French bean

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  1. There isn't one but there isn't a another country in western Europe that ran Gulags, carried out mass pograms on its own people, starved millions of Ukrainians (The Holodomor) arrested and summarily executed 100'000s of its own citizens on a whim. Tell me those things didn't happen. we again have summary arrests of opposition leaders, assassination of dissenters, annexation of other territories and the propping up of dubious regimes, yes, I know the Americans do the same but with Russia its about bringing back the old Soviet union. @Sannerl Last time I looked I was a full blooded male.
  2. By whom, a lot of Russians were pleased with what he did, they had elections, they had basic freedoms, they could take part in a free economy, travel, elect their own candidates for government and not fear repression for what they believed in. Post Gorbochov with Yeltsin, who was an alchoholic and not really in control, had the pace of change gone too quickly leading to high unemployment, starvation and a total collapse of the Russian state. What has filled the vacuum is the rise of a one party state, ruthless removal of dissent and a return to the state functions such as the Police and law courts doing the bidding of the Oligarchs. Those that pine for the older system are the older generations who had a stable existence under the old system. Putin and co have a habit like all leaders of one party states /dictatorships of rewriting history to suit their own agenda. After all at the fall of the USSR, Putin was a KGB colonel based in the former East Germany not in the centre of political decision making.
  3. This is part of the Russian Psyche, they have been invaded so many times over the centuries they really do believe in having a buffer zone, hence Stalin's occupation of Eastern Europe post WW2. Putin grew up and still lives in that Soviet world.
  4. So just when do you stand up and put a stop to expansionism? As for the UK having a massive army, it is smaller than it was before the First World War at less than 80,000, the RAF and Royal Navy are pitiful, we wouldn't be able to stop anything with what we have. As for attacking Iraq, that was a big mistake the second time round pandering to the Hawks in Washington who wanted to finish off what Bush Snr had started. The US tends not to attack unless directly threatened or with a UN mandate as happened for the first Gulf War.   Australia signing a deal with the US and UK is a direct consequence of aggressive expansionism by China in the S. China Sea. Saudi Arabia in Yemen like the rest of the Arab World is Shiite against Sunni. Or put it another way a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. North Korea has stayed within its borders and hasn't shown signs of expansion, just regular incursions into S Korea which it sees as belonging to the North
  5. Well, we go back to the thirties, Germany built up it's armed forces and nobody did anything It re-occupied the Rheinland and nobody did anything. It occupied the Sudatenland and the great European powers said that was naughty but don't do it again.... Austria was encompassed into a greater Germany. Russia entered a non aggression pact with Germany and invaded Poland. The Baltic states were occupied in 1940 by Russia and the western powers were a bit busy by then so did nothing. Post WW2 Eastern European states had their legitimate governments removed or liquidated and Russian puppet governments put in place. Now tell me again, it's all a storm in a tea cup. Putin has form for removing anyone that stands in the way of a greater Russia as had existed before the fall of communism plus the Russian fear of invasion built into their psyche.
  6. Does it really matter? Any exercise is good exercise and going on about ebikes comes over as being a bit snobbish about the peasant who doesn't have a traditional steel framed 50kg leviathan.
  7. How do I love thee...

    Sonnet 130: My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun By William Shakespeare My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips' red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go; My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.    And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare    As any she belied with false compare.   Just shows beauty is more than skin deep and to love someone means more than loving their looks.
  8. Politics Gen XYZ

    I would say that's down to how much his backer's Spincters are twitching.
  9. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Unfortunately not, now the best thing is to contact the pension fund (who should have incidentally given you an update every year). Let them tell you what they require and what your options such as transfer, draw down, closing etc.   It's called SERPS - State Earnings Related Pension I believe which I think was later referred to as S2P - State second Pension but don't quote me.   Whilst there's help with a Defined Pension Scheme, i.e. pension based on salary, there isn't a lot on a Defined Contribution Schemes where your pension is based on what is in the fund.
  10. WW3 anybody?

    IIRR a large chunk of the old Soviet Navy was transferred to the Ukraine which included nuclear subs now rusting away somewhere. Would they be a source of components incl. enriched uranium?
  11. WW3 anybody?

    What you say is true but as with everything to do with History there are always differing points of view based on the interpretation of all the evidence. The French most certainly didn't want war, they were having a change of Gov't every few months and Britain could not go it alone. Churchill was virtually alone in warning of the Nazi threat but Chamberlain did use the time to rearm. I think after his meeting in Munich he realised that war was coming no matter what.
  12. WW3 anybody?

    Russia is getting rather pro active though, Ukraine, backing the President of Belarus, sending in troops to Kazakhstan. Thing is NATO is in no position to do very much after years of downsizing and Europe being fairly reliant on Russian Gas. It won't be like `38 where appeasement was carried out to prevent war, it'll be appeasement to give the west time to rebuild its defences and find alternatives to Russian energy.
  13. Oh the onward march of technology, sold as been for the benefit of the user but only benefits the owner.  Am I alone in thinking that life really was simpler if a little slower 30 years ago?
  14. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Sorry I'm not a legal Beagle, you'll have to look it up.
  15. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Ah but that's UK law. It came about because too many advisors were basing their advice on who paid them the best commission not on which product was right for the client.