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Posted in: Ukraine steelworks troops surrender as Russian soldier says sorry See in context

The U.S. Congress approved a $40-billion aid package for Ukraine Thursday as Washington ramped up support for Kyiv.

Know the names of the Republican Putin supporters...

Ten other Republican senators joined Paul in voting against the motion to advance the security package on Monday; many of these senators made supportive statements about Ukraine’s plight following Russia’s invasion:

Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)

John Boozman (Ark.)

Mike Braun (Ind.)

Mike Crapo (Idaho)

Bill Hagerty (Tenn.)

Josh Hawley (Mo.)

Mike Lee (Utah)

Roger Marshall (Kan.)

Tommy Tuberville (Ala.)

Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.)

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Posted in: Japan to double Ukraine aid to $600 million See in context

Earlier this week, Japan signed a $300 million loan agreement with Ukraine. With the latest decision, Japan is extending a total of $600 million in loans to the country.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20220519_02/

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Posted in: Battle for Mariupol draws toward close after surrender See in context

A separatist leader in the region said no top commanders had emerged from the steelworks.

I doubt you will ever see those guys again. Russians are not real big on keeping prisoners that inspire people.

Russia has just sent one of it's most advanced tanks into Ukraine.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/russia-s-much-vaunted-terminator-war-vehicles-deployed-in-ukraine/ar-AAXpR64

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Posted in: U.S. gov't to fly in baby formula on military contracted planes See in context

Once again, if you look at any problem long enough you will see the government as the root cause.

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Posted in: Russian soldier pleads guilty at Ukraine war crimes trial See in context

"I was only following orders" did not work out so well for the last army that used it.

Russia had by far the highest casualties in World War 2 (3 to 4 times as many as Germany). Russia considers their military cannon fodder and has no regard for them in their strategy. It's amazing that the Russians don't rebel.

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Posted in: Finland, Sweden submit NATO membership application See in context

So Putin's reckless venture into Ukraine did bring about some good. Welcome Finland and Sweden.

Throw Turkey out of NATO if they block others.

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Posted in: N Korea reports 232,880 suspected COVID-19 cases See in context

Sounds like some officials will be disappearing.

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Posted in: Sweden, Finland push ahead with NATO bids as Turkey objects See in context

Erdogan is just playing tough guy for his home audience, and maybe trying to squeeze some concession out of NATO to continue his attacks on the Kurds in Iraq without interference. If he actually had power to block Finland and Sweden from joining NATO, he would have done so privately a few months ago instead of waiting until there was near universal support and making a public display. BTW, Turkish drones and other weapons sales have been of great help to Ukraine and there is no indication Turkey will stop the supply.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/cheap-lethal-turkish-drones-bolster-ukraines-defenses-83498682

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth II makes surprise appearance to mark new subway line See in context

God bless her! Still styling in her 90’s!

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Posted in: In rare hearing, Pentagon reports rise in UFO sightings in past 20 years See in context

If indeed real, they have not only figured out how to ignore or null out gravity, but also to accelerate the object's mass/atoms uniformly, in order to make those extreme maneuvers. Interesting stuff.

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Posted in: Rescue mission under way at Azovstal steelworks in Ukraine as hundreds evacuated See in context

Prisoner exchanges have been occurring throughout the war. Very likely exchange arrangements were made prior to the surrender. This benefits both countries to have this location emptied.

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Posted in: N Korea reports 270,000 new fever cases amid COVID crisis See in context

Kim has already solved the problem. As of yesterday 7 out of 10 of his country's best doctors said he was doing an excellent job fighting COVID-19. As of this morning all 7 out of 7 say he Is doing an excellent job.

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Posted in: 4-year-old girl dies after being hit by car driven by father See in context

How awful for the family, especially the dad having to live with this accident for the rest of his life.

A child's death is always tragic.

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Posted in: U.S. death toll from COVID hits 1 million See in context

More than 250,000 children have lost a parent or a primary caregiver to COVID-19.

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Posted in: Once-neutral Sweden seeks NATO membership in historic shift See in context

Russia’s plan to intimidate neighboring countries from joining NATO is backfiring. Sweden and Finland will be good NATO alliances. Russia will get boxed in even more.

