Leap Day Links

We haven’t heard much from Vladimir Putin lately, so it’s time to do some Russia links.

Russian public opinion is becoming less approving of Putin and his wars abroad. Partly this is due to financial pressures at home, which are becoming worse as the price of oil remains low and sanctions remain in place. Corruption is also a problem. There have been some strikes protesting lower wages. (Photo: Police officers detaining a protester near the Central Bank headquarters, Moscow, February 8, 2016) Read More


The Republican candidates keep talking about the threat to the United States from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that would destroy all our electronics. This has been a rightwing talking point forever. I can’t figure out why it is so attractive to them, when it does not pass a basic criterion of common sense. Read More