Voices from Russia

Sunday, 17 December 2017

16 December 2017. ‘Tis the Season for “Christmas Cards”… Here’s Mine


The original painting is by Yelena Stepura, a Moscow-based painter. All of y’all can download and use this, with no charges or fees… Russians aren’t Anglo Americans… we’re not greedy nor are we self-centred attention hounds.

Have a most wonderful and joyous holiday… whichever one you celebrate. Raise a glass and cheer!



You Can’t Make Shit Like This Up… George Carlin Had “The Seven Words You Can’t Say on TV”… Donald Trump Has “The Seven Words You Can’t Use in a Budget Document”


If Jonathan Swift were alive today, I think the great satirist would be aghast… real life defies satirisation because outlandishness is now inland. According to news reports, the Trump administration instructed staff at the CDC to refrain from using a list of words in their budget documents. Read them and weep (or wait for your head to explode at what’s being done to expert objectivity):

  1. Foetus
  2. Transgender
  3. Vulnerable
  4. Entitlement
  5. Diversity
  6. Evidence-based
  7. Science-based

Therefore, if a science-based analysis found that the foetuses of transgender individuals ought to enjoy an entitlement under the law to protection as vulnerable persons, they couldn’t look to the premier public health agency to help, because it literally couldn’t assert their cause in official documents.

Alexander Patico     


16 December 2017


It gets curiouser and curiouser with each passing day. As Trump’s junta continues to jerk around in fits and starts… it simply becomes a caricature of a government. Indeed, it’s not a government; it’s just a cabal of wealthy grifters… they want to make hay whilst the sun shines. However, Trump committed political hara-kiri with his “tax reform”. It’s put the AARP against him, which almost guarantees a loss in the 2018 midterms. If the losses are serious enough, the Repugs will make the Donald walk the plank.

By the way… do be careful with some pro-Russian sites… alt-right filth has infiltrated in and is trying to take over the dialogue. Russian Insider is already dodgy… and The Duran is getting inconsistent. Checked against Sputnik and RIA (two benchmark actual Russian sites), these two sources aren’t the best. Duran still has good writers such as Adam Garrie, but it gave space to an alt-right scummer who had fulsome praise for Roy Moore. Have a care… not all “friends” are friends.


From the Russian Web… РУССКАЯ ЦИТАТА ДНЯ “Сделайте сегодня разгрузочный день. Не грузите себя!” RUSSIAN QUOTE OF THE DAY “Make Today an Unloading Day. Don’t Stuff Yourself!”


An “unloading day”* is a day when we rest and do nothing. It’s also when we don’t eat heavy and greasy food, such as fat meat, candies, pies, and cakes.

  • Literal translation of разгрузочный день… no equivalent in formal or colloquial English

Rina Zenyuk is an architect in Minsk who has the avocation of doing “blue cat” pictures…


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