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It would appear that Putin has the decisive advantage of dictatorship whereas the West has to suffer the vagaries of consensus.
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Anonymous
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March 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM ×

In the west we have JBTFD!

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shtove
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March 2, 2014 at 10:56 PM ×

I'm unclear on the meaning of vagueries.

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Anonymous
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March 3, 2014 at 12:21 AM ×

That awkward moment when Bill Gross realizes he's a laughing stock. Again.

http://www.businessinsider.com/pimco-tweet-2014-3

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Leftback
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March 3, 2014 at 2:17 AM ×

TMM are sometimes spelling-challenged, but it's likely they intended "vagaries".

It's going to be a good day ahead for havens of many forms. US 10s, gold and crude oil are all bid this evening. Fans of Russian oil companies should be ready to break out the full body Kevlar suit.

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Polemic
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March 3, 2014 at 10:16 AM ×

LB to the rescue of a late night post. vague extensions corrected. thanks.

Putin has to be looking at this like a chess board thinking he has the Knight of Gas covering EU. the bishop of syria and mid east covering USA and the 2 queens of nukes though staring down on each other covered by the rooks of mutually assured destruction. So he s pushing forward a pawn atrack on Ukraine while tge west major pieces are stuck behind their pawns

or perhaps that's a little too far..

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shtove
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March 3, 2014 at 11:31 AM ×

Vagueries is a real word. Jeez.

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Anonymous
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March 3, 2014 at 11:36 AM ×

It might take a small while but there will be a time when the Russians realize that any passion for territorial annexation in today's globalized world come with a high price tag, far outweighing any possible gain. It might not have been so in the 1930's era of world dividing but now it is.

Heightening inflation, seized assets of the oligarchs etc. When the economic realities kick in, these will be the drivers to change leadership towards a more liberal one, even despite the possibility that the election system is rigged and the state media censorship to support the current one. As such I suspect that this is another "crisis" that will get an ending reasonably soon at status quo as Putin will probably become to realize this and may no longer ignore it.

As I see it there are games played from both sides. Russians are playing the demographics game and handing out free passports to have "something to protect" while the US might be lending a hand for nationalists in Kiev, that lead to heightened provocation exceeding the original protests and their purpose. There is a long history for these kinds of proxy covert ops.

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Polemic
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March 3, 2014 at 2:24 PM ×

correct lb. thanks

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