Britain will betray the United States and Ukraine to keep laundering dirty Russian money.
"The city has changed. The buses are still dirty, the people are still passive-aggressive, but something about London has changed. You can see signs of it everywhere. The townhouses in the capital’s poshest
districts are empty; they have been sold to Russian oligarchs
and Qatari princes."
You may remember
the 7.5 hour documentary released in 2009 which allowed you to travel the journey between Bergen to Oslo from the comfort of your home.
If your wanderlust was fired up watching that video, then you may enjoy some of the other trips you can take.
Wrestling Out Of The Olympics
- The Gods Must Be Crazy Mad
The whole lucrative sham of it all was exposed once again this week when the executive board of the IOC — Informal Motto: "Me Some Too, Yes?" — recommended that wrestling be dropped as an Olympic sport in the 2020 Summer Games, which are supposed to be held in Istanbul, Tokyo, or Madrid, depending on whose checks clear first, I believe. According to the board, wrestling is no longer a "core sport" in the Olympics and it will have to petition for inclusion in 2020 along with, and I am not making this up, sport climbing and wakeboarding. This is terrific. Why don't we just hold the Olympics in an REI outlet store somewhere? [more inside]
The World in 2 Minutes
is a series
showing the eccentricities, both good and bad, of different
countries as told by their youtube videos
. [more inside]
The nuclear-disarmament group Global Zero
a report proposing a ten-year plan for the United States and Russia to reduce their arsenals below 900 warheads each, well below the New START
treaty limits of 1,550 deployed
warheads each by 2018. Implementation is unlikely
in an election year. [more inside]
A fascinating look at some interesting, and at times mind-boggling, arrays of dials and switches
are tragedies of war that are not always directly associated with combat. Systems failures at sea are often mysterious, with evidence and remains disappearing to all but the deepest diving vehicles. This was no different in the Cold War, with non-combat losses from the US
and the Soviet Fleets
. In that era of nuclear secrets, both those of nuclear-powered submarines
and nuclear weapons
, learning about the enemy's technology was paramount. Such an opportunity came to the US with the sinking of K-129
, a Golf Class II Soviet submarine
that went down with 98 men on board. The recovery took over six year, involved the possible payback of Howard Hughes, a videotaped formal sea burial
that was eventually copied and given to then-President Boris Yeltsin, and decades of CIA secrecy. [more inside]
Clinton White House Spokesman Joe Lockhart does stand-up. Text
, or if you prefer there is some audio
at the 51min mark from This American Life.
In 1982, ten-year old Samantha Smith
wrote a letter
to Yuri Andropov asking whether there was going to be a nuclear war. Andropov responded
, and Samantha accepted his invitation to stay at a Russian
pioneer camp with Soviet children. Tragically, within the following two years both the young Samantha
and Secretary Andropov passed away
In the midst of all the talk of possible terrorist deployments of Weapons of Mass-Destruction, this
seems like a somewhat dramatic, if effective, approach to pre-empting the threat of blackmarket nuclear proliferation. The co-operative approach adopted by the U.S and Russia - and presumably the Yugoslav Government itself - also seems encouraging.
Should this 'surprise-attack' approach now be used to negate the threat posed as nuclear facilities are decommissioned worldwide??
Secrets of the Cold War in Space.
Deep Cold is an website with detailed renderings, quicktime movies and information about the ideas and concepts being developed for both U.S. and Soviet presences in space during the cold war.
Pot criticises kettles for chromatic similitude.
Now, on the one hand, it's refreshing that the US State Department acknowledges the human rights abuses of allies such as Israel; but this annual catalogue of the world's foibles smacks just a little of sanctimonious short-sightedness
But I'm torn on this one: are such state-sponsored surveys
a useful basis on which to judge the "ethical" basis of foreign policy, or are they propaganda exercises, designed to direct attention away from domestic failures and to paper over the hypocrisies
when headlines go bad, yet again.
this will be rotated off the site soon, i'm sure, but it was good for a chuckle:
American guilty of spying in Russia: Pope sentenced to 20 years in prison