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Today I coughed hard and shit my pants.

Sounds serious. Was there blood?

Trumpsteaks, especially overdone and with ketchup may be dangerous for most people.

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Time to remember 1917?

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Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a country in which history plays a pivotal role in maintaining the legitimacy of the political regime. Putin sees himself as a leader that has given the Russians back their sense of pride. Ever since becoming president in 2000 he has been hard at work at whitewashing the Soviet period of Russian history and creating an uninterrupted narrative linking the Romanov Empire, the USSR and modern Russia. Not unlike the official French version of history, Putin’s Russian story is all about greatness – but with a twist. While France with all its respect for l’etat still sees itself as the cradle of human rights and dignity, Putin’s version of Russian history is all about the glory of the state and the people’s perennial readiness to sacrifice themselves for it.

For such a narrative, 1917 is a particularly tricky moment.



https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/twt/it-s-not-good-time-revel-revolution


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War in Ukraine Ruined Russian Military Reform (Op-Ed)

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They achieved that by creating unbearable conditions for the men and presenting contract service as a means of deliverance. In the same way, according to the soldiers of the 33rd Brigade, commanders made life difficult for the soldiers at the Kadamovsky training area by forcing them to sleep on boards and depriving them of adequate food and water, with the result that they suffered from frequent colds. At the same time, various officers showed up offering them the moon in the Donbass: the impossible sum of 8,000 rubles ($142) per day in pay and the status of war veterans upon their return to Russia.

However, other men already serving as contract soldiers dissuaded them, explaining that if anything were to happen to them while fighting in Ukraine, army brass would write them off retroactively or declare them deserters who had been killed by land mines while running away, according to Gazeta.ru.


https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/war-in-ukraine-ruined-russian-military-reform-op-ed-48110


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They achieved that by creating unbearable conditions for the men and presenting contract service as a means of deliverance. In the same way, according to the soldiers of the 33rd Brigade, commanders made life difficult for the soldiers at the Kadamovsky training area by forcing them to sleep on boards and depriving them of adequate food and water, with the result that they suffered from frequent colds. At the same time, various officers showed up offering them the moon in the Donbass: the impossible sum of 8,000 rubles ($142) per day in pay and the status of war veterans upon their return to Russia.

However, other men already serving as contract soldiers dissuaded them, explaining that if anything were to happen to them while fighting in Ukraine, army brass would write them off retroactively or declare them deserters who had been killed by land mines while running away, according to Gazeta.ru.


https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/war-in-ukraine-ruined-russian-military-reform-op-ed-48110


Oh damn.


Will there be another Russian reporter disappearing soon, I wonder?

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wulfir wrote:
War in Ukraine Ruined Russian Military Reform (Op-Ed)

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They achieved that by creating unbearable conditions for the men and presenting contract service as a means of deliverance. In the same way, according to the soldiers of the 33rd Brigade, commanders made life difficult for the soldiers at the Kadamovsky training area by forcing them to sleep on boards and depriving them of adequate food and water, with the result that they suffered from frequent colds. At the same time, various officers showed up offering them the moon in the Donbass: the impossible sum of 8,000 rubles ($142) per day in pay and the status of war veterans upon their return to Russia.

However, other men already serving as contract soldiers dissuaded them, explaining that if anything were to happen to them while fighting in Ukraine, army brass would write them off retroactively or declare them deserters who had been killed by land mines while running away, according to Gazeta.ru.


https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/war-in-ukraine-ruined-russian-military-reform-op-ed-48110


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US orders Russia to close San Francisco consulate and other annexes in retaliation for "unwarranted" Russian action



Any connection between this and (Commie) Antifa beating up people in Berkeley last weekend?
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US orders Russia to close San Francisco consulate and other annexes in retaliation for "unwarranted" Russian action



Any connection between this and (Commie) Antifa beating up people in Berkeley last weekend?
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Has there been no news on the "action" in question?

Makes you wonder if it was some more Russian pilots, or navy captains, playing 'chicken' in international airspace/waters again.

Some Russkie sub endangering civilian shipping outside SanFran harbor or something? I recall rumors of them fucking about there, like that, in decades past.

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/ ... 1-15-46-06

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SMOKE SEEN POURING FROM RUSSIAN CONSULATE IN SAN FRANCISCO

BY GARANCE BURKE AND ERIC RISBERG
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Acrid, black smoke was seen pouring from a chimney at the Russian consulate in San Francisco Friday, a day after the Trump administration ordered its closure amid escalating tensions between the United States and Russia.

Firefighters who arrived at the scene were turned away by consulate officials who came from inside the building.

An Associated Press reporter heard people who came from inside the building tell firefighters that there was no problem and that consulate staff were burning unidentified items in a fireplace.

Mindy Talamadge, a spokeswoman from the San Francisco Fire Department, said the department received a call about the smoke and sent a crew to investigate but determined the smoke was coming from the chimney.

"They had a fire going in their fireplace," she said.

Talmadge said she did not know what they were burning on a day when normally cool San Francisco temperatures had already climbed to 95 degrees by noon.

"It was not unintentional. They were burning something in their fireplace," she said.

The consulate's workers are hurrying to shut Russia's oldest consulate in the U.S.

The order for Russia to vacate the consulate and an official diplomatic residence in San Francisco - home to a longstanding community of Russian emigres and technology workers - escalated an already tense diplomatic standoff between Washington and Moscow.

The deadline for the consulate to close is Saturday.

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Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker contributed to this report.




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They are burning up Putin's summer reading list...

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Black smoke, huh?

Must've been a lot of plastic shit getting melted down. Thumb drives and data disks. :lol:

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