The visuals of traffic lined up for miles and miles at every available border crossing and the crowds at the airport should have made Putin weep for joy – 20 or 30 years ago the average Russian couldn’t even afford a car or a plane ticket, and now, here they are displaying their obvious wealth – fleeing their country – he SHOULD be proud – but he’s probably not, given that all those people are fleeing HIM!
Oh well, he should be content knowing that here in America, at least the Republican party still loves him.
I wonder, in my idle moments, whether it “bothers” Putin at all that he is emulating, to scary degree, the actions of one of Russia’s greatest foes from the twentieth century – Adolph Hitler.
And, incidentally, evidently Italy is going to attempt a “Fascism 2.0” under Giorgia Meloni. Oh well, at least she’ll be more attractive than “Il Duce” was, hanging by her heels from a gas station sign.
In their rush to be on an equal footing with the West, Russia often achieved ONLY THE APPEARANCE of technological parity – they have NEVER had anywhere close to “parity” with us in anything substantial.
Their larger cities are more-or-less the “equal” to the West in “modernity” – as long as you don’t peer beneath the surface – but travel into their hinterlands and you find an almost medieval squallor.
Russian “leadership” has an almost primordial inferiority complex vis-a-vie the West and that inferiority drives them and also makes them very, very dangerous!
Russia, even under the old Soviet moniker, has NEVER been more than a third-rate power – a “one-trick” pony as it were.
There was a series of articles in “True” magazine in the late 50s that exposed their soft underbelly – they’ve ALWAYS been able to ONLY do one thing well – if they try to expand into multiple achievements, they would (and did) collapse – this is also true to a lesser extent, of China.
They are like “children” who. coming home from their first day of kindergarten, announcing to ‘Mommy’ that they’re now ready for college.
The facade of the Trumpian Enterprise has always been much more impressive than the “reality”, within – Trump, for all his bluster, has NEVER been more than an unscrupulous “millionaire” and he was that only because his Father was a millionaire and left the bulk of his estate to Donnie John.
For all his obfuscation (see the list of charges from the New York State attorney general), Trump has NEVER been a particularly successful businessman, losing money even while attempting to run a New Jersey casino – it takes a special type of incompetence to fail at running a gambling house.
It’s “illegal” to download music off the internet – what about “listening” to the same music? And if you listen and REMEMBER the song, how is that different from downloading that song?
A much more pragmatic way of looking at the issue is "you shouldn’t attempt “commercializing” music on the internet.
That’s the problem – especially when installing software on your computer – if you DON’T check the “I agree” box, it stops the installation, cold. You don’t even get a chance to argue. I soften the blow somewhat by dropping off the internet before installing anything, and sometimes the instillation program gets really “pissy” when it can’t contact its masters, but that’s life in the big city, I guess. I do read quite closely any installation offers during the “install” process, and reject most of them, but the really dangerous ons are those that don’t ask for permission to install at all.
That’s why I scan the “installed programs” list occasionally as should we all. “Malware” is everybody’s responsibility – in the fifties it was “Watch the Skies!”, today it’s “Watch the Installs!”
Actually, Green, this question was successfully answered by a book I read while still in school, many decades ago called “Level Seven” by Mordecai Roshwald. Its conclusion, with the main protagonist lying mortally sick in his bunk in “level 7” surrounded by his fellow soldiers’ rotting bodies in their bunks, gives me the occasional nightmare to this day. That book, along with Philip Wylie, and his 1954 book “Tomorrow” has colored my entire life – I have no false allusions about the REAL outcome of any nuclear attack – for one thing, our civilization is predicated on such a flimsy pinnacle that almost ANY disruption would send us hurling back to the stone age – note our reaction to power outages during summer thunder storms.
I appreciate the accoutrements of modern civilization and have NO DESIRE to live, huddled around a campfire, trying to eat half- burned, half raw rabbit, while watching over my shoulder for packs of feral dogs.
That’s right, Ronnie – and contravening an order from Putin is ALSO a “death trap”! Name your poison.