I found this delightful picture at Krill Pankratov’s NezNotes, who found it via Mad Max’s Journal. For non-Russian speakers, the sign reads: “Dear owners of local gardens: Those who throw trash will be fucked in the ass. The Brigade of Forest Homosexuals.”
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By Sean — 12 years ago
If you’ve been here before, you’ll notice that I changed the look of the blog. If this is your first visit, this won’t matter to you much. I got tired of all the green and the open space on the left and right sides of the template. So thanks to Blogger Templates, I found something with more space and, what I think is a much better look. There are still some small changes I look to make. I want to get a good banner image to put at the top, and perhaps eliminate some of the stuff on the right column so things won’t look so crowded.
Strangely, the layout doesn’t come out correctly with Firefox. Usually viewing problems come with Internet Explorer. If you want to see some of the slight differences, try looking at the site with both browsers.
At any rate, if anyone has any suggestions on how I can improve the site, please let me know. I’m always willing to consider reader suggestions. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming . . .Post Views: 83
By Sean — 13 years ago
Alright already. To my utter surprise, many people have asked me why I haven’t posted anything to this blog in a while. I have no real excuse besides the proverbial laziness. Sometimes it is difficult to come up with things to write. Often it is more difficult to actually put things into writing. So here is a promise to my ever so concerned readers (which btw are all friends): I hereby promise that I will be more consistent in my postings.
I have a few things planned for this blog. Not only will I continue posting about my happenings in Russland; I will try to speak a more about my personal (mis)adventures. I also plan on continuing this blog after I return to the US of A in September. I figured the blogging thing has become such a trend that I might as well hop on the bandwagon. I personally find the whole blogging thing fascinating and I will probably comment more on blogging as a phenomenon in the future.
As you can see to your right, I’ve begun listing links to various things. Most are news sources and journals on a leftist nature as well as a few noteworthy blogs. I especially recommend Professor Juan Cole’s Informed Comment and Dahr Jamail’s Iraq Dispatches for news and analysis on the Iraq War. If you are into sex columns and are hankerin’ for some advice, I highly recommend Dan Savage’s Savage Love.
For those readers who can read Russian, I point your mouse to Neprikosnovennyi zapas, a hip Russian political and cultural journal. There is a limited English portion. I encourage all you other non-Russian readers to check it out.
I will expand the link list over time so keep an eye on any changes.
I don’t have much more to say now except thanks for reading and keep reading!Post Views: 126
By Sean — 9 years ago
Hypochondriacs beware! Swine flu has officially landed in Moscow. According to Novyi region, two women have been hospitalized in the capital. “Both women are citizens of Russia. One of them arrived in Russia from New York yesterday, the second today. They had fevers and were admitted to the hospital by our insistence,” Gennadii Onishchenko told Interfax. Interestingly, in Russia doctors call the virus, which has damned the good name of the pig the world over, “California 0409.” That should make pigs feel better, but what of the sensitivities of us Californians?
Swine flu’s arrival makes Russia the fifteenth country to be infected. The global hysteria sparked by the pandemic has led to altering flights, calls for a mass slaughter of pigs, the quarantining of hotels at the first site of a Mexican tourist, and a whole host of other theories. In Israel, the deputy health minister Rabbi Yakov Litzman won’t even say the word “pigs.” He officially calls the disease “Mexican flu.”
Of course, Mexico, where about 12 people have died and over 300 cases have been identified, has turned into a real life version of Outbreak. Mexico as epicenter has of course inspired our American xenophobes into a fury of anti-immigrant hate. Fox News has predictably led the anti-immigrant charge with accusations that illness is part of some kind of viral conspiracy against America. It is only a matter of time they follow the Israelis in adopting “Mexican flu.”
Experts are still at a loss as to what to expect from the pandemic. It could simply fizzle out or up its body count. If all this really does worry you, I advise reading Anatoly’s breakdown of the disease at Sublime Oblivion.Post Views: 121