Alas sadly - "There can be no clearer demonstration of the hollowness of western values than in the persistent, cynical and criminal failure to bring Israel to book for its actions"! - from:
fiat lux; fiat justitia; fiat pax!
"Adult members of Generation Z are experiencing food insecurity at over twice the rate of the average American, according to our latest consumer food survey. In fact, about 1-in-3 Americans born from 1996-2004 have had trouble affording enough food in 2022.
That compares with fewer than 1-in-5 millennials and members of Generation X, and fewer than 1-in-10 baby boomers.
We run the Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability at Purdue University, and every month, through our Consumer Food Insights survey, we query over 1,200 Americans with the goal of tracking national food security as well as many other behaviors, attitudes and preferences related to food.
Food insecurity means having a lack of money or other resources for food. And when food insecurity surges, it can take a long time for affected populations to recover. After the Great Recession that ran from 2007 to 2009, food insecurity increased by 34 percent. It took a decade for food insecurity to drop to its pre-recession levels." From https://consortiumnews.com/2022/08/10/young-americans-who-go-hungry/.
All the more reason for Biden to cancel student debt. The burden is too much to bear for people whose lives are already too difficult.
Biden must forgive at least $10,000 of student debt from each and every person that holds this unfair debt.
That was his promise on the campaign trail and the reason many millions voted for him.
If he doesn't keep this promise it puts our democracy at risk because it makes people feel that their vote is meaningless, that campaigns are meaningless, that politicians are liars and can't be trusted.
It is very important that he keeps this promise for many reasons, the most important of which is, of course, the unjust nature of student debt.
NB: "THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MEGHAN MAROHN" - by Chris Hedges:
Let's "Keep her name out there"!
et spero meliora!
Where is Meghan Marohn?
This environmental activist, teacher, poet, and all around good person has been missing for over 4 months.
Keep her name out there.
What they left out according to Bernie:
"Abandoned in the process were proposals to lower the cost of childcare, establish universal pre-K, guarantee parental leave, expand care for elderly and disabled people, and make community college tuition-free for two years. These policies, he argued, are the best way to begin easing the economic hardship facing so many American families.
To underscore his point, the senator listed a series of worrying indicators – elderly Americans unable to afford home care, families struggling to pay for childcare and young people burdened by student-loan debt, all of it made worse by soaring costs of necessities such as food, fuel and rent.
“A lot of people are hurting and they’re looking to the United States Congress, asking, ‘Do you understand what’s going on in my life right now?’” he said. “And I think their conclusion is no, they don’t.”"
And, I will repeat the profound quote from Bernie that you pulled “And I worry very much … that people are giving up on democracy - because they do not believe that their government is working for them.”
Sad but true.
"This is what Democrats do, basically nothing. So why hasn't Bernie started a third party? If he did so in 2016, it would have been building already for 6 years!" - As it warrants daily repetition! Furthermore NB:
From which --- "Leftwing senator says party squandered chance to be bold, and takes aim at ‘corporate Democrats’ Sinema and Manchin" - and:
“We are living in enormously difficult times,” he said in an interview with the Guardian. “And I worry very much … that people are giving up on democracy - because they do not believe that their government is working for them.”
I really do wonder tho' - exactly what Bernie Sanders would now say to your fundamental point above?!
ad iudicium ...
"Forgiving Debt: Ancient Analogies for the US"! by Eva von Dassow:
"Student loan debt is one of the most burdensome forms of debt in America today. According to oft-cited statistics, approximately 43 million Americans have student loan debt, cumulatively amounting to around $1.7 trillion.
"The exorbitant costs of higher education in the United States, combined with the fact that educational credentials serve as a ticket to decent employment, require many students to take out loans that follow them long past graduation – and that are almost impossible to discharge in bankruptcy.
"Hence, calls for cancellation of student loan debt by legislative or executive action keep intensifying, and President Joe Biden is expected to respond by ordering cancellation of some amount, notwithstanding arguments against any blanket debt amnesty.
