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-Lurid Crime Tales-
MMA fighter pulls over to assist Deputy Sheriff along the roadway
[Breitbart] A mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter stopped a man apparently fighting with a Porter County Sheriff’s Office patrolman but said the incident did not faze him.

The moment Valparaiso, Indiana, resident William Cassoday rushed over to assist patrolman Jamison Smith, his experience as a fighter and skills from earning a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu came in handy, Lake Geneva Regional News reported Wednesday.

MMA is described as a full-contact combat sport involving different techniques and skills from other combat sports that are used in competitions, according to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) website.

"Stuff like that doesn’t bother me," Cassoday recalled of what happened. He was in the car with his wife when he saw the officer parked on Swanson Road, conversing with someone.

He saw the man "swinging at the cop," Cassoday explained, adding he immediately pulled over and ran to the scene but was careful not to surprise the officer.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 07:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A rear naked choke. Probably not something police are allowed to use anymore, but clearly effective.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/23/2022 15:05 Comments || Top||

#2  I guess like evidence. If collected/done by a third party its admissible.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/23/2022 15:22 Comments || Top||

Police: Atlanta Pastor Killed by Man She Was Helping
ATLANTA (AP) — A man stabbed and killed a pastor who was ministering to him in his Georgia home, then put her body in a van and set it on fire, police said.

The Rev. Marita Harrell, 57, was a wife and mother of two and went into the ministry later in life. She was a senior pastor at Connections at Metropolitan United Methodist Church.

Christopher Devonta Griggs, 27, is charged with murder. Griggs attacked Harrell on Wednesday in his DeKalb County home, police told media outlets. It wasn't known if he had a lawyer.

Harrell's body was found in the burned van several miles from her home the day after she was killed.

The senior pastor of Rivertown United Methodist Church , where Harrell served from 2016 to 2018, wrote on Facebook his hearts and the hearts of his congregation were broken.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 02:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

POS Griggs now has a special place in hell
waiting for him.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/23/2022 7:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Martin Luther King Jr.'s mother was killed while playing the organ at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta by a Black Hebrew Israelite sicko. The life of a church lady in Atlanta is not always an easy road.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/23/2022 7:09 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Florida officers describe rescue of child from burning home on 'Fox & Friends First': 'They never gave up'
[FoxNews] A Florida sheriff is applauding his deputies after they saved a 9-year-old boy from a house fire, saving his life in the nick of time.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister and his deputies Alexander Maldonado and Kevin Reich joined "Fox & Friends First" recalling the heroic act that saved the child's life.

"It's their quick actions, their bravery, the fact that they never gave up on that child, trying to give them every opportunity to survive," Sheriff Chronister told co-host Todd Piro. "It's their heroic actions is the reason that this child is alive today."

"You can talk about all the training, the tools, the equipment, but it's their big hearts, the fact they never gave up, that's why we're celebrating a win today," he continued.

The house fire took place in Seffner, Florida, on Thursday night. When the deputies arrived on the scene, they were told a child was still inside the home, already engulfed in flames.

Maldonado and Reich were able to break a window, entering the home and rescuing the young boy.

"Alex was the one that located the boy just inside the bedroom," Reich said. "I was able to hear him from the other side of the residence that he had located the boy, and at that time, we went to work and made sure that we got him out of there safely."

"That room was completely full of smoke," he continued. "So every minute counts at that point. Every second counts."
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2022 08:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When the deputies arrived on the scene, they were told a child was still inside the home

By parent and neighbors standing in the street.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2022 16:48 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Scientists Left Stupefied After Large Underwater Observatory Vanishes Without A Trace
[IFLScience] For more than six decades, the Boknis Eck marine observatory has taken oceanic measurements in the Baltic Sea — until recently. Last month, transmissions suddenly and unexpectedly stopped. Now, researchers are looking for clues after they dispatched divers to the seafloor only to find the remote sensors responsible for taking data measurements have been "forcibly removed".

"On August 21 at 8.15pm it stopped the data transmission," said Boknis Eck coordinator Hermann Bange from GEOMAR in a statement, adding that at first his team suspected a "transmission error," but divers discovered a much more grim situation when they reached the seabed where the sensors were supposed to be.

"When the divers reached the bottom of the sea last week at the observatory's location, they found only the torn off land cable. It was completely shredded," said Bange.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/23/2022 11:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Got to close to R'lyeh.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/23/2022 11:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Excellent graphic.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 12:01 Comments || Top||

#3  When parts of SOSUS go offline, it will be time to worry.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/23/2022 12:13 Comments || Top||

#4  That's a pretty old article. Here is a followup where they found some of the missing equipment:
Posted by: WacoInMN || 05/23/2022 14:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Hmm. Guess I don't know how to get the link in properly. Here it is in text: https://www.geomar.de/en/news/article/rack-of-the-missing-boknis-eck-observatory-found
Posted by: WacoInMN || 05/23/2022 14:29 Comments || Top||

#6  /\ No issues Wacoln. We're here for you. Many thanks for your expert find.

Rack of the missing Boknis-Eck observatory found
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 14:33 Comments || Top||

#7  Was any and all copper removed?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/23/2022 15:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Pretty old, indeed — the IFL Science article is datelined 06 SEP 2019.

And from WacoInMN’s link:

18 February 2020 / Kiel. Two racks equipped with environmental sensors and installations for a power supply disappeared without trace at the end of August 2019. This equipment was installed by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research on the seafloor in a restricted area at the exit of Eckernförde Bay. Now, with the help of the survey, wreck search and research vessel (VWFS) DENEB of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), one of the racks was found and recovered. It was located north-northeast of its original location, upside down on the seabed at a depth of about 20 metres.

Good work finding the rest of the story, dear Waco. Thank you!
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/23/2022 15:21 Comments || Top||

#9  WacoInMN, to create a hot link: first type a bit of text to hold it, then highlight the text, then paste the URL into the pop-up link thingy. You got the last step perfectly, but gave it nothing to attach to. No worries — we’ve all climbed that learning curve at some point.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/23/2022 15:25 Comments || Top||

#10  Catalytic Converter is missing.

Snark O'The Day
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/23/2022 15:29 Comments || Top||

#11  I saw some deep sea sensors for sale on eBay just the other day. Could be related you never know.
Posted by: jpal || 05/23/2022 15:58 Comments || Top||

Theories emerge for mysterious liver illnesses in children
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials remain perplexed by mysterious cases of severe liver damage in hundreds of young children around the world.

The best available evidence points to a fairly common stomach bug that isn’t known to cause liver problems in otherwise healthy kids. That virus was detected in the the blood of stricken children but — oddly — it has not been found in their diseased livers.

"There’s a lot of things that don’t make sense," said Eric Kremer, a virus researcher at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of Montpellier, in France.

As health officials in more than a dozen countries look into the mystery, they are asking:
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 02:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "There’s a lot of things that don’t make sense"

Yeah, like monkey pox getting more press.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2022 9:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Aw, come on Skid! Monkeypox is officially the new New Thing.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/23/2022 10:16 Comments || Top||

#3  They have to shift their narrative now that the Democrats and all the West European governments have thrown in the towel on Ukraine.

The military-industrial complex has collected its loot, and now the Democrats and their media shills can move on to their big campaign themes of Trump, racism, Trump, monkeyvirus, Trumpvirus
Posted by: Billy Budd || 05/23/2022 10:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Did they get the mRNA vaccine?
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/23/2022 10:46 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
U. Central Florida Prof. Charles Negy, Fired After Tweeting 'Black Privilege is Real,' Ordered Reinstated With Tenure and Back Pay
[LI] The treatment of University of Central Florida professor Charles Negy was one of, if not the, most egregious abuses of power in the dozens of ’cancel culture’ cases we’ve seen. The short version is that shortly after the George Floyd death and in the midst of nationwide protests and riots, Negy made tweets from his personal Twitter account

One tweet, which no longer is available,said:
"If Afr. Americans as a group, had the same behavioral profile as Asian Americans (on average, performing the best academically, having the highest income, committing the lowest crime, etc.), would we still be proclaiming ’systematic racism’ exists?"

A second tweet, also no longer available, said:
"Black privilege is real: Besides affirm. action, special scholarships and other set asides, being shielded from legitimate criticism is a privilege. But as a group, they’re missing out on much needed feedback."
The tweets caused student protests, threats, and administrative retribution. There was a Change.org petition with over 30,000 signatures, a Twitter hashtag was launched (#UCFFireHim) that trended, the student Senate passed a resolution, and there were protests on campus in which the President participated.

Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 07:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oppression is indeed currency in the USA.
Posted by: jack salami || 05/23/2022 8:57 Comments || Top||

Speaking the truth frequently upsets the people involved.

The Fed started the much needed and overdue Affirmative Action policies using Civil Rights Act of 1964.

That was 58 years ago or 3+ generations ago to right a great wrong.

In doing so like any "We from the gov and here to help..." disasters in the making. It found the usual solution, throw $$$$ at it, for votes.

So after 58 years and all the open doors, grants, and freebies handed out, what has it accomplished?

Many say look at the 2022 Black Community status:
High abortion rates,
High drug addiction rates,
High crimes rates,
High poverty rates,
High unwed mother rates,
Low educational accomplishment rates
and etc.
Is this the results of Government helping or a hidden form of Alternative RACISM.

