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Zelensky has call with Israeli PM and ... "crickets".

Zelensky sent an unusually short tweet about a call with Israeli PM Naftali Bennett earlier today.


The Israeli PM also met with the German Chancellor in Israel today. PM Naftali Bennett mentioned the situation in Ukraine in one of his own tweets about his discussions with the German Chancellor.


Google translation: "Mr Chancellor, you are coming here at a fateful and very sensitive time. The State of Israel stands by the people of Ukraine, we have sent a lot of humanitarian aid and we are determined to do more."

Meanwhile, the Israeli organization "Stand by Us" account announced that 100 tons of humanitarian aid from Israel have arrived for Ukraine.

Stunning Tweet from Zelensky's official account.


Edited to embed original tweet (once wonderful DU members taught me how).

(My original post
From 11:32 AM today. I don't know how to do a twitter link. Pasting text and google translation.

"Навіщо 80 років повторювати «Ніколи знову», якщо, коли бомба падає на Бабин Яр, світ залишається мовчазним? Ще 5 життів втрачено. Історія повторюється...L"

Google translate-
"Why repeat "Never Again" for 80 years, if when the bomb falls on Babyn Yar, the world remains silent? 5 more lives were lost. History repeats itself ... " )

Ways to help Ukraine and Refugees

Good article in Parade:
How to Help Ukraine and Ukrainian Refugees as Russia Invades

List of specific charities and organizations providing direct aid to Ukraine, Refugees, and/or in Ukraine at the end of article.

"If you’re wondering how to help Ukraine, you aren’t alone. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has left the world shocked, scared and largely overwhelmed. One way to assuage anxiety and feel a sense of control is to try to help wherever we can—but figuring out exactly how to do that can be daunting and overwhelming in and itself. Empower yourself with the knowledge provided and put your money where it will stretch the farthest in terms of donations.
How to Help Ukraine and Ukrainian Refugees as Russia Invades
One of the most important things to do to aid in any foreign crisis is to vote wisely. American foreign policy dictates almost every other nation’s security and prosperity, be it through alliances and aid or sanctions and drone warfare. Being informed of candidates’ foreign policy stances at the polls, both for presidential and congressional elections, is integral to keeping not just other countries, but also the United States, safe for democracy and habitable for all."

This is my 500th post, after joining DU on March 8, 2017.

When I noticed how close I was to 500, I decided to time it so that my 500th would be at the end of the craven, immoral, evil and vulgar term of #45, the PINO.
DU has helped me through 4 years that have often included events so horrific I could not have imagined them before they took place. I will not list them. I know we can all replay our own lists in our minds. Thank you DU!!
I'll begin by second set of 500, with the 501st, at what should be at the start of the Biden Presidency. I am so traumatized by the past 4 years that I cannot even write such a phrase without hedging the statement about a future 10 minutes from here with the modifier " should".
How long will it take for even a fraction of this trauma to heal? How much is irreversible?

Thoughts on masks in cold weather

I am in the Northeast, and wanted to say hiw much more comfortable masks make me when I go out in the cold. The warmer, moister air does not irritate my throat the way cold, dry air does. It is more comforable for me to be active outside now.
I will not go back post-pandemic, even if I switch to masks designed specifically for cold weather.

Are they wasting the $ on a decoy second plane?

He wouldn't get one if he had waited a few hours to fly as ex-president. And what is the point? If anything happened then Pence would be sworn in for an hour or two, and then Biden is inaugurated.
I know, it is probably protocol.
And at this point I am just happy to see him slinking back to his lair at Mar-a-Lago. Let him get back to his more minor lifetime baseline of illegal antics, such as violating a city ordinance by making it his residence.
But for one the last times with the orange Popsicle as PINO, think about how Fox would be freaking out at the cost if a Dem required a second decoy plane in the last hours of their presidency because they were sulking and left DC "early"?

For the sake of the permanent WH staff...

I hope Twitter gave Dump's doctor a heads up on cutting off his Twitter. That way, he could be on standby in the next room with injectible sedatives.
Or perhaps antipsychotics -- depending on how far this pushes him out of his already cracked and unhinged mind.

Trump says "I will not be going to inauguration". MAGAiot supporters hear:

"I won't be there, so it is open season on the attendees. Any Republican there has betrayed be by attending, so they deserve what they get".

"Impeach the president again" opinion piece, Boston Globe


The meat of the article is here:

"If ever a presidential act qualified for impeachment, it would be openly trying to reverse an election outcome. While it sounds almost bizarre to make such a suggestion when the president’s term is over in two months, the move would have a useful byproduct: The Senate could prevent Trump from running again in 2024.

The impeachment clause of the Constitution allows the Senate to impose two possible punishments: “removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.” While two-thirds of the Senate is required for removal from office in an impeachment trial, precedents involving the impeachment of judges indicate that only a majority vote would be required to make the penalty a disqualification from future office.

In other words, the House of Representatives could impeach Trump before his term ends, and the Senate could take up the matter after he leaves office. The question of removal would be moot at that point, but disqualification would still be on the table, and the Senate could determine that a majority vote would suffice."

I was so naive 4 years ago

I never thought he would last 4 years in office. I had no real conception of how a sociopath could surround himself with enablers and stop following rules and norms he did not like. I didn't realize that the 25th could be defanged. And I still can't believe that over a third of the adult people in this country continue to support him.
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