There's quite some discussion about the responsibility for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. That's weird as there's one country that attacks, and one country that defends. It's simple. However, some people have a habit of confusing a discussion by suggesting that accountability is similar as responsibility (my blogs). Notwithstanding the above, there is...
15 Mar, 2022
Several weeks ago, the phrase too little, too late entered my mind. An example in my private life qualified for that phrase. Subsequently, the Russian invasion of Ukraine took place. Some opinions argued that the Western response qualified this phrase. Most were surprised that it did not qualify. I think, feel and believe that too little, too late is our default...
14 Mar, 2022
All over the world, Russians - inside and outside Russia - are being blamed for their president's invasion of Ukraine. A Russian top conductor was fired for his ties to the president (eg, DW). Even classical concerts featuring dead Russian composers (eg, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky) were cancelled (Volkskrant). Some random news articles: "Since Russia's invasion of...
7 Mar, 2022
In the view of the Russian president, the West is weak. Until very recently, he may have had a point. The Ukrainians have never been weak; just look at their faces. Nevertheless, it doesn't make any sense labelling something that is weak as a threat. Either you're weak, or you're a threat. A major flaw in his reasoning. His reasoning may have been another case of...
25 Feb, 2022
On Thursday 24 February 2022, Russia started invading Ukraine despite its many denials before. Even the useful idiots cannot deny this invasion. Instead, the useful idiots are picturing Russia as the victim rather than the aggressor. This is called spinning the news. Hence, my choice of song below. "In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory...
16 Feb, 2022
Last week, I read a new word: shrinkflation. I haven't noticed shrinkflation yet in my local supermarket; only (limited) inflation. With the knowledge of hindsight, I did notice shrinkflation when ordering a recent meal: less quality for more money. I doubt that this restaurant will survive. "In economics, shrinkflation, also known as the grocery...
- What is the “Great Replacement” right-wing conspiracy theory? (the Economist)
- Democracy might be in crisis. But Autocracy certainly is (FT)
- “I just don’t care anymore.”
- “Solitude has always been my analgesic of choice.”
- Love, Knowledge & Power and zero-sum
- The final taboo
- “Without love, life has no meaning”
- How the Ukraine War May End (GPF)
- Germany Is Rising Above History to Support Ukraine (Bloomberg)
- Pushing boundaries