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  1. Very true. I've been making that drive about once a year for the last 30 since my sister lives in Denver, and she's the traditional Thanksgiving host. It's one of those significant markers of progress having been achieved. A lot of Texans likely associate Amarillo with Lubbock, much like they do Midland/Odessa, thinking they're all generic "West Texas" cities. But each region, the Permian Basin, the South Plains, and the Panhandle, has its own distinct history, culture, and landscape.
  2. I watched one of Amarillo's local weather guys, and it doesn't look good for that part of the Panhandle. He said the best chances for precipitation were in the south-western portions of the viewing area, so toward Clovis and Hereford. I'll keep my fingers crossed anyway.
  3. Fuck 'em. Fly the flag of the Village of Hallum in the Netherlands.
  4. Look at this chart of global sea surface temps. In 2016, temps, while very warm, followed historical patterns. Shit went off the rails in 2023 and continues to do so today. Scientists Are Freaking Out About Ocean Temperatures From his office at the University of Miami, Brian McNoldy, an expert in hurricane formation, is tracking the latest temperature data from the North Atlantic with a mixture of concern and bewilderment. For the past year, oceans around the world have been substantially warmer than usual. Last month was the hottest January on record in the world’s oceans, and temperatures have continued to rise since then. The heat wave has been especially pronounced in the North Atlantic. “The North Atlantic has been record-breakingly warm for almost a year now,” McNoldy said. “It’s just astonishing. Like, it doesn’t seem real.” Across the unusually warm Atlantic, in Cambridge, England, Rob Larter, a marine scientist who tracks polar ice levels, is equally perplexed. “It’s quite scary, partly because I’m not hearing any scientists that have a convincing explanation of why it is we’ve got such a departure,” he said. “We’re used to having a fairly good handle on things. But the impression at the moment is that things have gone further and faster than we expected. That’s an uncomfortable place as a scientist to be.” Spin the globe to the south, and the situation is similarly dire. “The sea ice around the Antarctic is just not growing,” said Matthew England, a professor at the University of New South Wales who studies ocean currents. “The temperature’s just going off the charts. It’s like an omen of the future.” What’s driving the heat? Global warming, caused by the burning of fossil fuels, has been driving up global temperatures on land and in the sea for decades now. Over the past year, worldwide average temperatures were more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, higher than before the industrial age. New data from a variety of sources has led some climate scientists to suggest that global warming is accelerating. Given the overall warming trend, higher temperatures in the oceans aren’t a complete surprise. Oceans absorb most of the additional heat that greenhouse gasses trap near the surface of the Earth, and have been steadily warming for years. The current El Niño weather cycle is also leading to additional heat in the Pacific Ocean and allowing more energy to be released into the atmosphere. Yet the past year has come as a shock even to those who follow the data closely. “We all know that there’s been a rapid warming, particularly over the last few decades,” Larter said. “But over the last 18 months, it’s jumped up beyond what we expected.” Scientists are offering a range of explanations for the record heat in the North Atlantic. One surprising factor may be a reduction in pollution in the area. In 2020, a new rule went into effect that limited the amount of sulfur dioxide contained in the fuel used by container ships. That has reduced the amount of particulate matter in the air, which let in more solar radiation and contributed to global warming. “When those aerosols were in the sky above the shipping lanes, they helped create a cloud cover, and there’s much less now,” McNoldy said. “That’s a legitimate thing.” But the reduction of sulfur dioxide alone can’t explain the North Atlantic’s extreme heat, scientists said. Another factor may be the complex feedback loops in the Earth’s weather patterns. The North Atlantic has been unusually clear lately, with fewer clouds than normal to block the sunlight from heating the water. The area has also been less windy than normal, which may have also led to a spike in temperatures. Without strong winds, colder water from deeper in the ocean doesn’t rise to the surface as readily, England said. What comes next In the near term, McNoldy said the warmer waters in The Atlantic could fuel a strong and lengthy hurricane season. “Compared to other fairly significant hurricane seasons, this is way warmer at this point in the year,” he said. The marine heat is also expected to reduce Arctic sea ice, Larter said. “What’s bad news for sea ice has a lot of knock-on effects,” he said. “The formation of sea ice is the process that really drives a lot of the ocean’s circulation. And if the overturning circulation slows down, that really has climate impacts across the world.” Recent research has suggested that as glaciers melt and more fresh water enters the Atlantic, a crucial ocean current could falter, potentially leading to drastic changes in global weather patterns, such as a rapid reduction in temperatures across Europe. McNoldy said it was too early to say whether the ongoing heat wave is part of the early stages of such a change. “I hope it’s not something much worse, like, you know, like some significant change in the ocean current,” he said. “That would have far greater implications.”
