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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…

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…

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…)

Journalists’ rights in the United States are in question after an RT news team spent around 32 hours in jail for trying to film a rally. The peaceful protest against the military academy dubbed the ‘school of assassins’ had finished when officers handcuffed the crew covering the event and marched them to a police van. Our correspondent Kayleen Forde described her handling by police as ‘brutal’. She was later released on bail and brought us her account of the arrest…

Now Sveta and Boza will disagree with what I say, but I just love the Winter and one of the greatest things was the fact that Moscow has a lot of cold cold Winter…

They are calling for -20 Centigrade. tonight and tomorrow night. Then a possible -30 Centigrade. in a couple of days…

That cup of coffee is going to be better and better as the temperature spirals downwards… :)

“Party of Cold War” resist Russia-NATO rapprochement – envoy:Russia’s permanent envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin has been “astonished” by reports in the US media that the alliance has allegedly rejected Moscow’s proposals for a joint missile defense project.

Rebuilding Russia: The collapse of Soviet-era housing:The onset of the bitter chill of winter has focused attention on Russia’s ailing housing and utilities sector…

Winter Moscow: opening of skating rink on Red Square:Winter has finally come to Moscow. The thermometers plunged to minus 15 degrees Celsius and Muscovites started preparing for the New Year holidays. On Sunday, a skating rink opened on Red Square. Photo: the first visitors skate on the open skating rink on Red Square…

WikiLeaks revelations not worth comment – Kremlin:The documents relating to Russia released on Monday by the WikiLeaks whistle blowing website do not merit comment, the Russian president’s press secretary Natalia Timakova said on Monday…

Investigators finalize suspect list in Krasnodar mass murderThe names of ten suspects have been released by the investigation team working on a horrific mass murder case in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, in which 12 people were killed, including four children…

Restaurant chain in McTrouble over rights of young staff:Prosecutors are to fine Russian branches of McDonald’s after inspections revealed “numerous violations of labor regulations and the rights of underage employees”…

Moldova torn between East and West seeks to end stalemate:Communists are leading in Moldova’s third parliamentary election in two years which is yet another attempt to break a political stalemate that has kept the former Soviet republic with only an interim president for over…

US embassy knew Georgians “moved forces” to South Ossetian border – WikiLeaksUS diplomats in Georgia knew Tbilisi concentrated military force prior to the war over South Ossetia in 2008, the classified documents exposed by WikiLeaks show…
Over 300 reporters to cover Medvedev’s state-of-the-nation address:More than 300 reporters from Russia and other countries will cover President Dmitry Medvedev’s annual state-of-the-nation address to the Federal Assembly on Tuesday. According to the president’s blog on Twitter, in his speech he will pay special attention to the problem of birth rates in Russia…

Russia produces more, imports less meat:
Russia increased its meat production by 12 percent and reduced meat imports by 20 percent in 2010, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov told PM Vladimir Putin on Monday in Moscow. He also noted that meat prices are stable and haven’t risen.

Last Russian czar family items to be auctioned in SwitzerlandA unique collection belonged to the members of the last Russian Czar family will be auctioned in Switzerland on December 6. The collection includes 1,000 letters, 4,000 telegrams, about 200 postcards and 150 photos as well as silver, porcelain items and paintings…

I have downloaded the diplomatic cables that Wikileaks has posted and have spent hours reading them. The word appalling is not strong enough…

As long as the Wikileaks site survives the attacks it is getting, you can receive the data here at the link above. I understand that news agencies all over the East are planning on posting the information themselves. So killing the messenger is too late…

The Eastern and now Western press is tearing them apart and the articles are flying about all the things that have been said…


CLASSIFIED NO MORE: USA RACES TO LIMIT DAMAGE...

250,000 State Dept. cables cover Iran, NKorea, Putin...

Reveal: Dangerous standoff with Pakistan...

Gitmo became game of 'Let's Make A Deal'...

US to Slovenia: Take a prisoner if you want meeting with Obama...

Reveal: Clinton Orders US Diplomats to Spy on Other Countries at UN...

Reveal: Iran obtained missiles from NKorea -- capable of striking Europe...

WIKILEAKS: We've been hit with 'mass distributed denial of service attack'...

MOST EMBARRASSING, DAMAGING DISCLOSURE IN DECADES...

Reveal: China conducting computer sabotage...

Saudis are chief financiers for al Qaeda...

Reveal: Saudis repeatedly urge US attack on Iran...

SENATORS: PROSECUTE THE LEAKERS!

NYT EXPLAINS: THE DECISION TO PUBLISH...

