Sticks and Stones

“When asked how Russia can claim that it is fighting to ‘de-Nazify’ Ukraine when President Volodymyr Zelensky is himself Jewish, Mr Lavrov said: ‘I could be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood. [That Zelensky is Jewish] means absolutely nothing. Wise Jewish people say that the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews.'” Israel outrage at Sergei Lavrov’s claim that Hitler was part Jewish. As the son of Holocaust survivors, this crap bothers me as much as anyone. But it bothers me a whole lot less than than the fact that Lavrov and his sociopathic crime boss are currently carrying out mass murder in Ukraine.

+ “The bus took them to a school in the nearby town of Nikolske, which they said had been converted into a Russian-operated registration center where Ukrainians were filling out forms with their personal information. That was their first brush with what Ukrainian and U.S. officials and human rights groups have called “filtration” centers they say are part of a system of forced expulsions of Ukrainians to Russia.” Sisters Recount Perilous Escape From Mariupol as Russians Closed In.

+ The Worst Seat in the House: “All those rounds — around 40 depending on if they’re carrying a full load or not — are all going to cook off, and everyone is going to be dead.” Wapo (Gift Article): How the ‘jack-in-the-box’ flaw dooms some Russian tanks. (Seriously, take a look at this design. Tanks, but no tanks…)

+ “He said he had hired bodyguards after friends with contacts in the Russian security services told him he should fear for his life, and quipped that while he had survived leukemia, perhaps ‘the Kremlin will kill me.'” A Russian Tycoon Criticized Putin’s War. Retribution Was Swift.

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