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Greece, Ukraine, Norway, Jordan

There are lots of events related to these four countries, among others, and each of them would deserve long essays. But briefly:

ECB and Greece

The European Central Bank and the Eurogroup – the set of the finance ministers of the eurozone member states – gave two ultimatums to Greece. By Wednesday, they have to present their own alternative solution of the debt problem if they want it to be considered. By Monday which is 8 days away, they have to apply for the extension of the usual Greek-Troika procedures that have worked for years.



The new Greek government refuses to continue – it was like a cure of a drug addict, they say. Troika must evaporate and their bailout scheme must be stopped. The help used to come with lots of strings and just like assorted Šhmoits and Horgans, the Syriza folks don't like strings. So they just want a lethal amount of drugs – or money – with no strings attached, it seems. You know, it's hard to cure a drug addict (or a subsidy-addicted nation) but I assure you that the slow and difficult gradual treatment is probably better than all the alternatives – at least it reduces the probability of death.

The comrades also boast that they will face no financial problems in the short run. It really seems that Greece won't renew the troika bailout mechanisms which means, among other things, that it should finally lose all funds from the European Central Bank in 8 days. The IMF will probably cut all the funding for Greece, too. Alan Greenspan has predicted that the Grexit is unavoidable and no financial player may be crazy enough to fund Greece today. I would normally agree with Greenspan except that I am afraid that he may be underestimate many people's insanity.

Many other experts estimate that they may run out of cash sometimes between the Tuesday February 17th and March – or, if they are lucky, by the middle of the year 2015. That's why I found it sensible to embed the classic music video of "[Greece in] Europe: The Final Countdown". ;-) I expect the end of the insanely failed experiment that we've known as "Greek economics" to arrive within a month or so.




Ukraine

There was a geopolitical conference in Munich. Lavrov represented the entirely constructive, peaceful, and friendly politics of Russia. For example, he is ready to restore the relations with NATO as soon as NATO realizes they should do the same thing. On the other side, it looked like some universal Russia bashing. However, if one looks more carefully, there is a very clear rift emerging in between the U.S. and Europe which is being discussed especially in the German media. The European politicians, starting from Merkel and Hollande, are genuinely afraid of a big war so they are working hard on a ceasefire etc. Sarkozy says that Crimea can't be blamed for its decision to reunify with Russia. Klaus has said that Crimea has always belonged to Russia.

Meanwhile, many loons in the U.S., including the top politicians, are thinking about sending lethal weapons to Kiev. Don't be surprised if and when the EU and Russia will team up to fight against you, fanatical warmongering aßholes.

Poroshenko has shown the confiscated passports of six Russian tourists as a proof that there are regular Russian troops in Ukraine. Cool but according to the Russian army's regulations, passports can't serve as IDs for Russian troops in service (of course, the troops have to hand them in, so that it is harder for them to desert etc.). I apologize for revealing the harsh truth to you, Mr Waltzman, but if your country isn't able to defend itself against six Russian tourists, it deserves to cease to exist and to be split among more viable countries. BTW Russia has kindly asked for copies of these six stolen Russian passports.




Heavy fights are continuing especially in the Debaltsevo pocket – an apparent cauldron of 7,000 or so Kiev-hired soldiers encircled along the border between the Donetsk and Lugansk independent unrecognized states, i.e. in the Midwest of (current) Novorussia. Most of the civilians have already been evacuated. When almost everyone is out, a full-scale destruction of the town (25,000 people before evacuation, a major railway hub – a Ukrainian Česká Třebová, if you wish) may begin. If all the unlucky Ukrainian soldiers in the cauldron were annihilated, this would be quite a blow for the government in Kiev.

German intelligence seems to claim that the total number of casualties of the Ukrainian civil war has so far been 50,000 rather than 5,000 we often hear. If true, it's just horrifyingly sad. I can't agree with the idea that someone who wants to energize this conflict with additional weapons is a decent human being. If some U.S. politicians send such weapons to Kiev – which would make it natural for Russia to do (at least) the analogous thing on the other side – they deserve to be tried in the Hague and hanged.

This is not funny in any way. Incidentally, days ago, Obama openly admitted that his administration "brokered a deal" for power transition (coup) in Ukraine. With 5,000 or 50,000 casualties, are you proud about the results of this intervention into politics of this large European country so far, Mr Obama? Is it a great feeling to have brokered the death of 15 times higher number of people than your namesake Osama bin Laden?

Norway

The Biathlon World Cup took place in the New Town of Moravia, Czechia. Some activists wanted to distribute lots of banners saying that "Norway is stealing Czech kids", and similar things, but their efforts turned out to be a flop as most of the visitors preferred the sport over politics and they didn't want to hold any banners.

