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With King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Dmitry Medvedev answered journalists’ questions on the outcome of his visit to Jordan and Palestine.

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QUESTION: Mr President, could you please tell us about the outcome of your visit to the Middle East? Also, perhaps you could outline Russia’s position on the possible convening of the UN Security Council during which Palestine would declare its independence unilaterally? Will Russia hold consultations with Israel on this issue?

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: I am ready to briefly summarize the results of the visit. The main result is that I was able to hold consultations with our close partners: the Palestinian Authority, specifically with Palestinian President and Head of the National Authority Mahmoud Abbas, and here in Jordan, with His Majesty King Abdullah II.

Both of these visits are not just meetings for us; these are our partners in the Middle East. Palestine’s plight is clear. We talk a great deal about ways to return the settlement process to a normal level. We have been holding consultations as part of the Middle East Quartet and other international forums. This was an opportunity to consult with our closest partners, to touch on all these issues directly, firsthand, as they say. It has been very useful, both in order to maintain direct contact with our colleagues, and to give an impetus to the negotiation process. In the near future, the Quartet of mediators will meet for consultation in Munich. I hope that we will be able to submit specific recommendations.


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The South Korean government has decided to accept a proposal Thursday from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to hold high-ranking inter-Korean military talks, Seoul’s unification ministry said…

Hopefully this will be talks only between the North and South Korea and no one else involved. It is time the two countries got things in order…

http://www.china.org.cn/world/2011-01/20/content_21785573.htm

While drinking that morning cup of coffee. I was contemplating lots (a dozen or so) of e-mails I have received over the last few weeks. They are all from America and they all have to do with how terrible Russia (more pointedly – Putin) is, over the former oil tycoon Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky. They all have to do with how Russia will be devastated by the financial repercussions of said acts…

I guess that this case is a good mental deterrent for people from the disaster that the Western world has become financially. Years ago I removed my investments in America and Europe. I followed the footsteps of some very smart people and put my money on this side of the world. One example, such as into real (not paper certificates) gold and silver. It was the best thing that I ever did financially. It was easy to see what was happening to America from the outside arena. I would have lost everything if I had not moved things when I did. I will never invest in America again, at least until the government gets her act together. I am not alone in that thought. As the proven financial drain is growing against America…

According to U.S. economist, Laurence Kotlikoff, America’s national debt is $200 trillion, when Baby Boomer demographic demands are calculated – including Social Security, public union, pension and health-care demands on the public purse. That’s a mighty big figure. America, in fact, is destitute. (Link)

So I laugh when people talk trash about Russia as a bad investment climate. But I am saddened when I read about the financial fiasco’s in America. Such as the scapegoat Madoff. In fact the US Politicians are ‘Looking For Scapegoats’. Be it China and her currency, Russia and her oil and many others. I know you have heard about China and her currency and how it has destroyed America and is all China’s fault… :)

The fact is America is a bad investment climate. That is why you have
American Companies are Hiring, Just Not in America…

But this is what really sums up the Western worlds feelings on this whole thing about Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky. The push is on by the Western world to have Medvedev do something and cause a rift between him and Putin:

But if Medvedev wants to look like a viable candidate for reelection, he needs to do something to break decisively with Putin, his powerful predecessor and likely rival for the job, experts say.”As the presidential election nears, Medvedev needs to take some strong positive positions in order to step out from the shadow of the prime minister,” says Mr. Strokan. “So far he’s going nowhere, and all polls show that the public regards him as secondary to Putin. His political support lags far behind, and Putin seems to outmaneuver him at every turn. Time is running out for Medvedev to do something to distinguish himself.” (Link)

So we will wait and see what they do about the Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky case. It is still in appeals and nothing is final until the appeals are extinguished. (I have seen many cases overturned during appeals in Russia.)  For Russians though the story is absolutely outdated, public opinion is set against most tycoons. All the Wests fairy tales presenting Khodorkovsky as a hero opposing the system is a form of wishful thinking…

