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Saturday, 21 December 2013

21 December 2013. A Photo Essay. Our Great Russian Motherland… A Buddhist Datsan in Sverdlovsk Oblast in Winter

00 Russian Buddhist datsan. Sverdlovsk Oblast. Image A. 21.12.13

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00 Russian Buddhist datsan. Sverdlovsk Oblast. Image B. 21.12.13

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00 Russian Buddhist datsan. Sverdlovsk Oblast. Image C. 21.12.13

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00 Russian Buddhist datsan. Sverdlovsk Oblast. Image D. 21.12.13

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00 Russian Buddhist datsan. Sverdlovsk Oblast. Image E. 21.12.13

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00 Russian Buddhist datsan. Sverdlovsk Oblast. Image F. 21.12.13

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00 Russian Buddhist datsan. Sverdlovsk Oblast. Image G. 21.12.13

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It’s the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, so, here’s some appropriate imagery. Shad Tchup Ling is the only Buddhist datsan in Sverdlovsk Oblast. It’s on Mt Kachkanar in the northern Ural Mountains (the mountain is 888 metres (2,914 feet) above sea level). The place is amazingly beautiful, especially in winter. Buddhism is one of the Big Four Traditional Religions in RussiaOrthodox ChristianityIslam… Buddhism… Judaism. It’s all Russian… it’s all ours… or, none of it’s ours… that’s that.

BMD

Rada Deputy Kolesnichenko Sez “Let Galicia Bathe in the Shit, They Did It to Themselves” (“Пусть Галичина купается в том дерьме, которое они себе организовали”)

00 Svoboda anti-Russian poster. 21.12.13

The fascist loudmouths are GOOD at providing this sort of thing… too bad, it doesn’t put bread on the table or heat in the house. However, don’t worry… you’re being pure and you’re not being fucked by Moskali… your own flesh n’ blood are doing it all to you (without the benefit of vaseline, no less)! Isn’t that special!

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Regions Verkhovnaya Rada Deputy Vadim Kolesnichenko told our IA Regnum correspondent, “If the Lvov Oblsoviet was ready to serve the people, well, why don’t they have money for pensions and salaries, and why is business at a standstill in the region? It’s their personal problem. The central government won’t get involved in this violation of the law, for the people will punish themselves”. This was in response to the Lvov Oblsoviet’s decision to abrogate the powers of the Lvov Oblast State Administration (LOGA), the central government organ in the region. As Kolesnichenko sees it, it’s a flagrant violation of the law; it confirms, yet again, Svoboda‘s managerial incompetence. As they’re unable to set up good governance in the oblast, they’re trying to run out the state administration, to use this situation to rally voters rally against a supposed threat from the Centre.

Kolesnichenko went on to say, “This is a direct flagrant violation of the law. They repeat their antics of 2004, proving, once again, Svoboda’s incompetence. It’s clear that these pro-fascist demagogues can’t manage Housing and Community Services, turning this western oblast into a ‘byre’. They’re responsible for local administration… but they’re unable to do that. Their solution is to provoke a situation against them from the duly-legal authorities. Then, they’ll demand that the people rise up to defend Lvov and Ivano-Frankovsk Oblasts from the alleged scoundrels who purportedly infringe on their sovereignty. We didn’t give them the power to break up the Ukraine; we won’t allow the sort of shit that they continue to swim in. If they try to impede the work of the state administration, we won’t give them any funds for local social programmes. This is a treasury responsibility, which cooperates with oblast state administrations. This is a legal requirement”. Earlier, at its 17 December session, the Lvov Oblsoviet abrogated the powers delegated to the Lvov Oblast State Administration, and didn’t allow LOGA officials to carry out their official duties. At present, the Ukrainian Prokuratura considers this decision of the Lvov Oblsoviet against the LOGA illegal.

19 December 2013

IA Regnum

http://www.regnum.ru/news/polit/1747395.html

Editor’s Note:

The Ukie nationalists are long on wind and bombast… short on competence and resources. This time, there’s no American sugar daddy to put things right for them. As Kolesnichenko said, “Let Galicia bathe in the shit, they did it to themselves”. Everybody’s sick n’ tired of the antics of the grimacing Galician phonies… let them support themselves, if they can… and they can’t. They can’t survive without handouts from the West and from the rest of the Ukraine. Perhaps, they could ask Catholic loudmouths like Dolan for the money… and watch the excuses flow like Niagara! Oh, dear… Svoboda will have to adopt a new motto…  Ego stultus sum*… appropriate, no?

BMD

* Ego stultus sum: Latin for “I’m an idiot” 

21 December 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. European Space Agency Gaia Unmanned Space Observatory

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. European Space Agency Gaia Unmanned Space Observatory. 2013

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On 19 December, a Russian Soyuz-ST-B with a Fregat-MT stage launched the European Space Agency (ESA) unmanned space observatory Gaia from the Centre Spatial Guyanais Kourou (CSG Kourou) spaceport in French Guiana. Gaia shall carry out high-precision measurement of coördinates and stellar movement in our galaxy, tracking over a billion astronomical objects, to create a new fundamental star catalogue and a three-dimensional map of our stellar system. Gaia will also investigate the hypothesis that the Milky Way was the result of the confluence of many smaller galaxies. The onboard apparatus installed has unprecedented camera sensor resolution; it can detect a lock of hair 700 kilometres (435 miles) away. The telescope, which consists of 106 CCDs, creates an image of about 1 billion pixels. The observatory will orbit in one of the five L2 Lagrange points (points of gravitational equilibrium) between the Sun and the Earth, some 1.5 million kilometres (932,000 miles) from Earth. ESA expects the mission to last five years.

19 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/science_infographics/20131219/985125303.html

http://en.ria.ru/infographics/20131219/185736202/Gaia-Telescope.html

21 December 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. First Russian Smartphone

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. First Russian Smartphone. 2013

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On Wednesday, Russia announced the rollout of the YotaPhone… the world’s first smartphone with a dual-screen. The Android-based YotaPhone, from modem developer Yota, features a full-colour LCD screen on one side and a black-and-white electronic paper display on the other. The gadget is a premium-class device, but its price is lower than the iPhone, being 18-19,000 Roubles (546-576 USD. 580-613 CAD. 612-646 AUD. 400-422 Euros. 334-353 UK Pounds). Our RIA-Novosti Infographic gives you the technical parameters of the device. Its main distinguishing feature is that it constantly updates information on an additional screen using “electronic ink” technology, the secondary screen has a power usage eight times lower than that of the main LCD. According to the manufacturer, the second screen lets you use the YotaPhone for 50 hours in read-only mode. Both screens are the same size, 4.3 inches diagonally. The LCD screen resolution is of HD quality (1280×720 pixels), the back screen resolution is 640×360 pixels. YotaPhone runs the Android OS with 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Qualcomm 1.7-GHz dual-core processor, with 2 Gb of RAM and 32 Gb internal storage. The phone has a 13-megapixel main camera with LED Flash and a frontal unit with 1 megapixel. The YotaPhone uses the LTE system.

Dimensions: 134 x 67 x 10 mm (5.25 x 2.63 x 0.4 inches)

Weight: 146 grammes (5.15 ounces)

5 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/infografika/20131205/982106523.html

http://en.ria.ru/infographics/20131205/185280183/First-Russian-Smartphone.html

 

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