"Yet this very policy is inscribed on the U.S. Liberty Bell. “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof!” it declares, quoting the biblical Book of Leviticus, 25:10. The Hebrew word translated “liberty,” “deror,” actually refers to debt amnesty."
respice, adspice, prospice - et veritas vos liberabit!
Note "Young Americans Who Go Hungry"! - by Sam Polzin, Ahmad Zia Wahdat and Jayson Lusk:
"The authors’ survey shows a significant portion of Gen Z – 30 percent – has relied on free groceries from a pantry, church or other charity."
fiat lux et fiat justitia!
The trap of capitalist thinking is that everything in the economy exists to make a profit and needs to be "paid for." It doesn't have to be that way. Certain things that really help better people's lives can even run at a monetary deficit in my opinion because the benefits they bring are intangible and cannot be counted in a monetary way to how they improve the human condition. This requires a worldview that goes beyond mere money as profit for selfish acquisition to see it in a sharing, caring and generous way so that all humans can benefit.
Here is a quote from the Truth Out interview:
"We’re always in this position where we’re being asked to sort of justify policies on these economic terms, right, where the fact of the matter is that Medicare for All, whether it would save money or not, whether it’s a good economic decision or not, it’s the right decision to figure out how to provision health care and to provide services to people who need them. And right now, what we have is a fundamentally inefficient system for providing those services. And so I think a lot of people tend to say, “Well, okay, what we can do here is we can take Medicare for All and we’re going to pitch it to people, and we’re going to say Medicare for All is going to save money.”
But fundamentally, that’s a trap, because what that does is that buys into the kind of austerity logic that a policy like Medicare for All is supposed to push back against. And in doing that, we have put ourselves in a position where we’re playing on their terms and we’re not playing on our terms. It fundamentally doesn’t really matter what Medicare for All costs. It doesn’t even matter if Medicare costs some amount that looks really proportionally good when compared to military spending. I mean, we should be spending as much money on health care as is necessary, and we need to expand beyond the very narrow approach to health care that Medicare for All takes."
"Third Party? America Doesn’t Even Have a Second Party!" by Thomas Knapp:
"Why can’t a third party breakthrough? There are plenty of reasons, but they all come back to the fact that the “major party” duopoly is actually a monopoly"!
And: "The Republicans and Democrats aren’t really two separate parties. They’re a single ruling party comprised of 2 feuding factions - which continually re-balance power and divvy up the spoils between themselves through a burlesque of “representative democracy” rigged, by the force of law to preclude meaningful competition."
et veritas vos liberabit!
"Grief is a fair-weather friend. In the moments of crisis and chaos, it holds back, waiting patiently for the waters to calm so it can clear its throat and say, “Excuse me.…” I’d been wondering when it would knock on my door through all this — knock and present itself properly, I mean — and at last, it did. It arrived the day we found out Roe v. Wade had been overturned, when my first thought was: I’m glad Meg isn’t here to see this.
"I met Meghan Marohn in the summer of 2019. My boyfriend at the time knew her from environmental activism in Troy, New York, and they’d been arrested together at an Extinction Rebellion protest earlier that year. They’d all laid down, “like selkies” she said, on the Brooklyn Bridge. They blocked traffic to try to convince someone, somewhere, to give a shit that the planet is dying around us and taking us with it.
"Meg was released from jail early that day. A call came in from home: there’d been a family emergency. She assumed immediately that it was about her father, who has cancer. It wasn’t. Her mother, Ellen, also a teacher like Meg, had suffered an aneurysm and was dying in the hospital. Meg made it up to Albany just in time to say good-bye before her mother’s body went cold."
"Fifteen weeks and I can’t put the pieces together. None of us can. There’s an argument to be made for a suicide and an argument to be made for an accident and an argument to be made that she just up and disappeared, but there is no evidence for any of that. The police say there’s no evidence of foul play either, but there is also no evidence of anything.
