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Putting a face on Ukraine

Uploaded: Mar 3, 2022
The war in Ukraine took on a human face for me this week.
I’ve been horrified by what I’ve seen and read, but it became personal. We live in a very old home and have had to replace the roof and plumbing by opening up walls. We were fortunate to find a quality general contractor who ran five different crews through here over a month. Last evening, their quality control person came by to pick up the final payment.
She’s Ukrainian and her mother lives there in a city northeast of Odessa. Her mom, aged in her late 50s, lives alone and her daughter did not believe she was capable of traveling by herself in winter weather. The city was not under Russian attack at this point. My contact has a sister with two children living in Israel, so she believes it is on her to get her mom out because she doesn’t want to endanger her sister. She’s single.
As we talked, she was unsure whether she’d fly into Poland or Moldova. She planned to rent a van and fortunately was going to be accompanied by a man with some military experience. She was trying to get a van so they could take out more people than her mother. Making it more challenging was her mom’s cell phone was broken.
Her concern was obvious as was her commitment to getting her mother out of there as soon as possible. I prayed God’s protection and wisdom for her as she took this necessary but challenging trip. It makes you wonder how many other Ukrainians living abroad are going back for the same reason.
Congrats to Livermore Realtor Mony Nop who posted on Facebook yesterday on the anniversary of the bold decision he made 10 years ago. He left a stable 17-year job as a Livermore police officer to hang out his shingle in the real estate business. I met him through our mutual interest in helping the turn-around of Marilyn Avenue School in Livermore in the early 2000s.
As Nop wrote in his post, the real estate market was challenging, to put it mildly in 2012. He’d been doing real estate part-time while continuing to serve on the police force and then decided to go full-time into real estate.
He wrote, “It turns out, fortunately, to be one of the best decisions of my life. It has been the most growing period of my life, personally and professionally…
“What an amazing journey and I thank many of you for believing in me, my crazy ideas and supporting me through this humbling life. My vision is clearer, to serve you and our community. Thank you and GOD is great!”

Nop ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2020 and has founded two non-profits. He shows his heart for the community with a Thanksgiving food giveaway annually.

He’s an American success story. He was born in a Cambodian labor camp and escaped with his family to Thailand and then the Philippines before they came to America and settled in Stockton when he was 10. According to the Weekly, he attended San Joaquin Delta Community College for two years and eventually graduated from St. Mary’s College while working as a police officer and being a single dad to two sons.

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Posted by Lahommed, a resident of Dublin,
on Mar 3, 2022 at 9:39 am

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President Trump would have kept America in the black. With president Trump none of this nonsense insanity would be happening. Putin would not dare try this crap with trump but with Biden the old man one foot in the grave imbecile all Putin sees is weakness and he is right Biden has been a weak corrupt politician since 1972. With Trump he would have kept the keystone pipeline open to be completed, food and gas prices would be normal not where they are today and Trump would have cut off all dealings with Russia on oil. America you let the best President slip through your fingers (TRUMP) and you put in the white house the old man imbecile (BIDEN) so democrats tell me how is that working out fort you? because for me I am embarrassed and ashamed of Biden he is NOT my President My President is Donald J Trump.


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Posted by Anti racist, a resident of Ruby Hill,
on Mar 5, 2022 at 1:18 pm

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The Ukraine humanitarian crisis brought on by an unprovoked military action is a stark example that being a refugee is not a personal weakness, it is not an individual's fault, it is something that happens to you. Refugee does not = brown person from South America. Those people from South America were also fleeing atrocities over which they had not control.


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Posted by Jake Waters, a resident of Birdland,
on Mar 5, 2022 at 8:16 pm

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“Refugee does not = brown person from South America. Those people from South America were also fleeing atrocities over which they had not control."

It's not just South America coming through our southern borders, but countries all over the world. Their not coming here because of atrocities, their coming here here because of the give-always courtesy of American taxpayers, all orchestrated by the Democratic Party. Branded (AKA Biden) could care less about our boarders, security, and prosperity. His attention is with a country that owns him and his son. Send our military to Texas where they can protect our interests. The Russian invasion is complicated from a long history of deceit you probably are not interested in hearing.


