Yup, did it again, uploaded the wrong version of a LAME and just noticed that bonehead move the other day while checking something else. What happened to the simulated tuba backup? Where did it go? What happened to some of the major corrections? I do this stuff so infrequently now it’s difficult to remember some of the “tricks” to not getting so confused with all the various component files – naming them would be helpful, yeah? (Remember – not a musician, so it takes me many attempts to find the right note which equates to many different files attempting to accomplish one little piece. Rather like a slot machine…. play, play, play, play …. then every once in a while a small payoff that indeed revitalizes me into trying to play some more in hopes of finding another little tidbit of acceptable “almost music”. 100 bad notes for one or two good? Poor exchange rate yeah? lol)
Anyway, this is the same tune – which is already too long and repetitive (typical) [need to figure out that chapter stuff some time] though I am excited about hopefully securing some better images of the “crickets” on the next excursion. This “Mormon Cricket Song” will likely end up being some sort of a repository for “all things Mormon Cricket related”. Imagine that….. Mormon Cricket Song Revision r073?
Sometimes I believe there is a big difference between mpg v M2TS, other times not so much so I’m going to compare them here side by side under the same circumstances. Yes, I know, probably a waste of time anyway …..
Different places – different formats
But it certainly doesn’t matter
Only a dinosaur’s DIM LAME perspective
And particular format won’t make it better – lol
……but I’m curious
My best to you and yours, Lew
I was attempting to gain some operating drive space by relocating files to external drives (which is always just a temporary fix anyway because, as you may have correctly guessed, I accumulate a lot of “space eating audio/video files” for possible use with the LAME stuff. Anyway, found the above clip which somehow seemed (tangentially) relevant in light of the massive deceptions perpetrated against the legal citizens of the United States of America by the radical left. (Entire world for that matter.)
NOT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND
This isn’t rocket science. The operation of any “trick” is easily understood when revealed (like with the above water demonstration and small crack at the base of the jar) yet prior to that simple discovery I was honestly becoming concerned as to how and why I could:
consistently be so messy with the Strawberry jam/preserves?
(Sometimes the jar was tightly glued to the glass shelf with hardened goo!)
Sure, I will have some toast and jam every once in awhile – but ending up with sticky refrigerator shelves almost every time? Different shelf locations? Perhaps an adult beverage fueled late night snack with a less than adequate clean up before turning in for the night? Maybe accidentally placed the jar on spilled jam on the counter before replacing in the fridge? Nope. No way. But how could this reoccurring Strawberry mess be reasonably explained?
REGARDING OTHER REOCCURRING MESSES
On the other subject, how did former MSM (Main Stream Media) become the government’s proxy authority for censorship with the power to prohibit truthful/factual information from reaching the American public?
What crack has permitted that slow, continuing and expanding mess into our society?
Oh yeah, I’ve dropped DIRECTV this billing cycle due to the upcoming loss of OANN (One America News Network). Previous calls regarding when OANN would be dropped were unsuccessful in obtaining the exact date for preparation, but on March 22nd DirecTV emailed a PROGRAMMING UPDATE which advertised various new programming options that will be available along with:
“And here’s what’s leaving…
-A Wealth of Entertainment after April 4
-One America News Network after April 4
Thank you for being part of the DIRECTV family”
AND THANK YOU FOR THE WAKE-UP CALL!
Well, apparently there are a few other things that might be leaving the DIRECTV FAMILY as well – like those customers who can appreciate a compromised package. Sure I’ll miss some of the features I’ve grown accustomed to in the last 15 years – but that was the whole point yeah? Forcing consumers to make the decision to either (1) accept the continuing ANTI-AMERICAN censorship taking place in OUR AMERICA, or (2) Challenge PATRIOTS to chose another option to receive credible and factual news.
CREATURE OF HABIT
Naturally changing traditional ways of doing things can be frightening in some respects with all the “what ifs” of any new experience. Sure, I was indeed comfortable with my prior DIRECTV service –
BUT NO LONGER WITH THE NEW PRICE TAG OF HAVING LEGITIMATE FACTUAL NEWS REPLACED WITH A WOK IDEOLOGY AND AGENDA – NOT IN MY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
MY AMERICA IS STILL HERE but has only been TEMPORARILY HI-JACKED via MASSIVE MULTIPLE CRIMINAL CONSPIRACIES TO OVERTHROW THE US GOVERNMENT WHICH INCLUDED A RIGGED ELECTION and HIGH TREASON BY TOP GOVERNMENT LEADERS AND THEIR PRIVATE SECTOR SUPPORTERS.
ARF! ARF! ARF!
This old dog can still learn new tricks so I decided not to accept DIRECTV’s ultimatum and cancelled service on March 24th.
OANN LIVE STREAMING ON ROKU IS WORKING OUT GREAT, haven’t watched movies like this in years, and………I’m saving money for fuel!
