create peace without weapons? We should discuss both with respect. But one thing is clear: we support Ukraine so that violence does not become the norm.”

    I wonder if Germany now is just waiting for Putin to croak hoping they can do business with whover follows (in the short term patrushev? in the long term… who knows?)

    In the meantime they dither and say things and shuffle their feet…

    another possibility is that the entire German political and business establishments are Putin assets….

    yet another (even more frightening) is that they really are just that dumb….

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    1. Scholz absolutely is a Russian asset which I said from the day he was elected. And people told me he had repented and was now normal.

      But it’s also true that he’s this stupid. The two things compliment each other nicely.

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  2. “Russia’s war in Ukraine is the COVID pandemic for the globalizing elites. They face the possibility of losing the old, comfortable ‘normal’ if Russia is defeated”

    You mean if Russia defeats them.

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    1. George, I will ask once again:

      You said you believe I banned you and deleted your comments. If you yourself believe you are not wanted, why do you keep bringing yourself to a place where you are rejected? Do you have no self-respect at all? Everything you say on my blog is extraordinarily, insanely stupid. I believe that you are a stupid person. Will this be enough for you to find some remaining shreds of dignity and go away?

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      1. I did not say that you banned or deleted anything. I said that I was unable to make comments, or mentioned that you blocked my ability to make them. Those things are different.

        I also recall you saying to someone that I was “having a break” or something similar in a comment, which I found to be monumentally rude. Anyway:

        Regarding your question about why I am making comments here again despite not being wanted by you, I am not sure that you will like the answer, but will tell you:

        I want to see what you do, how you behave, and how you process information, because your behaviour is extraordinary.

        I want this information to benefit myself because, as with practically everyone else living in a Western nation, I have to deal with large numbers of people who are behaving irrationally, who do not properly recognise, assess, and weigh facts, or who are not dealing very well with stress, particularly in regards to foreign nations that have been designated as being enemies by the corrupt governments in charge.

        It seems likely to me that the way you are processing information regarding Russia will be similar to how people around me, who actually do affect me, will process information regarding China – another nation which has been designated as being an enemy nation by the corrupt government in charge.

        So far, based on what I have seen, I am convinced that a wider war will break out in Europe either in the short term or after a short break as various nations re-arm, which means that doing things like investing in Europe, partnering with any person or company tied to Europe as part of ordinary business, or going on vacation there for a while is probably a bad idea.

        Similarly, locally, based on what I have seen on this blog, I suspect that local academics who advise governments or who belong to various “think tanks” are going to mindlessly support war in the Pacific and in fact help it happen, which is obviously important to me as I choose how to conduct business and position myself geographically.

        Regarding your various insults saying that you think me stupid, without dignity etc what I perceive is that none of those things are true and that what you really want is to avoid reality and all mention of it.

        So, you are behaving in a negative way towards the one who is talking about things that you would rather avoid so as to drive them away, in a kind of blogospheric book-burning, I suppose.

        Anyway. I doubt that I will post much more apart from finishing off a conversation or two with interested counter parties, so please feel relaxed about everything.

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        1. I’m telling you now: you are banned. Go away. You are not wanted here. What kind of a miserable person doesn’t bugger off after being told to? I could easily ban you through the system but I’m giving you a chance to recover some of your dignity and walk away. But fair warning, one more comment on any subject, and I’ll do just that.

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  3. One of the features that make this blog particularly attractive to me is (was?) its atmosphere of civilised restraint even when disagreement is proffered. There was always a tacit understanding that such an atmosphere should be preserved at all costs, especially when dealing with sensitive topics.
    I have so far held my peace but I can stay silent no longer: visitors of a blog are just that, “visitors”, and as such are required to observe a sense of dignity at all times and to uphold the rules of the house.
    May I also remember everyone that in the course of the past three months this blog’s host has seen her own country brutally invaded by one of its centuries-old enemies, has lost her dearly beloved father and is afflicted with a serious ailment in her ear.

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    1. It’s gotten better since the social media mostly wiped out blogging but in the early years, I could have easily turned this place into bedlam if I let in every troll and unstable person. This is a quiet corner of the internet that we keep peaceful. We think about important things and, hopefully, arrive at insights. If people want drama, there are always social media. But around here I don’t want any of that.

