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Time and anti-tank weapons favor the Ukrainians even if air superiority remains complicated. An extended siege of Kyiv looks possible with the current stalemate, and long-range bombardment continues. Mercenaries are being recruited to support Russian forces. The disinformation campaign continues, including the relocation of some of the Mariupol population elsewhere,...

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  • March 21, 2022

The military situation is not without progress as bombardment continues with little appreciable changes in position. Unfortunately civilians remain in the line of fire. Politics continues to be extended by war, and unfortunately, ​Putin is no Yuri Andropov, one of many who facilitated the violent suppressions in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Russia’s advances...

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  • March 19, 2022

The situation has become fraught with increases in attacks on civilians, amid charges and counter charges. Bombardment continues and a few Ukrainian counter attacks are offset by brutality in places like Mariupol. Russia appears to be trying to achieve the capture of the land bridge from Moldova to Donbas. Ukraine...

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  • March 18, 2022

Bombardment continues with over 900 missiles launched against Ukraine and the notable media appearance was the on-air protest by an editor on Russian State TV. She was arrested and seems to be held incommunicado from her lawyers. “(T)oo many civilian targets have been hit by Russian bombs for them all...

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  • March 15, 2022

An “operative lull” seems now ready to end. Bombardment resumes and the messaging about “foreign fighters” increases with the slowing of the Russian advance to take major cities. Smaller cities that have been captured are being repressed by Russians and some proxies with brutal efficiency. The war continues to be...

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  • March 13, 2022

The US calls it “forced diversion” and the EU uses “State Hijacking”. Belarus’s Lukashenko regime resembles a successful 1/6 with rogue international behavior, martial law and questionable elections, complete with client relations resembling the Soviet era. The latest is interfering with air transport to arrest a dissident journalist. RIGA, Latvia — European leaders...

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  • May 24, 2021

Because of new post-Brexit rules, a marine boundary dispute required the UK to dispatch two naval vessels to deal with a blockade of French fishing boats off the main port of the island of Jersey. Not exactly the Falklands crisis of 1770, or the Anglo-Vichy war of 1940-42, but there...

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  • May 6, 2021

Americans over the age of 65 years are now 80% vaccinated with at least one  jab of a Covid vaccine. That is according to numbers released for yesterday by the CDC. The percentage for all adults is 48.3% having received at least one shot, and 37.9% of everyone in the US...

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  • April 15, 2021
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Like Martin Luther objecting to Pope Leo X selling indulgences to raise money for a variety of excesses, the environmental costs of carbon markets far exceed the benefits. Austerity would have denied us Renaissance art which is less at risk in an age of non-fungible tokens. Today the consequences for the planet...

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  • March 28, 2021

The stuck ship does tell us something about the fragility of global trade and the flow of capital.  Fungible Space Logistics, that concept popularized by United Parcel Service is also about the spatial problems of concrete versus abstract global networks. x Everyone is talking about the big ship getting stuck...

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  • March 28, 2021
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The sparse number of actual carbon capture and sequestration projects plus weak carbon markets amplify the problems of the climate crisis yet to be revisited, post-Trump. Two heartland examples in North Dakota and Texas show how there are several interlocking problems addressing the climate crisis that must be included in future environmental policy. More specifically...

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  • February 28, 2021

The “Arctic is already under such threat from so many angles, and while production there is expensive, it is also very, very high risk. It requires absolutely the strongest levels of global oversight.” Phoebe Barnard, Professor at Washington’s Conservation Biology Institute Putin’s Russia made history today when the Christophe de Margerie, the enormous...

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  • February 16, 2021

Trump’s Gettysburg Address was not the Four Seasons Total Landscaping that one might expect, but he may have one eventually somewhere as an exiled POTUS*. Unlike all the Napoleons and French kings who went into exile, or the more recent Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine, Donald J. Trump’s demand to be returned to...

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  • November 26, 2020

Trump Russia continues, as IMPOTUS* covers for Russia, and DHS & DoJ defections continue in the assessment of 2016 and 2020 Russian actions. Will John Durham create an “interim” deliverable for Bill Barr’s ‘October Surprise’. x This is false. No independent arbiter “determined” this about Mueller. The DOJ IG said the Russia probe was...

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  • September 13, 2020

“What is Moria? It is where Europe’s ideals—solidarity, human rights, a safe haven for victims of war and violence—dissolve in a tangle of bureaucracy, indifference, and lack of political will. It is the normalization of a humanitarian crisis. It is the moral failure of Europe”. Rachel Donadio Over twelve thousand...

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  • September 9, 2020

“What is Moria? It is where Europe’s ideals—solidarity, human rights, a safe haven for victims of war and violence—dissolve in a tangle of bureaucracy, indifference, and lack of political will. It is the normalization of a humanitarian crisis. It is the moral failure of Europe”. Rachel Donadio Over twelve thousand...

