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    Russia Surrounded

    This btw is why the ravings about "regime change" from the conspiracy left are so absolutely insane and out of touch with reality. The US has had more than a decade to get rid of Assad if that were their intention. These CIA masterminds are obviously not very good at their jobs. The extent that...
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    Russia Surrounded

    I've read that Zelensky's videos are an attempt at the forging of a new national identity in real time. I think national conceptions are probably formed under adversity and if Ukraine survives, their self-conception is going to remarkable. The fucking blitz and WW2 is the engine that drives the...
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    Russia Surrounded

    Another factor that I don't think will necessarily influence the war but is worthy of note nonetheless is the growing awareness of the way the Russian imaginary has structured Ukraine, the war, and how out of whack this is with actual Ukrainian conceptions of themselves as a nation-state with a...
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    Russia Surrounded

    It will go on like this until it changes. I know that's incredibly trite, it's deliberately so, pls forgive me. What I meant it will drag on until a tipping point is reached, some combination of visible factors, "known unknowns", or more likely things completely off the radar currently and...
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    Russia Surrounded

    Yeah, its rare I disagree with your analysis P, but if we recall the early days of the war and the propaganda that supported the invasion, it was all the war will last 2 days, the Russian army was strong (not inept and absolutely riddled with corruption), and would be greeted by cheering...
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    Bojo

    Biggest by election swing ever in Tiverton.
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    No Future for the GOP?

    I thought all the Boebert stuff was possibly faked? Hard to keep up, but I've not seen any hard evidence yet.
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    LUKE DAVIS -- POEMS

    I plan to use Woops as a "wedge" as he's belligerent but most people will think they can beat him in a fight then I'll come in as the heavy artillery. t.
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    LUKE DAVIS -- POEMS

    I'll come if I can. Me and Woops will start a fight with random strangers for Luke's entertainment
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    Bojo

    Apparently it was in Lord Ashcroft's book but no one noticed at the time of publication:
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    New Rap

    I kinda tuned out of Future since Wizrd tbh. Idk if I agree re. Free Bricks. I think he worked really well against Gucci 'cos he seemed to be working the hooks against Gucci's raps. I started listening to the CVE tape yesterday. I think it's excellent though it didn't bend my head up like the...
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    New Rap

    Gucci said once said once Future isn't a great rapper but he is a great pop songwriter which I think is true.
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    Keir Starmer

    It's the kind of hairsplitting that delights politicians but enrages normal people.
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    Keir Starmer

    Broad strokes but Thatcherism had defeat of the unions, mass privitisation. Blair had "the third way". Cameron had austerity I guess. I don't think the current lot have anything apart from power for it's own sake, it's a kind of paradox 'cos they don't want to do anything with it. I guess...
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    Keir Starmer

    Its always been there but there have always been other ideas in operation as well. This govt really have nothing else.
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    Keir Starmer

    Pretty much.
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    Keir Starmer

    Exactly. Another group of faceless Euro bureaucrats to get angry at. Brexit Mk 2. I think it's unlikely they thought the plane would ever get off the ground but it ignites the culture war so well and good.
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    Keir Starmer

    I don't want to defend him too much. Maybe he genuinely has a shit comms teams around him. Would be good if could articulate a position on this somehow that didn't just draw him into the same back and forth.
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    Keir Starmer

    It's a trap though. They want him to say something so they can start laying into him as Mr Human Rights Lefty Lawyer. Bit of conspiracy thinking for you but it almost feels like the whole thing is set up so they have a way to employ a wedge issue against him. I'm sure that was a part of the...
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    gnarled hands

    I basically couldn't conceive of standing in front of a class in September and telling them in good faith that they were going to enjoy the course and I think they should apply themselves.
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