Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

9 October 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. If Only the Weather Forecasters are Right!

00 Sergei Yolkin. If Only the Weather Forecasters are Right! 2013

If Only the Weather Forecasters are Right!

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Yolkin has Indian Summer as a grandma because “Indian Summer” in Russian is бабье лето (babye leto), literally, “Grandma’s Summer”. If Yolkin were dealing with an English text, he’d probably use an American Indian with a feather bonnet… it’s one of those idiomatic language things.

The guy in the apartment is wearing slippers because Russians consider wearing your street shoes in the house as being бескултурний (beskulturny: “uncultured”, uncouth, “below the salt”, “simply not done”). As one Russian gal said, “Do you want your baby crawling on the same floor that you’ve clomped on in your dirty old shoes? Yuck!” By the way, French Canadians have a similar custom…

BMD

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Forecasters predict light rains and warming up to 16 degrees (61 degrees Fahrenheit) in Moscow this week. Sergei Yolkin thinks that the above scene is likely.

7 October 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20131007/968329729.html

 

9 October 2013. A View from the East… Luo Jie. Approaching Debt Ceiling

00 Luo Jie. China Daily. Approaching Debt Ceiling. 2013

Approaching Debt Ceiling

Luo Jie

2013

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It doesn’t look like Mr Luo’s overly-optimistic…

BMD

9 October 2013. We’re Off to See the Wizard! Mark Stokoe Takes You to Fantasyland…

01 smoke and mirrors

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Mark Stokoe’s smoking some good shit! Firstly, friends and neighbours, fill a glass and drink it down… done that? Good! Now, take a deep breath and read this fairy tale. Earth to Mark… the largest group of Orthodox in Finland are unreconstructed Russians (Slavonic, Orthodox Calendar, and all the rest), not native Finns. On top of that, the group that Mark praises is SHRINKING, due to its doctrinal and moral compromises.

Don’t throw mud at him. He’s a dinosaur left over from the old SVS glory days. Let him be… but do note that the only “journalist” who’d interview him was that phoney doxie Svetlana Vais, who’s never had a by-line in any legit Russian publication. Sad, ain’t it… not a word of his interview is true to life… a beautiful vision mugged by ugly facts…

Be nice to him…

BMD

9 October 2013. And Now A Word From Our Sponsor… Reflect on What the Republicans REALLY Want During This Shutdown

00 Luo Jie. China Daily. Gun Control. 16.07.13

Gun Control vs Gun Abuse

Luo Jie

2012

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Do you want the world that the Republicans want to put into place? To help you, I’d advise you to ponder what happened to two people in Florida, one of the states misruled by a Republican junta today. What happens there now is what the GOP wants throughout the country.

Firstly, there was George Zimmerman, a self-appointed vigilante. I asked several cops and a lawyer if what Mr Zimmerman did was within the law and SOP for Neighbourhood Watch groups. To keep it short, it flew in the face of everything that responsible cops teach Neighbourhood Watch volunteers. Volunteers are ordered to NEVER to initiate contact with a suspect. NEVER EVER. The watch is supposed to inform the police, who’ll then send a patrol to make contact with the suspect. The volunteer is supposed to lay back, keep the suspect in sight, but never contact or accost them, ever. Besides which, no Neighbourhood Watch volunteer is supposed to be armed, and especially not with a firearm! In short, Mr Zimmerman flouted all the rules… and the Sanford FL PD supported him! Why? I’ve no doubt that Republican politicos threw their mantle of support over Zimmerman, because it’s what they want (lawless vigilantes beating up “uppity niggers n’ spics”) and because it fits their vision of a Radical Libertarian Anything-Goes Deregulated Paradise. The Sanford PD decided not to buck the politicos… by the way, Zimmerman is part-Cuban, a group detested and hated by all other Hispanic populations in the USA. Cuban-Americans, disproportionately, come from the classes that supported Fulgencio Batista… that is, they helped Batista rape Cuba for the benefit of the Americans. That’s why no Mexican or PR is going to vote for Marco Rubio, not now, not ever.

Secondly, there was Marissa Alexander. Last year, a Florida court convicted Alexander of assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to harm, and under Florida’s mandatory minimum laws sentenced her to twenty years in prison after firing a warning shot to ward off her abusive husband. Alexander attempted to have her case dismissed under Stand Your Ground, claiming her right to protect herself from a man who had repeatedly beat her, but was unsuccessful.

Do you see the Jabberwockian insanity in the above? THAT’S WHAT THE REPUBLICANS WANT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. It’s why they’re “shutting down the government”. The “right to keep and bear arms” only applies to the people whom the Republicans like… as the Zimmerman and Alexander cases show. The Republicans want a pro-business thugocracy just like the one in Florida… if you doubt my word, ask the union organisers who’ve tried to organise Disney World… the ones who survived, that is.

This is what the shutdown is really all about… it’s all about the Republicans ripping up the US Constitution and putting a Libertarian Hell in its place. I’m against that… and I’m not alone…

BMD

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