  5. I actually didn't have him in mind when saying that. It was more so the surrounding cast of characters, especially the English-speaking speaking ones. Seriously, click the link I provided to watch the original a bit, and you'll see what I mean.
  6. Interactive maps for those with friends and family in the Panhandle. NASA hotspots: https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/usfs/map/#d:24hrs;@-100.6,35.9,8.0z Fire, smoke, air quality: https://fire.airnow.gov/
  7. Travis County firefighters deploying to assist in panhandle fires They're joining up with the Killeen Fire Department, Kyle Fire Department/Hays County ESD No. 5, Pflugerville Fire Departments/Travis County ESD #2, Temple Fire and Rescue and Moffett Fire Department to assist.
  8. An enormous area has already been affected. And, yes, @Helobious, those "open fields" of the High Plains primarily comprise brush and grass. When they burn, we call them bushfires and grassfires. But when they get out of control, we usually call them wildfires.
  9. Don't forget all the microplastic babies.
  10. I binged the 1980 one over the weekend and felt like the new one is far superior so far. Part of that, I'm sure, is that the acting style is totally different and more believable in the new one. The actors in the old one felt like over-the-top stage performers that would've been stylistically dated even by 1980 standards, which frankly took me out of the story a few times. It felt a bit like watching The Ten Commandments or something else like that from the 1950s, so this is a welcome update on that front. Other than that, the continuity also flows better in the new one, and the subtitles (of which there are A LOT) allow the viewer to understand better what the hell is going on from the perspective of the Japanese, especially in understanding their motives. In the old one, there were long scenes where the Japanese would talk, and you'd have no idea what they were saying except by watching Richard Chamberlain's reactions. I'm guessing American audiences are much more receptive to subtitles and captioning nowadays, so that's another plus for it. I never read the book, so I don't know which one is more loyal to the original text. Some scenes are wholly different, and events are switched/jumbled around. If you haven't seen the old one, you'd never know. The acting, sets, etc., are also all well done. This should be pretty, pretty good.
