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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 19

Chinese depositors left in dark as three local banks freeze deposits

Gas Stations In Washington State Are Running Out Of Fuel Related: Low fuel inventories could lead to a crisis this summer in the U.S

Is an unknown, extraordinarily ancient civilisation buried under eastern Turkey?

Azovstal eyewitness recounts her evacuation from Mariupol steel plant

Deadly tiger encounters are on the rise in India

Shocking electricity price rises starting in Australia — so bad that small retailers ask customers to leave

In a speech Wednesday evening in Dallas about Russia’s war on Ukraine, Bush called the invasion of Iraq, which he himself ordered, “unjustified and brutal” — before quickly correcting himself.

Russian S-300 Air Defense System Targets Israeli Jets in Syria

Russia Attacked U.S. Supplied Howitzers In Ukraine With Kamikaze Drones And Rockets

Dems in New York Begin to Eat Their Own After Gerrymandering Failure

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 18

Maybe the next major source of drama facing the world. Pakistan facing bankruptcy as the economy crumbles

Senate Dems Nix ‘Disinformation’ Hearing After Embarrassing Jankowicz Videos Surface

How to Write Software With Mathematical Perfection

Texas’ grid operator told a power plant to delay repairs ahead of a May heat wave. It was among six that crashed.

The Global Fertilizer Crisis

Alternative to open heart surgery just as effective for patients with common heart condition

The reason Tennessee land prices are so high.

Goes along with the video I posted. Corn and spring wheat are well behind averages.

Dow drops 1,100 points for its biggest decline since 2020 as the sell-off this year on Wall Street intensifies

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 17

Sri Lanka Down to Last Day of Petrol, PM Tells Crisis-Hit Nation

Absolute Record For The Price Of Wheat In The European Market – At 438.25 Euros Per Ton

Headline says Tesla but it works on any car that use a fob instead of a key. Bluetooth hack compromises Teslas, digital locks, and more

How long-term space missions change the brain

SoCal shooting politically motivated: Gunman targeted Taiwanese church

A tale of Two Mass Shootings.

A murder at the Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer station in Queens has exposed many of the problems facing the city’s transit system.

The State of Public Transit in the Nation’s Capital

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 16

Growing evidence of a military disaster on the Donets pierces a pro-Russian bubble.

He embarrasses me by his actions but still interesting in places. Notes on Ukraine

Leaked EU Memo Details Emergency Gas Supply Shock Measures

Russia fact of the day

China has created mockups of a Taiwanese port and military vessel as targets to test its ballistic missiles

Primitive communism

Germany’s RWE To Follow Kremlin’s Rubles-for-Gas Scheme

Samsung prepares to raise chip production prices by up to 20%

One shocking fact that has come to light as the nation wrestles with a baby formula shortage is that half of U.S. infants receive WIC

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 14

“Moles in the dark”: survival and escape from the Mariupol steelworks

The Baby Formula Nightmare

Short-term use of ibuprofen may increase chance of chronic pain, study suggests

Direct Instruction Works. So Why Is It Controversial?

COVID-19 shutdown causes surprise global shortage of ‘contrast fluids’ used in CT scans, X-rays and MRIs

Russia Cuts Gas Supply To Seized German Gazprom Unit

Wheat futures soar after lower USDA harvest estimate

Texans asked to limit electricity use after six power plants go down ahead of a hot weekend

At least 10 killed in shooting at Buffalo supermarket in the US

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 13

Ukraine Is Smashing Russian Bridgeheads Left And Right—But Maybe Still Not Fast Enough

Two morals to this story. Number one is if you are young and healthy enough to do so, stay off the road in situations likes this (headline should not have put the word invisible in there as that was totally false). Number two is even when you are old and can’t make it off the road, give escape a shot. What is the worst that can happen? The invisible Ukrainian who walked 225km to safety from Mariupol

The Turkish Drone That Changed the Nature of Warfare

A Journalist Just Spotted Russia’s ‘Admiral Makarov’ Frigate, Intact And At Sea

Germany Moves To Expropriate Energy Firms In Case Of Emergency

Democrats Wants to Give Biden Power to Impose Price Controls on Gas

Why Is an Entire Generation Ignorant of Cell Biology?

The Last Way Out of Afghanistan

Turkey is pumping the brakes on Finland and Sweden’s NATO bids amid the growing confrontation between Russia and the West.

Very tight Naphta market could increase pain at the pump in Europe

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 11

NASA Releases Ridiculously Sharp Webb Space Telescope Images

Apple workers storm barriers and fight guards keeping them locked at work and this is older but too good to miss.

Are housing prices worse than ever in history?

The worsening crisis around the Temple Mount and the killing of an Al Jazeera journalist in Jenin this morning have the shaky Israeli coalition even more fragile

Mostly of interest to me because I actually bought a wool sweatshirt from the civilian line up from the company of the guy featured in this story. His company is famous worldwide among those who like high quality outdoor gear and not just on the military side that is featured in this article. Peace made Valtteri Lindholm a millionaire, but now he’s gearing up for war.

EU stumbles over Russian oil slick

U.S.-Israeli Cyber Security Firm Exposes Chinese Regime-Linked Global Industrial Espionage Ring

Sri Lanka PM resigns, Rajapaksa family home burnt down amid clashes: 10 points

Karp Lykov, Randy Weaver, And The Illusion Of The Third Choice

In 1936 Karp Lykov fled with his wife and two children into the wilderness to escape the Communists. As is recounted in this news paper article about his only surviving daughter….

Her father had taken the decision to flee civilization in 1936 after a communist patrol arrived on the fields where he was working and shot dead his brother. Gathering a few meager possessions and some seeds, he took his wife, Akulina, their nine-year-old son, Savin, and two-year-old daughter Natalia, and headed off into the forest.

Over the years they retreated deeper into taiga, building a series of wooden cabins amid the pine trees. When their metal pots had disintegrated beyond use, they were forced to live on a staple diet of potato patties mixed with ground rye and hemp seeds. The Lykovs subsisted mainly on trapped wild animals and cultivated potatoes.

They had no firearms, no salt and did not know how to make bread.

Mr. Lykov was not prepared to live in the wilderness. As a poor deeply religious Old Believer Russian peasant he had more of the necessary skills than your average American. Even still, he was not ready for the challenge he took on regardless of whether you judge him by the standards of his time or the standards of a modern day “survivalist.” And yet, he and his wife managed to have two more children and he lived for more than forty years out in wilderness. At his death in 1988 he was well beyond the average life span for a Russian male (he died at around 86 years old of age if the dates in his Wikipedia article are correct).

All this did not come without cost. He lost his wife to starvation in the 1960s. All his children except one would die at a younger age then he did. It could be questioned whether he really gained anything by fleeing to the wilderness. But if you judge him purely by the metric of survival; he did pretty well for not being prepared and trying to live in one of the harshest climates in the world. And he lived free to practice his religion as he saw fit all the while that the communists ruled his land.

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