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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Quirk of Fate: Zoo that Killed Marius the Giraffe and Fed Him to the Lions Kills Two Lions and Two Cubs… Moscow Zoopark Slams Action

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A story about the København Zoo is taking its turn again. Recently, news about killing a healthy giraffe fed a massive outrage and feedback in social networks and in the media. This time, the zoo killed two old lions and two cubs. The zoo authorities made the following excuse, “Because of the natural structure and behaviour of lion pride, the zoo had to euthanise two old lions and two young lions who weren’t old enough to fend for themselves”. It turns out that the new male lion would’ve killed the 10-month-old lion cubs “as soon as he got the chance”. Therefore, to save the little ones, the zoo authorities decided to eliminate the older ones. According to a zoo spokesman, the authorities failed to find a new home for animals and thus decided to kill four of them on Monday. All four lions belonged to the same family. In a couple of days, the zoo will introduce the male lion to two female lions that’d already borne cubs.

Meanwhile, Steffen Straede, the zoo’s CEO, announced, “The zoo is recognised worldwide for our work with lions, and I’m proud that one of the zoo’s own brood now forms the centre of a new pride of lions”. To bring you up-to-date, last month, one of the zoo’s scientific directors, Bengt Holst, received various threats due to his decision to kill Marius the Giraffe. Marius’ story shocked thousands of people all over the world and led to protests and outcries from people. An online petition from animal lovers attempted to save him. Unfortunately, it didn’t succeed as the zoo authorities declared that Marius had to die according to European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) rules stating that zoos should avoid inbreeding between giraffes. Thousands of people from around the world signed a new online petition urging the København Zoo to stop killing healthy animals.

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The Moscow Zoopark doesn’t approve of more killings of animals at the København Zoo, where, after it killed Marius the giraffe, the Danish zoo put down four African lions… two old ones and their two ten-month-old cubs… because of the arrival of a new male. On its website, the Moscow Zoopark stated, “Whilst the Moscow Zoopark understands the whole situation, we can’t approve of such a decision because we believe that in the absence of conditions for keeping all the animals, we shouldn’t acquire new ones, even for improving genetic diversity. We shouldn’t kill an animal just because it’s old. We often receive complaints about ‘old animals’ in our enclosures, but that’s our principled decision. Whenever there’s a choice, we try to keep an animal alive no matter what, even if it doesn’t look the way one would want it to”.

It emerged earlier that the København Zoo put down a pair of old African lions and their two ten-month-old cubs. The Danish zoo excused this decision by saying that it received a young African male lion from another zoo on 24 March. Very soon, the zoo will mate the lion with two lionesses born two years ago at the zoo to make up a new pride of lions in København. Regrettably, the zoo doesn’t have room for accommodating all its predators, and it made an unpopular decision about the euthanasia of two old lions and two lion cubs. In nature, in normal course of events in a pride (a lion family), a younger stronger lion often replaces an older animal as the dominant male. He chases the defeated male out of the pride, and the newcomer kills its offspring. To avoid a similar situation, the Copenhagen Zoo administration made an unpopular decision about the euthanasia of the old and young animals. No other zoo wanted to take the cubs, and their parents, a 16-year-old male and a 14-year-old female were nearing the limit of their natural life expectancy for lions in captivity.

Editor:

The West stands for death… Russia stands for life. Any questions?

BMD

26 March 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_26/Quirk-of-fate-zoo-that-slaughtered-fed-to-lions-giraffe-kills-two-lions-two-cabs-7542/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_26/Moscow-zoo-condemns-more-killings-of-animals-at-Copenhagen-zoo-9817/

Junta “Orders” Troop Withdrawal from the Crimea AFTER All Troops Gone… Notorious Terrorist Sashko Bily Dead… Right Sector Wants “Justice” for His “Murder”

00 Aleksandr Turchinov. Timoshenko hack. 23.02.14

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Aleksandr Turchinov, the boss of the American-installed junta, signed a decree on the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the Republic of Crimea (RK) and Sevastopol, which stated, “Enact the National Security and Defence Council decision of 23 March 2014 “On redeploying military units (divisions), institutions, and organisations of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and other military formations” from the Crimea into other regions of Ukraine. Turchinov’s press flacks announced that the National Security Council and the junta’s Security Council Secretary would monitor the decree’s implementation.

