#ճարտարապետութիւն #շէնք #քաղաք
#1950s #glass #steel #architecture #usa #architektur #chicago #miesvanderrohe posted by pod_feeder_v2
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#1940s #house #glass #steel #architecture #usa #architektur #miesvanderrohe posted by pod_feeder_v2
#usa #europe #uk #eastern_europe #surveillance
Three young pupils (12-14 years old) came and sat to the table near us. They were talking about “coconuts”, referring to “Americans”. Because “Americos” leads to “Kokos”, which is “coconut” in Russian. They were discussing how Russia and Russians are superior, and better than USA and Americats in every aspect. In sports, in military, just everywhere. And they were repeating this “coconuts” often.
We saw them at the Subway cafeteria. They were eating Subway sandwiches and drinking Coca-Cola.
#russia #subway #cafeteria #talk #sandwich #coca-cola #usa #americans #complacency
In the same book store it is possible to buy toilet paper with Obama, and other things linked to USA. However you cannot buy a toilet paper with Putin on it. No, Putin is behind the glass (see my previous post).
#russia #bukvoyed #freedom #democracy #obama #usa #toilet_paper #humiliation #complacency #bookstore #book-store #book_store #america
every time I say something about how Russia does something, in my opinion, negative, like censorship, limiting freedom of speech, some people react by defending it, they say that USA is no better. Like It’s okay to do that if USA does that too.
No, it’s not okay! It’s the same as saying that if Peter have stolen, it does give a right to Vasia to steal. No, it does not. Nobody should steal.
And yes, I believe, USA and Europe are in much better situation. And people have more control over the government. And corruption is incomparably weaker. And courts are incomparably more independent. And yes, Russian imperialism and obscurantism affects me, because it affects my country. It’s like American imperialism affects people somewhere let’s say in the middle east.
I would like to add something for my Russian friends. I love your country, I love your language, I love your culture. I really love them. You are amazing. I just wish you be free from tyranny and become a well developed modern nation. With cool technologies. To become a real player, to signify. Not by selling oil. By creating technologies, by science. You can do that. That’s your government’s fault that you’re going back in time now. I wish you to be able to change it.
#russia #usa #imperialism #people #government #freedom
talk at Saint Petersburg.
— americans put a lot of effort during these 20 years so that ukrainians hate russia.
— hm, don’t know about america, but in recent years, russia definitely worked in that direction. (:
#russia #ukraine #usa #politics #talk
Today I have watched Woody Allen’s “Irrational man” film at the “Moscow” cinema theatre in Yerevan. (: And now I am sitting at my balcony, it is raining outside, and I feel cosy writing this post.
I believe Woody is a great director. He knows people very well. And he tries to make deep works. Alas, not often people notice that. There were only 7 couples at the screening. I think it’s not a coincidence that Woody gave up trying to get money for films in USA. He works in Europe now. I just checked, surprisingly, this movie was produced in USA. This situation makes me think about how to make good films in case of free market? My usual guess is that when you have big enough market, then you have enough minority, which will pay for good films, thus they can be produced. However, it seems that even USA market is not big enough.
Whatever, this is a film about a man, who spent almost all of his life in the struggle for fairness. And he paid high price for it - deaths of close people, suffered a serious illness. Eventually he got despair, depression. He failed to make world a better place.
In particular because he was struggling by peaceful means. While the world around him was struggling against him with not very fair, peaceful means. That’s how fair meed fails.
Now this man decides to make something against the cruel system. Some small, but important thing. The difference is that he feels that he exhausted all the peaceful and legal ways to make a change. He decides to act illegally. And he thinks he can win. However the film is about that he cannot win, that fairness cannot win in this world.
Even if the world consists of beautiful and clever amazing girls around who think they believe in fairness.
So he confesses to his girl under the pressure, by having the naive belief that she can understand him. Wasn’t she understanding before? She had so much empathy for his past privations. Of course girl does not understand him. Firstly, I believe, because she is too young. And secondly, because that is not her struggle in reality. It only seems cool to be around someone who has seen life. Yes, there was a disadvantage - he considered himself a looser. However he very soon got back to life, because he got back to struggle for fairness. And she naively thought that she made him back by her “love”. And as we saw, she was unable to accept the man who fights now. She returned to her nice guy former boyfriend, whom she dumped for the philosopher previously, and who did not show any sign of concerns about humanity, justice, etc. Yes, he could buy a ticket for a political satire. That’s what every decent person should do. Buy a ticket and enjoy politics in the theatre.