The Black American Community needs another MLK jr. and NOT a bunch of race pimping for $$$$ reverends and politicians for votes.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/23/2022 9:17 Comments || Top||

#3  I distinctly remember back in the day being told that that "Segregation Evil! Blacks Only Fraternity Good!".
Posted by: magpie || 05/23/2022 12:51 Comments || Top||

#4  #2: MLK would weep.
Posted by: irish rage boy || 05/23/2022 17:36 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Pentagon Considers Sending Special Forces To Guard Kyiv Embassy In Ukraine
[WIRE] Pentagon officials are considering plans to deploy members of the U.S. Special Forces to guard the nation’s reopened embassy in Kyiv as Russia continues its military invasion of Ukraine.

The report comes as the White House remains concerned over American diplomats in Ukraine, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal on Sunday.

"We are in close touch with our colleagues at the State Department about potential security requirements now that they have resumed operations at the embassy in Kyiv," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.

"But no decisions have been made, and no specific proposals have been debated at senior levels of the department about the return of U.S. military members to Ukraine for that or any other purpose," he added.
The Pentagon is it ?
The U.S. embassy in Kyiv is currently protected by Diplomatic Security Services, according to the State Department.
Oh huh, forgot to mention, many (corrected to a few) of our Foggy Bottom DIPSEC lads are SF or MARSOF veterans. Awaiting input and comment from our own deployed DIPSEC guy.
While the safety of the nation’s diplomats is important, some are concerned that sending Special Forces personnel to Kyiv could escalate America’s involvement in a direct conflict with Russia.

The Biden administration has clearly stated it does not intend to send American military forces into Ukraine. Instead, the U.S. is assisting by sending humanitarian and military support. In the past week, Congress approved an additional $40 billion in support for Ukraine.

The U.S. has also sent thousands of military troops into Poland and eastern Europe to assist with Ukrainian refugees.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 12:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10799 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When did USEMBASSY security become a SOF function? Oh wait ?

No decision has been made.

Translation: Advance mission analysis team already on the ground.

Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 12:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Not unheard of Besoeker. I do see it as valuable to advise their military with shared intel.

But why, oh why advertise the fact??? SHUT. THE. FUCK. UP!!!! Stupid fucking froggy bottom trying to heighten tensions with Russia.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/23/2022 12:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Embassy security is their day job. No telling what the little scamps are up to on their time off.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/23/2022 12:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Um...I thought that's what they had marines for.
Posted by: HeavyG || 05/23/2022 12:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Sending SOF and NCIS into the embassy is pretty common. They get there under a few scenarios. Training is the conventional driver and with all the weapons entering from the US it should be no surprise they are in country. Second is outside security. And even though defending the embassy is DSS, bringing in the contractors and building the teams takes time, the SF guys can fill the void.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/23/2022 12:39 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 Um...I thought that's what they had marines for.

They are the visible security.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/23/2022 12:49 Comments || Top||

#7  some are concerned hoping that sending Special Forces personnel to Kyiv could escalate America’s involvement in a direct conflict with Russia
Posted by: Oye Como Va || 05/23/2022 12:58 Comments || Top||

#8  There to buy back Stingers?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/23/2022 13:17 Comments || Top||

#9  ^ for use at home, against "Domestic Terrorists" protesting the Great Replacement
Posted by: Oye Como Va || 05/23/2022 13:22 Comments || Top||

#10  My embassy comings and goings were very infrequent and now very dated. The only security people I ever encountered were Marines, DIPSEC pogs, and host-nation contract weenies.

With today's facial recognition technology, I suspect SOF people coming in and out of a USEMBASSY (that site in particular) would not be career enhancing.

Could be a Zelensky extraction team.
Just a wild guess.

Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 13:42 Comments || Top||

#11  So mine ended 20 years ago as well. So things have probably changed.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/23/2022 14:04 Comments || Top||

#12  There was some pretty heavy B-Team to Ambo level SOT-A 'suck up' action in Kuwait. I wouldn't want to specify dates or name names... :-(

'Bulldog' cautioned me about downtown action, parties, people, etc. He'd had some close encounters in Africa as I recall.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 14:08 Comments || Top||

#13  Could be a Zelensky extraction team.

Extraction like a diseased tooth, as in another US coup if Zelensky continues to be an obstacle to the emerging land for peace approach that's being pushed in various forms by by the Deep State, Macron, Scholz, Draghi
Posted by: Billy Budd || 05/23/2022 14:24 Comments || Top||

#14  /\ Does appear to be some Euro donor fatigue, now that you mention it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 14:30 Comments || Top||

#15  There are a handful of former SOF folks of all flavors in DS including 1 former Unit guy. Overall - out of 2000 - maybe 2%. Former military - prolly 25%.

Embassy reinforcement/security has long been in the SOF mission set. We routinely plan for DOD support in crisis or extreme scenarios. I have never seen NCIS take any active role is embassy security. But hey - I've only been doing this for 25 years...
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 05/23/2022 15:07 Comments || Top||

#16  As always, thanks for the gouge Billy. Hope all is going well in your AO.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 15:57 Comments || Top||

#17  I do not see why any of this is necessary. Between the embassy guard and the FAST teams, we should be able to protect the embassy. Why dilute SOF?
Posted by: Glomosing Whusosing7262 || 05/23/2022 19:37 Comments || Top||

#18  Clearly there would be a deeper covert threat detection for the Embassy and its staff, certainly the ability to develop intel sources and back-channel confirmations, but I wonder if it isn't just eyes eyes and ears for determining ground truth amidst all the noise.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/23/2022 20:09 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Glock the Rasher6771 || 05/23/2022 22:10 Comments || Top||

#20  JSOC wants to be recognized as an active participant by the other branches. Ideally they’d send MARSOC to simplify reporting. Interesting how Wagner is actively participating on the Russian side but Constellis is sitting this one out
Posted by: Cloluck Bourbon1058 || 05/23/2022 22:16 Comments || Top||

Thousands chant 'f*** the war' at a concert in St Petersburg as Putin faces backlash over Ukrainian invasion
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Video reportedly filmed at St Petersburg gig shows crowd chanting 'f*** the war' Footage uploaded by politician Lyubov Sobol, who is part of Navalny's party

  • Comes after singer Yuri Shevchuk was charged for opposing war at another gig

  • UK predicts Russian 'dissatisfaction with the war and a willingness to voice it may grow' as the death toll from months of fighting mounts

Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2022 09:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10803 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Russia has had a long history of "Anarchy". Youth same as here. Daily mail I do not trust. Anything to cause Putin trouble is fair game. This to shall pass. Just look at our Blue cities.
Posted by: Dale || 05/23/2022 13:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Same people who protested the Viet Nam war in the US now have Ukraine flags on their Twitter header.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/23/2022 13:14 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ And STILL have Che T-shirts
Posted by: Frank G || 05/23/2022 14:31 Comments || Top||

#4  ^"Che T-shirts" and they have no idea what a pervert he was and had assortment of other defects. I remember his inglorious end being caught with a farmers son in a barn and shot. The story told by a
Latin American.
Posted by: Dale || 05/23/2022 15:07 Comments || Top||

#5  And STILL have Che T-shirts

You know those radio tracking collars they put on moose and elk? A Che t-shirt is like a tracking collar for stupid people.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/23/2022 15:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Yes, Dale, Putin is as loved as Stalin.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/23/2022 18:53 Comments || Top||

#7  More complex than that.
Posted by: Dale || 05/23/2022 19:37 Comments || Top||

#8  F##k Brutin, you say?
Posted by: KBK || 05/23/2022 22:23 Comments || Top||

Ukraine sows crops on over 80% of planned lands
[Interfax] Ukraine has sown crops on 11.84 million hectares, or 82.2% of the 14.4-million-hectare area planned for this spring, including crops sown on 1,94 million hectares on May 12-19, the Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food said on Friday.

Sunflower crops have been sown on 3.94 million hectares (80% of the 4.93 million hectares planned for 2022), corn on 4.17 million hectares (86% of 4.85 million hectares), spring barley on 927,500 hectares (92.6% of 1.02 million hectares), spring wheat on 188,600 hectares (99.4% of 189,600 hectares), oats on 156,800 hectares (95.8% of 163,600 hectares), and peas on 124,800 hectares (86% of 145,700 hectares) as of May 19, according to a statement published on the ministry website.

In addition, the areas sown with potatoes stand at 1.07 million hectares (90% of 1.19 million hectares), while soybeans are sown on 728,600 hectares (78.6% of 1.25 million hectares), sugar beet on 182,000 hectares (88% of 206,900 hectares), spring rapeseed on 28,400 hectares (95.3% of 29,800 hectares), millet on 32,100 hectares (51.5% of 62,300 hectares) and buckwheat on 37.400 hectares (46% of 81,600 hectares).

"The sowing is continuing in Ukraine. Spring wheat has been sown on almost 98% of the planned area," the ministry said.

Winter crops were sown on 7.7 million hectares in 2021, including 6.5 million hectares of wheat, one million hectares of barley, and 0.16 million hectares of rye.

