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-Great Cultural Revolution
Allen & Co. dates, guest list confirmed Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg among invitees
[mtexpress.com]Allen & Co.’s Sun Valley conference is set to return to the valley July 5-9, bringing with it some of the world’s most famous billionaires and business tycoons and generating significant private jet activity on the tarmac at Friedman Memorial Airport.

Fly-in and registration is Tuesday, July 5, and closed-door meetings are expected to start on Wednesday, July 6, according to sources with knowledge of the event’s schedule.

Business magnates this year include Tesla and SpaceX’s Elon Musk, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Apple’s Tim Cook, Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg and Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, according to a report by Variety magazine. Other tech titans who received an invite include Meta Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel.

On the entertainment front, Comcast’s Brian Roberts, Liberty Media’s John Malone, Netflix’s co-CEOs Ted Sarandos and Reid Hastings, Disney CEO Bob Chapek, former Disney CEO Robert Iger and Paramount Global chairwoman Shari Redstone are expected to touch down in Sun Valley. Broadcast journalists Diane Sawyer, Anderson Cooper, Van Jones and Erin Burnett also received invites, as did Washington Post’s David Ignatius and conservative commentator Douglas Murray.

Notable political figures on the guest list include former CIA chief Michael Morrell, former Georgia senator Sam Nunn, American diplomat Richard Haass and Idaho Gov. Brad Little.

Nike founder Phil Knight, St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Peloton CEO Barry McCarthy also received invites, according to Variety’s report.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, an Allen & Co. regular, is not on this year’s guest list, the report said. 
Posted by: 746 || 07/03/2022 12:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under:

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Mystery Surrounds Intensifying 'Earthquake Swarm' Shaking South Carolina
[ZERO] A swarm of earthquakes rattled South Carolina and appeared to be getting more powerful. About 30 quakes have hit the state this year, and geologists are stumped about what's causing "earthquake swarms" similar to those felt in Southern California.

Two earthquakes hit Elgin, South Carolina, on Wednesday. The first was a magnitude 3.5, and the second 3.6, according to data from the United States Geological Survey. A 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit the state days before, while a stronger 3.9 rattled parts of the Georgia-South Carolina border on June 18.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/03/2022 07:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...We've felt about half of them (we're about thirty miles from the cluster) and the one Wednesday evening was strong enough that we stepped outside for a couple minutes, along with more than a few of our neighbors.

Short version: SC is geologically active (Charleston was hit pretty hard in 1886) and it's unusual to go more than a month or two without at least one.

Either that or it's the Deep Sevens.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/03/2022 7:38 Comments || Top||

#2  The Earth's mantle is cooling. That's all it can do, despite gerbil worming.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/03/2022 7:46 Comments || Top||

#3  3.4 - 4.0 is adequate to slightly stir my cocktail. Not a lot more
Posted by: Frank G || 07/03/2022 8:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Isn't there a fault line that runs fairly close too Hartwell dam?
Posted by: Chris || 07/03/2022 11:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Wait, isn't there an Earthquake Division Contractor Near Smoke Bomb Hill? Its not that far away along the fault line?

Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/03/2022 12:23 Comments || Top||

East Coast to get slammed by severe storms, Tropical Storm warnings issued
[NYPOST] The holiday weekend could start off with nature’s version of its own fireworks for the Northeast as frontal boundaries help kick off plenty of storms with thunder and lightning on Saturday.

Any storm that forms during the summer has the chance of going severe, but meteorologists will be watching the I-95 corridor from northern Virginia through Boston and the Northern Plains for the best chance of organized severe weather.

The National Hurricane Center issued storm warnings in parts of South Carolina ahead of Tropical Storm Collin’s arrival, which was carrying 40 mph winds as of early Saturday.

It is in these zones that the Storm Prediction Center says damaging winds are likely and a few of the storms could even produce hail.
Posted by: Fred || 07/03/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under:

#1  TS Collin fizzled out last night
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/03/2022 16:28 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
New Yorkers Will Have to Provide Social Media Accounts in Order to Buy a Gun
[Townhall] The New York State Senate approved legislation that would ban concealed weapons from so-called "sensitive locations" and require gun buyers to provide their social media handles and character references.

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) signed the bill saying that to her, it's "the embodiment of what it means to be an American...in honor of our Fourth of July weekend, I look forward to signing the legislation."

With the new law, people who want to purchase a firearm license will have to provide a list of social media accounts they have maintained over the last three years, so officials can verify their "character and conduct."

Applicants will also have to prove they have the "essential character, temperament and judgment necessary to be entrusted with a weapon and to use it only in a manner that does not endanger oneself and others."

According to the measure, applicants will have to complete at least 16 hours of in-person training, and private businesses will be off-limits for firearms unless their owners post conspicuous signage indicating otherwise.

Hochul signed the bill into law shortly after the Democratic-controlled Legislature passed the proposal, calling it an "extraordinary session."
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/03/2022 07:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Better never lose control of the national government there people. Otherwise its one big conspiracy to violate citizens civil rights. Normal Donk practice, just up there with literacy tests to vote (handing the applicant a foreign newspaper to read).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/03/2022 8:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Approved social media sites as an example, Antifa, BLM, DNC, as usual criminals will still be OK to have weapons.
Posted by: Dale || 07/03/2022 8:47 Comments || Top||

#3  As usual the left doesn't know how to do anything correctly. This will be totally ignored and have no impact.
Posted by: Dale || 07/03/2022 8:49 Comments || Top||

#4  It's dumb to have a "social media presence" in this day and age. It will be fun when they get sued senseless for letting people electronically ruin their own lives.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/03/2022 8:51 Comments || Top||

I guess the people that used to joke about people without social media accounts as being paranoid, aren't laughing now.

They are likely busy flushing years of postings and friended lists.

But the Internet never forgets.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/03/2022 9:13 Comments || Top||

#6  If my LinkedIn account does them any good, it will be more than it has ever done for me.
Posted by: Super Hose || 07/03/2022 11:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Thought they liked the "right to privacy"? Will they now demand that the Supreme Court overturn Griswold vs. Connecticut?
Posted by: Tom || 07/03/2022 13:15 Comments || Top||

Curious that the Mainstream Media Never Reminds Us of July 1-3
[YouTube] The 159th Anniversary of Gettysburg.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/03/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Those who care, know. And are humbled.
Posted by: borgboy || 07/03/2022 0:45 Comments || Top||


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

—Abraham Lincoln
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/03/2022 7:16 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ Hate speech.
Posted by: Matt || 07/03/2022 14:53 Comments || Top||

#4  civics should be required in elementary school
Posted by: irish rage boy || 07/03/2022 16:27 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Kentucky police shooting: 3 officers, police K9 dead following shootout at suspect's home
[FoxNews] Three Kentucky police officers and a police canine were killed and at least four other officers were injured following a shootout in a residential area in the city of Prestonsburg Thursday night, police said.

Prestonsburg Police Capt. Ralph Frasure and Deputy William Petry were identified among the deceased, as well as K9 Drago and Canine Handler Jacob Chaffins, Kentucky State Police said.

Lance Storz, 49, was taken into custody following a shootout at his home, as two officers arrived to serve him an arrest warrant shortly before 7 p.m. Storz, armed with a rifle, opened fire and struck both officers, the Prestonsburg Police Department said.

Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt told reporters Friday that the officers encountered "pure hell" when they arrived on the scene, saying they had "no chance."

Other officers from different jurisdictions responded to the incident and at least four were injured, they added.

"The man fired hundreds of rounds from prepositioned firearms throughout the home," a post from the Officer Down Memorial Page read.

Storz was wanted for domestic violence offenses, police said.

At least four police officers and a civilian were injured in the shootout, state police said, though the arrest report said five officers and a civilian were injured.

The conditions of the injured were not immediately clear.

Storz was charged with multiple counts of murder of a police officer, attempted murder of a police officer, and assaulting a service animal, police said.

Three Prestonsburg police officers were killed and others were injured during a shooting incident on June 30, 2022.

He is being held on a $10 million bond ahead of his July 11 court hearing.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/03/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sorry for the dog. Rest In Peace Drago.
Posted by: Aca Joe || 07/03/2022 13:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder if meth was involved?
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/03/2022 15:58 Comments || Top||

#3  USually I'd give officers my belief. Now though, I'll wait several weeks. For all I know, this could be a "red flag" action gone wrong.
Posted by: Charles || 07/03/2022 19:25 Comments || Top||

Scottish Govt Workers Told Biological Sex Is ‘Falsehood' Invented to ‘Reinforce White Supremacy'
[Breitbart] Scottish civil servants have been instructed that biological sex is a "falsehood" which was "set by the medical establishment to reinforce white supremacy and gender oppression".

The taxpayer-funded LGBTI+ internal staff network of the Scottish Government — a devolved administration roughly equivalent to a state government in the U.S. — was allowed to carry out its ’Trans 101’ course for civil servants during worktime, promoting what critics described as "highly political and discriminatory material" in comments to The Telegraph.

A ’trans language primer’ poured particular scorn on so-called TERFs, or Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists, suggesting they should be rechristened as FARTs, or Feminism-Appropriating Ridiculous Transphobes.

"TERFs are transphobes loosely organised into a trans hate group" who have an "obsession with trans people in sports", the primer asserts.

