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Brilliant estimation of the situation from different perspectives. Thank you for that.

I would be happy, if you would also discuss considerations for the phase(s) after success or failure.

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Such excellent analysis once again Mick. Every journalist should read this before they report on the (hopefully) successful Ukrainian counter-offensive over the next 6 months.

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My bet is that the Ukrainian counteroffensive will begin May 6 or May 7, so that the Russians will be in retreat on their most important national/ military holiday on May 9th, when they celebrate victory in World War II. What a blow to their insane ambitions!

Pootie has always sold his war as a completion of WW II denazification. Whereas the West has seen it as a war a defense the principle of national territorial integrity established by WW II. Either way, it's WW II.2.

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The only winners in war are those who can prevent it.

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There will no doubt be screams to the contrary but this piece stinks of AI compiling from top to bottom.

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How is my describing my experience over the last few years equivalent to making claim or an argument?

I did not doubt your description of your experience. I described my own experience. I also described the facts that 4 Internet companies, one of them gigantic and three others very large, offer accommodations for people whose eyes works the way mine do.

My goal was to encourage others not to be intimidated by your insistence that very few people's eyes work the way mine do.

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There is a tremendous amount of research showing that readers overwhelming play prefer black letters on a white background. The reverse causes phenomenon. We call contrast sensitivity, which leads very quickly to eye fatigue. I’ve been a professor of graphic design for over 35 years, but obviously rather than taking a commenters opinion I offer you current web standards recommendation on this below. But I noticed that you seem to be compelled to comment on everybody’s comment and seem to like to argue. So I will not respond further than this.

https://www.esa.org/communication-engagement/2018/08/03/resource-of-the-week-what-is-most-accessible-light-text-on-dark-background-or-vice-versa/#:~:text=The%20most%20readable%20color%20combination,any%20combination%20containing%20black%20%5B…%5D

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NATO clearly doesn't want to humiliate Russia hence its not provided all the weapons Ukraine need. All this talk of an Ukrainian offensive is over blown, sure they'll pressure here and there, but the front lines are unlikely to move much this summer. For that to happen, either Ukraine needs modern fighters and a lot more armour and ammo, or Russia needs to grow a brain and learn to integrate it's forces (neither are likely in 2023).

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Great essay…. BUT, repeat BUT….Don’t put white type on a black background for anything longer than 50 words. It’s exhausting to the eye. I had to stop reading, copy and paste your text into a notes app just to read it. I’m still “headlights blind.” —from a Professor of Graphic Design, Human Perception Systems and Semiotics.

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Chatting shit.

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founding

Let's hope that fixed fortifications are still monuments to the stupidity of mankind.

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The Russians have it seems invested a lot into deep lines of concrete and steel. If those lines can be breached in depth for relatively low cost then the effect on Russian morale could be significant

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P.S. For the laymen among us, Google tells me that C2 means Command and Control. :)

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Very helpful. Thank you.

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A compelling assessment. I’m a new subscriber but do enjoy your work.

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