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Mme. Defarge

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Question about ending our war in Afghanistan.

Has it allowed us to be stronger in our support of Ukraine?

DU format on iPhone question.

A few days ago the DU format changed on my phone. Now there are blocks of white space making navigation more cumbersome and less aesthetic. I have reviewed my browser settings and tried tweaking things, but without fixing the problem.

Any suggestions?

A metaphor for the war in Ukraine?

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2022/03/20/pigs-fight-black-bear-that-jumped-in-pen-connecticut-orig-jc.cnn


'I'm still in shock': Woman stunned by pig pen surveillance video

Rebecca Shaw was shocked when she watched a black bear enter her pig's pen. Watch as Hamlet and Mary courageously fend off the bear.Source: CNN

A canary in the coal mine for Putin's invasion?

Could it have been those magnificent Irish fishermen who forced the Russian navy to back off?

I can't get this song out of my head despite its cartoonish

and controversial depiction of a historic battle.



"The Battle of New Orleans" is a song written by Jimmy Driftwood. The song describes the Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the song tells the tale of the battle with a light tone and provides a rather comical version of what actually happened at the battle. It has been recorded by many artists, but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton. His version scored number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959 (see 1959 in music). Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1959, it was very popular with teenagers in the late 1950s/early 1960s in an era mostly dominated by rock and roll music.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Battle_of_New_Orleans

Feel free to weigh in.

Met up at a favorite restaurant with longtime close friend the other evening. While I did not have much to say about myself, having spent much of the past two years in voluntary solitary confinement, I wanted to hear all about her sudden whirlwind romance and engagement.

During a recent FaceTime happy hour, which included her fiancť, Iím not sure how the subject came up but she started talking about how great his retirement income was. It isnít something I would have brought up, but I let the discussion topic run itís course and said something like, ďThatís greatĒ for the sake of politeness.

However, when she again brought up the subject of his very generous retirement income at dinner l felt disturbed by it. She knows how much my retirement income is - which allows me to live comfortably and enjoy a few pleasures, and her income has been roughly the same, but way below his apparent tax bracket.

So, am I envious? No. I have what I need and have never aspired to great wealth. Again, I listened and made polite nods to her apparent good fortune, but am left with questions about the etiquette surrounding discussions of money in social situations.

Pootin's exit strategy?

Just say that all the Nazis have been eliminated.
Mission Accomplished! He could be dressed for combat and land on an aircraft carrier where he would make the announcement.
Posted by Mme. Defarge | Wed Mar 9, 2022, 02:56 PM (8 replies)

Four Horsemen of the Gentrification Apocalypse

"There are four horsemen of the gentrification apocalypse," he says, "craft breweries, small ladies walking tinier dogs, a Whole Foods, and a coffee shop."

https://www.npr.org/2022/03/08/1084499781/coffee-origins-east-africa

This is a fascinating read about the origins, rituals and aesthetics of coffee.
Posted by Mme. Defarge | Tue Mar 8, 2022, 07:02 PM (0 replies)

Did Rep. Tlaib

give her speech tonight? Havenít found any mention of it.

Russia Is a Potemkin Superpower

Beware, Vladimir Putin: Spring is coming. And when it does, youíll lose much of whatever leverage you had left.


https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/28/opinion/putin-military-sanctions-weakness.html

Incidentally, one puzzle about Russiaís pre-Ukraine image of strength was how a kleptocratic regime managed to have an efficient, effective military. Maybe it didnít?

Still, Putin has one remaining ace in the hole: Feckless policies have made Europe deeply dependent on Russian natural gas, potentially inhibiting the Westís response to his aggression.

But Europe mainly burns gas for heat; gas consumption is 2.5 times higher in the winter than it is in the summer. Well, winter will soon be over ó and the European Union has time to prepare for another winter without Russian gas if itís willing to make some hard choices.

As I said, Putin may well take Kyiv. But even if he does, he will have made himself weaker, not stronger. Russia now stands revealed as a Potemkin superpower, with far less real strength than meets the eye.
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