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How Murkowski helped move Biden on Willow – E&E News

I think there’s an interesting Native American angle here. Murkowski owes Native Americans in Alaska for the fact that she won as an independent when Republicans ran somebody against her. And my impression is that Native Americans in Alaska want the jobs that come with the extraction industry.

«As these conversations were first getting under way in early 2021, Murkowski agreed to support Biden’s pick for Interior secretary, then-New Mexico Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland, despite her concerns about the nominee’s far-left environmental record.»

Outer Banks wild horse dies after fight, Corolla fund says | Raleigh News & Observer

«Corolla has a herd of about 100 free-roaming horses known to engage in brutal fights, with stallions biting, kicking and butting each other to defend turf and win females, experts say. The tactics are also used when parents force older offspring to leave the family and find a mate.»

Hmm. Maybe I’ve been doing it wrong. (Parenting, that is.)

Business Insider: German-arms maker Rheinmetall offers Ukraine its new Panther KF51 tank

This is kind of Spanish Civil War, in which everybody got to test new weapon systems.

To be clear: Ukraine should get this tank, and use it to push Russia back to the original borders and out of Crimea. Then, Russia can be civilized and engage in trade competition rather than violence.

Keeping a democracy working is a never ending struggle against forces that will not go away

«Some of the alarm comes from thinking that there is one thing that can happen that will destroy democracy. Some of the anxiety comes from thinking that there is one thing that can happen that will save democracy.

Nope. See this post if you missed it, including the graph at the end.

Keeping a democracy working is a never ending struggle against forces that will not go away.


How to propaganda

@madelainetaylor @fencoul

This is how the Nazis did it… it will sound familiar

“There was no point in seeking to convert the intellectuals. For intellectuals would never be converted and would anyway always yield to the stronger, and this will always be “the man in the street.” Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect. Truth was unimportant and entirely subordinate to tactics and psychology.” ~ Joseph Goebbels

Al Jazeera English: Why Ukraine is wary of the Russian opposition

«Navalny, as Ukrainians and liberal Russians remember well, vehemently supported the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008 and even used derogatory, dehumanising terms to refer to the Georgian people. Several years later, he would apologise for the terms he used, but never for his support of the Russian war on Georgia.


He saw the Russian people as victims of injustice under Putin’s regime, not the Ukrainians. In his view, no wrong had been committed against Ukraine that was worth righting.»


In late February 2023, Navalny’s team published a 15-point manifesto that sought to clear much of the controversy around their views of Ukraine. Importantly, the manifesto acknowledged the internationally recognised borders of Ukraine, implying the need for the restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea and all other currently occupied Ukrainian territories.

The document also insisted on withdrawing all Russian troops from Ukraine, offering reparations, investigating war crimes in cooperation with international institutions, and ultimately letting Ukraine live and develop as Ukrainians want.

For many Ukrainians, however, this change of heart is well past its due date. In today’s Ukraine, very few believe that the Russian aggression can be stopped by anti-Putin activism, even one that is unambiguously pro-Ukrainian.»