"She just vanished. With every passing day without a body, I wonder more about foul play. My mind can fall down rabbit holes to unbearable atrocities. I don’t know if I’ll ever get the facts to seal them shut.
"Today, I’m drinking rose tea with cardamom, honey, and almond milk. It tastes like springtime in Olympia, like sitting in the yard with you, like that tree you hugged down by the river. It tastes like our endless car ride phone calls. It tastes like typewriter poems. It tastes like a good picture of the moon."
Excerpted above, are the ^ first three, the final & another two paragraphs from your link. It's not looking good tbh.
spero meliora ...
"War in Europe and the rise of Raw Propaganda"! by John Pilger:
"This is a war of propaganda" - J.Pilger with Yonden Lhatoo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9pEotvlW-s (20m)
From 1st linked article:"Marshall McLuhan’s prophecy that “the successor to politics will be propaganda” has happened (and) Raw Propaganda is now the rule in Western democracies, especially the U.S. and Britain.
"On matters of War and Peace - ministerial deceit is reported as news. Inconvenient facts are censored, demons are nurtured. The model is corporate spin, the currency of the age. In 1964, McLuhan famously declared: “The medium is the message”. The lie is the message now.
"But is this new? It is more than a century since (Sigmund Freud's nephew), Edward Bernays the father of spin, invented “public relations” as a cover for war propaganda. What is new, is the virtual elimination of dissent in the mainstream."An alarming reality & this is ultimately how Fascism was/will be facilitated!
FROM YOUR LINK: "The truth is that American democracy is essentially broken beyond fixing and is unable to withstand a right-wing populist movement determined to destroy it. The Eisenhower wing of the GOP was rooted out long ago. It will take multiple miracles to avoid getting one or more of the “bad” endings in this Choose Your Own Adventure of dystopias. The best realistic case resembles a Jim Crow America from the 1920s, complete with a Gilded Age, mass migration, violent militias running amok, and no-go zones for minorities. The possibilities only go downhill from there into secession, fascism, and civil war.
"Since (roughly) the second term of the Bush administration, there has been a tacit understanding between the GOP and its base that they cannot win hearts and minds: The demographics of the U.S. are inexorably shifting toward nonwhites and secularism. Despite the postmortem on the 2012 election that called for a bigger-tent party, the GOP has settled on a strategy that it must take the wheel away from voters and steer the country with or without the consent of the governed. While Latino voters swung toward Trump and Republicans in 2020, it remains to be seen whether this is the sign of a long-term trend of GOP messaging winning them over; Latinos tend to be less beholden to parties and are more “swingy” than the most voters.
"Republicans tried to overturn the 2020 election results, but the guardrails held, if just barely. As a result of Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the outcome, roughly 70 percent of Republicans did not believe that Joe Biden won legitimately, and still do not. The January 6, 2021, insurrection was a direct attempt to invalidate a legitimate election result, yet Republicans largely went along with it: Roughly two-thirds of House Republicans voted to give the insurrectionists what they wanted mere hours after they stormed the Capitol.
"The GOP isn’t even bothering to hide its goals to seize permanent minoritarian power anymore. Republican candidates for various state offices in all the swing states are promising to deliver their Electoral College votes to the GOP presidential nominee in 2024, regardless of whom people in the state cast their ballots for. Republican leadership also isn’t even bothering to hide its ambition to turn the U.S. into a competitive authoritarian theocracy: The 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference was held in Hungary to celebrate and learn what can be gained by killing democracy as Viktor Orbán has.
"To prevent the GOP from capturing the U.S. the way Orbán and the Fidesz Party did Hungary is going to require several miracles in a row: having a history-and-poll-defying 2022 election, then being willing to overturn the filibuster, then getting lucky with an opening on the Supreme Court and a GOP that never regains its footing or suddenly decides to abandon its quest while at the cusp of victory.
"All of this is to say, barring a series of black swan events, we must be prepared to face the reality of what sorts of fates inevitably await our country in a postdemocracy future. With Moore v. Harper about to make the independent state legislature theory a reality, 2022 is the last chance for Democrats to shore up our democracy against the oncoming tide of Christian nationalist authoritarianism. We need only look at Russia, and Hungary, to understand the consequences of failure."