As reported earlier, Ukraine will reduce the sowing of highly marginal crops (sunflower and corn) this year, while increasing the area under simpler crops that are more important for food security - peas, barley and oat.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on April 20 that Ukraine would sow crops on approximately 14.2 million hectares this year, which is 80% of 16.9 million hectares sown with crops last year.

Earlier, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food estimated the spring 2022 sowing at 13.44 million hectares, as against 16.92 million hectares in 2021.

Deputy chief of staff of the Ukrainian presidential office Rostyslav Shurma said that Ukraine was aiming at a 2022 harvest of at least 70% of the previous amounts.
Little bit of good news.
Don't know how they plan to ship the excess since the winter wheat crop is still stuck in Odessa.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/23/2022 09:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Aid for improved food distribution transportation is preferable to more weapons.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/23/2022 10:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Their planting is ahead of the US per the USDA figures. As of 15 May we’d planted 49% of our corn (versus 78% at the same time last year), 30% soybeans (vs 58% last year) and 39% spring wheat (vs 83% a year ago). Cotton, sorghum and winter wheat are on track with last year’s figures
Posted by: Slenter Panda4300 || 05/23/2022 11:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh,no! How will we ever maintain our panic and hysteria with articles like this???
Posted by: Tom || 05/23/2022 12:22 Comments || Top||

#4  "hysteria"
Food scarcity and soaring food prices worldwide, food scarcity, another ten million will starve, civil wars and revolutions breaking out all over the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia.

You're right though. No cause for alarm. Move along please.

Posted by: Throgum Noodleman7647 || 05/23/2022 13:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Those are government induced problems, Covid and Green policies, not agriculture. Solve the problem by first appropriately placing the blame.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/23/2022 13:25 Comments || Top||

#6  This is much better than I thought it would be. Glad to see.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/23/2022 14:08 Comments || Top||

#7  At least some of the current shortages are due to panic buying and hoarding in response to all the scare stories about coming shortages.

I own that my household is currently keeping our cars fully gassed up at all times instead of waiting until the last quarter tank, and for certain grocery items we grab a couple extra when we see them restocked on the shelves, just in case. If many are acting as I am, that would be enough to create the appearance of shortages, just as during rush hour one driver tapping on the breaks ripples into a traffic jam.

Add that to this link from February, courtesy of Thing From Snowy Mountain, and it’s easy to see how a complete lack of shortage in supply can be turned into a dramatic shortage in the shops and, yes, killing starvation for the poor in poorer countries:

Bowing to China, Shipping Carriers Refuse to Transport U.S. and California Goods

It’s the job of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (or however he spells it) to straighten out such little problems, but he’s been on parental leave with his new baby, and so hasn’t been working the problem. Not that him being in the office would have had better results, despite having reached the level of lieutenant in Naval Intelligence before going in for politics...
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/23/2022 14:44 Comments || Top||

#8  Just stopped at the grocery store on the way back from other errands and I have to say, compared to the empty shelves and "two per customer" signs that were everywhere during COVID, I'm just not seeing it now. Prices are up, though, for sure.

Some of this is just the latest round of media turning everything into a hysteria apocalypse.

That's not to say it isn't happening at all.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/23/2022 14:47 Comments || Top||

#9  Just stopped at the grocery store

Bread in new packaging "Only 80 calories!"
Same diet/carb spin as new beers in smaller cans or 4 packs with 'specialty single serve' pricing.
The 'sandwich' sized slices are now much smaller and inversely priced.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2022 16:46 Comments || Top||

Ukrainian Perspective: Invasion of Ukraine: May 22nd, 2022
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[Korrespondent] 22:43 Borrell said that the new security situation indicates the need to create modern joint armed forces in the EU.

22:20 The mayor of Nikolaev, Alexander Senkevich, reports the shelling of the city with cluster shells.

22:09 In the Donetsk region on May 22, the Russians killed five civilians: two in Liman, one each in Dachnoye, Klinovoe and Avdiivka. Another 11 people were injured, Pavel Kirilenko, head of the OVA, said.

21:47 Russian troops fired again at the Kievsky district of Kharkov today, Governor Oleg Sinegubov said: “For several weeks we have already recorded relative silence, but it is deceptive. This afternoon, the Kievsky district of the city of Kharkov was fired again. Hurricane".

21:42 Ukraine excludes agreement to a ceasefire with Russia and will not agree to any agreement with Moscow, providing for the recognition of the seizure of Ukrainian territory, Podolyak said in an interview with Reuters. According to him, Kyiv's position regarding the war is becoming more uncompromising, and any concessions would lead to negative consequences for Ukraine, since after a break in hostilities, the Russian Federation would deal an even greater blow.

21:07 The Ukrainian military today at about 13:00 shot down four enemy cruise missiles fired at infrastructure facilities over the Zhytomyr region, the Air Command Center reported. Three missiles were eliminated by aviation, one - by a unit of anti-aircraft missile troops of the air formation. The enemy attacked the Zhytomyr region from the southeast with sea-based cruise missiles.

20:49 Experts from the International Criminal Court, together with Ukrainian prosecutors, are documenting war crimes committed by Russians in the Chernihiv region, in particular, in the village of Yahodnoye, the Office of the Prosecutor General reports.

It was preliminary established that from March 3 to March 31, in the basement of the Yagodnyansky branch of the Kulichevskaya secondary school of the Ivanovo village council, the invaders kept civilians, who were used as human shields. In a 197 sq. m for almost a month there were more than 350 local residents, of whom 77 were children, including five babies. Ten elderly people died because of the inhumane conditions.

20:28 Medinsky said that the freezing of negotiations with the Russian Federation is an initiative of Ukraine. According to the head of the Russian delegation, Moscow has never refused negotiations with Kyiv at the highest level, but this requires "documents in a high degree of readiness."

19:45 The United States is ready to consider the transfer of weapons to Moldova to protect against potential Russian aggression, said Congressman, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee Gregory Meeks during a visit to Chisinau. He also confirmed that negotiations had already begun.

“One of the reasons for Ukraine’s success is that we are working together. We will focus our efforts on ensuring that all our allies work in the same direction so that Putin does not continue to invade other countries. The dialogue continues and we will make a decision collectively with our allies, including Moldova," Meeks said.

Earlier, the head of the British Foreign Office, Liz Truss, stated about the need to arm Moldova according to NATO standards.

19:37 As a result of the strike of Russian troops on Malin in the Zhytomyr region, at least one person was killed, said the head of the OVA Vitaliy Bunechko.

19:31 Russia has been working with 50 Syrian experts on barrel bombs that were previously dropped on Syria for about a month, and can use them in Ukraine, writes The Guardian, citing intelligence sources. They admit that this may indicate that the Russian Federation is preparing to use chemical weapons.

Barrel bombs were used in the Syrian war and are cylindrical containers filled with explosives and shrapnel. They are usually dropped from helicopters.

19:23 French Minister for European Affairs Clement Bon said that consideration of Ukraine's application for EU membership will take at least "15 or 20 years." CNN writes that in this way the minister is trying to promote President Macron's alternative proposal to create a new "European political community", which will include Ukraine.

19:20 In the Zaporozhye, Kurakhovsky and Avdievsky directions, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine registers a decrease in the intensity of hostilities. At the same time, the enemy is trying to break through the Ukrainian defenses in the Slavic and Donetsk directions. The invaders are trying to restore the railway infrastructure in the Kupyansk area in order to freely transfer troops and cargo. Also, the enemy keeps its forces in Transnistria on a high degree of combat readiness.

18:52 Putin is unlikely to shut off gas to the Netherlands or such large countries as Italy or Germany. This opinion was expressed by NOS Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans. In his opinion, Putin is now putting pressure on small buyers: "He would like to keep the big players on his side, because this is practically the only source of income that he has left."

18:46 In the Kiev region, in all settlements affected by the hostilities, electricity and gas supply has been restored. All highways have also been cleared of mines, but work on demining the territory continues, said the head of the regional administration, Aleksey Kuleba.

18:30 Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that Norway should share the "giant" profits that it received as a result of rising oil and gas prices. According to him, first of all, the Norwegians should give part of the money to Ukraine: “Should we pay Norway huge money for gas - four or five times more than we paid a year ago? This is wrong. They should share this excess profit. This is not normal, this unfair. It's an indirect gain."

17:57 Zelensky commented on a popular petition calling for the lifting of the ban on military-age men to travel abroad: "I don't fully understand who this petition is for - me, or maybe the parents of those soldiers who gave their lives for Ukraine? When today 50 to 100 people [are dying] in the most difficult area in the east of our state."

17:48 In Pridnestrovie, the Russian contingent was given the task of restoring a military airfield and equipment in Tiraspol, said the head of the Odessa OVA Maxim Marchenko.

17:45 Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said he was "optimistic" about resolving disagreements with Turkey on NATO membership, a decision, according to him, could take "several weeks." According to the minister, Finland can give Turkey assurances that links with the PKK will be monitored more closely.

17:36 Germany will give Ukraine lethal weapons, as well as money for the purchase of the necessary. The corresponding decision has already been made, Scholz said: “We have asked the German arms industry to tell you what materials it can supply in the near future. Ukraine has now made a selection from this list. We will also provide it with the money necessary for the purchase. Among all, as before, - weapons, which include anti-tank weapons and means of interception, as well as ammunition and what can be used in artillery combat.

