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Short, and not so sweet, intro here, with the essence of this SNLC being the poll below.  The reasons for the inclusions of the 'candidates' should be pretty obvious, even if there are nuances here and there, regarding loserdom cosmic and otherwise of each.  More below the flip.....

On the surface, it would seem that Viktor Yanukovych would be the biggest loser of the bunch, since he's not president of Ukraine now, except in his own mind.  However, he has a powerful ally in Vladimir Putin, of course, who should be a loser in principle for being his thuggish homophobic self, except that after the success of the Sochi Olympics, Putin is kind of on a roll right now, having just royally steamrolled into the Crimea.  In one sense, Putin obviously doesn't care what the West thinks, and he unfortunately seems in a very good position not to care.  Except, perhaps, in the analysis of the BBC's Jonathan Marcus here:

"There are huge risks here for a Russia that for the moment may be buoyed up by strong oil and gas prices but which is highly susceptible to fluctuations in energy markets.  Russia has re-established itself as a diplomatic player on the world stage, not least given its pivotal (though not uncontroversial) role in the Syrian crisis.  Is Mr Putin really ready to put this international standing at risk?"
Marcus notes briefly just how Yanukovych's loserness led to the mess that we see now:
"......while this is fast developing into a crisis with overtones of Cold War tensions, the reality of Ukraine's difficulties comes down to one simple truth.  It is fast becoming an economic basket-case due to the mismanagement and pilfering of the previous leadership in Kiev."
Of course, arguably, a collaterally damaged loser here is President Obama, since he really can't do much to intervene to stop the Russians from doing their thing.  But then you read the next sentence in Marcus' analysis about the Ukraine:
"It needs massive external economic support. This cannot come from Russia alone. It would prove a millstone around the Russian economy's neck."
In other words, you could almost tell Putin, almost in the Pottery Barn manner:  "You really want it?  OK.  You go ahead then and fix it all by yourself, all with your own money, if you really want it that much."  Granted, per David Remnick in The New Yorker today, things look to get a lot worse before they get better:
"How can Ukraine possibly move quickly to national elections, as it must to resolve the issue of legitimacy, while another country has troops on its territory?"
Speaking of homophobic thugs, that would seem to sum up Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni, following his signing of the vicious anti-gay legislation that criminalizes "aggravated homosexuality" and "promotion of homosexuality".  One wonders where "non-aggravated homosexuality" would fall into the scheme of things.  Snarky rhetorical comment, of course, given the deeply homophobic nature of Ugandan society, which only proves that as bigoted as Museveni is, he's just one of many, albeit the most powerful, in Uganda.  Pretty sad, given the oppression and racism from the West visited upon Africa all throughout the continent's history, to see native Africans being just as bigoted and narrow-minded as the worst Westerners, even if US fundie bigot/wingnut hate money did help to fuel the homophobic fires there.  However, as this article by Alexis Okeowo again from The New Yorker (seems to be their day for linky goodness here) notes:
"Sylvia Tamale, a scholar and the author of several books on sexuality and gender in Uganda, suggests that it is no coincidence that a government that is avoiding dealing with repression, inflation, and high unemployment is pushing the fervor over homosexuality. As for Ugandans, she writes, 'The mainstream aversion to same-sex relations consequently reflects a greater fear … Homosexuality presents a challenge to the deep-seated masculine power within African sexual relations.' So does feminism."
Then you have Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro, a.k.a. Hugo Chavez ultra-lite.  Anybody remember the days on DK when just about everyone here loved Chavez, because he kept sticking it to Dumbya in his political rhetoric and social policies?  I drank the Kool-Aid to an extent myself about Chavez, until it became abundantly clear that Chavez was just a left-wing version of Dumbya, the Venezuelan version of "The Decider", a megalomaniac power-grabber who cultivated quite the cult of personality in his time, even if he did talk a lot about helping the downtrodden in his country.  Maduro doesn't have nearly that kind of charisma, of course.  

Plus, shooting protesting students doesn't exactly reflect well on a president.  If you want to read a takedown of Maduro and Chavismo post-Chavez, read Rory Carroll in The Observer here, where he notes about the protests:

"Demonstrations in Caracas, Valencia, Mérida and other cities turned lethal, with student-led rallies provoking a fierce backlash from National Guard units and paramilitaries. They roared on motorcycles into "enemy" neighbourhoods, guns blazing. Families piled mattresses against windows to shield against bullets."
What's sad to see from supporters of Maduro is their refrain that Maduro was democratically elected, as if being democratically elected justifies shooting students.  This part of the analysis from Carroll notes that, even if Maduro "wins" in the short term, the long term may be another matter:
"By rallying his fractious ruling coalition, Maduro could emerge even stronger.

