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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, FEBRUARY 20, 2024

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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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, FEBRUARY 19, 2024

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 OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, FEBRUARY 18, 2024

Denmark to send its ‘entire artillery’ to Ukraine, the country’s prime minister says

On Iranian commander’s request, Iraqi terrorists dial down attacks on US

Mobs Of Violent African Migrants Riot, Attack Police In Holland

Reports on “X” are making it sound like this is the worst attack yet with the crew having to abandon ship. UK-Registered Cargo Ship Reported Under Attack In Bab al-Mandab Strait

Get Out of New York, If You Can

The birth of a (pseudo) currency

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, FEBRUARY 17, 2024

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.

Ukraine Announces Full Withdrawal from Avdiivka

From what I understand from various sources, the primary causes of the fall were lack of artillery shells on the Ukrainian side, a heavy fog that rolled in for a few days that kept the drone from being effective, and lots and lots of very large glide bombs lobed from long range by Russian aircraft. Even with all of those things the losses were absolutely horrendous on the Russian side as you can see recounted from a Russian source here (you have to keep clicking through on the side to get to get all of it). A list of all the different Russian formations that played a roll can be found here.

The below video gives you the news and overview

This gives you background on the reasons for giving up….

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, FEBRUARY 16, 2024

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

In Praise Of Mike Turner

A while back Trump was praising himself for the increased spending by NATO countries that has happened during and after his time in office. Just to make sure he got a lot of air time, he threw in a gratuitous comment about how he would not defend and in fact encourage Russia to attack NATO countries that did not pay their fair sure. Predictably, this worked like a charm and all the shrieking Karens went around talking about what a bad man he was and how horribly irresponsible he was.

All they accomplished by all this caterwauling was to further convince the poorer economic classes that Trump was their man. All your working class people heard in all that screeching was a defense of NATO free riding on the poor working class taxpayer. And why should they pay for the defense of those effete snobs when the border is wide open and food prices are sky high?

Those attacking Trump fell right into a trap. Even the supporters of NATO acknowledge that many NATO members have been free loading off of the US. The dwindling military abilities of most NATO members has been a serious concern for serious military thinkers in the West for a long time now. And what has American’s feckless leadership class done about the issue all this time?

Contrary to Trump, I think the improvement on this front (slight as it has been) has more to do with Putin then Trump. But this quibbling about small details is not a productive way to counter Trump. Especially when any fair-minded review of recent history will show that while serving as president Trump brought more attention and pressure to bear on this issue than any other President in the post cold-war era. I think he did this mostly because his strategy is the find the weak points in the ruling classes that shun him and hammer them for all they are worth then him having an particular strategic concerns. Nonetheless, the fact remains that he did more on the issue then his contemporaries.

The below video gives a pretty fair overview of the situation including quoting Trump in all his glory….

Regardless of what you think about the above facts, those running around outraged by what Trump has said are doing nothing to improve the national discourse. But those running around being outraged by the ruling class are not doing any better either. All too often their arguments boil down to simply repeating that the ruling class is stupid and corrupt and trying to imply that all the problems with the world would be so much better as long as their messiah was made president. What is missing is people trying to explain the issues and facts involved. What is missing is people arguing about an issue instead of personalities. And that is where Republican Representative Mike Turner has taken steps to improve the situation. Continue reading

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, FEBRUARY 15, 2024

Ukraine Situation Report: NATO Wants To Give Kyiv A Million Drones In 2024

Russia’s “Highly Concerning” Anti-Satellite Super Weapon: What Are The Possibilities?

Drone strike on oil depot in Russia’s Kursk region starts fire

Recession in Japan makes Germany third largest economy

A lot of people like to make the argument that America pays the most for health care and gets the least benefit. And while there is lot to be critical of in the US system, the worst outcomes are almost entirely due to the lifestyles of Americans. The flip side is that our supper expensive and maddening system is still often more responsive then what you will find elsewhere. That said, I think we are following the rest of the world on the downhill slope. US Military Personnel ‘Routinely Denied Access’ to Emergency Care in Japan

Border Patrol Agents Have Encountered Over 20,000 Chinese Nationals in Fiscal Year 2024

The brutal reality of plunging office values is here

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, FEBRUARY 14, 2024

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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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, FEBRUARY 13, 2024

Russia declares Estonian PM Kaja Kallas a ‘wanted’ person

Qatar Is The Trojan Horse In Washington, D.C.

    Young Evangelical support for Israel plummets

    A strange focus on Christians given the subject matter. Unable to survive in Egypt, refugees return to war-torn Sudan

    Prices rose more than expected in January as inflation won’t go away

    I would normally say things like “keep in mind it is not adjusted for inflation” but even allowing for that fact that chart still looks pretty bad. About the best I can say is that we not given much historical context but a more then doubling in price in one year’s time still looks pretty bad. Cocoa prices surge to all-time highs as bad weather hurts West Africa crop yield