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Coffee and Responsibility…

Drinking that morning cup of coffee gave me sometime to think about the reactions that other countries are having to the Wikileaks Cable  Dump…

Most everyone says, “We will not worry about it – but?” :) It is the “but” that could be the problem.

Moscow is approaching the whole affair on a “verify first, comment later” stance….

The bottom line is not that America said all these things and that America thinks all these things. It is the fact that America let it all become public by carelessness and lack of control…

Every government all over the world does the same thing.  It is just that everyone knows that America is very much responsible for what has happened. After the 911 issue, in order to expedite data exchange between American Embassies and different officials within America and the world, the State Department created its own computer network for classified documents, one that 2.5 million plus US citizens all over the world had access to. It was an accident waiting to happen…

Nobody likes to have the dirty laundry exposed and nobody really likes people sneaking around your back and nobody likes the skeletons to fall out of the closet.

In this case “what they do not know won’t hurt them” becomes known and becomes an “Oops, I wish that I had not said that” Well we have all done it and we hurt feelings by doing it in the real world…

How many careers have been damaged by the drunks at the office parties?

It is strange thought that the one apologizing is Hillary. She is just all over the news saying this and that. She also looks like she is being drug through hell and back. Looks like Hillary is taking most of the heat for someone elses problems…

Hummm…

 

Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Russia

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Third State of the Nation Address by Medvedev…

The main points of what the Russian president said in his state of the nation address: Compliments of RIA:

1. Agreement on missile defense system will either be reached within the next decade or Russia will need to deploy new strike forces

2. Measures against major oil spills should be discussed globally

3. Bribe takers should be fined 100 times the amount of the bribe and intermediaries in bribe taking should also be penalized under Russia’s Criminal Code

4. Russia will discuss the scrapping of visas and Russia’s accession to the WTO at the Russia-EU summit in Brussels next week

5. At least 50 percent of saved budget funds as well as additional income to the federal budget should be spent on modernization

6. The rate of insurance premiums for Russia’s small businesses in 2011-2012 will be cut from 34 percent to 26 percent.

7. Russian authorities at all levels must get rid of property unrelated to their work

8. The government should prepare proposals on penalizing officials for not performing their duties in a timely manner

9. Russia should reduce annual inflation to 4-5 percent in the next three years

10. Use of maternity capital to pay mortgages must become the norm starting in 2011

11. There should be no orphans in Russia because the main goal for orphanages is to help families to adopt children

12. People convicted of child abuse will be banned from employment in the education sector

13. Care of children should be a key state task

14. All Russian regions should have child ombudsmen

15. A law on the criminal responsibility for the sales of alcohol to minors will be adopted in the near future

16. Russian families should be given a plot of land to build a house on, as well as tax breaks, after the birth of a third child

17. Russia must build infrastructure that ensures favorable living conditions for disabled people

18. Russia will spend 30 billion rubles (about $1 billion) on the joint research work of the country’s leading universities and major companies

19. Russia will increase the share of national products on the pharmaceutical market from 20 to 50 percent in the near future

20. Russia will spend 100 billion rubles on the development of children medicine in two years

21. Russia will allocate 2 billion rubles for teacher training

22. Heads of Russian regions should make annual reports on the environmental situation

23. Environmental issues should be discussed with relevant non-governmental organizations before the construction of infrastructure and other facilities

24. The Russian government and regional authorities should focus on the development of a military and patriotic movement in the country

After listening and looking at the whole speech. What RIA did just made sense. I have posted his whole speeches in the past but no one reads them…

 

Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Russia

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You Are Not Free – So Accept That…

While drinking that morning cup of coffee. I found myself thinking about an issue that crops up a lot. I found today that I have been censored from many of the videos that I was able to get to yesterday. I kept links on all the videos that I wanted to study that were on You Tube and such…

So for some reason? :) I get the images above on most of the links I saved. That is if they are on YouTube and only about the Cable Document Dump situation…

Out of twenty videos I can only get to 5 of them without using a proxy. If I use a proxy, based out of America then I can get to them all…

So now I have to fall back, as I always have to do and use videos from this side of the world or use tricks to fool the system. I have written before about this and everyone acts like it is “No Big Deal”…

Well it is a big deal to me when I am censored by America because I live in Russia. It is a big deal to me when anyone is stopped from watching something because any government anywhere does not want people to see it…

I am also seeing my Google Searches on this Cable Dump issue being censored. What took only a few words to find now takes detailed and direct words. I have talked about this before also and everyone acts like it is “No Big Deal”…

What I am trying to say is that all the countries are censoring data. They pick and chose what they censor, when and how they want. One of the worst abusers is China but I am here to tell you America is sneaking up on the Chinese in censorship… I know that some will argue that the You Tube situation is because the owners set the block. Well that is not always true. Many of these links are to sites and channels that I have used for a long time. I would say that the people do not even know that someone has changed the setting on who can see their videos that they post. (For you see who really cares about if someone from Russia can see it or not? I care…)

Sveta has done some experimenting and contacted several owners of channels on YouTube in the past. We communicate because we wanted to know why we were all of a sudden not welcome anymore. Of course they had no idea that they had been marked in such a way. Several have moved to Yandex (Russian) and Baidu (Chinese) video because of it…

Sveta has all but thrown her hands in the air and given up over the video blog that we have. We made a mistake by relying on YouTube for the last few years and now we have a nightmare on our hands with so many videos blocked and censored. Sveta has worked at getting them replaced but posting new videos has suffered tremendously. You will see that I have had big issues with videos and I have turned to outside sources to store my video data because I was having videos just quit working for no reason. These are videos that were from YouTube…

I always think of this little quote, as I get upset and cranky about these things that are always told to me to be “No Big Deal!”

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

So as you read your articles and posts about how free you are. When you are being told how good everything is. Remember that I am seeing news and data related items that you can not see, just as you are seeing news and data related items that they block me from…

You sat by and watched 75 sites get taken down by the USA government. You watch while congress stews over, should the internet be stifled. You accept that videos can be blocked. You accept and accept because it does not involve you at that moment…

This is minor stuff compared to some of the issues going on in the world. But it is all going on while you are concentrating on the TSA and fondling issues. All these little freedoms are being destroyed under the wire…

You are not free… (So Accept That…)

 

Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Russia

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