Posts Tagged ‘Russia’

Getting Reacquainted With Lermontov

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Gorilla will devote some space on the blog to quotations and random musings about writers.

Mikhail Y. Lermontov (1814-1841) was probably the first Russian writer that kindled Gorilla’s interest in that country, its language and culture.

Russia and Gorilla more or less left each other 20 years ago, but recently the flame is burning again.

One of the great Russian writers and poets, he’s not as well remembered (outside of Russia) as contemporaries like Pushkin, Gogol, and Turgenev.

A very short life, died at 26 in a duel, but managed to publish some of the most lyrical and beautiful poems of any age.

Parus (The Sail) is a particular favorite of Gorilla’s.

And his prose wasn’t bad either:

“Мы выживаем на новизну, настолько меньше требовательны, чем обязательства”.

“We survive on novelty, so much less demanding than commitment”.

Gorilla says: “Same as it ever was!”


Brief Notes For This Week

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Russia: proving once again that it is little more than a backward country ruled by KGB thugs and kleptocrats, a punk rock band gets 2 years for “hooliganism” aka thinking that peaceful assembly was a human right, while the Moscow city government bans gay pride marches for 100 years. You don’t need a gulag when you’re grinding your country into the dust.

Syria: descending into civil war which will likely take Lebanon down with it. Still no sign of an international consensus, so the bloodshed will continue.

Paul Ryan/Mitt Romney: there’s nothing to say about these two amoral, cowardly liars that they haven’t said already.

Iraq: also on the cusp of civil war, the sooner we’re out for good the sooner a settlement can be reached. Since they have 60% of the population, while controlling most of the government and the firepower, the Shiites will win.

Afghanistan: the disaster continues. It’s clear there’s absolutely no reason for us to remain another 2 years. If Obama is reelected, we’ll pull out next year.

Asian island madness: who cares?

Unemployment: should be the number one issue, but has roughly the same importance in this election as the question of which Asian country owns which island. A disgrace, but what do you expect when both parties essentially serve only the wealthy?

Gorilla says: “Another birthday for me, another year of pointless repetition to overcome!”


A Few Global Loose Ends Not On Romney’s Tour

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Russia: the KGB kleptocracy intends to keep a firm lid on dissent.

India: all the growth in the world can’t yet make up for a terrible infrastructure and an uneducated, impoverished, and overpopulated polity.

Iraq and Afghanistan: the pointless wars continue, the theft by contractors continues, the complete lack of success continues.

Japan: once again making clear that covering up and not losing face are far more important than exposing millions of people to dangerous levels of radiation.

Congo: does anyone care that this decades old civil war never ends?

Sudan: ditto, slightly more people care because it has oil.

Kosovo: seriously, did you think it would ever go away? Another triumphant NATO failure disguised as a permanent peacekeeping mission.

Gorilla says: “There are plenty more of these Romneyesque gaffes to come!”


Early Non-Issues of 2012

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Gorilla returns to the blog with a few insights from the outer limits on issues that won’t matter at all in 2012:

The Know Nothing Party’s Presidential and Vice Presidential Nominees: Whoever they are, they will lose the general election.

The US defense budget: Could easily be cut by 30-50%, but it’s a middle class jobs program, so it will remain, like ag subsidies, a symbol of what politicians will never touch in any serious way.

The Arab League: No, they won’t solve Syria, or any other Middle Eastern problem, because they never have.

Middle East peace: See The Arab League.

North Korea: Another dictator, another year of irrelevance.

Iranian noisemaking: They’re more concerned with consolidating their influence in Baghdad and Kabul. Cutting off the country’s main source of revenue is not on the agenda of the craziest of mullahs.

Unemployment: the great non-issue of 2008-12 continues to be ignored.

Russia: The KGB will continue running the place until Russians decide to be more like Syrians, and Russians won’t.

Gorilla says: “Pick your own issue, pretend it’s important, do nothing to address it, and you’ll be a viable non-issue expert in no time!”


The Puppet Speaks

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Russian President Medvedev says he can’t imagine running against actual Russian ruler Prime Minister Putin in next year’s Presidential contest.

And he’s right: whatever Vlady wants, Vlady gets!

What’s more tiresome is the refusal of Russian reporting to acknowledge what the country is: a dictatatorial kleptocracy only interested in staying in power.

Gorilla says: “You can take the tyrant out of the Presidential box, but you can’t make him think!”


Less Than One Pentagon Year

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Russia’s total defense spending through 2020…

Once again, this begs the question: when we are spending 10 times as much as anyone else on defense, what exactly are we getting?

So far this decade:

1) Losing two pointless wars against “terror”

2) Not actually capturing any major terrorists

3) Not successfully predicting any major international events, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa

Gorilla says: “It’s not just a jobs program, it’s a bonfire of inanities!”


Death, Dagestan Dreamer, Convenience

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Lots of carnage down Moscow way

So which is it?

A seemingly Third World country that can’t protect its own citizens?

A must get with the program, or else, terror’s the only thing that matters?

Gorilla answers: “Or a Dagestan Dreamer, who does or does not the empire’s business, drop by drop away?”


Going To Bat For Robber Barons

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Here in the US, we haven’t put a single banker in jail, despite a financial disaster caused by bankers. We’ve tortured people by the dozens, yet no one has been held accountable.

In Russia, the Kremlin’s contempt for the rule of law continues: first, by allowing people like Khodorovsky to loot the country in the 1990s, then by allowing thugs like Vladmir Putin to loot the country today.

And who is our Secretary of State defending?

The robber baron, of course: “This and similar cases have a negative impact on Russia’s reputation for fulfilling its international human rights obligations and improving its investment climate.”

We, on the other hand, allow banks to loot foreclosed homes without so much as a bleat of anger.

And let’s not mention the ongoing joke that is Guantanamo, the continuation of warrantless surveillance, and the targeting of American citizens for assassination.

Gorilla says: “When you’re not serious about the rule of law at home, tyrants abroad will only laugh!”


This Week’s George T. Platter And Bait

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The tidetime folklorist wonders when Lermontov will make a comeback in Dagestan.

The Platter: A Kavkaz Dancing Song by Dombay (on the graves of Russians for going on 2 centuries)

The Bait: Berkley Power Bait Blade Dancer (drop by drop away)


Thumbs Up From The Thug

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Yes, the KGBeast will be running for President of Russia in 2012!!!

“It interests me as much as … I was going to say ‘as much as anyone’, but really more than everyone else!” he quipped. “But I am not making a fetish out of it!”

Having more or less outlawed freedom of assembly, murdered his political opponents and irritating investigative journalists, and installed his very own Mini Me as the current President, what worlds are left to conquer?

Gorilla answers: “Only the civilized ones, where he’s still persona non grata!”