May be she was unable to accept him, because she did not love him. Or she was in love more with her perception of him, not the real him, who values many other things, not only pretty young girls. He wasn’t loved by the woman who wanted to get to Spain either. They both were just using him to satisfy personal needs. Why would he take that woman to Spain. What for? Why cannot he find other one in Europe? And why he is sure she won’t dump him in Spain to find someone even more convenient? Does she deserve to be taken there? Because he believes in people.
May be the difference between these women was that the young was not aware of her motives, but the older was. She clearly had known what does she need. And she would not pass the philosopher in to the hands of police, not because of her values, but because she eventually found someone convenient.
Also, this movie is about our inability to distinguish between situations where we have to be honest, and where we don’t. This is what the philosopher stressed right in the beginning of the movie by asking his students if they would tell the police about the thief who is hiding at the neighbour’s flat, or not. Then he challenged them with the question if they would tell Nazis about Frank’s family, just for the sake of honesty.
Roy, young boyfriend of the girl, welcomes her back. However I believe she deserves a the other outcome. It’s not fair when people get positive reinforcement for negative actions. Russians have this tale about broken through. That tale is about fairness. Because those, who don’t get negative reinforcement, take people for granted and tend to continue to abuse their friendship.
I believe Woody makes films very close to real life. Indeed, that guy would accept her back. Without even one salty word. But this time. Not the next.
Also, this abandoned husband. He said: “think again” to her. What about? He had to say “go to hell”. But he did not.
Both of them, the boy and the husband may think that they got lucky. However I believe they’ve missed a chance to know who is their real friend, and who is not. If they wanted to see.
The other question is - do they really need a friend? A close person they can trust? Or they need a cool chick/man who will take to Spain/etcetera? Also, the men. Who do they need?
Roy will surround that girl with love and kindness, will make everything for her to feel comfortable and cosy. Will she answer equally? I doubt it. Because it’s not clear she can love at all.
May be nobody is able to love, just people find convenient variants, coinciding interests. I don’t know.
Woody skilfully exposes people’s behavioural patterns. Patterns, we often don’t notice ourselves. Or even if we do we have no strength or will to behave differently.
That is when I think about how many similarities people have. Not only exterior similarities. And how predictable are they.
I have noticed “The Idiot” and Hanna Arendt’s name in the frame for a short time. It seems Allen loves Dostoevsky, it is not a first time he refers to him. May be his works will be taught in the future, just like today Dostoevsky’s works are taught or considered as must read, who knows.
#cinema #movie #woody_allen #irrational_man #review #thoughts #people #dostoevsky #hanna_arendt #existentialism #philosophy #understanding #crime #justice #struggle #fairness #patterns #script #love #relationship #relationships #humans #usa #europe #culture #market #freedom
Motives are extremely important. sometimes even more important than actions.
This is why i have very mixed feelings every time i see a poster with Snowden’s words. Because i am not sure he did what he did because of his beliefs or ideology. I am afraid, he did it because he was simply a Russian spy. And because he was paid to defame US. When you get paid, and you get paid by the other interested party, it’s not heroism, it’s something which pretends to be heroism, but it’s not.
No wonder Wikipedia has a rule that those who write articles should not be paid for that. That’s a different motive. And that motive changes everything.
#snowden #fee #heroism #freedom #free_speech #russia #usa #surveillance #motives
nevada became 46th state which recognized armenian genocide.
#nevada #usa #armenian-genocide #genocide #usa #recognition
Putin’s nationalist propaganda resembles the US propaganda used to convince Americans to have faith that the US is the “good guy” in every war, in disregard of all truth. However, Putin’s version is even stronger. https://stallman.org/archives/2014-jul-oct.html#18_September_2014_%28Russian_writer_Mikhail_Shishkin%29
#putin #russia #usa #propaganda #war #peace #rms #stallman #quote
Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev eyes actress Jill St. John at a San Clemente, California party hosted by US President Richard Nixon. Jill St. John was US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s date.
27 August 1973.
Photo by Wally McNamee.