Today, the Czech president Miloš Zeman was more successful when he was interviewed by Blesk [Flash], the #1 tabloid in Czechia. He said that the Norwegians are continuing in the practices of the Nazis and he picked the forced de-Bohemization and conversion of the Czech boys to the Nordic culture as the main argument. The boys are not allowed to speak to each other and they are not allowed to speak Czech to anyone.

Zeman has explicitly compared Barnevernet (the Norwegian children protection bureau) to Lebensborn, the Nazi-era German state-owned organization for planned sexual intercourse and reproduction of the Aryan race, something that I previously did in my blog, too. ;-) TRF may be ahead of everyone else but when it comes to the relationship between Norway and Lebensborn, it's just 1 month ahead of the Prague Castle.

The Czechs' problems with the behavior of the Norwegian authorities go well beyond the questionable accusations against the mother (or father, for that matter). Even if those accusations were right, and there's no credible evidence, Norway is still doing lots of things that seem utterly unacceptable to us and that emulate the behavior of our Nazi overlords between 1938 or 1939 and 1945 way too accurately.



Jordan and ISIS

The Jordanian pilot was burned in the cage by ISIS and Jordan has vowed to erase ISIS from the face of the globe. Czechia will help Jordan in this fight at least symbolically. Jordan claims that it has already destroyed 1/5 of the ISIS facilities in recent days.

Tomorrow, the aforementioned president, Zeman, will travel to Jordan where Abdullah, the nation's king, will be awarded the Order of the White Lion, the Czech Republic's highest official honor (see the picture above for one of them – yes, it is a double-tailed lion, not just an average one), for his contributions to the bold struggle against the radical Islamic anticivilization.



Cross the Jordan, the river of all the hopes, Ms Helena Vondráčková 1968. This song with Biblical themes was widely interpreted as an invitation for emigration. The singer became one of the pillars of the totalitarian entertainment later, however. ;-)

By the way, Kofi Annan thinks that the birth of ISIS was helped by the U.S. invasion into Iraq.

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reader physicsnut said...

Normally i don't put a lot of credence in the Left analysis, but it Stephen Cohen and others have been complaining about what Obama and his team of amateurs have been doing. I have no idea what the Administration types have been smoking, or who is really calling the shots, but they are making a mess.


reader QsaTheory said...

If you read this you will understand how/why this statement came about.


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12003


reader Gene Day said...

The rise of ISIS was due mainly to economic deprivation and political instability in the (mainly) Sunni areas of Iraq. These were a direct consequence of the 2003 invasion and the utter failure to follow through and insure stable institutions in those areas. The (mainly) Shiite and, especially, the Kurdish areas of Iraq were relatively immune because they did have relative stability in the sense that ordinary life could proceed somewhat normally. Of course, ISIS’ movement into Syria was enabled by the uprisings in that country, which had an independent cause.


Some may blame the Obama Administration for the lack of follow-through but it was simply not politically possible to spend the resources required to complete the job. The two to three trillion dollar cost (depending on how you do the accounting) of the Iraq war would likely have been doubled and the decade-long occupation simply was not possible.


Other things were involved but it is clear to me that Annan understates the role of the 2003 invasion.


reader Michael said...

Informing link, thanks from me.


I understand the anger towards the US politics in Ukraine, and I agree with this anger, but I cannot fathom why (some) people act as if it represents some major change in the US way of thinking. Their imperialistic tendencies, and tendency to destabilize countries and initiate wars or coups is not new at all, nor is it unusual for them at all to make friends with evil people/dictators and fight the more reasonable fractions. Its like the war on terror cover; they had their seven country invasion plan already in the nineties.


reader BMWA1 said...

Very large explosion in Donetsk just a few hours ago, I wonder if this a UAF SS-21 with conventional warhead?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY3PK4dPlvE


reader davideisenstadt said...

Kofi ana is an asshat.


reader Swine flu said...

The complete withdrawal of the US forces from Iraq was likely a mistake. A residual force that would have been sufficient to prevent large territorial conquests by ISIS wouldn't have had to be all that large.

However, now that the US is out of there, it should let the regional powers handle ISIS.


reader Gordon said...

Most of us have known about Lubos' discovery of matrix string theory for quite awhile, Kashyap, but glad to see you learning just how bright our blogger is--
http://cds.cern.ch/record/317213/files/9612198.pdf
http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/9701025.pdf


reader Gordon said...