And now please also try to further consider, the following information:
https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/2020-election-deniers-organize-challenge-votes-2022 - by Mekela Panditharatne
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/07/29/following-trumps-lead-gop-pushes-bill-make-federal-workers-fireable-will - by Brett Wilkins
https://www.salon.com/2022/07/30/officials-refuse-to-certify-primaries-this-is-how-are-planning-to-steal-elections/ - by Igor Derysh
respice; adspice; prospice - et caveat!
Please consider how "The Ultrawealthy poured money into a successful campaign to defeat a graduated state income tax. For the very first time, we can reveal the scale of their return on this investment." from:
Also: "Today, in America, just 3 Wall Street firms BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street - manage $22 trillion in assets. These 3 firms are major shareholders in more than 96% of S&P 500 companies."- from:
"Don’t Ignore the Threat of Right-Wing Violence in Wake of Mar-a-Lago Search"! William Rivers Pitt:
& note https://consortiumnews.com/2022/08/03/al-qaeda-chief-killing-does-not-make-us-safer/
The US Corporate MSM fed US populace, is no longer equipped to resist the constant PR/opaganda!
"5 Years After Charlottesville, We Can See Its Legacy in January 6 Violence"! -- by Spencer Sunshine:
https://truthout.org/articles/5-years-after-charlottesville-we-can-see-its-legacy-in-january-6-violence/ - and then per the OP, by Sasha Abramsky please further try to note:
So yes, let's "Talk about dark money"!
DON'T JUST REPEAT IMPERIAL U$A'S PROPAGANDA TO ME - YOU DUMB, RW FK! Furthermore:
Consider: "When we do manage to have conversations about Medicare for All, they are often hampered by questions about how we’re going to pay for it. Of course, we never run into those questions when we are talking about the military or policing or the consequences of fossil fuel extraction because in the US, there is always money for death-making.
"Our government expects us to understand its violence as existing for our benefit, to such an extent that we are all expected to fund state-sanctioned murder, torture, confinement &, the havoc of war. But when it comes to sustaining human life, including our own, we are told that funds are scarce & - that taxpayers will reject any taxation for the sake of life." - FROM:
NOW GO & SEE IF YOU CAN ANY MAKE SENSE OF THAT^ YOU FKN RW, IMPERIALIST MORON!
et temet nosce!
"American Diplomacy As A Tragic Drama" also by Prof. Dr. Michael Hudson:
WHICH STARTS WITH: "As in a Greek tragedy whose protagonist brings about precisely the fate that he has sought to avoid, the US/NATO confrontation with Russia in Ukraine is achieving just the opposite of America’s aim of preventing China, Russia and their allies from acting independently of U.S. control over their trade and investment policy. Naming China as America’s main long-term adversary, the Biden Administration’s plan was to split Russia away from China and then cripple China’s own military and economic viability. But the effect of American diplomacy has been to drive Russia and China together, joining with Iran, India and other allies. For the first time since the Bandung Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in 1955, a critical mass is able to be mutually self-sufficient to start the process of achieving independence from Dollar Diplomacy.
"Confronted with China’s industrial prosperity based on self-financed public investment in socialized markets, U.S. officials acknowledge that resolving this fight will take a number of decades to play out. Arming a proxy Ukrainian regime is merely an opening move in turning Cold War 2 (and potentially/or indeed World War III) into a fight to divide the world into allies and enemies with regard to whether governments or the financial sector will plan the world economy and society.
"What is euphemized as U.S.-style democracy is a financial oligarchy privatizing basic infrastructure, health and education. The alternative is what President Biden calls autocracy, a hostile label for governments strong enough to block a global rent-seeking oligarchy from taking control. China is deemed autocratic for providing basic needs at subsidized prices instead of charging whatever the market can bear. Making its mixed economy lower-cost is called “market manipulation,” as if that is a bad thing that was not done by the United States, Germany and every other industrial nation during their economic takeoff in the 19th and early 20th century."
