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deletedSep 30, 2022Liked by Rhyd Wildermuth
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Thanks for the correction! I fixed it. :)

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Sep 30, 2022Liked by Rhyd Wildermuth

I think MOA does a compelling job of pointing the finger https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/09/whodunnit-facts-related-to-the-sabotage-attack-on-the-nord-stream-pipelines.html

This is to assure the long term viability of the Ugly American paradigm, the UA's ability to take advantage of cheap prices and other flavors, something I saw when I did a Viking River Cruise down the Rhine -- loved it BUT was deeply disturbed by the guide's pandering to wealthy Americana

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Oct 1, 2022Liked by Rhyd Wildermuth

The pandering was not political. Americans are the only tippers.

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Sep 30, 2022Liked by Rhyd Wildermuth

The economist Michael Hudson is convinced that the actual primary target of the sanctions is Germany and in a broader sense the EU. In order to lock them into the financial orbit and into energy dependence on the US. I'm more convinced that the primary target is still Russia, but I do think that Hudson is on to something. He'd certainly be not at all surprised at the pipeline destruction.

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Oct 1, 2022Liked by Rhyd Wildermuth

True. We do have a culture of master servant😸 I was making a joke, lamely, about the relationship between the UA treatment of those they perceive as their inferiors. It's trickle down politics at it's finest

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It seems like we've had a couple years of Dionysian hangover with woke and a very negative and controlling Apollonian influence in the medical realm with the Covid response. What if a third Masculine god, Aries, is making his debut with all this and Ukraine is just the entry? It took me a while to wrestle out the good in the last few years, I'm trying to proactively think about the positive influences this new force could bring, such as trying to foster things like courage and honor.

I agree with the whole thing smelling of US foul play. Nordstream was an arrow in Russia's quiver to turn off and on.... why would you want to give that up as leverage, unless there was some larger gain to be had that I haven't thought of, or Russian dissidents thinking the Kremlin was being too soft and wanted to be more hawkish? If it was the US though, I wonder if we start to see changing alliances. WW2 history is full of European countries changing sides as things progress. I imagine we may see some governments start to seriously reconsider alliances.

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I do think it's useful to look at god-influences, but I'm not sure Dionysus is a good fit for the woke stuff. In fact, there's a significant anti-joy, anti-ecstatic thread running throughout social justice politics, especially in the drive to stop others' enjoyment of things ("everything you like is problematic, you should repent"). The only elements that fit would be the mass riots, which have a particular Bacchic feel to them. But even then, it feels like a lot of paring down of that force is necessary to suggest it as an accurate presence.

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