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24 August 2023


The Estonian Fox

George, perhaps you should write a similar article about how maintenance of our own American infrastructure has fallen into disrepair.

Secondary schools fail to adequately educate our students in the basics of our human existence;
Colleges that fail to educate on the basics of our future, and the maintenance of our present existence; can't repair gas turbines? Outlaw them - problem solved.
A military struggling to gain recruits - we must depend on our adversaries being even MORE ill-prepared than we in our next war;
Medical schools preparing diverse folks with insufficient knowledge to keep patients alive;
Air-traffic Controllers unable to guarantee safe air or ground separation.
Computers in all of our pockets used to analyze pressing problems - Call of Duty and Fortnite are useful, are they not?
Large corporations suppressing freedom of speech - is that a distinction without a difference from governments suppressing same?

But all is not lost - our legal system is the highest-rated in the world. We hold the record for most lawsuits filed annually.

Bob Hobert

There's a not too subtle tongue-in-cheek element to this posting.

Humphrey Ploughjogger

Yes George, it does seem to be a problem.
Furthermore, their auto industry has suffered from sanctions due to their military exploits.

"As expected, Russia's top car brand lags behind in terms of modern cars. The strategic relaunch of Lada, a company owned by Renault until the beginning of the war in Ukraine, was going well thanks to the close collaboration with the French company. However, the planned new models have been abandoned and today this Russian manufacturer offers five types of passenger cars with an average age of 21.6 years.

It's not just the legendary Niva, launched in 1977, that is responsible for this outcome. The Largus, based on the first Dacia Logan, the Granta (revealed in May 2011), and the Vesta (September 2015) are also getting older. Are new products in the pipeline? Not at all."

"I said that this should be absolutely excluded and all officials of the country should drive domestic cars," Putin said, telling officials they should strive to develop domestic brands, domestic cars, and other domestic products.
Putin himself drove a Mercedes-Benz across the Crimean Bridge linking southern Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula in December, two months after an explosion had torn through it, one of the Kremlin chief's showcase infrastructure projects."
Domestic sales are booming, Analytical agency Autostat, citing data from its partner consulting company PPK, said 95,654 vehicles were sold in July, up from 82,407 in June and just 35,584 in July 2022.
However, China is competing with it's car sales taking an increasing market share."

It remains to be seen how well the automotive fleet can be maintained as there have been a couple of catastrophic car failures in the past year or so resulting in deaths.

Russian car sales rebound in July as Putin touts domestic vehicles

The Estonian Fox

Wow! - finals of the World's Decathlon - 3 Estonians in the top 10 (4, 6, 9). No Russians in the top 25. No preventive maintenance by the Russians for top athletes.

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