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July 26th, 2014
10:52 pm

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Репортерское
Я это видео видел несколько дней назад по ссылке из /r/UkrainianConflict; на ЮТюб-эккаунте самого журналиста оно удалено, но какая-то добрая душа его сохранила. Репортер Руши Тудай британец Грэм Филлипс берет интервью у жителей Славянска.



На вопрос женщины: "Почему вся остальная Украина, 90% Украины живет без войны? Большая часть Донецкой области живет без войны?" Филлипс не ответил.

Я недавно вспоминал, что когда в школе (не помню, в каком классе - 7м?) обсуждали "Белеет парус одинокий" Катаева, я сказал, что то, что для Пети было приключением, для Гаврика было жизнью. То же самое верно и для репортера с одной стороны, и для женщины и пожилого мужчины - с другой.

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July 14th, 2014
04:15 pm

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George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London (1933). A 20something Englishman who is an aspiring writer lives in a poor neighborhood in Paris. His money is stolen, and he desperately searches for a job together with his best friend, a White Russian emigre soldier. Eventually he gets to be a dishwasher in a posh hotel, a job that is not physically hard but mind-numbing with very long working hours and very low pay. After the writer's best friend's acquaintances open a Russian restaurant, he quits the hotel job and starts there, but there things are even worse. Eventually the writer finds a free minute and writes to his friend in England asking to find a job for him with more normal working hours. In a few days the friend writes back: he found the position of a caretaker for a retarded person. Upon arrival in London the writer learns that his prospective employers have gone abroad for a month, so he lives on his friend's borrowed money and sleeps mostly in homeless shelters. A month later, the retarded person arrives and the writer's troubles end.

All the time, he describes the people he meets and works with, and retells their stories: a stonemason veteran of Verdun from Limousin who is a Communist when sober and a chauvinist French patriot when drunk; a house painter who could not continue on his job because of a workplace injury, and became a sidewalk artist in London and an amateur astronomer; an Irish laid-off worker of a metal polish factory who became a tramp two years before but could not bring himself to steal food. He also describes what he sees around him; as he later proved in his Nineteen Eighty-Four and "Such, Such Were the Joys", Orwell is a master of all things disgusting, and the kitchens in a Parisian hotel and a restaurant and British homeless shelters as portrayed in this book certainly are such. As I read it I was wondering whether there were health inspections in interwar France, and if so, whether the inspector had been bribed off by the owners of the posh hotel. At least the author was right not to "enjoy a meal at a smart restaurant" anymore, having been made aware of the exploitation and unsanitary conditions outside the dining hall.

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July 13th, 2014
05:29 pm

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Ленинград
Я всего несколько месяцев назад узнал о существовании группы "Ленинград". Песня "Мы за все хорошее, против всей хуйни" мне очень понравилась, я ее выучил наизусть, и постоянно распевал, но больше мне из творчества этой группы не понравилось ничего. Сегодня я по ссылкам увидел обсуждение на неизвестном мне сайте новости Первого канала про якобы распятого украинскими силовиками в Славянске трехлетнего мальчика, и кто-то дал ссылку на другую песню "Ленинграда", которая мне тоже пришлась по душе:

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July 11th, 2014
10:55 pm

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Kate Brown, Plutopia (2013). This book tells the parallel histories of two plutonium production complexes and the towns built to house their workers: Hanford next to Richland, WA in the United States and Mayak next to Ozersk (formerly Chelyabinsk-65 or Chelyabinsk-40) in the Urals in Russia. Each produced tens of tons of plutonium (the American one during both World War II, used in the Trinity test and over Nagasaki, and the Cold War, and the Soviet one during the Cold War), and generated hundreds of thousands of tons of nuclear waste. Both poisoned their workers. A woman hired by Hanford in 1944 to work in a lab with a plutonium solution wasn't told about its radioactivity and was asked to work without gloves. She got a clue that something was wrong when she saw college-educated chemists stand on the threshold without entering the lab, hand the papers through the door and run off. When interviewed by the author, the woman said, "I've had cancer everywhere, on my legs, hands, face, and then I had a mastectomy." However, at least plutonium workers' health was monitored and steps were taken to protect them. Farmers in the communities around them had no such luck. The worst thing that happened was the 1957 explosion in a waste tank at Mayak, which released a radioactive plume 200km long and 10km wide. The third worst nuclear disaster in history after Chernobyl and Fukushima, it was only publicly acknowledged in 1989; a CIA report from 1981 is full of uncertainties. Villages were evacuated, radioactive crops were buried, sometimes by children. A couple of villages remain to the day; their residents suffer from all sorts of horrible diseases. Both plutonium complexes dumped nuclear waste into a river; however, Hanford dumped it into the Columbia, a large fast-moving river flowing directly into the Pacific, and Mayak dumped it into small slow-moving river Techa, which downstream villagers drank from before the 1957 explosion. Still, Native Americans who ate a lot of Columbia river salmon frequently got cancer. Plutonium is no longer being produced in either Hanford or Mayak, but the nuclear waste will remain for thousands of years, long after the Cold War is ancient history, and it is slowly leaking into the environment.