Oh, how the dreams of instigators are working overtime right now…

Medvedev backs independent Palestinian state

Jericho Reuters  (January 19, 2011) : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev endorsed a Palestinian state on Tuesday, saying Moscow had recognized independence in 1988 and was not changing the position adopted by the former Soviet Union. Making his first visit to the Israeli-occupied West Bank as Russian head of state, Medvedev stopped short of issuing a ringing declaration of recognition of Palestinian statehood by the modern Russian Federation which he represents…

Man that stirred the kettle today… :)

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Yesterday Sveta and I spent the day at a Russian medical clinic. It is a clinic for the Russians who work in or worked in the space industry in this town we live in. (Article on Korolev) Since I am not a national of Russia, they allow me to pay for the services. This is a huge clinic and very busy. I was amazed at the place and it was very well run and organized. I learned a long time ago when in Rome, do as the Romans do

I was in to have a sonogram of my stomach and kidneys. I have some issues on recent blood tests that are showing elevated figures in several areas. It seems that my kidneys are passable, stomach is passable and everything else is passable. Except one thing that the Doctor caught. I have a big scary spot on my liver…

So before I get all excited about the consequences of a spot on my liver. I will wait until I see a specialist and see what she says. Yes, I will use a specialist from the same Russian clinic. They even have MRI if needed and all modern technology available…

The cost is what floors me. A Doctor visit costs me 600 rubles ($20). The Sonogram cost 1200 rubles ($40) and took over an hour to do. I will be able to get a MRI done for around $300 and less if CT scan is used. No, this is not copay or insurance type costs. This is everyday cost for someone not part of the system…

I still am amazed every time I go to the doctor in Russia. The doctors are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. They always give the time needed to take care of you. I never wonder what just happened, because they talk to you like a human…

Taking care of my health has overshadowed writing three articles a day in Windows to Russia. I will have to balance with all that I am doing.

But I will also keep things updated and drinking my morning cup of coffee… :)

Russia and China were the major sellers of US Treasuries in November as bond yields surged sharply higher that month, according to the latest government data. China’s portfolio shrank by $11.2bn to $895.6bn in November, while Russia reduced its holdings from $131.6bn to $122.5bn, its lowest since last April…

Some More tidbits of news…

  • China and Russia sought greater international clout at a summit Tuesday, with China promising a $10 billion loan to Central Asian countries, while Russia challenged the dominance of the U.S. dollar as a global reserve currency….

  • A French amphibious assault ship like the one Russia hopes to buy arrived Monday in St. Petersburg, fueling concern in Georgia and other ex-Soviet nations that Russia is upgrading its navy to intimidate its neighbors….

  • The World Bank on Wednesday said Russia’s economy would see a “robust” recovery in 2010, hiking its growth forecast to up to 5.5 percent but warned the rebound would be tainted by high unemployment.”Russia is likely to witness a robust but jobless recovery,” the Bank said in its latest Russia report.It predicted Russia’s gross domestic product (GDP) would grow between 5.0 and 5.5 percent this year, gaining traction in a global turnaround driven by developing powerhouses China, India and Brazil.

  • Tens of thousands in northwest Russia were left without electricity when a storm ripped through the region after weeks of drought, with the bad weather set to hit Moscow.The emergencies ministry in the Leningrad region around Russia’s second city of Saint Petersburg said almost 100,000 people in 1,500 towns and villages in northwest Russia were without power.The storm, which was also felt in Saint Petersburg, saw high winds and driving rain and felled several trees. Train traffic was also affected.

Rosneft, the Russian oil giant, and BP! Is this an interesting combination that has developed out of the lashing that BP took from the USA over the last oil spill?

