Vox Populi, our weekly live chat about the week’s events begins tonight at 7:00pm PDT. Hope to see you then! AdLib 4 hours ago

Hey TW! AdLib 2 hours ago

Good evening Ad twilson117 2 hours ago

How are things your way? AdLib 2 hours ago

Things are fine we’re starting to get some spring weather. It’s still a bit chilly but I can see the change coming. twilson117 2 hours ago

That’s nice. What temp is Spring weather typically? AdLib an hour ago

Well it said it was 53 but there was a breeze and it felt a bit colder but it will warm up soon. twilson117 an hour ago

Right now it 48 twilson117 an hour ago

That’s not bad for early Spring. We’re having a heat spell this week then a cold front next week. That works for me, too early in Spring to start with the 90 degree weather out here as it was this week. AdLib an hour ago

It seems the temps in different parts of the US are all over the place. twilson117 an hour ago

May and June things will start to settle things out here. But it’s nice to see sunshine. twilson117 an hour ago

So, I had my first experience with mail getting lost for a week, sent something to Chicago, Priority Mail. After three days, no information until a week and a half later, it was finally delivered. I think Biden’s Postal Board people can finally get Senate approval now, they need to open the trap door under DeJoy ASAP. AdLib an hour ago

I agree he’s managed to hang around longer than expected. twilson117 an hour ago

We’re having a very bad drought though in the Western states and way below normal rain and cool temps this Winter and Spring. AdLib an hour ago

You folks out on the west coast really get hit hard. When does the fire season start? twilson117 an hour ago

Too many emergencies to keep track of anymore. Never realized how lucky we had it in the pre-Trump years. AdLib an hour ago

Fire season is now year round. So far, we haven’t had any major fires but it’s a long road to Fall and even then, we’ve had bad fires then. AdLib an hour ago

I think Dennis Neunes (sp) will be looking for a new job pretty soon. Trump** is not at all happy with the roll out of his junk software platform and is looking for someone to blame. Maybe he can become CEO of the Raking the Brush Department. twilson117 an hour ago

BTW, I posted a video on Short Posts from Jimmy Kimmel. I really don’t watch his show but they put together a great piece where they crosscut from Hannity’s attacks on Biden to Trump actually doing or saying that thing. AdLib an hour ago

I’ll have to check that out. twilson117 an hour ago

Nunes is the perfect example of an unaccomplished fool failing upwards. He did nothing constructive as a Rep and he knew nothing about running a company, let alone a tech company. Only an idiot would’ve put him in charge…and one did. AdLib an hour ago

But as the saying goes, everything Trump touches dies. AdLib an hour ago

You have that right. For that matter, Trump** doesn’t know anything about running a company except how run it into the groudn. twilson117 an hour ago

It would have been a surprise if Truth Social didn’t fail, every other business he started has failed. I learned that at Trump U. AdLib an hour ago

Trump U that’s funny. twilson117 an hour ago

Murph is in the house break out the beer. twilson117 an hour ago

Exactly! A business is just an opportunity for Trump to steal and throw his immense weight around, he is sincerely stupid and so ego driven, he has no capabilities to successfully run a company. AdLib an hour ago

Welcome Zefram! Live long and prosper! AdLib an hour ago

Hello ZeframCochrane creator of the wrap drive. twilson117 an hour ago

Hey Murph! AdLib an hour ago

TW….BEER, WINE, WHISKEY…..yeah! MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

That’s Space Rap Drive ZeframCochrane an hour ago

Warp it up, I’ll take it. AdLib an hour ago

Hello Zefram…welcome to the Planet’s Vox Populi….. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

Hey Murph! AdLib an hour ago

Very glad you made it, Zefram! AdLib an hour ago

Zefram Harbor City? twilson117 an hour ago

Just had lunch today with a former colleague at UCLA who’s from Ukraine. I suppose Ukraine is a valid topic today. ZeframCochrane an hour ago

This is First Contact with Zefram with Vox, please set your replicators for comfy furniture. AdLib an hour ago

Zef – Absolutely. What did your colleague have to say? AdLib an hour ago

So Zefram what did your colleague have to say. twilson117 an hour ago

She has a brother who is pro-Russia and lives in Moscow. Her parents are here in LA, and things are very complicated. ZeframCochrane an hour ago

There is a small Ukrainian Farming community here in Mo which I have connected to my co-op turned association. Wonderful people, devastated, but not surprised. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

