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Name: Tom Conroy
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About Me

65 years old. Lifelong democrat. Saw JFK in New Haven CT on election eve 1960. I was all of 5 years old. Cast my first vote for Jimmy Carter. Stayed up all night at the English Speaking Union I London to watch the returns. We celebrated the results about 9 AM London time. I cried the morning I learned Bobby Kennedy had been shot. I don't think I ever quite recovered, although President Obama's election helped a lot. These days I'm a moderate democrat and a cultural conservative. I miss the world of good manners, fancy dress and dancing cheek to cheek. Big TCM fan.

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Leave cancelled for Ukraine Army Units in the east

The reporter is a USAF vet who has reported out of Ukraine since 2014. Elsewhere on the thread another reporter confirms he has heard the same. The units are located in East Ukraine near the Russian border.


Russian citizens are risking prosecution to take videos

of Russian troop movements and then immediately posting them to TikTok.
These images of helicopters are thought to be a sign of finalizing invasion preparations:


Belgorod is 25 miles from the Ukraine border.

25 miles from the border with Ukraine


Apparently this is video from today. Russian forces on the

Here is more video from Belgorod posted today:


Stephanie Selby, 'A Very Young Dancer', who inspired many, dies at 56

Feb. 12, 2022
Stephanie Selby, who was the high-profile subject of “A Very Young Dancer,” a book that inspired a generation of would-be ballerinas and future dance stars, but who abruptly dropped out of the ballet world and disappeared from view, died on Feb. 3 in Cody, Wyo. She was 56.

The cause was complications of an apparent attempt to end her life, said Howell Howard, a cousin.

At 10, Ms. Selby was living the dream of many aspiring dancers, taking lessons at the School of American Ballet in Manhattan, the prestigious ballet academy founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein and the training ground for Balanchine’s New York City Ballet.

In 1975, the photographer Jill Krementz, renowned for her images of famous authors and for writing children’s books for which she also took the photographs, visited the school. She felt she had stepped into a Degas painting and immediately knew she wanted to create a book. She watched auditions, she said in an interview, and when Stephanie was chosen for the lead role of Marie in “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker,” Ms. Krementz realized she had found her subject — and an enchanting one at that.

Stephanie Selby, ‘A Very Young Dancer’ Who Inspired Many, Dies at 56 https://nyti.ms/34D1o75

I remember that book. It was every where at the time. She starred as Marie in the New York City Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker, that everyone in NYC goes to see. She didn't graduate from ballet school. She was asked to withdraw. Eventually went to my alma mater but never seems to have found her precise role in life. Suffered from depression from a very young age. Quite sad.

Twitter covers the Ukraine crisis.

I spent a couple of hours trying to find twitter accounts that might be worthwhile for following the Ukraine crisis. There is some amazing stuff out there.
Just as an example there is a guy called Igor Girkin who is posting video of Russian troop movements. No idea who he is but his videos get retweeted a lot. He doesn't post in english but the replies do with locations for the videos, types of weapons etc.
Whatever happens, it looks like it will all be videoed and posted to the internet:


The Arithmetics of a Nightmare for Ukraine and Europe


A Clydesdale's Journey - Superbowl commercial

'The Waste Management Phoenix Open' !?

Somehow that doesn't have the same ring as The Bob Hope Tournament or The Bing Crosby Pro-Am.

CNN: Russia has surrounded Ukraine on three sides. (The latest troop movements).

(CNN)Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine's border in recent weeks, according to US estimates, raising fears from Western and Ukrainian intelligence officials that an invasion could be imminent.

As frantic diplomatic efforts are made to avert war, analysts are warning that Russia's military poses an immediate threat to Ukraine.
But if an invasion were to occur, it is not clear where it would begin. Russia has created pressure points on three sides of Ukraine -- in Crimea to the south, on the Russian side of the two countries' border, and in Belarus to the north.

Here are the three fronts Ukraine and the West are watching, and the recent Russian movements detected in each.


PBS: Why a Russian Invasion of Ukraine appears imminent.

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