Meanwhile, the RK formed a temporary working committee to discuss repatriating military personnel and prisoners from the Ukraine to the RK. On Monday, the Presidium of the State Soviet of the RK (GS RK) voted to establish such a special committee. Svetlana Savchenko, the head of the commission and a member of the GS RK Presidium, said, “We’re talking about soldiers from the Crimea who’re serving outside the peninsula. This process could also affect people from the Republic of the Crimea now held in prison in the Ukraine”. She noted that it’s a complicated problem, as “it’s unclear with whom to negotiate” in the Ukraine. In turn, GS RK Chairman Vladimir Konstantinov noted that Minoborony officials would be part of the negotiation effort, and that the goal of the RK Commission is to gather information about the whereabouts of RK citizens, saying, “There are people with whom to negotiate, and the Minoborony created a negotiation team. We discussed this with Sergei Shoigu, the Minoborony head”.

Editor:

The unreality deepens… the Ukrainian forces have all left the Crimea. Finally, the junta ORDERS their withdrawal. If that isn’t proof that the junta’s as cracked as it’s illegitimate, I’ll retire to Bedlam with Mr Scrooge…

BMD

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An SBU source said that Greystone Limited, a commercial “military company”, would take charge of suppressing protest movements in the Eastern Ukraine. According to a source cited by ITAR-TASS, the junta believes that the SBU isn’t able to suppress protests and neutralise leaders and activists of the pro-Russian movement in the East. In particular, the source said, junta boss Aleksandr Turchinov is of this opinion, “Therefore, they decided to hire foreign mercenaries, who’d serve as political police and state security protection”. Our source stated that the idea to hire mercenaries came from oligarchs Igor Kolomoisky and Sergei Taruta, the junta governors of Dnepropetrovsk and Donetsk Oblasts. Not so long ago, during a meeting with Turchinov, they discussed a plan to stop the protest movements in the East. Kolomoisky noted, “Why reinvent the wheel if there are real people who understand how and how much to pay?” According to open source information, Greystone Limited is a subsidiary of Backwater, later renamed Academi. According to military experts, the company has ties with the CIA and the US Defence Department. Its employees participated in the American Afghan War; after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the company appeared in Iraq, becoming involved in training the new Iraqi armed forces and police, as well as supporting occupation forces.

Editor:

Note well that the junta doesn’t trust its own policemen and special services! It finds that the only forces available to it are unreliable and untrained neofascists enrolled in the so-called “National Guard”. Therefore, it’s turning to American forces enrolled as private mercs to give Langley deniability (betcha that most of ‘em are Galician Uniates from the American/Canadian diasporas). This is proof, even for the slow learners, that Langley and Foggy Bottom are the puppeteers behind the junta. It also proves that Christiane Amanpour is a painted whore for Langley (she made an unwarranted snide swipe at the daughter of Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin)… she doesn’t criticise the junta for hiring American mercs to shoot down civilians… no, indeed! She shouts, “Hooray for the New World Order (but without all the “black helicopter” conspiracy theory froufrou, if you please)!”

Where’s the junta getting the money for these pricey goons? Why, they’re for free… courtesy of the American taxpayer. Aren’t you glad that the Republican Party stamps its boot into the faces of the unemployed so that we have the money to pay for murderous yobbos throughout the world (it gives a new meaning to “Pro-Life”, doesn’t it?)? After all, we gotta protect the “investments” of the Affluent Effluent above all else (they have McMansions to pay for and country club dues aren’t cheap), dontcha know…

BMD

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A knowledgeable source told ITAR-TASS that the RF government discussed a draft plan to link the power grids of Krasnodar Krai and the Crimea. The first stage of the programme envisages creating reserve capacities of 500-700 megawatts. Our source said, “Russia delivered diesel generators with 56 megawatts capacity to the Crimea and we’re assembling nine mobile gas-turbine power plants with 202 megawatts capacity. We must complete this work by mid-May. We plan to give reserve capacities of 500-700 megawatts”. They added that this capacity exceeds Crimean domestic consumption. The peak electricity consumption in the Crimea is about 1.2 gigawatts, the usual level being 800 megawatts. Of this, some 50 megawatts goes to uninterruptible power supply facilities, such as social infrastructure and the Black Sea Fleet. Crimea’s own capacity is some 550 megawatts, with electricity from renewable sources accounting for 240-270 megawatts. The second stage of the programme, planned for two years ahead, envisaged linking the power grids of Krasnodar Krai and the Crimea through an undersea power transmission line under the Kerch Strait. According to preliminary estimates, the cost of the network and of the transformers would be about 50 billion roubles.

Editor:

“We must complete this process by mid-May”. One wonders if Russia’s expecting a complete cutoff of electricity from the Ukraine in mid-May… one also wonders why they’re expecting that. Russians aren’t dreamy bandura-strumming romantics… they’re hard-headed realists (living with bad neighbours with the habit of invasion made them so). Interesting, no?