My best to you and yours, Lew
My best to you and yours, Lew
Chinese Secret Police Targeted US Army Vet on American Soil, Attempted to Interfere in Election: DOJ
Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, on Aug. 29, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) US-China Relations
Chinese secret police and their agents are stalking, harassing, intimidating, and conspiring to commit violence against pro-democracy activists and Chinese dissidents on U.S. soil, according to three new criminal cases unsealed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on March 16.
The efforts include a plot to interfere in a Congressional election, covert attempts to arrest enemies of the Chinese Communist Party, and surveillance operations to spy on anti-communist activists.
“These cases expose attempts by the government of the People’s Republic of China [PRC] to suppress dissenting voices within the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen during a press conference, referring to the Chinese regime’s official name.
“They demonstrate how the PRC seeks to stalk, intimidate, and silence those who oppose them.”
Five individuals were charged in relation to schemes to harass and spy on ethnic Chinese in the United States critical of the communist regime.
An Alleged Plot Against a Congressional Candidate
In one of the cases, federal prosecutors said that Lin Qiming, an alleged Chinese agent, contracted a private investigator (PI) in New York to manufacture a political scandal in the hopes of undermining the Congressional campaign of Yan Xiong, who is currently seeking the Democratic nomination to run for Congress representing a district in Long Island.
Yan is a naturalized American citizen and Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq. He has long been a target of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for his participation as a student leader in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and for his later support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Lin’s arrest warrant details his efforts to use a private investigator to implicate Yan in prostitution, tax evasion, and possession of child pornography. Failing that, Lin encouraged the PI to physically harm Yan by either beating him or forcing him into a car accident.
“If you don’t find anything after following him for a few weeks, can we manufacture something,” Lin said in one recorded call, according to the court document.
“But in the end, violence would be fine too,” Lin said in a voice message. “Beat him. Beat him until he cannot run for election.”
The warrant said Lin was a retired Chinese intelligence agent who continued to perform work for the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS), the regime’s top intelligence agency.
Lin also suggested that the PI hire an attractive woman to become a volunteer for Yan and then implicate him in prostitution. When the PI told Lin it would cost $40,000 to carry out the job, Lin responded, “No problem. The money is not a problem.”
Lin further encouraged the PI to use “cops, or lawyers, or the courts” to put pressure on Yan and said, “We will have a lot more of this in the future,” according to the court filing. He added, “Right now we don’t want him to be elected.”
Despite assuring the PI that money was not an issue, however, the CCP’s bureaucracy apparently interfered with the effort, and Lin later told the PI he couldn’t get the $40,000, the court document said.
“Because the Communist Party, as you know,” Lin said, “it’s not just one person who can call the shots.”
Targeting Chinese Dissidents
In another case, spanning from January 2021 to March 2022, Liu Fan, Matthew Ziburis, and Sun Qiang allegedly conducted a campaign of harassment and intimidation against Chinese dissidents and pro-democracy activists living in America, according to the Justice Department.
The campaign involved gathering derogatory information on dissidents in order to humiliate or otherwise discredit them in the eyes of the public.
Like the Lin case, those involved allegedly relied on private investigators whom they hired to stalk, surveil, and intimidate ethnic Chinese living in America, ultimately spending over $100,000 in the process.
The scheme, the DOJ said, included attempted bribes to Internal Revenue Service officials in order to obtain dissidents’ tax information, and a conspiracy to destroy a sculpture that depicted Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping as a coronavirus molecule.
In one instance, the defendants conspired to use Liu’s business, a New York-based media corporation, to gain access to interviews with tags while posing as journalists, according to court documents.
In one message, Liu told the others to say they were employed by “a very rich Jewish man [and] head of [the] Jewish community,” the court filing said, and told them to imply that this fictitious Jewish man was a large donor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s political campaigns.
The DOJ’s third case alleged that Wang Shujun, a naturalized U.S. citizen and former visiting scholar, compiled information on pro-democracy activists and Chinese dissidents living in the United States and disseminated it to the MSS.
According to the case file, Wang, 73, was a long-time member of the Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang Memorial Foundation, a pro-democracy group based in Queens, New York.
From January 2016 through August 2021, however, Wang is alleged to have secretly operated as a CCP agent, using his position in the foundation to collect private information on activists which he then delivered to his handlers in the Chinese regime.
At least one person whose information Wang gave to the MSS was later arrested by the CCP when traveling to Hong Kong, according to prosecutors.
The three cases come just a month after the Biden Administration’s decision to terminate the Trump-era “China Initiative,” an anti-espionage campaign that critics accused of racially profiling Chinese Americans.
Olsen said that the new cases were part of the Justice Department’s new nation-state-oriented approach, and that the department would defend the nation against repressive efforts by the Chinese communist regime to violate America’s sovereignty.
“For the Justice Department, defending American institutions and values against these threats is a national security imperative,” Olsen said. “Transnational repression is part of the range of tactics that our adversaries employ to try to undermine our democracy, our economy, and our institutions.
“This activity is antithetical to American values. We will not tolerate such repression here when it violates our laws.”
Likewise, Breon Peace, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, noted that each of the new cases dealt with efforts by the Chinese regime to explicitly target supporters of democracy, and especially ethnic Chinese who were critical of the communist regime that currently rules the mainland.
