My eight asterisks ********
I read a thing this morning.
It was just an article on the subject of the Russian treatment of anti-war protesters. There was nothing strange or startling about it [except maybe for the bloke being arrested for displaying a page of asterisks].
There are two old adages – “The first casualty of war is the truth” and “History is written by the victors” and they are both equally true. But it amuses me that we should pillory Russia for censorship when it’s almost as bad here. By remarkable [?] coincidence I happened to receive a mail from Google this morning telling me I would be sanctioned for any “disinformation”.
Due to the war in Ukraine, we will pause monetisation of content that exploits, dismisses or condones the war.
Now I grant that withholding funds isn’t quite in the same league as ten years in Siberia but the principle is there.
This […] includes, but is not limited to, claims that imply victims are responsible for their own tragedy or similar instances of victim blaming, such as claims that Ukraine is committing genocide or deliberately attacking its own citizens.
So everything they say is a lie and everything we say is the unvarnished truth? Are we seriously supposed to believe that the Russians are raping and pillaging across the landscape while the Ukrainians are all squeaky clean with copies of the Geneva Convention in their back pockets? I very much doubt that. The truth, as always lies somewhere in between.
I’m not quite sure how Google is supposed to withhold payments when they don’t pay me anything anyway so their warning falls on deaf ears. But even if they could “sanction” me I’d tell ’em to fuck off. What I write here is basically for my own consumption anyway and if I want to say the Earth is flat or the Moon is made of green cheese then that’s my business. I sincerely doubt any of my meanderings would influence anyone, let alone change the course of a war.
So in these times the world is divided into “Us” and “Them”. I shall presumably continue to read the “Us” version of events but don’t expect me to believe absolutely everything.
Don’t treat me like an idiot.
Great minds think alike. My post on this at 5 o’clock. I thought fuckoff was only 7 letters?
Eight if you include the space?
It’s the hypocrisy that amuses me. We [we? me?] shout about censorship in Russia yet are led to believe it doesn’t exist here?
As for Google, I use their search engine but everything else is independent. I have a gmail address but very rarely use it. I’m not even worried about Analytics as I use self hosted Matomo. As for ads – tried them once upon a time and it took about eighteen months to reach the $100 minimum payment.
Hi Irish Grandpa, and all of you who may read this:
When you write “Are we seriously supposed to believe that the Russians are raping and pillaging across the landscape while the Ukrainians are all squeaky clean with copies of the Geneva Convention in their back pockets? I very much doubt that. The truth, as always lies somewhere in between.”
Here you are missing an important point. The “Special operation”, “war” or “attack” or “invasion” is taking place in Ukrainian territory. There is NO way that the Ukrainian population or soldiers are raping Russian women or shooting Russian children or bombing Russian nurseries or killing Russian civilians (accusing them of being “nazis” without trial). It is physically impossible. There is no point of comparison.
So the truth is possibly NOT “somewhere in between”, but much closer to the official version of the West (in which, however, I don’t dare to trust blindly). By stating that ‘the truth is somewhere in between’ we risk banalizing the crimes of the Russian soldiers against helpless civilians. Because the simple fact that there cannot be any crimes by Ukranian soldiers against helpless Russian civilians.
Certainly, some Ukrainian killed Russian soldiers. But, please, are we seriously supposed to believe that one can go to war and not get hurt? Or that one would not find ANY resistance in the country one is invading?
Having said that, I don’t believe that all Ukrainians in the world are saints or angels and that there are no criminals. But this is a complete different story, we are talking about a a completely different liga.
Welcome Juan Maria! I stand by my “somewhere in between” stance. I’m just saying that we don’t hear the full truth for either side and while the Russians apparently have a lot of war crimes to answer for, I’m sure that the Ukrainians have committed a few themselves. To be honest, if my country was invaded I don’t think I would worry too much about the Geneva Convention either.
duckduckgo is not perfect but it provides a much wider range of results & opinions than google search.
Now adopted. It will be an interesting journey of discovery.
Sounds like the title of a good ol’ C&W weepy song.
Muhie eyeate aahstericks.
I read recently
(and more at the home page.)
Jacques Baud is a former colonel of the General Staff, ex-member of the Swiss strategic intelligence, specialist on Eastern countries. He was trained in the American and British intelligence services. He has served as Policy Chief for United Nations Peace Operations. As a UN expert on rule of law and security institutions, he designed and led the first multidimensional UN intelligence unit in the Sudan. He has worked for the African Union and was for 5 years responsible for the fight, at NATO, against the proliferation of small arms. He was involved in discussions with the highest Russian military and intelligence officials just after the fall of the USSR. Within NATO, he followed the 2014 Ukrainian crisis and later participated in programs to assist the Ukraine. He is the author of several books on intelligence, war and terrorism, in particular Le Détournement published by SIGEST, Gouverner par les fake news, L’affaire Navalny. His latest book is Poutine, maître du jeu? published by Max Milo.
Would posting that get me to the Gulag ? On time?
That is a very interesting read. I certainly shows that the Ukrainians aren’t quite as pure as the driven snow?