17:13 Today, at about 15:45, the Russians again fired at the border areas of the Chernihiv region, the OK Pivnich reported. The observers recorded six shots fired from Russian territory, probably from a grenade launcher, in the area of ​​the village of Senkovka. There are no losses among personnel and equipment.

16:57 In addition to the denunciation of the agreement with the Russian Federation on the avoidance of double taxation, the Rada adopted three more bills on withdrawal from agreements with the CIS. We are talking about agreements on a common agricultural market, on the fight against illegal migration and on perpetuating the memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples of the CIS in the Great Patriotic War.

16:52 Zelensky announced the signing of a decree establishing the honorary insignia of the Savior City , and the Polish Rzeszow was the first to receive this distinction.

16:50 In Energodar, during the absence of Shevchik, who was taken to the Melitopol hospital after the assassination attempt, the functions of the "mayor" will presumably be performed by Ruslan Kirpichev, a native of Makeyevka, who arrived in Energodar at the end of March from the occupied Donbass and was immediately appointed "deputy mayor for all financial, economic issues and taxes", but in fact - the overseer and "consultant" of the collaborator-mayor. According to the legitimate mayor Dmitry Orlov, in the past, criminal cases were opened against Kirpichev due to malicious tax evasion.

16:37 The Russians fired a rocket at the Pavlograd district of the Dnipropetrovsk region, said the head of the OVA, Valentin Reznichenko. According to him, the rocket hit the Samara River, people were not injured.

16:30 Project Belaruska Gayun reports that for the first time in two months, the movement of Iskanders across the territory of Belarus to the border with Ukraine was recorded. Also, despite the fact that most of the troops of the Russian Armed Forces retreated from the Kyiv direction in early April, Russian military and equipment still partially remain in Belarus. In addition, rocket launches from Belarus to Ukraine continue to be recorded from time to time.

16:28 State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Alexander Volfovich said that Ukrainian DRGs are allegedly entering the country: “The engineering equipment of the state border sections along the Ukrainian border, along our southern borders is underway. entry into Belarusian territory.

16:17 According to Ukrainian military intelligence, in several settlements of Belarus, funerals were held for the military, who had contracts with Russian PMCs. In particular, mourning events for the deceased contract soldier were held in the city of Maryina Gorka, Minsk Region (the 5th separate special-purpose brigade is based). In Osipovichi, Mogilev region (based on the 51st mixed artillery group), a retired officer and a former contract soldier were buried.

In general, participation in the war against Ukraine is unpopular among the Belarusian military. There is no serious agitation or propaganda activities in the military units. However, cases of voluntary signing of contracts with various Russian PMCs are known.

15:51 313 people, including 55 children, were deported from Mariupol to the filtration camp in Bezymennoye yesterday. From the filtration point in the village. Nikolskoye was deported to Russia 70 people, including 12 children, and from the village. Nameless to Russia - 175 people, including 17 children.

According to the adviser to the mayor of Mariupol Petr Andryushchenko, the deportation is gaining momentum. A direct deportation from Nikolsky to Russia was recorded, which had not happened before. He connects this with the fact that the evacuation route towards Zaporozhye is actually closed.

15:34 Today, an enemy missile was shot down over the Fastovsky district by air defense forces, the Kiev Regional Military District reported. According to preliminary information, there are no casualties or destruction.

15:15 French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Bon said in an interview with local TV channels that the goal of Paris is to prevent the victory of the Russian Federation in Ukraine and to liberate Ukraine from Russian troops: "The warmonger is Putin. We provide Ukraine with funds, ourselves without fighting, so that it resists aggression. They did not provoke a war with Russia. They seek to free themselves from the country that occupies them."

15:13 Lviv paratroopers from the air defense unit of the 80th separate airborne assault brigade of the Airborne Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down a Russian Su-25 Grach attack aircraft. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the armored aircraft was shot down with the help of Igla MANPADS.

15:09 The Rada voted to denounce the agreement between Ukraine and Russia on the avoidance of double taxation. Now income received in the Russian Federation will be taxed in Ukraine.

15:04 In Mariupol, the invaders do not stop trying to "restore" the water supply, but as a result, there is still no water in the taps, but there are floods in the streets. Residents are forced to draw water in communication wells and use technical water instead of drinking water for drinking and cooking, said Petr Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor.

14:55 In the Nikolaev region at night, the enemy fired at the Shirokovskaya bulk. As a result of direct hits, three houses burned down, there were no casualties, OK Pivden reports. The Bereznegovatskaya community was also fired at, information about the victims and damage is being specified.

At night, Nikolaev was also fired upon, preliminary five people were injured, the scale of the destruction is being specified.

14:40 The Verkhovna Rada extended martial law until August 23. The general mobilization has also been extended.

14:26 Biden will hold a personal meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convince him to join the pressure that the West is putting on Russia for military aggression in Ukraine. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the meeting will take place next week on the sidelines of the Quadruple Security Dialogue (Quad) summit to discuss security in the Indo-Pacific region.

14:25 There were explosions in Malin, Zhytomyr region, Mayor Oleksandr Sitailo told Suspilny.

14:23 German intelligence has information that in the ranks of the Russian forces involved in the war in Ukraine, there are members of Russian right-wing radical and neo-Nazi organizations, writes Spiegel.

In particular, members of at least two right-wing groups, the Russian Imperial League and Rusich, are participating in the war against Ukraine, and the Kremlin is cooperating with at least one right-wing individual for its own purposes. The authors of the review write that cooperation with such groups "reduces the 'denazification of Ukraine' as the alleged cause of the war to absurdity."

14:11 The so-called "mayor" of Energodar was injured in the explosion and is in intensive care, a source in emergency services told RIA Novosti.

13:55 Zelensky and Duda agreed to work together to create common border checkpoints so that people can cross the border faster and more conveniently. Also, the President of Poland, together with the head of Slovakia, will go on a tour of the capitals of the EU states to convince them of the need to support Ukraine's entry. Another agreement between Ukraine and Poland concerns the work on the opening of the high-speed rail link Kyiv-Warsaw, the presidents said during their speeches in the Rada.

13:42 The Ministry of Defense showed the full video history of the liquidation of the 240 mm Tyulpan self-propelled mortar on a tip from Russian propagandist Sasha Kots.

13:29 In the Kherson region, after the cluster attacks by the invaders on May 21, three people died, the partial and complete destruction of about 380 private houses. In Aleksandrovka alone, 300 private houses were partially destroyed. The local population was evacuated, but about 150 people refused to be evacuated, the Kherson regional police department reported.

In the Berislav region, active shelling of the Novovorontsovka village continues. About 2,500 people of the local population independently evacuated in the direction of the Dnipropetrovsk region. All administrative buildings were destroyed.

In the Kakhovka district, the invaders continue to kidnap pro-Ukrainian activists, teachers, ATO/JFO members and other residents of the community.

13:14 Duda joked about the situation with Eurovision during his speech in the Rada: "No one can break our unity - neither hostile politicians, nor foreign agents, nor the jury at Eurovision."

The President of Poland also addressed world leaders: "After Bucha, Borodianka, Mariupol, there can be no business with Russia as usual, gentlemen presidents and prime ministers." In addition, he promised to do everything possible for Ukraine to become a member of the EU.

13:09 In Mariupol and the Mariupol region since yesterday, the occupiers have introduced a new access system. Now, for entry and exit from the city, as well as for movement in the Mariupol region and inside the city, passes for cars and passengers are required, said Mayor's adviser Petr Andryushchenko.

"For those who are going to visit Mariupol, remember - now this is a one-way road. For those who are going to leave Mariupol towards Zaporozhye, before the opening of official corridors, you have almost a few days before the complete closure of travel towards Berdyansk," Andryushchenko warned.

12:48 Podolyak said that Ukraine itself will unblock the Black Sea if it receives MLRS systems: "1.6 billion people may become malnourished due to food shortages. Hundreds of millions will fall below the poverty line due to rising prices. The Economist predicts the consequences of the Russian aggression and invites the world to negotiate with Russia and Ukraine on international food convoys in the Black Sea Bargaining with a country that has taken hundreds of millions of people hostage?We have a better idea: the world should agree on the transfer of MLRS systems and other necessary weapons to Ukraine Black Sea. Then we will do everything ourselves."

12:44 Zelensky will soon submit to the Rada a bill on the special legal status of Polish citizens in Ukraine, MP Olga Sovgirya, a representative of the Verkhovna Rada in the Constitutional Court, said.

12:19 Mayor of Energodar Dmitry Orlov said that on the morning of May 22, unknown people blew up the entrance in which the "people's mayor" lives - collaborator Andrei Shevchik. According to preliminary information, he, along with the guards, was hospitalized with injuries of varying severity.

11:56 In Mariupol, after clearing the rubble of the Drama Theater and opening the square for free visits, the invaders staged a "volunteer rally" with red flags around the city. The final point was an excursion inside the Drama Theater, where they filmed a video, said Petr Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of the city.

