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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Gelion, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. Zardnaar

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  2. Ferocitus

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    But Russians have bigger crap container!
    Meet Alexander Zhirinovsky:
    He has advocated forcibly retaking Alaska from the United States (which would then become "a great place to put the Ukrainians")...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Zhirinovsky
     
  3. Zardnaar

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    He got a write up here back in the 90s lol.
     
  4. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    Can anyone offer some background on this/ is the BBC missing something?

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53373132
     
  5. red_elk

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    I don't know much about this, Russian news reports are factually similar to the BBC article.
    Accusations in murders are frankly speaking believable for the people who were "businessmen" in 90-s.
    But the fact that they waited a couple of decades to arrest him is also true.
    May be investigation suddenly found new evidences to accuse him, or may be there are other explanations.
     
  6. red_elk

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    Prosecutor's office completed investigation of the Dyatlov Pass incident, 60 years after the death of the group.
    https://nation.com.pk/11-Jul-2020/i...-century-old-mystery-of-dyatlov-pass-incident

    In 1959, a group of 9 Soviet tourists died during a hike in Ural Mountains under circumstances which many people find mysterious. In the middle of the night something caused them to cut their tent and flee. Six of them froze to death, while other 3 died because of physical trauma. Some of the findings were hard to explain, such as traces of radiation on clothes, reports of local people about "fireballs in the sky", missing body parts (such as eyeballs) of several victims. Lots of different theories were created in order to explain the incident. Official investigation concluded that people died due to a "compelling natural force".
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_Pass_incident



    In 2019, the investigation was reopened at the request of the relatives. Several tests and experiments were conducted, including re-examination of medical reports. The investigation concluded that people likely left the tent trying to hide from avalanche and were unable to return because of very low visibility and freezing temperatures.
     
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    Two movies have been made from books written by my favourite science-fiction author, Stanislaw Lem
    Solaris is very famous, but have you seen the less well-known Дознание пилота Пиркса ( Doznaniye pilota Pirksa, Inquest of Pilot Pirx)?
    I saw it on a list of Soviet Sci-fi Films That Everyone Should See.
     
  8. red_elk

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    I know that movie, watched it long ago. Liked it.

    I don't know, from what I can see these internet lists just include almost all of the Soviet sci-fi, including movies which didn't age well so to speak :)
    Recently watched "Orion's loop", it's just bad.
    On the other hand, "Per Aspera ad Astra" is pretty good IMO.
     
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  9. Aleksey_aka_al

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    BBC is always missing something. LDPR is not ultra-nationalistic. No more than the British queen at least.

    Unlike Euromaidan (dear to BBC) there are no ultra-nationalists at all among the protesters.

    Another thing not mentioned is how Covid is used to hinder protesting. Perhaps, that is a restricted topic for the god Covid-fearing British journalists.
     
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    I tried making blini tonight and they were pretty tasty with smoked salmon, greek yoghurt, and lingonberry spread. However, the recipe had rather thick dough so they came out like dough disks about 2-3" diameter. I had thought blini were thin, almost like crepes. Did I just find a strange recipe, or can blini refer to many different styles of pancakes?
     
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    Sounds like a pikelet lol (Scottish pancakes).
    https://www.chelsea.co.nz/browse-recipes/pikelets/

    When I made blinis as a non Russian I just added more milk/water until the third attempt they came out well.
     
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    Arguably, cepelinai (zeppelins) are Lithuania's national dish. They are boiled dumplings made from grated potatoes (after the excess water has been squeezed out through linen cloth) and usually stuffed with ground meat.
    They are usually about 10cm to 20 cm long and about 8cm in diameter. The heaviest ones are Led Zeppelins. :)

    led_cepelinai.png

    Is there a Russian variant of this food? (I can imagine they would go very nicely with some form of beetroot sauce or borsch.)
     
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    The BBC are very, very polite and sometimes omit important details from their historical stories. For example:

    Let’s rewind to 8 July 1853. That’s when Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy sailed into Tokyo Bay.
    His mission: to convince Japan – isolated and closed off from the world for the last two centuries – to sign a trade deal.
    He was successful. Soon after, European powers signed similar agreements with Japan.

    http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200714-japans-surprising-western-cuisine

    Compare that with the very impolite radical leftist version in Wikipedia...

    As he arrived, Perry ordered his ships to steam past Japanese lines towards the capital of Edo, and turn their guns
    towards the town of Uraga....
    Perry attempted to intimidate the Japanese by presenting them a white flag and a letter which told them that in
    case they chose to fight, the Americans would destroy them.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_C._Perry
     
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    They can be different, but usually very thin (like ~1-2 mm or so).

    Not that I know of. Looks similar to potato casserole with meat, which is quite common in restaurants, but I'm not sure it's Russian.
     
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    The type/thickness of the pancake dough depends on whether one uses fresh milk or sour milk/kefir/yoghurt for the dough.
    In first case, dough should be rather runny, so you get crepe-like cakes, in the second, you get smaller, thicker, fluffier ones.
    Both are valid options and subject to preference.
     
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  16. FriendlyFire

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    Its called battleship diplomacy
    Sending in the big guns to show everyone who is in charge was a pretty standard tactic for the times used by all the major powers
    The British are guilty of much worse then that, probably the worse was the incompetence which lead to 2 Mil Indians starving, forcing legal opium on China, Slave trade etc
     
  17. Zardnaar

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    Term is gunboat diplomacy.
     
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    Sweet dreams.

     
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    Did Saturn the Alligator's death make the news? Died 22 May.

     
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