  11. Wordle 983 4/6 🟩⬛⬛⬛🟩 🟩⬛⬛⬛🟩 🟩⬛⬛🟨🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Never heard of two of the purple. Connections Puzzle #261 🟦🟦🟦🟦 🟨🟨🟨🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟪🟪🟪🟪 Daily Quordle 764 4️⃣8️⃣ 5️⃣7️⃣ m-w.com/games/quordle/ 🟨⬜🟨⬜🟨 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜🟩🟩 🟨🟩⬜⬜🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟨⬜⬜🟨⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 ⬜⬜🟨🟨⬜ ⬜🟨🟩⬜⬜ 🟩🟨⬜⬜⬜ 🟩⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩⬜🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Daily Sequence Quordle 764 4️⃣6️⃣ 7️⃣8️⃣ m-w.com/games/quordle/ 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟨🟩⬜⬜ ⬜🟩🟩⬜⬜ 🟨⬜⬜⬜🟨 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟨⬜🟩🟩🟨 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟩⬜🟩⬜🟨 ⬜⬜🟩⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 ⬜⬜⬜🟨⬜ ⬜⬜🟩🟨⬜ ⬜⬜⬜🟨⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜🟩⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 ⬜⬜🟩⬜🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩⬜⬜⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Blossom Puzzle, February 27 Letters: C D E R I S T My score: 351 points My longest word: 10 letters 🌼 🌻 💮 🏵 🌺 🌹 🌸 🌷 💐 🌼 #Worldle #767 1/6 (100%) 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🎉 🧭⭐🚩🔤👫🪙 https://worldle.teuteuf.fr #travle #440 (5/10) ✅✅✅✅✅ https://travle.earth ClickWord.org Daily 388: 604 points (top 20% 🎊) 12 words: ⚛️🟪🟪🟪🟪🟪🟪🟥🟧🟧🟨🟩 💪 Best word: 150 points 🔥 Streak: 3 days #ClickWord #ClickWordDaily388
  12. Pretty much. Florida and Texas got big mad when Trump got banned. This is what’s at stake in Monday’s arguments. Social media companies braced for Supreme Court arguments on Monday whose outcome could fundamentally alter the way they police their sites. After Facebook, Twitter and YouTube barred President Donald J. Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol, Florida made it illegal for technology companies to ban from their sites a candidate for office in the state. Texas later passed its own law prohibiting platforms from taking down political content. Two tech industry groups, NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, sued to block the laws from taking effect. They argued that the companies have the right to make decisions about their own platforms under the First Amendment, much as a newspaper gets to decide what runs in its pages. The Supreme Court’s decision in those cases — Moody v. NetChoice and NetChoice v. Paxton — is a big test of the power of social media companies, potentially reshaping millions of social media feeds by giving the government influence over how and what stays online. “What’s at stake is whether they can be forced to carry content they don’t want to,” said Daphne Keller, a lecturer at Stanford Law School who filed a brief with the Supreme Court supporting the tech groups’ challenge to the Texas and Florida laws. “And, maybe more to the point, whether the government can force them to carry content they don’t want to.” If the Supreme Court says the Texas and Florida laws are constitutional and they take effect, some legal experts speculate that the companies could create versions of their feeds specifically for those states. Still, such a ruling could usher in similar laws in other states, and it is technically complicated to accurately restrict access to a website based on location. Critics of the laws say the feeds to the two states could include extremist content — from neo-Nazis, for example — that the platforms previously would have taken down for violating their standards. Or, the critics say, the platforms could ban discussion of anything remotely political by barring posts about many contentious issues.
  13. https://www.threads.net/@stonekettle/post/C30ua0NpaTE
  14. Yep. That's what's getting me today.
  15. Surprised that no one is discussing the internet free speech case in front of SCOTUS this morning. Shit, this might be worthy of its own thread since it could have a direct bearing on how this site operates. Supreme Court Seems Torn in Free Speech Challenges to Social Media Laws The tech industry argues that laws in Florida and Texas, prompted by conservative complaints about censorship, violate the First Amendment. The court’s decision could fundamentally alter the nature of speech on the internet. The Supreme Court seemed troubled on Monday by a Florida law that prohibits social media companies from disfavoring conservative speakers, at least to the extent that it bars major platforms like Facebook and YouTube from making editorial judgments. But several justices indicated that the sprawling law may be constitutional as applied to other sites like Gmail, Venmo, Uber and Etsy. The court spent more than two hours debating the Florida law, and it went on to consider a similar one from Texas in a second argument. But based on