11:53 Russian aggressors continue to shell Kharkiv and settlements of the region. Among the civilian population over the past day, 11 were wounded, said Oleg Sinegubov, head of the OVA.

11:51 In Kiev, the areas of Pushcha-Voditsa, Vinogradar, Svyatoshinsky forestry and highways in the direction of Zhytomyr and Vyshgorod are most contaminated with mines and shells, the city military administration said.

11:47 Putin's power is weakening as he has to be distracted by treatment, ex-MI6 employee Christopher Steel, who previously exposed Trump's connection with Putin's entourage, told the British LBC radio station.

"Putin can no longer exercise political leadership, because the disease takes more and more strength from him. <...> In our understanding, confusion and chaos reign in the Kremlin. The power structure does not work as it should," said the British intelligence officer. According to him, Putin is constantly accompanied by a team of doctors, and meetings with senior officials, many of which are broadcast on television, are actually intermittent because Putin needs to be distracted by treatment, "and this has a very serious impact on the management of Russia. ".

Nevertheless, Putin will not leave Ukraine, Steele believes: "He has driven himself into a political dead end, he feels that he must somehow concentrate his political legacy - in the sense in which he understands it."

11:38 The lifting of Western sanctions against Russia in exchange for the unblocking of Ukrainian ports will cause a further escalation of the war and jeopardize the invasion of other European states, Podolyak said in an interview with Present Time: "Russia always goes to blackmail and is ready to kill people in order to get some additional opportunity for themselves. Suppose that part of the sanctions are lifted from it. This will stimulate it to further escalate the conflict. And not only in Ukraine. They will understand that the world is really weak, such as it was before the war in Ukraine ".

11:14 The world may face a major conflict between the great powers, said the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, in a speech to the graduates of the US Military Academy at West Point: "China and Russia have significant military potential, and both powers are fully determined to change the current rules based order.

According to him, the nature of war is changing dramatically, but its nature will not change.

“This is still a political act. It is the people's decision to impose their political will on the enemy through violence," Milli said.

10:55 The General Staff announced the estimated losses of the enemy on the morning of May 22. The enemy suffered the greatest losses over the past day in the Bakhmut direction.

  • personnel - about 29,050 (+200) people liquidated,

  • tanks - 1285 (+7),

  • armored combat vehicles - 3141 (+25),

  • artillery systems - 599 (+3),

  • MLRS - 201 (+0),

  • air defense systems - 93 (+0),

  • aircraft - 204 (+0),

  • helicopters -170 (+1),

  • UAV operational-tactical level - 470 (+8),

  • cruise missiles - 107 (+3),

  • ships/boats - 13 (+0),

  • automotive equipment and tankers - 2194 (+16),

  • special equipment - 43 (+0).

10:41 Commander of the Azov regiment Andriy Biletsky noted in an interview with UP the exceptional heroism of the helicopter crews that delivered reinforcements to the defenders of Mariupol: “In the end, it was clear that the enemy was developing, watching, he understood that helicopters were breaking through into Mariupol. highlight the heroism and maximum professionalism of Ukrainian pilots".

10:39 At the moorings in the South Bay of Sevastopol, there are two submarines of the Varshavyanka project, all the rest are at sea, Krym.Realii reports. In total, the Black Sea Fleet has six submarines of the Varshavyanka project, so four out of six submarines are currently at sea, which is two-thirds. The Ukrainian submarine Zaporozhye is also moored at the pier, which was stormed by Russian troops in March 2014.

In addition to mine-torpedo armament, Varshavyanka-class submarines carry Caliber-type cruise missiles, which are used in various modifications against sea and land targets. Each submarine is armed with four such missiles.

10:23 The World Davos Forum starts today - for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic and for the first time since the late 1980s without the participation of Russia. The main topic for discussion will be a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.

On opening day, Zelensky will deliver a speech via video link. As part of the Ukrainian delegation, who will personally visit Davos-2022, the Minister of Digital Transformation Mikhail Fedorov, the mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko, and businessman Viktor Pinchuk are expected. Also among the announced guests is the former Special Representative of the US State Department for Ukraine, Kurt Volker.

Meanwhile, the site Russian House (Russian House) in Davos, Switzerland was renamed the Russian War Crimes House (Russian Warcrimes House). They organized an exhibition dedicated to the war in Ukraine.

09:46 British intelligence suggests that the same group of Russian troops that failed near Kiev is now trying to take Severodonetsk. According to them, the only company of BPMT Terminator support vehicles operating in Russia has most likely been deployed to the Severodonetsk direction.

The presence of this equipment indicates that the Central Group of Forces, which is the only formation that fielded these vehicles, was involved in this attack. Earlier, this grouping suffered heavy losses, failing to break through the defenses east of Kyiv in the first stage of the invasion.

Terminators were developed by the Russians after they realized the need for special protection for main battle tanks during the Afghan and Chechen wars. The Severodonetsk area remains one of Russia's immediate tactical priorities. However, the Terminators are unlikely to have a significant impact on the campaign, since no more than ten of them are deployed in this direction, British analysts specify.

09:29 The main goal of the Russian occupiers in Ukraine in the coming days will be Severodonetsk, analysts at the American Institute for the Study of War say. They note that attempts to advance in other directions, including Izyum, have faltered, so the Russians are likely to try to build on their limited success in the Luhansk region on the Rubizhne-Severodonetsk-Lugansk-Popasna arc to besiege the region's last stronghold.

The Russians are carrying out an operation to block the land lines of communications of Ukrainians between Severodonetsk and Lisichansk across the Seversky Donets River. Also, Russian troops are likely to strengthen their grouping around Kharkov in order to prevent further Ukrainian counteroffensive to the state border.

09:12 The occupiers tried to break into Severodonetsk from four directions at once, but received a fitting rebuff and retreated to their previous positions, said the head of the Luhansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai. He clarified that as a result of an unsuccessful attempt by the Russians to advance near Oskolonovka, Purdovka, Shchedrishchevo and Smolyaninovo, almost every controlled settlement was damaged.

Between Severodonetsk and Lisichansk, the span of the bridge near the railway station was destroyed. In addition, several people who were taking pictures of military equipment were detained yesterday. The SBU will deal with them, Gaidai added.

08:51 Russian marines are short of personnel, spokesman of the Odesa OVA Sergey Bratchuk said: "The marines are enrolling ship cooks and heads of latrines from other ships and units of the Black Sea Fleet - there are not enough personnel."

08:36 Russian troops fired rockets at the civilian infrastructure of one of the villages in the Volnyanshchina of the Zaporozhye region tonight. It has been preliminary established that there are affected citizens, the OVA said.

08:33 Another exhumation was carried out near Bucha, as a result of which the body of an elderly woman who died as a result of shelling, as well as her 27-year-old grandson, who was killed by the invaders, was found. According to the police of the Kyiv region, to date, 1290 bodies of civilians who died at the hands of the invaders have been identified.

08:22 The Belarusian battalion named after Kastus Kalinovsky, fighting for Ukraine, announced the expansion and transformation into a regiment. From now on, it will include the Litvin and Volat battalions.

08:18 Arestovich, in an interview with Mark Feigin, clarified Zelensky's words about the size of the Ukrainian army. According to him, 700 thousand people - "these are all the defense forces of Ukraine, including the police, border detachments, the Security Service of Ukraine, the terrorist defense and others."

07:59 Russian troops deployed launchers of the Iskander-M missile system in the Belgorod region, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports in the morning report . The deployment of additional means of electronic intelligence in the regions of the Gomel region of Belarus bordering with Ukraine was also noted.

Near Bakhmut, the enemy has entrenched himself in the areas of Trypillya, Lipovoe and Vasilievka, and is trying to improve his position.

06:36 The Russians are gathering troops in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions and are preparing for an offensive, according to the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Analysts noted a high concentration of Russian troops in Inzhenerny, south of Gulyai-Polye, which may indicate that Russian troops are potentially preparing to continue the offensive towards Gulyai-Polye.

ISW also writes that the appearance in the occupied Melitopol of banners for the 220th anniversary of the creation of the Taurida province may indicate the intention of the Russians to turn the occupied territories in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions into a quasi-republic like the so-called "LDNR".

04:12 In Ukraine, Alexander Kharchenko, who was appointed by the Russian military during the occupation as the "mayor" of the village of Dymer, Kiev region, was arrested, writes The Wall Street Journal. According to the publication, Kharchenko is a 39-year-old businessman whom the SBU suspects of having passed information to the occupiers about war veterans in Donbass and members of the TRO.

During the occupation, Kharchenko participated in recording videos in which he urged local residents to come out of the basements and not be afraid of the Russian military. Then these videos were published by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. When the invaders left Dymer, Kharchenko remained in the village. According to the WSJ, he barely survived the shelling of his car by Ukrainian troops, and is now on trial in a case of cooperation with the Russian military.

03:10 Polish President Andrzej Duda arrived in Ukraine. According to the press service of the Polish President, on Sunday, May 22, he will address the Verkhovna Rada with a message as the first head of a foreign state since the beginning of the war.

01:37 In Vasilyevka, Zaporozhye region, the invaders threaten entrepreneurs who refuse to sell goods for rubles with "preventive conversations," the OVA reported. The occupation administration of Vasilievka approved the exchange rate at the level of 10 hryvnia for 25 rubles.