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  • September 9, 2020

Thematically there will be the same contradictory elements: freedom of religion only for specific religions, carnage is here because it’s been manufactured, the stock market is the economy, the other side is subversive even as we’re trying to pervert the rule of law and sabotage the election. And mainly, ignore...

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  • August 22, 2020

Started at 547pm ET Apparently like the Germans and Pearl Harbor, for Trump, the second World War ended in 1917. x YouTube Video Trump starts with more disinformation using a Virginia example Trump pimps stock market — usual blah-blah…. (550pm) whoa, something happened and Trump abruptly leaves after a secret service agent...

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  • August 10, 2020

Good news for the Arctic, and the entire planet, as Deutsche Bank announced that they were ending financing fossil fuel projects at the tar sands in Alberta, and projects of fossil fuel extraction in the Arctic. Burning the filthy dirty tar sands for energy is far worse than crude oil. The...

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  • August 1, 2020

That is a new Twitter thread by Seth Abramson, drawing on the research he did for his 3 books on Trump. That’s one tweet per scandal. There are 20 Tweets covering issues with the EU and some 2 dozen plus individual nations. If you want to read the original in...

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  • July 26, 2020

Today’s Trump WH presser apparently repurposed his canceled NH campaign speech of 50 minutes, and took 10 minutes of questions. Waste not, want not. Who wants that hour back: Trump produced more gibberish and barely mentioned the COVID19 pandemic, and spent most of his time attacking Biden. Even Daniel Dale, CNN’s...

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  • July 14, 2020
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The Economist has a great piece out about former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential candidate. The part that I think always deserves emphasis about how Biden has quickly reached out to Bernie Sanders and his team to help draft a progressive agenda that he can implement as president: When Mr...

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  • July 3, 2020

Thanks to Donald Trump’s sweeping “America Worst” policy, we’ve become a world pariah in many ways. And now Americans may be barred from traveling to Europe as it reopens its borders in the wake of COVID-19. The New York Times: European Union countries rushing to revive their economies and reopen...

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  • June 23, 2020

Even if a small fraction of the Arctic seafloor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked. Climatologist Jason Box, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland We all have our hands full at the moment, with multiple catastrophes occurring at once. Before scrolling past the headline of this diary, I implore...

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  • June 21, 2020

A little over a week ago, Trump announced he wanted to have the G7 leaders meet in person in July. (The United States is this year’s host.) First it was going to be at Camp David, which is bad enough as a pandemic breeding ground, but then he changed to...

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  • May 30, 2020

A little over a week ago, Trump announced he wanted to have the G7 leaders meet in person in July. (The United States is this year’s host.) First it was going to be at Camp David, which is bad enough as a pandemic breeding ground, but then he changed to...

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  • May 30, 2020

So much disinformation and the data is not pointing in a direction that would justify Trump attempt to “open the economy”. His posturing seems to continue as usual with the same incompetence and it is going to get worse before it gets better. x Source: https://t.co/0MM08iFLyL— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 #DemCast (@DemWrite)...

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  • March 25, 2020

Desperate for a change in the COVID-19 spread that will help his re-election, and in the choice of available hope, Trump opts for false ones.  x One anecdotal story from the New York Post does not constitute a large scale randomized clinical trial on which to base the practice of medicine....

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  • March 23, 2020

It’s been clear since October 2016 that Vladimir Putin has been interfering in our elections, and that he’s planning to do it again. Even if he can’t get Trump re-selected, he can throw things into such confusion that we won’t trust the election results. His goal is destabilizing the West,...

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  • March 18, 2020

The Italian death rate may be ahead for the US as the numbers now follow Italy’s, which wouldn’t have happened had Trump not wanted US companies to profit from the contagion (as well as not accepting non-US testing solutions). It’s should always be people’s health before profits. Italy’s current rate is 6.8%...

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  • March 14, 2020

Another, less remarkable stunt last night at the SOTU was the celebrity acknowledgement of Juan Guaido as the “leader in exile” of Venezuela. The prize he received was something Ukraine president Zelensky has yet to receive, the credibility of a WH visit. Will the dog-wag for the post-acquittal impeached Trump...

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  • February 5, 2020

Oh, what a difference 21 years and a million Fox News lies make. Here was President Bill Clinton following his acquittal on charges of fibbing about a blow job: x February 12, 1999 – President Bill Clinton following acquittal by the Senate: “I want to say again to the American...

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  • February 2, 2020

I’m not a lawyer nor a constitutional scholar, but the Media has not being doing its job when it comes to covering the upcoming Senate trial of Trump.  I know.  “A real shocker there Merlin.  Have you thought about auditioning for the role of Captain Obvious?” Hear me out for...

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  • January 19, 2020

We know from the National Climate Assessment that climate disruptions to agriculture over the past 40 years has increased and, will only worsen as the climate crisis continues to unfold. Drought and flooding will increase, and heatwaves will come earlier, be more frequent and, last longer threatening the lives of...