"While they hate all trans people, they attack trans women especially aggressively as trans woman challenge TERFs’ view of biological essentialism around the identity and experience of womanhood," it accuses, further alleging that TERFs have an "unhealthy fascination with trans kids and work especially hard to make the lives of trans kids miserable".
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/03/2022 07:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When will the insanity end?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/03/2022 7:31 Comments || Top||

#2  The deducto ad absurdum of gender studies and ethnic studies
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 07/03/2022 8:54 Comments || Top||

#3  #1 they simply die off. Self eliminating.
Posted by: Dale || 07/03/2022 11:17 Comments || Top||

#4  I have four kids. Now I find out that it was all a sham. I have been living a lie.
Posted by: Super Hose || 07/03/2022 11:37 Comments || Top||

#5  "I can't be the father, your honor. I was identifying as a woman when I was with her..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/03/2022 11:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Increasingly, the inmates are running the asylums in the West.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/03/2022 12:16 Comments || Top||

#7  WTF happened to us? Our clan motto is "Fail no friend. Fear no foe". Looks like I need to put this in the past tense.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/03/2022 13:37 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ I suggest, "Reality. That which does not go away because someone stops believing it."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/03/2022 13:44 Comments || Top||

#9  ^ Aye, true enough.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/03/2022 15:01 Comments || Top||

#10  Long past time to put this bunch in a cargo hold and send the ship to the bottom of the North Atlantic.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/03/2022 16:06 Comments || Top||

#11  Nah, there's plenty of volcanoes itching for people to be tossed in. There's also lots of places needing mines cleared. Oh and they can clean up Chernobyl too.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 07/03/2022 16:55 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Ortega regime expels Missionaries of Charity from Nicaragua
[CruxNow] Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega expelled the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order founded by Mother Teresa of Kolkata, and closed two Catholic TV stations as he continued his campaign to end any form of real or perceived opposition to his regime.

The announcement confirming the closure of all their activities came June 28, as the government of Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, announced they were closing another 101 NGOs "urgently."

Since a civil uprising of April 2018, the government has cracked down on voices of opposition. To date, there are 150 opposition leaders in prison, including all those who had expressed a willingness to run for the presidency last year. The regime has also canceled the legal status of 758 NGOs, including 42 foreign organizations.

The Missionaries of Charity arrived in Nicaragua in 1988, under the first Ortega administration (1979-1990) and following a visit to the Central American nation by Mother Teresa of Kolkata. The nuns run the Immaculate Heart of Mary Home in the city of Granada, where they take in abandoned or abused adolescents and help them reintegrate into life.

They also run a home for the elderly in Managua, the capital city; a school reinforcement project for at-risk students; and a day care center for impoverished families. As has been the case with hundreds of other charitable enterprises closed by the regime, the state is providing the thousands of vulnerable people who benefit from the sister’s activities with an alternative place to stay or get aid.

In an attempt to justify the closure of the Missionaries of Charity activities, the government is accusing the group of "non-compliance" with the law against terrorism, arguing they have "failed to comply with their obligations." The state argues that since the ministries are not accredited by the Ministry of Family, they are violating the Law Against Laundering Assets, the Financing of Terrorism and the Financing of the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Law 977).

The government insists that the sisters did not report fixed assets, nor did they report the activities carried out in the city of Granada, and that their income from donations does not coincide with the reports submitted. In addition, the board of directors of the association the sisters have in Nicaragua is made up exclusively of foreigners. According to a new law that came into force two months ago, only 25 percent of its members can be from outside Nicaragua.

Many came to their defense, including Bishop Silvio Baez, who has been living in exile in Miami since 2019.

"I am very sad that the dictatorship has forced the Missionaries of Charity of Teresa of Calcutta to leave the country," he said on Twitter Wednesday. "Nothing justifies depriving the poor of charitable care. I am a witness to the loving service the sisters rendered. God bless them."
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/03/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  How will the shuttering of these NGO's impact the migrant flow to our Southern border. Should we actually be thanking Danny ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/03/2022 8:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Nah, Danny will do what the Mexican ruling caste has been doing for generations. Encourage those who would become a threat to their political standing to head north.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/03/2022 9:04 Comments || Top||

#3  just do not fuck up the mexican ketchup!
Posted by: Cholutle Thrans9751 || 07/03/2022 12:30 Comments || Top||

#4  If he is afraid of a bunch of nuns taking in adolescents, he is much more insecure that I had thought.
Posted by: Tom || 07/03/2022 13:17 Comments || Top||

#5  ^He's a Marxist, ain't he?
Posted by: Secret Master || 07/03/2022 21:14 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia Stole 600,000 tons of grain from Ukraine
Saturday, Trailing Wife brought up a very interesting point about Russian Grain Sells. That Russia (Putin) had stolen large amounts of Grain from Ukraine and was selling it.

According to the latest reports (July 3rd 2022), Russia is attempting to sell approximately 600,000 tons of STOLEN Ukrainian grain. Or about 200,000 tons MORE than was initially reported a just a week ago, byUkraine officials.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/03/2022 08:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  Thank you for answering my question, NN2N1!
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/03/2022 11:38 Comments || Top||

#2  they shipped it out in the canal umerika dug to ship CRACK to washington i mean lng!
Posted by: Cholutle Thrans9751 || 07/03/2022 12:29 Comments || Top||

#3  ^Jesus man! I know the club scene is great in Saint Petersburg, but take a shower and sober up before your shift!
Posted by: Secret Master || 07/03/2022 12:40 Comments || Top||

#4  What's the point of starting a war if you can't steal stuff from the country or countries you're invading?
Posted by: jpal || 07/03/2022 13:24 Comments || Top||

#5  ...that would be so, so Nazi of them to do.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/03/2022 13:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Related story from Yesterday
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/03/2022 16:15 Comments || Top||

#7  The Russians, just reposition the grain in a safer area, so that the Ukrainian desperate nazis fanatics don’t created any problems like injecting toxins or molds or any of the crazy ideas that may have.
Posted by: Aca Joe || 07/03/2022 16:42 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ Not sarcasm. Nutter propagandist
Posted by: Frank G || 07/03/2022 17:11 Comments || Top||

#9  It was always about theft. .
Donetsk and Luhansk are rich in natural resources. Coal and natural gas come to mind.
Don’t think Putin won’t exploit everything he can.
Posted by: Xyz || 07/03/2022 17:51 Comments || Top||

#10  The Russians, just reposition the grain in a safer area

Yeah, we're just putting it somewhere safer. Doncha know there is a war on? Besides, it's actually ours. We stole it fair and square!
Posted by: SteveS || 07/03/2022 19:17 Comments || Top||

#11  There will be no grain next year. All the farm houses are blown up and the farmers shot dead.
Posted by: Black Charlie Slairt1430 || 07/03/2022 19:24 Comments || Top||

#12  I can see how "reposition" might become a useful progressive word. "Tourist Joe Smith was walking down Bourbon Street when his wallet was forceably repositioned by a well-intentioned local man."
Posted by: Matt || 07/03/2022 19:25 Comments || Top||

#13  I used to use the term “cross leveling stocks” to explain the move
Posted by: Slenter Panda4300 || 07/03/2022 21:41 Comments || Top||

#14  Putin emulates "Vikings: Proactive salvage on land and sea!"
Posted by: magpie || 07/03/2022 22:32 Comments || Top||

Ukraine repels two mass offensives of the Russian army - in the direction of Verkhnokamyanka and the gelatin plant, - Gaidai.
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[Censor] The troops of the Russian Federation are attacking from different sides - they have attracted an extremely large number of soldiers and equipment.

Serhii Gaidai, the head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration , announced this on the morning of July 2, Censor.NET informs.

Over the course of the past day, the occupiers opened fire with all available types of weapons on Privill, Lysychansk, Vovchoyarivka, Zolotarivka, Loskutivka, Verkhnyokamyanka, and Bilogorivka.

"Private houses in the villages are burning one after another. With such a high density of shelling, we only have time to shelter the victims. It is burning in several places at the same time. We barely have time to eliminate large-scale fires in Lysychansk.

Like in an apartment building, where the flames spread to several apartments. Or in the shopping center - if the fire on an area of ​​1,800 square meters was not extinguished in time, it is difficult to imagine the consequences," said the head of the Luhansk Region, Serhii Gaidai.

A wounded man from Lysychansk was brought to the hospital in Chernivtsi yesterday.

On July 1, Serhii Gaidai added, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled two massive Russian offensives - in the direction of Verkhnokamyanka and the gelatin plant, where the enemy had attempted to conduct reconnaissance by combat. In both cases, the occupiers left.
Reconnaissance by combat, AKA probes are a very common tactic used by Russian special forces.
"The Russians are attacking from different sides - they have involved an extremely large number of soldiers and equipment. Our soldiers are holding back the enemy's offensive," the speaker emphasized.

Posted by: badanov || 07/03/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under:

Dead and missing as a result of the Russian attack on the shopping center in Kremenchuk is 22 people, - Mayor Maletskyi
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[Censor] The search and rescue operation at the Amstor shopping center is ongoing, less than 10 percent of the rubble remains to be dismantled.

Mayor Vitaly Maletsky announced this on Facebook , Censor.NET informs .

