Marvin’s Best Weekly Reads Mar 13th, 2022
“Courage Starts with Showing up and Letting Ourselves be Seen” — Brene Brown
- Some very interesting nuggets of insight here. Taiwan better get its head out of its ass and their S — t together soon. Tsai’s energy policy is absolutely STUPID.
“There’s an idea out there somehow that the Ukrainians were fooled into standing up to Russia by western allies. I don’t think this bears up considering the remarkable amount of bravery displayed by Ukrainians after invasion. I don’t think anybody is capable of telling a Russian warship to “go fuck yourself” without thinking things all the way through.”
“However, what the Ukrainian situation does highlight, and rightly so, is the importance of preparedness on the ground. What is Taiwan’s ability to resist in the first 24, 48 and 72 hours? What is the morale of the population by the end of the first week? Will we be relying on the military to get the civilians water, or will it be the other way around?
In my estimation the Ukrainians do not enjoy anywhere near the amount of true international support as the Taiwanese and the reason is kind of brutal: they do not hold a vital part of the global supply chain, they do not sit in a position of key geopolitical importance and they don’t enjoy a fabulously defensible terrain. But the Ukrainians have something we need to work on: extreme willingness to take defense into their own hands. Taiwan needs to at least hold out until help gets here.”
After Ukraine, what changed for Taiwan?
In the immediate aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine I got a flurry of concerned messages from friends all over…
2. This is a really big deal and hope we do it! Never seen it done but sanctioning the Central Bank of Russia could be devastating.
3. It’s sad that this is needed but there will be hundreds of thousands of refugees from Ukraine, estimated at 200,000 right now.
CEE/Ukrainian Refugee Camp Setup Man — 101
For Tech Friends looking setup a CEE Refugee Camp for Ukrainians
4. This is pretty awesome in my opinion. F — k that war supporting Russian Oligarch.
"I don't regret a thing" - Ukrainian unrepentant for attempting to sink yacht
Home News D. Taras O., the 55-year-old Ukrainian who attempted to sink the luxury yacht that belongs to Alexander…
5. This is the ultimate go nuclear approach to crippling a countries finances. I am VERY for crushing Putin and his regime & ULTRA PRO Ukraine sovereignty and independence.
But there are huge ramifications and a precedent for the future if we do this.
Can Putin Recover From This?
The Fed and the European Central Bank move hard, fast, and together. About the author: David Frum is a staff writer at…
6. This is a good interview to understand what is happening in the Russian aggression in Ukraine with a view from a military vet.
Video interview: Rob Lee, Russian defense policy specialist
When I want to know more about foreign conflicts - and especially about conflicts involving Russia or the former Soviet…
7. Ukraine is the frontline of freedom & democracy. Similar to how Spanish Civil War was for many in 1930s which attracted many volunteers from all over the world.
Retired British ex-SAS vets going to Ukraine to volunteer and fight. These guys are scary good. #StandwithUkraine
Crack team of SAS veterans joining Ukraine's fight against Russian invasion
It is believed the operation is not being paid for by the British government but will be funded by a country in Europe…
8. “So, when you blame the West for paltry sanctions remember that they are dealing with a suicide bomber who might be rigged to blow us all up. There is a reason for the “gently gently, nicely nicely” tone our leaders are taking while at the same time not giving an inch on terms.
It is only human to want justice. To want reparations. To want revenge. Ukrainians will be first on a long line. But, when dealing with someone like this, getting out alive is a win. Half of Russians do not want Putin to be re-elected in 2024, and more than 40 per cent of young Russians want to leave the country. So, he’ll soon be out of office, and out of power anyway.
But, at least he has some possibility of defining his legacy other than the man who dropped a nuke on Western Europe. We know what we all want Mr. Putin to do. We could make it easier for him to take the good road and harder to take the bad one.”
Dead Man's Switch
The geopolitical problem we now face is called a Dead Man's Switch. This is when a leader has boobytrapped themselves…
9. This is important. How we can help the people of Ukraine. Good list of charities. This is the least we can do to try to minimize the suffering there. #standwithukraine
How to Help the People of Ukraine
In the weeks since Russian president Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine, circumstances on the ground have become…
10. “The overall trend of Russia has been to overstep, overplay, or otherwise over-intimidate Ukraine into siding with the West to protect its sovereignty and independence. This war Putin has launched has sealed that fate. There’s no further Putin can go to intimidate, and it is clear with the harsh resistance his army is encountering, his efforts to keep Ukraine in check after any war will be exceptionally expensive. This is the end of any chance to get Ukraine ever again. And it was entirely avoidable by Putin on numerous occasions.”
Russia Has Lost Ukraine Forever
The invasion of Ukraine signals the ultimate termination of any semblance of a meaningful Ukraine-Russia international…
11. This Russian invasion & aggression in Ukraine was NEVER going to be popular or supported among the populace in Russia. And far less so in the tech community which counts as the most educated and liberal in the population.
Scores of IT workers in Russia sign public anti-war petition
In a hint of the strength of opposition among Russian professionals to war in Ukraine, an open letter that's been…
12. This thread explains alot of the blindness and stupidity of the progressives in America.
13. This is a very valuable interview to understand the illegal Russian aggression in Ukraine from noted historian and analyst on Russia.
14. I believe in the bravery of Ukrainian defenders. But don’t underestimate the ability of the Russian army either. This fight is far from over….sadly. Glory to Ukraine & Glory to the Heroes!