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July 6th, 2014
05:28 pm

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Народное
Сценка из освобожденного Славянска:



Женщина в сиреневом свитере говорит, что видела из окна, как сепаратисты похищают человека: мешок на голову, и в багажник. Через пару минут женщина в черной майке возражает: никто из ополченцев не накрывает голову мешком... Женщина в сиреневом свитере кричит, что своими глазами это видела. На нее накидываются другие женщины: "А вы скажите, кого!", "Не говорите ерунду!", "Подожди, ты мне скажи, кто то был?" и т. д. Реально лишь то, что показывает телевизор; то, что человек сам видел - не реально. Сколько пальцев ты видишь, Уинстон?

Вот, Турчинов и Порошенко положили сотни жизней для того, чтобы жить с этими женщинами в одном государстве. И как они это дальше собираются делать?

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06:04 am

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Телевизионное
Доброе утро! Насладитесь репортажем российского ТВ:



"Информационное Агентство Молот Правды Антимайдан" - это вот этот паблик вконтактике: https://vk.com/molotpravdu_info Как говорится, до мышей доебались.

(via agfoxx @ fb)

P.S. вот этот текст. "Информационное Агентство Молот Правды Антимайдан" ведь врать не будет?

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July 5th, 2014
09:40 pm

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Дугин
Впервые увидел интервью с Дугиным.



Кто лучше меня знает клиническую психологию - это похоже на речь человека, страдающего нарциссическим расстройством личности? Если царь говорит: "[нечто] оставляет меня в одиночестве вместе с народом; я и народ наш - мы в одиночестве", то это не смешно и не странно: эти слова исходят от человека, наделенного огромной властью. Если же эти слова исходят от уволенного преподавателя факультета социологии МГУ (не Игоря Тамма и не Андрея Колмогорова, работавших на более престижных факультетах этого университета!), то это смешно, и вызывает подозрение, что у него не все шестеренки смазаны.

Я лет 8 назад взял у невестки книжку про то, как два брата-мормона-фундаменталиста убили жену и годовалую дочку третьего брата; один брат утверждал, что получил приказ их убить в виде Божественного откровения. Судебный психиатр поставил диагноз: брат-пророк вменяем, но страдает нарциссическим расстройством личности. Автор книжки пишет: то же самое верно и для основателя мормонской религии, которая была основана в исторические времена в грамотном обществе, в отличие от религий с большинством последователей в современном мире, почему ее появление хорошо задокументировано, но и для основателей тех религий этот диагноз, скорее всего, тоже верен.

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01:38 pm

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Richard L. Miller, Under the Cloud (1986). This book tells the story of American nuclear tests from Trinity in 1945 until the early 1960s. It also makes detours into non-American events, but makes mistakes there: it says that the Kyshtym disaster in the Urals in 1957 was was a criticality incident; in fact it was a chemical explosion; it says that on August 12, 1953 the Soviets exploded their second thermonuclear device; in fact it was the first one, called RDS-6s. Dozens of aboveground nuclear tests were conducted in Nevada during this period, many involving troop exercises; hundreds of underground ones after that and until 1992. What were the consequences? A mortician from a town on the Utah-Arizona border recollected, "My father and I were both morticians, and when these cancer cases started coming in I had to go into my books to study how to do the embalming, cancers were so rare. In 1956 and 1957 all of a sudden they were coming in all the time. By 1960 it was a regular flood." In 1956 an epic film about Genghis Khan starring John Wayne and Rita Hayworth was shot on location in Utah downwind of the tests. By 1981, out of 220 cast and crew 91 had developed cancer, and 46 had died. A professor of biology at the University of Utah commented, "With these numbers, this case could qualify as an epidemic. The connection between fallout radiation and cancer in individual cases has been practically impossible to prove conclusively. But in a group this size you'd expect only 30 some cancers to develop." Of course the health effects of radiation were much better known in the 1970s than in the 1950s, especially delayed effects such as cancer.

