Voices from Russia

Thursday, 18 October 2018

US Cosmonaut Hague “Amazed” by Russian Rescue Team’s Work After Soyuz Failure

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On Wednesday, as broadcast by NASA, American cosmonaut Nick Hague told NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine that the teamwork of the rescue crew that helped him and Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Ovchinin to get out of the rescue capsule after their recent emergency return to Earth after a launch vehicle failure impressed him:

They had three pararescue jumpers. As soon as they had found where we were at, they jumped in to get to us as quickly as they could. In a handful of minutes, somebody was tapping on the window next to me, giving me the OK symbol, I answered back with a big smile, and then, they had the hatch open. I was amazed at the quick response of the rescue crew. You know, they practice this all the time, but they haven’t had to put it to use in 35 years. To respond the way they did is a true testament to how seriously they take their responsibilities and their job.

He praised the professionalism of the Russian team engaged in spaceflight preparations and conduct:

I wasn’t surprised by their support and how well they worked. It’s on display every day over there, and it’s a privilege to be part of it. I feel great and my physical condition is awesome.

On Wednesday morning, Hague ran a mile (1.6 kilometres) with his wife. Earlier, Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos said that Ovchinin and Hague would fly to the ISS in spring 2019, with an exact date specified later.

On 11 October, the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle failed to launch the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft, with Hague and Ovchinin on board, to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Just minutes after liftoff, the crew aborted the mission due to a booster malfunction. The two-man crew escaped in a rescue capsule and returned unharmed. Immediately afterwards, Russia launched an investigation of the incident.

18 October 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/military/201810181068988600-russia-us-soyuz-astronaut/

Editor:

Note well that the loudmouth Anglos have to hitch rides on Russian spacecraft to the ISS. The USA lacks the capability to do so because it wasted all its money on wars in foreign parts and sweetheart giveaways to the Affluent Effluent. They don’t put sanctions on this, for if they did, the big bad Anglos couldn’t get into space at all! Do note the lack of propagandistic tone in this… compared to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and Fox News, trust me, the Russian media is truly a breath of fresh air. They report the news much better than their American counterparts do. Remember, the US media is under corporate control, which is much worse than state control is. If you don’t write what the oligarchs want, you’re out of a job and you don’t eat. The worm has turned, hasn’t it?

BMD

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

“Alternative Sexual Identity”: Austria Recognises “Third Gender”

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Austria’s Constitutional Court handed down a verdict that allows people to register themselves in official documents as something other than male or female if they wish. The Austrian court, in response to a request from an intersexual activist known as Alex Jürgen, called upon the European Convention on Human Rights to introduce the option of “other” or “inter” on civil register forms that ask for a person’s gender. Jürgen, whose birth name remains secret, said:

For the first time in my life, I feel like I’m recognised as what I am, how I was born.

The court emphasised in its ruling that Article 8 of the European Human Rights Convention certifies the right to “an individual sexual identity” and defends “in particular, people with an alternative sexual identity”. The court decision won’t amend existing law since it doesn’t explicitly require documentation of male or female gender.

Last November, Germany became the first European country to call for official recognition of a “third sex”, a decision supported in May by the Netherlands. The third gender already received legal recognition in several countries, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, India, Pakistan, and Nepal. According to UN experts, from 0.05 to 1.7 percent of global births are intersex.

30 June 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201806301065909946-austria-court-third-gender/

Editor:

I find this more than a little disquieting. It appears to hinge upon personal choice, not objective medical criteria. It’s one thing if an intersex person or a transsexual under medical supervision asks for a change in gender on documentation, but it’s quite another if we open it to untrammelled personal whim. I know that this’ll open me up to attacks from both sides of the aisle. Those on the left will excoriate me for not being “sensitive” enough. Those on the right will vilify me for even offering a pathway to change one’s documents (they wouldn’t even accept medical vetting, I’ve found). I’d say to you to ignore the activists on both sides and keep it grounded in medical reality. That’s how it stands in most places today (including my home state of New York), and I think that it’s best kept that way. That is, there should be a limited and controlled way to amend one’s personal documents. Otherwise, it becomes anarchy and chaos. Keep it grounded and you won’t go wrong.

BMD

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

13 March 2018. In Krasnoyarsk, It Was -42 (-43.6 Fahrenheit)

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Recently, it was -42 (-43.6 Fahrenheit) in Krasnoyarsk. That would shut most world cities down. It didn’t stop those Sibiryaki! No, siree, they were right out there in the cold, doing what they had to do. You can see why the -20 (-4 Fahrenheit) outside Moscow in 1941 didn’t faze the Siberian troops… hell, they were used to a lot worse! They scared the shit out of the Germans by pouring buckets of water over their heads and jumping in ice pools. Russia is what it always was… Russians are what they always were… the hubristical Anglo toddlers had best take notice.

Those who march on Russia with a sword in hand, by that sword shall they die!

That hasn’t changed one bit, either…

BMD

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Always Darkest Before the Dawn: Polar Night Ends on Frants Iosif Land (Russia’s Northernmost Archipelago)

Border marker at Severnaya Bay on Alexandra Land in the Frants Iosif Land Archipelago

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On Thursday, the Sun rose over the horizon on Frants Iosif Land, the northernmost Arctic archipelago in Russia and Eurasia, signalling an end to the four-month-long pitch-dark polar night. Aleksei Barakov, a deputy director of the Russian Arctic National Park, told us:

The Sun rose over Alexandra Land Island where the Omega permanent field base is located.

The polar night began on Frants Iosif Land, an archipelago lying only 1,100 kilometres (684 miles) away from the North Pole, on 18 October. Vadim Zakharyin, the chief of the national park’s expedition centre, noted:

The night is very cold, windy, and dark there. The Northern Lights rarely occur on the archipelago because the cloud cover is rather thick and low. The temperatures usually hover at around -30 degrees (-22 Fahrenheit), with high humidity that’s difficult to bear. Besides that, winds reach hurricane-like speeds of 36 metres per second (80.5 miles per hour). You have to be especially careful in that darkness because you can run into polar bears there.

On Thursday, the weather on Alexandra Island was frigid and calm. Two park staff-members are always present at the Omega field base of the Russian Arctic National Park. Only two of the 192 islands making up Frants Iosif Land are habitable during the winter. Alexandra Land, the westernmost island of the archipelago, is home to the Nagurskoye border outpost and a Northern Fleet base, in addition to the national park’s field base. A weather monitoring station, also known as “the observatory”, is on Kheysa Island in the very centre of the archipelago. A source at the Northern Department for Meteorology and Environment Monitoring said:

Currently, there are six workers at the Ernst Krenkel Observatory.

22 February 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/economy/991293

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