Gene, how are the US allies, the Saudis, other than being less grandstanding than ISIS, morally any better...beheading women, lashing journalists and bloggers, stoning people, cutting off hands etc...? The difference is that the Saudis suit the US strategic interests in the region.,,ie, oil. The US should long ago have withdrawn from the region and let the Sunnis and Shiites have their civil war. There will be no stability until it is settled this way because they see each other as heretics.


reader Gordon said...

Well, that makes him the perfect head of the UN then, doesn't it, David? What an absolutely useless institution dominated by tinpot dictators, communists, fascists, and an assortment of still tribal countries. Some of its NGO health initiatives are good, but the political posturing is sickening. In 2003, for example, Libya was elected to Chair the UN Human Rights Commission.


reader MikeNov said...

That happened as well, and liberals mobilized to get him to bow out.


reader MikeNov said...

He was hired. Then a few weeks in he criticized Donovan McNabb and all the liberals misunderstood what he was saying and called him a racist and that was that.


reader MikeNov said...

Is this the same guy that blamed similar behavior in Africa on global warming?


reader Luboš Motl said...

Thanks for the info, Kashyap, I didn't know about the comment but I know about the mythology, of course.


It's a habit for quite a number of physicists to quote me when claiming that "the Einstein protocol is possible" today.


Well, maybe, maybe not. My perspective is that it is possible for an unaffiliated guy with a great idea from outside to make it, of course, but one may argue that my perspective is very special and the possibility only became real thanks to Tom who may have ultimately been the only primary source of the meme that I was a guy from the patent office.


It's difficult. I think it's obvious that there are people trying to catch great ideas from outside and people producing them; at the same moment, I am convinced that it is totally obvious that the scientific community has gotten much more uninspired, "evolutionary" rather than "revolutionary", and automatic in its selection of the people.


reader Shannon said...

"Don't be surprised if and when the EU and Russia will team up to fight against you, fanatical warmongering aßholes."

Our unitedstatians friends need a good lesson. And something tells me the rest of the world wouldn't lift a finger for them... Again, we'll wash our hands of it. Only for them, our dear friends. ;-)


reader Shannon said...

Hi yid, racist are we ?


reader Leo Vuyk said...

Dear Kashyap, could you give more information about your feeling that ST would predict large numbers of different kind of BHs? because I have the feeling that Ball lightning, Comet nuclei, and Sunspots represent the reality of your feeling.


reader davideisenstadt said...

Of course, unlike the perfidious, cowardly french, islam isn't a race or an ethnic group, it is a belief system, so while I may be anti islamic. I'm certainly not a racist.
so...go back be quiet and concentrate on being the cheese eating surrender money you excel at being.


reader Shannon said...

Dear David, you are an islamophobic, a racist, a warmonger, and jealous of the superiority of the French culture and cuisine over yours. Some kind of a "hate purée" à l'américaine...
Little pet ;-)


reader davideisenstadt said...

yes...the storied french battle flag...a white cross on a white field.
say what you will about hitler he was right about you guys...cowards, pussies, ready to surrender before you fight.
even DeGaulle knew that the story of the french resistance was a lie.
monkey.


reader TJA said...

Obviously the lessons of history have been lost on you Shannon. I know you are eternally disappointed that Stalin didn't manage to take Paris in a march to the Atlantic, or failing that, that Hitler never managed to complete his "sanitation" project in Europe.


If there is a war in Europe, I sincerely doubt that Germany is going to join in with Putin, though Greece certainly might, and France will of course seek to profit from the war in any way that it can until things to in whatever unexpected direction they go in. But if Germany and France join with Putin, there will be no war with the US. Nobody here has the stomach to save you guys from Fascism or Communism again. Stew in it.


reader Luboš Motl said...

Holy crap, the comment plus the picture are so stupid.


reader Shannon said...

Is this your way of saying "welcome to my club", David ? Thank you, but no thank you ! :-)


reader davideisenstadt said...

we dont want you.


reader Werdna said...

Ah thanks, it was my memory that was faulty.


reader Shannon said...

It is time you eedjeets starts learning about the IIWW. Your economy was going down and the war saved you assholes. You couldn't care less about freedom in Europe. Your stupid air force decimated entire French villages with peaceful civilians in it either "by mistake" or just to try your weapons. Assholes. Never try to save us again. OK ?
We don't like you and we don't need you.


reader Shannon said...

You got it this time! ;-)


reader Swine flu said...

Dear Lubos, you talked in a different post once about the Soviet army liberating this or that place. Unless the Soviets did it out of pure altruism, by your argument they were not anyone's saviors either. Except they were, of course, just as the US Army was the liberating army in the places where it went.


reader QsaTheory said...

