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People Living in Extreme Poverty

on Nov 13, 2018

I got an interesting map. Is it that it turns out that there are so many beggars in the USA? Or am I somehow mistaken in the interpretation of this data? It warms my soul that Russia looks so good here :)

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Origin: https://howmuch.net/articles/people-living-in-extreme-poverty-2018

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Gender differences in life expectancy

on Sep 25, 2018 ·

A bit depressing statistics.

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[Music] Motor-Roller — “About obedient boys”

on Apr 22, 2018

I'm a little drunk and listening to my favorite music. This is a state in which you always want to share what you like. And why not share music with foreign acquaintances. But there is a problem. For me, always text means an order of magnitude more than music or, especially, video. And most of the things that I love will be simply not clear to foreigners. But sometimes there are songs that have a pretty good performance and a visual video. I'll try to share such. Here is the song of the group "Motor-roller" under the title "About obedient boys". Literally - a song about how the boy was summoned to him by some external force (the Moon), as he obeyed her false call and went to her on the heavenly staircase. And how society (relatives and friends) began to call him back. He obeyed, returned to the people, but somewhere in the sky he dropped his heart. And it remained there to shine a star, like other similar heart-stars. Who is right, who is to blame? The song does not give an answer.

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Motor-roller is an unusual group. This is a rock band from Kazakhstan, who sings a songs in Russian. One of the shards of the former USSR. People whose nationality is not Kazakh and not Russian, but Soviet.

The music video is not professional, shot by amateurs.

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on Apr 22, 2018

I have not written anything for a long time, it's a lot of work, it's not enough time :) But now in Russia there is really an epic battle, which is little reflected in the Western media, so I will note it shortly. There is such an Instant Messenger, Telegram. It is much more functional than WhatsApp, and although its popularity is noticeably lower, in Russia it is used by very many, about 15 million people or every fifth Internet user. In this messenger there is a secret chat function that allows you to encrypt the correspondence from user to user, so that it can not be intercepted by the server or the provider. Last year there was a loud terrorist attack, when in St. Petersburg terrorists blew up the subway car. During the investigation, it turned out that the terrorists were planning and preparing the terrorist attack, communicating in Telegram. The FSB decided to get the messenger's developers the opportunity to access the correspondence of individuals. The developers refused, citing the technical impossibility of intercepting e2e communication. The FSB through the court reached a decision on the blockade of Telegram in Russia. A week ago, Roskomnadzor began to implement the decision.

And then the circus began.

Telegram uses several, as practice, very effective way to protect against locks, using a large number of different and constantly changing subnets of cloud providers. Roskomnadzor attacks with massive blocking of subnets. At the moment, Russia has blocked 17-19 million IP-addresses (~ 0.5% of the world's Internet!). Almost all services related to AWS do not work. Many Google services are blocked. There were problems with MS Office 365, Xbox, PSN, etc. Last night, even google.com and gmail.com was banned, but at the moment they have already been unlocked.

The funniest thing is that Telegram with all this works: D

In Russia, now this duel is the number one news, after which people are having fun with popcorn :) But in fact, the process is not very rosy. In fact, Roskomnadzor is experimenting in the area of ​​mass locks. And the Russian Internet can turn into an analogue of the Chinese, hiding behind the Great Firewall :-/

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US blow to Syria

on Apr 15, 2018

An interesting version of such a high effectiveness of air defense and a divergence in the stated targets of the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defense appeared. Americans have long been preparing for strikes against Syrian airfields. And so the cruise missiles had in advance developed routes for such attacks. Therefore, when new targets suddenly appeared, the routes to them were developed not from scratch, but as a continuation of already existing ones. This provided a series of approaches to the Syrian airbases and further on to new targets. But the Syrian air bases had air defense. And so anti-aircraft complexes shot down cruise missiles flying past like on exercises with high efficiency and without risk of defeat. At the same time, it seemed to the Syrian and Russian military that the air bases were the target of the strike - the missiles flew to them.

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Russian voters

on Mar 20, 2018 ·
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Some voters in the past elections :)

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Russia in Wonderland

on Mar 18, 2018

'There's more evidence to come yet, please your Majesty,' said the White Rabbit, jumping up in a great hurry; 'this paper has just been picked up.'

'What's in it?' said the Queen.

'I haven't opened it yet, said the White Rabbit, 'but it seems to be a letter, written by the prisoner to — to somebody.'

'It must have been that,' said the King, 'unless it was written to nobody, which isn't usual, you know.'

'Who is it directed to?' said one of the jurymen.

'It isn't directed at all,' said the White Rabbit; 'in fact, there's nothing written on the OUTSIDE.' He unfolded the paper as he spoke, and added 'It isn't a letter, after all: it's a set of verses.'

Are they in the prisoner's handwriting?' asked another of they jurymen.

'No, they're not,' said the White Rabbit, 'and that's the queerest thing about it.' (The jury all looked puzzled.)

'He must have imitated somebody else's hand,' said the King. (The jury all brightened up again.)

'Please your Majesty,' said the Knave, 'I didn't write it, and they can't prove I did: there's no name signed at the end.'

'If you didn't sign it,' said the King, 'that only makes the matter worse. You MUST have meant some mischief, or else you'd have signed your name like an honest man.'

There was a general clapping of hands at this: it was the first really clever thing the King had said that day.

'That PROVES his guilt,' said the Queen.

It's a pun!' the King added in an offended tone, and everybody laughed, 'Let the jury consider their verdict,' the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

'No, no!' said the Queen. 'Sentence first — verdict afterwards.'

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Journalists in the UK came to interview the Russian ambassador.

on Mar 17, 2018

Journalists in the UK came to interview the Russian ambassador.