That will not mean the revolution has won. On the contrary. In a broader, historical sense, it has already lost. This tropical would-be alternative to capitalism is a husk. It faces an existential threat not from youths chanting in plazas but from the fact that Venezuela is a shambolic, crumbling, dysfunctional ruin.

Start with the economy. The official inflation rate, 56%, is among the world's highest. There are shortages of bread, flour, meat, toilet paper and other basics. The bolívar currency has collapsed in value and is virtually unconvertible. Agriculture and industry are gasping. Newspapers are running out of paper. Airlines are threatening to cut services because the government owes them $3.3bn. Food companies are owed $2.4bn. Bond prices have plunged to levels associated with default. Recession hovers. An infrastructure once the envy of South America has suffered from lack of investment and maintenance. Power cuts leave cities in darkness. Potholes make highways look like they have been mortared. Cobwebs shroud abandoned cable cars. Even the facade of the presidential palace, Miraflores, peels and rots."

So that's that; we'll see what kind of response the poll gets, if any.  To be sure, the more fool that 3CM for trying to write a breaking news events-related SNLC.  With that, after you've voted (if you've voted), time for the standard SNLC protocol, namely your loser stories of the week.....
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Biggest recent loser president?

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25%3 votes
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| 12 votes | Vote | Results

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  •  yup, yet another autobot posting (8+ / 0-)

    For the usual reason, but there's a somewhat complicated backstory behind that.  More later, if you really care.

    So, from here:  sold an item on Amazon.  Drove to the post office to mail it.  The post office worker noticed that I forgot to seal the package.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 03:51:09 PM PST

  •  just in case (4+ / 0-)

    very good read, and companion historical maps (linked to in report) about, well, borders and autonomy and such, and who and why...via TPM, author and Magda Teter is Professor of History and the Jeremy Zwelling Professor of Jewish Studies at Wesleyan University. She was a Guggenheim fellow in 2012. She is the author of Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland (Cambridge, 2006) and Sinners on Trial (Harvard, 2011).

    during the big chase scene in Snowden's adventure, it wasn't so much 'loser president' as 'enraged and violated president' from ... lets just say 'south america,' so i don't loser myself publicly.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 06:19:05 PM PST

    •  speaking of South American...... (2+ / 0-)
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      ......presidents, part of me was tempted to mention the president to whom I think you're referring, because of something I read recently about how deforestation has been accelerating in said president's country at an alarming rate recently, with no moves to slow it down.  Bad mark there, I'm afraid.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 08:40:44 PM PST

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  •  hi (5+ / 0-)

    It "feels like" 3 tonight and will be nine below tomorrow night.  That is January weather not March.

    It is going to snow again.

    It snowed last night, but we got to the city OK to hear our grandbaby play in the youth orchestra.

    Everybody in Michigan is tired of winter.  I have heard it is the third worst winter.  Hubby heard that it is the worst since 78-79.  

    My daughter and I decided we shouldn't frazzle our nerves with a three hour drive on her part this weekend.  The blowing snow causes whiteouts and accidents.  

    This morning they closed down a freeway south of us due to so many accidents which my daughter would have been on.  

    It is no use complaining, of course.  That does make me sound loserly, I know.  

    Best wishes to all here!!!!

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 06:22:31 PM PST

    •  you lucky demon. (5+ / 0-)

      i've never been to a baby orchestra.
      i'll bet it's challengly cute, and musically unique ♥

      TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

      by greenbird on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:18:09 PM PST

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    •  glad you got to see the youth orchestra (3+ / 0-)
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      Of course, I was doing mental knot-tying to sentence 4 with sentence 8 in your post, since that sounded like a lot of cross travel.  Anyway...

      Sorry I haven't been by BF in a while.  I suppose I can save the books read recently for that.

      We're waiting here for the latest round of snow-pocalypse 2014 this weekend.  Fortunately, it hasn't started yet as of this writing, so getting home from this was no problem.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 08:44:09 PM PST

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    •  It rained here in southern California, (3+ / 0-)
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      today.  Everybody complained about it.  I thought about writing a diary about the terrible tragedy of rain:  The exhaustion of having to go out and roll up car windows, drying off wet cats.  Neighbors stepping out on their porch, looking up and going, "My God, what is that!  It's like the sky is crying!"

    •  Hiya, cfk! (2+ / 0-)
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      It warmed up a bit here, today and supposedly tomorrow too, but back into frigid (but not quite as frigid as where you are) temps on Monday.

      Also snowpocalypse again starting sometime tomorrow night and getting nasty on Monday.