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Posted by Michael Austin , a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Mar 5, 2022 at 9:05 pm

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There is a news report today, Russians are making their way to Mexico. Once there, they purchase a cheap car, drive north to the US border, where they ask for asylum.


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Posted by RobertD., a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Mar 6, 2022 at 6:07 pm

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Trump, in his second term, would have rolled the red carpet for Putin not only in Ukraine but in Eastern Europe. He would have pulled the rug from underneath of NATO and our allies. Putin has made a huge mistake - this is a turning point in our Democratic world to get rid of authoritarian regimes and rulers like Putin and Trump. Joe got rid of Trump in 2020 and now it is time to get rid of his buddy, Putin. God bless the brave Ukrainians!


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Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Mar 7, 2022 at 10:34 am

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It's the right thing to provide Ukrainian humanitarian support. That's not the point I want to try and make here. There is far more occurring in the Ukraine, none of it, absolutely none of it is being reported in the controlled main stream media. There is a global revolution underway for the liberation of humanity out from under the satanic control of deep state elites. Alternative media is covering this greater real war. Soon Xi Jinping will likely join this battle in China, extending into Taiwan. They are taking out deep underground military bases at the 10-kilometer level around the world. Evidence of this fact is readily shown on public earthquake data bases when 10-kilometer quakes are found all at the exact same depth, an occurrence statistically would not occur naturally. In the Ukraine a powerful ancient death-cult of Khazarian-Mafia has been propping up real old fashion WW2-type Nazi criminal thugs put in place and supported by our own politicians. These are the most ruthless of criminals known to humankind, and they have control over our currency system that profits form war. Continue with humanitarian deeds during this upheaval, yes, but realize the chaos is just starting and the first casualty in this war has been truth.


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Posted by RobertD., a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Mar 7, 2022 at 12:12 pm

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Mr. Buckley, What are the sources of your information? The same places you get and spread misinformation about Covid?


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Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Mar 7, 2022 at 1:06 pm

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RobertD, Alternative Media, reading numerous history books, linguistic analytics, and some personal experiences Web Link


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Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Mar 7, 2022 at 1:08 pm

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RobertD, That link I supplied seem broken. Hoping this one works Web Link


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Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Mar 9, 2022 at 7:03 am

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Yes, continue real humanitarian relief to the Ukraine, but please keep in mind some of the points that need to be expressed listed by Thomas Androvic of Ottawa on what's really going on in the Ukraine in Thomas's YouTube “Putin putting a wrench in WTF agenda", posted February 28, 2022. One of the great spiritual challenges we face in this life is finding the constantly shifting harmonious responses short of violence .... i.e... diplomatic solution. The ancient Satanic Khazarian-Mafia being rooted out by Putin, relish the violence occurring and being supported by the corrupted western political establishment, captured by economic stranglehold of our weaponized banking system. Our weaponized and corrupted SWIFT international currency settlement system is scheduled to change March 11, 2022. It has run out of its useful life. The decrepit, war profiting, privately owned system is being challenged by India, Russia, China, Iran, and other countries through alternative global banking systems using gold and precious metal back foreign currencies.

There is so much more occurring in this war than many people who know the underground horrors of the Satanic Khazarian-Mafia, can bring themselves to even discuss. We appear to be entering the opening stages of final phase of the great awakening. The narrative is changing day by day. As we see ourselves becoming the temporary victors of good over evil we begin to understand the great cycle of life. We collectively project into our universe the essence of ourselves and the universe mirrors back that which we project. The cosmic message is this: the only successful way to resist evil is to respect it as an aspect of God's great mysterious plan, have compassion for it, and invite evil to join you in the light, love, and harmony of life. The awakening is upon us.


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Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Mar 9, 2022 at 6:34 pm

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Shifting Narrative:

Researchers posting biological weapons conspiracy alerts, naming the criminal actors, years to months ahead of the shifting mainstream narrative have been warning that Ukraine holds no less than 8 labs representing various big name Pharma companies, labs controlled by the ancient criminal Khazarian-Mafia, bent on releasing the next global pandemic.