“All of these victims were targeted because of their pro-democracy views, because they chose to exercise their freedom of speech here in the United States,” Peace said.
“The complaints unsealed today reveal the outrageous and dangerous lengths to which the PRC government’s secret police and these defendants have gone to attack the rule of law and freedom in New York City and elsewhere in the United States.”
Three of the defendants were arrested over the past two days, while Sun and Lin remain at large.
ALWAYS DIE IN WAR
SACRIFICED WITHIN LOFTY PRINCIPLES
WHILE EVIL LURKS AT CORE
NOW A GENERATION OF DIGITAL PLAYERS
ARE JUST REPEATING WHAT ALWAYS DONE
OBTAIN SOME PRIZED DESIRED GAME
PURCHASE “CHEATS” TO PRETEND THEY’VE WON
TO HONESTLY WIN IS FAR TOO EXPENSIVE
REQUIRES EFFORT, INTEGRITY, COMMITMENT
CHEATING PRODUCES ONLY FICTIONAL VICTORY
BUT A CRITICAL MASS OF RESENTMENT
My best to you and yours, Lew
PS: Anyone else catching a familiar whiff (of that “Cookie Cutter False Flag Attack” recipe) in what is burning in the Ukraine kitchen right now?
Appreciate that the VERY SAME (CROOKED) COOKS who tried (and failed) to whip up a batch in Washington DC on January 6th are doing the same in Europe? What “they” cannot completely control and exploit “they” will surely destroy. Psssst!……and I’m not talking about Putin as suggested over a year ago in: https://youtu.be/uG6Fhd2czgU
What united group has recently, and quite consistently, distracted the entire world with even more falsehoods, misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, mandatory orders, lock downs, coercion in violation of EUA (Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 Vaccinations) regulations, withheld life saving decades old tried and true medications to critically ill patients, criminally conspired and orchestrated massive election fraud on a scale never seen in history, blah blah blah ….. it never ends and only gets worse and we forget because the “next one” is even worse (sounds familiar yeah? lol echo chambered flashback – https://lakedonpedro.org/i-forgot-u-firgit-2/) Yes, an army of CROOKS, CHEATS, EXPLOITERS, MASS MURDERERS….. dishonest, self-serving representatives from ALL POLITICAL PARTIES …… all nations, creating, and maintaining such duplicitous activity which harms, injures and kills countless innocent people across the globe who are only trying to survive and do the best they can for themselves, families, friends, …. and their respective country of pride and hope ….. whether the USA ….. UKRAINE……RUSSIA …… CHINA……. KOREA…. ALL…. from sprawling nations to pin point islands in vast oceans….. everywhere! …… people trying to do the best they can yet there is this constant global hatred boiling over and destroying lives …….. and here, we, the vast majority of legal US Citizens gazed in astonishment and grief at the truth emerging upon our waking from a decades long slumber of MAIN STREAM MEDIA WOK PROPAGANDA, a confusion and sadness rapidly shifting to a burning red-hot anger at what has become of our beloved AMERICA in only one year?
Source? Evil people leading the clueless in hopes of a better life. No particular race, culture, ethnicity, political affiliation, religion, gender identification, whatever, evil is everywhere.
So? Either accept it as just a component fact to the cycle of human life, or do something to stop or at least control it’s harmful and deadly effects on the far majority of folks who continue to seek life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness within the confines of the US CONSTITUTION, BILL OF RIGHTS, AND RULE OF LAW.
Yup, what an idea – ENFORCE THE US CONSTITUTION AND RULE OF LAW IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. -duh!
CRAP! Did it again….daylight is burning and weeds are growing! later
Ukraine and Russia | Ukraine On Fire 2016 Documentary | Russian Aggression or American Interference?
Well, just don’t have the time to finish the LAME that was supposed to go with this – <repeat title> lol Outdoor work has been postponed long enough and I must rally an offensive attack against the invading weeds to establish some defensive firebreaks for summer.
Keep the faith (believe me I realize how difficult this can be when former “trusted sources” have been revealed as only the propaganda outlets for this Anti-America bullshit that has invaded and infested OUR BEAUTIFUL AMERICA.) Has anyone been able to identify an existing country on this planet that exemplifies what theses traitors are illegally attempting to accomplish here in the USA?
Their time will come – one way or another, (just hope I live long enough to witness some semblance of warranted punitive measures as justice for those who did not survive this leftist assault on America). Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the legitimate PATRIOTIC LEADERSHIP of this country indeed knew full well what these traitors to America had already done, were doing, and, most importantly, were going to do, long before the 2020 election?
Ever hear the expression:
“GIVE THEM ENOUGH ROPE TO HANG THEMSELVES”
I have always interpreted that as meaning an adversary/enemy who has no integrity or moral compass in dealing with others, and who has lied and cheated to obtain what they already have, will simply continue that same behavior to achieve their other goals. (If one cheats to obtain a job they will continue to cheat to keep and maintain that job.)
