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- I have just started reading "Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More"  I've only read the first few pages, but I would already recommend it to everyone!  Scroll down to page 4 and read the "Binary Socialism" bit.  Someone wrote my book for me.

BTW, in a bit of "small world"ish news, I found this on FPB Russia, who credited Scott Spires for the heads-up, who is a friend of mine on fb, even though I don't know who he is, but an acquaintance had dinner with him and thought he was someone I should know.  

- If you want to know what's afoot in the Russian blogosphere, but can't read Russian, or, like me, are too lazy to make the effort most days, check out "Russia!" It's a round up of popular posts on Live Journal, in English.  Appears to be intellectually on par with the English language blogosphere, a nice mix of silliness, offensiveness, and insightfulness.

In other "small world"ishness, I found out about this from Untimely Thoughts, which is where I know the aforementioned acquaintance from, and come to think of it, this Spires fellow too, probably.  

- Thought some of you would appreciate this:
Coen brothers' TV ad ridicules 'clean coal'

Unrelated "small world"ishness: I was looking at a book by Leonid Tishkov and suddenly realized I know him.  Not like in the way I know anyone from UT (or ET for that matter), but IRL.  We met when he came to my university and did this "Dabloids" play/art exhibit thing (very strange), and then later again in Moscow.  He makes these weird creatures...

- I Just got an e-mail with Howard Dean announcing he'll be returning to DFA.  I guess no cabinet spot for him.  Argh!!!  It will be nice to have him "back" but it would be better if he were Sec. of Health & Human Services.  

In related "small world"ishness news, I was supposed to meet his brother Jim for drinks on Friday, but I didn't go.  I don't feel too hot.  I want to hibernate.

- Now that we've given all our money to AIG, what will we eat?  Some internets advice:

Top Doctor Recommends Anti-Crisis Diet    
Depression cooking

Hope you like carbs and have lots of storage space.  Me?  I need meat and fruit.  I know, really politically incorrect now.  Do you all believe in genetic memory?  Something about the idea of trying to survive on potaoes makes my blood run cold.  

-  Speaking of famine, Russian archives about the famine under Stalin have been opened:

"Not a single document exists that even indirectly shows that the strategy and tactics chosen for Ukraine differed from those applied to other regions, not to mention tactics or strategy with the aim of genocide," said Vladimir Kozlov, head of Russia's Federal Archive Agency.
He said the famine was a direct result of Josef Stalin's brutal collectivization campaign and the widespread confiscation of grain that was exported to secure equipment needed for the Soviet dictator's frenetic industrialization drive.

Kozlov said the policy was class-based, targeting the kulaks -- wealthy farmers seen as enemies of Communism -- and was implemented virtually identically across the Soviet Union.

"There were no national or ethnic undertones," he told a news conference at the headquarters of state news agency RIA-Novosti.

It's very true.  The Kazakhs lost something like 1/3 of the population in the famine.  Genocide?  It clearly was not an ethnic, race, religion "hate crime" type of thing.  It was the systematic extermination of millions of people for political and economic reasons, some intentional, some crimes of neglect and incompetence.  But this has me thinking:  Is the Irish famine considered genocide?  The two are not entirely incomparable...  Anyway, whatever you want to call what happened under Stalin, I think it is pretty tacky how Ukraine is approaching it.  Can we please acknowledge the loss of life in Ukraine without diminishing the loss of life in other parts of the USSR, including Russia?  Can we not exploit this tragedy for political gain, please?


"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky

by poemless on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 02:24:10 PM EST

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