Could be or could not be. But I do know that it is a big deal and after hearing squeaks at first of discontent from America. We in Russia are now hearing screams of Western discontent…

Politicians voice fears over Alaska pipelines, Gulf payouts and risk of Kremlin influence on major supplier to US military. Britain’s leading oil company, BP, is facing hostility and suspicion from the US over an alliance with the Russian state oil firm Rosneft that opens up vast areas of untapped wilderness off the coast of Siberia and beneath the Arctic shelf. (Read More Link)

I have been watching the relationship grow between Russia and BP. Putin has made it clear that he did not consider BP solely to blame for the incident: “Our experts have scrutinized the tragedy: we know that BP was the organizer of the project, but there were also eight subcontractors, including several major US companies.” This is a feather in BP’s hat because Russia offers significant protection for BP from America…

This relationship is a win win for both sides and Russia is courting this situation. Russia takes advantage of weakness when they see it and the Gulf Oil Spill showed many weaknesses on Americas part. The energy section of the planet is Russia’s business…

There were two sanctioned rally’s this weekend. (You know a rally that was given approval to be held. What a unique concept…)

The first rally to talk about is an opposition organized rally (on Jan. 16th) to protest against the arrests at the opposition meeting at Triumphalnaya Square on December 31, 2010. The rally was legal and no incidents reported as of this Monday.  Now here is the kicker to all this information. Twenty (20) people showed up for the rally and it also ended one hour earlier than it was planned because everyone got bored and went home… (Besides it is darn cold also…) Then the icing on the cake is that somewhere around 40 to 50 reporters had showed up to cover the event… (Twice the number of participants…)

The second rally is on on January 15th, 2011. A rally for commemoration of the fan that was killed. They say thousands of people showed up and all was peaceful. Once again it was approved and organized. The same number of press showed up, 40 to 50 reporters…

Strange how I never saw these rally’s that were sanctioned and proper, appear in the Western press. I know that the Western press was there – Time, CNN, BBC and etc…

But it should be reported that a legal sanctioned rally was held in Moscow Russia. No one was arrested and beat. No one was upset. Nothing happened bad and because they were approved everything was cool…

Not exciting Huh?

Remember when Washington, Tokyo and Seoul  (Around the beginning of December 2010) got together in a pow wow and mapped out a plan of action against North Korea and her nuclear ambitions..?

So from those talks a trilateral agreement was reached and the United States, Japan and South Korea have been playing a number of joint war games (in South Korea) and naval drills in the Yellow Sea in a preparation for the trilateral alliance that is under development. It seems that these war games are to continue, if not increase this year as a solidifying of this trilateral agreement…

In the last few days we have heard the drums being beaten and swords rattled against their shields in a show of solidarity against the mighty Nuclear Empire of North Korea…

Stupid is what I am thinking, with coffee this morning…

Windows to Russia!

As I promised. I will post Wikileaks as I read them and find it interesting…

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TAGS: PREL MOPS PGOV RU IC
SUBJECT: Iceland: Russian activities in region a growing concern

Refs: A) 07 Reykjavik 247
B) IIR 6 872 2046 06 (DTG 231540Z AUG 06)
C) 07 Reykjavik 322

Classified By: Amb. Carol van Voorst for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (C) Summary: Russian foreign policy continues to irritate and puzzle the Government of Iceland. In the hour-long special on Russia, broadcasted by an Icelandic television channel on January 15, Russian Ambassador Tatarintsev claimed that recent Russian foreign policy moves are tied to Russia’s desire for a multipolar world, a notion threatening to “American military and political circles that want to dictate their political will to everybody else, and we Russians will never allow it.” The Ambassador’s remarks did not win any fans at the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, particularly when
Tatarintsev accused the Government of Iceland of “hanky panky” in
unfairly excluding Russian manufacturer Kazan from procurement of new search and rescue helicopters for the Coast Guard here. While the Russian Embassy here may be pleased for having aired their point of view, they may have miscalculated just how poorly received it would be among the government and public. END SUMMARY.

