Voices from Russia

Saturday, 29 September 2012

29 September 2012. From the Russian Web. A Photo Essay. Felines at the Front, or, Pack Up a Kitty in Your Old Kit Bag, and Smile, Smile, Smile…


French Army soldier in a bunker on the Western Front, Argonne Sector. FRANCE. early 1916 in the winter

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French Navy anti-submarine trawler. 1940

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French Navy Training Ship Théodore Tissier. 1940

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The ORIGINAL “Puss n’ Boot”. Kitty in German Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger (Paratrooper) boot. Crete. GREECE. 1943

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German Wehrmacht Oberfeldwebel (Sergeant Major). The two stripes on his sleeve indicate a VERY senior NCO… an old sweat, indeed. YUGOSLAVIA. 1943

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Evacuation in the winter of 1943-44. Vitebsk BYELORUSSIA

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French Army topkick feeds his kitten tinned milk. INDOCHINA. 1956. This is masculine tenderness incarnated… and don’t you dare laugh… Sarge will still kick your arse all over the camp, troop…

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French Army Légion étrangère trooper with… a kitty in his cargo pouch… well, waddaya know… INDOCHINA. 1956

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French soldier in Kosovo. 2001.

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I was thinking of my dear departed Poochie… he woulda liked hanging with this bunch… it’s going to take a little while to work through it all…

BMD

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29 September 2012. A Photo Essay. Just Another Russian Urban Neighbourhood… Cheryomushki Raion in Moscow


Recycling bins for glass, metal, paper, and plastic

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Please! No animals allowed on the lawns!

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A bust of the poet Mikhail Lermontov

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Moscow is broken up into Raions (districts), which are part of larger units called Okrugs (which for unfathomable reasons, is always left in the Russian… they’re the equivalent of New York City boroughs). There are twelve Okrugs with 125 constituent raions. Cheryomushki Raion is in the Southwestern Administrative Okrug, the HQ of Gazprom is here. The Metro runs through the raion, using Profosoyuznaya, Novye Cheryomushki, and Kaluzhskaya (north to south, #6 Kaluzhno-Rizhskaya Line, it’s orange on the Metro map) stations on the western side. All riders have to travel north, towards the city centre, to transfer to other lines. On the eastern side, the Metro uses Nakhimovsky Prospekt and Sevastopolskaya stations (north to south, on the #9 Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line, it’s grey on the Metro map). Riders can transfer to the #11 Kakhovskaya Line (it’s blue-green on the Metro map) at Sevastopolskaya station. For all other transfers, riders have to travel north, towards the city centre. Cheryomushki Raion is a fairly-modern district, most buildings are postwar construction.

29 September 2012. The Lord God Made Them All… Maybe It’s Not the Lion and the Lamb, But It’s Good Enough for Me…

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Cabinet Supports Public Office Ban for Draft-Dogders

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According to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, the Cabinet of Ministers supports a legislative initiative banning draft-dodgers from holding public office in Russia. On Saturday, he addressed a congress of volunteer supporters of the armed forces, saying, “In general, we believe that those who didn’t serve in the forces, or, rather, those who avoided service in the forces, shouldn’t have the right to hold public office”. Earlier this month, Franz Klintsevich, a United Russia deputy, suggested banning people who haven’t performed their mandatory military service from government jobs and slapping them with a 13 percent tax. Earlier, RIA-Novosti reported that Klintsevich’s proposal failed to win government approval. As Deputy Prime Minister, Rogozin oversees the Russian military-industrial complex.

29 September 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20120929/176299564.html

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Mittens isn’t only a cowardly draft-dodger, he’s a grasping tax-cheat who pays less of his income in tax than many working stiffs. Is that the kind of America that you want? A land where the idle and feckless rich pay less in taxes (proportionately) than we do? Think hard on that before 6 November…

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Editor’s Note:

The present Republican Party (unlike the pre-Reagan GOP… let’s be truthful) is a warmongering organisation. Here’s the kicker… the most virulent sabre-rattlers are all cowards who refused to serve in the forces. Mittens had his gazillionaire daddy buy him a bogus “clergy” deferment during the Vietnam War. Rush Limbaugh claimed that he had a cyst on his arse (no lie). Former-US Vice President Richard Cheney, US Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Reinhold Reince Priebus, Governor Dropout Scott Walker (R-WI), and US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) all refused to serve (Cheney was honest, at least, saying, “I had better things to do”). US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) served on active duty for one month and US Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) served even less. In short, the current GOP is a set of arrant warmongering cowards who want to send other people to die so that they can rake in the cash and profit from the wars.

General Smedley Butler was right, “War is a racket”… that’s why we need universal national service. I mean not merely military service, “national service”… everyone gives 18 to 24 months of continuous national service doing something for the common good at a distance from home. We also need a law similar to that of France… no conscript can serve in a foreign war unless it’s a “declared war”. That is, no conscript soldier can go to war unless the war’s declared or it’s an attack on US territory.

I’m tired of selfish money-grubbing self-centred jingoistic rightwing pukes calling those of us on the left “unpatriotic”. I’ll say, “Most of these trashy sorts refused to serve their country, therefore, don’t let them serve in the government”. Not only that, we should make it law that no one convicted of or found responsible for an offence under the UCMJ can hold public office… that means that disreputable trash like US Representative Allen West (R-FL) would get the boot… he was found responsible for abusing a detainee, but he got a slap on the wrist because he was a “black Republican”… but the board did fine him (but his pals amongst the Bushies saw to it that he retained his pension), which means that he’s utterly unfit to serve in the US Congress, and that he stinks up the chamber with the reek of his dishonour to the uniform and flag.

Let everyone (and I do mean everyone, save for the severely-disabled) serve the country at age 18 (or after high school graduation). Not only should the physically-fit serve, but those physically-unable to do military duty should do civilian service of national importance. Let blind people do office work, let people in wheelchairs do what they can (and that’s a lot more than nothing, kids), and let deaf people serve, too. There’s good work for all the hands out there. Women should serve as well as men, although most women would serve in civil capacities. Let there be NO college deferments. Everyone serves before going on to school or to work. In fact, let no one go to the military academies until they’ve completed their national service successfully.

That’s my vision, and I’d describe myself as a Democratic Labour-Socialist. That’s how we’ll get the country on an even keel… not by kissing the arses of the rich and hoping that they’ll throw us a crumb or two. We need to stress SERVICE, not PROFIT. We need to stress what we share in common and what we need to do to preserve it, not foster a pointless, fruitless, and selfish “rugged individualism”. I AM my brother’s keeper… I AM one of many, not a “solitary consumer”… and, yes, this land is OUR land… and its well-worth defending and serving. As for the rich… the less that’s said of such godless Mammon-worshippers, the better…

BMD

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