Things Are Not Always as Clear Cut as they Seem

Well, I don’t really know what the connection is, if any,  but there is this article here, about how Russia’s economy is in the shitter partially due to embargoes and whatnot, and the dropping price of oil which I can’t quite figure out.  Did everybody stop using oil?  Then, there is this article here, about how Ukraine has cut off Crimea’s train service, and it could be hard times for the  people of that region which has the  natural misfortune of being geographically desirable.

Putin up a good front

Putin up a good front

First, condolences to the  people of Crimea, caught in the crossfire.  Secondly, condolences to the  people of Russia, for having to put up with the sanctions.  But,  I’m guessing that no civilians were hurt too much and the weight of the sanctions mostly fell on the right people.

How can I assume that?  Because it’s actually working.  And sanctions often as not don’t.  They sometimes just serve as a stimulus to local production.

At any rate, I find it kind of funny, both in a funny ‘weird’ way, and in a funny ‘haha’ way.

In other news, people are saying more and more that North Korea didn’t hack Sony, that it was more of an inside job, done for the massive publicity that it did, in fact, generate.  I don’t know the first damned thing about hacking, or about how anybody can figure these things out.

But it wouldn’t surprise me.  Also, I’d be happy to hear that that was the case so we could just go back to ignoring North Korea.

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