"Out of 21 people who were considered missing, the bodies of 20 dead were identified by the expert examination, and one person remains missing. One person died in the hospital.

Thus, as of today, the number of dead and missing as a result of the rocket terrorist act in the "Amstor" shopping center is 22 people. The search-and-rescue operation continues, less than 10% of the rubble remains to be dismantled," said the head of the city.

We will remind you that on June 27, the Russians launched a missile attack on the "Amstor" shopping center in Kremenchuk. At that time, there were about a thousand people in it. At least 19 people died, more than half a hundred were injured. On July 1, the State Emergency Service reported that rescuers examined and dismantled the wreckage of 90% of the total area of ​​the Amstor shopping center. Since the start of work, 29 body fragments have been found at the impact site. President Zelensky called Russia a terrorist country. The world 's leading politicians condemned this atrocity.

Posted by: badanov || 07/03/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under:

Russians bombarded Kramatorsk with duds
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
by Natalka Lototska

[LB] On Saturday evening, the occupiers shelled the city of Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, with Smerch rocket launchers.

This was reported in the Kramatorsk City Council.

"Evening shelling of the occupiers in Kramatorsk. 2 projectiles of the "SMERCH" anti-aircraft missile system, the message says.

The shells did not explode, the explosives service is working.

No victims were reported.

Two people died as a result of the shelling of Dobropill in Donetsk region

[LB] It is known about three wounded, among them there are children.

by Natalka Lototska

As a result of the shelling of the city of Dobropillya in the Donetsk region, at least 2 people were killed and 3 wounded.

This was announced by the head of the Donetsk regional military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko.

"One house was destroyed, another 6 were damaged to varying degrees," the message reads.

According to Kyrylenk, the Russians know for sure that they are hitting civilians, and they are doing it consciously and purposefully.

"The only reasonable way out in this situation is to evacuate! Evacuation saves lives!” urged the head of the OVA.

We will remind you that on Saturday evening, the occupiers shelled the city of Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, with "Smerch" salvo rocket systems.

Posted by: badanov || 07/03/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [58 views] Top|| File under:

The Russians are doomed: Arestovich about the battles for Kherson and Lysychansk
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[Vesti] Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the President's Office, claims that "the enemy's Kherson group is doomed." He expressed this statement on a new page of the "Diary of the War", which he maintains with the journalist Feigin. If the day before the adviser was stingy with regard to information on the Kherson direction, then on the last broadcast he devoted a lot of time to this topic.

According to him, the battles for Kherson are still positional, but even with the Russians having a significant advantage in guns, artillery duels (this is how Arestovich defines them) are in favor of the defenders of Ukraine, primarily due to the training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In addition, Western weapons are also important.

"We cover them, they respond, but they do not respond very successfully. The Russians take it not with accuracy, but with density. And we, thanks to Western weapons and the artillery school. And we have each battery like a small reconnaissance complex, our artillery is much more effective. We make them very to strain a lot, although we spend one projectile on their 15," Arestovich noted.

According to him, "five American Himars" will completely decide the fate of the battles for the Kherson region and, in particular, for Kherson. The fact is that the HIMARS MLRS installations provided by the States to Ukraine are even pointless to compare with Russian equipment ("it's like Mercedes and Zaporozhets," - the adviser says), so such a small number of these installations will suffice.

Arestovich says that when the Armed Forces of Ukraine approach Kherson, the Russians will have to run "through only two lines that are there: through the Novokakhovskaya dam and the Antonovsky bridge." Accordingly, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will decide how exactly they will liberate the area: do not allow the enemy to cross "and kill everyone" on these strings, or let them come out and press further.

"But in any case, the city will be liberated. They are thinking of being on the defensive by mid-August. But we will not let them be on the defensive and we won't let them hold a referendum either," the adviser said.

Arestovich also confirmed the information previously voiced in the Ministry of Defense that Lisichansk in the Luhansk region was not captured."

About 45 days ago, the Russian side, represented by a well-known tiktoker (Kadyrov), claimed that they had taken Severodonetsk as well ... They are not in the center of Lisichansk, they did not take control of it. They are on the southern outskirts of Lisichansk. They try to fight, they fall under the distribution of our troops," Arestovich said.

True, he noted that "the situation is critical": for the first time, the enemy managed to cross the Seversky Donets from the north and find himself in Privolye on the northwestern outskirts of Lisichansk. " Thus, the situation has become really very threatening. It will be resolved within a day or two," the adviser said.

Around the same time, military commander Yuriy Butusov said that he was now with Ukrainian troops, who were holding the corridor from Lysichansk to Seversk. According to him, the Russians captured part of Lisichansk and it is from there that they show a video of the alleged capture of the city. However, the enemy failed to encircle the Ukrainian defenders, despite their efforts. " Our people are gradually leaving. The Russians are not able to prevent our departure," Butusov emphasized.

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#1  "EU Caves Putin Wins, Transportation of Russian Goods to Kaliningrad Through Lithuania Will Resume"
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#2  ^ Fantasy Lotto?
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#3  EU caves.
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#4  No Fantafy. Therefore no tactical nukes. Yet.
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#5  Fantafy Fantasy!!!!
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Ivanovka liberated: operational summary of the Ukrainian General Staff on July 2
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[Vesti] In the Yuzhnobuzhsk direction, the Russian military continues systematic shelling of civilian and military infrastructure from cannon and rocket artillery, and conducts aerial reconnaissance of UAVs. This is stated in the operational summary of the General Staff as of 18.00 Saturday, July 2. At the same time, the General Staff notes that "according to the results of the actions of Ukrainian soldiers , the enemy left the settlement of Ivanovka ."

The General Staff does not specify what kind of Ivanovka they are talking about - in the southern direction there are settlements with this name in the Odessa, Nikolaev and Kherson regions. Probably, we are talking about Ivanovka, located between the Nikolaev and Kherson regions.

In the Volyn and Polesye directions , the military of Belarus on a rotational basis continues to perform tasks to cover the Belarusian-Ukrainian border in the border areas of the Brest and Gomel regions. Conducted training to build pontoon crossings. There were no signs of the formation of enemy offensive groupings.

On the Seversky direction without any changes. The enemy fired at the positions of the Defense Forces in the areas of the settlements of Studenok, Tolstodubovo, Novaya Sloboda and Belopolye.

In the Kharkov direction, the enemy is defending previously occupied positions. He carried out shelling from tanks, mortars, cannon and rocket artillery in the areas of the settlements of Zolochev, Krestishche, Molodova, Korobochkino, Bolshaya Babka, Malinovka, Ivanovka, Cherkasskaya Lozovaya, Slatino and Chepil. He led assault operations in the area of ​​​​the village of Dementievka, but to no avail , and retreated. Launched an air strike near Verkhniy Saltov and Prudyanka. Conducted aerial reconnaissance UAV "Orlan-10".

In the Slavic direction, the enemy continues to conduct defense. He fired artillery at the areas of the Valley, Kurulka, Adamovka and Barvenkovoe. Assault operations in the area of ​​the Bogorodichnoye settlement were successfully repulsed by our soldiers once again .

In the Donetsk direction , the enemy fired at civilian infrastructure near Ivano-Daryevka and Zolotarivka. According to the results of hostilities, the enemy is fixed in the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe settlement of Verkhnekamenka .

In the Kramatorsk direction, enemy shelling was recorded near Belogorovka.

In the Bakhmut direction, the Russians fired at our positions with mortars, cannon and rocket artillery in the areas of Kodema and Berestovoye . Near the latter, reconnaissance in force was carried out. Ukrainian soldiers gave a decisive rebuff and forced the enemy to withdraw.

On the Avdeevsky, Kurakhovsky, Novopavlovsky and Zaporizhzhya directions, the enemy from artillery of various calibers fired at the areas of Avdeevka, Poll, Netaylovy, Pavlovka, Orekhov, Malinovka, Novoselka and Novoandreevka. Inflicted air strikes near Pavlovka. The offensive actions of the enemy in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Novomikhailovka were stopped by Ukrainian defenders and thrown back.

July 2 - 129th day of the war between Russia and Ukraine . Fighting continues, shelling is carried out in almost all directions, including civilian infrastructure. Briefly about the main thing that is happening in the country on this day, about the situation in the regions, as well as all the relevant information from key departments - online Vesti.ua .

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Ukrainian Perspective: Invasion of Ukraine: July 2nd, 2022
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[Korrespondent] 23:54 Zelensky, in an evening video message, said that since February 24, the territory of ten regions has suffered from hostilities - during this time, 1,027 cities and towns have been liberated, another 2,610 are under Russian occupation.

23:36 Washington is studying the possibility of sending inspectors to Ukraine in order to directly receive information about the use of US-provided weapons, Jed Royal, deputy head of the US Pentagon Agency for Defense Cooperation, said.

23:33 Zelensky said in an evening video message that Ukraine is actively preparing for the start of a special conference in Lugano in Switzerland dedicated to the restoration of the country. The event starts on Monday, July 4th.

"It is necessary not only to restore everything that the invaders destroyed, but to create a new basis for our life, for Ukraine - safe, modern, convenient, barrier-free. This requires huge investments - billions, new technologies, best practices, new institutions and, of course, reforms. In fact, this is the largest economic project of our time in Europe and an extraordinary opportunity to show itself for every state, for every company that we invite to work in Ukraine," the president said.