      According to the maps in weatherdude's diary, the ice storm, at least, should miss us...but ya never know. I'm not far enough north of the Mason-Dixon to be confident.

      Luckily for me, the schedule changed and I have Monday off.

      But yeah, we are all sick to death of winter.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 10:19:48 PM PST

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      •  yup, back to frigid here too (2+ / 0-)
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        The freezing rain has started by now, as I can see the sheen of frozen water on the AC unit outside.  I'm guessing that daylight tomorrow won't look good for going outside, driving, etc..

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 10:58:09 PM PST

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  •  I got a sore throat (4+ / 0-)

    My wife warned me she was ill, but I had to have sex with her anyway. That's what I get.

  •  home w/ the kids for the first time (4+ / 0-)
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    in 4 weeks! #yay

    they're on bedtime routine.

    loser 'cause i fed them formerly frozen pizzas.  

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:15:11 PM PST

  •  i haven't been able (4+ / 0-)

    to find

    Find-A-Grave
    since wee hours of thursday.

    fooey!
    but today: at work: where none of my notes and files are, i accessed it fine !!
    now at home, same old "maintenance" screen.

    did a web search: tried several likely similar/back doors:
    found Find-A-Grave Forums: ...
    from the left sidebar:

    Updated 02-27-2014
    Main Site Maintenance. Working through Sign in, Photo and Spreadsheet submission issues.

    Mobile Apps coming soon.

    New editing function has rolled out to all members. Check the 'Edit' tab on your profile for pending edits.

    ?? i'm a member !! ??
    well, at least i learned they are on facebook, too.
    and that ancestry.com bought them.
    and there is an unrelated find a grave in scotland which i bookmarked for when i'm out of things "to do," but my  project still sits incomplete.

    thanks for this diary, buddy: very interesting.
    when i cool off, i'll follow the links.

    but right now, i suspect myself of being somebody else, and that's gotta be ultimate loser-dom.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:15:51 PM PST

  •  sorry ccc (4+ / 0-)

    I am off to bed early.

    I had a long week of leaving the cave a lot and I am tired.

    But taxes are done.  :)  A different grandbaby stayed all night with us on Thursday which was fun.  We went to a three year old grandbabie's birthday party on Tuesday.  

    Surgeon has been visited.  X-rays say bone on bone so I will have the left knee done on 4-29.

    Night all!!!

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:25:49 PM PST

  •  from AP via guardian-uk: (3+ / 0-)
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    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 08:01:23 PM PST

    •  actually, given that this is...... (2+ / 0-)
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      .....Stephen Harper's government, this is kind of impressive to see.  Of course, Canada isn't really in much of a position to exact any sort of retribution on Putin and Russia, but there we are.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 08:51:55 PM PST

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  •  Why it's so important that it's (2+ / 0-)
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    an "elected government" in Venezuela, even if the president there is a bad guy:

    There are a whole bunch of liberal interventionists out there that would love to gin up some do-gooder excuse to remedy the problems of the world in that area with a little flexing of US power.  All the same geniuses that thought we could do some good in Iraq like Packer and Hanlon would probably love to lead the chickenhawk charge on that one.

    My sympathy is with the Venezuelans, but it's the Venezuelans' mess to fix and we need to resist the impulse to get involved in that business.  We always just make things worse.

    •  we shouldn't intervene militarily, to be sure (0+ / 0-)

      Obviously it's up to the Venezuelans to fix their own mess.  It's just that the Venezuelan apologists for Maduro have blinders on, just as American apologists (the Sean Penn types) do.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 11:00:14 PM PST

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  •  Loser story (1+ / 0-)
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    Well, yesterday and today have been WorkNights from Hell.

    Yesterday b/c Friday, plus end-of-the-month and people buying money orders to pay the rent, so VERY busy and only two of us scheduled. The manager tried to find us someone from another store to come & help out, but of course, Friday! so no-go.

    Today b/c there was a grocery truck & assist. mgr. left it all for us (me) to do. I didn't deal with the tobacco, but I did EVERYTHING else. (To be fair, a woman on day shift did check in the boxes. But that's the easy part. I had to check in all the crates of assorted groceries/candy/paper towels, etc., and then Put It All Away, Including Those Boxes. I am sore all over & physically exhausted although still running a bit on caffeine.)

    It probably won't be much better tomorrow: with the storm coming this way, we will be overrun with people panic-buying milk, bread, eggs, and toilet paper. Or as a cop I like said earlier this year before a different storm, "Everybody makes French toast, and shits."

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 10:33:51 PM PST

    •  has the fave co-worker..... (1+ / 0-)
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      ......moved on yet?  Good luck dealing with the hordes/hoarders.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 11:01:20 PM PST

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