In Melitopol, collaborator Evgeny Balitsky ordered from May 20 to use both hryvnia and rubles for settlements, and to carry out non-cash payments only in rubles, the rate is 2 rubles for 1 hryvnia.

01:23 Zelensky called on Ukrainians who are in the rear and who "allow themselves to be carefree or careless" to help the army and not forget that the war continues. In his video message, he called the situation in Donbas "extremely difficult." According to the president, the enemy is trying to attack Slavyansk and Severodonetsk, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine are repulsing the attacks.

01:15 The "authorities" of the "DPR" will set the exchange rate, according to which from May 23, 1 hryvnia will be equivalent to 2 rubles (according to the decree of March 26, the hryvnia was equivalent to 2.5 rubles). Earlier, a similar resolution was adopted in the "LNR".
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#1  14:23 German intelligence has information that in the ranks of the Russian forces involved in the war in Ukraine, there are members of Russian right-wing radical and neo-Nazi organizations, writes Spiegel.

In particular, members of at least two right-wing groups, the Russian Imperial League and Rusich, are participating in the war against Ukraine, and the Kremlin is cooperating with at least one right-wing individual for its own purposes. The authors of the review write that cooperation with such groups "reduces the 'denazification of Ukraine' as the alleged cause of the war to absurdity."

As we here have been saying.
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#2  Meanwhile, the site Russian House (Russian House) in Davos, Switzerland was renamed the Russian War Crimes House (Russian Warcrimes House). They organized an exhibition dedicated to the war in Ukraine.

That house must be HUGE to hold all that.
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Medinsky accuses Ukraine of freezing negotiations
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[RIA Novosti] Assistant to the president and head of the Russian delegation at the talks between Moscow and Kiev, Vladimir Medinsky, on the air of the Belarusian ONT channel , said that freezing the process was an initiative of Ukraine.

He stressed that Russia has never abandoned dialogue at the highest level.

“Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has repeatedly confirmed this. The only question is that in order for a summit meeting to take place between the presidents, serious preparation is needed. That is, documents of a high degree of readiness are needed,” Medinsky said.

In his opinion, the Russian leader and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky should meet to reach final agreements and sign specific agreements, "and not to take pictures."

Slutsky allowed the resumption of negotiations with Ukraine
He added that a month ago, the Russian side handed over to Kyiv a draft treaty, in which a number of fundamental positions had already been agreed upon.

"We intended to move on. However, since then there has been no desire to continue the dialogue on the part of Ukraine. They have not even officially confirmed the draft agreement agreed upon by them. They disagreed that our counterparts took a break. They are in no hurry, apparently. The ball is completely on their side," the presidential aide stated.

Russian-Ukrainian consultations began at the end of February: the delegations held two face-to-face meetings in Belarus , after which it was decided to continue them on a daily basis via videoconferencing. At the end of March, another round of talks took place in Istanbul . As a result, Medinsky said that Ukraine had submitted its written proposals for a future treaty, Moscow considers this a step forward, and in general, Kiev, for the first time in many years, has shown a desire to negotiate.

The Russian side, in response, took two steps towards Ukraine. First, it was decided to significantly reduce hostilities in the Kiev and Chernigov directions. Secondly, Moscow suggested that the meeting between Putin and Zelensky be held simultaneously with the initialing of the treaty by the foreign ministers.

However, later Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Ukraine was refusing its own proposals and creating numerous provocations in order to slow down the negotiation process. In particular, according to the minister, Kyiv presented its draft agreement with Moscow, in which there is a departure from the provisions fixed at the meeting in Istanbul regarding Crimea, and also changed the provision on military exercises without mentioning the need to obtain Russia's consent.

Medinsky announced the readiness of Russia for negotiations with Ukraine

[REGNUM] Kyiv's initiative is to freeze Russian-Ukrainian negotiations. This was stated on May 22 by Assistant to the President of Russia Vladimir Medinsky in an interview with the Belarusian TV channel ONT.

“We (the Russian authorities) ... are ready to continue the dialogue,” Medinsky said. “But I will emphasize once again: the ball for the continuation of peace negotiations is on the Ukrainian side.”

According to Medinsky, the freezing of negotiations with Russia is completely the initiative of Ukraine.

As REGNUM reported, on May 9, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky said that the negotiations between the Russian Federation and Kiev had not yet been terminated and were being held remotely.

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From the Russian Perspective: Operation on Denazification of Ukraine: operational summary May 22nd (updated)
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[NewsFrontInfo] 00:05 DPR military correspondents report that the 1st Slavic brigade of the DPR army entered Avdievka. There are fights in the urban area.

21:22 Russian army broke through the defenses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, went to the city of Soledar near Artemovsk and took Vladimirovka

21:22 Russia is ready to continue negotiations with Ukraine, the initiative to freeze them comes from Kyiv, Medinsky said.

21:22 Personnel combat work of special forces from the Chechen Republic in the Luhansk region. The soldiers liberate the settlements of the Lugansk People's Republic from the Nazis and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“Despite fierce resistance, the advance of our fighters is going well,” says Ramzan Kadyrov.

20:57 A total of 10 Lithuanian mercenaries accept participation in the preparation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the territorial defense in the territory of the Kyiv region.

Soldiers arrive in the region, undergo training, and then go to the east of the country

20:56 The Guardian: Ukraine has transferred additional military forces to the border with Belarus. Under the pretext of signs of an "attack", Kyiv deployed additional troops along the border with Belarus. Earlier, the Ministry of Defense of Belarus reported on the growing threat from Ukraine.

19:54 Russia will put about 50 new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles on combat duty in the near future - Dmitry Rogozin.

19:20 Since the Kyiv authorities refuse to take the bodies of their dead soldiers, the fighters of the allied forces, according to Orthodox traditions, decided to carry out the burial on their own. Redkodub, liberated part of the DPR.

18:07 The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved a bill banning the use of Z and V symbols in the country.

17:07 The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine filed a lawsuit to ban pro-Russian parties in the country.

16:08 On the night of May 22, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired at Vasilyevka, Zaporozhye region, with cluster munitions. As a result of shelling from 122mm MLRS, several multi-apartment and private residential buildings along Sportivnaya, Shevchenko, Moskovskaya streets, cars, as well as Vasilevsky Lyceum were damaged.

15:26 State Secretary of the Belarusian Security Council Alexander Volfovich: There are recorded attempts by Ukrainian DRGs to enter the territory of Belarus.

14:25 Start missiles "Caliber", which destroyed a large batch of weapons and equipment from the United States and Europe for the grouping of Ukrainian troops in the Donbass near the railway station Malin, Zhytomyr region.

14:13 The Verkhovna Rada voted to extend martial law and mobilization in Ukraine for three months.

13:22 Kyiv region, the village of Luzhet. People are not allowed to go to their homes, as servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine live in their apartments.

12:46 The mayor of Energodar Andrey Shevchik and two of his guards were injured in the explosion - local law enforcement agencies.

12:12 The military special operation in Ukraine has spurred the technical modernization of the Russian troops. New types of weapons are on combat duty - from submarines with cruise missiles to anti-aircraft systems.

11:40 New briefing by the RF Ministry of Defense, main points:

During the day, high-precision air-based missiles hit three command posts, 13 manpower concentration areas; More than ten Ukrainian drones were destroyed by Russian air defense systems in a day; Russian aviation hit three command posts, an ammunition depot and 26 areas of concentration of forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in a day.

11:32 Servicemen of the RF Armed Forces continue to evacuate civilians from the Kharkiv region to the territory of the Russian Federation at their request, including for the provision of qualified medical care.

11:15 The mobilized military personnel of the NM DPR are serving in the Kherson region. The mobilized servicemen from the Donetsk People's Republic adequately fulfill their military duty on the territory of the Kherson region and help the RF Armed Forces in the performance of combat missions.

10:28 During the shelling last night of the village of Belozerka in the Kherson region, the troops of the Nazi regime killed three and wounded nine local residents. Belozerka was fired upon by the Nazis from heavy MLRS "Hurricane" with cluster rockets. Separate cassettes flew to the ground and exploded, bringing death and destruction.

09:30 The crew of the Ka-52 helicopters discovered and destroyed military equipment and positions of Ukrainian military units.

09:20 More information about the detention of an SBU agent in the Kherson region. The agent liquidated in the Kherson region was recruited by the SBU in 2014 in the Luhansk region. After that, he served a sentence for a long time in one of the colonies of the Kherson region.

On February 24, after the start of the special operation, a curator from the SBU contacted him and set the task of collecting data on the locations of Russian military personnel. In particular, on May 6, using one of the messengers, the agent transmitted the coordinates of the Russian troops in the city of Golaya Pristan, after which, on the morning of May 7, the Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked Tochka-U at the indicated settlement.

Also, the saboteur was given data on the location of the cache from the Igla MANPADS for the purpose of possible transfer to members of sabotage and reconnaissance groups.

Taking into account the nationalistic views of the liquidated agent, he was tasked with attacking a checkpoint of Russian troops, and then moving to the territory of the Nikolaev region still controlled by Ukraine.

However, thanks to the operational work of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the place where the saboteur was hiding was found, where he was liquidated when trying to detain him.