Now I see the western press has made some hard decisions and put there lives on the line over this. To be honest I am proud of them for doing this…

As the New York Times says: But the more important reason to publish these articles is that the cables tell the unvarnished story of how the government makes its biggest decisions, the decisions that cost the country most heavily in lives and money. They shed light on the motivations — and, in some cases, duplicity — of allies on the receiving end of American courtship and foreign aid. They illuminate the diplomacy surrounding two current wars and several countries, like Pakistan and Yemen, where American military involvement is growing. As daunting as it is to publish such material over official objections, it would be presumptuous to conclude that Americans have no right to know what is being done in their name. Read More >>>

In an event that is no less than a political meltdown for United States foreign policy, reporting on 251,287 leaked American diplomatic cables, many classified as secret or confidential, will be published this Monday in Germany by SPIEGEL and SPIEGEL ONLINE. Read More >>>

My grandma would have said to me several times in my life as I grew up: Never say something behind someones back that you would never say to their face. Only cowards do such things!

Looks like America got caught saying a lot of things behind our backs…

Windows to Russia!

Pochep (Russian: Почеп) is a town in Bryansk Oblast of Russia, 84 km south-west of Bryansk. Population: 17,064. According to information Pochep is not a very exciting spot on the earth. The previous claim to fame is the Church of the Resurrection, built to a confident Baroque design by Antonio Rinaldi in the 1750’s…

Well another little said claim to fame has just come forward into the worlds eyes. Pochep has been put on the map now. I personally would wish for a better way to be put on the map…

Russia who is the proud owner of the worlds largest stockpile of chemical weapons and for that matter the largest stockpile of WMD’s. (weapons of mass destruction) Has opened a new plant designed to destroy the country’s large collection of cold war era chemical weapons…

Having signed on to The International Chemical Weapons Convention, Russia rendered almost half of its chemical weapons useless or destroyed. Russia is now facing a deadline in the year 2012 to have all of its chemical weapons disbanded and destroyed. So Pochep, which is the storage site to a vast amount of nerve agent about 7,500 tons or 20% of all the chemical weapons to be destroyed has been given the honors of a new facility to get rid of the weapons…

If Russia still has the worlds largest collection of chemical weapons and they have destroyed half. Could you imagine the vast quantity that they had before they destroyed the first half?

When I think about what I know about the American arsenal and then the more that I find out about the Russian (Soviet) side of the situation. I really do believe in miracles…

It is a miracle that we still have a planet to live on…

As you enjoy the food, drink and football games on this day of remembrance in America…

This will tell you what Wikipedia has to say about the holiday for America… (Link)

So to the whole world, whether you celebrate the holiday or not. Windows to Russia wants you to stop and think about what we all have to be thankful for…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Talk about a video that drudges up very old memories. I enjoyed this video and then took a walk with the dog. As I walked I was thinking about what the reason would be that Russia Today would bring up the subject of America and bomb shelters? So I walked and did some thinking’s…

When I got home. I got my morning cup of coffee and sat down at the computer to look over what the world has been doing. I found that, what with South Korea instigating (also admitting that they did),  the North Koreans into a mini war! That in Russia’s eyes is more than a little serious. It is a situation that has set off alarm bells in the Kremlin…

Then I was struck with the remembrance of an article that took off like hotcakes and set records for viewers on Windows to Russia…

America and the world became infatuated with the article called:

Moscow Building 5000 Bomb Shelters by 2012…

So then it made sense after the millions of views that the Russia Today video got slammed with. That they would expound on the subject of bomb shelters. It seems that Russia is in a heated frenzy to build said “Bomb Shelters”. So now they ask America – Are You Ready!

Lets jump back to the video and think about the era that it was made from. That is the era that I have mentioned numerous times on Windows to Russia. The era of the Cold War, The Soviet Evil Empire, Death from the sky and on and on and on. The video has some great actual clips from many videos that they have put together and created a 4 minute video that will make you think. Sometimes I question Russia Today’s anti American motives but I never question their purpose and reasons for what they print…

Russia Today prints the facts of life as the Kremlin sees it and I use that to my advantage to help me understand what is happening in the whole world. Because what they put out has meaning from a very powerful source…

Let me touch upon an interesting subject. (At least for me it is interesting) The last few times that I have been in the metro of Moscow. I have seen that they are working on the huge nuclear blast doors that seal all entrances to the Metro. These are very thick steel and concrete doors that are hydraulically operated to close after everyone gets in to safety…

I have seen fresh grease on hinges. I have seen several doors being partially tested. I have seen the removal of cover plates that hide the old doors and the installation of movable cover-plates to allow the doors to operate again or better. Every station that I have seen, has these doors and from what I can tell they are being maintained…

So as the Russia Today article asks: Are Americans prepared for a nuclear strike?