Zef – That’s very difficult. I was having a conversation today with a friend about how a majority of Russians have been brainwashed so profoundly for so long, they genuinely believe the lies and also have internalized hatred of Ukranians as they’ve been hammered tio. AdLib an hour ago

to. AdLib an hour ago

Well, when the Russian President is the former head of the KGB, I’m not sure what else one can expect. ZeframCochrane an hour ago

As we are learning Russia is much more “locked down” than they believed. The appearance of westernization was just that, appearance. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

As bad as this is for the Ukrainians right now, I don’t think the Russian people fully recognize how horrible this is going to be for them for several generations. ZeframCochrane an hour ago

So where is this war going? MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

Murph – I think Ukranians are sadly far too aware of the threat Russia has been and will continue to be. It’s so frustrating, not being able to truly fight and confront Putin and Russia as they should be. AdLib an hour ago

It’s tough when he closes down everything except the propaganda outlets. twilson117 an hour ago

Zef – When the Russian President has a Napolean complex too. AdLib an hour ago

Murph that’s a good question. twilson117 an hour ago

Zeph….yes, while Putin can dodge the negative impact of this war for a while the shock wave that will hit will knock over many. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

I didn’t realize just how short Zelenskyy is…but only in physical stature, not in moral fortitude. Certainly a lesson for Putin. ZeframCochrane an hour ago

Murph – Not only is Russia more controlled than many would have thought, Russians are no less vulnerable to being brainwashed than MAGAs. AdLib an hour ago

Putin’s lies about Ukraine as a nest of Nazis are a clever lever to ignite fears that go back 80 years. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

Zef…Zelensky is a giant in my mind. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

Good point, Murphy. Of course, I don’t think even Putin appreciated the power of social media and the rallying of the forces of good (Good grief… I sound like the next episode of Star Wars!) ZeframCochrane an hour ago

Zef he is doing extremely well for someone people laugh at because he was a comedian. twilson117 an hour ago

Zef – Very true. The economic impact of all the sanctions and future ones will hobble Russia and Russians for at least a generation. No western nation will ever be able to allow Russia back to where it was until Putin is gone and only if whoever follows is not as dangerous. This is not temporary and the pain of daily life for Russians has hardly begun. But they’re the only ones who can stop Putin. AdLib an hour ago

Ad….the images of the wall in Berlin coming down, the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union, Gorbachev’s diplomatic missions remain in the minds of many in the U.S. but Putin has set as a goal the turning back of the clock to the Soviet era and given his wartime successes in five conflicts that is not a far fetched notion. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

Zef I believe there is something physically wrong with Putin mentally he’s is proving he is insane, but I think there is something very wrong with him. twilson117 an hour ago

Sorry for taking us to such a dark place at the outset. The reality of 50+ civilians (including children) lying on the cold hard concrete platform of the railway depot is making me very morose. How about those Dodgers winning the season opener! ZeframCochrane an hour ago

Murph – I think Putin is going to throw everything he’s been holding back at Eastern Ukraine, try to have a devastating “victory” in time for that May holiday, celebrating Russian victory in WWII…but the question is, if he fails, will he just lie and say he succeeded and start scaling back or will he just claim victory anyway and further destroy Ukraine. Meanwhile, his military is being carved down and re-supply of equiipment will get harder and harder as time goes by due to sanctions. AdLib an hour ago

Ad…but countries like China and India continue to bolster Russia….just enough to energize important sectors of the Russian Society. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

Murph Timothy Synder’s book The Road to Unfreedom sheds some light on Putin’s thinking along those lines. twilson117 an hour ago

Putin is only 5′ 7″. AdLib an hour ago

Ad he will do whatever he deems fits the bill. twilson117 an hour ago

Obama said recently that he felt that Putin has changed somehow from the earlier days when Obama dealt with him. I hope he’s not adopting a “bunker” mentality like some other horrendous leader we all remember. ZeframCochrane an hour ago

Murph that is a problem I was listening to that today. The oil gas and coal embargo would work if they went along with it but at the moment they’re not. twilson117 an hour ago

Ad…I think your predictions re. Putin’s next move are on the mark….he is also hoping that western zeal will subside and that Ukraine will be left to go it alone MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago

Murph – But really, is there any difference between Putin’s propaganda machine pounding in Russians’ heads that Ukrainians are Nazis and Repubs hammering that people who aren’t homophobes are groomers? Or Senators who vote in a black woman as a SCOTUS judge are pro-pedophile? AdLib an hour ago

Tw…thanks for the reading recommendation. MurphTheSurf3 an hour ago