Wednesday, 28 May 2008
TVP 295 -- a blue VW Golf
Uh, if you can't find a parking space, buddy, no, it isn't OK to park in the middle of the driveway and block other drivers. File this under the common Lithuanian ailment of "I can do whatever the heck I want to do and if what I do affects you in an adverse way, that's your problem, not mine".
And something to lift the spirits: Morcheeba.
Rome Wasn't Built in a Day
Monday, 26 May 2008
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Great Deportation of 1948 Marked in Lithuania
It has been 60 years since 22 May 1948, the day the Soviet Union began the operation called Vesna. It was the most massive deportation of Lithuanian people in the history of the country. Forty thousand people [11,000 of which were children] were deported from Lithuania. This deportation is remarkable not only for its size, but also because it took place only in Lithuania, Lithuanian Radio reports. Deportations on a massive scale did not affect the other two Baltic States that year. In the entire Soviet Union, about 80,000 people, half of them Lithuanians, were forced to move in 1948.
The largest portion of the deportees at that time were wealthy farmers, who had been called the enemies of collectivization. Historian Arvydas Anusauskas says that the goal of the mass deportation was to crush armed resistance and the boycott of social, economic and agricultural reforms. Other aims were to frighten the remaining population and to furnish laborers for the far eastern and northern parts of the Soviet Union.
The 60-year old plans and maps of the deportation are still stored in top secret archives in Moscow. The first mass deportation took place in Lithuania in 1941.
Events to mark the 60th anniversary of this event are being held in Vilnius and Kaunas.
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_transfer_in_the_Soviet_Union
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
This first video is FC Kahuna (from the UK) but the vocalist is Hafdis Huld, who is from Iceland.
The other videos are of songs that come from Hafdis Huld's 2006 album, Dirty Paper Cup:
The dancer in this video, who is an Icelandic actor, looks exactly like one of my former co-workers. The resemblance is really uncanny.
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Since when did such information become important, and since when does a flag pin and not a person's deeds tell us anything about his/her patriotism???
Reading stories like that, I no longer wonder why the good ol' U.S. of A. is going down the crapper...
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
The war on drugs? Ah, yes, the dangers of putting fanatics in charge of something that's doing absolutely no good in the first place. Education? Rehab programs? Providing people with other activities? Nah, too complicated. Much easier to simply throw people in prison.
One reason I wanted to provide the link to Boing Boing is that you can then also read the comments there. In particular, one person provides a link (see May 12 11:42 p.m. post) to Bill Hicks describing the war on drugs. Must be seen. You would do well to view the one about mushrooms as well (can be found in related videos). Explains exactly why the government doesn't want people to use shrooms. He hit the nail on the head. Fantastic.
Monday, 12 May 2008
For Abdel-Qader Ali there is only one regret: that he did not kill his daughter at birth. 'If I had realised then what she would become, I would have killed her the instant her mother delivered her,' he said with no trace of remorse.
Two weeks after The Observer revealed the shocking story of Rand Abdel-Qader, 17, murdered because of her infatuation with a British soldier in Basra, southern Iraq, her father is defiant. Sitting in the front garden of his well-kept home in the city's Al-Fursi district, he remains a free man, despite having stamped on, suffocated and then stabbed his student daughter to death.
I'm tempted to leave it at that, let everyone come to his/her own conclusions. I personally thought about the dangers of fanaticism, whether Islam is a religion that somehow encourages fanaticism, whether the problem is all organized religion, that George W. Bush must shoulder some of the blame (I like to blame him for just about everything evil these days), from where such hate and intolerance arises, etc. Too many questions, few clear answers, and maybe no solutions.
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
And as a musical interlude...
Patience Dabany, one of my favorite artists from the world of soukous.
And Franco and Sam Mangwana
Cooperation, one of my favorite songs from the world of soukous.
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Yesterday I found this article on Delfi.lt: http://www.delfi.lt/news/daily/crime/article.php?id=16921302. I won't bother translating anything but the first paragraph, which contains the main idea, anyway.
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
A description taken from the blog:
Cambodian Skies is a journal like no other that you will read. It shares the journeys, both physical and spiritual, of Pete Calanni, a self-proclaimed ex-hippie from western New York. Cambodian Skies details his travels, the people he meets, his goals, thoughts, fears, ups, and downs. Very real stuff, no glossy fiction here.
And to match the mood: Cambodian music performed by Dengue Fever, a US band with a Cambodian lead singer.