04/12 - Ad Hoc One Time OT - Hey Folks! It's Aprille 12

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Aries by
RAMON SEVILLANO

“Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in switch licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his half cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open ye
(So Priketh hem Nature in hir corages),
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes,
To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
And specially from every shires ende
Of Engelond to Caunterbury they wende,
The hooly blisful martir for to seke,
That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke”

~~ Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

So, skipping over the Kniggits Tale, we come to The Miller's Tale, you know ...

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Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now. So what's on your mind?

Somebody please, please, please take over the Tuesday OT.

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QMS's picture

Just for the record,
this may be the Monday OT in disguise
but it's not, just a scheduling snafu
hopefully it will re-appear tomorrow?

Wink

cheerios!

edited to reflect discovery of the other OT posted today

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Here is a heartbreaking letter from inside Kiev Ukraine. It's the 21st Century yet amerikkka is
sadly still being amerikkka.

The Nazi Ukrainians and Russians really don't like each other

And the translation was done through Google translate

https://www.siliconinvestor.com/readpmsg.aspx?msgid=11926087

"This was sent to me by my friend from Kyiv, Father Roman. A housemate is writing, and the priest himself had to flee with his family."

"Good afternoon. I am a citizen of Ukraine, I am in Kyiv. We evacuated from Bucha on March 12.

Our house (250 apartments) is completely looted. The Ukrainian press accuses the "Russian orcs" of plundering Bucha, and people believed it... But, a week has passed, and those single neighbors who still live in the house, in a whisper after you swear by Mom, the health of your children, and all the saints, horrified by the lawlessness they have seen, tell the Truth...

The Russians left Bucha on 30 March. And on the 31st, in the evening, the looting began. A brigade of more than 10 people in civilian clothes worked, but they were guarded and commanded by the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine around the clock. At night by headlamps.

They ransacked our house for three days (April 31, 1 and 2). All apartments were broken into and looted except for those four where there were people. Everyone knows about it, but they are silent. Even those whose relatives serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the police are silent! Everyone is immersed in animal fear! When women come up to them, they bow and with horror in their eyes begin to cry and say "Thank you" in a trembling voice. Such a reaction because they know that those whom we consider ours are killed immediately without warning.

Four out of six corpses found in the basement of a neighboring house were identified yesterday in Bucha. Two of them turned out to be door installers, and two were locksmiths! This is the elimination of witnesses, marauders who worked for three days for the "commanders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine"! (break down apartment doors)

Now, our family has (or rather had) a dacha in a large village near Kiev. Phoned a neighbor. The village is destroyed, every 3rd house. Many people evacuated. Only those who have a cow remain ...

Our village was robbed by units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which entered as soon as the Russian troops withdrew!!! Ten days. All houses are broken into and robbed!!! People are silent. A neighbor with small grandchildren went to Malin to his daughter, and handed over the cow and chickens to the care of a neighbor ... The neighbor saw that even furniture was being taken out of his house by "ours" and ran to them: "Boys, why are you robyte, we are our own She was immediately shot under the fence... And her husband too!

Why was Baba Masha killed??? Her milk cows mooed heart-rendingly for three days all over the district, because the neighbors were afraid to leave the hut even to go to the toilet, and went to the pot... On the third day, the warriors of light took pity and cut the throats of the poor cows... our village had 70-80 people. And they all robbed and killed!

Do you think that Ukraine is fascism? No, this is not fascism ... The Nazis did not rob or kill their own! This Satanism is fierce, senseless and merciless! They are not "ours", they are nonhumans!!! They couldn’t help but understand that in the village, although few, there are still people left ... even though they sit in their huts and see what you have been doing these ten days with our village !!! Neighbors see your crimes... Bastards.

About 3,000 people remained in Bucha, and about 40 in our village. People have seen everything, and they know everything and will tell everything!!! You will not kill all the witnesses of your fierce Satanism? And even if you come back, you won't kill everyone! The people cannot be killed... Thank God that it occurred to someone to withdraw the Russian troops from Kyiv... This decision is God's admonition... It put everything in its place...

