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Name: Tom Conroy
Gender: Male
Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Current location: Langley, Virginia
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 7,090

About Me

Member of NAFO. Living large on an enormous CIA paycheck.

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Another Patron Instagram video


Patron: Bad News Days.



Patron video!


Captured from Instagram so I had to do as a link.

Patron with the postmaster of Ukraine visiting the dog shelters Patron's stamps help build

People are marching in Iran!


Short thread.

Prof Timothy Snyder on how the Ukraine war will end.

"Putin began this war for basically political aims. He's not going to be able to achieve those aims. And at a certain point, the costs for him politically at home will become great enough that he will have to find a way to change the subject. He'll have to find some kind of a way to pivot. I think if he takes too long, what happens is that his popularity, which is going down, will be a problem. His rivals, who now have much more articulate voices, will feel like they can take even more public stands.

"The people who have made some kind of career fighting in Ukraine will also want to have a voice. And he's going to face a situation of a kind of growing, oligarchical pluralism around him. And as that struggle for power continues, and in my view, it's already begun. At a certain point, the people involved will not think it makes sense to have troops in Ukraine anymore when there's a struggle for power going on in Russia. That is a normal ... I admit not as exciting as nuclear war, but that's a normal way for the war to end. And I think that that's the track that we're on."

On where war has left Ukraine

"In the Ukrainian case, there is a Ukrainian state and Ukrainian society which unambiguously is fighting a war. And the situation in Afghanistan or even in Vietnam was much more complicated. I mean, here we have one legitimate democratically elected government where popular opinion is on the side of not only fighting the war, but very much on the side of receiving the kind of help of the United States that it's getting. I think in order to minimize the kind of trauma that you're talking about, the most important thing is to end this war as quickly as possible, which means Ukrainians winning this war as quickly as possible.

"Because I think fundamentally, Julia is right. The only way this conflict can end is if the Russians realize in some kind of fundamental way that this imperial adventure is over, that that Russia is going to have to be built on different principles besides invading Ukraine, that Russia is going to have to decide what it is besides just being the anti-Ukraine, that they have to have some kind of other politics besides the politics of us and them.


Statement of the Ukraine Ministry of Defense released today.


A few of my thoughts about Ukraine

I've been a loud mouth about this cause. I actually left this site for a while because I knew if I expressed my strong disagreements with the Biden administration policy I would be banned. But now, as some democrats align themselves with Putin and trump I'd like to say a few things.
1. I wanted Ukraine to negotiate back in March when Ukraine was negotiating. Then we found out about Bucha.
2. All wars do not end with negotiations. The Civil War and WW II did not.
3. Ukraine will not start WW III. Ukraine has no nuclear weapons to launch at Russia. It has no control over what Russia will do. If Russia launches nuclear weapons in Ukraine it will be up to the West to respond or more specifically the US or more specifically Joe Biden. Ukraine has no control over that response, if there is one. Ukraine will continue to fight even if Putin uses nuclear weapons or other wmd.
4. The war will end sooner if the West provides more and better weapons to Ukraine: tanks, ACATMS shells, F16s. But if the West chooses not to do that Ukraine will continue to fight.
5. If you agree with any of the above write your congress person and say so. You can make a difference. I owe Rosa DeLauro another letter

NY Times: 'Appalling' scores on national exams show devastating toll of Covid on students

U.S. students in most states and across almost all demographic groups have experienced troubling setbacks in both math and reading, according to an authoritative national exam released on Monday, offering the most definitive indictment yet of the pandemicís impact on millions of schoolchildren.

In math, the results were especially devastating, representing the steepest declines ever recorded on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the nationís report card, which tests a broad sampling of fourth and eighth graders and dates to the early 1990s.

In the testís first results since the pandemic began, math scores for eighth graders fell in nearly every state. A meager 26 percent of eighth graders were proficient, down from 34 percent in 2019.

Fourth graders fared only slightly better, with declines in 41 states. Just 36 percent of fourth graders were proficient in math, down from 41 percent.

Math Scores Fell in Nearly Every State, and Reading Dipped on National Exam https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/24/us/math-reading-scores-pandemic.html?unlocked_article_code=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACEIPuonUktbfqYhlSFUZBybIRp8ipwGGwOLCybA9gHC7NyOSUztZivwcBYSN_kbGI6p_Yt95lxKqeOh8Cp59Dvpj0r0YeEV3VwijppbDlMQMKSw4oo_2Bmlr1NeQDb0ztDWzNDP8de0gnLaz4xvWOTHqS7WfhSN6XHttppFvc1Cu3XAalOySQqMuhI4Ijbp2DYt6RDwAeCGIo_Lubh10M9yAZRzfgRIkD6AbAXqA2I7BtM9TNVlaGlnET3hg4W4j6d06ONIfPav3KhVIa9Mg89AxRFiqXZ1YwXwihcYG

Patron's stamps are beginning to pay off!


101st Airborne division deploys to Romania They say it's not for training.


They are there to reassure allies and deter others.
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