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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 12

The data about police shootings just didn’t add up, but no one at Thomson Reuters wanted to hear it.

Yes, Safe Smoking Kits Include Free Crack Pipes. We Know Because We Got Them.

America’s Infant Formula Crisis and the ‘Resiliency’ Mirage

Xi Jinping moves to silence Covid Zero critics in sign of brewing tumult

Finnish President, PM in Favor of Joining NATO ‘Without Delay’

Taft understood that a judiciary that must actively placate the furious demands of the majority must naturally bend under the pressure, with the result that its rulings reflect the will of the majority and not the true and sober application of the law.

India going gangbusters on coal

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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

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 10

In the battle for the Donbas, Russian troops are facing off against some of the most experienced soldiers in the Ukrainian armed forces.

Russian Space Agency Head Threatens Elon Musk Over Starlink In Ukraine

We are looking at a nightmare in terms of global diesel shortage that will shock people starting June.

U.S. Gasoline Prices Hit All-Time High

U.S. Grid Operators Are Bracing For A Wave Of Blackouts

US mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 5.27%, highest since 2009

It’s not even summer, and California’s two largest reservoirs are at ‘critically low’ levels

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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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 8

Beware the ‘Sure Thing’

U.S. Spooks Can’t Keep Their Mouths Shut About Helping Ukraine Kill Russians

Target Transnistria: Russia’s Maskirovka and Pathways to Escalation

Rising Oil Prices Buying Iran Time in Nuclear Talks

Russia’s military-industrial complex in panic over low salaries, mass layoffs

If California’s cumulative rate of excess mortality equaled Florida’s, about 5,000 fewer Californians would have died during the pandemic. And if California’s unemployment rate equaled Florida’s last year, 500,000 fewer Californians would have been out of work.

Ephemeral car software and the Internet of Things are killing the ‘car you own forever’ era.

Take note: “They constantly send messages saying they will offer rewards and remove certain sanctions if we give up seeking revenge for Soleimani,” IRGC Navy Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri said on 21 April. “But this is wishful thinking. The leader of the Islamic Revolution insists on taking revenge, and the IRGC commander has said that revenge is inevitable.”

Between searing drought and Ukraine war, Iraq watchful over wheat

President Biden’s $6 billion nuclear bailout aims to patch up an industry damaged by bad energy policies.

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 7

Putin’s Disaster and What Could Happen Next

Top Story of the Day 🙂 It’s not your imagination — iPhone users really are worse drivers

Used Vehicle Wholesale Prices Decline Seasonally Adjusted in April

‘Menstrual Dignity Act’ requires menstrual products in boys’ bathrooms

California says it needs more power to keep the lights on

Debunking Biden’s Absurd “Cut the Deficit” Claim

NOPEC: America’s Last Stand Against OPEC’s Drift To The East

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RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 6

Going nuclear over Ukraine? What is the likelihood of nuclear weapons being used by Russia?

US intelligence reportedly helped Ukraine kill Russian generals

Second Russian Warship Struck by Ukraine

When Sri Lanka’s crisis exploded, some were ready

The nationwide baby formula shortage is getting worse

California Is Impoverishing Its Low-Income Residents With Electricity Prices

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RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 5

US Intel Helped Ukraine Target Russian Generals

Tensions Mount in the Balkans as Bosnia and Herzegovina Threatens to Fracture

Japan’s Ruling Party Proposes Counter-Strike Capabilities

Russia’s oil output is plummeting, and the decline is expected to worsen in May.

We take a tour of Helsinki’s fortifications with an eye on a possible Russian invasion as it prepares to join Nato

Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates by Half-Point in Biggest Hike Since 2000

Revisiting Mitch Daniels’ “Truce” on Social Issues

Boeing is moving to Arlington