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Golden Rain

on Mar 15, 2018

Today there was an amusing incident. At the airport of Yakutsk, when the An-12 transport airplane took off, a badly fixed cargo was broken. He punched the rear ramp and partially crumbled. No harm done.

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But the funny is different :) The plane carried silver and gold in ingots. 9.3 tons worth 21.6 billion rubles (~ $ 380 million). More than 3.5 tons scattered on the runway and 12 kilometers around the neighborhood on the take-off trajectory :) Truly - golden rain. Well, at least no one was killed, 172 ingots fell on 20 kilograms each :)

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Iraqi chemical weapons

on Mar 15, 2018

foxdemon wrote:
Saddam had chemical weapons.

You have fallen behind by 10+ years:


He also wrote of many errors involving the Iraq campaign and the failure to find weapons of mass destruction there, despite numerous intelligence reports pointing to their existence.

“No one was more shocked or angry than I was when we didn’t find the weapons. I had a sickening feeling every time I thought about it. I still do,” Bush writes.


Colin Powell, the US secretary of state at the time of the Iraq invasion, has called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain why they failed to alert him to the unreliability of a key source behind claims of Saddam Hussein's bio-weapons capability.

Responding to the Guardian's revelation that the source, Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi or "Curveball" as his US and German handlers called him, admitted fabricating evidence of Iraq's secret biological weapons programme, Powell said that questions should be put to the US agencies involved in compiling the case for war.

In particular he singled out the CIA and the Defence Intelligence Agency – the Pentagon's military intelligence arm. Janabi, an Iraqi defector, was used as the primary source by the Bush administration to justify invading Iraq in March 2003. Doubts about his credibility circulated before the war and have been confirmed by his admission this week that he lied.

You are waiting for an interesting period of news accumulated over the past 10 years! A lot of new!

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But you don't ask with respect

on Mar 15, 2018

In Russia, people are offended now. When Powell fantasized about the chemical weapons in Iraq, he even shook the test-tube from the rostrum. But in the case of the poisoning of Skrypal, even a test tube was not needed, only verbal accusations were made. Is Russia much less respected than Iraq? Putin is less authoritative ruler than Saddam Hussein? We are offended!

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World history of poisons

on Mar 14, 2018

On the eve of the assassination attempt on the traitor, a brooding FSB officer stood in front of a table of boards on a secret appearance in Salisbury. On the table were laid out:

  • potassium cyanide
  • strychnine
  • British spy poison from the number of seized earlier
  • hatchet from the nearest wood-burning barn
  • a black market gun in the East End, missing from the radar ten years ago
  • homemade bomb
  • bayonet knife
  • Banana

  • and, finally, a unique nerve agent, developed in the USSR in the 1980s.

"Well, of course!" — slapped an officer on his forehead. "Only with the help of a unique Soviet toxic agent can I cover up the tracks leading to Russia!" Then he grabbed a tube of poison, straightened his hat with a star on his head and went out into the morning Salisbury, mixing with the crowd.

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March 8 in Russia

on Mar 12, 2018 · less than 1 min read

I wrote before in parallel blog how this year to my wife, random guys on the street gave two huge bouquets of flowers.

In my opinion, these are the consequences of the ever-expanding actions on the congratulation of women. Especially distinguished this year with gifts Russian special forces :D


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So congratulated women from March 8 firefighters in Karelia:

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Where are the reports from the Ministry of Defense?

on Mar 09, 2018

Some information for reflection. About how Russia is closed, censored and how it suppresses freedom of the media. In Syria, the transport An-26 crashed. 39 people died. Since the disaster took one day. The Russian Internet is packed with complaints and accusations that the Ministry of Defense does not share with each information about the disaster. I am not kidding. Some people have not read even preliminary announcements in the media, have not seen them - and accuse the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in the absence of comments. That is, obviously, they want the Defense Ministry to report in detail about everything to them personally :) And, of course, they blame Putin for everything.

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Impact on elections in Russia

on Mar 01, 2018

In recent months, a very aggressive and obviously coordinated attack on Russia in general and against Putin's government in particular has been carried out in social networks. I am not his supporter, rather, I choose him as the least of evils, but the mass character and consistency of the shares attracts attention. Obviously, someone before the elections is very active in influencing the election results :)

Now Putin is speaking to the Federal Assembly. In Twitter, instantly appeared hundreds of comments on the discrediting of any of his statements. At what almost all statements or are simple insults, or operate with outright lies. For example, according to the published figures, it turns out that:

  • "The average Russian works for 12 hours a day". In fact, we have a working day of 8 hours, many actually work less - late for the start of the working day or in the evening leave work earlier. People at us lazy, here I will not embroider smile :) Work more than 8 hours happens, but just not at the state enterprises for which the government answers, and in commerce.

  • "The average salary for these 12 hours of work is 20,000 rubles/month ($354)". In fact, now the average salary is about 37 thousand rubles per month ($656) .

  • "People rarely live up to 50 years". That's only the average life expectancy has grown to 72.5 years and is constantly growing :)

  • "Russians were completely impoverished during Putin's reign". On this issue, I've written here more than once. The average increase in welfare over the past 25 years was 10-15 times. Even life 10 years ago seems much more poor than now.

  • "In pharmacies do not find drugs cheaper 200-300 rubles ($3.5-$5.5)". Really in Moscow, prices for the most affordable medications start from 6-10 rubles ($0.1 - $0.2). In the province, usually even cheaper.

The saddest thing is that the phenomenon is massive, no denials (except for me sometimes: D) no one writes, so with all the inconsistency of such statements with reality, the notorious "70% of the conforming population", having read this, will also be considered as well. In my opinion, Russia is now clearly losing the information war in social networks.

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