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#4) Isn't the easiest solution for Ukraine to cede East Ukraine to Russia? It is the poorest section of Ukraine and it ends a civil war. Ukraine simply cedes East Ukraine for some (all?) debt write off on December 1, 2015. (I say doing it in the future gives the population some time to move as not the entire Eastern Ukraine wants Russian rule.)

#5) Isn't the biggest problem with Cornel West and Barack Obama is that Obama has not really made any decisions outside his normal left positions for African-Americans? Overall he has not done affirmative actions, change Zimmerman or Wilson case or anything else glaring to show an inordinate support for the African-American community. (Probably a good thing by Obama.)

Novorossiya serves the same function as Trans-dniester and South Ossetia. They're not there to become full and equal to Republics in Russia, or even to become credible alternatives to the so-called democratic regimes in Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia. They're there to prevent NATO's creeping fingers from extending into Russia's sphere of influence. If they're formally annexed, NATO could move in with much greater ease.

They’re there to prevent NATO’s creeping fingers from extending into Russia’s sphere of influence.

South Ossetia has a population of about 55,000. Sounds like a great buffer zone.

I think you misunderstand the benefit. The Russians aren't interested in South Ossetia because it's a Caucasian Poland. The point is that NATO is going to be much much much more hesitant about admitting a country in a state of war/occupation with the Russians, and so that keeps all of Georgia out. Same goes for eastern Ukraine.

And Ukraine and Georgia will be much more interested in being admitted and the west will re-assess Russia's objects. I'm not seeing any grand benefit there. (But I am seeing Putin press agents at work).

1) Is Ukraine (or half of it) now more, or less, likely to be in NATO by 2025, than it was two years ago? Or even the EU for that matter. I think clearly less. I'm open to arguments from the other side but I just don't see it.

2) You caught me! Where are the nuclear wessels?

J gets my drift. Art Deco is definitely not.

E and collin have named that tune in four notes. Art Deco has missed the point. Whether making Ukraine and Georgia bleed is a good strategy or a bad one, it is in fact the strategy Putin has chosen. He can not bring those countries entirely into his sphere of influence, but he can deny them to the West.

In what sense is it a Caucasian Poland? It is prosperous? Pro-Western? I don't have a clue...

Everyone always forgets the Ossetians in this. They won against the Georgians and got their defacto independence.

Russia has three choices.

Ignore the situation and have a low to medium intensity war in the Caucus mountains since the Georgains aren’t as good fighters as the Ossetians or their allies the Abkhazians

Help the Georgians and have a low to medium intensity war which directly targets them since they also have North Ossetia inside Russia.

Help the Ossetians and try to keep them under control so that they don’t have another war in the Caucus Mountains

Remember the Russians already have a war in the Caucus Mountains against Muslim Mountain Men, the last thing they need is another one against Christian Mountain Men

Those poor Russians driven to aggression...
"Remember the Russians already have a war in the Caucus Mountains against Muslim Mountain Men"
And the rest of the world doesn't go around supporting the Muslim Mountain Men. Predictably, the Russian regime thinks national sovereignty and territorial integrity only apply when they benefit the Russian oligarchy. Comrade Wolf ( http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/comrade-wolf-eats-without-listening/205108.html ) really knows whom to eat.

So what should Russia do if you don’t like my three proposals?

@Thiago
-Gaza-by-the-Sunzha doesn't sound like a hot idea to me.

"So what should Russia do if you don’t like my three proposals? “-DJF Not helping Georgia’s enemies would be a good start. Foolish as the Georgian behevior may have been in 2008, it is even more foolish to believe Russia attacks Georgia because she fears the terrible Mountain Men, which needed to be rescued by their Russian masters. I said it and I repeat, the Russian regime never would accept in its conflict with the Chechens the kind of meddling it does in Georgian, Moldovan and Ukrainian affairs. By the way, are the Transnitrians and Abkhazians twisting Putin’s arms too?

