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Dueling claims on Ukrainian losses

Russia’s Low Threshold For Nuclear Weapons Use Detailed In New Report

Russia’s LNG Cargoes Bound For China Avoid The Red Sea

Is Israel close to launching war on Hezbollah? CNN’s report is overblown

South Korean streamers struggle with Twitch’s sudden exit

Justice Minister defends house arrest power for people feared to commit a hate crime in future

Judge Says Feds Can’t ‘Selectively’ Prosecute Right-Wing Rioters While Ignoring Antifa

“Who Could Be Next”: Top Canadian Pension Fund Sells Manhattan Office Tower For $1, Sparking Firesale Panic

Silk is stronger than steel or kevlar. We are already using it to transport vaccines without cold chains and make automatically dissolving stitches. What else could it be used for?


Links For Today


Ukraine Situation Report: Scholz Says Germans Would Need To Deploy With Taurus Missiles

Russia saw a sharp rise in household bank deposits last year — especially in regions where a larger share of men were drafted

Maritime Militias: How Paramilitary Forces Redefine the World’s Key Waterways

German Frigate Mistakenly Fires On MQ-9, Downs Two Houthi Drones

Iran greenlights Hezbollah attack on Israel

Netanyahu ‘Surprised’ by Biden’s Remarks on Gaza Ceasefire by Next Monday

For the first time in Israel, a transgender woman was elected as a city council member

Japan’s new births fall to record low as demographic woes worsen

Pentagon is panicking over Biden’s proposal that would increase water costs by $10,000 per household

Motor Oil Age Doesn’t Matter as Much as Mileage

Wendy’s Surge Pricing Is Off the Menu After Internet Beef

They are going for an IPO so read this with that in mind. Klarna AI assistant handles two-thirds of customer service chats in its first month

Researchers make precious headway into a genetic form of Alzheimer’s disease

The Problem With Most Demographic Doomers

In 1930 there were a lot of people who would have predicted that communism would be a major threat to the western way of life (including the communist themselves who had this as an openly avowed goal). The first “red scares” date to shortly after World War I and never went away as a concern for the religious, the small farmers, and the business elite. This fear of the communists would lead many to embrace or at least tolerate fascism on the grounds that it was a useful counterweight to the communists. No one up to the time that World War II started would have thought that next world war would have been fought against the fascists by both communists and the Anglo-Saxon world. Such an alliance would have been inconceivable to those who knew the level of hate and distrust between the ruling classes in the Anglo-Saxon World and the Soviet Union.

The people who predicted that communism would be a major threat to the Anglo-Saxon world were right. But those who sole matrix for looking at the world was communism and the huge threat it presented were often the most blind to dangers posed by the Nazis. Churchill was a famous exception this rule, but even he did not start warning about the rise of Germany until 1933. And his supposed fellow conservative Neville Chamberlain would write “The real danger to this country is Winston. He is the warmonger, not Hitler.” What is often forgotten is that Chamberlain way of looking at the world was the rule on the right and Churchill was exception. Conservatives by and large were blind to the threat posed by the Nazis because they feared communism so much.

Fast forward to today and many are obsessed with demographics and with good reason. There is no more sure guide to the future available to mankind then the study of demographics. We might not know how many people will die in the next 20 years, but we can say with a high degree of confidence what the maximum number of 20 year old can exist in 20 years time because those people will have been born today. And those numbers are so horrific for many countries that those who are aware of the numbers can’t stop thinking about them or interpreting everything they see in the light of those numbers. But there are more things that can profoundly change our world then just a free fall in the numbers of babies being born as bad as that can be over the long term.

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Links For Today


Rodents incapacitate millions in eco-friendly military equipment in Ukraine

No longer afraid of sparking war, Israel takes gloves off against IRGC in Syria

With 635 commercial foreclosures in January 2024, foreclosures increased 17% from December 2023 and 97% from January 2023

Wendy’s is going to start surge-pricing burgers, fries, and more

Blindness from some inherited eye diseases may be caused by gut bacteria

Marine Corps Becomes the First Military Branch to Pass a Financial Audit

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Ukraine’s First M1 Abrams Tank Loss Appears To Have Occurred

Houthis Keeping Up Pressure with Near Miss on US-Flagged Tanker Security Program Ship

Houthis knock out underwater cables linking Europe to Asia

By 2030 approximately 1 million dollars per American man, woman, and child will be promised to someone somewhere in America, that cannot be paid, and with the system collapsing they will have to be told will not be paid. Every American Man, Woman, and Child will be 1 million dollars poorer than they think… And then very suddenly they will be aware of that fact.

Unsealed court doc shows why Apple rejected Microsoft’s offer to buy Bing

Google’s Gemini Failure: An Analysis

Syracuse microaggressions workshop: Looking at a service animal could be ‘micro-assault’

UnitedHealth suspects ‘nation-state’ behind Change cyberattack

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Soldiers claim that convict soldiers abuse their comrades while commanders stay away from the front.

160 Tons Of Ukrainian Grain Destroyed In Poland

Estonia detains 10 Russians suspected in ‘sabotage’ plot

Report Claims More Than Half of Recent Four-Year College Graduates are Underemployed

Why Kenya is still debt distressed despite Eurobond repayment

The 1st private moon landing just happened. Is it time for lunar law?

Links For Yesterday

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Taiwan’s leadership ‘extremely worried’ US could abandon Ukraine

Israel to send delegation to Qatar amid optimism about hostage deal

Yemen’s Houthis Target U.S. Tanker Torm Thor In Gulf Of Aden

“How Democrats Could Disqualify Trump If the Supreme Court Doesn’t”

High-Altitude Balloon of Unknown Origin Sweeps Across Western US

Dramatic Image Reveals How Much The Sun Has Changed in Two Years

Old story but was sent this way by Grumpy. Escaped robber returns to annals of weird crime / Cops say ‘Roofman’ lived large in store

It Just Knows

Lies, Damned Lies, and Manometer Readings

“It just knows.”

The senior HVAC technician I’d been working with on a home remodel answered with the conviction of decades of experience. I, on the other hand, was less certain. How could a new furnace “know” that it had just been connected to a 20-year-old air conditioner (from a competing brand), somehow read that unit’s cooling capacity, and then calibrate its own output to the precisely required airflow? In a bid to reconcile the reading on my manometer with the tech’s supposed savvy, I asked whether he was certain. He was, he told me, quite positive. “Tell you what,” he said. “If I’m wrong, then there’s probably 200 air conditioners in Princeton with bad airflow. And that can’t be right.”