Re: Greenhouse madness
Not so much a gem as a shiny bit of conspiracy theory dross.
And vaguely familiar to those of us watching RT last Saturday, where the frequency of the appearances of a tame Chinese university 'academic' pressured by Beijing into lending his name and, er, status to anything that demonizes the USA and absolves Putin of all crimes was notable.
In his repeated 'news interview' with Russia Television, the Chinese prof opined that the USA had engineered the present situation by maneuvering Putin into a position where he had no option but to kill lots of people, thus triggering 'Western sanctions' aimed at crippling Russia's oil and gas industry.
America has "for many years" been wanting to sell its own oil and gas to Europe, but has been unable to compete on price because its own product is much more expensive (and there's also the additional cost of actually getting the stuff from the US into Europe.)
Having now maneuvered Putin into a position where Russia won't be able to supply oil and gas to Europe for much longer, the USA is poised to make countless $billions from its own exports.
America has knowingly done this at the cost of thousands of lives in Ukraine.
So: there y'are. That's the real truth about the Russian invasion. Putin didn't organise it; The White House did.
Or so says television channel RT (and the El Reg poster to whom I'm replying). Of course, as a source of amusement RT is still allowed to broadcast in the UK, albeit RT's counterpart, Russian State TV, is actually a lot less funny, pumping out to the nation hour upon hour of mini documentaries and alleged 'news bulletins' using actors and Russian TV crews (directors, cameramen, writers, sound recordists, etc) all of whom risk being 'disappeared' by Putin's former employer if they don't play along.
The Russian people-- unless they're young, smart and tech savvy -- have no option but to watch and believe the assorted fictions presented by Kremlin controlled media, so for millions of 'em the impact of the sanctions is going to be a fulfillment of everything they were ever told about the evil West and the demonic America. Not wishing to start World War III -- a conflict of which Putin, as insulated from reality by his own madness as much as Hitler was, has no fear -- the West has a weaponless armory. Only economic sanctions.
Folks unaware of what life and death in Russia is actually like are the ones appear to be reading much too much into the tale of the 20,000 Russian soldiers' data leak. In their innocence they think the leak will somehow make a difference, with the Russian military machine embarrassed to the point of disablement.
If I could but only fix 'em up with a flight to St Petersburg, where 'ordinary' (and noticeably young) Russians are organising repeated 'stop-the-war' protests, they'd see that a carefully aimed club or gun butt to smash the cheek or nose is the police (nowadays an extension of that military machine) response to anyone disagreeing with Putin. The police are not, er, embarrassed by anything even though the vast majority would likely very much prefer to pull a sickie on those days when anti-war protestors get together to speak out against the narcissistic psychopathic KGB thug running their country. However, the names, addresses and family members of all police employees are known to the domestic intelligence service. . . and when they ring an officer's mother and / or relatives, it ain't funny in the slightest.
There is no freedom to think or to speak in Russia under Putin. No freedom to live, either, for any who oppose him. Adolescent YouTube style 'dialogs' of the kind posted on here between a Russian soldier and his mother in a failed attempt at misplaced humor betray only immaturity, and a breathtaking ignorance of actual reality.