Thursday, February 24, 2022

20 Lessons (So Far) from the Ukraine Invasion

If you haven't been watching the news, it's been a wild night in Eastern Europe as Russia invaded Ukraine.  Here are some lessons learned so far...

  1. Maybe prepare for war before the war begins, not the day of.
  2. And there has been a lot of notice to leave the capital city but many waited until after the invasion began.  Leaving too early is better than leaving too late. 
  3. As the situation starts spinning out of control, extricating yourself from the war zone may become impossible. 
  4. Needless to say, many people from Ukraine could become refugees, seeking to enter neighboring countries.
  5. As is to be expected, the president of Ukraine declared marshal law as the invasion began.
  6. And social media is playing a staring roll in the event (examples here, here, and here).
  7. Obviously social media can be used for or against either side.
  8. In fact, social media platforms may become part of the battlefield.
  9. So it is important to use social media wisely during such an event.
  10. But be aware that anything you read or hear about the situation may or may not be true or accurate.
  11. The potential for deepfakes is a new concern for everyone.
  12. As is the even more possible (and dangerous) threat of cyber attacks.
  13. Which is already happening to some extent in Ukraine. 
  14. Social media platforms are lighting up with questions about the possibility of WW3.
  15. Social media can also help the average person facing such a situation with tips and tricks to survive.
  16. Another good use of the internet, Googling how to survive in a war zone will return lots of info on the topic (examples here, here, and here).
  17. Even if you don't live in Ukraine, if things get hot enough, everyone may become a target.
  18. Apparently the threat of nuclear war is is a concern around the world at this point.
  19. But there are several other impacts the war can have, including inflation, rising gas prices, a tanking stock market, etc.
  20. Or maybe this is all politics as usual...


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