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#1 Posted by TruthTellah (9623 posts) -

This should be its own channel on Twitch.

#2 Edited by TruthTellah (9623 posts) -

Hell no. Not saying I support what Russia is doing, but I love the hypocrisy of the international community's argument. Voting that happens under the barrel of a gun is unacceptable,,,save for Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Germany, numerous South American countries, and 1950s Iran.....

I look forward to visiting the states of Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, and Germany real soon.

#3 Posted by TruthTellah (9623 posts) -

This is the weirdest spam I've seen here, and I've seen some shit.

#4 Edited by TruthTellah (9623 posts) -

I see nothing at all suspicious about people surrounded by thousands of armed soldiers apparently voting 95.5% to go along with what those armed soldiers want.

#5 Posted by TruthTellah (9623 posts) -

@ld50: I assume you read that comment and my other comments you replied to. In none of them have I said I think US military action is necessary right now. I've made the point that caring about the situation in Ukraine and possibly supporting involvement(using all non-military means available) is reasonable in light of the real people involved. Being against greater fatalism is far removed from supporting military action.

I would ask that you please try to better understand what I'm actually saying rather than projecting onto my comments. This isn't just a black and white matter of supporting doing nothing or supporting all-out war.

#6 Edited by TruthTellah (9623 posts) -

@dudeglove said:

@brodehouse said:

I don't understand why Putin doesn't just push into Central Asia.

There was a gold rush of sorts into Central Asia in the 90s after the soviet union collapsed by various oil companies, specifically those countries in and around the Caspian Sea area (if you want the full article I can PM it to you). In some cases it spawned "benevolent" dictators, in others it's been frightfully messy, but it doesn't get reported on much because no one gives much of a shit about CIS states in the West.

People keep bringing up China's supposed role here, and I find there's some sort of bizarre irony to that. It doesn't get reported much, but Russia and China have had numerous border disagreements since the brief Sino-Soviet war of 1969 that no one ever speaks of, which eventually culminated in some treaty or other whereby Russia handed over land to China and/or actually sold it.

For other instances of disputed Russian territories, see also the Sakhalin (where a whole bunch of Jews got forcibly moved to) and Kuril Islands (boils down to gas and fishing) back n'forth with the Japanese. I can't really think of any other countries (other than, bizarrely, Russia) having a "good" parallel to the Crimean situation, other than coming up with some sort of weird hypothetical examples. Failing that, maybe some similarities can be seen between the Irish sovereignty referendums and Home Rule vis-a-vis England, but that's stretching it a bit.

No one from the west will stop him if it costs more than 20 bucks and a weekend.

You'd think that but there's a very odd fatalistic trait to a lot of Russians (certainly those currently in their 30s/40s - basically the ones who saw the wall fell, never left the country and have endured the countless defaults, saw others leave the country to go on and be successful, and were additionally told from childbirth from their parents that they'll never amount to anything because they themselves saw similar shit and that it's worthless to pursue anything worthwhile) that I've had great trouble trying to get the root of.

In one respect it's almost kind of refreshing because some of them live like it's last day on Earth, but at the same time they won't do fucking anything because they've seen how fucked up things can get in such a short space of time. It goes in stark contrast to the Western idea of "if you want something, you have to go and get it", whereas far too many Russians are resigned to the idea of "why bother? there will be a war anyway" (the latter is actually a popular phrase in Russian "все равно будет война" along with other hits as "гаси свет, бросай гранату" - turn off the lights and chuck in a grenade). My own way of trying to explain this infuriating characteristic is that if you tell a Russian there's, like, a potion of eternal life or a pot of gold or something that cures all their woes on the other side of a small river and the only thing they'll need to do is pay a tiny toll booth to get across, they won't fucking do it.

As to why they don't do this? I still don't know, but when I read comments that "no one will stop Putin" - okay, maybe no one can stop Putin, but Putin will have a really hard time getting everyone else here on board with him. I mean, look, about 30,000 people took to the streets of Moscow yesterday to march for peace alone. I realize these past couple of paragraphs are kind of unrelated, but it's a really weird aspect of the Russian character that just isn't talked about enough, and I think it's actually one of the biggest underlying problems the country faces. Ukraine seems to share it, except they have a far shorter fuse and don't need all that much impetus to take to the streets (because by now it's sort of a national past time every 5 years to have another revolution).

@ld50 said:

@noizy: Not so much oil. But there are gas routes...

Source

*ding ding ding* We have a weiner! Congrats on finally hitting on the fact that Ukraine is pretty much the sole transit state for European gas from Russia. If you're interested, look up the Nabucco and South Stream projects that were aimed at dealing with the "Ukrainian question". Short version of the story is both Russia and the EU/Germany have long been fed up relying on the Ukrainian infrastructure and have sought ways to circumvent it. Ukraine being circumvented is bad news for, well, Ukraine, but their mockery of a government(s) coupled with oligarchical infighting and bickering over who-gets-what for the past 20 years has proven them to be consistently unreliable when it comes to trying to friggin pipe hydrocarbons through their territory. The long version involves you taking the time to actually read through all the material rather than going by the words of sensationalist headlines from HuffPo or CNN.

I appreciate this comment, dudeglove. I may disagree and hold some different views regarding this situation, but I like your personal perspective. We both seem to be thinking about the context and history with all of this, and it oddly gives me a bit of hope.