Russian Public Diplomacy: Not Quite Warm and Fuzzy
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¶2. (SBU) Icelandic TV Channel 2 devoted its hour-long newsmagazine “Compass” on January 15 to Russian foreign policy, both in a global sense and regarding Iceland in particular. The first segment of the show focused on the resumption of long-range aviation (LRA) activity by Russia beginning in the summer of 2007 (Ref A) and centered on the visit of the Compass crew to Engels Air Base in Russia, where most of the recent LRA flights near Iceland have originated. (Note: Though Compass noted that the Russian Embassy facilitated their crew’s travel to Engels as well as to the Kazan helicopter manufacturing plant (para. 4), the assumption here is that the trip was largely Russian-funded. Compass and Channel 2 are “flat broke,” in the words of one local media commentator. End Note.) During the visit, bomber crews spoke in glowing terms of Iceland’s beauty, which they noted during their circumnavigations of the island. The crews also downplayed any threat to Iceland from the flights, and avoided any direct answer to concerns raised here regarding any possible danger to civil aviation.

¶3. (U) The show’s second portion turned to the broader question of recent Russian activities on the global stage, and how President Putin plays at home and abroad. The segment gave Russian Ambassador to Iceland Viktor Tatarintsev ample speaking room. In his most provocative comments, Tatarintsev opined: “What we are advocating for is to have a multipolar world…there will not be any superpower that thinks it can do whatever it wants to with everybody else as its smaller servants. It will not be that way and the Americans know that. Therefore, they are concerned with the growing power of Russia, and we will become much stronger. It is a real threat to Americans, not the American population, but a threat to American military and political circles that want to dictate their political will to everybody else, and we Russians will never allow it. It is pretty simple and it is as simple as that.”


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Today I would like to bring attention to a project of my Wife’s! She has been working very hard on a Dictionary for Russian to English Words! The Link is called “Say it in Russian!” >>>

I want Svet to know that I think she is doing a great job & anyone who wants to pick up some Russian words to use on your friends in your country, feel free to browse, Svets ever expanding Dictionary!

The Dictionary is at 5 pages! (She has plans for many more pages.)

Thanks Sweetie for a wonderful addition to our Blog!

The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev submitted to the State Duma for ratification the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the United States of America on Transit of Weapons, Military Equipment, Military Assets and Personnel via Russian Federation Territory in Connection with Participation by Armed Forces of the United States of America in Efforts to Maintain Security, Stabilize and Rehabilitate the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

http://eng.news.kremlin.ru/acts/1602

Once again in Russia we are having the second New Year! It falls on January 14 according to the old Orthodox calendar…

This “Old New Year” is celebrated also in Moldavia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, and also in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Greece…

Fireworks and lots of booze for the hundredth time this year and we have just started the year. One thing that I have learned, Russians know how to bring in the New Year. The only problem is that January is virtually a wasted month for productivity…

So enjoy the “Old Russian New Year!”

Russia considers reciprocal START amendments:
The Russian State Duma plans to tie the ratification of the START treaty with the US plans to develop the global anti-missile defense and allow Russia to quit the agreement in case such defense starts being developed…

Moscow allows rally in memory of slain football fan:
The Moscow authorities have authorized a peaceful rally on January 15 to commemorate the death of football fan Yegor Sviridov…

Opposition leader’s arrest legitimate – court:
A court in Moscow has confirmed that the arrest of the opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was sentenced to 15 days in jail for disobeying police, was legal…

Anna Chapman to solve world’s mysteries on TV:
Anna Chapman, the most notable participant in the recent espionage scandal, is set to host a new show on Russia’s RenTV channel. The program “Secrets of the world with Anna Chapman” will be launched within the channel’s…

Report on Kaczynski’s plane crash gets mixed reaction in Poland:
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has cut short his holidays to return to Poland on Thursday and study the Russian committee’s report on the reasons for Lech Kaczynski’s jet crash…

Banned light bulbs sell like hot cakes:
Eco-friendly alternatives do not seem to catch on in Russia – despite the recent ban on 100-watt bulbs, citizens are set to stay with their beloved source of light, buying the remaining items in stocks…

Russian drivers back on the right path:
New anti-alcohol laws have proven effective, with a significant drop in the number of road violations and drunk-driving cases over the first weeks of the year…

S. Korean man arrested for “tweeting” praise of the North:
South Korean prosecutors have arrested a man for disseminating pro-North Korean videos and text through social networking services, which is a criminal offence in the republic…