Summing it up: "Tough luck, Georgians, Ukrainians and Moldovans (seriously, are the mythical Mountain Men also forcing the Kremlim to disregard Moldova's rights?). International Law only applies when it is good for the Kremlim"
How would the Kremlim react if the american regime did in Chechnya even half of what Russia has done in support of secessionist forces in the former Soviet Republics.
Transnistria is much more Moldovan than Chechnya will ever be Russian, and the free Moldovan people will smash the Russian puppets.

@Thiago
-As Moldova has one of the highest percentages of its people in slavery in the world, I wouldn't bet on it.

The number of free Moldovans is more than enough to crush the ridiculous Transnistrian regime. Moscow won't always be able to rescue all its puppets as promptly as it rescued the "fearsome" Mountain Men in 2008 in Georgia.
And sooner or later, the civilizated nations will have to abandon all pretense of believing the Russian regime is not the cancer in Eurasia. Moldova will be made whole again.

Right, Russia is the cancer of Eurasia. And not, say, North Korea, the Islamic State, Saudi Arabia, or the European Central Bank. Or Afghanistan.

"""Not helping Georgia’s enemies would be a good start. """

Georgia not making its own people its enemies would have been a better start, instead they found out that after the collapse of the SU following a policy of 'Georgia for the Georgians" was not something the Georgians could enforce since the Ossetians and the Abkhazians could outfight them

But I had forgot the Georgian Christian Tribesmen made Putin attack Georgia ... and Ukraine and Moldova. The Kremlim needs beter apologists.
"And not, say, North Korea, the Islamic State, Saudi Arabia, or the European Central Bank. Or Afghanistan."
"This Hitler guy is not a threat, the real threat to world peace is Brazilian dictator Vargas or maybe Perón".
"not something the Georgians could enforce since the Ossetians and the Abkhazians could outfight them"
No, they can't, their Russian masters (the ones who never hesitate to slaughter Chechens) can, for now. Sooner or later, the Kremlim will have to cease its aggression Eastern Europe democracies.

Putin+bear puppet have been in power for fifteen years. What did Hitler do in three years less than that?

And Trans-Dniester, Abhazeeya, and South Ossetia were all created before Putin even became President.

#4) Isn’t the easiest solution for Ukraine to cede East Ukraine to Russia?

What do you mean by 'East Ukraine'? Soi-disant Great Russians form a majority only in the Crimea and a scatter of border municipalities. Recent uevents have badly damaged Russophile political factions in the eastern part of the country, so Russia would be acquiring a territory with 20-odd million people in it unreconciled to being merged with Russia. Not too prudent.

What do you mean "poorest section of Ukraine"?

The eastern third of Ukraine is the wealthiest part of the country (other than the capital city).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ukrainian_subdivisions_by_GDP_per_capita

'collin' said 'poorest section' not me.

Between the emigration and the destruction of infrastructure and physical assets, it is certainly the poorest part of the Ukraine now. It might still have value to Russia for its natural resources.

#5) Isn’t the biggest problem with Cornel West and Barack Obama is that Obama has not really made any decisions outside his normal left positions for African-Americans?

See Leon Wieseltier (2/3 of a generation ago) on West: a generator of pointless and useless verbiage. The man does not know public policy from public toilets, so has no frames to intelligently assess the work of BO or anyone else. It's just a stupid stand-up act.

From the article:

Obama welcomed West’s support because he is a juggernaut of the academy and an intellectual icon among the black masses.

Hilarious.

Where do I apply for a Juggernaut's degree? That would be badass.

The gist of the riff seems to be that West couldn't get tickets to the inaugeration and the Obama team claims he never bothered to give them his call back number. Not any actual policies.

One could say Obamacare is outside of the 'normal left position' (not for nothing was it called Romneycare and the reason Republicans can't unite around an idea to replace it is that all Republican ideas essentially end up being Obamacare but swapping around terms (i.e. 'tax credits' instead of subsidies, 'risk pools' instead of state exchanges etc).

"Comprehension is not requisite for cooperation."