AND ENDS WITH: "How then can the United States maintain its world dominance? It has deindustrialized and run up foreign official debt far beyond any foreseeable way to be paid. Meanwhile, its banks and bondholders are demanding that the Global South and other countries pay foreign dollar bondholders in the face of their own trade crisis resulting from the soaring energy and food prices caused by America’s anti-Russian and anti-China belligerence. This double standard is a basic internal contradiction that goes to the core of today’s Neoliberal Western worldview."
This ^ is arguably perhaps the most important article that I've posted here for years! Please try to read it and then also try to carefully consider the following, by C.J. Polychroniou in conversation with Chomsky:
"21st-Century US Foreign Policy Is Shaped by Fears of China’s Rise, Chomsky Says"! https://truthout.org/articles/21st-century-us-foreign-policy-is-shaped-by-fears-of-chinas-rise-chomsky-says/ - and also consider:
https://consortiumnews.com/2022/08/03/al-qaeda-chief-killing-does-not-make-us-safer/ by Phyllis Bennis
fiat lux et spero meliora!
"Capitalism Is Making Us Sick and Sucking Us Dry!" - with Kelly Hayes with Beatrice Adler-Bolton:
An important conversation (58m) that will NEVER get aired on U$A's Corporate MSM! Essential Link!!
per aspera ad astra!
"Pro-Israel groups denounced after pouring funds into primary race"
"Groups accused of using Republican mega-donors to hijack Democratic primaries following the defeat of Jewish congressman"
"Aipac has poured more than $24m into defeating Democratic primary candidates critical of Israel."
Talk about dark money....
"In Everything for Everyone, we depict a new social institution as the basis of day-to-day life: the commune. People live in collective communes of several hundred people spread out across several buildings. They eat together as a commune, make decisions in big meetings, and get most of their day-to-day care through the commune. People can still form families — or “family together,” as one character puts it — but these families are not an economic unit and not the sole close social relationships. If a family chooses to separate, it doesn’t have as massive an impact as it might in our world.
Importantly, I do not think what we call communes today could prefigure this society. Communes today largely depend on property ownership and wealth for their stability, like normative families do. Without it, it can be difficult to maintain collective living. Treating each other well is extraordinarily difficult to maintain in a capitalist society. The basic features of racial capitalism — like racist state violence, or the pressures of reproducing ourselves through paid work — all create contradictions and conflicts within households, even within the most radical communities.
What I would instead point to are the examples of insurgent social reproduction: moments where people in the middle of mass rebellions collectively address issues of sleeping, food, safety, education, in radically new ways. I am thinking here of protest camps like Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline, rare brief moments in the urban camps of Occupy Wall Street, and mass urban uprisings like the Oaxaca Commune of 2006. These are necessarily temporary and precarious, because they are in direct confrontation with the state and capital. I imagine these being the beginnings of new practices of social reproduction."
This sounds fascinating. I can only "hope" that it comes to pass.
I would call this an "oral projection" of the future rather than an "oral history," however lol.
"What distinguishes Western economies from earlier Near Eastern and most Asian societies is the absence of debt relief to restore economy-wide balance. Every Western nation has inherited from Rome the pro-creditor sanctity of debt principles that prioritize the claims of creditors and legitimize the permanent transfer to creditors of the property of defaulting debtors. From ancient Rome to Habsburg Spain, imperial Britain and the United States, Western oligarchies have appropriated the income and land of debtors, while shifting taxes off themselves onto labor and industry. This has caused domestic austerity and led oligarchies to seek prosperity through foreign conquest, to gain from foreigners what is not being produced by domestic economies driven into debt and subject to pro-creditor legal principles transferring land and other property to a rentier class."
OMG, that quote from Hudson says it all.
Bernie still fighting hard! Not sure why he's still a Democrat, though.
These creeps don't even want to make sure American children can live in decency and fought him on the Child Tax Credit. What a country!
