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Mon Dec 1, 2014, 11:43 AM

"I understand why he has to do this - to prove he's a man," Merkel said. "He's afraid of his own wea

"I understand why he has to do this to prove he's a man," Merkel said. "He's afraid of his own weakness. Russia has nothing, no successful politics or economy. All they have is this."

http://www.vox.com/2014/12/1/7313443/vladimir-putin-merkel

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kpete Dec 2014 OP
TwilightGardener Dec 2014 #1
bananas Dec 2014 #9
elias49 Dec 2014 #2
Odin2005 Dec 2014 #3
bemildred Dec 2014 #4
Codeine Dec 2014 #5
okaawhatever Dec 2014 #6
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 11:45 AM

1. Well, THAT won't provoke an overreaction from Crazy Pooty, will it?

It's true, but probably not helpful to say it aloud, Angie.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:20 PM

9. She said it in 2007, it was just revealed in a New Yorker article. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 11:56 AM

2. Not sure about the wisdom of this

 

considering the gas they buy from Russia! But it's politics. Antagonistic bedfellows!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:24 PM

3. Oh, snap!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:26 PM

4. No wonder she has been so feckless in her dealings with this problem. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:31 PM

5. Mic drop. nt

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:49 PM

6. WTG Angela, tell it like it is. I'm sure she released this statement to evoke a certain response.

Let's hope she gets it. Don't be bullied by the bully Angela!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:57 PM

7. Fun-Fact about Russia that is somehow related to this:

When you are in Russia, don't smile in public. It's okay to smile at friends but if you smile at a stranger you will come across as untrustworthy.



Russia has this deep penchant for machismo, for being strong, for being resilient, for not giving a fuck. Combine this with the upheaval of the last 25 years: Russia has lost its status as a superpower and at the same time the world has changed to a more liberal society. Many Russians don't like that change and here we come back to the Fun-Fact:
The russian nationalists regard themselves as some sort of knights, fighting for Mother Russia and for Christianity. And they are dead-serious about defending Russia against this evil outside-world that is alien to them.


(And maybe that don't-smile rule is also the reason why they mistrust the slow, friendly and diplomatic way the EU and NATO are conquering Europe... China on the other hand is ruled by a centralized power and rules openly with an iron fist, just like Russia used to. Familiar spirits.)

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:02 PM

8. This is generally true of all dictators that use war to prop themselves up in the eyes of their

 

people.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 01:56 PM

10. Kick nt

 

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