Basically, corrupt individuals and their corrupted entities of preference, will naturally do corrupt things and when they believe they have successfully pulled a “fast one” (like stealing a national election from the LEGITIMATE WINNER and utilizing US GOVERNMENT LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SPY AGENCIES to persecute political adversaries – both elected and private citizens) they become more embolden and arrogant believing they can proceed at an even faster pace for the “Transformation of America” they seek.
TOTALLY DIFFERENT TYPE OF WAR
SO, what if…… rather than the traditional “good guy -bad guy” back and forth between looters, rioters, anarchists, etc and law enforcement —
(and under the ever growing potential for another extremely violent and deadly American Civil War fueled by millions of non-stakeholders, infiltrators, criminals, and “brain dead propaganda cultivated domestic sympathizers” – ie, public school political indoctrination of children is no longer just some “far out conspiracy theory” since parents recently had the opportunity (thanks to the COVID-19 lock down and home schooling) to observe first hand exactly what their kids were being taught by a carefully configured Socialist – Left educational agenda) [“Mike the Pillow Guy” was absolutely correct – a true unintentional blessing.]
—– and REALIZING any attempt to stop such momentum of the left (misguided populace) would be impossible without major bloodshed (while creating the perfect invitation for even MORE DANGEROUS FOREIGN GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT) —-
—THE GOOD GUYS setup an ingenious and complicated network for locating, capturing, identifying, and recording sophisticated evidence of such treasonous activities against the United States of America so that when the societal environment had settled a bit – with cooler heads prevailing …… this evidence would be slowly and incrementally released to the public in order to combat – with truth and fact – the decades of false information and propaganda our country has been subjected to by, no other way to say it, TRAITORS TO AMERICA within the RADICAL LEFT ELEMENT OF THE COMPROMISED DEMOCRAT PARTY.
wait a sec……that did happen……. that IS HAPPENING! Evidence of massive corruption has and is continuing to be revealed to the world every day…… yup!
Keep the faith – however strenuous it might be at times.
CRAP! I CAN HEAR THOSE WEEDS GROWING! lol
Until then, take care and –
– -My best to you and yours, Lew
A MiG-29 jet fighter operated by Bulgarian Air Force in Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, on Feb. 17, 2022. (Hristo Rusev/Getty Images) Russia-Ukraine War
Germany Won’t Send Warplanes to Ukraine: German Chancellor
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is indicating that he doesn’t favor supplying old MiG fighter jets to Ukraine.
Poland late Tuesday offered to give the United States 28 MiG-29 fighter planes for Ukraine’s use. U.S. officials said the proposal was “untenable,” but they would continue to consult with Poland and other NATO allies.
Scholz was asked Wednesday whether Germany would be prepared to allow such a delivery, and whether he feared being drawn into the conflict by a jet delivery via the United States’ Ramstein Air Base in Germany—which Poland had proposed.
Scholz noted that Germany has given Ukraine financial and humanitarian aid, as well as some weapons. He added: “otherwise, we must consider very carefully what we do in concrete terms, and that most certainly doesn’t include fighter planes.”
‘No Critical Impact on Safety’ at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant
The International Energy Agency (IAEA) said there has been “no critical impact” on the safety of the Chernobyl nuclear site in Ukraine after Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and other officials issued a warning about a potential radiation leak overnight.
Kyiv’s government informed the U.N. nuclear agency at the power plant, said its chief, Rafael Grossi, which he said “violates [a] key safety pillar on ensuring uninterrupted power supply,” but the “IAEA sees no critical impact on safety,” according to a Twitter post on Wednesday.
“IAEA says [the] heat load of spent fuel storage pool and volume of cooling water at [the] Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant sufficient for effective heat removal without need for electrical supply,” the IAEA’s Twitter thread continued to say.
It came hours after the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine said the Chernobyl nuclear site lost power, issuing a warning about a possible radiation leak. Days after the Feb. 24 invasion, Russian forces captured the plant, located along the Ukraine–Belarus border, which is about 60 miles north of Kyiv, Ukrainian officials confirmed.
Read the full article here
US Intelligence Officials Taking Putin’s Nuclear Threat Seriously
U.S. intelligence officials said on March 8 that they’re taking Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats seriously.
“It was very unusual. And we obviously take it very seriously when he’s signaling in this way,” Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the House Intelligence Committee in Washington.
Such a public announcement hasn’t been seen since the 1960s, according to Haines, describing Putin as “posturing” with the goal of deterring further Western support for Ukraine.
While Russian troops have been met with stiffer resistance than projected, “Putin probably still remains confident that Russia can militarily defeat Ukraine and wants to prevent Western support from tipping the balance and forcing a conflict with NATO,” Haines said.
Read the full article here
Wheat Exports Banned as Civilians Flee
Ukraine banned wheat exports as civilians sought escape routes and concerns intensified over safety at the embattled country’s nuclear plants.
As the Russian invasion rounds out its second week, feeding the desperate populace became an increasingly critical concern. Ukraine’s government banned the export of wheat crucial to global food supplies in an effort to stave off food shortages and hunger inside the country.
