Know…

hope.

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And:

Never have I been so ashamed of my country as on February 24 this year…. Those who conceived this war want only one thing — to remain in power forever, to live in pompous tasteless palaces, sail on yachts comparable in tonnage and cost to the entire Russian navy, enjoying unlimited power and complete impunity.

Russia’s ex-representative to the UN in Geneva writes a Dear Vlad letter.

Music to Sink Russian Battleships By

Bravo.

How to double your money in Moscow.

[Marat] Grachev was fined 100,000 rubles, more than $1,200, [for displaying an anti-war sign in his computer repair store]. A Moscow politician wrote about the case on social media, including Mr. Grachev’s bank details for anyone who wanted to help. Enough money to cover the fine arrived within two hours, Mr. Grachev said.

He received 250,000 rubles in total, he said, from about 250 separate donations, and he plans to donate the surplus to OVD-Info, which provided him with legal aid.

Pink Floyd Returns for Ukraine
New postage stamp, Ukraine
Matteo Salvini Sings: ‘Always Something There to Remind Me’

SING IT!

I walk along the Moscow streets you used to walk along with me
And every step I take reminds me of just how we used to be

Well, how can I forget, Vlad?
When there is always someone there to remind me
Always someone there to remind me

As Kherson falls I pass the refugees around me in the night
And I can’t help recalling how it felt to kiss and hold you tight

Well, how can I forget, Vlad?
When there is always someone there to remind me
Some Polish asshole there to remind me
I was born to love you and I will never be free
You’ll always be a part of me

If you should find you miss the sweet and tender love we used to share
Just come back to the places where we used to go like our beloved Red Square

Well, how can I forget, Vlad?
When there is always someone there to remind me
Always someone there to remind me

So here’s what these guys did on their Spring Break.

“It was like a moment of humanity because you’re there and you just were holding your heart to them, and they would come up to you. It was a human moment.”

Today, an icon for Ukraine. Endurance.
Discovered.
“Academics of left and right have criticized liberalism. This week we have a clearer view of the alternative. It looks like Vladimir Putin.”

This is exactly what Richard Rorty would have written if he were still alive. Read Achieving Our Country, Rorty’s urgent, late in life, defense of liberalism. As people have noted, he saw Trump coming way before the rest of us did. He warned us about Trump/Putin.

Tax season, Ukraine

Have you captured a Russian tank or armoured personnel carrier and are worried about how to declare it? Keep calm and continue to defend the motherland!” Ukraine’s National Agency for the Protection against Corruption (NAPC) said, according to the Ukraine arm of the Interfax news service.

The agency went on to explain there was “no need to declare the captured Russian tanks and other equipment, because the cost of this … does not exceed 100 living wages (UAH248,100) ($8,298).”

A just-born lemur in the Kiev zoo has been named…

Bayrakdar.

United Nations Performs Lavrectomy

In stark contrast to the response Zelensky received from EU lawmakers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was met with a cold shoulder at the United Nations.

Scores of diplomats walked out of two meetings at the UN in Geneva in which Lavrov was beamed in for a video statement.

Lavrov spoke by video to the Conference on Disarmament and the Human Rights Council, which he had planned to attend before the closure of airspace to Russian planes by several European countries prevented his travel to the Swiss city.

Support Ukraine
Support Ukraine.

Michael McFaul: So Cool!

‘Former Amb. Michael McFaul absolutely destroyed a BBC anchor on air for interviewing a Russian official who he said spewed “ridiculous” propaganda about the invasion of Ukraine — and asked if the BBC would have given Nazis airtime during World War II.

‘AMB. MCFAUL: I want to ask a question. The BBC, if it was September 1st, 1939, would you put on the air a member of the Nazi Party to try to explain this ridiculous, absolute falsification of history and information that we just heard from Mr. Milonov? Because this is complete, utter nonsense what he just said, and I’m wondering if we’re doing a service to the world by giving him a voice on the BBC?

‘JAMES MENENDEZ: Do we need to hear, though…? And I don’t speak for the BBC, of course, but do we need to hear what the justification is in those elite circles, in the Kremlin and among parliamentarians, even if it’s not true? Put some of what he said to rest then.

‘AMB. MCFAUL: Well, it’s utter nonsense, and I really want to ask the question, let’s go back and find out was the BBC putting on Nazis on September 1st, 1939? Because I think it’s an ethical question for those that are in the business. You put him on and then you put me on. It’s here’s one view. Here’s another view, and I don’t like that. There are not flowers being thrown in front of tanks riding in Ukraine, the people of Ukraine voted, including in the Donbas, except for the occupied territories where there were no votes. They voted overwhelmingly for President Zelensky. So the gentleman you just had on was speaking under false facts.’

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Between this, and their choosing Alan Dershowitz for objective commentary on the Epstein sex trafficking story, the BBC’s looking really really shitty.

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