Here's an excerpt that summarizes the thesis of Jim Rutenberg's article:
This should be the biggest story in America. Putin put Trump in the White House to help him take out Ukraine… https://t.co/Z2bXUHz1kd— Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann) November 5, 2022
Its a long read but worth it.Putin’s assault on Ukraine [in 2022] and his attack on American democracy [in 2016] have until now been treated largely as two distinct story lines. Across the intervening years, Russia’s election meddling has been viewed essentially as a closed chapter in America’s political history — a perilous moment in which a foreign leader sought to set the United States against itself by exploiting and exacerbating its political divides.Yet those two narratives came together that summer night at the Grand Havana Room. And the lesson of that meeting is that Putin’s American adventure might be best understood as advance payment for a geopolitical grail closer to home: a vassal Ukrainian state.Thrumming beneath the whole election saga was another story — about Ukraine’s efforts to establish a modern democracy and, as a result, its position as a hot zone of the new Cold War between Russia and the West, autocracy and democracy.To a remarkable degree, the long struggle for Ukraine was a bass note to the upheavals and scandals of the Trump years, from the earliest days of the 2016 campaign and then the presidential transition, through Trump’s first impeachment and into the final days of the 2020 election. Even now, some influential voices in American politics, mostly but not entirely on the right, are suggesting that Ukraine make concessions of sovereignty similar to those contained in Kilimnik’s plan, which the nation’s leaders categorically reject.
In what would be a major defeat for Moscow in its war against Ukraine, the Pentagon is now saying that Ukrainian forces are capable of retaking the strategic southern city of Kherson from Russian troops https://t.co/Y7tzrnVTo1 pic.twitter.com/uFwsXXKpM8— Reuters (@Reuters) November 4, 2022
Here is an American pilot's message to Putin: Moving on to Saskatchewan news, I have been collecting some of the responses to the Sask Party's latest idiocy, AKA The Saskatchewan First Act.
The faster Ukraine wins this war, the safer we all are— Paul Massaro (@apmassaro3) November 2, 2022
What has happened to our Saskatchewan? We were the province known as a place where we built local solutions (crowns (power, communications), co-ops, medicare) for what we needed. Now we are reduced to a hillbilly punchline (white paper, SK First Act, Colin Thatcher)-sad. #skpoli— Dr. Greg Argue (@WhatsThePointSK) November 3, 2022
Historic in its meaningless I suppose.— Martin Z. Olszynski 🇺🇦 (@molszyns) November 2, 2022
Memo for ya @PremierScottMoe: your problem is not w/ the scope & breadth of your own legislative authority, which this bill largely just restates, but w/ the fed’s authority. Alas, try as you might, you can’t change that — no prov. can. https://t.co/CMKfItaac8
Good legal thread here from an Alberta law prof on how the “Saskatchewan First” legislation is more embarrassing and futile drivel from our provincial government. I wonder how many millions of dollars taxpayers will spend fighting another useless battle in the courts…#SkPoli https://t.co/bsaxgD1xno— Tamara Hinz (@hinz_tamara) November 3, 2022
Loving that the last two weeks in Alberta and Saskatchewan have just been our respective governments releasing WEXIT manifestos of various sizes then watching qualified political and legal experts rip them apart with ease. Hell of a time to be alive.— Pat Dubois 🇺🇦 (@patdubois) November 2, 2022
Here's a perceptive observation:
The Saskatchewan First Act sure feels a lot like my kids scurrying off to their bedroom and emerging triumphant with a contact "requiring" later bedtimes, to be paid for their chores and skittles for supper. Only a lot less cute.— Michelle N (@park_star) November 2, 2022
Today's batch of funny Elon tweets:
The conservative plan to fix anything the public relies upon is always to privatize it. Always. pic.twitter.com/go0XqLJZa1— Tweedy (@marktweedy) November 5, 2022
recap of Elon's first week owning Twitter pic.twitter.com/0Ck8405B1z— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 4, 2022
People keep demanding that I leave Twitter.— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) November 5, 2022
Are you kidding?
The richest man in the world is busy learning a $44 BILLION lesson. This is going to be taught in business courses for the next hundred years.
And I have a ringside seat.
Now, why would I want to miss that?
I heard twitter is now down to a single employee on a bus who has to keep it travelling at over 50 miles per hour or the site will implode.— FᎪᎢ ᏩᎪNᎠᎪᏞF (@sofarrsogud) November 5, 2022
Did Elon learn nothing from Jurassic Park about the dangers of cutting your tech support staff to the bare minimum— Lethality Jane🌻 (@LethalityJane) November 5, 2022
Elon may be crazy like a fox:
I know a lot about writing comedy, so I bought a giant, unprofitable shoe store. I fired many employees and decided to charge Stephen King $8 a month to come to my store. Things are going badly and I believe it is the fault of a left-leaning powerful clown in upstate NY.— Eugene Mirman (@EugeneMirman) November 4, 2022
Finally, on a lighter note:
What is he going to do with this control? Twitter won’t make Musk richer – if anything, it will consume his money. But it is a tool which can be used to ingratiate him and his other businesses with the American right, Beijing, and other dictatorships. This is the real story. /14— Andrew Gawthorpe (@andygawt) November 4, 2022
Do not go somewhere to find joy! Find it inside of you, and then take it to other places to share! pic.twitter.com/vrw7V27b7v— Gurdeep Pandher of the Yukon (@GurdeepPandher) November 4, 2022
A map of every European City pic.twitter.com/eMk7268dE3— Terrible Maps (@TerribleMaps) November 4, 2022