23:26 Ukrainian Armed Forces liberated Ivanovka, Kherson region, Zelensky said.

22:53 Zelensky, in an evening video message, recalled that the war has not ended: “Many rear cities now feel relaxed, but the war has not ended, its cruelty sometimes only grows, and we must not forget about it. Therefore, be sure to help the army, help volunteers, help everyone left alone at this time. Spread the truth about the war and the crimes of the occupiers. No matter how difficult it is today, we must remember what will happen tomorrow. And that tomorrow should bring maximum benefit to Ukraine - each and every one should do everything for this possible".

22:47 Arestovich also denied the capture of Lisichansk by the Russians, previously voiced by a number of enemy sources: "The Russian side, represented by a well-known tiktoker, claimed that they took Severodonetsk about 45 days ago. It took a month and a half ... They are not in the center of Lisichansk, they are not took it under control. But the situation there is threatening. Everything will be decided in a day or two."

21:51 Biden sent letters to the US Congress on the admission of Sweden and Finland to NATO, the White House said.

21:35 To date, the enemy has destroyed more than 15 million square meters in Ukraine. m of housing, more than 220,000 people submitted applications to the Diyu, Elena Shulyak, deputy head of the parliamentary committee on the organization of state power, said on the air of the telethon. According to her, about 800 thousand people were left without housing or it is badly damaged and requires serious repairs.

20:14 On the beach in Karolino-Bugaz, Odesa region, one vacationer died when he hit a mine while swimming to a depth, the second was injured, the press center of the Defense Forces reported.

19:51 In the village of Sergeevka, Odessa region, rescue work has been completed, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported. A total of 20 people died (16 people - in a residential building and four people - at the recreation center, one of them is a child). 38 people were injured, all of them in the hospital.

19:29 Lukashenka said that he had given an order to the military "to target the decision-making centers of Minsk's opponents." According to him, a few days ago, Ukrainian troops tried to strike at military facilities in Belarus, but all the missiles were allegedly intercepted. Lukashenka stressed that Minsk does not want to fight in Ukraine, "not a single Belarusian soldier is there." Lukashenka also claims that neither he nor Putin "is blackmailing anyone with nuclear weapons." At the same time, Minsk and Moscow "should be ready to mirror the aggressive actions of the West within 24 hours."

19:00 In the Bakhmut direction in the areas of Kodema and Berestovoye, the invaders tried to conduct reconnaissance in force, but suffered losses and retreated, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported.

18:58 Kuleba said that he discussed with Borrell the upcoming steps of Ukraine on the way to the EU, as well as the preparation of the seventh package of sanctions against Russia.

18:56 The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that the removal of the rubble of the Amstor shopping center in Kremenchug was completed, 29 body fragments were found under the rubble, 21 people died and 66 people were injured, of which 26 were hospitalized. More than 1,060 people and about 140 pieces of equipment were involved in the elimination of the consequences.

18:52 As of July 2, six officials of the Kherson region's local self-government bodies are in Russian captivity, including Kherson Mayor Igor Kolykhaev. The Association of Ukrainian Cities appeals to international organizations for the protection of prisoners.

18:33 Today, there is no threat of encirclement of Lysichansk, but the danger of capturing the Luhansk region is high, Vadim Denisenko, an adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, said in a commentary to RBC-Ukraine: "As of now, the probability of capturing the Luhansk region is very high, unfortunately. We are defending Lisichansk, the situation very complex, especially with such a superiority in technology and manpower. "

As for the Donetsk region, according to Denisenko, it will be much more difficult to capture it: "There are, in fact, two fortresses there - Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, especially Kramatorsk. Therefore, I don't think it's that simple."

18:24 In the Donetsk region, the duration of the curfew is being reduced, said the head of the OVA Pavel Kirilenko. From Monday, July 4, it will be valid from 22:00 to 4:00.

18:15 The Russians launched a missile attack on Pavlovgrad, Dnepropetrovsk region, the City Council reported.

17:46 Mayor of Nikolaev Alexander Senkevich reported that today's shelling of the city early in the morning was conducted on industrial enterprises. Most of the missiles fired by Russian troops fell on the outskirts of the city. There are no victims.

17:11 Romania is ready to help the victims of the rocket attack in the Odessa region, said Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu. According to him, the strike on civilian targets in the Odessa region once again confirms that this war is not only illegal, but also immoral, and must end as soon as possible.

16:58 More than 10 thousand Mariupol residents are in the prisons of the so-called "DPR". According to the Mariupol City Council, people live in terrible conditions, they are closed in cramped cells and receive almost no water and food. Mariupol residents do not have access to medical care and are subjected to various forms of torture. "I call on the International Red Cross and the UN to pay attention to the illegal detention of civilians in the city," Mayor Vadim Boychenko said.

16:37 There are fierce battles near Lisichansk, but the city itself is not surrounded, it is under the control of Ukrainian troops, National Guard spokesman Ruslan Muzychuk said on the air of the telethon. In turn, the "LPR" states that the center of Lisichansk has been captured, the city has been encircled.

16:23 Zaluzhny posted a video of the drone working on Russian targets on Snake Island. "Yesterday, the invaders tried to bomb their positions with the help of air strikes, but traditionally they failed to cope with the task. Therefore, we decided to help them finally evacuate the island," the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote.

15:12 In Kremenchug, rescuers completed search and rescue operations at the site of the Amstor shopping center destroyed by a Russian missile. The final death toll is still being established, said Dmitry Lunin, head of the Poltava OVA.

14:57 Ukrainians in Poland will be able to get ID-cards and passports, said First Deputy Interior Minister Yevgeny Enin. A corresponding pilot project has already started in Warsaw. It will be possible to receive the first documents in early August. Taking into account the logistics in wartime, the term for the production of urgent documents will be up to 20 days, and in the usual manner - up to 40-45 days.

14:44 Mayor of Lvov Andrei Sadovyi held an operational meeting with the participation of the military and civilian leadership of the city to determine a plan of action in case of escalation from Belarus. According to him, a defense headquarters will be set up in each district of the city and additional training will be conducted for members of volunteer terrorist defense units. The option of forming reserve volunteer battalions from employees of the city council and public utilities is also being considered.

14:19 Ukrainian border guards in the Chernihiv region found a hard drive with data on Russian occupiers, some of which were classified as "secret". The carrier contains more than a hundred gigabytes of data about the anti-aircraft artillery unit of the Russian Federation from near Moscow: a staff list with biographies of the Russian military, technical documentation of weapons and military equipment.

13:50 Near the occupied Tokmak, Zaporozhye region, a conflict broke out between the Russian military, which escalated into an armed skirmish, as a result, four occupiers were killed and about ten were injured, the OVA reported. According to the regional administration, the number of such armed clashes between the occupying forces is increasing. The main reason is inter-ethnic conflicts and the division of the stolen property of Ukrainians.

13:33 In Kiev, the director of one of the schools is suspected of coordinating the activities of a group collecting intelligence about the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Troops in Kiev. According to the SBU, the director was promised the position of "Minister of Education" in the event of the capture of the capital.

13:10 The families of the victims of the shelling of the shopping center in Kremenchug will be paid compensation in a double amount, the mayor of the city Vitaliy Maletsky said: “We are doubling the assistance to the families of the victims in the Amstor shopping center. We have decided to increase the payment from the entire Kremenchug society from 50,000 to 100,000 hryvnia to each family of the deceased in this terrible tragedy. The city council also allocated funds to pay for the funeral of all the dead.

12:17 The Podolsky court of Kiev arrested the corporate rights of the Brocard perfumery chain. The corporate rights of Brocard-Ukraine belong to the Cypriot company Indenon Holding Limited, and through it - to the owner of the Russian network of perfume shops L'Etoile, Russian woman Tatyana Volodina. The arrest was imposed as part of criminal proceedings on the appropriation of property and financing of aggression against Ukraine.

11:38 The Armed Forces of Ukraine will receive the weapons promised by the West within one to three months, Podolyak said in an interview with Channel 24. According to him, there are two problems with the supply of weapons, the first of which is bureaucracy: “There you need to sign a certain number of documents, in particular, how we will use it, how we will pick it up, where we will deliver it. This part no longer exists. There is no bureaucracy for Ukraine. in terms of arms supplies from our partners."

The second problem, according to the adviser to the head of the OP, is the stocks of weapons in warehouses: “It needs to be completed, because no one has collected as much as Russia. Therefore, now it is being finalized, something will be reopened in warehouses, and it will quickly go to Ukraine - a month , two three".

11:12 Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Nikolay Solsky said that more than 20 companies are already planning or have begun construction of transshipments in areas where new logistics routes pass: "We expect about 2 million tons of grain exports this month, which have already passed through new logistics routes. routes: Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia. And there is potential for more. We are negotiating with the EU, and at the end of July there will be a separate meeting with a wide range of participants at the ministerial level."

10:31 The National Guard, who committed atrocities in Bucha, has been put on the international wanted list, the prosecutor's office of the Kiev region said. According to the investigation, the commander of the Russian National Guard unit in the Ulyanovsk region, Sergey Kolotsey, was involved in the murder of four men on Yablonskaya Street in Bucha. His involvement in other murders is being verified.

