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#341 George Rowell

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 08:19 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 16 June 2019 - 02:50 PM, said:

The Bible isn't paywalled, though. Although that might be a good business opportunity for someone!
Are you saying NYt is paywalled in the US?
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Posted 16 June 2019 - 08:43 PM

No link to the actual Times article?
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#343 George Rowell

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 09:33 PM

View PostAnBr, on 16 June 2019 - 08:43 PM, said:

No link to the actual Times article?
https://www.nytimes....ussia-grid.html
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Posted 16 June 2019 - 11:20 PM

View PostAnBr, on 22 April 2019 - 07:39 PM, said:

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Kasparov is an admirable opposition figure to Putin in that he is, at least in word as yet, committed to genuine democracy. This doesn't mean that his analysis of American politics, or Putin's strategies is of any particular value.
One would expect Sanders to be tough on Russia because he is a fairly pragmatic politician by nature and Russia's behaviour is generally contrary to American interests. Further to that, because Sanders' disposition is opposed to foreign adventures, his policy would likely lean heavily on economic sanctions as opposed to military options - not a win for Russia, specifically the opposite of what Russia would prefer.
The opinion that Russia is "pro-chaos" is not without merit, but supporting the eventual nominee of the party most likely to carry the majority of the popular vote in a national election strikes me as not all that effective in the promotion of chaos.

ETA: "Empowering extremes" would be reference to, for example, giving the US Green party a platform on RT, etc. but that wasn't really about empowering extremes, it was just about siphoning off Clinton votes, people I think, generally, underestimate how much Putin blamed Clinton for the Panama Papers.
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Posted 17 June 2019 - 01:53 AM

The media and (some) political parties have for a long time put forth extreme views that polarize the voters and evade the real middle ground issues. Parties get voted in on abortion, immigrants and divisive issues and then once elected they add the pork. I have heard it called 'Above and Below' and it seems to works every time.
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Posted 17 June 2019 - 07:20 AM

That article was encouraging to me. Good to see the US getting positioned to strike back, and letting Russia know it. Talk about the first stones....
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