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The Week Begins

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  Over this past weekend: Putin to Finland: "Now you did it!" (Mail) As Russia tries to get its hands around the unintended consequences of the Ukraine invasion that was supposed to last for a week and end in a big victory... Vladimir Putin told the President of Finland he is making a 'mistake' by joining NATO as it faces 'no securit...

The War in Ukraine (update)

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  The Present Situation Russia has suffered yet another battlefield humiliation after Ukraine successfully thwarted its attempt to cross a river in Donbas, destroying dozens of vehicles and inflicting heavy casualties last week Satellite images lay bare the scale of the failure with the remains of two pontoon bridges drifting in the D...

Sunday Sermonette

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  Gargoyle on the Salisbury Cathedral - England   Tolerance You became tolerant of their degeneracy, only for them to become intolerant of your values. You pretended they were your equal only for them to tell you that they were your superior. There is no greater myth than the proposition of an amicable coexistence between o...

Sunday Opinions

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  If you want baby formula, you need to go on government welfare. The federal government has a monopoly on baby formula due to the socialist spending programs that brought you WIC, etc. The US government shouldn't manage baby formula nationally. They can't run that any better than they were able to run the Mustang Ranch whorehouse that ...

Simple Saturday

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    News of the Moon (News) (h/t Claudio) For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon collected by NASA's Apollo astronauts. Researchers had no idea if anything would sprout in the harsh moon dirt and wanted to see if it could be used to grow food by the next generation of lunar explorers. The re...

Finishing Friday

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  What I feel when I fill the truck... Pilot, Love, and Flying J are warning of diesel fuel shortage in the Northeast as fuel is being sent out of the country to Europe to offset dependence on Russian energy.   A Marshall Plan for Ukraine? Likely not. Geography and geopolitics dictate a different reconstruction model. I...

If it’s not one thing…it’s another

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Welcome to Friday the 13th   Burger Wars Culvers Locations vs In n Out Burger Locations - Battle of the Burgers. To me, there is no comparison. Culvers is exceptionally over-priced...they're proud of their food. In n Out serves burgers, fries and drinks - that's it. And they do that well. The part of Arizona where I live (dark bl...

Go West, Young Man!

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  The Way West There was the prequel to Yellowstone called 1883. I thought about that on May 10, a couple of days ago, but didn't blog about it. On May 10, 1869, the American Transcontinental Railroad was completed, and the golden spike was driven at Promontory Point, Utah. In the series, they did mention that they could have just tak...

Checking In

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  Captioned: T-90 knocked out by the 117th Territorial Defense Brigade near Sumy, Ukraine. The banner says “Russian ship”.   Who was Ashli Babbitt? It's interesting that the leftists are still howling about January 6, wherein the FBI incited a crowd and the Capitol Police opened the doors and invited people in for a self-g...

Randomness

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    Russian Petro-Products There were a lot of dead dinosaurs in Russia. Nobody disputes that... Russia needs to export its gas and its oil which represents half of its budgetary resources, it achieves this thanks to a very dense network of oil and gas pipelines. The oil pipelines are directed toward both Europe and China,...

Believe it or Not

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  Bitcoin Bitcoin fell over 50% in value from its peak, and critics continue to question its intrinsic value. I don't hate bitcoin, but, old man that I am, I prefer gold. Pay me in gold and I'll decide what to do from there.   Bosch Legacy (TV Series) This is a follow-on to the Bosch TV Series Crime Drama that stretched...

T-Rex

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      Retro vs Modern Tyrannosaurus rex Probably the most famous and popular dinosaur of all time, Tyrannosaurus rex, is also the only species commonly known by both its full scientific name and its abbreviation T. rex. 1900s-1960s Fragments of what we now know are Tyrannosaurus fossils w...

Ukraine War Update

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  Population density map of Russia. "Beset with a population aging into decrepitude and a system that has given up educating the next generation, Russia’s credit collapse is but one of a phalanx of factors capable of ending the Russian state. The question isn’t will the Russians go out swinging—Russian’s invasion of Ukraine is testam...

Rants and so forth

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    The State Department (a rant) Sometimes I want to reach through the television and grab somebody by the neck, pull them into my living room, rip off a leg, and beat them with it.  Do you ever feel like that? I was watching a State Department Briefing wherein the FSO mouthpiece (FSO= Foreign Service Officer or Faggot Servin...

Tuesday Thoughts

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    In Summary (link to the study) While no cause-effect conclusions could be inferred from this observational analysis, the lack of negative correlations between mask usage and COVID-19 cases and deaths suggests that the widespread use of masks at a time when an effective intervention was most needed, i.e., during the strong 202...

And the Beat goes On…and on…and on

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    Trump's Russia Connection Remember when Trump was a business partner with the Russian government and his company got $53 million from the Russian government investment fund called Rusnano which was started by Vladimir Putin and is referred to as “Putin’s Child?” Oh wait, that wasn’t Trump; it was John Podesta. Remember whe...

It’s Victory Day in Russia

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  There is not much for Russia to celebrate. They've revealed themselves as a regional power that is not able to dominate Ukraine's military. Putin will put lipstick on the pig for the big parade, but the First Guards Tank Battalion, which usually leads the parade was almost lost to a man in Ukraine in the push toward Kiev and their equ...

Happy Mother’s Day

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  This is an open forum day on Virtual Mirage. You can discuss your mother (or birthing person if that makes you feel better) or anything else. My mother was a ballerina who danced under the name Venita Louise at the American Ballet Company in New York City and Sadler Wells in London. She met my father in Washington, DC, and became pregn...

A Brief Ukraine War Update

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  Ukraine War Update In the Northeast A brief summary of previously Russian occupied areas which have been recaptured by Ukraine so far. Recaptured areas are marked in white. The largest areas of recaptured territory are in Ukraine's North. At the beginning of the war,  Russian forces occupied a sizeable area before being p...

Working Toward the Weekend

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  Creepy Joe Brandon's Schedule (link here) The man is a real workhorse.   Crime in the Tenderloin (Sharyl Attkisson) Major cities across the country are struggling with an uptick in homelessness, mental illness, drug abuse, and the crime that is coming with them. San Francisco's Tenderloin District is one such example. An e...