Gorden, Your three statements are emotional, disconnected and do not contain any real analysis. I think that is because you really lack true understanding of what is happening in the middle east.


reader davideisenstadt said...

unlike the french, who only repeat their cowardly actions.
truly the gutter of europe.


reader Swine flu said...

One of the lessons of history is that France is an important country and that those who think otherwise realize their mistake sooner or later.

It's not hard to see why. France is among the world's largest economies, and while both its population and GDP per capita are smaller than Germany's, it is not in the demographic death spiral that Germany is (the French fertility rate is 2.08 children/woman versus 1.43 for Germany). The French language and culture have a much wider geographic spread that those of Germany, giving it a certain added weight in international affairs. Furthermore, due to the legacy of WWII, and perhaps even WWI, Germany alone would lack the moral authority to lead Europe, making France just as essential to the EU as Germany. Recently, France has also shown willingness to engage militarily abroad.

All in all, don't make the mistake of thinking that France is somehow almost irrelevant. Nothing is further from the truth, whether one likes them or not.


reader dalpezzo said...

In general, I think it is safer to stick to the term "opposite category", because there can be various other notions of duality (e.g., coming from other structures that you category carries).

Regarding the second question - usually homological mirror symmetry is defined as a (conjectural) equivalence of (triangulated or derived) categories. Between the derived category of coherent sheaves on one side, and the derived Fukaya category on the mirror... Well, there is actually A and B model on both sides, so it's a 2x2 table with two equivalences, see e.g. p.4 of
http://www.cims.nyu.edu/~tschinke/books/rationality/katzarkov/katzarkov.pdf


reader Luboš Motl said...

Dear Swine Flu, I surely don't believe that most of the Soviet military actions in Europe were done out of "pure altruism" - and I don't really believe that there was any fully conceptual difference between the participation of the U.S., the participation of the USSR, or the participation of any other power that "liberated someone" in the history.


reader scooby said...

Of course you speak for yourself Shannon. Myself and my parents (who were living in Normandy at the time) are grateful to the american soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom on the beaches of Normandy, and to those who survived.


reader Shannon said...

Anything coming from a untiedstatian has no value, David. Didn't you know ?


reader Swine flu said...

The Bretton Woods arrangement probably served the US strategic reasons enough at the time not to be called altruistic.



That era seems to be drawing to a close, and the US needs to rethink where and how much it should engage in the future.


Although I would have preferred to see NATO dissolved after the end of the Cold War, that didn't happen, and perhaps it can still be argued to be of some strategic value to the US because the Western Civilization that the US is part of would be way too hollow without Europe, and NATO helps defend Europe. However, even if one accepts the somewhat questionable idea of the US serving its strategic reasons through defending Western Civilization by participating in Europe's defense, it would definitely be worthwhile to ask which countries should and should not be included in the NATO security umbrella. NATO clearly expanded too far East since the Cold War, setting it on the collision course with Russia, and Ukraine may be but the first salvo in that collision. I expect more countries to follow, and it won't be pretty.


reader davideisenstadt said...

except your freedom.
cheese eating surrender monkey.


reader John Archer said...

Come on now, boys and girls!

David and Shannon, we've got to stop this ruckus in the ranks and get on with job in hand, namely wiping that vile pisslam off the face of the earth and getting all those hideous wogs and other assorted jungle bunnies out of the West and back to their hideous turd-world hell holes.

Besides, I want the BBC to be "hideously white" again just before we wipe it too from the face of the earth, and Greg Dyke and his ilk along with it.

Now shake hands and let's hear no more of it. There's a war on!

Feel the hate! :)


reader Shannon said...

Lol John. I like to play up with David. He's cute and annoying at the same time. All that I like.


reader MikeNov said...

There was an earlier issue where he was being enthusiastically supported to be an commentator on Monday Night Football, but higherups canceled it.


reader Oleg said...

That explains a lot... http://img.rt.com/files/news/38/56/70/00/cnn-us-troops-ukraine2.si.jpg


reader BMWA1 said...

In the Obama language, "consider" is something akin to the event horizon of a black hole.


reader Gordon said...

hmmm lol---you actually dispute any of them? That would be emotional, disconnected from reality and not containing any real analysis. Of course, I lack true understanding of what is happening in the Middle East. If I had the full picture, I am sure I would be even more appalled by the brutality, corruption, nepotism, and religious fanaticism and intolerance than I already am. In the middle east, religion poisons everything, as does oil politics and tribalism.


reader Gordon said...

Hmmm perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black...


reader Luboš Motl said...

Dear Oleg, do I understand well that you're also intrigued by the label "pro-U.S." here - that he openly admits that he tells who is a good boy and bad boy by whether or not he licks the U.S. ass even if the U.S. has nothing to do with the essence of the conflict? ;-)


reader QsaTheory said...