And, "Bernie Sanders criticizes Inflation Reduction Act, says it will have 'minimal impact'"
"You've got a piece of legislation that is a very, very modest piece, it goes nowhere near as far as it should go on prescription drugs," he told reporters."
This is what Democrats do, basically nothing. So, why hasn't Bernie started a third party. If he did so in 2016, it would have been building already for 6 years!
I would like to spend money on things other than the massive defense budget of the U.S.A. but no matter what, the U.S. must spend what is necessary to safeguard the World, being the ONLY country remotely capable of shouldering the heavy burden [by itself].
Americans also do the right thing after doing all the rest first. That's what the Brits said of Americans before the U.S. went whole-hogged into fighting WWII.
The 1918 influenza pandemic was a contributing cause of WWII because President Woodrow Wilson contracted influenza and didn't get to shape the post-WWI peace settlements.
Guns or butter is usually an ever-pressing question for most countries. For those which can afford butter and guns such as the U.S., it's important to get both, guns being far more important than butter. If anyone doubts what I've just stated, ask Ukraine (which has much butter in the form of exportable grains) about what its years of underspending on guns had led to -- despair and ruins.
This isn't really anything new, at least to me, a descendant of at-least-millennia-old ancestral warrior clans (the Russia-Ukraine War is in origin no different from the Han-Xiongnu/Huns Wars millennia ago when the ones with the guns tried to rob the ones with the butter; Han married off their daughters to the Xiongnu/Huns to appease them but eventually it didn't work anymore so wars there were, even between in-law tribes; that's not unusual, either, as the British Anglo-Saxons came from what's now Germany and Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm II were relatives through the European royalty marriages.) Without secured borders (how do we the children of the Yellow Emperor 黄帝 start writing 国家? we start by creating a border,) there is no country. 「国家」、「国家」、有国先有家。 -- Without country, there is no family. Without family, its individual members suffer. Of course, we weren't code-less warriors because we fought for what values we believed in and held fast unto death, and hopefully beyond, carried on by our progeny.
When the clarion calls, we must rise to the occasion. We'll loop around the smoky ring of time again.
Recall the aftermath of dynamite with such explosive power that its invention would end all wars, the U.S. fighting in WWI, the war which would end all wars, etc. Nuclear weapons are indeed terrible in their power but it won't stop humans from using them en masse. Remember the Fermi Paradox. Where's everybody in our Milky Way? Why haven't we been visited by extraterrestrial advanced-civilization aliens yet? They blew themselves up in such a short amount of time after having attained technological mistressy-wizardry that they the hermaphrodites had fucked themselves to death. Engaged.
Really only very young technological civilizations have the urge to explore our Milky Way galaxy. Older technological civilizations which know enough about their immediate neighborhood, how the Cosmos was made and what its structures are wouldn't really pay for a far-flung expedition to the other parts of the Milky Way galaxy. "Been there. Done that."
If one doesn't have an abusive parent at home (excluding Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, the Arab World, and the former Soviet states, so-called "Atheism" and "Islam" being major contributors to the list of abusive states 国家 practicing abusive "parenting" on their families; I'm Christian because I believe in Redemption which probably doesn't offend my spiritual godfather because he was a shepherd and
he advocates for healing widely, with humility,) "There's no place quite like home." Chemistry and Physics are pretty much the same throughout the Universe and Biology is constrained, too. I suspect that we are the ONLY still alive planetary civilization in our Milky Way galaxy. The count of technological civilization is very likely binary: 0 or 1. Of course, Life itself is very abundant, though, but would cyanobacterial forms of life on another world interest us enough to send an interstellar probe to explore them. I would say "no," recalling that the U.S. had cancelled the Superconducting Super Collider.
The Red Dragon is behind the Evilness in the World. Siberia is Native Americans' ancestral homeland so the U.S. must reclaim what is rightfully theirs. Russia must pay our Native Americans their oil and gas revenue resulting from their illegal extraction of American wealth in Siberia. To kick off the Arctic Ice Hockey, we'll unplug Russia's titanium flag planted upon the seabed under the Arctic Ocean.
