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North Korean Missile Used In Ukraine Was Packed Full Of U.S. Parts

Polish farmers block Ukraine border in grain import protest

Escape to Egypt: Did Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar flee Gaza?

Germany: Is it better to spend on defense or on welfare?

Bukele’s Kingdom of Dreams

Newsworthy because of who is saying it as much as for what is being said. It’s time for the White House to put up or shut up

Indicted ex-FBI informant admitted Russian intelligence officials passed along the Hunter Biden bribery story, prosecutors say

True but a good case could be made that both our healthcare and our education are overpriced compared to much of the world. Both rightists and leftists assume that the U.S. spends far lower to combat social problems (poverty, healthcare, education) than peer nations, but that is not true.

Biden to Slow Swift Transition to Electric Cars in EPA’s Revised Tailpipe Emissions Regulation

Hochul’s Plan to Close Prisons Faces a Fight

Court blocks $1 billion copyright ruling that punished ISP for its users’ piracy

Study finds link between too much niacin intake and heart disease

This is the type of thing that “AI” is arguably good at and it seems like they took care to guard against the typical AI failures in this type of thing. That said, it is hardly a great discovery. Neural network model identifies distinct brain organization patterns in women and men

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Ukraine Situation Report: Kyiv Claims Six Russian Jets Downed In Three Days

Russian pilot who defected found dead in Spain, says Ukraine security agency

EU: Emissions trading begins to bite

Navy Has Fired Around 100 Standard Series Missiles At Houthi Drones, Missiles

Bulk Carrier Abandoned Following Houthi Missile Attack Latest reports are saying that it sunk but they are on “X”.

IAEA chief says Iran bulking up stockpile of nearly weapons-grade uranium
I still don’t think there is enough panic over this. This analysis assumes interests rates will more or less stay the same which is not the historical norm for this level of debt growth “Spending on Social Security will grow from $1.5 trillion this year to $2.5 trillion by 2034, while spending on health care will grow from $1.6 trillion to $2.8 trillion,” a Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget analysis found. “Net interest costs will more than double from $870 billion this year to $1.6 trillion by 2034, after costs nearly doubled between 2020 and 2023. Interest on the debt is the fastest growing part of the budget and will be the second largest government expenditure this year, surpassing both defense and Medicare.”

President Trump’s Kafkaesque Civil Trial in New York State and Legitimacy of Trump’s New York Business Ban Questioned by MSNBC Host

San Francisco Appoints First Noncitizen to Serve on Elections Commission

Please bear in mind that I have not lived or practiced in Massachusetts for over 25 years. I have no medical license there. I have no property there. I wouldn’t know a Massachusetts patient if I tripped over one. What jurisdiction could they possibly have? Maine was once part of Massachusetts, but it became a separate state in 1819. Surely the Massachusetts Medical Board doesn’t think Maine is still their chattel? According to Mr. Bouton, I have an “inchoate right” to ask to reactivate my medical license in Taxachusetts, not that I would want to, and this whisper, this zephyr of a right is what allows the Board and its Bouton to come after me.

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Russian Military Objectives and Capacity in Ukraine Through 2024

Russian Space EMP Weapons Reportedly The “Serious National Security Threat” Referenced By House Intelligence Chairman

Yemen’s Houthis Claim Missile Attack On Oil Tanker In Red Sea

How Prepared Is the German Defense Industry?

Official data has reports Japan economy in 2023 was $4.2 trillion in 2023, while Germany’s was $4.5 trillion. The U.S., the world’s largest economy, is expected to grow 5.8% to $26.94 trillion. China’s economy, the world’s second-largest, is forecast to shrink 1.0% to $17.7 trillion.

The US is an energy exporter, the other countries that are in recession are energy importers. Why is that reason not mentioned? Recession has struck some of the world’s top economies. The US keeps defying expectations

Talk is cheap. Truckers Warn Loads To NYC Will Be Rejected Starting Monday

Florida Cop Empties His Gun, Runs For Cover After Acorn Falls On Car Video overview here.

My understanding from those that have been experimented upon as physicians, that as you are completing the visit, the computer will then begin demanding that you order this or that test because its AI is also a diagnostician and feels that those tests are critical. It will also not let you close the note until you have queried the patient about surveillance stuff – ie vaccines and colonoscopy, even for visits for stubbed toenails. And unlike now when you can just turn that stuff off, it is in control and watching and listening to your every move.

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Report: Alexei Navalny, a Vocal Putin Critic, Dies in Prison

Israel reportedly behind rare pair of recent strikes on Iran civilian infrastructure

India-Bound Tanker Hit by Missile in Red Sea Attack

Employment’s Hidden Figures

DOJ quietly removed Russian malware from routers in US homes and businesses

A liberal perspective. Biden has a huge decision to make — one of the most important of his presidency

Newer Whirlpool Dryers Have Thermistors and Not A Thermostat

I recently had a problem with a dryer that was tumbling and not heating. Being lazy I immediately assumed it was the ignitor. When I went to school they taught me to do all the troubleshooting steps all the time and not make any assumptions. But the real world rewards cheaters nine times out of ten and so mostly I don’t do that. But if you play that game, you have to be willing to pay the price when the 10th times rolls around. In this case, it was not ignitor but I was not too upset about that.

