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Old March 15th, 2017, 03:56 PM   #1
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If the sanctions could be lifted, the reserves developed, and the oil and gas sold, you could quite quickly become the undisputed richest human being in all of history by an order of magnitude. That's a worthy goal in itself, and one that affords you the pleasure of smashing the same countries that beat you and yours in the Cold War. Imagine the endless possibilities: right now OPEC only accepts U.S. dollars for their oil, which means buyers the world over have to maintain large dollar reserves helping to support our currency.

But you, as Vladimir Putin, could put an end to that, or at least weaken it, all the while playing the commodity markets with the benefit of ultra-inside info with no pesky SEC to worry about, and that's just one small example.

With the click of a mouse or the wave of a hand, you would be able to throw Europe and/or the U.S. into an economic tailspin that would make the 2008 financial collapse pale in comparison. Given some finesse and a little luck, you might manipulate the throngs of Trump-supporting idiots already afflicting U.S. politics and their Western European analogues into starting an armed insurgency or a full-on civil war. That would leave Russia as the premier nuclear super-power in the world, and you, at its head for life, as the most powerful person to ever live.

Weaken the US and Europe, go after the EU, hobble the US State Department, foster allies in those governments with money and praise, handicap western intel services, and most of all, get those sanctions lifted. It's not hard to understand, really, it all makes sense. You just have to imagine you are Vladimir Putin.
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Old March 16th, 2017, 05:25 AM   #2
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The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back. Because the Cold War has been over for 20 years. -Obama
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Old March 16th, 2017, 09:16 AM   #3
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Actually, it seems like being Russian is being honorable, as we (i.e. most of us) are Caucasian, and the Greater Caucasus Region is indeed in Russia. So they are the purest. Not sure what I mean by that.
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Old March 17th, 2017, 04:02 PM   #4
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Actually, it seems like being Russian is being honorable, as we (i.e. most of us) are Caucasian, and the Greater Caucasus Region is indeed in Russia. So they are the purest. Not sure what I mean by that.
I think it is called racism.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 04:22 AM   #5
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I think it is called racism.
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LOL!!! You be quite the comedian.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 05:36 AM   #6
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LOL!!! You be quite the comedian.
Your commentary did indeed focus on one race and indicate you felt it was superior...that would be racism.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 07:33 AM   #7
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Also most whites are some variation of German or Celtic. The Caucasians have more in common with the Turks, how they became associated with whiteness is baffling. I'm Anglo-American, not Caucasian.
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Your commentary did indeed focus on one race and indicate you felt it was superior...that would be racism.
Simply recognizing that one race is indeed "different" than another (which is a fact, BTW) is not at all the same as saying one is "better" than the other. It is called "race baiting" when you do those kind of shenanigans!

Just yesterday a brand new neighbor (of a different race) 2 houses down from us that just moved in stopped by to say "hello". I did, and did not get upset merely she was a difference race.

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Old March 18th, 2017, 11:41 AM   #9
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Simply recognizing that one race is indeed "different" than another (which is a fact, BTW) is not at all the same as saying one is "better" than the other. It is called "race baiting" when you do those kind of shenanigans!

Just yesterday a brand new neighbor (of a different race) 2 houses down from us that just moved in stopped by to say "hello". I did, and did not get upset merely she was a difference race.

Golly....pert nice of ' ya to be all nice an stuff.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 01:32 PM   #10
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I think that if one notices skin color more than one notices eye color, then one is a racist.

By that standard, I am a racist.

However, I don't think I would be one, if people weren't constantly yapping about race.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 01:48 PM   #11
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I think that if one notices skin color more than one notices eye color, then one is a racist.

By that standard, I am a racist.
Only because the surface area of the eyeball is massively smaller than the skin area! - hello?!

Just call me Capt. Obvious!

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Old March 18th, 2017, 02:18 PM   #12
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I'm the opposite of a rascist. Not because I don't see color or other platitudes but because limiting genetic diversity on purpose is just idiotic.
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Old March 19th, 2017, 05:51 AM   #13
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I'm the opposite of a rascist. Not because I don't see color or other platitudes but because limiting genetic diversity on purpose is just idiotic.
Huh? Explain how racism limits genetic diversity!

Genetic diversity exists whether someone likes it or not - hello?!
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Old March 20th, 2017, 02:22 PM   #14
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Only because the surface area of the eyeball is massively smaller than the skin area! - hello?!

Just call me Capt. Obvious!

As can be seen from the picture in your own posting, when a person is wearing clothes, the only skin which can be seen is the face and the hands --- so the difference in size between skin and eyeball is not all that great.
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