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news war

Russia Invades Ukraine

As you have likely heard, after many months of buildup, Russia has invaded Ukraine. Here’s news from Reuters, the NYTimes, AP, the Wall Street Journal and CNN.

From Reuters:

Russian forces invaded Ukraine on Thursday in a massed assault by land, sea and air, the biggest attack by one state against another in Europe since World War Two.

Missiles rained down. Ukraine reported columns of troops pouring across its borders from Russia and Belarus and landing on the coast from the Black and Azov seas.

Ukrainian troops fought Russian forces along practically the entire border, and fierce fighting was taking place in the regions of Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Odessa and at a military airport near Kyiv, an adviser to the presidential office said.

I’ve been talking to some friends about this buildup and the question keeps coming up as to what Putin’s end game is in all this. I think it’s safe to say Putin is a psychopath with an obsession to reunite the USSR at whatever the cost. As much as this is a simple comparison, it fits — if you’ve ever done well in the board game Risk, you know the feeling where you just want to keep conquering. I predict Putin, with his victory in Crimea, will act just like he’s playing Risk. He’ll keep going until he’s captured the continent.

In the Second World War as he kept conquering country after country the news insisted Hitler was finally done. We know how that ended. I can’t imagine a scenario where Putin will just stop if he can keep going.

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basketball news

Kobe Bryant – Death of a Superstar

While the full details are not yet known, ESPN appears to have an early scoop on what happened in that fatal flight.

The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant that crashed Sunday was in a climbing turn at about 2,400 feet before it turned into a dive, a source told ESPN. According to flight-tracking data, the copter was in a 4,000-feet-per-minute descent when it crashed

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news

What you need to know about the Wildfires in Australia

For anyone you know that thinks global warming isn’t real (okay boomer) this isn’t meant to convince them. For anyone that thinks, “ok the world is warming but what difference does it make?” See this primer on the Australian wildfires from The Verge (link below):

Dozens of fires erupted in New South Wales, Australia in November and rapidly spread across the entire continent to become some of the most devastating on record. An area about twice the size of Belgium, roughly 15 million acres, has burned. At least 18 people are dead, including at least three volunteer firefighters, and more are missing. More than 1,000 houses have been destroyed, hundreds more damaged. As blazes intensified in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, thousands of people who were forced to evacuate sought shelter on beaches across New South Wales and Victoria. Over 100 fires are still burning.

And then it gets worse from there.

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magic news

David Copperfield is Tricky

I used to do magic. I wasn’t half bad at it either and I even did a couple of paid gigs but I never really considered myself that great of a magician. I did have a lot of fun fooling a lot of people while I was into it though and while the magic itself is fun, the most excitement comes from the feeling you get when you know your audience is wondering whether or not you really have supernatural powers.

A thought that has often crossed my mind is what it would be like to use magic to fool someone when it really mattered. Take this CNN story for example, where David Copperfield hid the contents of his pockets from three would be criminals with just a sleight of hand.

Copperfield, 50, and two female assistants were walking from the Kravis Center to their tour bus when they were approached by the teens April 23. The assistants handed over money and a cellphone, but the illusionist turned his pockets inside out to reveal nothing, although he was carrying his passport, wallet and cell phone.
“He said in depositions that he had things on him, but it wasn’t difficult to make it seem like there was nothing there,” prosecutor Sherri Collins said.

I don’t know why, but this inspires me to get out my old magic box and stuff a couple of those tricks back up my sleeve.

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news

Lethbridge Man Dies

A man was crushed to death outside the UFA farm store when he dived under a slow-moving semi-trailer to retrieve his baseball cap that was blown off in high winds. “The truck was rolling forward and he dove under to grab the hat. He tried to grab it and wiggle out quickly,” a witness said. He never made it.

Not to make light of a very sad situation, but to me, having your hat run over by a semi truck is a lot like dropping your keys in a river of molten lava. Forget ’em man, because they’re gone.

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news

BMX results

The first time I had my name published in the newspaper was June 15, 1985. I was six years old. It was the results from a BMX race in which I placed second.

I remember being in first for most of the race and not understanding that I needed to keep peddling super hard right to the end. If only I had been more familiar with the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.

From the Medicine Hat News archives (retrieved August 9, 2019):

BMX Results - Results from June 12 Beginners 4 1. Calvin Earl 2. Scott Jolicoeur Beginners 6 1. Mark Hallam 2. Jeff Milner 2. Mark Elhart Beginners 8 and 9 1. Gary Milner 2. Wade Heddon 3. Angela Van Rentergen Beginners 13 and 14 1. Doug Welister 2. Donald Booker 3. Cory Forbes Novice 4 and 5 1. Ryan Haberlack 2. Cody Booker 3. Cory Herter Novice 6 and 7 1. Roymond Jolicoeur 2. Tyler Leismeister 3. Matt Book Novice-Expert 7 1. Jonathan Koch 2. Chad Herter 3. Lucas Ellis Beginners-Novice 11 1. Bobby Holt 2. Kimberlee Van Rentergen 3. Deven Amendt Novice-Expert 8 1. Vladi Morla 2. Chris MacDonald 3. Ken Bull