The Monday Morning Teaser

One policy of this blog is that I try not to spread my ignorance. If I don’t know anything, I don’t say much; and if I do repeat rumor and speculation, I try to label it correctly. Over the last few weeks, that policy has kept me from devoting many paragraphs to the biggest story in the news: the possibility that Russia might invade Ukraine.

But this week the invasion actually started, and suddenly the problem is that there’s too much information. Every network has correspondents talking over the roar of bombs and artillery. In multiple countries, government officials are announcing specific actions, rather than deflecting questions about actions they might take in response to events that might not happen.

In addition to watching and reading my usual news sources, I spent much of the week glued to the #Ukraine hashtag on Twitter, where ordinary Ukrainians posted videos shot on their phones and retweeted stories they found important. It presented the usual problems of raw intelligence — for about half an hour I believed hackers from Anonymous had taken over Russian state TV — but it was also incredibly moving. (I really hope this young couple is still alive.) Some of it was also funny, like the clip of the Ukrainian motorist who passed an out-of-fuel armored car and offered to tow it back to Russia.

So anyway, I’m going to try to sort through all that in this week’s featured article, which may not be out until 10 or 11 EST.

With all that going on this week, who even noticed that Biden made a historic Supreme Court nomination? Or thought much about Covid? (“This decade is kinda sucking so far, no?” one of my Facebook friends commented.) Or the January 6 investigation? Or the baseball lockout? Or any of a hundred other things. I’ll get to all that in the weekly summary, which might not appear until after noon.

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Comments

  • donquixote99  On February 28, 2022 at 9:01 am

    Don’t know if anything is actually false in the story of ‘this young couple,’ but I easily recognize propagandistic intent in the gushing copy. The are the very models of lovable young brave patriots!

  • Alan  On February 28, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    “She is the first female to voluntarily pick up arms in full defence for Ukraine when feminists ran away.”

    Ugh, couldn’t just have an upbeat (for a war) story, gotta also hamfistedly wedge in an attack on feminism. I’m betting both “first female to…” and “feminists ran away” are both simply false.

  • weeklysift  On March 3, 2022 at 7:18 am

    You’re both pointing out what I meant by “the usual problems of raw intelligence”: You never know whether what you’re reading is true or why it was posted.

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