#wally-mcnamee #brezhnev #jill-st-john #san-clemente #california #party #nixon #richard-nixon #henry-kissinger #1973 #ussr #usa #history #photo #photography
did you notice how it happened? how Vladimir Putin, the man, who robbed it’s own country, centralized power, repressed journalists, raised corruption, subjugated all the media, and courts, repressed minorities, put to jail innocent girls, responsible for dead journalists, like Politkovskaia, killed innocent people, including Russians, in Chechnya, Beslan, etc, supported killers of Magnitski(if it’s not him), made new anti-gay laws, laws oppressing freedom of speech, and bureaus, that have power to shut down any web site just because they want to, etc, etc, etc… did you notice how this man became your hero?
Just because you don’t like some steps of USA, it doesn’t mean that you need to like same steps made by Russia!
If Peter have stolen something, it does not mean, that Vasia can steal! It does not mean you have to support Vasia’s robberies just because you don’t like that Peter were doing that. You cannot justify Vasia for that!
#russia #usa #putin #crime #offence #felony #repressions #freedom-of-speech #magnitski #media #chechnya #beslan #corruption #repression #hero #logic #objective #freedom
The most miserable Brazilian is happier than the happiest Iranian.
#money #happiness #income #nigeria #brazil #mexico #usa #russia #britain #germany #france #japan #italy #india #china #iran
but let’s remember, that in the West you still have relatively strong freedom of speech, while in some countries, like Russia and others, with corrupted dictator regimes, all mass media is controlled by government, and they can manipulate their people better. Also, they don’t do posters like this.
#freedom-of-speech #usa #twitter #facebook #government #media #mass-media #press #youtube #propaganda #freedom
The New York City group with the highest percentage of high school graduates isn’t Chinese or Indians; it’s Ukrainians (94.4%). But rarely are we treated to encomiums about the cultural superiority of the Borscht Mom.
And culture is rarely either an unambiguously good force or an unambiguously bad one. Thus, Confucian values of education and family fealty certainly are one factor in explaining why Chinese students from low-income backgrounds do better than their peers. But as we’ve seen, that’s not the whole story. Meanwhile, many in China would like to see less conformity in their culture, believing that it inhibits much of the freethinking that powers creativity and innovation in America and that it results in a citizenry that passively tolerates suppression of dissent and censorship of the Internet.
It’s not conformity that makes this country great; it’s an individual striking out against the expectations of his culture, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropping out of Harvard, Miles Davis coming out of heroin addiction to produce ‘Round About Midnight, the 14-year-old Billie Holiday turning the pain of her childhood into the bluest beauty, Sylvia Plath taking on death with pills and poetry, William S. Burroughs writing from the bowels of his addiction in Naked Lunch; it’s Hemingway and Fitzgerald and Cheever and Carver drinking and writing, writing and drinking through their demons. Imagine what American culture would be if American artists had kept a tight check on their impulses.
#conformity #freedom #democracy #culture #usa #india #ukraine #hemingway #fitzerald #cheever #carver #writing #education #suppression #censorship #china #freethinking
Ձեւը որոշում է բովանդակութիւնը։ (form defines content)
#russia #usa #design #olympic-games #taste #uniform #form #content #ռուսաստան #ամն #դիզայն #ձեւ #բովանդակութիւն #ճաշակ
#DOCUMERICA: #Images of #America in #Crisis in the #1970 s http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/11/documerica-images-of-america-in-crisis-in-the-1970s/100190/ #usa #power-plant #Kanawha #poca #West-Virginia by Harry Schaefer
This #sci-if was written by #Stanislaw-Lem back in #1971 and it is still actual. I would like to share a #quote from it: The United States ambassador himself was there, and gave a short speech on the need for international cooperation - short, as he was surrounded by six muscular plainclothesmen who kept their guns trained on us all the time. I was rather disconcerted by this, especially when the dark skinned delegate from India standing next to me had to wipe his nose and reached for the handkerchief in his back pocket. The official spokesmen for the Futurological Association assured me afterwards that the measures taken had been both necessary and humane. Bodyguards now employ weapons of high caliber and low penetration, the kind security agents carry on board passenger flights in order that innocent bystanders not be harmed. In the old days it often happened that the bullet which felled the would-be assassin would subsequently pass through five or even six persons who, though minding their own business, where standing directly behind him. Still, the sight of a man at your side crumpling to the floor under heavy fire is not among the most pleasant, even if it is the result of a simple misunderstanding, which ends with an exchange of diplomatic notes and official apologies.