You have to wonder is this a chess move from an enemy to cause issues in America or is this a sincere question of concern, that comes from an ally who may see a reason for protection anew on such a “Cold War” level again…

President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev: Dear friends, Over the past two years we have been gradually implementing our program to transform the Russian political system. The goals of this transformation are clear; I have talked about them repeatedly. What do we want to achieve? We simply want to make our political system more fair, more flexible, more dynamic, and more open to renewal and development. It must enjoy the confidence of our electorate.

It is no secret that for some time now signs of stagnation have begun to appear in our political life and stability has threatened to turn into stagnation. And such stagnation is equally damaging for both the ruling party and opposition forces. If the opposition has no chance at all of winning a fair fight then it degrades and becomes marginal. If the ruling party never loses a single election, it is just coasting. Ultimately, it too degrades, like any living organism which remains static.

For these reasons it has become necessary to raise the degree of political competition. But our main task, the task of any democracy, is to improve the quality of popular representation, make sure that the political majority is not just static, or rather that it does not become a majority consisting of actors and dummies. The task is to make sure that the ruling party has both rights and responsibilities, and does not simply act as a supplement to executive power, that it plays a full part in shaping this very executive power. This is not required merely for the ruling party to feel good about itself. A party is a means, a political tool for ensuring popular representation. Every party represents its electorate, but in the case of a ruling party, it represents the majority of voters, hence the exercise of their rights and respect for their opinions is a fundamental principle of democracy.

No less important – and even more difficult – is the task of ensuring the rights of minorities. This is another fundamental democratic principle. Whatever its specifics, a political system must be so designed that the views of all, including the very smallest social groups, can be heard and taken into account. Ideally, the voice of every single person should be heard. In this regard the system must be transparent, responsive to everybody.

Everyone should know that he or she has kindred spirits in representative bodies. This, by the way, is the essence of representative democracy, when someone represents the interests of a significant number of people. There are people with similar beliefs, views, and interests; there are those who are not indifferent to what happens. So, these minority representatives have the opportunity to criticize the ruling majority, convey the opinions and suggestions of minorities to the officials and to the public.

Finally, I believe that political reforms should not result in chaos and the paralysis of democratic institutions; as I have stressed on numerous occasions, they must strengthen, not destroy, democracy. Therefore in the article Go Russia!, which I wrote last year, I described the method and style of these reforms: reforms must be gradual, but steady. Today I can say that over the past two years we have gradually – but nevertheless steadily – advanced towards that goal. As I see it, we have made decent progress.

At the beginning of the current autumn session of the State Duma we finally completed the adoption of a package of bills that I submitted to the Duma in 2009 and, accordingly, in 2010. I explained the need for such laws in my addresses to the Federal Assembly. In 2009, laws which provided for major amendments to multiparty electoral systems on a national scale, at the federal level, entered into force.

This year, similar changes were extended to the regional level. I have talked about this so I will not bore you by listing all the laws we have adopted, even though it is interesting from a professional point of view. There are many of them and their names are quite cumbersome, but their essence – or as lawyers say, their subject matter – should be clear to every voter and citizen. Let me list the key things.

The first thing we did was minimize the risks of election manipulation. During elections fraud is not permissible and we understand that. To this end we normalized early voting procedures and the use of absentee ballots (representatives of our opposition parties repeatedly drew my attention to the subject); for such illegal manipulations with absentee ballots criminal penalties have been introduced. The most flagrant violations occurred in this very field.

Besides, we reduced the human factor in vote counting, and we will reduce it further. Already this year, electronic devices will be installed in approximately five percent of polling locations (it is an expensive undertaking), by 2012 the figure will be 15 percent and in 2015, 100 percent – but it will bring our electoral system up-to-date. The result of our efforts is worth the money spent. I hope that, ultimately, all taxpayers will appreciate this.

Second. All parties are now guaranteed equal access to state-run media at both the federal and regional levels, which was another regular request to me by representatives of opposition parties. Electoral commissions must monitor the implementation of these guarantees. More so, equality should not be a mere declaration, as it used to be, but real, as measured in hours, minutes and even seconds of airtime. Parties should also benefit from equal rights to use various premises for meetings and campaigning. These rights have also been much debated.

Third. Parties that win a majority in regional parliaments now have the exclusive right to propose candidates for governors – that is, for heads of regions, territories or republics – to the President. In this way, the majority of the electorate has the opportunity to participate in the formation of executive power in its region via the party it supports. Ultimately, it is the party for which you vote that proposes a gubernatorial candidate to the President. Therefore, the rights of the majority of the population have received concrete substance, consisting in the right to form local executive authorities.

Fourth. A number of measures to protect minority rights have been taken, too. In addition to the equal media access that I just mentioned, the opposition is guaranteed certain senior positions in regional parliaments. The number of signatures of party supporters required for registering to participate in elections has been reduced.