Life has become increasingly desperate in cities cut from electricity and facing food and medicine shortages. The port city of Mariupol is particularly devastated, lacking running water, heat, sanitary systems, and phone service.
Poland Ready to Supply MiG Jets to Ukraine but via NATO
Poland is ready to make its Russian-made fighter jets available to Ukraine, via NATO, Poland’s prime minister said Wednesday. But he added that it’s a “very serious decision” that should be taken by all NATO alliance members because it affects wider security.
Premier Mateusz Morawiecki says the decision on whether to make the MiG-29 planes available to Ukraine as it fights Russia’s invasion is now in the hands of NATO and the United States.
“Poland is not a side in this war … and NATO is not a side in this war,” Morawiecki said during a visit to Vienna. “Such a serious decision like handing over planes must be unanimous and unequivocally taken by all of the North Atlantic Alliance.”
Morawiecki said talks on the subject are continuing.
Ukraine has been calling on the United States and Western countries to provide fighter jets. Poland responded on Tuesday by offering to transfer its planes to a U.S. military base in Germany, with the expectation that the planes would then be handed over to Ukrainian pilots. The Pentagon reacted by saying it had not been aware of the plan which it finds “untenable.”
EU Agrees to New Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine Invasion
European Union countries have agreed to slap further sanctions on Russia, targeting oligarchs and their relatives.
In addition to measures already adopted targeting President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s financial system, and the country’s high-tech industry, the EU imposed new sanctions on 160 individuals and added new restrictions on the export of maritime navigation and radio communication technology. The extra measures are also aimed at Russia’s ally Belarus.
The French presidency of the European Council said they will exclude three Belarussian banks from SWIFT, the dominant system for global financial transactions.
Russia and Ukraine Announce a New Ceasefire to Let Civilians Flee Besieged Cities
Ukrainian authorities have announced a 9 a.m.–9 p.m. ceasefire along several evacuation routes for civilians in besieged or occupied cities.
Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Russian authorities on Wednesday confirmed the ceasefire along the evacuation corridors to Ukrainian counterparts and the Red Cross.
She said the routes lead out of Sumy in the northeast, Mariupol on the Azov Sea coast, Enerhodar in the south, Volnovakha in the southeast, Izyum in the east, and several towns in the Kyiv region.
All the corridors lead to sites elsewhere in Ukraine that are currently held by the Ukrainian government.
The route out of Sumy, on the Russian border, is the only one that has been used successfully so far, allowing for the evacuation of 5,000 people on Tuesday southwest to the city of Poltava.
Ukrainian officials released videos Wednesday showing trucks and buses with Red Cross symbols heading to besieged cities.
Poland Says NATO Countries Must Act Together on Jets for Ukraine
Any supply of fighter jets to Ukraine must be done through NATO, top Polish officials said on Wednesday, after Washington rejected Poland’s offer to fly all its MIG-29 jets to a U.S. airbase with a view to them being supplied to Kyiv.
Ukraine has pleaded with Western nations to provide it with fighter jets to counter a Russian invasion that has forced more than 2 million refugees to flee the country, and U.S. lawmakers have responded by pushing President Joe Biden’s administration to facilitate the transfer of aircraft.
On Tuesday, Poland said it was ready to deploy all its MIG-29 jets to Ramstein Air Base in Germany and put them at the disposal of the United States, urging other NATO members to do the same. The Pentagon later dismissed the offer as not “tenable.”
“The USA does not want these planes to come to Ukraine from American bases,” Jakub Kumoch, the Polish president’s foreign affairs adviser, told public broadcaster TVP Info. “Poland is ready to act, but only within the framework of the alliance, within the framework of NATO.”
Russia’s defense ministry has warned that countries offering air fields to Ukraine for attacks on Russia may be considered as having entered the conflict.
Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski told public radio station Polskie Radio 1 that Poland had to prioritize its security when considering the supply of jets to Ukraine.
“It cannot be that Poland has—as the only NATO country—to take the risk, and the other countries would not have to compensate or share it with us in any way,” he said.
Air Alert Declared in Kyiv as Fighting Continues
An air alert was declared Wednesday morning in and around Kyiv, with residents urged to get to bomb shelters as quickly as possible.
“Kyiv region—air alert. Threat of a missile attack. Everyone immediately to shelters,” regional administration head Oleksiy Kuleba said on Telegram.
Nearly two weeks into the invasion, Russian troops have advanced deep along Ukraine’s coastline. The city of Mariupol, which sits on the Azov Sea, has been surrounded by Russian soldiers for days and a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the encircled city of 430,000.
For days, as Moscow’s forces have laid siege to Ukrainian cities, attempts to create corridors to safely evacuate civilians have stumbled amid continuing fighting.
Across the country, thousands of people are thought to have been killed, both civilians and soldiers, in nearly two weeks of fighting. Russian forces have seen their advances stopped in certain areas—including around Kyiv, the capital—by fiercer resistance than expected from the Ukrainians.