And most importantly. Over the past three weeks, our family has lost everything: an apartment that we paid for 17 years, we built a summer house for 20 years, investing our souls, a car - everything ... But, Thank God, the children survived.

I still have trousers, shoes, a shirt and only shorts... I will survive this... Because I had a Dream... that "Russian orcs" will be given by God, will return to my beloved Kyiv, to my Bucha, to my village, and I will be able to sign up as a private with them in order to free my Batkivshchyna, my Motherland from the fierce Satanism that tormented our house in Bucha for three days, and tortured my beloved village for ten days ...
Please, "Russian Orcs", Dear ones, Good ones, don't stop... For Christ's sake Dear ones!
Please publish my letter. I am now in Kyiv, and I cannot announce it myself.

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Food for thought....why do most polls usually come out in the 50/50
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@ggersh

...that I have been researching for many years. The Ukraine that enriched so many American politicians.

This is what the Donbas has been fighting.

This is what Russia is up against.

This is what is behind the propaganda.

For the Ukrainian Nazis, having Biden as the US President is their "get out of jail card." Because of Biden's compromise, they can commit any atrocity they wish.

This is what the Neocons must cover up in the US. A false flag of nuclear explosions in Ukraine may be the only way to bury the truth.

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@Pluto's Republic not only enabling but also encouraging/supporting it on a degree not seen
since Syria and the ME.

We are truly an empire that's evil in every which way possible.

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Food for thought....why do most polls usually come out in the 50/50
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@ggersh My wife went to a small store selling Eastern European food stuffs owned by a Ukrainian woman. Owner told my wife she has a friend from Bucha who fled to Kiev. Told owner that the Nazis were the ones creating the horror.

The owner said last time she was in Ukraine was 2013 and the Nazis came through a festival and were terrorizing people.

Also the shop has displayed for a while both the Ukrainian and Russian flags. She was asked to take down the Russian flag and she refused. She said that flags represented the people of both nations not their leaders, etc. Brave woman.

Only good news is now the shop carries various E. European beers and wine. The Russians actually make very good beer.

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@MrWebster we sadly see Yellow and Blue ribbons lacing trees throughout
the smallish downtown area. They also have tags showing who sponsors
the ribbons which includes the Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, local grocery
store which I can't totally boycott unfortunately.

Why we have to support one or the other is baffling to me. War is horrible
and we/NATO shouldn't have encroached on Russia's borders and should be
doing diplomacy rather than war baiting, but we don't do diplomacy anymore,
we only do bullying.

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Food for thought....why do most polls usually come out in the 50/50
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Today I learned "procul harun" is latin for "beyond these things".

Thanks and good luck to el, and to all.

Be well, and have a good one.

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@eyo

Thanks for the well wishes and be well and have a good one yourself.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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It must be close to rock bottom for the Empire

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@ggersh

Lots of countries are having a laugh every time Biden opens his mouth. Just remember that 81 million people voted for Biden even though it was clear that he wasn’t all there. Even the media was pointing that out before Obama and Clyburn cleared the field so he could win. Sad that in the last 3 primaries democrats had to rig them so their preferred candidate could win it.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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@snoopydawg got 80 million votes.....State media gaslighting is strong

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@ggersh

and most people just yawn. It’s not that we knew that they had been lying to us about wars and stuff, but that they openly rub it in our face and say so what are you going to do about it?

Rachel fortunately will only be lying to her viewers once a week. Small mercies.

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@snoopydawg

...that we have already entered World War III.

The Neocons know that the US has no defense against supersonic missiles carrying nuclear warheads. The Pentagon is mindful of that. But this war has been triggered by the Deep Snakes in the State Department, and not through the Department of Defense. The generals will not be able to intercede against the orders of a senile President being run by the Neocons. That's what I see.

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@Pluto's Republic @Pluto's Republic We have entered the state of WWIII courtesy of
the Neocons/PNAC/Atlantic Council/WEF/etc.etc.etc.etc.

