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Bread dough after rising overnight. It's so beautiful! 😍

About to put it in the oven, let's see how it turns out!

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This trip made me pretty excited for the *next* one -- pretzeling into a kneel for so long made me frustrated (and sore) enough that the second I got home I had to make some kneeling drops to raise and angle the canoe's seat. So, the next trip should be way more comfortable 😂 #california #nature

@finn Hey, sorry for going so hard on you that time. I got angry, I should've stopped. :blobcatsad:

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🇺🇦, 🇷🇺, Open letter from Russian scientists and science journalists against war with Ukraine 

We, Russian scientists and scientific journalists, strongly protest against the military action initiated by our country's armed forces in Ukraine. This fatal step leads to enormous loss of life and undermines the foundations of the established system of international security. The responsibility for unleashing a new war in Europe lies entirely with Russia.

There is no reasonable justification for this war. Attempts to use the situation in Donbas as a pretext for deploying a military operation are not credible. It is clear that Ukraine does not pose a threat to our country's security. A war against it is unfair and frankly pointless.

Ukraine was and remains a country close to us. Many of us have relatives, friends and colleagues in Ukraine. Our fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers fought together against Nazism. The unleashing of war for the geopolitical ambitions of the Russian leadership, driven by dubious historiosophic fantasies, is a cynical betrayal of their memory.

We respect Ukrainian statehood, which is based on really working democratic institutions. We are sympathetic to the European choice of our neighbours. We are convinced that all problems in relations between our countries can be resolved peacefully.

By unleashing war, Russia condemned itself to international isolation, to the position of a pariah country. This means that we scientists will no longer be able to do our work properly: scientific research is inconceivable without full cooperation with colleagues from other countries. Isolating Russia from the world means a further cultural and technological degradation of our country, with no positive prospects. War with Ukraine is a step to nowhere.

We are bitterly aware that our country, which together with other republics of the former Soviet Union made a decisive contribution to the victory over Nazism, has now become the instigator of a new war on the European continent. We demand an immediate halt to all military actions against Ukraine. We demand respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian State. We demand peace for our countries.

Signatures keep coming in, we are adding as we can (there are more than 5,400 signatures on the site now).

Attention all academics who have signed the appeal against the war! Sign on
https://trv-science.ru/2022/02/we-are-against-war/ in the comments below. Please don't write any unnecessary words like "I subscribe", slogans, or text emphasis - you'll have to delete them manually later. Put your surname first, then your first name in the body of the comment, then your details as you see fit. If you don't see your own comment, don't hurry up and re-sign it - it's more than likely that your comment is already in the database. The time by which comments are processed and posted is indicated before the list of signatures. If you signed up before that time and you're not on the list, write to sign@trv-science.ru. Please do not use this address for other purposes, in particular for initial signatures.
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War in Ukraine: Charity action in school 

There's an awesome bake sale in our school today, all proceeds go to help immigrants coming to our city.

Contributed my gingerbread cookies (photo attached), and spent some money on others' cookies, muffins and cakes as well.

@finn Sorry, but when it comes to heroics, you have to think of it at individual scale. It's a very hard choice.

@finn Alright, I got to go. Good luck for you people in there, make it out safe!️

@finn But proves nothing.

Statistics are meaningless. Single numbers. With no context.

There's heavy indoctrination in Russia. Some of these people believe what to others may appear as lies. Not everybody does. And like I said, it's heroics. This does affect statistics heavily, and makes me believe that 2000 in Russia is worth much more than tens or hundreds of thousands in, say, Germany.

I, for one, contribute what I can — and I'm participating in a charity action for Ukrainian immigrants. Would I fight in a war against Russia? Maybe. Would I make a mostly meaningless move that risks me getting arrested and beaten? No.

@finn Bullshit. Like I said there were two thousands already arrested, it is a number, and a larger one that one could expect. It's not as easily done as said. If I were a Russian in Russia, I'd have no idea what would I do. I don't even know how to start a riot, and not many do.

And still, what do Russians living in the US have to do with all this?

@finn Does that make every alive Russian out there evil?

@finn Moreover, the thread specifically talks about *Russians in the US* who do not pay taxes to Russia and have emigrated already. So what's bad about them?


1. Emigration isn't easy. I don't know about your situation in this case, but usually it involves changing job, learning new languages, moving to a new house, doing lots of paperwork… Lots of stuff overall.

2. Protests. There are protesting Russians. Over 2000 arrested. It's illegal to do and there are consequences. As someone said over here, heroism is appreciated, but should not be expected.

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