Voices from Russia

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Ersatz “Bread” Appeared in Kiev Shops

00 Bread or the Lack of It. 07.05.14

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Of course, they don’t come out and say it plainly. You have to look at a small placard on the bottom shelf, almost near the baseboard… it says, “Bread from a simplified recipe”. That is, it’s just flour and water. There’s no fat at all, there isn’t any milk, not to mention higher-quality white flour or vitamin supplements. It’s nothing but pig swill… just bran and water. However, the price is pleasing… just over 3 Grivna (8.25 Roubles. 0.23 USD. 0.25 CAD. 0.25 AUD. 0.17 Euros. 0.14 UK Pounds) per loaf. It’s a brazen trick to disguise price increases on bread and flour, crop failures, and other signs of “new life”. When people ask at the shops, “Just what is this new kind of bread?”, the shop assistants look away or they pretend that they don’t know what kind of orphan loaves are in the plastic bags near the toasted walnuts and ciabatta. The price of bread in Kiev increased by at least one Grivna per loaf… “Ukrainian” bread costs more than 5 Grivna (13.75 Roubles. 0.38 USD. 0.41 CAD. 0.41 AUD. 0.28 Euros. 0.23 UK Pounds) and French bread is almost 6 Grivna (16.50 Roubles. 0.46 USD. 0.50 CAD. 0.50 AUD. 0.34 Euros. 0.28 UK Pounds). Sweet pastries like “Dnepr Bulki” cost 10.50 Grivna (29 Roubles. 0.80 USD. 0.86 CAD. 0.86 AUD. 0.60 Euros. 0.49 UK Pounds), cheese palochka are 3.45 Grivna (9.50 Roubles. 0.26 USD. 0.29 CAD. 0.29 AUD. 0.19 Euros. 0.16 UK Pounds), and ordinary pita bread ranges from 6 to 7 Grivna (16.50-19.25 Roubles. 0.46-0.54 USD. 0.50-0.58 CAD. 0.50-0.58 AUD. 0.34-0.40 Euros. 0.28-0.32 UK Pounds). Managers of many large retailers already recognise what’s happening, so, they’re reducing the variety of their products… for buns and tarts are going stale on the shelves.

21 August 2014

Novorusinform

http://www.novorosinform.org/news/id/6699

Editor:

The average pension in the Ukraine is 500 Grivna (1,375 Roubles. 38 USD. 42 CAD. 41 AUD. 28 Euros. 23 UK Pounds) per month… the average wage is only double that. If a pensioner bought only the cheapest “bread”… a loaf a day to make up the bulk of their food, it’d cost them 90 Grivna (248 Roubles. 7 USD. 7.50 CAD. 7.50 AUD. 5.25 Euros. 4.25 UK Pounds) a month JUST FOR BREAD, that’s 18 percent of their income! Just you watch… adulterated bread is next. The junta is in the deep shit. Oligarch shits and political banditti like Rabbit Yatsenyuk and Turdchinov stole the money that it got from the West (I’ll bet ya that Darlin’ Yuliya had her hand in the cookie jar, too). Ah, the joys of unbridled laissez-faire crapitalism… as endorsed by Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Rod Dreher, and Willy Romney…

Yuliya, the Rabbit, the Klichkos, and Turdchinov are dining on filet mignon and truffles… their heavily armed bodyguards are outside to keep the unwashed out… oh, yes… that’s what the USA slobbers over and calls “democratic”… so does the UGKTs, by the way. Christ Himself recoils at their swinish and slavish obsequiousness to power… how much longer will such evil go unpunished and unrequited?

BMD

21 August 2014. A Map to Help You Sort Out the Truth About Novorossiya, Malorossiya, the Lvovshchina, and Podkarpatskaya Rus… the so-called “Ukraine”

00 Lands Added to Russia on the Territory of the Former Ukrainian SSR. 21.08.14

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Only lands that were under Polish papist occupation are “Ukrainian”… only lands raped by the Brest Unia are “Ukrainian”… only lands oppressed by the Polish Jesuits such as Skarga are “Ukrainian”. The “Ukraine” is the portion of Holy Rus that Poland stole after the Mongol invasions weakened Russia. Podkarpatskaya Rus is NOT Ukrainian as it wasn’t part of the Partitions, it wasn’t part of the Brest Unia, and it wasn’t oppressed by Polish officials, landlords, and Catholic clergy (a situation that continued under the Habsburgs by the way… the Habsburgs used the Poles as their “middleman” agents of rule). It’s history was completely divergent, and it only became “Ukrainian” in 1946. The lands added to the Ukrainian SSR in 1920 are Novorossiya, again, it’s NOT “Ukrainian”… it’s the seat of the present Ukrainian Civil War. Do note the abysmally poor performance of the Uniate junta forces fighting in Novorossiya. One reason is that the locals hated and resented Galician Uniate hillbillies to begin with (and the attempts by them to ram Galician hillbilly pidgin down everyone’s throat)… the present repressions and murders by the junta fascists has only reinforced that feeling. Yes… remember the dead of the Dom Profsoyuzov… remember the dead of Khatyn… remember those hung by the Habsburgs after Galician Uniate running dogs denounced them to the powers-that-be (St Maksim Sandovich)… this map tells you why most of the “Ukraine” hates Galician Uniates… I fear that it’s going to get much worse before it’s all ends… shall we pay in full for the folly of the Unia and its evil? I do hope not…

