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Name: Tom Conroy
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Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Current location: Langley, Virginia
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 7,106

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

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My Patron stamps came today all the way from Kyiv!


Kind of neat. It took about 4 weeks. A journey through war.
25 bucks thru Amazon. The money goes to a demining vehicle and what ever is left over goes to Ukraine animal shelters.

Mark Sumner of the Daily Kos does top drawer analysis of the war in Ukraine

Tuesday was one of those days when things changed so quickly that a map of the battlefield in some areas in the evening barely resembled that of the same areas in the morning. In two different areas of northeastern Ukraine, towns and villages were liberated, the area under Russian occupation was diminished, and remaining Russian forces in the region were placed at a sharply higher risk.

Though there are other things happening that are certainly important, it’s hard not to look first at the areas where Ukraine made big moves in the last 24 hours—and where current maps are almost certainly several steps behind the situation on the ground.

Link in a minute:


Dr. Howard Forman on the purpose of vaccines.


Good question Doc!

The Lyman Gap grows smaller by the hour

Supposedly Putler himself has given a no retreat order.



A Russian commander inspires the new recruits!

Pretty funny. Patton he ain't:


Gazprom threatens to stop paying Ukraine gas transit fees

Hard to believe but all through the war natural gas has been flowing from Russia via a pipeline in Ukraine and Russia has been paying Ukraine money to allow it.


Gazprom Threatens Ukraine With Non-Payment for Gas Transit in Fresh Escalation
September 27, 2022, 2:04 pm
By Geoffrey Smith

Investing.com -- Russian gas monopoly Gazprom (MCX:GAZP) took an important step toward cutting off almost all of its remaining supplies to the EU on Tuesday, as the Kremlin pulled its last remaining levers to pressure western and central Europe into dropping its support for Ukraine.

In a post on its official Telegram channel, Gazprom said it may seek to add the Ukrainian gas pipeline operator Naftogaz Ukrainy to Russia's list of sanctioned entities, ratcheting up a dispute over the Ukrainian company's alleged failure to ship Russian gas westward according to its sales contract.

This would prevent it from paying Ukraine its usual transit fees, a move that would pave the way for the suspension of physical shipments.

Gazprom claimed that it had no other option, because the jurisdictions where the two parties had agreed to submit their disputes for arbitration - Sweden and Switzerland - have turned hostile to Russia, denying it the chance of a fair hearing.


It's the last operating Russian gas line to Europe.

The Lyman pocket is closing in Ukraine


The Russian war correspondent wargonzo fled the town. A sure sign the end is near.


And the word from Def Mon: Motti, which is Finnish for encirclement, dating back to the russia- Finland War of 1940.


A recent update on the Battle for Lyman in Ukraine by Prof. Astor.

I believe this describes the situation as of this AM. Prof. Astor is a military historian and I think does a good job of explaining confusing maps. The situation is changing by the hour.


Short thread. The video he references confirms what I'm reading. I don't know whose doing it. Good, once you get past the accent.

I should warn that I tend to be optimistic and pick out stuff I hope is true. I've been wrong before. But Prof Astor is pretty good on military stuff.

Jackie Kennedy watched the 1st JFK-Nixon debate with a Special guest

62 years ago tonight.


Yale Prof. Timothy Snyder lecture 6: The Making of Modern Ukraine

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