I share your concern regarding the weird kind of fatalism that seems to have become entrenched in many hearts. I've certainly seen it in many post-Soviet Russians, but then, I've also seen it in many Europeans in the waning days of the twentieth century. And in its own strange way, a more global perspective in the Internet age seems to either push people further into fatalism or ardent activism. Yet both seem to struggle with hope. Often I hear, "what's the point?"

Frankly, even when people don't outright say it, I feel like a great deal of Internet comments can almost be boiled down to "what's the point?" Russians and many in the former Soviet states have plenty of reason to feel that way. To maintain the union, there has to be some level of belief in that union. Belief in the dream of what can be done together. When that dream falls or even just the facade of it finally gives way, what are you left with?

One of the defining factors of a kind of "American" ideal is the personal dream above the collective dream, and that is surprisingly resilient to shifts in the world. Because if you fail your dream, there's still the next one. And your failure won't as often drag down the dreams of others. And so, while it hinders larger collective dreams, individual hope still endures. But if you have no basis for that, then all you're left with is a failure and a feeling of weakness. The ideology of "Alone we are weak, but together we are strong" is amazing in mobilizing people, but when those big hopes fail and people get more and more divided, then it's people left alone, only with reminders of the past that they are powerless.

In more recent times, the Internet feeds a similar conflict in people. People want to stand on their own and do something, but in the big picture of an overwhelming Internet and a world so distant yet undeniably in one's face 24/7, how can you do anything? I understand the fatalism, because especially for a young person in their teens or early twenties, they've had the Internet almost all their lives. And with it, the world feels smaller than ever before. Smaller, but still all too distant. I may be able to talk to someone across the globe, and they can literally show me the very real wounds that they have. But no matter one's empathy, it is so easy to notice and dwell upon our frustrating powerlessness. It's like you're in a hotel room and next door someone cries for help but all you can do is shout in the hopes that anyone with the power to do so can make it stop. The natural fatalism of weakness may make us callous to the world, but I do believe there is still some value in pursuing action even in the face of hopelessness.

My distance or weakness does not make any distant cries less chilling or concerns less pressing. As you explained, the greatest failing of fatalism is how it weakens us from taking advantage of the real opportunities that are there. Just because we can't see an opportunity as clear as crystal does not mean it isn't there, and across one of the rivers, there may indeed be something meaningful. I care about what's happening in Ukraine not because the news is in a tizzy or it's the hottest topic, but because these aren't just faces on a screen. They aren't just distant concepts I can write off. This is impacting real people, and I'll be damned if I let apparent powerlessness rob me of my humanity. A Ukrainian or Russian is not some foreign entity; they are people like you and me stuck in their own crazy situation. Even if we can do little here, we still have every reason to care about what is happening in Ukraine.

I hope you are right about the state of affairs in Russia, and I have had a similar impression. Russia is not a monolith; it's a country like any other. And there are plenty of Russians who see through the madness of all this. Putin will not have everyone on board, especially if this is only just a sign of what's to come. There used to be years and years of media telling Russians and Americans to hate and stereotype one another, but the reality is, people are people first. And I've seen enough goodness and sense from Russians in my own life to be confident that many Russians will not stand for this. The systematic challenges of post-Soviet fatalism aside, sensible people will find a way to cut through the bullshit.

This is perhaps more of a personal sentiment here than just about Ukraine, but a lot of this speaks to a bigger context of history and the present we know face. We do not have to accept the all too common fatalism which endures and grows today. In those here and elsewhere, I continue to be given greater hope in the face of powerlessness, frustration, and all that may seem at first to be distant and insurmountable.

#7 Edited by TruthTellah (9623 posts) -

Nice! You saw what seemed like an insurmountable challenge and found a way. That's some Dark Souls right there. Good stuff.

#8 Posted by TruthTellah (9623 posts) -

Well that sucks.

#9 Posted by TruthTellah (9623 posts) -

That sucks. I'm sorry Canadian Duders.

Selfish question, if the Canadian dollar sucks, does that mean its a good time for me to vacation in Canada?

Yes, actually. It's a better time than ever to visit Canada. The tourist industry is certainly seeing hope in this, and with good reason.

There aren't really plans to fully undo this change in the valuation, because the Canadian Dollar has been considered a bit too high for a while now. Now it's settling into a more level 0.85-0.90 to the USD, and it will likely stay that way for some time. Which should mean your money will go further in Canada! So, while things like price increases of imported products(such as consoles) stink, there are some upsides such as that. You should definitely consider vacationing Canada.

#10 Posted by TruthTellah (9623 posts) -
@humanity said:

@truthtellah said:
@krullban said:

My question is..why? >.>

From what I've heard today, people are speculating that it's because of the falling Canadian dollar. It's estimated to fall even further over the next year vs the USD, Euro, Pound, and Yen. So, since Sony is already cutting it pretty close on the cost of the PS4, they may feel this is necessary to keep it profitable in Canada.

Though, I'm surprised they jumped $50. That's pretty rough.

Wait a second TruthTellah.. are you tellah me that Sony is a corporation that is seeking profits in return for a product, and not in fact my friend that wants to like totally make sure I have the best gaming experience ever? My.. my world..

Dude... dude... Ya know what?

Sony even has shareholders they have to appease, and most things you like about them are likely planned moves to get more money out of you and others to increase their profits. It's almost like they're a business or something.