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October 10, 2022

Financial Times: While Putin doubles down in Ukraine, his gas gambit is failing

https://www.ft.com/content/be331b8e-3a24-4941-b6d0-aa3041f789cf?ftcamp=traffic/partner/feed_headline/us_yahoo/auddev

"While Russia needs to sell the EU its natural gas, Europe no longer needs these supplies. Gas is becoming a buyer’s market. The energy crunch should be no threat to unified support for Ukraine, let alone Europeans’ comfort this winter, despite Putin’s machinations.

Analysis of underlying supply patterns reveals that, contrary to common belief, Europe is securing enough gas and liquefied natural gas from global markets to fully substitute for lost Russian supplies already. What is more, it can fully replace every last bit of Russian gas without any need for demand destruction or even substitution away from gas.

Since the invasion of Ukraine in February, EU sourcing of Russian gas has plummeted from 46 per cent to 9 per cent. This pivot came partially through increased piped gas from Norway and Algeria. Even more noteworthy, the dramatic increases in shipped LNG imports from the US and elsewhere have replaced the lost Russian vaporous gas from the targeted pipelines. This new supply surge to the EU now approaches, based on our calculations, 40 per cent of total global LNG supply.
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Good short article. Putin's gambit hasn't paid off at all.
September 5, 2022

Yard sign 'Liberty lives here'

So yesterday the hubby & i walked our pup around some streets in our subdivision & saw 2 houses that had a white sign with black letters that said 'Liberty lives here'. I've seen those dark American flag signs at another house, and other RW signs as well. I can't tell if the liberty sign is another one of those masked RW signs as well. Anyone know?

September 1, 2022

HuffPost: RUSSIAN OIL CHIEF AND PUTIN CRITIC PLUNGES TO HIS DEATH

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ravil-maganov-russia-dies-hospital-fall_n_63108241e4b0da54bae623ef

State media later reported Ravil Maganov jumped out of a hospital window and died by suicide. Lukoil, meanwhile, said the chairman died after "severe illness."

Oy vey..another of Putin's critics got too close to the window
August 29, 2022

Trump's Second Term Would Look Like This

Source: The Atlantic

Ever since the U.S. Senate failed to convict Donald Trump for his role in the January 6 insurrection and disqualify him from running for president again, a lot of people, myself included, have been warning that a second Trump term could bring about the extinction of American democracy. Essential features of the system, including the rule of law, honest vote tallies, and orderly succession, would be at risk.

Today, however, we can do more than just speculate about how a second Trump term would unfold, because the MAGA movement has been telegraphing its plans in some detail. In a host of ways—including the overt embrace of illiberal foreign leaders; the ruthless behavior of Republican elected officials since the 2020 election; Trump allies’ elaborate scheming, as uncovered by the House’s January 6 committee, to prevent the peaceful transition of power; and Trump’s own actions in the waning weeks of his presidency and now as ex-president—the former president and his allies have laid out their model and their methods.

Begin with the model. Viktor Orbán has been the prime minister of Hungary twice. His current tenure began in 2010. He is not a heavy-handed tyrant; he has not led a military coup or appointed himself maximum leader. Instead, he follows the path of what he has called “illiberal democracy.” Combining populist rhetoric with machine politics, he and his party, Fidesz, have rotted Hungarian democracy from within by politicizing media regulation, buying or bankrupting independent media outlets, appointing judges who toe the party line, creating obstacles for opposition parties, and more. Hungary has not gone from democracy to dictatorship, but it has gone from democracy to democracy-ish. Freedom House rates it only partly free. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance’s ratings show.


Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/08/trump-2024-reelection-viktor-orban-hungary/671264/



Long article but well worth reading. The GOP are hellbent on orbanizing the country w a full takeover should the GOP win the levers of power again.
August 27, 2022

NYT Editorial Says Prosecuting Trump 'First Step' to End Democracy 'Crisis'

The New York Times said Donald Trump must face prosecution over his "unprecedented assault" on American democracy to show that no one is "above the law."

In an editorial published on Friday, the Times suggested that it is vital that the former president be criminally investigated over his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results, including a plot to install fake electoral officials in a number of key states, before he "roused an armed mob" to storm the Capitol on January 6.

The paper's editorial board said that while "no one should revel" in the prospect of a former president facing criminal prosecution, Trump's actions have "brought shame on one of the world's oldest democracies and destabilized its future."
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The rest of the MSM needs to follow suit!! Way past time!!

August 9, 2022

Asha Rangappa's updated COUP CHART

https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1546580407096934402/photo/1

Best i've seen!! All roads lead to the Con. Justice is coming...
August 9, 2022

LA Times: The Mar-a-Lago search could signal the end of another 'long national nightmare'

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-08-08/donald-trump-mar-a-lago-fbi-warrant-search

Why now? What explains the thunderous revelation that the FBI — doubtless with the approval of those at the highest levels of the Department of Justice — executed a search warrant on Monday at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence? The apparent focus was documents the former president removed from the White House. A very plausible answer is that a charge related to official documents could swiftly and cleanly serve as the basis for a satisfactory resolution of the pox on the country that is Donald Trump.

A more straightforward, prosaic answer to why the warrant was served is that the Department of Justice has assembled evidence of probable cause that evidence of a crime would be found at Trump's Florida home...
If Trump were convicted of this charge, the plain meaning of the law would permanently take him out of commission as a candidate for president, and all talk of his 2024 candidacy would be dead in the water. Likewise, all the support and polarization that the mere possibility of another Trump presidency raises...
Trump would be duly punished. Were he exiled from office, it would remove at a stroke the most dangerous and polarizing aspect of his continued defiance of the rule of law. To adapt the words of President Ford when he pardoned Nixon, Monday’s Mar-a-Lago search could well be the beginning of a fitting and broadly — if not universally — accepted end to our latest “long national nightmare.”
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Couldn't happen faster. Gotta hand it to Merrick Garland..good timing! Next? the Con in handcuffs please!
August 8, 2022

Need recommendation on a slow cooker

Earlier this afternoon i packed my 7-quart Gourmia crockpot with ingredients to make pho soup. Plugged it in & it crapped out on me.
I 've had this one for almost 4 years, and purchased a manual one on purpose since my previous expensive digital slow cooker only lasted 2 years. I have a 4qt manual original Crock pot brand that is over 20 years old still works but i need a large one for soups, etc. Would love your recommendation on a good one &whether i should go manual or digital. Thanks!

August 8, 2022

Need recommendation on a slow cooker

Earlier this afternoon i packed my 7-quart Gourmia crockpot with ingredients to make pho soup. Plugged it in & it crapped out on me.
I 've had this one for almost 4 years, and purchased a manual one on purpose since my previous expensive digital slow cooker only lasted 2 years. I have a 4qt manual original Crock pot brand that still works but i need a large one for soups, etc. Would love your recommendation on a good one &whether i should go manual or digital. Thanks!

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