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War Propaganda About Ukraine Becoming More Militaristic, Authoritarian, and Reckless

Article that was supposedly prematurely published by the Russians here. Back story to this article here.

Lessons We Can Learn

Nuclear, coal, LNG: ‘no taboos’ in Germany’s energy about-face

NYC mayor announces tentative end date to city’s vaccine, school mask mandates

What is the Probability of a Nuclear War, Redux

How Putin’s War Has Spurred the EU into Action

CDC Quietly Revises Booster Recommendations for Young Men

Are you smarter than a Ukrainian?

The familiar old judgmental feeling welled up in my heart when I saw news report after news report of Ukrainians forming longs lines to take money out of the bank and looking for food and water to buy the day that Russia invaded. Didn’t they know this was coming? Why were they in a panic to get a stockpile of food and water now?

In a chartable mood, I can sympathize with not trusting America’s intelligence agencies and thinking that Putin was not crazy enough to do what he has done. Maybe I would have been in the same camp if it had not been for some people smarter than me walking me through the available open source information and what it meant from a military perspective. And how many people in Ukraine have the time and inclination to collect the sources of information that I read?

Regardless of whether you are charitable or not, the fact remains that a lot of Ukrainians completely failed to see this coming.

If disaster strikes your country, are you going to be one of those people in a panic trying to buy food in a rapidly emptying grocery store? Or do you think you are smarter then all those Ukrainians who totally failed to see this coming and you will be smart enough to stock up before the general panic sets in?

Of course, there is a third alternative. You could just assume that you don’t know what is going to happen in this crazy world and try to set aside some kind of kit to prepare for the kinds of emergencies that strike this world from time to time. On that note, I read with interests that the Israelis are sending a hundred tons of humanitarian aid composed of…..

“water purification kits, medical equipment as well as drugs, tents, blankets, sleeping bags and additional equipment for civilians who are not in their homes in the cold winter weather”

It sounds very similar to the equipment list I laid out as part of my Yuppie FEMA plan. If you had the all the gear as laid out in that plan, you would be pretty well set up to throw it all in the car and flee. If I felt compelled to do that, the main additional things I would wish I had were a tent, a few full gas cans to extend the range of my vehicle, and a way to charge my cell phones without running my vehicle.

Hopefully, we will never experience a crisis on the scale of what Ukraine is going through now. But you should always remember all the people in Ukraine who held on to that hope without doing anything all the way up to the point when it became a certainty. Maybe that memory will keep you from being just like them.

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Russia central bank urges calm amid cash run fears

Ukraine Repels Russia’s Initial Blitz (What’s Next?)

Ukraine invasion: several sea changes in 24 hours

The destruction / grounding of the world’s Antonov fleet will render oversized project cargo shipping by air impossible, imposing major costs and delays on a huge range of industries, most notably the energy sector.

I think they mostly posted this because commentators on one of their other posts kept telling them that the Bayraktars had been destroyed by the Russians.

Will Israel Find Itself on the Wrong Side of the ‘Changing’ World Order?

Putin’s Failure And this is related.

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At Vasylkiv, Ukrainians Repel Russia’s Paratroopers And Commandos In Frantic Night Battle

Putin’s Failure

Could Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Spark Another Arab Spring?

A Modest Proposal

How is Beijing Portraying Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine for the Chinese Public?

Arabs fear for wheat supplies after Russia invades Ukraine

Long-Enduring COBOL May Still Have a Shelf Life

Kazakhstan to Putin: Pound sand

The CDC Discovers Actual Public Health, Just in Time

Elon Musk says SpaceX’s Starlink satellites active over Ukraine after request from embattled country’s leaders
U.S. Plans New Safety Rules to Crack Down on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Portable Generators

Did Trudeau Create a Dangerous Run on Canadian Banks by Freezing Protesters’ Bank Accounts?

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Criminal court backlogs delay trials while defendants spend longer in jail

Inside creepy network of ‘spy apps’ that secretly track and monitor people

Europe Rushes To Buy Russian Gas As Spot Prices Skyrocket

Even as Russian tanks roll toward Kyiv, the US is still buying a lot of Russian oil

Russia Invades Ukraine: First Day of War Through OSINT

CDC: Some of you should wait longer before getting your second vaccination

Pictures: In Battle For Hostomel, Ukraine Drove Back Russia’s Attack Helicopters And Elite Paratroopers

RUSSIAN soldiers began bombarding Ukraine yesterday — with Tinder messages looking for love.

Russia Facing More Resistance Than It Expected in Ukraine: US Official

Putin as a man of ideas

CDC Expected to Drop Mask Guidance That Nobody Pays Attention To

What is SWIFT and why does Ukraine want Russia banned from it?

The Calamitous Errors of Germany’s Russia Policy

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