Marauding Russia's desire to do 15th-century-style land grabs was long evident, at least since 2007. Russia had the deep-diving submarines to plant such a flag but zero ability to rescue the crew of their gloriously built double-hulled "unsinkable" super-submarine, Kursk, a "killer of aircraft carriers," while Poo-tin continued to stay upon the warm-water Black Sea shore, vacationing for four more days (long enough for the oxygen to run out for the 23 still alive crew members who had survived after the explosions) before returning to Moscow to take charge. Every survivor of the first and subsequent batch of explosions in that super-submarine died in a slow dragged-out asphyxiating death knowing fully well that their beloved Kremlin and the cherno gremlin had likely abandoned them in favor of keeping nuclear submarine state secrets. Lies about all crew dying immediately after the explosions couldn't cover it up. I was transfixed at the progress of the rescue at the time so I knew how Poo-tin wasn't taking charge.
There was Soviet-era hatch-design incompatibility with the equipment of the West but it didn't mean that the trapped crew couldn't have had a chance to escape (it was relatively shallow, definitely much shallower than thousands of meters deep, of seawater above the sunken submarine) if an early decision by Poo-tin had been made to accept foreign help immediately upon discovering that Russian equipment was inadequate (it doesn't take four days in an open society to figure that out ! Not having the freedom of speech is deadly... Retarded societies, the perennial laggards in most worthwhile matters, love to "kill the messengers" to foster a sense of stability for the Idiot-in-Chief but of course, they are actually as intelligent as a child playing hide-and-seek by covering their own eyes to hide from "IT !") The Brits and the Norwegians who had volunteered to help had some applicable equipment, especially the Norwegians because of their deep-North-Sea-experienced divers who worked in their stormy and cold North Sea natural gas operations. Norway's gas operations in the North Sea are in deeper water than the Brits' so Norway was more capable of doing the rescue, with the flexible thinking human element of the deep-sea divers.
Do the Russian soldiers still fighting in Ukraine know what they are really worth to Herr Chamber-pot Poo-tin whose poo has certainly spewed out to Ukraine? Aren't they maruta for the mill ? Ukrainians are fighting for Ukraine's sovereignty; what are the Russians fighting for? To create a battle monument to be remembered by posterity as their cancers for a million years, which cause would be detectable with a Geiger counter in all of the [pootinium-laced] grains shipped to the Global South ?
This was the smoky ring of time which the Russians want to traverse again. It's the much heroic glory of the U.S.S.R. Poo-tin is trying to re-create in Ukraine. Many Russians are still clusterfuck "bio-robots" who haven't learnt. Most Red Chinese are being fooled in the same way, too, regarding Beijing's TianAnMen Square Massacre by the so-called "Chinese" "Communist" Party.
We Americans boast of how few casualties we had incurred in our wars but the Reds boast of how many tens of millions of their own people had died at the hands of the Nazis. Do they know why the Nazis had regarded the Soviets as degenerate subhuman? There was the bullying Stool-in (which became encapsulated into now cherno [Stool-in]Poo-tin and char siu Shit-pig) heading up the Soviet Union who refused to abide by the Geneva Conventions. Isn't it remarkable that both curtained-in top-down-command-structured societies of Ukraine and Japan attracted nuclear catastrophes multiple times, natural and manmade ?
Comparing the breaking-up of empires, we have to wonder what has gone so wrong with the Soviet Empire's being succeeded by the Commonwealth of Independent States relative to the British Empire's by the British Commonwealth. I certainly didn't hear of Singapore attacking Hong Kong or the U.K. attacking Canada to save it from adopting the world-renowned American culture of "Are you still alive in the O.K. Corral?" or "Are you already lying in a shallow grave in Tombstone, Arizona to size it up?" Hmm, dig and the grave shalt be deepened for you; Knock and the gate of Hell shalt be opened unto thee.