We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you were Putin what time period would you pick to use a couple of tactical nukes in Ukraine? Many possibilities. But most certainly wouldn't have happened under Trump and most likely will happen under Biden's presidency. I'm thinking two time periods are likely. Between now and Nov 8th and between Nov 8th and Jan 1st. Both are periods of confusion in congress and America as well.
Second question; when would Xi Jinping pick to invade Tiawan? Same answer!! In fact, likely the same exact time!
Sure, I could be wrong, it's fine, nothing is going to happen. But surely you can see the reasoning in it. And we have geniuses at the CIA and ODNI and in the military. They would surely pick up on this possibility, right? So even with the smallest active duty military in 100 years and the fact that they are focused on personal pronouns and purging white people surely they are prepared for such an event, right? RIGHT???
What's your plan? You wake up one morning and turn on FOX or CNN and you sit their in your underwear as they show video of nukes in Ukraine and half a million Chinese troops exterminating what is left of Tiawan. What are you going to do? Followed by 24 hours of store shelves being emptied and ATM machines not working and gas stations running out of gas. What then?
Good idea!! Right now, and I mean right this minute I understand that the NY City government is meeting to decide if they should refurbish and stock the cities fallout shelters. I wonder why! I'm sure it's nothing. But they tend to stock it with hard tack biscuits and packaged water so get yourself a little cache of chocolates shaped like liquor bottles with liquor inside to bring with you.
Be early though. I suspect that the facilities at all the NY City shelters would barely accommodate 5% of the population so you don't want to be waiting outside in a long line. And brush up on your martial arts because you know who is going to be in there with you. Yeah maybe it would be better to stay at home. Remember those stories from the New Orleans Superdome? I'm sure they were all exaggerations. Maybe you could trade those chocolates for another few hours of staying alive...
Finally got around to watching this, was surprised to find a family tie. My maternal grandmother was born in the Aland Islands about a decade and a half after Gustaf Erikson. She emigrated to the US in 1906, before the "grain races" documented here.