Abe publicly licking O’s asshole in presser.
Thanks for sharing your background.
I’m typical USian. Father’s parents immigrated from Poland in 1890s, or so family lore has it. Mother’s mother German origin, her father’s Welsh, in U.S. long enough to be discharged from Union Civil War army, $7.50 war end discharge pay.
Neutral wrt nationalities, religions, all the things I am not. Have tried to learn about them bc, curiously, they seem so important to other people.
Came by my political views sui generisly. Have changed much, in specifics not generically, since I left Wall St. at peak of dot-com bubble.
Sochi Olympics WERE iconic event, as were Beijing ones. As historically impt as 1936 Berlin ones.
All three of those signaled that a country was in the list of top countries.
Last Olympics in Moscow were during Soviet era in 1980, after invasion of Afghanistan, and all the folderal.
Don’t let my own antipathy blind me to their geopolitical importance.
When did you leave Russia, how old were you, where else have you lived–guessing Germany from some of your comments.
If you’re willing to tell. Fine if you prefer not to.
I don’t have TV and even if I did haven’t watched Olympics since anorexic Cominici painfully distorted her body and Olympics became exercise in physical torture rather than showpieces of human accomplishment.
I did try to find opening & closing ceremonies on internet, but bc it was Russia, no go. RT did not show them. Guess there was some exclusivity contract.
Anyhow gave up after a few futile tries.
Russian ballet. We were there in June when the primes of the companies tour. We saw whatever Bolshoi had on offer. It was fantastic OTT exotica, taking place in a Turkish harem or something. 1001 night maybe. I would not select that but was hoot & a half to happen onto it. Boris Gudunov opera was playing in St. Petersburg when we got there. Short version. Whew. Was ready to walk out half way were it the 5 hour.
The funniest thing in St. P was Tsar’s funeral. Russia was still in loss of identity shock. Couldn’t figure out how to handle ceremony. Finally did a processional on street between Hermitage & Neva. Lined with “troops” chewing gum & talking to each other.
Vehicles containing Romanovs were buses & vans in iridescent colors with pink bow decals.
It was surreal, but not to be missed.
I’m not read any 20C Russian novelists. Will put your suggestions on the list.
We visited Tolstoy’s house in Moscow.
I saw Nureyev dance once or twice in NYC, on tour, after he had moved to London Ballet Co. Took your breath away. Best I’ve ever seen. He had such stage presence everyone in the audience felt as though he were looking directly into their eyes.
Wouldn’t surprise me.
Following Syria pattern. Every time Assad almost won the war, U.S. & Vile V doubled down. Sent more weapons, more terrorists.
Ukraine likely at the beginning of U.S. destabilizing efforts, nowhere near the end.
Russian novels (in translation), music, ballet at top of my list.
English is a great mish mash.
Something you may or may not have observed. Meat on the hoof often called words of Anglo-Saxon origin. When it appears on a plate in front of you, called by words of French origin.
My German problem putting verb at the end of the sentence is.
Unlike western European countries, there were no English speakers in Russia when we visited in 1998 (except hotel staff).
One story I favor. Did not have time to learn cyrillic alphabet before we went, could not read signs. Moscow subway only in cyrillic. Figured it out but platforms in center of tracks, so did’t know which direction. Always someone in uniform. Went to him, map in hand, pointed to destination and he pointed to side of track to wait for train.
Some on FDL think it is still acceptable to link to NYT as a credible source.
Small aspect of Lavrov interview that is important is his facility with English. Knows cliches, although tries not to use them.
Particularly impressive, less than 10 “you-knows” in 22 minute interview. Most USians use about 8 you-knows per minute.
My distant Polish relative, when we visited in 2002, was facile with Polish, German, Russian. Is a veterinarian who (I think) was educated in Moscow.
His children, ages 13-21 when we were there, all learning English.
Looks like I got pwned. *Hanging head in shame.*
Will try not to let it happen again. It probably will despite efforts.
Let me know. Don’t want to persist in delusion.
Listening to Walters’ interview. Barbara does not understand the difference between allegations and evidence.
I don’t believe things. I take in evidence & change my mind when evidence goes against. Link came from someone who normally is careful, so didn’t check it out as I try to do.
tuezday & I had back & forth starting at 53, in the context of rot in U.S. military equipment.
The overflight was reported by Seattle newspaper. Link above.
Why not point out that it sounds fishy?
Barbara Walter’s interview of Assad.
As Lavrov said, it’s not about Ukraine. First it was Iran, then it was Syria, now it’s Ukraine and after that U.S. will find something else.
Lavrov didn’t appear dismayed to me. Called out U.S. for what it does in simple declarative sentences, words of one syllable.
Lavrov & Putin know they’ve outmatched the Kerry-Nulands et al. Practiced diplomats. Russia has all the time, all the carrots and U.S. is increasingly hysterical.
The only fighters so far come from Nazi Right Sector thugs. It would seem (hoping) that they don’t have broad enough support to intimidate broad sections of Ukraine, unlike WWII when Germany occupied parts of geography now known as Ukraine, and genocide was committed on Jews, Poles, Russians, other Ukrainians. That was under leadership of Bandera. Statues of him in western Ukraine, analogous to having statues of Hitler in Germany.
If you want a sanity break, listen to the Lavrov interview.
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