questions in the first argument, the justices seemed torn about how to address broad challenges to laws that may be unconstitutional in key respects but permissible in others. The court’s decision, expected by June, will almost certainly be its most important statement on the scope of the First Amendment in the internet era, and it will have major political and economic implications. A ruling that tech platforms have no editorial discretion to decide what posts to allow would expose users to a greater variety of viewpoints but almost certainly amplify the ugliest aspects of the digital age, including hate speech and disinformation. That, in turn, could deal a blow to the platforms’ business models, which rely on curation to attract users and advertisers. The laws’ supporters said they were an attempt to combat what they called Silicon Valley censorship, through which major social media companies had deleted posts expressing conservative views. The laws were prompted in part by the decisions of some platforms to bar President Donald J. Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. The laws, from Florida and Texas, differ in their details. Florida’s prevents the platforms from permanently barring candidates for political office in the state while Texas’ prohibits the platforms from removing any content based on a user’s viewpoint. “To generalize just a bit,” Judge Andrew S. Oldham wrote in a decision upholding the Texas law, the Florida law “prohibits all censorship of some speakers,” while the one from Texas “prohibits some censorship of all speakers” when based on the views they express. The two trade associations challenging the state laws — NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association — said that the actions Judge Oldham called censorship were editorial choices protected by the First Amendment, which generally prohibits government restrictions on speech based on content and viewpoint. The groups said that social media companies were entitled to the same constitutional protections enjoyed by newspapers, which are generally free to publish what they like without government interference. The states responded that internet platforms were common carriers required to transmit everyone’s messages and that the laws protected free speech by ensuring that users have access to many points of view. Federal appeals courts reached conflicting conclusions in 2022 about the constitutionality of the two laws. A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit largely upheld a preliminary injunction blocking Florida’s law. But a divided three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit reversed a lower court’s order blocking the Texas law. The Biden administration supports the social media companies in the two cases, Moody v. NetChoice, No. 22-277, and NetChoice v. Paxton, No. 22-555. The Supreme Court blocked the Texas law in 2022 while the case moved forward by a 5-to-4 vote, with an unusual coalition in dissent. The court’s three most conservative members — Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch — filed a dissent saying they would have let the law go into effect. Justice Elena Kagan, a liberal, also dissented, though she did not join the dissent and gave no reasons of her own.
  16. Wordle 982 3/6 ⬛⬛⬛🟨🟨 ⬛⬛🟩🟩⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Connections Puzzle #260 🟨🟨🟨🟨 🟦🟦🟦🟪 🟦🟦🟦🟦 🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟪🟪🟪🟪 Daily Quordle 763 7️⃣6️⃣ 4️⃣8️⃣ m-w.com/games/quordle/ 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜ ⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜ ⬜⬜🟨⬜🟩 ⬜⬜🟨⬜🟩 ⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜ 🟨⬜🟨⬜⬜ ⬜⬜🟨⬜🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜🟨🟩 🟩🟩⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 🟨⬜🟩⬜🟩 ⬜⬜⬜🟨🟩 ⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟨🟩🟨⬜🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Daily Sequence Quordle 763 5️⃣7️⃣ 8️⃣9️⃣ m-w.com/games/quordle/ ⬜⬜⬜🟨🟨 🟨⬜🟩⬜🟨 ⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨🟩🟩🟩⬜ ⬜🟩⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟩⬜⬜⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨⬜🟩⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 ⬜🟩⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 🟩⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜ ⬜⬜🟩🟩⬜ ⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜ ⬜⬜🟩🟩⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Blossom Puzzle, February 26 Letters: E L O U R S T My score: 365 points My longest word: 10 letters 🌷 🌼 💐 🌻 🌸 🌹 💮 🌺 🏵 🌷 #Worldle #766 1/6 (100%) 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🎉 🧭⭐🚩🔤👫🪙 https://worldle.teuteuf.fr #travle #439 (6/11) ✅✅✅✅✅✅ https://travle.earth ClickWord.org Daily 387: 601 points (top 30% 🎉) 10 words: ⚛️🟪🟪🟪🟪🟪🟪🟪🟥🟨 💪 Best word: 128 points 🔥 Streak: 2 days #ClickWord #ClickWordDaily387