As Russia Attacks Ukraine, China Eyes the Indo–Pacific: Australia Intelligence Boss
A “troubling new strategic convergence” between Beijing and Moscow has developed and the risk of “major power conflict” has grown since Russia invaded Ukraine, Australia’s intelligence chief said on Wednesday.
Andrew Shearer, director general of the Office of National Intelligence, said China’s leader Xi Jinping appears to be planning to dominate the Indo–Pacific region and use it as a base to overtake the United States as the world’s leading power.
The comments reinforce warnings that the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has met near-universal condemnation by the West, may spread into a regional or global conflict. This week Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on liberal democracies to stop an “arc of autocracy” reshaping the world.
“We’re going to have to work much harder to maintain the liberal quality of the rules-based order in Europe and here in the Indo–Pacific region,” Shearer said at a conference hosted by the Australian Financial Review.
“We see a leader who’s really battening down and hardening his country for this struggle to overtake the United States as the world’s leading power,” he added, referring to Xi.
“The base camp … is to establish primacy in the Indo–Pacific region.”
EU Rolls out Plan to Cut Russia Gas Dependency
The European Commission published plans on Tuesday to cut the EU’s dependency on Russian gas by two-thirds this year and end its reliance on Russian supplies of the fuel “well before 2030.”
The European Union executive said it will do so by switching to alternative supplies and expanding clean energy more quickly under the plans, which will largely be the responsibility of national governments for implementing.
Russia Underestimated Ukraine’s Resistance, US Officials Say
The United States believes Russia underestimated the strength of Ukraine’s resistance before launching an invasion that has likely caused thousands of Russian casualties, the Biden administration’s top intelligence official told lawmakers Tuesday.
The testimony, in a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, amounted to the first public assessment of the two-week-old war by the nation’s senior intelligence officials, who offered their insights into the thinking and motives of Russian President Vladimir Putin as his forces continue their march through Ukraine.
The officials made clear that Russia’s assault has been slowed by unexpected resistance by Ukrainian defenders and that it was now uncertain if Putin would proceed with a “maximalist” strategy to try to capture all of Ukraine or would settle for something short of that. Either way, they said they believed he was determined to press his invasion forward despite mounting casualties, global sanctions, and efforts by Western nations to isolate the Kremlin, including a U.S. ban on Russian oil imports.
“We assess Putin feels aggrieved the West does not give him proper deference and perceives this as a war he cannot afford to lose,” Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said. “But what he might be willing to accept as a victory may change over time given the significant costs he is incurring.”
McDonald’s, Starbucks, Coke, and Pepsi Halt Sales in Russia
McDonald’s, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, and Starbucks stopped sales of their best-known products in Russia on Tuesday.
All four companies have major operations in Russia.
McDonald’s said it would go on paying salaries to its 62,000 employees in Russia as it closed 847 restaurants.
Starbucks Corp. is temporarily closing hundreds of stores. PepsiCo Inc. will suspend all advertising in Russia and stop the sale of its drinks brands, while continuing to sell essentials such as milk and baby food. Rival Coca-Cola Co. said it will suspend its business there.
Scores of other companies also have rebuked Russia, and Amazon.com Inc. said on Tuesday it would stop accepting new customers for its cloud services in Russia and Ukraine. Universal Music suspended all operations in Russia, and online dating service Bumble Inc. will remove its apps from stores in Russia and Belarus.
Pentagon Says Poland’s Offer to Send Fighter Jets for Ukraine Is Not Tenable
The Pentagon said late on March 8 that Poland’s offer to send fighter jets is not tenable, after Poland’s Foreign Ministry announced it would deploy MiG-29 jets to the U.S. Air Force’s Ramstein Air Base in Germany “and place them at the disposal of the Government of the United States of America.”
The deployment of the 28 MiG-29s would be immediate and free of charge, the Foreign Ministry added. “At the same time, Poland requests the United States to provide us with used aircraft with corresponding operational capabilities,” it said in a statement.
The Polish government also called on other NATO member nations that own MiG-29 planes to transfer their planes to the United States.
In a statement late on March 8, Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby said: “The prospect of fighter jets ‘at the disposal of the Government of the United States of America’ departing from a U.S./NATO base in Germany to fly into airspace that is contested with Russia over Ukraine raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance.
“It is simply not clear to us that there is a substantive rationale for it. We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies about this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe Poland’s proposal is a tenable one,” he said.
US Commerce Secretary Warns Chinese Firms Not to Help Russia Skirt Sanctions
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on March 8 bluntly warned Chinese companies not to contravene trade sanctions against Russia by supplying the belligerent nation with chips and other supplies needed to sustain the war effort against Ukraine. Firms that do not abide by the sanctions can be “essentially shut” down, she said.
Raimondo, in an interview with The New York Times, said that Russia “is certainly going to be courting other countries to do an end run around our sanctions and export controls,” but issued a harsh ultimatum to companies not to cooperate with any such circumvention.
The commerce secretary emphasized the ease with which the Biden administration could shut down China’s largest chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) or any other firms that make their technology available to Russia, adding it does not make sense from the companies’ own point of view to flout U.S. sanctions.
