For the record, I still don’t believe these helter-skelter policies are being devised and run from Russia. Nor do I believe that it’s smart to have a Russia policy that is nothing but confrontation. But the fact is, we’re ending the year with an arms control treaty that Moscow disliked on its way out and thousands of American troops set to leave places Moscow didn’t want them to be. Meanwhile, ever-more Russian troops are on the Ukrainian border and Moscow still holds Ukrainian sailors it snatched in the Strait of Kerch last month. Institutions that sustain U.S. values are weaker, while Putin’s claim to being a regional and global decider via his undemocratic methods is stronger. … [Read more...] about Trump Ended 2018 by Rewarding Putin for Another Year of Bad Behavior
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Kondo “curated” her collection of fancy things, which means she stocked her virtual shelves with pre-existing brands. When her team declined my request for an interview with its guru and also refused to send samples I could test for myself, I got in touch with PR for individual products like the Erude Mini Soap and Alabama Sawyer Countertop Compost bin. … [Read more...] about I Tried Marie Kondo’s $98 Water Bottle. It Did Not Spark Joy.
HOUSTON, TX — Weather finally wreaked havoc in a good way on the Texas coast Thursday night and Friday morning. After a rough summer, it's just what Texas needed. To top off the winter wonderland that actually didn't keep most kids home from school today, it has some wacky historical ties. … [Read more...] about The Crazy Texas Snowfall Last Night Quite Mind-Boggling: Facts!
“Although giant nets, flamethrowers, lasers and huge vacuums have been proposed in the past, these are not in use for locust control,” the U.N. agency says. “People and birds often eat locusts but usually not enough to significantly reduce population levels over large areas.” … [Read more...] about ‘This is huge’: Locust swarms destroy crops in East Africa