… How Telegram Became the Digital Battlefield in the Russia-Ukraine War …

Before the Russian military invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, Nataliia Nezhynska had never used Telegram. Now she can’t go a day without the messaging app. It feeds her an endless stream of updates from her native city of Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine, to her home in Lorton, Va. “What the Army is doing, how many … Continue reading … How Telegram Became the Digital Battlefield in the Russia-Ukraine War …

… Putin’s War in Ukraine … through the Cameras …

  Police officers remove the body of a passer-by killed in an airstrike that hit Kyiv’s main television tower the day before. Local men digging a bunker and building a checkpoint at the edge of their village in Hushchyntsi. The body of a Russian soldier next to an armored vehicle that Ukrainian soldiers said was … Continue reading … Putin’s War in Ukraine … through the Cameras …

… Ukrainians Find That Relatives in Russia Don’t Believe It’s a War …

...Many Ukrainians are encountering a confounding and frustrating backlash from family members in Russia who have bought into the official Kremlin messaging.   LVIV, Ukraine — Four days after Russia began dropping artillery shells on Kyiv, Misha Katsiurin, a Ukrainian restaurateur, was wondering why his father, a church custodian living in the Russian city of … Continue reading … Ukrainians Find That Relatives in Russia Don’t Believe It’s a War …

… “We stay in Berlin, period.” President Harry Truman, June, 1948 … … Ukraine March 2022

"We stay in Berlin, period." President Harry Truman, June, 1948 The Berlin Airlift, 1948–1949 At the end of the Second World War, U.S., British, and Soviet military forces divided and occupied Germany. Also divided into occupation zones, Berlin was located far inside Soviet-controlled eastern Germany. The United States, United Kingdom, and France controlled western portions of … Continue reading … “We stay in Berlin, period.” President Harry Truman, June, 1948 … … Ukraine March 2022

… What Does It Mean for AI to Understand? …

It’s simple enough for AI to seem to comprehend data, but devising a true test of a machine’s knowledge has proved difficult. Maggie Chiang for Quanta Magazine Remember IBM’s Watson, the AI Jeopardy! champion? A 2010 promotionproclaimed, “Watson understands natural language with all its ambiguity and complexity.” However, as we saw when Watson subsequently failed … Continue reading … What Does It Mean for AI to Understand? …

…. In Scrutinizing Trump and His Allies, Jan. 6 Panel Adopts Prosecution Tactics …

The House committee investigating the assault on the Capitol and what led to it is employing techniques more common in criminal cases than in congressional inquiries. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol has hired two former U.S. attorneys and more than a dozen other former federal prosecutors. The House select … Continue reading …. In Scrutinizing Trump and His Allies, Jan. 6 Panel Adopts Prosecution Tactics …

…The future of American power …

Why the end of America’s empire won’t be peaceful This By-invitation commentary is part of a series by global thinkers on the future of American power—examining the forces shaping the country's global standing, from the rise of China to the withdrawal from Afghanistan.   As it leaves Afghanistan in chaos, America’s decline mirrors Britain’s a … Continue reading …The future of American power …

… Dave Barry’s … 2021 Year In Review…

Is there anything positive we can say about 2021? Yes. We can say that it was marginally better than 2020. Granted, this is not high praise. It’s like saying that somebody is marginally nicer than Hitler. But it’s something. What was better about 2021? For one thing, people finally emerged from their isolated pandemic cocoons … Continue reading … Dave Barry’s … 2021 Year In Review…

…The Inventors of America’s Most Dangerous Idea …

Freedom was once a rallying cry for justice, but the country’s Realtors had a better use for it. Conservatives in America have, in recent months, used the idea of freedom to argue against wearing masks, oppose vaccine mandates, and justify storming the Capitol. They routinely refer to themselves as “freedom-loving Americans.” Freedom, as a cause, … Continue reading …The Inventors of America’s Most Dangerous Idea …

… Pandora Papers …

  Millions of leaked documents and the biggest journalism partnership in history have uncovered financial secrets of 35 current and former world leaders more than 330 politicians and public officials in 91 countries and territories, and a global lineup of fugitives, con artists and murderers. The secret documents expose offshore dealings of the King of … Continue reading … Pandora Papers …

..FBI Investigation of Failed Mercenary Plot implicates Eric Prince …

Investigators are probing Eric Prince’s involvement in the attempted sale of Jordanian military equipment as part of a 2019 plan to help self-declared Libyan leader Khalifa Hifter. The FBI IS investigating a failed 2019 mercenary plot related to the civil war in Libya and has sought to determine what role, if any, private military contractor … Continue reading ..FBI Investigation of Failed Mercenary Plot implicates Eric Prince …

… When Tony Bennett hears the opening notes of a familiar song, he still knows what to do…

When Tony Bennett hears the opening notes of a familiar song, he still knows what to do. Let someone start believing in you… Steady on his feet, he takes his place alongside the piano. Let him hold out his hand… His smile grows wide; his gaze meets the eyes of those assembled around him. Let … Continue reading … When Tony Bennett hears the opening notes of a familiar song, he still knows what to do…

… We absolutely need to win the next mid-term election …

I graduated high school in 1966. Abortion was outlawed then, of course. But even though birth control pills were starting to become available, only married women could get them, and only with written permission from their husbands. Many doctors refused to prescribe them. Taking them was a moral offense that would get you excommunicated from … Continue reading … We absolutely need to win the next mid-term election …

…Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong …

In the early grades, U.S. schools value reading-comprehension skills over knowledge. The results are devastating, especially for poor kids. Justyna Stasik At first glance, the classroom I was visiting at a high-poverty school in Washington, D.C., seemed like a model of industriousness. The teacher sat at a desk in the corner, going over student work, … Continue reading …Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong …

…Goodbye, and good riddance …

“If you want to leave, take good care, hope you make a lot of nice friends out there.” — From the song “Wild World” by Cat Stevens This is for those of you who’ve chosen to quit your jobs rather than submit to a vaccine mandate. No telling how many of you there actually are, … Continue reading …Goodbye, and good riddance …

… Why every strain is a hybrid …

According to a legacy grower ... If you've shopped for flower at a dispensary more than once, you're familiar with this question: “Do you like sativas or indicas?” And if you're like me it's the question that makes you roll your eyes, because: 1. Don't talk to me like a noob. 2. Indicas and sativas … Continue reading … Why every strain is a hybrid …

…President Biden meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky …

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attending a meeting at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday. PHOTO: DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are expected on Wednesday to discuss the countries’ bilateral relations and Ukraine’s tensions with Russia and aspirations to join the West, addressing a simmering foreign policy challenge for Mr. Biden … Continue reading …President Biden meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky …

… Why Is Merrick Garland Defending Bill Barr’s Policies?…

Biden’s attorney general is siding with Donald Trump’s Justice Department... ... on everything from the Mueller Report ... to a rape accusation ... Merrick Garland took the helm of the United States Justice Department three months ago, guided by a brilliant legal mind and the best of intentions. So many of us were filled with hope. … Continue reading … Why Is Merrick Garland Defending Bill Barr’s Policies?…