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Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Forbes collection of Faberge
« on: March 15, 2004, 05:12:56 PM »
1)  I did not claim that the jewels, et cetera, are state property.  I've seen some people make this claim, and this formed the basis of the sale of Romanov artworks to people like Armand Hammer.

2)  You've mischaracterized my point.  My point is that the Romanov art objects belong to the Romanoff family by right.

3)  You mischaracterized the sale by Forbes to the Russian oligarch.  The fact is, the Forbes family pocketed some $100,000,000 cash from the sale.   They didn't advance the timetable of the sale out the kindness of their hearts.

Imperial Russian Antiques / Romanov Noir
« on: March 15, 2004, 04:32:45 PM »
I expect Sam Spade will arrive on the scene momentarily in a trenchcoat, but only after the lights are mysteriously shut off and we hear a blood curdling scream . . .


For the younger folks here, Sam Spade was a character out of novels written by Dashiel Hammet, and was portrayed by the late Humphrey Bogart in some wonderful 1940s movies.

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Forbes collection of Faberge
« on: March 15, 2004, 02:49:35 PM »
I assume that since there have been no responses, everyone agrees with me.

Yeah, right.

The Final Chapter / Re: New DNA article...
« on: March 14, 2004, 10:33:05 PM »
I watched 'The Mystery of the Last Tsar this evening.

It included actual video of the removal of the remains in question from the Ekaterinburg region gravesite.

What I noticed is the immediate vicinity was very muddy, with substantial stands of aspen and conifers in the area.

These trees cannot grow in permafrost.

This fact strengthens Knight's assertion that the extremely long DNA chains were the product of contamination, not preservation in permanent ice.

Rasputin / Re: Rasputin's prediction
« on: March 13, 2004, 09:14:49 PM »

With the Stanford-Los Alamos National Laboratory paper discrediting Gill and Ivanov, suddenly 'what if' has a new and clearer meaning. . .

Their World and Culture / Re: The Anti-Semitism of the Romanovs
« on: March 12, 2004, 07:34:14 AM »
Given everything we've written about here, what else should the emperor have done to make you happy?


Pave shetl streets in gold?

Wipe out the unkempt masses for whom anti-Semitism was a way of life, a la a Stalin-style purge (if you want to talk about anti-Semitism, talk to a Jewish victim of a Bolshevik purge).

What more should he have done to make you happy?

Their World and Culture / Re: The Anti-Semitism of the Romanovs
« on: March 10, 2004, 07:17:37 PM »
It is really ludicrous to measure Nicholas' attitudes about given ethnic groups with the lense of today's political correctness.  

When I studied history (a number of decades ago) we were strongly admonished to avoid chronological ethnocentricism; that is, comparing the values of a past culture with those of our own.  

The fact is, in Nicholas' day, he was not anti-Semitic, but was annoyingly (to many) liberal.

Now to compare the morals and attitudes of his age with our own is unreasonable.  And if we turned the moral table, that is, if we lived in Nicholas' time and wished to judge the values, mores and attitudes of our contemporary age with their moral compass, I'm afraid our modern age would look quite shocking, and would not appear in a good light at all.   :-/

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