I could be just as shallow and tell you as far as brutality is concerned nuking other countries that is brutal, plus 50 other wars in recent history only. As for corruption they come in different flavors and all countries have them, and my understanding is that it is one of the tools of imperialist countries use to control other countries. As far as religious fanaticism, the christian Zionists are the epic of it. As for intolerance, the ghettos of Chicago , NY, St. Louis and numerable others need no advertising.


reader Oleg said...

Indeed. Although it's blunder by CNN, it's quite telling. They called it a "Freudian slip" on Twitter.


reader QsaTheory said...

John, I have a question for you. Would you accept all those subcontinent people if they convert to Christianity sometime tomorrow afternoon? Now no wobbling in your answer!


reader Oleg said...

You may have misunderstood what this site is all about. Please keep your fantasies of strong men in the confines of your bedroom.


reader kashyap vasavada said...

Dear Leo, This is just feeling I got from quick listening to Vafa's talk. I will have to listen it several times at a slow pace before really understanding. He is talking about higher dimensional objects wrapping around 4 dimensional space and getting singularities. That made me suspect that these black holes will have different properties in our world. But of course I am not sure!


reader Cogniscentum said...

I enjoyed Utah Beach oysters last time I was in Paris. Served to be by a Frenchman who was very proud of them. They were great.


reader Cogniscentum said...

Hating Jews isn't racist, right? It's just good sense! Why don't those Jews just agree to die so the rest of us can live in peace?


reader John Archer said...

No.

But let me clarify that for you because it's potentially practically meaningless as it stands. And that's because your question itself is all a wobble — you've worded it very badly.

You said "all". I say no to "any".

And that's under all circumstances. There was never any legitimate basis to their presence here, and those who facilitated their admission committed high treason and should be dealt with as such too.

There you go — you can have that answer to the far steadier question for free.

If you want, you can regard it as Christian charity. Nominally anyway.


reader andy said...

France is NOT an important country.


reader Swine flu said...

Some people seem to think that a few strategically placed capitals constitute an argument.


reader Shannon said...

It is called antisemitism, Cogniscentum. Racism is the thing you are competing with ;-)


reader Shannon said...

Qsatheory, John is a protestant which is closed to the talmudists. Business and money is their God.
All our immigrants in France are welcome, no matter who they are. We just need to limit their arrivals as there are no jobs left. We would prefer to help them stay in their country, but the US-Israël provoked wars are sending them to us. On purpose of course.


reader TJA said...

Sorry. I should have said "imposed liberal democracy, press freedoms, and personal freedoms on Europe."

From the US point of view leading up to the war we had three well armed empires bent on conquest, Japan, The Axis, and the Soviet Union.

Europe got itself into a situation where the choices were home grown Nazi Fascism, home grown Soviet Communism, or Liberal Democracy imposed from the outside. I am sorry that the outcome created so much bitterness in Shannon.

The reason that Japan attacked us is because we were interfering in their project to conquer the Pacific and East Asia. We should have looked the other way. Agreed.

Nazi Fascism was no threat to the US. Peace with Germany was certainly possible. It would have required condemning the British, our only real ally in Europe to subjugation. To be honest, The UK, well, maybe minus Scotland, is our only real ally in Europe, and the popular fondness for them allowed the country to be dragged into war. For some reason the Brits have a soft spot for the French, so there you have it.

As you probably also know, the Germans were very close to developing nuclear weapons. Had the US not entered the war, and by entering the war I also mean providing Stalin with copius amounts of war matériel, Germany would certainly have succeeded in time. So now you have Hitler the sole possessor of nuclear weapons.

But you guys continue on in your nationalist snits about "who saved whom." Nationalist snits is what you guys do best on that blood soaked continent, isn't it?


reader Shannon said...

Hmmm have you become a lazy brain Gordon ? ;-)


reader Leo Vuyk said...

DearKashyap see perhaps also:
Parity and Chirality as a Base for Quark-Gluon Plasma Creating and Charge Splitting Black
Holes.
http://vixra.org/abs/1502.0086


reader Mikael said...

You think like a mathematicians and if you are interested in string theory you should learn how physicists think. Physicists like Vafa or Motl give a damn about different math philosophies and have nature to guide them. Prof.Vafa feels not pressured, but just knows, that the mathematicians demand for rigor will usually block them from understanding advanced theoretical physics. This is even true for physical fields which are totally uncontraversial with respect to their physical success such as quantum field theory. I recommend this video lecture:
http://online.itp.ucsb.edu/online/colloq/gross1/