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hutch0
Date: 2008-08-15 23:20
Subject: the world gives, the world takes away...
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:unwellunwell
Music:sigur ros
Today Poland won its first medals of the Olympics, a silver in the men's team epee, and a gold in the men's shot-putt.
Today Moscow also bitch-slapped Poland for signing a deal to allow the US to station missile interceptors on its territory.
Myself, I think the missile shield is a bunch of bullshit. If Iran rogue states are going to deliver a warhead to the United States, they'll do it by boat, right into New York Harbour. And if the US were worried about missiles from the Middle East, surely it would make more sense to site them closer to the launch site, say in Italy or Austria. And if they were too close, wouldn't Britain be better? Or France?
Myself, I think there's something of gunboat diplomacy about this. Which is fine for the Monkey King because, as far as I know, he has no Polish relatives, but we got married in Poland the weekend of the coup in 1991, and for quite a while there was a sense that no one knew what the Soviets (as they were then) would do, which was more of a concern for those of us within a few hours' drive of the Russian border than it might have been for people over here.
I see the Poles' point of view. They want to be America's friend; for centuries Russia has been the 800lb gorilla living next door, and it's good to have another 800lb gorilla as a friend to balance them out. But it's a tricky tightrope-walking kind of situation, and it might not be so wise to piss Russia off right now. But what do I know? That's why I'm not a head of state. Actually, there are lots of other reasons too.
Anyway, we're off over there next month for Bogna's aunt's wedding, and I'll know better what people think about this thing when I've spoken to them.

In other news, I woke up this morning feeling absolutely ghastly, achy, fluey, shivery, vaguely nauseous and with a mild RSI relapse, but I had an interview with David Essex lined up and there was no getting around it, so I dragged myself into town hoping that when the time came for the interview I'd be feeling better.
And I did, a bit, but not a lot. I always get terrible stage fright when I'm doing a face-to-face interview and I still spent much of it trying not to pass out, throw up, have convulsions or generally Not Get The Story, but afterwards one of the PRs said she thought it was the best interview she'd sat in on. Which means the autopilot cut in, which is a little depressing.
Having said that, once the interview was over I felt okay enough to visit the-Virgin-Megastore-which-I-refuse-to-call-Zaavvi on the way home, and I finally picked up the new Sigur Ros and Elbow albums. The new Sigur Ros album is a little gem. Personally, I would follow into hell a band who named a track `Gobbledigook.' But that's just me.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-08-16 00:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hope you feel better for your trip, Hutch.

Definitely try to get Poland's pulse, if you can, and blog about it. I'm curious as to what Europeans really think about all this balderdash, especially now, with Russia in Georgia and the US and Nato quite possibly locking horns with the bear. It's feeling a bit warm over here, on the airways, so to speak, and I can't help but wonder how much truth we Americans are really hearing through our news media.

Can't trust nothin' no more!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-16 23:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Many thanks. We're not going for another three weeks or so, so hopefully all this will be a distant memory by then, otherwise I'm going to be a bundle of laughs at the wedding reception.
I will ask, and I will certainly be blogging about it because it's not far from Gdansk, a part of Poland I haven't visited yet.
BBC News 24 has a brilliant little programme called Dateline London, where various foreign correspondents based in London discuss the important news stories of the moment, and today they had a Russian correspondent on and she said that the general who made this `threat' to Poland had been asked the question and he'd simply repeated doctrine that he learned in staff college. In other words, don't worry. But I'll see how worried the Poles are.
I'm not sure what you're getting from your media, but I doubt this thing in Georgia will escalate to draw in the rest of the world. In fact, if I were Mikheil Saakashvilli, I might be a little disappointed in the response of his `allies' in the West. He probably wanted the 1st Airborne, and what he's got is Condi Rice. And I think, if anything, this has diminished Georgia's chances of joining Nato. The very last thing Nato wants to do is go mano a mano with Russia, and if Georgia were a member and something like this happened again they'd be obliged to respond militarily.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-08-17 01:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, it's sad that all Georgia got from us was Condi Rice. Very sad, especially since Georgia is the third largest military force assisting the US in Iraq. Makes me kinda sick at heart, really. I feel sorry for th Georgians.

I agree with you, that Nato does not want go mano a mano with Russia, anymore than Americans want to. But I'm sure most of Eastern Europe does not want Russia moving in on them, the way Russia did back in the fifties and sixties. It's sticky business.

What we are getting here in the news is that Russia is burning forests and bombing Georgia, while moving toward Georgia's capital. The media reports that Russia is not honoring the peace agreement they signed yesterday with Georgia.

I'm keeping in mind that this is an election year for us, and it would behoove the Republican camp to escalate rumors of war.

Thanks for the feedback, Hutch.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-18 22:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
One commentator made a very good point a couple of days ago that Russia is no longer the way it was when it was the Soviet Union. It's not run by a Politburo of faceless Party apparatchiks any more. These days the top bureaucrats who run the country are Oligarchs, billionaire businessmen, and they do most of their business with the West, so if Russia pisses the West off their business suffers. Which may make them less likely to do something really really stupid. I'm not saying this should make us any less concerned about what's happened in Georgia - Russia hasn't just stepped in to protect the `Russian citizens' in South Ossetia, it's gone out of its way to punish Georgia - but maybe the third world war is a little further away than some sections of the media would like us to think.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-08-18 23:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I couldn't have said it better myself. You're correct about it being strictly business these days. As for WW3, let's hope it never happens. My generation grew up under the constant threat of the cold war and nuclear annihilation, and I think it made the generation a little crazy. (And now I am off to find those Peter Lorre lines!)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-18 23:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We're pretty much the same generation. I'm too young to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis - my first clear recollection of world events is watching Churchill's funeral (I was four) - but I grew up with the Cold War and I do know what you mean.
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jmward14: wristpad
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-08-16 00:59 (UTC)
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Hope you feel much better soon {{{{hutch0}}}}. Healing hugs, Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-16 23:20 (UTC)
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Ta very much; I feel better already.
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Kat: I has a sad
User: artykat
Date: 2008-08-16 20:17 (UTC)
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So sorry you are feeling rough. What is RSI?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-16 23:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
RSI's Repetitive Strain Injury, which can affect anyone who has to perform repetitive actions for long periods but I guess is best-known in people who type a lot. Bogna tells me I'm wrong, but I'm sure Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a form of RSI. I've been getting mine, on and off, for about 20 years now. It's just one of those things and it pales in comparison with your health worries.
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Kat: I brot you a flower but I eated it
User: artykat
Date: 2008-08-18 00:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:I brot you a flower but I eated it
I agree that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is an RSI. In fact, that is what it is called here-- never saw the initials before, but that's how it is described. I've had surgery on both wrists (late '80s) but actually need it again.

And pain and ickiness is pain and ickiness, and if you don't feel good, it has NO bearing on my worries! What I mean is, when you don't feel good, you don't feel good! Makes no difference about me -- and I am so sorry that you don't! Hope you are feeling better soon and don't have to have any surgery or anything.

Hugs...
k
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-18 22:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It really is just something I get now and again when I type too much. It's not much in the great scheme of things, which is why I didn't post about it. Just an occupational hazard. But many thanks for the hugs; they do help.

Edited at 2008-08-18 10:40 pm (UTC)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-10-01 20:45 (UTC)
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