Open thread March 1, 2022 Dan Crawford | March 1, 2022 6:28 am Comments (28) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
Putin wants to go down in history as knitting the former Soviet Union back together. Who is going to care 100-150 years from now when there are no countries and everyone is speaking and writing English?
Russian forces step up attacks on Ukraine’s crowded civilian areas
AP via Boston Globe – March 1
FEMA has issued new guidance on how to survive the coming nuclear war:
Hazards related to nuclear explosions include:
Get some Iodine tabs
The reason for iodine tabs is that our bodies naturally take up iodine from whatever we eat or breathe. Strontium-90, a normal component of radioactive fall-out, is chemically identical to iodine and will be ‘taken up’ when it’s plentiful, instead of iodine.
Probably read that somewhere in the past. Thank you for the explanation
This is what I know:
“How does iodine tablets work against radiation?
KI works by blocking radioactive iodine from entering the thyroid. When a person takes KI, the stable iodine in the medicine gets absorbed by the thyroid. There is so much stable iodine in the KI that the thyroid gland becomes “full” and cannot absorb any more iodine—either stable or radioactive—for the next 24 hours.”
Zinc is another good one. If you can get it in the cells with an ionophore it blocks Covid.
kind of like a tinfoil hat?
Sigh . . .
In case of nuclear attack then bend over, put your head between your legs, and…
One takeaway from Putin and the Ukraine situation he has got himself & Russia into, also Europe, the rest of the ‘Western World’, if not the Rest of the World, period, is not unlike the presumed last-ditch defensive strategy that Israel has: ‘You mess with us, we launch our nukes.’
Or, in this case, ‘You mess with me, I launch our nukes.’
FEMA response: ‘Duck and cover!’ apparently.
(Only aging baby-boomers remember the actual elementary school drills we had which involved crawling under our desks when we heard the alert sirens. Yet another reason for getting kids back in schools pronto!)
‘I personally think he’s unhinged’: Analysts question Putin’s mental state
Boston Globe – March 1
the same question occured to me. what does he expect to gain by killing the people of Ukraine? their undying affection? or does owning a country of resentful slaves seem normal to a Russian leader?
Come to think of it, it looks like it may be normal to leaders in other countries. Though those other leaders put more effort into winning the hearts and minds of at least a noisy fraction of their worker-consumer units.
Certainly things have seemed insane around here for quite a while now. Maybe that’s just the way it has always been, and I just didn’t notice.
slightly more rational (attempt to) answer my own question: i think i hve been noticing for a while that people fall in love with an abstraction .. so that for example “a glorious empire” or “free enterprise” or “justice” becomes more real to them than human beings or “a” human being.
somewhat related…there has been more anguish in some quarters over the bombing of a memorial to victims of a past war/regime than to the deaths of actual people in the same location.
Unfortunately, spot on in your own rambling fashion. We were lucky to have come along in the one brief interval of republican quasi-democracy in which reality might be considered a bit abnormally sane from the PoV of ordinary working people, but it did not last.
I am glad I have achieved “rambling” which used to be reserved for dictators’ speeches and insane defendants acting as their own attorneys.
It has occured to me that the guys who came back from WW2 and remembered the Great Depression were determined to change things so that “never again…” They succeeded in doing good things, until the forces of evil got their legs under them again. There are still remnants of their work and their hope, but times are getting scary.
You do not know what is wanted?
‘What does Putin expect to gain?’
Moldova is next. Tucked in between Ukraine & Romania, I believe.
the Republic of Moldova is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south. (Wikipedia)
Going forward, adjacency to Poland, maybe.
The Nazis called this ‘Lebensraum’ – living space.
China Holds Talks With Ukraine, Further Edging Away From Russia
Bloomberg – March 1
Putin’s War to Bring Ukraine to Heel Unites Eastern Europe in Alarm
NY Times – March 2
The miles-long Russian convoy headed for Kyiv has stalled, intelligence officials say
NY Times – March 3
Read the full Jan. 6 panel court filing alleging Trump, allies engaged in ‘criminal conspiracy’
Jan. 6 Committee Lays Out Potential Criminal Charges Against Trump
NY Times – March 2
(This means he’s sticking with Plan A.)
Four Times Opinion Writers on War in Ukraine: ‘It Is Very Clear Putin Has No Plan B’
NY Times – March 2