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June 30th, 2014
08:56 pm

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Языковое
Как известно, в Сиэттле есть какое-то число публичных надписей на лушутсиде, языке индейских племен, которые жили в окрестностях Сиэттла до начала белой колонизации в середине 19го века. Например, возле бюста вождя Сиэттла на Пайонир-сквер стоят две панели с текстом на английском и на лушутсиде, его родном языке. В ботаническом саду когда-то перед растениями были таблички с их названиями на латыни, на английском и на лушутсиде. Однажды я с дочкой был в зоопарке, и на павильоне с бабочками было слово "бабочка" на нескольких языках; в названии якобы на лушутсиде был знак, который я раньше не видел; я посмотрел в словаре в библиотеке - это условное обозначение, разделяющее приставку и корень, а не часть слова; по-видимому, работники зоопарка его скопировали, как есть (в Америке такое сплошь и рядом; в Мизуле в историческом музее стоит стенд с якобы салишским названием местности, где была основана Мизула; посреди слова - кракозябры "]?"). Я в 2008 году прочитал, что в возрасте 90 лет умер последний натив этого языка. Оказывается, это не совсем так:



Мне это напомнило жуткий рассказ Станислава Лема "Терминус": астронавты погибли много лет назад, но в некоторой форме их сознания хранятся в памяти робота.

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June 29th, 2014
01:08 pm

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Michael D'Antonio, Atomic Harvest (1993). The Hanford Site, formerly the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington state was the place where plutonium was made for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki and many American Cold War nuclear weapons (plutonium for the rest was made at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina). It is one of the most polluted places in the Western Hemisphere, with millions of gallons of radioactive waste in old underground tanks, many of which are slowly leaking. This book profiles several activists who exposed Hanford's damage to the environment and people in the past and tried to limit it in the future.

One was a reporter for a Spokane newspaper who wrote a series of articles about Hanford. She found an old study that showed that infant mortality increased by 50% in Franklin County, WA, on the other bank of the Columbia River from Hanford, between 1943 and 1945; by 160% in Benton County, WA, the home of Hanford; by 60% in Umatilla County, OR, down the river from Hanford; in the rest of Washington and Oregon, it dropped. She interviewed Hanford workers; a former worker turned law student told her that workers routinely tinkered with their dosimeters, since they got extra pay for working in radioactive areas, but not after they received a maximum weekly dose. In 1986 the government declassified 19,000 pages of old documents; the reporter and an assistant went through them, and found a mysterious reference to something called "green run" in a 1950 report. Looking further, they discovered that in December 1949 Hanford deliberately released 200 TBq of Iodine-131 into the atmosphere (for comparison, Chernobyl released 10,000 times as much radioactive iodine, and Three Mile Island 500 times less). A farmer who was born in 1947 and grew up on a farm across the hills from Hanford was on the raw end of the deal: born with bone defects, he was mysteriously paralyzed at age 4 and put into an iron lung; months later, he recovered, but suffered from other diseases as an adult.

Another person profiled in the book is a 30-year-old safety inspector hired by the company running Hanford. He exposed many ways in which corners were cut and rules were bent at the complex. Once, a guard prevented the inspector from filming a dump truck depositing dirt, even though he had all the necessary clearances. Another employee told him that the dirt was probably from a radioactive liquid spill; in the pile, it would be carried around by the desert wind. The inspector and the other employee also found a pit 30 feet deep and 50 yards across filled with scores of rusting 55-gallon drums labeled "radioactive waste" and other garbage such as discarded work gloves. Another time the inspector found a bunch of 55-gallon drums with a plutonium nitrate solution scattered in hallways; no one could tell, where they came from; the copper seals that were supposed to seal the drums were in an open drawer, inviting anyone to break a seal, steal some plutonium, and solder a new seal in its place. The inspector wrote an audit, but his employer didn't follow up on it. So he spoke to a reporter from Seattle Times, which ran a series of articles on Hanford, which prompted a Congressional investigation, where the inspector testified. Months after the Chernobyl disaster, the plutonium-making Hanford N reactor (which was more inherently stable than the Soviet RBMK reactor, but also did not have a containment building) was shut down for safety improvements. Without the reactor, the plutonium extraction facility and the plutonium finishing plant had no plutonium to process, so they were also shut down. The inspector was fired; he sued the company. The company argued that after the shutdowns it had to lay off hundreds of employees; the inspector objected that he was singled out as a whistleblower; they settled for an undisclosed amount.

In the two decades since this book was written, the Hanford Site has not been producing any more plutonium, but the radioactive waste is still there, and it is slowly leaking into the environment.

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