Mr Fixit

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  1. Good for him those two are in no way connected. Coincidence really. Well worth reading.
  2. We're lucky Assange is not in jail then, eh? It's voluntary self-incarceration after all!
  3. Haha, propagandistic drivel is entering overdrive, someone got their marching orders, seems like. Top news on Syria on Google News: Russia Plays Familiar Hand in Syria Calling Russia's Bluff on Syria: Analysis Wesley Clark: In Syria, Russia is the real threat  Why the Syria Deal Isn’t Really Much of a Deal Why the Syrian cease-fire probably won't work Is Putin playing West for a fool in Syria? 'Cessation Of Hostilities' In Syria Lets Russia Keep Bombing After the bad Munich deal, it's unlikely Syria's situation will improve   Do these guys even know to formulate their own opinions without aping every major talking point of foreign policy establishment? 
  4. Yeah, but note the difference. Assad and Putin *are* ready to negotiate. When the wheels turned the other way a few years back and the West thought that their "moderate opposition" would steamroll over the regime forces, the opposition and their backers, trainers, and financiers couldn't care less about peace talks, suffering of the people, millions of refugees... none of that mattered. They could have negotiated from the position of strength then -- and Ahtisaari indicated Russians were well willing to get rid of Assad -- but who cares when you can blow up a country real good and achieve the same thing, right? I mean, it's the same bullshit all over the Middle East and beyond. I'm just stunned and stupefied that once respected newspapers can publish such propagandistic drivel all day long.
  5. Oh man, the duplicity and selective truth of mainstream media establishment are such a brilliant thing (just ask Sanders). Today in New York Times:   (...)an agreement announced early Friday morning in Munich between the United States and Russia to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid to besieged Syrian cities, followed by at least a temporary cessation of hostilities. (...) As Secretary of State John Kerry noted, “The real test is whether all parties honor those commitments.” Given the brutality and dictatorial ambitions of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, and the duplicitous behavior of his chief ally, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, that is a huge if.   Yeah, evil Ruskies undermining peace whenever they can... at least until you come upon words of one Martti Ahtisaari, former Finnish president and negotiator in multiple international conflicts:   Russia proposed more than three years ago that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, could step down as part of a peace deal, according to a senior negotiator involved in back-channel discussions at the time. Former Finnish president and Nobel peace prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari said western powers failed to seize on the proposal. Ahtisaari held talks with envoys from the five permanent members of the UN security council in February 2012. He said that during those discussions, the Russian ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, laid out a three-point plan, which included a proposal for Assad to cede power at some point after peace talks had started between the regime and the opposition. But he said that the US, Britain and France were so convinced that the Syrian dictator was about to fall, they ignored the proposal.   So let me get this straight. Russians offered to remove Assad 3 or 4 years ago and were ready to work with the West on a peace plan for Syria. West sabotaged the idea because they thought Assad was going to fall quickly, much like Gaddafi, and so weren't really interested in a compromise. And only now, in 2016, after years of horrific and brutal warfare, when the so-called "moderate opposition" backed by Turkey, Saudis, Qatar and the West is at its knees, only now a peace deal sanctioned by the West is on the table. Put this into a timeline. Deduce for yourselves who's been against peace talks and who's been for them all this time. Regardless of what "independent journalists" tell you.
  6. The case against Bernie Sanders

    It's not the first thing Obama lied about in order to get elected. Wasn't there some video about Armenian genocide peddled to Armenian American voters and how he's going to acknowledge it (and piss off Turkey) or something? Or how he dealt with Guantanamo? The guy's empty rhetoric sure is something to behold.
  7. Neoliberal dogma at its best. The idea that the concentration of wealth leads to general increased prosperity, job creation etc can be easily debunked by some hard cold numbers. For example, despite the fact that the US economy has grown enormously since the 60s, the real wages actually decreased. If something doesn't change and fast, this planet is in for some rough times.
  8. One follows US lead, the other doesn't? I mean, it always boils down to that.
  9. I'll just put this here.
  10. Islam and the West, fundamentally incompatible?

    Terror attack in Turkey with at least 10 dead. Tourists apparently.   
  11. Will we see any other sample chapter?

    Nope, nothing botched about that particular thing. In fact, Arya's material is a prime example of great adaptation choices. Yeah, yeah, I know, salty bookies will object, but who cares.
  12. Although that last chapter was pretty cool, I always thought it would be better served as the prologue to TWoW because it is the beginning of a new storyline that'll probably be central to that book. 
  13. Of course, we'll have to wait to be sure, but I have a hard time believing that Aeron, Arys, and the whole menagerie of FeastDance PoV characters are all that important. At best, they'll be Robbs.
  14. Good Guy Garlan has the gist of it. Even if many of those characters from AFfC turn out to be important or at least interesting down the line, is there a reason we have to read through all those new PoVs? Is Oberyn not an important and interesting character? Or Tywin, Robb, and countless others, yet we don't get their chapters, do we? 
  15. Update on the "Winds"

    More like several dozen million dollars.  P.S. Sure, Mormont, this is my last post here.