BMD

25 Percent of Military Households Rely on Food Banks

01 See no Evil

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Editor:

Here’s my modest suggestion… in the contemporary USA, two incomes are necessary to raise a family due to the draconian anti-family programme of the US Republican Party (they have the brass balls to call themselves “pro-lifers”). When the economy crashed in 2008 due to the stresses upon it by the unfunded Bush wars and notional giveaways to the Affluent Effluent, many spouses of military personnel lost their jobs. As this situation arose due to the crank policies of the Republican Party, we should raise a special tax on all Republican politicians/lawmakers (including GOP-appointed judges on all levels) and Rightwing pundits… we should levy a 20 percent surcharge on their incomes “to support the troops”… I think that you’d hear some loud yelps. Here’s the Vaseline, Antonin n’ Willy n’ Rush n’ Paul… note well that they enjoy fucking others, but hoo boy, when it hits them… you get my drift…

BMD

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Recently, an exhaustive hunger report concluded that 25 percent of military members rely on food banks. After compiling four years of data, Feeding America (FA)… the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity… released its largest and most comprehensive study on the topic and found that one in seven people rely on food banks to get their basic nutrition needs. Perhaps one of the most stunning figures was that in 2012, almost 620,000 of the households who relied on FA services had at least one member now in the military. That’s 25 percent of all American military households. These figures included military members serving full or part-time in either the Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard.

However, the Pentagon was quick to take issue with the study’s methodology in measuring the number of struggling military members. Military.com reported that officials said that surveying households instead of individuals and using those figures against military data creates an inaccurate picture. Navy Commander Nathan Christensen, a Pentagon spokesman, told the news outlet, “Without performing appropriate statistical adjustments to match the survey sample with the military population, it’s impossible to accurately calculate an estimated percentage of military households served by the Feeding America’s programs based on the survey data”. Christensen also told NPR that military pay and benefits compare favourably with the private sector, and that service members can always seek counselling should they face financial problems.

However, advocates say that troops are often too ashamed to draw such attention to themselves within the confines of the military, which is why getting help from food banks is often more appealing. Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association, told NPR, “The reason they go to the food bank is it’s anonymous” . Back in 2011, the FISH food bank in Lakewood WA, located near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), started to see a “surprising” increase in the numbers of military members in need of help. While JBLM offers a housing allowance to families who live off-post and programmes to help struggling families, some say it’s not enough. Frances Anderson, whose husband was on active duty at the time, told KING 5 News, “My husband is embarrassed because he doesn’t feel that we should have to be here. The economy is terrible. I just tell the people on post that I need help and they just look at me like I’m crazy”.

Find out how you can get involved with Feeding America’s efforts here

19 August 2014

Eleanor Goldberg

Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/military-families-food-banks_n_5691790.html

Brisk, But Without Hustle

00 russian naval infantry. kerch. crimea. 21.08.14

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Our Ukrainian naval infantry battalion rallied to the Russian side. The beginning of 2014 was a rough time for our unit. In December 2013, they transferred us from the army to the Ukrainian Navy. We had to master the basics of naval infantry tactics and modify our training facilities. In late February, our unit faced a detachment of the Crimean forces and it seemed that an attack could come at any time. When we reported the deteriorating situation to higher headquarters, they kept telling us, “Hold on!” Meanwhile, supplies from the Minoborony Ukrainy practically ceased, but well-wishers gave us a special bank card to have money for food. We felt like they’d just abandoned us to our fate.

In early March, soldiers in Russian field uniforms without insignia showed up outside our base. Looking at their kit, we deduced that they were paratroopers. Their CO explained his orders to us… he wouldn’t allow provocations from either side of the fence and he wouldn’t allow any weapons to leave the base. Military professionals could easily assess that these guys were proficient, well-trained, composed, and self-confident. They gave crisp commands, carried them out expeditiously, but without haste. Their signals discipline was good… everything was succinct and unambiguous. Even the way that they carried their weapons showed that they used them as an extension of themselves. Obviously, this was a bunch of pros. Our contractors tried to establish closer contacts with them, but they kept a correct distance. They kept to themselves; they didn’t mingle with the locals who milled about the base entrance.  There wasn’t an ounce of arrogance or bravado in their conduct, but we were well aware that this was a serious set of dudes.

At the same time, we noticed that they sympathised with our difficult situation. Every day, we saw how the contemporary Russian army acts when it carries out live operations. There’s no doubt that this behaviour influenced the majority of my troops to choose to serve under the St Andrew banner. On the day that we were to choose which side we’d serve on, Major General Aleksandr Ostrikov, the commander of the coastal forces of the Black Sea Fleet, came to visit us. With utmost objectivity, correctness, and in full detail, he described the situation and laid out to my people the choices that were before them. The next day, I formed up the battalion and announced that I’d chosen to serve Russia. Three-quarters of my battalion supported me. Now, we engage in intensive combat training, and our training will soon be on par with the terse paratroopers who stood before our gates in those tense days. The battalion understands that we’ll have to put forth more effort to learn the dynamics of our new service. However, it’s worth it if we can follow in the footsteps of those “polite people” in Russian military uniform…

19 August 2014

Lieutenant Colonel Aleksandr Saenko

Commander, 501 Naval Infantry Battalion

Kerch (Republic of Crimea) RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Krasnaya Zvezda

http://www.redstar.ru/index.php/component/k2/item/18021-vezhlivye-lyudi-silnoj-rossii

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