Norway, Iceland, Denmark, and UK have all pledged military support for Sweden and Finland during interim before they are full NATO members.

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Posted in: Sweden, Finland take steps toward NATO membership See in context

Near the "Finnish" Line.

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Posted in: California churchgoers detained gunman in deadly attack See in context

You notice how CA has a high number of shootings? They also have a lot of "gun control." They haven't figured out that the problem is the mental patient, not the gun.

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Posted in: Buffalo shooter targeted Black neighborhood, officials say See in context

So much for background checks. There is no way that this person should have had access to firearms. His recent background of mental illness including hospitalization and threats known to the government should have popped up somewhere. It is clear from this incident that it is the shooter and not the gun that is the problem. Background checks are largely a feel good exercise, if we can't find someone like this shooter. Whomever provided him access to firearms and knew about his background is an accomplice. Until we stop the diversion of chasing guns and start really focusing on the shooter, we will not be successful in addressing this problem.

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Posted in: Man who mistakenly received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes See in context

His name, picture and address:

https://tokyophotogenicteam.com/taguchi-shou/

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Posted in: Sweden, Finland take steps toward NATO membership See in context

It shouldn't surprise anyone if Putin managed to cut a backroom deal with Turkey to scuttle Finland's attempt at joining NATO. Russia's acumen for bribery seems far superior to their military skills.

Turkey is no friend of the US or NATO, if it wasn't for that military base there it would probably not be a member. And Turkey has been known to nuzzle up to shady regimes.

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Posted in: California churchgoers detained gunman in deadly attack See in context

Let’s see, who has been protesting at churches lately?

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Posted in: N Korea reports 15 more COVID-19 deaths; hundreds of thousands of fever cases See in context

North Korea on Saturday reported 21 new deaths and 174,440 more people with fever symptoms

Multiply that 21 figure by 1000, and you’ll probably be closer to the truth. On the positive side, there is no obesity or diabetes problem in North Korea (other than in its leader).

These folks are underweight and malnourished and lack basic medical care. They don’t have much in the way of immune systems to fight this off.

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Posted in: Iran media report 1 killed in unrest over food price hikes See in context

The Arab Spring was ignited by food shortages. These protests are going to occur across the ME, Africa, Latin America, parts of Asia, and cause enormous chaos.

Pray for the Iranian people. They live under an oppressive regime.

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Posted in: McConnell, GOP senators meet Zelenskyy in surprise Kyiv stop See in context

How much did this needless trip cost taxpayers? Meeting could have been done on Zoom or something equivalent.

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Posted in: 10 dead, suspect, 18, arrested in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket See in context

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted said she is "closely monitoring" the shooting at the Tops grocery store in Buffalo.

Thank God the Governor is”closely monitoring the situation”. At this point, what difference does that make? Police, first responders, etc. are handling the situation. Why do politicians think it makes us feel better if they are closely monitoring the situation? In most instances, things go a lot better if politicians just stay out of the way.

https://edition.cnn.com/us/live-news/buffalo-supermarket-mass-shooting/h_05ae001257179186ab3d95fd9e311bce

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Posted in: Kremlin warns of retaliation after Finland moves toward NATO See in context

Interesting as Russia pretty much convinced Finland through its actions and rhetoric that it is not safe to be an isolated nation that borders Russia.

It's not ironic that Finland and Sweden have talked about joining NATO after their decades of relative neutrality regarding Euro-Russian relations. It's predictable.

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Posted in: G7 foreign ministers discuss Ukraine war, impact See in context

Making promises is easy. It's when the time comes to write the check that you find out how committed everyone is. I heard Italy says stopping Russia's energy exports was off the table. That is probably all Putin had to hear.

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Posted in: N Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles toward sea See in context

Earlier Thursday, North Korean state media confirmed the country’s first COVID-19 infections as Kim ordered nationwide lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus.

In other words, just an average day in NK.

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Posted in: Finland's leaders call for NATO membership 'without delay' See in context

NATO was created to counter the threat from the USSR. Putin proves today that the need for NATO is just as important as ever.

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Posted in: Twitter execs out; hirings halt as Musk buy looms See in context

That's pretty normal for executive leadership to be turned over before or shortly-after a buyout. What we'll eventually find out is how many Twitter employees didn't like how the company operated and censored conservative thought.

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