BMD

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On Tuesday, local media reported that Aleksandr Muzichko, a leader of the far-right movement Right Sector, died in a gun-battle in murky circumstances in Rovno in the Western Ukraine. However, a Russian security source told Interfax that he remains on the international most wanted list on charges of banditry and establishment of an organised criminal group, saying, “Muzichko remains on the international most wanted list because, so far, the Russian side hasn’t received any official notification from its Ukrainian colleagues about his murder”. Furthermore, even if he’s truly dead, Russian law requires that criminal charges filed against Muzichko must go to court unless his relatives ask the Russian authorities to close the case.

Editor:

Where’s the Munchkin coroner when we need him? No one’s gonna miss “Sashko Bily” (“White Al” in peasant dialect)… even the junta was afraid of him. He had so many people looking for his head that it’s impossible to guess at the real perps:

  • The junta wanted him dead for threatening them
  • The Russians wanted him dead for fucking them up in the First Chechen War
  • The Chechens wanted him dead for knowing too much
  • The Jews wanted him dead as he was the vilest anti-Semite in the Ukraine
  • The Americans wanted him dead as he was a danger to their plans
  • Svoboda wanted him dead as he was a loose cannon who didn’t listen to Führer Tyagnibok

When that many people want you dead, you usually end up dead. One wonders if usually antagonistic people teamed up to kill him… politics DOES make for strange bed-partners at times, doesn’t it?

BMD 

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00 aleksandr muzichko 02. 26.03.14

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Editor:

What follows below is the OFFICIAL account. Read it in that spirit.

BMD

On Tuesday, Aleksandr Muzichko (AKA Sashko Bily (“White Al” in peasant dialect)), a member of an organised criminal group earlier placed on a wanted list, suffered serious wounds during his arrest as opened fire on the cops. Ukrainian First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov said at a briefing in Kiev “during his arrest, he was still alive, when the ambulance arrived, the crew pronounced him dead”. Late on 24 March, MVDU agents from the organised crime unit, including Sokol MVDU spetsnaz, carried out a special operation in Rovno Oblast to arrest the terrorist and his associates. Yevdokimov said that the arrest attempt took place at the Three Crucians café near Rovno, noting, “We arrested three people from the organised crime group and we seized an assault rifle and a pistol from them”. He went on to say that when the agents told them to “Freeze!”, Muzichko jumped from a window and then opened fire at a Sokol trooper, stating, “The bullet that Muzichko fired hit the Sokol trooper’s goggles, then, it stuck in his helmet; in response the injured trooper started shooting at him. Then, during the arrest itself, a fight occurred, with more shots fired”. The cops brought three detained bandits to Kiev and the authorities are questioning them {are they using the same torturers who aided the Americans during the Yushchenko junta? Perspirin’ minds wanna know: editor}. Yevdokimov said, “We believe that the actions of the group stipulate action under Article 257 of the UKU, ‘Banditry’”. He said that he asked local residents to aid “a more detailed investigation of the facts of this group’s activities”.

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On Tuesday, the Rump Rada appointed Colonel General Mikhail Koval as the junta’s “Defence Minister”. Of the 314 People’s Deputies present at the session, 251 supported the decision.

Editor:

Obviously, the junta’s former defence chief, Admiral Igor Tenyukh, stepped on a whole lotta toes. He had a habit of speaking the truth bluntly, with no treacly mealy-mouthed prevarications. He told the junta that the armed forces were useless… in no uncertain (and rather profane) terms. He headed the Minoborony Ukrainy for less than a month. The morale of the forces was in the shitter big time… now, it’s in the sewer… the junta flushed the professional officer corps “down the hole” (shades of Baby Plucky!). Do you need any more proof that the junta’s not only illegitimate, but incompetent as well?

BMD

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At a Tuesday briefing, Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Yevgeni Perebinis, said “The Ukraine neither was nor is planning to renew its nuclear status. Acting Foreign Minister Andrei Deshchitsa clearly expressed this position during his visit to the Hague”.

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00 aleksandr muzichko 03. 26.03.14

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The radical Right Sector demanded the immediate dismissal of Ukrainian Interior Minister Arseny Avakov and the arrest of members of the Sokol spetsnaz task force involved in killing nationalist leader Aleksandr Muzichko (AKA Sashko Bily (“White Al” in peasant dialect)) in Rovno Oblast early on Tuesday. At a news conference in Kiev on Tuesday, Right Sector leader Dmitri Yarosh said, “We can’t silently assent to the active counterrevolutionary activities of the MVDU. In this connection, we demand the dismissal of Interior Minister Arseny Avakov and we demand the arrest of the Sokol spetsnaz commander and all those guilty of [Muzichko’s] murder. Counterrevolutionary pressure on the Maidan and Right Sector as the vanguard of our revolution is noticeable of late. The murder of our brother-in-arms Aleksandr Muzichko… that’s exactly how we interpret what happened last night… confirms this. We understand that many want to unsettle and destabilise the situation in the Ukraine. Right Sector favoured and favours peace, tranquillity, and stability in our state, and we’ll do anything we can so that no incidents happen in the Ukraine”.