In practice, the threshold for allowing party representatives into all levels of parliament has been lowered to five percent. In general votes should not be wasted – those parties who scored more than five but less than seven percent must be represented. And we shall not stop there, but rather continue to improve this institution and expand these opportunities.

Fifth. Our regions were ordered to harmonize the proportional numbers of their representative bodies, because in Russia one region, a small region for example, might have one deputy representing 10,000 people while in another region one deputy represents 300,000 voters. This is not proportional. In addition, too many deputies are too expensive for local budgets. But too few deputies means that it is very difficult to take into account the different views of voters. I hope that we have found a balance at present.

We changed the principles of regional representation in the Federation Council. Now a member of the upper house must be a deputy who has been elected to regional or local bodies, in other words, a member of our upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, must be a person elected by local residents who know who he is, know him well, while he, in turn, knows their needs and their problems.

I hope that our political system has been improved quite significantly as a result of these adjustments. I am absolutely sure that it has become more open and flexible because of them. Ultimately, it has also become more fair. Regional elections that were held in October proved that complaints were far less than, say, six months ago. Both the public and opposition parties were more composed and more calm in their evaluation of the election results.

Of course, we heard some criticisms and that’s fine, it’s as it should be. Still, there was less criticism and this is encouraging.

And one more point I made not long ago. Our democracy is imperfect and we are absolutely aware of this. But we are still at the beginning of the road. The most important thing is that we are not standing still: we are going forward.

As you know the last few days Boza and I are two bachelors. Our better half is traipsing around Leuven, Belgium. She is absorbing lots of data to make her job even more fun at Gazprombank…

So I made a wonder cup of coffee this morning and started to sip it while I was doing some thinking’s. It seems that my mind is stuck on the flagrant flaunting of rights, that is becoming more normal in America. It is strange that when you are living in America it is real hard to see what is in front of your face. We grow up being bombarded daily with data, data, data and more data. This data starts from birth and never stops. The TV is the greatest baby sitter that was ever invented and now the computer fills the missing gaps…

So when you go to another world (literally) that does not have TV running 24 hours a day, a computer in every home and school or even electricity but half a day or less. You start seeing a difference in the people and their reactions to things…

Now I do not talk about Moscow, Russia because that is close enough to an American city that it might as well be an American city. But lets talk about Russia excluding the biggest cities. Lets talk about Siberia, Mongolia, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and many many others…

When you travel a country like Mongolia. They live in a world of data deficiency, compared to a country like America. Yes I know America has Wyoming, Nevada and other states that are desolate and data deficient. But not like a country or area, with the vast expanses of Siberia and Mongolia…

These people would be considered deaf and dumb to the world and surrounding countries, by American or Moscow standards…

So what am I getting at?

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing — that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something. Richard Feynman (1918 – 1988)

Other words you can have access to everything the world has to offer but if you cannot see the forest for the trees then you are no better off than someone living on an island alone for 40 years. You would actually be worse off than the person living on the island. They have much more knowledge than you do about life and real things. They have survived without any exterior help. They have real knowledge…

Still confused?

Me Too! But I know that this train of thought is important…

The fact that we are on sensory overload is done on purpose. We are allowed to have unfettered data streaming 24 hours a day – 365 days a year. We do not have time to stop and smell the coffee, because if we did we might discover as I have. That things are not in sync with the data that we acquire 24 hours a day…

I once had a little ancient man tell me something to my face. He was directing it at me personally…

“Being aware that you are unenlightened is the first step to knowledge. But knowledge in its basic raw form can hinder maturation!”

Today after 33 years, I finally understand what he was telling me…

We must learn to balance the data to utilize it to its fullest. For only then will we see what lurks behind the closed door…

For twenty years the SOA rally has been away for Americans to express themselves about a cause that is dear to heart for more than just a few…

It has been a rally of ups and downs but this time with out warning News Personnel were arrested and given only options of paying a bribe whoops I mean a fine ($5,500) or stay in jail for awhile… (That is a hell of a fine…)

Taken from Russia Today: An RT crew, including correspondent Kaelyn Forde and cameraman Jon Conway, has been released after detention by US police while filming protests near the Fort Benning military base in Georgia.

They were taken into custody despite complying with the police demand not to come close to the gates of the base. RT is now trying to find out the details of the incident.

The journalists were detained after the demonstration was over and everybody, including correspondents, was leaving the site. The arrest was very rough, RT Washington bureau informs, with hard plastic hand cuffs injuring Kaelyn Forde’s wrists. This type of handcuffs is commonly used by US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the footage she can be seen yelling, “We are press, why are you arresting me?”

The RT correspondents, as well as the demonstrators, were charged with insubordination to the authorities, taking part in unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.

