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Created by John Eipper on 01/13/22 3:40 AM

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Russia-NATO Meeting, and a Heated Exchange of Words (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 01/13/22 3:40 am)

The most recent meeting between NATO and Russia ended in a complete failure, each one accusing the other of unacceptable threats, to which Russia added that it considers the US responsible for the collapse of the arms control agreements and so on.

Anyway, so far it was nothing more than barking, and there is still hope.

The usually "nice" US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland stated: "Were I a Russian citizen I would want to see the wealth applied to the healthcare system. the education system, to the roads, the same kind of conversations that we're having here in the United States, rather than hemorrhaging money on a created crisis and putting their own military out."

Oh my goodness, consider how much the common US citizen has to pay for healthcare and the university system. About wasting money in the military, if I am not wrong the ratio in spending with Russia is 12 to 1, while on foreign bases it is 700 to 5, or a couple more if we include the Wagner contractors.

Anyway, when I was in Chicago 40 years ago people were already complaining about the poor condition of roads and bridges. (Let's hope that the horrible tragedy of the collapsed bridge in Genoa never happens in the US.)

There was an exchange of words with Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry:

"If you're worried about roads then it's best to start with New York. The sort of potholes found in Manhattan aren't in a single major city in the world."

I was instead convinced that the worst conditions of roads were in Rome.

JE comments: Zakharova has dusted off the time-honored "and you are lynching Negroes" retort.  But Nuland shouldn't expect much kindness anywhere in Europe.

Out of curiosity I Googled "world's worst streets" and found this blog piece, which defines "worst" in terms of danger.  Not the same thing as potholes, but it inspires a comment.  My own Detroit came in third, just behind Caracas and Acapulco.  Aldona and I ventured into Detroit proper last night, and lived to tell the tale.  We WAISers are fearless:

11 Most Dangerous Streets In The World You'll Want to Avoid (vectatravels.com)

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