An F-1 grenade was found on him, which he could use against Russian servicemen. Work is currently underway to capture other DRG members operating in the region.

08:44 At night in Nikolaev were arrivals at the facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

08:17 Russian servicemen, at the request of civilians in the Kharkiv region, continue to evacuate them to the territory of the Russian Federation, including for the provision of qualified medical care Residential areas where families lived were periodically subjected to artillery shelling by nationalist battalions and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In order not to put themselves in danger, the residents turned to the servicemen of the RF Armed Forces for help. The servicemen evacuated more than 60 refugees to the territory of the Belgorod region. Among them are mainly elderly people, women and children.

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Perspective from the Breakaway Republics: Invasion of Ukraine: May 22nd, 2022
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[NewsFrontInfo] 22:41 On the operational line of the DPR JCCC, information was received about the death of a civilian born in 1952. as a result of the shelling of the VFU n.p. Vladimirovka at the address: per. Kyiv, 17.

Information was also received about the wounding of a civilian born in 1978. as a result of the shelling of the VFU n.p. Makeevka at the address: st. Interdistrict, 18.

Information about the consequences of shelling continues to arrive.

22:35 Two residents of Kremennaya were injured as a result of shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a power line ( power line ), more than 100 apartments were damaged, a private house and a grocery kiosk were destroyed, the press service of the General Prosecutor's Office of the LPR reported.

“On May 22, the armed formations of Ukraine carried out a massive artillery shelling of the infrastructure of the city of Kremennaya. As a result of the shelling, two residents of the city were injured, who are receiving medical assistance, more than 100 apartments were damaged, a private house and a grocery kiosk were completely destroyed, and a power line was also damaged,» the report says.

The department noted that representatives of the prosecutor's office are working at the scene of the incident, they "record the results of the criminal activities of the armed formations of Ukraine."

21:17 The first convoy of construction equipment from the Penza region arrived in the Donetsk People's Republic to restore the transport infrastructure, said the head of the convoy Maxim Yakushev.

21:17 Three servicemen of the Donetsk People's Republic died over the past day in battles with Ukrainian troops, another 24 were injured, said Eduard Basurin, deputy head of the People's Militia Department of the DPR.

21:17 Heavy military equipment of the People's Militia of the DPR coming out from liberated Mariupol. According to the tankers, during the battles for the city, the nationalists fired on the civilian population of Mariupol.

21:16 Street cleaning in the territories adjacent to Azovstal has begun in Mariupol, said the head of the Ordzhonikidzevsky district of Mariupol, Mikhail Zolotov.

21:15 Employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DPRcontinueto dismantle the rubble of houses in Mariupol, subjected to shelling by Ukrainian militants from "Azov."

21:14 Headquarters of the defense of the DPR: a woman was wounded during the shelling of Vladimirovka by Ukrainian troops.

21:13 The DPR army took full control of the village of Novoselovka in the Gorlovsky direction.

20:07 There is a tight battle near Avdievka.

20:06 Yasinovataya: the earth is trembling. Powerful art duels. Just shot down a drone. The cannonade is powerful - everything is mixed up, it is impossible to understand where everything is.

18:38 Seven attack helicopters Ka-52 "Alligator" and transport and attack helicopter Mi-8AMTSh of the army aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the skyLuhansk People's Republic.

17:39 Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DPRcame outon the border with the Kharkov region. Immediately after the fighters of the People's Militia of the DPR and the Russian Army, humanitarian convoys of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Donetsk Republic enter the liberated towns and villages.

16:20 In the LPR arrived the eighth humanitarian convoy from the Republic of Bashkortostan of the Russian Federation. An asphalt concrete plant was delivered to Krasny Luch, which will allow restoring the road infrastructure.

15:29 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: 14:30 — n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: two missiles fired from BM21 Grad.

15:19 The DPR army took full control of the village of Novoselovka in the Gorlovsky direction.

15:01 On going demining liberated territories of the Luhansk People's Republic from explosive ordnance. Particular attention is paid to roads, territories adjacent to important life support facilities of the Republic, as well as agricultural lands. Engineers note that the areas mined by Ukrainian nationalists are protected by numerous traps and stretch marks.

13:28 CommentHead of the administration of the city of Pervomaisk Sergey Kolyagin. Main:

Over the past day, the Kyiv security forces have damaged objects in Pervomaisk at 34 addresses by shelling.

Since February 22, armed formations of Ukraine have destroyed and damaged residential and social facilities in Pervomaisk at 1,212 addresses by shelling.

13:25 The authorities of the city of Mariupol, which was seriously damaged during the liberation from Ukrainian troops, have established public transport. This was announced to journalists on Sunday by the head of the city Konstantin Ivashchenko.

“This is our small labor victory, although there are sorely lacking buses. To date, 12 buses have entered the line,” the mayor said.

According to him, after undergoing maintenance and current repairs, the number of cars on the lines can be increased to 22.

12:46 All-Russian Popular Front submitted humanitarian cargo in n.p. Bulgakovka.

12:36 As a result shelling Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk, houses were damaged at the following addresses: st. Kuibysheva, 155, 157. The fire of three cars was also recorded in the courtyard of these apartment buildings. Information about the consequences of shelling continues to arrive.

11:33 Representation of the LPR in the JCCC: as a result of artillery shelling of Pervomaisk damaged three residential buildings.

11:32 Mobilized servicemen from the Donetsk People's Republic worthily perform their military duty on the territory of the Kherson region and help the RF Armed Forces in the performance of combat missions.

11:08 The National Guard destroyed the stronghold of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Lugansk region. A pickup truck and a group of infantry of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the shelter were discovered during aerial reconnaissance in one of the districts. The fire platoon of the Russian Guard preempted a possible attack and destroyed the stronghold, up to 20 personnel and an enemy vehicle with mortar fire.

11:07 Ukrainian troops over the past day lost 14 personnel during clashes with units of the Luhansk People's Republic, six more people laid down their arms, the People's Militia (NM) of the republic reports.

“In the course of clashes with units of the defense department, over the past day, the enemy suffered losses in manpower and military equipment, namely: 14 personnel; two tanks; seven units of automotive equipment; six servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine made the right decision, laid down their arms and thus saved their lives,” the people’s militia said in a statement.

10:41 The servicemen of the Donetsk People's Republic, together with the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, continue to liberate the settlements of our Republic from the Ukrainian occupiers.

Over the past day, our servicemen destroyed 23 Ukrainian nationalists, five firing points, one firing position of 152mm towed artillery installations 2A65 "Msta-B", three infantry fighting vehicles and one cargo vehicle. One 122-mm BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket system, four 82-mm mortars and three cargo vehicles were captured.

10:40 Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired 247 shells and mines across the territory of the DPR from 122mm BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems, 122mm cannon artillery, 120mm and 82mm mortars. Areas of 11 settlements of the Republic were fired upon.

As a result of the Ukrainian aggression, THREE civilians, including 1 child, were injured. Damaged one residential building, and one object of civil infrastructure. Materials on the fact of wounding civilians, damage to infrastructure were transferred to the General Prosecutor's Office of the DPR for inclusion in criminal cases initiated against the command of Ukrainian nationalists.

10:38 Shelling was recorded from the VFU in the direction: 08:00 — n.p. Georgievka - n.p. Aleksandrovka: four shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

09:40 Civilians are again suffering from VFU shells. As a result of the night shelling of the town of Staromikhaylovka, a direct hit was recorded on a private residential building on the street. Artem, 24, which provoked a fire. A man living there, born in 1954. received a contusion of the brain, and a woman born in 1954. poisoned by combustion products. Both victims were hospitalized in city hospital No. 24.

08:13 2,439 people who surrendered at Azovstal are in custody, 78 of them are women. This was stated by the head of the DPR Pushilin on the air Solovyov Live.

Previously, there are foreign mercenaries among the prisoners. Before the surrender, six militants tried to blow up ammunition depots, but died. Now the territory of Azovstal can still hide Ukrainian neo-Nazis. The Republic forces are conducting a thorough check of each room, so they will find everyone.

08:05 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction of the settlement. Novgorodskoye - n.p. Panteleymonovka: eight 122mm rounds were fired.

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Russia and Belarus need to tell the truth about World War II
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[REGNUM] Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky said on the air of the Belarusian channel that Russia and Belarus should tell the truth about the Great Patriotic War, the memory of which "stops from a big war."

“We want peace now more than anyone else. Certainly more than the Americans, who last saw a war in their country during the war between the North and the South, a hundred and fifty years ago...

And Russia, and Belarus, and the Russian and Belarusian peoples, which, to be honest, I consider a single people culturally, ethnically and family, like the Ukrainian. We know what a big war is, not from stories, not from movies. We saw it ourselves. We just need to tell the truth,” Medinsky said.

The truth, Medinsky said, is that the Soviet Union during the Second World War took upon itself the destruction of 2/3 of the potential of the united Nazi Europe.

In place of the policy of the 90s, when everything connected with the Soviet Union was attacked, in Russia they remembered patriotic education and the preservation of the spiritual foundations that unite the citizens of Russia. The most important place was occupied by the memory of the victory in the Great Patriotic War as a manifestation of mass patriotism and heroism of the Soviet people.

