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

  1. red_elk

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    Heard about it in the news, didn't pay attention.
     
  2. FriendlyFire

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    Ivan had some interesting ideas, but they were kinda buried under all the other bad ideas
    I guess that it made sense to build them as cheap as possible at the time, but all those behavioral problems and social issues that they caused.
    It was pretty ingenious of Ivan to use prefabs which allowed them to be built in a little as 2 weeks.

     
  3. Zardnaar

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    City layout was clever IMHO, apartments not so much.
     
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    Turned that video off around the second minute. “Elimination of private property blahblahblah”. To eliminate something from someone they first have to have it.

    Yeah, like that one: a guy who is not rich and does real labour instead of commerce or management has his own flat in a city and lives there with his family. A non-bourgeois lives in a bourg as if he owns it. What??? Not inside a cardboard box, not at his workplace, but in a flat he’s not even paying rent for, because there’s no landlord. A city absent of lords. CRAZY!
     
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  5. red_elk

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    Nice video. I already posted it here a month ago, but reposting won't hurt I guess.
     
  6. Zardnaar

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    You posted it in a different thread iirc. I watch it the day before you posted it.
     
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    Found pretty cool indi game by Russian developer.
    "35 mm"


    Very atmospheric, post-apocalyptic survival adventure in Russia stricken by deadly pandemic.
    Abandoned villages, bandits, dangerous wildlife, secret Metro-2 line.
    Some locations exist in real life, it was fun to recognize places where I have been.
     
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    The prefab concret designs of the building turned out to be actually the most amazing part, as they continue to be used despite their age.
    But the cost saving measure for everything else were just terriable, form the plumbing, to the thin internal walls, size of each unit, access for maintance, Leading to expensive repairs and replacements
    The west also tried compact cheap housing also with equally poor results, its broken glass theory of behavoural problems which resulted in them failing along with other factors.
     
  10. red_elk

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    Mass protests are trendy these days. Khabarovsk continue to protest, up to 50,000 people on the streets according to some claims.
    No violence.





     
  11. Zardnaar

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    Same/similar problems worldwide.
     
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    IVANNNNN is crazy
    Submarines, warships and missles for Pepsi ?

     
  13. Zardnaar

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    This Channel is quite funny at times.
     
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    УВБ-76 or "The Buzzer".
    Short wave radio station, continuously transmitting "buzzing" signal since 1973.
    Very rarely, the signal is interrupted by cryptic messages in Russian. The purpose of the station is unknown, some sources allege that it may be connected to the Perimeter system, also known as "Dead Hand". Russian government never recognized it has anything to do with the station, neither commented about its purpose.

     
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    Song record from 1984. Can you guess the language without looking it up?
    Some people on the forum may understand it. I don't :)

    The singer was a Soviet super star back then, but she is still known and loved by millions of people to this day.
     
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    Mass protests in Belarus after Lukashenko got "re-elected" today on his 6-th term.
    Barricades in Minks, riots in multiple other cities.
    https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-demonstrators-clash-after-disputed-belarus-presidential-vote/





    Probably worth its own thread, but I'll post it here for now as it may not develop into anything more serious.

    Several Russian journalists from independent TV channel were arrested in Belarus after interviewing opposition politicians.
    Lukashenko blaming opposition in collusion with Russia and claims riots are being instigated.
     
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    What lead to this breakdown between Belarus and Russia? Everything I read (in Anglo-American sources admittedly) indicated Belarus had a close relation with Russia, so long as Russia respected Belarusian sovereignty. Was Belarus really drifting away from Russia enough to make Russia take these overt actions (or take action that Belarus interpreted in this manner)? Similar question with Lukashenko - I was in Belarus back in 2013 and my faculty advisor in college had a working relation with several faculty members from the State University in Minsk. From what I remember, Lukashenko remained not-hated because Belarus was still able to maintain an acceptable standard of living, and enough people were willing to accept security over potential Ukraine-like kleptocracy.
     
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    There is no breakdown so far, from what I can see. But there were several anti-Russian statements and actions by Lukashenko during election campaign - which seem to be left unanswered by Russia. Perhaps he did that for internal purposes, to portray himself as a Belarussian patriot and blame opposition in coup attempt.
    I didn't see changes in Russian policies towards Belorussia recently, neither see Belorussia drifting away from Russia. On the contrary, I think Lukashenko has now more leverage against Russia than he had before Ukrainian conflict. Major oil and gas export pipelines go through Belorussia and maintaining stable transit to EU become more important since 2014.

    I haven't been there for very long time, so can only give my anecdotal experience from speaking with Belorussians. It seems the situation deteriorated last 5 years or so. Even people who were supporting Lukashenko back then, now want to get rid of him. Last time I spoke with Belorussian guy on my vacation, he told me that he despises Lukashenko as much as he respects Putin :crazyeye:
     
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    Anything notable changed? When I was there it seemed they were starting to get their exchange rates and inflation under control. Though truth be told I only spent any appreciable time in the nice parts of Minsk and Mir Castle.
     
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    To me it looks like nothing changed much, just people are not satisfied with stability anymore and want changes. There are complaints about political and economical stagnation, that Lukashenko turned the country into giant kolkhoz. It's difficult to find good job, many qualified specialists move to Moscow to earn money. Same is true about Ukraine, but Ukrainians also have option to work in Europe, though it's more difficult because of language barrier.
     

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