10:27 British intelligence reports that Russian troops continue to make minor gains around Lysychansk, but are likely to be blocked on the southeastern outskirts of the city.

Analysts also note that Russia is using Kh-22 anti-ship missiles to strike land targets due to a likely reduction in stocks of more accurate modern weapons. The Russians launched Kh-22 missiles on June 30 in the Odessa region. And in Kremenchuk, it was not X-22, but its modernization X-32, that got into the Amstor shopping center - this is indicated by the results of the analysis of CCTV camera recordings, experts said.

10:24 In the Kharkiv region, four people were injured over the past day - two in the Izyum district, one each in Kharkiv and Lozov. The most active hostilities in the region are taking place in the Kharkiv and Izyum directions, said Oleg Sinegubov, head of the OVA.

10:21 In Mariupol, resistance is slowly but gaining momentum. According to the adviser to the mayor of the city, Petr Andryushchenko, because of this, the occupiers began another wave of checks and filtering. When entering Mariupol from the Zaporozhye region, even those who have already passed the filtration are subject to additional interrogation by the FSB. There is a wave of searches and inspections in the Mariupol district, next week they are moving to the city.

10:15 Propaganda Russian media reported, citing the country's Ministry of Defense, that the Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov arrived in the occupied territory of Ukraine. He allegedly worked at command posts and checked the Russian units involved in the “special operation” zone in Ukraine.

10:07 Russian media report that the sunken landing ship Saratov has been raised in Berdyansk. The "administration" of the Zaporozhye region confirmed that the ship sank as a result of shelling from Ukraine.

10:04 The General Staff announced the approximate losses of the enemy on the morning of July 2. The enemy suffered the greatest losses in the Bakhmut direction.

  • personnel - about 35,870 (+120) people liquidated,

  • tanks - 1582 (+5),

  • armored fighting vehicles - 3737 (+1),

  • artillery systems - 800 (+4),

  • MLRS - 246 (+0),

  • air defense systems - 105 (+0),

  • aircraft - 217 (+0),

  • helicopters - 186 (+0),

  • UAV operational-tactical level - 653 (+8),

  • cruise missiles - 144 (+1),

  • ships/boats - 15 (+0),

  • automotive equipment and tankers - 2614 (+4),

  • special equipment - 61 (+0).

09:26 The head of the Nikolaev OVA Vitaly Kim said that yesterday morning Russia launched 12 missile strikes on Nikolaev. The port infrastructure and private enterprises were shelled, among them the production of perfumes and lime. One of the enemy missiles was shot down.

09:09 The Pentagon says that the Ukrainian military has achieved "significant success" using American HIMARS on the battlefield: since this is a high-precision system with a significant range, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are capable of systematically delivering accurate strikes against carefully selected targets, significantly undermining the combat capability of Russian forces.

The Ukrainian military themselves, who use HIMARS, told The Wall Street Journal that the weapon is already beginning to change the balance of power in the Donbass, where Russia has a significant advantage in artillery. According to them, they destroyed ten important Russian facilities, including the headquarters of the Russian army in Izyum. The publication notes that the goals of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are carefully selected, since one HIMARS missile costs 155 thousand dollars. So far, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are chosen mainly by Russian headquarters, weapons depots and military barracks.

08:43 In the Lugansk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled two massive offensives of the Russians - in the direction of Verkhnekamenka and the gelatin plant, where the enemy tried to conduct reconnaissance in force. In both cases, the occupiers withdrew, said the head of the OVA, Sergei Gaidai. According to him, the Russians are attacking from different sides, a large number of military and equipment have been involved.

08:40 In Slavyansk, four civilians were killed yesterday, seven were injured, Mayor Vadim Lyakh said. The Limany microdistrict, Barvenkovskaya, Podgornaya, Danilevsky streets came under shelling. The city was bombarded with cluster shells.

08:38 In Belarus, as part of the exercises, the delivery of subpoenas continues, and doctors are forbidden to leave the country, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said.

08:17 In the Kherson region, Russian invaders and collaborators are afraid of the resistance of the local population - the leadership of the invaders moves with a large number of guards in armored vehicles and body armor. Local residents continue to offer total resistance, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said.

08:06 The Ukrainian army continues the operation to clean up Zmeiny Island. Thus, over the previous day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to detect and destroy the Grad multiple launch rocket system, the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun system, three units of armored and automotive equipment, a tank truck and a shelter area for other equipment on the island. According to OK Pivden, no signs of the presence of the enemy were found.

07:59 The American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) writes about a new bill obliging Russian enterprises to support the so-called "special and anti-terrorist operations", and workers to work at night or on holidays for the needs of the state. So the Kremlin is preparing for a long war in Ukraine, creating conditions for the support of its army by the Russian economy.

As for the situation at the front, according to ISW, Russian troops were unable to surround Lisichansk . They also failed to capture the Lisichansk gelatin plant, although they had already announced this.

06:21 Washington believes that Russia does not have enough forces in Kherson to effectively continue the occupation and control the region, especially after the withdrawal of part of the forces from this area for military operations in the Donetsk region, writes CNN with reference to unnamed representatives of the US administration.

01:34 Borrell condemned Russia's missile attacks on the Odessa region, calling them a war crime and demanding an immediate halt to strikes against the civilian population: "Persons responsible for actions that are war crimes will be held accountable in accordance with international law."

00:27 Paramedic Yulia "Taira" Paevskaya, released from captivity, spoke in an interview with Deutsche Welle about the conditions in which she was kept by the Russian occupiers: "Less, you won't be able to die of hunger. But in the last week they didn't even give us soap. There are 22 women in the cell, a cell of three by six meters, ten beds. Others also had no information about their families and children. Their psychological state was simply terrible , but most of them behaved very dignifiedly."

According to Taira, these are fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard, girls from the Azov Regiment and civilians, she was also a doctor in her seventh month of pregnancy. Paevskaya said that the invaders used physical and psychological violence.

00:14 The Pentagon hosted a closed media briefing on the war in Ukraine. Foreign Policy journalist Jack Detsch publishes the highlights:

  • Washington believes that the Armed Forces of Ukraine made it "very difficult" for the Russians to stay on Zmeiny Island, including the last hit of Harpoon missiles on the tugboat. After the liberation of the island, it will be much easier for Ukrainians to defend the Odessa region;

  • Ukraine has had significant success with HIMARS, in particular by attacking Russian command posts;

  • The United States is transferring two batteries of NASAMS air defense systems to Ukraine to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine switch to Western weapons. One battery is nine launchers;

  • Now Washington is focused on supplying Ukraine with 155-mm artillery shells for howitzers and ammunition for HIMARS. The US is also trying to get Soviet-era 152mm artillery ammunition for Ukraine, but Western stocks of such ammunition are running out;

  • Russian troops are conducting a "limping" offensive in the Donbass, suffering heavy casualties and setbacks as they advance. They started the battle for Donbass 72 days ago.

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Operation to Denazify Ukraine: Operational Brief July 2nd (updated)
Direct Translation via Google Translate.

Kindly note that several entries in this article were removed because they included discussions of the grand strategic level.

[NewsFrontInfo] 23:18 During the day, 29,252 people, including 3,922 children, were evacuated from dangerous regions of Ukraine and the republics of Donbass to the territory of the Russian Federation.

22:25 In Kharkiv, in Technical Lyceum No. 173, neo-Nazis of the Ukrainian armed formations equipped a strong point, placed armored vehicles and artillery.

21:22 Explosions in Odessa. According to preliminary data from the spot, a missile attack was carried out on a target in Odessa, and air defense missile explosions over the city are also reported.

20:45 Russian military destroyed ammunition of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kherson region. The Ukrainian Armed Forces were transporting them in a pickup truck.

19:45 Thundered in Pavlograd, Dnepropetrovsk region explosion

19:45 Lukashenka said that a few days ago the Armed Forces of Ukraine tried to hit the military facilities of Belarus, the missiles were shot down, BelTA informs.

19:03 Freight train fired, preliminary, from a grenade launcher in the Zaporozhye region, said Vladimir Rogov

19:03 Ukrainian warriors refuse from performing combat missions on the front line. They complain about the lack of recruitment, logistics and fire support.

17:40 Russian Su-25 crews destroyed camouflaged fortified field positions and equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Missile launches were carried out in pairs from low altitudes.

Immediately after the attack, the attack aircraft made a sharp maneuver and left for the airfield, where specialists from the engineering and technical staff check the aircraft and prepare it for a second combat sortie.

17:39 Personnel operation of multiple launch rocket systems "Grad" on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Ugledar. Within a minute after the impact, the machine changes position and prepares for the next impact.

16:57 Attack aircraft crewsinflictedrocket air strikes on military facilities and equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As a result of the combat use of aviation weapons, camouflaged fortified field positions and armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed.

16:57 In the village of Staraya Zburyevka in the Kherson region, gradually getting better, peaceful life. A military-civil administration was formed in the village and its head was appointed. Also, the Russian flag is now flying on the administration building.

16:00 Preparations have begun in Lvov for a possible invasion from Belarus. According to Mayor Andrei Sadovyi, the situation on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border is unpredictable, and this is its biggest difficulty. Therefore, a defense headquarters will be set up in each district of the city and additional training will be carried out for members of the defense. The option of forming reserve volunteer battalions is also being considered.

