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How vaccination status might predict views on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine (Toronto Star)


No surprises here... Probably even more sharply drawn in the US.

Don't Worry Be Happy - Ukraine Naval Band (Odesa)


A Russian Youtuber talks about her family's flight from Russia

Very matter of fact discussion. I have followed her for about 9 months, but this move by her is truly heroic.

Watch and listen if you want to understand things are not black and white in Russia.

Ukrainian kids on their first day at their Italian school


Picked a bad time to cut onions



How organisations enshrine collective stupidity and employees are rewarded for checking their brains at the office door

Just thought this might appeal to several people like me who work, or have worked, for large corporations.

How World War II scientists invented a data-driven approach to fighting fascism


Many good quotes:

Though their experiences with the Holocaust suggested a causal connection between hatred of Jews and the rise of fascism, it turned out that people with authoritarian tendencies were more accurately described as ethnocentric. Authoritarians believed their own group was superior and expressed racism against a wide range of other people.

Another discovery was that authoritarians tended to distrust science and strongly disliked the idea of using imagination to solve problems. They preferred to stick to tried-and-true traditional methods of organizing society. Many believed that force was the best way to deal with conflict, partly because war is an inevitable outgrowth of human nature. Another personality trait that emerged had to do with sexuality. Authoritarians were rigidly opposed to homosexuality, occasionally suggesting that homosexuals should be killed or at least jailed. But more generally, they were fascinated by regulating other people's sex lives, often speculating about the "wild sex life" of groups they hated, whether those were artists, "weak" politicians, or racial minorities.

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