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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…


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