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      1. “If people want drama”

        On the bright side, the idea that the US and NATO has suckered Russia into invading while stupid (and not something I would have thought of on my own) can be used to torture zhopniks* (you got played by the US! you’re doing the bidding of the US! Russia, outsmarted by the the US….. again!)

        *zhopnik is how I now refer to supporters of Putin, related to the guy who said ‘the motherland is not the president’s ass” I was wondering how to make a form like zhopanin (citizen of the ass) but zhopnik is quicker and to the point

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        1. People who never heard of the president’s ass comment and don’t understand why zhopnik is hilarious, who have zero knowledge of the language or the culture, want me to take them seriously in these debates.

          This is the liberal mentality where everybody is a replaceable widget and all cultures are exactly the same. It’s scary how the worst liberal ideas gave conquered minds.

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          1. “People … who have zero knowledge of the language or the culture, want me to take them seriously in these debates”

            This is why I never say anything about Syria… I have no idea who any of the (very many) actors are and who I’d support if I did know or what’s motivating any of them (the few times I tried to inform myself I got hopelessly bogged down within minutes and realized it would take years of study, which I do not have in me, to pull it apart).

            On the other hand I know CEE and find people who try to make everything fit the same (west-centric) scenario to be really tiresome (and/or hilarious).

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    2. It is a weird thing: you can almost draw a neat line right down the center of internet combox users, between those who regard the space as a parlor, and those who regard it as a battlefield. It doesn’t quite divide up by gender, but it’s heavily skewed that way. Internet anonymity makes it impossible to tell, but I do wonder how much it does or doesn’t line up with how the same people behave IRL, in a space that is not their own house. Are there really that many aggressively confrontational people out in the world, and we just don’t notice, because when we meet them, we avoid meeting them again? Or does the internet simply take away the constraints of face-to-face conversation, either allowing behavior that people deeply desire to engage in, but feel too stifled to do in person, or actively encouraging such behavior in people who would otherwise be reading body language and facial cues to determine they’d gone too far?

      I think in that last aspect, text-only is very liberating for those of us who struggle with nonverbal communication. But I wonder if it might be crippling, to a similar degree, for people who rely more heavily on that.

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      1. \ those who regard the space as a parlor, and those who regard it as a battlefield. It doesn’t quite divide up by gender, but it’s heavily skewed that way

        Do you mean that more women regard it as a parlor, while men – as a battlefield?
        After following various blogs in English and Russian, I have seen plenty of aggressive female bloggers.
        They are at the top of Russian lj, and are much less nice than any commenter I had ever seen here.

        \ I do wonder how much it does or doesn’t line up with how the same people behave IRL, in a space that is not their own house

        Just recently read a study that behavior on Internet reflects one in RL.
        People do not turn into somebody else, anonymity or no.

        \ text-only is very liberating for those of us who struggle with nonverbal communication. But I wonder if it might be crippling, to a similar degree, for people who rely more heavily on that.

        It is sometimes hard to tell the emotion behind a comment. Not on this blog, usually, but in other places.

        Btw, English commenters and bloggers tend to be quite nice, while Russian ones are often more direct, abrasive and even aggressive. It’s true for Russian-speakers from Ukraine or supporters of Ukraine too, and was so before the start of the war, so it’s not ethnic Russians or citizens of Russia only.

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        1. I have seen plenty of very polite civilized comments by men, and also plenty of nasty, aggressive commenting by women, but I think It skews in favor of men for aggression and women for civility. But I’ll also append the HUGE caveat that I’m pretty bad at guessing what gender a person is online if they don’t say, or have a gender-specific handle, and even then I’m just taking their word for it. So I could have an inaccurate impression of it.

          It is very often hard to tell the emotion behind a comment, but I’m way better at reading such nuances in text than I am IRL, sadly. Maybe I could do it in person too, if I had the ability to replay a given interaction three, four, five times before I had to respond 😉 It is true, though, that this blog has very verbally-skilled, literate, mostly-grammatical commenters, so it’s easier here. Detecting emotional or other not-explicity-stated content gets much more difficult as the verbal fluency of the commenter declines. This is one of the reasons I gave up on FB. The literacy level is too low to engage fruitfully or meaningfully in text exchanges. It was warping my perception of people I knew and had OK relationships with IRL, but who struggle with written verbal fluency. The format makes them look like drooling idiots, even when they’re competent, decent people in person.

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