Russia’s Lavrov says no swap deals with U.S. on alleged arms dealer:
Russia is not discussing with the United States any possible swap deals concerning the alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, extradited to the United States from Thailand late last year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday…

I woke up this morning and looked at some mainstream news head lines. It was really very depressing and as you can see from a random selection of just a few titles. It looks like the world is going to end tomorrow. Except with the fact that Obama needs to get busy and raise a billion dollars to work on that reelection…

I then would have swore I saw “Chicken Little” running around with his head covered. While I walked the dog…

Well… Then again maybe the world is coming to an end! Anytime that a politician needs a billion dollars to get elected then we have lost total sight of what is important in life and we are headed off that cliff like the lemmings in the old game

Iran, U.S. prepare for ‘last chance’ nuclear talks

from Wash Post World by Joby WarrickDOHA,

Iran has escalated its routine bluster in the run-up to next week’s nuclear talks in Istanbul, suggesting the Jan. 21-22 meeting could be a “last chance” for major powers to strike a deal. On Wednesday, it had its reply from the United States’ top diplomat: Get serious.

The Dangerous Chip on China’s Shoulder

from TIME.com: Top World Stories,

Its long-dormant army may be muscling into U.S.-Chinese relations. That can’t be good

Gates on N Korea: Get ‘serious’

from BBC News,

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, speaking in Japan, tells North Korea it is time to show concrete evidence that it is committed to talks.

US top brass warns on Afghanistan

from BBC News,

The US military’s top officer Adm Mike Mullen warns that there will be an increase in bloodshed in Afghanistan this year.

Obama Begins Gearing Up Re-Election Bid

Wall Street Journal,

Democratic Officials Say Early Start Is Needed in Part to Commence Fund-Raising for Contest Expected to Cost $1 Billion.

World Risks Food Riots as Grains Climb, Economist Chalmin Says

By Rudy Ruitenberg (Bloomberg),

The world may face social unrest including food riots in April as grain prices increase, said Philippe Chalmin, an economic adviser to the French government.

That cup of coffee was really good and I decided that the news was trying to irritate me today. So I just ignored the world for hours this morning and reprogrammed my new Android Phone…

The only thing above that we should be truly worried about out of all these articles is the food issue. The rest of them are propaganda trash. So while Obama needs a billion dollars to play president, Iran is threatened with an ultimatum again, China is walking around with a big chip on her shoulder, North Korea is scolded again and we find out that Afghanistan is getting worse (again). The world is starving and riots will be in our future…

I do know that the world population  has reached almost 7 billion and is said to surpass that in 2011. Try this chart from Wikipedia

World population estimates milestones
Population

(in billions)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Year 1804 1927 1960 1974 1987 1999 2011 2025 2045–50
Years elapsed 123 33 14 13 12 12 14 20–25

Now chart above looks like a real problem! Don’t you think? Takes a lot of food to feed that many people. Don’t you think? Hummm…

Windows to Russia now has gone mobile. We have installed a few weeks ago a mobile browser and we already have 20 new readers from that silent move…

I am now posting the first mobile post with this article. This is really cool and now we can post easily on our travels…

So if you have a mobile phone that you carry. Just visit Windows to Russia and you will find a user friendly interface for your mobile…

Kyle and Sveta

“Posted from Mobile”

How about a Second Cold War? Is this a possibility? Could America afford another cold war? Would the world loan America the money for another cold war? Would that Cold War feeling make you feel secure? How about spending some time rehearsing bomb shelter trials and practice? And you thought that the only issue was from the Middle East. Hummm…

Russia Today talks to Journalist Pepe Escobar from the Asia Times. It is not a bad interview and the points made are valid enough to consider…

In the news, I have been hearing the drums beating, the marchers marching and the pipers piping in all of the world. The calls to increase the American military spending and reach is growing stronger everyday. Gates set off a stir by his declaration of a paltry 78 billion dollar cut to the Pentagon budget…

Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton is in the video and toots his horn and exclaims that we are underestimating the level of threat…

Myself I think that we have reached a point of stupidity:

The United States has 460 bases overseas! It has 507 permanent bases! What is the U.S doing with more than 560 foreign bases? Why does it have 662 bases abroad? Does the United States really have more than 1,000 military bases across the globe? (Empire of Bases 2.0)

But America is not alone. China is increasing their Military. Russia is increasing their Military. India is Increasing their Military. So on and so on and so on…

Looks like we could not succeed in getting the Korea’s to cooperate and blow each other up. So we have to point our finger at someone else…

Nuff said. Go home now, nothing new here…

I do not know how or why, but the temperature has risen to 0+ degrees Celsius and looks to stay there for a few days. So I took advantage of this treat in the weather and worked on getting the car unburied from 2 to 3 feet of snow…

I was not the only one out doing this. It seemed like everyone has taken advantage of the warm weather and were all out trying like me, to get their cars out from the drifts…

So I spent hours helping people get unstuck from there parking places. I have a tough sharp rake like tool and it digs through icy packed snow like a hot knife through butter. I used that and we got 5 cars out of their cubby holes that they had become buried in. It was fun but I got soaked and I hope that I do not pay for that type of fun… :(

I got our Volga uncovered and she started no problem. Then she crawled out from her cubby hole and went right back in to sleep some more. I have some work to on her, but it will have to wait another day…

Now I sit at the computer and sip on a cup of delicious coffee from India. I have posting a little less and I thought that I would give my excuse. (Other than a super long holiday) Sveta bought me an Android phone for my Western Christmas, New Year, Russian Christmas and Birthday gift…

Being born near Christmas has always been a bummer in life. Everyone sends you a gift and says, here is your Christmas and Birthday gift. But it is only one gift. I use to wonder what it would be like to have a Birthday in the Summer time and get gifts for you Birthday only. I still wonder…

But I will not complain in this case because Sveta buys good gifts that cover it all. Since, I have wanted an Android Phone and because I had decided to start working on the Android Operating System. I like to hack OS’s and make them better. The Android OS is ideal for this being Open Source…

I received an LG phone model GW620. It is a hackers delight and I have literally wore myself out playing with it. Android makes it easy for you and all you have to do is install their software, Android SDK and have fun… :)

It is the best cell phone I have ever had. It puts Windows OS based phones to shame. Sveta has a Sony Ericsson Xperia mini X10. That her son gave her. So she is not left out in the dark. But she wanted someone to terrorise the phone and make it do everything that she wants. That becomes my job… ;)

Sveta is an IBM and MINIX expert and I cover the Windows/Linux end of life. Since Android is Linux kernel based. It is right up my ally…

I also had to upgrade our data transfer system at home and I install a WiFi router. Now I can really play. It allows me to even move the laptop into other rooms if need be…

So Sveta and I had a wonderful Christmas Holiday…

Good Morning from Windows to Russia. Today as I was sipping that great cup of coffee. I was doing some thinking’s about various issues all over Russia and the world…

I took notice of Robert Gates in China…

“They clearly have potential to put some of our capabilities at risk,” Gates said en route to military talks with Chinese leaders. “We have to pay attention to them, we have to respond appropriately with our own programs.”

That is cool! Lets increase our (USA) military budget even more, to keep up with the big bad world. You see Russia is upping the ante and now China is upping the ante. Iran, India and many other countries have all upped the ante. The whole world is on a military spending spree. (Spend, spend, spend, and spend) While half their population and the world starves…

Well – while we found out how scary China is now, with words of wisdom from Gates. Lets go to an interesting situation that really bothers me…

  • 8,000 Turtle Doves Fall Dead in Italy With Strange Blue Stain on Their Beaks…
  • Two million dead fish were found to have washed up on shores in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland…
  • 100,000 fish died in the Arkansas River…
  • 450 red-winged blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, grackles and starlings found littering a highway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana…
  • 3,000 blackbirds on roofs and roads in the small town of Beebe, Arkansas…
  • Thousands of ‘devil crabs’ washed up along the Kent coast near Thanet…
  • Thousands of dead fish found floating in warm Florida creek…
  • Hundreds of snapper fish found dead in New Zealand…
  • Scores of American Coots found dead on Texas highway bridge…
  • Whole bunch more have died…
  • This map below is at link:

