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    Yesterday, 07:13 PM Chanced upon an article in the Australian Financial Review ("Red Robber Barons Back in the USSR" by Anne Applebaum). It is the same as this book review published in NY Times. The book being reviewed is Karen Dawisha's Putin's Kleptocracy. A talk by Karen about her book, below I also came across Padma Desai's letter to the Financial Timeswhich states clearly. Mr Putin remains an egocentric, authoritarian ruler. In the old days, the tsars ignored the nobility (boyars) at their peril. Leonid Brezhnev, leader from 1964-1982, had to deal with the politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. By contrast, Mr Putin is an absolute ruler. The Russian legislature is his rubber-stamping body. Despite the amnesty measures, Russia remains a police state with widespread controls on internet activity and public meetings all unveiled under presidential executive orders. For some misguided reason I was relatively sanguine about Russia after reading relatively positive articles in newspapers/magazines over the years. Here's one that I randomly picked up from the internet. Moscow is supposedly a modern city. Padma Desai's talk in Melbourne a couple of years ago depicted a modestly positive picture. But after reading this book review, I wrote to her and she responded that she has not read the book yet. But she recommended I read her letter in Financial Times (which I've cited above). Clearly she has changed her stance re: Putin.
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    Yesterday, 03:09 AM
    He would probably just keep them in litigation till they went bankrupt.
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    08-16-2017, 11:25 PM
    Would it fool the software if the image were reversed?
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  • oyarde's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 10:47 PM
    When in doubt just get more ammo . Makes you feel better.
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    08-16-2017, 10:42 PM
    Do not do it . If you do I can use my israeli banker contact to get me all of your information for a mere pinch of gold dust . Which means someone else can too .
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    08-16-2017, 10:35 PM
    It is worth fighting for your own personal freedom and the protection of your loved ones . That is why you cannot give up . That is not to say you cannot accept that you are surrounded by people who will never think as you .
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 10:14 PM
    Well, if his plan was to get the Civil War monuments removed, he succeeded and then some.
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    08-16-2017, 09:28 PM
    My anti drone drones are armed in 12 Ga .
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    08-16-2017, 09:07 PM
    oyarde replied to a thread 50 shades of gray in Open Discussion
    I have to say I like the Plum Crazy purple .
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    08-16-2017, 09:03 PM
    Birthday Greetings !
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    08-16-2017, 08:56 PM
    Around here the cops like gray ones .
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    08-16-2017, 08:54 PM
    Of course , if they had really wanted it to be cool they would have named it something like Pontiac , Tecumseh , Indian .......
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 08:51 PM
    Well, you have to have a bad paint job if you are having to reproduce the car a couple of times for every episode.
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  • oyarde's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 08:49 PM
    Well , I like those colors better .
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 08:48 PM
    You know how it is. With those convoluted areas like that, it takes around 10 minutes to find anything in there. Gotta search every corner.
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 08:36 PM
    Maybe they see two doors, think about General Lee and automatically want it to be a Charger.
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    08-16-2017, 08:25 PM
    These guys say it's a Charger. :confused:
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 08:08 PM
    Then what's this?
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 07:58 PM
    Unless it's all acting and the performance is for the media to use.
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 07:25 PM
    If somebody doesn't want civil war monuments in parks, one way to accomplish the task would be to hire two groups of people to have a violent conflict over them.
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    08-16-2017, 07:21 PM
    Aug 18 in history , 1587 Virginia Dare becomes first white child born at the Colony of Roanoke , 1612 the trial of the Pendle Witches begins in Lancaster Assizes , England . The twelve accused witches of Pendle and one at York were charged with murdering ten people with witchcraft . One died in prison , one was acquitted and the remainder ( two men , nine women ) were hanged . Before you laugh too hard remember that 85 percent of american colonists ( many of your ancestors ) were loyal to the crown and governments of england and just as stupid as these people or more so . 1838 The Wilkes Expedition explores Pugent Sound . 1868 French Astronomer discovers helium , 1920 18th Amendment is effective . 1965 Operation Starlight , US Marines attack and destroy Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong , 1966 The Battle of Long Tan pits the D Co 6th Australian Regiment ( 108 men ) against 2500 Cong of the 5th Division, losing 18 men they killed 245 Cong . 1971 Australian and New Zealand withdraw troops from Nam . 1976 The Axe Murder Incident on the DMZ at Panmunjon . Denis Leary born 1957 , Timothy Geithner born 1961. 2010 , Danke realizes he was not his girlfriends first choice .( I had to work ahead a bit , I have a funeral to go to )
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    08-16-2017, 06:51 PM
    Aug 17 in history , 309 /310 Pope Eusebius is banished by the Emperor Maxentius to Sicily where he dies . 1549 The Prayer Book Rebellion is squashed in England , 1585 first colonists land on Roanoke in present day North Carolina , 1668 Earthquake in Anatolia kills 8, 000 . 1862 The Dakota War of 1862 begins in Minnesota as the Eastern Sioux attack Dankes relatives along the Minnesota River to gain ground back for hunting and drive the settlers out as the famished Indians had been denied guaranteed annuity payments by the Govt for this land that was stolen by the unwashed white socialists . Lincoln hangs 38 of them later . Also 1862 Confederate General JEB Stuart takes command of the Cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia . 1907 Pike Place Market opens in Seattle , 1915 Hurricane hits Galveston , 1942 US Marines raid Makin Island in the Pacific ,1943 US Eighth Air Force suffers the loss of 60 Bombers on one mission . Also 1943 US 7th Army under Patton arrives ar Messina . 1953 Fist meeting of Narcotics Anonymous takes place in southern california . 1977 Soviet icebreaker reaches the North Pole . 1998 Danke watched as president clinton admits he had an improper physical relationship with Monica Lewinsky .
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 06:00 PM
    They have been doing that too. Impatient protesters begin digging up Confederate generalís grave ó themselves!
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    08-16-2017, 04:13 PM
    Today , I picked up a 1905 S silver Barber Half dollar , a 1922 D silver Peace Dollar , an 1866 Three Cent nickel pc. , a nice 1909 V nickel , an 1811/0 Very Good Large Cent and an 1859 Indian Cent .
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 03:53 PM
    He did this to himself ...
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 02:59 PM
    Now I'm beginning to wonder if both groups that day were funded by the same people.
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    08-16-2017, 02:53 PM
    Yeah, might want to be on the lookout for AntiFa and the BLM too.... they catch you taking a picture and you might be assaulted.
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