Now, low and behold, these same nonexistent laboratories, poo-pooed and ignored by mainstream have been captured by Russia. Political criminals, minions of the Khazarian-Mafia are preemptively blaming the next pandemic on Russia no less.

The only problem is China isn't buying it but instead Xi Jinping is asking Biden to explain himself concerning why, since Biden is so close to Ukraine and knows about the lab research, is the Biden administration suddenly concerned about bio-weapons? Did they know all along as the Alternative Media has been reporting for many months?

There seems to be no logical motive for Russia to want to start a bio-war in a region populated with a large percentage of Russians.

If you want to grasp what's really going on add alternative media to your research as distasteful as that may seem. It will leapfrog your awareness of what to watch for months to years ahead of the mainstream media narrative as well as give insight to motives of those our government always demonizes.

That doesn't turn tyrants into good guys, but one begins to see who is the common enemy Russia, China, India, Iran and the White Hat Global Military Alliance and self organizing collective participants around the world are exposing to the light. The awakening is upon us.


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Posted by RobertD., a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Mar 9, 2022 at 10:16 pm

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Alternative media is alternative reality! Waste of time! Get help!


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Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Mar 10, 2022 at 7:01 am

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RobertD, The Alternative Media does indeed provide views of alternative reality. That is the point of navigating where we decide to take our collective future. It is especially useful in alerting dangers, internalizing an open sourced, compatible response that is meaningful both to your inner self and to your real world future, you want to be a part of.

Take for example a point like the following:

“Confirmed, Biological Labs in Ukraine Could Be Source For Next Deadly Pandemic
The official US embassy website recently REMOVED all evidence of bio-labs in Ukraine. These bio-labs are funded and jointly operated by the US Department of Defense (DOD)."

How else would the entire world start tracking down evidence and even begin questioning the official narrative? Indeed I do need help, but find it is far from a waste of time. The Awakening is upon us.


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Posted by RobertD., a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Mar 10, 2022 at 4:17 pm

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Here is a Wall Street Journal article on the conspiracy theory that you are duped into. It originates from the Russians. It is a sign that the Russians may start using chemical weapons and blame the US and Ukraine.


Web Link

Russia used chemical weapons in Syria and they can use it again in Ukraine.

You and your family should be concerned with and do something about your mental state that drives you to search these garbage information about Ukraine, Covid, etc. and then share it. You have a problem and should seek help.


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Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Mar 11, 2022 at 7:04 am

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And yet through my alternative media research I have found much in the Wall Street Journal, especially regarding Syria, has itself been corrupted going back to when the actual shelling took place, and everyone seem to want the US to invade the country.

Time passes and then the deep state starts pulling chains and the puppets dance. The dance is to start with an event and then lie about it because everyone has forgotten the original story. In your cited case, the military units involved, the direction the wind was flowing, and what direction the shells were fired from.... New accounts are then fabricated by the deep state minions and published.

For example, all the jabs from one particular listed big Pharma company are reported “safe" by FDA, our elected officials, mainstream media, nameless trolls on websites, and government officials, while Doctors concerned over obtaining freedom of information found a judge that would listen in Texas, and ordered the release of secret adverse events data collected by just one big Pharma company and kept hidden from the public as FDA was calling it safe. Web Link

Some of the operating principals I find help when doing research as I do are (1) always use your own name because it tends to keep you thoughtful and willing to listen. (2) have compassion for others even trolls (3) Humbly be prepared to turn on a dime without shame when the facts conclude a real direction. (4) Follow the money, (5) Read and consume as much as you feel you can. (6) Be authentic. (7) Do the best to act harmoniously without personal judgment.

The awakening is upon us.


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Posted by RobertD., a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Mar 11, 2022 at 9:21 am

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Rich, I am praying for you and your family. Your family and friends need to do something about your state of mind that causes to search for and get duped into all these lies. Come back to reality.

That is it for me. Good luck!


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