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News Links / Re: Russia No Longer Free?
« on: January 16, 2005, 11:27:02 AM »
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 But JM, often facts can be based on subjective perception...

That is why, dear Helen, we hopefully get enough subjective opinions/facts together to make one big ~truth~. Besides, I'm pretty sure Freedom House is non-partisan.

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News Links / Re: Russia No Longer Free?
« on: January 16, 2005, 11:08:39 AM »
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Then again, there will always be an opposing politician. Just because a politican doesn't feel free, doesn't mean the country isn't free -- that's just politics. And politically someone will always be "not free".

We're not talking about the way an individual "feels," there are certaintly many people that claim to be oppressed while quite the opposite is true. We're talking about simple facts.
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Well, maybe if you stop comparing things that cannot be compared, this will seem like a perfectly normal thing.

I was simply pointing out an interesting attitude among some people.

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News Links / Re: Russia No Longer Free?
« on: January 16, 2005, 09:36:20 AM »
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I've lived in Russia long enough to understand that, unless you're an oposing politician, this so-called "lack of freedom" doesn't affect you much. I've felt more "free" in Russia than I did in the U.S. In fact, this bit here -

Hmm, "unless you are an opposing politician." See, I think that that statement really speaks for itself.

BTW, its interesting how some people will criticize Russia's current "democratic" government when it's compared with the USSR, but call it "free" when it's compared with the USA. Truly an interesting phenomenon.

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News Links / Re: Russia No Longer Free?
« on: January 15, 2005, 02:29:13 PM »
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Western values are Russia's curse, to be honest.

Besides, the USA in considered democratic and free, but look at the poor country.

I've lived in Russia long enough to understand that, unless you're an oposing politician, this so-called "lack of freedom" doesn't affect you much. I've felt more "free" in Russia than I did in the U.S. In fact, this bit here -

"Today in Russia there are no independent mass media, no independent court, parliament, business. There is no public control over special forces and police. There are practically no elections which are not controlled by the authorities."

- sounds suspiciously like the Land of the Free.

That's just what I think.

Yet some more anti-American diatribe. Jeez, I almost feel sory for the "Great Satan."

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The Yussupovs / Re: Was Prince Felix a closeted gay man?
« on: January 15, 2005, 10:03:04 AM »
I can't see Felix ever shutting his sexuality in a closet, nevermind becoming "closeted."  I don't know, but he always seemed to me to be quite confident and open minded. Admirable qualities!  :D

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Having Fun! / Re: The Romanov You Dislike
« on: January 07, 2005, 03:57:12 PM »
Wow, some people are so oppressed.  ::)

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News Links / Re: Russia No Longer Free?
« on: December 21, 2004, 03:50:31 PM »
No surprises in this article.

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The Russian Revolution / Re: Communist people we like
« on: December 13, 2004, 03:56:36 PM »
Do socialists count? That'd be quite sad if they didn't qualify.  :(

Anyway, my favorite semi-communist is Tommy Douglas! Sorry, but I don't know/care how to post pictures so you'll just have to follow the link. . . . http://www.cbc.ca/greatest/top_ten/nominee/douglas-tommy.html

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News Links / Re: Unrest in Ukraine
« on: December 12, 2004, 05:24:58 PM »
I daresay that "Uhmuricans" aren't the only people who remain blissfully ignorant of the situation in Ukraine. I witness passive stupidity everyday among people who imagine themselves to be "informed" -- and I live in Canada. But these same "informed internationalists" have very little to say about current events, aside from the rather pedantic: "Bush is evil!" What can I say? I'm rather sick of the whole thing. :-/

Be that as it may, a demonstration against the election results was recently held here. Considering that many of us are descended from Ukrainian immigrants, it's not that surprising that we take some interest in what's happening.  8)

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The Russian Revolution / Re: What's your opinion Part 2
« on: December 08, 2004, 03:47:11 PM »
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I just don't think that this topic is a very insiteful one -- while you were gone we wandered all over the map ... and now we're still just collecting a bunch of Tsarists and a bunch of Socialists...

And some people that don't conform to either extreme.  ;)

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How are you supposed to pronounce it?

Hmm, well you're asking the wrong person (but I think you know that!) and I'm not one to venture a guess with someone who's a tad too particular about how things are pronounced. But, I'm sure you know, so. . . be content!

I just hope it's not pronounced the same way as it was in that rather dated (but catchy) song. And if it is, I'll make up my own pronunciation.

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What sort of things did he say?

Oh, rather stupid things really. "Alexei is short for Alexander." "20% of the people were members of the aristocracy." "The Romanovs began with Alexander I." "Nicholas ordered the shooting on Bloody Sunday." "Russia was not at all industrialized by 1914." My notes actually said that NII ascended the Throne in 1884! The worst thing though was they way he pronouced "RaspuTEEN." I feel so cheated of an education.  8)

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The Russian Revolution / Re: What's your opinion Part 2
« on: December 06, 2004, 04:18:42 PM »
Hey, I gave my opinion!   8)

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We spent an entire unit on the Russian Revolution this year. I was quite glad about this.

My school really doesn't focus enough on the social sciences -- and it shows. At the beginning of the year I'd have to constantly correct the teacher about the bigger points of the German and Italian unifications. I'd let the finer points go because I'm so nice. But once we hit the Russian Revolution I gave up correcting the guy completely because I didn't want to totally undermine his "knowledge." So yeah, I haven't really learned anything but at least I can catch up on sleep after lunch. But don't worry, I still have the highest mark. ;D

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The Russian Revolution / Re: What's your opinion Part 2
« on: December 06, 2004, 04:01:05 PM »
Pseudo-Socialism or the Romanovs? I would emigrate in both circumstances. Sorry, but I'm kind of lacking in firm opinions lately. It's all this "seeing both sides" business that really sidetracks me.

Anyway, I really wanted to reveal my favorite movies! Right now my faves are The Hours, American Beauty, and Requiem for a Dream. Thankfully my taste is ever changing.

BTW, it's a good thing nobody brought up documentaries. ;)

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