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Thursday, 10 May 2012

10 May 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Socialisation, Ant-Style

Socialisation, Ant-Style

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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Scientists from the RAN (Siberian Department) Institute of the Evolution and Ecology of Animals and the Austrian Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, in an article accepted for publication the journal Behavioural Brain Research, stated that the majority of ants are right-handed, which helps them to communicate with each other.

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Mr Yolkin, in his drawing, references an old tale known by ALL Russians, The Silversmith of Tula (I think that it comes from Nikolai Leskov, and that it’s NOT a folk tale):

Some German merchants brought some Western goods to the court of the Tsar. Everyone oohed and aahed over them, especially a miniature life-sized silver flea. The flea particularly impressed the Tsar, as he could see what skilful craftsmanship went into it, of course. The Western merchants demanded an exorbitant price for it, though. Prokhor Ivanich, a silversmith from Tula, approached the Tsar. He prostrated on the floor before him, and said, “Mighty Tsar! I, Prokhor Ivanich of Tula, can outdo the workmanship of the Western smiths!” This, of course, piqued the Tsar’s interest. However, how could an ordinary Russian workman outdo the skilled and trained craftsmen of the West? “You have a week… bring me something of finer craft than this flea, or, it’s the salt mines for you!” … A week later, Prokhor Ivanich prostrated himself before the Tsar. “Mighty Tsar! I, Prokhor Ivanich, have a trifle for your consideration!” He handed the Tsar an exquisite Palekh box with a gold-detailed Firebird on the lid. The Tsar opened it up, and he gasped in astonished wonder… Prokhor Ivanich had made a tiny pair of perfectly-fitting silver slippers for the German flea. Needless to say, Prokhor Ivanich didn’t go to the salt mines! Neither did the German merchants get their asking price, either.

The moral of the story’s clear to all… whatever the arrogant and hubristical Westerners claim, Russians can STILL outdo them. After all… the first cosmonaut’s name was Gagarin… NOT Shephard.

BMD

10 May 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://eco.ria.ru/ecocartoon/20120510/645808007.html

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10 May 2012. Video. Tomb of Unknown Soldier Memorial Opened in Moscow 45 Years Ago

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Memorial of Military Glory opened in Moscow 45 years ago, on 8 May 1967, in an impressive ceremony. This RIA-Novosti video shows archive footage of that ceremony. Click here for the video. Do note the St George ribbon on the coffin… this symbol was in use in Soviet times, as well (in particular, as the ribbon for the medal “For Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-45″).

It’s a minute-and-a-half VERY well spent… the narration’s in English…

10 May 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/video/20120510/173361530.html

10 May 2012. Video. s Prazdnikom! Full Video (One-Hour) of Victory Day Parade at the Centre on RT

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In Tomsk, at the “Immortal Regiment” demonstration, people held up portraits of deceased VOV vets to remember them. Now, that’s the ticket! They all had faces… they all had names… and their sacrifice was NOT in vain! Yes, sir… the SlavicUnterenschtumen” whipped the NaziÜbermenschtumen” and kicked their arses back to where they came from… thank a Red Army vet today… they smacked down Hitler and saved the world. There are so FEW of them left. Do note that at least some of the marchers are carrying images of their fathers and grandfathers (one can notice family resemblances)…

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Greek Leftist Leader Fails to Form Government… PASOK Now has Mandate to Attempt to Form Government

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On Wednesday, local media reported that Leftist Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s second-placing party SYRIZA, said that he failed to form the government. Tsipras said to the state television, “We won’t be able to realise our dream for a Left government. Tomorrow morning, I’ll return the mandate”. He received a mandate after Greek conservative party leader Antonis Samaras had also failed to form a coalition government. According to law, the mandate now goes to Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos, Greece’s former finance minister, whose party came third in Sunday’s elections. If he also fails, the president will gather with party leaders in an effort to avoid new elections.

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On Thursday, Greek television reported that Evangelos Venizelos, the leader of the centre-left Greek political party PASOK, received a mandate from the president to form a coalition government following Sunday’s parliamentary elections. PASOK finished third in the 6 May elections, but the centre-right New Democracy party and the second-place radical leftist party SYRIZA failed to form coalition governments. The mandate granted to Venizelos will be the third and final attempt to form a coalition, and if his party fails to do this, President Karolos Papoulias will gather a council of political leaders. If the council also fails to come to an agreement, the president will have to announce new parliamentary elections. Greece held the first general election since the debt crisis hit the country in late 2009 that prompted Greek authorities to implement deeply unpopular austerity measures in exchange for bailout funds from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to stave off a sovereign default.

 9/10 May 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120509/173345494.html

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120510/173366124.html

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