Quote from: Sheilbh on May 15, 2022, 02:57:03 PMYeah. Listening to that I would assume probably a Benelux entry. They were starting to change it up form "hot girls will win" which shows such a profound misunderstanding of the competition.
Incidentally hadn't seen it before I assume they re-did it but the new music video for Ukraine's winner is something. They are incredible at propaganda (which I don't mean as perjorative at all):
I still wish they didn't rap, but I love the chorus and the flute (a very Eurovision sentence ).
Edit: Oh they hadn't released a video before - that's the official video. Filmed in Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel - extraordinary.
Quote from: crazy canuck on May 15, 2022, 10:49:22 PMWhat points do you have in mind?
QuoteApril data out of China as cities locked down to maintain Covid Zero. All figures are yoy:
Retail sales -11.1%
Industrial output -2.9%
Manufacturing output -4.6%
Electricity output -4.3%
Crude steel output -5.2%
Apparent oil demand -6.7%
YTD home sales -32%
Quote from: grumbler on May 15, 2022, 04:26:46 PMXi has always seemed to me to be reaching for things that the CCP's post-Mao leadership has instinctively avoided: supreme power vested in one man who cannot be held accountable because he makes himself president-for-life; an aggressive foreign policy that seeks to overturn the current world order that has brought China so much prosperity (maybe giving China hegemonic power, but maybe just breaking everything that allows China to succeed); spending money on arms rather than infrastructure; and a cult of personality.
I don't think that the "contented China" of Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao is still in the cards, as the Chinese populace has gotten used to a foreign policy of belligerent arrogance and assertiveness, but I think that it can go back to being a country whose actions (not words) support a world order that doesn't let China claim to be top dog, but does allow China to prosper.
China is today's Imperial Germany and Xi is today's Kaiser Wilhelm II. The world can successfully deal either of those, but not both together.
Quote from: Josquius on May 15, 2022, 11:33:19 AMThey say no to NATO bases though. Is this allowed or will it be a sticking point?
Quote from: Sheilbh on May 15, 2022, 02:57:03 PMYeah. Listening to that I would assume probably a Benelux entry.
QuoteThey were starting to change it up form "hot girls will win" which shows such a profound misunderstanding of the competition.