“The stiffness of Ukrainian resistance has perhaps surprised observers who expected a rapid defeat. Whether due to Russian incompetence, the value of Western-made weapons supplied to Ukraine, or simply the determination of Ukrainians fighting to defend their country, this has helped international support solidify around Ukraine.
This impressive feat of consensus-building, however, risks the same mistakes that led internationally supported Armenia to a defeat at the hands of militarily superior Azerbaijan in 2020. Wars are fought at the speed of tanks, not tweets. Symbolic victories have their own value, but they cannot ultimately surmount a hard military defeat.”
Putin's Bet | City Journal
Observers have been puzzled to see Russian troops advancing into Ukraine without attaining air supremacy. Even as the…
15. Very very clever way of fighting Russian gov’t disinformation towards their own people in Russia. Keep it up!
The fight to combat Russian misinformation via Google restaurant reviews
UPDATE: Mar. 2, 2022, 1:00 p.m. EST A Google spokesperson shared the following statement to CNET: "Due to a recent…
16. This is a very educational interview with 2 military experts on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Alperovitch, Kofman and Lee have been giving the clearest assessments online over the last few weeks.
17. This is a very good assessment from military experts at West Point on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Better than garbage & talking heads on media and social media.
18. This is a worthwhile discussion. Bestselling author and Israeli historian talks about the implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The world has completely changed because of this. The first time that a sovereign country is being annexed by a larger country since 1945. Borders are sacred.
19. Angellist is enabling so much innovation in the VC Space so to me this actually makes sense.
AngelList Venture takes on rare capital at a $4 billion valuation
After seven years since its last financing round, AngelList Venture has raised new capital, according to sources…
20. Definitely very useful for all of us these days. How to calm down.
Here are a few techniques I've used to calm myself down in times of anxiety. When I get stressed, I tighten up and I…
21. “So the rank ordering is clear: Independence, life, liberty, then the *pursuit* of happiness. And good luck with that.
Although maybe pursuing happiness directly isn’t as effective. Perhaps happiness is more a by-product of the commitments you make: to a calling, a person, a community, to things outside of yourself. Maybe happiness is less something a wearable can tell you, and more your own internal perception of how your life is going. Perhaps to find out if someone’s happy you shouldn’t just ask them if they’re happy, you should instead ask them if they’re proud of themselves.”
On Hustle Culture
I've been thinking about the concept of "hustle porn" lately. There are a few interpretations of what it means. One is…
22. “But it is not just black gold, all natural resource prices from gas to grains to tin to gold, you name it, are rising. At the same time tech is taking a dive, a trend already palpable during the first two months of this year, but now we are seeing some real pullback which, truth be told, may have been time anyway.
Once thing appears to remain strong: housing. Interest rates are still low, liquidity is still high and with people on the move from one area to the other demand for real estate will not exactly subside. The one sector that is in dire need of a correction refuses to do so. But think about this: compared to Ukrainians who have been bombed out of their homes most people in Europe and North America are still very well off.
Think that through and see where you can allocate some of your wealth to help those in real need. If we have to pay more for some gas to finally stick it to Putin, then let’s do that.”
Markets and Ceasefires
Two items today: the economic side of things and the obstacles to a ceasefire. Markets The big question was of course…
23. This so painful to read but rings true. #StandwithUkraine
“Americans have limited attention spans… and there is little evidence of a willingness to sacrifice.
Biden did absolutely the right thing by cutting off the purchase of Russian oil. And yes polls show large, bipartisan majorities of Americans saying they are willing to pay for gas.
But, I’m sorry, have you met your fellow countrymen lately?
For the moment, Americans seem united. But that unity will inevitably come up against ingrained habits, incentives, and bad-faith hackery.”
Five Hard Truths About Ukraine
"We will not give up, and we will not lose. We will fight to the end in the sea, in the air. We will fight for our…
24. Seems like a smart move on the US Government front. Co-opt Crypto, don’t push it into the dark.
“While many people have been anticipating an abrasive government approach towards bitcoin and cryptocurrencies for years, the current administration seems to be doing the exact opposite — they are looking to embrace this new technology and the potential positive impacts that it can have.”
The White House Wants To Lead In Bitcoin And Crypto
Listen now (5 min) | To investors, President Joe Biden has presented an Executive Order this morning that asks various…
25. South Korean Navy Seals are extremely tough men.
This is a brave man going to Ukraine to help fight. Guess this is his penance.
A Korean YouTuber and former navy seal says he has arrived in Ukraine to fight, despite his…
Ken Rhee, a popular South Korean YouTuber and former Korean navy seal said he has landed in Ukraine to fight as a…
26. This is a bit grim for Russian troops in the convoy to Kyiv. I feel for these Russian kids but frankly feel even worse for Ukrainians being bombed & attacked right now.
Russian troops stranded in 40-mile convoy could freeze to death in 'metal tank refrigerators'
Russian soldiers who have been stranded in a 40-mile-long armoured military column of tanks and heavy weaponry near the…
27. Very good discussion on what’s happening in the world. Russian invasion of Ukraine and the massive economic challenges that will come out in the world in 2022. Worth a watch.
28. This seems like just the beginning of Kremlin’s woes for this insane invasion.
What is the cost of the Russian army’s equipment losses on Ukraine? — You will be surprised.
Ukraine’s Forbes has counted how much the Russian Federation’s military equipment destroyed by Ukraine’s defenders…
29. Jim Rogers is really perceptive. US dollar dominance is over. Hate it but it’s happening. It will be ugly in 2022.
30 Just when you think this year will not get any worse.