The first 2 minutes of the video is an eye opener

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@ggersh

because they refuse to wear their mask. Psakiopath gave Kamala a pass for not wearing hers inside because she was emotional. Looks like Pelosi was emotional too when she hugged emotional Biden where neither were wearing their mask inside. Congress ran out of money for uninsured people to get treated or get jabbed, but every person in government has full access to everything they need. They don’t even have to go to their doctor to get treated. Oh no they have doctors who come to their offices. Or houses.

On guns I read that a president cannot make anything illegal because it has to come from congress. Hopefully the supremes haven’t totally sold out because the 2nd amendment is the only right we have still standing. And how fcking hypocritical is that Biden’s trying to strip it while flooding Ukraine with weapons. Our constitution is dead, dead, dead because our government is working directly with people that they have declared our enemies. I’m sick and tired of there being 2 laws for people in this 3rd world country!

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@Pluto's Republic

We have had our military in Ukraine training their troops as well as training them here and sending them back to Ukraine. But since we overthrew their president in 2014 we have sent billions upon billions in weapons there. Since Biden got back in charge we’ve sent tens of billions maybe hundreds of billions while every day more Americans are becoming homeless. How much of the billions even make it to Ukraine instead of being pocketed by congress members from both sides will probably never be known. Democrats have been up to their ears in corruption there since at least 2014, but the CIA has been there for much longer.

This definitely is WWW 3 even before we put the draconian sanctions on Russia. They know it. Lavrov knows that this is for all the marbles. We either have a multiple player world or the US owns it. We’re also antagonizing China and playing chicken with North Korea. Plus we have sanctions on who knows how many other countries besides Venezuela, Cuba, Iran….

And as for the hypersonic weapons, yeah we are way behind Russia and China. But not just those weapons. Our defense companies are more interested in making money and buying back their stocks then making quality toys for the military. Hope everyone reads the Saker article posted here.

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@gjohnsit

history, largely unknown to the people of the US and much of western Europe, buried and hidden by narratives, propaganda, and simple sweeping under the rug. Waffen SS and einsatzgruppen are only part of it.

be well and have a good one

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@gjohnsit

are sending advice to the Ukraine Nazis on how to treat people who were killed during a false flag event.

Think I’m kidding? The WH went on a road trip to many countries. They get their funding from the UK, the Saudis and of course the Americans. Gee just imagine how that money could be used here instead.

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to Tuesday. If I seem all scatterbrained this morning it is because I am. A ton going on here, much somewhat newish so a lot up in the air at all times. Meanwhile lots or flowers are up and blooming, so yay!

So, pilgrims, the man said, so pilgrims it is:

ABOVE THE PILGRIMS
CHANTING
ON A MISTY ROAD
WILD GEESE ARE FLYING

ransetsu

I prefer to ponder spring and it's "wpnders" an "glories" such as they are even in this day and age, so for those for whom it might apply:

IT IS NICE TO READ
NEWS THAT OUR
SPRING RAIN ALSO
VISITED YOUR TOWN

onitsura

but I have always preferred the legendary Basho -

On this well worn stone
garlanded with pinks of spring ...
O to drink and doze

Basho

everybody be well and have a good one.

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Hey EL,

Loved that list of birds around your yard you posted in your OT yesterday! Great selection of stuff to watch! Nuthatches are awesome, having nesting ones is fantastic! We had a pair of White-breasted that came in kitchen window for sunflower seeds on the counter when we lived in New Jersey. Anything that lives life 'upside-down', going headfirst down the trees deserves some observation time. Bottoms up, and down is up, for a nuthatch. Wink

Hope all are well!

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both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian

they arch their back backwards to look horizontally while hanging upside down. The list is partial, it's crazy out there, but fun and interesting. Far out with your WBNU coming in the window to feed, we tend to freak if anything gets inside because there are too many nooks, crannies and crevices in here and it is a major pita to get them back out where they belong.

be well and have a good one

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or similar @enhydra lutris draped or held over the resting/hiding place and slowly gathered does the trick well.

