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by Octavious
Sun Mar 06, 2022 9:09 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

Chernobyl was a long time ago. You'd imagine that knowledge of how to run plants has improved somewhat. But I wasn't thinking in terms of a risk of another Chernobyl, which I think is pretty negligible, but mostly the risk of people freezing to death etc etc because there's no one around to run the ...
by Octavious
Sat Mar 05, 2022 3:08 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Rulebook Press
Replies: 24
Views: 1453

Re: Rulebook Press

Fairness would be an unfortunate habit for a Diplomacy player to adopt ;) Live games still give you more time for actual diplomacy, truth be told. To much time in ftf is taken up by trying to find somewhere to have a conversation and in the competition to get a good look at the map without making it...
by Octavious
Fri Mar 04, 2022 4:48 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Rulebook Press
Replies: 24
Views: 1453

Re: Rulebook Press

Ftf is indeed somewhat different from online diplomacy. Due to time constraints the game is very rarely about a titanic struggle for the solo, and more a race to get as many centres as you can before someone has to go home and have dinner. Different skills are required for the game. Whereas online d...
by Octavious
Fri Mar 04, 2022 7:44 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

I suspect that the nuclear plant is one of those stories that looks a lot bigger than what it is. Clearly a plant that supplies 1/4 of Ukraine's energy is a major strategic objective. Shelling it seems to me little more than Russia continuing with its strategy of whispering "nuclear" as often as pos...
by Octavious
Thu Mar 03, 2022 6:46 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Western Strategy

A lot has been talked about what Russia wants from this war, and it's clear enough what Ukraine wants (mostly), but very little is talked about what the West wants. We are a significant actor in the conflict, providing a vast array of armaments and supplies and many a round of applause (hey, it "wor...
by Octavious
Wed Mar 02, 2022 10:11 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

One good war crime deserves another...

https://www.facebook.com/16374366798213 ... 028931719/

You really hope it's some sort of Russian disinformation campaign...
by Octavious
Wed Mar 02, 2022 10:52 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

Yes, and portrayed as a Lukashenko cock-up where he accidentally gives the game away. The most remarkable thing is that quite a lot of Western media seem to believe that this is actually true, rather than a transparent attempt to reinforce their preferred narrative. I think journalists would benefit...
by Octavious
Tue Mar 01, 2022 1:27 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

Ukraine ask for immediate EU membership.

The EU says no.

Ukraine is given candidate status instead, which is... I don't really know. A needless provocation? A reason for Russia not to seek an early end to the war? A useful card for Ukraine to play in peace negotiations?
by Octavious
Tue Mar 01, 2022 7:46 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

The Russian Minister of Culture repeatedly expressing Putin's demands could qualify as *meaningful*. I don't expect anything to come of it. Why would Ukraine believe anything Putin offered would be lasting? They've been invaded 3 times in less than 10 years. Russia won't stop until there's a regime...
by Octavious
Mon Feb 28, 2022 9:13 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

You have an interesting definition of positive. My analysis was unrelentingly bleak. I don't see any bias to it. It is quite clear that Russia has been holding off from anything major in the opening days, predicting (somewhat accurately) that Ukraine will focus on defending population centres rather...
by Octavious
Mon Feb 28, 2022 5:43 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

I would be very much surprised if nothing meaningful was discussed. The entire conflict thus far has been little more than a negotiation. Russia has spent a few days showing Ukraine that it's serious without actually doing anything particularly damaging. The message to Ukraine will now be to give Ru...
by Octavious
Mon Feb 28, 2022 11:36 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

It is an odd sort of conflict. From what I can make out the major gas transit pipelines from Russia to Europe via Ukraine are still very much in operation. Europe continues to buy, Russia continues to sell, and continues to pay Ukraine the transit fee. The peace talks will prove enlightening regardi...
by Octavious
Sun Feb 27, 2022 8:04 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

Indeed so... Unfortunately I can't for the life of me think of any viable definition you can be using that makes your question anything other than inane gibberish. Perhaps you can enlighten me?
by Octavious
Sun Feb 27, 2022 6:29 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

If you want to be treated with respect, cormorant, you should avoid saying anything as utterly ridiculous as that again.
by Octavious
Sun Feb 27, 2022 8:32 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

We were all having a pretty decent discussion. Then you invented the idea that I'd made some definition of dictator you didn't like and went off on one. I explained that you were mistaken, which to any normal person would have been the end of it, but you insisted on dedicating the next umpteen posts...
by Octavious
Sat Feb 26, 2022 1:37 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: So who are we rooting for in the Russia vs Ukraine war?
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: So who are we rooting for in the Russia vs Ukraine war?

The only thing worth hoping for is Putin being removed by his fellow Russians before he can cause too much damage. Everything else is choosing the lesser of considerable evils. If Ukraine succeeds is thwarting Russia it will not be without great cost and the benefit to the rest of Europe will be imm...
by Octavious
Fri Feb 25, 2022 11:05 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

That's some mightily impressive wishful thinking from that random Twitter chap. You're better off hoping that the excitement of it all gives Putin a heart attack. Tend to agree in some respects on the power corrupts thing, although it's worth saying that in many respects who we are is formed by our ...
by Octavious
Fri Feb 25, 2022 9:30 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

Flash, how much of a thick shit are you? I don't care what you think. I don't have any interest in your opinions. I have a preference for you shutting up and ending your seemingly endless fascination with me. It's frankly a bit weird, and I'm sure everyone else is bored sick of you turning everythin...
by Octavious
Thu Feb 24, 2022 9:34 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

How clear do you want me to make it? I DO NOT THINK WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE IS A DICTATOR IS DETERMINED BY POPULARITY. Do you understand now? I don't know how it can be expressed any simpler for you. Do you have particular needs you haven't told us about? Does your mum call you special? Still, at lea...
by Octavious
Thu Feb 24, 2022 5:15 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: War, what is it good for?
Replies: 199
Views: 4031

Re: War, what is it good for?

Flash, mate, give it a rest. I have no enthusiasm for arguing with you about the definition of dictator, especially as you are unwilling to accept anything I say on the subject. If it makes you feel better by all means imagine that I believe that in order to be a dictator you have to wear either a b...