Friday, February 25, 2022

Solidarity

 I sometimes play a picross game called Pictopix that lets users create their own puzzles.  Here's one that came up recently:

And from OperaVision:


Go watch it!


Even if it sometimes might seem performative, I think it's important to make one's commitment to human rights loud and visible.  I mean, it's too early to really know anything for sure, but I feel like this is the most fucked-up thing (not counting atrocities like the Rwandan Genocide) that's ever happened in my lifetime, and the most likely to lead to dire geopolitical outcomes.  There would be something ironic about nuclear war having been avoided during the Cold War, allowing everyone to relax a little, only to all destroy ourselves a few years later in a completely different way.  Like a spy who carefully avoids a gauntlet of death traps only to trip on his shoelaces and fall and brain himself.

4 Comments:

Blogger Pan Miluś pontificated to the effect that...

I am agianst Death panelty... God, the last few days made me question that belive when it came down to Putin. But frankly death is sort of "to good" for him at this point. In a perfect world of Karma, this man would loose all his power and was force to watch as Russian becomes a democratic, liberal, LGBT+ friendly country, where all respect and dignity he once had was reduce to being a punch-line in jokes. A few kick in the balls also woudn't hurt (well, him for sure) But at this point the best, most realistic scenario I can hope for is that his right-hand goons will realise what mess he created and how he made their country most hated and untrusty nation for next century if not more and they try to pull him from power (I honestly don't care how) to try to save face of their nation. Of coruse I'm strongly against demonising entrie country - there are brave Russian people protesting in the streets and soilders that are openly refusing to fight. These people are heores. I don't ecpect them to thrown revolution and go Romanov on Putin but I would love to see this.

We are now realy scared in Poland. I'm watching interview live with a Polish girl being stuck in Ukraine right now. What she describe makes me angry and want to cry at the same time.

Thanks for solidarity Americans. I am happy we are part of NATO.

4:37 PM  
Blogger GeoX, who is here to stay, like it or not. pontificated to the effect that...

I hear you, brother. It's scary enough with an ocean between us; I can't imagine what it's like from close-up. It seems so barbaric I hate to say it, but it really does seem like the best thing that could happen right now would be for Putin to be assassinated.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Pan Miluś pontificated to the effect that...

I totaly understand it feels wrong but seeing the level of carnage, frankly I tihnk it's ok to have these emotions right now.

Poland is doing their darnest to do their part. We let in thousands of refugee, politicians on all side of political spectrum seam to be Unanimous that we should help them (our president acts pretty competend so far) and all big companies are either donating 100% of their sales to Ukraine Red Cross or are helping in some other way. The studio where I co-work in for example did collect clothes they can send, Polish comic book artists are making auctions to raise money and at our Church today there was a large line of people who want to spear extra rooms to refugees. Heck, even people on Facebook got involve in using Google maps to spread info on what going on in Russa using reviews for restaruants and hotels. There is this sense of "All for all and all"...


And yet, I turn on a TV and see a scared Ukraine mother on the border crying in pain about what happened to her home and cursing Putin's name in words familiar enough in our languages that they didn't even bother to translate them... and I feel like a neighbor who hears domestic abuse next door and just turn the music lauder.

But sadly escalating this with sending military troops will only make worse for many reasons. It would be beutyful if the rest of the world would manage to stop this slother without a single bullet being fired... But unless Russia makes the first strike on our borders we are forced to lay down... And if they do, I don't want to even think about it. But fuck it, I'm not leaving my home.

All I can pray for now that sanction will isolated Russia enoguh to back down and negotitate. Their economy is in very bad shape now and as I said, it's not about Putin comming to any understanding, but for the rest of his staff somehow realising how deep they dig thesmelve and hoping at least some of them have some rational mind left.

P.S.
Apperently the Pope is trying to have a phone call with Putin. We see if he can reason with him to deescalete this even a little.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Pan Miluś pontificated to the effect that...

Obviously I ment "All for all and all for one" - sorry, tired

8:49 PM  

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