I did a little checking with my meter, found that the thermostat was bad and moved on to order the new parts. The problem is that even though the part is called a thermostat, it is not a thermostat. At least in my education, a thermostat refers to a complete temperature control unit. Historically, this is a switch connected to some kind of temperature control. As the temp rises (or lowers depending on the type) the switch opens and visa versa as it closes. You can have other things that meet the definition of a thermostat but regardless you should not call something a thermostat unless it has all the control elements contained in it.

What the new Whirlpool dryers have is a thermistor. A thermistor is a resistor that changes voltages based on temperature. This voltage is in turn interpreted by a computer that is usually located some distance away although a lot of modern residential HVAC electronic thermostats have everything in one wall mounted package (and hence why they are called thermostats). However, in a dryer, the board that interprets the signal is separate from what they are calling the thermostat and so I don’t think they should be calling it a thermostat. It is a thermistor and should be trouble shot like one.

I am just throwing this out there because I did not recognize this just by looking at the part (in retrospect I should have but I have been running a desk for a long time) and I got confused by what my meter was telling me. It was a lot harder then a lazy person like me wants to work to figure out what was going on. All my normal google and youtube searches kept giving me instructions that took for granted that I had a thermostat even though that is not what I had. In the end, I figured it out it was no big deal. But in the off chance that google will work for somebody, I thought I would throw this post out there to help anyone who might be puzzled by what their meter is showing them when they go to check what they think is a thermostat.

The below is how you check a thermostat.

The below is how you check a thermistor.

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Ukrainian Drone Boats Sink Another Russian Navy Landing Ship

The Baltic border loophole in EU’s Russia sanctions

Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb Makes Combat Debut In Ukraine

US fears Russia preparing to put nuclear weapons in space

Alarm Raised Over Destabilizing New Russian Threat In Space

Right now, the IDF has more forces poised for action against Hezbollah in Lebanon than it has fighting in Gaza

Iran Fires Ballistic Missile From A Shipping Container At Sea

China’s Poaching of US, NATO Soldiers Prompts 23-Nation Meeting

YoY Measures of Inflation: Services, Goods and Shelter

Windows 11 24H2 goes from “unsupported” to “unbootable” on some older PCs

Republicans Lose House Seat in New York Special Election

I am sure that some people are abusing this system but headlines like this usually mean the most trouble for honest people. Personal-care aides are milking New Yorkers — and taking the state for billions

Wyoming Rare Earth Discovery Could Shake Up Global Markets

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Ukraine Situation Report: Battle-Damaged HIMARS Return To United States

Why is Ukraine’s new top commander Oleksandr Syrskyi less popular than his predecessor?

Israel Rescues Two Hostages In Rafah

Israel need to sell record amount of bonds this year to fund war

Funding a War Chest: Hezbollah’s Strategic Position Bolstered by Global Crime

These fools would be smarter to let him into power and blame him for the problems. As it stands, they are going to break their country beyond repair. Pakistan’s old guard parties near deal to thwart Imran Khan

New York Might Adjust Sanctuary Laws Due to Increase of Illegal Crossings

While several aggregate measures of container shipping costs are now two-and-a-half to three times of their early December levels, prices along routes that typically go through the Suez Canal — particularly from Asia to Europe — have surged nearly five-fold. Costs from China to the U.S. have also more than doubled.

Ten years into my college teaching career, students stopped being able to read effectively.

I wonder if this has anything to do with the ever increasing numbers of young people who say they are lonely. The more common reason is to blame social media but inbuilt social network is disappearing or gone. Cousins are disappearing. Is this reshaping the experience of childhood?

The Invisible Defense: Gut Bacteria’s Surprising Role in Combating Flu and COVID-19

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US Strikes Unmanned Vessels And Cruise Missiles Near Yemen

Population of New York City is over 8 million just to put this in context. Israel’s population closing in on 10 million in 2024 demographic update

Former Dutch PM and his wife opt for euthanasia

Tidal Wave of Overcapacity Coming From China To The US and Europe.

Liberal paper’s Editorial Board unleashes astonishing broadside warning of ‘a dark moment’ as it runs back-to-back opinion pieces knifing the elderly president after damning special counsel report.

In each case, people were more satisfied when they felt like they were known rather than when they felt like they knew the other person, according to a series of experiments Schroeder carried out with co-author Ayelet Fishbach of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Defense Secretary Austin returns to hospital

A lone stingray mysteriously became pregnant in an aquarium. Scientists now think a male shark could be responsible.

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Zelenskyy’s new top commander has a reputation as a ‘butcher’

Ukraine Attacks Russian Oil Refineries With Drones

Directly beneath UNRWA’s Gaza headquarters, IDF uncovers top secret Hamas data center

Hindu Group Threatens Christian Schools to Remove Religious Symbols or ‘Face Dire Outcome’

In the jaws of a lion: How Kenyan couple survived vicious attack

Emergency rooms are not okay

Americans Should Be Less Complacent About Social Security

Mark Steyn ordered to pay $1 million to deter climate deniers from criticizing sacred scientists