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When I Fight Reality, Reality Always Wins.

When I hear the phrase, “American rocker”, I frequently think of John Mellencamp. He started out in the 1970’s, professionally, as ‘John Cougar’ because his manager said nobody would ever buy a record by someone named John Mellencamp. Eventually, when … Continue reading

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Ask Not What Lithuania can do for You…

But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. Ray Bradbury; Fahrenheit 451 Hey, remember that annoying nineties phrase, “Don’t go there”? It … Continue reading

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European Gas Demand is Decreasing – A Dutch Fairy Tale

Gonna use my arms Gonna use my legs Gonna use my style Gonna use my sidestep Gonna use my fingers Gonna use my, my, my Imagination… The Pretenders, from, “Brass in Pocket” The remarkable thing about Brussels and Washington’s stubborn … Continue reading

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The Unbearable Unseemliness of Partnership

Well, sometimes the faster it gets The less you need to know… The Tragically Hip, from “Blow at High Dough” Jim Hoagland, at The Washington Post, is upset. Not furious, or anything – it would never do to get angry … Continue reading

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“Operation Fuck Putin” Hits a Wall, as the Russian Economy Returns to Growth

Take me back won’t ya Take me back won’t ya; I’ll change my ways Take me back won’t ya Take me back won’t ya; I’m not the same… Bryan Adams, from “Take Me Back” Paul Robinson sent me a link … Continue reading

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The Southern Gas Corridor is a Blind Alley

Subsequent to Moscow’s abrupt cancellation of the South Stream pipeline, there has been a mad scramble on the part of the EU. And the miracle solution they have hit upon is called the Southern Gas Corridor. The hype currently being … Continue reading

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The Russian Gas Carousel: Who Wants Off, and Who Wants On

Speculation was rife that Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping would sign a major gas deal during Mr. Putin’s visit to China, but it didn’t happen. Although agreement is still said to be close and is probably contingent on price … Continue reading

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