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14,000 thousand dollars? Nice job being poor you fiat worshipper. You could have cashed out by buying a fraction of a Bitcoin which will always hold the value of a fraction of a Bitcoin.

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An idea: AI to figure out which prompts produce good results, trained on Twitter likes and Reddit upvotes.

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You should learn about the strawberries, people knew they were invented and human creations.

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I appreciate the dog like hearing the tone but not the substance quality of these.

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Honestly I enjoy their position as official fanfics with decent production values. You're generally lucky to get one of those.

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or things that aren't instruments. game boy. hurdy gurdy. singing saw.

You don't want to know what hurdy gurdy hooligans can do.

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I'm violating the rules but ehh I will fix it later, darlings. I am tired now.

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I've only learnt of this product with in the last two minutes, but one aspect is probably that they're made of inulin, which is chained form of fructose found in e.g. sunchoke tubers. It tastes sweet despite being fiber! Since it's not

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I have fond nostalgia for the time when links were worth clicking on. There were actual WEB pages where the hypertext made cohesive wholes unlike traditional books and links weren't just navigation. Or links just joined together home cobbled web pages and the need to link was a most sincere sign of respect. Now everyone wants to trap their users on their platform.

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Half of computer science is formatting plain text files so that proprietary software can format them nicely for the management.

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Yeah I shaved like 20 minutes off my first run for the second one:

THE CASE OF SOME WEBS Murdle for 3/28/2022

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I got stuck until I noticed that personal qualities could be accessed, too! Ready for next Murdle.

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I fail to see how the it benefits the working class conscripts to have no weapons to defend themselves with.

One last thing: NATO membership is something used by western countries to influence domestic policy in countries like Ukraine. Since Zelenskyy came to power, there's been a transformation of Ukraine to low cost labor source for the rest of Europe, causing GDP to crater and lots of people to already leave the country before the war started. This is how NATO has been since its founding. Being anti-NATO is supporting the working class.

The background issue to Crimean annexation and the war in Donbass was the trade agreement with the European Union, not NATO membership, which became impossible as the war was an on-going territorial dispute.

Though Ukrainian corruption ought not to underestimated, the decline in GDP since the beginning of Zelenskyi's term in 2019 is mostly attributable to the on-going COVID19 pandemic.

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I find the focus on NATO bizarre for two fold reasons.

First, it ignores the immediate backdrop to war in Donbass and the annexation of Crimea, namely Ukraine seeking closer connection with the EU, which didn't suit Putin, but which also distinctively isn't NATO. In fact in 2013 Russia warned that the treaty recognizing Ukrainian border would be invalidated by the signing of the European Union–Ukraine Association Agreement.

Secondly, before Russian aggression against Ukraine, European NATO allies had been making their armed forces smaller rather than larger and the US has focused on other areas in favor of Eastern Europe. It is difficult to read these as provocations. The increases in military build up have happened after Russian aggression.

I do think that Bush administration had a negative impact that has been reflected in Russia, but the Trump administration sought to warm the relationship, to no avail.

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I seriously feel like we are back in 2002 and if you're not baying for an invasion of Iraq, you were being told "Say hello to Saddam Hussein for me!"

Well the point is to be in 2022 and not live in the past.

I think flooding the country with guns and turn the place into another proxy war, calls from all quarters of the "Serious People" to establish a no fly zone, etc need to be spoken out against.

It's certainly no proxy war as Russia is directly involved in it and for the most part it's in fact not the Serious People who are calling for a no-fly zone. Scholars in international relationships generally oppose, as do most media outlets and NATO. Zelensky might want one, but he's not getting it and the way I read his message to Congress is that he knows this, which is why he laid out alternatives. Biden didn't support Zelensky's wishes either.

It's absolutely TRUE that NATO has no leg to stand on calling out Russian aggression with our record. We do need to condemn NATO for the role it did play in leading up to this.

How did NATO lead into the war?

None of this is to say "No one should care about the plight of the Ukrainian people." It's to say "Hold your got dang horses, let's not dive headlong into another damn war."

But the DSA IC is also opposed to sanctions, which are not warfare. What sort of means of opposing powerful states trying to annex weaker ones are you for?