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=201817256339889828327.0004991bca25af104a22b&source=embed&ll=10.792681,-120.48912&spn=0.005027,0.006866

    It shows the mass death areas of animals (Blue tear drop). Go ahead and check it out. Google lets you have lots of links to go see the articles on the situation…

    So while we have a real issue, that so far gets very little main media attention. We will just ignore the fact that something is amiss…

    Now Russia has been having fun in the ice while animals are dieing all over the world. For the last week or so, Russia has been trying to get several ships that have been froze into the ice in the Sakhalin Bay in Russia’s Far East. This has been a big deal here and I am not sure what the rest of the world knows about it. Since I have been goofing off lately, I have watched but been doing other things than to mention it. There seems to be 4 or 5 ice breakers now trying to clear a path to open water to allow the ships to get free. They say some of the ice is 8 meters thick. (8 meters about 26 feet thick…) Now that is some ice…

    One last thought before I am done boring you. I found this picture of Christmas in Russia. It was with out incident and over 80,000 people attended the 268 churches in Moscow…

    I really like the picture…

    That is all and have a great day…

    Russia Today has a very good video about the deaths of millions and millions of animals, all over the world. This is not an isolated problem and looks to be getting worse instead of better…

    Authorities in northern Italy say more than a thousand turtle doves have dropped dead over the past 5 days. It’s the latest in a series of unexplained sudden death incidents affecting creatures in the sky and underwater. The events have sparked a media frenzy, with doomsday speculators saying it hails the end of the world. But is there really something fishy going on or is it being overhyped? RT’s Katerina Azarova reports…

    Is this the “Ends of Days”? As Many bloggers are starting to report…

    The Orthodox world lives by the Julian calendar. Today is the celebration of Christmas Eve. This day marks the end of Pylypivskyy, Christmas fasting. There should be 12 dishes on the table today without meat or milk – in honor of the *12 Apostles.  Kutya and stewed fruit should be there without fail.

    Just right after the first star pops into view in the evening sky, people wander outside visiting homes of their friends, relatives , neighbors singing Christmas carols and wishing them Merry Christmas. In the evening at the churches divine services will begin to commemorate the great event.

    It truly is a time of peace and joy on this side of the world. I hope no one disturbs that peace for a long time to come. From what I understand they do not give gifts at Christmas, that part is already over and done by Father Frost at the New Year celebrations. Christmas is for God…

    So today and tonight as you wonder what is going on in the world. Think about the Orthodox Christmas and give a prayer for a Christmas in a different flair from what you are use to…

    I do…

    Merry Christmas!

    Kyle and Sveta

    * Information from Wikipedia: “Traditionally, the Twelve Apostles include Peter (whom some denominations consider the “Prince of the Apostles”); Andrew, James the Greater, James the Lesser, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, Thaddeus, Simon, and Judas Iscariot. Judas had been one of the Twelve, but he betrayed Jesus and killed himself. With Judas gone, Matthias became one of the Twelve.”

    For the couple from Tennessee, Derek and Kathleen Hunter, this New Year was very special.  They finally brought two Russian children who were adopted by the couple.  They were waiting for this moment for much longer than planned.

    In April last year, Russia imposed a moratorium on adoptions of Russian children by American citizens, after an American woman who adopted a Russian boy, sent the child back to his home with a note where it was stated that she no longer wants to be with him.

    The Hunters could not hold back their emotions when they were finally united with their one year old daughter and a two-year son whom has finally arrived in Nashville.

    KATHLEEN HUNTER, foster mother: For all the difficulties with us at every turn was God.

    DEREK HUNTER, adoptive father:children who need love and parents who are going to love these children. And when it all together – it’s just wonderful.