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  • January 13, 2020

This is part three of our three-part series comparing all major electric vehicles that will be on sale in the US in 2020.  For “Part 1: Offerings, Basic Stats, Safety, and Manufacturers”, click here.  For “Part 2: Price, Performance, Efficiency, Range and Charging”, click here. Electric 2020 Every Electric Car...

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  • December 19, 2019

2020 is almost upon us, and there’s many people out there who will be making a New Year’s resolution to buy a new electric car during the course of the year.  The number of offerings on the market keeps expanding every year, so what will this year look like?  Join us...

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  • December 17, 2019

Joe Walsh, who we’d known in 2015 as a Tea Party reactionary, evolved ever slightly as he’s trying to run for POTUS in 2020. Never-Trumping is a strange notion. Trump thinks it’s a synonym for anyone against him, when it is more about Republicans or conservatives who oppose Trump. x...

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  • December 9, 2019

The BBC identified 12 key issues for the Labour party’s manifesto in preparation for the December General Election. Not wishing to take anything away from NY Brit Expat’s cogent analyses, I wanted to reflect on one item, the potential for re-nationalizing of key sectors in the US 2020 election context,...

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  • November 24, 2019

After this week’s testimony in the impeachment hearings, the contours of President Donald Trump’s abuse of power for personal advantage have become crystal clear. Trump violated U.S. law when he solicited the interference of a foreign power in an American election. Looking ahead to 2020, Trump demanded the new Ukrainian...

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  • November 24, 2019

It’s getting harder and harder for GOPsters to defend the ocher abomination, and the latest round of testimony is a case in point. According to a source who spoke to CNN, Republican legislators were “shaken” by the recent testimony of State Department official David Holmes, who described overhearing a potentially...

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  • November 19, 2019

The GOP released a memo that summarizes however selectively their defense of Trump as the public testimony begins: assets.documentcloud.org/… The most amusing claim is that they can frame Trump’s “state of mind” without mentioning personality disorder. Axios summarizes it: Details: The Republicans claim these four pieces of evidence are “fatal” to the...

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  • November 12, 2019

docs.house.gov/… Taylor identified the “second channel” of the amigos reporting to Giuliani, as well as indicating that his notes are in the custody of the State Department. Analysis: 3 big takeaways from Bill Taylor’s full transcript https://t.co/jqWUBN8udx — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 6, 2019 1. A second quid pro...

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  • November 6, 2019

Don and Rudy were fully engaged in the shakedown, and the Amigos were instrumental. CNN reports that Pompeo agreed in Congressional testimony about the now CIA-affirmed role of Russia in 2016 interference but seemed to now agree with a new CT trying to shift the 2016 blame to Ukraine. Rudy also...

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  • November 5, 2019

Don and Rudy were fully engaged in the shakedown, and the Amigos were instrumental. CNN reports that Pompeo agreed in Congressional testimony about the now CIA-affirmed role of Russia in 2016 interference but seemed to now agree with a new CT trying to shift the 2016 blame to Ukraine. Rudy also...

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  • November 5, 2019

Rudy and the “three amigos” (Volker, Sondland, Perry) seem now more exposed after the building depositions that destroyed GOP process objections. And then there’s Pence who will be revealed to know more, as well as Mulvaney. NEW: Vindman’s testimony appears to contradict Rick Perry's ardent denials that he ever heard the...

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  • October 30, 2019

In today’s House testimony, Philip Reeker helped fill in the story about how the Ambassador to Ukraine was unfairly removed, firming up the abuse of power argument, even if bribery and other actions were clearly evident. Notable—Trump ally Andrew McCarthy now argues that Trump should not deny the existence of a...

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  • October 26, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. The EU ambassador agreed to testify against Trump in...

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  • October 18, 2019

x 'All Roads With You Lead to Putin' – @SpeakerPelosi Thank you, Madam Speaker! – @KremlinAnnex ✌️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/Oz5IxQu15W — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) October 17, 2019 x Spotted on the way from the #KremlinAnnex in Washington, DC! This was so beautiful! The truck drove around the Lafayette park where we protest....

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  • October 17, 2019

House impeachment hearings continue with EU ambassador Gordon Sondland today. Lawmakers plan to grill Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on Thursday about a private discussion he had with top Ukrainian officials in the White House in which he explicitly mentioned the Ukrainian gas company linked to Hunter Bidenhttps://t.co/RisiWENu0G...

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  • October 17, 2019

Trump has now made threats against Turkey, having tried to bluff Erdogan and failed, again, as Axios reports. Unfortunately, Trump cannot erase a crisis of his own making with initiatives that will take weeks to implement while people die. This raises more questions about conversations between Trump and Erdogan especially...

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  • October 14, 2019