#4. No one really wants this. As a number of people have pointed out, the Russians are happy leaving East Ukraine as it is since it prevents Kiev from getting its act together and makes Ukraine an unattractive model for any Russian opponents of Putin's economic and human rights policies. The Ukrainian nationalists don't want this because they are fanatical nationalists. And just being pragmatic, and centrist Ukrainian government knows that handing over East Ukraine to Russia will give the right wing nationalists plenty of political ammunition. Also handing over East Ukraine to Russia, plus the loss of Crimea, reduces Ukraine basically to the territory controlled by the Polish Commonwealth until the 1650s, and culturally controlled by Polish speaking aristocrats right up until 1918. In that state the more polonized Ukrainians of Lviv would have the upper hand, and Russian speaking Ukrainians in Kiev would be even more on the defensive than they are now. I am not sure that state is any more stable. I think the Poles are also worried that a "Western Ukraine" would come looking for significant Polish support and the Poles don't seem to have the will to do that.

Oh, please, Tyler.

Macroeconomists could be the highest paid professionals in the world if we started implementing Financial Accountability Acts. If you professionalize politics, you'll professionalize economics.

http://www.prienga.com/blog/2015/3/19/a-bonus-plan-for-politicians

Fiscal Accountability Acts

And why don't we have a national balance sheet?

There seem to be some pretty meaty economics issues there.

Can anyone find an unguarded version of #6?

It's hitting me with some sort of wall.

For anyone who is as absentminded as me today, I found a solution.

Google: "Data Is the New Middle Manager"

#5: crabs in a bucket featuring a sectary and a more obnoxious sectary. Wake me when it's over.

What makes you think it will be over?

#7: Politeness is not getting in the way of good health care. If there are problems due to surgery complications and deaths, well those problems have to be solved. Why friendly staff is blamed for clotted arteries? I spent a few years ago 5 days in a hospital (not in the US) with client satisfaction focused service. I was allowed to eat all I wanted after a arm surgery. I don't imagine how much I'd suffered if some doctor that knows better allocates a healthy 2000 calories a day diet for me. The writer seems to celebrate people that behave like a**holes as long as they have good technical skills.

#3 nonsense, I'm waiting for the giant marshmallow in the sky.

p.s. I can't read the paywall paper but isn't it going to turn out to be a marshmallow study? i.e. these aren't "self-control" tests.

5) Don't all the arguments levied against Cornell West in that TNR piece also apply to Paul Krugman?

No, because Krugman is a propagandist. Any deceptions on his part are intentional. Cornell West is a clown.

also whatever Krugman's personal beliefs maybe he doesn't go as far as to argue that Obama is just as bad as "insert evil Republican"

"You caught me! Where are the nuclear wessels?"-J
Ha, ha.
"So what should Russia do if you don’t like my three proposals? "-DJF
Not helping Georgia's enemies would be a good start. Foolish as the Georgian behevior may have been in 2008, it is even more foolish to believe Russia attacks Georgia because she fears the terrible Mountain Men, which needed to be rescued by their Russian masters. I said it and I repeat, the Russian regime never would accept in its conflict with the Chechens the kind of meddling it does in Georgian, Moldovan and Ukrainian affairs. By the way, are the Transnitrians and Abkhazians twisting Putin's arms too?

5) So you're telling me a guy who early on proclaimed himself a "prophetic Christian freedom fighter" later turned out to be mental?

There's no "creeping success" of the ruble in east Ukraine, there's a Russian military occupation accompanied by introduction of its currency.

If you want to download the dinosaur paper for free, go here:

http://www.brown.edu/Research/Rieppel/Personal_Website/Publications_files/Rieppel_Prospecting_for_Dinosaurs.pdf

Thanks, Mark.

I'm only on page 5, and I learned about this interesting woman.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Anning

Somebody should make a movie about her.

I liked number five. I thought dyson had a good take on west, and I could see how West was a Big Figure to him who got smaller as time went on.

Number five was a great read!

In reference to the video on the future of the economics profession. This session was an example of the inefficiency for imparting information of the talking head model for a panel discussion. It might be interesting in a general sort of way to hear wise old men talk about how things have changed. Dr. Arrow raised some pertinent questions but in this day and age are why are we still reliant on anecdotes. Where was the data? Trends about number of economics graduates by country and subfield. Demographics on age of working economists. Will there be a baby boom retirement bubble? Number of jobs. Trends on number of journals, citations and the like. Don't economists apply data analysis to their own field?

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