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‘Little fissures’: The U.S.-Ukraine war unity is slowly cracking apart

Russia Sending Captured US Weapons to Iran to ‘Reverse-Engineer’

Seoul mayor calls for South Korean nuclear weapons to counter threat from North. Related: North Korea fires ballistic missile

Fed Panics: Signature Bank Closed By Regulators; Fed, TSY, FDIC Announce Another Banking System Bailout

Why regulators seized Signature Bank in third-biggest bank failure in U.S. history

Significant Drop In Oil And Gas Price May Have Saved The Global Economy

“It underscores the fact that still in the 21st century, we truly do not know what is possible in biology,”

What a demographic disaster looks like

I have to admit up front that the title might be unfair. I am sure that to a certain extent the vast preponderance of old people simply reflects those who are willing to be on camera and who needed help. And I also need to warn that from my perspective the videos are on the cringe side but that is more a reflection of me then any great truth.

All those caveats aside, I can’t but help suspect that the below videos show the struggles that an aging society has in dealing with natural disaster. I suspect that the fact that the mountain communities were snowed in like what is shown in the video for over two weeks is as much due to the fact that they have the demographic profile of retirement communities then it has to do with unusual weather (as one old lady notes in one of the below videos, this has happened before in her lifetime). I can’t but help suspect that the fact that a bunch of Mormons from Utah (the stars of this U-tube channel I know for a fact are Mormon, not sure if all there crew is but a lot of them do come from Utah….) have to go rescue people in California deal with snow says something about where America is experiencing demographic decline and where it is still experiencing some growth. When I think about my neighborhood and community at large, I don’t think we are too different although I suspect that the people who would come to the rescue in this area are more likely to be Amish and Mennonite (or ex-Mennonite) then Mormon. But watch the videos below and see what you think.

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Notable because this is a pro-Ukraine source. Ukrainian soldiers in Bakhmut: ‘Our troops are not being protected’

Hundreds of Startups Face Massive Cash Crunch in Wake of Silicon Valley Bank Collapse

In my last startup (RIP food trucks-as-a-service, we barely knew ya) we raised $5.8 million on a deck and were immediately offered more than a million dollars from SVB at extremely favorable terms.

New study challenges our understanding of the immune system

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Russian-Iranian Deal For Su-35s Finalized

German Investigators: Pro-Ukrainian Group Blew Up Russia’s Nord Stream Pipelines

The Story Behind Germany’s Embarrassing Intelligence Leak

Personally, I think this is a big to do about nothing but here is an alternative view. Under Chinese mediation, Saudi Arabia and Iran have reached an agreement to resume diplomatic relations

Facing a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan resurgence while grappling with a far-from-desirable political and economic environment will be a tough challenge for the country and its military.

British Minister Faces New Charges Under Counter-Terrorism Laws For Criticizing A Trans Woman

Congressman confronts FBI over “egregious” unlawful search of his personal data

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Largest Volley Of Russian Hypersonic Kinzhal Missiles Ever Descended On Ukraine

Deadly Train Crash Sparks Largest Protest In Years In Athens

Since 1976, there have been six leaders of the CCP. Of these six leaders, five of them were managed either by Mao or by Deng Xiaoping. Essentially, the vast majority of the successions were handled by these two giants who had oversized charisma, oversized prestige, and unshakeable political capital. Now we have one leader who doesn’t really have that. He relies mostly on formal power, and that’s why he has accumulated so many titles, whereas he’s making similar succession errors as the previous two leaders.

FBI finally admits to buying location data on Americans

Long-term gastrointestinal outcomes of COVID-19

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today warned that Bakhmut could fall into Russian hands in the next few days.

A supermajority of South Koreans want nukes: polls

Fed may need to accelerate rate hikes, Jerome Powell says

Consumers Hit A Brick Wall: January Credit Growth Craters As Interest Rates Soar

DHS has a program gathering domestic intelligence — and virtually no one knows about it

New Orleans residents warned ‘don’t sit in your car and play’ as carjackings skyrocket 165%