Rope-a-Dopamine: “While the overtures soothed global markets that have been on edge amid the worst East-West tensions in decades, Washington and its European allies remained cautious, saying they want to see evidence of a Russian pullback.” Putin: Some troops near Ukraine leaving; dialogue to go on. (Remember, we live in the attention age and the whole world’s attention is on Putin. Guys like Vlad need dopamine hits the size of Olympic swimming pools.)

+ Que Sarah Sarah: A judge said he will throw out Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times. (That means she read the NYT for nothing!)

+ Novax: “He said missing competitions, such as the French Open, over his jab status was ‘the price that I’m willing to pay.'” Novak Djokovic willing to miss tournaments over vaccine. (Health experts, “Boo.” Nadal and Federer.)

+ Board at Work: “It is too bad that your mother is an ugly communist whore … If she doesn’t quit or resign before the end of the year, we will kill her, but first, we will kill you!” Reuters: School boards get death threats amid rage over race, gender, mask policies.

+ Flour to the People: “‘[People] want the vegetables fresh. They want the salad fresh … They even bring fresh roses back home,’ Mock said. So why do we settle for purified enriched white flour that’s been languishing on the shelf?” Flour Trip: One woman’s journey into the heart of grain and how our flour is made.