14:53 In Mariupol opened three bakeries. Previously, bread was brought to the residents of the city from Donetsk and Yenakiyevo, now bread is baked on the spot. One bakery produces 3,000 rolls per day. Two thousand are given away for free, 1,000 are taken to shops. Raw materials for baking are brought by Dmitry Sablin's volunteers.

14:53 Russian servicemen delivered more than 150 tons of humanitarian aid to civilians in the settlements of the Kharkiv region.

13:58 The Ukrainian side suffers significant losses in all directions - the Russian Defense Ministry.

13:58 Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed five command posts and three ammunition depots of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Ukraine.

13:58 The Russian Aerospace Forces hit four MLRS platoons with high-precision weapons.

13:58 Russian air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian MiG-29 plane in the Nikolaev region in the air, 19 UAVs were also shot down.

13:57 Aviation, missilemen and artillerymen hit more than 340 targets of the Armed Forces of Ukraine per day.

13:57 Russian Aerospace Forces with the help of high-precision weapons destroyed up to 120 military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Artemovsk area.

13:57 Russian aviation hit the base for storing weapons and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of the tractor plant in Kharkov.

12:36 The Russian Ministry of Defense showed video of the work of Russian Su-25 attack aircraft, which in pairs attacked the camouflaged positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from low altitudes.

11:48 From October 1, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will begin to put women on military records. Those liable for military service will be in the reserves of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the NGU, participate in training camps and be called up for service. Exemption will be given to mothers with children under three years of age and pregnant women. The rest will face a fine or criminal liability for refusal.

11:47 The day before, employees of the Russian special services prevented a major terrorist attack in Kherson. The fighters of the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group with the ex-head of the village of Staraya Zburyevka Viktor Marunyak were going to arrange a series of explosions. Two of the saboteurs had call signs Cherry and Witch. Viktor Maruniak escaped thanks to the special services of Ukraine.

11:02 In New Kakhovka restore buildings after the shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As a result of the shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Nova Kakhovka, the roofs of many houses were damaged. Restoration work is currently underway.

11:01 Early in the morning they hit a warehouse with a BC in Konstantinovka.

11:00 APU will hit the Crimean bridge when it is technically possible - Arestovich. It is necessary to choose the moment for its destruction to bring maximum damage to the Russian Federation.

09:19 In the morning, the RF Armed Forces struck enemy targets in Kharkov and Dergachi.

09:17 Around 0500 hrs, local sources reported the launch of rockets from the Kherson region towards Nikolaev.

Later, Mayor Alexander Senkevich confirmed the arrivals in the city.

04:36 On the purposes in Nikolaev rocket strikes from Kherson are applied. A column of smoke rises over the city at the site of the explosion. It is noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine hide equipment in Nikolaev under the cover of residential buildings

03:34 Russian special forces are destroying saboteurs in Ukraine with silent mortars "Gall", the sound of which is similar to a loud clap, RIA Novosti reported. According to him, the mortars have sharply reduced the unmasking signs of a shot - sound, flash and smoke trail.

Due to the possibility of covert use, they are used during surprise raids to eliminate camouflaged observation and strongholds, during counter-ambush operations to destroy sabotage and reconnaissance groups.

0:35 Local residents report rocket launches in the direction of Kharkov. Air defense works over the city.

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Perspective from the Breakaway Republics: Invasion of Ukraine: July 2nd, 2022
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[NewsFrontInfo] 23:31 In Slavyansk (DPR), in order to accuse Russia of exterminating the civilian population, on June 30, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired artillery at residential areas from the territory of the Slavyansk feed mill. A woman was killed, ten people were injured, and a few minutes after the shelling, Ukrainian media were working in his place.

23:15 In Konstantinovka (DPR), firing positions, weapons and ammunition depots were equipped in apartment buildings of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and howitzers and MLRS were placed on playgrounds. Residents are prohibited from leaving their homes.

22:56 In Bakhmut (DPR), militants of the national battalions are deployed in the buildings of the Institute of Foreign Languages ​​and the Civil Registry Office, and armored vehicles, positions of mortar crews and MLRS are located nearby, the approaches to the institutions are mined, but the local population is not notified

22:21 As a result of the shelling of the Petrovsky district, the building of the mechanical workshop of the machine-building plant on the street was damaged. Chusovskoy.

21:30 The allied forces of Russia and the LPR liberated the last major city of the republic, which was in the hands of the Ukrainian invaders, but it is premature to talk about the complete liberation of the LPR. The enemy still has enough strongholds in the suburbs, especially in the area of ​​​​the Gelatin Plant, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine have also concentrated quite a lot of efforts on the defense of Belogorovka.

An end to the liberation of the LPR should be put by the “Brave” group, which right now is knocking out the enemy from his last strongholds on the territory of the republic.

20:49 Lisichansk city administration passed under the full control of the 6th Separate Guards Cossack Motorized Rifle Regiment named after Matvey Platov and the allied forces of the RF Armed Forces.

20:48 To the administration building in Lisichansk together Banner of Victory.

20:48 The Armed Forces of Ukraine, retreating, attacked the administration of Lisichansk with a Tochka-U missile, but there were no allied troops in the building at that time, Ramzan Kadyrov said in his Telegram channel. According to him, the essence of the tactics of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is to leave behind as much destruction as possible, deprive cities and towns of infrastructure, and "then blame Russia."

20:37 The probability of the transition of the entire Luhansk region of Ukraine under the control of the LPR is very high, said Vadim Denisenko, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

“At the moment, the probability of capturing the Luhansk region is very high, unfortunately. We are defending Lisichansk, the situation is very difficult,” he said in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

19:39 The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, appointed Vladimir Bandura, the head of the administration of Svyatogorsk, who was the mayor of the city before it came under the control of the republic. As the politician said earlier, a criminal case was opened against him in Ukraine.

19:34 Troops of Russia and the LPR took control of Lisichansk. About it reports various fighters and military correspondents from the scene. The head of Chechnya said that the special regiment them. Kadyrov, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the 6th Cossack Regiment entered Lisichansk from the side of the Popasnensky direction.

"Civilians meet our fighters with a sense of relief. Now, after being liberated from the Ukrainian occupiers, they can already tell the truth," he added.

19:35 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

— n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: 10 missiles fired from the BM-21 Grad.

19:30 Statement by the official representative of the NM DPR: the Ukrainian side continues to terrorize the civilian population of the Republic, inflicting massive artillery strikes on residential areas and civilian infrastructure, which in turn are not military facilities and do not pose a danger to the enemy.

Over the current day, according to information from the DPR JCCC, the enemy fired more than a hundred shells from Uragan and Grad multiple launch rocket systems, 155mm, 152mm and 122mm cannon artillery, as well as 120mm mortars.

The artillery was fired at the areas of nine settlements of the Republic. As a result of the shelling, three residential buildings and two civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged. Additional information about injured civilians and damage to infrastructure is being specified.

Thanks to promptly received information from citizens located on the territory temporarily controlled by the Ukrainian Nazis, this week our artillery units timely inflicted fire damage on enemy positions, which conducted chaotic shelling of peaceful areas of our Republic. Five warehouses with ammunition were also destroyed in the area of ​​the settlement. Avdievka, Opytnoye and Maryinka.

We appeal to all citizens, if you have become eyewitnesses of the crimes of Ukrainian militants, try to covertly record video or photo recording of these facts without endangering yourself. We guarantee your anonymity. After sending the specified information through the official feedback bot (@nmdnr_bot) of the People's Militia of the DPR in the Telegram application, these materials will be used as an evidence base for punishing Ukrainian war criminals to the fullest extent of the law.

We regret to inform you that in the performance of military duty in the struggle for independence, five were killed and eight defenders of the Donetsk People's Republic were injured. We express our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

19:20 Bashkiria restores cities in the Lugansk People's Republic:

Builders from this region are repairing residential buildings, as well as social facilities in the cities of Petrovskoye and Krasny Luch. They were damaged due to the shelling of the armed forces of Ukraine. The progress of work was inspected by Sergey Kiriyenko.

In particular, the first deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Russia called for a halving of the period for the restoration of school No. 22 named after Major General Shaimuratov. It was originally planned that it would take two years.

Sergey Kiriyenko got acquainted with the work of the Health Train project. Teams of medical workers — a cardiologist, an endocrinologist, an ENT specialist, an ophthalmologist, and an ultrasound specialist — conducted an on-site visit with local residents.

19:29 Sappers of the NM of the LPR got certificates of training on the basis of the MPC of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation

19:27 The Severodonetsk Azot association did not receive serious damage during the hostilities. About this during a visit to the liberated city informed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the LPR to Russia Rodion Miroshnik.

"The condition of the plant itself is much better (than the first checkpoint, where the Ukrainian security forces were hiding). That is, we practically did not see visually where it would be collapsed, where there would be serious arrivals. Yes, there were arrivals, yes, there are some minor damages. But visually, the enterprise remained in a fairly good, whole condition," he said. "That is, if it needs to be repaired, then this is a question of repair, restoration work in order to launch it."

19:18 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

— n.p. Novgorodskoye - n.p. Panteleimonovka: 10 each 152mm rounds were fired.

