Saturday, May 07, 2022

Ukraine: Putin’s War to Change the World - Cold War Research

 During the Cold War, the U.S. spent trillions on research. The military got weapons. Science got a lot, too — besides a corrupted conscience Research  

Putin's reputed girlfriend Alina Kabaeva included in proposed EU sanctions list, sources say

Who is Alina Kabaeva, Putin’s alleged girlfriend?BBC. Resilc: “Without a doubt this WILL stop the war. Do you have to go to Harvard, Yale or Oxford to come up with this bullshit?”

At the end of his lengthy meeting with Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on February 7, President Macron said that his Russian counterpart appeared to have "changed." Putin seemed locked in the past, harping on about the same old grievances and appearing uninterested in possible solutions to the crisis that he himself had triggered a few weeks earlier over Ukraine.

The two men had not met since December 2019. What happened between then and the February meeting that could explain Putin's sudden "change"? Many observers have developed theories based on the Russian leader's increased isolation due to the pandemic. An excellent example of this was a New York Times article by Michael Zygar, a highly respected observer of Russia's internal politics, which was revealingly titled How Vladimir Putin Lost Interest in the Present

Ukraine: Putin’s War to Change the World via Peter 

Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Could Change, And Maybe Galvanize, Cultural Scenes Across Eastern Europe

The dangers that war brings and the huge influx of refugees will surely alter the region's arts along with the rest of society. Yet the conflict has already sparked new cross-border cultural collaborations in nations that tend to be united only in their fear of Russian aggression. 

Rebuilding Ukraine Must Include Culture, Not Just Infrastructure

"It's intergenerational heritage we're losing, and it's not just for one country. What's important to understand is that it's not just about saving the famous monuments that are ruined. It's more about saving a way of life. It's about building back the whole cultural landscape afterwards." - Bloomberg CityLab

Don’t Be Surprised if Putin Tries to Make May 9 a Day That Will Live in Infamy

The long and gruesome history of people trying to live forever WaPo

How the Thames went from being ‘biologically dead’ to one of the world’s cleanest rivers in 60 years Scroll

Sprawling Underground City in Turkey DiscoveredWSJ

Running and the Science of Mental Toughness The Wire

The Future of Public Parks New Yorker

Canada’s attempt to phase out open-pen salmon farms faces setback Guardian

Isso vade: The spicy snack that unites Sri LankaBBC

The Self-Described Queen Of The Night And Owner Of The First Disco Has Died At 92

Régine, a singer and actress "who once ran a nightclub empire from Paris to Los Angeles," opened her first club in the 1950s in Paris, replacing the jukeboxes with DJs and changing the nightclub game. However, in France, she was more famous for her quintessential French songwriting. - France...

Can pee help feed the world? France24

Record-breaking camera keeps everything between 3 cm and 1.7 km in focus New Atlas

A Portable Wind Turbine “About the Size of a 1-Liter Water Bottle” Core77

Darwin Was Wrong: Your Facial Expressions Do Not Reveal Your Emotions Scientific American

How to Stop Speeding Drivers? Scare Them. New York Times 

The Vandal LA Review of Books

The musical note that can trigger cold sweats and sightings of the dead The Spectator