At the same time, attempts to distort military history continue both on the part of foreign journalists, historians and artists, and within Russia. A RANEPA survey in 2015 showed that 60 percent of Russian citizens notice such distortions in the domestic media, and 82.5 percent in the foreign press.

A particularly fierce struggle against the legacy of the Great Patriotic War is being waged in countries that directly or indirectly support fascist ideas: primarily in Ukraine and the Baltic states.

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#1  Yes, let's forget the partition of Poland between Hitler and Stalin. Stalin's annexation of the Baltic States and the invasion of Finland. All at the beginning. There are no good guys here.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/23/2022 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  And let's not forget that Stalin was a mercenary in the war, kept in by endless shipments of supplies by the US, extorted with threats of making peace with his socialist brother in Berlin.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/23/2022 8:27 Comments || Top||

#3  We never had The Talk about Russian Totalitarianism and WW2 because we never had The Talk about Communist Totalitarianism and WW2. Putin is taking the accumulated stress from seventy years of post-WW2 corruption and using it against us and the left is sitting there with its &*(^ in its hands and saying "Gee, is something happening?" Yes, he's doing to Ukraine what you helped him do to China, and North Korea, and Vietnam... and the US economy. It's ugly, but it isn't any uglier than the %$@$ econazi plandemic or the economic euthanasia by Gazprom, or for that matter the massacre at Hue.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/23/2022 12:37 Comments || Top||

#4  It was not only the Partition of Poland and the conquest of the Baltic countries. Communists were sabotaging armament factories in France and England.
The French Communist Party was made illegal in France 1939 for collaborationism.
Soviet Union offered Nazis the "Basis Nord" to base submarines.
And what about to tell the truth about Stalin considering to be an Axis partner?
Posted by: Kofi Panda2845 || 05/23/2022 18:54 Comments || Top||

Biden: US would intervene militarily if China invades Taiwan
TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, in one of the most forceful and overt statements in support of Taiwan in decades.

Biden said the burden to protect the self-ruled island was "even stronger" after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking at a news conference in Tokyo, Biden said, "That’s the commitment we made." He said an effort by China to use force against Taiwan would "just not be appropriate," saying it "will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine."

Under the "One China" policy, the U.S. recognizes Beijing as the government of China and doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. However, it maintains unofficial contacts with Taiwan, including a de facto embassy in Taipei, the capital. The U.S. also supplies military equipment for the island’s defense.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 02:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: Commies

How will he fight the Communist China with 3,134,000+ soldiers and is less than 100 miles away from their goal target. Vs. US 1,832,000 8,000 miles away?

Logistically right now the Biden Coup/LSD's has overspent the USA by $34 Trillion. The LSD's can't even feed its own population, let alone fight WW-III?
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/23/2022 7:21 Comments || Top||

#2  ...this is for you. In the end when dealing with certain people, you can run, but you can not hide.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/23/2022 7:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Intervene militarily? Yeah, but on which side?
Posted by: SteveS || 05/23/2022 8:47 Comments || Top||

#4  They've already gone 'never mind' on this.
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/23/2022 9:49 Comments || Top||

#5  In response we will invade Kiska and Attu.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/23/2022 10:52 Comments || Top||

#6  #4, I saw that on the TV at the gym this morning.

Maybe they should just hire Emily Litella as the press secretary.
Posted by: Tom || 05/23/2022 12:21 Comments || Top||

#7  I am so confused.

PBS - Taiwan left out of Biden’s new Indo-Pacific pact
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/23/2022 12:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Not that simple NN2N1.

100 miles of a very rough strait. The Chinese would need nearly all of their 2 million man army to fully conquer Taiwan. They only have the transport capability to put 30,000 on the island. That is just men, no tanks, APCs, supplies, SAMs, etc. So with everything they need they can only dump maybe a mechanized battalion per trip.

Not to mention that the buildup would be noticed 60 days before the invasion, Taiwan would call its reserves, more weapons would be sent, the few beaches that can be landed on would be fortified to hell and back and the ports mined. Not to mention the invasion has to happen in April or October. Only really times that the weather and sea is guaranteed to be cooperative.

I think China uses Taiwan as a quick way to boost popularity, but would only seriously consider an invasion if they had no other choice to keep face, aka the US recognize Taiwan as independent and put soldiers on it.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/23/2022 12:27 Comments || Top||

#9  "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you" - Leon Trotsky

Just remember all the crap of the last twenty years, unlike other places Taiwan is a long established democracy. Probably far more of a democracy than we are.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/23/2022 15:25 Comments || Top||

#10  Wow AP; a fellow could catch a STD reading something like that.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/23/2022 16:11 Comments || Top||

A $5 Trillion ‘Wealth Shock' Is Cracking Americans' Nest Eggs
[Bloomberg] The world’s richest nation is waking up to an unpleasant and unfamiliar sensation: It’s getting poorer.

Americans’ collective net worth had been climbing at a dizzying rate for the past two years, even as families and businesses contended with the ravages of Covid-19. Households piled up an extra $38.5 trillion from early 2020 to the end of last year, bringing their collective net worth to a record $142 trillion, the Federal Reserve estimates.

Just as the US is learning to live with the virus and spending shifts back toward pre-pandemic normal, it faces a new scary threat: A plunge in wealth since the start of 2022 that JPMorgan Chase & Co. estimates totals at least $5 trillion -- and could reach $9 trillion by year-end.

So far, the richest Americans have borne the brunt, with US billionaire fortunes down almost $800 billion since their peak amid the sharp losses in stocks, crypto and other financial assets. But surging interest rates are also starting to rattle the housing market, where middle- and working-class families have the bulk of their wealth.

It all adds up to the sudden removal of a major prop to confidence: ever-bigger nest eggs. And it’s by design. To stamp out the highest inflation in decades, the Fed needs Americans to curb their spending, even if it requires an economic slowdown to get there.
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#1  "To stamp out the highest inflation in decades, the Fed needs Americans to curb their spending, even if it requires an economic slowdown to get there."

Curb our spending?
Hell Inflation already has us paying more and buying less and less.

Question: Bloomberg should we the people just Starve and Walk?

Or should the DC Swamp Critters stop their constant $TRILLION annual budget deficit spending?

Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/23/2022 7:09 Comments || Top||

#2  So does that include how much we are spending on government in the form of taxes? We could just send in a note instead of Quarterly filings telling them we are trying to do our part to curb spending?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/23/2022 11:49 Comments || Top||

#3  When I can no longer pay the mortgage and someone comes to kick my family out can I treat them as home invaders?
Posted by: Griter Sninens2879 || 05/23/2022 11:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Briefly.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2022 16:52 Comments || Top||

Automakers are jacking up prices on electric vehicles to bake in rising materials costs
[CNBC] Automakers from Tesla to Rivian to Cadillac are hiking prices on their electric vehicles amid changing market conditions and rising commodity costs, specifically for key materials needed for EV batteries.

Battery prices have been declining for years, but that may be about to change. One firm projects a sharp increase in demand for battery minerals over the next four years that could push the price of EV battery cells up by more than 20%. That’s on top of already-rising prices for battery-related raw materials, a result of supply-chain disruptions related to Covid and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The higher costs have some electric vehicle makers boosting their prices, making the already-expensive vehicles even less affordable for average Americans and begging the question, will surging commodity prices slow the electric-vehicle revolution.
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#1  I priced a 40x60 prefab barn, $23,nnn.
$6731 of that was a 'steel surcharge'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2022 8:18 Comments || Top||

#2  "Planned economies" were supposed to end all this price gyration and capacity yo-yoing.

Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/23/2022 8:20 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
White House COVID-⁠19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha stuck on masking
[Breitbart] White House COVID-⁠19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said Sunday on ABC’s "This Week" that Americans should be wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces to combat the current coronavirus surge.

Anchor Martha Raddatz said, "We have the daily case number more than 100,000, I know you think the number is actually higher because of home testing, so what is your advice in these high transmission areas?"

Jha said, "First and foremost, my advice is, if you have not gotten vaccinated in the last five months, if you have not gotten boosted, now is a good time to do it. What we know is vaccines continue to provide a high level of protection against people getting seriously ill. That’s advice number one. Advice number two, I agree with Mayor Adams that when you’re in an indoor space, you should be wearing a mask. Crowded indoor places, high transmissions, people should be doing that. People have access to masks, vaccines, and therapeutics and testing."

He added, "We have a lot of infections out there because it’s still quite disruptive, and 300 people a day are still dying of this disease. That’s way too much. What I would say is we’ve certainly started really breaking that link between infections and deaths through two mechanisms, one, by getting people vaccinated and boosted, and secondly, by making therapies widely available. Those therapies really help a lot. Despite how many infections there are, death numbers are still relatively low. We’ve got to keep working on it."
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The insidious Hijab.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/23/2022 8:00 Comments || Top||

#2  That is what they do in Iran!
Posted by: Griter Sninens2879 || 05/23/2022 11:51 Comments || Top||

#3  This is ample enough evidence is that there is no 'science' anymore just another gambit to loot the treasury by groups and individuals who talk the game.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/23/2022 15:21 Comments || Top||

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