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  1. In case of Germany it was a screw up, sorry. The...

    In case of Germany it was a screw up, sorry. The result would have been good if Putin had waited until the crime was confirmed. So he looked incompetend.

    We have only a few million Russians in...
  2. The basic approach to use Russian emigrants in...

    The basic approach to use Russian emigrants in Germany to create friction in Germany is per se sound, the reaction of some of the Russian Germans proved that.

    However, it was a real screw-up to...
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    The Enigma story is found in an old book based on...

    The Enigma story is found in an old book based on BBC series "The secret war". The first crucial break throughs were achieved by Polish guys who got for a few hours hands on a German Enigma of the...
  4. Sorry, the energy density argument is to a...

    Sorry, the energy density argument is to a certain extend bogus: 80% of the energy in diesel is lost as heat - Carnot cycle is a bitch. :-)

    Therefore, with 1/5 of the energy density you would have...
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    From a purly economic and physical POV better...

    From a purly economic and physical POV better transmission grid integration is the most useful solution. Wind power is, when we talk in European scale, not correlated, this means you can get a...
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    I think the issue is that German utilities have...

    I think the issue is that German utilities have often spare coal capacity at peak demand times due to the REs, hence, they can export when there is demand in neighbour countries and kill NG and...
  7. Please, the relevant wholesale price your utility...

    Please, the relevant wholesale price your utility pays is much much lower.
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    Energiewende

    Firn,

    found today this on the Agora Energiewende site:

    http://www.agora-energiewende.de/fileadmin/Projekte/2015/Understanding_the_EW/Agora_Understanding_the_Energiewende.pdf

    It explains...
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    @Firn as far I understand the situation, the...

    @Firn

    as far I understand the situation, the wholesale price of electricity is quite irrelevant for the consumers: a lower wholesale price leads to higher RE tax. Electricity will very likely cost...
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    "European customers cut their demand by 15...

    "European customers cut their demand by 15 billion cubic meters last year, or 8.5%, while sales to the former USSR (mostly Ukraine) fell by 19%, or over 10 bcm. It’s no exaggeration to say that they...
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    The good news are that PV is a generator for...

    The good news are that PV is a generator for which global installation doubles in less than four years, from 1% to 32% takes only 5 doubling steps, i.e. 20 years. And there are no real bottlenecks...
  12. One could ad the "Falkenberg" series by...

    One could ad the "Falkenberg" series by Pournelle. SF but with very conventional set ups.
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    South Stream

    The Russian idea of North Stream and South Stream was, to avoid the usage of Ukrainian and Polish pipelines, i.e. to end the theft of NG by Ukraine and to re-gain some strategic freedom in respect to...
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    From a Pakistani PhD student who grew up in the...

    From a Pakistani PhD student who grew up in the Swat Valley and did his university time in Karachi: It is quite common that in some neighborhoods family re-unions gone wrong or religious disputes...
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    According to the German FAZ, Russia imported food...

    According to the German FAZ, Russia imported food for 43 billion USD in 2013, of these 16 billion USD were paid for EU products.

    Around 30-50% of fish, beef and vegetables are imported, in addtion...
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    Outlaw, as I understood the discussion, the...

    Outlaw,

    as I understood the discussion, the S-11 has usually no secondary radar, therefore, the crew has no chance to identify civilian aircrafts by electronic means when operating stand alone.
    ...
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    Russian propaganda

    At the moment I do not understand why Russia is performing such a low quality propaganda war.

    From the quite good discussions on the German "Augen geradeaus" it was clear for two days now, that at...
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    Short version: For Germany it is much much better...

    Short version: For Germany it is much much better to have cordial relations with Poland and the Czeck Republic than to reclaim territory, in which no meaningful numbers of Germans live anymore and...
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    Some questions for you: Do you really think...

    Some questions for you:

    Do you really think that we should do more than some economic sanctions in case of the Krim?

    Or do you think that the Krim is worth for the west to play a military...
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    @JMA Ukraine starting drifting away was IMHO...

    @JMA

    Ukraine starting drifting away was IMHO the loss for Russia. It indicates that Russia was unable to rule in her backyard by means of more or less soft power. This basic problem is not solved!...
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    To your surprise maybe, good strategy is...

    To your surprise maybe, good strategy is developed and executed in cold blood with brain, guts, especially, testicles are no substitute. :-)

    You have not delivered one coherent argument yet why...
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    The NG problem, i.e. the theft of NG by Ukraine...

    The NG problem, i.e. the theft of NG by Ukraine or better Ukranian and Russian oligarchs is solved around 2018, when enough additional pipeline capacity, that does not touch Ukraine and Poland, is...
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    They (re)occupied a region, that is supplied by...

    They (re)occupied a region, that is supplied by Ukraine, with an economy much weaker than their own in order to secure a maritime base. This menas in my book they will have to pay.

    Without...
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    outlaw, if you use the situation in 2012 as...

    outlaw,

    if you use the situation in 2012 as starting and reference point, you have real trouble to explain where Russia won.

    Russia is actually paying for less she had in 2012, this is not a...
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