I’ve used this method a dozen times(or more) to successfully place birds in the house back outside. Works for bats as well.

As you say, be well and have a good one

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Explain Bldg #7. . .

If you’ve ever wondered whether you would have complied in 1930’s Germany,
Now you know. . .
Sign at protest march

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@Tall Bald and Ugly

do lots of that at a nature/rehab center, but this place is wacky, if they get to certain zones you almost need a team with many towels, a net and maybe some scattered treats.

be well and have a good one

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@dystopian
a Northern Parula hanging around the last couple of weeks in a Crepe Myrtle tree right outside a window. It keeps trying to get into the window to get at a large Croton we have inside. Don't know what's attracting it to the Croton except maybe it's attracted to the red color.

The hummingbirds are back taking up offensive positions around the feeder. They're like little warriors when they go at each other.

I've been in Texas for 2 years now and have yet to see a Nuthatch. There was plenty of them in Illinois and I know they're here as well, just haven't seen one yet.

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@JtC

Northern Parula; no gots out here. Hummer wars can be fun to watch, but those little suckers sometimes actually do serious injury to each other, it's a good thing that they aren't a lot bigger.

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris
Means “Hummingbird of the South”.

The Most Powerful Aztec God had the Hummingbird as his Spirit Animal

Vicious little badasses.

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@JtC And one of the biggest most awesome Nazca lines works, is of a hummingbird! Some convergent evolution of thought between Aztec and Nazca cultures apparently...

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@dystopian
a huge dust up on my phone between what looked to be 8 or 9 hummers fighting over a feeder. They actually use tactics. The dominant hummer would chase off everything in sight until a diversionary tactic pulled it away. One brave hummer would approach the feeder and while the dominant bird chased it several others moved in to grab a drink. Soon there were so many hummers flying around it looked like a swarm of bees. The dominant bird was overwhelmed. It was like a WWI dogfight only with birds instead of planes.

We then put up a second feeder about 12 feet away, the dominant bird still tried to control both feeders but wasn't able to cover all the territory giving opportunity for the others to sneak a quick drink.

Sometimes the combatants would rise vertically going at each other, other times two of them would tangle and head straight down into the grass in what seemed like a death spiral.

It was fascinating to watch.

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@JtC seems like there should be a team... the fightin' hummers... sounds scary eh?
I have long argued they would only need to eat half what they do if they did not fight the way they do. It has to be their most expensive energy usage, save migration. Too close together feeders are to them just like how they guard a flower patch... we put one on each side of the house. So often end up with 3 jerks guarding one feeder each, and one communal feeder. It takes a lot of them to get the swarm thing going whence the territoriality breaks down. They are fascinating to watch, like all birds. They are really amazing critters. The feeder thing lets us see them much more closely than many other birds.

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@enhydra lutris There is a photo in Sherri Williamson's Peterson Field Guide to Hummingbirds book of two male hummingbirds, dead, bills impaled through each other!

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@JtC

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@mimi
but I do miss my son and granddaughter, brothers and sister and friends. Although one brother was recently down here for a couple of weeks visiting.

Texas is really a great state but I think a lot of folks have the wrong impression about it. In retrospect I think I've always been a Texan at heart, I just didn't realize it until I moved here.

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@JtC
but then I also never understood you. Wink

I remember how furious you were once at Alligator Ed. Your sensitivity to his way of talking showed me you were quite a bit like I imagined Texans to be.

Be happy to have a family and lots of friends. In my parts of the woods I am the best hated person around here. I am too tough and too negative about everything. I guess folks here don't understand Americans at all, and for sure they don'T understand Texans.

"Fuck y'all, I am from Texas* '- that is how I thought about Texas. Luckily over time I learned otherwise on C99p. Wink

Thanks for all you do. It has been a long journey for my here on C99p and I don'regret a minute I spent here.

