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When ludicrous becomes totally absurd...   The Newsy You: News of Today

Started Apr-16 by WALTER784; 1195 views.

From: WALTER784


It’s the classic mistake of every tyrant: Surround yourself only with sycophants, suck-ups and yes-men, and you never get a reality check in your echo chamber.” That's why they don't see things correctly.
It's happening in Washington. In Kamala's case, it appears that a few people she hired to be her henchmen are abandoning ship. Even the people who sponsored her and Joe are backing away because this is the Titanic after the Ice burg. So what is going to happen in the up coming election? They're totally unprepared.

A friend of mine posted this on another forum and gave me permission to use it.

Does this sound a little bit like the U.S. today?

21 April 2022

A few years before the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian satirist Vladimir Voinovich imagined a story about a former KGB agent who became head of state, created a class of corrupt oligarchs around him, draped himself in the mantle of the Russian Orthodox Church and launched a bloody war to remain in power.

Voinovich’s 1986 novel “Moscow 2042” predicted Vladimir Putin, the Washington Post reported. It was not necessarily a hard thing to do. Putin and his crony elites put Russia on the road to autocracy after the fall of the Berlin Wall, noted JSTOR Daily, the magazine of the not-for-profit academic institution.

However strategic the strongman was, however, Putin failed to predict how events would play out, however. He underestimated the ferocity of Ukrainian resistance and misjudged ordinary Russians.

“It’s the classic mistake of every tyrant: Surround yourself only with sycophants, suck-ups and yes-men, and you never get a reality check in your echo chamber,” argued Zoya Sheftalovich in a Politico opinion column. “Eliminate dissenting politicians, and you assume that means you’ve eliminated dissent.”

The Russian president is now playing a “face-saving” game in Ukraine, University of Toronto political scientist Olga Chyzh  wrote in the Guardian. The Ukrainians sunk Russia’s Black Sea flagship, the cruiser Moskva, and have killed six generals. Low morale and defection plague conscripts, some of whom blow up their own equipment, according to Ukrainians. Mercenaries are being called in.

Shrinking his ambitions,  added NBC News, Putin appears now to be aiming only to seize the eastern Ukrainian region of the Donbas, where Russian separatists already held sway. Meanwhile, with the ferocity of this war, even some of those pro-Russian Ukrainians are questioning their past allegiances.

Voinovich died in 2018. His obituary in Radio Free Europe  portrayed him as a dissident writer who foresaw the rise of a Russian regime that looked nostalgically and bitterly to an imagined past rather than forward to a better present.

Another iconoclastic Russian writer, Vladimir Sorokin, took aim with a similarly withering perspective. In an interview with the New York Times, Sorokin  said that Putin was trying to manipulate the truth to misrepresent the invasion to ordinary Russians.

The power over the truth will be a potent weapon in Putin’s upcoming great battle against allegations that he allowed war crimes to occur in Ukraine while pursuing a genocidal war against the country,  according to the BBC.

Officials at the International Court of Justice in the Hague don’t have the power to seize a head of state and drag them into the court, the New Republic  explained. But leaders could convene some kind of entity to begin an investigation to grease the creaky wheels of justice and get them moving.

As a Russian writer might say, the souls of the Russian and Ukrainian nations will need closure to find redemption.



From: Showtalk


Harris must be difficult to work for as so many of her staff have quit.


From: WALTER784


More states need to implement some of the things DeSantis has already implemented in Florida... they work...

WINNING: Textbook Companies Cave to DeSantis, Remove Critical Race Theory and Other Woke Content From Their Materials

By Cassandra Fairbanks
Published May 4, 2022 at 1:15pm

Textbook publishers are caving to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and removing Critical Race Theory and other “woke” lessons from their materials to meet the state’s standards.
In April, the Florida Department of Education rejected 54 math textbooks for next school year due to “attempts to indoctrinate students.”
The move sparked outrage from the left, who pretended as though these were just standard texts, but the Florida DOE has now released four examples of reasons for the bans — including a Critical Race Theory inspired “racial bias” graph.
Following the rejections, several of the companies worked to remove the offending content.
According to the Florida DOE, 19 books have been edited to meet their standards and have been added to the list of approved materials.
“Publishers are aligning their instructional materials to state standards and removing woke content allowing the department of education to add 19 more books to the state adoption list over the past 17 days,” the Florida Department of Education announced.
According to a press release from the department in April, “Reasons for rejecting textbooks included references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics. The highest number of books rejected were for grade levels K-5, where an alarming 71 percent were not appropriately aligned with Florida standards or included prohibited topics and unsolicited strategies,” the press release continued. “Despite rejecting 41 percent of materials submitted, every core mathematics course and grade is covered with at least one textbook.”
“It is unfortunate that several publishers, especially at the elementary school grade levels, have ignored this clear communication and have attempted to slip rebranded instructional materials based on Common Core Standards into Florida’s classrooms, while others have included prohibited and divisive concepts such as the tenants of CRT or other unsolicited strategies of indoctrination – despite FDOE’s prior notification,” the statement added.
Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said that his team plans to make sure Florida has the highest-quality instructional materials available.
“We’re going to ensure that Florida has the highest-quality instructional materials aligned to our nationally-recognized standards,” said Corcoran. “Florida has become a national leader in education under the vision and leadership of Governor DeSantis. When it comes to education, other states continue to follow Florida’s lead as we continue to reinforce parents’ rights by focusing on providing their children with a world-class education without the fear of indoctrination or exposure to dangerous and divisive concepts in our classrooms.”

WINNING: Textbook Companies Cave to DeSantis, Remove Critical Race Theory and Other Woke Content From Their Materials (thegatewaypundit.com)



From: Showtalk


It’s all about the money. They stood to lose too much profit if they didn’t fix the books.