All those detained were transported to a jail, their private possessions, clothes and, in the men’s case, underwear were confiscated. They received prison jumpsuits with the tag “Muscogee County Jail”. The arrested were put in the same cells with convicted criminals serving their sentences. Kaelyn Forde managed to make a call from the prison.

After 24 hours of detention, all the arrested were brought before a judge.

After a six-hour interrogation of the arrested, and the policemen who detained them, the judge kept most of the charges in place.

In particular, the RT correspondent and a cameraman were facing the dilemma of admitting their guilt of “participation in unlawful assembly” and paying a fine, or going back to jail.

The decision was made to pay the fine.

Another charge, “insubordination to the authorities”, will require further investigative measures.

Eventually, at midnight Georgian time, 32 hours after the arrest, the correspondents were released.

Activists from a protest movement claim that this year’s crowd dispersal was the toughest and most irrational. One of the organizers of the rally, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed that it was done on purpose in order to intimidate the protesters, with the message that, if the government can take such rough measures against the press, it can behave even worse to the activists…

Looks like RT is stepping on some toes in America. I have been watching their aggressive reporting all over America and I really think we will see a lot more of this type of censorship. Russia Today is not under the media control of the USA. Like the rest of the Large media in America. Hence the reason that you do not see Western press spouting about this story and if you do it is a quiet article on the inside page…

Happy Thanksgiving Russia Today! :)

The Chinese Foreign Exchange Trade System signed up the first yuan/ruble trading on Monday. The deal requires that it equals or exceeds 1 million yuan with a rate of 4.67 rubles for one (1) yuan. So this is definitely an exchange for the wealthy to start with…

The ruble is now the seventh currency to be officially traded in China. The yuan/ruble trading was agreed upon last spring between Russia and China…

The Russian MICEX says, 50 plus Russian banks are interested in yuan/ruble trading…

Not a peep so far out of the Western Press. So where is the Western Press? Where is the screaming articles about this video? The whole Russia Today crew was arrested. What about the other news agencies?

An RT crew, including correspondent Kaelyn Forde and cameraman Jon Conway, has been detained by US police while filming protests near the Fort Benning military base in Georgia.

­They were taken into custody despite complying with the police demand not to come close to the gates of the base. Kaelyn Forde managed to make a call from the prison in Muskogee to which they have been transported. RT is now trying to find out the details of the incident.

Each year human rights activists gather at the gates of Fort Benning, which houses the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Co-operation (former the School of the Americas), demanding its closure. The institute has been training police and military personnel from Latin American countries, many of whom are said to have been allegedly involved in crimes against civil citizens and killings of foreigners.

Police have also detained a dozen protesters on the grounds of taking part in an unauthorized mass protest.

Watch the videos of the detention posted by Media4Movement and RT above!

Watch your back! It is starting to look like what the Western press spouts about Russia is happening around America also…

Update: When the rally participants tried to leave the vigil area, the police blocked off all exit points. After a few minutes, the police allowed people to leave on the sidewalk, only to follow them, indiscriminately arresting people who had neither committed any crimes nor engaged in civil disobedience. Among those arrested were journalists, who were filming the police misconduct and bystanders. All arrestees are currently being held in the Muscogee County Jail for up to a $5,500 bond.

Hummm, looks like people need to start waking up…

The weather outside is just plain nasty and that cup of coffee is just plain good this morning. So while I was sipping that wonderful coffee. I was doing some thinking’s…

I was thinking about several things and least of which is not that Sveta has flown out early this morning from Moscow and headed to Belgium. Sveta who is an IBM AS/400 or iSeries computer specialist has a MIMIX 7, brain crushing week ahead…

So Boza and I have the flat to ourselves for a whole week and we are going to try real hard not to get in trouble… :) (I said try!)

When I met Sveta I knew she was into computers but I had know idea that she was a software/programmer specialist and to top that off she is the IBM Server Specialist for the Gazprombank in Russia. Gazprombank is (in Russian: Газпромбанк) is the largest Russian non-state owned bank, which is among the three largest banks in Russia…

I am very proud of her…

Next on the thinking list was the traffic in Moscow!

Yesterday Sveta and I ran some errands. We had to go to the car market for some parts, mail a package to America, go to the shopping mall, go to Svet’s mothers and go to a movie…

Now that seems to be a reasonable list of things to do. It was Saturday and we had all day to do it. Up early and on the road was the plan and get home to go to the movies. Oops – It did not happen! We accomplished the first two items and that was all accomplished in about 13 hours. By the time we finally made it home, the movie was vetoed by us both…

Sometimes trying to drive through Moscow is on the verge of being akin to driving through a landmine field in a Volkswagen beetle. Just ain’t gonna happen and if you try it. You will be in bad shape…

We started out going to the auto parts market. It took us 1 ½ hours to get 5 km to the market. We were at the market itself about 5 minutes.

