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Forum: Europe 8 Hours Ago
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Views: 57,248
Posted By Firn
After pretty much every prominent victim, beside...

After pretty much every prominent victim, beside the many not-so-famous ones , the similar stories seems to spread speedily. Not the man or his friends in power which have been subject to...
Forum: Europe 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 2,479
Views: 76,694
Posted By Firn
My view has shifted to some degree towards a...

My view has shifted to some degree towards a great weighting of the internal logic of Putins quasi-regime compared to other political aspects in Putins foreign policy.
Forum: Europe 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 149
Views: 57,248
Posted By Firn
Indeed it seems that being against the policies...

Indeed it seems that being against the policies of Mr. Putin has been rather dangerous in and around Russia for some years now. I personally blame the Mossad, not the CIA despite what clever cui bono...
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
Replies: 606
Views: 33,537
Posted By Firn
It will be rather interesting to see how, how...

It will be rather interesting to see how, how much and how quickly Russia continues to spend it's funds like the NWF. Aslund does seem to support an old opion of mine, that Putin thinks that he knows...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 187
Views: 38,328
Posted By Firn
Without knowing the circumstances one year does...

Without knowing the circumstances one year does seem indeed little, especially if his change in behaviour in prison brought him seemingly on the radar of the Danish security services. Lots of...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 187
Views: 38,328
Posted By Firn
Perhaps we will never know but I'm pretty sure...

Perhaps we will never know but I'm pretty sure this is a question which gets asked in Western security services.

The Guardian has a short profile...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 187
Views: 38,328
Posted By Firn
The Danish security forces are of course for...

The Danish security forces are of course for obvious reasons still stilent on many aspects of the latest attacks so there are many blanks yet to be filled. It seems that the terrorist was born in...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 606
Views: 33,537
Posted By Firn
Oil had a big rally...

Oil had a big rally (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-16/crude-oil-bears-betting-on-supply-glut-miss-market-rally-energy) recently. As I pointed out earlier the commodity markets and...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 3,475
Posted By Firn
I did some additional research before the second...

I did some additional research before the second run in Vail. Personally I still think that those guys have the best way to descend on snow but there are some interesting fatbike tests from Norway...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 3,475
Posted By Firn
Last year I was mostly switching between a 29er...

Last year I was mostly switching between a 29er fully with rather wide 2.4 tubeless tyres and my older 29er hardtail with a bit narrower ones with one or two rides with an older 26er ht thrown in....
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 627
Views: 78,169
Posted By Firn
Seven Reasons Cheap Oil Can't Stop Renewables Now...

Seven Reasons Cheap Oil Can't Stop Renewables Now (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-01-30/seven-reasons-cheap-oil-can-t-stop-renewables-now)

I like graphs so I had to go with that one:...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 251
Views: 11,528
Posted By Firn
Big news of course in the last days: IMF...

Big news of course in the last days:

IMF announces $17.5bn loan for Ukraine (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/12/imf-announces-175bn-loan-for-ukraine) and a 'fragile' peace deal...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 4,183
Posted By Firn
Anabasis...

Anabasis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anabasis_(Xenophon)) by Xenophon. A gripping story told in a manner which won early praise and great fame. The narration feels quite modern apart from the long...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 6,208
Posted By Firn
I was going to point that out too, there are...

I was going to point that out too, there are quite a few countries eager to join the EU. In fact that there are just no large European nations left to join the EU apart from Ukraine, Russia and...
Forum: Europe 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 606
Views: 33,537
Posted By Firn
The human dimension...

The human dimension (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8X69f2FoxY) of the economic downturn and various new laws help to understand the motivations behind the stark numbers. This should have a...
Forum: Law Enforcement 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 1,343
Posted By Firn
I fear that any police officer on duty,...

I fear that any police officer on duty, especially those guarding or patrolling on food are potential 'sitting ducks' be they armed with handguns, tasers or potentially rifles...
Forum: Europe 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 606
Views: 33,537
Posted By Firn
Number of Western Foreigners in Russia Drops by...

Number of Western Foreigners in Russia Drops by Half a Million (http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/number-of-western-foreigners-in-russia-drops-by-half-a-million/515456.html).

Note in...
Forum: Europe 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 606
Views: 33,537
Posted By Firn
Krugman adds a fresh macro angle...

Krugman adds a fresh macro angle (http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/?_r=0) to the debate:



Obviously the conyism is an old story, but it's mix is a new take on an old fallacy. Perhaps the worst...
Forum: Europe 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 505
Views: 75,272
Posted By Firn
Groundhog Day in Greece...

Groundhog Day in Greece (http://www.voxeu.org/article/groundhog-day-greece) is mostly in line with my personal opinion. The importance of the ECB in the current situation, especially for a country...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 3,555
Posted By Firn
The Greek population is among the most...

The Greek population is among the most Russian-friendly in the EU and the useful idiots or foreign observers in the Crimea and the Donbas were from the extreme European left and right. The current...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 606
Views: 33,537
Posted By Firn
There is certainly a torrent of bad news coming...

There is certainly a torrent of bad news coming in for the Russian economy. As for many financial and economic data can seem steril and cold to many I think it is useful to look at it sometimes from...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2,479
Views: 76,694
Posted By Firn
It is pretty difficult to see a diplomatic...

It is pretty difficult to see a diplomatic solution to this war if one country invading and occupying another is denying it is doing so at all despite over 5000 estimated deaths and over a million...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 4,777
Posted By Firn
That would fit perfectly my impression I gathered...

That would fit perfectly my impression I gathered from various sources at that time. Obviously Russia enjoyed the sympathy of many, mostly among the eldery and Russian-speakers but without the...
Forum: Europe 01-23-2015
Replies: 2,479
Views: 76,694
Posted By Firn
I have a bad memory but wasn't there some sort of...

I have a bad memory but wasn't there some sort of truce agreement lately in Berlin or so? Not many days ago?
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 01-23-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 4,183
Posted By Firn
Overall I agree but one has to put the issue in...

Overall I agree but one has to put the issue in the context of ressources, especially manpower. One city was founded as a far away colony while the other established itself among the large Latin...
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