“They have their own self-interest to not supply this stuff to Russia. So they’re not doing it out of the goodness of their heart. It would be devastating to China’s ability to produce these chips,” Raimondo said.
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9751 Merced Falls Road
June 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.”
Only a small and relatively insignificant hint as to the misdirection and outdated/incorrect information this district has experienced, produced and disseminated to the public compliments of “LAFCO ANNEXATION SPECIAL INTERESTS” (in and out of government) since long before the LDPCSD’s formation in 1980. The name itself (Community Services District) misrepresents the actual customer base that was designed and intended to be the MERCED RIVER WATER ENTITLED CUSTOMERS (MR WECs) of the Lake Don Pedro residential subdivision. (Just as the original State Water Board documents and other associated agreements clearly reveal and uphold.)
My best to you and yours, Lew
PS: “My best” because “we” (fellow MR WECs) sure aren’t getting the best from our hi-jacked “community services district”. That is unless of course special interest corruption, management and operation were always the goals envisioned by the County LAFCOs (Local Agency Formation Commissions) which formed this district.
Well, guess that outdoor work will wait……looking at this stuff again is quite aggravating!
Unfortunately, I wholeheartedly believe this district was indeed intentionally designed and set up for what witnessed for many years: FRAUD!
(Just think….. only 88 people voted in favor of successfully enslaving over 3,000 property owners for perpetuity with a crooked CSD to expand water service while those entitled water users pay all additional costs.)
MANY STRAWS IN A DRINK HELD BY ANOTHER
The LDPCSD was formed in such a way as to permit the respective county LAFCOs to place their “straws” into the Merced River water impounded at Lake McClure. “Liberating” such water would permit massive development in these drought prone rural foothills without the respective counties having to use their funds to obtain the necessary water for development.
VIOLATED OWN RULE IN ORDER TO ASSURE CONTINUED VIOLATIONS OF MR WEC RIGHTS
This is why their own ignored LAFCO RESOLUTION 76-4 https://lakedonpedro.org/?s=lafco+76-4 is so important in understanding the coordinated depths of betrayal. MARIPOSA COUNTY LAFCO (as lead agency in the formation process) clearly violated their own resolution requirement regarding annexation applications into a district that were submitted for approval.
- Was there available water for the project in the first place? No.
- Then why proceed with the ANNEXATION into a district that could not legally provide the necessary water? Good question.
Also consider, 76-4 was written four years prior to the formation of the LDPCSD providing more than sufficient time to “cook the books” and conceal evidence of the scam. (Add to this another 10 years or so in background research and “deal making” makes 14 years of behind the scene planning before actually created as a “California Special District”.
SURELY THE COUNTY STUDIED THE FEASIBILITY OF SUCH EXPANDED WATER SERVICE
How could an in depth LAFCO study of potential water service to other properties in the future (referred to as SOI, or Sphere of Influence) be planned, funded, produced and made publicly available concerning possible water service in the area, WITHOUT ONE FUCKING WORD ABOUT MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT WATER LICENSE 11395 PROHIBITING WATER SERVICE OUTSIDE THE SUBDIVISION AND GOLF COURSE AREA? OR THAT MERCED RIVER WATER WAS THE ONLY SOURCE OF WATER IT EVEN HAD TO PROVIDE?
Please take a look at this document and ask yourself, IF our district only had Merced River Water to provide customers, and that water could only be served in the subdivision/golf course, why was this
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FACT NEVER MENTIONED IN THE SOI STUDY?
HAD EXISTING POLICIES BEEN FOLLOWED MR WECs WOULD HAVE BEEN PROTECTED FROM FRAUD!
SO MANY incorrect statements in this report- it assists in understanding this continuing fraud.
Like a fire safety report that ignores fact officials routinely play with matches in a petroleum refinery?
HOW WAS DISTRICT TO FURNISH WATER FOR MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT THAT IT DID NOT HAVE?
Spoiler alert: the original developers of the residential subdivision recognized this upcoming problem with WATER LICENSE RESTRICTIONS and had developed 13 groundwater wells as insurance but they were ultimately abandoned due to poor water quality or insufficient production – and although the concept of developing such groundwater wells was again considered (thus repeating the same expensive failure as original developers) they would be EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE and UNDEPENDABLE for sustaining such massive developments in a drought prone region. (That’s why subdivision lots were desirable – they had water!)
HAVE SOMETHING VALUABLE? BETTER PROTECT IT OR ELSE……
But that subdivision advantage of water availability was also the reason it was subsequently targeted as the victim of organized government water theft using a LAFCO formed FRAUD OF A COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT (a form of California Special District) as the mechanism for the theft – enter Lake Don Pedro “community services district” in 1980. This is also why “SNEAKY PETE” Kampa’s 20+ year history as a director with the CSDA (California Special District’s Association) is so crucial in understanding this massive CALIFUSION FRAUD and how it was established, maintained and can continually escape warranted intervention by authorities. Pssst! The “authorities” were always involved!