Now starts the hell:

Then we had to drive into the Moscow center and go to a UPS to mail a box of goodies for a person in America…

After watching and passing no less than a dozen wrecks and another dozen broken down trucks, we succeeded in reaching the nearest Mail Boxes Etc. shipping places. We had erased 7 ½ hours of our day already… :(

After 1½ hours to get a package packed and shipped. We started home. 4 hours later we found a parking space (miracles do happen) and collapsed in our flat. To be fair though the drive home was much better than the drive to the center of Moscow and we stopped at McDonald’s and had some of those great Fish Wraps that they have now… :) (Only 3 wrecks on the way home to look at!)

So you may consider that yesterday was a failure? Not so! Sveta and I consider it an adventure. The one thing about Russia is, that nothing is easy and smooth. If it was, it would not be Russia. I really think that Murphy’s Law was founded in Russia… (No it was not. The first form of Murphy’s law goes back as far as 1877 out of Britain it seems… )

“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”

That is why I love Russia and never wish for it to be any other way…

Russia celebrated the birthday of Father Frost on November 18. This is one of the most favorite children’s characters in Russia and all the world. Children of all ages in Russia are glad when he visits… (Me Too!)

http://windowstorussia.com/santa-is-real_09.html

http://windowstorussia.com/father-frost-delivers-red-square-new.html

http://windowstorussia.com/russia-santa-time-again_14.html

http://windowstorussia.com/svet-sunday-new-year-and-christmas-in_16.html

http://windowstorussia.com/russia-is-there-santa-claus-in-russia_12.html

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin does not have a name for the new puppy that was given to him during a visit to Bulgaria. Russian citizens can help the prime minister choose a name for his Karakachan puppy. Each participant may submit a male name for the prime minister’s new puppy to his website.

The prime minister’s new pet has already gone through a brief quarantine and is completely healthy. The puppy is living in Putin’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence.

The puppy has not been introduced to Putin’s other dog, an 11-year-old black Labrador named Connie. “Of course, it is very important how they get along,” a source in the prime minister’s press service said.

Anyone can name the prime minister’s new male puppy. Mr Putin received the puppy as a state gift while in Bulgaria. To submit a suggestion, click on Letters to the Prime Minister and select the latest column: Name the Prime Minister’s New Puppy, in the Section menu. You will be required to enter your personal information on the application at the bottom of the page.

(Putin’s Site)

(Link to Letter to Prime Minister)

Just translate page in Google and you can do it…

One reader left a comment on my other article and said to name it Zagor!

I sent in “пончик” which means donut! I do not know why, he just looks like a donut to me. Sveta just looked at me like I was crazy when I told her the name I liked. Actually I wanted Jelly Donut but Russians do not have such a word…

I know that it will not be picked because I probably just insulted Putin’s new dog… :)

Go ahead send in a name and let us know…

PS: Guess I have to add this for the commentators that seem to not understand that we are naming a little puppy! Keep the comments clean and no cussing! I had to stare at 13 comments that expressed such vile and hate toward Putin and they were all from America and they all ended up in “file 13“…

This is name the dog, not name the man you hate more than anyone in the world… :(

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is getting ready to meet in Lisbon, Portugal to map out its long term future. Russia Today takes us to the show CrossTalk with Peter Lavelle. Peter Lavelle asks his guests if NATO has a future considering the Washington-led failure in Afghanistan is high on the viability factor…

Does NATO have a future?

I like crosstalk and they have some good shows…

So does NATO have a future? I say not in the East…

NEW YORK, November 18 (Itar-Tass) – “Professional psychological pressure” was exerted on Viktor Bout during the flight from Thailand to the United States, Russian Consul General in New York Andrei Yushmanov said in an interview with Itar-Tass on Wednesday evening after a meeting with the Russian businessman extradited to the United States.

“Obviously, there was also a professional psychologist among the agents (of the Drug Enforcement Administration) escorting him on the airplane,” the consul general said. “He was given a hint that not only he alone is under threat, but also his family – his wife and 16-year-old child.” “The interviewer at the same time was insistently leading him to a conclusion that the threat is coming from Russia, from Bout’s motherland,” Yushmanov conveyed the defendant’s words. “In particular, he was offered to tell more about his activities and all his contacts – in this case the agent paid special attention to the contacts.” “For cooperation with the US justice he had been promised not only benefits but also that all will be well with him and his family,” the Russian businessman said at a meeting with the consul.

However, stressed Yushmanov, Viktor Bout, in his own words, “dismissed all the hints, because he certainly felt no guilt.”

At the same time the Russian citizen noted good conditions, which were created for him during the flight from Thailand to the United States, adding that he was “even given the same food as the escort.”

