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Wasn't that news something like three, five years ago?

Meeting many Trump supporters daily?

Are you talking about identity solidification?

You're somewhere around 40, right? How do you feel about changing your tastes?

    but only for the reason that it crops up in almost 20%-ish of the articles written about him.

And here I am, talking about like nobody's heard it before. I get it now. See upper-level for a bit of clarification.

    I want to declare once again that we citizens of the U.S. don't hold you citizens of Russia directly accountable

I hear you. If I've ever assumed that anyone would, it was a mistake on my part.

    We would, however, like to see some changes within your government


    but doubt whether or not the populace has the information or ability to affect those changes

Or the desire.

I've read somewhere that the quality of life is low enough to provoke popular displeasure, but not low enough to provoke an active desire to change (whether it's a revolution or a strong political movement). Even considering how people like to complain, there are certain points that Russians bring up often:

The prices are rising faster than the paychecks.

The police does nothing (or can do nothing).

The hospitals are overcrowded, the doctors are overbooked and pissed.

And yet there's stability (here's one of the staple words of the regime): no war, no troubles in the country, very little crime (as if) and the paychecks are actually being given out (which is big fear for older people, like my parents' generation, who have experienced it in the post-Soviet decade). Nothing's changing, and I feel like, in the position the Russian people are in, they're rather have that than gather what little strength they have and go out to fight the regime.

Then again, I might be wrong. I've heard of the protests in Russia that the local media never report on but have never observed just how strong or frequent they are. I hope I'm wrong. I hope people want change more than they want whatever we have now.

Here's to hoping.

Yet y'all still seem to act as if he can possibly be held to a higher standard. That's what seems odd to me every time.

I'm not saying you may be unaware of what's happening. Just reminding you, because sometimes people need to be reminded.

In Russia, it is held to be common knowledge that there has been active connection between the Scandinavians and the Byzanthium. Those were two main trade and culture partners for the Rus' of the 10th century. A prominent theory even states that a Norseman came to establish rule in Rus' at the call of the Rus' people.

(Alternative theories suggest that it was a Rus' man, or that there was no Rurik at all — there's always one such theory somewhere)

Seems like they went a bit further than Byzanthium, or that Muslims were in contact with the Varangians in Constantinople. Which the Eastern Roman Empire was Christian, I wonder if that meant that Muslims weren't allowed in.

Interpersonal concepts only work when everyone involved in the connection supports them — and geopolitics is interpersonal relationships between two metapersonal entities. The rebels merely show that the concept is a conceived one, not that it's a "myth". "Myth" implies that the story we tell ourselves is not just real — they aren't supposed to be.

Sovereignty of state, like autonomy and independence of a person, works until someone intrudes upon it. Does it mean that one's autonomic existence is an unreal concept? No. Just see how you feel when someone you don't know leans forward to you a few inches closer than you would like, and you'll see how real it is.

What do you do when someone doesn't respect the same rules as you? Now, there's a question.

    In LA I drink exclusively Baltika 7

insert allegiance change joke here

If said dictator is stupid enough not to bribe Trump first — with compliments or otherwise.

It's like y'all don't know what Trump is about. He's narcissistic. People like that don't care about anything other than their image of themselves in their heads. If someone flatters them, they perceive that person or entity as "the real stuff", and those who don't (or even blame the narcissist) — as fallacious.

Like a god damn candy: one lick, and you're in for a treat.

The former is for the youngins.

The latter is for those who can afford to look down on them.

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