Suffering Withdrawals: The lack of a red wave was good news for Ukraine (which is a non-debatable yet wildly disturbing commentary). Another bit of good news out of that region is that “Russia announced Wednesday that it was withdrawing forces from Kherson, a key city in southern Ukraine, in what could turn out to be the most humiliating setback in President Vladimir Putin’s war.” In some bad news out of the region, Brittney Griner has been sent to a penal colony in Russia to serve her sentence for drug possession.

+ Trickle Down Energy Bills: “Bills will be high, but Europe will survive the winter: It’s bought enough oil and gas to get through the heating seasons. Much deeper costs will be borne by the world’s poorest countries, which have been shut out of the natural gas market by Europe’s suddenly ravenous demand.” Europe’s Energy Crunch Will Trigger Years of Shortages and Blackouts.

+ Mind Blowing: “The study tested a widely used mindfulness program that includes 2 1/2 hours of classes weekly and 45 minutes of daily practice at home. Participants were randomly assigned to the program or daily use of a generic drug sold under the brand name Lexapro for depression and anxiety.” Mindfulness worked as well for anxiety as drug in study. Meanwhile, the NYT buries the lede on this story. Antidepressants Don’t Work the Way Many People Think. “Some psychiatrists have also started to recommend nonpharmaceutical treatments to help people with depression. Dr. Hellerstein said that when he evaluates a new patient, he now pays more attention to habits, such as sleep, diet and exercise, and would often recommend behavioral changes, therapy or meditation before medication. There’s research suggesting that exercise also may help new connections grow in the brain, and in some studies exercise has been shown to be as effective as antidepressants at treating depression.” You can run, and in fact, that can help you hide.

+ Erred Mentality: “This is certainly an interesting twist: “A woman who recently settled a lawsuit in which she had claimed to have been sexually trafficked to Britain’s Prince Andrew and others by the financier Jeffrey Epstein has dropped a similar claim against noted American attorney Alan Dershowitz, saying she may have erred in accusing him.”