(Sorry-just had a brain hiccup….. the January 6th False Flag scam popped into the ‘ol grey matter for some reason.)
So the subdivision had high quality available water (legal only for the subdivision/golf course properties however) that might SOMEHOW be utilized to develop vast areas of foothill land that LAFCO could “ANNEX” into their created LDPCSD and then later demand that same district to furnish water for all LAFCO’s approved developments.
<Wow. Sure sounds like an organized criminal enterprise using public authority, power and financial resources to accomplish unethical goals yeah?>
Yes, history as shown that our water source was indeed hi-jacked and the subdivision dealt a simultaneous and corresponding negative development variable affecting property values for perpetuity:
why buy land in a subdivision with extra and more restrictive rules (prime reason such properties were ENTITLED TO THAT LICENSED 11395 WATER) when told by developers, real estate interests, and LAFCOs themselves (by approving annexations into the LDPCSD), you could purchase “open land without a property owners association” and ….
receive the very same water for the same price?
GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION TO CIRCUMVENT WL11395 RESTRICTIONS
OK, no Merced River water outside the POU – how ’bout we blend it with inferior groundwater and then sell it outside the POU as a blended water that doesn’t violate WL11395?
But where could such funding possibly be tapped for development of extremely expensive groundwater wells in a drought prone region to mix with state restricted river water in order to provide the water necessary for LAFCO’s proposed massive developments on land it annexed into LAFCO’s created Community Services District which also happens to defy all four characteristics of a legitimate special district? (Limited service, defined service area, particular customers and service provided for cost of production)
WHERE TO OBTAIN THE NEEDED MONEY FOR THE MISDIRECTION?
- The “Deep Pocket” of thousands of MRWECs (Merced River Water Entitled Customers of the LDP Subdivision (Originally Sierra Highlands Water Company) property owners, and
- Government GRANT MONEY!
Yup, violated their own rules to essentially steal water from the LDP subdivision for other developments LAFCO WAS APPROVING left and right (at one time 7 different proposed subdivisions were demanding OUR WATER for their adjacent proposed developments! Yes – that 900 ac proposed “20 year slumbering subdivision” on the Shores of Lake McClure that KAMPA and LAFCO concealed from the public all that time, was one of them! Some Board Directors at that time didn’t even know about that subdivision or the other quiet “under the radar” annexations “SNEAKY PETE KAMPA” was setting up behind the scene with LAFCOs! Seriously – without board permission OR AUTHORITY!
KAMPA, CSDA, STATE WATER BOARD OFFICIALS, etc, ALL WORKING TOGETHER TO DEFRAUD MRWECs
Apparently Lake Don Pedro CSD started Kampa’s 20+ year relationship with the CSDA – California Special Districts Association – which greatly assisted Kampa with his criminal misrepresentation of our district water service boundaries to local, state and federal grant providers to obtain the cash necessary to develop EMERGENCY DROUGHT GROUNDWATER, which contrary to what customers were told at the time, would indeed later be blended and sold to other LAFCO ANNEXATIONS outside the water license POU. “Emergency drought groundwater” was the intended purpose by the government, but it never was the actual motive for the grants – it was all about expanding district water service outside the Place of Use under the water license. (QUESTION: Then why would the government provide millions of dollars for a purpose SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED IN THE GRANT? They were lied to by PETE KAMPA and THE BORED OF DEFECTORS about the district service area for one.)
Why was all the information regarding PETER KAMPA’s reported affiliation with DELFT UNIVERSITY in Europe removed from the internet? Was it originally posted as disinformation for his career background? Or was it factual information suggesting Kampa’s apparent hardcore socialist orientation regarding public resource allocation and thus had to be removed when folks started asking questions?
QUITE SIMPLE ACTUALLY
For all the above and much more (did it again! Should be outside working!)
They didn’t want our subdivision property with entitled water, only our subdivision entitled water on their LAFCO ANNEXED PROPERTY!
Yup! Wanted several other residential subdivisions up here in the foothills but… WITHOUT OUR ADDITIONAL LAYER OF ONION SKIN GOVERNMENT IN THE FORM OF A PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION WITH CC&Rs, VIOLATION COMMITTEES, and ANNUAL ASSESSMENTS just to name a few.
They wanted to receive one of the PRIME SELLING POINTS FOR ACQUIRING SUBDIVISION PROPERTY (available water) WITHOUT THE NORMAL COSTS IN OBTAINING SUCH…….ie, accepting another layer of development restrictions and yearly billed assessment, etc!)
LAFCO was harming the approved existing subdivision and the majority of property owners within it (who were MANDATORY CUSTOMERS OF THE LDPCSD) by demanding this “LAFCO formed CSD” provide water outside the legal service area.
If evaluated in regards to the characteristics of an unethical, illegal and mismanaged CSD, for decades now the LAKE DON PEDRO COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT has been an outstanding example as to how radical left forces can mismanage and destroy important elements of our once beautiful and proud California, and turn it into the current state of CALIFUSION it has become.
That’s it! Must get to outside work. I’ll check for spelling errors later.
My best to you and yours, Lew