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Big Tech lobbying in EU (10/08/22 15:18:47) Reply
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/28/i-saw-first-hand-tech-giants
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Re: Big Tech lobbying in EU (15/08/22 16:33:01) Reply
    So our democracy - feeble as it is -is under attack from two sides (at least): The politics tyrants and the business tyrants. Or maybe we could combine them andsay: we are under attack from two types of kleptocrats. Our kleptocrats have a less horrible toolbox.
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Cleaning up the act is badly needed. (16/08/22 16:01:03) Reply
    One side of it is depriving the putindroids of ammunition. Of course that's impossible because they will always make up something when there is nothing. Another matter is that our powermasters must be forced to abide by legal and moral laws - otherwise they will end up as all-powerful dictators, entering the throne from the other side.

    So we need continuous vigilance against lobbyism and whitewashing of corruption. No easy task.

    And we need to be observing the guardians. The recent conversion of Amnesty International into putinism should serve as a warning.
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Cleaning up the act: colonies (17/09/22 13:04:24) Reply
    Now that England has lost her queen for the last 70 years the times seem ripe for a review of the english empire - as a starting point for discussing empires in general.
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    OT, but not OT
    Already South Africa and India have voiced an interest in getting back their flagship diamonds - the Koh-i-Noor
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-koh-i-noor-diamondand-why-british-wont-give-it-back-180964660/

    (quite a story)

    and the largest part of the Cullinan diamond, the Star of Africa.
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    There are lies, large-scale theft, and massive violence.
    But I would split the English empire in two qualitatively different parts: the internal empire and the external empire. The internal parts I'd say are Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The external ones are the overseas territories. England has a lot to answer for with regard to the internal empire - mostly, I believe, regarding Ireland. In the external empire looting was no new invention. But the concentration camp was an invention from the Boer war at the beginning of the 20th century.

    https://www.nam.ac.uk/explore/boer-war

    "The British also confined Boer families and black Africans in a network of concentration camps. As well as removing a means of support for the guerrillas, it was believed the presence of Boer families in the camps would make soldiers in the field surrender.

    Accommodation in the camps was poor. Water and food were in short supply, and medical and sanitary facilities almost non-existent. Sickness became widespread. In all, 28,000 Boers, mainly women and children, died in the camps. Around half that number of black Africans died in separate camps."

    Then and now such cruelty may easily backfire, once the facts are revealed.

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    So there a case for critical reviews of the English colony policies, and a case for official repentance. The money? It seems that most of the loot ended as private property for the now rich - and public property for England. Not much loot left for the common englishwoman or -man. So they, too, may be part of the internal empire, looted by the powers that be.

    Then - finally - to Russia. Their empire is and has always been internal. Colonialism. Looting of the periphery for the benefit of Moskva and Petersburg. So Russia has been under the radar because they have had no overseas colonies to speak of (Cuba? - I think one might discuss who looted whom in the days of the soviet union.)

    When will Putin pay a fair price for all the gold looted from Kolyma during Stalin?
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Cleaning up the act: colonies (17/09/22 18:46:20) Reply
    We have quite a few countries that would need a cleanup of their attitudes and a teardown of statues. It would be symbolic only. The worst offenders are long dead.

    A quiet and peaceful gesture could be just making statues or sculptures of a few of the victims to replace the perpetrators.
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Cleaning up the act: strategic bombing (civilian targets) (18/09/22 07:27:48) Reply
    Russia, the terrorist state,isnow targeting Ukrainian infrastructure: dams,power stations, population centres of no military significance. It seems that the cowardly russians are too weak andhave too weak equipment to be able to offer military resistance. It is the big bully targeting the smallest boy in the street.

    It has precedents.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_bombing_during_World_War_II

    I have a more personal relation to this event

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_W%C3%BCrzburg_in_World_War_II

    It may be that bombing of cities diverted resources from targets of military importance and thus contributed to prolonging the war and to giving Stalin more time for progression into eastern Europe.

    When the war is over, I suggest that Ukraine raise amonument of shame in remembrance of the disgusting Jalta agreement. Stalin lied.

    "Following Yalta, Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov expressed worry that the Yalta Agreement's wording might impede Stalin's plans, Stalin responded, "Never mind. We'll do it our own way later."[26] The Soviet Union had already annexed several occupied countries as (or into) Soviet Socialist Republics,[32][33][34] and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe were occupied and converted into Soviet-controlled satellite states, such as the People's Republic of Poland, the People's Republic of Hungary,[35] the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic,[36] the People's Republic of Romania, the People's Republic of Bulgaria, the People's Republic of Albania,[37] and later East Germany from the Soviet zone of German occupation.[38] Eventually, the United States and the United Kingdom made concessions in recognizing the communist-dominated regions by sacrificing the substance of the Yalta Declaration although it remained in form."

    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yalta_Conference)
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