At the same time, the consul general stressed, “absolutely all was confiscated – personal belongings, clothes, watches, absolutely all the money and documents” from the Russian in the prison in Thailand. Therefore, he is currently experiencing an elementary lack of personal hygiene – not even soap to take a shower, and the money to buy it all. “He just feels cold,” said Yushmanov. “All this, in view of fatigue after a long flight, a complex agenda and climate change, of course, affect his health.” At the same time, the official said, “Bout keeps a stiff upper lip and shows good spirits.”

The consul general also said that Russian authorities would give assistance to Viktor Bout providing him with all the necessary things for the time of the investigation, including the hiring of paid lawyers. “All this will happen soon, because there is little time left before January 10 (the court’s next meeting),” he said.

“Viktor also asked to convey his regards to his family and arrange for him a contact with his wife,” the consul general noted. He also said that the Consulate is going to help the Russian citizen to find good paid lawyers, although at present “he has no claims to the free lawyer provided by the court.”

According to Yushmanov, representatives of the prison will meet with Bout soon in order to tell him about all his rights, duties, regulations and rules that exist in this facility.

The Consulate General for its part intends to turn to the prison administration in order to lay out all the claims and issues the Russian citizen has at this point regarding his detention in custody.

Bout’s extradition and delivery to the United States took place amid high secrecy and security measures and came as a complete surprise not only to his relatives, but even to his local lawyer and Russian diplomats. Russia insists its diplomats should be granted access to Bout, and it calls for respecting his rights as a citizen of the Russian Federation. The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the Americans of causing “unprecedented political pressures” on the government and judicial authorities of Thailand and promised to continue to protect the rights of Bout as a Russian citizen. “The whole affair is a sample of blatant injustice,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier.

Head of the State Duma’ committee on international affairs Konstantin Kosachev, said in an interview published by the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily that the Russian authorities were acting adequately. They have not interfered in the proceedings on the merits, but, feeling certain doubts about whether investigation and trial can be objective and fair enough in the US, they press for the unconditional compliance with Bout’s rights. Kosachev said that such behaviour by the US side was utterly unacceptable. “A very painful blow has been dealt on our mutual trust and our partnership. This will affect the climate of cooperation in the future. Following the path of some sort of sanctions or reprisals, or showing injured pride would be wrong. But we should draw conclusions regarding the sincerity of our partners.” “The fact that the Americans have used arm-twisting against the authorities of Thailand and brought Bout to their territory raises serious questions about the objectivity and fairness of the trial he may stand there,” he added.

While I was sipping that morning cup of coffee. I was thinking about a couple of items that has Russia a little upset to say the least…

1. Suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was extradited from Thailand to the United States on Tuesday…

(and or)

2. One of President Obama’s top foreign-policy goals suffered a potentially ruinous setback when the Senate’s second-ranking Republican said the U.S. nuclear treaty with Russia should not be considered until next year…

Well that just is a fine “Howdy Dowdy” from the land of chaos I call America

Lets talk about Viktor Bout first…

The Eastern press is lit up over the Viktor Bout issue and the Western press keeps saying that America and Russia will survive this bump in the road. The Eastern press is calling it more than a bump in the road and it looks like that reset button that Hillary gave to Lavrov is about to be crushed under a bear paw…

What makes the Viktor Bout issue important to Russia and or America?

There is muddy water regarding Bout’s Soviet Military career although it is a fact that he did serve in the Soviet Union’s armed forces…

The clarity ends there. But the grapevine kicks in and gives us this…

Viktor Bout graduated from the Military Institute of Foreign Languages, it is said that he is fluent in six or seven languages. Bout’s own personal website (Read Here >>>>) points to the fact that he served in the army of the Soviet Union as a translator, holding the rank of lieutenant. Rumor has it that Bout reached the rank of lieutenant colonel.

[pullquote]But other gossip says that:
1. He rose to the rank of major in the GRU. (Which is an arm of the Soviet services that combined intelligence agents and special forces.)
2. That he was an officer in the Soviet air force.
3. That he is now a Soviet military intelligence personnel. Or
4. That he was in the KGB.

Take your pick… :)[/pullquote]

It is known that Bout made a significant amount of money through his many air transport companies shipping cargo. It seems that Bout was willing to ship just about anything and he even shipped military arms for United States in Iraq and the United Nations on a couple of occasions

The Western media is playing the Hollywood game on this, as America is famous and world renown for. He is called “The Merchant of Death!” and “The Lord of War!”

With breathless excitement, the American media reported that Bout was transported from his prison cell to the airport, accompanied by two motorcades, one of which was a decoy intended to throw off potential abductors. The New York Times reported that Russia offered Thailand oil below market price in exchange for their refusal to turn over Bout to the United States, but Washington allegedly outbid Russia with weapons and other military equipment. Read More >>>

Remember the fact that he shipped arms for America. America has a habit of using people and abusing people (Ask  Saddam Hussein – Oops America killed him after he helped America!)… Hummm!