  17. Thanks. I've only been to SC a couple of times, visiting Columbia and the Augusta/Aiken area for a work project.
  18. Election results by precinct (Trump=RED; Haley=GREEN) I don't know South Carolina too well, but here's the coastal portion. What are the demographic differences between Myrtle Beach to the north (very Trumpy) and Hilton Head (more Haley)? Aren't they both resort/retirement destinations? What would make them vote so drastically different? Full state
  19. Not fully awake and second word selection included an elimate letter. Wordle 981 4/6 🟩⬛⬛🟩⬛ 🟩⬛⬛🟩🟩 🟩🟨⬛🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Connections Puzzle #259 🟨🟨🟨🟨 🟪🟪🟪🟪 🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟦🟦🟦🟦 Daily Quordle 762 7️⃣8️⃣ 6️⃣4️⃣ m-w.com/games/quordle/ ⬜⬜🟨⬜🟨 ⬜🟨⬜🟨⬜ ⬜⬜⬜🟨🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟩🟩⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨🟨⬜🟨⬜ 🟨⬜⬜⬜🟨 ⬜🟨⬜🟨⬜ 🟩⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟨⬜⬜🟨 ⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜ ⬜🟨⬜🟨⬜ ⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜🟨⬜🟩 ⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟨 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ Daily Sequence Quordle 762 5️⃣7️⃣ 9️⃣🔟 m-w.com/games/quordle/ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜🟨⬜🟨 ⬜🟩🟩🟨⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟨🟨🟨🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟨⬜⬜🟨 ⬜🟨⬜⬜🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ 🟩⬜⬜🟩⬜ ⬜⬜⬜🟨🟨 🟩⬜🟨⬜⬜ ⬜⬜🟨⬜🟨 🟩🟩⬜🟩🟩 ⬜🟩⬜🟨🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟩⬜🟨🟨 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Blossom Puzzle, February 25 Letters: C E H P O R S My score: 443 points My longest word: 13 letters 🌷 💮 🌹 🏵 🌸 💐 🌻 🌺 🌼 🌷 💮 🌹 🏵 #Worldle #765 1/6 (100%) 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🎉 🧭⭐🚩🔤👫🪙 https://worldle.teuteuf.fr #travle #438 (3/7) ✅✅✅ https://travle.earth Not in the realm of @bernorange but it's my highest score so far. ClickWord.org Daily 386: 745 points (top 20% 🎊) 11 words: ⚛️⚛️⚛️🟪🟪🟪🟥🟨🟨🟩🟩 💪 Best word: 200 points 🔥 Streak: 1 days #ClickWord #ClickWordDaily386
  20. If you're interested in creepy psychological space shit where you don't understand the quantum or the physics, "Constellation" might be up your alley. I've only watched the first episode, but it set it up pretty well. Mike from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul plays an asshole.
  21. For those who haven't seen it since you were a kid or never saw it in the first place, here's the 1980s adaptation if you'd like a refresher or a comparison before the new one comes out. Full series so far as I can tell: https://archive.org/details/Shogun_Miniseries
  22. ‘Shogun’ Remake: This Time, the White Man Is Only One of the Stars A 1980 adaptation of the best-selling novel cast it as the tale of a white hero in an exotic Japan. A new version tells a more kaleidoscopic story. Gina Balian, a television executive who had worked on the hit series “Game of Thrones” for HBO, had just left to help FX start a new limited series division when an agent sent her a nearly 1,200-page novel. It was “Shogun,” James Clavell’s 1975 best-selling chronicle of a hardened English sailor who lands in Japan at the dawn of the 17th century looking for riches and ends up adopting the ways of the samurai. Balian’s first reaction was that she had already seen this book on television — back in 1980, when NBC had turned the novel into a mini-series that earned the network its highest Nielsen ratings to date. Most of what she remembered about the first adaptation was Richard Chamberlain — its white, male star. But as she started reading, she discovered the novel had a much more kaleidoscopic point of view, devoting considerable pages to getting inside the heads of the Japanese characters. “I thought that there was a story to be told that was much wider and deeper,” said Balian, who is co-president of FX Entertainment. It didn’t hurt that something about it also reminded her of “Game of Thrones,” in terms of the “richness of so many characters’ lives.” It took 11 years, two different teams of showrunners and a major relocation to bring “Shogun” back to the screen. The 10-part series debuts on Hulu on Feb. 27 with the first two episodes, followed by new ones weekly, and will premiere on Disney+ outside of the United States and Latin America. cont'd
  23. Coming soon. 74,682 views Feb 23, 2024 In July 2023, Ukraine and several other countries formed a so-called F-16 coalition. The coalition is led by the United States, Denmark, and the Netherlands. The coalition is working on the transfer of aircraft, training of pilots and maintenance personnel, and preparation of infrastructure. United24 Media travelled to Denmark to meet the Ukrainian pilots who were selected for this great responsibility, and to see how training on the worlds most popular fighter jet is going.
