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Kyiv’s Noose Around Bakhmut Tightens

Ukraine says unit 4 at Zaporizhzhia NPP put into ‘hot shutdown’ state, claims it could lead to accident

Russian lawmakers on Tuesday backed legislation increasing the maximum age limit to 30 for compulsory military service

China secretly sends enough gear to Russia to equip an army

The disappearance of Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang and the recent fate of senior Chinese officers in the country’s strategic missile command suggests all is not well in China.

Prescribed burns are banned in New York’s largest tracts of forest, but some rangers say they need to torch the brush to save the trees.

More info then last link on this subject New Biden Administration Rule Targets Portable Gas Generators and Water Heaters

The education of Nate Silver (means more if you know who Nate Silver is and what he is famous for).

Medieval “climate change” was filled with heatwaves, droughts, and crop failures

A description of advanced tips and tricks for effective Internet research of papers/books, with real-world examples.

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Huge Explosions Rock Crimean Ammo Depot

Wagner mutiny: Junior commander reveals his role in the challenge to Putin

Igor Strelkov orchestrated the downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine. Today, he was arrested for criticizing Putin on social media.

New War With Azerbaijan ‘Very Likely:’ Armenia PM

The Party Line. Beijing unrattled despite weak Q2

The deindustrialization of Germany: Within the next 15 years, about 30 percent of Germany’s workforce will reach retirement age.

Fed launches new payments system that lets you send money in seconds

Investigators Obtain Biden Financial Records Showing ‘Transactions From Ukraine And Russia’: Oversight Chairman

Something in space has been lighting up every 20 minutes since 1988. We have no explanations for this sort of slow repeat.

Two-faced star with helium and hydrogen sides baffles astronomers

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Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner mercenary group, says Russians are dying needlessly in Bakhmut because of the lack of ammunition.

There were no cameras on the president as the moment unfolded, causing many Turks to speculate on social media about whether Erdogan had a heart attack or an epileptic crisis.

Kenya seeks relief in new Eurobond as debt trap crisis deepens

A 93-Year-Old Woman Couldn’t Pay Her $2,300 Tax Bill. The Government Sold Her Home and Kept the Money.

Biden cheat sheet shows he had advance knowledge of journalist’s question

Review suggests fecal transplant more effective than antibiotics for recurrent C diff

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Wagner Raised Its Flag In Central Bakhmut

These angry Dutch farmers really hate Microsoft

Power Shortages Disrupt Aluminum Production In South China

Core European Inflation Hits Record High, Headline Falls As Energy Costs Collapse

California Gasoline Price Gouging Bill

U.S. South Central Natural Gas Withdrawals Set A Record-Low This Winter

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Russian Nukes Ready To Deploy To Belarus This Summer

Ukraine Now Faces Same Glaring Problem That Russia Has

These Graphics Show Just How Bad Canada’s Invasive “Super Pig” Problem Really Is

Last year, South African authorities believed that convicted murderer and rapist Thabo Bester set himself alight in a prison cell and died. Now, they’ve admitted that he is alive and at large.

Horrific Tornadoes Hit Mississippi, at Least 23 Dead, Many Injured, Massive Damage for Miles

New York nears deal to ban gas stoves in new homes

American corporations gave or pledged more than $83 billion to either BLM or BLM-related causes.

Fire Log #11: Three Fires And Three People.

As a follow up to trying to get the “Bad Girl” to start her own fire, I wanted to see if she retained anything useful and if she could start a fire when she had to gather the wood herself. A good opportunity to do this presented itself in the form of a nephew’s birthday party. The property at which this party took place had more suitable woods then I own (a good part of my property is swamp) and wandering out into them was a good way to burn off some of the sugar high after the presents were unwrapped.

Two of my brothers decided to come along as well. I had thought they were just coming along to add to the pressure on “Bad Girl” but as it turns out, they wanted to try their hand at staring a fire in poor conditions themselves. As a result, there were three people of varying skill levels trying to make fire in the snow with scavenged wood for the first time.

Originally I was going to do something myself while “Bad Girl” was doing her thing, but with so many people to watch I did not really do anything other than set up an alcohol stove using the Firebox Nano stove and light it with a ferro rod. So what follows will just be my observations on the three first time fires in the snow.

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Arrest Warrant For Putin Issued Over War Crimes Allegations

This is a sign that American style “deep divisions” are spreading around the world. A farmers’ party has stunned Dutch politics, and is set to be the biggest party in the upper house of parliament after provincial elections.

French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to push through a pension reform without a parliamentary vote. That has triggered a political crisis

Strike grips Sri Lanka as unions protest IMF bailout Related: Sri Lanka’s Energy Crisis Is Weighing On its Economy

Berlin Seeks to Recruit Skilled Labor from Africa

For nearly 2 months, a short seller was warning on Twitter that Silicon Valley Bank was about to blow up. ‘It was sitting there in plain sight.’

Big Banks Agree To Historic $30 Billion Unsecured Deposit Injection In First Republic Bank. Related: What’s Going on with First Republic Bank?

Multiple Banks Curb Trading With Credit Suisse As Deposit Run Continues Despite SNB Rescue

When did New York start building slowly?

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Belarus Admits Russian A-50 Radar Jet Damaged In Drone Attack

US Intelligence Now Says Pro-Ukraine, Possibly Government-Trained Mystery Forces Destroyed Nord Stream Pipelines

Taiwan’s defense minister on Monday said a sharp increase in Chinese military spending for 2023 indicated Beijing was “preparing for the use of force if necessary” to potentially retake the self-ruled island.

France braces for strikes that could bring the country ‘to a standstill’ for days on end

Iran arrests school poisoning suspects as cases top 5,000

Several other types of commercial aircraft also use floppy disks, including newer variants of the 747 and the 767, older Airbus A320s

Lynching the Deplorables Related: footage of police helping protestors was hidden for two years

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Ukrainian Military Is Targeting Russian Fuel Supply Lines As Winter Approaches

Russia, which is running out of fresh ammunition, is increasingly relying on rockets and artillery shells made 40 years ago, the Pentagon says.

Chinese, Indian Troops Injured in Fresh Border ‘Face-Off’

Late-Year Stumble for Microchip Supply

Flu is ‘eclipsing COVID as the biggest threat,’ Bay Area health officer says

Look more like sheep pens to me but what do I know. Mysterious Patterns Span The Arabian Desert, And We May Finally Know Why

Before we get to visions of fusion power plants dotting the landscape, however, there’s the uncomfortable fact that producing the 2 megajoules of laser power that started the fusion reaction took about 300 megajoules of grid power, so the overall process is nowhere near the break-even point. So, while this was a real sign of progress in getting this form of fusion to work, we’re still left with major questions about whether laser-driven fusion can be optimized enough to be useful.