Discussion in 'International Politics' started by Fulcrum, Feb 11, 2014.
Let's start with important things first: average breast cup size. I had no idea, but Russia rules!
Maps are always fun.
Winter Olympic medals per event ratio (darker: better):
Really interesting! I guess it counts also women who have breast implants, that is why Colombia and Venezuela (where this kind of surgery is quite common) are above the rest of South America.
Also interesting, but less than Fulcrum's map ;-)
It's really striking how different the result is in Russia and in Poland, for example.
A historical perspective would be really helpful, too. And more sampled countries.
Indeed, the study I took the map from is very limited (http://www.pewglobal.org/2013/06/04/the-global-divide-on-homosexuality/#fnref-27120-1). Here is an interesting graph showing China and Russia as outliers in the Tolerance vs Religiosity scale:
Of course, this raises a lot of questions regarding how to measure religiosity...
This one is not so interesting as boobs size. I got it from a Anatoly Karlin post: Russia’s Budget Is Getting More Transparent .
Russia is boring. In this case boring is good. I bet Saudi Arabia's budget is very interesting.
This is pretty good, isn't it? Contracts are a good thing for economic growth, business, and all.
Yes, but Russia ranks really well only in "enforcing contracts" and "registering property". In "dealing with contruction permits" it ranks 178 out of 189 countries!
Yeah, but Russia is improving rapidly, having jumped 20 ranks in the overall Ease of Doing Business Index (EDBI) in one year last year IIRC.
A screen capture from this page: http://cf.datawrapper.de/YI8Ha/20/
Would be interesting to compare this to an US/NATO map covering the last 24 years too.
"Russian military pressure" on Tajikistan in 1992? Now that is twisted, Russian border guards saved this country from the Taliban back then.
True, it should say military involvement or something.
Furthermore, all of these are on ex-USSR territory and half of these took place right as the USSR was crumbling into pieces, with all the unrest that caused across the ex-union (and suddenly finding Russian military assets being stuck abroad). All of them also involved large amounts of Russians everywhere, and one was the result of direct foreign aggression on a Russian contigent under UN mandate.
Moreover, none of these have been annexed, occupied or anything of the sort. Russia keeps military contigents in them, however:
Some 700 troops of a maximum 1500 allowed in Transnistria, has been steadily reduced sine 1992.
5000 in Tajikistan out of which a large number are based at a joint Russo-Tajiki base.
Minor contigents in Abkhazia and South Ossetia (6000 in total).
A very large contigent on Crimea, with a maximum of 26000 allowed under the internationally recognised agreement (sources say Russia has 16000 deployed in Crimea at present).
To call Russia a huge aggressor and a threat to world peace based on this is just absurd. At most, they've carried out Panama-esque operations, but all much closer to home (in ex-home, all of them) and far less numerous than similar US/NATO adventures.
The latest Crimean adventure is by far the boldest one and the one most closely emulating certain NATO operations, and I fully understand the controversy (and cannot stress the hypocrisy enough).
But one has to keep in mind that while there's been an apparent violation of the agreement (several detours outside the areas where Russian military has always been allowed to move freely), it's been a peaceful one so far. The amount of rage in the West over this is completely unproportional.
As the URL says:
Obviously Russia does not have a lot of submarine cable connections.
A good one:
Do Russians always have just one given name?
Separate names with a comma.