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When absolute power corrupts absolutely. Putin unleashes hell on an innocent country. Is he trying to put an Empire back together?

This is not the world I wanted to leave to my children and grandchildren.

In Russia, they conscript boys who turn 18.

This could be your son. It’s actually a Russian solider near Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city,

The weekend brought bleak news — more Russian military moving into Ukraine. And some good news: More rocketry and ammunition coming in from the west, with Germany stepping up big-time.

Putin’s beef is the breakup of the Soviet Union. He called the collapse of the Soviet empire “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”

Here’ s what happened:

Here’s a map of Russia and the 14 countries that declared their independence in the early 1990s.

By GDP, Russia is about 7% of the U.S. It’s about the size of Texas.

If Putin wants to put the Soviet Empire back together again, he’s got a big job.

No one knows what he’s planning next. He has put his nuclear forces on alert. Which is truly scary.

The piano was banned by Mao Zedong as part of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Pianists were send to re-education camps.

Power corrupts. Absolute power, which Putin presently has, corrupts absolutely. No one knows what he’ll do next. Genuine madness is in the cards.

He’s listening only to the demons rattling around in his own head.

I believe there are safe ways to send the Ukrainians some money. I’m looking.

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5 Food Tips to Help You Age Well

From Saturday’s New York Times by Tara Parker-Pope

Small changes in your eating habits can lower your risk for many diseases associated with aging. And the good news is it’s never too late to get started. Here are five tips to keep in mind.

  1. Avoid processed meat.

    A number of studies have found associations between eating a lot of processed meats and poor health.

    A Harvard review found that eating one serving a day of processed meats like bacon, sausage and deli meats was associated with a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease and 19 percent increased risk of diabetes.

    Other research has implicated processed meats in a higher risk for colon cancer.

  2. Eat blue (and other colors).

    While you shouldn’t plan your health around any one “super food,” there’s a lot to be said for eating blueberries. One study found that eating the equivalent of a cup of blueberries a day lowered blood pressure.

    Most of us can’t eat a daily cup of blueberries. But the lesson is to add darkly colored fruits and vegetables — blueberries, cherries, spinach and kale — to your diet. They are loaded with nutrients, fiber and carotenoids.

  3. Skip packaged foods.

    How do you know if a food is processed? One good indicator is if it comes in a package that has to be ripped open. Think chips, granola bars, junk food, fast food, frozen pizza, etc.

    There are, of course, some exceptions to the rule. Some whole, unprocessed foods that are good for you come in packages by necessity. Think nuts, eggs, olive oil and milk to name a few.

  4. Try to live by the one ingredient rule.

    If a packaged food contains only one ingredient (ground turkey, for instance) it’s probably a reasonable choice.

  5. What about supplements?

    Study after study has seemed to debunk the benefit of taking supplements.

    The best advice: Save the money you would spend on them and invest in a new pair of walking shoes, a gym membership or a delicious healthy meal with your family and other loved ones.

    All of those are likely to do more for your emotional and physical health than a supplement.

See you tomorrow, Monday — Harry Newton