Editor:

This guy is SERIOUS. Smells like a new Committee of Public Safety, wot? I didn’t have any hopes at all for ordinary folks in the near term in the Ukraine. I think that opinion needs revision… downwards. God do have mercy on the suffering people of Little Russia.

BMD

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On Tuesday, Ukrainian First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov said at a press conference in Kiev, “I want to tell the Right Sector, the White Sector, [and others]… the time for disarmament is over, it’s expired. We’ll view any armed group and those with unlawful orientation as acting unlawfully, and all our actions would be within this framework. They’d be tough and resolute. Lately, incidents have become increasingly frequent in which armed people use Right Sector’s slogans, who introduce themselves as its members. They involve themselves in hostile takeovers of firms and companies or in other unlawful actions”.

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As of 25 March, 443 out of 703 Ukrainian providers licensed by the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of the Ukraine stopped broadcasting four Russian TV channels… Channel One (worldwide transmission), RTR-Planeta, Russia-24, and NTV-World. The National Council’s website reported that the Council received 28 letters of enquiry. Most of them came from the Cabinet of Ministers’ hot line and over 200 phone calls. Viewers mostly asked them to explain the reasons for shutting off the Russian channels. The junta’s official excuse was, “The reason for the shutoff was that they circulated information threatening Ukrainian national security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, promoting war, violence, cruelty, spreading interethnic and racial hostility, encouraging religious strife, encroaching on human rights and freedoms. Most people understand this forced step. After these enquiries, most of those who called respect the explanations, but at the same time pointed up that they’d like to see TV serials and their favourite programmes, which are mostly interesting to older people”. Meanwhile, some viewers also reported that some providers didn’t comply with the National Council’s demand to stop broadcasting those TV channels and insisted on a respective response.

Konstantin Dolgov, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) Commissioner for Human Rights, said that one could only interpret this decision as an attack on democratic freedoms and violating the Ukraine’s international commitments, noting, “This deprives millions of people of civil rights, Ukrainian citizens, who have a right to watch TV and enjoy access to the Russian-language media”. Dolgov emphasised that the junta in Kiev, which came into power because of an anti-Constitutional coup, proclaimed its adherence to fundamental civil rights and freedoms and to democratic principles, observing, “The Kiev decision runs counter to those declarations”. Pavel Gusev, Chairman of the Moscow Union of Journalists, said, “A country that proclaims democratic development trends and signs respective political treaties with the EU lays itself open to ridicule when it shuts off Russian TV channels. On the one hand, the Ukraine pursues European democracy and on the other, inconsistently shuts off Russian TV channels. This is at odds with democratic principles”.

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Editor:

Just when I thought that this asylum couldn’t get any worse… it did. Just the news of the last day is surreal beyond all imagining… it’s Hieronymus Bosch on crack! Cheech n’ Chong are tokin’ up the bong, and they’re up in smoke… and they’re peddlin’ good shit to the junta (that’s the only logical explanation for the barmy goings-on that just get STRANGER by the day). Won’t someone get out the humane killer and put the Ukraine out of its misery? Too many ordinary folks are suffering…

BMD

25 March 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Ukraine-removes-its-remaining-troops-from-Crimea-and-Sevastopol-6450/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Ukrainian-leadership-to-hire-US-mercenaries-to-suppress-eastern-regions-source-3828/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Russia-may-link-power-grids-of-Krasnodar-territory-and-Crimea-within-two-years-2536/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Right-Sector-leader-killed-in-Ukraine-Russia-has-not-yet-been-oficially-notified-6506/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Sashko-Bily-was-fatally-injured-while-being-detained-by-law-enforcement-authorities-Ukrainian-Interior-Ministry-7378/

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_03_25/Ukrainian-Rada-appoints-Mikhail-Koval-to-post-of-acting-Defense-Minister-9039/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Ukraine-has-no-plans-to-restore-its-status-as-nuclear-nation-Kiev-9413/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Ukrainian-radicals-demand-Interior-Ministers-dismissal-for-its-activist-murder-4458/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Interior-Ministry-warns-it-now-views-all-armed-groups-as-illegal-deputy-minister-8819/

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