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12:31 AM
More pop musicians ripping off the classics:
No, not the Wizard of Oz—ok, that too—but the recorder part in the middle is a Praetorius dance, verbatim.
 
1:04 AM
@Robusto another lovely video by Mary, start to finish. Check it out.
@Xanne Russia is located on the Baltic Sea, mate. Friggin St Petersburg is on the Baltics. And it's like five hours by train from the Kremlin.
Meanwhile, Belarus doesn't even border Kaliningrad.
Poland and Lithuania do. And those are both in the EU.
Where do you guys even get your geography lessons. rolls eyes very very hard
 
1:34 AM
@RegDwigнt Well, maps. Belarus looks like the best route to Kaliningrad, the only ice-free port (except for Murmansk, which is on the Berents Sea, I think. St. Petersburg needs ice breakers. And then there’s that passage past Tallin. Of course there’s always Vladivostok, but gosh, that’s a long way, and on the other side of those mountains, what do you call them, the Urals? Something like that. But then, if you’ve got Estonia, and Latvia, and Lithuania, you can always get to Kaliningrad.
I think the USSR subs operated from both Murmansk and Kaliningrad during the cold war. And maybe also Vladivostok.
 
 
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3:20 AM
@Robusto Did you read it and thus recommend it to me for reading?
A video record of how a man was killed by Belarusian police.
He just stood in the street about 10 m from them, and they shot him. And when a car approached to pick him up, they swarmed around him, shooting at the car to get it away. Later the police announced that he was hurling stones at them.
I have a couple of acquaintances in Yekaterinburg who still support Lukashenko, but they cannot advance any arguments. They are just intelligent enough to make scowling comments to me. I've been spending too much time indoors to forget that a vast percentage of people don't have understanding and do not react to any arguments.
I admire the heroes of Ukrainian Maidan who after a similar display of atrocity just camped in the square and did not leave, and protected themselves by forming "battle hundreds" and repealing police attacks.
When Putin destroyed the presidential election system in Russia in 2018, on the day of the anniversary of the Heavenly Hundred I woke up very early and wrote a poem about Heroes of Ukraine.
 

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