    Also, it has become a reunion for children, since they are brother and sister and were in different orphanages.

    The translation is done InoTV .

    The terrible act that Torry Hansen did by sending Artyom back to Russia like a sack of potatoes has really hurt many loving families trying to adopt…

    Here is a video on our Russian Video Blog of Artyom at this New Years Holidays. He is a great kid and really is not the Monster that Torry Hansen portrayed him to be. Funny (not, Ha Ha) that Hansen never was in trouble for what she did…

    I am glad to see that movement is finally being made in the right direction. But the situation is still being discussed by Russia and America. Lets hope those talks do not collapse again…

    I have received a number of e-mails regarding the Wikileaks menu item that I have. They ask do I understand how to get around and see what was posted on Wikileaks. They also express that pulling information out about the Cable’s is almost impossible…

    I have done a lot of thinking the last few days. So while sipping that cup of coffee this morning.  I decided that to start a regular posting about the “Cable Leaks” that pertain to Russia…

    As I find an interesting “Leak” that tells things that have more interest than a “babushka kicking a tin can down the road”, I will post it.

    I do not promise that they are exciting items to read with lots of drama. They are more likely to be mundane,  but I will give a general gist of what is in the “Cable” and I also will not be cutting sections of the original cable as so many of the news places are doing. I really think that is stupid…

    The cable below is about Russian prison systems and the horrid state that they are and in. It made me wonder about Burns who wrote it because he obviously has not dealt with a Georgian prison in America. I spent years feeding the inmates in a large prison in Georgia, USA. So I smile as I see similarities between America and Russian prisons…

    I also see that Georgian, USA prisons are in the news again. Not a surprise to me…

    I can see how these “Cable Leaks” will destroy the state of affairs between other countries and America. Don’t say it behind someones back if you can’t keep it secrete…

    I see a new thought in the way Russia acts with America now. They seem to be expressing this now, “We are not even gonna get pissed or care. We are just going to learn to expect the lowest from the country that we thought the highest of…”

    Click” More” below to read the rest of the article unless you came directly to the page. It is just too long to have in full on the front page…

    Lets see what this Cable is about: (Click More…)


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    This morning as I was drinking my cup of coffee, I thought about the place we discovered a while back near the hospital that we visited. Link: Hospital

    Many of you might remember Mad Max, with Mel Gibson. Well if you do then you will recognize this place. This is the Russian version of Mad Max…

    It is a motorcycle shop, bar and restaurant. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to create a duplicate of the Mad Max movie…

    My Wife and I stopped and took pictures. I do not think she has ever seen the movies but she loved the look of the place…

    So, to you Mad Max fans here is a Russian version of Mad Max, Enjoy…

    Kyle and Sveta

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    Over ten years ago I met the most wonderful Russian woman in the world! What started as friends on the Internet per e-mails and text messages, became a dream come true for this American...

    I moved to Russia nine years ago and have never, one time, in all those years, regretted that move to Russia. In fact, I have realized over the years that Russia is safe, incredibly fantastic and a wonderfully explicit country to live and travel in...

    I have been lucky in many ways and meeting a normal Russian woman whose main goal is not to leave Russia, that was a blessing in disguise, as I was the one who had to make the hard decision to leave my country. It was a decision that I have never ever regretted and it also opened my eyes to a whole new world of ideas and thinking's...

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    The US led "War on Terror" is an open ended vehicle by which any people on the face of the planet who do not agree with America may be targeted by covert Western forces using methods like drone strikes, social media instigated color revolutions, assassinations, death squads, 'humanitarian' bombing, sanctions and blockades. America forgets that during their much lauded 'War of Independence', THEY were the saboteurs
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    The current activities and narratives of the USA are solely based on their egregious efforts to expand their hegemony, no matter who is 'right' and who is 'wrong'...

    The Kiev regime using the word 'Terrorist' to describe 4 million of your own citizens who don't accept a government installed by a foreign power is a prime example. While the world debates semantics, thousands of men women and children die and millions are chased away from their homes and nobody cares...

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