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Would be interesting to see how the crew of the ISS gets changed/supplied with no Russian launch facilities available  ;D
Come winter, maybe Russia could self-impose sanctions on its own "vital gas sector"... ;)

Seeing as there's been some "incidents" of Ukraine Army forces firing mortars into Russia, there could be an 'accident' at the pipeline just over the border into Russia, where the U.A. blows up the pipeline just as winter is approaching, that sadly could take several months to fix with the US/EU sanctions limiting funding for the repairs...   >:D
RT: European Union agrees on Russian sectoral sanctions – top EU officials
The EU has agreed on a new package of sanctions against Russia targeting the military, oil and finance sectors, according to a joint statement by the presidents of the EU Commission and Council.
The restrictions will exclude the vital gas sector, on which Europe is heavily dependent. The sanctions are to be finalized on Wednesday.
Come winter, maybe Russia could self-impose sanctions on its own "vital gas sector"... ;)

RT: US imposes new round of sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
The United States on Tuesday imposed further sanctions on the Russian Federation due to accusations concerning the Kremlin’s alleged ongoing involvement in the escalating crisis in Ukraine.

The US Department of the Treasury has placed new sanctions on three major Russian financial institutions — the Bank of Moscow, the Russian Agricultural Bank and VTB Bank OAO — as well as the state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation.
The Lounge / Re: A Jedi’s Dream Come True
« Last post by czagain on July 29, 2014, 10:01:56 PM »
These people are crazy, I foresee a bunch of lawsuits coming out of this...
A 2W laser is not a toy, the thing could easily blind someone (or yourself).
Breaking News / Re: Israel's offensive against Gaza Strip and Hamas
« Last post by Chesire on July 29, 2014, 09:00:51 PM »
maybe kerry was sent cause he had no chance of success in the first place
General Discussion / Re: The Red Pill: Mind, Body, Spirit
« Last post by VerdantStoic on July 29, 2014, 09:00:49 PM »
You've asked for some emotionally detached input, so I'll attempt it.

At its core, your question centers on pain, how to deal with it and how to prevent it from becoming overwhelming, or worse, debilitating. It's a great question.

It's unnecessary to delve too deeply into the merits of physical pain and its usefulness for survival. We can all see that it's good to get immediate feedback when we do something that harms our physical being. We also accept that discomfort is the price of existence, much like pleasure is its reward.

Emotional pain and its cost/benefit equation is much more fraught with uncertainty and confusion (much like its siblings mental vs. physical illness). Emotional/mental pain, like its physical counterpart, can either be caused by things within our control or outside of it.

A lot of emotional pain comes from unreasonable expectations. For example, if I wake every day thinking I'll win the lottery and plan my future accordingly, the chances are overwhelmingly good that I'm going to have a really shitty time of it when 23:59:59 rolls around and I'm still not a lottery winner. This is probably a fair metaphor for cornucopians.

Most of us on this forum probably have a handle on personal expectations. Our challenge is how to live with the pain caused by things we can't control. In this case, it's living in a world of cornucopians having daily rude awakenings (literally) and instead of adjusting their expectations, doubling down the next day. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Worse, we get blamed. It goes like this:

Corn: "How can you be so calm and serene at a time like this?"
Awake: "I expected it. It can be no other way."
Corn: "So you've been sitting on your ass all this time knowing what's going to happen and doing NOTHING ABOUT IT?" *flails arms*
Awake: "There is nothing to do."
Corn: "I knew it! I knew you were a freaking pessimist! You people ruin everything! If you'd just believed everything would have been fine because The Universe (God, etc.) rewards those who BELIEVE in its (His) bounty. Thanks for nothing!"

Furthermore, we must also live with the fallout and collateral damage of people operating their lives as if there's a Coupe de Ville hiding in the bottom of every Cracker Jack box.

I'll submit to you that Red Pill/Blue Pill is a useful metaphor for describing the large system in which we currently live where Mandatory Fun is the norm. But it falls down a bit in the assertion that the Blue Pill swallowers aren't experiencing the consequences of their myopia in real time (unlike in The Matrix where ignorance is true bliss).

So we're hit with a double whammy. First is that being able to read the future is something of a curse (described quite well by the Greek myth of Cassandra). The second is that we have no choice but to live in the reality created by the collective will (or unwill, if you will) to observe the situation on the ground and report it as it is rather than how we'd like it to be.

It may help to read The Art of War ($.99 on Kindle). Replace "enemy" with "cornucopians" (or, if that's too harsh, "peak oil") and you'll begin to see that we are dealing with an ancient human challenge. Only the details are different.
Breaking News / Re: UPDATE: Ebola outbreak 2 American Dr.s Infected 1 dies
« Last post by Chesire on July 29, 2014, 09:00:03 PM »
Tis really interesting , that multiple countries that spend millions on stupid events , can't rustle up a few bucks to send medical teams to help and monitor things. Countries that definitely do not want the chaos an ebola epidemic would cause in large metro areas with high density populations especially
Breaking News / Re: Israel's offensive against Gaza Strip and Hamas
« Last post by Abha on July 29, 2014, 08:44:18 PM »
I find it hard to believe a suicide note of this nature would have seen the light of day, but who knows?

I suppose that could be true, but then I have also seen reports that the guy is quite hard to deal this one from last year:

Obama Refuses to Speak to Netanyahu

In latest twist in public US-Israel relations fallout, Obama has been forwarding all of Netanyahu's calls to John Kerry.

By Tova Dvorin, Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 11/17/2013, 9:59 AM

Sarkozy, Obama bemoan Netanyahu over open mic
By the CNN Wire Staff

updated 6:17 PM EST, Tue November 8, 2011

The private conversation was inadvertently carried by open microphones before an Obama-Sarkozy news conference on the sidelines of the Group of 20 economic summit in the French resort of Cannes. Its contents were first reported by the French website Arret Sur Images, which said reporters heard Sarkozy's comments in French and Obama's reply through a translator.

"I can't stand him. He's a liar," Sarkozy said of Netanyahu, according to the website.

Obama replied, "You're tired of him; what about me? I have to deal with him every day," the site reported.
Breaking News / Re: Israel's offensive against Gaza Strip and Hamas
« Last post by Taaiit on July 29, 2014, 08:32:48 PM »
Sociapaths are really really hard to treat. Here is a sad tale and rather telling.

Netanyahu’s psychiatrist commits suicide

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Psychiatrist of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Commits Suicide

Anguished Suicide Note Cites ‘Deluge of Doublethink’ In Driving Kind-Hearted Shrink to Despair

   Moshe Yatom, a prominent Israeli psychiatrist who successfully cured the most extreme forms of mental illness throughout a distinguished career, was found dead at his home in Tel Aviv yesterday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A suicide note at his side explained that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been his patient for the last nine years, had “sucked the life right out of me.”

“I can’t take it anymore,” wrote Yatom. “Robbery is redemption, apartheid is freedom, peace activists are terrorists, murder is self-defense, piracy is legality, Palestinians are Jordanians, annexation is liberation, there’s no end to his contradictions. Freud promised rationality would reign in the instinctual passions, but he never met Bibi Netanyahu. This guy would say Gandhi invented brass knuckes.”

Psychiatrists are familiar with the human tendency to massage the truth to avoid confronting emotionally troubling material, but Yatom was apparently stunned at what he called the “waterfall of lies” gushing from his most illustrious patient......

I find it hard to believe a suicide note of this nature would have seen the light of day, but who knows?
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