19:08 Lisichansk has been taken and is under the control of the allied forces, RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the scene. Leaving the city, Ukrainian militants blew up and destroyed some of the important administrative buildings, including the city hall.

19:03 With the help of air defense systems over the center of Donetsk, two air targets were hit with an interval of two minutes. With the help of air defense systems over the center of Donetsk, two air targets were hit with an interval of two minutes.

18:59 With the support of the NM of the LPR, representatives of the investigative committee of the Russian Federation, together with volunteers from the humanitarian project "Bukhanka", delivered humanitarian cargo to Severodonetsk

18:56 Air defense is working over Donetsk and Makiivka. Downed at least 2 targets.

18:56 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

— n.p. Peski - Donetsk (Kuibyshevsky district): five shells of 155mm caliber were fired.

18:32 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:

— n.p. Leninskoye - n.p. Gorlovka (settlement of the mine named after Gagarin): seven shells of 122mm caliber were fired;
— n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: fired five shells of 122mm caliber.

18:04 Decree of the Head of the DPR No. 352 of July 2, 2022 created the local administration of the city of Svyatogorsk. Bandura Vladimir Vladimirovich was appointed head of the administration of the city of Svyatogorsk.

17:51 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

— n.p. Peski - Donetsk (Kuibyshevsky district): five shells of 152mm caliber were fired.

17:29 People's Front, with the support of the NM of the LPR, delivered humanitarian aid for civilians and refugees in the village of Varvarovka

17:04 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

- n.p. Novomikhailovka - n.p. Yelenovka: five shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

16:50 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:

- n.p. Novgorodskoye - n.p. Wide Beam: fired six mines in 120mm caliber;
— n.p. Nevelskoye - Donetsk (Kirovskiy district): five shells of 122mm caliber were fired;
— n.p. Codema - n.p. Dolomite: fired 10 shells with a caliber of 152mm;
- n.p. Pervomaiskoye - Donetsk (Kirov district): two missiles were fired from the BM-27 "Hurricane".

16:45 In Lisichansk, there are still local pockets of resistance of the Ukrainian security forces, but already insignificant - the nationalists have completely lost their combat capability and lost control, Marochko said

16:23 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

— n.p. Peski - Donetsk (Kuibyshevsky district): six shells fired with a caliber of 152mm

16:09 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

- n.p. Peski - Donetsk (Kuibyshevsky district): five shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

15:42 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

— n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Kirov district): four shells of 152mm caliber were fired.

15:35 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

— n.p. Novomikhailovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): five shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

15:32 The LPR forces are now almost in the very center of Lisichansk, near the Shakhtar stadium, said Vitaly Kiselev, assistant to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic. On the cadres: hoisting the flag of the USSR at the historical and memorial complex "Memory" in the very center of the city.

15:29 People's militia of the LPR together with volunteers from the Russian Federation delivered humanitarian aid in n.p. popasnaya

15:21 Yakutia will allocate funds to the DPR for the repair of schools, buildings and roads affected by Ukrainian bombing.

The head of the region, Aisen Nikolaev, said during a live broadcast on the social network.

According to him, the work will be completed before the start of the heating season and the school year.

Earlier, the head of Yakutia and the head of the administration of the city of Kirovskoye in the DPR signed a cooperation agreement.

14:28 The LPR confirmed the encirclement of Ukrainian troops in Lisichansk.

The allied forces occupied all the strategic heights around the city, it is completely blocked, said Andrei Marochko, an officer of the People's Militia of the LPR.

13:54 Lisichansk is completely surrounded, "the trap is slammed," said Ramzan Kadyrov.

The city is completely surrounded by allied troops, and a full-scale attack on the settlement will soon begin. The Armed Forces of Ukraine have nowhere to go.

"The nationalists are driven into a corner, it remains only to put the finishing touches," said the head of Chechnya.

13:29 The forces of the LPR and Russia are actively destroying the last centers of resistance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Lisichansk, they are unlikely to be able to leave the city, said a source close to the People's Militia of the LPR.

13:24 Tthe result of a Ukrainian shell explosion in the courtyard of a residential building on Mayakovsky Street, 13, in the village of Panteleymonovka, Central City District of Gorlovka. House building damaged

13:22 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

— n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Kirovskiy district): five shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

13:20 Funnel in Yasinovataya after yesterday's shelling.

12:54 Shelling was recorded from the VFU in the following directions:

— n.p. Nikolaevka Second - n.p. Dolomite: fired five shells with a caliber of 152mm;
— n.p. Dry Balka - n.p. Panteleymonovka: two shells of 152mm caliber were fired.

12:45 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

— n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: fired five shells of 122mm caliber.

12:16 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the following directions:

— n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: fired six shells of 122mm caliber.

12:15 VFU shelled the Gorlovka village of Panteleymonovka. Explosions of enemy shells were recorded near the checkpoint of PJSC "Panteleimonovsky Refractory Plant" on the street. Karl Marx, 2. Nearby apartment buildings were damaged. Thankfully no casualties.

11:47 The first apartment built in the liberated Mariupol will be ready for occupancy in a week.

11:43 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

— n.p. Novgorodskoye - n.p. Panteleymonovka: seven shells of 152mm caliber were fired.

11:31 The Russian Armed Forces liberated Zolotarevka, for the complete encirclement of Lisichansk, it remains to take Belogorovka, which is about six km away, RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the scene

11:26 Shelling was recorded from the VFU in the following directions:

— n.p. Peski - Donetsk (Kuibyshevsky and Kyiv districts): six shells of 152mm caliber were fired;
— n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yakovlevka: five shells of 152mm caliber were fired.

11:02 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the following directions:

— n.p. Codema - n.p. Dolomite: fired five shells with a caliber of 122mm;
— n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Mineral: fired three shells with a caliber of 122mm.

10:55 During the retreat from Severodonetsk, the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine robbed banks.

10:30 Statement by the official representative of the NM DPR on the situation as of 10.30 07/02/2022: the Ukrainian side continues to terrorize the civilian population of the Republic, inflicting massive artillery strikes on residential areas and civilian infrastructure, which in turn are not military facilities and do not pose a danger for the enemy.

Over the past day, according to the DPR JCCC, the enemy fired more than 320 shells from Grad multiple launch rocket systems, 155mm, 152mm and 122mm cannon artillery, as well as 82mm and 120mm mortars.

The fire was fired at the areas of eleven settlements of the Republic. As a result of shelling, twenty civilians were injured, two died. Nineteen residential buildings and four civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged. Additional information about injured civilians and damage to infrastructure is being specified.

Joint actions of the military personnel of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation destroyed the following enemy weapons and military equipment: seven vehicles, five armored personnel carriers and more than sixty personnel.

10:21 Effects of yesterday's shelling of Yasinovataya by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. A total of 14 apartment buildings, five houses of the private sector, industrial and trade facilities were damaged.

10:13 With fire support from the RF Armed Forces, units of the NM LPR continue to carry out successful offensive operations in the Lisichansk area, during which the enemy suffered significant losses in manpower and armored vehicles.

10:01 After 03:00 shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

— n.p. Kurdyumovka - n.p. Gorlovka: three shells of 152mm caliber were fired.

09:12 Situation DNR: 08.20 — Air defense again worked over Donetsk. 05.14 — Fighting continues on the front line around Donetsk. Intense and powerful. 05.05 - Petrovsky district of Donetsk and Trudovskie - restless in the morning. North of Donetsk - ping pong, very noisy.

08:00 Important! LNR troops entered Lisichansk. A kindergarten previously occupied by the Ukrainian army was found on the outskirts of the city. The release continues.

07:42 Kyiv security forces once a day fired at the territory in the zone of responsibility of the LPR, the representative office of the Republic in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire regime reported.

"From the side of the armed formations of Ukraine, shelling was recorded at the village of Rovenky using the Tochka-U tactical missile system (two missiles). As a result of the shelling, 11 residential buildings were damaged, a private garage and a car were destroyed, the contact network of the railway track was damaged, glazing was damaged in a number of industrial and administrative buildings adjacent to the shelling sites."

01:00 Positional battles near Donetsk: volleys of guns thunder in Makiivka

0:16 The situation with the Lisichansk cauldron.

The Lisichansk-Seversk road has not been physically cut yet. That's how they cut it, then it will be possible to talk about the boiler. So for now, we can only talk about the operational environment.
On the evening of June 01, the battles were for Verkhnekamenskoye, Zolotarevka, Novozolotarevka, Controversial, Novodruzhesk, Belaya Gora.

Fighting also continued in Lisichansk. Statements about 30 or even 50 percent control of Lisichansk most likely stem from the fact that the Lisichansk Oil Refinery and adjacent villages + outskirts + industrial zones are considered here. The city center is still firmly under the Armed Forces of Ukraine. For now.

On the Ukrainian side, they say that they can stay there for another three to seven days.

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Fire in the estate of Rimsky-Korsakov in the Pskov region was eliminated
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[REGNUM] In the village of Lyubansk, Pskov region, an open fire was eliminated in the Rimsky-Korsakov Museum-Reserve. This was reported by Interfax, referring to the press service of the regional head office of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

As noted in the press service, there were no casualties in the fire. “The preliminary fire area is 625 square meters. The reason is the careless handling of fire when carrying out hot work during the repair of the roof,” the department said.

