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Ukraine War Day #279: A Mother’s Grief, Part II

Κρέων: Creon: ἀμήχανον δὲ παντὸς ἀνδρὸς ἐκμαθεῖν It’s impossible to really know a man, to know his soul, ψυχήν τε καὶ φρόνημα καὶ γνώμην, πρὶν ἂν his mind and will, before one witnesses ἀρχαῖς τε καὶ νόμοισιν ἐντριβὴς φανῇ. his … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #278: A Mother’s Grief, Part I

Dear Readers: I don’t like to get into numbers games about how many casualties, etc. War is war, and soldiers die. However, the best estimate I saw was from Brian Berletic on his “New Atlas” podcast, which you can find … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #277: Apocalypse Tonight!

Dear Readers: This piece, by reporter Alexander Boyko (Title: Apocalypse In the Dark), paints a very bleak picture of today’s wartime Ukraine, and how much ordinary people are suffering. If, during the years 2014-22 only the residents of the Donbass … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #276: Let’s Talk Ammonia (Part III)

Dear Readers: Concluding this mini-series within a series, with my review of this piece by reporter Darya Volkova. Darya’s main source is an economist named Ivan Lizan. We have met Ivan before in previous posts, which is why I was … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #275: Let’s Talk Ammonia (Part II)

Dear Readers: Continuing our discussion. The Viktor Alksnis tweet was in response to this piece from November 23. The lede paragraph: Ukraine may permit the transit of ammonia from Russia; but only in the context of a prisoner exchange in … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #274: Let’s Talk Ammonia (Part I)

Dear Readers: Valued reader Ortensio F. posted a comment on my blog alluding to a Telegram “Tweet” posted yesterday by Viktor Alksnis, aka “The Black Colonel”. I want to discuss this tweet, but I plan to do this in two … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #273: Kiev Regime Searches Monastery

Dear Readers: I don’t often write about religion because, honestly, it is not a topic that interests me. But I realize that many people are religious and care about these matters deeply. And I can understand why Russian Orthodox Christians … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #272: Why Shell A Nuclear Power Plant? Mystery Explained

Hamlet:Slanders, sir; for the satirical rogue says here that oldmen have grey beards, that their faces are wrinkled, theireyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum, and that they have aplentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams; all which, … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #271: To The Last Ukrainian (concluded)

Dear Readers: To help us figure out what is going on in Kherson, I have two pieces, this one from yesterday (reporter is Mikhail Moshkin), and this op-ed from a couple of days ago, written by Igor Karaulov, the title … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #270: To The Last Ukrainian…

Dear Readers; When nations are at war, it is normal for warriors to indulge in boasts and taunts, on either side. But this practice should probably be retired, especially in the era of the internet, WHICH REMEMBERS EVERYTHING, and then … Continue reading

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