Now lets touch on the START treaty…

This is a real simple issue for me. America shows us what she does best…

Russia has been waiting for months on this very important treaty. But as I said in a past post, America has destroyed the opportunity to show the world that they care about the control of Nuclear issues. If nothing else this treaty causes a peace of mind in the world. So I do not care if this treaty was flawed or not, it was still a step in the right direction and for one of the two largest holders of nuclear weapons to not step up to the plate and play ball fairly, tells the world the true story…

That is the part that bothers me. That America lives in a  house of glitter and cannot see out the windows…

Our site, Windows to Russia has settled down and is back to a semblance of normality! We gathered a whole lot more readers over the last few weeks and is back full swing on the search engines again…

I have tried some new techniques to make the site run lighter on the server and we will see if it makes a difference…

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In Russia I have enjoyed a tantalizing taste of vegetables that never ceases to satisfy the palate. They make a spread that I will say comes from this side of the world if not from Russia. We have also eaten this in Israel and was made by our Russian friends that live there. If anyone knows who is the originator of this recipe then let me know…

Lets make Ikra ovoshchnaia:

Ingredients:

* 1 medium sized eggplant (leave skin on)
* 1 large carrot (peeled)
* 1 large yellow onion (peeled)
* 1 celery stick
* 1 lb. fresh tomatoes (peeled)
* 2 cloves finely chopped fresh garlic
* 1/4 cup chopped parsley
* 1/4 cup chopped dill
* 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 tablespoon soy-sauce
* 2 bay leaves
* cooking / fry oil

Cooking:

1. Fresh tomatoes should be peeled, chopped and stewed for 30-40 minutes on low heat (after bringing to boil) to make a tomato sauce.

2. Chop eggplant into cubes, salt and put into well-oiled frying pan. Stew on low for 30 minutes, mix frequently, add more oil if pan gets too dry. Avoid burning the peel.

3. When the eggplant in the skillet gets soft and mushy. Then add into the same skillet – finely ground carrot, finely ground celery, chopped onion, chopped garlic, the previously prepared tomato sauce, black pepper and bay leaves. Mix cook for 20 minutes…

4. Then add the chopped dill, soy sauce, chopped cilantro and chopped parsley. Then cook for another 10-15 minutes. Stir frequently.

5. Careful not to burn the veggies. That will impart an undesirable flavor…

I love to eat this hot or cold and it is fantastic on a slice of black bread. I also try a variety of spices and find that it will become a multitude of flavors that you will never get tired of. You can also use the grasses that are your favorite instead of parsley and such. It also can be eaten as a side dish for a meat of your choice. Besides it is good for you and will make you grow big and strong… :)

Serves 6-8…

Yummy… (Time to eat!)

Right on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia is a very beautiful city that Sveta and I have the pleasure of living in..

It is called Korolyov or Korolev or Королёв. It is well-known as the cradle of Soviet and Russian space exploration . It was originally founded as Kaliningrad (Калинингра́д) in 1938 as the leading Soviet center for production of anti-tank and air-defense guns. (artillery plant) This was its main purpose until after WWII…

After World War II though the artillery plant was rebuilt and a modernization was put into effect. In1946 the city became the home for production of rockets, launch vehicles, and spacecraft under the guidance of the Russian scientist and academician, Sergei Korolyov

The Soviet space-exploration program was born and raised in what we now know as Korolyov or then known as Kaliningrad . The name the city has now was official in July of 1996 the city was officially renamed in commemoration of Sergei Korolyov.

Lets mention what makes this city interesting: The OAO S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia. This city is responsible for IRBMs, ICBMs, “Sputnik” Program, “Luna” Program, “Mars” Program, “Soyuz” Spacecraft and dozens of others. The least of which is the ISS Space Station and MIR. Now that is almost as good as tanks:)

A tidbit of information about this past closed city of the Soviet Union: It was a city classified as a naukograd (Russian: наукогра́д), meaning “science city”, is a formal term for towns with high concentration of research and development facilities in Russia and the Soviet Union, some specifically built by the Soviet Union for these purposes. Some of the towns were secret, and were part of a larger system of closed cities in the USSR, many built by forced labor from the Soviet Gulag. In the Russian Federation in post Soviet times, the term is used generally for about seventy towns that have concentrations of scientific research and production, and specifically, refers to a small number of towns that have been recognized for their scientific capabilities and hence get special privileges.  http://enNaukograd

So Sveta and I have found one of the most wonderful cities to live in, It is rich in history, culture and beauty…

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