Have a happy Easter holiday, if that is what you might have, even in Texas.

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@JtC That Parula is a beautiful bird JtC! How great to have one close to look at! It may be the red attracting it. Or if it is close to the window, the darkness could be creating a good mirror effect and it is after its reflection? They have a neat buzzy insect-like ascending trill for a song.

Until fairly recently it was called Parula Warbler. It is a warbler. In fairly modern times, last couple decades, it has been called Northern Parula. Versus Tropical Parula, which in the U.S. is mostly a south Texas only specialty. N. Parula is a spanish moss specialist, nest is usually in that, but where none present they use ball moss. Both are genus Tillandsia, very similar epiphytes. Here in the hill country in central Texas we get small numbers of Northern and Tropical Parula, and they occasionally hybridize. Once in east Texas over by I think Lake Sam Rayburn my wife and I camped at a spot there that sounded like the trees were going to lift off for all the Parula song coming out of them.

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both - Albert Einstein

@dystopian
about seeing its reflection. There is Spanish Moss in the Crepe Myrtle and the Parula hung out there almost all that day and then a couple of weeks later it returned fluttering at the window again. We were hoping it would nest there.

It is a beautiful bird. We got to see it from about 2 feet away and really up close when it was hanging on the the window frame, wings fluttering, trying to get in or get to the bird it thought it was seeing. Seeing it up close and personal like that enabled me to make a positive identification.

We're about an hour and a half southwest of Sam Rayburn.

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@JtC @JtC Wow, such a great NBE - near bird experience. I think everyone needs one. I need them all the time. A lot of times birders will cite one experience, usually a NBE, that was their spark moment that made them want to observe and think about birds more. Parula are stunning IMHO. I love 'em.

Texas has four species of Nuthatch. The northeast Texas woods do have some resident White-breasted Nuthatch, but I get the sense far fewer than used to be there. Red-breasted Nuthatch, occurs in winter only, and not every year. They are irruptive, generally more in poor food crop years up north. Of the two small ones, Pygmy is a western type, found in TX only in the Davis and Guadalupe Mtns., at altitude in Pines. The Brown-headed is a SE U.S. species of long-needle pine trees. I think Loblolly Pine is a big one. Much of the east Texas piney woods have them. Both small ones often travel in sizable groups high in branch tips and tree tops. I have seen them in many areas around Houston, as long as there are long-needle pines. The two small ones are noisy and sound like the whole flock, which might be 10, 20, or 30 birds, is tooting little tiny tin horns as they go.

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I have my doubts the there will be any similarity.

Here is the report from Russia.

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@humphrey
plenty of content you will nor find in the MSM today. Lots of progress in mopping up in Mariupol, and in other operations.

The biggest news of this cycle is that yesterday was one of the single worst days of the conflict so far for the UAF: in a single day, the UAF lost over 1,100 people total as killed, wounded, or captured.

[Some if the links are quite graphic, and the dialogs in the videos are not captioned.]

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@humphrey

It was posted on my local rag and people in the comments wants Biden to send in NATO troops and jets because Putin has to be stopped before he takes over Europe. A few try to explain what would happen if he did, but they are being ignored.

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I am headed to Luckenbach, Texas, to attend a concert by an artist who sounds a lot like Waylon Jennings. Should be hot as hell, and lots of fun.
I don't remember if you mentioned where your travels were taking you, but I hope it is to Paradise.

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@on the cusp

be well and have a good one

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propaganda out.

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that sending whatever weapons to the Ukraine would be 'the thing that must be done now'? Are they all nuts?

I am not anymore impressed by Analena Bearbock. I can't stand our 'Secretary of Defense', Christine Lamprecht.

Everyone wants war. WWIII. We are already in it, and I can't see that we have a chance to end it.

I am pretty much done with the world. Good luck with your wars, idiots.

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@humphrey  
Meinungsfreiheit, what’s that?

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This is worth repeating.

Couldn't find the brief video so the image will have to do.

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