  24. I really wish we could've somehow preserved the "What's happening in Ukraine" thread from 10 years ago when this all started. @blacklab Is that all gone forever? There was so much great stuff in that thread. For Many Ukrainians, It’s Been a 10-Year War, Not a 2-Year One They were a ragtag army, fighting with baseball bats, Molotov cocktails and plywood shields. But for Ukrainians, the protesters who faced off with riot police on Kyiv’s main square a decade ago were the first soldiers in a war still raging today. The demonstrators were part of the Maidan uprising of 2014, when Ukrainians took to the streets to protest the decision by President Viktor F. Yanukovych to forgo closer ties to Europe and instead more closely align Ukraine with Moscow. In the uprising’s violent, final days police killed more than 100 protesters. Their portraits now adorn a wall of honor at St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv. They are displayed first, ahead of portraits of soldiers killed in the simmering, eight-year conflict in Ukraine’s east that served as a prelude to Russia’s full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, 2022. And a museum dedicated to the street uprising identifies those who died on the square as the first soldiers killed in the war with Russia. This connection Ukrainians make between the 2014 rebellion and the invasion two years ago reflects the long view of war that many citizens hold: They’ve been fighting Russia for 10 years, not two. Portraits of people killed in the Maidan uprising are displayed inside St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine came in two phases, Ukrainians point out. The first was a decade ago when Russian soldiers came over the border soon after Mr. Yanukovych was driven into exile, igniting the war in the east. It was a military intervention unacknowledged by Moscow, shrouded in a fog of ruses and denials so improbable that few were deceived. But it nonetheless served to blunt both the Ukrainian and international response. The war pivoted two years ago to an unveiled effort by Russia to seize territory militarily and redraw European borders. This week, as the world observes the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion, Ukrainians recall the anger and resolve that drove the 2014 uprising as well. “We have always been fighting Russia,” said Capt. Oleh Voitsekhovsky, who joined the army directly after protesting on Maidan Square, fought in the war in the east and is still fighting today. His view of Ukrainian history, he said, is of a continual struggle against Moscow. “It is just sometimes cold and sometimes hot.” In its final days, the 2014 uprising nearly collapsed as protesters held only a few hundred square yards of soot-smeared paving stones and had resorted to burning heaps of tires to keep alight a giant bonfire that was holding back riot police. Police snipers fired into the crowds, leaving bodies scattered on the pavement in central Kyiv. The protest ended with security service chiefs and protest leaders cutting a deal, and with the police pulling back and leaving the capital. This betrayal left Mr. Yanukovych without protection, and he fled to eastern Ukraine, and then to Russia on Feb. 24, 2014. During the Maidan uprising, police snipers fired into the crowds, leaving bodies scattered on the pavement in central Kyiv. In a video address to the nation on Tuesday in observance of the 10th anniversary of the sniper shootings, President Volodymyr Zelensky drew a line from the Maidan uprising to the trench warfare today. Ukrainians will fight, he said, “in the squares, on the barricades and today at the front.” After driving out Mr. Yanukovych, many protesters believed they had secured Ukraine’s freedom. In fact, the war had just begun. Russia’s response to Maidan became a simple but effective trick: It deployed soldiers in uniforms without insignia in the Crimea Peninsula and identified them as angry locals or members of motorcycle gangs. The ruse was transparent, but it succeeded in slowing the Western response amid discussions of the origins of the ostensible mystery soldiers. Ukraine, still wobbly under an