We add that, according to the regional head office of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, as a result of a fire, the building burned out on an area of ​​​​200 square meters - only half of the estate was saved. The amount of damage is set.

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Monthly car payments have crossed a record $700. What that means
[NPR] Cars have long had their own special place in America.

The wide open roads, the wind in your hair, the feeling of freedom when you drive. Cars have been celebrated in movies and eternalized in songs for evoking all that.

And right now, that feeling of freedom comes with a pretty hefty price tag. The average monthly car payment crossed $700 a month earlier this year, the highest on record, according to Cox Automotive/Moody's Analytics.

"I joke with people that every new car purchase is a luxury car purchase, I don't care what you're buying," says Ivan Drury, senior manager of insights at the car buying expert Edmunds.

However, cars aren't just a symbol of freedom.

In fact, they play an essential role in the economy. People rely on cars to get to work — 3 out of 4 Americans commute to work by car. Then there's school drop-offs, doctors appointments, grocery shopping and more.

And yet, for more and more Americans owning a car is becoming unaffordable.

"Unfortunately for the segment of the population that probably needs it the most, it's getting more and more out of reach," Drury notes.
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#1  And yet, for more and more Americans owning a car is becoming unaffordable.

But I thought that was the plan ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/03/2022 15:40 Comments || Top||

#2  About what my house payment was 30 or so years ago
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/03/2022 15:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Reducing mobility kills the suburbs, drives people into the hive city, urban sump, where in a generation their kids are taught dependence, guilt and powerlessness.

When you look across the entire panorama of American life today, you see myriad changes that all push people in one direction, towards the modern serfdom of the Matrix and the hive collective where control and monitoring are the most effective. This isn't the arc of history or some other normative evolution, this is the planned long march and in modern times the only source of such strategic thinking are proto-Marxists in the CCP. The irony is, it is our money they use to buy compliance from politicians, educational institutions and the sham media.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/03/2022 16:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Means more renters are going to move into their cars. You can sleep in the car. Can't drive the house to work.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/03/2022 18:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Many years ago, when the first big housing developments began, there were billboards that said, "If you lived here, you'd already be home." Soon, someone was making bumper stickers that said, "If you lived in your car, you'd already be home."

All well and good as a joke, but not any way to live.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/03/2022 18:42 Comments || Top||

#6  The Enviro Greenies love this.
Posted by: Black Charlie Slairt1430 || 07/03/2022 19:17 Comments || Top||

The Dodge Journey we purchased in 2018 cost $16.5K.
A quick check of www.Kbb.com shows it is worth MORE Today USED, than it cost brand NEW.

Tell me this isn't $%^& mess?
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/03/2022 22:20 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Supreme Court Marshal Calls on Officials to Enforce Laws Banning Protests Outside Justices' Homes
[Townhall] The marshal of the Supreme Court is urging Maryland official to act immediately in directing law enforcement to enforce the state's laws prohibiting picketing outside of Supreme Court justices’ homes.

In separate letters sent to Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md) and Democrat Marc Elrich, Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley called for authorities to step in and put an end to picketing "threatening activity," including the use of chanting slogans, using bullhorns, and banging drums outside the homes of SCOTUS justices.

"You recently stated that you were 'deeply concerned' that 'hundreds of demonstrators have recently chosen to picket Supreme Court Justices at their homes in...Maryland," the letter read, adding "since then, protest activity at the Justices' homes, as well as threatening activity, has only increased... jeopardizing 'the integrity of our American judicial system and the safety of our citizen."

Curley cited examples of disturbances including the arrest of a man who attempted to assassinate or kidnap justice Brett Kavanaugh outside of his home.
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#1  I understand the powers that be are claiming the laws against the protests at the homes of the justices are un-Constitutional and will not be generally enforced.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/03/2022 1:32 Comments || Top||

#2  ...till protestors show up at their residence.

Ever notice how the Left never anticipates blow back by people using their own tactics and when it does happen they're 'outraged'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/03/2022 7:33 Comments || Top||

#3  The guy who took a dump in front of Pelosi’s house made a statement for all of us. They should have put that turd in the Smithsonian.
Posted by: Super Hose || 07/03/2022 16:00 Comments || Top||

Pakistan: Coal starts coming in from Afghanistan
A perfectly licit income source for Afghanistan, thanks to the response to Russia invading Ukraine, and one the Taliban will no doubt eventually be grateful for. Unexpected second and third order effects are always so interestingly unexpected.
[Dawn] The country has started importing coal from Afghanistan and supplying it to the coal-fired power plants in different cities, an official told Dawn on Saturday.

"Coal from Afghanistan has started coming in a couple of days ago after the government directed the departments concerned, especially the Pakistain Railways, to make certain arrangements for a safe and rapid coal transport operation," the official said.

"At present, fewer than 3,000 tonnes of coal are being brought daily at the Khushhal Kot railway station. However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
the supply is expected to touch 20,000 tonnes after the beginning of coal operation from Kundian in Mianwali district and Sibi in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
," the official said, adding that the Sibi station would receive coal in trucks via the Wesh-Chaman border.

Earlier, reports suggest that the Afghan coal price more than doubled from $90 per tonne to around $200 after Pakistain decided to buy the commodity from its neighbour.

a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
the official said that since Islamabad was paying for the coal in rupees, the increase in prices might not make a significant impact.

"An important meeting presided over by Federal Minister for Railways and Aviation Khawaja Saad Rafique would also be held in this regard on Sunday (today) at the Pakistain Railways’ headquarters in Lahore. During the meeting, the decisions related to the launch of coal operations within the next few days would also be taken," the official said.

He said that under the agreement, it had also been decided to transport coal to power plants in Sahiwal and Hub through the rail network instead of by road.

...back at the alley, Slats grabbed for his rosco...
presiding over a meeting at the PR headquarters on Saturday, Mr Rafique directed the Pakistain Railways administration to ensure the provision of wagons to transport coal from Afghanistan.

He reviewed different matters related to the railway revenue and transportation of coal from Afghanistan. It was decided that transportation stations would be set up in Sibi, Kundian and Khushhaal Kot. The Railways secretary, chief executive officer and other officers attended the meeting.

In a meeting on June 27, the government decided to import coal from Afghanistan for the coal-fired power plants due to the price hike of petroleum products.

The meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, also approved the import of high-quality coal from Afghanistan in rupees instead of dollars to save the country’s foreign exchange.

The premier was informed during the meeting that the import of coal, initially required for Sahiwal and Hub power plants, from Afghanistan would help Pakistain cut the annual import bill by $2.2 billion.
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Man Killed at the Torkham Border Was Not an Afghan National: Pakistan Embassy
[KhaamaPress] The Pak Embassy in Kabul dismisses reports of an elderly Afghan man attempting suicide by running himself under a trailer tire after Pak border guards refused him entry into Afghanistan.

According to a statement issued by the Pakistain embassy in Kabul, the man in question was a Pak national and the father of Pak journalist Ali Shinwari.

Sources from inside the Pak embassy in Kabul informed the Khaama Press News Agency that the elderly man who did away with himself at the Torkham border in eastern Afghanistan was a Pak national.

The statement issued by the embassy of Pakistain after extending its condolences stated that "We (the embassy) have learnt that unfortunately father of a Pak media news hound came under a trailer at Torkham border today."

The Pak journalist, Ali Shinwari, also confirmed to the Pak embassy in Afghanistan that the man at the Torkham border was his father and had killed himself as a result of mental illness.

Earlier today, reports and videos of a man running into a car after Pak authorities demanded payment for allowing him entry into Afghanistan but he was unable to pay were widely circulated.

Some media outlets identified the man as an Afghan national while others relied on sources contending that the man’s visa had expired.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
officials have not yet commented on the incident, despite a statement from the Pak embassy confirming the man’s identity.
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Science & Technology
Are robot police officers racist? Artificial intelligence predicts crime a WEEK in advance with 90 per cent accuracy – but can also perpetuate human bias, study shows
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • AI can predict crime in US cities a week in advance with 90 per cent accuracy

  • It detects patterns in the geographic locations and time of reported crimes

  • There are concerns the algorithm could perpetuate current systemic biases

  • The researchers stress it should be used in tandem with other policing strategies
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#1  I cannot see why if you have a large sample size with a history of a regular phenomenon this would be so hard to predict.
Posted by: Bernardz || 07/03/2022 2:09 Comments || Top||

#2  In other words it's color blind and in this climate that makes it racist
Posted by: Silentbrick || 07/03/2022 6:12 Comments || Top||

#3  There are concerns the algorithm could perpetuate current systemic biases

Systemic biases aka the new Left term for reality

If you are unwilling to recognize the truth you will never solve the problem.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/03/2022 7:18 Comments || Top||

#4  If you had half a brain, you see the problem.
Posted by: KBK || 07/03/2022 8:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Apparently, the AI has more than the half a brain of the Leftists.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/03/2022 9:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Old problem.

If you concentrate police where crime is a lot of blacks will be arrested.

If you don't, a lot of blacks will be crime victims.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/03/2022 13:09 Comments || Top||

Who's in the News
3Islamic State
3Govt of Pakistain Proxies
2Migrants/Illegal Immigrants
2Sublime Porte
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