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Mike 03

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Hometown: Modesto California
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From Russia with Blood by Heidi Blake

Subtitled, The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West

It's absolutely riveting and shocking. It's the fifth book I've read about Putin's Russia and I'm leaning towards it being my favorite because it clearly explains some things the other books glossed over.

They thought they had found a safe haven in the green hills of England. They were wrong. One by one, the Russian oligarchs, dissidents, and gangsters who fled to Britain after Vladimir Putin came to power dropped dead in strange or suspicious circumstances. One by one, their British lawyers and fixers met similarly grisly ends. Yet, one by one, the British authorities shut down every investigation-and carried on courting the Kremlin.

The spies in the riverside headquarters of MI6 looked on with horror as the scope of the Kremlin's global killing campaign became all too clear. And, across the Atlantic, American intelligence officials watched with mounting alarm as the bodies piled up, concerned that the tide of death could spread to the United States. Those fears intensified when a one-time Kremlin henchman was found bludgeoned to death in a Washington, D.C. penthouse. But it wasn't until Putin's assassins unleashed a deadly chemical weapon on the streets of Britain, endangering hundreds of members of the public in a failed attempt to slay the double agent Sergei Skripal, that Western governments were finally forced to admit that the killing had spun out of control.


"making huge inroads with blacks and Latinos"

Wow, just off the top of my head...

First off, I agree with so many of yours:

90s only? (I think these are all 90s albums)

Siamese Dream
Hole - Live Through This
Nirvana - Nevermind
Nirvana - In Utero
U2 - Achtung Baby
Belly- Star
REM - Automatic for the People
The Breeders - Last Splash
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie
Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
Elvis Costello - Mighty Like a Rose
REM - Adventures in Hi Fi

"But my god, how could you forget Sonic Youth, Dirty?"
"Oh, yes! Add that to the list..."

But there's also Zooropa... This is so hard...

Actually, there are so many. That was a great decade.

Everything is backwards and upside down.

The last two books I've read have been about Russia since Putin took over. And what scares me are the similarities. We're moving in the direction of nothing making any sense.

A bar would be the last place I'd go

When people have a few drinks they start to feel warm and fuzzy and throw caution to the wind, feeling invincible, getting up in each other's faces, hugging, kissing, singing old songs, dancing... until that fifth or sixth drink when things turn ugly. Then they are shouting and spitting in each other's faces over stuff that happened twenty years ago.

Yeah, I don't understand this talking point some Dems have that we should

"turn the page" on this administration, move on and forget about holding people accountable. My fantasy is that the Biden administration hires so many forensic accountants that children deciding what to study in college think, "Wow, I want to be a forensic accountant because there are so many job opportunities in Washington!"

I'm loathe to ever make predictions about what Trump can pull off.

But some of the facts as they seem to be unfolding:

There are more of us than them.
Trump is asking "them" to take foolish life-and-death risks.
Many of "them" are taking these foolish life-and-death risks.

It seems to me like the pool of "them" will grow smaller at a faster rate than our pool of smarter, more cautious people. Now, unfortunately, this excludes the people who are forced back to work against their better judgment, or the pool of individuals in long-term living residences, who are in a terrible predicament, and I worry about them.

Also, as Trumpsters begin to lose family members and friends to this virus, or watch their lives destroyed by contracting it (and surviving), some may finally see what's happening here.

For me it keeps coming back to all of the dead and dying Americans, and that all the spin in the world can't hide a growing mountain of corpses, and this president's utter indifference to all the suffering and dying. The other thing you can't hide is an overwhelmed hospital system.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Have You Ever Seen The Rain (CCR cover)

Maybe he won't even care about that because he'll be fixated on

trying to salvage the Trump Organization. He'll have so many deals in tatters, so many investigations into his finances, and so many lawsuits that unless there's a lot of money in it he might eschew politics altogether except for the occasional RW interview. Maybe I'm wrong but I expect most of the conservative movement to distance itself immediately from Trump, since he will no longer be of any practical use.

About this recently arrested serial killer in Waterloo Iowa

Clark Perry Baldwin is reported to be a 58 year old long haul truck driver who has been tied to a number of murders committed in the 1990s. Whenever detectives discover a killer who has been active for so many years they naturally yearn to know if he's connected to other cases.

Trucker charged in serial killings faces scrutiny across US

What caught my eye about this guy is that Waterloo, Iowa is less than five miles from Evansdale, Iowa, the location of a notorious, high profile and still unsolved double murder of two little girls, Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins in July 2012. They were cousins and best friends who went to ride their bikes at a park and were abducted or lured away by their killer in broad daylight. It was an awful case that received enormous attention. It took five months to find the bodies and the authorities were extremely tight-lipped about the case thereafter. It was a very shocking case and some of you may recall it.

Map: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Evansdale,+Iowa/Waterloo,+IA/

Iowa Cold Case:

Some thoughts:

I don't know if this is still considered true, but I remember reading not that long ago that it was extremely rare for a serial killer to stop killing unless he was 1) convicted of some other crime and imprisoned, or 2) was dead from another cause, or burns out and commits suicide. So I'm expecting Clark Baldwin to be connected to other homicides. Has he been active all this time?

Arguing against a connection is that his MO seems to be that he preyed on women who worked around truck stops far from where he lived, and to imagine him preying on children so close to where he resides would be a dramatic change of tactic. But we know so little about this killer; we know of two or three murders committed more than two decades ago so it's too early to say for sure what his patterns might have evolved into. Some serial killers do change their targets and methods as they evade the scrutiny of law enforcement and grow more emboldened.

Of course this may be nothing more than a coincidence. But I sure would like to know what happened to Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. Their day of justice is long past due.

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