interim president appointed by Parliament, initially sought to avoid a war. Capt. Yuriy Fedash of the Ukrainian navy was trying to rebuff Russian efforts to board and seize his ship in March 2014 when he received an order from Kyiv emblematic of Ukraine’s cautious, first response: “‘Don’t give up but don’t shoot,’” Captain Fedash said he was told. Russia deployed soldiers in unmarked uniforms in the Crimea Peninsula and identified them as angry locals or members of motorcycle gangs, helping to slow a Western response. Seeing no way to resist without fighting, Captain Fedash disobeyed, he said in an interview: He ordered sailors to fire warning shots from a heavy machine gun, sending up sprays of seawater. They were among the first shots fired by Ukraine’s military in the war but did not prevent the eventual seizure of the ship. By the time Russian tanks rolled across the border two years ago, roughly 400,000 Ukrainians had already fought the Russians in eastern Ukraine. By sustaining years of low-intensity war in the east, Russia, paradoxically, had prepared the Ukrainian army to rebuff a countrywide assault. Many veterans, battle-hardened after years in the trenches, rejoined the army. “This was decisive,” said Captain Voitsekhovsky, referring to the way veterans of the war in the east took up arms against the full-scale Russian invasion. “First, we were motivated. This was a big, unpleasant surprise for the Russians. And we had combat experience. Nothing had to be explained. We took weapons and needed no help.” The Maidan uprising echoed in Russia’s war plans, too. In the invasion, Russia sought to quickly capture the capital with columns of tanks, paratroopers and commandos, with the goal of setting up a puppet government. One plan identified by Ukrainian officials would have reinstalled Mr. Yanukovych. President Viktor F. Yanukovych’s compound outside Kyiv. After the Maidan uprising, Mr. Yanukovych fled to eastern Ukraine, and then to Russia on Feb. 24, 2014. In the weeks before the invasion, lawyers who later fled to Russia filed little-noticed lawsuits in a Kyiv court contesting a Parliamentary vote in 2014 that stripped Mr. Yanukovych of his presidential powers. The legal filings would have lain the groundwork for his return. Agents with Ukraine’s domestic intelligence agency, the S.B.U., confiscated the court’s computer servers, lest corrupt or treasonous judges publish a ruling legitimizing Mr. Yanukovych’s return. Over the years, Russia’s denials of any direct military role in Ukraine in 2014 infuriated Ukrainians, and has amplified their view of a long war against Russia. France and Germany had conceded, in settlement talks, to a role for Russian proxy forces in negotiations known as the Minsk II process. It was, in essence, a partial acceptance of the Russian denial of having invaded two eastern provinces in 2014; that acceptance delayed for years a full grappling with the implications of Russia’s turn to military expansionism. “I wanted somebody to pay attention to this lawlessness,” Captain Fedash, the navy skipper, said of Russia’s unacknowledged intervention. “We let time go by. They were not punished, so they continued.” Ukraine is now on the defensive along the entire 600-mile front, is fighting with dwindling ammunition and faces deep uncertainty over the future of military and financial aid from its most important ally, the United States. Ukrainians have fought against long odds before. Sviatoslav Syry, who was beaten by riot police officers as a student protester on the square, was elected to a seat in Parliament and is now fighting in an artillery unit in the Ukrainian military. Maidan protesters, he told Ukrainian media, were dismayed as riot police repeatedly stormed the tent encampment on the square in nighttime raids. “By morning, you think maybe it’s all over,” he said. “But inside, there’s already this anger and desire to come back.” A memorial set up in the aftermath of the uprising in 2014. Russia’s denials of any direct military role in Ukraine in 2014 has infuriated Ukrainians and amplified their view of a long war against Russia.
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